When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show we were all in amazement. Within that amazement was a sense of a sense of pessimism, as we were unsure exactly how this future successor to the Carrera GT would look and run in the real world. We all know that manufacturers have a habit of “overestimating” its cars at these shows, to put it nicely.
After more than three years, the 918 Spyder ended its testing phase and is ready for its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 918 has made many passes around the “Green Hell,” thrashing its predecessor’s time in the process. All of these laps around the famed Nürburgring and at Porsche’s test facilities have given the automaker enough details to allow it to piece together all of its specs.
So, is the 918 Spyder everything it has been hyped up to be?
Update 10/02/2013: Porsche unveiled a new promo video (above) for the new 918 Spyder in that it explains the design concept behind the new supercar. Enjoy!
Update 11/18/2013: Shortly after the first 918 Spyder units were delivered, Porsche announced a series of improvements for the new electric supercar. With the new improvements, the model equipped with the Weissach package will go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds), from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds), and from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds). Also, when only the two electric motors run, the model goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions.
Update 12/04/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video showing its new 918 Spyder in action on the on the Valencia racetrack. Enjoy!
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When Polyphony Digital announced Gran Turismo 6, it also announced that a series of makers around the globe would develop a series of concept cars especially for the game. With Mercedes and BMW revealing their respective concepts, the folks over at Red Bull Racing have now released their creation.
You shouldn’t be very surprised to hear that Red Bull is providing a concept for GT6, as it did the same thing for GT5 when it released the X2010 .
The concept developed for GT6 is called X2014 and it is offered in three different versions: the Red Bull X2014 Fan (X2014/F), the Red Bull X2014 Standard (X2014/S) and the Red Bull X2014 Junior (X2014/J). So, we’re not talking about just one car, but three different concepts imagined for the racing world.
All three of them were designed by Polyphony Digital Inc. in collaboration with Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of four-time F1 champions, Red Bull Racing.
Just like with the other concepts, the new X2014 will be offered exclusively int he GT6, so if you want to drive it, you’ll have to buy the game.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6.
With the new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, we can only assume that Chevy will be revealing higher-performance versions in the near future. One of these new high-performance versions is the successor to the Z06, and, according to Chevrolet’s official confirmation it will keep the same nomenclature during the seventh generation.
The Corvette Z06 will keep enthusiasts happy until the the new ZR1 model hits the market late in this generation’s product cycle.
Just like the previous Z06 , the new model, will likely feature a sportier suspension system, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and larger Michelin tires to help keep the speedy `Vette glued to the road. Rumors suggest that the Z06 will carry a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and mates to a Tremec TR-6070, seven-speed manual transmission.
Savvy spy shooters have caught the Z06 out and about testing on several occasions, and we have created a rendering (above) to help give you a better idea of what to expect. We anticipate seeing the Z06 debut in early 2015, which points to it bowing in at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .
Updated 12/04/2013: Chevrolet officially confirmed today that the new 2015 Corvette Z06 will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . According to GM, it will be "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features." Along with this announcement comes the release of the first teaser image of the new Z06, which you can see above.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
It is a well-known fact that cars like the BMW M3 and the larger M5 are so perfect that they are nearly impossible to make any better. That’s about as perfect a sports sedan can be. You could toss in a custom cat-back exhaust, new mufflers and larger wheels and that is about it. Going any further with engine mods will ruin the fun of owning a BMW M-series.
You can, however, add on an aftermarket body kit, if you like, and give the M5 a little extra style.
Vorsteiner, a California-based tuner, has an upgrade kit that can help make your M5 stand out. The company has just released aero mods for the 2014 BMW M5 . The kit includes a front carbon-fiber spoiler and a rear diffuser both of which are cured in an Autoclave for increased strength and durability. The carbon-fiber composites are treated with a four-stage, UV-inhibiting clear lacquer coating.
Vorsteiner also offers unique 19-, 20-, 21- or 22-inch wheels with widths ranging from 8.5 to 13 inches, and a cat-back exhaust for the F10 BMW M5. You also get a couple of Vorsteiner badges and other minor exterior modifications.
Aside from the cat-back exhaust, there are no other engine mods to speak of on this Vorsteiner-modified M5.
Caractere Exclusive has just finished work on the recently revised Porsche Panamera , but that didn’t stop it from jumping into a new project. This time, it turned its attention to the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
Known for building some impressive programs for Porsche vehicles, Caractere Exclusive has another one to offer its loyal customer base. While it doesn’t have the same comprehensive list of goodies that we’ve come to expect from the company, it still makes the 911 Cabriolet look all sorts of wicked.
What’s of particular note about this program is that the kit it comes with was built entirely from polyurethane (PU) that was done through the reaction injection molding (RIM) process. A host of components have been built using this material, including a redesigned front bumper with built-in air intakes. New side skirts are also part of the program, all of which come with integrated air intakes and outlets.
Around back, there’s a new rear wing that has its own brake light, as well as engine vents, and a new trunk lid. Rounding out the program is a new rear spoiler and a set of 20- or 21-inch, three-piece modular matte GRAPHITE CW2 forged alloy wheels.
Click past the jump to read more about Caractere Exclusive’s program for the Porsche 911 Cabriolet
How often do you think, the 2014 Chevrolet SS does not produce enough power? Apparently, it is a performance sedan with over 400 horsepower crammed into its engine bay and still, it isn’t enough for many motorheads. More is always better and in the case of the Chevrolet SS and its V-8 powerplant, there’s even more to be had than just 415 horsepower.
Callaway was first to come forward to inject some pop into the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with a nice tuning package. With it, the Chevrolet SS pumped out 570 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque. Now, that’s what you call a performance sedan. At least, Callaway seems satisfied with the output.
Our friends from Texas aren’t far behind either. Hennessey Performance has put up a teaser video of what we could expect form the world-famous tuning house. The video shows a base-line dyno run of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan. On the dyno, the SS clocks 359 horsepower at the wheel and 367 pound-feet in factory-spec, which seems about right.
Although, information about the Hennessey-tuned Chevrolet SS is scarce, we believe Hennessey could be aiming for an output figure of around 600 horsepower. This may be slightly more than the Callaway SS, giving Hennessey a slight lead in tuning the next great Chevrolet sedan .
Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet SS by Hennessey
After impressive success during the 2013 season, Honda prepares to return to the 2014 WTCC season with an updated Civic WTCC . The company offered the initial details and image of the car today, but full specifications will be announced closer to the racing season.
The 2013 Civic WTCC gets a revised aerodynamic package, with subtle styling change to the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler. Under its hood, the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine was also tricked to deliver a little bit more power.
Honda is currently preparing two cars that JAS Motorsport will enter in the competition with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel, and a few additional units for private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani, respectively.
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The 2013 Essen Motor Show has just concluded, giving us a sense of what’s going on in the European tuner car scene. Manhart Racing had very special car on display, much like other tuners who had gathered at the annual exposition. But, before we come to that, let us give you a brief background of the donor car.
The BMW M135i has captured the imagination of every auto enthusiast on this planet. A small, affordable hatchback with a pokey little in-line six-cylinder engine developing loads of power and bucket full of adrenaline.
Manhart has taken the M135i and turned it into a rear-wheel drive drift maniac. How have they done it and why are we so excited about it? Well, we think 400 horsepower would answer all your questions.
Yes, this tiny BMW M135i now produces 403 PS (397 horsepower) and 561 newton meters (413 pound-feet) of torque from its six-cylinder engine. That’s 63 PS more than the standard car. So, you have 403 horses driving the 19 inch OZ Ultraleggera wheels. What could go wrong, apart from lots of tire smoke.
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The Volkswgen Touareg is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and while a lot of folks in Europe have enjoyed the full-sized SUV for as long as it’s been around, people here in the US haven’t had that long of a love affair with the vehicle.
The German automaker hopes to change all that after announcing that a special-edition Touareg, dubbed the Touareg X, is coming to America.
The "X" designation on the SUV is a reference to its 10th year anniversary and as one can expect with a limited-run set, the Touareg X has its fair share of custom goodies, befitting of its stature as a special edition.
The SUV itself is based on the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel Lux and has been revised to include a number of new features, including a Moonlight Blue Pearl exterior, a new set of 19-inch, Moab-style alloy wheels, and an interior that’s been dressed to the nines.
One look at the cabin and you immediately know that this Touareg is dressed to impress. There are Vienna leather seats, a black headliner and engineered ebony wood trim. In addition to all of that, the Touareg X’s cabin also got piano black accents, illuminated sill plates and faux aluminum pedal covers.
Power wasn’t modified, and yet we don’t think anybody will have problems with the Touareg X’s 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 engine, developing 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
Like we said, the Touareg X is a limited run vehicle with only 1,000 units earmarked to come Stateside. Pricing begins at $56,170.
Click past the jump to read about the Volkswagen Touareg
The Range Rover Sport is one of those SUV s that doesn’t really need to a whole lot to grab attention. But if an aftermarket company is willing to give it some added shine, we doubt the SUV will have any complaints about it.
One of the best tuners for Range Rovers happens to be really good at things like this and at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, Startech presented a program that took a pretty long time to build. Then again, with programs of this quality, you can’t short change the time it takes to get it up in full swing.
Designed to further enhance the Range Rover Sport’s already appealing visage, the Startech program comes with a load of new features, the most prominent of which are new body components, including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and hooked up with LED daytime running lights. At the rear, a new diffuser was also installed, as well as a stainless-steel sports exhaust system, adding that throatier response that will be of good use with the performance kit added under the SUV’s hood.
Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 22-inch alloy wheels and a suspension lowering module that can drop the SUV’s ride height by about 25 mm (0.98 inches).
Meanwhile, the interior’s been spruced up with some fine upholstery material, something the Range Rover Sport deserves. Be it premium leather or Alcantara, the material is nothing but top-of-the-line and complemented nicely by carbon-fiber and exotic-wood trim.
Finally, this program wouldn’t be complete without any performance mods and that’s exactly what Startech did. The tuner equipped the SUV with an SD30 S tuning kit, driving up the output of the Range Rover Sport to 323 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice jump from the stock 258 horsepower and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) of torque from the stock 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. This power allows the vehicle to hit 62 mph in 6.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 138 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about Startech’s program for the Range Rover Sport