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PostHeaderIcon Putting The McLaren Senna’s Power-To-Weight Ratio Into Perspective

While you certainly won’t find us complaining when automakers boast about crazy peak output figures and power-to-weight ratios, it’s always a good idea to put those numbers into perspective. Take the recently released McLaren Senna. Tagged with a name that pays respect to the legendary Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, this machine is offered as the Woking company’s “most extreme” road car ever created. Not only does it have the most powerful engine to ever bless a street-legal McLaren, with 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque hitting the rear axle by way of a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, but its also the lightest street-legal McLaren ever made, tipping the scales at a scant 2,641 pounds thanks to oodles of exotic materials and motorsports-inspired construction. That’s the dry weight, by the way, not the curb weight. The end result is 658 horsepower per metric ton, or 598 horsepower per U.S. ton.

Impressive stuff, no doubt about it. That power-to-weight ratio bests even the mighty P1, which lays down 903 hybridized horses to motivate 3,075 pounds of dry weight, which calculates to 587 horsepower per U.S. ton. The iconic McLaren F1 is also defeated, producing 627 horsepower and tipping the scales with 2,425 pounds of dry weight, calculating out to 517 horsepower per U.S. ton. Meanwhile, the daily-driver oriented McLaren 650S Spider is left in the spec sheet dust, producing 641 horsepower with a dry weight of 3,020 pounds, which calculates as just 425 horsepower per U.S. ton

Of course, there’s much more that goes into making speed than a stellar power-to-weight ratio. Just as important (if not more so) is how that power reaches the pavement. For example, it’s a rather straightforward process to make 1,000 horsepower from a tuned 2JZ-powered Toyota Supra, but if you’re running all-season tires, all you’ll make is smoke. Traction, torque curves, aerodynamics… all help translate that ratio into real-world velocity, the stuff that really matters.

With that in mind, read on for the power-to-weight ratios of a few more high-end performance machines.

Continue reading to learn more about power-to-weight ratios.

Power-To-Weight Comparison Chart

Model Horsepower Dry Weight Horsepower Per U.S. Ton
McLaren Senna 789 horsepower 2,641 pounds 598
McLaren P1 903 horsepower 3,075 pounds 587
McLaren 650S Spider 641 horsepower 3,020 pounds 425
Bugatti Chiron 1,479 horsepower 4,400 pounds 672
Hennessey Venom GT 1,200 horsepower 2,524 pounds 951
Ariel Atom V-8 475 horsepower 1,210 pounds 785
Koenigsegg Regera 1,500 horsepower 3,241 pounds 926
Ferrari LaFerrari 950 horsepower 2,767 pounds 687

References


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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.


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Read our full review on the 2014 McLaren P1.


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Read our full review on the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider.


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Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna

2019 McLaren Senna

A successful race car builder from the 1960s to the 1980s, McLaren began making a name for itself as a road car manufacturer in the early 1990s with the F1. Launched with many benchmarks, including the first carbon-fiber construction, the F1 became one of the most iconic supercars ever made. It was so great that it took McLaren 15 years to gives us a predecessor, the P1, introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Four years have passed, and the McLaren Ultimate Series is entering a new era with a brand-new supercar. Codenamed the P15 and in the rumor mill for a couple of years now, the McLaren Senna was unveiled on December 9, 2017, as the company’s ultimate road-legal race car.

A unique design that brings together styling cues from the P1, 720S, and new aerodynamic features, the Senna bears the name of F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who drove McLaren Formula One cars for six years, from 1988 to 1993.

While the Senna’s aggressive design and aerodynamics aren’t surprising, the fact that it’s not a hybrid comes as a bit of shock. With its predecessor sporting an electric motor, the new Ultimate Series was expected to have a similar layout. The same goes for the interior, which has a standard left-hand-drive configuration, despite prototypes that have a mid-mounted driver’s seat, like the old F1. But this doesn’t make the Senna a less spectacular supercar. On the contrary!

Continue reading to learn more
about the McLaren Senna.

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Exterior

  • Radical design
  • Extreme aerodynamics
  • 720S- and P1-inspired features
  • Carbon-fiber body panels
  • Two-piece diffuser
  • Huge rear wing

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“The organic styling cues, the teardrop shape, and the massive rear wing put the Senna in a league of its own”

It’s basically impossible to describe a car like this with one work, but if I were forced to do it, I’d use “extreme.” Actually, make that “extreme!!!” Granted, the P1 and the 720S are also pretty extreme styling-wise, but the Senna just takes things to a new level. Its organic styling cues, the teardrop shape, and the massive rear wing put it in a league of its own.

The front fascia is a significant departure from previous McLaren designs, not so much in aesthetics as in aerodynamics. There are a few recognizable features, like the split hood from the P1 (but in a more aggressive form here) and the slim headlamps carved into the body. But everything else is new. The nose is more angular, and the intake underneath is bigger. The vents under each headlamp make it seem as if the nose simply floats above the splitter.


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“It's pretty much an open wheeler design with full fenders and a closed cockpit”

Things become more extreme onto the sides. Whereas previous McLaren’s had a rather traditional design with the body becoming increasingly wider toward the rear, the Senna is narrowed between the front and rear fenders. The shape is somewhat similar to Formula One and IndyCar vehicles, with the wide side skirts acting like side pods. It’s pretty much an open wheeler design with full fenders and a closed cockpit. The design may seem radical, but it has nothing to do with styling. Everything was conceived in the wind tunnel. When seen from above, the Senna has a teardrop shape, and all the components seem clipped onto the cabin. The narrower center section also helps with cooling, having enabled McLaren to fit massive vents into the rear fenders and the side skirts.

Around back, the Senna has nothing in common with previous McLarens. While both the P1 and 720S have organic designs with lots of flowing lines, the Senna’s rear fascia is all about horizontal features. The deck is pretty flat too, as is the upper side of the diffuser, which sticks out a few good inches from the body. The rear fenders also have a unique design, raising above the decklid to create to create an aerodynamically optimized area. The fenders are backed by prominent gurney flaps that direct air away from the rear deck. The exhaust pipes are placed on the decklid too, facing upward, yet another unique design.


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“The double-element carbon-fiber rear wing sits four feet from the road at its highest point”

Below, there are slim LED taillights almost hidden underneath the edge of the decklid. The simple design is also the result of intense aero testing, as they minimize interruption to airflow. The double diffuser is just as wide as the rear fascia and uses its unique design to create a low-pressure zone that sucks the car tighter to the ground. The visual drama is completed by the double-element carbon-fiber rear wing. Sitting four feet from the road at its highest point, the wing has almost vertical stanchions and massive side pods. The design is rather unusual for a road car, being closer to something you’d find on a full-fledged race car, but it proves that McLaren made no compromises on its way to finding the best aerodynamics.

Speaking of which, both the front and rear section feature active aerodynamics and McLaren claims they raise downforce and aero control to “an unprecedented level.” There aren’t any actual figures to back this claim, but it’s hard to argue given the extreme design. Oh, and did I mention that every panel is made from carbon-fiber?

All told, the McLaren Senna is dramatic to say the least and, while it’s not the prettiest car the British firm has built so far, its aerodynamics and functionality should be superior to the P1 and maybe even the track-only P1 GTR!

Interior

  • F1-inspired doors
  • Carbon-fiber everything
  • Clutter-free dashboard
  • Racing seats
  • Folding Drive Display
  • Storage for helmets and racing suits

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“The carbon-fiber cockpit is inspired by the world of racing”

To get inside the cabin, you need to open the F1-inspired dihedral doors that hinge forward and upward, opening with a portion of the roof. This system provides an aperture of sufficient size for drivers and passengers to enter or exit the cockpit even when wearing a helmet and a race suit. It pretty obvious that while road legal, the Senna is aimed at customers who spend a lot of time at the track. The doors have two-piece glass windows for proper insulation, with a fixed top part and a smaller opening section below.

As you’d expect from a top-of-the-league McLaren, the Senna’s cockpit is inspired by the world of racing. Carbon-fiber was used extensively on the dashboard, center console, door panels, seats, and even the steering wheel. Unlike other modern supercars, the steering wheel is free of buttons and switches, while driver controls on the center console have been kept to a minimum. Most functions are operated through the vertical infotainment screen attached to the dashboard, which also includes buttons for the manual transmission setup and the ESC system. Further information is available on the Folding Driver Display, which we first saw in the McLaren 720S.


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“The Folding Drive Display keeps the driver focused on the race track”

Designed to rotate around its horizontal axis, the Folding Drive Display provides a comprehensive range of information in its regular, upright position, and switches to Slim Display Model to show only essential data on a small strip, just line in a race car. The idea is to keep the driver focused on the important info while driving at the track, which makes a lot of sense in a car like the Senna.

The carbon-fiber seats have heavy bolstering. The can be had in either Alcantara or leather and have an “S” letter embossed on the headrests. They don’t look very comfortable for cruising, but they provide the utmost lateral support on twisty race tracks.

Storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats, with just enough room for two helmets and race suits. Yup, that’s far from practical, but as a customer, you should feel lucky that McLaren made an effort to add a bit of room in there. The Brits almost removed the second seat, so space for two helmets is actually a bit of a compromise.


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“Storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats, with just enough room for two helmets and race suits”

Another interesting feature lies atop the cabin and has to do with the experience of driving a road-legal race car. The “snorkel” intake on the roof produces “precisely tailored high-frequency” sounds that make the cockpit come alive under full throttle. In addition, low-frequency sounds from the engine are transferred into the cockpit through unique engine mounts. The double-walled rear structure of the carbon fiber Monocage absorb these vibrations and amplify every change in
engine revs, making it seem almost as if the powerplant is “sitting alongside the driver.”

Sounds exciting but, unfortunately, not many of us will get to experience that anytime soon.

Drivetrain

  • Upgraded carbon-fiber tub
  • Weighs only 2,641 pounds
  • Twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8
  • 789 horsepower
  • 590 pound-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission

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“The carbon-fiber tub is a further development of the structure in the 720S”

Much like its predecessor, the Senna is built around a carbon-fiber tub. It’s called the Monocage III, and it’s a further development of the structure in the 720S, itself an upgrade over the P1’s. McLaren claims it’s the strongest monocoque it has built. It’s also incredible light and contributes to a supercar that tips the scales at an impressive 1,198 kg (2,641 pounds). It’s a bit heavier than the F1, which weighed in at 1,138 kg (2,509 pounds), but it’s very impressive for a modern supercar.

Power comes from an upgraded version of the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that McLaren introduced in the 720S. On top of the upgraded components, the powerplant also gained lighter internals. Although the successor to the P1 was expected to be a hybrid, there’s no electric motor in the Senna. The decision is somewhat awkward given McLaren’s aim to electrify its entire lineup, but maybe the Brits are planning another supercar with a gasoline-electric combo.


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“Power comes from an upgraded version of the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine”

But despite not being backed by an electric motor, the V-8 is plenty powerful, being rated at 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 79 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of twist over the 720S. Compared to the P1 in gasoline-only mode, it’s a 62-horsepower and 59-pound-foot upgrade. However, the Senna is actually 114 horsepower and 133 pound-feet below the P1’s total hybrid rating. It’s a bit disappointing that a brand-new supercar is less powerful than its predecessor, but the better power-to-weight ratio (659 horsepower per tonne vs. 647) and the superior aerodynamics should make it quicker and more agile. Unfortunately, McLaren has yet to release 0-to-60 acceleration and top speed figures.

Beyond the power rating, the V-8 uses motorsport-honed dry sump lubrication and a flat-plane crankshaft. A dual-clutch, seamless-shift, seven-speed transmission delivers the power to the rear wheels. The fully automatic mode is default, but the driver can choose full manual control of gear shifts via carbon-fiber paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

McLaren Senna McLaren 720S McLaren P1 McLaren P1 Hybrid
Engine 4.0-liter V-8 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 plus electric motor
Horsepower 789 HP 710 HP @ 7,500 RPM 727 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 590 LB-FT 568 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM 531 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
Combined output 903 HP
Combined torque 1,100 LB-FT
Transmission Dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox
Weight 2,641 LBS 2,828 Lbs 3,075 Lbs 3,075 Lbs
0 to 60 mph TBA 2.8 seconds 2.8 seconds 2.8 seconds
Top Speed TBA 212 mph 217 mph 217 mph

Suspension and Brakes


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The Senna rides on a RaceActive Chassis Control II hydraulic suspension that works in conjunction with the front and rear active aerodynamics system. The double-wishbone features hydraulically interconnected dampers and hydraulic anti-roll bars instead of the conventional mechanical units. The whole system is a further development of the variable stiffness and ride height technology first seen in the McLaren P1

The stiffness is controlled using a kinetic roll system, while a new Race mode lowers the ride height, lowers the center of gravity, and stiffens the suspension.

Stooping power comes from a new, advanced braking system with carbon-ceramic discs. The wheels, which are limited to just one design with a race-spec center nut, come wrapped in bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. Made specifically for the McLaren Senna, these tires were designed for the race track but approved for road use.

Prices


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Pricing for the McLaren Senna starts from £750,000 including taxes in the United Kingdom. This converts to around $1 million as of December 2017, but we’ll have to wait for official pricing for the U.S. market for an exact figure.

Interestingly enough, the Senna costs less than the P1, which retailed from £866,000 in the U.K. Having said that, it’s likely that U.S.pricing for the Senna will be lower than the P1, so expect it to fetch less than $1.35 million. I’d venture to say that the supercar will start from around $1.15 million.

Production of the Senna will be limited to 500 units, which is 125 more than the P1, which was built in 375 examples. According to McLaren, the entire production run is already sold out. The official debut will take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

Competition

Finding competitors for the Senna is a difficult task. While there are plenty of powerful supercars out there, like the Ferrari 812 Superfast and the Bugatti Chiron, none are as capable at the track as the Senna. The Aston Martin Vulcan would have what it takes to give the McLaren a run for its money, but you can’t drive it on public roads. This leaves us with just two high-profile supercars that have yet to be launched for sale as of December 2017.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Developed with input from Formula One genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie is as innovative as the Senna. It has aggressive aerodynamics, F1-inspired styling, and loads of unique features that you can’t see on other production cars. And it’s road legal. Wild-looking on the outside, the Valkyrie is very simple on the inside, where Aston Martin took the same no-nonsense approach as McLaren. This car is made almost entirely of carbon-fiber and, unlike the Senna, it’s being designed to deliver a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Specifics aren’t yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the Valkyrie will crank out more than 1,000 horsepower and hit 60 mph from a standing start in only 2.5 seconds. Power is supposed to come from a 6.5-liter V-12 engine, but it’s not yet known whether it will be part of a hybrid drivetrain or not. Production will be limited to “between 99 to 150 vehicles,” including the prototypes and the 25 track-only cars, so it will be quite the rare gem. It will be more expensive than the McLaren too, as it will cost more than the Vulcan, which retails for a whopping $2.3 million.

Read our full story on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Concept One


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AMG’s very first supercar project isn’t supposed to arrive until 2019, but we already know a few things about it. Styling-wise, the most noticeable thing about it is that it doesn’t look like a Mercedes. Second; it’s not as radical as the Senna and the Valkyrie, but this isn’t a bad thing if you like more subdued designs. Still, it’s supposed to have race-like aerodynamics and downforce for solid performance on the track. And yes, it will be road legal too. The interior follows the same “form follows function” ethos with a clutter-free dashboard and a simple center console. But unlike the competition, it has massive displays in the center stack and the instrument cluster. The steering wheel is a tad more complicated too. Just like the Senna and the Valkyrie, there’s carbon-fiber almost everywhere you look. Motivation comes from a Formula One drivetrain that combines a 1.6-liter V-6 with an electrically-boosted turbocharger and an electric motor connected to the crankshaft. Total system output is expected to exceed 1,000 horsepower. Unlike the competition, the Concept One will also be able to run on electricity alone, albeit for only 15 miles or so.

Read our full review of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Concept One.

Conclusion


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I feel I should wait for the performance specs before making such a statement, but the McLaren Senna is the most radical supercar ever built. The aerodynamics seem to be out of this world, and the power-to-weight ratio is downright tremendous. To the extent that the Senna doesn’t need to be more powerful than its predecessor. Yeah, sure, I’m surprised that the Senna isn’t McLaren’s most powerful vehicle yet, but power isn’t always everything, especially in the case of cars that need to perform well on the track too. And the Senna was designed to do just that. It’s a race car that somehow is legal to use on public roads, and not many companies can do that. Yes, the Bugatti Chiron, for instance, is more powerful and has the higher top speed, but it simply sucks at the track. It wasn’t built to race, and it doesn’t have the ability to do so. As a race-ready vehicle for the road, the Senna is a unique car at this point, and the fact that it looks so radical only makes it that much better. Over to you, Ferrari.

A Tribute to Ayrton Senna


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“The car is named after Ayrton Senna, one of the world's greatest Formula One drivers”

The car is named after Ayrton Senna, one of the world’s greatest Formula One drivers. Senna raced Formula One cars for 11 years, six of which it spent with McLaren. The Brazilian joined McLaren in 1988, after four years with Toleman and Lotus, when the British firm was racing Honda engines. Senna went on to win his first championship with McLaren in 1988 while finishing the 1989 season in second position. Two more titles followed in 1990 and 1991, helping McLaren become one of the most prominent F1 constructors at the time. His 1992 season was less impressive with a fourth-place finish, while in 1993 he lost the championship to Alain Prost. In 1994, Senna made the switch to Williams. The Brazilian driver died following a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix, when his car left the racing line at nearly 200 mph, running into a concrete wall. McLaren has won a total of eight constructors’ championship between 1974 and 1998, four of them scored with Ayrton Senna in the team.

“Our family is extremely proud of the naming of the new Ultimate Series McLaren Senna. This is the first project that really connects with Ayrton’s racing spirit and performance. The McLaren Senna honors my uncle because it is so utterly dedicated to delivering a circuit experience that allows a driver to be the best they can possibly be. There is an absolute, seamless connection between car and driver and this pure engagement, these sensory cues that a driver responds to and relies upon, ensure an experience so focused and immersive that you are left in awe of the depths of excellence the McLaren Senna possesses,” said Bruno Senna, racing driver and McLaren ambassador.

  • Leave it
    • Performance specs not yet available
    • Where’s the center-mounted driver seats?
    • Already sold out

References

McLaren 720S


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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

McLaren P1


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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Fires Up Urus Configurator; Time to Have Some Fun!

Launched in December 2017, the Lamborghini Urus is as fresh as they get. And it’s quite impressive too. Not only the first SUV made by Lambo (the LM002 was a pickup truck) and the company’s first turbocharged production model, the Urus is also the world’s fastest crossover, boasting a top speed of 190 mph. Mind-boggling to say the least! It’s also pretty quick as well, needing only 3.6 seconds to hit 62 mph. That’s quickest than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S! Finally, it’s the most powerful production SUV, besting the Bentley Bentayga by a whopping 50 horsepower. But it’s also very expensive at $200,000, not counting the many options you can have. Speaking of which, Lamborghini just fired up the vehicle’s online configurator, so if you’re planning to place an order, you can choose your options in just a few minutes.

The configurator doesn’t give access to pricing, but it lists every single option available. This is actually something new, as previous configurators had scarce information and you had to go to a dealer to find out more. Now you can go beyond the usual exterior colors and interior upholstery and pick between various trims, carpets, contrast stitching, and a ton of technology and convenience features. It’s actually a nice way to spend a few minutes on this car even if you don’t have over $200K in your bank account.

Continue reading for the full story.

Exterior


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As with any car configurator out there, you start off by selecting the exterior color. The offer isn’t as varied as you’d expect from Lamborghini, but you can pick between seven appealing colors. The palette includes Nero Helene, Blu Astraeus, Verde Hebe, Bianco Monocerus, Giallo Auge, Grigio Lynx, and Blue Eleos.

Interior


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“As soon as you picked your favorite hue, you can go inside the cabin and select the color and trim”

As soon as you picked your favorite hue, you can go inside the cabin and select the color and trim. Things get a bit more complex here. First up, you have to pick between Unicolor, Sportivo, and Elegante leather. The main difference between them is that Sportivo is a two-one options, whereas the other two have just one color. Unicolor is black, while Elegante includes hues like brown, white, red, and cream. Alcantara interiors in Unicolor and Sportivo are also available. Once you selected the color you can choose what type of stitching you want, in either matching or contrasting colors. Lambo also offers a special trim option called Q-Citura with leather.

Next up are the floor mats, which come with leather piping and double stitching. The carpets match to the main hide, but you can get colored stitching for a striking contrast (especially if the upholstery is black). Moving over to the steering wheel, you can choose between sued leather and perforated leather. You can also have it in leather that matches the upholstery. Stitching options include matching it to the basic color or the contrasting color on the seats (for the Sportivo option).


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“As for trim, you can choose between carbon-fiber and wood packages”

For seating options, there’s the fully electric, ventilated front seats with massage function and the option to get a two- or three-seat back row. The embroidered Lamborghini logos on the headrests are also optional. As for trim, you can choose between two carbon-fiber packages. There’s the small package with carbon on the door panels, center console, and passenger-side dash, and the big package with extra carbon for the center stack and around the instrument cluster. If you’re the classy type, you can have wood inserts instead. Options include piano black, open pore, and open pore with aluminum inlay.

Finally, you get down to the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, an ambient light package, and off-road modes.

More Options


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“The Urus is available with a ton of options, including both technology and convenience features”

The Urus is available with a ton of options, including both technology and convenience features. There are a head-up display and night vision for the instrument cluster, as well as driving assistance features like Highway Assistant, Full ADAS, and the Urban Road Assistant. The hands-free tailgate and the washing package will definitely make your life easier too. You can also get a TV tuner with Pay-TV, DAB tuner, heated rear seats, and steering wheel heating.

Other options include a garage door opener, a cargo management system, acoustic glass, top view camera, an electrical trailer hitch, sport side steps, roof box, cross bar transport system, and a load assist tray. Tire options include Pirelli P-Zero summer or Corsa rubber, a 21-inch spare wheel, winter tires, and snow chains. You can also extend the warranty by four or five years.

Unfortunately, the configurator doesn’t include pricing for each option so you can’t get a total at the end of your configuration process.

References

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

PostHeaderIcon Meet the 2019 McLaren Senna – Track-Going Evil With a Hunger For the Road

The McLaren Senna, aka the P15, has finally arrived and it comes to the party toting a 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque – the most powerful engine that McLaren has stuffed in a road-going supercar so far. But, it’s not just the power that makes this thing downright potent. See, the Senna is also the lightest road-going car built by McLaren to date (with the exception of the legendary F1,) tipping the scales at just 1,198 kg or 2,641 pounds – that’s less than the minimum curb weight for the 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Subaru BRZ, and the BMW 3 Series. And, it’s no more than 300 pounds heavier than the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sure, they are in a different class, but that’s the point. All told the car is so light that it has a power-to-weight ratio of 658 horsepower per ton – a staggering figure to say the least. Those are just the basics, though, so keep reading to learn more!

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2019 McLaren Senna Details


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“The chassis and body panels are all composed of carbon fiber, with the chassis being the Monocage III, an evolution of the structure that underpins the McLaren 720S”

With the basics out of the way, let’s talk a little more about helps make the Senna possible. It starts out with an ultralightweight construction from head to toe. The chassis and body panels are all composed of carbon fiber, with the chassis being the Monocage III, an evolution of the structure that underpins the McLaren 720S.
Then you’ve got the aerodynamics. We’re talking about an all-new generation of aerodynamics from McLaren, with every single inch of the body designed to optimize downforce and aerodynamic balance in all conditions. In the rear, you’ve got that massive double diffuser that quite literally sucks the Senna to the ground to go with a carbon fiber wing that sits just 1,219 mm off the road at a standstill. Hit the gas, and that wing adjusts constantly, even functioning as a true-to-life airbrake under extreme braking load.

Despite the fact that this car looks absolutely crazy on the outside – and by crazy, I mean extreme – what really tells you that this road-going car was bred for the track is the interior. First off, you’ll notice the interior is all about business. There is carbon fiber everywhere and a serious lack of trim panels to save weight. Driver controls are at a minimum with most features being controlled through the infotainment screen and MFDD. Still not enough to say this thing is really a track monster? Well, you can bring a passenger (barely), but there’s no room for anything outside of what you can fit in your pockets. Behind the seats, you’ll find just enough room for helmets and race suits. That’s it; nothing else.


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“As mentioned previously, that 4.0-liter delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet, but what’s important to know is that it, too, is ultralightweight”

As mentioned previously, that 4.0-liter delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet, but what’s important to know is that it, too, is ultralightweight. We’re talking a dry sump lubrication system, flat plane crank, and as many lightweight components as McLaren could muster up. A pair of ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbos cram as much air into the engine as possible while the electronic wastegates keep the throttle on point. Shifting duties are handled by a dual-clutch seven-speed that features seamless-shift technology. Automatic mode is the standard mode, but switch over to manual mode, and you can peg the engine any way you want with those paddles behind the steering wheel.

Under the carbon fiber sits a RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) suspension system. It works together with all those active aero components to keep things steady. It’s a double-wishbone system with hydraulic dampers, eliminating the need for mechanical anti-roll bars. It allows for variable stiffness just like on the McLaren P1, but it has been improved. Meanwhile, the braking system of the Senna is also just as extreme. Specs at this point are nil, but McLaren says they are the most advanced ever fitted to a car that wears the McLaren badge. All we know thus far is that that utilize carbon ceramic discs. The ride behind ultralightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.


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“The McLaren Senna will be built in just 500 examples at a price of £750,00 or just over $1 million here in the U.S.”

Now, for the bad news. The McLaren Senna will be built in just 500 examples at a price of £750,00 or just over $1 million here in the U.S. Not that it matters, though, as all 500 models have already been “assigned” to customers. Seriously, though. Do people actually go through an application process or does McLaren actually assign new models to its customers? Back to the topic at hand, the new Senna will make it’s world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next March at which point we should be able to get some real performance specs. We’ll be updating our full review of the McLaren Senna in the next couple of days so check back soon to hear even more about this new road-going track monster!

References



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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Urus Hybrid Could Generate 700 Horsepower!

The Lamborghini Urus, the company’s first SUV since 1993, was just unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the automotive world is already talking about future versions of the vehicle. A hybrid model has been in the rumor mill for at least a year now, but a new report claims that an electrified version of the Urus could arrive before the end of the decade. Its drivetrain is obviously a mystery at this point, but word has it that the plug-in hybrid could borrow its drivetrain from the Porsche Panamera. With the Urus using the same underpinnings as the sedan, this move would make a lot of sense, but the big deal here is that the Urus PHEV will probably end up being more powerful than the gasoline-only version.

Specifically, the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which pairs a turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 and an electric motor, comes with a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of twist on tap. That’s 30 horses more than the Urus. And, knowing Lambo, it may want a bit more power, so a 700-horsepower rating is very likely. The extra oomph will make the hybrid quicker than the standard model by at least two tenths, if not more. On top of that, it will return better fuel economy and gain the ability to run on electricity alone, albeit for less than 40 miles. Emissions will drop too, which will make the Urus a bit more affordable in China, one of Lambo’s most important markets.

There’s no specific word as to when the Urus plug-in hybrid may arrive, but with the Panamera’s drivetrain already available, it could happen as soon as late 2018.

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Urus Hybrid Could Generate 700 Horsepower!

The Lamborghini Urus, the company’s first SUV since 1993, was just unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the automotive world is already talking about future versions of the vehicle. A hybrid model has been in the rumor mill for at least a year now, but a new report claims that an electrified version of the Urus could arrive before the end of the decade. Its drivetrain is obviously a mystery at this point, but word has it that the plug-in hybrid could borrow its drivetrain from the Porsche Panamera. With the Urus using the same underpinnings as the sedan, this move would make a lot of sense, but the big deal here is that the Urus PHEV will probably end up being more powerful than the gasoline-only version.

Specifically, the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which pairs a turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 and an electric motor, comes with a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of twist on tap. That’s 30 horses more than the Urus. And, knowing Lambo, it may want a bit more power, so a 700-horsepower rating is very likely. The extra oomph will make the hybrid quicker than the standard model by at least two tenths, if not more. On top of that, it will return better fuel economy and gain the ability to run on electricity alone, albeit for less than 40 miles. Emissions will drop too, which will make the Urus a bit more affordable in China, one of Lambo’s most important markets.

There’s no specific word as to when the Urus plug-in hybrid may arrive, but with the Panamera’s drivetrain already available, it could happen as soon as late 2018.

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

PostHeaderIcon The Urus Is Cool and All, But It’s Not a Lamborghini!

The much-anticipated Lamborghini Urus is finally official. It looks like a Lambo, it’s fast as a sports car, and it’s more aggressive than any SUV out there. Whoopee! But there’s a tiny problem: the Urus is not a Lambo. Yeah, I know it has a bull badge, but this doesn’t make it a Lamborghini. A Prius with a Lambo badge is still a Toyota, right? “But this SUV was designed and built by Lamborghini,” you might say. Well, I can’t argue with that, but the Urus simply doesn’t feel like a Lambo. It’s brutal and delivers outstanding performance, but it needs more than that to be a Lambo.

For starters, it needs to sound like one. And the Urus doesn’t!

Of course, the responsibility for the SUV’s underwhelming exhaust note falls on the shoulders of the 4.0-liter V-8. It may generate an exciting 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque and help the SUV hit 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds, to go with a top speed of 190 mph, but it’s nowhere near as aggressive sounding as the Huracan or Aventador. It doesn’t come as a surprise. We’re talking about a twin-turbo V-8 versus naturally aspirated V-10 and V-12 units. Turbos may be good for fuel economy and all that jazz but they won’t make a V-8 sound as terrifying as a V-12. And, let’s face it, a Lamborghini needs to sound terrifying. It’s what makes a Lambo a Lambo.

Continue reading for the full story.

I’m Not Ready for Lambo’s V-8 Future

The fact that it fits into the lineup by design kinda saves it a little bit. Unlike theLM002, Lambo’s first utility vehicle and a miserable failure, the Urus was designed to do just that. Fit it with the Huracan and Aventador but provide more passenger and luggage room, two features that the supercars have in very limited supply. As an SUV, the Urus is just what the doctored ordered, and it will probably sell like hotcakes (the Porsche Cayenne story all over again). But, it lacks one vital element: the exhaust note.

Just check out this video:

Kinda sounds like a Mercedes-AMG C63. Not kidding, just hit the 7:00-minute mark below:

I’m pretty sure a BMW M5 sounds just as aggressive, but I’m too lazy to look for videos.

So yeah, the Urus is just a cool SUV. It’s as cool as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. And, there’s a big change: it’s a bit slower. Ratings for the new Turbo S aren’t yet available, but given that the previous model needed 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph, the updated model should be at least two tenths quicker. See, you don’t even need a Lambo badge to make a cool SUV.

References

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

PostHeaderIcon The Urus Is Cool and All, But It’s Not a Lamborghini!

The much-anticipated Lamborghini Urus is finally official. It looks like a Lambo, it’s fast as a sports car, and it’s more aggressive than any SUV out there. Whoopee! But there’s a tiny problem: the Urus is not a Lambo. Yeah, I know it has a bull badge, but this doesn’t make it a Lamborghini. A Prius with a Lambo badge is still a Toyota, right? “But this SUV was designed and built by Lamborghini,” you might say. Well, I can’t argue with that, but the Urus simply doesn’t feel like a Lambo. It’s brutal and delivers outstanding performance, but it needs more than that to be a Lambo.

For starters, it needs to sound like one. And the Urus doesn’t!

Of course, the responsibility for the SUV’s underwhelming exhaust note falls on the shoulders of the 4.0-liter V-8. It may generate an exciting 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque and help the SUV hit 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds, to go with a top speed of 190 mph, but it’s nowhere near as aggressive sounding as the Huracan or Aventador. It doesn’t come as a surprise. We’re talking about a twin-turbo V-8 versus naturally aspirated V-10 and V-12 units. Turbos may be good for fuel economy and all that jazz but they won’t make a V-8 sound as terrifying as a V-12. And, let’s face it, a Lamborghini needs to sound terrifying. It’s what makes a Lambo a Lambo.

Continue reading for the full story.

I’m Not Ready for Lambo’s V-8 Future

The fact that it fits into the lineup by design kinda saves it a little bit. Unlike theLM002, Lambo’s first utility vehicle and a miserable failure, the Urus was designed to do just that. Fit it with the Huracan and Aventador but provide more passenger and luggage room, two features that the supercars have in very limited supply. As an SUV, the Urus is just what the doctored ordered, and it will probably sell like hotcakes (the Porsche Cayenne story all over again). But, it lacks one vital element: the exhaust note.

Just check out this video:

Kinda sounds like a Mercedes-AMG C63. Not kidding, just hit the 7:00-minute mark below:

I’m pretty sure a BMW M5 sounds just as aggressive, but I’m too lazy to look for videos.

So yeah, the Urus is just a cool SUV. It’s as cool as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. And, there’s a big change: it’s a bit slower. Ratings for the new Turbo S aren’t yet available, but given that the previous model needed 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph, the updated model should be at least two tenths quicker. See, you don’t even need a Lambo badge to make a cool SUV.

References

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Lamborghini Urus Makes Its Glorious Debut

2019 Lamborghini Urus

Tasked with the demanding position of being the first SUV in 25 years to wear a Lamborghini badge, the Lamborghini Urus has finally made its debut. It rides on the same MLB platform that underpins the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7, and Porsche Cayenne, but carries a face and an attitude all its own. The body style is as aggressive, if not more so than the concept that came before it while its mean-as-hell attitude comes via a turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 that’s good for a potent but modest 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. And, when I say “mean as hell,” I’m not kidding. It can hit the 62-mph sprint (that’s 100 kph for our Euro readers) in a devastating 3.59-seconds with launch control in effect and a top speed of 186 mph. Want to know more? Keep reading…

2019 Lamborghini Urus Specs in a Nutshell


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“650 ponies, 627 pound-feet of twist, 62 mph in as fast as 3.59 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph –pretty credible specs for an SUV”

650 ponies, 627 pound-feet of twist, 62 mph in as fast as 3.59 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph –pretty credible specs for an SUV, don’t you think?
It makes this supercar-like performance by throwing power to all four wheels through a ZF, eight-speed automatic transmission with an electric torque converter – something never used before on something with a Lambo badge. All-wheel drive is standard, so there’s no hope for your RWD fanatics out there, but it does make use of the rear-wheel steering system found on the Aventador S, so you should still have mind-blowing control at all times. 21-inch wheels are standard but for those of you with even deeper pockets – the Urus will command a minimum buy-in of $200,000 – you can opt for as large as 23-inch wheels that will wear Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubbers. Not a bad setup, but you can thank the 17.3-inch ceramic rotors and 10-piston calipers up front for this bull’s will to stop, which is also considering to be, as of the time of this writing, the largest brakes in the world.


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“The interior of the new Urus is pleasing to look at thanks to some very attractive features”

The interior of the new Urus is pleasing to look at thanks to some very attractive features, but one can’t help but see a bit of the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga in there as well. Of course, the Urus still has a look all its own, but you can kind of tell that they all share the same skeletal structure. Moving along, the Urus comes with a digital instrument cluster as standard equipment, some common equipment like the steering wheel and starter button whose likeness is found in other Lambos, and there’s also a range of driving modes that promises all-season and all-terrain capability if you’re someone that is brave enough to take a quarter-million-dollar vehicle out in the snow or across the dunes (you wouldn’t, would you?)

Production is planned to take off at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese production facility in Italy, with the very first models set to arrive in the first-quarter of 2019. Despite the high-ish price tag, Lambo is expecting to move these bad boys like hot cakes, and getting your hands on one shouldn’t be that hard considering it plans to produce some 3,500 examples each and every year. If you do want the hybrid model, however, you’ll have to wait until at least 2019, as the initial launch models will only be offered with that 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8.

2019 Lamborghini Urus Debut Video

2019 Lamborghini Urus First Commercial

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac Teases New Hypercar; Calls it a “Game Changer”

Despite being limited to just eight units, the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar served notice to the industry. It has 1,224 horsepower on tap, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph. Those are numbers that electric supercar dreams are made of, but they may pale in comparison to what Rimac is planning to serve up next. We still don’t know anything about the automaker’s plans, but it does involve a new hypercar that will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Is it really possible for Rimac to build off the success of the Concept_One with a better model? We’ll find out soon enough.


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The Rimac Concept_One put a lot of people on notice. Not only did it showcase Rimac as a legitimate creator of demented hypercars, it also proved that a small automaker can succeed in a competitive market if it pushes all the right buttons. In some ways, the limited quantity of the Concept_One actually helped create a greater mystique surrounding the car. It also sent Richard Hammond to the hospital, which isn’t a good thing, but it still helped the Concept_One make the rounds across many news outlets all over the world. It’s not the kind publicity that Rimac would’ve liked, but it’s publicity nonetheless.

The new Rimac hypercar is still shrouded in mystery. We know nothing about it except for a teaser the automaker released on Facebook. The teaser doesn’t reveal much, except for the car’s silhouette. You’ll have to have a vivid imagination to piece together bits and pieces of the car from the teaser, but it does seem to have a more conventional side profile compared to the Concept_One. The swooping body lines can be traced from how the lights fall on the car. The front end looks like it has a Viper while the rear end shows a large spoiler on the trunk.


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Rimac also didn’t announce power details about the new model. We can safely assume, though, that it will have more power than the Concept_One. Considering that the existing model already has 1,224 horsepower at its disposal, it’s anybody’s guess how Rimac can still improve on that number. We’ll get our answer this coming March so that’s going to be a three-month wait for a car that could make the potent Concept_One look like Bambi by comparison.

It should be noted too that Rimac’s new $36 million investment from Chinese company Camel Group could play a significant role in the development of this new electric hypercar. Camel Group is Asia’s largest battery manufacturer, so it’s not a coincidence that Rimac is now pushing for a more mainstream presence in the segment with Camel Group now in the fold.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Rimac Concept_One.

PostHeaderIcon Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept


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I like how this turned out. You can clearly see elements of the modern DB11 in the front. The headlights, the front grille, and the hood are all straight out of the DB11. Meanwhile, the bumper is straight out of the DB5. It’s the same thing with the wheels. The rest of the body features a blend of the two vehicles. The upright windshield is a callback to the iconic Aston Martin but as the roof approaches the rear section, the shape takes a more streamlined turn, departing from the boxy look of the DB5. Overall, there’s good balance in this rendering. Both the DB11 and DB5 are well-represented and there shift from the design of one car to the other doesn’t feel forced.

Mercedes-AMG GT Retro Concept


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I’m not a fan of this one. This is what the Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept avoided. I do appreciate the references to the AMG GT on the front, specifically the headlights and the front grille. What I didn’t like is how busy and front-heavy the car looks. The modern AMG grille already attracts a lot of attention, but when you add that long hood and the front bumper of the 300SL, the result is too many things happening in such a small space. The rest of the car looks great, especially the use of the 300SL’s side intakes. Shorten the length of the front hood and use the 300SL’s grille and this rendering could look a lot better.

Ford Mustang Retro Concept


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This one is a beauty. I love everything about it. I love that references were used on more than just two versions of the Mustang. I love that even with a big canvas to work on, the finished product still looks like a proper Mustang. The modern front end blends seamlessly with the old-school rear section. It’s the latter that really takes this rendering to another level. Those imposing fenders look like well-tuned traps, creating the look of a perfectly toned muscle car. The hood scoop is also a nice touch. Of all the renderings in this article, this is the one that stands out as something that I would love to see come to life.

Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept


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I’ll say this about the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept: no shame was spared in the rendering of this car. I can see a pocket of people who’d appreciate the use of design elements from the Type 57C. I just don’t think it works. The separate front bumpers look completely out-of-place on the Chiron-inspired front section. I wouldn’t have added them in the first place. Those intakes on the front would’ve been fine on their own. Leave it like that as opposed to adding front bumpers that don’t do anything aesthetically. As messy as that looks. the rear section is the real eyesore in this rendering. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to use the Chiron as the modern inspiration in this rendering, there’s no way the finished product works if you’re going to go old-school in the design of the rear section. Not only are those wheel covers aerodynamic hindrances, but they just look completely out-of-place in this kind of rendering. This one could’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t too ambitious.

Aud R8 Retro Concept


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I find the Audi R8 Retro Concept rendering to be the opposite of the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept. There’s not enough here to make this rendering stand out. If you look real close, the only notable elements from the R8 are the side blades and the rear shape of the car. Every other bit is a mix of old-school Audi’s that make the rendering look like a convoluted mess. If you’re going to use the R8’s name to identify this retro concept, shouldn’t you have more noticeable references to the R8 in the rendering? It’s not the case here so I’m having trouble seeing anything that’s worth remembering.

Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept


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I like the Ford Mustang Retro Concept the best. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept is a close second. My only concern about this rendering is how the low the front end sits. It’s a little too close to the ground for my liking. Other than that, this rendering hits all the right spots, right down to the use of the LaFerrari’s front section and the cockpit-style interior. Combine that with the elegant length of the legendary Ferrari F40 and this creation hits all the right spots. It’s a Ferrari that I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road today.

Dodge Charger Retro Concept


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Ok, I’m changing my mind. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept gets bumped down to third place in my personal rankings of this list. The Ford Mustang Retro Concept slides into second and the Dodge Charger Retro Concept takes its place as the best of the lot. Look at it. Everything about it speaks muscle and performances, right down to the perfect design balance attributed to the Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird. I’ve always been fascinated with these so-called “Wing Cars,” and to see them combined into one car is a sight to behold. This is the best rendering of the lot, and it’s not even close.

PostHeaderIcon John Cena Sells his new Ford GT; Gets Sued by Ford for $500k

Professional wrestler John Cena is in hot water with Ford for breaching the contract to retain his 2017 Ford GT for 24 months after initial delivery. In fact, Ford is suing Cena for $500,000, citing it “has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale.”

It might seem odd that selling a vehicle could somehow hurt an automaker, but there’s more to it. See, Ford hand-picked applicants to purchase the GT. Part of the selection process included evaluating the potential buyer’s interest in cars, ownership of other high-end vehicles, and their social reach. Basically, Ford chose buyers who would “organically” promote the GT and the Ford brand – sort of like contracting your customers to be a built-in marketing team. Ford certainly chose heavy hitters, too, including automotive legends Jay Leno and Jack Roush.

Cena didn’t even come close to the 24-month agreement. Rather, the wrestler took delivery shortly after September 23, 2017, and Ford learned of Cena’s third-party sell around October 20, 2017.
When a Ford GT representative reached out to Cena, he said he sold the car and other property to cover expenses. Ford’s lawsuit claims Cena “unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip” and seeks $500,000 in damages.

It’s unknown exactly how much profit Cena made or to whom he sold the car. We’ll keep you updated on any developments with this bizarre situation. In the meantime, check out all the details of the 2017 Ford GT or read Ford’s full lawsuit here.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford GT.


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PostHeaderIcon Devel Sixteen

The Bugatti Chiron. The Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Mercedes-AMG Project One. The Aston Martin Valkyrie. The Hennessey Venom F5. These are the names of five of the most prominent performance cars of 2017. Yet somehow, not one of these cars can lay claim to being the most bonkers car to make its debut this year. That title belongs to the Devel Sixteen, thought to be nothing more than a mythical figment of the imagination when the prototype was introduced to the public four years ago. That was back in 2013 when the Devel Sixteen first became “something.” Four years later, it’s more than just “something” now; it’s the real deal.

It only takes one look at the car before you realize that you’re looking at a machine that could revolutionize the supercar/hypercar segment the same way cars like the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40 did two decades ago. It’s too early to say if the Sixteen has that potential, but the numbers being thrown around by Devel are completely unheard of. Think the Chiron is powerful by having 1,500 horsepower at its disposal? Well, Devel claims the Sixteen has 5,007 horsepower. 5,007! That’s more than three times the power produced by Bugatti’s latest crown and jewel! Think this current race-to-300-mph is worthwhile to follow? The Sixteen may soon render that race irrelevant with claims that it can hit 350 mph without even breaking a sweat. At some point, the hypercar will have a lot to prove when it finally gives us a taste of what it’s capable of. Until then, we’re going to sit here with bags full of salt, waiting for Devel to show us what the Sixteen is really all about.

Exterior


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“The car looks particularly long and stretched, emphasized by how the body swoops around as if every panel is wrapped around another panel”

The prototype version of the Devel Sixteen left little to the imagination as the prototype’s outrageous design provided us with a good preview of what’s to come. But as is the case with concepts like the 2013 version of the Sixteen, Devel did a lot of massaging on the production version’s design. The result is no less spectacular as the 2017 version looks every bit the part of a supercar sent from outer space.

The new-look Devel Sixteen is an exercise in quality car design. The car looks particularly long and stretched, emphasized by how the body swoops around as if every panel is wrapped around another panel. The front end remains properly ludicrous with the short yet sharp nose, the massive front spoiler that sits close to the ground, and the eccentric way the headlights are packaged. Move to the sides and you’re greeted with the sweeping wheel arches, the extended body lines, and the plethora of intakes and air ducts that are all over the car’s body. I suppose if you’re carrying a V-16 engine underneath that body, you’re going to need all those intakes and cooling ducts.


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“The rear wheel arches actually have fins on top of them, a unique take to an otherwise old design trick that allows minimal disturbance to the air flow that hits the car”

The rear section of the hypercar fits in with the demented theme of the body. The rear wheel arches actually have fins on top of them, a unique take to an otherwise old design trick that allows minimal disturbance to the air flow that hits the car. It’s interesting too how this section focuses on the two exhausts that look more like jet turbines. They’re so big that you can probably fit your head inside one of them and still have plenty of room to spare.

If the production version of the Devel Sixteen really looks like this, it’s going to redefine the way cars of this status will be looked at in the future. It is fitting that Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) is partly responsible for the car’s design. After all, this is the same firm that had a hand in building cars like the SCG 003 and the Apollo Intensa Emozione, two exotics that looked every bit the part of supercars in their own right.

Interior


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“The interior design of the Devel Sixteen is a far departure from the exterior design of the hypercar”

The interior design of the Devel Sixteen is a far departure from the exterior design of the hypercar. Whereas the latter invoked a serious amount of emotion, the cabin is less distinguished. There are still some futuristic elements to it, including the tablet-like steering wheel and the carbon shell seats that sit so close to the floor, but for the most part, Devel adopted a more minimalist approach in the latest version of the hypercar. I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but if it the car performs as well as it’s been hyped, I don’t think the interior’s going to matter as much.

Drivetrain


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“The Devel Sixteen is carrying a 12.3-liter V-16 quad-turbocharged engine”

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one. The Devel Sixteen, for all of its eccentric design traits, will forever be defined by its promise to perform like no other car in the history of the world. The first big revelation is the car’s engine. Somehow, someway, the Devel Sixteen is carrying a 12.3-liter V-16 quad-turbocharged engine. That’s the kind of engine you normally see in heavily tuned drag racers. If your minds aren’t blown yet, then prepare yourselves for this do of a revelation. According to Devel, that massive engine allows the Sixteen to tap into 5,007 horsepower and 3,519 pound-feet of torque worth of power. Gulp.

Do the math and that’s more than three times the power output of the Bugatti Chiron, almost four times the output of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and five times the power of the Mercedes-AMG Project One. Needless to say, the Sixteen isn’t
a car for the weak-of-heart. Devel is even estimating that once the Sixteen is up and running to its fullest capabilities, it could reach a top speed of around 310 mph.

As insane as that sounds, the real question to ask is whether it’s even possible to achieve that kind of speed on a car. Fittingly, that question has been thrown around a lot in recent months, largely due to significant movement from some of the biggest players in the supercar segment. The Koenigsegg Agera RS recently broke the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s seven-year record after averaging a top speed of 277.9 mph. Bugatti hasn’t responded yet with a lap time of its own, but it says that the Chiron is capable of reaching 300 mph if the engine’s speed limiter was removed. Then there’s Hennessey and its Venom F5. It claims that 300 mph on the new hypercar is a lock, even if it hasn’t proven it yet.


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“Devel is even estimating that once the Sixteen is up and running to its fullest capabilities, it could reach a top speed of around 310 mph.”

All of that jostling will be meaningless though if the Devel Sixteen somehow manages to back up its own claim of hitting 310 mph. That’s an attempt I’m definitely tuning in to watch.

Devel Sixteen Prototype Specifications

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

Price


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Normally, assuming a car’s price tag is easy because there are so many references and comparisons to cull from. But I’m not even going to make any attempts at guessing how much Devel plans to sell the Sixteen if it does end up in production. I don’t even know how many units Devel plans to build. All I know is that a car with this much technology in it, not to mention a monstrous 12.3-liter V-16 engine underneath, is not going to come cheap. $7 million? $10 million? Maybe even $15 million? None of it matters. If you’re interested in buying the Sixteen, you’re going to need to break the bank for this one.

Competition

Bugatti Chiron


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There once was a time when anything that Bugatti built was considered the cream of the crop among supercars. Times may have changed as legitimate contenders have arisen, but Bugatti’s ability to develop supercars remains the same. The latest proof of that is the Chiron. The successor to the legendary Bugatti Veyron is capable of a lot of things, none more important than its ability to produce 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque out of its 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine. That kind of power allows it to accelerate from an idle position to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds before going on a speeding spree onwards to an electronically limited 261 mph. Even better, Buggati says that the Chiron is capable of approaching 300 mph if the aforementioned limiter is disengaged. It may lack the power of the Devel Sixteen, but it’s still a race I’d be glad to pay real money to watch.

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

Koenigsegg Agera RS


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The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the current fastest production car in the world. It also follows a long line of Koenigseggs that have taken the supercar industry by storm. The Agera RS fits the bill of a quintessential exotic. It was developed with nothing less than the latest in automotive technology, has 1,360 horsepower at its disposal, and just averaged a top speed of 277.9 mph to break the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s seven-year top speed record for a production car. Right now, the Agera RS is the man, and if the Devel Sixteen wants to be the man, it’s going to have to beat the Koenigsegg for that title.

Read our full review on the 2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Hennessey Venom F5


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If I were to beat which car would come out with the fastest production car in the world title, my money’s on the Hennessey Venom F5. I don’t know enough about how far along Devel is in turning the Sixteen into an actual production car. I do know that the Venom F5 is here. Not only that, it’s heading to the party with a brand-new 7.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque. Hennessey has even teased us that its latest crown jewel can eclipse 300 mph. From the looks of things too, it’s closer than Devel to achieving that.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.

Conclusion


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Everything that Devel has shown us about the Sixteen points to a hypercar that will change the game forever. The narrative is all there waiting to be printed. All Devel needs to do at this point is to make sure that the Sixteen sees production. Once it gets to that point, all bets are off as far as who the king of the hypercars will be.

  • Leave it
    • Won’t be cheap
    • Lots of unknowns
    • Safety could be an issue

PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Magazine Names the Bugatti Chiron as the “Hypercar of the Year”

11 years after the Bugatti Veyron took its rightful place on top of Top Gear’s hypercar mountain, it’s successor, the Bugatti Chiron, has equaled that feat. The all-conquering supercar took home the “Hypercar of the Year” award on the strength of possessing one of the most impressive credentials of any performance car in the world today. On that front alone, the Chiron boasts an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine that produces a staggering 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. That translates to a sprint time to 60 mph of just 2.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 261 mph. Take out that limiter, and there’s no telling what the Chiron is capable of. Rumors have even suggested that it can reach 300 mph on a good day. It’s no wonder then that in declaring the Chiron as the “Hypercar of the Year,” the jury highlighted its incredible performance capabilities. “The thrust from rest to 100 mph (161 km/h) is insane but the way it bulldozes its way through the next 100 mph is spooky, and it just keeps going.” Hard to argue against that assessment.

Top Gear hasn’t announced the contenders for the Hypercar of the Year award, but seeing as 2017 has been an eventful year as far as hypercars go, it’s safe to say that the four machines below were in the discussion.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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First up is the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the German automaker’s first foray into the hypercar segment. Personally, I wouldn’t have had any problems had Top Gear bestowed the award on the Project One. Mercedes-AMG takes full advantage of its involvement in Formula One, and it shows in the development of the Project One. Its design carries a lot of F1 influence, including a powertrain setup that features a mid-mounted, turbocharged,
1.6-liter V-6 hybrid gasoline-electric engine juiced by no less than four electric motors. That setup gives the Project One an output of 1,000 horsepower, enough to help the hypercar go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph.

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Raise your hands if you thought that Aston Martin was capable of building a car like the Valkyrie? I certainly had my doubts in the beginning, but I’m happy to have been proven wrong. The Valkyrie is every bit as glorious as all the other hypercars that have come before it. Red Bull Racing’s involvement in the car’s development helped create a Formula One-type mystique behind it, and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. It makes use of a high-revving, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 1,130 horsepower, enough muscle to help it sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of at about 220 mph.

Read our full review of the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Koenigsegg Agera RS


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If you’re going to discus cars that deserve to be in the conversation for “Hypercar of the Year,” that discussion needs to include the newly-minted fastest production car in the world. The Agera RS follows a long line of demented supercars to come out of the Swedish automaker. It’s no surprise then that with 1,360 horsepower at its disposal, the Agera RS is capable of unspeakable power and speed. That much was on full display earlier this month when the Agera RS clocked in an average top speed of 277.9 mph, destroying the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s seven-year top speed record for a production car. The Agera RS is also the same car that laughed in the face of the Bugatti Chiron’s 0-249-0 MPH time and proceeded to beat the Bugatti’s time too.

Read our full review on the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Hennessey Venom F5


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Just like a deadly snake, the Hennessey Venom F5 is sitting quietly in the shrubs, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on the competition. That’s a perfect way to describe Hennessey’s latest predator, the Venom F5. Developed to conquer just about any performance car in the world, the Venom F5 is already being considered the favorite to become the first production car in history to eclipse 300 mph. It carries a brand-new 7.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque. Yes, you’re reading that right. That’s more power than the Project One, Valkyrie, Agera RS, and the newly crowned Hypercar of the Year, the Bugatti Chiron. It’s performance capabilities have yet to be displayed, but Hennessey has made no bones about its goal of achieving the holy grail of all car performance records. Whether it does so or not is anyone’s guess at this point. But seeing as we’re even talking about it speaks to how incredible the Venom F5 is.

Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5

References

Bugatti Chiron


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Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

PostHeaderIcon Rimac’s Next EV to Dethrone the Tesla Roadster Before It Even Enters Production

Rimac Concept One at Top Marques Monaco

Rimac has recently told Autoguide that it’s been working on a new, next-gen supercar that is expected to debut at some point in 2018. According to Jens Sverdup of Auto Iconica – Rimac’s distribution arm here in the States – the EV has been in the works for a few years now. When you consider the fact that the Tesla Roadster isn’t heading to production until 2018, and that the new Rimac EV will likely be much more powerful than the Concept One, it’s quite possible Rimacs new EV could dethrone the outrageously powerful Roadster before it even enters production. Oh, and to top it off, Rimac is set to open five more retailers here in the States during 2018, which will – of course – carry both the Rimac Concept One and the upcoming Rimac Convertible that is yet to be named.

Further Thinking


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“If Rimac can successfully tackle the new Roadster’s specs, and can even push that EV into production faster, Musk could find himself with a Roadster nobody really wants to wait for.”

When Tesla debuted its extremely pre-production roadster, it’s pretty clear that Elon Musk was awaiting the typical buzz he gets from nearly everything he does. However, I doubt it crossed his mind that anyone else would be within striking distance considering the downright crazy specs associated with the new Roadster. After all, we’re talking about 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 620-mile range, and a 250-mph top speed. And, let’s not forget about 10,000 nm, or 7,376 pound-feet, of torque either. That’s pretty damn hard to beat. Meanwhile, Rimac’s Concept One, which should prove to be a level down from the brand’s next EV, is positioned at 1,224 horsepower, 1,180 pound-feet, and can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. If Rimac can successfully tackle the new Roadster’s specs, and can even push that EV into production faster, Musk could find himself with a Roadster nobody really wants to wait for.

What do you think? Will Rimac dethrone the Roadster before it even has a chance to take the throne? Is the upper end of the EV market becoming nothing more than a contest to see what rich kid has the longest dong? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

References

Rimac Concept One


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Read our full review on the 2011 Rimac Concept One.

Tesla Roadster


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Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

PostHeaderIcon Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO Spotted in the Wild

We know that Ferrari is working on a more aggressive version of the 488 GTB — a successor to the iconic 458 Speciale — we haven’t heard much about it until now. We also haven’t seen it testing on public roads or race tracks before, but we can finally take a peek at the upcoming Prancing Horse thanks to a batch of photos that surfaced the Interwebz. Reportedly called the 488 GTO, the beefed-up GTB was taken for a spin in a test session that included two cars. While one wears heavy white camouflage that doesn’t allow us to have a glimpse at its features, the second one was captured without any camo on its front end.

The supercar looks very familiar as it retains all the main features of the 488 GTB. However, it has a different bumper with larger outlets and new black trim that appears to be part of a revised aerodynamic package. The headlamps have been blacked out for a more menacing look. Not much else can be seen in these photos from Motor.es, but expect the front splitter to be backed by a redesigned diffuser and a new spoiler around back. Revised side skirts, new wheels, and a new engine hood are also on the table, alongside numerous weight-saving components inside and out.

The twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 engine from the GTB will find its way into the GTO as well, but not before Ferrari increases output from 660 to around 700 horsepower. The GTO is not yet official, and Ferrari could actually reuse the Speciale or Scuderia names. The “GTO” names were used on only three cars up until now — the 250 GTO, 288 GTO, and 599 GTO — all of which were considered flagship models when they arrived. The new supercar could break cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for updates.

References

Ferrari 488


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTO.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.

Ferrari 458


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Read our full review on the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.

That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Exterior

  • Takes road-going variant to even greater extremes
  • Bigger wings front and back
  • Extra vents and blades
  • More downforce
  • Smaller, 18-inch wheels

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“Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics.”

While Aston has yet to reveal the Valkyrie AMR Pro in the sheet metal, the British brand did give us a glimpse by way of an exterior rendering. Compared to what we’ve seen of the road-going Valkyrie, the track-only variant doesn’t appear to be a huge departure in terms of aesthetics. You still get the ultra-wide, ultra-low stance of a hardcore performance machine, plus big aero, a teardrop-shaped greenhouse, and plumped-up fenders stuffed by large-diameter wheels with flat exterior covers. A scoop on the roof once again leads to a rear fin that matches up to the rear wing.


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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here for comparison.

However, while the same general shape is still there, the AMR Pro manages to turn the whole thing up to 11. Aston says it tweaked the aero to create more downforce, starting with larger wings in the front and in the rear. We also notice new wing blades behind the front wheels, which presumably help to vent the hot air around the brakes without impacting the front-end downforce dynamics. Just ahead of the windshield is an additional vent for the nose. There’s also no headlights seen anywhere on the front fenders, and you can bet there’s no turn signals in the tail either.

Finally, Aston says the active aero systems were tweaked and tuned for more hardcore track duty, while the wheels were downsized to 18 inches in diameter to mount the uber-sticky Michelin rubber (more on that in a bit).

Interior

  • Simple and barebones approach
  • Basically a carbon fiber cocoon
  • Fixed racing buckets replace street car’s adjustable seats

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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

“The seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car”

Unfortunately, Aston has yet to give us even a rendering of what to expect inside the AMR Pro’s cabin, but based on what we’ve seen from the road-going variant, there are a few assumptions to be made.

First off, let’s look at the “standard” Valkyrie. Climb into this thing, and you’ll find yourself wrapped in a cocoon of carbon. It’s a tight fit, but then again, it needs to be considering this machine’s ludicrous performance potential. A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel.” A complementary info screen is mounted on the dash, while two side screens project rear video feeds in place of the traditional side-view mirrors (aero is king, after all).

“A square steering wheel provides inputs for the various onboard systems, with vital info relayed through a small screen mounted in the center of the “wheel".”

In addition to all the carbon, the road-going Valkyrie gets Alcantara and metal trim pieces painted in gold. A six-point harness is offered for track duty, and should comes as standard equipment in the AMR Pro.

Finally, the seating position is in the sort of reclined, feet-up posture you’d expect from a modern race car, and Aston says it’ll equip molded racing bucket seats in place of the road car’s adjustable units.

Drivetrain

  • More power and torque from hybrid 6.5-liter V-12
  • Top speed approaching 250 mph
  • No major changes to the powertrain set-up
  • Cosworth-derived engine

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Note: Road-going Aston Martin Valkyrie pictured here.

“Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1.”

Mounted in the middle of the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro will be a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 powerplant from the legendary British motorsport engineering company Cosworth. Like the road-going Valkyrie, the AMR Pro’s ’12 will be electrically boosted thanks to a hybrid system inspired by the world of Formula 1. However, the racing car will trump its streetable sibling with even more power and torque. We have yet to receive exact figures, but we’re guessing the road-legal Valkyrie will lay down around 1,130 horsepower, so it wouldn’t be too crazy to expect 1,300 or even 1,400 ponies from the AMR Pro.

“We have yet to receive exact figures, but it wouldn’t be too crazy to expect 1,300 or even 1,400 ponies from the AMR Pro.”

That’s pretty nuts if you ask us, but it gets better. With the extra output, we think the AMR Pro will hit 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, while Aston says it’ll top out
“close” to 250 mph. It’ll also weigh less than the road car, so a power-to-weight ratio greater than one-to-one might be within reach.

Accomplishing this incredible feat is a new engine tune and high-flow emission control system. Finally, the Rimac Energy Recovery System is identical, but gets an update with reprogrammed control systems.

Chassis And Handling

  • Lighter carbon fiber bodywork
  • Polycarbonate sheets instead of glass
  • Carbon fiber wishbone suspension
  • Formula 1-inspired carbon-carbon brakes
  • LMP1-spec Michelin tires
  • 3.3 G’s of cornering force
  • 3.5 G’s of braking force
  • Lap times similar to a modern F1 car

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“Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light”

As you might expect, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro manages to sacrifice a few extraneous pounds in the name of more speed. First on the chopping block are those superfluous features designed for basic street comfort, like the heater and infotainment system. Next, the glass windshield was tossed in favor of a polycarbonate sheet, which gains a lightweight heater element in place of the standard de-mister. Polycarbonate was also used for the side windows.

Additionally, Aston managed to cut a few pounds thanks to even lighter carbon fiber construction for the bodywork, even though the road car’s composite body is already pretty damned light. There’s also a lightweight exhaust system (not to mention louder as well), while the suspension was updated with new uprights and carbon fiber wishbones.

“Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.”

Hauling it down are brakes inspired by Formula 1, with race-spec carbon-carbon construction. Michelin tires are used for stick, and run the same specification as the LMP1 cars that compete in the World Endurance Championship.

Amazingly, Aston claims the Valkyrie will be able to pull as much as 3.3 G’s in the corners and stop with 3.5 G’s of force. And that is a mighty claim indeed! What’s more, Red Bull ran the numbers in its simulators, and apparently the car will manage lap times equivalent to those of an F1 or LMP1 car.

Holy crap.

Prices


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Aston says only 25 of these mad machines will be built, with deliveries commencing in 2020. All 25 are already spoken for. How much each customer paid is still under wraps, but if we were to guess, $3 million to $4 million is probably about right.

Those folks lucky enough to snag one will get to participate in “an intensive and comprehensive driver development program” that’s customized to their skill level and racing experience. The program includes access to the same resources as Aston Martin Red Bull’s pro drivers, such as time in the simulator, on-track training, and even a physical fitness regimen.

And since the AMR Pro doesn’t appear to be eligible for any specific racing series, customers will be offered a chance to, uh, actually drive their car in a series of track events all over the world.

Competition

Ferrari FXX K


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Like the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-only variant of a simply insane road-going hybrid hypercar, and like the AMR Pro, the FXX K has what it takes to melt your face into a puddle. The exterior is pure spaceship, with lots of active wings and seemingly endless downforce, while an engineering degree is required to operate the cockpit controls. And that’s important, because actually driving this thing is not an activity for the careless. Mounted behind the carbon seats is a 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor combo that produces as much as 1,036 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Read our full review on the 2015 Ferrari FXX K.

Mercedes-AMG Project One


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If it’s a true Formula 1 experience that you’re after, minus the politics of course, then Mercedes-AMG has a solution. The Project One was designed with the specific goal of bringing F1-style performance to the street, coming equipped with a turbocharged and hybrid 1.6-liter V-6 that’ll spin to 11,000 rpm. Output is rated at more than 1,000 horsepower. The engine is even constructed in the same factory as Merc’s F1 powerplants. The rest of the spec was built to complement that insane ‘six, with big wing, AWD grip, multi-stage ESP, carbon ceramic brakes, and multi-link pushrod suspension.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Conclusion


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“At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists.”

All told, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro looks to be one helluva toy. The performance promises it makes are borderline unbelievable, so much so we’re tempted to start calling BS. However, this is Aston Martin and Adrian Newey we’re talking about, and if this thing can run with a modern F1 car, then dammit, they’ll know it.

At the end of the day, we’re just very happy something like this exists. It shows just how far you can take go-fast technology, pushing an extreme into uncharted territory. Adrian Newey’s take is spot on –

“While it is endowed with extraordinary performance, it has always been vitally important to me that the Valkyrie functions well as a true road car, and that naturally comes with some constraints,” Newey says. “However, with the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro we have the freedom to create an extreme evolution that makes no such concessions. While the core elements of the road and track versions are shared, every aspect of the AMR Pro – aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain and weight – has been optimized to significantly extend the performance envelope. It offers a level of track performance significantly beyond any previous two seat closed roof car.”

We can’t wait to see what it can do in real life.

  • Leave it
    • An outrageously expensive toy
    • Ineligible for any race series
    • Already sold out

References

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.



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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Tesla’s Uber-fast Roadster Is Proof that Elon Musk Is Desperate

Boy, these past two weeks have been all about high-speed and high-power action. I barely had time to get over Koenigsegg’s new world speed record and Chevrolet launched its monstrous Corvette ZR1 yet. Now, with the weekend upon us, Tesla took the wraps off its new semi truck and the second-generation Roadster. Neither are ready to go into production just yet, but the preliminary data hints at tremendous performance and new benchmarks for the electric car market. The Roadster’s 0-to-60 mph sprint only 1.9 seconds probably caused a few heart strokes over at Ferrari quarters. And I have a feeling that the guys working on the next-generation Nissan GT-R Nismo aren’t feeling better either. But behind Tesla’s new tour de force hides Elon Musk’s fear that his automobile brand may not succeed as planned.

It may seem that Tesla is simply pushing the envelope and presenting the world with revolutionary electric cars, but there’s more to this showcase. Tesla is actually struggling to keep its promises. The new Model 3, which is supposed to become the affordable electric car everyone is dreaming about, is late to the party. Production isn’t going as planned and it seems that the Model X fiasco is happening all over again. On top of that, the Model S isn’t getting the best reviews and Consumer Reports isn’t very optimistic about the Model 3’s reliability. So Tesla needs to find a way to keep all the hype alive, and the upcoming Roadster is the perfect car for this. The strategy is simple, unveiled a cool looking prototype, claim it will hit 60 mph in less than two seconds, set a big preorder price, and wait for the cash to fix ongoing problems.

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From Affordable to $200K


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Yup, that’s all it takes. A couple of incredible but fictional performance figures, and everyone will get excited. And some of them will even agree to pay $50,000 reservations for a car they won’t get to drive until 2020. Assuming that Tesla manages to roll the new Roadster out by then. If the Model X and Model 3 are any indication, it won’t happen sooner than 2021, or even 2022.

But that’s not the only issue. Let’s say that I’m wrong and Tesla will get production sorted and everything will be fine and on time. And quality control will improve and Consumer Reports won’t upset Elon Musk ever again. In this perfect scenario, the new Roadster is still a meaningless car. Let’s not forget that Musk’s objective was to deliver an affordable EV for the average Joe. It was supposed to be the Model 3. But it’s not. The Model 3 costs some $30,000 before options, and the nice extras will actually push the sticker beyond the $40,000. At this point, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt are the better options.

And while I can understand that expensive, $200,000 supercars like the upcoming Roadster are used to fund affordable vehicles, it seems that Elon Musk is out to prove that Tesla can make the quickest production car before anything else. With this car, Tesla is basically moving farther away form its professed goal and slowly becoming a disappointment for the electric car industry. The fact that Tesla is the leading automaker in this field makes things that much more frustrating.

PostHeaderIcon Quick Comparo: Tesla Roadster – New vs. Old

Tesla just unveiled the second-generation Roadster and launched a big shock wave around the world. It’s not the Roadster’s return that took us by surprise, but the incredible specs that the car comes with. Not only set to become the quickest production vehicle ever with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 1.9 seconds, it also has a 250-mph top speed. The latter is downright spectacular for gasoline-powered supercar and I honestly didn’t think I’d live to see a production EV hit that much. But before we get overly excited, we must remember that the second-gen Roadster won’t become available until 2020. And given Tesla’s habit of delaying production, it may take a bit longer than that.

Many details are still under wraps, but Tesla made sure that all the new Roadster’s spectacular features hit the news. So we now have quite a few figures to compare with the first-generation Roadster. It takes just a quick glance to notice that Tesla made tremendous progress since 2008, and this is exactly why we need to put the numbers next to each other. While the first Roadster marked Tesla’s debut on the market and the beginning of a spectacular career for the California-based brand (albeit sprinkled with plenty of issues), the second Roadster could take Elon Musk’s firm to new heights. If all goes according to plan of course, because it may happen the other way around too.

This comparison is far from complete given that the latest Roadster is far from being a production model, but the aim is to look at Tesla’s progress rather than provide an comprehensive comparo.

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Exterior


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Note: Roadster 2.0 on the left, original Roadster on the right.

“The new styling is obviously a big departure from the original Roadster ”

The design features of the two Roadsters are the easiest to compare, because Tesla released shots of the new car from every angle and the renderings appears to be pretty close to the actual things. The design is definitely doable, includes many of the company’s trademark cues, and I can’t spot too many features that wouldn’t make in on the production model. Speaking of which, have you seen our rendering of the rumored Tesla supercar? We almost nailed it!

The new styling is obviously a big departure from the original Roadster. The first-gen car was pretty appealing when it was launched in 2008, but the new design is definitely more spectacular. But that’s far from surprising. The first Roadster had a unique design that did not carry over to the Model S, the company’s second car. It was the Model S that actually inspired the Model X and Model 3, a quick look at the new Roadster reveals quite a few familiar details.

“The new car boasts a grand tourer-inspired look with muscular fenders”

Also, while the the first Roadster had looks that usually define lightweight sports cars, the new car boasts a grand tourer-inspired look with muscular fenders, a wider stance, and overall more aggressive fascias. The light units are particularly interesting, sporting a thin, sleek design that’s different than anything else Tesla used so far.

Much like it’s predecessor, the new Roadster ha a targa-type roof layout. But instead of a canvas top, it has a glass roof that can be stowed in the trunk.

Interior


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Note: Roadster 2.0 on the left, original Roadster on the right.

“As you'd expect when comparing a car from 2008 with one from the future, the differences are huge”

As you’d expect when comparing a car from 2008 with one from the future (almost 15 years apart), the differences are huge. Again, the first Roadster looked pretty fresh when launched, but it was also rather spartan, mostly because Tesla was aiming at the lightweight sports car segment. The new Roadster is just a rendering for now, but it’s pretty obvious that it will compete in a more premium market. The design is still plain and simple overall, but all that brutshed aluminum, the leather on the seats, and the massive screen in the center stack suggest a higher quality cabin.

The new Roadster will also come with heavily bolstered, modern looking front seats, as well as a pair of second-row seats. The latter is what makes it different compared to the first-gen car, which was a two-seater. This also makes the new Roadster a significantly different vehicle. Instead of an actual successor, this new sports car plays in a different league, offering space for two more passengers and more convenience. The renderings also show carbon-fiber dash and panels, as well as a flat-bottom steering wheel with no buttons and no upper rim, but it remains to be seen if these features make it on the production.

Drivetrain


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Note: Roadster 2.0 on the left, original Roadster on the right.

“The upcoming Roadster will be radically different under the skin”

Based on Tesla’s preliminary specs, the upcoming Roadster will be radically different under the skin. The first thing that sets them apart the platform. While the first-gen car was built on the same underpinnings as the Lotus Elise and Exige, the second-gen model will ride on a newer platform. There’s no word on whether it will be based on the Model S, but chances are it will be brand-new.

Tesla had nothing to say about the upcoming car’s electric motors, but it did mention all-wheel-drive, which means it will have at least one for each axle. The first Roadster was a rear-wheel-drive car. The new two-door will also be significantly more powerful. No word on output either, but Tesla mentions wheel torque of 7,375 pound-feet. It also claims that the car will be able to hit 60 mph in an incredible 1.9 seconds. That’s two seconds quicker than the standard Roadster (248 horsepower) and 1.8 clicks quicker than the Roadster Sport (288 horsepower). The sprint to 100 mph will be achieved in only 4.2 seconds, just three tenths slower than the first Roadster from 0 to 60 mph!

“At 1.9 seconds to 60 mph, the second-gen Roadster will be the quickest production car in the world”

At 1.9 seconds to 60 mph, the second-gen Roadster will be the quickest production car in the world. Assuming that a quicker vehicle from another automaker won’t be launched until then, but it’s very unlikely to be honest.

Tesla also claims that the new Roadster will have a top speed of 250 mph. That’s nearly as fast as the Bugatti Veyron and faster than any Ferrari, McLaren, or Lamborghini out there. And exactly twice as fast compared to the first-generation Roadster. The quarter mile will be achieved in 8.8 seconds, almost four seconds quicker than the old model. Want more juicy bits? The estimate range for the upcoming car is of 620 miles per charge, compared to up to 244 miles delivered by the old model. I guess it’s goodbye range anxiety in 2020!

Pricing


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Note: Roadster 2.0 on the left, original Roadster on the right.

The first Roadster was pretty expensive when it was launched in 2008, retailing from around $100,000 (with preorders set at $50,000). But the second-gen car will cost twice as much. Tesla is asking $50,000 for reservations, but the second-gen model will cost $200,000 before options. There will also be a launched edition priced from a whopping $250,000. That’s Ferrari money right there, but somewhat justified given the incredible performance. And despite the high sticker, the second-gen Roadster will definitely sell better than its predecessor, which moved about 2,500 units in almost five years on the market.

Conclusion


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Note: Roadster 2.0 on the left, original Roadster on the right.

It’s definitely too early to draw a conclusion in the absence of a production model for the second-gen car, but it’s safe to say that the new Roadster will be a massive improvement over its predecessor. Big improvements are visible in just about any department and the extra comfort features and the two additional seats could finally give Tesla a shot at the supercar market dominated by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. And we may even see a host of new world records in the performance and range departments.

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2020 Tesla Roadster

Back in 2008, a little upstart EV company named Tesla threw a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor into a Lotus Elise and called it the Roadster. It was the very first model to bear the Tesla badge, and it was the first highway-legal series production all-electric car to travel more than 200 miles in a single charge. Now, nearly 10 years and several remarkable models later, Tesla is at it again, revealing a second-generation Roadster in a surprise debut alongside its new all-electric semi truck. While it’s still several years away from hitting public roads, Tesla dropped a variety of specs and numbers for the Roadster 2.0, and long story short, this thing is shaping up to be an absolute monster. If it really can do everything that Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims it can, the second-gen Roadster will set numerous performance records, including quickest to 60 mph, quickest to 100 mph, and quickest in the quarter mile. And that includes internal combustion-based production vehicles, by the way. It’ll also set new standards for EVs in the realms of range per charge and top speed. This is faster than Insane Mode. This is faster than Ludicrous Mode. This, dear readers, is straight up Plaid.

While we knew Tesla had a new Roadster coming down the pipeline, few would have guessed what it might be capable of. We even put together a speculative piece about a potential Tesla supercar a while back, but it turns out the California automaker combined the two ideas into one incredible world-beater. “The point of doing this is to just give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” says Musk. “Driving a gasoline sports car is gonna feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.” Indeed, the Tesla Roadster 2.0 is framed as a bona fide halo car, an ultra-quick speed machine that’ll show Tesla’s true performance potential. Read on for the details.

Updated 11/17/2017: Tesla just revealed the new Roadster!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

Exterior


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  • Most aggressive design Tesla has ever made
  • Compact dimensions
  • Active aerodynamic elements

While the original Roadster showed its Lotus bones through the bodywork, the Roadster 2.0 is all-new. It looks like the progeny of a Model 3 and modern Acura NSX, with the familiar Tesla fascia, now drawn back and pointy with slim arrow-like headlights that fall into hugely flared fenders. The stance is low and wide, with prominent cuts in the lower front bumper, side skirts, and rear end. The proportions move the cabin back, enhancing the front hoodline.

Yeah, you know it looks good. In fact, we’d say we pretty much nailed it with our original Tesla supercar rendering –


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Note: TopSpeed Tesla Supercar rendering pictured here.

Of course, it’s not the most streamlined Tesla we’ve ever seen, but we like it like that. Drag doesn’t seem to be a major problem here, as you’ll find out in the drivetrain section below. What’s more, it’s obvious the Tesla Roadster 2.0 comes equipped with active aero elements that will surely keep it planted while exploring the car’s absurd speed potential, then recede back to eke out a few more miles while cruising.

Interior


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  • Large touchscreen provides the inputs
  • Highly bolstered sports seats
  • Clean layout and design
  • 2+2 seating arrangement
  • “Capacious” storage space
  • Targa top offers unlimited headroom

The space age aggression continues inside, where we find a simple dash and control layout. The user inputs are dominated by a large touchscreen, which stretches down through the center of the cabin to provide readouts on navigation, road speed, and similar stats. The seats are contoured and highly bolstered, while the color scheme incorporates large swaths of primary colors that enhance the natural “clean” feel of the layout.

The steering wheel is a tiny, rectangular thing that looks like it came straight out of Star Trek. Lots of brushed metal and carbon give it that premium sports vibe you’d want from the segment. There’s also a G meter to show you just how hard you’re bending the laws of physics.

“Lots of brushed metal and carbon give it that premium sports vibe you’d want from the segment. There’s also a G meter to show you just how hard you’re bending the laws of physics.”

However, while you might expect very little practicality from a machine like this, the Roadster 2.0 actually has a lot to offer as a simple means of transport. The seating arrangement accommodates up to four passengers in a 2+2 layout, and while Musk admits that “you can’t put giant people in the rear seat,” the fact is has one at all is pretty impressive. Add to that a “capacious” storage space, undoubtedly mostly thanks to the extended frunk (Tesla’s term for the spot under the hood left empty by the all-electric powertrain), and this thing should be able to swallow enough luggage for at least a weekend getaway.

Finally, a removable targa top opens up the Roadster 2.0 to unlimited headroom. And that’s great, because after all, anyone driving a Tesla obviously cares about enjoying lots of fresh air, right?

Drivetrain


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  • Potentially sets multiple world records
  • 0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds
  • 0-to-100 mph in 4.2 seconds
  • Quarter mile in 8.9 seconds
  • 250+ mph top speed
  • 620 miles of range per charge
  • 7,376 pound-feet of torque
  • Three motors, 200-kWh battery

So it looks awesome and the cabin makes you feel like firing off some photon torpedoes. That’s all well and good, but by far the most impressive thing about the Tesla Roadster 2.0 is its powertrain technology. The specs getting tossed around are almost absurd, but if they turn out to be real, the Roadster 2.0 will break multiple world records.

Here’s the score – 0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, which would make this Tesla the first production car to break the 2-second barrier in the 0-to-60 mph test. A run from 0-to-100 mph takes 4.2 seconds, another record for production cars. Finally, the quarter mile takes just 8.9 seconds, which would make the all-electric the first production car to break the 9-second barrier in the benchmark.

And take note – these are records for all production cars, not just EVs. Impressed yet?

“These are records for all production cars, not just EVs. Impressed yet? ”

We sincerely hope Tesla can actually follow-through here, and based on the automaker’s resume, it most likely will. After all, the Model S P100D can already hit 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds.

Incredibly, these numbers represent the base model Roadster 2.0, which means Tesla is cooking up even quicker iterations for the future, with a possible reveal hinted at next year.

Now it’s time to talk about the EV-specific records this thing could set. First up – top speed, which is stated to exceed 250 mph top speed. That would make it the fastest production electric car ever made by a huge margin, and place the Roadster 2.0 amongst the fastest of the fast from the world of internal combustion. Range per charge is rated at 620 miles, which is again, the most of any electric car ever made, and a total game-changer for EVs. It would make the Roadster 2.0 the first production all-electric passenger vehicle to do more than 1,000 km at freeway speeds in a single charge. Say goodbye, range anxiety.


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“Torque figures are rated 10,000 Nm, or 7,376 pound-feet, a figure that even Musk agrees is “stupid.””

Making it all work is a new 200-kWh battery pack, which sends its prodigious flow of electrons to three motors, one up front two in the rear, which means it’s also got AWD grip. Horsepower figures are still forthcoming, but apparently torque figures are rated 10,000 Nm, or 7,376 pound-feet, a figure that even Musk agrees is “stupid.”

Finally, torque vectoring helps it handle. We don’t know how much this thing weighs, but we’re guessing it’s probably pretty heavy for its size, so it’s likely not the liveliest thing ever in the corners. Still, 10,000 Nm of torque can fix a lot.

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Performance
0-to-60 mph 1.9 seconds
0-to-100 mph 4.2 seconds
Quarter mile 8.9 seconds
Top speed 250+ mph
Range per charge 620 miles
Battery pack 200 kWh
Electric motors 3 (one in front, two in rear)
Torque 10,000 Nm

Prices

Although previously scheduled for a release in 2019, the Tesla Roadster 2.0 has been pushed back a year to 2020. Tesla is taking reservations now at $50,000 a piece. The final sticker is expected to be around $200,000.

What’s more, Tesla is offering the first 1,000 units as part of the special edition Founder series. Perks for the Founder series are currently unknown, but pricing sees a rise to $250,000, and interested buyers are required to front the full quarter million bucks up front to reserve theirs.

Competition

NextEV NIO EP9


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Based out of China, NextEV is already on the EV supercar scene with its NIO EP9. Crafted from carbon fiber, the NIO EP9 does its performance dance thanks to four electric motors producing a combined 1,314 horsepower. Acceleration and top speed can’t touch the Roadster 2.0, with 2.7 seconds to 62 mph and a maximum of 195 mph. However, this thing’s handling might have the Tesla beat, with active suspension and aero helping it pull up to 3 G’s in the twisties.

Rimac Concept_One


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Here’s another battery-driven slab of speed, this time coming from the Croatian-based manufacturer Rimac. Producing upwards of 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, the Concept_One can snap off a run to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds, while maxing out at 221 mph. AWD keeps it sticky.

Read the full review here.

Conclusion


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While it’s possible the Tesla Roadster 2.0 will look and go a bit differently when it finally hits the public streets in 2020, odds are this early preview is pretty close to the mark already. And that’s a truly incredible thing, if you think about it. Both competitors listed above are at least four times as expensive, and can’t come close in terms of sheer all-electric muscle. Throw in the fact the Tesla breaks 1,000 km per charge and even has space for luggage, and it quickly becomes obvious that the California automaker is launching a new epoch in the world of the automotive.

It looks like the future just got a whole lot brighter.

  • Leave it
    • Very expensive
    • Still three years out
    • Likely to be delayed multiple times

References


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