We saw Jaguar's C-X75 concept supercar unveiled last year, unfortunately it never made it to production. But it did make it into the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, as the villain's ride of choice. Expect to see it on the big screen this year.
Porsche is currently in a transition period with the 911 and the Cayman. While the 911 will begin to transition into only turbo motors in the near future making them much faster and more hardcore, the Cayman will now be receiving the outgoing 3.8L flat six from the 911. Effectively turning the 911 into a whole new beast (with new pricing as well) and pushing the Cayman up into a segment once reserved for the flagship 911. Porsche had heard quite a bit of criticism in the past few months regarding the GT3 only being available with the PDK gearbox. This is most likely due to the current declining market for manual gearboxes along with the lack of performance that a manual provides when compared to the outstanding PDK. Only, they've had a plan all along to satisfy the purists still seeking a third pedal with the soon to be unveiled Cayman GT4.
This all new Cayman available only in a manual gearbox borrows many parts from the current GT3 including chassis components, brakes, wheels and more... Porsche claims the new GT4 laps the 'Ring in only 7:40 which matches the time of the 2011 911 GT3; quite a feat on its own. Power comes from a 3.8L flat six derived from the 911S that makes at least 385hp and is good for a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. Coming in at $84,600 that is quite a deal for all the performance this car can dish out. Expect more details as the Geneva show nears.
The Iconic Ferrari F40 was one of the greatest cars the company has ever built. Now, back at it again, Ferrari is toying around with the idea of using turbos. The 458 will most likely be the last naturally-aspirated mid-engine Ferrari for the foreseeable future and in its place comes the 488 GTB. With styling similar to the 458, aside from new aero bits and those mean side vents to feed the two turbos strapped to the new 3.9L V8, this prancing horse will be making 661 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. The Ferrari will be unveiled next month in Geneva. A true, modern F40.
The new Insane mode update that all Tesla P85D's will receive OTA over the next week has improved 0-60 acceleration times by about 0.1 seconds. The car that already has the same acceleration numbers as a McLaren F1 just got even faster. Check out some reactions to the new Insane launch control.
The long awaited Lamborghini Aventador SV has been spied during a commercial shooting in Europe. With a lot more downforce aero, more power, and a more aggressive look, the New Super Veloce Lambo definitely fits the part. Expect more information to surface very soon.
Unconfirmed reports say that the Chevrolet Z/28's insane 7:37.47 Nurburgring lap time was bested by the upcoming Ford Mustang GT350R by more than 5 seconds... This is a huge feat if the Stang' actually accomplished a true 7:32.19. For instance, that's faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia, 997 Porsche GT3RS, and a Koenigsegg CCX. From an American Musclecar this is clear supercar territory here, let alone the Z/28's time was faster than a Lexus LFA so it technically was the first 'muscle' based supercar, yet, the Mustang besting it by over 5 seconds really speaks to how far ahead of the game Ford is right now. Again, these are reports are unconfirmed from the widely popular British car magazine Evo, so take it as you will.
Gene Sanchez Leeds' (Road&Track) daily driven Z06. He will be driving this Vette all throughout the winter on a two hour commute into Manhattan. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2's have been swapped out for some Pirelli Winter Sottozero tires. Good luck and have fun Gene.
Renault's one-make racer, the Renaultsport R.S. .01, has all the makings of a serious gentleman's racer: Dallara carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, integrated roll cage, racing-certified fuel cell; oh, and a NISMO-supplied 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 sprung from the Nissan GT-R, kicking out more than 500 horses through a Sadev sequential 7-speed. The racer, designed for a bespoke, one-vehicle racing series along the lines of Ferrari's 458 Challenge Evoluzione Program, also happens to be very easy on the eyes. It's a purpose-built racer, yes, but it doesn't have the purely pragmatic look of, say, Nissan's Delta Wing. That's because Renault's design team set out not just to build a race car, but to build "the world's most beautiful race car." The fact that the R.S. 01 bears a semi-passing resemblance to the Audi R8 doesn't hurt.
Most amazing, however, is the extremely short gestation period that birthed this sleek racer: A mere 5 months, just over half the time it would take two humans to produce a third.
Article sourced from Road&Track
"The next one's got to be mid-engined." - GM head of engineering, Jim Queen, on the next gen Corvette.
Back in 2003, the rumors began to stir up once again about the next generation Chevrolet Corvette going to a mid-engine platform to be able to compete with the supercars of the time. Yet, in 2005 GM starting having budget issues and the project was quickly thrown off the table...
Now with the outstanding success of the Corvette Stingray and along with the 2015 Z06, the project is back up and running (unofficially). The C7 Stingray/C7 Z06 have officially gone about as far as they can go when we talk about performance specs and numbers on the current front-engined chassis (keep in mind there physically is more room to grow but the Corvette is an affordable, every man's sportscar). With that in mind, to keep production costs down and still be able to compete with the European exotics, the next logical step is to go mid-engined.
At this point all the gathered information is just speculation along with some hints and some rumors. All signs point towards a sub-$120k mid-engined Corvette in the near future, but this is not the first time rumors have been stirred up like this regarding the new chassis platform. Along with every new generation of Corvette, comes speculation and exaggeration. The most concrete proof we have are the spy shots Car&Driver released showing a test mule of the long awaited corvette Zora (see below). Lets just hope these rants and rumors become reality.