We haven’t seen or heard a lot from Romeo Ferraris in quite a while, but even though the tuning company has kept quiet since it introduced its program for the Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale last year, it’s hard to completely forget about these guys, especially with its reputation as one of Italy ’s finest aftermarket companies.
But now, Romeo Ferraris is back and it marked its return with an impressive program for one of the most popular sports cars in recent history: the Toyota GT 86 .
In some ways, it’s the perfect car for Romeo Ferraris can get its hands on. In its standard guise, the GT 86 looks every bit of a sports car, yet it somehow lacks the powerful performance credentials that its distinct and sporty style deserves.
That noticeable shortage of power is why aftermarket companies like Romeo Ferraris love the GT 86; they can put their imprint on it without comprising the overall characteristics of the Japanese sports car and do so in a way that gives the 86 that much needed boost in engine output.
That’s where Romeo Ferraris comes into the picture. Using a new supercharger, an intercooler and a subsequent ECU remapping, the Italian automaker was able to churn up 258 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque worth of output form the car’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a significant uptick in power from the stock 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
Romeo Ferraris didn’t release the performance numbers, but with these upgrades, it’s not far out of the imagination to think that this GT 86 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 140 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about Romeo Ferrari’s program for the Toyota GT 86
Starting 2010, Michael Schumacher is the brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz , and a development partner for Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. This is the collective name the company has given to the networked assistance systems that relieve driver workload and improve traffic safety.
Today, Mercedes unveiled a cool video with Michael Schumacher testing the safety systems on the 2015 C-Class . While it does not show much about the car, the video confirms the model will get a variety of safety systems, including Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Pre-Safe Brake, Brake Assist Plus, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist.
Thanks to the new safety systems, the ride in the next C-Class will be more comfortable and considerably safer. All these new systems share the same sensory system that includes a new stereo camera and multi-stage radar sensors.
Of course, all these new system deliver optimal response when the car is driven to speed up to 50 - 70 km/h (30-43 mph), but the Collision Prevention Assist Plus is even active at speeds up to 200 km/h (124 mph) when it can help avoiding crashes by automatic, autonomous partial braking.
We are pretty sure that all these new systems will make the C-Class one of the safest luxury sedans on the market, so we can’t wait testing it!
As you probably know, the way you present a product oftentimes leads to better sales than the quality if the product itself. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Mercedes picked model Georgia May Jagger to be the face for its new Mercedes GLA crossover.
Yes, you guessed it: Georgia is the daughter of Mick Jagger — the lead vocalist and the founding member of The Rolling Stones. Georgia stars in Mercedes’ latest commercial named "Always Restless," where she appears lounging on the GLA ’s sunroof in a dark, neon-lit cityscape.
We’re not sure what’s her connection with the Panda riding in the driver’s seat, but anyway, commercials aren’t supposed to be understood every time, they just need to entertain you and make you buy the product.
Of course, we are not sure if Georgia or her stunning palm-print mini skirt will help Mercedes boost sales for the upcoming GLA, but the company will found out if it worth paying for this commercial when the GLA hits the market in the spring of 2014.
Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Mega ne itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.
Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.
It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos , a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata , despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.
So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriole
The Rub’ al Khali, also known as The Empty Quarter, is the largest sand desert in the world, with a length of 620 miles, a width of 310 miles and an area of 250,000 square miles. With average temperatures of 117 degrees F, you can imagine that the desert is not the most pleasant place on Earth.
But this particular place on Earth was seen as a challenge by the engineers at Land Rover and they sent a Range Rover Sport over to this barren land to see how fast it can cross it.
The result is a new record , with an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h), the Range Rover Sport managed to make the 527-mile journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates in just 10 hours and 22 minutes.
The video released today by Land Rover features spectacular footage from inside and outside the vehicle, as well as epic shots of the environment that the team faced as they tackled the largest sand desert in the world.
The car that challenged this massive sandbox was a stock Range Rover Sport equipped with standard tires and an underbody protection plate, which goes to show just how awesome the Range Rover Sport is.
While this may sound more like a vehicle designed for 2050, but it will actually be on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . Called the "XchangE Concept," this vehicle was designed by the Swiss company Rinspeed , and the company plans to revolutionize the automotive industry with it.
The new "XchangE" concept is all about autonomous driving and making long trips even more enjoyable. The concept is "smart" enough to drive autonomously up to 120 km/h (74 mph), while the driver and the passengers read, listen to music, surf the web, play games, watch movies or any other activity besides driving.
A very cool feature of the new concept are the seats, which are inspired by the relaxing business-class seats of major airlines, with similarly elaborate functionality. Thanks to the new seats, the driver will not to obligated to stare at the road, as he can also rotate the seat and talk with the rest of the passengers.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds a little too automatic for me. I know that my computer freezes every few hours, and what happens to you if this car’s computer freezes while you have you attention turned to a video game and it goes flying out of control?
Full details on the Rinspeed XchangE Concept will be revealed during its official debut in Geneva.
Click past the jump to read more about the new Rinspeed XchangE Concept.
The Nardo Ring is a high-speed test track located located at about 12 miles away from the Italian city of Nardo. The track measures 7.8 miles long and is divided in four different lanes, with neutral speed ranging from 62 mph in lane 1 to 149 mph in lane 4. The term "neutral speed" means that the driver can drive the car without turning the wheel.
This is a reason why this ring is the perfect place where you can go and travel with no problems at speeds above 300 km/h (186 mph). The folks over at Auto Bild recently invited a group of cars capable of hitting this speed in a test drive it named "Beyond 300 km/h." One of the cars invited was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe tuned by AC Schnitzer .
The M6 proved it was worthy of the invite, as it managed to hit a top speed of 328,9 km/h (204 mph). With this speed, the M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer becomes the fastest road legal BMW to lap Nardo.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.
The unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang is still fresh in a lot of people’s minds and yet somehow, a couple of aftermarket companies known for developing programs for the Blue Oval’s beloved pony car are already working on official renderings for their future builds.
GAS, the aftermarket arm of Galpin Ford, the largest Ford dealership in the world, is probably responsible for the most modified Mustangs among all tuning companies. So with the 2015 Mustang officially making its debut last week, Galpin went with a wide-body treatment of the American muscle car , complete with bolt-on widebody fenders fender, a hellacious-looking front splitter, wider wheel arches, a lowered suspension, and the addition of new aero components like those side sills and the huge rear wing at the back.
Not one to be outdone, Steeda Automotive also took its time in the creative seat to visualize what the new Mustang would look like if it went under the aftermarket knife in Steeda’s care. Compared to what GAS rendered, Steeda’s version is a lot more subtle, and dare we say more realistic for a Mustang. Maybe even a little too simple with just the new black hood, a new set of black wheels, side graphics, and the Steeda windshield banner.
Of course, both these renders only show the cosmetic and aerodynamic side of their future programs. There will also undoubtedly be engine modifications coming from both, and that’s the most exciting part because as people who love the aftermarket scene as much as we do, imagining the power additions GAS and Steeda can put on the Mustang is enough to drive our imaginations crazy.
Lexus stopped building the LF-A in December 2012 and now, one year later, the folks at Motor Trend decided to remind us just how outstanding the LF-A was.
Motor Trend did so by featuring this discontinued supercar in the latest episode of World’s Fastest Car Show. Justin Bell took the LF-A out of the Toyota Museum and oushed it as hard as he could..
For those that don’t remember, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivers a total of 560 horsepower that sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph. It was built in standard version that Lexus priced at $375,000 and in a Nürburgring package priced from $445,000.
Check out the above video to see if the LF-A still amazes as much as it did when Lexus first launched the incredible model.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can do 267 mph. The McLaren F1 from the 1990s could reach 240 mph. Not just once or twice, but given a straight enough road and a private police force to keep traffic out of the way, these cars can do those speeds all day long. You would probably need to carry a fuel tanker and semi full of spare tires along, but that’s the cost of having that much fun.
The Mclaren F1 had been the fastest production car for some time. Until, the Bugatti Veyron came along. Even before the McLaren F1 was conceived, the Ferrari F40 was the fastest production car with a top speed of 201 mph. However, things could have been very different if Callaway had made a claim for the title.
The Sledgehammer, which was essentially a hopped up and seriously modded Corvette, was developed in the 1980s and featured some of the most advanced aerodynamics for its time. So, why did this Corvette require such sleek aerodynamics? Well, to allow the Callaway Sledgehammer to hit its mammoth top speed of would top out at 254.76 mph.The Sledgehammer hit this top massive top speed on October 26th, 1988 with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel.
The aptly named Sledgehammer achieved what the Bugatti Veyron could do almost two decades later. Now you have the opportunity to own the Sledgehammer — one of the rarest cars on Earth — as it is set to cross the auction block. Unfortunately, the winning bidder won’t be permitted to drive it on public roads.
Click past the jump to read more on the Sledgehammer and to see the 1988 video of the Sledgehammer hitting this massive top speed