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2014 BMW M3 Concept to be Shown at Geneve 2013

2014 BMW M3 Prototype Spyshot
This week Autoweek have suggested that the 2014 BMW M3 Saloon is to be shown at Geneva’s 2013 Motor Show, but in Production Concept form.

Later on at the home show at Frankfurt BMW are likely to see the final production model on display in all its glory for the press.
We also expect to start seeing some of the prototype testing teasers of the model after the over whelming interest in the previous Series on the v8 Bi-Turbo M5.

Also with the introduction of the new F33 4 series which will be in coupe and convertible form the m3 will be exclusively in saloon and perhaps a M3 Touring?. (4 Series Spyshots)

All we do know is that the rumoured Tri-Turbo flat six is likely to unleash a mighty 444 bhp along with an impressive 474 Nm of torque, rumour has it could sport an overboost feature for additional power.
And it’s just occurred to me that the Audi RS series were always an historically forced induction power unit, and seems that Audi favour naturally aspirated engines.
All I have to say is I look forward to Audi returning to the pinnacle of turbocharged rockets 2014 RS6 anyone????

2014 Maserati Quattroporte to be Powered by Ferrari

The recently spied 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is recieving two new Ferrari prepped engines as part of an partnership with Fiat.

The all new saloon will be offered with a 420 hp Supercharged V 6 and a 520 hp Twin turbo V8.

Both powerunits will be available with a ZF-sourced eight-speed servo actuated paddleshift transmission, Rumour has it the manual is to be discontinued.

We expect that also due to the weight reduction and a hinted reduction of around 200kg the 0-60 time on both cars will be under 5 seconds.

Expect to see a preview at the 2013 Detroit MotorShow.

Maserati Quattroporte Spyshots

Source:- Car And Driver / Pistonspy

Senna Toleman TG184-2 Hart F1 Car – Auction

Here is something you don’t see everyday the rebuilt Formula 1 Toleman TG184-2 car driven by Ayrton Senna in his debut F1 season is up for auction.

This particular car has become the ‘stuff of legend’ and is perhaps best known for Senna’s remarkable second place drive in the rain-soaked 1984 Monaco GP, arguably the race which first demonstrated his extraordinary talents to the world.

The car has been fully restored and was shown at the Goodward Festival of speed in 2010.

The car Rebuilt by Geoff Page Racing has been painstakingly rebuilt and if you visit his site, he has a lot of pictures of the project and videos of this piece of automotive history.

If you fancy owning this car you can pop along to Silverstone Auctions and portray your interest in its Undisclosed price.


Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Revealed



Ferrari released images and details of their upcoming 599 replacement, earlier today.

The F12 Berlinetta will be Ferrari’s most powerful and fastest ever road car. The power outputs are almost identical, as those reported by us last week  at 740CV (approx 730bhp). Ferrari say the V12, which is the same one used in the four seater FF, but will rev to 8700rpm, and put out 80bhp more. Yet the F12 will return 18.9mpg, an increase of 10% over the 599. This is possible in part, thanks to the Start-Stop technology, as used in other current Ferraris.

The F12 will hit 62 in 3.1 seconds, 124 in 8.5 seconds, and lap Ferrari’s home circuit, Fiorano in 1min23seconds. Hugely impressive!

As with all new Ferraris, the F12 Berlinetta will not be available with a manual gear box. Ferrari are using their dual clutch, automatic gearbox.

As suspected the new F12 is actually a little smaller than the outgoing 599. According to our sources, customers complained that the 599 was a bit too difficult to park in their garages. The F12 Berlinetta will be 20mm narrower, 47mm shorter, 63mm lower than the 599. That’s 1942mm wide, 4618mm long and 1273mm high. This has lowered the cars overall centre of gravity.

The car is also now built from an all new 12 alloy aluminium spaceframe chassis and bodyshell, making in 70kg lighter than the 599, at 1525kg. Also, as reported by us last week. The F12 will also be 20% stiffer than its 599 predecessor.

Ferrari note that thanks to the XX programme, they, along with Pininfarina have designed the aerodynamics so that the F12 has 76% more downforce than the 599. The drag coefficient is down to 0.299.

Reduction in drag is reduced partly thanks to a newly designed “Air-Bridge” which channels from the bonnets side intakes though the wheel arches, then splits it though the car’s beautifully sculpted side vents. You can see these vents clearly in the pictures above. The car also has “Active Brake Cooling” which is a system that will open the brake vents when the Carbon Ceramic get hot enough. The system will then close them again when the brakes have cooled down, reducing the drag effect.

We can expect the interior to be a mix between the 458 and the FF. All driving major controls will be mounted on the steering wheel, as per Ferrari’s “Human Machine Interface” system.

Order books will open at the Geneva show, and prices will likely start at around £250,000. So get your cheque books ready and you could be driving the brand new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta by early 2013!

The Viper ACR-X 7:03 Nurburgring Adventure Video

The Viper Lapping the Nordschleife
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Back in 2011 when the Viper ACR gained the production car lap record with a time of 7:12.13, the track version the ACR-X was doing some hot laps.

At the time we was spending some time with the guys from the Viper Club of America and showing them around some of the many good photo spots on the Nordschleife, they hinted at the time the ACR-X achieved but thought id hold on until the video surfaced.

Well here it is the SRT ACR-X Managed to lap the ring in an impressive 7:03.05

The ACR-X is powered by a 8.4-liter V10, with revised headwork and free flowing exhaust it gains around 40hp more than the standard model.

Mystery Prototype Spied

Deep in the Arctic Circle we have spied something which albeit is a battery powered vehicle but apart from that we are clueless..

These are the details of what we know it is electric it is from a German OEM, from first looks it seems to look like a Smart but then other photos lead me to think wiesmann but something tells me an EV isn’t their bag.

So this ones up to you what do you guys think it is???

 

 

BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible Official

After numerous sightings and ahead of the Geneva Autoshow Munich’s BMW have made the 2012 M6 official in both Cabriolet and Coupe form.

And with all the rumors it is .2 of a second faster than the M5.

• New edition of the BMW M6 in the body styles Coupe and Convertible; outstanding intense M feeling, combined with fascinating aesthetic design, luxurious appearance, four seats and innovative features, high performance sports cars with superior performance characteristics, and specially exclusive character; BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible each with a unique position in the premium segment of the luxury class with superior driving dynamics and M typical design harmony with high everyday practicality, groundbreaking evolution of both vehicle concepts due to significantly increased efficiency, streamlined operating structure for the individualization of the car set-ups and enhanced diversity in the range of driver assistance and infotainment functions from BMW ConnectedDrive .

• Expressive exterior design with dynamic elegance of line and trademark M athletics as an authentic visualization of high-performance features, the BMW M6 Coupé with distinctive contoured roof made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic; BMW M6 convertible with a high-quality soft top in a characteristic fin look.

• High-rotating 4.4-liter V8 engine with M twin-turbo technology, consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology, zylinderbankübergreifendem exhaust manifold, fuel injection High Precision Injection and fully variable valve control VALVETRONIC, M typical power delivery with its eager responsiveness and long-lasting thrust; highest performance in the segment, 412 kW/560 hp at 6000-7000 min-1, maximum torque: 680 Nm ab1 500 min-1, Maximum speed: 7200 min-1; engine power by 10, maximum torque increased by 30 percent as previous models.

• Acceleration: 0-100 km / h in 4.2 seconds (BMW M6 Coupé) or 4.3 seconds (BMW M6 Convertible), 0-200 km / h in 12.6 (13.1) seconds, electronically limited top speed 250 km / h (305 km / h with M Driver’s Package).

• Exceptionally low compared to previous models significantly optimized balance of performance and fuel economy, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 9.9 litres/100 km (BMW M6 Coupé) and 10.3 litres/100 km (BMW M6 Convertible), Auto Start Stop function and other EfficientDynamics technology as standard, fuel consumption in comparison with the former models by more than 30 percent.

• seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic traction optimized automatic gear selection, launch control and low-speed assistance; specific M gear selector; newly designed M leather steering wheel with shift paddles.

Honda NSX Past to the Future

The Acura NSX, or Honda NSX, is one of my favorite sports car that was originally produced between 1990 and 2005 by Honda. It was a mid engined affair mated to a rear-wheel drive layout, powered by an all-aluminium V6  engine featuring Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system.

The video shows its prowess on the likes of the Nordschleife in Germany’s Eifle and also at Le-Mans.

Now after many years of rumour about a second generation NSX and the concept shown in Detroit, Honda are starting to tease us with the prospect of a new NSX reaching us in 2015.

Hopefully some prototypes will be showing up soon as there is usually a 3 year development cycle.