Ferrari F12 TRS
Ferrari are rather good at making good-looking cars, but they’ve gone a step further and made the stunning F12 TRS for a special customer. The one-off car is rumoured to have cost around $4.2 million, and for that you get the same 6.3-litre V12 producing 740hp and 690Nm of torque as in the F12 Berlinetta, allowing it to get from 0-100km/h in 3.1 sec and from 0-200km/h in 8.1 sec. You also get one of the rarest cars ever, and a car that will be very sought after by collectors.
Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus ST has received a few updates, the biggest of which is the availability of a diesel engine. The turbocharged 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 250hp is carried over from the previous version, but it now comes with a stop-start function – improving fuel efficiency by a claimed six percent. As mentioned before, a new diesel engine is available – a 2.0-litre TDCi unit producing 185hp and 400Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions being 114g/km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is 6.5 sec for the petrol option and 8.1 sec for the diesel option. Other updates include new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification. The exterior gets new headlamps, grille, bumper design, and 19-inch wheels. The interior now gets a new SYNC 2 connectivity system with a high definition 8-inch touch screen.
Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Le Mans winning D-type, Jaguar will be building a special edition F-TYPE called the Project 7. The car will come with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 575hp and 680Nm, propelling the 1,585kg roadster from 0-100km/h in 3.9 sec and on to an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h. The Project 7 name pays homage to Jaguar’s seven Le Mans titles, and will be limited to 250 examples. An eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission is standard, as well as an Electronic Active Differential, Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, and Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB). Other items found on the Project 7 are carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids and a different suspension set-up to the standard F-TYPE.
The new Mini Roadster is now the sixth model in the Mini line-up. The Roadster is designed as a strict two-seater, rather than a four-seater like the Convertible – it's available as either a Cooper Roadster, Cooper S Roadster, Cooper SD Roadster, or John Cooper Works Roadster.
The Roadster makes use of BMW-sourced petrol and diesel engines, ranging from a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 122hp to turbocharged versions producing 184hp and 211hp. The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the Cooper SD Roadster produces 143hp.
Mini has decided to give its Cooper S models a dose of high efficiency and big torque with the introduction of the Cooper SD. The SD is the highest performing diesel variant, which will be available in all of the five (Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman, and Countryman All4) Mini variants.
The Cooper SD has a turbocharged 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel engine producing 143 hp at 4000 rpm, with torque rated at 225 lb ft available from 1750 rpm to 2700 rpm. Indeed the figures show that the SD has 41 hp less than the petrol-powered Cooper S, but it does produce 34 lb ft more.
It’s about time we gave some attention to a front wheel drive car, and the Mini Cooper S gets it. Introduced in 2002, its purpose was to carry on where the original Mini left off, and that was to offer huge amounts of fun in a small package.
A supercharged 1.6-litre engine producing 168hp and 155 lb ft of torque sent power to the front wheels of the Cooper S via a six-speed manual transmission (automatics were optional), which allowed it to get from 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 135mph (213km/h). The engine also won the 2003 International Engine of The Year award in the 1.4- to 1.8-litre category.