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PostHeaderIcon MG E-Motion Is the Company’s Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s “vision of the future” (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big “starlight matrix” grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps “bringing inspiration from the London Eye,” the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.

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PostHeaderIcon MG E-Motion Is the Company’s Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s “vision of the future” (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big “starlight matrix” grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps “bringing inspiration from the London Eye,” the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.

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PostHeaderIcon 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. Under the hood, the ’Vette continues to use a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant, but the old LS3 was replaced with the brand-new LT1.

While it spawned the usual supercharged Z06 and race-spec R versions, as well as a Grand Sport and numerous limited-edition models, the seventh-generation Vette entered its third model year without a range-topping ZR1 in its lineup. A successor to the most powerful version of the C6 was rumored ever since the standard C7 arrived in dealerships, but in three years we got nothing more than unconfirmed rumors and speculation. Actually, at some point GM did say that a ZR1 won’t happen, and then the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, likely called the Zora, caught our entire attention.

The supercharged ’Vette gained more traction in May 2016, when General Motors filed a trademark for the “ZR1” name. Although a trademark doesn’t necessarily mean the car in question is actually coming, the spy shots we received from our paparazzi in the second half of 2016 pretty much confirm there’s a new ZR1 underway. The high-performance coupe is expected to arrive for the 2018 model, meaning that its official debut could take place in early 2017. Keep reading for more info on the new ZR1, a couple of renderings based on recent spy shots, and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 04/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out for a new testing session at Nurburgring where the car was making a lot of noise. According to the photographers the car was making more than the 100 dB that is allowed during the Industry test session.

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PostHeaderIcon The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets

So BMW finally unveiled the M4 CS. Big whoop! I simply cannot get excited about this glorified M4. And here’s why.

While the M4 is a great sports coupe that’s capable of great things on both the road and the track, it’s still far from being the iconic M3 coupe we all love. There are many reasons for that, but I’ll keep it short and mention the one that’s bugging me the most: it’s too damn heavy. This thing weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, only some 50 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let me say that again: 50 pounds lighter than a four-door sedan that’s significantly longer.

So the M4 CS is a tad lighter (but not light enough for BMW to add the “L” for “lightweight” to the “CS” badge), the engine boasts an extra 35 horsepower, and it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Let’s say it’s not that bad given how difficult it is to make performance cars increasingly quicker nowadays, but for all of the above, you have to pay the equivalent of an M4 and a half. So 35 horsepower, a tenth-second, a carbon splitter, and a decklid spoiler for an extra $30,000+ over the base price of an M4.

How is this possible? What kind of deal is this?

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PostHeaderIcon The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets

So BMW finally unveiled the M4 CS. Big whoop! I simply cannot get excited about this glorified M4. And here’s why.

While the M4 is a great sports coupe that’s capable of great things on both the road and the track, it’s still far from being the iconic M3 coupe we all love. There are many reasons for that, but I’ll keep it short and mention the one that’s bugging me the most: it’s too damn heavy. This thing weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, only some 50 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let me say that again: 50 pounds lighter than a four-door sedan that’s significantly longer.

So the M4 CS is a tad lighter (but not light enough for BMW to add the “L” for “lightweight” to the “CS” badge), the engine boasts an extra 35 horsepower, and it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Let’s say it’s not that bad given how difficult it is to make performance cars increasingly quicker nowadays, but for all of the above, you have to pay the equivalent of an M4 and a half. So 35 horsepower, a tenth-second, a carbon splitter, and a decklid spoiler for an extra $30,000+ over the base price of an M4.

How is this possible? What kind of deal is this?

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PostHeaderIcon When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

The massive hype and anticipation surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon reached a crescendo when the muscle car was officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For all intents and purposes, the Challenger SRT Demon lived up to the hype, that is if you thought its 840-horsepower met expectations. But some people, myself included, actually thought Dodge would’ve swung for the fences with a car that packed 1,000 horsepower. In that regard, the Demon was a bit of a letdown, that is until we heard news that American tuner extraordinaire Hennessey is making things right with a package for the muscle car that will turn the beast into the demonic 1,500-horsepower monster we thought it would be.

See, news of Hennessey’s intentions for the Demon shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know what the tuner is capable of. This is, after all, the same company that makes a routine of developing massive aftermarket kits for America’s biggest and baddest muscle cars. It’s got kits for different iterations of the Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, all of which peak at four-digit power outputs. It even has programs for models like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford F-150, and lest we forget, this is the same company that gave the world the Hennessey Venom GT, considered as the fastest production car in the world as long as you’re not talking to Bugatti.

So what sinister intentions does Hennessey have in store for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? A quick peek at the company’s website reveals a number of tuning programs for the muscle car that include power increases ranging from 1,000 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower. Other upgrades in store from the clinically insane tuner include new supercharger systems, new headers, parachutes(!), and an NHRA-legal roll cage for good measure.

Should Hennessey accomplish its intended goal for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s going to go a long way in firmly establishing the muscle car as the standard-bearer of its segment. Not that it is already, but c’mon, 1,500 horsepower is 1,500 horsepower.

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PostHeaderIcon When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

The massive hype and anticipation surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon reached a crescendo when the muscle car was officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For all intents and purposes, the Challenger SRT Demon lived up to the hype, that is if you thought its 840-horsepower met expectations. But some people, myself included, actually thought Dodge would’ve swung for the fences with a car that packed 1,000 horsepower. In that regard, the Demon was a bit of a letdown, that is until we heard news that American tuner extraordinaire Hennessey is making things right with a package for the muscle car that will turn the beast into the demonic 1,500-horsepower monster we thought it would be.

See, news of Hennessey’s intentions for the Demon shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know what the tuner is capable of. This is, after all, the same company that makes a routine of developing massive aftermarket kits for America’s biggest and baddest muscle cars. It’s got kits for different iterations of the Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, all of which peak at four-digit power outputs. It even has programs for models like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford F-150, and lest we forget, this is the same company that gave the world the Hennessey Venom GT, considered as the fastest production car in the world as long as you’re not talking to Bugatti.

So what sinister intentions does Hennessey have in store for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? A quick peek at the company’s website reveals a number of tuning programs for the muscle car that include power increases ranging from 1,000 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower. Other upgrades in store from the clinically insane tuner include new supercharger systems, new headers, parachutes(!), and an NHRA-legal roll cage for good measure.

Should Hennessey accomplish its intended goal for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s going to go a long way in firmly establishing the muscle car as the standard-bearer of its segment. Not that it is already, but c’mon, 1,500 horsepower is 1,500 horsepower.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

Last week we saw a bunch of great cars debut at the New York Auto Show, while this week we’re going to Shanghai, China, for more new vehicles. But, while carmakers unveiled their new products in New York and Shanghai, BMW took the wraps of its latest performance car outside these auto shows. Needless to say, it’s stealing the show because this new car is the highly anticipated M4 CS.

Designed to bridge the gap between the M4 with the Competition Package and the wild M4 GTS, this Club Sport-type coupe sports a number of custom features inside and out and a tweaked inline-six engine.

On the outside, it’s heavily based on the GTS, sharing almost the same aero kit and design, sans the big rear wing. However, the limited-edition M4 comes with an exclusive front splitter made from exposed carbon-fiber and a redesigned Gurney trunk lid spoiler. It also shares the OLED taillights and the carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFRP) engine hood and roof, which pretty much makes it an M4 GTS without the wing.

Things are of the same variety inside the cabin, with the usual M4 interior complemented by race-oriented features like M sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara and pull loops on the door panels. The latter are made from compacted natural fibers and have a unique look.

Arguably the most important changes were operated under the hood, where the turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine roars to the tune of 460 horsepower. That’s 10 horses more than the M4 with the Competition Package, but 33 horses less than the M4 GTS. Hitting 60 mph with the standard dual-clutch automatic takes 3.8 seconds, a tenth-second less than the standard M4. The GTS remains the quickest at 3.7 ticks though. The top speed of the M4 CS remains locked at 174 mph, the same figure you get with the M Driver’s package. That’s 19 mph more than standard top speed of M cars, but its 15 mph below the GTS’.

The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS largely mirrors that of the M4 with the Competition Package, but the control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified. As a result, the M4 CS lapped the Nurburgring in 7:38 minutes, making it the second-quickest Bimmer on the ’Ring, after the M4 GTS, which is around 10 seconds quicker. The CS’ time is actually pretty impressive, making it as quick as the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. At the same time, it’s quicker than the McLaren Mercedes SLR and the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3.

The exclusive, limited-run, M4 CS will be priced from €116,900 in Europe. U.S. pricing and availability is not yet known.

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PostHeaderIcon The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

Last week we saw a bunch of great cars debut at the New York Auto Show, while this week we’re going to Shanghai, China, for more new vehicles. But, while carmakers unveiled their new products in New York and Shanghai, BMW took the wraps of its latest performance car outside these auto shows. Needless to say, it’s stealing the show because this new car is the highly anticipated M4 CS.

Designed to bridge the gap between the M4 with the Competition Package and the wild M4 GTS, this Club Sport-type coupe sports a number of custom features inside and out and a tweaked inline-six engine.

On the outside, it’s heavily based on the GTS, sharing almost the same aero kit and design, sans the big rear wing. However, the limited-edition M4 comes with an exclusive front splitter made from exposed carbon-fiber and a redesigned Gurney trunk lid spoiler. It also shares the OLED taillights and the carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFRP) engine hood and roof, which pretty much makes it an M4 GTS without the wing.

Things are of the same variety inside the cabin, with the usual M4 interior complemented by race-oriented features like M sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara and pull loops on the door panels. The latter are made from compacted natural fibers and have a unique look.

Arguably the most important changes were operated under the hood, where the turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine roars to the tune of 460 horsepower. That’s 10 horses more than the M4 with the Competition Package, but 33 horses less than the M4 GTS. Hitting 60 mph with the standard dual-clutch automatic takes 3.8 seconds, a tenth-second less than the standard M4. The GTS remains the quickest at 3.7 ticks though. The top speed of the M4 CS remains locked at 174 mph, the same figure you get with the M Driver’s package. That’s 19 mph more than standard top speed of M cars, but its 15 mph below the GTS’.

The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS largely mirrors that of the M4 with the Competition Package, but the control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified. As a result, the M4 CS lapped the Nurburgring in 7:38 minutes, making it the second-quickest Bimmer on the ’Ring, after the M4 GTS, which is around 10 seconds quicker. The CS’ time is actually pretty impressive, making it as quick as the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. At the same time, it’s quicker than the McLaren Mercedes SLR and the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3.

The exclusive, limited-run, M4 CS will be priced from €116,900 in Europe. U.S. pricing and availability is not yet known.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon This is Why The Dodge Demon Comes with Two Spare Tires

Dodge ain’t kidding about the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon’s ability to shred tires. Just check out those skinny temporary spare tires strapped in the trunk. The car even comes with its own hydraulic jack, for cryin’ out loud! Dodge must expect Demon owners to totally thrash those specialty Nitto cheater slicks to the point of destruction. But seriously, how thoughtful is that? Dodge doesn’t want Demons leaving the drag strip on rollback wreckers. That would kill Dodge’s image faster than United Airlines’ recent Battle Royale. Look even closer, and you’ll see an air compressor. Obviously, that’s to ensure these skinnies are perfectly inflated before heading home. Right?

Well, not exactly.

We’re well past April Fools Day, so we’ll drop the gag. No, these skinny tires aren’t compact spare tires. But you knew that. You’re a TopSpeed reader, making you smarter than the average bear. You know well and good these tires are for cutting weight. Dodge hasn’t announced the exact weight savings, but the pizza cutters certainly weigh much less than the 315/40R18 DOT-approved slicks.

But there’s more positives than just added lightness.

By swapping the 315-series front tires with the skinnies, which are technically called “front runners,” racers instantly gain another pair of slicks for the rear. That should help keep Demons racing while Nitto inevitably rushes to fill a backlog of Demon-branded slicks from ambitious owners. As for the jack, yeah, the Demon comes ready for a trackside tire swap. The air compressor will come in handy for adjusting tire pressures during the pre-check, too, should they be without a better source of compressed air.

And the results that quantify the front runners? These figures are probably ingrained into your subconscious by now, but the Demon hits 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds generating 1.8 G of force while carrying those tires above the ground for 2.92 feet on its way through the quarter-mile in just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. It’s the quickest and most powerful production car ever.

If you didn’t already know that, check out TopSpeed’s full run-down on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.


PostHeaderIcon It's Time To Weep For The Sold Out Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Are those sniffles we’re hearing? Do you need some tissue to wipe those tears away? It’s unfortunate, but we do understand how you’re feeling in this particular case. Sure, it was probably a pipe dream from the very beginning, but all those hopes and dreams of owning a Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will remain in the state of longing. Sadly, it’s not going to happen anymore – not here in the U.S. at least – now that Mercedes-AMG has closed down applications for the hypercar.

News of Mercedes-AMG’s decision to stop compiling a list of prospective U.S. customers was on the rumor mill for quite some time, but one of the hypercar’s project managers, Melissa Witek, essentially confirmed the rumors at the New York Auto Show. This effectively shut the door on prospective customers who have yet to make their reservations for the multi-million dollar machine. Worse, a customer isn’t guaranteed a car even if he or she managed to squeeze into making a reservation for the car. The Project One’s limited volume means that only a handful of these customers will be lucky enough to buy one of the 275 units that Mercedes-AMG will be building. Considering that 275 is the total number of units of the Project One hypercar, expect America’s allocation to be significantly lower than that, possibly around 50 or so units, or maybe even less.

That makes the Project One hypercar all the more desirable, which largely explains why a lot of people are going stir-crazy over it, even at the cost of paying $2.4 million for the yet-to-be-officially-named performance machine. It’s a lot of money for a car that will end up costing at least two times that of the first trinity of hypercars. What’s that? The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, of course. If the car lives up to the hype Mercedes-AMG is building up on it, then expect more people to start reaching for the tissues if they don’t end up getting their hands on one.

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PostHeaderIcon Genesis to Launch Competitors for BMW 6 Series

Genesis Motors is less than two years old but it’s already showcasing some impressive skills. Born out of Hyundai’s desire to play with the big boys in the premium market, the Korean luxury brand has launched two sedans, the G80 and the G90, in less than a year. And, according to Hyundai, it won’t stop here, with a sports coupe and two SUVs scheduled to be introduced by 2020. More recently, Genesis also expressed interest in bringing a grand tourer to the market.

That’s the word from Genesis head of design Luk Donckerwolke (previously of Audi, Lambo, and Bentley), who told Australian media at the New York Auto Show that the brand wants a competitor for the BMW 6 Series and Mercedes-Benz SL.

“What we are doing here is creating the first step… To be honest, I’m not really looking at the others, I have the advantage of creating something new. I don’t have to look at others, but there’s certainly going to be a Gran Turismo two-door,” said Donckerwolke, hinting that the Korean grand touer will have a fresh design compared to its rivals, which often look back on classic styling cues.

But design won’t be the only thing that will make this vehicle stand out. Unlike the 6 Series and the Merc SL, Genesis’ two-door won’t have a naturally aspirated V-8 engine. With the brand looking to move into future powertrains technologies, the range-topping model, likely to deliver at least 400 horsepower, will most likely use a twin-turbo six-cylinder or maybe even a hybrid. A fuel cell drivetrain like in the new GV80 concept is also under consideration.

“As much as I like to drive V-8s, I believe electrification is going to be a main element, like the powertrain of this [Genesis GV80 concept] having a range-extender fuel cell for an electric vehicle or an electric powertrain, it’s a great source. Hyundai and Genesis are pioneers of fuel cell technology, being the first company that has put fuel cell technology in production and on sale, it’s the way to go,” said Genesis brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald.

There is no official timetable for the luxury grand tourer, but it’s safe to assume that it will hit dealerships within the next four to five years.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Pays Tribute To RAF's Red Arrows With Bespoke Vanquish S

When it comes to aviation-inspired sports cars, not other country gives us as many as the United Kingdom. In recent years, we’ve seen Royal Air Force-inspired vehicles come from both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin, with the latter already famous for the Vantage S models that paid tribute to the Spitfire plane and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team. Come 2017 and it’s time for the Vanquish to join the aviation-inspired theme, this time around as a tribute for the RAF’s Red Arrows acrobatic unit.

Commissioned by Aston Martin’s dealer in Cambridge, the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition is limited to only 10 units, nine for each pilot of the Red Arrows unit and a tenth car to be given to the RAF Benevolent Fund charity.

Crafted by the Q division, the Red Arrows Edition is by no means a regular limited-edition Aston Martin with a custom paint job. On top of the Eclar Red paint that mirrors the familiar livery of the Hawks and references the Red Arrows’ motto, the coupe sports all sorts of details that make it unique in the lineup.

Custom features include white detailing in the front bumper and grille, blue highlights on the side skirts, white “smoke trails” on the side strakes, “Union Jack” enamel wing badges, and “Union Jack” side winglets on the bumper. The carbon-fiber roof has white graphics that mimic the canopy design of a jet fighter, while the standard exhaust pipes have been replaced by titanium pieces.

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PostHeaderIcon Will Modern Road-Going Cars be Banned from Track Days?

Modern day vehicle safety systems have proven themselves to be a huge benefit since we humans are too dumb to put down the phone and pay attention to the road. We’re so out of touch with paying attention to what we’re doing that manufacturers have had to develop automatic emergency braking and even lane keep assist systems to help prevent accidents. Our lack of attention isn’t limited to just cars either – remember the people who were walking into traffic during the Pokemon Go phase? Anyway, back to the topic, these automatic safety systems are great for road use, but what about the track? Well, truth is, these safety systems pose a serious hazard and can lead to mishaps on the track. That’s why the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America has taken a huge step and banned any vehicle with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist systems from some of their track day events.

In the official announcement, it is claimed that these systems may behave in “unpredictable and undesirable ways on the racetrack.” And, it makes sense, considering these systems are designed to prevent most of the maneuvers that happen during a competitive day at the track. GVC has gone so far as to say it will ban all vehicles equipped with these systems from its HPDE events, even if they can be disabled, and that anyone showing up with a vehicle equipped with such features will be denied participation and will forfeit their entry fees.

Sounds pretty intense, and is a low-blow to those who happen to own a vehicle with said systems. But, it gets worse. This is just one chapter of one club, and chances are this will catch on, and quick, as these systems can cause accidents on the track. A lot of BMW vehicles come standard with these systems and all will by 2022, so chances of taking a new BMW to any of these events in the future is slim and none.

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PostHeaderIcon A Jaguar F-Type with a Four-Cylinder? New Entry Level Trim on the Way

Around since 2013, the F-Type is Jaguar’s newest sports car, a spiritual successor to the E-Type, and an all-out replacement for the XK. Up until now, you could get it with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that’s tuned to deliver either 340 horsepower in entry-level form or 380 horsepower in S form. Or you could get a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 tuned to deliver either 550 horsepower or 575 ponies if you went with the range-topping SVR trim. Prices ranged anywhere from about $61,000 to more than $125,000 for the SVR, but as fate would have it, the F-type just might get a little more affordable and easier to obtain by those without deep pockets.

So, what’s the big deal here? Well, the F-Type is now going to be offered in entry-level form with a four-cylinder engine. But, don’t go freaking out, punching walls, or setting shit on fire just yet. See, the new four-cylinder in question is a 2.0-liter turbo with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap. Not bad, huh? Jaguar hasn’t mentioned where maximum horsepower kicks in within the powerband, but all of that torque is available at an excessively low 1,500 rpm – obviously, made possible by a healthy dose of turbo goodness. Power will be routed to the wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic.

Sounds pretty wild, right? Well, keep reading to learn more about this new, all-aluminum, Ingenium engine and what makes it tick.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS1

As the car world goes absolutely bananas over the release of the quarter-mile killing insane-o-mobile known as the Demon at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Koenigsegg is providing anyone with muscle car overload with a little respite. Say hello to the Agera RS1, a speedy Swedish meatball that’s far more car than the domestic straight-line one-trick pony from Dodge.

Koenigsegg first launched production of the Agera in 2011, and updated it by adding upgrades and special iterations every few years. The most notable of these is the venerable One:1, which was released at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 with an incredible one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, producing one horsepower for every kg of curb weight.

The Agera RS could be considered a follow up to the One:1, using a lot of the same equipment but with a slightly less bonkers power-to-weight ratio. That said, it’s still very fast, offering an impressive 0.83 horsepower per kg.

Regardless, the Agera RS is an absolute performance powerhouse, framed as “the ultimate track tool” for buyers. This RS1 model is the first example off the production line, bearing a bespoke exterior and interior worthy of such a machine.

Only 25 Agera RS models will be built, all of which were spoken for as of January of last year. Read on for more info on what makes this thing so damn beastly.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 LMS GT4

Audi made a bunch of wise marketing decisions in recent years, one of them being the R8, essentially a Lamborghini with different body work and a more affordable sticker. But, while the road-going R8 is somewhat successful, its race-spec counterpart has already achieved iconic status with several wins in just about every racing series out there. The R8 LMS has been incredibly popular among private teams in recent years and it’s not surprising that Audi is looking to expand the lineup as much as possible. The latest version to join the family is the LMS GT4 and made its debut at the 2017 New York Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the LMS GT4 was developed for production-based racing and derived from the road-legal R8 V10. It’s more affordable than the world-beating GT3 and it’s eligible for every racing category under GT4 regulations. The GT4 European Series is arguably the most important competition under these regulations and brings together a massive number of cars. Vehicles that the R8 will compete against include GT4-spec versions of the Chevrolet Camaro, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, KTM X-Bow, and Porsche Cayman, just to name a few.

The new race car will make its on-track debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours on May 25. The R8 LMS GT4 will also compete in North America, Asia, and Australia throughout 2017. Production will begin in the second half of the year with first deliveries to be made by the end of 2017.

“Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league,” said Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 LMS GT4

Audi made a bunch of wise marketing decisions in recent years, one of them being the R8, essentially a Lamborghini with different body work and a more affordable sticker. But, while the road-going R8 is somewhat successful, its race-spec counterpart has already achieved iconic status with several wins in just about every racing series out there. The R8 LMS has been incredibly popular among private teams in recent years and it’s not surprising that Audi is looking to expand the lineup as much as possible. The latest version to join the family is the LMS GT4 and made its debut at the 2017 New York Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the LMS GT4 was developed for production-based racing and derived from the road-legal R8 V10. It’s more affordable than the world-beating GT3 and it’s eligible for every racing category under GT4 regulations. The GT4 European Series is arguably the most important competition under these regulations and brings together a massive number of cars. Vehicles that the R8 will compete against include GT4-spec versions of the Chevrolet Camaro, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, KTM X-Bow, and Porsche Cayman, just to name a few.

The new race car will make its on-track debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours on May 25. The R8 LMS GT4 will also compete in North America, Asia, and Australia throughout 2017. Production will begin in the second half of the year with first deliveries to be made by the end of 2017.

“Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league,” said Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport.

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