Toyota GR 86: it already goes through the tuning box!

Toyota GR 86 it already goes through the tuning box

The new Toyota GR 86, unveiled very recently, already receives the TOM’s Racing label with spare parts and body kits to improve its look… And certainly its performance!

Barely unveiled last April , the new Toyota GR 86 has already been modified, this time by the Japanese teams from TOM’s Racing.

It was during the Fuji 86 Style event in Japan that the Japanese preparer – specialist in the Toyota and Lexus brand – unveiled his complete car. Code name: TOM’s GR86 Concept .

Careful preparation for the GR 86

For starters, the TOM’s GR86 is painted bright orange , a color that is not available on the standard GR 86.

Then there is the body kit. This prepared GR86 is clearly a steroid version of the production model.

The car has an extended front spoiler to increase aerodynamics and side skirts which reinforce the aggressive design of the GR86. The biggest change on the GR86 prepared by TOM’s Racing is visible at the rear: the rear bumper has a black coating, fins still in a concern of aerodynamic downforce, and a modified exhaust to 4 outputs mounted in 2 × 2.

Regarding its handling on the ground, the TOM’s GR86 has new TOM’s Cross Speed ??wheels, much wider, instead of the original wheels. Behind these hides a large modified brake kit. Enough to offer increased braking power.

Without clarification at this time, we don’t know if any changes have been made under the hood. But since the car has big brakes, bigger wheels, and a new exhaust system, there are likely a few tweaks that add more power.

A four cylinder that sings!

As a reminder, under the hood the naturally aspirated 2.4 L flat four-cylinder with direct and indirect double injection of the GR 86 offers nearly 235 horsepower of maximum power for 250 Nm of torque. Compared to the previous generation, this represents a gain of 35 horsepower and 45 Nm.

The assembly is sent to the rear wheels only via a six-speed manual transmission, or an optional six-speed automatic. The Japanese coupe completes the 0 to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds , against 7.4 seconds for the GT86 .

 

Tesla Model S (2021): the Plaid + version of 1,100 hp will not see the light of day!

Tesla Model S (2021) the Plaid + version of 1,100 hp will not see the light of day

Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, announced on Twitter that the supercharged version of the Model S, the Plaid +, strong of 1,100 hp and expected at the end of the year, was finally abandoned.

It’s no. There will be no Tesla Model S Plaid + . Announced at the beginning of the year, on the occasion of the restyling of the Model S , the supercharged version of the American electric sedan will not finally see the light of day. It was Elon Musk , the boss of Tesla himself, who broke the news on his Twitter account .

The Plaid is also good according to Elon Musk

“The Plaid + is canceled. No need, since the Plaid is just as good, ”said the whimsical businessman.

A promising version

The Plaid +, a radical version of the Model S Plaid, had to develop more than 1,100 hp for a 0 to 100 km / h under 2.1 seconds, a top speed of 320 km / h and more than 840 km of autonomy ! Expected at the end of the year, it was initially promised at the price of 139,990 € , before its price rose to nearly 150,000 € during the month of March.

The Plaid remains the most efficient of the Model S

Failing to be able to drive it, it will therefore be necessary to be satisfied with its little sister, the Plaid. A more than adequate version since it is powered by three electric motors, develops a power of 1,020 hp (0 to 100 km / h in 2.1 seconds and 322 km / h at peak) and displays a range of 628 km. Its price on the French market: 119,990 €.

 

New Kia Sportage (2021): the SUV transformed!

New Kia Sportage (2021) the SUV transformed

Kia unveils the first official news and photos of its new Sportage. On the occasion of its fifth generation, the South Korean SUV is making its revolution …

Announced in recent days through several pictures, the new Kia Sportage is emerging. Launched in 1994, the South Korean SUV is now upgraded to the fifth generation . For the occasion, Kia has completely revised its design . The Sportage is now unrecognizable , both on the outside and inside.

Kia changes everything!

No more curves. The Sportage takes muscle and gains character . The transformation is notably obvious at the front where the model now adopts an imposing “tiger nose” grille, very vertical, which is surrounded by very tapered boomerang-shaped projectors. At the rear, the lights are connected to each other by a thin light strip and a roof spoiler is installed above a narrow and inclined window.

In profile, the evolution of the Sportage is also evident. The silhouette of the SUV is clearly energized via an extended and tapered side glazed surface.

A high-end and high-tech interior

The metamorphosis continues on board with a real feeling of moving upmarket . Modernized, the Sportage seems to benefit from better quality materials. It is also much more high-tech thanks in particular to a large digital dual-screen panel that includes the instrument cluster and the central screen, as on the recent Kia EV6.

Electrified, like the Hyundai Tucson?

Not a word on the other hand concerning the technical sheet. As a cousin of the new Hyundai Tucson , with which it shares its platform, the fifth Sportage of the name should nevertheless be equipped with electrified engines . Light hybrid, hybrid and plug-in hybrid diesel versions are particularly hoped for. Commercialization is expected at the end of 2021 or early 2022.

 

Bugatti Chiron (2021): make way for Super Sport!

Bugatti Chiron (2021) make way for Super Sport

Bugatti unveils a new version of its Chiron: the Super Sport, an extreme variant, with 1,600 hp and very sophisticated aerodynamics.

As announced in recent hours, there is a new hypersport in the Bugatti catalog . And as expected, this is a new… Chiron! After the Chiron, the Chiron Sport and the Chiron Pur Sport, the Alsatian manufacturer has indeed unveiled the Chiron… Super Sport . A name that sticks to the most extreme Bugattis since 1931 (Type 55 Super Sport, EB 110 Super Sport and Veyron Super Sport).

“The Chiron Super Sport is synonymous with more comfort and elegance, with even more power and speed. », Immediately announces Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “With this new creation, we are bringing out a very special new personality at the heart of the Chiron family. It represents the essence of what we have learned and developed over the years – an ultimate Gran Turismo.

The W16 8L pushed to 1,600 hp

This newcomer is in fact a version which incorporates the technical characteristics of the limited Super Sport 300+ series , of which the 30 examples have all found buyers.

Bugatti’s legendary 8L quad-turbo W16 engine is therefore still in the game and still pushed to 1,600 hp , against 1,500 hp for a “base” Chiron. The torque remains unchanged at 1,600 Nm but is available between 2,000 and 7,000 rpm, instead of 6,000 rpm previously.

A rear lengthened by 25 cm

At the same time, the weight of the vehicle is reduced by 23 kg, the chassis benefits from new settings (firmer steering, stiffer shocks) and the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are optimized for high speeds. Aerodynamics, for its part, is reworked . And if the front is modified and lowered, it is especially at the rear that the modifications are most obvious. The stern is in fact lengthened by 25 cm (longtail). To complete the range, the central exhaust is repositioned on the sides, the diffuser is redesigned and specific aluminum rims with five Y-shaped spokes are emerging.

However, few changes have been made to the interior. Leather is still omnipresent there, like polished aluminum and carbon. Everything is luxurious and guarantees a high level of comfort.

Discover the Chiron Super Sport in video .

Mind-blowing performances

In the end, with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Chiron Super Sport claims a top speed of 440 km / h , one to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds, a 0 to 200 km / h in 5, 8 seconds (against 5.5 seconds for the Chiron Pur Sport and 6.1 seconds for the Chiron) and a 0 to 300 km / h in 12.1 seconds.

“From 0 to 400 km / h, the Chiron Super Sport accelerates seven percent faster than a Chiron”, adds Bugatti , Another figure: the seventh gear of the extended gearbox (by 3.6%) only engages ‘at 403 km / h …

3.2 million euros… excluding taxes

Production of the Chiron Super Sport will soon begin at the Bugatti plant in Molsheim. The price of the new Alsatian rocket is set at 3.2 million euros , excluding taxes, and the first deliveries will begin in 2022 .

 

New Opel Astra (2021): first look!

New Opel Astra (2021) first look

Opel unveils the first photos and information on the new and sixth generation of Astra, whose presentation is expected later this summer.

After having renewed its small Corsa in 2019, Opel is tackling another of its emblematic models: the Astra . The new and sixth generation of the compact will be unveiled in the summer. In the meantime, the German manufacturer has already unveiled the first images .

The face of the new Opel Mokka

First observation, the new Astra will display a whole new look . It will include the new face of the brand , the Opel Vizor, inaugurated on the recent Mokka . At the front, we will find ultrathin IntelliLux LED headlamps while at the rear the name of the model will now be located in the center of the tailgate. Always a design issue, the car should also adopt a long hood, a large glass surface and a roof spoiler. The lines will also be tighter for a more dynamic look.

A high tech interior

The interior will be refined and always modeled on that of the new Mokka. Opel is thus announcing a “new generation Pure Panel digital dashboard, with its fully glazed surfaces”. In other words, the Astra will gain a large digital panel consisting of two screens, one for the instrument cluster and the other for the infotainment system. The physical controls will be reduced to a minimum here to give pride of place to the touchscreen. A new steering wheel and front seats “with exceptional ergonomics” will also be part of the game.

Original PSA engines

Finally, on the technical side, this Opel Astra sixth of the name will be the cousin of the new Peugeot 308 . Like the lioness, it will be based on the EMP2 platform of the Stellantis group, which will allow it to become the first electrified Astra. In addition to the traditional original PSA petrol units (110 and 130 hp?), It should indeed carry the same plug-in hybrid engines as the 308 , whose powers are announced at 180 and 225 hp.

Designed and manufactured in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new Opel Astra will be available as a five-door sedan and Sports Tourer station wagon .

 

Volkswagen California Festival: utility event (s)

Volkswagen California Festival utility event (s)

Volkswagen is organizing for the first time a festival dedicated to van life and its legendary California!

Van life has a long history with Volkswagen . For the first time in its history, the brand’s Commercial Vehicle division is organizing a festival dedicated to these vehicles and to this philosophy.

Volkswagen and vans: a long history

It was in 1947 that the most emblematic van of the brand, and even in history, was born: the Volkswagen Combi . It was so successful at the time that the Combi also became the genesis of a new philosophy of life called “Van Life” .

At that time, the concept of life on board his van was quite new, and began to attract more and more people. Today, this art of living is experiencing a whole new boom, especially after such a special year linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was in the 1980s with its 3rd generation that the Combi became the California. Today, with the Caddy California and the Grand California, it represents a real range in its own right at Volkswagen!

A festival to put the van in the spotlight

For the very first time, the German brand will organize a large gathering dedicated to Van Life. This event will be held from October 2 to 3, 2021 in Lacanau in Gironde. Called ” California Festival “, this gathering will be placed under the sign of escape, freedom, conviviality and celebration.

Participants will find themselves cut off from the world, in the heart of a Landes pine forest, in a place truly designed for escape ! On the program, fun workshops designed for both children and adults will be offered. Without counting on many nautical activities.

Obviously, the California is also in the spotlight. The election of the most beautiful vans will also be organized among festival participants. In total, nearly 300 vans are expected at this exclusive event!

So if you have a Volkswagen Combi or California vehicle, don’t wait any longer and go for the Van Life !

 

Bugatti: a new sports car on the way!

Bugatti a new sports car on the way

Bugatti announces the presentation of a new hypersportive for June 8. In all likelihood, this is a new Chiron …

Surprise from Bugatti: a new model is about to emerge! The Alsatian manufacturer has just announced the presentation, in world premiere, of a new hypersport for June 8 !

Bugatti promises “unique performance in the world”

“Its silhouette does not deceive: the new hypersportive from Molsheim is indeed a Bugatti. Its unique visuals that shape it give it features that are both modern and steeped in a rich heritage, all promising performance unlike any other in the world. », Announces the brand in a brief press release.

A new Chiron?

What is it about ? Difficult to say at the moment. However, it could be a question here of a new variant of the Chiron , a limited edition or even a one-off designed on the basis of the supercar.

A teaser photo of the mysterious model, published on the brand’s Twitter account , indeed reveals in the twilight the atypical light signature of the Chiron.

Unfortunately, Bugatti does not reveal more and simply gives us an appointment on Tuesday June 8 at 10 am for the online presentation of this new car. Stay tuned!

 

The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak develops 760 hp!

The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak develops 760 hp

Bentley Motors unveils the technical sheet of the Bentley Continental GT3 which will be entered in the Time Attack 1 category at Pikes Peak 2021!

For the purposes of Pikes Peak 2021 , Bentley Motorsport has prepared in collaboration with the private structure FastR an extraordinary Continental GT3.

With this car, the manufacturer will try to aim for a third consecutive record on the famous Pikes Peak race, after those obtained in 2018 and 2019, with two different models: the Bentayga in the production SUV category and the Continental GT in the vehicle category. of production.

A Continental GT3 ready for the race

Bentley Motorsport and FastR saw it big for racing. The engine already, a 4.0-liter turbo V8 , is powered by a specific biofuel-based petrol (98RON), and it goes from 580 hp to almost 760 hp! The torque has also been revised upwards and reaches 1000 Nm instead of the usual 750 Nm. The car has been modified with the addition of a thicker carbon fiber intake manifold for example, as well as custom Akrapovic exhaust manifolds.

With this power boost, the Continental GT3 received a second cooling system at the rear to allow the engine to stay at operating temperature throughout the hill climb. Air intakes also appear and replace the rear side windows.

Finally, the chassis has also been modified and prepared specifically for this race.

Reworked aerodynamics

Bentley engineers have equipped their model with a body with a completely redesigned aerodynamics , which provides no less than 30% more downforce ! The beast is also equipped with an XXL diffuser and a gigantic rear spoiler which allows optimal support at high speed.

These parts of the aero pack are made for the most part with nylon-carbon fiber filament , which offers increased strength at minimal weight.

 

New Renault Mégane (2021): the electric compact is unveiled!

New Renault Mégane (2021) the electric compact is unveiled

Renault publishes new images of its future 100% electric Mégane and unveils its first technical characteristics.

Surprise at Renault! A month almost to the day after a first series of pictures , the French manufacturer has just published new images of its future Mégane .

The new 100% electric Mégane E-Tech is unveiled today in camouflage , which echoes the brand’s new logo, and in a pre-production version . The opportunity to see that the sedan will be aesthetically close to the eVision show car which was presented in October 2020.

Close to the eVision show-car

We find the same robust and compact silhouette but also the same front light signature with optical units linked together by a thin strip and completed by an angular “S”. At the back, same topo. The lights are thin, horizontal and connected by a light strip. For the rest, the surfaces are smooth, the sides hollowed out and the hips marked. At the front as at the rear, we also notice the presence of the new striped and illuminated Renault logo .

However, no new photo of the interior has been published. Photos released last month, however, revealed a completely redesigned interior including a floating center console and a new dashboard. A large digital panel was also on the program. It was made up of two screens positioned in an L- shape , one for the instrument cluster and the other for the new generation multimedia system.

217 hp and up to 450 km of autonomy

The diamond also takes advantage of these few images to reveal the first technical characteristics of the car. The new Mégane E-Tech Electric, also called MéganE (pronounced “Mégane i”), will therefore be equipped with a 160 kW (217 hp) electric motor and a 60 kWh battery which will allow it to travel up to 450 km according to the WLTP standard.

The compact will also be based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-EV (Common Module Family-Electric Vehicles) platform , designed exclusively for 100% electric vehicles and inaugurated by the Nissan Ariya SUV .

30 Mégane E-Tech Electric tested on the road this summer

This new appearance of the MéganE marks the start of its testing on open roads. Led by Renault engineers, 30 vehicles will be driving the roads this summer. The presentation of the car should take place in the coming weeks . Produced at the end of the year at the Douai plant (North), it will be marketed at the beginning of 2022.

 

Honda Sports EV Concept: soon to be a production electric sports car?

Honda Sports EV Concept soon to be a production electric sports car

To make the development of the Honda e platform profitable, the manufacturer would prepare a production version of the Sports EV concept.

What if Honda prepared a small electric sports car? This is advanced by the Japanese media Car Sensor, according to which Honda was working on a production version of the Sports EV Concept , presented in 2017. With its retro lines that inspired the city car Honda e , the small electric coupe would take over the platform of the latter. With compact dimensions, it would be a sort of rival to the Mazda MX-5 or Toyota GR 86 , but in electric. On the Honda e, the engines range from 136 hp to 153 hp: sufficient for a small sports coupe , as long as the weight is under control.

As a replacement for the Honda S660

Also according to Car Sensor, Honda plans to end production of the S660 , a pocket sports car to which we are not entitled in Europe. The latter is a Kei Car , that is to say that it meets Japanese compactness criteria, with a 660 cm3 engine for 64 hp . The Sports EV would take the place of the S660. Compact, will accommodate only two occupants. According to our colleagues, the first prototypes are already in circulation, with production scheduled for 2022.

Why this little sportswoman? To streamline the expensive development of the Honda e. The premium city car remains for the moment the only one to use the platform specially created for the occasion. And since the latter is a rear-wheel drive , it could be perfect for a pocket sports car.

But, if this future electric coupe were to be marketed in Europe, be careful not to copy the two faults of the Honda e : the autonomy at half mast (we measured it at 152 km on average), and the high price ( almost € 39,000 in Advance finish).