One of the most anticipated supercar reveals of the year has just taken place at a private event hosted by Mercedes-Benz. The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT might have to wait until the Paris Motor Show for its official public debut, but all the details of the car are now out in the open.
The Mercedes-AMG GT and the hotter GT S model are both based around a lightweight aluminium chassis into which a 4.0 litre V8 has been shoehorned. It’s a great looking car, well balanced with a classic long hood and a cab-rearward layout. Many will see a good deal of Porsche 911 in the rump of the car, but as there are so many makes and models out there now it’s getting increasingly difficult to create a car which doesn’t look in some way or another like a different vehicle from certain angles. Overall the new GT ranks up there with some of the finest looking automobiles Mercedes-Benz has ever created.
Mercedes say the new GT and GT S have both been developed to be capable on the track and civilized enough for every day use. Both cars feature numerous motorsport inspired elements and benefit from things like double wishbone front and rear suspension systems, a 47/53 front/rear weight distribution, active and passive safety features as well as a well equipped and luxurious cabin. The GT S, aside from receiving a more powerful version of the 4.0 litre V8 turbocharged engine, also receives larger brakes as standard, electronically controlled suspension damping, an electronic rear-axle locking differential, a sound-variable sports exhaust, larger wheels and tires and an optional AMG dynamic Plus package which features dynamic engine and transmission mounts, tighter suspension a recalibrated speed-sensitive steering system.
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The BMW 2 Series Convertible is the soft-top alter-ego of the BMW 2 Series Coupe which was revealed earlier in 2014. It’ll be available in a range of tune, although the models available will depend on your location. The US will get the 228i and M235i models, with optional xDrive all-wheel drive available on the 228i. European buyers will most likely get a couple more options, including both diesel and smaller displacement 4-cylinder gasoline engines.
The folding fabric roof of the 2 Series Convertible is just about the only thing that separates the car from the coupe version of the car. It raises and lowers in 20 seconds at the touch of a button at speeds of up to 30 mph. BMW’s engineers have worked hard to make sure the noise levels inside the car are as low as possible. In fact the cockpit of the car is up to 7 decibels quieter than that of the previous 1 Series Convertible. The top can be ordered in one of three different colors; black, anthracite with silver effect, and brown with silver effect.
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The paintwork on the all-new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is still curing. But already intrigue is building over what sort of drivetrains will be offered, and what, if any, higher performance models might be developed in the future.
The three previous generations all benefit from a massive and active fan base, as well as numerous companies who cater solely for MX-5 owners and sell just about every conceivable aftermarket accessory and performance upgrade. It’s fairly obvious that the new car will soon have its own range of aftermarket parts on sale almost as soon as it hits the dealerships, if not before.
But some owners might want their ND MX-5 Miata will a little extra oomph straight out of the showroom. Something which might require the input of Mazdaspeed. From 2004 to 2005 Mazda offered the Mazdaspeed MX-5 in limited markets. This was a turbocharged version of the MX-5 which also benefited from a revised suspension setup, lighter wheels, wider tires, an uprated transmission and a subtle exterior makeover.
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Mazda’s iconic lightweight two-seat sports car might go by several different names; Roadster in its native Japan, MX-5 in Europe and other markets, and MX-5 Miata in North America, but one thing it has in common worldwide is popularity. Mazda has shifted over 940,000 MX-5s since it was debuted in 1989, and picked up over 200 industry awards along the way.
To say the arrival of the 4th generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is important for the company would be an epic understatement. Because while the car might only represent 1 percent of the company’s sales, it’s the company’s most iconic model, and currently its the closest thing Mazda has to a halo model.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata also has a massive fanbase, and those fans should be rejoicing right now, because it looks like Mazda has done exactly what it should, and keep the MX-5 simple, light and fun to drive. It’s just a bonus that it happens to look gorgeous at the same time.
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For the 2015 model year 370Z NISMO, Nissan have developed a number of styling and engineering upgrades. The changes start on the outside, where the car is treated to a new front bumper with a larger grille, additional air intakes and new LED driving lights. The lower sections of the front bumper have been given a coat of red paint, while the headlights now feature black colored bezels. In profile the 2015 370Z NISMO shows off its redesigned side sills, new mirrors and 19-inch Rays alloy wheels.
At the rear of the car Nissan have swapped out the previous car’s spoiler and replaced it with a smaller unit which actually produces more downforce. It also works in conjunction with the new front bumper to create downforce which is more evenly distributed over the front and rear axles.
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The Sector 111 Project Dragon track car was first announced back in December of 2013. But at the time it was just a body-less functioning prototype. Well now it has a body, and a scheduled production date.
Based on the Palatov Motorsport D2 chassis, the Sector 111 Project Dragon is powered by a GM-sourced LS3 V8, tuned to produce 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is lifted from a Porsche 911, and to keep it old-school, there are no electronic driver aids, including traction control, stability control, or even ABS.
The target weight for the car is 1,800 lbs (816 kgs). That’s not superlight as far as stripped-down track cars go, but it’s lighter than the D2 on which it is based. And considering the size and output of the engine, the power-to-weight ratio should be excellent.
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Dodge and SRT designers and engineers have gone all-out and created a four-door sedan with supercar humbling straight-line performance. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful production sedan in the world. It’s powered by a massive 6.2 litre supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 engine churning out an enormous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of tarmac rippling torque. Connected to a heavy-duty 8-speed automatic transmission, the engine is capable of catapulting the car from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, it posts a quarter-mile time of 11-seconds dead, and it has a jaw-dropping 204 mph top speed.
The drivetrain used in the Charger SRT Hellcat is identical to that found in its two-door stablemate, the Challenger Hellcat, yet interestingly the Charger has a 5 mph higher top end, but a 0.2 second slower 0-60 mph time.
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McLaren’s new 650S model now comes in three flavors, the standard road going 650S, the competition-spec 650S GT3 for serious racers, and now there’s the 650S Sprint which is aimed at track enthusiasts who still want a little bit of comfort. The 650S Sprint also replaces the MP4-12C-based 12C Sprint as McLaren’s track toy for the super-rich.
Compared to the road model, the 650S Sprint features increased downforce and better cooling airflow to the 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8. It also features a competition-spec fuel tank and quick-fill cap, a larger radiator borrowed from the GT3 car, a new hood with additional cooling ducts for the radiator, front wing louvres for improved airflow, reduced ride height and recalibrated damping and spring rates, 19-inch center-locking race wheels with either Pirelli slicks or wet tires, onboard air jack system, and an upgraded braking system.
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Australian automotive news site, themotorreport.com.au, is reporting that in an interview with Mazda Australia’s boss, Martin Benders, he revealed that the new MX-5 “will look nothing like” the current car.
When pressed on more specific details of the 2015 MX-5 – which is due to debut in September – Benders said the new car would feature an evolved version of the ‘Kodo’ styling language used on the current 2, 3, 6 and CX-5 models. However he was understandably careful not to reveal too much information regarding the new design.
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There are a number of so-called ‘reverse trikes’ or 3-wheelers on the market, including the classically styled Morgan Three Wheeler, the sports car-like Grinnall Scorpion III, F1 car-like Scorpion Prodigy P6, the more motorcycle-like T-REX and the electric-powered Epic EV Torq. At the same time there are also a few yet-to-be-realised projects from major manufacturers, like the Volkswagen GX3 and the Peugeot 20Cup.
And now there’s the Polaris Slingshot. Polaris are better known for their range of quads, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles, as well as their Victory and Indian line of motorcycles. But now, not content with offering vehicles with two wheels, vehicles with four wheels, and vehicles with tracks, they’re splitting the difference and offering a 3-wheeler too.
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