Next to the 2 Series Coupe we brought you earlier today, BMW also equipped the X5 SUV with a series of updates offered by its M Performance subsidiary. Just like with the coupe, the updated SUV will be available starting March 2014 and includes a series of updates to both the exterior and the interior, plus a more powerful engine.
The X5 xDrive35i received a modified engine control system that increases the final output by 20 horsepower - up to a total of 326 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. The extra power was combined with an optimized accelerator pedal set-up that will improve the spontaneous response of the engine and will optimize performance.
For the X5 xDrive35i BMW is also offering a M Performance silencer system plus a M Performance tailpipe trim elements available either in chrome or carbon.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 with M Performance parts.
Back in October we reported that SRT needed to slow production of the new generation Viper , due to poor demand. However, it looks like now Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler’s SRT Brand and Motorsports, says that the car has indeed a bright future and that the company has "several hundred units outstanding we still have to build."
Gilles said that the Viper indeed had some problems at launch and this is why the company had to postpone initial deliver, but now the interest in the new Viper is very strong.
It looks like the problem was not the car, but the dealers whom had no idea how to promote the car. The new Viper has a base price of $97,395 - a lot more than the previous car, so it was to be expected to hear that customers will ask more for the money. SRT wants to allow its customers to choose "their color, their stripe, their package, their interior," but the dealers wanted to "anticipate the market and ended up creating a car that may not be the right car."
To fix the problem SRT launched a fourth-quarter training program called "All Access Tour" that brings together dealers, current owners and potential customers. Basically thanks to this new program, the potential buyers will have the chance to test the car and see what they will get for the money.
A few days ago xXx Performance was unveiling a very cool tuning kit based on the Lamborghini Gallardo . Now is time for another awesome update, this time based on the Audi R8 , the 4.2 V-8 version. As with the previous kit, the new R8 Biturbo received a series of upgrades to both the exterior and the interior, but most of the job was made under the hood.
For the engine upgrades the tuner offers three different stages, with power increased to 590 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque in stage 1; 640 horsepower and 497 pound-feet in stage 2 and an astonishing 707 horsepower and 596 pound-feet of torque in stage 3. In all three stages xXx Performance is offering a biturbo system, ECU remap and a new exhaust system. The sequential R-tronic 6-gear manual transmission was also upgraded with a special transmission software that is adapted to the new situations.
The most powerful version goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 10.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 15.8 seconds. Top speed goes up to 194 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 Biturbo by xXx Performance.
The Arrinera Hussarya has been in the fringes of the auto world in the past couple of years and while it’s probably taken longer to build than a lot of people would’ve liked, the good news is that it’s still in development and not sent back to the heap.
But if the first Polish supercar has any plans to be recognized as a treat to the senses, it has to get past the point of being "in development" and move into becoming a dealership-ready best. Apparently, Arrinera is doing all it can to get the job done and it’s even bringing in help from a very useful source: Lee Noble.
The man responsible for the Noble brand has given his assistance to Arrinera from the very beginning and its no surprise that when the company decided to give the Hussarya a rolling chassis test, Noble was there to give it a spin.
Considering that Noble vehicles are known for their handling, it was a smart move to bring in Lee Noble to see what kind of sagely advice he can give to Arrinera so that the latter can put in into the Hussarya.
We’re still waiting for the supercar to be officially launched as a production model but the wait has been softened a little now that Lee Noble appears to be getting more and more involved in the development of this Polish hammer.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Arrinera Hussarya
While waiting for the BMW M2 , the company decided to update the recently launched 2 Series Coupe with a meaner appearance thanks to pretty impressive list of M Performance parts. They can be applied to all the models in the lineup and offer both an athletic appearance and sporty interior ambiance to the new 2 Series . All the updates will be available starting March 2014.
Thanks to the new BMW M Performance parts the 2 Series Coupe will also deliver a little bit more power. For example the 220d gets an additional 16 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque. For the M235i BMW is offering a new silencer system, tailpipes in chrome or carbon and a limited-slip differential.
All the models will also get a new sports suspension that brings the model closer to the ground by about 20 mm (0.78 inches) plus a new brake system brake system with brake calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow or orange. There is also a new set of 19-inch wheels offered in two design versions.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe with M Performance parts.
Now that Mercedes said its "Good Bye" to the current SLS AMG with the Final Edition revealed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company is now focusing on the development of its successor. The next AMG GT, also known as the SLC , but internally known as the C190 was caught testing today by our spy photographers, and, as you can see it started to loose that nasty camouflage.
Offered as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911 , the upcoming AMG GT will be offered with at least three engine options, with the base model delivering somewhere between 400 and 500 horsepower and the Black Series version up to 600 horsepower.
The new Mercedes AMG GT is expected to be unveiled at the 2014 German Grand Prix next July. Mercedes said the model will only be offered in a coupe version, but a roadster version could also be offered if the model will prove itself successful.
In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris put face to face two of the latest sports cars: the new Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren MP4 12C . Why this strange choice? Well, because the new Turbo S is a very expensive car, and, according to Harris, it "probably needs to fend-off more exotic machinery like a yellow McLaren."
As a reminder, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. On the other hand, the MP4 12C gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.
Check out the video to see which of the two sports car was the best according to Harris.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the TopSpeed readers, we hope that your Turkey Day is off to a great start. We all know the importance of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but this day is also a very special one for the automobile racing industry.
On this day, 118 years ago — in 1895 for those that don’t have a calculator handy — America’s first ever automotive race , the Chicago Times-Herald Race, took place. It was a 54-mile journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, IL and back, and it included just six cars at the starting line — two electric cars and three gasoline-powered cars.
Only four of the cars actually finished, and the highest top speed during the race was a sluggish 7.5 mph. The winner, Frank Duryea, managed to complete the icy course in nine hours, netting a $5,000 prize in the process (about $140,000 by today’s dollar value), and the second-place finisher took another two hours to reach the start-finish marker, which was a boulder near the Museum of Science and Industry.
This rock is now legendary in the automotive racing industry, as it marks the beginning of one of the biggest industries in America. Each and every year, a group of 100, or so, exotic cars and motorcycles make their way to "The Rock" on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the race (weather permitting). And this year is no different. The celebration typically kicks off around 9 a.m.
So, if you have some extra time between cooking and stuffing your face with Turkey, you should swing by and check out some of the cars and see the most famous rock in racing history! For those that don’t know, "The Rock" is southwest of the Museum of Science and Industry. Simply take the Museum exit on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and look for the line cars; you can’t miss it.
Check out a map of the original race after the jump.
It began life as a humble Skoda Octavia , but destiny had different plans for it. The Romanian owner of this car had a wild, almost crazy idea of building what could be the fastest Octavia on the planet.
no need to mention that it is fast, as that is pretty obvious, but we do have to mention that it is fast enough to beat a Nissan GT-R . Mind you, the GT-R is one of the fastest-accelerating, all-wheel drive road cars on sale today. The Skoda in question also happens to have an interesting all-wheel-drive system under its skin.
Ghita Silviu is the Romanian man behind this creation, and he started off with an off-the-shelf Skoda Octavia with front-mounted, transverse engine. This 2.0-liter TFSI engine from a Golf GTI puts out a healthy 200 horsepower in the standard car, but in this example, it churns out a whopping 460 horsepower.
That’s not all, folks. Where the rear seats once lived, there is yet another engine powering the rear wheels. This is the same 2.0-liter TFSI, but with a slightly less intense 330 horsepower. This second engine has a standalone intake, cooling and exhaust systems. The combined output of the two engines is — wait for it — 790 horsepower!
The videos attached with this article prove the fact that this tricked-out Skoda is quicker off the line than a Nissan GT-R. How embarrassing would it feel to be beaten by a Skoda if you happen to be at the wheel of Godzilla, which hits 60 mph in just 2.9 ticks. This monster of an Octavia completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. That’s Bugatti Veyron -like performance. Additionally, the Skoda blitzes past 120 mph in nine seconds. Unfortunately, once off the line, we can’t make out who crosses the quarter-mile marker first, so that needs to be investigated as the videos fail to prove the GT-R fell to the mighty Skoda.
Click past the jump to read a little about the production Skoda Octavia and to see more videos of the twin-engine Skoda
In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah took the 2014 Mini Cooper Works GP to the Silver State Classic — an open road challenge in the Nevada desert — to see just how good the GP really is.
According to Matt, he was excited about the idea, but in the end the experiment didn’t go too well, because the organizers wanted them to go relatively slowly, and when driving a Mini GP, the only thing you can do is go fast as hell. So, check out the video to see what happened in the end and how fast the GP really is.
As a reminder, the GP is powered by a modified 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 218 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 191 pound-feet of torque from just 1,750 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 150 mph.