Latest Car News (25th to 31st July 2016)
As we reach the end of July, the car news this week includes the official confirmation of the Mission E concept going in production, a 2,000 bhp supercar by Keating, and spy shots of the new Mercedes-AMG GT roadster.
Keating set to launch 2,000 bhp supercar
Keating Supercars has plans to launch a 2,000 bhp car known as the Berus.
Bolton-based Keating Supercars are known for producing lightweight, super-fast cars with a focus on fun and excitement rather than luxury and comfort. Their latest invention is the Berus - a car named after the venomous snake the Vipera Berus - and looks set to deliver on the name of packing a lot of bite under its hood.
Three versions of the Berus will be produced; a punchy 400 bhp electric version, a entertaining 650 bhp naturally-aspirated version, and a top-of-the-line twin-turbo 2,000 bhp beast. So far no official version of any of the three options exists, but Keating have promised that one will debut by 2017, so keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the year for its potential announcement.
Porsche officially announce production-model Mission E
The Porsche Mission E concept has been officially confirmed for production.
Whilst only a concept initially, the customer interest was so high off the back of its reveal at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show that Porsche have committed to producing a market-ready version. The announcement brings news of a whopping ?1 billion in investment too as a result of an extra assembly plant, over 1,4000 new jobs and much more.
The Mission E will launch with around 600 bhp capable of 0-62 mph and 0-124 mph in 3.5 and nine seconds respectively. This power will be pushed their advanced Torque Vectoring four-wheel-drive system to allow maximum grip when cornering. Porsche say they're targeting a 2020 launch, meaning a production model may emerge towards the end of 2018.
Mercedes-AMG GT drop-top spied with fabric roof
After the arrival of the new GT R, Mercedes-AMG have now had their AMG GT roadster spotted too.
The hardcore GT R was revealed last month and now Mercedes-AMG are expanding the GT range even further with this new GT roadster. Whilst the car hasn't been officially revealed yet, the ever-ready folks at AutoExpress have managed to get some spy shots of the car undergoing testing in and around Germany.
As you'd expect, the car isn't dramatically different to a normal GT, with the major change being that of a fabric convertible roof and the natural changes you get with implementing one. Engine wise you would imagine that the same 456 bhp and 503 bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engines will be available too which should sound great when the car is launched some time next year.
BMW confirm M140i and M240i models
As expected, BMW have officially replaced their M135i and M235i models with new M140i and M240i variants.
The engines were implemented in the same fashion across their 3 and 4 Series range with new 340i and 440i models replacing the outgoing 335i and 435i, and now BMW have carried the change over to the 1 and 2 Series performance range. They've also changed from the 128i and 228i to the 130i and 230i too.
In terms of figures, the M140i and M240i get an increase of 14 bhp and 37 lb ft of torque over the previous engine, meaning a new output of 335 bhp and 369 lb ft that achieves a 0-62 mph time of just 4.6 seconds. The 130i and 230i meanwhile receive an extra 7 bhp, meaning a meaty 249 bhp in total. All of the new engines are available to order through BMW now.
New Mercedes A-Class on the way
Mercedes' four-generation A-Class is due to arrive in 2018.
The A-Class was reinvented in 2012, coming away from the box-like look and adopting a more conventional hatchback shape. Since then the car's success has gone from strength to strength, and now Mercedes are looking to build on that even more by addressing the issues that the current generation have and therefore making it more practical, spacious and most importantly - drivable.
Once again those wizards at AutoExpress.co.uk have provided some renderings on how the car is likely to look, and they suggest that the car will adopt a longer, more stretched shape to allow for more headroom in the rear. Other than that the details are scarce, but with the car likely to arrive in 2018, you can expect the full unveiling to occur at some point next year.