The new third-generation MINI, due to be launched at the MINI Plant in Oxford on 18th November, will come with a new range of…
Last month at the Paris Motor Show, Honda announced that a new Type R was on its way for European customers, with the simple aim of becoming the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the 12.9 mile Nürburgring.
Their approach to achieving this goal is through racing, specifically competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championships with drivers Tiago Montiero and Fabrizio Giovanardi. And the brand new car they are developing for the series, is due to make its debut on 20th October, at the Suzuka rounds of this year’s championship.
When the second-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP was announced in May, most observers guessed its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine would produce around 230bhp. After all, the standard JCW MINI already offered 208bhp and its predecessor, the 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit was good for 214bhp.
If you’re one of those people who believes Subaru’s BRZ (nee Toyota GT 86) needs more power, then fear not, it’s already in the pipeline – turbocharging, all-wheel drive and even bigger capacity engines are all on the product team’s to-do list.
The fastest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of just 2,000 cars. The car will be unveiled publicly for the first time this weekend at the MINI United festival in Le Castellet, France.
Prior to the start of today’s New York International Auto Show, Dr. Kay Segler, Senior Vice President Brand Management at MINI, announced the return of a limited-edition JCW GP track-oriented model to the MINI range.
I’ve never been a great fan of an RS ‘plus’ model being in Audi’s range, as far as I’m concerned ‘RS’ implies, “this is the best we can make it”, so what does a ‘RS plus’ mean? We lied?
Last night spy photographer Palbay contacted us to share a series of images of BMW’s 1 Series M Coupe at the BMW Performance Center Skidpad in South Carolina. The water adds a nice effect to the shots, and serves to underline just how much fun the driving school instructors were having at the time.
We have a problem. As of last week BMW UK had already sold more than 2/3rds of their 1 Series M Coupe allocation, and unless the new M5 really pulls a rabbit out of a hat, this innocuous-looking entry-level M car is probably the best car BMW have produced in nearly a decade.
If a good looking race-car was also a fast one, then this new Aston Martin LMP1 race-car would already have the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) championship clinched. Named AMR-One, a total of six cars will be built, with the factory team running one car in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup which includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and two cars at selected events.
BMW’s forthcoming F10-based M5 is almost upon us, with first deliveries expected in autumn 2011, but the real ‘Daddy’ of the M car range is the M3. In the true vernacular of the term such an accolade is usually bestowed on the quickest or most powerful model, but I’m using it in its purest sense – Daddy, as in father, the progenitor and main ancestor of BMW’s M DNA.
We’ve been a little cynical in the past about Hyundai’s promotional campaign for the Sonata Turbo, the Sonata is not exactly the kind of car any of us would associate with ‘speed’ – in fact stick a Taxi sign on its roof and it would look right at home waiting in the taxi-rank at Slough station. But over in the USA, where there’s always been a greater affinity for Japanese and Korean marques, Hyundai have been mounting a campaign to transform the Sonata’s dowdy image and re-position it as a car to be desired rather than just used.