With Tesla set to unveil the Model Y next Thursday, what better way to kick things off early by staging a drag racing showdown with some of the fastest luxury sedans currently on the market, headlining things with the Model S P100D? That’s exactly what CarWow did, and the results may surprise you. Featuring the 640-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door, 625-horsepower BMW M5 Competition and a 680-horsepower Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Read more to see which vehicle came out on top.
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Volkswagen teamed up with the f.re.e. travel convention in Munich, Germany to create a life-sized replica of the iconic Type 2 Westfalia Camper Van using 400,000 LEGO bricks. Brick masters Rene Hoffmeister and Pascal Lenhard spent 6-weeks building this 1,543-pound creation that measures 16-feet long. They used 3D programs to generate a construction plan in advance to determine the approximate amount of bricks required. but construction came to a standstill once they had to order the 20,000 transparent bricks needed for the windows. Read more for additional pictures, a making of video series and additional information.
UAE’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, nicknamed “The Rainbow Sheikh,” has built what could quite possibly be the strangest looking SUV youl’l ever see. It’s called Dhabiyan, and it’s basically a 10-wheeled vehicle, based on the Oshkosh M1075 military truck spliced with a Jeep Wrangler, powered by a 15.2L 6-cylinder Caterpillar C15 diesel engine generating 600hp. This monster weighs in at 24-tons and measures 10,8m in length, 2.5 meters in width, and 3.2 meters in height. Read more for another video and additional information.
The Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow 01 has made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and this is the automaker’s first full-electric race car designed to compete in Formula E. It’s powered by a 52 kWh battery, paired with an electric powertrain that generates 335 hp, plenty of power to boost the 1,984-pound vehicle from 0-60 mph in approximately 2.7 seconds, while topping out at 174 mph. Read more for a short video, live pictures from Geneva, and additional information.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the Model Y will be unveiled at the company’s LA Design Center on March 14th. It will be an SUV that shares 75% of its features with the current Model 3, but be about 10% larger and cost slightly more. Since there are pre-production prototypes ready, many will be able to go for ride alongs after the press event. Read more for a video about the new $35K Tesla Model 3 if you missed the announcement and additional information about the Model Y.
Toyota unveils the GR Supra GT4 Concept, which will make its official debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, held from March 7-17, 2019, in Switzerland. It was developed as a racing study model based on the GR Supra to explore the possibility of using the all-new sports car in customer motorsports such as privateer racing. This bespoke model is even lighter than the production Toyota Supra, and is equipped with race specific parts such as a roll cage, suspension, brake and rear-wings. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Successor of the 488 GTB, the F8 Tributo will make its official debut at the Geneva Auto Show next week, and it boasts the most powerful production V8 in Ferrari’s history. Its twin-turbocharged 3.9L V8 generates 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 62 MPH in a mere 2.9 seconds, while topping out at 211 MPH. Inside, the vehicle features a new HMI (Human Machine Interface), complete with multi-function steering wheel and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Finally, Tesla has officially launched the standard Model 3 starting at $35,000 and announced that the company would shift all sales online. Elon Musk stated that this shorter range model will cost $35,000 before any savings from tax incentives. “The interior will be slightly better than was originally promised. From the beginning, this has been the goal. It’s an incredible car, and at $35,000 there are still some pretty significant consumer tax credits that can be had,” said Musk on a conference call. Read more for another video and additional information.
Limited to just 20-units worldwide, priced at £400,000 ($532,000 USD), the Ginetta Supercar is probably one you’ve never even knew existed. Sporting an ultra light carbon fiber body for extreme downforce, the 2,535-pound vehicle is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter, dry-sumped 90-degree V8 made from a single aluminum billet block with forged internals generating over 600hp and 516lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Other features include: ABS, traction control, a reverse camera, automatic headlights, park sensors, air conditioning, wireless phone charging and heated front / rear screens. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Auto enthusiasts already know that the McLaren 720S is powered by the new M840T 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 710 hp and 568 lb⋅ft of torque at 5,500 rpm, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. How does it fare against a custom all-electric Porsche 944? Not so well to say the least, thanks to dual 11-inch DC motors powering the rear wheels generating 980 hp and 1,500 lb-ft of torque. Read more for the video and additional in formation.