With Jaguar recently launching its new F-Type sports car, the sporty side of the larger Jaguar XK has largely been made redundant. Although the XK has always been more of a GT car than the F-Type, with it rivalling the Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum has stated that the next-generation XK “could grow into the luxury market”.
Callum went onto state that the F-Type has inevitably allowed “the car [XK] to become a bit more special than a GT” and “whether it stays the same as a two-plus-two or becomes a two-plus-more-than-two has not been committed to yet.”
If the XK were to “grow in size” it’s likely that everything else about the car would grow also. This could include the engine, the curb weight and of course the car’s price. What exactly Callum means by “grow in size” isn’t yet fully known, but Jaguar can only make the XK more luxurious to an extent where it won’t impede on sales of the brand’s flagship luxury car, the XJ.
The video was shot by Nue Vue Productions on YouTube as a behind the scenes video of a short film being created by Prestige Imports Miami to celebrate this unique Project AU 79 gold-plated Lamborghini Aventador.
The four and a half minute video showcases the Aventador performing a selection of risky stunts in a crowded shipping port with it four-wheel drifting and making fast passes by the camera.
We have to take our hats off to the owner of the car, as most Aventador owners who decide to cover their car in gold would simply use it as a piece of art and rarely drive it. This owner on the other hand is more than happy to risk getting a few stone chips in order to put together a great clip showcasing this unique Aventador!
Featuring a Tom Walkinshaw-developed 3.5 liter V6 race engine as used in the Group C XJR-10/11racers, the resulting numbers were 550hp and 645Nm of torque not to mention the twin Garrett T3 turbochargers. The XJ220 was the first roadcar to exploit under-body airflow and venturi to generate downforce of around 3,000lb for high-speed stability.
Yes, I agree that from reading the title of this article you’ll be asking yourself “Why drag a 350hp 1M Coupe against a 600+hp SpeedArt BTR600 Porsche 911 Turbo, isn’t the result obvious?” A 350hp vs 350hp battle, or a 600hp vs 600hp drag race may have been much closer, but this is still a thrilling drag racing video and well worth watching!
Well, even though the result may be obvious, it still doesn’t detract from what is a thrilling race. Sure the SpeedArt tuned 911 may walk away with the victory, but it’s interesting to see just how much faster a car with 600hp is compared to one with 350hp. Add to that the fact that one is all-wheel drive and the other is rear-wheel drive, and it begins to seem as though the BMW 1M Coupe actually did quite an impressive job.
Posted on 12.27.2012 03:35 by Sulthoni
Many consider that electricity holds the key for the future of cars and motorcycles. And there is no wonder why, since the electric technologies offer a lot of advantages, the biggest one being that they are more efficient than any type of combustion engine.
The Frog eBike is one of the newest electric concepts and besides its efficiency is also fully recyclable. The concept was penned by Jin Soek Hwang and features a futuristic design language. Unfortunately we don’t have any engine specifications so we don’t know if the bike is as capable as its sporty design suggests.
Though, we know that the Frog eBike is equipped with monoshock suspension for the rear wheel and comes with a unique digital cluster. We also know that the electric motor is placed in the back tire while, the battery pack is placed beneath the chassis.
The Frog eBike Concept draws inspiration from the Yamaha FZ750 and has been displayed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Frog eBike Concept is Inspired from Yamaha FZ750 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:35 EST.
2012 has been nothing been short of a stellar year for Italian hypercar maker Pagani Automobili. Their brand new Huayra, despite having a name that a sum total of three people can actually pronounce correctly, accumulated more acclaim in one year than just about any other car — hypercar or otherwise.
And as such, you can expect Horacio and his team wanted to celebrate. Auto journalists the world over have flaunted the occasion, the sheer presence, of the car. “It is a machine so unlikely ever to be real, it may be a unicorn”, originally quoted as Richard Hammond’s reaction after driving the car has become the mantra of many enthusiasts.
A car like the Huayra is a miracle of engineering. Not because of the mathematics and design behind it – which are spectacular – but because it is unfathomable that a car of this nature can exist in 2012. The Huayra, whose design drew skepticism at first look, truly has transcended the criticism and become the benchmark hypercar. A massive achievement.
The Huayra was named car of the year, or a variant of, in no less than three of the most prestigious publications in Europe. EVO, Top Gear and CAR Magazine’s all chose the Huayra for a top spot on one of their end-of-year lists. Undoubtedly something that Horacio is supremely proud of. And he has every right to be.
Check out the video, which details Pagani’s 2012 journey with the Huayra highlighting the reactions from media outlets around the world. Spoiler: they all thought it was amazing. The cinematography on display is truly a work of art, suitable only for a car like the Huayra.
Oh and do not forget to read our own road test of the Pagani Huayra.
Almost no car can compete with the popularity of tuning and modifying Corvette’s. As a matter of fact, Chevrolet Corvette’s in their outgoing generation have become increasingly popular to tune in the United States by firms such as Hennessey Performance and it’s little wonder why.
When specced correctly, Corvette’s are able to handle up to 2,000hp at the crank, like the one in this video, and can consequently become some of the fastest accelerating automobiles on the market.
At the recent Texas Invitational Event presented by Momentum BMW back in on the 12th-14th of October, a blue Corvette C6 producing 2,000hp thanks to two turbocharges was pitted against a highly-modified Nissan GT-R in a rolling drag race.
The result is one of the closest drag’s you’re ever likely to see and even though no details have been released about the tune of the GT-R, it’s very likely that it would be producing well over 1,000hp considering how close it is to the Corvette at the finish line.
RevoZport have another styling kit to offer us, this time it is based on the BMW F10M M5! Subtlety is key to this kit, its designed to look comparable to the OEM body kit, yet it adds an extra quality feel to it as all parts are constructed from carbon fiber.
The complete aerodynamic kit adds six elements. It includes a carbon front grill, a set of carbon mirror covers, a carbon fender grill, a carbon front splitter, a carbon rear adjustable diffuser and a carbon trunk lip spoiler.
Prices are available from RevoZport on request.
As with the other models, the SL 65 AMG doesn’t require a set of spacers and gets a lowered module. The outer rims of the roadster measure four inches at the front and five inches at the rear. Again, they feature a TUV certificate!
These wheels measure 21×9 front and 22×12 at the rear, and feature matte black centres and spokes with matte titanium outers and titanium wheel nuts.
This particular Ferrari 458 Italia was fitted by the team over at Autodynamica Performance in Houston, Texas and one of the car’s standout features (besides the new wheels) are the Ferrari 430 Scuderia racing stripes down the center of the car.
Posted on 12.20.2012 20:00 by
VF Engineering is really into breaking the mold when it comes to developing programs for some of the world’s finest supercars. The American aftermarket company definitely knows a power upgrade when they see one and their latest offering for the mighty German beast, the Audi R8 V10, is no different.
With some help from fellow Audi aftermarket wizard Stassis Engineering, VF Engineering took the R8 V10’s massive 5.2-liter engine and made serious work out of it, highlighted by the addition of a bolt on roots style supercharger system and an Eaton/Magnuson TVS2300 four-lobe roots blower with an air/water aftercooling system that boosts up the R8 V10’s output from the standard 520 horsepower and 390 pounds-per-feet of torque figures all the way up to 720 horsepower and 590 pounds-per-feet of torque. That impressive bump in output is particularly jacked up because of the resulting lag-free instant punch of 5psi from as little as 2,000rpm, with the boost gradually climbing all the way up to 6.5psi at redline.
And should the R8 V10 be using a 91 or 93 octane, the stock engine programming is then recalibrated by VF courtesy of an OBD2 port electronic flash.
For all of the program’s downright awesomeness, there is one bit of bad news out there for anybody interested in getting this package. It’s not compliant with the California Air Resourse Board and cannot be used on public roads in California.
Audi R8 V10 Stassis by VF Engineering originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:00 EST.
Exotic supercar gather is an understatement for this private event in Southern California. The word ‘Uber’ comes into mind when you even take a glimpse at any of these pictures from Dirk A. Photography.
From the multi-million dollar mansion, to two Lamborghini Diablo GTRs and a Ferrari Enzo, these pictures will probably be found on your PC hard drive, for a very long time. But that is not all, in the gallery below you will come across many other supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari, some rare and some more common. Just enjoy the wonderful of lineup of unique cars featuring two Lamborgini Countachs.
On the left hand side the SUV was fitted with VVS-CV3 wheels finished in matte graphite. Both the front and rear axle received 22×10.5 inches of these wheels with Vossen accompanying the photoshoot with a video of the same Rover.
The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover also received a slightly different set of wheels on the right hand. Vossen choose their VVS-CV1, which feature a matte black machined finish. They size 22×10.5 inches across all four corners.
A US Police Office, Sergent Carl T (formally Tennenbaum) is apparently being investigated for what he claims was a 100mph joy ride in a Lamborghini. It is alleged that he posted a video on Facebook with the comment: “100 Miles per hour in the Lambo, it’s roomier than you think. Plus we were all drunk.”
Sergent T has been transferred to a desk job at headquarters while an internal affairs investigation is carried out. At the moment, there’s no information to suggest that the officer was actually driving the Lamborghini.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr passed comment on the incident stating that “obviously, it’s just beyond irresponsible and dumb. If it plays out the way it certainly looks like it’s going to, the discipline will be swift and severe. It’s going to be a very stiff suspension to be sure.”
The incident happened in San Francisco’s Broadway Tunnel.
The M badge has returned to the BMW 1-Series in the shape of the 2012 BMW M135i. The Germans from Munich have used the M Performance line up to come up with a model that slots in between BMW’s regular models and the BMW M Power series with its 1-Series M Coupe. Following the footsteps of the 1M and its ‘normal’ ancestor, the 135i Coupe, the F20 M135i is not particular a successor of both, but more like an uprated and higher positioned version of the standard newly-introduced three-door 1-Series.
Time for us to have a go in the rival to Audi’s RS3, AMG’s upcoming A45 and Volkswagen’s Golf R. Available for a day was an Alpine White M135i fitted with 18 inch double spoke wheels shod in 225/40 and 245/35 tires and dressed in a dark grey color, which correspond to the similar colored front air vents and mirror caps. Other noticeable differences with respect to a standard 1-Series are the shadow-line exterior, M body package, the two exhaust pipes and blue painted four-pot alloy calipers. The questionable exterior looks are still there, somehow they do not seem to stand out like its 3- and 5-Series family members.
Under the hood of the M135i, you will find a similar powerplant to the E82 135i and 1M, a 3.0 liter six-in-line turbocharged engine. The new M135i uses a twinscroll setup, like the facelifted E82 135i. The old 1M and pre-facelift 135i use the old-fashioned and more fuel consuming twin-turbocharged engine. The output of the M135i’s powerplant is 320hp at 5,800rpm and 450Nm between 1,300 – 4,500rpm. This is 18hp more than the 135i and 20 less than the 1M. The Newtonmeters went up with 50Nm with respect to the 135i. The 1M has either 400 or 450Nm available depending on the M setting.
Acceleration from zero to 100km/h is done in 5.1 seconds for the six-speed manual version and 4.9 for the eight-speed automatic sports transmission with gearshift paddles integrated in the steering wheel. The top speed is a limited 250km/h, which we reached easily on German Autobahn. The acceleration times are quite similar for all models. There is not much between them. The availability of both gearboxes is not new, but the use of an eight-speed gearbox in a 1-Series was a first for us.
The acceleration of the M135i is shift, precise and manically quick. The gearbox is an excellent companion for the engine and offers a sportive manner when the Sport mode is selected and while you use the short paddle shifters. There is no long wait for the power to arrive. The gearbox shifts down fast and the turbo is spooled up by 2,500rpm. Shifts of full throttle are accompanied by a neck wrenching pull by the torque and an excellent dark snarl from the exhaust tuned by the M division. Totally new for the model in this range! The soundtrack of the exhaust is 90 percent true and 10 percent artificial via the speakers in the back. One of our rear passengers noticed the speakers producing some additional sound.
The most noticeable difference compared to the 1M and the previous 135i are the suspension and the steering. The newly fitted electric steering in the M135i is pretty close to what we remember from the BMW 1M. The gap between both is surprisingly small in Sport mode with additional modes offering a more relax driving manner. The M135i feels agile on its toes, communicative and is easier to place into turns than the previous 135i. It even has two turns between locks!
The suspension offers two flavors; with and without active dampers. Our test car had it all, and it proved to be wonderful. It’s supple around town, with only a slight edge to its initial bump response on harsh potholes and expansion gaps. The M135i’s ride is less maskingly firm. You could even call it comfortable for a hot hatch. On curving mountain roads the M Performance family member opens up its manners displaying its tremendous cornering grip and near-perfect balance. It distances itself from the previous series and grabs the 1M by its neck.
The more uncompromising character of the 1M Coupe lets it eventually stand out and set better lap times. The overall levels of grip and balance are slightly better due it is wider front and rear track, and the availability of a proper limited slip M diff instead of the M135i’s open differential which receives help from the electronics and the rear brakes. Still the differences are smaller than expected, and not worth the major price difference between the two.
The customer has a long list of options to choose from. Our test car was fitted with almost every option you can think of like a Dakota Black leather package, comfort access keys, rear view camera, electric roof, electric and heated seats, park distance control, adaptive front lights, dynamic cruise control, and the Harman Kardon Professional sound and navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity and BMW ConnectDrive.
The M upgrades were M135i door sills and a M badge on the steering wheel. The design of cabin is not particular our cup of tea, but after a few hours we started to enjoy it. The back seats do not offer as much legroom as the average front-wheel-drive hatch, but that is a common point to note with RWD cars. Overall, the interior is sufficient and offers a pleasant place to stay.
The M135i is unique in the hot hatch segment due to its RWD layout, and this makes it more enjoyable than the average FWD or AWD hot hatch. Still, the M135i does not make a 100 percent score. Even though it steers almost as good as a 1M and managed to improve itself on every single point with respect to the previous 135i – which was only available as a Coupe – the M135i looks are an immediate downfall. The 1-Series is still not a definite looker and needs some additional aggressiveness. The M package is surely a leap forward, but a different color than white would suite him even better. Perhaps, one of those Frozen Grey, White, Red or Blue colors from the M Performance M3 and M5 would come in handy!
The smallest M Performance sports car is a definite must-have with respect to other offerings, like the old-fashioned RS3, the single-minded Megane RS, or the AWD Golf R. In the end, it proved to be one of the most entertaining models in the entire BMW range, offering a truly memorable go for the money with a surprising soundtrack and a highly capable and entertaining chassis besides. It surely encompasses abilities which proved to be close to the 1M’s key abilities. It even adds those into a compromising and comfortable BMW-like package capable of transporting you everywhere on a daily basis, even sideways. Oh, and for those interested a four-wheel drive version is on its way!
Edo Competition completed the one-off Ferrari ZXX a few months ago after the original car crashed into a salt water lack in 2011 and since releasing the car back in October, this very special Enzo has already been spotted once on the road, and most recently, at the ZR Exotics showroom.
Filmed by keno0311 on YouTube, the video gives us how first glimpse into how the car sounds on startup followed by a few nice revs and its resemblance to a completely race-derived engine becomes apparent.
Edo Compeition received the car immediately from Zahir Rana after the crash in Canada at Targa Newfoundland 2011 and immediately set about repairing and improving on what was an already incredibly heavily-modified yellow Ferrari Enzo.
Not only did ZR Exotics rebuild the FXX-inspired Enzo back to its original glory it also fitted it with a selection of further upgrades, increasing horsepower to 950hp. Additionally, the car now wears a new name of the Ferrari ZXX and also includes a new rear shirt, new front nose, side air vents, LED lights and a completely bespoke interior.
Every car owner would crave for individuality, from the cheap Tata Nano to the bank-account-wiping Bugatti Veyron. That’s why there are one-off special editions fetching top dollar just for its exclusivity. So much for individuality…
The owner of this Jaguar XKR-S didn’t feel satisfied just having one of the baddest production Jags ever. So the boys at Superior Automotive Design decided to redefine the word “exclusive” and, judging from the picture above, they have done a great job at it.
This metallic cat is wrapped in chrome, which according to S.A.D owner, Kris Lim, was a tough challenge, as heat doesn’t work on the material and neither does stretching the material, unlike other custom wraps. Nevertheless, since the decision to wrap the car in chrome was made already, they went about installing the wrap and finished the build in a fortnight. With careful attention to detail, the wrap is seamless in this example, and adds a bling factor to the reclusive kitty. In fact, Justin Bieber and his Fisker Karma are in awe of its blinginess.
A full chrome wrap is a little bit too cheesy, so, S.A.D decided to balance that out by adding black accents to certain elements of the car. With this addition, the XKR-S is a perfect combination of bling and wickedness, an aspect expected if your team is into car customization.
With already 550 horses powering this Jag, S.A.D decided to leave the powertrain alone since Jaguar themselves have done a great job at it. So, no harm done here…
Overall, we think this build looks absolutely fantastic, though we aren’t huge fans of chrome wrap. We think it’s the black accents that make it stand out among the rest of the chrome-wrapped cars. Nice touch, S.A.D.
Posted on 12.16.2012 01:18 by Sulthoni
The Triumph Bonneville is around for over 50 years now and during its long lifespan it was constantly upgraded. Though, despite its numerous modifications the bike kept its old-school style and continues to be considered a classic icon.
The modern wire-wheeled Bonneville T100 features a unique design which draws inspiration from the original Bonneville that ruled the streets in the 1960s. The retro style of the 2013 Bonneville T100 meets a series of modern technologies and a strong 856 cc parallel twin engine that delivers 67 bhp @ 7500rpm and 68Nm @ 5800rpm.
Other features offered by the Triumph Bonneville T100 are the chromed engine covers, a black instrument surround with tacho, spoked wheels and fork gaiters.
On the technical side of things, the Bonneville T100 is packed with modern disc brakes, refined suspensions and a steel cradle frame. The bike is available in black or traditional two-tone colour schemes with hand finished coachlines.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Triumph Bonneville T100.
Triumph Bonneville T100 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 16 December 2012 01:18 EST.
Even the very best automotive manufacturers make mistakes, including Porsche. The usually diligent German brand occasionally gets things wrong as evidenced by the company just announcing that it is recalling some 455 2010 Porsche 911 GT3’s produced between May 2009 and February 11, 2010 due to a faulty rear wheel hub assembly.
In addition to recalling the car for this purpose, Porsche also believes that the maintenance intervals in the owner’s manual are not frequent enough and could neglect the rear wheel hub assembly, eventually causing failure.
Having such a problem can lead to a loss of control of the car, and if a wheel hub breaks completely whilst the car is being driven, you’d expect to see the wheel bouncing down the road just seconds later. Although it’s currently unclear if such failures have actually occurred, from Porsche’s standpoint, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
All cars affected by the recall will have their rear wheel hubs replaced at no charge while the newly revised maintenance schedule will be distributed to owners in conjunction with the recall letter.
Thanks to social media, we get to hear about events as and when they happen. Thankfully, Tyga chose to inform the world via Instagram about a little accident he had just over an hour ago involving a Lamborghini Aventador! Fortunately the 23 year old YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money) rapper seems to have walked away from the wreck unharmed.
It seems that Tyga lost control of the Lamborghini Aventador in cold weather, parking it in the central reservation. For now, we can’t comment on damage, although we’re sure that the underside probably suffered a bit.
Regular readers will of course remember that Tyga Golden Chrome Audi R8 as well. We’re not sure whether the Aventador is its replacement, or simply a rental.
Winter hit Europe quite heavily last week. An unfortunate victim was this Lamborghini Gallardo which hit a guard rail on the A45 near Freudenberg. German newspaper, Rhein Zeitung reports that the driver had been heading towards Dortmund, travelling a little too fast for the conditions, and had simply lost control.
Fortunately both driver and passenger walked away uninjured. The accident serves as a reminder that, even with a permanent four wheel drive system and winter tyres, it pays to be careful during snowy weather.
Vorsteiner has announced their first official Lamborghini body kit. Its called the Renazzo-V and uses the facelift Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and LP570-4 Superleggera as its base. All components are top quality and produced from lightweight carbon fiber, as you would expect from Vorsetiner.
The Renazzo-V program gets a full front bumper facia with detachable carbon fiber splitters, carbon fiber side skirt blade attachments, full side skirt panels with integrated rear vents, a rear quarter pannel vent cover, a rear bumper replacement with integrated vent openings, a carbon fiber rear diffuser with center rear diffuser cooling vent and finally, a carbon fiber fixed rear wing blade.
The aerodynamic kit will be accompanied by a collection of one-piece and three-piece forged wheels available in either 19 and 20 inch sizes. Customers will be able to receive the Lamborghini Renazzo-V Vorsteiner kit starting from February/March of 2013.
Back in 1967, the RS Appearance Package for the Chevrolet Camaro included something that has since become one of the more desirable features on classic Camaros: hidden headlights. When you turned on the headlights, the doors opened and when the lights went off, the doors closed, giving the grille a sleek look. Sure they were loud, clucky and malfunctioned after 20,000 miles, but damn they were cool. Well, Forgiato is bringing headlight doors back to the Camaro with its DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille.
This isn’t a joke, folks. Forgiato, known more for its fine wheels than anything else, has developed a unique matte-black-finished grille that comes with brushed stainless steel accent trim and shuttered LED-accented headlight covers. In terms of its design the grille really does stand out on its own merit, thanks to a simple black mesh grille insert with the distinctive white “F” Forgiato logo. The grille treatment continues in the lower aperture with black mesh that is trimmed in white.
But the real moneymaker, as far as this retro accessory is concerned, are the headlight covers, which have been have their own horizontal LED accent lighting that is reminiscent of the first-gen cover’s horizontal chrome accents. As soon as the driver switches on the headlights, headlight covers open up, revealing the standard headlight and turn signals behind it.
The accessory will cost $3,399, a pretty price to pay, but you can rest assured that few will have a Camaro as retro-looking as yours. The DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille is available for LS, SS, and ZL1 Camaro models.
This could be the perfect gift for a loved one that wants to add a little first-gen styling to his modern Camaro. The real question is whether you are prepared to shell out over $3K for said gift…
Click past the jump to see a video of the DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille in action and a comparison shot of the old, clunky RS headlight door from 1967.
Posted on 12.11.2012 09:41 by Sulthoni
The MV Agusta Brutale family has a new member which is powered by a fresh 920 engine. Each member of the Brutale family was received with enthusiasm by the riders as all of them offer top notch build quality, reliability and performance.
The new engine is a technologically advanced 4 cylinder unit with radial intake and exhaust valves coupled with the same advanced engine control unit as the 1090RR. The new displacement of the 4 cylinder engine is obtained with a new bore and stroke ratio with a focus on optimizing the power curve. The new four cylinder engine delivers a maximum output of 129 horsepower and a broad torque curve.
The BRUTALE 920 shares its chassis configuration and geometry with the 990R and 1090RR as well as most of the chassis components. The frame is a mixture of a steel trellis structure and lateral aluminum, while the chassis dimensions are the same as on the other Brutale models.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 920.
MV Agusta Brutale 920 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:41 EST.