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mclaren 540c photo

New entry-level McLaren 540C revealed in China

mclaren 540c photo

McLaren has unveiled its newest offering at the Shanghai Auto Show, the 540C, which alongside the 570S rounds out its “Sports Series.”

It’s also the company’s most affordable supercar to date, with McLaren confirming a starting price of $165,000.

mclaren 540c side

As most of you know, McLaren now has a three-tier product lineup, enthusiastically called Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series.

In the Sports Series category, the 540C joins the 570C, unveiled a few days earlier in New York, whose twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 produces 562hp, capable of hitting 62mph in 3.2s and topping out at 204mph.

McLaren 570S Coupe orange

The entry-level 540C’s twin-turbocharged V8 produces 533hp and is capable of reaching 199mph, the first 62 of which it’ll attain in just 3.5s.

It is available for purchase, though delivery of the vehicles won’t begin until early 2016. Both of these cars share the same carbon fiber chassis.

mclaren 540c back

Three price and performance levels

The Super Series includes a model first presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015, the 675LT, capable of reaching 62mph in a claimed 2.9s thanks to its 666hp twin-turbocharged V8.

McLaren 675LT

The company announced that it will limit production to 500 units with a starting price of $349,500.The 650S, in coupe and spider form, both of which were presented in Geneva in 2014, complete the Super Series.

While the 650S’s design is clearly inspired by the P1, its performance more closely resembles that of the 12C, its 3.8-liter V8 producing 641hp and racing to 62mph in 3s.

McLaren 650S Spider side

Finally, the Ultimate Series includes the spectacular P1 and its track-only version, the P1 GTR. The McLaren P1, first presented at the Paris Auto Show in 2012 before making its debut in its definitive hybrid version the following year in Geneva, is the flagship of the McLaren catalogue.

McLaren P1 supercar

Its technology amazes, pairing a 3.8-liter 727hp V8 with a 177hp electric motor capable of reaching a top speed of 217mph, and featuring hydro-pneumatic suspension, electro-hydraulically assisted steering, and even a rear wing that extends almost 12 inches.

McLaren P1 GTR

All 375 of the million-dollar plus supercar have already been sold. In 2015, McLaren followed with the P1 GTR, the most powerful supercar it has ever produced. It surpassed the 1000hp mark, cost $3 million, and was only offered to customers who had already purchased the road-legal P1.

Lotus Evora 400 Geneva Motor Show

Lotus unveils the new Evora 400 in Geneva

Lotus Evora 400 Geneva Motor Show

Lotus is launching an updated version of its Evora sports car at the Geneva Motor Show, which it hopes will further accelerate the company’s recent growth.

The Evora was launched in 2008 and was followed by the Evora S in 2010; now, the brand’s latest supercar is the Lotus Evora 400.


The model has been almost completely overhauled to include a supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque.

With a maximum speed of186 mph (300 km/h) and an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds), the car is a whole six seconds faster than the previous model.

“The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more,” says Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

The new Evora 400 will hit dealerships in Europe this August. It will launch shortly thereafter as a 2016 model in North America.

Pricing is to be announced.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

This is the last Bugatti Veyron ever built

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

After 10 years of production and 450 multi-million-dollar examples, the hypercar that broke all records from top speed to price tag is bidding farewell at the Geneva Motor Show with the “La Finale”.

The farewell model, a Grand Sport Vitesse, takes its exterior design cues from the very first Veyron — chassis #01 — and the two cars were unveiled side by side at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

However, while the very first customer Veyron was finished in black and red paint, the 450th example is finished in exposed red- or black-tinted carbon fiber, a technique the marque has pioneered over the past decade.

There are two other big differences: The 450th Veyron is a convertible rather than a hard top and its engine more potent.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale interior

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has a W16 engine with around 1,200hp, which takes it from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.

With a record top speed of 408.84 km/h for the convertible version with the top down, the model is still the world’s fastest production roadster.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

Every Bugatti that leaves the factory does so with its prospective owner’s input and La Finale is no exception.

The owner — the car has already been sold — has gone for subtlety. The only clues as to the car’s significance are a small “La Finale” badge under the right headlamp and the same legend written on the underside of the car’s airbrake spoiler.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

Bugatti is now working on a replacement model which it hopes to debut next year and which promises to carry on where the old car left off.

McLaren 675LT

McLaren 675LT revealed

McLaren 675LT

The wraps are finally off the serially-teased McLaren 675LT, the sportiest model in what the company now calls its “Super Series” line.

With a devilish 666bhp on tap, aggressive styling and a set-up that’s as track-focused as possible while remaining road-legal, the McLaren 675LT could well be the quintessential supercar.

McLaren 675LT interior

McLaren Automotive has only been in business for four years yet in that time it has managed to go from a standstill to being neck and neck with the best that Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche have to offer.

However, with its latest car, the 675LT, it may just have overtaken all of its serious competition!

McLaren 675LT back

The car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 675PS or 666bph and that power enables the almost completely carbon-fiber car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 205mph (330km/h).

To put those figures into perspective, Ferrari’s latest V8 supercar, the 488GTB, which will also be making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, offers 660bhp, a top speed of 208mph (334kph) and a 0-100km/h dash time of 3.0 seconds.

Ferrari 488GTB

The Porsche 911 Turbo S has just 553bhp and a top speed of 197mph (317km/h) and its 0-100km/h time is 3.1 seconds; while the latest small Lamborghini, the Huracan offers 602bhp from its V10 engine a 202mph+ (325+km/h) top speed and 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds.

The latest McLaren annihilates its competition. But supercars are about so much more than performance. They’re about heritage and about style.

In terms of heritage, McLaren has it in spades. One of the most successful Formula 1 teams in history and masters of the GT car race scene too, the 675LT has been so-called to evoke memories of the McLaren F1 Longtail that conquered all before it when it took to the track 20 years ago.

McLaren F1 GTR race car

And in terms of looks, it does stand out without being overly aggressive.

The exterior styling combining the best visual cues from the company’s current flagship hypercar, the P1 hypercar as well as elements from the 650S which now sits below it in the model range.

The car will be officially unveiled in Geneva on March 3.

McLaren will also be giving the public its first glance of the production-ready version of the P1 GTR, its multimillion-pound track-only hybrid hypercar which is only going to be offered to clients who already have a road-legal McLaren P1 parked in the garage or driveway.

Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin launches the Vulcan

Aston Martin Vulcan

After weeks of teasing, Aston Martin has officially unwrapped the Vulcan.

A track-only supercar, the all-carbon fiber car is powered by a 7-liter naturally aspirated – i.e., no superchargers or turbochargers – V12 engine.

Aston Martin Vulcan

As for what all of that will mean for the 24 clients who will take delivery of one, Aston is keeping much of the performance data a secret for now. All that it has confirmed is that maximum output will be over 800bhp.

Aston Martin Vulcan side

Of the new car, which will be making its first officially public appearance at the Geneva motor show on March 3, CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar.”

AstonMartin Vulcan interior

Each owner will get the opportunity to add bespoke trim and exterior details to his or her Vulcan and then will also undergo rigorous training on the track and in racing simulators to improve their track-driving.

Aston Martin Vulcan side

A “Vulcan race program” will get underway in 2016, which will see events staged at some of the world’s most famous race tracks. Or, in short, pretty much the same deal offered to buyers of the FXX K and the P1 GTR.

Aston Martin Vulcan back

Dr Palmer describes it as a “unique ownership programme,” and one that “sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”

Veyron la finale

The very last Bugatti Veyron has been sold!

Veyron la finale

The 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, dubbed La Finale, has been sold, and will be on display at the upcoming 2015 Geneva motor show.

The Volkswagen-owned manufacturer achieved a 0 to 100 km/h time of 2.5 seconds and a world record speed of 431 km/h with its 2005 Veyron 16.4.

Three major revisions were introduced to the Veyron 16.4 over a ten-year lifecycle: an open-top Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport arrived in 2008, a more powerful Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010, and its roadster equivalent, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse in 2012.

Recent prices for new Veyrons, including options, had been averaging out at €2.3 million ($2,6 million), and a client from the Middle East ordered Veyron #450, a Grand Sport Vitesse.

The last Veyron will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show, March 5-15, alongside the very first.

Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488 GTB revealed

Ferrari 488 GTB

 has announced its latest supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Less of a completely new model and more of an evolution, the latest mid-engined V8 supercar from Ferrari is the first to get a turbocharger.

To be precise, it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 and when both turbos are scrolling up the result is 660bhp, a substantial improvement over the normally aspirated V8 that powered the 458 Italia, this car’s predecessor.

Ferrari 488GTB

But as well as more power, it’s also faster — faster than its current closest competitor, the McLaren 650S. Ferrari is claiming a 0-100kph time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of 208mph (334kph).

Thanks to a smaller cubic capacity and horsepower generated by turbos, the 488GTB is more economical than the car it will be replacing.

But emissions is the only area in which Ferrari is holding back. The 488GTB has a revised double clutch, seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and updates to the intelligent traction control and differential system and to the stability control, meaning that drivers will be able to use more of the car’s ferocious power more of the time without leaving the track in a tight bend.

Ferrari 488 GTB interior

The exterior that wraps around all of this engineering excellence is once again designed by Pininfarina and picks up where the 458 Italia left off.

The new car retains the same proportions and stance but appears more balanced. The biggest visual differences between the old and new car are the front nose air inlets and the side venting over the rear wheel arches that improve cooling and down force — the inlets are actually integrated spoilers. Inside, the cabin has had another upgrade too.

Ferrari 488 GTB photo

Ferrari is persisting with the multifunction steering wheel which is great on the track but confusing on normal roads but the infotainment system is new as are the lever switches and even the air vents.

The car will make its official debut in Geneva in March, and expect it to be joined in the not to distant future by a convertible version.

Acura NSX

Acura unleashes NSX supercar

Acura NSX

Some 25 years after the debut of the original, Acura has finally and officially released the second-generation of its NSX supercar.

“It’s just badass… in a luxury kind of a way,” Mike Accavitti, Honda senior vice president and Acura general manager, told a throng of reporters at the North American International Auto Show.

2016 Acura NSX

“It not only lives up to the legacy of its predecessor, it’s the stuff that our dreams are made of,” purred Accavitti.

Originally debuted in the United States 25 years ago and driven by Senna in 1989, the new NSX combines an electric motor at the rear and twin-electric motors at the front with twin turbo-charged V6 engines.

Acura NSX interior

Acura did not reveal exact horsepower or torque figures, but NSX chief engineer Ted Klaus said that total system output will be north of 550hp.

The Acura NSX will hit the streets later this year and has four driving modes: quiet (running only electric), sport, sports plus and track.

Acura NSX back

Acura says the 2016 NSX will start in the mid-$150,000 range. 

ferrari fxxk

Ferrari unveils the FXXK

ferrari fxxk

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

Scheduled to make its first real-world appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi next weekend,  describes the car as “completely uncompromising” and promises that those lucky few that get to own one will get an “unprecedented driving experience.”

ferrari fxxk photo

The FXXK is 194mm longer and 59mm wider than the standard LaFerrari hypercar on which it’s based. It also delivers 1021bhp from its combination of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and electric motor working in unison.

The Formula One-inspired KERS energy recovery system has also had some serious tweaks so that the driver has more control over how that energy boost is used.


ferrari fxxk interior

The ‘Qualify’ setting delivers maximum performance within a limited number of laps; while ‘Manual Boost’ will give the car an extra edge on demand, upping the torque levels to maximum at the turn of a dial.

The energy can also be returned to the car’s battery via the Fast Charge mode, or leaving the KES system in ‘Long Run’ mode will return energy, boost and acceleration consistently.

ferrari fxxk back

The FXXK will have a faster 0-100km/h time than the LaFerrari’s (under 3 seconds) and should also go past the standard car’s 217mph (350km/h) top speed, too.

If you want to buy a FXXK, you’ll need to be chosen for Ferrari’s driver development program so you’ll have to already have the standard LaFerrari in your garage in order to qualify for consideration.

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.



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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.