The German automaker Audi unveiled the limited-edition 2015 R8 LMX in anticipation to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race. Limited to just 99 units, the R8 LMX comes standard with laser-beam light technology for the high beams. In a statement, the company said the R8 LMX is “the first production model of the world with laser-beam light”.
Starting this summer, customers will be able to acquire an even more powerful version of the V-10 variant which will carry the LMX name and sit atop the V-10 Plus . Besides a significant power bump, the LMX also benefits from extensive Audi Exclusive treatment with numerous bespoke parts added inside and out.
The Audi R8 LMX featuring 5.2-liter V10, the 562 hp R8 LMX is capable of rocketing from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 3.4 seconds and keeps pushing all the way up to an acclaimed top speed of 198 mph. The new supercar will go on sale this summer in Germany priced at around $289,000…
The regular 2015 Nissan GT-R which made its debut at the Geneva motor show, additionally, an even more potent GT-R Nismo with 600 horsepower and a stiffened suspension will arrive late in the year.
The regular of the GT-R is its powerplant, a hand-assembled twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that pumps out 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque. With the help of launch control, that output is sufficient to propel the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in an eye-popping 2.9 seconds.
The GT-R Nismo gets a massaged version of the company’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 making 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 55 hp and 18 lb-ft over the standard version. To get that boost, the Nismo uses high-flow turbochargers similar to those in its GT3 cars, optimized ignition timing and an upgraded fuel pump. All of that together resulted in a claimed Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 8.679 seconds, one of the fastest times for a “volume production” car.
Throughout the GT-R model line, you do get a great 3D nav system, Bose audio, and Bluetooth. Take the Premium Interior package it goes a long way to correcting the inexpensive-looking cockpit, which the GT-R’s most visible flaw and you’ll have Infiniti-grade luxury in a car with NASA-grade acceleration.
The entry-level 2015 Nissan GT-R price is $103,365, the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO has been priced at $151,585, including a $1,595 destination charge…
Scion has revealed a TRD-tuned special edition FR-S at 2014 New York Auto Show. The car is called the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 and it will be built in a limited run of just 1,500 examples.
All of that racing heritage is translated into vivid Yuzu yellow paint, a lowered stance, and some subtle body modifications including a quad-tip exhaust system. HID headlights with LED daytime running lights complete the package.
The Release Series is mechanically unchanged, so buyers still get a Subaru-derived 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer-four with 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The FR-S Release Series 1.0 will arrive in dealerships starting in August of this year, nearly three years after the car was first introduced. The car’s MSRP was not specified (nor was the model year, for that matter) but Scion has suggested that the Release Series 1.0 will start just under $31 000…
2015 Ferrari California T
Ferrari has revealed a new car model – comprehensively revamped version of its entry-level California model prior to the car’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show. Now dubbed the 2015 Ferrari California T, this 2+2 retractable hardtop GT will arrive here late this year boasting sleeker styling, enhanced dynamics and for the first time since Ferrari’s fabled F40 supercar, a turbocharged engine.
Updated for the second time since its launch in 2008, the California T gains an evolution of the twin-turbocharged V8 that is also found under the hood of the Maserati Quattroporte. Ferrari engineers have managed to squeeze 560 horsepower and 556 lb-ft. of torque from the eight-cylinder mill thanks to a host of modifications including a displacement that has been increased to 3.9-liters.
If a direct-injection turbocharged V8 sounds familiar, it should. Maserati is playing with a similar configuration right now, but Ferrari insists that this engine is a different project entirely. With a flat-plane crank and different displacement, the only thing the two V8s officially share is a manufacturing facility. But something tells us there may be more than a little commonality between the two blocks.
Visually, the California T features a new front fascia that falls in line with Ferrari’s latest design language. The updates include elongated headlights inspired by the F12berlinetta, a simpler version of Ferrari’s trademarked egg-crate grille and a new hood with two deep air vents. The rear end is fitted with a redrawn bumper, horizontal tail pipes and a more prominent air diffuser.
Pricing for the 2015 Ferrari California T will be announced closer to its U.S. on-sale date. However, it’s expected to be fairly close to the current model and start around $205,000. Launch colors for this new Ferrari will include Rosso California and Blu California…