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Supercar Heaven The New Models Just Keep On Coming

OK, so most of us can’t afford to buy a supercar, but as car fans we all love to dream.

And this year is a good year to do that. The new models just seem to keep on coming, with all the big guns trying to keep one step ahead of each other.

It can be difficult to keep up sometimes, but here we look at some of the big models of the moment.

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Ferrari marks 70 years with a new-old engine for its new car

Ferrari is celebrating 70 years in 2017 and has been doing plenty to mark the occasion.

But that doesn’t mean that progress on new models has slowed and the 812 Superfast features a new 12-cylinder engine, the power unit that started it all off in 1947.

In its own words: “On this occasion, intensive research and development focused on exploiting Ferrari’s wealth of track-derived engineering know-how has produced a unique model designed to offer its drivers both benchmark performance across the board and the most riveting and rewarding driving experience possible.”

The 812 Superfast’s futuristic, finely-honed lines clothe Prancing Horse power at its rawest, as an entirely new 12-cylinder engine of unprecedented efficiency and might was designed for the car.   

It makes it the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever, with the exception of limited edition 12-cylinder cars.

Ferrari said: “Simply put, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark for mid-front-engined sports cars. And at its heart is the new 12-cylinder which has forged its character.”


McLaren adds a new car to its Super Series

The McLaren 720S introduces the second-generation Super Series, the supercar product family at the heart of the McLaren brand.

The firm says that it’s a “stunning new interpretation of McLaren design language and dedication to aerodynamic principles, personifying the brand’s extreme performance DNA”.

It’s got a carbon fibre chassis, making for a dry weight of 1,283kg.

A luxurious cabin gets leather and switches made from aluminium, while the 720S also sees the introduction of a new generation of McLaren’s active chassis system.

It can be dialled up or down for anything from comfort to full-on extreme handling.

Power comes from a new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, producing 720PS of grunt and 770Nm of torque, with power-to-weight ratio of up to 561PS per tonne.

That makes for 60mph in 2.8 seconds and a top end of 212mph.

It costs £208,600.


Lambo has done a track-focused version of its Huracan

Sure, Lamborghini is known for its eye-catching design as much as for the performance of its cars.

But it’s showing it can do serious with the Huracan Performante, which is a track-focused version of its supercar.

For £215,000 you get more power – up to 631bhp from 602bhp – and more torque, from 413lbft to 442lbft.

It’s also lighter by 40kg.

That all means pretty epic performance to worry the Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675 LT.

62mph comes up in 2.9 seconds and the top end is 202mph.


Lotus’ most powerful road-going car ever

Following in the footsteps of the Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410, Lotus has unveiled its most powerful road-going model to date – the Evora GT430.

Lotus says it has lavished attention on hand-crafted carbon-fibre components to endow this fully homologated Evora with a level of precision engineering and design unseen before.

It’s powered by a new development of the 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine producing 430hp and benefits from a significant hike in downforce.

In keeping with Lotus philosophy it’s lightweight, at 1,258kg dry.

Just 60 editions will be hand-built in Norfolk, meaning that it’s already in line to be a true collector’s car.

Acknowledging the Lotus Esprit V8 GT and the Esprit GT3 from the 1990s, the two-seater sprints to 60mph in 3.7 seconds and the car’s top speed is 190 mph.

With new and specifically designed body panels, featuring exposed carbon weave sections, front and rear, the Lotus GT430 generates up to 250 kg of downforce.

Larger front apertures, a new carbon fibre splitter, air blades and louvers positioned on top of each front wheel arch clearly illustrate the supercar credentials of the Evora GT430 when viewed head on, says Lotus.

At the rear, aero ducts behind each wheel reduce pressure in the wheel arch and offer visibility of the wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and a large rear diffuser provides a sharp visual finish. Both are crowned by the large, profiled carbon wing.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus, said: “The Evora GT430 is a landmark car for Lotus. Lightweight engineering and class-leading handling, paired with Lotus’ aerodynamic expertise, define the Evora GT430 as a legendary Lotus.

“It’s a truly beautiful car, meticulously finished in hand-crafted carbon, and employing the latest aerodynamics and lightweight materials.

“This highly developed vehicle perfectly reflects Lotus’ attention to engineering and design. We expect the lucky owners to be blown away by its pure presence and staggering performance.”

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