Expect a concept car preview version in the near future.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG isn't actually that old—it only went on sale here in the U.S. in 2011, and its midcycle refresh versions (the SLS AMG GT, the SLS AMG Black Series, and the SLS AMG Electric Drive) are just making their way to the streets around now. But progress never takes a vacation, so Mercedes-Benz is already hard at work on the SLS AMG's replacement. And it's closer than you might think.
According to Autocar, Mercedes-Benz will preview the SLS AMG's replacement in concept form "very soon." Reportedly, the SLS AMG's replacement will be downsized a bit in comparison to the SLS, both in size and in price; Mercedes-Benz is reportedly planning to aim the new car straight at the Porsche 911—with variants to face off against many of the 911's models. (Considering the 911 goes as high as 620 horsepower, we're guessing the SLS replacement won't be lacking in power compared to its predecessor.)
This doesn't mean the SLS is on its deathbed; it supposedly still has a few years left in its life. But Mercedes-Benz may just be really excited to show off what they're working on; reportedly, the new car's design will be one for the ages. Autocar describes it as "iconic." But before we see it, we have to "sit through" the unveil of the new S-Class in May and the reveal of the new C-Class either late this year or early in 2014. Guess we can live with that. [via Autocar]
Building super-limited-edition, super-exotic versions of already-existing super sports cars seems to be the new game in the exotic car world. (See: Lamborghini Veneno.) Not to be left behind, Aston Martin is reportedly planning on whipping up a concept-like two-seat roadster called the CC100 based off the V12 Vantage to celebrate their 100th birthday.
But in the spirit of this new trend of building as few cars as possible to generate as much buzz as possible, Aston martin will apparently only build two CC100 examples, to be revealed in May: one officially commemorating the car maker's centenary, the other in recognition of Sterling Moss's win of the the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km in an Aston Martin DBR1. Because Sir Sterling, that's why.
The CC100 will supposedly come without any roof or doors, which should make entry and exit difficult for anyone over the age of 35—a potentially foolish decision, considering most people capable of affording the car's price tag (reportedly between the V12 Zagato's $500,000 price and the $2.1 million price of the One-77) are well above that age. But if they can't find buyers, well, they're bringing two more concepts to Pebble Beach. [via Autocar]
Manliness. It's that vague, elusive property that symbolizes what all humans with a Y chromosome strive to be. Strong. Resolute. Impassive. Unflappable. Like pornography, it's hard to define, but you know it when you see it. Clint Eastwood has it. Daniel Craig has it. Ron Swanson has it. And you'll need it to drive the Pininfarina Sergio. (more…)
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. And it is gooooood.
Let's dive right in. The new 911 GT3 makes 475 horsepower, thanks to a 3.8 liter boxer six that redlines at 9,000 rpm. Combined with a mandatory PDK specially developed for the GT3, the car now leaps from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, from 0-124 mph in less than 12 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph. (You can see all the technical specifications here.)
Of course, 911 GT3s aren't about straight-line speed; they're about all-around performance on tight tracks and racy roads. To maximize performance in the turns, the 991-series Porsche 911 GT3 now comes with active rear steering. It also comes with dynamic engine mounts, an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and 20" wheels and tires. Porsche claims the new 911 GT3 will lap the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds, which means the Carrera GT will likely see GT3 taillamps at the end of a hot lap.
So when can we expect the Glory that is GT3? Well, the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 goes on sale late this year at a starting price of $131,350. Considering you can pretty easily option up a regular 911 Carrera S up to that price level, we'd say that's a steal. (And now we can't wait for the 991-series Turbo.)
Also, evo has an in-depth video look of the new 911 GT3 on YouTube, so we've embedded it here for your viewing pleasure.
World premiere at the Geneva Motor Show
Atlanta. The new Porsche 911 GT3 premieres this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.Â The completely-redeveloped fifth generation of the 911 GT3 occupies the top position among Porsche sports cars with naturally-aspirated engines. With an impressive lap time on the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife of under 7:30 minutes, the 2014 911 GT3 benefits from a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The car now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 195 mph. The 2014 911 GT3 will go on sale in the United States late in 2013 and will be priced from $130,400, not including a $950 destination charge.
As a technical highlight, the 911 GT3 features the first active rear-wheel steering in a production Porsche, as well as optional full LED headlights. The new GT3 brings to everyday driving many of the properties of a sports car developed on the track, and preserves the highly emotional fun factor.
The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-liter boxer engine yielding 475 hp (125 hp/liter) featuring a 9,000 rpm redline and a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as the 911 Carrera S, although they share only a few common parts. All other components, particularly the crankshaft and valve gear, were specially adapted or designed for the GT3. For instance, Porsche designed titanium connecting rods and forged pistons for this engine.
The Porsche dual-clutch transmission in this application has been specially developed for the 911 GT3: the characteristics are based directly on a sequential gearbox from racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamic advantages to the driver.Â Highlights include shorter gear ratios with closer spacing, even faster shifting, and shift paddles with shorter travel and increased tactile feedback, which now allow the driver to place the PDK in neutral simply by pulling on both paddles at the same time.
For the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs in place of conventional wheel bolts.
The 2014 911 GT3 is based on the light yet stiff body of the current generation 911 Carrera, which employs a hybrid steel and aluminum construction; however, it comes with unique front and rear parts specific to the GT3. In addition, the 911 GT3 is 1.7 inches wider than a 911 Carrera S in the rear. Another distinctive feature is the large, fixed rear wing, which contributes to the exemplary aerodynamics.
By combining low air resistance with even more power, the 2014 911 GT3 sets new performance standards. At full acceleration from standstill, the 60 mph mark is reached after just 3.3 seconds, and on the track 124 mph is reached in less than twelve seconds.
It's bold, it's fast, it's exclusive, it's damned expensive. But is it attractive?
Updated: Lamborghini has released their official press release with added information, so we've updated the post accordingly.
What you see here is Lamborghini's 50th anniversary present to themselves and the world as a whole. It's their tribute to the past, the present, and the future of the brand. It's the Lamborghini Veneno. It looks a little like a shark. And, well, we can't help but think it's ugly as sin at first glance. (more…)
We know that Lamborghini will be bringing at least one exceptional new car to the Geneva Motor Show next week—what's believed to be a super-limited-edition supercar based vaguely around the Aventador. (more…)