The fact that the new Jaguar F-Type is enjoying great success shouldn’t be such a big surprise to anyone. This was all expected, considering how well the model was received on the market.
In a recent interview with Automotive News, global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, revealed that half of the 2013’s production units are already sold and that the customers who have ordered the car now will get it by the end of the year. He also announced that F-Type sales represent a total of 15 to 20 percent of the total 60,000 Jaguar units planned to be sold this year and that the sports car will be used to boost to brand’s image.
Jaguar is hopping that more than 90 percent of the F-Type buyers to be new clients to the brand because the car has no direct predecessor. With the F-Type, the company is also hoping to attract younger buyers, from markets like United States, the UK and Germany.
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YouTube user, Marchettino, was at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and brought us some pretty cool video. First, there was a CC100 Speedster revving its engine and now he brought us a video showing the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato starting up and revving its engine.
The Zagato TZ3 Stradale was built to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s centenary and is more American than Italian. That’s because the model is based on a Dodge Viper ACR. The model is powered by an 8.4-liter V-10 engine developing a total of 611 horsepower. You can get a good listen to the amazing noise this engine makes in the above video, as the driver was kind enough to tickle the throttle a few times.
The TZ3 Zagato was limited to only nine units, all of them were offered with a carbon-fiber body and a "Kamm-tail" that pays tribute to the classic TZ and TZ2.
We already knew that Maserati is preparing to replace the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio with a new generation of models. Along with these next-gen models there will also be a smaller GranSport version.
Now, in an interview with Motor Trend, Maserati CEO Harald Wester revealed more details on what the three new models will bring new on the market.
He started by saying that the current GranCabrio is too big and that the next model will shrink, slightly. In fact it looks like the next generation will be about the same size as the future Gran Sport, making it a competitor for the recently launched Jaguar F-Type and other like it.
He also pointed out that while the design for the new cars is still not finished, the next three models will be more "sporting and lighter than anything Maserati makes now.” A source told Motor Trend that the next-gen cars will be about 177 inches, which is a good bit shorter than the 192.2-inch-long GranCabrio and GranTurismo.
To achieve this downsizing, the new models will move to a considerably shortened version of the new Quattroporte and Ghibli platform. Powering these smaller sports cars will be a 404-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 engine.
The new lineup is still more than three years away, so there is time for Maserati to change its mind.
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Last year at the 2012 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the Caterham SP/300.R managed to obtain a lap record of 61.89 seconds. This year, the model will return to the narrow circuit in an attempt to defend its title. The 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power takes place from June 14th through 16th and will bring together a quartet of British sports car manufacturers that will attempt to smash Caterham’s record.
The vehicles will go head-to-head, with four distinct vehicles in an attempt to better last year’s record run. This year, the SP/300.R will be driven by the Caterham Drive Experience instructor.
TheSP/300.R will have to face lots of supercars, classics, modern race cars and track-focused machines, with the latter expected to do battle for the lap record.
Talking about the new attempt, Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "Last year’s contest was extremely close and we expect it to be even tighter this year, given that there are four British manufacturers attending, each with exactly the same aim."
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A few days ago, a rumor popped up that Caterham would continue to celebrate its 40th anniversary with the unveiling of a new and more affordable entry-level Seven. Today, the company released the first teaser image for the new model that is set to arrive in the autumn of this year. First deliveries should come before the end of 2013.
According to Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, the new entry-level Seven will be "uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive." It will pay homage to the brand’s engineering DNA of "adding lightness" and will be powered by a super-compact, flexible and EU6-compliant engine. Additionally, the new model will also be the most fuel-efficient Seven ever built.
Caterham promised to keep the car’s price in the £17k range ($25k at the current exchange rates), so we are pretty sure the new model will quickly enjoy tons of success.
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After much teasing and prodding, Lexus finally unveiled the third-generation IS sedan earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show.
Well, it looks like the Japanese automaker isn’t done with its IS lineup just yet.
According to What Car, Lexus is expected to launch a coupe version of the IS in 2014, which will be based on the IS sedan.
As far as styling goes, the IS Coupe will take inspiration from the 2012 LF-CC Concept that we first saw at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Should that be the case, you can expect the IS Coupe to carry some of the concept’s design elements, including the large trapezoidal front grille, the contoured and aggressive looking profile, and the expansive use of LED lights.
As far as powertrain is concerned, the thinking within Lexus is to outfit the IS Coupe with the same 2.5-liter hybrid engine, which would only be available in Europe, Japan and other markets, if the coupe model stays consistent with the sedan. In this case, U.S.-bound IS Coupe models would likely arrive with the same 2.5 and 3.5-liter engines as the American sedan, which produce 204 horsepower and 306 horsepower, respectively.
Updated 05/30/2013: Today we have prepared a pretty cool rendering for the upcoming Lexus IS Coupe. We have started with a IS sedan and added a revised roofline and proportions inspired by the LF-CC Concept.
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Ford tuner extraordinaire, Roush Performance, is most known for its programs for the Mustang. But every so often, the tuner takes a turn and works on a different Blue Oval model.
Take for example the Ford Focus ST.
The new program for Ford’s resident sports hatchback is available for 2013 models and beyond. It comes with a plethora of new components that give the Focus ST some pretty impressive aesthetic and performance credentials.
The most impressive thing about this program is that despite what you already see, Roush Performance is still working on other parts for the Focus, including suspension components, powertrain control module (PCM) upgrades, together with wheels and tire combos, and interior and exterior accessories.
For now, what it has already speaks to its impressive work on the pocket rocket of a sports hatchback.
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Mot of you expected the 2011 "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" to be the last movie of the "Transformers" franchise. After all it ended with Michael Bay reigning as robot king, but it looks like the blockbuster director decided to continue the series with an yet unnamed "Transformers 4" series.
The new Transformers 4 series will start shooting this summer and it looks like it will offer quite an impressive amount of surprises. The first of these series of surprises will be the addition of two new Autobots: a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse and a C7 Corvette Stingray. No other details were released on the two vehicles, but rumors suggest that the Veyron will be the new vehicle form for Drift and the new C7 Corvette Stingray will be the new form of Slingshot.
Next to the new Autobots, Transforms 4 will also bring redesign for Optimus Prime and a new addition to the cast: Mark Wahlberg, who agreed to join the franchise while working with Michael Bay on "Pain & Gain."
The new Transformers 4 will be released on June 29, 2014.
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Shortly after HSV unveiled the 2013 GEN-F GTS, Vauxhall also announced the launch of the new VXR8 GTS - or the most powerful VXR8 offered by the company. The model borrowed all the technology and the design language from its Australian brother, so for sure you pretty much know what to expect from this new model.
When designing the new VXR8 GTS, Vauxhall focused on making the car looking as aggressive and as sporty as possible. For this it opted for bold graphics and shallow ramp angles that emphasize the car’s width and stance.
The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is now available for order at a price of £54,999 - or about $84,000 at the current exchange rates. According to Vauxhall this is about £20k less than any other German rival, while delivering pretty much the same performance figures.
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In the past few days Aston Martin teased a new model two times, but each time the video was revealing pretty much nothing on this car. Today, however, the company decided to surprise us with the unveiling of the new V12 Vantage S. Despite our expectations the new model will not be offered as a last edition for the current V12 Vantage, but it comes simply to replace it.
The new V12 Vantage S is using racing technologies from models like Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars. These technologies include a damping system developed by Bilstein, Brembo brakes and a two-stage Dynamic Stability Control by Continental can be completely turned off.
Aston Martin is also installing a new grille inspired by the new CC100 Speedster and a new Sportshift III AMT gearbox.
The new V12 Vantage S will be put on sale at the end of 2013.
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