Aston Martin Marks 60 Years Since Only Le Mans Win with Special DBS 59 Edition
If you want the ultimate front-engined Aston Martin experience and your bank accounts are adequately full, you have to go with the DBS Superleggera - the 715 horsepower monster that weighs under 4,000 pounds and can reach 211 mph. If you’re crazy about the brand’s history, then the DBS 59 is the car for you as it looks back at Aston’s first big splash in motorsport.
We’ve talked about the DBS Superleggera 59 before when Aston Martin first released a few pictures of the new limited-edition model commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge for an occasion like no other in the brand’s history: the 60th anniversary of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby’s sole overall win at Le Mans aboard the works-backed Aston Martin DBR1/300. We’re talking a lot here about a variety of manufacturers trying to find any sort of reason that could warrant the introduction of a special model, but this one right here is really special.
Why? Because it’s a way at looking back while keeping in mind that Aston Martin might mount an attack on Le Mans with its sights locked on the overall victory with a ’hypercar’ as per the new regulations that are set to be introduced in the World Endurance Championship in little over a year. These new rules, apparently, will allow Aston Martin Valkyrie-type cars to compete in what is currently the LMP1 category.
The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China
The Lotus Evora is already ten years old as of 2019, but it’s still going strong. Although Lotus is working on a successor, the current Evora is still being used as a base for special-edition sports cars. The latest model is called the GT410 and was unveiled in China, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. This isn’t the first Evora to sport a "GT410" badge — a one-off was built for the Jim Clark Trust Foundation in 2018 — but it’s the first production run to feature the nameplate.
Everything We Know about the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
Imagine you have to spin up and then stop four people that sit at the edges of the playground roundabout. It is doable, of course, but it is somewhat hard. Now, question yourself - how could you spin up or slow down that playground roundabout quicker without making any modifications to it?
It is easy! Move the people toward the center!
This is precisely what the GM tends to do with the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 - move all the heavy stuff (engine, transmission, wiring, lubricants, and well, you) as close to the center as possible. Everything of consequence will be in between the wheels, thus dramatically reducing the forces that act on the wheels during the cornering. This will make the steering far quicker and swift. After all, manufacturers do opt for a mid-engine setup for its top-notch sports cars thanks to such a profound impact on the driving characteristics.
Compared to any Corvette of the past, the 2020 C8 Corvette will have higher levels of grip, sharpness, and ferociousness. We only have to wait a bit as the new 2020 C8 Corvette will debut July 18, 2019. This is what we know about it.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Edition Honors the GT-R Legacy in All the Right Ways
Fifty years ago, Nissan introduced the Skyline as a four-door sedan in its home market of Japan. Nobody knew it at that time, Nissan included, but in the course of the next half-century, The Skyline would give birth to what is arguably the most iconic Japanese supercar of all time, Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R. Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the GT-R’s roots with the debut of the Nissan 50th Anniversary GT-R at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The 50th Anniversary GT-R isn’t a special edition model in the traditional sense. Instead, Nissan is offering the anniversary treatment in the form of an appearance package for the 2020 GT-R. Nissan has yet to release pricing and availability options for the 50th Anniversary GT-R, but seeing as the model is making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it’s safe to say that we’re going to get our hands on the model, or at least the appearance package that turns the GT-R into the 50th Anniversary model.
The 2020 Genesis Mint concept Brings Cargo-Only Rear Gullwing Doors to the New York Auto Show
Genesis is really pushing for better brand recognition in the U.S. which is why it has chosen the 2019 New York Auto Show as the venue to show off its new Genesis Mint concept, a bold and futuristic city EV. It’s not s spectacular as the super sleek Essentia Concept (a luxurious grand tourer study) that it debuted at last year’s edition of the NY auto show, but it has some cool features, and it bares the promise of inspiring future Genesis production models.
Sorry Folks - The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Here and It’s Pretty Much the Same
Rumors of a new-generation Nissan GT-R, possibly with a hybrid drivetrain, have been flying around for years now. But the R35 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon because Nissan just introduced a new version of the GT-R Nismo at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The Nismo model is already five years old (while the GT-R itself is 12 years old), but Nissan didn’t make any radical changes to the design and drivetrain.
Karma came with its truck filled to the brim at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Not only did the company built from the ashes of Fisker Automotive present its sole production model, but it also previewed its path into the future with two exquisite concept cars. One of these concept cars is the SC1 Vision Concept that is an unapologetically flamboyant supercar with butterfly doors and a hood so long you could fit a continent between the windshield and the tip of the nose. This EV’s strongpoints are 5G connectivity and a humanized communication system. It’s said to be a sneak preview at the future of Karma’s design language.
Karma brought to Shanghai a trifecta that the company calls its ’New Dawn.’ I see it as sort of rebirth or, at the very least, an attempt at rebrand and repositioning by a company that was known for years as one that simply assembled the cars designed by someone else that they acquired the rights for. Of course, this is an over-simplified view of how things stood, but I’m sure that’s how many thought of Karma, beside the many people that have never even heard of the company altogether. Now, the Chinese conglomerate that urges the automaker on plans to change this and this in-your-face concept might just do the trick. Why? Well, just look at it!
The 2020 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Previews The Official 2020 Race Car
The Lotus Evora has been around for a fair few years, hasn’t it? It was introduced a decade ago and, since then, not much has changed about what was Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year in 2009. Now, however, Lotus tries to remind us that the Evora is yet to kick the bucket by introducing a revised GT4-spec racing version. The Evora GT4 Concept is also a way for Lotus to announce that it’s launching the Lotus Driving Academy in China and will go on a tour with its new Chinese works drivers to showcase the car’s prowess.
For starters, let me tell you this isn’t really a concept - not like, say, the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz is a concept. I mean just look at it, for all intents and purposes it looks ready to race. It doesn’t have cartoonishly large wheels or anything that could be considered out of order on a racing car. What it is, is the updated version of the Evora Cup GT4. The Cup GT4 model was based on the 2009 Lotus Evora Type 124 Prototype that previewed Lotus’ambitions to return to GT-based endurance racing. Now, the Evora looks meaner than ever, and we may see it race Stateside too, as well as in Europe.
The 2020 Nissan 370Z Looks Stunning in Red and White at the New York Auto Show
Remember all those rumors about Nissan working on some sort of successor for the 370Z? Well, it might happen at some point, but for the time being the 370Z is here to stay. Nissan just confirmed the sports car for the 2020 model year and introduced a special 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
The 2020 Karma Pininfarina GT Coupe is a Gorgeous EV
Automotive history books are littered with stories of cars with European bodies and American running gear, commissioned by American companies, many of which were very good. Cases of successful fusion that resulted in some very pretty limited run cars like the Hudson Italia, the Scaglietti Corvette and, with that in mind, we give you the spectacular Karma Pininfarina GT Coupe that was just unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai auto show. Yet another name to add to that list.
2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Stars & Stripes Edition
The Dodge Challenger Stars & Stripes Edition is a special-edition package for the 2020-model-year Challenger. Essentially a visual upgrade with some unique features, the Stars & Stripes Edition pays tribute to the men and women who served the United States. The package is available with three trims, the GT RWD, R/T, and the R/T Scat Pack.
Dodge says it launched this package because it has the highest percentage of active military buyers in the industry, while the Challenger and Charger have the highest percentage of active military buyers in their respective segments. Let’s find out what this package adds to the muscle car in the review below.
Lotus Flexes its Chinese Backing With a New Hypercar
Lotus made its presence felt at Auto Shanghai 2019 in the cheekiest of ways, revealing a teaser sketch of the Type 130, the automaker’s first-ever fully electric hypercar. You would have thought that Lotus would drop a bombshell in Shanghai by revealing the actual Type 130, but the British automaker is saving that for a rainy day. The actual date of the Type 130’s unveiling has yet to be finalized, but Lotus has indicated that it will take place in London “later this year.” It seems like a waste of a good auto show reveal, but we trust that Lotus has something special planned for the début of its first-ever hypercar. Expect that debut to be a spectacle, not only because of the Type 130’s stature as an EV hypercar but, just as important, its place as the first all-new Lotus model since 2008.
New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower
When Ford gave the Mustang an independent rear suspension for the sixth-gen 2015 model year, many critics labeled it as a strong move into bona-fide sports-car territory. The Blue Oval is once again moving the needle by changing up the EcoBoost ‘Stang’s Performance Package, which now includes revised suspension bits, updated aero, and critically, more horsepower. With 330 ponies under the hood, has the four-cylinder Mustang evolved the nameplate beyond its muscle car roots?
With the Mid-Engined 2020 C8 Corvette Set to Debut, Chevy Will Auction Off the Very Last C7 Corvette
Having confirmed that the eighth-generation Corvette will debut in July, Chevrolet announced that the last C7-generation Corvette will be auctioned for charity. The auction will take place in late June at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut, less than a month before the C8 Corvette is set to break cover.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ferrari P80/C
Like you, we love supercars. But, you know what we love even more? One-Off supercars like the 2019 Ferrari P80/C. It’s based on the race-spec Ferrari 488 GT3, but it was designed by the same folks that created the SP12 EPC, F12 TRS, J50, and the Monda ZP1 and SP2. Even better yet, this baby draws inspiration from none other than the 1966 Dino 206S. Looking at the P80/C’s crazy design, it’s not hard to tell that it was literally years in development – Ferrari started cooking this turkey back in 2015 – but we’re sure it was well worth it to the anonymous owner. The P90/C is powered by the same engine found under the hood of the 488 GT3, a 3.9-liter V-8 that delivers more than 700 horsepower, all of which is channeled through a dual-clutch transmission. The end result means that it’s probably more powerful than the 488 Pista, and it’s definitely faster with the sprint to 62 mph taking 2.7 seconds or less and to 124 mph taking just 7.5 seconds. Either way, we think this work of art deserves to be honored as our wallpaper of the day. So, we’ve posted our favorite below and, as usual, we’ve placed a gallery at the bottom for you to pick through if you’d like.
GM Just Announced The Launch Date of the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
After dozens of spy shots, thousands of lines-worth of gossip, and basically nothing from General Motors, the smoke has finally cleared, and we have official news to share with you about the Corvette C8. Yes, it’s real, and yes, it will be unveiled this year on July 18 before going on sale come the end of 2019.
One can say the mid-engined Corvette has been decades in the making. Ever since the C2 rolled into production, Belgian-American engineer Zora-Arkus Duntov, affectionately known as the ’Father of the Corvette,’ dreamt about one day seeing a midship ’Vette on the road. The road’s been long and littered with experiments and failed prototypes but, now, there’s no doubt that it will finally happen. Amid talks about the car’s teething issues during testing and criticism coming from fans who wish the Corvette remained front-engined, we will witness the beginning of a new era for ’America’s Sportscar’ this summer.
New Rendering of the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Gives Us a More Down-to-Earth Look
By now, the Corvette C8 (or Zora, or however they’re going to name it) has become a bit like the Toyota Supra’s brother from another mother with all the delays, the endless flow of spy shots and, last but not least, the problems. It should be released this summer in a standalone event but, until it does, here’s a new render that tries to more accurately depict what the tail end will look like. Are you impressed?
I’m not exaggerating when I wager that the next-generation Corvette is the most highly anticipated American car in the past couple of decades if not more. The reason is simple enough: it’s slated to herald the Corvette’s move upmarket, in a new niche, and it is said to be a truly revolutionary product from Chevrolet. That’s why everyone’s waiting to see how it is, how it goes, and how it compares to its new sleuth of rivals from Ferrari, McLaren and the rest. The purists might want it to fail because it’s no longer front-engined (by which I mean front mid-engined), and it’s no longer a GT. The visionaries and those that have waited for a mid-engined ’Vette for decades hope that ’America’s Sportscar’ will finally be able to beat Ferrari at its own game: building midship supercars. While we wait, let’s discuss the back end, shall we?
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in early 2019.
With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.
Update 04/10/2019: It’s been more than a year since we last saw AMG GT Black Series, but we think we’ve spotted it yet again. Check out our Spy Shots section below to see whats new!
2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4
Few sports cars can rustle the ‘ole jimmies quite like the 2020 Supra and 2019 BMW Z4. Built as a collaborative effort between the two automaker giants, each is a rebirth of a long-lost nameplate, sliding into a market where sports cars are on the decline. However, despite efforts to meet the demands of an enthusiast-driven public, many decry the Supra and Z4 as nothing more than badge-engineered twins designed to leverage fond memories. But the question remains - how do these two machines stack up against one another?
Watch a Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Covered in 2 Million Swarovski Crystals Cause Chaos in London
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce is an incredible machine, meticulously built to dispense speed at every opportunity thanks to a plethora of carbon fiber weight-saving measures, advanced aerodynamics, and a fire-breathing 6.5-liter V-12 engine. However, all that won’t stop someone with too much time, too much money, and not enough taste from utterly ruining it, as evidenced by this particular example covered in 2 million Swarovski crystals.