3 Reasons Why the Aston MArtin V12 Speedster is Ridiculous
Aston Martin just unveiled a new, limited-edition, and very expensive supercar. It features a V-12 engine with almost 700 horsepower and boasts a speedster design with no windshield, but with two sexy flying buttresses behind the seats. It’s freaking awesome and it’s a cool tribute to the company’s early race cars, but it’s also ridiculous and pointless. Here’s why.
2020 Ferrari 812 GTS vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet
They might share the same engine configuration, but the 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet are two very different dishes. One’s naturally aspirated while the other uses the magic of forced induction. One is a purpose-built supercar while the other is the open-top version of one of the most luxurious full-size sedan you can buy today.
But here at Top Speed we have a knack for dissecting things, so we thought an in-depth comparison between the 812 GTS and the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabrio would be equally useful and interesting, even as they come from two different worlds.
2020 Ferrari F8 Spider - Quirks and Facts
Although somewhat overshadowed by the reveal of the last front-engined V-12 Ferrari convertible - the 812 GTS - the new Ferrari F8 Spider still enchanted the right people. Largely favorable reactions to its exterior appearance demonstrate that Ferrari Design Studio knows a thing or two about design even without the help from Pininfarina. Interestingly enough, neither the 812 nor the F8 Spider wore the trademark Rosso Corsa color at their reveal, but they have still picked up a lot of publicity.
The F8 Spider, despite gorgeous, isn’t exactly a lot different compared to the F8 Tributo. The only notable change is, of course, the removable hardtop that stows under the rear tonneau cover in 14 seconds. It needs the same time to fold like the one in the Ferrari 812 GTS.
Cool Quirks About The New Ferrari 812 GTS
Just a day after the first Ferrari F1 Scuderia win at Monza since 2010, the Maranello-based car producer revealed two astonishing open-top cars. The elite of the world got a chance to buy, or the hope they’ll be able to buy the V-12 powered 812 GTS and the F8 Spider. Interestingly enough, the F8, as a mid-engine, V-8 powered Spider captures the essence of Ferrari’s future.
On the other hand, the 812 GTS, as the first production V-12 powered, front-engined open-top Ferrari in almost fifty years, is the one that wholeheartedly captures the essence of the brand. With an overpowered V-12 that develops 790 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and a roof that opens in 14 seconds, the 812 GTS is a swan song. The Ferrari 812 GTS may well be the last new V-12 powered open-top car we ever see. This alone makes it far more appealing than any other open-top car on the market.
When Can You Buy the C8 Corvette Convertible, Z06, Grand Sport, ZR1: A Timeline
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s an engineering home run. For others, it’s a history-making performance car. Whatever your thoughts are of the Corvette C8, there is one thing that everyone can agree on. The Corvette C8’s market launch, whenever that will be, is going to be one of the most anticipated dates in the calendar. As it is, Chevrolet hasn’t announced when the C8 will arrive. We only know that production of the mid-engine performance car will kick off late this year. With that current timetable, it’s reasonable to expect the model becoming available to the masses sometime in early 2020. That’s less than a year from now, so it’s not that far into the future. Once the C8 arrives, questions will now be asked about the model’s other trim levels and when those are coming out. The Corvette C8 Convertible will assuredly arrive soon after the C8 launches, but what about the Z06, Grand Sport, and dare we dream, the ZR1? It’ll probably take Chevrolet a few years to round out the entire C8 lineup, just as it did with the C7-generation Corvette. That’s not going to stop us from speculating, though, right? Cross your fingers that our estimates are correct because if everything that’s been rumored about the Corvette C8 ZR1 is true, then that bad boy can’t come soon enough.
It’s not yet been 20 years since Y2K, and we’re already reaching for the rose-colored glasses when talking about the 2000s. It was a decade of rapid technological advancements, one where flip phones turned into smartphones and laptops were finally making some gains on desktop computers. It was, arguably, the decade of the Fast And Furious franchise, for the movie-going car guys, that went from glamorizing the tuner culture to being just another action franchise that happened to feature some exotics.
Above all, though, it was the decade of the electronic uprising in our sporty cars. The first flappy paddles found their way into up-market supercars, and even the more mundane machinery came with a host of electronic aids to keep them level and straight on the road. Some enjoyed having their skills behind the wheel complimented by the electronic suspension, self-leveling dampers, four-wheeled steering, and other clever robotics that made driving fast a bit easier. The purists, however, did not like the rise of electronic aids and kept searching for those cars that kept true to the old school setup of three pedals, a stick, and no help other than that given by your senses.
We’ve put together a list of 8 sports cars from the 2000s that you should still consider today. They offer the perfect blend between rawness and electronic advancement from a time when we didn’t hear doomsday preachers announcing the end of the manual transmission.
Porsche 911 Speedster Quirks and Features
Teased in one way or another for the last two years, the Porsche 911 Speedster finally showcased its gorgeous body at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Revealed in red, the glorious 911 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the production of rear-engine sports cars, and it is the most extreme representation of philosophy once started with the fantastic 356. With such an important job to do and an incredible heritage to justify, the new Porsche 911 Speedster - the ninth Speedster overall - is the best the 991.2 generation can possibly offer.
For that matter, Porsche garnished it with the latest technology and epic throwback easter eggs that elevate the 911 Speedster unique qualities. This is the list of the most unusual Porsche 911 Speedster’s quirks and features.
2020 BMW M8 - Quirks and Features
This is all you need to know about the new 2020 BMW M8 and the 2020 BMW M8 Competition - coupes that are the Mount Everest of cars!
If you ever drove a big, overpowered grand touring coupe such as the Mercedes-AMG S63 or the Aston Martin DB11, you would know that the rest of the world does not really matter anymore. It is the same story behind the wheel of the Continental GT. BMW hasn’t played in the same ballpark for thirty years - since the gorgeous 8 Series E31. Now, it’s back. It is back with a car called the M8 - the first ever Motorsport-drizzled 8 Series - a car amicably proficient in ominous demeanor. While an exceptional exercise of car design and architecture, the M8 somehow doesn’t feel to deserve this name. The M6 seems to be more applicable. Nevertheless, this is what you need to know about it.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet
How can one compare the BMW 8 Series Convertible and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet? This is the furthest you can go with opulence and luxury before actually entering the realm of Aston Martin, Ferrari, or Bentley. It is the outermost edge of the space controlled by what one may call producers of conventional vehicles. But these two aren’t conventional. At all. They are luxurious, fast, opulent, and filled with technology both wonderful and eerie. Be aware, they are not for the timid. Comparing the two of these should give us much the same results as both are actually playing in the same field. However, they are trying to reach slightly different customers.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible
The BMW 8 Series Convertible has arrived, and with its arrival comes a lot of questions regarding how it compares to the model it’s effectively replacing: the departed 6 Series Convertible. To be clear, the 8 Series Convertible isn’t a direct-line successor to the 6 Series Convertible. It’s packaged as a true-born flagship, developed to compete against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and, in some ways, the Aston Martin DB11 Volante. You can’t say the same thing about the 6 Series Cabriolet. Still, even if there’s no direct connection between the two, it’s hard not to think of one without thinking of the other. So, we lined them up together to see how the 8 Series Convertible and the 6 Series Convertible compare to each other.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante
The fact that BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate after almost two decades is definitely one of the headlines of 2018. But equally important is the fact that the Germans announced two brand-new versions of this car: there’s an M8 just around the corner, and BMW just introduced the 8 Series Convertible.
The first drop-top version of the 8 Series in history, the Convertible, is here to tackle the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. However, the topless German is also an option against more expensive grand tourer, like the Aston Martin DB11 Volante. Let’s find out how it compares to the notably more expensive British convertible in the comparison below.
Duesenberg SSJ - The Most Expensive American Car
As a part of Monterey Car Week, Gooding auction house organized Gooding’s 15th Annual Pebble Beach Auctions and broke 23 records, selling some of the most extraordinary classic cars at the venue. Just to put the importance of this auction into perspective, I will say that of all the cars offered there, 25 were sold for more than $1 million. Yet, I am most interested about one - the $22 million 1935 Duesenberg SSJ - a car once owned by Gary Cooper. This isn’t just about any expensive car sold at an auction. Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ became the most expensive American car ever sold at an auction. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the most expensive American car ever made. Save for the Lunar Rover (estimated price for development in 1972 was $38 mil), but I guess that the Lunar Rover isn’t actually in competition with the Duesenberg. The Duesenberg SSJ is the fastest pre-war car in the world. It has provenance like no other car you will hear about.
Personally, I have some strange cravings for Duesenbergs (despite seeing one only once). If you were to ask me what car company I’d like to see resurrected, it would be the Duesenberg. Forget Hispano Suiza, Packard, or Tucker. I want a Duesenberg. But done right. And that is the problem. I think it is impossible to have a Duesenberg in the world of today. After learning about the SSJ, the most expensive American car, you will know why...
Porsche 911 Speedster Concept I vs Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II
Back in June, Porsche celebrated 70 years since it unveiled its first production car with a Speedster concept based on the current 911. Come October, and the German firm introduced a new concept car of the same variety, also stating that a limited-edition production car will follow in 2019. The two concepts are very similar, which made us wonder whether Porsche is trying to milk the Speedster ahead of its introduction as a production model.
Is this new concept a more production-ready version of the first car, which was already pretty close to a standard 911? Let’s find out by comparing the roadsters inside and out.
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2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept
BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.
The new BMW Z4 is a totally different car compared with the one from before. BMW officials are adamant about the new positioning of the Z4 which has, apparently, become a far more engaging and dynamic machine. Developed along with the new Supra (according to BMW “Toyota ordered a sports car as a coupe from us [BMW], which we developed according to our order,” said BMW Z4 Project Manager Andreas Ederer), the new Z4 had to be meaner and sharper than ever before. After all, it shares the drivetrain, the chassis, and many driving aids with the upcoming Toyota icon.
Despite its clear connections with the new Supra, the BMW Z4 is its own car, and we have to look at it as a continuation of the lineage that started all the way back with the first Z car - the Z1. In that regard, I will try to draw some parallels between the newest kid on the block and its latest revealed predecessor - the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is.
However, before we sink into the real fun stuff about the engines and performance of the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i and the 2017 BMW Z4 sDrive35is, I’ll start, well, at the very beginning:
Five Things You Didn’t Know About The New BMW Z4
As with every new car, manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel. Well, not literally, but, at least, they are trying to make the most of it. It is the same case with the new 2020 BMW Z4, a new BMW roadster that looks to transform everything we have known about the previous gen Z4 into something more meaningful, sharper, and definitely more sporty. The latest generation car makes do with some fundamental changes compared with the outgoing model, the E89 Z4. How deep the changes go is quite extraordinary, despite BMW actually offering something similar to the previous gen car - a RWD, small, and fun roadster.
Here, I am presenting to you five things you didn’t know about the new BMW Z4. These should give you a whole new insight into what BMW actually wanted to achieve with the new car and help you understand how the Bavarians managed to change the car’s character without changing the layout.
The Gilded History of the Rolls-Royce Phantom
Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, is quoted as saying, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it doesn’t exist, design it.” Those are some pretty heavy words, but it’s the right credo for an automaker like Rolls-Royce. With a history of producing some of the most elegant, opulent, and downright desirable luxury vehicles on the planet, perfection isn’t just a goal – it’s an expectation. Such is the case with the Phantom, Rolls-Royce’s highly recognizable flagship model. These are cars that are destined for the stables of royalty, acting as a rolling signature of power, wealth, and prestige.
Lead by the trademark Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood, the Phantom comes equipped with top-shelf extravagance and lavishness, offering high levels of personalization to those select buyers with pockets deep enough to really enjoy it. Currently offered in a variety of different flavors, including the standard Phantom, an Extended Wheelbase model, a Coupe, and a Drophead Coupe, Rolls has announced a new eighth generation slated for release later this week. However, the history of the nameplate is rapidly approaching a full century at this point, so how’d we get here? To find out, we delved into the Phantom’s history, taking a look at the seven generations that have come and gone since the model’s introduction in 1925.
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Convertibles That Won’t Break The Bank
Well, it’s officially summertime, and that means it’s the right season to get out and enjoy the warm weather. And, if you have the means, that should also include breaking free from the confines of a fixed hardtop roof and enjoying unlimited blue-sky headroom. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel of a convertible isn’t always the cheapest proposition around, but fear not, because we’ve assembled five of our top picks for going topless without breaking the bank.
Of course, there are plenty of other options out there at this price range, but we decided to cut out the flab and only keep those droptops that you’ll actually want to drive. That means each offers something interesting under the hood, all while maintaining that fun in the sun factor. Of course, no roof means you’ll get a little extra slop in the corners, given the lack of chassis rigidity, but that’s okay – you’ll be enjoying your time in the elements all the same. Let us know which you’d have in the comments!
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The world’s quintessential high performance machine has and probably will be for some time the Bugatti Veyron. When it was first thought up by the engineers at Volkswagen, we thought they were mad. A car with 1,000 horsepower and a super high top speed of over 250 miles per hour? Yeah right, go work on the new Golf and quiet down.
In a true foot in mouth moment, Bugatti and its crack team of geniuses have produced a car with rocket ship power and a top speed that is simply hard to imagine. The Veyron has always been a car that we have admired and, given the chance, it would be hard to turn down a go in one.
With the success of the Veyron, Bugatti looked to capitalize on their success. They created many different variations of the car with different colors and trims and all sorts of stuff to keep the rich entertained.
Now, Bugatti has gotten bored. They have created a car that has so much power that it’s hard to up it and make it faster and better performing. So, they decided to design new limited production machines for the super rich and, during that time of interior and exterior design modifications, they actually made the car faster with the latest version, the Supersports.
With so many different models, it can be hard to keep them straight. We have assembled a list of every model made to try and simplify things a bit. Most models use the same W16 motor unless otherwise stated.
Hit the jump to see the variations.