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McLaren Special Operations division (MSO) recently finished two new bespoke supercars: an MSO R Coupe, and an MSO R Spider. Both vehicles were based on the 650S and are fitted with a number of features. There’s another thing you should know: both vehicles were also made for one lucky and wealthy customer.
The coupe and the spider are among the latest projects of the MSO, and both are equipped with the same internal, external and mechanical specifications. For instance, both come with a 3.8 liter biturbo V8 that carries out 679 horsepower (506 kilowatts) and 516 pound feet (700 Newton metres) of torque. That is actually quite a big difference when you compare it to the standard 650S that produces only 641 horsepower (477 kilowatts). To give them both a unique roar, they were given a new titanium exhaust system with a crossover muffler.
To give them the overall package, both models will be given a dramatic-looking exterior, finished in a beautiful Liquid Silver paint, contrasted by a unique Delta Red pin stripe feature on both the front splitter and side blades. It has been given new elements like the MSO Visual Carbon Viber (VCF) front bumper, hood, louvered fenders, roof scoop, side mirror casing, and the rear decklid. The owner will be reminded of MSO when looking at the exterior, because of the splitter, side skirts, door sills, and rocker panels. Lastly, the coupe comes with a set of new satin black five-spoke wheels, while the spider has been fitted with five-spoke gloss black wheels.Read the entire article MSO R Coupe and Spider: two unique McLaren vehicles built for one customer
Retired Formula 1 driver Jenson Button has just received his brand new McLaren MSO 675LT Spider. This was confirmed after McLaren Beverly Hills posted a picture on its official Instagram account. There must be a sentimental reason why he chose the new MSO among other high performance cars. It must have something to do with the fact that Button drove a McLaren-Honda in last year’s F1 world championship.
There have been no reports yet on what the 2009 F1 champion plans for his immediate future. Since he has retired, it’s likely that he must’ve bought the 675LT for his own personal use and enjoyment. He had owned 12Cs and 650S in the past but this new Spider surpasses all of them when it comes to performance and price. His Longtail comes with special MSO finishing, which includes black alloy wheels with five spoke design as well as brake calipers of the same color.
Earlier reports revealed that a McLaren 675LT Spider with MSO paint would cost you an additional $60,000. That’s merely for the paint job. There is also this $12,000 color coded key fobs that come separately.Read the entire article Jenson Button now the proud owner of a new McLaren MSO 675LT Spider
Abarth is introducing the latest tuned version of the Fiat 124 spider – the all-new 2017 Abarth 124 spider. This new roadster from Fiat’s performance brand features an undeniable Italian design and styling as well as top performance DNA and technical excellence.
Moreover, the new Abarth 124 spider boasts levels of technology and safety that roadster drivers would surely love. Staying true to Abarth’s performance genes, the new Abarth 124 spider features a superb mechanical layout.
For instance, the new Abarth 124 spider is provided with a long bonnet that highlights the significance of its 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine as well as its imposing nature.Read the entire article True racing buffs adore the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider Italian roadster
Hagerty, one of the top insurance providers for classic vehicles as well as host to the largest network of classic car owners, has added the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider into its privileged list of future collectible vehicles. The so-called Hagerty’s Hot List is comprised of most collectible cars under $100,000 that should be purchased today because of their probable high value future.
All vehicles selected into the Hot List are determined to be capable of delivering the joy of driving today and of continuing their owner’s love of driving, thereby having the most likelihood of becoming a collectible in the future.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider fits that depiction, thanks to its perfect blend of Italian design and handcraftsmanship as well as supercar-like performance and race-derived technologies. McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of Hagerty, remarked that while vehicles are becoming larger and more sophisticated, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider remains extremely light and simple while offering a level of fun at par with more exotic and more expensive vehicles.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo 4C Spider added to Hagerty’s 'Hot List' of future collectible vehicles
Nearly 50 years have passed since the introduction of the original; now the FIAT 124 Spider is back! Loyal to its name, the brand new FIAT 124 Spider brings up the classic Italian style and the driving pleasure to this generation with its potent turbo-charged petrol engine, refined suspension and a conventional rear-wheel drive layout.
Having been designed at Centro Stile in Turn, Italy, the new FIAT 124 Spider was inspired by its 1966 original predecessor in terms of proportions, stance and details. This new creation has a horizontal line emerging from the front wing, passing up above the rear haunch and coming in towards the tail lamp as it pays homage to the original’s concept design.
The distinctive style and position of the LED headlamps and the hexagonal form of the upper grille resemble the classic roadster and has many of its signature details as well. The bonnet of the latest FIAT 124 Spider resembles the twin power domes of this car’s second generation (a functional design inspired by the need of fitting its bigger engines).Read the entire article 2016 Fiat 124 Spider Euro-spec is less powerful than its North American version
Fiat is celebrating 50 years of the 124 Spider with the reintroduction of the Italian roadster to the auto market. Thus, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider becomes the latest addition to Fiat's expanding lineup, boasting of classic Italian styling, modern safety and technology, and a new level of driving excitement.
This newest iteration of the Fiat 124 Spider received its design at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, making use of and reinterpreting the styling cues from the original Spider. The result? A 2017 124 Spider featuring a classic yet elegant body side, a low-slung presence, and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio, as well as balanced proportions.
Exterior elements borrowed from the original Spider include the hexagonal upper grille and grille pattern and the “power domes” on the front hood. Its rear is accentuated by sharp horizontal rear lamps. On the other hand, the interior of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider boasts of certain elements designed to give occupants a comfortable time while on a trip.Read the entire article 2017 Fiat 124 Spider breaks cover at the LA Auto Show
China is world’s largest market and McLaren sees some impressive sales and in order to boost the numbers even further, the British supercar manufacturer announced its first regionally tailored model aimed at the Asian market. Dubbed the McLaren 625C, the new model is based on the globally available 650S.
As expected, ‘625’ resembles the power delivered by the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine (625 hp), while the ‘C’ stands for ‘Club.’ In addition, the engine delivers 610 Nm of torque and is bolted to a 7-speed SSG transmission.
When equipped with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, the McLaren 625C Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.8 seconds, to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 26.7 seconds, while top speed is 333 km/h or 207 mph.Read the entire article 2015 McLaren 625C Coupe and Spider debut just for the Asian market
Last week, the one-off Ferrari F12 TRS made its debut at the Ferrari Cavalcade, but today the brand new Italian supercar arrived at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The F12 TRS showed its sexy body in the dynamic demonstration that took place on the fabled Goodwood Festival of Speed.
For those who don’t know, the Ferrari F12 TRS is based on the F12berlinetta and was bought for an impressive $4.2 million. According to the Italian carmaker, the new supercar was developed at the customer’s request as an extreme, two-seater, open-top sports barchetta.
F12 TRS is inspired by iconic cars such as the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and was designed by Ferrari Style Centre led by Flavio Manzoni. As we said, the vehicle is based on the Ferrari F12berlinetta, which means it carries the same 6.3-liter V12 engine delivering 740 hp and 690 Nm of torque.Read the entire article Ferrari F12 TRS makes dynamic debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Last Sunday, we showed you the first photos with the one-off Ferrari F12 TRS. Today, we photographs emerged on the web as the new car prepared for its debut at the Ferrari Cavalcade in Sicily. We already know that this one-off project costs $4.2 million and was developed by Ferrari’s Special Projects division.
This means that the Ferrari F12 TRS, which is based on the Ferrari F12berlinetta, is even more expensive than the $1.4 million LaFerrari or than the upcoming $2.8 million LaFerrari Spider. According to some sources from FerrariChat, the Ferrari F12 TRS is in fact an F12berlinetta with KERS.
We don’t know exactly if it will carry the same KERS system found on the LaFerrari, which develops 163 hp (120 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). We expect to see the same 6.3-iter V12 engine that powers the standard F12berlinetta and delivers 740 hp and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) of torque.Read the entire article Ferrari F12 TRS: more photos revealed
McLaren Automotive is showing a new short film to mark the start of deliveries of the 12C Spider in North America. The short film shows the 12C Spider, driven by drift champion Rhys Millen, racing against professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics in the ever-perilous and snow-covered Loveland Pass in Colorado.
Millen is the current overall record holder for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and is the 2005 Formula Drift champion as well as 2008 Drifting World Champion. Millen has appeared in more than 500 advertisements in around 20 years. He also appeared in films like the Fast and the Furious series and Indiana Jones.
He is currently working on a new film project that will be soon released. Millen remarked that it was an honor to have driven the McLaren 12C Spider up the “twisty snowy mountain roads” of the Loveland Pass.Read the entire article Video: McLaren 12C Spider versus snowboarder
The 12C Spider, the second model in the lineup, will be seen at the inaugural Windsor Concours of Elegance as part of a four car McLaren display. This is both its European debut as well as its first royal event. The 12C Spider will be unveiled at the Windsor Castle. The 12C Spider was recently unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
But after this, the 12C Spider (which has a striking Volcano Yellow finish) will be presented as part of a lineup that represents McLaren Automotive, McLaren GT and McLaren Racing. These models form a diverse group of the rarest and exclusive road and racing cars to be displayed at the Windsor Castle, which lends a regal backdrop that’s very dramatic.
Another example of the 12C Spider is set to be presented on September 9 as a part of the Octane Jubilee Tour of Elegance. In celebration of the Queen’s 60 years as the monarch, one automotive icon will be featured for each year. Concluding the parade is the 12C Spider, which stands for 2012 -- the Diamond year of The Queen’s reign.Read the entire article McLaren 12C Spider to make its European debut at Windsor Concours of Elegance
McLaren Automotive is featuring the new McLaren 12C Spider on a high quality short film at its official YouTube channel at youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv. The start of the short film centers on a 12C Spider, finished in glorious Volcano Red, cruising in high speed on track and then proceeding to the winding mountain roads of Andalucía in Southern Spain.
The scenes on the short film underscore the 12C Spider’s positioning as a luxury convertible sports car that provides a dynamic mix of performance and usability. Early in the short film, the 12C Spider has its Retractable Hard Top lowered while it cruises, highlighting the model’s unique trait that rival sports cars don’t have.
The 12C Spider could completely retract its hard top in just less than 17 seconds. The short film features McLaren Automotive Test Driver and British Touring Car Championship star Mat Jackson who demonstrates why the carmaker believes it has developed a sports car that includes ‘open-top thrills’ in a set of technology packages inspired by its Formula 1 race cars.Read the entire article McLaren features new 12C Spider in YouTube short film
After one teaser, the McLaren 12C Spider became official today and showed us the RHT folding roof system. Priced from £195,500 in the UK, the new car is powered by the same 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine found on the coupe and capable to deliver 625 PS. The 12C Spider can sprint from 0 tp 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds, which means it is as fast at the coupe.
Still, the coupe is with 0.1 seconds faster than the spider when it sprints from 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) as the coupe achieves this speed in just 6.0 seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) the coupe sprints in 8.8 seconds, while the new 12C Spider needs 9.0 seconds.
The 12C Spider has a top speed of 329 km/h (204 mph) while the coupe hits 333 km/h or 207 mph. Both models need 11.7 liters of fuel for 100 km (62 miles).Read the entire article McLaren 12C Spider shows its retractable hard top
Are you one of those who have been wishing for a true replacement for the classic Alfa Romeo Spider? It could be that one such model is included in this lineup of all-new cars readied in order to secure the company's future. Alfa Romeo would not want to shut down on the year of its 100th anniversary. Alfa Romeo was placed on probation at the start of this year by Fiat Auto boss Sergio Marchionne.
Plans for new models were put on hold. The topic on the brand's future will be taken up on a review slated for April. Alfa Romeo bosses would have to convince Marchionne of their product plan, the new Golf-sized Giulietta, which will be launched at the Geneva show in March. It could actually be the last new Alfa model.
Among the brands in the new Fiat/Chrysler group, Alfa Romeo is considered the most vulnerable after having suffered consistent heavy losses for years.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo Spider replacement reportedly in the works
After VIN registrations revealed months ago that Porsche was planning a new 718 Cayman T, new details have surfaced that about the hardcore model. According to a report by Auto Express, the German sports carmaker has almost completed the new lightweight Porsche 718 Cayman T and is now putting the finishing touches on this new hardcore model.
As reported by Auto Express, the new Porsche 718 Cayman T will served as a follow-up to the recently released 911 T as its smaller sibling. The new 718 Cayman T will be much lighter than the 718 Cayman, as made possible by employing a number of weight saving features like thinner glass, fabric door pulls and sports seats. In addition, the 718 Cayman T has seen its audio system removed from its cabin.
Overall, the 718 Cayman T would be around 20 kg lighter – in terms of kerbweight -- than the 718 Cayman. The VIN listings uncovered in July show that the 718 Cayman T will have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 3,649 lbs(1,655 kg), which is lighter than a manual-transmission Cayman S (3,670 lbs or 1,665 kg).Read the entire article Lightweight and performance-focused Porsche 718 Cayman T might be on its way soon
Modena, Italy-based Ares Design is relatively a new company in the field of bespoke automotive design and modifications. But in the short time, Ares Design has demonstrated its capability of creating high-quality coach-built cars. Now, it is out to prove that once again, it can convert almost any vehicle into a bespoke creation through the new Project Wami.
Project Wami is Ares Design’s latest work, with the promise of becoming one of the most enticing roadsters ever made. However, there is yet no actual, final product at sight – the roadster has yet to exist. According to Ares Design, project is currently in its development stage. Nonetheless, based from the images released by the Italian tuning company, the Project Wami roadster looks gorgeous and holds a lot of promise.
Since there is actual car yet, the images of the Project Wami roadster released by Ares Design were just renderings. These are rendered images of how the final version of the Project Wami roadster would look like when it springs to life and take on the road.Read the entire article Project Wami is a Maserati-inspired retro-roadster in development from Ares Design
More than a year after introducing the widely acclaimed ATS GT prototype at the at the luxurious Salon Privé exhibit, Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) has finally presented the final and production version of the supercar – the new ATS GT Launch Edition -- at the prestigious 2018 Monterey Car Week at The Quail.
The ATS GT Launch Edition takes inspiration from the 1964 ATS 2500 GT, a small coupe designed by Franco Scaglione, developed by ATS co-founders Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti, and built more than 50 years ago. Back then, ATS only built 12 examples of the 2500 GT. As it seeks to honor the original model, ATS is also building 12 examples of the new GT Launch Edition.
Designed by ATS chief designer Emanuele Bomboi, the new ATS GT Launch Edition boasts of an aerodynamic bodywork -- made of carbon fiber – that reinterprets the original design of the 2500 GT. It features unique side-blades and seemingly floating rear lights. These rear lights are designed to extract the hot air from the engine bay. The GT Launch Edition makes use of the company’s Sistema-Trio hand-welded titanium with mufflers.Read the entire article ATS GT Launch Edition finally unveiled with base price of €740,000
The only hybrids that automotive customers can get now from Porsche are its Panamera four-door saloon and its Cayenne sports utility vehicle. While the German sports car maker has confirmed that it would build a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 sports car, that won't happen in the near term. For those who can’t wait for Porsche to offer a 911 hybrid, Vonnen Performance is offering to convert your sports car into one.
Porsche’s main reason for not offering a hybrid version of the 911 is that the German company still doesn’t believe that the current battery technology is on par with its expectations for its venerated sports car. But with the rapid pace that the battery technology is growing, that could happen in the next few years. Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume had said that a 911 hybrid may arrive on the mid-cycle refresh of the 992 generation, which should happen by around 2022 or so.
Because Porsche won't do a 911 hybrid now, Vonnen Performance is offering to do so for 911 models built between 2012 and 2016. This also applies for other Porsche offerings currently not having a hybrid version, like the Boxster and the Cayman. The conversion kit and the entire setup would cost a Porsche owner around $75,000.Read the entire article Vonnen Performance is offering to convert Porsche 911 into a hybrid sports car for $75,000
They easily look like the modern reincarnationa of the 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and the Ferrari 860 Monza. After all, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 that were recently introduced by Ferrari take inspirations from legendary Ferrari Sports cars of the past in terms of both design and engineering.
The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are the first models in a new concept of limited-edition special series dubbed as ‘Icona,’ as inspired by the carmaker’s iconic and legendary cars. The Monza SP1 and SP2 essentially blend the evocative design of Ferrari cars in the 1950s and the most advanced technology found in modern sports cars. The 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and 860 Monza were credited for creating Ferrari’s legend in the 1950s through unprecedented wins in the World Sports Car Championship.
In terms of looks, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are essentially twins. However, the Monza SP1 is single-seat road car that can only accommodate the driver on the right side. On the other hand, the Monza SP2 is a two-seater that allows the driver to bring along a front passenger to the ride. In the Monza SP2, the tonneau cover has been removed, while a second protective screen and a second roll-bar are added. The front passenger sits in a cockpit that replicates that of the driver, sans the steering wheel and a number of controls.Read the entire article Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are limited edition models inspired by iconic 1950s sports cars
Mercedes-AMG has a new entry-level performance model that will compete in the compact segment. Set to go against the Audi S3 hatchback, the new Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is out to prove that premium hot hatches are able to deliver a new level of driving performance on the road.
The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC was developed along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, allowing AMG to inject the vaunted AMG DNA into every detail of the new hot hatch. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC makes use of the design idiom of the new A-Class with the addition of distinctive AMG elements.
For instance, the front end of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is marked by a radiator grille with twin louvers, a front splitter and a AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes. Silver chrome trims are also found on the louvers in the outer air intakes. On the sides, the premium hot hatch features side sill panels of the AMG Line as well as aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by a spoiler lip on the roof, two round tailpipe trims and a rear apron with a new diffuser insert.Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is a new entry-level hot hatch with 306 hp in tow
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