Welcome to a brand new year of the hottest motoring news, a place where we scrape up the week’s worth of burnt rubber so you don’t need to. It’s going to be a massive one too with names like Aston Martin, Shelby, Land Rover, Jaguar and Tesla all joining this week’s party with some serious gear. Hitchhikers welcome.
#1 Shelby GT40 MKII 50th Anniversary Le Mans Edition
The 50th anniversary of the legendary Shelby GT40 is one steeped with competition pedigree. To mark the 1-2-3 victory finish at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, Superperformance have built something as close to the real racing car as you could possibly get. The replica forms part of a collaboration between Shelby, Superformance and Safir with authenticity held to high esteem. We’re talking about a right hand drive and right hand shift car which has over 90% of the current parts interchangeable with the original car. Want one? Only 20 examples will be built and it comes with a GT40P serial number to mark its authenticity. Three vintage colourways will be made available to match the original race cars.
#2 Aston Martin Vulcan Goes On Sale For $3.4M
Fancy yourself a rare Aston Martin Vulcan? Of course you do. After only a month of ownership, Aston Martin Cleveland owner Bernie Moreno is selling up his fiery red Vulcan that he bought for $2.3 million back in 2015 for a cool $3.4 million. That’s a profit margin of over $1 million for all those playing at home. Why so expensive? Well this isn’t your normal car which tends to depreciate over time. There are only 24 of these cars made in the world and all of them have been sold prior to their debut at Geneva last year. Still shocked? But wait there’s more. The Aston Martin Vulcan is a track-only supercar which will never see the open public road. Motoring dreams shattered.
#3 Jaguar F-Type SVR Uncaged
When Jaguar hands the keys over to a brand new F-Type to its Special Vehicles division known as SVR, you know it’s going to be something special. And bloody noisy too. The Jaguar F-Type SVR will be a 575hp missile which will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Those after some power will be glad to hear the car will come packed with a supercharged V8, all-wheel-drive, 8-speed auto transmission and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds. Top speed, if you’re that type of guy, will clock in at 320km/h. Luckily there’ll be optional ceramic brakes to help you pull up and a titanium exhaust for that intoxicating raspy note. You can also choose the SVR with or without a roof.
#4 Tesla Confirms Two Affordable Vehicles On Its Way
Tesla have barely rolled their latest Model X SUVs off the production line and already they’re looking towards the next two models. Dubbed the Model 3 and Model Y, the two entry-level electric cars will close out the current Tesla range nicely and have a target price of around $30,000 – $35,000. The Model 3 will be unveiled first when March rolls around. The car’s specs have yet to be made public but we are hoping there will be an ‘insane’ mode just as the Model S’.
#5 Land Rover & Abercrombie & Kent Launch Their Most Extravagant Roadtrip Ever
When you think of extravagant travel, what comes to mind? Well if it was up to Land Rover, it’ll be their latest collaboration with luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent. For the adventure man who wants to explore some of the world’s coolest locations, the pair have teamed up to bring punters on a 21 day road trip equipped with the ultimate Range Rover, the SVAutobiography.
Those interested will need to fly to Europe where you’ll drive from Nice to Monaco before taking the 550hp beast through five continents and eight countries. Think exotic locations like overnight stays in the Atacama Desert to having a glacier picnic where you’ll be picked up by helicopter for lunch in the alps. You want to know the price? Of course you do. The trip starts from £100,000 (AU$202,000) for two people and can be catered to your own preferences and timetable.