Friday, December 29, 2017

McLaren 720S

McLaren revealed the $285,000+ 720S Supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. The two-seat mid-engine sports car is based on an all carbon-fiber tub and the new 4-liter twin turbo V8.

All 400 of the 720S Launch Edition models were sold pre-production.
The McLaren 720S features McLaren's new M840T engine. Its a 4.0-litre (3994 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 producing 710 bhp @ 7000 rpm, and 568 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm. The McLaren 720S goes from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of 212 mph. (341 km/h)
A Drift mode is offered in addition to Comfort, Sport, and Track settings. A touchscreen infotainment system is standard, as is a digital gauge cluster that hides away in the dashboard when in Track mode.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2018 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo

The Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO is a very proper race car. It's the Lamborghini specifically built for ‘gentleman drivers’ — those with enough money to be racing Lamborghinis on some of the world’s most iconic tracks as a very pricey hobby.

Despite its swagger, the Super Trofeo EVO is heavily based on the Huracán road car, sharing over 70 percent of its parts, including engine and suspension.
The car is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 sending 612 horsepower through a six-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox to the rear wheels. The price starts at $295,000 before delivery.

The car makes its official track debut in the spring of 2018.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

McLaren BP23 Hyper-GT

McLaren is already plotting the P1’s successor to complete the next hypercar holy trinity. Codenamed the BP23 Hyper-GT, the automaker says its next hybrid hypercar will be “the fastest ever McLaren.” the BP23 Hyper-GT is being developed by McLaren’s Special Operations division using a 720S test mule. This is no ordinary 720S. It’s been converted into a three-seater like the McLaren F1.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2018 Lexus LC 500

Lexus dropped a 5.0-litre V-8 under the 2018 Lexus LC 500's hood. This engine sends 471 horsepower and 398 foot-pounds of torque to the rear wheels and will propel the unit from zero to 96 kilometres per hour in 4.5 seconds.

A 10-speed automatic is the only transmission available. There are six different drive modes to choose from.
Four-wheel active steering is a part of the Performance Package, along with massive disc-brake rotors, with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers and a pre-collision system.
The powerplant in the hybrid is a 3.5-litre V-6 mated with a hybrid drive and electric motor, producing 295 hp and 257 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 10-speed is replaced by what Lexus calls a multi-stage transmission — a four-speed automatic embedded inside a continuously variable transmission. This engine totally changes the character of the LC. Gone is the bad-boy. In its place is a sedate grand tourer. Base Price is something around $101,600 with the Performance Package adding $13,500.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Lamborghini Urus SUV

Lamborghini has unveiled the Urus SUV at its headquarters in Sant'Agata, Italy, where the supercar maker owned by the Volkswagen group is expanding the factory to meet utility vehicle demand. The Urus enters a luxury field crowded with the Mercedes G-Class, the Bentley Bentayga and the Porsche Cayenne — and soon to be joined by Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and, gasp, Ferrari.
From being nonexistent in 2006, high-end SUVs have more than quadrupled in sales since 2010, from 4,700 units to almost 21,000 units in 2016, driven by the Mercedes G-Class and Bentley Bentayga.

SUVs are the fastest-growing overall segment of the car market, tripling in sales in a decade from just under 8 million units in 2006 to nearly 26.5 million units last year.
IHS forecasts Urus sales of 2,900 a year to a peak in 2019-2020, putting it on par with the Lamborghini Huracan. And as with cars in the super luxury segment, the profit margins can be large.

In the United States, SUVs are reshaping the luxury market, outpacing car sales and reaching a new audience, with the appeal strongest in trend-setting cities like Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

Friday, December 1, 2017

2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge racer

Ferrari’s 488 GTB was launched in 2015, but the 488 Challenge racer didn't hit the track until the 2017 season. A variety of enhancements include a giant rear wing, an aggressive canard-clad front bumper and a new hood with vents to eject hot air from the radiators in the airflow over the car.

The V8’s 661bhp output is unchanged from the road-going 488 GTB's, but a remap, shorter gear ratios and weight-saving measures throughout should make it feel quicker.
The Side Slip Control software that made its debut in the road car has also been carried over to the racing car, working with the stability control system and electronic differential to fine-tune the car as it slides. There are two traction control dials on the steering wheel.
See ----->
See ----->

Sunday, November 26, 2017

2017 Bentley Continental GT SuperSports

The new 12-cylinder Bentley Continental Supersports is the most powerful Bentley ever. Sporting 700 hp and 750 lb-ft it’s also the quickest and the fastest Bentley ever, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds onto a top speed of 209 mph.

An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. The car weighs 5027 pounds. To rein in all that mass, carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, as is a brake-based torque-vectoring system. The Supersports retains the Continental’s rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and gets a dynamic braking system that brakes the inside rear wheel when cornering at speed.
In order to attain these performance figures, Bentley did serious work to its powertrain. The W12 engine – so named because its 12 cylinders are arranged in a ‘W’ formation as opposed to a ‘V’ – has received enlarged turbochargers, an upgraded cranktrain, new conrod bearings and a better intercooler.
The new Supersports will be limited to just 710 units – matching the car’s 710PS metric power output – across coupe and convertible body styles.
Opting for the nifty convertible imposes a significant price penalty. The convertible is base priced at $325,325, nearly $30,000 more than the coupe, which carries a $296,025 sticker. Of course for that money you get a built-in neck warmer, which Bentley says “makes open-air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn”.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ferrari unveils the 812 Superfast in Hong Kong

Ferrari unveiled its fastest and most powerful model to date, the 812 Superfast, in the city earlier this week. Ferrari says the 812 Superfast “represents the history and the future of the company”
Acceleration from zero to 100km is in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of 340km/hour. (212 mph)

It is the first Ferrari equipped with electric power steering and a virtual short wheelbase 2.0 system, providing better agility and response time to steering wheel input.
See ----->

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2018 Audi R8 Spyder

The all-new 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the fastest convertible model from the brand. Like the R8 Plus coupe, the R8 Spyder Plus sports a wailing 5.2-liter V-10 engine that packs 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 70 hp and 15 lb-ft over the regular model.

The Quattro all-wheel drive is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It’ll get you from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds onto a top speed of 203.8 mph.

The R8 Spyder Plus’ exclusive new micrommata green paint job gives it a Hulk-like appearance
The optional design package has an anthracite gray single frame grille and black tailpipe covers. The interior is in all black Nappa leather. The Spyder V10 also gets a large 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with loudspeakers in the seats. The leather on the bucket seats has a special pigmenting that stops them from heating up in the sun’s rays.
The standard tires are 245/35R-19 front and 295/35R-19 in the back, with 245/30R-20 front and 305/30R-20 rear rubber optional. The electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering comes from ZF. Adaptive, magnetorheological dampers for the suspension are also optional.

The R8 Spyder V10 starts at an absolute rock bottom $177,100, $12,200 more than its fixed roof counterpart. Carbon ceramic brakes bolster the bottom line by a whopping $9,900.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Glickenhaus SCG 004S

The latest from Glickenhaus is the SCG 004S. The car packs a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 making 650 hp and 531 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a paddle-shifted automatic. At 2,600 pounds, thanks to copious carbon fiber one gets a power-to-weight ratio of 4 pounds per horsie.

The SCG 004 also comes in at a highly reasonable $400K. The company says it will be ready in early 2019.
There's room for 3 bums in the street version. Glickenhaus has plans to build GT3 and GTE/GTLM racing versions, with a view to one day competing at Le Mans.
The long-term plan is for 250 cars a year by 2021.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Schumacher’s Monaco-winning Ferrari sells for record $7.5m

Michael Schumacher’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 has sold for $7,504,000, a record for a modern-era Formula 1 car. A six-minute battle between eight bidders saw the machine blow past it's pre-sale estimate of $4m. The Ferrari F2001, chassis #211, helped power Schumacher to the fourth of his seven world titles.
Michael Schumacher - Scuderia Ferrari - Ferrari F2001