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Porsche will decide fate of coupe and EV versions of Macan and Cayenne in 2018

Porsche has been making a killing in terms of sales with its two luxury sports utility vehicles, the compact Macan and the midsize Cayenne. While Porsche is known for its high-performance sports cars, its two SUVs have been outselling its other offerings combined. But perhaps time is already ripe for the German sports car maker to offer full-electric and coupe versions of the Macan and Cayenne. Porsche will decide on that matter next year.

In an interview with Automotive News during the recently held 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume made it clear that the company’s first all-electric vehicle – based on the Porsche Mission E Concept sedan unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – won’t be the company’s last project in electro-mobility. Thus, in line with its plans, the German sports car maker will be announcing its second electro-mobility project in the first half of 2018.

Blume quipped that the company needs to check first whether a Porsche SUV would make sense as its next electro-mobility project. This all-electric SUV could be an EV version of the Porsche Macan, as hinted by executives at the carmaker. The chances that the Macan or the Cayenne SUVs would be the Porsche’s next electro-mobility are high, considering that SUVs are its best-sellers. It would further diversify Porsche’s offerings without having to create a completely different vehicle. With the production version of the Mission E set to arrive in 2019, the EV variant of the Macan or Cayenne is anticipated to come shortly after that.

Read the entire article Porsche will decide fate of coupe and EV versions of Macan and Cayenne in 2018

Lamborghini Urus rendered as coupe-styled super SUV

The unveiling of the Lamborghini Urus is considered as one of the automotive milestones achieve this year. Not only is the four-door Urus the company’s first sports utility vehicle, it is also regarded as the first super SUV in the world. It looks great and stunning in this four-door configuration, which is essential if you are trying to mix super performance and practicality.

Nonetheless, there are customers who would like their Urus super SUV to look more aggressive, with a styling that fits its super performance nature. Thus, some are trying to imagine the Urus as a coupe-styled SUV – with two doors and a longer bonnet. But if that is somewhat hard to imagine, an automotive graphic artist who goes by the professional moniker X-Tomi Design has just created a rendering of a coupe-styled Urus. It was a simple re-imagination of Urus four-door as a two-door, but it looks astonishing.

At first glance, the visual tweaks that X-Tomi implemented on the Lamborghini Urus entailed the removal of the two rear doors that allow access to the rear passenger cabin of the SUV. Furthermore, the bonnet of the Urus was seemingly made longer. Other than these, it appears that everything from the base of the A-pillar and the tip of the bonnet where it meets the windshield have been shifted to the rear.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Urus rendered as coupe-styled super SUV

Hennessey can upgrade the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to a 1,200 hp hypercar

When Chevrolet unveiled the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, it described the super coupe as its most powerful and quickest production Corvette. With up to 755 hp (563 kW) of max output And 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm) of peak torque available from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine (LT5), the new Corvette ZR1 is a serious supercar for the track.

But now, Hennessey has come up with three power packages that essentially hike the power output of the 2019 Corvette ZR1. These power packages would appeal to ZR1 owners who want to squeeze the potential of their already high-performance super coupe. Each of the three power packages represents a new level of performance for the 2019 Corvette ZR1.

For instance, the HPE850 ups the power level of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 to 850 hp (634 kW) of max output and 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm). This allows the Hennessey Corvette ZR1 HPE850 to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.6 seconds, or 0.1 second quicker than the stock super coupe. This was achieve by employing high-flow cylinder heads, a high-flow air induction system and upgraded valve springs as well as a Hennessey lower pulley upgrade.

Read the entire article Hennessey can upgrade the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to a 1,200 hp hypercar

IMSA wins will be celebrated with release of Championship Editions for 2018 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V

Over the past racing season, Cadillac has seen a wealth of success on the track. In fact, they took home the IMSA Weather Tech championship for the 2017 season. On one hand, Konica Minolta took home the Team championship; and on the other hand, brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor brought home the Driver’s championship. To celebrate their success on the track, the American automaker will offer a couple of minimally modified performance vehicles to mark this occasion.

Having said that, it will be the ATS-V coupe and sedan, as well as the CTS-V sedan that will be getting a special Championship Edition to celebrate the success. Customers can choose from two exterior finishes including Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat.

To make it stand out from the rest of the models, it gets unique side view mirrors caps finished in Red Obsession. It also gets DPi-V.R. graphics on the quarter windows, red Brembo brake calipers, and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels. All the red bits and pieces will definitely make it stand out from the rest. Don’t you think?

Read the entire article IMSA wins will be celebrated with release of Championship Editions for 2018 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V

There could be no stopping Saleen Automotive from returning to its business of building sports cars after nearly a decade since ending the production of the Saleen S7 supercar. This was confirmed by the company itself when it unveiled the new Saleen S1 sports coupe at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Saleen developed the Saleen S1 in-house to have more control over its engineering. The result is a new sports car underpinned by an aluminum chassis and housed in a carbon fiber body. The employment of these light yet strong materials allowed the new Saleen S1 to weigh just 2,685 pounds (1,218 kilograms).

According to company founder Steve Saleen, they designed the bodywork with aerodynamic function as the primary consideration, and in the process gave the new S1 elegant curves and an upswept tail. The design of the new Saleen S1 is marked by 20-inch wheels shod in Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires, massive brakes as well as center-exit exhausts. Saleen says that partly thanks to these tires, the S1 could pull 1.2 g of cornering grip on a skidpad.

Read the entire article New Saleen S1 sports coupe is launched at 2017 LA Auto Show

If you’re anything like us, it has been ages since there was a new model that truly got you excited. Well, we’re willing to bet that this newest supercar will blow you away. After relentlessly teasing us, the American-made mid-engine racecar with street-legal credit has finally had its premiere. It has so many things going great for it, where do we start?

First, let’s talk about the company. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (or SGC) is a limited edition sports car manufacturer from the US founded by automotive entrepreneur and film producer, James Glickenhaus. Not considered mainstream, SCG has become popular for having been responsible for the P33 or SCG 003 that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2015. What happened after that is certainly worthy to be placed in history books.

SGC has recently been granted the right to build up to 325 turn key cars a year by the NHTSA. Having been given the low volume status means they are allowed to design a supercar that only needs to conform to the emissions and safety standards of the state where it is being registered.

Read the entire article Scuderia now taking preorders for road-legal SCG 004S, price starts at $400,000

Any car that has been finished in Acid Green will definitely catch the attention of even the most distracted individual. So if it’s your goal to turn people’s heads, then this should be the right colour choice for you. And while there are other automakers that offer a shocking green paint finish, Porsche does a more dazzling job than any of them.

This was made possible by the Paint to Sample programme. We’re willing to bet that this photo does not give justice to the paint job as it’s said to be much more vivid in person. In fact, when comparing it to Lamborghini’s lime green, the latter looks very much subdued.

At the time of this writing, there are only two Porsche 918 Spyders that are painted in this particular hue, alongside a handful of other Porsche models, like that of the 911 R.

Read the entire article Is this Acid Green Porsche 911 R bright enough for you?

If you see the Aston Martin’s 2018 Vantage, you would think that it is significantly different from most of Aston’s GT lineup. For instance, if the DB11 is a fine gentleman, the Vantage is the hunter - that is how Miles Nurnberger, chief exterior designer describes it. Furthermore, it takes some of its design elements from James Bond’s DB10 in Spectre, wherein the automaker only built 10 cars for the movie.

Though it continues to have the Vantage’s basic proportions of a front-engine coupe with a low-arching roofline, it still looks a bit more aggressive than its predecessor. This could be because of the sloped shark nose and the more open front grille.

Moving onto the vehicle’s rear end, you would notice that it has been made with aerodynamic elements that had been seamlessly put into the structural design of the Vantage. It also has a complex rear diffuser that controls turbulence off the tires. This creates significant downforce with the help of the front splitter and the side gill panels.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin Vantage revealed, delivers 503 horsepower

Customers who think the BMW 4 Series Coupe is rather ordinary are in for a treat especially with what BMW Individual and Alpina have in store. The best example is presently being displayed at BMW Abu Dhabi Motors, a dealer that looks to be getting the best toys to play around with.

Even with one look, the use of Rallye Green paint on the Alpina B4 S makes the body even more aggressive. Combined with the upgrades implemented by those at Buchloe, it is clear that this is not your standard 4 Series Coupe.

On the inside for example, BMW Individual made sure that the interior of the B4 S would be different from the usual 4 Series Coupe. The instrument cluster has blue dials with the steering wheel showing green stitching. This color theme is in fact the same as that on the exterior. While the usual 4 Series Coupe has a left air vent on its center console, the B4 S instead has an extra display. On the lower region of the console is a special plaque that proves this is not the usual car.

Read the entire article 2017 Alpina B4 S Rallye Green based on BMW 4-Series Coupe is the height of exclusivity

A number of supercar fans still remember the Saleen S7 that was unveiled in 2000. After all, the Saleen S7 was able to exert its dominance both on the road and the track, with multiple wins in the vaunted Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series. However, it has already been nearly a decade since the production of the S7 ended, and Saleen became contented with offering tuned versions of the Ford Mustang. Now, Saleen is back into the business of building its own sports car, as headlined by the new Saleen S1.

Before you raise your hopes up, the new Saleen S1 isn't nearly as powerful as the world-renowned Saleen S7. The most powerful version of the Saleen S7 has a twin turbo V8 engine as its core. This dynamic mill isn't your ordinary powerplant as it is tuned to deliver 750 hp (559 kW) of output at 6,300 rpm and 700 lb.-ft. (949 Nm) of peak torque available at 4,800 rpm. In this guise, the Saleen S7 could sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 248 miles per hour (399 km/h).

On the other hand, the new Saleen S1 will be powered by a Ford-sourced 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that could deliver up to 450 hp (335 kW) of max output and 425 lb.-ft. (576 Nm) of peak torque. With this power at hand, the Saleen is expected to able to go as fast – although restricted – as 180 mph (290 km/h). Its zero-to-60mph sprint time is expected to be inferior to that of the S7. Saleen hasn’t disclosed the underpinnings, chassis or gearbox that will be employed on the S1, although there have been rumors that the new sports car is derived from the already discontinued Artega GT. There have also been indications that Saleen will follow up the sports car with an electric version, which would be made available after the conventional variant.

Read the entire article Saleen to unveil its new 450 hp S1 sports coupe at 2017 LA Auto Show

There’s currently no one faster than Marc Marquez in the MotoGP World Championship qualifiers. For now, the Spanish world champion riding for the Repsol Honda team is loving the view as he is ahead of the pack. Whether during qualifiers or the actual race, Marquez is a dominant force in MotoGP. Such dominance has particularly earned him a place in the annual BMW M Award, giving him another key to a brand new BMW M4 CS.

BMW has been handling out cars to top MotoGP qualifiers since 2003 through the BMW M Award. Actually, the 2017 BMW M Award is considered as the 15th edition of MotoGP’s Best Qualifier award, which honors the rider who manage to provide the strongest overall performance in the one-season qualifying sessions. This year, Marquez earned a total of 343 points to secure the M Awards, around 86 points ahead of his closest rival.

For Marquez, winning the BMW M Award is nothing new. In fact, this year is the fifth time he won the prestigious award, which means he already has keys to five BMW M cars. Essentially, Marquez secured a third of the total BMW M Award (15) handed out to MotoGP riders. Other recipients of the BMW M Award include Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner (three awards each), Jorge Lorenzo (two awards), Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden. These MotoGP riders also received a car from BMW M for topping the season qualifiers.

Read the entire article Marc Marquez gets a new BMW M4 CS after winning 2017 MotoGP’s Best Qualifier award

There is no doubt that there’s something beautiful about classic cars like the Porsche 911 and the Toyota FJ, but companies like Icon and Singer helped a lot of people ignite their lust for the classics, but this time, it’s upgraded with modern elements. Aside from the companies I mentioned earlier, there is also Mechatronik Engineering, which has the same aspirations but does things differently. For instance, the Pleidelsheim, Germany based company decided to work on classic luxury cars instead of sports cars and off roaders. And their latest work involves a two-door Mercedes-Benz.

This model was originally built between the 60’s and the 70’s, the W111 coupe is the German shop’s latest reworking. Speaking of classic cars with a modern twist, the coupe had been given a Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 5.5 liter V8. This helps the car produce 360 horsepower (268 kilowatts). You might now be wondering how much this vehicle cost. Well, the company listed it on their website for $464,000 (400,000 euros).

Aside from getting a powerful engine upgrade, the W111 now has an improved ABS brake system to ensure that it can stop the coupe when its going too fast. It now sits on a modern chassis too. What’s great about this car is that it can deceive people, and that is the point. For instance, one would not be able to figure out that this comes equipped with an AMG-sourced V8 by simply looking at it. However, if you want to go purely old school, Mechatronik Engineering can revert everything back to OEM spec if that’s what you prefer.

Read the entire article Mechatronik asks $464,000 for restored Mercedes-Benz W111 now equipped with AMG V8

Not a few have been expecting Japanese carmaker Mazda to unveil the much-anticipated RX-9 rotary powered car, or even a concept that previews such creation, at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It would have been based on the elegantly sports RX Vision Concept unwrapped at the same auto show two years ago.

But to the chagrin of many, Mazda didn’t unleash the RX-9 or its preview at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, Mazda is presenting a styling study that closely resembles the RX Vision Concept both in looks and name – the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept.

From what we see, the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is more of a styling exercise than a technology or engineering concept as a whole. This concept essentially embodies Mazda’s pursuit of distinct elegance, as achieved by adopting classic Japanese aesthetics. Overall, the Mazda Vision Coupe Concept employs the Japanese minimalist concept of “less is more,” allowing it to boast of a beauty that while subtle and restrained, is also rich and abundant.

Read the entire article Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is a larger four-door evolution of the RX Vision

The 1995 Porsche 928 was the automaker’s last grand-touring coupe that had an engine up front, and ever since then, they have not had one yet. And it seems unlikely for one to be added to the lineup anytime soon, at least in real life. But no one can stop artists from rendering a virtual one. As seen in the images, Automedia came up with a digital version of a modern day 928 that they call the Porsche 929, and you can tell that it is based on a Panamera.

One could easily just take out two doors off the existing Panamera and call it a modern day 928, but instead, the artist gave the coupe a number of style upgrades. Starting off with the B-pillar, unlike the usual, it does not extend all the way to the roof, leaving a bit of the side glass exposed - so it uses one piece of glass instead of two.

It was also designed with a downward sweeping roof with a large glass panel that seems to give good rear visibility, while the tail looks like it had taken inspiration from the Porsche’s existing sedan. We think that the 929 definitely can fit in the rest of the company’s lineup, if an actual model was made. However, we don’t really see what’s on the inside of the Porsche 929. But based on what we could see from the rear window, it seems to have a 2+2 layout.

Read the entire article This Porsche 929 rendering is a revival of the 928

Intensa Emozione is actually an Italian phrase that means “Intense Emotion.” If you’re wondering why a German hypercar has an Italian name, know that it was developed as a collaboration between Apollo Automobil and engineering partner Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), which is based in Turin, Italy. Interestingly, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus also tapped MAT for its SCG003 project.

Apollo designed the new IE to deliver an exhilarating performance that allows its driver to enjoy a level of pure driving enjoyment that current hypercars couldn’t provide with their plug-and-play setups. At the core of this performance is a powerful engine sans any boost from a turbocharger or a supercharger. This 6.3-liter V12 mill is naturally aspirated and is able to deliver a whopping 780 hp of max output and 560 lb.-ft. (759 Nm) of peak torque. At this power level, this V12 engine could send the Apollo IE sprinting from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h). Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox with a pneumatic change.

Also adding to the thrilling experience is the fact that the IE weighs only 1,250 kg (2,756 lbs) -- with a 45:55 weight distribution biased to the rear – thanks to the extensive employment of carbon fiber both in the body and chassis. Its carbon fiber monocoque chassis isn't just lighter but also stronger. Both the front and rear sub-frame are also made from carbon fiber, with whole tub/sub-frame set up tipping the scales at only 105 kg (231 lbs).

Read the entire article Apollo reveals Intensa Emozione track-only hypercar with 769 hp at disposal

Marvel fans will be looking forward to another movie in February -- the Black Panther. We initially thought that he would be driving a car like the Bugatti Chiron. But it turns out that the superhero is actually going to be driving a Lexus instead. Yes, believe it or not, it is Toyota’s sister company that stepped up to work in collaboration with the upcoming Black Panther, which is set to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In fact, they even built special cars specifically for the film, and soon a few lucky people will be able to purchase one of the cars built. But of course, you have to be real quick to get your hands on one. Lexus said that only 100 examples of the special edition model will be built. Another thing you’ll need to have is a lot of extra money in the bank, because it took a total of eight months just to complete the paint job alone, so it has got to be extremely pricey.

So what exactly is this car you ask? It is a 2018 Lexus LC 500 that is part of the automaker’s Inspiration Series. And only 100 units of the very first model will be available for the United States. You’ll probably agree that the LC 500 is already a beautiful coupe, and Lexus enhances it even more with a bespoke white interior, a unique set of 21-inch wheels, carbon fiber scuff plates and a Barneys barware set. We are guessing that the latter is for the passenger to enjoy, and not the driver. But we will see in the movie if Black Panther takes advantage of it. As for the mechanical bits, they remain the same, with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that works with a 10 speed automatic transmission, producing as much as 471 horsepower - not bad for a superhero.

Read the entire article Lexus built two cars for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, will debut at SEMA

Last month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, we witnessed the debut of the refreshed S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. And finally, Mercedes-Benz has begun taking orders of these models in Europe, and deliveries will begin in January next year. But apart from that, we got another surprise from Mercedes-AMG as they revealed a limited S63 Coupe 4Matic+ Yellow Night Edition. And this unique model will only be available for six months, with a starting price of 202,121.50 euros ($237,688).

The automaker did not just come up with random names for these models, and the reason why it has the word “night” in its name is because customers can get the version of the S63 Coupe finished in either Selenite Grey Magno or Night Black Magno. The “yellow” in its name, on the other hand, refers to the yellow trims it will get on the mirror housings and the brake calipers. The S63 Coupe then gets a set of seven set double-spoke black wheels.

Obviously, this is more than just the paint job. The Yellow Night Edition was designed with the Aerodynamics Package that comes with a larger front splitter and lip spoiler on the trunk. The aerodynamic parts are finished in high-gloss black, but customers can get the Carbon Fiber Package if they prefer these parts to be made of carbon fiber. The coupe also gets a set of stripes that stretch along the lower edges on both sides of the car.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-AMG Coupe 4Matic+ Yellow Night Edition costs $237,688

Just a month ago, Audi unveiled one of its latest studies -- the new Audi Aicon Concept car -- at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to show how the carmaker visualizes the future of autonomous vehicles. That concept looked so promising, especially when we take into consideration that it was supposed to be a fully self-driving luxury vehicle in which a ferried passenger just has to sit back, relax and wait for his or her arrival at a preset destination.

Now, here comes the Audi Atom, a concept that also visualizes the future. It looks so promising that it appears like it was a preview for the Audi R8 of the future. There is one big exception, though. This Atom isn’t from Audi. In fact, Audi didn’t even design this Atom. Actually, this Audi Concept Atom is a rendering created by a Russian graphic artist named Konstantin Pankratov who shared this work on online professional sharing site Behance.

Sadly though, Pankratov didn’t provide any detail or description of the Audi Concept Atom. However, we could make assumptions just by looking at this rendered creation. The appearance of this Audi Atom is definitely assertive. However, it isn’t aggressive enough to be regarded as a supercar or a hypercar. Usually, design studies or concept are heavily aggressive and boasts of extra-dramatic designs. If this Audi Atom previews a future Audi hypercar, it should have very forceful appearance. But as we said, this Atom doesn’t have that particular look.

Read the entire article Audi Atom Concept rendering seems to preview a future GT

After the highly dynamic Polestar 1 two-door coupe – Polestar’s first ever production car -- was recently unveiled, not a few people’s curiosity was piqued as to how much they should shell out to purchase a unit of this 600-hp four-seater hybrid coupe. Sorry to say, but Polestar isn't planning to sell its first production model in a conventional manner. Not yet at least.

According to Polestar’s plan, customers could get hold of its Polestar 1 performance coupe only through its subscription plan. This means that no one will be able to buy the Polestar 1 coupe, but instead they have to become subscribers to the company’s plan. The subscription plan is good for two to three years. Once the subscription period has expired, a subscriber has to return the Polestar 1 to the company, or its representatives would knock on his or garage to pick up the performance coupe.

As for the returned model, it would be refurbished to return it to its near-pristine state, and would then be made available as a pre-owned model also through a subscription plan.

Read the entire article Polestar 1 will cost up to $177,000
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