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Mazda’s CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car


The Mazda to-do list is long and doesn’t include a rotary sports car.
Automotive News (AN) recently interviewed Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai. The interview covered a variety of topics, but the one we’re most interested in highlighting is, of course, a possible successor to the RX-8. In case you haven’t been paying attention, talk of such a car was reignited after the RX-Vision concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last year. Since then every outlet in the world (including us) has been trying to figure out if Mazda indeed planned to relaunch a rotary-powered sports car. According to Kogai, it ain’t happening.
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car
AN first asked Mazda’s CEO which would happen first: a rotary range-extender or a new rotary engine. Citing the need to cut down on emissions, Kogai crushed the hopes of gearhead’s everywhere by answering, “The range extender would be the first.” He was then asked if an RX-8 successor with a rotary range-extender could ever be built. The answer to this question involved the tried and true company line about how great the MX-5 is as a driver’s car (it really is great). When asked if there were plans for a larger sports car on the table the reply from Masamichi Kogai was a flat “no.” Now this could just be gamesmanship to try and keep the automotive media and the public on their toes. It could be that, but it doesn’t seem so to us.
The last thing we heard about a new rotary sports car from Mazda involved the CX-5, with the former needing the latter to find sales success in order for a business case (for a new RX model) to be built. Since the new CX-5 isn’t even on sale yet we believe Kogai when he says that there are no plans for a new rotary sports car. But ask him that question in a year. Actually, make that two years. The to-do list is long. First up is to launch the new CX-5 and its diesel variant in the US. After that the focus will shift towards a new generation of SkyActiv engines. At the same time the automaker will roll out an EV, possibly with a gasoline range-extender. All this work will take until 2019 to complete and won’t leave much time for a passion project like a new RX model.
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car
Mazda's CEO Just Crushed Our Hopes For A New RX Sports Car

Ford GT Testing At High-Speeds Proves Turbos Were A Mistake

It’s hard to play “Name That Exhaust Note” when all you hear is a breeze.
There’s something overpowering about Ford’s new GT that prompts drivers who get inside to reach for the throttle and experiment with the limits of the car. While the far-fetched statement remains unconfirmed, Ford claimed that the GT would have the best power-to-weight ratio of any car ever. That claim could have something to do with Ford’s own test drivers being pulled over for speeding in GT test mules because who wouldn’t want to conquer the tarmac with 600 turbocharged horsepower at the beckon call of your right foot?
This driver sure didn’t. As a part of Ford’s teaser campaign for the GT, one of the V6-powered machines was sent down a test track at blistering speeds to prove to muscle car enthusiasts that yes, aerodynamics do actually count for something.

Ford GT Testing At High-Speeds Proves Turbos Were A Mistake
However, the GT in the video doesn’t sound too aerodynamic. Either that or maybe its engine has had its voice completely cut out by the turbochargers because even with flying buttresses removing excess wind blockage from the body, the GT sounds like a jet about to take off. There is virtue in stealth, but we can assure Ford that most gearheads could care less for it. In either case, we can at least get an idea of the GT’s capabilities by watching the video.
Ford GT Testing At High-Speeds Proves Turbos Were A Mistake
Ford GT Testing At High-Speeds Proves Turbos Were A Mistake

The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old

It hasn’t aged a bit.
While the name Longtail may sound like a rare bird, it was a term coined by the chaps at McLaren when they needed to give a name to the completely reworked McLaren F1 GTR. The original F1 GTR made it’s debut in 1995 and for that year it was king of the track, racking up poles and wins, even taking the prestigious top spot at that year’s LeMans. This spurred the competition on and in the following season the McLaren fought hard but didn’t manage to replicate its inaugural season’s success.
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old
To return to winning ways, big changes needed to be done, especially with rival teams taking the rules to the limits. The redesigned bits on the car gave it more downforce enabling it to eat up corners at a much higher rate. McLaren engineers were calling the car the F1 GT, but it soon adopted the name Longtail name we know and love today. It’s pretty easy to see why with the redesigned tail extending much further back. While this was easy to get away with on track, according to the rules a streetcar needed to exist too, but luckily the LT kept the original F1 underpinnings.
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old
We were determined to do it all precisely to the letter of the regulations, in the spirit that their original authors had plainly intended,” reminisced chief designer, Gordon Murray. The first competition version of the Longtail, chassis 19R, was finished on 18 November 1996 along with three versions. Race teams took delivery at the start of ’97 to compete in the final two seasons of McLaren’s campaign in FIA GTC. Nine more Longtails were built which includes chassis 20R that was given to the Gulf-Davidoff GTC Motorsport team who took the car to a second place on the podium at Le Mans in 1997. This spectacular car is back in the hands of McLaren and is on show at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, UK.
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old
The McLaren Longtail F1 GTR Is Now 20 Years Old

Mercedes Could Split The CLS Line To Fight The Porsche Panamera

Rebranding isn’t as annoying when it means more horsepower.
The Mercedes CLS and Porsche Panamera have more in common than four doors and German pedigree. Both are also attempts at making the sedan body style more coupe-like, although the Panamera has always gone the performance route while the CLS sticks to its good looks to distinguish itself. In fact it looks so good that no one would ever guess that it’s already five years old and in need of a redo. Automotive News claims that a refresh will come in 2018 and could change the model line forever.
Mercedes Could Split The CLS Line To Fight The Porsche Panamera
Fervent fans of the new E-Class will be happy to know that the next generation of CLS will share the same Modular Rear Architecture with the midrange sedan and will adopt many of its semi-autonomous driving features. While Mercedes won’t prematurely disclose new engine options, it’s likely that the new CLS will replace its V6 engine with Mercedes’ latest and greatest lineup of inline-six units. E-Class lovers will also be happy about one other change Mercedes might make: altering the last letter of the car’s name so that it’s badge would bear the letters “CLE” and saving the “CLS” moniker for an AMG model. The reason for this is the Porsche Panamera.
While Stuttgart’s finest is nowhere near Mercedes in terms of raw sales numbers, Porsche has been playing the field well lately and the Tri-Star wants to take action before its rival catches up. Even so, AMG is now so large that it sells as many cars as Porsche did prior to the Macan, and that lead may be all but ensured once Mercedes brings out a four-door AMG GT model. As you may have guessed, that four-door AMG GT would be the one getting the CLS name while its CLE cousin would collect cash from those who only buy a car for its looks. This rumor has yet to be confirmed, as do the whispers that Mercedes might drop the CLS Shooting Brake, a not-for-America hatchback that bears some resemblance to the old Panamera.
Mercedes Could Split The CLS Line To Fight The Porsche Panamera
Mercedes Could Split The CLS Line To Fight The Porsche Panamera
Mercedes Could Split The CLS Line To Fight The Porsche Panamera
Mercedes Could Split The CLS Line To Fight The Porsche Panamera

This BMW i8 Vs Honda NSX Showdown Gives Us Hope For The Supercar’s Future

The new generation of supercar is upon us.
The BMW i8 and Honda NSX use similar technology to revolutionize the hybrid supercar market. Both utilize mid-mounted internal combustion engines, hybrid drivetrains and lightweight materials. Both have distinctive concept car-esque shapes that will immediately turn heads. They’re similarly priced, too, with the NSX costing slightly more than the i8. Both, then, are perfect candidates for a supercar comparison.
This BMW i8 Vs Honda NSX Showdown Gives Us Hope For The Supercar's Future
The guys over at Carfection recently put the supercar hybrids through their paces in a revealing showdown.

Out on the track, the i8 tended to understeer, but despite only having a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo motor, it manages to churn out a respectable 357 hp and a 0 – 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds – around the same as a Porsche 911 Carrera, but with significantly better MPG. The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 may have utilized this hybrid technology first, but the BMW i8 applies it to a comparatively affordable supercar.
It’s clear, however, that the BMW i8 is no match for the NSX on the track. Its beefier twin-turbo V6 engine easily outclasses the i8, delivering a whopping 573 hp, with better handling to match.
The new NSX has been a long time coming and is therefore in high demand after suffering numerous delays since the last model went out of production in 2005, but it certainly looks like it was worth the wait. The only thing it doesn’t have compared to the i8 are gullwing doors. Carfection seemed more enamored with the livelier NSX overall, but concluded that both are engineering marvels. Moreover, it assures us that the supercar is far from dead – this is just the start of a new generation.
via carbuzz
This BMW i8 Vs Honda NSX Showdown Gives Us Hope For The Supercar's Future
This BMW i8 Vs Honda NSX Showdown Gives Us Hope For The Supercar's Future

Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1

Set to be unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
After months of spotting the high-performance Vette out testing in various locales, we have finally captured the 2018 Chevy Corvette ZR1 stripped of all the heavy camo. Free of all the heavy black cladding, we can now see an aggressive aerodynamics package, complete with massive rear wing, on the full production prototype. A new hood appears to have a rather large bulge as well as a pair of vents, indicating a nice fat supercharger might be lurking beneath it.
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
A monster front splitter, bookended by vertical winglets, sits menacingly below the new front fascia that’s dominated by a trio of gaping air intakes, while we can also see red and blue brake calipers, new fender vents and large rocker panels. Other ZR1 prototypes we managed to spy feature a more subdued rear wing, suggesting the new ZR1 will be offered with various aerodynamic options. The various data acquisition and testing equipment visible through the rear windshield points to Chevy making some significant changes to the new car. What engine will sit beneath power dome hood remains unclear but we have a couple of ideas.
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
An updated version of the 6.2-liter V8 LT4 from the Z06 featuring a larger supercharger for an output of beyond 700 horsepower is the likely candidate, but Chevy’s all-new LT5 twin-turbo V8 set to debut in the new mid-engined C8 is another possibility. The range-topping and final variant of the C7 before it retires – and what will almost certainly be the last ever front-engined Vette – is tipped to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1
Here’s Proof Chevrolet Will Soon Unleash The 750-HP Corvette ZR1

Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?

We may be about to get some hot Toyota models.
We had to do a double-take when we first heard this news. Apparently Toyota wants to create a sub-brand akin to BMW’s M division and Mercedes-AMG. We thought that this would mean the TRD brand, but Toyota previously expressed interest in expanding its partnership with Gazoo Racing, a company that predominantly sells modified road cars to the Japanese market. In an interview with Autocar, Koei Saga, the boss of both Gazoo Racing and Toyota’s powertrain division said that “it is my intention” to expand the brand’s presence.
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?
He went on to say that “In Europe, the challenge is bigger because we have more competitors here, and it is also an issue of cost. However, I am very much working on that so we can have a brand like the M brand.” You may think that Toyota targeting M and AMG is a silly idea, but Gazoo Racing does have what it takes. The company built the GT86 GRMN, which was limited to only 100 units. Gazoo also built the GRMN Sports FR Concept, which took the 2.0-liter engine and added both a turbocharger and supercharger for a total of 315 horsepower. Clearly the Gazoo brand knows how to build some awesome cars.
Saga wouldn’t comment on whether Gazoo would have a role in developing the next-generation Supra that is being codeveloped with BMW. We still think that Gazoo might have what it takes to give Toyota a competitive performance brand.
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?
Is Toyota Crazy For Wanting A Sub-Brand To Fight AMG And M?

Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year…Sorry Tesla

Even that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
As formidable an automaker as Tesla has become, it seems like the small EV manufacturer makes its bread and butter doing what other automakers simply won’t: building practical and desirable electric cars. That strategy has been going well for Tesla so far, but it’s monopoly in this segment will end as soon as the big boys step in. One of the first to step up to the plate is Porsche, and as German publication Automobilwoche claims, the automaker may do some serious damage to Tesla.
Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year...Sorry Tesla
It’s been fun watching Tesla blossom from a company that sold 2,558 vehicles in 2012 into a sizable automaker that has moved 35,384 vehicles in the first ten months of 2016 alone, but Porsche CEO Oliver Blume claims that the Mission E will soon eat up a decent share of Tesla’s sales when it debuts as early as 2019. “We have the Mission E calculated with a number of items in the order of about 20,000,” said Blume. That fairly large number is sure to hurt Tesla, the effect of which could be exacerbated if its delays the Model 3 for too long. The Porsche Mission E’s perceived level of popularity isn’t something we have failed to notice. Its looks will force Tesla to hire a quality design team when it comes time to debut a new version of the Model S.
Quality, not exactly a Tesla strong suit, is sure to be improved upon in the Mission Egiven the might of Porsche’s engineering muscle. As long as it can stay relevant, Blume’s predictions may be spot on. The German automotive news source also uncovered that Porsche may be working on a plug-in hybrid variant of the 718 Boxster, an idea that’s not far fetched given Porsche’s enduring experience with hybrid vehicles. That car would sure stick it to the next generation of Tesla roadster whenever it decides to come out of hiding, but given that Porsche has plans to use the Mission E’s platform to build multiple electric vehicles, we’re guessing that 20,000 annual EV sales is just the tip of the iceberg.
Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year...Sorry Tesla
Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year...Sorry Tesla
Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year...Sorry Tesla
Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year...Sorry Tesla
Porsche Expects To Sell 20,000 Mission Es Each Year...Sorry Tesla

R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars

Yes, his McLaren P1 is cleaner than your church shoes.
Turn on the radio to any pop, hip hop or R&B station and there’s a good chance that you’ll hear “Starboy” by The Weeknd. You might be tempted to immediately change stations due to the fact that the song is played a million times an hour. But if you resist that temptation, or if you just love the song, give it a close listen and you’ll notice something: The Weeknd loves fast cars. Rockers, rappers and singers have always professed their love for cars in song, but Abel Makkonen Tesfaye has a collection that actual car people (like us) would approve of.
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars
In “Starboy,” The Weeknd sings about his McLaren P1, Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster and Bentley Mulsanne. Yes, The Weeknd owns a P1 and Aventador SV! All three of the cars are seen in the music video for his new single, and the P1 even gets taken for a spin out on Los Angeles’ Mulholland Drive. Many rappers talk about owning fast cars but their tastes usually seem a bit basic. Pulling off the lot in an Aventador is certainly cool, but it takes a bit of a gearhead to seek out an Aventador SV. Same for the P1. We don’t doubt The Weeknd has money but the English hypercar is still a massive investment. One of his lyrics says it cost him “a milli point two,” while another lets listeners know that “none of these toys on lease too, ah.”
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars
A bit of Internet sleuthing revealed that the R&B crooner also owns a Mercedes-AMG G63. If “all” he owns are these four cars that means his garage houses almost 3,000 horsepower and is worth north of $2 million bucks. Again, we’ve seen bigger and more expensive collections but something tell us The Weeknd A: puts thought into the cars he buys and B: actually drives them. We’d do the same thing if we were in his $1,000 shoes. P1 and Aventador SV photos by @abelxo for Celebrity Cars Blog.
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars
R&B Singer The Weeknd Has A Drool-Worthy Collection Of Supercars

 

via: carbuzz.com

The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment

Subtle but cool changes go a long way.
Here at CarBuzz we’re fans of the cars McLaren makes, some admittedly more than others. Can you blame us for loving the 570S so much? It’s “affordable” as far as supercars go and has been likened to the P1. That says a lot because the P1 is pretty much the pinnacle of motoring performance according to fans and experts around the globe. Really, the question isn’t why we like it so much as it is what’s not to like. There’s a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that kicks out 562 horsepower and propels the lightweight supercar from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.
The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment
The new Track Pack for the 570S is the ultimate version of the supercar, allowing it to work equally well on the road and track. The Track Pack is inspired by McLaren’s long and illustrious racing history, including recent success in GT3 and GT4 categories. Like the road-going, and sold out, 675LT, the Track Pack for the McLaren 570S exploits all the benefits of a lighter weight and increased downforce to deliver the most gifted on-track ability of any member of the Sports Series family. Aerodynamics are enhanced with a 12 mm higher rear wing that boosts cornering downforce by an extra 64 lbs at 150 mph to enhance stability in. These modifications aren’t available on any other McLarens, mind you.
The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment
The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment
The Track Pack also includes McLaren Special Operations roof finish in Dark Palladium with a stealth-finish sports exhaust. The McLaren 570S Track Pack is 55 lbs lighter than the normal version thanks to weight reduction from a lightweight interior; Alcantara replaces leather on the carbon fiber race seats, dash and steering wheel. Acceleration is measured at 0-124 mph in 9.4 seconds and there’s a 204 mph top speed. This Track Pack option for is available to order now, with deliveries beginning in early 2017. It’s not cheap, but compared to the overall price tag of the car, paying an extra £16,500 (roughly $20,611) is but a drop in the ocean. The question we have is, who wouldn’t choose this option?
The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment
The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment
The McLaren 570S Has Just Been Given The Track Pack Treatment