Kick it up a gear with this week’s hottest motoring news. It’s a big one this time with the world’s fastest cars mixing it with a classic ride Bond would be proud of.
#1 Ferrari Unveil The 458 MM Speciale
With the arrival of the 458 successor known as the 488GTB, one would find it odd that Ferrari this week revealed another supercar called the 458 MM Speciale – yes, based on the old model. Don’t get your hopes up for a revival though as this is a one off creation custom built for a British customer by Ferrari Styling Centre. Aesthetic alterations adorn the car including blacked out A-pillars for a fresh visor windshield look, revised bumper, side vents, intakes and rear spoiler. The engine remains unchanged with a naturally aspirated V8 and seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The whole car is finished in Bianco Italia white with the Italian flag draped ribboned down the middle. Bellissima.
#2 Power Games: 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo
Nissan have unveiled their 2017 GT-R Nismo, the fastest variant to roll off the production floor to date. Visually the styling cues are a lot more aggressive to aid in aerodynamic efficiency and cooling. This means a stiffer bonnet for rigidity, carbon fibre bumpers, fixed canards and a new front grille design. Dampers, springs and roll bars also see upgrades to ensure the car gets around corners quicker than before. The engine remains unchanged as it is already at ideal performance levels with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 making 592hp. 0-100km/h? A blistering 2.6 seconds. Good Godzilla. See how the Japanese do it below.
#3 Mercedes AMG GT-R Spotted In The Wild
We recently had the pleasure of driving an AMG GTS to the limit at Phillip Island’s Grand Prix Circuit. Well Mercedes have gone one better and will soon release a non-nonsense version of that car called the AMG GT-R. Due to be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the wild German supercar has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. Watch and listen.
#4 Aston Martin MK III Prototype
Petrolicious has delivered the goods yet again, this time tracking down car collector Dave Adams and his timeless 1957 Aston Martin MK III prototype. It was an accidental buy that happened back in 1984 when the dealer sold the car that Adams was after. He instead got pointed to this light blue machine and the rest they’d say is history. James Bond himself drove this car in Ian Flemming’s Goldfinger novel. See it in action below.
#5 Ferrari Wins International Engine Of The Year
Didn’t know engines had competitions? Neither did we. Regardless, Ferrari this week took out the title for the 2016 International Engine of the Year awards. The winner is of course the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 found in the new 488 GTB. The award looked at power delivery as well as innovation such as turbocharger seals to prevent lag. Now go out and buy yourself a 488GTB.