GT3 reborn

Porsche GT3

The brand new Porsche 911 GT3 has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and fans across the world are salivating at the prospect of getting behind the wheel. That’s because this new thoroughbred features a naturally aspirated 4.0L engine developing 493bhp, can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and offers a top speed of 318km/h. Enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that a manual gearbox option returns – the outgoing model featured flappy paddles only, which led to some disgruntled drivers.

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Ride of the Valkyrie

In Norse mythology, the valkyries were winged female spirits who chose who would die in battle and who would live. Their selected warriors were brought to Valhalla, a majestic hall in the realm of Asgard, ruled by the one-eyed god Odin.

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Porsche unveils hybrid Panamera Turbo S

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Hybrid technology, for the most part, tends to be associated with more sensible, environmentally friendly vehicles like the best-selling Toyota Prius, which focuses on better fuel consumption and cleaner driving.

But reducing your carbon footprint isn’t necessarily on the minds of all car manufacturers – icons like Ferrari or McLaren are using hybrid technology not for fuel efficiency, but as a tool to make their heart-racing vehicles go even faster.

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Arteon unveiled

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Volkswagen has given the world a sneak preview of its upcoming Arteon fastback, ahead of next month’s Geneva International Motor Show.

A four-door grand tourer that will be positioned above the Passat, the Arteon replaces the outgoing CC, though Volkswagen has claimed that the new model will be a little more upmarket. It’s not simply a name change, however – the front end has been redesigned with the headlights and radiator grille merging into one flowing section.

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McLaren’s Super Series

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The Super Series testing under wraps

Beyond the realms of possibility for most people on the planet, the upcoming second-generation McLaren Super Series is getting a new engine in the form of a tasty 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8. Though McLaren aren’t confirming the concrete details until the launch of the model at the Geneva Motor Show next month, they do say that acceleration to 200km/h will take 7.8 seconds, and 10.3 seconds to complete a standing quarter mile. For reference, the Ford GT will take 10.8s to complete the quarter mile, and 10.6s for the Ferrari 488. In other words, it’s going to be quite fast.

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Maybach madness

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet ;*Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 17,0 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 397 g/km Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet; *Fuel consumption combined: 17.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 397 g/km

Mercedes offshoot Maybach has a reputation for devising vehicles that combine the ultimate in comfort with a price tag suitable only for those for whom money is no object, the best Mercedes has to offer wrapped in an ultra-extravagant package.

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Aston Martin – the next generation

VuI_01-newsheroSeemingly taking its name from the Star Trek universe, but more suitably from the Roman god of volcano fire, meet the Aston Marin Vulcan, undoubtedly the next supercar to feature on the walls of children (young and old) the world over.

While there are hints of the current Aston Martin stable, it’s very much a more forward-looking design (possible contender for understatement of the year) with its carbon fibre body, sleek lines and sharp edges, massive spoiler and rear diffuser, not to mention those spiky rear lights (we really love those lights).

Sitting below that sculpted bonnet and the massive air vents is an 800bhp 7.0L V12 engine developed by Aston Martin Racing. Take a moment to let that sink in. And, drawing on the car manufacturer’s racing heritage, the Vulcan will also feature Brembo racing callipers working with carbon ceramic racing disk brakes, Michelin race tyres, a six-speed sequential gearbox and, of course, a rear wheel drivetrain.

Due to make its début next month during the 85th annual Geneva International Motor Show, it has been described by CEO Dr Andy Palmer as “a true sports car for true sports car lovers,” and one which “sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class,” not hyping the Vulcan up by any means.

Unfortunately, as some of its specifications may have already hinted, you’ll never get the chance to see this particular model on a road near you; Aston Martin have dashed some dreams with the announcement that the Vulcan will be a track-only supercar. Prospective owners will be first invited to build their experience on a number of high performance Aston Martins, including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars.

Considering only 24 Vulcans will be built, you can’t really blame Aston Martin for this – evidently simply sitting into the Vulcan and driving off for a lap of the track will end sooner than expected, probably in a ditch, or a wall. On a more positive note, however, the company did mention “a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars,” so we may see a distant cousin hurtling around the roads some day.

The £1.5m price tag may prove to be something of a hurdle, but we can’t wait. For the moment, a look at the new DB10 would suffice.

Teaser video at the link.