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With a new V10 Spyder having just joined the Audi R8 lineup and a V8-powered drop-top reportedly in the works, Audi isn’t done expanding the R8 lineup just yet. According to a report by Car & Driver, Audi aims to follow after Lamborghini by introducing a “Superleggera” version of the R8.
Not only will the light-weight R8 take inspiration from the R8 LMS cars with carbon fiber components, but it is also likely to use a more powerful version of the 5.2-liter V10. Currently that motor produced 535-hp in the R8, however, Lamborghini recently unveiled a 570-hp version in the new Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera at the Geneva Auto Show. Better yet, C&D says we should expect that Audi will finally replace the 6-speed R-tronic auto-box with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A six-speed manual is likely to continue as a standard item.
[Source: Car & Driver]
The official reveal of Toyota’s FT-86 Concept is just a few days away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a better look at the company’s latest sports car right now. The folks at FT86Club have dug up a large selection of studio shots that show the concept in much greater detail.
For starters, the car has loads of carbon fiber goodies. There’s a carbon fiber rear diffuser, as well as carbon for the door handles, mirrors and on the wheels. Inside, there’s even a carbon fiber center stack, which houses a push-button ignition. You can be sure these more exotic trims items won’t make it to the production model, but we do expect the general design cues to carry through. Hopefully that includes the intricately sculpted hood that really helps give the car character.
Be sure to check out the dozens of new FT-86 photos in the gallery below.
GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept Studio Shoot
Along with a limited edition Exige S 260 model for 2010, Lotus has made upgrades to the Exige S 240 this year. Much of the car remains the same, although changes have been made to the bodywork to improve the cars aerodynamic efficiency.
A new front bumper features a larger main air intake to channel more air to the radiator, while side vents feed air to two oil coolers, with horizontal vanes to stabilize airflow. A new composite front splitter now wraps around the entire front end of the Exige to reduce drag around the tires. Finally, one of the most notable changes for 2010 is the new rear spoiler, which has been adapted from the Exige GT3 concept car that was first shown at the Geneva Auto Show back in 2007. This new wing is 7.1-inches wider and is mounted 1.8-inches higher and 2.4-inches further back, reducing drag while keeping the previous spoiler’s downforce rating of 93 lbs at 100 mph.
A new option pack for 2010 is the Track Package, with adjustable Ohlins shocks and remote oil reservoirs for both the front and rear.
Otherwise, the Exige S 240 remains mostly unchanged (which is hardly a bad thing). The car weighs 2,077 lbs and is powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter Toyota-sourced four-cylinder engine making 240hp at 8000 rm and 170 ft-lbs of torque at 5500 rpm, enabling a sprint to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. All the while, the Exige S 240 boasts a fuel economy rating of 20/26 mpg (city/highway).
The starting price for the 2010 Exige s 240 remains unchanged at $65,690, with sales starting in both the U.S. and Canada this Fall.
GALLERY: 2010 Lotus Exige S 240
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BMW will resurrect the M1, basing the new exotic car on the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car will hit the market in 2012 says the U.K.’s AutoExpress, keeping much of the concept car’s green technologies, while offering performance to rival the Audi R8.
The car will be geared towards performance with a two-plus-two seating arrangement. It will also (says AutoExpress) get a 3D heads up display.
The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder hybrid powertrain will also be used, making roughly 350hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque, allowing the car to hit 60 mph in under five seconds. A drag coefficient of just 0.22 cd is expected thanks to a setup that will see air directed through the front bumper and out of the front wheel arches – something that will also improve stability at speed.
The new 1.5-liter engine is also expected to be used across BMW’s product range, helping to brand the company with a new environmentally responsible image.
GALLERY: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept in Frankfurt
Limited edition model is a wider, faster Carrera S with lots of extras
Looking more like something that might roll out of one of the many Porsche tuner shops in Germany, than off the production line, the new 911 Sport Classic marks Porsche’s return to building limited edition models. And while these ultra rare cars will make for excellent collectors items, as Porsches they are also incredible driving machines for the genuine enthusiasts.
The 911 Sports Classic, which debuted today at the Frankfurt Auto Show, is based on the rear-drive Carrera S platform, but gets a wider rear track by 1.73-inches. Power comes from a 3.8-liter flat-six motor with direct-injection, but thanks to a new intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled switching flaps, power has been increased 23 hp for a total of 408hp.
Built by Porsche Exclusive, a department dedicated to creating the company’s most highly customized vehicles, the Sport Classic unmistakable sets itself apart from the rest of the 911 lineup. Included in the long list of custom features are the Sport Classic Grey paint, custom 19-inch wheels, Espresso Nature natural leather and plenty of soft Alcantara, a custom front lip and the classically Porsche ducktail spoiler reminiscent of the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7.
Other standard features include PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, a mechanical rear differential and Porsche’s PASM suspension system which lowers the car by 20 mm (0.79 inches).
Just 250 versions of the 911 Sport Classic will be made.
GALLERY: 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
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