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Mercedes AMG plans Maybach future

Mercedes AMG
The Mercedes Maybach cabriolet 6
Image: Motor Authority

The Mercedes AMG family is swiftly turning into a manufacturer offering a range of standalone models under a variety of marques. This includes Maybach, which is in the ultra-luxury segment, even though reviving it as a standalone brand has not always been successful.

Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes’ parent company Daimler, speaking to Autocar, said he wants Maybach to “stand on its own two feet, like AMG.” However, this will mean that the luxury brand must first build up a strong range of vehicles based on existing Mercedes models before branching off on some Maybach-only machines.

It appears that Maybach is thinking ahead. Earlier this year, Maybach displayed the Ultimate Luxury concept at the Beijing motor show with a high-riding crossover-like saloon offering a very luxurious interior. This type of model might appear on the market if Maybach first produces some variants on the Mercedes S Class and adds some SUVs to its portfolio. Of course, it did unveil a stunning cabriolet 6 in 2017 at Monterey, making a good start towards becoming a standalone brand.

Maybach might also introduce some advanced powertrain options to make it more attractive; perhaps something along the lines of what Aston Martin plans to do with its heritage Lagonda range. Indeed, as Motor Authority says, “Maybachs could be used as technological showcases. With a top-tier luxury vehicle like this, it’s less about driver engagement like it is on the AMG side of things.”

This description of what the Maybach brand could eventually become, written by Jeff Glucker (Motor Authority) is entirely apt: “A future Maybach could coddle its passengers in luxury while silently whisking them through an urban environment. The owner would sit in the back talking to a friend or spouse, or conducting whatever high-level business has afforded them such a lifestyle while the driver up front monitors the semi-autonomous driving features and remaining battery charge.”

Technology and luxury in one package – it looks like that will be the future of Maybach if things go to plan.

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Meet the McLaren Speedtail

McLaren Speedtail
The McLaren Speedtail hypercar.
Image: McLaren Automotive

McLaren has come up with yet another exception hypercar – the McLaren Speedtail. It will build only 106 units of the model that has the equivalent power of 10 Ford Fiestas.

It is the fastest car that the British firm has ever produced, thanks to a 1035 horsepower petrol-electric hybrid powertrain based on Formula One cars and has a top speed of 250 mph/ 402 kmh. Motoring journalists describe it as “the modern continuation of the iconic ‘90s McLaren F1” and it does have a similar layout, with the driver’s seat in the centre of the cockpit. But, it does have room for two passengers seated behind the driver, and there is no other model with this seating configuration available anywhere else. Furthermore, the driver can choose to enter and exit the car from either side of the car, as there’s no gear lever for them to climb over due to the use of an automatic gearbox.

The cockpit is a graceful teardrop shape and the 5.2 metre body is incredibly sleek. Basically this is comparable to the long-wheelbase Mercedes S-Class, or a limousine, so finding a parking space may present some problems, especially in cities. Although, parking a car like this on the street may be asking for trouble anyway. The majority of the body is devoted to the aerodynamic rear end and the covered front wheels really attract the eye. The purpose of having fixed covers on the front wheel is to keep the air fed through the front-bumper vents as clean as possible as it channels down the profile of the bodywork.

Drivers will also be surprised to find there are no wing mirrors: instead, it has cameras that extend from the doors to provide a wide-angle image that displayed to the driver in real time via a pair of screens mounted in the dashboard.

Acceleration is, as you can imagine, in the Usain Bolt territory and can go from 0-186 mph/ 299 kmh in 12.8 seconds – that is four seconds faster than McLaren’s P1 hypercar. And don’t forget – while the P1 is purely for the track, the McLaren Speedtail is made for the road.

However, the price may cause even some millionaires to take a deep breath as it will be £1.75 million plus taxes, which is €1.96 million. Still, even if you were thinking of splashing out, you will have a problem, as all 106 units have already been reserved already.

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The refreshed Audi R8 2019

Audi R8
The Audi R8 Spyder 2019
Image: Audi

The Audi R8 supercar has been refreshed for 2019, with plenty of upgrades, including a 5.2-litre V10 engine.

We got a preview at the recent 2018 Paris motor show with the reveal of the 2019 R8 LMS GT3 race car. It was notable that the new model has a much more aggressive front end, with a wider and flatter grille. Also, the gap between the headlights and intakes, gives it a more angular shape than the current Audi R8 has.

At the back, you’ll notice that the Audi Sport’s signature oval exhaust tips have finally been added to the car, whilst the current R8 has a set of square-shaped, quad-exhaust tips.

It is also more powerful. Audi has confirmed specs for most markets, with the exception of the USA. For example, the new R8 has 570hp, whereas the current model has 540hp. Plus, the engineers have also tweaked the suspension and power steering for improved stability and more precise driver feedback. What does this all mean in terms of speed? According to Audi, the basic R8 goes from 0-62 mph/100 kmh in 3.4 seconds, while the R8 Performance model will do the same distance in 3.1 seconds. The power boosts help offset the addition of 20kg worth of emissions-reducing tech to both models to ensure they meet the new WLTP regulation standards. By the way, the R8 V10 Plus model has all-wheel drive and tackle snow, because Audi has added, dry, wet and snow to the car’s performance mode.

What else? Two new colours are available: Ascari Blue and Kemora Grey. Otherwise, the interior is pretty much the same as in the current model. Overall, the changes aren’t massive, but the majority of motoring journalists agree that whether you choose the saloon or drop top model, the combination of all the small adjustments Audi has introduced will make “a great car even better.”

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The Ferrari Monza unveiled

Ferrari Monza
Ferrari Monza revealed to invited guests.
Image: AP

Ferrari has finally published images of its new supercar, the Ferrari Monza and it is positively breathtaking. The Italian manufacturer only allowed an exclusive, invitation-only audience to see the limited edition model after some images had been leaked online.

The Ferrari Monza’s bodywork has been based on 1950s racing car designs, and will be available with one or two seats. The super luxury car has no roof and will feel like an F1 car to drive.

The company said the car will be aimed at the brand’s “dedicated clients and collectors” and will hark back to former Ferrari racing models, including the 1948 166 MM and the 750 and 860 Monza. Making the Monza more exclusive – only 500 will be built and each one will cost in excess of £1million/ 1.13m€.

The Ferrari Monza will have the most powerful engine that the Maranello factory has ever made available for the road – an 810hp 6.5-litre V12, which is an upgraded version of the same engine used in the existing 812 Superfast.

It’s even more powerful than the 6.3-litre V12 engine in the LaFerrari hypercar, which produces 800hp. This means it will have some eye-watering acceleration, hitting 62mph/100kmh from standstill in just 2.9 seconds. Ferrari also claims the Monza will reach 124mph/199kmh in just 7.9 seconds.

As for the top speed, though unconfirmed, it is likely to exceed the 211mph/340kmh produced by the 812 Superfast.

This is mainly thanks to the Monza weighing in significantly lighter than the model it’s based on – in part because it has no roof at all. Ferrari also confirmed that all the bodywork is carbon fibre, while the chassis is said to be aluminium to make it as light as possible.

The Ferrari Monza – which shares its name with the famous Italian race track – will be the first new model launched since chief executive Sergio Marchionne passed away in July. He planned that the brand would increase its production volumes and grow the number of limited-run special models.

His successor, Louis Camilleri, is now looking to lead the project, which aims to double the company’s profit to 2billion Euros by 2022.

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The Porsche Panamera GTS 2019

Porsche Panamera 2019
New Porsche Panamera GTS
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The Porsche Panamera GTS 2019 is the latest version of the second generation Panamera, bringing an extra level of sportiness. According to the details released by Porsche on Monday, it will be available with two body styles: the standard hatchback or a Sport Turismo style.

Thanks to the addition of a V-8, 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged engine, this new GTS is more like the Panamera Turbo and its performance is increased by 13% over the existing GTS model.

Like its predecessor, this GTS drives on all four wheels and there’s a dual clutch transmission for the eight gears; the previous model only had seven. Porsche claims the stats show the new Panamera GTS does 0-60mph/100kmh in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 181mph/291kmh.

This Panamera also has a lower suspension for a more sporty effect; in fact it is 10mm closer to the road than previous models in the range. It will also have 20-inch wheels and the brakes and dampers have been tuned to give you a firmer ride.

What else does the Panamera GTS 2019 offer? The Porsche press release says extras thrown in include the Sport Chrono package, a Sport Design package with black accents for the exterior, black Alcantara cabin trim, numerous GTS logos and a heated multi-function steering wheel. Finally, the Panamera GTS 2019 is the first model in the second-generation Panamera family to feature a head-up display that can be configured by the driver.

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