CAR recently received the scoop on the next Bugatti Chiron which they say could have as much as 1,480hp and 1,106 lb-ft of twist. And that’s quite a lot more than the standard Veyron’s original rating of just 1,001hp.
But that’s not all as the estimated power figures should enable the Chiron to get close to the 300 MPH, and we mean, real close, like 288 MPH as its projected top speed. That’s faster than the top speed of most single prop-engine Cessnas.
According to the latest finding, the new Chiron is also estimated to cost around 2.2 million euros when it gets revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next year. That’s close to around $2.5 million USD at today’s conversions.
The name still hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Chiron makes sense since it was the name of famed Bugatti racer, Louis Chiron. A total of around 500 Chirons will be built, so if you plan on scooping one up, better get on top of that soon.
– By: Chris Chin
A member on BMW 2-Series enthusiast site, 2Addicts, apparently heard through the grapevine through “insider sources” that a BMW M2 CSL is actually in the works, when the M2 itself hasn’t even been revealed.
So what’s known about this possible M2 CSL? Well, given BMW’s history of making more track-focused versions of their M cars, like the original E46 M3 CSL, the M2’s version will basically be just that.
The insider source said the M2 CSL will be for the Coupes only, so there’s a possibility for a standard M2 convertible, a Concept car is due sometime in 2016 and it’ll be designed and built to pay homage to past CSL models with aggressive aerodynamics and bodywork to match the theme of previous CSL versions.
Hey, guess what treehuggers and hippies, a new Toyota Prius is coming and recently, the Prius Club of Malaysia recently was able to snag some pictures of the new 2016 Toyota Prius, uncovered, during transit int he hull of some cargo plane.
Due for a reveal sometime next week, the new 2016 Prius is destined to enter an entirely new generation, and that’s clearly visible with ti’s redesigned exterior, modeled clearly after the latest Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car.
For one thing, the Prius no longer looks like a blob of anonymity and features much more dramatic and eye-catching styling, which is perfectly OK. One of the constant criticisms we’ve had for the Prius is that it was never entertaining to look at and was rather bland, featureless, and uninteresting. This isn’t to say the new 2016 Prius is a total looker, but for once, it actually looks like something.
Again, this happened. An impending new model was revealed inadvertently through the showcasing of its miniature die-case form.
Say hello to the all-new 2017 Volvo S90, and boy, does this get us excited for the new model.
Volvo is currently on a quest to redesign its entire lineup, which first began with the 2016 Volvo XC90. Now, the S90 will follow to replace the aging S80 sedan as the Swedish automaker’s flagship.
Designed with cues from the Volvo Estate Concept and the 2016 XC90 in mind, the new S90 looks to be one heck of a looker, with its raked and swept-back roofline, to its unique rear-end and large wraparound taillights, to the “Thor” shaped headlights.
Hyundai’s on the verge of revealing the all-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which is the Avante in other markets and recently, a Korean car blog was able to catch the new Elantra on its assembly line completely uncovered!
As previewed by the design renderings officially released by Hyundai themselves, the Elantra appears to be faithful to its new design direction. Clearly moving up market with a much more mature and sleek design, the new Elantra gives off the vibe and appearance of being a shrunken down Genesis sedan, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
The side body lines appear to be a bit reminiscent of the Ford Fusion, but the taillights and the large front grille are obviously modeled after the cues found on the Genesis.
Nothing is currently known about the powertrains of the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, though it’s plenty reasonable to expect revised naturally-aspirated and direct-injected four-bangers. Either way, expect an online reveal very soon now that the cat is out of the bag.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: AutoTribune.co.kr via CarScoops
Bugatti’s in the works with a follow up to the Veyron with the tentatively named “Chiron,” and to give us a taste of what it might look like, Bugatti will soon be unveiling their new Vision Gran Turismo Concept for the world to see.
Much like other Vision Gran Turismo Concepts, the Bugatti version will be available to drive in Sony Playstation’s famous Gran Turismo 6 racing simulator. But not only that, it’ll also provide a slight idea as to what to expect visually with the new Veyron successor.
So far, Bugatti teased a couple of pictures, which appear to be select body parts from the actual concept, with the main picture looking more like a fancy dustpan. Either way, we should expect Bugatti to reveal their Vision Gran Turismo Concept soon.
– By: Chris Chin
Over the past year or so, we’ve received excellent news about the return and resurrection of TVR, the famed small British sports car manufacturer known for making sports cars and supercars for ax-wielding murderers and thrill seekers.
In 2013, it was officially announced that TVR Automotive Ltd. was reacquired by the British at the hands of a successful entrepreneur, Led Edgar, relieving the ownership rights from Russian tycoon, Nikolai Smolensky, who did little to aid the automaker’s sustainability and growth.
Since then Edgar’s been working with TVR Automotive Ltd. to rebuild the company as an automaker. Now, AutoExpress reports of so much excitement generated, especially around TVR’s new highly-anticipated Cosworth-powered V8 model due as a result of this resurgence, TVR’s first new model that doesn’t exist yet is entirely sold out.
Kia recently hopped on the press news wire to release some more details of the European spec 2016 Kia Optima, but in addition to the usual jargon describing what’s new for the up and coming model, Kia also hinted that the new Optima could include a second body style.
Speculation suggests Kia could be readying a wagon variant to the Optima, first previewed by the excellently styled, SportSpace Concept from the 2015 Geneva Auto Show earlier this year.
Though of course, we know the wagon still isn’t a popular topic among mainstream buyers and this specific press statement was geared towards the European market, where wagons are certainly more popular. So even if they do make it, there isn’t a high chance for it to come stateside.
Additionally, Kia Motors America’s chief product planner, Orth Hendricks, did previously express his disapproval of a wagon version of the Optima since it could take sales away from their popular Sorento crossover. Hendricks also said it wouldn’t make a solid business case to justify the increase in production costs.
But given how they styled the Kia SportSpace Concept, we kind of wish they were making a wagon for us. Would you consider a Kia Optima wagon if it was made available?
– By: Chris Chin
Infiniti’s been known to be preparing a new entry-level compact hatchback, a first for the luxury branch of Nissan and building up to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company has slowly been releasing teasers for what’s called the Q30 “Premium Active Concept.”
The first official picture of the Q30 surfaced in July, when Infiniti released a few more snippets of detail regarding their first-ever compact hatchback, designed specifically to take on the Audi A3, BMW 2-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA. There’s also the Lexus CT 200h.
From what we know, the Q30 is expected to take a full bow at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt next month, where we’re expecting to get the full dive on all the details regarding powertrains, drivetrains, and other technical specifications.
So stay tuned.
– By: Chris Chin
Not too long ago, renowned IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson was fatally injured when a piece of debris had broken off from another car and hit Wilson in the head during an event. Wilson’s car then veered off the track and collided with an interior wall during the ABC Supply 500 at the Pocono Raceway last week.
Wilson was then rushed to the hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
Wilson was making a big name for himself in the IndyCar league, making some huge impressions as he teamed up with Andretti Autosport and was scheduled to race multiple times throughout the season.
To pay tribute and honor the passing of Justin Wilson, a British-born man from Longmont, Colorado, a series of IndyCar drivers decided to cross San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. It was led by Andreetti Autosport’s Marco Andretti, who was also Wilson’s teammate. They were then followed by two Holmatro Safety Vehicles and a whole line of other IndyCars.
Check it out at NBC’s local affiliate in the Bay Area, after the jump. And we send our deepest condolences to the friends, family, teammates, and all those affected by the passing of Justin Wilson.