Ferrari F40 (1989): a rare blue livery for auction

Ferrari F40 (1989) a rare blue livery for auction

This unique blue-colored Ferrari F40 is currently up for auction, and although it’s not red, collectors are raving about it!

The Ferrari have always been available in many colors and yet, the red is the most popular color because it is the traditional color of the horse racing models prancing, but today is also a rational choice to ensure its resale.

The British owner of this 1989 Ferrari F40 , YouTuber Sam Moores, did not want to follow this trend, and put this blue copy of the F40 up for auction through the house of Bonhams. Its registration, “F40 BLU”, testifies to the uniqueness of the car.

Ferrari F40 (1989): only 26,155 km on the odometer

If the history of the model is to be believed, the 1,311 copies of Ferrari F40s which left the factory at the time, between 1987 and 1992, were all painted in “Rosso Corsa” red. The other colors that you may encounter are therefore the work of their respective owners. This particular F40 has a long history: in 2004 it was exported to Japan, then painted white and modified by Liberty Walk in 2010.

It was then bought back in 2014 by Joe Macari Performance Cars in London and then restored to its original condition. But before being sold to its current owner, it was completely repainted in blue by the Italians from Carrozzeria Zanasi, in Maranello. The chosen color is not part of the Ferrari catalog: it is Aqua Blue Metallic, which was borrowed from the Porsche color chart. The interior combines black with the bright red of the leather of the seats.

The model is in excellent condition and only displays 26,155 km on the odometer . Its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine produces 478 horsepower , and has been recently serviced. If it was marketed at the time around 200,000 euros, today, its scarcity and the speculation that followed have raised its rating beyond one million euros. At the time of writing, the auction for this blue F40 has already reached 765,000 pounds, the equivalent of around 885,800 euros .

 

Mini Anniversary Edition (2021): a special series in homage to John Cooper

Mini Anniversary Edition (2021) a special series in homage to John Cooper

Mini unveils a new special series in homage to John Cooper, called Anniversary Edition and limited to 740 copies, including 74 for the French market.

60 years ago, Mini began a collaboration with John Cooper, with the very first Mini Cooper launched in September 1961. To mark this anniversary, the British firm is today launching a new special edition of the Mini , available in 3 doors or in Cabrio, and with historical nods in homage to John Cooper, who died in 2000.

This Mini Anniversary Edition is available in France with the Rebel Green body color, associated with white contrasting elements: roof, exterior mirror caps, door handles, hood strips, and headlight and taillight surrounds. There are also several elements painted in Piano Black, such as the gas hatch or the grille insert, as well as a red border on the front face.

Mini Anniversary Edition (2021): an exclusive endowment

The standard equipment also includes 18-inch two-tone “Circuit Spoke” alloy wheels, “Cooper” signatures on the door sills, side vents, C-pillars as well as the Nappa leather steering wheel insert, a sports antenna, carbon tailpipes, as well as ventilated John Cooper Works brake discs. These elements are supplemented by stickers bearing the number “74” , which can be found on the hood and the doors: a symbolic number which refers to the number that the Mini Cooper Classic wore when it won the circuit for the first time.

Inside, the John Cooper Works sport seats are upholstered in leather / Dinamica Carbon Black, the headliner is anthracite, the pedals in stainless steel, while the decorative inserts are painted in Piano Black. On the insert to the left of the steering wheel, we also find the signatures of John, Mike and Charlie Cooper , while a specific sticker numbered “1 of 740” bearing the signature of John Cooper is affixed on the inside of the frame. the driver’s door.

The Mini Anniversary Edition will be produced in a limited series of 740 units worldwide, of which only 74 will be marketed in France, where it will only be offered in a John Cooper Works version (the other countries will also benefit from the Cooper and Cooper S engines ). Price level, count from 44,700 euros and 47,700 euros, respectively for the 3-door and Cabrio versions.

 

RML Short Wheelbase (2022): in tribute to the Ferrari 250 GT SWB

RML Short Wheelbase (2022) in tribute to the Ferrari 250 GT SWB

The British from RML Group will produce 30 copies of the Short Wheelbase, a superb coupe paying homage to the Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

The RML Short Wheelbase is a tribute to the legendary Ferrari 250 GT SWB , and is based on a Ferrari 550 Maranello chassis, whose suspensions have been modified to get the most out of its performance, with the help of Ohlins passive shock absorbers. Its body is made entirely of carbon fiber , which also allows a substantial weight reduction.

Compared to the 550 Maranello, the front overhang has been reduced, to optimize the distribution of masses towards the center of gravity, thus improving handling. To pursue this goal of perfect mass balance, the battery has been moved from the engine compartment to the boot.

RML Short Wheelbase (2022): a 485 horsepower V12

Under the hood, hides an atmospheric V12 engine with 5.5 liters of displacement, developing the power of 485 horsepower for 570 Nm of torque . The assembly is transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. RML already announces a 0 to 96 km / h in 4.1 seconds , for a top speed of around 300 km / h.

The RML Short Wheelbase will be produced in 30 units from the end of this year, with deliveries expected in the first half of 2022 . Price wise, it will take you around 1.3 million pounds sterling, or the equivalent of 1.51 million euros , to offer you this superb replica of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB, the rare original models of which are being traded today. Sell at more than 10 million euros at auction !

 

BYD Dolphin (2022): an electric compact for Europe?

BYD Dolphin (2022) an electric compact for Europe

The Chinese manufacturer BYD will soon launch the BYD Dolphin: a new compact 100% electric model, which could one day land in Europe.

The BYD Dolphin is a future relatively compact model, with its length of 4.07 meters by 1.77 meters wide, for a wheelbase of 2.70 meters, and whose proportions are reminiscent of the Honda Jazz . Prefigured by the concept BYD EA1, it is the first model to be based on the platform 800 V “E-platform 3.0” of BYD , which will equip all future models 100% electric Chinese manufacturer.

BYD Dolphin (2022): up to 405 km of range

According to information distilled by MIIT, Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies, the Dolphin will be marketed with two versions: the first called SR (Standard Range) will be equipped with a 30.72 kWh battery , and will be able to travel up to 301 km (according to the NEDC cycle) with a single charge, while the second, LR (Long Range), will offer up to 405 km of autonomy (still according to the NEDC cycle) thanks to a battery of 44.93 kWh .

Thanks to its 800-volt architecture, fast charging can recover up to 150 km of range in just 5 minutes. Its engine will offer a power of 95 horsepower for 180 Nm of torque , allowing it a maximum speed of 150 km / h.

The BYD Dolphin will be marketed in China from next year, at a price of around 100,000 yuan, or the equivalent of around 13,100 euros . Marketing in Europe has not yet been confirmed, but it would not be surprising to see it land soon in our regions!

 

2021 Kia Ceed: a slight mid-term restyling

2021 Kia Ceed a slight mid-term restyling

The Kia Ceed goes through the restyling box. The facelift is above all aesthetic with the appearance of the brand’s new logo on the body. The engines remain unchanged or almost.

The Kia Ceed leads a rather discreet career within France . However, it nevertheless has a very complete range with no less than 4 different bodies : a 5-door sedan, a “classic” SW station wagon, a Proceed hunting station wagon as well as the XCeed crossover. For the first six months of 2021, a total of 3,850 units were sold, which is relatively few for all models.

For this month of July, it is therefore the three versions SW, Proceed and XCeed which will therefore go through the restyling box.

A visual restyling that stands out

What is striking from the outset is obviously the appearance of the new Kia logo on the body, which was inaugurated by the EV6 crossover a few months earlier, in April.

The radiator grille now features a much wider design, supported by chrome elements that can be seen in the upper and lower air intakes. On the GT Line and GT Sport versions , which are still available, the side air intakes at the wheel arches are larger. At the rear, the GT versions are distinguished from the standard models by a glossy black diffuser with chrome trim.

The interior revamp is understated: Customers can choose from eight different seat covers, while the GT and GT Line feature black suede upholstery and contrasting stitching. We find the 12.3 ? digital instrumentation combo as well as a 10.25 ? central touch screen. Connectivity improves with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which now work wirelessly.

The range of engines remains the same, or almost

The engine range of the Kia Ceed Facelift remains unchanged: despite the model update, the five-door version is still not available as a hybrid version. This engine is reserved for the SW station wagon. The range still includes four turbo petrol engines and a diesel combined with light hybridization. The entry-level engines are the 1.0 T-GDI three-cylinder with 100 or 120 hp. The 160 hp 1.5 T-GDI and the GT version with a 204 hp 1.6 T-GDI are positioned just above. The diesel version is the 136bhp 1.6-liter four-cylinder and the 48-volt mild hybrid system now features a smart manual gearbox with electronically controlled clutch.

Diesel and the 1.5 T-GDI are optionally available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while it is standard on the 1.6 T-GDI. Kia equips the 1.0 T-GDI with a six-speed manual transmission.

The Kia Ceed Facelift will hit production lines from August 2021, for a market launch early in the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

Audi RS6 Johann ABT Signature (2021): an 800 hp monster

Audi RS6 Johann ABT Signature (2021) an 800 hp monster

For the 125th anniversary of ABT, the German trainer is giving us a monstrous gift of 800 horses!

For its 125th anniversary, tuner ABT is launching what is arguably the most exclusive model in company history – the Johann Abt Signature Edition based on the Audi RS6 .

Johann Abt started in 1896 as a blacksmith in Kempten. Today, Abt Sportsline is considered the world’s largest preparer for the brands of the Volkswagen group. In particular for the Audi brand.

In order to properly celebrate this anniversary, the manufacturer will produce only 64 examples of the RS6. Only six cars will be built per month by hand.

800 hp for a top speed of 330 km / h

The four-liter twin- turbo V8 engine has been significantly improved: it goes from 600 hp and 800 Nm to 800 hp and 980 Nm of torque thanks to new turbochargers, enlarged cooling and an improved exhaust line. An additional oil cooler ensures stability.

With the increase in power, the numbers on the road also improve: 0 to 100 km / h is reached in 2.91 seconds , 0.69 seconds slower than the standard RS 6. 200 km / h is reached in just 9.79 seconds. After 28.35 seconds, the 300 km / h barrier is crossed, 20 seconds earlier than in the standard RS6! The maximum speed as for it culminates at 330 km / h.

A very dark exterior look

The Johann Abt Signature Edition has a special aerodynamic package. The most distinctive element of this RS6 is the carbon fiber. The latter is traversed by a red metallic thread that can be found in various places to contrast with the dominant black hue. The air intakes and spoiler lip on the front apron, as well as the rear part and rear spoiler are designed in this way.

The wheel arches are fitted with 22-inch forged rims , specially developed for the Johann Abt Signature Edition. These save 3.5 kilograms per wheel on the scale compared to the standard version.

An interior designed by ABT

Inside too, the preparers have innovated a lot. When you open the doors, an ABT logo is projected on the floor.

On the leather seats, a “Johann Abt” lettering is sewn by hand on the seats. On the door sill, the inscription ” Since 1896 ” is engraved on an aluminum plate.

On its center console, each car displays a fragment of the anvil used by Johann Abt in the past. A personalized numbered plate completes the finish of each model.

The price of the vehicle has not been communicated but it could be around € 250,000 .

 

Opel Grandland (2021): big restyling for the SUV!

Opel Grandland Hybrid4 (2021)

Launched in 2017, the Opel Grandland X goes through the restyling box. New look, more high-tech interior, new driving aids… the changes are numerous. The SUV even goes so far as to change its name!

Opel continues to rejuvenate its range . After launching a new Corsa in 2019 and restyling the Crossland in 2020, and while waiting for the sixth generation of Astra scheduled for this summer, the German manufacturer is renewing… the Grandland X ! Marketed since 2017, the compact SUV benefits in spring 2021 from a mid-career restyling .

And for the occasion, Opel has decided to change everything . Or almost. Starting with the name of the model . Like the new Mokka , the latter loses its “X” suffix and simply becomes the Grandland.

The face of the new Mokka

The connection with the new Mokka continues even in style. Like the urban SUV, the restyled Grandland sports the brand’s new face, the Opel Vizor . At the front, we find ultra- thin IntelliLux LED Pixel Light projectors , borrowed from the Insignia, while at the rear the name of the model is now located in the center of the tailgate, just below the brand’s logo.

A fully digital dashboard

On board, same story since Opel has grafted its new “Pure Panel” dashboard . The restyled Grandland thus inherits a large digital panel consisting of two screens, one for the instrument cluster (12 inches) and the other for the infotainment system (up to 10 inches). Ergonomic seats, which can be leather, massage and ventilated, are also part of the game.

Additional technologies

This restyling is also an opportunity for the SUV to get up to date technologically speaking. It thus gains new driving aids, such as Night Vision , a system which detects pedestrians and animals in the dark at a distance of up to 100 meters, and which then warns the driver.

Also new is the support for highway driving (Highway Integration Assist). Semi-adaptive, the latter keeps the Grandland in the middle of its traffic lane and is responsible for keeping the distance with the vehicle in front.

The “techno” range is completed by a 360-degree panoramic camera, an automatic parking assistant or even a blind spot warning system.

A trendy SUV

Finally, under the hood, Opel announces “fuel-efficient diesel and gasoline engines” as well as plug-in hybrid versions , without detailing its offer in this area. The Grandland should however share the same blocks as the Peugeot 3008, namely a 3-cylinder 1.2 l petrol of 130 hp, a 1.5 l Diesel also developing 130 hp and two PHEV engines of 225 and 300 hp. These models will be offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The restyled Grandland will be produced at the Opel plant in Eisenach, Germany. The brand will announce its prices and open its order book in a few weeks. The first deliveries will take place in the fall.

 

Skoda Enyaq iV (2021): 265 hp in Sportline version!

Skoda Enyaq iV (2021) 265 hp in Sportline version

Skoda is expanding the Enyaq iV range with the unveiling of the new Sportline 80x version. On the menu for the electric SUV: 265 hp, all-wheel drive and more than 500 km of range!

Marketed a few months ago in its classic intermediate versions “60” (180 hp, 62 kWh battery and 412 km of range) and “80” (204 hp, 82 kWh battery and 534 km of range), then in its entry-level “50” version (148 hp, 55 kWh battery and 392 km of range), the Skoda Enyaq iV was then launched in March in its more dynamic “ Sportline ” version .

In this configuration, the Czech electric SUV was then offered in “60” and “80” versions for respective prices displayed today at 44,470 and 50,380 €.

265 hp, all-wheel drive and over 500 km of range

While the first deliveries to customers began in May, Skoda is now expanding its range even further by offering a new variant of the Enyaq Sportline : the 80x version.

On the menu: two electric motors and all-wheel drive for a total power of 265 hp and 425 Nm of torque. The maximum speed is 160 km / h. All this is accompanied by an 82 kWh battery for a range displayed at more than 500 km (WLTP cycle).

A more dynamic look for the Sportline version

As a reminder, the Sportline versions receive as standard a sport chassis lowered by 15 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear, large 20 or 21-inch alloy wheels and distinctive black elements in the radiator grille, window surrounds, roof rails and rear diffuser. They also gain specific badges on the front fenders, an exclusive front apron and side skirts in the same color as the bodywork.

On board, there are black sports seats with integrated headrests , a three-spoke multifunction leather sports steering wheel with contrasting stitching and carbon-effect inserts. Not to mention a 5.3-inch digital handset and an augmented reality head-up display.

Finally, on the driving aids side, the SUV notably has Front Assist with predictive protection for pedestrians and cyclists or even the Travel Assist automated driving system.

The price of the Enyaq Sportline iV 80x is not yet known but will easily exceed 50,000 €.

 

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 €.