2019 Genovation GXE Electric Chevy Corvette
Genovation GXE is an electric vehicle based on the C7-Gen Chevy Corvette with plenty of power as well as visual treatment to let onlookers know it’s something a bit special. Wraps officially came off the limited production version at the 2018 LA motor show, where we were informed of its strict 75-unit production cap as well as the fact that the company expects to deliver the first ones in mid-2019.
Now while Genovation rips out the Corvette’s V-8 and replaces it with two electric motors, the company leaves the stock transmission inside, and you can even choose whether it’s a manual or automatic. Exact performance numbers aren’t mentioned, but we are informed of the vehicle’s sub-3-second zero to sixty time.
Visually, the GXE does stand out among Corvettes, with its unique bumpers, rims, and LED strips that highlight some of its design features. You will definitely know something is up when one of these drives by, not only due to the extra exterior lighting but also because of its almost complete lack of noise as it moves along.
Its only slight problem is the fact that you are asked to part with $750,000 in exchange for one. And, while the sheer novelty of having a usable, more luxurious, custom, and fully electric Corvette it is going to be out of the reach of most enthusiasts, it’s important to remember that you can buy no fewer than six Corvette ZR1s for the same money. You know, just to put things into perspective.
Tesla powertrain and batteries completely transform this Audi RS5
The Audi RS5, built between 2010 and 2015, was powered by a screaming, high-revving, V-8 engine and was widely acknowledged as being one of the best of its kind. However, what do you do when your car doesn’t have an engine or its engine is junk and you need to replace it with something else? How about you slot in a Tesla motor and battery pack to see how that transforms the car.
2018 BMW M5 Touring F11 By Carbonfiber Dynamics
I’ve wondered for long - what the heck is a sleeper? Can any of the modern performance-laden cars be sleepers? I think it’s possible, but only if you inject it with a proper amount of power. This time I am referring to a rather unusual entry in the world of modified cars - the Carbonfiber Dynamics BMW M5 Estate - an Estate with a power greater than that of a Porsche 918 Spyder. Yup, this BMW M5 Estate has an engine under its bonnet with 900 horsepower.
The Germans! What can I say!?
Out of all those new cars out there, which ones have more promise that is untapped by the manufacturer? These cars are already good, but at the same time, they could be significantly improved with sometimes minimal modifications. In other words, they have what it takes but just need to be honed that little bit more to achieve their full potential.
You Can Now Pay to Have an EV Powertrain Bolted into Your Classic Aston Martin
Although a noble thought by Aston Martin, this basically kills the whole point. Wondering what we are talking about? Aston Martin Works plans to protect the classic cars in the future by allowing them to live as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). It has produced the first model under its plan called the Heritage EV Programme.
The 7 Cars We Want To See With a Hellephant Swap
In case you were unaware, FCA stole the show this year at SEMA. The big headline was the Hellephant, a 1,000-horsepower monster that’s looking to curb stomp the competition as the most powerful crate engine ever offered by an OEM. We’re so excited about it that we decided to put together a list of cars that we think need a Hellephant under the hood, with entries ranging from the obvious to the slightly insane.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the Hellephant is designed for either off-road applications or smog-exempt pre-1976 vehicles. Regardless, we’re sticking to our guns on this one in the hopes that one of you crazy wrench-turners gets inspired to create one of these wild beasts.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Parades New Upgrades from Mopar in L.A.
The long-anticipated Jeep Gladiator, the company’s first pickup truck in 26 years, made its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Not surprisingly, Mopar has already created a range of parts and accessories for the truck and showcased them on a Rubicon model. The most important of which include a two-inch lift kit, spray-in bed liner, and a truck bed storage system.
Mopar has been providing parts and accessories for Chrysler and Fiat cars for decades now, and it also helped Jeep develop quite a few concept vehicles. Naturally, the Gladiator had to be included now that Jeep finally offers a pickup truck. Mopar presented 20 products for the Gladiator in Los Angeles, but more are definitely underway. Let’s have a look at what you can order once the Gladiator goes on sale.
This Weird Looking Vehicle With A Stripper Pole Inside Is Up Grabs!
This old, strange-looking bus that exudes teen spirit, thanks to its fancy butterfly-doors and customization within, has surfaced at an auction. The vehicle is a late 90s born Muack MSV 1120S, manufactured by the now-defunct custom vehicle manufacturer, Mauch Special Vehicles based out of Worthington, Ohio.
2018 Porsche 911 Le Mans Classic Clubsport by Paul Stephens
Porsche specialist Paul Stephens recently unveiled his latest creation called the Le Mans Classic Clubsport. It is a bespoke Porsche 911 based around the Porsche 911 G-series chassis and remodeled to take the shape of possibly the most astonishing restomod you can imagine.
I know that right now the Singer name from Rob Dickinson rings in your ears, but this is a slightly different piece of engineering compared with anything coming from Dickinson kitchen. Now, I was particularly curious to find out what actually makes this Le Mans Classic Clubsport so special, so I reached out to Paul Stephens who told me a thing or two about his newest car.
First of all, let me tell you that Paul is a proper car guy. Not only that, he is a proper Porsche enthusiast. All the way back from 9 years of age. I am not joking. His first miles were in a Land Rover he drove when he was 6. Three years later, he sat in a 911. A friend of his dad lent him the keys, and he just went for it. Love in an instant!
That was the start of a long love story that got him into race cars, into Porsches and now into making exceptional restomods based around the Porsche G-series chassis.
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Mansory
I am about to tell you about the Rolls-Royce Phantom garnished with decorative pieces by Mansory and then jeweled by an effortless push of 602 thoroughbreds. It is Mansory’s way of going above and beyond. Above and beyond anything one may consider customary, appropriate, or even becoming. It is as bizarre as Halloween cosplay and as exquisite as a ball gown. It is controversy in understanding, and harmony in dissonance. It is the Rolls-Royce Phantom by Mansory.
I would argue that gliding through the atmosphere, carried by a swoosh of hot air, is as close to freedom as one may get. Such a dignified spectacle can be almost recreated on the roads as well. Riding in the back seats of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is more comfortable for sure, but the sheer exquisiteness of its cabin pursued by a definite insulation from the outside world is as equally liberating as gliding, although fundamentally opposite in its execution. That is what Rolls-Royce is all about - being as free as a bird, but in a way, some may even call profligacy.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom by Masonry is profligate and lecherous. But it is impeccable and irresistible much the same.
This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well
The Kia Stinger has received a lot of attention since it debuted some two years ago and while at first the attention was mainly due to it being a new model that nobody knew anything about, now it gets attention specifically because people know it’s actually pretty good. But for those that think that the factory look just isn’t aggressive enough, now there’s a bold widebody kit that completely transforms its look.
2018 Maserati GranCabrio by Pogea Racing
German tuning company Pogea Racing crafted an all-new tuning kit for the Maserati GranCabrio, and consequently, for the Gran Turismo. The dated Italian sports car from Maserati is on its last legs on the market. We can expect discontinuation as early as next year, but that did not stop Pogea Racing from creating a one of a kind tuning kit for what is, probably, one of the most beautiful designs in the history of the automobile. Based around the GranCabrio, the Pogea Racing kit includes suspension tweaks, an engine upgrade, and interior modifications. External body kit? None of that I am afraid; however, the Maserati GranCabrio and the GranTurismo are already astoundingly beautiful.
Add a Vulcan 20-mm Cannon from an F-16 Fight Jet to a Prius and the Cool Factor Skyrockets Toyota
You expect such insanity from Magneto, Joker, Doctor Doom, or Lex Luthor. They may be fictional characters, but here’s one crazy dude who came up with an idea to turn an environment-friendly Toyota Prius into a pee-when-you-see, one-car cavalry. Civilian cars have been made into dogs of war before, but this time, Black Rifle Coffee Company, a coffee producer, has incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon on a humble Toyota Prius, and the result is blowing our mind!
Prior Design’s Wide Body Kit for the 2019 BMW 8 Series Takes it to the Next Level
The BMW 8 Series goes on sale this month, and prospective owners can already look forward to a wealth of ways to modify the luxury grand tourer that steps in to replace the 6 Series. One such option comes from Prior Design who proposes an outlandish body kit.
Now that we’ve seen how both the coupe and the convertible 8 Series looks like, it’s time to let the tuners do their thing and rework the car’s appearance. One of the first to do just that is Prior Design who previews a wide body design for the grand tourer that enhances the car’s already menacing look. To top things off, they decided a vivid red would be the best color for it.
Watch This Lightly Tuned McLaren 720S Run the Quarter Mile in Less Than 10 Seconds
The McLaren 720S is an absolute beast right out of the box, with nearly $300K worth of go-fast awesomeness on offer for anyone with the bank to back it. That said, for a little extra outlay, you can extract even more from it, granted you know where to turn for a tune.
This particular example comes from EKanoo Racing, a tuner based out of the Middle East that specializes in building seriously quick drag racing machinery. This McLaren is no different, however, the mods are very light, with just an ECU retune to pull a bit more power from the mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8.
EKanoo Racing declined to say exactly how much more power this tuned 720S is making, but unleashed down the 1320, it manages a very fast 9.605 at 146 mph. Compare that to the stocker’s time of 10 seconds flat at 140 mph, and it’s obvious this thing is laying down some extra mid-range muscle.
As a reminder, the stock McLaren 720S produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the rear wheels by way of seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph.
The run itself takes place in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit, the same track used for the annual Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race. The whole clip is just 30 seconds long, but seeing this thing move at full chat is a delight all the same. Make sure to listen for the high-pitched whine as the 720S accelerates, which apparently are the super-sticky tires making maximum thrust against the tacky track surface.