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.
Click past the jump to read more about the Manhart Racing’s BMW M135i
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang and Ford Edge
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.
America’s original pony car will be turning 50 in the next few years, andFord is celebrating the monumental birthday by taking its maiden voyage overseas. The 2015 Ford Mustang will find its way into right-hand-drive markets, such as England, Japan and Australia. Moreover, for the first time in the Mustang’s history, England and Australia studios will aid in the design of the new-generation muscle car. Add that to the fact that the 2015 Mustang will receive independent rear suspension for the first time ever, with exception of the Cobra version a decade ago, and the Mustang suddenly becomes a hot topic among enthusiasts.
With such dramatic changes in the geographical availability of the Mustang, as well as the move away from the cheaper live axle, not much else has to change in order for this new-generation Mustang to find its new niche in the 2015 model year. That being said, expect the updated muscle car to get a radical redesign while still staying true to its overall look and style.
The 2015 Ford Mustang will debut on December 5th, 2013, but Ford did not announce the venue.
Updated 11/22/2013: Ford has officially confirmed the 2015 Mustang’s unveiling on December 5th, via a short statement. It will be unveiled on the 5th at 12:01 a.m. in six cities around the world: Dearborn, MI; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia. Ford will also release one teaser videos of the new Mustang on its Instagram page per day for the 15 days leading up to its reveal. Ford also revealed a teaser image that you can see after the jump.
Updated 12/03/2013: We still have to wait a few more hours until we’ll finally have the chance to see the sixth-generation Ford Mustang, but thanks to a leaked issue of Autoweek magazine, we can now take an early look at the upcoming model. And yes, it looks way better than we imagined! You can see these images after the jump. We also learned that the new Mustang will feature aluminum front fenders, weight 200 pounds less than the current model, have massive, 15-inch rotors on the GT model, feature Selective Drive Modes, standard keyless start and a data-recording. (Mustang6g)
More details on the 2015 Ford Mustang after the jump.
The Volkswgen Touareg is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and while a lot of folks in Europe have enjoyed the full-sized SUV for as long as it’s been around, people here in the US haven’t had that long of a love affair with the vehicle.
The German automaker hopes to change all that after announcing that a special-edition Touareg, dubbed the Touareg X, is coming to America.
The "X" designation on the SUV is a reference to its 10th year anniversary and as one can expect with a limited-run set, the Touareg X has its fair share of custom goodies, befitting of its stature as a special edition.
The SUV itself is based on the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel Lux and has been revised to include a number of new features, including a Moonlight Blue Pearl exterior, a new set of 19-inch, Moab-style alloy wheels, and an interior that’s been dressed to the nines.
One look at the cabin and you immediately know that this Touareg is dressed to impress. There are Vienna leather seats, a black headliner and engineered ebony wood trim. In addition to all of that, the Touareg X’s cabin also got piano black accents, illuminated sill plates and faux aluminum pedal covers.
Power wasn’t modified, and yet we don’t think anybody will have problems with the Touareg X’s 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 engine, developing 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
Like we said, the Touareg X is a limited run vehicle with only 1,000 units earmarked to come Stateside. Pricing begins at $56,170.
Click past the jump to read about the Volkswagen Touareg
When Dr. Don Panoz, the man largely behind the DeltaWing Coupe , saw the BladeGlider Concept , he probably didn’t take too kindly to its design, something he believes infringed on the look of the DeltaWing project.
Apparently, Panoz believes Nissan did just that, and he’s taking to the courts to issue a cease-and-desist order on the BladeGlider and the ZEOD RC — another car that bears a striking similarity to the Delta Wing project. While this piece of news might come as a surprise to a lot of people, it was actually months in the making for Panoz, who already had reservations when Nissan came out with the ZEOD RC, months after pulling out of the DeltaWing project.
And with the BladeGlider bearing the same design — the long nose cone, the narrow front track, and the wider rear track — Panoz knew that action needed to be taken, and take action he did, naming Nissan motorsport boss, Darren Cox, and former DelaWing colleague, Ben Bowlby, as part of the lawsuit.
Now, filing a lawsuit and seeing something done about it are two different things. Panoz accomplished the first one pretty easily, claiming infringement of intellectual property rights on Nissan’s part. The second part, though, will still be a matter of how the courts treat the issue.
What we do know is that this battle between Nissan and DeltaWing is just getting started.
Click past the jump to read about the 2012 NIssan DeltaWing and the 2013 Nissan BladeGlider Concept
The Range Rover Sport is one of those SUV s that doesn’t really need to a whole lot to grab attention. But if an aftermarket company is willing to give it some added shine, we doubt the SUV will have any complaints about it.
One of the best tuners for Range Rovers happens to be really good at things like this and at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, Startech presented a program that took a pretty long time to build. Then again, with programs of this quality, you can’t short change the time it takes to get it up in full swing.
Designed to further enhance the Range Rover Sport’s already appealing visage, the Startech program comes with a load of new features, the most prominent of which are new body components, including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and hooked up with LED daytime running lights. At the rear, a new diffuser was also installed, as well as a stainless-steel sports exhaust system, adding that throatier response that will be of good use with the performance kit added under the SUV’s hood.
Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 22-inch alloy wheels and a suspension lowering module that can drop the SUV’s ride height by about 25 mm (0.98 inches).
Meanwhile, the interior’s been spruced up with some fine upholstery material, something the Range Rover Sport deserves. Be it premium leather or Alcantara, the material is nothing but top-of-the-line and complemented nicely by carbon-fiber and exotic-wood trim.
Finally, this program wouldn’t be complete without any performance mods and that’s exactly what Startech did. The tuner equipped the SUV with an SD30 S tuning kit, driving up the output of the Range Rover Sport to 323 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice jump from the stock 258 horsepower and 600 Nm (443 pound-feet) of torque from the stock 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. This power allows the vehicle to hit 62 mph in 6.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 138 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about Startech’s program for the Range Rover Sport