Greece is famous for many things. Their advanced ancient civilizations, their feared Spartan warriors, their booze-filled cheap resorts, and most recently; their basket-case economy. However one thing they’re not really renowned for is their automotive industry. Probably because it doesn’t exist. But that could be about to change, albeit in a rather small way. Say hello to the Korres Project 4.
It’s hardly a mass-produced machine. In fact it looks like it’s probably being built in someone’s garage. But that’s beside the point. It’s unique, it’s bespoke, and it’s powered by a mid-mounted 7.0 litre V8 from a Corvette Z06. The Korres Project 4 features what looks like a very well engineered aluminium chassis, and while the digital rendering show a fairly low-slung sports car, the photos of the partially fabricated vehicle tell a different story. It looks like the Korres Project 4 is more of an off-road vehicle. There’s plenty of ground clearance, and the ride-height adjustable suspension system looks like it’s built to take some serious knocks and allow for lots of travel.
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BMW has finally unveiled the long-awaited 4 Series Coupe. The car was previewed late last year in concept form, and it looks like BMW have stayed fairly true to the original concept. The most noticeable changes being a slight redesign of the lower grilled and driving lights.
The decision to rename the long-standing 3 Series coupe the 4 Series is not one without controversy. It can take manufacturers decades to build up the respect and appreciation of buyers who instantly recognise a certain model and its heritage. However from a purely logical point of view it does make sense that the 4 Series Coupe is now in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes, and upcoming smaller 2 Series Coupe. In our little poll, 63 percent of you though it was a good idea to rename the 3 Series Coupe. While 37 percent thought it just confused things.
But anyway. It’s here. And from launch (in the US) it will be offered as both a 428i model and as a 435i model. The 428i is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the 435i is fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre inline 6-cylinder. Both will be available with a standard 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission, and both will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or with BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
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In recent years, documentaries about how stuff gets built have become more and more popular. So, the guys at Alfa Romeo have decided to proudly show us some details on how the 4C sports car is being built. And they do have some moments to be proud of, as all of you with a car geek soul will see in the pics and video below.
With a range that is almost entirely of European fame, Alfa Romeo really needs some added excitement up if it’s going to be a success in the US. The hype was started by the beautiful and lavishly exclusive 8C Competizione/Spider. But, as that sports car ended production, so did the buzz surrounding it, and there is no better time for a smaller, more affordable sibling. Especially if it’s going to be produced in larger numbers.
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VUHL Automotive, manufacturers of the soon-to-be-released 05 lightweight supercar, have just published a couple more images showing the car in a little more detail. VUHL first announced the car back in March, and at the time they said the 05 would make its international debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place next month. Well it looks like they’re going to keep that promise and bring the car along to Goodwood.
The photos VUHL just released show the car from a close up front 3/4 view – where its plain to see the 05′s sporty potential and tidy-looking design, and from a high rear 3/4 view where the car is covered in camouflage. But even with the camo its clear to see the VUHL 05 will be a fairly compact little thing. There doesn’t look to be anything too radical or ground-breaking about the design. But it does appear the VUHL 05 will be a well proportioned sports car – wide and low with powerful looking wheel arches.
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Peugeot has today released information regarding the all-new RCZ R sports coupe, a car which will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
When it goes on sale later this year, the RCZ R will be the most powerful road-going car in Peugeot’s history. Although at 260 horsepower it’ll be quick, but hardly earth-shattering.
The Peugeot RCZ R is the natural development of the RCZ R concept (pictured) which was shown off last year. The production RCZ R will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine designed to be both powerful and economical.
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Either someone is playing a very cruel joke on the automotive community. Or I’ve got some good news for you. TVR, the Blackpool, England based manufacturer of slightly quirky and (sometimes) unreliable – yet somehow still awesome – sports cars is about to climb out of its figurative coffin.
TVR went under in 2006, after its 20-something year old Russian owner – the son of a billionaire – stopped playing at cars. Since then there have been a couple of rumors the company was about to make a return. Nothing came to fruition.
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Porsche has a big anniversary coming this September – the ubiquitous 911 is reaching the 50 year milestone. In order to properly celebrate this historic event, the Stuttgart based company is carefully generating hype. They have just announced a 911 50th Anniversary Edition set to be unveiled to the public in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the Porsche Museum just opened its doors with an extensive special exhibition dedicated to the model.
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Caterham have announced that they will be adding to their Seven lineup with a new model positioned at the lowest, and cheapest, end of the scale. The new, affordable, entry level Caterham Seven will be priced below £17,000 ($25,800 at today’s exchange rate), and be fitted with a compact, small-displacement, easily upgradeable engine.
Details of the powertrain, which is being developed in conjunction with the Caterham Group’s engineering consultancy, Caterham Technology and Innovation, will be revealed at a later date, along with further specifications and details.
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Say goodbye to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, and hello to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Yes that’s right, the V12 Vantage S isn’t an even sportier version of the V12 Vantage. It’s the new V12 Vantage, and will replace the old car in markets around the world. Bringing with it another consonant, more power, and updated styling.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is fitted with the new AM28 6.0 litre V12 engine which produces 573 horsepower @ 6,750 rpm. The top speed of the new V12 Vantage S is a blistering 205 mph. Making it the second fastest Aston Martin after the One-77 supercar. Much of the technology found in the V12 Vantage S is motorsport derived. For example, the CNC machined combustion chamber, hollow cam shafts, Sportshift III AMT (automated manual transmission) and Sportshift III transaxle.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is also the first Vantage model to feature the company’s three-stage adaptive damping system. This allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character, allowing the choice of ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’.
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As the over-hyped extravaganza of wealth, bad taste, bad driving and unbridled machismo that is the Gumball 3000 got underway yesterday in Denmark, there was one car on”grid” which looked like nothing else. It’s the number 73 car, run by Team Galag from Saudi Arabia (who also brought along a replica of Batman’s Tumbler). It’s called the Galag TG1, and basically it’s a heavily modified Nissan GT-R. However it’s undergone such a transformation, that from the outside the only giveaway is the GT-R’s distinctive roofline.
Now I’m not going to say the TG1 is the ugliest car I’ve ever seen. I remember seeing a Robin Reliant with go-faster stripes and three-spoke alloy wheels back in the ’90s that was probably worse. But that’s about it. The TG1 really is a prime example of the old adage, “money can’t buy taste”.
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