The Levante Trofeo is an Everyday Super SUV

V8 Maseratis are nothing new, not even in the modern age of the brand. The Quattroporte and GranTurismo both featured soulful Ferrari-derived 8-cylinder mills, but when the Levante was unveiled in 2016, it didn’t immediately come with a V8 engine option. It was expected as an inevitability, but nonetheless, we waited.

Maserati’s deep, dark secret was outed at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

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The MSO X is the First Extreme 570S

McLaren Special Operations exists solely to execute the things that customers simply dream possible. From entirely one-off models like the X-1, to paint samples that match anything in your imagination, the exclusive branch of McLaren’s road car company has had a hand in some of the most radical creations in the modern supercar market.

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The Amelia Island Concours is the East Coast Pebble Beach

 

The luxury automotive sector has long established that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the premier showcase of collector cars spanning both niches and decades. Because of its credibility, it has become the standard to aspire to for every other automotive Concours, but few may ever meet the challenge.

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Technology Continues to Drive Geneva Motor Show

As one of the most important global motor shows on the calendar, the Geneva Motor Show typically gets the best of the best from every automaker. The stage is set for each performance car company’s attempt to one-up the display next to them.

At 2016’s show, McLaren took their existing Ultimate Series model and, instead of giving it a fancy new paint job, went with a bare carbon fiber finish for an even more spectacular presence. Now that the Senna has taken over as the ultimate McLaren road car in 2018, it gets the same treatment, with a price tag of more than $400,000 on top of the base price.

The Senna “Carbon Theme” seamlessly combines the championship past of Ayrton Senna with the modern McLaren architecture built of carbon fiber. Solar Yellow and Laurel Green accents are thoughtfully applied inside and out, further paying tribute to the driver whose name inspired the car. But the biggest impression comes from the Visual Carbon Fiber bodywork, with the 67 individual panels accounting for nearly 1,000 hours to complete. The functionally aggressive supercar is intensified by the carbon fiber look, but it’s not just for aesthetics with this edition.

Further carbon fiber application is at the wheels, and that’s especially vital in the environment that the Senna will be natural in. The center-locking hybrid wheels are constructed of forged aluminum and carbon fiber, resulting in a 10 percent weight trimming at each corner. This will produce improved acceleration and braking, as well as steering response when driven at higher speeds. But even with all the small touches that improve track-based performance, it was nothing like the overhaul that the Senna GTR received.

Unveiled alongside the standard Senna was the GTR variant, which has a historical backing of motorsports performance. Like the F1 GTR and P1 GTR before it, McLaren has taken the road-worthiness out of the Senna for the sake of uncompromising racing pedigree, and the Senna GTR now establishes itself as the fastest McLaren ever on a track, aside from a Formula 1 car. This is achieved by an expected bump in power, but more so by visually stunning aerodynamic enhancements. An extended front splitter and rear diffuser work in tandem to stick the Senna to the track, and provide an even more dedicated presence from the standard road car. 75 units will be accounted for in 2019.

Similarly, Porsche extended its motorsports heritage to the new GT3 RS, but the brand’s innovation didn’t just come by way of the track. Porsche is not only changing the performance landscape of its brand, but the everyday commute as well. Through the Mission E concepts, Porsche is finalizing its plans to electrify its future.

The original Mission E concept made bold statements in 2015, claiming more than 600 horsepower and a charging time of a little more than 15 minutes. The newest Cross Turismo concept, unveiled at Geneva, utilizes the same underpinnings but in a capable crossover package. The reintroduction of Mission E to the market reaffirms Porsche’s commitment to exploring the feasibility of future technologies.

Advancing technologies don’t just help cut down track times, they transform the everyday driving experience. With McLaren and Porsche leading the way in both of these fields, it’s exciting to witness the transition from future to present.


The McLaren Senna Embodies Legendary Success

McLaren’s road cars have juggled usability and ultimate performance, and done so admirably, as to limit compromise along the way.

When rumors swirled around the codenamed “P15” being more track-focused than anything else, it sounded like a foray into an unfamiliar segment. Committing to that singular focus would inevitably redirect attention away from what makes a McLaren so appealing. It’s accessible performance and a balanced everyday driving experience, but throughout history, McLaren’s biggest achievements have truly come by putting all hands on deck at the circuit.

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The Dodge Viper Never Became a Modern Car

The Dodge Viper is reaching the ultimate end of its production after a legacy of 25 years but, boy, is it going out strong.

The Gen V Viper ACR is the last high-performance model of the Viper, and the ACR badge has been a staple throughout multiple generations of the car. It stands for American Club Racing, and the model itself stands for the pinnacle of track dominance. Maximizing performance in any racing environment is the premise, and it was originally executed through engine enhancements and suspension modification to corral the rambunctious Viper. As the generations evolved, so did the changes to the ACR, and the performance jumped accordingly.

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RDS Automotive Group Named a Philly Top Workplace For 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, the RDS Automotive Group has been recognized by philly.com as one of its annual Top Workplaces for 2017.

The results come from a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm specializing in workplace health and improvement. Employees completed a survey covering various aspects of the organizational environment, making the people who are truly the foundation of these companies the ones leading these studies.

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McLaren 570S Chosen Best Driver’s Car for 2016

Sports cars are built to maximize performance, sure, but the reason people pay the super high premiums for them is for the sheer enjoyment. And that’s not something you can pick out on paper.

The only fair and proper – and legal – way to fully enjoy a sports car at its limit is in a track setting. Motor Trend’s “Best Driver’s Car” annual experience drops the year’s best sports cars into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Ca., and has at it with its features team. But atypical to the norm, it’s not a race there.

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Bentley Makes a True Supercar, Too

Despite what many believe, stickers don’t actually add any horsepower to a car. Somehow, Bentley seems to have defied logic and done just that.

The Bentley Continental GT3-R was inspired by the GT3 race car, with graphics and aero bits stuck on all over to denote its uniqueness. The production numbers backed up its exclusive appeal, with just 300 units being sold worldwide and 99 of them coming to the United States, all of those receiving their own individual chassis number.

The basic colorway was Glacier White with two-tone striping and logo graphics adorning each side. The Akrapovič titanium exhaust system saves 7 kg of weight in the GT3-R, which hardly seems like much in a car the size of the Continental,  but its retuned acoustics are the far more noticeable difference as the car roars to life then pops and crackles once you let off the accelerator.

It looks and sounds like no other Bentley before it, but most importantly, it performs as such too.

572 horsepower is competitive among leagues of supercars, but Bentley doesn’t cater to those comparisons. Bentley swoons its customers with defining presence and luxury, so adding supercar-level performance to its most popular model was an entirely new venture. The 4-liter twin-turbo V8 isn’t changed so much on paper – its displacement is the same as the V8 S model – but new turbos and gear ratios allow the GT3-R to be quicker than any Bentley before it. Tested as quick as 3.3 seconds but advertised at 3.8, the GT3-R more or less loses the concept of time as it blasts off the line with a drama lacking from any Continental prior.

Even with every sense telling you the GT3-R is a new and different thing, a more ferocious thing, it still is what it is. It’s still a Bentley, for better or for worse.

The endearing thing about the modern supercar is the little foibles here and there that make it just a bit imperfect, a bit impractical. It’s what makes you save it only for special occasions. It, itself, is its own special occasion. But Bentleys have always been superior everyday cruisers, and the GT3-R is just the most superior one.

So you don’t have to save this supercar for simply a weekend drive. Drive it every day, because you can. It rides like a Bentley should – OK, maybe just a tad stiffer, but you need that with this performance – and features all the luxuries you’d be accustomed to, they just might be coated in carbon fiber or touched with Alcantara.

And the stickers, of course. Stickers make any car faster.

 

 


RDS Automotive Group Adds Karma of The Main Line to Dealer Group

DEVON, Pa. (August 8, 2016) — The RDS Automotive Group is pleased to announce the latest addition to its exclusive group of brands: Karma of The Main Line.

Karma of The Main Line joins Porsche of The Main Line, McLaren Philadelphia and Maserati of The Main Line among the RDS Auto Group dealerships, and will assume its home on The Main Line in Devon, Pa. It is one of only ten franchised dealerships hand-picked for the North American market by Karma Automotive.

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