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Japanese magazine leaks undisguised images of the Toyota Supra

If there’s one Toyota car that has kept everyone guessing, it is the Supra. It is finally coming our way as it makes its return on March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. The automaker recently gave us a teaser of this dark silhouette that really shows nothing but the rear of the car with a massive spoiler attached to it.

Now, new images of the Toyota Supra had been published in a Japanese magazine and, this time, the photos show the entire car and not just the rear.

Though we would like to believe that this is the Toyota Supra that we will see next month, we have having some doubts about it as well. These photos have been shared on the Supra MXV forum, but were sourced from Best Car Magazine.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 exists only for customers who want the best in luxury regardless of cost

A lot of people question why there is even a 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65, firstly because it costs a lot more than the S63 sedan ($82,500 more) and yet, it is 0.7 second slower when sprinting from zero to 60 miles per hour. Both cars not only have similar top speeds, but they both offer the same options and features. In other words, we do not clearly see why the S65 should cost a lot more than the S63. We don’t see it both on paper, and when looking at it. Therefore, paying for so much more is quite irrational. But I guess that’s why its customers would want this model.

Nick Martin, AMG Product Manager at Mercedes-Benz, says that there will always be someone who prefers a 12-cylinder, and that they will buy the ultimate in performance because that’s their character.

The S65 is one of the few models out there that are still offered with a V12 engine, hence making it very exclusive. And of all Mercedes models, this is the only one with the S-Class powertrain that has been unchanged for the 2018 model year. Martin continues to say that the S65 has a niche market, and these people buy it not for logical reasons but because it is considered the best model in the dealership, saying that “the S65 exists because there is no S75”.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 exists only for customers who want the best in luxury regardless of cost

Toyota shows off this sexy silhouette as teaser of Supra’s arrival at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Toyota recently published a teaser with the title “The Legend Returns.” It’s not a secret as we already know that they are referring to none other than the Toyota Supra. For the longest time, Toyota enthusiasts anticipated the time that they will see the Supra, and finally, the automaker announced on social media, their media website and to email boxes around the world that it will arrive at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, describing it as a “modern racing concept” that they will bring back to the market.

Here is the thing, the automaker did not actually say which car it would be as they did not mention any names. In fact, it could be a new 2000GT. However, no matter how cool this vintage car is, it still is not considered to be as iconic as the Supra, which is why we doubt that it is the one being teased.

Also, another thing we are aware of is Toyota’s new project with BMW, the new sports car they are currently working on, that shares its underpinnings among both brands. We have actually seen this car, the next Z4 (the BMW version), a few times in prototype format, and we have seen both models being tested together. Also, we have already heard rumours from before that Toyota might unveil the new Supra in Geneva - and this is finally it, at least we think it is.

Read the entire article Toyota shows off this sexy silhouette as teaser of Supra’s arrival at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Italdesign celebrates 50th anniversary with the Zerouno Roadster

You probably are still reeling from the memory of having seen the $1.6 million Italdesign Zerouno Coupe last year. If you really wanted one and got disappointed when the coupe sold out in just a few months, you’re in luck as there will soon be a roadster version. The coupe was quite unforgettable. Here’s a brief description of it.

Its body was made with mostly carbon fiber, and under its hood is an Audi sourced 5.2 liter V10 that produces as much as 610 horsepower (449 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-metres) of torque. And in 3.2 seconds, it is able to sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), before continuing on to hit a top speed of 205 miles per hour (330 kilometers per hour).

If you really wanted to get the Zerouno coupe but missed out, there is nothing to worry about, as Italdesign recently published a sexier, topless version of it. It will make its way to Geneva next month. We expect the Zerouno convertible to have pretty much the same style elements as the original coupe version, with the same performance too.

Read the entire article Italdesign celebrates 50th anniversary with the Zerouno Roadster

At next month’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) will showcase the revival of the iconic Lancia Stratos. Getting your hands on the New Stratos alone, which is only available in 25 examples, will be very costly.

According to Automotive News Europe, one of those will set you back 500,000 euros (around $618,000 at current exchange rates). But even if you have that amount of money, you still won’t get the New Stratos, not unless you supply a Ferrari 430 Scuderia donor car. Currently, that car has an estimated value of $108,821, according to Kelly Blue Book.

Once you’ve provided MAT with everything they need, they will chop off 7.9 inches (200 millimeters) out of the Ferrari’s wheelbase, while adding a modified intake and exhaust. The 4.3 liter V8 engine will not be able to carry out 533 horsepower (397 kilowatts), from its original output of 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts). If this is not powerful enough for you, then you can go for additional options that will boost its power to as much as 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts).

Read the entire article You need to have at least $720K to get your hands on the newly revived Stratos

It has been a while since we first started hearing rumours about a more powerful BMW M2. And just like the M4 CS and the M3 CS, it was a long time in the making. In fact, I’m sure you remember seeing the spy shots of the so called M2 CS (Competition Series) going around the Nürburgring. But recently, new photos have emerged, revealing the identity of the sporty coupe ahead of its scheduled reveal.

It was a BimmerPost.com user that apparently shared these photos, and he claims that the more powerful M2 will be referred to as the “Competition” edition. The unnamed user who posted the images then said that these are in the log from the current M2. One of the photos then show a start/stop button like that of the F90 M5 and the F80 M3 CS. This was then shared by Bimmerpost on Facebook, which naturally caught the attention of many.

The BMW M2 Competition, if that’s really what it will be called, is supposed to be more powerful and better equipped than the standard M2 from the factory. To make it more exclusive, just 1,000 examples of the more hardcore M2 will be built, according to rumours. Each example will be getting a revised version of the 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine, similar to the ones you will find in the current M3 and M4. This makes the M2 Competition somewhat like a baby M4.

Read the entire article BMW M2 Competition name has been confirmed online

Owners of the highly coveted Porsche 959 or even the 911 Speedster don’t have to worry about finding replacement parts for their units. They may now drive their cars to their hearts’ content. And that is because of 3D printing technology. This device will allow automakers to put some rare replacement car parts into production - and that should be great news to everyone.

Some of the parts that could be made with 3D printing include the rearview mirror base for the 911 Speedster, fuel cap gasket and clutch release level for the 959, and for the 964 generation of the 911, a crank arm. Lastly, it can also produce the exhaust heat exchanger bracket for the B and C iterations of the 356.

The reason why Porsche Classic keeps a low number of these parts on hand is because of the fact that customers don’t typically need these parts replaced. And because of the low demand, this makes it perfect for the company to build them with 3D printers as they will be made to order instead. In fact, these computer printed pieces have the exact same technical specs as the original parts.

Read the entire article Porsche can now 3D-print hard-to-find parts for 959, 964, 365 models

The name Lapo Elkann may be familiar to you. Yes, this is the Italian Fiat heir who faked his own kidnapping. He is making some noise again, but this time, it is for something we applaud him for. He plans to treat car enthusiasts to projects made by a company he owns, Garage Italia Customs.

Having said that, one of the newest models his aftermarket company has done would be this Ferrari GTC4Lusso, and guess who it was made for specially? It’s for no less than the company’s creative director, founder and chairman, Elkann. He made this model extra special by transforming it into a one off example by giving it different hues of blue all around the body - inside and out. He explains on a post on Instagram that these colours are symbols of the infinite, which are associated to both the sky and the sea.

Starting off on its exterior, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is finished in Scottish Blue (Blu Scozia) that combines it with another shade of blue that is the Azzurro Lapo. The latter is painted on the bonnet, roof, trunk, and side gills and acts as a contrast to the other shade of blue. To match the body, of course, Garage Italia Customs will be giving it blue brake calipers too.

Read the entire article This one-off Ferrari GTC4Lusso by Lapo Elkann is a vision in blue

Previous rumours regarding the Cupra brand, turning into a standalone sub-brand for performance models of Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (SEAT), have finally been confirmed! On January 31st, the VAG-owned marque made that announcement, following an earlier report about a trademark filing recorded in August last year. Aside from that, the automaker also released photos of the Cupra’s new logo, and at the same time, SEAT announced that their new sub-brand will celebrate its official debut during a special event on February 22.

We can expect to see SEAT’s very first Cupra badged cars in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. One of the first models that will probably attend the show would be the hot Ateca, which we all saw for the very first time in November 2016. As you can see in the photos, it is similar to the Volkswagen Group and is also equipped with a turbocharged 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The automaker says that this could be tuned to give out around 300 horsepower to both axles.

If you have not been made aware, the latest model that Cupra has from SEAT would be the Leon Cupra R special edition that they only launched last September. The automaker only planned to produce 799 examples of the said model, which delivered as much as 310 horsepower. However, there are rumours going around about an even more powerful Leon ST Cupra R wagon that had as much as 335 horsepower. If this is true, then we should expect to see the model at some point this year. It may also adopt the Cupra trademark instead of it carrying the SEAT branding.

Read the entire article Cupra is now considered SEAT’s standalone performance sub-brand

Former Aston Martin designer turned entrepreneur, Henrik Fisker, is known for designing models like the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW Z8, the Fisker Karma or Karma Revero, and the newest one out there, which is the Fisker EMotion. But there is another model here that you probably did not even know of - the 2006 Fisker Latigo.

Fisker only built one example of this model, making it the very first and last production model. And it is now up for grabs on the website Bring a Trailer. To get this rare model brand new, it would have cost about $216,000; but currently, its value has gone down a bit and bidding is now set at about $37,500.

Fisker’s original plan was to build 150 units of the Latigo. But after they developed the prototype and built the first production model, the project was halted. One of the reasons for this was the rising of oil prices. This coachbuilt Fisker sits on the same platform as the 2006 BMW M6, while featuring a rebuilt 5.0 liter V10 tuned by RD Sport, which is paired to a seven speed sequential manual transmission. With that engine, this model can produce 665 horsepower (495 kilowatts).

Read the entire article Ultra-rare 2006 Fisker Latigo based on BMW M6 is for sale

What happens when an automaker builds a car inspired by the fastest plane in its time? Well, guess what? Here is Rezvani with its newest Beast Alpha X Blackbird, which was made with the phenomenal SR-72 Blackbird aircraft in mind. This vehicle will not be easy to acquire as the automaker will only produce five of these roadsters. Each one comes with a $225,000 price tag. As early as now, the first ever model has already been reserved by MMA fighter Rampage Jackson, so there are only four left for grabs.

In fact, Rampage Jackson worked with Rezvani’s design team to come up with the perfect vehicle to match his beast-like personality and his signature style.

The standard Rezvani Beast Alpha already has 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) with its 2.5 liter supercharged four cylinder engine. Meanwhile, the Blackbird X variant has a turbocharged 2.5 liter four cylinder with a Cosworth ECU and Carillo sourced forged pistons, rods, cams, valve and springs. After this model has been tuned, the vehicle now produces 700 horsepower (552 kilowatts).

Read the entire article Are you willing to pay $225,000 for Rezvani’s 700 hp Beast Alpha X Blackbird?

Were you ever a fan of the Honda S2000? And as such, have you been waiting for its return? Well, prepare to be crushed. A Canadian executive from Honda has some bad news for you as he said that the roadster is dead.

His statement has then been supported by Hayato Mori, senior manager for product planning as he revealed to Auto Guide that the demand for the Honda S2000 is not high enough to revive the said vehicle. Mori also said in his statement that it is not easy to make money on such a sports car, especially with the growing popularity of crossovers.

In the United States today, there aren’t as many roadsters available, and the automaker is trying their best to make the available. Some of these models include: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan 370Z, and Porsche 718 Boxster.

Read the entire article Canadian Honda exec shuts down hopes of a S2000 successor

A couple of months ago, some kid from Dubai called Rashed Belhasa, the son of a billionaire construction tycoon, got himself an expensive Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. He then decided he would have it wrapped in his favourite design - a Louis Vuitton x Supreme pattern. It seems like he has lost interest in his car already, and he now decided to put the Italian supercar up for sale.

The fifteen year old, who goes by the handle “Money Kicks” on YouTube, earned millions of followers on social media for it. Under its hood is a twelve cylinder engine.

Last summer, he actually made the headlines on most auto blogs when he showed off this model, coated in a red wrap to match his Louis Vuitton x Supreme shoes (and bags). This definitely is a head turner especially with all the hype this collaboration is getting. As he is still not at the right age to drive, he hired himself a chauffeur to drive him around.

Read the entire article For Sale: Louis Vuitton Supreme-wrapped Ferrari F12 owned by the son of an Emirati billionaire

Hyundai revealed to the press that it doesn’t plan on breaking any kind of top speed records with its newest N performance line. That is because the brand mainly focuses on the comfort and pleasure of driving its two new hatchbacks. When it comes to fun, the VW Golf GTI may be the first thing that comes to mind but the Korean automaker boldly claims that they might have beaten the said hatchback.

Albert Biermann, former head of BMW’s M division and the current head of Hyundai’s M division, shared to Australian publication Car Advice some details regarding the brand’s first high performance hatchback, the i30 N. He mentioned that the goal of this car is to make sure it is fun to drive daily, despite it being track-focused.

The automaker’s plan for the i30 N was to have it be a closer fit for the track than a Golf GTI could ever be. He also said that many GTIs can be taken to the track, but a standard GTI isn’t the same. Furthermore, regular GTIs are not as fun to drive, at the same time, they don’t have as strong a character.

Read the entire article High-powered Hyundai i30N hatchback keeps the VW Golf GTI on its toes

In the second quarter of 2017, Manfred Fitzgerald, boss of Genesis, denied any plans to build a halo sports car. Instead, he said that what the brand will concentrate on is to provide what majority of its customers want.

But without any notice, it seems like the guys from the premium South Korean automaker have changed their minds sometime last year. In fact, two executives from Hyundai confirmed that a new Genesis nameplate is already in the works. It’s possible that the clamor from the fans of Genesis was so deafening that the brand had no choice but to give in.

It was Luc Donckerwolke, vice president of Hyundai, and Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman or research and development, who confirmed the existence of this project to WheelsMagazine. They hinted that the vehicle will likely have two seats, and will be powered by a hybrid system. He mentioned that the key ingredient to the vehicle’s success would be the performance that it gains from its batteries and electric motors working together.

Read the entire article Hyundai is working on RWD hybrid Genesis sports car

BMW has teased us a couple of times about its record breaking attempt, and finally, they have decided to post the extended video of the M5’s actual eight hour drift that they have documented.

It was Johan Schwartz, an instructor of BMW’s Performance Driving School, who was behind the wheels of the performance sedan. He drove this as an attempt to improve his previous performance record from back in 2013, when he took the previous generation M5 for a drift, leaving with a record of 51.27 miles (82.51 kilometers).

At that time, he was able to cover 322.5 laps of one of the course at the BMW Performance Center located in South Carolina. And recently, with the new M5 (F90), he took on the same track, and was able to go around it, 2,000 times.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) beats longest drift record by covering 232.5 miles, refueling was done mid-drift

This year, there are a handful of new models as well as updated versions of existing cars that are lined up to be launched. There are so many of them that we can’t keep track of all of them. But today, we will be talking about the Competition version of the BMW M2 that may be presented in April 2018 at the Beijing auto show.

Firstly, customers will be able to get the M2 competition in new colours like Hockenheim Silver and Sunset Orange, which will be added to the other available colours including Alpine White, Sapphire Black, Mineral Grey, and Long Beach Blue. The one in the photograph is dressed in the Long Beach Blue shade. We have not seen how the other colours of the cars look just yet, but it should not be too long before we see them.

According to our sources, the M2 Competition will come equipped with a detuned version of the 3.0 liter twin turbo inline six, similar to the engines of the larger models, M3 and M4, replacing the N55 3.0 liter TwinScroll six-cylinder in the outgoing M2. The new engine can give an output of 400 horsepower, which is a little more than the existing M2 with an output of 365 horsepower, but a little less than the M3 and M4 that carries out 425 horsepower. Furthermore, it will have nearly 500 Newton metres of torque - not bad at all.

Read the entire article BMW M2 Competition likely to be launched in Beijing this April

BMW revealed that the new M5 (F90) has taken on the Shanghai International Circuit and has shown its exceptional driving properties by setting a lap record. Driven by Bruno Spengler, the new M5 managed to clock in a time of 2:22.828 minutes.

Spengler, who had won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) back in 2012, managed to break the record by five seconds. Making the record lap even more astonishing is the fact that the four-door saloon is a production version and was driven without any changes made for the racetrack. Not surprising, especially for BMW enthusiasts, as the M series follow the principle of a road-going car being capable of going through the racing track any time.

With the perfect mix of athleticism and luxury, the new M5 is powered by the 4.4-liter V8 engine that is fitted with the M TwinPower Turbo technology. Given that the engine has undergone changes by none other than the engineers at M, it can deliver output of 441 kW (600 hp) with peak torque of 750 Nm. Thus compared to the previous models, the new model shows that performance has indeed increased significantly. Paired to the engine is the Steptronic 8-speed transmission that comes with Drivelogic. Thus the new M5 can go from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Putting in the M-specific suspension ensures that driving dynamics is optimized. Further, BMW made sure to put focus on weight as it has a significant impact on the performance. Actual weight was lowered by using carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the roof.

Read the entire article BMW M5 (F90) is named fastest 4-door production sedan after breaking records at Shanghai Circuit

During the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in late October and early November, Subaru unveiled the Viziv Performance Concept. Described by the carmaker a sports sedan that builds on its race as well as on its rally heritage, the attention-grabbing Viziv Performance Concept provides a glimpse into the next generation of the Subaru WRX. Now, it seems the next-generation Subaru WRX would be heavily influenced by the design of the Viziv Performance concept.

As revealed by company design chief Mamoru Ishii to British auto magazine Autocar, Subaru is expected to release the next-generation WRX sports sedan in 2020. Ishii noted that when the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Viziv Performance at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the concept received very positive feedback. Thanks to the affirmative response gained by the concept, Subaru decided to transfer many of its design and styling cues to the next-gen WRX, Ishii added. This means customers could expect a number of similarities between the Viziv Performance concept and the next generation of the WRX sports sedan when the latter is launched to the market by the end of the decade.

The Viziv Performance concept is gifted with an aggressive yet elegant front end. Its decidedly aggressive front grille, taut body shape, sporty bonnet scoop and angular wheel arches as well as flared front fenders and sleekly sculpted waist all point to the kind of performance the concept might offer while pointing to Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” design direction. Overall, the Viziv Performance concept features a geometrical shape that would really look great when carried to the new Subaru concept. As Ishii remarked, these design elements would allow the next-gen Subaru WRX to look fast even when at a standstill.

Read the entire article Next-generation Subaru WRX to adopt styling of Viziv Performance Concept

Audi has not been silent about its plans to offer full electric vehicles starting 2020. Earlier, this year, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler revealed plans to release an electric SUV, a compact EV and electric sports car. Now, a recent report revealed that this new electric sports car already has a name – the Audi E-Tron GT.

This was announced by Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The new electric sports car will be a battery-powered all-electric unit that will be underpinned by the same platform that would underpin the upcoming Porsche Mission E, which is also an electric sports car in the making. This architecture is the so-called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is to some extent the luxury version of the MEB platform of the VW Group. Around 60 percent of the vehicles underpinned by PPE would be Audi models, while the rest would be Porsche units.

Porsche has promised to deliver its first all-electric sports car by 2019, while Mertens indicated that Audi will release the E-Tron GT in 2022. Of course, the final production version of the Mission E would contain design elements that would make it easily recognizable as a Porsche. The same would be true for Audi’s upcoming electric sports car; the E-Tron GT would don distinctive design and styling elements that would make it effortlessly identifiable as an Audi. The E-Tron GT is expected to borrow a number design cues from Audi’s newer concept cars like the Q8 as well as from Audi’s other EVs like the outgoing R8 E-Tron.

Read the entire article Audi aims to debut fully electric E-Tron GT sports car in 2022
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