The Innovate Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

Jaguar is giving the F-Type an all-new high-performance variant, the F-Type SVR.  The SVR will feature a combination of drivetrain, suspension, interior and body enhancements making it faster, lighter and even more responsive than the standard F-Type S and R models. Jaguar calls the F-Type SVR a “200 mph all-weather supercar” because of its balance of daily driver functionality and aggressive racetrack capabilities.

Jaguar extracted more performance from the supercharged 5.0-litre V-8 engine; compared with the F-Type R, the SVR produces 25 more horsepower and 14 additional lb.-ft. of torque. They also calibrated the eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver quicker shifts and the torque-vectoring AWD system to carve corners more effectively.

Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

Source: The Globe and Mail

They removed 25 kilograms from the weight of the car and they added to the options list a carbon fibre appearance package and carbon-ceramic brakes that strip another 25 kilograms out of the equation. One of those lightweight pieces, an active rear wing made of carbon fibre, is part of another engineering effort to give the SVR reduced lift and drag.

The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is said to be able to hit 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Learn more about the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/reviews/new-cars/review-2017-jaguar-f-type-svr-is-a-cooler-cat-with-more-claw/article30465761/

Meet the 2017 Porsche Panamera

The 2017 Porsche Panamera has received a makeover. Now adopting design elements from the famed Porsche 911, the 4-door has been fashioned with a familiar flyline and roof that has been lowered by .78 inches at the back. The vehicle’s stature has been enlarged, its powertrain pumped up, and the cabin experience enhanced.

2017 Porsche Panamera Ugo Colombo's The Collection

Source: Motor Trend

The Panamera has always featured a long, stretched out body, and now the sedan’s overall length has been increased by 1.3 inches. Sleek new character lines running across the doors lend the Panamera a more wind-swept appearance.

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo boasts a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Its 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque are generous, as is the impressively flat torque curve that plateaus between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm.  It’s obscenely quick; 60 mph is dispatched in 3.2 seconds when equipped with Sport Chrono, or 3.4 without.

The Panamera looks like an entirely different vehicle inside the cabin with a heavy emphasis on touch controls. The large infotainment screen, which is no longer cluttered by surrounding air vents, is the focal point of the dashboard. On the center stack, look for touch-based media controls and a redesigned shifter.

Learn more about the 2017 Porsche Panamera at http://www.motortrend.com/news/refreshing-revolting-2017-porsche-panamera/

 

Introducing the 2017 Audi Q7

2017 Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 for 2017 has been extensively redesigned.  In fact, Audi designed and engineered the new 2017 Q7 from the tire contact patches up as a state-of-the-art luxury SUV.

The Audi Q7 has an all-new body that makes extensive use of aluminum. This second-generation Q7 is 250 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. It’s also sportier to drive, helped by also being a bit shorter and narrower.

The Q7 is a three-row, 7-passenger crossover that only comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Powering the Q7 is a 333HP supercharged 3.0-L V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic.

Pop open the new Q7’s hood and you’ll find a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 333 horsepower between 5,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm, and 325 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,900 rpm and 5,300 rpm. It accelerates from stop to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

The Q7 can tow up to 7700 lbs. Cargo volume can grow from 14.8 cuft with all seven seats in place up to 71.6 cuft with the two back rows folded down.  All Q7s have heated front seats, leather seating, a 2-panel sunroof, Audi Pre Sense automatic braking, power-fold outside mirrors, and parking assist with rear view camera.

Learn more about the Audi Q7 at http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2016/06/15/249698-2017-audi-q7-3-0t-windy-city-review-by-larry.html

 

Source: The Auto Channel

Ferrari 488 GTB Replaces 458 Italia

The new Ferrari 488 GTB is a fitting replacement for the 458 Italia.  It has moved from normally aspirated propulsion (as found in the 458 Italia) to turbocharging – or actually, twin turbocharging. The power source is a mid-mounted 3.9-liter (3902 cc) 90-degree twin-turbocharged V8 engine that cranks out a whopping 661 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, while developing 561 pound feet of torque at 3,000 rpm in 7th gear. The 488 rips from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 205 mph.

Ferrari-488-GTB-Eng Ugo Colombo The Collection

Source: The Fast Lane Car

The 488 has larger side air intakes that are split to feed air to the engine and intercoolers, a new wider front grille with an active front splitter, and a revised rear with new tail lamps and twin exhausts.  The nose of the 288 directs airflow to the underbody, with the dual-profile front spoiler increasing the effectiveness of the radiators. The headlight assemblies are set into the fenders outside the contoured bonnet cover and contain projector beams as well as LED lighting. A small square Ferrari badge appears above the front fascia and just below the front hood line vent.

Learn more about the Ferrari 488 GTB

McLaren P1 Crashes in China

McLaren P1 first front 3/4

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As of not too long ago, there is 1 less of the original 375 McLaren P1s that were manufactured still out on the road or in a garage somewhere.

On Tuesday, April 19th, a silver P1 crashed in Hangzhou, China. The car sustained severe damage to just about every part of it, from the doors, to the hood, to some parts of the rear.

No information is available on how the accident happened or what exactly happened, but it could be that someone was going a little too fast.

The limited production McLaren P1 supercar has 904 horsepower, can go from 0-62 mph in 2.8, and has a top speed of 218 mph.

Learn more at http://www.carscoops.com/2016/04/2-million-mclaren-p1-destroyed-after.html

Porsche Developing New Tires for Classic Cars

Porsche estimates that about 70% of all vehicles they have ever manufactured are still around today, and in a drivable condition. Logically, this means that the supply for old spare Porsche parts is much lower than the demand. Porsche became aware of this problem, and responded by developing a series of specifically tuned tires for a variety of classic Porsche vehicles.

Porsche now offers 32 new tire recommendations. These recommendations range from the model year of 1959 through 2005. Each tire matches the original tires in terms of look, design, and authenticity.

The new tires are great because they combine the original look of the tires with the driving properties of modern tires.

Porsche 911 SC7

Source: The Versatile Gent

If you were on the fence about buying an older Porsche model, this might just be the extra push you needed to go out and make the purchase. Surely current Porsche owners are thrilled as well.

Learn more at http://www.carscoops.com/2016/04/porsche-develops-new-tires-for-its.html

Maserati Levante to get a Twin-Turbo V8?

Ugo Colombo Maserati Levant

Source: Car Scoops

It’s been reported that the Maserati Levante, Maserati’s mid-sized crossover luxury vehicle, will expand the lineup of engines that are available, now offering the same, twin-turbo v8 engine from their Quattroporte model.

The 3.8-liter engine currently produces 523 horsepower. However, there is a long way between a prototype and going through production. If it does eventually enter production, it will be part of a small segment of SUVs with over 500 horsepower. It would put it right in between the two versions of the Porsche Cayenne Turbos in terms of horsepower:

Porsche Cayenne Turbo – 520 HP

Maserati Levante – 523 HP

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – 570 HP

The V6 version of the Levante will go on sale in Late August in the United States, available in both 350 and 430 HP