Borys Pawliw
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Ferrari F12 Speciale photographed without any camouflage
I would imagine this car's design elements are not so much for show but rather the need to "go" without melting various components. Those vents would really be needed to cool the brakes and / or get more hot air away from the drivetrain.
26 hours a go
Pininfarina’s future looks grim; negotiations with Mahindra to restart in September
This is sad and scary: Pininfarina has a history to die for, it has a very well respected and indeed loved name, is involved in very high value added activities in outsourced engineering and has diverse capabilities. The fact that it is in the red is either a worrying reflection on the state of the European economy or a sad indictment on managerial competence.
27 hours a go
2016 Ford Focus RS to cost $35,730?
I was told I can have one for list...if I was prepared to wait for 18 months. :-( However, he said that he may have one available "soon" for base price of $78,000...but I had to decide then and now. Grrrrr...looks like am in for the long haul...
Jul 30th, 2015 11:31am
Ferrari F12 Speciale expected to lose 200 kg and pack 760 bhp
It's quite easy to just add more hp, but to strip out weight usually takes a lot more ingenuity...and that means a better cars in the real world of hardcore driving.
Jul 27th, 2015 3:59pm
First Bugatti Veyron going up for auction
764 miles? I am guessing this buyer bought it as an investment more than anything and only drove it enough to keep the fluids from turning to muck.
Jul 25th, 2015 2:11am
On-board video shows Ferrari 488 GTB hitting 341 km/h on the autobahn
Not sure if it was just the microphone on the video camera, but damn at that speed the noise was quite muted. Years ago I took and old Countach 25th anniversary to ~310 km/h on the speedo (in reality I think the true speed was maybe 290 km/h), and that was like a series a few hundred shotgun rounds going off behind my head in sequence in the middle of a tornado. The 488 is just showing how far we have come in making insane speeds not just possible, but relatively comfortable...
Jul 22nd, 2015 11:31am
Opel highlights the seats on the 2016 Astra [video]
This looks great, but I must say all major manufacturers have really lifted their game over the past 10-15 years in terms if interior design and materials quality. Guess Audi/VW really kicked off the trend and now everyone is benefiting. This Opel has a dash style that would not look out of place in an MB, BMW or Audi.
Jul 17th, 2015 7:27am
All-new Toyota Fortuner goes official
Looks a little busy and perhaps slightly over-styled, but certainly not over the top. Should prove another well deserved cash cow for Toyota.
Jul 16th, 2015 11:53am
Mazda RX-7 rendering shows what we're missing
Damn, if Mazda builds this, the only problem will be building them fast enough. This is as much an orgasm for the eyes as this Lexus... http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Lexus_LF_LC_Blue.jpg So much for Japanese cars being boring!
Jul 10th, 2015 9:50am
Lamborghini will stick with naturally aspirated engines for now
You have to respect Lamborghini for this attitude, but the sad truth is the writing is on the wall for naturally aspirated cars in this segment. The issue of sound quality and engine responsiveness is still a valid case of NA engines, but ultimate power, torque, fuel efficiency and emissions advantages of forced induction can't be ignored. I think a very mild hybrid system using light supercapacitors, which will kick in for a fraction of a second whilst the turbos spool, combined with electrified turbos, can take care of lag. I guess some very clever plumbing and - I hate to say it - artificial sound can take care of the other issue. Not a pure solution, but I believe worth the tradeoff, eventually.
Jul 10th, 2015 2:55am
Alfa Romeo Giulia reportedly has a top speed of 321 km/h
I wonder if the 3.9 second 0-100 km/h time is with the rwd only or 4wd: if it's rwd, then the awd version will easily hit the mid 3s. What a time to be a car buyer!
Jul 9th, 2015 1:38pm
1986 Ferrari Testarossa from Miami Vice going up for auction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjXPY9jOx8 Reliving the glory of cheap coke, cheap women and rashes that never went away despite the penicillin injections...
Jul 9th, 2015 3:30am
Lexus LX570 facelift spied inside & out in Dubai
It's an engine that is a bit behind the times, but on the plus side you know it will still be bullet proof even after 150,000 km have ticked over...and that's after the clock has been around once already... ;-)
Jul 7th, 2015 5:00am
BMW M boss says manual gearbox is dying; 600 PS is the current maximum
I guess the 600hp limit is what can be reasonably handled and properly used by a rwd saloon. But with the xDrive system, I think BMW can safely add another 600 hp on top... :D
Jul 6th, 2015 12:49pm
Next-gen Mercedes A45 AMG to have more than 400 bhp
I just shake my head in wonder. This is a compact hot hatch. Years ago even 200hp would have been looked on as insane power for such a car. Just remind yourselves that 400 hp was what the Ferrari 360 Modena. We have come far indeed!
Jul 3rd, 2015 12:27pm
Journalist flips over BMW i8 during a test drive
My kind of journalist: push to the limit and beyond.
Jul 1st, 2015 2:02pm
2017 BMW M5 spied on the Nürburgring
But it also brings higher grip in slippery conditions and in most corners. It's a payoff I am happy to make, though I realize people in more mild climates may not have as much use for 4wd. But you need to remember that the more power there is, the more likely that 4wd will be relevant at higher speeds.
Jul 1st, 2015 9:28am
2017 BMW M5 spied on the Nürburgring
Very good news about the 4wd: a lot of high powered sedans have 0-100 km/h times that, whilst certainly impressive in isolation, are not that much - if any - better than far less powerful cars, simply because of traction issues. With 4wd, that is not the case. Ballpark guess? Reliable low to mid 3 second 0-100 km/h times.
Jun 30th, 2015 3:06am
Bentley to decide between making the EXP 10 Speed 6 or sub-Bentayga model
EXP 10 first, then wait 3-4 more years and start working on the sub-Betayga in time to use the next generation Touraeg platform.
Jun 29th, 2015 4:30pm
Bentley introduces their new cellphone at Goodwood
Well, these guys are trying to change that. By way of example, the components in the phone are designed and assembled to a far higher standard than a normal cellphone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Upup-9Jau8 Time will tell how they succeed, but if you look at some old computers and cellphones and the prices they are fetching, then there is definitely historic value to be found...and compounded over the years.
Jun 27th, 2015 10:38am
2017 Lexus SC could spawn an F variant with 600+ bhp
This is easily the best looking Lexus ever, indeed it may be one of the most amazingly beautiful cars within the last 15 years if they produce it like this. And it is not derivative: this is pure Lexus design language that owes nothing to anyone else. Don't screw this up Lexus: you're on a total winner.
Jun 27th, 2015 6:18am
Bentley introduces their new cellphone at Goodwood
What Vertu/Bentley are thinking is that people need to start thinking of their smartphones the same way they think about luxury watches. A typical Rolex GMT Master costs around USD 10,000 in stainless steel, but a $500 Citizen watch can offer way better accuracy and infinitely more functionality. But that is not he point. Vertu needs to be looked at in the same way.
Jun 26th, 2015 3:35am
Nissan unleashes Juke-R 2.0 with 600 PS
The design is not supposed to be pretty: it's balls out, in your face, absolutely nuts performance. It's the automotive equivalent of Rosie O'Donnell getting hit in the face by a 1,000lb burning log, then running at 45 km/h naked for 2 hours straight in front of everyone to make it to a Victoria's Secret swimsuit show and then crash tackling all the models. It's crazy, but you can't look away.
Jun 25th, 2015 4:13pm
Lexus hoverboard prototype officially unveiled [video]
Probably a bit more to it than what is said here - and not just far out hoverboards, as cool as that is. Lexus/Toyota has been experimenting with inductive charging: that means an electric car with a battery that charges whilst you drive from coils underneath the road. Very similar tech to what you get with a few mobile phones these days.
Jun 25th, 2015 2:54am
Walter Rohrl crashes Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach [video]
I admit I am not as a good a driver as I should have been given the way I was driving for those conditions. But I am proud I lived.
Jun 24th, 2015 2:59pm
Aston Martin reveals DB9 GT with 547 PS 6.0-liter engine
It's truly a timeless design, but whilst they can keep the external looks, there needs to be quantum leap underneath the skin...
Jun 24th, 2015 1:47pm
Walter Rohrl crashes Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach [video]
45 y/o and 3 writeoffs, including one that landed me in hospital for 3 weeks...but no 918s! :)
Jun 23rd, 2015 4:05pm
Walter Rohrl crashes Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach [video]
Two things: glad he's OK and also glad even someone of his calibre crashed: makes me feel a little less useless with my crashes...
Jun 23rd, 2015 2:41pm
Rolls-Royce Wraith Porto Cervo annouced
The interior I worship, with the jarring exception of those old generation BMW sourced black plastic aircon controls in the lower middle. Absolutely out of place and awful looking no matter how hard it may - or may not - try. Like Donatella Versace at a Victoria's Secret show...
Jun 23rd, 2015 10:54am
Next generation Toyota GT86 could use Mazda MX-5 platform
The partnership was announced just over a month ago and already showing real direction. The CEO of Toyota paid Mazda a huge compliment when he said that Mazda was a lap ahead of Toyota when it came to making lightweight chassis systems, the Skyactiv high compression engines and the efficient transmissions it uses. And of course, Toyota's overall quality/reliability systems, it's hybrid tech, the ability to manufacture more profitably than anyone and its massive financial resources also bring a lot to the table. It will be a great partnership if they can make it work.
Jun 22nd, 2015 10:22am
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