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So the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is here – hallelujah! This is the hard-top model Miata loyalists have been wanting for four generations now. The RF, or Retractable Fastback, combines the closed-roof quietness and all-year functionality mixed directly with an open-air driving experience on warmer days. But how did Mazda squeeze a folding hard-top into the impossibly small Miata?
The answer: very smartly. In fact, the mechanical bits and electric motors that operate the top, along with the actual aluminum top section and rear glass, all fold neatly into the space already reserved for the conventional soft top. That’s impressive.
What’s more, the Miata RF only compromises 0.1 cubic feet of trunk space over the soft-top model. And no, your luggage runs zero risk of getting smashed by the retracting mechanicals. The trunk is completely separate from the top’s storage compartment. Of course, don’t expect to haul home a bulk purchase of mega-roll toilet paper; the trunk only has 4.6 cubic feet of space.
Operating the top only takes about 13 seconds. A dash-mounted toggle switch does the deed. The car just has to be rolling below six mph. Want to see it in action? Keep reading for the full step-by-step process.
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Dodge drove us crazy and practically milked the debut of the Dodge Challenger Demon to death through a long series of teaser videos that spanned across the first three months of the year. Then, the day of reckoning was upon us, and the fastest production muscle car ever was finally revealed. Packing a 6.2-liter V-8 with a 2.7-liter supercharger that makes 14.5 psi of boost, a factory transmission brake, a stripped down interior, and a thirst for high-octane fuel, the Demon promises to be the Dodge that we’ll be talking about through the turn of the decade. Hell, it can hit 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and 100 mph in 5.1 seconds. A quarter mile comes in at 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – not bad for a car that weighs 4,200 pounds, right? After all, it can beat a $1.4 million Ferrari. But, it does raise one serious questions: Just how much will pure evil cost you?
There’s no official word as of yet, but Road & Track caught up with Dodge boss, Tim Kuniskis, at the New York Auto Show and got him to give us a little hint. Again, it isn’t much to go by, but according to Kuniskis, it will be priced above the Hellcat (obviously) but “it’s gonna be well below six figures.” That’s a pretty big deal considering many were expecting a price tag somewhere around $100,000.
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a proverbial rock for the last few weeks, you’re most likely familiar with the specs for the newly released Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Just in case, here’s a quick refresher – 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 running on 100-octane race fuel. 0-to-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat. 9.65 seconds at 140 mph in the quarter mile. 3-foot wheelies off the line. Dodge is quite clear on the matter – the Demon was built to do one job very, very well – traverse the quarter-mile run as quickly as possible while maintaining some semblance of street legality. At this point, it’s obvious this beast-mobile is quick, but there’s one tidbit of info Dodge has conveniently left out of the conversation thus far – how fast is it? To find out, we pulled out our calculator and did a little thought experiment.
Speculating on the top speed of a car like the Demon is actually a pretty complicated proposition, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy answer, here it is – 168 mph. That’s the maximum-rated velocity for the Demon’s Nitto NT05R drag radials, which means that’s pretty much the car’s top speed if you don’t swap out the rubber.
But let’s presume you did change the tires – given ideal conditions and a long enough track, how fast could the really Demon go? Read on to find out.
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After a 42-year hiatus, Ford brought the GT350 nameplate back into play for the fifth-gen, 2011 Ford Mustang. There was no telling if the nameplate would carry on to the sixth-gen model, but sure enough, Ford delivered. With an updated Mustang rolling into dealers for 2018, it was uncertain whether or not the GT350 nameplate would carry on through the remaining life of this generation or not but, as it turns out, Ford knows better. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R will continue on through the 2018 model year, but there’s a catch. Despite the fact that the Mustang was facelifted for the 2018 model year, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R will carry on unchanged from the 2017 model year, so purchasers of this iconic nameplate will have to get by with pre-2018 styling cues.
As a rather small, but fair consolation price, the 2018 GT350 and GT350R will be available in three new exterior color choices that include Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray. The latter of which has the sole purpose of paying tribute to all those guys that crash after a Cars & Coffee meet. Okay, that’s not necessarily true, but I couldn’t pass at a chance to ruffle a few feathers. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R are the baddest Mustangs that you can get at the current time. The do come at a rather stout premium, with the GT350 starting at $56,145 and the GT350R commanding $63,645. That’s an increase over the range-toping GT Premium Convertible of $13,450 and $20,950, respectively.
Some would argue that the massive price hike for either model is well worth it, so let’s take a closer look both models real quick.
Porsche introduced the 911 GT2 in 1992, on the 993-generation sports car. It was initially built to meet homologation requirements for motorsport and it featured wider fenders and a larger rear wing compared to the standard model. Unlike the RS and the GT3, the GT2 used a turbocharged engine. Discontinued in 1998, the GT2 returned on the 996 generation between 2002 and 2005, and was resurrected once again on the 997-gen 911 in 2008. In 2010, two years before the GT2 was again retired, Porsche launched the 911 GT2 RS. Much like the GT3 RS, the GT2 RS weighed less and had a more powerful engine than the non RS version.
Development of the GT2 RS began in 2007, one year before the 997 GT2 was unveiled, as a skunk-works effort. It was dubbed “project 727,” a number based on the Nissan GT-R’s 7:26.7-minute lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. In 2010, the GT2 RS beat the GT-R’s time by an impressive nine seconds, stopping the clock at 7:18. Although Nissan improved the GT-R’s time in 2011 and 2013, it didn’t manage to overtake the GT2 RS until 2015, when the Nismo-prepped version lapped the German track in 7:08.
When it was launched at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show, the GT2 RS marked the absolute climax of the 911 range, becoming the fastest, lightest, and most powerful road-going Porsche to have ever been created. Production was limited to only 500 units, which gave the GT2 RS collectible status as soon as it hit the streets.
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Back in the late 2000s, Pagani’s official dealer in Hong Kong requested that Pagani build “the most extreme road-legal Zonda ever created.” Pagani was up to the challenge and, in 2009, Pagani issued a direct response to the request with the Pagani Zonda Cinque. The Cinque was produced in just five examples (with an additional five examples built in roadster form) and was built with the track performance standards of the Zonda R combined with the road-legal standards of the Zonda F.
The end result was a car that was more powerful than the Zonda F with the looks of something that should be chained up inside of a luxurious stable at the track. Furthermore, The Zonda Cinque was actually the first road-legal car that was supported by a carbon-titanium frame and the first Zonda to have a six-speed sequential transmission. Powered by a detuned version of the Mercedes-sourced 7.3-liter V-12, the Zonda Cinque was obviously a very special machine.
As of the time of this writing, seven years has passed since the Zonda Cinque made its official debut (and made five wealthy people very happy,) so let’s take a look back on one of the coolest Zonda’s ever made. After all, one could say it is a genuine work of art.
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It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, and the road-ready sports car is finally ready to hit the market. Come 2017 and the French company relaunched the Alpine brand at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the production model shares many design features with the concept cars Alpine showcased in recent years.
The most recent of them is dubbed Alpine Celebration Concept and broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was featured again a couple of weeks later in the year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and looked ready to hit the streets with minor modifications here and here.
As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrated six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door “Berlinette” was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s title at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship.
All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on and this is more than evident in the final production model.
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When BMW first showed off the i-brand concepts, we had no idea we would see production models so fast. In what seemed like just a few seconds in the grand scheme of things, we were looking at production models of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. With the i8 Spyder Concept debuting in 2012, and the production version of the i8 hitting dealers for the 2015 model year, Bimmer fans everywhere have been itching for a production version of the i8 Spyder. So much, in fact, that the rumor mill has been working overtime and there have even been a few false sightings of the unicorn. But, either hell has frozen over or pigs have sprouted wings (or, maybe it’s both) because someone finally caught an official i8 Spyder prototype cruising in the middle of nowhere. They aren’t the best photos we’ve ever received, but the top is clearly down, and it appears to be every bit legitimate thanks to that “hybrid test vehicle” sticker prominently displayed on the rear fascia.
And, while we’ve all been waiting somewhat impatiently for the i8 Spyder, the fact that we’re finally seeing a prototype isn’t all that surprising. Just a few months ago, BMW CEO Harald Krueger not only confirmed the car was in the works, but that it had a production target of 2018! That means that we should see it in production form sometime toward the end of 2017. It’s doubtful that this is the i8 Spyder’s first venture onto public roads, so props to BMW for managing to keep it out of the public eye for so long. But, with that said, let’s talk a little more about what we can see from these few spy shots in my speculative review below.
Updated 02/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming i8 Spyder during winter testing in Sweden.
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Rumored for many years, the upcoming Lamborghini Urus, the company’s first-ever SUV, was finally spotted in production form on public roads. Although camouflaged almost entirely, the test vehicle reveals essential details about what Lambo promises to be the world’s fastest and most dynamic SUV.
With Porsche having introduced an SUV in 2003, it was only a matter of time before the other premium sports car and supercar manufacturers joined in the fun. After years of rumors, whispers, and planning, Lamborghini is the next to cross over into the high-performance soccer mom world, a.k.a. the SUV realm, with the oddly named Urus. The name first surfaced in 2008, when Lamborghini trademarked it before the introduction of the Estoque. In 2012, the Urus concept was showcased at the Beijing Auto Show and it didn’t take long before Lamborghini confirmed that a production version is set to follow.
Though the name sounds odd, it is very appropriate for the model. The Urus, also called the Aurochs, is an ancient ancestor of the modern day cow, which went extinct in 1627. These things were massive, ranging from 61 to 71 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing in at 1,500 pounds – phew, that’s a lot of quarter pounders. This makes the urus one of the largest bulls ever recorded, which is appropriate, considering the Lamborghini Urus is almost certainly going to end up being the largest to boast the raging bull emblem.
Now that we have turned off Animal Planet, we can continue with the Lamborghini Urus and not the extinct cow relative. There is some debate as to whether Lamborghini can actually support an SUV, especially after the LM002, the original Lambo SUV, fizzled out in 1993 with only 328 models ever produced.
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Bentley promised to introduce the “most extreme” car it has ever developed, and true to form, the British luxury marque (or is it a performance brand now?) delivered in spades with the debut of the Continental Supersports, a 700-horsepower piece of viciousness that combines everything we love about the Continental line into one stunning coupe.
The sheer look of the Continental Supersports validates the exotic label being thrown around to describe it. Not only does it looks like a proper performance car (dare I say, maybe even a supercar?) but it does so by taking the already aggressive styling of the slightly less potent Continental GT3-R and cranks it up to another level. Take a look at those redesigned bumpers and the more discernible body lines that give it that racy look to it. And that fixed rear wing at the back? My oh my, this beauty is a sight to behold.
As aggressive as the Supersports looks, it’s real calling card lies underneath that hood, where a 6.0-liter W12 engine with higher-capacity turbochargers resides. That tweaked engine is good for 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque, making it the first Bentley ever to carry a factory output of at least 700 horses. That’s no small feat for a company that made its name in the world of automotive luxury.
Speaking of which, the Continental Supersports isn’t all just about power and speed, although we certainly don’t mind having those two departments being the talk of the car. True to its roots, the most extreme Continental is also a picture of luxury, thanks to an interior that’s been designed and dressed to the nines.
We’re going to have a more comprehensive review of the Bentley Continental Supersports up soon so don’t sweat on the broad strokes look of the car we have for now. In the meantime, take a look at this gorgeous piece of work and appreciate Bentley for giving the second-generation Continental the swan song it deserves.
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The guys over at Ferrari have apparently been busy little bees. We were recently blessed with the unveiling of that special edition J50, but over at Ferrari there has apparently been another car in the works, but details thus far are scant. Just last week – right around Christmas time – Instagram user Gregb.23 uploaded a couple of mysterious photos of a car hidden away under a fancy red “Atelier” cover and the caption “Guess the car!? Hint it’s not a V8 and it’s not a LaF.” A few days later, he uploaded another photo that gives us a partial view of the engine, and the rear quarter with the caption “Does that engine look familiar?! #V12.” The images have been getting a lot of attention from his Instagram followers and on a forum post on Ferrarichat.com, but so far there has been no word as to what it really is.
Based on the captions with the images, we know it’s a V-12 powered beast that isn’t a LaFerrari or an F12berlinetta, but that’s about it. Some are saying that it could b a 458-based prototype of the LaFerrari, despite the owner clearly saying it is not and LaF. It’s obviously not an Aperta, but as users on Ferrarichat pointed out, the rear spoiler and lights appear to match that of the 458 Speciale while the front looks to have the 458/488 DNA with some minor modifications like different hood vents. What makes all of this even more mysterious, however, is the fact that the 458 wasn’t designed to hold a V-12, so just what does Gregb.23 have here? Keep reading to see the original Instagram posts.
If you’re into cars and going fast (and for some reason, I suspect you are), you owe it to yourself to get a session in with a real, honest racing kart. Notice I’m not saying the word “go-kart.” That’s because a go-kart is something you drive at the carnival, something just this side of bumper cars in terms of adrenaline production. No, I’m talking about racing karts, some of the most terrifying, violent machines you can pilot without a permission slip from the military or Bernie Ecclestone. And while racing karts are a hoot on the track, their performance potential is off limits everywhere else. So what do you do if you want kart-like fun, but in a road-legal package? Well, we’ve got 10 solutions for you right here.
The criteria for this list are straightforward. To be considered, each car has to have the traditional kart-like characteristics. It’s gotta be small, lightweight, agile, and uncluttered in its engineering and design. Oh, and it’s gotta be fun, too.
Sound good? Then grab your helmet and driving gloves, and read on.
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The McLaren F1 was launched in 1992 and revolutionized the supercar industry more than any other vehicle since the automobile was invented. It was not only the first production car to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, but also the first to bring high-tech and expensive materials such as titanium, magnesium, Kevlar, and gold under the same roof. It also had an impressive drag coefficient of only 0.32, a smart interior made of lightweight materials, luggage compartments implemented in each rear fender, and a three-seat configuration with the driver placed in the middle, just like in a Formula One car.
Developed and built by Gordon Murray, arguably the best designed since Colin Chapman, the F1 also spawned a successful race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans at its first attempt, as well as a number of limited-edition models that went on to become some of the rarest and most expensive cars launched in 1990s. One of them is the F1 LM, a supercar McLaren built to celebrate its Le Mans victory in 1995. The LM was limited to only five example, the exact number of F1 GTRs that finished the race.
Arguably the quickest and most powerful road car at the time of its introduction, the LM went on to become the most expensive road-going McLaren and a highly sought-after collectible. Find out what makes it special in our full review below.
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The Volkswagen Golf R has been long awaited here in the U.S. where customers have pining for this Europe-only car to make its appearance Stateside. Now with the 2016 model year, that wish has finally come true. The anticipation is justifiable when considering Volkswagen first debuted the Golf R32 back in 2003. It featured the first dual-clutch gearbox in any production car and had VW’s then-new 3.2-liter VR6. It set the bar extremely high in the hot hatch segment.
Volkswagen has plenty of competitors out there, but the Golf R still holds its own. It comes with 4Motion AWD, a standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed DSG automatic, and of course, the 292-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Those mechanicals are good for a sub-five-second launch to 60 mph and more fun on public roads than Johnny Law will allow.
At the same time, the Golf R is still… well, a Golf. It boasts 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the second row folded. There’s still 22.8 cubic feet of room with the second row locked in place. That means the Golf R is not only fun, but it’s functional. Obviously, that’s the appeal of a hot hatch. There’s little compromise unlike a 2+2 sports coupe or larger, heavier crossover.
I recently spent a week with the Golf R fitted with the DSG, DCC, and no N-A-V. Punny acronyms aside, the car was well equipped, but not loaded. Thankfully it had Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) so I was able to use my iPhone for navigation. So what’s it like to live with the Golf R? I’ll let you know below.
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Give Honda this much credit: it hasn’t run out of ways to market the NSX supercar, regardless of whether it’s badged as a Honda or an Acura. In the case of this promotional ad, it’s the Acura NSX taking the cudgels as it attempts to create a giant geoglyph in the El Mirage Salt flats in California. Unlike the original creators of these mysterious giant line drawings – the Nazcas of Peru – Honda’s letting the NSX do it with a modern twist using technology to create its own geoglyph.
The process is impressive as the team set up specific GPS coordinates for the driver of the NSX to follow. The driver, for his part, is wearing some sort of headgear that allows him to simply retrace the coordinates that are behind fed to him with his NSX. It’s a complicated process that needs incredible precision to work, or enough at least to showcase the NSX’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All -Wheel Drive system.
While the result is actually barely visible if you look at it from above, the ad does succeed in showcasing the NSX run around in El Mirage Salt flats with some well-placed camera angles. It did succeed in drawing the geoglyph in a manner of speaking. But, it was kind of funny that the ad had to highlight what it was able to do in a computer at the end of the video, knowing full well that the actual geoglyph created by the NSX wasn’t as clear as they expected it to be.
It’s still a nice ad though, particularly the way the sand flies everywhere because of the supercar.
It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, but we’re still at least 12 months away from the car we’ll see in dealerships. With that in mind, I thought it’s the best time to gather everything there is to know about the production car (due in 2016) and roll out the speculative review below, which also includes a rendering based on Alpine’s most recent concept vehicle.
Dubbed the 2015 Alpine Celebration Concept, the study in question broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans and featured again a couple of weeks later at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Even though Alpine didn’t say when the production car is due to arrive, the concept looked as if it’s ready to hit the streets with but minor modifications here and here.
As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrates six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door “Berlinette” was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s championship at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship.
All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on.
Updated 09/13/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Renault Alpine out for a new testing session, and this time wearing the production body. Expect an official debut for the 2017 Geneva Car Show, next March.
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Super Veloce Racing (SVR), a racing car and supercar specialist based out of the U.K., is putting this extremely yellow Murcielago SV Coupe up for sale. Not only is it striking to look at and mind-bending to drive, but this particular example is also quite rare, bearing chassis number 022 of a total 186 Murcielago SV models constructed. It’s also one of only 28 built in the right-hand drive configuration. According to SVR’s website, pricing is set at 325,500 pounds, or $434,310 at current exchange rates (09/12/2016). SVR is accepting applications for purchase now.
First things first – the Murcielago LP 670-4 is powered by a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine producing roughly 670 horsepower – 30 ponies more than the base Murcielago. Torque is rated at 487 pound-feet. Cog swaps are handled by a six-speed automatic transmission, while a high-performance AWD system makes traction. Properly motivated, this Raging Bull can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
And of course, being an SV, this thing is studded with aerodynamic enhancements from nose to tail. There’s a new fascia, bigger intakes, and tons of vents. This particular example was fitted with the carbon fiber Aeropack Wing, which takes a few mph off the top speed, but also adds lots of extra downforce.
It’s also got carbon brakes, a carbon fiber diffuser, glossy black alloy wheels, a carbon fiber engine cover, yellow brakes calipers, and black SV graphics laid over a Giallo yellow paint job. Inside, there’s carbon fiber trim, black Alcantara upholstery, and yellow contrast stitching.
There are 15,646 miles on the odometer, and all vehicle maintenance was performed at official Lamborghini Service Centers.
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The 2016 Paris Motor Show is still couple of weeks away, but preparations are underway for the event that will bring us some of the most important automotive debuts in the world. But while most vehicles have yet to arrive in the “City of Lights,” we found the Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus “Selection 24h” Edition, one of the most exclusive supercars launched in 2016, posing in Audi City Paris’ showroom. Naturally, we spent some time up close and personal with this amazing machine and took some photos to share with you.
While we’ve already given the “Selection 24H” the attention it deserved when Audi unveiled it back in May, we had just a handful of photos to go along with the official specs. And all of them depicted the car’s exterior only. Now, thanks to the folks over at Audi City Paris, we can finally have a look inside the cabin and check out the many extra features that come with the limited-edition supercar. And thanks to its Rotor Gray leather, Alcantara headlines, and carbon-fiber air vents, inlays, and door sills, it’s quite the treat. Not to mention that it also comes with matte-finished “R8 24H” badges and R8 logos that are projected onto the ground when the doors are open, a feature that will only be made available to customers through Audi Exclusive.
As a brief reminder, the “Selection 24H” Edition is based on the R8 V10 Plus, which hides a 610-horsepower and 413-pound-feet 5.2-liter V-10 engine under its hood. Equipped with Audi’s permanent Quattro AWD system, the supercar needs only 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. As the name suggests, it pays tribute to the R8’s prodigious racing career, which includes countless wins on race track in Europe, North America, and Asia.
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Launched as a successor to the Ferrari Enzo, the Ferrari LaFerrari was designed with a language that, according to the design team led by Flavio Manzoni, is the perfect combination of form and function. It combines F1-inspired aerodynamics and plenty of sharp character lines to bring together one of the wildest production cars from Ferrari. On the inside, the LaFerrari got a newly-designed steering wheel that is more square than it is round, and an overall interior design that screams track-only but offers plenty of comfort two. The biggest news is what makes this red rocket go. The new LaFerrari is the first car from the brand to use a hybrid drive system. Known as the HY-KERS system, it has a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors. Total output is 963 horsepower (800 from the ICE and 163 from the electric motors) and more than 663 pound-feet of torque. To help keep everything kosher on the road, the suspension system has been designed specifically for the car, and Brembo brakes are in place to bring this puppy to a stop.
Ferrari went above and beyond with the LaFerrari, with the exception of the name, but don’t even get me started on that one. Outside of the name, however, Ferrari is bringing a heavy hitter to a supercar market that is now going hybrid. It is slated to compete against models like the wild McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder – both of which have plenty of hybrid DNA in their genes. So, what separates the goofy-named LaFerrari from the pack of hybrid heavy hitters? Check out our full review below and you’ll find out that and more.
Updated 08/22/2016: Ferrari brought a satin black 2014 LaFerrari at the 2016 Mecum Auctions sale during Monterey Car Week, where it was auction for the record price of $4.7 million. Check the picture gallery for a new set of images taken during the auction.
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It may have the most unoriginal name among all hypercar hopefuls – Inferno Exotic Car? Really? – but everything else about this demonic beast screams lunacy. And now, the people behind this menacing machine are all set to start building the Inferno later in the year with an eye towards launching the car in 2017.
Speaking with CarBuzz, Inferno marketing director Manuel Laguna laid out some very important details about the mysterious hypercar, including plans to fit it with a yet-to-be-named twin-turbo V-8 engine that will pack a mental 1,400 horsepower and 1,125 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers would allow the Inferno to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 245 mph. In other words, the Inferno is being prepared to lock horns with the Bugatti Chiron, a goal that is as admirable as it is ambitious.
But the people behind the $2.1 million hypercar are undeterred about the pressure that comes with delivering on such a formidable challenge. Details on other elements of the car are still being kept under wraps, but Antonio Ferraioli, the project’s senior automotive designer, wasn’t shy about the company’s goal to create “the bad boy of the hypercar world.” Judging by how intentionally exaggerated the car’s overall design is, it would seem that the objective has been met in one aspect.
On another aspect, the Inferno is also being developed with an important eye on making it one of the safest exotics on the market. Ironic as that may be given the devilish appearance of the car, CEO Alvaro Gutierrez Ochoa noted that the exotic will use an exclusive zinc-aluminum-silver alloy body that can “absorb impacts by stretching up to 100 times its original size without losing its properties.” Gutierrez even compared it to a “level 4 armored vehicle” that weighs less than 1,200 kg, or 2,645 pounds.
Considering how eye-popping some of these details are, there’s no denying that the Inferno Exotic Car has caught the attention of a lot of people. Eight of the 11 first edition models are reportedly spoken for, and as more details about the hypercar are revealed, expect the spotlight to get bigger on the development of the Inferno Exotic Car. Hopefully, that spotlight gets big enough that the company decides to give it a more creative name than “Exotic Car.”
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