When Mercedes unveiled the SLS Black Series , which so happens to be the most powerful SLS AMG ever, everyone wanted to know how fast the car was around the Nurburgring. Still, Mercedes decided to make us wait a few months until they will finally revealed a video showing the it lapping the famous track.
According to AMG , the driver was an AMG engineer who did a fine job navigating the windy track. AMG and Mercedes are remaining mum on the lap time, but if take a look at the video and time it yourself, you will get a time of a little under 7:30. By comparison, a standard SLS AMG lapped the ring in 7:40.
The SLS Black Series is powered by an improved version of the 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that now delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and a peak torque of 468 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.
Only few hours ago, Nissan unveiled the official details on the new GT-R Nismo , which happens to be the most powerful GT-R ever, and now it’s time to see it in action at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On the famed German circuit is where it managed to score a time of just 7:8.679. making it the world’s fastest volume-production car around the "Green Hell."
The lap time was recorded by Michael Krumm, a Nissan test-driver, who was impressed by the capacities of the new GT-R Nismo .
The model that established this amazing time was equipped with the track options package that includes aerodynamics tuning, weight reduction, and suspension tuning. Under the hood, there is the newly updated engine GT-R engine: a 3.8-liter, twin-boosted V-6 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.
Check out the video to see what Krumm thinks on the new car and hear his commentary as he laps the track. there’s also plenty of sweet in-car sounds to enjoy.
According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, ADAC — one of Europe’s largest automobile clubs — is one step closer to acquiring the ’Ring after submitting non-binding offer to purchase the famous racetrack. As part of the deal between the auto club and the Rhineland state government, the former would be granted ownership of the circuit, which could include both the ’Ring and the Nordschleife, but not the other veritable neighboring attractions, including the shopping mall and the amusement park.
Should this transaction push through, it’s safe to say that the Nurburgring — if it were alive that is — could rest easy knowing that it’s in good hands. Besides, this isn’t the first time an auto club has owned a race track. Silverstone, for one, is controlled by the British Racing Drivers’ Club and last we checked, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, France’s biggest auto club, still owns the Circuit de la Sarthe where Le Mans is staged.
Here’s to hoping that the Nurburgring’s bankruptcy saga can now be laid to rest for good.
Click past the jump for a quick history lesson on the Nurburgring.
With a Camaro achieving this feat, should we be surprised that Ford decided to release a video of its resident muscle car — the Shelby GT500 — lapping the ring in an impressive time? We think not, but this video has an interesting back story.
According to SVT Performance, this particular video hit their inbox after they asked Ford for some videos of the GT500 testing on various tracks. It looks like this video "accidentally" made its way into the email, as Ford has not revealed the GT500’s Nurburgring time.
The unofficial timer in the video shows that the GT500 lapped the `Ring in less than 7:40. Of course, this time does not make it faster than the Z/28, but it certainly makes it faster than the Camaro ZL1 , which lapped the same ring in 7 minutes and 41 seconds.
We’re sure that Ford will soon make an announcement regarding this video, but until then, enjoy the video!
We’ve known for quite some time now that Jaguar has been hard at work on the next-gen XF . Despite the knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had the chance to catch a mule of the new XF — basically a current XF with the new drivetrain and chassis underneath — testing. Our spy photographers managed to catch this powertrain and chassis mule somewhere outside the Jaguar test center at Nürburgring.
The next XF will offer some major updates over the current model. First and foremost, it will move to a modular, aluminum platform that Jag is calling the iQ(Al) — the same platform also sees use under the BMW 3 Series . This change will make the new XF a lot lighter than the current model, which will make it more nimble and improve its fuel economy.
Under the hood, the engine lineup will range from a brand-new four-cylinder engine to a powerful V-8. The new platform is optimized for all-wheel drive, so we expect to see more AWD Jaguars in the future.
The new XF is expected to be revealed as a concept in 2015 with the production car to arrive in 2016.
Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Jaguar XF.
Just yesterday, the first 2015 Audi TT prototypes were caught just outside the Nurburgring, and today Audi engineers decided to take the car on the track and see how it behaves. Lucky for us, our spy photographers were nearby and managed to take some new shots of the next TT .
The next-generation Audi TT will be built on Volkswagen Group ’s new MQB platform that is also used on the new-generation Audi TT. Thanks to this platform, the new TT will be lighter and will deliver increased performance. Rumors also suggested that the new TT’s design language will take inspiration from the latest E-tron concepts, and will mark a return to the original TT.
As for the engine lineup, the 2015 TT will receive a new engine lineup that will include a new 1.8-liter engine and two different 2.0-liter, four-cylider engines.
The Coupe version of the new Audi TT will be unveiled sometime in 2014, while the roadster version to follow a few months later.
The model that established the record was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and now the tire company has revealed a video (above) that offers us a closer look at the new Nurburgring record. The video also includes interviews from the car’s project manager Frank Walliser, Michelin’s Cornelis Ter Braakm and Walter Rohrl, and the driver responsible for the record, Marc Lieb.
As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 608 horsepower with a 154-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle and a 127-horsepower electric motor on the front axle. This system generates a total of 887 horsepower and helps the 918 Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.
While is not completely correct to call these "spy shots," we always get pretty excited when we have the chance to bring you some new details on the recently announced Ferrari LaFerrari .
Its true the car made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , but customers will still have to wait a while before getting the chance to actually drive it. So, Ferrari is taking this time to put the car through some testing sessions, and the latest took place on the Nurburgring.
Our spy photographers happened to be at the `Ring and had the chance to snap a few shots of the new LaFerrari . It may look like the supercar is still wearing camouflage, but this is actually just protective foil.
According to the our photographers. the sounds coming from the engine was music to their ears, and it’s too bad that this wonderful noise doesn’t come through in still images.
Click past the jump to read more about the new LaFerrari.
The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , and just the other day, Alfa dropped nearly all of the details on the model. Still, there was one important detail missing from the list: the lap time around the Nurburgring.
Alfa Romeo decided to keep us waiting a little bit longer, but Quattroruote — an Italian magazine — decided to revealed the 4C’s lap time of 8:04. With this time, the 4C positions itself in front of the BMW M3 E92’s 8:05 lap time and equaled the Audi R8 V8 and the Porsche Cayman S. Needless to say, the 4C put itself amongst some good company.
We are still awaiting official confirmation from Alfa, but we are willing to take this report at its face value. Don’t be too surprised to see Alfo Romeo wait a few weeks before officially announcing the time, however, as it is likely trying to shave precious seconds off of the lap time.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.
There are some rumors that suggest the 918 Spyder fitted with racing slicks lapped Nurburgring in just 6:48 seconds (WorldCarFans), which would put it right on pace with the overall record-holding Radical SR8 LM . We are not very sure if this rumor has any truth behind it, but until Porsche from the above video, we can tell that Lieb certainly feels confident in saying the 918 would benefit greatly with some racing tires.
In this video (after the jump) coming from Drive.com.au Lieb explains why he thinks there is room for the 918 Spyder to improve its lap time.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder and to see the video from Drive.