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If you thought the new era of F1 with small, hybrid, turbocharged cars was a bad idea, listen up. Not only have Mercedes and Audi revealed new engines and cars that are using an electrified turbo system similar in function to the new F1 cars, Ferrari has jumped into the mix now too. According to a new report from 4 Wheel News, Ferrari is working on a new engine that features both a supercharger and an electronic turbo.

Now if you are a Ferrari purist, please put down the gun/torch/big stick and listen. The report clearly states that Ferrari’s high-end, V-12 cars will remain, and that the V-12 engines powering them will also remain naturally aspirated.

The supercharger will help provide lots of power with a small footprint, and the instant torque and boost from the electric turbocharger will reduce lag in the forced-induction system and help cut emissions and increase fuel economy.

We don’t have any information on what size or configuration the engine will come in, but considering the main goal of this engine is to cut emissions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see smaller V-8. A de-bored version of the California T’s 3.8-liter down to 3.6-liter wouldn’t be improbable. Ferrari could also go for a V-6 configuration. Whatever it chooses, expect power outputs to still be well above the 500-horsepower mark.

It is still a Ferrari after all.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future supercharged engine.

Source: 4wheelsnews

Don’t forget! This week’s show is Wednesday!!! Show starts at Noon (12:00 EDT). This week will be a fun one, I think. Justin doesn’t have any weekly wheels, but Mark and I have a pair of awesome machines. Mark was in the new Cadillac CTS and I have been bombing around in a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid .

When we finally get done with that, there is a whole pile of news we need to cover. Hot Wheels has made a real Darth Vader car, the ATS-V has been spied bombing around the Green Hell, the VW Eos is dead, we have new info on the Polaris Slingshot, there is a new SVT Mustang coming and BMW has made a one-off version of the new i8. If we have time, there is also news about a new supercharged and turbocharged Ferrari engine, a new Mad Max movie is coming, and I want to talk about my time with 4K gaming.

Yeah, it’s a jam-packed show and I can’t wait.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a TopSpeed Podcast without some viewer questions and a round of Own, Drive Burn. If you join us for the live show, we will happily give you a shout out, and we will answer any live questions we get as well.

I’ll see you all tomorrow.

The Bentley Continental GT3-R made a lot of noise when it debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014. But as it turns out, Bentley is looking at the possibility of an even more powerful Continental in the future. Yes, more powerful than the 572-horsepower GT3-R.

Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke spoke to Autocar about the incredible demand generated by the Continental GT3-R. The company only released 300 units of the model and according to Donckerwolke, all 300 have been accounted for. It’s this incredible demand surrounding the GT3-R that leads Bentley to keep the door of a more extreme version of the sports car .

Donckerwolke also pointed out the incredible opportunity Bentley has in connecting to a younger market that might have become used to identifying the company as a luxury adult brand.

A car like the GT3-R showed that Bentley still has the chops to build models that celebrate its successful history in motorsports . But with a more powerful model, it can open itself up to establishing an identity with younger generations of buyers more like the one that surrounds Porsche and Aston martin .

Donckerwolke didn’t specifically divulge any details behind this potential British rocket, but we do know that the Continental GT3-R has set the bar on how fast and powerful the Continental can be. If a more powerful Continental GT3-R is in the works, anything less than 600 horsepower would be a disappointment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

Source: AutoCar

It seems development for the upcoming Cadillac ATS V is moving along nicely. The 3 Series fighter was just recently seen viciously attacking the Nürburgring’s corners and hills. Though this ATS mule is still wearing its swirly white camouflage wrap, it seems the car is pretty well sorted.

While Cadillac has yet to announce anything official, it’s very likely the twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 will be the V’s motivating force. That’s the same powerplant currently found in the larger CTS Vsport. In that application, the boosted V-6 makes a respectable 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, however, it’s possible Cadillac will crank up the wick, reaching closer to 450 horses and 450 pound-feet. Remember, this will be the top-dog V trim, a direct rival with the BMW M3 .

The CTS Vsport’s eight-speed automatic transmission is also likely to make the jump to the ATS-V. A manual-shift mode with paddle shifters will keep the driving excitement, while the quad exhaust reminds the driver of the two turbochargers spooling under the hood.

The video includes some pretty great action sequences, including some rally-like airtime over the Nürburgring’s Flugplatz, or ‘flight place’ section, at the 47-second mark. An uninterrupted sound bite of the V-6 occurs just 10 seconds into the video, as the ATS ATS -V casually accelerates up a driveway at low rpms. Other instances throughout the short video demonstrate the V-6’s screaming abilities.

The Cadillac ATS-V is due out for the 2016 model year and will likely make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show happening in November 2014. Expect to pay around $55,000 for the M3 fighter.

The 1970’s were a great time for car movies . Bullit, The Italian Job, and Vanishing Point all arrived on the scene, and flaunted the power and appeal of great cars. And then there was Mad Max. Mel Gibson starred in a trio of movies filled with fast cars , angry bad guys and lots explosions. It was glorious. In the second film, there was a major focus on off-road mayhem and custom contraptions of motorized carnage. Now, a full 30 years after the last Mad Max film, the franchise is coming back, and it looks better than ever.

This is the first official trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road"

No, Mel Gibson has not returned, instead we have Tom Hardy taking over the role of Max. If you recognize that name, he was the man who played Bane in the Dark Knight Rises. The trailer is full of everything we have come to expect from Mad Max films including lots of modified cars, plenty of sadistic maniacs, and more than a few guns and fireballs. It looks just epic.

If you had any doubt that a new Mad Max film was a great idea, hit that play button and prepare to be proved completely wrong.

The new film hits theaters in May 2015.

It appears that the future of gaming may be upon us and it wears the name “4K.” With four times the numbers of pixels on the screen, all your games are supposed to look extra crisp and all those little details will stand out in the distance. Imagine how much better a game like Forza Motorsports or Gran Turismo would be if they looked even better.

Two of the latest and greatest racing games out right now, Grid Autosport and Next Car Game, both are 4K ready, and I wanted to see if there really was a big difference in how it feels to play a racing game with a setup like this.

I was able to snag a 4K resolution monitor from the fine folks at Asus, and I got to work. With the cost of 4K monitors still high, is this something anyone should consider?

Check out the future of gaming in 4K after the break.

We’ve already seen photos of the upcoming 2016 Mustang SVT lapping the Nurburgring, thanks to our paparazzi earlier this week. Now, time has come to have a more dynamic look at the high-performance muscle car as TouriClips released a three-minute video with two SVTs being trotted around the "Green Hell".

And boy what a video this is! Not only are the two coupes tackling the iconic German course at full throttle, they’re also doing so rather aggressively, having no trouble taking those tight curves at high speed. In fact, tire squeal is kept to a minimum, which says a lot about Mustang’s ability on the track, especially with that new independent suspension mounted in the rear. Speaking of tire screech, its absence also allows us to hear that wonderful V-8 growl better.

The engine sounds like there’s no forced induction, meaning the SVT is motivated by an updated, all-motor, 5.0-liter Coyote, maybe with a slight displacement increase. We expect output to sit in the 500-horsepower area — a bonus of at least 70 ponies compared to the range-topping Mustang GT. Naturally, the extra power will be backed by a lowered curb weight, a re-tuned chassis, and that mean-looking, aerodynamic body kit.

Details are still under wraps — or under camouflage if you will — but the prototype appears to be running on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. The aggressive stance is further enhance by the massive quad exhaust pipes integrated in the rear diffuser. All told, the 2016 Mustang SVT looks, sound and acts like a race car on the ’Ring. That’s reason enough to keep us excited and on the lookout for more details. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more info on this hot muscle car .

Looks like the engineers at Porsche are testing out the latest version of the mighty 911. This is likely the upcoming 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS . The test mule is sporting those signature 911 Turbo air intakes on the side fenders, the same wheels we saw on the 911 GTS RS scale model that leaked last month, and that massive rear wing.

Rumors suggest the 911 GT3 RS will have a turbocharged version of the 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder likely making just over 500 horsepower. A PDK transmission will also be a part of the GT3 RS, giving drivers lightning-fast shifts. With a 0-to-60-mph time estimated around three seconds and a top speed just under 200 mph, the RS version of the 911 GT3 will definitely be a superior performer.

This particular test mule is fitted with an internal roll cage and several layers of body cladding, the first designed to protect the occupants and the latter designed to preserve the new Porsche’s true identity. There’s no covering up that beautiful exhaust note, however. It bellows from the tailpipes with a fierceness as the PDK slams into the next gear.

Video evidence like this makes us look forward to hearing official words from Porsche on its upcoming model. Be sure to check out the short video above.

With 420 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque on tap, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most powerful luxury SUVs on the market. However, we’re aware that some drivers, would be happier with more ponies sent to the wheels. Those fellows have the option of supercharging the 6.2-liter V-8 with help from Hennessey Performance and its HPE550 upgrade.

The update adds many performance parts to the engine, including a high-flow intercooling system, gaskets and other hardware. But, more importantly, it takes its output up to a whopping 552 horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to push it from naught to 60 mph in about 4.9 seconds, nearly a two-second improvement over the standard Escalade. Needless to say, it should keep most power-addicted SUV drivers pretty happy.

We might have to wait a while longer to see one of these beefed-up Escalades in action, but in the meantime, Hennessey Performance has release some dyno footage with the SUV revved to its limit. If you need your daily dose of supercharger whine, you’ve come to the right place. Hit the play button above and pump up the volume.

Cross-brand marketing is about as sure as it gets when it comes to hitting two birds with one stone. It becomes even more important when you have two brands that fall on different market segments. That’s the case with the recent collaboration between Ferrari and Oakley, and the release of the Ferrari-branded Oakley sunglass line.

We’re all familiar with Ferrari and Oakley, and both brands are household names. But the difference between the two is the disparately different market that each one caters to. One has products specifically for the super rich and the other is geared towards youth and adventure.

But here’s the thing; the two are so famous independent of each other that a collaboration stands to benefit both companies. The sunglasses themselves look awesome with the supercar builder’s badge prominently displayed on them. And its not like these sunglasses are of the cereal box variety, as Oakley’s some of the best in the business and Ferrari is Ferrari.

I personally have been a loyal customer of Oakley for the past 12 years, so you better believe I’m scooping a pair up as soon as I can. Likewise, I’m confident that a lot of you will be eyeing a pair, too, even if it means keeping the purchase on the down-low lest you want to be subjected to the objections of your significant other.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Scuderia Sunglasses By Oakley.


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