We were crushed when we heard that Jaguar had decided not to build their gorgeous, fascinatingly-powered C-X75 concept supercar. Those lines were so compelling, so sultry, so powerful—and while combining that body with a micro-turbine power plant was too awesome to be true, the ultimate decision to go with a 1.6 liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-four that spun to 10,000 rpm was nearly as bold.
But alas, the C-X75 isn't to be. Jaguar killed it in response to Europe's tanking economy—something which doesn't seem to have dissuaded Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren from cranking out million-dollar hybrid supercars of their own, for what it's worth.
But maybe the C-X75 isn't quite 100 percent dead. After all, Jaguar's still out their developing it, improving the prototypes to the point that they're letting guys from Autocar and Auto Express take them for a lap. They're doing photo shoots with them. They're repainting and finishing them. They even released a video tribute to the C-X75 on their Facebook page. Is some faction in Jaguar trying to build a cult following around the car in order to convince the bigwigs to give the car the go-order? It's possible. Unlikely, but possible.
While the C-X75 seems to be in a Schroedinger's Cat-like state of being neither dead nor alive, its twincharged, high-revving powerplant seems to have a better chance of reaching production—in a range-topping Jaguar F-Type. We have done an R-S version with over 700bhp that will do over 200mph – it’s going to be insane," a source told Auto Express. The F-Type R-S would, according to the reports, come only in coupe form, and pack a total output of around 700 horsepower, thanks to a combination of the high-revving engine and a pair of electric motors. Consider it the first example of trickle-down tech from the latest generation of supercars when it shows up in 2016 or so. [via Jaguar, Auto Express]
Perhaps you're familiar with Volkswagen's XL1. It's basically the anti-matter version of the Bugatti Veyron: a super-exclusive, spared-no-expense VW Group project masterminded by Dr. Ferdinand Piëch in pursuit of never-before-seen performance for a road car. Only where the Veyron chased after top speed records, the XL1 goes for efficiency. (more…)
Where an hardtop Aston Martin is now, a convertible version is soon to follow. (Like the lovely DB9 Volante we recently drove.) It's as inevitable as the tides—except for the Rapide, but there's not a lot of market in ragtop sedans. So we are in no way, shape or form surprised to meet the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. (more…)
The automotive journalism term "official spy photographs" sounds about as oxymoronic as "jumbo shrimp," though the product they describe isn't nearly as delicious. Manufacturer-released spy shots are a classic way for a car company to get ahead of a story, and the automotive equivalent of a photo-shoot selfie; instead of letting the Brenda Priddys of the world snap up pictures of prototypes with their pants down, the car company puts out a flattering image that shows just what they want you to see.
In this case, Mercedes-Benz and AMG want to show us that they are, indeed, working on a new sports car—one that, from the looks of it, shares the SLS AMG's general cab-backwards proportions in spite of being a bit smaller overall. From the looks of it, the car doesn't have gullwing doors, but if those proportions are any guide, it'll be a looker.
That's what we know for sure. However, the gang over at Car and Driver have their ears to the ground. They say the car will likely be called GT or SLC, and instead of being an SLS replacement, it'll supplement the bigger sports car in showrooms at a lower price point (figure in the low-to-mid $100,000 range). In spite of reduced usage of carbon fiber for cost reasons, the GT/SLC should still be a couple hundred pounds lighter than the SLS (off whose platform it's based). Power is expected to come from AMG's new twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8, making around 500 horses to start; subsequent versions, such as a Black Series model, will likely push that up towards or past 600 ponies. The AMG dual-clutch seven-speed automatic will handle the grunt en route to the rear wheels.
As much as we don't want to see the SLS AMG (or its naturally-aspirated 6.2 liter V8) pushed to the sidelines, the notion of a smaller, lighter sports car built on the same rock-solid platform fills us with a fair amount of glee. Plus, we're hoping this new car will give AMg a chance to rectify the SLS's biggest flaw: those really unfortunate headlamps. [via Mercedes-Benz, Car and Driver]
Chevy's been drip-teasing the new 2014 Corvette Stingray for months now, ever since they revealed it on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show back in January. They've shown us the various colors, they've shown us the convertible version, they've shown us the option packages and revealed how much power its new smallblock V8 will make... (more…)