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Shopping to Go Green? How About a McLaren?

More than half of British makers supercars will be hybrids.

by on May.06, 2016

The McLaren P1 GTR makes 986 hp from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired with an electric motor.

Despite sluggish battery-car sales at a time when gas prices are running barely half their 2014 record high, automakers are laying out plans to add lots more electrified models in the coming years. And for those who might not find a Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf quite stimulating enough, one might consider McLaren as an alternative.

McLaren, as in the British company that has been rolling out a growing range of supercars, such as the 675LT and the P1. The latter model, costing more than $1 million, just happens to be a plug-in hybrid. And, it seems, McLaren has plans to add a lot more green machines going forward.

Electrifying!

McLaren sold 1,654 vehicles worldwide last year, and it is looking to grow that to as much as 5,000 by early in the next day, CEO Mike Flewitt told Automotive News Europe. He also noted that, “In the latter part of this business plan to 2022, more than half our cars will be hybrids.”

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Acura Considers Option for Brawnier NSX Type-R

“Plenty of room” to boost performance of new supercar.

by on Feb.26, 2016

The 2017 Acura NSX.

Acura began taking orders this week for the all-new 2017 NSX, marking the return of the 2-seat supercar after a decade’s absence.

The new model isn’t just an update of the old NSX. Acura has opted for a unique new hybrid drivetrain pairing a twin-turbo V-6 with three electric motors. The package delivers a solid 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, enough to hit 60 in well under four seconds, according to preliminary tests.

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But in a world where even 600 horsepower has become almost commonplace, Acura insiders told TheDetroitBureau.com that they’re looking at ways to bump power and performance up another notch or two – and that could mean the introduction of an even more extreme Acura NSX Type-R within the next several years.

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Bugatti Finally Confirms Geneva Debut of New Chiron Hypercar

Using electric turbos for its W-16, top speed could near 290 mph.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The long-awaited Bugatti Chiron will finally make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

After a seemingly endless wait, Bugatti has finally confirmed plans to debut the replacement for its long-lived Veyron at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

As long-rumored, the “hypercar” will be known as the Bugatti Chiron, a name borrowed both from Greek mythology and one of the more legendary Bugatti factory drivers.

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While details remain to be seen, expectations are that the new Chiron will regain claim to being the world’s most powerful – and possibly fastest – automobile, with a 16-ylinder engine likely to produce something on the order of 1,500 horsepower.

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Acura Reveals 2017 NSX Specs

Hybrid supercar expected to hit 60 in under three seconds.

by on Oct.27, 2015

The new Acura NSX is expected to come in at around $150,000 when it reaches showrooms.

A quarter century after the original Japanese supercar burst onto the scene – and nearly four years after Acura announced plans to bring it back to market – we’re finally getting a look at the tech specs for the 2017 NSX.

Powered by an unusual, three-motor hybrid drivetrain and using exotic materials like carbon fiber to minimize its weight, the all-new Acura NSX will match the performance of some of the world’s fastest, street-legal cars, launching from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds, according to initial reports.

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“The overarching concept for the design and development of this next-generation NSX was the idea of a ‘human-centered supercar,’ one that places the driver at the center of its mission in each and every element of its design and dynamic performance,” Acura explains in a presentation on the new two-seater.

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Acura Again Delays Return of NSX Supercar

Revisions to powertrain, body blamed.

by on Aug.19, 2015

Acura revealed the revised version of the new NSX at the Pebble Beach Concours.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the reborn Acura NSX you will have to wait just a little bit longer.

The original end-of-year target for getting the supercar into showrooms has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2016, officials with the Honda luxury brand have confirmed. But that’s not all bad news. The extra time will give Acura an opportunity to improve the performance of the two-seater.

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As it now stands, the production model will get a significant boost in performance compared to what was planned when the supposedly final, production version of the Acura NSX was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show last January.

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Bugatti Mulls Veyron Replacement – a Hybrid

Fuel savings not the goal, but more power.

by on Jul.14, 2014

Bugatti is contemplating replacing its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse with a hybrid version of the Veyron.

Two words no one expects to hear used together: Veyron Hybrid.

It might be happening.

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Just a few years ago, if you had suggested that Bugatti would build a replacement to the Veyron using a hybrid drivetrain, you might have been committed. But in that time, some of the most respected names in supercar performance have rolled out hybrid hypercars, so that should take some shock off news that Bugatti is hard at work on a hybrid Veyron replacement. (more…)