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.
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A few days ago, Lamborghini invited you to listen to the engine sound of the Gallardo ’s successor. Now the real teasing begins with the first episode of a series that will reveal, step by step, the upcoming supercar, which is most commonly known as the Cabrera .
The only problem is that the first video says nearly nothing about the car. Called "The Plan," it features three guys that plan to embark on a "secret mission:" get from London to Lamborghini’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and be the first ones to see "the new creature car." We’re just hoping that the next episode will provide more info about the car and less about the three guys and one girlfriend.
Lamborghini promised that the first details on the new Cabrera will be released before Christmas, but before that check out www.hexagonproject.com for more details and updates on the car.
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 .
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Last time we caught the next-generation Volkswagen Passat out testing, all we saw was a mule. Today, however, it looks like Volkswagen took the real deal out for a testing session in Spain. As expected, the car wears tons of camouflage, but even it’s still easy to see that is will be completely revised.
The new Passat will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform — also used for the new Golf — making it the biggest car on that platform. Despite being larger than the current generation, the next Passat will be about 140 to 220 pounds lighter and will get a family of four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines to help increase fuel efficiency. Volkswagen also plans to work in a plug-in version of the next Passat.
The model will be offered either as sedan or wagon and with optional Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive. It should arrive on the market sometime in late 2014.
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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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What could be the perfect car to ride you to a major tuning show? One that costs at least half-million dollar of course! Enter in the Lamborghini Aventador used by Matt Farah on his 700-mile road trip to the 2013 SEMA Show .
With a 6.5-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 700 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 509 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm in tow, the Aventador is able to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.Comfort, on the other hand, is not part of the Aventador package, according the Farah.
With an average fuel consumption of 14 mpg, it means that Matt needed at least 50 gallons of gas for this trip, and with an average of $3.20 per gallon, he had to pay $160 to get to LA. That number may have been slightly lower, had Farah kept his cool and not maxed out the V-12 at every opportunity, Then again, could we really resist the temptation to hear that sweet V-12 scream at us? We highly doubt it...
Check out the video to see if Matt finds the Aventador the right car for such a long journey!
After BMW announced the i8 we were kind of hoping to see an M version for it. To our disappointment, BMW officials said that such a model is "no longer part of the program." However, the German magazine Autobild claims the M version of the i8 back into focus and it reports we’re still going to see it in 2016.
We’re not very sure about the name, although there are two plausible possibilities: BMW M1 — as a tribute to its first supercar — or the more obvious M8 . Either way, Autobild claims that it will carry a twin-turbo V-8 engine that develops around 600 horsepower. This should be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 200 mph.
The same magazine reports that the model will keep i8’s carbon-fiber passenger cell that will help keep its curb weight of about 1,500 kg (3,300 pounds).
We’ve seen this song-and-dance game before, and as the rumor gains traction, BMW will quickly shoot it down, regardless of it being true or false.
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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With just two days remaining until the big day when Ford finally reveals the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang to the world, here is a teaser video of what to expect at the Barcelona press conference. Along with the much awaited Mustang, Ford has promised a couple of new launches as well. However, the 2015 Ford Mustang will be the star of the show.
The unveiling of the new products will be a part of Ford’s "Go Further" campaign and the event will be aired live via webcast. Ford’s top bosses and decision makers will be present at the event to take direct questions from journalists from around the world. Of course, there will be much more excitement about the new Mustang , but we also expect to hear region-specific announcements with respect to new Ford models for Europe.
Ford recently unveiled the Edge Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show . It is an SUV touted to take on the European market by storm and feature Ford’s new design language. Speaking of which, we could also see more new design studies giving us a peek in to the future Ford design.
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Its been a while since we last caught the next-generation Audi Q7 out testing, but today we had the chance to see it out again, and it looks like Audi’s been pretty busy.
The prototype caught testing today seems to wear the final body kit and it also dropped that nasty black cover seen on the last model in favor of a new one that allows us to see the lines of the new Q7 .
Previous rumors suggested that for the new Q7, Audi will use lots of aluminum and other weight-saving materials that will help drop about 400 kg (about 880 pounds) from the total weight of the current eneration.
The new Audi Q7 will be built on a new platform that it will share with the upcoming Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Bentley SUV . Under the hood, it will offer both gasoline and diesel engines, with a hybrid powertrain also being a possibility.
Expect the new Audi Q7 to arrive in late 2014 as a 2015 model.