The 10 Best Supercars of 2014

2014 will be remembered as the year the supercar went high-tech; the year in which hybrid technology, once the butt of numerous jokes, came of age and found itself powering some of the most desirable, prestigious and expensive new cars money could buy. T

his was, in other words, a watershed year, and the cars it produced will set a trend for supercars and hypercars for years to come.

But which of this year’s supercars are our favourites? Well, you’re about to find out – so grab a cuppa and 5 minutes and see whether you agree with these top 10 picks!

10. The Nissan GT-R. “But the Nissan GT-R’s been around since the time of Isambard Kingdom Brunel,” I hear you cry. Well, yes and no, because while this 2014 version might be pretty similar on the surface to its predecessor, under the skin it’s a very different animal, with a host of changes have dropped the 0-62mph time to a stonking 2.9 seconds.

Nissan GTR

9. The Ferrari California T. While the California was never loved by the purists, it’s become one of Ferrari’s most successful models – and this heavy revamp, complete with the addition of a turbocharged engine, has turned it into a true supercar. Indeed, if it weren’t for the glut of utterly excellent new models that are just that smidge more exciting to drive, it’d rank far higher here.

The Ferrari California T

8. At number 8, it’s another Italian. Well, what supercar roundup would be complete without them? This time, it’s a Lamborghini – the Huracan, to be precise, which with 602bhp and four-wheel drive has proven itself an adept successor to the Gallardo.

Lamborghini Huracan

7. From Germany this year came the replacement for the loud, proud Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – the new Mercedes-AMG GT. And we were pleased to find out that it’s louder and prouder than its predecessor, not to mention a good deal more precise to drive, too.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

6. In 6th place, the remarkable McLaren 650S. The looks, an amalgam of 12C tail and P1-esque nose, are a perfect metaphor for the 650S’s place in the McLaren range – part-way between one and t’other, to be precise.

McLaren 650S

5. And in 5th, easily the most potent supercar to have been launched this year is the Koenigsegg One:1. There’s no hybrid trickery here; just a gurt big supercharged V8, and with a faintly ridiculous 1,341bhp and 1,011lb ft of torque, it can hurl you to 249mph from a standstill in just 20 seconds – and then stop again in just 10. Big, but not all that clever, then – but who cares when it’s this obscenely quick?

Koenigsegg One:1

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4. One of this year’s most talked about supercars is in 4th place – the BMW i8. OK, so it’s a little outgunned in this company, but it can still hit 62mph in 4.4 seconds, which is quick enough for most people – and that it can achieve more than 130mpg through a combination of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo and an electric motor is nothing short of incredible.

BMW i8

3. In 3rd place, the first of the true hybrid supercars. The Porsche 918 Spyder is an enthralling, exciting hypercar that, were it not for Ferrari and McLaren, would have moved the game on tenfold. Powered by a 4.6-litre V8 engine and not one, but two electric motors, it’s capable of a total of 881bhp – good for 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Porsche 918 Spyder

2. In 2nd, it’s that Ferrari with the funny name. Yes, the LaFerrari is a deeply impressive bit of kit that proves that even a company like Ferrari can be environmentally friendly. Well, sort of. What’s certain is that it loses none of its essential Ferrari-ness thanks to the addition of the electric powertrain – with which, incidentally, it’s capable of producting 950bhp.

LaFerrari

1. But our top supercar of 2014 – does it come as any great surprise? – is the McLaren P1. With a driving experience that’s as visceral as it is accessible, it looks like a UFO and garners about as much attention on the High Street as if one had landed. It is, in our estimation, the top of the class of 2014.

McLaren P1

Source: Telegraph

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The Gumball 3000 Rally 2014

David and rapper Xzibit get the crowds going

David Hasselhoff and rapper Xzibit get the crowds going

Hundreds of supercar fans turned out recently for the UK leg of the wacky Gumball 3000 rally.

The event, inspired by the 1976 film of the same name, sees motor fans drive their luxury vehicles along 3,000 miles of public roads across different countries.

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On displays were exclusive brands like Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

David Hasselhoff was a bit enthusiastic with the gas pedal and found himself unable to talk his way out of a speeding ticket during the event.

The Hoff poses with a version of KITT - the super car from Knight Rider

The Hoff poses with a version of KITT – the super car from Knight Rider

He’s famous for driving one of the most iconic TV cars ever, KITT from Knight Rider, and he was driving a version of KITT during the event.

The Hoff joined stars included TV presenter Jonathan Ross and rappers Eve, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Xzibit on London’s Regent Street on Sunday after driving from Edinburgh via Manchester that morning.

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The iconic shopping thoroughfare was closed to regular traffic as an estimated 500,000 converged for a glimpse of the celebrities and 120 super cars.

Meanwhile, Wossy embarrassingly suffered a bit of car trouble in front of bemused onlookers after his Lamborghini stalled for around half an hour.

Jonathan Ross is doing the Edinburgh-Barcelona part of the rally with his son Harvey

Jonathan Ross is doing the Edinburgh-Barcelona part of the rally with his son Harvey

Jonathan Ross and son Harvey drove a yellow Lamborghini, which they plan to drive through Europe and past the finishing line on the party island of Ibiza next month.

The rally started at South Beach, Miami.

Source: Daily Mail

 

London Tops ‘Super Rich’ List with 104 Billionaires

London Tops ‘Super Rich’ List with 104 Billionaires

London has more billionaires than any other city in the world, and Britain has more billionaires per head of population than any other country, according to The Asian Age.

There are now 104 billionaires based in the UK with a combined wealth of more than £301 billion.

Indian-born brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja top the British list with a fortune of £11.9 billion, amassed through the family-owned Hinduja Group, which has interests in oil, banking, the automotive industry, property and the media.

NRI industrialist Lakshmi Mittal edged one position upwards to the third rank with £10.25 billion even as Russian magnate Alisher Usmanov, who topped the list till 2013, fell to the second place.

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In reference to the Kolkata-based Mittal, the newspaper highlighted a final bounce in fortunes after a few years of dip. “After a tough few years in the steel industry, Mittal is seeing a glimmer of light. Arcelor Mittal shares have recovered, making his stake worth £6.65 billion, up £700 million in a year,” it said.

Mr Mittal’s brother-in-law India-born textiles and plastics tycoon Prakash Lohia is ranked as Britain’s 46th richest man with around £2.11 billion. Leading NRI industrialist and Caparo chief Lord Swraj Paul is ranked Britain’s 48th richest, with an estimated wealth worth around £2 billion.

Vedanta Resources chief Agarwal at 50th rank and Indus Gas supremo Kalsi at 102nd complete the Indian presence among the London-based billionaires.

Source: The Asian Age

Introducing The 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

There is a lot resting on the Maserati Ghibli. Maserati is keen to expand into markets and it is hoped that the new Maserati Ghibli will lay the foundations in the company car segment. There are even plans afoot for a new SUV. The Maserati Q4 all-wheel drive platform then, is the Italian brand’s quattro rival!

Far from succeeding the historic Ghibli name in the conventional sense (the preceding two generation Ghibli’s were both coupe’s), the new Maserati Ghibli is a four-door sedan. It does retain the same front engined rear wheel drive setup for some of the lower down models, although the model we are testing today features four-wheel drive which, alongside the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, is a company first!

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The 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 features a 3.0 litre V6 engine, the same as that fitted to pits older sibling, the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4. This V6 features a 410 hp at 4,500 rpm engine with 550 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm and, for the moment, it sits atop the brand new Ghibli range. Customers can also order a petrol V6 with slightly less power and a turbocharged diesel.

What makes the Maserati Ghibli really stand out from the crowd though are its looks and the beautiful sound it makes. Tempted?

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Concept To Reality: The 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

The official announcement has finally arrived: Porsche will produce the 918 Spyder in “limited series production.”

When the Porsche 918 Spyder concept was revealed just before the 2010 Geneva auto show in March, it was assumed that the car was bound for production.

At that point Porsche had never shown a concept car without putting it on the road, and Porsche suggested that this rule wouldn’t change under new VW ownership.

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Details of the car’s volume and positioning are still unknown, but we would expect the former to be very low and the latter to be very high. The 918 Spyder will be Porsche’s flagship, the brand’s attempt to set the high-water mark for dual-source power.

The 918 Spyder is a performance hybrid with four distinct driving modes and an extra, KERS-type overboost feature like that found on some F1 cars in 2009.

It is motivated by various combinations of its 500-plus-hp, 3.4-liter V-8 (derived from the RS Spyder LMP2 car) and three lithium-ion-powered electric motors—two on the front axle and one integrated into the transmission—that make a total of 218 hp.

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Interestingly, the 918 Spyder can function as both a parallel or a series hybrid, as the electric front axle can propel the car on its own, or in conjunction with the engine.

In its thriftiest mode, Porsche states a European-cycle figure of 78 mpg. In race mode, expect a top speed in the neighborhood of 200 mph and a Carrera GT–beating Nürburgring lap time of 7:30.

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Source: Car and Driver

New Cars To Look Out For In 2014

There are some great cars to look forward to in 2014, so if you’re in the market for a new one it might be worth holding out!

It’s official. 2014 is going to be a great year for motoring. Never-before-seen models and new names will combine with the familiar to bring us a generous range of choice.

Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the ones you should know about…

BMW Active Tourer (Due Summer):

BMW Active Tourer

The 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first-ever front-wheel-drive BMW when it arrives late in 2014. Despite sharing a name with the 2 Series Coupe, the Active Tourer will use a platform from the new MINI, called UKL1.

Ford Mondeo (Due Autumn):

Ford Mondeo

There will be a range of new engines, including a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost. Diesel options will be 1.5 and 2.0-litre TDCis, with at least one emitting less than 100g/km of CO2.

Fiat 500X (Due Summer):

Fiat 500X

The latest member of the Fiat 500 family is set to be a small crossover, built to rival cars like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur.

Nissan Qashqai (Due February):

Nissan Qashqai 2014The first-generation, British-built Qashqai was not only a money-spinner for Nissan, but also set a trend in the industry. Yet with so many new rivals, the Qashqai MkII faces a harder time. Refinement is said to be much improved, giving the Qashqai a more grown-up feel, while the raft of new technology includes an electronic differential that brakes the inside wheel in corners to maximise grip.

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Audi Q7 (Due October):

Audi Q7

The new Audi Q7 is significant for several reasons – for starters, it will debut a new three-dimensional grille that will be applied to all future Audi SUVs. The new Q7 will feature full LED headlights and 4G connectivity as options. Like the Range Rover Sport, a third row of seats will also be offered, while four, six and eight-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines will be fitted, along with a Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.

SEAT Leon Cupra (Due March):

SEAT Leon Cupra

The Cupra should outmuscle the 265bhp Renaultsport Mégane and 247bhp Ford Focus ST, although it can’t match the 276bhp Astra VXR. It should get all that power on to the road, too, as it’s available with the same optional front differential as the flagship Golf.

Audi A3 Cabriolet (Due April):

Audi A3 Cabriolet

The Audi A3 Cabriolet will go up against the likes of the VW Golf Cabriolet when it arrives in showrooms next April. But unlike the Golf – which loses its roof yet keeps its gawky hatchback shape – the drop-top A3 now comes with a sleek new saloon-based body.

VW e-Golf (Due Spring):

VW e-Golf

The new e-Golf follows hot on the heels of the e-up! city car, and although it’s not the first or even the most innovative electric family hatch, it could be the car that launches the technology into the mainstream. Powered by a newly developed electric motor that produces the equivalent of 114bhp and 270Nm of torque, the car can match most petrol and diesel Golfs for acceleration.

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Jag F-Type Coupe (Due Spring):

Jag F-Type Coupe 2014

It’s probably the best-looking Jaguar in a generation, and the F-Type Coupe promises to deliver even more driving thrills than the brilliant soft-top. It carries over two engines from the Roadster – two supercharged V6s – while topping the Coupe line-up is a new F-Type R. This will use the same fettled V8 as the XFR-S supersaloon, sending 542bhp to the rear wheels and taking the two-door from 0-60mph in four seconds flat.

Lamborghini Huracan (Due June):

Lambo Huracan

After 10 years on sale and endless special editions, Lamborghini is finally poised to release a successor to its 10-year-old Gallardo supercar. As in the car it replaces, the Huracan’s driving experience will be dominated by a mid-mounted V10, although here it will be tuned to delivered more than 600bhp.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (Due Summer):

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The expansion of the new 4 Series range will continue next year, with BMW set to introduce a new four-door version of the sleek 3 Series-based coupe. The 4 Series Gran Coupe will follow its 6 Series big brother, with a more rakish appearance and sportier approach than a regular 3 Series, but greater practicality than the standard two-door 4 Series.

Lexus RC (Due Winter):

Lexus RC

Lexus is taking the fight to the BMW 4 Series with its attempt at a svelte two-door coupe in the shape of the RC. The name stands for Racing Coupe, and it leaves you in no doubt about what this car is designed to do.

Mercedes S-Class Coupe (Due Summer):

Mercedes S-Class Coupe

The S-Class Coupe was previewed as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, and it’s set to be revealed in full production form at the Geneva show in March.

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