New Lamborghini Huracan – Photo’s Leaked

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Internet leaked ahead of the official launch, courtesy of http://www.autofilou.at/ – head over there for a few more pics.Lamborghini Huracan 4

Needless to say, I love it. I was lucky enough to drive a Gallardo for 24 hours (thank you wife!!!) and I’ve never had so much attention on the road in my life. No doubt it wouldn’t be any less in this fantastic machine.

Lamborghini Huracan 2Love the fact you can tell immediately it’s a Lambo, but the shape is a little more modern than the Gallardo (even though the Gallardo has managed to stay looking fresh after more than 10 years on the roads).

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2014 BMW M3 and M4 – Details are out

2015 M3 FrontSo a day earlier than predicted, a few pics and some details are out about the upcoming M3 and M4. Many things are as expected , but now with added detail. The 3.0-litre straight six comes with a pair of mono-scroll blowers, returning 431bhp with a 7,600rpm redline, and 406lb ft of torque. The old naturally aspirated V8 made 414bhp and 295lb ft, so the big difference is the huge torque improvement with the use of the turbo’s rather than the large cylinder V8. And a 7600 redline is pretty damn impressive for a turbo’d engine – that’s almost the same as my beloved S54 engine in the E46.

2015 M4 Rear Three QuarterSo what else is there – I guess the other big thing is the weight. As they M Division guys had semi-leaked earlier this year, the target was the keep weight down to around the level of the old E46, and they did that – the M4 (two door coupe version in case you hadn’t worked out BMW’s new way of describing the M3 Coupe) coming in at 1500KG or 3300 lbs, and the M3 with it’s extra doors to carry around (although this time getting the same carbon fibre rood as the coupe) an extra 23 kg (50 lbs).

2015 M3 InteriorThe interior looks pretty nice (and just to confirm, this will be available in manual as well as DCT), and for some reason, the M logo in the seat backrest lights up.

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Official 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) is listed at 4.3 secs with the manual gearbox, and 4.1 with the DCT, which in US magazine terms will mean they’re shooting for below 4 seconds I would imagine. And that’s before anyone does any sort of engine tuning, which is probably much easier now that there are turbos involved.

And the pics showing the yellow calipers are the visual confirmation (but also confirmed with the leaked partial spec sheet) that carbon ceramic brakes will be an option. No doubt pricier than you really want to know, but they’ll save you some of that all-important unsprung weight.

2015 M4 Front three quartersIf you need to glean a few more details, there’s plenty on the Top Gear page here, and more high res pics of both cars and the options codes and list at Bimmerboost.com. I do believe this may have pushed my purchasing decision for next year over the line towards the BMW camp, rather than grabbing a 997 – lets hope the reviews are good, and the obvious fears about steering feel in this model are unfounded, and we could have a winner. Plus it’ll even fit the kids car seats in the back – what more could you want?

UPDATE – Full set of official high res photos are now uploaded for your viewing and downloading pleasure here.

And the full official press release 131211_The_new_BMW_M3_Sedan_and_new_BMW_M4_Coupe

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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