Aston Martin was rumored to be readying a new track-only supercar called the Vulcan. And it was just revealed today.
Featuring a wicked new design that’s just totally bonkers, the new Vulcan gets a naturally-aspirated 7.0L V12 with 800hp on tap, mated to a race-spec six-speed sequential transmission. Also, thanks to clever technology and design, Aston also says its power-to-weight ratio exceeds the GTE race cars often found in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Everything is bespoke from the adjustable suspension and anti-roll bars, to the variable traction control system and the ABS. Everything is there to provide the thrill of a track-day supercar that’s also rare and exclusive.
Production is limited to 24 units total. Price? Not cheap, that’s for sure.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Volkswagen’s bringing a new CC Concept to Geneva next month and some new picture of it surfaced by way of AutoExpress.
The CC is due for its replacement as the new Passat generation is already on sale in Europe. That said, it was only a matter of time until the new CC shows up.
Expect the usual mixture of gas and diesel engines for propulsion, much like the new Passat, as well as less weight and better fuel efficiency, along with more features and a new design.
Production is likely slated to begin in 2017.
McLaren had its new supercar revealed ahead of Geneva, thanks to Swiss auto magazine, Automobile Revue. It’s called the 675LT, and it’s a more track-focused version of the 650S Coupe.
It featured an upgraded twin-turbo 3.8L V8 from the 650S, tweaked to offer 25 more horses for a result of 675hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
But that’s not all as the 675LT is also lighter by 220lbs, bringing the scales to 2,711lbs. Overall, the result is a 0-60 time of just 2.9 seconds while 124 mph takes 7.9 seconds.
Check out the press release after the jump for more info.
Mercedes-Benz is known and perceived as a luxury automobile company. But over time, they’ve produced more affordable vehicles for the masses, like the A-Class and B-Class in the 1990s. More recently, for our market, they’ve introduced the GLA and the CLA.
But according to Motoring in Australia, that’s as far down market as they’re willing to reach, after speaking with CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche.
Benz ain’t considering any cheaper models, regardless of high crossover demand.
This basically dismisses some rumors that a crossover based on a Renault Clio could surface from the automaker, considering Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan are working on a couple things right now.
- By: Chris Chin
You may or may not have heard of them. It’s a small British manufacturer by the name of Jensen and they were most famous for the Interceptor.
It’s known for being one of the most iconic automotive oddities to ever come from the United Kingdom. But as a whole, Jensen went defunct in 1976 amid the crash of the British automotive industry.
And since then, they’ve been lulling about and once produced a two-door roadster that’s really not known by many.
Recently however, in 2011, a report surfaced saying that the Jensen Interceptor was going to make a comeback. And recently, there’s been a follow up, and it’s due for Geneva.
Some rumors once popped up once that BMW would be adding leather engine covers to some of their cars…because new BMW owners totally know how to or even take the time to open their hoods.
As it turns out, the rumor reigns true…sort of. The BMW i8 was officially updated with a leather engine cover and some new options.
Due for some spotlight time at Geneva next month, the i8 will now come standard with the “Pure Impulse Experience program,” which serves up a special “lifestyle” experience, depending on your area. The experience factors in location to provide owners with a feel for the “local” scene of their location, including culture, design, travel, and food and entertainment.
If you’re not aware that the new Audi R8 has an impending reveal, then you’ve been living under a rock for too long.
But if you are aware, then you shouldn’t be surprised that the first supposed official picture of the new R8 surfaced recently, thanks to CarScoops.
According to the report, CS doesn’t know for sure if the image is the real thing or not, but judging by the lines that match those found on the test mules recently, spied, this could either be the actual R8, or a pretty damn good rendering of it.
From what we know, the R8 shares its platform with the Huracan, like the last one did with the Gallardo. The engines are pretty much the same as well, but no longer is the V8, in place of one V10 with two different states of tune. There’s also a rumor that a new force-fed V6 could replace the 4.2L V8 while the R8 forgoes the manual option overall for a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch box.
Land Rover’s next new model, the 2015 Discovery Sport, just gained a Launch Edition, to kick off the new model’s introduction into the salesroom.
It’s called, to no surprise, the Launch Edition, and comes with extra options to make buyers feel special about beating others to the punch of being one of the first to get the new Discovery Sport.
The crossover was revealed at the New York Auto Show last year and the Launch Edition comes with ebony leather seats, specially finished rocker panel sill plats, aluminum paddle shifters, and other stylistic details, all of which let the pride of the Union Jack sing.
Are you a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz SL? Then you’re in luck.
Stuttgart just revealed a special edition SL themed to pay tribute to the original 1955 SL Special Edition Mille Miglia 417.
The result is an SL550 that’s given more options such as standard dynamic body control with adaptive suspension, lots of red trim to contrast the black paint, upgraded bodywork to incorporate more carbon fiber, AMG Performance wheels, and painted brake calipers.
Top Gear in the UK heard through the grapevine that the new Audi R8, due at Geneva next month, might get an all-new 400hp+ V6 to offset the base 4.2L naturally-aspirated V8.
A previous rumor surfaced suggesting the V8 would disappear entirely and this makes total sense, considering automakers are now downsizing their engines even more and relying on forced induction.
Audi R8’s lead technical engineer, Roland Schala, didn’t say much else. But considering the horsepower figure, there’s a good chance the new mill is force-fed.
However, Schala did hint the R8 should come with the usual mixture of variants, including a convertible, and some track-focused versions, much like the outgoing model.
Source: Top Gear