This week's roundup has a distinctive performance emphasis, starting out with a test of performance tires by The Downshift crew, our own Chris Nelson gives us 60 seconds with the new Bentley Continental GTC V8, and Lexus plays a real-life video game with the IS300h hybrid.
Finally, Infiniti takes us behind the scenes in the making of an F1 car, and Justin Bell flogs the 2014 Nissan GT-R around the track to see if the car lives up to its Internet legend. Happy viewing!
It’s one of the most popular vehicles on enthusiast forums and blogs for desk jockeys to proclaim the best performance car available, and from a purely objective standpoint, there’s no question the 2014 Nissan GT-R delivers. With 545 hp, 0-60 in less than three seconds, and maximum grip well above 1 g, the performance specs on the GT-R put it in the company of some of the most elite performance machinery in the world. But do the numbers accurately convey the driving experience, which some have described as overly-managed by technology, lacking the essential soul of the European thoroughbreds? Justin Bell takes Japan’s supercar to the track to find out.
Motorsports is one of the most grueling test beds for new concepts, designs and engineering, much of it trickling down to production vehicles at some point. The level of attention-to-detail and dedication shown by the team in a short timeframe is impressive. Many consider Formula 1 to be the zenith of motorsports technology and sophistication. In this video from Infiniti on its YouTube channel, the brand gives us a glimpse of what goes into making its F1 race cars.
Lexus recently put together an F1 driver, 12 projectors, a tablet, and a Lexus IS300h hybrid to create a real world videogame in an airplane hangar in Italy. This technological production was part of a Lexus marketing campaign called “Trace Your Road” for the Italian market.
What’s more luxurious than a Bentley? A convertible Bentley. And if you’re talking about a droptop Bentley today, you’re talking about the GTC. The car comes in three variants: Continental GTC Speed, Continental GTC, and this Bentley Continental GTC V8. The first two cars are powered by W-12 engines, which are essentially two Volkswagen VR6 engines that have been fused together. The last car, if you couldn’t guess from its name, is powered by a V-8 engine. Less cylinders, less displacement, but still powerful, thanks to the two turbochargers strapped to it.
Toyota announced today a new marketing campaign for the 2014 Tundra called, “Build Anything.” In addition to print and online advertisements, the effort features three new commercials that show the 2014 Toyota Tundra transforming the backyards of everyday drivers.
Our colleagues at Motor Trend teamed up with Tire Rack (Automobile Magazine‘s official wheel and tire supplier) to see what impact new high-performance tires have on sports cars. To put that to the test, Motor Trend enlisted Randy Pobst put three cars through their paces at Willow Springs Raceway.