The BMW X5 M50i and the X7 M50i are taking a turn for the crazy and opting for more power by adding in a twin-turbo v8 M performance engine. What that means is that your BMW SUV will be pounding out 530 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque—that’s an improvement of 67 horsepower and 74 lb-ft over the regular xDrive50i versions.
In other words, you won’t be getting beat off the line by very many vehicles, not with a 4.1 second zero to 100 time.
That power might make you worry about safety, especially with SUVs having a reputation of not cornering well. But BMW has addressed that, adding in xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with electronically controlled rear M Sport differential. Normally the SUV is rear biased in normal driving, but when needed the differential can send power either to the right or left to help compensate for traction conditions.
Additionally, the M50i uses two-axle air suspension as a standard option. With that air suspension, the M50i can be adjusted to ride an inch lower in Sport mode for speeds over 85 miles per hour, or it can lift 1.6 inches higher to provide better clearance.
Production on these versions will start in August, with delivery sometime in the fall.
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is Back In Production
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is a 1960 throwback and it made its public debut during the gruelling 24-hour Le Mans in France. Just 19 of these classic vehicles are in production, and each carries a £6 million price tag.
Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the team at Aston Martin Works, the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations stay true to the originals.
Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the exterior colour matches the original vehicle. Inside, Obsidian Black leather trim covers the pads in the carbon fibre race seats, door cards, headliner and rear environment. Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.
The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine producing over 390 horsepower. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential.
Further continuation specifications include a full FIA-approved roll cage, and Borrani silver painted wheels and polished lips. Thin-gauge aluminium body panels dress the lightweight tubular frame in a chassis optimised for track work.
Each car is being constructed to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old-world craftsmanship blended with modern engineering and performance enhancements.
A digital body buck has, for instance, been created to allow Aston Martin engineers to examine minute details of the continuation cars. In contrast, the hand-finished body panels are worked from flat sheets of 1.2 mm thick aluminium representing hundreds of hours of craftsmanship using techniques that were commonplace almost 60 years ago.
First deliveries of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato continuation commence in Q3, 2019 preceding what could become the most ambitious and popular continuation to date: the Aston Martin “Goldfinger” DB5 continuation car, made famous by the James Bond film of the same name. This one comes to market in 2020.
2019 Porsche 935 Moby Dick, There She Blows By
You don’t have to be named Ishmael or even Ahab to appreciate the 2019 Porsche 935 Moby Dick, though you will have to be one of the first 77 people in line to get one of these extremely limited-run cars. Inspired by Porsche’s 935/78 racecar, and given the same moniker, the 2019 Moby Dick is a track-only race car, though even that might be hard to find events for since the car is non-homologated.
Porsche recognizes the limited potential use, stating that the car is “geared towards clubsport events and private training on racetracks.”
The 2019 Moby Dick makes use of the current generation 911 GT2 RS powertrain, which consists of a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine capable of 690 horsepower. The engine mates with a rear-wheel drive seven-speed PDK paddle-shift gearbox. That’s less power than the original Moby Dick.
While there’s a discrepancy in that regard, there’s little to complain about in the looks department. The carbon-reinforced plastic body kit mimics the swoops of the 935/78 version. It does have a new wing, and it sports incorporated LED lights.
Being a race car, the interior is minimal. There’s just one seat beneath an escape hatch, and a welded-in cage. Moby Dick sports a Cosworth data logger and a motorsport wheel.
As limited as it is, you’ll pay quite a bit to add it to your stables–£750,000.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Has a lot to Admire
In June, 1919, Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WWI Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. Of the event, Sir Winston Churchill commented, “I do not know what we should most admire—their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce engines—or their good fortune.”
Churchill called out the Rolls-Royce engines for a good reason. Just about everything that could go wrong on the flight did, with the exception of the Rolls-Royce engines. The Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII Collection pays homage to the duo—and the engines that carried them.
The Wraith is finished in a colour scheme reminiscent of the Vimy bomber—two-tone gunmetal and Selby grey paint that is dressed up with brass accents. Unlike the bomber, however, the cabin in an exercise in luxury.
The eucalyptus wood used in the dash went through a special “vacuum metalised” process to create gold, silver, and copper inlays that mimics a bird’s eye view of the moon-lit Earth. The custom clock has an “iced” background that references the instrument panel of the plane freezing up.
The headliner of the Wraith also received a special treatment to make it look like the exact nighttime sky of the flight at its halfway point thanks to 1,183 glowing fibres, with brass threads that outline the flight path Alcock and Brown took.
Only 50 of these special edition cars will be made.
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