Having seen the entries to Friday’s ‘Cleavage Day Competition’ and trying to figure out how I can get 23 gorgeous women to send me pictures of their cleavage too, I finally managed to pull my fist out of my mouth and put together the all-important motoring highlights from last week. Thankfully, like Chris, I also bring you plenty of curves in the form of a Maserati, Audi R8 and a new BMW M3…
I’m sure Maserati GranCabrio owners amongst us might, at some stage, have felt the need to spice up their ride – you know, because cruising the streets of Sandton or Camps Bay in a standard Maser just doesn’t always cut it. So don’t worry, because Ferrari-specialist tuner Novitec has you covered with a new upgrade kit. The kit includes a new supercharger and watercooled intercooler, a reworked ECU, a new intake manifold and larger injectors for more power. The result is 434 kW and 572 N.m of torque – enough to rocket the Novitec GranCabrio from 0 ñ 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 300 km/h. Novitec also adds a stainless-steel sport exhaust to help that Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8 sing like Luciano Pavarotti and a KW aluminum coilover kit. Appearances are upgraded with a carbon-fibre front spoiler, side skirts, rear fascia and a boot lid spoiler, while 21-inch wheels at the front and 22-inchers at the rear round off the exterior styling. Finally, as with any Novitec Rosso product, the interior can be upholstered in any combination of leather and Alcantara the customer desires. Novitecís GranCabrio package costs around US$29 000, or roughly R200 000.
The Audi R8 is certainly one of the sleekest supercars and it’s hard to argue with the potency of the V10 5.2 FSI engine. With itís 386 kW, mid-mounted, V10, the Lamborghini-derived engine is more than enough motivation for mere mortals. However, some folks out there felt slighted by the fact that Audi detuned the Lamborghini-sourced unit for its use in the R8. Enter the folks at Heffner Performance, who decided to rectify the situation by sticking two massive Garrett GT35R turbochargers into the R8′s rear-end. The result? A 540 kW, twin-turbocharged, teutonic terror, that accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h faster than you can snap your fingers – and oh yes, those 540 kW are measured at the rear-wheels! Heffner are still busy with this project, but weíre sure theyíll be boasting about the performance figures as soon as possible.
BMW M Power dominated the headlines on the first of April. One of their releases on that day was a new concept based on the M3 Sedan using loads of carbon fibre and other lightweight parts reducing the overall weight of the vehicle. New information now states that the BMW M3 ëLightweightí will be released in June at the Nurburgring M Festival. The output will be between the ‘regular’ M3 and the M3 GTS, so somewhere between 309 and 335 kW. The name of the vehicle has been unclear late last week, when German magazine ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ reported that the M3 Sedan will be marketed as the M3 GTS, but with a power output of only 328 kW. Like the GTS Coupe, the BMW M3 GTS Sedan will be equipped with the specially tuned 7-speed DCT transmission. The production version will be showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.
Finally, in case you missed the launch of SABikeFan last week, I’ve included one of the top stories from the world of motorcycling, which is this: Czech manufacturer and government-backed FGR has introduced its first motorcycle, which it claims is the world’s most powerful production bike. Madness is what many would call it, but for hardcore horsepower junkies the FGR Midalu muscle-bike would probably be the most exciting piece of machinery to roll out this year. The FGR Midalu is powered by a 2.5-litre V6 that pushes out 240 HP (178 kW) and weighs-in at close on 270 kg. Covered in carbon-fibre, the Midalu has been built using quality components from Ohlins, Brembo and OZ Racing wheels. In total, over 40 different suppliers contribute components to the final product. The price is yet to be disclosed along with performance figures, but expect to hand over many pennies, as FGR will be producing an exclusive batch of around 6 units in its first year.
That’s all the news for this week. By the time you read this I would have touched down in Jo’burg for the launch of Honda’s new CBR125 & CBR250 motorcycles, before returning to the Mother City for the launch of KIA’s new Cerato Hatchback on Wednesday. If you like, you’re welcome to follow me on twitter for an insight into the whirl-wind lifestyle of a motoring editor. Enjoy the short week ahead. Oh, and ladies, if you’re reading, Chris has my email address. ;)