The last ever Bugatti Veyron!

A recent interview by ‘Auto, Motor und Sport’ has led to some slightly sad news. The interview with the Wolfgang Durheimer spoke mostly about what is in store for Bentley and Bugatti in the coming years, but also revealed that the 450th Bugatti Veyron will be shown at the coming Geneva Motor Show. It has been confirmed that it will be the last production Veyron after a run of 10 years in production which has equated to 300 coupes and also 150 roadster models.

The Molsheim based company spoke of how only six weeks ago there was a further eight Veyron’s commissioned up to the final one, which I have no doubt are all completely sold. Although Durheimer would not confirm, it is suspected that the 450th model will be a Grand Sport Vitesse which packs 1183-horsepower. With the casual 16 cylinder engine well in place as per usual.

Questions were also asked about the new generation hypercar i.e. the Veyron’s successor and when the public might be able to see this new beast. Durheimer stated “it takes time to create a work of art”, which is a statement that we can whole heartedly level with. He did however say that the new car would of course be “even better”, so maybe hitting the speed of light might not be out of the question? The Auto Bible, as well as other’s are likely right in suspecting that one, it will be lighter than the Veyron and two, will run a hybrid powertrain much like that in the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Numbers that we would expect from an already 1000-HP+ car manufacturer should be 1500-BHP+ with a top speed of 280+MPH. The factors will all equate to a wonderful piece of engineering, which we cannot wait to see! Who is going to make the ROAD tyres that can handle 280+ Mph? We will have to wait for Mr Durheimer to show us.

-Abraham Akbareian

-Image credit : Bugatti 

Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid Hypercar

Well, if you haven’t been on the internet the past week… have missed out. There has been a ton of new cars being seen for the first time at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which we unfortunately not in attendance but are definitely keeping up to date with. The show’s most significant (in our opinion) release / new car is the exciting new Koenigsegg Regera hybrid hypercar.

Now, with the evolution of the automobile moving forward in the direction of hybrid enhancement, we are seeing the pioneering technology coming from the big boys. Ferrari with the La Ferrari, Porsche with the 918 Spyder and McLaren with the P1. Koenigsegg were not about to miss out on the party, and have graced the world with the new 1500-HP Regera.

Being called the Regera we can hazard a guess at it being the cousin or step brother of the Agera hypercar but with a more advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain. The powerhouse within the car is the same 5.0-Litre V8 that we see in the Agera, but it will use smaller turbo’s in order to reduce lag, still producing 1100-HP. This will be mated to a bed of electric motors that are able to produce a further 700-HP. This means that when the both of them decide to get together and have a party, you have over 1500-HP under your right foot with just as much torque. The car can be run solely on electric power, and outdo most currently produced electric vehicles plus Koenigsegg have states that the Regera will be the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever”. Come on Bugatti, let’s see what you have hiding!

The vehicle will use Koenigsegg’s direct drive transmission with the incorporation of three electric motors, one at each rear wheel and one at the crankshaft of the fossil fuel burner. The Regera will also use torque vectoring and regenerative braking to enhance the vehicle for on the moving charging. Koenigsegg state the Regera is completely robotized; with active hydraulic suspension, active aero in every opening and the powertrain is on completely active mounts.

The car sounds absolutely incredible, and we cannot wait to see some videos appearing online (or if Koenigsegg want a review, we sure would be happy to do that for them)! But none of this is likely to be cheap or in any kind of abundance. They will produce 80 Regera’s, alongside the new Agera RS which will be the first time that Koenigsegg have built more than one model at a single time.

The price of the Regera and the exact performance figures are not yet available, but with the consideration that it will have 1500+ HP and weighs lighter than 1600 Kg we expect figures of 250+ MPH in less than 20 seconds, and acceleration from 93-155mph in around 3 seconds.

In a nutshell……It looks absolutely savage.

-Abraham Akbareian

Photo Credit - Drew Phillips / Koenigsegg

Ferrari 488GTB

Today see’s the release of yet another of the turbo generation. As automakers be it Ford or Ferrari all begin to truly usher in the age of forced induction, we are likely going to have to say goodbye to the sweet sound of natural aspiration.

The car you see is dubbed the Ferrari 488 GTB which is be the replacement of the 458 which we have grown to love. Packing a 3.9-litre turbo’d V8, kicking out around 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. This is a rather big jump from the 458 with on increase of 65 horse’s, and an even bigger hit of torque being 162 lb-ft more than its predecessor. This all comes despite the actual 600cc decrease in engine displacement. From the look of the images we imagine the turbo setup will be a twin scroll kind of deal which should sound great.

Expect 0-60 in roughly 3 seconds or less, 124mph in 8.3 seconds and another car in the 200 Mph club. We are certainly looking forward to seeing the kind of road presence that the 488 presents and hearing the first mid engine’d V8 pony since the F40 stole all of our hearts.

To read the tech & spec in detail head to Www.Ferrari.Com

-Abraham Akbareian

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale: Geneva 2015

We reported a few weeks ago that the Bugatti Veyron would be giving a final hurrah at the Geneva Motorshow. Not one to be a let-down, Bugatti bought along the La Finale, which they state will be the very last, no not just the last special edition, but the very final Veyron to roll out (450th to be precise). It is based upon the Veyron Vitesse, which comes with a jaw dropping 1184-Hp which uses the same power plant as the Super Sport and the removable roof panels that can be seen on the Grand Sport variation.

The last ever Veyron comes in a very distinct red and black carbon fibre, with matching red wheels and an interior of lavish dark red and white indulgence. We also notice the La Finale details dotted around the vehicle, likely painted by hand. Details of the owner were released in a small amount only stating that it is going to a Middle Eastern customer. The last Veyron is a sad day, as to me it was the first real million dollar, 1000+ Hp hypercar for people to drool over. I’m sure there are others, but the Veyron soon became the big hitter and the car to beat, which means that now we can look to the future and we are ever hopeful that Bugatti will release something EVEN BETTER!

-Abraham Akbareian

Photo Credit - Bugatti - Jonathon Ramsey / AOL

Ford Focus RS release!

Say hello to the reincarnated third-generation Focus RS. Following the reveal of the new Ford GT last month, we get to say hello to this new beast which begins fords promise of 12 new performance vehicles by 2020.
So what are we looking at? For the first time we have all wheels drive (which the consumer has been crying out for in this car) twinned with an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine. Redesigned looks are both aesthetically pleasing making the car very brutish looking but also functional for both on road and track use.

The car has been designed with the help of one Mr Block who no doubt also volunteered to be test driver, so at a guess we can already start to imagine that the new RS will be a bit of a hoonigan. The new 2.3-litre will give us 315+ horsepower which will no doubt be a riot with the all-wheel drive.

Performance wise the new all-wheel drive system will work on twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. These manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability. This could mean that it will be possible to get 100% split between front and rear, therefore welcoming elements of rear wheel drive to the car and the prospect of over 1 g lateral acceleration! Ford can confirm just about everything is upgraded on the new car, including Recaro buckets, a race derived flat-bottom steering wheel and sweet ricer pod gauges to show boost oil temp and oil pressure.

Another huge consumer factor with this new car is that for the first time Ford will be selling the vehicle globally including the US. We can’t forget the fierce completion coming out and rivalling the Focus RS, the Mini JCW, VW Golf R400 and the Civic Type R just to name a few.

A couple of decades ago we saw the likes of the MK1 Golf GTi which was heralded as the “hot hatch”, are we at a point now where the performance of these cars could allow the creation of a new subgroup of cars called the “super hatch”, in the same way that we moved from sports cars, to super cars to hyper cars? I think so.

-Abraham Akbareian

Porsche joining the release party with the 911 related Cayman GT4

Amidst a week of great releases and teasers Porsche not being one to shy away from the party has shown us the new Cayman GT4. At a first glance we can already see more aggressive styling, bigger brakes and a lower ride height. Of course there will always be the argument between the purists as to whether the Cayman could ever compare to the 911. But what we can’t forget is that even the newest rendition of the Cayman will come with a juicy 6 speed manual on dynamic gearbox mounts, and any real petrol head will always love ripping through the gears themselves.

Underneath the meaty exterior will be a 385-horsepower, 3.8-litre flat six engine which is a very close relation to that found in the Carrera S. The 0-60MPH sprint will come in at a rapid 4.2 seconds which is half a second faster than the old Cayman GTS, with Porsche claiming a top speed of 183MPH. Another Easter egg of info from Porsche is that the GT4 will lap the Nurburgring in 7.40 minutes which is the same as the 2011 911 GT3.

The interior on the car should have the usual Porsche motif with lashings of leather and Alcantara, plus the new GT4 steering which promises ideal control and direct steering feedback due to is small dimensions. More details are expected to emerge with its presence at the Geneva Motor show, likely more detail on which components have come from the 911 GT3.

This vehicle will arrive at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. This pricing certainly does bring it close to some very hot competition such as the BMW M4/M3 which are both being very well received from last year.  

-Abraham Akbareian

Pagani Huayra Sold out!

When we think about the name Pagani, we think luxury, speed and exclusivity. This is now being reinforced by Pagani spokesman Luca Venturi confirming that they have sold the entire run of the Huayra supercar. This means for those of us, including me who were planning on buying one, it unfortunately won’t come direct from Pagani (Damn It!). But don’t get too down about it all, it’s highly likely that the Huayra will follow the trend of the Zonda which had countless special editions, hardtops, 1 of 1’s etc. So there should still be plenty to see.  

The staff at Pagani won’t be able to put their tools down quite yet though, as the luxury car brand only puts out around 40 vehicles per year. This puts them at around the same level as the Bugatti factory and almost Koenigsegg who actually produce even less.

-Abraham Akbareian

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

So, let’s say you love Aston Martin, but you also really love race cars. Who’s to say that you can’t have the best of the both worlds?  Aston Martin certainly isn’t and that’s why for a cool £250,000 you could be the proud owner of 1 of only 100 Vantage GT3’s.

Under the lightweight bonnet you will find the 6.0-Litre V12 engine from the standard V12 Vantage producing 592-BHP and 460 pound ft of torque. But the GT3 model uses an array of Magnesium components including the inlet manifold and the torque tube. The exhaust is also a straight system made from lightweight Titanium. The kind of figures that you can expect from the vehicle would be 0-60MPH in just 3.5-seconds and a top speed of 180-MPH.

Overall the GT3 is 100-KG lighter than the V12 Vantage fat boy version which creates a big bridge between the road and the track. 100-KG is dropped by a full Carbon Fibre body bar the doors, with the option for Polycarbonate rear quarters and windows. You could even have the standard battery replaced with a Lithium Ion battery! With all weight saving options added that car could weigh as little as 1565-KG.

Even more track magic is bought to the road legal car with all the aero that create a visual feast. The addition of a massive rear wing, big front lip and carbon canards lead to twice the aerodynamic force that can be achieved with the Vantage GT4 and 7 times more than the standard V12 Vantage-S. All of these factors culminate to create Aston Martins second fastest accelerating car, only to hyper One77. If you have the money, and the contacts then I would seriously get your name on the list for one of these bad boys.

Hit play to watch further coverage and hear the sound of the beautiful Titanium exhaust thanks to our friends over at XCAR!

-Abraham Akbareian

Rainbow Viper in Chicago

It wasn’t long ago that Dodge announced that anyone who would like to buy the Dodge Viper can join the 1 of 1 program in which the buyer is able to customize their supercar in any which way. The opportunity came with 8000 paint colors, 24000 hand painted stripe variations, 10 different types of alloy wheel and 16 different interior choices. This pretty much means that anything and everything is just about possible, ranging from simple to about as weird as you want to get. They even stated that there is potentially 25 million different combinations.

Over in Chicago, a showcase car is out to demonstrate how unique you can get, and in my opinion it looks kind of cool. I have an image of the car rolling through what looks like an automated car wash, with 1000 little sprayers and instead of water they all have a different color coming out. Notice the viper is also sporting 4 different wheel choices, which we can only assume is being done to showcase to a potential buyer just how good they all look!

What do you think? Check out the pictures below from Brandon Turkus / AOL.

-Abraham Akbareian

Aston Martin Vulcan

Keep your eyes on the screen, for what you see is Aston Martins beautiful Vulcan. We can already tell you are imagining how amazing this sounds snarling through downshifts and spitting flames out the rear end. Aston has said that the powerhouse will be their V12 lump, bt instead of the normal puny 5.9 –litres it will be bored out to 7.0-litres although there have been no official figures from Aston yet we can assume the power will be 800+

The chassis of the hypercar will consist of a carbon fibre monocoque which will be wrapped in a complete carbon fibre body which will be assembles by Aston Martins motorsport partner Multimatic, which is the same Multimatic that is going to be part of building the new Ford GT.

The car will be an FIA approved track only vehicle so it will have complete pushrod suspension with fully adjustable dampening and anti-roll bar systems. It will also be equipped with a six speed sequential transmission, with carbon ceramic discs paired with Brembo calipers, and adjustable traction control. All that power and track trickery will be laid down via the 19” wheels which at the rear will be 345 Michelins!!!

Here’s the downside to the Vulcan, as I’m sure you have guessed they are only producing a limited number of them, 24 to be precise. If you’re in the market for one, we suggest getting on to Aston right now because we sure they won’t be around for long. Once your name is down, you can also sign up for the new racing development program that Aston are putting together for the owners. In the racing program two times GT1 champion Darren Turner will “support owners on their learning journey” as they are coached at different tracks around the world. They will be built up not only on track in provided V12 vantages and One-77’s but also in the classroom so that when in the seat of their new Vulcan they will be able to get the most out of it possible.

Hopefully for the more real world people like us, the Vulcan should provide clues as to what we will see in future Aston Martins and what I hope a teaser as to an Aston Martin hybrid that could sit amongst the ranks of the McLaren P1, La Ferrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Wouldn’t that be a treat! More details should be available when the car is officially unveiled at Geneva next week.

-Abraham Akbareian

Audi R8 teaser

This week Audi have decided that we deserve to see a sneak peak of the new 2nd generation R8 supercar. From the headlight that we can see, we already know that they are likely to incorporate the instantly recognisable Audi LED’s with the option for the laser high-beam module. But unfortunately in the US you won’t be able to get this option due to the fact that the federal organisations in charge of this sort of thing deem them dangerous and therefore illegal.

What else can we tell from the image? Without a doubt a more chiselled and defined jaw, bringing in vertical elements almost fin like for aero purposes will give a more aggressive and defined look to the front end. We can also see a more angular and sharp shape to the grill area. We can also hazard a guess that it will be available in blue, not dissimilar to the Ford performance colours we have seen as of late.

-Abraham Akbareian