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PostHeaderIcon The Most Expensive DeLorean Isn’t Even A DeLorean

“Back To The Future” is one of the most iconic movie trilogies of all time. Besides the original “Star Wars” films, BTTF has one of the largest cult followings in Hollywood. No other proof is needed beyond the amount Bill Shea paid at auction to acquire the only privately held DeLorean Time Machine in existence – $541,000. Yet despite the car’s historic and cultural status and being only one of three screen-used DeLoreans still in existence, this car isn’t really a DeLorean at all.

When it came time to shoot the desert scenes in “Back To The Future Part III,” director Robert Zemeckis needed a car that could handle the off-road abuse. With the backing of Universal, a third-party off-road shop was contracted to build a modified version of the iconic stainless steel car. The shop basically combined the DeLorean’s body with a tube chassis and four-cylinder from a Volkswagen Beatle. The dune buggy-like suspension was perfect for blasting through the sandy desert. A roll cage was integrated into the car’s roof, while unnecessary parts like air conditioning and gauges were left out. The result is a DeLorean look-alike with a custom chassis and a carbureted, air-cooled, four-cylinder with somewhere around 60 horsepower.

The car’s history remains interesting after the film’s 1990 release. It includes years of disrepair and neglect, a restoration by Hollywood custom car builder George Barris, a second restoration by a BTTF fan, and finally becoming the most expensive DMC to ever be auctioned. Watch the video for the full story.

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PostHeaderIcon GA Police Officer Hits 140 mph Chasing McLaren 720S in High-Speed Chase

A Georgia Police Officer got the chance to push her police-spec Dodge Charger to the limit this past weekend when a man in a McLaren 720S casually passed her doing north of 100 mph on a public highway. It didn’t take long for the officer to hit the blues and take chase. Nobody was injured in the chase that lasted just a couple of minutes, but the driver – a Dwayne Sherwood Pope – was charged with speeding, DUI less safe, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and – get this – driving with an expired tag.

All told, the dash cam video lasts nearly a half hour, but for the most part, the action is over with within a few minutes. The Dodge Charger which, in police-spec, has a top speed rating of 155 mph when powered by the 5.7-liter, HEMI, V-8.
There’s no word as to what engine this officer put her foot into, but it did keep up with that McLaren 720S quite well. We’re still not sure why he stopped, considering the 720 S is rated up to 212 mph, it could have quite easily gotten away. Something tells us that the man was telling the truth about pulling over when he noticed the lights – after all if he did intend to run, that cop car really didn’t stand a chance.

Fortunately, for him, and anyone else on the road, that wasn’t his intention otherwise things could have been a lot worse than a DUI charge, had he really pushed it to the limit. After all, he did have “three drinks.” Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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PostHeaderIcon Top 10 Greatest Chevrolet Corvettes Ever Built

Chevrolet just introduced the latest Corvette ZR1, setting a new benchmark for the iconic sports car. Not only the quickest and most powerful Corvette ever built, the new ZR1 is also the most aerodynamic iteration of the car and comes with features usually found on high-end supercars. It definitely eclipses every road-legal Corvette built to date in terms of performance. It also wins battles with every classic Vette I can think of, but it’s not the only Corvette that made a massive impact upon arrival. It’s rather difficult to talk about Corvettes from the past with a car as incredible as the new ZR1 on its way to showrooms, but I compiled a list of iconic models that deserve to share the same celebrity page with this supercharged monster.

I’ve made my picks based on a few factors. For starters, I wanted to include at least one model from each generation, so this list goes back to the original C1. I also took horsepower and performance in consideration, as well as market impact and production figures, favoring limited-edition models that evolved into prized collectibles. I also included a concept, an experimental racing project that barely made it out of the factory, as well as an aftermarket upgrade, just to add an extra bit of flavor to the selection. Check it out below.

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1955 Corvette V8


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“The 4.3-liter V-8 engine enabled the C1 Corvette to compete with the then-new Ford Thunderbird”

The first-generation Corvette is now regarded as one of the most iconic classic cars out there, but the truth is that the C1 was very close to be discontinued after only a couple of years on the market. Which would have put an end to the Corvette nameplate and all the great cars that followed. Launched with an inline six engine that wasn’t particularly exciting, the first Corvette was also plagued with water leaks, doors that wouldn’t stay shut, and shoddy quality of the otherwise innovative fiberglass body. These issues and the negative customer reaction caused sales to plummet, with only 2,500 units sold in 1954. Things didn’t look good for the Corvette, and Chevy was already thinking about pulling the plug.

But things changed dramatically in 1955. While not yet part of the Corvette project, Zora Arkus-Duntov insisted that the brand’s new 4.3-liter, small-block V-8 was added to the car. The 195-horsepower unit not only improved the Corvette’s marketing and image but also enabled it to compete with the then-new Ford Thunderbird. The 0 to 60 sprint dropped from 11 seconds to a more impressive 8.5 seconds with the V-8, while the three-speed manual transmission turned into a true driver’s car. As a result, Duntov was also named the director of high-performance vehicle design and development for Chevrolet in 1956.

1962 Corvette Grand Sport


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“Zora Duntov initiated a program to produce a lightweight version of the second-gen Corvette”

Just like the 1955 V8, the Corvette Grand Sport was also the work of Zora Duntov. However, this project was entirely different, as the Grand Sport was conceived as a full-fledged race car. Chevrolet was no longer involved in motorsport in the early 1960s, and Duntov was converned about Ford and its tremendous Shelby Cobra, which was already hitting the race track with good results. Zora initiated a program to produce a lightweight version of the second-gen Corvette, set to go on sale for the 1963 model year, and planned to build 125 units to allow the car to be homologated for grand touring racing. The program was kept secret, mostly because GM executives didn’t want Chevy involved in motorsport. But they found out soon enough and stopped the project after Duntov built only five cars. Fortunately, they weren’t destroyed, and went on to compete and even win a few improtant races. Powered by V-8 engines rated at up to 550 horsepower, the Grand Sport was driven by famed race car drivers such as Roger Penske, A.J. Foyt, and Jim Hall.

Due to its interesting story and limited production run, the Grand Sport is among the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built.

1961 Corvette Mako Shark


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“Designed by Larry Shinoda and Bill Mitchell, the Mako Shark previewed the second-generation Corvette”

Like the Grand Sport, the Mako Shark isn’t a production car. Designed in 1961 by Larry Shinoda and Bill Mitchell, the Mako Shark was the concept car that previewed the second-generation Corvette. As the name suggests, it was partly inspired by the shortfin mako shark, the fastest-swimming shark in the world, capable of bursts of speed of up to 42 mph. A tremendous success on the auto show circuit, the Marko Shark, was sleek, had side-exit exhaust pipes, and its paint scheme matched that of an actual shark with the blue-gray upper surface gently blending into the white underside. The C2-generation Corvette that followed in 1963, also known as the Sting Ray, borrowed several design cues from the Mako Shark, including the muscular fenders, the windscreen, and the pointy front fascia. The concept was redesigned in 1965 into the Mako Shark II, which eventually went on to inspire the third-generation Corvette, launched in 1968.

1967 Corvette Sting Ray L88


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“Not only more powerful, the L88 engine was also closer to a pure racing powerplant than any other engine Chevy had ever offered”

Significantly more aggressive than its predecessor design-wise, the C2-gen Corvette also spawned higher performance versions. The L88 was the C2 to end all C2s and arrived in the generation’s final year on the market, 1967. The badge came from the engine, as the L88 was a beefed-up variant of the 7.0-liter V-8 that Chevrolet introduced in 1966. Not only more powerful, it was also closer to a pure racing powerplant than any other engine Chevy had ever offered in a production car. It had lightweight heads and bigger ports, hotter camshaft, stratospheric 12.5:1 compression, an aluminum radiator, small-diameter flywheel, and a single huge Holley four-barrel carburetor. The very high compression ratio required 103-octane racing fuel, which wasn’t widely available at U.S. service stations. Output was officially rated at 430 horsepower, but word has it that the L88 was actually capable of around 560 horses at 6,400 rpm. Naturally, the L88 didn’t come cheap. With the Positraction, transistorized ignition, heavy-duty suspension, power brakes, and radio and heater delete options made mandatory with the package, the L88 added an extra $1,500 over the base $4,240 price. As a result, only 20 units were sold, which makes the L88 one of the rarest Corvettes ever built.

1969 Corvette ZL1


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“The first-ever ZL1 was offered for the 1969 model year only”

The third-generation Corvette was introduced in 1968, just as the muscle cars were getting bigger and becoming more powerful. This came to a halt in the early 1970s when the oil crisis and new regulations nearly killed the high-power V-8, but the C3 had a few good years. The Corvette ZL1 is arguably the most exotic example. Now sporting a sleeker, even more aggressive design, the C3 also spawned new engines and upgrade packages. The ZL1 was offered for the 1969 model year only and added an all-aluminum, 7.0-liter big-block which was developed primarily for racing. The engine was officially rated at 430 horsepower, but testing revealed that output was actually at around 460 horsepower. The ZL1 was quick enough to run the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds. But much like the L88, it was highly expensive, adding a whopping $4,700 to the Corvette. It’s probably why only three were sold. The main reason why I’ve included the ZL1 on this list is that it was the fastest production car ever made back in 1969.

1988 Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer


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“The Sledgehammer had a top speed of 254.7 mph!”

For our next Corvette, I’m going to step away from the Chevrolet-made cars. I know it’s not exactly, but a Top 10 Corvette list without the Sledgehammer is incomplete. If you’re not familiar with Callaway Cars, it was established in 1977, and it’s been modifying engines ever since. Callaway began altering Corvettes in the 1980s and became famous when its twin-turbo kit for the C4 became a dealer option. The Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette was introduced in 1987, but it took the firm one more year to produce its most radical design yet. Based on the highly criticized C4-generation Corvette, which hit the market with delays and various issues, the Sledgehammer actually helped te fourth-gen car gain some notoriety. Heavily modified on the outside, the Sledgehammer was more than just a pimped-up Corvette.

The aggressive exterior was backed by a massively powerful drivetrain that sent no less than 898 horsepower and 772 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. The incredible output was achieved using a NASCAR-spec engine block with Mahle pistons and forged connecting rods, as well as a Brodix aluminum head and a pair of turbochargers from Turbonetics. The suspension was designed with help from Carroll Shelby, while the 17-inch aluminum wheels were wrapped in bespoke Goodyear tires. The sprint to 60 mph took only 3.9 seconds, while the quarter-mile run took just 10.6 clicks. These were incredible figures for the 1980s and are still impressive in 2017.

“The sprint to 60 mph took only 3.9 seconds, while the quarter-mile run took just 10.6 clicks”

But the Sledgehammer’s most impressive feat is its top. In October 1988, with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel, Callaway’s super coupe hit a record top speed of 254.7 mph. Although the benchmark wasn’t filed as a Guinness world record due to Sledgehammer being a unique car, it stood as the world’s fastest road-legal car until 2010, when Bugatti hit 267.8 mph with the Veyron Super Sport. The standard Veyron is actually almost one mph slower than the Sledgehammer. And we’re talking about a car built in 2005 with far more modern technology.

And that’s why the Sledgehammer deserves a place on this list.

1990 Corvette ZR-1


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“Co-developed with Lotus, the ZR-1 set a number of endurance world records”

While the Sledgehammer wasn’t available for purchase, the Callaway Twin Turbo package was, and its success prompted Chevrolet to build its very own high-performance version of the Corvette. The opportunity to do this arrived in the mid-to-late 1980s after General Motors acquired Group Lotus. The Corvette division approached the British firm with the idea of developing the world’s fastest production car based on the C4 Corvette and Lotus went on to design the iconic LT5 engine. Using an aluminum block, four overhead camshafts, 32 valves, and a unique air management system, the V-8 generated 375 horsepower, 125 horses more than the standard Vette at the time. In addition to the engine, Lotus also helped design the ZR-1’s braking and steering systems. The 5.7-liter V-8 engine was upgraded to 405 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque when the C4 Corvette was updated in 1993. When it first hit the market, the ZR-1 needed only 4.4 seconds to hit 60 mph, while its top speed was estimated at more than 180 mph. The coupe actually set a number of world records, including the 12 Hours Endurance at 175.5 mph, the 24 Hours Endurance at 175.8 mph, and running for 5,000 miles at 279.6 mph. The C4 ZR-1 was the first vehicle to wear the badge since 1971, but as we’ll see below, it wasn’t the last.

2001 Corvette Z06


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“The C5 Z06 reintroduced the Z06 badge and turned the Corvette into a modern, track-oriented vehicle”

Although it dates back to 1963, when it was created as a performance package that circumvented an SCCA racing ban, the Z06 badge was shortlived until the 2000s. Launched as a spiritual successor to the C4 ZR-1, the C5 Z06 had a similar approach. The exterior was closely related to the standard model, but the drivetrain was different. The new LS6 engine was a higher output, tuned version of the regular LS1 and initially developed 385 horsepower. This was less than the ZR-1, but the Z06 was much lighter, which gave it a superior power-to-weight ratio. It was also significantly more affordable, which helped it become a more mainstream proposition. The 2002 update increased power to 405 horsepower, which resulted in a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 3.9 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 12.4 clicks. A carbon-fiber hood introduced with the Commemorative Edition made the Z06 even lighter. Production ended in 2004 as Chevrolet began working on the C6-generation car. While the following Z06 models were faster and more powerful, I went with the C5 model because this was the car that reintroduced the Z06 badge and turned the Corvette into a modern, track-oriented vehicle.

2009 Corvette ZR1


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“The C6-gen ZR1 was unveiled with a supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8”

Although the Z06 was first introduced as a spiritual successor to the ZR-1, the two nameplates eventually became regular versions of the Corvette beginning with the C6-generation model. While the Z06 returned in 2006 and was built until 2013, the ZR1 made a comeback in 2009, after a 19-year hiatus. While the Z06 had a 7.0-liter LS7 under the hood, the C6-gen ZR1 was unveiled with a supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8. The mill produced 638 horsepower, 133 more than the Z06, and at the time of its launch, it was the most powerful Corvette ever made at the factory. It was also the quickest, needing only 3.4 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Its top speed was rated at 205 mph, another record for a Corvette. It also made extensive use of carbon-fiber, having the roof, engine hood, fenders, front splitter, and rocker moldings made from the lightweight material. It was also equipped with the larger wheels ever used on a production Corvette, carbon-ceramic brakes, and Magnetic Selectiv Ride Control with sensors to automatically adjust stiffness levels based on road conditions and vehicle movement. A supercar in its own right!

2018 Corvette ZR1


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“Although it's the last vehicle on my list, it's the most extreme Corvette ever built”

Finally, we’re moving on to the latest Corvette ZR1, unveiled in October 2017. Although it’s the last vehicle on my list, it’s the most extreme Corvette ever built. A significant upgrade in terms of exterior design compared to the current Z06, the ZR1 sports the most comprehensive aerodynamic package Chevy has ever created for a road car. On top of the redesigned front bumper and the massive bulge on the engine hood, the ZR1 comes with two distinct rear wings. There’s a standard low wing that delivers up to 70-percent more downforce and the highest top speed and a motorsport-spec high wing that provides maximum downforce for the quickest lap times. That’s a first for any Corvette. Under the hood, lurks the most powerful engine Chevy has built to date. Dubbed LT5, the 6.2-liter V-8 uses a massive supercharger to generate a whopping 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and tops out at more than 210 mph, yet another record for the Corvette. The new ZR1 is also the first vehicle of its kind to use an automatic transmission thanks to the eight-speed option offered alongside the standard seven-speed manual.

This concludes my list of the greatest Corvettes ever built. A list I probably won’t alter until Chevy introduces the much-rumored mid-engined Vette. I’m well aware that this list is very subjective and that many other iconic Corvettes weren’t mentioned, so feel free to add your own in the comments section.

PostHeaderIcon Craziest Thing This Week: The Pope Blesses a Lamborghini Huracan

Pope Francis is no stranger to receiving gifts. That comes with the territory of being the leader of the Catholic church and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. But the famously frugal pontiff isn’t one who enjoys the lavish side of life so when he recently took possession of a one-off Lamborghini Huracan, a gift from the Italian automaker itself, the pope did what the pope usually does: he donated it away.

It’s a bitter blow for papal paparazzi who were hoping to see the pope roar around the cobbled streets of Rome, aviator sunglasses in tow. But the pope’s preference for the simple things in life isn’t anything new. This is a man who traditionally opts to get driven around in Fiats and Fords when he’s on the road so getting inside a Lamborghini is a non-starter to begin with. So instead of taking ownership of the one-off Huracan, the pope decided to receive it from Lamborghini out of courtesy, sign the hood, and give it to RM Sotheby’s, which will then auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities. Considering how much value is placed on items that carry the pope’s signature, expect this one-off Lamborghini Huracan to fetch way more than it’s usual price of $200,000.

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Nothing out of the ordinary for Pope Francis


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“RM Sotheby’s will auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities”

You have to admire Pope Francis for resisting the urge to take ownership of this Lamborghini Huracan. I certainly wouldn’t do it, though I suppose that’s why he is who he is and I am who I am. Acts like this aren’t entirely new for the men who have assumed the role of the papacy. Francis himself has given away plenty of gifts in the past, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2013. Just like with the Huracan, Francis declined to receive the gift, opting instead to sign it and send it to a Bonhams auction. That bike ended up fetching a whopping $327,000 with the proceeds going to a hostel and soup kitchen for the homeless at Rome’s main train station.

And who can forget St. John Paul the Great (formerly Pope John Paul II) declining Ferrari’s gift of a 2005 Ferrari Enzo? It wasn’t just a “standard” Enzo either; it was actually the 400th and last Enzo ever built. The provenance alone propelled that particular Enzo to sell for $6.05 million at an RM Sotheby’s auction.


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“This one-off Huracan features a a predominantly white body with matching papal gold trim all throughout.”

It’s hard to estimate how much this one-off Huracan is going to sell for, but I expect it to handily exceed its retail price of $200,000. Apart from the fact that it has Francis, signature on the hood, this particular example also went through the Italian automaker’s Ad Personam division. That’s why it’s wearing a predominantly white body with matching papal gold trim all throughout. There hasn’t been any mention of it wearing any badges or decals signifying its association with Pope Francis, but if it did, those are going to drive the price up even more.

Let’s not forget either that the Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces north of 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Yep. Underneath all that provenance is a car that can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. It’s still a supercar, folks, so bid accordingly.


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“The Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces north of 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.”

Besides, the higher the figure the Huracan sells for, the better it’s going to be for the three charities that will likely split the proceeds. One of these charities helps rebuild homes and churches for Christians who were displaced out of Iraq by Islamic State terrorists while the other two focuses on providing medical aid in Africa and helping migrant women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution.

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PostHeaderIcon Saleen to Bring New S1 Sports Car to L.A Auto Show

Founded in 1983, Saleen is mostly known for creating various tuning packages for the Ford Mustang. More recently though, Steve Saleen began modifying Dodge Challengers and Chevrolet Camaros too, and even launched an upgrade for the Tesla Model S electric sedan. But Saleen also built a supercar. Launched in 2000 as the S7 it became one of America’s iconic supercars and received a lot of praise for its impressive performance and that it went on to win a few important racing championships. But despite having a few successful decades, Saleen had to cope with severe financial issues in the 2010s. A merger with Chinese firm Jiangsu followed, which expanded Saleen’s presence in markets outside the U.S. Now, the California-based brand announced its first original design since the S7. It’s called the S1 and will make its U.S. debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Unveiled in China earlier this month, the S1 is significantly smaller than the S7 and gains Saleen access to the small sports car market. But despite being an original design on the outside, the S1 is actually based on the Artega GT, which was produced between 2009 and 2012. The German automaker went bankrupt in 2012 and Saleen bought the rights to the GT’s platform. Interestingly enough, the underpinnings are actually based on the ones that Lotus developed for the Evora in the late 2000s. Just like the S7, the S1 uses a Ford engine, this time around a 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit similar to that found in the Mustang EcoBoost and Focus RS. The engine was tuned to generate 450 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque.

There’s no word on U.S. availability, but Jiangsu Saleen plans to build some 150,000 units per year starting mid-2018, when its factory in Rugao, China will be completed. An electric version of the S1 is also in the books, but no information has been released as of this writing. We should find out more at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year, so make sure you stick around for an update.

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PostHeaderIcon The Devel-Sixteen is Here, but it’s Still just a Prototype

For years, we’ve been teased by Devel about its 300-mph, 5000-horsepower, supercar and the company has finally delivered at the 2017 Dubai motor show. The car isn’t exactly in “production” form quite yet and won’t be complete for another 12 to 18 months, with testing, but it’s much closer than the plastic, Hot-Wheels-wannabe car we saw a few years back.

The Devel Sixteen Comes Correct but Still Lacking

Truth be told, this revised prototype is much more believable, and now that we’ve seen video of the engine hitting some crazy horsepower figures (5,007 in the latest video on a company dyno,) there’s a lot of merit behind the car that could not only break the 300-mph barrier but put vehicles from Koenigsegg, Buggati, and McLaren to shame. As of now, one of the biggest concerns is where Devel can source tires from, considering a pair of rubbers that can handle speeds as high as 300 mph are far and few between – it’s the reason why the Bugatti Chiron hasn’t been able to reach its full potential.

Devel-Sixteen Engine on the Dyno

On that note, Devel says it’s “considering” two tire manufacturers, but declined to mention names in a discussion with CNN in Dubai. Unfortunately, there’s more bad news too – the Devel-Sixteen won’t be street legal and is intended to be more of a dragster or track car. Of course, we’re talking about a 12.3-liter with a quad, 81 mm, turbo setup that delivers a gut-wrenching 5,007 horsepower, so that’s not that big of a surprise – it’s essentially a jet-fighter on wheels.


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Devel Sixteen Prototype Specifications

  • 12.3 LITER V16 QUAD TURBO
  • 5,007 HP, 36 PSI
  • 3,519 LB-FT @ 6,600 RPM, 36 PSI
  • 3,006 HP @ 6,900 RPM, 20 PSI (92 93 PUMP GAS – DAILY USE)
  • 2,407 TORQUE @ 6,400 RPM, 20 PSI
  • DEVEL SIXTEEN BILLET ENGINE BLOCK
  • DEVEL SIXTEEN CYLINDER HEADS
  • DEVEL SIXTEEN CRANKSHAFT
  • DEVEL SIXTEEN BILLET CAMSHAFT (ROLLER CAMSHAFT, STREET TUNE)
  • 2 VALVEs PER CYLINDER (32 TITANIUM VALVE)
  • 81 MM QUAD TURBO

Other Models are on the Way


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Sometimes you have to roll with the punches, and the fact that the Sixteen isn’t going to be street legal is a bit of a bummer. But, not all hope is lost. See, the manufacturer also opened a whole new can of worms. Apparently, Devel is working on two more models, one with a V-8 that will deliver some 2,000 horsepower and another with a V-16 and quad turbos that will deliver some 3,000 horsepower. Projected speeds have yet to be mentioned, but you can probably guess somewhere around 245 mph and 280 mph, respectively.

On that note, however, don’t get too excited unless you have very, very deep pockets. Devel says the price for the V-8 model with start at $1.6 million while the V-16 model will start at $1,8 million. There are no plans to limit production of either model at this time, and both are expected to be 100-percent road legal. As for where the Sixteen or it’s slightly less-powerful children will make their high-speed debuts, that remains a mystery, but the man behind that brand has said “the U.S., the U.K, Germany… it could be anywhere.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty promising and quite exciting too. We’re following the Devel brand closely, so check back soon for a full review on the Devel-Sixteen and all breaking news as it happens.

References


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Read our full story on the Devel Sixteen Debut.


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Read our full review on the 2014 Devel Sixteen Prototype.

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2020 BMW i8

Launched in 2014, the i8 was on BMW’s drawing boards since the mid-2000s. First unveiled as the Vision Efficient Dynamics in 2009, it was updated to the i8 Concept in 2011, before being showcased as a production-ready prototype in 2013. In 2012, BMW also revealed a Spyder concept car. More than three years have passed since its official debut, and the i8 is already a big hit with hybrid sports car enthusiasts. Despite this, BMW has yet to offer a mid-cycle update like it did with the i3, but it’s planning to launch a drop-top, Spyder version at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Whether more oomph is on the table for the current i8 is still a mystery, but there’s a lot of buzz about a significantly more powerful next-generation model flying around for quite some time.

Given BMW’s current strategy, a brand-new i8 isn’t likely to arrive sooner than 2020, so information about the upcoming sports car is scant, to say the least. However, there have been claims that the new i8 will go fully electric and the I Vision Dynamics concept that was unveiled in 2017 likely previews the sports car’s new design. I gathered all the information available in the speculative review below, while our designer created a rendering of what the second-generation i8 might look like. Keep reading to find out all the details we have so far and stay tuned for updates on this car.

Continue reading to learn more about the second-generation BMW i8.

Exterior

  • Fresh design
  • Styling based on I Vision Dynamics concept
  • EV-style front grille
  • New lighting technology
  • Sporty coupe shape
  • Unique in the BMW lineup
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    “While the BMW i8 still looks fresh in 2017, this may not be the case in 2020”

    Needless to say, the current i8 is one sexy sports car design-wise. The low nose, the wide stance, and the aggressive headlamp and front grille layout make it unique in the current BMW lineup and give it a strong resemblance to the iconic M1. The side cues are equally dramatic, especially the way the line that separates the door from the side skirt goes upward to create the massive rear haunches and then blends into the taillights. The rear fascia also reminds of the BMW M1, but the i8 is more than just a rendition of the classic sports car. It’s feels modern and it’s aggressive. It’s basically a supercar design with lightweight, sports car performance.

    But while the i8 still looks fresh in 2017, this may not be the case in 2020. Sports car makers are rolling out increasingly wilder designs, so BMW will have to up the ante and come up with an even more exciting exterior. While there’s no clue as to what the new i8 might look like, I do believe that the I Vision Dynamics concept will be used as inspiration. And needless to say, it’s a fantastic resource for a brand-new sports car.


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    “Our rendering borrows heavily from the I Vision Dynamics concept”

    Our rendering borrows heavily from the show car. Although it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model S, the I Vision Dynamics employs many styling cues that would look great on an aggressive two-door. Our designer transferred almost the entire front fascia onto the next-gen i8. The twin-kidney grille is obviously taller than any other production BMW and it stands out by missing a conventional mesh grille and for having blue highlights on the chrome trim. I think that the blue trim will become a production feature and that a grille-less twin-kidney is very likely given that the next i8 will be an all-electric car. We also borrowed most of the bumper from the concept car, but revised the openings and the side wings for better aerodynamics. The headlamps are a unique design that blend current BMW LED units with futuristic elements seen on recent concept.

    Move to the sides, and you’ll notice that our rendering retains the current i8’s shape and size. However, the angular lines are less aggressive, and the rear haunches are a bit more elegant. I think BMW will go with something similar in an effort to position the new i8 in both the high-performance and luxury market. Look for a redesigned rear end too, but nothing radical. Although the i8 may employ some features from other production BMWs — obviously with a unique touch — it should also come with active aerodynamics, such as a retractable wing and a diffuser that adapts to driving conditions.

    Interior

    • New, exclusive design
    • Added luxury features
    • Larger infotainment screen
    • Redesigned instrument cluster
    • Leather and Alcantara upholstery
    • Sports seats

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    Note: current BMW i8 pictured here.

    “Some new high-end tech should also find its way inside the cabin”

    It’s really hard to tell what the next-gen i8 has in store for its customers inside the cabin, but it’s safe to say that it will sport a high-tech design with plenty of premium features. The dashboard design will be unique to this car, so don’t expect any of the styling cues seen inside the 3 Series or the X5. Now I’m not saying that the two models are a dull place to spend time in, but the current i8 plays in a far superior league, and this shouldn’t change with the new sports car.

    Some new high-end tech should also find its way into the cabin. I’m thinking bigger screens for the infotainment system and instrument cluster and a highly adjustable, sports steering wheel. Gesture control will be standard, alongside a wide range of features that will enable you to control and monitor the vehicle’s electric driverain.


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    Note: current BMW i8 pictured here.

    “Expect the new i8 to come with acres of leather and Alcantara in standard trim”

    As far as materials go, expect the new i8 to come with acres of leather and Alcantara in standard trim. Aluminum and carbon-fiber will cover most of the remaining surfaces, but the latter is likely to be part of an optional, more expensive package. The leather seats should feature heavy bolstering for spirited driving, but if rumors about the drivetrain prove to be true, BMW should offer a more track oriented package with race-inspired, lightweight seats wrapped in Alcantara. Despite the i8 being a full-fledged sports car, it will have many of the amenities found in larger luxury BMWs, including air-conditioning, heating, a premium sound system, and the latest in terms of connectivity and Wi-Fi.

    The new i8 should also include a range of cabin features made from renewable materials — to showcase the company’s efforts toward a more sustainable future — as well as some industry-first technologies. But we will find out more about that closer to launch.

    Drivetrain

    • All-electric drivetrain
    • Three electric motors
    • Around 750 horsepower
    • All-wheel-drive
    • Rear-axle steering
    • Active suspension system

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    Note: Drivetrain of the current BMW i8 pictured here.

    “While the current i8 gets its juice from a gasoline-electric drivetrain, the next-gen car will use electricity only”

    This is where it gets very interesting. While the current i8 gets its juice from a gasoline-electric drivetrain, the next-gen car will use electricity only. This rumor has been flying around for more than a year now and, while there’s no official confirmation, it makes sense given that BMW wants to roll out electric cars in the next decade. The change will be quite dramatic.

    The German sports features quite a peculiar drivetrain, bringing together a turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and two electric motors. I say “peculiar” because three-cylinder engines are far from common. Granted, the three-pot is no slouch at 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, but it’s not the kind of output that puts “sports” ahead of “car.” But thanks to the electric motors strapped to the front and rear axles, total output sits at a more appealing 357 horses and 420 pound-feet.

    “Each motor will reportedly crank out well in excess of 250 horsepower, with total output to sit at a whopping 750 horses”

    Granted, those aren’t supercar figures, but at only 3,300 pounds, the i8 is quite agile. Hitting 60 mph from a standing start takes four seconds, while top speed is governed at 155 mph. As our own Mark McNabb pointed out in his driven review, the i8 needs a bit more oomph, and the main reason why I agree is that a sports car of this caliber should be quicker than the BMW M4. And the i8 isn’t. But this will change with the next-generation model.

    For the new i8, BMW will drop the gasoline engine and will add a third electronic. Actually, it will add three brand-new electric motors that will draw juice from a significantly larger battery. Each motor will reportedly crank out well in excess of 250 horsepower, with total output to sit at a whopping 750 horses. That’s more than double the oomph you get with the current i8! No word on torque yet, but knowing how much pound-feet electric motors are capable of, it’s safe to assume that the i8 could get closer to 1,000.


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    “The i8 will also get rear-axle steering and an active suspension system”

    The new drivetrain layout will put two motors on the rear axle and one up front, which will make the i8 all-whee-drive. On top of that, the i8 will also get rear-axle steering, a feature that’s already available in some Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini sports cars. Torque vectoring and a new active suspension system are also on the table. So not only will it be significantly quicker — expect a 0-to-60 sprint of less than three seconds — it will also perform better at the track. New Nurburgring record for electric cars, anyone?

    But what about range? Reports say that the new drivetrain and larger battery will enable the i8 to return 300 miles per charge. That would represent a 10-mile drop compared to the current hybrid drivetrain, but it’s a solid figure for a fully electric car. For reference, the current i8 runs for only 15 miles on electricity alone according to the EPA. In Europe, it’s rated at 23 miles.

    Current BMW i8 2020 BMW i8
    Gasoline Engine BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-Liter Three-Cylinder
    Electric Motor Hybrid synchronous motor with power Three electric motors
    Total Output 362 horsepower 750 HP
    Total Torque 420 Pound-Feet 1,000 LB-FT
    Transmission Six-Speed Automatic
    Acceleration (0-60 mph) 4.2 Sec., Est 3 seconds
    Top Speed 155 MPH 200 mph
    Total Range 310 Miles (372 Miles w/ ECO PRO) 300 miles

    Prices


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    The current i8 is the second most expensive BMW on offer as of 2017. Priced from $143,400, it’s superseded only by the M760i, which costs $156,700 before options. Add the available packages and options to the i8, and the sticker jumps to $152,344. Far from affordable, but the new second-generation sports car will be much more expensive. The new technology, the new platform, and the all-electric drivetrain will add to the final cost of the car, which could move closer to the $200,000 mark.

    Competition

    The electric supercar car market is rather slim as of 2017, but with more and more automakers jumping on the bandwagon, this segment will be far more populated a few years from now. Due to its hybrid nature, the current i8 competes against the Acura NSX, but this will change when the all-electric version arrives. The Nio EP9 looks to be a good proposition, but the Chinese EV is set to be manufactured in limited numbers, and it could be discontinued soon. Same goes for the Rimac Concept_One, but automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Audi (the Germans recently discontinued the R8 e-tron), and Porsche could launch their own competitors for the i8 in a few years.

    Nio EP9


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    The EP9 hit the market out of the blue. It’s designed by recently founded Chinese company NextEV, boasts a tremendous amount of power, and lapped the Nurburgring track quicker than any other production car, breaking a record that stood strong since 2009. Design-wide, the Nio EP9 is a full-fledged supercar and looks as if it was designed for the prototype class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power comes from four separate electric motors, each creating in excess of 300 horsepower. Total output is rated at 1,341, which is far more impressive than the next-generation BMW i8, but it’s worth mentioning that the EP9 is also significantly heavier at 3,825 pounds. The sprint to 60 mph takes 2.7, which is as quick as it gets, but the i8 should come close thanks to its tremendous power-to-weight ratio. The EP9 is also likely to win the top speed battle at 195 mph, but it won’t be able to match the Bimmer’s range at 265 miles per charge. The Chinese EV is also ridiculously expensive, coming in at around $1.2 million before options.

    Conclusion


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    When we drove the BMW i8 back in August 2017, we were impressed by its looks, high-end technology, and solid drivetrain figures. But we also discovered that it was rather uncomfortable getting in and out of the cabin and that it also lacked the luxuries found in the big BMW sedans. But the next-generation model should fix that, as BMW now has all the information it needs to provide a sports car that’s attractive in just about any department. And with a more powerful drivetrain that’s also green and provides a solid range, the i8 should become an even more successful vehicle. Despite having an exorbitant price tag.

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      • Not yet confirmed for production

    References

    BMW i8


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    Read our full review on the current BMW i8.


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    Read our full review on the 2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept.


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    Read our full driven review on the 2017 BMW i8.


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    Read our full speculative review on the 2018 BMW i8 Spyder.

    PostHeaderIcon In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe’s Supercars

    Chevy just unveiled its incredible new Corvette ZR1 over the weekend, and while we have yet to get every single nitty gritty detail, our first look at the spec sheet reveals that yes, this thing is indeed a complete and utter monster. It’s a bit like the Z06 – that is, if the Z06 trained like it had the Superbowl on Sunday and a championship MMA fight on Monday. All told, the ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful production car Chevy has ever created, with all the right equipment needed to make it a full-fledged supercar. And when you consider that, it makes sense Chevy first pulled the sheets in a private event in Dubai, a town that could very well lay claim to the title of supercar capital of the world (seriously, just check out the Dubai police force!). So then, the question is this – how does the ZR1 fair when challenged by Europe’s idea of a supercar?

    To find out, we’ve put together the following comparison, which will dive into the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and chassis specs of the ZR1 to see how it lines up. Playing the part of the rivals is the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Mercedes-AMG GT S, each of which carries some serious weight in the world of top-shelf performance (not to mention a top-shelf price tag as well). Can the ‘Vette rebuff the European onslaught? Read on to find out.

    Continue reading for an in-depth comparison between the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Europe’s supercars.

    Exterior

    McLaren 570S


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    As expected, the McLaren of the group looks to be the closest to a “traditional” supercar in terms of exterior styling. It’s got the same proportions and cues as the brand’s halo hybrid, the world-beating, highly venerated P1. Granted, the 570S is a bit more understated, but the DNA is obvious.

    In front, we find lower aero blades in the fascia, as well as teardrop-shaped, LED headlights up top. The doors open in a dihedral fashion, while a “floating tendon” design in the flanks helps to divert atmosphere into the side pod intakes, keeping it cool while also finding a good balance between max downforce and minimal drag. In back you’ll find a flying buttresses design, with the aero shaped to help extract hot air from the engine bay, while also keeping the tail planted at speed.

    McLaren 570S – exterior dimensions

    Wheelbase (Inches) 105.1
    Length (Inches) 178.3
    Width (Inches) 82.5
    Height (Inches) 47.3

    Porsche 911 Turbo S


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    Not much surprise here – the 911 Turbo S looks like just about every other 911 on the road, save for a few unique touches here and there. The differences between the Turbo and Turbo S are even harder to pick out. However, if extra style and aero stick are what you’re after, then you can get yours with a factory body kit that adds a new wing element in the rear, new side skirts, and a few new front lip spoilers in the corners of the fascia.

    The S also gets unique center-locking wheels, with a motorsport-inspired design and a 20-inch diameter. Full LED headlights come as standard, while narrow LED daytime running lights are in the lower corners of the front bumper. In back are 3D brake lights, as well as standard black exhaust tips. The latest model year also gets specialty colors like Miami Blue and Lava Orange.

    Porsche 911 Turbo S – exterior dimensions

    Wheelbase (Inches) 96.5
    Length (Inches) 177.4
    Width (Inches) 74
    Height (Inches) 51

    Mercedes-AMG GT S


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    Out of all the entries on this list, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is undoubtedly the most elegant. While aggressive and sporty, the Merc balances out with a good bit of refinement as well, looking more luxurious and comfort-oriented than most other modern exotics.

    Regardless, the Merc still uses plenty of carbon fiber, and incorporates styling cues from arguably the world’s first supercar, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The means it gets an extended hood line and cab-back proportions, with long, straight lines that give it that rocket sled sort of feeling. The headlights stretch back into the fenders, while the front fascia gets a rounded central intake and a thinner lower intake. The side intakes cool the brakes, while thin taillights take up a spot in the rear. The rear glass also extends down into the trunk, once again enhancing the car’s sense of length. Just ahead of those large wheels up front are the requisite fender cutouts, which are just for show, but look quite good all the same.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S – exterior dimensions

    Wheelbase (Inches) 103.5
    Length (Inches) 179
    Width (Inches) 76.3
    Height (Inches) 50.7

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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    From refined elegance, to shock and awe – the Corvette ZR1 is a rather striking thing to behold. It’s like a great white shark with more downforce, an apex predator that’s very, very hungry. Chevy pulled no punches with the styling, equipping the ‘Vette with an all-new front fascia. In fact, the whole front clip is new, including the sharpened intakes and wider fenders.

    Of course, the ZR1’s new exterior isn’t just for looks – this thing is effective at speed as well, with extensive wind tunnel testing yielding some pretty impressive results in terms of aero. A variety of packages are offered to give buyers a choice of downforce levels, with the ZTK Performance Pack throwing in something called the High Wing that’ll make as much as 950 pounds of extra stick at speed, roughly 60 percent more than a modern Z06 equipped with the Z07 Performance Package. The wing is also adjustable, with up to 5 degrees of tunability to better suit the driver’s preferences on the track. In addition, the ZTK pack adds a more effective front splitter, which is made from carbon fiber and sandwiched by vertical end plates. A Low Wing configuration is also on deck, which is less aggressive, but still manages to produce 70 percent more downforce than the base model Z06.


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    “Of course, the ZR1’s new exterior isn’t just for looks – this thing is effective at speed as well, with extensive wind tunnel testing yielding some pretty impressive results in terms of aero.”

    In fact, the wings are so effective, Chevy had to mount them directly to the chassis, similar to the C7.R racing machine. The wing uses a cast aluminum truss structure that hooks up to the bumper beam, which is necessary because otherwise, all that downforce would deform the trunk. Impressive.

    Up front, you’ll find a redesigned hood to accommodate the new supercharger, offering more clearance while also keeping the powerplant cool with carbon fiber louvers. The wheels are staggered at 19 inches in front and 20 inches in back. More eye-catching styling can be had with the Sebring Orange Design Package, which adds a searing shade of carrot color to the body panels, brake calipers, side skirts, and splitter, not to mention select interior components like the stitching and seat belts. Extra bronze aluminum trim was added as well.

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – exterior dimensions

    Wheelbase (Inches) 106.7
    Length (Inches) 176.9
    Width (Inches) 77.4
    Height (Inches) 48.6

    Interior

    McLaren 570S


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    As part of McLaren’s Sport Series line, the 570S was designed specifically to offer more space and greater usability as compared to the rest of the brand’s more hardcore models. A full infotainment system is equipped, with info relayed to the driver via a new digital instrument cluster behind the flat-bottom steering wheel and a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the dash. There’s integrated climate control, Bluetooth support, and either digital or satellite radio for aural diversions. Leather upholstery was added to the seats, dash, and steering wheel, with further customization options offered with Alcantara, Nappa leather, and carbon fiber trim. A Bowers & Wilkins stereo with 12 speakers is also on the options list.

    And while it’s a bit more comfortable than other McLarens, the 570S is still very much driver focused and performance oriented, a characteristic that’s complemented by the option for racing bucket seats.

    McLaren 570S – interior dimensions

    Cargo room 5.3 cubic feet

    Porsche 911 Turbo S


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    Like the exterior, the interior of the 911 Turbo S is more or less a carryover from years before. There are carbon inlays added to the dash, center console, and the central transmission tunnel, while a 360 mm (14.2-inch) diameter steering wheel offers influences from Stuttgart’s hybrid halo car, the 918 Spyder. Equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, the 911 Turbo S also gets an analog clock mounted high on the dash. A variety of buttons and mode switches are spread out just about everywhere, including on the steering wheel and central tunnel, offering inputs for the various performance systems and infotainment features.

    Speaking of infotainment, the 911 offers Porsche’s Communication Management with Online Navigation, plus a standard Connect Plus module, Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth support, and USB connections for your smartphone. A small touchscreen is mounted in the center console. Standard spec is a Bose stereo system, while upgrades include a Burmester stereo system.

    Porsche 911 Turbo S – interior dimensions

    Cargo room 5.1 cubic feet

    Mercedes-AMG GT S


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    One look is all you need to confirm just how lovely it is inside the Mercedes-AMG GT S. This handsome interior layout draws its inspiration from various aviation and motorsport themes, while never ignoring Merc’s commitment to luxury. The center console is broad and comes studded with controls set in a glossy surround that’s meant to mimic the shape of the engine’s “vee” configuration. The flat-bottom steering wheel is covered in Alcantara and gets a top center mark, while the broad dash wraps around the occupants, continuing the lines of the concave doors to give it an enhanced sense of volume. High-end materials abound, with leather upholstery and trim made from both aluminum and carbon fiber. Red contrast stitching rounds it out.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S – interior dimensions

    Headroom 39.5 inches
    Cargo room 10.1 cubic feet

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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    Inside the Corvette ZR1, the look and layout is once again reminiscent of the Z06, offering the same driver-focused layout as before, but with a few extra premium touches here are there. Overall, The ZR1 looks and feels like a high-powered GT car, rather than a stripped-down track car, with leather upholstery for the seats, suede microfiber inserts, and the option for Napa leather upholstery. The flat-bottom steering wheel also gets a good deal of carbon fiber trim, while options include a Bose audio system. A performance data recorder provides numbers to back your tales of on-track heroics. Funny enough, this thing even gets 15 cubic feet of cargo room – talk about practical!

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – interior dimensions

    Headroom (Inches) 38
    Legroom (Inches) 43
    Shoulder Room (Inches) 55
    Hip Room (Inches) 54
    EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. ) 52
    Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 15

    Drivetrain

    McLaren 570S


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    Mounted behind the cabin of the McLaren is a detuned version of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 you get in the 650S and P1, this time around rocking 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Routing it all to the rear wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Properly applied, the 570S can hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and 124 mph in 9.5 seconds, continuing on to a top speed of 204 mph.

    McLaren 570S – Drivetrain Specifications

    Engine twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8
    Horsepower 562 HP @ 7,400 RPM
    Torque 443 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
    0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
    Top Speed 204 mph

    Porsche 911 Turbo S


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    Per tradition, the 911 Turbo S mounts its engine in the rear, with a flat-six configuration for the cylinder banks. Displacement is rated at 3.8 liters, which gets boosted by two new turbos to produce as much as 580 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque at 2,250 rpm. A seven-speed PDK transmission sends the muscle to the ground, where all four wheels get fed for a dollop of AWD grip. Put it in all the right settings, and the 911 Turbo S will hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, while continuing on to a top speed of 205 mph.

    Porsche 911 Turbo S – Drivetrain Specifications

    Engine 4.0-liter V-8
    Horsepower 580 HP @ 6,400 RPM
    Torque 553 LB-FT @ 2,250 RPM
    0 to 60 mph 2.9 seconds
    Top Speed 205 mph

    Mercedes-AMG GT S


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    Under that long hood line on the Mercedes is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Thanks to its Piezo fuel injectors, indirect intercooling, and Nanoslide coating for the cylinder walls and piston rings, output comes to 515 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 479 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. The 0-to-60 mph run is done in 3.7 seconds, while top speed of 193 mph. Made from all aluminum, the V-8 is also relatively lightweight, while a “Hot Vee” configuration for the turbo placement yields faster spool time. Finally, a dry-sump oil system offers better high-G lubrication and a lower engine mounting position.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S – Drivetrain Specifications

    Engine 4.0-liter V-8
    Horsepower 515 HP @ 6,250 RPM
    Torque 479 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM
    0 to 60 mph 3.7 seconds
    Top Speed 193 mph

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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    I’d be lying if I said the Corvette ZR1’s most enticing feature was anything other than the outrageous monster powerplant lying in wait in the nose. Dubbed the LT5, this supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 uses an aluminum block and head, similar to the Z06. However, the LT5 is unique to the ZR1 (for now at least) and offers much more than a little tune-up. The entire power and torque curve is fatter, with as much as 105 extra horses and 65 extra pound-feet compared to the C7 Z06. That means the ZR1 maxes out at an impressive 755 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 715 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.

    Hitting the pavement through outrageously wide rear tires, all that go should translate into a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. Chevy didn’t give us an exact figure on the benchmark, but did say the ZR1 should eclipse 210 mph at the top end.

    “The ZR1 maxes out at an impressive 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, which we expect to translate into 2.5 seconds to 60 mph. 210 mph is possible at the top end.”

    To keep it cool, the ZR1 equips two intercoolers and four extra radiators, bringing the total number of heat exchangers to 13, which is critical when considering the overheating issues that have plagued the new Z06. The ZR1’s Eaton supercharger is also new, offering a 52-percent increase in displacement compared to the LT4 ‘Vette, standing nearly 3 inches taller as well (hence the new hood). There’s also a 4-inch diameter throttle body engineered specifically for the ZR1, which is the biggest throttle body ever added to a ‘Vette from the factory. Keeping the thirsty ‘eight topped off is a dual fuel-injection system, with both direct injection and port injection used to keep those pony juices flowing. A seven-speed manual gearbox with rev match comes as standard, while an eight-speed automatic with paddles is optional.

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Drivetrain Specifications

    Engine LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
    Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
    Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
    Transmission 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match
    8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
    0 to 60 mph 2.5 seconds
    Top Speed 210 mph

    Chassis And Handling

    McLaren 570S


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    Under the skin of the McLaren is an all-carbon chassis dubbed the MonoCell II, which was revised in order to better suit the rigors of daily driving duty. However, McLaren still managed to keep off the heft, as the whole chassis weighs just 176 pounds.

    That concern for lightness was extended to the rest of the car as well, and the result is a curb weight of just 2,895 pounds. That means it’s got an impressive power-to-weight ratio too, with 428 horsepower per metric tonne. The weight is distributed 42 percent in the front and 58 percent in the rear, and is managed by unique suspension tuning with adaptive dampers and dual wishbones. Multiple drive modes offer some flexibility, while carbon ceramic brakes make it stop and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires make it grip.

    Porsche 911 Turbo S


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    Like all 911’s, the Turbo S benefits from its unique engine configuration to offer drivers a distinctive experience behind the wheel, and even though it’s AWD, the rear-engine should provide some decent rotation if properly provoked. It’ll stop real good as well, coming equipped from the factory with Porsche’s carbon ceramic brake package, mounting larger discs than the standard Turbo (up to 410 mm, or 16.1 inches, in the S). Six-piston calipers are used up front, while four-pots are in the rear. Finally, the front wheels are 9 inches wide, while the rears are 11.5 inches wide, an increase of half an inch overall.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S


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    While it might look like a bit of a luxury bruiser, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is actually surprisingly lightweight, tipping the scales at roughly 3,600 pounds. To keep it planted, there are double wishbones in the front and rear, with lots of aluminum used for the construction. The AMG also gets electronically controlled damping as standard on the S model, plus multiple drive modes adjustable inside the cabin if desired. Speed-sensitive steering is also standard, while high-performance composite brakes can be swapped for carbon ceramic units if desired. The wheels are staggered at 19 inches in front and 20 inches in the rear, and three-stage stability control lets you pick how much electronic intervention you’d like.

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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    If it’s just straight-line speed and power that you’re after, there are cheaper options than the ZR1 (did someone say Dodge Demon?). Instead, the ZR1 mates its prodigious output with the chassis and suspension pieces required to put them to use on a track with corners.

    While it’s got basically the same suspension set-up as the Z06 (magnetorheological dampers, front and rear get double wishbones, etc.), the ZR1 stands outs thanks to unique tuning for greater performance. The ZTK Performance Pack enhances this with further tweaks to the Magnetic Ride Control components and chassis, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires. Additional features include Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering set-up with electric assist, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

    “While it’s got basically the same suspension set-up as the Z06, the ZR1 stands outs thanks to unique tuning for greater performance. Carbon fiber offsets the weight of the bigger blower.”

    In terms of weight, the ZR1’s bigger blower and cooling bits undoubtedly add quite a bit of heft, but it was offset thanks to the inclusion of additional carbon fiber components. For example, the hood, engine cover, rear quarter panel, roof, front splitter, side rail, and intake are all made from the stuff, which results in a final curb weight of 3,524 pounds.

    There’s also more than plenty of meaty tire in the corners, with the ZR1 adding a full half-inch of width to each wheel. That means you get 10.5 inches of rubber per side in front and an astonishing 12 inches per side in the rear. Yep, you read that right – 2 full feet of tire in back. Sizing for the stuff is measured at 285/30 in front and 335/25 in back. Making it stop are carbon ceramic rotors, measured at 15.5 inches in front and 15.3 inches in rear, with fixed six-pot front calipers and four-pot rear calipers.

    Prices

    McLaren 570S $188,600
    Porsche 911 Turbo S $188,100
    Mercedes-AMG GT S $132,400
    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 $120,000 (estimate, market debut scheduled for next spring)

    Conclusion


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    Lined up against the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Mercedes-AMG GT S, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has a few glaringly obvious deficiencies. First off, let’s talk about styling – while the ‘Vette looks like some kind of overwrought tuner special, the other three entries have style and panache, turning heads like a passing celebrity. By contrast, the ZR1 turns heads like a lion chowing down on a gazelle.

    Unfortunately, the same goes for the interior specs. Once again, the European supercars offer luxury and opulence, with well-crafted layouts and superlative comfort. Meanwhile, the ‘Vette screams cost cutting.

    “Depending on what kind of enthusiast you are, hyper-aggressive exterior styling and a cheap-o interior might not matter. What really matters is what happens when you put your foot down or take a corner.”

    But here’s the thing – depending on what kind of enthusiast you are, all the above might not matter. What really matters is what happens when you put your foot down or take a corner, and by those measurements, the ZR1 is absolutely worthy of keeping company with Europe’s supercars.

    Granted, the way the ‘Vette goes about making its speed is a bit… let’s say simplistic. Maybe old school would be the more appropriate term. Either way here’s the formula – huge tires, huge wing, huge engine. Sure, the ‘Vette has fancy adaptive suspension and an electronic diff, but compared to the other three entries examined here, there’s no denying that the ZR1 is a bit of a blunt instrument.


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    “Yes, the ZR1 is a bit of a blunt instrument, but when you put it all together, what you get is top-shelf supercar performance.”

    But again, that just doesn’t matter, because when you put it all together, what you get is top-shelf supercar performance. Yes, it’s a brute force approach to going fast, but it’s also brutally effective. Long story short, we’d pit the ZR1 against any of the above-mentioned European supercars on the track, and Chevy should be proud of that. Throw in the fact the Chevy should be significantly easier on the bank account, and the bad taste left by that wing-tastic exterior and plastic-heavy interior starts to fade.

    The ZR1 won’t be sold in Europe, and rightfully so. This thing isn’t subtle. It isn’t refined. It isn’t luxurious. But that’s not the point. Folks aren’t gonna buy the ZR1 because of the quality of the seat stitching. They’ll buy it because it’ll hang with the best of the best from Europe for far less outlay, and that’s the point.

    References

    McLaren 570S


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    Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S.

    Porsche 911 Turbo S


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S


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    Read our full article on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S.

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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    Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

    PostHeaderIcon Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

    When it unveiled the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 in February 2015, Porsche finally did what gearheads had been asking for a very long time: it allowed the mid-engined Cayman to live up to its true potential, which had been kept leashed to prevent it from being faster than the base 911. Now that the first Cayman GT4 has come and gone and the mid-engined sports car it was based on received its mid-cycle update, it’s time for a new track ready coupe.

    Ever since the first GT4 was announced, enthusiasts have been asking themselves whether Porsche will take things up a notch and develop a GT4 RS. But, despite favorable rumors and the fact that an RS version would make sense, a more powerful GT4 has yet to happen. This could change with the upcoming model, which has just been spotted testing on public roads. And even though there’s no confirmation whether it will be called the GT4 or GT4 RS, the new coupe will definitely pack a significantly beefed-up engine. So I’m tempted to go with an “RS” badge.

    Updated 11/15/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 out for a new testing session – and as you can notice the exhaust pipes have moved out a few inches on each side.

    Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS.

    Spy Shots

    November 15, 2017 – Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 caught testing once again


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    Why Porsche Needs an Updated Cayman GT4?


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    “Imagine all the fun you could have with a lighter and more powerful Cayman.”

    Before we jump into the details, let’s discuss why Porsche would even need a more capable Cayman GT4. As a full-fledged GT in the Porsche lineup, it would be weird for the GT4 not to evolve into a traditional nameplate like the 911 GT3. It could also use an “RS” badge, either in addition to the GT4 or as a replacement model. Even the turbocharged 911 GT2 got upgraded into an RS at some point, so why skip the Cayman GT4? I’m not looking for reasons against it, but I’m sure some might argue that the RS badge is restricted to the 911.

    Fortunately, this isn’t true, as Porsche already used it (to some extent) on the 718 race car of the late 1950s. So using it for the Cayman wouldn’t hurt Porsche’s heritage, especially now that the Cayman also sports a “718” emblem. Also, the GT4 could be both lighter and more powerful. Porsche could use even more carbon fiber to shed more pounds and squeeze more power from the flat-six engine. Just imagine all the fun you could have with a lighter and more powerful Porsche that benefits from all the advantages of a mid-ship layout.

    Exterior

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    “The new track car will be a mix between the previous Cayman GT4 and the facelifted 718 Cayman.”

    The test car isn’t exactly relevant here, mostly because it doesn’t have all of the features that make the GT4 unique, but it’s by no means difficult to imagine what this track-ready sports car will look like. Simply put, it will be a mix between the previous Cayman GT4 and the facelifted 718 Cayman.

    That said, look for Porsche to put all those aero features on the 718 Cayman’s new styling cues. Up front, highlight will include a slightly wider front end with a new bumper that will include wider vents. Naturally, the bumper will have a more aggressive design, the intakes will be bigger, while the splitter will suggest that you’re looking at the Cayman’s 911 GT3 equivalent. It will also have the new bi-xenon headlamps or the optional units with four-point DRLs.

    Onto the sides, the wider wheel arches and beefed-up side skirts will be complemented by the new character lines above and below the side intakes and the revised door handles. Also look for new mirror caps and redesigned wheels, likely measuring 20 inches.


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    “Much like the standard 718 Cayman, the GT4 will change dramatically around back.”

    Much like the standard 718 Cayman, the GT4 will change dramatically around back. It will sport new taillights with 3D LEDs and four-point brake lights, as well as the vintage-looking black trip with integrated “Porsche” lettering. This features was first used on 1990s 911 Carreras and looks absolutely gorgeous on the Cayman. The wing and aggressive diffuser that make the GT4 stand out in the lineup will also get significant changes for improved performance.

    All told, the 718 Cayman GT4 will retain the nameplate’s already familiar looks, but it will boast a more modern feel.

    Interior


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    Note: Previous Porsche Cayman GT4 interior pictured here.

    “Much like its predecessor, it will have sports seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara for improved lateral support.”

    Inside, the new 718 Cayman GT4 will come with a number of extras compared to the standard model. Much like its predecessor, it will have sports seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara for improved lateral support and a smaller sports steering wheel.

    The Sport Chrono Package will be standard, as will be the “Sport Plus” button that stiffens the suspension, sharpens throttle response, and quickens the steering. The Track Precision App, likely in upgraded form, will enable drivers to gather data while on the track. Options should include carbon-fiber racing bucket seats, among other motorsport-inspired goodies.

    On top of the GT4-specific features, look for all the updates that came with the Cayman’s facelift. The list includes a revised dash with new A/C vents and an updated instrument cluster. You’ll also be able to add USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Porsche Car Connect, and even a premium sounds system should you be willing to sacrifice the car’s tremendous lightweight nature.

    Drivetrain


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    “There's no doubt that the GT4 will be the quickest and most powerful Cayman ever made, but the drivetrain is still a mystery as of this writing.”

    There’s no doubt that the GT4 will be the quickest and most powerful Cayman ever made, but the drivetrain is still a mystery as of this writing. As you might remember, the 718 Cayman went turbo all the way, with both the 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines using forced induction. There have been reports that the GT4 might continue as a naturally aspirated car, but again, the specific engine is unknown.

    “The Germans could also use a detuned version of the 4.0-liter in the 911 GT3 RS.”

    Logic dictates that Porsche would go with an uprated version of the 3.8-liter flat-six that the previous GT4 borrowed from the 911 Carrera S, but the Germans could also use a detuned version of the 4.0-liter in the 911 GT3 RS. Either way, the flat-six will crank out well in excess of 400 horsepower. My bet is on around 430 horses, which will be a nearly 50-horsepower increase compared to the outgoing, 385-horsepower coupe.

    The more powerful engine and revised chassis components will also return improved performance. With the previous GT4 able to hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, the revised track could hit the same benchmark in under four seconds. Top speed should also increase from 183 to around 187 mph.

    Prices


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    It’s way too early to talk about prices here, but it’s safe to assume the GT4 RS will become the most expensive Cayman ever. With the previous GT4 priced from $84,600, the revised coupe will likely cost $90,000 before options.

    Competition

    2016 Lotus Evora 400


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    Since 2009, Lotus has been giving the Cayman a good run for its money with the Evora. For 2016, the Brits have updated the sports car with a new body shell and a more powerful engine, making it a suitable competitor for the Cayman GT4 and the upcoming RS. The updated supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 is now capable of 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque, which should be enough to pose a threat to the GT4 RS. The extra grunt also enables the Evora 400 to hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and top out at 186 mph. This race car for the road will arrive in the U.S. with a sticker set at $89,900, which puts it on par with the GT4. Those not keen on rowing their own gears, the Lotus comes with an optional automatic transmission.

    Find out more about the Evora 400 in our detailed review here.

    2014 Alfa Romeo 4C


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    Alfa Romeo’s first mass-produced vehicle to arrive in the U.S. since 1995, the 4C is a milder proposition to the Cayman GT4 RS. Unlike the Porsche, it carries a much smaller, turbocharged, 1.75-liter four-banger rated at “only” 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Though it’s less powerful than the base Cayman, the 4C is quite quick in a straight line, needing only 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. It might not be as track-focused as the Cayman GT4 RS, but it’s significantly more affordable at $54,000. There’s no word as to whether Alfa Romeo plans to build a more hardcore version of the 4C, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see one hit the streets in a couple of years.

    Read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C here.

    Conclusion


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    Though the Cayman GT4 is arguably the hottest compact sports car around, it’s hard not to dream about a more powerful version, especially since the first GT4 is long sold out. The GT4 RS would combine everything Porsche has learned while developing the new 911 GT3 with the advantages of a mid-ship configuration, which would result in a tremendous race car for the road. Moreover, a GT4 RS would also enable Porsche to develop a racing program for the Cayman and offer privateers a more affordable alternative to the 911. In the meantime, all we can do is keep our fingers cross for the Cayman GT4 RS to happen as soon as possible.

    • Leave it
      • Not confirmed for production yet
      • Would be pretty expensive

    Update History

    Updated 05/09/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 out for a first testing session.

    PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Plans To Unleash The New Corvette ZR1 At The Nurburgring

    With Chevrolet blowing the doors off to signal the arrival of the incredible Corvette ZR1, now the sole holder of the title “most powerful Chevrolet car in history,”
    we all knew that it would only be a matter of time before the discussion about the sports car turned to its possible exploits at the world’s most famous race track. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that barely a few days have passed since the Corvette burst into our lives and yes, there’s already talk of it conquering the Nurburgring.

    Corvette Chief Engineer, Tadge Juechter, broke the news to Road &Track, saying that Chevy will, in fact, attempt a flying lap around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife section of the ring with the goal of posting a lap time below seven minutes. Considering that only four street-legal, production cars – the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Lamborghini Huracan LP640-4 Performante, Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce – have ever accomplished that feat, the Corvette ZR1 is most certainly shooting for the stars and making no apologies about it. Since that planned trip to Germany isn’t for another few months, expect the discussion surrounding the ZR1’s potential to build up ahead of its eventual run at the ‘Ring. Hopefully, that happens sooner than later because with what the ZR1 is packing – 755 horsepower and a menu of advanced aero tech – that goal appears to be there for the taking.

    Continue after the jump to read the full story.

    Can the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 actually do it?


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    “Chevy will attempt a flying lap around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife section of the ring with the goal of posting a lap time below seven minutes”

    It’s too early to tell at this point, but based on its power numbers and the fact that it’s dripping in aerodynamics, I’d rate the Corvette ZR1’s chance of pulling a sub-seven minute lap time at the Nurburgring as “pretty good.” I’m not going to go so far as to say that it’s an absolute certainty, though, because if you really think about it, there should be more than just four production cars to post that kind of time in the track. But, whether its driver nerves, inclement weather, or just straight up underestimating the challenges posed by the track, a lot of cars that looked to be locks on paper failed to live up to the hype.

    That said, I am confident that the Corvette ZR1 can not only accomplish it, but do so handily. It certainly has the power to get the job done. It should have the pace too, considering that there’s a good chance that this car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds and hit speeds in excess of 210 mph. Combine all that with Chevrolet’s focus on making the car potent in aerodynamics and handling, and you have a machine that looks to be poised to break a few lap records in the process. I won’t go so far as to say that it can break the 911 GT2 RS’ record lap of 6:47.25 at the ‘Ring, but I do think that, if everything breaks right for Chevy during the Corvette ZR1’s run, the latter has a chance to approach – maybe even eclipse – the 6:55 lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

    Only time will provide the answer to the question we’ve all been asking so, hopefully, the ZR1’s run at the ‘Ring takes place early next year. It’d be a shame to start building up the hype this early only for the buzz to lose its sustainability. Let’s get to it, Chevrolet. You’ve done great work with the Corvette ZR1. Now it’s time to unleash it and see what it can really do with the eyes of the world watching it.

    10 fastest cars around Nurburgring

    References

    Chevrolet Corvette


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    Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.



    Read more Chevrolet news.

    PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO

    2018 McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO

    Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S is the second addition to the Woking brand’s Super Series line, offering high-end exotic performance and styling in a more accessible package. Indeed, a daily driver supercar makes for a great fit in a place like Dubai, and as such, McLaren just dropped the above-featured one-off as the piece de resistance for this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. Built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the brand’s in-house tuners and creative customization team, it’s dubbed the Zenith Black, and its got a careful selection of styling upgrades both inside and out that are sure to get noticed, even when the local police force consists of hoverbikes and Bugatti Veyrons.

    All told, this is an utterly unique creation, as indicated by the “1 of 1” placard inside the cabin. MSO spent an extra 120 hours on top of the usual production process to bring it to life, and overall, we think it looks great. The theme pays homage to the idea of “achievement” in a distinctive fashion – read on to learn exactly what that means.

    Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO.

    What Makes The McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO Special

    • One-off bespoke model
    • Black and gold color scheme inside and out
    • Gold wheels
    • Gold paddle shifters
    • Lots of carbon fiber extras for the exterior
    • 24-carat gold heat shield
    • Rear wing painted to resemble Dubai skyline
    • Bruce McLaren quote in Arabic
    • Customization took 120 hours to complete
    • Stock twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8

    For starters, the whole car comes draped in a menacing shade called Zenith Black, complete in a soft, gloss-free satin finish. Further exterior upgrades include a carbon fiber exterior package, which tosses in composite components for the front splitter, door mirror stalks, rear aero bridge, air intakes, roof, rear diffuser, engine cover, rear deck, and rear bumper. Each component is offered as part of the MSO Defined line of extras.

    The alloy wheels stand out thanks to their gold finish and look quite good against the understated black paint and carbon extras. There’s also a 24-carat gold heat shield for the engine cover, much like the venerable McLaren F1 from the ‘90s.


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    “More gold coloring was added inside the cabin as well, enhancing the paddle shifters, steering wheel central spokes, and inner door line”

    More gold coloring was added inside the cabin as well, enhancing the paddle shifters, steering wheel central spokes, and inner door line. Once again, we think the color combo works quite well, and comes offset by black Alcantara upholstery, black leather trim, and carbon embellishments for the side sills, fascia vents, and steering wheel.

    However, the most memorable detail of the Zenith Black can be found on the rear wing, which was also painted with gold detailing and took 30 hours to complete.
    Interestingly, the wing now bears a quote from Mr. Bruce McLaren himself, finished in Arabic and stylized to resemble the Dubai skyline. The quote reads: “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”


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    “The wing bears a quote from Mr. Bruce McLaren himself, finished in Arabic and stylized to resemble the Dubai skyline”

    Basically, Bruce was saying that the number of years you’re alive isn’t the only measure of a life, but rather, the achievements made during that time are just as important. Indeed, the idea of “achievement” was the driving force behind the commission, as explained by McLaren brass Andreas Bareis: “The quote from Bruce McLaren rings true not only of the history of McLaren but also the achievements of the U.A.E. and the Gulf states over the last four decades. The U.A.E. and the region are very important to McLaren, not only in terms of our client base but also because of the support from our shareholders. This car pays tribute to that.”

    Finally, the engine spec and speed remain unchanged, with a stock twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 mounted behind the cabin. Output is measured at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    References

    McLaren 720S


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    Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

    McLaren F1


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    Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.

    PostHeaderIcon Insider Knowledge – You can Save BIG Money on the Jaguar F-Type Right Now

    So, here’s the deal – Jaguar isn’t advertising it, but it’s dealers are getting a major discount for each Jaguar F-Type sold. How Much? As much as $30,000 Gertrude; that’s how much. The nitty-gritty: Dealers are getting $30,000 cash incentives on the F-Type SVR, $20,000 on the F-Type R, and $10,000 on the F-Type V-6. So, if you’re planning to buy an F-Type, walk into your dealer with this knowledge, otherwise, they might try to get one over on you. Either way, this is a pretty big deal, and even if some dealers try to play stupid, others out there are already applying a full discount. And, they should.

    See, the whole point of this huge dealer cash incentive is to help them move 2017 inventories, not for them to make $30,000 on some poor guy who doesn’t know what’s going on. The dealers can mark them down as much as they want, to the maximum amount and will still get their full incentive, but, there’s a catch. See, the dealers only get the cash incentive if the sale isn’t combined with promotional financing. That means you’re either paying case or walking into the door with a check pre-written by the loan agent at your bank or credit union – you know, outside financing.

    With that in mind, you could – in theory – get yourself a V-6 F-Type for as little as $50,000 if your dealer has one in stock and will give you the full $10,000 cash incentive. OF course, most dealers have already sold out of the base model, as usual, so you’ll probably have to go for an R or SVT, both of which will drain the bank a bit more. But, with when you take into account that just a week ago the F-Type SVR had a sticker of $130,000, and you can now find them listed for just over $100,000, you’re still getting a damn good deal for a car that’s still new. Oh and, by the way, there’ are absolutely no dals on the table for buying or leasing a 2018 model with all current offers expiring after the new-years blowout on January 1, 2018. So, I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting to get a better deal on a 2018 model and, for what it’s worth, the 2018 model will probably be the exact same anyway so do yourself a favor and take advantage of this deal while you still can.

    References

    Jaguar F-Type


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR.


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


    2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD - Driven - image 648333

    Read our full driven review on the 2016 Jaguar F-Type R.



    Read more Jaguar news.

    PostHeaderIcon Next McLaren Ultimate Series Will Debut On December 10

    The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 10, 2017, at 00:01 GMT. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.

    The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!

    Most Recent McLaren P15 Teaser


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    First McLaren P15 Teaser


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    Possible McLaren P15 Spy Shots

    Top Speed McLaren P15 Rendering


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    References

    McLaren P15


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    Read our speculative review of the 2019 McLaren P15



    Read more McLaren news.

    PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT2 Tests Top Speed On The Autobahn: Video

    We love videos like this. They just feel right – Stuttgart’s performance superstar going flat-out on an unrestricted stretch of the autobahn? Yes, please! Assuming the starring role is a 991-era GT2 RS, which was introduced just a few months back rocking an incredible 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, flat-six powerplant hanging out back. Properly applied, Porsche says it’s enough motivation to push the German powerhouse to 211 mph. That’s blisteringly quick but, as evidenced by the above-featured 3-minute, 22-second video, the 911 GT2 RS might go much, much faster.

    After some nice establishing shots showing a selection of 911s out on the track, plus a silver GT2 RS filling its tank at a gas station, the video moves to an angle of the gauge pod, where we watch the machine accelerate from a standstill. The driver engages launch control and takes off like a scalded cat, very quickly passing the ploddingly slow speed limits we must endure here in the U.S. The driver stays in it, maxing out the revs in every gear before eventually topping out at an incredible 356 kph (221.2 mph) as indicated by the onboard speedometer. Apparently, a separate GPS device recorded 342 kph (212.5 mph), which is still pretty damn quick, if you ask us. Either way, it’s impressive to watch as this track-bred piece of precision engineering is taken to the limit. There are even some ending glory shots of the GT2 RS paying its respects at Porsche headquarters.

    References

    Porsche GT2


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    Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


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    PostHeaderIcon Lotus Exige Cup 430

    2017 Lotus Exige Cup 430

    First introduced in 2000, the Lotus Exige is now well into its third generation, but so far, it stays true to its roots. Offered as a hardtop iteration of the Lotus Elise roadster, the Exige is a two-seater performance coupe that seeks a pure driving experience through low weight and incomparable simplicity. It’s a tempting formula, and as such, Lotus has offered a variety of variants over the years, each upping the ante even higher than the last. The latest Cup 430 is no different. In case you were unaware, “Cup” translates as motorsport-focused in Lotus lingo, which means this machine is even more capable when it comes to dropping the lap times. It’s still street legal, but the barebones approach is stripped down even further with less weight. However, the big story here is the extra power and added aero, all of which combine to make for the fastest road-going Exige ever made.

    How fast, exactly? Well, to add science to the conversation, Lotus says the Exige Cup 430 undercuts the Lotus 3-Eleven’s time at its Hethel test circuit by 1.2 seconds, stopping the timer at 1 minute, 24.8 seconds. That makes it the fastest production car to ever lap the track. Impressed? Read on for details.

    Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Exige Cup 430.

    Exterior

    • More downforce thanks to revised aero
    • 485 pounds of extra aero stick
    • Staggered wheel size (17-inches in front, 18-inches in back)

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    “Function trumps form with this one, even though we think the Cup 430 is a damn good lookin’ piece of kit.”

    The first thing you’ll notice about the Lotus Exige Cup 430 is its updated exterior. While only slightly changed next to the previous Exige Sport 380, the revisions make for a more effective aerodynamics package. Indeed, function trumps form with this one, even though we think the Cup 430 is a damn good lookin’ piece of kit.

    Kicking things are redesigned mesh inserts for the front intakes. Mated with a new front splitter and air curtain, these components help to reduce drag without affecting downforce levels. There’s also a new splitter and trailing lip to properly direct the air flowing underneath the car, while reshaped air curtains guide the atmosphere through the front wheel arches to reduce turbulence and drag. Louvers were added behind the headlights to reduce the wheel well pressure and increase overall downforce.


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    “All said and done, the Exige Cup 430 produces upwards of 485 pounds of downforce at speed.”

    In the flanks, you’ll find unique carbon fiber intakes with a wider mouth to help keep the radiators nice and chilly. In back is a behemoth motorsport-inspired wing to keep the tail planted. Made from carbon fiber and sporting taller dimensions, this unit once again manages to increase downforce without affecting drag. Cut-out sections behind the rear wheels also reduce pressure.

    All said and done; Lotus boasts that the Exige Cup 430 produces upwards of 220 kg (485 pounds) of downforce at speed. It’ll also make the same amount of downforce at 100 mph as the Exige Sport 350 does at its top speed of 170 mph.

    New lightweight clamshells were also added front and back, with a hybrid carbon composite material used for the various body panels. The multi-spoke, lightweight, forged alloy wheels are staggered in diameter, with 17’s in front and 18’s in back. Wheel finish includes the option for black, red, or silver as standard.

    Interior

    • Barebones design
    • Alcantara, leather, or tartan upholstery offered
    • Open-gate shifter design looks hot

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    “The cabin in the Exige Cup 430 comes with just enough gear to keep you relatively comfortable”

    In true Lotus fashion, the cabin in the Exige Cup 430 comes with just enough gear to keep you relatively comfortable, while cutting out just about everything else in the name of speed. The dash layout is as simple as they come, with an uncluttered layout punctuated by round air vents. The center console is composed of a head unit that looks like an aftermarket upgrade out of a ‘90s-era Civic, below which is a trio of rotary knobs. Hell, there’s even a key slot next to the steering wheel. You know, to start the engine and stuff. Very old school.

    Of course, this thing isn’t a total bunker. You still get color-keyed inserts for the seats, transmission tunnel, HVAC surround, and window switches as standard, while contrast stitching was added to the Alcantara-clad steering wheel. Alcantara was added to the center console, door panels, and dash. Leather or tartan upholstery is also offered as a no-cost option.


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    “The center console is composed of a head unit that looks like an aftermarket upgrade out of a ‘90s-era Civic.”

    And don’t forget all that extra carbon fiber trim. For example, there’s a handmade carbon surround for the gauges, and there’s also carbon fiber doorsills. Custom carbon race seats keep passengers firmly in place.

    Lastly, the Exige Cup 430 gets one of my favorite interior details – an open-gate shifter!


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    Who doesn’t love an open-gate shifter? Bad people, that’s who.

    Drivetrain

    • Mid-mounted supercharged 3.5-liter V-6
    • New supercharger from Edelbrock
    • 430 horsepower
    • 325 pound-feet of torque
    • Standard six-speed manual gearbox
    • 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds
    • 180-mph top speed

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    “Providing the go is a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6, a powerplant that was developed from the Lotus Evora GT430”

    Mounted in the middle of this thing is a new engine spec packing a good bit more power, which, if we’re honest, is a little unusual for Lotus. Typically, the brand focuses on shaving off weight and adding just a splash more power, but hey – we aren’t complaining.

    Providing the go is a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6, a powerplant that was developed from the Lotus Evora GT430 and comes ready and willing thanks a new supercharger from California-based performance parts manufacturer Edelbrock. There’s also a new water-to-air charge cooler that allows the six to take on more boost. Complementing the blower is a revised intake and a larger throttle body as well, while a new oil cooler keeps it all as reliable as possible.

    There’s also a high-flow titanium exhaust as standard, which Lotus promises will sound “like to other Exige at speed.” Redline is set at 7,000 rpm.

    Wind it out, and output peaks at 430 horses, arriving at redline. Max twist is rated at 440 Nm (325 pound-feet), arriving at 4,000 rpm. That’s a meaty 55 extra horsepower than what you get in the Exige Cup 380, a 13-percent increase. It’s also 24 percent more go than what you get in the Exige Sport 350. And that means the Cup 430 gets a vastly improved power-to-weight ratio (more on that in the next section).

    “Putting the power to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual transmission.”

    Putting the power to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual transmission, which comes equipped with a new high-performance clutch. Diameter is now up to 240 mm, 12 mm more than the Exige Cup 380, yielding an 11-percent increase in clutch surface area.

    Properly motivated, the Lotus Exige Cup 430 does the 0-to-60 mph sprint in 3.2 seconds, while top speed is rated at 180 mph.

    Chassis And Handling

    • Supercharger adds weight
    • Still lighter compared to predecessor
    • 407 horsepower per metric tonne
    • More dowforce in front for better turn-in
    • Suspension offers loads of adjustability

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    “The Exige Cup 430 cuts a full 29 kg (63.9 pounds) compared to the preceding Exige 380.”

    As expected, the Exige Cup 430 is sprightlier than its predecessors, cutting weight in Lotus’ never-ending quest to add lightness. Carbon fiber is used extensively, which also increases torsional rigidity while reducing heft. Composite components include the front splitter, the front access panel, the roof, the diffuser surround, the air intake side pods, the one-piece tailgate, and of course that enormous rear wing.

    Further weight savings were made with the new front and rear clamshell covers, which cut 6.8 kg (15 pounds) by themselves. A new exhaust cuts out 10 kg (22 pounds) past the rear axle, helping to even out the weight distribution, while the aluminum diffuser cuts 1 kg (2.2 pounds). Finally, the interior is 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) lighter than the Exige Cup 380.

    All told, the Exige Cup 430 cuts a full 29 kg (63.9 pounds) compared to the preceding Exige 380. However, that substantial weight savings is offset by the heavier engine and drivetrain configuration, with the charge cooler and cooling system adding 15 kg (33.1 pounds), the heavy-duty clutch adding 0.8 kg (1.8 pounds), and the larger brake discs adding 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds). The final unladen weight for the 430 comes to 1,093 kg (2,410 pounds), while the dry weight is 1,059 kg (2,335 pounds). If you want the lightest configuration possible, Lotus is offering an air bag delete that brings the dry weight down to 1,056 (2,328 pounds). Impressively, that’s still at least 12 kg (26.5 pounds) lighter overall than its predecessor.

    Combined with the healthier engine spec, the lower curb weight blesses the Exige Cup 430 with a fantastic power-to-weight ratio, rocking as much as 407 horsepower per metric tonne (2,205 pounds), up from the previous model’s 355 horsepower per tonne.

    True to form, the Exige Cup 430 gets the proper chassis and handling upgrades to complement the increased power-to-weight. For starters, the downforce ratio between to tail and nose is now higher in front, with as much as 45 percent of the available aero centered over the front axle (as compared to the Exige Cup 380’s 36 percent front aero ratio). This increase to the front downforce allows for more precise turn-in at speed thanks to the greater grip levels.


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    “The downforce ratio between to tail and nose is now higher in front, with as much as 45 percent of the available aero centered over the front axle.”

    Taking advantage of the stick is a variable traction control system, which is tweaked via a rotary switch on the steering column. The system is only active when the ESP is turned off, and offers six settings for more or less wheel slip as desired. These include 1 percent slip, 3 percent slip, 6 percent slip, 9 percent slip, and 12 percent slip, plus an off setting if you wanna go full Stig Mode.

    Complementing the extra aero grip is a high-performance suspension set-up that comes standard with Nitron three-way adjustable shocks, offering variable settings for the rebound, low-speed compression, and high-speed compression. Further tunability comes from the adjustable front and rear sway bars provided by Eibach, which are also included as standard equipment. The steering arm geometry was also revised to help alleviate bump steer.

    “Complementing the extra aero grip is a high-performance suspension set-up that comes standard with Nitron three-way adjustable shocks.”

    The Exige Cup 430 should stop quite well thanks to “some of the largest calipers and rotors of any Lotus road car.” These include forged four-pot AP Racing calipers, which bite down on two-piece J-hook discs with a high thermal capacity.

    In terms of safety, the lightweight track star gets a roll-over bar made from T45 steel, as well as a new seatbelt anchorage frame (which actually cuts 1.2 kg, or 2.6 pounds), an electrical cut-off, and a fire extinguisher. There’s also a front towing eye, just in case you bin it.

    Finally, Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires make the thing grip, measuring in at 215/45 in front and 285/30 in back.

    Prices


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    For those that are interested, Lotus is offering the Exige Cup 430 with a variety of options by way of the Lotus Exclusive program. The car is available for order now, with pricing is set at 99,800 pounds in the U.K., 127,500 euros in Germany, and 128,600 euros in France.

    No word on whether or not this thing will arrive in the U.S., but odds are against it. And that’s a shame, really.

    Competition

    Porsche 911 Carrera GTS


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    While certainly a bit more plush than the Lotus, this 911 is still a mighty performance machine in and of itself. Motivated by as much as 450 horsepower, the Carrera GTS can hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, continuing on to a top speed of 193 mph. RWD comes as standard, but AWD versions are offered as well. You can also drop a bit more cash on a PDK automatic transmission if you want, which slices the 60-mph benchmark down to 3.5 seconds.

    Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

    BAC Mono


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    Simple, lightweight, and track-focused – BAC does all those things just as well with the Mono. With as much as 525 horsepower per tonne, the Mono is a real rocket ship, scooting to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 170 mph. This thing also weighs less than 1,300 pounds, and is propelled by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 300 horsepower. So yeah, it’s quick, but it’s also so stripped down, it makes the Lotus look like a Bentley.

    Read our full review on the 2017 BAC Mono.

    Conclusion


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    It’s great to see Lotus back on track following that rough patch it had a little while ago. Now, it appears to be producing cars that offer all the good stuff we’ve come to expect from the brand, making the formula work in an age when highly complex technology seems to be all the rage. All told, it’s that simple, lightweight approach that makes Lotus so attractive, especially in a segment that’s adding batteries, hybrid systems, and other weighty equipment as the solution to going faster.

    Thing is, the Exige Cup 430 is unique in that its not only lighter than it’s predecessor, but it also adds significant levels of power. And you don’t always see that from the British brand.

    “This is the car that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product,” says Jean-Marc Gales, Group Lotus CEO. “As well as a significant power hike, the Cup 430 has benefitted from the extensive development in areas essential to Lotus’ DNA, in order to ensure that the full potential of the Exige’s incredible chassis can be exploited.”

    All told, this giant killer is a serious slice of motorsport-inspired performance. It’s the Exige in it’s top street-legal form, a leveled-up two-seater with enough go to put the bigger, badder competition to shame. And we like that.

    • Leave it
      • Very expensive
      • Not exactly luxurious
      • Almost definitely not coming to the U.S.

    References

    Lotus Exige


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Lotus Exige.


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Lotus Exige 380.


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Lotus 3-Eleven.


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    Read our full review on the 2017 Lotus Evora GT430.

    PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was unveiled in early 2013 and introduced for the 2014 model year. It replaced the nine-year-old C6 and essentially changed the way enthusiasts viewed the Corvette thanks to its significant upgrades. Besides the more angular and aggressive styling, the C7 also received a revamped interior that no longer made use of cheap plastics. The cabin was finally moved into premium territory, putting an end to decades of criticism. While it continued to use an all-engine V-8, the Corvette gained a supercharged unit with the Z06 badge. Come 2017, and Chevrolet took things to a whole new level with a new ZR1 model, the fourth since the early 1970s. Powered by a brand-new V-8, it’s the ZR1 with highest power, greatest track performance, and most advanced technology in its production history!

    It took Chevrolet some four years to revise the range-topping ZR1, but the wait was definitely worth it. The new supercharged coupe surpasses every rumor we’ve been through so far with a significantly revised exterior, a menacing, race-inspired rear wing, and a supercharged V-8 engine that was designed on a clean sheet. After years of speculation, dozens of camouflaged test cars, and rumors that GM is also working on a mid-engined Corvette, the ZR1 is here to prove that Chevrolet isn’t yet willing to give up on its fantastic tradition and that the ZR1 legend will live on for a few more years. And, for the very first time since the Corvette was introduced more than five decades ago, it’s safe to say that Chevrolet finally has a competitor for the high-end supercars out there. Keep reading to find out why.

    Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

    Exterior

    • Redesigned front bumper with large intakes
    • Bigger carbon-fiber splitter
    • New engine hood with bulged center section
    • Unique wheels
    • Side sill extensions
    • Big rear wing
    • Two aerodynamic packages
    • Sebring Orange package
    • Most aggressive ZR1 exterior ever!

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    “Up front, the headlamps and the nose are the only features that remind of the C7 Corvette”

    As suspected since we saw the first prototypes, the ZR1 arrived with a ton of new features compared to the Z06, including a massive change in the aerodynamics department.

    Up front, the headlamps and the nose are the only features that remind of the C7 Corvette. The bumper was redesigned on a clean sheet. The wide intake seen on other Corvettes is gone, replaced by a three-piece layout with a narrower opening in the middle and two massive intakes onto the sides. A honeycomb-like mesh complements all three, but the holes are larger than usual, which gives the bumper a menacing stance. The splitter is bigger than any similar unit seen on a Corvette before and puts even that of the race-spec C7.R to shame.


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    “The engine hood is also new, and its center section is insanely tall”

    The engine hood is also new, and its center section is insanely tall. Designed this way in order to make way for the larger supercharger, it has a custom carbon-fiber “halo” opening. As we move onto the sides, when can see new vertical fins on the side splitter, redesigned vents on the front fenders, and more aggressive side skirts. Around back, everything seems to be the same below the decklid. The ZR1 keeps the four-pipe, center-mounted layout and the same diffuser, with only a “ZR1” badge setting it apart from the Z06. However, there’s a new wing to talk about. Actually, there’s two because Chevrolet offers two wind tunnel-designed aero packages.

    First up is the standard low wing, which delivers the highest top speed and helps generate up to 70-percent more downforce than the Z06. Although low, the wing is pretty wide and makes the ZR1 look like a full-fledged race car. Things become even more aggressive with the optional High Wing package. Replacing the low wing with a much higher, new-design unit, this bundle provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce. This package basically offers maximum downforce on the track for the quickest lap times — Chevy says it comes with about 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package.

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    “The ZR1 delivers 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package.”

    Both wings are tied into the chassis, like on the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, for enhanced strength and stability. Both ZR1 models also feature a downforce-enhancing front underwing.

    Alongside these performance packages, Chevy also launched the Sebring Orange Package with the ZR1. The bundle adds new design features inside and out, including Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color and orange brake calipers and rocker panel and splitter accents stripes.

    All told, the ZR1 is not only the meanest Corvette ever built, but also the most aggressive vehicle wearing a Chevrolet badge.

    Exterior Dimensions

    Wheelbase (Inches) 106.7
    Overall Length (Inches) 176.9
    Overall Width (Inches) 77.4
    Overall Height (Inches) 48.6
    Track front/rear (Inches) 63.6/62.5

    THE COMPETITION


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    “If you're looking for a race-inspired design, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a solid proposition!”

    There aren’t many sports cars out there that have such big wings and are still legal on public roads. One good example is the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, but it’s not as powerful as the Corvette ZR1. And it’s not as menacing as the Chevy on the outside either. Sure, it has plenty of aero bits, and it looks pretty similar to the company’s track-only models, but it still has that organic, somewhat polished look modern 911s are known for. It’s nowhere near as angular as the Corvette ZR1, which feels a bit more modern so to speak. However, if you’re looking for a race-inspired design, this Porsche is a solid proposition!


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    You can get a more aggressive design with the Ferrari 488 GTB, but only if you’re willing to pay in excess of $200,000 to take one home. Comparing a Ferrari to a Corvette might be upsetting to some purists, mostly because the 488 GTB comes with a mid-engine configuration and significantly more luxury and cachet, but the ZR1 looks ready to give the 488 GTB a run for its money as far as design goes. Although it also lacks a rear wing, the GTB sports a fresh styling language that combines elements from the previous 458 Italia and the LaFerrari supercar. While the front fascia and most of the side panels look rather plain, the wide rear haunches and race-inspired rear end with classic looking round taillights give the Ferrari a unique appearance.

    Interior

    • Carbon-fiber steering wheel inserts
    • Carbon-fiber dash and center stack
    • Leather and Alcantara seats
    • Optional Nappa leather
    • Competition sport seats
    • Performance Data Recorder
    • Premium Bose audio system
    • Orange accents
    • Bronze aluminum trim

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    “The first thing that catches the eye is the carbon-fiber inserts on the steering wheel”

    Upgrades aren’t as radical inside the cabin, but this is far from surprising. The Z06 gained mild updates of the standard model, so I’m not surprised to see that the ZR1 package doesn’t change all that much inside the cabin. But you will notice that this isn’t a Z06 as soon as you open the door.

    The first thing that catches the eye is the carbon-fiber inserts on the steering wheel. The seats are also wrapped in leather as standard, while Alcantara inserts remind that this ’Vette was built for quick lap times. Optionally, you can go with Competition sport seats, which are wrapped in Nappa leather and have heating and ventilation. Chevy also offers the Performance Data Recorder that allows you to record your experience at the track, and a Bose premium audio system.


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    When equipped with the Sebring Orange Package, the ZR1 gets orange seatbelts and contrast stitching and bronze aluminum trim. The latter is visible on the steering wheel, center console, center stack, door panels, and the seats. Of course, the ZR1 also comes with plenty of carbon-fiber, particularly on the center stack and the driver-side dashboard.

    Interior Dimensions

    Headroom (Inches) 38
    Legroom (Inches) 43
    Shoulder Room (Inches) 55
    Hip Room (Inches) 54
    Curb Weight (Lbs) 3,524
    EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. ) 52
    Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 15

    THE COMPETITION


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    “Classy and simple, yet stylish, the Porsche’s cabin is made from high-quality materials only”

    Much like its exterior, the GT2 RS’ interior is less aggressive than the ZR1. But that’s not a bad thing. Classy and simple, yet stylish, the Porsche’s cabin is made from high-quality materials only. Somehow Porsche managed to blend the classy looks of the 911 with the sporty looks of its FIA-spec race cars. The dashboard and door panels also include leather inserts and contrast stitching, while red accents on the steering wheels, door panels, and A-pillars add a dash of color to an otherwise black layout. The race-spec seats made from carbon-fiber help set the Porsche apart, as does the full roll cage mounted in the rear compartment. Tech goodies include the Porsche Communication Management system, Porsche Connect Plus, and the Track Precision app that comes with the Chrono Package.


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    Opt for the Ferrari 488 GTB, and you’ll end up with a race-inspired cabin with tons of high-quality stuff all over the place. The Maranello-built sports car doesn’t differ much from the 911 as far as technology goes, but it’s cabin seems more suited for cruising rather than track performance.

    Drivetrain

    • New supercharged V-8 engine
    • 755 horsepower
    • 715 pound-feet of torque
    • Up to 23 mpg on the highway
    • 52-percent larger blower
    • 0 to 60 in less than 2.9 seconds
    • 210-mph top speed
    • Seven-speed manual
    • Optional eight-speed automatic
    • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
    • Magnetic Ride Control suspension

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    “The potent LT4 engine in the Z06 was replaced by an even more powerful V-8 unit”

    Drivetrain upgrades are worthy of the aggressive, race-inspired exterior. The potent LT4 engine in the Z06 was replaced by an even more powerful V-8 unit. Called the LT5, probably a throwback to the V-8 engine in the C4-generation ZR1, this new V-8 is also supercharged, but the blower is 52-percent larger than in the Z06. The combo also utilizes GM’s first dual-fuel-injection, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection. This not only helps the LT5 achieve its massive output, but also keeps fuel consumption relatively low at up to 23 mpg highway and up to 15 mpg city.

    Speaking of performance, the 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out a whopping 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. That’s 105 horses and 65 pound-feet more than the Z06 and 300 horsepower and 255 pound-feet more than the standard Corvette. It’s worth noting that the ZR1 is the most powerful Chevrolet ever made. Impressive!


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    ” The new ZR1 is the most powerful Chevrolet ever made”

    Info about how long it takes the ZR1 to hit 60 mph is not yet available, but it should be significantly quicker than the already stupid fast Corvette Z06, which reaches the benchmark in 2.95 seconds. Given the extra oomph and the revised aerodynamics, I’d say that the ZR1 can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds or less. Top speed is rated at “over 210 mph,” at least 25 mph more than the Corvette Z06! That’s also only seven mph less than high-end Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars.


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    “Top speed is rated at "over 210 mph," at least 25 mph more than the Corvette Z06”

    Two transmissions are available, which is a first for the ZR1. Previous available with only manual transmissions, the new ZR1 can be had with an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The manual box is Chevrolet’s latest seven-speed. Of course, both gearboxes have been optimized for the ZR1’s drivetrain.

    Cooling was also improved, with four new radiators added to increase the number of heat exchangers to 13. The High Wing package adds Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for greater cornering grip.

    Drivetrain Specifications

    Type: LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
    Bore & stroke (in / mm) 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
    Block material: Cast aluminum
    Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
    Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
    Fuel delivery: Direct and port injection
    Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
    Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
    Transmission 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match
    8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
    Fuel economy city/highway 15/22 mpg (manual)
    13/23 mpg (automatic)
    Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
    Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
    Steering Type: Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist
    Turning Circle (ft. / m): 39.2 / 11.6
    Brake Type: Front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece carbon ceramic matrix rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers
    Brake Rotor Size (in / mm): Front –15.5 / 394
    Rear –15.3 / 388
    Wheel Size: Front: 19-inch x 10.5-inch
    Rear: 20-inch x 12-inch
    Tire Size: Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (std.)
    Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (ZTK)
    Front: P285/30ZR19
    Rear: P335/25ZR20

    COMPETING PERFORMANCE


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    “While the 911 GT2 RS and 488 GTB aren’t as powerful as the Corvette ZR1, both are quick enough to give the American coupe a run for its money”

    While the 911 GT2 RS and 488 GTB aren’t as powerful as the Corvette ZR1, both are quick enough to give the American coupe a run for its money. Having adopted turbo technology since the 1990s, Porsche makes the quickest force-fed sports cars on the market the current 911 GT2 RS its most exciting product yet. Powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six and two turbochargers, the GT2 RS comes with 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Although significantly less powerful, the GT2 RS needs only 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph, which should be quicker than the Corvette ZR1. Top speed is a mind-blowing 211 mph.


    2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 620087

    Likewise, the 488 GTB is pretty well suited to keep up with the ZR1. Also using a turbocharged V-8, a first for the brand’s entry-level supercar, the GTB comes with 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet on tap, which enables it to charge to 60 mph in a scant three seconds. It might not be as quick as the ’Vette, but the upcoming GTB Scuderia should be quick enough. Top speed is rated at 203 mph, and before you say it’s not as fast as the ZR1, it’s more than you’ll ever need on public roads.

    Porsche 911 GT2 RS Ferrari 488 GTB Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
    Engine Twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six 3.9-liter V-8 6.2-liter V-8
    Horsepower 700 HP @ 7,000 RPM 660 HP @ 8,000 RPM 755 HP
    Torque 553 LB-FT 560 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM 715 LB-FT
    0-to-60 mph 2.7 seconds 3.0 seconds <2.8 seconds (est.)
    Top Speed 211 mph 205 mph +210 mph

    Prices


    2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - image 744532

    As the quickest and most powerful C7-generation Corvette, the ZR1 will also be the most expensive. But even though it will cost significantly more than the Z06, which retails from $79,400 as of August 2016, it will remain affordable compared to vehicles that deliver similar performance. I’d venture to say that Chevy will keep the ZR1’s sticker under $120,000.

    HOW MUCH FOR THE COMPETITION?

    Well, the competition is pretty expensive. Of all the cars named above, the Ferrari 488 GTB is the most affordable at around $240,000. That’s double the amount you’d have to pay for a Corvette ZR1, though. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS fetches even more, smashing the bank at $293,200 before options. However, chances are you won’t be able to buy one anytime soon as these cars sell like hot cakes. Granted, both the Porsche and Ferrari will give you a more premium interior, more features, and more ways to customize everything from upholstery to trim elements, but is it worth it? If you care about the badge, yes. If performance is all you’re interested in, the ZR1 will give you similar specs for a significantly more affordable price tag.

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 $120,000 (est.)
    Porsche 911 GT2 RS $293,200
    Ferrari 488 GTB $240,000
    McLaren 720S $288,845

    Competition

    McLaren 720S


    2018 McLaren 720S - image 708563

    A comparison between a Chevy and a McLaren may seem ludicrous, but the purpose is to highlight just how powerful and fast the new ZR1 really is. Developed as a replacement for the 650S, the 720S is obviously a potent supercar and has an aggressive, race-inspired design. It also has a mid-engined layout, which makes the comparison a bit unfair. Unlike the ZR1, the 720S is made almost entirely of carbon-fiber, and its cabin is far more radical in terms of design and technology. Under the hood, it hides a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that cranks out a massive 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That’s a bit less than the Chevy, but the incredibly light body and chassis and the quick shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission push it from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds. This should be on par with the ZR1, which is a big advantage for the American coupe. The 720S’ top speed is rated at 212 mph, which is only marginally higher than the ZR1’s. Pricing likely exceeds $280,000, but the McLaren is by far the more exclusive car here.

    Read our full story on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

    Corvette ZR1 History


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    “The ZR1 nameplate was first used in 1970”

    The ZR1 nameplate was first used in 1970, almost two years after Chevrolet had launched the third-generation Corvette. Unlike the modern ZR1, the first version was just a drivetrain upgrade. Priced at $1,221, the option was available exclusively with the LT-1 mill and included a heavy-duty four-speed transmission, power brakes, aluminum radiator, and a revised suspension with special springs, shocks, stabilizer bar, and spindle-strut shafts. On the other hand, Chevy wanted the ZR1 to be a track-prepped option so all cars equipped with this package didn’t have power windows, power steering, air conditioning, a rear-window defogger, wheel covers, or a radio. Only 53 cars were built between 1970 and 1972.

    Chevy also offered a ZR2 package. This cost $1,747 and was essentially identical to the ZR1, but adapted for the bonkers LS-6 V-8 engine, which was rated at a whopping 425 horsepower. Only 12 were built in 1971, its only year on the market.


    2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - image 744655
    “The C4-generation ZR-1 was designed with help from Lotus, which GM acquired in 1986”

    The ZR-1 returned in 1990, this time around with a hyphen. The revival of the badge was closerly related to the fact that General Motor acquired Lotus in 1986 and approached the British firm with the idea of creating the world’s fastest production car based on the C4-generation Corvette. A new engine was designed by the two firms; an aluminum-block V-8 called the LT5. Lotus also designed the air managemen, braking, and steering systems. Rated at 375 horsepower, the ZR-1 was one of the quickest vehicles of the era, needing only 4.4 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Top speed was rated at more than 180 mph. The ZR-1 set a few World Records in 1990, including a 24-hour endurance test at 175.8 mph, 12-hour endurance at 175.5 mph, and 5,000 miles at 173.7 mph. Although it was almost twice as expensive as the standard model, the ZR-1 was a big success and remained in production until 1995.


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    “After skipping the C5, the ZR1 returned for the C6-generation Corvette, launching for the 2009 model year”

    It took the ZR another 19 years to make a comeback. After skipping the C5, the ZR1 returned for the C6-generation Corvette, launching for the 2009 model year. The ZR1 was powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 and became the most powerful Corvette in history with a power rating of 638 horsepower and 595 pound-feet of torque. This was surpassed when Chevy launched the 650-horsepower, C7-generation Z06. The ZR1 has a carbon-fiber roof, hood, fenders, and front splitter, larger wheels, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Magnetic Selective Ride Control was also included in the package. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph took only 3.3 seconds, while top speed was estimated at 205 mph.

    Conclusion


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    While it’s no longer the most anticipated Corvette — being superseded by the mid-engined version expected until the end of the decade — the ZR1 is definitely one of the most exciting American vehicles we will get in dealerships starting 2018. The twin-turbo engine, the immense output, and the extreme aerodynamic kit makes it a worthy competitor for the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 GT2 RS, a feat Corvette enthusiasts have been dreaming since… well, forever. The front-engined configuration also makes it more appealing to purists who might take a few years to adjust to a mid-engine sports car wearing the Corvette badge. All we can hope is that the ZR1 won’t be the last front-engined ’Vette.

    • Leave it
      • Significantly more expensive than the Z06

    References

    Chevrolet Corvette


    2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - image 526921

    Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette.


    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - image 538131

    Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.


    2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - image 221025

    Read our full review on the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.



    Read more Chevrolet news.

    Spy Shots

    April 20, 2017 – Corvette ZR1 gets loud on the Nurburgring

    April 18, 2017 – Corvette ZR1 caught testing on the Nurburgring

    November 29, 2016 – Corvette ZR1 starts dropping camouflage

    August 12, 2016 – Corvette ZR1 out for a new testing session

    Update History

    Updated 04/18/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out for a new testing session, this time around Nurburgring.

    Updated 12/15/2016: Based on the recent details and spy shots, we created a rendering for the upcoming Corvette ZR1. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

    Updated 11/29/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out for a new testing session. When compared to the previous prototypes, this new one dropped significant camouflage, meaning its world debut is imminent.

    Updated 08/12/2016: The upcoming Corvette ZR1 was caught out for a new testing session, offering us another proof that a high-performance version of the seventh generation Corvette is right around the corner.

    PostHeaderIcon Potent Poison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Hennessey Venom GT

    On October 31st, Hennessey Performance Engineering unveiled the Venom F5 hypercar at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Based out of Houston, Texas, the tuner shop flies by the motto “Making Fast Cars Faster Since 1991,” and specializes in adding huge output to sports cars that already tout impressive power numbers from the factory. However, with the Venom F5, HPE takes a step towards full-blown manufacturer territory. As a follow-up to the preceding Lotus-based Venom GT, the Venom F5 took four years to develop, and it’s essentially a brand-new vehicle. Outside, the F5 enjoys a fresh look and new aerodynamics, while under the skin is a bespoke carbon fiber chassis and an updated engine with more displacement and more power. Like the Venom GT before it, the F5 is in the running for fastest car on the planet, challenging the world’s best with claims of 300 mph at the top end. So then – how does it stack up against its forerunner?

    To find out, we put together the following comparison piece, analyzing the exteriors, interiors, drivetrain, chassis, and pricing for both. Read on to see how Hennessey made its Venom even more potent.

    Continue reading for the full comparison.

    Exterior


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    “While easier to produce, the Venom GT’s Exige roots constrained Hennessey in terms of aerodynamics.”

    Right from the off, the Lotus roots of the Venom GT are obvious. The styling up front and in back are quite similar to what you’d find on the diminutive British sports car – for example, the front end uses long, drawn-out, diamond-shaped housings for the headlights, which are laid high on the plumped-up fenders and draw the eye rearwards while simultaneously enhancing the car’s natural visual width. The greenhouse brings the side panels inwards before once again curving back out towards the flared rear fenders, giving the car an hourglass shape when viewed from above. In back is a curvaceous tail and short overhang, with a quartet of rounded taillights.

    However, while the styling is similar, the Venom GT stands out in a variety of ways. First and foremost are the vastly expanded exterior dimensions, with the Hennessey measured at 183.3 inches in length and 77 inches in width. That’s an increase of 33.8 inches and 9.2 inches respectively compared to the Lotus’ 149.5-inch length and 68-inch width. Height is nearly identical at 44.7 inches for the Hennessey and 45.6 inches for the Exige.


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    “The F5 works around this with a totally clean-sheet design approach, creating its own aero solutions with a brand-new chassis.”

    It’s almost as if the Venom GT is a tuner version of the Lotus, albeit with extreme modifications. However, while easier to produce, the Venom GT’s Exige roots constrained Hennessey in terms of aerodynamics – the company had to work around the Lotus design, which wasn’t necessarily ready for the incredible top speeds Hennessey had planned.

    The F5 works around this with a totally clean-sheet design approach. Rather than adapting to the bones of the Exige, Hennessey managed to create its own aero solutions with a brand-new chassis. Utilizing modern technology like computational fluid dynamics programs, the Venom F5 gets a lower coefficient of drag, down to 0.33 compared to the Venom GT’s 0.44. That’s a major step forward for a car that’s so focused on maximizing top speed, and it’s achieved thanks to a flat underbody and active downforce elements.


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    “Venom F5 gets a lower coefficient of drag, down to 0.33 compared to the Venom GT’s 0.44.”

    What’s more, we think the carbon fiber body panels of the F5 look great. It definitely looks like an evolution of the GT’s aesthetic, but it’s also got it’s own thing going on, with tons of aggression befitting of such a vehicle.

    Nice one, Hennessey.

    Interior


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    “All told, the Venom GT does a good job in enhancing the Lotus’ barebones approach to cabin design.”

    Much like its exterior spec, the Venom GT’s cabin is heavily based on the Lotus Exige. The layout is practically identical, with a small dash, rounded air vents, matching door panels, and minimal infotainment options. The analog gauge cluster
    is also the same in the Venom GT.

    However, the Hennessey product still stands out thanks to a select number of upgrades. The materials in the GT are nicer, with quilted upholstery added to the top of the dash, the door panel inserts, and the seats. Leather and Alcantara are in ample supply, while contrast stitching adds a little extra flair. The seats themselves were swapped for more supportive bucket units, while the steering wheel is a unique three-spoke unit covered in soft stuff. The floors are also carpeted, and a custom roll cage wrapped in quilted upholstery keeps it safe. Carbon fiber for the central tunnel, instrumentation shroud, and HVAC control pod rounds it off.


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    “Although we have yet to get an official look at the Venom F5’s cabin, we’d naturally expect even more comfort and amenities.”

    All told, the Venom GT does a good job in enhancing the Lotus’ barebones approach to cabin design. And although we have yet to get an official look at the Venom F5’s cabin, we’d naturally expect even more comfort and amenities. At this price range, a high degree of customizability is expected, with even more Alcantara and leather throughout. Carbon fiber will once again play a major role, while aluminum and brushed metal will add to the premium feel. Further infotainment features are a must, with a large touchscreen for the dash, plus smartphone connectivity. Finally, the cabin space should be a bit larger, while we’d also like it if the doors open up in a dramatic gullwing fashion.

    Drivetrain


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    “The Venom GT uses a twin-turbo 7.0-liter LSX V-8 that delivers 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque”

    While aero performance is key and interior comfort is nice, the true heart of Hennessey’s vehicles is in the engine spec. For the Venom GT, that means a twin-turbo 7.0-liter LSX V-8, with the GM-sourced powerplant boosted to 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, no doubt, but the last of the GT’s (2016) got even more of the go-stuff thanks to a tune to make it run on E85 Flexfuel. That meant even more boost, up to 26 psi from the previous 19 psi, with the last Venom GT managing to pump out as much as 1,451 horsepower at 7,200 rpm. Routing the muscle rearwards is a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission.

    With proper application of the long skinny pedal, the Venom GT manages to hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, 100 mph in 4.4 seconds, and 200 mph in 12.8 seconds. The quarter mile is dispatched in 9.4 seconds at 167 mph. To help put that in perspective with the European competition, the Venom GT can sprint to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 10.9 seconds and 400 km/h (249 mph) in 18.1 seconds. Top speed is rated at an astounding 280 mph.


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    “The configuration is the same, but peak output and displacement both see a bump. As a result, acceleration figures take a tumble.”

    Of course, any follow-up to the Venom GT would need even more, and the Venom F5 delivers – big time. The configuration is the same (mid-mounted twin-turbo V-8), but displacement rises to 7.4 liters. Peak output is also up, with as much as 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque routed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed single-clutch paddle-shifter transmission.

    We’re still waiting for Hennessey to put the F5 through some public real-world testing, but predictions for the speed and acceleration potential are impressive, to say the least. The run to 300 km/h (186 mph) should take less than 10 seconds, which would make the F5 quicker than a modern F1 car in the test. The run to 400 km/h (249 mph) and back down to 0 will take less than 30 seconds, which would beat such performance heavyweights as the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Agera RS. Finally, and most importantly, Hennessey is claiming a top speed of 300 mph.

    Incredible stuff.

    Engine, drivetrain, and performance specs

    Hennessey Venom GT Hennessey Venom F5
    Engine configuration mid-mounted twin-turbo 7.0-liter V-8 mid-mounted twin-turbo 7.4-liter V-8
    Drive wheels rear rear
    Transmission six-speed manual seven-speed paddle-shift
    Peak horsepower 1,244 HP
    (1,451 H P
    on E85)
    1,600 HP
    Peak torque 1,155 LB-FT 1,300 LB-FT
    0-to-186 mph 10.9 seconds Less than 10 seconds
    0-to-249 mph 18.1 seconds Less than 30 seconds seconds
    Top speed 280 mph 300 mph

    Chassis And Handling


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    With its much larger exterior dimensions and enormous turbo powerplant, it should come as no surprise that the Hennessey Venom GT weighs a good deal more than its standard Exige counterpart, tipping the scales at 2,743 pounds. That’s a whopping 728 pounds more than the 2,015-pound Lotus.

    However, the Venom F5 is even portlier than the GT, most likely due to its larger engine, paddle-shift transmission, and potentially upgraded interior spec. Curb weight is up to 2,950 pounds, making it a little over 200 pounds heavier than the GT.


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    “The Venom F5 is heavier than the GT, most likely due to its larger engine, paddle-shift transmission, and potentially upgraded interior spec.”

    Still, that ain’t bad. The F5 has just 1.84 pounds for every horsepower to push around, as opposed to 1.89 pounds per horsepower for the GT.

    Finally, both cars get Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for grip.

    Prices


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    Both the Venom GT and the Venom F5 offer very limited production numbers and seven-figure price tags. The GT’s asking price comes to $1.2 million, while the F5 costs a bit more at $1.6 million.

    Conclusion


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    All told, the Venom F5 is absolutely a worthy successor to the Venom GT. Everything about it is more impressive, and I especially like how Hennessey decided to do its own thing in terms of exterior styling, aerodynamics, and the carbon fiber chassis. With a product like this, the Texas tuner has a real shot at taking out the best of the best from the world of boutique hypercars.

    Now it just has to prove it in the real world.

    References

    Hennessey Venom


    2016 Hennessey Venom GT - image 653487

    Read our full review on the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT.


    2019 Hennessey Venom F5 - image 742051

    Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.

    Lotus Exige


    2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 - image 697541

    Read our full review on the 2017 Lotus Exige.

    PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Chiron “Number One” Edition

    2018 Bugatti Chiron

    In case you’re still in the market for a Bugatti Chiron, now’s as good a time as any to bring out the checkbooks because one particular example of the Chiron is scheduled to go up for auction at the RM Sothebys event in New York City this coming December 6. Even better, this isn’t just a “standard” Chiron; it’s been decked out in a special livery, has only 250 miles on the odometer, and hasn’t even been registered for road-use here in the U.S. All that and I still haven’t gotten to the best part as this Chiron is also the very first production Chiron and the first ordered for the U.S. market. There’s a reason, after all, why it’s called the Bugatti Chiron Number One.

    Having said all that, the Chiron Number One’s estimated selling price sits at $3.5 million to $4 million. It’s a premium price compared to the supercar’s retail price of about $3 million, but don’t be surprised if it surpasses its own estimate, owing to the significance of this particular model as the first of its kind to come out of production. Should any of you be interested, you’re going to need to give yourselves some kind of latitude as far as how much you’re willing to bid for the car. I can’t speak for everyone else, but if I had the money to spend for this potentially historic Bugatti Chiron, I’d be all over it considering its historical potential as the first-production unit of its kind. And I’ll be honest. The 1966 Batmobile-inspired colors look pretty cool too.

    Continue after the jump to read more about the Bugatti Chiron Number One

    What makes the Bugatti Chiron Number One special?

    • First Buggati Chiron to roll off the production line
    • First Buggati Chiron ordered for the U.S.
    • Est selling price $3.5-4 million
    • 250 miles on odometer (Testing only)
    • 1966 Batmobile-inspired livery
    • Unregistered in the U.S.
    • 1-of-500 plague
    • Black leather interior with read stitching
    • 8-liter, quad turbo, W-16 engine
    • 1,500 horsepower & 1,180 pound-feet of torque
    • 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds
    • 0-120 mph in 6.5 seconds
    • 0-190 mph in 13.6 seconds
    • Top speed rated at 261 mph
    • Lots of extras included with sale!

    2018 Bugatti Chiron "Number One" Edition - image 744546
    “The Chiron Number One’s estimated selling price sits at $3.5 million to $4 million”

    Unless special work is done on a Bugatti Chiron by Bugatti itself, I don’t know if there’s any Chiron in the market right now that can claim to have more historical significance attached to it than the Chiron Number One. Let’s face it: a car like this can have numerous special editions or dressed up in fancy colors to go with the most premium of premium add-ons. That’s all well and good, but the fact remains that only one Chiron in its existence, however long it lasts, will be able to say that it has the “1 of 500” plaque in it. This is the model that has that. The only one.

    So yeah, that $4 million estimate that RM Sotheby’s has for this supercar could turn into a pittance of an amount relative to the kind of price it could actually go for. I’m not saying that simply because it’s a Chiron; I’m saying that because it’s a Chiron that has tremendous historical value attached to it. The fact that it also just has 250 miles in it adds to its appeal, maybe even more than what I’m expecting because all those miles were accrued when the car was in its testing phase. That means that pretty much every element in this example of the new Bugatti supercar is still brand-new, or close to it at least. That includes the set of tires, which we know could go for upwards of $20,000 per set by itself.


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    “The interior gets a predominantly black leather treatment with contrasting red stitching on the sports seats, center tunnel, steering wheel, and doors”

    Beyond its status, the Chiron Number One also has a number of cool features attached to it. None is more visible than the two-tone, black and red paint scheme that evokes memories of George Barris’ iconic 1966 Batmobile. Whew! What a beauty! Likewise, images of the interior also show a .

    As expected, the Chiron Number One features Bugatti’s otherworldly 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine that produces a scintillating 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. All that power allows the Chiron to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, 0 to 120 mph in 6.5 seconds, and 0 to 190 mph in 13.6 seconds. At the moment, the supercar’s top speed is capped at 261 mph in order to preserve those all-too previous tires, but rumors have indicated that the Chiron is fully capable of reaching a knee-buckling 288 mph.


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    “The Chiron sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, 0 to 120 mph in 6.5 seconds, and 0 to 190 mph in 13.6 seconds”

    Should you end up winning the auction for this special Chiron, you’re not just taking home the car itself. You also stand to get a host of accessories, including a 1:8 scale model of the exact model, dressed up in the exact same colors. An aluminum Bugatti crate counts as another freebie, containing an assortment of other goodies, including a leather box with an extra key, speed key, flash drive, car cover, and a trickle charger. Bugatti’s even throwing in an owner’s manual and reference guide for good measure.

    No matter what happens in the RM Sotheby’s auction, I should point out that if there was a Bugatti Chiron to own, it’s definitely this one. What you do with that information though is all up to you.

    References

    Bugatti Chiron


    2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 667477

    Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.



    Read more Bugatti news.

    PostHeaderIcon A Car God’s Blessing – The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is Finally Here

    2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

    While you were not paying attention this weekend, the car God’s were busy blessing us with the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 – quite literally the most powerful production model Chevy as ever introduced. Powered by a 6.2-liter, LT5, V-8, this force-fed monster delivers a butthole-puckering 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, 105 ponies and 65 pound-feet more than the C7-gen Z06 – the most powerful and quickest Vette, well, until now, anyway. Chevy hasn’t gone into full performance details yet, but the new ZR1 can surpass 210 mph on the track. And, with the Z06 hitting the 60-mph sprint in 2.95 seconds, you can bet this beast does it in closer to 2.6 seconds. To help keep all of the muscle under control, the ZR1 is available with two aero packages, including a High Wing that can deliver as much as 950 pounds of downforce at speed.

    It’s the most powerful and fastest, and it’s also the best-looking too. There’s an all-new front fascia that has extra air channels to help keep things cool as well as four new radiators for a total of 13 heat exchangers and hopefully a solution for that questionable overheating problem Chevy has had in the past. A new, excessively aggressive hood has been added to the ZR1 and was actually a necessity thanks to that massive supercharger that force feeds air into the intake. There’s also stanchion-mounted wings available that will help keep the monster pinned to the track. So, ready to learn a little more? Check out all of the specs we have so far, and some more details about the ZR1’s crazy aerodynamics…

    • 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1
    • Exclusive LT5, Supercharged, V-8 Engine
    • 755 HP @ 6,300 rpm and 715 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
    • 7-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
    • 70% more downforce than base Z06
    • 60% more downforce than Z06 w/ Z07 Perf Package
    • Supercharger pushes 52% more displacement than on LT4
    • Four Extra Radiators
    • Low Wing as standard for high-speed
    • High Wing as standard for extra downforce
    • 19-inch wheels up front, 20-inch in back
    • Crazy Aerodynamics
    • Special Hood to accommodate supercharger
    • Performance data recorder, leather-trimmed seats; driver-focused cabin

    D.O.W.N.F.O.R.C.E.


    A Car God's Blessing - The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is Finally Here - image 744530
    “That Low Wing helps to deliver an insane amount of downforce, so much so, in fact, that it’s 70 percent more downforce than that of the base aero package on the Corvette Z06”

    The ZR1 may have a lot of muscle under the hood, but as you know, all of the muscle in the world doesn’t make a whole lot of difference if you don’t have stamina as well. In this case, stamina is how well the ZR1 can stick to the track. And, it’s one sticky beast, if I do say so myself. Let me break it to you this way; the standard aerodynamic package, which is designed for hitting top speed (again more than 210 mph,) comes with a Low Wing. That Low Wing, my friends, helps to deliver an insane amount of downforce, so much so, in fact, that it’s 70 percent more downforce than that of the base aero package on the Corvette Z06. Go with that adjustable High-Wing that I mentioned earlier and the ZR1 will be stuck to the track with 60 percent more downforce than that of the Corvette Z07 with the Performance Package. The front underwing is also an assist in this department, but it’s really only important because it’s a first for Chevy, but we’ll talk about that more later.


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    Like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, the ZR1’s wings are tied directly into the chassis, providing the utmost strength, stability, and durability in the long run. Even though Chevy hasn’t dropped all of the details on the optional aero packages, we know that the ZTK Performance Package – the one that includes that adjustable High Wing – also comes with a new front splitter with carbon fiber end caps, Specific tuning for the Magnetic Ride Control and Chassis (with a bias for corning grip,) and a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Sport 2 summer-only tires.

    What to Hear the Engine???? We Know You Do!

    All About That Interior


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    “The interior comes standard with leather-trimmed seats while sueded microfiber inserts are on the options list”

    Inside the ZR1 is where you really want to be. Since the ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever, it also has to be the most comfortable, right? Well, as with all Vettes, the interior is driver-focused. It comes standard with leather-trimmed seats while sueded microfiber inserts are on the options list if you want to indulge a bit. Want to splurge even more? Well, you can go for the Napa leather-trimmed seating, and there’s even a carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel to go with competition sport seats. Of course, you can get your hands on a performance data recorder, and the options list wouldn’t be complete without the choice of a Bose audio system, right? There’s still plenty more details to come in the months leading up the day the ZR1 rolls into dealers, but we still have a little more to talk about thanks to that nice little surprise package that Chevy showed off during the debut…

    Sebring Orange Design Package


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    If you were paying attention this weekend and caught the ZR1’s debut, then you know that the model we saw was a very special model. It was equipped with Chevys new Sebring Orange Design Package. Of course, the most obvious addition from this package is the Orange Tintcoat exterior paint. Other orange items include the brake calipers and the accents on the side skirts and splitter. Inside, the car gets the orange treatment applied to the seat belts, while all of the stitching is orange as well. Finally bonze aluminum trim ties the whole interior package together.

    Time is of the Essence


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    So, the fastest and most powerful Corvette to ever roll into production was just announced with a market debut expected to happen next spring. Between now and then, we’ll get even more details about standard equipment, options, and performance figures. But, to help hold you over, here’s a breakdown of all the specifications that we know about as of now, and you’ll be able to see our fully updated review of the ZR1 within 24 hours of this publication. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

    2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 –
    Drivetrain Specifications

    Type: LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
    Bore & stroke (in / mm) 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
    Block material: Cast aluminum
    Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
    Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
    Fuel delivery: Direct and port injection
    Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
    Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
    Transmission 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match
    8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
    Fuel economy city/highway 15/22 mpg (manual)
    13/23 mpg (automatic)
    Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
    Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
    Steering Type: Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist
    Turning Circle (ft. / m): 39.2 / 11.6
    Brake Type: Front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece carbon ceramic matrix rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers
    Brake Rotor Size (in / mm): Front –15.5 / 394
    Rear –15.3 / 388
    Wheel Size: Front: 19-inch x 10.5-inch
    Rear: 20-inch x 12-inch
    Tire Size: Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (std.)
    Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (ZTK)
    Front: P285/30ZR19
    Rear: P335/25ZR20
    Wheelbase (Inches) 106.7
    Overall Length (Inches) 176.9
    Overall Width (Inches) 77.4
    Overall Height (Inches) 48.6
    Track front/rear (Inches) 63.6/62.5
    Headroom (Inches) 38
    Legroom (Inches) 43
    Shoulder Room (Inches) 55
    Hip Room (Inches) 54
    Curb Weight (Lbs) 3,524
    EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. ): 52
    Cargo volume (cu. ft.): 15

    References

    Chevrolet Corvette


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    PostHeaderIcon Beware: Demons Are Hitting The Streets!

    There’s nothing more than can be said about Dodge’s psychotic, 840-horsepower 2017 Challenger SRT Demon. Everyone who considers themselves an auto enthusiast knows the Demon is the Challenger Hellcat’s delinquent big brother and is NHRA-certified to blast the quarter-mile in just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph after completing a 0-to-60 mph pull in just 2.3 seconds. Even Guinness World Records certified the Demon as being the only production car to pick its front tires off the track under full acceleration. Well, now the Demon is being let loose. Dodge has begun shipments to its dealerships.

    Only 3,300 Demons will be made and each comes for a life of insane drag racing or decades of solitude in some collectors garage. Dodge actually made the Demon ready for both. Of course, the supercharged V-8 is ready to grip the dragstrip with its factory-installed drag radials, but Dodge will sell you the Demon Authentication Package for $1 that includes the car’s paperwork in hermetically sealed sleeves within a leather-bound archive portfolio complete with a carbon fiber Certicard with the car’s VIN, its RPO codes, and the owners name etched onto its surface.

    Other Mopar options include the back seat and front passenger seat –each included for only $1, the Demon Crate which includes all the performance accessories needed for sub-10-second runs on the drag strip (again for only $1), and a $695 custom indoor car cover that matches the car’s color scheme and the owner’s name embroidered above the driver’s door.

    Of the 3,300 Demons being produced, only 300 are headed to Canada and the rest have homes in the U.S. And despite all the unique engineering and special parts that go into making the Demon Dodge is only charging $86,090. Yeah, that’s a chunk of cash, but for the quickest RWD production car on the planet, that’s a good bargain.

    References

    Dodge Challenger


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    Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon.



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