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A set of internal slides was leaked online, revealing some of the hardcore Ferrari 488’s juicy details.


The slides, originally posted by Ferrari Photo Page and sourced from a private viewing of the car, reveal that the so-called 488 GTO will be powered by an evolution of the V8 engine found in the 488 Challenge race car, making it the most powerful V8 model in the history of the brand with at least 700hp.

The engine is also going to be 10 percent lighter than the stock twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 in the 488 GTB and offer a “unique track-like sound” as well as represent the highest power increase against the donor car for a special Ferrari V8 model.


The bodywork will be significantly revised -as seen in a spy shot of a completely naked car-, offering a 20 percent aerodynamic efficiency improvement over the regular model and will have the front hood, front bumper, rear spoiler and rear bumper fully made out of carbon fiber.


Other information includes a set of carbon fiber wheels that according to the slides will be 40 percent lighter over the standard car’s alloy rims, a rear diffuser that’s inspired from the GTE race car, a new Sideslip Management System which is Ferrari’s advanced traction and stability control system, an “extremely direct” steering ratio and a new Race gearshift strategy.


We still don’t know if Ferrari is going to use the iconic ‘GTO’ nameplate on the new hardcore 488 but we do know that the successor of the much-loved 458 Speciale will debut at the Geneva Motor Show.



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This is our best look yet on the 2018 BMW Z4 as test cars appear to have dropped a significant amount of camouflage.


As you can see, the test car now features the production kidney grille up front, along with what looks like the finished bumpers, with the body just covered by a thin layer of the classic swirly wrap.

The overall design looks closely related to the Z4 Concept but it’s understandably toned down for production. We just wished that BMW would keep the concept’s shark-nose treatment up front but apparently we’re not going to get it.


The new BMW Z4 is riding on a new platform that according to reports was engineered for use with electrified powertrains as well as all-drive systems. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you’d know by now that BMW and Toyota co-developed the platform as it’s going to also form the basis for the hotly-anticipated new Supra.



So far we’ve heard that BMW will offer the 2019 Z4 just in the classic rear-drive configuration, leaving Toyota alone to play with electrification and all-wheel drive applications. We also heard that the Bavarians are planning a proper M version this time as part of the BMW M’s new expansion plan that includes launching 26 new models by 2021.


Entry-level versions of the 2019 BMW Z4 will be powered by a turbocharged 2,0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission, making 194hp and 236lb-ft of torque (320Nm). A more powerful version of the same engine will appear on the sDrive 30i models. BMW will also equip the new Z4 with a six-cylinder B58 engine in the M40i version. We don’t know what engine is going to be used in the M version but last time BMW built a Z4M they’ve used the same powertrain with the M3.


Production of the 2019 BMW Z4 is expected to begin in November 2018, with the launch expected in early 2019.


Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


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The first major auto show of the New Year is upon us and this is your complete guide to all the new cars and concepts making their world and North American debuts in Detroit.


The 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is just as often called the Detroit Auto Show, takes place in downtown Detroit at the Cobo Center. International press days are held on January 14 to 16 with public access running from January 20 through 28.

While, admittedly, the number of premieres hosted in Detroit has declined over the years, as the Los Angeles and New York auto shows gain more and more traction with carmakers in America, the NAIAS remains one of the most important automotive events on the continent.


This year, we’ll see a parade of notable concept and production car debuts ranging from the renewed VW Jetta and Toyota Avalon sedans to the BMW i8 Roadster and the Infiniti Sedan and Lexus Flagship SUV studies. Naturally, it wouldn’t be 2018 without trucks and SUVs, with debutants including the first new generation of the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class in three decades, the next Chevrolet Silverado and the Acura RDX prototype.


We’ve compiled a preliminary list of the definite as well as whispered 2018 NAIAS premieres in alphabetical order below, which we’ll keep updating on a daily basis as the show approaches and news becomes available.


Note: F/L = Facelifted, NC= Not Confirmed


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Two of the hottest compact cars on sale today, the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sedan, were taken to the track to settle their differences.


The setting is the Rock Raceway circuit in South Africa, with its 300m (984ft) long straight being more than enough to prove which of the two is faster.

Mercedes-AMG’s A45 hot hatch is slightly less powerful than its Audi rival. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 381PS (376hp) and 475Nm (350lb-ft) of torque, taking 4.2sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and toping out at 250km/h (155mph).


On the other hand, the Audi RS3 Sedan makes use of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder rated at 400PS (394hp) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque. Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 4.1sec, and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).


There’s another aspect worth mentioning, and that’s the A45’s weight advantage, but is this enough to make up for the power deficit compared to the RS3? Just click on the video below and find out.


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For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unless you want something German and very expensive.


Nonetheless, one wagon that has always caught our attention is the Japanese-market Nissan Stagea. Produced between 1996 and 2007, it was a Skyline-based and -infused, turbocharged V6 powerhouse with immense cult status.

So what could a modern day Stagea look like? Let’s envisage further.


Muscular Design


This study adopts Nissan’s current styling philosophy incorporating a dominant V-shaped grille, wedge headlamps and sheetmetal surfacing inspired by the upcoming new Altima. The front fenders, hood and a-pillars are a deliberate ploy to visually link it with the current GT-R, somewhat appropriate since the two nameplates have shared mechanicals in the past.


Like the original Stagea, it has shorter than usual rear doors and long side glass. Lower door scollops flick down towards the rear wheels for that go-fast appearance; whilst the rear is finished off with a vertical tailgate, quad exhausts and boomerang-styled LED tail lights.


VR And Variable Compression Powerhouses


The 1st and 2nd generation (WC34 & M35) Stagea were offered with a range of Skyline-based powertrains, including the RB-series in 2.0, 2.5T and 2.6-litre Twin Turbo (260RS) guises. Later on, the M35 era employed VQ-series engines in 2.5, 2.5T, 3.0 and 3.5-litre formats.


Whilst those were good engines, today’s power game has moved on. Nissan’s 298 kW/399hp, 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 (VR30DDTT) would do just nicely here. Power would be sent to either the rear or all four wheels, via a 7-speed automatic transmission.


Oddly, the most interesting variant could come in the form of Infiniti’s latest Variable Compression-Ratio engine. Code-named KR20, this 2.0-litre turbocharged unit debuted in the 2019 QX50. It combines decent power with diesel-like efficiency, making for a potent entry-level option.


Rivals Of The Past And Present


Many of the Stagea’s past competitors have been put out to pasture due to the obsession with SUV’s, low sales and ever-tightening emissions standards. Mid-size wagons like Subaru’s Legacy GT-B, Toyota Caldina GT-T and Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 were a hoot to drive and are dearly missed.


Today, the competition is rather varied and restrictive depending on where you live in the world. On the smaller side, a new Stagea would battle against VW’s Golf R wagon, Skoda Octavia vRS and Subaru Levorg. And if price weren’t an issue, you could add Audi’s RS4, Volvo V60 Polestar and AMG’s C63 wagon to the mix too.


Nevertheless, no matter what make, model, size and price scale you’re looking at, the more wagons there are, the more the world will be a better place. Hope you’re reading Nissan…


Share your thoughts in the comments below.


By Josh Byrnes


Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes




Historic Nissan Stage Photos





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When you think of a tough vehicle, you probably don’t think about the Unimog – which is a shame, really, because it has this incredible go-anywhere attitude and offers great reliability and ease of maintenance, if you know what you’re doing.


Mercedes originally designed it to be an alternative to tractors, offering the ability to be driven at higher speeds on roads than other agricultural machines.

The huge ground clearance, courtesy of its portal axles, combined with a selectable all-wheel drive and a frame that flexes as part of the suspension, made sure that the Unimog will almost take you and your gear anywhere, and that’s what made the Unimog so popular with farmers and armies around the globe.


This particular example is an army-surplus vehicle bought by the guys in Dirt Every Daywith the goal to drive it from Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee.


With the Unimog being able to cruise up to speeds of 50mph, it’s not the ideal road-trip vehicle, but the fun starts when the tarmac stops and that’s what this beast is all about.


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source:carnewmag




This might not be an Impreza but being a real Prodrive-raced Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car driven by none other than Ari Vatanen.


This is the same car that Vatanen was driving when he was leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally, ahead of Tommi Makinen, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen before crashing.

After the race, the car returned to Prodrive and was re-shelled in-house before it was sold to an Italian rally team. In 1995, the same car was driven by Richard Burns at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, finishing second overall.


The car then was re-shelled again but this time it was converted to a new Safari-spec Impreza shell, which is not uncommon for Legacy rally cars. In 2008, the car was bought by the Richard Burns Collection in order to completely rebuild it and bring it back to its original specs.


The task was overseen by ex-Prodrive man Ian Richardson, who created an authentic Prodrive-spec Legacy shell for the car which now comes with the famous K555 BAT number plate. The rather special Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car is presented in the correct gravel specification and livery it wore at the 1993 Acropolis Rally.


The blue-gold Subaru is powered by the period-correct works turbo 2.0-liter flat-four engine with 290hp, paired to an X-trac manual gearbox. It has covered around 60 miles (100km) since the rebuild and is currently heading to Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Competition Car Sale on February 23 with a price estimate between £120,000 and £140,000 ($162,000 to $190,000).


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