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.
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
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
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
Autocar recently had the opportunity to chat with a lead engineer from Lexus and according to the ex-development lead of the Lexus LF-A project, there are a few new high-performance models lined up for the future. The interaction with Haruhiko Tanahashi also raised rumors about a V-8 powered RC F coupe that could be headed for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .
So, although an LF-A replacement won’t happen in the near future, a couple of F models may provide some excitement. That is until a more reasonably priced LF-A enters the fray.
The new ’F products’ would form the Japanese car maker’s premium high-performance range, starting with the RC F, GS-F and IS F . Lexus is gearing-up to introduce the second-generation IS F sedan for a later date, while the RC Coupe could get a V-8 engine transplant soon.
On top of all of these in-the-works goodies, Lexus officials also hint of performance hybrids being a part of the F-product lineup. That is sure to get anybody amped up — gratuitous electricity pun very much intended.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus’ F lineup
When Venturi , the company that brought us the VBB-3 , announced its plans to enter the 2014 Formula E Championship with Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio, by its side, it not only added some much needed star power to the young racing series, but it also brought in another team that will compete in the series’ inaugural season next year.
The addition of the Venturi-DiCaprio team meant that a total of five constructors have now signed up for the series, which is scheduled to have its first ever race in Beijing, China on September 13, 2014.
Having DiCaprio as part of the Venturi team is important on a lot of facets. For one, his involvement will undoubtedly give the series a household name that it can attach itself to in order to attract mainstream fans and media alike.
It also validates DiCaprio’s commitment and reputation as one of the foremost proponents of eco friendliness. "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles," the Gatsby star said.
"Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”
But the most important aspect of Venturi’s entry to Formula E means that the roster of constructors that are joining the series is growing and it has some pretty highly regarded teams. More are expected to announce their plans of joining Formula E in the coming months, and judging by the teams that have already confirmed their participation, we’re confident that more auto brands will join in sooner than later.
Click past the jump to read a primer for the 2014 Formula E season
There is plenty to know about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang , ranging from its all-new body, to engine upgrades, to suspension and chassis overhauls. Chris Nelson of Automobile Magazine has gone straight to the source and interviewed Dave Pericak, the chief engineer over the Mustang project.
Pericak talks about what systems received upgrades and how that plays into the overall performance of the car. Starting from the underside of the pony, Pericak emphasized the fact the Mustang is in fact all-new with nothing more than a few bolts and nuts being carried over from the current-generation car . The 107-inch wheelbase and the 3.7-liter V-6 are the only other carryover items, one being a mere measurement of distance.
Diving into the under hood details, the pair discuss the Mustang’s three engine options and what that means for buyers in the U.S. and abroad. Keep in mind, the 2015 Mustang is the first global edition of the famed pony car Ford has ever produced. Besides the 3.7-liter V-6, the 5.0-liter V-8 returns with all-new cylinder heads and upgraded lower components like its crankshaft that, if you read between the lines, will push it well above its current 420-horsepower rating.
The biggest news, however, is the addition of the 2.3-liter, EcoBoost in-line four. The engine was designed for the Mustang platform and features enough technology to produce over 300 horsepower, while still earning the best (estimated) EPA fuel economy numbers in Mustang history.
Click past the jump for more info on the 2015 Ford Mustang