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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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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Porsche Cayman GT4

Porsche Cayman GT4

Well, Porsche finally did what we all wanted them to do ever since the Cayman first graced this world – made a version that was actually faster than a 911. And from the looks of it all, they have done an exceptional job with this GT4 performance version. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment.

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The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Interior

The interior of the Cayman GT4 focuses on maximizing the experience of unfiltered driving enjoyment for both driver and passenger. Standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara®, offer excellent lateral support. The new Cayman GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.

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The starting MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. If you’re in the market for a new car that can give you huge grins on your commute and at the weekend track visits, I can’t imagine this being very far from the top of your list. Definitely in the want category for me….

Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin LagondaWhen I was a young boy, I loved the car you see above – I’m not sure why – it was mixed among the usual desires for 911’s, Countach’s and the ultimate favorite Ferrari 288 GTO.  There was just something about it (maybe it was the sheer size of the hood/bonnet).

2015 Aston Martin LagondaAnyway, the guys at Aston must have liked it as well, as they’ve decided to come back out with a new version. And this isn’t some one off prototype – these are the first production images. Take a look and let me know what you think of the modern version.

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Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Mercedes S Class Coupe 2014Just in case you really liked the regular S-Class, but thought it either had too many doors or wasn’t pretty enough, the nice folks at Mercedes have you covered.

209286_2015 S-Class Coupe (3)The new S-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupe with modern luxury and state-of-the art technology” is the official line. 

209338_2015 S-Class Coupe (26)The big news with this car is the introduction of what Mercedes are calling Active Curve Tilting Function (those Germans like their romantic names, don’t they?). The vehicle leans into bends much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle’s occupants. On country roads in particular, this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for the occupants. Allegedly……

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New Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy 2014I almost titled this Subaru releases a Ford Fusion as their new model, but maybe I’m being a little over critical. I thought we had finally gotten over the period where most manufacturers conspired to let marketing groups design their new cars so everything looked pretty much the same.

207598_060214sub-dMaybe it’s because Subaru actually did a good job in the past of standing out from the crowd a little, and this has somehow disappeared.

Subaru Legacy 2015 interiorAs has also lost the 2.5 liter turbo’d engine that you could get a decent Cobb tune to push it up towards 400 bhp for the ultimate Q-car – none turbo or a modified version of the old 3.6 liter V6 are the only options on the new version. Oh yeah, and standard CVT on all models – blurrgh. Available in the summer if you really have to.

2015 Ford Mustang Details and Pics

2015 Ford MustangIt 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.

2015 Ford Mustang GrillAs you can see from the pics, they’ve kept with the traditional styling while still making it a little bit more modern.

interior-sunglassesThe 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.

2015 Ford Mustang three quarter viewBig 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.

2015 Ford Mustang wheelAnd, 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.

2015 Ford Mustang CockpitAnyway, 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.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Veneno Roadster 3The 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?

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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).

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2015 Honda (or Acura over here) NSX

Honda NSX 2015The 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.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrri_Speciale_1I’m trying not to make this a Ferrari only site, but just found the first bit of news on the new hotter Ferrari 458 – the Speciale – is out on the Top Gear website.

Ferrri_Speciale_4And just like the name, it is speciale. You can head over to the site for all the info, but it’s lighter, faster, and basically follows on from the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, making it even better on the track than the “base” model. Ferrri_Speciale_2It might even be a bit of a bargain given you get the 7 years of included maintenance that all Ferraris get these days (not really, but it might be a good way to try to mentally justifying buying a car that costs more than my house). Ferrri_Speciale_5