If one were to analyze the past century of automotive internal combustion engine adaptations using an evolutionary perspective, it might be appropriate to mark a speciation event occurring around 1981.
The similarities in hardware beg the question: is this car any more than a marketing gimmick? Compared to the GT, the biggest changes come in the power department. The Bullitt sports an intake manifold derived from its more hardened sibling, the GT350, as well as a larger throttle body to allow the extra air to flow into the block, and a high performance engine tune to allow for more tomfoolery. The results? A healthy 475 horsepower (15 more than the standard car).
We haven't yet seen a full release of the drivetrain or chassis setup specs, but we can only hope that the Mk V will come with an entirely new powerplant - potentially derived from the FT-1, if the exterior styling is any indication.
The last time I saw a response like this to a car it was a F40 parked on the street in Carmel Valley. Ferrari F40: 1987-1992, Twin-Turbo Flat-Plane V8, 478bhp, now worth well north of $1 million, arguably one of the best track cars every built (I'm more than willing to argue if you disagree).
I would love to be able to start this off by confirming what so many others have said - that the R is an infinitely more livable and practical car than the Focus RS. I wish I could agree that despite all of my fear about understeer, the clear lack of a drift button, and a 50bhp relative deficiency I still prefer the Golf R as a car to own and love everyday.
The Vantage GT is a dedicated and carefully planned machine that positions itself perfectly at the intersection of modern luxury and analog driving dynamics. As all of the Italians forsake the analog sports car in the pursuit of a record-setting lap time, Aston Martin preserves the type of car that so many of us fell in love with
Everyone says not to meet your hero car. Then everyone that's gone ahead and met their hero decides to write about how everyone told them not to, followed by an explanation of how disappointed or satisfied they were. Unfortunately I'm not unique enough to break that pattern, but that doesn't change how incredible this E36 is.
After years of studying the 911 in detail, watching countless videos and reading every critique that I could get my hands on, I would be able to experience it first hand. It didn’t take very long until I began to get an idea of what Richard Hammond meant when he declared the GT3 the best car ever invented in 2013 – and I was only driving a Carrera S.
Though the years following his epiphany weren’t always filled with automotive innovations, Christian clung to his obsession like a child to their favorite toy. Throughout his life he had been an innovator, never letting his failures cloud his ultimate vision. These weren’t your average failures, either.
The Concept One gives us a peek at the potential of tomorrow’s electric hypercars, just as the Model S and Mission E lay out the framework for the luxury-electric performance sedan. The Concept One, the result of 7 years of R&D by the Croatian startup Rimac, boasts some extraordinary specifications.
With one of todays high performance cars, you’re lucky to get it screaming once or twice before you slow down and watch your rearview mirror to make sure the police aren’t on you. The rest of the time, your track-ready beast is petering along in economy mode, slowly dying inside. It’s like that crazy 9-year-old ADHD cousin of yours.
In an age of turbocharging and electrifying, a 6.4 liter V8 is the breath of not-so-fresh-air that keeps me going throughout the day. The Challenger T/A – and the other American muscle cars so valiantly fighting to keep the V8 alive – give us that burbly exhaust note that made our 10 year old spines tingle.
eROT is based on a 48 watt electrical system, capable of an energy capacity of 0.5 kilowatt hours and peak system output of 13 kilowatts. Instead of focusing this innovation primarily on fuel savings, however, Audi claims that this new system is focused on providing a more adaptable and adjustable suspension system. As Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch explains, “It… presents us and our customers with entirely new possibilities for adjusting the suspension.” Audi explains that because it can “ideally” adjust to imperfections in road surfaces, a more optimal ride may be created. Additionally, CO2 savings from system implementation are estimated at up to three grams per kilometer. Audi also claims minimal fuel savings as a result of this new damper system, claiming ~0.7 Liters per 100 kilometers, a figure which seems to stress that this system is not focused primarily on fuel savings.