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Zimbabwean Investor Reveals a 1048hp Hypercar: The Naran

The Naran is the latest of a series of sports cars created by start up companies looking to build a name for themselves in the car industry. It’s built around the BMW M8 super GT with an entirely new design. The company calls it a hyper-coupe and is meant to give thrilling experience of a GT3 car in 2+2 configuration. The company behind it is Naran Automotive, started by Ameerh Naran. Ameerh was raised in Zimbabwe and has experience in the private jet industry which he currently runs in Africa and Asia.

The Naran takes the BMW M8 to new levels, all the parameters from BMW have been maxed out. The 4.4L S63 twin turbo V8 has been bored out to 5.0 liters. It now produces 1048hp and 1036 nm of torque. The sprint from 0-60mph is achieved in 2.3s according to the company’s estimations.

Further to the transmission, The Naran borrows the clever BMW “4×4 mode” found on the new xDrive systems, where one can switch from AWD to RWD using a button, the 8 speed automatic transmission is in play here too but with modifications in order to accommodate the added power.

The company has a mission too: to make the fastest four seat hypercar around the Nurburgring. The Naran will be limited to 49 cars only. Now in design and/or prototype phase the hyper coupe shares a common designer with the Apollo IE and P72 – Jowyn Wong of Wyn Design.

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In just a span of 3 years we have witnessed cars like the Apollo IE, DeTomaso P72, Aspark Owl, Rimac One and more go from concept to realization. Confirming further the demand for ultra exclusive cars among supercar collectors.

In the past, the supercar market was dominated by the likes of Bugatti, Ferrari and Lamborghini. Exclusivity was the cash cow for most of these brands, but with some going public and others changing their marketing strategies, the concept of exclusivity shifted from producing a few hundred cars to producing thousands of units. While this makes more money for them, it dilutes the exclusivity feeling among these high end collectors – ultimately forcing them to seek products elsewhere. This was the success base for Pagani and Koenigsegg who understood these needs better. Bugatti’s strategy for example involves numerous limited editions of the Chiron, while Ferrari no longer numbers their limited cars (Pista for example), they instead call it “limited by production time” which basically means they will produce as many as possible within a given time frame – as long as the orders keep coming in.

GTO Engineering Unveils ’60s Inspired V12 ‘Moderna’

Restomods are fun, funky and all the fashion. From the Singer 911, Automobili Amos Integrale and the Eagle E-Type, there is something inherently cool and edgy about taking an old school icon and updating and upgrading the visuals and mechanicals to blend the best of old and new. Ground up continuations such as the Aston Martin DB4 GT and revivals based on original chassis such as the GTO Engineering 250 SWB, which we recently drove, are in high demand.

Since the early ’80s, GTO engineering have been manufacturing parts, servicing and restoring Ferraris, now they have made the decision to take their accrued knowledge to create an all-new sports car designed to encompass the finest traits of 1960s classics. From a glance at early design sketches it is clear to that Ferraris have inspired the Moderna’s design. The traditional tubular steel chassis will be used with the addition of lightweight but high strength aluminium subframes, and the Moderna will, for the first time, incorporate carbon fibre for the car’s shell. The new car will feature motorsport derived components and utilise independent independent all-round suspension as well as large diameter wheels to incorporate lightweight yet powerful brakes.

GTO Engineering 250 SWB

“We’ve learnt from building the 250 SWB Revival, and working on a range of Ferraris, that a car’s weight and engine are two of the key ingredients to make a good sports car. So, we knew that this car should be under a tonne and powered by a quad-cam V12 – an engine format we are familiar with and developing in-house. To accomplish the desired light weight, carbon fibre will be used, which obviously wasn’t available in the Sixties but a composite we will utilise alongside other materials. For example, the doors and bonnet feel and ‘weight’ when you open them, was something we knew we wanted to keep and that’s why they’ll be made in aluminium – they’ll be lightweight but still give that ‘reassuring’ close and feel of a classic when the driver or passenger gets in and out, as well as opening and closing the bonnet”, explains GTO Engineering Managing Director Mark Lyon.

Project Moderna owners will be as personal and customisable to its owner as possible – from paint, trim and accessory options offered to more major components such as suspension and gearbox options, the new car can be tailor made to each owner’s specific requirements. From the power output to the number of ratios in the gearbox the characteristics of how the car drives will be made to suit the owners profile. We look forward to seeing how Project Moderna progresses.

2021 BMW iX3 Review

I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of electric cars. Having experienced battery powered offerings ranging from the Renault Zoe to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, I can categorically say that I am not ready to drop my addiction to fossil juice for the volt life. That being said, there are a few applications in which I can picture myself driving an electric car – short, mundane and preplanned journeys. I have suffered from the stress and anguish of range anxiety on road Trips on which I’ve spent more time staring at the battery percentage and range than I did enjoying the views or fabulous roads.

The BMW iX3 is not intended to be used for cross country cruises or for blasting up mountain passes. This is a car for the school run, weekly shop and the odd trip to visit friends and family on the weekends. That is not to say it cannot cross continents, it can but there are other X3s better suited to such applications. This is the first BMW model to be available with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid or full EV powertrains to choose from.

With ‘the power of choice’ in mind, I hit the road in the iX3 to see what this 286 horsepower ‘Sport Activity Vehicle’ with a claimed WLTP range of 460 kilometres felt like. I tried to be sensible and drive in a fashion I imagine a buyer of such a car would, but as with all electric cars, I immediately engaged sport mode and floored it. The instant torque was amusing, the way that 2.2 tonnes shifted was impressive and the accompanying, configurable ‘drive sound’ added some character. 0-100km/h is dispatched in a respectable 6.8 seconds with the top speed capped at 180.

After a few accelerations the novelty wore off and I set about driving the car the way it was intended to be. I turned my attention to the braking regeneration options starting with ‘one-pedal’ driving. This was surprisingly good fun, I challenged myself to not use the brake pedal at all, it took some focus but was achievable after a few minutes of experimentation. I could not get comfortable with was the ‘adaptive’ mode where the braking force would automatically adjust itself using the navigation system to bring the car to a standstill without using the brakes. The level two autonomous systems worked brilliantly, only requiring assistance at traffic lights, roundabouts and coming to a stop with no car ahead of you on the road. I found myself trusting the systems almost immediately. The steering was accurate and did not have iX3 bouncing between the white lines.

When the twisty roads between towns presented themselves, I took control and engaged sport mode with maximum regeneration and found myself having much more fun than expected. Yes, the inherent feel and feedback in minimal, but the steering is quick and sharp and when applying max power out of bends there were noticeable rear-wheel-drive characteristics to be felt. Back to real world testing – the iX3 handled its weight with grace, the ride was firm in sport but the adaptive dampers meant this could easily be remedied. Being electric meant that wind and road noise could be intrusive at higher autobahn speeds, but not to uncomfortable levels. The cabin was well appointed and the usual BMW iDrive goodies are all you could want from an infotainment system. You could never tell this is a BMW that had been built in China. There was almost as much space as in a conventionally powered X3, the only difference was the marginally shallower boot as the electric motors hid beneath the boot floor.

As mentioned in the opening of this review, I can see the application and allure of having an electric car and this 150kW offering which can be charged from 0-80% in 34 minutes on an IONITY fast charger, certainly makes a case for itself. It is as comfortable and capable as I hoped with an added sense of humour. If you’re in the market for an electric family car that can take care of your simple commutes this may well be the car for you!

Radical BMW M3 and BMW M4 Officially Revealed

The new BMW M3 and BMW M4 have officially debuted. They must be the most talked about models in BMW’s history, owing to BMW’s new grille design.

Looking past that controversy though, there is plenty to like about the next-generation BMW M3 and BMW M4.

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Highlights

2021 BMW M3 and M4

– Powered by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine, producing 480 hp or 510 hp for the Competition model.
– Kidney grille allows improved air flow
– Carbon fibre roof and flared wheel arches
– Adaptive suspension and electronic dampers
– BMW Live Cockpit Professional
– Optional M Carbon Bucket Seats

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Engine and Chassis

2021 BMW M4 Exhaust Tips

Both cars are powered by a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder engine which comes in two flavours; a standard model and a Competition model. The former produces 480 hp, the latter, 510 hp.

In the BMW M3 Sedan, the 100 km/h sprint times are 4.2 seconds and 3.9 seconds respectively. The M4 Coupe manages the same statistics.

Customers will have the choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. BMW plan to release a version which uses the xDrive all-wheel-drive system in summer 2021.

xDrive models will get an Active M Differential, rear-wheel-biased setup, with three selectable modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD.

The suspension is adaptive with electronically controlled shock absorbers and M Servotronic steering. There is a new integrated braking system with two settings for pedal feel and response. M Compound brakes come as standard, with M Carbon ceramic brakes optional.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes an M Dynamic Mode and, for the first time, integrated wheel slip limitation and M Traction Control adjustable through ten stages.

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Design

Green 2021 BMW M3

Both models get distinct designs. To start with the most obvious feature, the new frameless kidney grille. It gets horizontal bars, as opposed to the traditional vertical versions.

Typical BMW wheel arch flares give both cars the M-car look, alongside M gills, side sill extensions and new front and rear aprons.

Both BMW M3 and BMW M4 get a carbon-fibre roof with aerodynamically optimised fins. There is a small rear spoiler and a familiar quad tailpipe. BMW offer a range of new, exclusive exterior paint finishes and M Carbon exterior package and BMW M Performance Parts available as options.

BMW M3 and BMW M4: Interior

2021 BMW M4 Seats

BMW’s interior is an improved version of the 4-Series interior we saw a few months ago. Both cars get BMW Live Cockpit Professional with fully digital display grouping, BMW Maps navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as standard.

There is a significantly expanded selection of driver assistance systems. Park Distance Control, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info are fitted as standard. Options include Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Navigation, Emergency Lane Assistant, Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant, BMW Drive Recorder and BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific displays.

There are M-specific control/operating concept with Setup button for direct access to the settings for the engine, chassis, steering and braking system. The two steering-wheel mounted M buttons return.

There is a choice of seat designs too. They include a newly developed M sport seat with fine-grain Merino leather trim and an impressive new M Carbon bucket seat, shown here in the BMW M4.

BMW M4 Photo Gallery

BMW M3 Photo Gallery

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.

Brabham BT62R: Road Version of Australian Supercar Revealed

Brabham automotive have officially unveiled the road version of the Brabham BT62, the Brabham BT62R. The Australian supercar has been developed by the son of Sir Jack Brabham, triple Formula 1 world champion and founder of the legendary Brabham racing team.

Brabham had promised a road-legal version of his track-only supercar. That promise is now delivered with the BT62R.

Highlights of the Brabham BT62R

– Variable ride heights for driving on track and on public roads.
– New exhaust system, air conditioning and heated windscreen
– New front splitter and rear diffuser to accommodate road use and maintain track aero.
– New road seat design.
– Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport road tyres.
– 700hp, 5.4 litre V8


Brabham BT62R Rear Wing

The Brabham BT62R is powered by the same 5.4 litre V8 engine, producing 700 hp and 667 Nm of torque. The difference is the mapping, which is modified for the road.

To make the BT62R more palatable for the road, Brabham has developed a new exhaust system. Drive is through a 6-speed sequential transmission with revised gear ratios.

The Brabham BT62R gets the same FIA compliant chassis as its track-oriented brother. A revised suspension system has been tuned for road use.


Brabham BT62R Front

The body features a revised front splitter, new top-mounted air intake, new rear diffuser and a re-designed and road compliant single-plane rear wing.


Brabham BT62R Side

The interior is finished in leather and/or Alcantara with contrast stitching. The light-weight seats are a redesigned carbonfibre construction. Heat and sound insulation are improved with an alcantara roof and additional storage compartments.

BT62R owners will get a new digital control panel which has the option to revert to the track oriented display when on circuit.

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.

The New Porsche 992 Turbo Is The Outgoing Turbo S Reborn!

Hot on the heels of the 911 Turbo S, Porsche has revealed the ‘standard’ Porsche 911 Turbo.

Alongside its S counterpart, the Porsche 992 Turbo is one of the most anticipated models in the revamped range. The 992 Turbo makes such progress that acceleration, power and torque are on par with the previous generation 911 Turbo S.

Compared to the previous generation, the Porsche 992 Turbo gets a 40 hp power boost. In total, its 3.8 litre, six-cylinder boxer engine now produces 580 hp and manages a 100 km/h sprint in just 2.8 seconds.

Power is routed through an eight-speed PDK transmission. Options such as a sports or lightweight package, sports suspension and sports exhaust system are available for the first time.

Visually, it is no different to the Turbo S. It measures 45 millimeters more at the front and 20 millimeters more at the rear. LED headlights with PDLS Plus are standard and adaptive aerodynamics are incorporated into the bodywork.

Two new option packs are available. The lightweight package reduces vehicle weight by 30 kilograms, making use of light full bucket seats, the elimination of the rear seats and reduced insulation.

Porsche 911 Turbo Interior

The sport package includes the sport design package as well as other applications in black, carbon elements and an exclusive rear light design.

The Porsche 992 Turbo is available to order from July 16. The Coupé costs 180,811 euros including VAT in Germany. The Cabriolet is priced at 194,035 euros.

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.


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.


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.


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.

James Bond’s Nostalgic Aston Martin DB5 is Ready

Aston Martin has announced that the first of 25 Aston Martin DB5 continuation models is complete. The British firm plans to make 25 classic DB5’s with working gadgets inspired by the James Bond film, Goldfinger.

It has been 55 years since the last Aston Martin DB5 rolled off the Newport Pagnell production line. During its original production run, fewer than 900 saloon examples of the Aston Martin DB5 were built between 1963 and 1965.

Construction of the new Aston Martin DB5 continuation model is handled by Aston Martin Works. Each example requires 4,500 hours of work. Each gets Silver Birch paint like the original and a range of gadgets.

The list includes:


Rear smoke screen delivery system
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
Simulated twin front machine guns
Bullet resistant rear shield
Battering rams front and rear
Simulated tyre slasher
Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)


Simulated radar screen tracker map
Telephone in driver’s door
Gear knob actuator button
Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
Remote control for gadget activation

The Goldfinger edition Aston Martin DB5 sits on an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure. Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine generating around 300 hp.

Power is delivered through a five-speed ZF manual transmission with a mechanical limited slip differential. Braking is through a servo-assisted hydraulic Girling-type steel disc brakes with rack and pinion steering.

24 more examples will leave Aston Martin’s factory with the price set at a staggering £2.75 million.

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.


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.


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.


2021 Cadillac Escalade: 5th Gen of All American Luxury SUV Revealed

The Cadillac of SUV’s has been updated! The Escalade is one of Cadillac’s most successful models these days. The 5th generation model has been revealed this week. The look remains largely the same. What changes is the wide array of technology Cadillac has crammed into that interior!

There are a number of options when it comes to spec. Cadillac’s Sport trim for the first time, featuring a black mesh grille and black trim across the exterior. Luxury and Premium Luxury models feature a bright Galvano finish, while Platinum models top the range, with unique interior and exterior details.

There are few concessions when it comes to power. The Escalade gets a 6.2-litre V8 engine as standard with a power rating of 420 hp and 623 Nm of torque. A less powerful version, featuring a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, is available with 277 hp and 623 Nm of torque. Both engines are matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control. Cadillac’s acclaimed Super Cruise driver assistance technology is also available.

At the chassis side of things, the Escalade finally gets an independent rear suspension. Coupled with Cadillac’s signature Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, the Escalade should glide over pot holes. The inclusion of an electronic limited-slip differential should improve handling too.

Inside, the Escalade offers an industry-first, curved OLED screen. At 38 inches, it is one of the biggest on the market. Three screens make up the total size including a 7.2-inch-diagonal touch control panel driver information centre to the driver’s left, a 14.2-inch-diagonal cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 16.9-inch-diagonal Infotainment screen to the driver’s right.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Rear

The screens incorporate a number of other important technologies. There is an all-new, Augmented Reality-enabled navigation, which uses live street views with directional overlays. Surround Vision, a standard feature that employs four exterior cameras to provide a 2-megapixel bird’s-eye view of the scene around the vehicle. A Trailering Integration Package, which offers up to nine camera views (including rear camera guidelines) to support easier hitching. Rear Camera Mirror, which streams a rear-facing camera view onto the conventional inside mirror screen. Night Vision, which uses infrared technology to enhance forward visibility. Finally, the rear-seat entertainment features a pair of 12.6-inch-diagonal independent touch displays.

Improvements have also been made to interior space. The Escalade gets 40 percent more third-row legroom and a 68 percent increase in maximum cargo space behind the third row, up to 722 litres in the standard-length model.


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.


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


Updated Porsche Macan GTS Revealed

A refreshed Porsche Macan GTS launched earlier this week. The GTS has become a staple model within the Porsche range. In the 911, Cayman and Boxster ranges it links the standard Carrera models to the hardcore RS range. For the Cayenne, Macan and Panamera, it sits between the standard models and the Turbo versions. It blends performance and comfort.

The latest version of the Porsche Macan GTS uses a 2.9-litre V6 engine with turbochargers mounted inside the V. It puts down 380 hp and 520 Nm, mild increases over the outgoing model. The changes are enough to propel the GTS to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, three tenths faster than before. It has a top speed of 261 km/h.

The GTS gets a reworked PDK dual-clutch transmission and an optional Sport Chrono package. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping control system has been specially tuned with the suspension sitting 15 mm lower than standard. The Macan GTS gets optional adaptive air suspension too, this drops ride height by another 10 mm.

The GTS rides on 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels and generously sized cast iron brakes (360 x 36 millimetres at the front, 330 x 22 millimetres at the rear). Two further brake options are available including the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

2020 Porsche Macan GTS Rear

The Sport Design package is standard with the Macan GTS with a new front trim, rear trim and side skirts. Black painted elements – a feature of all GTS models – are plentiful. The LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the three-dimensional rear lights with LED light bar are darkened.

Inside, Alcantara is available on the seat centre panels, the centre console armrests and door panels. A multifunction sports steering wheel is fitted as standard. The GTS gets a unique seat set with eight-way adjustment. In Germany, prices start at 77,880 euros including VAT.


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.


2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S: Flagship AMG SUV Revealed

During a week when the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 captured most of our attention, Mercedes-AMG also had a few announcements to make. The biggest (literally) was its new flagship SUV, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S!

The biggest story here is that the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S gets the latest version of the ’63’ drivetrain. It receives mild-hybrid treatment for the first time.

As with other Mercedes-AMG models, it comes equipped with an integrated EQ Boost starter-alternator. The performance is short-term, however, it allows 22 hp of output and 250 Nm of torque. As well as the additional performance, the EQ Boost system supplies the 48-volt electrical system, recuperates energy, shifts the load point, enables gliding and restarts the engine with the start/stop function.

Otherwise, the V8 engine is pretty familiar with twin turbochargers mounted within the V. It produces 612 hp and 850 Nm of torque which helps reduce the 100 km/h sprint time to 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h or 280 km/h with the optional AMG Driver’s package. The power is routed through a 9-speed automatic transmission, configured specifically for this model.

The suspension benefits from AMG Ride Control+, air suspension with special spring/damper set-up and adaptive adjustable damping ADS+. The damping can be preselected in the usual three stages – “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”. The air suspension allows the ride height to be lowered by 10 mm in the latter two. In Comfort, the ride height only lowers at 120 km/h.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S uses active roll stabilisation for the first time too. Much like the system which Audi uses, the Mercedes-AMG system uses two independently operating, electro-mechanical actuators on the sway bars at the front and rear axle.

Safety systems also receive an update with the latest versions of the Active Distance Assist Distronic system and the Driving Assistance package Plus.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S Rear

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S also gets the usual AMG Dynamic Settings, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Trail and Sand. The ESP settings also include “Basic”, “Advanced” and “Pro”.

The rest is pretty much the same as the new Mercedes-Benz GLS. The interior gets the latest MBUX infotainment system. The displays form a Widescreen Cockpit. The instrument cluster and touchscreen multimedia display merge into one and can be operated through a touchpad, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel, by voice control or gesture control.

The interior also benefits from AMG sports pedals, ARTICO man-made leather and high-gloss anthracite limewood trim elements. The AMG seats use black AMG nappa leather as standard. The 3-spoke AMG steering wheel is also a new addition.

On the outside, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 S gets an AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical louvres in high-gloss chrome. The bonnet gets a heavily contoured power dome, AMG has also added flared wheel arches, side skirts and new exterior mirror housings. 21-inch, 10-spoke lightweight-alloy wheels are standard painted in tantalite grey with a high-sheen finish. Six further wheel variants up to 23 inches are available.


Mini John Cooper Works GP Revealed in Los Angeles

A new range-topping, special edition Mini has been released at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2019, the Mini John Cooper Works GP. The GP has been teased for a long time with teaser runs up the Goodwood hill climb earlier this year and plenty of leaks.

The Mini John Cooper Works GP is the most extreme production Mini to date. It is set to give bigger hot hatches a run for their money!


The Mini Cooper receives a variety of modifications to its design. The most noticeable is the wheel arch trim. Made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, it is the first time BMW has used this material. It is made using material recycled form he BMW i8 and BMW i3 production, making it highly efficient. It flares the wheel arch in a new and distinctive way.

Other changes include a new set of wheels and black painted trim pieces. At the rear is a massive rear spoiler, the biggest we’ve ever seen on a production Mini. The rear gets a redesigned rear diffuser and a smaller set of air outlets.


Under the bonnet sits a 2.0 litre, twin-turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine. Power is pushed up by 75 hp to 306 hp and 450 Nm of torque. It sits on a new engine mount with new tunnel bridges.

The power is achieved through a variety of changes. The turbocharger is also new. Fitted to the exhaust manifold, a divert-air valve helps it achieve better response times. The compression ratio is lower by 0.7, but the system has increased boost pressure. The intake air duct is all-new with enlarged inlet and flow cross-sections.

The injection system is revamped too. New multi-hole injectors are arranged centrally and push at increased flow rates with an injection pressure of up to 350 bar. The final modification is an all-new engine oil sump. The modifications to the engine mean that the Mini should be more responsive.

The reinforced crankshaft uses an enlarged main bearing diameter, specific pistons, bushless connecting rods and a torsional vibration damper with enhanced cooling.

The John Cooper GP Works hits 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 265 km/h (with no limiter). Naturally, Mini have installed a new exhaust system with a fuller, more sonorous sound. The system is unique to the GP Works and with a straight pipe, large rear silencer and two 90 mm brushed aluminium stainless steel tailpipes.

Power is routed to the front wheels through an 8 speed Steptronic transmission as standard with an integrated differential lock. The mechanical differential distributes traction between the right and left wheels. It locks up to 31 per cent under load and the helps counteract any loss of traction.


Changes have also been made to the suspension setup. The single-joint spring front suspension and rear multilink axle receive a completely new tune. The track width is wider and the body is lowered by 10 millimetres.

New swivel bearings are installed which increaser front wheel and rear wheel camber. Rigidity is enhanced through a stiffer rubber support bearings.

A special GP mode in the DSC settings allows increased stability intervention through the brakes to improve agility. Talking about brakes, those are completely new too. At the front, you have 4-piston units with a floating-calliper. At the rear, a single-piston, both made of aluminium. They are hidden by a set of 18 inch forged wheels.


The Mini John Cooper Works GP gets its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2019 this week.

It will be replicated 3,000 times with production set to get underway in March 2020. Pricing has been announced at 45,000 euros in Germany, £33,895 in the UK and $44,900 in the US.


Renault Megane R.S. Trophy R

The hot hatch market isn’t as buoyant as it has been in the past, yet the Mini Cooper GP Works has no shortage of competition.

The Renault Mégane RS Trophy is clearly Mini’s immediate benchmark. The British marque is keen to lap the Cooper GP Works around the Nurburgring faster than Renault’s 7 minutes 40.1 seconds earlier this year.

At this price tag, the Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus ST. Of course, all three are considerably larger than the dominative Mini Cooper.