Based on the original Rapide super-sedan, Aston Martin’s forthcoming Rapide E will be the automaker’s first-ever all-electric vehicle. The combination of a center-mounted 65.0-kWh battery pack and two rear-mounted electric motors generate 602 horsepower and 701 lb-ft of torque. That translates to a top-speed of 155MPH and a range of roughly 200 miles. Only 155 of these hand-built supercars will be produced.
Summer of 2020 will be pretty cool when you drop the top in your Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. Powered by a four-liter AMG biturbo V8, it’s a 577 horsepower convertible that boasts a top-speed of 197 mph. Tricky features like rear-wheel steering, adaptive suspension, an electronically controlled locking differential, and a whole range of additional dynamic features will push all that power to the pavement for an insane al fresco driving experience.
Ferrari is rolling out 5 all-new models for 2019 and the F8 Tributo might just be the meanest stallion in the stable. The F8 replaces the outgoing 488 Pista and is powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that outputs a ridiculous 710 horsepower—which makes it the most powerful V8 Ferrari ever produced. This monstrosity of an engine is visible through a clear glass screen. The car will be officially unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show.
Bentley introduced the Bentayga about 3 years ago but it’s now being offered in an upgraded Speed model that will make it the world’s most powerful “SUV.” Powered by a 6.0-liter W-12 engine, the Bentayga Speed cranks out 626 hp and will hit a top speed of 190MPH. A ceramic braking system—the largest Bentley has ever built—slows it back down. Special paint details, a rear spoiler, Speed branding badges, and larger 22-inch wheels differentiate this model from the stock Bentayga. Available late 2019.
Aston Martin’s hotly anticipated Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake has just been officially unveiled. This sleek, limited edition 2-door, 2-seater “wagon” is powered by a 580-horsepower naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 and features a curved V-shaped glass roof, a luxe saddle brown leather interior, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Only 99 will be made.
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Lots of new rides being rolled out at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Including these bad boys: the 2020 911 Carrera in both the S & 4S models. Both are powered by the rear-mounted turbocharged flat-six engine that churns out 443 horsepower. The new aluminum body is slightly wider and longer than the outgoing model and the bumpers have been extended for an updated look. Fresh tech features include automatic emergency braking, water-detecting Wet Mode, and a night-vision camera.
When it comes to a custom-built classic Porsche 356, Southern California’s Emory Motorsports is where the world goes & then enters its name on a rather long waiting list. Second-generation car builder and master craftsman Rod Emory is the man behind these iconic and personalized Porsches. Every car is built to order and each build is restored to ‘factory-plus’ standards, from its metal unibody and exterior to its mechanicals and interior. The cars are fitted with his signature Emory-Rothsport Outlaw-4 3.6-liter dry sump motor packing these classic cars with supercar performance.
McLaren officially took the wrapper off its newest supercar, the 2019 Speedtail, a radical design to say the least, which features a 3-seat design with the driver positioned front and center. It boasts over 1000 horsepower and a top speed of 186MPH. The interior looks like the cockpit of a space ship, and the carbon fiber exterior, with no wing mirrors—it uses cameras and interior screens instead—also has a slippery, space-age look. The price tag is out of this world, too.
The Hoversurf Hoverbike is a recreational aircraft that combines a drone-like design with a body & driver experience that looks something like a PWC, except this thing literally flies. With its monocoque carbon fiber body & 12.3kWh lithium-manganese-nickel battery, it can fly up to 16-feet above ground at speeds up to 60MPH. Flight time ranges from 10-25 minutes with a pilot on board to 40-minutes in drone mode.
The forthcoming 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster look like a good time. Based on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet body, this limited-edition, 500-horsepower drop-top features GT-level parts like exhaust & a 6-speed manual gearbox and 21-inch RSR-type wheels. Available in late 2019.
Like everything James Bond has driven through the decades, his Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger is an iconic ride. And through a unique collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the Bond films, they’re making a limited run of reproductions that will feature working gadgets to be developed by Oscar-winning SFX guru Chris Corbould who has been the special effects supervisor on eight previous James Bond films. Only 25 will be made.
Limited to just 35 bespoke cars, the special edition Silver Ghost Collection from Rolls-Royce celebrates next-level luxury & performance first introduced back in 1906—the very car that that established Rolls-Royce’s reputation as ‘The Best Car in the World’. This new model features a Barker & Co 4/5 seater touring body, a blacked out grill, polished wheels, and a forest green leather interior, and stunning handcrafted details throughout.
The Ariel Atom 4 is a race car for the masses, a 320-horsepower, naked, open-wheel 2-seater with a trellis-frame design that makes it look like an overgrown go-kart or some sort of F-1 style training vehicle. It rips from 0-60 in 2.8 with the driver sitting mere inches off the ground. All this power comes from 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Honda R motor that produces an astounding & eye-watering 310 lb-ft. of torque.
Nissan’s iconic GT-R turns 50 this year and so does automotive design house Italdesign. To celebrate, the two teamed up to create the ultimate edition of the storied sports car. The “GT-R50,” is based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo with a lower roof line & redesigned hood. Beneath that hood is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that outputs an incredible 710 horsepower due to larger turbos, intercoolers & pistons. Other NISMO upgrades abound: custom 21-inch wheels, a carbon fiber center console & Alcantara leather upholstery.
The latest longtail from McLaren is the 600LT, a track-focused super car powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V8 & designed from the ground up for “optimized aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement.” It’s got a carbon fiber chassis, body, and P1 racing seats; each car will be hand-built & production numbers will be very low, perhaps in the single digits.
Aston Martin’s forthcoming DBS Superleggera is a 715-horsepower super-car with a carbon fiber body, a 5.2-liter V12 under the hood and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Top speed: 211MPH. When it arrives later this year, it will push the flagship Vanquish into second place in the brand’s lineup.
The Seakart 335 is a unique hybrid watercraft combining the speed and excitement of a jet-ski with the comfort & stability of an inflatable boat. Powered by a Yamaha jet-engine it’s got seating for five & options like underwater lights and a sound system.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer is the brainchild of Google co-founder Larry Page; an evolved version of his “flying car” concept that buzzed through the internet last year. Designed specifically for flying over water, the new electric aircraft is currently in the testing phase. Powered by 10 propellers & controlled with a pair of joysticks, it will fly just 10-feet above the water at a top speed of 20 MPH. There’s no info on a projected release date or how this unreal ride will meet safety standards but it sure looks like fun.
Honda’s aircraft division just unveiled a new jet, the HondaJet Elite, a luxury jet that boasts an improved range of 1,437 nautical miles. Powered by GE Honda HF120 engines, it has a cruising speed of 422 knots and a max altitude of 43,000 feet, all features that make it the the fastest, longest-range, most efficient, and quietest jet in its class. Deliveries begin in August.
Aston Martin’s flagship touring car, the DB11 will soon be available with an upgraded performance package that upshifts it to supercar status. The DB11 AMR is powered by a 630-horse V12 that lays down a top speed of 208 mph and snaps 0-62 in 3.7. It also features a new exhaust, enhanced handling and a range of interior and sweet exterior accents using carbon fiber and track-inspired matte blacks.