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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Celebrates 50 Years in the U.S. with Lame Limited-Edition BRZ; Still no Turbo

Subaru has taken the 2018 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than eight limited-edition models, all built to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary on the U.S. market. All but the new Ascent crossover gained this special package, but the upgrades are far from spectacular. With just a few extra features, an exclusive paint, and new wheels, the 50th Anniversary models are just as common as any other limited-edition vehicles we’ve seen from Subaru at other small auto shows around the world. And the fact that the BRZ was included in this run makes things even more disappointing.


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“Around for six years now, the Subaru BRZ — along its Toyota-badged 86 sibling — has received very few updates up until now”

Around for six years now, the Subaru BRZ — along its Toyota-badged 86 sibling — has received very few updates up until now. But while the lack of design upgrades is somewhat understandable until the next-generation model arrives, it’s very frustrating that Subaru chose to keep the engine unchanged for six full years. Sure, the 2016 “facelift” added five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque, but those figures are laughable and do nothing to improve performance. In 2017, Subaru launched the cool BRZ tS and BRZ STI Sport Edition, but the engine compartment was ignore once again.

The 50th Anniversary model is no different, although such an important event would have been perfect for the launch of the highly-anticipated turbo upgrade. As it turns out, Subaru doesn’t have such plans…


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“The fact that production is limited to only 250 units makes it somewhat appealing, but it's still a mundane BRZ with extra trim”

Granted, this new limited-edition model comes with a few interesting features, such as the exclusive Heritage Blue Paint, the silver accents inside the cabin, and the extra equipment of the Limited trim, but it’s nowhere near as special as it should be. The fact that production is limited to only 250 units makes it somewhat appealing, but it’s still a mundane BRZ with extra trim.

Oh well, maybe next time…

References

Subaru BRZ


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren MSO X

Launched in 2015, the McLaren Sports Series is the automaker’s most affordable lineup yet and already includes a handful of different variations. There’s the entry-level 540C, the more powerful 570S, the comfort-oriented 570GT, and even a spyder version. In 2016, McLaren also launched two race-spec variants, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. Come 2018 and the British firmed introduced yet another version of the highly acclaimed sports car. But unlike its predecessors, this one was crafted by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for the company’s largest U.S. importer. It goes by the name MSO X, and it’s essentially a road-legal 570S GT4.

Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project by McLaren Newport Beach, the MSO X was designed to emulate the look and feel of the GT4 race car, but retain a fully road-legal status and some convenience features. It was unveiled at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas in late January, where all ten units were handed over to their customers. Yup, if you thought that the regular 570S was rare, the MSO X is a car you might not even see on public roads unless you attend McLaren meetings or certain open track days.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren MSO X.

What makes the McLaren MSO X Special

  • Almost identical to 570S GT4
  • Race-inspired features
  • Exposed carbon exterior
  • Bespoke features
  • Unique rear wing
  • Exposed carbon chassis
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Color-matched harness bar
  • Standard telemetry system
  • Loads of convenience features
  • Standard 3.8-liter V-8 engine
  • Limited to only 10 units
  • All sold in the U.S.

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“The really cool thing about the MSO X is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car”

The really cool thing about the MSO X (apart from its name of course) is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car. You have to look really close to spot the differences, as there aren’t too many to talk about. Even the livery is similar to the race car, each example wearing a race-like number (1 to 10) on the doors.

Up front, we can see a similar bumper section with a big diffuser and large extensions toward the sides. McLaren even mounted canards toward the wheels, and they’re only slightly smaller than the GT4’s. The bonnet is also sourced from the GT4, sporting similar air intakes that work in conjunction with the roof snorkel, which in turn is a tribute to the 1997 F1 GT-R Longtail. The latter enhances airflow. The center bumper isn’t as aggressive as the GT4 though, and the MSO X appears to sit a tad higher above the ground.


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“The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser and the big wing”

The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser (including the colored highlights) and the big wing. Sure, the wing is a bit different, the fascia has extra louvers, and the exhaust is finished in chrome, but again, you have to look really close to tell the MSO X and the race-spec 570S GT4 apart. The wing also provides 100 kg (about 220 pounds) of extra downforce compared to the standard 750S. The MSO X also uses a custom titanium exhaust and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. All cars have satin finish carbon-fiber on the entire body, including the roof, engine cover, side skirts, and the rear bumper.

The interior of the MSO X is as bespoke as they get. In order to obtain that race-ready, GT4-spec look, MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed. The lightweight material is also visible on the steering wheel, center stack, center console, and door panels. Although the seats are wrapped in Alcantara, they’re also made from carbon for weight-saving purposes. MSO also added carbon sill panels and a bespoke bulkhead that features storage space for a race helmet.


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“MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed”

Speaking of storage room, the center tunnel bin seen in the regular 570S was removed to save weight. Also, the MSO X received the 570S GT4’s raised carbon-fiber center console for race-inspired look. A color-matched harness bar for the six-point racing harnesses and the McLaren Track Telemetry system turns the road-legal vehicle into a full-blown race car for track weekends. However, the MSO X retains most of McLaren’s convenience features, including the parking sensors, rearview cameras, vehicle lift, and air conditioning.


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“Motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower”

McLaren had nothing to say about the drivetrain, so it’s safe to assume that the MSO X uses the same underpinnings as the standard 570S. In this case, motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The mill mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and helps the car charge from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. Given all the aerodynamic enhancements, the MSO X should be able to get there quicker by at least a tenth-second. Top speed likely remains unchanged at 204 mph.

The British firm didn’t say how much one of these race-ready coupes costs, but it’s safe to assume that it’s significantly more expensive than the regular 570S, priced from $184,900. Given the extreme modifications and the complex MSO Bespoke program, I’d say that owners paid close to $300,000, a sticker that makes the MSO X the most expensive Sports Series model yet. And yes, it fetches more than the 570S GT4 it is based on (priced from £159,900, or about $223,250 as of February 2018, in the U.K.).

References

McLaren 570S


2016 McLaren 570S Coupe - image 651793

Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S.


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S GT4.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren MSO X

Launched in 2015, the McLaren Sports Series is the automaker’s most affordable lineup yet and already includes a handful of different variations. There’s the entry-level 540C, the more powerful 570S, the comfort-oriented 570GT, and even a spyder version. In 2016, McLaren also launched two race-spec variants, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. Come 2018 and the British firmed introduced yet another version of the highly acclaimed sports car. But unlike its predecessors, this one was crafted by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for the company’s largest U.S. importer. It goes by the name MSO X, and it’s essentially a road-legal 570S GT4.

Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project by McLaren Newport Beach, the MSO X was designed to emulate the look and feel of the GT4 race car, but retain a fully road-legal status and some convenience features. It was unveiled at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas in late January, where all ten units were handed over to their customers. Yup, if you thought that the regular 570S was rare, the MSO X is a car you might not even see on public roads unless you attend McLaren meetings or certain open track days.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren MSO X.

What makes the McLaren MSO X Special

  • Almost identical to 570S GT4
  • Race-inspired features
  • Exposed carbon exterior
  • Bespoke features
  • Unique rear wing
  • Exposed carbon chassis
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Color-matched harness bar
  • Standard telemetry system
  • Loads of convenience features
  • Standard 3.8-liter V-8 engine
  • Limited to only 10 units
  • All sold in the U.S.

2018 McLaren MSO X - image 763246
“The really cool thing about the MSO X is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car”

The really cool thing about the MSO X (apart from its name of course) is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car. You have to look really close to spot the differences, as there aren’t too many to talk about. Even the livery is similar to the race car, each example wearing a race-like number (1 to 10) on the doors.

Up front, we can see a similar bumper section with a big diffuser and large extensions toward the sides. McLaren even mounted canards toward the wheels, and they’re only slightly smaller than the GT4’s. The bonnet is also sourced from the GT4, sporting similar air intakes that work in conjunction with the roof snorkel, which in turn is a tribute to the 1997 F1 GT-R Longtail. The latter enhances airflow. The center bumper isn’t as aggressive as the GT4 though, and the MSO X appears to sit a tad higher above the ground.


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“The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser and the big wing”

The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser (including the colored highlights) and the big wing. Sure, the wing is a bit different, the fascia has extra louvers, and the exhaust is finished in chrome, but again, you have to look really close to tell the MSO X and the race-spec 570S GT4 apart. The wing also provides 100 kg (about 220 pounds) of extra downforce compared to the standard 750S. The MSO X also uses a custom titanium exhaust and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. All cars have satin finish carbon-fiber on the entire body, including the roof, engine cover, side skirts, and the rear bumper.

The interior of the MSO X is as bespoke as they get. In order to obtain that race-ready, GT4-spec look, MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed. The lightweight material is also visible on the steering wheel, center stack, center console, and door panels. Although the seats are wrapped in Alcantara, they’re also made from carbon for weight-saving purposes. MSO also added carbon sill panels and a bespoke bulkhead that features storage space for a race helmet.


2018 McLaren MSO X - image 763248
“MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed”

Speaking of storage room, the center tunnel bin seen in the regular 570S was removed to save weight. Also, the MSO X received the 570S GT4’s raised carbon-fiber center console for race-inspired look. A color-matched harness bar for the six-point racing harnesses and the McLaren Track Telemetry system turns the road-legal vehicle into a full-blown race car for track weekends. However, the MSO X retains most of McLaren’s convenience features, including the parking sensors, rearview cameras, vehicle lift, and air conditioning.


2018 McLaren MSO X - image 763255
“Motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower”

McLaren had nothing to say about the drivetrain, so it’s safe to assume that the MSO X uses the same underpinnings as the standard 570S. In this case, motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The mill mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and helps the car charge from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. Given all the aerodynamic enhancements, the MSO X should be able to get there quicker by at least a tenth-second. Top speed likely remains unchanged at 204 mph.

The British firm didn’t say how much one of these race-ready coupes costs, but it’s safe to assume that it’s significantly more expensive than the regular 570S, priced from $184,900. Given the extreme modifications and the complex MSO Bespoke program, I’d say that owners paid close to $300,000, a sticker that makes the MSO X the most expensive Sports Series model yet. And yes, it fetches more than the 570S GT4 it is based on (priced from £159,900, or about $223,250 as of February 2018, in the U.K.).

References

McLaren 570S


2016 McLaren 570S Coupe - image 651793

Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S.


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S GT4.


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PostHeaderIcon PAL-V Liberty, The World’s First Road- And Air-Legal Car, Is Headed To The Geneva Motor Show

Like jet packs or robotic butlers, real flying cars seem perpetually just over the horizon. Now, however, Dutch firm PAL-V says it cracked the code, and will show it’s new road-legal flying car at the biggest auto show of the year.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“AL-V is calling it the Liberty, and rather than sprouting wings like a plane, it's got a set of blades like a helicopter. It's technically a “gyrocopter” aircraft, with a thrust engine in the rear and unpowered rotors up top.”

PAL-V International B.V. was founded way back in 2001 with the intention of creating a road-worthy aircraft. Seventeen years later, the firm looks ready to step into the limelight in a big way with a debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, the stage to gain worldwide attention in the auto industry.

We saw a proof of concept in 2008 and learned about flight tests in 2011, but the latest looks like it’s pretty much production-ready. PAL-V is calling it the Liberty, and rather than sprouting wings like a plane, it’s got a set of blades like a helicopter. It’s technically a “gyrocopter” aircraft, with a thrust engine in the rear and unpowered rotors up top (they spin using air power alone to create lift). The design
means you still need a good deal of space to take off, without the option for vertical lift-off. Two people can fit in the cockpit, but only one is required to fly the machine.


PAL-V says the Liberty complies with all the necessary regulations, both in the U.S. and in the U.K. Motivation is derived from a series of Rotax aircraft engines. Output tops out at 99 horsepower while in road mode, and 197 horsepower while going airborne.

The transformation between flying mode to driving mode is a bit of a hands-on affair, requiring pilots to pull out the tail, unfold the rotor blades, and take out the prop to prepare the vehicle for flight, all of which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete, according to PAL-V. Meanwhile, the rotor mast will unfold automatically.


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“On the black stuff, the Liberty will top out at 100 mph, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in about 9 seconds. In flight mode, the Liberty can climb to 3,500 meters (10,500 feet) and reach a top speed of 112 mph.”

On the black stuff, the Liberty will top out at 100 mph, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in about 9 seconds. It’ll also return upwards of 31 mpg, giving it an impressive 817-mile range. The vehicle drives as a three-wheeler, leaning hard into corners to remain as stable as possible with the rotor gear up top. It looks like fun, to be honest.

In flight mode, the Liberty can climb to 3,500 meters (10,500 feet) and reach a top speed of 112 mph. It’ll also do 310 miles before requiring a fill-up


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Technical Specifications

Capacity: 2 persons
Mass Empty: 1.413 lbs
Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW): 2,006 lbs
Fuel type: Premium or Super Unleaded gasoline**
Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallon
Dimensions Drive-mode: 13.1f L x 6.6f W x 5.4f H
Dimensions Flight-mode: 20.1f L x 6.6f W x 10.5f H (Rotor diameter is 35.3f)
Maximum baggage load: 44 lbs
DRIVE MODE
Max Speed: 100 mph
Top speed acceleration (0-62 mph): <9 seconds
Engine power: 100 hp
Fuel economy: 31mi/gallon
Range: 817 mi
FLIGHT MODE
Economic cruise speed: 87 mph
High cruise speed (90% range): 100 mph
Maximum speed: 112 mph
Min speed for level flight: 31 mph
Engine power: 200 hp
Maximum operating altitude: 11,480 feet
Useful load: 542 lbs
Take-off roll (MTOW, MSL): 590 feet
Take-off distance (+ 15m obstacle clearance) (MTOW***, MSL****): 1,082 feet
Landing roll distance: 98 feet
Fuel economy: 6.9 gallons/hour
Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel*, MTOW): 248 mi
Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel, single person operation, MSL): 310 mi
Max endurance (with ½ hour reserve fuel, MTOW): 4.3 hours

You can check out the full specs here.

The Liberty requires a pilot’s license to legally put it in the air (not to mention a driver’s license to run it on the street), and because there’s no vertical lift-off, don’t expect to take the taller lane option while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Indeed, putting this vehicle’s full capability to good use will require a bit more planning than that.

Look for more info when the PAL-V Liberty drops (er, maybe debuts is the more appropriate word here) at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. Deliveries are expected for next year, after PAL-V completes the final testing and certification required to release the actual production model.


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“Deliveries are expected for next year, after PAL-V completes the final testing and certification required to release the actual production model.”

Pricing starts at 280,000 pounds (a little under $400,000 at current exchange rates), while the limited launch edition will be $599,000 (the price includes flight instructions and extras like a heater and other optional equipment). Reservations start at around 2,000 pounds (a little under $2,825 at current exchange rates). Production numbers for this first batch will be limited to 90 units, half of which will be sold in Europe (yep, PAL-V will also sell it here in the U.S.). Once the initial batch is sold, PAL-V has plans for a leaner and meaner Sport model for slightly less outlay ($399,000), which also includes flight lessons and carbon fiber details.

Perhaps now is the time for the flying car. It is 2018 after all, and considering the supercar market is practically spilling over in options, a high-dollar toy like a flying car seems like a perfectly reasonable next step. After all, once the multitude of millionaires out there get their fill on the ground, where to next? The sky makes a lot of sense…


References


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PostHeaderIcon PAL-V Liberty, The World’s First Road- And Air-Legal Car, Is Headed To The Geneva Motor Show

Like jet packs or robotic butlers, real flying cars seem perpetually just over the horizon. Now, however, Dutch firm PAL-V says it cracked the code, and will show it’s new road-legal flying car at the biggest auto show of the year.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


PAL-V Liberty, The World's First Road- And Air-Legal Car, Is Headed To The Geneva Motor Show - image 765693
“AL-V is calling it the Liberty, and rather than sprouting wings like a plane, it's got a set of blades like a helicopter. It's technically a “gyrocopter” aircraft, with a thrust engine in the rear and unpowered rotors up top.”

PAL-V International B.V. was founded way back in 2001 with the intention of creating a road-worthy aircraft. Seventeen years later, the firm looks ready to step into the limelight in a big way with a debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, the stage to gain worldwide attention in the auto industry.

We saw a proof of concept in 2008 and learned about flight tests in 2011, but the latest looks like it’s pretty much production-ready. PAL-V is calling it the Liberty, and rather than sprouting wings like a plane, it’s got a set of blades like a helicopter. It’s technically a “gyrocopter” aircraft, with a thrust engine in the rear and unpowered rotors up top (they spin using air power alone to create lift). The design
means you still need a good deal of space to take off, without the option for vertical lift-off. Two people can fit in the cockpit, but only one is required to fly the machine.


PAL-V says the Liberty complies with all the necessary regulations, both in the U.S. and in the U.K. Motivation is derived from a series of Rotax aircraft engines. Output tops out at 99 horsepower while in road mode, and 197 horsepower while going airborne.

The transformation between flying mode to driving mode is a bit of a hands-on affair, requiring pilots to pull out the tail, unfold the rotor blades, and take out the prop to prepare the vehicle for flight, all of which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete, according to PAL-V. Meanwhile, the rotor mast will unfold automatically.


PAL-V Liberty, The World's First Road- And Air-Legal Car, Is Headed To The Geneva Motor Show - image 765701
“On the black stuff, the Liberty will top out at 100 mph, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in about 9 seconds. In flight mode, the Liberty can climb to 3,500 meters (10,500 feet) and reach a top speed of 112 mph.”

On the black stuff, the Liberty will top out at 100 mph, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in about 9 seconds. It’ll also return upwards of 31 mpg, giving it an impressive 817-mile range. The vehicle drives as a three-wheeler, leaning hard into corners to remain as stable as possible with the rotor gear up top. It looks like fun, to be honest.

In flight mode, the Liberty can climb to 3,500 meters (10,500 feet) and reach a top speed of 112 mph. It’ll also do 310 miles before requiring a fill-up


PAL-V Liberty, The World's First Road- And Air-Legal Car, Is Headed To The Geneva Motor Show - image 765694

Technical Specifications

Capacity: 2 persons
Mass Empty: 1.413 lbs
Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW): 2,006 lbs
Fuel type: Premium or Super Unleaded gasoline**
Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallon
Dimensions Drive-mode: 13.1f L x 6.6f W x 5.4f H
Dimensions Flight-mode: 20.1f L x 6.6f W x 10.5f H (Rotor diameter is 35.3f)
Maximum baggage load: 44 lbs
DRIVE MODE
Max Speed: 100 mph
Top speed acceleration (0-62 mph): <9 seconds
Engine power: 100 hp
Fuel economy: 31mi/gallon
Range: 817 mi
FLIGHT MODE
Economic cruise speed: 87 mph
High cruise speed (90% range): 100 mph
Maximum speed: 112 mph
Min speed for level flight: 31 mph
Engine power: 200 hp
Maximum operating altitude: 11,480 feet
Useful load: 542 lbs
Take-off roll (MTOW, MSL): 590 feet
Take-off distance (+ 15m obstacle clearance) (MTOW***, MSL****): 1,082 feet
Landing roll distance: 98 feet
Fuel economy: 6.9 gallons/hour
Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel*, MTOW): 248 mi
Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel, single person operation, MSL): 310 mi
Max endurance (with ½ hour reserve fuel, MTOW): 4.3 hours

You can check out the full specs here.

The Liberty requires a pilot’s license to legally put it in the air (not to mention a driver’s license to run it on the street), and because there’s no vertical lift-off, don’t expect to take the taller lane option while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Indeed, putting this vehicle’s full capability to good use will require a bit more planning than that.

Look for more info when the PAL-V Liberty drops (er, maybe debuts is the more appropriate word here) at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. Deliveries are expected for next year, after PAL-V completes the final testing and certification required to release the actual production model.


PAL-V Liberty, The World's First Road- And Air-Legal Car, Is Headed To The Geneva Motor Show - image 765697
“Deliveries are expected for next year, after PAL-V completes the final testing and certification required to release the actual production model.”

Pricing starts at 280,000 pounds (a little under $400,000 at current exchange rates), while the limited launch edition will be $599,000 (the price includes flight instructions and extras like a heater and other optional equipment). Reservations start at around 2,000 pounds (a little under $2,825 at current exchange rates). Production numbers for this first batch will be limited to 90 units, half of which will be sold in Europe (yep, PAL-V will also sell it here in the U.S.). Once the initial batch is sold, PAL-V has plans for a leaner and meaner Sport model for slightly less outlay ($399,000), which also includes flight lessons and carbon fiber details.

Perhaps now is the time for the flying car. It is 2018 after all, and considering the supercar market is practically spilling over in options, a high-dollar toy like a flying car seems like a perfectly reasonable next step. After all, once the multitude of millionaires out there get their fill on the ground, where to next? The sky makes a lot of sense…


References


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PostHeaderIcon Irony: Man Named “Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller” Arrested for Driving Without a License

If we told you that there’s a man in Arkansas named Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, would you believe us? Better yet, would you believe that Miller was arrested by local authorities last week for three motor vehicle-related charges? As unlikely and ridiculous as this sounds, it also happens to be true. All of it. There really is an Arkansas man with the name Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, and he really did get arrested for driving without a license, not wearing a seatbelt while driving, and lacking proof of liability insurance.

It doesn’t get any better than this, doesn’t it? I suppose it’s not a good thing because his name is making the news for all the wrong reasons, but the fact that his name is what it is — Shelby Mustang GT500 — is glorious. Unfortunately, Miller’s brazen attitude towards the law is hampering his good name. According to The Smoking Gun, his bond was set at $450, and he has a court date set for March 8.

Unfortunately, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller is far from a straight arrow. Before this arrest, he already ran afoul of the law numerous times in the past, including another arrest in 2014 after he allegedly got into a fight at a local sports bar, returning later with a hatchet under his shirt, presumably to do some damage with it. He was eventually arrested on charges of public intoxication, weapons charges, and probation violation.

Judging by the plethora of police reports he has incurred over the years, it does seem that “Mustang GT500” is, in fact, his middle name. What’s unclear is whether he got his name from his parents when he was born or whether he decided to string them all together later on with the purpose of eventually finding himself in the news. If it’s the latter, then we salute you, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller for a job well done. You made the news for all the wrong reasons, but your name will live in on infamy, or at least until we find someone named “Chevrolet COPO Camaro Sanders.”

References

Ford Mustang


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Read our full review on the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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PostHeaderIcon Irony: Man Named “Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller” Arrested for Driving Without a License

If we told you that there’s a man in Arkansas named Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, would you believe us? Better yet, would you believe that Miller was arrested by local authorities last week for three motor vehicle-related charges? As unlikely and ridiculous as this sounds, it also happens to be true. All of it. There really is an Arkansas man with the name Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, and he really did get arrested for driving without a license, not wearing a seatbelt while driving, and lacking proof of liability insurance.

It doesn’t get any better than this, doesn’t it? I suppose it’s not a good thing because his name is making the news for all the wrong reasons, but the fact that his name is what it is — Shelby Mustang GT500 — is glorious. Unfortunately, Miller’s brazen attitude towards the law is hampering his good name. According to The Smoking Gun, his bond was set at $450, and he has a court date set for March 8.

Unfortunately, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller is far from a straight arrow. Before this arrest, he already ran afoul of the law numerous times in the past, including another arrest in 2014 after he allegedly got into a fight at a local sports bar, returning later with a hatchet under his shirt, presumably to do some damage with it. He was eventually arrested on charges of public intoxication, weapons charges, and probation violation.

Judging by the plethora of police reports he has incurred over the years, it does seem that “Mustang GT500” is, in fact, his middle name. What’s unclear is whether he got his name from his parents when he was born or whether he decided to string them all together later on with the purpose of eventually finding himself in the news. If it’s the latter, then we salute you, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller for a job well done. You made the news for all the wrong reasons, but your name will live in on infamy, or at least until we find someone named “Chevrolet COPO Camaro Sanders.”

References

Ford Mustang


2011 Ford Shelby GT500
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Read our full review on the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce

When it unveiled the Senna back in December 2017, McLaren omitted some of the supercar’s performance facts. Needless to say, the Senna was downright spectacular even without those figures to run by, but McLaren just released a batch of new information that proves this supercar is as quick as it looks.


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“While many argue that the Senna isn't exactly pretty design-wise, its controversial appearance is a modern embodiment of the "form follows function" concept”

While many argue that the Senna isn’t exactly pretty design-wise, its controversial appearance is a modern embodiment of the “form follows function” concept. Radical aerodynamics rarely go hand in hand with appealing styling cues and McLaren decided to completely sacrifice the latter for the sake of performance. It might be ugly, but that carbon-fiber shell helps it generate a whopping 800 kg (almost 1,764 pounds) of downforce at 155 mph. That’s 200 kg (441 pounds) more than the McLaren P1 at the same speed.

But what about acceleration? The Senna needs 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second quicker than the P1. The sprint to 124 mph takes 6.8 clicks, a full second quicker than the awesome 720S. The quarter-mile time is equally impressive at 9.9 seconds, while stopping from 124 mph takes only 100 meters (328 feet). Top speed is rated at “only” 211 mph, six mph below the P1, but that’s a small sacrifice given the Senna’s outstanding cornering abilities.


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“The Senna needs 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second quicker than the P1”

According to McLaren, the Senna is unstoppable at the track when used in race mode. The revise RaceActive Chassis Control suspension not only enables the driver to brake and turn into corners later, but also hit the gas pedal earlier than in a P1. That’s due to the extra available downforce and the balanced aerodynamics.

The design language of the McLaren Senna is extremely aggressive and different from any previous McLaren – because no other road-legal McLaren has had to fulfill such an uncompromising brief,” explained Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive. ”When you see the car for the first time, you know instantly how single-minded and focused it is; to meet the performance targets we have had to go to an entirely different level from even the McLaren P1.”

It’s all true, and it looks as if Ayrton Senna himself helped design it.

References

McLaren Senna


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PostHeaderIcon First World Problems: Bugatti Wants to Take Care of your Veyron For as Long as 15 Years

The price of buying a Bugatti Veyron will set you back at least $1.5 million, but the costs attached to owning one can run high too. An oil change, for example, will set you back $20,000. A new set of tires will hit you like a brick in the head at close to $50,000 per set. Add up the years you plan to own a Veyron, and you’re looking at maintenance costs that could reach around $400,000 to $500,000. Be thankful, then, that Bugatti is introducing a Loyalty Maintenance Program for the Veyron that will help reduce operating costs while maintaining the condition of your million-dollar supercar.


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“You can get that seal after your beloved supercar goes through a thorough inspection that includes testing and replacing parts”

If you’re an owner of a Bugatti Veyron, this new program is a God-send for you. Not only does it help you maintain the condition of your supercar, it has the potential to help soften the blow of the operating costs attached to the Veyron. We know that these costs could get completely out of hand, so the measure of protection Bugatti is offering through its Loyalty Maintenance Program is a big deal.

Before you start jumping for joy, your Veyrons need to earn a Bugatti Certified seal. You can get that seal after your beloved supercar goes through a thorough inspection that includes testing and replacing parts, ranging from small mechanical bits like spark plugs to full-blown body panels. Updates are also included in the service. In the end, the Veyron receives a Bugatti Certified seal, and its warranty is extended.

In a statement, Franco Utzeri, head of Bugatti Certified and Financial Services, said that the new program is a major step for Bugatti and owners of the Veyron. “Our quality program has been significantly enhanced by the Loyalty Maintenance Program,” he said. “This means that our customer support has reached the high level of individualization that customers already learned to know and appreciate when they purchased their Bugatti. No other brand is as near to the customer as Bugatti – and that applies to the duration of ownership.“


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“Bugatti is offering several different maintenance packages so you can get the package that best suits your use of the supercar”

Speaking of the duration, Bugatti is offering several different maintenance packages so you can get the package that best suits your use of the supercar. This includes an Extended Warranty Plus program that runs up to 15 years, something that no other automaker in the world offers. “Our customers use their Bugattis in very individual ways,” Chris Kelly, head of Bugatti Customer Service, said. “Many owners enjoy driving their car every day while others see it as an automotive work of art in their private collection. This means that individual customers have very different expectations of service. We can now meet these expectations much more effectively, in line with our customers’ wishes.”

Make no mistake, Bugatti’s new Loyalty Maintenance Program is as important to the automaker as it is to Veyron owners, especially when you consider how rare and valuable Veyrons are becoming. It’s important for the company to maintain premium physical, mechanical, and technical quality of its models. This is a natural step in accomplishing that goal.

References

Bugatti Veyron


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PostHeaderIcon Wanna Make Your Aston Martin Valkyrie Even Cooler? Just Add Moon Dust

Throughout its development, the Aston Martin Valkyrie was known internally as the “Nebula,” a fitting moniker considering the hypercar’s otherworldly speed potential and performance specs. Now, one lucky owner is taking the association to the next level by adding Moon dust to the equation.

In a recent post to Instagram, user lamborghiniks proclaimed “I have sourced, gotten proper verification, and purchased an actual Rock from the Moon which will be ground to dust and used as a key ingredient in Karosserie Lunar Red which will be the color of my Aston Martin Valkyrie.” Apparently, lamborghiniks also enjoys a variety of other exotics in his garage, including a Koenigsegg Agera XS, Pagani Huayra BC, and Lamborghini Veneno.

It’s an interesting idea, and certainly unique, but it makes us wonder what effect (if any) the Moon dust will have on the Valkyrie’s appearance. In fact, lamborghiniks is gonna need a pretty sizable chunk of the stuff to even see it show up on the body panels at all. But at least he’s not painting it in some obnoxious gold flake or chrome wrap, right?

As a reminder, the Aston Martin Valkyrie reaches escape velocity by way of a hybrid, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 tuned by Cosworth to produce upwards of 1,130 horsepower. Output is routed through a seven-speed Ricardo dual-clutch automatic, while the hybrid is a KERS-style system from Rimac. At just 1,030 kg (2,271 pounds), the Valkyrie manages a power-to-weight ratio better than the ’ole one-to-one figure. It’s also got some pretty serious aero, but that doesn’t really apply on the Moon. Unless you count solar wind.



BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! My visit to Aston Martin was very inspiring. A few weeks ago @milesnurnberger had commented to me that a spec we were discussing reminded him of a Space Ship. I immediately responded, “The Valkyrie makes a Space Ship look like a Car!” &#128518;&#128077; That got me thinking... How do I raise the bar of my spec to be worthy of Valkyrie level? &#129300; If ever there was a machine that could grip the ground and rip around the craters of the Moon like it's on rails, it would be the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Unfortunately, science won't allow me to be the first person to drive on the Moon (gravity is still an issue, they say), but nothing is stopping me from bringing the Moon to my Valkyrie!! &#127770; I have sourced, gotten proper verification, and purchased an actual Rock from the Moon which will be ground to dust and used as a key ingredient in Karosserie Lunar Red which will be the color of my Aston Martin Valkyrie. This will be the first car ever to feature a paint formula that includes actual ingredients from #SPACE !!! Thank You to everyone at @astonmartinlagonda, @redbullracing and Karosserie in Wayne, PA. More renderings will be released in the coming weeks and months. We will also document and share some of the process of making actual Moon Rock part of this very special color being developed exclusively for the most special car of my lifetime: The Aston Martin Valkyrie. &#128591;&#128125;&#128591; Thanks to &#128397;@marcovanoverbeeke&#128397; for helping refine my spec and providing me with renderings and thanks to &#127776;@capitolsunset&#127776; for setting the mood of the image on the Moon. More to come!! #ToTheMoonAndBack #&#127770; &#128591;&#128518;&#128591; ______________________________________________________ #AstonMartin #Valkyrie #AstonMartinValkyrie #Moon #MoonRock #KarosserieLunarRed #KrisSingh #Red #BloodRedMoon #ToTheMoonAndBack #ComingSoon #2019 #RaiseTheBar #NASA #RedBull #RedBullRacing #AdrianNewey #MarekReichman #MilesNurnberger #AndyPalmer #AstonMartinRules #GameChanger #LunarRed #F1 #Redhead #RedWillNeverBeTheSame #TheRedOfAllReds #BLESSED ______________________________________________________ PS - No information or details regarding my source, purchase price, weight of the Moon Rock, or other, will be shared.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! My visit to Aston Martin was very inspiring.
A few weeks ago @milesnurnberger had commented to me that a spec we were discussing reminded him of a Space Ship.
I immediately responded, “The Valkyrie makes a Space Ship look like a Car!” 😆👍 That got me thinking… How do I raise the bar of my spec to be worthy of Valkyrie level? 🤔
If ever there was a machine that could grip the ground and rip around the craters of the Moon like it’s on rails, it would be the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Unfortunately, science won’t allow me to be the first person to drive on the Moon (gravity is still an issue, they say), but nothing is stopping me from bringing the Moon to my Valkyrie!! 🌚 I have sourced, gotten proper verification, and purchased an actual Rock from the Moon which will be ground to dust and used as a key ingredient in Karosserie Lunar Red which will be the color of my Aston Martin Valkyrie.
This will be the first car ever to feature a paint formula that includes actual ingredients from #SPACE !!! Thank You to everyone at @astonmartinlagonda, @redbullracing and
Karosserie in Wayne, PA.
More renderings will be released in the coming weeks and months.
We will also document and share some of the process of making actual Moon Rock part of this very special color being developed exclusively for the most special car of my lifetime: The Aston Martin Valkyrie. 🙏👽🙏 Thanks to 🖍@marcovanoverbeeke🖍 for helping refine my spec and providing me with renderings and thanks to 🌠@capitolsunset🌠 for setting the mood of the image on the Moon.
More to come!! #ToTheMoonAndBack #🌚 🙏😆🙏 ______________________________________________________
#AstonMartin #Valkyrie #AstonMartinValkyrie #Moon #MoonRock #KarosserieLunarRed #KrisSingh #Red #BloodRedMoon #ToTheMoonAndBack #ComingSoon #2019 #RaiseTheBar #NASA #RedBull #RedBullRacing #AdrianNewey #MarekReichman #MilesNurnberger #AndyPalmer #AstonMartinRules #GameChanger #LunarRed #F1 #Redhead #RedWillNeverBeTheSame #TheRedOfAllReds #BLESSED
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PS – No information or details regarding my source, purchase price, weight of the Moon Rock, or other, will be shared.


by
lamborghiniks

References

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Read our full review on the
2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

PostHeaderIcon Hulk-Green 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaks Prior to Debut

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS may be the hottest sports car the German automaker has launched in 2017, but a revised version of the 911 GT3 RS is just around the corner. And based on a handful of photos that just surfaced the Interwebz, it’s just as exciting. Spotted testing many times last year, the facelifted GT3 RS is set to arrive sometime in 2018. An official date isn’t yet available, but this leak confirms that we’re just a couple of weeks — if not days — away from seeing it in the metal.

The photos were first posted by Australia’s Drive, but they have since been removed. Fortunately, the folks over at Motor1 managed to save them, and we can now have a closer at the upcoming GT3 RS. And it’s finished in a bright share of green that reminds me of old first-generation 911 models. So, what’s new? Read on to find out.

Continue reading for the full story.

Revamped Design


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“Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS”

Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS. We can see the same aerodynamic upgrades front and rear, along with vents for the front and rear fenders, and the big wing around back. Changes are subtle and of the 911 facelift (991.2) variety, and include revised bumpers, new daytime running lights, new headlamps, and taillights. The wing also sports some minor modifications, while the rear diffuser is decidedly more aggressive.

More Power and Updated Drivetrain


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“The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower.”

The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower. That’s 20 horses more than the previous GT3 RS and a much-needed upgrade now that the non-RS GT3 packs 500 horsepower. There’s no word on torque yet, but the 4.0-liter flat-six engine should crank out in excess of the current 339 pound-feet.

The sprint to 62 mph will take a tenth-second quicker, or 3.1 instead of 3.2 clicks. Top speed reportedly increased to 194 mph, a two-mph gain over the old model. Porsche has also retuned the rear-wheel-steering system, an update that should make it more precise on the race track. Don’t be surprised if the Germans unveiled a new Nurburgring lap soon.

The new GT3 RS should break cover soon, so make sure you stick around for an update.

References

Porsche GT3


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


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PostHeaderIcon Hulk-Green 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaks Prior to Debut

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS may be the hottest sports car the German automaker has launched in 2017, but a revised version of the 911 GT3 RS is just around the corner. And based on a handful of photos that just surfaced the Interwebz, it’s just as exciting. Spotted testing many times last year, the facelifted GT3 RS is set to arrive sometime in 2018. An official date isn’t yet available, but this leak confirms that we’re just a couple of weeks — if not days — away from seeing it in the metal.

The photos were first posted by Australia’s Drive, but they have since been removed. Fortunately, the folks over at Motor1 managed to save them, and we can now have a closer at the upcoming GT3 RS. And it’s finished in a bright share of green that reminds me of old first-generation 911 models. So, what’s new? Read on to find out.

Continue reading for the full story.

Revamped Design


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“Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS”

Styling-wise, not much has changed compared to the old GT3 RS. We can see the same aerodynamic upgrades front and rear, along with vents for the front and rear fenders, and the big wing around back. Changes are subtle and of the 911 facelift (991.2) variety, and include revised bumpers, new daytime running lights, new headlamps, and taillights. The wing also sports some minor modifications, while the rear diffuser is decidedly more aggressive.

More Power and Updated Drivetrain


Hulk-Green 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaks Prior to Debut - image 765601
“The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower.”

The new GT3 RS is expected to deliver a whopping 520 horsepower. That’s 20 horses more than the previous GT3 RS and a much-needed upgrade now that the non-RS GT3 packs 500 horsepower. There’s no word on torque yet, but the 4.0-liter flat-six engine should crank out in excess of the current 339 pound-feet.

The sprint to 62 mph will take a tenth-second quicker, or 3.1 instead of 3.2 clicks. Top speed reportedly increased to 194 mph, a two-mph gain over the old model. Porsche has also retuned the rear-wheel-steering system, an update that should make it more precise on the race track. Don’t be surprised if the Germans unveiled a new Nurburgring lap soon.

The new GT3 RS should break cover soon, so make sure you stick around for an update.

References

Porsche GT3


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.


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“According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire”

We can make jokes all we want, but this is a serious situation that fortunately ended without anybody getting hurt. According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire. “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door, and the flames went up my arm,” Harris said about the incident. “Sadly, the car was lost, and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

No reason has been given on why the new French sports car caught fire, but expect Renault to come out with a statement sooner than later. In the meantime, the automaker has stopped all driving activities for pre-production cars until it concludes a full investigation of the incident.

While it’s disappointing to see the A110 in a blaze, it’s good to know that Harris and Jordan were unscathed after the incident. It did bring an unceremonious end to what was a thrilling experience for both drivers, particularly Jordan, who admitted that doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a “dream come true.”

“The car was stunning – so light on its toes,” Jordan added. “It was dancing around the mountain, and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”

It’s going to be interesting how Renault responds to this incident. It’s not the kind of publicity the Alpine A110 needs at this point, but as Jordan pointed out, these things do tend to happen.

References

Alpine A110


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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.


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“According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire”

We can make jokes all we want, but this is a serious situation that fortunately ended without anybody getting hurt. According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire. “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door, and the flames went up my arm,” Harris said about the incident. “Sadly, the car was lost, and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

No reason has been given on why the new French sports car caught fire, but expect Renault to come out with a statement sooner than later. In the meantime, the automaker has stopped all driving activities for pre-production cars until it concludes a full investigation of the incident.

While it’s disappointing to see the A110 in a blaze, it’s good to know that Harris and Jordan were unscathed after the incident. It did bring an unceremonious end to what was a thrilling experience for both drivers, particularly Jordan, who admitted that doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a “dream come true.”

“The car was stunning – so light on its toes,” Jordan added. “It was dancing around the mountain, and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”

It’s going to be interesting how Renault responds to this incident. It’s not the kind of publicity the Alpine A110 needs at this point, but as Jordan pointed out, these things do tend to happen.

References

Alpine A110


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PostHeaderIcon Epic Life Hack – German Man Uses Smartcars to Stop People From Parking Near His Driveway

If you’ve ever heard of the expression “First World problems,” you’ll be thinking a lot about it once you’re done with this doozy of a story. A German man who lives in the affluent neighborhood of Oberkassel in Germany had a problem with people parking too close to his driveway. To address that problem, he decided to buy a pair of smart ForTwos and parked them on either side of the driveway. It’s probably one of the most expensive ways to mark your territory, but the man did it anyway because he could.

According to German news site RP Online the ForTwos have been on guard duty for three years now. The man’s neighbors even say that two city cars have left their spots only once since they set up shop there back in 2015, presumably to renew their registration or get serviced for being idle too long.

As for the man’s reasons? Apparently, his problem wasn’t about having his driveway blocked by cars or having cars parked (legally) on either side of his driveway. He just wants the entire space for himself because he wanted as much room to comfortably enter and leave his driveway with what neighbors say is an SUV. That’s it. That’s his reason.

To make this story more interesting, his ForTwo bookend strategy is reportedly legal under Dusseldorf’s traffic laws. According to the city’s Traffic Management Office, the ForTwos can stay parked where they are as long as they can be driven away if needed.

It’s hard to say if the man is crazy or a genius for marking his own territory this way. Perhaps it’s even a combination of both. Either way, this is one instance where the expression “First World problems” definitely applies.

References

Smart Fortwo


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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not 🙂

2018 Audi R8 RWS


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Read our full review of the 2018 Audi R8 RWS or check out the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers depicting this beauty!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not 🙂

2018 Audi R8 RWS


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Read our full review of the 2018 Audi R8 RWS or check out the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers depicting this beauty!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not 🙂

2018 Audi R8 RWS


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PostHeaderIcon Demand Watch: F80-Gen BMW M3 to End Production Sooner than Expected; No Replacement Until 2020

BMW is having to end production of the mighty M3 performance sedan due to emissions regulations that take effect in June of 2018. The new regulations set forth by the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, require a gasoline particulate filter be installed on all new vehicles after the June deadline. Unfortunately for the M3, its underbelly doesn’t have the room needed for the large device. Rather than spending the money to rework the M3’s floor pan, BMW is simply ending production of the 425-horsepower legend.

It’s not all bad news, however, the two-door coupe version of the M3, the M4 will continue production and come with the new particulate filter, officially known as the Otto Particulate Filter. Collateral changes to the M4 include the discontinuation of its lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft in favor of a steel driveshaft with a smaller diameter.

The M3’s discontinuation has several ramifications, of course, so let’s get into what’s going on.

Continue reading for more information.

Death by Emissions


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“Known as the G20 generation, the new M3 (and then M4) will ride on BMW’s new Cluster Rear Architecture that already underpins the new 5 Series”

While it is rather unfortunate the F80 generation M3 will cease production before June 1, 2018, BMW is already deep in development on its successor. Known as the G20 generation, the new M3 (and then M4) will ride on BMW’s new Cluster Rear Architecture that already underpins the new 5 Series. Not only will the new G20 produce (or at least better control) exhaust emissions, the new model should be better by about every measurable metric. Non-M models are reportedly coming with a reworked version of the current inline four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines.

Better still, BMW is said to have a slew of new M and M-Performance models on the way, both for the new G20 chassis and for several other vehicles is its stable. In fact, the numbers are pegged at 11 new M models and 15 new M-Performance variants – all by 2020.

In the meantime, that means the current F80 M3 will see its value skyrocket. Those wanting the car will have to act quickly, while those looking for a pre-owned model will see resale values remaining high. That’s great news for current owners who want to unload their F80 M3, but bad news for someone looking to purchase. It seems both time and money are in short supply.

Of course, prices will undoubtedly drop once the new G20 M3 and M4 hit the market sometime around 2020. BMW has been rather quiet on specifics regarding the G20 M3’s performance, but we can expect at least marginal improvements from the current F80 car.

F80-Gen BMW M3 Specifications


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Engine Type 3.0-Liter I-6 Turbocharged
Engine Technology M TwinPower Turbo technology with two mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Fuel Injection, fully variable valve timing (VALVETRONIC) and variable camshaft control (Double-VANOS)
Output (HP @ RPM) 425 @ 5500–7300
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM) 406 @ 1,850–5,500
Transmission Six-speed manual gearbox (optional: Seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission)
Acceleration (0-60 MPH) 4.1 Sec (W/ Manual) / 3.9 Sec. (W/ M-DCT)
Top Speed 155 mph

In its current form, the 2018 M3 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder making as much as 444 horsepower in the DCT Competition Package edition. Torque is rated at 406 pound-feet. A seven-speed dual-clutch sends power to the rear wheels and helps the 3,600-pound sedan hit 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. Car & Driver recorded 0.98 g on their 300-foot skid pad, showing just how capable the sedan is at holding the road. Prices for such performance start around $64,500 for the DCT Competition Package and can crest near $90,000.

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