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BY: Bix

New Porsche 911 Turbo News: No Manual Gearbox, But It'll Be Fast As Hell

And several other bits of news you'd probably like to know.

After learning that Porsche will not offer a manual transmission in the 991-series 911 GT3, we began wondering whether the newest version of the 911 Turbo would suffer the same fate. While the GT3 has always been about a raw driving experience and track-day fun, the Turbo's more about maximum speed with minimum fuss—a job that would seem to be a better fit for a car with a dual-clutch transmission. So if the GT3 was going PDK only, we figured odds were pretty good the Turbo would do the same.

Well, according to the new Road & Track, our hunch was right—the new Porsche 911 Turbo will come exclusively with a dual-clutch transmission. We're oddly okay with that. While obviously we'd prefer the option of a manual, Porsche has made it pretty clear they consider the PDK their go-to transmission for performance cars, and being angry about it isn't likely to change that. So we're just going to have to make the best of it.

Thankfully, that shouldn't be hard, considering the other things we hear about the new 911 Turbo. For starters, thanks to a higher red line and more boost, power should be up slightly—bumped to 520 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque, with a 10-second overboost that pushes the latter figure up to 516. The 2014 911 Turbo is expected to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than 7:30, an improvement of at least 10 seconds over the outgoing car's 7:39 lap time. (If that's not enough for you, by the way, the new 911 Turbo S should be coming along soon as well, complete with 560 hp and 516 lb.-ft. and a 196 mph top speed.)

To keep the new 911 Turbo planted, Porsche is apparently outfitting the car with an inflatable rubber chin spoiler. In Sport Plus mode, the thin rubber tube inflate, generating additional downforce to keep the car better planted. Also keeping the car in line: rear wheel steering, much like the new 911 GT3. When the time comes to stop, the optional 16.1 inch front and 15.4 inch rear carbon ceramic brakes should halt the 991-series Turbo early and often.

The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo will also take up plenty of the lane—unlike past 911 Turbos, which were as wide as the Carrera 4S's widebody, the new Turbo will reportedly be another 1.1 inches broader than the widest regular 911. Which makes it 2.8 inches wider than the base Carrera. And just for fun, if you want, you can have the roof painted body color, made out of glass, or even made from carbon fiber. We'll take that last choice, please. [via Road & Track]

Photo via iBSSR who loves comments on his images on Flickr

May 01, 2013 at 06:10 PM
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BY: Bix

Alfa Romeo 6C Concept Coupe Could Lead Alfa's Luxury Renaissance

We really hope it does.

Assuming all goes according to plan—and remember, this is Alfa Romeo, things often don't go according to plan—Alfa Romeo will return to the United States in the next six to nine months with the 4C Coupe, a lightweight carbon-fiber two-door blessed with a beautiful body and cursed with horrible headlights. If Alfa has their way, though, that'll likely be just the beginning.

Since luxury vehicles are where all the money is these days, Fiat is reportedly very interested in pushing Alfa Romeo not just into new parts of the globe, but further up in the market, as well. And part of that shift will likely be a new family of midsized luxury cars—specifically, a coupe and a sedan tentatively called the 6C.

The 6C cars will reportedly be based on the same platform as the Maserati Ghibli (the smaller-than-Quattroporte sedan Maserati recently dropped), but will be sportier than the GHibli—the better to battle BMW's 6 Series and the Audi A7. The 6C Concept Coupe seen here—which quietly debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this year—is just a design exercise right now, but we figure the general look of the car should translate over to production. Well, we certainly hope it will. This thing looks fiiiiine.

It should also drive damned nicely, thanks to a reported power train combo of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a twin-turbo 3.0 liter V6 that'll start at around 410 horsepower and only go up from there as the car ages. Rear-wheel-drive will purportedly be standard, with the option of a Ferrari FF-based AWD system possible. Oh, and a twin-turbo diesel V6 may make its way into the 6C—even here in America. Here's hoping all goes according to plan, because we'd really like to see the 6C make it to our shores. [via Car and Driver]

May 01, 2013 at 04:34 PM
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BY: Bix

Take Three Minutes And Watch This Mitsubishi Evo Hoon In The Snow

And celebrate the magic of aerial drone cameras.

Someday, thirty or forty years from now, computers will probably reach the same level of intelligence as humans, thus ushering in either a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity or an apocalyptic conflict pitting man against machine in a war for the very future of the Earth. (more…)
May 01, 2013 at 02:15 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept Previews The TT's Lighter Future

Take TT, subtract weight, add power.

Remember the Audi TT? The two-plus-two VW Golf-based coupe that helped lift Audi out of the luxury minor leagues and into the top tier of Germany's fancy brands? Yeah, it's still around. Bet you haven't thought of it in a while, have ya?

Well, not only is it still around, but Audi appears to be at work on the next generation of TT, if the Ultra Quattro Concept is any indication. Revealed at Audi's annual party for the brand's fans in Wörthersee, Germany, the TT Ultra Quattro takes the basic Audi TT and builds on it by subtracting mass. Extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, fiberglass-reinforced polymer and magnesium means the Ultra Quattro is 660 pounds lighter than the closest equivalent production model. At the same time, the 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four has been dialed up to 306 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, routed to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with an R8-like gated shift pattern. 0-62 mph goes by in 4.2 seconds, while the 2,442 pound Audi tops out at 173 miles per hour.

The host of weight-saving measures aren't just for concept-car fun—they're all explorations of potentially practical methods Audi might use to cut weight in future generations of their cars. Lightweight metals and composites, lithium-ion batteries—the Audi TT Ultra Quattro is like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner of sports coupes. Well, hopefully minues the whole "bursting into flames" part. [via Audi]

Press Release:

AUDI TT ULTRA QUATTRO CONCEPT SHEDS 300KG TO SHARPEN ITS FOCUS TT ultra quattro concept destined for the Worthersee festival sheds 300kg (compared with closest equivalent production model) and benefits from a power boost for its 2.0-litre TFSI engine 310PS, 400Nm between 1,900rpm and 5,000rpm 1,111kg weight yields 279PS per ton, 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, 173mph top speed Extensive use of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), Fibreglass-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and magnesium reduces bodyshell weight by 100kg Audi engineers are waging war on excess weight, and their latest victory is a TT 2.0 TFSI Coupe which has shed an incredible 300kg and gained a power upgrade to 310PS, giving it a 4.2-second 0-62mph sprint time and a top speed of over 170mph. The TT ultra quattro concept is, as its name suggests, essentially a study developed for next month's annual gathering of Audi enthusiasts in Wörthersee, Germany, but it demonstrates how an intelligent mix of materials can bring about considerable weight savings even in existing series-production models. Work on the deployment of these materials could conceivably inform the development of future low-volume Audi model series. The showcar tips the scales at a lean 1,111kg, an impressive achievement considering it combines its potent petrol engine with quattro all-wheel-drive. With 310PS and 400Nm of torque to propel this pared back mass via a six-speed transmission, the result is a highly impressive power-to-weight ratio of 279PS per ton, a blistering 4.2-second 0-62mph acceleration time and a top speed of 173mph. The four-cylinder engine raises its game thanks to modifications to the crankcase, the crankshaft, the balancer shafts, the flywheel, the sump, the bolts and certain ancillary units that help to reduce the unit's weight by 25 kilograms. No detail was too small to escape scrutiny during the optimisation process that culminated in the TT ultra quattro concept. With its innovative hybrid body shell the fully fledged production TT already boasts a low body weight of 206 kilograms (excluding detachable body parts amounting to 98 kilograms) which bears testament to Audi engineers' desire to account for every last gram. The concept's body structure sheds another 43 kilograms, and with the help of optimised detachable body parts achieves a total weight saving of 100 kilograms. The use of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the rear end, the centre tunnel, the B-pillars and the roof contributes to this significant saving, as do magnesium components in the floor and in the hinge reinforcements. The front brakes with their ceramic discs and aluminium fixed calipers also make a contribution, and there are savings to be found in the titanium exhaust system with its single centrally mounted tailpipe and the CFRP wheels with their high-strength aluminium spokes, which shave off a particularly impressive 20 kilograms. Fibreglass-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) springs Fibreglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) also replaces more conventional steel for the coil springs in the suspension, helping to further reduce unsprung masses. The core of the all-new springs consists of long glass fibres twisted together and impregnated with epoxy resin. A machine wraps additional fibres around this core, which is only a few millimetres in diameter, at alternating angles of plus and minus 45 degrees to the longitudinal axis. These layers support each other and act in either compression or tension. The use of FRP at this point cuts weight by 40 per cent while still permitting good operating characteristics. To further hone the nimble handling which is already a TT trademark, the developers have also concentrated on distributing the remaining weight as effectively as possible by moving it to the centre of the car wherever it was practical to do so. The lithium-ion starter battery, for instance, is located in the interior under the driver's seat. It is much smaller than a lead battery and weighs just under four kilograms (8.82 lb). 300kg total weight saving Overall, these lightweight construction measures leave the concept car 300 kilograms lighter than the comparable series-production car, helping to minimise the inertial mass that the TFSI engine has to contend with during acceleration. The exceptional calibre of the TT ultra quattro concept is reflected in its even more emphatic styling, the focal point of which is the large spoiler which gives a nod to its motorsport genes. The base of the rear wing is manufactured as a supporting component from milled aluminium, while the wing itself is made of visible carbon fibre. The concept car is painted in the special colour crystal white, which is complemented by CFRP elements in the roof, the flanks and the tailgate. In the interior the same material also adorns the door trim, the centre console and the cross-bracing that replaces the rear seat bench. The standard front seats are also replaced by fibreglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) bucket seats from the R8 GT which help to reduce the all-up weight by a further 22 kilograms. There are no compromises on equipment behind the headline-grabbing figures - air conditioning, electric window controls and an electromechanical parking brake are all included, and there are even innovations such as compact cameras in the doors which replace the exterior mirrors and transfer images directly into the digital cockpit.

April 30, 2013 at 05:34 PM
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BY: Bix

Don't Tell The McLaren P1 Winter's Over (w/Video)

It's having too much fun.

What would you do if you were given a well-frozen lake covered in a couple inches of snow and a 903 horsepower supercar? Well, if you're like us, you'd probably hoon the hell out of it. And it seems the good folks at McLaren are like us, based on this video. (more…)
April 30, 2013 at 03:03 PM
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BY: Bix

Test Drive - 2013 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

Is a $230,000 S-Class worth the dough? Oh, absolutely.

Story: Will Sabel Courtney

Remember this moment, folks, because the sentence you’re about to read is one you’ll probably never see in a car review again:

You don’t need the S65 AMG, because it’s too powerful for your own good. (more…)

April 29, 2013 at 09:07 AM
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BY: Bix

Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Martini Black In Milan (w/Video)

Lookin' good.

Porsche's very public development of the 918 Spyder brought the plug-in hybrid supercar to Milan, Italy, recently—and for the trip to Italy's style capital, the 918 Spyder tried out a fresh new look. (more…)
April 23, 2013 at 06:40 PM
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BY: Bix

Lamborghini Gallardo Replacement Coming Next Summer

And it should be pretty much all-new.

Lamborghini's been limping the Gallardo along for almost a decade at this point, with only moderate internal updates and even fewer changes in the car's appearance. But it seems the long-rumored Gallardo replacement will finally be making its debut in the first half of 2014. (more…)
April 23, 2013 at 05:29 PM
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