This week’s Rumors Video Roundup is short but sweet. If you’re a fan of European high-performance, prepare to feast your eyes on such pedigree hardware as the Bentley Mulsanne Le Mans edition, a tease of the upcoming BMW M4 Coupe, Cadillac’s new ATS facing off against its arch-nemesis, the BMW 335i, and finally, The Ferrari 458 enhanced by the renowned Texas tuner Hennessey Performance.
Finally, our own Christopher Nelson explains why the Volkswagen Scirocco will not likely be sold in the states soon, and gives us a proper scolding on not buying enough hatchbacks.
More power is the last thing that the 562-hp Ferrari 458 Italia needs, but tuner shop Hennessey Performance is blurring the lines between “want” and “need” with their newest creation, the Ferrari 458 Italia Twin Turbo. The Texas-based tuning shop will officially reveal the Ferrari 458 Italia HPE700 Twin Turbo upgrade at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California this weekend. The Hennessey upgrade takes the 458 Italia’s 4.5-liter V-8 engine and adds two low-inertia turbochargers for a mind-boggling total power output of 738 hp and 532 lb-ft of torque, increases of 176 hp and 134 lb-ft over stock.
On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Mike Febbo hits the road to find out if Cadillac or BMW can make the better tuner car. Representing Bavaria is the European Car-tuned BMW 335i, while Motor City is covered by the D3 Cadillac ATS 3.6.
BMW’s M division has released a 17-second teaser video previewing “something new” from the brand. There is only one thing it can be: the 2014 BMW M4. Since the clip is quite short, we don’t get to see much – just a man standing at a computer terminal, looking on at a bright-yellow car. His computer commands are revving the engine – what we can assume is a powertrain durability test – until the car takes off, leaving the frame.
Bentley has a storied motorsport history, and the newest special edition of the Mulsanne sedan will honor the 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Bentley has a long history at the Le Mans race, as it participated in the first Le Mans in 1923 and most recently won with the Bentley Speed 8 race car in 2003.
Calm down—the Volkswagen Scirocco still isn’t coming here. Nor should it. If you’d like to stop reading now, please do watch the video of the blue Volkswagen Scirocco we drove before heading to your online forum to grill us. If you’re still reading, please let us explain ourselves.