The British magazine EVO put head to head the recently launched Ferrari 458 Speciale , its base version the 458 Italia and its predecessor, the hardcore 430 Scuderia . All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack in the UK.
In terms of output figures it’s 605 horsepower (458 Speciale) vs. 570 horsepower (base 458 Italia) vs. 503 horsepower (430 Scuderia), so it appears that the 458 Speciale has a huge advantage on the racetrack, but we all know that it’s not all about horsepower on the racetrack. Check out the video to see what Jethro Bovingdon thinks of the three supercars and which one did best on the track.
As a reminder, the 458 Speciale is powered by the same 4.5-liter, V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia, but with the output increased to 605 horsepower and 398 pound-feet. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just only 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.
We’re pretty sure that most of you have heard, or maybe even said, "man, I would give my left nut to get that car." We are also pretty sure that anyone who has uttered those words would likely back off of them when the opportunity presented itself. Well, we found one man that took someone up on the offer... sort of.
Enter in Mark Parisi, the man that essentially sold his testicle to buy his dream car, a Nissan 370Z . He announced on CBS’s show The Doctors that his testicle will go to medical science research and that his reward for the donation was a cool 35k. Just enough to buy the 370Z that he so dearly desired.
We don’t know about you, but selling off one-third of your manhood for a $35,000 Nissan seems a little crazy, but that’s just our opinion. Now, we may have a tougher debate if said manhood removal would net us a Ferrari LaFerrari or a Porsche 918 Spyder . We guess everyone has their price...
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It’s been a while since we last caught the upcoming Audi S1 out and about testing, but today our spy photographers managed to spot it somewhere in on public roads in Germany and inside an Audi facility. Unlike the previous prototypes, this one dropped some of the camouflage and is getting closer to the final product.
The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers is powered by a gasoline engine, most likely the 2.0-liter TFSI engine with somewhere in the 220- to 250-horsepower area. The power will be sent to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro system.
The new S1 will be offered to those customers interested in a sport hatchback, but whom haven’t had the chance to buy one of the 333 A1 Quattro units. The S1 will offer similar performance figures, but a milder and less extreme body kit.
The new Audi S1 is expected to be unveiled in early 2014 in both three- and five-door configurations.
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Toreros come and go, as do the bulls they fight. The Lamborghini Gallardo has retired from the arena after almost a decade in production, and now the Lamborghini Cabrera, or whatever the final production name ends up being, is next in line to replace the best-sold Lamborghini to date. Spy shots of the upcoming bull are all over the Internet, and now, for the first time, an Italian magazine has published what could be photos of the production Cabrera.
Although we can’t confirm these to be of the actual supercar , the designers are worthy of praise for giving us a glimpse of what could be the next Lamborghini model in the December issue of Quattroruote magazine. If these images are just digital renders, then the artists deserve loads of credit.
With these supposedly leaked images of the Cabrera wearing a Aventador -esque dress in yellow hue, you do get a sense of a baby Aventador — just like all of the rumors are claiming this new model will be.
The sleek headlamp cluster has twin luminous strips in a "V" shape, The front bumper, with its large twin air-intakes, are also something you would expect on a Lamborghini .
From the side, the subtle similarities with the Aventador are more evident. Towards the rear, the horizontal taillight cluster and the unbroken mesh grille under it have been carried over from the past model, albeit with redesigned, contemporary look.
These images certainly look the part of real leaks, but with so many spot-on renderings circulating the Internet, we cannot say if these are real or not.
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If it’s a classic from Maranello that is rare and has won races in the past, you can’t expect it to come cheap. That fact that was proved once again at a car auction in New York, where a gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, along with other more collectible items from the history of the automobile, were on sale.
Noted auction houses, Sotheby’s and RM Auctions , brought 32 trophy vehicles that fetched a total of $62.8 million in sales. Of that $62.8 million, the Ferrari 250 LM was contributed a whopping $14.3 million, more than double that of the previous 250 LM sold and a new record for the model.
The sale of the 1964 250 LM also got its name in the costliest Ferrari’s ever sold list. Ferrari never produced more than 32 examples of the 250LM.
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Considering that the current Audi R8 already uses a lightweight aluminum structure, news that the German automaker plans to drop as much as 130 pounds on the second-generation R8 caught a lot of people by surprise.
So why is this important news? Well, for one, it could usher in a new era of how the company will construct the bodies of its cars moving forward. And another thing: don’t sleep on what 130 pounds less can do to the performance characteristics of a car, let alone one that’s as fast and powerful as the R8.
That’s exactly what we could be in store for if recent comments by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg have any weight to them. At the LA Auto Show , Hackenberg told Motor Trend of the company’s plan to offer a lighter Audi R8, which could very well mean that the automaker will be improving upon its current lightweight aluminum structure technology.
Hackenberg stopped short of diving into specifics, but he did indicate that the company will use what it calls a ‘multi-material’ strategy where some elements of aluminum on the current car will be replaced with lighter carbon fiber and more of the latter material will be used in the floor structure and center tunnel.
The second generation Audi R8 is scheduled to be released in the next few years so there’s still enough time to dissect what the company has in store for its resident supercar.
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What does this mean? Well, visitors can push the ignition button from the screen to hear the revs of the supercar’s new engine. Lamborghini said nothing about it, but rumors suggest it will be a considerably improved version of the current V-10 engine with its output nearing the 600-horsepower range.
Our only question is why the microsite is called "Hexagon Project" when most people expect the new supercar to be called Cabrera ? Could it because we are maybe not listening to the Gallardo’s successor, but just another special based on the Aventador — a model that features lots of hexagonal lines? We can’t tell for sure, but considering the Cabrera is the only model that Lamborghini is currently testing, to our knowledge, we tend to believe that this is the first teaser for the Gallardo successor.
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The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1 .
BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.
Less is known about the possible X7 SUV . This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.
BFGoodrich has certainly made a name for itself over the years in all arenas of motorsports , but its last major victory was in the 46th annual Tecate SCORE International desert racing series within the 2013 Baja 1000. Drivers rolling on BFGs captured four of the top five overall positions in the series. Adding to BFGoodrich’s bragging rights, the company also equipped seven of the top 10 Trophy Trucks with its tires.
What’s more, BFGoodrich claimed wins in 10 vehicle classes, including defending its title in the Baja Challenge Class as Team BFGoodrich’s BC2 team emerged victorious by a clear four-hour margin to with the event for the second straight year. The BC2 vehicle was driven by Terry Earwood, the Lead Instructor for Skip Barber Racing School.
Percentage wise, BFGoodrich was the clear leader with nearly 65 percent of all four-wheeled, race-finishing vehicles rolling on BFG-branded tires. Everything from BFG All-Terrain and Mud Terrain tread designs to desert-race specific tires and tread designs were represented.
The grueling high-speed, off-road race is 883 miles of huge dips, gullies, jumps, and deep sand that begins and ends at Ensenada, Mexico. Nearly 300 racers representing more than 20 counties must endure the incessant pounding and jostling of obstacles that would shred any stock vehicle. In fact, more than 50 percent of racers failed to finish the race within the 36-hour time limit. Adding to the Baja’s difficulties are booby-traps scattered across the course set by ill-willed spectators looking for a harrowing crash. More than a few vehicles each year are claimed by such a fate.
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Shortly after Mercedes unveiled the new CLA sedan , Gordon Wagener — the company’s head of design — announced that a shooting brake version was just around the corner. Still, ever since the announcement was made back in April, we never caught the CLA Shooting Brake out testing.
Today, however, our spy photographers got lucky and the model was spied up close wearing very little camouflage. In fact, we’re not too sure why Mercedes to tried hide it, because the CLA Shooting Brake’s back end will be basically identical to the CLS Shooting Brake , while the front end retains the CLA look.
As for the engine and gearbox lineup, expect it to borrow the sedan’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engines offered in two output levels, one with 121 horsepower and one with 154 horsepower. Rumors suggest that we will also see an AMG version offered with the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.
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