While is not completely correct to call these "spy shots," we always get pretty excited when we have the chance to bring you some new details on the recently announced Ferrari LaFerrari.
Its true the car made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but customers will still have to wait a while before getting the chance to actually drive it. So, Ferrari is taking this time to put the car through some testing sessions, and the latest took place on the Nurburgring.
Our spy photographers happened to be at the `Ring and had the chance to snap a few shots of the new LaFerrari. It may look like the supercar is still wearing camouflage, but this is actually just protective foil.
According to the our photographers. the sounds coming from the engine was music to their ears, and it’s too bad that this wonderful noise doesn’t come through in still images.
Click past the jump to read more about the new LaFerrari.
The future of the BMW 3-Series has been altered significantly this past year, with the announcement of a new name for the coupe and convertible versions of the luxury car. From now on, these two variants will be sold under the 4-Series nomenclature, meaning that the M version will be sold as the M4.
We’ve only been able to see some spy shots of the 4-Series Coupe, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t put pen to paper to conjure up the look of the future M4 Coupe. For this we’ve taken BMW’s usual M-design elements like the front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track, and different side air intakes and added it to the 4-Series images.
What won’t be easily visible in this image is what’s found under the hood. The new BMW M4 will be dropping the usual V-8 engine used in the M3 models and will replace it with a S55 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with an output of 415 horsepower, and not 540 horsepower as initially rumored. This will allow the M4 to be more powerful and more fuel efficient than the M3.
Expect to see the new BMW M4 a few months after the 4-Series coupe set to be launched in 2013.
Updated 07/18/2012: The upcoming BMW M4 Coupe has been caught testing for the first time.
Updated 09/25/2013: BMW finally released some general specifications for the new M4 Coupe. Click past the jump to learn them.
The video game business is evolving much more rapidly than many movie studios in terms of their broad reach and level of interactivity with the players who devote hours to winning the race, collecting a mad fleet of exotic cars, or even doing the most efficient kill shots on retro robo future zombies. Or something.
The automotive genre of the gaming industry is quite a unique subset. Guys and gals who have never enjoyed most first-person-shooters, RPGs and other fantasy wizard content can somehow really love driving games.
Gran Turismo is obviously the mack daddy franchise, but its lead over the improving Forza, Need for Speed and others is diminishing.
As awesome as GT5 and GT6 are, the level of game play is always pretty serious. It might start out with paint jobs and ECU chips for an old used MX-5 that is now a giant killer, but Gran Turismo gets extremely stressful and difficult as the Mario Kart friendliness of the first tracks becomes the brutal London F1 course, Sardinia rally stage, or the legendary Nordschleife in Nürburg.
The light-hearted escapism of the old Donkey Kong Country series is long gone in this intense generation of lifelike games. Your escape will be directly into the racing cockpit. Your eyes will bleed from starting at the 250 mph warp speed down the Mulsanne straight, hate your own slow-fitted fingers, and maybe - just maybe - win a race or two.
Grand Theft Auto takes a totally different path. Instead of the glamor of the world’s best tracks and circuits, the GTA approach is much more down-to-earth. You are a professional criminal building an empire. But there are guys around every corner who want to be the next Tony Montana also.
So you become a fierce and hardened street tough playing the game. Even in the lush green lawns of posh suburbs, the boys will always be in the basement doing evil deeds and wild burnouts on GTA 5. The goal is to be a fun escape from the reality of speed limits, paying tolls and parking tickets. All the boring parts of life.
So where does the new GTA app fit into this mix? Called iFruit, the new iPhone and iPad apps are companion pieces that integrate with console game play. Build your ideal whip, train your Rottweiler or just browse the enormous game play guide application when stuck.
Is iFruit the perfect time-waster for all those boring hours spent *not* playing GTA 5?
All that HRE revealed about its "surprise" is that is was developed by the team at Pure Vision LLC, and that it will feature the company’s newest wheels. From the picture above, it’s pretty clear that the model will be a heavily modified Chevrolet Camaro Coupe from the 1970s that is likely fitted with a modern V-8 engine.
The vehicle seems to be updated with a new hood, front spoiler and rear wing, all made from carbon fiber.
Everything else we have on this 1,200-horsepower HRE-built monster is pure speculation, but as SEMA inches closer, we’re sure more information will start rolling out.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1970s Chevrolet Camaro.
What are the chances of seeing a Lamborghini model passing by you during an ordinary day? It really depends on the city you live in, we guess, but on a whole the chances are pretty slim. Getting the chance to see more than 100 Lamborghinis from all eras passing by is really a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The lucky videographer that made the above clip was lucky enough to be standing on a hairpin turn on the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grande Giro route, and he got a lifetime worth of Lambo looks in just a single video.
So, kick back, turn up the volume, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this 14-minute parade of automotive excellence as it makes its way around a rain-soaked corner. Make sure to pay close attention to each passing model, as there are some fairly rare models, and even a few classic examples.
It looks like Bentley has some big plans for the next six years, or so. Along with the new SUV that is penciled in to arrive in 2015, the new-generation for the Continental and the new Mulsanne lineup, the company also talking about a new, four-door coupe that will target models like BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLS63 AMG.
The new Bentley is penciled in for 2018 as either a standalone model or as part of the Continental family. The new model will be similar in size to the Continental GT, and it will sit on Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform, which will see its first assignment under the next Porsche Panamera that will arrive in 2015.
This new platform will also be used for all the upcoming Bentley models — Mulsanne, Continental and the new baby-Bentley — and it has the advantage of making the cars lighter, and accommodating a wide array of engines, ranging from a base four-cylinder and to the mighty W-12.
If this new four-door coupe makes its way onto the market, buyers can expect a price ranging from €125k ($169k) to €150k ($200k).
Click past the jump to learn more about baby-Bentley’s competitors.
Every day, we are growing less and less fond of Chris Harris. No, he hasn’t started spouting off with half-thought reviews that are based more on payola rather than actual facts. Rather, we are simply jealous because he always gets his hands on the latest and greatest that the automotive industry has to offer. Then again, if an automaker wants to really prove its mettle as a performance car manufacturer, Harris is really the go-to guy.
This time around, Chris Harris got some track time with the new Alfa Romeo 4C.
As usual, Chris managed to dig up a few things that he didn’t like about the 4C, namely the bulky and over-padded steering wheel, and the uncomfortable seating, but in general he seemed thrilled by the new Alfa.
He definitely gave the 4C the thrashing that Alfa designed it to receive, taking is sideways every chance he got. He noted that it is agile and accurate, but not so accurate that it feels fake, like so many computer-controlled sports cars in today’s world. He also noted that on key point it that "it’s not a Porsche Cayman, and that’s just what the market needs."
Have a look at the above video to see Harris push the 4C to its limits. It’s definitely worth the 8 minutes.
Developed by the newly established Equus Automotive Company, the new Bass770 is a car inspired by the muscle cars of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Unlike these muscle cars, the Equus Bass770 features all the modern technology that they lacked. You may remember the Singer 911, which was one the first model to combine these elements, and the Bass770 is the newest arrival to this class.
It is pretty obvious that the Equus Boss770 was inspired by the fastback design of the earlier Ford Mustangs, but it is filled with modern features, like a bespoke, aluminum frame and body, a tailored leather interior with Alcantara and carbon fiber, and a 6.2-liter, LS9 V-8 engine taken from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Buyers can order the Equus Bass770 in its base setup or in one of its six different series — Accent, Accent Plus, Design, Design Plus, Edition and Collection — and prices range from $253,000 to $290,000. The company is also offering a dedicated design program that allows customers to create the model of their dreams.
Click past the jump to read more about the new Equus Bass770.
Sounding like a marriage between a vacuum company and a grocery-store cell phone, Drayson Racing Technology and Qualcomm are preparing the next wave of revolutionary EV technology: induction charging with no cords. As the marquee sponsors and tech suppliers of next year’s all-new electric racing series, dubbed Formula E, these two companies might be some of the most innovative movers and shakers in electric vehicle technology.
The lack of brand recognition for these companies is not really a problem. While they stopped making their own cell phones almost a decade ago, every new Android or iPhone sold brings a payday for Qualcomm. Thousands of inventions, patents and licensing deals mean that Qualcomm is happy to sit behind the scenes, cashing checks and investing in research and development.
Every racing series would like to claim its direct influence of road car technology, but the link is often completely fictional and done for marketing authenticity. Race on Sunday, sell on Monday is the old adage explaining how to convert racing fans into buyers of humdrum production models. The Formula E concept is exciting because almost everything has to be designed and imagined from the ground up.
No 10,000-page rule books, infighting or Bernie gives the new series the freedom to explore and experiment. The challenges of an electric racing series are many, including the fact that most electric cars run out of juice after about 10 minutes of track driving.
Battery swaps at pit stops are a possibility at first, but Drayson and Qualcomm’s vision is an uninterrupted race, using induction battery chargers built into the track concrete itself. There are more than a few enormous engineering challenges to overcome, but the technology could eventually be transferred into highway charging for normal EV models like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S.
Click past the jump for more details on the new technology partnership between Drayson Racing Technologies and Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging system.
The question of where to take Lincoln’s styling was top-of-mind for Ford during the mid 1950s, and the net it cast was to both the internal styling teams and one special dream car creator of Italy.
Turbulent times for all the Blue Oval brands followed the market flop of their Edsel series, and Chevrolet was lighting up newsprint and auto shows with their swanky Motorama events and the original Corvetteconcept of 1953.
The desire for miraculous styling direction and stunning concept cars led to all the non-GM American car brands to pair off with Italian styling houses. During this flurry of deals, Ghia signed up with Chrysler, Bertone for Packard and Carrozerria Touring with Hudson.
Lincoln went with a less-renowned name of Felice Paolo to dress a rolling chassis with bespoke coupe bodywork ahead of the Turin motor show. The orange lacquer paint was barely dry on the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino when it was rolled onto the rotating platform of the Turin auto show.
This stunning concept car is headed for the glitz and flash bulbs again this November with RM Auctions, where the car’s previous million-dollar pricing is expected to climb in value yet again.
Click past the jump for all the unusual and one-off style of the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept.