Fancy a BMW M4 art car?

This is (kind of) it. Special edition M4 celebrates BMW’s DTM victory.

If you’ve always been a bit smitten by BMW’s multi-hued art cars, then there’s a good chance you’ll be equally taken by its latest M4.

The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition - so named because BMW took the DTM championship honours at the weekend - is a rather unsubtle and very limited edition of the M4 coupe.
Just 23 will be made and the number 23 is daubed on its doors. Why the significance? It’s the racing number of Marco Wittman, who took championship honours. [x]

Fancy a BMW M4 art car?

This is (kind of) it. Special edition M4 celebrates BMW’s DTM victory.

If you’ve always been a bit smitten by BMW’s multi-hued art cars, then there’s a good chance you’ll be equally taken by its latest M4.

The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition - so named because BMW took the DTM championship honours at the weekend - is a rather unsubtle and very limited edition of the M4 coupe.

Just 23 will be made and the number 23 is daubed on its doors. Why the significance? It’s the racing number of Marco Wittman, who took championship honours. [x]

Permalink  |  110 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #bmw   #bmw m4  

Open fire: it’s Ferrari’s F60 America
Maranello’s V12 masterpiece, the 730bhp F12, loses its roof. Time to invest in ear defender stocks.


Treble espresso? Ice-cold shower? The Greatest Shoutings Of Jeremy Clarkson piped at 140 decibels? Whatever your preferred method of blowing out the cobwebs, of waking up to face the day, it’ll inevitably pale into insignificance beside this.

This is the Ferrari F60 America, effectively the open-top version of the insane F12 and quite possibly the most invigorating wake-up call on Planet Earth.The fixed-roof F12, after all, is pretty much as invigorating as a supercar can be, with its screaming, 8700rpm 6.3-litre V12 firing no fewer than 730 horses to the rear wheels, storming the two-seater north past 200mph. “You can’t even sneeze when you drive this car,” winced Clarkson when he tested the F12 in Scotland. “Because if you did … well, they’d have to hose you off the road.” [x]

Open fire: it’s Ferrari’s F60 America

Maranello’s V12 masterpiece, the 730bhp F12, loses its roof. Time to invest in ear defender stocks.

Treble espresso? Ice-cold shower? The Greatest Shoutings Of Jeremy Clarkson piped at 140 decibels? Whatever your preferred method of blowing out the cobwebs, of waking up to face the day, it’ll inevitably pale into insignificance beside this.

This is the Ferrari F60 America, effectively the open-top version of the insane F12 and quite possibly the most invigorating wake-up call on Planet Earth.

The fixed-roof F12, after all, is pretty much as invigorating as a supercar can be, with its screaming, 8700rpm 6.3-litre V12 firing no fewer than 730 horses to the rear wheels, storming the two-seater north past 200mph. “You can’t even sneeze when you drive this car,” winced Clarkson when he tested the F12 in Scotland. “Because if you did … well, they’d have to hose you off the road.” [x]

Permalink  |  168 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #ferrari   #ferrari f60 america  

Pull over! It’s the police Huracan

Eyes on mirrors, Italian drivers: The Polizia’s got itself a new 202mph Lambo.

Eyes on your rear-view mirror, it’s the new Lamborghini Huracan police car.
Depending on the strength of your predilection to flouting the law, it presents either the latest in a pleasingly offbeat lineage of blues-and-twos supercars, or the latest instalment of pure, scary evil. We’re in the former camp, obviously…

While Dubai’s police force has a fleet of slightly ridiculous ‘show cars’ – you may have seen its Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF and even a super-rare Aston Martin One-77 with lights and stripes – the Italian road traffic cops regularly press their Lambos into service. [x]

Pull over! It’s the police Huracan

Eyes on mirrors, Italian drivers: The Polizia’s got itself a new 202mph Lambo.

Eyes on your rear-view mirror, it’s the new Lamborghini Huracan police car.

Depending on the strength of your predilection to flouting the law, it presents either the latest in a pleasingly offbeat lineage of blues-and-twos supercars, or the latest instalment of pure, scary evil. We’re in the former camp, obviously…

While Dubai’s police force has a fleet of slightly ridiculous ‘show cars’ – you may have seen its Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF and even a super-rare Aston Martin One-77 with lights and stripes – the Italian road traffic cops regularly press their Lambos into service. [x]

Infiniti will build a 550bhp 4-dr supercar

More details on the Infiniti ‘Q80’; a halo saloon concept that previews a proper version.

Infiniti bosses are being remarkably un-coy about their new Q80 Inspiration concept car, launched today in Paris. Something very similar is headed for production. 
Its design communicates Infiniti’s values of “seduction and mystery”, apparently, and it has an “unmistakably romantic presence” said Infiniti design chief Alfonso Albaisa.

Well, something similar is coming to production, but without the clap-hands doors and four individual seats, maybe. But the 550bhp hybrid drivetrain, including 440bhp of all-new three-litre twin-turbo V6 and nine-speed auto, will survive to production. [x]

Infiniti will build a 550bhp 4-dr supercar

More details on the Infiniti ‘Q80’; a halo saloon concept that previews a proper version.

Infiniti bosses are being remarkably un-coy about their new Q80 Inspiration concept car, launched today in Paris. Something very similar is headed for production. 

Its design communicates Infiniti’s values of “seduction and mystery”, apparently, and it has an “unmistakably romantic presence” said Infiniti design chief Alfonso Albaisa.

Well, something similar is coming to production, but without the clap-hands doors and four individual seats, maybe. But the 550bhp hybrid drivetrain, including 440bhp of all-new three-litre twin-turbo V6 and nine-speed auto, will survive to production. [x]

It’s the new Skoda Fabia!

Skoda reveals new Fiesta rival, with claims of better economy and personalisation
This is the new Fabia, the first Skoda model to debut the company’s new design language we first saw on the ‘VisionC’ concept.

In other words, it’s Skoda’s attempt at injecting a little character and ‘emotion’ into its Fiesta-rivalling little supermini. Though it’s not that little anymore.
The new Fab, based on VW’s flexible MQB architecture, is nine centimetres wider than the car it replaces, but some three centimetres lower and a fraction shorter than the car it replaces. That should go some way to providing at least a hint of the sportiness the brand promises is inherent in the car’s styling DNA. [x]

It’s the new Skoda Fabia!

Skoda reveals new Fiesta rival, with claims of better economy and personalisation

This is the new Fabia, the first Skoda model to debut the company’s new design language we first saw on the ‘VisionC’ concept.

In other words, it’s Skoda’s attempt at injecting a little character and ‘emotion’ into its Fiesta-rivalling little supermini. Though it’s not that little anymore.

The new Fab, based on VW’s flexible MQB architecture, is nine centimetres wider than the car it replaces, but some three centimetres lower and a fraction shorter than the car it replaces. That should go some way to providing at least a hint of the sportiness the brand promises is inherent in the car’s styling DNA. [x]

Permalink  |  31 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #skoda   #skoda fabia  

It’s the new McLaren 625C!

Actually it’s not new, but a less powerful, slightly softer 650S for the Asian market.

This is not a new McLaren, but a tweaked one built for the Asian market. Extra power and extra fastness, you would presume?

Wrong. It’s called the McLaren 625C, and is a less powerful version of the 650S. As the name suggests, there are 625 somethings; in this case, 625 PS, equating to some 616bhp. That’s less than we get in Europe with our 641bhp.Then there’s the rejigged chassis. There are new dampers, a revised mechanical balance which includes softened spring rates at the rear, making it the most “refined ride of any McLaren model to date”. Slightly softer, then. [x]

It’s the new McLaren 625C!

Actually it’s not new, but a less powerful, slightly softer 650S for the Asian market.

This is not a new McLaren, but a tweaked one built for the Asian market. Extra power and extra fastness, you would presume?

Wrong. It’s called the McLaren 625C, and is a less powerful version of the 650S. As the name suggests, there are 625 somethings; in this case, 625 PS, equating to some 616bhp. That’s less than we get in Europe with our 641bhp.

Then there’s the rejigged chassis. There are new dampers, a revised mechanical balance which includes softened spring rates at the rear, making it the most “refined ride of any McLaren model to date”. Slightly softer, then. [x]

Permalink  |  130 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #mclaren   #mclaren 625c  

The Honda Civic Type R is here

Internet, take your seats: Honda’s fire-breathing 276bhp hot hatch has arrived.

Honda has revealed more details on its upcoming Civic Type R; the “most extreme and high performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H’ badge”. It’s so extreme and high performing, it’s gone blue with rage.

Ahead of this week’s Paris Motor Show then - and a wider UK launch sometime next year - Honda has again confirmed that the new Civic Type R will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing more than 276bhp.
This, says Honda, makes the new Civic hot hatch more powerful than any previous Civic, Integra, Accord and even the NSX. Fast, then. [x]

The Honda Civic Type R is here

Internet, take your seats: Honda’s fire-breathing 276bhp hot hatch has arrived.

Honda has revealed more details on its upcoming Civic Type R; the “most extreme and high performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H’ badge”. It’s so extreme and high performing, it’s gone blue with rage.

Ahead of this week’s Paris Motor Show then - and a wider UK launch sometime next year - Honda has again confirmed that the new Civic Type R will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing more than 276bhp.

This, says Honda, makes the new Civic hot hatch more powerful than any previous Civic, Integra, Accord and even the NSX. Fast, then. [x]

Permalink  |  218 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #honda   #honda civic type r  

Anonymous said: What would you do if we were riding horses through Burma and then your stallion wanted to give my mare a big hug? After you go to the nearest hospital in a white van, the truck you have driven this far ran out of diesel and began to break apart?

kangaroo-court-99:

I would ask the stig for help

Permalink  |  65 notes  |   #top gear   #burma special   #s21e06  

New Merc C63 AMG to get 510bhp

It’s official: the new Mercedes-Benz 63 AMG will get the engine from the AMG GT supercar, and develop 510bhp. Woohoo!
In a statement confirming what many of us kind of expected, AMG boss Tobias Moers said the new car would again use a V8, and it’s all thanks to AMG’s hardcore base.
"It goes without saying that the successor to the current C63 AMG will again be powered by an eight-cylinder engine," Moers said. "We owe that to our loyal fans, plain and simple." Good.
So, it’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 unit, developing that headline 510bhp and a whopping 516lb ft of torque, based on the same engine used in the upcoming AMG GT S supercar. Which means it’ll use the same turbo arrangement, where the turbochargers are placed inside the ‘V’ of the cylinders rather than outside. Unsurprisingly, AMG calls it ‘hot inside V’. [x]

New Merc C63 AMG to get 510bhp

It’s official: the new Mercedes-Benz 63 AMG will get the engine from the AMG GT supercar, and develop 510bhp. Woohoo!

In a statement confirming what many of us kind of expected, AMG boss Tobias Moers said the new car would again use a V8, and it’s all thanks to AMG’s hardcore base.

"It goes without saying that the successor to the current C63 AMG will again be powered by an eight-cylinder engine," Moers said. "We owe that to our loyal fans, plain and simple." Good.

So, it’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 unit, developing that headline 510bhp and a whopping 516lb ft of torque, based on the same engine used in the upcoming AMG GT S supercar. Which means it’ll use the same turbo arrangement, where the turbochargers are placed inside the ‘V’ of the cylinders rather than outside. Unsurprisingly, AMG calls it ‘hot inside V’. [x]

Permalink  |  117 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #mercedes-benz   #amg   #amg gt  

Wild Toyota previews Nissan Juke rival

Toyota is taking a bold concept car to Paris next week. Should it make production?

The Paris motor show is shaping up to be rather bustling. The latest concept car to reveal itself ahead of the hall doors cranking open next week comes from Toyota. It’s called the C-HR Concept, and it looks quite unlike anything you’ll currently find in a Toyota showroom. Which is to say bold and beguiling as opposed to a little bit boring (GT86 excepted, of course).

It’s essentially a future design study, hosting ‘the introduction of themes which signal a future direction for Toyota vehicles’, but it’s also the clearest hint yet that Toyota has the Nissan Juke in its crosshairs. Toyota helped bring the SUV to the mainstream via the original RAV4 20 years ago, lest we forget.
But now that the RAV4’s matured a bit, Toyota has no direct rival for the Juke (and the myriad other crossovers you can currently buy). And it’s a hugely successful market with a plenty of buyers to mine at the moment… [x]

Wild Toyota previews Nissan Juke rival

Toyota is taking a bold concept car to Paris next week. Should it make production?

The Paris motor show is shaping up to be rather bustling. The latest concept car to reveal itself ahead of the hall doors cranking open next week comes from Toyota. It’s called the C-HR Concept, and it looks quite unlike anything you’ll currently find in a Toyota showroom. Which is to say bold and beguiling as opposed to a little bit boring (GT86 excepted, of course).

It’s essentially a future design study, hosting ‘the introduction of themes which signal a future direction for Toyota vehicles’, but it’s also the clearest hint yet that Toyota has the Nissan Juke in its crosshairs. Toyota helped bring the SUV to the mainstream via the original RAV4 20 years ago, lest we forget.

But now that the RAV4’s matured a bit, Toyota has no direct rival for the Juke (and the myriad other crossovers you can currently buy). And it’s a hugely successful market with a plenty of buyers to mine at the moment… [x]

Permalink  |  105 notes  |   #top gear   #cars   #toyota   #nissan juke