Volvo unveiled the S60 Polestar Concept at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and it caught everyone’s attention, thanks to its impressive 508-horsepower output and its announced top speed of more than 186 mph. So it’s no surprise that Jay Leno decided to review the concept.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, he had invited Hans Baathm, Managing Director at PoleStar Performance, who explains the idea and the technology behind the S60 Polestar Concept.
The S60 Polestar is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that is tuned to deliver an un-Volvo-like 508 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 208 horsepower, the S60 Polestar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 186 mph.
Watch the video to see if Jay Leno will take the S60 Polestar over the BMW M3.
In the latest episode of his famous show, Jay Leno has reviewed one of the Jaguar models from his collection — a one-of-a-kind XK-E . The model was produced by Jaguar between 1961 and 1974 and combines good looks with great-for-the-era performance.
This particular XK-E as specially customized by Jason Len from XK Unlimited several years ago – a neat side story is that Jay actually bought the car from Len. It is considerably shorter than the original car with numerous updates made to the body panels and to the car’s performance figures. It is powered by a 5.3-liter V-12 engine updated with Weber carburetors and a unique soundtrack, so hearing it on the streets is pure music to the ears. The car features a sporty coat of red paint that makes it even sexier.
Check the video and see what Jay Leno has to say about this amazing car, and why he wanted to have it in his collection. Enjoy!
For the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno has turned his attention from the supercars he usually reviews and reviewed the latest addition to the Fiat lineup: the 500L . Alongside Jay, you will see Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat North America who is offering us a few more details on the car.
The 500L is two feet longer than the standard 500, but it offers 42 percent more cabin room and is just as fun to drive, according to Fiat. What do you think, does Jay Leno agree with this statement? Watch the video and you will find out!
As a reminder, the 500L will be offered with two petrol engines - the 101 horsepower 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine from the standard 500 and a TwinAir version - as well as one diesel turbocharged 1.3 MultiJet II engine.
In the same episode, Leno announced he will update his Abarth with the Esseesse kit and will bring it next week in Detroit.
While most of us are waiting to see the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo , the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage has put Jay face to face with two of the most amazing Gallardo models ever, the LP 570-4 and the LP 550-2 . Alongside Jay you will see Andrew Romanowski, President of Lamborghini Club America, offering up all the details you wanted to know on the two supercars.
As a reminder, the LP 570-4 version is powered by a V-10 engine that delivers a total of 552 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. This version can hit a top speed 201 mph. On the other hand, the LP 550-2 gets a V-10 engine with 550 horsepower and it can hit a top speed of 199 mph.
Watch the video and see which of the two Gallardo models Jay Leno’s favorite is.
The history of Morgan Motor Company began back in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. The first models the company developed were two-seat and four-seat three-wheelers, which avoided the British tax on cars by being classified as motorcycles.
The model Jay Leno reviews in the latest episode of his show is a model Morgan decided to build back in 1932 for his personal use. The models developed by Morgan in the 1930s were the F4, the F2 and the F-Super. All three models had pressed-steel chassis and were powered by a four-cylinder Ford Sidevalve engine. The models were capable of hitting speeds of up to 80 mph, but we’re pretty sure that they felt much faster than this.
Check out the video to see if Jay Leno was impressed by this 1932 three-wheeler and if he would like to see more of these three-wheeled models on the streets.
The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features one of the most amazing Lamborghinis ever, a 350 GT , which was the first production car the company made in 1965. The model was limited to only 135 units, so the chance to actually find one in good driving conditions at this point is quite rare.
The car was brought to the garage by Andrew Romanowski of Lamborghini Club of America, whom we spoke to a few months ago , and he offers a few more details on Lamborghini’s first supercar.
The model was previewed by the 350 GTV concept and then unveiled at the 1964 Geneva motor show. It was powered by a four-cam V-12 engine that delivered a total of 350 horsepower and was combined with a four-wheel independent suspension and an aluminum body. The model was capable to hit a top speed of 158 mph. Every one of those numbers are astounding for that period.
Check the video to see what Jay Leno has to say about the 350 GT.
Obtaining exclusive access to test mules is an opportunity that manufacturers grant once in a blue moon. Some would consider it for the lucky few while some would simply snare at the idea. Lexus, however, was kind enough to let celebrity car collector, Jay Leno, take a look at the unannounced 2013 Lexus IS . Looks like beat every other journalist to it...
Though the car is wrapped in camouflage, it does show some elements of the final design that were inspired by the LF-CC concept . Jay also reveals some facts like the longer wheelbase and the 8-speed automatic gearbox, which was only available on the previous gen IS-F . Nothing more can be said. So we will have to stay mum just like the engineer in the video. At least until its 2013 unveil!
The mule Jay got to drive was powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 306 horsepower. What’s surprising is the noise it makes. For a modest V-6 engine, it sure sounds like a V-8 engine. Lexus used to be famous for completely deleting the engine noise, but now it’s the other way around. Lexus sure is going in the right direction when it comes to driver-oriented cars. Watch out BMW !
With the LF-CC concept in mind and a picture of this mule, you can render what it would look in full metal and wait to see if you’ve rendered it correctly when Lexus officially unveils it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Back in September, Pagani announced that the Huayra was officially road legal in the U.S. and that first deliveries will be made by mid-2013. While American customers still have a few more months to wait, Jay Leno was the first one to test the outrageous, jet-inspired Italian supercar.
What an absolutely amazing supercar the Huayra, which translates to “Wind,” is. It is powered by a V-12 engine with an output of 700 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. The Huyara launches from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 235 mph. In the U.S. market it will be priced at about $1.4 million.
Check out the above video to see Jay Leno take the Huayra for a spin. With as many supercars as he has driven in his lifetime, it is amazing to see his reaction after getting a shot at this Italian work of art.
Back at the 2006 SEMA Auto Show , GM, in cooperation with Jay Leno, unveiled a Turbine-Powered EcoJet Concept . With the 2012 SEMA show all wrapped up, Jay Leno decided to give us another look to this amazing concept in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The funny thing is that we just saw him review the 1963 Chrysler Turbine, which has a similar turbine drivetrain as the EcoJet, just the other day
The concept was built atop a modified Corvette Z06 hydroformed-aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components, and is powered by a 650-horsepower Honeywell LT-101 turbine engine. Its shell is an advanced construction of carbon fiber over Kevlar and it has been painted using the Glasurit’s 9 Line Waterborne Technology lines, which are designed to dramatically reduce emissions during application.
The EcoJet is the perfect proof that if you want to drive an environmentally friendly car you don’t have to stick with a Prius.
Old or new, Jay Leno has always reviewed some of the most amazing cars offered on the market, and the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage show is no exception. He may not have been reviewing a Ferrari or a Lamborghini supercar, this episode is about one of the most unique creations ever produced Stateside.
We are talking about the 1963 Chrysler Turbine, a model limited to only 55 units — 46 of which were destroyed after the project was decommissioned. The car was powered by a JP-4 jet fuel engine that delivered a total of 130 horsepower and was able to get the car to 60 mph in 12 seconds.
Apparently, this is the amazing car Jay Lenos has lusted after since he was 14 years old, so you can imagine that this episode is packed with all kinds of amazing footage: a book review, a road test, and Chrysler’s original promotional video.