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Any Tech news » Auto http://anytechnews.com Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 First Bugatti Chiron in U.S. Delivered at Pebble Beach http://anytechnews.com/first-bugatti-chiron-in-u-s-delivered-at-pebble-beach/ http://anytechnews.com/first-bugatti-chiron-in-u-s-delivered-at-pebble-beach/#comments Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:48:35 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/first-bugatti-chiron-in-u-s-delivered-at-pebble-beach/

The first Bugatti Chiron in the United States was delivered to its owner at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, finished in a conspicuous shade of yellow. Surrounded by multi-million-dollar classics, the nearly $3 million hypercar wasn’t out of place in Monterey, California.

The first Chiron in the U.S. sports a yellow and Nocturne black paint scheme, and gets a set of “Classique” wheels. Inside, the full leather interior gets a matching black and yellow theme, with yellow inserts in the seats, on the door panels, center console armrest, and the car’s characteristic C-shaped divider that curves onto the ceiling. The rest of the cabin is upholstered in Beluga Black leather.

Production of the Bugatti Chiron will be limited to just 500 units, with North America and Europe being the car’s largest markets. The successor to the Veyron makes 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque from a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W-16 engine, and that power is sent to all four wheels via a Riccardo seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Bugatti estimates the Chiron can hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and hit a governed top speed of 261 mph, but says the car can physically go much faster than that. However, the 26.4-gallon tank would be drained after roughly seven minutes at wide-open throttle. With specs like these, it should come as no surprise that the Chiron has an EPA fuel economy rating of 9/14 mpg (city/highway). But for those who can afford its $2.998 million price tag, that probably isn’t an issue.

Check out photos of the first U.S. Bugatti Chiron in the gallery below.

 

 



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Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Officially Going Into Production by 2022 http://anytechnews.com/volkswagen-i-d-buzz-officially-going-into-production-by-2022/ http://anytechnews.com/volkswagen-i-d-buzz-officially-going-into-production-by-2022/#comments Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:47:37 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/volkswagen-i-d-buzz-officially-going-into-production-by-2022/

Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz concept that debuted earlier this year in Detroit was a 21st Century take on the classic Microbus, and ever since its introduction VW has strongly hinted that it wanted to build it. Now, the automaker has officially announced its plans to put the all-electric people-mover into production.

The announcement was made in Monterey, California, ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The production electric van will hit dealerships in 2022, following the launch of the compact four-door electric I.D. in 2020. VW said North America, China, and Europe will be the production I.D. Buzz’s target markets.

“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car,’” said Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess, in a release.

The production vehicle won’t stray far from the concept, according to Volkswagen. The EV-specific MEB platform will house the batteries and electric motors in the floor, allowing for a spacious cabin. The platform will also allow the production bus to keep its body shape that pays tribute to the iconic 1960s original.

But it won’t all be surfing and flower power for the production I.D. Buzz. Volkswagen also announced that it will build a cargo version for its commercial division. I.D. Buzz Cargo model will be configured to haul goods and will be intended for use in the city. Many cities in Europe and elsewhere are planning to ban diesel vehicles next decade, so launching an electric cargo van to replace VW’s current diesel Transporter makes sense. Volkswagen says the I.D. Buzz will be available with Level 3 autonomous capability. As we previously reported, VW is targeting 2025 to launch full autonomous capability across the I.D. lineup.



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McLaren Debuts Fuchsia MSO 720S http://anytechnews.com/mclaren-debuts-fuchsia-mso-720s/ http://anytechnews.com/mclaren-debuts-fuchsia-mso-720s/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:46:34 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/mclaren-debuts-fuchsia-mso-720s/

Wild colors aren’t anything new on supercars. In fact, it’s almost necessary for a supercar to have a wild exterior color to truly experience the supercar lifestyle. But while we ascribe to this ideology, we’re not sure about McLaren’s latest bespoke MSO 720S and its rather Wild Berry Skittles “Fux Fuchsia” shade.

The color was created for Michael Fux, a U.S.-based entrepreneur, philanthropist, and all around car guy. He commissioned the car through McLaren’s MSO division and the paint is based on a bespoke Rolls-Royce color that was modified by MSO. The car was presented to Fux on the 2017 Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn, and will be added to Fux’s collection.

Speaking at the unveiling, Jolyon Nash, McLaren’s Executive Director of Global Sales and Marketing, said, “Challenging the art of the possible to meet the most demanding customer requirements and then delivering beyond expectations are integral to the service that McLaren Special Operations offers.

MSO provides McLaren owners with virtually limitless possibilities to tailor a car exactly to their needs and tastes; unique paint colors and finishes, custom leather and stitching and exotic materials are all available within a bespoke commission, while beyond this there are opportunities all the way up to complete vehicles designed to individual specification.”

In addition to the “Fux Fuchsia” color, Fux had MSO add the distinctive shade to a line on the lightweight wheels, on the door appliques inside the car, as well as pinstriping on the steering wheel and rear-view mirror cover.

The interior is also finished in pure while, with white stitching and white Alcantara floor mats (we’re sure those won’t get dirty).

Lastly, Fux had MSO finish the car’s exhaust and window surrounds in a Stealth Grey finish with carbon-fiber components from the MSO Defined range.

Fux’s new MSO 720S will be added to his McLaren collection, which also includes a 12C, 12C Spider in a custom purple color, and a P1 finished in a custom green.

Unfortunately, McLaren is keeping the price of this MSO 720S close to the vest, only stating the 720S’ base price of $288,845.

We’re sure with all the extras and one-off pieces, however that Fux’s 720S was likely near $400,000. Long live Skittles-colored supercars!



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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Gears Up for Competition Debut http://anytechnews.com/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-gears-up-for-competition-debut/ http://anytechnews.com/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-gears-up-for-competition-debut/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:45:36 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-gears-up-for-competition-debut/

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will make its racing debut this weekend at “Vegas to Reno,” which is billed as the longest off-road race in the U.S.

The formidable truck will compete in a class of stock production midsize pickups and SUVs. It retains the ZR2’s original 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission, but Hall Racing has added a roll cage, racing seats with safety harnesses, and a special 44-gallon fuel tank to the truck. Other updates include a modified version of the ZR2’s Multimatic DSSV damper technology, KC HiLites racing lights, two-way radios, and GPS.

Chevrolet says the Hall Racing ZR2 will help test out possible new performance parts for the regular ZR2 and the standard Colorado. “Racing them allows us to quickly understand their performance attributes and reliability in the extreme environment of off-road racing, ensuring the highest performing components for Colorado customers,” said Russ O’Blenes, GM director of Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports, in a release.

“Vegas to Reno” is a one-day race starting Friday morning in Las Vegas and ending in Reno, Nevada. More than 350 off-roaders are expected to participate in the grueling event. They’ll trek 550 miles across rugged terrain that includes desert wallows, dry lake beds, and mountain passes as high as 8,000 feet above sea level.

Chevy is in capable hands with Hall Racing. The team has an impressive track record in the Baja 1000 and has raced many GM vehicles in the SCORE series and Best in the Desert series.

The standard Colorado ZR2 gets a 2-inch lift as well as a wider track and flared fenders. Exclusive 17×8-inch aluminum alloy wheels are paired with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. The V-6 makes 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, while a 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4 is another option that produces 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.



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Bentley Brings Three North America Debuts to Pebble Beach http://anytechnews.com/bentley-brings-three-north-america-debuts-to-pebble-beach/ http://anytechnews.com/bentley-brings-three-north-america-debuts-to-pebble-beach/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:44:34 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/bentley-brings-three-north-america-debuts-to-pebble-beach/

Bentley rolls into this year’s Monterey Car Week with three North American debuts for the California festivities: the Continental Supersports, EXP 12 Speed 6e concept, and the latest Bentayga W12 editions.

Catch the Supersports Coupe, Continental GT V8 S, Bentayga W12, Flying Spur W12 S, and Mulsanne Speed at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18.

Bentley’s new Continental Supersports sports a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine that makes 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque. When it’s not sitting pretty on a lawn, the super fast four-seater can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph.

The Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e electric concept, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, is sure to turn heads and create plenty of buzz on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn on Sunday, August 20.

You can also catch the Bentayga luxury SUV in Activity, Black, and Mulliner variants over at The Home of Bentley all weekend next door to The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

If you are in the market for something a bit more vintage, three notable classic Bentleys will be among the many lots scheduled for auction this week—a 1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsman’s Saloon, a 1926 Bentley 6 1/2 Liter Le Mans Sports, and a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Two-Door Saloon with Coachwork by Park Ward.

The 1930 Speed Six is offered by RM Sothebys, while the other two are offered by Gooding & Co. Just don’t forget to bring your checkbook.



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BMW Concept 8 Series to Make North American Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance http://anytechnews.com/bmw-concept-8-series-to-make-north-american-debut-at-pebble-beach-concours-delegance/ http://anytechnews.com/bmw-concept-8-series-to-make-north-american-debut-at-pebble-beach-concours-delegance/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:43:35 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/bmw-concept-8-series-to-make-north-american-debut-at-pebble-beach-concours-delegance/

After debuting earlier this year at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW’s Concept 8 Series will finally arrive on the North American shore at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with a yet unnamed concept roadster.

The Concept 8 Series, according to BMW, is “The essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study.” But this is a design study that works and compared to the spy photography of the upcoming production 8 Series, it closely resembles the real thing.

Under the long, muscular hood sits a throaty 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 pulled from the brand’s other offerings. Other engines will likely make production, such as the company’s twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder, as well as its top-of-the-line twin-turbocharged V-12 that sits in BMW’s epic M760i.

Set to signal a new era of BMW design, BMW’s Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said, “The concept [8 Series] expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion.”

We were allowed to sample the concept very briefly at its unveiling in Italy and came away eager to get behind the real thing when it shows up later this year.

“Befitting the class, a quick stab of the throttle sent the rear wheels spinning, accompanied by a throaty, V-8-like growl. Electric minders were summoned to action following an exaggerated flick of the steering wheel, and it didn’t take significant application of the brake pedal to cover the shiny 21-inch wheels with dust,” said Georg Kacher. Adding, “Although the exercise of driving the BMW 8 Series Concept doesn’t offer many insights, it does whet the appetite for the real thing.”

The upcoming 8 Series will likely cost between $100,000 and $110,000 as standard, with upgraded engines, and the forthcoming M8 costing quite a deal more.

You’ll be able to check out the Concept 8 Series on the lawn at Pebble Beach during Monterey Car Week and stay tuned for a production debut later this year.

 



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New All-Wheel-Drive BMW M5 Teased http://anytechnews.com/new-all-wheel-drive-bmw-m5-teased/ http://anytechnews.com/new-all-wheel-drive-bmw-m5-teased/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:42:21 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/new-all-wheel-drive-bmw-m5-teased/

A new BMW M5 is coming. Anytime that happens, it’s reason to get excited. Since 1985, the M5 has been one of the best-driving sports sedans on the market. But while it’s been powered by a wide variety of engines, including an I-6, a V-8, and a V-10, the M5 has always been rear-wheel drive. This time around, though, BMW’s M division has decided the ultimate 5 Series will be all-wheel drive.

That decision may upset purists, but BMW insists there’s nothing to worry about. The new M5 just makes too much power to stay rear-wheel drive. And you can still hang the tail out if you want to. “The car drives you to the limit without scaring you,” Timo Glock, one of BMW’s factory team drivers promised us. “You can still do much of what you want to do with a rear-wheel-drive car.”

When we got a chance to drive an M5 prototype a few months ago, we were inclined to agree with Glock. While the current M5 is plenty capable, it’s a little too isolated and requires far more skill to drive well than the Mercedes-AMG E63. The prototype we drove felt like it was definitely ready for a rematch with the AMG.

So get excited. The new M5 is coming. The teaser below may be short, but you can expect more next week. Then look for the official reveal next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.



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BMW X7 Prototype Shows Off Production Lights http://anytechnews.com/bmw-x7-prototype-shows-off-production-lights/ http://anytechnews.com/bmw-x7-prototype-shows-off-production-lights/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:40:55 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/bmw-x7-prototype-shows-off-production-lights/

It looks like BMW’s three-row SUV is coming together quite nicely. Our spy photographers caught the new BMW X7 testing once again, and this time it’s wearing its production headlights and taillights.

Like previous prototypes we’ve seen, this X7 features tall dual kidney grilles. In its final form, the grille will likely resemble the bold and brash one on the X2 Concept to some degree. Up front, you’ll also notice narrow LED headlamps with BMW’s signature circular lights. Expect the X7 to wear a unique front bumper that helps it distinguish itself from the X5. To accommodate seven people, the X7 features longer rear doors and a longer rear overhang than its smaller sibling.

The BMW X7 will sit on the CLAR platform that underpins the 7 Series and 5 Series, as well as the upcoming next-gen X5. We expect six- and eight-cylinder engines as well as gas or diesel options. A plug-in hybrid version should be available, and rumors point to the possibility of a V-12 version.

When it arrives in the U.S., likely next year as a 2019 model, it will top BMW’s range of SUVs and will compete against the Range Rover and Mercedes-GLS. It will enter production at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina alongside the X3, X4, X5, and X6 crossovers.

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Five Supercars from Mecum’s 2017 Monterey Sale http://anytechnews.com/five-supercars-from-mecums-2017-monterey-sale/ http://anytechnews.com/five-supercars-from-mecums-2017-monterey-sale/#comments Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:40:12 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/five-supercars-from-mecums-2017-monterey-sale/

Each auction season around Monterey tends to attract a massive wave of blue-chip vintage road and race cars, some as rare and delicate as the Crown Jewels. Trust us, this isn’t the type of environment if you’re shopping for a repo’d BMW 3 Series.

On the other side of the gold doubloon, some of the wildest supercars and hypercars worm their way onto sale dockets, looking to claim the hard earned cash of a buyer who wasn’t lucky enough to secure one when new. Mecum Auctions has one of the best supercar selections of the season—here are five from its upcoming sale.

A Pair of LaFerraris

Despite Ferrari’s distaste toward owners reselling their special edition models, the insectoid LaFerrari has remained an auction darling for a few years. Ferrari’s range-topping hypercar is a big draw for bidders, so this year Mecum’s got two LaF’s in very different specifications.

The red example is an early 2014 model, wearing a very popular red-over-black scheme. Thanks to exceptionally healthy second-hand values, the low 566 mile odometer reading is no surprise.

If you want to stand out from the droves of red LaF’s that populate Cannery Row and Monaco, get a bid in for this white-on-red 2015 example. It’s even fresher than the red one, with a scant 209 miles on the odo.

Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita

Before the Agera and One:1 dominated headlines, Koenigsegg was out picking on mainstream supercars with the mighty CCXR. Toward the end of the CCXR’s life, the Swedish supercar boutique offered just two in stunning white carbon fiber, each labeled as “Trevita,” a Swedish abbreviation for “Three Whites.”

Like all cars to wear the Koenigsegg crest, the Trevita is mighty. Underneath the white bodywork thrums a 4.8-liter supercharged V-8, pushing 1,018 hp and 796 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a beefy six-speed sequential transmission.

Performance is spectacular, with 0-62 mph arriving in 2.9 seconds, 0-124 mph in 8.75 seconds, and a top speed that reportedly stretched up to 254 mph.

Naturally, these cars weren’t for drivers who shunned the spotlight. Controversial boxing legend Floyd Mayweather was a previous owner of this Trevita, and likely put a few of the 1,900 miles on the clock as part of his massive fleet of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Bugattis, Maybachs, and Ferraris.

2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Surprisingly, we’ve yet to see values of the bygone Bugatti Veyron skyrocket with the same alacrity of the hybrid hypercar trio. Initially, regular Veyrons actually saw depreciation, especially for the earlier coupes. Now, 12 years and many, many special editions later, it looks like the Veyron might catch up to the market.

Mecum’s got a very well-spec’d Grand Sport Vitesse up for grabs, if you’re willing to brave disapproving glances from newly minted Bugatti Chiron owners. This is the targa-topped variant of the Veyron Super Sport, the car that reclaimed the top speed record from Hennessey.

Under the matte black-on-orange bodywork is the same 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16, now spitting out 1,200 hp. Put the roof on, get your affairs in order, and find a long enough straight, and the Vitesse is capable of bumping into the 254 mph mark.

2016 Aston Martin Vulcan

Forget posing on Rodeo Drive—you prefer your supercars at full chat on the circuit. In that case, check out Mecum’s color-shifted Aston Martin Vulcan. This is one of just 24 cars built, and wears less than 100 miles on the clock, assuring this is ready to hit the track right out of the box.

As the ad notes, this is eligible for the recently announced “Evo Pack” from AMR, increasing downforce substantially. That’s a good thing, considering the Vulcan has 820 hp on tap from its 7.0-liter V-12.

2007 Maserati MC12 Corse

Pity the poor MC12. For such a long time, Maserati’s one and only hypercar lived entirely in the shadow of the Ferrari Enzo. Sure, underneath the long Maserati body lies the same bones and heart of the Ferrari, but the Maserati was supposedly raw and engaging in ways the Enzo was not.

This is one of 12 Corse variants produced exclusively for trackwork, much like the FXX is to the Enzo. Compared to the 620 hp street-going MC12, the Corse packs 745 hp from the 6.0-liter V-12, along with a full kit of race goodies for both increased safety and performance.

It’s not as powerful or as fast as the Vulcan, but you’re less likely to rub shoulders with other MC12 Corse owners at the next local track day.



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Chevrolet Eyes More Competitive Price Points for Camaro http://anytechnews.com/chevrolet-eyes-more-competitive-price-points-for-camaro/ http://anytechnews.com/chevrolet-eyes-more-competitive-price-points-for-camaro/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:37:49 +0000 http://anytechnews.com/chevrolet-eyes-more-competitive-price-points-for-camaro/

The Chevrolet Camaro may be one of the most popular sports cars, but sales are trailing behind the Ford Mustang so far this year. To bolster sales and make the Camaro more competitive against rivals, General Motors is reconsidering build options and price points for the sports car.

According to product boss Mark Reuss, GM could rework prices at the lower and higher ends of the Camaro range. He says the Mustang and some of the Camaro’s other rivals “will have a lower base price and that’s an opportunity for us probably.”

“I think we’ve got opportunities at the very low end of the Camaro range and some remix of some of the V-8 options on it so we don’t force people to buy all the options with a V-8, just to get a V-8,” Reuss said at the press unveiling of the Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup racer, reports Automotive News.

Prices for the base 2017 and 2018 Camaro coupe start at $26,900, and these models come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine making 275 hp. Comparatively, the 2017 Mustang starts at $26,085 and features a 3.6-liter V-6 good for 300 ponies.

The revamped 2018 Mustang, coming out this fall, gets a base 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that makes 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and will start at $26,485. A base 2017 Dodge Challenger, however, is more expensive than the Camaro. It runs $28,090 with a 3.6-liter V-6 making 305 hp.

When equipped with the V-8, the 2018 Camaro starts at $37,995. That price is way ahead of the Mustang GT, which starts at $34,095, or $35,995 for the 2018 model year.  It’s also more expensive than the Challenger R/T, priced from $34,090.

The Mustang leads the way in terms of sales. Ford moved 50,814 Mustangs from dealer lots through July, ahead of 41,280 sales for the Camaro. The Dodge Challenger is coming up on the Camaro’s tail with sales of 41,243 during the first seven months.

If you look at it another way, the Camaro is actually doing pretty well. Camaro sales dropped just 2.5 percent through July, while Mustang sales were down a whopping 30 percent. Challenger sales have increased about 3 percent.

Reuss declined to comment when we can expect some of these possible pricing changes for the Camaro.



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