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2017 Eagle Spyder GT vs Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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When we talk about the most beautiful cars ever created, these two will surely be at the top of the list. The Eagle Spyder GT looks very similar to the Jaguar E-Type Series 1 because the tubular, projectile form that feels like the cars can basically whip through the wind.

But these two cars don’t only look good on the outside. They are spectacularly well under the hood, too.

Eagle Spyder GT

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The Eagle Spyder comes with the classic inline 6-cylinder engine derived from Jaguar’s XK family. It can carry around 4.7 liters worth of gas, and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.

To develop this engine, Eagle worked with Crosthwaite and Gardiner, a UK-based historic racing parts supplier. They were able to power up the Spyder GT to 330 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 340 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The Spyder GT can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Top speed is at 170 mph.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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A lot has been said about the Jaguar E-Type Series 1, especially because it was designed by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer. The glass-covered headlamps and small, grille-less opening of the mile-long bonnet are things of beauty. It is such a looker that virtually everyone it passes by would have to take a second look.

Under its hood, you’ll find a 3.8-liter XK inline six-cylinder or 4.2-liter XK inline six-cylinder. The former is paired with a four-speed manual while the latter gets it on with a three-speed automatic. They can produce 265 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque for the 3.8-liter engine while the 4.2-liter can power up to 265 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 283 pound-feet of torque.

Both cars can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. The number is a far cry from the Spyder’s less-than-five-seconds’ promise. The top speed of the two is at 150 mph.

3 Things You’ll Want To Take Note About The 2017 Speedback GT

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Are you really surprised that the 2017 Speedback GT will be introduced during the Geneva Motor Show? The Swiss event is usually where really elegant cars are being propositioned, so we’re bound to see something truly amazing once the automakers start the ball rolling.

Here’s a look at the 2017 Speedback GT, which will be highlighted in the event:

It Has A Ginormous Price Tag

The price of the 2017 Speedback GT is no laughing matter. Only the truly, truly rich can afford this one as it’s slated to come out with a $622,330 price tag. It’s little wonder that David Brown Automotive wants their hands on it. The retro-flavored 2017 Speedback GT starts its life as a Jaguar XKR. After much tinkering around and at least 8,000 man hours of service, the Speedback GT finally came into fruition.

At the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the coachbuilder will have two models on display. They will be wearing the latest updates and design enhancements. And why shouldn’t you be amazed? This started out as a regular XKR that was turned into ala-James Bond Aston Martin DB5 luxury car.

It’s Almost Unrecognizable

If we didn’t mention what this was, would you realize it was actually the Jaguar XKR? DBA used 142 panels on this car, which means that the only original left from the donor was the windshield frame. Even the painting process took more than eight weeks.

Instead of the XKR’s trunk lid, the Speedgate has a practical top-hinged tailgate, which lower section you can fold down to create a seat. In total, there are 237 changes on the 2014 prototype.

It Has The Same Engine

Though a lot has changed aesthetically, what’s under the hood remained the same—something that fans of the 2014 concept will surely appreciate. The 2017 Speedback GT still has the supercharged 5.-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm) of torque.

66 Photos of the 2017 Ford GT

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Do you remember that two years ago Ford announced a 2017 Ford GT, which the company touted to have “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car”? It took eons for Ford to finally complete this one, but they’ve really been busy with races at Le Mans, and in China and japan.

Thankfully, Raj Nair, Ford’s top tech officer, took time to focus on the GT before the Daytona 24-hour endurance race takes much of his attention.

Powertrain

For two years, we have waited for how powerful the GT is going to be, and here is it, finally: it will be fitted with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that can produce an astounding 647 horsepower at 6250 rpm and a maximum of 550 lb-ft of torque at 5900 rpm with 495 lb-ft available at 3500 rpm.

The use of a V-6 engine disappoints some sectors since everyone was expecting a V-8 after two years of preparation and waiting. However, this specific engine tops that of the Porsche 911 Turbo’s twin-turbo flat-six. The GT’s V-6 has a specific output of 185 horsepower per liter of gas.

Fuel economy

Ford has been boasting of the GT’s anti-lag strategy, and that’s really fine because we’re sure racers would love to be behind a car that keeps the turbines spinning during shifts and lift-throttle moments when accelerating after a turn.

There is a downside to this, though. The EPA mileage ratings are horrible, even worse than the V-10 Dodge Viper. It has a rating of 11 mpg city, 18 highway and 14 combined, though we doubt this can stop fans from shelling out for the GT.

Power-Weight Equation

The most important feature is Nair’s reported dry figure of 3054 pounds, falling between its primary competitors in the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 488GTB. With 200 pounds for fluid, that means the GT weighs an estimated 3250 pounds, falling far below the Corvette Grand Sport.

This allows the GT to have a top speed of 216 mph, which should be enough to have it battle with Europe’s hottest cars, except for Bugatti’s Chiron, the Koenigsegg Agera, the Lamborghini Aventador SV, and Pagani’s Huayra.

Photos

Here are photos of the new 2017 Ford GT:

Pitting the Kia Stinger GT vs Audi A5 Sportback

Comparing the Kia Stinger GT and Audi A5 Sportback is monumental because up until Kia threw its own in the ring, there are only a few competitors in the four-door fastback category.

Kia Stinger

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Although it was a latecomer, Kia was bold in its move, designing the four-door Stinger fastback with hood vents, tiger-nose grille, unique LED headlamps, and a throng of other athletic elements.

The Stinger also has a “jazzed up” wheels, a beautifully sloping roof, and a silver trim that runs along the windows to the rear of the vehicle. Turning to the rear, you’ll find that Kia fitted the Stinger with dual exhaust tailpipes, thin taillights, and angular vents.

Inside, you can expect a more premium feel for the Stinger GT. There’s Nappa leather seat covers, large touchscreen on top of the dash, and circular air vents reminiscent of a Mercedes.

Audi A5 Sportback

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The Audi A5 Sportback, on the other hand, boasts of its spacious cargo area, which owners can access through a liftgate at the rear of the car. The rear seats can be folded down to further expand the already spacious cargo area.

On the outside, the Stinger GT trumps out the A5 Sportback’s reservations to be bold and more alluring that the A4. It shares the Stinger GT’s side vent near the front door, and the Sportback’s character lines aren’t as tamed as the ones on the Kia.

The interior is where the actual competition happens. Audi carved out more space for the cabin. It has better cargo space, leg room, and even shoulder room. The only element where Kia won over is the ample headroom, which is lacking in the A5 Sportback.

The dashboard is based on the MLB Evo platform. It includes the sat-nav as standard, though you can opt for the Virtual Cockpit. If only based on the dashboard, we have to choose the Sportback over the Stinger. There is no competition when it comes to Audi’s cockpit. It’s still the best in the market today.

3 Reasons To Watch Out For The 2018 Kia GT

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The production version of the 2018 Kia GT came back with an exciting new teaser that shows us more of what we can expect once it officially debuts next year.

Let’s jump to these three things all auto enthusiasts much watch out for:

1. It’s Going To Be A Liftback

Instead of the traditional body style, the 2018 Kia GT will have a liftback, according to the second teaser released. This means there’s going to be better cargo space at the back. It’s also a rear-wheel drive, so we can expect a slew of more adjustments and modifications in that aspect.

2. It’s The Fastest Kia Ever

This Kia will be able to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest vehicle the South Korean brand has ever made. The teaser showed the car being tested on the track beside the Namyang Research and Development Center in South Korea.

During a testing in Germany at Nurburgring, the model was able to reach 244 kph, although its official site said that it has a maximum speed of more than 280 kph. The first teaser, in fact, showed the speedometer needle go over the 280 kph line.

3. It’s Packing Four-Cylinder Gas And Diesel Engine

The production version GT will be available in a wide range of four-cylinder options that include gasoline and diesel options. The flagship will feature Kia’s biturbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine. This is a new unit fitted also in Hyundai’s Genesis-branded premium models. There, it can produce 365 horsepower max and 376 pound-feet of torque.

Entry versions of the 2018 Kia GT can arrive with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter that was the same one you can find under the hood of the 2017 Hyundai i30 N. This can produce 250 horsepower. The European market can receive a turbodiesel engine.

There are no pricing details released by the South Korean company, but expect the 2018 Kia GT to arrive under a different name at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January 8.

Top 3 Things Revealed About the Renault Twingo GT

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There was a lot of disappointment when Renault pulled the plug on the production of the Clio RS16. Many already fell in love with the tiny sedan that it can be hard to forget it.

However, the French automaker surely wants to make amends with its fans by releasing an updated version of the Renault Twingo GT. The first Twingo, with rear-wheel drive and rear engine, came out a couple of years ago.

And although this isn’t a full-strength Renault sport car, it is a slightly hotter version of the Clio RS16, as well as the Smart ForFour Brabus.

Here are the key features of the Renault Twingo, based on Autocar:

Powertrain

Under the hood of the Twingo GT, you can find an uprated version of the turbocharged 898cc three-cylinder engine that can produce 108bhp and 125lb ft of torque. To make it more “powerful,” Renault added a revised air intake and new engine mapping. This allows the Twingo GT to give 19bhp and 25 lb ft more than the current one in the market.

The new gearbox ratios improved the Twingo GT’s ability to go 0 to 62 mph in just 9.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 113mph. Renault is boasting that the car’s response time is the best in its class, having the ability to go 5-75mph in less than 9 seconds.

Handling

Handling the Twingo GT is also better compared to the current most powerful model on the roads today. Renault Sport tinkered with Twingo’s chassis settings and variable-ratio steering. It now has a focus on improved agility. The new mapping for the ESP (electronic stability program) allows drivers to handle it better.

Design

Overall, the Twingo GT’s design is similar to the TwinRun concept of 2013. It has a couple of exterior stripes, 17-inch alloy wheels, and twin-exit exhaust system. There are four available colors: Lunar Grey, Diamond Black, Crystal White and an orange that is unique to the model.

Other interesting features of the Twingo GT are: metal gearknob, aluminum pedals, and a RenaultSport-badged door sills.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4 vs 2018 Porsche Panamera vs 2018 Bentley Continental GT

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Mercedes-AMG GT 4 rendering. (Siource: Car)

Since Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its AMG division, it’s safe to assume that a new Vision concept will soon be unveiled. Reportedly, it is going to be a high-performance four-door super saloon that would be pitted against the likes of the 2018 Porsche Panamera and the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

Mercedes GT 4

For now, the rumored Mercedes-AMG GT 4 is codenamed X290 until its supposed unveiling in 2019. Reports are saying that the super car will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It is scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2019 with a starting price of $148,000. The model will be based on the same Mercedes architecture and platform that are being used on the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants.

There will be two versions of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine available to the market. The range-topping S 4MATIC+ variant will be able to produce more than 600 horsepower. There are also plans to use an integrated starter generator to complement the V-8 engine.

None of these details have been confirmed yet since these are all concept of the GT 4 for now.

2018 Porsche Panamera

The new Panamera ushered in a new exterior and interior designs, a new engine lineup, and plenty of tech goodies such as LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of personalization options.

It currently has two models—the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that can produce 440 horsepower; and the Panamera Turbo with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that churns out 550 horsepower.

2018 Bentley Continental GT

The rumored updates for the 2018 Continental GT aren’t much, except for tweaked styling on the exterior, a new V-8 engine, and an upgraded interior. It apparently packs the shortened version of Porsche’s MSB platform, though the higher-end model will reportedly have a 6.0-liter, W-12 engine. No official word on that, though.

3 Cool Features of Dime Racing Package for Mercedes-AMG GT

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California-based Dime Racing tuning firm just unveiled its new package for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT. The upgraded car costs $150,200, and only 100 units of it will be sold in select Mercedes-AMG dealers in the US.

Is it worth that amount?

Here are the 3 amazing features of the new package of Dime Racing for the Mercedes-AMG GT to help you decide if it is worth every dollar in its $150,200 price tag:

1. Engine

Dime Racing retained the handcrafted 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of the Mercedes-AMG GT. However, the tuner installed new turbochargers in the car. Then, it tuned its ECU and gave it a better cooling system. The resulting output from all that work is a total bump of 745 hp and 731 lb-ft of torque.

The tuner hadn’t released any information about the zero to 100 km/h acceleration of the auto yet. But looking at the Mercedes-AMG GT R with 585 hp that is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds, expect the AMG GT with the Dime Racing package to go quicker than that.

2. Exterior

Dime Racing only gave minor updates in the exterior of the AMG GT. Among the upgrades include some aerodynamic elements. After that, the tuner improved the suspension of the auto and fitted it with new wheels.

3. Freebies and

The tuning specialist is throwing away free car cover plus a Växjö watch from Stefan Johansson, a former Formula One driver and 1999 winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each unit will also get its own Dime Racing-specific VIN as a proof of its authenticity and a badge of its collectibility. Lastly, the company is providing a bumper-to-bumper warranty for the car.

Photos of the Dime Racing Mercedes-AMG GT

Check out the images of the Mercedes-AMG GT with all the goodies offered by the Dime Racing package in the gallery below:

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster To Arrive In 2017

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The roadster version of the Mercedes-AMG GT series is scheduled to arrive by 2017, spy shots confirmed. There were rumors earlier that the German luxury automaker plans to skip building an AMG GT Roadster to protect its SL-Class Roadster, which hasn’t been doing well in the market.

However, the new spy shots just proved that the roadster is indeed coming as anticipated. This isn’t that surprising because Mercedes developed the GT with the Porsche 911 Turbo as competition. Since Porsche came out with a drop-top version of the range-topping model, Mercedes will have to follow suit if it doesn’t want to lose the challenge.

On the outside, the Mercedes-AMG GT roadster has a slightly longer deck lid and it will also come without its fixed roof. The soft top will be similar to the shape of the SLS AMG. This is a minor change from the current version, but it does ensure that the body style can transition without exactly ruining the car’s sleek appearance.

Inside, the roadster will enjoy the same aviation-inspired theme with the wing-like dashboard with spotlight-style A/C vents in the center stack. There are also the concave-shaped door panels and the motorsport-inspired center console that is stacked with the AMG Drive Unit controls.

Passengers will get to experience the luxurious seating made of high quality materials that include leather, Alcantara, contrast stitching, and exemplary fit and finish. This elegant interior will be finished off by the “infinite” headroom, thanks to the option of a removable roof.

The infotainment system will also be very similar to the coupe and it will include the latest apps and features.

Under the hood, you’ll find Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 that can churn out 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The AMG GT S version will get you 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.

There is no information yet about the pricing though it is expected that the GT S Roadster will debut at $137,000.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Promises 577BHP

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When Mercedes announced that an AMG GT R is coming, experts and car enthusiasts alike were on tenterhooks, wondering just how powerful it could be. Well, time to stop the teasers that Affalterbach tuner has been dropping. We now hear a confirmation of some of the performance specs for this supercar.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT R will have a 577bhp twin-turbo V8 that sat behind its front axle, driving the rear wheels. This is the same engine that has been fitted to the regular GT and sportier GT S.

This makes it 74bhp healthier than the existing AMG GT S, which only gives out 503hp (the GT has an even lower 453hp capacity). It also makes this model the most potent Merc supercar since the SLS AMG Black Series.

The engine also makes it a direct rival to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS that has 500hp while it falls slightly below the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Nissan GT-R Nismo that offer 650hp and 600hp, respectively.

New to the AMG GT R are the transaxle transmission, a modified undercarriage, a more involved aerodynamic package that comes with big wings, splitters and dive planes, and a carbon-based construction.

There are no details yet as to how “light” the AMG GT R will be. What we do know is that the 577bhp promised will allow the supercar to go 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and on to a 198mph top speed.

Merc assures “an extraordinary driving dynamics” that delivers “extreme fast laps” on the racetrack.

We shall all get ready for its debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed in United Kingdom. Also something to look out for is the GT-R’s exclusive color called the AMG Green Hell Magno, which can be seen on the teaser shots.

The “Green Hell” is a reference to the Nurburgring where much of the car’s looks were developed.

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