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What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?


We wish it hadn’t.
When the BMW Z3 M Coupe was discontinued in 2002, the world lost a true automotive icon. In the space of just four years, the perfectly formed powerful little sports car had become a cult classic, with just over 6,000 units of the coupe being made. But what if it had never died? That’s what Finnish rendering artist Esa Mustonen considered when penning a modern interpretation of the Z3 M Coupe, keeping the car’s familiar shape and adding some of the marque’s latest styling language.
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
Applying modern BMW design cues, notably the lines of the i3 and i8, to the much-loved shooting brake body shape, the result is something that BMW aficionados and fans of sporty coupes would love to see on the road. Up front we can see aspects of the all-new 8 Series and CSL Hommage concept, the aggressive front fascia featuring svelte LED headlights and a plastic covering in place of the kidney-shaped mesh grille alluding to something electric lurking under the hood. Below the kidney grille lies a larger grille flanked by a set of DRLs, the side profile reveals a nice set of wheels, chrome trim around the windows, and a bulbous shaped cabin that defines the M Coupe.
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
At the rear, there’s another set of stylish LEDs a twin exhaust and a tasty looking diffuser. The M Coupe was much loved while in production and has become even more desirable over time. While BMW delivers obscure models, such as the 6 Series GT, in an attempt to lure in new buyers, we long for the Bavarian brand to remember its routes and a new version of the Z3 M coupe would go some way to doing just that.
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?

 

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We wish it hadn’t.
When the BMW Z3 M Coupe was discontinued in 2002, the world lost a true automotive icon. In the space of just four years, the perfectly formed powerful little sports car had become a cult classic, with just over 6,000 units of the coupe being made. But what if it had never died? That’s what Finnish rendering artist Esa Mustonen considered when penning a modern interpretation of the Z3 M Coupe, keeping the car’s familiar shape and adding some of the marque’s latest styling language.
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
Applying modern BMW design cues, notably the lines of the i3 and i8, to the much-loved shooting brake body shape, the result is something that BMW aficionados and fans of sporty coupes would love to see on the road. Up front we can see aspects of the all-new 8 Series and CSL Hommage concept, the aggressive front fascia featuring svelte LED headlights and a plastic covering in place of the kidney-shaped mesh grille alluding to something electric lurking under the hood. Below the kidney grille lies a larger grille flanked by a set of DRLs, the side profile reveals a nice set of wheels, chrome trim around the windows, and a bulbous shaped cabin that defines the M Coupe.
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
At the rear, there’s another set of stylish LEDs a twin exhaust and a tasty looking diffuser. The M Coupe was much loved while in production and has become even more desirable over time. While BMW delivers obscure models, such as the 6 Series GT, in an attempt to lure in new buyers, we long for the Bavarian brand to remember its routes and a new version of the Z3 M coupe would go some way to doing just that.
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
What If The BMW Z3 M Coupe Never Died?
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The Hyundai i30 N Is Almost Ready To Be Unleashed

Hyundai’s hot hatch rival to the Focus ST and Golf GTi is nearing production.
Hyundai has been teasing its i30 N hot hatch for some time now. Set to rival the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI, the i30 N marks the first of several new cars under Hyundai’s new performance N brand and is edging closer to production. After being put through its paces in Sweden with World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville behind the wheel for winter testing, Hyundai has now unleashed the hot hatch out onto “roughest roads” in the UK.
Based on the new generation Hyundai i30, the i30 N is developed from the ground up to “deliver maximum fun to drive on the road and on the track.”
In case you were wondering, the ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre, and the Nurburgring, which needs no introduction as one of the most demanding race tracks in the world.

The Hyundai i30 N Is Almost Ready To Be Unleashed
The testing on UK roads focuses on the car’s adaptive suspension and different drive modes. “We are getting closer and closer to the final development stage of the i30 N,” said Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President and Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development at Hyundai Motor Company. “The road testing serves to check if the driving performance of our first Hyundai N high performance car can meet our future customers’ requirements. We have to make sure that on these challenging UK roads the driving performance is also well suited to everyday use. There are plenty of fun and challenging corners out here – the N Team loves corners!”
The Hyundai i30 N Is Almost Ready To Be Unleashed
After this, two “close to production” i30 N cars will enter the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring at the end of the summer for further testing ahead of its public debut later this year – all bets are on the i30 N making its grand entrance at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September. Both prototypes will feature a 2.0-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission, matching the powertrain and transmission of the final production i30 N. The standard car is expected to pack 250 hp, which can be upgraded to 275 hp with an optional performance package which adds an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential among other upgrades. Still no word on a US launch yet, sadly.
The Hyundai i30 N Is Almost Ready To Be Unleashed

Watch A Tumbling Civic Type R Explain The Definition Of ‘Lift-Off Oversteer’

Looks like this driver was trying a bit too hard to beat the new Type R’s Nurburgring record.
It all happens so fast that it’s a bit hard to see how this driver causes a fatal error (for their car, fortunately not themselves) so quickly. All that can be seen is a second generation Honda Civic Type R slingshotting its way around a corner on the Nurburgring while carrying a healthy amount of momentum when suddenly, the G forces of the biting front brakes and sideways angle of the apex-seeking front end overwhelm the rear inside tire completely, exemplifying a phenomenon known as lift-off oversteer.
The rear not only lifts (hence the name), effectively removing a contact patch that was helping to corner and brake, but it carries the entire car with it, sending the poor Type R into a 180-degree spin where it ultimately ends up on its roof, the Civic’s final resting place until a careless tow truck comes to apply salt to the hatchback’s many wounds.

Watch A Tumbling Civic Type R Explain The Definition Of ‘Lift-Off Oversteer’
Unfortunately for the owner, the Civic is a write-off due to the bent A-pillars, which signify that the structure is no longer roadworthy, but most important is the fact that both driver and passenger emerge from the cockpit without any severe injuries to boast. It’s at that moment that the owner’s desire for a personal record in that Civic Type R should have vanished, but if there was any glimmer of hope left in their hearts, it surely was stamped out when the tow truck came and further ruined the paint and body. At least there’s a new Civic Type R that’s supposedly pretty good on the Nurburgring.
Watch A Tumbling Civic Type R Explain The Definition Of ‘Lift-Off Oversteer’
Watch A Tumbling Civic Type R Explain The Definition Of ‘Lift-Off Oversteer’

BIGGEST WOBBLES AND BEST SAVES IN MOTOGP

Have you ever danced with your bike? Are you afraid of losing grip on the front or rear wheel? Whatever your answer is, these are very risky moments. In the video you can see the miraculous recovery of MotoGP riders.

The Electric Nio EP9 Lapped The Nurburgring Faster Than Any Supercar

The EV supercar has officially arrived.
The all-electric Nio EP9 isn’t something entirely new. We’ve written about it several times since its reveal in London last year. We also figured this EV supercar would be ridiculously fast, considering it has 1,342 hp. But last Friday, literally out of nowhere, the Nio EP9 set a new Nurburgring lap record time of 6:45.9. Assuming this is true, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t believe it, the Nio EP9 has officially beaten the previous ‘Ring lap record holder, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
The Electric Nio EP9 Lapped The Nurburgring Faster Than Any Supercar
Last year, the EP9 had a time of 7:05.12, which made it the fastest electric car to take on the ‘Ring. But things are different today. Nio claims the EP9 has a top speed of 194 mph and accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds. What’s the EP9’s secret sauce? Well, there are electric motors at each wheel that combine to generate that horsepower figure and 4,761 lb-ft of torque. Only a few weeks ago did Nio announce that it plans to build a second batch (seven have been made so far) of EP9s, priced at $1.48 million apiece. Each one, of course, will be made to order, but all utilize a carbon fiber tub that meets FIA standards.
For the moment, Nio has yet to release an official video of the EP9’s latest achievement, but we expect for that to come soon. The rise of the electric supercar has officially begun. This latest Nurburgring lap record may just turn out to be a real game changer for the industry at large.
The Electric Nio EP9 Lapped The Nurburgring Faster Than Any Supercar
The Electric Nio EP9 Lapped The Nurburgring Faster Than Any Supercar
The Electric Nio EP9 Lapped The Nurburgring Faster Than Any Supercar

Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?

Hey, it was made for “The King.”
NASCAR legend Richard Petty manages to keep busy these days. He has his own shop and museum, and, as expected, still loves to drive. That’s why in 2015 he had a one-off Ford Mustang GT built, which he then donated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America non-profit organization. And now it appears a nearly identical version of that Mustang has come up for sale again through Chicago Motor Cars. The price? $69,800. It’s officially called the King Premier Edition Coupe, only 43 were built, and it comes with a ton of Petty’s Garage add-ons.
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Some of these include a Magnaflow center exhaust kit, race inspired rear spoiler, 3-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, Katzkin leather package, 3-piece forged wheels, big brake kit upgrade, and a tri-color stripe package. And, of course, The King himself autographed the dash plate and upper radiator. Power comes courtesy of the familiar 5.0-liter V6, only it’s been supercharged for a total of 670 hp. Of course it has the six-speed manual. This particular Mustang King Premier Edition has had only one previous owner and there’s just 410 miles on its odometer.
Whether you’re a Richard Petty, or even a NASCAR fan, this extremely rare supercharged Mustang GT is already a collectible, and will likely only increase in value in the years ahead. Photos courtesy of Chicago Motor Cars/eBay.
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?
Is This Richard Petty Edition Ford Mustang GT Worth $70,000?

Porsche GT Boss Drops Hints About 918 Spyder Replacement’s Drivetrain

You may want to pay attention, this car outlines where the automobile is heading.
Porsche GT project director Andreas Preuninger seems to have been in a chatty mood during the 2017 New York Auto Show because he divulged quite a bit of information to Car and Driver, first about a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine coming to the Cayman GT4, and then about the fact there’s zero chance of a GT Porsche crossover variant coming to market unless an SUV racing series becomes a thing. This time around, we hear about one of our favorite Porsches, the 918 Spyder.
Porsche GT Boss Drops Hints About 918 Spyder Replacement’s Drivetrain
Or rather, Preuninger took the time to talk about its replacement, because though the current king of the Porsches is a hybrid, the automaker’s direct competitors appear to be planning to jump feet first into full electrification. Previous reports indicate that McLaren, which, unlike Ferrari, likes to plunge into the latest available technologies without a worry as to how it will affect its heritage, is developing a fully electric supercar. And then a video leaked onto the Internet reporting that Lamborghini was working on an electric hypercar to top its range. Porsche is likely to carve out its own path on the EV front, especially with the experience it’s gaining developing the Mission E.
However, the fact that it shares a common relative with Lamborghini means that it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to see Lambo’s electric tech migrate to a Porsche 918 replacement. Thankfully (in our humble opinion) that won’t be the case. When asked about how Porsche will top the 918, Preuninger mentioned that he didn’t know how his team will tackle the problem as there is so far no such car in development. He did, however, mention a bit about its powertrain. would it make sense to do another hybrid? “As Porsche, we need to be the leaders of any movement, and that is why we are doing the [Mission E] electric car,” said Preuninger.
Porsche GT Boss Drops Hints About 918 Spyder Replacement’s Drivetrain
Porsche GT Boss Drops Hints About 918 Spyder Replacement’s Drivetrain
“As a company, we have to do it [EV and hybrids], but maybe it doesn’t make sense to do it on a GT level. Not yet. If someone decides all motorsport would be all hybrid in the future, different story.” Despite what Preuninger said, it’s important to take any statement said with certainty with a grain of salt. Given that Porsche hasn’t even started working on a 918 replacement and the fact that the industry is changing at a lightning pace, it’s easy to imagine a successful Mission E, a customer base that’s receptive to EVs, and harsh regulations, making a whirring Nurburgring champion a reality.
Porsche GT Boss Drops Hints About 918 Spyder Replacement’s Drivetrain
Porsche GT Boss Drops Hints About 918 Spyder Replacement’s Drivetrain
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Rich Vegans Are Forcing Bentley To Ditch Leather Interiors

Some of the alternatives include “mushroom leather” or “jellyfish material.”
Between the yoga-going millionaires of Los Angeles and the trust fund babies that overcorrect their privilege with ample amounts of social consciousness, Bentley has realized that marketing a luxury vehicle to fat cat vegans by touting the 20 hides it takes to make the leather interior is not exactly the best way to go. That’s why, as Auto Express outlines, Bentley’s Director of Design Stefan Sielaff has mentioned that the automaker is experimenting with alternative materials it can use in place of dead cow skin.
Rich Vegans Are Forcing Bentley To Ditch Leather Interiors
“You can’t sell an animal-containing product like a Bentley, with 20 leather hides, to someone with a vegan lifestyle,” Sielaff said. “We’ve been talking to these customers, in California especially, and they’re asking us what can we give them. We do a lot of custom-made and coach-built solutions, in conjunction with our colleagues at Mulliner, and therefore we want to satisfy these customers because they are the peak of a trend.” Interestingly enough, it’s not just monied California hippies that demand a leather substitute, the Queen of England once famously spec’d her State Limousine with lambswool sateen cloth.
That’s because, even though supple leather puts the senses in a state relaxation, the fact that it reflects the outside weather extremes by being hot or cold to touch can be uncomfortable to some. Of course, to the vegans, the demand for a change has to do with the materials used. If not hide, then what can Bentley’s interior design team be cooking up that will feel just as luxurious? “We will shortly present a Bentley with a vegan interior; it’ll give you a luxury sensation but with a different way – protein leather, mushroom leather, jellyfish material.” It may take some time until we see a finished product, however, and a Bentley spokesperson was adamant about giving a deadline.
Rich Vegans Are Forcing Bentley To Ditch Leather Interiors
Rich Vegans Are Forcing Bentley To Ditch Leather Interiors
To be fair, developing a new material that feels luxurious, meets strenuous reliability demands, and does not call upon a craft that has been perfected by humans since as far back as 20,000 BC, is quite a chore. “We are working on exploring at the moment what will be the Bentley design language of the future, “ said Sielaff. “When we do this big step. It’s a nice philosophical discussion because we have certain elements in Bentley proportion – short front overhang, long rear overhang – and we are asking how much we can change these proportions, and whether it still be recognizable as a Bentley?” Bentley or not, if the engineers manage to nail down a concrete alternative, then we may see car interiors of the future change forever.
Rich Vegans Are Forcing Bentley To Ditch Leather Interiors
Rich Vegans Are Forcing Bentley To Ditch Leather Interiors

Customer Weeps As Koenigsegg Agera S Crashes Ahead Of Delivery

Nobody was injured and no permanent damage to the car was suffered.
You’ve waited years for your dream car. Agonized over the color scheme and wheel design. Endless nights have been spent dreaming of the day your $2 million hypercar will be delivered. And then this happens. According to Koenigsegg’s official website, this sorry-looking Agera S was undergoing shakedown testing at a wet track in Trollhattan, Sweden, when the driver lost control. While the body work obviously took a beating, Koenigsegg confirmed that “there does not appear to be any structural damage, nor has any technical fault been found.”
Customer Weeps As Koenigsegg Agera S Crashes Ahead Of Delivery
More importantly the occupants were uninjured in the accident. “The driver and passenger were both assessed at a local hospital and released shortly thereafter.” At first glance we could have sworn this was the bespoke Agera RS “Gryphon” that graced the Koenigsegg stand at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Despite sharing a similar gold-accented black body, upon closer inspection there are noticeable differences, such as the wheel design and the location of the gold accents. Koenigsegg revealed the car was being tested “at facilities owned by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS).
Customer Weeps As Koenigsegg Agera S Crashes Ahead Of Delivery
“Koenigsegg is using NEVS facilities for testing, test driving and to prepare its cars for the US market, in parallel with its own testing facilities in Angelholm.” That suggests the car was on its way to a US customer, who will doubtless wake up today a lot sorrier than he went to bed. Hopefully it won’t take too long to restore the Segg back to full health.
Customer Weeps As Koenigsegg Agera S Crashes Ahead Of Delivery
Customer Weeps As Koenigsegg Agera S Crashes Ahead Of Delivery
Customer Weeps As Koenigsegg Agera S Crashes Ahead Of Delivery
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This Custom Porsche Cayman Is One Of The Best We’ve Ever Seen

This custom Cayman GTR proves the potential of Porsche’s mid-engine platform.
Compared to some of the savage sports cars Porsche makes, the Cayman is one of the tamer offerings in the German automaker’s ever-expanding line-up thanks to its mid-engine layout and less potent powertrains. In other words, it’s less likely to kill you at any given moment. Hoping to spice it up, Road Scholars has created a custom Cayman that proves the untapped potential of Porsche’s mid-engine platform. This unique creation is called the Porsche Cayman GTR – and it’s one of the most desirable Porsche road cars we’ve ever seen.
Based on a 2008 987-generation Cayman, the Porsche Cayman GTR was given a custom widebody conversion to make it look more menacing, and was fitted with parts taken from a GT3 RS including carbon ceramic brakes and a front clip, as well as a rear wing from a GT4 to keep it balanced.

This Custom Porsche Cayman Is One Of The Best We've Ever Seen
The Cayman’s original 2.7-liter flat-six was swapped with an enlarged 4.2-liter 911 engine, proving that Porsche’s mid-engine chassis is more than capable of handling this level of power. Other custom features include a CAE Ultra Short Shifter, a revised interior, and a custom Burgundy paintjob inspired by a previous 1949 Porsche 356 Gmund restoration project. We can’t stop swooning over it. Road Scholars didn’t specify the power output, but you can bet it packs a lot more power than the Cayman’s modest 245 horsepower. If anything, the Cayman GTR shows that more power could have easily been extracted from the GT4. Hopefully this will persuade Porsche to give the Cayman GT4 RS the green light.
This Custom Porsche Cayman Is One Of The Best We've Ever Seen
This Custom Porsche Cayman Is One Of The Best We've Ever Seen