It may have taken longer than a lot of people would have liked, but that’s the price you pay if you’re a company that’s looking to break ground in a racing series it hasn’t entered since 2003..
After a year of testing and development, Hyundai has finally pulled the covers off of the i20 World Rally Championship racecar. And if we do say so ourselves, it looks positively glorious.
The unveiling happened at a recent event in Frankfurt when the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team officially announced that it had finally wrapped up the project in time for next season’s WRC season. Lead driver, Thierry Neuville, was given the honor of presenting the car with teammate Juho Hänninen serving as the driver of the second vehicle.
Earlier this year, Hyundai presented an updated version of the racecar at the Geneva Motor Show yet it was clear that the show car at the event was still a long ways away from being completed. This one, though, is the final product, and it comes complete with all the cursory aerodynamic modifications set to rally specifications, not to mention a cavalcade of graphics and liveries that show all of the team’s partners for next year’s WRC season.
Updates to the chassis and suspension were of importance for the team, seeing as it will be tackling a racing series that will feature its share of bumpy roads. There’s also a new rear wing, a front spoiler, and an interior that’s been redesigned specifically for rally purposes.
Based on our estimates, the 2014 Hyundai i20 WRC racecar is likely to receive a 1.6-liter, in-line-four engine that produces close to 300 horsepower, which should be good enough to hit 60 mph in five to six seconds to go with a top speed of about 160 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the previous incarnation of the Hyundai i20 WRC, the one that we saw at Geneva last March
The folks over at Option Auto revealed a new video of the Porsche 918 Spyder in action on the Valencia Race Track. The car was driven by Ian Kuah and was following Matthias Hoffsümmer in a new 991 GT3 .
The video highlights the various modes that the 918 Spyder features, as Ian toggled it from E-Power, to Sport, to Race and back to E-Power. This allowed us to get a good listen to how the mighty supercar sounds in each mode. Our favorite is by far the Race mode and that mean-sounding growl, but there’s something about the whirring noise it car makes when it’s in E-Power mode that is eerily sexy.
In case you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past year and missed the details on the 918 Spyder , it features a hybrid system that combines a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that drives the rear wheels with an electric motor that powers the front wheels. This system delivers a total of 887 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which helps sprint the car to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph. In full-electric mode, the 918 Spyder can travel 15 miles and hits a top speed of 93 mph.
The current Porsche 911 was unveiled in September 2011 and since then it impressed nearly everyone who has had the pleasure of driving it. German tuner KTW, on the other hand, sees a little untapped potential in the 991 Carrera S .
KTW updated the exterior and the interior look of the sports coupe, but it chose to leave the under-hood bits as they were from the factory. It’s not like the Carrera S really needs any more power, as it comes with a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that puts down a nasty 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
The model revealed by KTW is draped in an elegant white hue combined with a number of black elements and an aggressive body kit developed in cooperation with TechArt. KTW also performed a series of updates on the inside and of course the car rides on a new set of wheels.
Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Carrera S by KTW Tuning.
Today, Carlsson did just that with the announcement of a sleek kit for the GLK that includes upgrades for the exterior and interior, plus some engine upgrades. Unfortunately, the engine upgrades are limited to just the GLK 220 CDI.
This version receives a C-Tronic module that increases the power output of the 2.1-liter diesel engine from the stock 168 horsepower to a slightly wilder 204 ponies and the peak torque from 295 pound-feet to an impressive 368 pound-feet.
As for the GLK300 and GLK350 models, Carlsson has yet to develop a performance upgrade for them. For now, the tuner offers uprated springs and dampers that will lower the SUV ’s ride by about 1.18 inches and will significantly improve the SUV’s handling on winding roads.
On top of these performance and handling upgrades, Carlsson also offers a selection of aesthetic modifications.
Click past the jump to see what exterior and interior mods Carlsson has in store for the GLK.
We’ve known for quite some time now that a new-generation Audi Quattro was a possibility, and we have also heard all kinds of rumors about it. Today, however, Auto Motor Und Sport gave us a little more on just how close the Quattro is to a return, during an interview with Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler.
In an interview with the German magazine, Stadler said that the Quattro concept we saw this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show was just testing people’s reaction and, as expected, it was very positive.
As a result of the positive feedback, a new Audi Quattro is now in a soft development phase with the possibility of a 2015 release.Stadler stopped short of confirming that the Quattro was indeed under development, as he stated "Nothing has been decided."
Despite the lack of confirmation, Ulrich Hackenberg, new head of development at Audi, has decided that the new Quattro, if produced, will not be offered as a limited-run vehicle, as Audi plans to produce it in large numbers.
Hackenberg also decided that the Quattro will be built a shortened A6 platform and, unlike previous reports, it will not be a hybrid . Audi will instead offer various engines, starting with the base 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 310 horsepower, with the possibility of power jumping to between 340 and 360 horsepower.
With this many details in place, it is easy to read between the lines an see that Audi is indeed planning on releasing a new Quattro, but it simply cannot confirm its return yet.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro.
It is no surprise that Hennessey Performance was among the first tuners to upgrade the new Corvette Stingray . For the 2014 Stingray, the tuner offers four different levels of upgrades, with power ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower, and with prices going up to $67,950.
Today, we get to have a good look and listen to the smallest of the Hennessey upgrades, the HPE600. The model was driven by John Heinricy at the Lonestar Motorsports Park drag strip facility, which is adjacent to Hennessey Performance operations in Sealy, Texas.
And we gotta tell you that this video was fun enough just watching; we could only imagine getting behind the wheel of this nighty C7 Corvette. What a dream come true that would be!
The HPE600 upgrade includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System. With these upgrades, the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower — up from the standard 455 horsepower. The HPE600 Corvette Stingray hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and sprints the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127 mph.
The Porsche 911 is a special car; no doubt about that. The 911’s following faithful are a committed group of people who appreciate the 911 for its driving prowess, its handling abilities, and of course, its rich German heritage. The little two-door, rear engine sports coupe has come along way in 50 years, but it has never forgotten where it came from.
Porsche decided to throw itself a little 50th anniversary party with this beautiful example of a 2013 911 Carrera S. Quite a few things are different about the car that make it unmistakably special, but perhaps the most special aspect is its limited production number of just 1,963. Any Porsche fanatic could instantly spot the blatant reference to the year 1963, which is when the 911 was originally introduced.
Porsche decided to switch things up a bit with the 1,963 anniversary edition 911s to be built. They all feature the wide-body work from the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4, but are only rear-wheel drive. The exterior receives a heaping helping of chrome bits not normally found on the Carrera S, while the interior features throwback cues, like houndstooth cloth seats with leather bolsters and green-colored instrument cluster markings. Even the 20-inch wheels pay homage to the original “Fuchs” wheels of the ’60s.
Just like 50 years ago, the horizontally-opposed engine sits out back, however, this example makes a few more ponies – 430 to be exact. Hooked to Porsche’s PDK transmission, the 911 needs only 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 185 mph. Upping the exclusivity, the anniversary edition makes even more power than the standard 911. Porsche made the Powerkit standard equipment, including the Sport Chrono Package and sport exhaust system.
Whether you’re a Porsche junkie or not, much appreciation and respect is due towards this 911. It celebrates 50 years of an industry leader - one that kept other companies up at night figuring out how to best such an unbeatable sports coupe.
Click past the jump for more pictures and info on the 50th anniversary 911
Do you remember the annoying teaser video Lamborghini dropped a week ago that told us nearly nothing about Lamborghini’s new car? It was about three guys from London who wanted to take a trip to Lamborghini ’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and be the first ones to see "the new creature car," which we believe to be the Gallardo’s successor.
Well, now the annoying story continues, and this time it shows the three guys inside Lamborghini’s museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. From there, they sneak inside the factory where the new supercar is supposedly being developed. As expected, this video also shows nothing about the new car, but it does feature the obligatory good looking woman, who will apparently be part of the next episode. So, the waiting continues...
The Gallardo succesor, which reports are pointing toward not being called the Cabrera , despite previous reports that it would carry that name, will be revealed sometime before Christmas. Various reports indicate that the model will be in fact be a stumpy version of the Aventador, but with a personality all its own.
Despite the economic downturn in some parts of the world, there are just some brands that appear immune to these things. Ferrari is one of them and if its new prized beauty — the 458 Speciale — is any indication, it still has no problem selling out its models quickly.
According to a report by Australia’s Motoring, the Italian automaker has already closed the books for the entire production run of the 458 Speciale units in its first year. What that means is if you were planning to have your name added to the order books, you’re going to have to now wait at least a year to do it.
That news doesn’t really come as a surprise, especially for a car that pretty much is a better version of the 458 Italia . And that supercar has been selling remarkably well for Ferrari. It’s lighter, faster, and more powerful than any car Ferrari has ever built outside the F12Berlinetta and the LaFerrari .
So it figures that with these credentials, the 458 Speciale was going to attract tremendous attention, even if the price tag for a model hits at $300,000. That’s the price people pay for awesomeness, and apparently, there are more than enough people willing to hand over that amount for a chance to own a piece of Maranello’s finest.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale
We are less than 24 hours away from the official launch of the 2014 BMW M3 and M4 Coupe. The much awaited sports coupe and sedan have been around the world showcasing their fancy new bodies and along the sidelines, BMW has been steady releasing details about the powertrain and other technical bits to the media. There’s excitement in the air as the zero hour approaches.
Meanwhile, insiders close to the journalism fraternity are hard work trying to get as much information out to the public as possible. A few hours ago, we brought you the first official high-resolution images of both the cars, which had apparently leaked onto the internet earlier in the day. Now, AutoBild has blown the lid off of the embargo by posting a video showing both the M3 and M4 being thrashed around the Ascari circuit in southern Spain.
Unfortunately, the video is in German. We’re sure those who understand the language will enjoy the introductory video shot by AutoBild magazine, and those of you who do not understand can still understand the language the in-line, six-pot engine speaks. The short video also includes the original E30 M3 , giving us an idea as to how much the M3 has evolved in the past three decades.