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Fast & Loud is a category that can contain new cars, used cars, muscle cars and other cool cars. This is my fun place on the site to write about other vehicles besides new ones you’d buy from the manufacturer.

Detailed Review of the GReddy Fugu Z

The GReddy Fugu Z first made headlines after debuting at SEMA in 2015. It won Best in Show in the Gran Turismo Awards and was easily the crowd favorite. That’s how the custom-built Datsun Z made its way into the Gran Turismo Sport video game.

There’s just something about this custom build that inspired people and helped to cement the modified Datsun Z as an automotive legend. But why the name – Fugu Z? Well, the name Fugu relates to the Japanese pufferfish.

Would you eat a fish that was poisonous and could possibly kill you? Well, the Japanese pufferfish makes for an adventurous and possibly fatal culinary experience and that’s the inspiration for the GReddy Fugu Z’s name.

In an interview with AutoBlog, Sung Kang gave some insights into the early stages of the Fugu Z build. “I remembered having dinner with Sonny Chiba in Japan while filming Tokyo Drift. We were having fugu, Japanese for blowfish and Chiba explained that if the poisonous fish wasn’t properly prepared, it could kill you – a parallel I saw with a car built for the track.”

As you know, we love custom builds here at Build Your Own. So, we decided to look back at the evolution of the GReddy Fugu Z and give our audience a detailed review of its performance specifications.

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History of the GReddy Fugu Z

It all began with a movie star’s dream. Sung Kang is an American actor most known for his role as Han in the Fast & the Furious films. The Fugu Z is Sung Kang’s international social media car. What started out as casual musings with friends quickly snowballed into a social media-fueled quest to make a dream car come true.

Sung Kang found the old 1973 Datsun on Craigslist and drove it home himself. After posting his thoughts on Facebook about a possible body kit for the Datsun, fans and automotive enthusiasts shared their ideas, too.

Eventually, GReddy reached out to Kang and got involved in the build. WithGReddy at the helm, there was nothing out of reach as far as this vehicle’s performance and design potential. People from all over the world collaborated on the design and it quickly took on a life of its own. The world was anxious to see the results and SEMA was chosen as the best venue for Fugu Z’s debut.

Even Sung Kang himself never imagined that his dream car build would debut at one of the world’s biggest auto shows. The team had just 3 months to get their car ready. Kang was personally invested in the build and hovered over the mechanics even down to the last hour before the Fugu Z debuted at SEMA.

It was a huge hit. According to market statistics from Hagerty, the asking price for used 240Zs in pristine condition shot up by 30% after the Fugu Z debuted at SEMA in 2015. The custom-built Datsun Z also found its way into the Gran Turismo video game.

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Design Specs for the GReddy Fugu Z

The GReddy Fugu Z has distinctive exterior features based on a Japanese Rocket Bunny body kit and its original 1973 Datsun body style. It has a lowered suspension with wide, flared-out fenders and a signature front bumper and rear spoiler. It took the team over 60 hours to complete the stitch welding.

The paint palette hovers somewhere between off-white and bone. It comes from a classic Datsun color choice – Kilimanjaro White. The Fugu Z has custom-sized 17-inch Volk Racing alloy wheels with Nitto NT01 tires and the over-sized brake calipers have Fugu Z etched directly onto them.

The Fugu Z has a custom-built roll cage to reinforce the frame. The interior also underwent weight reduction customizations. The GReddy team stripped it down to the bones with custom seats, dashboard console, and doors made of carbon fiber. Overall, the Fugu Z weighs just 2,400 pounds.

The front seats are mounted low to the body and have Fugu Z stitching. There’s nothing but a metal frame in the back. Without any sound dampening material, the Fugu Z’s HyTech headers, GReddy exhaust, and lack of windows on the front doors make for a noisome driving experience.

The GReddy Fugu Z Performance Specs

The GReddy Fugu Z has a base platform from the 1973 S30 Datsun Z that Sung Kang bought. For the sake of comparison, it’s important to note that the base model S30 Series Datsun produced between 138 and 151 horsepower. It had a 4-speed manual gearbox and a 2.4 Liter naturally aspirated inline 6.

The Fugu Z has an R32 Nissan Skyline GTR engine that has been converted over to natural aspiration with custom tuning. The inline-6 RB26DETT engine needed to be decommissioned as a turbo-charged motor. That was no easy feat for GReddy. It required modifying the cams, building a custom exhaust manifold, new pistons, valves, and throttle bodies. They raised the compression rate from 8.5:1 to 12:1. That gave the Fugu Z a power range between 215 and 295 horsepower. For the vehicle’s size, that’s a ton of power supplied to the rear wheels.

The Fugu Z has a 5-speed manual transmission from the Nissan Skyline RB25. The car got an OS Giken twin-plate clutch, flywheel, and limited-slip differential to go along with it. The team added on a McKinney Motorsports driveshaft and transmission kit, custom Techno Toy Tuning CV axles, and R200 rear-end conversion. There’s no power steering on the Fugu Z. So, powering through corners and turns can provide a potential workout for your arms. It’s definitely a driver’s car.

The Fugu Z on Gran Turismo Sport

You can find the GReddy Fugu Z in Gran Turismo Sport among all the GT Awards winners. If you want to try out the GT Sport GReddy Fugu Z on Gran Turismo, you can purchase the vehicle on the PlayStation Store for about $2.00. Follow the link for details. You can also find the custom-built Fugu Z on the Gran Turismo section of Brand Central for 300,000 Credits.

Build Your Own took the Fugu Z around the Mount Panorama circuit for 3 laps. To see our Gran Turismo action, check out the video below.

What Ever Happened to the GReddy Fugu Z?

In 2020, Sung Kang brought the Fugu Z out of the GReddy garage with plans to upgrade and fix many of the features that were rushed to get the custom modified Datsun Z ready for SEMA back in 2015. The Fugu Z now has a custom steering wheel and safer seats, but there are rumors of a twin-turbo mod in the vehicle’s future.

On his website, Kang explained that the “Endgame is going back to what the car was designed for. I want the car to be safe, and I want it to be reliable and fun. And I want it to be able to go on the track, the canyons, and then to the grocery stores. I want to be able to teach people what this car means to me, I want to be able to explain to people the evolution from the L24, to the NA, to the twin-turbo RB26.”

4 Mods To Do Before Boosting Your Car

So you finally got the time you always claimed you never had to work on that project car in the garage. An excellent platform ready for a decent power upgrade, and your fantasies of weekend track days and being the envy of the local car meet are seemingly within your grasp. But whether you’re looking to go for forced induction, tuning, a built block, or in most cases some combination of the three, there are some important modifications you should highly consider addressing first.

Added horsepower and torque can be just the jolt your car needs to really take it to the next level, but without the proper upgraded equipment to complement and control it, it may be not only a costly mechanical failure but a serious safety hazard. The four most crucial components to consider swapping out for quality alternatives are wheels and tires, suspension, brakes, and intakes, and exhausts.

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Wheels and Tires

Just like a quality pair of shoes, tires are essential to maintaining grip, both on the track and in the streets. Quality rubber is equally complimented by quality wheels, and the old saying holds true here; you very much get what you pay for. Oftentimes, factory stock wheels are made from heavier materials and tires are intended for economy driving rather than performance. But by simply upgrading to lightweight, forged wheels, adding some extra width from stock fitment, and wrapping them in a stickier, more aggressive tire, you’ll find your car’s ability to handle increase dramatically and be more prepared to hold tighter to the road once the extra power is introduced.

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Suspension

The next step once your car has some improved traction would be to match it with an upgraded suspension. Handling is arguably just as important as power when it comes to a performance vehicle. Especially for a project build starting out stock with lower power numbers, this modification will really show its worth. The car’s ability to maintain composure in the corners is crucial to serious driving and a new set of aftermarket coilovers, sway bars, and control arms can make any modest build feel like a track-focused machine. By lowering ride height, stiffening damping, and limiting body roll, your power project will keep all four wheels planted when taking those hard turns.

Brakes

An often overlooked component to compliment your newly boosted ride would be brakes; the antithesis of going fast. However, you will quickly find all that added power rendered both useless and underpants-ruining if your car is not equipped to stop when needed. Braking is essential to performance driving and safety alike; simple upgrades, like better, high-performance pads designed for more aggressive stopping and larger slotted or drilled rotors to disperse heat and increase surface area for the pad, will transform your car’s performance tenfold. Additionally, swapping factory rubber brake lines and fluid to braided steel lines and a performance-oriented fluid can give the driver the additional confidence needed to approach turns at a higher speed on the track as well as peace of mind when trouble arises on the streets.

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Intakes and Exhausts

The final upgrade you may consider before boosting your car may seem more on the aesthetic and auditory side of the spectrum, but a proper intake and exhaust have real performance value if you do your research. Aside from the increased engine noise, a proper exhaust can increase the flow of waste gases, which in turn allows your engine to create more power. Complemented by an intake the flow can be increased even more, and depending on the set-up you purchase, can relocate the point of air intake within your engine bay to a location with less heat. Less heat equals more power, and this can prove especially beneficial in the case of adding forced induction.

Final Thoughts

Adding some extra horses under the hood can take your garage project to the next level, but without the right upgrades around it, you’ll quickly find your new-found power to be all but useless. As with all things, research is key to finding the right part to do exactly what you want it to do. Internet forums are an excellent resource to get in touch with similar people having similar experiences within the community. By taking the time to install these upgrades first, your hard work will be rewarded in the end once it’s finally time to turn the boost up.

34th Annual Mustang Stampede & All Ford Car Show 2020

Today I was at the 34th Annual Mustang Stampede & All Ford Car Show located at the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver, Washington. This event was presented by Mustangs Unlimited Car Club of Washington. Mustangs Unlimited, the oldest Mustang Club in Vancouver, host their 34th annual show and will donate the profits to three local charities: Autism Empowerment, Northwest Battle Buddies and TIP Northwest.

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Event Info

Mustangs and classic Fords from throughout the Pacific Northwest will be shown. Showcased for the day will be Mustangs from each generation, including Shelbys, Cobras, SVT, and Saleen versions. There’s also was an Exhaust Competition and the participants rev up their engines hoping to win the exhaust trophy.

Spectators are admitted to the show free, and all are encouraged to bring their own Mustang or classic Ford and pay just $20 to enter it in the show and win a trophy. Throughout the show, the Mustang Club is hosting a raffle where anybody can buy raffle tickets to win one of several prizes donated by local companies and the Mustang Club.

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About Mustangs Unlimted Car Club

Mustangs Unlimited is the first and oldest Mustangs and Old Fords club in the Vancouver/Portland region started in 1978. The Club was formed to encourage the enjoyment of the Mustang, the world’s most popular sports car, and to foster the enthusiasm and pride of owning one of these exciting cars.

The “Mustang Stampede” is their yearly fundraising event held in the summer. Proceeds of the show are donated to local charities. Mustangs Unlimited also hosts the yearly McDonald’s Cruise-In that supports the McDonald’s charities. The club also participates in many special interest events such as Cruise-Ins, Rallies, Tours, and neighborhood Parades.

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The World’s Fastest, Most Expensive Cars

If you have a few million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to consider buying a hypercar. A hypercar is a jaw-dropping beast on wheels that goes 200 miles per hour or more, has the stampeding horsepower, is endowed with outlandish geometric styling, and is extravagantly expensive. Check out these exotic dream machines below, seven of the world’s fastest, most expensive cars.

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1. Bugatti La Voiture Noire

The La Voiture Noire, which elegantly translates to “The Black Car,” is a carbon fiber rocketship that will slam you against your seat at its blistering top speed of 261 miles per hour. It also boasts a jaw-dropping, 1,500 horsepower engine and flies off the line from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.

If there’s one brand that could pull off six exhaust tips without appearing like overkill, it is definitely Bugatti. The full-width LED brake light strip makes the exceptional hypercar look even wider than it is, while under it stays an illuminated”Bugatti” just in case you may not understand what you’re taking a look at. In the front, the horseshoe grille is much more pronounced than previously and over it, the slick LED headlights extend along the wheel arches.

The car was a one-off model, which its lucky owner bought without even seeing it first. And what did they pay for it? The buyer shelled out $12.5 million, along with an additional $6.4 million in luxury taxes and fees.

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2. Lykan Hypersport

The Lykan Hypersport, the first hypercar in a collaboration of Lebanese and Italian designers, is a precious jewel in more ways than one. Its headlights are encrusted with 420 15-carat diamonds, and you can even bling out the car’s interior with your choice of diamonds, yellow diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, or rubies. The Hypersport’s key is even adorned with gemstones. It’s no surprise that the car commands a price tag of $3.4 million.

The Lykan Hypersport packs performance that sets it in exactly the same league as the Bugatti Veyron. The Lykan HyperSport is powered with a mid-rear positioned, twin-turbocharged flat-six Porsche engine producing 750 horsepower and 960 Nm of torque. W Motors says the car can go from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a neck-snapping 2.8 seconds, on the road to a top speed of 245 mph. Now that is some serious firepower that could put the best hypercars of this world to shame.

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3. Pagani Huayra Roadster BC

The gale-force Huayra is appropriately named after the mythological Huayratata, or “God of the Winds.” It slashes through the air at a cheetah-fast 210 miles per hour, propelled by a brawny 800 horsepower engine. To get an idea of just how fast this car is, blink three times. That’s how long it takes the Huayra to slingshot from zero to 60 miles per hour.

According to Horatio Pangani, founder, and CEO of Pagani Automobili S.p.A, the purchase of his cars is emotion-driven, and, as he once said with a chuckle, “When you spend millions for a Huayra, we cannot say that this is a rational act!” Three-point-five million dollars will get you into the driver’s seat.

Having a whopping $3.5-million price tag, the Pagini Huayra Roadster BC reinvents the hyper-roadster marketplace with over-the-top styling, a raucous, strong engine, and impressive stats.

Powered with a 6.0-liter AMG V12, the Huayra Roadster BC pumps out a monstrous 800 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque. All that oomph transfers to the rear wheels and tires using a seven-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox with a lightweight single clutch. The single-clutch installation, Pagani notes, is 35-percent lighter than the typical dual-clutch. That — plus a lot of other impressive engineering feats — helps maintain the curb weight to a comparatively light 2,685 pounds.

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4. Koenigsegg Jesko

Get in, sit down, buckle up, and get ready to be shot out of a cannon. The Koenigsegg Jesko is a fierce adrenaline machine with a muscular engine pumping out a staggering 1,603 horsepower. It’s also armed with a blink-and-you-miss-it 300 miles per hour top speed. According to company founder, Christian von Koenigsegg, the gear changes, both up and down, are “near light speed.” This raucous hypercar commands a $3 million price tag.

The Koenigsegg Jesko is a limited production mid-engine sports car created by Swedish auto manufacturer Koenigsegg. Introduced in the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the automobile succeeds the Agera. The title Jesko is a tribute to the company founder’s father, Jesko von Koenigsegg.

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5. Pininfarina Battista

For five decades, Pininfarina designed most of Ferrari’s road cars. So, it’s not surprising that the all-electric Battista shares Ferrari’s stunning beauty. Under the hood, it’s equally amazing, unleashing 1,900 horsepower, cranking out 217 miles per hour and hurtling from zero to 62 miles per hour in less than two seconds. Pininfarina’s Design Director Luca Borgogno says that the Battista is “Purity, Beauty, and Rarity.” That’s true: a rare few can afford its $2.5 million price tag.

The Battista’s powerful e-powertrain is from Croatia’s Rimac Automobili, whose electric-powered Concept_One and C_Two hypercars are fast enough to frighten a Bugatti Chiron.

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6. Hennessey Venom F5

The Hennessey Venom F5 lives up to its name: it’s got looks that kill. And it has quite a bit, too. The hypercar is outfitted with a mercilessly powerful 1,817 horsepower engine and hits a top speed of 310 miles per hour. Even among the multitude of otherworldly, radically designed hypercars, this one looks a tad more outrageous. It’s also named after a Category 5 hurricane, so if you have $1.6 million laying around, you can ride the storm.

7. SSC Tuatara

SSC’s slogan is, “Life Begins at 300,” honoring their Tuatara’s pulse-pounding top speed of 300 miles per hour. It also flaunts a formidable 1,750 horsepower engine. And with its doors upon, it looks like a fearsome predator poised to strike. If money isn’t an issue — the hypercar costs a cool $1.3 million — height won’t be an issue either. The car can comfortably sit drivers as tall as six foot five inches, helmet and all.

Final Thoughts

A hypercar is what happens when money meets mayhem. A hypercar will drop your jaw with its brute power and flamboyant styling. And, if you want one, you’d better start saving now.

History of the Koenigsegg

Auto enthusiasts are marveling over the all-new Koenigsegg Jesko, the latest supercar from Koenigsegg that promises to hit 300 MPH. It’s named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father. Jesko Koenigsegg might have guessed that his son Christian would one day develop the world’s most high-tech supercars, but it wasn’t an easy road to the top.

Christian von Koenigsegg began his quest for supercar stardom back in 1994 by launching Koenigsegg Automotive. He was just twenty-two years old. Considering how long it took for motor companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini to realize their potential, what Christian von Koenigsegg achieved in just 20 years is staggering.

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The First Koenigsegg Prototypes

Koenigsegg’s first vehicle was the CC prototype. It debuted at the Anderstorp raceway in Sweden in 1996. It had a 4.2 Liter V8 motor from Audi, but its most impressive features were design elements dealing with the vehicle’s exterior. It had a removable roof, carbon fiber paneling, and doors that pulled out and opened sideways.

The next time Koenigsegg raised eyebrows was at the Paris Auto Show in 2000. That’s when the automotive world got its first glimpse of the Koenigsegg CC8S. Only six production models were ever produced. Actually, the CC8S was built for crash test dummies, not super-rich yuppies. Koenigsegg needed a crash test car to navigate its way into the supercar mainstream. So, the CC8S helped pave the way for the CCX and Ageras that would come later. It was their first production vehicle and had a supercharged V8 engine that produced 655 horsepower.

This was their first inhouse powertrain, but people were still talking about Koenigsegg’s unique style. In a way Koenigsegg was still establishing its brand, and people were more thrilled with the aggressive body style even though the CC8S was super powerful. In 2002 it set the Guinness World Record for the most powerful production engine.

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Racing for Top Speed

Koenigsegg CCX

The CC8S put Koenigsegg right in the middle of the top speed race with McLaren and Bugatti. In 2014 a new vehicle was released. The CC4 was an even more aggressive version of the CC8S. It had an improved suspension and chassis but lost the top speed battle to the Bugatti Veyron. The CC4 might have narrowly missed the top speed crown, but Koenigsegg still had the most powerful powertrain in the world. It’s important to note that just the year before, Koenigsegg’s production facility in Margretetorp burned to the ground. So, the achievements of 2004 were hard-fought and doubly sweet.

The Koenigsegg CCX was the next evolution of supercar, gaining the top speed record in 2006 and holding it for seven years. The CCX was special because it was ultra-rare and was designed to meet international safety standards. The CCX would see several different variations over the next few years and continue to be a record-breaker. The 2009 CCXR had the industry’s first paddle shifters and could run on biofuel. The limited-edition CCXR Trevita had a white carbon fiber body that sparkled in the light.

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Enter the Agera

Koenigsegg Agera R

2010 began the Agera era for Koenigsegg. The first Agera had a 5.0 Liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produced 960 horsepower and 811-pound feet of torque. Superchargers were out and turbos were in. The name means to “take action” and that’s certainly what the brand did with this vehicle. Koenigsegg had finally arrived at the forefront of the hypercar stage with a truly iconic platform. It was named “Hypercar of the Year” by Top Gear.

The Agera had a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that was developed by Koenigsegg. The Agera was super lightweight. It had carbon fiber engine parts and the first-ever VGR wheels. These lightweight wheels were all forged and machined individually.

The next vehicle in the chain was the Agera R. Eighteen models were produced between 2011 and 2014. The new model Agera had Koenigsegg’s own ceramic brake pistons. It had an adaptive spring-loaded rear wing, carbon fiber front fascia, and a new exhaust system. The Agera R was updated with carbon fiber wheels in 2013 and Koenigsegg developed a fueling system that could alter and shift power to the engine based on the type of fuel present. The Agera R claimed the 300 MPH world record by traveling the distance in just over 21 seconds.

The Agera S was made in 2013 for drivers who wanted to operate their hypercar on low octane fuels. It was basically the same as the Agera R except for the fuel option. There is an ultra-rare Koenigsegg Agera S named Hundra. It was the 100th Koenigsegg vehicle produced and the Hundra has real gold leaf inlays inside the cabin.

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The Koenigsegg One:1

Koenigsegg One:1

The Agera timeline was briefly and dramatically interrupted in 2014 by the world’s first mega car – the Koenigsegg One:1. This new vehicle from Koenigsegg had many of the same Agera performance components. There were variants of the twin-turbo V8 engine and dual-clutch transmission.

However, the Koenigsegg One:1 produced a power output of 1,341 horsepower. That’s more than a Megawatt of power. It had a power to weight ratio of 1:1. That was a true aerodynamic innovation. The One:1 also had improved air vents and scoops, as well as custom-built tires and suspension.

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The Agera RS was produced between 2015 and 2018 as an updated Agera R. It borrowed heavily from the One:1 and brought track performance back to the street. You can put regular gasoline in the Agera RS and it can still produce 1,160 horsepower. There were 25 units produced and each one could be fully customized by the owner. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, three final production Ageras were publicly displayed to retire the Agera badge.

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The Jesko and Gemera

Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg is poised to enter the next phase of its development with the Jesko and the Gemera. As mentioned earlier, the Jesko is aimed at the production car speed record. There’s a street version – the Jesko Absolut – and a track-ready Jesko with an extreme downforce rear wing.

The Gemera is the first Koenigsegg vehicle with seating for four passengers. Just because it has a back seat that doesn’t mean that the Gemera won’t have all the insane power of the hypercars that came before it. The Gemera will blow the doors off most supercars on the road and it has assisted driving features like lane assist and autonomous driving.

Final Thoughts

Koenigsegg has produced some of the most impressive supercars and hypercars ever imagined. The brand is synonymous with insane speed records and automotive innovations. Yet, the history of Koenigsegg wasn’t like most supercar brands — slow and steady. Koenigsegg rocketed straight to the top.

Real Review of the Rezvani Beast

Rezvani Motors swept in under the radar in 2015 with their first supercar – the Rezvani Beast. Now, there are three different models. There’s the original Beast, Beast Alpha, and the Beast Alpha X Blackbird.

Savvy auto enthusiasts might recognize some similarities to the Ariel Atom. The Ariel Atom takes a base Honda engine and super-charges it. The gauges in the dashboard are almost identical to the Ariel Atom. The Atom also provides the basic chassis configuration for the Beast.

The Rezvani Beast isn’t just an Atom knockoff though. The Rezvani Beast sits low to the ground and stretches out a bit to 165.2 inches long and 80.1 inches wide. It has track-inspired aerodynamics and anything that doesn’t contribute to speed has been stripped out of the specifications. The Rezvani speedster is certainly a Beast, but it’s a creature of precision, as well.

The Rezvani Beast is a speedster with lots of acceleration and passion for racing. It has a ridiculously light carbon fiber body and an almost “kit car” approach to the design. The motor comes from Honda. The chassis comes from Ariel. The headlights come from Acura. Yet, somehow it all comes together to make something different —a true Beast.

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Rezvani Beast Design

The Rezvani Beast has a carbon fiber body that weighs just 1,650 pounds. Compare that to other supercars like the Lamborghini Huracan Evo and you’ll see just how lightweight the Rezvani Beast really is. The Huracan Evo has a dry weight of 3,134 lbs.

The front fascia of the Beast has a unique jewel LED headlight configuration. There are five different individual LED lights in the cluster. That’s a direct lift from Acura. The hood is low and tucked in-between muscular front fenders. The hood has dual air extractors and an inverted wing in the bottom of the front fascia for added downforce.

The profile of the Beast has air intakes in the doors that channel air to the rear diffusers. The side mirrors are externally housed and made of carbon fiber. The exhaust tips are in the top of the vehicle as opposed to being down low near the rear. They have a trapezoid shape that you won’t find on many other supercars.

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Rezvani Beast Performance Capabilities

The exhaust note of the Rezvani Beast is throaty and raw. Yet, the engine is basically a suped-up inline four from Honda. The heart of the Beast is a supercharged 2.4 Liter K24 engine from Honda Racing. It’s capable of producing 500 horsepower. It’s managed by a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Rezvani Beast specs have a bit of grey area where it comes to performance. The Beast is capable of going from zero to 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds, but track tests have clocked the Beast at around 2.7 seconds. So, in certain conditions, the Beast can beat out V8 supercars with a Honda four cylinder engine. That’s quite impressive.

Handling is superb thanks to the premium racing tires and sport-tuned suspension. It’s a rear wheel drive vehicle but doesn’t fishtail all over the road like a Mustang or Corvette. The pure performance specs might not seem like much, but when you factor in the carbon fiber body, the low curb weight and aerodynamics, then you start to realize that the Beast is a serious speed demon.

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Rezvani Beast Interior

The layout of the cabin is focused almost entirely on the driver. The steering wheel is firm in the hand with a flat bottom D-shape. The instrument cluster is part digital display, part jet engine cockpit. There is a mix of configurable digital gauges and analog switches at play there. The shift times are already pre-programmed though, providing the driver with the optimal times for shifting in the gear ratio. So, there’s no tweaking allowed.

The Rezvani Beast has a two-seater cockpit with ergonomic seats. Other supercars put more padding and bolsters in their seats, but the design philosophy at play here is aimed at reducing the overall vehicle weight. So, the seats are a bit barebones. It has carbon fiber seats, carbon fiber steering wheel inserts, carbon fiber everywhere that you look.

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Safety in a Beast

There are safety concerns galore in a tiny, little speedster like the Rezvani Beast. There’s no top and very little protection from external impacts. There are 4-point seatbelts in the Beast, but passengers are encouraged to wear a helmet.

There’s no power steering, anti-lock brakes or traction control in the Beast either. That means the driver is in full control of the vehicle and that makes the Beast somewhat unforgiving. It’s not for novice drivers to toy around with on busy city streets.

At the Finish Line

The Rezvani Beast is basically a street legal race car. It’s an open-air speedster that critics will say is reminiscent of a suped-up go-kart. That is, until they hear the powerful roar of its supercharged engine.

The Beast provides a visceral driving experience. It has a manual gearbox and the driver is in total control of moving the vehicle. There’s a ton of haptic feedback from the carbon fiber steering wheel and there just isn’t anything extra in the Beast to distract you from the fact that you are driving.

Now, this is not the ideal daily drive car. It’s a racing toy for speed enthusiasts who might prefer to get closer to the road, closer to the actual mechanics of the vehicle. The Rezvani Beast brings you danger close and merges man with machine.

According to the manufacturer, the Beast has a starting cost of $279,000. When you start comparing supercars in that price range there are other good choices. Everything is fun to drive at that price point. However, the Rezvani Beast is a bit more exclusive than an Aston Martin, Porsche or Lamborghini. It certainly doesn’t have a lot of luxurious amenities, but it makes up for that with pure, unadulterated excitement.

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Review

The 8 Series has three different M badge vehicles for 2020. There’s the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which stretches out with four doors like a luxury sedan. There’s the M8 convertible with its open-air elegance. Then, there’s the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe. There are two model variants available – the M8 Coupe and the M8 Competition Coupe.

The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe is a top tier performance grand tourer. It’s large. It has tons of power on tap and driving one is almost a frightening experience. Just a tap on the accelerator sends the throttle into a roaring belch. The M8 Coupe almost dares you to test your mettle. Thankfully, there’s all-wheel-drive on the M8 Coupe to properly transfer all that belligerent power directly to the pavement.

After a 20-year hiatus, the 8 Series from BMW returns to the spotlight. The M8 coupe houses the most powerful production engine from BMW and has no shortage of choice amenities. The interior bear’s witness to the BMW and Rolls Royce partnership with brilliant colors and butter-soft seating. Truly, the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe is a marriage of beauty and beast.

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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Performance Capabilities

Both the M8 Coupe and the 2020 M8 Competition Coupe have a 4.4 Liter V8 Twin Turbo power plant. The M8 Coupe produces 553-pound feet of torque and 600 horsepower. It can travel from zero to 60 MPH in 3.1 seconds. The Competition Coupe shaves that down to just 3 seconds flat and produces 617 horsepower. It’s the most powerful production engine from BMW.

M Series vehicles are well-recognizable by their exhaust note. Savvy BMW enthusiasts can stick their heads out the window on the highway and discern which M Series vehicle just blew their doors off. The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe will make that a bit trickier with its M Sport exhaust system. You can change the exhaust sound from inside the cabin. You can fly below the radar or wake the neighbors. It’s up to you.

Gear management is handled through an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. It allows you to toggle between manual and automatic. You can use paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the gear shifter in the center stack. BMW xDrive all-wheel drive is standard on both versions of the M8 coupe, but you can switch it to send power to the rear wheels if you want to try out your Tokyo Drift skills in real life.

A 2020 M8 Coupe that can run a top speed of 156 MPH with so much torque on demand can really get away from you on the road. So, adaptive suspension and M Sport Differential come standard on the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe.  You can add M Sport ceramic brakes, but even the braking system can be totally configured by the driver. This is an M Series first of its kind.

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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Style Points

It’s a luxury coupe that matches the size of a sedan. It’s 191.8 inches long and 75.1 inches wide. The M8 Coupe has a long nose and hood with the swept-back accents of a muscle car. The ribbed kidney grille is larger and wider than previous generations. The LED headlights are narrow and sweep back toward the profile.

The M8 Coupe returns to a coupe-like design with the roofline and contours that hug the lower portion of the doors. The air vents just behind the front fenders lead the eye toward deep concave creases that give the illusion of powerful gusts of wind channeling off the sides of the doors. The rear of the M8 Coupe has prominent air vents over each one of the dual exhaust ports, as well.

There are twelve premium exterior color patterns available for the 2020 M8 coupe. More than half are in the blue/grey spectrum, but a noteworthy surprise color tone is the Almandin Brown. It’s just different and bears a nice contrast to the leather interior tones that are available from BMW.

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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Interior Amenities

The cabin of the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe is upscale, yet sporty. The ambient lighting and unique M gear shifter give the interior of the M8 Coupe a futuristic aesthetic. Leather and Alcantara headliner are to be expected and don’t provide any surprises in a BMW.

There are nine different Merino leather choices. There are the usual takes on white, beige and black. However, the Sakhir Orange and Black leather upholstery with diamond-patterns in the stitching is full-on awesome. Piano black is the most widely available trim for the interior, but there is a carbon fiber option.

The front seats are tall and well-bolstered. There’s also plenty of headroom up front, but the rear seats are too tight for two passengers. There’s 46.9 inches of rear shoulder room and just 29.5 inches of rear legroom. For the sake of comparison, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has 51.9 inches of rear shoulder room and 29 inches of rear legroom.

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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Hi-Tech Features

Much of what you’d want in the tech department comes standard on the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe. It comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and dedicated Wi-Fi. BMW concierge services bring maps, navigation, voice recognition and remote access to the vehicle. There’s a 464-Watt Harman Kardon sound system with 16 speakers. If that’s not enough sound for you, then take a closer look at the available Bowers and Wilkins Surround System that turns your M8 Coupe interior into a veritable concert hall.

There’s a 10.3-inch touchscreen display that sits high in the center dashboard console. It has a bit of paneling over it that acts as a hood to prevent glare from the sun. The interface is intuitive with only a slight learning curve for users who are completely new to BMW vehicles. The center controller gives haptic feedback and that helps prevent drivers from taking their eyes off the road.

The digital instrument cluster has been redesigned. The individual gauges have lost prominence, and everything is now focused on the large center gauge where you can place your own favorite data. You can activate Track Mode on the M8 Coupe and the instrument cluster changes for a more focused view of your vehicle’s vitals. There’s even a performance-oriented heads-up display that appears in the driver’s field of view across the lower portion of the front windshield.

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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Safety Gear

Thankfully, BMW doesn’t over-bundle when it comes to the safety of its motorists. There’s only one safety option that can be bought for an additional price and that’s a night vision camera that can detect pedestrians with infrared technology.

Otherwise, the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe is stacked with premium safety gear. It has rollover protection, advanced airbags, and impact sensors. It comes with front collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera.

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The Takeaway

The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe has a starting MSRP of $133,000 and the Competition Coupe costs $146,000. There are plenty of components and features that you can add to the M8 Coupe, but the base model comes so well-equipped that you could just drive it stock.

The performance capabilities of the M8 Competition Coupe are staggering, and it would be hard to convince someone to look elsewhere after a test drive. It can toggle between rear and all-wheel drive. It can switch from automatic to manual. It has motorsport quality suspension and handling.

The M8 Coupe’s interior doesn’t comfortably fit four passengers though. It’s better suited for two. Rear occupants will find it cramped but might not complain as they sink into premium Merino leather seats. The driver might not hear them either with 16 speakers to drown out any naysayers.

The 2020 M8 Coupe is long, wide and heavy. It has a curb weight of 4,300 pounds. The raw V8 power promises limitless energy and thrilling driving experiences. Some might balk at the price tag, but this grand tourer sits about neck-and-neck with a supercar in terms of value. You’d be hard-pressed to find an auto enthusiast who doesn’t agree.

2020 Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

First introduced in October of 2019, the all-new mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray from Chevrolet goes into full production in February. The new 2020 Corvette Stingray is a definite departure from its predecessors. This mid-engine version sets the tone for American muscle cars going into the next decade. It has close to 500 horsepower and costs well under $80,000 with full options.

There are 3 model trims available for the new 2020 mid-engine Corvette. Each model can be either selected as a hardtop coupe or convertible. The 1LT is the base model and only costs $59,995. The next tier is the 2LT. It weighs more than the base model and comes with a few more creature comforts. The 2LT has a 14-speaker BOSE sound system, heated and ventilated seats, and front exterior cameras for added safety and security. The 3LT is the top of the line mid-engine Corvette. The interior is decked out in leather surfaces, premium bolstered seats and the rest of the cabin can be customized with more than a dozen different color palettes.

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2020 Corvette Stingray Performance Capabilities

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray is powered by a 6.2 Liter LT2 V8 engine that propels the rear wheels with precision and power. Forget about changing engine and transmission options though. The LT2 V8 and an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox are the only game in town.

The dual-clutch transmission seeks to combine the smoothness of an automatic with the rapid-fire shifting of a manual gearbox. The result is impressive and fun to drive with the paddle shifters. The first gear is full of low-end torque to provide explosive starts, but the rest of the gears are a bit tamer. You can toggle through 6 different driving modes. There are settings for Sport, Track, Tour, and Weather. The last two settings can be configured by the driver.

If you want to see the best performance capabilities of the new mid-engine Stingray, then you need to add the Z51 Package. With the Z51 Package, you get 495 horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque on demand. It’s capable of hitting zero to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds and a maximum track speed of 194 MPH. The package also adds magnetic ride control dampers, performance tires, larger Brembo brakes, and performance exhaust.

Even without the Z51 package, this American supercar is faster than the 2020 Porsche 911 Carerra 4S. Yes, that’s the fast one. Stock models of the 2020 Corvette Stingray can achieve 490 horsepower and 465 lb. ft. of torque. That’s more than enough power to match the priciest models of the 2020 Porsche 911.

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2020 Corvette Stingray Aerodynamic Design

The 2020 Corvette Stingray has an all-new design. The engine sits in the rear – the so-called mid-engine configuration. The new design places most of the vehicle’s weight over the rear wheels and augments the steering capabilities. If you squint your eyes, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this Corvette for a Ferrari. The design language is so similar.

The front end is shorter than other Corvettes. The cabin sits almost 17 inches closer to the front. There are also larger air intakes along the front, profile, and rear. Overall, the new Corvette Stingray sits lean and low. It has a curb weight of 3366 lbs. and a height of 48.6 inches. The six-piece aluminum chassis adds rigidity to the Corvette Stingray and improves overall handling. The standard wheel configuration is 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the rear.

The new Corvette looks almost nothing like the outgoing 2019 Stingray because only a single component has been carried over from the previous generation. Just like a true supercar, the door and hatch handles are all hidden inside the paneling. If you can get on your tiptoes, then you can see through the top hatch and catch a glimpse of the beautiful LT2 V8 engine inside. It’s a stunning display, but when you opt for the Engine Appearance Package, the interior compartment is illuminated with LED lights and carbon fiber inlays.

The 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray has a convertible hardtop option. The rear hatch opens with six electrical motors in play, the roof quickly segments in half and stacks down neatly underneath the rear. You don’t even have to pull over either. The entire process can be completed in seconds at a speed of 30 MPH.

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2020 Corvette Stingray Interior Amenities

One look at the interior of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray and you’ll see that the driver is the most valuable player in this league. Everything is tilted and skewed in the driver’s direction. The touchscreen sits low in the dash and the drive mode selector sits just beneath it. Everything is easy for the driver to reach without his/her hand traveling far from the steering wheel. The wheel itself has a flat top and a flat bottom for maximum visibility and grip.

There’s a long panel of buttons traveling vertically through the center of the cabin. The overall design of this control array is lifted straight from jet airplane cockpits. In the mid-engine Corvette, it’s used for climate controls. It might be hard for people to locate other familiar elements of a vehicle’s cabin because everything inside the new Corvette has been slimmed down or deleted from the design altogether. For example, the air conditioning vents are narrow slits that are nestled just under the lip of the dashboard.

The center console has a compartment that opens with a push of a button. Inside, you’ll find enough room for small everyday carry items like a wallet or smartphone. There are 2 USB outlets and an audio jack in there, too. One interesting feature for this compartment is that it locks when the vehicle is locked. There are two other cargo compartments, one in the front and one in the rear. Neither one is large enough to fit more than a medium-sized suitcase though. In total, there is 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

At the Finish Line

To call this a Corvette is a bit of a stretch considering how radically different the 2020 Stingray is from previous generations. Perhaps, this should have been an all-new Chevrolet supercar killer. Sales and popularity wouldn’t have taken a hit because the quality of the vehicle is so high.

Yet, the low entry price of $59,900 is surprising. Given that other sports cars are much more expensive, chances are high that Chevrolet has cheapened the 2020 Corvette Stingray by undervaluing it. Time will tell if the mid-engine Corvette will rise to its own prominence alongside its superfast stablemates. However, anybody who loves a thrilling drive will not want to miss a chance behind the wheel.

2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Review

The 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast, is a direct replacement for the Ferrari F12berlinetta and is among the few exotic supercars still armed with a naturally aspirated V12 engine. The front-mounted 6.5L produces 789 horsepower and 529 pound-feet of torque and it weighs just 3,527 pounds. Performance is mind-boggling (0-62 in 2.9 seconds) along with the titanium exhaust note which is beautiful. Style-wise, the 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast is a work of art.

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2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Overview

Intensive research and development focused on harnessing Ferrari’s wealth of track-derived technology know-how have generated the Ferrari 812 Superfast, designed to provide its driver’s benchmark performance across the board and also the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible.

The new 6.5-liter 12-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive are mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, along with trick active aerodynamics and four-wheel steering. Electrically assisted steering is integrated for the first time to the chassis and guarantee unique handling dynamics, emphasized by a variety of performance motivated interior and exterior features. ABS and traction control are paired using Ferrari’s unique stability control systems for increased defense when you’re at the limit.

Design

Produced at the Ferrari Styling Center at Maranello, the current Ferrari 812 Superfast redefines the front-engined V12 Ferrari proportions. It includes fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 (Daytona) of 1969, visually lowering an aggressive rear spoiler made to guarantee downforce.

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Dimensions

The vehicle is 183.74 inches long, 77.6 inches broad, and 50.24 inches tall, while its dry weight is 1,525 kg. The 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast exceptionally high aerodynamic efficiency delivers a 30% increase in downforce compared its predecessors, leading to a much more exhilarating driving experience and enhanced car stability.

Interior

The interior was radically redesigned to imbue it with an even sportier personality. Light, compact volumes hug the contours of the interior structures to the extent that the latter are visible in certain places. The general effect is of thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance that never feels overpowering.

The inside of the 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast takes inspiration from both the previous F12berlinetta and the inside of this LaFerrari, particularly the shape and position of the air vents as well as the shapes of the dashboard.

Included in the Ferrari’s flagship model layout, the 812 Superfast’s center control stack continues to lack a fundamental infotainment screen featured in entry-level versions like the GTC4Lusso and Portofino, keeping only a small temperature display for the climate control system and dividing all vehicular status information shows one of the driver’s multifunction device cluster, in addition to the passenger-side touchscreen stack screen over the glove compartment area.

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Specifications

The 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast has an enlarged 6.5-liter version of the F140 V12 in comparison to the 6.3-liter engine used in the F12berlinetta. The motor creates a power output 789 hp at 8,500 rpm and 530 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 RPM. The 812 Superfast’s engine is, as of 2018, the most effective naturally aspirated production car engine ever made based on Ferrari.

Despite having owned powertrain technology experience in forced induction (mainly turbocharging) and hybrid areas, Ferrari has made clear that none of these technologies are being integrated into the mythical front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, V12-engined Berlinetta layout because of heritage reasons.

Transmission

The transmission for the 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast is a dual-clutch 7-speed F1 automatic manual gearbox made for Ferrari by Getrag, depending on the gearbox used in the Ferrari 458.

Magna PT, known until 2018 as Getrag, is the world’s largest provider of transmission systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Their portfolio ranges from classical manual transmissions, automatic manual transmissions and automatic transmissions based on dual-clutch transmission (DCT) technologies to several hybridization options, range extender systems, and fully electric drivetrains.

Wheels

The 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast has 20-inch wheels and tires in the front and the rear. The tires are Pirelli P Zero size 275/35 ZR 20 for the front tires and 315/35 ZR 20 for the rear. The brakes are carbon-ceramic Brembo Extreme Design disk brakes, which Ferrari claims have 5.8% enhanced braking performance in comparison with the F12berlinetta. The brakes are borrowed in the Laferrari, with a diameter of 398 mm (15.7 in) in the front and 360 mm (14.2 in) in the rear.

Aerodynamics

Ferrari has said that the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive V12 vehicle system –part of their brand’s legacy –is hard to refine and has introduced various developmental challenges. As such, a mixture of complex aerodynamics technology is utilized to match the 2019 812 Superfast’s chassis control system. It includes a mixture of passive and active aerodynamics to enhance drag coefficient values within the F12berlinetta.

The front of the 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast was made to increase downforce and contains intakes for front brake cooling, in addition to ducts to improve underbody airflow. The hood of the car also has stations to move air through the side of the vehicle for additional downforce. The rear diffuser of the 812 Superfast has flaps that may open up at high rates to further reduce drag.

Performance

Ferrari claims the 812 Superfast has a top speed of 211 mph using a 0–62 mph acceleration time of 2.9 seconds. The 812 Superfast includes a capability to weight ratio of 4.81 pounds per horsepower. The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari armed with EPS (Electronic Power Steering). Additionally, it shares the rear-wheel-steering system (Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0) borrowed from the limited edition F12tdf. The weight reduction of the vehicle is 47% front, 53 percent rear. The automobile has recorded a lap time of 1:21:50 around the Fiorano racetrack, 0.50 seconds behind the more track-focused F12tdf.

Special Models

Ferrari Monza SP

In a private event held for clients and investors at the corporation’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy on September 2018, Ferrari introduced the first two models in its modern Icona collection of models. The cars are known as the Monza SP1 and SP2 (2 and 1 denoting the seating capacity) pay homage to the iconic open-top race cars of the 1950s.

The cars are designed with inspiration taken from Ferrari’s historic race cars like the 750 Monza and are designed to provide a dedicated open-top driving experience. The vehicle is based on the 812 Superfast and uses its chassis, engine, transmission and interior elements but the motor has been tuned to generate a maximum capability output of 799 hp.

The car employs a carbon fiber construction and includes bespoke wheels and tires, interior color options, little scissor doors and a complete LED strip serving as the tail light of the automobile. The digital windshield disrupts the airflow over the driver to be able to keep maximum driving comfort. Because of the use of lightweight materials, the Monza SP weighs 3,306.9 pounds while the SP1 weighs a further 44.1 lb less as a result of the deletion of the passenger seat.

Overall production of the Monza SP will be limited to 500 units with each the units pre-sold to existing clients and with pricing set to be unveiled in the Paris Motor Show. The cars will be delivered with a distinctive racing suit and a helmet tailored for each client. The contemporary Icona series will sit over the Ferrari’s flagship V8 versions.

812 GTS

Unveiled in September 2019, the 812 GTS is the open-top version of this 812 Superfast. This marks the first front-engine V12 series-production convertible version provided by Ferrari in 50 years, as the convertible versions of the 550, the 575 and the 599 were limited variation models intended for special clients only.

The big rear buttresses present in the rear hold the folding hardtop roof under a tonneau cover when not in use. The electronically operated hardtop takes 14 seconds to open or close and is operable at speeds up to 28 mph.

The GTS weighs 165 pounds more than the Superfast because of chassis reinforcing parts but preserves equal performance figures as its coupe counterpart. The mechanical components such as the engine stay just like the Superfast except for the transmission that has shorter gear ratios to improve the car’s response to throttle inputs.

The engine’s high-pressure injection system reduces the number of particles which are emitted before the catalytic converter warms up. There’s also a current gas particulate filter and a stop-start system to enhance fuel economy. Other features shared with the Superfast comprise of the Manettino selector knob, side-slip angle control, and variable steering. The automobile has been aerodynamically refined so as to remove any turbulence arising from the reduction of a fixed roof.

Final Thoughts

With a claimed top speed of 211 mph, the title 812 Superfast isn’t mere hyperbole. This curvaceous coupe is packaging a 789-hp 6.5-liter V-12 beneath its hood, driving the rear wheels and tires via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. An active diffuser and aerodynamically shaped body panels assist the 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast in slicing through the air with minimal drag and on to its epic maximum velocity. What is the cost of all this awesomeness? More than $300,000, with values probably rising from there.

2018 Audi R8 Coupe Configurations Review

Fully redesigned this past year, the 2018 Audi R8 coupe is closely associated with the Lamborghini Huracan because both use the identical V-10 engine and dual-clutch transmission. Even though it seems decidedly less dramatic by comparison, its functionality is anything but.

The beauty of contemporary exotic cars such as the 2018 Audi R8 coupe goes far beyond their alluring looks. As opposed to just occasional playthings for the rich, so uncomfortable in daily driving they’re taken out only on weekends, the Audi R8 illustrates the contemporary exotic.

The R8 sacrifices none of their high profile straight-line functionality or track-specific managing expected from an exotic automobile breaking in the $200,000 range. The 2018 Audi R8 Coupe, all-new this past season, is broader, lighter and faster than its predecessor, however, it’s elegance inside never lets you forget it is an Audi.

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What is an Audi R8?

The Audi R8 is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which employs Audi’s trademark Quattro full-time AWD system. It was made by the German vehicle manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.

The Audi R8 is exclusively designed, developed, and fabricated by Audi AG’s personal subsidiary company manufacturing high-performance automotive parts, Audi Sport GmbH (previously quattro GmbH), and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and currently the Lamborghini Huracan platform. The basic construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and employs an aluminum monocoque that’s constructed using space framework principles. The vehicle is made by Audi Sport GmbH at a recently renovated factory in Neckarsulm, Germany.

The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car first appeared in the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The Audi R8 development program started in 2004 with the design being frozen and approved for production. In 2005, Audi announced that the title of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a recent road car in 2007. The R8 street car was formally launched at the Paris Auto Show 2006. There was some confusion with the title, which the automobile shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx explained the R8 as “the best handling road car today.”

The Audi R8 is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps.

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2018 Audi R8 Updates

The 2018 Audi R8 Coupe, which shares approximately 50 percent of the exact components, including the V10 engine, with the R8 LMS racecar, now also features recent design features along with more standard features. New for 2018, all R8 models will come standard equipped with Audi smartphone interface for compatible devices.

A recently available Black optic package includes 20-inch, 10-spoke-Y design forged wheels and tires at high gloss Anthracite complete with summer tires, gloss black exhaust tips, Mythos black side blades (V10 models only) and Titanium Black exterior model. Total LED headlights with Audi laser light can be found on V10 versions and are standard equipment on the V10 plus.

Added interior enhancements for your 2018 model year include conventional Anthracite high-gloss inlays on V10 versions and conventional Carbon sigma high-gloss inlays on V10 Plus versions. Audi Sport badging on front grille replaces the Quattro badge on most of the R8 versions, and Audi Sport puddle lights (visible when driver or passenger door is open) are now standard on all 2018 Audi R8 Coupes.

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2018 Audi R8 Coupe Configurations

The 2018 Audi R8 is available as a coupe or hardtop convertible. Apart from the folding roof, the coupe and convertible are basically the same in terms of standard equipment. The only exception is that the rear-wheel-drive V10 RWS S tronic can only be configured as a coupe. A performance-oriented V10 Plus Quattro S tronic spec is available for both coupe and convertible that provides more horsepower and a lower weight but sacrifices some comfort in exchange for speed.

V10 RWS S tronic

Highlights:

  • 5.2-liter FSI dual-injection V10
  • 532 hp/398 lb-ft of torque
  • Sport-tuned fixed suspension
  • Audi virtual cockpit (12.3″ LCD fully digital instrument cluster)
  • MMI® Navigation plus with a voice control system

MSRP – $138,700

The R8 lineup begins with the Coupe RWS, that is the modern rear-wheel-drive edition. It employs the identical 5.2-liter V10 (532 horsepower, 398 pound-feet of torque) and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as the AWD, non-Plus R8. Standard feature highlights include 19-inch wheels and tires, black exhaust tips, LED head- and taillights, a fixed sport suspension, keyless entry and ignition, 14-way heated leather seats, parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Information and entertainment features include an electronic instrument cluster, navigation, satellite radio, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Past 20-inch wheels and tires and decorative inlays, optional features for the Audi R8 RWS include a Premium Package that adds 18-way power-adjustable chairs with pneumatic side and leg lifts, a microfiber suede headliner, a 13-speaker and 550-watt audio system, added leather upholstery, automatic high-beams, and illuminated door sills.

V10 Quattro S tronic

Highlights:

  • 5.2-liter FSI dual-injection V10
  • 532 hp/398 lb-ft of torque
  • Audi magnetic ride
  • Audi virtual cockpit (12.3″ LCD fully digital instrument cluster)
  • MMI® Navigation plus with a voice control system

MSRP – $164,900

The AWD R8 V10 includes the exact features as the RWS equipped with the Premium package. Additionally, it has adaptive suspension springs and shocks, front and rear spoiler, and flexible drive settings. The Spyder adds a folding soft top and a glass wind blocker.

Available options for the R8 are basically limited to unique wheels and tires and extra interior model and upholstery options, though carbon-ceramic brakes, laser-enhanced LED headlights and a variable ratio steering system are also offered.

V10 Plus Quattro S tronic

Highlights:

  • 5.2-liter FSI® dual-injection V10
  • 602 hp/413 lb-ft of torque
  • Audi ceramic brakes
  • Carbon fiber engine, mirrors, spoiler, diffuser, sideblades, and fixed rear spoiler
  • Full LED headlights with Audi laser high beam technology

MSRP – $194,400

The 2018 Audi R8 Plus Coupe ups the race-derived V10 engine’s output to 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque and also gains the carbon-ceramic brakes and laser headlights as standard equipment. Additionally, it sports a more stiffly tuned suspension which lacks the adjustable springs and shocks. In the name of saving weight, it’s a slightly smaller gas tank, a five-speaker sound system and racing-style chairs that lack backrest-angle adjustment.

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More About The 2018 Audi R8 Coupe

The 2018 Audi R8 Coupe (in any configuration) is an excellent luxury sports car, which may still be underselling it. Its normal V10 engine puts out a ridiculous amount of power, and there is a much more souped-up version available. Pinpoint steering, powerful brakes, and regular Quattro all-wheel drive prepare it to strike any stretch of street. As this is an Audi, the inside is beautiful and the technical features are user-friendly. But like many sports cars, the R8 is short on practicality. There are only two chairs and not much cargo space, even though it still has more space than some competitors do. Its reliability score is below average.

Interior

Audi interiors are always amazing, and as the elite Audi, the R8 boasts a superbly styled and laid-out cockpit. There is the 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, in the event, the V10’s tune somehow bothers you. The inviting and comfortable seats are coated in Nappa leather, and the R8 now includes Audi’s MMI navigation system. The multi-function steering wheel incorporates lots of the street/track works, and Audi’s excellent digital Cockpit replaces physical indicators with a high-res 12.3-inch display that shows data chosen by the driver. The R8 V10 Plus Includes racing-shell seats.

Exterior

The 2018 Audi R8 does not have the immediate emotional effect of exotics from Italy or England. Nevertheless, its distinctive grille and headlights make it unmistakably Audi. This creation R8 employs nearly 50 percent of its components with the R8 LMS race car, yet it is visually like its predecessor. The low, wide stance and choice of soft or hard top stay, though Audi has decreased the profile of the “blade” on the side to some more subtle contrasting air-intake panel. Opt for V10 Plus over V10, and you receive ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust, carbon-fiber rear diffuser and fixed spoiler.

How much does it cost to insure an Audi R8?

While the Audi R8 is among the cheaper supercars, it is a significant investment that needs to be protected on and off the street. Normally, automobile insurance for a 2018 Audi R8 prices $197 per month — or $2,364 annually. Although this is roughly $1,000 greater than the national average, it is a fairly reasonable estimate considering the number of factors can influence the price of car insurance. While the R8 is designed for functionality and has the capacity to be driven at high speeds, sports cars are stolen much less than sedans, which might help to keep insurance rates down.

2018 Audi R8 Coupe: Final Thoughts

Audi couples its reputation for high tech, elegant and comfortable interiors with the type of supercar performance normally associated with Lamborghini. It is a combination that leads to a car that is simultaneously thrilling to drive, yet eminently comfortable for everyday use.

While aggressively styled, the Audi R8 does not possess the universally beloved standout styling of a Ferrari or Lamborghini. And, despite Audi’s many racing successes, that pedigree is not as widely recognized. There is also no manual transmission. If you do not want all-wheel drive, get the Rear Wheel Series (RWS).