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Memes, Tablet, and Twins: HH NEW Ford has revealed the ST version of the new Fiesta, and it's packing a 197bhp 1.5-litre inline-three cylinder engine Via @carthrottlenews - Let’s get the big piece of news out of the way: As was first rumoured a little while ago, the ST has indeed dropped a cylinder and a little bit of displacement, switching to a 1.5-litre three-pot. - It’s presumably derived from the existing 1.5-litre Ecoboost unit, although Ford describes it as an “all-new” engine. It’s been given a new turbocharger with an “optimised” turbine design to reduce lag, plus “Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing. It’s good for 197bhp, and 214lb ft of torque. - Both of those figures are the same as what the outgoing car achieved when its ‘overboost’ function kicked in. The new car will do 0-62mph in an “anticipated’ 6.7 seconds, although there’s no word on top speed just yet. There isn’t an MPG figure available right now either, but Ford is expecting CO2 emissions of around 114g-km. - The car gets a torque vectoring by braking system just like the old one, plus three driving modes. The ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes each alter the steering, throttle response and traction-stability controls to varying degrees. Stick it in ‘Track’ mode and the traction control goes entirely, with the ESP set to ‘wide slip’ mode. Or if you’d prefer, you can switch off ESP completely. - On the inside it’s a sportified version of the Fiesta cabin we’ve already seen, which means a far plusher space than we’ve been used to seeing from Ford’s ubiquitous supermini. - The ‘Sync 3’ system is present on a floating tablet-style setup, which should prove to be much less frustrating than the clunky old infotainment, and keeping your back and buttocks very happy will be a pair of Recaro bucket seats. - In the cabin you’ll also be - I’m afraid to say - treated to some ‘Electronic Sound Enhancement’, but this does at least work in tandem with an active exhaust valve. - Want one? You’ll be waiting for a little while I’m afraid, with Ford gunning for an early 2018 launch for the car in both three and five-door forms. The outgoing ST was - and probably still is - pound-for-pound the best new performance car around, so this new one should be worth the wait.
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Memes, Sensational, and On the Road: NEWS Pagani Has Unveiled The Staggeringly Beautiful And Sensationally Fast Huayra Roadster Via @carthrottlenews - Excuse us if we’re feeling a bit faint. Pagani has taken the wraps off the Huayra Roadster and its epic 760bhp V12. - As with the hard-top, the Huayra sits on a monocoque made of the coolest-sounding material in the world, carbotanium, but it skims knowledge gained from the ballistic Huayra BC project to improve outright performance. - Check out these numbers. It’s actually 80kg lighter than the coupe, it’s going to be 3.0 seconds or so to the 62mph benchmark, not much more to hit 100mph and a top speed somewhere in the region of LOTS. The 380mm brakes are as big as some superminis’ wheels and the staggeringly gorgeous forged aluminium wheels measure 20 inches at the front and 21 at the back. - New suspension components are mostly responsible for the weight saving. They are made out of a Pagani-developed lightweight aluminium alloy it calls HiForg, which cuts 25 per cent out of each piece’s weight. - The engine is a bespoke V12 built by Mercedes-AMG, with two turbos pushing torque all the way up to 737lb ft. - More numbers. The Huayra Roadster only weighs about as much as an Audi TT, at 1280kg, and with the benefit of new aero flaps at both ends, which optimise downforce both on the road and the track, it can achieve lateral G-force measuring 1.8G. Yes, really. - To reach 1G lateral acceleration on the road you need a great car, ultimate confidence in the surface and a bucket of bravery pills, so 1.8G is likely to apply to the track, where it’s well beyond the understanding of mere mortals. And, for that matter, all the sickeningly rich people who’ve bought one of the 100 that will be built. - Obviously they’ve all already sold at the asking price of about £1.93 million. Did we also mention that it’s incredibly, breath-stealingly stunning? If you ever see one on the road it might just be the greatest moment of your life.

Via @carthrottlenews - Excuse us if we’re feeling a bit faint. Pagani has taken the wraps off the Huayra Roadster and its epic 760bhp V12. -...

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Memes, Chargers, and Dodge: HH NEWS Dodge Announces Murica's Fastest Three-Row SUV With Six-Seat Durango SRT Via @carthrottlenews - If you desperately and regularly need to get three rows of people somewhere fast, Dodge has your perfect solution. - The Durango SRT is a six-seat, 475bhp muscle monster that will hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds and smash the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds, despite sharing size and weight stats with an ocean liner. Top speed isn’t confirmed yet. - With a 6.1-litre Hemi V8 providing the power behind the practicality, the hottest Durango will tow up to 3.9 metric tons as well as catapulting 12 clenched buttocks towards the horizon. Peak torque is 470lb ft at 4,300rpm. - You’re not likely to miss it on the road courtesy of a wider body kit and lower ride height, part of which are front and rear springs stiffened by three and 16 per cent respectively. On the bonnet there’s a functional cold air intake and vents to improve cooling. - Naturally it’s an automatic, which seems fair enough in an SUV, but there are now seven user-selectable drive modes for the driver to play with. Switch to Sport Mode and shift times are 50 per cent faster than standard, while up to 65 per cent of the V8’s freedom goes to the rear wheels. - Manually down-shifting via the steering wheel-mounted paddles activates a rev-matching function to blip the throttle, which is a good thing when the engine is attached to an exhaust specifically designed to be loud, deep and beefy. - As well as Sport Mode, there’s Auto, Snow, Tow, Eco (no idea why) and Valet, which apparently changes the engine’s characteristics to mimic the V6 from the Charger, locking out access to first gear and shifting earlier than normal. Launch control and the paddle shifters are disabled. - For some reason there’s even a Track Mode, with 160-millisecond gear shifts and up to 70 per cent of the torque going to the rear axle. Dodge promises a ‘pronounced rear-wheel drive experience’. - So, if you like the idea of terrifying your wife, children and children’s friends all at the same time, this is the car for you.
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Bmw, Detroit, and Memes: HI NE F KM1199 Kia has revealed its new sports saloon at the Detroit Auto Show, which puts out 360bhp from a 3.3-litre V6 Via @carthrottlenews - It’s called the Stinger GT, and it’s the first Kia that’s likely to pique the interest of the average petrolhead since the Pro_Ceed GT warm hatch. Rear-wheel drive? Check. Well over 300bhp? Check. Good looks? Well, it’s a little fussy at the rear, but to our eyes it’s prettiest Kia since, well, ever. - A 360bhp, 376lb ft 3.3-litre V6 powers the top-of-the-range model, sending its thrust rearwards via a mechanical limited-slip differential. 0-62mph takes 5.1 seconds, and the top speed is a decidedly un-Kia 167mph. There is an optional all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring available - “depending on market,” says Kia - and at a later date there’ll be a lower-powered 2.0-litre entry-level model. Performance figures for the four-cylinder turbo aren’t in the press release, but with 252bhp and 260lb ft on tap, it should be suitably brisk. - This all sounds jolly nice on paper, but further reading makes us hopeful that the GT will be a decent steer too, as well as being quick in a straight line. 55 per cent of the car is made from high-strength steel to give “an ultra-stiff foundation for the ride-and-handling engineers to work with”. Hell, there’s even adaptive dampers, plus a setting on the TFT screen to display G-forces, lap times and oil temperature. Now we’re really far from traditional Kia territory. - It’s not going to be an out-and-out super saloon, though. In a rather telling quote, Kia Europe Chief Designer Gregory Guillaume says: “A true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving, is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace.” - Speaking of which, what about rivals? In terms of the V6, Kia is taking aim at the likes of the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43, but it’s actually longer and wider than all cars in that segment. And interestingly, the wheelbase is actually longer than that of a Mercedes CLS.

Via @carthrottlenews - It’s called the Stinger GT, and it’s the first Kia that’s likely to pique the interest of the average petrolhead sinc...

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Ferrari, Martin, and Memes: HH NEWS 20 TU The 700bhp Bentley Continental GT Supersports Is Here Via @carthrottlenews - The current Continental GT has been around a little while now. So, what has Bentley done to remind us all that it still exists? Make it into the fastest four-seater in the world, obviously. - The familiar 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 has been cranked up to 700bhp and 750lb ft, an increase of 79bhp and a monstrous 160lb ft over the first-gen Supersports. Crikey. - Despite weighing about the same as a small house (2280kg, to be exact), the GT’s newfound thrust will take it from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds (exactly the same as the Aston Martin Vanquish S), on to a top speed of 209mph. - Bentley says that makes the Supersports the fastest four-seater in the world, but only just - the Ferrari GTC4Lusso has a top whack that’s just 1mph shy of the new Benters at 208mph. But still, that’s quite a claim, and the convertible version is the fastest four-seater drop-top in the world with its 205mph top speed. Impressive. - To keep that power in check, the Supersports has been given the torque vectoring by braking system from the Continental GT3-R. The four-wheel drive coupe’s suspension has been lowered and stiffened, too. - Meanwhile, the interior has been given a tri-tone quilted leather makeover, along with a smattering of carbonfibre pieces. - If you think that sounds all fine and dandy, you can place an order for this luxury cruise missile now. The coupe is £212,500, and the convertible £233,800. Both will be sold in limited numbers, with deliveries taking place later this year.

Via @carthrottlenews - The current Continental GT has been around a little while now. So, what has Bentley done to remind us all that it sti...

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Bored, Drone, and Honda: HH NEWS Honda Is Putting a CVT into The Civic Type R, And No We're Not Joking Via @carthrottlenews - Grab your pitchforks, light some medieval torches and head to your nearest Honda dealer, because it looks like they’re about to fit a CVT transmission to the Civic Type R. - Initially reported by the likes of Autocar and Car in their printed editions about a week ago, before being picked up online, interviews with senior Honda-Civic Type R staff have revealed that as well as the standard six-speed manual, the engineers have kicked a dual-clutch option to the kerb in favour of – shock, horror – a CVT. - Not exactly famed for their wondrous driver involvement, you’ll find CVTs in the likes of the Toyota Prius and automatic versions of the Honda Jazz. Hmmmm, now there’s a couple of encouraging signs. - But, in theory at least, CVT transmissions are the most efficient way to get the most power to the wheels, most often. They enable the engine to stay at peak power and-or torque, and that could make them faster pretty much everywhere. Whether we like it or not, that matters to some buyers. - More specifically, it matters to buyers with lots of money to spend. There aren’t many manual gearboxes left in the world of widely-available high-end sports and supercars, because buyers want automatics, either through laziness or a desire for outright speed (at least on paper). - For proof of the CVT’s performance potential, Formula One went so far as to ban the technology over two decades ago, branding it an unfair advantage – and probably too boring to listen to. - Honda is claiming that the system will be optimised for low-end acceleration and could even shave a few seconds off the car’s Nurburgring lap time, suggesting that it’s going after the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S’s new record of 7mins 47.19sec. - That won’t solve the nagging issue of noise, though, and how Honda plans to get around the droning, mooing, God-awful racket CVT-equipped cars create. We’re all ears, Honda.

Via @carthrottlenews - Grab your pitchforks, light some medieval torches and head to your nearest Honda dealer, because it looks like they’r...

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Memes, Ufc, and Coming Home: LO TORQUE Off to support No Love! @cody_nolove Rocking No Love gear all week till the strap comes home 🏆@torque1.net @teamalphamale ufc207 @ufc

Off to support No Love! @cody_nolove Rocking No Love gear all week till the strap comes home 🏆@torque1.net @teamalphamale ufc207 @ufc

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