Suit up and park yourself in the driver’s seat as we take a look at the five trending stories from motoring world this week. Mercedes, Aston Martin, Top Gear, Porsche and Volkswagen are all joining the party in this week’s round up.
#1 Mercedes Could Be Building Mid-Engined Supercar
Given the German marque’s dominance in Formula One, there’s been whispers that Mercedes is planning to build a mid-engined supercar to take on Ferrari and McLaren in the road car domain. The report comes via Autocar who spoke to Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers who revealed: “My personal thinking is that we are now at a level where we could support another dedicated AMG model. The car would be totally different to the GT.”
“We need to break the rules and do something nobody expects,” he Moers added. “It has to be a bigger step – a much bigger step.”
So far there’s speculation that the AMG supercar could take on the likes of the 488 GTB, McLaren 650S and Lamborghini Huracan with the potential for a performance hybrid powertrain. Exciting times ahead.
#2 Aston Martin Shows Off The Vulcan In New Zealand
What does $4.2 million afford you? A hot lap of New Zealand’s picturesque Highlands Motorsport Park in one of the world’s rarest cars of course. Only 24 will be built and they can’t even be driven on the public roads (although that could soon change). Words need not be spoken. Just watch on as the 800hp V12 disposes of the twisties like an angry scalpel.
#3 New Top Gear Teaser Has LeBlanc Getting Dirty
Clarkson, Hammond and May may have gone, but it seems the antics haven’t. New boy Matt LeBlanc stars in one of the latest teasers for the show set to air in May which has him doing dirt jumps and crazy stunts in an Ariel Nomad buggy. Before that though, he has to learn to get in a car without doors. How you doin, Joey? Looks like you need some help.
#4 Volkswagen R 400 Is No More
Sad news for hot hatch fans today. The much anticipated hypo R 400 Golf has been canned. The super high performance hatchback came to fruition back in 2014 as a concept and after much praise, had the support of then Volkswagen research and design boss, Heinz-Jakob Neusser. That was not to be as Neusser was quickly out of the job after the diesel emission scandal. With his departure, the R 400 project was also retired. Sad face. VW still want to make a high-performance version of the Golf with 400hp but time will see whether or not it actually makes it to production.
#5 2017 Porsche Cayman
It might look the same as the last model but that’s just how Porsche likes to do things. Minor tweaks, they call it. The new 718 Cayman also sees a soft top 718 Boxster but that’s where the boring stuff ends. In place of the venerable flat six engines is now a pair of turbo-charged flat four engines – one in 2.0-litre trim and the other in 2.5-litres. That’s a 300hp and 350hp rating, bumping up power by 25hp from the outgoing models. The 718 Cayman S adds even more fun with a PDK automated manual gearbox which will get the car to 100km/h in 4.0s flat.