World’s most fu­ture­for­ward Su­per­cars

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Less cc, less cylin­ders, more horse­power: oth­er­wise the race to the “hum” of elec­tric­ity would be even faster. Con­struc­tors are un­der­stand­ing this late, due to laws but also thanks to ad­vances in elec­tron­ics. In the mean­time, global warm­ing continues, but cer­tainly through no fault of the car. Un­doubt­edly, su­per­cars, in a few years, have be­come in­creas­ingly un­pop­u­lar in the pub­lic eye and, in any case, are dif­fi­cult to ho­molo­gate due to in­creas­ingly re­stric­tive rules re­gard­ing emis­sions, which are, nec­es­sar­ily, di­rectly de­pend­able on the power of the en­gine. There­fore, the in­dus­try is com­ing out with the most efficient ve­hi­cles ever seen: greater sat­is­fac­tion and less con­sump­tion, even if the price is ris­ing - be­cause re­search and elec­tron­ics are costly. But the en­vi­ron­ment is thank­ful and driv­ing en­joy­ment is enhanced, but those search­ing for some­thing that is easy on the ear would have to pos­sess a for­tune be­cause en­gines that are acous­ti­cally sat­is­fy­ing re­main in the do­main of oth­er­wise unattain­able mod­els. A large part of th­ese, as usual, were seen in Geneva last March. An ex­am­ple be­ing the Ch­i­ron Sport from Bu­gatti, its lat­est work with a price tag of 2.65 mil­lion eu­ros, which

has a few new additions com­pared to the pre­vi­ous model. The new ex­haust de­flec­tor, stiffer sus­pen­sion, 1% less weight, car­bon fi­bre wind­screen wipers on their own are mere tri­fles, the sub­stance was al­ready present in the mon­strous 1,500 hp and 420 km/h, which now has even greater agility. Lamborghin­i passes yet again the psy­cho­log­i­cal thresh­old of “five-thou­sand” with the Hu­racán Per­for­mante Spy­der, but it can be for­given: it’s not just an ex­ag­ger­ated toy, but a sporty, efficient V10 that can be driven on the track, which strives to make a good im­pres­sion even in Monte Carlo (spi­der and rear wing in­cor­po­rated on a Lambo are a rare thing) al­ready from next sum­mer and with a price tag of less than €300,000. Less ex­treme, the Urus, the first SUV from Lamborghin­i, which is al­ready pop­u­lar the world over, is based on a 4.0 V8, which reaches pow­ers sim­i­lar to track cars thanks to the turbo, but is ca­pa­ble, all the same, of emit­ting less CO2 than the “usual” su­per­car. With the same phi­los­o­phy, the As­ton Martin New Van­tage, new out­side and almost un­recog­nis­able in­side, takes a V8 turbo of the same cu­bic capacity as the AMG, and uses only au­to­matic gear change but of­fers Dy­namic Torque Vec­tor­ing for the first time on a Bri­tish car: a sign that it wants to be among the top for han­dling and is ev­ery bit as good as the Ital­ians. Bri­tish grit loses a lit­tle with the new Ben­tayga from Bent­ley, which makes in­no­va­tive strides by rais­ing the bar of lux­ury, be­gin­ning with new 22” wheels, which are fin­ished so well they could be put on dis­play. There’s also much to be ad­mired in­side by the “east­ern” world but, at least, there’s a hint of com­pas­sion: it doesn’t go

over “four thou­sand”. McLaren, al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced with a 3.8 litre “biturbo” in­her­ited from the 650S, doesn’t of­ten make sub­stan­tial changes, but the 5 De­sign Edi­tions are a true gem for lovers of the 570S Spi­der: there’s a wide choice of colours for both in­side and out, in­clud­ing less ob­vi­ous tech­ni­cal de­tails. A to­tally dif­fer­ent con­cept for BMW: with the M8 Gran Coupé project, which wants to fo­cus at­ten­tion on lux­ury, a fea­ture typ­i­cal of the Bavar­ian car­maker, with a new de­sign lan­guage for the dis­cern­ing cus­tomer. A four-seater sport car so light front and back and, truth be told, a lit­tle ar­ro­gant, hasn’t been seen for some time: it’s only a pro­to­type but it’s clear that it will set new stan­dards in the con­cept of the sporty flag­ship. For the en­gines it’s still early, but it shouldn’t ex­ceed six cylin­ders, and there will be petrol and diesel: time will tell if and with how much “hy­brid” as­sis­tance. By­pass­ing the hy­brid stage, which was widely seen at Monaco, for Porsche, in­stead, lux­ury tends to­wards all-electric driv­ing. With Mission E Cross Turismo, the car­maker from Stuttgart prom­ises a range of 500 kilo­me­tres, ac­cord­ing to NEDC tests, for its first silent GT, a close re­la­tion of the Panam­era which looks firmly to the fu­ture. Flex­ing its mus­cles, lastly, is the Tesla Road­ster 2020 edi­tion, a 2+2 that, it is thought, will of­fer a torque of 10,000 Nm and 400 km/h with a range of 1,000 kilo­me­tres. A dream at less than $200,000, which prom­ises to de­ter­mine the suc­cess or fail­ure once and for all of this in­spi­ra­tional but con­tro­ver­sial brand which, how­ever, has cre­ated a course from which no-one can stray.

La BMW Con­cept M8 Gran Coupé com­bina el­e­ganza e lusso ed of­fre un'an­teprima della BMW Serie 8 Gran Coupé e della BMW M8 Gran Coupé, che sarà pre­sen­tata nel corso del 2019. The BMW Con­cept M8 Gran Coupe com­bines el­e­gance and lux­ury, and of­fers a pre­view of the BMW 8 Se­ries Gran Coupe and BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which will be pre­sented dur­ing the course of 2019.

A sin­is­tra. Nuova con­cept car Mission E Cross Turismo di Porsche, una vet­tura sportiva elet­trica per uno stile di vita di­nam­ico. A de­stra. Road­ster di Tesla, una su­per­car elet­trica con preno­tazione Founders Se­ries a € 215.000. On left. The Mission E Cross Turismo new con­cept study by Porsche, a electric sports car for an ac­tive life­style. On right. Road­ster by Tesla, an electric su­per­car with Founders Se­ries reser­va­tion at € 215.000.

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