Land Rover finally revealed the next-generation model of the iconic Defender at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The utilitarian SUV has been thoroughly modernised inside out and has been launched after 62,000 tests and 1.2 million kilometres of rigorous testing. The reborn Defender is being hailed as the most capable off-roader and has been engineered to meet global car regulations, which includes the world’s two largest markets — China and the US. The British automaker ditched the body-on-frame for the Defender and designed an all-new platform called the D7X, which is a monocoque chassis. Three engine options are on offer in the line-up: The newly developed 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines which are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine will join the line up in the future. Just like the previous generation Defender, the new model will be available in both 3-door and 5-door body styles called the Defender 90 and Defender 110, respectively.
Land Rover is also planning to add a 130 variant later. The Land Rover Defender will arrive in the Indian market for the first time and is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2020.
Lambo's most powerful street legal car
Lamborghini Sian: Lamborghini has unveiled its latest limited edition hypercar, the Sian: It's the brand's most powerful street-legal production car to date and also its first-ever production electrified model. The new Sian is built on a heavily-modified Aventador. At the heart of the hybrid hypercar is the same naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine that’s used by the Aventador SVJ and it is augmented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. While the V12 engine produces 774hp in the Sian, 15 more than the Aventador SVJ, the mild-hybrid system adds another 34hp to powertrain, taking the total output to 807hp. The 48-volt mild hybrid system draws power from a supercapacitor. It can not only provide a power boost under hard acceleration, but also help return better gas mileage and can power the hypercar on its own at ultra-low speeds. According to Lamborghini, the Sian takes only 2.8 seconds to reach 100kmph from a standstill and the top speed is electronically governed at 350kmph. It's design is inspired by the Terzo Millennio concept from 2017, including the radical Y-shaped headlights. The six hexagonal rear lights, on the other hand, are a nod in the direction of the iconic Countach released in 1974. Lamborghini will build only 63 examples of the Sian by hand.
This spider has a retractable hardtop
2020 Ferrari F8 Spider: Ferrari unveiled the F8 Tributo Coupe, a replacement model for the Ferrari 488 GTB, earlier this year at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Italian automaker has now revealed the supercar’s droptop version: The new Ferrari F8 Spider essentially replaces the 488 Spider and is built with the same ingredients used in its Coupe sibling. It is powered by the same 710hp twin-turbo V8 engine of the Ferrari 488 Pista and is underpinned by an updated version of the 488 GTB’s chassis. The new F8 Spider is also about 20kg lighter than the 488 Spider and packs 50 more horses under the hood, which gives it a better power-to-weight ratio than the model it replaces. According to Ferrari, the new convertible supercar does the 0-100kmph sprint in 2.9 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 340kmph. It features a retractable hardtop, which deploys in 14 seconds and can be operated while the vehicle is traveling up to 45kmph. Aesthetically, everything else is near identical to the F8 Tributo Coupe, including the sleek LED headlights built around the prominent S-duct, large air intakes on its rear haunches and the beautiful quad taillight cluster inspired by classic Ferraris. Production will start in the first half of 2020, with deliveries scheduled to begin in the summer.
A hypercar used to breaking records
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+: Bugatti released a video on the internet a few weeks back of a modified Chiron, piloted by Andy Wallace, finally breaking the haloed 483kmph barrier. It was a precursor to the launch of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model is an evolution of the standard Chiron and Bugatti claims that it’s almost identical to the one that set the new production-car speed record in August this year. It is powered by a similarly tuned engine; the standard Chiron’s 1,500hp, quad-turbocharged, 8.0-litre W16 engine has been updated to churn out 1600hp. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed, dual-clutch all-wheel-drive system. However, the most crucial part of the record-breaking car is its newly developed tyres by Michelin that was bench-tested at up to 510kmph. As for its design, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ has a sleeker, more aero-efficient body with a naked carbon fibre construction on the outside. However, unlike the record-setting Bugatti Chiron, the SuperSport 300+ won’t come with all the sophisticated telemetry equipment or the roll cage fitted to Andy Wallace’s car. It will also come with the passenger seat that was taken out in the speed-run Chiron. Only 30 examples of the hypercar will be built.
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A modern classic, totally rebooted
Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Ian Callum: The Aston Martin Vanquish, which went out of production last year, is widely considered as one of the most beautiful cars of all time. And now the timeless design is getting a fresh lease of life by none other than Ian Callum, the chief designer of the original Vanquish. Callum retired from his post as Jaguar’s design boss earlier this year in June and a month later established Ian Callum Design with a few former colleagues. The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 is a modernised version of the first-generation Vanquish with plenty of updates and design tweaks. It will be built in collaboration with AF Racing under the R-Reforged brand and with the full approval of Aston Martin itself. The design updates to the exterior of the car are subtle, which include LED headlights and taillamps. However, it’s the cabin that has been thoroughly modernised. In terms of hardware, the V12 engine from the original has been updated to produce 600hp, which is complemented with bigger carbon-ceramic brakes and 20-inch wheels with special Michelin tyres. As the name suggests, only 25 examples of the Vanquish 25 by Ian Callum will be built and the company will start delivering to customers starting next year.