Top 10 Automotive News Stories of 2013

Top 10 Automotive News Stories of 2013
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7. Hybrid Supercars

Terrible name, arousing product. The LaFerrari is a spiritual successor to the lust-worthy Enzo. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, this car supposedly “defines excellence,” at least according to Luca di Montezemolo, the company’s president.

That may sound like hyperbole but one glance at this machine’s specs sheet and you’ll be frothing at the gash. It’s powered by a 6.3-liter V12 that revs to 9,250 rpm and delivers 789 hp. But that’s not all. The internal-combustion engine is augmented by some electronics, which deliver an additional 161 ponies. Total output clocks in at 950 hp.

But LaFerrari isn’t the only hybrid supercar in town. McLaren’s P1 features an electrified powertrain that allows it to run the quarter mile in just 9.8 seconds; its top speed is 217 miles an hour and maximum fuel economy supposedly hits 34 MPG.

But hold your horses because that’s not all. Porsche’s 918 Spyder follows the same formula and delivers similarly bonkers performance. This car will run from a standstill to 60 miles an hour in just 2.5 seconds. Like the McLaren this machine’s powertrain is built around an amped-up V8 engine; you all ready know what it did to the lap-time record at the Nürburgring…

  • MistyGreen

    How about “IIHS’s small overlap test wreaks havoc on Toyota”? That was pretty funny. Not sure if that technically happened last year though.