Apologies in advance if I get a little too excited about this, but now that I have kids, and am still totally addicted to high performance cars (and Porsche are obviously a bit of a fave of mine ever since I was a little kid), the new Panamera Sport Turismo as it’s called is pretty much my perfect every day car.
It looks like it’s not manual, but I’m getting to the realization that maybe I’m too old for new cars and I just need to accept the onslaught of the two peddle machine. Maybe. Anyway, I still like this, although whether it would win my dollars over a similarly priced M2 is another matter (or the extra 10k for an M3 even).
- Offering the quickness and competence expected from Audi S models, the all-new S4 achieves a class-leading 0-60 mph of 4.4 seconds
- Providing more horsepower and torque, the S4’s all-new 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 produces 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque
- Representing a balance of daily driving performance, dynamic design and benchmark technologies, the 2018 Audi S4 will go on sale Spring 2017
With enhanced performance and benchmark technologies, combined with a more dynamic design, the all-new 2018 Audi S4 offers customers versatility, with seating for up to four and the quickness and competence that is expected from Audi S models.
Anyone who’s a fan of James Bond will remember the iconic Lotus Esprit casually driving onto the beach after a little underwater adventure. I think it was one of the classic movie moments of my youth, so much so that I even had a model replica of said car, complete with real firing missile launchers above the engine bay that fired tiny orange missiles that were lost to the naked eye of an 8 year old within about 10 minutes of first use.
Anyway, it appears I’m not the only one with fond memories of that car, as Lotus has released the Evora Sport 410 decked out in a very similar fashion to that old Esprit. Below is all the official words from the press release, but the important part is that it will come to the US! 🙂
Today Ferrari announced their latest release, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and it sure does look super fast. With 789 bhp and 530 ft.-lb. of torque, linked to a dual clutch gearbox, the 6.5 liter V12 can propel the car to 60 in 2.9 seconds, and a kinda ridiculous top speed of 212. mph.
This will be the first Ferrari with electric steering, which has me a little worried, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see the reviews to find out if they’ve mastered the art of feel through the new system.
There’s a bunch of active management going on with the airflow, with various flaps controlled automatically to address the cars and to keep it firmly stuck to the road, no matter what the speed.
The car has the typical stylish Ferrari interior, with the huge metal gear shifters, and all of the controls housed on the multi-function steering wheel.
I guess the only thing left to say is pretty obvious – I want one!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out Bring a Trailer, you really should. Lots of very cool cars for sale all the time, and an incredibly well informed bunch of readers who supply suitable questions and comments on the various cars. Of course, it’s ridiculously addictive as the bids for cars come in close the deadline, and I’m just happy my bank account is a little bare to prevent me from being tempted into the car in the photo, or something like this. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
Adding this program (along with comparable Porsche and Audi efforts) are added to my bucket list.
- Pure McLaren announces its first ice driving experience – Pure McLaren Arctic Experience
- Set 200 miles into the Arctic Circle in one of the most expansive winter testing facilities in the world
- The only winter driving experience to feature the McLaren Sports Series
Pure McLaren has announced its inaugural ice driving experience, taking place in January 2017. Set against the backdrop of northern Finland, 200 miles into the Arctic Circle, Pure McLaren Arctic Experience will be the only ice driving programme in the world to offer the thrill of the multi-award winning McLaren Sports Series.
The programme is designed to give guests an extraordinary experience on snow-covered roads and ice track. Like all Pure McLaren events, the exhilarating programme is tailored to the driver’s needs to help them achieve their goals, whether that’s mastering the infamous Scandinavian flick or building their confidence in challenging driving conditions. The team of professional driver coaches from Pure McLaren are working with renowned winter testing facility Test World, a leading proving ground based in Ivalo, Finland, to provide one of the most varied ice driving experiences available. Test World’s expansive grounds coupled with Pure McLaren’s professional drive team provide a safe and secure environment to learn and practice in.
Guests will experience the multi-award winning McLaren 570S Coupé,tackling a variety of track configurations, encompassing both ice and snow surfaces. The exhilaration continues away from the track with Pure McLaren teaming up with local travel provider Luxury Action to offer an exciting programme of winter activities, including a husky safari and snowmobile expedition. Accommodation will be provided in the beautiful Jávri Lodge, the former home of the President of Finland. Here guests will enjoy the very best of Finnish hospitality in a remote location nestled within the untamed Lappish wilderness. Built by Urho Kekkonen, the longest serving President of Finland, it is set amongst vast lakes and forests and is in an ideal position for viewing the Northern Lights.
The Pure McLaren Arctic Experience will take place from January 15 to February 3, 2017 and offers groups of up to 14 guests a three night stay. The event is open for drivers and non-drivers, McLaren owners and non-owners and will be the first Pure McLaren activity of a busy 2017 schedule.
PURE McLAREN ARCTIC EXPERIENCE
Transfers from Ivalo Airport to JávriLodge are included
Winter wear provided suitable for the environment
Prices start from £12,500 per person
Before you go any further, I have to warn you. This post will be long. BMW released a whole bunch of details about their upcoming 5-series and so I thought I may as well post it all and you can decide for yourself which bits you care about, and which ones you don’t. The bit I really care about won’t be there (yet) – namely, what’s it like to drive, is the steering completely devoid of all feel like the last version, and has BMW seen the error of their recent ways and gone back to pushing out sporty luxurious cars, rather than just luxurious cars? Anyway, without further ado……
The formula for success continues with the 7th generation of the most successful premium sedan, the all-new BMW 5 Series. Over 7.6 million BMW 5 Series have been sold worldwide since 1972 and since 1975 over 1 million units in the U.S. alone. The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been entirely newly developed allowing for a significant weight loss of up to 137 lbs with the use of magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel. Thanks to the available state of the art chassis systems including Integral Active Steering now combinable with xDrive (BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system), Driver and Parking Assistance Systems and Adaptive Mode including Dynamic Damper Control, the all-new BMW 5 Series once more defines the athletic and executive design of a true sport sedan. Featuring a new user interface (iDrive 6.0), Gesture Control, the latest generation of Head-Up Display, Remote 3D View and an improved Voice Control with natural voice input, the 2017 BMW 5 Series marks a new era of personalized connectivity. The BMW 5 Series is the most innovative BMW 5 Series to date, combining unique driving dynamics using Remote Control Parking and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems clearing the way towards semi-automated driving.
The all-new BMW 5 Series will be available at U.S. dealers in February 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.
BMW of North America announced today the return of BMW Films with “The Escape,” a short film from Academy Award® nominated director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”) featuring original BMW Films star and Oscar® nominated actor Clive Owen (“Closer,” “Children of Men”), who reprises his role as The Driver. Presented as an homage to the 15th anniversary of the original BMW Film series, “The Escape” also stars Dakota Fanning (“War of the Worlds,” “I am Sam”), Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher,” “Daredevil”) and Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga(“The Departed,” “Up in the Air”). “The Escape” will premiere on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. EST on BMWFilms.com.
Marking the anniversary of its landmark lap times when testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, two new videos of the Lotus 3-Eleven in full flight have been released, allowing enthusiasts to experience the car’s visceral, white-knuckle ride around the “Green Hell” for themselves.
Since the car’s appearance at the Nürburgring, deliveries of the hypercar-humbling Lotus have begun with the first lucky owners finding out what this road-legal racer is truly capable of. Speaking about the car’s Nordschleife debut, Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Group Lotus plc said, “The 3-Eleven’s time on the track gave us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate its phenomenal pace. It’s the fastest, most focused production road car to ever leave the Lotus factory, and remains true to our values of intelligent and efficient engineering. However, you don’t need to be a professional racing driver in order to tap its potential, and it will embarrass so-called hypercars with six-figure price tags. It remains the perfect template for how we will approach the design of all Lotus sports cars in the future”
With lightweight carbon composite bodywork as standard, the Lotus 3-Eleven has a dry weight of 890 kg and maximum power of 460 hp (Race version). This provides an enviable power-to-weight ratio of 517 hp per tonne, and the car is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds ahead of a maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The Road version with a dry weight of 925 kg and a maximum power of 410 hp reaches 60 mph in 3.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
The videos also show how driver Marc Basseng had to deal with other cars also on the Nordschleife circuit during the evening public sessions. In what was its first turn of a wheel outside of Lotus’ Hethel HQ, Marc was one of three different drivers helping to develop the car – each one with individual areas of expertise and focussing on aerodynamics, engine calibration, chassis tuning and suspension geometry.