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By now, everyone in the automotive world and all others know about the VW crisis dealing with the emissions scandal. While accusations and opinions will continue to fly for a while, an important issue will be the future of Bugatti. How will the Volkswagen emissions crisis affect the future of the beloved Bugatti brand?
The Bugatti brand actually costs money to stay alive, meaning that VW loses money on each unit sold. Even though the basic cost of a Bugatti Veyron is around a million and up, it has been revealed that VW loses around $3 million for each Veyron sold. Many find these figures difficult to grasp and assume that selling million-dollar-plus hypercars can only lead to profit. The reality is that development and materials often outweigh profits by a large margin, making the boutique brand reliant upon the other VW brands for its financial survival.
Now that the VW brand is enduring so much scrutiny and likely an astronomical financial hit, what will become of Bugatti in the foreseeable future? Will this put a halt to the Bugatti Veyron successor’s development? It seems safe to assume that any expensive expenditure will be put on hold at this time, causing unfortunate delays to fans already waiting for the next big thing.
As with most legal issues big automakers invariably encounter, this will likely be addressed and managed with impeccable speed and attention to detail, with lessons learned and a wiser future path mapped. VW is simply too large and good at its game to allow this to be a fatal hit, which leaves ample hope that the Bugatti brand will survive, just perhaps after a brief pit stop. VW is currently focused on righting the wrongs and working to earn back trust in the brand. Overall, while it certainly does not make the emissions errors ok, the media has done a splendid job of making it seem like they are the only brand guilty of such a thing. Carmakers have been trying to adhere to constantly changing environmental regulations while trying to remain profitable to shareholders, and at times taking the easy route can prove to be too tempting. With innovative new powertrains and the idea of a hybrid being more accepted in the market, these illegal issues should begin to diffuse on their own and the world should have its Bugatti Veyron successor in due time.
In efforts to show that the new Range Rover Evoque convertible is every bit as rugged and ready as her siblings, Land Rover put together a video of her showing off in her natural habitat: some off-roading with mud and water. Check out the clip below proving that the Evoque convertible is naked but not afraid! Spoiler: The clip is far more engulfing and entertaining than the unfortunate television series ‘Naked and Afraid’.
The publicity for the Range Rover Evoque convertible is intended to serve as a preview for the newcomer, poised to claim her spot as the very first luxury convertible compact SUV. It is certain that other brands will follow in the tracks of the Evoque, but few will match her in aesthetics or performance. While the camo is on for the clip, photos have already circulated and the production version will likely be even better looking than the standard Evoque, with new finishes and features.
The top for the convertible Evoque is likely to be a type of insanely durable fabric, but renderings have not been leaked at this juncture. There are, of course, tweaks to the chassis to provide added stability when her top is down, enabling her to retain the same power output and off-roading performance as the regular version. Both versions of the Evoque will be packing the same 2.0-liter 4-banger beast producing 240 horses. While that figure does not seem like much with so many supercars out there with over 400, it is ample for the cause and the climbs.
As for the official launch date for the convertible Range Rover, it will likely be sometime in 2017, unless Land Rover takes us by surprise and gives up the goods sooner. Stay tuned friends.
When it comes to the coveted Italian sports car, the Maserati GranTurismo convertible Sport has curb appeal. There are drivers who prefer the Ferrari or Lamborghini, but for some, it is Maserati and its less-intense yet sophisticated styling cues that steal the show. The brand has been around for just over 100 years, making it an apparent success.
With all of the superior looks and performance features, some find the technology lagging behind current standards. To that it seems some would say to hell with it—who needs all that when the time comes to drop the top and experience the open road with the throbbing acoustics of the engine serving as the entertainment. If that is not enough, pick up a lady friend from the salon and listen to her lament the death of a perfectly good blow out.
Curb weight is an evenly distributed 4,365 pounds with a wheelbase of 115.8”.
The cockpit is nothing short of divine.
Design house Pininfarina had a heavy hand in the look and feel if this model and many others.
This Maserati comes with an MSRP of $150k and a decent MPG rating of 13 city and 20 highway. The video below shows how rapidly the top of the Maserati GranTurismo Sport drops and then shows her zipping away to indulge in a nice ride.
The Toyota S-FR is set to show off at the Toyota Motor Show. It certainly seems that the brand has become well…rounded…following the success of the Lexus LFA supercar and her smattering of reminiscent siblings. Looking at the S-FR it can be confusing to ascertain which direction the brand is heading, but it also seems to create a sense of amusement and happiness with that angry animated cartoonish countenance.
The Toyota S-FR at a glance:
This is to be one of 6 or so vehicles heading to Tokyo. It is small by design, a nod to current city car trends and perhaps the looming environmental guidelines dangling from the necks of all automakers like an albatross.
Though the S-FR is a tiny slice of toast, she manages to provide 4 seats with her front engine layout.
Word is the transmission is a 6-speed manual, something most automakers are phasing out forever.
Exact powertrain and performance are being kept under wraps until the show it seems, but it is likely social and nonthreatening and quite possibly is a hybrid or at the very least offers a hybrid variant.
Aside from the Toyota S-FR, the brand will be touting the Kikai and the FCV Plus, which is their futuristic fuel cell concept poised to challenge the Honda fuel cell vehicle. It is said to run purely on hydrogen and have the capacity to power a home. What? The hydrogen fuel cells are mounted in various locations on the car, with some powering it and some accessible to power homes and stuff—which seems kinda strange and we can’t wait for further explanation from the brand at the show.
But wait, that is not all! Toyota will also bring the Kirobo Mini along, that adorable mini robot created for space coms, the C-HR concept and the next-gen Prius because it just will not die.
Subaru is best known for its performance and family fare offerings, with the standard Forester serving as the social and nonthreatening SUV for families and rides like the WRX, STI and BRZ attracting power craving petrol heads worldwide. But has everyone noticed the Subaru Viziv Future concept SUV? Are they breaking out the sexy for the Tokyo Motor Show or what?
The Subaru Viziv Future demonstrates the design language of the brand’s future.
The Viziv Future concept illustrates where the future of the Subaru SUV is headed, and it is so much better than previous SUV siblings. As a tuned WRX owner with a fondness for the visual cues of the Audi Q5 and Q3, the Viziv Future caught my eye and seems to be superior to the luxe Q5 at least in terms of visuals. Rather than copycat many of the popular sporty SUV crossover bodies out there today, Subaru charted into its own territory with bold unique lines, contours and lighting concepts–it will not be confused with another brand. The Future fun doesn’t stop there–with the cabin renderings providing a preview of the racing inspired seating and upscale vibe.
All modern inside and out with panoramic views to show that the sky is the limit.
Subaru is brining sexy back—them other brands don’t know how to act.
The Subaru Viziv Future concept at a glance:
This concept is pumped full of tech, with sensors, radar, and nifty road monitoring cameras that allow it to operate completely autonomously at highway speeds. Accidents are avoided thanks to obstacle detection and it can even park itself in tight spots. Take that, mister valet dude friend guy.
Conveniences include climate control, connectivity and touch navigation.
The back bench folds neatly away to reveal an integrated bike rack concealed beneath the floor. Word.
Power will stem from the currently popular hybrid style engine. A turbo flat 4 from the Levorg wagon to be precise.
Finally, the look is polished off with suicide doors. As if the model did not stand out enough, this feature provides the final punch for the knockout.
The Viziv Future is the 3rd installment in the concept process, and it has certainly evolved from last year’s renderings. More will emerge when the Tokyo Motor Show rolls out October 29th, 2015.
When it comes to speed and titles, few match the long-standing Bugatti Veyron. That said, some find the startup and throttle sound to be a bit too soft and gentle for such an epic monster. Queue the Bugatti Vision GT concept, it seems that the engineers took note (pun intended) of the situation when developing this nice lady and gave her a much throatier voice. Take a listen in the clip below!
This video was captured at the Frankfurt Motor Show where the Bugatti Vision GT concept was shown for the first time. Here you can see her showing off her looks and special sounds to the obviously captivated crowds:
Fans gathered around the Bugatti Vision GT concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year and the aftermath of information has been entertaining. Some assume that the car is most definitely the replacement to the Veyron, which has ended its production run of 450 units. Now for the shocker: The Vision GT concept is but a shell…a life-sized body cradling the 8.0-liter W16 engine that somehow sounds better inside it. Perhaps it is that glorious carbon fiber skin.
The company has stated that the Bugatti Vision GT shall demolish the 250-mile per hour marker in about 4 seconds, giving passengers ample time to contemplate their life plan and budget to buy one. They are not revealing the official specifications or if the car is actually to hit production. Some think they are beta testing the exterior stylings at this juncture, but for the facts we likely have to wait until the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. It is quite common for the Bugatti brand to perform a slow, decadent and nearly unbearable striptease prior to giving up the goods on any changes. You win Bugatti, you win.
The automotive arena is all about change these days, with alternative powertrains positioned firmly at the top of the agenda. The movement began at a snail’s pace and took some years to gain any real traction, but now, many brands are off and running and it is now completely commonplace to see new hybrids emerge. Honda has not only entered the arena, but is moving forward with hydrogen fuel cell technology—something few are dipping into at this juncture.
Honda announced that it intends to show off a model of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as early as the Tokyo Motor Show, which shall commence October 29th-November 8th with the title “Mobilityscape Tokyo” and the overall direction of smart mobility and city cars. This makes the event ideal to unleash a new variant, which has been code named the Honda FCV at this early stage in the game. Here is what we know so far:
The Honda FCV hydrogen fuel cell variant at a glance:
Range anxiety is not an issue with a 700 km range
It has been called a mobile power plant with an external power feeding inverter and newer regeneration modules
High output motors
A standard sedan style comfortably seating up to 5 standard adults. Yes, I say standard because we all know that some cars call it rear seating when only a golf bag will fit properly. Humans do not enjoy riding pretzel.
Honda is certainly changing gears and has enlisted the bright minds at General Motors to commission the futuristic powertrains via hydrogen storage and fuel cell stacks. To that end, GM has confirmed that it will join with Honda in the creation of a commercially viable hydrogen fuel cell offering by 2020.
Auto shows are exciting venues to get the details on the latest offerings and see how brands are evolving–and sometimes there are exotic car crashes. There is always the risk of danger when crowds gather near vehicles in operation, as was the case at the Malta Motor Show. Malta is a small island off the southern coast of Italy. It was there that a Porsche 918 spyder operated by British tycoon Paul Bailey hit some grass with a rear wheel, cleared a barrier and spun into the crowd of onlookers off a runway.
Warning: The footage below shows the chaos of the Porsche crash that left 26 people injured. While it is not gory, it may be disturbing to some viewers:
The clip above was captured at the unfortunate crash as the Porsche 918 spun out of control and into the crowd of bystanders. It is amazing that the person filming kept rolling with all of the harrowing happenings. The event was so instantaneous that it clearly was impossible for some to move fast enough to make way for the out of control car. The crash occurred at the Paqpaqli ghal-Istrina motorshow in Malta.
The event raises funds for local charity and driver Bailey is a known automotive enthusiast with ample experience behind the wheel. He owns an impressive fleet of approximately 30 exotic sports cars including Ferrari, McLaren and even the Porsche 918 spyder he was piloting at the time. Regardless of experience level, sometimes drivers lose control of these high-powered machines, and in just a split second, the vehicle has spun several times and it is too late. The overall lesson here is that it is crucial for bystanders to keep a safe distance, even when it seems annoying for local officials to create barriers—they are put in place to save lives.
The latest James Bond film ‘Spectre’ can add another bragging right to its already extensive repertoire: It has the record for dollar damage from smashing up and otherwise annihilating perfectly good Aston Martin machines.
The Aston Martin DB10 car was created for use in the James Bond film only.
It is certainly an amusing tidbit to add to any conversation, as Spectre’s stunt coordinator Gary Powell recently did when he told Event magazine: “We set the record for smashing up cars on Spectre. In Rome, we wrecked millions of pounds worth. They were going into the Vatican at top speeds of 110 miles per hour. We shot one entire night for four seconds of film.”
The movie Spectre will be slamming into European theaters on October 26th and Stateside November 6th, which leaves quite an annoying gap of opportunity for critics and the interwebs to give away the details to those who have not yet seen it. It is a sure bet that those involved have very high hopes of at least recovering the lost carnage from the cast of cars. The featured Bond ride in this installment is the one-off Aston Martin DB10 coupe. I use the term one-off lightly, as 7 out of 10 were destroyed in the name of art. All units were created specifically for this movie and none will hit the market. While there are spinoffs suitable for consumption like the next-gen DB9 GT and the Vulcan, of course, the DB10 is only offered to 007.
In the end, the grand finale of financial investment reached the $300 million marker—making this the most expensive James Bond movie to date. When that knowledge is absorbed, the $37 million in Aston Martin crashes seems…not so staggering.
The old saying ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ should be carefully interpreted for those looking at the unfortunate chap in the photo below! The man has reportedly been warned several times by police officials to remove his modified Maserati watercraft because it is not safe. I use the term modified lightly–as you will understand upon viewing the short clip below. Clearly the dude-friend-guy did not understand that turning a vintage Maserati car into an unauthorized personal watercraft poses danger.
No big deal, just a random modified Maserati watercraft making waves around the interwebs. Cue Easy E lyrics…
The man has only been identified as a 40-year-old Italian. If he has a dating profile online, it likely states: Interests include turning awesome cars into terrifying watercrafts and cruising from La Spezia to Venice. The sports car was fitted with the needed materials to float and then strapped with an outboard motor. In his best efforts to look dapper, the Maserati watercraft driver stands proud on the hood—so that there would be no mistaking the identity of the cool guy behind the wheel. It appears that he has zero control over the direction the craft travels or the speed.
The journey began in La Spezia but Police yelled timber in Timber, stopping the craft before it could reach its desired destination in Venice. The man was left to contemplate his life decisions with a warning rather than an arrest. This is not the first exotic car boat story– remember the exotic gondolas in Venice that are operating legit to offer consumers the luxury car experience on the water? Perhaps this poor chap was en route to offer them a vintage fleet…and the world a healthy dose of amusement.