There Are New Details You Need To Know About the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the ultimate version of the AMG GT lineup. It’s expected to come out by mid-2020, and when it does, expect it to raise hell with a “new” version of the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that’s found in all the other AMG GT variants. That’s the word from no less than AMG head Tobias Moers, who told Which Car magazine that the ultimate iteration of the AMG GT will arrive packed to the brim with surprises. Full details about the engine haven’t been announced, but Moers revealed enough to get us hyped for what’s to come. It’s safe to say that Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will be unlike any version of the AMG GT that we’ve seen so far. That might even be putting it lightly, too.
The 10 Fastest AWD Sports Cars Ranked
It’s no secret that if you want your car to post a blistering 0-to-60-mph acceleration time, turning all four wheels from the jump is the best way to do it. Sure, it’s not as easy as doing just that, but years of testing vehicles across all platforms has shown that all-wheel-drive cars provide much better traction than rear-wheel or front-whee-drive vehicles. Combine that capacity with all the new technologies that have arrived — launch control and torque vectoring — and it’s no surprise that some of the fastest-accelerating cars in the world are equipped with all-wheel-drive. Motor Trend has done a lot of testing on this front and the numbers bear fruit. These 10 sports cars are the fastest of their kind. They’re all equipped with all-wheel-drive and they can all leave you in the dust if you don’t give them the respect they deserve.
Want a McLaren SUV? Better Keep Wishing Bucko
SUVs seem to be all the hype these days, but one could argue that there are so many simply because automakers want to extort the current trend – that’s why there are literally hundreds of them on the global market from brands like Ford and Chevy all the way up to the uber-luxury brands like Bentley and, pretty soon, even Ferrari with its upcoming Purosangue. Eventually, the SUV trend is going to die much like the last big trend –fuel-efficient compact cars – did when fuel prices finally started to come down. Eventually, all the automakers that have focused their entire lineups on SUVs (Ford, you’re one of the worst offenders, by the way) there’s one company that isn’t caving in any way, shape, or form, regardless of how much you beg or offer to pay. I’m talking about McLaren – a brand that’s taking a stand and even calling out brands like Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Ferrari for giving up their purity to make a quick buck.
Video: How the Lamborghini Aventador Has Evolved Over the Years
Eight years is a long time for a model in the supercar world, let alone one that bears the badge of Lamborghini. But that’s where the Aventador is at after arriving into the scene in 2011 as the direct replacement to the irrepressible Murcielago. In those eight years, we’ve seen the Aventador evolve in a number of different ways. It’s given birth to special edition models, higher-performance spec versions, and, of course, super-limited creations.
This video prepared by Cars Evolution shows just how far the Aventador has come since its arrival in 2011. Lamborghini doesn’t appear to have any plans of replacing the nameplate anytime soon, so consider this video a touchpoint of how far the Aventador has come and what lies ahead for Lamborghini’s marquee nameplate.
2020 Smart EQ Fortwo Ultimate E Cabrio by Brabus
Brabus, the famed German tuner that’s made a name for itself by extracting ludicrous amounts of power out of some already very potent V-8s and V-12s that were at the heart of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of sedans and sports cars, brought to the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2019 a serving of re-heated stew. This is, by all intents and purposes, the Smart EQ Fortwo Ultimate E Shadow Edition Cabrio we’ve seen already earlier this year at Geneva, minus the Gunmetal Grey paint. It’s got just as much power, the same oversized rims, the same hunched widebody, and the same tacky details like the illuminated door sills. You may never see one with your own two eyes since Brabus only plans to sell 28 (fewer than the amount of Ferrari 250 GTOs in the world) but you can’t blame Brabus for only making a couple of dozen of these since it has already oversaturated the market with the 28 units of the Shadow Edition. Granted, this one is cheaper by a few grand although at €59,000 in Europe it’s not cheap in the grand scheme of things.
So, let’s say you’re in the market for an ultra-small city car that’s also 100% electric and features a folding roof. What does that say about you? Well, on paper, you’re a person who could do without the worries related with having to find a parking spot in the bustling downtown area of the city while also trying to do his or her part in reducing pollution - all with a dribble of fun added to the experience by the open-air feel of a cabriolet. What all this means is that the person that would be in the market for a Smart EQ Fortwo Cabriolet isn’t looking for what the Brabus Ultimate E is offering, i.e. big wheels, more power, and less practicality because of the lowered ride height and the fact that it doesn’t come with a bigger battery. In spite of all that, it exists and it’s not even the only Brabus-tuned Smart Fortwo on the European market, there tamer options in the German company’s portfolio if the widebody doesn’t necessarily float your boat.
Will BMW M Take on AMG With a Standalone Sports Car After All?
The subject of a standalone BMW supercar has been broached countless times over the years. Nothing has come out of it, but the lingering possibility remains, especially now that the new CEO of BMW M has come out and said that he’s not opposed to seeing a halo BMW M model. Markus Flasch now sits at the helm of BMW’s sports car division, and he’s made no bones about his desire to see a standalone M sports car. Whether that desire leads to actual plans remains to be seen, but those who have been hoping to see one come to life can now take comfort knowing that the man in charge of Bimmer’s M division is championing the cause.
Ever Wonder Why the Racing Stripe on a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs $10,000?
The 2020 Ford Shelby GT 500 starts out at $72,900 or about $1,300 a month if you have amazing credit – that’s some $12,460 more expensive than the base GT350 and $535 cheaper than the GT350R. Does it blow your mind to know that the GT500 can be customized to the extent that it will set you back $107,080? Just how the hell do you add $34,100 worth of options to a freaking Mustang – especially the, arguably, best Mustang you can buy? Well, as I was customizing mine, I noticed something – the GT500 has a $10,000 racing stripe option, one that is now available next to the usual $1,000 vinal stripe. How does Ford justify charging $10,000 for a racing stripe that, regardless of what you think, doesn’t make you go faster? Well, here’s the deal….
Mercedes Is Spooked by the Porsche Taycan; Plans an Electric AMG to Fight Back
Even in the wake of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show - which has lost some of its glam if we’re being completely honest - it’s hard to ignore one launch in particular, namely the Porsche Taycan.
In all fairness, the Taycan has indeed been teased and then teased some more over the past months, however, when Porsche finally dropped the mic and unveiled its first-ever electric sports car, the audience had plenty of things to absorb.
The same can be said about Porsche’s arch-rival Mercedes-Benz, whose plans to introduce an electric AMG-badged model that would compete with the Taycan have been highlighted in Frankfurt by Mercedes-Benz head honcho Ola Kallenius.
McLaren Prefers Exclusivity Over Volume and Profit, Won’t Follow the Trend of Its Competitors
Crossovers and SUVs have been hot button issues across boardrooms of exotic automakers all over the world. Some brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce have given in to the craze. Bugatti has adopted a fence-hopping approach, straddling both sides with the ease of a gymnast. Then there are companies like Koenigsegg that have sworn off taking that plunge. The latter is a shrinking list, but Koenigsegg can take comfort knowing that it’s got company from McLaren.
Yes, the British supercar brand has no plans of developing and building an SUV because it doesn’t pass the cool factor for the brand. Granted, we’ve seen this song and dance number from automakers that have previously said they wouldn’t build SUVs only to do it anyway. McLaren sounds different, though, and while time will ultimately determine whether the brand’s position remains, it does look like McLaren’s portfolio will remain SUV-free in the near future.
A New Rendering Hints at What the Next-Gen BMW 4 Series Cabrio Could Look Like
BMW is heavily involved at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show with several models making their debuts at the show. The German automaker also brought a concept model to the show, specifically the Concept 4. It’s been established that the Concept 4 isn’t an outlandish concept as much as it is an actual preview of the next-generation 4 Series, as well as future versions of the M3 and M4. Part of that future, at least as far as the next-gen 4 Series is concerned, is the BMW 4 Series Convertible.
We didn’t get to see a roofless version of the Concept 4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but thanks to car artist X-Tomi Design, we don’t have to imagine what that concept could look like if BMW actually made it. This is X-Tomi Design’s rendering of what could be the next-generation BMW 4 Series Convertible. In so many words, the rendering is equal parts intriguing and, well, cringe-worthy.
The 2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C Is the Hot Hatch We Deserved From the Beginning
Car enthusiasts can’t help but feel... enthusiastic whenever an automaker reveals a hardcore hot hatchback that epitomizes a good model already on offer. Such is the case with the 2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C, which is the quickest and most aggressive i30 N variant - it was just revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show where it will undoubtedly attract a lot of hot hatch fans’ attention.
Audi’s New RS7 Sportback Finally Has a Look to Call Its Own
For the longest time, the RS7 has represented Audi in the high-end performance saloon segment. It’s done its job about as well as it can, but there was always something about the RS7 that somehow kept it from reaching its full potential. It has never lacked in power or driving dynamics so it’s neither of those things. What kept the RS7 from completely standing out in a sea of high-performance four-door saloons was its design.
To be clear, past RS7s didn’t look bad; they just didn’t stand out, either. They looked like your typical era-correct Audis that just happened to come with bigger bodies and far more luxurious interiors. Audi wants to change that narrative, and with the arrival of the 2020 RS7 Sportback, it just might have found that perfect balance of design and performance that could change the way we look at the RS7 Sportback moving forward.