Well, if you haven’t been on the internet the past week…..you
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
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.
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.
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
What do you think? Check out the pictures below from Brandon
Turkus / AOL.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.