Latest car news: From Ford GT Carbon Series to BMW 8-series Convertible and more

Weighty issues

Ford GT Carbon Series: Ford introduced a new limited-edition version of its GT supercar at the 2019 SEMA car show in Las Vegas. As the name suggests, it comes with a lot more weight-saving carbon fibre parts to make it 18kg lighter than the standard model. It is even lighter than the track-focused Competition Series model that debuted in 2017, which makes it the lightest Ford GT available on sale. While the car is mechanically identical to the standard variant, it gets a titanium exhaust and lightweight polycarbonate rear hatch with extra ventilation for the V6 engine. Additionally, it comes with lightweight carbon fibre wheels and titanium wheel nuts. Other special touches include two exposed carbon fibre stripes with matching A-pillars, lower body panels on the exterior and matte carbon fibre sills, air register pods and centre console on the inside. While the Competition Series model ditched the air conditioning, radio, and infotainment system, the Carbon Series has retained them all.

Series, Reinvented

BMW 8-Series Convertible: BMW took the wraps off the convertible version of the new 8-Series grand tourer at the LA Motor Show early this year. It is the second variant of the all-new 8-Series line-up, which will soon get a Gran Coupe model to complete the range. The drop-top model looks identical to its 8-Series coupe sibling, except for the foldable fabric roof that can be operated in 15 seconds at the touch of a button at speeds up to 50kmph. Like the coupe variant, the Convertible will be available with two engine options: a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 320hp and 680Nm, and a 4.4-litre, turbocharged V8 petrol unit that churns out 530hp and 748Nm of torque. The convertible is 100kg heavier than the coupe version, which makes it a tenth of a second slower to 100kmph sprint.

Cameras for rear wing mirrors

McLaren Speedtail: Formerly known by its codename BP23, the McLaren Speedtail is a 402kmph spiritual successor of the iconic McLaren F1 hypercar from the ‘90s. The teardrop-shaped car, with ultra-futuristic aesthetics, is the third model to join McLaren’s exclusive Ultimate Series after the P1 and Senna. The British automaker has even coined a special new term for the Speedtail called ‘Hyper-GT’. The Speedtail features a three-seater configuration inside the cabin in which the driver has a central seating position flanked by two passenger seats on both sides. The McLaren Speedtail measures 19.6 feet from nose to tail, which makes it nine inches longer than McLaren’s distinctive F1 GTR “Longtail”. The Hyper-GT comes with some never-seen-before features like flexible carbon fibre aerodynamic wings integrated into the bodywork and retractable rear-facing cameras that replace traditional wing mirrors. McLaren hasn’t revealed the information on the engine powering the Speedtail, except for saying that it has a hybrid powertrain with 1,035-horsepower on tap.

It's all about power, looks

2019 Audi R8: Audi's second-generation R8 just got a mid-cycle refresh, with both aesthetic as well as mechanical upgrades along with a healthy boost to the engine output. The new 2019 Audi R8’s front end has been inspired by Ford’s R8 LMS GT3 and R8 LMS GT4 race cars, thanks to which the updated supercar looks a lot sharper and aggressive than before. The fascia is dominated by a larger and more angular grille that is accompanied by three inlets at the top, which is reminiscent of the ones on the original Quattro. A bigger front splitter paired with additional triangular intakes at each side of the front end add to the car’s sportiness. The new R8 will be available with new 20-inch wheel designs and two new colours of Kemora Gray and Ascari Blue. The base R8 V10 now has 562bhp, which is a bump of 29bhp from the previous version, while the V10 Plus has been renamed to V10 Performance and given 10 more horsepower to take the total output to 612bhp. Audi has also focused on improving driving dynamics by updating the suspension and all-wheel drive systems with additional sensors and parameters.

Winning combination

Hugo Boss x Porsche Capsule collection: German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss has made a return to motorsports after a brief absence by announcing a multi-year deal with Porsche. The luxury brand had a long-standing association with Formula 1 which spanned over forty years; however, Hugo Boss made a switch to Formula E after a split with Mercedes. The new partnership with Porsche makes Hugo Boss the official clothing partner to the entire Porsche Motorsport team worldwide, on the race track as well as in the workshop. The partnership will also see Hugo Boss outfitting the upcoming Porsche Formula E team.

The association between the two German brands has also spawned a "Porsche x BOSS" capsule collection of consumer clothing which will be available for sale starting next March in BOSS stores.


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