Citroen; Simple but not Budget?

The C4 Cactus will mark a change in direction for Citroen's C-line brand

The C4 Cactus will mark a change in direction for Citroen’s C-line brand.

Citroën is set to embark on a new strategy for their C-line cars, that of creating good everyday cars with useful features for everyday use, without any frills .

This does not mean budget like Dacia, the cars will be reasonably priced and supposedly have the range of features expected in today’s world, such as air con, electric windows, satnav and so on, but no extra features like lane departure warning and radar guided cupholders. Fair enough, a car for people who want a car. A thing which takes you from A to B, comfortably. So not a car to set the pulse racing then.

 The C-line needs to be something different to the hugely popular DS-line , but still be interesting and relevant enough to sell.Citroen argues that there is a market for cheap cars which are honest workhorses for those individuals who see cars as white goods. They regard cars as a means to an end, nothing more, nothing less. They do not go out for drives, they do not take the time to get to know their car. They use it like a washing machine. When it works they use it, when it stops working, they replace it. There is no emotional involvement.

It therefore makes sense for Citroen to tackle this segment of the market in the same way that Volkswagen does with Skoda. Outside the world of petrolheads, the DS, the 2CV, the SM, the Mehari and the Traction Avant mean nothing. Probably to those outside the car world, Citroen means nothing, and I am willing to bet that Citroen want to utilise that to their advantage, and create another image for themselves.Time will tell whether they prove successful or not, but as ideas go, this is an interesting one.

So how does this strategy start? The first car to attempt this new milestone in Citroen’s history is the C4 Cactus. Silly name I know, but bear with me. As I just said there is nothing particularly noteworthy about the car,no massaging seats, no massive turbocharged engine. it’s just a car. As my dear mother likes to say, four wheels and an engine. It does have these bumpers with air pockets, designed to protect the car against rebellious trolleys in supermarket car parks, and the back pillar resembles that of the DS3. Both these details are quite interesting I suppose, though not interesting enough to make me want to buy this car.

The interior, while not being as upmarket as a DS car, will still feature all the equipment considered necessary for today's market
The interior, while not as upmarket as a DS5, will still feature all the equipment considered necessary for today’s market

Dig beneath the surface, and things become rather interesting. This car weighs 965kg, or 60kg less than a Ford Fiesta. Citroen is on a mission with this car to remove any unnecessary stuff within the car. The dashboard is designed with simplicity and elegance in mind. There is no rev counter, no centre console, the rear seats do not split and rear windows don’t even open. Why have they done this, you might be asking. All in the pursuit of saving weight. The engine line-up is quite a modest one, with the most powerful petrol engine producing 108bhp. However, because it is so light, the power-to-weight ratio is quite high. Also, in keeping the power output low, costs will be kept at a minimum too. In the UK, this car will have a starting price of about 13,000 sterling, about the same price as a mid-range Ford Fiesta.

The Citroen boss also said that the C-line will not have powerful engines like the DS line, in a bid to keep costs low. He argues that a more powerful engine would require bigger brakes, re-tuning the suspension and so on, adding to the costs, and thus raising the showroom price, and price is key when you want to attract customers.

Another fascinating feature is that this car might also introduce a new method of car ownership, whereby one may rent the car for a period of time at a fixed rate. Whether this will work or not, I have my doubts, I want to own my cars, not rent them. Then again I am not exactly the type of buyer they are looking for, so my opinion on this particular matter does not really count.

I am quite fascinated to see how this new direction pans out for Citroen. It is quite a no nonsense approach to cars, something that Citroen used to do brilliantly with cars like the 2CV. I do hope it works out for them, and then the money they make off these cars can be put to making wacky cars.. Like say a Citroen DS5 Coupe with the Hybrid four-wheel drive system and a retractable glass roof maybe? I would very much like to see that.

New Citroen DS to be Unveiled Soon!

CitroÎn DS INSIDE19th December 2013. Save that date car lovers! Citroen has officially stated on their Facebook page that on the 19th, they shall be unveiling a new car to their DS line to accompany the DS3, DS4 and DS5.

The post states that they will be unveiling a luxury sedan known as the DS5 LS. Possibly a replacement for the awesome yet terribly under-appreciated C6 that ended production a couple of years ago? Possibly, though judging by the name, it sounds as if it might be a more luxurious replacement of the C5 which has become rather long in the tooth.

This car has been on my radar for some time. I was aware (through various French scoops across the internet and various published articles) that Citroen were working on a DS saloon car, but as of yet there was no word as to what it would look like, what it would be based on or when it would be available.

Judging by the name it will probably use the same platform as the current DS5, which in turn is based on the 1st generation Peugeot 308 platform, though heavily modified in the Citroen to produce a sportier set up. Personally I would prefer to see this car being based on their new EMP2 platform which currently underpins the latest generation Citroen C4 Picasso and 2nd generation Peugeot 308. Engines will probably be the latest BlueHDi diesel engines, of which I as of yet know very little about, and the usual 1.6l BMW petrol engines ranging from 120bhp to 200bhp. Citroen will probably also utilize their latest diesel-hybrid technology in order to cut down on those pesky emissions too.

Citroen has been rather quiet recently. The last car to be unveiled for the European market was the DS5. The Wild Rubis Concept is not destined to reach European shores and is primarily aimed at the Chinese market, which is a shame as it is quite a good looking car, and a car I would rather see than all the BMW X3s and Toyota RAV4’s running around.

Remember to tune in on the 19th of December to see the new Citroen DS5 LS and

 

 

Aston Martin Cygnet: Good Bye and Good Riddance

 

Aston-Martin-Cygnet-LE-Black2After three miserable years, the Aston Martin Cygnet is officially dead. Aston Martin claim it is because Toyota will be ending production of the IQ in 2014, however I think it has more to do with the fact that nobody actually wanted or could justify buying it.

Lets face it, Aston Martin was stupid to even try to claim that this is an Aston Martin. Its a Toyota IQ which has driven through an Aston Martin souvenir shop. Its atrocious.It is vile. It is terrible. The worst part is Aston thought they could get away with it.

Lets face it, despite what Aston fans will say, their latest crop of cars are well below par. I don’t even know which segment of the market they are supposed to be competing in. This Cygnet is another example of Aston Martin creating a car, that struggles to fit into any category. At first, it was meant to be a city runabout for current Aston Martin owners. When this plan went belly up, they started to sell it to anyone who would buy it. That still didn’t improve the situation for Aston Martin, and I think I understand why.

In the UK, drivers who take their car into London must pay what is known as a Congestion Charge, where they are paying for a permit to drive through the streets of London. However, if you own a car with less than 100g/km of CO2, you are exempt from this charge. This sort of situation happens around other big cities too, so it makes sense to have a small car that one can use to drive into the city with, and avoiding this charge. Aston Martin clearly saw this opportunity and decided to enter that segment of the market, by offering a luxurious city runabout. A brilliant idea, in theory.

What they actually did was take a Toyota IQ, and stick in the bigger 1.3l petrol engine, which produces over 100g/km of CO2, basically shooting themselves in the foot. Also, because the Toyota IQ’s design cannot be changed without causing complications to the engineering, Aston Martin had no space to be creative. So, the one place where Aston Martin should excel,  they couldn’t. So what we ended up with was literally a glorified IQ.

However, despite all this, there is one silver lining. If you are looking to buy a Toyota IQ, don’t. Instead go for a second hand Cygnet. Presently, they cost about £15,000, which is about the same price as a base IQ, but what you are actually getting is a top spec IQ and then some. In a Cygnet, you have got some of the best leather available, with beautiful stitching and a feeling that it has been handcrafted to perfection. Not even the most expensive IQ can offer that! For that price you could also get one with exceptionally low mileage. Plus you are getting an Aston Martin badge without all the Aston Martin expenses. Something worth considering.

Lancia, No More Room in the Inn?

Lancia-Stratos_Rally_Version-1972-1600-01Forgive my somewhat obscure Biblical reference, but to my mind the Italian car industry is Bethlehem. The birthplace of speed, beauty and petrolhead mania. I will not deny the fact that I love Italian cars. I dream of them, I lust after them and I love them. I may not own an Italian car yet, but I can tell you that a day does not go by that I do not go through multiple second hand car websites looking for anything made by Italians, whether it is a classic two-door GT, or a somewhat oddball Fiat from the 90s. I love them, no matter what anyone says. Especially those owned by the Fiat Group.

Not a day goes by where I do not hear of more plans from Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari or Maserati. Their attack is clearly on the offensive. They want to show the world that it is not only Germany who makes great cars, but Italy too.However, for some time I have been closely observing their “comeback”, enjoying the glow of a new model, watching model after model dart out into public domain.However, a rather disturbing thought peered over the horizon, as I watched model after model being  launched. What about Lancia? What are its plans? When will we get a great Lancia worthy of that blue badge?

Truth be told, there has not been a proper new Lancia for quite some time. Granted, we live in a world where platform sharing is the norm, and I have nothing against platform sharing. VW has a truly amazing new platform which has been introduced on the Mark VII Golf and the new Audi A3, and will also form the backbone on multiple models. The savings will be tremendous, the profits even more so. Such profits will only go on to make exciting cars like a new Veyron, or into further research and development. Used correctly, as VW has done, platform sharing will pave the way for companies to invest more money into more exciting models. However looking at Lancia’s current line up, I cannot help but sigh at their current lineup. They are lost in Fiat’s portfolio. The newest Lancia, the Ypsilon is basically a Panda. Its an upmarket Panda for sure, and a car I quite like, but it appears as though I may be the only one. Within the range there is also a Delta, which feels like it has been for sale for donkey’s years, and honestly, it does no justice to the Delta name. Mention the name “Lancia Delta” to a petrolhead and you will undoubtedly hear them finish that phrase with “Integrale.” It was and still remains a rally legend, as much as, if not more than the Audi Quattro. The current Delta does no justice to the original and is just a bloated up version of the Fiat Bravo.

The news, I am afraid, only gets worse. Recently Fiat merged Chrysler and Lancia together and use the same concept as the Vauxhall and Opel merger. Basically central Europe gets Lancia badged cars, then the UK gets the same cars, only the Lancia badges have been replaced with Chrysler badges. What has this meant for this once proud Italian marque? Well we now see Chrysler Ypsilons, and Chrysler Deltas. Blasphemous. That is not even the worst of it. Lancia have also taken the pimpmobile Chrysler 300C, given it a mild refresh, (i.e. a new grille, some new lights and a new interior) put some Lancia badges, called it the Thema and are trying to sell it as a beautifully crafted Italian saloon. There is also a four seat cabriolet called the Flavia apparently, which is also based on something American, but I cannot bear to look it up.

This news upsets me greatly. Lancia is as strong a brand as Alfa Romeo. It has heritage, a great history and a portfolio of some amazing cars. I refer you to Top Gear’s tribute on Lancia. It is one of the most beautiful pieces in automotive  televisual history. They make reference to some of the most beautiful cars in the world. The Fulvia, the Gamma, the Aprilia, the Stratos, and last but not least, the Delta Integrale. All these cars are icons in their own right. Sure they are terribly unreliable, loud, noisy, uneconomical, pollute like there is no tomorrow and probably aren’t too comfortable either. And yet, I have never wanted them more. They are the undeniably gorgeous to look at and sound absolutely fantastic. As the cliche goes, these are cars you buy with your heart and not your head.  It upsets me to think that despite having a truly amazing history, today Lancia has become a company of heated up left-overs. It does no justice to the brand, and Marchionne has to realise this.

If it were up to me, I would take Lancia to a totally new direction, that of the affordable sportscar with a twist. Allow me to elaborate. Within the Fiat Group there is, Fiat, which makes small affordable, utilitarian cars for the masses. Then we have Alfa Romeo, which shall be taking on BMW and Audi. Then we have Maserati, which continues to tackle the Germans at a higher level (i.e. the E-segment and above). Last but not least Ferrari, which tackles the supercar and high end GT market. What Lancia need to do is, focus on the areas Fiat and Alfa currently occupy, use their platforms, tweak them for a sportier set up, fit a sportscar body on top and take it to market. I have identified key ares where this can be done effectively, using specific platforms. Starting from the bottom I would take the Panda’s platform and make a small sportscar for young drivers. At the moment, nobody does this. Last attempt was the Renault Wind, and well, one can really see why it didn’t take off. It was a little awkward to look at, and it had a name which sounded like a fart. However, I am positive Lancia can do a better job. Use the Panda platform as a base, tweak the engine so it produces a little more horsepower, but not too much that it will cost a bomb to insure and you could have a hit on your hands. I know I would jump at the chance of owning a small, easy to insure sportscar. Next up, I would make an MX-5 rival using the Punto platfrom (possibly called the Fulvia), then a rival for the VW Scirocco/ Audi TT using the Giulietta’s platform (Maybe Delta Integrale?). Then, finally to top the range, a Boxster rival, possibly using the 4C’s underpinnings. That way Lancia is creating its own niche within the market, whilst making using of the available technology. This will keep costs down, bring in the profits and most importantly making good use of the Lancia brand.

With this plan, Lancia is distinguishing itself as making affordable sportscars, giving it a proper image. In today’s market, distinguishing yourself from the rest is very important. Nissan realised this, and have been on a role ever since they introduced the Qashqai and Juke. Lancia needs to do the same. Not just for the petrolheads, but for itself too.

 

Alfa Romeo, Plans for the Future

I have news that will make the world sing! Or at least make Alfisti everywhere sing. Alfa Romeo, a brand with an impressive racing pedigree, is hard at work developing two new rear-drive cars to tackle the default German manufacturers.

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First up is the long awaited, Mazda MX-5 based Spider. This has been confirmed by insiders that it will make use of a rear-drive platform. Probably Alfa’s most iconic car, the Spider is something that many would love to own. Open top, manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, a great revving, frisky petrol engine and a chassis developed by Mazda boffins. What more could one ask for?

Next up is the car I have been looking forward to since the demise of the 166 in 2007. This car, known internally as the 6C, will make use of the Maserati Ghibli platform as a base. Insiders claim that the 6C will be a sportier alternative to the Ghibli, which presents a interesting problem. The Ghibli is a sportier saloon than the Quattroporte. Fine, but the 6C is a sportier version, of a sportier version of an already rather sporty car. Right. I will have to reserve judgement when I see the new car in the flesh.

The 6C will make use of of two six-cylinder engines (hence the name), a petrol V6 and a diesel V6, the latter being for those who looks at Sistine Chapel and think “This place definitely needs a new look. Lets paint the entire thing magnolia and add a few vending machines.”. Just no. If you buy an Alfa, you buy a petrol Alfa. One does not buy a Rembrandt painting, open up a tin of orange paint and chuck the whole tin on to the painting to make it look modern. If you want diesel, look elsewhere.

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The 6C will not use the same gearbox as the Maserati, but will make use of its own TCT gearbox. Insiders also claim that along with a four-door saloon 6C, there will also be a two-door coupe version to rival the BMW 6 Series. Oh I want that. I have no idea what that will look like but I just want it. I will sell many many organs just to own a 6C Coupe.

So there you have it. Hopefully by 2016, Alfa will have three rear-wheel drive cars in their line up. The world will surely be a better place after that. Personally, besides looking forward to seeing Alfa heading back to their sporting heritage, I look forward to seeing them back on the map, as a true alternative to BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

The Maserati Ghibli

Here it is, the new Maserati Ghibli, a car I have been looking forward to for quite some time.

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So what, you may be asking, is so special about this Ghibli? Well, this is meant to be Maserati’s more aggressive and sportier saloon in their line up. While the Quattroporte has become more of a luxury barge designed to ferry executives from one meeting to another in comfort, the Ghibli is designed for the driver. It uses a shortened version of the new Quattroporte’s platform and will be built alongside its bigger brother in the Grugliasco plant in Turin. Both cars were designed under the watchful eye of Lorenzo Ramaciotti, a man who designed the previous generation Quattroporte, the current GranTourismo, the Ferrari 550 Maranello and the Enzo. Suffice to say, this man knows his way around a pen and paper.
Another key point about the new Ghibli is that this will be priced in the same territory as a BMW 5-Series and Audi A6. That means that it will be the cheapest way to own a Maserati. There will be three engines on offer, a 3 litre V6 turbodiesel, a twin-turbo V6 petrol and a twin-turbo V8 petrol. Now the reason why Maserati has put a diesel engine in this car is simple, the want to reach 50,000 units by 2015. The majority of 5-series sold are diesels, so the only way to tap into this market successfully is by offering a diesel option.
All cars will have an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with wheel mounted paddles, as is the norm with these big cars nowadays. The car will also be offered with the option of four-wheel-drive, only in left hand drive though.

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The interior will be offered with Italian leather as standard and among the options available, buyers have the option of speccing a Bowers and Wilkins stereo. I say leave that option out, get the V8 and listen to that all day long. But that is just me. The design of the interior is maybe not as refined as the Quattroporte, but is more driver focussed.
Deliveries will start in late summer for left-hand drive and in October for right-hand drive.

Maserati Ghibli to be Unveiled Tomorrow!

The Maserati Ghibli, will be unveiled tomorrow, Wednesday 10th April,on a dedicated website. Visit http://www.ghibli.maserati.com/ if you want to be one of the first to see the new baby Maser.
For those you do not know much about the new Ghibli, it is a 4-door saloon designed to fit below the Quattroporte. When launched, it will take on the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6.
Sources are scarce at the moment, however rumours suggest that this car will come with the same choice of twin-turbo V6 and V8 petrol engines and, for the first time for a Maserati, a twin-turbo diesel V6. More news will be available over the coming days.
The name “Ghibli” refers to a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa. Originally, the Ghibli was a name used in the mid 60s as a 2 door, 2 seat GT car and then again in the early 90s as a 2 door, 4 seat coupe.

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The Alfa Romeo 4C; A David Among Goliaths?

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I am not here to talk about LaFerrari, I am here to talk about LaFerrari’s little sister, that little bundle of joy known simply as the Alfa Romeo 4C. I am not going to beat around the bush here, its freaking gorgeous. Its bite the back of your hand beautiful. Except for a slight thing, which I will come to later. This little sports car is magnificent. I would like to meet those so-called art experts who say that a car can never be art and have them take a look at Alfa Romeo’s portfolio. The 4C is a welcome addition to this portfolio. Its lines are just right, proportions are bang on. Its looks like a Lotus Elise’s sexier Italian cousin.

However, and many you will probably have noticed this, there is the small matter of those headlights. Oh yeah… Not great? Well, not ideal. But I am sure from the moment that car hits the street, tonnes of aftermarket headlights will be available. Our resident techie, good old Emmanuel pointed out that the lights remind him of the Nissan Juke’s lights, but having spent the last couple of weeks with a picture of the 4C as my desktop wallpaper, the lights have grown on me. They give the car character. However, I fear I may the only one who thinks so.

Anyway on to better things. The stats are pretty amazing too, with a dry weight of 895kg, and a total of 240bhp. Alfa execs claim that with fluids and a driver on board, the car will weigh about 1.1 tonnes. And that is quite astonishing. Weight saving is a key factor of this car. Essentially the engine is the same 1.75L engine from the Giulietta Cloverleaf, with one major difference, the block is made out of aluminium, saving about 25kg from the original steel block of the Giulietta. Alfa have also incorporated a carbon fibre tub into the mix. Here is a pub fact for you all, the Alfa Romeo 4C is the cheapest car to incorporate a carbon tub in its construction. The next car to use such construction is the Mclaren MP4-12C.

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Then there is the interior, probably the least impressive aspect of this car. It is way too dark and cheap for my liking. Alfa claims that this car is designed to take on the Porsche Cayman. Performance wise it might, but luxury wise, it is way off. However, before i slack it off completely, i think the 4C is a better suited rival to the Lotus Elise. Nowadays Lotus is a lost brand, with cars which are just not good enough in today’s world. Sure, the offer heaps of driving pleasure, but in aspects such as comfort, luxury and economy, the little Norfolk turnip is outclassed by the likes of Porsche. So maybe this 4C can slot in between the rather below average Elise and the expensive Cayman. The 4C promises a great engine, with adequate economy, relative luxury, which while not being as luxurious as a Cayman, is not as spartan as an Elise. The dual clutch gearbox may get a few frowns from the Clutch Lovers Club, which is fair enough. A paddle operated gearbox is not going to be as engaging as a normal manual car, but like it or lump it, these flappy-paddle gearboxes are here to stay. Frankly I am one of the few who is open to seeing these new gearboxes gradually take over the manual. We live in a world where more often than not we spend most of our time in traffic, and in traffic a manual gearbox is just irritating. I say we welcome the new gearboxes with an open mind.

Back to the 4C. This car has a lot on its shoulders. It has the task of bringing Alfa back from the brink and re-establish itself as an enthusiasts car, and to take on the might of German manufacturers. Its David tackling Goliath, the little city-state of Florence taking on the might of Milan. Alfa is the underdog, and if history teaches us anything, those who have taken on the Germans have failed.  Volvo, Rover, Lancia, Toyota, and Honda have all tried and failed. Alfa has only one thing that none of the Germans have. Style. Style is what could lift Alfa from the brink and back to pole position. Look at Jaguar. Since the launch of the XF, they have been on a roll. Profits are up, people are back to being interested in their cars again. Alfa need to do the same. However, for Alfa to succeed it needs one more thing. It needs you, the reader. Alfa needs you to look at their car not for what Alfa has been known for in the past, as unreliable rust machines, but as beautiful cars. I urge you, readers, to give them a chance. I, myself dream of the day I could own an Alfa and be proud that I did not follow the German crowd.

The New Honda NSX; An R8 I’d actually like to own

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I am going to start this article by saying that I have nothing against the Audi R8 in any way, shape or form. In many aspects the R8 is a very nice car. Well designed, well engineered and very well respected in its own right. However, and this is a purely personal opinion mind you, as something to stir the soul, the R8 is quite flat.
If I may liken the supercar world to the female gender in general, the R8, to my eyes is that girl who on paper has everything, pretty, smart, funny, nice to chat with… But lacking a certain joie de vivre. In every sense of the word there is nothing wrong with her, but you couldn’t get yourself to ask her out. She seems to have everything, but not that undefinable something which you are looking for. The R8 is the same. Design is great, powertrain is wonderful, cabin is second to none, and yet I don’t want one. However, this is where the new NSX comes in.
The NSX, when it eventually arrives in a couple of years time, will hit the same sort of market as the R8, that of an everyday supercar. I can tell you from the offset that the NSX will be built as well as, if not better than the Audi, because Japanese cars are bulletproof by their very nature. Its powertrain, judging by what I have read obviously, will be more high tech than the Audi, although in fairness to the Audi, a new R8 is on the horizon. Then there is the NSX’s design. My oh my. It certainly looks futuristic. Its got hints of other European cars, like the rear lights, which have a whiff of One-77, and certain details remind me of the R8,yet these details are more angular, more… Japanese. I don’t usually like Japanese, but this one, just looks cool. It makes the eight year old inside me scream and shout like its Christmas morning. Then there is the interior. It seems to be inspired by the Lexus LF-A, very driver focused but in the NSX, it looks more simplified, which is what you want from a supercar really. Supercars do not need radar guided cupholders and infrared headlamp washers. Sure you want aircon, satnav, and electric windows, but thats it. Keep the weight down. Supercars are all about the driving, and the wow-factor when its seen on the roads.
The last thing I like about the NSX is the name. NSX. Yes that 90s supercar which Rowan Atkinson owns or owned… I am not entirely sure if he still has it. The 90s NSX was a bit of a sales flop, for reasons that are still unknown to me. Maybe it was the badge? The original NSX had all the elements to be a huge success, great engineering, well built and usable. It wasn’t exactly cheap, it was cheap by supercar standards. I even liked the design. It was different. Maybe that’s what ruined it. It was too different. Typically Japanese cars are strong on the engineering front but a little weak in the design department (I am looking at you Subaru Imprezas, Mitsubishi Evos and Nissan Skylines). They were boys racers going for function over form, with huge wings on the back, fins everywhere and huge swollen bumpers. No real style. They were designed for people to go fast and thats it. The NSX promised more back then than its Japanese siblings. It promised an everyday supercar. A car to challenge the 911 on a track and a car to take your children to school in. It wasn’t designed to look or go like a Ferrari or an Aston. It was designed with an almost fetish-like obsession to simplicity. The NSX was its own design, nothing else looked like it. Unashamedly Japanese, and all the better for it. It is because of this, why I always looked at it with a certain admiration.
The same goes for the new boy here. I doubt Honda are aiming the new car at such a high bar as that of the 911. The 911 is too accomplished. Those who want a 911, will not want an NSX. It will be more like our afformentioned friend, the Audi R8. The brands halo car. A culmination of what the brand can do, given a pen, paper and heaps of cash. In other words, an engineer’s unashamed ideas put together into one harmonious whole. In a way this idea carries over from the original NSX. Maybe that is why I like it. When engineers come together to create something that they are passionate about, the results can be truly amazing.

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New Mclaren Hypercar Revealed!

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McLaren has shown the world images of its successor to the iconic F1, a car that, in the mid 90s up till the introduction of the Bugatti Veyron, was known as the fastest production car in the world. This new car, the P1, which is set for an official reveal at the Paris Motor Show within the next few days, is also set to offer its own array of bewildering statistics.

The car shown here is a mere taste of what the actual car is actually going to look like. The actual car will be revealed next year. Details of this car are still sketchy, though rumour has it that it will produce about 960 bhp and cost about £800,000. There is also speculation that it is a limited run model only, and that all the cars have already been sold to McLaren enthusiasts.

Though this new car is the spiritual successor to the iconic F1, the new car is not aiming to be the fastest production car ever, yet to be the best driver’s car in the world, on both the track and on the road. The design of the car was created by Frank Stephenson, and is designed to express the technical nature of the car. The exterior was sculpted by McLaren’s wind tunnel experts, and has been crafted in such a way as to be the most aerodynamically efficient.

The P1 is destined to take on Ferrari’s next Enzo, (codenamed The F70) and of course Porsche’s 918 Hybrid hypercar. Is McLaren keeping its cards close to its chest in order to see what the competition will bring? Only time will tell. Further details will be unveiled will be revealed within the coming months.

New Details On The New Ferrari Enzo

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Rumours around the internet are speculating that the next Enzo is almost upon us, and with such rumours come even bigger claims.
Various sources have said that the latest generation of this hypercar, also known as the F70 will have 800bhp, and the car’s targeted weight is aimed at around 1000kg. However that is not all. Ferrari are said to also be including a KERS feature to the car, where the car will have a boost of 120bhp. If the claims are correct, we are looking at a car with the power-to-weight ratio that is almost double that of a Bugatti Veyron.
The F70 will be revealed towards the end of this year, probably at the Paris Motor Show or the Detroit Motor Show. As with the previous Enzo, the F60, it will be a limited edition car that can only be bought by Ferrari’s own chosen customers.