Weekly Car News (16th to 22nd November 2015)
Due to the LA Motor Show taking place this week we've got a whole host of exciting news to bring to you this week including a new rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan , a Bentley supercar and a look at the car interiors of the future.
Porsche debuts the track-focused Cayman GT4 Clubsport
German sports car manufacturer Porsche have unveiled a lighter and faster Cayman GT4 at the LA Motor Show known as the Clubsport.
The company have have made the £94,000 car with recreational and club racing in mind, resulting in several significant improvements and changes. The first is a small 5bhp power boost to it's 3.8-litre flat-six engine, meaning a total of 385bhp now powers the cars' rear wheels. That coupled with a 40kg weight saving has resulted in a 0-62mph time of less than four seconds.
On top of that the Clubsport also has a six-speed double-clutch transmission, adaptive suspension, a clever twelve-stage ABS, a stability programme designed for specifically for racing slicks, roll-cage, bucket seats with harness and a 90-litre fuel tank.
Porsche say the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is 'a car for true enthusiasts', which considering all those changes above you'd have to say is a pretty accurate description!
Exciting rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan announced
Lamborghini have finally revealed the rear-wheel drive equivalent of it's entry-level supercar the Huracan.
The car, dubbed the LP580-2, will have the same 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 that's found in the all-wheel drive version, albeit slightly de-tuned from 602bhp to 572bhp. It's also 33kg lighter, has stiffer suspension and achieves 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 199mph.
The UK price of the Huracan LP580-2 is yet to be announced, but Lamborghini has confirmed it'll cost ?150,000 plus tax in Europe, meaning a rough cost of around £140,000 is expected.
BMW preview future designs with the Concept Compact Sedan
An impressive looking concept car has been previewed by BMW known as the Compact Sedan, hinting at a potential successor to the 1 Series and 2 Series models.
If the car moves on from being a concept and actually goes into production, it's expected to rival the Audi A3 Saloon and Mercedes CLA. It's quite likely that it'd be offer the same range of engines found in the current 1 Series and 2 Series models, and even potentially offer a performance spec version like an M135i or even an excitable 1M saloon.
The concept looks absolutely fantastic in our opinion, with it's sleek lines, chiselled bodywork, 20-inch wheels and typical BMW styling in and out. We'll be crossing our fingers for a production car, that's for sure!
Volvo aiming to turn your car into a lounge
Self-driving cars are set to hit the roads in the not-so-distant future and Volvo have decided to show off their vision for it with the Concept 26.
The purpose of this concept was to answer the question "what do you do while your car is driving for you?". As the image above shows, the idea is to have the interior transform to allow the driver to use their commute however they'd like. The steering wheel retracts, the seat reclines, and a large display emerges from the dashboard. This transformation allows people to work, watch TV, listen to music and more.
Although this is just a concept at this stage, it's very possible that this sort of technology will be available within the next decade once technological advancements allow it to. Until then we can only remain patient and enjoy our 'normal' cars!
Bentley to reveal two new luxury sports cars next year
Bentley have announced they're currently working on two new models which could be revealed as soon as next year.
The first will be a 'super Bentayga' - a faster, more powerful, more aggressive looking version of the current Bentayga (shown above). A sort of beefier and meaner X6 M (if that's possible) that's described as being "much more biased towards on-road performance compared with the Bentayga" and "much more aggressively styled, and a lot faster, a lot more dramatic". Sounds promising!
The second will be an all electric two-seater mid-engined supercar based on the quite brilliant EXP 10 Speed Six concept car. The plan is for it to compete with the Ferrari 488, McLaren 675 LT and Aston Martin DBS, so you can expect it to be pretty special when the car is finally revealed.