Tag Archives: supercar

Fully camouflaged Ferrari LaFerrari XX

Get ready for the LaFerrari XX

Fully camouflaged Ferrari LaFerrari XX

UPDATE: Ferrari has just taken the wraps off the race spec version of the LaFerrari hypercar, called the FXXK.

Spotted running test laps at the Adria Raceway in Italy, a new modified version of the LaFerrari hybrid supercar packs over 1,000hp!

Dubbed the LaFerrari XX, this exceptionally high-performance model differs from the original LaFerrari through new aerodynamic features, including two small rear fins for better handling.

The interior is stripped of any unnecessary frills and equipped with a roll bar, in addition to a steering wheel with built-in controls.

This enhanced supercar is said to have up to 1,050hp, although no specific details have surfaced on the nature of the powertrain.

The LaFerrari XX will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Finali Mondiali, which is to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 3 to 6.

DON’T MISS: TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL CARS IN THE WORLD

LaFerrari

Introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari combines an electric motor with an 800hp V12 fuel engine for a total output of 963hp.

The model can reach a top speed of 350km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in less than three seconds and go from 0 to 300km/h in less than 15 seconds. To achieve this exceptional performance, the LaFerrari emits an average 330g/km, significantly less than the Enzo’s 545g/km.

The LaFerrari XX would be a direct competitor to the McLaren P1 GTR, which is also currently testing and due for launch in 2015.

A concept version of the British supercar was premiered last August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US. Like the LaFerrari XX, this enhanced version of the P1 is expected to rev up with over 1,000hp.

The Ferrari F60America

Ferrari reveals celebratory F60America

The Ferrari F60America

Ferrari has announced the launch of a new version of the F60, the Ferrari F60 America, which is launching to celebrate 60 years in North America.

Only 10 will ever be built and have been designed specifically for American  enthusiasts. That means that the car has a throbbing V12 engine up front and a drop top.

The car will be officially unveiled to its adoring public at a special event in Beverly Hills on Saturday where the company is also expected to announce that every example is already pre-sold.

The car references design elements from classic Ferraris of the 1950s and 60s and in particular the NART Spider, a car that only came about because a certain US importer, Luigi Chinetti took Enzo Ferrari to one side and told him to build a drop top GT for his American clients.

DON’T MISS: TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL CARS IN THE WORLD

The Ferrari F60America interior

The 731bhp V12 that powers the F60America is the same as that found in the current F12 Berlinetta coupé and is capable of launching the car from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds.

And while the new car uses the same platform as the Berlinetta, Ferrari’s design team have made a host of significant changes to ensure that the F60America truly is a car in its own right.

The nose, wings, grille and interior have all been redesigned. The cabin also features embroidered American flags and a two-sided finish. The driver’s side is dressed in red leather and the passenger’s side in black, a reference to how Ferrari competition cars used to be finished.

The Ferrari F60America back

The car’s fabric roof will do a good job of keeping the rain out but because it’s designed to be lightweight and because the car is heading to a country with a wonderful climate, it is only able to cope with wind speeds of 75mph. So good enough for highway driving but you’ll need to put the roof down when heading to the track.

The Ferrari 458 Speciale A

5 must-see sports cars at the Paris Motor Show

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, these five , concepts and luxury vehicles stand out as some of the most remarkable.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

The Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Ferrari chose to premiere this new supercar in Paris. Powered by a 605hp V8, the 458 Speciale A will be produced in a limited series of 499 units.

The most powerful convertible ever produced by the Italian manufacturer, the model rockets from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds.

Lamborghini Asterion

Asterion

For its part, Lamborghini revealed the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept, a sports car with a total output of 910hp from its 5.2-liter V10 engine teamed with three electric motors. The combination enables a top speed of 320km/h and 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 3 seconds.

Maserati Alfieri

Maserati Alfieri

The Maserati Alfieri concept is a tribute to the founder of the brand, which is celebrating its centenary in 2014.

Designed as a study for a future coupe, the Alfieri is more aggressive and compact than the GranTurismo and packs a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 460hp.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Bentley Mulsanne Speed Paris

The latest model from the British car maker is presented as the world’s most powerful luxury car, boasting a 6.75-liter V8 with 537hp.

Slated to go on sale in early 2015, the car boasts a top speed of 305km/h and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG GT

The Mercedes-AMG GT

Presented in person by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche in Paris, the new Mercedes-AMG GT is due to go on sale in spring 2015.

Under the hood, the sports car has a new 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine with 462hp, enabling 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 4 seconds and a top speed of 304km/h.

Don’t miss our TOP 10 CONCEPT CARS AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

Lamborghini Asterion Plug-In Hybrid Concept Debuts

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

The Italian supercar maker has taken the wraps off a new, more environmentally friendly concept at the Paris motorshow, which it claims creates an entirely new category of dream car.

The Asterion is called a Hyper Cruiser because it’s too fast to be a GT car and too spacious and borderline practical to be a supercar or hypercar.

Whatever the company wants to call it, one thing is clear, even though it is a concept, it is aesthetically flawless, from its curved nose that evokes memories of the Miura and 400GT to its three-section rear engine panel and rear light cluster that ties it into the company’s current design language and the lines of its current flagship Aventador V12, the platform of which was the starting point for the Asterion.

Lamborghini Asterion concept paris

DON’T MISS: TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL CARS IN THE WORLD

But as well as attempting to coin a new category, the car’s drivetrain is also a first, for Lamborghini anyway, because it is a hybrid.

Up front there are two electric engines, one powering each of the front wheels, while power to the rear wheels is derived from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10. When running in unison the result is 910hp.

That means a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 320kmh. But it can also drive on electric power alone –for 50km anyway and at speeds of up to 125km/h.

DON’T MISS: LAMBORGHINI UNVEILS “EGOISTA” CONCEPT

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Front

As such, it is the last of the dream car builders to adopt hybrid power. At last year’s Geneva Motor Show the supercar stars were all hybrid — the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

However, Lamborghini believes that hybrids aren’t the answer to keeping both the supercar industry and the Earth alive. It thinks that continuing to cut weight and using turbochargers is the way forward.

SEE ALSO: LAMBORGHINI INSECTA CONCEPT

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Interior

“Lamborghini continues to focus on weight reduction as a means to reducing CO2, for example through the investment in carbon fiber engineering, which also contributes to our quest for the best super sports car handling and performance.”

“To significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment however, plug-in electrification is the best option for us, because for Lamborghini such a car must still provide a truly emotional driving experience,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini as the car was unveiled to the world’s media on Wednesday evening.

SEE ALSO: LAMBORGHINI EMBOLADO CONCEPT

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Rear

In the past the company has called for special dispensation for supercars, saying that they shouldn’t have to meet the same emissions and environmental legislation that normal cars have to, because they’re special.

Even now, as beautiful as the Asterion LPI 910-4 – LP (to give it its full name) is, it’s something of a compromise: it’s bigger and roomier because the powertrain takes up more space and that larger, more spacious cabin changes the car’s driving dynamics. Hence calling it a Hyper Cruiser.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta supercar

Ferrari planning $3.2 million US-only supercar

Ferrari F12 berlinetta

A new car, specifically designed for the brand’s North American clients will be unveiled when the supercar company officially celebrates its 60th year of business in the USA.

The US is ‘s biggest single market and to say thank you, the company will be building a limited edition model.

Only 10 examples are scheduled to go into production and there’s a good chance that ownership will be by invitation or qualification only.

DON’T MISS: TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL CARS IN THE WORLD

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta photo

When Ferrari launched the Enzo hypercar in 2006, potential customers couldn’t put their names down for one unless they had also previously owned a Ferrari F40 and F50.

According to reports the model will be based on the company’s otherwise flagship car, the F12, which sits in the market as the most powerful ‘mainstream’ vehicle the company makes aside from LaFerrari.

2013 LaFerrari

The car will make its official debut in October as part of “Race through the Decades – 19545-2014,” a special event Ferrari North America is hosting on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California which will include a display of 60 of the most important Ferraris in history.

porsche 918 thumb

Top 10 most powerful production cars in the world

The Dodge Charger may be the most powerful four-door production car ever built, but where does it fall in the list when compared to production cars of all shapes and sizes?

1 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – 1200hp

Bugatti Veyron 16 4 Super Sport

This is the world’s fastest, most powerful production car. There are other companies, from Koenigsegg to Hennessey Performance, that currently offer vehicles with even more horsepower, but none of those cars meet the definition of a production car – 30 or more identical examples built.

The Koenigsegg 1:One is the most powerful car ever built, but the company will only ever build six, each of which will be different, whereas Bugatti has sold 435 Veyrons to date.

2. Ferrari LaFerrari – 950hp

2013 LaFerrari

A work of automotive art, the latest hypercar from the Italian masters uses a combination of a V12 petrol engine and an electric motor to deliver the fastest, most extreme driving experience of any Ferrari to date, while somehow being kinder to the environment.

3. McLaren P1 – 903hp

McLaren P1 supercar

Another hybrid, this time from UK supercar builder McLaren. All 375 P1s have already been snapped up and it’s not difficult to see why when you read the performance figures.

4. Porsche 918 Spyder – 795hp

porsche 918 spyder concept

You wait a generation for a hybrid supercar to arrive then, like a London bus, three turn up at once. Unlike the Ferrari or the McLaren, the Porsche also offers four-wheel drive and drop-top motoring, thanks to a removable roof panel.

5. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – 730hp

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta photo

No battery packs, no electric drive, just a phenomenally powerful yet smooth V12 and so much power and so much grip that you run out of road before you run out of performance.

6. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 707hp

Dodge Challenger SRT hellcat

Thanks to that supercharged 6.2-liter engine, the Charger and its sister model, the two-door Hellcat Challenger, are in sixth place on the list, ahead of the Lamborghini Aventador…

7. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – 690hp

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 back

…which finds itself in seventh place due to a 17hp shortfall. But what it loses in flywheel power it makes up for in looks, acceleration – 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds – and a 217mph top speed.

8. Ferrari FF – 651hp

Ferrari FF World Premiere

The only other car on this top 10 list to offer four seats and space in the back for suitcases, the FF is meant to be a family grand tourer and is the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive and integrated iPads.

9. McLaren 650S – 641hp

McLaren 650S supercar

The second McLaren on the list it is available as a hard top or convertible and was launched earlier this year at the Geneva motor show.

It has a glorious 3.8-liter V8 under its carbon fiber hood and is capable of going from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds.

10. SRT Viper – 640hp

2014 Dodge SRT Viper TA

The only other US car to make the top 10 is also a Dodge. The Viper is built to the same template as the original Shelby Cobra – a lightweight body with a huge engine. In this case a V10 that was co-developed with Lamborghini and that also found a home in the recently retired Lamborghini Gallardo.

McLaren 650S Sprint

McLaren unveils track-only 650S Sprint

McLaren 650S Sprint

McLaren will launch the new track-only 650S Sprint at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California (August 14-17).

The 650S Sprint is based on the 650S coupé but ups the power and performance even more specifically for circuit driving.

SEE ALSO: MCLAREN 650S SPIDER JOINS SUPERCAR RANGE

And this increased performance comes with a $330,000 price tag and… you won’t be able to drive it on the road — it is not street legal.

McLaren 650S Sprint photo

Then there’s the cabin, which in the road-going car is a clean yet very comfortable place to be but it the Sprint is a truly minimalist experience.

DON’T MISS: TIME TO CONFIGURE YOUR MCLAREN 650S

It has an FIA-approved roll cage, lightweight racing seats and six-point harnesses. However, aware of how much heat is generated when racing, McLaren has left the air conditioning system untouched but has added an integrated fire extinguisher system.

McLaren 650S Sprint side

Each vehicle can be adapted for the driver and his or her driving style. For instance the car can be specified with or without a passenger seat, with a plastic windscreen to save weight and with special aerodynamics packages.

The street-legal version of the car is capable of going from 0-62mph (100kph) in 3.0 seconds, from 0-124mph (200kph) in 8.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 204mph (329kph). Expect something even faster still.

McLaren 650S Sprint back

The 650S Sprint will make its official debut at Pebble Beach in California this week alongside the eagerly awaited track version of the McLaren P1.

Bugatti Veyron speed record

New Bugatti will aim for a 460kph top speed

Bugatti Veyron replacement

The first details are emerging of what Volkswagen has planned for the ‘s replacement as well as a potential date for when well-heeled petrol heads can expect to place their orders.

The successor to the Veyron will have a tough act to follow. It may be approaching its tenth birthday but in terms of performance, reliability and usability there still isn’t a single car in production, anywhere in the world, that truly comes close to challenging its supremacy.

Capable of accelerating from 0-100kph in just 2.5 seconds and of hitting a world-record top speed of 431kph, it’s little wonder that despite its multi-million-dollar price tag, the car has always been in short supply.

Only 15 examples of the car remain available to order; the other 435 already having found homes.

SEE ALSO: BUGATTI TO FOCUS ONLY ON SUPERCARS

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille back

And, according to insider sources quoted by Autocar, it is on breaking the Veyron’s current records that Bugatti’s engineers will be focusing all of their efforts. They are certain that they can build a car that can hit 460kph yet is more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient than the outgoing model.

This will mean going hybrid, using a battery-powered electric motor to boost the performance of the V16 quad-turbo petrol engine and making significant adjustments to exterior styling so that it slips through the air better.

However, the new car isn’t expected to look too different form the Veyron as its shape was dictated by aerodynamic necessity and the new car will therefore be more of an evolution, rather than a revolution.

SEE ALSO: BUGATTI VEYRON: JUST 50 LEFT

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rafale interior

Inside it’s going to be a different story. The existing car still can’t be matched in terms of performance, but 10 years is a very long time in terms of in-car technology and creature comforts and in that respect alone, the Veyron is beginning to show its age.

So, as well as incredible speed, expect a raft of cutting-edge driver aids and connectivity features when the car is unveiled to the public in 2016, with the first models expected to go into production one year later.

California T online configuration tool

Customize the new Ferrari California T online

California T online configuration tool

Ferrari has launched an online configurator for its California T, allowing fans to build their ideal version of the convertible supercar down to the last detail.

Introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari California T is slated to go on sale in September. An entry-level model by the Maranello-based brand’s standards, the new sports car will be available starting at €190,000.

On the exterior, the configurator lets users choose the paint color, the type of rims and the color of the brake calipers. Additional components such as a chrome-edged grille and a sports exhaust system can also be selected.

Next, users can customize the colors and materials used in the car’s interior before selecting their preferred styles for the doors, seats, cockpit, central tunnel, luggage compartment and accessories.

SEE ALSO: THIS IS THE NEXT FERRARI CALIFORNIA T

Ferrari California T interior

The California T convertible is powered by a V8 turbo engine with up to 560hp, which allows it to reach a top speed of 316km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds. The new model also boasts the latest version of Ferrari’s traction control system developed for F1 race cars, enabling maximum acceleration when coming off a turn.

Carbon ceramic brakes, combined with ABS and ESP tech, allow the sports car to go from 100km/h to a complete stop in a distance of just 34m.

 also informs that the California T is more efficient than the outgoing model, with a fuel consumption of just 10.5l/100km over a combined driving cycle, or the equivalent of 250g/km in CO2 emissions.

Ferrari California T 2014

Finally, its hardtop can be actioned in just 14 seconds. The model will be on display at the Paris Motor Show in October.

SEE ALSO: TIME TO CONFIGURE YOUR MCLAREN 650S

It is worth noting that the California T’s direct competitor, the new McLaren 650S, can also be customized through an online configurator.

VW GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo

Volkswagen’s virtual ‘Gran Turismo’ vision revealed

VW GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo

Volkswagen has revealed the first sketches of its Gran Turismo video game car, the GTI Roadster ahead of its official reveal at the Worthersee Festival on May 28.

A virtual supercar that started out as a real-life Golf GTI, the car may have been conceived to perform within a video game, but, as with all of the special concept cars that have been created for the latest installment of the “Gran Turismo” video game series, whether by Mercedes, BMW, Alfa Romeo or Aston Martin, the car is grounded in reality.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Although its exterior styling may seem wild at first glance, the GTI Roadster will give VW fans a clear idea of the future design direction of the VW Golf and the engine that powers this car; a 3-liter twin-turbo VR6 unit, capable of producing 503hp and 491lb ft of torque isn’t a flight of fancy.

In fact, the engine is currently in the R&D phase at Volkswagen. As such, it could soon be powering real-life hot Golfs, Audis and Seats.

What probably won’t be carried over from the concept car are its huge rear wing, diffuser and front chin spoiler which, although great for downforce and handling on a track, would make any car impossible to drive though a city center.

The Wörthersee Treffen is an annual gathering of Volkswagen’s biggest fans and their cars. Held in Austria, its popularity is growing every year, as is the effort that VW puts into thanking the attendees with special concept cars, competitions and surprises.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet reveals Corvette Z06 convertible

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

At the New York Auto Show, CHEVROLET will introduce a convertible version of its latest Corvette Z06 supercar. The model differs only slightly from the coupe and is powered by the same 634hp V8 engine.

Available with a 7-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the supercar will have a power roof that can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Chevrolet unveiled the seventh-generation Corvette Z06 coupe at NAIAS in Detroit last January. Packing a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 634hp, the supercar is the most powerful Corvette of all time.

Like the standard Corvette Stingray model, the Z06 includes drive mode controls that adjust around a dozen parameters and driving aids.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible are expected to roll into dealerships in early 2015. The New York Auto Show takes place from April 18 to 27.

McLaren MP4-12C abu dhabi

The McLaren 12C is officially dead

McLaren MP4-12C abu dhabi

McLaren will stop selling the 12C supercar due to demand for its latest model and will be offering existing owners a free technology upgrade package.

When the 12C launched in 2011 it lacked a little bit of personality, but other than that it was an astonishing car to drive: as fast as a Ferrari, yet, thanks to an ingenious suspension system, as comfortable as a big Mercedes.

However, after 3500 units, McLaren is ceasing production because its latest car, the 650S is proving such a hit. McLaren already has six months’ worth of orders for the new car, which combines elements of the C12 with elements of the company’s flagship P1 hypercar.

McLaren P1

Initially the company indicated that the 12C would stay in production but work would be put on hold while the first 650S models were built, but in an official statement, McLaren reveals that it has now changed its mind, describing the decision as a natural evolution of the model lineup.

The 650 S is much more aggressively styled than the 12C and also has faster acceleration and a higher top speed. Its official figures are 0-62mph (100km/h) in just 3 seconds, a 0-125mph (200km/h) time of 8.4 seconds.

McLaren 650S Spider side

12C owners will be offered a free technology upgrade that will lower the car’s wing to improve performance and will boost the car’s infotainment system. A selection of cost options including a reversing camera will also be offered.

Earlier this week, McLaren also said that its upcoming Porsche 911 competitor, the P13 will be offered as a road-focused or track-focused model when it finally goes into production.

McLaren 650S

McLaren Working on Next P15 Hybrid Flagship

McLaren 650S Spider photo

Following McLaren’s presentation of thenew 650S at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren is said to be working on a new flagship model codenamed P15.

According to Car and Driver, McLaren’s future F1 partner Honda could lend its hybrid technology expertise to the project.

McLaren is reportedly developing the new model to take the place of its current flagship supercar, the sold-out P1. According to the online magazine, the P15 will be priced under $500,000 and will be a full production model, meaning that far more than just a few hundred cars will be made.

The model is said to be a supercar with a carbon fiber structure and most likely a hybrid engine. Car and Driver suggests that McLaren could be collaborating with Honda to develop the new model’s hybrid powertrain.

The two manufacturers already plan to work together within the scope of McLaren’s F1 program; Honda will power the British brand’s race cars from the 2015 season. The new McLaren P15 is not expected to launch until 2017.

LaFerrari 2013 Geneva Motor Show

‘Special’ LaFerrari-based supercar in the works

LaFerrari 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Unveiled in Geneva one year ago, the limited-edition supercar LaFerrari could soon be reissued in a “special” version for those who weren’t able to take home one of the only 449 cars produced.

Ferrari’s president Luca di Montezemolo hinted at this new supercar in conversation with Autocar at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

LaFerrari

“Many customers were disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari, but we expect to have something special to offer them soon,” di Montezemolo indicated, without providing further details for the moment.

2013 LaFerrari

With its €1.2 million price tag ($1.7 million), the LaFerrari made waves at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 963hp of total power, the supercar stands out for its combination of an electric motor and a 800hp V12 fuel engine.

LaFerrari interior

The model can reach a top speed of 350km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in less than 3 sec and from 0 to 300km/h in less than 15 seconds.

To achieve this exceptional performance level, the LaFerrari emits an average 330g/km, which is significantly less than the Enzo’s 545g/km.

LaFerrari back

The LaFerrari is based in large part on the F1, from its delicately sculpted curves to its wind tunnel and its kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).

Watch Fernando Alonso behind the wheel of the LaFerrari: 

Time to configure your McLaren 650S

Following the launch of the McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S Spider at the Geneva International Motor Show,McLaren Automotive has now announced a new McLaren 650S Design Studio tablet app.

mclaren 650s configuration app

The McLaren 650S Design Studio App allows users to firstly custom-build their McLaren 650S from the range of factory options, including paint colors, wheel options, and exterior carbon fiber accents.

When the customization is complete, the car can be displayed in front of a host of specially selected backgrounds, such as the bright lights of Times Square, the marina at Monaco or, of course, the user’s own driveway.

McLaren 650S Configurator

Of course, once you’ve set the McLaren 650S into your desired scene, you get to share it on McLaren’s social media profiles at Facebook and Twitter.

The British supercar company reportedly will select the best user submissions to be featured on the official McLaren website.

McLaren 650S Spider photo

Increasing the range of customization options available while simplifying the process of taking an already exclusive car and making it even more so is set to be a standout automotive trend in 2014.

Both Aston Martin and Lamborghini have used their stands at this year’s Geneva Motor Show to highlight their burgeoning customization services including concepts for physical ‘stores’ where clients can come to work with craftsmen in order to add a bespoke touch to their supercars.

Q by Aston Martin

The McLaren 650S Design Studio tablet app is available for iOS products through the Apple App Store and for Android devices through the app store and can be found by typing in “McLaren 650S.”

McLaren 650S Spider joins supercar range

McLaren announced that the 650S Coupe would have a Spider counterpart, and they have now unveiled the topless version of the McLaren new supercar.

McLaren 650S Spider pic

Like the McLaren 650S, the 650S Spider has an output of 650PS (641bhp) and combines elements of the company’s existing range of supercars to create something faster than the 12C, yet more comfortable than the P1.

McLaren describes the car as a ‘no compromise’ high-performance open-top sports car, and looking at the performance figures, that’s no exaggeration.

McLaren 650S Spider photo

With a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 3.0 seconds, it is equally as fast as the hardtop version off the line but does lose out by 0.2 seconds in the 0-124mph (200km/h) — 8.6 seconds compared with 8.4 seconds for the coupe.

However, it’s still good for a top speed of 204mph (329km/h) and 24.2mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the combined cycle.

McLaren 650S Spider side

The fact that the figures for the spider are so close to those for the hardtop are a testament to McLaren’s engineering expertise.

McLaren 650S Spider interior

The convertible is only 40kg heavier and most of this weight is due to the two-piece roof and the motor that retracts it. And that motor is no slouch either. The roof can be raised or lowered in under 17 seconds and at speeds of up to 19mph (30km/h).

The coupe version of the 650S will cost £195,250 ($325,000) while the Spider will cost a little more at £215,250 ($350,000).

McLaren 650S Spider

McLaren 650S supercar

McLaren reveals new 650S supercar

McLaren Automotive has released pictures and some details of the Mclaren 650S, its fastest production series supercar yet, ahead of its official unveil at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2014.

McLaren 650S supercar

Available as a hardtop or as a convertible, the 650S is so called because it has 650PS (641bhp) on tap and it is therefore Sporting in its nature.

So much so that McLaren claims the car will redefine the high performance supercar segment. That’s an extremely big boast, but looking at what the company has achieved with the F1, Mercedes-McLaren SLR, 12C and P1, McLaren clearly isn’t in the business of hyperbole.

The car is based on the McLaren 12C but its looks are more in line with the current range-topping P1 hypercar, while performance falls in between.

McLaren has confirmed that the car has a twin-turbo V8 engine that is good for 0-62mph (100km/h) in just 3 seconds, a 0-125mph (200km/h) time of 8.4 seconds. And of course, as is now obligatory for all self-respecting supercars, a top speed in excess of 200mph.

McLaren 650S

Although the car is based on the existing 12C, 25 percent of its components are new and many of the improvements made to the car’s handling, aerodynamics and engine are a result of developing the P1.

As such, the standard cabin is a big improvement, with Alcantara trim as standard and a better multimedia interface that offers satnav, digital radio and full Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.

It also gets carbon ceramic brakes at no extra charge in order to create an interior environment on a par with an executive sedan, albeit one that, when dropped into track mode, could set a new record at the Nurburgring.

McLaren 650S interior

The hardtop coupé version will cost £190,000 ($300,000). That’s £20,000 more than the 12C, but still £600,000 less than the P1 which is sold out.

Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini Huracan Gets 700 Orders in Just a Month

The Lamborghini Huracan is yet to make an official public appearance but has still managed to garner 700 orders from excited clients.

Lamborghini Huracan

The company has been taking the car on a short world tour of private meetings with VIP clients and has already chalked up 700 orders.

On paper, the Huracán looks incredible — 610hp, a top speed of 325mph and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds despite having a naturally aspirated rather than a turbocharged V10 under the aggressively styled hood.

Lamborghini has timed this announcement perfectly as February 12 was also the day Ferrari revealed the first images of its new hard-top convertible, the California T, before it too heads off to the Geneva motor show in March.

There both cars stand a very good chance of stealing the show but the Lamborghini will have the first chance to shine.

The wraps will be coming off the Huracán as part of the motor show’s launch-day press conference at 8am on March 4.

Toyota FCV concept

Young drivers prefer hybrids to hypercars

A new global study shows that the allure of Ferraris and Lamborghinis is diminishing for a new generation of environmentally responsible drivers who value green credentials and high-tech features over performance and styling.

Toyota FCV concept

A Deloitte survey of over 23,000 19-to-36-year-olds shows that the majority of young people (61%) still want to buy a car within the next three years but that the automobile is slowly beginning to lose its status as a symbol of cool and independence.

Although just 8% of all respondents stated that they never intend to buy a car, those who are in the market for a set of wheels don’t care about 0-100km/h times, horsepower or power-to-weight ratios.

Indeed, 59% said that within the next five years, they expected to be driving a vehicle with an alternative powertrain such as a hydrogen fuel cell or an electric hybrid engine.

Technology is also a key consideration for the next generation, especially if it helps them avoid collisions or enables them to stay connected, with more than half of respondents saying they expect to be able to access smartphone apps and other features in a new car.

Aware that car companies, Google and Apple all have designs on the future of in-car technology, 57% said that they would like to customize whatever technologies were on board after they have purchased a car, rather than be tied to a format or operating system.

“Affordability is the mantra for Gen Y consumers who don’t already own or lease a vehicle,” Craig Giffi, vice chairman of Deloitte, said. “When asked what purchasing criteria matter most to them, a majority cited cost-related items such as the vehicle’s price tag, fuel efficiency and payment options.”

veyron grand sport vitesse

Bugatti to focus only on supercars for brand purity

When production of the Bugatti Veyron hypercar finally ceases in 2015, it’s not going to be replaced by a hyper luxury sedan, nor by an even faster version of the current model.

veyron grand sport vitesse

Back in 2009 ,Bugatti took the wraps off the Galibier concept — a car devised to rocket a driver and three passengers along the road in obscene levels of comfort but, according to Bugatti’s president, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, putting the car into production would ultimately dilute the brand.

“We have talked many, many times about the Galibier, but this car will not come because […] it would confuse our customers. With the Veyron, we placed Bugatti on top of all super-sportscar brands in the whole world.”

“Everyone knows that Bugatti is the ultimate super sportscar. It’s easier for current owners, and others who are interested, to understand if we do something similar to the Veyron [next]. And that is what we will do. There will not be a four-door Bugatti,” he said in an interview with Top Gear.

bugatti galibier

There are no plans to make a ‘super’ version of the Veyron. “We will not produce a ‘SuperVeyron’ or Veyron Plus, definitely,” said Dr Schreiber. “There will be no more power. 1200PS is enough for the chapter of Veyron and its derivatives.”

Instead, expect to see a brand new hypercar that once again redefines performance figures set by the Veyron and don’t be surprised if the next Bugatti’s powertrain features an electric motor!