2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition pays homage to 1964

The Ford Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Five decades later – almost to the day – Ford has rolled out its 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show. Limited to just 1,964 examples, the rear-wheel drive coupes (no convertible has been announced) are based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack. The standard equipment list is long, with buyers only offered a choice of color (Wimbledon White or Kona Blue) and transmission (a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic).

The exterior is distinguished with discreet chrome highlights and louvered rear quarter windows, something that won’t be found on any other models. Other touches include a faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia. Inside the cabin, owners will find a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with the same appointments carried to the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The front buckets are upholstered in two-tone cashmere and black leather, with the obligatory 50th logo on the seat backs.

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Driving the Bentley Continental GT3

“It’s unconventional in the sense that it’s a bit bigger, but we’re quick, so it shows that you can have a performing car that’s also luxurious. And you’ve got to admit, it’s the nicest looking car on the grid.”

These are the words of former Formula One driver Jerome D’Ambrosio, now an official GT3 racer and one sixth of the modern incarnation of the legendary ‘Bentley Boys’; those gents who, back in the 1920s, took the name ‘Bentley’ and plastered it all over the racing circuit.

A new generation then, is hoping to tread delicately in the footsteps of time, as this weekend saw Bentley return to competitive racing since 2003’s outright win at Le Mans. And the car they did it in is, as ‘Custard’ himself will explain, quite a Thing.

“It’s a very neutral, balanced car,” Jerome says, “which is actually very nice for me, because I can catch up quicker and get up to speed.” He was one of the final drivers to be given a seat, and has barely completed 20 laps in the thing ahead of its season debut in Monza. “But Bentley did a great job; it’s our first time out and we’re already up there with our competitors.”   more…
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Contains shark: Peugeot Exalt

Follow-up to the mad Onyx concept features a 340bhp hybrid drivetrain. And sharkskin.

This is the follow-up to the 2012 Peugeot Onyx concept we so loved here at TG Towers. It’s called the Peugeot Exalt concept, and features sharkskin.

Well, not actual sharkskin, but a textile inspired by sharkskin. Like the Onyx before it, the Exalt utilises many unusual materials in its construction. Are you sitting comfortably? Good.

First up, the Exalt measures up at 4.7m long – a little longer than a BMW 3-Series saloon – and is a five-door hatchback-cum-saloon that takes its design inspiration from French cars in the 1920s and 1930s: all bare-steel bodywork and hand-formed. It stands just 1.31m high, too, complete with 20in concept wheels.

It’s a striking-looking concept, too, twin headlamps, long bonnet, wide, squat stance and aero creases running down the sides. The rear end is clad in the aforementioned sharkskin; a material that, because of its ‘technical grain’ structure, apparently improves the aero of the Exalt and contributes to a low drag co-efficient.  more…

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It’s the hybrid Bentley Mulsanne

Yep, it happened: concept gets plug-in hybrid drive that will appear on SUV in 2017

Bentley will build an SUV. It won’t look like this, but will look like this. And in 2017, it will be offered as a petrol-electric hybrid.

That much you know, because we told you so last month. Today we can tell you a fraction more, because that petrol-electric hybrid powertrain is being previewed at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show in the form of the Mulsanne Hybrid Concept.

There’s no word on the specific technical details of the upcoming hybrid SUV, but this concept uses the firm’s 6.75-litre V8 mated to an electric motor and battery system. Bentley claims the hybrid drive will offer up to 25 per cent more power and a 70 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.

Taking then, the power of the ‘standard’ Mulsanne V8 (505bhp), that means somewhere in the region of 630bhp and – if our Top Gear maths are correct – an astonishing 118g/km of CO2 (if again, we take the Mulsanne’s 393g/km as our starting figure). That’s… incredible, frankly.   more...

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Is this the new Audi TT SUV?

Audi has revealed sketches of a new crossover SUV concept it plans on revealing at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. That’s it, above.

There’s more than a whiff of TT about the ‘Showcar’ concept’s design. And we’ve been told the concept also uses the upcoming TT’s transverse engine layout. The body is, in essence, a stretched and raised TT too. That means there would be lots of aluminium, to keep it light. And the dash is just like the new TT’s screen-based setup.

That would make it a more compact crossover than things like the BMW X4 or Porsche Macan. A wearable SUV, if you like.

Now, remember back in January, at the Detroit Motor Show when Audi’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg told Top Gear how the new TT has much more potential, and that the market trend is for smaller crossovers? “You could do a crossover TT,” he told us.

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Mercedes unveils the new SL400

A day after blitzing the field with its impressive V6 turbo in a really quite thrilling Bahrain GP comes the news that Mercedes is replacing the SL350′s engine with… a V6 turbo. Meet the new SL400.

 

The new-number SL gets a new engine in the shape of a biturbo, 3.0-litre V6, here producing 333bhp and 354lb ft of torque – 27bhp and 81lb ft more than the SL350 it replaces.

It’s got direct injection utilizing spray-guided combustion, Piezo injectors that enable up to five injections per power stroke (steady at the back), and multi-spark ignition. This system, while allowing for up to four sparks per millisecond, also allows us to use the world plasma; it creates a plasma with a larger spatial expansion, we’re told.

Which is all very interesting, but we’re sure you want to know how this new found engine translates into Things You Can Argue About With Friends: 0-62mph in the new SL400 takes 5.2 seconds, while top speed sits at 155mph.

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Take a walk around Pagani’s workshop

Poke around Italian engines and sit in a Huayra with the miracle of Google Street

Google’s Street View mapping has now given supercar enthusiasts another reason to slack off at work, by documenting the tiny little Pagani workshop in Modena.

And we do mean tiny; consider that Pagani has only really got two actual models in its history and line-up, and it makes sense. But still, we can’t imagine the photography took too much time.

Whatever, it’s still a lovely way to waste a few minutes. In the same vein as Google mapped the Lamborghini museum in Sant’Agata, users can tour the workshop floor and virtually ‘sit’ inside the cars (a POV view allowing you to scroll around the simply extraordinary attention to interior detail lavished by Horacio and his engineers). more…

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World’s only black Maser’ MC12 for sale

The Maserati MC12 is quite a Thing. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Frank Stephenson, and sat on the chassis and drivetrain of the ballistic Ferrari Enzo.

Between 2004 and 2005, just 50 MC12s were ever built for sale. But only a single black one. This one. And it’s for sale.

OK, though the MC12 didn’t exactly win over Clarkson’s heart when he tested it on Top Gear way back in Series 6, there’s no denying this black Maser looks pretty spectacular. Don’t forget, the other 49 cars were all painted white with blue accents.

So, the MC12. It briefly headed up our power lap leaderboard by eclipsing the Enzo’s time with a lap of 1m 18.9s, and for good reason too. As mentioned, it got the Enzo’s 6.0-litre V12, producing nearly 625bhp – a little less than the Ferrari’s 650bhp, mind – mounted in the middle, together with a six-speed Cambiocorsa transmission and of course, rear-wheel-drive. When all the performance stars were aligned, the MC12 managed a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and top speed of 205mph. Fast, then.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R ice drive

2015 VW Golf R specifications, photos, pricing

Where is it may be the better question. Arvidsjaur (pronounce it “our-vids-yower”), Sweden, has a name that’s easier to pronounce when your jaw is just a little bit numb from the cold. So it works out that the town of 4,635 sits about 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Its location also makes it a breathtakingly beautiful, frigid backdrop for our introduction to Volkswagen’s newest little performance monster: the 2015 Golf R.

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