Lamborghini Wants to Take on the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna!
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Domenicali has said that Lamborghini is looking at developing a new high-end niche hypercar with “extreme-aero”. The car would compete with the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the McLaren Senna. I would say that its buyers would probably consider that delayed Mercedes-AMG One as well. Nevertheless, the new mad, extreme Lamborghini may well be on its way. It would be the maddest, wildest, and naughtiest Lamborghini of all time. Can’t get better than that, can it now?
All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
McLaren’s latest hypercar, the Speedtail, is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It’s the one that many 90’s kids will remember as the fastest car with the best handling from Need For Speed 2. As the F1’s successor, does it have enough clout to carry the legacy of the car that arguably set the tone for McLaren?
Best Used Hybrids from 2016
Hybrid cars have existed for quite some time now. The joy of driving one is a different experience altogether – the whirring electric motor, the aggressive start from a standstill, the excellent fuel economy returns, to name a few. In today’s competitive world, a customer can choose a hybrid from any stable, and in any shape or size; that’s how big the market has grown. However, these cars cost a lot more than their pure gasoline counterparts, with the last entry in this list demanding a premium of $8,000! So, what is the next best option - Buying a used hybrid car! When you buy a used hybrid vehicle, you don’t have to take the depreciation hit in the initial years, and you just pay half of the original price for a 3-year-old car. So, let’s check out the best 2016 hybrids models you can buy.
A Stronger, Faster Peugeot 508 May Well Be On Its Way
At the Paris Motor Show, Peugeot showcased the plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 crossover and the 508 liftback and wagon. All three were showcased with a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, gasoline engine and dual electric motors that produced a combined output of almost 300 horsepower. If this wasn’t enough, Peugeot is now rumored to be working on electrified 508 ‘R.’
BMW raised a few eyebrows when it debuted its front-wheel drive-biased 2-Series Active Tourer model, and people quickly called it “not a BMW,” it was a model which dilutes the brand, and just plain ugly. However, after spending a few days with the top-of-the-range plug-in hybrid version of the 2 AT, the 225xe iPerformance, its many qualities did start to shine through, in spite of my initial hesitation to like it.
And I did like it in the end, even if not for the usual reasons one traditionally appreciates a BMW. I found it very spacious to sit in, with surprisingly comfortable seats, I liked its excellent fit and finish, and even the one-box design started to grow on me.
The driving experience is also pretty good, but again, not very BMW-like. It drives like one of the larger models in the MINI lineup, and that’s no accident because they all use a shared (modular) architecture.
My tester was also made even more likable thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain which works very smoothly and seamlessly, allowing it to change its character from silent side street cruiser to a hissing, turbocharged all-wheel-drive people carrier with hot hatch performance.
Photography by Andrei Nedelea
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybird
Toyota RAV4 has been around for almost 25 years now. It has been one of the most stable products for the Japanese giant, raking in sales numbers consistently since its launch. At a time when sedans’ sales were booming, Toyota offered customers with a car that could be taken on any terrain, had the looks of an SUV, and could be handled like a hatch. While this sounds like a success formula now, it was quite a big risk two decades back.
The automaker showcased the fifth-generation RAV4 Hybrid, at the Paris Motor Show this year. Toyota has used a new underpinning, called the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. With increased body rigidity, The RAV4 now boasts a low center of gravity and better handling when compared to the previous iterations. As for the dimensions, the SUV is 4,600 mm long - shorter by 5 mm compared to the previous gen, but the wheelbase is 30 mm longer. This is because there is reduction of 35 mm in the bonnet and boot overhangs. It is 10 mm wider, and 10 mm shorter.
Mercedes Launches The S560e Plug-in Hybrid
Mercedes is on a roll with electrified cars lately, especially after the launch of the new EQC. While the long-term plan is to have electric cars on the market, the German automaker’s portfolio in the foreseeable future includes hybrids and plug-in hybrids. To cap it off, Mercedes has launched the S560; in Europe for now.
Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids
Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!
Former Corvette Engineers Look at Why It Took So Long for GM to Build a Mid-Engine Vette
The Mercedes-AMG Project One is Delayed Until 2020 Because Mercedes is Struggling to Adapt that F1 Engine for Road Usage
Mercedes-AMG has admitted that the launch of the One hypercar has been delayed by almost a year. Initially scheduled to launch in 2019, Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers now estimates the launch to take place sometime in mid-to-late 2020, owing to delays tied into the development of the hypercar’s Formula One-derived engine. Mercedes-AMG is currently working with its High-Performance Powertrains (HPP) division to address the issues.
The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified
There was speculation that Nissan might electrify its sports cars with their upcoming generations, and now a company official has dropped some bombs on the whole issue. By 2022, 40-percent of Nissan’s vehicles will be electrified, and that includes the Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R as well.
There Were Tons of EVs and Hybrids in Paris This Year
Hybrids and EVs were a rare breed a couple of decades ago and finding them at major auto shows was a difficult mission. But things have changed as all major automakers are making big efforts toward electrification and auto shows are packed with eco-friendly vehicles. The 2018 Paris Motor is solid proof of that, with more than ten hybrids and EVs on display.
Granted, many of them are still in concept form, but the majority of these show cars will make it into production in a couple of years, while others will inspire future products. Let’s take a closer look at the most important hybrids and EVs from this year’s Paris Motor Show.
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2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept
Like pretty much every other major automaker out there, Infiniti is signaling a strong move towards electrification in the very near future, with a particularly heavy emphasis on the tech slated for 2021 and onward. While some enthusiasts will undoubtedly cringe at the thought of yet more battery-powered vehicles plying the roads, Infiniti is proving that such a fate is anything but boring, especially when it comes infused with technology plucked from the high-speed world of Formula 1 racing. Which brings us to the latest Project Black S concept, which recently made its big debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Offered as an evolution of the previous Infiniti Project Black S that dropped at the Geneva Auto Show a few years back, this latest creation is based on the utterly fantastic Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe, and provides both aesthetic and technical details on how Infiniti plans to implement hybrid technology to spark the interest of speed lovers everywhere.
Continue reading to lean more about the 2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept.
2018 Honda Civic Deep Orange 9
Graduate students at Clemson University have completed building one of the coolest Honda Civics you’ll ever see. It still looks like the current Civic, but a lot of what lies under the surface has changed, none more important than the car’s powertrain. No longer is this Civic running solely on a traditional gas engine. It still has one in the form of a 2.0-liter, supercharged, four-cylinder engine, but it also features an electric motor that helps bring the car’s total output to 600 horsepower.
Jeep Renegade to Get a Plug-in Version by 2020
FCA is one of the slowest groups to move towards electrification. Currently, it has got just 3 cars under its umbrella which are anywhere close to electrification. Nevertheless, FCA announced the production of a Jeep Renegade Plug-in hybrid. It will be built alongside the regular Renegade and its Fiat 500X platform mate in FCA’s factory in Melfi, Italy. Jeep will start building pre-production units in 2019, and launch it in the market in early 2020.
Is Subaru working on a mid-engined sports car?
Just before the start of the Paris Motor Show, the world of cars was bathed with revived rumors about a Subaru mid-engined sports car. Japanese motoring journal, Best Car, reported that Subaru is working on a new mid-engine sports car that will “arrive soon.” These rumors have been additionally fueled by the fact that similar ones appeared in 2016. It must be true then! Subaru is working on a mid-engined sports car! Or, is it?
BMW Confirms the i3 Will Continue to Survive
After all the mumbo jumbo surrounding the i3’s existence, the automaker has finally confirmed that the little electric hatchback will continue to live on. When the i4 was announced at the Paris Motor Show, it looked like a legit replacement for the i3; also because BMW did not address the i3. Now, however, BMW has confirmed that it has got future plans for the i3, according to The Drive.
The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World
Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its V-12 engine is nearing its end, and the V-8s will be the taking over the duties. Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said that the V-12 engines will be retired once the production of the current S65 ends. The V-8s will be the new torch-bearers, thanks to electrification.
New Climate Report Outlines Catastrophe Without Electrification
A new report issued on Monday by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a grim future that could materialize as early as 2040 if the world doesn’t cut its output of greenhouse gases massively.
An important element of this seemingly impossible turnover is the swift move towards complete electrification of our means of transport. The report, which was commisioned by the members of the Paris agreement, offers a much more dreary view on the near future of our planet and of our species unless we take action and drastically change our ways at a never-before-seen rate.
Bugatti Could Flip the Super Luxury SUV Market If It Green Lights an SUV
Just when you thought the super-luxury SUV market calmed down with Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce in the fold, Bugatti could enter the fray and turn the whole segment upside down. That’s the word that came out from no less than Bugatti’s own president, Stephan Winkelmann, at the Paris Motor Show. No confirmation has been made on the matter, but Bugatti is legitimately thinking about expanding its lineup, and an SUV reportedly has the inside track on getting greenlit if the company decides to give the Chiron hypercar a stablemate.