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Aston Martin V12 Heritage Twins: The Return of the V12 Zagato

Who said that a great success can’t be repeated? In this case we are talking about something special that won Villa d’Este Concourse of elegance in 2011, raced at Nürburgring 24h race and had been truly appreciated by collectors from all around the world. We are talking about the awarded Aston V12 Zagato that in 2020, marking the celebrations of Zagato’s centenary, came back in the form of a limited production of cars called Aston Martin V12 Heritage Twins.

As the name says “the car” is in reality a “two cars package” sold at £1.75 million as a bundle that include a revised coupe plus an inedited speedster version of the original V12 Zagato born in 2011 to celebrate a fifty-year partnership since the DB4 GT Zagato. This time the manufacturing line won’t be based in Gaydon at AM headquarter but instead it will be established at the Warwick-based manufacturer R-Reforged, part of AF racing Group, under Aston Martin license.

19 units of each model will be produced and both will include some major upgrades compared to the 2011 version: like the most recent version of the NA 5.9-liter 48-valve engine that delivers 600 hp (85 more
the original), a full carbon fibre body, active aerodynamics with a retractable rear spoiler that improves stability at high speeds and a set of 19″ single nut alloy rims made ad hoc by APP Tech.

If that’s not enough, the purchase experience offers also a personalized gift package at the time of order with the possibility to establish every detail of their Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS. The buyers will be offered also the possibility to witness the production of their cars at the new plant in Warwick, where a team of highly specialized personnel workers who fuse traditional and modern production techniques: from hand-made finishes with Bridge of Weir leather to additive manufacturing.

GTspirit had been invited to ZAGATO Milan atelier to see in person the first two prototype examples
with the coupe configured in Platino Acanto and the Speedster in Oro angelica (Gold). Both cars
will later become part of the Zagato private collection.

Words and Photos by Yaron Esposito
Instagram: @Aaronandcars

Porsche and Rimac Agree Deal to Take Control of Bugatti from Volkswagen

Volkswagen Group has agreed a deal which cedes control of Bugatti to a joint venture. It will be called Bugatti Rimac, led by Mate Rimac, with Porsche taking a 45 percent stake in the venture and Rimac, the other 55 percent.

Rimac itself is owned by Mate Rimac (39.2 percent) Porsche (24 percent) Camel Group (14 percent) and Hyundai Motor Group (14 percent), which means that Porsche will, in effect, control 58.2 percent of Bugatti Rimac. That said, Porsche does not expect to have a say in the running of the new company.

The joint venture will see Bugatti’s production remain in France, while all of its research will move into Rimac’s new headquarters in Croatia. Projects previously announced under the Rimac brand will now move to Bugatti Rimac, including the recently announced Rimac Nevera.

Rimac has forged a reputation as a pioneer of the blossoming electric car market. Although the company generally produces high end electric hypercars, it has worked with the likes of Jaguar, Aston Martin and Pininfarina.

Rimac has apparently confirmed his intention to produce a fully-electric Bugatti by the end of the decade, with hybrid models to accompany it. It remains to be seen whether this indicates that other parts of the Volkswagen Group are about to receive the same treatment.

Brabus Rocket 900: A $600k G63 AMG Limited to 25 Cars Worldwide

Brabus has officially unveiled a new Brabus 900 Rocket Edition this time based on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63 – the first G-wagon based Brabus Rocket.

The Brabus 900 Rocket edition is powered by a V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 300hp than the stock engine thanks to a myriad of changes that include increased engine displacement. The new powerplant was enlarged from 4.0 liters to 4.5 liters, the V8 twin-turbo now produces 900hp at a low 6,200rpm and 1,250 Nm at a low 2,900 rpm. In the Brabus 900 Rocket Edition, the peak torque is electronically limited to 1,050 Nm.

Additionally, the new Brabus 900 Rocket Edition weighs more than 2.5 tons but the acceleration from 0-100km/h is easily achieved in just 3.7 seconds while the top speed is limited to 280km/h to protect the tires from wearing out. The speedometer scale of the vehicle is 300km/h.

Additionally, the new turbocharging system also increases the power of the engine, the special turbochargers with large compressor unit and core assembly with reinforced axial bearings deliver a maximum boost pressure of 1.4 bar. When lifting off the throttle, the two Brabus BoostXtra valves produce a blow-off noise.

The vehicle has been equipped with a RAM-AIR intake system integrated into the exposed carbon radiator grille to ensure sufficient air is distributed into the engine. The fuel supply has also been adapted with special high-pressure pumps. The Brabus engine cover has been finished in red carbon fibre.

In addition, the new Brabus 900 Rocket Edition also features larger downpipes and metal catalysts, high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust valves for changing the exhaust note and two side pipes at the front of the rear wheels on each side of the car for a sporty appearance.

A Brabus Widestar widebody version has been developed exclusively for the Brabus 900 Rocket Edition, the version adds sporty highlights with additional exposed carbon elements that include; a front spoiler with side flaps on both side, a radiator grille with RAM-AIR intakes, Rocket Startup Glow and an illuminated Rocket logo. Furthermore, the carbon fibre trim elements for the Widestart widebody, the fender flares on the front and rear axle, the sporty rear wing and the Brabus diffuser on the rear fascia are also new.

The widebody conversion makes the vehicle appear massive and increases the size by 10cm wider compared to the production car. The air intakes, the outlets on the rear of all flares, the top piece of the hood and the trim panels on the rear panels are all made from carbon fibre elements and have been finished in a glossy coating. A high-tech compound has also been used on the side mirror housing, the trim strips and the door handle. The interior also features a Brabus Light carpet on both sides of the vehicle to illuminate the ground for safe entry and exit when its dark.

The vehicle has been fitted with a set of 24 inch Monoblock Z ‘Platinum Edition’ alloy wheels combined with high-tech street tires. The front axle consists of 10Jx24 wheels with 295/30 ZR 24 tires whereas the rear axle uses 12Jx24 with 355/25 ZR 24 tires.

The interior features an overhead console with time, temperature and speed to keep the rear passengers informed, the two bucket seats in the rear feature various comfort functions including adjustments, memory, seat ventilation and heating to replace the bench seating. The center console at the rear is finished in leather to match the interior and also features a refrigerator compartment, two cup holders for warming or cooling the drinks and also serves as a comfortable armrest.

In addition, the interior of the Brabus 900 Rocket Edition features a black leather design finish, crest-shaped quilting on the seats, trim elements and footwells in leather and top stitchings finished in red yarns. The cockpit features 206 elements and all of them feature ‘Rocket Red’ glazing. Ambient lighting for the air vents is also an available option offered by Brabus.

The Brabus 900 Rocket edition is limited to just 25 units, the first 10 units are to be delivered before the end of year and the price starts at 480, 059 euros.

Project Exposure: World’s Only BMW M3 CS Wagon – The Netherlands

It was one of those Sunday afternoons where you have a baby on the way, a couple of sports cars in the garage and a boring F1 race on TV. Then it suddenly hits you that one of your precious toys has to go in order to make room for the dreaded family minivan.

But for Sander a car tuner based in The Netherlands, this meant a new opportunity to get creative. It all began in 2019 when he acquired a BMW M3 CS which if we are being entirely honest isn’t the first choice that comes to mind when shopping for a family car. The 2018 BMW M3 CS weighs 50kg lighter than the regular M3 sedan, engine output was increased to 460hp and 601nm of torque. Production was limited to just 1,200 units worldwide.

He bought the car with a low mileage of only 5,000km at a time when they were trading above the €120,000 mark. In the car enthusiast world, a family car is defined as a vehicle that combines performance, spacious cabin and extra room for the dogs while retaining good looks or an acceptable design. So instead of acquiring a soulless minivan like regular people, Sander decided to convert his newly acquired M3 CS sedan into a wagon or Touring in BMW language.

I recently had a quick seat down with him where he answered key questions regarding his 1 of 1 project car, below is the script.

1. What was your motivation for the project?

Sander: I have had many sport cars but when we were expecting a baby I wanted to make my ultimate family racer and that’s when i decided to build a performance wagon using my already existing M3 CS sedan.

2. When did you start the project?

Sander: I bought the M3 CS on 6-12-2019, and from that moment we have worked every spare minute on the project to where it is now.

3. What is the base car/donor car?

Sander: The Base car was a 2013 BMW F31 316d Touring. The donor car was my then newly acquired 2018 BMW F80 M3 CS. I only used the body and trunk lid from the F31, all the other parts until the last bolt has come off the M3 CS.

4. What modifications did you do.

Sander: I could list a whole notebook of parts especially since the project is evolving on a daily basis. Nonetheless, here are the key modifications.
– Concaver Forged Wheels 20×9,5 and 20x11j
– KW HAS spring set
– Carbonworks Caron Front Lip
– Carbonworks Carbon Side Skirts
– Carbonworks Carbon Rear Diffuser
– Custom made Rear Spoiler

All major parts are still OEM, and these were basically copy and paste from the M3 CS.

5. What are your current output numbers (hp/torque)

Sander: It’s still the stock CS engine with 460hp and 601nm torque

6. How long did it take?

Sander: 9 months or 600 hours to complete the project.

7. How much does it cost to build an F81 M3 Wagon.

Sander: Depends on how you do it. The donor M3 CS was only 6 months old and 5000km on the cluster so that was very expensive. But I have done almost all the work myself. If you would take a crashed 2015 M3 and do most work yourself you will end up spending around 50 to 60K.

8. What do you think of upcoming G81 M3 Wagon, will you get one?

Sander: I love it, I wasn’t too sure about the new front but it’s slowly growing on me. But when I compare it with the F8x front I still do think the F8x front looks better. Maybe I should built one with a custom front?🤔

9. What did you do with the MC CS chassis?

Sander: I already sold that old iron and got 60 euro for it 😂

You can follow Sander and his project on Instagram at @f81cs

Fastest Car in the World: $3.9 Million Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Revealed

It’s now official! Meet the new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport which is limited to just 30 units. This is the fastest Bugatti car to date, and easily the fastest car in the world. It is after all built upon the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ which became the first car to cross the 300MPH barrier by achieving a top speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h) back in 2019. The Super Sport 300+ was a prototype, the road going versions will have a speed limiter just like the Veyron Super Sport. The new (limited) top speed will be 440km/h.

The price of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is €3.2 million euros or an equivalent of $3.9 million dollars.

Moving on to the car, the body of the new Chiron Super Sport generates immense downforce in order to counter the uplift forces exerted on the body when the vehicle is at speeds of over 440km/h as well as improve the balance.

The rear part of the vehicle has been increased by 25cm so as to hold the laminar flow for a long period of time, the diffuser cross-section has also been enlarged and as a result, the rear trailing surface is 44cm lower and the slipstream and wind resistance generated are reduced as well.

Bugatti shifted the exhaust system of the new Chiron from the central to the side with the pipes aligned vertically in order to enhance the performance of the diffuser and create more space. Additionally, the side air curtains and the air intakes at the front minimizes drag and improves the air flow from the front to the wheel arches and over the side radiators.

Each fender consists of nine exhaust air holes for releasing air pressure from the wells of the front wheels ergo streamlined downforce is generated at the front axle, the outlets at the back of the front wheel arches help balance out the aerodynamic loads.

The Chiron Super Sport is powered an improved 8.0 liter W16 quad turbo engine that generates a maximum power output of 1,176kW/ 1,600PS and 1,600Nm of torque accessible between 2000 rpm and 7000 rpm instead of up to 6000rpm. The rpm of the engine was increased from 6,800 rpm to 7,100 rpm in order to improve the agility and performance of the vehicle.

In addition, the Chiron is capable of accelerating from 0-200km/h in 5.8 seconds, 0-300km/h in 12.1 seconds and the acceleration from 0-400km/h is 7% faster compared to the standard Chiron. The performance improvement of the Chiron Super Sport was created by the larger turbochargers with efficient compressor wheels, therefore the seven-gear dual-clutch transmission is at full load and full speed transitions from 6th to 7th gear at 403 km/h. The 7th gear boasts a 3.6% longer transmission.

The new Chiron Super Sports features newly developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which have been optimized for top speeds, offer greater rigidity and they are the only tires capable of up to 500km/h consistently. This is made possible due to the reinforced belts capable of coping with immense forces.

The interior of the Chiron Super Sport consists of a blend of leather and polished aluminium as well as hi-tech carbon fiber applications. The interior is suited to high speed continental trips. On the other hand, the exterior features carbon fibre elements, inclined headlamps and new five-Y-spoke design aluminium wheels available for the Super Sport exclusively.

Additionally, wheels in a diamond-cut design and Magnesium wheels that further reduce weight of the mass are also available as options.

The Chiron Super Sport will be limited to 30 units only featuring similar design and color elements. The first nine units are scheduled for delivery in early 2022 at a price tag of 3.2million euros each.

$13.3 Million Bugatti La Voiture Noire Finally Delivered to Mysterious Buyer

The 1 of 1 Bugatti La Voiture Noire has finally been delivered to its owner after 2 years of extensive development and testing.

La Voiture Noire meaning ‘the black car’ was named by Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean after the Type 57 SC Atlantic that disappeared shortly before World War 2. The vehicle is a minimalist coupe similar to the 57 SC Atlantic thanks to the reduced lines, reduced essentials as well as the lack of a large rear wing.

The engineers and designers of the La Voiture Noire have reimagined the historic vehicle and developed a specific shape and style including the dorsal seam down the centerline, an extended front section and the clear lines adorned on the rear. The body of the new model has been finished in visible carbon fibre with a ‘Black Carbon Glossy’ clear coat.

In addition, the finishing doesn’t generate any reflections virtually, the bumpers are gently integrated into the bodywork and the windscreen appears to merge with the side windows like a helmet visor. The attitude of the vehicle has been transformed from a hyper sports car to a grand tourer because the surface of the vehicle appears to have been cast in one piece thanks to the lack of disruptive lines.

The La Voiture Noire features extraordinary details including 25+ individually milled lights elements on each headlamp, each cell of the 3D-printed front grille has been examined to perfection, the rear light features a single-piece surround with no joints for the first time and the new parametric design at the front and rear enables the vehicle to appear sealed but they are actually air-permeable. The six individual tailpipes serve as a nod to the vehicle’s template.

The interior of the new model features grain leather in Havana Brown based on the historic model and aluminium inlays on the centre console, centre spine and the doors. The car also consists of several drive modes that can be changed through a sophisticated rosewood switch.

Bugatti engineers built the La Voiture Noire in just 2 years, each part of the vehicle had to go through extensive Bugatti tests and quality procedures before they were used. The tests took place in the wind tunnel, on test benches and on the track.

Additionally, the bodywork modifications, thermodynamics, cooling, wheels and wheelbases all require perfect coordination in order to ensure new balance. The extended wheelbase and the new bodywork result in new aerodynamics and handling worthy of a grand tourer.

The question remains, who is the mysterious buyer?

Czinger 21C: American Hypercar with a 1350hp V8 and 11,000 rpm Redline

California based Czinger have revealed full specifications of their Czinger 21C hypercar. The car is now production ready after receiving key updates within the last few months. They were prepared to showcase two cars at the Geneva Motor Show 2021 but that was postponed alongside the show itself.

The 21C enters the scene at a time when most car makers are moving away from combustion engines, they have combined a V8 engine and two electric motors meaning it should be able to pass most emission regulations especially in California and Europe in general.

Despite the added weight that comes with a hybrid system, Czinger managed to get a 1:1 power-weight-ratio. The combined output is 1,250hp and the weight is rated at 1.240kg. An optional power upgrade of 100hp is also available, bringing the total power output to 1,350hp. In comparison, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale has a similar V8 hybrid setup but weighs in at 1600kg and produces 986hp.

Even more interesting is the nature of the engine used on the Czinger 21C, a 2.88L twin-turbo V8 developed in-house. This is the most power dense production engine in the world right now. While the engine drives the rear wheels, two electric motors are responsible for driving the front wheels. In addition, the powertrain benefits from a 800v system.

Czinger 21C Specs

Top Speed 281mph / 452kmh
0-100km/h (0-62mph) 1.9s
0-300km/h (0-186mph) 8.5s
1/4 Mile 8.1s
Engine 2.88L V8 Twin-Turbo
Output 1250hp (1350hp with power upgrade option)
Weight 1240kg
Electric Drive 2 e-motors + Lithium batteries
Gearbox 7 Speed Sequential
Redline 11,000rpm

The lithium batteries are charged through regenerative braking and via a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) which is connected to the engine.

The Czinger 21C will be built in Los Angeles and is limited to just 80 cars worldwide each priced at $2,050,000.

The $24 Million Bugatti Lineup: Just 4 Cars Only

All hyper sports cars manufactured by Bugatti are required to undergo extensive tests in order to meet exceptional quality standards. The Bugatti development team set out for the demanding Nurburgring circuit with not less than four models and six engineers. They took over the Nurburgring with the Bugatti Centodieci, Chiron Pur Sport, Divo and the Chiron Super Sport 300+.

The lineup featured the most exclusive vehicle fleet in the world with a net value of just under 20 million euros. The Centodieci is priced at 8m euros, the Divo at 5 million euros, the Chiron Pur Sport at 3 million euros and the Chiron Super Sport 300+ at 3.5m euros.

The Nurburgring circuit is considered to be the world’s most ideal testing circuit with an unusual topography, the circuit consists of 33 left bends, 40 right bends, 17% gradient and an altitude difference of 300 metres. The total distance of the test circuit is 20.832km.

When the vehicles are competing on the circuit, the engineers will note down the overall performance of each vehicle to ensure it delivers perfect differentiation within the performance range of the Bugatti Chiron. After the test drives, the results are further analyzed and transmitted to the development team for further execution.

Bugatti Desktop Wallpaper

In the case of the Chiron Super Sport 300+, the developers and engineers check and verify the chassis series setup as finalized before, the hyper sports car was primarily built for top speeds of upto 440km/h. In addition, the developers take the handling and characteristics of the Divo and Chiron Pur Sport models as benchmarks for the new Chiron Super Sport 300+ and the Centodieci.

Tesla Model S Plaid Quicker than F8 Tributo and Huracan EVO at Laguna Seca

New images of the upcoming Tesla Model S Plaid/Plaid+ have emerged from Laguna Seca raceway as it undergoes its final testing phase. The images of the prototype have been accompanied by unconfirmed reports of a possible lap record of 1:30:XX minutes. This would make it faster that several supercars including the new Porsche 992 Turbo S, Ferrari F8 Tributo and the Lamborghini Huracan Evo.

The Model S Plaid is a 1,020hp super sedan with a 0-60mph time of 1.99s, and a 1/4 mile time of 9.23s at 155 mph. The top speed is 200mph. These figures will make it quicker than cars such as the McLaren 765LT and the Porsche 992 Turbo S. A Bugatti Chiron will complete the 1/4 mile in 9.4s albeit with a faster trap speed of 158mph.

The company says the Model S Plaid will be the quickest production car once its launched. Deliveries will begin in 2021 for the ‘regular’ Plaid version, while a long range Plaid+ version will be made available later in the year. This version will be priced from. $139,990

  Model S Plaid Model S Plaid+
Output: 1020hp 1100hp+
Range 390 miles 520 miles
0-60mph 1.99s 1.8s
Top Speed 200mph 200mph
1/4 mile 9.23s @ 155mph
Price $112,990 $139,990

Pricing is quite enticing, $112,990 for a 1020hp super sedan with a 200mph top speed. This pricing aligns itself with the likes of a diesel S-Class, entry level Porsche 992, X5 M Competition just to name a few.

Photos by @klwtts on Instagram

US Supercar Collector Buys a Bugatti with Dogecoin – a Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide Dogecoin

Dogecoin touched it’s all time highs in the first week of May, and among the first people to take advantage of that gain was a US-based supercar and hypercar collector. He goes by the username @cococulture_ on Instagram, and on 8th May he announced that he had sold 25% of his DOGE coins to order a Bugatti Bolide. The meme coin had been trading at highs of up to 0.724658 on that day before taking a dip a few hours later, with some people speculating that his major sale could have triggered the dip.

Obviously a DOGE whale, the collector decided to hold his remaining 75% for another winning day. His move comes weeks after Elon Musk called upon major DOGE whales to dump their coins in order to improve it’s overall health. He even offered to “pay actual $” to anyone who dumped their coins in a provable manner – and buying a Bugatti with Dogecoin is probably the biggest gesture towards Musk’s call. According to data collected by Dogecoin Rich List, one whale owns 28.7% of all Dogecoin, while the top 12 whales own 50% of all available DOGE.

The Bugatti Bolide is a track only hypercar from Bugatti inspired by race cars from 1920s and 1930s from the French car maker and most recently by the Bugatti Vision Grand Turismo. It even has the same height as a Type 35 and is rumored to be the last Bugatti powered by the iconic 8.0L W16 quad turbo engine. Bugatti has not indicated how many units they will build, and judging by their recent pricing strategy it could cost northwards of $10 million. The Centodieci costs $9 million, the Divo $6 million and the LaVoiture Noire $18 million plus.

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Powered by the same W16 engine used on the Chiron, the Bolide has an increased output of 1.850hp and 1,850nm of torque. This results to an incredible power-to-weight ratio of 0.67kg per hp. Using simulations, Bugatti says the Bolide has a top speed of 500km/h plus and will lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in just 5:23.1 minutes.

To improve air flow, the roof scoop features the same design as a golf ball, incorporating dimples on the surface of the intake. These dimples are active and will open and close depending on the speed. They (dimples) will bulge out at high speeds and smoothen out at low speeds.

Bugatti Bolide Dimples

Manny Khoshbin’s 1 of 1 Bugatti Chiron habillé par Hermès

A special commission by Manny Khoshbin that saw the collaboration between two French luxury brands – Bugatti and Hermes. The result was a unique 1 of 1 Bugatti Chiron.

This Bugatti Chiron was individualized in almost all aspects including the exterior color, interior designs and the unique details inside and outside the vehicle. The teams in Molsheim and Paris worked together to bring the application of custom colors, fabrics and materials into reality.

The color scheme of the Chiron was designed by Hermes to match the leather interior which is finished in ‘craie’ whereas the exterior of the Chiron has been completed in off-white, chalk-derived hue envelopes making it a one exterior color vehicle compared to other Bugatti Chirons that consists of two colors for contrast. The ‘Craie’ shade used in the interior of the car was made by Hermes.

In addition, the ‘Craie’ shade has also been used on the rear bumper, all mesh covers, trim parts and also on the ‘classique’ alloy wheels of the Bugatti.

The exterior of the Bugatti Chiron habillé par Hermès also features a horseshoe grille customized with the H monogram from the Parisian brand signature and ‘courbettes’ motif design under the rear wing.

The ‘courbettes’ design consists of sketches of rearing horses to emphasize the immense 1,500PS output power of the Bugatti Chiron, this design was personally chosen by Mr Khoshbin. In addition, Mr Khoshbin also chose the ‘sky view’ glass roof adding two fixed glass panels above the driver and the passenger.

The original Hermes material in ‘Courbettes’ design can also be found on the middle console plate, centre console tray and on the door cards. The exposed engine bay on the top side of the vehicle remains as the only exterior part not finished in ‘Craie’. The brake callipers are finished in ‘ Italian Red’ whereas the door sills have an aluminium finish.

Almost all the materials used for the interior have been designed by Hermes, the interior features the shade ‘Craie’ on the leather seats, inner signature line, centre console, door clasps and the roof and rear panels. The centre console, dashboard and other parts of the interior have been finished in ‘Ecru’ leather developed by Bugatti. The carpets have been finished in ‘Beige’.

Mr Khoshbin recently added a Hermes McLaren Speedtail to his collection.

Brabus Tuning: 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 is Now an 800hp Monster

A new Brabus 800 based on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ has been unveiled. The E63 AMG sedan has been enhanced both visually and in terms of driving dynamics. The vehicle has been equipped with custom naked-carbon aerodynamic enhancement parts and a set of hi-tech 21-inch forged wheels.

The E63 S 4MATIC+ sedan is powered by a 4.0litre V8 twin-turbo engine that generates a standard output of 450kW\ 612hp and 850Nm of torque. The new and tested Brabus B40S-800 performance kit increases the power output of the vehicle by adding 138kW/ 188hp and an extra 150Nm of torque, all this comes with a 3 year or 100,000km mile tuning warranty.

The performance upgrade equipped by Brabus enables the E63 S 4MATIC+ to produce a maximum output of 588kW/ 800hp at 6,600rpm, 1000Nm peak torque at a low 3,600rpm and achieve the acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 300km/h. The Brabus 800 tops the charts as one of the most powerful sedans and station wagons in the world.

Specially configured high-performance turbochargers which features a larger compressor unit and an enhanced core assembly with reinforced axial bearings that produce 1.6 bar maximum boost pressure has been developed for the vehicle to live up to the Brabus 800 design.

In addition, a Brabus plug-and-play PowerXtra module is also available and has been connected to the engine management system. This auxiliary control unit enables a special mapping for injection, ignition and boost pressure control. The vehicle has also been equipped with special carbon air intakes developed and merged on the right and left side of the radiator grille to ensure the engine is supplied with sufficient air.

The driving performance has been improved by the combination of the high-performance Brabus engine, the nine-speed automatic transmission and the 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. The nine-speed automatic transmission can be shifted either manually or automatically via Brabus Race aluminium paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

A Brabus Start-Stop memory system is available for customers who prefer to deactivate the automatic standard start-stop system permanently at a touch of a button.

Brabus has equipped the E63 S 4MATIC+ with a high-performance stainless-steel exhaust system with four steel/ carbon tailpipes that reduces the exhaust backpressure to ensure an optimized power supply. The exhaust flaps can control the exhaust sound, for instance, ‘coming home’ mode is discreet and quiet whereas ‘Sport mode’ is loud and powerful.

The sporty appearance of the vehicle is as a result of the enhanced naked carbon aerodynamic component on the radiator grille and front spoiler which are available in either gloss or matte finish. The rear spoiler on the trunk lid is shaped and designed to generate downforce on the rear axle and ensure optimal balance. The carbon diffuser inserts for the rear fascia also contributes to the sporty appearance by perfectly framing the tailpipes of the sport exhaust system.

The E63 S 4MATIC+ has been fitted with a set of 21 inch custom alloy wheels, the vehicle pictured features Brabus Monoblock ‘Platinum Edition’ Z forged wheels in the same contrasting color to match the radiator grille. The wheels have been developed in a hi-tech forging process and also combine low weight to with maximum strength.

The front axle features 9Jx21 wheels with 255/30 ZR21 tires whereas the rear axle is mounted with 10.5Jx21 wheels with 295/25 ZR21 tires. In addition, the standard air suspension lowers the ride height by 10mm or 20mm depending on either Sport, comfort or Sport+ modes.

A Brabus Stainless-steel scuff plate with backlit Brabus logo that changes color to match the interior ambient is available as an exclusive specialty interior refinement from Brabus. The cockpit also features aluminium door pins, and pedals.

The Brabus upholstery shop produces custom Brabus fine leather including Alcantara available in a variety of colors, genuine carbon inlays and precious wood which can be tailor-made and finished in different colors and design.

The Brabus 800 can be ordered as a sedan or wagon

Rise and Fall of the Godzilla: Nissan GT-R and its Dimming Popularity

Flashback

In 2001 Nissan showed a concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show, previewing the next GT-R and this was about the same time when the R34 GT-R production was approaching its end. The R34 GT-R production only lasted 4 years, back then GT-Rs were only produced for the local market. With the new concept, Nissan envisioned a model that would be sold across the seas in the USA and Europe.

2001 Nissan GT-R Concept
2001 Nissan GT-R Concept

That concept was refreshed once more in 2005 long after the Skyline GT-R production had ended. The new concept was closer to the production model, with Nissan insisting the production model would be 80% based on this concept.

2005 Nissan GT-R Concept
2005 Nissan GT-R Concept

At the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan lived up to their promise and revealed a production ready Nissan GT-R. They dropped the ‘Skyline’ name and positioned the new GT-R as the flagship model, a supercar, a Japanese supercar, born and bred. The Skyline name would continue to appear on regular Nissan models starting with the V35.

The new Nissan GT-R became the first GT-R to be made available in multiple markets outside of Japan, they included the US, Canada and Europe. Japanese cars were available from December 2007, USA cars from July 2008 and European cars from March 2009. It was quite a big deal, Nissan introduced GT-R service centers in these markets with trained technicians to support new ownership. Like AMG the engines are hand built, in this case by special technicians in Yokohama, they were only four at the beginning and have a special name – Takumi Craftsmens.

2007 Nissan GT-R with mask
2007 Nissan GT-R with mask

In Japan, pre-orders stood at 2,282 after 2 months of official announcement and over 2000 for the then new Skyline Coupe.

The Rise

Immediately after release the GT-R was both a success in the media and sales wise. Key to this success was the pricing strategy that Nissan used at the time. The R34 GT-R was a very affordable model by the time production was brought to an end, and very few markets allowed proper importation of these cars. When the new GT-R was introduced, it brought with it a new definition of ‘JDM sports car’, redefining the JDM tuning culture and most important, introducing a new exotic character to JDM sports cars. Shirō Nakamura who was head creative officer at the time insisted that the GT-R is not a copy of any European sports car, which was very true.

Using USA pricing as reference, the 2008 Nissan GT-R had a start price of $69,850 for the base model. It was praised for being the most affordable supercar at the time, it had supercar performance for a bargain. It was compared to the Porsche 911 Turbo, both cars had six cylinder turbocharged engines producing 480hp at the time. But the Porsche’s price was almost double that of the GT-R, with a MSRP of $130k.

The performance also contributed to its popularity, at this point the internet had clans of GT-R fan boys who helped drive its popularity even higher. And for a good reason, not many cars at the time did 0-100km/h in 3.8s (or less) and a top speed of 313km/h for just $69k. Sorry, let me rephrase that, not many supercars offered this kind of performance for a price of just $69k. YouTube was filled with videos of $200k+ cars getting ‘humiliated’ by this newly introduced Japanese supercar.

Gidi ETS GT-R 3000hp
Gidi ETS GT-R 3000hp

Then came the tuning culture, if there has ever been an opportune moment for tuners of the 21st century, it has been through the Nissan GT-R. Drag strips have never been the same as tuning shops began fielding heavily built GT-Rs. From 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile speed events, the GT-R has proven to be a reliable platform for speed and big power mods. ETS and AMS are some of the most popular GT-R tuning shops, with their GT-Rs featuring power mods of up to 3000hp. We have even done a post on the fastest GT-Rs in the world, the post is now outdated but it should give you a vivid idea.

Fastest Nissan GT-Rs in the World 2017-18

Ingenuity also did play a role in the initial success. See, for most new European sports cars, early feedback is always something like “looks like a corvette”, “looks like a Ferrari and McLaren combined” or “that’s an Audi underneath”. With the GT-R, everything from design to the powertrain was proudly Japanese. And deservedly so, as this was a fate that required an intense sense of belonging, nationalism, pride and deeply rooted traditions.

So, if you wanted a cheap/affordable supercar with the performance of a Ferrari, a Nissan GT-R came to mind. Second hand prices were also very attractive, ranging between $30-40k for the early 2008-2010 models. The first facelift came in 2011, right about the time when sales started dwindling.

The Fall

Pricing of the Nissan GT-R began to change drastically after the first year. Below is a pricing table, with USA pricing as a reference.

Nissan GT-R Price History

Year Start Price
2008 Nissan GT-R $69,850
2009 Nissan GT-R $76,840
2010 Nissan GT-R $80,790
2011 Nissan GT-R $84,060
2012 Nissan GT-R $89,950
2013 Nissan GT-R $96,820
2014 Nissan GT-R $99,590
2015 Nissan GT-R $101,770
2016 Nissan GT-R $101,770
2017 Nissan GT-R $109,990
2018 Nissan GT-R $99,990
2019 Nissan GT-R $99,990
2020 Nissan GT-R $113,540
2021 Nissan GT-R $113,540

Nissan GT-R prices 2008-2021

Now, there are a few obvious reasons as to why the pricing increased over the years. Key among them being car prices around the world have increased too especially among sports cars; likewise, cost of production and cost of living has increased. Nissan have also made several changes to the GT-R over the years, mainly focusing on performance and looks.

But even so, the GT-R was no longer the affordable car it used to be. Second hand prices began to shoot up too. In 2009 the price increased by almost $7,000, that’s quite a hefty price increase for a car that is virtually the same with model year being the only change. By 2015, the price had passed the $100k. The GT-R officially became a $100k car, that’s territory associated with European sports cars. Not even fan boys could explain the reason behind that strategy. To add salt to the injury, the price hit $110k 2 years later. While all this was happening, sales figures were telling a different story – and numbers don’t lie.

Nissan GT-R Sales Numbers

Year Europe USA
2008 1,730
2009 1,987 1,534
2010 1,078 877
2011 889 1,294
2012 738 1,188
2013 480 1,236
2014 503 1,436
2015 486 1,105
2016 618 698
2017 816 578
2018 524 538
2019 389 331
2020 301

Nissan GT-R Sales Numbers USA and Europe 2008-2020

US and EU consumer habits are different, while there is a ready market for a $100k Japanese sports car in the US, there is a hefty competition in Europe for the same price bracket. In that regard, European sales were the first to show signs of weakness over the years followed by the US sales.

At one point in 2018, Nissan did reduce the price to $99k (a moment of panic i suppose) but this had little effect, it was no longer the same $69k car. They increased the price once more after realizing the strategy was fruitless. One can only wonder if the GT-R should have remained the same 480hp sports car from 2008 with only minimal design changes, and maybe the price would still be under $80k. Solo un pensamiento…

Speaking of changes, it’s hard to imagine the Nissan GT-R has been in production for over 10 years, 14 years to be exact. I mean, for a sports car worth $100k plus, the least we expected is a new generation to match rival offerings. I know, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it , pero aún…

Original rivals were the 997 Turbo, 2 generations have come so far and the current 992 Turbo is hardly a rival given how far Porsche has pushed the limits with the 992 model. Or is it?. The sports car industry is ruthless at the moment, with mixed emotions stemming from current electrification vs ICE storm. There are new players born everyday and so many options for consumers willing to spend $100k on a car. The GT-R has had countless facelifts in both standard and Nismo guise, but facelifts come at a cost especially when the competition is steering the market towards a different direction.

Then comes the interior, you have to agree that once a product like a sports car enters the $100k price range, then a lot is required of it. Japanese interiors have never been the nicest in the industry, that’s because they focus on affordable mass produced cars. No problem in that, a $30k crossover like a Rav4 that is reliable till the end of times? The interior is least of our worries when it comes to such cars, reliability is what you want in a daily driver for that price range.

The GT-R interior has never been one to win an award either, but for the initial price it was sold at nobody cared for plastic inside a supercar. In fact, Corvettes have featured similar interiors over the years but the popularity lives on due to the pricing. The only difference is that GM doesn’t increase Corvette pricing by 10 grand every 2 years, the new C8 for example has a lower starting price than some averagely spec’d European hot hatches.

Look, nobody is asking for a Maybach interior in a GT-R, but if consumers are to pay $100k plus for a sports car then we could do with a much nicer interior, there is already too much plastic in the oceans.

So What’s Next?

We expect a new generation of the GT-R in the next 2-3 years, could be more seeing that they just revealed a new facelift for the Nismo as model year 2022. The GT-R has the longest production run of any modern supercar, timing has been unfortunate too. If Nissan is to replace the current generation, they have a lot to consider including electrification to beat tight regulations on emissions. The GT-R has never lacked in the power department, and hybridization would only mean more weight for an already heavy sports car, this and other factors could be the reason Nissan has delayed it’s replacement.

But can the Godzilla get back to its former days of glory? Of course, there is always room for a new affordable supercar. Keyword being affordable, go back to the very basics used in 2008 during introduction. If GM can do it with the Corvette for decades, then Nissan can do it too. If the current pricing strategy is to be used on the successor, then we are looking at a starting price of $120-140k for a base GT-R, that would require some major improvements over the current model for consumers to consider it in large numbers.

One thing remains unchanged, the exterior design of the Nissan GT-R stays true to tradition, unique and genuine. We can only hope that the successor will not fall victim to the bland nature of current design trends.

Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron: Full Electric SUVs Join e-tron Family

These are the new 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron – the first compact electric SUVs from Audi. The two models feature a range of three drive versions with a maximum output of 220kW.

For now, the 50 e-tron is the highest trim in the model range for both the SUV and SUV coupe, with a maximum output of 300hp, a 0-100km/h time of 6.2s and a top speed of 180km/h.

Both Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron share a zero local emission driving and high ranges and they can be charged in 10 minutes to a power sufficient enough to travel 130km. The two compact models consist of two battery variants and three drive variants and can be charged with different outputs using alternate current (AC) and direct current (DC) depending on the battery.

The compact battery can get up to 7.2kW with alternate current charging and up to 100kW when charged using high-power charging with direct current. The larger battery allows up to 11kW with alternate currents and 125kW with high-power charging as standard. An optional heat pump improves the efficiency for longer drives by using the waste heat from high-voltage modules and ambient air to control the climate in the interior.

There is an access to around 210,000 public charging points for Audi e-tron models in European countries, 4,400 of the charging stations are High-power, fast charging points. High-voltage batteries have been fitted between the axles of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron for a balanced distribution of weight and to ensure low center of gravity.

The exterior design of the two compact SUVs feature short-front overhangs, large wheels, flat A pillars, precise lines, optional Matrix LED headlights, daytime running lights, dynamic roofline and a spoiler on the split rear window for the Q4 Sportback e-tron.

A sport suspension that lowers the body by 15mm will be available for all Q4 e-tron versions upon request, eight colors and three trims i.e basic, advanced and S-line will also be available for both models.

The interior length of the models matches that of a full-size compact SUV with no center tunnel and features a large storage compartment, knee-room on the rear passenger seats, luggage compartment, advanced cockpit fitted towards the driver, inlays and accent surfaces for the instrument panel and a new steering wheel flattened at the top and bottom for the first time ( optional). Inlays with innovative technical fabric will be available on request.

A fully digital 10.25 inch display will be available as standard as well as three level infotainment and connectivity with three different modules i.e MM1 as standard, MM1 plus and MM1 Pro will be available on request. A Natural Voice Control with online functions will be available as an option.

The market launch for the two models will be in June 2021, and the base prices in Germany for the Q4 e-tron will be 41,000 Euro and 43,900 Euro for the Sportback.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is Here, 750hp Version Announced Too

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

The new Mercedes EQS is the first all electric full luxury saloon from Mercedes-Benz. The first models to be released on the market will be EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4MATIC. The EQS 450+ model has an output of 328hp and 568nm of torque. EQS580 4MATIC generates 385kW, an equivalent of 516hp and a maximum torque of 855nm. Mercedes-EQ has also announced that a more powerful version will join the range in future, with a total output of 750hp. This should be the AMG version.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Specs

  EQS 450 (RWD) EQS 580 (AWD
Output HP 328hp 516hp
Output Torque 568nm 855nm
0-100km/h 6.2s 4.3s
Top Speed 210km/h 210km/h
DC charging in 15 minutes 300km 280km
Weight 2480 kg 2585 kg

Mercedes is working on producing carbon-neutral cars within the next 20 years as part of their Ambition 2039. The company expects at least half of the cars they sell to feature electric drive systems including full-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by 2030.

The new EQS is the most aerodynamic production car in the world and among the best in terms of quiet running, the vehicle also sets a good value for recuperation whereby it allows deceleration to a standstill without using the brakes. The EQS also features Intelligent energy recovery built with the aid of ECO Assist and functions with a foresight which takes traffic lights, topography among others into account, the driver can set three energy recovery levels via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The EQS models features a range of up to 770km on a single charge. The RWD models are fitted with an electric motor at the rear axle whereas the models with 4MATIC have the electric motors on both axles.

The EQS can be charged with a quicker 200kW option at fast charging stations and charging for up to another 300km takes 15 minutes only. The energy from renewable energy sources is fed into the grid for charging current that is sourced via Mercedes Me Charge which can drive to a charging station, open flaps and plug in. Mercedes me charge networks are available in 31 countries with over 500,000 charging points including over 200,000 in Europe.

Mercedes also offers the EQS with four automatic comfort doors on request and the driver can open the rear doors remotely via MBUX.

The EQS features 350 sensors that monitor and record the functions of the car including distance, speed and acceleration, lighting, temperature and precipitation, seats positions, drivers eyes and passengers speech. Driving sounds determine the acceleration pedal position, precipitation or speed.

Mercedes EQS cockpit

The interior of the vehicle features a 77 inch display screen with high-resolution matrix consisting of 1.3 million individual mirrors. There is a HEPA filter as part of Energizing Air Control that cleans the air inside the car at high filtration level and odours are neutralised using around 600g of activated charcoal. A pre-entry climate control option allows you to clean the air inside before entering the EQS for a drive.

In addition, the Burmester surround system consists of 15 speakers with a maximum output of 710watts. The MBUX hyperscreen on the other hand consists of up to 7 profiles with brightness control. The ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control supports 27 languages and Drive pilot (optional) allows the car to drive up to 60km\h in conditionally automated mode.

McLaren Artura Performance Figures [0-100km/h, ¼ mile, Top Speed]

McLaren has finally revealed the performance numbers of their new hybrid supercar, the Artura.

The McLaren Artura is powered by a 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engine that generates 585hp and 585Nm of torque. This engine is 190mm shorter, 220mm narrower and 50kg lighter in weight compared to McLaren’s 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine. The 120 degree twin-turbocharged M630 unit delivers unmatched performance and ensures compact packaging. A 180-degree angle was considered but dismissed because it raised the centre of gravity as well as the crankshaft.

The wide angle V6 cylinders allows the turbochargers to fit within the banks in a ‘hot vee’ configuration which ensures a less restrictive exhaust layout. The hybrid system is completed by an E-Motor that produces an extra 95hp and 225nm of torque, for a total of 680hp and 810nm of torque when combined with the ICE.

0-100km/h 3.0s
0-200km/h 8.3s
0-300km/h 21.5s
1/4 Mile 10.7s
0-60mph 3.0s
Top Speed 330km/h (205 mph)

A 7.4kWh Five-module Lithium Ion energy dense battery pack provides an electric-only capability and is positioned low down behind the driver. The Artura has an electric range of 30km. This position optimises the centre of gravity, polar moment of inertia and also improves the dynamic agility of the car.

The Hybrid battery is fitted in a cooling manifold together with the new electric heating, air conditioning system and ventilation which are also used to control the air temperatures in the cabin. The batteries of the car are thermally controlled via dielectric oil, a technology used to maintain the E-motor at operating temperatures that delivers high performance.

The batteries take approximately 2.5hrs to charge from 0-80% when charged through EVSE socket and can never truly run out of power even when parked for a long period, the management also ensures that the battery units remain in peak conditions at all times. The battery unit comes with a warranty of years or 75,000km. An integrated power unit(IPU) acts as a DC/DC converter for the 12v system and minimises the weight.

The engine of the Artura powers the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission that is designed for optimised packaging, the length of the gear cluster has been reduced by 40mm.

The driver can adjust the electric motor deployment to prioritise range, power or to shut off the internal combustion engine for a silent drive. Energy harvesting is enabled from the combustion engine and the battery can be charged from low to 80% within minutes under normal driving conditions which ensures that the driver can shift to electric-only mode.

MG Cyberster: UK Car Maker Reveals Full Electric Supercar

MG has officially a new full electric concept car named Cyberster. The car will debut later this month at Shanghai Auto Show and marks MG’s comeback to the sports car scene, taking into consideration the current industry trend of full electric sports cars.

The Cyberster is a two-door, two-seater sports car with high-tech features including 5G connectivity and a gaming cockpit. The styling cues of the car are from the classic MGB Roadster. The EV architecture used on the Cyberster enables approximately 800km of electric range, the acceleration from 0-100km/h takes less than three seconds.

The body of the Cyberster is designed to improve aerodynamic performance, the exterior features MG grille serving as air ducts to ensure airflow to the chassis, classic MG headlight with interactive ‘Magic Eye’ headlights that opens when switched on, ‘laser belt’ LED strip down and LED tail lamps.

The interior features digital fibre design that acquire a driver-centric layout with a separated cockpit between the driver and passenger. There is a large LED instrument cluster with a second central screen, Zero Gravity seats with floating head restraints, red leather door handles and door panels with laser belts connecting to the exterior.

MG has not revealed any output figures of the Cyberstar but judging by the acceleration numbers, it could easily be powered by 2 or 3 electric motors with an output of 800hp+.

First Road Legal Pagani Zonda Revolucion: It’s Happening!

TopCar Design has an impressive Pagani collection that boasts of 6 cars including a Huayra Imola – one of the most expensive new Paganis with a start price of $5.4 million. They have recently acquired a 1 of 5 Pagani Zonda Revolucion, car #4 of 5. This is strictly a track car that Pagani introduced back in 2012 as an updated version of the R, another track only model.

After taking ownership, they approached UK based automotive company Lanzante Limited to perform a road legal conversion on the Zonda Revolucion. Lanzante is famed for converting many track only hypercars to road legal status such as the McLaren F1 GTR, McLaren P1 GTR and more. According to TopCar Design, Lanzante is in the process of studying the car ahead of the actual conversion, a list of changes will be made available in the near future.

After conversion, the Zonda Revolucion will effectively get a road license and run on UK plates. They will showcase it around Europe via events organized by the Supercar Owners Circle. Being an extremely rare car, prices start from around 6 million euros – the value is expected to go up once it receives road legal status.

The Zonda Revolucion is powered by the same 6.0L naturally aspirated V12 found on the R variant, now developing 800hp and 730nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox. Thanks to the use of carbon-titanium monocoque, the Zonda Revolucion only weighs 1,070 kg.

The Marbella based tuning company also has a Zonda HP Barchetta on order, car #3 of 3. This is the most expensive Pagani model to date, it has a start price of $17.6 million and was created to celebrate Horacio’s 60th birthday.

Read: Top 15 Most Expensive Cars in the World 2020/2021

For now, we can’t wait to see the first road legal Zonda Revolucion on our streets!

Here is the full Pagani collection owned by TopCar Design:
1. Pagani Zonda Unica – 1 of 1 Roadster (Chassis 135)
2. Pagani Zonda Cinque #3 of 5 (Orange)
3. Pagani Huayra BC Roadster 1 of 40
4. Pagani Zonda Revolucion #4 of 5
5. Pagani Huayra Imola #1 of 5
6. Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta #3 of 3 (chassis 137)

A total of 140 Zondas have been made to date.

Kia EV6 GT: Full Electric Crossover Coupe Revealed with 576hp

Kia has entered the BEV world with a new crossover coupe named the EV6 GT. This is the first full EV by Kia built on the company’s new platform that is solely dedicated to BEVs.

Top of the range and most interesting to us is the AWD GT version powered by two 430kW motors. The output is rated at 576hp and 740nm of torque, allowing for a 0-100km/h time of 3.5s. Top speed is capped at 260km/h in this high performance model. It even comes with an electronic-Limited Slip Differential software for drivers to master ride control and handling under different settings.

Kia also offers entry EV6 models including a GT-Line, with a choice of long range or standard battery packs. The EV6 GT is only available with a long-range (77.4 kWh) battery pack, while entry models can be optioned with a standard-range (58.0 kWh) or the long range battery pack. The regular EV6 can be ordered as AWD or RWD. When paired with the long range battery pack the RWD version has a electric range of 510km.

The 77.4 kWh RWD version is powered by a single electric motor rated at 229hp and an electric range of 510km, while the 77.4 kWh AWD has 2 electric motors powering each axle and rated at 325hp/605nm. 0-100km/h in this AWD version is 5.2s.

The 58.0 kWh AWD EV6 is powered by 2 electric motors rated at 235hp and 605nm torque, 0-100km/h is achieved in 6.2s. On the 58.0 kWh RWD EV6, the single electric motor powering the rear axle is rated at 167hp.

Kia offers both 800V and 400V charging options without the need for additional hardware. The faster 800V option can charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes and 0 to 100km range in under 4.5s – this is when pairing the RWD with the 77.4-kWh battery option. The EV6 also utilizes Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) which enables vehicle-to-load (V2L) or the ability to discharge energy from the vehicle. This means one can power appliances using the EV6 while on a camping trip for example.

The new V2L function can discharge up to 3.6kW of power, which is then used to power electrical appliances including TVs, water heating, lighting and camping equipment. Even with 35% charge left, one can still tow up to 1600kg.

The EV6 also benefits from Kia’s energy harvesting methods including a heat pump that collects heat from the cooling system. This enables the car to operate in extreme cold weather (such as minus 7 degrees) with the same efficiency of a 25 degrees situation. A smart regenerative braking system is also used to harvest kinetic energy when braking, this can be done using paddle shifters or automatically through the system’s auto mode.

The EV6 comes with key driver assistance systems (ADAS) including Safe Exit Assist (SEA) which warns the passenger of any incoming car from behind before they exit the EV6; Lane Following Assist (LFA) that helps keep the EV6 in its lane and the Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) which is an advanced cruise control system.

Glickenhaus Reveals $2.4 Million 007S Hypercar: Nurburgring Under 6 Mins

SCG 007S

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has just revealed a road legal version of their SCG 007 Le Mans Hypercar, it’s called the 007S with ‘S’ denoting street. In July 2018, SCG became the first team to register interest for the new LMH class (Le Mans Hypercar) with the 007 race car, they plan to race in 2021 alongside Toyota’s GR010 Hybrid. Peugeot and Ferrari will join the LMH category in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

The new SCG 007S will bring the same race technology used on the Le Mans car to the streets, as a result it has a predicted Ring time of under 6 minutes. It will be fully legal in the US as well as SVA/TUV approved for markets in Europe and the Middle East.

It features a 3-seat configuration with a center-mounted driver’s seat and weighs only 2,800 lbs including fluids and fuel. Exact powertrain details have not been revealed yet but the output is confirmed to be 1,400hp. The race version uses a 3.5L V8 twin-turbo engine made by Pipo Moteurs from France, output here is capped at 670hp as per the new Le Mans Hypercar rules.

Glickenhaus insists that the street version will have A/C that “will work in bumper to bumper traffic and on the Long Island Expressway on a 100 degree day”. Their motto has always been “If it can’t race the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s not that hyper.” Details on the number of units have not been revealed but each SCG 007S will have a starting price of $2.3-$2.4 million depending on the market.