It looks like the 4C is not the only surprise Alfa Romeo had in store, as the company also plans to unveil a new, rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture that will be used for a series of models, including sedans and coupes.
The new platform will be unveiled next April and Alfa hopes it will be a step forward in the company’s new plan to boost its global presence. As of now, Alfa Romeo competes in just five percent of the global market, but by 2016, it wants to raise that number to 32 percent.
To achieve this hike, a series of new models will be launched, starting with the new Giulia , which will be unveiled in 2015, at the earliest. This will be the first model built on the new rwd/awd platform, and it will be followed by a large sedan and a midsized coupe that will take on the BMW 4 Series and 6 Series , respectively.
A large coupe is also in the works, and it will share platform with the upcoming Maserati GranTurismo coupe that is due in 2016. In the same year, we expect to see Alfa’s new two-seat roadster .
These are not the only models that Alfa Romeo has planned though. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , we will see the 4C Spider, and later on a compact crossover built on the same platform as Jeep’s new model that replaces the Compass and Patriot . A midsized and a large SUV are also in the works, but you shouldn’t expect them until the end of the decade.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo Spider, one of the many models we expect from the Italian company.
The hype and hysteria over the all-new 2015 Mustang’s reveal are still fresh in the air, as journalist and consumers alike scramble to learn every detail and fact about America’s newest pony car.
Ford ’s launch of the Mustang can only be described as spectacular with reveals in multiple cities and countries around the world. The overriding fact that Ford is going global with the 2015 Mustang is perhaps the biggest news about the Mustang nameplate. It’s hard to imagine a bigger birthday present to an iconic car celebrating its 50th year in production.
We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details concerning the Mustang’s updates here , but now we present the “Reader’s Digest” version – the “just the facts, Ma’am” edition with all the details nestled snugly into 10 categories. Jump on down for TopSpeed’s top-ten list of 2015 Mustang improvements.
Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford Mustang
"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition ? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...
According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."
It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.
Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!
Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
Click past the jump to read more about the SLS AMG Black Series
Many people would do just about anything to get something that was once owned by a celebrity, but what this man — and we use the term "man" loosely — did is beyond imagination. Eighteen-year-old Jameson Witty took it upon himself to to own a piece of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT involved in Paul Walker’s fatal accident .
Wanting to own a piece of the car that a celebrity was killed in is creepy enough, but Witty went a step beyond creepy and entered the complete douchebag realm in the way that he went about procuring this morbid memorabilia. According to the reports, Witty and an accomplice followed the tow truck that scooped up the Porsche’s remains and stole the Carrera’s roof panel (pictured above) while the truck was stopped at a red light. That, folks, is not only stealing, but it is also interfering with a police investigation and tampering with evidence.
According to police officials: "A witness saw a male exit a vehicle that was following the tow truck. The male grabbed a piece of the wrecked Porsche off the tow truck bed.’
Witty was arrested at his residence in California were the police found the red roof panel. Witty’s accomplice has already been identified, and he is currently arranging to surrender to police.
Both of them risk being charged with felony grand theft. We think it is safe to assume that the courts will give them probation, given the fact that they will receive plenty of punishment in the public sector. The comments on Jameson Witty’s iPhoneogram account show just how people feel about his stealing this piece of evidence.
Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s tragic accident.
Apparently our searching was worth the effort, as today we came across some interesting details on the upcoming supercar. These details were released by the folks at Only The Best, who apparently took a trip to Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, where the new supercar and the Aventador will be produced, and caught a glimpse of the new car as the production-line door opened as they left the factory.
The other detail is that this new supercar will not be called the Cabrera as we believed. Instead Lamborghini opted for a completely different name that includes "LP600-4" — an indication of the 600 horsepower developed by the 5.2-liter, V-10 engine. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that "Cabrera" will not be the official name, but this is one of the more hands-on reports that we’ve heard, given it actually happened...
The Gallardo’s replacement will be developed on the same chassis as the second-generation Audi R8 and will feature some design elements from the Miura , like the grilles across the entire rear window.
According to Only The Best, the model looks like a stumpy version of the Aventador with a rear end that is pretty similar to the V-12 supercar. The guys report that the model they saw on the factory donned Lambo’s signature Verde Ithaca paintjob.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo successor.
News surrounding the 2015 Ford Mustang is still hot, as details about the coupe and convertible models keep rolling in. But now with a finalized exterior design, our rendering artist went to work piecing together what Ford’s rumored 2015 Mustang Mach 1 might look like.
High-performance with retro throwback flair is the name of the game and the exterior styling screams it. Up front, a huge front splitter with adjustable supports instantly stands out, while a larger rear spoiler and quad exhaust pipes juice up the rear end. The iconic Mach 1 logo adorns the rear truck lid in all its ’60-era font glory. Other small details, like the rocker panel and hood stripes, add character, while the vertical-bar Mustang logo replaces the galloping stallion on the front grille.
We can only guess at what lurks under those functional heat extractors on the Mustang’s hood, and guess we will. The current 2014 Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 cranks out 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and while Ford says the 5.0’s output is expected to be "at least" the same for the upcoming year, we suspect the 2015 GT to receive a marginal increase; perhaps to 430 horsepower and an even 400 pound-feet of twist.
Starting with those suspected output numbers, an estimate of 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque from the new Mach 1 sounds reasonable; especially considering the 5.0 produced 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet in the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 , which we expect the Mach 1 to basically be the replacement for.
Click past the jump for more speculation on the Mustang Mach1
During the unveiling of the LaFerrari, Marco Mattiacci, the president and CEO of Ferrari North America, said that all the 120 units destined for the American market were spoken for, and now the entire world’s allotment is spoken for.
According to Mattiacci the new LaFerrari is the first step in a new strategy for Ferrari to make its brand and its cars more exclusive. This means that Ferrari will build fewer cars, but they will be even more expensive.
Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari LaFerrari.
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to Steve Saleen, former racecar driver and the proud owner of Saleen , Inc, following a court battle to prove his rights to the once-troubled performance-car manufacturer. We discussed many things in our 30-minute conversation, and I learned tons about what brought him back to the company that he brought to greatness in the 1980s and 1990s, what we can expect in the near future and what we can look forward to as time goes on.
We asked Mr. Saleen what brought him back to the company that he founded decades ago, after stepping away in the 2000s. According to Steve, his return to the company was both to protect his namesake and to show Saleen fans that he hasn’t lost the passion to manufacture performance cars and that Saleen is still a player in the performance-car realm. He elaborated that his return to Saleen required a legal battle to prove that he indeed still had the right to the name.
The biggest news is the all-new supercar that Saleen is working on, and I asked him to give us any information he could regarding the pace of the project and where it stands. Unfortunately, I was met with "We are indeed working on the next American supercar and hopefully it is not too far out, but I cannot divulge more information at this time."
Something that always weighs on the mind of many Saleen fans is how far in advance and how much "inside" information Saleen receives to help it in its engineering process. Steve let us know that Saleen’s strong relationship with Ford and other manufacturers does afford it some extra information on models and upcoming projects to help with building Saleen vehicles.
In terms of the future, Steve assured us that Saleen is not going to ramp up slowly, as the economy is primed for fast growth, so the company will take full advantage of this to grow the "new" Saleen as fast as the economy will allow. Part of this growth, according to Mr. Saleen, will be in the electric car realm. He told me "You shouldn’t be surprised to see us doing something in the electric vehicle segment, as well." The company views the EV shift as "less of a fad and more of a long-term trend," according to Steve.
In closing Mr. Saleen left us with this "After 30 years, I have not lost the drive or passion for doing cars, and all of this is possible because of the tremendous we have from our customers and fans around the world."
The official debut of the Acura NSX is still years away, but until then, Acura is offering you the chance to drive the NSX concept in Gran Turismo 6. According to Acura, the new "real driving simulator" will offer sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next Acura NSX. Of course, the experience won’t be identical to actually driving the NSX, but it’ll still be tons of fun.
"Whether in the virtual world of Gran Turismo today, or on real-world roads and racing circuits less than two years from now, the Acura NSX will be an incredibly innovative and thrilling ride that delivers something entirely new to the world of super sports cars," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations at American
Gran Turismo 6 is available worldwide as of today, December 6th, 2013, so hurry up and get it, and get your opportunity to test the NSX.
Click past the jump to read more about the Acura NSX.
In some respects, that’s what you expect from an aftermarket company like Arden, which has specialized in these types of programs for Range Rovers. It’s latest take is no different, and yet when you take into account the kind of performance upgrade it gave the SUV , you stand and wonder if it could’ve been more.
That’s the respect we have for Arden.
But hey, this tuning program is still a whale of an upgrade, something Arden achieved by giving the Range Rover a supercharger kit, a new sport catalytic converter, an optimized ECU unit and a high-performance exhaust system. Considering that the standard Range Rover’s 5.0-liter, V-8 engine can produce a tight 510 horses and 461 pound-feet of torque, it’s an impressive feat that Arden was able to spike the numbers to a staggering 650 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to improve the SUV’s 0-to-60 mph time from 5.3 seconds to somewhere around 3.8 and before hitting a top speed of 161 mph.
No word yet on how much this program is going to cost, but with the promise of 650 horsepower to play around with, we’ve no doubt that it’s going to set customers back a few bucks.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and to see this Arden tuning kit in detail.