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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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.

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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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Ferrari 812 Superfast – the latest (and greatest?)

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ferrari 812 Superfast interior

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.

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I guess the only thing left to say is pretty obvious – I want one!

The New 2017 BMW 5-Series

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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……

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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.

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