Porsche has taken the covers off the new 2013 911 RSR, bringing forth a GT race car for the 2013 season’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, the latest RSR features a wheelbase that’s grown by roughly four inches while a new wishbone front suspension has been implemented as well. The new RSR has gone through some significant weight reduction as well with the introduction of a lighter PDK-enabled six-speed gearbox, more evenly balanced weight distribution with the center of gravity being much lower, and heavy usage of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle. With this also being the 911′s 50th anniversary, the number 50 is visible on a few key parts of the car and can even be seen from a bird’s eye view.
Cadillac. Every time we here at Por Homme think of the GM brand, some of the first things that jump out at us are their cars’ undeniable comfort, the love for their V-Series performance vehicles and their prominence in classic American media (think Vinny’s ’62 Cadillac “Series 62″ convertible). We recently had the opportunity to take the 2013 Cadillac ATS for a spin and pondered the about the first — how do we really test the comfort of this car? Well, going on a road trip we thought would do the trick and it most certainly did. Cadillac tossed us the keys the AWD 2.0L Turbo Premium model as we embarked on a twelve-hour drive to Atlanta. Along the way, we stopped a few times to re-up on fuel and food but it all went by much faster than we originally anticipated.
The ATS is Cadillac’s compact luxury sedan and matches up quite nicely against its German competition — the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This isn’t a shrunken version of the CTS that the American automaker tossed together just to compete directly with the cars mentioned above. In fact, design work began with zero inspiration from the CTS and a few key goals — keep it compact and lightweight, with near 50/50 weight distribution as well as rear- and all-wheel drive. All is accomplished without sacrificing design or comfort.
The 2013 Alpina B3 Biturbo, based on the current BMW 3-Series F30 model, debuted this week at the Geneva Motor Show, and it’s everything one can expect from the auto tuner. The B3 features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine that delivers 410 hp, while torque is catapulted to nearly 442 pound-feet, and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This will send the B3 Bi-Turbo from 0-62 kph in 4.2 seconds and gives it a top speed of 190 mph.
An all-wheel-drive model of the B3 Bi-Turbo is in the works as well. As the M3 and M4 models are months away from being unveiled, this should keep the folks in UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC markets at bay. Yes, Alpina has no plans to release the B3 in the States.
Eleven years after the Ferrari Enzo, the Maranello-based automaker has officially unveiled their next supercar — the 2013 LaFerrari. Powered by the HY-KERS system that was developed alongside Ferrari’s Formula 1 racing efforts, LaFerrari features a 789-hp, 6.3-liter V-12 internal combustion engine that’s matched with a 120kW (161 hp) electric motor. All this is mated with Ferrari’s F1 dual-clutch gearbox, with claims of a 0-62 mph time under three seconds and a sub 7-second 0-124 mph time. Some of Ferrari’s top race drivers gave their insights into how the interior should be designed, in an effort to bring as much single-seater driving position to LaFerrari as possible. As a result, the driver’s seat itself is fixed and built to driver specification, while the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable to achieve proper reach.
We’re still waiting on some finer detailers like cost and weight but check out the launch video of the 2013 LaFerrari below to get your mouth watering.
Here we have some early shots of the 2013 Maserati GranCabrio MC Stradale. The MC Stradale will be a bit lighter than the GranCabrio Sport and features an enhanced transmission that swifts through gears much faster. Details are still quite limited but the imagery shows some changes in the front and rear bumpers, a dual exhaust mated with the rear diffuser, a trunk lip spoiler, and a new set of rims.
Porsche has officially unveiled the new all-wheel-drive 911 in four versions — the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S, each as Coupé and Cabriolet. Their lightweight body design, suspension, engines and gearboxes are identical, the only modifications being related to the all-wheel-drive. The higher level of engine and performance actually leads to better fuel efficiencies with total savings for individual versions as much as 16 per cent. The all new models have a seven-speed manual gearbox standard with the German automaker’s PDK seven-speed gearbox available as an option. This is mated to a 350-hp 3.4 liter six-cylinder engine in the 911 Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet while the Carrera 4S Coupe and 4S Cabriolet is fitted with a 3.8 liter boxer engine that dishes out 400 hp.
The most distinct feature of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S, compared to the two-wheel drive 911′s, is the wider rear section as the rear wheel housings each extend further outward by 22m while the tires are each ten millimeters wider. The traditional red light band that connects the two taillights on the 911 Carrera C4 has also taken on a new form.
Look for all four models to make their debut at the 2012 Paris International Auto Show on September 29th.
McLaren sits among a very elite group of carmakers and with this, the MP4-12C Spider, they show us once again why they belong there. The drophead version of their MP4-12C is just as powerful as the original and features a retractable roof to keep things interesting. Power comes from McLaren’s 616-horsepower 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8, which lets this beauty break the 200-mph with a top speed of 204 mph. The top can go up or down in about 17 seconds with a power wind deflector behind the seats to keep the aerodynamics intact even at high speeds and the wind blowing through your hair. The McLaren MP4-12C Spider is priced at $265,750. More images below.
From British coachmaker Aston Martin comes their latest creation — the V12 Vantage Roadster. It takes their widely popular coupe and rips the top while adding some fine touches along the way. The roadster will be powered by the same 6.0 liter V12 that’s in the coupe, delivering 510 horsepower and 470 lb./ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The roadster also gets a revised read decklid spoiler, a redesigned front air gurney and an enhanced suspension as well. Look for carbon fiber detailing on the outside alongside a few blacked-out elements and newly designed wheels. Reports say only 101 V12 Vantage Roadsters will be made.
This Memorial Day Weekend, the fine folks at Bentley were kind enough to toss us the keys to their flagship coach, the Mulsanne. It is the pinnacle of British engineering and built from the ground up in Bentley’s Crewe, UK headquarters. The detailing is as impressive as you’d expect from Bentley as there is really no expense spared both in aesthetics and performance. It takes roughly two months to build a Bentley Mulsanne and expectedly so as more than 50 percent of this time involves handcraftsmanship. It takes style cues from past Bentleys — the Bentley 8 Litre, Flying Spur of the 1950s, Brooklands, Azure as well as the Arnage. The result is a car that’s simultaneously modern and classic. The work that goes in to making such a grand car look so powerful and versatile is unparalleled in the industry and proves once again why Bentley is the last of its kind and is the opposite of mass production.