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BMW will introduce at least 26 new or updated M cars by late 2020 under overhaul program

Just a couple of days ago, BMW published an image of their long term plan for the next couple of years, and this includes electrifying most of their cars. We also know that the sports division will not build a front wheel drive car, but instead will switch to conventional torque converter automatics in the next six to seven years. A new report from Autocar gives us more details on the company’s roadmap as they prepare for a pretty ambitious revision program in history.

Long story short, BMW aims to launch at least 26 all-new and revised models by the end of 2020. This will consist of 11 true M cars plus 15 “warm” M performance versions of current models. The Bavarian automaker aims to deliver 100,000 units around the globe annually.

Models like the next generation M3, together with the M4 Coupe and Cabriolet, will have a central role in the overhaul program. Sources say that the M3 will make an appearance at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, with sales starting a couple of months later. However, it is a bit too early to rely on rumours like that, plus nothing has been confirmed yet.

Read the entire article BMW will introduce at least 26 new or updated M cars by late 2020 under overhaul program

Ford opens up about exhaust smoke problem of 2016-2017 Focus RS models

There may be several owners of the Ford Focus RS who have experienced seeing white smoke coming out from the exhaust of their performance-laden hatchback. Now, the American carmaker has admitted that a version of the engine powering the Focus RS for the 2016 and 2017 model years is causing this issue, Autocar has reported.

The issue became apparent after some Focus RS owners took their predicament to Focus RS forums and even posted videos about their concerns in social sharing site YouTube. Some owners even reported that the engine – an early version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill – couldn’t be repaired by their dealers. Ford confirmed that the engine could develop an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. When the engine burns the coolant fluid, it would emit a white exhaust smoke as a result. So far, Ford hasn’t divulged the official cause of the issue, which reported affected cars with as little as 6,000 miles on their odometers.

A spokesman for the carmaker told Autocar that Ford is working on a repair for all customers, which may mean that even Focus RS models not exhibiting the issue would receive the fix. But before Ford rolls this out, it is saying that customers may bring their rides to their dealer – for an inspection and repair under warranty – if their Focus RS are showing the aforementioned symptom of white exhaust smoke. So far, Ford has only replaced affected engines with new mills built to the latest specs under warranty.

Read the entire article Ford opens up about exhaust smoke problem of 2016-2017 Focus RS models

2018 McLaren Senna gets official

After having recently released teaser images of the new McLaren Senna, the automaker is finally ready to make a proper unveiling. The Senna, which is part of the Ultimate Series, gets its name from legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna de Silva. It will stand as the automaker’s most track-focused, road legal car. The automaker plans to build only 500 examples of this model, with profits going to the Senna Foundation charity. The Senna has a price tag of £750,000 ($1 million), in the UK, and believe it or not, all 500 units have already been accounted for.

Undoubtedly, the Senna has a unique exterior design. It was made to be very sleek to boost its performance. This model follows the “form follows function” principle, and its shape is meant to reduce drag and boost cooling. This car spent hours in the wind tunnel, a fact that’s quite obvious as soon as you take note of its double rear diffuser to the underfloor scoop and the large rear wing.

The Senna has interesting see-through glass door panels. Furthermore, the carbon ceramic brakes it wears together with the Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tires took seven months to assemble. The interior has a minimalist design that boasts a generous amount of carbon fiber. The cabin features goodies like an infotainment system, rearview camera, a foldable driver’s display, and a sound system. Each car will come with tailor-made carbon seats too.

Read the entire article 2018 McLaren Senna gets official

Toyota Supra will not debut at upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show

This just in: Japanese automaker Toyota recently announced that their latest Supra sports car will not be making an appearance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show next month as expected by many.

In an interview between Motor Trend and Jack Hollis, vice president and general manager of the Toyota division in North America, the latter mentioned that the Detroit Auto Show is coming up too soon for them to unveil the sports car. This is because Toyota has yet to finalize the vehicle’s specifications. They also said that it is not at production levels just yet.

Just like at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, many Supra fans were excited to see the highly anticipated Supra, but it turned out to be a no show. And even after that, Supra enthusiasts continued to hope that they would see it. And now, its supposed debut has been cancelled again, and we have no idea when to expect it anymore.

Read the entire article Toyota Supra will not debut at upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show

For those of you who are aware of Spyker, you must have heard of the C8 Aileron. The said model has been around for about eight years now and the Dutch automaker has finally decided to give an end to its life. And to give it a proper goodbye, Spyker will produce the final three examples in the racing inspired LM85 spec, together with matching motorsport-inspired liveries.

To achieve this look, the automaker will make use of exposed rivets to attach the LM85’s body panels to the C8 Aileron. It will be given wider fenders as well. The billet aluminum intakes give the exterior a bright flourish. And since the automaker is only going to build three examples of the vehicle, each one of them will be getting a unique paint job.

One of them will be finished in a Jet Black finish with Crimson Red S accents that decorate the body, while the other one is a reverse of the first one, getting a Crimson Red with Jet Black S accents. The third model will be dressed in Jet Black with a Gold S. All three examples will be getting a two-tone leather inside, paired with an aluminum dashboard, accented with Chronoswiss gauges.

Read the entire article Spyker ends reign of the C8 Aileron with final 3 units in LM85 specs/liveries

BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.

Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.

Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.

Read the entire article BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant

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

Some of you may have heard of the brand Dallara, the chassis expert that has been around in the industry for quite some time now. But this time, they are ready to reveal something new, and that is the very first production car under their name. Just this week, the automaker’s very first production car was handed over to Giampaolo Dallara as a gift for his 81st birthday. If you were not aware, the prototype of this model was actually revealed exactly a year ago.

The speedster, or what they refer to as the Stradale, has no doors. However, a windshield could easily be installed to transform it into a roadster. Moreover, it can easily be converted into a targa by simply adding a T-frame. Lastly, it can also be turned into a coupe by mounting two doors that have a seagull wing opening. If customers wish for a car with more downforce, Dallara can offer them the Stradale with a rear wing attached to it. This will indeed turn the lightweight car into an ultimate track machine.

What powers the Stradale is a turbocharged 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine that brings out as much as 400 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton metres) of torque from 3,000 rpm. This engine works with a standard six speed manual transmission that brings all the power to the rear wheels. This can be substituted by an optional robotized gearbox with paddle shifters that can allegedly deliver quicker gear changes.

Read the entire article Dallara unveils lightweight but extremely powerful Stradale

Thought you can never make that old car look and perform as good as new again? Well, that won’t be the case soon enough because at last, you can now restore your aging, three-decade-old Nissan Skyline.

NISMO, Nissan’s performance division has just announced that it will start producing some new replacement parts for the R32 GT-R as part of the company’s heritage program. At least 80 original R32 Skyline GT-R replacement parts will be available and will go on sale beginning December 1st. The program as we know is a joint initiative between Nissan, Autech Japan, Nissan Motor Sports and several other original parts supplier.

The full catalogue was officially revealed on the weekend at the Fuji Speedway during the Nismo Festival which happens every year. According to Nissan, it nearly has everything from brand new emblem replacements all the way to new hoses and spanking new bumpers. It can be recalled that Mazda has also made a similar announcement earlier this year after it said it will be restoring the first generation of Miatas.

Read the entire article Reignite your passion for Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R with Nismo’s heritage spare parts program

The Middle East is home to a number of one-off vehicles, as well as specially modified luxury cars. Almost every month, we hear about new cars being unveiled or brought into the country, and a lot of them are BMWs.

Now, one of the latest models that BMW Abu Dhabi Motors has on display is the mind blowing range-topping 7 Series that’s currently on sale. The last model we saw before this was the impressive M760Li xDrive finished in Imola Red, which we saw a few weeks ago. Now, BMW’s Long Beach Blue M760Li xDrive is just as striking as the last model we saw.

This is definitely not the first time we have seen this hue on a car. In fact, it has been used on different models like the M2 pocket rocket. You might also agree if I say that this colour looks a bit too wild on the large sedan. Thanks to the black carbon fiber accents all throughout the car, from the mirror caps to the 21-inch multi-spoke 629 design wheels, the whole package now looks so much better. But that’s not all that this car has to boast about. The car also has a 3D Design Body kit that adds some nice details here and there. Lastly, it has got a trunk lid spoiler from the M Performance.

Read the entire article M760Li Individual Long Beach Blue is BMW Abu Dhabi’s latest flagship on display

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

We were already told that the Aria Group will be introducing a new performance car at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. But the only thing we know so far is that it goes under the name of FXE, and that it will have quite an aggressive design. Other than that, the company has not shared any information about the vehicle yet. However, a few days ago, they released a teaser that surely piqued the interest of car enthusiasts everywhere.

When looking at the image Aria teased us with, you could see that the vehicles has broad rear fenders with narrow LED tail lights. It also looks like a very low car, with a low roof, while the back part of the center has been made higher due to the air scoop. There are also two outlets on both sides, which act as the car’s exhaust. This also points toward a mid-engined layout.

In fact, we think that the FXE’s teaser sort of makes it resemble the Aria Group’s former Fast Eddy concept. The vehicle is a Corvette-inspired coupe that came equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that was able to carry out 650 horsepower. As for performance, it was said to have done the 60 miles per hour sprint in as low as 2.6 seconds, and that it had an impressive top speed of 210 miles per hour.

Read the entire article Aria Group shares a teaser image of the FXE

There is no question that the new BMW M5 (F90) high performance sports sedan is more powerful, faster and more enticing than the previous model. But for interested customers in the United States, the question would be how much they need to shell out to get behind the wheel of the new BMW M5.

US customers could now pre-order the new BMW M5, and are expected to take deliveries of the new performance sports sedan in spring of 2018. While the previous BMW M5 could be availed at a starting price of $94,100, the next generation of the sports sedan comes with a base suggested retail price of $102,600 in the US. This was revealed by one of the account users in the Bimmerpost forum.

According to this forum member – who goes by the username Dinan-M – he pre-ordered a new BMW M5 and got a 10-percent military discount. It would be safe to assume that this Bimmerpost user was a member of the US military, and thanks to that, he only has to shell out $92,000 for his new BMW M5.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) has a base price of $102,600 in the US, deliveries start in spring

As BMW has already revealed, the next generation of the BMW M5 (F90) is a four-wheel drive high-performance sedan with overwhelming power output and torque at its disposal. However, it was recently revealed that the next M5 was initially conceived as a rear-wheel drive sedan.

This was divulged by Dirk Hacker, vice-president of BMW’s M division, to Autocar. According to Hacker, the first prototype for the BMW M5 (F90) that was built over three years ago was a rear-wheel drive vehicle. He remarked that back then, having a rear-wheel driven M5 was the natural, “historic way to go.” The M5 has been – for the past five generations – a rear-wheel drive high-performance sports sedan.

Nonetheless, BMW M changed its mind. As Hacker disclosed, the M Division realized that they were beyond the limits of longitudinal acceleration. This means that adopting a four-wheel drive system for the sixth generation of the BMW M5 was the only option.

Read the entire article First prototype of BMW M5 (F90) was a rear-wheel drive model

McLaren unveiled a one-off Gold - on - Black 720S at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show which will be on display throughout the entire stretch of this week’s event. The rare showcase is from a special client of the British marque’s bespoke engineering division.

McLaren Special Operations or MSO’s latest project is the 720S coupe in satin black with gold elements that also features gold alloy wheels, a 24-carat gold engine heat shield and some gold stencils at the rear spoiler bearing Bruce McLaren’s famous quote in 1964.

In order to apply its special MSO touches, the bespoke program added some new upgrades which include new rear bumper, air intakes, front splitter and roof panels which have all been replaced with carbon fiber elements.

Read the entire article Bespoke McLaren MSO 720S breaks cover in Dubai

Singer Vehicle Design is one of the few companies that have a reputation for making some of the coolest machines out there, including the air-cooled Porsche 911s. They collaborated with Williams Advanced Engineering, which is popular for having injected some pretty advanced technology into the classic coupes, further improving these cars’ performance. The image you are looking at now is that of the very first model to benefit from these improvements, finished in an Absinthe green exterior, contrasted with the Blood Orange leather covering the cabin.

The owner of this car is a guy named Scott Blattner who asked for his 1990 Porsche 911 to be a lighter but more powerful car. Because of this, the tuner worked with Williams Advanced Engineering so that they could focus on the dynamics and the study to produce an extremely lightweight car. Overall, the reimagined 911 only weighs a total of 2,180 pounds (990 kilograms), despite the fact that it carries a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine that packs 500 horsepower (372 kilowatts), and is capable of revving to over 9,000 rpm.

Rob Dickinson, founder of Singer said in his statement that it took them a lot of effort to combine services to highlight both “bewitching individual componentry” with a “viscerally compelling driving experience”.

Read the entire article Singer Vehicle Design restores this Porsche 911, giving it 500 horsepower but with less weight

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

Chevrolet is offering something of interest to any Chevrolet Corvette owner. It’s a new software update that will shave a second off their lap times. But this is only available for certain C7 generation Corvettes. Basically, the software modifies the Magnetic Ride Control suspension to improve the car’s handling as well as its ride quality.

Not everyone may be aware of Magnetic Ride Control. It’s actually Chevy’s term for the magnetorheological suspension dampers that are fitted into the Corvette, the Camaro, and some Cadillac V-Series models. The software upgrade was made possible because the damper’s performance in the car’s various driving modes (Tour, Sport and Track) is controlled by the model’s on-board computers. So it only needs a software patch to change the car’s handling characteristics.

After the software upgrade, a 2016 Corvette Z06 example was able to cut down a little over a second off the lap time at GM’s 2.9 mile Milford Road Course test track. As for the handling, General Motors’ vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, says that the car feels more balanced and there are more linear responses to driver inputs as well. One would instantly feel the changes and will appreciate them.

Read the entire article You can now give your Chevy Corvette a $350 software update for faster lap times

One of the few people we know who collect high-powered modified Mustangs would be pro Formula Drift driver and motorsports enthusiast Vaughn Gittin Jr. Today, he is back with another installment, and the muscle car will make an appearance at the 2017 SEMA Show on October 31st in Vegas. One thing we expect from it, like all other RTR Mustangs, is a whole bag of horsepower.

From the outside, the Ford Mustang gets the same signature style elements from the previous model. But now, it has a more aggressive front fascia, where the grille is highlighted by LED accenting lights in triangle. It has got a meaner looking front splitter as well as a more sculpted hood too. The exterior is finished off with black accent striping on the hood and side profile, a more subtle lip spoiler, and a new set of high-spoke wheels.

Gittin has not mentioned anything in terms of this particular Mustang’s performance. However, we are guessing that it would have something close to 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) or probably more when it makes its appearance in a few weeks. So far, the most powerful Spec 3 RTR Mustang had a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that carries out as much as 670 horsepower (499 kilowatts) and we witnessed this at the 2015 SEMA.

Read the entire article Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Ford Mustang RTR will make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show
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