I hope that your all having a good Good Friday and planing on getting together with friends or family. Since we are not in the office today and the are a little burned out on reporting about the new car releases at this years New York International Auto Show. Instead we though we would share our favourite non auto show video, which was created by the Evo Magazine team.
The premiss of the 12 minute short is to discover if the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta can match the GT credentials of the Aston Martin Vanquish and outperform the wild Lamborghini Aventador? Evo staff writer and now video presenter Henry Catchpole heads to the italian Alps to find out.
Happy Easter everyone and enjoy the below short film.
Last week we enjoyed the Motor Trend the comparison test where they lined up the 2013 SRT Viper head to head with newly released 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This week we have come a similar comparison video as Car and Driver have pitted the SRT Viper GTS against a face from its past in the form of a heavily modified 1997 Dodge Viper GTS, that has over 650 horsepower at its disposal.
2013 SRT Viper GTS
At a distance, the Viper looks a lot like the previous car, and the two even share the same windshield. But up close, the new car is far more elegant to which you can thank Ferrari. There are no hard creases despite some bold and edgy features, and the hood gives off a menacing look which is not our favorite part of the overal design.
1996 Dodge Viper GTS – Look Familiar?
In comparison, the previous-generation Viper looks dated, even clumsy. There are two Viper models, base and GTS, most obviously differentiated visually by the number of hood vents; the up-level GTS has only two versus the regular car’s six. Every vent or scoop is functional on both models, from the rear brake ducts behind the side windows to the outboard inlets in the front fascia that funnel a drag-reducing curtain of air around the front wheels.
Click the link below to see who will Prevail and come out on top.
Our colleagues from Road & Track are offering us a powerful confrontation featuring three of the best performance cars with a V8 engines on the planet: the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C . Which one will be crowned king? Watch the video below to find out:
Hennessey Performance put together a Lamborghini Aventador and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster for doing several one-mile drag races to see who’s the boss. According to the American tuner, both cars were factory stock without any sort of modifications. As you can see from this clip, the SLS AMG Roadster doesn’t stand a chance in front of the Aventador with the launch control, not even when the SLS has a considerable head start.
As a reminder, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is motivated by a V8 6.3-liter engine that pumps out 563 hp (420 kW / 571 PS) and 470 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque, while the Lamborghini Aventador is powered by a larger V12 6.5-liter engine with 690 hp (515 kW / 700 PS) and 509 lb-ft (690 Nm) of torque. The SLS AMG Roadster sprints to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, while the Aventador needs just 2.9 seconds.
There’s a good physics lesson in the results of this drag race, weighing factors like coefficients of drag, frontal surface area, total drag forces, car weights, power, power delivery, gearing, and much more, but there’s also just a good show: an 1,150-horsepower Nissan GT-R going head-to-head with a 950-horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo over a full mile.
The results at the end of the mile are predictable, given the power disparity, but things could have gone much worse for the 911 if the driver hadn’t beaten the GT-R to the punch. We won’t spoil the whole thing for you, as it’s a surprisingly interesting pull.
One of the things all gear heads love about exotic super cars is the sounds produced by their high-horsepower engines.
Of course, as with design, when it comes to engine sounds, everybody has different preferences, which makes this competition between a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and a Lexus LFA that met up under a tent at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2012 event this month all the more interesting.
The scissor-door Lamborghini model features a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 engine pushing out 691bhp (700PS) at 8,250 rpm and 690Nm (507 lb-ft) of peak torque at 5,500 rpm.
The limited-run Lexus model, on the other hand, gets a front-mid-mounted 4.8-liter V10 that generates 552-horses at 8,700 rpm and 479Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque at 7,000 rpm.
The fight for pony-car supremacy has been raging for decades. Chevrolet Camaro versus Ford Mustang is a duel without a definitive ending. Battles are fought and won with every new variant and each model year change, yet there’s never enough momentum in any one direction to decide the war. America’s two newest and at the same time, most powerful series-production muscle cars are the 2013 Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT500 and the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
On paper, the $54,995 Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces 580hp at 6,000 rpm and 556 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm, while the $54,200 Shelby GT500’s 5.8-liter supercharged V8 delivers 662hp at 6,250 rpm and 631 lb-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.
So how well did they do on the dyno? For that type of info you’ll have to watch the below video or scroll down to the bottom of this article.
The Camaro ZL1 returned 497 horsepower and 497 lb-ft at the wheels, while the GT500 produced 105 lb-ft and 98 horsepower more at 595hp and 602 lb-ft.