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Mercedes-AMG big boss Tobias Moers drops heavy hints about AMG GT4

The man sitting at the top of the performance division of Mercedes-BenzTobias Moers – cryptically indicated that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 could be really coming.

Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG, was answering several questions from Australian automotive Web site Motoring when he gave an ambiguous declaration about the AMG GT4. When pressed to respond to speculations of an upcoming AMG GT4, Moers replied that rumors are not necessarily wrong.

Based on his enigmatic statement, we can surmise that some of the rumored details are true and others aren’t. So, what information – rumors or not – do we have so far about this high-performance premium sedan that would serve as AMG’s new range topper?

Speculated as Mercedes’ answer to the Porsche Panamera luxury high-performance sedan as well as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 has been rumored to be primed for a grand introduction in 2019, or around two years from now. It would follow the launch of the next generation of the Mercedes CLS, which will arrive in 2018.

We could expect the new AMG GT4 to be underpinned by a modified variant of the MRA platform that also underpins the current generation of the C Class, E Class and S Class. It may feature the hardware of the next generation of the CLS but with different panels for a distinct appearance. AMG is well expected to keep the basic architecture of the next-gen CLS while employing a new body design that is sportier and more dynamic.

The platform and other underpinnings are expected to be made from high-strength steel and more aluminum. We could expect AMG to employ aluminum as the main material for the body of the new AMG GT4 as part of efforts to keep the new model as light as possible.

As part of its sportier dynamics, the AMG GT4 could feature shorter overhangs than on the CLS. There were reports saying that the overhangs on the AMG GT4 would be around 100 mm shorter than on the CLS. Despite the shorter overhangs, the AMG GT4 would remain as a full-sized GT that could comfortably accommodate four passengers along with their luggage.

In terms of power, the rumored AMG GT4 is expected to be pulled by a more powerful version of the 4.0-liter V8 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Output could be as high as 600 hp, matched by a high level of torque for excellent acceleration from standstill.

But then, AMG has said nothing about the new AMG GT4. Moers’ comment doesn’t officially confirm its arrival and it is up to us to determine whether there is indeed some truth to the possibility of the AMG GT4.

The man sitting at the top of the performance division of Mercedes-BenzTobias Moers – cryptically indicated that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 could be really coming.

Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG, was answering several questions from Australian automotive Web site Motoring when he gave an ambiguous declaration about the AMG GT4. When pressed to respond to speculations of an upcoming AMG GT4, Moers replied that rumors are not necessarily wrong.

Based on his enigmatic statement, we can surmise that some of the rumored details are true and others aren’t. So, what information – rumors or not – do we have so far about this high-performance premium sedan that would serve as AMG’s new range topper?

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This BMW M5 is magnificently wrapped in Military Green foil with aero kit and tires from Vorsteiner

This customized BMW M5 certainly looks like it is going to war. No, it doesn’t bear any high-weapons or any bullet-proof armor, but it is wrapped in a unique green color associated with the military. Well if there is any war that the new BMW M5 is headed to, it is the war on the streets and highways where its looks and power would allow it to survive as one of the fittest.

BMW’s M5 performance sedan is a favorite among customers who like to tinker with their vehicles, thanks to the availability of quite a number of tuning programs for this vehicle. Several tuning companies are offering their own kits for the M5, allowing owners of this performance sedan to further customize it according to their taste and preferences. Among the companies offering tuning programs for the BMW M5 is Vorsteiner. And it certainly doesn’t fail in its quest.

Before the BMW M5 was wrapped with military-like foil, this performance sedan was fitted with the Vorsteiner VRS aero program that includes a front splitter (VRS Front Add-On Spoiler), a rear diffuser (VRS Aero Rear Diffuser) and a small trunk lid lip spoiler (VRS Aero Deck Lid Spoiler). All of these aero parts are made from autoclaved 2×2 pre-preg carbon fiber. Once all components have been fitted, this BMW M5 was then wrapped with matte Military Green foil, making it seemingly impregnable and ready to jump into action.

Completing the overall looks of this customized BMW M5 is a set of Vorsteiner V-FF 105 Flow Forged wheels in a Gunmetal Grey finish. These V-FF 105 Flow Forged wheels -- with sizes 20 inches x 8.5 inches at the front and 20 inches x 10.5 inches at the rear – feature a dimensional spoke design as well as a sloped flange design.

There weren’t any indications that there were revisions made to the engine of this BMW M5 to deliver more horsepower and more torque. But even at its base form, the V8 engine currently installed in the BMW M5 is already powerful.

In fact, this V8 engine is rated to deliver up to 412 kW (560 hp) of max output between 6,000 rpm and 7,000 rpm, as well as up to 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque available between 1,500 rpm and 5,750 rpm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, allowing the BMW M5 to sprint from zero to 100 km/hour (62 mph) in as quick as 4.4 seconds, and go as fast as 250 km/h (155 mph) which is an electronically limited top speed. Combine this power with the military look of this BMW M5 and you’ll get a car that is highly daunting.

This customized BMW M5 certainly looks like it is going to war. No, it doesn’t bear any high-weapons or any bullet-proof armor, but it is wrapped in a unique green color associated with the military. Well if there is any war that the new BMW M5 is headed to, it is the war on the streets and highways where its looks and power would allow it to survive as one of the fittest.

BMW’s M5 performance sedan is a favorite among customers who like to tinker with their vehicles, thanks to the availability of quite a number of tuning programs for this vehicle. Several tuning companies are offering their own kits for the M5, allowing owners of this performance sedan to further customize it according to their taste and preferences. Among the companies offering tuning programs for the BMW M5 is Vorsteiner. And it certainly doesn’t fail in its quest.

Before the BMW M5 was wrapped with military-like foil, this performance sedan was fitted with the Vorsteiner VRS aero program that includes a front splitter (VRS Front Add-On Spoiler), a rear diffuser (VRS Aero Rear Diffuser) and a small trunk lid lip spoiler (VRS Aero Deck Lid Spoiler). All of these aero parts are made from autoclaved 2×2 pre-preg carbon fiber. Once all components have been fitted, this BMW M5 was then wrapped with matte Military Green foil, making it seemingly impregnable and ready to jump into action.

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Ludacris got a new Acura NSX

It looks like famous rap artist Ludacris has finally replaced his 1993 Acura Legend with a new one. The rapper recently received his freshly delivered supercar--- over six months after the new Acura NSX was initially launched. The new Acura NSX comes with a $156,000 starting price and is powered by a 573 hp, 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine. Mated to a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, it can deliver up to 476lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0-60mph under 2.7 seconds with a top speed reaching 191 mph.

Christopher Brian Bridges aka Ludacris is also known for his role as Tej Parker in the Fast & the Furious. Just last December, the rapper’s social media account revealed the new NSX complete with red interior. So this must be the Christmas present he bought for himself. All these years, the dude has been driving Acura Legend’s 1993 model. That was even before he became a recording star.

Given his style and type of genre, Ludacris is often seen in music videos driving supercars. It only makes sense that he’s got one for personal use. In fact, he’s so open about his 1993 Acura Legend and has always been proud to drive it around. Only last year, the rapper met a minor accident while driving his now famous supercar. But since Ludacris loves his car to death, he had it fully restored by Acura. To set the record straight, he’s clearly not getting rid of the Legend for its sentimental value.

During last year’s launch however, Ludacris was highly amazed upon seeing the new Acura NSX model. When asked to share his thoughts, the rapper /actor said he was at “a loss for words” and all he could say was it was “amazing”. But when asked if he’s considering to buy one, he didn’t give a straight answer. Instead, he said he wanted to drive it first. Fast forward to today, it does look like he’s completely sold out from the first time he saw it.

These days, most of you probably know this guy as an actor. But years before Fast and the Furious, Chris Bridges has made a name for himself in the music industry. He’s got 5 platinums and 2 certified gold albums under his famous moniker ---“Ludacris”. What’s in a name? We don’t know. Maybe if you add “Luda” to his real name “Chris” minus the “h” then you come up with Ludacris. Never mind if it sounds “ludicrous”. He’s really into this Luda thing--- he even named his 2015 album Ludaversal.

It looks like famous rap artist Ludacris has finally replaced his 1993 Acura Legend with a new one. The rapper recently received his freshly delivered supercar--- over six months after the new Acura NSX was initially launched. The new Acura NSX comes with a $156,000 starting price and is powered by a 573 hp, 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine. Mated to a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, it can deliver up to 476lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0-60mph under 2.7 seconds with a top speed reaching 191 mph.

Christopher Brian Bridges aka Ludacris is also known for his role as Tej Parker in the Fast & the Furious. Just last December, the rapper’s social media account revealed the new NSX complete with red interior. So this must be the Christmas present he bought for himself. All these years, the dude has been driving Acura Legend’s 1993 model. That was even before he became a recording star.

Given his style and type of genre, Ludacris is often seen in music videos driving supercars. It only makes sense that he’s got one for personal use. In fact, he’s so open about his 1993 Acura Legend and has always been proud to drive it around. Only last year, the rapper met a minor accident while driving his now famous supercar. But since Ludacris loves his car to death, he had it fully restored by Acura. To set the record straight, he’s clearly not getting rid of the Legend for its sentimental value.

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Mercedes-AMG big boss Tobias Moers outlines new product plans at Detroit Auto Show

Tobias Moers has been the chief executive of Mercedes-AMG – the performance division of German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz -- since October 2013. With him at the helm, AMG went on a sales rampage to become one of Mercedes’ valid sources of volumes.

In fact, Mercedes-AMG delivered 23,261 performance cars in the United States in 2016, compared to 17,456 units in 2015 for a 33-percent surge. Overall, Mercedes-AMG posted 99,235 in deliveries in 2016, which represents an increase of around 44.1 percent over 2016. For the past three years, Mercedes-AMG had more than tripled its deliveries. The unit’s huge performance in 2016 was thanks to its biggest model offensive in the year – Mercedes-AMG expanded its product portfolio with over ten new models. A big part of this worldwide success is the performance division’s AMG 43 models and compact models.

In an interview with Motor1 at the sidelines of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Moers divulged several of his plans to continue the high wave of momentum gained in 2016 this year and in the next few years. For this, Mercedes-AMG will be launching new AMG 43 models in the US like the: C43 sedan, coupe and convertible; E43 and GLC43 SUV and coupe; GLE43 SUV and coupe; and SLC43. According to Moers, the AMG 43 serves as customers’ entry point into the AMG brand, adding that thanks to it, the performance division could make other AMG models be more focused or more hardcore.

Moers also disclosed the impending arrival of new AMG models powered by new V6 engines, although he reiterated AMG’s strong commitment to V8 models. These new V6 engines would power the new AMG 43 models as well as the E50 Coupe. Since Mercedes-AMG isn’t planning to create a new E63 Coupe, the E50 Coupe – powered by a new, biturbo inline-six that generates more than 400 hp in output – will serve as the king of the E Coupe range, for now. Looks like those waiting for the new E63 Coupe would have to wait a little longer as Mercedes-AMG sorts its priorities.

Meanwhile, Moers confirmed that Mercedes-AMG is planning to replace its AMG 45 models – which are essentially A, CLA, and GLA units powered by four-cylinder engines. At the same time, Mercedes-AMG will pursue its AMG 65 models, which will be powered by V12 engines and which will boast of offering the best in terms of luxury, prestige and exclusivity. He noted that luxury customers buy AMG 65 models simply because these models are superior to the AMG 63 in terms of performance and luxury.

According to Mercedes-AMG, its success in the future will be underpinned by “conquest,” which would entail the creation of more AMG models.

Tobias Moers has been the chief executive of Mercedes-AMG – the performance division of German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz -- since October 2013. With him at the helm, AMG went on a sales rampage to become one of Mercedes’ valid sources of volumes.

In fact, Mercedes-AMG delivered 23,261 performance cars in the United States in 2016, compared to 17,456 units in 2015 for a 33-percent surge. Overall, Mercedes-AMG posted 99,235 in deliveries in 2016, which represents an increase of around 44.1 percent over 2016. For the past three years, Mercedes-AMG had more than tripled its deliveries. The unit’s huge performance in 2016 was thanks to its biggest model offensive in the year – Mercedes-AMG expanded its product portfolio with over ten new models. A big part of this worldwide success is the performance division’s AMG 43 models and compact models.

In an interview with Motor1 at the sidelines of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Moers divulged several of his plans to continue the high wave of momentum gained in 2016 this year and in the next few years. For this, Mercedes-AMG will be launching new AMG 43 models in the US like the: C43 sedan, coupe and convertible; E43 and GLC43 SUV and coupe; GLE43 SUV and coupe; and SLC43. According to Moers, the AMG 43 serves as customers’ entry point into the AMG brand, adding that thanks to it, the performance division could make other AMG models be more focused or more hardcore.

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Earlier reports revealed that Infiniti was at the point of considering an electric car for the future. Prior to this, the company has in fact unveiled two concepts already--- the Infiniti LE in 2012 and the Emerg-e sports coupe in 2014.

With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, Infiniti has finally confirmed that it is now working on a high performance production EV. As a matter of fact, Nissan’s luxury division is planning to launch an electric powered sports car in 2020.

As reported by Autocar recently, the company would be using an entirely new platform aside from the one it already has. Even if that’s the case, Infiniti said that it would be using the battery technology that Nissan already uses.

From the way it sounds, the new sports car will probably be more like the Emerg-e concept than the four-door LE. The latter as we know has a similar platform with the Nissan Leaf. If you could recall, the Emerg-e is backed up by a 298kW (400hp) electric powertrain and rear wheel drive. Now since they are proposing a high performance EV, we can somehow expect it to bear more similarities with the gorgeous Emerg-e sports coupe.

In 2012, Infiniti transferred its headquarters to Hong Kong to be closer to its growing Chinese consumers. In 2014, China has surpassed the US in terms of market shares for plug-in EVs. For this same reason, the company has decided to produce an electric-powered sports vehicle real soon.

Even Infiniti’s CEO Roland Krueger was so convinced that when he thinks about electric cars, it is the Chinese market that first comes into his mind. And for that, they have come up with designs especially made for them. Be that as it may, Infiniti went over to England to help them develop the Emerg-e concept 5 years ago. The company visited Lotus as it is their objective to create an amazing carbon fibre hybrid concept coupe using Lotus’ technology.

At the same time, Infiniti also came up with a more practical EV based on the Nissan Leaf model. The LE concept came with a 24kWh lithium battery pack, 134hp electric motor with 240 pound feet of torque. Overall, we think it would be really great to see any of these vehicles on the road. Besides, the company has been discussing all this time about when they would add something like the LE or the Emerg-e into their lineup. Perhaps after the sports coupe, it would be more exciting if Infiniti would mass produce a 4-door EV just like the LE concept.

Earlier reports revealed that Infiniti was at the point of considering an electric car for the future. Prior to this, the company has in fact unveiled two concepts already--- the Infiniti LE in 2012 and the Emerg-e sports coupe in 2014.

With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, Infiniti has finally confirmed that it is now working on a high performance production EV. As a matter of fact, Nissan’s luxury division is planning to launch an electric powered sports car in 2020.

As reported by Autocar recently, the company would be using an entirely new platform aside from the one it already has. Even if that’s the case, Infiniti said that it would be using the battery technology that Nissan already uses.

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As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Slotted between the range-topping AMG GT R coupe and the GT S, the new GT C coupe is basically the hard-top (solid roof) version of the AMG GT C Roadster – with several similarities in looks and specs.

However, the new GT C coupe is only available as special Edition 50 model.

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British carmaker Bentley wasn’t joking when it said it would introduce the “most extreme Bentley ever.” Here it is, the new 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports. Aside from being Bentley’s most extreme model in terms of acceleration and speed, the new Bentley Continental Supersports is now the world’s fastest four-seat model.

The introduction of the new Continental Supersports shows that Bentley has yet to be done with the current generation of the Continental GT.

As we expected, “the most extreme Bentley ever” ultimately points to the Continental Supersports’ awesome performance on the road that could even dominate other four-seaters in terms of speed and acceleration.

Thus, with Continental Supersports, Bentley is ending the current generation of the Continental GT with a very loud bang. By the way, the Continental Supersports also has its two-seat Convertible version.

British carmaker Bentley wasn’t joking when it said it would introduce the “most extreme Bentley ever.” Here it is, the new 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports. Aside from being Bentley’s most extreme model in terms of acceleration and speed, the new Bentley Continental Supersports is now the world’s fastest four-seat model.

The introduction of the new Continental Supersports shows that Bentley has yet to be done with the current generation of the Continental GT.

As we expected, “the most extreme Bentley ever” ultimately points to the Continental Supersports’ awesome performance on the road that could even dominate other four-seaters in terms of speed and acceleration.

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Just as throwbacks are a thing right now, Jannarelly has got something to look back at as well. The Dubai startup car company has recently launched a ‘60s inspired roadster--- the Design-1. However, it is now considering a coupe version to be marketed this year. This is great news for those who want a “targa top” version of the hippie roadster. Though the original design already looked impressive, we think the hard top roof is a more favorable choice.

The Design-1 is basically a two-seater roadster made with tubular steel frame, aluminum panels and a mix of fiberglass and carbon fibre bodyworks. Both Frederic Julliot and Anthony Jannarelly worked on its design. Even if these two expats from UAE got most of their inspirations from the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can bet the Design-1 comes with the latest technology.

The French designers started their company only in December 2015. According to Anthony Jannarelly, their cars are a tribute to the ‘60s or what we’ve come to know as the “golden age” of sports cars. Because of Julliot and Jannarelly’s passion for old cars, it comes as no surprise that the Design-1 exudes timeless elegance. Jannarelly’s previous works include those he designed for W Motors ---the Fenyr Supersport and the Lykan Hypersport. Julliot on the other hand works as the head for Carbon-Fibre Specialists at the Equation Composite in UAE.

After launching the Design-1, Jannarelly sent over 30 units to the US, each with a $55,000 price tag. The price was not an issue for those who actually wanted to own the 300hp 3.5-litre V6 roadster. In fact, it’s more affordable than Jaguar’s $90,000 F-type model. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, its naturally aspirated engine (from Nissan) can deliver a top speed of up to 135 miles per hour. The Design-1 immediately got the attention of car enthusiasts looking for fibre glass body parts, aluminium cladded- tubular frame and a rear wheel drive with significantly low curb weight. Its curb weight is at approximately 1,565 pounds.

For this year, the same roadster may soon be available with an optional hardtop roof. And it is likely to be made out of carbon fibre. So if the roadster costs $55,000, customers are expected to pay more for the coupe version. Other choices of upgrades include a glass windshield and new front suspension. Since the duo have been customizing their cars based on request, there is also an option to take off the entire windshield plus an option to improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Just as throwbacks are a thing right now, Jannarelly has got something to look back at as well. The Dubai startup car company has recently launched a ‘60s inspired roadster--- the Design-1. However, it is now considering a coupe version to be marketed this year. This is great news for those who want a “targa top” version of the hippie roadster. Though the original design already looked impressive, we think the hard top roof is a more favorable choice.

The Design-1 is basically a two-seater roadster made with tubular steel frame, aluminum panels and a mix of fiberglass and carbon fibre bodyworks. Both Frederic Julliot and Anthony Jannarelly worked on its design. Even if these two expats from UAE got most of their inspirations from the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can bet the Design-1 comes with the latest technology.

The French designers started their company only in December 2015. According to Anthony Jannarelly, their cars are a tribute to the ‘60s or what we’ve come to know as the “golden age” of sports cars. Because of Julliot and Jannarelly’s passion for old cars, it comes as no surprise that the Design-1 exudes timeless elegance. Jannarelly’s previous works include those he designed for W Motors ---the Fenyr Supersport and the Lykan Hypersport. Julliot on the other hand works as the head for Carbon-Fibre Specialists at the Equation Composite in UAE.

Read the entire article Jannarelly Design-1 Coupe slated to go on sale this year

McLaren has officially confirmed the arrival of the second generation of its Super Series. No, McLaren hasn’t unveiled the next-gen Super Series, but it has confirmed that it will take the wraps off this new supercar at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7.

The first generation of the Super Series was born in 2011, when McLaren introduced the 12C, followed by the 12C Spider in 2012. Then, McLaren introduced the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider in 2014. The British completed the first gen of the Super Series in 2015 by introducing the 675LT Coupe and 675LT Spider. In 2016, there had been speculations that McLaren was developing the first of the second-gen Super Series – a replacement vehicle the McLaren 650S that will be released for the 2018 model year. The speculations had been fueled by the existence of spy photos of the prototype.

Even until now, McLaren has not confirmed or provided a name for the successor to the McLaren 650S. However, we’ve received reports that this successor is known internally as P14. So for now until McLaren officially reveals the name, we will call the 650S successor as the P14.

One interesting attribute of the P14 is its lightweight nature. According to McLaren, the P14 has a dry weight of just 1,283 kg, making it around 18 kg lighter than the 650S. It is also much lighter than its closest rival. The secret to this lightness is the so-called Monocage II – an ultra-lightweight, central structure made from carbon fiber. Monocage II is still very rigid and yet is lighter than the metal-and-carbon structure that underpins the first gen Super Series. When compared to the Monocage I, the Monocoque has several similarities and the same architecture, but is made using a new and different engineering method.

According to McLaren, Monocage II has allowed the carmaker to come up with a wider cabin entrance as well as lower sill – thereby improving ingress and egress. In addition, Monocage II allows for a lower center of gravity, which means that the second-gen Super Series would be able to offer to a more dynamic performance on the road.

The new Super Series will be the first of the 15 new cars cited in the McLaren’s Track22 Business Plan, replacing a whole product family. McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt described the new Super Series as a revolutionary leap forwards, both for the McLaren brand and the supercar segment.

But what about the official name of the P14? Well, if McLaren’s naming protocol will be followed, the P14’s official name would reflect the max output that its engine could generate. The V8 engine in the 650S delivers 650 hp, thus the supercar’s official name. If the new Super Series delivers 750 hp – as speculated – it could officially be named as the McLaren 750S.

McLaren has officially confirmed the arrival of the second generation of its Super Series. No, McLaren hasn’t unveiled the next-gen Super Series, but it has confirmed that it will take the wraps off this new supercar at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7.

The first generation of the Super Series was born in 2011, when McLaren introduced the 12C, followed by the 12C Spider in 2012. Then, McLaren introduced the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider in 2014. The British completed the first gen of the Super Series in 2015 by introducing the 675LT Coupe and 675LT Spider. In 2016, there had been speculations that McLaren was developing the first of the second-gen Super Series – a replacement vehicle the McLaren 650S that will be released for the 2018 model year. The speculations had been fueled by the existence of spy photos of the prototype.

Even until now, McLaren has not confirmed or provided a name for the successor to the McLaren 650S. However, we’ve received reports that this successor is known internally as P14. So for now until McLaren officially reveals the name, we will call the 650S successor as the P14.

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Bentley will be launching the next generation of its Continental GT coupe sometime late this year. This has got us very excited. After all, the current generation of the Continental GT has been in existence for nearly six years. It’s high time that Bentley introduces a new generation of its grand tourer.

But it seems Bentley isn’t done yet with the current generation of the Continental GT – the second one as it plans to unveil a new version that would render the previous Bentleys speechless. In fact, Bentley has released a short video clip that teases the newest – and probably the last – iteration of the second-gen Continental GT. This version has been dubbed by the British carmaker as the most “the most extreme Bentley ever,” which could ultimately point to its performance on the road. All will be known when Bentley takes the wrap off this latest vehicle on January 6, 2017.

While the short video teaser didn’t say something about this Bentley being a Continental GT, the Continental GT is the only current model that allows the marque to push its performance limits further. We could speculate that the model shown on the teaser video is the Continental Supersports. The first generation of the Continental GT features a Supersports version. The Continental Supersports was the most powerful version of the first-gen Continental GT, with its 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine providing 621 hp (630 PS or 463 kW) of max output at 6,00 rpm and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 1,700 rpm.

Now, the second-gen Continental GT has yet to offer a Supersports version. Logically, the second-gen Supersport should be the most powerful Continental GT in the current generation. So far, the most extreme model of the Continental GT – and most powerful Bentley to date -- is the Continental GT Speed, which has a 6.0-liter W12 twin turbo powerplant that delivers up to 626 hp (635 PS or 467 kW) of output at 6,000 rpm and up to 820 Nm (605 lb.-ft.) of torque at 1,700 rpm.

Now, for the new Continental Supersports – assuming that the vehicle in the video teaser is really this model -- to become the most extreme Bentley, it needs to significantly beat the Continental GT Speed in terms of power. This means that the Continental Supersports should offer more than 626 hp of output and 820 Nm of torque. There have been speculations that the Continental Supersports would be offering power levels that exceed 700 hp of output and would be much lighter than the Continental GT Speed.

In terms of looks, the teaser video doesn’t offer much except for red calipers, large multi-spoke wheels, carbon fiber hood vents, stocky side skirts, carbon fiber fixed rear wing and tinted rear lights.

Bentley will be launching the next generation of its Continental GT coupe sometime late this year. This has got us very excited. After all, the current generation of the Continental GT has been in existence for nearly six years. It’s high time that Bentley introduces a new generation of its grand tourer.

But it seems Bentley isn’t done yet with the current generation of the Continental GT – the second one as it plans to unveil a new version that would render the previous Bentleys speechless. In fact, Bentley has released a short video clip that teases the newest – and probably the last – iteration of the second-gen Continental GT. This version has been dubbed by the British carmaker as the most “the most extreme Bentley ever,” which could ultimately point to its performance on the road. All will be known when Bentley takes the wrap off this latest vehicle on January 6, 2017.

While the short video teaser didn’t say something about this Bentley being a Continental GT, the Continental GT is the only current model that allows the marque to push its performance limits further. We could speculate that the model shown on the teaser video is the Continental Supersports. The first generation of the Continental GT features a Supersports version. The Continental Supersports was the most powerful version of the first-gen Continental GT, with its 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine providing 621 hp (630 PS or 463 kW) of max output at 6,00 rpm and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 1,700 rpm.

Read the entire article Watch out for unveiling of ‘Most Extreme Bentley Ever’ on January 6

Ferrari recently unleashed the stunning J50 Limited for Japan’s 50th anniversary. Its beguiling design nevertheless showed hints of Ferrari’s legendary classics including the targa body, which is basically the Dino 246 and 308 GTS from the seventies and eighties.

What is more interesting is that the F40 and F50’s “side slope mirrors” have somehow made a comeback. Sadly, the Italian manufacturer made only ten units of the Limited edition supercar. But it is also believed that the J50 will be very influential in designing future Ferraris. That is what we concluded when Ferrari referred to the J50 as the start of a “radically futuristic design language.”

Furthermore, it also stated that among the limited edition cars they have unveiled, the J50 obviously has the most updated design and may later serve as the basis for its future lineups.

The J50 was officially launched last month at Tokyo’s New National Museum and was attended by more than 300 special guests. Celebrating Ferrari’s 50th Year in Japan, it showcased the J50 together with the first one they imported to the country in 1966 --- the Ferrari 275 GTB. Also displayed on the event were Ferrari’s latest models.

It wasn’t the first time that a commemorative edition supercar was made by the Italian marque for its longstanding partners abroad. In 2014, Ferrari marked its sixty years of sales in the US as it unveiled the F60 America special edition.

The Limited J50 is definitely a big step from the usual styling cues we could see on the current LaFerrari and also on the 488 GTB. Perhaps the most remarkable feature we’ve seen so far is the illusion of a low belt line. This is due to the black line that creates a distinction along the lower knee level of the car. The same motif goes all the way to the windscreen’s header seals, making it appear significantly closer to the ground.

Given these more aggressive styling cues, we wouldn’t be surprised if the 488 will be replaced sooner or later. If you could recall, Lamborghini did the same for its Murcielago with Reventon bodyworks before totally replacing it with Aventador. There is also the highly phenomenal McLaren P1 that started the British brand’s iconic design cues since then. So there you have it. Though Ferrari hasn’t confirmed anything, chances are high that the upcoming models will look like the one we have on the picture.

Ferrari recently unleashed the stunning J50 Limited for Japan’s 50th anniversary. Its beguiling design nevertheless showed hints of Ferrari’s legendary classics including the targa body, which is basically the Dino 246 and 308 GTS from the seventies and eighties.

What is more interesting is that the F40 and F50’s “side slope mirrors” have somehow made a comeback. Sadly, the Italian manufacturer made only ten units of the Limited edition supercar. But it is also believed that the J50 will be very influential in designing future Ferraris. That is what we concluded when Ferrari referred to the J50 as the start of a “radically futuristic design language.”

Furthermore, it also stated that among the limited edition cars they have unveiled, the J50 obviously has the most updated design and may later serve as the basis for its future lineups.

Read the entire article J50’s futuristic styling cues may be Ferrari’s upcoming blueprint

On February 8, 2017, a special version of the Porsche 911 R limited edition – one that pays tribute to legendary actor Steve McQueen – would change hands. It is because this PTS (Paint to Sample) Porsche 911 R McQueen tribute would be placed under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction event in Paris, France on that very day.

Porsche first unveiled the 2017 Porsche 911 R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show with only 991 units produced and made available. Typically – when the PTS option is not availed – the 911 R will feature a livery the same as the 1967 911 R and will come with GT3 foundations and engine. The latest 911 R is essentially a 911 GT3 except for the fact that its 4.0-liter engine is not paired to a PDK transmission and features no rear wing. From the front end to the rear bumpers, the 911 R and the 911 GT3 look the same. Elements like its side skirts, rear fenders, wheels, and the mirrors are the same for the two models.

However, the absence of the PDK transmission means that the new 911 R is fitted with a six-speed transmission. While the PDK transmission boasts of quicker shift times and smoother gear changes, many see the manual transmission as vital elements for a vehicle to be a true driver’s car.

This is practically why -- despite the disadvantages -- the new 911 R is a hot-selling vehicle with just 991 made. To make up for the lack of aerodynamic benefits brought by the rear wing, Porsche gave the new 911 R a retractable spoiler derive from Carrera models and a redesigned front spoiler lip and rear underbody diffuser.

The 911 R is powered by a dynamic 4.0-liter engine that could deliver up to 500 hp of output and 339 lb.-ft. of torque – just like on the 911 GT3 RS. This engine and the manual transmission allow the 911 R to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 mph.

Notably, the new Porsche 911 R weighs around 50 kg lighter than the GT3, thanks to its carbon fiber fenders, front bonnet and rear hood as well as its magnesium-made roof. While 911 GT3 RS is designed for speed, the 911 R is made to deliver a more worthwhile experience between the car and the driver.

Now, the 911 R McQueen tribute up for auction is wrapped in a Slate Grey exterior color with silver accenting stripes on the bonnet. Its door panels feature yellow Porsche lettering on lower section. Inside, the 911 R McQueen tribute features a black leather cabin with bucket racing seats as well as hounds-tooth inserts. Moreover, the 911 R McQueen tribute comes with illuminated sill panels that say, "Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting."

Once sold, around 25 percent of the final auction price – above the reserve – will be donated to Gustave Roussy foundation, one of the leading cancer research institutes in the world.

On February 8, 2017, a special version of the Porsche 911 R limited edition – one that pays tribute to legendary actor Steve McQueen – would change hands. It is because this PTS (Paint to Sample) Porsche 911 R McQueen tribute would be placed under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction event in Paris, France on that very day.

Porsche first unveiled the 2017 Porsche 911 R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show with only 991 units produced and made available. Typically – when the PTS option is not availed – the 911 R will feature a livery the same as the 1967 911 R and will come with GT3 foundations and engine. The latest 911 R is essentially a 911 GT3 except for the fact that its 4.0-liter engine is not paired to a PDK transmission and features no rear wing. From the front end to the rear bumpers, the 911 R and the 911 GT3 look the same. Elements like its side skirts, rear fenders, wheels, and the mirrors are the same for the two models.

However, the absence of the PDK transmission means that the new 911 R is fitted with a six-speed transmission. While the PDK transmission boasts of quicker shift times and smoother gear changes, many see the manual transmission as vital elements for a vehicle to be a true driver’s car.

Read the entire article RM Sotheby’s will auction off Porsche 911 R Steve McQueen tribute this February

Volkswagen continues to provide more details and images of its much-awaited Volkswagen Golf R all-wheel drive flagship. Overall, the 2017 VW Golf R Facelift looks more handsome and more aggressive than its predecessors with power that is a bit higher.

Judging from the looks of the new VW Golf R, the flagship sports the same exterior update – like its revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps. On the sides, the latest Golf R features new, double-five-spoke wheels. On the rear, the new 2017 VW Golf R features new taillights with a new LED pattern as well as larger lamps on its rear bumper.

Inside, there are no noticeable revisions on the cabin of the new 2017 VW Golf R – the interior remains almost the same visually as the 2016 model. However, the update comes in the form of technologies. For instance, the interior of the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster that offers up to five different information profiles. It also features a new touchscreen that is fitted with gesture control technology.

In terms of power, the 2017 VW Golf R is a bit more powerful than its predecessor. In the 2016 Golf R, the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers up to 300 PS of output and up to 380 Nm of torque. Now, VW has updated this four-cylinder engine to deliver 310 PS (plus 10 PS) of output and 400 Nm (plus 20 Nm) of torque. This means that the new 2017 VW Golf R could sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, compared to 4.9 seconds needed by its predecessor. The new Golf R could go as fast as 155 mph.

In terms of efficiency, the 2017 VW Golf R consumes between 8.7 liters and 10.1 liters per 100 km in the urban cycle; between 6.0 liters and 6.6 liters per 100 km in the extra-urban settings; and between 7.0 liters and 7.9 liters per 100 in the combined cycle. In addition, the 2017 VW Golf R emits between 160 grams and 180 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. In Europe, the new VW Golf R has a starting price of around €40,675 (manual transmission).

On the other hand, Volkswagen has announced that it has commenced pre-selling the entry-level version of the Golf. The new Golf 1.0 TSI Trendline boasts of significantly enhanced features, with an engine that provides up to 85 PS (63 kW). Interested customers could now order the Golf 1.0 TSI Trendline at a starting price of €17,850. According to VW, this places it at the same price range as the 2016 previous model.

Volkswagen continues to provide more details and images of its much-awaited Volkswagen Golf R all-wheel drive flagship. Overall, the 2017 VW Golf R Facelift looks more handsome and more aggressive than its predecessors with power that is a bit higher.

Judging from the looks of the new VW Golf R, the flagship sports the same exterior update – like its revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps. On the sides, the latest Golf R features new, double-five-spoke wheels. On the rear, the new 2017 VW Golf R features new taillights with a new LED pattern as well as larger lamps on its rear bumper.

Inside, there are no noticeable revisions on the cabin of the new 2017 VW Golf R – the interior remains almost the same visually as the 2016 model. However, the update comes in the form of technologies. For instance, the interior of the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster that offers up to five different information profiles. It also features a new touchscreen that is fitted with gesture control technology.

Read the entire article 2017 VW Golf R Facelift offers more power, updated design

There is a lot of history with regards to BMW’s M1 sports car. With its history as well as the rarity of this model (only 453 examples were built in its lifetime), the BMW M1 is considered as one of the special gems in the auto world. A gem such as the BMW M1 should be driven on the road, not stuck on a garage.

However, one of these 453 BMW M1 units was recently found stashed away in a garage in Italy by known BMW dealer and specialist Mint Classics GmbH of Munich, Germany. It turned out that this 1981 BMW M1 has been lurking inside this garage since 1982, or for around 34 years – forgotten ever since! As expected, heaps of dusts and trash have already accumulated over and under this BMW M1. The interior is also full of dust, but not as much as the exterior.

Some metal parts have already rusted and its tires –the original BMW M1 rubbers produced in 1980 – are completely flat. Incredibly, it appears that that the exterior finish – in bright red – of this 1981 BMW M1 hasn’t faded even after three decades of utmost neglect. However, there is a need to further inspect whether the exterior finish needs a retouch or has to be completely repainted – as this BMW M1 remained covered in thick layers of dust. But as images tell us, there is no damage to the body work of this classical sports car.

Judging from the images posted by the famed BMW dealer, this hidden BMW M1 seemed to be usable or can be easily returned to its functional state by Mint Classics. After all, this BMW M1 appears to be fairly new, as its odometer indicates that it has only been driven for 7,329 kilometers!

Mint Classics is dead serious about restoring this BMW M1 into its pristine condition, telling us to stay tuned for the rebirth of the very special M1. First, Mint Classics has to make sure that its engine is still operable; after all, 34 years have passed since this powerplant was last used and operated.

This engine – the infamous 3.5-liter twin-cam straight-six M88/1 powerplant – features individual throttle bodies, Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, intake stacks concealed underneath the airbox and serpentine exhaust headers. Derived from the M49 motorsport engine, the M88/1 is able to produce 272 hp (203 kW) of output at 6,500 rpm as well as 330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 5,000 rpm.

Aside from getting the engine operable, Mint Classic would make sure that other moving parts like the steering system could still be used safely. Of course, Mint Classics would implement the necessary repairs, restoration or upgrades to the BMW M1 to ensure that it looks and operates as amazingly as possible.

There is a lot of history with regards to BMW’s M1 sports car. With its history as well as the rarity of this model (only 453 examples were built in its lifetime), the BMW M1 is considered as one of the special gems in the auto world. A gem such as the BMW M1 should be driven on the road, not stuck on a garage.

However, one of these 453 BMW M1 units was recently found stashed away in a garage in Italy by known BMW dealer and specialist Mint Classics GmbH of Munich, Germany. It turned out that this 1981 BMW M1 has been lurking inside this garage since 1982, or for around 34 years – forgotten ever since! As expected, heaps of dusts and trash have already accumulated over and under this BMW M1. The interior is also full of dust, but not as much as the exterior.

Some metal parts have already rusted and its tires –the original BMW M1 rubbers produced in 1980 – are completely flat. Incredibly, it appears that that the exterior finish – in bright red – of this 1981 BMW M1 hasn’t faded even after three decades of utmost neglect. However, there is a need to further inspect whether the exterior finish needs a retouch or has to be completely repainted – as this BMW M1 remained covered in thick layers of dust. But as images tell us, there is no damage to the body work of this classical sports car.

Read the entire article Mint Classic found 1981 BMW M1 hidden in garage for 34 years

More than a month after Porsche unveiled its 2017 Panamera Executive extended wheelbase version, the German sports car is introducing more options for its Turbo variant. Porsche has been known to offer a wide array of options for its offerings, so the introduction of additional equipment and features for the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive is not surprising.

Featuring a fully galvanized steel-and-aluminum hybrid lightweight bodyshell as well as a panoramic roof system, the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive has a length of 204.7 inches, width of 85.2 inches, height of 56.4 inches. Thanks to a wheelbase – at 122.0 inches -- that is 5.9 inches longer than in the standard Panamera, the Panamera Turbo Executive offers a larger better cabin space especially in the rear.

Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that could push out up to 550 hp of output at between 5,750 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and up to 567 lb.-ft. of torque available between 1,960 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

This V8 engine should be powerful enough to allow the Panamera Turbo Executive to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. When the Sport Chrono Package is availed ($2,530), Launch Control (racing start) is activated in the Sport Plus mode, allowing the Panamera Turbo Executive to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

On the front, the 2017 Panamera Turbo Executive features an aluminum double-wishbone front axle with independent wheel suspension, as well as an aluminum multi-link rear axle with independent wheel suspension on the rear.

As standard, the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive is available in two colors: black and white. Initially, 13 optional colors were available. Now, 16 optional colors are being offered, including Carmine Red, which is available for an additional $3,300.

Also standard, the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive rides on 20-inch five-spoke Panamera Turbo Wheels, but optional rims are also offered in sizes 20 inches and 21 inches. One of these is the 21-inch one-piece alloy SportDesign Wheels painted in Jet Black Metallic. It features a motorsport-derived design and wheel center caps with colored Porsche Crest.

For a more aggressive front end, the SportDesign Package could be availed for $5,655. This package includes specially designed SportDesign front fascia painted in exterior color. The fascia features air intakes and C-blades finished in satin black. The package also includes specially designed SportDesign side skirts and front license plate carrier finished in body color. Likewise, the package includes specially designed SportDesign rear fascia in body color with diffuser in satin black.

More than a month after Porsche unveiled its 2017 Panamera Executive extended wheelbase version, the German sports car is introducing more options for its Turbo variant. Porsche has been known to offer a wide array of options for its offerings, so the introduction of additional equipment and features for the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive is not surprising.

Featuring a fully galvanized steel-and-aluminum hybrid lightweight bodyshell as well as a panoramic roof system, the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive has a length of 204.7 inches, width of 85.2 inches, height of 56.4 inches. Thanks to a wheelbase – at 122.0 inches -- that is 5.9 inches longer than in the standard Panamera, the Panamera Turbo Executive offers a larger better cabin space especially in the rear.

Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that could push out up to 550 hp of output at between 5,750 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and up to 567 lb.-ft. of torque available between 1,960 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

Read the entire article 2017 Panamera Turbo Executive by Porsche Exclusive

More than a month after Skoda unveiled the 2017 Octavia Facelift, the Czech carmaker ended doubts whether there would be an RS version or not. It has become official that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift is coming to the market.

Since the RS suffix is usually given to any Skoda model with sporty looks and dynamics, it follows that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS Facelift is astounding. Compared to the new Skoda facelift, the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift looks a lot sportier and boasts of better performance on the road.

Inside, the 2017 Octavia RS features a sporty black interior laden with RS-Sport seats in leather/fabric combo or in Alcantara. Models with DSG gearbox come with a multi-function sports steering wheel with a perforated leather crown. The RS logo can be found on the entry panels while the recesses of the door handles are now illuminated.

More than a month after Skoda unveiled the 2017 Octavia Facelift, the Czech carmaker ended doubts whether there would be an RS version or not. It has become official that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift is coming to the market.

Since the RS suffix is usually given to any Skoda model with sporty looks and dynamics, it follows that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS Facelift is astounding. Compared to the new Skoda facelift, the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift looks a lot sportier and boasts of better performance on the road.

Inside, the 2017 Octavia RS features a sporty black interior laden with RS-Sport seats in leather/fabric combo or in Alcantara. Models with DSG gearbox come with a multi-function sports steering wheel with a perforated leather crown. The RS logo can be found on the entry panels while the recesses of the door handles are now illuminated.

Read the entire article Skoda unveils sportier 2017 Octavia RS facelift with similar crystalline headlights

When Alfa Romeo unveiled the new 2017 Giulia Veloce at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October it presented two power options. One is a 2.2-liter diesel engine that provides 210 hp of output at 3,500 rpm and 470 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. The other is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter powerplant which develops 280 hp of output at 5,250 rpm and 400Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm.

While the 280 hp of output that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged GME T4 engine generates is already a handful, it would not allow the 2017 Giulia Veloce to compete against the likes of the 2017 Audi S4 quattro, 2017 BMW 340i xDrive and 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic. But it seems Alfa Romeo, or parent FCA, would not let it go by without making sure that its Giulia Veloce could properly compete against the aforementioned cars.

This was discovered by Squadra Tuning, a Netherlands-based tuning shop that managed to push the power up on a 2.2-liter diesel-powered Giulia. Browsing through the FCA parts Web site for the Dutch market, Squadra Tuning discovered a more powerful variant of the GME T4 is currently in the works and will be up for fitment on the Giulia Veloce. Squadra took a screenshot of its discovery and posted it on its Facebook page. The image show terms like “CC2.0” which refers to the GME T4, while Vermogen is a Dutch word that could mean “power” or “engine.” The image shows two versions of the GME T4: a 280 PK or hp unit, and a 350 hp variant.

Apparently, there is a considerable gap between the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce (with 280 hp of output) and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (with 505 hp of output). The arrival of a Giulia Veloce with 350 hp of output should fill in that gap in the Giulia range. For now, Alfa Romeo has yet to officially announced that a 350 hp version of the Giulia Veloce would soon arrive.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder GME T4 engine officially announced for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce features "2-in-1" turbocharger system as well as direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system. It also features the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system. It is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the new Q4 four-wheel drive system.

New Giulia Veloce also is provided with new technologies like Active Aero Splitter, Torque Vectoring technology, active suspension and Integrated Braking system. Standard safety systems include the latest cruise control technology, lane departure warning, integrated brake system, autonomous emergency brake and forward collision warning. It is also equipped with highly advanced 6.5-inches Infotainment media controller, Alfa DNA system and dual zone climate control technology.

When Alfa Romeo unveiled the new 2017 Giulia Veloce at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October it presented two power options. One is a 2.2-liter diesel engine that provides 210 hp of output at 3,500 rpm and 470 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. The other is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter powerplant which develops 280 hp of output at 5,250 rpm and 400Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm.

While the 280 hp of output that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged GME T4 engine generates is already a handful, it would not allow the 2017 Giulia Veloce to compete against the likes of the 2017 Audi S4 quattro, 2017 BMW 340i xDrive and 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic. But it seems Alfa Romeo, or parent FCA, would not let it go by without making sure that its Giulia Veloce could properly compete against the aforementioned cars.

This was discovered by Squadra Tuning, a Netherlands-based tuning shop that managed to push the power up on a 2.2-liter diesel-powered Giulia. Browsing through the FCA parts Web site for the Dutch market, Squadra Tuning discovered a more powerful variant of the GME T4 is currently in the works and will be up for fitment on the Giulia Veloce. Squadra took a screenshot of its discovery and posted it on its Facebook page. The image show terms like “CC2.0” which refers to the GME T4, while Vermogen is a Dutch word that could mean “power” or “engine.” The image shows two versions of the GME T4: a 280 PK or hp unit, and a 350 hp variant.

Read the entire article More powerful version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce with 350 hp on its way

After introducing the first ever MP4-12C in the last 5 years, McLaren once again celebrates an important milestone in history. The British car manufacturer has just completed the production of its 10,000th vehicle and it’s none other than the 570S in Ceramic Grey.

This unusual shade comes from the MSO’s “Defined” bespoke color chart. Mike Flewitt their CEO, fondly recalls how they built the first half of the 10,000 units, saying that it went on for at least 42 months. As a matter of fact, the team worked extensively from McLaren’s Production Centre in England to build its 5,000th car.

Considering that time frame, who would think it would only take them 22 months to finish the second half? But they did! The “pace of development” says a lot how far the company has grown all these years. McLaren indeed has a lot to be thankful for.

After bringing out the Sports Series, the production centre has never been busier. McLaren hires a total of 750 workers at present. Since the demand for 570GT, 570S and 540C has doubled, they needed to hire as many people to work for their team.

Instead of only 10 units, they were able to produce up to 20 vehicles daily. McLaren has also achieved a massive sales increase this year. A major achievement if you have to consider last year’s 1,654 to almost 3,000 this 2016. This don’t happen all the time,  especially to a company that has been around the industry for only five years.

In fact, over ninety percent of those units were even marketed outside the UK. For decades, McLaren has been known for its success as a racing team. They built the highly phenomenal F1 supercar in the ‘90s and subsequently launched the SLR together with Mercedes-Benz. Yet it was only back in 2011 when the company decided to produce and design their own road cars.

More so, McLaren doesn’t come cheap. A single unit would’ve cost more than $100,000 just like a 570S comes with a starting price of $200,000.In other words; this isn’t something you’d want to compare with just about any production vehicle from the mainstream.

All the same, McLaren still has a lot of work to be done especially in competing along with Lamborghini and Ferrari’s supercars. But considering its position in the sales charts and being able to produce its 10,000th vehicle (faster than any of its rivals) is already an important achievement. It truly deserves a round of applause.

After introducing the first ever MP4-12C in the last 5 years, McLaren once again celebrates an important milestone in history. The British car manufacturer has just completed the production of its 10,000th vehicle and it’s none other than the 570S in Ceramic Grey.

This unusual shade comes from the MSO’s “Defined” bespoke color chart. Mike Flewitt their CEO, fondly recalls how they built the first half of the 10,000 units, saying that it went on for at least 42 months. As a matter of fact, the team worked extensively from McLaren’s Production Centre in England to build its 5,000th car.

Considering that time frame, who would think it would only take them 22 months to finish the second half? But they did! The “pace of development” says a lot how far the company has grown all these years. McLaren indeed has a lot to be thankful for.

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Bad news for fans and enthusiasts of Maserati sports cars! Soon the Bologna-based manufacturer of exclusive luxury vehicles will have no new sports cars in its product lineup as Maserati is moving to focus on other vehicles. This was recently revealed by Giulio Pastore, managing director of Maserati’s European division, to the CAR Magazine.

Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still being produced at the carmaker’s production facilities at its Viale Ciro Menotti headquarters in Modena, Italy. However, that won’t be for long. Production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio twins is bound to end sometime in 2017. This news would have been easier to take had there been replacement models for the GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2018, but sadly, there aren’t.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Maserati won’t be producing sports cars anymore. Pastore quipped that a new era of sports cars was on the drawing board, since Maserati can’t do without them. He indicated that a standalone coupe and convertible were being planned. Maserati’s next sports cars replacing the GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still expected to arrive in 2019, although it’s most likely to turn up in 2020.

So, for the next two or three years, Maserati would only be selling the Ghibli executive saloon, the Quattroporte sports saloon and the Levante SUV. This, however, doesn’t mean that a slowdown is on the horizon for Maserati. The auto market is currently on the hot trail for SUVs, and even premium models are experiencing a high demand. In the United Kingdom alone, Maserati posted a 21-percent surge in sales – mostly SUVs and saloons – this year. It seems Maserati’s product strategy isn’t so bad at all and is even providing the needed volume of sales for the Italian carmaker.

The 2017 Maserati Levante SUV that is already being sold in the market is considered a vital piece of the carmaker’s efforts to hike its sales in the next two years by reviving otherwise dropping demand in the United States and China. The Levante is underpinned by an evolution of the saloon platform designed exclusively by Maserati to deliver both on-road drivability and off-road capability while offering much-needed practicality, functionality and comfort. This is the same platform that underpins the Maserati Ghibli.

But before we forget, there was the Alfieri 2+2 sports car concept that made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to mark the brand’s centenary. There were reports that Maserati would launch the Alfieri this 2016, and that wasn’t the case. There were reports also saying that 2018 would be the year for the final version of the Alfieri, but apparently the sports car project has been been postponed and we don’t know when it will come. The good thing is that it wasn’t shelved. Reid Bigland, Maserati’s new chief executive, told CAR that the Alfieri concept is “in a holding pattern,” and is “orbiting the Earth, awaiting landing.”

Meanwhile, Pastore admitted that Maserati is studying electrification, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and 48-volt systems. With the possible comeback of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2020, the Alfieri could be transformed into Maserati’s a standalone EV sports car.

Bad news for fans and enthusiasts of Maserati sports cars! Soon the Bologna-based manufacturer of exclusive luxury vehicles will have no new sports cars in its product lineup as Maserati is moving to focus on other vehicles. This was recently revealed by Giulio Pastore, managing director of Maserati’s European division, to the CAR Magazine.

Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still being produced at the carmaker’s production facilities at its Viale Ciro Menotti headquarters in Modena, Italy. However, that won’t be for long. Production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio twins is bound to end sometime in 2017. This news would have been easier to take had there been replacement models for the GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2018, but sadly, there aren’t.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Maserati won’t be producing sports cars anymore. Pastore quipped that a new era of sports cars was on the drawing board, since Maserati can’t do without them. He indicated that a standalone coupe and convertible were being planned. Maserati’s next sports cars replacing the GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still expected to arrive in 2019, although it’s most likely to turn up in 2020.

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When Ferrari unveiled its new limited series Ferrari J50 for the Japanese market, not a few were mesmerized by how splendid and gorgeous this exclusive super convertible is. The new Ferrari J50 is so impressive and marvelous that it left many wondering how it would look like if this convertible is a coupe. For that, we could turn to automotive designer Remco Meulendijk of RM CarDesign to render a coupe version of the Ferrari J50.

Ferrari launched the J50 super convertible to marks a new milestone – the Italian carmaker has been in Japan for 50 years. This limited series model -- a two-seater, mid-rear-engine roadster with a targa body and a barchetta form -- was presented at Ferrari‘s special 50th anniversary celebration at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The carmaker plans to produce only 10 examples of the Ferrari J50, each to be built according to the taste and preferences of their respective owners.

As Ferrari said, the limited series J50 supercar -- designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team and built by the carmaker’s Special Projects department -- is based on the Ferrari 488 Spider. But as we know, the Ferrari 488 Spider is derived from the Ferrari 488 GTB. So, technically and indirectly, the J50 is based on the 488 GTB super coupe. It would be a great delight to see a J50 coupe that is based from a coupe-derived convertible.

To lend the J50 a barchetta form with a muscular appearance, the Italian sports carmaker lowered the center section of the bonnet and then raised the crests of its wheelarches. Its front bonnet features two carbon-fiber air channels while its full LED headlights comes with more aggressive design. One highlighting feature of the J50 limited series supercar is a black dividing line circling around its front extremities. This black line is positioned on the front end at below knee height to changes the perception of the beltline and effectively transform the J50 into a barchetta. The J50 features a two-piece carbon fiber targa top stowed behind the seats when not deployed.

Thanks to blacked-out A pillars, the J50’s windscreen and its side windows seem to form a continuous glass wrapping around its occupants -- resulting to the so-called “helmet visor” effect. The rear end of the new J50 is fitted with a high-downforce wing, a jet afterburner-inspired rear diffuser and new quad taillights. It rides on 20-inch forged wheels with spokes with Sakura design. Power is provided by a 3.9-liter V8 engine that could deliver up to 690 hp of ouput.

In Meulendijk’s render of the Ferrari J50 coupe, all of these design details have been retained -- except for the targa roof and some elements on top of the limited series supercar. His render features a glass double-bubble roof flowing into the engine hood. We do have to admit that a coupe version of the J50 also looks mesmerizing. Moreover, this could even launch a debate over which J50 version looks better – the fictional coupe or the real-life convertible.

When Ferrari unveiled its new limited series Ferrari J50 for the Japanese market, not a few were mesmerized by how splendid and gorgeous this exclusive super convertible is. The new Ferrari J50 is so impressive and marvelous that it left many wondering how it would look like if this convertible is a coupe. For that, we could turn to automotive designer Remco Meulendijk of RM CarDesign to render a coupe version of the Ferrari J50.

Ferrari launched the J50 super convertible to marks a new milestone – the Italian carmaker has been in Japan for 50 years. This limited series model -- a two-seater, mid-rear-engine roadster with a targa body and a barchetta form -- was presented at Ferrari‘s special 50th anniversary celebration at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The carmaker plans to produce only 10 examples of the Ferrari J50, each to be built according to the taste and preferences of their respective owners.

As Ferrari said, the limited series J50 supercar -- designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team and built by the carmaker’s Special Projects department -- is based on the Ferrari 488 Spider. But as we know, the Ferrari 488 Spider is derived from the Ferrari 488 GTB. So, technically and indirectly, the J50 is based on the 488 GTB super coupe. It would be a great delight to see a J50 coupe that is based from a coupe-derived convertible.

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