Paris Motor Show 2010 – Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche’s 911 Carrera S gains girth and grunt and a couple of extra letters: GT Star attraction on Porsche’s stand in Paris was the blue Speedster, but it was flanked by a brace of new Carrera GTS models in white. Roadster and coupé share the Carrera 4’s extra rear width without the 4-wheel drive but […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche’s 911 Carrera S gains girth and grunt and a couple of extra letters: GT

Star attraction on Porsche’s stand in Paris was the blue Speedster, but it was flanked by a brace of new Carrera GTS models in white. Roadster and coupé share the Carrera 4’s extra rear width without the 4-wheel drive but gain a few more horses in the tail; 23 to be precise, taking power up to 408 bhp. Sounds like every permutation of Porsche build spec was thrown up in the air and what landed fettled into a new model. We bet it’s brilliant though, as all 911’s are.


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Paris Motor Show 2010 – Audi Quattro Concept

Audi’s Quattro Concept points to future while harking back to the 80’s Take an RS5, chop 150mm off the wheelbase, lop off surplus overhangs, chuck out the back seats, and send the whole shebang on a high carbon diet and what do you get? Strangely Audi would have you believe a modern iteration of the […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Audi Quattro Concept

Audi’s Quattro Concept points to future while harking back to the 80’s

Take an RS5, chop 150mm off the wheelbase, lop off surplus overhangs, chuck out the back seats, and send the whole shebang on a high carbon diet and what do you get? Strangely Audi would have you believe a modern iteration of the short wheel base Quattro. Well, a concept anyway. True it sports a 5 cylinder turbo, 4-wheel drive and some styling cues from the boxy 1984 rally homologation special. In truth it’s more of a technical exercise, an engineers’ crash course in losing weight in all areas and pointer to the immediate future. And yet when all the kilos have been shaved from body, chassis, engine and drivetrain this concept weighs the same as the original at 1300 kgs. Luckily it’ all wrapped up in a beautiful body, much prettier than the cut-and-shunt brute of the original and poised as a combustion engine antidote to the electric E-Tron with which it shares the stand.


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Paris Motor Show – Audi R8GT

Audi turn up the wick with a pseudo race version of their R8, the GT Audi R8 goes on a diet: loses 100 kgs, gains tons of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Yet another supercar gets the liposuction treatment. Don’t get us wrong; it’s a great idea, just not very original. Nor should that detract from […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Audi R8GT

Audi turn up the wick with a pseudo race version of their R8, the GT

Audi R8 goes on a diet: loses 100 kgs, gains tons of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Yet another supercar gets the liposuction treatment. Don’t get us wrong; it’s a great idea, just not very original. Nor should that detract from the fact that lighter cars automatically equal faster cars for the same energy input. Resigned, yet content to live in the shadow of it’s cousin the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8’s diet took it down to 1525 kgs, whereas the Superleggera’s kerb weight went down to 1340 kgs. Add to that the R8 GT’s 10 BHP deficiency and you can do the sums…But the Audi has it’s own character and market so won’t be worried by the comparison. What was a slick, neat supercar just grew wings and fins and no doubt breathes fire. Oh, and you can specify a roll cage too ;-)


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Nissan upgrade their seminal GT-R

Nissan’s GT-R gets some power boosts and tweaks 2011 is only 9 weeks away, which means, in the UK, VAT will increase to 20%. So no doubt Nissan’s marketing team has been working hard to keep their flagship GT-R under the 70,000 UKP price barrier. The 2011 price limbo does at least get you some […]

2011 Nissan GT-R - includes mystery silver windscreen ?!

Nissan’s GT-R gets some power boosts and tweaks

2011 is only 9 weeks away, which means, in the UK, VAT will increase to 20%. So no doubt Nissan’s marketing team has been working hard to keep their flagship GT-R under the 70,000 UKP price barrier. The 2011 price limbo does at least get you some extra power and features. Engine output soars to 530PS (390KW)/6,400rpm, launch control gets tweaked, body mods up front incorporate LED running lights and aerodynamic slats, but what caught our eyes in the spec is the addition of automatic decoupling of the 4wd system below 6MPH for tight turns. Not a headline feature, but a measure of the fabulous attention to detail Nissan engineers have put into this car. Numerous other mods complete the package: more details below
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Paris Motor Show – Exagon Furtive eGT electric sportscar

France suprises with launch of new electric sportscar by Exagon Motors Most major motor shows throw up the odd surprise new car manufacturer. Often, resurrections of past iconic brands, Geneva delivered with the re-emergence of the Hispano-Suiza badge. Paris on the other hand, revealed a totally new name in Exagon Motors. Based in Magny-Cours, France, […]

Paris Motor Show - Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

France suprises with launch of new electric sportscar by Exagon Motors

Most major motor shows throw up the odd surprise new car manufacturer. Often, resurrections of past iconic brands, Geneva delivered with the re-emergence of the Hispano-Suiza badge. Paris on the other hand, revealed a totally new name in Exagon Motors. Based in Magny-Cours, France, this new manufacturer emerges from the embryonic electric motor racing circus. Appropriately, they launched an electric sportscar, the Exagon Furtive eGT, with ambitious range and performance claims. Unusually, they offer pure electric drive, or an additional range-extender combustion engine in their 2+2 seater. They claim considerable technical support from their suppliers Siemens (motors) and Saft (Li-ion cells) and advanced technology.

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Exagon Furtive eGT

When you’ve never heard of a brand and come across it in a show, your first instinct is to judge it on looks alone. On this score, we found the profile view we first glimpsed rather alluring and competent, if not exactly visually challenging. The car rotated on its turntable to reveal its rump. Again elegant, exciting but unassuming, immediately digestible. But when the nose, from front ¾ swivelled into view, we found the design lost it’s integrity. Character in a car is welcome and distinguishes one from another, but we don’t think they have pulled it off with the snout.

Go back only a couple of years and a startup like this would be offering you a mouthwatering performance from a highly tuned mid-mounted V6, with fuel consumption to match. Now if it isn’t hybrid or pure-electric you’ll be wondering what planet they lived on. How times have changed…


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Paris Motor Show – Ford Focus ST

Ford spices up Focus range with tarmac ripping ST No-one knows better than Ford how to turn a cooking mainstream econobox into a rip-roaring tearaway. Some will find the bulging muscles and aggressive stance a tad too hot. Tattoo us if we don’t join the overwhelming majority of car crazy cousins to fall into love […]

Paris Motor Show - Ford Focus ST

Ford spices up Focus range with tarmac ripping ST

No-one knows better than Ford how to turn a cooking mainstream econobox into a rip-roaring tearaway. Some will find the bulging muscles and aggressive stance a tad too hot. Tattoo us if we don’t join the overwhelming majority of car crazy cousins to fall into love at first reveal. Paris haute-couture it ain’t but underneath the “tangerine scream” overalls lurks the mouth of an Aston, the gills of a Mclaren, the tailpipes of a Lambo and the wing blisters of a…Hyundai?! This is Ford’s first true “global” hot hatch, so it might seem appropriate to find world-wide influences. Is that a Korean look to the “stingray” rear light clusters? A Peugeot-like gaping jaw of a bottom feeder up front? Whatever. Our yellow monster rides on mesmerising 19inch rims and loses the body colour grill fins of the lesser Focuses. You might wonder why it’s not a 3 door, until we explain that there’s no plan to produce 3 door Focuses for the US market; so to keep the parts bin global, this ST plays to the family friendly format of 5 doors.
You’ll only get 4 cylinders in this 250PS powered range topper. Dropping a pot, but trumpeting independent variable valve timing, low-inertia turbo and high-pressure direct injection, is planned to compensate, or in fact, increase torque levels whilst reducing emissions by a claimed 20%. As for driving performance, you’ll have to wait ’till 2012 to sample the ST, as the cooking Focus doesn’t hit the showrooms until early next year at an undisclosed price.


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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 – Supercar gallery

Yellowwheels presents a supercar gallery from the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed Goodwood FoS is a fabulous feast of motoring extravaganza, with vehicles of all ages, sizes and types wanging it up the Earl of March’s garden path. Modern F1 cars mix with historic Le Mans cars, motocycles, legendary Grand Prix cars and beautiful, sometimes […]

Ferrari 599 GTO at 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Yellowwheels presents a supercar gallery from the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood FoS is a fabulous feast of motoring extravaganza, with vehicles of all ages, sizes and types wanging it up the Earl of March’s garden path. Modern F1 cars mix with historic Le Mans cars, motocycles, legendary Grand Prix cars and beautiful, sometimes bizarre classics. But we were drawn to the fleet of immaculate and outrageous supercars assembled for the Sunday Times Supercar run up the hill. Many of these have not been seen in action before; just glimpsed in motorshow reports and the spreads of the glossies.


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BMW M3 GTS breaks cover

BMW announce a special track day version of their M3, the GTS Yesterday Porsche announced the GT2 RS road going racer. The boys down in Munich, answering to the age-old rivalry, are not going to be left out of the equation – so here it is: the BMW M3 GTS, a car equipped for the […]


BMW announce a special track day version of their M3, the GTS

Yesterday Porsche announced the GT2 RS road going racer. The boys down in Munich, answering to the age-old rivalry, are not going to be left out of the equation – so here it is: the BMW M3 GTS, a car equipped for the track day, but with road-legal credentials. Like the Porsche it sheds 70kgs by ditching all sorts of kit, such as the rear side and back windows. You get polycarbonate ones instead. Carbon-reinforced plastic roof and trim help shave the weight too. Like the Porsche you get welcome power-to-weight improvements. The BMW 3.4 kg/bhp, The Porsche 2.2 kg/bhp – that could be quite a clear difference on the track! Off the track the difference will no doubt swing the other way as the GT2 RS will cost 235,000 Euros in Germany. BMW haven’t revealed the price yet, but it’s likely to be significantly less – possibly in proportion to the difference in P2WRatio? Ummh, maybe not. The BMW’s price will include six-point racing harnesses and fire extinguisher though. Both have roll cages as standard. All in all a nice piece of kit to drive to the track, scare your passenger and look the part in the process. Only thing is; they are all going to be orange – hey, what’s wrong with yellow, it’s only a couple shades away on the colour pallets?! Read on for specs.


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Porsche expand lineup with awesome GT2 RS

The New Porsche 911 GT2 RS most powerful 911 ever You’re a car manufacturer exhibiting at the Moscow motor show, so you need some new metal to show off, right? Except they mean business in Russia, so poncing around with some-eco concept is not going to endear you to the Gasprom billionaires eager to flout […]

The New Porsche 911 GT2 RS most powerful 911 ever

You’re a car manufacturer exhibiting at the Moscow motor show, so you need some new metal to show off, right? Except they mean business in Russia, so poncing around with some-eco concept is not going to endear you to the Gasprom billionaires eager to flout some mean motoring muscle. Bring forth the 620bhp Porker GT2 RS. You can trump your Igors as well as your Donalds with “Most powerful Road Porsche ever”, or “7 minutes and a bit ’round the ‘Ring”. Cool, that is, ’till the next iteration of the 911, which, historically has to be ’round the next kurve (or at the Paris Show next September?)

We’re fans of lightness here at YW, so the news that this GT2 RS sheds 70kgs over it’s GT2 sibling is welcome. You’ve just ejected an adult passenger’s weight. Now consider there’s an extra 90bhp to play with and it’s hardly a surprise that this is one quick car. Power-to-weight ratio is king, as long as you can still transmit torque to the road, and with 325/30 ZR 19 width rubber, it should translate into fast forward motion. How’s this weight lost? Carbon bonnet, inner door panels, seats, spoilers and…these days every damn thing is made of carbon!

Porsche’s Geneva Show was all hybrids, but there’s none of that here. To keep PC the GT2 RS squeezes a couple of extra miles out of a gallon of jungle juice and coughs out a few less CO2s. Mention this under your breath in certain circles though, as 284 g/km and 23.7 mpg is not exactly “green”. Maybe it’s time to refresh the smaller cars in Porsche’s lineup, rather than magic another über-batmobile out of the Stuttgart hat. Where’s the new Boxster/Cayman? That’s more up our street – leave the Cayennes and Panemeras (hippos and mammoths) and give us the new wünder-sports-lightweights (hares and whippets).


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Porsche release details of 911 Aerokit Cup package

Look hunky with Porsche’s Official Aerokit Cup bodykit You know when you were young and got your first car? Your immediate hankering was for something faster and hornier than your insurance bill would permit. So instead you fitted your puny-mobile with wide arches, hunky tyres and spoilers. This turned your bland-mobile into a shed, that […]

Porsche 911 with Aerokit Cup package fitted


Look hunky with Porsche’s Official Aerokit Cup bodykit

You know when you were young and got your first car? Your immediate hankering was for something faster and hornier than your insurance bill would permit. So instead you fitted your puny-mobile with wide arches, hunky tyres and spoilers. This turned your bland-mobile into a shed, that you’d look back at with nostalgia but acute embarrassment later in life. Now, you’re a mature 30 or 40 something adult, you own a tasty sportscar but remember the fun of modding your motor. Now is the time to take your Porsche 911 back to the dealer to have Porsche’s new Aerokit Cup package retrofitted so that you’ll look the part turning up in the race paddock.

Porsche have released a body kit to make your 911 look like the racers that compete in the Mobil 1 Supercup. This translates to new front chin spoiler and rear fixed wing. You also have the option of fitting paddle shifts a-la-911-Turbo. But to take you back to the 60’s – 70’s …. you can also get a five-spoke retro alloy. All this is ludicrously expensive of course, but hey, you knew that already when the words Official Porsche were uttered. You could “save” money by ordering your 911 with these mods factory fitted too.


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