Latest Car News (7th to 13th March 2016)
This week in car news includes a race-spec Golf GTI, the new Audi R8 Spyder, and a new Mercedes AMG! Oh and that's not all as we bring you the World Car of the Year finalists too!
New Audi R8 Spyder spotted
The second-generation Audi R8 has been spotted in convertible form ahead of its New York launch.
The car was spotted out and about in a yellow paintwork with it's fabric roof down, and looks almost identical to the Coupe version. Under the hood it is also running the same engines as the Coupe, with a 532bhp V10 and 601bhp V10 Plus. Naturally the car will be marginally slower due to the additional weight as a result of the necessary structural bracing for a drop-top, but you can still expect it to hit 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds or 3.4 seconds in the case of the V10 Plus.
We'll get full confirmation of it's spec and price later this month at the New York Motor Show, but rumours suggest it'll start at £129,500 and £147,500 for the Plus, with a release date of early 2017.
Volkswagen reveal race-spec Golf GTI
The Golf GTI has always been an impressive car, but the folks at Volkswagen have taken it a step further with this - the Golf GTI TCR.
Based on the GTI Clubsport, you'll instantly notice it's full-on race styling, with a chunky body kit, huge rear wing and some 18-inch alloys to finish it off. Inside you'll find a racing seat and roll cage too, to really add to the race-feel. Under the hood you'll find the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that's in the Golf R, but with a bit of tuning to bring it up to 325bhp and a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds.
Only 20 GTI TCR's will be made and all of which are already sold out. It's not a street car by any means, so Volkswagen will be looking to provide you with the opportunity to take part in touring car championship around the world, with the first race set to be the Bahrain opener of the TCR International Series in March.
Latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS seen undergoing winter testing
Porsche's 911 GT2 RS arrived in 2010 but the next generation has been seen undergoing winter testing and it looks brilliant.
The GT2 RS is Porsche's most powerful 911, and for good reason too. It is apparently going to offer nearly 700bhp from its 3.8-litre twin-turbo, which is completely ridiculous (and excitable) if you ask us! That coupled with the fact it'll be powered through it's rear wheels, sports a retuned dual-clutch PDK transmission and uses the chassis and suspension components from the GT3 RS, you'd have to say the car is going to be a complete animal.
Nothing else is really known at this stage as the car isn't expected to launch until late 2017, but we expect more details to emerge over this year so as and when they do, we'll bring them your way.
Mercedes unveil new E-Class AMG - the E 43
Mercedes-AMG have gone ahead and revealed the new executive saloon ahead of its New York Motor Show debut.
The E 43 uses the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 found in the C 43, however rather pushing out 362bhp it's actually developing 396bhp. The 0-62mph time is slightly faster too, achieving the sprint in 4.6 seconds rather than the 4.7 in the C 43. Further features include a rear-biased four-wheel-drive system, nine-speed automatic gearbox, and an advanced air-suspension system, and of course the usual aggressive AMG styling and 19-inch alloys.
The pricing and release date details will emerge when it makes its first public appearance later this month, but currently it's expected to be around £52,000 and launch later this year.
Chevrolet launch anniversary edition Camaro
American motor division Chevrolet have launched an anniversary edition Camaro to celebrate 50 years since it was released.
The Camaro is one of the brands most iconic models, having been first launched in 1966. The anniversary edition, dubbed the '50th Anniversary Package', comes equipped with several subtle changes that really compliment the car. It has a satin chrome front splitter and grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, and orange bonnet and brake calliper details to add a little more. The car is then finished in a Nightfall Grey Metallic paintwork with a smart 'Fifty' badge.
Inside you'll find a continuation of small touches, with black leather, suede inserts and orange stitching sparingly used, accompanied by the same 'Fifty' badge appearing on the seats, door sills, steering wheel and instrumentation.
The price of the 50th Anniversary Package Camaro is unknown at the moment, but with the car costing around £28,000 in the UK, you'd have to say it might cost around £32,000 to get your hands on one. It's set for a summer release so we'll know for definite soon enough!
World Car of the Year finalists announced
Lastly, some of you may remember that a few weeks ago we wrote about the upcoming World Car Awards, where we discussed the finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year. Well that list has been shortened and we now have the finalists, they are:
World Car of the Year finalists
- Audi A4
- Mazda MX-5
- Mercedes GLC
World Luxury Car of the Year finalists
- Audi Q7
- BMW 7 Series
- Volvo XC90
World Performance Car of the Year finalists
- Audi R8
- Honda Civic Type R
- Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe
There's a few surprise inclusions to say the least, particularly the MX-5 making the top three and beating off competition from the Jaguar XE and BMW X1. The Jaguar XE however, did make the final list for the World Car Design of the Year award. We were also surprised to see the Honda Civic Type R edge the Range Rover Sport SVR as that's one hell of a sports car.
The awards take place on 24th March before the New York Motor Show, so when the winners are announced we'll be sure to let you know. Our money now is on the Mercedes GLC, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. What are yours? Let us know!