Category Archives: New Cars

Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid

This is the Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid, which its Swedish manufacture has described as “the fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever”. Big words, but this is a big car! Koenigsegg_Regera_fronttwist

There has been a huge increase in the production of hybrid supercars in recent years, all the major players have taken a shot a producing the ultimate hybrid supercar… Koenigsegg it appears has put all their efforts to shame!

The Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid is based on the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 which was released last year. It has the same 5.0 litre twin turbo V8 engine, but also has additional electric motors which allow it to generate an extra 700 bhp! That means the Regera Hybrid has a mind boggling 1,500 bhp in total….this allows you to either run the car on pure electric or both, it is this combination that Keoenigsegg say makes it ‘the most powerful production car ever.’ 

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The Koenidsegg Regera Hybrid can be plugged-in just like other hybrids, this action charges the 9-kWh, 620 – volt battery, which the car will switch over too when approaching a charging station in order to drain the battery and preserve its life. Now that’s clever!

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Details? Unfortunately we have very few, we are yet to be told about its exact price or its performance figures, but if we were to take a wild guess we’d reckon that it will be both pricey and fast! If early reports are to be believed the Regera Hybrid will do 250 mph in under 20 seconds and accelerate from 93mph to 155mph in 3.2 seconds!!!!:0

Want one? Well you better act fast, Keoenigsegg say they will only make 80 and if the stats above are genuine you can guaranty that they will be snapped pretty quickly.

The car was officially unveiled last week at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show where it unsurprisingly stole the show.

To see more of the Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qixz92gE5mc

2016 Range Rover Evoque cabriolet

It is official. After years of speculation and a teaser at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover have finally confirmed that they will indeed be making a convertible version of their Evoque SUV. It will be called the Range Rover Evoque cabriolet and it will be available in 2016.

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Land Rover are staying very tight lipped for the moment so there are very few confirmed details as of yet, but what we do know is that it will be a drop-top SUV and it will be a production version of the concept that was first unveiled way back in 2012.

The roof is expected to be available in both a soft and hard top, which is smart given the unpredictable summers that Ireland & the UK usually have.

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Land Rover have describe the Range Rover Evoque cabriolet as “the world first premium compact SUV convertible” and they are probably right given that there are very few, if any convertible SUV’s on the market. There was the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet but that has since been discontinued and although it was technically a convertible you couldn’t really label it a premium SUV.

Whether the 2016 Range Rover Evoque cabriolet will be a commercial success or not remains to be seen, however we are looking forward to seeing whats under all that camouflaged later this month when it hits the Geneva Motor Show.

You can see the Range Rover Evoque in action below, driving through the new Crossrail tunnels recently built beneath London.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Dx2rR2iRc

Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan

Ladies and Gentlemen this is the flame producing Aston Martin Vulcan and its safe to say it is the craziest car ever made by Aston Martin.

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The Vulcan is a limited edition Supercar, with only 24 expected to be made. Each Vulcan boasts a 7 litre V12 engine which is rumoured to be capable of generating a whooping 800bhp. There is a six speed gear box which has been adapted from the GTE race cars, massive ceramic breaks and a wheel base of 2.8 metres. To keep it as light as possible Aston Martin have made the Vulcan predominately out of carbon fibre.

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The Vulcan is a track only car, which means it is actually not legal on roads. The lucky 24 owners will in turn be offered complementary ‘intensive track driving training’. Aston Martin say that although the training is optional the Vulcan is actually so powerful that they strongly advise that all buyers avail of the training being offered. During the training drivers will get to drive a number of other Aston Martin’s including the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Vantage GT4 and One-77. The course will be thought by former Le Mans winning driver Darren Turner.

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The Vulcan will be unveil at next weeks Geneva Motor show and is unsurprisingly expected to be one of the main highlights!

To see a sneak peek of the Vulcan engine in action, check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktD_ueZtReg

Apple Car?

Rumours have been swirling lately about the possibility of an Apple Car, this is due to the publication of two articles in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times both of which heavily suggest that Apple are in fact in development of a car. Apple themselves have not responded to any of the speculation, but they never do, they are famously secretive when it comes to future products and we don’t expected them to change now.

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The idea of an Apple Car might have seemed outlandish a few years ago, but today not so much. As we have seen in the past few years the relationship between the technology sector and the automotive industry is intensifying. Technology is becoming a major factor in our decision making when it comes to buying a car and this is partly due to Apple.

With the introduction of the iPod, iPhone and later the iPad the public has become increasingly familiar with Apple Products, not to mention reliant. This new found reliance has fueled huge growth in the areas of personal technology and its integration to our existing lives. Taking all this in to consideration, an Apple Car might not be such a far fetched idea after all.

So what do we know:

  • Apple are rumoured to be developing of an electric car in a project they’ve dubbed Project Titan.
  • The Apple Car should it ever be go into production, will be electric. We know this is because of Apple’s long history with eco friendly materials and their continued interest in renewable energies.
  • Development of an electric car would put the company in direct competition with other popular electric car manufactures, this has made some people suggest that a buyout of Tesla could be on the cards in the future.
  • Apple have recently hired a number of people who have perviously worked in the automative industry and a number of former Tesla employees.
  • It may in-fact rival Google as a self driving car… well Apple is a software and technology company after all.
  • An Apple registered people carrier has been spotted driving in the US. The car is fitted with a number of camera’s and sensors, this could be being use for the development of an Apple rival to Google Street View or it could be something else.
  • Rumours suggest that these “leaks” are actually coming from Apple themselves, this is to ensure that Apple investors are aware of the companies intended direction, without the company having to make a direct statement. This suggestion comes as Apple share prices hit an all time high and its market capital just rose beyond $700 Billon in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Apple are notorious for their design, software and technology integration. All these elements are seen as extremely valuable in the automotive market.
  • They have $180 billion in cash in the bank, plenty of money to compete at the highest level.
  • And probably most importantly of all, Steve Jobs always wanted to make one!

However, even if the rumours are true the likelihood of us seeing or hearing about an Apple Car anytime soon, are slim! Rumours suggest that Apple have only recently begun development and given this, an official rollout would be years away at the very least!

Feast your eyes on the new Ford GT

This is the all new Ford GT, it is a high performance supercar which will be available in select markets in 2016. The car has been redesigned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT-40′s famous 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24 hour Le Mans race!

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As a result the new 2016 Ford GT has taken some design influence from the original. These design features include the famous mid-mounted engine and the low shape design.

However despite these elements the 2016 is still very much a new car and a new design, it boasts some seriously impressive technologies including the engine which has been given a electronic make-over. Gone is the old seven-litre V8 and in its place is an equally impressive 3.5 litre biturbo V6 EcoBoost engine which when combined with the 7 speed dual clutch transmission produces over 600 horsepower!

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Currently Ford have yet to released any details in terms of the Ford GT expected performance, but rumours suggest that the engine thats Ford is calling “its most powerful production EcoBoost ever” should be capable of doing 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds and having a top speed of around 200mph. Which is pretty impressive!

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Other features in the Ford GT include carbon fibre body panels, rear spoiler, four carbon-ceramic brake disc, 20″ rims and specially designed Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tyres. However the fun doesn’t stop there, oh no! The car also boasts upward-swinging doors, a racing-inspired suspension and adjustable pedals & steering column which enable multiple driving heights.

Inside there is a digital and thus customisable instrument display which is located behind the steering wheel, which is of course a F1 style steering wheel.

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This stunning Ford GT is expected to be available in Autumn 2016 and as of yet there is no indication on price however we are going to go out on a limb here and say our guess is it won’t be cheap! Although come 2016 the Ford GT will be up against some serious competition with the Honda NSX and the McLaren all expected to be released around the same time, which may indeed effect its price… Exciting times ahead so..!!

 

It has arrived.. The Honda NSX!

Feast your eyes on the long awaited new Honda NSX…..

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So some of you with a keen eye might have noticed that this particular Honda NSX doesn’t have the familiar Honda H logo on it, instead it has an A. That’s because stateside the NSX is known as an Acura. Acura is Honda’s upmarket sister company just like the Lexus is for Toyota. Although fear not, because when the NSX arrives on these shores it will in fact be called the Honda NSX, just like the ones we’ve all known and loved.

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So what is new with the Honda NSX? Well to start with its equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 engine and a nine speed transmission which together are expected to produce over 550 horsepower! It also boasts not one, not two but three electric motors, which deliver power to all four wheels, enabling what Honda refer to as ‘Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.’ This technology prevents over steer and enables the car to remain headed in the right direction despite your driving skills.

But hang on the technology doesn’t stop there, oh no… the Honda NSX is also fitted with a new launch function. This technology engages both the V6 and all three electric motors to get it off the line in record time, meaning there is zero delay from rest to performance.

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Inside the car is finished to the highest standard, this is thanks to interior designer Jonathan Norman. It features simple and intuitive controls including the ever so present centre screen control centre. Through this control centre the driver is able to select one of four driving modes, Quite, Sport, Sport+ or Track mode. Quite mode enables electric only driving, however this is only sufficient for short journeys. As expect there is then a significant jump in both performance and sound for the remaining Sport, Sport+ and Track Modes.

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As of yet performance details have not been released, although interestingly enough Honda have continuously referred to the NSX as a Supercar…. which means expectation is inevitably high!

The Honda NSX is expect to be officially unveiled in the Summer, with the delivery of the first cars expected to follow in the Autumn. The cars themselves will for the first time be built in the U.S and are expected to cost around $150,000!

And that’s about all we know….. for now!

To see the Honda NSX in all its glory, check out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGEyh9i1F64

The Ferrari Sergio has arrived..

This is the Ferrari Sergio a seriously stunning supercar based on the existing Ferrari 458 Spider. The Sergio was first unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show as a concept vehicle, one year on and the first of only six production cars has been delivered to its very lucky owner. 1400453-car-1 That owner just so happens to be the Royal Auto Gallery in United Arab Emirates located at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit which funnily enough is also the home of the Ferrari World theme park! The Ferrari Sergio however is not just a show piece, it is built for performance. The 4.5 litre V8 engine delivers 605 brake horsepower making it powerful enough to do 0-60mph in 3 seconds flat! It also has a semi-floating front spoiler which balances downforce and optimises heat exchange. To complete the supercar experience the Ferrari Sergio also boasts butterfly doors and sweeping head lights. 1400452-car-1 There are of course some differences between the concept model and the production model. The production model is tamer, this is because unlike the concept car the production model has to follow strict rules & regulations in order for it to be deemed road legal, this meant Ferrari had to add small things, such as a windshield. :) Each Ferrari is configured to its new owners specifications with each buyer allowed to personalise the cars to their own individual taste. Choices were available in relation to colour, materials and finishes. All of which make it truly a personal Ferrari. 1400454-car-1 So how much does a Ferrari Sergio cost, well short answer is we don’t know… thats because the Ferrari Sergio was an invite only purchase and all six production cars have already been sold.. :o

To see the Ferrari Sergio in all its glory and we highly recommend you do, check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Sq6MLexHQ

This is the Audi Prologue

This rather striking new car is the Audi Prologue a brand new concept from Audi’s new head of design Marc Lichte. Called the Prologue because it is what Audi call a ‘signature car’, it was created to showcase the new styling direction of all future Audi’s.

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True to its name the Audi Prologue features some very futuristic features, including the Audi electronic butler system. In the Audi Prologue there are no door handles instead the doors open automatically when the illuminated sensors are touched. The electronic butler recognises drivers via their smartphones and adjust the seats and climate control to their preferred settings based to their pervious choices as they enter the car. The system can also suggest music and travel routes for each individual driver.

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The technology doesn’t stop there, inside the car there is also a touch display dashboard. The passenger also has a touch display which allows them to control the infotainment system and includes a digital interaction option with the driver. Digital interaction works by transferring information from the passenger’s display to the drivers display by a simple swipe of the hand. For example the passenger might be tasked with finding a suitable route for the journey ahead, once they have found one they can simply share it with the driver and it will appear on their head up display.

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Under the hood the Audi Prologue is equally as impressive. It features a 4 litre petrol V8 engine capable of generating 597bhp & doing 0-62 in a seriously impressive 3.7 seconds! And like all Audi’s the Audi Prologue has got the Quattro all-wheel-drive system as well.

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So the big question, will Audi actually make the Prologue..?? Elements of the design will most certainly trickle down through all future Audi models over the next few years, however there has been strong indications that the Prologue itself will actually become the future A9 coupe. If so the A9 coupe will join the A8 & A7 at the top of the Audi range and give Audi a suitable contender for the Bentley Continental GT and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe! Here’s hoping!

To get a closer look at the Audi Prologue, check out the video below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7i6_3WDrhU

Introducing the Toyota Mirai

This is the Toyota Mirai and it will soon be the first ever mass-marketed hydrogen fuel cell car available. The car is expected to be on sale in the forth quarter of 2015.

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The name ‘Mirai’ is Japanese for future and that is exactly what this car represents. The technology behind the Toyota Mirai has been described as ground breaking and its not hard to see why. Fuel cell vehicles such as the Mirai are powered by electricity, which is generate through the cells by combining hydrogen and oxygen, with the car only ever admitting water vapour. As a result this technology has the potential to have a extremely positive effect on the growing need for fossil fuel and the reduction of pollution.

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This technology is not without its challenges and the main challenge presenting itself to the manufactures is the lack of infrastructure in place for these hydrogen vehicles. Hydrogen fuel cars require hydrogen gas and there are currently only a few of these fuel stations around the world. This is the major challenge for the manufacture. For Toyota to be able to attract buyers and make the Mirai an appealing choice, the infrastructure needs to improve greatly. This is why Toyota and a number of governments are investing in the development of Hydrogen fuel stations around the world.

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Toyota believe that the future of motoring is in hydrogen and not in battery electric vehicles such as the Tesla’s. This is due to the long driving range that Hydrogen enables. The Toyota Mirai is expected to get up to 300 miles on a single hydrogen tank.

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The car itself is a sport looking four door, mid-size sedan. Prices are expected to be around $57,000, which isn’t exactly cheap! The company will sell in northeastern America to begin with, and further countries to be added at a later stage, based on their progress with the development of the hydrogen fuel stations.

For more on the Toyota Mirai check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ6zhWJaBgo

Audi R8 Competition

Audi have announced a limited edition version of their record breaking sports car the Audi R8. The car which originally launched back in 2006 is soon to be retired, but Audi are determined to go out without a bang. Enter the all new Audi R8 Competition.

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The Audi R8 Competition is expected to be the most powerful R8 ever made. The car takes inspiration from the Audi R8 LMS Ultra racecar and aims to bring some of that speed and style onto the road.

Expected to be available for sale in the early 2015 the Audi R8 Competition will come complete with traditional 5.2 litre V10 engine which has been boosted to generate a massive 570 bhp, meaning the R8 Competition can hit 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 199mph!… Not bad for a 8 year old car :) However this is a limited edition so the German manufacture has decided it will only make 60 Audi R8 Competition’s.

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When it comes to the exterior the German manufacture decided that anything that could possibly be made from carbon-fibre, should be. As a result the mirrors, spoilers and engine cover have all been redone in carbon fibre. The car also features ceramic breaks, gloss black alloys and door sill plates that actually illuminate “R8 Competition’ as you enter the car, you know just incase you forgot the name of the car you bought…

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The Audi R8 Competition will have its official unavailing at the LA Motor show at the end of November, where orders will begin to be taken. It is expected to be the last version of the Audi R8 with the German manufacture expected to then begin development of the next generation R8, in their newly built facility in Heibronn Germany in 2015.