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Lamborghini offers proof of Huracan Performante record run at Nürburgring

Lamborghini has officially offered clear proof that the Huracán Performante was able to set a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:52.01

It was in early March of this year when the brand revealed that this model managed to get that achievement and as proof, it released a video showing the telemetry. While fans were happy with the achievement, there were some who questioned if indeed the record was real.

According to blog BridgetoGantry.com, the speedometer may have not have received the wheel speed but rather the GPS data, which is considered by some as less precise. What the website did was to compare the speedometer of the Huracan Performante with that of the Aventador SV. The website also said that looking at the video, it appeared that the brand had increased the frame rate by as much as 5%. There were also those who supported Lamborghini like Chris Harris of Top Gear who said that while the video may have been edited, it is possible that the lap time is real.

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Toyota GT86 is chosen by Top Gear as its ‘Reasonably Fast Car’ in celebrity segment

Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is called simply as the 86.

This segment may be familiar to fans under its previous title of “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car.” In this part of the show, celebrity guests are given the chance to go behind the wheel of a particular model and run the Dunsfold Test Track with the goal of getting the fastest record time. The first vehicle to be part of this segment was the Suzuki Liana with Ellen MacArthur setting the record at 1:46.7. Later this was changed to the Chevrolet Lacetti with the record being achieved and held by Jay Kay with a time of 1:45.83. Then there is also the Kia Cee'd whose record time of 1:42.1 was attained by none other than Friends star and now Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc.

With the GT86, there is some expectation that viewers will get to see more exciting runs. For this version, Toyota turned it into a racing unit by first taking out some of its carpet and even removing the backseat. A racing bucket was then added and a roll cage was even installed. Despite these changes, many are saying that it may not have affected the weight that much.

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Next generation McLaren Sports Series could get a V6 hybrid drivetrain

McLaren is said to be designing the next generation of Sports Series, which could include a V6 hybrid among its powertrain options. It was earlier reported that the British automaker has a 6-year plan to develop hybrid electric powertrains for its supercars. McLaren however did not elaborate much on the details about its “Track 22” project.

In a recent interview with Car & Driver, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt said that it’s all about the character. For them, it doesn’t matter if it is going to be a V6, a V8, a V10 or a V12 as long as its performance is good. Also, as much as most people love the “manual-shifting V12”, he thinks it’s rather outdated by twenty years. This is why they are not so attached to the “cylinder count” from the very beginning. Instead, the CEO pointed out the fact that they are more into “performance and excitement”.

Having just come out with V8 engines a couple of years back, the McLaren 570 S and 540C are still using the same updated engine versions of the V8. Though not yet confirmed, the current V8 could be replaced especially after Flewitt commented that they are working on a new V6 hybrid powertrain.

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Porsche 911 lineup to get more power, additional perks for the 2017MY

To the proud owners and owner-to-be of the Porsche 991 Carrera GTS, there's good news for you all. German automobile manufacturer Porsche recently confirmed to the public that the Porsche 911 will be offering increased range of modifications: new color alternatives, increased horsepower of up to 30 (22 kilowatts), and connectivity services.

The two-door, high performance and exclusive sports car will be all that any car aficionado will talk about in the coming days as those who are looking to own a sports car from the Porsche 911 line-up can now opt for a kit that can give the 911 S, 4S and Targa 4S a 30-hp expansion to 444 hp (331 kilowatts). Further modifications that come along with the kit includes larger turbos, dynamic engine bearings, modified brake cooling and even a sports exhaust- How cool is that? To 911 S owners hoping to up their game, the automaker powerhouse can equip their existing rides but is requiring the Sports Chrono Package to be present before any upgrades can be executed.

The Sports Chrono Package which can enhance the performance of 911's responses with a click of the button, is compatible with the GTS cars. But this package won't come cheap, as it has a price tag of over $12,350 with a manual transmission or otherwise a cost of $12,870 with the PDK. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplug (PDK) dual clutch transmission serves as an option. Retrofit pricing is not made available yet by the German company. Also included are the PASM active suspension, a dynamic light system with bixenon headlights and a ritzy interior lined in faux suede and optimum leather.

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By 2020, Audi will be throwing out not just one but three fully-electric vehicles. One of which will be pitted against the BMW i8. This new information was revealed by Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive, during the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. In an interview with Auto Express, Stadler confirms that the electric sports car will be introduced along with Audi’s upcoming SUV and new compact EV.

It is understood that the SUV will come out beforehand in spite its more complicated architecture. Stadler reiterates the growing trend for SUVs about 2 or 3 years ago which helped them arrive to this decision. “There will be a very emotional shape”, the chief executive said as he describes the SUV.

It is unclear however if the new SUV will be another Q6 but more or less, it will have some significant similarities. According to Stadler, Audi’s fully electric SUV will be using VW ID’s 168bhp electric motor with a battery range that can go between 200 and 375 miles. Afterwards, Audi will soon embark on the new sport EV. As also stated, this will follow shortly after the launch of the new electric sport utility vehicle.

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In 2015, Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborated to come up with their brainchild, the RapidE Concept. A few months later, higher ups at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LeEco to lead the way in producing the sedan's electric version that will hopefully be made available to the public in 2018.

Recently, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to the public that by 2018 the gas powered Rapide will be getting the axe, and instead, an electric version RapidE concept will take its place. Since its debut, the dashing sedan has only been made available with a V-12 engine but starting in the year 2018, it will be exclusively offered with an all-electric variant.

Even though the specific details of car's technical specs are still not in the open, the new four door all-electric Aston Martin sedan will have an increase of power - from 552 horsepower produced by the 6.0-liter gasoline engine to a whopping 800 horsepower generated by the RapidE concept's electric engine. Also, take note that the outgoing gasoline-powered sedan is capable of producing 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) of torque, which means that with the power that the new electric version is expected to produce, its torque may be of the same magnitude. Moreover, the RapidE concept is competent enough to reach a range of almost 200 miles (320 kilometers) with enough battery on tap. The said electric sedan will not be put on sale with the Rapide S as the electric variant will replace it altogether.

Read the entire article Aston Martin Rapide will be going green, to replace V12 engine with electric variant

After we drooled over Renault’s E-Sport Concept in Geneva for the last several days, X-Tomi Design has cooked up a better meal. We’re talking about the Zoe RS, a reimagined version of the Zoe embodying the RenaultSport division’s more extreme “personality” that is also more practical. That being said, it has more realistic features which we think are more “doable” in case Renault decides it wants to build a production version of the Zoe concept.

First of all, X-Tomi got rid of the Zoe E-Sport concept’s rear door, front fender and side air intake design. Instead, the rendering artist uses its own take on the bumper along with the new checkered themed-LED lights to complete the new look.

X-Tomi obviously got some inspiration from the Clio RS especially for the LED lights and its new set of alloy wheels. Nevertheless, we think the Zoe RS as a whole is much better than the E-Sport concept that graced the Geneva Motor Show. Now if only Renault would have the RS badge on the Zoe. We’re seriously pining for this.

Read the entire article X-Tomi’s Renault Zoe RS rendering turns out more realistic than the E-Sport Concept

Shortly after the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, Subaru with the help of Mark Higgins and Prodrive racing team, pull off a stunt that no one has ever done before, leaving the people with goosebumps, heart palpitations, and jaws dropped to the floor.

Mark Higgins, who hails from the Isle of Man, started his motorsport career at the age of nine as he took up karting. He then became a professional at the age of 17 after being noticed by Roy Dixon for his talent. Since then, he has competed in a range of motor sport activities such as karting and trail biking.

The three-time British Rally Champion (1997, 2005 & 2006), was also the stunt driver in a couple of James Bond films namely Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, plus many other film and TV sequences. He is also the record holder of the Snaefell Mountain Course at the Isle of Man TT - but take note, he drove a Subaru WRX STI, instead of a motorcycle.

Read the entire article Video: Watch how Bond’s stunt driver takes the Subaru WRX STI sideways in bobsled run

I’ve got some pretty awesome news for you, McLaren fans. You can now have your cars customized like you’re used to on your favourite video games. Now, you can have a car that looks like no one else’s, handpicked by you, and in your own personal style.

At last week’s 2017 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren just announced its newest project, the same time that the new 720S made its official debut. Simple but sleek. The 720S has a very masculine design. But we’re not just talking about design here. The firm developed a special microsite specially for the McLaren 720S Super Series. This site allows customers to fully configure their supercar based on their personal taste. It is broken down to three levels - Standard, Performance, and Luxury.

From its carbon fiber exterior, to the best quality leather interior. Take your pick from a total of 34 exterior colours, and a number of interior schemes. You get to be as conservative as you want, or go crazy wild with your colour options. There are no limitations.

Read the entire article Customize your own McLaren 720S with the latest online configurator

The Sprint makes a comeback and is more featherweight than ever. Well, that’s because the Norfolk engineers apparently have thought of a better idea. Due to its relentless desire to lose more weight, the new Lotus Elise Sprint had taken massive amounts of carbon fiber diet.

Shedding at least ninety pounds (or equivalent to 41 kilograms), the Sprint turned out to be the most impressive of the three Elise line-up---- with a total dry weight of only 1,759 pounds. That’s 798 kilograms to be exact. Very light indeed.

To achieve this 41kg weight loss, the new Elise Sprint has undergone quite a serious makeover. Case in point; the sports car now comes with a new lithium ion battery that weighs 9kg lighter. Also, there is the new set of lightweight forged alloy wheels weighing 5kg less. To save as much as 6kg at once, the rear screen is made with polycarbonate material while the door panels, hood, roll hoop cover and seats are all made with carbon fiber.

Read the entire article 2017 Lotus Elise Sprint special edition is 41 kg lighter

With rumors swirling that German premium carmaker BMW is working hard to reincarnate the 8 Series -- its biggest two-door ever made – it can’t be helped that another resurrection related to the 8 Series is now being speculated.

We are referring to the long-dead M8 which BMW never really produced and which was only seen as a single prototype. BMW originally intended the BMW M8 to be a rival for Ferrari’s sports cars. To that end, BMW developed a special version of the S70 engine – which is in turn a bored out version of the M70 powerplant -- and made it so that it could generate at most 550 hp (410 kW or 558 PS).

Incidentally, the M8 was born in 1990, although in pre-production form. But since BMW realized that a market doesn’t exist for the M8, it decided to drop the project indefinitely. By the time the M8 project was thrown to the trash bin, BMW has only created one prototype, which according to reports, wasn’t even safe enough to be driven on the roads. It doesn’t even have headlights! This M8 prototype was eventually locked away in BMW’s so-called poison storage (Giftschrank).

Read the entire article BMW is rumored to build the mythical M8 in coupe, convertible and gran coupe versions

According to reports, McLaren, who recently has just released the 720S supercar, is already working on a variant of the supercar. During the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the company had recently announced that they are currently developing a Long Tail (LT) version of the McLaren 720S.

McLaren’s “675LT was a huge success” according to CEO Mike Flewitt, so he thought that launching another Long Tail will have great potential to be a hit, as the LT brand has already been recognized by people after the 675LT. And they know what to expect from it.

The 720S, weighing just about 2,800 pounds due to its carbon fiber body, with 710 horsepower is already so light and fast, considering its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. So what more can we expect from the upcoming 720S LT? Expect to be blown away. There are rumors that the LT version will have even more power, better driving dynamics, and will weigh even less - just like the 675LT.

Read the entire article Very powerful McLaren 720S Long Tail (LT) will be going up against the Huracan Performante

Just a few days after Toyota released the 86 860 Special Edition (in the US) that didn’t quite live up to the crowd’s expectations, the company again introduced another “limited edition” car. I hope this one will be more of a crowd pleaser.

Now, let us talk about the GT86 Tiger and see what makes this one special. First off, the company mentioned that they will only be producing 30 cars in total, and will be exclusively sold in Germany. If you’re a serious car collector, you will want to get your hands on this extremely rare model. But first, let us tell you what you will be getting.

The exterior of the car can easily be spotted without a doubt. If being seen is your goal, this is for you. The car represents a fierce Bengal tiger - as it will come in a bold “Tiger Orange” paint with black stripes and some more black accents on the pillars, side mirror caps, and the rear wing, giving it a nice contrast with the bright orange base. Completing the overall look with a set of anthracite 17-inch alloy wheels, with Sachs sports dampers. The wheels are the only upgrade this limited model has over the standard one.

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BMW has confirmed that for now, it will not be releasing an M5 Touring. However, for those who want something in a similar vein, then Alpina may have the answer.

Based in Germany, Alpina is an automaker that manufactures cars based mainly on BMW models. Its latest offering is the elegant B5 Bi-Turbo which is based on the latest 5-Series (G30) range of BMW. Fans of the company are likely to be excited as everything they expect from Alpina is there. The alloy 20-inch multi-spoke wheels? Check. Brake calipers in blue? Check. It even has an aerodynamic kit that gives it that timeless design.

Powering this model is the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that is capable of delivering 608 hp (447 kW) with peak torque of 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm). This output is then channeled to the all-wheel drive system using the automatic eight-speed ZF transmission. With this amount, the sedan version is able to get a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h) with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) possible in 3.5 seconds. Since the wagon version is a bit heavier, maximum speed is at 202 mph (325 km/h) with acceleration from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) achieved in 3.6 seconds.

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The 1930s is a period in automobile history wherein elegance and extravagance were the norm. With this in mind, Eadon Green unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its homage to this classic year with the Black Cuillin Vision Model.

Indeed, the design is more than apt for the period especially with how the front clip has a rounded form and has those arching fenders. It even has the long hood much like what the cars of that period had. Looking on the inside, there are a number of details in leather, wood trim, and chrome. While Eadon Green did not release any official information on the features, the images and the unit on display show that there are buttons for the menus and modes and there is even a navigation function. This means that the features may be similar to what other brands release as limited-production luxury versions.

There is also no word yet on the performance. All we know really is that it will be fitted with a V12 engine. This is only known though because images show a V12 carrying the Eadon Green badge. However since the engine is shown to be placed along the length of the hood, there is the possibility that the Black Cuillin could have a rear-wheel drive. Eadon Green though did reveal that the powertrain and chassis would have a more contemporary feel to it which means the transmission could be an automatic type and it will likely include a paddle-shift. Given that this is still a concept, there is no assurance from the company yet on whether a production version is in the works.

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Ferrari has long been known to develop and release excellent models with each being better than the last. As such, creating a new model was not only a challenge for the brand but was a difficult one as well. Making it even more demanding is the fact that Ferrari would also need to come up with a new 12-cylinder engine, the same engine type that started its story back in 1947.

To make this a reality, Ferrari built on its engineering knowledge that was derived mainly from racing with the hopes of building a model that would set new standards in terms of performance while being able to provide one of the best driving experiences. The brand also wanted it to offer comfort especially on long trips.

The result of all this is the 812 Superfast, which is safe to say, has been creating new standards when it comes to mid-front-engined sports cars. As expected, its most defining characteristic is the 12-cylinder unit.

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva: Ferrari 812 Superfast reveals massive power at 800 cv

McLaren Automotive has officially revealed a customized 720S that was made by none other than the McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This comes as a surprise to many as the brand just a day before, unveiled the 720S during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. However, the brand is showing this bespoke variant as a way of telling customers how much they will be able to customize the new Super Series.

This variant is nicknamed as the Velocity and shows the vast customization options available to buyers who will have their new 720S personalized by MSO. MSO is the brand’s bespoke vehicle group.

According to McLaren Special Operations Managing Director Ansar Ali, the goal of MSO has always been to meet the desire of customers for exclusivity. The way the 720S has been designed is a good starting point for many customers and the Velocity is only one example of what they can do, he said.

Read the entire article McLaren reveals MSO-customized 720S at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The much-teased Alpine A110 has finally been officially displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and its specs are as equally astonishing as its retro-inspired design. Alpine is hoping that the new A110 will help catapult the carmaker in the sports car segment by offering pure driving pleasure with the combination of lightweight, agility and performance.

Just days prior to the official global debut of the Alpine A110, the company revealed the full design of its new sports car, but without releasing details about its performance and other dynamic elements. Indeed, the Alpine A110 features a modern design, one that stays true to its heritage.

Upon launch, Alpine will also be introducing the new A110 Premiere Edition, of which only 1,955 models will be made. Alpine will commence deliveries of the new A110 late this year in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. The sports car maker will commence deliveries of the A110 in 2018 to customers in the United Kingdom and Japan (right-hand drive versions).

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva Motor Show: Official unveiling of 252-hp Alpine A110 sports car

The new mid-engine, rear–wheel-drive, two-seater McLaren 720S is a successor to the 650S Coupe. Celebrated as an aerodynamic superior, 720S’s new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 delivers all of its 710 horsepower to the rear wheels thru its seven-speed paddle shift gearbox. Its aluminum/carbon fiber package weighs over 2,800 pounds and also has cool dihedral doors.

Based on McLaren’s 3.8-liter engine, 720S’s mill has a lighter crankshaft with a longer stroke, lighter pistons and connecting rods, new turbos and a host of other upgrades. Highest power hits at 7,500 revs en route to an 8,200 rpm redline, with 537 pound-feet of torque reaching at most 5,500 revs.

In the McLaren 720S, air is managed around the A-pillars and channeled into the door ducts, letting it flow into gills on each side of the engine. The smart mechanism advances engine cooling by 15 percent while also providing additional downforce.

Read the entire article 720S: a new supercar at the heart of the McLaren brand

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show has long been the site where great models are first shown and this year's show is no different. Automobili Lamborghini has revealed the Huracan Perfomante, a model that boasts active aerodynamics with aero vectoring as well as makes use of lightweight technologies. In addition, the brand enhanced the powertrain while putting in an all-wheel-drive system and even a new chassis configuration.

One feature is that the body of the Huracán Performante makes use of aluminum mixed with Forged Composite. Because the Forged Composite was able to use chopped carbon fibers for the resin, it resulted in creating the complex and lightweight geometric shapes that would not have been possible if the usual carbon fiber materials were used.

The Forged Composite was used in different parts that included the spoiler in the front and the rear section, the engine bonnet, the aerodynamic diffuser, and even the bumper in the rear. The result is that the brand was able to lower the overall weight by 40 kilograms.

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva: Lamborghini Huracan Performante is the ultimate road car
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