Archive for April, 2016

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman


After the first appearance of the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxter, the German carmaker Porsche followed up on us by unraveling the new Cayman at Auto China 2016 Motor show. By the looks of it, the new generation of the famous sports coupe features a cleaner and newer look as well as improvements on the performance.

The most noticeable change under the hood is the four turbocharged 2.0l “boxer” engine that delivers up to 300 horses and 380nm of torque, interestingly enough it is the first time that both Cayman and Boxter pack identical punches. Cayman is also blessed with the S version, which is powered by a 2.5l engine that increases the horsepower to 350 and the torque to 420nm. These improvements result in dynamic performance; the base Cayman with PDK and an optional Sport Chrono Package goes 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds with the top speed of 274 km/h, when the Cayman S completes the sprint in 4.2 seconds and tops at 285 km/h.



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Tesla’s Autonomous: “Twice as good” as a person

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Let’s be real, we’ve all had our doubts about the future of autonomous cars. Taking away the only means to control your car and entrusting your life into a series of computers, cameras and sensors isn’t exactly ideal. Having seen many articles online of debate over the controversial topic, and even hearing the news about Google’s AV crash, it’s safe to say that the first release of fully autonomous vehicles is likely to make other motorists on the road very nervous. However, Tesla’s very own: Elon Musk has some news that may set aside your worries.

As we know, Tesla introduced their semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system last year. The introduction of the system was a HUGE success, gaining global praise and without a doubt, a big step in the development of autonomous driving. Since their introduction of the system, Tesla has been monitoring their cars to see how the autonomous driving relates to the average number of kilometers to an accident compared to non-autonomous driving.

At a press conference in Norway earlier this week, Musk stated:

“the probability of having an accident is 50 per cent lower if you have Autopilot on. Even with our first version. So we can see basically what’s the average number of kilometers to an accident – accident defined by airbag deployment. Even with this early version, it’s almost twice as good as a person.”

Essentially, Tesla has discovered that with their Autopilot system engaged, the average distance until an “accident” is almost doubled. Which means a 50% decrease in accidents. It’s no surprise as well, after seeing this video of the Autopilot saving an Uber driver and his passenger, it really does show what their technology is capable of. Checkout the video below!


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Aston Martin Vantage GT8


Aston Martin has just announced its new limited edition improvement of the V8 Vantage – the Vantage GT8. It promises to become the most extreme modification of the Vantage with its production limited to only 150 units.

The car was announced with a bold claim from the company: “Racing is in Aston Martin’s blood. From outright victory at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959, to countless race wins in GT3 and GT4 categories and a continued race and title-winning form in the production-based GTE category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin is proud to be at the forefront of GT racing”.

The GT8 draws its main influence from the V8 Vantage GTE racecar, however it is 100kg lighter and has a wide range of other upgrades that compose the ultimate road racing V8 Vantage. The car is fitted with the classic 446PS1 4.7-liter V8 that has been revised and comes with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed SportshiftTM II paddle-shift transmission.


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McLaren P14


McLaren recent model launches have been going at the pace of a full blown industrial compound. Every time a new powerhouse came out it was followed by another even more able successor.

2016 is supposed to be bringing in the new entry-level Sports Series alongside with the beastly 650S coupe spinoff – the 675LT, at least two more 650S special editions and the beautiful P1 GTR. The latter seems to be a little gift for those whose pockets are deep enough for a P1, but whose brains are still craving adrenalin after giving it a spin.

Following all these new releases one would think McLaren has reached its limits, but don’t judge too soon because the new model for the next year is already in process and all that we know of it is the internal model code, P14. The P14 is supposed to replace the 650S and according to McLaren’s senior representatives it’s destined to become a junior P1, which makes the car much more desirable.


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