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Jaguar Unveils XE SV Project 8 – Its Most Powerful Street Model Ever

“Performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar.”

by on Jun.28, 2017

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 can hit 60 in 3.3 seconds and tops out at 200 mph.

Long known for sports cars like the classic E-Type, Jaguar has been putting more muscle behind its sexy sheet metal lately, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 takes things to a new level.

Pouring out an impressive 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels, and capable of clearing 60 in just 3.3 seconds, the British maker is billing the Project 8 as its “fastest accelerating model ever.

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“We have really been able to unleash the potential of our engineering and design teams in specifying Project 8,” says said, Mark Stanton, director of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, or SVO, unit. “We are at the beginning of a very challenging and exciting development program which will see us focus on ensuring Project 8 delivers track performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar.”

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Project 8: “Most Extreme Performance Jaguar Ever”

Only 300 to be produced.

by on May.26, 2017

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 promises to make somewhere close to 600 hp.

Jaguar is working up what it promises will be the brand’s “most powerful, agile and extreme performance vehicle ever.” It will also be one of the most exclusive, the British maker planning to roll out just 300 copies of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

The 591 horsepower sedan is a product of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations unit that has been turning out a variety of other limited-edition models from the new technical center it opened in the U.K. last year. Earlier projects included the Range Rover Sport SVR, as well as the Jaguar F-Type Project7.

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“Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-TYPE Project 7,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar,” he continued, adding that, “The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level.”

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Ride of the Gods: Aston Martin Valkyrie

New hypercar developed in partnership with Red Bull.

by on Mar.06, 2017

Aston's new Valkyrie is the latest in a series of exotic "V' cars dating back to 1951.

While it’s not meant to carry you off to the great beyond, Aston Martin is promising buyers will get the ride of their life with the new hypercar it is pulling together as part of an alliance with Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

Making its debut this week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is the latest in a series of extreme machines from the British maker that, since the debut of the original Vantage in 1951, have used “V” names to stand out from the rest of the Aston line-up.

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We’ll have to wait a day for the full specs on the Valkyrie, which is known inside Aston Martin by its codename, AM-RB 001. But we can expect it to deliver a significant upgrade from what the high performance brand is already offering – including the new DB11.

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Long Just a Rumor, Mid-Engine Corvette May Soon Become Reality

And is a Cadillac supercar also in the works?

by on Aug.04, 2016

A rendering of a possible mid-engine Corvette from Car & Driver, which has long chased the story.

In the classic Humphrey Bogart film, The Maltese Falcon, detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the chase for a jewel-encrusted bird, it’s “the stuff that dreams are made of,” he says. For sports car fans, especially those who’ve long waited to see General Motors finally deliver a true world-beater, the stuff of dreams is the long-rumored, mid-engine Corvette.

The search has long consumed veteran Detroit journalists like Don Sherman who remains convinced the project is real. And there are growing signs he is right – at least if a flurry of recent whispers and rumors, as well as articles and reports in outlets as diverse as the Detroit News and Car & Driver prove accurate.

There is an unusual twist to this long-running tail being bandied about. Might the mid-engine prototype spotted a number of times in recent months not actually be earmarked for Chevrolet, however? Might this supposedly ultimate Corvette actually be destined to serve as the halo car for the Cadillac brand, a challenge to the likes of the newly updated Audi R8 and reborn Acura NSX?

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For their part, General Motors officials remain mum. The stock answer is that the automaker doesn’t discuss future projects. And, the reality is, even some of the company’s more senior officials don’t really know. As several current and former Corvette project members stress, that is a highly compartmentalized team operating in its own little world.

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Ferrari Readying Drop-Top LaFerrari

Set to be fastest convertible ever for Italian maker.

by on Jul.07, 2016

Ferrari will offer both a folding soft top and a carbon fiber hardtop for the LaFerrari Convertible.

Even before its official unveiling, Ferrari says it has already sold out the fastest convertible it has ever come up with – even before it releases the official price tag, in fact. But that’s likely no surprise considering the incredible demand for the original LaFerrari coupe.

We’re expecting to hear more in the coming days, but what we’ve already learned is that the LaFerrari convertible has undergone “significant and extensive modifications” to maintain the hardtop’s rigidity and improve its aerodynamics.

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The cabrio edition will also maintain the original LaFerrari powertrain, a 949 horsepower package using Formula One-derived KERS hybrid technology that will help it launch from 0 to 60 in just 2.4 seconds – on the way to a top speed of 217 mph.

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Nissan GT-R Gets More Power, Updated Design

Biggest change to supercar since 2007.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 2017 Nissan GT-R retains its familiar profile.

The Nissan GT-R is a perpetual motion machine, always seeming to be on the move, even when parked.

Wherever it’s going, it will get there a little faster next year, the Japanese maker giving the little supercar more power – and some design tweaks for 2017. It’s a welcome send-off considering the GT-R is expected to undergo a complete makeover within the next two years.

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“As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve,” said Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Global Design Center, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “With the signature V-motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which will continue into the future.”

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Lamborghini Centenario Celebrates Centennial in Style

Limited run of 20 coupes, 20 roadsters planned.

by on Mar.01, 2016

The new Lamborghini Centenario celebrates the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini.

How do you celebrate the centennial of your founder? You could throw a party and put plenty of candles on the cake. But Lamborghini has a different way of celebrating the 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The Italian maker is showing off the long-rumored Lamborghini Centenario, a super-exclusive, 770-horsepower version of its top-line Aventador two-seater. For those looking to crash the party, Lambo officials told a media audience they plan to produce just 40 of the hypercars: 20 coupes and 20 roadsters.

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Suggesting the one-off model allows his company to “transcend some of the constraints” of regular series production, outgoing Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said, “The Centenario is a car that perfectly combines tradition and innovation. It looks to the future while honoring the legend that is Ferruccio Lamborghini.”

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Bugatti Lifts Covers on 261-mph Chiron Ahead of Geneva Debut

Limited-edition ultracar aiming to regain world speed record.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The new Bugatti Chiron.

The long-awaited successor to the Bugatti Veyron has made its debut a day ahead of its official unveiling at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and whether you’re talking price, power or performance, the numbers are staggering.

To run by the basics, the new Bugatti Chiron will punch out 1,500 horsepower, launch from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds, and top out at 261 mph, enough to put it on target for a new world speed record. Oh, and did we mention the starting price of $2.6 million?

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“The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort,” says Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. “This combination is not offered by any other market player and gives Bugatti its unique market position.”

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Update: Lutz, Fisker Partner On New VLF Force 1

When is a Dodge Viper more than a Viper?

by on Jan.13, 2016

The VLF Force 1 went from little more than a sketch to driveable prototype in just 10 weeks. Photo Len Katz

(This story has been updated with new information about the VLF Force 1.)

Two automotive industry veterans are planning to make a return to the market, Danish designer Henrik Fisker and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz serving as two of the key partners in the new VLF Automotive.

They’ll be joined by industrialist Gilbert Villarreal in the venture, which will present its limited-edition supercar, the Force 1, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

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“I’m honored to become a partner in this automotive ‘Dream Team’,” said Fisker, who served as the chief designer at Aston on projects like the DB9 before setting up his own venture, Fisker Automotive. That plug-in hybrid maker went bankrupt in 2013.

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First Look: Ferrari 488 Spider

Lightweight power hardtop opens in 14 seconds.

by on Sep.16, 2015

The 488 Spider's drop top was designed to add minimal weight to the sports car.

You already know the Ferrari 488 Spider is going to be fast, but that extends to the new folding hardtop, as well, which will retract in a mere 14 seconds, the Italian automaker announced during the preview of the new cabriolet at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Spider is the open-air version of the only recently launched Ferrari 488 GTB, and with the top up, the two models bear a strong visual resemblance. The good news is that they also share the same basic performance specs thanks to the design of the top which adds only a modest amount of mass to the new model.

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Cutting the roof off is always a challenge for Ferrari engineers. It not only risks adding weight, but weakening a car’s chassis and worsening aerodynamics. The maker claims it was able to overcome all three of those potential problems.

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