Earlier today in the northeast city of Sugo, Nissan unveiled its 2013 GT-R, which goes on sale in Japan later this month and from January for the rest of the world. But the real interest behind this news is a 12-minute video featuring GT-R Project Chief, Kazutoshi Mizuno, who explains his commitment to evolving the GT-R, making each iteration better and faster than the previous one.
The label ‘Black Edition’ used to typify the type of car which was more of an iron fist in velvet glove – subtle on the outside but hard as nails underneath. Now thanks mainly to Audi and Porsche, a black edition is merely a stealthy mainstream model – another means of sub-dividing an already segmented niche model.
GT World Championship winning teams HEXIS and Vita4One are among the eleven teams taking part in the inaugural Baku City Challenge situated close to the Caspian Sea; with a driver line-up including former F1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve, ex-F1 racer Jos Verstappen and multiple DTM champion Bernd Schneider.
The interweb is ablaze this morning with talk of yesterday’s crash between Nissan DeltaWing driver, Gunnar Jeannette, and the GTC Porsche 911 driver, Peter LeSaffre.
It always seemed an unlikely project for Infiniti Brand Ambassador and Red Bull Racing F1 driver, Sebastian Vettel, to get involved in – surely the combination of a two-time F1 world champion with Nissan’s luxury brand could have come up with something more ‘in keeping’ than a moderately-quick SUV?
After lumbering on for over a year with ‘just’ 493bhp, Porsche has finally seen fit to add the letter ‘S’ to the Cayenne Turbo’s name, bringing with it an extra 49bhp. That places it just 5bhp short of BMW’s X5 M, but it’s likely to be considerably more expensive.
Last month Porsche announced that a 918 Spyder prototype turned in a single-lap time of just 7 minutes 14 seconds around the 12.9 mile Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit. The 784bhp hybrid prototype was fitted with production Michelin road tyres as well as the optional “Weissach” package.
Last week American singer songwriter Lana Del Rey performed her new track, ‘Burning Desire’, to an audience of VIP’s in the gardens of the 18th century Musée Rodin in Paris. It marked the beginning of a global programme to promote Jaguar’s new F-TYPE, the company’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type was launched more than 50 years ago.
With electric super car ‘halo’ models entering the fray, environmentally-friendly cars are about to become a lot more desirable. So, what’s the catch?
The competitive landscape for electric vehicles will change forever in 2013, not because of a deluge of sensible, affordable city cars from China, but because the biggest most aspirational car brands will begin a land grab of our heart and minds with a mind-boggling array of super sports cars.
There was a collective sigh of relief, earlier this evening, when Porsche took the wraps off the new Shooting Brake adaptation of the company’s Panamera sports saloon.
Without further ado, let’s get stuck in to the detail of the all-new F-TYPE. There will be three variants available at launch – F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S. Each is distinguished by the power output of its supercharged petrol engine with all engines featuring stop/start technology to maximise efficiency.
While we await tomorrow’s Livestream broadcast from the Paris Motor Show – at 7:00am British Summer Time (8:00 CET) if you’re interested, we thought you’d like to see a full hi-res gallery of Jaguar’s new F-TYPE in all its splendour.