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Belgian granny is caught doing 147 mph on her Porsche Boxster GTS

One sleepless night in June 2016, a 79-year-old Granny from Belgium took her Porsche for a ride to try to clear her head. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, except Grandma pushed herself to the limits and drove all the way to 147 mph. Apparently, the incident was caught by Namur Belgium’s speed camera so there’s no denying that it was her driving the sports car in that speed.

Gazet Van Antwerpen, a local news reporter, said that the elderly woman was headed to court earlier this week to face charges for driving well over 236 kilometers per hour. While at the court hearing, the lady admits that she was indeed the one driving the Porsche Boxster GTS last year but she hadn’t realized it was going too fast. Granny thinks it’s “not a problem” if she had to pay the fine of €4,000 (that’s about 4,663 USD after the current exchange rates) as imposed by the Public Prosecutor. Besides the hefty sum of money, she’s also banned from driving for 3 months as a result of over speeding.

The Porsche Boxster GTS is pretty fast, considering it weighs nearly 3,000lbs and has a total output of 330hp. The GTS of course stands for Gran Turismo Sport, which means that its performance capabilities are undoubtedly excellent. With a top speed that can go for up to 173mph and acceleration from zero to 62mph in 4.7 seconds, it is no wonder that granny was able to reach those speeds that fateful evening. These numbers, by the way, are based on the technical specs from Porsche’s official website.

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Ferrari pampers its customers with 15-year warranty and transferable coverage

Ferrari has recently launched the New Power15 extended warranty program. The company developed this program in response to the notion that supercars are very expensive to maintain. Truth be told, it’s this impression that has dissuaded many car enthusiasts from taking the plunge into the uber-luxurious car club.

So with the new warranty program, the company’s coverage will include their new and old customers’ mechanical components up to 15 years. These major mechanical components include the engine, gearbox, suspension, power transfer unit, and steering. But the best thing about the New Power 15 is that this privilege can be transferred from the original owner to the new owners of the car, if it is a second-hand model. Furthermore, this applies to pre-owned Ferraris that go through “specific technical checks” and pass the test. So far, this is probably the best deal we’ve heard from any automaker. It’s also the longest warranty you could get from any brand out there.

That is not all. To make it clear, this sits on top of Ferrari’s existing four-year bumper-to-bumper warranty along with the seven-year maintenance-free program that new Ferrari customers get. Moreover, customers can purchase an additional year of full coverage, that can be added to the New Power that only begins on the sixth year. If you plan to keep your Ferrari maintained for more decades, you can extend this warranty yearly.

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2017 Honda Civic Tour to feature OneRepublic and their one-off Type R

Aside from fronting Honda’s annual summer tour, pop rock band OneRepublic was also given an opportunity to customize a 2017 Honda Civic Type R. The car is a one-off and was made for the “Civic Tour City Flavour” event where music fans, foodies, and car enthusiasts will gather for a pop-up food experience with a number of food trucks serving up local dishes.

As mentioned earlier, the event focuses on music, food and cars. OneRepublic was asked to customize and sign not just a Honda Civic Type R, but also a Rebel motorcycle that will be showcased throughout the Honda Civic Tour. Looking at the exterior design, the hatchback got a unique design that is inspired by the band. It indicates some modern elements in terms of the architecture, that is painted in two black finishes - glossy and matte, with bold red accents.

Honda Civic Type R is already sweet as it is, but it catches even more attention with the OneRepublic livery. Though the design may not please everybody’s taste, it is still unique in its own way, most specially because it is a one-off. This event will give people the chance to get to know the Civic Type R up close and personal.

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You can have this unique Pearl Brown Lexus LFA for $645K

Unlike black, silver, and red - brown is not one of the most common shades you would see on a car, especially on limited edition models like the 2012 Lexus LFA.

A couple of years ago, Lexus came out with the LFA supercar and decided they would only build 500 examples of the said model. Years later, the Japanese sports coupe has become hot in the second-hand market. Originally priced at $375,000 in the United States, buyers are willing to spend almost double the amount for a second hand unit. An example would be this Pearl Brown LFA, which is supposed to be a one-off, that’s being offered for $645,000 on James Edition.

This bronze LFA is equipped with a 4.8 liter V10 that can generate an impressive 552 horsepower (412 kilowatts) at 8,700 rpm with a torque of 354 pound-feet (480 Newton metres). In just 3.6 seconds, the LFA could go from 0 - 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), and can continue to a top speed of 202 miles per hour (325 kph). Despite all that power, this example has only been driven by a total of 1,074 miles. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that gives power to the rear-wheels.

Read the entire article You can have this unique Pearl Brown Lexus LFA for $645K

If you are a huge fan of the hardcore GTS version, you probably know that the closest you could get to that model is the upgraded model of the M4 -- the BMW M4 CS that has a 460 horsepower (343-kilowatt) engine capable of going from 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. But guess what? It seems like the four-door M3 will be getting the same treatment sometime soon.

Well, the German company has been making use of their “CS” trademark filings. BMW has filed “CS” names with trademarks that range from “M1 CS” to “M8 CS” - that is a lot if you think about it. This is probably their strategy to keep up with the growing lineup of Mercedes-AMG vehicles.

In fact, it was stated by Bimmer Today, a German publication, that the new M3 (F80) CS will be the most powerful M3 of all time, and it is scheduled to come out next year. It will be getting 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) from the same 3.0-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine, as that of the M4 CS. According to some rumours, the engine will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Read the entire article BMW M3 (F80) CS with 460 hp will arrive in 2018

The Lotus Evora Sport 410 astonished the world after arriving as the more powerful and lighter edition of the already impressive Evora 400. Now, Lotus Cars is throwing in another amazing version of the Evora that is more powerful and ever lighter than the Sport 410 – the new Lotus Evora GT430.

Lotus described its latest creation as it most potent road-going model ever. The carmaker also called the Evora GT430 as a beautiful and pure combination of elegance and power. Of course, the secret to this is not just the distinctive design and unique body work of the new Evora GT430. Aside from employing a more powerful development of its 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, Lotus has made full advantage of its prowess and expertise in the field of lightweight engineering. Moreover, the carmaker made sure that the new Evora GT430 comes with advanced aerodynamics, providing the vehicle with a lot of downforce to match its superior firepower.

Installed at the core of the new Evora GT430 is a 3.5-liter supercharged and charge-cooled V6 engine that is also found in the Evora Sport 410. However, this mill is now tuned to deliver more output to 430 hp (436 PS) at 7,000 rpm as well as more torque 440 Nm (325 lbft) available at 4,500 rpm. Lotus was able to squeeze more torque from the engine by employing an air-to-liquid gearbox cooler. Interestingly, the new Evora GT430 comes with a titanium exhaust, which is around 10 kg lighter than in the Evora Sport 410. The V6 engine sends power to the wheels of the Evora GT430 through a standard six-speed manual transmission with a low-inertia, single-mass flywheel. The new Evora GT430 also employs a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) for better traction and faster exit speeds during cornering.

Read the entire article Lotus launches most powerful and lightest Evora so far - the GT430

The Europe-bound WRC hatch developed by Toyota and Gazoo Racing team will be limited to just 400 examples as reported by AutoCar this week. Otherwise known as Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring, the GRMN variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will likewise arrive in the UK with not more than 100 units to be sold. It also seems that the Japanese brand has no plans of introducing the sports hatch in the US but is said to be eyeing the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST as the Yaris’ closest competitors.

Fresh from its debut earlier this year in Switzerland, the hatch boasts a powerful 205hp (153kW) 1.8 liter supercharged engine. The car should be capable of 6.3 second acceleration from zero to 100km/h based on the prototype review conducted by TopGear.

Aside from the uprated power, this new Yaris with racing DNA comes with the new 17” BBS multi spoke wheels, a new set Bridgestone high performance tyres and a larger diameter front anti roll bar with additional bracing between the front and rear suspension.

Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is limited to only 400 units for Europe, including 100 for the UK

Two years ago, there was a patent filed by Honda Motors under the name “baby NSX”. It then had a angular sports car design that is clearly mid-engine, and had a soft top. Looking at the image from two years ago, you would actually think it could be a Lamborghini, except it is not.

On June 26, the European Union Intellectual Property Office published some images that are very similar to the one from two years ago, but these are much better as it appears to have lost its roof and windshield so we could see what’s inside of it. And based on the images, the driver-focused cabin looks very similar to the NSX. Though we think that it might have the name “ZSX” instead because exactly a year before this had been published, the Japanese automaker registered that name with EUIPO. This strengthens the possibility that the 2015 and the 2017 models may be related.

The images suggest that both models are similar not only from the shape of the lights and the grille, but also the front fender vent and the lines that run from it. Some of these elements may even remind you of the Japanese version S660 kei roadster, while the large angular intakes are like that of the Acura NSX. There is also a noticeable pushbutton transmission setup in the center console, that is like the Acura.

Read the entire article Interior images of Honda ‘Baby NSX’ are seen in patent filing

On July 19, Mark Adams, Opel Design’s Vice President announced that the GSi badge will be returning to one of their current models. Initially, you would think that it would be an Astra GSi. But the company unexpectedly revealed that it would be an Insignia GSi, which looks even sharper and sportier than it already is as the standard model. The company has also released a teaser photo of the car dressed in red.

The GSi variant is not an all-out performance variant. However, it does come with a handful of upgrades ranging from the design, suspension, brakes, to the interior. On the outside, the five-door GSi looks significantly different from the standard model with the new bumpers with larger intakes, a set of 20-inch wheels, stylish rear spoiler, red brake calipers, and a sportier side skirt.

2018 Opel Insignia GSi’s cabin will be equipped with state-of-the-art sports seats that will ensure support and comfort over long distance driving, according to Opel. Similar with the range topping model of the standard Insignia, the GSi’s front seats offer ventilation, heating and massage functions, as well as adjustable side bolsters. Customers can customize the interior with the choice of two exclusive leather upholsteries, with the GSi emblem of course.

Read the entire article Opel surprises us with the new 2018 Insignia GSi

The long awaited 2018 Buick Regal GS has finally been revealed by the company, following several leaked photos and information in the past few months. The thing is, if you’ve been keeping up with the leaked reports, there won’t be surprises left for you. All of the details have been pretty much covered. Basically, the Regal GS is a five-door, all-wheel drive with a sexy style and a touch of luxury. Needless to say, it’s also performance-focused.

Starting off with performance, under the hood is a 3.6 liter naturally-aspirated V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. Although this is an upgrade from the last turbocharged GS, the Regal GS’ performance is not as impressive as we expected, since the LaCrosse has the same output. Also, it pales in comparison when being compared to the Chevrolet Camaro that comes with a 3.6 liter mill, producing 335 horses. But not to worry as the 310 horsepower should be fast enough for a nice cruise. It also features an integrated auto start/stop and cylinder deactivation.

A nine-speed automatic transmission will be tied with the engine, which will also give power to the all-wheel drive setup with an active twin clutch that will enable power to be shuffled between the front and rear wheels so it can perform better. Moreover, the Regal GS comes standard with Buick’s Interactive Drive Control system where the driver can choose driving modes like standard, Sport, or GS for a more focused drive. When driving, the system makes use of the company’s Continuous Damping Control that can adjust suspension as much as 500 times per second.

Read the entire article 2018 Buick Regal GS is officially out, price starts at $39,990

Even before Toyota, or in extension Lexus, makes an official announcement about the arrival of the more hardcore version of the LC performance coupe, certain details are already circulating over the specs of this variant—the Lexus LC F. Just recently, a Japanese Web site has said that the new Lexus LC F is being geared to offer a performance level that would be at par with the Japanese monster Nissan GT-R Nismo and the German powerhouse Mercedes-AMG GT.

In case you missed it, there have been speculations that Lexus could be planning hardcore variant of the LC. But it’s highly possible that it’s already in the midst of developing such a model after it was reported that Toyota Motors Corp. had applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Lexus intended the LC to fully highlight its sporting credentials and its renewed focus on dynamism. Offering an F version that could take on some of the known performance cars would be a natural and logical step. Not only that, other Lexus coupes like the RC also had an F version. Thus, Toyota’s trademark application could serve as a vital clue to Lexus’ plans to offer an LC F.

Read the entire article Lexus LC F would be as potent as Nissan GT-R Nismo and Mercedes-AMG GT

Ever since Mazda discontinued the iconic RX-8 rotary sports cars, there have been rumors and speculations that it would proceed with the eventual rotary successor, the RX-9. These rumors were never confirmed as true and yet they keep on resurrecting. Just lately, a number of Web sites in Asia have reported that Mazda would be unveiling the new RX-9 at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show slated in October.

According to the Web sites – among them are LeVolant Boost, Thairath and Auto Sina – the new Mazda RX-9 would still be powered by a rotary engine, an evolutionary version that the carmaker just patented in 2016. Featuring a power output of over 400 hp (298 kW), this new rotary engine is quite different from the usual rotaries that Mazda had employed.

For instance, this engine was rotated 180 degrees about its longitudinal axis, allowing it to offer packaging under the hood. This layout allows the rotary engine to have a top-mounted turbocharger and high exhaust ports, thereby freeing up more room in the engine bay to be used for additional suspension components. Moreover, the evolutionary rotary engine will feature a tri-angle rotor and new fuel injectors – all located in proximity to the combustion chamber thereby helping improve fuel efficiency. Interestingly, the decision to phase out the RX-8 was due to the rotary engine not being able to meet emissions regulations.

Read the entire article New Mazda RX-9 rotary sports car to be unveiled at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Haven’t you ever wondered how Ferrari’s names and numbers were actually derived? As it is Ferrari’s 70th year in the industry, we believe that it’s only fair that we shed light on this.

After all, the designated letters and numbers like the 275GTB/4 for example can be a tad confusing to some. To explain the meaning of its names, we have gathered a simple guideline as to how these names were made.

Read the entire article The meaning behind some of Ferrari’s names and numbers

Buick finally reveals the 2018 model year of the Regal GS, except the one we are seeing is for the Chinese market. But not to worry as the American version of the sporty midsize sedan will look almost identical as this one. In fact, the previous models look the same in both countries.

So far, we have only seen two images of the new 2018 Buick Regal GS. One of the exterior, and the other one of the interior. Based on what we can see here, the 2018 model year now comes with sportier bumpers with a pair of huge air vents. The new grille gets a mesh pattern, which is different from the standard Regal and the Tourx wagon that come with vertical fins.

Moving on to the profile of the Regal GS, its side skirts have become bulkier, paired with a set of huge black alloy wheels with Brembo brake calipers in red that acts as a contrast. As for the rear, the sedan will be having a more aggressive bumper and larger trapezoidal exhaust tips like the ones we saw in the spy shots earlier on.

Read the entire article Chinese version of the 2018 Buick Regal GS is officially unveiled

The wait is over for those who have been waiting to see more of the 2018 Renault Megane RS. Though, the actual model will be officially revealed in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, patent images have already been published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). These images show the hatch's built from every angle, exposing all of its features without any kind of camouflage.

Overall, the performance model looks significantly sportier and more aggressive than its GT counterpart. The patent images had the same design elements from the teasers and spy shots that we have seen earlier. These elements include: flared wheel arches on the car's profile, huge air vents up front, and a trapezoidal exhaust tip.

Other than what we have already seen before, there are some bits that are new to us like the headlights up front that are not like the other Megane models, as well as the taillights on the rear end of the car. The bumpers just by the taillights also look more muscular with two side scoops. Like the Clio RS, the Megane gets the same checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights.

Read the entire article Patent images of 2018 Renault Megane RS are here

Amid the sales drop of some of its models in the US and the UK, Hyundai has become more impassioned to step up its game. The Korean automaker introduced a new performance hatchback, the 2018 Hyundai i30 N to compete against the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 308 GTi, and Ford Focus ST.

The standard i30 N hatchback has a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that can generate 247 horsepower. This model can do the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 6.4 seconds. But you can always get the optional Performance Pack if you wish to have more power. Adding this pack will let your i30 N produce up to 271 horsepower, which reduces the car’s 0-62 time down to 6.2 seconds with launch control engaged. Both flavours have a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), and a torque of 260 pound-feet (352 Newton-metres).

During the development process of the i30 N, the company spent over 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) of testing at the Nurburgring. This enabled engineers to develop a track-focused car. The 2.0 liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission that features rev matching for smoother shifts, as well as an electronic differential. The hatchback was also given several drive modes including Eco, Normal, Sport, N mode and N Custom. The N mode alters the dampers, steering weight and throttle responsiveness, while the N Custom lets you adjust the i30 N the way you like it.

Read the entire article Hyundai heats up hot hatch rivalry with the new i30 N

As automotive companies build faster cars, it will come to a point where horsepower will exceed the grip level of even the best and most expensive tires. Though there are a couple of ways to improve traction, from trick differentials, traction control, and torque vectoring, the next step would be changing the setup to an all-wheel-drive.

At the recent 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, CEO of McLaren Mike Flewitt spoke to Car and Driver magazine. And during their interview, he said that the company might come up with all-wheel-drive variants of their current lineup very soon. This means that they will veer from their rear-wheel-drive strategy that works best for power and 0-60 superiority.

Though he made it clear that it isn’t what the company is focused on right now, he said that they are “getting close to the limit” and that they will have to transition to an all-wheel-drive setup after reaching the limit. Here, Flewitt is referring to the limits of what a tire can handle - the best tires I must say.

Read the entire article Future McLaren models may get AWD setup, CEO Flewitt says

Walkinshaw. That is the new name that will be replacing Australia’s Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) brand. Rumours have been going around that Holden’s performance division is aiming to rebrand the company by next year, according to Car Advice.

This will however remain as rumours until it is officially announced by the company. But then again, this information is based on “credible and varying sources” who suggest that there will be an announcement sooner or later. In addition, there are three dealers that have confirmed the name change. However, we should never validate anything unless the company takes action, or at least confirms it.

We received hints of this development when Premoso Pty Ltd, which operated HSV, announced a huge 25 percent profit increase in the 2016 calendar year.

Read the entire article HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) is rumored to be rebranded to Walkinshaw next year

At the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we witnessed a number of awesome cars, major debuts, and some crazy crashes. That’s what makes it an exciting event. But in the end, it’s all about performance where people compete for the fastest lap at the hill - hence, the event name.

In this event, there are two main categories namely: the Supercars and the smaller Race Cars for the Road. Beginning with the latter, for this year’s race, the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Mono took home the victory with an impressive 49.54-second lap time. The Caterham Seven 620R came in second with 50.01 seconds, while in third place with 50.83 seconds is the Radical RXC Turbo.

Oliver Webb was the test driver behind the wheels of the BAC Mono. He said in an interview that it will always be a close race between them, the Caterham and the Radical. At the same time, he was very happy to top the leaderboard this year. He also said that they pushed the Mono hard, but it reacted well and even finished with a great time.

Read the entire article BAC Mono grasps victory at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb

Classic cars are hard to find. One of the few would be the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, which only had 500 units made. A lot of these cars were given a standard all-black finish, though a few of the whale tails were painted in white and moonstone blue; and only one out of the five hundred was painted in a nice shade of grey.

The Sierra RS500 may not be as powerful as its racing counterpart, which produces a whopping 500 horsepower. It can even be pushed to a maximum of 570 horsepower, but we can say that it is still much faster than a lot of cars out there. The model comes with a 2.0 liter engine with a Garrett turbocharger that enables it to carry out 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (227 Newton-metres) of torque. This road-legal version, with its RWD setup can hit 0-62 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kph). These numbers are still very impressive in today’s standards.

In the span of 30 years, the #387 Sierra Cosworth RS500 has only been driven for under 11,000 miles (17,702 kilometers) by its owner. And earlier this year, Cosworth specialist John Taylor brought the car back to life by giving the car a complete service - from receiving new fluids, belts, battery, a fuel tank, and also by installing new brake discs on both the front and rear axles.

Read the entire article A limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is up for grabs
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