Quick Highlights of Top 5 picks from the Most Popular Auto Show on the planet.
Top Car 1: Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Top Car 2: Ferrari 812 Superfast
Top Car 3: McLaren 720s
Top Car 4: Honda Civic Type R
Top Car 5: Range Rover Velar
Top Car 1
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
You cannot stop looking at this thing in its Dreamsicle orange paintjob. Out to compete with the expected Ferrari 488 Speciale and McLaren 720s this thing is a beast. It destroyed the Nurburgring with a stupid fast time of 6:52:01 and claimed the silver on the lap time leader board. The performante is powered by the same 5.2L, 40- valve V-10 engine tuned to produce 631-hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The AWD system from the standard Huracan makes it here as well with more advanced torque vectoring at the rear axle. A new addition to this vehicle is active-aero, which is essentially a couple of valves on the rear wing that can open and close to allow air to flow in and over the spoiler. They would open to allow more downforce when cornering and close to allow less drag on straights.
Top Car 2
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Who does not love Ferrari’s. Thankfully, Ferrari has released three different videos illustrating some of the technology—dynamic, engine, and aerodynamic—at play in their new 812 Superfast, the higher-performance successor to the wonderful F12berlinetta. The monster is powered by a 6.5L V-12 producing about 790 hp and 530 pounds-feet of torque, all to the rear wheels. As a “bonus,” they’ve included a sort of generic marketing video that seems to suggest the orbital pull of the 812 Superfast can actually induce the creation of oceanic waves. Don’t be surprised: this is the same company that actually named a car “Superfast” (again). Weirdly, the name comes after the fact that it is their first GT car to exceed the 205 mph mark.
Top Car 3
McLaren’s know-how with lightweight, aerodynamic, ferocious supercars is undeniable, and the 720S is proof. A 710-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic. A Drift mode is offered in addition to Comfort, Sport, and Track settings to allow for some drama. A touchscreen infotainment system is standard, as is a digital gauge cluster that hides away in the dashboard when in Track mode. The coupe goes on sale in 2017, with an open-top model coming in 2018.
Top Car 4
Honda Civic Type R
This Type R will likely also be a much better driver’s car than the old winged wonder, a corollary of its using the new Civic platform, with its greater stiffness and more advanced suspension. This promises to be a more fluent sports hatch, as well as a fast one. The R is rocking a 2.3L inline 4 cylinder engine pumping out 306 horsepower to the front wheels, which sounds like torture but allegedly Honda has worked on a new system to almost remove all the torque steer from the front axle. Improvements from the FK2 include more weight reduction–around 50 pounds and better aerodynamics at the massive wing on the back (a couple of fins on the roof to calm the air passing over the spoiler). And of course the Honda will have VTEC, though only on the exhaust. The car looks and sounds awesome but the only bad news is that we’ll have to wait to 2018 to buy one, at least in North America.
Top Car 5
Range Rover Velar
The Velar is a new crossover based on the Jaguar F-Pace that is one of a diverse group of utility vehicles to share the Range Rover name.
These include the original Range Rover, the smaller and more performance-oriented Range Rover Sport, and the Range Rover Evoque crossover. The Velar name is a reference to the code-name for prototypes of the first-generation Range Rover from about five decades ago. The vehicle will be featuring a supercharged V-6 engine producing around 350 hp and will be accompanied by Land Rovers Terrain response AWD system.
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