To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first two Porsche clubs, the company has announced that it has created the very exclusive 911 Club Coupe. The two Porsche clubs, one of which was established in 1952 and the other a few months afterwards, have now grown into a huge 181,000 members among 640 Porsche clubs in 75 countries around the globe.
Auto Blog reports that the car, based on the Carrera S will get its Powerkit providing an extra 30 horsepower. This increase in horsepower will give the vehicle the ability to jump from 0-100 kph in just 4.0 seconds. “The PASM option drops the car by 20 millimeters over its 20-inch Sport Techno rims, and the Sport Design package adds a new front fascia and a ducktail spoiler out back.”
On the exterior, The Club Coupe will show off glossy script on the doors and green paint. The interior sports an Espresso look.
In one of his latest reviews, Chris Harris test drives the Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG Bi-Turbo in St. Tropez.
Harris describes the car as “the ultimate go anywhere, roof up or roof down sports car” and acknowledges its ‘bi-polar’ nature as it simultaneously offers comfort and sport, quiet and noise, excitement and calm. Interesting.
For more figures and performance information watch Harris in action in the video below:
Toyota, along with its racing division TRD, has revealed the first picture of its 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle, based on the Toyota Camry.
The racing car has been intentionally designed to look similar to the production model road going Camry and although the front of the car is a little more aesthetically pleasing than the production version, there are mostly similarities between the two.
The racing series that kicks off in February in Daytona, Florida sees Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, and JTG Daugherty Racing as the teams reportedly confirmed to use the model.
A rare Aston Martin has recently sold on auction for £1.2 million at a Bonhams Auction in the UK. In comparison to recent auction history, it’s not considered an astronomical amount but it is an interesting purchase. While the vehicle may be rare, it is a factory approved replica.
This Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato was the first collaboration between Zagato and AM in the 1960s which saw the production of just 19 models. Almost 30 years later, Aston Martin decided to re-unite with Zagato and relaunch the model in 1987, by upgrading four existing DB4 rolling chassis to GT spec with AM specialist Richard Williams.
Williams upgraded each car with an uprated 4.2-litre engine, producing 352bhp, independent front suspension a limited slip diff and a live-rear axle.
According to a recent report by Car Magazine, Bentley will enter the 2013 Dakar Rally to promote its upcoming crossover.
The report says that Bentley will be buying back VW’s Race Touaregs, previously sold to private racing teams, and will update the SUV racers into modified versions of the EXP 9 F concept in order to have them ready for the 2013 competition.
Although the EXP 9 F was only just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and is likely a few years away from production, both the Bentley and its platform-sharing Lamborghini Urus SUV are “crucial to their respective brand’s future fortunes and both are production certainties”.
Porsche’s 918 plug-in hybrid prototype is back and it certainly looks different from the last time it made an appearance with its 770 horsepower.
The powerful vehicle with new polished black and white skin, blasted its way past 100 kilometres of terrain for every three litres of petrol. To acheive this fuel efficiency, it pairs a combustion engine with two independent electric motors.
It also features a carbon-fibre reinforced-plastic monocoque shell, rear-axle steering and unique upward-venting exhaust system.
Here are a few spy shots of Porsche’s 2014 Macan snapped by Motor Authority.
The Macan was first announced by Porsche as the name of its upcoming compact crossover SUV at the Geneva Motor Show that took place earlier this year with production expected to begin in late 2013.
On the performance side, “the Macan is expected to feature torque-sensing and torque-vectoring differentials, a wider track than the Q5, and both manual and PDK transmissions. A sport-tuned suspension with an optional adjustable ride system is also likely”.
According to Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, the sales volume estimates range from 50,000-55,000 units per year.
This is the new BMW M135i, a 316bhp hatch and the fifth model to emerge from BMW’s new M Performance Automobiles tuning arm. While the new vehicle made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year as a concept car, the production version comes out slightly differently.
The M135i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six producing 316bhp and 332lb ft sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The BMW also offers a chunky front spoiler, grey strakes in the front bumper and door mirror caps, bigger sills, a new rear bumper with two exhausts and 18″ wheels that come standard.
As for the interior, the M135i sports both cloth and Alacantra trim and a new steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake.
The vehicle also features “an upgraded cooling system on the 135i, a unique ECU and special engine sound tuning” with an overhaul on suspension as well.