Supercars. It’s a word that gets thrown around way too often these days and yet, we can never get enough.
Luckily this week’s best motoring news features no less than four supercar stories which should keep thy camper happy. McLaren have unleashed their hotly anticipated 675LT to an astounding noise, Ferrari are ramping up their global launch of the 488GTB, Honda are (still) spruiking the impending release of the next gen NSX and BMW are toying with hydrogen fuel in their i8 supercar.
#1 McLaren 675LT Unleashed
Since its announcement at the Geneva Auto Show back in March, enthusiasts have been clamouring to see what the middle child slotted between the P1 and 570S can do. Today McLaren answers those calls with one hell of a green machine cutting up the tarmac with blistering precision and noise.
The car which is limited to just 500 units is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 with 666hp driving the rear wheels. Be sure to keep an eye on that rear wing which acts as the car’s active aero to aid in braking and cornering (it’s also the reason behind the car’s Long Tail ‘LT’ acronym).
#2 Ferrari 488GTB Unleashed
The long awaited successor to the 458 Italia is finally here and the prancing horse is celebrating its launch by demonstrating the car’s poise on the open road. Slow-mo montages, epic power slides and that perennial hum of the twin-turbo V8 makes this car worthy of the hype.
And those who think that the 488GTB will just be a cosmetic upgrade over the 458 will also be sorely disappointed. The 488 has been designed with 50% more downforce than the 458 and although the new car’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 is actually smaller in capacity than the outgoing 458’s, it manages to develop over 60hp more than its predecessor. That’s some insane sorcery right there, but the Ferrari engineers just like to call it “efficiency improvements”.
#3 Acura/Honda NSX Proves Its Worth On Pikes Peak
If there’s one supercar that has managed to piss off legions of fans over the years (see: decades), it’s the NSX. With the original first rolling off the production line back in 1990, the car never saw much change from its first generation before it ceased production in 2005. 10 years on and after endless concepts, teasers, false starts and non-committed launch dates, Japan’s first road-friendly supercar is now
here still pending production.
They have put a version up on Pikes Peak though, so that could be hinting that the car will finally see a production date in the coming decade or so. Some have even complained that it’s taken so long for Honda to develop the car that it now looks dated even before its official release. The supercar is slated to pack a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 driving power to all four wheels.
#4 BMW Hydrogen i8 Shows Glimpse Of The Future
Hooning could soon be a thing of the past if BMW have their way with hydrogen fuel cell technology. The latest technology has been bolted to the company’s hybrid supercar and it’s an odd sight to see and hear.
Mainly because you hear nothing as the car buzzes by with an electronic drone whilst emitting water vapour as a byproduct. No doubt a departure from the prehistoric ways of their M cars, BMW has tested the car’s performance and provided stats that are respectable for a non-fuel burning vehicle. A 482km range accompanies a 0-100km/h time of 6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 200km/h.
#5 How To Become An F1 Driver Featuring Jensen Button
Widely recognised as the “gentleman” of the F1 circuit, 35 year-old Brit Jensen Button has spent a good deal of decades behind the wheel.
In his recent interview with race bike manufacturer Specialized, the championship driver talks about how he got his break in Formula One as well as his late father who worked hard to support his way into the sport. This is one inspirational story from a humble racer.