New Look For Road & Track
Job well done, guys.
Job well done, guys.
The General just unleashed this interesting bit of news: A new LF3 3.6-liter twin turbocharged V6 with 420 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque for the 2014 Cadillac CTS and later, the XTS. Also revealed, a new paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic transmission with 0.3-second wide-open-throttle upshifts and the ability to hold gears under high G cornering. Neato.
What makes this bit’o’news truly interesting, and more up our alley, is the fact that this engine/transmission combo will likely make its way into the smaller, more nimble, as yet revealed ATS-V due in a year or so. Will it be a drop in or will it find a bit more oomph? Time will tell, but this power combo is certain. And with rumors of a bargain Corvette Stingray floating around, it would be much of a surprise if it appeared under its hood either.
When we know, you’ll know.
The just released 2014 SRT Viper already trumps the 2014 Corvette Stingray when it comes to performance, as a vehicle priced over $50k more should, but it’s still shy of the now defunct 2013 ZR1 per a recent Motor Trend Ignition segment. That clearly wasn’t acceptable for SRT boss Ralph Gilles.
Introducing the 2014 SRT Viper TA.
A vestige to the first generation car, the Track Attack package is less about adding on, than it is about deletion. Leather seating? Gone. Audio? Oh, about ten cylinders of it. Carbon fiber? Yup… new X-brace, front lip spoiler and rear wing. Badges? Hope you like stickers.
Slightly lighter and equipped with the same 640 horsepower 8.4-liter V10, the Viper TA slithers to sixty in just 3.3 seconds, making it quicker than the base and GTS models by just a smidge. Priced around $120,000 and offered in black, white or Crusher Orange (33-model limited run), it’s no Viper ACR, but it’s getting closer.
Your move Corvette.
Turn up your speakers and watch the beast rip roar through its first incredibly mean shakedown at Suzuka.
Living in New York, we tend to see a lot of interesting executive vehicle choices, from typical livery Lincoln Town Cars, bright pink Jeep Grand Cherokee limos and quite a few long wheelbase Phantoms and Maybachs. On a few occasions we’ve even run into an ostentatious eight-wheel double decker Hummer H2 stretch limo.
By no stretch of the imagination, this particular limo takes the cake for the most absurd stretch conversion we’ve ever seen.
While still just a “concept,” British limo for hire company Cars For Stars claims their working with an investor to make the Lamborghini Aventador stretch limo a reality. How they’ll circumvent or even re-engineer the carbon passenger tub to accommodate the additional length without making the Sant’agata bull FUBAR is well beyond us.
Shortly after Ferrari unveiled the stunning LaFerrari, impossible to please pessimists who’ll never be able to afford a twenty-year-old 328 GTB let alone a multi-million dollar super car, began commenting negatively of its design. They even suggested it was too similar to the “lesser” models in the Ferrari stable.
Personally, we feel the LaFerrari design is an extremely well executed, evocative speed form that, without a shadow of doubt, would hang proudly upon our bedroom wall… if we were twenty years younger.
So we were pleased to see that, fresh from the Geneva show, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy has created a very special exhibit. Showcasing the extensive LaFerrari development from engineering through design, it also includes “Manta” and another unnamed 1:1 scale F150 design study, that some say are even more beautiful than the final production car.
While we notice quite a few styling similarities between the two protos and the final car, each takes a decidedly different thematic approach to what will be a Ferrari for the ages. And because no super car debate is settled until someone offers a wild hypothetical, we offer this million-dollar question…
Say you were the Sultan of Brunei with near unlimited financial resources and Ferrari would build you either the LaFerrari or one of the F150 design studies, which do you choose?
High-res Rosso Corsa gif HERE.
High-res Giallo Modena gif HERE.
There are many ways to remove an engine, some better than others. Thanks to Reddit, we’ve found what is possibly the most efficient, yet destructive methods ever seen.
By now, you’ve all laid eyes on the gorgeous new Ferrari LaFerrari hypercar debuted at the Geneva show, but it took many beautiful sketches and scale models to find the final form, presented to you in all their glory. Enjoy!
It appears that the very strange Lana Del Ray Jaguar F-Type music video released earlier this year was nothing more than a teaser for an upcoming short film featuring Jag’s British beau and Homeland star, Damian Lewis.
Created in collaboration with Ridley Scott Associates, the newly released trailer for Jaguar’s “Desire” tells the abbreviated story of a dapper man and his lady friend — played by Shannyn Sossamon —tasked with delivering a dazzling new F-Type in a desert. As the story goes, some really bad dude, played by Jordi Mollà, gets involved and the action ensues.
Lana Del Ray provides the film’s aural mood with her new single “Burning Desire,” a track she says was inspired by the Ian Callum designed F-Type. It’s a moody track with tons of Bond-like overtones. And that’s not a bad thing.
When we’ll see the “Desire” in its entirety, we don’t know, as the trailer only hints at it “coming soon.” We’re sure Jag will let us know as its release is closer.
While we patiently wait, Jaguar invites us to look under the hood of the making of “Desire” in their newly launched microsite, which you can check out HERE.