Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut
Ten years after Mini introduced the Mini-E electric prototype, the German automaker is finally on the verge of launching its first-ever production electric model. MINI is presenting initial design sketches of its future fully electric production model. The pair of sketches show two distinct sections of the all-electric Mini, one of which we already saw in the concept version that was unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Nissan Calls Its Own Shot, Claims Next-Gen GT-R Will Be The Fastest Super Sports Car In The World
Fresh off of unveiling the limited-run Nissan GT-R50, Nissan is dropping hints about the next-generation GT-R, including claims that it will be the “fastest super sports car in the world.” Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa dropped the bombshell at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding that the Japanese automaker is in the early phases of designing the new model. There’s no timetable on when the next-gen GT-R will surface, but with the current-generation model already 11 years into its life cycle, it should only be a matter of time before the spawn of Godzilla is introduced to the world.
5 Cars Cadillac Should Make ASAP
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, it seemed as if the luxury brand would finally reinvent itself. Marketing operations were moved from Detroit to Manhattan, a project that cost nearly $13 million, and a new strategy was penned. Among them, Cadillac began working on new crossovers, a flagship sedan, and replacements for the ATS and CTS. Four years later and De Nysschen was sacked, a move that raises questions about Cadillac’s future.
With the man seen as a visionary out of the picture, will Cadillac remain faithful to its original strategy to roll out one new model about every six months until 2022? And if so, what new markets will the luxury carmaker enter this time? We already know that Caddy is working on a replacement for the CTS, called the CT5, as well as a smaller CT4 for the compact market, but what happens after that. It’s difficult to predict, but I have my own list of cars that Cadillac should build as soon as possible in order to become relevant on the luxury market.
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Video: Honda Mean Mower V2 Slices Up Lord March’s Driveway
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s hot out there. Like, “don’t even bother going outside unless you wanna turn into a puddle” kinda hot. Unfortunately, I know there are more than a few out there who must brave the crazy-high temps to perform the usual weekly yard work, so speed is paramount if you don’t wanna turn into a sopping, sweaty mess. Luckily, it looks like Honda has the perfect thing to get that lawn looking trim in no time at all.
It’s called the Honda Mean Mower V2, and it recently climbed the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend. Packing a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder from a Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, this thing makes upwards of 190 horsepower, which is pretty silly considering how small and lightweight it is. Apparently, Honda is aiming for a top speed in excess of 150 mph. That’ll git ‘er done.
Watching this thing tackle the Goodwood Hillclimb is pretty impressive. The driver is exposed to the elements and must constantly make tiny corrections at the wheel to keep the thing heading in a straight line. However, once the power is properly applied, the mower takes off like it was shot from a cannon, high-flying motorcycle exhaust note trailing behind.
We love it. Look for our full written review soon.
2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout
The Skoda Kodiaq Scout represents a remarkable achievement for the Czech automaker. Lost in the madness that is the crossover and SUV segments, the Kodiaq Scout manages to create a little niche of its own. It’s not as premium as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q2. It doesn’t even have the status and name recall of volume models like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.Instead, the Kodiaq Scout sits in a sweet point that covers the different needs customer have for the segment. Essentially, it’s compact SUV with enough space, functionality, and practicality. It even costs a pittance, at least relative to the other models already mentioned. You may not want to hear from Skoda, but the Kodiaq Scout is making a loud impression.
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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30
When Infiniti decided to enter the compact crossover segment, we were a little worried, but then we found out that the QX30 was going to have just the slightest bit of Mercedes DNA. We started to get excited. Come 2016, and we finally got to lay eyes on the 2017 QX30, and we were amazed. It’s currently giving the competition a serious run for their money and damn does it look good. Now that some time has passed since it made its debut, we’ve decided it’s about time for the QX30 to spend a little bit of time as TopSpeed’s official wallpaper. We’ve added it to every screen in the building, and we want to share our hand-picked favorite with you. Go ahead and spruce up your desktop with our favorite or one from our extended gallery.
Video: Drone Speed World Record Broken at Goodwood FOS
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed plays host to loads of impressive machinery, from the McLaren P1 by Lanzante, to the ItalDesign GT-R50, to an array of Singer Porsche 911’s. But there was something else in attendance for 2018 that may have flown under your radar, namely the record-breaking Wingcopter XBR, a drone that just set a new Guinness World Record for drone top speed.
Flat out, the quad copter managed an impressive 240.06 km/h, or just under 150 mph. The official record is for remote-controlled tilt-rotor aircraft, and the pilot responsible for taking the Wingcopter into the record books was champion drone racer Luke Bannister.
The video is just 1 minute, 20 seconds in length, and shows some high-speed footage taken from the drone, as well as commentary from the record-breaking team. All in all, we’re excited to see just how far racers are willing to push drone technology in the name of speed.
2018 Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design
For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.
2018 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner
Bentley is turning 100 years old in 2019, and a year ahead of its centenary, the British automaker is getting the party started with the release of a new special edition Mulsanne that pays tribute to its founder, W.O. Bentley. Limited to just 100 units, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition gets plenty of exclusive features, all of which have been added by Bentley’s resident personalization savant, Mulliner.
2019 Audi A1
The second-generation Audi A1 is finally here. Initially launched as a small-sized, three-door, entry-level ‘Sportback’ in 2010, Audi then went on to give it five doors in 2011. The A1 has been a successful product for Audi, and is targeted to customers who prefer an “ideal companion for an urban lifestyle." After six years, the second-gen makes its debut, and it definitely looks fresh and sharper than ever.
Ford Wants to Take on Subaru With a Sport Wagon Named Fusion
The Ford Fusion sedan is not long for this world, but just as the sedan is set to be axed in the coming years, the “Fusion” nameplate will live on in another form. Word has it that Ford is looking to use the name on a high-roofed sport wagon that the company is developing to compete against the Subaru Outback. There’s no timetable on when the Fusion Sport Wagon is going to arrive but look for its debut to happen shortly after the Fusion sedan gets the heave-ho from Ford early next decade.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Ford F-150
The F-150 just went through a thorough, mid-cycle update to help keep it relevant in a constantly changing market, and that’s good news as it came with a revitalized look and a little extra power for certain engines as well. When properly equipped, it can tow as much as 13,200 pounds while the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 will manage to pull 26 mph on the higher (the 3.5-liter gets 25 mpg.) The point is, the F-150 is a true, all-American pickup that deserves some time on display here at TopSpeed headquarters. And, we’ve hand picked a few of our favorite wallpapers to share with you. Check them out and feel free to download one or two for yourself.
2018 Aston Martin Cygnet V8
A big part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s charm is that you never know exactly what to expect when it comes to the cars that take a crack at the Hill climb event. In the first day of the event, we’ve already seen a rainbow-colored Porsche 911, a lawnmower (yes, a lawnmower!), and a tiny city car that somehow found enough room in its body for a V-8 engine. That last car is the Aston Martin Cygnet, the cute little urban transporter that was essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota iQ. Even better, this V-8-powered Cygnet isn’t a hack job built by some loony tuner in some corner of England. Aston Martin actually created it, or to be more specific, Q by Aston Martin created it for a customer, and now it’s turning heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated
You don’t often see cars recreate movie scenes at an event like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the event is proving to have something for everyone. The 25th edition of the festival kicked off with a bang yesterday, and one of the most surprising sights was seeing a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum share the track in what can only be described as a loose interpretation of the iconic car chase scene in the move Bullitt.
Ok, so there’s probably a reason why the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum didn’t go balls-to-the-wall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those cars aren’t replicas, but the actual vehicles that were used in the film that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary just as the event is celebrating its 25th.
There’s an incredible amount of provenance attached to both models, and that’s especially true for the Mustang GT Fastback because it’s the exact same one that was driven by Steve McQueen himself and was inducted quite recently by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.
It’s no wonder then that both drivers were taking it easy trying to recreate a car chase scene that does look a lot more exciting than the one we saw at Goodwood. Then again, it’s not often that you’re graced by the presence of what is arguably the most famous movie car of all time. That counts for something, too.
Video: Watch the McLaren P1 By Lanzante Take the Hill at Goodwood
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is in full effect, and with it, some of the most exciting sports cars and supercars are coming out to play. That includes the machine you see here - the McLaren P1 GT by Lanzante.
Essentially a modified version of the highly impressive McLaren P1 GTR, the P1 by Lanzante arrives to the party with updated aerodynamics thanks to an extended rear tail section and an enormous fixed rear wing. There’s also an upgraded rear diffuser, a larger front splitter, extra fender vents, and four exhaust tips in the rear.
We’re still waiting on all the exact technical specs, but at the very least, the P1 by Lanzante should be rocking the standard P1 GTR’s 986 horsepower thanks to its hybrid twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. And, given the latter half of the video, we know its got enough get-up-and-go to catch the Lexus LC500 up the Hillclimb. As if that was ever in doubt.
Video: McLaren 600LT Makes Some Smoke at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The McLaren 600LT is one of the most awaited debut models at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the supercar made quite an entrance with a good ‘ol fashioned tire-burning donut session. While some people will scoff at the car and say that it’s just a 570S with a power boost, the 600LT is actually a lot more than what it’s being given credit for.
2020 Genesis Sports Car
Less than three years old as of 2018, Genesis Motors is already making headlines. Split from the Hyundai Genesis nameplate, the Korean luxury division already offers three sedans, and it’s working on a couple of SUVs too. More recently though, we got confirmation that Genesis also wants to build a sports car. The two-door coupe could be based on the Essentia concept car.
Word of Genesis’ plans to develop a sports car got out in January 2018, when Hyundai design vice president Luc Donkerwolke told Wheels Magazine that "we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars." In addition, the brand’s head of R&D, Woong-chul Yang, confirmed that Genesis wants a sports car and that its development will be handled by Hyundai’s N performance division. Not much is known about it at this point, but we created a rendering of the car, and we will discuss what we already know about this project in the speculative review below.
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Dodge revealed a slightly updated and, as usual, a rather appealing 2019 Dodge Durango. With subtle changes aimed to enrich the offering within all trim levels and with only superficial styling changes, the unibody SUV continues to be a rather formidable competitor to the Pilot and its likeness.
The company revealed an MSRP of $29,995 for the entry level 2019 Dodge Durango SXT with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine.
The Brabham BT62 was Showcased at Goodwood, Symbolizing the Return of an Iconic Brand
The Brabham BT62 finally showed itself in public at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and from the looks of it, the supercar looks to be as good as advertised. A sparkling red version of the track-focused BT62 took its turn driving around the Goodwood hill, and while it didn’t exactly burn the track with a scorching lap time, but it still left enough of an impression on the gathered crowd, effectively showing everyone that its return to the industry is going to turn a lot of heads. As far as first impressions go, it’s presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is already a resounding success for the company.
2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79
The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.
Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.
Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.
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