Though it doesn’t bring increased power to the table — a privilege reserved for the future Z06 or a ZR1 – the new Z51 package for the Corvette Stingray does bring along significant upgrades that customers can benefit from, if they regularly plunder a track.
With this package installed, your Corvette Stingray will be fitted with a dry-sump oiling system that plays a crucial role while cornering, slightly shorter gear ratios, larger-capacity Bilstein dampers, a rear-stabilizer bar and forged rims that have grown up to 19 inches up front and 20 inches in the rear, an inch bigger than the standard Stingray.
What can arguably be called the most significant addition is the limited slip differential — an electronically controlled hydraulic clutch pack – which modulates the rate at which the differential transfers torque across the axle. When the car corners, the LSD acts like an open differential to reduce understeer, but when power is added, electronic slip diff is engaged to handle the traction and balance it all out.
Along with ride tweaks, the Z51 also focuses on the tweaking the aerodynamics of the Stingray. While the standard one has impressive figures, the Z51 package makes it better with the addition of a rear spoiler to keep it planted to the ground and gaping air inlets at the rear fenders to cool transmission and differential.
People opting for the Z51 package have the option to choose the Magnetic Ride Control that promises track-like performance with a more comforting ride for $1,795.
All of these upgrades play a role in its impressive cornering at 1.0g and a 0 to 60 sprint of less than 4 seconds.
GM has set the package at a premium of $8,005, bringing the total cost for the Stingray Z51 to $60,000. We are still uncertain if the Z51 package will be available on the convertible model; if so, the package total will be $65,000.
Though the C7 Stingray is proving to be a great track-day car, as well as a pleasant cruiser, the Z51 package takes the excitement and thrill of driving the new Corvette Stingray up a notch.
UPDATE 4/26/13: GM has released the pricing and more details on the Z51 package.
The continuous evolution of the Fiat 500 and all the subsequent iterations it has had this year are about to welcome another member to the family: the 500e.
With the standard 500, the 500C and the 500L already making their debuts in their respective niches, the 500e is set to fill the vacant electric-power niche in the 500 lineup. It will make that will make its own debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With the launch of the all-electric Fiat 500e, environmentalists can now drive the iconic Italian car without aguilty consciousness. With an impressive range of116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city and 100 MPGe highway, it aims to electrify the gasoline-powered 500 series.
The all electric Fiat 500e has been unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Being the first electric powered Italian in North American market, Fiat has confirmed that it will arrive in California Studios during the second quarter of 2013.
So, is the Fiat 500e an alternative worth considering among the 500 series, or is it too early to adopt an electric and expensive shoe? Find out in our review of the Fiat 500e.
Update 4/16/2013: Fiat has revealed the pricing information and an innovative exchange program for the all-new 500e. Check out the "Prices" section, after the jump for more details.
Click past the jump to read our full review on the 500e
Don’t get carried away with the cool Technospace Concept, as it is merely an insight on what to expect from the upcoming C4 Picasso MUV — one of the best-selling models for the French Automaker.
Slated to be shown off at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Technospace Concept looks production ready. Given the new radical design language that Citroen currently follows (Check out the Citroen DS5 for instance), expect the 2014 Picasso to retain minimal changes from the concept design.
If Citroen were to choose the above path, the 2014 Picasso will be 40 mm (1.57 inches) shorter in height than the outgoing model and 55 mm (2.16 inches) longer for extra cabin space. With these changes, the new Picasso will feature new proportions that delicately combine compactness and a large cabin space — a good aspect to impress customers looking for sheer practicality in a well-built package.
To befit the name, the car boasts several cool features to fascinate the children you will soon be ferrying such as a full-touch driving interface with a high-definition 12-inch panoramic screen.
The all-you-can-fit French van sits on Citroen’s new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) that aims to make the car lighter and more stable. And with an eco-friendly lineup in the cards, expect emission to be at a record level of 98 g/km.
The production version of the Technospace concept, aka the 2014 C4 Picasso will see the light of day from the second half of 2013. We’ll update this review once details fly by.
Since its concept was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to a lukewarm reception, Volkswagen didn’t convey any special interest for a Bentley SUV. That was the case, until today.
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber has confirmed that the Bentley SUV will go into production in three years’ time, after completion of design and prototype tests.
Yes, Schreiber confirms that the production model will borrow very few elements from the EXP 9F concept and will follow the current design language that is seen in the current Continental GT and Mulsanne. That’s one thing for people who are still interested in the project to celebrate about, given the fact that the EXP 9F wasn’t really one of Bentley’s greatest creations. Schreiber promises that the new design will be instantly recognizable as a true Bentley, meaning it wouldn’t look anywhere close to the ugly EXP 9F Concept.
Design aside, Schreiber also gives us an insight as to what sort of powertrain will drive the large Bentley. The SUV will be powered by the same 4.4-liter V-8 engine from the Continental GT V8 but with fewer horsepower. Also on the cards is a top-of-the-range W-12 engine, though we figure that it’s unlikely to make it into the production model. What we can expect, however, is a diesel powertrain for the European market and a hybrid powertrain.
With the Bentley SUV receiving a green light for production, will its close cousin, the Lamborghini Urus, see the light of day any time? We don’t know. But, customers looking for a Range Rover counterpart can finally look forward to one in their nearest showrooms, three years from now.
While Volkswagen is famous for building simple-looking cars that offer great practicality, it never really brought much eye candy to the table. That was the case until the Passat CC was born in 2009. Bringing coupe-like design features in a less expensive package, the Passat CC was a stunner in its heyday and in its current generation, it still is.
Now we might soon witness the Golf sporting the CC badge, if the recent reports are true. This Golf CC, like its bigger brother, will be designed along the sweeping lines of a coupe and have a much sportier stance. It will most likely look like a sensible VW Jetta with style and charisma injected to its design.
Like the Jetta, the Golf CC will sit on an extended version of the MQB platform that will underpin most of the small cars in the Volkswagen Group.
For the car to perform well in the market, looking sporty isn’t enough. So, expect more-powerful engines like the 120-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo or the 148-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-diesel in the Golf CC’s engine lineup. If that isn’t powerful enough, then VW will later launch a GTi version of the Golf CC powered by the 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that develops 220 horsepower, befitting the sporty image.
The cars to fear this move will be the new svelte Mercedes-Benz CLA and its cousin, the Audi A3 sedan.
The VW Golf CC would clearly win in the price category against its rivals, but we will have to wait to find out if it also beats them in other categories as well. Nevertheless the Volkswagen Golf CC looks promising as it will bring style and sportiness in less expensive package.
Updated 01/21/2013: Today we have prepared a TopSpeed rendering of the upcoming Golf CC. The rendering combines design elements from the Passat CC with elements from the new generation Golf. We hope you like it!
Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering and is not an official image of the Golf CC.
With the market for youth-oriented, lower-priced vehicles on the rise, Honda aims to grow its share in this market with their new Gear concept that gives insight to what we can expect from the Japanese manufacturer in the future.
Quietly launched at the Montreal Auto Show, the Honda Gear Concept is designed with specific people in mind — the young with a budget (aka Generation Y). The whole aspect of the car is said to be inspired by the fixed-gear bicycles, though we don’t know exactly how that connection is made.
We can say that it looks quite good, as it features a simple and sleek design that is a clear departure from the current design of today’s Hondas. We especially like how the rear windscreen wraps around both the C-pillars at the rear profile. Being a concept, we can do nothing but hope that such a design, or rather, some design elements make it to a production model.
No details have been provided about what’s under the hood, but it’s safe to expect a frugal, low-displacement engine or a plug-in electric drivetrain.
Overall, this concept does look promising. If it goes into production, it sure will manage the young who are on the lookout for their "first car.”
Everybody knows that Detroit has always been the Automobile hub of the United States. So, it’s no surprise that the 2013 Detroit Auto Show is an important platform to show-off brand new models.
Regarded as the first major auto show to kick off the New Year, the Detroit Motor Show brought tons surprises and drool-inducing releases as compared to disappointments. Most car manufacturers have shown off their new models that aim to broaden their lineup and strengthen their respective images, a goal shared amongst all automakers.
Though there were many new models that launched in Detroit, which made it one of the most anticipated and exciting auto shows, if we were to point out the one car that really made not just us but nearly every auto enthusiast impatient, it would be the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Being the home turf of the ’Vette, it was befitting for Chevy to debut the seventh generation of the successful Corvette at Detroit.
Click past the jump to check out the top four debuts that have impressed us greatly, making the Detroit Auto Show worth the wait.
After having a cameo in “Fast 5,” the producers of the next installment have finally decided to give a more deserving role to the award-winning Nissan GT-R. And guess what? Like how Gerard Butler worked out for the movie "300,” the Nissan GT-R will also grow some muscles and abs for the movie, thanks to BenSopra and SP Engineering.
This car is a tuner enthusiast’s dream with the host of upgrades, both in styling and performance, so it is bound to grab some attention from the lead actor Vin Diesel.
This superstar GT-R features a muscular and aerodynamic body kit by BenSopra that makes the car look like a fire breathing Godzilla (which it actually is) and a full carbon-fiber treatment by Seibon that includes the doors, door sills, cooling panel set and engine cover. AMS Performance stepped in an offered up a carbon roof and trunk lid. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?
To smoke the competitors, both on the big screen and for real, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 carries Switzer’s P800 turbo kit, including HKS downpipe and resonated Y-pipe provided by SP Engineering. The soon-to-be movie star also stops faster thanks to the custom ceramic brake set-up by Weapons Grade Performance.
Overall, this custom Nissan GT-R just gives us a good reason why we should watch the 6th installment of the Fast and the Furious. Now, if only they had an Oscar Award for baddest cars...
Remember a time when most luxury brands only produced large, luxurious rear-wheel-drive sedans, coupes and SUVs carrying a price tag so huge that most people only dreamt of owning one? Well, that was the past...
Now days, to grab lost market share, most brands have doubled their lineup by announcing less-expensive crossovers and entry-level hatchbacks that aim to introduce the brand to many more customers. BMW, for instance, has updated its entry-level 1-series and are on the verge of doubling its lineup with new models that carry lower price tags. Mercedes-Benz has also started planning quite a few low-cost Models to tackle the competition. And, if reports are to be believed, Cadillac will be boarding that bandwagon soon enough.
As of now, Cadillac doesn’t have any super-luxurious halo model that could rival the big sedans from the Germans. So, expect a new flagship Cadillac in the future that can be perceived as a "pinnacle of American luxury.” Also, a new crossover is in the works, after witnessing the segment grow in popularity among customers looking for practicality in a sexy and sleek package.
Also in the cards is, surprisingly, a Bimmer 1-series rival. After being used to the long and powerful sedans that Cadillac used to make, a small, hatchback bearing the Caddy badge is somewhat weird – almost revives nightmares of the Cimarron and Catera. But, given the fact that the Germans have already plotted such a move, Caddy may also create such a rival to meet increasing demand.
With Cadillac expanding its lineup, it’s clear that its strategy to grab some shares is pretty aggressive and would help strengthening the brand’s image. Stay tuned for more info.
The Detroit Auto Show just isn’t a place to see all-new model, it is also a great place to get juicy news for future developments. Included in the news gathered from Detroit is that Bentley has finally felt the itch to develop a plug-in Hybrid model after a successful track record of announcing cars powered by fuel-chugging V-8s and W-12s.
With Rolls Royce already jumping onto the bandwagon with the Phantom 102EX, Bentley CEO Dr Wolfgang Schreiber has announced plans to introduce a green variant to Bentley’s lineup.
Such a variant will grace the bodies of the Bentleys starting within three years, as Schreiber is quoted saying “It might actually be too late for diesel now, plug-in hybrids offer an even better fuel economy and don’t alienate petrol-only markets, we won’t see them for the next three years, but for us a plug-in hybrid is a must.”
Bear in mind though, that the decision for a hybrid model hasn’t been confirmed by the board as diesel power is still in the cards. However, given the fact that diesel power isn’t very popular in Bentley’s strong markets — Middle East, U.S and China — a plug in hybrid system will most likely be the favorite choice among the Bentley Boys, according to Dr Schreiber.
If such a project takes off, expect the hybrid system to be developed by Volkswagen in coordination with Audi and Porsche. Details are still scarce on what particular system will be used. So, once they roll in, we’ll post them as soon as possible
Rolls Royce is all set to expand their model range by announcing a "stunning" new model in a couple of weeks followed by an auto-show debut on April 21st in Shangai, one of most important markets for RR.
Sadly, RR couldn’t divulge any more details on what sort of car it will be and what’s underneath the hood, but we have our bets placed on the successor to the Rolls Royce Corniche. And we’re most likely going to win that bet, given the fact that over past several months, Rolls Royce was working hard on testing out a prototype of a two-door Ghost coupe (as these spy-shots reveal). We wouldn’t be surprised by RR bringing the Corniche name back as they have been promising customers that it was in the works for a while.
The Rolls Royce Corniche is reported to be powered by a turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine ready to deliver a total of 600 horsepower, which is quite powerful for a luxury cruiser. The design will also draw some inspiration from the Rolls Royce Ghost, befitting the smaller-than-Phantom description.
A full review with details shall be posted once Rolls Royce announces the "stunning" model.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the very few compact sports cars that grabs a fair share of the limelight. Thanks to the increased demand for such compact sports cars, it is no surprise that other manufacturers are planning to join the bandwagon. BMW, for instance, is planning to launch a Z2 to rival the Miata.
And now, thanks to the confirmation from Nissan’s executive vice president Andy Palmer at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan will also accompany BMW in building such a vehicle, sans the open-top option from what we can tell.
This little sports car will be the entry level model for Nissan’s two-door sporty offerings, sitting below the Z-models and the mighty GT-R. Bear in mind, however, that this upcoming sports car isn’t meant to rival the award-hogging Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S.
Expect the car to be designed by the same hands that gave birth to the design of the Juke, so we can all anticipate a more youth-oriented approach.
Under the hood, Palmer mentions that the car will be "guilt-free.” What could be guiltier for a vehicle than polluting the environment? So, expect either an electric or a hybrid powertrain, though we have our bets placed on a hybrid system.
Palmer confirms that a concept model of the entry-level sports car will be shown off within a year. So, expect its production version to land in our shores somewhere around 2015.
We’re sort of excited about such a model being announced from the makers of the Godzilla. It gives more people an opportunity to enjoy sporty two-door model in a less expensive package.
Image Shown: 2011 Nissan ESFLOW Concept
The latest Passat in the U.S market is perceived as a less-expensive executive car with hardly any sporting character. However, VW thinks that the upcoming Passat Performance Concept to be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, will change that notion.
The subtle nature of the body kit that this “Performance Concept” wears may be a little misleading, as this is one timid-looking sedan that’s ready to run. The concept will feature 19-inch Luxor wheels, a new front bumper with honeycomb inserts, to go along with HID headlamps and LED tail lamps borrowed from the Chinese Passat.
Step inside and two-tone leather upholstery welcomes you along with, carbon-fiber-looking accent pieces and black headliner. We’re a little turned off by the faux carbon fiber, but we’ll deal with it or now.
The main highlight of this concept is the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged four-pot engine that will most likely be used in the U.S.-spec Beetle, Jetta and Passat. This engine is already used in the Asian and European markets, and would theoretically replace the 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder in the U.S.-spec models.
Though the number of the cylinders is fewer and the displacement is lower than the engine it would replace, this new four-cylinder produces 250-horsepower – an increase of 80 ponies from the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine – and it’s more fuel efficient.
Since it is still just a concept, eager customers will have to wait for VW to officially announce the release of this model, which could be dubbed Passat R-Line.
After Porsche jumped on the bandwagon in making four-door supercars, many enthusiasts were expecting the Prancing Horse from Modena to join in too. But, unfortunately, Ferrari’s CEO and President Luca Di Montezemolo has confirmed to an Italian auto site that such a project is not underway.
Rumors of a four door, less expensive luxury car based on a Maserati Quattroporte and designed along the lines of the Ferrari FF have been circling for several months, with rivals confirming similar projects fueling them. But, as Montezemolo states, "A Ferrari can’t have more than two doors.”
The rumors also suggested that such a car would have a competitive price point, to which he responds "a cheap entry-level Ferrari simply wouldn’t be a Ferrari, period.” This is the reason why there is a brand called Maserati. They’re merely cheaper versions of Ferraris with their styling and badging. Luca goes on to argue that the price point of the Ferrari California is as low as they can go, which is mainly why 70 percent of California owners are new to the Ferrari brand.
To people who were hoping for this rumor was true, we’re sorry. We guess you’re stuck with two-door beauties for now.
As a birthday gift to itself, Aston Martin has decided to announce a "Centenary" edition for its whole lineup to commemorate 100 years of pleasing our roads with their presence.
The flagship Aston Martin Vanquish will be the first car to receive the bespoke treatment.
Don’t expect any performance upgrades, so we assume it will carry the base 6.0-liter V-12 that pumps out 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. No too bad even without any upgrades.
Starting with the exterior, the Vanquish Centenary Edition features a unique palette of paint jobs that aren’t offered in the standard trim and solid-sterling-silver Aston Martin wing badges with custom enamel. So, you had better be careful where you park your bespoke Aston, as the badge alone is worth a fortune...
The interior also receives a bespoke treatment, starting with the Deep Soft black leather – a leather upholstery reserved for the One-77 hypercar – with contrasting silver stitching, a special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints and solid silver sill plaques with the Aston Martin logo.
As a thank-you-for-celebrating-with-us, people who have booked for Centenary Edition will receive a free gift package that includes two glass keys, two bespoke key pouches made from the same interior leather, solid silver cufflinks featuring the Aston Martin logo, solid silver Rollerball pen and high quality Bang & Olufsen headphones. Oh, you didn’t have to, Aston Martin...
Aston Martin hasn’t revealed the premium customers have to pay for the Centenary Edition. We just hope it’s not a steep price to pay for a custom paint-job that hardly matters and a box full of unnecessary goodies.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first gas-turbine-powered car, Chrysler has decided to unveil a one-off special edition 300 that sports certain elements of the unique 1963 Chrysler Turbine Concept.
Being built as a one-off to celebrate the Turbine Concept, we expected it be turbine powered as well. Sadly, however, the gas turbine project was terminated in 1977, since then gasoline-powered engines have risen to be the top choice for making practical engines.
Automobile History-101 aside, this special edition will be based on a Chrysler 300, much like the Motown Edition that was recently launched. The Turbine Edition has the same Turbine Bronze matte paint job that graced the original ’63 concept along with a glossy black roof.
The front end of this 300S now has a more in-your-face look to it, more like the SRT version, with different upper and lower grilles and black tinted headlamps for a retro look.
The main spectacle of this edition is the 22-inch "Turbine" rims that give it a cool and retro stance, though we wouldn’t recommend doing a burnout with those larger-than-life rims.
Unfortunately, this is a one-off model and it appears as if there are no plans to offer such a package to the public. The 300S Turbine Edition is on display now, at the Detroit Auto Show.
After weeping at the disappointing sales last year, Volvo’s new CEO has confirmed at the Detroit Motor Show that they will announce nine new models in less than 12 months to grab lost market share in luxury vehicles.
Out of the nine, eight new cars are merely significant updates to the current lineup of Volvos and the ninth model is confirmed to be the successor to the Volvo XC90.
Speculated to go on sale in the late 2014, the new XC90 (may have a different name later) will sit on a new "Scaleable Platform Architecture,” which is set to underpin bigger, more appointed vehicles in the future. So, people looking for SUV practicality you’re in luck, provided you have the patience to wait for a couple of years for additional models to roll out.
Volvo is also looking to develop a new architecture for their smaller vehicles - 40 series and 50 series - with their new parents, Geely, since they’re currently relying on Ford’s architecture and are planning to cut ties with Ford soon.
We’ll post more information and details as it rolls in.
After standing back and watching their sworn rival Nissan grab all the sales in the small SUV market with its Juke, Toyota has finally decided to build such an SUV to rival the Nissan and broaden its range of vehicles. The development isn’t going to start from scratch, as Toyota bosses have stated that the SUV will draw heavy inspiration from the Toyota RSC — Rugged Sports Coupé — that was announced way back in 2001.
Sadly, the market then wasn’t looking for an SUV-Coupe concept as opposed to today’s market where an example like the Range Rover Evoque drives the segment with positive sales figures. So, the project was canned, which was a safe move by Toyota.
With the small SUV market emerging, thanks to the likes of the Nissan Juke and the Dacia Duster, Toyota is considering to join the bandwagon with their rumored SUV. The idea is yet to receive a green light, but if it does, the SUV will sit on either an extended version of the Yaris platform to compete with the Versa based Nissan Juke or the Auris platform for some extra space in the rear — an aspect blatantly ignored in the Juke.
With Toyota enjoying the title as the "World’s Largest Auto Manufacturer,” It is clear that they will build a rival to any car that enjoys a positive feedback in the market, as long as they stay No. 1 in the market.
Image shown is of the 2001 Toyota RSC
To roll with the increasing popularity of hybrid vehicles, Audi is all set to unveil a plug-in electric hybrid at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
According to reports, the hybrid will be based on the newly announced A3 Sportback, a 4-door version of the standard A3.
The aspect we’re interested in is the hybrid setup. The powertrain will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor and an 8 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup could enable the hybrid to produce a combined output of nearly 237-horsepower. Furthermore, the car is expected to average 117.6 mpge and to have an Audi-claimed 50 km (31-mile) range in electric-only mode, which is on-par with current hybrid standards, maybe better.
Audi is not setting the hybrid segment on fire, so such a model would help their quest for a cleaner footprint. However, given the expected price tag of $47,000, which is quite baffling considering the base gasoline-powered twin costs around $29,000, things aren’t looking so bright for the tree-hugging Audis.
We’ll update you once Audi officially announces the A3 Plug-in Hybrid.
With 105 Veyron GrandSports left to be built, a renewed contract makes it clear that the Bugatti Veyron GrandSport will continue until the end of 2014.
The production of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was completed nearly a year ago, but the GrandSport is left to be sold-out. Since Bugatti’s contract with renowned transmission supplier Ricardo had recently ended, Bugatti had no other choice but to renew its contract with Ricardo in order to get the remaining 105 examples built. It is stipulated that the new contract will expire at end of2014. Once the contract runs out, no one really knows what will happen.
So, for those who would like to buy a new Bugatti — hardly anybody considering its $1.9 million price tag – you only have the choice of the open-top GrandSport and GrandSport Vitesse. With 105 examples left on the shelves, you have plenty of time to consider you purchase.
The Bugatti Veyron GrandSport is powered by an 8.0-liter W-16 engine that develops a total of 1,001 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Unlike the 252 mph hitting Veyron 16.4, the GrandSport is limited to 217 mph, which is still stratospheric for an open-top for a car.
Rumors of a smaller roadster known as the BMW Z2, which aims to capture the spirit of the departed BMW Z3, have been swirling for several years, but nothing ever happened. Well, Autocar has resurrected the rumors and we now have a little bit of unconfirmed information on this potential model. It looks like it is the real deal, but you’ll have to be the judge.
While the Z4 is slowly transitioning into a GT car, the rumored Z2 will be an open-top, entry-level roadster that gives the opportunity for roadster fans to buy one without shelling a small fortune, an aspect that made the Mazda MX-5 Miata legendary.
While BMW is bound to call this car a "Z3 successor," the omission of RWD alone isn’t deserving of that description. Let’s see what BMW has in store for us in this exciting project they may undertake.
Updated 5/12/2014: Car and Driver has brought to our attention that despite a lack of information, the FWD BMW Z2 is very much still alive and projected to hit the market in late 2016. Prices will range from around $30,000 for the base model to as high as $50k for the M variant.
Click past the jump to read more on the Z2 Roadster.
With nearly every detail, including extensive 3-D images of the final design, being leaked and featured, we have nothing to do but wait for the C7 Corvette’s official launch on January 13 at the NAIAS. Until that time, sit back and drool over this new teaser of the C7 that Chevrolet has posted online.
Dubbed "Creation,” this teaser focuses on the creation and assembly of the highly anticipated sports car. It shows the lighter, yet stronger, chassis, floor pan, and the marriage of the LT1 6.2-liter small block V-8 engine and transmission assembly into the chassis, a sight to behold...
With Chevrolet gunning for the top spot in performance, precision is a must throughout its build, an aspect Chevrolet is really proud of in the new `Vette.
We can’t wait for its official launch, which marks the dawn of a new era in American Performance. A car that sends chills down the spines of its European rivals and maybe even blow them out of the water (at least that’s what Chevrolet claims).
While most manufacturers are busy prepping to launch brand new models to keep visitors drooling, Nissan has taken a different approach by announcing a new fragrance that soothes the visitors at the Nissan stall.
Dubbed the "vert oriental,” this fragrance is reported to smell like green tea leaves during the Chinese spring harvest, which is soon going to be the trademark "smell" of any Nissan. Clearly, that’s one aspect that no one bothers spending time on...
To make the odor familiar amongst visitors, Nissan will be periodically releasing the fragrance. So people planning to visit the NAIAS, you know what to look out for when you step into Nissan’s territory.
Other than that, Nissan will announce a radical new concept and a mini hatchback. Also sharing the spotlight will be the evergreen 2013 Nissan Leaf and people who love bling can look forward to the Gold GT-R developed with Usain Bolt.
To make the experience closer to the movie Minority Report, Nissan has installed an "Innovation Wall" that makes use of the Kinect sensor for X-Box to communicate with the visitors and explain the history of the brand’s achievements through six different screens. Pretty neat, huh?
For those who think the 942-horsepower Nissan GT-R Stage 5 by Jotech is a bit too much to handle, the tuner has just finished a project on a GT-R sporting a more restrained Stage 2 kit.
The Stage 2 kit is for owners who want to have some fun tearing the streets while not being as crazy and impractical to drive as its Stage 5 sibling, though we wouldn’t exactly call it "civilized.” With the Stage 2 kit bringing 735-horsepower to the table, it still packs a mean punch and shames its European rivals horribly.
The Jotech GT-R is able to pump such power thanks to a more open and efficient breathing system. The custom exhaust and intake system includes GReddy stainless-steel resonated mid-pipe, stainless-steel downpipes, GReddy 94 mm titanium exhaust, and 3-inch aluminum air intakes with attached K&N air filters.
The engine management system also gets a shakeup with the map-switching capabilities of the Cob AccessPort and a custom Jotech Dyno/Street Tune by Kenny Tran. Finally, the fuel management system receives upgraded fuel injectors, HKS twin fuel pumps and HKS Iridium spark plugs.
Don’t expect any exterior modifications, as this kit has none, but the GT-R’s stock look is good enough for us. Actually, it’s more fun when onlookers don’t know that a beast is lurking under the simple exterior.
For people looking to extract an extra 205 horses out of that twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine, you’ll have to shell out $10,250, which we think is well worth the money if you’re looking to burn your next-door neighbor’s Lamborghini or Ferrari.
2012 has been a very exciting year for supercar enthusiasts all over. Many high profile brands have launched new and exciting cars, and wowed many enthusiasts. But, if we were to point out which one of them had us head over heels, it would be Pagani.
With the launch of the Huayra, Pagani has swept the competition off the floor by achieving the highest number of laurels that any hypercar can achieve in a single year. This above video celebrates those laurels.
Most of the prestigious publications in Europe, like EVO, Top Gear and CAR Magazine, have nothing but praise for the Huayra. Even we do. We think this is a hypercar precisely engineered by angels and tuned to make Satan shiver at the mere thought of driving it.
With a delicate balance of Italian design and Bugatti-shaming performance, Horacio Pagani has every right to be proud of his masterpiece that has taken the world by storm.
Before we go on irritating you on how great this car is, check out the cool cinematography above that only the Huayra can pull-off.
With a package name that is similar to a fax machine’s model number, the BMW SP6 X is Sportec’s attempt to change your mind about diesel engines. Sure, at one point in the past diesels were loud, rough and loaded with nothing but torque, but times are changing. We have a sneaking suspicion that this tune may change your perception of a diesel engine.
The package mainly focuses on the performance of the X6. In this example, the car is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that, thanks to Sportec, now produces 370 horsepower and 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque, a nice bump from the stock 306 horsepower and 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque.
This bump in output helps shave 1.1 seconds from its stock 6.5-second 0-to-60 mph sprint, which in real-time, 1.1 seconds seems like nothing, but in a 0-to-60 launch, that’s a lifetime. To add to the beefy upgrade, Sportec has also upped the top speed from 130 mph to 163.4 mph, making this Bimmer a touch more exciting.
Finally, the exterior features sporty exhaust tail pipes that breathe out more spent-diesel-fuel fumes and custom 19-inch OZ wheels to reduce the X6’s weight and add a little extra sport to its look.
So, do you still think diesel engines offer no fun?
It’s no surprise that most car manufacturers try to get into the spirit of Christmas and wish their fans and customers, happy holidays. Each brand tries their best at sending a holiday message to the viewer, be it hilarious, jaw-dropping or simply just "Merry Christmas.”
In response to Mercedes AMG’s Christmas message, which was pretty good, the boys at BMW decided to make one of their own. This has more to do with competition than celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
The volunteer chosen to spread the wishes is the fantastic BMW M135i. Being a 2-minute-long video with a performance car starring in it, one can expect that this is no ordinary message.
They put a dignified a capella band in the BMW M135i and DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel. With Martin torturing the Bimmer through some intense twist, the band had to sing “Jingle Bells.” Singing Jingle Bells itself is a pretty simple task, but when you’re drifting through the apex of a turn, it can be a little, shall we say, “difficult.”
Valiant effort, BMW, but the Mercedes AMG vid is still better. What do you think?
For those who want to soak up the sunshine in the fastest offering by Bentley, here are some pictures for you to drool at.
Apart from the eye-sore of a paint-job, the Bentley GTC Speed retains the aggressive stance of the GT Speed sans the roof. While it’s fun to drive with open-top freedom, it does add some extra weight and hampers the stability of the vehicle, though none of these problems are of concern if you’re intent on torturing it at a track.
Staying true to the "Speed" suffix, the convertible is powered by the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine pulled straight out of its hard-top twin, it develops 625-horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, which is quite a lot for a GT luxury cruiser. With an expected time of 4.2 seconds to hit 60mph from standstill and a top speed of 200mph, this makes it the fastest convertible offering since the Bentley Continental Supersports ISR Convertible.
It’s expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with a price slightly more than the $220,725 of its hard-top variant. But, being a Bentley, customers wouldn’t fret paying the extra premium for open-top freedom.
Images Courtesy: upcomingvehiclesx’s Flickr page
Folks who are eagerly waiting for the Chevrolet Corvette C7, with signed checkbooks in hand, you’re in luck, provided you’re ready to fight for it....
If reports are to be believed, GM will auction the very first example of the production ready ’Vette C7 that will roll-out out of Chevy’s factory. A similar move was also made by SRT when they auctioned the first production ready Viper GTS for $300,000. That’s $200,000 more than the list price but, given the status of owning the very first example, $300,000 isn’t a big deal.
Apart from the lot number, there aren’t any details on the anticipated supercar. The lot shows "Chevrolet" with an advert that says “Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Chevy history? This may be your chance! A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders will have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle".
The auction of this car will take place at January 19th, 2013 at Scottsdale, Arizona. All the proceeds of this auction will be donated to charity.
With the launch of the hotly anticipated Corvette C7 inching closer, people who are already impatient to own one and are ready to start hurling expensive checks, do visit the link below and register for the auction.
For a car that is mostly seen going straight, then banking left and then straight, tire-torturing donuts are a rare sight to behold.
Here’s David Coulthard, a celebrated F1 driver, performing donuts on the Toyota Camry NASCAR, a rather unusual association for an F1 driver.
Despite the weather, David tries his best getting the lightweight race car to spin around for as long as possible with the occasional drifting to keep the excitement of the fans alive, with bike rider Chris Pfeiffer, attempting the same in a BMW 800R motorbike
To us, the car looks cumbersome when David tries to poke the racecar but, given the fact that the race car is solely not meant for drifting, it does make the video a good watch.
With hybrids and EVs hogging the big picture, it’s good to hear a great V8 rumble once in a while. And this video doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. Also, the idea of NASCAR still excites the enthusiasts in all of us.
Video Courtesy : Marchettino
"There is nothing we can’ do!"
This is the motto of German tuners Lorinser, if you think that the jaw-dropping Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake can’t be further customized.
For those who are bored of the current AMG kit fitted to the sports wagon, Lorinser has just announced a new body kit and performance upgrades for it that injects even more sexiness into the already sexy wagon. Nice to keep more options for the customer...
Overall, Lorinser has done a great job offering a body kit that doesn’t make the CLS Shooting Brake look very pretentious while still keeping some of the sleek and sexy lines of the standard design. It will appeal to owners looking for a subtle yet impeccably stylish body-kit, though we think that there’s hardly anybody who’d go down that road.
Hit the jump to learn more about the updates offered by Lorinser for new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.
When a car is in its testing stages, most engineers will push it to the limits of survival, be it the icy cold terrain, the unbearing heat of Death Valley or the sharp corners at The Ring. They do it for a living. So they’re, what we call, "lucky"...
But not all tests can yield perfect tests. Like this Alfa Romeo 4C in the video above, for instance.
Most sportscars don’t really cooperate well under harsh weather conditions and slippery roads. This video proves just about that.
Thanks to the not-so-good traction on the road, the Italian sportscar had skidded and landed into a ditch by the side of the road- that’s what we assume- and looks like it is in need of a tow. Luckily, the engineers had a another car during the test.
Unluckily, that car was a prototype of what looks like a Maserati Ghibli, a car not exactly your everyday towing vehicle.
With the Alfa Romeo 4C production version launch delayed, Alfa can’t stand another setback like this. And neither do the handful of fans they have.
If scale models and expensive shampoos aren’t good enough to for your motorhead friends or family this holiday season, then we have another idea for you.
Drifting is an art that almost everybody would enjoy. Who doesn’t like cornering at a safe speed while leaving a trail of smoke behind?
But, drifting is not without its compromises. It involves burning your tires and reducing the traction, an integral part of your car that doesn’t come cheap, which makes learning to drift an expensive affair. It also involves using a dedicated skid pad.
With the EasyDrift, all those compromises are now squashed.
Developed by a former racing driver and currently being used for police training, the EasyDrift comes in a package that includes a set of rings made of slippery plastic that is made to cover the entire tread surface of the rear wheels. It involves deflating the tires, placing the ring over the tire and reflating the tires to a snug fit. In three minutes, depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you can say good-bye to your rear-end grip and enjoy drifting like never before.
As drifting enthusiasts, we’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’d like to grab some fun or training without spending too much money. However, we cannot list out an exact price, as EasyDrift has yet to release a price on this system, but we’re sure it’s cheaper than burning up multiple sets of tires in a single training session.
Click past the jump to check out a video of its installation.
The new 2014 E-Class will be the first Mercedes model to feature the company’s new fully autonomous system called Steering Assist. This new system works in conjunction with the Distronic Plus system and it is being effective to speeds up to 124 mph.
The Distronic Plus adaptive control system helps the driver to keep the vehicle at the desired distance from the vehicle in front, even in stop and go traffic. With the latest additions, once the driver is activating the Distronic Plus, the Steering Assist is also being activated. This new system supports the driver with lateral lane guidance. On straight roads and even in gentle bends, it helps the driver to remain in the center of the lane by generating steering torque.
Watch the video to see how the company’s new Steering Assist system works and expect to see it in all the upcoming Mercedes models.
Click past the jump to read our preview of the 2014 S-Class’s Intelligent Drive system.
Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette
Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette more preference over the interior design and build quality. This theory explains the bland interior and average build quality inside the Chevy Corvette.
With the C7 Chevrolet Corvette though, that’s about to change. At least that’s what GM’s latest teaser video alludes to.
Chevrolet has finally realized that just by focusing on the exterior and powertrain is not enough to take down its emerging European rivals. The interior will be a point of focus for the development of the 2014 `Vette, a department ignored by GM when rivals like Porsche and Audi invest greatly on it.
Chevrolet has displayed proof of its change in a new teaser video of the much anticipated C7 Corvette called "Craft".
This teaser shows us that one of the focal points of the next-gen `Vette is the usage of higher-quality leather upholstery, carbon-fiber accents, softer materials and contrast stitching. With this aspect, the owners will find touching the interior and buttons, something to look forward to.
With a promising exterior design, performance and, now a revamped interior, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette may have the chance to give its European competitors a run for their money. Who knows? It can obliterate them as well. Here’s to hoping...
If you thought the 2.0-liter boxer engine pumping out 200-horsepower wasn’t enough, Weapons Grade Performance has a solution.
With a company name as intimidating as the upgrade it’s carrying out on the Subaru BR-Z, Weapons Grade Performance is on the verge of making one of the most powerful BR-Zs to run the streets.
How does it does it pull off this task? Slap a good ol’ American V-8 in there, of course. Yup, W.G.P chose the old-school-but-still-awesome method of increasing horsepower by mounting an LS2 V-8 from a Pontiac GTO that produces 400-horsepower, twice more powerful than the stock 4-pot boxer engine.
While the idea of a V-8 powered BR-Z sounds good, it may not do wonders when it comes to weight distribution. A picture of your pot-bellied uncle is a good comparison to this build. Then again, this sort of uncle can be rather exciting to hangout.
Here’s to hoping that W.G.P will pull off this build, hassle free. We’ll update this review as more information rolls out, as this is a work in progress. And for those that think this is a Photoshop trick rather than the real deal, see the video after the jump for a live shot of the car. There’s no Photoshopping a video…
Image: Instagram pic from W.G.P.’s Facebook page
It’s no big news that most electric engines have immense torque to compensate for meager horsepower. And we all know that the Tesla Model S has enough torque and power to burn those rear tires. Jay Leno did a burnout once and he was surprised. But, with the PR guy sitting shotgun, he never really could unleash it like Ken Block would do in a Ford Mustang. So, we never really could see how capable an EV was in performing a simple yet spectacular stunt.
That was until Road and Track got a hold of a Model S and started torturing it like a prisoner of war. The car was hurling chunks and leaving masses of smoke from its tire in its wake, which to any motorhead would look quite fascinating. And thanks to the 600 Nm of constant peak torque, the Model S will vaporize its rear tires without breaking a sweat.
One intriguing aspect of this burnout is the noise. While a Ford Mustang would have to be screaming at the top of its voice, the Tesla Model S doesn’t even open its mouth. Even with the volume at maximum, you can only hear the tires screaming for mercy and the faint hum of the electric motor.
If this is what the future of EVs looks like, then bring it on...
Every car owner would crave for individuality, from the cheap Tata Nano to the bank-account-wiping Bugatti Veyron. That’s why there are one-off special editions fetching top dollar just for its exclusivity. So much for individuality...
The owner of this Jaguar XKR-S didn’t feel satisfied just having one of the baddest production Jags ever. So the boys at Superior Automotive Design decided to redefine the word "exclusive" and, judging from the picture above, they have done a great job at it.
This metallic cat is wrapped in chrome, which according to S.A.D owner, Kris Lim, was a tough challenge, as heat doesn’t work on the material and neither does stretching the material, unlike other custom wraps. Nevertheless, since the decision to wrap the car in chrome was made already, they went about installing the wrap and finished the build in a fortnight. With careful attention to detail, the wrap is seamless in this example, and adds a bling factor to the reclusive kitty. In fact, Justin Bieber and his Fisker Karma are in awe of its blinginess.
A full chrome wrap is a little bit too cheesy, so, S.A.D decided to balance that out by adding black accents to certain elements of the car. With this addition, the XKR-S is a perfect combination of bling and wickedness, an aspect expected if your team is into car customization.
With already 550 horses powering this Jag, S.A.D decided to leave the powertrain alone since Jaguar themselves have done a great job at it. So, no harm done here...
Overall, we think this build looks absolutely fantastic, though we aren’t huge fans of chrome wrap. We think it’s the black accents that make it stand out among the rest of the chrome-wrapped cars. Nice touch, S.A.D.
With Maserati already juggling the development of many new models to increase its lineup, like the next gen Gran Turismo, Levante, Ghibli and a new flagship GT car, it has to be nearing the multitasking breaking point with this latest rumor. Said rumor is pointing toward the Trident-bearing brand developing a compact crossover to round out its lineup..
While the larger Levante is all set to compete against luxury SUVs like the Range Rover Sport, this smaller crossover has the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5 in its crosshairs. So, like its unannounced rival, the Porsche Macan, expect the design to be as wild and hot as the Evoque’s. With Pininfarina behind it, that’s not a tough task to undertake.
Like the Levante, which is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the compact crossover will be based on a next-gen Jeep. The Jeep model in question will be the upcoming Liberty, which shares its platform – called the Compact U.S. Wide platform – with the Dodge Dart, Fiat Viaggio and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia.
With Fiat’s aggressive lineup for Maserati, it looks like many more fans may be able to step foot into a Maserati of their own.
Image Note: The image above is of the Kubang, not the rumored compact crossover
With the launch of the C7 Chevrolet Corvette inching closer, the current-gen Corvette is about to become obsolete — in a way — for most enthusiasts. This is all thanks to new upgrades to almost every aspect of the Corvette, making it a potential game changer in its segment.
However, the C6’s upcoming elimination didn’t stop Wisconsin-based Bennett Coachworks from giving the outgoing generation a full overhaul. This overhaul is called the Bennett ZX-1, and if there is one word that we can use to describe this build, it’s "insane.” Even the 638-horsepower ’Vette ZR1 stares in awe when the ZX-1 zips past.
The Corvette donor car is fitted with custom body panels that include new carbon-fiber bumpers, doors, fenders, quarter panels, hood and ground effects. Bennett also deleted of the "tear drop" window and installed its own custom setup. This custom build looks like some mad-scientist mash-up between a Chevrolet C6 Corvette and a Lamborghini Reventon.
Bennett also offers comprehensive interior updates with special leather, Alcantara headliner and pillars, as well as upgraded seats from Sparco, Corbeau or Recaro. However, if the owner so wishes, the C6’s interior can remain stock.
The real fun happens under the C6’s hood, as Bennett upgraded it to stratospheric levels. The latest build is powered by a 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 which now cranks out 860 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 460-horse bump from the stock engine. This bump is thanks to an Eaton or Magnuson’s Roots‐style supercharger, water-to-air intercooler, long-tube headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, Trick heads and some electronic refinements. The base-level ZX-1 tune is includes just the long-tube headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, supercharger and intercooler, and is good for about 630 horsepower. If you lack the equipment to handle such power, Bennett will gladly leave the performance mods off.
With the enormous power output, the `Vette needs an equally capable braking system. To address this, Bennett installed the Brembo Gran Turismo braking kit, which includes 14-inch front rotors with six-piston caliper and 13.6-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers. To help you out in the twist, Bennett installed a Pfadt coil-over adjustable suspension along with front and rear sway bars.
With a production run of just 200 cars, the Bennett ZX-1 won’t be a car commonly seen, so snag one up while you still can.
Click past the jump to read Bennett’s press release
Everybody expected Lamborghini to announce the Gallardo successor during the 2012 Paris Motor Show, instead it unveiled a pretty bland update to the current Gallardo.
No need to fret, as Lamborghini has already confirmed that the 2013 Gallardo is, in fact, the final one that will roll out of Sant’Agata. This starts the rumormill spinning in reference to the next-generation entry-level Lambo.
The next-gen Lambo will sport a carbon-fiber monocoque that will sit on a platform that is it’s expected to share with at least Audi and maybe even Porsche. Rumor has it that the most of the development will be looked after by Audi, making the Gallardo replacement — rumored to be named the Cabrera — the first Lamborghini to be largely designed and developed outside Italy. While it’s cool that Lambo is working closely with its sister brands, this move might disappoint the Lamborghini purist, as Lamborghini supercars have always marched to their own beat.
With the carbon-fiber construction, we can naturally expect the price of the Gallardo successor to shoot up significantly. And the issue becomes that one of the Gallardo’s selling points is its price relative to its competition. With the Gallardo, people don’t have to keep half a million dollars in the bank to buy one. If you have a relatively high income – say $500,000, or so, per year – you could pull off putting one in their garage with creative financing. If this new monocoque – as cool as it may be – pushes the Gallardo successor’s price up too high, the 458 Italia may start looking more favorable to fence-riding buyers and maybe even Gallardo enthusiasts.
Now, if Lambo comes with something super-hot that smashes the 458 Italia and costs just a little more than its closest competitor, all is forgiven and purists won’t start storming the doors of Lamborghini and Audi wielding pitchforks. For now we’ll just have to wait and see. Tell us what you think of this upcoming change in the comments.
Thanks to a leaked teaser of the Ferrari F70 a.k.a the next Enzo, the rumor train is now at its peak.
Using the various pictures that Ferrari has taken and keeping Pininfarina’s current design language in mind, a man named Angelo Granata has created a beautiful rendering of what he thinks is the next Ferrari F70.
It does stay true to the Ferrari design language, although if you glance at the dual-projector LED headlamps for a moment, it has an uncanny resemblance to the Aventador. Now that is something that Ferrari would definitely avoid, given the heavy rivalry. Also it’s lacking the iconic F1-inspired nose from the original Enzo, which was a distinguishing factor in terms of design. This nose does, however, serve a purpose, as its duckbill shape adds much-needed downforce to the front axle as the vehicle’s speed increases.
The rear end is a perfect mixture of the F12Berlinetta, Enzo and the 458 Italia, though the quartet tail lamps may not make it in the final design. The virtual concept’s body measures in at 4,650 mm (183.1 inches) long X 2,030 mm (79.9 inches) wide X 1,080 mm (42.5 inches) high, but no estimated weight was given.
The concept houses a mechanically actuated spoiler which is not only cool as heck, but also keeps the car planted on the track. With the kind of power the Enzo successor is supposed to pump out, that actuated wing may not be a bad idea.
The Ferrari GTE virtual concept is fitted with a 7.3-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 800 horsepower and a KERS hybrid system that adds an extra 120 ponies to the stable. This gives it a net horsepower of 920, which is exactly what all of the rumors are pointing to with the new F70. Unfortunately, the engine setup isn’t confirmed, except for the KERS system, so this is still just speculation.
With Ferrari being as silent as a monk on the Ferrari F70, we can do nothing but drool at these concept pictures and hope that some elements make it to the final official design.
Images used with permission from Angelo Granata
Since this 4-door beauty was unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, people who were impressed by the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo have been craving for some news about it.
To restrain your craving, Porsche has released a video that provides some perspective on the design and development of the concept from a showpiece to an actual, working concept. Finally, at long last...
The Panamera Sport Turismo is a very interesting concept because of its design and drivetrain. We’re not huge fans of the shooting brake form, but with one glance of it and we suddenly are in love with this. This is what the Panamera should’ve looked like in the first place.
The e-hybrid system, which is undergoing real-world tests, is said to be an advanced development of the setup found in the current Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. Said to produce 428 horsepower combined, the Panamera sure is one powerful hybrid.
Who said hybrids aren’t fun?
With the tests going smoothly, Porsche might surprise us with the launch of the production model in 2013. Nevertheless, we all can’t wait to see what the Panamera Sport Turismo has in store for us.
Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that nearly half of Aston Martin’s stake now belongs to former Ducati owner Investindustrial. Good to know that Aston Martin can still live to see the future.
But, like every acquisition, it does bring along changes, and Ducati’s past could influence one of them.
Ducati once collaborated with Mercedes AMG to create and market a special-edition Mercedes SLK55 AMG. It was said that Investindustrial saw more potential and a better future using AMG engines and transmission systems. Can we blame them? They’re in fact one of the best engine makers. If you don’t believe us, feel free to have a talk with the SLS AMG GT or the Pagani Huayra.
While the news may sadden some of the Aston Martin purists, remember that the engines powering current Astons aren’t really in-house developed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine for example is basically a 4.2-liter V-8 from Jaguar that has been heavily re-tuned in Germany and slapped the Aston badge. The all mighty 6.0-liter V-12 under the Vanquish’s hood is actually a Ford Duratec engine. So, Aston Martin is no new customer when it comes to in-house development.
The changeover would make sense to us, as current Aston Martins continue to get more beautiful, its powertrain systems and electrical architecture seem to never really improve significantly.
Tell us which you would prefer: a Jaguar and Ford engines or a lineup of AMG engines? We bet the decision is an easy one to make.
While modern-day Buick struggles to compete with the likes of Lexus and Acura, there was once a car with a Buick logo that muscle-car enthusiasts dream of driving. Funny as it sounds now, in its era this car used to give the Corvettes and other high-end sports cars a run for their money. This car is none other than the Buick Grand National.
With a turbocharged V-6 under the hood that helped gain quicker accelerations and a standard black paint job that made the design of the Grand National more intimidating, this car is definitely considered as one of the true muscle cars, during its heyday. To make matters worse, this car peaked in an era where econo-boxes reigned supreme and performance was an afterthought.
The Grand National, in today’s standards, is like the 2013 Shelby GT500 with both cars being a working man’s supercar. So, now you’ll get the big picture how the Buick Grand National was in the 1980s...
With rumors circling that GM is trying to revive the Grand National name for a high-performance Buick, we just hope that the rumor of will come true and spark excitement like it used to back in the 80s.
Click past the jump to read our historical review of the iconic Grand National
With the launch of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette — the debut of the C7 generation — inching closer, we must not forget the rich and glorious history that backs its fame, making the C7 one of the most hotly anticipated vehicles in 2013.
During the last six generations of the American sports car, plenty special editions have been created by Chevrolet that let customers fight for a unique Corvette, to stand apart from other standard examples.
People may think that special-edition Corvettes have been Chevrolet’s excuse of raising the price tag. The answer there is simple, absolutely not!
Apart from the custom paint jobs or even the full makeover, they not only have a unique presence but also each special-edition Corvette has a milestone or collaboration to celebrate in its great history.
So, curtail your drooling for a few minutes here, as we show you what we feel are most sought after special edition Corvettes. Let us know in the comments if you have any you would add to the list.
Click past the jump to read out most sought-after special-edition Corvettes
The development of the Bugatti killer from Britain has entered a critical stage that decides whether Jaguar’s newly developed hybrid system and the C-X75 project as a whole deserves the green light or no.
For the past three months, Jaguar has been testing the hybrid system on a test bed and is now confident enough to install it on a rolling chassis to create a working prototype. Now the anticipation meter is back to its highest point after months of silence.
When it was first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X75 featured two turbines that looked like rockets attached. Since Jaguar was gunning for the top-spot in performance, the rockets did make sense. But, they weren’t there to launch the car down the road like a Wile E. Coyote contraption; they were actually a pair of gas turbines to power the car once charge for the four wheel-mounted electric motors had expired.
What looked promising when Jaguar bragged about was later scrapped when the Leaping Jag announced the production of the hypercar in 2011.
The gas turbine system was replaced with a hybrid system that combined a 1.6-liter boosted engine that produced more than 500 horsepower and four insanely powerful electric motors powered by a highly sophisticated liquid- and air-cooled battery pack.
So far, the tests conducted on the hybrid system have been a success in the test bed but the real nail-biting situation will arise when Jag installs the system into a chassis to make a functional prototype.
If Jaguar succeeds this phase, then hypercar fans, start clearing your bedroom posters for space...
While the all-new SRT Viper hogs all the limelight, most have forgotten that there was a predecessor that served as a halo car to generate some excitement, in an otherwise boring lineup of cars from Dodge. We haven’t forgotten and neither did Superior Auto Design.
The last Viper to wear the Dodge badge with pride, the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10, was considered the last hurrah of the ultimate muscle car in its era, before SRT made plans to resurrect it and give it a facelift, making the original Viper design more modern.
The main goal of Superior Auto Design for this build was to make the Dodge Viper SRT10 cool and wicked, even by today’s standard. Judging by the pictures we have for you, they have hit bull’s eye on that aspect.
This custom build includes a revamped interior that includes new leather with diamond tufts and contrast stitching, painted center stack, new shift gear and e-brake boot. The exterior features a matte-black 3M wrap with gloss and carbon-fiber black accents. To increase the cool factor, SAD added red accents to certain elements of the exterior. To us, this custom Dodge Viper is what Bruce Wayne would’ve been driving if he had a fetish for American muscle cars.
The wicked-looking hood comes from the insanely evil Dodge Viper ACR and, to complement the whole build, SAD has fitted 20-inch black forged wheels with a red stripe on the outer lip, thereby wrapping up the whole custom build.
Under the hood, SAD left the 8.4-liter V-10 engine to its own devices. You can’t fault the tuner, as this engine is good for 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, and sprinted the Viper to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Oh yeah, it was a Ferrari and Lambo killer in its heyday.
Overall, despite not being a custom build of the latest SRT Viper, it still grabs attention wherever it goes, like the original Viper used to back in ’ 92. Plus, this one has a top and outside door handles – two things that the 1992 Viper lacked.
For those who think that the BMW X6-M is simply a crossover with an M-spec body kit and a powerful V-8 engine, you’re wrong. It’s more than that…
To know how much more, here’s a video showing a person unleashing his BMW X6-M over a beautiful stretch of road. Apart from the beautiful exhaust note, we’re baffled at how a 6,200-pound crossover remains stable while negotiating corners. This sports car-like stability in a heavy, bigger vehicle is all thanks to the special M suspension that includes Adaptive Drive and a newly-developed Servotronic power steering. This ensures that every BMW M product, big or small, has the performance and stability of a powerful sports car, if not greater.
Also to be appreciated is the driver’s guts of unleashing a $90k Bimmer on a deserted, unpredictable road. If you notice, he zips past an intersection at a murdering speed, which would’ve brought a totally different conclusion, had another car was crossing that intersection.
We won’t be surprised if we find another video or a news clip saying "BMW X6-M Crashed into a Tree" or "Driver is fined heavily after rashly driving BMW"
Rest assured, for those who doubt it’s stability and cornering capabilities must watch this video and let us know whether that doubt is settled or not.
Chevy fans who would wish to buy the Holden Commodore Ute with a Chevrolet Bowtie badge are in for a good surprise.
Via a little snooping by GM Authority, it has dug up that GM has renewed the "El Camino" and "Nomad" trademark for future branding. These names were last used in 1987 and 1972 respectively, where they served great for people looking for a robust, V-8 powered utility vehicle. With GM fighting with everything it has to keep it and Holden’s heads above water, it is no surprise that bringing back these two icons back to America, even if they are simply a case of swapping badges.
With Chevy teasing the anticipated Chevrolet SS, it doesn’t hurt assuming that Chevrolet will import the Commodore Ute and Commodore Sportwagon as its modern versions of its Chevy El Camino SS and Nomad SS. This makes even more sense since we are all but assured that the Chevrolet SS is nothing more than a badge-doctored Holden Commodore.
A spokesman for Holden in Australia said that the automaker has not taken a decision on further exports, but the free trade agreement between Australia and the U.S. has been renewed. With all the legal processes almost completed, Chevy may decide to announce the two. So, fingers crossed!
Keep in mind, however, GM teased us before with the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck concept, which was a Holden Commodore Ute in Pontiac garb. So this whole thing could mean absolutely nothing…
With the launch of the C7 Corvette and SS, and now the slim possibility of the El Camino and Nomad coming back, the future is starting to brighten up for Chevy. Hope that reflects in the sales figures as well.
Unless you have nerves of steel and tons of experience, no ordinary motorcycle rider can even get past 200 mph. If you are debating it, however, you may want to reserve a hospital room with a good view before doing so, as too many things can go wrong.
If you were to look up “Nerves of steel” in an encyclopedia, James Toseland’s smiling face would likely be the lead image, as he announced that he’s going to break the motorcycle land-speed record set by American Rocky Robinson. By the way, the record isn’t 200 mph. It’s 376.363 mph! What’s worse is that James is going to break that by 14 mph, which is quite a lot when it comes to setting these land-speed records.
Of course James Toseland is no average Joe. He’s a former British bike rider who won the World Superbike championship twice – once in 2004 and once in 2007. So, he does have experience in high-speed 2-wheel motoring and he has the titles to prove it. However, 390 mph does send chills down any experienced racer’s spine, and James is no exception. "I am hugely excited about this record attempt but I’m under no illusions as to how difficult it will be," he said.
His current skills wouldn’t help as piloting a streamlined bike is totally a different technique. So with the record attempt being scheduled for September 2014, he has plenty of time to master the technique and hone his skills.
The project is led by Alex Macfadzean, a former GP and TT sidecar competitor, and British motorcycle land-speed record holder. Macfadzean also gets support from the staff and students at Derby University. Being a former land-speed record holder, Alex sure does know what he’ll be instructing James for the future attempt.
If James does break this record, it will definitely prove to the whole world that we can leap for even greater challenges, in the world of automobiles.
We’ll update this article once more details on this heart-thumping record emerge.
Obtaining exclusive access to test mules is an opportunity that manufacturers grant once in a blue moon. Some would consider it for the lucky few while some would simply snare at the idea. Lexus, however, was kind enough to let celebrity car collector, Jay Leno, take a look at the unannounced 2013 Lexus IS. Looks like beat every other journalist to it...
Though the car is wrapped in camouflage, it does show some elements of the final design that were inspired by the LF-CC concept. Jay also reveals some facts like the longer wheelbase and the 8-speed automatic gearbox, which was only available on the previous gen IS-F. Nothing more can be said. So we will have to stay mum just like the engineer in the video. At least until its 2013 unveil!
The mule Jay got to drive was powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 306 horsepower. What’s surprising is the noise it makes. For a modest V-6 engine, it sure sounds like a V-8 engine. Lexus used to be famous for completely deleting the engine noise, but now it’s the other way around. Lexus sure is going in the right direction when it comes to driver-oriented cars. Watch out BMW!
With the LF-CC concept in mind and a picture of this mule, you can render what it would look in full metal and wait to see if you’ve rendered it correctly when Lexus officially unveils it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
People that are disgusted with the VW Beetle Cabrio, but still want to enjoy open-top freedom with a VW badge on it, will sadly be stuck with the Bug as the only option. So what in the world is VW doing with its peppy VW Eos, you may ask?
Well, in recent studies held by the VW design team, VW concluded that that the market has lost sight of the retractable hardtop vehicles, and are looking for better and cheaper options. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class and the BMW Z4 obviously think otherwise.
So, according to Bischoff, there will be no VW Eos in production from next year ownward, bringing misery to the Eos fans-not that we know of.
On the bright side, Klaus Bischoff, VW head of design, said that there will be a larger four-seat, two-door convertible with a soft-top, which is obviously something to compete with the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible. However, this will be far less costly than the outgoing EOS, but it will also be more luxury appointed than its predecessor.
Expect to see thislarger drop-top sometime in 2014, as VW unveils its new range of vehicles following its new “top-down” design format.
This is all that we have for you but we’ll keep a close eye once details emerge.
By reading the title, anybody will assume that this article is about an electric powered Volkswagen Golf VI, a daring project since VW itself hasn’t even made one. Sorry for those of you that were expecting a hot EV, but "Electrified" is simply referring to the questionable paintjob that Cam Shaft applied to this poor Golf R.
What is definitely worth looking forward to is what Cam Shaft has done under that orange-sherbet-colored hood. The standard Golf R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 267 horsepower and 350Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque, which is pretty powerful for a hatchback.
Apparently, Cam Shaft disagreed and decided to optimize the ECU software and add in an aftermarket downpipe to allow the turbo to spool quicker and the exhaust top flow more effectively. As a result, this Golf R now produces 325 horsepower and 430 Nm (317 pound-feet) of torque. That’s a nice 22-percent horsepower increase and 23-percent increase in torque – not too shabby for some software and a downpipe.
To wrap up the upgrades, Cam Shaft also fitted it with a Tarox F2000 braking system to help you reel in this beast, H&R professional suspension for better handling — if you decide to play in the twist — and a gorgeous set of OZ Ultraleggera wheels with orange accents to complement the electrifying paint-job.
We think this is a great package for any Golf R owner interested in squeezing more horses out of the little engine. Please, for the love of your poor Golf R, skip that paintjob, unless, of course, you’re auditioning for the next Fast and Furious movie. In that case, the paintjob will suit it just fine…
One of the few examples of a car that revolutionized America’s stance in the supercar segment, the 1965 Ford GT40, could be yours, provided you have at least $5 million lying around somewhere and have registered for the RM auction to be held in Arizona on January 18th 2013.
This was the only racecar from America – or from anywhere for that matter – that ever sent chills down Enzo Ferrari’s spine. These chills were magnified when the Ford GT40 broke the streak of wins that Ferrari was enjoying. To celebrate the victories, Ford had built seven street-legal versions of the Le Mans-winning GT40, and one of them is the racing green painted beauty that you see above.
Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that was detuned to 335 horsepower, it doesn’t really spell “power” as compared to today’s supercars. Bear in mind, however, that this car is 47 years old and back in `66, this was one of the most powerful cars that boys would drool all over.
The road version of the Le Mans GT40 received some significant tuning to keep the owner’s neck and spine intact. The shocks were softened, the shift lever was moved to the center and the hard bucket seat was replaced by softer bucket seats for the driver and passenger.
Up for sale at RM Auctions, this 1965 Ford GT40 is expected to sell at $3 million dollars. Most of you will think that is quite a lot for an American car, but this is not just any American car. It’s one of the seven examples in history that helped shape America’s stance in international racing and proved to the Italians that they aren’t the only ones who know how to race and win.
We’ll update this article once the auction starts with official numbers in the price tag
Anytime a Mercedes carries the letters “A,” “M” and “G” in its name, you know it’s one that’s just waiting to show off its muscles. Even if a car like the CL63 AMG already packs serious meat, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need a little more.
German tuning specialist Unicate certainly believes that the car’s 536-horsepower output is already pretty stacked, but nobody said you can’t turn that number north of 600. That’s exactly what Unicate did and it remapped the CL63 AMG’s ECU and added a new Apocalypse sound exhaust system. The end result is 607 horsepower on tap, ready and waiting to be unleashed on some hapless asphalt.
Showing that this car is not all go and now show, Unicate also added a subtle aerodynamic upgrade, which included a clear-coated carbon-fiber diffuser, a three-piece trunk spoiler, and MEC Design’s Electronic Lowering System module.
These performance upgrades drop the CL63 AMG’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) mph time down to 4.5 seconds. It is odd that Unicate left the top speed is still limited to 155 mph. Really, when was the last time you went over 155 mph?
All told, Unicate’s program for Mercedes CL63 AMG is the kind of performance and aero upgrade that settles in just right for the sports coupe. And might we add, it perfectly suits us too.
Come 2015 when Volkswagen announces the next-generation Phaeton, it will also debut a new design language that will influence the entire VW range, according to Design Director Klaus Bischoff.
The design boss himself admits that the new design language that debuted with the VW Golf VII was a mistake. Unlike most companies where the design of the flagship product influences the rest of product range — the "top-down" approach — with the Golf VII, VW used the bottom-up approach that, according to Bischoff, didn’t bode well with the market.
If there is something that we’d criticize about the current design language is that the entire VW lineup looks eerily similar. For the future design language, Klaus promises that there will be a specific look for saloons, one for the SUV lineup, one for the people carriers and one for hatchbacks. We hope this change flows over to Audi as well.
With Klaus Bischoff promising such changes, the future of this German giant looks bright. Though it’s easy to make promises, delivering them is the actual challenge.
Though it’s not a combination of a slick motorcycle and gargantuan, rocket powered beast, the original ’66 Batmobile does require you to wear the cheesy costume if you plan on driving it. Or if you simply want to showcase this great piece of cinematic history amongst your car collection, it will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2013.
Built by legendary car customizer George Barris, legend has it that this car was put together in just 15 days, though there wasn’t any actual record of the car being put together at that short amount of time.
After being given $15,000 (which was quite a lot in ’66) and the short time frame, like any realist would do, Barris used a Lincoln Futura, which he bought for $1 about a decade earlier, and repainted it black. Since CGI effects were considered a thing of the future, Barris had to fit all the ridiculous crime-fighting gadgets to the car. The gadgets included: the Batphone, the Emergency Bat-turn Lever, the Batray, the Bat Beam and best of all, the Bat-tering Ram. It even comes with a working parachute from a drag racer.
Fancy gadgets and paint jobs aside, this car is a 390 cubic-inch V-8 powered Lincoln Futura. When the engine was in the Futura, it featured 330 horsepower, but the current output was not released. With a "bubble" roof and some futuristic design cues, the original 1950’s Futura concept gave the public insight on what future automobiles would look like. Looks like they got that concept totally wrong from where we’re standing today.
While most people sell their cars at half its original price, George Barris will be making a big fortune when he sells his black old Lincoln Futura at Scottsdale. Good work, Mr Barris...
We’ll update this review with the final selling price once the auction closes.
Thanks to the downsizing trend that many top brands have been following lately, we might have to say goodbye to the top-of-the-line V-12 engine in BMW’s lineup. As of yet, BMW hasn’t given the green light to its inclusion in the next-generation 7-Series.
The V-12 engine has always been the pièce de résistance for the flagship BMW. Other than the plethora of creature comforts and gadgets that would make your kids happy, the V-12 engine gave the 7-Series immense power — 544 horses of it — that would make your gearhead friends happy as well. M-Series cars aside, this engine made the BMW 760Li the most powerful and costliest Bimmer ever made. It was more like buying the cheaper, German cousin of the Rolls Royce Ghost.
If it is axed, BMW may replace the hole left by the V-12 with a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine from the M5. BMW claims the difference between the two is size of the hole burnt in your pocket when it comes to gas consumption.
For people who are planning to buy the flagship limo just for the V-12 engine – likely only a handful of people – don’t lose hope yet, as the consideration of this engine is still under review. However, with the downsizing trend picking up pace and popularity, this move seems inevitable.
Though it looks like a 3-D representation of the sold-out A1 Quattro, rumor has it that this hot-looking hatchback will be called the Audi RS1.
With an aggressive looking body kit and a powerful turbocharged engine, this car definitely ticks the boxes for slapping an RS badge. We think…
The Audi A1 Quattro was powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that developed 256 horsepower. This engine is in the cards for this RS1, but rumor has it that engineers are also considering a de-tuned version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine from the TT-RS. Rest assured, both engines will bring plenty of driving pleasure, so we don’t mind which engine powers this mini beast.
If produced, the Audi RS1 will enter the competitive segment of mini hot hatches that include the likes of Fiat 500 Abarth, MINI Cooper JCW and the newly announced Fiesta ST.
That all the speculation we have in store for now, but we’ll get you more information ASAP.
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Well, that was fast! Days after Porsche unveiled its new Cayman and Cayman S, we now have rumors of a Cayman Turbo that is expected to debut at the IAA-Frankfurt 2013.
Any Porsche enthusiast knows that the “Turbo” badge signifies more power and a bigger price tag. Yes, there’s more power but with a catch. Unlike the 6-cylinder, boxer configuration of the Cayman S, the Turbo variant is expected to be powered by a smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine that is expected to produce more than 350 horsepower. We don’t think Porsche purists would be happy with this move as it will lose the iconic sound that is instantly recognizable as Porsche sports car, but at least the power is there.
With the downsizing trend becoming popular among top brands, the main aim is to bring more power while improving fuel efficiency, thanks to the rising fuel prices and concern for carbon emission. Looks like Porsche is expected to join that bandwagon with the Cayman Turbo and the Macan.
If this is true, it’s going to be funny trying to reason with a Cayman S owner why the Turbo is better.
For now, this is all we’ve got on the flagship Cayman. We’ll keep an eye out on this while we wait for its expected unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Good news, Porsche enthusiasts! Porsche has announced that its factory team will return to Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013. This is the first time Porsche will make the run since 1998.
For the exciting and hotly anticipated season, Porsche will race two new GT3 cars based on the 991 generation of the Porsche 911. Known as the 911 GT3 RSR, it will be a track-only version of the 911 GT3 supercar that will compete in the GTE category, which is a category of race cars based on production supercars.
The factory team will be headed up by Porsche’s favorite Team Manthey, which is known for winning the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race five times. It looks like the team is in good hands, we guess.
Though the 911 GT3 and the GT3 RSR are in the final stages of testing, and their early-2013 launch is definitely fitting, as Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 911, one of the greatest creations in automobile history.
The 2013 Honda Civic Coupe made its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sporting significant changes to the exterior and interior, the Civic Coupe aims to impress the younger buyers that are seeking an exciting 2-door coupe on a budget.
"Our industry has never been more competitive or fast changing, and a significant refresh of Civic, America’s best-selling compact car, just one model year after its debut as an all-new model shows true speed to market," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of Sales. "Our corporate direction is to provide our customers with great products with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions. There is no better example of this direction than today’s introduction of the 2013 Honda Civic."
With strong words like those, Honda is obviously adamant on continuing Civic ‘s success in the U.S. market. For the success of any vehicle, the design, powertrain and the price must impress buyers – lip service just won’t do. Does the Honda Civic Coupe impress us?
Click past the jump to find out in our review.
This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.
Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.
Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.
The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.
To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.
With every NASCAR season, the excitement and thrill rises. To keep up with that, the cars have to be exciting as well. Chevrolet decided to unveil its racecar at a press conference in Las Vegas, so that the Chevy fans that have been eagerly waiting can finally get their fix..
Known as the Chevrolet SS NASCAR, the rear-wheel drive performance racecar will be Chevrolet’s newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeek in Daytona.
Based on the upcoming, limited edition Chevrolet SS performance sedan, the design gives us some insight on what to expect from the performance sedan visually, when it will debut early next year.
The NASCAR Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has brought to NASCAR. It replaces the sturdy Impala, which scored a total 151 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS.
Designed with urban Californians in mind, the Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top concept was unveiled during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, today. SoCal is certainly a fitting place to unveil the C3, given its residents can make great use of its key feature.
For those who don’t know what the Hyundai Veloster is, it’s basically a stretched hatchback that borrows inspiration from some of the sleekest coupes on the market. The car mainly targets younger buyers looking for a 3-door car with a 2-door look and a design that sets itself apart from the rest. It’s for people who would want the power and urban feel of a Mini Cooper S but in a less costly, Korean-built package.
The Veloster C3 aims to combine open-air freedom with the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback. Hyundai claims that it rolls the best of both worlds into one amazing package. Let’s find out how “amazing” this package is.
Are you supercar enthusiasts ready to get excited? We sure are. What we have here is a set of spy shots of the Mclaren F1 successor — A.K.A the Mclaren P1. The prototype has dropped the heavy camouflage so it is easier to spot some of the upcoming design elements.
From the spy shots, the design of the mule is nearly the same as the radical design the concept featured in Paris. This means we can expect the head-turning design of the concept to be carried into the production model.
The power output of the P1 is still in rumorland, but some sources speculate that a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed in partnership with Ricardo, will power the P1. Other sources state that the 3.8-liter V-8 combined with a KERS system will be the powertrain of choice. With that wide of a gap beween the rumors, we’ll take them both with a grain of salt.
Just like the Mclaren P1, its scorn rivals — the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari F70 – are in their development phase. The 918 is just about finished up, but the F70 still seems to be a long ways away. WE already know that the 918 Spyder will approach the $1 million mark and we expect much of the same from the P1 and the F70. That price tag is not surprising for a car that is manufactured using carbon fiber, slated to be the F1 successor and expected to topple the best of the automotive world.
Stay tuned for more!
Eco-friendly car buyers throughout the U.S. were anxiously awaiting the release of Chevy’s newest subcompact car, the Spark. Now that its release has come and gone, it is time to focus on the upcoming electric variant. After testing the car for quite some months, Chevrolet will officially unveiled the new Spark EV at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With the Spark EV, Chevrolet adds another car to its electric-powered lineup that includes the Chevrolet Volt, a car that accounts for more than 50 percent of all plug-in electric-vehicle sales in the United States. Building on Chevrolet’s tried and tested electric motor and battery development program; it is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability that enables the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes. That may not compare to the several minutes it takes to fuel-up your gasoline-powered car, but it’s certainly the fastest in its segment.
Will the Chevrolet Spark EV be another boring electric car to impress the government or is it one of the very few cars that are capable of drawing new customers towards the noble cause of environmental protection?
UPDATE 5/23/2013: Chevy has just released the base price for the new Spark EV, as well as a special lease offer. See more after the jump.
One of the key selling points to any car’s success is its design. Even if the brand of a car is unknown, with the help of a good design, it can grab positive attention from the most discerning of critics. This focus on beauty is the main reason so many brands invest millions of dollars in design studios.
One of the most important steps toward the success of any project is to get the design right. It should not be pretentious but also should not be too bland. Nowadays, automobile designing is one of the toughest jobs in the industry. People who can draw and have passion for automobiles simply cannot call themselves a designer. It takes a certain skillset and experience to make a mark. The toughest part in designing a vehicle is balancing key elements such as aerodynamics with modern design that pays homage to the brand’s original design language. Take for instance the Jaguar F-Type. It’s a car that, Chief designer Ian Callum says, ushers in a whole new design language for the Leaping Jag while still keeping certain elements of the legendary E-Type alive. Customers of today’s world not only want a head-turning design but also a design that is recognizable.
This year, we have witnessed quite a few cars that have amazed the public through soulful beauty without compromising on aerodynamics and brand image. Here is a list of five cars that we think are the most beautiful cars, launched this year.
When it unveiled the X5 back in the ’90s, BMW broke the tradition of rolling out every Bimmer with a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) architecture, from Munich. Even though the X5’s power was transferred to all four wheels, it hadn’t lost the dynamics that BMW were famous for. It brought a delicate mix of BMW’s renowned handling with a dash off-road prowess – the perfect recipe. The fact that it wasn’t RWD never really affected the sales of the X5, which later spawned into a series of SUVs that are selling well in the market today.
BMW expects the same transition to happen to its future range of cars, which will sport its front-wheel-drive architecture – internally known as the UKL platform.
UKL is slated to underpin 12 new models that BMW will roll out in the near future, as well as Mini’s range of vehicles. This FWD architecture helps BMW compete in the emerging segment of premium compact vehicles that has spawned cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Audi A3.
Though BMW is breaking tradition once again, it promises that front-wheel-drive setup will not compromise BMW’s dynamics of ride and handling, which it has fine-tuned successfully over the years. We would love to find out whether that promise is kept but, unfortunately, it’s a long wait before BMW releases the first model riding atop the UKL platform.
So what are your thoughts on this platform? Is it right for BMW to adopt it or is it a step too far from the traditional RWD? Let us know in the comments section.
Apparently touted as the ’the last hurrah before the major overhaul in 2015, the 2014 Ford Mustang is the last chance for customers who are fans of the current, retro inspired design to snag one up before the Evos-inspired 2015 Ford Mustang is announced.
For the new ’Stang, Ford will axed minor features such as the cheap-looking lower-body tape stripe and the rear deck spoiler. Ford will announce two new packages that customers can choose to personalize their vehicle even further. One package is known as the Black Appearance Package and it includes black outside mirror skull caps, a black deck lid spoiler, quarter window louvers and 18-inch black aluminum wheels. The other package, known internally as the FP8, includes the features of the first package in addition to larger 19-inch black aluminum rims. People opting for this exterior package can expect the car to look more aggressive and visceral.
In the performance department, the engine lineup remains unchanged. The 2014 Mustang will be powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 for the GT or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 for the range-topping Shelby GT500.
As of now, no changes to the suspension systems and transmission system have been announced or leaked. So, expect the same 5-speed automatic or, the favorite, 6-speed manual to stay.
Prices for the 2014 Ford Mustang start at $22,995 for the V6 Coupe, $26,995 for the V6 Premium Coupe, $31,545 for the GT Coupe, $35,545 for the GT Premium Coupe, $55,445 for the GT500 820A Coupe and $58,940 for the GT500 821A Coupe. From the figures, we can notice that the V-8 models are $450 pricier. Also, Ford has dropped the $1,500 rebate on V-6 and GT models. Customers opting for the new Black Appearance Package will have to shell out an extra $995, which is kind-of worth it judging by the contents of the package. Notice the lack of the Boss 302 Mustang price? Yeah, we did too... Ford stayed true to its word by eliminating it after just two years.
For now, this is all the information we have, but we anticipate seeing the veil lifted from the 2014 Mustang in early 2013. We’ll pass on more info once it becomes available.
Image Note: 2013 Mustang Image Shown
For people who have always wanted to see the the much-anticipated BMW i8 Concept Roadster, BMW will soon grant your wish.
BMW has announced that the North American debut of its concept, open-top supercar will occur at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens its doors to the public next week. This debut will allow people to actually enjoy the design in person and will also give us some insight on the future design language that the Bavarian giant will employ.
It’s not only the design that will impress, but the theoretical performance of the concept is also to be admired. Powered by a frugal 3-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 134 horsepower and an electric motor that produces 220 horsepower, the total output of the powertrain comes close to 354 horsepower. With its modular carbon-fiber construction and 50-50 weight distribution, this hybrid powertrain propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph.
With hybrid technology being this concept’s key selling point, you likely expect exceptional fuel economy. Well, the i8 definitely doesn’t disappoint in that aspect, as it features an impressive 78 mpg.
The i8 Roadster will be launched for sale sometime in 2014 and is expected to cost about $130,000. If this is true, then roadster enthusiasts, start saving up because this Bimmer is truly a keeper.
Thought to be impossible to pull off by many skeptics, it seems that engineers at the Fiat Megafactory are now celebrating with a nice bottle of the champagne (we guess). Why the celebration, you ask? The factory rolled out a Lounge version of a funky white Fiat 500 that is powered by Fiat’s 1.2L 67bhp engine. And, apparently, this 500 happened to be the one millionth example that Fiat has built, since launch in 2007. Skeptics couldn’t believe the fact that an overtly costly, two door hatch pulled-off the feat in 5 years.
The Fiat 500, since launch, was surprisingly a success for the Italian giant. Thanks to the 500, Fiat managed to grab around 13.9% market share in the European market. The following year Fiat managed to sell a record breaking 186,000 units. This is an impressive feat considering the fact that the original Fiat 500, while selling 3.4 million units till end of production at ’75, managed to take four years to sell 180,000 units.
The key selling points of this little hot hatch is its ease of driving around and the plethora of customization by Fiat themselves that the customer can opt for, making each Fiat 500 a unique example.
Do you think the Fiat can sell even more of the 500, say 1.5 million or (we are stretching here) 2 million units? Let us know in the comments section
Want to visit the Los Angeles Auto Show to witness tons of high-profile unveils and announcements without paying a single dollar? Well, here’s your chance.
Thanks to Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), official tire sponsor of the L.A. Auto Show, a hundred people can stand a chance to win four sets of tickets to the auto show. And for the crème de la crème, five lucky winners will be chosen for tickets, worth $125, to the Sneak Preview Night where they will get to see and enjoy the cars beforehand, as well as entry into the main show. Now that’s a giveaway that any car enthusiast would die for.
According to YTC’s PR manager, Theresa Palang, this giveaway not only displays Yokohama’s support to the auto show for the past seven years, but it also gets the general public excited and engaged.
All you have to do is visit Yokohama’s Facebook page and enter the competition.
As simple as it gets, given you have a Facebook account.
Remember the Mclaren MP4-12C Can-Am that was premiered at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? If not, here’s what it is: Engineers and designers at Mclaren had indulged in some experimenting on how to make the MP4-12C an even more exciting track car whilst not being too scary to drive. That experiment turned out to be the orange car you see above. It was given the name Can-Am to pay tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series. It was a one-off design study that Mclaren wanted to show the people at the Concours d’Elegance so that it could get the public approval of producing it. Apparently, McLaren got public approval…
After being successful at stirring the public into approval, Mclaren announced the production of the special edition MP4-12C at a private event held before the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. For those who want to get their hands on one of these beauties, it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. McLaren’s racing department, Mclaren GT, has clearly stated that it’s going to build only 30 examples of the car, with options for bespoke additions.
Priced at roughly $600,000, it’s significantly pricier than the standard car. Being a special edition that not only pays tribute to one of Mclaren’s milestones but also an opportunity for 30 normal people to experience true racing in cars that were designed for them, it’s a fun toy, provided you have more than half million dollars lying somewhere.
As is Need For Speed’s fashion of releasing new titles and sequels every year, this year we have witnessed NFS launching a sequel to Most Wanted, a title that is considered to be the best and the most visceral NFS game ever made.
Unlike the Hot Pursuit series, the Most Wanted ’05 didn’t really bother with damage or physics. The main goals were to take down the Blacklist and escape from the cops however possible. Most Wanted allowed users to ram through road-blocks, heavily customize a lineup of top brand supercars in its era, and introduced in-game clips that featured real actors interacting with you. Developed by BlackBox, the Most Wanted ’05 was a game that even a non-gamer would enjoy. It definitely was the best car racing game ever made, and, safe to say, is the best even in today’s standards. Even after 7 years have passed since its launch, we’d still play that game and enjoy terrorizing the streets in gleaming, noisy Blacklist cars that we won.
So the big question is, does the Most Wanted 2012 live up to the great reputation of its previous title?
Click past the jump to find out our answer to the above question.
Being huge fans of the Prancing Horse, we dedicate this article to the brand that has created and sold beautiful pieces of art that move on four wheels. With designs that emanate Italy’s passion for racing and perfection, and power that not only is a source of melody but also the source of true Italian power, every Ferrari that has rolled-out of the Modena factory since its founding days have been well received by the discerning audience and stayed true to Enzo Ferrari’s philosophy "building the greatest cars in the world."
Also not to be forgotten is Ferrari’s favorite design studio, Pininfarina, which was headed by the creative genius, Sergio Pininfarina. Held responsible for strengthening the partnership between Ferrari, which his father started, Sergio’s creative skills helped him find a stylistic key which has made Enzo Ferrari’s cars a unique phenomenon on the international manufacturing scene for over half a century.
Designing almost every Ferrari that rolled-out from the Ferrari factory, from the Ferrari 250 GT to the unannounced Ferrari F70, one can compare today’s partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina to the relationship between Apple iPhone and the AT&T — a partnership that is still strong today and will remain strong for the years to come.
We decided to showcase the Top-10 Ferraris, designed by Pininfarina and his team, that have stood the test of time and still look very desirable.
Click past the jump to feast your eyes on these beautiful models designed by Pininfarina’s studio.
With rumors floating that the development of a new Maserati MC12 based on the Ferrari F70 was underway, we contacted Maserati to confirm whether this rumor was true or not. Unfortunately, Maserati denies the development of a future supercar based on the Ferrari F70 — the spiritual successor to the Maserati MC12. On the bright side, if there is customer demand for a supercar from the Trident, the board might consider the development of one. So, fingers crossed!
The MC12 was basically the Maserati body placed atop a Ferrari Enzo chassis, with a few homemade touches. It was powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that was left behind on the Enzo’s chassis. Though the MC12 had a longer and more curvacious body than the Enzo that promised low-drag coefficient, the Enzo (F60) was faster by about 12.5 mph. Production of the MC12 ended in 2005 with only 50 examples being produced. With the rarity of the MC12, if you want to snag up one of these Maserati-modified Ferraris, it might set you back more than a million dollars.
So, with the plethora of supercars that are fueling the growth of the segment, do you think there’s place for a future Maserati supercar or not?
Let us know in the comments section below!
For true Ferrari enthusiasts that are planning to visit Italy during the Winter holidays, Ferrari has a treat in store for you.
Ferrari has opened an exhibition to pay tribute to the late Sergio Pininfarina and the not-to-be-forgotten Pinin Farina, by showcasing every model that has been designed by the man himself and his team. The idea behind the exhibition is to show the public the exemplary creations that came out from the Pininfarina drawing board. The exhibition includes 11 models that are divided between the front-engined berlinettas, such as the 1964 275 GTB4 and the Spider version of the legendary Daytona, the mid-rear-engined models, notably the milestone BB, and the contemporary creative evolution which encompasses, amongst others, the Testarossa and the 599 SA Aperta, the latter a homage by Ferrari to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. The highlight of the exhibition is the famous Modulo concept which previously was an unseen exhibit from the Pininfarina family’s private and company collections.
This exhibition was opened on October 27th and it will remain open until January 7th, 2013. So, anybody who is going to Europe, or Italy in that matter, can visit that museum before January 7th and behold the Italian passion that emanates from every single Pininfarina-designed Ferrari on display.
Thanks to our German friends at Autobild.de, we now have some information on the 2015 Mercedes Benz GLG-Class. In fact, it is enough information to create our own rendering of what the the Mini-G will look like.
The Mercedes GLG-Class will be roughly based on the newly announced A-Class and will look like a shrunken version of the utilitarian, yet luxurious, G-Class.
The GLG-Class will be Mercedes’ answer to the small-SUV market, which is dominated by models like the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. Though Mercedes isn’t planning on marketing this as a true off-road vehicle, it will certainly do the job of crossing pot-holes and small ditches. It’s also for the people that like the boxy, go-anywhere design of the G-Class, but may not be able to afford it.
The Mercedes GLG is one of 10 models that Mercedes plans to unveil before 2020. With the GLG-Class’ release, the number of SUVs in Merc’s lineup will increase to six, including the unannounced GLA crossover in 2013.
To know more about the Mini-G click past the jump.
Anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz R-Class? Long story short, it was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt to popularize the MPV-meets-SUV segment, which included the likes of the now-deceased Chrysler Pacifica.
Even with the Mercedes-Benz image, this car was a failure due to it being hideously ugly and overly expensive — a failure that Mercedes later admitted. Once sales began, the starting price of the R-Class was very close to the starting price of the flagship S-Class. So, unless you owned a 5-star hotel with airport-transfer service, the R-Class never really justified its usefulness over the S-Class.
Keeping all of that aside, the R-Class isn’t exactly the type of car that would cross most minds when it comes to modification. At SEMA, however, cars showcased don’t really bend to convention. With that thought in mind, Infinite Auto Design decided to lease some new life to the forsaken R-Class.
Underneath that AMG-esque body kit is a standard R500 that is powered by an unmodified 5.0-liter V-8 engine. This means it cranks out 302-horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t too bad for a minivan-SUV crossover in its era.
The exterior embraces the full blown treatment that any car at Infinite Auto Design would receive. It gets custom-built front and rear bumpers that add some eye-candy to the standard and rather boring design. The car is then wrapped in a gray matte paint job and fitted with a set of delicious looking, 20-inch Forgestar wheels.
Overall, this car can only be appreciated for its attempt at injecting a few ounces of "cool" into the R-Class, much like the nowhere-to-be-seen R63 AMG.
The Volkswagen Beetle has always been a favorite choice for tuners from all around the world, a place it shares with cars like the Mustang and the Nissan Skyline. For people who weren’t fans of the cutesy, curvaceous ’97 Beetle, there were tuners to the rescue. Replacing the modest 1.8L engine with bigger, more powerful engines, more aggressive body parts, and custom paint jobs, these tuners were able to bring the best out of the Beetle that could impress any type of audience, unlike the stock example. In brief, the VW Beetle and the performance aftermarket are good acquaintances.
So, it’s no surprise that we witnessed a swarm of tuned Bugs attacking the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. From radical creations like the chopped-top custom bug to the 500-hp all-wheel-drive ’Super Beetle,’ these tuned bugs are ready to swarm the SEMA floor with pure awesomeness.
Click past to check out few examples that VW is showing-off at this year’s SEMA Auto Show.
Volkswagen Group’s favorite tuner, ABT Sportsline, has unveiled the ABT Golf VII that showcases their take on the hot hatch, which has performed wonders for the VW Group.
The Golf VII doesn’t bear witness to any ground-breaking modifications compared to it’s Audi sisters. The performance of the hatch has been uprated across the engine line-up. For instance, the small 1.2L TFSI engine that produces a meager 86bhp, now produces a respectable 105bhp. Customers who choose the 1.4L TFSI engine that produces 140bhp in its stock form, can be increased to 165bhp after ABT’s treatment.
Though the Golf is not a high-end vehicle, it still receives a cool exterior facelift with features a deeper front spoiler, a redesigned grille, and a custom side skirts, giving the car a strong stance. The four-pipe rear muffler at the rear is a typical ABT design element.
The car receives a new set of suspension springs, which lowers the car’s center of gravity and gives it better roadholding compared to the standard version. Last but not the least, the Golf is fitted with a gorgeous set of 19 inch matching designer rims that is a real treat for anyone with the gift of sight.
Overall, the Golf VII by ABT is definitely bound to turn heads and raise up the cool-factor, something a standard Golf doesn’t enjoy.
The 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost will embrace very subtle revisions to the interior upholstery and the infotainment system of the car. What possibly can they upgrade or facelift? It’s already the perfect car, but it will be seeing similar revisions already found in the Phantom Series 2, apart from the day-time LEDs.
Revisions in the 2013 Ghost were mostly concentrated on the infotainment system of the car. It features an all new, advanced amplifier with the addition of ‘exciter’ speakers. Sounds exciting? The upholstery now comes with natural grain leather and cross-banded wood veneers. If this is an option they are introducing now, what was the type of leather they were using? Printed leather? Certainly that wouldn’t go along with Rolls Royce’s reputation of building hand-made cars out of exclusive materials.
On the outside, a new alloy wheel option will be available for customers who aren’t satisfied with the current options along with an all new, cool feature called the Comfort Access Boot. This feature lets you open the boot using your feet with the help of a sensor under the rear bumper, should both hands be full. It’s a neat feature that doesn’t require the hassle of taking the key out of the pocket while juggling shopping bags, but in a Rolls Royce?
Though it cannot be considered an incremental upgrade at all, except the cool boot feature, the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost is, nevertheless, a car that sticks true to the Rolls Royce tradition of absolute perfection, immaculate ride, and supreme refinement. What is your take on the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost? Let us know in the comments section.
For people who are big fans of the first generation Chevy Camaro, which served as the source of inspiration for the current gens retro design, Lingenfelter has unveiled a new body-kit that will transform the look of the current Camaro, bringing it close enough to the original look and feel of the ’69 Camaro.
Called the Retrokit, it pays homage to the old-school Camaro by adding in elements found in that generation. From the grille with the proud SS badge in the center to the twin stripes that run across the body to the 19 inch alloys; all these features are reminiscent to the old and retro ’69 Camaro. Along with the design changes, the kit comes with a new set of headlights, bumpers, and a new spoiler. In short, this kit lets you enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Retrokit can be ordered in two options - Base and RS, with the latter featuring a extra set of lights below the grille. The base price of the Retrokit starts at $6,850, while the RS kit costs a slightly higher $8,150. This a do-it-yourself kit, but for those who can’t take care of the build, Lingenfelter will install the kit at a price of $8,550 for the base and $9,750 for the RS.
Is this a kit Camaro fans will appreciate or will it be considered not cool enough when compared to the likes of the 2012 S.E.M.A examples already featured?
Most of us like to judge supercars’ performance through real world tests, as well as the provided statistical figures. One of our favorite real world test is the Standing-Mile, an event where, from a dead stop, you push the pedal right into the floor, for a whole mile. The top speed achieved at the end of the mile is the deciding factor on whether you can brag around or sit quietly in some corner.
Well, Performance Power Racing, the guys behind the Ford GT seen in the picture above, decided to brag about it. Their bragging went to such an extent that they contacted Guinness World Records to check out what they achieved. With the official record folks on hand, this tuning company was able to break the standing mile record that they themselves had set a couple of years ago. Now that’s dedication towards improvement.
Performance Power Racing’s Ford GT’s new record is for the Fastest Standing Mile-Street Car at a Bugatti-shaming speed of 283.232mph. The record they broke was set by the very same car that then clocked a speed of 253.97mph. Okay, we get it! PPR knows how to make really fast cars.
To achieve that result, PPR tuned the GT to produce 1700bhp, while replacing the stock parts with Pandalloy Aluminum Alloys. Then, with the kind permission of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, tests were conducted on the Space Shuttle Facility on how PPR could break their standing record by an even wider margin whilst reducing emissions, increasing fuel economy, and lowering the vehicle’s carbon footprint.
A proud Johnny Bohmer, Owner of PPR and the driver of the record-breaking Ford GT, says "Our entire team has worked very hard to get here and we are proud to be able to put an American car in the record books as the fastest street car in the world. By NASA allowing us access to a one of a kind facility, we are given the opportunity to explore these technologies and share their benefits. An immense amount of research and development went in to this 3 year project and we are just scratching the surface of where these systems can be utilized outside of the racing arena.”
Surprisingly, this record breaking GT nearly looks like any other Ford GT. The best part is, you can drive this on the street without the cops bothering you. Yes, it’s street-legal with air-conditioning as standard.
This is what we love about American tuners and supercars such as the PPR Ford GT, the Dodge Viper, and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. They cost nearly a third less than their European counterparts and will still blow them out of the water, if not statistically, then on the basis of how fun they are to drive.
We would have really loved seeing the faces of everyone after reading the title. We certainly wouldn’t blame anyone for being as shocked and dumbfounded as we were when we discovered Aston Martin’s intentions with their city car.
Sources say that Aston Martin has completed studies based on the possibility and feasibility of a V12 engine being fitted to the - wait for it - Cygnet, without extensive modifications. How is it possible? The car is only the size of a shoe with a tiny 1.3 liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 98bhp. Now imagine putting Aston Martin’s very own 6.0L V12 engine that produces at least 510bhp on a car that weighs 988kg. If our calculations are correct, the power to weight ratio of this car will not only put its bigger brothers to dismal shame, but most of the hypercars that we all enjoy drooling at as well. In layman’s terms, it’s a recipe for disaster.
Aston Martin says it will carry out significant upgrades for the Cygnet to handle the immense weight, horsepower, and torque. What kind of upgrades? How about multiple spoilers all over the car just to keep it planted on the ground.
If the project receives a green light from the board, it will enter a new segment called over-powered city cars that also includes the Nissan Juke-R.
That being said, Aston Martin will go ahead with the project only if there is sufficient customer demand. So, people who want to break records or experience crazy, visit your nearest Aston Martin Showroom and inquire about this project.
Do you think this is an upgrade that the Cygnet deserves or does it have disaster written all over? Let us know in the comments.
Slated to be announced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Macan will mark the entry of Porsche into the premium crossover segment that is dominated by cars such as the Range Rover Evoque.
Porsche has confirmed that the Macan will be based on the Audi Q5, but will have a completely different dynamic proposition from that of the Q5. In other words, it’ll be different despite the same platform. According to R&D Chief, Wolfgang Hatz, everything has been modified in this vehicle, ranging from engines, to transmission, to suspension systems. "It’s all new and Audi can’t believe what we’ve done.”
Hatz also claims that Audi shouldn’t fear the Macan disturbing the sales of the Audi Q5, which have been great. He says that the Macan is targeting a different type of customer; more like the young and rich folks that also drive the Evoque’s growth.
In the design department, the baby Cayenne’s design will be influenced by the recently announced Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, where the design combines certain key elements from the 911 and the Boxster. If you want an idea of what it would look like in flesh, take the Panamera Sport Turismo and bloat it up. Voila, the Porsche Macan is served.
In terms of performance, Hatz confirmed that the Macan will be the first modern-day Porsche to be powered by four-cylinder engines in its lineup, but don’t get your checkbooks ready as Porsche won’t be launching the 4-cyl versions in the beginning. Along with that, there will be a 3.6-liter V6 engine that develops 295 horsepower.
The Porsche Macan: For those people who like to ferry their family around in an Audi with a Porsche badge, but can’t afford a Cayenne or a Panamera. This is certainly interesting for us.
Is it for you? Let us know in the comments section.
With a price tag of over half a million dollars, which to a Dubai Sheikh is bread and butter, this example of Mansory’s take on the Lamborghini Aventador was spotted in the valet parking lot at one of the famous malls in Dubai (for those who know Dubai, it’s the Fashion Avenue at the Dubai Mall).
Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, this crazy Lambo is powered by a tuned (why?) version of the already-powerful 6.5 V12 that now produces 754bhp and 750Nm of torque, a subtle yet gut-wrenching increase from the standard 690bhp. How gut-wrenching, you ask? It rockets from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and, with the pedal hard on the floor, it’ll hit 220 mph without breaking a sweat.
Murdering performance aside, this Aventador sports bigger air vents, a custom-made ultralight forged rims with carbon fiber inlays, and a paint-job that is similar to the one that was sprayed on the Aventador J, the only car that trumps this when it comes to performance.
With numbers like these, we expect to write an article on "Mansory Lamborghini Aventador gets speeding ticket" or "Mansory Lamborghini Aventador crashes," if the owner decides to unleash that raging bull. Rest assured, it’s a car that will turn everybody’s head. If not the crazy-yet-cool design, then the screaming, fire-breathing V12 engine.
Courtesy of Whiteside Customs and Kalem Romero-Photography, this white Ford Mustang GT is one of the few examples that Texas-based aftermarket firm Whiteside Customs has in store for the eager and excited audience at the S.E.M.A Auto Show.
The canvas used by Whiteside Customs is a stock 2012 Ford Mustang GT that currently has been one of the most-modified platforms put on display by many of the manufacturers at the SEMA show.
This build features the usual set of modifications that has wowed people at the S.E.M.A Auto Show over the years, such as 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Willwood disc brakes, MBRP Performance exhaust system, MagnaCharger 2300 supercharger, Maximum Motorsports four-point bolt-in rollcage and BC Racing suspension, a coilover suspension featuring 30 levels of dampening adjustment and full ride-height adjustment. With these in tow, this ’Stang is ready to rock and roll the show floor and give the other custom muscle cars a run for their money.
Click past the jump to check out the details of this Ford Mustang GT By Whiteside Customs.
After releasing a teaser image of a sports car concept that featured subtle hints of the 370Z and the GT-R, Nissan has finally announced the Extrem Concept at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Given the rapid development of the Brazilian economy and to underscore Nissan’s commitment to Brazil, the all-Brazilian Extrem Concept was seen fit to be unveiled there.
The Extrem Concept is roughly based on the Micra hatch and is designed to look like a cross between an SUV and a coupe, or in other words, a crossover. This particular segment has witnessed rapid growth with the likes of the Range Rover Evoque fueling that growth. Designed by Nissan’s design studio in San Diego, the inspiration for this design comes from Brazil itself where the designers spent most of their time designing and developing the clay models. The usual concept elements include the wraparound glass, floating roof rails, and detached C pillars that enhance the feeling of an open, airy cabin. It would be great if these elements made it to the production version too. Though the pictures suggest less cabin space for storage, Nissan claims that there is a dedicated luggage space in the rear. A clever two-tier system provides secure storage, where items can be hidden from prying eyes beneath an exposed and removable cargo bin which is accessed via the rear hatch. The bin is designed for day-to-day items and fits neatly underneath a structural cross brace that adds extra stiffness to the shell and accentuates the sporting nature of the car.
It sort of looks like a high riding 2+2 version of the GT-R, but don’t expect it to be powerful like the GT-R, though we have seen one example of that! Nissan could theoretically fit the 1.6-liter turbocharged direct-injection inline-four that also powers the unusual DeltaWing racecar, driving either the front wheels or all four through a Continuously Variable Transmission, a favorite addition of Nissan.
The production version of this concept will be sold only in the South American market. For now, people outside South America can only expect future crossover models to extract design cues from this concept.
UPDATE 11/13/12: The Nissan Extrem Concept was undoubtedly one of the highlight debuts at the recently concluded Sao Paulo Motor Show. Today, Nissan gives us the lowdown on what it took to build and create this fantastic concept crossover. Go past the jump and check out the video!
Auto giant Chevrolet has announced that it will reveal its heavy duty pickup, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, on December 13th before the auto-show debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Along with the reveal date, Chevy has also teased us with an image of the Silverado’s headlight.
Riding on the new K2 platform that is slated to underpin the next gen Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra and Yukon, and the Chevrolet Suburban, the Silverado will be evolutionary in terms of design. From the mule videos that were posted earlier, one can render how this hard-working beast might look. Looks apart, the interior is also said to be receiving an overhaul, with higher quality materials and better, luxurious upgrades in its infotainment systems.
The upcoming rig will be powered by the new small-block V8 engines that will power the whole heavy-duty lineup in GM, along with a V6 base-engine.
Other details will be posted once GM officially reveals the Silverado.
Overall, we think that the 2014 Silverado will take a leap forward in terms of refinement and technology, and prove that it’s a worthy pick over competition like the Ford F-250 and the Dodge Ram.
So, are you truck fans excited yet?
Despite the sluggish sales of the flagship Phaeton since its launch in 2003, VW is intent on designing and developing the next gen flagship right from scratch.
Talking to Autocar at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed that there will be a 2014 Volkswagen Phaeton that will feel ’very new’ as compared to the current gen, which we think is very boring in terms of design and driveability. You would never feel excited when you step into a Phaeton, unlike its competitors like the Mercedes S-Class or the Jaguar XJ. It’s a car that, frankly speaking, one wouldn’t look forward to sitting and driving when you go to work or for a long drive. It’s been sitting on the same old platform for the last 10 years with little tweaks to the design and changes to the engine line-up. For VW to make the Phaeton a success in the luxury saloon market, little tweaks just isn’t enough. Now though, believing what the R&D chief has said, that’s about to change for good.
Apart from the confirmation, he also revealed that it would be underpinned by the new modular MLB platform for large sedans in the VW Group, underpinnings which will also be used beneath the next-generation Continental family from Bentley and Panamera family from Porsche. Good to see that VW is intent on making it a success.
With that, the Phaeton will be marketed as a car for those who like the ride comfort of a Bentley, but can’t afford one.
When you read the title, you’ll notice that a dedicated air-suspension systems company built the truck that you see above. What does that mean? Why tell when you can deduce the sole purpose of what it’s built for?
Teaming up with known design company, Tim Nicolau Designs, Kelderman Air Suspension Systems has given some serious thought before going ahead with the project. It retains the same heavy-duty design of the standard F-250, but with a green twist. Whatever accessory was in chrome in the standard F-250, the team decided to paint it all green. Now don’t think it has something to do with eco-ism or some environment-friendly campaign. Heck, with a 6.7L PowerStroke V8 Turbo Diesel, this truck is miles away from being termed environment-friendly. Apart from that, the truck has been given a jet-black paint job that is complimented with black alloy rims. This gives the whole truck a mean, stay-away-from-me stance.
Then there’s what Kelderman do best: suspension. This Super Duty truck has been given 8-10 inches more lift, an AccuAir TouchPad air suspension management system, and Sway-A-Way remote reservoir shock absorbers. The greenery doesn’t end with the exterior parts of the truck. They’ve also chrome-plated and painted the suspension components in green.
Overall, we think this truck is ready to conquer any terrain (or even a small building!) and will easily stand apart from similar examples at the SEMA Auto Show floor.
Who would have ever thought of extracting 1200hp from a 3.8L F6 powered Porsche 911 GT3? Well, now we know that thought has crossed the minds of known German tuners 9ff. Recently, 9ff announced the GTurbo (Goosebumps), a Porsche 911/997 GT3 with 1200hp and 1,150Nm (848 lb-ft) of torque, easily making it one of most powerful Porsches ever built.
Want to know what the stratospheric upgrade can do? It can warp you from 0-60mph in only 3.2sec and flat-out, it can do 250mph. That’s mind-boggling for a Porsche 911 or, as Jeremy Clarkson would call it, a Beetle!
All this unnecessary power comes from a 3.8L flat six that has been up-sized to 3.9L. To increase the oomph, 9ff installed a Garrett GT1200R turbocharger with ball bearings and water-cooling. The operation of the turbocharger can be controlled from the steering wheel, where the driver has the option to select from 0.8 bar, 1.2 bar and 1.6 bar, hence adjusting the power output from 600 horsepower to a maximum 1200 horsepower. Good to know that the monster is, in a way, leashed.
The power is sent to rear wheels via a standard 997 GT3 6-speed manual tranny with reinforced gears, so that it doesn’t snap while transferring the extra power. Handling is improved with the installation of a limited slip differential and an adjustable 9ff / Bilstein suspension system with aluminum shocks, 60mm race springs, rigid aluminum top mounts front, reinforced wishbone suspension, lighter hydraulic power steering, and an adjustable stabilizer for the front and rear axles.
With the race-level spec sheet, you might all classify it as race-legal only. Surprisingly, the GTurbo is a street-legal car with an asking price of $455,000.
So would you dream of owning a GTurbo 1200 or think it’s too crazy and impractical to drive one? Let us know in the comments section below.
Want to soak up the sunshine while catching baddies on the run? Well, that’s a privilege that the Dutch Police might soon enjoy.
What we have got here is a 4.2L Ferrari V8 powered Maserati GranCabrio wrapped in a local Dutch Police livery that is bound to be one of the few show-stoppers at the annual 112 open day. This is an event organized by the local Police Force, Fire Department, and the Municipal Health near The Hague, Netherlands.
The idea was brought to the table by Maserati dealers, Louwman Exclusive in collaboration with the local Netherlands Police Force. It’s basically a white 2012 Maserati GranCabrio with the Police livery and black rims that give the whole car a bad-cop stance. But what’s a police car without the eye-piercing emergency lights on the roof? Maybe they thought the livery and the V8 noise alone could intimidate the law breakers on the streets.
Unfortunately, this is just a one-off for now. Don’t think that the Dutch Police have exchanged their trusty fleet of VW Golfs for high-maintenance and fuel- chugging Maseratis!
Modifying sports cars for police isn’t something new in the automobile industry. In Dubai, a small fleet of Nissan GT-Rs wrapped in local Police livery are currently on active duty and dispatched in the event of an high-speed pursuit. Then, there’s the famous 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 Polizia, that is enough to intimidate even Al Capone, when sighted in the rear view mirror.
The maker of the Bugatti-killer is finally safe and secure, for now. This comes as good news for Gumpert fans who have been worried since August 2012 when the brand filed for insolvency. Over the past few weeks, several investors have been engaging in talks with the brand’s curator. The curator had many discussions with these parties offering a solution to the financial problems. They announced today that the outcome of the held discussions was to continue investing in the struggling sports car manufacturer, therefore keeping it’s future secured.
The final decision on the future ownership of the manufacturer will be made this week. This particular investor will decide its future, which will affect the brand Gumpert and the continuation of its Apollo model line up.
Though sources report that Gumpert has chosen the new, mysterious investor, they haven’t released any official statement about it yet. This suggests that Gumpert has only met with the investor, but has yet to sign any official documents.
We will keep a close eye on this deal in the meanwhile. Updates shall be posted once the official statement is made.
After initial rumors and reports that Ferrari would unveil the highly anticipated flagship at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), now, according to Autoblog.com, reports suggest that Ferrari hasn’t finalized the plans for a worldwide launch. So, Ferrari enthusiasts who have penned down the date on their calendar will sadly have to strike them off.
On the other hand, the Prancing Horse might consider a private launch, separate from all the big car shows, so that they can grab more attention and more people to drool over it. A likely reason for its change of plans is because of the unveiling of the sister brand’s - Maserati - next generation Quattroporte. If debuted at the same show, the F70 would’ve drawn the entire Detroit population towards its stand leaving the Maserati stand deserted.
According to previous reports and a spy shot of the engine bay, the Ferrari F70 is expected to get a V12 engine with an F1-inspired KERS system that will pump out a combined output of 920 hp (686 kW). The supercar could have a curb weight of only 1134 kg (2500 lbs) thanks to a 20 percent lighter chassis made from carbon fibre. The carbon tub that underpins the F70 was shown off at the Paris Motor Show which was enough to increase the excitement and anticipation of its launch.