Kirby’s fascination with cars began when he first laid eyes on his first Micro Machine. At that time, he thought they were the coolest toys in the world, narrowly edging out those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. Over time, his love for cars evolved to Matchbox cars and Burago models, then finally, it all became a reality when he bought his first ride — a 1998 Honda City — back in 2002.
His tastes and preferences on cars has changed over time, but his passion remains (as does his love for TMNT). Writing about his passions for Top Speed has been the closest thing to a dream job this side of being a Ferrari test driver.
Gran Turismo fans who are getting giddy about the game’s impending launch now have something specific to hitch their proverbial wagons on.
Series creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, has come out and said that the sixth installment of the hit racing franchise is roughly 80-percent complete, with some fine tuning still in the pipeline before the game hits shelves later this year.
In addition to earlier disclosing that Gran Turismo 7 will come out within two years, news of GT6 being this close to completion is stoking what is already a growing fire among Gran Turismo fans
While it’s understandable to look forward to GT7, considering that it’s going to be released for the much more powerful PlayStation 4, looking past GT6 is going to be a mistake.
It’ll be interesting to see how fast the game flies off the shelves or how close it’s going to come to approaching the $800 million Gran Theft Auto V fetched in its first day.
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We can’t even begin to imagine how harrowing an experience it is to crash a car at high speeds. That’s the kind of scenario we wouldn’t wish on anybody, even our worst enemies.
But some people just don’t have the luck, or safety bearings, as other people. In this particular case, it was a combination of both things. At the recent Hellendoorn Rally in the Netherlands, driver Harry Kleinjan was driving a Porsche 911 RSR during the rally when the brakes presumably locked on one bend, sending Kleinjan and his navigator straight into a cement barricade.
But the crash itself wasn’t the scariest thing to happen to the two; it was what happened after it.
Upon hitting the cement barrier, the 911 RSR immediately shot off the ground, smacked the barricade another time sending the wheels off of the race car before flipping over and hurtling straight into a river on its head. It’s the kind of scary crash that you normally see in movie, except that in the latter’s case, those crashes are planned and staged.
Neither happened on this occasion but fortunately, both Kleinjan and his navigator escaped their all-too-real brush with death without any serious injuries.
In the end, that’s the most important thing and given how the 911 RSR pretty much flew off the track, them coming out of the ordeal with their limbs intact was a bigger win than crossing the finish line first.
Click past the jump to read about the newest line of this successful racer, the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent contract extension with Real Madrid essentially turned the soccer superstar into one of the most handsomely paid athletes in the world (he’s reportedly set to earn 17 million euros a year, which is around $23 million based on current exchange rates). So, with all that money at his disposal, nobody was surprised to find out that Ronaldo is spending his money wisely.
Ronaldo has long been known as a supercar aficionado, often riding around Madrid with the latest exotic to hit the market. His luck with those rides are a different discussion — he’s had problems with the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Lamborghini Aventador in the past — but nobody can deny his taste for exotics.
As one of the 499 customers on the waiting list for the limited-edition LaFerrari, Ronaldo is poised to score one of the fastest and most powerful cars on the planet. It’s going to cost him $1.3 million, but given that he can earn that amount by the end of the year, it sure won’t be a problem for the Galactico striker to shell out that much money without ruining his gelled-up hair.
Earlier this year, luxury German tuner, DMC, introduced its Velocita program for the McLaren MP4-12C . Months have passed since then, but it seems like DMC spent all that time building a special version of that incredible program.
This is the McLaren HS-12 Velocita SE, a irresistibly eye-catching take on the British supercar , complete with a new aerodynamic kit, posh interior upgrades and a unique color finish that brings out the aura of the MP4-12C like few other tuning programs could.
One look at the MP4-12C and you’ll immediately gravitate towards the Emerald Red Couture body finish DMC used on the supercar. We can’t blame you for drooling because we had to stop ourselves from doing so, too. But once we got our bearings back, we also noticed a few details about the new aero kit fitted into the MP4-12C.
The aerodynamic engineering is clearly evident, as shown by the supercar’s redesigned carbon-fiber grill to go with a new front lip spoiler with an enhanced downforce on the front axle, as well as carbon-fiber side flaps that work by supporting the pressure between the axles and, in turn, improves the car’s road stability. A carbon-fiber rear diffuser was also installed, with the new one treated to the addition of two two fins and goes hand-in-hand with a brand-new exhaust system that’s made of pure titanium.
A large rear wing and a set of 21-inch diamond forged alloy wheels round out DMC’s HS-12 Velocita SE program for the McLaren MP4-12C, further underscoring the DMC’s brilliance in billing programs like this while also highlighting the MP4-12C’s growing clout as an aftermarket favorite.
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Well, it appears that even the best laid plans sometimes go up in smoke after Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Schreiber, officially confirmed that the a production Mulsanne convertible isn’t in the cards anymore.
Speaking to Car & Driver, Schreiber stated that Bentley will not do the Mulsanne Convertible anymore because the demand for the car isn’t strong enough to justify the time and resources the company would have to put into it. "The demand for a Mulsanne convertible is just regional," Schreiber explained before saying that only a handful of markets like the U.S. would welcome a convertible model of the company’s flagship luxury sedan.
It’s also worth pointing out that the sedan version of the Mulsanne didn’t exactly burn the sales charts when it went on sale — last year’s 1,169 units sold barely crossed the 1,200 mark — so the decision to ax the convertible model isn’t exactly surprising, especially in light of the company’s renewed attempts at building a new crossover .
Make no mistake, the British marquee still has plans of expanding its lineup in the near future. It’s just that the Mulsanne Convertible won’t be a part of it anymore.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept
We’ve said it time and time again; world records are always meant to be broken. It’s just a matter of when and where it’s going to be.
Recently, the "when" and the "where" of the world’s fastest drift record was answered when Poland’s ORLEN Team along with drifter Kuba Przygonski took a heavily-modified Toyota GT 86 packing close to 1,100 horsepower to a former military base in Biata Podlaska, Poland on September 3rd.
What ensued was nothing short of spectacular.
With arguably one of the world’s most powerful GT 86s at his disposal, Przygonski was able to succesfully drift the Japanese drift car at 217.973 km/h (135.44 mph). In doing so, the Polish racer set a new Guinness World Record, now owning the record for world’s fastest drift.
We honestly have no clue how many g’s Przygonski was experiencing when he set that record but the mere fact that his neck seemed to be okay enough to allow him to celebrate the new record speaks to the kind of preparation he must have done before breaking this record.
It’s an incredible feat that should be lauded, no matter how long its stands in the record books.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86
Like a lot of the marquee auto brands in the world today, Porsche has taken that dive into the world of in-house customization and recently, it made a rather subdued and under-the-radar release of one 911 model that falls under this program .
Limited to just a handful of examples, this is the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition. Apart from its exclusive quantity, this particular model will only be sold in the United Kingdom, further keeping it away from the hands of customers outside the British isles.
As far as its uniqueness is concerned, the 911 Carrera S Exclusive Edition boasts of some impressive exterior and interior additions, including an exclusive grey exterior finish, a sport design body kit, premium leather upholstery on the interior, and most distinct of all relative to its market, a series of Union Jack (that’s the flag of the United Kingdom) logos on the door entry guards and the center armrest.
The 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 395 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque in its standard setup, but Porsche Exclusive equipped it with a Power Kit to boost its output. Porsche has yet to unveil its total output, but we expect it to fall near the 425- to 450-horsepower range.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S
We can only imagine how long of a wait it is when you pay more than $1 million without your purchase being delivered to you for few months.
Back in January, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick paid $1.1 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction for the very first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (see a video of the auction above). That was back in January and now, we’re a week away from saying goodbye to September.
The almost 10 months it took for Hendrick to finally see his million-dollar purchase came to an end when he was finally handed the keys to the first production Corvette Stingray C7 late last week.
Talk about finally seeing a return of your investment. We’re happy to see Hendrick finally have his Corvette Stingray, even if it took a long time to come. At least he can finally sleep easy at night knowing that his $1.1 million sports car is now sitting in his garage.
With some notable exceptions, like the incredible Ford Atlas Concept , concept pickups don’t usually move the meter of a lot of people.
But one recent concept that really got our attention was the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept . It wasn’t just the fancy yellow color or the fact that it had some fancy slick details on the interior; the concept pickup truck really screamed for attention without going overboard to get it.
So imagine our pleasant surprise when we found out that Ram is considering building a production version of the concept pickup. Speaking to Edmunds, Dave Sowens, head of Ram Truck’s light- and heavy-duty marketing, said that the brand will bring the concept to some dealer shows and talk to dealers in an attempt to gauge the interest of a production version for the Rumble Bee Concept.
If there’s a positive feedback from dealers, the company will seriously consider building a production model, albeit one that could be without the Drone Yellow finish and the amber-encased bee on the concept’s rotary gear knob. While we wouldn’t mind the encased bee to be left out, it’s going to be disappointing if Ram drops the fancy color finish that really gave the concept that sparkling attitude that reminded a lot of people of Bumblebee, the Transformers Autobot.
Power is likely to remain the same so expect a 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, good enough to potentially hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 120 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept
The Hyundai Veloster represents the Korean automaker’s move to become a more diverse brand. Known for building a whole lineup of impressive models, ranging from entry-level cars to mid-size vehicle, all the to SUVs and luxury cars, Hyundai had a whole lot of markets covered.
The sports hatch market, though, wasn’t in the company’s radar until it released the Veloster.
And when the Veloster did arrive, it ushered in a new era of affordable Hyundais with incredibly sporty looks and well-placed performance capabilities to back it up. It’s numbers aren’t as high as a lot of people would’ve liked, but overall, the Veloster offered customers a cool and new way to enjoy a car with sports car looks that won’t empty their wallets in the process.
Hyundai answered those performance questions with the release of the Veloster Turbo , but the standard Veloster still has some appeal to it, even if it seemed like the top-line trim rendered everything below it redundant.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Hyundai Veloster