Mercedes already announced its intention to participate in this year’s Mille Miglia road rally and today it’s Jaguar’s turn to announce its lineup for the Italian revival rally. The British company will enter the rally with three C-Type models, three XK120s and five new F-Type sports roadsters.
Jaguar has curated a unique team for its Jaguar Heritage Racing entry, including six-time Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy, Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, Sir Williams Lyons’ grandson Michael Quinn, 20th Century Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos, fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo Jr, David Gandy and Yasmin Le Bon. All we can say is that this year’s Mille Miglia rally is shaping up to be quite an interesting race.
This video shows Jaguar Chief Development Engineer Norman Dewis joining some of the 2013 team at Goodwood Motor Circuit in an exclusive driver training session.
Mille Miglia 2013 will be held from May 16th through May 19th, 2013.
The production-version CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and even though it’s a young model, it already received lots of tuning kits. The latest kit comes from Piecha Design, which decided to offer the luxury four-door coupe a sportier appearance while retaining the car’s overall elegant appearance.
The kit is based on the CLA 250 fitted with the Sport cosmetic package. The tuner adds an aerodynamic package that includes a restyled front bumper with a chin spoiler and a pair of matte-silver air splitters. The kit continues with new front wings and side skirts, new roof and trunk spoilers and for the rear, a new diffuser that hides the four 90 mm (3.54 inches) tailpipes. These tailpipes can also be applied to all the other models in the CLA lineup.
The new Mercedes CLA GT-R by Piecha Design was unveiled at the Tuning World Bodensee in Germany.
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Now that Porsche has officially unveiled the new-generation 911 Turbo, it’s time to start wondering what the next GT2 version will bring to the lineup. According to British magazine AutoCar, things are going to be more than surprising.
The GT2 will borrow technology from the Turbo S, including the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 552 horsepower. The engine will mate to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and will sprint the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. Additionally, the upcoming GT2’s top speed is expected to go beyond 200 mph. Things will be even more impressive for the GT2 RS version, which is rumored to deliver around 620 horsepower.
Also, when compared to the current Turbo S, the future GT2 version will ditch the four-wheel drive system in favor of a rear-wheel drive one.
The new 911 GT2 is set to arrive at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with the RS version rumored to debut sometime in 2015.
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Wheels Boutique out of Miami has made its way onto our pages a few times in the past with its 911 Turbo, F430, Panamera and Supersports, so it’s no surprise to see it sneaking its way onto our pages again today.
This time around, however, it comes bearing a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which is a beauty in its own right with its sporty exterior, luxurious interior and powerful 6.2-liter V-8 engine under the hood. The tuner began by stripping off the front and rear bumpers, the trunk spoiler and the rear diffusor and replacing them all with clear-coated carbon-fiber units to lower the weight, increase aerodynamic efficiency and to simply make it look cooler.
At the corners, Wheels Boutiques used its specialty in rollers to pick out the perfect set of ADV.1 wheels to help round out the package.
No tune is ever complete without a bump in horsepower, which Wheels Boutique was happy to perform. Thanks to a new Akrapovic exhaust system, the engine now produces 575 horsepower and 489 pound-feet of torque.
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Okay folks, we have seen plenty of spy shots and lots of leaked images of the 2014 Mercedes S-Class. Finally, just a few days before it officially debuts in Germany, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a teaser video of the all-new S-Class.
As usual, the video leaves a lot open to the imagination, as is reveals only dimly lit sections of the body and interior, but it does let us in on some of its beauty. The video highlights the model’s plush leather seating, top-notch infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen and high-end steering wheel with a “Mercedes-Benz” plaque on the bottom. We also get a good look at the revised grille and LED daytime running lights.
Now we simply have to wait and see what exactly the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is bringing to the U.S. We know, per the leaked brochure, that the S-Class will come in three variants in Germany. In Germany, the base model will be the S 350 BlueTEC with its 2,987 cc V-6, then it moves up to the S 500 with a 4,663 cc V-8 and it will cap off with the S 400 Hybrid with a 3,498 cc V-6 with a fuel-economy-enhancing electric motor. We anticipate the 2014 S-Class mimicking what we see in the German brochure.
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Harry Metcalfe from Evo Magazine was one of a select few to find himself at Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary gala and apparently he took to tweeting during the event. One of his tweets alerted us to something that we all assumed but were still uncertain of: Lamborghini will produce its first SUV since the LM002 starting in 2017.
You read that right, folks; we are just three or four model years – depending on whether Metcalfe was talking U.S. model years or Euro model years – away from seeing the Lamborghini Urus in showrooms. Of course, we do take this report with a little doubt, as it is not straight from the mouth of Lamborghini, but the source is still rather reliable.
Surprisingly, the Tweet has remained up for quite a long time without Metcalfe getting too much flak from Lambo over it. And the longevity of this tweet lends a little authority to it, as Lamborghini is quick to squash any leaks that are either huge secrets or outright lies.
We’ll keep an eye on the twitter world to see if Metcalfe changes his tune soon or if Lamborghini chooses to release this information after seeing how much press it’s getting. Stay tuned!
Click past the jump to read more about the Urus
Just when we thought that we knew all there was to know about Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary celebration, they go ahead and unveil a completely unexpected one-off model. This new model, which is dubbed the Egoista, was shown to a select group of 350 faithful customers at a special dinner that the Italian supercar builder held.
The first thing that strikes us as odd, sans the wild styling, is the name, which translates to “Selfish;” that’s quite an unusual name for a car. The Egoista obviously borrowed a lot of its design language from the recently launched Veneno, with its F1-style nose and angular body.
The Egoista’s constructed mostly of carbon fiber and aluminum that is coated in a radar-absorbent material to help keep the cops from clocking you while flying down the highway – fortunately, this is only a concept, so Lambo can do as it pleases with the coating. Orange highlights the car in various areas, including the super-styled wheels and inside the intakes. The oddest of the orange accents is the orange-tinted front windshield.
Click past the jump to read more about the Egoista
UPDATE 5/13/2013: Lamborghini has released additional information and images of the Egoista. See more after the jump. Full story
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, TECHART unveiled cool aerodynamic kit based on the diesel version of the new Porsche Cayenne S. The model displayed in Geneva featured a deep-black metallic paint combined with a black leather interior and a new set of wheels, sized 23 inches with light-green applications. However, each customer can opt from a wide selection of colors and materials.
The aerodynamic kit includes a three-part front spoiler with integrated air outlets for a better cooling, a new carbon-fiber aero hood with integrated double-sided air outlets, a new front apron and side skirts, a roof spoiler and a rear apron with integrated diffuser and two reflectors. TECHART is also offering a Lighting Package that includes twin headlights with LED or halogen lights.
When it comes to wheel choices, customers will have a wide selection to choose from: Formula 5-spoke light-alloy wheels ranging from 20 to 23 inches or Formula III 5-spoke forged light-alloy wheels sized 21 or 22 inches. The tuner is also offering a new sport exhaust system that will further improve the diesel engine’s sound.
For the interior, the tuner is offers high-quality materials, exotic woods or carbon and lots of individual colors.
Just months after unveiling the base kit, Porsche has added in an engine tune that includes the tuner’s TA 058/SD1 powerkit. When you press the “Sport” button in the center console, this powerkit bumps the Diesel S’s power by 38 horsepower to a full 420 ponies and 73 pound-feet of torque to 700 pound-feet. This helps drop the SUV’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time to 5.2 seconds – 0.5 seconds faster than the stock time – and increase top speed by 4 km /h (2.48 mph) to 256 km/h (159.07 mph).
Also added in is TECHART’s TECHTRONIC system that improves acceleration and driving dynamics without interfering with the standard control software.
Submit an inquiry to TECHART for pricing and delivery times.
UPDATE 5/12/2013: TECHART has released a new engine tune for the Cayenne Diesel S
If you need an idea for a time waster this weekend, we may have an idea for you: Asphalt 7: Heat on iTunes. The game offers you the ability to drive more than 60 cars from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. The legendary DMC DeLorean is also included on the list.
Players can take their car on 15 tracks set in real cities around the globe, like Hawaii, Paris, London, Miami and Rio. The game also offers a multiplayer mode that allows you to race against 5 friends - locally or online. You can also check the achievements of the other players by using the game’s Asphalt Tracker feature.
There is no possible way to get tired at this game, as it offers 6 different game modes, 15 leagues and 150 different races.
The game was also optimized for 4-inch Retina Display on iPhone 5. Full story
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you might have missed out on the Dubai Police’s lineup of new cars. And if you didn’t know any better, you might have guessed that this was some kind of ostentatious joke by the Middle Eastern country.
But the latest video seems to suggest otherwise, as three of the cars dressed up in the PD’s now famous white and green livery were filmed patrolling the highways of Dubai. That, or the police just wanted to show motorists - that includes you, Justin Bieber - the kind of cars that will be hunting them down should they decide to break some traffic laws.
These cars aren’t Ford Crown Victorias, fellas. These are some of the fastest and most powerful cars on the planet and if you think that you can provoke them to a car chase and get away with it, well, we don’t like your chances one bit.
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