If you think Ferrari s are exclusive, think again because just down the road is a small company run by a man called Horacio Pagani. The Pagani Zonda was his first creation and nowadays, technicians in his factory hand-build the Pagani Huayra .
With the limted-run production of the Zonda having ended, Horacio took up the new Huayra project last year, but unsurprisingly there are some wealthy enthusiasts of the old Zonda. These enthusiasts prefer the naturally aspirated AMG -sourced 7.3-liter V-12 over the twin-turbocharged engine of the Huayra .
Over the years, the Zonda has evolved into its ultimate expression, the Zonda R. Built for fun, the Zonda R was just an exercise to see how fast the supercar can actually be. The car was not road legal, so it was never offered for sale. Pagani did, however, make road-going special editions of the Zonda R .
Recently, Pagani came out with the Zonda Revolucion and it said that this will be the last of the special editions. As it happens, it isn’t the last Zonda, as unique Zonda Revolucion was spotted at the factory by Marchettino. What’s so unique about it? Well, the carbon-fiber body on this car has a blue tinge to it, but you can still see the weave in the carbon fiber under the glossy lacquer coating.
In the above video, you can see that the car is still being assembled at the factory. As is the case with most hypercars, it is still a mystery as to who owns this beauty, but whoever it is, he or she is one of the luckiest souls on the face of this planet.
Click past the jump to read more about the Zonda Revolucion
August 1985. This was when BMW announced the most powerful 3 Series it had ever built: the M3.
In its 25 years of history, the M3 has seen four different generations and evolved from a 2.3-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower to an impressive V-8 hitting 420 horsepower. It may not be the best sports car out there, but it is surely one that combines most of the virtues required from a sports car: an extraordinary look, great performance, the best class handling and a luxurious interior.
In 2013, the M3’s history will move on to its next chapter, as BMW will be set to reveal the new-generation M3, featuring a 3.0-liter straight-six engine for the first time. This engine will be bumping up the M3’s horsepower to over 400.
Updated 9/5/2013: Since our rendering of the M3 Sedan was getting a little long in the tooth, we decided to make up a new one for you to drool over. Essentially, it borrows all of the M4 styling elements — bumpers, side skirts, mirrors, wheels, side vent, hood vent, black kidney grilles and roof — scaled down to a 3 Series. Additionally, we updated the rendering with the forward-leaning grille and the to-the-grille headlights. You can see the rendering above and a side-by-side comparison of the old and new renderings after the jump.
Updated 9/25/2013: BMW officially confirmed today the numbers for the new in-line six-cylinder engine that will be used for the new M3. Click past the jump to learn more about it.
Updated 12/11/2013: The first official images of the new BMW M3 Sedan leaked online today, just before the car’s official debut tomorrow morning. The images came from BMW Blog, which was asked to remove them, but it was a little bit too late. Click past the jump to see what the new M3 Sedan offers.
Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW M3.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren unveiled the latest addition to its lineup: the new P1 supercar. Now, the company announced plans to unveil a new sports car each year. The first to arrive will be placed under the current MP4-12C . Codenamed "P13," this new sports car will be a little bit more practical than the 12C; "practical" meaning it will have a trunk, of course.
The new P13 will take aim at the Porsche 911 and models like it, and McLaren will price it a little under $200k. While no significant details have been revealed, it is rumored that the upcoming P13 will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C. We expect an output somewhere in the 500-horsepower area. On the outside, the P13 will feature design elements seen on the recently unveiled P1.
The new P13 will arrive in 2014, and McLaren hopes to to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.
Update 11/12/2013: We have created a rendering of the upcoming P13. Click past the jump to read more about the P13 and the rendering.
Update 12/11/2013: We’ve updated this review with the first batch of details (including an official teaser sketch) from McLaren. Click past the jump to read more about the P13 and the new details that have been disclosed.
Porsche unveiled a GTS version for its 911 Carrera back in 2010 and now it looks like the history is about to repeat itself. Our spy photographers sent us some spy shots that seem to reveal more than a simple revision to the latest generation of the Porsche 911 — the 991.
In fact, we believe that this revised Carrera will also get a GTS variant because the prototype caught here features a few telltale signs of the old GTS. First, it has a wider body and some additional air outlets in the rear bumper, just like the 2010 GTS did.
Up front, there is a new front bumper with revised air intakes and new, LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the rear end gets a new set of taillights, which lead us to believe that this GTS also carries the changes that we can expect across the entire 911 range — sans the wide-body kit, of course.
The facelifted Porsche 991 Carrera is expected to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015 and the GTS version should arrive during the same period.
The 2002 Mini Cooper S is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with an output of 163 horsepower — a pretty high number for such a tiny car. That said, why be satisfied with just one 1.6-liter engine, when you can have two?
Like this particular Mini Cooper, which was prepared by Jacques Andres and reviewed in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. This car was specially designed to run the 25 Hour of Thunderhill Endurance Race and is powered by two 1.6-liter, supercharged four-cylinders sending power to all four wheels.
The two engines develop a total of 500 horsepower and each engine can be operated individually, or simultaneously, but each needs to be started separately.
Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks about this very cool Mini Cooper. As usual he pushed the car to its limits to see how good it really is.
Porsche just unveiled the new Macan , which is essentially a smaller version of the Cayenne SUV, and reports already suggest a few updates are in the works for 2014. Currently the Macan is offered only with V-6 engines, but now it looks like the lineup will also carry a new, four-cylinder engine.
AutoExpress, which spoke to Dr Thomas Casper, manager of transmission and drivetrain development at Porsche, reports that we should expect a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine with a horsepower rating that will position it under the current 3.0-liter, V-6 engine, which delivers 340 horsepower.
More precisely, we are likely looking at something under the 300-horsepower mark. With two fewer cylinder sucking down fuel, on should expect a considerable jump in fuel economy.We also expect to see this engine find its way into the Boxster and Cayman — that likely won’t happen until a few months after the Macan.
We expect the four-cylinder Macan to check in at around the £40k area in Europe — about $65k at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Macan.
In true BMW fashion, the German automaker decided that a nice little teaser video would do well enough to drive up the anticipation leading up to the online unveilings of both models.
Well, Mission accomplished, BMW.
The video itself doesn’t give us a close look at the two models, only a creative strobe lights effect that shows the silhouettes of both models. It wasn’t much at the end of the day, but it was enough to make us all geeked up to see if Thursday really is the day that the next generation M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe finally make their world debuts, albeit in a virtual setting.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 BMW M3 Sedan and the 2014 BMW M4 Coupe
We’ve known for quite some time now that 2014 will be the final year for the current-generation Honda Ridgeline , but an official confirmation came today when Honda released the first teaser image of the next-generation pickup and announced that it is set to arrive "within two years."
According to Honda officials, the "next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment." Also, it looks like the next Ridgeline will play an important role in Honda’s future "product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."
The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.
Honda failed to reveal any information on what will power the new Ridgeline, but we suspect the same V-6 powertrain, but with output closer to the 300-horsepower mark. A four-cylinder setup is a possibility, given the Colorado has a four-pot offering, so keep an eye out for that too.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched a new sub-brand called "N." The new brand will consist of high-performance road cars, as well as the ambitious rally car project. As we know, Hyundai will be a part of the 2014 World Rally Championship and its resident rally car, the i20 WRC , will be the first product built under this new N brand.
By now, you must be wondering why the letter "N;" well, Hyundai is based in Namyang, Korea, and that is where the "N" comes from — easy enough. In an odd twist, the Hyundai N performance division isn’t actually based in Korea; it is actually stationed in Alzenau, Germany, which just outside Frankfurt.
This German plant is home to the 2014 rally car, and it is where the company has plans to build its road cars under the new N sub-brand. Having said that, we can’t say for sure whether these N performance rigs will be bespoke sports car or just tuned versions of existing Hyundai models.
Speaking at the press briefing, Hyundai motorsport president, Gyoo-Heon Choi, said: "This is the start of a new chapter in Hyundai’s history, one that we expect to have a positive impact on our brand around the globe."
Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai i20 WRC
The BMW Z4 lineup has remained change-free since its 2010 redesign, but this doesn’t mean tuners have lost interest in the 2014 Z4 roadster .
MB Individual Cars from Augsburg, Germany is one tuner with plenty of interest in the Z4, and it developed a pretty bad-ass for the sports roadster. The kit is mad entirely from carbon fiber and is limited to only 25 units that will be released in early 2014.
This Z4’s body is coated in a slick Mineral White, with the exposed carbon-fiber components that make up this kit. These components include the front spoiler lip, kidneys and air inlets, side-view mirrors, direction indicators, swords in the side sills, rear spoiler lip, rear diffuser insertion and some small swords for the lateral parts of the rear apron.
MB continued by adding in a set of wheels and interior improvements, but the tuner is also considering offering some engine upgrades in the near future.
Click past the jump to read more about BMW Z4 by MB Individual Cars.