Performance Cars

I have recently returned from the New York International Auto Show with images and information about the latest and greatest vehicles currently in the American marketplace. This is the final installment of what I discovered. It’s all about performance cars.

RIMAC AUTOMOBILI
Rimac Concept One – Developed and built in Croatia, the Concept One is a two-seat high-performance electric sports car. It has a total output of 1,088 horsepower and a zero-to-sixty time of 2.8 seconds. The supercar has an electronically limited top speed of 190 mph. The Concept One has a retail price of $980,000 US and is described as the world’s first electric supercar. The company is unique in that it developed and manufactured the necessary electrical components for the car and in so doing patented 24 innovations.

Each wheel is powered by a separate liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and controlled by the automaker’s “All Wheel Torque Vectoring System” that distributes power to the wheels in accordance with user setup and driving conditions. The car also has the ability to switch the power from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive. The motors are powered by a 82 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery giving the car a range of 310 miles per charge.

KOENIGSEGG
Koenigsegg Agera RS1 – This Swedish company is known for handmade high performance supercars. The Agera RS is an advanced version of the earlier Agera R, implementing some of the new technology and features of the Agera One:1. The automaker bills the Agera RS1 as “the ultimate track tool” due to its lightweight features and track optimized technologies. The standard 5.0L dual turbocharged V8 engine was developed in-house and produces 1,160 horsepower on regular pump gasoline. All this torque is communicated to the wheels via a specially developed seven-speed dual clitch transmission with paddle-shift and an electronic differential. The optional 1 MegaWatt package increase the engine’s power to 1,360 horsepower. The Agera RS1 has a top speed of 275 mph.

SPYKER CARS
Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder – Dutch company is also known for elegant high-performance vehicles. What you might not know about this automaker is that it made the ill-fated purchase of Saab Automotive from General Motors back in 2009. The much smaller company was both undercapitalized and unprepared for the demands of mass-production and ended up going into receivership for a time. The Spyker C8 will be powered by a normally-aspirated dry-sump V8 engine that is built by Koenigsegg. The new V8 boasts 600 horsepower and was specifically developed to meet Spyker’s needs. The sophisticated prime mover will be bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Spyker translated its aviation inspired design to develop the C8 Preliator Spyder. The convertible features an automatic soft top with a saddle Litano leather interior and honeycomb contrasted stitching.

JAGUAR CARS
Jaguar F-Type 400 SPORT Special Edition – Available for one model year only, the 400 SPORT features an uprated version of the supercharged 3.0L V6 prime mover, with maximum power increased to 400 horsepower. Drivers will have a choice between rear and all-wheel drive variants to suit their driving style. Both variants transmits power to the wheels through an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission with a limited slip differential.

Ken Chester, Jr. is President & CEO of Motor News Media Corporation – an automotive news service founded in 1989 as The AutoBuyer Plus Corporation. Featured on numerous television and radio programs, viewers, listeners and readers alike relate to Ken's friendly manner and wealth of information about the many vehicles currently for sale in today's complex automotive marketplace.

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