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These 5 Awesome New Bike Products Will Transform Your Next Ride

Outerbike is a combination of a trade show, a trailhead tailgate and one of those dreams in which you have all the toys you’ve ever wanted and your only worry in the world is wondering which to play with first. Unlike other industry events, Outerbike lets attendees demo the bikes, not just look at them, which makes it a great place to go if you’re interested in picking up a new mountain or gravel bike.

Sun Valley, site of the most recent iteration of the event, offers great riding and a real chance to see what a bike can do. Attendees get lift tickets, lunch, happy hours and unlimited access to the trails for three days. If you’re thinking of getting a new mountain bike, it’s the place to go. If you missed Sun Valley, don’t worry, there are three more events this year. Meantime, here are the five coolest things we saw this past weekend.

Cannondale Topstone

Cannondale’s latest gravel offering picks up the slack between their value-driven alloy Topstone and the shreddy-but-heavy Slate. The Topstone Carbon builds in 30mm of rear suspension using carbon flex and a pivot that Cannondale calls the “Kingpin.” A compliant handlebar, wide tire clearance and a range of bottle cage and accessory bolts (that are actually weight bearing and not just flimsy rivnuts) make this bike a great choice for gravel racing, light bikepacking and comfort commuting. We tested it on trails and dirt roads and it feels fast!

Open WI.DE Frameset

Open more or less invented the gravel bike with the groundbreaking UP a few years ago. Now the brand is reinventing it with the huge clearances on their newest drop-bar adventure bike. WI.DE stands for “winding detours” and that is where Open wants you to go with their new frameset. Clearance for 2.4-inch tires means you can shred singletrack, but a road crank means you can efficiently cover ground in your road position. This isn’t a road race bike or a mountain bike — it’s a little bit of both, and it looks like a lot of fun.

Pivot Shuttle – Race Build

Long travel bikes are great, but they suck to ride uphill. E-bikes are also great, but some aren’t designed as bikes as much as small motorcycles. Pivot makes awesome mountain bikes and added a motor to their trail bike to create the Shuttle, a bike that powers up the trail and shreds down, meaning you don’t have to pile into a smelly van to get to the starting line. With 29-inch wheels, 160mm of plush travel and a weight of 44.75 pounds, this bike is an endure ripper that just happens to have an electric boost — not a moped with some token suspension. If you’re interested in bigger lines and rougher trails but don’t want to drive back uphill, this might bike ticks all the boxes. Yes, it’s pricy, but some of the $7,899 price tag is amortized by potential savings on lift passes and/or beers for the poor person who would be shuttling you otherwise.

Rotor 1x 13

Rotor’s new 1×13 groupset is more than just an incremental step past the existing 11- and 12-speed standards. Why? Because a 2×11 setup has 13 unique combinations, meaning that you can get the same range and the same jumps as most existing road bikes without a front derailleur on Rotor’s new system. The closed hydraulic system will never need charging and won’t ever suffer from cable stretch. The system does use its own hub and offers four cassette sizes from 10-36 to the enormous 20-52 as well as chainrings in two tooth increments from 26-54t.

Moots ROUTT YBB

Moots bikes might have a timeless look thanks to their largely round tube titanium construction, but they’ve got much more to offer than classic looks. The ROUTT YBB uses a “softtail” micro suspension that ’90s mountain bikers will recognize. Mountain bikes have moved on, but for gravel bikes, the 20mm of rear axle travel might be perfect for taking the sting out of long days, especially when combined with the huge 700x45mm tire clearance. Also making a comeback, thankfully, is a threaded bottom bracket that shouldn’t creak like many press fit designs on modern bikes. Moots is offering select builds for 2019; these options promise a faster build and delivery time than their standard bespoke builds while still allowing buyers to upgrade everything from the groupset to the decals to make their bike unique.

Ford Has a New Version of the GT It Will Show at Goodwood

A More Extreme Ford GT?

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed should be a fantastic event with some of the most impressive and amazing cars in the entire world. Now, there is another good reason to pay attention to the event. Ford recently teased a shot of a new version of its GT that will appear at Goodwood. The company released the images and the information that it would share “exciting Ford GT supercar news” on July 4 at 4:45 a.m. EDT.

Hermann Salenbauch from Ford Performance and Larry Holt from Multimatic will be the two people who will give the announcement. Right now, what those two men will be discussing is a bit up in the air. Ford did not let any more information slip out beyond the fact that it will be exciting news. 

The car in the teaser image is just more or less a dark outline. However, that dark outline does show a huge rear wing and what appears to be a roof scoop. There are a few possibilities. It could be a special one-off build, a new limited edition run of the car, or some kind of new racing variant. 

Ford already has plenty coming to Goodwood, including the new Focus ST, the Mustang Shelby GT500, the Ranger Raptor, and Ken Block’s vehicles and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s wild rides. We have a feeling, though, that the GT news will steal the show.

The Pininfarina Battista Gets a Design Update

A New Face for a Car That Will Rip Your Face Off

The Turin Auto Show in Italy is in for a treat. The Pininfarina Battista will be there sporting some design updates. A concept version of the car appeared at the Geneva Motor Show, and the one at the Turin Auto Show will be an updated design, featuring a new face for the car

The car gets a single wide, low piece up front instead of the dual-fin setup that was on the concept. It’s actually a much more attractive car. It will be shown in a gorgeous new color, Blu Iconica (blue). The new look comes after extensive aerodynamic testing was performed on the car. Luca Borgogno, the car’s designer seemed pleased with the finished result. He also sounded thrilled with the ability to showcase the next stages of the vehicle.

Since its debut at this year’s Geneva auto show, the Battista has stunned audiences all around the world with its beauty and purity of design. I am pleased to be presenting it with these latest masterstrokes that make the form of the car even more beautiful and elegant, and true to Pininfarina’s design principles.

The Battista features a four electric motor powertrain setup. The car offers 1,877 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque. That translates to a 0-60 mph time of two seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. Pininfarina will build only 150 of the cars and they will each cost $2.26 million. 

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Makes 760 HP and 625 Lb-Ft of Torque

The Beast Is Here

Ford revealed its Mustang Shelby GT500 at the North American International Auto Show. When it did so, the company left out the power numbers for the car, leaving everyone to speculate as to how much the supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 would actually produce. Now the company has let those numbers and some other stats out. 

The GT500 will make 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horsepower than the Chevy Corvette ZR1, which is regarded as a crazy-powerful machine and has won many awards for being just that. While Dodge’s Demon still has more horsepower, the GT500 is a bit of a different animal and will be a track monster as well as a true staight-line speed machine.

Official performance times have not yet been released, but Ford promises 0-60 time of mid-three seconds and a sub-11-second quarter mile time, according to Road and Track. The car will also be a track monster due to aerodynamic developments and various technologies. How good the car is will be determined at a later date, but it’s safe to say this is the most extreme Mustang yet. 

As The Drive points out, this will be the first time since the 1960s that Ford has sold the Mustang GT350 and the GT 500 at the same time. For those who thought the 1960s were the peak of muscle car performance, you were wrong. Here’s the perfect example. 

Bugatti Could Reveal a Special Edition at Pebble Beach

A Special, Limited Edition

The Bugatti Divo appeared at Pebble Beach during the Monterey Car Week last year. This year, the company will reveal another special edition car, according to The Supercar Blog. The publication cited an anonymous source that said the company will showcase a new model at Pebble Beach. 

The car will be sold in very limited numbers. The publication was not told how few of the special edition models would be made. The source did tell the publication that many of the build slots have already been spoken for and most of the production run are already sold. 

Of course, the new limited edition hypercar will demand a price higher than the Chiron. It will likely be a vehicle based on the Chiron, like other Bugatti special edition cars, such as the Divo. The Supercar Blog says that Bugatti has plans to release at least two new cars each year.

The stunning La Voiture Noire was the first car for this year, but there’s still room for another. That’s where this latest special edition model will come in. We will keep following this story and report on any updates that arise. Right now, information is scarce and it’s mostly speculation. 

The Toyota GR Super Sports Concept Goes to the Racetrack

Gearing Up for Another Le Mans Already

Fresh off its second win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota is already testing its future race car. The vehicle is the GR Super Sports. The company has a concept version of the car that it’s already taking to the racetrack. In a recent video (included below), the car can be seen testing.

While little information about the car is out currently, it’s clear that Toyota is serious about continuing to power on. The company has its sights set on the World Endurance Championship with this particular car. According to Carscoops, the vehicle will make its debut in 2020. 

The official name of this car is unknown. The Super Sport Concept appeared at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon and used many of the same components as the current Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid. The powertrain was very similar and utilized the same internal combustion engine and electric motor setup, though it’s likely improved for the new car. It will likely make around or more than 1,000 hp. 

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Porsche’s 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 are Ready for Action

Meet the New Range-Toppers

Porsche has unveiled the new 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4. The new top-of-the-lineup cars feature some updates to the body, borrowing from other Porsche models in some cases. However, the big news for the model is the newly developed 4.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine that makes a whopping 414 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. In the 718, as we’re sure you know, that’s a lovely bit of power. 

The car’s engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. That transmission and engine combination makes these road cars good for a 0-62 mph time of just 4.4 seconds. The Spyder can sprint all the way up to 187 mph and the Cayman GT4 can do a slightly stronger 189 mph. The car’s new fancy engine isn’t just built for power and performance, though. It offers cylinder deactivation for fuel savings, not that we expect many owners to care much. 

The exteriors of both cars are unique. The Cayman GT4 borrows some things from the GT4 Clubsport, including the large rear wing and other various aerodynamic elements. Those additions add around 50 percent more downforce, ensuring the car sticks to the road as you whip it around. The Spyder has a unique style with a double-bubble design at the rear. It the middle rests a floating third brake light. Additional adjustments include an active rear spoiler that deploys at 75 mph and a rear diffuser. 

The cars get a lower stance by just over an inch and Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard for these models. The cars get a locking rear differential and an updated traction control system with different settings to choose from. Aluminum fixed monoblock caliper brakes or optional carbon ceramic brakes stop the car.

You can now order either or both of the cars if you want. The Spyder costs $96,300, and the Cayman GT4 starts at $99,200. There’s a destination fee of $1,250. If you do order one, you’ll have to wait until 2020 for delivery. 

The New Dendrobium D-1 Electric Hypercar Prototype Broke Cover at Le Mans

An Updated Version of the Car

The car that was shown off at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans by the British company Dendrobium started its design life at Vanda Electrics. According to Motor Authority, Dendrobium took over the project from that company and moved its design and development along. The car was presented as a concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there Dendrobium decided to continue to work on it. Now it has a prototype, which is the car it brought to Le Mans. The Dendrobium D-1 is getting closer to being a production car. 

The car’s specifications are impressive. Also, Dendrobium got serious and brought aboard McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens to help craft and fine-tune the car’s aerodynamics. That is likely a smart move because with power output numbers like this car has, you’ll want an aerodynamic vehicle. The company also put on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R to ensure that power was being properly utilized. 

In terms of powertrain, there are two electric motors. The company has one at each axle. The combined power output is 1,800 horsepower and 1,475 lb-ft of torque. That’s an insane amount of power and Dendrobium states that it translates to a 0-60 mph time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed over 200 mph. 

Not all of the car’s specifics have been revealed. Range, for example, is still a question and some of the finer points of the powertrain are still shrouded in secrecy. The company has a similar business plan to Rimac, which seems to have worked out well for the Croatian company, and could help Dendrobium become a serious force to be reckoned with. 

Toyota’s TS050 Hybrids Achieve a One-Two Finish at 24 Hours of Le Mans

A Repeat Win for Toyota

The 24 Hours of Le Mans race for 2019 was not without its drama, but the end result was one that was expected. Toyota managed to come away with a one-two finish, and its second win of the race. This was in part thanks to the team’s hard work, partly due to the superb talent of its team of drivers, and partly due to the GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid cars. 

Despite this, the #8 car, which actually won, was not the expected car to win. The #7 car was the in the lead for most of the race and it only slipped to second place after some issues with flat tires. This led to the car having to pit twice and that made room for the #8 car to take the lead. 

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Despite the kerfuffle at the end of the race, Toyota came out on top. Being that it was the only major automaker to compete in the LMP1 class, this was really not a huge surprise. We shouldn’t let that take much away from the Toyota team, though. It was a worthy win, and the TS050 Hybrid cars are true track beasts. 

The TS050 is a prototype racing car that utilizes a 2.4-liter bi-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain to rocket around the racetrack. It uses a seven-speed sequential gearbox to get that power down to the track. The powertrain makes around 1,000 hp, which was plenty to secure the car and its drivers the win in 2018 and now in 2019. 

The McLaren GT Will Tour Europe

A Grand Tour for the GT

The new McLaren GT is a true grand touring car, and the company wants to prove it by taking the car to various countries in Europe. This is a move to let buyers see the car ahead of production. It will also expose the GT to a far wider in-person audience than McLaren would be able to do otherwise. According to Carscoops, the GT will start out in the UK and then travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain. 

The rest of the McLaren lineup will join the GT at the various locations across Europe. Everything from the 570S to the new Senna will be there as well. While those other cars will be on location, the GT is the main event for each spot.

David Gilbert, McLaren Managing Director for Europe, said that it only makes sense for the GT to take a tour of Europe because that’s what it’s designed to do. “We would like to invite McLaren customers and followers to visit us on the McLaren GT’s summer Grand Tour, which will be a great opportunity to admire the new car’s elegant design as well as a chance to discover more about the whole McLaren range.”

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Here are all the cities the car will stop:

  • Bristol/Birmingham and Leeds – June 17
  • London/Ascot and Manchester – June 20
  • Utrecht – June 25
  • New Forest – June 26
  • Glasgow and Brussels – June 27
  • Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Lugano – July 2
  • Munich, Dusseldorf, and Milan – July 4
  • Zurich, Stuttgart, and Barcelona – July 10
  • Paris – July 17

Check your calendar and see if you can get away for a little while to take a look at McLaren’s latest and best grand touring car before it even hits production. 

The Alpine A110S is the 288 hp Lightweight Monster You’ve Always Wanted

Alpine Adds More Horsepower

The new Alpine A110 is a lightweight little sports car that has a lot of people excited, but there were some naysayers out there who claimed it was short on power. That’s no longer the case with the A110S. Alpine decided to turn up the power to its 1.8-liter four-cylinder by upping the boost on the turbocharger. That move manages to add 49 hp. 

While the hp bump is a significant one up to 288, the torque stays the same at 236 lb-ft. We’re not complaining, though. That’s a respectable number and with the revamps to the engine, the car now has access to that torque higher in the rev range. All that is good news from a performance standpoint and that’s led to the car achieving a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds. 

Alpine couldn’t just up the horsepower and not touch the rest of the car for the A110S, so it also increased the spring stiffness by 50 percent and made the anti-roll bars 100 percent stiffer. It also gets some new 18-inch wheels and sits 4mm lower. The upgrades to the car do increase the weight a little bit to about 2,455 pounds, but the car is still a light lighter than its competition and with the extra power, it should be an absolute riot to drive. 

One of the Original James Bond Aston Martin DB5s Will Go Up for Auction

A Killer Aston Martin and Piece of Movie History

If you’re an Aston Martin fan and a fan of the worlds most famous secret agent, then you need to get the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction event in August. One of James Bond Aston Martin DB5s will cross the auction block. The car is one of just four Goldfinger-spec vehicles ever produced. This particular car has all the gadgets and goodies still on it from the film. 

While some of the other Goldfinger cars Aston loaned to the movie production company for the film, this particular model was actually built as a Goldfinger-spec model from the factory. It was supossed to be the hero car for the film. This means the gadgets and additions to the car, like the in-dash radar, revolving number plates, retractable bulletproof screen, and other gadgets were designed to work for more than just one take. In short, this is the Goldfinger-spec DB5 you really want. 

The car was restored by Roos Engineering in Switzerland, which is an Aston Martin as Heritage Specialists appointed shop. The restoration took four years. It not only got the car perfect, but it also helped make sure the 13 film additions (the gadgets and gizmos) functioned as they did the day the car left the factory. 

The car has also had very few owners. Over the past five decades, there have been only three private owners. This car should fetch an amazing price at auction. 

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Could the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Go to Production in 2021?

The Rumor Mill is A-Churnin’

We reported on the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato when it first popped up as a concept model not very long ago. Now the rumor is that Lambo is seriously considering putting it into production. We thought it would be cool if they built the car, but we didn’t expect the company to actually do it. Is it a sign of the times that a concept this wild could actually go to production? 

Recently, the good people over at Automobile Magazine managed to drive the model and began to speculate as to if it would be built. As they put it, “Signs point to yes.” While nothing has been officially confirmed, Automible says sources told the publication that Lamborghini would produce between 500 and 1,000 units. The price for such a production vehicle? About $270,000. 

Lamborghini Sterrato concept

Lamborghini Sterrato concept

The reasoning goes like this, The company needs to get about five more years out of the Huracán. Next year, 2020, will be for a Super Trofeo Omologato (STO) version of the car. The following year will be for the Sterrato, and the year after that will be for some kind of hybrid model. In 2023, the Superveloce is the likely car. 

Of course, Lamborghini could switch up the order of those vehicles. With that in mind, the 2021 car might not be the Sterrato. It could be one of the other versions mentioned. However, with interest high in this model, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this car come in 2021. 

Bentley’s All-New 2020 Flying Spur Said to be World’s Best Luxury Sports Sedan

A Big Sedan With Strong Performance

Bentley finally graced us with the appearance of the third-generation Flying Spur. The car features the same underpinnings as the new Continental GT and is said to be sportier than ever before. The company claims the car is the “world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan.” We hope that’s correct. 

Judging by some of the additions to the car, we’d speculate Bentley is right about that. The car gets an aluminum and composite chassis, active 48-volt anti-roll bars, all-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, and Bentley Dynamic Ride for wonderful ride quality. 

Powering the big sedan is a variety of engines with the range-topping one getting a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine. That powerplant puts out 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed dual clutch transmission wrangles all that power in a way the all-wheel-drive system sees fit. 

The new Flying Spur can do a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 207 mph. It’s not all about straight-line speed, though. The company adjusted the weight of the car, too, which ensures it’s a better handling car on the road. 

Inside, you get an obscene amount of luxury materials and technology, including luscious leather throughout the cabin, real metal and real wood trim, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, and remote control for the infotainment system for the rear passengers.

The wheelbase of the car was stretched by over five inches. Most of that length went to making the interior as spacious as possible. It also helps further smooth out the ride of this luxurious beast of a machine. We can’t wait to see one in the flesh. 

The 2019 Ultima RS Will Come to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with 1,200 hp

A Killer Mid-Engine Machine Prepped for GM V8s

Ultima makes some amazing cars, and it’s RS might just be the company’s most impressive. The top-of-the-line Ultima RS features a GM-sourced LT5 V8 with 1,200 hp. In a car that only weighs a little over 2,000 pounds, you can imagine how fast that makes the car. To showcase the model, the company will bring the RS to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

Ultima made the RS so it would take a wide variety of GM engines. The most basic model comes with an LT1 V8 that makes 480 hp. That engine in the car makes it possible to shoot from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. It’ll do 100 mph in just 6.2 seconds, and it’ll hit a top speed of 180 mph. 

The next engine available for the car is the LT4 borrowed from the Z06 Corvette. This engine makes 650 hp and can move the car from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. One hundred mph comes in 5.2 seconds and top speed sits at 210 mph. Ultima also offers the RS with two versions of the LT5 V8. The first is an 800 hp version that can shoot the car from 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and 100 mph in 4.8 seconds. With this engine, the car has a top speed of 250 mph.

Lastly, Ultima offers the RS with a tuned LT5 V8. That engine puts out 1,200 hp. Performance numbers have not yet been determined, but as you can imagine, it puts the car on the same level as some of the most impressive hypercars available today. 

The cars are officially sold as kit cars. They can be bought and assembled by the buyer or purchased and then assembled by the factory. There are right and left-hand drive versions available. 

BAC Will Unveil Faster Mono at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Taking Things Up a Notch

The Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) came out with a wild car in 2011 called the Mono. It was one of the closest things to an F1 car you could drive on the road. It still sells the Mono today, but now the company has a new car in the works that it plans to unveil at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

The company posted a teaser video to its YouTube channel earlier this week, which we’ve included below. All that it said about the car, though was that it would come July 4. There’s no other information out there. The company did release a few photos of the upcoming car, though, so we know it will look similar to the Mono that the company previously produced. 

Talking to Autocar, the company’s co-founder, Neil Briggs sounded excited and optimistic for the new model. He said the experience so far with the Mono has been an “incredible and truly humbling journey.” He said the new car is an effort to “turn the dials up a notch.” Briggs said a new prototype of the car tested at the Shelsley Walsh and it “blew our class away.”

That’s not surprising. The Mono weighs only 1,300 pounds. It’s an open wheel sports car with a 2.5-liter Ford-sourced turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes around 300 hp. According to Autocar, the Mono has broken five production car lap records since 2011. If the new car is much better than that, you can expect BAC to break a few more records. 

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The Huracán Sterrato Concept is the Off-Road Lambo You’ve Only Imagined

This Lambo Looks Built for Rambo

Based on the Huracán EVO, the Huracán Sterrato Concept is the off-road vehicle that you only see in dreams, movies, and children’s drawings. There have been some wild ideas for concept off-roaders, but the fact that Lamborghini decided to actually build a concept car is amazing. 

The Sterrato Concept still has most of the Huracán EVO’s bits, including the 5.2-liter V10 that makes 640 hp. The drive systems have been recalibrated to handle the rigors of off-road terrain. The vehicle has all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and torque vectoring. 

The car sits up only 0.3 inches higher, so it’s more of a desert sand-slinger rather than a rock-crawler. Approach and departure angles were improved and the decks widened by 1.18 inches. The car receives 20-inch wheels wrapped in off-road rubber. The car gets some added underbody protection and exterior enhancements to protect it from the elements. It gets stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes. There are also various LED lighting additions include a large light bar and LEDs added to the bumper. 

While this might not be the typical Lamborghini, it sure is interesting. Who needs a Urus when you can have this? Oh, right. You can’t have this because it’s a concept, but you know Lambo would sell them if you could. 

A Ferrari SF90 Stradale Build Slot For Sale With a Price of About $1.5 Million

Do You Want Ferrari’s Latest? 

With the Ferrari SF90 Stradale only being revealed less than a week ago, it’s surprising to see a build slot for the car already up for sale. That’s exactly what’s happened, though. The build slot is available for purchase at Mobile with a price tag of $1.46 million. The buyer of that build slot will be able to configure the car however they want and can expect delivery of the model in the first quarter of 2020, according to the listing. 

As Carscoops points out, there have been lawsuits against people who have tried to flip supercars and hypercars to make money. The Ford GT springs to mind first. Because of this, the publication suggests reaching out to Ferrari before proceeding. We would echo this sentiment. Of course, if you’re spending that much money on a car, you’re bound to take every precaution, and you should. 

For those living under a rock, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the most advanced Prancing Horse ever with a new fancy hybrid powertrain that makes a combined 989 hp. It’s sleek and modern while still looking like a Ferrari. It’s worth every penny of the $1.46 million asking price for the build slot. 

If you’re wary of buying an SF90 Stradale under these circumstances, just wait. Ferrari has hinted that the hybrid technology used here would make its way to other Ferrari vehicles, which is a good thing, indeed. 

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 Hypercar Details Come to Light

The Man Behind the McLaren F1 Has a New Car

We reported a while back that Gordon Murray had a new hypercar he was working on. Details about the car were extremely scarce at the time of that writing. Now, some of those details have come to light. According to his website, the car will use a carbon fiber tub, a naturally aspirated V12 engine, a good-old-fashioned six-speed manual transmission, and be rear-wheel drive. The car will also seat three people. The driver will be front and center with the two passengers to either side. 

The car will begin production in 2022. Right now the car is in advanced stages of development. The vehicle is said to cost upwards of $2.5 million. Murray plans to only build 100 versions of the car, too, meaning it will be a rare model. The model is supposed to have the most advanced aerodynamics of any car and an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. 

Murray doesn’t seem too interested in what people think, which is refreshing. He’s here to build the best-driving car out there. “I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration. Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built – but, rest assured, it will be quick,” he said. 

It’s this focus on the actual driveability of the car that has us so excited. Chasing top speeds and faster acceleration times is all well and good, but if you have to ruin the driving experience to get there, then you’ve missed the point. Murray knows what it takes to build an engaging car and the T.50 should be impressive. 

The 2020 BMW M8 Is Here

A High-Powered 8-Series Coupe

The BMW M8 arrived in coupe, convertible, and competition form. The car borrows its turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine from the M5. It makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. BMW thought it best to make the competition model special, so it added some power to that model and bumped the numbers up to 617 hp. The car gets an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

The M8, which has been highly anticipated, can do a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. Opt for the Competition version of the car and you knock another tenth of a second off. The top speed for the car is 189 mph. Those fast 0-60 mph times are in part due to the car’s all-wheel-drive system. Drivers have the ability to switch from all-wheel drive to all-wheel drive sport or into a two-wheel drive mode. 

The car gets M-specific suspension that’s adaptive. The car also utilizes electromechanical M Servotronic steering as standard equipment. Other parts such as the struts and braces have been beefed up to handle the higher levels of performance. Customers can choose carbon ceramic brakes if they wish. 

Prices for the car start at $133,000 for the M8 Coupe and $146,000 for the Competition Coupe. The M8 Convertible runs $142,500. The Competition Convertible costs $155,500. Those prices do not include destination. Production will begin in July of this year.