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3 of Ferrari’s top guys are now with Aston Martin, first task is to build 488 GTB competitor

Aston Martin may be known for building many of the stylish Bond cars we see on the big screen but nobody really knew how it can get super aggressive when it comes to undermining the competition. Until now.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO recently discussed with Autoblog and shared more details about its plans for a mid-engine supercar. Like he said, the 488 GTB is the best car in its segment and that they are hell-bent on competing against it.

When asked how the company is going to take on the Ferrari 488 GTB, Palmer admittedly said that they need to recruit some of Ferrari’s key people particularly the head of engineering and the head of powertrains. In fact, he also admitted that there are three of them who are now already working for him.

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Austin Yellow M760Li by BMW Individual displayed in Abu Dhabi

The current BMW 7 Series made its debut two years ago at the BMW headquarters in Munich, before it made its way to the International Auto Show in Germany weeks after. It was the first 7 Series that was introduced as a plug-in hybrid variant.

However, this one-off M760Li was customized by BMW Individual customization program. It wears an Austin Yellow paint job that looks good on the sedan, while riding on a set of 21-inch multi-spoke wheels. This is the only 7 Series that has been painted in this unique shade. This colour is typically reserved for an M4 or an M3, and you can find this unit showcased in BMW Abu Dhabi.

The 7 Series’ interior is then finished in creme-coloured leather, which stretches from the seats, to the dash, and to the center console. To bring some flair to it, BMW Individual also added wood paneling and black leather on the steering wheel and on the dash. When looking at it, the model’s exterior paint and interior colours seem to be lacking some contrast. We think that a black interior would make a better contrast with the yellow paint.

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MSO R Coupe and Spider: two unique McLaren vehicles built for one customer

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.

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Leaked documents list an entry level 2018 Honda Civic Type R

The rumour first came from Truth About Cars, which was then leaked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to them, there might soon be an entry-level Civic Type R in the market. What else is in the document? Well, it also shows a new top-end touring model, given the model code FK8G. Meanwhile, there’s another one with the same 306 horsepower (228 kilowatt) engine as the Civic Type R. This was given the code K20C1.

If we are correct, there will be two variants of the Civic Type R available in 2018 - a base Type R and a more equipped Type R Touring. Furthermore, if you could remember, there were reports earlier in April which said that a second, more well-equipped variant of the Type R would be offered.

This is also because today, customers are only limited to one kind of Type R. This model features a seven-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch driver information interface, and is compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 540-watt 12 speaker stereo. To make consumers happier and be more willing to get the Civic, the base Type R might start as low as $30,900 or $31,775 after tax and destination. $3,000 is quite a big discount from the current model.

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Audi Sport GmbH, formerly known as Quattro GmbH, will have a lot of work to do as it recently confirmed that there will be five new series production models by the end of the decade. Audi Sport initially planned to introduce 11 series production models by 2020, but with the appointment of a new technical development chief, the high performance division is setting its sights higher.

By 2020, Audi Sport will aim to deliver 16 models. The new number isn't surprising considering that Stephan Reil – Audi Sport’s former technical development chief – revealed earlier this year the division’s development strategy. He then told Steven Ewing of Motor1 in an interview that in the past, an Audi vehicle would have its high-performance version late in its life cycle. Now, the development of Audi’s new vehicles and Audi Sport’s high-performance counterpart is done in parallel.

As for how Audi Sport plans to diversify its upcoming products, the high-performance division hasn’t released any details yet. Right now, crossovers and SUVs are the hottest thing in the auto industry, and Audi is definitely cashing in on its premium crossovers (Audi Q family). Creating high-performance versions of these Q models would be a logical thing. With Audi’s deep vehicle lineup – including all vehicle types – Audi Sport has a lot of models to choose from to transform into its next high-performance vehicle.

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In Australia, factories of GM-owned subsidiary Holden, have closed and so the automaker is looking for ways to keep the fans of the performance brand loyal. Despite the fact that the Mustang is the current best seller as it continues to outsell other sports cars in the region, Holden Special Vehicles and Chevy will work together on a plan to introduce the Camaro to the Australian market next year.

In 2018, Chevrolet will be selling the Camaro SS through the same dealer network, according to Wheels Mag. Of course, HSV engineers will convert the left-hand drive Camaro into right-hand drive for Australia. Under the hood, it will still have the 6.2 liter V8, allowing it to produce 455 horsepower (339 kilowatts).

As usual, the Camaro won’t come cheap. In Australia, one could get it for $80,000 AUD ($62,675 USD). For comparison’s sake, the entry level Mustang with a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine starts at $44,990 AUD ($57,425 USD). On the other hand, for $57,499 AUD ($73,380 USD), customers can get the Mustang GT with a V8 engine that is paired with an automatic gearbox. According to GM, due to the $20,000 price difference, the Camaro and the Mustang are not to be considered direct competitors in the region.

Read the entire article Chevy Camaro SS confirmed to reach the land down under in late 2018

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among a small number of places where flashy cars are a common sight. You will need something really unique if you would like to stand out from the crowd. One fine example is this Speed Yellow BMW M4 Convertible that has been tuned by AC Schnitzer. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain get their vehicles from Abu Dhabi Motors, the official importer of BMW, Alpina and AC Schnitzer vehicles.

This AC Schnitzer M4 is a beauty. No one will disagree with that statement even after seeing treatments from other tuners like Liberty Walk. The front splitter, drive planes, mirror caps and rear accents are made with carbon fiber bits.

The upgrades are so smooth that they look as if they have been equipped from the factory. This M4 was also given the dark finished exhaust tips that look more than amazing. But if there’s one thing that a lot of people are unsure about when it comes to styling is the AC Schnitzer AC1 wheels with thin spokes, as they don’t seem to go too well with the rest of the body.

Read the entire article Speed Yellow BMW M4 Convertible by AC Schnitzer stuns crowds in Abu Dhabi

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now the fastest, undefeated king of the ring for having settled a new record at the Green Hell - at least with regards to rear wheel drive road legal cars lately. The objective was to set a new record in Nurburgring-Nordschleife’s 20.6 km (12.8m) course for less than seven minutes and five seconds. Porsche instead proved it can do so much better by beating the record and being faster by 17.7 seconds.

Porsche factory test drivers Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy of Great Britain made the new record on September 20 for beating the previous 6:52.01 minute log. Using two different Porsche 911s, both drivers took off, each making 5 laps all in less than six minutes and fifty seconds. Eventually, German driver Lars Kern made the fastest lap by reaching the finish line with a very impressive 6:47.3 recorded minutes. Kern runs at an average speed of 114.4 miles per hour (184.11 kph).

Kern’s excellent performance aboard the 911 GT2 RS defies the Porsche 918 Spyder by nearly ten seconds. This happened four years after Marc Lieb, also from Porsche, achieved a lap record of six minutes and fifty seven seconds on September 4th, 2013. In short, we now confirm that the 911 GT2 RS is faster than the 918 Spyder by at least ten seconds.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nurburgring RWD record with 6:47.3 lap time [w/video]

Japanese aftermarket tuner Liberty Walk is at it again, this time with the Ford Mustang. The tuner is known worldwide because of their outrageous and unique wide body treatments when configuring models like the Toyota Prius and the Lamborghini Aventador, plus many more in between.

As mentioned earlier, one of their latest projects would be the Liberty Walk-tuned Ford Mustang, and this is the first Mustang they have tweaked. To really make it look like it is by the tuner, they gave the example their signature bolt-on fenders, new front and rear bumpers, a new read diffuser, a modified grille, and finally a ducktail spoiler. The pony is dressed in a bright red finish to complete the exterior look. LB gave it an Airrex air suspension kit for an additional $7,900 (¥790,000), to let it sit as close as it can to the pavement.

Before we forget, the Mustang now has a set of black wheels and decals all over the body, to give some accent to its bright red body. For the full-on Works package, customers will have to be willing to spend $6,800 (¥680,000). Or they can also opt for the toned down Performance package at $4,960 (¥496,800), which only includes a tweaked front diffuser, side diffuser, rear diffuser, and a ducktail spoiler.

Read the entire article Liberty Walk creates wide-body kit for 2017 Ford Mustang

A lot of gearheads we know enjoy tweaking their cars to make them look and perform like the dream car they cannot afford. There is nothing wrong with that though. And recently, BMW has launched the online configurator of the brand-new M5.

You’re probably wondering what’s available on the website. Well, first of all, there is a function where you can check out the car in 360-degrees - allowing you to check it out from all angles. Usually, online configurators would lead you to a page where you can pick your engine and transmission. But for the BMW M5 (F90), the only option is a 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V8, paired with an eight-speed automatic that will work with the company’s new xDrive all-wheel drive system. This engine carries out as much as 600 horsepower. Having only one engine option may not be the best thing the company has done.

Next comes the fun part, customers will be able to choose from a wide array of colour options, including some new ones for the F90-generation M5. Some of the interesting colours include Snapper Rocks Blue or Marina Bay Blue Metallic. We’re curious about how the former would look on the M5. Other colours include the Donington Grey and the Bluestone Metallic.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) online configurator is now up on German site for every fan’s enjoyment

We are expecting to see American brands like Chevrolet and Ford at the upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but Japanese automaker Infiniti plans to reveal something of their own. Reports suggest that this will be an electric performance model that is similar to the hybrid Emerg-E Concept from back in 2012.

Alfonsa Albaisa, design boss of Infiniti, said in his statement that the electric vehicle will not be a variation of the company's current models, and it also will not share the same platform with an already existing vehicle like the Nissan Leaf, according to Autocar. Just like VW and Mercedes, Infiniti will be developing its own pure electric lineup, where future EVs will ride on their own platform.

It is too early to determine whether the EV will be a pure performance model, or something more mainstream like an SUV or a sporty sedan. What we will be seeing in Detroit is an EV that will borrow some of its technology from the Prototype 9, which we have seen earlier in Pebble Beach at the Quail. Albaisa explained that it will be part of the Prototype 9 in a different context.

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BMW will be launching a new Competition Package especially for the M5’s 2018 model year. While in Frankfurt, Andy Cook, BMW’s product exec has talked with Motor 1 regarding some details of the new Competition Package which will come with a number of upgrades. For the base model, according to Cook, the package will include enhanced dynamics and possibly standard ceramic brakes. This option, he said, will cost you at least $10,000 over the standard version.

It is said that BMW is expected to launch the M5 (F90) Competition Package in the coming year and might even follow what's included in the M4 Competition Package. Does that mean we'll be expecting more than just carbon ceramic brakes among the list of options? We surely hope so. The M4 Competition upgrade is offered with new anti roll bars, springs and dampers that you can use on the standard M4’s Adaptive M Suspension. If BMW does actually come up with something as good as this for the new M5, that would be more than exceptional, right?

BMW’s performance upgrade is expected to bring an extra hp through engine tweaks which will also help in improving the vehicle’s acceleration and drive quality. The standard BMW M5 (F90) is equipped with BMW’s latest version of the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 which is capable of making up to 600hp and 553lb- ft of torque. All that power as we know is delivered through the sedan’s built-in 8-speed M Automatic Transmission.

Read the entire article BMW confirms plan to launch new M5 (F90) Competition Package

BMW’s pure M and M-performance are currently being offered with six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged engines. But while German premium rival Mercedes-Benz offers – through its AMG division – a line of performance models (with 45 badge) powered by four-cylinder mills, BMW is adamant in not pursuing such power options unless some issues are addressed promptly and properly.

BMW isn't likely to employ four-cylinder engine due to power concerns, this was disclosed to the media by Frank Van Meel, chief executive of BMW’s high M Division. According to Van Meel, BMW and BMW W have been happy with its six-cylinder engines because they consider this mill as their heritage engine. He noted that six-cylinder engines have a long history with BMW, since it was the mill that first powered the M1, and that was in 1978. He also noted that a six-cylinder is an iconic engine, and BMW is a six-cylinder inline company.

As for a four-cylinder engine powering an M car, Van Meel shrugs off such possibility. He remarked that four-cylinder engines don’t have the characteristics or attributes necessary for an M car, even if it is a turbocharged four-cylinder mill. Van Meel has a valid point here, since four-cylinder engines – even those boosted by turbochargers don’t develop enough torque at low engine revs, which should affect performance especially during standstill accelerations. He noted that the typical attributes and overall drivability of an M car would be lost if it is powered by a four-cylinder engine.

Read the entire article BMW M still not interested in four-cylinder engines, unless electrified

We all know of the standard M4 and the more powerful M4 GTS model, but in between those two models is the newest M4 CS. The CS trim comes with 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts), that lets it hit its top speed of 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour). By far, it is the most fun Coupe Sport model in BMW’s lineup.

Frank Van Meel, boss of BMW M, said in his interview with Road & Track that they are planning to revive the CSL or the Coupe Sport Light, badge. Having said that, the CSL will replace the current GTS and will become the range topping model. They will also be replacing the GTS badge with the new CSL badge. The CSL will be made for the track but it will still get a number plate.

The CSL will not just get a new badge but it will also be given sportier elements including sticky cup tires, a coilover suspension, a roll cage, and a fire extinguisher, just in case the driver will be needing one. The CSL will be the range topping model in the M variant, with more power, while the lower CS trim focuses more on comfort. According to Van Meel, the CS will perform like a track car but it has four seats instead of two.

Read the entire article BMW brings back CSL nameplate to take the place of GTS badge

If you search for the word "grille" on the dictionary, what you will get is a definition that says "a grating forming a screen or barrier, or an ornamental one found at the front end of the automobile". Depending on who you are talking to, some would say that modern cars can have one or two grilles, one on top of the other.

But if you speak with Porsche, they will say that the grille refers to the upper part, while the lower one is called the air intake. And if there’s only one section then that is an air intake. With that being said, does it mean that all Porsche cars do not have grilles?

During the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Road and Track magazine had the chance to speak with Volkswagen's head of design, who is also Porsche's chief designer Michael Mauer. While being interviewed, Mauer dropped a bombshell that was in relation to the grille. He mentioned that all Porsche vehicles only have air intakes, instead of grilles, because there is only one structure. Apparently, if there is only one opening on the car’s face, this automatically becomes the “lower” section, making it an air intake.

Read the entire article Porsche says it never had grilles, just air intakes

We recently heard that Italian automakers, Ferrari and Lamborghini, are not so keen on building an all-electric sports car just yet. On the contrary, Bentley has just confirmed that there will be an electric sports car coming from their end.

The Bentley Bentayga is currently one of the most powerful SUVs out there - being the fastest and most luxurious SUVs on the market today. The British automaker hoped for it to be a best-selling model, but with a hefty $229,000 price tag, it isn’t that easy to sell. In 2017, Bentley has sold under 700 units in the United States. With this track record, Bentley has decided to back on its plan to develop more SUVs.

In an interview of Bentley by Autocar, the automaker said that they will be developing a sports car instead of a sub-Bentayga SUV. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that it will be completely electric, just like the EXP12 Speed 6e concept that was presented at Geneva earlier this year. Once finished, it will be the luxury automaker’s fifth model in the lineup.

Read the entire article Bentley scraps sub-Bentayga SUV, instead confirms plan to build electric sports car

Back in 2013, Nissan introduced the IDx Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. When the audience first saw this, a lot of people got excited to see a lightweight sports car as part of the Nissan's lineup – particularly one that’s even lighter than the outgoing 370Z. The Japanese company eventually said that we should not expect a rear-wheel drive model, but instead it will preview the brand's future direction in terms of design.

A few years later, Nissan finally comes back with what seems like a preview of a production model of the IDx. Furthermore, the company has recently filed a patent under the name "NISSAN IMX" that will be used for a production model, according to sources. That's not all, the trademark filing said that this will be used on "electric vehicles" and "sports cars". You may want to check out the complete patent description online. But here are some details you might want to know.

The name will be used on vehicles for locomotion by land, air, water, or rail. This includes electric vehicles like electric automobiles, wagons, trucks, vans, SUVs, buses. Apart from that, recreational vehicles like campers, motor homes and trailers are also included. Moreover, sports cars, racing cars, bicycles, lorries, and fork lift trucks like tractors were part of the list too. But that is not all, Nissan also included structural parts and fittings like brake pads, vehicle bumpers and safety devices (for land vehicles). These include airbags, mudguards, air pumps and license plate frames.

Read the entire article Nissan’s trademark filing for IMX hints at production of new lightweight sports car

Does the RS Edition and its LSD feature deserve all the media attention? The short answer to that is yes. Let us explain why. Ford today has revealed its new Focus RS Edition together with the complete details about its latest features, price and specifications. While on stage at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new hatchback is seen to be wearing a stunning new look while dressed in Nitrous Blue body paint and fitted with blackened front splitter, spoiler, roof, and black 19-inch wheels.

The hatchback’s stunning new features are also seen along the RS Edition’s more angular and more aggressive front grille and bumpers which are even more enhanced with its massive spoiler and large exhausts down the vehicle's rear section. Beyond the menacing appearance, you will also find Recaro carbon fibre sports seats inside plus a pair of folding side mirrors on both sides of the exterior.

What’s more interesting however is that the new model receives Ford’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine, which is capable of up to 350PS that would allow the hatchback to run from a zero to 60mph in as quickly as 4.7 seconds. Needless to say, Ford has added the latest mechanical Quaife limited slip differential (or LSD) that should significantly improve the RS Edition’s handling and traction more than ever.

Read the entire article Ford Focus RS Edition rises a notch higher with new Quaife limited-slip differential

We have already reached a generation wherein automakers are making the switch from gasoline engine cars to hybrid and all electric vehicles. So far, the trend is for automakers to gradually transition their range to accommodate electric vehicles. That’s why it is significant news when automakers say that they’re not looking into electrifying their models.

While Porsche and Bentley are joining the norm by developing sports cars, it seems like Ferrari and Lamborghini have no plans of doing so, and they have just confirmed it, according to Automotive News. Both Italian automakers do not believe that electrification is the future of supercars, but they do believe that hybrid options are.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Michael Leiters, Chief Technology Officer of Ferrari, said in an interview with Automotive News that it will take a lot more time, effort and innovation to get the same performance, and more importantly the driving pleasure of what we have today with the non-electrified models. It will not be that easy to replicate the performance and ease that we have now.

Read the entire article Ferrari and Lamborghini still not keen on producing electric sports cars

The long-awaited 2018 Renault Megane RS has finally made its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, after having been the subject of several spy photos and leaks. The Megane RS is definitely among the most-liked C-segment hot hatches as it comes with a number of technologies – including a turbo gasoline engine with two new transmission options.

It comes equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged gas motor with direct injection, like the one in the Alpine A110 sports car, instead of the older 2.0-liter turbo. This engine works with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifter and launch control, giving power to the front wheels. All this enables the Megane RS to carry out as much as 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts). It will also come with standard 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers that customers can swap for optional bi-material cast iron and aluminum discs.

But that’s not all that it can do, as customers can opt for the Megane RS Trophy version that should be out before 2019. This variant will have a little more power, giving out 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). It is too early to provide numbers for the acceleration and top speed of both the regular and the Trophy variant, but stay tuned as we will probably find out by December this year.

Read the entire article 2018 Renault Megane RS now has more power and tech
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