The 576bhp Maloo GTS is here
HSV confirms monster version of the Maloo ute. Ready your finest straitjacket.

Holden Special Vehicles, “Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer”, has announced details of a range-topping version of its Maloo pickup. It’s called the GTS, and it’s actually quite mad.

‘Good’ mad, though, and an important bit of news, too. GM - who owns Holden - announced at the end of last year that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017.
So this Maloo GTS is the one of the last in a long, fine line of mad V8 utes from Aus. As such, it gets GM’s 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine, producing a big fat 576bhp and 546lb ft of torque.
That s’charged V8 will be bolted onto the Maloo’s VXR8-based chassis, driving either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed ‘heavy duty’ auto ‘box, driving the rear wheels. No performance times have been presented, but the last Maloo VXR could sprint from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and rock on to a limited top speed of 155mph. So it’ll be quick, then. [x]

The 576bhp Maloo GTS is here

HSV confirms monster version of the Maloo ute. Ready your finest straitjacket.

Holden Special Vehicles, “Australia’s leading performance car manufacturer”, has announced details of a range-topping version of its Maloo pickup. It’s called the GTS, and it’s actually quite mad.

‘Good’ mad, though, and an important bit of news, too. GM - who owns Holden - announced at the end of last year that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017.

So this Maloo GTS is the one of the last in a long, fine line of mad V8 utes from Aus. As such, it gets GM’s 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine, producing a big fat 576bhp and 546lb ft of torque.

That s’charged V8 will be bolted onto the Maloo’s VXR8-based chassis, driving either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed ‘heavy duty’ auto ‘box, driving the rear wheels. No performance times have been presented, but the last Maloo VXR could sprint from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and rock on to a limited top speed of 155mph. So it’ll be quick, then. [x]

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Peugeot unveils the 308 GT

Range-topping ‘dynamic flagship’ of the 308 range has landed, set for Paris show debut.

This is the hardest and fastest Peugeot 308 you can buy. It’s the new 308 GT, and it’ll get a full world premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

It’s a step in the direction of a full-blooded GTI or even ‘R’ hot hatch which we spoke to Peugeot about late last year, but we’ll come to that shortly. First up, this new GT gets a swathe of upgrades to better justify that badge. Let’s start on the outside.
The Peugeot ‘Lion’ emblem has moved from the bonnet to… the grille. There are headlights comprised of 62 LEDs. There are new indicators and functional air scoops for the engine. [x]

Peugeot unveils the 308 GT

Range-topping ‘dynamic flagship’ of the 308 range has landed, set for Paris show debut.

This is the hardest and fastest Peugeot 308 you can buy. It’s the new 308 GT, and it’ll get a full world premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

It’s a step in the direction of a full-blooded GTI or even ‘R’ hot hatch which we spoke to Peugeot about late last year, but we’ll come to that shortly. First up, this new GT gets a swathe of upgrades to better justify that badge. Let’s start on the outside.

The Peugeot ‘Lion’ emblem has moved from the bonnet to… the grille. There are headlights comprised of 62 LEDs. There are new indicators and functional air scoops for the engine. [x]

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craftynerdgirl:

Happiness is: Knitting and Top Gear.

craftynerdgirl:

Happiness is: Knitting and Top Gear.

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Welcome to the new Jaguar XE

Jag’s ‘baby’ saloon is officially here, and is aiming a very British two fingered salute at the German competition.

This evening at a glittering ceremony in London, with the help of a helicopter, Jaguar officially revealed its BMW 3-Series fighter. People of the Internet, please be upstanding for the brand new ‘XE’, the most important car Jaguar has launched in a very long time.
It’s the company’s new much-vaunted small sports saloon, and will wade into the deep waters against the Beemer, Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class. Serious competition indeed, and much more than just a scaled-down XF.

The basics are thus: you’re looking at five seats, a big boot and a range of engines and trims that’ll spin your head. [x]

Welcome to the new Jaguar XE

Jag’s ‘baby’ saloon is officially here, and is aiming a very British two fingered salute at the German competition.

This evening at a glittering ceremony in London, with the help of a helicopter, Jaguar officially revealed its BMW 3-Series fighter. People of the Internet, please be upstanding for the brand new ‘XE’, the most important car Jaguar has launched in a very long time.

It’s the company’s new much-vaunted small sports saloon, and will wade into the deep waters against the Beemer, Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class. Serious competition indeed, and much more than just a scaled-down XF.

The basics are thus: you’re looking at five seats, a big boot and a range of engines and trims that’ll spin your head. [x]

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Secrets of the M4 Convertible’s roof


Is the BMW M4 Convertible’s folding roof too complex for its own good?

I’ve just been driving the BMW M4 Convertible, and I’m reminded of the craziness of the whole roof mechanism. It’s actually the same as all other 4-series Convertibles, so this criticism isn’t just aimed at M. In fact it isn’t really aimed at BMW, it’s aimed at the lazy people who buy the car.

Here’s a series of photos of it in action. To lower the thing, all the driver has to do is slow down to 10mph, and touch a button. The four windows drop, and the roof unlatches itself. Then the front panel of the roof moves back until it’s snuggled against the section that’s normally above the rear passengers. The rear section meanwhile is levitated up to lie above it.
Then the boot lid opens, hinged from the back, and this metal and glass sandwich motors into the top of the boot cavity. Finally the lid closes again, so you can open it in the normal way to get at your stuff. Except you can’t. The stowed roof almost entirely blocks the boot entrance. [x]

Secrets of the M4 Convertible’s roof

Is the BMW M4 Convertible’s folding roof too complex for its own good?

I’ve just been driving the BMW M4 Convertible, and I’m reminded of the craziness of the whole roof mechanism. It’s actually the same as all other 4-series Convertibles, so this criticism isn’t just aimed at M. In fact it isn’t really aimed at BMW, it’s aimed at the lazy people who buy the car.

Here’s a series of photos of it in action. To lower the thing, all the driver has to do is slow down to 10mph, and touch a button. The four windows drop, and the roof unlatches itself. Then the front panel of the roof moves back until it’s snuggled against the section that’s normally above the rear passengers. The rear section meanwhile is levitated up to lie above it.

Then the boot lid opens, hinged from the back, and this metal and glass sandwich motors into the top of the boot cavity. Finally the lid closes again, so you can open it in the normal way to get at your stuff. Except you can’t. The stowed roof almost entirely blocks the boot entrance. [x]

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Zenos sports car gets Focus ST power


The latest entrant on the British sports car scene gets 250bhp thanks to the Focus ST’s turbo engine.

Remember the Zenos E10? The dinky little sports car was revealed at the turn of the year, and with the brains of former Caterham chiefs Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards behind it, its chances of success ought to be strong.

Following news of the £24,995, 200bhp launch E10, there is now a more powerful E10 S. Like the base car, the S uses a 2-litre four-cylinder Ford engine, only this time it’s the Ecoboost engine you’ll find in the frantic Focus ST. That means it’s turbocharged, and with 250bhp and 250lb ft to propel a car weighing circa-650kg, the resulting power-to-weight ratio of around 385bhp/ton is a match for a Ferrari 458.
Performance is predictably potent, then: 0-60mph takes an estimated 4.5 seconds, while the E10 S’s top speed is quoted as 135mph. The latter might not instantly set your pulse racing on paper, but it should prove plenty enough in a car with no roof or windows… [x]

Zenos sports car gets Focus ST power

The latest entrant on the British sports car scene gets 250bhp thanks to the Focus ST’s turbo engine.

Remember the Zenos E10? The dinky little sports car was revealed at the turn of the year, and with the brains of former Caterham chiefs Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards behind it, its chances of success ought to be strong.

Following news of the £24,995, 200bhp launch E10, there is now a more powerful E10 S. Like the base car, the S uses a 2-litre four-cylinder Ford engine, only this time it’s the Ecoboost engine you’ll find in the frantic Focus ST. That means it’s turbocharged, and with 250bhp and 250lb ft to propel a car weighing circa-650kg, the resulting power-to-weight ratio of around 385bhp/ton is a match for a Ferrari 458.

Performance is predictably potent, then: 0-60mph takes an estimated 4.5 seconds, while the E10 S’s top speed is quoted as 135mph. The latter might not instantly set your pulse racing on paper, but it should prove plenty enough in a car with no roof or windows… [x]

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Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life

The new ‘1 of 1’ GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all.
We’re not at all suggesting Volkswagen’s brightest minds took to Shakespeare before embarking on the perilously fraught journey that is the Bugatti Veyron, but you can’t help but detect more than a note of Twelfth Night about its conception.
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." It’s fair to say all three scenarios apply to the Big Bad Bug’.
In fact, we don’t even need to pillage the Bard to attribute majesty to this thing; Jeremy summed it up on the show many moons ago when he proclaimed it to be “the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime”.
Born to a cynical world, packing physics-defying power and becoming the defining car for a generation of petrolheads, the Veyron is the ultimate in excess. It’s got 16 cylinders, for goodness sake, and is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. Every day of the week. [x]

Bugatti Veyron: This Is Your Life

The new ‘1 of 1’ GSV is the latest in a long line of Bugatti Veyron models. We chart them all.

We’re not at all suggesting Volkswagen’s brightest minds took to Shakespeare before embarking on the perilously fraught journey that is the Bugatti Veyron, but you can’t help but detect more than a note of Twelfth Night about its conception.

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." It’s fair to say all three scenarios apply to the Big Bad Bug’.

In fact, we don’t even need to pillage the Bard to attribute majesty to this thing; Jeremy summed it up on the show many moons ago when he proclaimed it to be “the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime”.

Born to a cynical world, packing physics-defying power and becoming the defining car for a generation of petrolheads, the Veyron is the ultimate in excess. It’s got 16 cylinders, for goodness sake, and is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. Every day of the week. [x]

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Is this the strangest car on the planet?

Watch the incredible Youabian Puma in action. Be speechless. Bow before its imperial majesty. 

At last November’s LA Auto Show, we caught a glimpse of the mighty Youabian Puma: a 500bhp, V8-powered behemoth of a convertible, longer than a LWB S-Class and wider than an Audi Q7.

It’s fair to say we were transfixed. Agog. Speechless. Rarely, since that heady November day, have we stopped thinking of the Youabian Puma and its inimitable lines.

If you, like us, were hypnotised by that first glimpse of Puma, today is your lucky today. For today, Dr Youabian - a Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, and owner of the company - has released a promotional video for his extraordinary creation, and it is everything we dared hope. [x]

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You know you've watched too much Top Gear when...

  • My friend Lora:
    There's that car again but I don't know what it is.
  • Me:
    Me either. It's got round headlights like James's old 911.
  • L:
    Yeah, the headlights made me think of a Porsche.
  • Me:
    No vents on the back, though. *pause* Who ARE we?

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo


611bhp wings-and-slicks V10 racer ditches 4WD safety for rear-drive lunacy. Stig stirs in his lair.

At its launch, the Huracan - Lamborghini’s V10 ‘baby’ successor to the Gallardo - received gentle flack for being a little, well, safe on the styling side. Well, haters, how do you like it now?
This is the Huracan Super Trofeo, the racing version of the Son ofGallardo. Created with the help of Dallara, it’s been cooked up specifically for Lamborghini’s Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series that currently runs in Asia, Europe and North America.

As you can see, the Huracan’s aerodynamics have been substantially revised for track. There’s a massive watch-out-for-your-ankles chin spoiler and dive plane at the front, flat under-tray and diffuser setup at the rear, and a vast ten-way adjustable rear wing springing from the rear deck.
The combined effect is to make the Huracan look like a prop from the armory of Game of Thrones… and generate enough downforce to vacuum-pack the Lambo the track. Extra grip will come courtesy of bespoke set of Pirellis wrapped around those lightweight rims. [x]

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo

611bhp wings-and-slicks V10 racer ditches 4WD safety for rear-drive lunacy. Stig stirs in his lair.

At its launch, the Huracan - Lamborghini’s V10 ‘baby’ successor to the Gallardo - received gentle flack for being a little, well, safe on the styling side. Well, haters, how do you like it now?

This is the Huracan Super Trofeo, the racing version of the Son ofGallardo. Created with the help of Dallara, it’s been cooked up specifically for Lamborghini’s Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series that currently runs in Asia, Europe and North America.

As you can see, the Huracan’s aerodynamics have been substantially revised for track. There’s a massive watch-out-for-your-ankles chin spoiler and dive plane at the front, flat under-tray and diffuser setup at the rear, and a vast ten-way adjustable rear wing springing from the rear deck.

The combined effect is to make the Huracan look like a prop from the armory of Game of Thrones… and generate enough downforce to vacuum-pack the Lambo the track. Extra grip will come courtesy of bespoke set of Pirellis wrapped around those lightweight rims. [x]