Is this Peugeot a supercar-slayer?

Peugeot has unveiled a new hybrid concept car that claims to be quick enough to mix with the big kids of supercar world.

It’s the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show.

At first glance the supercar-slayer looks like a regular 308 with some extra body kit. But under the skin is where the magic happens.

The 308 R Hybrid has 500 horsepower, thanks to three engines: one petrol engine and electric motors on the front and rear axles.

There are four electronic driving modes, and the fastest, the appropriately named Hot Lap mode, has a whopping 730 Nm of torque and get the car to 100 km/h in four seconds.

That claim is sounding pretty good.

Two other driving modes are hardly what you’d call slow. Track mode has 400 horsepower and 530 Nm, using the petrol engine and the rear electric motor with the front electric motor giving additional boost under acceleration.

Road mode is for everyday road use with power of 300 hp and torque of 400 Nm, using the petrol engine with occasional help from the rear electric motor.

The final mode is the all-electric mode – in ZEV the car runs purely on electricity.

The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid cleverly uses the hybrid system to help with braking – using engine braking to provide additional power for the batteries while slowing the car down.

308 R Hybrid has an all-wheel drive system and runs on 235/35 R19 tyres, braking through 380mm ventilated discs at the front, gripped by four pistons, and 290mm discs to the rear.

Watch a Porsche 918 reach 350 km/h on a public road

Porsche’s new video shows the 918 Spyder reach 350 km/h (217 mph) on one of the deserted unrestricted speed highways in the stunning Australian outback.

The Porsche 918 has all-wheel drive.. and thankfully it was being driven by a professional racing driver… but it’s still an mind-blowing speed for a narrow ribbon of tarmac.

Porsche has its 918 Spyder in Australia for a promotional tour.  There’s no better place to show off the world’s fastest hybrid car.

The Ferrari 488GTB is coming and you should be excited

When the people at Ferrari make a new car, you know they’ll get the important stuff right. A new Ferrari will be powerful, fast, fun to drive and desirable. Oh, and it’ll always be in that wonderful Ferrari red.

Ferrari’s new 488 GTB delivers on the promise. Replacing the Ferrari 458, the Ferrari 488 GTB has a 661 horsepower (90 horses more than the 458) V8, gets to 62 miles an hour in 3.0 seconds, and has a bunch of electronic systems and controls that make the car more responsive to the driver. In other words, the electronic aids make it more fun to drive.

It debuted at Geneva in early March, and at the New York Auto show in April. Yes, it’s in the classic Ferrari red.

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So far, so good.

But there are a few differences in the 488 GTB that set it apart from its immediate ancestors.

 

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(1) A turbocharged engine

‘No big deal’, you’re thinking. Most manufacturers have turbo engines these days. Not Ferrari. This is only the second turbocharged engine since the 1980s for Ferrari (the other is the California T). And it’s a mighty engine – smaller than the 458’s V8, but 90 horsepower more. Good times.

 

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(2) Slightly quicker than the 458

All that power and torque looks great on paper, but doesn’t do much unless it puts power to the ground. The Ferrari 488 GTB sprints to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds, a few points of a second faster than the 458 it replaces.

 

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(c) The 488 GTB name

This one’s for Ferrari nerds. The 488 GTB gets its name from the capacity of one cylinder, an ancient tradition stretching back to the original Ferrari V12s. The more recent cars however were named after the engine capacity – for example, the 458 referred to a 4.5 litre, V8 engine. And again, the 348 was named for the 3.4 litre, V8 engine. The GTB is short for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.

 

Ferrari customers will be able to experience the car for themselves when the first deliveries begin later this year.

 

Less weight, more power, manual gearshift: new Porsche Boxster Spyder is for drivers only

Porsche isn’t prevaricating around the proverbial bush about who they think will be buying the new Boxster Spyder.  They use the word ‘purist’ a lot.  Translation: it’s for people who enjoy the raw thrill of driving fast cars.

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Almost every car maker says they make cars for driving enjoyment. But with the new Boxster Spyder, Porsche have put their money where their mouth is.

Porsche’s new open-topped roadster foregoes new-fangled modern features like electric roofs, audio systems and air conditioning.

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The convertible roof is a tent-like canvas that has to be lowered and replaced by hand.  A radio is an optional extra.  So is air conditioning.  I guess the point is you’re supposed to drive it with the roof down.

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The new two-seater Porsche certainly packs a punch.  It has the 3.8-litre six-cylinder direct injection engine from the Cayman GT4 with 375 horsepower and 420Nm.  Removing creature comforts and using aluminium panels gives the Boxster Spyder a curb weight of around 1,300kg.

The 100 km/h sprint is covered in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 290 kilometres an hour.

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Remember that word ‘purist’?  That means an automatic transmission is verboten.  You need to use the six-speed manual shift to change gears.

Driving purists would expect nothing less.

Watch the unveiling of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder at the New York Auto Show:

 

First pics of new 562 horsepower McLaren 570S supercar

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It might be due to be unveiled tomorrow at the New York Auto Show, but this is no April Fool’s Day joke: these are the first pics of McLaren’s new 562 horsepower supercar, the McLaren 570S.

Following the company’s recent naming traditions, the 570S gets its name from the 570 German horses under the bonnet (measured in PS, which is short for Pferdestärke, which means horsepower in German).

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The power comes from a twin-turbo, 3.9-litre V8, which when combined with the light weight of a carbon fibre chassis and aluminium body panels, sees the McLaren 570S get to 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds.  124 miles per hour is reached in 9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 204 miles an hour.

All this frenetic acceleration is helped by aerodynamics. A sleek ‘shrinkwrapped’ aerodynamic shape (featuring flying buttresses, things I always thought only belonged to gothic cathedrals) carves through the air, while aluminium fenders channel air towards the rear spoiler for increased downforce.  Dual wishbone suspension can be set to the usual Normal, Sport or Track handling modes.

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The rear wheel drive McLaren 570S put power to the ground through a 7-speed gearbox and Pirella Z-Corsa tyres – 19 inch on the front and 20 inch on the rear.  Braking is handled by carbon ceramic brakes.

With all that power, you’d expect the McLaren 570S to guzzle fuel, but it doesn’t.  The light weight and twin-turbos help the 570S to consume just 9.2 litres per 100 kilometres – or get to 25.5 miles per gallon.  Incredibly, this supercar also dodges the USA’s gas-guzzler tax.

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Inside the cabin, there’s standard leather seats along with a digital instrument cluster that changes configuration according to driving mode, a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen, integrated climate control, Bluetooth, and DAB digital / SIRIUS satellite radio (depending on market) with a McLaren Audio four speaker system.

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And finally, it wouldn’t be a McLaren without the dihedral doors would it?

 

 

Take a look at Aston Martin’s exclusive 800 horsepower Vulcan supercar

Even in the league of exclusive supercars the Aston Martin Vulcan is pretty exclusive. Just 24 of the new track-only supercars will be sold worldwide.

Although it shares a name with the secret weapon dreamed up by an Austin Powers villain, the Vulcan is a very real, 800 horsepower, V12-powered supercar. With fricken flames shooting out the sides.  Don’t believe me?  Watch the video below.

The 7.0-litre V12 under the bonnet was developed with Aston Martin’s racing division, giving the front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Vulcan the most powerful version of the company’s V12 engine.

Aston Martin has grabbed some tasty kit from its racing program – along with the race-inpired engine is a carbon-monocoque chassis, carbon-fibre body panels, and Brembo racing calipers with carbon ceramic racing disc brakes.

There’s no official word on a price tag yet, but internet gossip has it pegged around the $3 million mark.

But it’s not road legal so the 24 lucky customers will only ever experience it on the racetrack.

To help make this happen, Aston Martin is bringing in Le Mans-winning driver Darren Turner to provide expert tuition as a series of track days, giving owners first-hand tips on refining their track driving technique.

The Aston Martin Vulcan was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in February.  North Americans will get their first glimpse at the New York Motor Show in April.

 

Uber offers rides in a Maserati or Lamborghini. But only in Singapore

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Are Uber’s Singapore customers the luckiest in the world?

Uber users all round the world can ditch a bland taxicab in favour of someone’s private car, but in Singapore, Uber is going one classy step further.

From March 21 until May 21 this year, Uber is giving its users the chance to ride in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder or Maserati GranTurismo Coupe.

And better still, fares start at only a few hundred dollars, depending on how long the car is booked for.

The hard part will be choosing between the Maserati and the Lamborghini. Which one would you order?

 

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Lotus Elise special edition to celebrate 20 year anniverary

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When Lotus released their first Elise roadster 20 years ago, Bill Clinton was in the White House, Google didn’t exist yet and The Simpsons were still in their first decade on our TV screens.

The Lotus Elise appeared in 1995 as a fast, light-weight sportscar, capable of reaching 62mph in 5.8 seconds, despite just having a 1.8-litre, 88kW engine under the bonnet. A kerb weight of around 725kg helped.

Since then it’s been through a few model upgrades, finding 32,000 buyers across the world.

And to celebrate the milestone, Lotus has a new Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition. It retains the lightweight and fast principles of its ancestor, powered by a supercharged 1.8 litre engine and does the 62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds. (See the list for how it matches up to Ferrari and Porsche).

The new edition is based on the existing Elise S club racer, but won’t be hard to pick as it has 20th Anniversary decals all over it.   Buyers get to choose between ‘classic’ colours: blue, green, yellow and silver.

The best way to treat a Bentley is to hoon it around a frozen lake

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Bentleys on Ice. Sounds like a wacky kid’s pantomime or a hipster drink with an ironically old-fashioned name.

But in fact, Bentleys Power on Ice is a yearly event run by luxury car maker Bentley on – as the name suggests – a frozen lake in Finland.

For those able to pony up the required moolah, Bentley puts on a specially designed rally course (made by world rally Champion Juha Kankkunen) carved out of the ice, and lets them loose with a fleet of fast luxo-barges.

This year the Bentley Mulsanne Speed and GT3-R joined Continental GTs and Flying Spurs on track. With the smallest engine among them being the 4-litre, twin-turbocharged, 500 horsepower Continental GT V8, there was no shortage of power to play with.

Watch rich people sliding around on ice: