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The Stunning Superveloce Jota
As always, Lamborghini is seeking to constantly improve its models for track usage. With the company’s eyes on retaking the Nürburgring crown, the Aventador SVJ is here! The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota (SVJ) is an absolute beast! From more power to a lighter weight, this car is an improvement over its predecessor. This car may not be practical for daily driving, but it is definitely practical for the track. Imagine zooming around with this power Lambo V12 engine. Wow, this car is absolutely stunning!
Lamborghini’s V12 Legacy
Lamborghini is known for its V12 legacy lineup. Generation to generation, the V12 is passed down to the youngest. The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota is no different. With a 6.5-liter V12, this car produces a whopping 759 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with a ISR single-clutch auto manual transmission. Moreover, the top speed is in the range of 217+ mph. This is due to the increase in power, plus a lighter flywheel, titanium intake values, and a shortened exhaust. Yes, the shorter exhaust does sound more aggressive too.
The weight difference is visible across the exterior and interior. Firstly, there is carbon fiber everywhere… truthfully, absolutely everywhere. The carbon fiber components include: engine cover, front splitter, interior door panels, monocoque, pillars, rear diffuser, rear wing, rocker cover, roof, and wing mirrors. Phew! That is quite a list of carbon. Next, there is two new technological additions. Firstly, for this, is the two-motor rear-wheel steering system. This benefits overall handling of the vehicle. Secondly, there is an active aerodynamic system, known as Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). Finally, the car sits on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
A Track Driver’s Dream
The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota is a track driver’s dream. With a 0-60 mph in the low 2 second range, and 759 horsepower, this is like driving a wild beast. If carbon is a pro, this has tons of it. If not, then repainting it may be necessary. But, most people understand carbon’s generic attributes. This metal is lightweight and very strong, particularly due to the weave. Hence, it’s everywhere in the racing world. In conclusion, the Aventador SVJ is the next-generation V12 recipient.
The Unique 992 Porsche 911
With the World Premiere of the Porsche 911 992 approaching, the company is seeking to increase anticipation. Mark Webber, an ex-Formula One driver, was able to drive and see this car without the typical camouflage. The 992 contains the biggest changes since the 991’s release. After returning from the fast laps at Porsche’s development center in Weissach, Webber stated:
“In a word, that was awesome. There are so many highlights. The wide front axle, for example, seemed to give it greater cornering performance and turning-in became even more precise. The different front and back wheel sizes make a big difference to stability when you’re changing direction quickly too. As for the design, I love it: it’s very clear and typical Porsche.” – Mark Webber
Obviously, this statement provides clarity that this car is quite a beast of a machine. Let’s take a small dip into the changes that will be occurring with the 992 below.
Some Basics on the 992
The Porsche 911 992 is a stunning enhancement, inside and out. Firstly, the base model is going to jump from 370 hp to 385 hp. But, the Carrera S will leap from 420 hp to 450hp. Furthermore, the GTS should reach around 480 hp. Beyond the power gains, the car has a new rear fascia with wide rear body work (72 inches wide). With a wider rear body, this allows for a larger active spoiler as well. But, to note, the wheelbase did not change. Currently, the plan is to sell the car with a 19” front wheel and 20” rear wheel staggered setup. To comfort these rims, Pirelli P Zero tires are brought into play.
Porsche Continues to Improve the 911
Through time, Porsche continues to improve the 911 model. Moving to the 992, this car has undergone drastic changes since its first debut into the world. With the 992, Porsche shows that even cars that seem great, can be even better. The Porsche 911 is probably the company’s most popular car worldwide, with people of all ages appealing to it. With all of the hype, Porsche is anticipating a leap forward in sales as well. Obviously, Mark Webber was brought it for marketing purposes to help Porsche reach more fans. But, it was definitely a good idea. In conclusion, the 992 is another Porsche for auto dreamers worldwide.
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A Road Approved Track Car
Straight out of Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy from the Squadra Corse Motorsport Division arrives the SC18 Alston! The Lamborghini SC18 Alston is the first “one-off” by Squadra Corse. This stunning car takes style from the Lamborghini Huracán, while enabling itself further. Inside out, this car breathes a racing lifestyle. The car begins with a carbon fiber body in Grigio Daytona. From there, extreme aerodynamics create a beastly driving machine. Obviously, a bit more details will be found below!
6.5-Liter V12 Engine with 770 HP
The Lamborghini SC18 Alston sports a 6.5-liter V12 engine. This motor boasts 770 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine works in combo with an independent shifting rod optimized 7-speed transmission. The large amount of power complements the lighter weight, creating more agility. At only 4.3” high off the ground, this car is ready to zoom! But, if taken on the road, be sure to watch for potholes!
Inside Out Breakdown
On the exterior, the Lamborghini SC18 Alston has quite the fancy body. Firstly, there are air intakes on the front hood in the style of the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. Secondly, the side and rear fenders plus the fins and air scoop are from the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO. Thirdly, a large carbon fiber wing with 3 mechanical adjustments complements the rear. Fourthly, there are 12 air intakes on the rear hood! No, you didn’t hear that wrong! Holy cow! Finally, the car finishes off with single nut 20” wheels on the front and 21” wheels on the back. On these wheels, specially engineered Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires scream performance.
Inside the car, the interior begins with Nero Ade Alcantara upholstery. This upholstery is furthermore exemplified by Rosso Alala cross-stitching. To top it off, carbon fiber bucket seats offer optimal racing comfort. From there, the Lamborghini dashboard provides a modern style and feel. Obviously, the gadgets are continually improving through the years, and this is no exception. Who wouldn’t want to hop into this spaceship and take off for Mars?
It’s Time to Hit the Track!
The Lamborghini SC18 Alston is the Maddest Lambo Ever! – Shmee150 – YouTube
Now, it’s literally time to hit the track! Get out the Lamborghini SC18 Alston and go to track day! Well, if it’s within price range. Unfortunately, no visible price is available yet on the Lamborghini website. But, this will most likely be a bank breaker. With the powerful 6.5-liter V12 and the stunning aesthetics, this car is quite a living room display piece. Overall, this design by Squadra Corse is a great expansion of the Lamborghini auto library.
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The Beastly 2018 BMW M5 Sedan
The 2018 BMW M5 is the sixth-generation M5 to hit the sales floor. After mixed reviews on the previous models, the new M5 contains new features to impress anyone. Although there are still some skeptics, BMW made the new M5 a mean machine. From its V8 engine to its advanced handling, the M5 has made a comeback. With a MSRP of $103,595, this vehicle will also leave a dent in your wallet. Lastly, on top of this, don’t forget about the $1,700 gas guzzler tax.
4.4-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 600 Horsepower
The 2018 BMW M5 sports a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under the hood. This motor produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the M5 to hit 60 mph in around 3.1 seconds… wow! Not surprisingly, the M5 now combines a 8-speed transmission with it’s engine. Although some may criticize this transmission, it was built with economy as well as sportsmanship in mind.
The Sixth-Generation M5 has AWD with Options Galore
To handle the power, the 2018 BMW M5 arrives with an AWD system. Although, BMW states that the new M5 software prefers RWD for an authentic feel. By using the iDrive Menu and disabling stability control, the driver can access RWD. Correspondingly, the RWD option for the car is called “2WD” and is available in the iDrive’s menu. The AWD system does contribute to the M5’s gluttonous size and weight. Unfortunately, for some, there is no manual transmission option available on the new M5. In reality, the automotive world is moving towards rapid auto shifting which is drastically faster than any human.
Brakes, Handling, Suspension, & More
The 2018 BMW M5 contains a handful of advanced features in the brakes, handling, and suspension realms. First, the M5 has a variable-ratio steering rack. Second, the M5 sports an Active M electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. Third, there are electronically adjustable dampers. Fourth, BMW offers an optional carbon-ceramic brake package. Fifth, and not surprisingly, the M5 has a carbon fiber roof for a lower weight value. Lastly, the M5 wears 20” Pirelli P Zero tires to complement its sportiness.
BMW Redeems the M5 with the Sixth-Generation Model
Overall, BMW redeems themselves with the all-new sixth-generation M5. From it’s power V8 to it’s racing design, the 2018 BMW M5 is a beastly machine. There is no shame in leaving behind the manual transmission, but it will be missed moving forward by many. The only cons of this vehicle are the size and weight but that shouldn’t deter one from enjoying this vehicle. In conclusion, the BMW M5 has always had a place in most European car fans hearts and will remain there for years to come.
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2019 Bentley Continental GT
The 2019 Bentley Continental GT was revealed by Bentley at their headquarters located in Crewe, England. Parked next to a 1953 Bentley R-type Continental Coupe, the vehicle was analyzed with its relation to the 1953 model. The 2004 Continental GT was inspired by the 1954 R-type Continental Coupe and it still shows on the 2019 version. The 2019 Continental GT is the third-generation of the modern Continental. There are many differences between the new model and the previous generations.
Twin-Turbocharged W12 Motor with 626 Horsepower
The new 2019 Bentley Continental GT sports a twin turbo W12 motor. The W12 motor produces 626 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 664 lb.-ft.of torque from 1350 rpm to around 4000 rpm. This is a jump of 26 horsepower over the previous edition. Fortunately, fuel efficiency was raised by 16%, leading to a few more mpg. On the other side, the top speed is an astonishing 207 mph. Lastly, the Continental GT can hit 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.
220+ Pounds Less than Predecessor
On top of the engine improvements, the 2019 Continental GT has other visible differences. The vehicle is 220 to 286 lbs less than the previous version but still weights a total of 5,000 lbs. The body of the vehicle is about ½” wider and similarly longer. The wheels on the new GT will sit 4.1” farther forward than on the current design. This leads to a front weight reduction down to a 55% front-to-rear ratio. Lastly, the GT will sit atop Pirelli P Zero tires.
Bentley Dynamic Ride System
On the technological side, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT will have the Bentley Dynamic Ride system. This system allows for management of spring rates, shock dampening, anti-roll bar stiffness, height to balance, handling, and front-to-rear grip. That is quite a list of adjustable features on this car. The 2019 GT will have 4 car modes: comfort, sport, custom, and Bentley. As expected, comfort leads to a comfortable ride while sport leads to a sportier ride. The custom option allows the driver to choose options individually to their preference. Lastly, the Bentley mode is the setup favored by Bentley’s engineers.
Semi-Autonomous Steering Capabilities
The 2019 Continental GT will also have semi-autonomous steering capabilities. This is far from a full out autonomous vehicle but a move towards that direction for the future. The vehicle also has smart LED headlights that can adjust beams to prevent other drivers from being blinded on the road. On the inside, there is a 12.3” infotainment touch screen. In addition, the vehicle has a compass, timer, and exterior temperature gauge.
Priced at Slightly Over $200,000
As expected, the 2019 Continental will be for sale at a hefty price of slightly over $200,000. The vehicle should be arriving to market sometime in mid-2018. Between the powerful W12 motor and the technology advancements, this will be the best GT yet. Hitting high speeds and maneuvering through turns will not phase the new Continental GT. Overall, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT is a beautiful, stunning vehicle that will display prominently on the roadways.