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All 125 Koenigsegg Jesko Sold Out in Days

The Koenigsegg Jesko was announced only a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. Koenigsegg plans to produce 125 as part of a limited production run beginning in 2021. Until that time, there is plenty to do by way of development. One thing Koenigsegg don’t need to think about is customers!

The Koenigsegg Jesko officially sold out before the was even Geneva Motor Show over! The sold-out Jesko, named after Koenigsegg founder, Christian’s father, means that Koenigsegg have nothing further to sell. Both the Jesko and the Regera are completely sold out!

Those who made the order list will be getting something very special. The Jesko is built around a re-designed twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It gets a new 180 degree flat-plane crankshaft, intake and larger turbochargers. Never short of an innovation, Koenigsegg have tackled turbo lag in the most innovative way. An air-injection system pre-spools the turbocharger for instant response.

That engine produces 1,280 hp running on regular fuel with the flexfuel E85 option allowing 1,600 hp in some markets. The power is routed to the rear wheels through a 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox unit that dispenses with traditional synch rings. Active aerodynamics are also a very part of the package.

The cost of each Jesko has yet to be announced, it is safe to assume that it exceeds 6 figures!

Upcoming Lister Knobbly Teased and Confirmed for Production

Listed has been a company of mixed fortunes through the years. Dominant through the 1950’s, the company petered into obscurity in the following years. It’s competition cars from the 1950’s are highly sought after. A few years ago, Lister was revitalised with an injection of cash from a father-son team. Since then, the company has announced production of several new models, the latest, the new Lister Knobbly!

The Lister Knobbly is purely concept at this stage, although the company have announced intentions to see it into production. Lister have released a few renderings to gauge interest. The designs show a characteristics similar to the Knobbly of the 1950’s. The front is incredibly low with a set of round headlights. The looks hint at a front-mounted engine and rear wheel drive.

Lister Knobbly

Technical details are yet to be announced. Given the history Lister maintains with fellow British marque Jaguar, we suspect the underpinnings are from the F-Type. This is unconfirmed.

The name harks back to the 1950’s race cars. While not quite as successful as the Jaguar D-Types upon which they were loosely based (using the same engine and gearbox) they were distinctive at the race track. Lister have been producing continuation versions of the original Knobbly since 2014.

2019 Porsche 992 911 Carrera Cabriolet Review

It is March in London, the pathetic fallacy of Brexit is reflected in the rainy scenes I can see from my equally dreary office desk. I’ve spent so much time indoors hiding from precipitation, I’ve started to lack vitamin D (insert lack of D joke). The doctor has prescribed sunshine and less stress. Before I have time to scurry over to the Pharmacy, Porsche call with a cure of their own – the 992 Cabriolet and a flight to Greece. Just what the doctor ordered…

A couple of days later I find myself in Attica, a short drive south of the history festooned city of Athens with the keys to a 992 Cabriolet. My expectations are high, fuelled by the logic that the Cabriolet will be just as good as the Coupe that I drove in January. Porsche engineers have a habit of sprinkling magic and witchcraft on everything they touch as of late, the 992 Coupe was a prime example of this – the Carrera S & 4S represent the bulk of sales and as a result, they’ve made them both so bloody good that it’s difficult to imagine just how magnificent the GTS and other future models are going to be.

Back to the present and the Cabriolet – the car I’m filling with my bags, and bananas, is a 4S – I saw this car yesterday evening and laughed at it’s gold wheels and the idea that there was a German with a sense of humour in the PR department that specced this Indian Red 911 with wheels that would look more at home on a Ferrari or classic Lotus. The very jester that configured the car reciprocated my jibe by making sure it was the car I would be driving for the rest of the trip…touché.

Enough clowning around, what is this 4S packing? Well, as you would imagine, this is essentially the same as the coupe just with the roof lobbed off. That means in S & 4S guises, the only currently available, there is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat six pushing out 444bhp and 391lb ft. 444bhp doesn’t sound huge, but the numbers are eye opening.

0-100 is abolished in 3.7, or 3.6 if you check the Sport Chrono box (this takes off a tenth and adds the essential driver mode rotary dial on the steering wheel and the iconic stopwatch/clock). Three point six. That is supercar quick.

Traction in this 4S is mind bending and altered my driving style. You can enter corners with speed that is frankly ridiculous and there isn’t any understeer. You have to be an utter Neanderthal and completely misjudge a slow speed corner to make the front axle push away from the apex. Like I said, magic. The handling is spot on, as is the driving position, steering and brakes.

One criticism is the PDK gearbox – yes, it is lightning fast and handles multiple shifts with ease, but when it is in sport mode and auto, you merely brush the throttle pedal it fires in a couple of downshifts with a spike in the revs. It’s is a little nervous and makes you weary. Drive it in manual and you start to fathom why it has been calibrated with such a nervous disposition – turbo lag. Yes, this really is knit picking, but when you choose which gear you want and you pick one that leaves the analogue rev counter below 2,500 rpm, you start to feel the lag. Again, this is me trying to find fault and the gearbox will almost instantly fire the revs above this laggy layer when left in auto or if you drive it as it should be driven in manual.

Would I have the Cabriolet or the Coupe? This is a tough call and one I suspect will come down to personal preferences. Where the Pista Spider, Huracan Performante Spyder and new AMG GT R Roadster are topless track hardened supercars that make no sense to me given structural rigidity loss and added weight (take a bow McLaren with your carbon tubs), having a Carrera Cabriolet is far more understandable. Carreras are not cars for setting lap times in. The appeal of cruising and enjoying the drive is infinitely more alluring. The added wright in strengthening is far less relevant.

The interior is sublime as it is in the coupe, my gripes with the infotainment and lack of buttons and reliance on the touch screen still stand firm. It still feels alien and difficult to navigate a touchscreen whilst driving. Whether this will be alleviated over time and experience with the system is yet to be seen.

With the roof down the cabin is still comfortable and well shielded from the elements. The innovative wind deflector puts cars like the Bentley Continental GTC to shame as there is no manual labour required, just the touch of a button. The roof can be lowered or raised on the move up to 50 km/h in just 12 seconds. You can also enjoy the turbocharged whooshes and whistles far more clearly.

If I was in the market for a convertible sports car that had large luggage space and rear seats, tiny ones at that, there is only one car for the job – the 992 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet.

Pagani C10: Huayra Successor to Get V12 Manual and Electric Version

The Geneva Motor Show 2019 set the stage for a huge amount of news. In the case of Pagani, while the 20 year anniversary of the Pagani Zonda took centre stage, it was clear that the Huayra’s successor is what they wanted to talk about. In an interview with Road & Track magazine, Horacio Pagani spilled a few details about the highly anticipated third generation hypercar!

Codenamed the C10 for the time being, Pagani are working on a 2021 launch date. Pagani revealed that plans are afoot to offer two versions. The first C10 will feature a V12 engine, a new unit sourced from Mercedes-AMG. These cars will have a manual gearbox as standard with the option of an automatic box. The second version is said to be fully electric.

The second version is said to come about through necessity. Pagani confirms that he has not had a request from owners or dealers. Nonetheless, Pagani believes that the time is right. Of course, the electric Pagani will require huge amounts of research and development. Pagani are aiming to offer something that combines lightweight performance with the visual art of its carbon fibre design.

Pagani also confirmed that there are no plans to hybridise the Pagani C10’s V12 engine. Instead, the company will work with Mercedes-AMG to ensure that it meets ever stringent emissions regulations. First, Pagani will unveil the Huayra BC Roadster, due to emerge during the summer!

Geneva 2019: Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar

This is the new Pininfarina Battista, a full electric hypercar and the most powerful car to ever come from Italy.

The Battista shares its powertrain with the Rimac C_Two which is also in Geneva this week. Although the skeleton of the drivetrain is essentially the same, it has been tuned with its own unique acceleration amplitude and the drive mode characteristics. Four electric motors at each wheel combine to produce 1,900 hp. It will manage a sub-2 second 100 km/h sprint, a 300 km/h print of under 12sec and a top speed of around 350 km/h.

Only 150 units of the Battista hypercar will be made, 50 will go to the US, another 50 for the EU and the final 50 for the Middle East.

For more information on the Pininfarina Battista, See our earlier article here. For more from the Geneva Motor Show 2019, click through to our dedicated news channel. Let us know what you want to see in the comments box below!

Geneva 2019: 1 of 1 Bugatti “La Voiture Noire”

Bugatti have taken a very special title with the unveiling of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire – the most expensive new car ever sold. As you would imagine, La Voiture Noire, is based the the Bugatti Chrion.

Under the rear hatch sits an unmodified 1,500 hp, eight-litre W16 engine with 1,600 Nm of torque. Performance figures have not been announced, however, we suspect the owner has no plans to test these. It will likely join a private collection to be seen by the public only on special occasions.

The styling is certainly splitting opinion. There are significant changes to the look of the car with new headlights mounted much further up the body, much like the Divo. The design has been Inspired by Jean Bugatti’s iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic, four of the most beautiful and valuable cars in existence. At the rear there is a curvy light beam, which reminds us of the McLaren P1, and no less that six exhausts!

Geneva Motor Show 2019

For more info on the new 1 of 1 Bugatti “La Voiture Noire”, check our earlier article here. For more from the Geneva Motor Show 2019, click through to our dedicated news channel. Let us know what you want to see in the comments box below!

2nd Generation Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Revealed

Following the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Sedan at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas earlier this year, the Geneva Motor Show 2019 was the destination for the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake. The next generation Shooting Brake gets much the same specification as the Sedan, with the added practicality of a larger rear boot!

The Shooting Brake will be available to order from September. The design is virtually identical to the Coupe until you get to the rear door. It is characterised by a long bonnet, compact greenhouse, coupé-like window lines, muscular shoulders and a crouched rear. The rear design is completely new.

The CLA Shooting Brake is 48 millimetres longer than before, 53 mm wider but 2 mm lower. The boot opening is wider than before and the tailgate is electronically operated with hands-free access. It gets 10 litres additional load space, up to 505 litres from 495 litres.

As with the Coupe, the only model mentioned in the press release is a mid-range CLA 250. It uses a four-cylinder petrol engine to produce 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz will offer a range of diesel and petrol engines with manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions. The CLA will also benefit from 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz have been rolling out MBUX across the range recently. The CLA Shooting Brake gets the latest version of the system. The CLA Shooting Brake also gets some of Mercedes-Benz’s latest technology including Active Distance Assist with recourse to maps and navigation data, Active Steer Assist, Active Lange Change Assist and Active Park Assist.

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Review

‘We don’t believe that the Continental GTC has any competitors, it is completely unique in this space’ responded Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Anthony Hallmark. My question was not one to probe or test Mr Hallmark, but one that I asked to learn and understand more about the 2019 Bentley Continental GTC before jumping in and making my own judgements. Then again, my 25 year old judgements were somewhat irrelevant to the illustrious British brand – Bentley are the first to point out that the typical Bentley owner is typically in their 50s or 60s, China being an outstanding anomaly with 80% of buyers being under the age of 45…yikes, how’s that for a diverse demographic?

I had been shipped out to the Marbella Club to put the Bentley Continental GTC through its paces (tough gig) on what turned out to be a rather special days driving in Bentleys latest topless offering. The previous generation GT and GTC proved to be roaring successes, the introduction of the new Conti GT took the dynamics and breadth of ability of the luxury GT car to new levels.

As you would imagine, the GT and GTC are very similar. Both share the same 6.0-litre, W12 engine that churns out 626bhp and 664lb ft that will launch the GTC to 100km/h just a tenth of a second slower that the coupe – 3.8 seconds (expect a V8 and hybrid options soon). Also shared are the four wheel drive system, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and 48-volt body control system that can be found in the Porsche Cayenne, Panamera and Bentley Bentayga, although Bentley say the calibration had been fiddled with to make sure your sexy topless Bentley feels a little different from a diesel Cayenne. The chief of Continental engineering went on to tell me about the painstaking hours that went into the gearbox calibration and how this is not just a simple copy of the PDK DSG transmission.

So what is the GTC like on the road? To find out, I embarked on a 400 kilometre day trip over a variety of roads and surfaces to see what puts the G and T into the GTC. Allow me to start off with that engine. I’ve driven the W12 Bentayga and can vouch for just how good it is in the SUV – the effortless character of the engine suits the truck well. In the GTC, however, it left me wanting a little more.

The Bentley looks fabulous, I felt that it needed an attention drawing engine tone to match the eye catching angles and do those giant oval exhausts some justice. Then you put your foot down and the sheer force of the torque punting the car towards the horizon reminds you why this huge great engine is still being used. It is remarkable, even more so when you consider the GTC weighs in at heaving great 2,414kg with the W12 pounding away until you’re doing 207mph/333kmh.

So the engine can deal with the weight when it comes to blisteringly fast straight line pace, but what happens when your grand tour takes you over a mountain pass? Remember that 48v system? It works astonishingly well and essentially counteracts any body roll using motors that prop the side of the car that would roll back up. Working in conjunction with the 3 chamber air suspension, the ride is sublime and the gargantuan weight is masked like a Donald Trump ‘grabbing’ episode.

When you start to increase speeds into some tighter, more twisty sections, things get a little less refined. As good as the systems are, hiding such hefty mass is undone by Newtons laws of physics and the Bentley starts to struggle – the brakes show themselves as being a major weak point. I cannot blame the poor things, regardless of how massive they are. Carbon ceramics are not an option…best take it easy and enjoy the breeze in your toupee after retracting the Z-fold roof in 19 seconds.

Speaking of enjoyment, when you are cruising and taking in the surroundings, as you should be, the GTC really does come into its own league of refinement and comfort. The interior is a masterpiece. Yes, you’ll recognise elements of the infotainment from other VAG products, but the physical switches, materials and all round ergonomics are second to none.

The finish on the woods, metal switchgear and quality of leathers are worth drinking in for hours. Set the heads up display to show you all you need, engage lane assist and active cruise control, prod the air scarf button to maximum and you’ll be glad that you were not sat in any other car on that stretch of road. It is a soothing experience, a memorable one. A Bentley moment.

Going back to the opening of this review, there are a couple of competitors that sprung to mind on the flight home – think Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Ferrari Portofino and perhaps Mercedes-Benz S Class. These could arguably all be considered competitors, but after spending a long day behind the wheel, it is safe to say that all of the aforementioned cars sit towards the sharper end of the sport vs comfort spectrum with the Bentley being the car with the wider breadth of ability. At €192,000 pre tax and options, it is a much more expensive purchase too. It really is in a category of its own.

Geneva Motor Show 2019 Preview

The Geneva Motor Show 2019 begins next Tuesday (5 March 2019) and runs through to 17 March 2019. With the likes of Ford, Opel, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover all absent, this year might prove to be quieter than recent years. Despite the no-shows, there is still plenty to see. We’ve collected all of the confirmed production launches below for a Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview!

Audi

Audi have already announced a number of new models for the Geneva show. The most recent was last week’s Audi SQ5 TDI, an SUV with an incredibly powerful diesel engine. At the other end of the spectrum, Audi are expected to release an Audi Q4 e-tron Concept. Expect to see the new Audi TT RS facelift for the first time and a possible Audi A6 Allroad. Hopefully there are some other surprises too. Perhaps a little early for an RS6 though…

2020 Audi SQ5 TDI

Bentley

It’s a big year for Bentley. It turns 100 years old. Against the backdrop of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Bentley have released a faster, more expensive version of the popular Bentley Bentayga. The Bentley Bentayga Speed will be the first of two expected world premieres from the British company. The second will be a centenary model. Little is known about this at the moment, however, Bentley have released teaser images so we know that it is definitely on the cards!

Bentley Bentayga Speed

BMW

BMW have the new 7 Series to show off. Released a month ago and sporting a massive front grille, it will be interesting to see what it looks like in the flesh. BMW will also display a range of new hybrids. At the other end of the scale, the BMW X3M and BMW X4M will inject some adrenaline. Surprises? BMW is normally predictable. Perhaps we will get something else this year?

BMW 7 Series Facelift

Bugatti

Bugatti have already announced the Bugatti Chiron Sport ’110 ans Bugatti’. We are expecting it to make a debut at the Geneva show. Yet we have also been hearing rumours of a special, one-off version of the Bugatti Chiron commissioned by Former Volkswagen Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech. On social media, Bugatti have been talking about the legendary Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. The Bugatti stand could be exciting!

Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti”

Cupra

Seat’s stand-alone performance brand will show an SUV concept in the form of the Cupra Formentor, named after the Majorcan peninsula. From the stats it looks similar to the Skoda Vision RS hybrid with a plug-in hybrid powertrain making a total of 250 hp.

CUPRA Formentor

GFG Style

GFG Style was started by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio. As such, we have high hopes for the GFG Style Kangaroo, its first concept design. The company has created an SUV with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and two seats. It sits on a chassis donated by Chinese brand CH Auto.

GFG Style Kangaroo

Italdesign

Now in the ownership of the Volkswagen Group, Giugiaro’s old brand, Italdesign, will display a brand new supercar at the Geneva show. In past years, Italdesign have launched the Huracan-based Zerouno and the Nissan GT-R based GT-R50. Italdesign plans to introduce a new supercar every year. Few details have been released to confirm what it plans for this year, however, expect Volkswagen Group connections.

Koenigsegg

We have known for some time that Koenigsegg will release a replacement for the Agera at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Its working title is Ragnarok. Rumours suggest that the 1,440 hp hypercar will be limited to a 125 car run. Koenigsegg recently announced a technical partnership with NEVS. That partnership is expected to propel Koenigsegg into the mainstream with a series of new models. We might hear more about this too.

Koenigsegg Ragnarok

Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin will have a number of models on display. The biggest announcement so far is the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept which is expected to preview the sub-brand’s first production model. Alongside the All-Terrain Concept will sit examples of Aston Martin’s current range, refined by Aston Martin’s Q service. What will take up the rest of the space is up for debate. Aston Martin recently announced the Project 003 hypercar which we would love to see, otherwise, it could be Aston Martin’s SUV.

Lamborghini

Lamborghini have already announced the Lamborghini Huracan EVO. The Geneva Motor Show 2019 is the first opportunity for the Italian brand to publicly show the car (although journalists have already been let loose). Rumours have also been circulating about a limited edition hypercar set to preview at some point this year. Initial reports suggested that Lamborghini will reveal the hybrid hypercar at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, however, we have out fingers crossed for something special at Geneva.

Lamborghini Huracan EVO

Manifattura Automobili Torino

Italian brand Manifattura Automobili Torino will be at the Geneva Motor Show this year with its new Stratos. Reports suggest that the first production version will be on display, destined for a German customer. The company will be debuting a manual gearbox option. Last year MAT announced a Safari variant and a GT track-focused version. Perhaps we might see one or other of these?

Mercedes-Benz

Another of the big displays will belong to Mercedes-Benz. Our Geneva Motor Show 2019 preview would not be complete without them and Mercedes-Benz has already announced big plans. The German brand will reveal a sting of special editions including the SLC Final Edition, the SL Grand Edition and the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Final Edition. The CLA Shooting Brake is also confirmed alongside a new V Class and the Concept EQV van. Shoehorned into a corner, Mercedes-Benz will also have a facelift version of the GLC.

2020 Mercedes-AMG A45

Peugeot

Peugeot introduced an interesting concept last week. The 508 Concept looks like a BMW M3 rival on paper. Officially named the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered, it uses a petrol engine combined with two electronic motors to produce an output of 400 hp. Performance figures include a 60 mph sprint in just 4.3 seconds. The production version won’t be quite so brisk with an expected 225 hp output.

Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered Concept hybrid

Pininfarina

Pininfarina have been drip feeding the new Battista hypercar in recent months. The Battista is the first of a new-generation of Pininfarina, stand-alone models. It will be joined by an SUV in the near future. For now, we know that the Battista will be all-electric with a 1,900 hp motor.

Pininfarina Battista

Porsche

Porsche are an unknown quantity at this stage. We have them down to release the new Porsche 911 to a European audience and the 911 Cabriolet on the world stage. Yet these are hardly crowd pullers. One possibility is that Porsche have the 718 Cayman GT4 ready to go…

Porsche 992 Cabriolet

Puritalia

Puritalia, a new Italian sports car manufacturer will reveal a hybrid powered Berlinetta. It will combine a proprietary hybrid system with a front-mounted V8 engine. The Berlinetta will be built on commission and will pack a 965 bhp punch, outgunning the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. The teaser images look interesting and with a limited production run of 150 examples, it should prove to be an exciting alternative to the mainstream.

Puritalia

Morgan

Another Geneva regular will use this year’s show to debut a sports car. Morgan’s 110th year will see the debut of an all-new aluminium wide body model. Don’t expect revolutionary design, Morgan has developed a distinctive look over the years. The British brand is set to downsize with the introduction of a forced-induction six-cylinder engine. It will be the new flagship of the Morgan range.

Morgan Widebody

Volkswagen

Volkswagen are expected to debut a number of new concepts and models. The Volkswagen ID Buggy is one of the first debuts. Based upon the Beetle which is not long for this world, Volkswagen will unveil the electrified beach buggy. Of more interest to us is the Volkswagen T Roc R, a performance SUV.

VW T Roc R

McLaren

McLaren are an unknown quantity at the moment. They released a press release last week detailing an MSO bespoke 600LT Spider which will be on display at the Swiss show. The 600 LT Spider gets Napier Green highlights which contrast the Dove Grey finish. Other than the 600LT, we were expecting to see the production version of the Senna GTR and, possibly, the McLaren Speedtail.

McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO

ABT Audi Q8 Adds Power and Aero Package

ABT’s package for the Audi Q8 has arrived. Due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 in a few weeks time, the ABT Audi Q8 adds power and style through a subtle aero package. The display car is built upon an Audi Q8 50 TDI, although the parts will work for other engine variants in the range.

The ABT body kit consists of a front skirt add-on with a front blade and air inlet panels, rear skirt add-on and fins, an ABT rear wing and an ABT emblem set. Small parts but they set the ABT Audi Q8 apart from the standard model. All of the additional parts are available in a glossy black finish.

The Audi Q8 50 TDI gets an ABT Power boost. The German company installed an ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit boosting power from the 3.0 litre TDI from 286 hp up to 330 hp. Torque increases from 600 to 650 Nm. ABT have carried out some work on the suspension too. The ABT Level Control module allows greater control over the electronic air suspension.

ABT supply wheels for the Q8 too. This show car features an ABT Sport GR set. They measure 10 x 22 inches with a concave base, finished in matt black or gloss black with diamond polishing. Alternatively, ABT has revealed a 23-inch version of the same wheel design. Personalised interiors are also possible.

For some reason, the press release makes constant reference to James Bond with ABT reminding us that they modified an Audi 200 quattro for the film “The Living Daylights” in the 1980s. ABT think this might be the perfect car for 007, do we agree?

TechArt GTstreet RS: 770 hp Porsche 911 Turbo S Revealed

The king is dead, long live the king! In the case of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, we might now be waiting for the arrival of the 992 version, yet a worthy stop-gap appears to have arrived in the form of the lastest, 770 hp, TechArt GTstreet RS!

The top level of TechArt’s Porsche 911 program is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 the week after next. the TechArt GTstreet RS won’t be widely available though. TechArt have announced a limited edition run of ten examples, based on the 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Forged carbon is the flavour of the month. TechArt received the memo and have delivered in dramatic fashion. A new forged carbon fibre body kit underpins the project. It includes a new front apron with front spoiler, lip and additional air intakes. The headlights get carbon airframes and flaps optimise downforce. The new front hood gets a custom touch with the edition number lacquered into the clear paint. Design wise, NACA air inlets supply cooling air to the braking system.

The side profile includes a new set of carbon front fenders with larger carbon louvres to vent the wheel arch. A ram air scoop has been added to the rear lid to help with cooling. The active rear wing is redesigned and works in combination with the rear diffuser. To reduce weight, Techart has even replaced the rear and rear side mirrors with Gorilla glass.

Techart GTstreet RS with 770hp

Each axle receives a special version of the forged TechArt Formula IV Race centre lock wheels. Aero rings have been incorporated into the carbon fibre to protect the brake system from stone-chipping and to reduce air turbulence behind the wheels.

Headlines will be written (our own included) about the insane power outputs achieved by the TechArt GTstreet RS. The 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine produces more power than the GT2 RS. Among the modifications carried out by TechArt are the new turbochargers. A set of TechArt quad titanium tailpipes are visible at the back.

An additional 190 hp is generated for a total figure of 770 hp together with an additional 170 Nm of torque, a total of 920 Nm. The additional power allows blistering pace. 100 km/h is dispatched in just 2.5 seconds. 200 km/h in 8.1 seconds. Terminal velocity is an electronically limited 340 km/h.

Techart GTstreet RS with 770hp

TechArt offers a coilover suspension system for the PDCC. A retrofitted noselift system is also on offer and provides an additional 60 mm of ground clearance.

TechArt’s interior blends virgin wool with leather and Alcantara. A new sports steering wheel has been fitted together with a set of sports seats, 6-point racing seatbelts, a roll bar and colour-matched door openers. All customers will also receive a racing helmet, a helmet bag and a document wallet finished in the colour of the individual vehicle.

Techart GTstreet RS with 770hp

Leak Provides an Early Look at the Porsche 992 Turbo

A leaked image has given us our first look at the Porsche 992 Turbo. It is believed that this photo shows the new Porsche 992 Turbo on the production line at the Porsche factory. The source of the images is unclear yet the Turbo air intakes and quad exhaust tailpipes are a giveaway!

We weren’t expecting Porsche to release the new Turbo until September, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019. Seeing (almost) fully exposed photos in February, leaked from the factory, seems very premature!

Porsche only recently released the 992 generation of the Porsche 911. It debuted at the Los Angeles Motor Show 2019 last November. The Cabriolet has recently been released and we weren’t expecting a great deal more until the launch of the entry-level Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet in a few months.

The Turbo is usually the most powerful version of the ‘normal’ 911’s. The version before we get to the GT3 and RS models. There is very little information about what powers the 992 Turbo at the moment.

The photo shows the rear section of the car with the tell-tale 992 rear lights. Atop the rear decklid sits a spoiler. The photo isn’t entirely clear but this looks larger than the outgoing model. The bodywork is wider and the rear end gets a set of narrow quad tailpipes.

Toyota GR Supra TRD Revealed with Loads of Carbon Parts

For the Osaka Motor Show 2019, Toyota’s performance department, TRD, have unveiled a series performance parts available for the recently released Toyota Supra. The aerodynamic package adds to what Toyota already offer.

The Toyota Supra TRD adds a new carbon front spoiler with side plates. There is a new carbon side skirt and a piece of carbon trim for the door. At the rear there is a rear bumper trim together with a rear spoiler lip, both in carbon fibre.

At the wheel end of things, TRD have fitted the Supra with a set of 19 inch alloy wheels.

The aerodynamic kit is described as a Performance Concept at this stage and so it is not entirely clear whether you will be able to buy these performance parts for your Toyota Supra. We are sure that the next few years will see a healthy tuning industry built around the new Japanese sports car.

Of course, the Supra shares its DNA with BMW’s Z4. The engine that sits underneath is not Japanese. The Supra gets a 3.0-litre inline-6 cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbochargers engineered primarily by BMW. Power output is in confirmed at 340 hp and 500Nm of torque. It takes just 4.3 seconds to hit the 100 km/h mark.

Carbon Rear Spats

The new Toyota Supra has proved popular, not least at auction! Barrett-Jackson recently sold the very first model for a scarcely believable $2.1 million. The proceeds of that sale will go to American Heart Association(AHA) and the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF).

Chinese Company Builds Hypercar Replicas: Veneno, LaFerrari, MC12

Recently, we stumbled across photos of replicas being produced on Instagram. Whilst the origin of the photos is unclear, some suggest China, others are adamant that the pictures were taken in Thailand, what they clearly show is a replica production line.

The photos show a Bugatti Chiron replica together with body shells for the Maserati MC12, LaFerrari, Pagani Zonda and Lamborghini Veneno. The photos also show a finished Lamborghini Veneno Replica apparently in China. Whether the two are connected is also unclear.

Of course, this isn’t the first high quality Lamborghini Veneno Replica we have seen emerge from China. A few years ago, a blue Veneno Replica was spotted in China. That car hasn’t been pictured since and we don’t seem to have seen any further replica’s.

The replica photographed here is apparently based upon a real Lamborghini Aventador. The creator has simply added a new bodykit to create a convincing replica.

The other photos show a Bugatti Chiron replica’s in production. This version looks less complete with sheet metal used to create the shape over the top of an existing chassis of some description. The MC12 and other replica’s look to be mouldings for either fibreglass or carbon fibre shells.

Do you know anything about these replica’s? If so, we would love to hear from you!

New Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” Celebrates 110th Anniversary

Bugatti have released a special edition version of the Bugatti Chiron named the Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti”. Commemorating the company’s 110th anniversary, the special edition also pays tribute to the country where Bugatti was born, France.

The Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” is a special edition of the Chiron Sport limited to 20 cars. Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. said: “Molsheim in the Alsace region of France is an essential element in Bugatti’s brand history and this is also where we are planning our future.”

The special edition models use the colour scheme of the French tricolour “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge”, with its colours of blue, white and red. The theme can be seen across the Chiron from the bodywork right through to the interior.

The body of this Chiron is predominantly blue carbon fibre. Matt Steel Blue paintwork is used at the rear of the car using a complex painting process for a unique finish. The wheels are painted in “Nocturne” matt black and hide French Racing Blue brake callipers.

It is some of the small touches which make this Chiron Sport special though. The diffuser and bumper are finished in glossy Steel Blue Carbon. The matt black exhaust system sits in contrast. The underside of the rear spoiler is painted with the French flag. The 110 ans Bugatti even gets the Sky View roof as standard.

Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti”

The interior is just as special. The high-quality embroidery applied to the headrest and the seat back feature the French flag in a vertical position. The sports steering wheel comes finished with a matt carbon fibre with a blue leather cover. The surfaces are either soft Deep Blue leather, Alcantara or blue carbon fibre. Finally, each car will get a specially crafted medallion in the central console stowage space, made of solid silver with enamel inserts.

Having taken a look at the photos, you are probably now wondering why the colours of the French flag are shown as a mirror image on the right-hand side of the vehicle. Bugatti explain that this is the arrangement adopted on French official vehicles, where the standard has the colour of liberty (blue) to the fore on both sides.

Pricing for the Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” has not been revealed. As for the availability of the 20 examples, Bugatti have not revealed how many have been sold.

Audi TT RS Coupe and TT RS Roadster Get Facelift

Audi have taken the covers off of the Audi TT RS Coupe and the Audi TT RS Roadster. The two models receive a mild series of aerodynamic tweaks but no boost in performance. The visual tweaks should allow it a few more years of faithful service. The official reveal will likely take place at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 which starts early next month.

The design takes its cues from the facelift Audi TT. The front air vents are redesigned with the vertical stips moving to the inside of the vent with a larger air vent on the outside. The side sill is completely new too, with a gloss black finish. At the rear, a new wheel vent has been added. Finally, the rear spoiler has been redesigned with larger end plates.

A new set of matrix OLED reversing lights have also been added to the option list. They are said to put on a display when the ignition is turned on. Kyalami Green becomes an RS-specific colour, and two further colours, Turbo Blue and Pulse Orange, join the option list.

The 2.5 litre inline 5 cylinder engine returns for the facelift. The power remains the same, 400 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Performance is also identical with a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) sprint occurring in 3.7 seconds. The power is routed through a seven-speed S tronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

Inside, Audi fit the latest RS sport seats with RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims, and selector levers. The Audi virtual cockpit gets a special RS display which provides information on tire pressure, torque, and g-forces. A new RS sport leather steering wheel is also on offer.

Order books open for the facelift Audi TT RS Coupe and Audi TT RS Roadster tomorrow with deliveries from the spring of 2019. The price for the Coupé is 67,700 euros. The Roadster starts at 70,500 euros.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition Revealed

Having taken away the Range Rover SV Coupe with one hand, Land Rover have given the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition with the other. Smaller in scale than the SV Coupe, but just as interesting, the Velar will be priced significantly lower, starting at £86,120 OTR in the UK.

The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition has been developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations. This is Land Rover’s bespoke department. At its heart, sits the supercharged 5.0 litre V8. It is the first time this engine has been placed into the Velar. It has 550 hp. As a result, it is capable of a 0-100 km/h blast in 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds) and a top speed of around 274 km/h (170 mph).

The work carried out on the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is said to be extensive. As a result, the Velar carried uprated brakes and suspension components as well as bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain to the safety systems. There is an upgraded anti-roll bar to reduce body roll and a reworked all wheel drive system to cope with the new power. The new exhaust system sheds 7.1 kg of weight and unleashes a distinctive growl thanks to active elements.

The Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition gets a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new grille and lower side mouldings, a revised rear bumper, new quad exhaust finishers and a new transmission tunnel undertray. The changes are help the Velar cut through the air more efficiently.

The Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate get a knurled finish on the metal element. The Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is also the only Velar available in Satin Byron Blue. As standard, all models will get a contrasting Narvik Black roof. If Satin Byron Blue is not your thing, five other exterior colours are on offer: Firenze Red; Santorini Black; Corris Grey; Fuji White and Indus Silver.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition

Two wheel options are available. The standard 21-inch rims weigh as much as the 20-inch versions offered with the standard Velar. A set of 22-inch rims, which include a unique Silver Sparkle finish, can also be ordered. 395mm front and 396mm diameter rear brake callipers are also on offer.

Inside, twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather is unique to the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. Four leather colour combinations are on offer with Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento leather. 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats with memory and massage functions are included as standard with a new sport steering wheel, aluminium gear shift paddles and an optional carbon fibre pack.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition Interior

Competition? Logically, the Porsche Macan Turbo is about as close as it gets at this size. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and Jaguar F-Type SVR also look very attractive. Which one would you go for? Does the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition hit the right buttons for you?

BMW M850i Coupe First Edition Revealed – 400 Units Only

The BMW M850i Coupe has hit the market. As is customary with most models these days, it gets a ‘First Edition’. The limited edition BMW M850i Coupe First Edition will be available to 400 BMW customers. It comes packed with unique design features and a glut of options.

The starting point for the First Edition is a newly developed BMW Individual special paint finish Frozen Barcelona Blue. It is combined with a BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line which includes the BMW kidney grille frame and slats, the air breathers and tailpipe trims finished in black.

BMW M850i Coupe First Edition

20-inch M light alloy wheels are also finished in Jet Black. The option list is also extended to include an M Carbon roof and an M Carbon exterior package.

On the inside, BMW Individual full leather Merino trim is available in a unique colour combination, Ivory White and Night Blue. Extras include an M leather-covered steering wheel as well as the BMW Individual Alcantara roof liner, each finished in Night Blue. Interior trim strips are finished in Black Piano and bear the lettering “First Edition 1/400”.

BMW M850i Coupe First Edition

The BMW M850i gets a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 530 hp and 750Nm of torque. The power is driven through all four wheels resulting in a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.7 seconds. The BMW M8 is set to arrive very soon, until it does, the BMW M850i is the most powerful 8 Series you can buy!

BMW M850i Coupe First Edition

G-Power BMW M850i Revealed with 670hp

More BMW 8 Series are making their way onto the hands of customers. As this happens, we expect some interesting tuning projects to emerge. G Power are one of the first to present their project. Based on the current range topping BMW M850i, this particular 8 Series possesses some significant performance credentials.

G Power have applied their ECU tune to the Coupe. It’s 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 gains 140 hp and 140 Nm of torque for total figures in the range of 670 hp and 890 Nm of torque. The power is realised through a 2,481 euro ECU package together with a set of 4,155 euro downpipes. A top speed of 320 km/h is quoted with the limiters removed together with a 100 km/h sprint time of 3.1 seconds.

While there are no cosmetic enhancements on offer, it is simply too early for this, G Power have fitted a set of their HURRICANE RR forged rims. The double spoke design is available in sizes 9×21” and 10.5×21”. The most expensive part of the package, G Power charge 7,521 euros for the wheel and tyre set.

There is more the come from the BMW 8 Series over the next month. We expect that the Geneva Motor Show 2019 will see more tuning projects released. Companies like Hamann and Alpina will almost certainly release competing packages.

Bugatti to Reveal New Models in 2019, Denies SUV Rumors

Bugatti chief executive Stephan Winkelmann recently took steps to curb rumours of that the company are working on a Bugatti SUV. He said that “an SUV would not do justice to the brand or its history”.

Winkelmann was speaking at Bugatti’s 110th anniversary celebrations. Despite the denial of the SUV rumours, Winkelmann did confirm that the company would release “further models” this year with a “few surprises”. Winkelmann also confirmed a celebratory tour to commemorate Bugatti’s founder, Ettore Bugatti.

Speculation is now rife for what the company might release at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2019. Bugatti had previously rule out a roadster version of the Chiron, however, thoughts on this may have changed since the question was first raised in 2016.

While the roadster remains the prime candidate, it is possible that Bugatti might choose to release a SuperSport version the Chiron. Given the relatively recent release of the Bugatti Divo and the lack of deliveries to date, we feel this is unlikely to happen this year.

It is possible that Bugatti could instead open up the books on special edition models. We saw plenty of those for the Bugatti Veyron. Cars like the Pur Sang and the Les Légendes de Bugatti.

All 40 Bugatti Divo special editions are sold out with Bugatti’s order books filled until the end of 2021. 76 Chirons were delivered to customers last year and Bugatti are expecting to deliver more this year.