McLaren P12: Teaser Before Paris Debut

September 6, 2012

The upcoming Paris Motor Show (Sept. 29 – Oct. 14) promises to be a monumental (and in all probability, exquisitely detailed) affair for McLaren Automotive. This event will mark McLaren’s first-ever appearance at an International Motor Show and aside from the showcasing of their updated 2013 MP4-12C (and its open-top Spider variant), all eyes will be keenly locked towards the unveil of the ‘spiritual successor’ to the incredible F1 hypercar of the ’90s – the new McLaren ‘P12′.

The above image is the only teaser-image that McLaren has offered-up prior to the unveiling and I couldn’t be happier about that – better to keep these things under wrap and the mind wandering. If anything, it definitely appears to be more dramatic than the slightly humdrum (yet efficiently purposeful) MP4-12C.

Slightly revealing/hinting spy-photo of the P12 prototype’s rear haunch.

Information regarding power and spec is also (understandably) scant at this point in time as well, but definitely expect a modified version of their existing 3.8L, twin-turbo V8 to power the new car (they now believe V12′s are ‘so yesterday’…hmm… Ferrari-jab anyone ?) along with a KERS-style energy recuperation system that could easily report combined power figures in the 750+ bhp area.

We await the official Paris Motor Show unveil…

-Blake J.
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Mercedes-Benz: SLS AMG Black Series Caught Storming the ‘Ring

June 18, 2012

This was the sort of thing that was always lingering away in the ‘Inevitable’ files of modern Benz motoring ever since the God-of-Thunder SLS was bestowed upon the motoring landscape back in 2010 – an AMG ‘Black Series’ version of the gullwinged ‘bahn-stormer due in 2013.

Spy shots a-plenty have come scourging in from the formidable testing ground for all-things fast and rumbly over the past several months showing an SLS clad in awkward body-armour, permeating its signature bark ‘n wail throughout the twisting and diving Eiffel region. Now, fresh onto the Land o’ Internet comes this newest video showing the forthcoming SLS Black negotiating a slow-speed corner before rousing up a mechanically thunderous soundtrack to the delight of onlookers and YouTubers…

Aside from the obvious wheel-arch extensions to accomodate a slightly wider track (and wheels), the word on the street seems to be that this next AMG Black Edition will come embellished with close to (a faintly ridiculous) 650 bhp and an even-faster shifting version of the 7-speed DCT gearbox (same one used in the Ferrari 458). Shame that no proper manual transmission will ever be offered – think of how truly exciting that would be..! Hello AMG…?!?

Further details on the SLS Black are unsurprisingly scant at best for now, so why not have a gander below at the Black Series lineage so far to date in helping to remind of AMG’s bouts of occassional madness (and the not-so – hello SLK55 ‘Black’) within this often-dour automotive shift plane…

The ’07-’09 CLK63 AMG Black

The bonkers ’09 SL65 AMG Black

The not-so bonkers SLK55 AMG Black…

The latest Black – the C63 AMG

-Blake J.
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2013 SRT Viper: Revealed…!

April 4, 2012

UPDATE..! Full photo-album of the new 2013 SRT Viper below as promised..!

Like most of you, I enjoy a good ‘ol fashioned pre-launch automobile tease-fest when it’s done properly. You know – ominous, shadowy images detailing a particularily curvy and possibly indistinguishable flank of metal or aluminium… presented to your computer screen… once every 2 weeks… for 2 months.

But nowadays, there are many other ways to spoil that party: enter video-game makers and their update packs. In this case, Forza 4.

What we see here (albeit in digital construction) is the 2013 SRT Viper and it’s pretty safe to say that the sexy curves of yore have returned (yay), the big, sharp, trailing-off wing has made a comeback (yay again) and the whole thing will be launching down your block with an 8.7L V10 hammering out close to 600 bhp slotted underneath that nostril-engaging nose (another yay).

Actual in-the-metal pics from the ‘official’ New York Auto Show launch will be updated on here asap..!

A proper tease...

An artist's rendering... Nice effort, but you're ruining my tease-party...!

UPDATE..! Full photo-album of the new 2013 SRT Viper below as promised..!

-Blake J.
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Porsche: Next-Gen 911 GT3 Could Be PDK-Only…?

February 14, 2012

I’ve just read an article originating from Insideline that tells of the threat (yes, it’s ridiculous enough news to warrant it as such) according to Porsche 911 project chief, August Achleitner, that the next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 – remember now, the hardcore purists choice of 911 - could very well come with a PDK-only transmission…

According to Achleitner, both manual and PDK transmissions are being ‘evaluated’ for consideration in the next GT3 (and here’s where I roll my eyes) but apparently only one transmission will be chosen in the end for the hardcore GT3 and he reckons the boring-as-mud, poseur PDK will get the nod. Achleitner continues to blither on with false numbers and ridiculous statements, one of which being that ‘only’ 30% of 911 sales are manual stick-shift so therefore PDK is a no-brainer… huh..? That’s just poor business sense if you ask me.

The new 991-gen 911 - oh, how I squint further at thee...

The embarrassment continues when Achleitner says “When we launched the 911 Turbo S, we did not offer a manual, but we have not had a single complaint”. Sure you didn’t Achleitner… But then again, of course he’d say that as Porsche charges (and makes) a load of extra cash on each 911 that is ordered with the PDK. By that token then, I’d think I’d be safe in reminding Porsche that 100% of previous-gen 997 GT3 sales were manual transmission…? Despite what Porsche may think, not every 911 owner spends their time bragging about 0-60 times and impressing their friends with launch-control.

Seeing as how the next-gen GT2 and GT3 will also be fitted with the new (and highly-controversial) electromechanical power steering set-up that has already come under heavy criticism for its lack of ‘feel’ and reportedly synthetic feedback qualities, it seems an unnecessarily brash move against Porsche driving-purists (and proper drivers, in general) to come out swinging with this silly threat of ‘you can have this, or nothing at all’ type of statement.

Could there not be anything more 'wrong' in the sportscar realm than a Porsche 911 without a manual option...?

I call BS on the whole story – this is just Porsche, once again, ruffling-up the feathers of the automotive world and heaving mass attention in their direction for the sake of headlines and discussion…. Does Porsche really, I mean really, think that GT3 buyers will be happy as lambs with electromechanical power steering and PDK-only…? C’mon…

Porsche has been developing (and offering) a new 7-speed manual transmission for the new 991-based 911 already so I don’t exactly buy into Achleitner’s claims that this ‘populist’ PDK-only option/threat has any weight behind it at all.

The GT3 RS 4.0 - the last proper 911 aimed at driving purists/enthusiasts...?

And my friends actually wonder why the new plethora of sportscars continue to fail in exciting me anymore… So thank you, to all the flappy-paddle posers… you have now successfully contributed to the ruination of, what used to be, one of the greatest driver’s cars ever.

-Blake J.
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Teaser: The 2013 Dodge (SRT) Viper

January 31, 2012

New teaser-shot here of the 2013 Dodge (sorry, ‘SRT’) Viper set to debut at the upcoming NY Motor Show in April. The 8.7 litre (!) V10 is expected to churn out numbers in the 600 bhp arena and (thanks to safety-obsessed US legislation) will receive traction-control as standard to assist over-zealous throttle mashers from the dubious worlds of oversteer…

Nice to see the double-bubble roof retained that reminds of the GTS Coupe from the mid-’90s. Details are a bit thin at this point in time but expect the new Viper to be just as mad and lairy and loud as before – thank heavens for that.

-Blake J.
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2013 Porsche Boxster: Longer and Wider Evolution Continues

January 12, 2012

Almost on-cue after yesterday’s spotlight on the legendary mid-engined Porsche 550 Spyder comes this: the 3rd-generation mid-engined Porsche Boxster for 2013. The longer, wider and slightly lighter (by 35kg) evolution of the firm’s entry-level Porsche appears to have followed suit with its 911-sibling by gaining more dimensional girth in almost every way.

Styling changes and revisions have predictably gone down the more gapingly aggressive route with even larger intake vents and wheels with headlamps that remind of the Porsche 918 RSR and a striking new rear-deck wing-extension that appears to draw inspiration from that of the aftermarket TechArt variant offered-up for the previous-gen Boxster. Now bigger in almost every way, it goes without saying that curiosity will be running high on the next-gen Cayman – I’m guessing it’ll look similar in size/dimensions to a 993-gen 911… ?

Inside, the cabin has also followed along with the new 911 and Panamera (via Carrera GT supercar) by incorporating a raised transmission console and edgier lines all throughout. More space inside as well, as is to be expected with the evolutionary themes of Porsche these days.

Behind the driver will sit two new flat-six engines on offer, both with direct-injection and the obligatory ‘Earth-saving’ (and rather annoyingly silly) stop-start tech: A 2.7-liter boasting 265bhp (up 10bhp from its larger predecessor) and a 3.4-liter unit fitted in the Boxster S good for 315bhp (up by 5bhp). A 6-speed manual is standard fare with the option of ticking the 7-speed PDK gearbox if flicking paddles is your thing…

New tech introduced on the next Boxster include electric steering (booo… hisss…), an electric rooftop (nice), the option of Porsche’s torque vectoring system and a mechanical limited-slip differential (yay..!)

Fuel consumption figures state 36.7 mpg and 35.3 for the Boxster S (all relative, of course) and the 0-60 dash is covered in 5.7 for the standard Boxster and 5.0 for the S version. Prices will start at $49, 500 for a base model (before ticking a lot of boxes) and $60,900 for the base S variant…. which seems like quite a lot when you factor-in that almost everyone will easily add-on $5000 in must-have extras without even blinking an eye… a Boxster S costing over $70,000 before taxes… ?!? yikes…

The new 2013 Boxster goes on-sale at the beginning of the Summer.

-Blake J.
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Teaser: Hyundai I-oniq Concept

December 15, 2011

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show takes place in a few months’ time, yet Hyundai has decided to drop this teaser rendering for us to ogle over and scratch our heads in a questioning manner – exactly what Hyundai had in mind, one would assume.

What with the sheer plumage of jacked-up SUVs, cross-overs, mini-SUVs, hatchbacks, coupes named coupes that aren’t really coupes, etc. (you get my point) within the industry, it’s nearly impossible to decipher what, exactly, this swooping concept drawing is teasing at though…

Vague, yet alluring - mark of a successful tease.

Hyundai themselves are keen to report that this “will preview the next evolution of the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ form language.” Adding that the “Two strong arched curves define the silhouette of i-oniq, creating a playful contrast between the sharp character lines and soft but muscular features.” Sounds funky.

(One day, I will read a press release without the manufacturer using the word ‘language’ in the description… I have faith.)

More info on the Hyundai I-oniq concept and other Geneva-related news as the March 2012 date draws nearer..!

-Blake J.
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Comeback: Honda/Acura NSX

December 12, 2011

The 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January will play host to the usual assortment of tasty new metal and burgeoning technologies but one of the most heavily-anticipated debuts will undoubtedly be the concept for what will become the replacement for the mid-engined NSX.

The original NSX

When the new sportscar hits showrooms in 2013 it will most-likely carry (again, mid-engined) V6 Hybrid power and Honda’s new Electric Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive setup that sees the bulk of the power being sent to the rear wheels while twin electric motors will work their occassionally-called-upon wizardry for the front wheels.

The old lightweight Type-R version - expect a similar 'hot' NSX

Honda is also keen to advertise that this new NSX replacement will receive a 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox. No word on a manual variant, but it would be a shame if one wasn’t offered.

Robert Downey Jr drove a swoopy Acura in Iron Man 2 - It will be interesting to see what (if any) styling cues translate over to the next NSX

The original NSX was in production for 15 years (1990-2005) and its sleek ‘n sexy styling (with pop-up headlamps, no less… well, until the facelift ) was an instant eye-grabber that openly proclaimed Ferrari-baiting breathe upon its introduction. It was also an engineering masterpiece, utilising some of the finest tech of the times.

Expect no less from the next NSX…

-Blake J.
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POTD/Spotlight: 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

November 15, 2011

The numbers alone still haven’t managed to settle in: 650 bhp. 600 lb/ft torque. 200 mph… In a Mustang.

Allow yourself a moment to chew and pause (and then chew a bit more) on those numbers – that’s unbridled Supercar territory a la Pagani Zonda, Ferrari Enzo et al for heaven’s sake..! What is Ford’s thinking behind these monstrous power figures…?! Well, for one thing, they’ve been able to proudly proclaim that this new 5.8L Supercharged V8 is “the most powerful production V8 in the world” and secondly, it loudly trumps its home-based rival; the forthcoming ‘hot’ 2012 Camaro ZL1 with its *ahem* paltry 580 bhp…

The new BMW M5 arrives next year with a faintly ridiculous 562 bhp via a thoroughly complex and capable chassis that can easily cope with all of that power (and hefty weight) yet here Ford is churning 650 bhp through a chassis that can barely contain half of that. Info from Ford on ‘official’ detailed revisions and chassis updates are at this point, a bit on the lean side, but I couldn’t help reminding myself of that prior attempt from Ford a few years ago via stuffing ludicrous power in the Mustang… Remember the 600 bhp Shelby GT500 Super Snake…?

In the case of the forthcoming nutball 200 mph Shelby GT500 you receive a larger, more efficient Supercharger, updated camshaft profiles, cross-drilled blocks and heads and a carbon-fibre driveshaft. In the driveline department you receive an updated clutch, transmission and axle… albeit, still a ‘live’ rear axle. An optional ‘Performance Pack’ offers Bilstein adjustable shocks designed by SVT and a Torsen LSD. Tick off the ‘Track Package’ option as well and you’ll receive an external engine oil cooler along with transmission and rear diff coolers.

At least Ford hasn’t forgotten how to have fun. I smell a forthcoming Supercar (with this engine) in the pipeline from them…

-Blake J.
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