Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Scandal Still Not Over?

          Since the startling reveal of its falsified emission reports last September, Volkswagen has wanted to put the entire issue behind it for good. While Volkswagen will have to deal with the public relations damage for many years to come, its first order of business is with the many governments that it now owes money too. VW’s first payoff is to the U.S. According to several credible reports, the price to settle the many lawsuits against VW in the U.S. total to over $15 billion, with $10 billion going to VW owners and another $5 billion in fines.

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            The first amount of $10 billion will go to covering the cost of buying back vehicles at pre-Dieselgate values from the many unknowing customers pre-September 2015. Owners will also be compensated by as much as $10,000 per car just for their troubles. But Volkswagen has a certain deadline to meet for these fines, and if they miss any of them, they could increase even further. VW will also be paying the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board $2.7 billion in fines, with $2 billion of it going towards clean-emissions technology.

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            Volkswagen also has to deal with several state-specific lawsuits, like its settlement with New York that will cost them another $400 million. While its share price did increase 2.6% the other day in Frankfurt, it will be interesting to see how VW manages to liquidate enough assets to pay off all these pricey settlements. Investors in both U.S. and Germany are suing VW for misleading them and the resulting mass losses in the few days leading up to Dieselgate’s reveal last September. The situation seems even more dire when considering the fact that last week, several South Korean prosecutors arrested a VW executive as part of the country’s investigation into the scandal. It’s going to be tough for VW to get itself out of this one.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Special Edition

        The Alfa Romeo 4C is known to be a compact sports car, which the Italians have managed to make look almost as good as some of the countries exotic cars. There is now a special edition, which was developed in collaboration with Garage Italia Customs. This special edition still runs on the normal 4C’s 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine but received a load of awesome exterior modifications.

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            Alfa Romeo decided that this car had to look different from the regular 4C in some ways. This is why they decided to cover the entire car, engine cover, and brake calipers in a matte pearl gradient effect paint. The color goes from black to “Accursio” red.  The roof is carbon fiber, whereas the front headlight units, air vents, and side mirrors are finished in candy red. To make the colors even more vivid, the wheels are finished in gold.

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            The inside of the Special Edition is completely red with a few hints of black here and there. Most of the interior is also finished in Alcantara. We believe that this edition is worth the extra cash.

The All-New Porsche Panamera

The current Porsche Panamera is a car that is great in many ways. However, looks are often not on the list of top things to like about it. This is finally changed with the brand new model just coming in. The Panamera is a perfect combination of luxury and classic Porsche performance. The new engines in the different levels of Panameras will all feature forced induction by two turbochargers.

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            The entry level 4s will feature a 2.9liter six-cylinder engine that will produce 440 horses. It allows the car to sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Panamera Turbo will produce a whooping 550 horse, which allows the car to hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The top speed is limited to 191 mph. All the engines will feature Porsche’s famous PDK transmission, which sends the power to all four wheels.

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            In our honest opinion, it is not the engine upgrades that excite us nearly as much as the brand new sparkling design of the car. The wheelbase extends 3 cm. A brand new spoiled that appears at faster speeds in three pieces, and combines to a single solid one (looks like Tony Stark built this one). The interior now features a new 12’ touchscreen upfront, and another one in the back for rear passengers. Many packages are included to make this car a either perfectly comfortable luxury sedan, or a maniac on the track. Some include Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control, and an adjustable air suspension.

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            Now to the track figures. This impressive vehicle has set a new record and claimed the fastest sedan title on the Nurburgring. It achieved an outstanding time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds. This car will go on sale in 2017. The Panamera 4S will start at $101,040, and the Turbo will start at $147,950.

 

The Noble M600 Speedster

            The British sports car company Noble has finally unveiled the production version of its M600 Speedster. This open-top supercar was first introduced four years ago as a computer-generated rendering, and was finally shown at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The M600 Speedster has to pass its crash testing before going on sale, but Noble is confident it will be available by the end of the year, although only a European launch has been mentioned at this point.

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            The M600 Speedster has a removable targa-style roof, but with nowhere to store the roof on the car, a canvas lining is all that will cover the cabin if the weather turns sour. Like the M600 coupe, the Speedster will be powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 4.4-liter V8 built by Yamaha that was previously seen in Volvo’s first-gen XC90. It’s powerful enough to generate 650 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque and boasts a 0-60mph of 3.0 seconds. Its top speed is slightly above 200mph. The expected starting price for the M600 Speedster is £220,000 (or approximately $305,300).

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2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

            The vast majority of people that know about the upcoming Ford GT can agree with us when we say it is one beautiful looking car. What if there was another, even better looking version? Well there is. Ford has just announced the release of the limited edition ’66 Heritage theme Ford GT in honor of the 50th anniversary of its GT40 Mark II win over Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966.

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                It comes with matte or gloss black paint, silver stripes, and its aluminum wheels will be getting a gold clearcoat finish. The leather wrapped steering wheel and blue seat belts are a throwback to the GT40, while the visible carbon fiber door sills and interior trim mark help to modernize the car. Inside the car, you will be greeted with beautiful looking unique serialized identification plate. There will be #2 interior door graphic, and matte carbon door sills.

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                 The 2017 GT is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that Ford states will produce at least 600 horsepower, 100 more than the GT40’s 7.0-liter V8. The ’66 Heritage Edition will only be available on 2017 model year cars, and are expected to see very limited production due to the GT’s overall 250-unit annual production cap. The price can be expected to be around $400,000. This seems like a lot for a piece of memorabilia, but it is important to note that the actual 1966 race-winning GT40 was recently sold for a reported $22 million.

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Lamborghini’s New Carbon Fiber Compound Breakthrough

            It was 35 years ago that McLaren first decided to make a revolutionary move – introducing its first Formula 1 racer with a carbon-fiber composite tub in place of the standard bonded and riveted sheet-aluminum structure. Since then, this technological trickle-down has continued, from aircraft to race cars and supercars, and recently even to affordable road cars. For example, Toyota introduced its Prius Prime plug-in hybrid equipped with a CFC rear hatch this year at the New York auto show. Yes, a Prius!

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         With everyone jumping into the Carbon Fiber technology, Lamborghini’s got something new in the works. After working with airplane manufacturer Boeing, Lamborghini believes it has found a new to mass produce forced carbon fiber. Forged carbon fiber (or FC for short) was first seen on the 2,200-pound Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. This composite was created using a manufacturing process that significantly cuts the time it takes to make normal carbon fiber components, and also yields a sturdier material than a traditional carbon fiber weave.

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To produce this forged carbon fiber, shredded carbon fiber threads are combined with resin and put between two steel molds. This substance is then heated and placed under 1,200-1,500 psi of pressure, and just three minutes later, the component is ready to be molded into a supercar. This process takes a significantly shorter time than the usual 24 hours it takes to bake layers and layers of carbon fiber cloth and also significantly cuts production costs. Cheaper and stronger it doesn’t get any better than that.

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            Lamborghini is planning to delve deeper into this production method, and has even built a new Advanced Composites Research Center in Seattle, Washington, which coincidentally also happens to be the home of Boeing. It plans to refine the production method to further increase the manufacturing speed and reduce the cost of construction. With enough luck, the material will become cheap and easy enough to produce that it will eventually be able to become mass produced. We may see even everyday passenger cars packing this forged carbon fiber soon. Here at Carsclusive, we are extremely hopeful to see forged carbon fiber to trickle down to everyday cars.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT R

The new Mercedes-AMG GT R is the most track-focused version of the GT sports car yet, and its bright green exterior lets others know it means business. Starting under the hood is a modified version of the AMG GT’s “hot inside V” 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with sharper-reacting turbos and a new exhaust system, producing 577 horsepower and 516lb-ft of torque. This is a 74 horsepower and 37lb-ft of torque increase over the AMG GT S, a car that was praised by countless motorheads.

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The AMG GT R is also lighter than the S – it weighs just shy of 3,600 pounds and has a 0-60mph of 3.6 seconds with a 198mph top speed, a 0.2sec cut and 5mph rise over those of the GT S. The GT R also comes with three settings for the stability control as well as nine levels of traction control, adjustable via a racing car-like knob in the middle of the dashboard.

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            The GT R also comes equipped with a four-wheel steering system, which operates by wire rather than mechanically and allows the rear wheels to turn by as much as 1.5 degrees. This system, similar to the one in the 911 GT3 and other Porsches since, aids agility at low speeds and stability at higher speeds making the AMG GT R handle ridiculously well.

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            The Mercedes-AMG GT R debuts at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with sales beginning in November and the car launching in March 2017. Expect the price to be a comfortable amount over the $150,000 AMG GT S.

Full Electric I8

            Batteries are becoming extremely reliable and powerful. Thanks to companies like Tesla, BMW, and various other automakers, electric cars are becoming more common and accessible. With so many rivals starting to produce electric only cars, the current i8 might start to feel outdated. This is why secretly, BMW has been working on a replacement for the current i8, an all electric i8.

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BMW has been testing a fuel cell prototype, which ran on hydrogen. This is now planned to replace the cylindrical tanks that hold the hydrogen, and replace them with batteries. The hopeful goal is that this new car that is being worked on will weigh no more than the current i8, and that it will achieve a higher range than 249 miles.

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Other than that change, the car will still be produced in carbon fiber structure, which greatly reduces the weight of the car, while still being able to maintain a rigid and sturdy chassis. If everything goes according to plan, then expect an all electric i8 soon.

The All New McLaren 570S Sprint

            There have been plenty of track-tuned sports cars released lately, and the newest kid on the block is McLaren’s 570S Sprint. This beauty is the only track-focused car in McLaren’s Sports Series and it has been blessed with a GT3-inspired radiator, an amazing front splitter, and a gigantic rear wing.

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            It’s got the standard six-point racing harness fitted to the seats, a stripped out interior with a rollcage, and even a fire extinguisher. It’s practically a real race car from factory! But like a real race car, the Sprint is not going to be street legal, meaning it’ll only be able to be admired on a racetrack. But according to McLaren, it won’t be able to enter any race series, as it doesn’t need the FIA GT4 standards, unless you upgrade it with a GT4 compliance pack.

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            McLaren hasn’t released any solid figures, but the Sprint can be expected to start at around £148,000, or approximately $218,000. It’ll be debuted at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and here at Carsclusive, we are extremely excited to see it in action.

Full Zero-Emission By 2030?

            Germany has decided to become the leading country when it comes to the sales of zero-emission vehicles. This may happen a lot sooner than expected. The Detroit Bureau states that Germany wants all future cars by 2030 to be hydrogen and battery powered, no exception. If these conditions are not met, new cars will not be allowed to be driven on highways and local roads.

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Currently, most of the vehicles on Germany’s roads use petrol engines, and diesel engines. There are currently only 130,000 hybrid-electric vehicles, and 25,000 battery EVs registered. Germany also plans to lower its CO2 emissions by 80 to 95% once 2050 hits. We are very interested to see if these expectations will be met once the time comes. We also wonder if it will be that easy for people to give up on their loved diesel and petrol cars.

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