Gumpert’s first car, the Apollo was devastatingly quick. Hard to drive, but stupidly fast. One thing it wasn’t was pretty. It looked good in a functional, no-nonsense sort of way, and you could forgive its aesthetic failings due to its sheer performance. Their second car might not have that luxury…
Now that Gumpert have stepped back from the abyss of bankruptcy, they’ve decided that the best way forward is to attend the Geneva Motor Show with a brand-new prototype which they’ll be producing later this year. unfortunately it’s one of the ugliest prototypes outside of a Chinese auto show.
Called the Gumpert Explosion, the new car is a two-seat coupe with awkward proportions, a fussy front end, a droopy back end and a soggy-looking middle.
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The Audi TT is one of the most iconic modern sports cars. The first generation car was the real headline grabber. It won numerous design awards across the globe, and despite being 16 years-old this year (although design work began on the car a surprising 20 years ago) it still looks the part.
Audi are hoping that the 3rd generation TT will be as big a design hit as the first car. The initial signs are promising. Obviously everybody kinda knew what to expect, and Audi weren’t going to play too risky with the styling – the TT is too important a model for that. But I think what they’ve come up with is a car which wear’s the company’s currently rather clinical and sterile design language rather well. The TTS looks particularly appealing with its more aggressive bodywork and superior trim.
The front of the new TT is dominated by the large single frame grille which is much broader and flatter than that of the previous model. The narrow headlights are intended to give the car a serious appearance. Xenon units are fitted as standard, with LED headlight available as optional extras.
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The specially designed Ford Mustang which features in the upcoming movie “Need for Speed” is headed for to the Barrett-Jackson auction block.
The car will be auctioned off for charity on april 12, just under a month after the movie premieres on March 14. According to Ford “Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for the Mustang over the past 50 years.
The movie car, designed and built by Ford themselves, boasts a custom-designed wide body and unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. Custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps mounted in the grille complete the exterior modifications.
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Vauxhall/Opel have finally revealed what their Geneva Motor Show stunner will look like, and what it’s got under the hood. It’s powerful, fast, and looks like a race car. It should, it’s based on the Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship. And if there’s enough positive feedback, then it just might go into limited production.
The Astra VXR EXTREME is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which produces 300 horsepower. It’s the most powerful front-wheel-drive car the company has ever built. The transmission tasked with sending all those horses to the front wheels is a six-speed manual, assisted by a limited-slip differential.
The Astra VXR EXTREME is a full 220 lbs (100 kgs) lighter than the standard Astra VXR. This has been achieved through the use of carbon fiber components, including the roof, rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, hood, and even the wheels. Aluminium has been used for some of the body panels too.
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The third-generation Audi TT is about to make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month. But ahead of its unveiling, Audi have released some sketches which provide pretty good taster of what to expect. To accompany the images, Audi has also published some details regarding the new TT.
The designers have turned to the first-generation TT – much more of a design icon than the current car – for inspiration. The front of the car features a broad singleframe grille with horizontal slats. Two style lines create a V-pattern over the hood, and the four rings have been moved from the center of the grille onto the hood, mimicking the R8.
The futuristic headlights are available with optional LED technology or its pioneering Matrix LED technology, where controllable individual light-emitting diodes generate the main beam.
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For the first time ever, Audi are introducing a convertible version of the S3. The all-new, 300 horsepower Audi S3 Cabriolet will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, with order books opening in spring, and the first deliveries this summer.
Fitted with a soft-top roof (available in three different colors) with an electrohydraulic drive, the S3 Cabriolet uses Magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel in its construction to keep the weight down. The car measures 4.43 meters (14.53 ft) long, has a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.53 ft), and is 1.79 meters (5.87 ft) wide and 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) tall. Strangely, those dimensions make it almost identical in size to the first generation Audi A4 (1995 – 2001).
Styling highlights of the S3 Cabriolet include the Singleframe grille, surrounded by a chrome frame, which features a platinum-grey insert and double cross-struts with an aluminium look. In addition the car features aluminium strips on the windshield frame and beltline, aluminium-look exterior mirror housings and edged sill trims all familiar to other Audi “S” models. The taillights are equipped with LEDs as standard. S3 badges adorn the front and rear.
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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin will be bringing along a few special edition models of both the Vantage and the DB9. The race-bred, road-legal V8 Vantage N430 is the real showstopper though.
Available in Coupe or Roadster form, the V8 Vantage N430 boasts a power hike to 430 hp at 7,300 rpm, and numerous weight-saving components.
Ian Minards, Director of Product Development at Aston Martin, said of the new car: “N430 is all about bringing track-honed excitement to the road in an accessible, emotionally engaging, and authentically ‘analogue’ way. The dynamic exhilaration of Vantage is the perfect complement to the eye-catching looks of the N430.”
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McLaren’s range of supercars just increased by a third. Not that difficult when you consider they only make two other cars at the moment, but still, it’s big news. The all-new McLaren 650S is designed to sit in between the MP4-12C and the P1 supercar. It takes design inspiration from both, and also takes advantages of the considerable number of motorsport technologies the company has developed over the last 50 years.
Available as a fixed-head coupe or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) of the McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. The styling is a mix of the P1 – mainly up front, and the MP4-12C, whose influence can be found mainly down the sides and round the back. The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet at 150 mph the amount of downforce created is 24 percent higher.
Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1, have been further developed for the 650S. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode.
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The entry-level Ferrari California has just been significantly upgraded for 2014 with the addition of a turbocharger, as well as some subtle bodywork modifications.
The direct-injection, 3.8 litre turbocharged V8 is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 557 lb-ft (755 Nm) of torque. This is a significant increase – 70 hp – over the previous naturally aspirated California. The increase in power translates into improved performance. How does 3.6 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h) sound?
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What do you get if you remove the rear two doors from an S-Class? Well, up until recently all you’d get is one very enraged S-Class owner. But now, there’s another option. The all-new S-Class Coupe.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will be making its worldwide debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. And just like the four-door S-Class sedan, it’s packed with gadgets and technology. The car is designed to act as a replacement for the CL-Class – which was itself a replacement for the S-Class Coupe some 20 or so years ago.
Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars said of the car: “The breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to the series-production S-Class Coupe virtually unaltered. The large coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that’s why it’s now called the “S-Class” again.”
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