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20th September 2014

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Aston Martin unveils 2015 Vanquish Carbon Black and Carbon White editions

Aston Martin unveils 2015 Vanquish Carbon Black and Carbon White editions Picture #10

Aston Martin has recently introduced its 2015 Vanquish Carbon Black and Carbon White editions. Both the special editions are available as a Coupe or Volante. Both the Carbon Black and Carbon White editions are mechanically similar to the stock vehicle. They also have the same engine i.e. the 6.0-litre V12, but this now generates 576…

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20th September 2014

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Akrapovic does bikes too – check out this R1200GS Adventure Model

Akrapovic does bikes too - check out this R1200GS Adventure Model Picture #4

The Slovenian-based manufacturer of exhaust systems, Akrapovic, has made the BMW R1200GS and the R1200GS Adventure all black. The exhaust system maker gave the bikes a new slip-on exhaust silencer that comes in a sober but awesome black colour. The R1200GS models receive a general optical effect by way of new cans, as the cans’…

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19th September 2014

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Chevrolet stops 2015MY Corvette sales and issues two recalls

 Chevrolet stops 2015MY Corvette sales and issues two recalls

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Z51 package

Recalls affecting about 2,800 units

General Motors has announced deliveries of the 2015MY Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have been halted and the model is the target of two recalls.

Bringing up the total number of recalls this year to an unbelievable 67, these two latest recalls from GM are affecting the 2015MY Corvette which has problems with the airbags and parking brake cables. Almost 2,800 units are targeted but a spokesman says only a few have been sold to customers. 2,000 units are facing the airbag issue and many of them are still at the Bowling Green factory in Kentucky.

Deliveries of the 2015MY Corvette have been stopped as there’s a risk the driver’s side airbag could detach from the steering wheel in case of an accident, thus increasing the risk for serious injuries. All affected cars will receive an airbag module replacement featuring an updated configuration.

The other 800 cars - of which 700 are on dealer lots - were manufactured “without one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged.”

On a somewhat related note, Car & Driver had a long-term test with a 2014MY Corvette which required an engine replacement after only 6,000 miles (9,656 km). What’s more worrying is the fact that C&D says they’ve heard this problem has occurred to several other cars. General Motors is now analyzing the issue to find out what went wrong. From what they know so far, a faulty oil filter let loose metal debris into the engine.

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19th September 2014

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New Alfa Romeo model confirmed for summer of 2015, could be the Giulia

 New Alfa Romeo model confirmed for summer of 2015, could be the Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia render / Thorsten-Krisch

Already spied testing

New details are starting to emerge about the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Autoedizione reports Sergio Marchionne has confirmed a new model, most likely the Giulia, will debut on June 24, 2015 when the Italian brand will turn 105. The vehicle in question was spied for the first time during tests in a Maserati Ghibli mule two weeks ago.

Codenamed “Tipo 952”, the model will be the first for the brand to be based on a brand new architecture. This is the Giorgio platform, which is being developed by Maserati and will be used also on future Chrysler and Dodge products.

The Giulia is expected to be offered with a range of 4-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. A range-topping GTA version is reportedly also planned and it could be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine from Maserati which will develop 480 - 520 bhp (358 - 387 kW). The car is rumored to be a rear-wheel drive with a dual-clutch gearbox and a limited slip differential. This should enable it hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in less than four seconds.

Note: Alfa Romeo Giulia artist rendering pictured.

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18th September 2014

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Smart ForTwo Electric Drive gets Disney Edition for Japan

 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive gets Disney Edition for Japan

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Disney Edition (JDM-spec)

Limited to 40 units

Smart has announced a limited-run Disney Edition of the ForTwo Electric Drive which will be sold exclusively in Japan.

To our knowledge, it’s the first time Mickey Mouse is associated with a special edition model and this one will be finished in a combination of four colors (used by the Disney character): yellow (mirrors), white (wheels), black (tridion cell) and red (body). Inside the cabin there are leather-wrapped seats with red stitching and “edition Disney” lettering also found on the floor mats.

There aren’t any mechanical changes so the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Disney Edition is powered by the same 55 kW & 130 Nm magneto electric motor working together with a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It runs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 11.5 seconds and tops out at 78 mph (125 km/h) while the maximum range stands at 90 miles (145 km). Once the battery is depleted, a full refill will take seven hours with the regular charger but in select markets Smart is offering an optional 22 kW on-board charger which fills up the battery in only 60 minutes.

Developed through the Brabus tailor-made program, the model costs ¥3,990,000 and will be sold in 40 examples which will start reaching customers from December.

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18th September 2014

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DS models commercialized in Europe will lose Citroen name from 2015

 DS models commercialized in Europe will lose Citroen name from 2015

2015 Citroen DS5 facelift spy photo / S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

DS lineup to double in the next few years

PSA chairman Carlos Tavares has announced DS models sold in Europe will lose the “Citroën” name starting next year.

We’ve known for quite some time that PSA wants to further differentiate Citroën-badged cars from the more premium DS models and now Carlos Tavares has made it official as DS models will lose the Citroën name from 2015. Talking to Autocar, PSA chairman Carlos Tavares said there won’t be separate platforms and dealers but the two ranges will have separate manufacturing and engineering standards.

With the DS lineup, Tavares says he wants to rival Audi by 2020 by introducing “extremely exciting” products in the next six years, cars which will boast a “French sophistication, trendiness and the French way of life.” The latest DS-branded car is the Divine concept which although doesn’t preview a future production model, it does serve as a “vision of the future of the DS brand” which we already know will be expanded to six global models.

Several months ago we heard Tavares saying that he sees the PSA group divided into three separate layers: DS sitting on top as a premium brand, followed by a slightly more upscale Peugeot and Citroën as an entry-level marque.

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17th September 2014

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Porsche takes a look at their secret prototypes for new museum exhibit

 Porsche takes a look at their secret prototypes for new museum exhibit

Porsche 989 prototype

"Project: Secret!" exhibition runs from September 17th to January 11th

Porsche has announced plans to stage a special “Project: Secret!” exhibit at the Porsche Museum.

Designed to highlight some of the company’s lesser known projects, the exhibit will feature cars such as the 984 which was envisioned as a small and relatively inexpensive sports car that would appeal to younger buyers. Development started in 1984 and the model was slated to feature a rear-mounted 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with outputs ranging from 120–150 PS (88-110 kW). Designers were also playing around with the idea of a convertible and an all-wheel drive variant but the project was shelved in 1987 when the value of the dollar plummeted.

The exhibit will also feature the 989 which was billed as a “family sports car.” Work begun on the model in 1988 and it was slated to be launched in 1995 with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produced 350 PS (257 kW) and would enable it to hit a top speed of 279 km/h (173 mph). However, the math didn’t work out as internal calculations suggested the car would need to cost 150,000 deutsche marks - which was 50,000+ deutsche marks over earlier projections - and the company would only sell 15,000 units annually.

The “Project: Secret!” exhibition runs from September 17th to January 11th and will feature fourteen never-built studies, “unknown” concept cars and camouflaged prototypes. The exhibit will also have miniatures from the Porsche archive as well as films showing early testing on the prototypes.

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17th September 2014

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BMW i8 safety car drifts ahead of Formula E first race [video]


Wireless charging in focus

Today is the first ever Formula E ePrix in Beijing, China. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) has already clinched pole position ahead of both Audi Sport ABT drivers - Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.

But what’s more interesting ahead of the real race is the BMW i8 safety vehicle. Qualcomm, an official technology partner of the championship, has taken the electric supercar for some drifts only to prove their wireless charging technology Halo works under all conditions.

Formula E driver Nelson Piquet Jr. sits behind the wheel and shows us the i8 is pretty good at drifting, while engineers from company explain how they’re bringing Qualcomm inventions into cars.

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16th September 2014

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Video: 1,800-HP Lamborghini Gallardo Hits 224 MPH in 1/2 Mile



I have driven some very fast machinery in my life, including more than one Lamborghini Gallardo, but I have never experienced the kind of speed you are about to witness.

The U.S. 1/2 Mile is a half-mile drag race that happens yearly in Houston, Texas at Ellington Airfield. It is a hotly contested competition to set the highest top speed over the half-mile distance. Coming in to this year’s event, Underground Racing held the record at 217.1 mph, but there were lots of new cars looking to dethrone the tuning company.

As you can see in this video, that didn’t happen. In fact, using an Underground Racing-tuned, twin-turbocharged Lamborghini Gallardo Superlegerra with 1,800 horsepower, a brand new race record was set at 224.4 mph. When this Lamborghini crossed the quarter-mile mark, it was already going 177 mph. The car was going so fast, and there were so many vibrations, that is started to affect the cameras and caused some major distortion.

It was a good thing that the team brought such a powerful car, as the previous record was smashed by all three of the top finishers.

Considering that amount of speed that was gained from last year’s race to this year’s competition, I can’t wait to see what kind of insane machines show up for 2015. Now stop reading, hit play, and watch this Lambo blast down the runway.

Video: 1,800-HP Lamborghini Gallardo Hits 224 MPH in 1/2 Mile originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 19:00 EST.

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16th September 2014

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder vs 650S Spider vs Koeningsegg Agera R



On paper, this may seem like a very silly race. A “low-level” supercar in the McLaren 650S, a hybrid Porsche 918 and an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of more than 250 mph all lined up for a drag race. Who will win? Obviously since we are interested in this at all, the results will be surprising.

For once I am going to go ahead and spoil things for you by saying that the 918 wins. It may not have a top speed anywhere near the Agera R’s, but thanks to that instant electric torque and AWD, it launches from the line like a rocket. The real interesting story is the McLaren 650S. Considering it is the cheapest and slowest McLaren you can currently buy, it has no place in this fight, but it holds its own surprisingly well.

It just goes to show that even the slowest of the supercars are blindingly quick, especially over short distances in a straight line. Press that little play button to get an eyeful of horsepower, as there are about 2500 raging ponies between these three pieces of metal and carbon fiber. There is also a good bit of roaring exhaust noise, but sadly the quality isn’t the best, so don’t worry about cranking the volume too high on this one.

Why do you think the McLaren did so well in this race? Is the Agera being driven by a rookie? Does the 650S have more power than McLaren says? I want to read your opinions in the comments. As always, I’ll come back later and comment on what you guys said.

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder vs 650S Spider vs Koeningsegg Agera R originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:00 EST.

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