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2022 BMW XM Specs and Pricing – Most Powerful SUV in the World

BMW M GmbH presented the new BMW Concept XM at the Art Basel 2021 Miami Beach Show in Munich. The new BMW Concept XM looks forward to being the most powerful BMW M car to go into series production and also shines the spotlight on stand out aspects of the M brand. Meet the latest Super SUV from BMW.

The new concept model will be built at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA from the end of 2022. It will be the first standalone vehicle from BMW M since BMW M1 and will be available in plug-in hybrid form only and exclusively as an M model.

BMW XM Specs and Pricing

Powertrain V8 Twin-Turbo Hybrid (V8 engine + electric motor)
Output HP 750 nm
Output Torque 1,000 nm
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 177mph est. (284km/h)
Price $150,000 est.

A new M Hybrid drive system installed in the XM combines a V8 engine and a high-performance electric motor to generate a maximum output of 750 hp and 1000 Nm of peak torque. The vehicle also features an all-electric range of up to 80km.

The front end of the new XM concept features a new progressive design for BMW’s luxury class model which will be seen for the first time in 2022 as part of the BMW model offensive in the luxury segment. The headlights have been split into two separate modules, the horizontal grille has been fitted between the headlights and tapers and the black kidney grille elements are enclosed within a surround that appears to be floating within a High-gloss Black surface.

The front end also features M-style double bars within the grille, unique contour lighting that ensures the kidneys and the daytime driving lights are recognizable in the dark as well and new XM logo on the kidney grille and on the large air intakes.

Additionally, the color of the roof contrasts with the black finish of the A-pillars, the windscreen has a heavier rake for injecting modern dynamism into the front end, Slim LED searchlights have been fitted on the roof above the A-pillars, the sculpted bonnet extend to the kidney grilles in the form of two domes and a pair of air intakes fitted in the bonnet mimics the appearance of the LED searchlights on the roof.

Furthermore, the clean-cut black surfaces of the front apron frame the statuesque body at its lower edge whereas the triangular blades on the outer edges accentuate the vertical air intakes while emphasizing on the sporty stance of the vehicle.

The new concept model has been finished in a two-tone paint finish, the upper section is in matt-gold bronze while the lower section is finished in Space Grey metallic. The two exterior colors have been separated by a high-gloss Black line known as ‘Black Belt’.

The rear exterior of the vehicle features L shaped rear lights extended into the car’s flanks, black cladding above the wheels and on the side skirts gives the body an elevated appearance and the elongated body has been mounted on 23 inch light-alloy wheels. The rear apron also features a dual-branch, twin-tailpipe exhaust system for reducing the backpressure of the engine and generating an M-typical soundtrack.

The interior design features powerful geometry and high quality materials on the instrument panel, door trim, centre console and on the seats. The cabin consists of brown vintage-look leather, copper and carbon fibre elements to create a bridge between luxury and motor sport.

The spacious and luxurious M Lounge features black tinted rear side windows for maximum privacy, large rear seat bench with deep seat recess and while the cockpit is dominated by brown leather, the rear is finished in a rich Petrol color shade. The lower section of the seats offer high comfort and an exclusive couch with luxurious velvet upholstery and diamond quilting.

The new BMW Curved display with M-specific user interface is based on the latest generation of BMW iDrive system. The user interface is showcased in three familiar M colors and provides the perfect stage for showing off the bespoke design of the vehicle.

Once more, the new BMW XM will be the first electrified high-performance model in the BMW M portfolio and will be available as an M hybrid only.

Live Photos: New Range Rover, Cayman GT4 RS, 2023 Corvette Z06 and More

These are live images from the LA Auto Show 2021 which is currently underway. We now get to see how the latest batch of car debuts looks in real life.

New 2022 Range Rover Photos

Leading pack is the all new 5th generation Range Rover. The new Range Rover once again defines modern luxury and provides more refinements and personalisation than ever before. It comes with a suite of efficient mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It is available in a choice of four, five or seven seats across Standard and Long Wheelbase body designs.

Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Photos

The new king of compact supercars, the first ever RS model in the Cayman family. This is the new Cayman GT4 RS and it comes with a 992 GT3 engine in mid-engine layout. 500hp and 450nm of torque sent to the rear wheels exclusively by a PDK gearbox. Bonus photos of the new Taycan GTS and Taycan GTS Sport Turismo. Yes, the Taycan now has a Sport Turismo model joining the sedan and Cross Turismo variants.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Specs and Pricing

Engine 4.0L Flat 6, Naturally Aspirated
Output 500hp, 450nm torque
Gearbox 7-Speed PDK ONLY
0-100km/h 3.4s
Top Speed 315km/h
Price in USA $141,700 (USD)
Price in Germany €141,338 (Euros)
Price in UK £ 108,370 (GBP)
Price in Canada $166,000 (CAD)

2023 Corvette Z06 Photos

The all American supercar for the masses with a price that rivals anything that wears the supercar title out there. This is the 2023 Corvette Z06 and it has the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever put in a production car.

2023 Corvette Z06 Specs and Price

Engine 5.5L LT6 V8, Naturally Aspirated, Flat Plane Crankshaft
Output: 670hp and 623nm torque
Redline 8,600rpm
Gearbox 8-speed DCT
Oil System Dry Sump
Price from $97,000

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

This is the new Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 and it’s flagship Silverado model, Chevy’s latest addition to the off-road, factory-installed lifted trucks. It’s big, has a big V8 and will only be sold in America. It’s main competitor is the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 Raptor which stepped away from a V8 powertrain to a V6 eco-boost engine (although a supercharged V8 will make a comeback in the upcoming Raptor R to rival Ram’s supercharged TRX).

Below are additional photos live from the LA Auto Show 2021. Anyone knows what is happening with those two Defenders?

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2: Yes, V8 Pickups are Still a Thing in America

Normally we don’t report on pickup trucks, but given the current situation with V8s we thought the new Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 deserves to be on here. This is new flagship Silverado model, Chevy’s latest addition to the off-road, factory-installed lifted trucks. It’s big, has a big V8 and will only be sold in America. It’s main competitor is the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 Raptor which stepped away from a V8 powertrain to a V6 eco-boost engine (although a supercharged V8 will make a comeback in the upcoming Raptor R to rival Ram’s supercharged TRX).

The new Silverado ZR2 features an elevated exterior design and an interior equipped with improved technology. The interior consists of a standard 13.4 inch touchscreen and a Super Cruise hands-free driver-assistance technology system.

The suspension upgrades, the improved off-road technology and the exterior enhancements of the ZR2 were designed and developed to optimize off-road performance and capabilities while balancing the driving comfort, supporting the payload and trailering capability to other off-road trims. The maximum payload of the ZR2 is 1,440 Pounds and the conventional trailer weight rating is 8,900 Pounds.

The ZR2 is powered by a 6.2 L V8 engine delivering a maximum output of 480hp and 460 lb-ft of torque joined with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The bumper of the vehicle has been designed with removable end caps for easier replacement and the dual exhaust has been fitted before the rear bumper to eliminate any potential damage.

The exterior of the model features new front fascia and grille design that lowers the headlamps to emphasize the strength and stability of the vehicle. The exterior also features a new industry-first power up/down tailgate, six-position multi-flex tailgate, 12 standard tie-downs more than any competitor, new black hood insert, ZR2 badges and unique 18 inch wheels.

The exterior colors are offered with the improved 2022 Dark Ash, Sand Dune and a vibrant blue named Glacier Blue Metallic.

The interior features a 13.4 diagonal horizontal touch screen, 12.3 inch diagonal digital instrument cluster and a centre console with electronic shift controllers in models with bucket seats. The interior is offered with two colors choices i.e Jet Black or Nightshift Blue.

In addition the centre console, the upper glove box and the doors have been finished with authentic open-pore wood trim.

Porsche Mission R: The Future of Porsche GT Cars, Electric with 1000hp+

Porsche Mission R specs

The new Porsche Mission R is the latest all-electric vehicle from Porsche AG. This time however, it comes in form of a GT racing car, effectively previewing the future of Porsche GT racing but also hinting at what the future Porsche GT road cars will utilize as a powertrain. The model features add-ons parts made of natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP) which creates 85% less CO2 compared to carbon fibre. The natural fibre material has been used on the front splitter, the side skirts and on the diffuser.

The Mission R has two electric motors at the front and rear, altogether producing 1088hp in Qualifying Mode and 680hp in race mode. 0-100 km/h is achieved in just 2.5s while the top speed is limited to 300km/h. Lap times are at per with those of a GT3 Cup car. The 900v battery can be charged from 5-80% in just 15 minutes thanks to Porsche Turbo Charging.

The electric racing car features a new roll-over protection concept; a cage structure made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to protect the driver incase of an accident. The carbon cage has been fitted on the roof and its visible from outside through the transparent segments.

The exterior features natural fibre reinforced plastic on the doors, front and rear wings, sill/side panels and on the rear center section of the vehicle. The natural fibres are based on agriculturally produced flax fibres, they are light as carbon fibre and deliver stiffness with a low weight of less than 10%.

The carbon cage was named ‘Exoskeleton’ by the engineers who designed it, the cage combines high protection potential for the driver with low weight and features some transparent surfaces as well as a removable escape hatch for the driver based on FIA requirements for racing vehicles.

The vehicle has been equipped with advanced Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) which can adapt to its characteristics optimally to what the driver is doing on the track and a Drag Reduction System (DRS) consisting of three louvres in the air intakes on each side and an adjustable two-section spoiler.

The Mission R has been fitted with 18 inch magnessium Cup centre lock wheels , the wheels are flow-optimised and consists of smooth carbon aeroblades and milled five twin spokes. The wheels have been moiunted on Michelin tyres measuring 30/68 on the front axle and 31/71 on the rear axle.

The model features a brake-by-wire braking system with a control unit to control the interaction between the hydraulic and the electric brakes known as brake blending. With a high output of 800kW, the brakes are subjected to a lower load and could be reduced in size.

Additionally, the vehicle is started with a battery status of 85% (SoC) and recuperation is possible which means more than 50% of the energy can be re-used depending on the race track.The model also features an Electric Power Steering (EPS).

2022 Subaru WRX GT Revealed with Improved Interior, 6 Speed Manual

This is the new 5th generation 2022 Subaru WRX, now built on the Subaru Global Platform. Output has been increased to 271hp and 350nm of torque from the new FA24 turbo 4 engine.

These are mainly US specs, JDM cars could adopt the CB engine used on the new Levorg…maybe as a CB20. They could also use the FA20F which already produces 295hp in the previous WRX S4 VAG that was exclusively sold in Japan.

There is a new GT trim with 6 speed manual or a “Subaru Performance Transmission” automatic…basically a fancier CVT. The CVT is now 30% quicker on upshifts and 50% quicker on downshifts, comes with a rev match feature and variable torque distribution. The CVT also gets an electronic parking brake.

Overall length is now 4668 mm (amazingly still shorter than the Levorg) and 1826 mm wide. Previous WRX VA was 4635mm (length) x 1795mm (width). New WRX is wider thanks to new bigger fenders made of aluminum at the front. All fenders now have the same flares with a garnish finish like the Outback, a trend that is very popular with Japanese SUVs.

Jump inside and you are greeted by a massive 11.6” screen just like in the Outback/Legacy. Recaro seats have a new design that is completely different from the VA generation, driver seat has 8-way power adjustments. Suspension retains struts at the front and double wishbone at the rear.

Drivers will have Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes all controlled by electronic dampers. New Drive Mode Select has over 430 settings to use on the steering feel, damper settings, SI-Drive settings etc. The rest are the usual safety tricks…eyesight, pre-collision detection, cruise control etc. An 11-Speaker Harman Kardon sound system makes its way back into the new WRX.

17 or 18 inch wheels are available depending on the trim. Again these are US specs and we could see entirely different specs on the JDM cars which tend to come with more options to please the home market.

Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition Revealed: 300 Units Worldwide

To celebrate its role in 25th James Bond film, Land Rover SV released the new Defender V8 Bond Edition based on the ‘No Time To Die’ film.

The interior features an illuminated ‘Defender 007’ tread plate and a start-up animation for the inherent Pivi pro infotainment system which is specially designed for the Defender V8 Bond Edition. The touch screen display honours the long partnership between Land Rover and the James Bond’s franchise.

Customers will be presented with the opportunity to spot the ‘007’ puddle lamp graphics at night.

The Defender V8 Bond edition is limited to only 300 units world wide, the interior further features ‘one of 300’ detailing and the SV Bespoke logo. 15 Bond V8 edition vehicles will be sent to the UK, 5 units will be the Defender 90 and 10 units of Defender 110 body styles. Each vehicle will be authorized by experts at the SV Bespoke in the UK.

The James Bond ‘No Time To Die’ film will feature the new Defender model alongside two Range Rover SVRs, Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series lll. The film is expected to premiere in cinemas worldwide from September 30th 2021.

The Defender V8 Bond Edition is powered by a 5.0 L V8 supercharged petrol engine. The engine delivers a maximum output power of 525hp and 625 Nm of torque and has been equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration from 0-60mph is achieved in 4.9 seconds at a top speed of 149mph.

The new model provides new levels of performance as well as driver engagement by combining the V8 with the enhanced suspension and transmission to create a fast and dynamic Defender.

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 Revealed in California

Lamborghini’s modern Countach has been officially revealed. The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 was revealed at Monterey Car Week in California today. It’s not just a concept either, 112 copies will make it into collections worldwide, a number decided by Lamborghini’s original model designation for the Countach; LP112.

The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s famous wedge. It uses the powertrain from the Lamborghini Sian, combining Lamborghini’s 6.5 litre V12 with a hybrid drive system.

Power is rated at 814 hp, with 780 hp arriving through the combustion engine, supplemented by 34 hp through the electric motor. 0-100 km/h happens in just 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 355 km/h.

As you would expect, the design is reminiscent of the Countach. The front has been squared with a long, low rectangular grille and headlights. A design line runs from front to rear with a massive side air vent. The roof incorporates a channel running the length of the roof, a nod to the early Countach ‘periscopa’ rear-view mirror.

The rear incorporates two deep air outlets and a quad exhaust setup, styled on the original Countach setup. The cockpit is minimalist yet with modern Lamborghini touches, including a digital dashboard and central touchscreen.

The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is currently on display at The Quail. Deliveries will start from the first quarter of 2022.

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.

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.

2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black Announced with Fresh Updates

Jaguar has brought some minor updates to the F-Type range, this is the new Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black. These exclusive additions are developed from the 300PS four-cylinder and 450PS V8 R-Dynamic coupe and convertible models, they offer an improved and enhanced specification both in and out.

The ‘Style 5039’ 20 inch five split-spoke wheels finished in gloss black finish are only available to this model range. The wheels are also available in Santorini Black, Eiger Grey and Firenze Red metallic paints.

The 300PS powertrain unit is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 Litre Ingenium four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 155mph, maximum torque from 1,500rpm and the acceleration from 0-100km\h is achieved in 5.4 seconds. Exclusively in rear wheel drive.

The 450PS powertrain variant is powered by a 5.0 Litre V8 engine with an output of 450hp and 580Nm maximum torque generated from 2,500rpm. Top speed here is 177mph while the acceleration from 0-100km\h is achieved in 4.4 seconds. This variant features an electronic active rear differential that improves the traction and is available with a choice of all-wheel-drive with intelligent Driveline Dynamics or rear wheel drive for purists.

The 300PS and 450PS powertrain units are also available in other F-Type models. The F-Type R model is available and more suitable in all types of road and weather, its supercharged V8 engine generates 575hp and 700Nm of torque. The top speed is electronically-limited to 186mph while the acceleration from 0-100km\h is completed in 3.5 seconds.

The interior features a driver-focused ‘1+1’ cabin with luxurious materials including slimline performance seats trimmed in Windsor leather available in Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching; and Mars with Flame Red stitching and repeated monogram stitchings on the door trim. The performance seats can be adjusted in 12 different ways.

The same monogram design has been used on the reconfigurable 12.3 inch driver display to decorate the suedecloth wrap. Other refinements include aluminium gearshift paddles finished in satin, Ebony suede cloth headliners and illuminated tread plates.

The engines of the new F-Type R-Dynamic Black models are coordinated to an eight-speed quickshift transmission that features a full manual control using either SportShift gear selector or gearshift paddles.

The F-Type R and 450PS models are fitted with Adaptive Dynamic systems with configurable dynamics as standard. Adaptive Dynamic systems optimises low speed comfort and high speed control through electronically controlled continuously-variable dampers while the configurable dynamics allow the driver to control the settings for suspension stiffness, throttle response, steering weight and gear shifts. All 300PS four-cylinder F-Types use tuned monotube dampers to improve the handling of the car.

The V8 F-Types feature a silent start function where the electrically actuated bypass valves located at the rear silencer remain closed until automatically opened under load but the driver can also select Dynamic Mode or switch the exhaust by pressing a button before starting the engine.

The new Jaguar F-Type models are available for order and are priced from 64,455 pounds in the UK. The regular F-Type range is priced from 54,925 pounds.

2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo: the ‘Millionth Facelift’ is Here

Nissan has unveiled a new facelift for the Nissan GT-R NISMO scheduled to launch in Japan in October together with another Special Edition version. The Nissan GT-R was introduced in 2007 and has the longest production run of any supercar, the first Nismo version was introduced in 2013, followed by another update in 2019 – the 2022 version builds on the success of the previous two models.

The Special Edition model features an exclusive NISMO clear coated carbon fiber hood that is 100grams lighter compared to standard painted hood and 20-inch exclusive edition Rays aluminium forged wheels with red accents that match the body accents. Both models will be offered in the new Nismo-exclusive Nismo Stealth Grey body color inspired by track tarmacs that GT-Rs have competed on.

The 2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo is powered by a VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 engine with turbochargers from the GT3 race car and an output of 600hp. The special edition built-to-order Nismo uses high precision, weight balanced parts for the car including piston rings, connecting rods, flywheel, crankshaft, crank pulley and valve springs joined with tight tolerance for quick revs and quicker turbo spooling.

Each engine of the Nismo is specially handcrafted by its own Takumi technician, the Takumi certification plate on the engine is also offered in an exclusive color. A miniature Nissan GT-R toy car will be available in the ‘Tomica Happy set’ (a meal set for children) as a result of the collaboration of Nissan and MacDonald in Japan. Nissan and MacDonald held a joint event at Nissan’s HQ in Yokohama to promote the collaboration. Happy set will only be available from April 16th for a limited time.

The exterior of the Nismo features large Brembo calipers and the largest carbon ceramic rotors ever fitted on a Japanese performance car at 410mm in the front and 390mm on the rear. The car remains as Nissan’s ultimate performance car with proven technology and enhanced driving experience.

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.

Pagani Huayra R: Track Only Hypercar with $3.1 Million Price Tag Revealed

Meet the new Pagani Huayra R, a track only hypercar based on the road legal Huayra model and limited to just 30 units. With fewer regulations to meet, the engine is now naturally aspirated just like the Zonda R. Each unit will cost interested buyers $3.1 million excluding taxes.

The new Huayra R comes 12 years after the reveal of the Zonda R back at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. A year before this, Pagani was already working on the Huayra road car and it was the desire for freedom that brought about the Zonda R. As the Huayra life cycle comes to and end, Horacio and his team have decided to repeat the same feat – desire for freedom through the new Huayra R.

This will be a track only hypercar and the most extreme Pagani model to date. We expect to see a few road legal conversions, similar to what select owners of the F1 GTR, Senna GTR, P1 GTR and FXX K did to their cars.

Pagani wanted to bring back F1 sounds of the 80s through the new Huayra R, they teamed up with engine specialists HWA AG to create a 6.0L naturally aspirated V12 solely for this new model. The regular Huayra has a 6.0L V12 Biturbo from AMG that sounds completely different from the naturally aspirated unit. This new ‘V12-R’ produces 850hp at 8250rpm and a maximum torque of 750nm between 5500 to 8300 rpm. This power is then transferred to the rear wheels via a new 6-speed sequential gearbox. The engine weighs only 198kg and can rev up to 9,000rpm. Service will be required after every 10,000km.

The exhaust system is made of Inconel just like F1 cars, and can be fitted with mufflers to meet sound regulations at racing tracks. The weight has been reduced to the bare minimum, tipping the scale at just 1,050kg. The monocoque is made of both Carbo-Titanium and Carbo-Triax materials.

The suspension features independent double wishbone made of forged aluminum alloy with helical springs and electronically controlled shock absorbers. It rides on 19 inch wheels all round made of APP forged monolithic aluminum alloy. These wheels are then matched to Pirelli P Zero slick tires.

Rivals include the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12, Aston Martin Valkyrie Pro and the Gordon Murray T.50s – all track only hypercars.

The V8 is Here: 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 V8 & 110 V8 Launched!

A new Defender V8 has joined the family. The familiar 5.0L V8 supercharged petrol engine with an output of 525hp and 625Nm of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 5.2 seconds and the top speed is set at 240km/h. The Defender V8 is available in both 90 and 110 body designs.

There is also a new XS Edition with a brand new exterior design and an optional larger 11.4 inch Pivi Pro touchscreen. In addition, a new Carpathian Edition has been revealed, the design, performance and capability is based on the V8 Defender while the XS Edition replaces the First Edition and combines bespoke designs and enhancements.

The car has expanded its customization by introducing exterior packs namely the The Bright Pack, Extended Bright Pack and Extended Black Pack to enhance the Defender’s profile, wireless charging with signal booster is set as standard.

The new Dynamic Program is available exclusively for the Defender V8 and offers improved off-road capabilities as well as handling balance on tarmac and loose surfaces. The new Defender V8 features a larger diameter and anti-roll bars for sharp cornering and increased grip.

Unique exterior enhancements include bespoke badging, quad exhaust system with well defined tailpipes, 22inch alloy wheels in Satin Dark Grey and Xenon Blue brake calipers with 20 inch brake discs. The exhaust system soundtrack can be improved by selecting the Dynamic program in the terrain response system.

The exterior benefits from Land Rover’s signature recyclable satin protective film which protects the car from scratches and off-road stone chips. Clients can choose between three colors i.e Carpathian Grey, Yulong White and Santorini Black. Carpathian Grey and Yulong white with Narvic Black roof is also available. The interior of the Carpathian Edition features the same upgrades as the Defender V8, seats in Miko Suedecloth with Robustec accents, Alcantara wrapped steering wheel and illuminated tread plates.

The XS Edition is available in P400 Petrol, P400e (PHEV) and D250 (MHEV) diesel. Interior of the XS Edition features heated and electric memory seats in grained leather. Exterior colors available are Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver, Gondwana Stone and Santorini Black.

Prices of the new Defender V8 start at 98,505 pounds for the 90, and 102,250 pounds OTR for the 110 in the UK. USA pricing starts at $100k for the 90 V8 and $107k for the 110 V8.

VW Golf 8 GTI Clubsport 45: 300hp Model Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Volkswagen celebrated it’s 45th birthday by launching an exclusive Golf GTI Clubsport 45 model which is based on 300hp Clubsport version that recently had it’s market launch in Europe.

Golf GTI Clubsport 45 features a 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox , has an output of 300hp, 400Nm of torque and an acceleration from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds – same with the standard Golf GTI Clubsport where the transmission delivers shorter gear ratios compared to the Standard GTI. Exterior body improvements include larger air intakes, black open roof spoiler and separate exhaust system. The first Clubsport GTI could achieve 265hp on normal mode and 290hp on boost function.

A standard exclusive Race package is also available for the GTI 45 clubsport and it includes 19 inch Scottsdale alloy wheels, sport exhaust system with Vmax limiter removal (otherwise speed is limited to 250km/h) and IQ LED Matrix headlights.

The interior showcases GTI Insignia, GTI lettering on the backrest of the front premium sports seats and a ‘45’ lettering on the sport steering wheel at center spoke.

Presale of the car will start next week. Base price in Germany is 47,790 Euros.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Revealed – A V8 is Officially Coming Next Year

The 3rd generation Ford F-150 Raptor is here, offered with an improved V6 twin-turbo from the previous generation. A V8 trim known as Raptor R will be launched later in the year as Ford’s answer to Ram’s 1500 TRX hemi powered pickup.

The new F-150 Raptor has been re-designed with an all new running gear and five-link rear suspension specifically made for the Raptor to deliver more power over rough roads at high speed. The five-link rear suspension features a panhard rod, extra-long trailing arms that maintain axle position on rough roads and 24 inch coil springs (longest in class). The suspension design means the car can put more torque on the rear wheels for quicker, faster acceleration and better throttle response while still maintaining stability, handling and control.

The Raptor F-150 is powered by a high-output 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine that delivers better low-end torque and enables maximum towing and payload capability for over 500 miles. The horsepower and torque figures have not been officially announced but are expected to exceed 450hp and 510Nm.

Next generation FOX Live Valve internal bypass shocks with electronic control technology offers position-sensitive damping adjustability for the giant whoops and landings. Raptor’s largest shocks are designed to resist heat buildup and react fast to terrain changes. The 3.1 inch
diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies are filled with low-friction shock fluid to reduce frictional losses inside the damper for better on and off-road comfort.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor jump

The upgraded electronically controlled base valves allow an upward of 1,000 pounds of damping per corner at desert speed, change damping is rated independently 500 times per second at each corner.

The Raptor is available with either 35 inch or 37 inch factory fitted wheels for the first time ever. The terrain management system features selectable drive modes including slippery, tow,sport, normal, offroad, rock-crawl and Baja. A new three-inch equal-length exhaust system features a patent-pending built-in X-pipe that takes advantage of true pass-through muffler design that improves the sound quality. The sounds from the exhaust can also be configured to quiet, sport, Baja and normal.

The upgraded Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission is bolted to an innovative torque-on-demand transfer case, standard electronic locking gear differentials and Torsen front limited-slip differentials fitted with 4:10 final drive ratios. Maximum payloads are increased by 200 pounds to 1,400 pounds while maximum towing also increases by 200 pounds to 8,200 pounds.

The new interior features enhanced materials and unique designs including a new steering wheel with a laser-etched logo,top centering mark and aluminum paddle shifters. In addition to that, buyers will get Ricaro bucket seats with large bolsters, ropes and high-lift jacks to help in repairs and standard aluminium or carbon fiber interior packages trim on the doors.

The exterior features a power dome hood with blacked-out grille and headlights stretching from fender to fender. The hood has a heat extractor and side vents on the edge of the fender all inspired by the intakes of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. The rear has the same concept with blacked-out tail lights and tailgate applique allowing visual from fender to fender width.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will be available in showrooms this summer, Raptor R (V8) is expected to be released next year.

McLaren Sabre: New Hypercar Revealed for US Market Only

McLaren Special Operations has just revealed a new bespoke commission (BC-03) hypercar named the Sabre. The vehicle has been exclusively designed and approved for the US market only and will be limited to 15 units.

The new McLaren Sabre uses a heavily modified 4.0L V8 twin-turbo from the Senna developing 830hp and 800nm of torque, altogether for a top speed of 218mph. This makes it the most powerful non-hybrid McLaren V8 model. From a visual approach, the Sabre appears to have Senna and Speedtail design cues.

Each of the 15 units will be designed and specialized according to the new owner’s taste. The owners were included in the development process and allowed to do a test drive a couple of times while being monitored before giving back their feedback.

McLaren hasn’t shared the spec price information yet.

Lamborghini SC20: Lucky Customer Gets One-Off Aventador Speedster

This is the new Lamborghini SC20 by Squadra Corse, a distinctive open-top track car approved for road use and created for one lucky client. The goal was to build a vehicle extreme in its design and performance. An Aventador speedster of sorts, this one off creation is Inspired by the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S.

The car has the familiar 6.5L V12 engine that produces 770hp at 8,500rpm and develops 720Nm of torque at 6,750rpm that is managed through an optimized seven-speed independent shifting rod (ISR) gearbox.

The SC20 exterior features a carbon fiber body that ensures ideal airflow for both performance and cockpit’s occupants besides providing comfortable open-air driving even at high speeds. The rear carbon fiber wing can be set in three different positions: low, medium and High load.

The interior has carbon fiber on the dashboard, rear wall, door panels and center console. Seats are Alcantara and leather with carbon fiber on the shells of the seats. The front splitters and hood air intakes are an inspiration from the Huracan GT3 EVO.

Lamborghini SC20 rear lights

Its tires are Pirelli Pzerio corsa mounted on single -nut aluminum wheels, 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the back.

Performance numbers and the price have not been mentioned. Given it’s a one off, we would not be surprised if the price matches that of similar Speedsters like the Monza SP2 – $1.6 million range or more!