It seems like we’ve been waiting for the Alfa Romeo 4C for over a decade now. We know it really hasn’t been that long, but the wait for this car has been real a patience-tester.
It now appears that the horizon is finally upon us; the 4C Coupe and Roadster appears to be within our sights.
At least that’s what Chrysler & Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the Detroit Auto Show when he declared that the 4C will go on sale in the U.S. before the end of the year. "We’re finalizing the car now, so it should be here by the end of the year," Marchionne was quoted by The Detroit News.
Yet even that latest proclamation was met with a little confusion after a statement earlier last week pretty much said that the 4C’s U.S. debut will be delayed in light of continuing talks regarding the return of the Italian automaker on U.S. soil.
At this point, it’s probably a more prudent approach to simply wait for the car to appear in dealerships. We’ve waited long enough for the 4C, anyway. What’s another year’s worth of keeping an eye out for its debut?
At the very least, we’re waiting for a pretty spicy sports car, one that comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that develops 230 horsepower with a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of less than five seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Now that production of the Lexus LF-A has come to an end, the Japanese automaker is left without a sports car in its lineup. While it’s a hard to replace a “halo car” like the LF-A, Autocar is reporting that the LF-CC Concept , the same one that made its debut at the Paris Auto Show last September, could take the reins from the LF-A as the company’s next sports car.
According to the report, steps are already underway to begin development of a production LF-CC. This stems from a Lexus source saying that the objective this time around isn’t to showcase a limited-edition supercar the way they did with the LF-A, but to build a car that was “exciting and emotional,” and one that reflects Lexus’ intended future image as a “sporting” brand.
The new sports car will wear both coupe and convertible guise, and will carry styling cues from the concept LF-CC. A rear-drive platform is also likely to be used, similar to the setups Lexus used on the new IS and GS models. But most importantly, the production LF-CC is poised to carry a hybrid powertrain.
We have no illusions that the production LF-CC will eventually supplant the LF-A as Lexus’ fabled supercar, but we do understand the latter’s impact in giving Lexus some sports car chops, something it hasn’t had in a long time.
Here’s to hoping that the production LF-CC can carry that tradition when it makes its reported debut by 2015.
The Detroit Auto Show just isn’t a place to see all-new model, it is also a great place to get juicy news for future developments. Included in the news gathered from Detroit is that Bentley has finally felt the itch to develop a plug-in Hybrid model after a successful track record of announcing cars powered by fuel-chugging V-8s and W-12s.
With Rolls Royce already jumping onto the bandwagon with the Phantom 102EX , Bentley CEO Dr Wolfgang Schreiber has announced plans to introduce a green variant to Bentley’s lineup.
Such a variant will grace the bodies of the Bentleys starting within three years, as Schreiber is quoted saying “It might actually be too late for diesel now, plug-in hybrids offer an even better fuel economy and don’t alienate petrol-only markets, we won’t see them for the next three years, but for us a plug-in hybrid is a must.”
Bear in mind though, that the decision for a hybrid model hasn’t been confirmed by the board as diesel power is still in the cards. However, given the fact that diesel power isn’t very popular in Bentley ’s strong markets — Middle East, U.S and China — a plug in hybrid system will most likely be the favorite choice among the Bentley Boys, according to Dr Schreiber.
If such a project takes off, expect the hybrid system to be developed by Volkswagen in coordination with Audi and Porsche. Details are still scarce on what particular system will be used. So, once they roll in, we’ll post them as soon as possible
The Lamborghini Calà is arguably the rarest modern-day Lamborghini supercar. First displayed at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show , the Calà never made it as a production model with Lamborghini building only three units of the supercar.
Eighteen years after it first made jaws drop in Geneva, the Fabrizio Giugiaro-designed Calà is set to return to the spotlight where it is set to join some of the most beautiful Lambos in the world, as the Italian automaker celebrates its 50th anniversary.
No less than Giugiaro himself will be seated behind the wheel of the Calà when the car takes part in the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour. Considering that the ridiculously rare supercar hasn’t been out in the public spotlight since God only knows when, it’s Calà name - translated from Piedmentese, it means “look over there!” - is all the more appropriate, given that’s exactly the reaction people will have when the supercar returns to the road.
A brief refresher course on the Calà: the car is completely hand built with bodywork made out of carbon fiber and comes with a number of design elements from many of its predecessors, including the Miura-like headlights and the windscreen that’s reminiscent of the Countach. Under its hood, the Calà is powered by a 4.0-liter V-10 engine that produces 372 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and mates to a rear-wheel-drive system.
This car has only been uncovered for a few days and people are already lining up to have it headline their shows. That’s the mark of what is looking like a transcendent supercar.
The Corvette Stingray, together with the original Sting Rays, will actually be part of an exhibit at Amelia Island on March 8th called "The Design Analysis of the Revolutionary Corvette Sting Ray Seminar, Presented by Chevrolet ".
Understandably so, the organizers of Amelia Island are thrilled to welcome the new Stingray to its show, something that was echoed by the show’s founder and Chairman, Bill Warner.
"The 2014 Stingray has the same sort of ’bolt of lightning’ presence that the original Sting Ray did five decades ago," Warner said.
"We’re honored and humbled that Chevrolet has chosen ’the Amelia’ to celebrate the return of the Stingray."
Seemingly everyone that has any remote fascination with cars has spent the better part of the week anxious to see the uber-hyped unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .
And now that Chevy has officially released it into the spotlight, we just can’t get enough of it. And apparently, the folks over at the UK are equally as excited after reports from Auto Express UK have said that the Corvette Stingray will head to the UK.
Don’t get too excited dear chaps of ours from across the pond, because Corvette chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, said that the Corvette Stingray won’t land on British soil for at least a couple of years.
Talking to Auto Express UK, Juechter remarked that "There is no plan to build a right-hand-drive version in the short term. In the long term it’s something we definitely want - to make this a more global car - but it won’t be for a couple of years."
Guess you’ll take good news any way you can get it, right?
Be patient, chaps! The Corvette Stingray is coming to the UK. It won’t be for a few more years, but hey, at least it’s coming!
The Hennessey Venom GT has already hit 230 mph in less than 20 seconds. But not even that accomplishment has stopped this slithering serpent from setting another world record. It’s something that we somewhat expect from a supercar like this, but it’s still a little surprising when the car accomplishes it.
We know the Venom GT is considered one of the fastest machines on the planet, but still, to find out that it can hit 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds is just completely mental.
The American-tuned supercar managed to set that world record time recently, and to no one’s surprise, it probably did it without even breaking a sweat. The record attempt will be featured in a future episode of Drive where we get to see just how bananas the Venom GT went when it set the record in front of the fine folks of the Guinness Book of World Records.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this episode of Drive, so when it goes live, we’ll be sharing it with you guys.
A year after Caterham launched their low-cost karting championship, the British automaker is pushing through with those plans with the debut of the CK-01 kart at the AutoSport International in Birmingham, England.
Created to give youngsters a chance to get their feet wet in the world of motorsports, the Caterham kart championship will be open to any child between the ages of 13 and 16 with a maximum of 120 entries. Each applicant, or to be specific, their parents, will have to pay €6,200 plus tax, or about $8,100. The season package includes a number of add-ons, including a race-ready CK-01, a paddock trolley, an ARKS race license, entry to the six-race season and technical support.
The six events will be held on various circuits across the UK and will comprise of practice sessions, a qualifying session and the actual races, which will carry points with it.
The inaugural season isn’t expected until 2014, which gives all the little tykes out there plenty of time to get their racing groove on.
According to Tony Fernandes, CEO of the Caterham Group, Caterham is the perfect place is to enjoy an affordable and competitive kart series, providing the upstarts racers a chance to showcase their skills in motorsports.
"Caterham Karting will once again make this fantastic sport accessible to everyone, without losing any element of the competition and experience," he said.
With the way the series is shaping up, who are we to disagree?
When Lamborghini announced that it was commemorating its 50th anniversary with style reserved only for the Italian automaker, a lot of people were expecting the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to finally show its production face. Well, you’re going to get your wish.
Each priced at around $2.2 million and limited to only 20 units, the Sesto Elemento will be produced at five different build stations at the automaker’s new Pre-Series Center. Once each Sesto Elemento is ready, Lambo will use 24 bright lights to inspect every nook and cranny of the supercar to ensure that there are no imperfections.
Unfortunately, each of the 20 Sesto Elementos already have an owner, so if you’re looking to score one, your best bet is to probably give the reserved owner an offer he can’t refuse.
For those that don’t recall, the Sesto Elemento weighs in at a svelte 999 pounds and carries a V-10 engine that twists out 570 Nm (420 pound-feet) of torque. With its powerful V-10 engine and lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic body, the Sesto Elemento can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.5 seconds and can hit a top speed in excess of 320 km/h (198 mph).
Aston Martin doesn’t have as many Facebook fans as Ferrari , accounting for only 2 million to the latter’s 10 million admirers. But that hasn’t stopped the British automaker from giving thanks to all its loyal followers with the release of a special feature film next year.
Yeah, the official debut of the short film is still a ways away, but Aston did release the first of what we can only imagine to be many more teasers of "The Race."
The British automaker is touting the film with promotional quips that include three cars — the Vantage , the DB9 , and the Vanquish — three drivers, the Aston Martin DB5 and one "special guest.” Your guess is as good as ours on who that special guest is going to be, but we won’t be surprised if that guest is familiar to the numbers “0-0” and “7”.
Check out the first teaser of Aston Martin’s "The Race” above.