Ever since the first generation Ford Focus RS arrived in 2002, the car has been a little bit of a legend. The first generation model looked fairly unassuming, but with 212 hp and a 0-60 time of just 6.4 seconds, it was able to blow the doors off many unwary sports car drivers. The second generation Focus RS was a
little lot less subtle. Even if it wasn’t coated in that eye-searing lime green paint Ford offered it in, it still stood out a mile away. It was also faster and more powerful than its predecessor. The latest model, the third generation Ford Focus RS, happily continues on where the Mk2 Focus RS left off.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is a ninja of a car. It’s stealthy, extremely capable and full of surprises. Not least of which is the fact now all four wheels get a share of the power being produced by that turbocharged engine up front.
Continue reading ‘Ford Focus RS Mk3 – AWD and with 315 horsepower’ »
The Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow is a specially modified Juke Nismo RS which has been adapted for powering through snow. The most obvious and significant modification to the vehicle are the four rubber tracks which replace the wheels. Aside from these, Nissan say the vehicle is ‘nearly’ stock.
The Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow’s tracks come from American Track Truck, and all that was needed to fit the system was some minor changes to the bumpers, while a recalibration of the torque-vectoring AWD system ensures it all runs smoothly.
Continue reading ‘Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow’ »
The Lexus LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo concept is a fictional car developed for Polyphony Digital’s flagship driving simulator Gran Turismo 6.
The Lexus LF-LC GT concept is, unsurprisingly, based on the LF-LC supercar, which the company unveiled to the world at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The LF-LC was developed by a team at Lexus’ CALTY DESIGN studio in California, and includes many striking design features, such as the shape of the tail lamps which were inspired by afterburners of a jet aircraft.
Continue reading ‘Lexus LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo’ »
The Alpine Gran Turismo concept is a drop-dead gorgeous race car concept developed by a team of engineers and designers working Renault’s reborn sporting division, Alpine.
The Alpine Gran Turismo concept currently only lives in the simulated racing environment that is Gran Turismo 6. The concept will be made available as part of a free update to the game due out in March 2015.
Continue reading ‘Alpine Vision Gran Turismo Concept’ »
The NFZ W48 is a wild concept supercar with almost a steam punk like vibe. Created by a Russian designer who goes by the cryptic name of ixlrlxi, the NFZ W48 is equally mysterious.
The car looks like a weaponized Marussia supercar, or something Captain Nemo might take to a track day. The heavily protected cockpit looks only wide enough to hold a single occupant, and the views to the front, side and rear would be extremely limited due to the extremely thick pillars. The central pillar down the middle of the windscreen might look cool, but it’s hardly practical.
Continue reading ‘NFZ W48 Supercar Concept’ »
At the 1995 Le Mans 24 hour race, the McLaren F1 GTR came out victorious. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the win, and also as a way to shift a few more cars, McLaren has created a limited edition version of the McLaren 650S, the McLaren 650S Le Mans.
The McLaren 650S Le Mans, of which only 50 will be built, was designed with the help of the F1’s designer, Peter Stevens, and the car is built by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division. One of the most prominent features of the special edition model is the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR. Besides channeling air to the twin-turbo V8 behind, McLaren says it provides “enhanced aural drama within the cabin”.
Continue reading ‘Limited Edition McLaren 650S Le Mans’ »
The extensive 911 range got a little bigger at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, thanks to the introduction of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS. The car is aimed at buyers who want more performance and better handling from their 911 but don’t want to go all the way and dip into the domain of the hardcore 911 GT3.
Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, the Targa 4 GTS features a sportier front bumper, wider rear fenders and tinted bi-xenon headlights. The model also has aerodynamic mirrors, a sports exhaust system and gloss black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
Continue reading ‘Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS’ »
The new-for-2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a off-road design to the full-size truck segment. The Ram 1500 Rebel is a truck aimed at buyers who like to take their pickups on off-road trails, and the vehicle benefits from an exclusive air suspension system that increases ride height.
The Ram 1500 Rebel also features an all-new grille with prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge instead of the usual “cross-hair” grille. The blacked-out Rebel grille works nicely with the new off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated, billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Other changes include the black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights and the aluminum, twin-snorkel hood.
Continue reading ‘2015 Ram 1500 Rebel off-road package’ »
Hyundai’s show stopper at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was this little number. An extremely sporty looking pickup truck, which looks extremely appealing. The Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is aimed at a younger generation of buyers – those born in the early ’80s or later.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is designed to act as a multi-purpose vehicle, just as good at the daily commute as it is at hauling cargo or friends and luggage. Hyundai call their prospective buyers for the concept “Urban Adventurers”, and they see them as active people who have a busy work life and an even busier social life.
Stylewise, Hyundai’s designers have knocked this one out of the park. Even people who aren’t normally drawn to pickups can’t argue that the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck isn’t a looker. The front view features an upright, hexagonal grille with cascading lines framing the sides, dual lens-free, honeycombed headlamp projectors, and prominent LED fog lamps. The side profile is highlighted by oversized wheels, Michelin tires with a special tread design, center-locking hubs and yellow Brembo brake calipers.
Continue reading ‘Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept’ »
Hot on the heels of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was unveiled in November 2014, Ford has unveiled the even higher performance Shelby GT350R Mustang. Ford are making some big noises about the GT350R, calling it the more track-capable production Mustang ever built.
“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”
Continue reading ‘Shelby GT350R Mustang – most track-capable Mustang ever’ »