The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.
Jeremy Clarkson is a ratings god. His journalistic approach which is combines a great level of wit and the temperament of an adolescent which strangely charms viewers by the masses. This hold true so much so that ex-BBC boss Mark Thompson has even said that “it was a huge mistake for the BBC to let Clarkson go”.
Thompson goes on to say that “Clarkson can be a deeply objectionable individual, and I say that as a friend. I don’t think people should punch their colleagues. It’s hard to keep them if they do. But I would say his pungent, transgressive, slightly out-of-control talent was something the BBC could ill afford to lose.”
Lucky for us, and unlucky for the BBC, Clarkson found himself a new job along side his equally rating drawing team of Richard Hammond and James May and will be back on the air this fall with their new show The Grand Tour.
Pagani took to Pebble Beach to debut their Huayra BC to North American buyers. And by buyers I mean those who probably also own a yacht and multiple summer homes in the Hamptons. Pagani targets a very specific market with their hypercars which also take a very unique approach by over engineering every detail of their car where form follows function. But that’s not to say that function is compromised in any way by form as both take on the highest levels of craftsmanship.
The Huayra BC is the flagship car coming out of the Pagani factory. The car has gone through a 300lb weight loss which equates to higher levels of performance. Downforce is improved by the fixed rear wing. Pagani stated that “the goal of the car is to blend the comfort and usability of a normal Huayra with more track-oriented ability.” And it looks like they succeeded!
Mitsubishi has issued a recall which affects their 2015-2016 Lancer, Outlander and Outlander Sport vehicles. The problem has been identified as a faulty signal in their constant velocity transmissions which will result in the vehicle hesitating upon acceleration. The momentary hesitation may increase the risk of an accident. The recall impacts approximately 80,000 vehicles.
Mitsubishi initiated tests to confirm the issue and results indicate that the loss of signal is a result poor contact between two electric terminals inside the switch. When the signal is lost, this triggers the engine to put out less torque resulting in the hesitation.
The recall will resolve the issue by having dealerships update the software in the transmissions’ control unit. Recalls began August 15 so we encourage all affected owners to contact their local dealership to schedule their recall appointment. The Fix: Mitsubishi dealerships will reprogram the CVT control unit with a modified software. The inspection is said to take around 30 minutes. The recall began August 15.
The name Ken Okuyama might not be familiar to many, but the man definitely has built quite the resume when it comes to car designs. You might be more familiar with his work such as the Ferrari Enzo, Maserati’s Quattroporte, and the Pininfarina P4/5. Having one masterpiece under your belt would already be quite the accomplishment for designers, but Okuyama has three to boast about. So when he went forward to form his own creation and put his name on the emblem, you know the deliverable will be quite spectacular.
Ken Okuyama’s Kode57 is still a concept, but its rumored production price will be somewhere around $2.5 million USD. You can see lots of design elements from Okuyama’s past get pulled into this one piece of art. The most striking feature of the car is it’s rear cantilevered doors. Unlike Lamborghini’s scissor doors which swing out and up, Kode57’s doors swing up and backwards. What this design does is really open up visual line of sight into the interior cabin when the doors are swung open. And anywhere you look at this car you are greeted by aggressive lines and angles.
McLaren is a company that develops and builds some of the most exclusive cars on the market. So why not have a division that’s dedicated to delivering bespoke options for owners just to make things even more exclusive. That division at McLaren is called MSO and this year they produced a new electro-chromic roof which allows drivers to select between five different tints ranging from almost clear to dark.
McLaren decided to debut this new feature on their 570GT. The car they used was a black-and-white vehicle which really shows off the roof when it goes through the various levels of tinting. The MSO division did a few more subtle changes to the exterior of the 570GT to really bring the car together. It received gloss carbon fiber sill panels, and a Piano Black package which is applied to the wheels, side skirts and door inserts.
Another huge release in the automotive world this weekend was from Lamborghini who debuted their Centenario supercar in a roadster form. The roadster will be produced in limited quantities, 20 to be exact. The one which debuted at Monterey Car Week was painted in a color called Argento Centenario which is only found on the Centenario roadster.
The Centenario roadsters will utilize the same 6.2L V12 which is normally found in the coupe. The highly capable V12 produces 760hpp and 510lb/ft of torque. Even more impressive is that the roadster is only 0.1 seconds slower to reach 100km/h than the coupe which does it in 2.8 seconds.
Similar to the coupe, the price tag of the Centenario keeps it in exclusive status. The coupe is priced at $2 million USD while the roadster tops the bill at $2.3 million USD. For that kind of money, buyers can customize their Centenario with any color they wish to choose, or just leave the car in a bare carbon fiber finish.
All the major automakers take to Pebble Beach at the Concourse d’Elegance every year to show off the best of the best from their fleet. Aston Martin once again stepped up to the plate and this year delivered the Vanquish Zagato and the Volante. The Zagato coupe was announced to be produced to 99 copies. With the debut of the Zagato Volante, Aston Martin has also stated that this car will be limited to 99 production vehicles.
Both cars will be powered by a tuned 6.0L V12 which is normally found in the Vanquish. This motor will pump out 590hp with an impressive 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.2 seconds. The Zagato Volante will utilize a retracting hard top to keep the lines of the car flowing with the roof up or down. The Zagato Volante also utilizes an abundance of LED lighting as well as carbon fiber around the vehicle.
We expect production of these vehicles to begin sometime early next year.
Porsche is set to debut a new limited run special edition 911s which the company is calling the Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition. This limited edition 911 is wear a throw back design theme that pays homage to the 1960-1961 Porsche 356B. The most apparent throwback is the color which is called Etna Blue and was a standard production color for the 356B. But Porsche has also included other subtle details with the Exclusive Design.
To bring the car back to a time when things were a bit simpler, many accent trim pieces on the car has been color coded to simplify the look. This includes the front spoiler, headlight washer covers, all the badging on the car. The major accents come in the shade of white gold metallic and that has been used on the roll bar, side graphics and the cars wheels. The blue continues on into the interior where the cabin is wrapped in graphite blue leather accented by stitching in Provence blue. Some subtle touches include a 911 Targa sillouette embossed into the center arm rest.
Under the hood you’ll find Porsche’s twin turbo 3.0L twin turbo engine which pumps out 420hp and 370lb/ft of torque which channels power to all four wheels via their PDK transmission. Look for the Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition to be showcased at the upcoming AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix vintage race at the Nürburgring.
The next generation BMW i8 has been rumored to be getting a big power bump. And when we say big, we mean Lamborghini beating power from an all electric platform. The next generation i8 is said to incorporate three brushless electric motors and a big displacement battery which will also up the car’s range to around 300 miles.
The new platform will generate approximately 270hp from each electric motor, and when you multiply that by three that puts the horsepower count just north of 800hp. Although the directly translation of power isn’t exactly three times itself based on having three motors, but it still gives us a good indication of the potential of the new i8. And that indication is a big jump from the current generations 420hp.
The tentative production date of the next i8 is sometime around 2022. With the push of so many automakers going into the EV space, the future of high performance EV cars is become a very interesting one.
The lead host role for the rebooted Top Gear UK TV show commands a hefty pay check at £1 million. However, a dismal season 23 means that there is talks about the future of the show right now. However, even with the uncertainty of season 24, one things been on the table and that’s whether to bring Matt LeBlanc back as lead host. As much as LeBlanc was the silver lining for the last season, his fate on the show is still yet to be determined.
LeBlanc has said that he would love to come back to the show, but there’s just nothing definite yet at this point. Even with these rumblings coming out of the LaBlanc camp, BBC has stated that they “don’t expect further changes to the Top Gear presenting line-up.” But until there’s a signature on paper, nothing is ever certain.