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Nissan Z Proto: 7th Generation Z Car Announced

It’s been 51 years since the first of Nissan’s Z Cars, the Nissan Fairlady 240Z, made its debut. The current Nissan 370Z has been around since early 2009. Its long overdue replacement is previewed today by the Nissan Z Proto.

Revealed as a near-production prototype, the Nissan Z Proto has potential to morph into a new Nissan 400Z. The 400Z is widely expected to be the 7th generation Z Car. When released, it should compete with the likes of the Toyota Supra, taking us back to the 1990’s.

Nissan Z Proto: Overview

– Previews the upcoming Nissan 400Z
– Nissan Z Car styling brought up to date
– Powered by a modified V6 engine and fitted with a manual gearbox
– The interior gets a fresh look with new digital displays

Nissan Z Proto: Exterior

Nissan Z Proto Side

The most eye catching feature of the Nissan Z Proto is its bright yellow pearlescent paint. This harks back to the classic first-generation 240Z and the 300ZX. The paint scheme was a popular option on both models.

The design is fairly minimalist. The front air intake is one large black hole framed by a sharp front bonnet and front splitter. Either side, the Z Proto gets teardrop-shaped LED headlights.

The roofline flows from the nose to the squared-off rear to create a distinctive first-generation Z profile. The rear interprets the 300ZX rear lights for the modern era with a black frame and exhaust pipes similar to the outgoing 370Z.

The side skirts, front lower lip and rear valance are all produced from carbon fibre. The Z Proto uses a revised V6 twin-turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission will be optional with the production version.

Nissan Z Proto: Interior

Nissan Z Proto Interior

Inside, the Nissan Z Proto gets a 12.3-inch digital meter display, three analogue dials mounted to the dashboard and a deep dish steering wheel.

Otherwise, the Z Proto looks fairly modern inside. It arrives with plenty of leather trim, with what looks like alcatara and yellow accents.

Nissan Z Proto: What does the future hold?

The Nissan Z Proto is one of 10 new vehicles that Nissan is showing for the US in 20 months. Clearly, it hopes to revive its fortunes after falling on hard times in recent years.

This intense focus on the US market will mean that the eventual 400Z is unlikely to make it to European shores. For markets that will get the 400Z, the wait is likely to be in the region of 2 years.

Maserati MC20 Revealed: New Maserati Supercar!

The Maserati MC20 has now been officially revealed. We saw the photos yesterday, the details have now been confirmed as the covers were removed in Modena.

The Maserati MC20 was designed in Modena and will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant. The Italian brand has created a new production line in the space once occupied by the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.

Maserati MC20: Key Details

– First of a new Maserati era
– 100% made in Modena
– New Nettuno V6 engine produces 630 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque
– 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds with a sub 1,500 kg weight

Maserati MC20: Engine & Chassis

Details for the new Nettuno engine were already known. The 3.0 litre V6 is mounted at a 90 degree angle. It is rated to 630 hp and packs 730 Nm of torque.

Maserati confirm a 100 km/h sprint time of 2.9 seconds, a 200 km/h sprint time of 8.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 325 km/h.

Power is routed through an 8-speed DCT gearbox to the rear wheels via a mechanical limited slip differential. An electronic differential is said to be optional.

The suspension setup includes double-wishbones at the front and rear with an anti-roll bar. The Maserati MC20 weighs in at under 1,500 kg of kerb weight.

The braking system consists of 6 piston Brembo callipers at the front and 4 piston callipers at the rear. The braking power is enough to allow for a 33 metre braking distance from 100 km/h.

Maserati MC20: Design

The design is typically mid-engined supercar. The aerodynamics were honed in the Dallara Wind Tunnel with a drag co-efficient of 0.38.

The front end takes cues from the Maserati MC12 with a low air intake and prominent Maserati trident. The bonnet gets two air intakes either side of a flat bonnet. Along the side, deep wheel vents cut into the Maserati MC20 door panel.

The roof line slopes gently towards an uncluttered rear end. The rear taillights are narrow and split by a Maserati logo. Two centrally mounted exhausts are reminiscent of the outgoing Maserati GranTurismo.

The addition of butterfly doors give the Maserati MC20 a visual edge.

Launch colours include Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero

Expect a convertible version to follow.

Maserati MC20: Interior

Inside, the MC20 uses two 10 inch screens: one for the cockpit and the other for the Maserati Multimedia System (MIA).

The carbon fibre-clad central console gets a wireless smartphone charger, the driving mode selector (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and a fifth, ESC Off, which deactivates the control functions), two speed selection buttons, the power window controls, the Multimedia System controls, and a storage compartment underneath the armrest.

All of the other controls are on the steering wheel, with the ignition button on the left and the launch control on the right. The Maserati Connect program makes it easy to access services.

Maserati MC20: Competitors

Pricing has yet to be announced for the MC20. That said, it looks likely that the Maserati MC20 will compete with the McLaren 570S and Porsche 911.

Aston Martin Victor: 1 of 1 Hypercar Built from Vulcan and One-77 Parts

Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin recently revealed its most ambitious project to date. The Aston Martin Victor is a one-off. Built from a mix of Vulcan and One-77 parts, it has taken the internet by storm.

The name picks up where the Vulcan left off. The Victor was a jet-powered strategic bomber, the last of three V Bombers which included the Vulcan. Produced by Handley Page, these bombers were designed to carry the British nuclear deterrent.

Aston Martin Victor Highlights

– Inspired by the iconic Aston Martin V8 Vantage of the 1970s and 80s
– Pentland Green exterior
– Forest Green and Conker Bridge of Weir leather, cashmere and carbon interior
– 842 Nm of downforce at 100 mph
– 7.3-litre V12 engine producing 836 bhp
– 6-speed manual with power delivered to the rear

Design

Aston Martin Victor Price

The Victor is a bespoke Aston Martin design. It looks like no other modern Aston Martin. Many of its design elements were inspired by the Aston Martin RHAM/1 racer, itself built off the platform of an Aston Martin DBS V8.

Aston Martin’s iconic front grille sits front and centre. Either side, two simple circular headlights keep the design clear, sitting atop a deep front splitter. The front bonnet includes a deep ‘U’ shaped air vent, similar to the Vantage GT12.

A long design-line runs the entire length of the side with an elongated side air outlet. The side sill is taken directly front the Vulcan. A boat tail rear end blends simplicity with complex details. The 18 individual light strips that make up the rear lights and the deep rear diffuser are highlights.

Chassis & Power

Aston Martin Victor Engine

The Aston Martin Victor uses a One-77 chassis. It weighs less than an original One-77 with GT4 levels of downforce. It is capable of producing 842 Nm of downforce at 100 mph, compared to 525Nm for a race-prepared Vantage GT4.

The One-77’s naturally-aspirated 7.3-litre V12 has been rebuilt by Cosworth. It now puts out 836 bhp and 821 Nm of torque, uprated from One-77’s 750 bhp and 750 Nm ratings.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, supplied by Graziano. As the most powerful manual Aston Martin, the Victor includes a bespoke motorsport clutch.

Interior

Aston Martin Victor Interior

The interior is pure Vulcan. Heavily redesigned, yet retaining the feel of Aston Martin’s unique racer, the Victor includes huge carbon fibre shapes.

The digital dashboard display is complemented by a second central infotainment system. The steering wheel is lifted straight from the Vulcan while the gear shift gets a traditional wooden touch.

Pricing is unknown as the Aston Martin Victor is a one-off. Hopefully Q by Aston Martin takes on more of these projects in years to come!

Top 15 Cool Cars of 2020: A Dark Year with Exciting Cars

Magma Beam Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

What a year it has been so far, eh? But also one filled with an array of amazing new car debuts, there will be even more to come as we come to a slow end of the year. For now though, lets look at some of the cars that kept the car world buzzing with excitement, from sports cars to hypercars and SUVs – hard to even talk about cars nowadays without an SUV coming up.

Here we go…

1. Ford Bronco

My personal favorite, one of the few rugged 4×4 SUVs on the market in a very niche market dominated by the Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco is an old soul reborn, and Ford did not disappoint. From the design, to the options available (including a manual transmission), this is easily the coolest SUV on the market right now.

2021 Ford Bronco Off-road

Engines:
2.3L EcoBoost turbo 4: 270hp/420nm – 7spd manual
2.7L V6 turbo: 310hp/542nm – 10 spd auto only
Off-road: 2H, 4H, 4L

2. BMW M3 & M4

September 23rd reveal. We can’t wait! For now we know the following:

Trims
Standard:
Engine: 3.0L S58 inline6 twin-turbo
Output: 480hp, 600nm
Gearbox: 6-spd manual, RWD

Competition:
Output: 510hp, 650nm
Gearbox: 8 spd auto, AWD with RWD mode.

3. Porsche 992 Turbo S

This is a $200k hypercar, deserves that title more than some actual hypercars. Porsche did not fail, they never have when it comes to the 911 Turbo. Incredibly powerful and very quick. See below.

Engine: 3.7L F6 twin turbo
Output: 641hp/800nm
0-100kmh(62mph): 2.5s or less, Cabrio already did it in 2.5s.
Top Speed: 330kmh(205mph)

4. Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

Orange AMG GT Black Series Wheels Price

The most expensive Mercedes-Benz vehicle on the market today, it’s also the most powerful Mercedes-AMG of all time. The price is 335,240 Euros with taxes in Germany (281k without taxes). The same price as a McLaren 765LT.

Power: 4.0L V8 Biturbo
Output: 730hp, 800nm
0-100km/h (62mph): 3.2s
Top Speed: 325km/h (202mph)

5. Gordon Murray T.50

Gordon Murray T.50 Price

Reviving the 90s: this is the new Gordon Murray T.50 supercar. It has a center driver’s seat, and the world’s highest-revving engine…and yes 3 pedals in a V12, in 2020!

Engine: 3.9L V12
Trans: 6 spd manual
Output: 663hp & 467nm
Redline: 12,100rpm
Weight: 986kg
Price: $3.08 million, 100 cars only

6. VW Golf 8 GTI & R

Golf 8 R
Photo by Autocar

The people’s hot hatches are back. At the time of this article the R has not yet been revealed, an update will however follow.

2021 Golf 8 GTI
2.0L turbo 4 EA888 evo4
241hp, 370nm (up from 217hp)
6-speed manual or 7spd DSG

The Golf 8 R will comes with the same motor, but power will increase to 335hp, DSG only this time round.

7. Bentley Bacalar

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Only 12 of these will be made worldwide. Showcasing the future of Bentley’s design.

Power: 6.0L W12 with 660hp.⁣
Inspired by EXP 100GT⁣

8. Koenigsegg Gemera

Koenigsegg-Gemera
A Koenigsegg with 8 cup holders, even your SUV doesn’t get that. It’s a hyper GT from Koenigsegg with luxury, power enough to wear the Koenigsegg badge and a matching speed. Oh, and a hovering 360 degrees camera in the rear.

Engine: 2.0L 3 cylinder twin turbo + 3 eMotors
Output: 600bhp + 1100bhp = 1700bhp, 3500nm
0-100km/h(62mph): 1.9s
Top Speed: 400km/h

9. Lamborghini Sian Roadster

Lamborghini Sian Roadster
Only 19 of these will be made, and will join the Sian Coupe (63 units only) which was revealed last year. It also serves as an engine preview of the Aventador successor: V12 + mild hybrid.

Power: 6.5L V12 N/A + Mild Hybrid
Output: 819hp
0-100km/h: 10. Aston Martin V12 Speedster

Aston Martin V12 Speedster Specs
Speedsters are the new thing now among supercar manufacturers. This one is limited to only 88 units and is inspired by the 1953 DB3S, 1959 DBR1 and the 2013 CC100 Concept.

Power: 5.2L V12 twin-turbo
Output: 700hp, 753nm
0-100km/h (62mph): 3.5s
Top Speed: 3.5s
Price: £765,000 in UK, £637,500 without VAT

11. Mercedes-Benz AVTR

2020 Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR Concept
This one is a tribute to Avatar movie.

– No steering wheel, connects to human owner by touchFlushed face
– can move sideway like a crabCrab
– 33 scales (bionic flaps) for communication with aliens

12. Alfa Romeo GTA

Alfa Romeo GTA Rear Wing
A limited edition based on the Giulia QV, 500 units only. There is a GTAm version with 2 seats only and roll cage.

Power: 2.9L V6 Biturbo
Output: 540hp
0-100km/h: 3.6s

13. Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Bugatti Pur Sport in Zurich
Limited to 60 cars only this is one of the many special editions based on the Chiron. It’s 50kg lighter than the standard Chiron with more downforce as well.

Power: 8.0L W16 Quad Turbo
Output: 1500hp, 1600nm
Top Speed: 350km/h
Price: €3,000,000 or $3.35 million

14. Czinger 21C


A hybrid hypercar powered by a V8 and 2 electric motors with AWD. Limited to just 80 cars.

Power: 2.88L flat crank V8 twin-turbo + 2 electric motors
Gearbox: 7-speed auto manual
Output: 1250hp
Redline: 11.000rpm
0-62 mph (0-100 kph): 1.9s
0 to 248 mph (400 kph): 29s
1/4 mile: 8.1s

15. 2021 RAM 1500 TRX

RAM 1500 TRX
Only in America where a production truck would have such intense specs. The price starts from $69,995, your average specs A45 S AMG is more expensive.

New 2021 RAM 1500 TRX
Power: 6.2L Hemi V8 Supercharged
Output: 702hp, 881nm
0-60mph: 4.5s
¼ Mile: 12.9s
Top Speed: 118mph (yes, normal for this segment)

Gordon Murray T.50 Supercar Revealed: Weighs 986kg, Costs $3 Million

The Gordon Murray T.50 supercar has been officially revealed. With a central seating position, manual transmission and a euphoric V12, the ex-McLaren engineer returns to his tried and tested formula.

Of course, Gordon Murray is best known for his work on the McLaren F1 and on the cult-classic Light Car Company ‘Rocket’. The T.50 uses lessons learned from both projects, packaged into something entirely new.

We have already learnt quite a lot about the 3.9 litre V12 engine unit. Today we learn that it weighs just 986 kg!

Today’s global premiere allows us to reveal the T.50’s full spec list. Unlike the F1, Gordon Murray is not chasing top speed or power records.

That low kerb weight of 986 kg’s makes it the lightest supercar of the modern era. By way of reference, the McLaren Speedtail weighs a hefty 1,430 kg. Dry, the Gordon Murray T.50 weighs 957 kg.

The chassis is a high-grade carbon tub monocoque with carbon fibre body panels. The combination weighs less than 150 kg.

Driving home the analogue feel, ESP and traction control programs can be entirely disabled in the Gordon Murray T.50.

Gordon Murray T.50 Interior

The 400 mm rear-mounted ground-effect fan is a big part of the aerodynamic program. Depending on the mode, it helps increase downforce by 50%, reduce drag by 12.5%, add 50 hp in power and cut braking distance by 10 metres from 150 mph. It is assisted by two dynamic rear spoilers.

Murray has designed six aerodynamic modes, operated through a mixture of active and interactive fan assistance. These include Auto, High Downforce, Streamline, Braking, Test and V-Max Boost; the latter uses ram induction to raise power to 700 hp.

The design clearly echoes that of the McLaren F1. It gets a similar shape to its front end and a near-identical window design. It even uses a set of dihedral doors.

Murray’s purist design approach takes centre-stage externally. There are no unsightly flaps, vents or wings. Everything has a purpose on the Gordon Murray T.50.

Inside there is enough space for three passengers with luggage too.

Of course, the unique selling point is the central driving position. Something McLaren sought to revive with the new Speedtail. The driver sits surrounded with aerospace-grade controls.

Gordon Murray T.50 Exhaust Pipes

Power is delivered through a bespoke Cosworth 3.9-litre V12. It produces 663 hp at 11,500 rpm and torque of 467 Nm at 9,000 rpm. It should be the lightest road going V12, weighing just 178 kg.

The transmission is provided by Xtrac. The manual box is H-pattern with six speeds, five close ratios and a sixth for cruising.

Just 100 copies of the Gordon Murray T.50 will be produced at a cost of £2.36 million pre-tax. Customers will be fitted for a seat, steering wheel and pedals – the supercar tailoring experience!

Customers will begin to get their cars in January 2022, constructed at a Gordon Murray Automotive facility in the UK.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Unveiled: Hardcore, Track-Only!

The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 joins a growing marketplace for no-limits hypercars. It seems that, for the super-rich, they are the must-have accessory.

Aston Martin has its Vulcan, Ferrari has its FXXK, McLaren has its Senna GTR; and now Lamborghini has the Essenza SCV12. It is also the first GT car developed to respect FIA prototype safety rules.

Developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, the Essenza SCV12 is limited to just 40 examples.

In its press release, Lamborghini evokes some hardcore history. Cars like the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR. The Essenza SCV12 has big boots to fill!

Details remain a little loose. Lamborghini has confirmed that the SCV12 is powered by a V12 rated to 830 hp. The power increase is said to be caused, in part, by RAM effect at high speeds.

Lamborghini has gone outside for the exhaust pipes which were designed by Capristo. A new X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox is structurally mounted to the frame.

The Essenza SCV12 gets a new-generation carbon fiber monocoque chassis which makes do without an internal rollcage.

Push-rod rear suspension is installed directly onto the gearbox. Pirelli tires are mounted on magnesium rims (19” front, 20” rear), which frame the brake discs and callipers supplied by Brembo.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

The unique aerodynamics achieve a staggering 1,200 kg of downforce at 250 km/h. The looks are dominated by a large adjustable double-profile rear wing, while other components are inspired by the Lamborghini Huracan race cars.

Essenza SCV12 customers will become part of an exclusive club with a bespoke program at the most prestigious circuits in the world. It will include a storage service in a new hangar built in Sant’Agata Bolognese exclusively for the Essenza SCV12 club.

Each car will have a personalized garage and dedicated services. The facility will also house the “Lamborghini Squadra Corse Drivers Lab” which offers athletic training programs similar to those followed by the official Lamborghini racing drivers.

The track calendar will start in 2021 with “arrive and drive” events held at FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits. Assistance will be provided by the Squadra Corse technical staff with the support of Emanuele Pirro and Marco Mapelli.

The price for this unique hypercar has not been announced.

Prototype Drive: 2021 Porsche Panamera Facelift

Okay, perhaps Porsche should have skipped the camouflage: It draws more attention to our Panamera than it would have received without the attention-grabbing stickers. We are behind the wheel of the facelifted Porsche Panamera, to be launched in late August; it is fine-tuned in every respect – and still by far the sportiest entry in the luxury car segment.

The Panamera has two faces: Built in two wheelbases and with a Sport Turismo station wagen derivative, it offers all the room of an Audi A8, a BMW 7-series or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And since a new, technologically stunning S-Class is just around the corner, Porsche needed to do something to make the Panamera an even better, more comfortable long-distance cruiser.

That’s why it is a bit softer in the comfort-oriented driving modes, and that’s why the infotainment system has been vastly upgraded: It is faster than before, it features a higher-resolution display screen and it has a superior voice recognition system. The Panamera, if so desired by the driver and passengers, offers a serene environment ideally suited to long-distance travel.

But the upgraded chassis and tweaked driving modes can swing the other way, too: Improvements to the adaptive damping system, the anti-roll system, the torque vectoring system and the noticeably sharper steering turn the Porsche Panamera into an even better performer. And that’s important as well, as new competitors such as the four-door AMG GT and the BMW M8 Gran Coupe have arrived on the scene.

Porsche Panamera Facelift Review

Changes to the exterior are rather minimal: The rear light strip now runs in an unbroken line from side to side, the Sport Design package is henceforth standard, and there are the obligatory new wheels and colors. Inside, there is a new steering wheel and new available wood trim. And we praise Porsche for keeping the traditional gated gear selector that allows the driver to up- and downshift with the flick of the wrist. Alternatively, there are solid and beautifully executed shifter paddles.

The powertrain lineup is significantly upgraded, with two conventional 2.9-liter V-6 models, two 4.0-liter V-8 models and three plug-in hybrids, of which two are based on the V-6 and one on the V-8. The battery is bigger than before, electric range grows by 30 per cent. All-wheel drive is standard with the exception of a few select markets, where Porsche offers and entry-level model with rear-wheel drive, and all models are fitted with a quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, affectionately known as Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Engine

The six-cylinder lineup consists of the Panamera 4 with 330 horsepower and the Panamera 4S with 440 horsepower; the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will make around 460 horsepower, while the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – a new addition to the lineup – is rated at 560 horsepower.

The V-8 lineup begins with the GTS, which climbs from 460 to 480 horsepower; the 550-horsepower Turbo is killed off in favor of a 630-horsepower Turbo S, and there is only one hybrid here: The Turbo S E-Hybrid, which gets another 70 horsepower to crack 700.

But enthusiasts should know that the Turbo S is fitted with a more interesting engine than the Turbo S E-Hybrid: While the hybrid’s V-8 carries over unchanged and is largely identical to the electronically detuned unit on the GTS, the 630-horsepower unit is significantly fine-tuned with unique pistons, crankshaft and timing chain, larger turbochargers, new injectors and even higher-performance spark plugs. Add to this the fact that it is very significantly less heavy than the hybrid, the enthusiast’s choice should be clear: Pick the regular Turbo S, and it’ll likely be faster on the track, too.

Porsche Panamera Facelift Rear

If it’s comfortable long-distance cruising you’re after, the choice is less clear. The hybrids are economical only when driven over short distances and duly plugged in after each drive. Meanwhile, Porsche has missed the opportunity to bring back the fabulous 4.0-liter V-8 diesel that was briefly available on the pre-facelift model and commands sky-high prices on the used-car market. Our choice would therefore be the GTS: You can’t beat the V-8 rumble – it’s just so soothing.

We loved driving the facelifted Panamera. Look for the cover to come off in late August.

Ford Bronco: Beloved American Off-Roader Reborn

The much-anticipated Ford Bronco finally dropped last night. The rugged American SUV is reborn with a range of two and four-door models.

What is the Ford Bronco?

Ford Bronco Old and New

It’s been a while since the Ford Bronco dropped out of Ford’s regular line-up. The Bronco was born in 1965.

It was initially designed to compete with the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout, meaning that the first generation had off-road credentials.

Following generations moved from the compact SUV of the first generation, to a full-size body style as Ford’s customers preferred a more-road focused SUV.

Sales of the Ford Bronco came to an end in 1996 after five generations to make way for the Ford Expedition and the Ford Explorer.

The Ford Bronco name is probably most synonymous with a car chase. On 17 June 1994, 95 million TV viewers watched police slowly chase O.J. Simpson in a white Ford Bronco down Los Angeles’ Interstate 405.

Ford had been due to unveil the Ford Bronco on 9 July 2020, however, the date was moved as it inadvertently coincided with O.J. Simpson’s birthday!

Born Wild

The sixth generation Ford Bronco debuts as a complete range, under the catchphrase “Born Wild”.

The Bronco gets a classic two-door model and, for the first time, a four-door model. Both models will have a range of 200 accessories to choose from offering maximum customisation.

The styling is suitably retro with a huge, upright Bronco grille and a boxy look. Square proportions, short overhangs and a wide stance make it suited to off-roading.

Two-door models come with a removable three-section roof system. The press release tends to suggest that it is an option to specify a removable four-panel system which includes a removable panel over the rear compartment. First-row panels stow away onboard on two-door models.

Rear quarter windows are removable too, as well as the frameless doors. The four-door model can be optioned with both a soft or hardtop.

Chassis

2021 Ford Bronco 4 door Side

The new Ford Bronco sits on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis. Ford claim it offers class-leading suspension travel.

At the front, the Bronco is fitted with independent front suspension. At the back, a rugged solid axle design features coil springs with five locating links.

Position-sensitive Bilstein dampers are fitted with end-stop control valves at every corner. An exclusive semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar is also included.

Ford fits massive 35-inch off-road tires direct from the factory on every trim level of two- and four-door Bronco. It’s safe to say this isn’t you standard SUV.

As a result, the new Ford Bronco gets 11.6-inches of ground clearance, a maximum 29-degree breakover angle, a 37.2-degree departure angle, and water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches.

Power

2021 Ford Bronco 4 door Price

Power is delivered through Ford’s EcoBoost engine range. A 2.7 litre V6 is available with 310 hp and 400 lb.ft of torque. A lower model will also be offered with a 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine producing 270 hp and 310 lb.ft of torque.

Power will be routed through a choice of either 7-speed manual gearbox or 10-speed automatic transmissions.

To give it maximum low-speed rock-climbing capability, the manual transmission is paired with an advanced 4×4 system with automatic on-demand engagement.

The transmission offers several driving modes including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.

Two four-wheel drive options are available, a base setup and advanced 4×4. The base system uses a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case.

Electronic offerings include Trail Toolbox, an electronic program to improve off-road performance, and Trail Control, cruise control for low speed off-roading. Trail Turn Assist uses torque vectoring to reduce turning circle.

Interior

2021 Ford Bronco 4 door interior

Inside, the new Ford Bronco gets a classic, upright dashboard incorporating a massive touchscreen. It gets over-the-air updates and seamless integration to the FordPass Performance app.

The SYNC system also displays views from the 360-degree camera system. The system comes with more than 1,000 curated trail maps powered by NeoTreks’ AccuTerra Maps, Trails Offroad trail guides and FunTreks trail guides.

Otherwise, the interior features washable rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces. The instrument panel surfaces are wipeable, with seamless silicone rubber on the switches.

Competition & Availability

Jeep Wrangler V8

The Ford Bronco is designed to compete with the Jeep Gladiator, Jeep Wrangler, and to a lesser extend, the Land Rover Defender.

Production of the new Ford Bronco begins in early 2021 with the first models arriving in Ford dealerships next spring.

Leaked Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series Photos Spoil Surprise

Leaked Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series Photos

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series has leaked online. New photos show the hotly anticipated Black Series model sitting in a workshop completely uncovered.

Positioned above the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro, the Black Series will be the most extreme version of the AMG GT to date.

Leaked Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series photos show its Aerodynamics

The leaked Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series photos show extensive modifications to the wide-body of the supercar. Starting from the rear, the Black Series gets a new rear diffuser with rear wheel vents sitting either side of massive quad exhaust tailpipes.

The twin rear spoiler looks adjustable in the photos with an interesting mount which sits towards the central of the rear end. The rear boot lid is also replaced with a more distinct lip than any other GT model.

The sides include a new skirt and a new front wheel vent. Towards the front, the bonnet is all-new, incorporating carbon fibre accent panels and a set of fender vents to cement the extreme new look.

The front bumper has a comprehensive redesign too with a new grille, deeper front splitter, carbon fibre flicks and a set of canards.

Its not clear if the dual tone finish is the release colour, or whether the parts are exposed to show where Mercedes-AMG has made modifications. Regardless, it seems clear that we weren’t supposed to see the finished product just yet.

What else do we know about the Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series?

Leaked Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series

What these leaked Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series don’t confirm is what hides underneath. It’s almost certain that the 4.0 litre V8 will receive some work. Reports in other publications have confirmed that the tune will likely push power up to 720 hp and 850 Nm of torque.

We also expect Mercedes-AMG to make the Black Series limited edition.

McLaren Senna Gets 102 hp Power Boost by Novitec

We thought Mansory would be the first to turn its hands to the McLaren Senna. Clearly we were wrong! Novitec has presented a subtle set of updates for the track-focused McLaren. They range from a new wheelset to a substantial boost in performance.

Novitec’s package centres around a 102 hp power boost applied to the McLaren Senna’s 4.0-litre V8 engine. It now produces 902 hp and 888 Nm of torque. The power boost is achieved through a three-stage plug-and-play engine control unit which modifies the mapping for fuel injection, ignition and boosts pressure control.

The Senna now arrives at 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in just 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 335 km/h. This makes it 0.1 seconds quicker to 100 km/h and 0.3 seconds quicker to 200 km/h.

Other additions include a new superlight high-performance inconel exhaust system. If you choose this option, Novitec can finish the tips in matt black. A replacement catalyst pipe is also available. The forged wheels measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear.

Novitec also offers customised interiors for all vehicles. Novitec chose to keep the bodywork as it was, making changes only to the wheels and engine. Still, if you want extra spice for your 1 of 500 McLaren Senna, there is no other option!

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut: Top Speed Model Aims at 500km/h Mark!

The top-speed focused Koenigsegg Jesko did materialise earlier this week. It had been widely rumoured during the lead up to the Geneva Motor Show 2020. The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is set to be the fastest Koenigsegg ever built and compromise downforce for a low drag coefficient.

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut isn’t a special edition either. What Koenigsegg has unveiled is essentially a spec option, available to all Jesko customers.

The Koenigsegg’s USP is its extremely low drag coefficient. At just 0.278 Cd, it glides through the air, using optimised aerodynamics to stabilise the experience. Downforce is reduced to 40 kg at 250 km/h up to a maximum of 150 kg. The standard Jesko has 800 kg at 250 km/h with a maximum of 1,400 kg.

The drag coefficient is achieved through the ditching the massive rear spoiler. Two fins replace it, taking inspiration from the F-15 fighter jet. The practical effect is to clm airflow over the rear bodywork, reducing total drag.

Further changes include an extended rear hood, covered rear wheels, a lowered ride height and the removal of the front wheel louvres and front hood air duct.

Koenigsegg refuses to say exactly how fast the Jesko will go. Announcing the car, Christiaan von Koenigsegg made it clear that Koenigsegg is open to the idea of testing the top speed but didn’t yet have a location to conduct such a test. The previous record run in the Koenigsegg Agera RS was carried out on a closed road in the US, it’s not entirely clear whether such a road might yield higher speeds, perhaps in excess of the 300 mph mark.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Specs

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut uses that same twin-turbocharged 5.0 litre V8, mounted to a 180-degree crankshaft and a nine-speed Light Speed Transmission system. Power totals 1,600 bhp on E85 feel with 1,500 Nm of torque at 5,100 rpm.

Koenigsegg has made adjustments to the suspension too, the front suspension is more compact, it is softer too, which makes it a less serious drive around a race track. Koenigsegg also claims that a 1:1 power ratio is achieved with a full tank of fuel, luggage and two persons on board.

Koenigsegg’s press conference also confirmed that the Regera will finish production by the end of this year, allowing Koenigsegg to begin production of the Jesko next year alongside its other projects.

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Aston Martin V12 Speedster Officially Revealed

Aston Martin’s Speedster has been officially revealed. The British brand’s marketing department have clearly been sipping the creative juices once again. They took the ‘name it as you see it approach’, arriving at the name Aston Martin V12 Speedster.

The V12 Speedster competes with the Ferrari Monza SP2 and the McLaren Elva, two brand new Speedster models to be launched at a similar price range. It has taken 12 months to build and arrives through the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ team.

As you would expect, the V12 Speedster uses Aston Matin’s 5.2-litre, Twin-Turbo V12 engine, with peak outputs of 700 hp and 753Nm of torque. The engine is front-mounted and sends the power it generates through a ZF 8-Speed automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential driving the rear wheels.

Aston Martin quotes a 100 km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 300 km/h. To create a unique experience, Aston Martin offers a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system.

The chassis is a mix of bonded aluminium parts lifted from the Vantage and DBS Superleggera models. It gets independent double-wishbone front, and multi-link rear suspension, with coil springs and adaptive damping. The latter offers Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. 21-inch centre locking wheels and carbon-ceramic discs are also. The discs measure 410 mm at the front axle and 360 mm at the rear.

The majority of the bodywork is carbon fibre. The design is similar to the one-off CC100 Speedster Concept of 2013 and takes inspiration from the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1.

Just 88 will be made available starting at £765,000 including VAT. Deliveries are expected to take place this time next year.

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Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Revealed with $3.35 Million Price Tag

Another special edition Bugatti Chiron arrived this afternoon. The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is limited to 60 examples. This is the Chiron for you if you like the idea of a massive fixed rear wing!

The Pur Sport benefits from less weight and a sharper focus on downforce, its the Chiron for those winding roads. The Pur Sport gets a close-ratio transmission, high-performance tyres with a new material mix geared towards extreme grip as well as an agile chassis and suspension setup.

Whereas the Chiron Super Sport 300+ was set up to hit top speeds, the Pur Sport is set up for optimum lap times. The front gets wide air inlets and an enlarged horseshoe panel to extract air from the radiators. The splitter is lower to the ground which helps to maximise downforce.

A new split paintwork design has been developed for the Pur Sport. The bottom is a carbon fibre panel while the top half is painted with the choice of a custom centre-line and accents.

The rear is dominated by a 1.90 metre rear spoiler. Part of the 50 kg weight loss is caused by losing the hydraulic component of the Chiron’s automatic rear spoiler. A more aggressive rear diffuser is combined with a distinctive 3D-printed titanium exhaust tip.

Inside, Alcantara surfaces help reduce weight. Patterns have been lasered into the Alcantara door trim panels. All trim and controls are made exclusively of either black, anodised aluminium or titanium.

The wheels are also unique to the Pur Sport. They are magnesium and feature an optional aero blade. The rings fitted to the rim extract air outwards from the wheel. Each of the 5 lug nuts gets a special cover that reduces turbulence. The measures applied to the wheels alone save 16 kg.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Rear

The chassis modifications include 65% firmer springs at the front and 33% firmer springs at the rear, an adaptive damping control strategy geared towards performance as well as modified camber values (minus 2.5 degrees). Bugatti add carbon-fibre stabilisers at the front and rear. 19 kg of weight is lost here.

On top of the usual Chiron drive modes, the Chiron Pur Sport features a new Sport + drive mode. The main difference is that the traction control system kicks into action on dry race tracks at a significantly later point. Changes to the transmission mean that the gear ratio that has been configured 15% closer together.

The 8.0 litre W16 engine still kicks out a massive 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque. Due to the higher levels of downforce, the Pur Sport tops out at 350 km/h. Bugatti hasn’t released any performance details aside from the claim that the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 60 to 120 km/h almost two seconds faster than the standard Chiron.

40 units of the Bugatti Divo should arrive next year with these Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport models set to be produced in the second half. 60 will be available at three million euros excluding VAT. With the 250th Chiron already leaving the factory gates, and 30 Chiron Super Sport 300+ announced, we calculate that there are a further 120 Chirons left before Bugatti’s self-imposed 500-car quota is hit.

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Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Revealed As Mulliner Takes Charge

The Bentley Bacalar is the most exclusive and bespoke Bentley of the modern era. It was revealed today at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, England. It was due to be revealed in Geneva this morning, yet with the cancellation of the show, Bentley executives decided to launch the car electronically instead!

The two-seat Bacalar marks a return to bespoke coachbuilding for Bentley Mulliner, one of the oldest names in coachbuilding. It also marks a return to bespoke limited edition custom models for Bentley, a stark change from the mass-production Continental GT and the Bentayga.

The release of the new model coincides with an announcement that Bentley will utilise Bentley Mulliner through a new three-portfolio future: Classic, Collections and Coachbuilt.

The Bacalar is the first model to join the Coachbuilt sector. It is named after a lake called Laguna Bacalar in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The ‘Barchetta’ design “delivers the ultimate expression of open-top, driver-focused grand touring”. Top-down motoring sits at the heart of this two-seater.

The Bentley Bacalar uses an enhanced 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine producing 659 hp and 900 Nm of torque. Bentley has incorporated a rear-biased advanced Active All-Wheel-Drive System together with an adaptive chassis which uses Bentley’s intelligent, 48-volt Dynamic Ride System.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

Just 12 individual Bacalar’s will be released. Each one is designed, engineered and handcrafted to individual customers’ individual tastes. If you want one, tough, they are all already allocated.

The design uses the DNA and sustainable materials debuted in the EXP 100 GT concept car, launched last summer to celebrate Bentley’s centenary. The materials include ethically-sourced materials such as rice husk ash paint and 5,000-year-old Riverwood.

The Bacalar is also the first model to be produced in the world’s first certified carbon neutral factory. Each customer will get a bespoke Schedoni luggage to fit the rear compartment.

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Range Topping Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet Debut

One of the biggest launches not to happen at Geneva this year is the Porsche 911 Turbo S. The first of the true performance 911’s, this is the one people have been waiting for. Let us tell you, it does not disappoint!

The new Porsche 911 Turbo S has been revealed, but we are yet to hear anything about the lesser Turbo. You will be pleased to hear that Porsche has not downsized, the Turbo S gets a new version of the iconic 3.8-litre boxer engine. It includes two VTG turbochargers, which deliver 650 hp, 70 hp more than its predecessor. Torque is now rated at 800 Nm and the eight-speed PDK helps translate those figures into a 2.7 second 100 km/h sprint. Top speed is unchanged at 330 km/h.

The new engine gets a redesigned charge air cooling system, new turbochargers and electrically adjustable wastegate flaps. Piezo injectors improve responsiveness, as does a new intake system. The air filters are now situated in the rear wings with four intakes overall.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S gets larger with an increase of 45 mm at the front axle and 20 mm at the rear axle. The modified track widths, developed aerodynamics and new mixed-size tyres contribute to its dynamics. The track is now 42 mm wider at the front axle and 10 mm wider at the rear axle.

The adaptive aerodynamics include controlled cooling air flaps at the front. The larger rear wing has been designed for greater downforce. It has 20-inch tyres with unique 255/35 dimensions at the front and 21-inch 315/30 tyres at the rear.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis has been lowered by 10 mm and a sports exhaust system has been fitted with adjustable flaps. The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system is now capable of delivering up to 500 Nm of torque to the front wheels.

At the front, the standard LED matrix headlights gets dark inserts. The tailpipes at the rear are rectangular, finished in high-gloss Black, typical of the Turbo.

Inside, the standard equipment list includes a full leather interior and carbon trim in combination with Light Silver accents. Two-tone interiors will be available through Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as an option. The 18-way adjustable sports seats feature stitching that pays homage to the first 911 Turbo and the interior has all of the comfort and tech from the rest of the 911 range.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S will be available in Germany at a price of €216,396 including country-specific equipment and 19 per cent VAT. The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet will be priced at €229,962.

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Geneva Motor Show 2020 Preview: What to Expect

If one thing remains a constant, it is that the Geneva Motor Show remains the biggest motor show in the world. The biggest manufacturers release the largest number of cars, it has been considered neutral ground for years.

Things were showing early signs of change this year with the likes of Lamborghini, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Opel, Maserati, Citreon, Peugeot, General Motors, Nissan, Mini and Mitsubishi all deciding to sit it out. Despite the surprisingly long list of no-shows, many of the biggest manufacturers remain committed to the Geneva Motor Show 2020 and the show is still expected to be the biggest of the year.

The Covid-19 virus has proved a stumbling block for car events this year too. The Beijing Motor Show 2020 is one victim. It is set to be postponed while China deals with the outbreak of the virus. Other events to have received the axe include the Mobile World Congress tech show in Barcelona and the Chinese Grand Prix.

Switzerland has no confirmed cases of the virus and organisers say that no manufacturer has pulled out. The show will, therefore, go ahead barring any last-minute changes.

Geneva Motor Show 2020 Details

A few important details:

Where: Palexpo, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland
Dates: 5-15 March 2020 (public days)
Opening Times: 10 am – 8 pm Monday – Friday, 9 am – 7 pm Saturday – Sunday
Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) website: https://www.gims.swiss/en/

Aiways

Aiways U6ion

The first car on our list (it’s alphabetical…) is also the first Chinese all-electric SUV to make its way across to Europe. The Aiways U5 is one of a number of Chinese EV’s in development. It features a 190 hp electric motor with about 230 lb-ft of torque. It is sized to compete with cars like the Audi Q5, being of similar size. It is expected to go on sale this year, selling 2,000 units with a shift upwards to 50,000 units in the second year. Priced at less than 30,000 Euros, it should be an interesting prospect.

Aiways is also expected to debut a Coupe Crossover in the form of the Aiways U6ion. The U6ion has been developed with input from Roland Gumpert and ex-Pininfarina designer Ken Okuyama. The U6 is essentially a U5 but with flashier, sportier bodywork.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Top Up

Aston Martin only have one confirmed release at the moment. They surprised us last year with a range of concept cars including the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 (now named the Valhalla), the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept and the Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain. Nobody expected to see too much, but it soon became clear that Aston Martin was planning a surprise.

This year could be the same, although we only know that the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will debut for the time being. The Aston Martin DBX will be sure to get attention. Aston’s make or break SUV needs to sell well and Geneva is to perfect place to showcase it. Otherwise, Aston Martin has been toying with the idea of a V12 powered speedster announced earlier this year.

Audi

Audi A3

Geneva will be a busy show for Audi, no different from normal! The biggest debut is the Audi A3, following hot on the heels of the Volkswagen Golf. The A3 will be based on the same platform as the Golf. It will get a more premium feel. It will be available as a five-door only

An Audi S3 is also expected to debut at the same time as the run of the mill models. The S3 will get the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol from the old car. Audi will fit a new sound actuator and it should be good for 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

The Audi E-Tron S Sportback, the Sportback version of Audi’s popular all-electric SUV, is set to debut with more power. At the moment, it is possible to buy a 50 or 55 engine with a single motor. The E-Tron S will get two motors, one for each wheel, alongside two single-speed gearboxes. This 2.5 tonne SUV will get 500 hp.

New versions of the Audi RS5 were also revealed last year, with subtle exterior changes. Audi will surely take the opportunity to highlight the improvements.

BAC Mono

100th BAC Mono - Denmark

The BAC Mono is due to receive a second generation. Believe it or not, the BAC Mono has been around since 2011. Little information has been released so far, except that the design we see next week will enter production in mid-2021. Teasers have so far suggested a bigger cockpit and more advanced materials such as graphene.

Bentley

Bentley Bacalar

Bentley has promised something quite special for the Geneva Motor Show 2020. The Bentley Bacalar was announced a few weeks ago, in the form of a teaser image. The full design is set to debut next week. We know already that it will be a bespoke project built by Mulliner and destined for a handful of collectors. Its inspiration will derive from the EXP 100 GT revealed last year as part of its centenary celebrations.

Bentley should also have an example of the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible special edition on display. The Mulliner fettled Convertible includes a Double Diamond front grille, a new Mulliner 22″ wheel design, new technical finishes and a bespoke Mulliner interior crafted entirely by hand, including 400,000 stitches.

BMW

Red BMW Concept 4

BMW’s 4 Series will be its biggest release of the Geneva Motor Show 2020. It will sport a controversial grille design, making it a make or break product for the Bavarian giant.

A BMW 330e PHEV and BMW X2 xDrive 25e will also debut, these entry-level, plug-in hybrid engines are sure to prove a sales success. BMW will have plenty on display.

Bugatti

Black Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti has confirmed that its 250th Chiron will be on display. The Bugatti Chiron Sport “Edition Noire Sportive” is one of 20 Chiron Noire’s planned for production as a limited edition run.

The Edition Noire Sportive features a satin black carbon fibre body which extends into the interior, coupled with black leather. Chrome work has been blacked out and a Noire signature applied to the door jambs and under the rear spoiler.

Bugatti might also have a surprise in order, should we believe recent rumours. A Bugatti Chiron R might arrive to sit between the Chiron Sport and the Super Sport 300+. Bugatti might fit such a car with a more powerful engine and with improved aerodynamics. We will have to wait and see!

Czinger

Czinger’s new car, the Czinger 21C, will receive its world debut in Geneva. The Los Angeles based supercar debuts components that are 3D printed using a proprietary production process. A mid-mounted 2.8-litre V8 engine which works alongside two electric motors which power the front wheels.

In total, the Czinger 21C produces 1,250 hp, enough for an 8.1-second quarter mile, 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds, 300 km/h in 15 seconds and 400 km/h in 29 seconds. Czinger uses a seven-speed sequential transaxle gearbox. The 21C weighs just 1,183 kg (dry) with a track specification reducing it down to 1,151 kg.

Ferrari

Ferrari Roma

It’s not entirely clear what Ferrari will present at Geneva this year. The Roma is yet to receive a debut at an international motor show, it seems likely that it will feature prominently upon Ferrari’s stand.

Fisker

The reborn Fisker Ocean has been in development for some time. It has eco-credentials, being made from recycled, abandoned fishing nets and plastics from the ocean. It also uses an electronic drivetrain, with an 80 kWh capacity battery and a range of up to 300 miles. Power is rated at 300 hp. Due to the drip-feed nature of information about this car, we don’t yet know everything. Hopefully Geneva will shed some light.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

Maguari HS1 GTC by Hispano Suiza

The reborn Hispano Suiza brand is said to launch its Carmen Boulogne special edition at Geneva this year. The company are yet to produce a production vehicle, yet the special edition will honour Hispano-Suiza racers who battled the streets of Boulogne-sur-Mer, on the north coast of France.

Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg is expected to unveil a special edition of the Jesko. This model will be kitted out with some choice upgrades to allow it to hit 500 km/h. The Koenigsegg is expected to be called the Mission 500 concept and will go head to head with the Chiron Super Sport 300+ which was clocked at 304.77 mph (490.48 km/h). It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Koenigsegg aims for with the special edition model.

Although still a rumour, the Koenigsegg Jesko Mission 500 looks fairly certain. Koenigsegg has a bigger stand this year. This lead to rumours that a new model might arrive. Those rumours crystalised last week with talk of a Koenigsegg KG12 2+2 model.

The Koenigsegg KG12 hypercar is said to feature a 2+2 layout with larger doors to accommodate easier access. KG12 is likely to get a hybrid setup comprising a 2.0-litre, three-cylinder gasoline engine. Rumours have suggested it will use Koenigsegg’s FreeValve camless technology, and an electric motor. Combined, this setup could produce around 1,500 hp.

Lexus

Lexus LC Convertible

Lexus has been quite open about what it plans to bring to the Geneva Motor Show 2020. The Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept is expected to make a European debut alongside the Japanese brand’s first EV; the UX 300e. Petrolheads will be pleased to see the LC 500 Convertible.

McLaren

McLaren Elva Front

The official website for the Geneva Motor Show 2020 shows only the 720S Spider and the 600 LT as debuts for McLaren. In truth, nobody knows what McLaren might produce for the show. We’re hoping to see the McLaren Elva live and in the flesh. It is possible that McLaren might also display an example of the new Speedtail (deliveries begin soon!).

Rumours were circulating last year that McLaren planned to expand the Ultimate Series even further at Geneva, with the introduction of a plug-in hybrid model. There is talk of a McLaren 750LT too. It would be around the right time for the hardcore model.

Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Price

More big things from Mercedes-Benz, despite the recent demise of the S Class Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. We are expecting Mercedes-Benz to complete the revamp of its entry-level models with a brand new GLA Class. Revealed in December 2019, Geneva is likely to set the stage for the GLA 35 and 45 models. An E Class facelift is also expected.

Of interest to us is the anticipated launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT 73. The four-door GT is expected to debut a new powertrain for AMG. A direct answer to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The AMG 4.0 litre V8 is set to be coupled to a rear-mounted electric motor and a lightweight battery. Power should be around 800 hp through all four wheels.

Elsewhere, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe was recently announced. It is powered by a 4.0 litre V8 together with an integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator, together they form a mild hybrid. Two versions are on offer, a standard 571 hp version and a 612 hp ‘S’ version.

Pagani

Pagani’s contribution to the Geneva Motor Show 2020 is the Pagani Imola. Dropping the Huayra name, the Imola is Pagani’s most extreme version of the Huayra chassis yet.

Pininfarina

Geneva Motor Show 2019

Pininfarina has already announced that its display at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 will focus on the company’s 90th-anniversary celebrations. It will show a special version of the Battista, the Pininfarina Battista Anniversario.

The Anniversario will be limited to five examples. The Battista, upon which it is based, is in the late stages of development. It features four electric motors at each wheel. Combined, these produce 1,900 hp. 100 km/h will take less than 2 minutes, 300 km/h in under 12 seconds and top speed should be around 350 km/h.

Porsche

It has been known for quite some time that Porsche plans the release of a brand new Porsche 992 Turbo at this year’s Geneva show. The iconic Turbo model returns for the latest generation. It should herald in a new era of performance 911’s, expect a GT3 to follow soon after.

The Turbo and Turbo S models are both expected to debut, retaining the outgoing model’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six. Power for the most potent 992 Turbo’s should be around 640 hp through an all-wheel-drive system. The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS models should make the display too.

Rimac

Rimac C-Two

Electric hypercar specialists, Rimac, will display a production-ready version of the Rimac C Two. The company’s second hypercar will be built in higher numbers than its previous model, marking a significant ramp-up in production for the Croatian company.

The Rimac C Two’s statistics were staggering. The company claimed 1,914 horsepower from four independent, permanent-magnet electric motors fed by a 120-kWh battery pack. The statistics allow for a 1.85 second 60 mph sprint with a 413 km/h top speed. What’s more impressive still, is the claimed 550 km range!

Vega

Vega Geneva 2020

The Vega EVX hails from Sri Lanka. Not the first place you might think to find an all-electric supercar. Yet the Vega EVX makes for interesting reading. 804 hp and 760 Nm of torque in a package that weighs 2,090 kg allows for a 3.1 second 100 km/h sprint.

The 55-kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of up to 300 km. From 2021, a more substantial 130-kWh battery will bump the range up to 750 km. Will it survive past the Geneva Motor Show 2020?

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTI Teaser

Volkswagen recently released a new Volkswagen Golf. Anticipation has grown for a GTI version which is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2020. A GTD version should also debut at the same time.

The GTI will see mild updates to the 2.0-litre petrol engine, pushing it to 240 hp. The GTD is also set to retain its 2.0-litre diesel engine with a mild power boost to 200 hp. Both are likely to get mild hybrid assistance, in-line with the rest of the Golf range. As with the rest of the range, it is the interior tech which really counts though.

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Genesis GV80: Luxury SUV Revealed to Rival the Germans

Launching to synthetic sounds and a futuristic light show at the Kintex Center west of the Korean capital Seoul, the Genesis GV80 is the first SUV model from Hyundai’s upscale subsidiary Genesis. It is due to celebrate its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March – and it comes across as a success at first glance.

After all, it has all the ingredients required in the premium SUV category: a sophisticated vehicle architecture that is based on a rear-wheel drive concept; a luxurious interior – and a body that offers room for up to seven passengers (even if few customers will ever use the third row).

The typical rear-wheel drive proportions were already visible on the first sketches that were sent out two weeks ago; they are highlighted with a light signature with narrow, double light strips up front and in the rear. “These two lines will always shape the design of Genesis,” said the Hyundai Group’s chief designer Luc Donckerwolke at the presentation.

The wheel sizes up to 22 inches underscore the sophisticated appearance of the GV80; there is an unusual range of colors and materials both outside and inside, ranging from classic to modern – and certainly outshining the competition.

Hyundai’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann of M GmbH fame, made sure the GV80 meets the elevated demands of sporty drivers. Under the hood, the GV80 sports a 278-hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine, and there will be a 370-hp 3.3-liter V6 petrol engine as well. Entry-level models are likely to get a four-cylinder turbo. The GV80 comes with rear and all-wheel drive, an automatic transmission is standard. The relatively light body is largely made from thermoformed high-strength steels, doors and hoods are executed in aluminium.

The interior is characterized by a futuristic two-spoke steering wheel, a classic instrumentation, an ultra-wide 14.5-inch central screen and a touch-sensitive surface that can recognize handwriting, making it easy to enter commands and destinations.

Augmented reality functions help finding your lane, and a new generation of counter-sound technology will cut unwanted noise sharply. The driver’s seat – another world first – is equipped with seven air cushions. A camera system scans the road surface and informs the electronic chassis, which prepares accordingly.

Other technology highlights include a cruise control system that analyzes the owner’s driving style and can emulate it when driving autonomously. It is another world first that documents that the Hyundai Group no longer sees itself as a follower but as a pioneer of new developments.

The Group’s more entry-level brands, Hyundai and Kia, have begun to set themselves apart from other international mass producers. With Genesis, it’s an even more ambitious game. And the Genesis GV80 emphasizes that Korea is clearly aiming at the German premium brands – and on track to reach beyond them.

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Sony Unveils Vision S Full Electric Car in Surprise Move to EVs

Sony surprised the automotive industry earlier today with the debut of its Sony Vision S. It happened at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 (CES) which began today in Las Vegas. The release is less about the fact that is a remarkably production-close car, more about the technology that is packaged within.

What really interests us is the car elements though. So we’re going to talk about those first! With the Vision S, Sony has been helped by Magna Steyr, Bosch, Nvidia and others. Magna Steyr, in case you weren’t aware, is the company that produces Mercedes-Benz’s G Class, the BMW 5 Series and the Toyota Supra.

Sony Vision-S Rear Seats

Sony says it is powered by a pair of 272 hp electric motors. These give it enough power to hit 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 240 km/h.

The Sony Vision S prototype incorporates the latest in Sony’s imaging and sensing technologies. It’s packed with sensors to start with, 33 sensors to be exact, including CMOS image sensors and ToF sensors. The sensors detect and recognise people and objects inside and outside the car.

Sony Vision-S Seats

On the audio side of things, “360 Reality Audio” provides a unique audio experience through speakers built into each seat. The front dash also features a massive panoramic screen that extends the entire length of the dashboard. It underlines Sony’s intentions in creating the ultimate mobile entertainment space.

Other than the above details, little is known about the Sony Vision S, least of all whether Sony has the intention to put it into mass production.

Sony Vision-S Front

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Review

The Porsche Taycan has landed and made not just a splash, but tsunamis in the automotive world. The model was unveiled and released in Turbo and Turbo S forms at first, models that boasted tremendous power and stats aimed at dethroning Tesla as the king of AC/DC power. The Turbo models are astonishing and fulfil the brief of being high performance vehicles that sit as flagships of the range; as a result the pricing was a breathtaking as the acceleration. 750 bhp does not come cheap.

To broaden the appeal of the Taycan Porsche unveiled this, the 4S and I was shipped over to the -19 degree icebox that is Kittilä, Finland to experience the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S. The 4S is, of course, down on power compared to the Turbo and Turbo S. As standard 523bhp is available on overboost with a range of 405 kilometres. One option that I suspect will be ordered by all customers is the Performance Battery Plus that increases power to 563bhp and the range to 462 kilometres for around €5,000. 0-100 with either battery is done in 4.0 seconds.

At this point I would love to share my driving impressions with you. I will, but it must be noted that it was horrifically cold, this really was a winter wonderland and there is no tarmac in sight, just icy surfaces and standard winter tires to connect with it. There were no spikes in sight. As a result, any feedback in muted and power statistics are almost irrelevant as traction management is far more important.

That being said, I have driven a handful of cars in similar conditions so am somewhat familiar with how cars typically handle when dancing on ice. The first part of the program was a 90-minute road drive in the darkness of the Finnish winter. First impressions are all about traction and the mighty impressive Goodyear winter tires. Although absent of spikes, traction under gentle braking and acceleration. The Taycan 4S felt balanced and incredibly quick, even on the slippery ice. The 992 steering rack that feature in the Taycan still felt well weighted, of course, there was very little feedback on the ice. Braking was still reasonable although the weight became evident when braking harder and the ABS cutting in.

The main event was the Porsche Experience set on a frozen lake, the ideal place to exploit instant torque from the 800volt batteries powering all four wheels. First up was a tight twisty circuit. The aim if the game was to understand the torque split front to rear and swing the car into delicious drift angles. It is harder than you would imagine, opposite lock doesn’t help and you have to be gentle with the power or the car does what it is meant to do and drags itself into a straight line.

Next on the list of activities is a slalom where the weight and its distribution would be tested. The 4S weighs in at 2,215 kilograms and often had me questioning just how thick the ice on this frozen lake was. It is still some 200 kilograms lighter than the Turbo S model but it is still a substantial mass for anything that is considered ‘sporty’. The slalom test highlights the impressive agility that comes courtesy of the antiroll and stability systems.

The third and final test was the drift circle. Again, this is a test of balance and the torque split and where feedback and feel are key. This is a Porsche and at times the Taycan really did feel comparable to a 911, it is spooky, but there is just a level of disconnect that you would never find in a conventional petrol burning 911. The instant torque is spectacular, the acceleration, even on ice, takes you by surprise despite this being the 4S and not a Turbo or Turbo S. The Taycan in 4S is an extremely capable car. If the greater power is not of paramount importance to potential customers, I would strongly argue that the 4S is the pick of the bunch.

The case for the 4S is further heightened by the significant saving over the Turbo models. In the United Kingdom, the 4S starts at under £90,000, a considerable £50,000 less than a base Turbo S. The 4S is the electric car that offers significant steps forward in the industry at a realistic price point with stats and prestige that make it capable and desirable in equal measure. Let’s hope Porsche can build them quickly enough.

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Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo Unveiled in Monaco

At an event in Monaco yesterday, Lamborghini announced its contribution to the Gran Turismo Sport world! Gamers will be able to get the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo in game, very soon!

The single seater concept was produced by Lamborghini Centro Stile in Sant’Agata Bolognese. While the design work is out of this world, the drivetrain is firmly based in reality, lifted from the recently-announced Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.

The Sian uses Lamborghini’s preferred engine, the V12, and couples it to a hybrid drivetrain. The V12 is said to produce 785 hp with the addition of titanium intake valves. The electric element is run from a 48 volt system and uses a “supercapacitor” to store power from an e-motor. The e-motor produces an additional 34 hp for an overall total of 819 hp.

In terms of design, everything runs to a point at the front, as with all Lamborghini’s. A large wing housing a significant Y-taillight dominates the rear. The main body is disconnected from the fenders, and the hexagon-inspired theme in the side windows is inspired by the Lamborghini Marzal from 1968.

The Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo weighs just 819 kg, 1 horsepower for every kilogram of weight. The fighter jet inspired monoposto styling clearly helps with this! Inside, a holographic display is on offer.

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