Target 290mph: it’s Hennessey’s Venom F5


EXCLUSIVE: TG brings you the 1400bhp twin-turbo Texan aiming to smash the production speed record. Be afraid.

Here it is, a world-first look at Hennessey’s Venom F5, Texas’s V8 twin-turbo hyper-thing aiming not just to go quicker than the 268mph Veyron Super Sport, but blow the pesky Bugatti into the weeds, targeting a top speed of 290mph. Perhaps even more.

"I think something in the 290mph range will be possible," boss John Hennessey tells TG in an exclusive interview. Normally a claim so big from a manufacturer so small should be taken with a pretty hefty helping of scepticism. But don’t forget Hennessey has form.
As you’ll likely be aware, earlier this year Hennessey’s first hypercar, the 1,244bhp Venom, hit 270.49mph on Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center runway: faster than the Veyron Super Sport’s 269.86mph recorded vmax (the Bugatti’s official 267.86mph figure, if you’re wondering, was the average of its upwind and downwind runs at Ehra-Lessien). [x]

Target 290mph: it’s Hennessey’s Venom F5

EXCLUSIVE: TG brings you the 1400bhp twin-turbo Texan aiming to smash the production speed record. Be afraid.

Here it is, a world-first look at Hennessey’s Venom F5, Texas’s V8 twin-turbo hyper-thing aiming not just to go quicker than the 268mph Veyron Super Sport, but blow the pesky Bugatti into the weeds, targeting a top speed of 290mph. Perhaps even more.

"I think something in the 290mph range will be possible," boss John Hennessey tells TG in an exclusive interview. Normally a claim so big from a manufacturer so small should be taken with a pretty hefty helping of scepticism. But don’t forget Hennessey has form.

As you’ll likely be aware, earlier this year Hennessey’s first hypercar, the 1,244bhp Venom, hit 270.49mph on Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center runway: faster than the Veyron Super Sport’s 269.86mph recorded vmax (the Bugatti’s official 267.86mph figure, if you’re wondering, was the average of its upwind and downwind runs at Ehra-Lessien). [x]

Nissan prepares the Note Nismo

Yep, that just happened: Japan to get a modified Note ‘built for speed’

Nismo, Nissan’s official tuning arm, has announced that it will build a sporty, modified version of its Note mini-MPV. It’s called the Note Nismo.

Yep, you can brush aside you GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo; now the game’s all about mini-MPVs. Nissan has confirmed that this little speed-merchant will be available in two grades, the Note Nismo and the Note Nismo S.
It’s been built to celebrate Nismo’s 30th anniversary, and will feature a “specially tuned engine” with a five-speed manual gearbox, providing a “fruitful supply of low-end torque”. We are crossing all fingers and toes that this specially tuned engine is the GT-R’s twin-turbo V6. We appreciate just how unlikely this is, but whatever. [x]

Nissan prepares the Note Nismo

Yep, that just happened: Japan to get a modified Note ‘built for speed’

Nismo, Nissan’s official tuning arm, has announced that it will build a sporty, modified version of its Note mini-MPV. It’s called the Note Nismo.

Yep, you can brush aside you GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo; now the game’s all about mini-MPVs. Nissan has confirmed that this little speed-merchant will be available in two grades, the Note Nismo and the Note Nismo S.

It’s been built to celebrate Nismo’s 30th anniversary, and will feature a “specially tuned engine” with a five-speed manual gearbox, providing a “fruitful supply of low-end torque”. We are crossing all fingers and toes that this specially tuned engine is the GT-R’s twin-turbo V6. We appreciate just how unlikely this is, but whatever. [x]

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It’s Aston’s Lagonda super saloon


Aston Martin revives Lagonda badge for range-topping four-door for the Middle East

Aston Martin has announced it will revive the ‘Lagonda’ badge for a limited run of an exclusive new super saloon.

The as-yet unnamed Aston Martin Lagonda four-door supercar will hit production early next year, and promises to be “the fastest of fast cars”, though at present, it’s only being offered exclusively for the Middle East. Blame ‘market demand’, or something.
Though Aston is being coy with the details, we’re told the car will sit on the firm’s ageing VH chassis architecture - on which all current Aston Martins are based - and will take design inspiration from the boxy, wedge-shaped Lagonda of 1976. That’s right, the company has decided to use the 1970s as design inspiration. [x]

It’s Aston’s Lagonda super saloon

Aston Martin revives Lagonda badge for range-topping four-door for the Middle East

Aston Martin has announced it will revive the ‘Lagonda’ badge for a limited run of an exclusive new super saloon.

The as-yet unnamed Aston Martin Lagonda four-door supercar will hit production early next year, and promises to be “the fastest of fast cars”, though at present, it’s only being offered exclusively for the Middle East. Blame ‘market demand’, or something.

Though Aston is being coy with the details, we’re told the car will sit on the firm’s ageing VH chassis architecture - on which all current Aston Martins are based - and will take design inspiration from the boxy, wedge-shaped Lagonda of 1976. That’s right, the company has decided to use the 1970s as design inspiration. [x]

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The new Bugatti is coming in 2016


Head of VW Group design confirms next hypercar is on its way. And it will be ‘art’

Get ready. The head of Volkswagen Group design has confirmed to TopGear.com that work on the next Bugatti model is well underway, with an expected launch in early 2016.
Walter de Silva, who has headed up VW Group’s design since 2007, said “we’re working hard at Bugatti, but don’t worry, it’s coming. I cannot predict exactly, but at the end of 2015 or early 2016, we’ll see the new Bugatti.”

De Silva wouldn’t confirm exactly what form this new car would take, but did concede that it “won’t be a Veyron replacement, it’ll be more than that. We’re investigating all avenues at the moment”.

He remained confident, however, it will be something incredible. “For me, Bugatti is not a car,” de Silva said, “it is a piece of art. You have to understand this. You are in another range when you talk about Bugatti. No, forget that, you play in another league with Bugatti. When you buy a Bugatti, you buy a piece of art. It’s a story, and I would like to transfer the Bugatti idea in this way.” [x]

The new Bugatti is coming in 2016

Head of VW Group design confirms next hypercar is on its way. And it will be ‘art’

Get ready. The head of Volkswagen Group design has confirmed to TopGear.com that work on the next Bugatti model is well underway, with an expected launch in early 2016.

Walter de Silva, who has headed up VW Group’s design since 2007, said “we’re working hard at Bugatti, but don’t worry, it’s coming. I cannot predict exactly, but at the end of 2015 or early 2016, we’ll see the new Bugatti.”

De Silva wouldn’t confirm exactly what form this new car would take, but did concede that it “won’t be a Veyron replacement, it’ll be more than that. We’re investigating all avenues at the moment”.

He remained confident, however, it will be something incredible. “For me, Bugatti is not a car,” de Silva said, “it is a piece of art. You have to understand this. You are in another range when you talk about Bugatti. No, forget that, you play in another league with Bugatti. When you buy a Bugatti, you buy a piece of art. It’s a story, and I would like to transfer the Bugatti idea in this way.” [x]

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Bentley to build two-seat RWD sports car?


Crewe boss Durheimer confirms next year’s SUV will be followed by ‘fifth model line’. Is it an Aston Vantage rival?
Bentley could follow next year’s SUV with a return to two-seat sports cars to sit below the Continental GT, according to incoming boss Wolfgang Durheimer.
Durheimer – returning to Bentley’s top seat after a two-year absence – stated that, after the arrival of the SUV late in 2015, Bentley will introduce a fifth model line, following Conti GT, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and that SUV.


Though he was clear the shape of that fifth model has not yet been decided, Durheimer admitted it had been narrowed down to the choice of two: either an as-yet-unspecified model to sit between £150,000 Conti GT and £230,000 Mulsanne, or a two-seater sports car that could undercut the cheapest Continental GT. TopGear knows which of these it wants to see.

So how might an entry-level, two-seat Bentley look? Well, it seems unlikely it’d clock in cheap enough to rival, say, the Jaguar F-Type. When TopGear asked if he could imagine a Bentley half the price of the cheapest Continental GT – meaning a tag somewhere around £65,000 – Durheimer seemed reluctant to stoop so low. [x]

Bentley to build two-seat RWD sports car?

Crewe boss Durheimer confirms next year’s SUV will be followed by ‘fifth model line’. Is it an Aston Vantage rival?

Bentley could follow next year’s SUV with a return to two-seat sports cars to sit below the Continental GT, according to incoming boss Wolfgang Durheimer.

Durheimer – returning to Bentley’s top seat after a two-year absence – stated that, after the arrival of the SUV late in 2015, Bentley will introduce a fifth model line, following Conti GT, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and that SUV.

Though he was clear the shape of that fifth model has not yet been decided, Durheimer admitted it had been narrowed down to the choice of two: either an as-yet-unspecified model to sit between £150,000 Conti GT and £230,000 Mulsanne, or a two-seater sports car that could undercut the cheapest Continental GT. TopGear knows which of these it wants to see.

So how might an entry-level, two-seat Bentley look? Well, it seems unlikely it’d clock in cheap enough to rival, say, the Jaguar F-Type. When TopGear asked if he could imagine a Bentley half the price of the cheapest Continental GT – meaning a tag somewhere around £65,000 – Durheimer seemed reluctant to stoop so low. [x]

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justjezza:

Grr.  Look at me.  I’m on a motorbike.

justjezza:

Grr.  Look at me.  I’m on a motorbike.

Road Test: Ferrari California T

Self-appointed guardians of Ferrari’s soul gave the company a right kicking when it launched the California five years ago. Apparently, to build a relatively usable convertible was none of Ferrari’s business. Even though some of its past greats, like the 330 GTS and 250 GT California, were exactly that format. And, actually, the California has been one of the best-selling Ferraris ever.
Now there’s another storm brewing because the new California, the T, has a turbocharged engine. Again, the voices are raised that it’s not what we want from Ferrari, thank you very much. Even though some of the past greats, such as the 288 GTO and F40, also had just that sort of engine.
Hey, be happy people… it’s not like it’s a diesel SUV or anything. But the decision to go turbo always carried a risk, openly acknowledged by Ferrari engineers, that the result would emerge bereft of the blazing-fast throttle response, primal scream and dizzying revs that make the current generation of Ferrari engines so life-enhancing.
If Ferrari knew it was risky, why do it? Fuel consumption. Contrary to myth, Ferrari can’t just lose its thirst and CO2 numbers in the giant bulk of Fiat’s average. For this purpose, it stands independently. But neither is it bound to the same 90g/km target as the mass manufacturers. Ferrari, along with McLaren, Aston and others, gets an exemption as a small manufacturer, but only so long as it shows willing and gets its CO2 onto a clear downward trend. The Cali T has dropped to 250g/km from the old V8’s 299, and they say the real-world consumption will fall in similar ratio. [x]

Road Test: Ferrari California T

Self-appointed guardians of Ferrari’s soul gave the company a right kicking when it launched the California five years ago. Apparently, to build a relatively usable convertible was none of Ferrari’s business. Even though some of its past greats, like the 330 GTS and 250 GT California, were exactly that format. And, actually, the California has been one of the best-selling Ferraris ever.

Now there’s another storm brewing because the new California, the T, has a turbocharged engine. Again, the voices are raised that it’s not what we want from Ferrari, thank you very much. Even though some of the past greats, such as the 288 GTO and F40, also had just that sort of engine.

Hey, be happy people… it’s not like it’s a diesel SUV or anything. But the decision to go turbo always carried a risk, openly acknowledged by Ferrari engineers, that the result would emerge bereft of the blazing-fast throttle response, primal scream and dizzying revs that make the current generation of Ferrari engines so life-enhancing.

If Ferrari knew it was risky, why do it? Fuel consumption. Contrary to myth, Ferrari can’t just lose its thirst and CO2 numbers in the giant bulk of Fiat’s average. For this purpose, it stands independently. But neither is it bound to the same 90g/km target as the mass manufacturers. Ferrari, along with McLaren, Aston and others, gets an exemption as a small manufacturer, but only so long as it shows willing and gets its CO2 onto a clear downward trend. The Cali T has dropped to 250g/km from the old V8’s 299, and they say the real-world consumption will fall in similar ratio. [x]

It’s the 565bhp Aston Vantage S Roadster!

 It’s the brand new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster; an Aston that uses the excellent recipe of small car, bloody huge engine and rear-wheel-drive. And as you can see, it’s a pretty, squat little thing. It’s also really bloody fast.
Well, fast for an Aston, anyway. It’s basically the V12 Vantage Swithout a roof, and in doing so becomes the fastest-accelerating Aston Roadster ever built.
This is largely thanks to the same ‘AM28’ 6.0-litre V12 that features in the Vantage S Coupe. And because the roof comes down, you can revel in the noise of that simply marvellous 6.0-litre V12 even more. [x]

It’s the 565bhp Aston Vantage S Roadster!

 It’s the brand new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster; an Aston that uses the excellent recipe of small car, bloody huge engine and rear-wheel-drive. And as you can see, it’s a pretty, squat little thing. It’s also really bloody fast.

Well, fast for an Aston, anyway. It’s basically the V12 Vantage Swithout a roof, and in doing so becomes the fastest-accelerating Aston Roadster ever built.

This is largely thanks to the same ‘AM28’ 6.0-litre V12 that features in the Vantage S Coupe. And because the roof comes down, you can revel in the noise of that simply marvellous 6.0-litre V12 even more. [x]

(Source: richmond-hammard)

The Perfect Road Trip’s Priciest Rides

The cars featured in Top Gear’s The Perfect Road Trip special are a sight to see, but do you ever wonder how much it would cost to take them for a joyride?
Let’s countdown the priciest rides Richard and Jeremy take on their whirlwind tour of Europe.
12) Model T Ford

The model T Ford was the best-selling car in it’s hay day (the car reached mass production in 1908). Jeremy and Richard have some trouble maneuvering this piece of vehicular history but they sure look good doing it. In the 1900s, it would only cost you $825, but to get this showroom trophy on the road today it’d be about $18,000.
11) Ford Fiesta ST


For about $22,000 you can take on steep inclines and curvy roads like Richard did in the Ford Fiesta ST. This push-to-start hatchback can reach 197 horsepower, boasts aluminum pedals, and comes equipped with SYNC (a voice-activated entertainment system from MyFord Touch).
10) VW Golf GTI


On their way from Bra, Italy to the French Riviera, Jeremy and Richard trade in their luxury cars for more economical modes of transport. Jeremy cruises down the switchback roads in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The MSRP going rate for this car is $24,995.

You can continue reading the rest of the article over here and watch Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip tonight, July 14th at 9/8c on BBC America.

The Perfect Road Trip’s Priciest Rides

The cars featured in Top Gear’s The Perfect Road Trip special are a sight to see, but do you ever wonder how much it would cost to take them for a joyride?

Let’s countdown the priciest rides Richard and Jeremy take on their whirlwind tour of Europe.

12) Model T Ford

The model T Ford was the best-selling car in it’s hay day (the car reached mass production in 1908). Jeremy and Richard have some trouble maneuvering this piece of vehicular history but they sure look good doing it. In the 1900s, it would only cost you $825, but to get this showroom trophy on the road today it’d be about $18,000.

11) Ford Fiesta ST

For about $22,000 you can take on steep inclines and curvy roads like Richard did in the Ford Fiesta ST. This push-to-start hatchback can reach 197 horsepower, boasts aluminum pedals, and comes equipped with SYNC (a voice-activated entertainment system from MyFord Touch).

10) VW Golf GTI

On their way from Bra, Italy to the French Riviera, Jeremy and Richard trade in their luxury cars for more economical modes of transport. Jeremy cruises down the switchback roads in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The MSRP going rate for this car is $24,995.

You can continue reading the rest of the article over here and watch Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip tonight, July 14th at 9/8c on BBC America.