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De Tomaso P72 Coupe

De Tomaso is back, baby. The name behind some of the most iconic cars like the Pantera and Mangusta is stepping under the spotlight again. Perfect timing, too, because it’s celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Its comeback is marked by the gorgeous De Tomaso P72 coupe, a sterling, highly luxurious ride. The automaker has released the first set of images and preliminary details of the P72, which it says picks up where the P70 left off.

Unveiled at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the De Tomaso P72 boasts a retro aesthetic, and unlike its predecessor, it will actually go into production. The previous P70, though a beastly ride, ran into a handful of problems we don’t have time to get into now. But let’s just say the De Tomaso P72 arrives as a corrective of that somewhat failed project.

Technical specifications are thin at this point, but we’ll definitely know more over time. We do know that the car uses a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which De Tomaso sourced from the Apollo Intensa Emozione. The exterior design is one of the key highlights of this car. With sweeping lines that snake around the ride’s profile, it screams expensive.

The ride boasts a manual transmission. Says De Tomaso, the production model remains faithful to the images, which you can see below. More details will come over the next few months. But it goes without saying that the car will be an expensive buy. The company lists an estimated price of $850,000. If you’re interested, De Tomaso is already accepting deposits.


Photos courtesy of De Tomaso

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe comes with 523 horsepower and a twin-turbo V-8 engine. It’s based on the two-door model introduced just a year ago. This time around, the revamped unit boasts more space and easier entry, as well as the first-ever inline-six engine option for the 8 Series lineup.

The sportier M850i variant is BMW’s most expensive models ever. This one’s due out in showrooms sometime this September with an unspecified six-figure asking price. That’s when all option boxes are checked, though.

The four-door coupe is nine inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than its two-door predecessor. BMW will offer both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants with a choice of 335 ponies on a six-cylinder engine. Or, if you really want to up the ante, a 4.4-liter V-8 with 523, as we’ve mentioned.

The six-cylinder rear-wheel-drive 840i clocks 4.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, while the all-wheel-drive gets there in just 4.6 seconds. Both models have 130 mph speed cap with all-season tires. They can reach 155 mph with performance tires, though.

As for tech and interiors, the 8 Series Gran Coupe boasts an extensive set of standard and optional driver assist systems. This includes safety systems that could help prevent collisions and other optional features like an Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, which lets the car take over when there’s heavy traffic.

Also included is BMW’s latest-generation Heads-Up display system that fronts crucial information like vehicle speed, route guidance, and overtaking restrictions right in your field of view. There’s also CarPlay, Live cockpit Professional, and iDrive 7.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe launches sometime this September.


Photos courtesy of BMW

2020 BMW M8

Purveyors of high-performance automobiles have been clamoring for years hoping to see an M variant of the BMW 8 series. Sadly their pleas fell on deaf ears and carmaker continually released other models for a while now. However, it looks like 2019 will be a good year for automotive enthusiasts as the 2020 BMW M8 is finally slated to hit the production floor sooner than we think. According to reports, manufacturing will begin this July.

It looks like BMW is trying to kiss and make up with its fans as it confirms the availability of a coupe and convertible model. However, that’s not all, because there’s a word that a competition-ready version of the duo is also in the works. Firstly, the racing tuned options are boasting a 617-horsepower 4.4-liter S63 TwinPower Turbo V8 with 553 lb-ft of torque. Secondly, the regular trims for the duo are sporting the same 4.4-liter S63 TwinPower Turbo V8 engines. The only difference is the lower output of just 600 horsepower with 553 lb-ft of torque

In the meantime, track tests show that the convertible configuration of the competition-grade trim can complete a 0-60 mph run in 3.1 seconds. That puts it just 0.1 seconds shy of the coupe’s three seconds. If the stock design is not fancy enough, buyers can always opt to M Carbon Exterior upgrade. This replaces the mirror caps, rear spoiler, side gills, sections of the rear diffuser, and the kidney grille surrounds with carbon fiber material. Overall, It’s quite tough to decide which model to get because each one looks exceptional.


Images courtesy of BMW