Category: Auto

Tesla’s Software Update Adds Self-Driving To The Model S

press01_autopilotIf one thinks about the scope of this of Tesla leadership and engineering, this is amazing: version 7.0 of the Model S software adds self-driving to the Model S. Like any major update, the software will be rolled out slowly over the U.S., then Europe and Asia (pending regulatory approval).

Keep in mind this isn’t full autopilot: the update adds what Tesla calls, Autosteer, which keeps the car in lane while avoiding other vehicles and keeping a safe speed. Auto Lane Change is another feature part of the update: the Model S will change lanes by itself when prompted by the turn signal, and finally Autopark: the Model S will find a spot, and park in it.

In the planned version 7.1,  the Model S can be sent to a garage and then be called to come and pick the driver up — and so on, in theory. However, Tesla lead Elon Musk made sure to warn that drivers should still be aware and even still keep hands on the wheel, not only to mitigate potential risk, but also to keep the driver liable of any potential accidents.

But, I don’t think anyone is keen on crashing a Tesla, so that should help.

Via: Tesla

Tesla Model X: The Electric SUV With A Ludicrous Mode

tesla-modelxDelayed more than once, the Model X is the third electric vehicle to finally debut from the futuristic labs of Tesla Motors. In doing so, Tesla has somehow made it possible to be genuinely excited about the release of a new kind of SUV.

Billed as an electric crossover, the Model X is truly special, especially its P90D variant: a function called “Ludicrous mode” that lets you go from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds, with 250 miles of range on a charge. Seating for up to seven adults, sensor-rich Falcon Wing doors, the autonomous capabilities seen in the Model S, a  17-speaker sound system designed to quietly sip on power, glass panoramic windshield (which extends over the front seat) and finally, the famous 17-inch touchscreen used to control the vehicle.

The starting price? $132,000. Yes, it is incredibly expensive, but it is the last of the high-priced Teslas — the next planned model is an entry-level luxury sedan.

Via: Tesla

Ducati Outs The (Beautiful) Monster 1200 R Street Bike

ducati-monster-1200-r-1Essentially, this is supposed to be the best of track performance with everyday practicality. The Monster series from Ducati has a reputation for being capable of those two aforementioned traits — to a degree — but now Ducati wants to blur the lines further, with the new Monster 1200 R.

In doing so, I’ve another goal to aspire to in its completion: acquiring said motorcycle.

Its heart is a 1200 cc Testastretta twin-cylinder engine, producing 160hp. In regards to the chassis and overall design, the seat, tailpiece, and stance have all been redesigned, with new instrument cluster display, passenger and rider foot peg, along with three riding modes.

Oh, and it comes in two colors: red or black.

Via: Ducati

McLaren 570S: The Newest And “Sportiest” Car From The Brits

mclaren-570s-3The new McLaren 570S is the least expensive model of the British supercar line, and now part of the new “Sports” line. The 570S produces 562 hp from a 3.8L twin turbo V8 engine, translating to 0-62 in just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.

A 7-speed SSG transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, forged alloy wheels, a carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis and aluminum body, new digital instrument cluster, a seven-inch touchscreen with integrated climate control, and optional Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the thoughts of auto journalists is that it will be McLaren’s least expensive car in production when it launches.

McLaren’s New 675LT Is One Pretty Road-Legal Racecar

mclaren-1Carbon fiber all-around to keep weight low,  the McLaren 675LT is a sportscar with track performance in mind, of course.

The latest from McLaren’s Super Series features a turbo 3.8-liter V-8 engine, with a zero to 60 mph time in less than 3 seconds. An interesting 666 of horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque make up the pull and push capability of the engine.

The full unveil will be at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, with a price that is current TBA.

Via: McLaren

The Aston Martin Vulcan Is Cooler Than Any Other Aston

VuI_01-newsheroThe Aston Martin Vulcan, the company’s new car built specifically for the race track. Powered by a 7.0-liter V12 engine block, producing over 800 horsepower. All that power is shifted with a mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.

The body, which is undeniably insane, futuristic and speed-infused is a carbon fiber monocoque, and hopefully predicts the aesthetics of future production models. 24 Vulcans will be built worldwide with full FIA race safety requirements.

All that’s left now is another car fast enough (and a driver) to race it against.

Via: Aston Martin 

The Ferrari 488 GTB Is An “Entry-Level” Supercar, Blows Minds

1-ferrari-anteriore-1280x0_2SCHR7Ah, yes. A new Ferrari, named the 488 GTB.

It’s environmentally more sound than its predecessor, the 458 Italia, with 260g/km CO2 emissions. It’s also faster, reaching 0-62mph in 3 seconds flat, and 124mph in just 8.3 seconds total. It’s insane, is the world you’re looking for. Engine-wise, this is possible via a 661bhp 3.9-liter V8 engine with 561lb ft of torque. Oh, and twin turbochargers, just for a “pinch” more of power.

It’s a beautiful sight, with styling from the “XX” division of Ferrari’s somehow-more-insanely-fast track division. More details on the 48 GTB will be released at the Geneva Motor Show, next month.

Via: Ferrari