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Vonnen Performance is offering to convert Porsche 911 into a hybrid sports car for $75,000

The only hybrids that automotive customers can get now from Porsche are its Panamera four-door saloon and its Cayenne sports utility vehicle. While the German sports car maker has confirmed that it would build a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 sports car, that won't happen in the near term. For those who can’t wait for Porsche to offer a 911 hybrid, Vonnen Performance is offering to convert your sports car into one.

Porsche’s main reason for not offering a hybrid version of the 911 is that the German company still doesn’t believe that the current battery technology is on par with its expectations for its venerated sports car. But with the rapid pace that the battery technology is growing, that could happen in the next few years. Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume had said that a 911 hybrid may arrive on the mid-cycle refresh of the 992 generation, which should happen by around 2022 or so.

Because Porsche won't do a 911 hybrid now, Vonnen Performance is offering to do so for 911 models built between 2012 and 2016. This also applies for other Porsche offerings currently not having a hybrid version, like the Boxster and the Cayman. The conversion kit and the entire setup would cost a Porsche owner around $75,000.

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Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are limited edition models inspired by iconic 1950s sports cars

They easily look like the modern reincarnationa of the 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and the Ferrari 860 Monza. After all, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 that were recently introduced by Ferrari take inspirations from legendary Ferrari Sports cars of the past in terms of both design and engineering.

The new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are the first models in a new concept of limited-edition special series dubbed as ‘Icona,’ as inspired by the carmaker’s iconic and legendary cars. The Monza SP1 and SP2 essentially blend the evocative design of Ferrari cars in the 1950s and the most advanced technology found in modern sports cars. The 1948 Ferrari 166 MM, the Ferrari 750 Monza and 860 Monza were credited for creating Ferrari’s legend in the 1950s through unprecedented wins in the World Sports Car Championship.

In terms of looks, the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are essentially twins. However, the Monza SP1 is single-seat road car that can only accommodate the driver on the right side. On the other hand, the Monza SP2 is a two-seater that allows the driver to bring along a front passenger to the ride. In the Monza SP2, the tonneau cover has been removed, while a second protective screen and a second roll-bar are added. The front passenger sits in a cockpit that replicates that of the driver, sans the steering wheel and a number of controls.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is a new entry-level hot hatch with 306 hp in tow

Mercedes-AMG has a new entry-level performance model that will compete in the compact segment. Set to go against the Audi S3 hatchback, the new Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is out to prove that premium hot hatches are able to deliver a new level of driving performance on the road.

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC was developed along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, allowing AMG to inject the vaunted AMG DNA into every detail of the new hot hatch. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC makes use of the design idiom of the new A-Class with the addition of distinctive AMG elements.

For instance, the front end of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is marked by a radiator grille with twin louvers, a front splitter and a AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes. Silver chrome trims are also found on the louvers in the outer air intakes. On the sides, the premium hot hatch features side sill panels of the AMG Line as well as aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by a spoiler lip on the roof, two round tailpipe trims and a rear apron with a new diffuser insert.

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BMW M officially presents camouflaged X3 M and X4 M at Nurburgring

BMW M GmbH is getting things all hyped up leading to the impending launch of its BMW X3 M sports activity vehicle and the BMW X4 M sports activity coupe. In an effort to make things more excited and make prospective customers think more about the new X3 M and X4 M, BMW has decided to let the public view their respective prototypes as they tackled the Nurburgring.

BMW’s high performance unit calls the event as the first official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M. However, the event can’t be called an official unveiling, the as both M versions of the X3 and X4 were both heavily camouflaged, and BMW M didn’t really provide more details – especially their actual specs – about these new high performance models. Indeed, a presentation is really the most appropriate word to describe the event.

The official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M, which series development has already been kicked off, took place during the DTM racing weekend at the Nrburgring (September 7 to 9, 2018). During the official presentation, BMW M had prototypes of the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M test driven on the circuit. The prototypes have been camouflaged to indicate their nature as pre-series vehicles, which means that nothing is final yet with regards to the development of the X3 M and the X4 M. Their performances are still being tuned, and their first public appearance is just a showcase of what to expect from these two new M vehicles.

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October 2019 is an important month for Nissan. It marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary 240Z, which is the original Z model from the Japanese carmaker. As part of the celebrations, Nissan is planning to unveil a new Z car – in prototype form -- at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which coincides with the 50th year of the very first Z model.

This was basically confirmed by Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design, during an interview with Whichcar.com.au. Before this confirmation, there had been rumors that Nissan is planning a replacement for the 370Z, which has been in production since nearly 10 years ago. This decade-old two-seater rear-wheel-drive coupe is considered as one of the oldest sports car available in the market. A replacement would hardly surprise anyone, but back then, Nissan had yet to confirm anything.

During an interview with Whichcar.com.au, Albaisa remarked that is a huge pressure in creating a new Z car, adding that he is completely excited that he is in the position to work on the newest Z model. His statement essentially confirmed the rumors and the possibility of a new Z car. This also confirmed that no less than Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design is involved in the project. Nonetheless, many are thrilled that the 370Z won't be continued as another version – instead a new Z car is really on the way. Expect a new Z prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

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Abarth is introducing the all-new 2019 Abarth 595 range, offering a sporty touch and performance, as back by a new suspension, upgraded technology and a powerful engine. The new Abarth 595 essential transform a Fiat 500 into an athletic hatchback that blends style and performance.

The brand with the iconic scorpion badge is offering the new 595 either as a hatchback or a convertible. The new Abarth 595 comes in five different flavors or trim levels: 595 (base), 595 Pista, 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione and 695 Rivale. All versions

All Abarth 595 models are packed with special features that don’t just make them look sportier, but also increase their performance levels. Their redesigned front end has larger air scoop that help manage heat in engine bay while hiking their cooling capacity by 18 percent. The rear bumper, meanwhile, comes with pronounced extractor as well as specific bumper inserts for each trim level.

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Just last month, Aston Martin took the veil off the all-new DBS Superleggera, the British carmaker’s latest V12-powered flagship that marries the dynamics and athleticism of a supercar and the luxurious refinement of a GT. If you are interested in personalizing your own DBS Superleggera without visiting the nearest Aston Martin showroom, then this online configurator is a great help.

The configurator for the Aston Martin took the veil off the all-new DBS Superleggera will prove to be a great aid for interested buyers to ensure that their new super GT is up to their own taste and preferences. Nonetheless, with a starting price of $304,995, the DBS Superleggera isn't that accessible; it is an extraordinary car with extraordinary price. Thus, the online configurator could also serve as a big fan-service to enthusiasts who admire the new DBS Superleggera but whose pockets aren’t deep enough to afford one.

The online configurator for the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera allows one to choose from two color palettes: the typical range of colors from Aston Martin, and the selection of shades exclusive to the Q by Aston Martin service. One can also figure the finish of the carbon fiber exterior body pack, louvers on the bonnet and the sides, mirror caps, roof, roof strake, and underbonnet. There are also options for the tail lights, wheels and brake calipers. Six 21-inch forged wheels are available while the brake calipers can be painted in any of the 12 colors (six regular and six Q by Aston Martin choices.

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Aston Martin has finally unveiled its newest V12-powered flagship that combines the power and sportiness of a super car and the refinement and luxury of a GT – the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

The new Aston Martin combines two names that have been considered memorable names. The name “DBS” is derived from an iconic nameplate that made its debut in 1967. The moniker “Superleggera,” on the other hand, is a tribute by Aston Martin to the groundbreaking innovative lightweight construction methods initiated by renowned Italian coachbuilder, Touring.

Thus, the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera brings the best of two worlds into one Super GT. It boasts of remarkable power and dynamics to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. At the same time, the new DBS Superleggera delivers a high level of craftsmanship as complemented by an opportunity for customers to personalize the Super GT according to their tastes and preferences.

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Mercedes-AMG only came out with the E43 lineup a few years ago, and already, the said model is ready to retire the badge so they could give way for the arrival of the electrified E53 family. It was first revealed at the beginning of the year during the Detroit Auto Show and came in two body styles, a coupe and a cabriolet. These were then followed by the reveal of the sedan and wagon flavours last month.

And according to the automaker, towards the end of the year, Mercedes will be selling the 2019 model year E53 Sedan in the United States, as a replacement of the E43 Sedan, and it will come along with the more upscale two-door E53 models. To make it clear, the name change is just a minor thing.

The real upgrade is in its performance, as it now packs more power. But instead, the new inline six biturbo 3.0 liter engine has an output of 429 horsepower and 384 pound feet of torque. That’s a noticeable difference compared to the old model that offered the output of 396 horsepower and 384 pound feet that came from the former V6 engine.

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Ferrari recently revealed their latest project, dubbed the SP38, which is a one-off based on the 488 GTB that uses its chassis and running gear. This model was ordered from them by one of their most dedicated customers. This customer has allegedly already received the keys to the supercar at the Fiorano track, and the car was put through its paces just after its reveal.

Without a surprise, the car’s design comes from the Ferrari Design Center and reflects the vision of the customer, an enthusiast who has a real passion for racing. The result? A gorgeous supercar that expresses all the beauty and innovation inherent in Ferrari’s road cars - the car is equally as good on the road and on the track. As for the design, it gets most of its inspiration from the iconic F40, from which the three layer metallic red paint also draws impulse. This paint job marks a radical departure from the language aesthetic of the donor car. It also has a twin turbo, twin intercooler set-up.

When you give the front end a closer look, you will notice that it has a pair of unusual headlights, which were especially designed for the SP38. The mandatory daytime running lights have also been moved to the front bumper to allow for an extremely thin headlights form. As a result, this adds more character to the car.

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Two years ago, on around January 2016 was the first time we saw spy shots of the BMW Z4. And today, we still have not seen the actual vehicle in production version, but at least there are spy shots of the roadster depicting a camouflaged prototype. It definitely is no ordinary test vehicle as we are looking at the Z4 M40i, which will be the crown jewel of the range taking into account a full fat Z4 M will not see the light of production day.

As usual, the automaker isn’t giving us that much information about the car, but what we do know is that the range topper is going to be given a newly developed inline six engine that they promise to be extremely powerful.

Aside from power, the M40i will feature a great deal of other goodies, including an M sports brake system, new front axle, a lower sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, as well as a set of M lightweight alloy wheels shod in mixed tires. BMW engineers have also come up with an electronically controlled lock in the rear axle differential to ensure the Z4 will be a proper sports car.

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Subaru WRX and WRX STI fans will soon have a new special edition trim available when the 2019 model year debuts. These will be called Series.Gray and they will be available on both models. The special edition will come with a handful of appearance and performance parts inside and out, but this really isn’t considered to be new information. Sometime around the end of last month, Subaru announced the 2019 WRX and WRX STI and shared with us most of the details of the Series Gray models. What’s new for us would be some details and a number of photographs.

The Series Gray WRX was built off the WRX Premium trim that includes the Performance Package. New features include ultrasuede trimmed Recaro seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, JURID front brake pads, a moonroof delete, LED fog lights, keyless entry with push button start, and LED steering responsive headlights. The special edition will only be available with a six speed manual transmission. The WRX Series Gray comes with a price tag of $32,595.

If you are the type of person who would not settle for something common or usual, or want a more unique WRX STI, then the Series Gray may be right for you. When looking at it from the exterior, the package gets a Cool Gray Khaki paint, exclusive Crystal Black Silica badging, foldable exterior mirror, and 19 inch alloy wheels finished in black. The Brembo brakes have a silver finish with a black STI logo. As you move into the interior, you will notice black Ultrasuede with carbon black leather bolster and ultrasuede steering wheel with red stitching which are all standard. There’s Recaro seats with an eight way power driver’s seat come as standard. Of course, keyless entry with push button start is found in the WRX STI as well.

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During the past few years, many automakers have developed a love-hate relationship towards diesel engines because of strict emission standards. Automakers have built a perception that diesel engines are not clean, and this is why some marques like Volvo and Nissan have decided to completely abandon the fuel type in the next few years.

In contrary to that, there are still other automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Mazda that believe that there still is a future for diesel engined vehicles, mainly because of SUVs. These big cars will need more torque in their power plants without turning a blind eye on fuel consumption.

To add to the list of pro diesel cars, it seems like Alpina will be joining them very soon, the independent performance tuner of BMW. Andreas Bovensiepen, head and son of founder, told Whichcar that he sees the future of diesel powertrains.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Another year means another Formula 1 season. And soon, the 2018 season will kick off this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. This year marks the 23rd consecutive year and Mercedes Benz, again will provide the Safety Car for the most important motorsport event. Since 1996, Mercedes-Benz had been the supplier of the event’s safety car, from way back when it was the C36 AMG, to the Mercedes-AMG GT R today - this might be the most powerful F1 Safety Car of all time.

Under its hood is a biturbo 4.0 liter V8 engine that enables the car to carry out 577 horsepower. During the 2015 to 2017 seasons, the GT R just follows the lesser GT S version. Also, it will be Bernd Maylander who will be behind the wheel of F1’s official Safety Car.

In Maylander’s interview, he said that the highlight of this car would be its driving dynamics. And that he is glad that it is a level higher than the AMG GT S of recent years. He added that the safety car should be deployed as rarely as possible, but when they have to bunch up the Formula 1 field and drive it around the track, then it will be equipped with the AMG GT R.

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