15 New Cars To Avoid

New cars just aren’t what they used to be. No, we’re not getting all crotchety and decrying the evolution in styling and technological breakthroughs that have literally reinvented the automobile during the last quarter millennium. Rather, we’re bemoaning the fact that, unlike as in past model years, there’s a dearth of truly wretched cars on the market for us to openly and readily ridicule.

 Despite the recent spate of recalls in the auto industry, it’s difficult to find catastrophic fault with today’s new cars. It’s been ages since the industry produced vehicles that were so mechanically misbegotten they’d, say, drop a transmission to the pavement within days after being picked up at the dealership.

1.-BMW-7-Series

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1. BMW 7 Series

BMW’s flagship sedan seems to have lost its edge in recent years. It’s wrapped in languid styling and just doesn’t feel as sporty as it did in earlier renditions; an odd product lineup includes an expensive and not especially efficient gas-electric hybrid model. Consumer Reports takes the 7 Series to task for being “a ponderous, technology-laden vehicle with ungainly handling,” and is included in the publication’s lists of lowest-scoring cars, worst overall values and most expensive operating costs in its class. Not to pile on, but it also gets a rock-bottom resale value rating from ALG and a below average performance score from J.D. Power.

2.-Cadillac-XTS

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2. Cadillac XTS

Tell the truth we find the big and benign full-size front-drive XTS sedan to be something of a guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, a boulevard cruiser like this falls short in today’s ultra-sophisticated luxury-car market. Consumer Reports cites the XTS as being among the industry’s worst values, and we think the Chevrolet Impala offers equivalent accommodations for less money. The biggest Caddy also gets low marks for initial quality and performance from J.D. Power and a below-average resale value rating from ALG.

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3. Dodge Journey

Dodge’s seven-passenger crossover SUV is long overdue for a redesign and tends to show its age ungracefully. Of particular demerit is the base 2.4-liter 173 horsepower four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a dated four-speed automatic transmission; the Journey is better off fitted with the optional 3.6-liter 283-horsepower V6 engine and smoother shifting six-speed automatic transmission. While it does offer some novel features, Consumer Reports calls out the Journey’s “below-average reliability, lack of agility and a transmission that’s reluctant to downshift.” It receives low scores in reliability and performance from J.D. Power and a below-average resale value rating from ALG.

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4. Fiat 500L

While Fiat’s comely 500 coupe and convertible exist as a worthy alternatives to the MINI Cooper among those seeking small and fun urban hipster transportation, the longer four-door L just doesn’t keep pace with comparably priced family minded compact crossovers. The 500L receives low marks in initial quality and performance from J.D. Power and a below-average resale value rating from ALG.

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5. Jeep Compass

Recent cosmetic updates have helped boost sales of this compact crossover, but it remains a lackluster entry in a crowded market segment. Its base engine is a weak 2.0-liter 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and its optional 2.4-liter 172 horsepower four doesn’t fare much better – Consumer Reports calls it “dull and sluggish.” Though the Compass can be fitted with a “Freedom Drive II” 4X4 system that affords modest off-roading, it’s otherwise outclassed by the competition. CR says the passenger cabin is “cramped and cheaply trimmed.” It receives low marks in initial quality, performance and reliability from J.D. Power and a below-average resale value rating from ALG.

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7. Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited

Though some might argue the iconic Wrangler and its four-door Wrangler Unlimited version are among the best-performing off-road vehicles, they suffer from limited passenger comfort, harsh and erratic ride and handling abilities and excessive wind noise at higher speeds. True, they get great resale value, but the Wranglers placed among the lowest scoring models in Consumer Reports’ testing, with the Unlimited also falling on its worst-values list; the original Jeep’s descendent also gets low marks in initial quality, performance and reliability from J.D. Power.

10.-Mitsubishi-iMiEV

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10. Mitsubishi iMiEV

The small and oddly shaped four-door i-MiEV is an all-electric car that’s rated at the equivalent of a meek 66 horsepower with an EPA-estimated operating range of just 62 miles on a charge (or less, depending on vehicle speed, ambient temperature and use of accessories). Mitsubishi hasn’t released 2015 model information as of this writing, but the automaker lowered the price by $6,000 last year, which makes it one of the most affordable EVs on the market. Unfortunately, it not only receives a rock bottom rating for residual value from ALG, Consumer Reports gives it one of the publication’s lowest overall performance scores.

11.-Mitsubishi-Mirage

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11. Mitsubishi Mirage

Widely panned, Mitsubishi’s return to the subcompact car market provides affordable transportation and little more. It falls short in so many regards, none the least of which is sluggish acceleration from its 74-horsepower three-cylinder engine. Not only does J.D. Power give it below average marks for performance, it’s among Consumer Reports’ lowest scoring models.

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12. Nissan Armada

Nissan’s large and lumbering SUV is based on the Titan full-size truck and while it’s roomy and capable of towing a decent-sized boat, it’s a handful to drive with a bouncy ride and heavy handling. The Armada gets low marks from J.D. Power for initial quality and reliability, and garners among the lowest overall scores from Consumer Reports. According to CR, “its overall fuel economy of 13 mpg is abysmal, reliability is poor and ownership costs are the worst in the category.”

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14. Scion iQ

The eccentric iQ is a micro-sized two-door hatchback with oddly aligned seating that’s said to accommodate three adults and one small child, though it’s best driven solo, if at all. It gets below average ratings across the board for residual value from ALG and initial quality, performance and reliability from J.D. Power. It’s also among Consumer Reports’ lowest rated cars (to quote CR: “the rear seat is awful, the cabin is loud and acceleration is molasses-like”).

15.-Smart-ForTwo

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15. Smart ForTwo

Easy parking is arguably this two-passenger micro-car’s only virtue; it gets decent fuel economy, but any savings at the pump are negated by the car’s need for premium-grade fuel. While the ForTwo is reasonably affordable, it’s rated below average for depreciation; it’s also among Consumer Reports’ lowest-scoring new cars. CR slams the unfortunate ForTwo on the basis of its “tiny, two-passenger cabin, a herky-jerky transmission and an under-powered engine,” going so far as to call the Smart, “a dumb choice.”

ASTON MARTIN ANNOUNCES 25 OLD-BUT-NEW DB4 GT RACERS

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Blame Jaguar. Or praise Jaguar. Either way, it’s probably Jaguar’s fault that Aston Martin has just announced it’s building 25 ‘continuation’ versions of the rather pretty and quite potent DB4 GT.

Why? Well back in 2014 Jaguar realised it could capitalise on the booming market for rare race classics by building the six ‘missing’ vehicles from its Lightweight E-type project. The plan, back in 1963, was to build 18 ‘Special GT E-type Cars’, but only 12 were ever made, and the remaining six designated chassis numbers were never used, apparently laying dormant until some bright spark (probably from finance or marketing) hit upon the idea to dust them down and make millions.

Don’t get us wrong though, the Es in question are million-quid masterpieces, each hand-built by Jaguar’s finest craftsmen, constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – and Jaguar prioritised those who promised to rag them around race tracks as often as possible.

It’s mushroomed too: there’s now a Jaguar Heritage workshop that offers servicing and restoration of classic models; a Jaguar Classic Challenge race series has just completed its second season; and earlier this year Jag announced it was going to build nine new XKSS models. The road-going version of the Le Mans-winning D-type, the new cars are being built to the exact specification as they appeared in 1957, replacing the cars lost due to a factory fire at Browns Lane.

How tenuous is Aston Martin’s reason for building 25 old-but-new DB4 GTs? Did Sir David Brown once declare he’d ‘still love to be building these things in 60 years’? Does his ghost haunt the halls of Gaydon, calling out for a limited-run of DB4 GTs? Not a bit of it – Aston knows there’s the demand, so is going to build the cars, plain and simple. Hurrah. DB4 GTs for all of us!

Well not quite. Only 25 are going to be made, and with each one being hand-built by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, such labours of love won’t be cheap. Especially when you’re not just buying a car, but a two-year international track driving programme too – these continuation cars are track-only models and Aston rather wants you to use them there. Not up to scratch? You can have training from the likes of Aston Martin Racing’s multiple Le Mans class winner Darren Turner. Arrive (probably by charter, if not, then definitely first class), drive, go away again feeling like a boss.

As for the car itself… Well beauty is guaranteed as Aston isn’t messing around with the basic, beautiful shape. The GT version of the DB4 was launched back in 1959, with a shorter wheelbase (taking it down from four to two seats) and a more powerful version of the 3.7-litre straight-six engine, with 340bhp punted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual ‘box and limited-slip diff. Stirling Moss (he wasn’t a ‘Sir’ back then) scored a debut race victory at Silverstone, and a total of 75 GTs were built by ’63. Eight of those were ‘lightweight’ specials (now worth over £3m each) and it’s those cars’ specs Aston is now copying.

With one or two modern tweaks. Aston promises ‘improvements in engine performance, handling, braking and safety, with great care taken to ensure these enhancements build upon the original’s exceptional qualities while retaining its feel and character.’ The aluminium panels, for instance, will use modern digital tech to ensure accuracy, before they’re hand finished and fitted over the tubular frame. And the VIN numbers will carry on from the last original DB4 GT ordered (chassis 0202R, if you’re interested) for what Aston declares is ‘an unbroken bloodline’. Leaving aside the intervening 58 years…

Not 57? No, because the first prototype won’t be ready until the spring, and the first car reaches a customer in autumn 2017. (The car in our pictures is an original, because we’d thought you’d like to gawp at it). Each DB4 GT will be constructed at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Aston’s spiritual home, and it’ll be the first car built there since the Vanquish S in 2007.

It’ll be like this at Newport Pagnell in 2017. Except in colour

You might not like the idea of a classic built to modern-day standards, but the originals really are now too valuable to drive in anger, or at all. Yup, Aston will make some easy money out of these, but if giving the world 25 DB4 GTs is the result – and would you bet against other continuation cars in the future? – then we’re all for it. In short, we’d have one, to sit alongside a Vulcan, for the ultimate two-car (track) garage. Now, lucky numbers, please, please come up…

8 Mods That Don’t Belong On The Road

Modifying cars is an addictive hobby. It starts out with you claiming that you’re just going to be lowering it, and maybe buying some new wheels. Then by the end of it, you’ve got a full time attack-spec monster that is barely functional on the road any more.

As much as we appreciate how wild these cars are, here are the mods that we think should stay in the race cars that they were first seen in.

Bucket Seats

Bucket seats do a very important job. They keep you firmly in place right when you’re on the last limits of grip. Carbon fiber fixed examples are perfect if you are heading onto the  Nurburgring in pursuit of a sub-eight minute lap, but on a day-to-day basis, they can be unbearable to live with.

Every bump is felt, and if you have wrap around seats, visibility is an absolute nightmare. Some bucket seats can be very comfortable, and possibly good enough to  live with on a daily basis, but unless you are going to be getting some serious track time in, OEM is the way to go.

Performance Clutch

A performance clutch is a great way to improve the shifts of your car. You’ll be able to smash through the gears without worrying about whether or not your clutch will hold up to the abuse.

On the other hand, a performance clutch can be the bane of your existence when being used on the road. They’re much heavier to deal with, and in traffic, can give you more of a workout than leg day. Unless you are going to be running a full time racer, you’re better off sticking with a less aggressive road clutch.

Loud Exhausts

A loud exhaust is on the list of nearly every petrolhead’s wants. To be able to hear your engine screaming through the gears is truly unrivalled, and it’s a glorious moment when a tunnel comes into sight.

The compromise of a loud exhaust though, is that most of the time, drone occurs at constant high revs. This is especially bad on the motorway, and can make your journey an absolute hell.  Nothing you try to do will drown out the constant whirr of the exhaust either, so if you decide to do it, just be prepared for a loud experience. An exhaust with a switchable valve system is the perfect medium between loud and quiet, and lets you choose what volume you want, at any given time.

Wide Tyres

One of the first mods that you should consider when modifying your car to be quicker, is better tyres. But understand that ‘wider’ isn’t always ‘better’.

Wider tyres let your car contact more of the road. That’s a good thing right? Well yes, if you are going flat out around Eau Rouge and you need  335 section tyres just to keep you from spinning off the track. If you are in a road car however, wider tyres get tugged and pulled all over the place simply by the contours in the road. This can be frustrating, as you are constantly having to make corrections to the steering wheel and stop it from veering to one side.

One of the first mods that you should consider when modifying your car to be quicker, is better tyres. But understand that ‘wider’ isn’t always ‘better’.

Wider tyres let your car contact more of the road. That’s a good thing right? Well yes, if you are going flat out around Eau Rouge and you need  335 section tyres just to keep you from spinning off the track. If you are in a road car however, wider tyres get tugged and pulled all over the place simply by the contours in the road. This can be frustrating, as you are constantly having to make corrections to the steering wheel and stop it from veering to one side.

Huge Wings

Aerodynamics have seen a complete change in recent years. Nearly any car can be made to look like downforce monsters by adding parts all over that help push it into the ground. This means that boxy daily drivers are sometimes seen festooned in wings so big that you might mistake it for a Chaparral 2F.

Not only are these wings an eyesore, but they also block rear vision for the driver. A massive metal bar crossing your rear window is not the ideal thing to be looking at when you are backing up. This coupled to the fact that these wings are rarely set up correctly, makes for a mod that should really be kept on the track.

Stripped Interior

In a race car, every millisecond counts. If a simple gram can be shed, it’s scrapped in an instant. This is the simple reason why you see track ready cars with nothing but the bare essentials in the cockpit.

This isn’t the best idea to replicate in a daily driven car, simply because of noise and comfort. Manufacturers spend millions of dollars on each car, making sure that every noise and squeak is silenced so that you can drive in peace. By stripping the interior, you render this useless, and bring all that noise back into the cabin. It’s a great mod for those looking to cut time off their laps, but just know that there is a consequence if you do – and your B-road blasts probably won’t be perceptibly faster for your troubles.

Welded Differential

You may not find a welded differential in an F1 or BTCC car, but competition drift cars have been running them for years. A welded differential effectively stops the wheels from being able to spin at different rates, and therefore helps to keep drifts going without a one tyre fire occurring.

Most people don’t realise that the problem with a welded diff though, is that the wheels  always spin at the same speed, no matter what. This means that when you are in tight spaces, trying to manoeuvre around, the wheel going slower will have to hop and judder in order to keep up. Many get used to this and don’t have a problem with it, but for comfort’s sake, pay the extra money for a Limited Slip Differential instead.

Roll Cage

A  roll cage is a great safety addition to any car. It provides you piece of mind that if you manage to flip your car, there’s a higher chance that you’ll be walking away from it. Some racing series involving street cars require a full cage, which is completely understandable, as cars on track are going a lot quicker than on the road.

However, at the same time, roll cages can be an absolute nuisance on a day to day basis. They tend to be in the exact place you are trying to look, and block parts of your blind spots. This can be infuriating, and if you are in a convertible, they destroy the open top ambience that you likely bought the car to enjoy. If you plan on taking the car to the track, be sure to install one, but if you are just doing it for show, know that it’s a feature that you’ll quickly grow tired of.

Are These The Coolest Cars of the last 50 Years?

For The Love Of Classic Cars

We admire classic cars from a distance as unobtainable trophies for wealthy enthusiasts. We dream about driving them, but don’t bother shopping for them because of our assumptions that these head turners are out of reach.

There are more affordable classic cars that are easy to live with than you might think. You don’t even need to know a lot about cars to own them and drive them. If you’re getting tired of your boring car and craving something a little more interesting, here are some classic cars that anyone can own.

 Original Volkswagen Beetle

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The longest running automotive platform of all time, the original people’s car is still an icon. Its quirky design and everyday practicality make it an appealing classic that can easily be daily driven. Originally called the Volkswagen Type 1, the Beetle is rear engine, rear-wheel drive with a “frunk” in the front for storage. The car made a few changes here and there over its massive 65-year production run, but many features of the car endured. Maxing out at only 50 horsepower, Beetles aren’t for getting around in a hurry, but you’ll look so cool driving it that you won’t care. These cars are pretty easy to find in the used market for under 10k.

 Ford Mustang

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Another car with a long, storied production run, the Mustang has several affordable styles to offer. From the legendary first generation, the boxy Fox body, and more modern examples, Mustangs will get you noticed. Mustangs aren’t just designed to look good and be fun to drive; they’re also designed to be low-cost. That makes them abundant and affordable today. Some special Mustangs are more valuable than others, but most of them can be had by anybody. One of the most appealing things about Mustangs is their low cost of ownership. They’re cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, and one of the best performance values out there. It also has one of the most loyal followings of any car model out there. Mustang ownership automatically welcomes you into a big, friendly community.

 Chevy El Camino

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The El Camino is a classic oddity that everyone loves. This one will have more people stopping you in the parking lot to talk about your car than anything else on this list. Famously called “the mullet of cars”, the El Camino is business in the front, party in the back. While everyone knows it’s a classic, not everyone knows how attainable they are. You might not find a pristine 1970 SS at an affordable price, but there are plenty of other El Caminos out there for under $10k. Something they all have in common is the performance and reliability that Chevy muscle cars are known for. They’re as at home at a drag strip to burn rubber as they are at Home Depot to haul lumber, and there aren’t a lot of cars that can make that claim.

 Datsun 240Z

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Globally known as the Nissan S30 and sold in the US as the Datsun 240Z, this was a landmark in Japanese sports cars. Its stunning design with some noticeable European influence made the car a hit. It didn’t hurt that it had the performance to back up its looks. The Z Car started production in 1969 and is still alive through a series of successors to this day. The current version is the venerable Nissan 370Z. These cars are slowly creeping up in value so get your hands on one while they’re still affordable. This is one of the cars that got people noticing that you could have European looks with Japanese reliability. Speaking of European looks…

MG MGB

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MG is a largely forgotten brand today, but they were one of the premier manufacturers of British roadsters for decades. One of their most famous examples is the MGB. It was available as a roadster convertible or as a GT. The GT model had a revolutionary hatchback shape which was very uncommon in sports cars at the time. It afforded you a measure of practicality in a proper sports car. It was even available with a V8 which was never exported to the US. The MGB experienced a styling change that’s still controversial among enthusiasts. In 1974, its sleek chrome bumpers were replaced with black rubber bumpers. They’re pretty ugly compared to the chrome alternative, but they don’t come close to ruining the look of the handsome roadster. While you don’t see them on the road very often, there are plenty to be had at a very low cost. Even the clean ones go for under 5k.

Porsche 944

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Purists will tell you this wasn’t a real Porsche because of its off-brand configuration. It had a liquid cooled inline four cylinder engine in the front of the car rather than the traditional air cooled boxer engine behind the driver. The purists can say what they want, but this is a perfectly legitimate sports car. Available with a turbo, these are still quick by today’s standards and a blast to drive. This is great for people who like Porsche, but are afraid of the maintenance on a more traditional model. The front engine, inline four layout make it fairly accommodating to amateur mechanics. This was considered a budget model when it was new and that’s still true today in the used market.

 Chevy Bel Air

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The 25 year model run make the Bel Air a much more versatile model than just the ubiquitous “57 Chevy”. While the 50’s models are the most iconic for good reasons, Bel Airs were also formidable muscle cars through the mid-1970’s. The fun of Bel Airs is the multitude of configurations. They could be had as coupes, sedans, four door station wagons, two door shooting brakes, and even convertibles. In classic American fashion, they had a list of different V8’s available under the hood. You can’t be too picky when shopping for an affordable Bel Air. Some model years and configurations are very valuable fetching high prices at auctions. However, some of the more common models are going on the cheap.

 Dodge Charger

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The Dodge Charger is synonymous with American muscle. It was based on the intermediate sized Dodge Coronet, but available only as a fastback coupe. While most of us think of it as a muscle car, the original idea of the Charger was a personal luxury car similar to the Buick Riviera or Ford Thunderbird. Most Charger models were just that – a semi-luxurious coupe. Of course you can get an R/T with a monstrous Hemi V8, but there’s a lot more to the classic Dodge Charger than just that. The more desirable versions of the car are rare and valuable, but if you’re willing to settle for the classic Mopar look that’s not built for burnouts and drag racing, you can find an affordable classic in the Charger. That being said, if you can find and afford an R/T, we highly recommend you pick it up.

 Mercedes R107

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This version of the classic Mercedes SL Class is right in the sweet spot of affordability right now. It was available as a soft-top convertible, removable hardtop, or you could get the C107 which was the same car as a coupe with a fixed roof. The United States was the biggest market for these cars with over half of them being sold here. Their American popularity and lengthy 18 year production run make them fairly easy to find for sale at reasonable prices. Any used Mercedes is a great way to make you look wealthier than you actually are, why not do it with a fun roadster?

Chevy Camaro

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The Chevy Camaro is the cross-town rival to the Ford Mustang. The model has seen its ups and downs over the past 50 years including a hiatus between 2003-2009 when it wasn’t produced at all. The current sixth generation Camaro is arguably the best one ever made, but there is a lot to be desired in the classics. Camaros are fun to shop for because you can decide on just about any budget and you can find a Camaro that fits in that price range. You can spend under 5k on a late second gen-early fourth gen or you can spend just about as much as you want on some of the more iconic models like a first gen Z/28. Get a V8 if you want to go fast or get a V6 if you just want to look cool. If you’re looking for a more hyperbolic look, the Camaro has a stablemate that just might be perfect for you.

 Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am

 

Built alongside the Camaro from 1967-2002, the Firebird/Trans Am has always been the rowdier sibling. It’s always had a bit more of a muscular design and more attitude than the Chevy. The Firebird is the V6 model and the Trans Am is the more performance oriented V8 version. Like the Camaro, there are Firebirds for any budget. Get a cheap one and modify it however you want or get an unmolested classic and keep it in show car condition. Whatever you do, don’t forget to drive it! These brawlers are begging to be driven no matter what year or what trim you choose.

 


Supercars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The new wave of sensational supercars  being built in garages and small-batch factories around the world ,without restrictions, are pushing boundaries and shifting expectations — and firing up racers unlike any we’ve ever seen…

The world is filled with some great rides. And while anyone can spout off names like Ferrari and Lamborghini, there’s a whole new realm of high-horsepowered supercars that most of you have probably never heard of. Hailing from countries you may not have known can even build such a machine. Here’s a few of our favorites:

 

 Hussarya 33 by Arrinera Automotive

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The Arrinera Hussarya is the first supercar to be produced by Polish automotive manufacturer Arrinera Automotive. It is Poland’s first supercar. It is named after Poland’s Hussar cavalry. The Arrinera Hussarya 33 will be tested with a Mid-engine 8.3-litre (8,292 cc (506.0 cu in)) V8 producing 800 PS (588 kW; 789 bhp) and drives the rear wheels.

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6. AD Tramontana

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The Tramontana is a Spanish single or twin seat sports car with styling inspired by open wheel racing cars. It is built by Advanced Design Tramontana in Palau de Santa Eulalia, Girona, Catalonia (Spain), and costs €500,000 or more. It was launched as a concept at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and subsequently modified for production. It features a mid-mounted twin turbocharged Mercedes-Benz 5.5 litre, double overhead cam V12 engine producing 720 PS (530 kW; 710 hp).

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 DC Avanti

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The DC Avanti is a sports car produced by DC Design, an Indian design firm headed by Dilip Chhabria. Its name was based on the Studebaker Avanti. It was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi . The Avanti is powered by 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 250 bhp with a six-speed manual transmission.

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 Superlite SL-C

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Are you dreaming of building an awesome supercar for yourself? The Superlite SL-C from Superlite makes that possible. Beautifully sleek and made for speed, the SL-C is one of the easiest and least expensive supercar to build. Coming it in $44,000, SL-C includes virtually everything except the drive train and tyres. This do-it-for-yourself even includes the interior and suggested engine type includes the Chevy LS V8 or the twin turbo Lexus V8.

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Falcon F7

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Three years in development, the Falcon F7 was designed and built in Detroit by engineer Jeff Lemke and Falcon Motorsport, this stunning, finely crafted high end sports car puts Detroit and America back on the supercar map. The power train is borrowed from the Corvette Z06 in the 1100 horsepower twin turbo V8 engine, mounted behind the seats, rockets the Falfon F7 speeds of 200 miles per hour.

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 Vaydor G35

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The real life transformer, Vaydor G35, is an European supercar without the supercar price and you can build this by yourself at home. The Vaydor G35 begins with an infinity G35 coupe as the donor car. Next comes the Vaydor G35 kit available for about $11,ooo. The Kit comes with everything you need to transform this vehicle into exotic fantasy car including all the fibre glass body components. The infinity G35 coupe combined with the Vaydor kit makes the Vaydor G35 an icon of style and elegance.

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 Sin R1

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The British Company Sin Car’s racing versionn of Sin R1 made such an impression that the demand for the street version became definite. Price at $200,000, its impressive yet subtle. The R1’s carbon fiber body looks like it is ready to take flight. Unlike today’s many supercars with luxurious and lavish interiors, the R1 version stays true to the spirit of its race car cousin.

Tushek Renovatio T500

7 Supercars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

 

  Like its American counterpart the Ultimate Aero, the Mosler Raptor GTR was a high-performance speed machine. 838 horsepower came from the twin-turbocharged V8 engine, and top speed was inching close to 250 mph. Tushek Renovatio T500

Vencer Sarthe

7 Supercars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

 

Hailing from Slovenia, the Renovatio is the first car the country has ever produced. The angular design is paired to a 450-horsepower V8 and a removable top. Vencer Sarthe
 Icona Vulcano
7 Supercars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

 

With 503 horsepower, this Dutch supercar is extremely light and able to reach 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. At $3.8 million, this Ferrari-based supercar isn’t cheap. But, with a 900-horsepower V12 and a jaw-dropping design, it’s easy to see how this would find its way into some rich sultan’s garage. Icona Vulcano 

Could These Be The most DANGEROUS ROADS of all time!

North Yungas Road, Bolivia

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Back in the ’90s before an alternative and safer road was built, it was identified as the most extremely dangerous road in the world. Only thrill-seeking adventurers use it now, and for good reason.

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8 of the World’s Most Expensive Car Keys

 Some would say if you can afford the car then you can afford the Key !

Car keys are small, clunky and largely  unassuming in shape. Quite frankly pretty boring. However, these luxury car keys car  are unlike anything you’ve seen before.

These are an collection of the most expensive car keys in the world.  Take a look at the bespoke car keys from the likes of Bugatti, Ferrari and Mercedes. Each unique key comes with a choice of studded in diamonds, crystals and some are even designed to look like a miniature car.

Come and drool over the top 10 most expensive car keys you see below.

8) Tesla Model S Car Key

Price:  £400

We can confidently say the Tesla Model S is an evolution in automobile engineering. They have thought about every single detail right down to the gorgeous design of its key. The sleek ergonomically designed key is shaped like the Tesla S and within range the key detects your car, turning it on.  The added bonus is that each key is programmable for individual drivers; with preferred settings like seat, steering wheel, and mirror positions. Watch it in action below. Pretty damn Cool.

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7) Mercedes-Benz Swarovski car keys

Price: £500

Mercedes-Benz Japan has designed 800 bespoke car keys, studded with the precious Swarovski for its ultra rich clientele. The individually handcrafted keys have over 300 fine Swarovski cystals which sparkle alongside the Mercedes-Benz star giving the key an  Aurora Borealis crystal effect.

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6) Pagani Huayra key by Horacio Pagani

Price: £1,000+

If you’re buying a  $1.1 million Pagani Huayra supercar then you have to expect something special from the key. The Pagani key does not disappoint. The Pagani key is a miniature model of the supercar, which splits into two halves, one used to start the car and the other end has a USB stick.

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5) BMW i8 Futuristic Car Key

Price:  £1,000+

This futuristic looking key fob has its very own high resolution LCD display, showing the cars charge levels,  the distance you can travel before needed to recharge/refuel and it even allows you to pre-set the car’s temperature remotely.  This hands down beats the Tesla Model S key.

 

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4) Eng-i-Creation’s $7,000 custom key fob

Price: £ 7,000

What price do you expect for a key that is handcrafted in the finest leathers and embellished with silver and gold?  A whopping $7,000 for this lavish Eng-i-Creation Gumpert Apollo Key. Worth it? We’ll let you decide…

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3) Bentley Diamond Key from Alexander Amosu

Price: £7,895

Celebrated designer Alexander Amosu has created this elaborate diamond-studded  Bentley Continental car key.  Over 101 diamonds make up the  Bentley’s famous wings logo. The diamonds weigh 1.09 carats and the key is priced at a cool £7,895.

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2) Bespoke Ferrari Car Key

Price: £22,500

The house of Camael, London, famous for bejeweling the world’s most expensive iPad, costing $1.2 million, have taken a sumptuous step into the automotive world with this opulent customized Ferrari key fob. The unique Ferrari key is coated with 1160 flawless diamonds, with each single diamond weighting 7 carats. If this isn’t
luxurious enough then you can further personalise your key fob in other jewels and gold plating of your choice.

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1) Aston Martin AMVOX2 Watch

Price:  £34,000

Even James Bond would be jealous at  the sight of this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Not just any watch – as it’ll open up your  Aston Martin DB9 or DBS. Pretty cool eh? Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin engineers  have successfully merged cutting edge technology and fashion to create this most expensive car key at $34,000.

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BMW is set to bring back the 8 Series as a luxury GT

BMW is set to bring back the 8 Series as a luxury GT to rival the Mercedes S-Class Coupe

The BMW 8 Series is set to return with an all new model to rival the Mercedes S-Class Coupe as a large, luxurious grand tourer.

Trademark applications with the global intellectual property regulators reveal that BMW has already started the basic prep work. In late March it applied to strengthen its control of a string of 8 Series-related names, including 825, 830, 835, 850, 845, 860 and M850.

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A BMW insider has confirmed to Auto Express that the move was not merely a case of the company ring-fencing the badges for possible future use, and that it reflects an imminent rejig of BMW’s GT line-up. BMW’s decision to bring back the 8 Series is due to a change of heart on what the 6 Series needs to be. The Bavarian manufacturer has not considered a rival to the Porsche 911 sports car before, preferring its 6 Series to be a larger, heavier GT. But the arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT in the same market as the Porsche 911 has signalled new conflict between the big German premium brands, and now BMW wants the 6 Series to be its contender, as a more agile two-seater sports car. It’s that move which will make room for the new 8 Series.

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BMW has also applied to register M8, signalling the potential arrival of a production car that was originally considered back in the early nineties. BMW created prototypes with a V12 engine (the motor that would ultimately end up in the McLaren F1) in the original 8 Series, but canned the project due to a perceived lack of customer demand.

The new M8 would give BMW a rival for the likes of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe. M division would probably choose to use the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, producing around 450bhp, allowing the 7 Series’ V12 engine to be used in high-designation ‘regular’ 8 Series models like the 850 and M860.

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Five Of The Most Ridiculous Engine Swaps

Sometimes the stock engine your manufacturer thought was perfectly fine in your car is just not good enough. Well, for some people that is. This is a list of the extremes and the awesome.

Some of these cars have had quite substantial engine swaps that turn something rather subtle and docile into a monster. This is all in the name of more power, more speed, and more noise. Jeremy Clarkson would whole-heartedly approve of these vehicles.

Fiat 500 – V12

When I first came across this car I nearly spat my hot chocolate all over my keyboard. This is a classic  Fiat 500 that has been engine swapped to the extreme. Gone is its little, but sufficient engine, and in its place a replacement has come. That replacement is from a Lamborghini Murciélago; and with it, comes a 6.2-litre V12.

BMW E46 M3 – V10

Phil Morrison, co-founder of Driftworks, bought himself an E46 M3 to use as a comfortable daily, as he had a 720+ bhp  Nissan S15 in his garage, and needed something to use every day. The problem with having such a fast car as a toy, means your daily drive may feel somewhat…slow. To rectify this problem, he had a V10 engine put into his ride. This created an E46 M3 like no other. The S85 V10 had been lifted from a BMW M5. As you can hear, in the video, this car also has a switchable aftermarket exhaust, which, when fully open, sounds absolutely unbelievable.

Volkswagen Jetta – VR6 AND W8 duel engines

So, this car takes the engine swap to a next level. Not only does this  Volkswagen have a new, larger more powerful engine, but it still retains the previous engine. This creates a couple of issues, such as synchronising both engines and mating them both to a single gearbox. The owner has dealt with this issue and has been able to create a working car with two engines. Ingenious!

Subaru Impreza – BMW V10

What do you do when your beloved  Subaru Impreza’s boxer engine gives up the ghost? You engine swap it. That’s exactly what this owner did with his Subaru, and he didn’t hold back. Wedging a large V10 engine into this Subaru has turned a fast capable car into a rather crazy raucous machine. We do approve of this, although mating a German engine to a Japanese car might be seen by some as a step too far.

Aston Martin DB7 – Supra 2JZ-GTE

This Canadian  Aston Martin DB7 owner wanted a bit more oomph. The luscious Aston Martin just didn’t pull hard enough in its current guise. So he decided to drop a  Toyota Supra 2JZ into his DB7. Now, a lot of people may see this is an act of sacrilege of the highest order, but you’ve got to admire someone willing to go to that length with such a car as a DB7. The 2JZ was installed into the DB7 with a large turbocharger and an EFI control unit.

Custom Motorbike – Lamborghini V12

If you thought the Lamborghini V12 being fit into a Fiat 500 was a mega swap, just wait till you see this thing. A guy created a custom motorcycle that utilises an authentic Lamborghini V12 as its method of propulsion. We do question how well that motorbike is cooled at a standstill, and how hot it gets while riding what is basically a furnace, but either way, this thing is beyond cool.