It is no surprise that Hennessey Performance was among the first tuners to upgrade the new Corvette Stingray . For the 2014 Stingray, the tuner offers four different levels of upgrades, with power ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower, and with prices going up to $67,950.
Today, we get to have a good look and listen to the smallest of the Hennessey upgrades, the HPE600. The model was driven by John Heinricy at the Lonestar Motorsports Park drag strip facility, which is adjacent to Hennessey Performance operations in Sealy, Texas.
And we gotta tell you that this video was fun enough just watching; we could only imagine getting behind the wheel of this nighty C7 Corvette. What a dream come true that would be!
The HPE600 upgrade includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System. With these upgrades, the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower — up from the standard 455 horsepower. The HPE600 Corvette Stingray hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and sprints the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127 mph.
The Porsche 911 is a special car; no doubt about that. The 911’s following faithful are a committed group of people who appreciate the 911 for its driving prowess, its handling abilities, and of course, its rich German heritage. The little two-door, rear engine sports coupe has come along way in 50 years, but it has never forgotten where it came from.
Porsche decided to throw itself a little 50th anniversary party with this beautiful example of a 2013 911 Carrera S. Quite a few things are different about the car that make it unmistakably special, but perhaps the most special aspect is its limited production number of just 1,963. Any Porsche fanatic could instantly spot the blatant reference to the year 1963, which is when the 911 was originally introduced.
Porsche decided to switch things up a bit with the 1,963 anniversary edition 911s to be built. They all feature the wide-body work from the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4, but are only rear-wheel drive. The exterior receives a heaping helping of chrome bits not normally found on the Carrera S, while the interior features throwback cues, like houndstooth cloth seats with leather bolsters and green-colored instrument cluster markings. Even the 20-inch wheels pay homage to the original “Fuchs” wheels of the ’60s.
Just like 50 years ago, the horizontally-opposed engine sits out back, however, this example makes a few more ponies – 430 to be exact. Hooked to Porsche’s PDK transmission, the 911 needs only 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 185 mph. Upping the exclusivity, the anniversary edition makes even more power than the standard 911. Porsche made the Powerkit standard equipment, including the Sport Chrono Package and sport exhaust system.
Whether you’re a Porsche junkie or not, much appreciation and respect is due towards this 911. It celebrates 50 years of an industry leader - one that kept other companies up at night figuring out how to best such an unbeatable sports coupe.
Click past the jump for more pictures and info on the 50th anniversary 911
Do you remember the annoying teaser video Lamborghini dropped a week ago that told us nearly nothing about Lamborghini’s new car? It was about three guys from London who wanted to take a trip to Lamborghini ’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and be the first ones to see "the new creature car," which we believe to be the Gallardo’s successor.
Well, now the annoying story continues, and this time it shows the three guys inside Lamborghini’s museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. From there, they sneak inside the factory where the new supercar is supposedly being developed. As expected, this video also shows nothing about the new car, but it does feature the obligatory good looking woman, who will apparently be part of the next episode. So, the waiting continues...
The Gallardo succesor, which reports are pointing toward not being called the Cabrera , despite previous reports that it would carry that name, will be revealed sometime before Christmas. Various reports indicate that the model will be in fact be a stumpy version of the Aventador, but with a personality all its own.
Despite the economic downturn in some parts of the world, there are just some brands that appear immune to these things. Ferrari is one of them and if its new prized beauty — the 458 Speciale — is any indication, it still has no problem selling out its models quickly.
According to a report by Australia’s Motoring, the Italian automaker has already closed the books for the entire production run of the 458 Speciale units in its first year. What that means is if you were planning to have your name added to the order books, you’re going to have to now wait at least a year to do it.
That news doesn’t really come as a surprise, especially for a car that pretty much is a better version of the 458 Italia . And that supercar has been selling remarkably well for Ferrari. It’s lighter, faster, and more powerful than any car Ferrari has ever built outside the F12Berlinetta and the LaFerrari .
So it figures that with these credentials, the 458 Speciale was going to attract tremendous attention, even if the price tag for a model hits at $300,000. That’s the price people pay for awesomeness, and apparently, there are more than enough people willing to hand over that amount for a chance to own a piece of Maranello’s finest.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale
We are less than 24 hours away from the official launch of the 2014 BMW M3 and M4 Coupe. The much awaited sports coupe and sedan have been around the world showcasing their fancy new bodies and along the sidelines, BMW has been steady releasing details about the powertrain and other technical bits to the media. There’s excitement in the air as the zero hour approaches.
Meanwhile, insiders close to the journalism fraternity are hard work trying to get as much information out to the public as possible. A few hours ago, we brought you the first official high-resolution images of both the cars, which had apparently leaked onto the internet earlier in the day. Now, AutoBild has blown the lid off of the embargo by posting a video showing both the M3 and M4 being thrashed around the Ascari circuit in southern Spain.
Unfortunately, the video is in German. We’re sure those who understand the language will enjoy the introductory video shot by AutoBild magazine, and those of you who do not understand can still understand the language the in-line, six-pot engine speaks. The short video also includes the original E30 M3 , giving us an idea as to how much the M3 has evolved in the past three decades.
Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the Concept Coupe — the first of three concepts — based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The coupe was a design study commissioned to give us a glimpse of the future Volvo design direction.
Now under the watchful eye of Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design, the Swedish car maker has unveiled the second concept dubbed the Concept XC Coupe.
Per Volvo’s naming convention, ’XC’ is the prefix used for all things SUV . So, the Concept XC is nothing but a showcase future Volvo SUV designs, and it will show its face at the upcoming 2014 Detroit Motor show . This being a concept, Volvo has not revealed any technical details as of yet.
Like all manufacturers, Volvo too is switching to modular construction in order to keep a tab on development costs. The company’s Scalable Product Architecture will underpin all future Volvo cars, including crossovers , full-size SUVs and sedans .
Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo Concept XC Coupe
BMW is all set to launch the 2014 BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe on Thursday, December 12, 2013. A day ahead of the launch, we bring you the first official images that have leaked onto the Internet. What you are looking at, is a set of official high resolution images of the new M4.
BMW had unveiled the concept M4 at this year’s Pebble Beach Concourse in a brilliant new shade of gold, but BMW did not reveal the interior of the Concept M4. Since the M4 Concept’s unveiling, we’ve spotted test mules of the car in Europe, as well as in the U.S. The M4 was also put through intense tests on the Nordschleife in Germany.
After the official unveiling of the concept M4, BMW released some basic technical details about the upcoming M3 and M4 and, as expected from an M performance car, the 2014 M4 packs some serious power and modern technology.
BMW will announce the pricing for both the M3 and M4 on December 12, 2013. Keep watching this space for more on this.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 M4 Coupe
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.