The y haven’t released the exact time (maybe it didn’t beat the Porsche 918 of 6:58??) but anything under 7 is ridiculously fast. And the video they released to accompany the announcement is pretty much awesome personified.
It must be the week for American car announcements with Chevy and Ford competing for attention in the press. Ford’s effort after the Chevy Z06 announcement yesterday is more details (and lots of pics) of the new 2015 Mustang.
The interior looks like it’s had a suitable spruce up as well – I drove one of the last model cars a while ago (Hertz rental when cavorting around Arizona) and the interior was a plastic piece of crap to be honest.
Big news this time around is they’re finally ditching the solid rear axle for a fully independent rear suspension (yeah!) so you’ve now hopefully got a semi decent chance of getting around a corner with a bump in the middle of it (98.7% of corners back home in England) without losing your car into a tree.
And, the one that I think might be a little harder for the US market to take – a 2.3 liter turbo EcoBoost engine. I’m sure it’ll perform pretty well – just not sure many of the usual Mustang purchasers are willing to fess up to that small of an engine when they rock up in their shiny new sports car. I guess we’ll see.
Anyway, release is scheduled for late 2014, so plenty of time for more details to come out – Ford has their website updated here if you want to check it out, and sign up for direct emails when more info is released.
The all-new Corvette Z06 will make its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Production is expected to begin in late 2014. Chevrolet released one little teaser of a photo, but it’s enough for me to stop obsessing over the regular stingray car configurator and wait for the details on this model. Can’t wait!
Taking the actual data from Senna’s car at the 89 Grand Prix, Honda recreated his drive using light and sound.
(video link courtesy of my little brother back in the UK)
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster made its public debut on board the Italian naval aircraft carrier Nave Cavour, because, when you’re only going to make 9 of the things (ever), you may as well go a little overboard with the debut. I didn’t get an invite to the ceremony, but it was docked in Abu Dhabi for the party. Maybe next time Lamborghini?
With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. It’s driven by a twelve-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. And a bargain at only 3.3 million Euros (before tax of course).
As top notch as usual. If you ever think you’re turning into a good driver, try and emulate a few of these moves in a confined space.
The car that has been talked about for at least the last 10 years seems like it’s finally making a little more progress in the never ending trek to public release. The nice folks at Honda supplied the pic, along with the announcement at the Tokyo Motor Show that the car will use a V6 engine with a couple of turbos bolted on. Rumors of an 8 speed flappy paddle gearbox being specifically developed for this model are also doing the rounds – I had long given up any sort of hope that this would come with a manual gearbox.
The “Design Vision GTI” ups the ante with 503 hp, developed at 6500 rpm. Just like the engine in the regular GTI, the concept car has a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine — except that this is a 3.0-liter V6 using twin turbochargers instead of a 2.0-liter four cylinder with a single turbo. Two three-way catalytic converters are arranged close to the engine to optimize emissions behavior. The V6 TSI engine develops 369 pound-feet of torque from as low as 2000 rpm, with a maximum figure of 413 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.
All this power and torque is distributed to the wheels via a DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. With this powertrain and a specially tuned chassis, the “Design Vision GTI” eats any type of racetrack. On a dragstrip, it will sprint from zero to 62 mph in an impressive 3.9 seconds.
And the big surprise right out of the gate (given we all knew it was going to look absolutely drop dead gorgeous) is that Jaguar have the good sense to release the R model up front with the expected V6 and V8 S versions. There’s going to be more pics and details released this week at the auto show (not just the bits and pieces that came out last night for the VIP party release), but the important things to note are – released for sale in the US in Spring 2014, and watch this video (preferably with the sound turned way up).
And now we have the full press release, with the important details being prices Porsche is going to be fretting a little given the reviews the new 911 has been getting and this model coming right inbetween prices for that and the Cayman S (with the necessary option boxes ticked)
F-TYPE Coupe $65,000
F-TYPE S Coupe $77,000
F-TYPE R Coupe $99,000
At a glance details from Jaguar:
- Originally penned as the C-X16 concept car by Ian Callum, the F-TYPE Coupe brings that concept car design to reality
- The new F-TYPE Coupe model line-up is headlined by the F-TYPE R Coupe, with a 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8 engine, enabling acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (limited)2
- The F-TYPE Coupe is built on a rigid bonded and riveted all-aluminum platform
- Second-generation Electronic Active Differential3and All-new Torque Vectoring system3 to deliver enhanced agility and handling at the limit
- V6-powered models complete the range, powered by 380hp and 340hp 3-liter supercharged V6 engines, giving 0-60 mph2in 4.8/5.1 seconds and top speeds of 171 and 161 mph respectively
- An optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm (15.7/15-inch) discs front/rear will be available after introduction
- ZF Eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central
- SportShift lever
- The F-TYPE Coupe has ample trunk space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – with an available power assisted tailgate
- The F-TYPE Coupe complements the “2013 World Car Design of the Year” winner, the F-TYPE Convertible
- The F-TYPE Coupe range adds to the existing three-car F-TYPE Convertible model line-up; the V6-engined F-TYPE (340hp) and F-TYPE S (380hp), and the F-TYPE V8 S (495hp), which launched last year