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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
Aston Martin’s newest DB11 AMR, which sits at the top of the grand tourer range, is a marriage between high-speed capability with luxurious surrounds. It is equipped with a 5.2 liter V12 that packs an impressive 630 horsepower, which is a 30 horsepower boost over the standard DB11 V12 that the AMR replaces. Still, torque remains at 516 pound feet (700 Newton metres).
With that additional horsepower, the grand tourer can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.7 seconds. That makes it 0.2 second quicker than before, while its top speed is up to 208 miles per hour (335 kilometers per hour), now 8 miles per hour (13 kilometers per hour) faster than the regular DB11 V12. The AMR also features an exhaust that’s a bit louder than before, which is pretty obvious.
Of course, the company boasts that the DB11 AMR is more engaging to drive too. Aside from the added tweaks, the development team revises the shift calibration for the eight speed automatic and tweaks the suspension setup for sharper handling.Read the entire article Aston Martin DB11 AMR delivers 630 horsepower and 208 mph top speed
Sometime last month, BMW made an announcement that they will retire the standard M2 to make room for the M2 Competition. And now, the Bavarians are already showing off some new upgrades for interested customers, in which the performance coupe can be made even more intense. The new M Performance Parts will not only make your car look more appealing, but also serve to cut down some of its weight.
For instance, they are offering a new set of 19 inch forged wheels from the M Performance catalog, and this will not only make your car look sexy, but will also reduce their weight by 3.2 kilograms (7 pounds) when being compared to the regular alloy wheels.
BMW says that shaving off weight will have a positive impact on the steering wheel behaviour as well as the driving dynamics. The wheels can then be finished in two options: Jet Black in matte or Frozen Gold. This, of course comes with the “M Performance” lettering too. The wheels will then be dressed in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for superior grip.Read the entire article 2019 BMW M2 Competition gets even better with M Performance Parts
While info about the BMW M2 Competition has leaked out previously, it’s only now that full and official details have come out. As expected, it has a lot more cool features as well as power gains compared to the M2 coupe.
Let us first talk about what’s under the hood. Well, it has been made more powerful and now comes with a 3.0 liter biturbocharged inline six engine that has an output of 405 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque. That makes it have 40 hp and 63 lb ft more than the current M2’s engine. This is paired to a standard six manual transmission, and it can hit the zero to 60 miles per hour sprint in only 4.2 seconds.
With the seven speed dual clutch, it can then dispatch the benchmark in four seconds flat. As for top speed, it remains limited to 155 miles per hour as standard, but that can be increased to 174 miles per hour without the M Driver’s package, which is more than the 2018 model with 168 mph.Read the entire article 2019 BMW M2 Competition arrives with M4 engine and 410 hp
A two-door version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been making a lot of noise around the web for quite some time now. And now, new reports from Autocar have been going around that a coupe variant of the Giulia is actually in the process of development, though there haven’t been spy shots to prove this. Apparently, rumours come from an inside source close to Alfa Romeo, and the model’s official release is supposedly scheduled late this year before it hits the market in 2019.
The Giulia Coupe is said to carry the “Sprint” or “GTV” badge, and is meant to be a more powerful version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. It will inherit some of the body panels at the front half, except with a different nose to separate it from its four door sibling.
Needless to say, a more sloped roofline suitable for a coupe is being worked on, together with longer doors and a refreshed rear. According to our source, the Giulia Coupe’s rear end will have a trunk like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C Class, and Audi A5 coupes. But further rumours suggest that there might also be a five-door version that the automaker is looking into, to go after the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the A5 Sportback.Read the entire article Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe rumoured to have late 2018 release
Earlier this year, we learned that the Competition Package for the BMW M5 (F90) will be arriving this year with production set to begin in April. Now, March is coming to an end, and it is just time for us to hear more details about the specifics of what the package have to offer, thanks to an Australian Bimmerpost forum user who ordered a BMW M5 with Competition Package. Everything that we expect from the package will be offered by the German automaker.
The user confirmed some details we already knew, from how output increases to 625 horsepower from the same biturbo 4.4 liter V8. Torque remains unconfirmed, while horsepower eclipses that of the M5’s rival - the 603 horsepower Mercedes AMG E63 S.
Surprisingly, there had been some details they revealed that we did not know about the package at first. For instance, the Competition Package will have a lowered suspension, and the front end will be dropped by seven millimeters, and ten millimeters for the rear. There should be other suspension changes as well, that make the M5 easier to handle on track. This however, was not confirmed on the post.Read the entire article First details on the BMW M5 (F90) Competition Package are leaked
After Opel’s launch of the Insignia GSi last year in a liftback and a wagon body styles, Opel is ready to add the “GSi” badge on the Corsa. This will probably be the last variant for the current generation of the supermini, and the hot hatch version will have a three door body style to make it stand out from the lesser models of the range. Standard features that it will get include larger air vents, a honeycomb front grille, red brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip, and a new set of 18 inch wheels.
The Opel Corsa GSi’s main highlight will be the Sport chassis that it borrowed from the hardcore OPC version that makes the hatchback feel more nimble around the corners. It had also been equipped with a beefier roof mounted spoiler that will boast the model’s visual appearance, while also generating extra downforce to keep the car close to the road when it is going fast.
At this moment, the automaker has not shared photos of the car’s interior cabin, but we do know that customers will be given the possibility to upgrade to Recaro seats if they are willing to spend a little more. There is also a leather wrapped sports steering wheel, as well as the leather wrapped sporty gearshift knob. An aluminum sport pedal set finishes off the upgrades in the Corsa OPC’s cabin.Read the entire article 2018 Opel Corsa GSi now has a sport chassis from OPC variant
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