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McLaren 720S zooms to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds then becomes standstill in 4.6 seconds

There is definitely a second-generation Super Series from McLaren. Even in camouflaged form, it is simply incredible. But while we still don’t have the full data on how truly dynamic the next generation of McLaren’s Super Series (known internally as P14) is, the British sports car maker is kind enough to provide us some information before it officially unveils its new supercar at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

First up is the firepower for the P14 Super Series. It will be powered by a new 4.0-liter M840T engine that employs ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers. It is expected that this powerplant will deliver more output than the engine fitted in the McLaren 650S, which boasts of around 650 hp. There are speculations that this turbocharged 4.0-liter M840T engine will be able to develop around 700 hp, 720 hp or 720 hp.

Whatever the final output figure would be, this engine would be powerful enough to allow the P14 supercar to sprint from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 7.8 seconds. McLaren didn’t reveal the zero-to-100 km/h time for the new Super Series, but it may divulge it later. However, the sports car maker did state that the new P14 Super Series could hit the standing quarter mile (400 meters) in just 10.3 seconds.

Read the entire article McLaren 720S zooms to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds then becomes standstill in 4.6 seconds

Porsche donates pre-production Panamera to be cut apart during rescue drills

During car crashes and accidents, there are times that its occupants can’t get out easily. There are times when the only way to get out of that situation is to remove the roof or the sides of the vehicle. To prepare for these situations, rescue people like fire fighters train and practice. Of course, they need something they could practice on, and usually, an old vehicle on its way to the scrap yard is utilized.

But for a certain fire service school based in Nuremberg, Germany, firefighters have the privilege of practicing the removal drill using a new Porsche Panamera -- as donated by the German sports car maker. Apparently, Porsche has found it more productive for fire fighters if they get to practice on a new vehicle, rather than on an old vehicle. After all, the roads in Germany – one of the centers of vehicle production in Europe – are increasingly becoming home to a greater number of new vehicles.

Actually, this practice car employed at the fire service school was a pre-production development version of the Porsche Panamera. Most of the time, pre-production vehicles are laden with unusual features and elements, making them a possible liability once sold to the public. Thus, once a carmaker has already realized the need for such pre-production unit, it would send this car to be scrapped. But, in the case of this pre-production Panamera, Porsche has taken a different route. According to Porsche, the pre-production Panamera unit “had already served its purpose” and was no longer required at the company, so it has decided to donate this car to the training facility.

Read the entire article Porsche donates pre-production Panamera to be cut apart during rescue drills

Toyota’s new Yaris GRMN performance hatch to be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter mill

As it turned out, we’ll be seeing Toyota’s new super supermini at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s time we all get to meet the new Toyota Yaris GRMN – a superhot hatch that is twice as powerful as a typical Toyota Yaris.

As early as December 2016, Toyota has released a sketch image teasing a hot Yaris supermini that builds on the carmaker’s experience and expertise gained from its World Rally Championship stint. Considering that Toyota announced in November that a number of performance versions of its vehicles would bear the name of its factory race team – Gazoo Racing – this hot Toyota Yaris would carry the team’s moniker or something similar. It was then thought that the performance version of the Toyota Yaris would be powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine similar to the powerplant found in the 380-hp Yaris WRC.

Seeing as how the WRC version of the Toyota Yaris made its debut at the Monte Carlo Rally – in which Toyota Gazoo driver Jari-Matti Latvala finished second overall – it was widely expected that the carmaker would unveil the performance variant of the supermini at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Toyota had also said that the Gazoo version of the Toyota Yaris would be powered by an engine that develops more than 210 hp.

Read the entire article Toyota’s new Yaris GRMN performance hatch to be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter mill

X-Tomi renders new Ferrari 812 Superfast in shooting brake body style

It has been just days after the Maranello, Italy-based sports car maker Ferrari unveiled its latest creation – the new Ferrari 812 Superfast. Dubbed by the Italian company as the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in its history, the new 812 Superfast shook the automotive world not only with its design but also with its dynamics.

But while the Ferrari 812 Superfast is still among the hottest topics, an automotive visual artist known as X-Tomi has taken the liberty of transforming this new supercar into a shooting brake (wagon) and the resulting work is simply an amazing sight to behold. One of the many things that X-Tomi had to do was to raise roofline of the Ferrari 812 Superfast to make more space for more headroom for the rear passengers. X-Tomi also moved the C pillar rearward, lining it up with the peak of the rear wheelarches. This also extended the roofline to the rear, resulting to a Ferrari 812 Superfast in a shooting brake form.

Admittedly, X-Tomi is nonetheless a good interpretation of how the Ferrari 812 Superfast would look like if it was intended as a shooting brake instead of as a berlinetta. It also proves that Ferrari’s art and design as redefined in the 812 Superfast wouldn’t only look good in berlinetta form but also in shooting body style. Perhaps we could call this version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast as the Ferrari 812 Supertourer, as powered by the same powerplant that is found on the newly revealed 12-cylinder berlinetta. Its core would be Ferrari’s new 6.5-liter V12 engine that could deliver up to 800 hp of output and up to 530 lb.-ft. of torque – all sent to the rear wheels. While the new 812 Superfast could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 2.9 seconds, its shooting brake version should be slower, no thanks to a difference in body style and possible weight additions. Moreover, the shooting version should be a four-wheel drive unit, just like the Ferrari FF and the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.

Read the entire article X-Tomi renders new Ferrari 812 Superfast in shooting brake body style

Sooner or later this year, BMW intends to launch a performance version of its recently launched BMW 5 Series (G30) through the new BMW M5. But before we could see that happen, German carmaker Alpina will also be launching its own iteration and interpretation of the BMW 5 Series – the next generation of the Alpina B5.

Just recently, Alpina launched a teaser campaign for its new-gen B5. Two video clips were intended and the German company has just shown the first one. Well, the short video clip – lasting for just 30 seconds – shows a heavily camouflaged Alpina B5 speedily cruising through a road full of snow as surrounded by pine trees. It might be intending the dynamic capability of the new Alpina B5 to take on any challenges on any weather, even if the road is as slippery as an ice skating rink. The video clip ends by announcing that a new BMW Alpina is coming.

Since the 2018 Alpina B5 is heavily camouflaged – and no thanks to the snowy white background – it was pretty hard to see the visual changes implemented by the exclusive carmaker to transform a new BMW 5 Series into a new Alpina B5. Yes, while the new Alpina B5 should be very well derived from the new BMW 5 Series, it doesn’t mean they would look the same. The exterior appearance of the new generation of the BMW 5 Series (G30) should give us a good idea on how the new Alpina B5 would look like when it finally makes its debut on the market.

Read the entire article Alpina teases new 2018 Alpina B5 ahead of Geneva Motor Show [w/video]

There is no denying that the performance versions of the Jaguar F-Type and the Land Rover Range Rover are definitely hot – both in terms of looks and road dynamics. These are all thanks to the hard work put up by the skilled people of Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. Because of their unique set of skills, these people from SVO could make hot vehicles like the F-Type and the Ranger Rover even much hotter.

SVO, however, might have another surprise for us on the pipeline. That is, if the report from AutoExpress is credible enough to be true.

It hasn’t been very long since Jaguar launched its newest revolutionary model – the XE sedan. When it was launched in 2015, the Jaguar XE did thrill and excite quite a number customers not only in the United Kingdom but also around the world. With nearly two years since its sales commenced in 2015, perhaps it is now high time to release an update this model – into something that would be much better and hotter than the Jaguar XE we know. That is where SVO comes in.

Read the entire article SVO is reportedly developing an SVR version of the Jaguar XE sedan

This sight of a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sitting on parking lot for nearly six years is definitely heartbreaking. If it was any ordinary mass-produced non-premium car sitting there, it wouldn’t matter. But because it is Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – with current second-hand price hovering at around $350,000 – being parked unused on a lot attracts plenty of attention.

Such is the case of this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – wrapped in white finish – that has been sitting idle and unused on a police parking lot in Czech Republic. According to a report by Magazin ProDriver CZ, the police confiscated this classic Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2011, as part of an investigation into a complex theft case that involves a local leasing company. However, until the police finishes the probe, the now abandoned Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren cannot be touched, sold or even leased. What a sad fate!

Leaving a car – much less a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren -- abandoned on a parking lot for around six years would greatly prime the vehicle for slow destruction. At first glance, this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren seemed to be in pristine condition. Its white finish seemed to be intact, the same with its other exterior parts and features. However, dust has already built up on different places of the hypercar. While the deterioration might not be seen on the outside, wait until you see the inside. Its engine brakes and other vital components might have already seized up and won’t function as before. Moreover, its electrics could have already been damaged by rats or by the weather.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren left abandoned in police parking lot since 2011

During the past several days, speculations have come out on the F12berlinetta’s successor. Spy shots with clothed-covered Ferrari have sprouted everywhere including rumors about its specs. Majority of the sources have arrived in the assumption that it will be an 800hp V12 powered Ferrari 12M.

We know that fans have been waiting too long for Ferrari to bring out the F12 Berlinetta’s successor into view. And we’re here to say one thing---the long wait is finally over. Earlier this week, Ferrari took the wraps off the mysterious supercar that has been in and out of its Maranello headquarters.

The supposed 800-hp Ferrari F12 M we thought we knew about now has an official name. It’s called the Ferrari 812 Superfast and it will be coming to Geneva in the next few weeks. Dubbed as the fastest and most powerful Ferrari in history, the new F12 will be powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine without any turbo or hybrid system in use.

Read the entire article Make way for the new Ferrari 812 Superfast

This is what happens when a guy thinks fast forward into the future. Never mind if autonomous driving is just lurking around the corner. Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Audi and Ford are few of the concrete examples of how some companies are adapting in anticipation of the era of the self-driving vehicle. Apparently, Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin are quite serious about pushing “driver-focused” cars more than anything else.

In the midst of these contradicting principles, a student from Czech Republic renders a Porsche concept focusing on driving experience. Yes. No matter how far advanced we are, David Voltner is a firm believer that no other technology should take the “joy of driving” away from anyone.

As what we can see in the picture, David Voltner envisions a new breed of sports car from the German automaker. The proposed Porsche concept is the designer’s own take in providing a driver-focused performance without missing a thing when it comes to Mission E’s highly futuristic design.

Read the entire article Futuristic Porsche sports car concept is targeted at fans of driver-centric performance cars

Acura is starting a new campaign titled NSX Originals. With this, customers who have purchased the 2017 NSX will get a digital and customized film showcasing their highly distinct and made-to-order supercar. The brand revealed that customers in the U.S. have been sent their own customized film. Through this particular campaign, the brand hopes to celebrate how original the concept was for the New Sports eXperience or NSX.

In total, there are 7 unique film versions with each one exhibiting not only the power offered by the NSX but the beauty and dynamism as well. Indeed, each film sent to the owners has been personalized to meet the exact specifications and the various options of their own NSX. Each film even contains the unique serial number of each of the models. The film also shows both the manufacturing process and the technology involved in bringing the NSX to life. Specifically, 7 processes are shown. These are the space frame construction, advanced paint robotics, NSX Rolling Dynamometer, NSX custom hand assembly, Precision Robotic Weld technology, Three-Motor Sport Hybrid power unit, and Zirconium Bath.

All of the NSX Originals can be seen on www.nsxoriginals.com. This includes not only those who already own the models but even those who have had their NSX recently delivered. We suggest that you take a look at the customized model made for Jay Leno which has the serial number 3. This can be viewed at https://www.nsxoriginals.com/acura/en/explore/0003/

Read the entire article Acura gives 2017 NSX Customers Customized Films

Be prepared, Porsche! Mercedes-Benz is going all-out with its newest and sportiest model so far – the new Mercedes-AMG GT R. With its sporty yet very elegant design as well as the power lurking under its aggressively shaped bonnet, the new Mercedes-AMG GT R is poised to capture the hearts of those who believe that luxury could also sportily dynamic.

Wrapped in exclusive "AMG green hell magno" special paintwork, the AMG GT R boasts of the so-called AMG Panamericana grille with 15 chrome-plated vertical fins evoking the appearance of the new AMG GT3 racing car.

This forward-inclined AMG Panamericana grille and the sports car’s low-slung front section create a distinct V-shaped "shark nose" that helps lowers the back-pressure point, thereby enhancing airflow and the aerodynamic performance of the new AMG GT R.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG GT R is the latest speed predator out to challenge Porsche’s sports cars

Each time tuning company G-Power unveils its work, we could expect a tuned car that is significantly more potent than the standard unit it was based on. This has been the case for several of BMW’s high-performance cars – all of which were made more powerful by the incredible tuning work of G-Power.

The latest of G-Power’s works include, however, another German premium carmaker – Mercedes-Benz. For its latest project, G-Power has picked the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. In the non-tuned form, the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the AMG GT sports car only delivers 462 hp of max output and 600 Nm (440 lb-ft.) of peak torque.

This level of power already allows the AMG GT sports car to do a very quick sprint, accelerating from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.0 seconds while reaching a limited top speed of 189 mph. For many, this level of performance is already incredible. But the people at G-Power knew they could improve the dynamics of this engine and make the AMG GT sports car a better performer.

Read the entire article G-Power Mercedes-AMG GT delivers 610 hp of output and 755 Nm of torque

Did you never fall out of love with your ‘90s dream car? You’re not alone. The dream wheels back in the nineties are pretty amazing. It was in those years that cars have started to look totally different from the cars in the seventies and eighties. Thus, every Jones in the neighbourhood gets at least a brand new car. In fact, there are many other things we love about the nineties.

Remember it was also during that time when the Internet era was slowly taking over. We can joke now that it was literally “slow” but it was an awesome time for all of us. We kind of missed that especially now when everything seems to be in “ludicrous mode”.

Going back to the subject, we’ve gathered a list of the best nineties dream cars and how much they cost at this moment compared to how much they cost in the ‘90s. Because truth is, some of us still couldn’t get over those cars we wished we had back then.

Read the entire article Five iconic 1990s cars that you can probably afford to buy now

Is Toyota bringing back to life its Supra sports car? The Japanese carmaker is thought to be reviving the now dead Toyota Supra sports car, but hasn’t yet made any official statement about it. The biggest indicator could have been a supplement brochure showing off the Toyota Supra, but that really doesn’t mean a thing unless the carmaker confirms it.

Citing a report from a Serbian Web site, our friends at Motor1 initially said the brochure was official material from Toyota. However, Motor1 later posted an update saying that the brochure is actually a supplement to Holiday Auto, a Japanese magazine. The cover features a headline that says “The sports of Toyota, All-new Supra.” The cover also features a close-up image of a headlight, purportedly belonging to the new Toyota Supra.

The second page contains a table in Japanese text. It tells us that the new Supra measures 4,380 mm (172 inches) in length, 1,830 mm (72 inches) in width and 1,280 mm (50 inches) in height. Moreover, the table says that the new Supra has a wheelbase that measures 2,470 mm (97 inches). The brochure went on to say that the new Toyota Supra – depending on the version -- will weigh between 2,976 lbs and 3,152 lbs (1,350 kg and 1,430 kg). In addition, the new Toyota Supra would ride on 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Read the entire article Fake brochure says Toyota Supra sports car is back for the 2018 model year

Who would want to buy one of the best examples of a failed classic? Well, this 40-year-old sports car was so heavy that its weight messed up the power of its engine. The cleanest sample yet of the Bricklin SV-1 is currently available at eBay.com for around $42,900 as a starting bid.

This car on sale is one of the fewer than 3,000 Bricklin SV-1 sports coupes that were produced by North American carmaker DBA Bricklin in New Brunswick, Canada. This car is particularly famous for its three main attributes. First, it features a very distinct and attractive design, which includes the use of a gull-wing door. As designed by Herb Grasse, the Bricklin SV-1 is the only production car that featured factory-powered hand-removable gull-wing doors that could be opened or closed with a press of a button. In any case, the design of this Bricklin SV-1 sports coupe was futuristic.

Its name SV-1 actually means Safety Vehicle One, as it was conceived to provide the blueprint of the safer car of the future. As you might have guessed, it is laden with an array of safety elements. Its creator, Malcolm Bricklin (yes, the founder of Subaru of America) wanted the SV-1 to be as safe as possible, as he promised to deliver high performance safety cars. Thus, the Bricklin SV-1 is provided with an integrated roll cage, side beams and 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers. Its body is even made of fiber glass. Safety measures included the absence of a cigarette lighter or ashtray, meant to discourage smoking while driving.

Read the entire article Pristine red-and-black 1975 Bricklin SV-1 is up for sale on eBay

It’s rather strange actually. Jannarelly first introduced the hardtop Design 1 last year but hasn’t said much about the details on how anyone could possibly get in and out of the car without hitting his head first.

Unlike the typical roadster where the top either stays in place or folds all the way to the back, the UAE-based startup firm has cleverly designed the Design 1’s hardtop in such a way that it tilts forward.

At first, it seems a little strange but Jannarelly wouldn’t have done it in the first place if it will only complicate the matter. Judging from the way it looks, it would be difficult to get inside the low-slung vehicle unless you have to remove the hardtop altogether. But that would be a hassle, don’t you think?

Read the entire article Latest discovery: Jannarelly Design-1 comes with an exciting hard-top feature

When Lexus unveiled the LC sports coupe, quite a number of people were already wishing that it would have a performance version. It is not that the LC 500 coupe isn’t much of a performer. In fact, Lexus has described the new LC as its new flagship 2+2 performance coupe. However, a more hardcore version of the Lexus LC would be a very welcome proposition. How we wish – just like many – that such LC version would be on its way.

Just recently, speculations have arisen that Lexus might be planning or is already working on a hardcore version of the LC performance coupe. These speculations were brought to the air by the fact that Lexus’ parent – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motors Corp. – has applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Since the LC was created in order to expressly highlight the premium brand’s sporting credentials and its new focus on dynamism, Lexus creating a more hardcore F version wouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, would be a natural and logical step to take, considering that its other coupes like the Lexus RC, also received an F version.

However, we will be quick to point out that a trademark application for a certain name doesn’t really amount to using it. A carmaker may file to trademark a certain name because it intends to realize it into an actual vehicle. However, the opposite could also be true – there could really be no plans to use that name on a certain vehicle in the near term. That carmaker may simply want to protect that name, thereby preventing other companies from using it.

Read the entire article Toyota trademarks LC F and Lexus LC F, a hardcore LC could be coming

RM Sotheby’s lineup in its upcoming Paris sale is getting large, with the Renault 5 Turbo 2 high-performance hatchback joining a number of classic cars in the auction list.

Introduced in 1983 as the replacement for the Renault 5 Turbo -- a car designed mainly to compete in rally races but was also offered as a road-going version – the 5 Turbo 2 was one of the French carmaker’s biggest hits. Interestingly, the 5 Turbo 2 was a result of Renault’s efforts to pare down the 5 Turbo to make it less expensive, thus making it more affordable to a greater number of customers.

Thus, the 5 Turbo 2 didn’t have the distinct interior of the 5 Turbo. Moreover, Renault replaced the aluminum body panels of the 5 Turbo with steel panels on the 5 Turbo 2. Despite being lighter and less expensive, the 5 Turbo 2 offers the same levels of performance, using the same engine (delivering up to 158 bhp) as its predecessor. In terms of road performance, the 5 Turbo 2 could sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h (120 mph).

Read the entire article Renault 5 Turbo 2 will be up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Paris event tomorrow

There was quite some fuzz when suddenly a yellow Ferrari with a number of similarities with the Ferrari F12berlinetta showed up during the Ferrari Finali Mondiali event at the Daytona International Speedway. There were speculations it was a one-off special order derived from the F12berlinetta, but back then, there were no confirmed information from Ferrari. But now, Ferrari has spoken up about its latest one-off creation – the SP 275 RW Competizione.

According to Ferrari, the one-off SP 275 RW Competizione is underpinned by the chassis that underpins the F12berlinetta, which is considered as one of the most beautiful Ferrari sports cars of all time. Taking care of the design of the SP 275 RW Competizione is none other than Ferrari’s own Styling Centre, with the cooperation of Italian car design firm Pininfarina SpA.

As implied by its moniker, the Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione takes inspiration from the Ferrari 275 GTB, which is considered as one of the most iconic V12 berlinettas in the 1960s. In fact, the SP 275 RW Competizione could be considered as a modern take on the 275 GTB, but with some personal flavors from the person who ordered it – a certain dentist from Florida named Rick Workman, hence the rw initials. In fact, Workman had initials on the one-off Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione.

Read the entire article Ferrari confirms SP 275 RW Competizione is based on F12berlinetta and inspired by 275 GTB

Thanks to several spy images, Italian sports car maker Ferrari is thought to be developing an updated version of the F12 Berlinetta. There have been reports speculating the possible specs as well as the moniker of this new F12, but so far, Ferrari has yet to confirm or deny the existence of this new sports car.

However, a member of the Ferrari Chat forums claimed that there is indeed an updated F12, and it was recently shown to a private group of people at the Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Two versions of the updated F12, as claimed, were shown during the presentation: a model and a fully functional revised F12. This member also claimed that he was present during the presentation, in which the carmaker unveiled quite a number of details about the updated F12.

While Ferrari has been quiet about the name of this updated F12, the forum member disclosed the carmaker referred to the model as the F152M and V12 Sport. In addition, the updated F12 will have a new engine as its core – a V12 powerplant with a displacement of around 6.5 liters. The forum member went on to specify that this engine would be a naturally aspirated unit that is able to deliver up to 800 hp (597 kW) of output and up to 530 lb.-ft. (718 Nm) of torque.

Read the entire article Ferrari F12M will get 800 hp, hit 62 mph in under 3 seconds
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