February 12, 2013 |
McLaren is just weeks away from unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show full details on its next P1 supercar. While we'll have to wait until then to learn of the car's powertrain, we've already seen the exterior up close . Now McLaren is giving us a look at the interior. The automaker released a trio of images of the inside of the million-dollar-plus supercar. Like the chassis and exterior body panels, the minimalist interior is largely constructed from carbon fiber to save weight.
January 21, 2013 |
Usually, BMW doesn't want its vehicles to slide freely on ice. But that's exactly the goal of its latest project - developing a two-man bobsled for the U.S. men's bobsled team. The sled raced for the first time at the FIBT World Cup in Igls, Austria, on Saturday but didn't put the U.S. on the winner's podium. The Swiss won. The U.S. teams running the BMW sled finished 14th out of 30 entrants. Another U.S. team running a different sled came close to a podium finish in fifth place.
November 28, 2012 |
Mercedes-Benz has no mainstream product to show off to the world at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, so it brought some eye candy instead. The automaker on Wednesday unveiled the SLS AMG Black Series, an ultra-hot version of the company's SLS AMG supercar and seven-passenger GL SUV. That Mercedes would use the L.A. Auto Show for this AMG showcase isn't a coincidence; the company says just under a third of all AMG sales are in California. Only four other production models have had a Black Series variant, an even faster version of already modified AMG cars, the most recent being the 2013 C63 AMG. PHOTOS: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series "It's the highest expression of AMG performance," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. As such, this SLS Black Series boosts the SLS GT's 583 horsepower to 622 horsepower, while torque actually drops from 479 pound-feet to 468 pound-feet.
October 27, 2012 |
The car: 2013 Chevy Corvette 427 Convertible The power: 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque coming from a 7-liter V-8 engine routing power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The photos: 2013 Chevy Corvette 427 Convertible The speed: 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds on its way to a 190+ mph top speed. The price: Base price is $76,900. As tested: $91,320 The details: Recipe for the 427: Take from the Z06 one engine, driveline, rear axle, optional Magnetic Ride Control, optional carbon fiber hood and fenders, mix with ZR-1's rear spoiler and lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 rubber.
October 23, 2012 |
With the 2012 SEMA Show just around the corner, it would appear that Chrysler Group is coming to party. The company released details on many of the 24 modified vehicles it will be bringing to the private aftermarket show. Models from every one of its six brands (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT and Fiat) will be on display, each featuring parts from Chrysler Group's Mopar aftermarket catalog. SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Assn., has thousands of company members and many of them will descend on Las Vegas from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 to show off products like aftermarket wheels, vehicle body kits, engine upgrades and performance modifications for nearly every aspect of a car. Photos: Chrysler's 2012 SEMA preview Automakers have taken note of the show's reach and use it to showcase one-off designs of existing models as well as aftermarket products they make themselves.
August 19, 2012 |
Ferrari used the Pebble Beach weekend, and the deep pockets it attracts, to unveil to North America its all-new F12berlinetta. And in so doing, tipped its hand for the future of the company's products. Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa was on hand to display the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive brute. The car has a naturally-aspirated, 6.3-liter V-12 engine that makes 731 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, directed through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. Ferrari says it weighs about 110 pounds lighter than the car it replaces, the 599. But it's not the weight that's noteworthy.