Production of the insanely powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat may be limited to only 1,200 units. That’s the word from Edmunds, citing a Chrysler Group person that did not want to be identified. Although the automaker has yet to confirm the said number, we won’t be surprised if this report turns out to be true. And for more than one reason.
First of all, it’s only natural for such a powerful machine to come available in limited quantities. The Hellcat is no regular Challenger and we don’t expect Dodge to keep it in production until the current generation model is phased out. At least not as a regular production car. Selling 1,200 examples each year for the next two to three years would make more sense. Sure, demand will surpass production and Dodge will have a lot of unhappy customers to deal with, but that’s what makes a muscle car like the Hellcat special.
Secondly, a limited run would bring more bad news to customers. As Hellcats will start disappearing from dealer preorder “lots,” the $60,990 sticker (delivery included) will blow through the roof. Dealers win, Dodge wins, and customers will just have to fork more cash for the privilege of owning 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque in the shape of a Challenger.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Could be Limited to 1,200 Units originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 18 July 2014 17:00 EST.
Introduced for the 1976 racing season, the Porsche 934/935 was the factory-racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Mainly prepared for FIA Group 5 rules, a liberal silhouette formula from 1976 to 1982, the 935 is also known for racing in the IMSA GT championship and the DRM series. The 935 went on to win no less than 123 races through 1986, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Nurburgring, becoming one of the most successful Porsches ever created.
The Porsche 935 can still be seen on the track throughout the United States and Europe in historic racing events. Still a crowd-pleaser, as it has always been, one of the only 31 935s ever built is about to cross the block during an auction event hosted by Mecum in August 2014. A rare occurrence for such a prestigious race car, one that classic race car collectors are likely looking forward to.
What you’re looking at is a 1976 Porsche 934/935 dressed in 1981 Daytona livery and upgraded to twin-turbo specifications. It’s lightning-fast, light as a feather, and ready to storm the track. Unfortunately, this is a vehicle we can’t borrow for a test drive, but we’re more than happy to review it 38 years after leaving the Porsche factory.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador.
Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 18 July 2014 18:00 EST.
There was plenty of new and interesting things to climb the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, but perhaps nothing else hits closer to home than the iconic American pony car in its latest iteration; the 2015 Ford Mustang. With it still months away from hitting dealer showrooms and with no official reviews gracing the glossy pages of magazines or the Interwebz, the Mustang is still a dark horse in terms of third-party information.
But we get just a little closer with this video from Ford of a Mustang GT Coupe barreling up the hay-lined hill. Professional driver Paul Swift (a fitting last name, huh?) takes the wheel of the ‘Stang. Unfortunately, the 5.0-liter’s exhaust is masked by the video’s musical selection. There are a few instances where some burble cuts through, but we’ll wait to reserve judgment on its sound. Then again, Mustangs have always managed to sound amazing, so it’s unlikely we’ll be disappointed.
The video also gives us a good look at the manual transmission’s shifter. It appears to have nice, short throws that are easy to manipulate. We also get a decent look at the interior and its all-new dashboard, and form-fitting Recaro seats.
Sadly, the video is less than a minute long, but there are several good scenes and sequences within. Ford also neglects to publish the Mustang’s time, leaving us to wonder how well it did in what is likely its first-ever public racing event.
Video: Ford Mustang V-8 Takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 11 July 2014 20:00 EST.
There’s a reason why ABT Sportsline is one of our favorite auto tuners in the world. The German company knows how to make programs that improve the cars they work on without going overboard with the modifications. It takes a specific set of skills to do that and ABT has it down path. Its new program for the Volkswagen Scirocco is living proof of that.
The two-fold modification is made up of an extensive aero kit and an impressive performance bump that breathes new life to the Scirocco. That’s not an easy thing to pull off and yet ABT Sportsline does with the ease of a tuner that knows what it’s doing.
Other tuners may promise the same things and yet fail to live up to all the expectations they set. That’s never been the case with ABT Sportsline. Over the years, it’s produced one impressive program after another. And as long as it can build kits like this for the Volkswagen Scirocco, there’s no reason for us to start doubting their tuning capabilities.
Not that we ever did because if we haven’t said it enough, we’ll say it again.
We’re big fans of ABT Sportsline and our fandom has never wavered.
Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen Scirocco By ABT Sportsline.
Volkswagen Scirocco By ABT Sportsline originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 4 July 2014 12:00 EST.
My first day being part of the Gumball 3000 rally with team Anastasia Date has been insane. I have seen more Ferraris than I can shake a stick at, there are beautiful women everywhere, and I got to see a Lamborghini Aventador set fire to some bushes with the fireballs it was shooting form its exhaust. Yes, I got video footage of the fireball.
The day started with a quick look around the area before hotel checkout, and then we met up with the girls and headed over to a local import dealer that sells Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and lots of other exotic metal. Then we made it back to Ocean Blvd to see our car get unloaded from the carrier truck.
After all that there was a big dinner, and since Deadmau5 is in the rally, he put on a big concert at the hotel. If you want to see photos of some of the crazy cars and pretty girls, plus watch that Lamborghini fire video, just look after the jump. Sadly I don’t have any photos from the concert.
As a whole, the Gumball 3000 has been an interesting ride. The experience of being immersed in this world of wealth and extravagance has been jarring in the most entertaining way.
But I don’t want to spoil all the fun of the trip just yet. You have to wait for my full piece next week. Until then, enjoy these cool photos and that incredible Lamborghini video.
Beautiful Cars, Women, and Lambos Starting Fires: Day One of the Gumball 3000 Rally originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 6 June 2014 09:00 EST.
The M1 is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by BMW, and it was the model responsible for the M Division that creates all the cars we love today, like the M5 and the venerable M3.
Fans of the Roundel brand have been clamoring for BMW to revive this epic nameplate and take on competitors like the Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS AMG for years now, but there has been little movement.
Rather, what we got was a new hybrid car that looks like an M1 called the i8. While the i8 is an incredible piece of engineering, it is not a fire-breathing M car. But what if it could be?
At the recent launch of the M3 and M4, CarAdvice asked M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke about the potential for this new car to spawn an M car. His response is encouraging.
When it comes to moving the advanced powertrain and lightweight carbon-fiber technology over to an M car, Nitschke said its a matter “capacity not a question of know-how.” Basically, it would not be hard to move anything over, they just need approval from the higher ups in BMW. As it stands, the M Division is ready to make one, if the BMW board will green light the project.
Would you guys like to see a revived M1 in all its mid-engined glory?
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M1.
BMW Performance Division’s Boss Says That the New M1 will get i8 Technology, if Green Lighted originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:00 EST.
The all-new Equus Bass770 is the dream of every classic muscle car fan. It takes retro look, adds a dash of bad-ass a whole heaping load of horsepower. This labor of love is more than a rocking way to cruise town, as Equus is using some of the most advanced construction techniques ever devised to create its prototypes. Mostly it is using various methods of 3D printing to create molds and parts for interior, trim and small body pieces.
WELCOME TO FREAKING FUTURE!
Thanks to these processes, Equus was able to try out new parts and ideas quickly and cheaply. When it comes to prototyping, speed and cost are key. Depending on the size of the part, it can have an entirely new one made in a couple hours.
This type of creation also gives Equus the ability to make small changes quickly. If you make apiece that doesn’t quite fit, adjust the dimensions in your PC file, and reprint a new one in a few hours. Aside form helping Equus create an amazing looking retro slab of awesome, this technology can be expanded to every automaker to help make every car a little bit better.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Equus Bass770.
Equus Bass770 Was Built Using 3D Printed Components originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 12 May 2014 17:00 EST.
I think somebody owes me 5 dollars. McLaren has dropped the official details on its upcoming 650S reveal at Geneva, and just as I predicted, it is essentially a hotted up version of the McLaren 12C not the upcoming P15. Just as expected, that 650 in the name stands for the amount of power produced by the engine. Since McLaren is a UK company, they have the power rating of the new 650S rated in Pferdest rke (PS) so the actual U.S. horsepower rating is 641.
The new car features a pretty solid collection of visual upgrades and aerodynamic changes that increase downforce and handling at speed. This isn’t a pure power bump either, as the 650S is designed with several bespoke parts and pieces.
McLaren has kept tight-lipped about the actual performance statistics of the new car, but if it’s siblings are anything to go on, the 650S will best any of its Italian competition with relative ease.
Update 2/17/2014: McLaren has released a ton of information about the 650S, and you can see it all after the jump.
Continue to get all the details on the new McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.
McLaren 650S originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:30 EST.
If exclusivity is your fancy, then a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo might suit your needs. But if that level of exclusivity isn’t exclusive enough, then the kind folks at Porsche have an answer: Porsche Exclusive.
That’s right, contact Porsche and for the right price, they’ll build your sports car almost any way you like it through their in-house customizing division. Case in point, this 2014 911 Turbo painted in a unique shade dubbed Lime Gold Metallic. The paint, however is only the starting point with this car. Blacked-out bi-xenon headlights and clear taillights, along with a deeper tint on the windows help move this 911 further away from normalcy.
Inside the story is much the same. The owner wanted everything finished in a deep chocolate brown contrasted by seats finished in the same Lime Gold Metallic hue the exterior is treated to. Talk about melting in your mouth…
Porsche will happily take your custom order with the help of two U.S. salesmen – one on each coast – who’s sole job is helping Porschephiles make their German sports car or SUV a personalized statement of their individualized taste.
Mechanically, this 911 Turbo is bone stock. Its 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six still produces a monstrous 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels. Zero to 60 mph times are laughably quick at 3.2 second, while the quarter-mile will likely scare you as the 3,500-pound car rockets past the line in a hair’s breath over 10 seconds. Phenomenal.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Porsche 911 Turbo.
Porsche 911 Turbo Lime Gold by Porsche Exclusive originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 8 February 2014 12:00 EST.
Posted on 07.18.2013 16:00 by
If you dig deep into the Mustang’s history and pull up the first generation, you will find that it was actually a mid-model-year addition to Ford’s lineup, which makes it a 1964 1/2 model year. Back then, half-model-year vehicles were not a too rare, like they are today, but it looks as if we are set to see one really soon in the next-gen Mustang.
According to an insider that spoke to the folks over at Mustangs Daily, there will be a limited run of next-generation Mustang’s bearing the 2014 1/2 model year. The insider claims that this is a way for Ford to celebrate the true 50th anniversary of the famed pony car.
According to the report, only 1,000 examples if the 2014 1/2 Mustangs will see production and they will each feature a special VIN and build number to separate them from the 2015 models. With only 1,000 units hitting showrooms at what we assume will be a rather inflated price, this special run of next-gen Mustangs will be an instant collector’s item.
The report also indicates that, despite an anticipated price hike, the 2014 1/2 model will not feature any power upgrades.
If this report proves to be true, then we are likely getting rather close to seeing Ford drop the camo from the Mustang in time to squeeze in for 2014. Stay tuned for more details!
Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Mustang
Report: Next-Gen Mustang will Start as a Limited-Run 2014 1/2 Model originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 16:00 EST.
|Posted on 12.28.2013 23:00 by Simona|
What do the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series, Jaguar XKR-S GT and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S have in common? Pretty much nothing at a first look: one comes from Germany, two from the UK; one gets a supercharged V-8, one a V12 and one a naturally aspirated V-8 engine.
Still, the guys over the British magazine AutoCar wanted to see how the three cars will behave one next to the other and prepared a very cool test drive. From the beginning Autocar’s judge Steve Sutcliffe admits that the C63 AMG Black Series is his favorite super coupe is the C63 AMG Black Series and wants to see if the other two are powerful or delicate enough to unseat it and make him change his mind.
Check out the video to see if Sutcliffe changes his mind, or if the Mercedes sports coupe remains his favorite car!
Video: Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Vs Jaguar XKR-S GT Vs Aston Martin V12 Vantage S originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 28 December 2013 23:00 EST.
|Posted on 11.28.2013 13:00 by Simona|
Back in October we reported that SRT needed to slow production of the new generation Viper, due to poor demand. However, it looks like now Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler’s SRT Brand and Motorsports, says that the car has indeed a bright future and that the company has “several hundred units outstanding we still have to build.”
Gilles said that the Viper indeed had some problems at launch and this is why the company had to postpone initial deliver, but now the interest in the new Viper is very strong.
It looks like the problem was not the car, but the dealers whom had no idea how to promote the car. The new Viper has a base price of $97,395 – a lot more than the previous car, so it was to be expected to hear that customers will ask more for the money. SRT wants to allow its customers to choose “their color, their stripe, their package, their interior,” but the dealers wanted to “anticipate the market and ended up creating a car that may not be the right car.”
To fix the problem SRT launched a fourth-quarter training program called “All Access Tour” that brings together dealers, current owners and potential customers. Basically thanks to this new program, the potential buyers will have the chance to test the car and see what they will get for the money.
Gilles confirmed that all the Anodized Carbon were spoken for and that the new Time Attack edition sold out in just three days.
Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper.
SRT CEO denies poor Viper demand originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:00 EST.
|Posted on 11.11.2013 16:00 by Simona|
Almost two years ago, BMW and Toyota started talking about a possible partnership and once the papers were signed, they announced the new collaboration will bring a new sports car and new hybrid technologies for both companies.
Now, new details on this collaboration have surfaced online and they only bring good news. Apparently, Toyota’s supercar will be something similar to the previous Lexus LF-A supercar, but with a hybrid powertrain.
This new supercar will explore terrains never hit by the LF-A, like a hybridized V-8 engine. Even though Toyota was the first maker to offer hybrid cars in its lineup, it never had the courage to develop a hybrid hyper-car. However, things are about to change.
Sources suggest that the company is already testing the i8’s carbon-fiber frame, meaning that the two new supercars could also borrow elements from the i8. One thing is for sure though: Toyota will be the one coming with the hybrid technology since it already developed high-performance hybrid powertrains for the V-8-powered Lexus LS 600h. BMW is also offering a very successful 4.4-liter, V-8 engine in its lineup, and a hybrid system from Toyota will only make it even more fuel efficient.
Everything else on these two new supercars is pure speculation, and there are still tons of question that need to be answered, but for sure more details will follow in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!
Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8 – the model that could inspire the new Toyota-BMW supercar.
BMW and Toyota Working on a Joint-Venture Supercar originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 11 November 2013 16:00 EST.
|Posted on 11.1.2013 18:00 by Simona|
A while ago, Scion announced its usual “Tuner Challenge” competition for the upcoming 2013 SEMA Show. From all the entries the tuner had to select only three winners and each of them received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days.
One of these modified cars will be a tC designed and modified by Young Tea, from Alhambra, Calif. His car was built in his personal garage and is suitable both for the track and daily driving.
His “Simpli-tC” concept took a base Scion tC and added an aggressive exterior kit that includes new fenders, a custom dual-outlet exhaust rear diffuser and many more, but it also lowered the car’s ride for a more aggressive look.
He did lots of work under the hood too, but up to this point the specifications figures have been kept a secret. However, we are pretty sure that his car will deliver more than the standard 180 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea.
gallery: 2014 Scion tC Sports Coupe
Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 1 November 2013 18:00 EST.
|Posted on 10.15.2013 14:00 by Tom Burkart|
“Iconic” is a word that is thrown around far too often in the automotive world, but after 100 years and dozens of colors and text styles, the lasting importance and brand symbol of the Chevy bowtie emblem is a sure thing.
As the bowtie evolved over the ten decades, its transformations were barely noticeable versus the complete revolution in transport they adorned – from the first Chevy ‘Classic Six’ model to today’s industrial heavy-hitter with more than 50 global model lines.
General Motors’ Chevrolet brand was launched with a script logo with the words Chevrolet written in stylized cursive.
Legibility and pronunciation of this French name were a real problem versus monosyllabic “Fords” across the street.
Soon, a baby blue bowtie logo appeared along with Chevrolet written in all caps in 1913, but the exact origins of this bowtie are unknown.
What we do know is that the Chevy bowtie instantly means cars.
Along with Ford, Coca Cola and General Electric, the emblem of the Chevrolet lineup is a globally-recognized symbol of freedom, prestige and mobility.
Logo changes are often fraught with peril for the companies who fail to understand the symbol’s importance to their most loyal consumers. Just a brief look back shows disastrous results followed when Gap Inc. tried to remodel their emblem, or the huge drop in real-life sales following Tropicana’s disastrous package redesign.
With the new 2014 Cadillac logo (without the wreath!) in place on the Elmiraj Concept, here’s a look back at the evolution of the Chevrolet bowtie over the Chevrolet bowtie over the last hundred years.
Click past the jump for the full Chevy’s BowTie Emblem Turns 100, Reflects On Badge’s Evolution article – to find out the most likely source of the bowtie emblem.
Updated 10/14/2013: This article has been updated with Chevy’s latest skinny emblem, which the original article did not highlight as the new bowtie in use since 2010.
Origin of the Chevrolet Bowtie Badge Revealed After 100 Years originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:00 EST.
|Posted on 08.31.2013 18:00 by Kirby Garlitos|
It may have taken longer than expected, but the auction winnerhttp://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-ne… of the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold finally saw his prized win in the flesh after the car was officially delivered at a special ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia.
Late last year, the bidder put down an astounding $187,000 bid on the two-off GT-R dedicated to Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the funds from the auction going to Bolt’s foundation in his native Jamaica. After months of waiting, including what we imagine to be a lot of waking up wishing to see the car in his garage, the new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold can finally enjoy the car that he paid a princely sum for.
If we were in his position, we’d understand why the wait would’ve been really excruciating. It’s hard enough to wait months on end while your $187,100 is presumably sitting somewhere without you being able to touch the item that you purchased it for.
But we also understand how exciting it must’ve been to finally lay your eyes on the car you waited for so long to see. And the fact that there are only two models of this car in existence – the other one is with Bolt himself – makes it that much sweeter.
We’re just hoping that the proud owner over there in Australia takes good care of his new pride and joy. You waited so long for it, mate. Better make sure it sticks around with you for a long time too.
Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold
Video: Auction Winner Finally Receives His Bolt Gold Nissan GT-R originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 31 August 2013 18:00 EST.
|Posted on 08.22.2013 12:30 by Justin Cupler|
Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta, the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.
Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track. It’s just too bad that this specific model will never make its way to production
So, what can we expect to see from Ferrari in the coming years?
Update 8/22/2013: Ferrari has just released a preview video of this awesome concept. You can see the video above.
Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale concept to find out.
Ferrari 458 Speciale originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:30 EST.
Posted on 06.27.2013 13:00 by
At the 2010 Paris Auto Show Jaguar showed off the C-X75 concept car, but we’re pretty sure all of you remember that. As all of you also remember, the C-X75 never made it to production.
To remind us once again what a great car the C-X75 could have been, Jaguar unveiled a new video (above) showing that amazing concept car.
The development of the concept car took over 2 years and the result was the most innovative and technologically advanced prototype ever created. The C-X75 pushes every boundary of power, performance and even fuel efficiency.
It was powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine delivering 502 horsepower. Additionally, it featured two electric motors that added another 390 horsepower. With a combined output of 850 horsepower, the C-X75 could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and went up to a top speed of 205 mph.
Video: Jaguar Revisits the C-X75 Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:00 EST.
Posted on 06.27.2013 15:00 by
Mini added a Coupe version to its lineup at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and put it on sale in the North American market in early 2012. Since then, the model remained pretty much unchanged and so it will for the 2014 model year.
The new Mini Coupe was previewed by the Coupe Concept that Mini unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is based on the Mini Cabriolet. However, unlike the cabriolet, the Coupe offers just two seats on the inside, so customers can enjoy increased trunk space when compared to the Mini Cabriolet.
Despite being a tiny city car and the Gran Turismo-styled rear end, the 2014 Coupe will be intimately distinguished as a Mini model, thanks to its standard headlights and grille.
As with the previous model years, customers can choose between three different versions: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Coupe.
Mini Coupe originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:00 EST.
Posted on 03.7.2013 10:00 by
The 69 COPO Camaro units that Chevy built in 2012 sold like hot cakes, so the company decided to expand production by another 69 units. For the 2013 model year, the COPO Camaro receives a series of updates, like two all-new engines and a new manual transmission, plus a series of updates made to the exterior and the interior.
Thanks to these changes, the 2013 COPO Camaro will be become even more competitive as it is now eligible for a broader range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes.
The 2013 COPO Camaro is priced at $86,000 – $3,000 less than the 2012 model year. On March 11, 2013 Chevrolet will start selecting its customers for the 2013 COPO Camaro factory drag-racing cars. As a reminder, more than 3,000 people showed interest in this special version, but only 69 have been selected.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro.
Chevrolet COPO Camaro originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 March 2013 10:00 EST.
Posted on 03.1.2013 13:00 by
The sixth-generation Corvette went into production in 2005 and since then a total of 215,100 units have been produced. Yesterday, February 28, 2013 at 8:04 a.m., the last 2013 Corvette came off the line at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. The last unit produced was an exclusive Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition outfitted with the 60th Anniversary design package that adds an Arctic White exterior combined with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior.
This special edition is powered by a 7.0-liter LS7 aluminum-block V-8 engine that delivers a total of 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 190 mph.
This last unit will be displayed alongside other historic General Motors vehicles at the GM Heritage Center in Warren, Michigan.
Now that the sixth-generation Corvette is out of production, GM workers have begun remodeling the plant for the production of the all-new 2014 Stingray.
Last C6 Chevrolet Corvette Rolls off the Production Line originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 1 March 2013 13:00 EST.
Posted on 02.26.2013 17:00 by
As far as we know, this is the first time an automotive magazine has gotten the chance to review the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid supercar. Evo Magazine’s Harry Metcalfe was invited by BMW to test the upcoming i8 while it was testing in the cold. Of course, he wasn’t allowed to reveal anything on the car’s exterior or interior, but he did provide quite an impressive amount of technical details on the upcoming i8.
The production-version i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. The engine will mate to a new dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The i8 will also boast a top speed of 155 mph.
Watch the video to see what Harry Metcalfe has to say about BMW’s first hybrid supercar.
Video: EVO Takes a Ride in the BMW i8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:00 EST.
Posted on 02.24.2013 12:00 by
The 2013 Shelby GT500 is already the most powerful GT500 ever launched, thanks to its 662-horsepower powerplant. However, the guys over Lethal Performance also worked on making it the fastest GT500 out there.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Lethal Performance take to task on the GT500, as it did so in mid-2012. This is obviously an update, as the comparison between the launch of last year’s model and this model shows a dramatic difference.
The tuner updated the engine with new camshafts and connecting rods, a modified ECU, a new valvetrain, and new oil coolers. The tuner also installed a new exhaust system and a 4-liter Whipple supercharger kit priced at $5,047. The GT500 has also been equipped with a new set of drag-racing-ready wheels with skinnies up front and a fat pair of slick hanging on the back end.
However, the tuner did not reveal any specifications just yet, but the model already scored an astounding result on the quarter mile. The Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance ran the straight-line track in just 9.3 seconds at a top speed of 147 mph.
we can’t wait to see the final specifications…
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance is the Quickest GT500 Around originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:00 EST.
Posted on 02.18.2013 09:00 by
We have known that Mercedes was preparing a coupe version for the next generation S-Class for quite some time now, but this is the first time we have actually caught the car out for a testing session. The car was spotted at a Mercedes facility, and as you can see, it is in a stage of camouflage that we normally never see on a Mercedes prototype.
With this kind of camouflage, Mercedes is trying to hide the stunning shape of the new car, but it is pretty clear the body will look wide and muscular. Also, you can see the rear lights are placed horizontally, giving the impression of an even wider body. When viewed from the side, the future S-Class looks a little like a Chevrolet Camaro, very powerful but still very timeless.
The next S-Class Coupe will share platform and drivetrains with the upcoming S-Class and will, of course, be stuffed with all the new technical features already announced for the S-Class.
Expect the new S-Class Coupe to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and hit the market for the 2015 model year.
Spy Shots: Mercedes S-Class Coupe Spied for the First Time originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 18 February 2013 09:00 EST.