Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jaguar Showcases Production Spec F-TYPE Project 7 Model Ahead Of Goodwood Debut

With the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed set to take place later this week, Jaguar will use the opportunity to debut the production version of its Project 7 concept car which will join the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR in showcasing the first fruits of JLRs new Special Operations division.

In regards to the Project 7 spec F-Type, it will be virtually identical to the Project 7 concept that debuted at Goodwood last year to resoundingly positive fanfare. Designed as a rolling tribute to the company’s seven victories at the 24 hrs of Le Mans race, the production Jag_F-TYPE_Project_7_Image_250614_06version boasts exterior styling that takes inspiration from this racing heritage as well as a subtle nod to the D-type race car in regards to the tasteful fin that is located behind the drivers seat. The car also boasts a model exclusive graphics package, as well as copious amounts of weight saving carbon fiber including the front splitter and the adjustable rear spoiler. 20-inch alloy wheels wearing sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires round out the exterior updates, and give the car an extra dollup of aggression.

The interior of the Project 7 also retains some of the flair of the concept, but wheras that version was a single seater designed to pay homage to the D-type Jag_F-TYPE_Project_7_Image_250614_07_LowRes(complete with helmet holder), Jaguar engineers have made some concessions to production feasibility by replacing that feature with a second passenger seat as well as seven feet of cargo space. The carbon fiber swathed interior is far from sparse, and features the company’s touchscreen infotainment system as well as the levels of luxury one expects from a Jaguar. Both occupants benefit from model exclusive sport seats which aim to provide ample support during spirited driving and cornering.

Performance comes from a tweaked version of the F-Type R’s supercharged 5.0 liter V8 which makes 575 horsepower ( a 25 horse gain) and 501 lb-ft of torque with all of this power routed to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission. This potent duo allows the 3,500 lb Project 7 to make the sprint to 60 mph in a scant 3.8 seconds, and a final top speed of 186 mph which makes this car the fastest Jaguar model the company has ever produced. A torque vectoring system teams up with standard issue carbon brakes to help keep the power in check, and prevent occupants from getting in over their heads.

Pricing for this special F-Type vaJag_F-TYPE_Project_7_Image_250614_30riant will begin at approximately €)135,000 which is roughly equivalent to a whopping $230,000 when current conversion rates are applied. In addition, Jaguar will also be limiting production of the Project 7 to a mere 250 units with each model featuring a metal plaque signed by iconic Jaguar designer Ian Callum.

 

 

 

 

Land Rover Previews High Performance Range Rover Sport SVR, Goodwood Reveal Confirmed

Land Rover has officially released more details on it’s upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR model which will be the fastest and most agile Rover the company has ever built, and is also the first Land Rover derived model that was created by the company’s newly minted Special Operations division to ring in the festivities at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.

Land Rover is keeping the full technical details of this track ready Land Rover under lock and key until its official debut, however it has let a few details trickle out to appease Land Rover fans and loyalists. For instance, the company revealed that the SVR will produce 550 horsepower and while it did not reveal what engine would be formally powering the SVR, our best guess is that RR_RRS_SVR_250614_04the mystery power-plant is most likely the familiar 5.0 liter supercharged V8 found in the Jaguar XJR performance sedan. This engine produces similar numbers in that model, and would fit the SVR’s purpose as a track ready Land Rover. All of this power is routed to all four wheels through a ZF sourced eight speed automatic gearbox which has received sport derived tuning to enhance responsiveness.

The exterior styling of the SVR shares it’s basic profile with the standard issue Range Rover Sport, but despite the wild camouflage schemes best attempts at throwing off observers, a deeper front bumper with bigger air intakes adds some much needed aggression to the boxy shape, while new side skirts and a revamped rear bumper with quad exhausts further RR_RRS_SVR_250614_04hone it’s ready to play nature. Model exclusive wheels are also part of the package, and while shots of the interior remained elusive, the company’s video footage did appear to reveal that the SVR will boast supportive Recaro bucket seats.

Look for additional details to be unveiled at its Goodwood debut later this week, with the first production spec version possibly making it’s official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime Land Rover has released footage of the SVR in action at the Nurburgring which can be seen below.

Review: 2015 Volkswagen GTI SE

When I was in the market for a new car late last year, many times I found myself adding and discarding multiple choices in the hunt for a solid replacement to my 2001 Chevrolet Malibu sedan. A choice that stood out to the bitter end was the 2015 Volkswagen GTI. The latest installment in the legendary GTI model family, it brings new-found refinement, performance, and technology to the iconic hot hatch. But has the year long wait for it’s return to the U.S market been worth it? and will it’s new MQB platform help it stand out over it’s predecessor the Mk6? Read on to find out (as well as the unveiling of a special announcement at the end of this review).

Volkswagen’s iconic hot hatch has always put an emphasis on balancing performance, practicality, and value and i am pleased to report that this time honored tradition continues in the newest GTI. It begins with thIMG_8276e exterior styling which is more of an evolution versus an outright redesign that should please fans that loved the Mk6’s basic styling theme and profile. The front fascia features a reworked front bumper which works nicely with the equally slick honeycomb grille and the fascias more aggressive lines.  An item that keen observers may notice on the SE model pictured here is the absence of the red graphic which extends into the headlight housings (as seen in model’s featured in Volkswagen’s advertising). That particular styling feature is only available on higher grade GTIs, but my Deep Black Pearl tester still looked handsome, and it’s absence was hardly noticed. The rear fascia is a bit bland when viewed at certain angles, but it makes up for it by featuring slick tail lamps as well as a roof mounted spoiler to give it some much needed visual punch. Rounding out the changes are a pair of dual exhaust tips, and model exclusive wheel designs ( 18-inch alloy “Austin” wheels on my tester) which was also the case with the Mk6 GTI.

The interior of my tester (though a bit understated) is a classic example of the type of refinement and subtle restraint that has come to define many German car designs with the dashboard featuring upscale materials that feel and look great. All important controls are ergonomically located and easy to use with many of them in easy IMG_8285view of the driver. A meaty flat bottomed steering wheel does a good job of broadcasting the car’s performance intentions, while aluminum pedal covers, supportive sport seats, and a model exclusive instrument panel do their part to help the GTI stand out from it’s standard issue Golf sibling. As a bonus, my manual equipped SE also carried over the Mk6 models golf ball style shifter knob which looked cool, and serves to bring a welcome retro touch to the cabin. Sound quality from the Panasonic sound system (which features Fender branding) was excellent with good amounts of bass and treble present.

However the overall presentation is not without its flaws, the 5.8 inch touchscreen for example did an excellent job registering inputs, but looked a tad chintzy thanks mostly in part to the glossy black surround trim which made it appear as if it could hold a larger screen. There was also a very teutonic feel to the dark color scheme which could have benefited from more contrast elements to balance things out, and while the side bolstering for the leather sport seats was very good, the rest of the seat offered average levels of support with upper back support virtually non existent. This was disappointing especially since the Focus ST offers better thrones when equipped with it’s optional Recaro seats.

However when it all comes down to it, the GTI is all about spirited driving pleasure versus creature comforts and on that front Volkswagen engineers have hit a home run with this latest GTI. Handling behavior was very crisp with the electric assist steering offering excellent response though like in many recent BMW models, a noticeable amount of feedback went away with the IMG_8288transition from hydraulic to electron power. The car’s MQB platform produced very little body-roll in sharp turns and also trims 82 lbs in flab from the car’s curb weight which reduces unsprung weight. Power comes from the company’s turbocharged and direct injected “EA888” 2.0 liter four cylinder which is good for a healthy 210 horsepower (a gain of 10) and a stout 258 lb-ft of torque. While the horsepower figure is less than rivals such as the Focus ST and the Subaru Impreza WRX, the extra 51 lbs of twist is higher than the Honda Civic SI, and makes a substantial difference in the car’s acceleration behavior with more power available in the lower part of the rev band.

All of this power is routed to the front wheels through either a six speed manual transmission or an optional six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. While the dual clutch will most likely represent the majority of GTI sales, the stick does make a compelling case for itself as an alternate choice for those looking for full driver involvement. Shifts were smooth and accurate with excellent short throw action, though the tight setup and the transmissions gear mapping does make shifting into 3rd a bit awkward but that little IMG_8286quibble goes away after a few minutes of practice. The 2015 GTI comes with a model exclusive Drive Mode Selection system with three available modes Normal, Sport, and Individual. During my time with the GTI, I preferred to keep things in Sport mode which sharpens up the car’s handling and throttle mapping for a more enjoyable experience. Individual mode is like a build a burger option at your local restaurant, with the driver being able to tune the various settings to his or her tastes (for example leaving the steering and throttle in sport mode but the suspension in normal mode). Unfortunately my tester did not come equipped with the optional performance package, but I look forward to perhaps sampling a GTI with this feature in the near future to find out how much it contributes to the overall driving experience.

Pricing begins at $25,215 for a base 2 door S model which is only a slight $195 increase over the old Mk6 model. My SE grade 4 door tester had a base price of $27,995 with fees and other charges raising it to a total of $28,215 which is a high price in this segment, but it is slightly cheaper than the WRX (in Limited trim) and the MINI Cooper S. It is also a grand lower than my 2013 Buick Verano Turbo which had a final out the door price of just under $30,000 thanks to GM incentives.

Speaking of the Verano, it is more of a direct competitor to the GTI’s sedan sibling the Jetta based GLI. However, it does wield a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder of its own (borrowed from the Regal GS) which makes 250 horsepower (40 more than the GTI) and outguns the hot hatches torque figure by 2 lb-ft. However while it may have more muscle 1082363_10151531265125773_2069444556_othan the Volkswagen, it’s Cruze based architecture does leave it with an inferior suspension setup, and it’s focus on luxury endows it with seats that are very comfortable but not that supportive when it comes time to take the tiny Buick through twisty roads. Plus it’s more conservative suit of clothes may irk some buyers that want more distinction from lesser grade Veranos, while the more noticeable turbo lag, and slightly rough around the edges six speed automatic may turn off more performance oriented buyers.

Overall while the 2015 GTI might have taken much longer to arrive on our shores than many had anticipated. It is certainly worth the wait, and it continues to excel as a car that can fit into a multitude of roles whether being a family car/grocery hauler during the week or a fun capable partner for a Sunday afternoon drive down the back roads when you want some time away from it all.

(A special thank you to the folks at Fox Volkswagen in Rochester Hills Michigan for allowing me to check out the 2015 Volkswagen GTI as well as the opportunity to drive the one featured in this review.)

Lastly, I did promise a special announcement at the end of this review, and i’m pleased to report that I am in the process of saving up money for a GTI of my own which will eventually join the Verano in my driveway. Also stay tuned to Autoinfoquest because I aim to make a bit of history with this eventual purchase by being the first buyer to achieve part of the savings through turning in recyclable goods such as bottles and cans as well as other items.

 

 

Chrysler Reveals Official Alfa Romeo U.S. Dealer Network

In an announcement released earlier today, Chrysler group released the final pool of 86 dealers that will be awarded the opportunity to distribute the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S market which signals a big step in the company’s efforts to launch the brand state-side.

Alfa Romeo will be available to customers in 33 states with the bulk of the franchises located in California, Texas and Florida. California and Florida in particular are two key markets for Fiat’s other brands and their relative lack of snow is a nice bonus for buyers looking to enjoy the full potential of their 4C on ice free roads. In addition as indicated by previous speculation, the dealer pool is largely dominated by Fiat franchises though three Maserati dealerships will also have the chance to flaunt their Alfa Romeo themed wares to customers. While some may wonder why so many Fiat dealerships make up the initial pool of dealerships, it makes sense to us since many of these showrooms are already built and would provide the customer volume needed to generate proper levels of interest in the brand versus a pool largely dominated by Maserati dealers that tend to cater to richer clientele versus their more mainstream Fiat counterparts.

While the brand will ultimately have a lineup consisting eight different models, dealers will initially focus on promoting and selling the upcoming 4C which is a two seat sports car that blends futuristic styling with select elements from the brand’s history particularly the 1950’s and 1960’s which were a golden era for its sports car offerings. A mid mounted turbocharged four cylinder engine provides the soundtrack and is good for a solid 240 horsepower, and a healthy 258 lb-ft of torque. The U.S. debut of this model will be highlighted by a special model called the Launch Edition which will adorn the first 500 units to arrive in U.S. showrooms. These models stand out from their standard siblings by offering model exclusive carbon fiber trim, LED headlights, unique rims, and other upgraded extras to amp up the exclusivity factor even further.

This final franchise list is only a small piece of a broader five year plan for Alfa Romeo as well as the first phase of the brand’s return to the U.S. with the company eventually planning to be capable of supporting up to 300 franchises. We look forward to seeing Alfa’s return to the U.S. and perhaps having the chance to sample the 4C for ourselves in the near future. In the meantime check out the list below to find the nearest Alfa dealer near you.

Alabama
FIAT of Huntsville, dba Alfa Romeo of Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala.

Arkansas
Landers FIAT, dba Landers Alfa Romeo, Benton, Ark.
FIAT of Fayetteville, dba Alfa Romeo of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, Ark.

Arizona
Larry H. Miller FIAT Tucson, dba Larry H. Miller Alfa Romeo Tucson, Tucson, Ariz.
FIAT of Scottsdale, dba Alfa Romeo of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.

California
FIAT of Burlingame, dba Alfa Romeo of Burlingame, Burlingame, Calif.
FIAT of Bakersfield, dba Alfa Romeo of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, Calif.
McKevitt FIAT, dba McKevitt Alfa Romeo, Berkeley, Calif.
Premier FIAT of Fremont, dba Premier Alfa Romeo of Fremont, Newark, Calif.
Orange Coast FIAT, dba Orange Coast Alfa Romeo, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Santa Monica FIAT, dba Santa Monica Alfa Romeo, Santa Monica, Calif.
FIAT of Los Angeles, dba Alfa Romeo of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
Kearny Mesa FIAT, dba Kearny Mesa Alfa Romeo, San Diego, Calif.
Walter’s FIAT, dba Walter’s Alfa Romeo, Riverside, Calif.
Mossy FIAT, dba Mossy Alfa Romeo, National City, Calif.
FIAT of San Francisco (San Francisco Motors), dba Alfa Romeo of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
Maserati of Walnut Creek, dba Alfa Romeo of Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Colorado
AutoNation FIAT North Denver, dba AutoNation Alfa Romeo North Denver, Northglenn, Colo.

Connecticut
FIAT of Fairfield County, dba Alfa Romeo of Fairfield County, Stamford, Conn.

Florida
Rick Case FIAT, dba Rick Case Alfa Romeo, Davie, Fla.
FIAT of North Miami, dba Alfa Romeo of North Miami, North Miami, Fla.
FIAT of Melbourne, dba Alfa Romeo of Melbourne, Melbourne, Fla.
FIAT of Pensacola, dba Alfa Romeo of Pensacola, Pensacola, Fla.
Sunset FIAT of Sarasota, dba Sunset Alfa Romeo of Sarasota, Sarasota, Fla.
FIAT of Winter Haven, dba Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven, Winter Haven, Fla.
FIAT of Orange Park, dba Alfa Romeo of Orange Park, Jacksonville, Fla.
Greenway FIAT of East Orlando, dba Greenway Alfa Romeo of East Orlando, East Orlando, Fla.
Fields FIAT, dba Fields Alfa Romeo, Orlando, Fla.

Georgia
FIAT of Savannah, dba Alfa Romeo of Savannah, Savannah, Ga.

Iowa
D&D FIAT, dba D&D Alfa Romeo, Davenport, Iowa
Billion FIAT, dba Billion Alfa Romeo, Clive, Iowa

Illinois
FIAT of Chicago, dba Alfa Romeo of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Bettenhausen FIAT of Tinley Park, dba Bettenhausen Alfa Romeo of Tinley Park, Tinley Park, Ill.
FIAT of Metro East, dba Alfa Romeo of Metro East, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Indiana
FIAT of Glenbrook, dba Alfa Romeo of Glenbrook, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Expressway FIAT of Evansville, dba Expressway Alfa Romeo of Evansville, Evansville, Ind.

Kentucky
Jake Sweeney FIAT, dba Jake Sweeney Alfa Romeo, Florence, Ky.

Louisiana
Landers FIAT, dba Landers Alfa Romeo, Shreveport, La.

Maryland
Heritage FIAT, dba Heritage Alfa Romeo, Owings Mills, Md.
Criswell Maserati, dba Criswell Alfa Romeo, Germantown, Md.

Michigan
Suburban FIAT, dba Suburban Alfa Romeo, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Fox FIAT, dba Fox Alfa Romeo, Traverse City, Mich.
Golling FIAT, dba Golling Alfa Romeo, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
FIAT of Lakeside, dba Alfa Romeo of Lakeside, Macomb, Mich.
Zeigler FIAT of Grandville, dba Zeigler Alfa Romeo of Grandville, Grandville, Mich.

Minnesota
FIAT of Bloomington, dba Alfa Romeo of Bloomington, Bloomington, Minn.

Missouri
Northtowne FIAT of Kansas City, dba Northtowne Alfa Romeo of Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.

North Carolina
Hendrick FIAT of Cary, dba Hendrick Alfa Romeo of Cary, Cary, N.C.

Nebraska
FIAT of Omaha, dba Alfa Romeo of Omaha, Omaha, Neb.

New Jersey
FIAT of Maple Shade, dba Alfa Romeo of Maple Shade, Maple Shade, N.J.
Fullerton FIAT, dba Fullerton Alfa Romeo, Somerville, N.J.

Nevada
FIAT of Las Vegas, dba Alfa Romeo of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.
Findlay FIAT, dba Findlay Alfa Romeo, Henderson, Nev.

New York
FIAT of Larchmont, dba Alfa Romeo of Larchmont, Larchmont, N.Y.

Ohio
Bob & Chuck Eddy FIAT, dba Bob & Chuck Eddy Alfa Romeo, Youngstown, Ohio
Yark FIAT, dba Yark Alfa Romeo, Toledo, Ohio
Bob-Boyd FIAT, dba Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo, Columbus, Ohio
Bob Ross FIAT, dba Bob Ross Alfa Romeo, Centerville, Ohio

Oklahoma
FIAT of Edmond, dba Alfa Romeo of Edmond, Edmond, Okla.

Pennsylvania
Baierl FIAT, dba Baierl Alfa Romeo, Wexford, Pa.

South Carolina
Benson FIAT, dba Benson Alfa Romeo, Greer, S.C.

Tennessee
Harper FIAT, dba Harper Alfa Romeo, Knoxville, Tenn.

Texas
FIAT of Austin, dba Alfa Romeo of Austin, Austin, Texas
Holt FIAT of Fort Worth, dba Holt Alfa Romeo of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Northside FIAT, dba Northside Alfa Romeo, Spring, Texas
Randall Noe FIAT, dba Randall Noe Alfa Romeo, Tyler, Texas
Allen Samuels FIAT, dba Allen Samuels Alfa Romeo, Waco, Texas
FIAT of Corpus Christi, dba Alfa Romeo of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas
Helfman FIAT, dba Helfman Alfa Romeo, Houston, Texas
Brown FIAT, dba Brown Alfa Romeo, Laredo, Texas
FIAT of McKinney, dba Alfa Romeo of McKinney, McKinney, Texas
Cavender FIAT, dba Cavender Alfa Romeo, Selma, Texas

Virginia
Safford FIAT of Tysons Corner, dba Safford Alfa Romeo of Tysons Corner, Vienna, Va.
Safford FIAT of Fredericksburg, dba Safford Alfa Romeo of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Va.
FIAT of Alexandria, dba Alfa Romeo of Alexandria, Alexandria, Va.
Pomoco FIAT of Newport News, dba Pomoco Alfa Romeo of Newport News, Newport News, Va.

Vermont
Berlin City FIAT, dba Berlin City Alfa Romeo, Williston, Vt.

Washington
FIAT of Tacoma, dba Alfa Romeo of Tacoma, Tacoma, Wash.
Barton FIAT, dba Barton Alfa Romeo, Spokane, Wash.

Wisconsin
Bergstrom Maserati, dba Bergstrom Alfa Romeo, Appleton, Wis.

West Virginia
Urse FIAT of Morgantown, dba Urse Alfa Romeo of Morgantown, Morgantown, W. Va.
Moses FIAT of St. Albans, dba Moses Alfa Romeo of St. Albans, St. Albans, W. Va.

Canada
FIAT of Vancouver, dba Alfa Romeo of Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
Maranello FIAT, dba Maranello Alfa Romeo, Vaughan, Ont.
LaSalle FIAT, dba LaSalle Alfa Romeo, LaSalle, Quebec
JD FIAT, dba JD Alfa Romeo, Boischatel, Quebec

Chevrolet Unveils Official Performance Numbers For 2015 Corvette Z06

In an announcement earlier today, General Motors revealed the official performance figures for the supercharged 6.2 Liter LT4 V8 that will power the mighty 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. While the wait for this information was lengthy, Corvette fans will be pleased to hear that this engine is even more powerful than earlier estimates (including our own) which should please Vette fans and loyalists looking to take on a new field of exotic competitors.

The new engine is now officially rated at 650 horsepower at 6,400 RPM, and an equally potent 650 lb-ft of torque at just 3,600 RPM. To put this into perspective, the new Z06 trumps the 911 Turbo’s performance numbers, with the Vette holding a whopping 90 2015 "LT4" 6.2L V-8 AFM VVT DI SC (LT4) for Chevrolet Corvette Zhorsepower advantage over the rear engined German while torque also surges ahead with an extra 134 lb-ft versus the Porsche’s 516 lb-ft. In addition to beating the Porsche, GM is also quick to point out that the modified LT4 even manages to outperform the V12 in the stylish Ferrari F12 Berlinetta with the V12 making 28 percent less torque despite the power and cylinder advantage it holds over the Z06 when the two are compared side by side in figure comparisons.

This is mainly due to the engines ability to maintain about 90 percent of the torque from 2,500 rpm to a lofty 5,200 rpm (an impressive feat) that allows the car to have stronger acceleration and off the line behavior. These figures also mean that the Z06 is 2015 Corvette Z06only bested by a small group of international exotic competitors, the Mclaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Lamborghini Aventador, as well as a trio of Ferrari’s the Laferrari, FF and the fore-mentioned F12 Berlinetta. This small grouping of car’s is some world class company, and serves as another example of how far the Corvette has come along since its original debut back in 1953 in terms of technology and performance.

 

Jordan Lee GM’s chief engineer for small block engines highlighted the engines potential stating ” The power density of the LT4 makes it one of the smallest and lightest 650 hp engines in the industry”. He later went on further stating “It’s also worth mentioning that the LT4’s supercar performance numbers are achieved with an engine that is nearly the same size as the very compact LT1 engine introduced in the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

Caterham Unveils Limited Edition F1 Inspired Seven Model

Despite Caterham’s recent financial troubles and rumored bankruptcy, the company is still producing versions of its iconic and capable Seven roadster for all to enjoy, and the company has formally unveiled the latest chapter in the Seven saga with a new model that pays tribute to the company’s history in Formula 1 racing while also highlighting one of its drivers.

Formally known as the Kamui Koboyashi Limited Edition, this model was developed with input and advice from Formula 1 driver Kamui Koboyashi who is one of the drivers in the company’s racing division. As is the case with many other versions of the Seven, the Kamui 14096701639_ea68989b68_bis powered by a Ford sourced 1.6 liter four cylinder engine which is good for a modest 125 horsepower and a stout 120 lb- ft of torque. While these numbers may seem a bit paltry when compared to some of its other rivals, the Kamui’s lightweight construction helps the engine provide enough grunt to propel the car to 60mph in a swift 5.9 seconds before topping out at 112 mph. All of the fun is channeled through a six speed manual transmission which is aided by a limited slip differential to help provide the Kamui with efficient power delivery during hard track driving.

The exterior styling of the Kamui is largely based on its stablemate the equally potent Caterham Seven 250R, but the Kamui stands apart by offering a slick gloss black paint job with incorporated racing stripes, while the fenders of the car are crafted out of green tinted carbon fiber which looks awesome and is our favorite feature of the Kamui. Rounding out the changes are 13-inch lightweight diamond cut wheels, 14303551143_6213cb31f4_band a polished chrome exhaust pipe.

The interior continues the two tone theme with a green hued dashboard (also crafted out of carbon fiber) signed by Koboyashi himself, green racing harnesses, and a lone carbon fiber racing bucket seat. The car also comes with an aluminum tonneau cover that can be placed over the passenger side to eliminate the drag that the empty passenger compartment generates at high speeds.

Looking to add this slick roadster to your garage? You better act fast, Caterham is only building ten copies of the Kamui Koboyashi Limited Edition with all 10 examples going exclusively to the Japanese market. Caterham did not release pricing information on the Kamui though expect it’s rarity to translate into a hefty price hike over other Caterham models when it eventually makes its formal debut.