2018 BMW M5 – 600 BHP!

I could use so many excuses for not posting over the last few months, but lets just move onto the just announced 2018 M5, with it’s astounding 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. Yip, you read that right – 3.2 seconds for a 0-60 in a family saloon. Wow.

I’ll post the whole press release after the jump so you can catch it, but here’s the highlights

  • The 6th generation BMW M5 is the quickest most technologically advanced M-vehicle to date: 0–60 mph in a lightning-quick 3.2 seconds; 0–124 mph in just 11.1 seconds. Top speed: 189 mph with optional M Driver’s Package.
  • The latest generation M TwinPower Turbo technology 4.4-liter V8 engine develops 600 hp and peak torque of 553 lb-ft.
  • Debut of the first ever BMW M xDrive system with 2WD capability.
  • M compound brakes fitted as standard. Available M carbon ceramic brakes provide a 50 lb. unsprung weight reduction.
  • Like all M models, the chassis was honed on the world’s most challenging race circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
  • Reduced weight by intelligent use of materials such as a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and a weight-optimized exhaust system.
  • Exceptional performance both in day-to-day driving and on the racetrack.
  • BMW M5 First Edition with exclusive specification available in limited 50 unit run in the US.

 

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New BMW 8 Series On The Way

Although BMW have stated this is just a concept at this time, a rumored 8-series has been on the cards for a number of years, and this is likely to be pretty close to the final production model which is no doubt coming soon. Full BMW words with the announcement are below.

The BMW Group is using this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to unveil the BMW Concept 8 Series, the essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study. The study car will serve as a taster of a forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history. The NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy sees the BMW Group aiming to significantly increase sales and revenues in the luxury class, and the BMW 8 Series Coupe plays an important role here. “The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explains Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger. “The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.”

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Ford GT Video

Oh my word….

Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si

If you really can’t wait for the Type R version to arrive in the States, or don’t have the extra $10k+ it will require to purchase it, Honda will kindly let you buy a nice shiny new Civic Si starting tomorrow. Although the power specs don’t look like much of an improvement over the last version, the fact it’s got a turbo charger in there means much more go from way down low, along with the very real possibility of a big bump with a little mild tuning on the ECU. Anyway, full press release below with all the additional info you might be craving.

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The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan will go on sale at Honda dealerships beginning tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 starting at $23,900 for either the Si Coupe or Si Sedan. The exciting and dynamic Civic Si duo, revealed just last month, are the latest and sportiest additions to the 10th-generation Civic lineup, the most ambitious remake of Civic in the model’s 44-year history.

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Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition

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Continuing the runaway success of Lotus’ return to North America, the legendary British Sportscar maker has unveiled a unique Evora Sport 410 in one of the company’s most famous liveries, as order books open for the sensational sports car in the US and Canada.

Available in the new GP Edition colour scheme, as well as Lotus’ standard array of paint options, the new Lotus Evora Sport 410 for North America is the lightest and most focused iteration of the Evora, and joins the benchmark Evora 400 in the company’s line-up as a fully type approved model. It is also the fastest road-going Lotus ever sold in the US, clocking 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs and a top speed of 190 mph. A literal translation of Lotus’ simplify then add lightness manifesto, this new 2017 MY Federal version has undergone considerable development to meet the specific demands of the North American market, and minimising mass has remained a priority.

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Audi RS3 – American Launch Details

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Available for the first time in the U.S., the 2018 Audi RS 3 will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show.

As the first compact Audi sedan to wear the RS badge, the RS 3 delivers unrivaled performance in its segment, coupled with a high level of everyday functionality. Specifically developed for the US market, the RS 3 is equipped with the storied Audi five-cylinder engine which produces its unique sound and features RS-specific interior and exterior design details, offering customers an attractive entry point into the Audi Sport lineup.

Powertrain and Performance

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The RS 3 features the all-new 2.5L TFSI® engine paired with a seven-speed S tronic® dual clutch transmission. Producing 400 hp, the five-cylinder engine has a total displacement of 2.5 liters which equates to 160 hp per liter. The maximum torque of 354 lb-ft is available at engine speeds as low as 1,700 rpm and remains constant up to 5,850 rpm. As a result, the RS 3 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top track speed of 155 mph, or increased to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.

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Porsche Shooting Brake – The Holy Grail is here

Panamera Sport Turismo

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.

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Lamborghini Huracan Performance sets new ‘Ring record

2018 Audi S4 Details

2018 Audi S4

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.

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Lotus Evora Sport 410

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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.

Evora 410 Sport James Bond

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! 🙂

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