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Hottest Motoring News Of The Week [25.08.16]

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1 of 5|Tesla Model S P100D
2 of 5|Lamborghini Centenario Roadster
3 of 5|Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante
4 of 5|Mazda RX-9
5 of 5|1955 Jaguar D-Type Roadster

Suffering from heavy foot syndrome? Keep up to date with this week’s hottest motoring news featuring Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Tesla, Jaguar and Mazda.

#1 Tesla Unveils The World’s Fastest Accelerating Production Car

That’s what the American company is claiming anyway. The multi-million dollar hypercars such as the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder can accelerate faster but they’re no longer in production hence the Tesla wears that crown today. How fast are we talking? 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds. That makes the Model S P100D a faster speed climber than McLaren’s current P1 flagship car. How Tesla does this is by increasing electric power going into the electric motors. The P100D refers to the now 100kWh (up from 90) that is fed into the dual electric motors which sit up front and in the rear to deliver power to all four wheels. Included in this unconventional hypercar slayer is five comfortable seats, four doors and two boots (front and back). Take that, exotics.

#2 Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

Lamborghini are renowned for their strikingly beautiful vehicles and they certainly didn’t disappoint at Pebble Beach this week with the unveiling of their new Centenario Roadster. The car which was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini is worth a cool US$2.5 million and takes the roof off the previously released Centenario . A lot of the coinage comes from the car’s Aventador derived carbon monocoque featuring a 759hp 6.5-litre V12 slotted behind the driver. Performance is pegged at 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and no you can’t buy one as all 20 units have been spoken for.

#3 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante

Following suit of the Lamborghini crowd is Aston Martin’s Vanquish Zagato Volante, a topless version of the stunning coupe which borrows unique styling cues from the famed Zagato name. This particular version that debuted at Pebble Beach will come in just 99 examples and carry the British marque’s 592hp V12 which can get the car from 0-100km/h in just 3.7s. It also borrows the ‘Blade LED’ technology as seen on their Vulcan hypercar.

#4 Mazda RX-9 Rumours…Again

We know Mazda yearns to revive the RX line of rotary engined sports cars but to date there’s been nothing but just concept images and speculation as to how the Japanese manufacturer plans to do so with today’s stringent emission targets and the rotary’s penchant for being thirsty. Nonetheless the rumour mill churns and the latest is that the rotary-powered sports coupe will arrive in 2019 with a 1.6-litre, twin-rotor Wankel engine with a turbocharger strapped on. Power is expected to be around 400hp whilst the low weight remains a winning factor for the car which has a 1,300kg target. A proper concept looks more likely at this stage but rotary fans will just have to wait and see.

#5 Most Expensive Car Sold At Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach isn’t just a showcase of the latest and greatest toys. As it attracts some of the world’s wealthiest buyers and collectors, it was only fitting that there’d be an auction lot allocated to some of the most sought after exotics ever. What came out on top of the buyer’s list? An immaculate 1955 Jaguar D-Type Roadster which went under the hammer for US$21,780,000. No we didn’t add a few extra zeroes. This particular car is the winner of the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans and was steered to victory by Ecurie Ecosse. Besides looking fast with its tail fin, it also packed a 3.4-litre inline six that pushed 250hp. Blimey.

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