This time around, Jay Leno was faster than Chris Harris, as he was the first one to test the new Porsche 918 Spyder . Regardless of who came first, we still bet that Chris Harris gives the 918 a more proper thrashing than Jay, and that’s no slight to Jay, as Harris is simply the best at pushing supercars to their limits.
The test took place at the Valencia circuit in the winter, which makes the test even more interesting, thanks to a cold set of tires.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 608 horsepower and two electric motors — one with 154 horsepower and other with 127 horsepower. With a combined output of "nearly 900 f*#king horsepower," to quote Chris, — 887 horsepower to be exact — the 918 Spyder can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph. Top speed is limited to 93 mph in E-Power mode.
Check out the video to see what Harris thinks about the 918 Spyder and why he considers it a very special car. One thing is for sure, Harris did a great job behind the wheel, as always.
We thought that we could go through the last two weeks of the year without having to deal with another auto company going though bankruptcy proceedings.
Turns out, we may see one pretty soon.
According to Italy’s La Repubblica, one of Italy’s most famous design houses, Bertone , is close to filing for bankruptcy after asking for court administration on December 11th. With this move, Bertone has 120 days to get its ship in order, specifically to find new investors that could inject some much-needed financing for the company.
Despite the popularity of its more recent models, Bertone has been teetering on shaky ground since the 2008 global economic crisis, and has failed to recover, causing it to drop a whole lot of its businesses in the process, including the sale of its Grugliasco factory in Turin to Fiat . Incidentally, the said plant is now the production home of the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte .
But that’s not all that’s been gut-punching Bertone in recent months. It’s struggled to field orders for Bertone Workshop, a division of the company it created to help offset its losses. Heck, it’s even failed to pay its employees for months, causing a lot of them to go on strike.
All that though pales in comparison to what Bertone is reportedly going through right now. it’s very existence is in serious danger, and unless the court-appointed administrator finds new investors for the company, it’s going to be a long winter for one of our favorite Italian design houses.
The good news is that Italian media has reported that a number of companies have expressed interest in buying Bertone, including a Turkish company that offered €2 million, which is about $2.75 million at the current exchange rates, for the company.
Here’s to hoping Bertone gets to right its ship sooner than later, and in one form or another. It’s a shame that it’s going through something like this, but like it or not, such is the reality of the world these days.
Click past the jump to read a little about one of Bertone’s latest creations, the Jet 2
Technical partnerships between competing brands is becoming a key part of surviving the crazy ups and downs of the automotive realm. We’ve seen it with Toyota and Subaru , Toyota and BMW , Renault and Nissan, and so on. To date, we’ve had yet to see a splash of a deal between two luxury automakers, but that is now history, as Daimler, AMG and Aston Martin have entered an interesting quid pro quo deal.
Now, the partnership between Daimler and Aston Martin has been through the rumormill before. At one point a rumor also incorrectly claimed that Aston Martin’s future depended on this possible partnership with Daimler . Well, that turned out to be untrue, of course, but this deal will certainly speed things along for the British sports car builder.
Daimler will receive up to 5-percent, non-voting shares in Aston Martin without cash consideration in return for helping build bespoke V-8 engines that will see use future Aston Martin models. The goal of these new engines is to deliver high performance and improved fuel efficiency. The shares will be awarded in stages that correspond to the progress made in this project, and the shares will allow Daimler to observe Aston Martin operations, but they will not have any direct control over Aston.
Daimler will be the fourth company to own Aston Martin shares — the other three are Prime Wagon, Adeem Investment and Investindustrial. Unlike the other three, Daimler also plans to start an additional cooperation to supply of electric components, plus a few other areas of cooperation that will be announced in the future.
Click past the jump to read more about the revived Lagonda - one of the first models rumored to get the new V-8 engine.
Lamborghini promised that we’ll get the first details on the Lamborghini Gallardo successor just in time for Christmas, which makes us think that these leaked images are legit. The images initially appeared on the Italian site LaStampa, but the guys over Carscoops managed to get them just before the Italian site took them down. This quick takedown again points toward these images being the real deal, but who knows.
Though still unconfirmed, all signs point to the Gallardo successor being named Huracan LP610-4, and not Cabrera as rumors initially claimed. The model also carries the "LP610-4" in its name, which means that its updated V-10 engine will deliver a total of 610 PS (602 horsepower). The model will also be offered with an all-wheel-drive system.
The images found today appear to be computer generated, but that doesn’t mean they are fake, as automakers often use computer-generated images when they display their vehicles digitally.
The Gallardo successor’s debut is now just days away, so we don’t have to wait too awful long to find out if these images are real or fake.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4.
You know a video game is awesome when it deems itself as still subject to further improvements even after it’s already being played in households all over the world.
That’s what we think of Gran Turismo 6 because, for all the incredible and realistic gameplay it offers, Polyphony Digital still cranks out updates and downloadable contents like the game depends on it. Even more impressive is the fact that developers can do it barely two weeks after the game hit shelves.
You know where we’re going here. Gran Turismo 6 has a new content gamers can download, and like most of what it’s produced for its predecessors, this one comes with a whole load of new cars and new features, including in-game mentoring coming from four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.
As for the cars, there’s a list that runs the gamut of Red Bull race cars, ranging from a racing kart all the way to the Red Bull X2014 Junior race car.
There’s a lot to like about this new content but the best thing about it is that it’s free, which means you won’t have to spend an iota to acquire it.
That’s about as good a holiday present as you can get from GT6 at this stage of the game.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Red Bull X2014
It wasn’t that long ago when Mercedes was fretting about the S-Class ’ lagging sales in the face of strong competition from the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 . So Merc sought an answer, and like a self-fulfilling premonition, it found a solution in the next-generation S-Class.
With a new flagship model in its fleet, customers can’t seem to have enough of the new S-Class, so much so that the German automaker announced that its ramping up production of its new luxury ride.
The law of supply and demand at its finest, folks.
With demand that its predecessor never received in its final days, the new S-Class has compelled Mercedes to add an extra 74 minutes a day on its employees’ schedule, beginning in 2014 at the Sindelfingen assembly plant in Germany where the luxury sedan is built. And this extended time comes after Mercedes already increased work days by 30 minutes this year on top of adding four shifts on Saturdays.
Such is the consequence of a strong 2013 in which the company reported an 11-percent increase in sales from January to November compared to the same time a year ago. In fact, the company has sold 1.32 million units in the first 11 months of the year, almost the same number it managed to sell for the entirety of 2012.
One reason for that is the surprising popularity of the S-Class, a car that has reinvigorated Mercedes’ attempts to rule the luxury car market.
So far so good, Mercedes. Now all you have to do is retain that momentum as 2014 rolls around.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
If you happen to be browsing the Internet for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones and would like to have good laugh doing so, why not read on to find out the most ludicrously expensive holiday gifts that you can buy these days. These are hand-picked, official merchandise put up for sale by world-famous car brands, like Ferrari , Lamborghini , Aston Martin , and others.
Very few among us could actually afford them, and if you are a sort of person who would not mind spending a thousand dollars on some carbon-fiber origami, we have provided direct links to the website to help you out with your shopping.
Before you click past the jump to read more about these uber-expensive items, we would like to wish all of you an early Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Click past the jump to see the five most overpriced automobile swag.
Back in 2012, BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder Concept car , which wasn’t a big surprise considering that the coupe concept appeared ripe for a removable top.
Now, that the i8 Coupe is ready to hit showrooms, potential buyers are waiting for a production version of the i8 Spyder to also hit the market.
A recent report from Bimmerpost suggests that BMW officials have approved the i8 Spyder for production, and that we should see it sometime in late 2015. The same report also suggests that BMW has already unveiled a production-ready model to insiders sometime last Friday. This production model featured a Solar Orange exterior paint — identical to what we’ve seen on the i3 — combined with blue highlights.
Of course the i8 Spyder will share the engine and the technical features with its coupe sibling. The exterior will remain nearly identical to the concept version, but with with the production styling aspects of the i8 Coupe.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 Coupe.
Kia revealed the first teaser image of a 2+2 sports car concept set to be unveiled in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show . The company described the concept car as a "stunning sports car," specially designed to deliver "head-turning looks whilst providing superb driving enjoyment whether on the road or at the track."
No other details were revealed, but the teaser image reveals a car with a sporty character, featuring the design lines we’ve seen on all the latest Kia vehicles. The concept appears to feature a long hood and pronounced wheel arches. The nose seems to feature a new headlight design for a Kia model.
More details on the concept will be released in the upcoming weeks, but the full specifications figures will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit. Stay tuned!
Click past the jump to read more about the rumored Kia sports car.
It looks like a future where Ferrari starts using turbocharged engines is drawing closer and closer to reality.
Rumors that Maranello is considering such a move have risen to the surface in recent weeks and now, well placed sources within Ferrari have told Motor Trend that the next-generation California will indeed get a turbocharged engine, in the form of a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, similar in design to the powertrain that currently resides under the Maserati Quattroporte’s hood.
It’s not going to be an identical engine, as the one the California will have will be built using all-Ferrari components, but make no mistake, it’s going to be turbocharged, making the new Cali the first Ferrari to use this engine setup since the mighty F40 .
Ferrari didn’t release the performance numbers of this engine, but its worth noting that the Quattroporte’s twin-turbo V-8 packs 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly more powerful than the current California’s naturally-aspirated, 4.3-liter V-8 that produces 483 horsepower and 372 pound-feet of torque output.
In addition to the turbocharged surprise, the next-gen California will also have its own physical makeover, none more important than reports that the supercar will have receive new body panels to go with an updated interior that will likely be driven up in class relative to what we’ve seen with past California models.
With the rest of its fleet still sparkling from their youthful ages, it’s high time that the California gets the same treatment.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari California