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Aston Martin Previews Limited Edition Lagonda Sedan

Following the release of several premature spy shots, Aston Martin (in partnership with Oman Airlines) has released the first official images of its upcoming Lagonda ultra luxury sedan which is supposedly the last iteration of the familiar VH platform before it is replaced in the near future.

Reviving a nameplate that the company last used on the 1974-1990 iteration of the Lagonda sedan, this modernistic reboot of the Lagonda pays tribute to its ancestor by featuring a boxy silhouette as well as a slightly wedge shaped front fascia though it is not as radically wedged as the original. The fore-mentioned front end features thin yet elegant Lagonda 2head lights, while a larger radiator grille helps give the Lagonda a mean yet purposeful face. The rear fascia in comparison is a bit bland, but a piece of chrome trim helps connect the corner mounted tail lamps and also emphasizes the overall width of the car. The Lagonda also borrows cues from the company’s Zagato Centennial concepts which amp up its overall profile even further especially when compared with the cookie cutter look that has defined many of Astons recent models.

To help save weight, the Lagonda will use a trick from the company’s flagship Vanquish model and be crafted largely out of carbon fiber though expect safety elements (such as the bumpers) to be forged out of more conventional materials. As a neat bonus, the super Lagonda 3sedan boasts model exclusive Lagonda badging versus typical Aston Martin logos. It’s a subtle but nicely done tribute to the original Lagonda company that first started out in Middlesex England in 1906 before being purchased by Aston in 1947 after years of financial delcine.

Aston Martin did not release detailed images of the interior with this official release, but one lone image does reveal that the Lagonda will feature diamond quilted leather seats, and that it will have room for four occupants, though it is unknown if the rear seats will be an improvement over the cramped accommodations found in the company’s current sedan offering the 2014 Rapide S.

Performance hardware has also been kept under wraps, but we at Autoinfoquest suspect that it will most likely use a stretched and modified version of the already capable Rapide S platform given that particular model’s four seat configuration. Expect the Rapide’s elegant but powerful 5.9 liter V12 to also be shoehorned into the Lagonda with engineers possibly increasing horsepower figures to separate the limited production Lagonda from its slightly more mainstream stablemates. We also think that the company’s new eight speed automatic will also make an appearance here to help the Lagonda deliver a balanced blend of world class performance and fuel efficiency to its elite clientele.

Buyers interested in purchasing a Lagonda of their very own will have to check their mailboxes before they arrive to pick up their purchase. Aston Martin is only allowing those that have received a special invitation to buy one, and the Lagonda will also be exclusive to the Middle East market though that could change if demand from its customers in Europe and other markets is strong enough to warrant an extended production run. For those that were not fortunate enough to receive an invitation (this author included) look for the Lagonda to possibly make its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.

 

Volvo Previews 2015 XC90 Crossover Ahead Of Paris Debut [w/videos]

Following the premature release of several leaked images, Volvo has pulled the veil of secrecy off of the 2015 Volvo XC90 crossover which will not only usher in a new and fresh design language for the safety conscious brand, but also introduce higher levels of efficiency and technology when it eventually goes on sale after its debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in France.

A key feature for this generation of XC90 is its new design language that was first previewed in several concept vehicles, including the recently unveiled Concept Estate which made its respective debut last March at the Geneva Motor Show. Decidedly more angular than its predecessor, the 2015 XC90 now features a taller front end that incorporates a new “floating 150087_1_5grille” (a key design cue of the prior concepts) which features horizontal slats that help the new grille look much more pleasing to the eye than before. Revamped headlights also amp up the visual excitement, and feature T-shaped LED daytime running lamps, while a slightly rippled hood rounds out the package and adds a slight bit of aggression to the otherwise elegant lines. The rear end retains the old XC90’s vertically placed tail lights, however, Volvo engineers have outfitted them with LED technology to make them on par with those offered by rivals such as BMW and Cadillac. Volvo enthusiasts will also notice the debut of the brands updated “Ironmark” logo that now features the familiar script style Volvo name on a black background, while the trademark arrow is now fully aligned with the diagonally positioned chrome bar in the front grille for a more uniform apperance.

The interior of the 2015 XC90 has also been redesigned and unlike the old model which looked cheap and featured lousy ergonomics, the 2015 version moves things decidedly more upmarket with swaths of premium leather upholstery, real w146948_1_5ood trim on the center console and dashboard, as well as a new tablet style touchscreen that operates the newly revamped infotainment system. The redesigned steering wheel is a welcome replacement over the old model’s dated unit, while the fully digital instrument cluster allows the XC90 to not only embrace the digital age, but also be on par with Land Rover and its equally slick digital cluster. As a neat bonus, the shift knob is crafted by Orrefors a world-famous glassmaker that typically makes high end vases and glassware for homes. A bit of a gimmick perhaps, but it does look cool, and gives the interior a touch of exclusivity at the same time.

Performance for U.S spec versions of the 2015 Volvo XC90 will be much more simplified than before, with the new model ditching its predecessors myriad of inline engines and even the top of the heap 4.4 liter Yamaha built V8 engine in lieu of a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine which will be the sole unit available. Based off of the company’s new Drive-E engine family, this engine will eventually be available in a wide range of outputs with all of them 150060_1_5linked to an eight speed automatic transmission. Our favorite though is the range topping T8 Twin Engine model which wields a version of the 2.0 liter that has been outfitted with a supercharger and a turbocharger (commonly known as a twin-charged setup) as well as an electrically assisted hybrid motor mounted on the rear axle. Volvo did not release official horsepower figures for this potent combination, but expect that figure to easily surpass 350 horsepower with 400 horsepower a strong possibility.

Handling and refinement have been honed thanks to the new SPA modular platform which is capable of being outfitted to just about every Volvo model. Volvo also claims that virtually all of the SPA platforms attributes (overhangs wheelbase etc) can be fully adjusted with the only exception being the distance between the front wheel and the pedal box. In the case of the XC90, the new platform allows passengers up to 5 feet 7 inches tall to sit in the third row comfortably (a feat that many of its rivals can’t match). Staying true to its time honored tradition of being an innovator in vehicle safety, Volvo engineers have equipped the 2015 XC90 with a suite of new driving aides and state of the art safety features including two new functions that are being used for the very first time on a production vehicle. The first feature is a new run-off road protection system, that tightens the seat belts, and helps cushion the force of impact if the XC90 goes off the road and into a ditch or other hazard. The second is an automatic brake at intersection feature that automatically stops the XC90 if it senses that the CUV is pulling out too close to a vehicle that is moving too fast.

Look for the 2015 Volvo XC90 to begin arriving in dealer lots sometime after its public debut in Paris. While the company did not reveal detailed pricing information for much of the model lineup, it did reveal that the XC90 T6 AWD will have a base MSRP of $48,900. This is a noticeable increase in price, but its extensive list of standard equipment makes up for this to a degree and include items such as navigation, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a panoramic sunroof. Buyers interested in adding one to their garage will be asked to choose from two model lines “Urban Luxury”, and “Rugged Luxury”. Urban Luxury models emphasize their prowess on pavement and will feature a color coordinated body kit that incorporates contrasting stainless steel trim, and 21 inch wheels.

Meanwhile Rugged Luxury models embody a more off road oriented theme and will come equipped with black trim accents, front and rear skid plates, and a set of 22 inch wheels to round out the look. In addition, Volvo will also be producing 1,927 First Edition models to celebrate the company’s humble beginnings back in 1927. Unlike the fore-mentioned Urban and Rugged Luxury versions, First Editions feature custom model exclusive badging, a numbered plaque, and even more standard equipment including a front and rear axle mounted air suspension system, as well as a 19-speaker 1,400 watt audio system. Performance for all First Editions comes from a version of the 2.0 liter four cylinder which is good for a decent 316 horsepower, and 295 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will have to act quickly, Volvo is limiting sales to online customers that come on a first come first serve basis on September 3rd, with price starting at $65,900. In the meantime Volvo has released several videos detailing various aspects of the new XC90 which can be seen below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ram Turns Up The Torque For 2015 Ram 3500 HD [w/video]

With the war for heavy duty pickup truck sales in full swing between the Detroit Big Three, Chrysler’s Ram Brand has upped the ante against Ford and GM by announcing that it has managed to squeeze even more torque out of its mighty 6.7 liter Cummins High Output diesel engine which is available exclusively in the Ram 3500 and allows the truck to exceed its domestic rivals in several categories.

While horsepower is unchanged at a stout 385 horses, a reworked fuel delivery system, as well as tweaked tuning for the turbocharger allow the engine’s torque figure to climb from 850 lb-ft of torque, to a beefier 865 lb-ft which is higher than the diesels wielded by Ford and GM. The revised torque figure does not affect the already best in class 30,000 lb tow rating in any shape or form, but it does allow the payload figure to inch up from 7,320 lbs, to a best in class 7,390 (a small but noteworthy increase).

Bob Hegbloom, Head Of The Ram Truck Brand elaborated further on this accomplishment as well as the broader advancements by the brand in general stating “Ram maintains leadership throughout its pickup line by offering best-in-class fuel efficiency with our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at 28 MPG, best-in-class towing at 30,000 pounds, best-in-class power at 2015 Ram pickup trucks with best-in-class fuel economy and capab865 lb.-ft. and best-in-class payload at 7,390 pounds with our Ram 3500,” said Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram owns best-in-class attributes in the areas that are most important to truck customers.” He was also quick to point out that unlike many rivals Ram is the only brand that complies with rigorous SAE J2807 testing standards when it comes to overall towing ability.

Buyers looking for a solid workhorse but do not require the herculean capability offered by the 6.7 liter H.O engine can also choose to equip their purchase with a 5.7 liter V8, an SRT derived 6.4 liter V8, or a de-tuned version of the 6.7 liter diesel engine for a balanced blend of efficiency and hauling capability. Ram’s revamped lineup of 2015 Heavy Duty models will begin to trickle into Chrysler showrooms during the next few weeks, but in the meantime, the brand has released a brief video detailing the changes for 2015 which can be seen below

Jaguar Teases XE’s Cabin, Showcases 3-Series Fighting Technology [Video]

Continuing its ongoing series of slow information releases showcasing the very best of what the upcoming XE sedan has to offer, Jaguar has released new details and a rendering of the car’s cabin which highlight some of the new technology that aims to surpass BMW’s I-Drive system, as well as Mercedes’s COMMAND system both of which are found in the 3-Series and C-Class respectively.

While the rendering does not reveal the fine details in the cabins design, it does show that the cabin is a huge step up from the company’s last volume selling effort the poorly executed and reviled X-Type sedan which boasted a cabin full of cheap plastics and Mondeo derived switchgear. This is especially apparent in the basic design of the cabin which embraces the modernistic flair already seen in the company’s current lineup (XJ, XF, xe_incartech_final_8_18and F-Type) while also being more driver focused at the same time. A key highlight is a new infotainment system technology Jaguar calls InControl Touch that promises to be a huge improvement over the system it currently uses. Controlled via an eight-inch touchscreen mounted on the center stack, the system blends the car’s entertainment, navigation, climate control, and navigation functions into a single unit which should improve interior ergonomics, while also allowing the XE to be on par with its Germanic rivals in terms of technology ( a longstanding weakness for Jaguar). As expected from a car of its caliber, the company is quick to point out that all of these functions can also be accessed via voice commands which enhances the usability of this technology even further.

In addition to the big boost in overall ergonomics, the system will also incorporate Jaguar’s new InControl Apps feature, a software that is designed to integrate and work seamlessly with Apple and Android devices a trait that some of its rivals cannot match. Passengers using the feature can access the majority of their phones features via the touchscreen as well as make use of separate purpose built apps to do items such as check traffic, get parking information, as well as booking a hotel room (a welcome treat after a day of spirited driving.) As a bonus, The XE will also offer a laser projected heads up display system as an optional extra when it makes its eventual debut. As is the case with similar systems already out on the market, this feature aims to reduce driver distractions while also standing out by showing information such as cruise control settings, navigation directions, and traffic sign recognition (the latter being already embraced by other luxury car makers). After it makes its debut in the XE, look for the InControl system to gradually trickle into other Jaguar and Land Rover models in the near future.

While the car has not been fully revealed from all angles, the front end borrows much of its design language from other members of the current Jaguar lineup with its trio of front air dams, and elongated headlights being the most noticeable traits borrowed from its sedan stablemates the XF and the bigger XJ. The XE will also continue the company’s tradition of using lightweight aluminum in its construction with the goal of reducing overall weight as well as increasing responsiveness and fuel economy. The company even developed a new alloy known as RC 5754 that further embodies its lightweight aspirations while also incorporating large amounts of recycled materials into its design. Overall, the extensive use of the material allows the XE to achieve the most torsional rigidity of any Jaguar sedan the company has ever built (an impressive feat).

Performance hardware has also not been officially disclosed, but expect the entry level XE to wield a 2.0 liter Ingenium turbocharged four cylinder engine for balanced efficiency and performance. Meanwhile, higher grade models (such as the XE-S that was teased) will most likely borrow the same 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that already see’s duty in the XF XE and F-type. While this engine is capable of producing up to 380 horsepower in F-Type applications, we suspect the 340 horsepower variant will be used to allow the car to achieve a slightly cheaper sticker price while also beating the 335i’s 300 horsepower turbocharged N55 engine, and the naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 used in range topping versions of the Cadillac ATS. As mentioned in our last XE article, the car’s suspension will share some features and influence from the F-Type Roadster while All Surface Progress Control will allow the car to perform in a wide range of weather and driving situations.

 

Look for the Jaguar XE to be publicly revealed at a private event in England this September, with the rest of the world having its chance to see the car in October at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. The car will eventually make its way into Jaguar showrooms sometime in the near future, but in the meantime Jaguar has released a brief video detailing the InControl Touch technology as well as its various capabilities which can be seen below.

 

Hellcat Sequel, Dodge Unveils Charger SRT Hellcat

Following in the wings of the recently unveiled two door Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge has unveiled the four door version of its powerful feline based muscle car series the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat which aims to bring the fury of 707 screaming horsepower in a more practical and honed package.

Like its two door Challenger sibling, the Charger SRT Hellcat gets its muscle from the recently unveiled 6.2 liter supercharged V8 which is not only enough oomph to motivate the Charger SRT Hellcat to an 11 second quarter mile time on stock street tires, (2 seconds faster than the Challenger) but also allows the car to hit a top speed of 204 mph which is a full 5 mph faster than the porky and aerodynamically impaired Challenger. Dodge did not unveil official transmission choices for the newest member of this high performance litter, 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcatbut expect the tweaked Hellcat exclusive eight speed automatic to be the sole choice available with no manual option available. While that may disappoint purists looking for a full driving experience, it does fall in line with the standard version of the Charger which also shuns the manual in lieu of an automatic only transmission pallet. These figures also allow the Charger SRT Hellcat to be the most powerful four door sedan ever produced with the car not only outclassing its rivals from Detroit in outright horsepower, but also indirect competitors such as the Mercedes S65 AMG, Aston Martin Rapide S, Porsche Panamera Turbo, as well as the 550 horsepower Jaguar XFR-S and the soon to be euthanized XKR-S coupe. While it is highly unlikely that any one would cross shop a Hellact Charger with the fore-mentioned vehicles, it does showcase the elite company that the Hellcat keeps when compared to vehicles in its specialized segment of the market.

Handling has also been sharpened thanks to numerous tweaks to the suspension and chassis as well as sticky Pirelli high performance tires that further aide in grip and high speed stability. Massive Brembo brakes are also part of the package and their meaty discs 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcatand calipers are enough to bring the feisty Hellcat to a safe and stable stop from a wide variety of vehicle speeds while the lightweight alloy wheels helps shed weight and also add a bit of styling flair to the overall presence of the car.

The exterior styling of the Charger Hellcat does share much of its basic themes with the standard issue 2015 Dodge Charger (including the love it or hate it Dart inspired front end) but like the Challenger version that preceded it, Dodge engineers made several revisions to prep the Charger for Hellcat duty and include a new hood which features functional air vents and Viper inspired hood scoop to help keep the engine cool, revamped side skirts, a meaner front splitter, and a rear spoiler to round out the slick and purposeful package.

The interior continues the sporty theme and features an SRT branded flat bottomed steering wheel as well as supportive heated/cooled front seats which are slathered in 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (shown in Ruby Red Alcantara suedAlcantara and Nappa leather trim. Meanwhile other goodies such as a digital instrument cluster, 18 speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, and Chrysler’s familiar 8.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system make sure that the car offers just as much technology as it does in overall horsepower. As a neat bonus the screen also features SRT’s new Performance page software which allows occupants to tailor the driving experience to suit a wide range of personal preferences and driving situations.

Dodge did not release official pricing for the Charger Hellcat, but look for it to mirror the Challenger’s low and somewhat reasonable $60,000 price tag when it arrives in Chrysler showrooms later this year. In the meantime Dodge has released a pair of videos showcasing the car in action which can be seen below.

 

 

Land Rover Showcases 550 Horsepower Range Rover SVR

Following a brief camo filled tease at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Land Rover has taken the veil off the full production version of the Range Rover SVR which aims to be the most powerful and track ready Land Rover model the company has ever built after it makes its official debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next week.

The exterior styling of the SVR is derived from the base Range Rover Sport, but the engineers at the company’s Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO) have amped up the SVR’s aggression factor starting RRS_15SVR_EXT_LOC13_21_INCH_WHEELwith a deeper front fascia that now boasts beefy fender mounted air intakes to increase air flow to the twin intercoolers that live in the engine bay. Other styling tweaks include model exclusive fender vents, revised side skirts, and a revamped rear bumper that now features a built in air diffuser as well as a set of quad exhaust tips. Rounding out the exterior changes are model exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, and all-season Continental tires which allow the SVR to be usable both on and off the track. Overall it is a decent package though the oddly shaped grille does detract the eye to a degree.

The interior of the SVR also borrows many cues from the Range Rover Sport, but amid the plush and opulent clothes, SVO engineers also made revisions to prep the cabin for track duty. The model exclusive sport seats for example are upholstered iRRS_15SVR_INT_LOC02n high quality Oxford leather, however they have been reworked to provide more support which should be welcome for occupants when they take the big Rover through sharp turns. In addition, buyers can also choose from either standard aluminum trim or optional carbon fiber trim for a more race ready appearance. Luxury has not been completely erased though especially for rear seat occupants thanks to a new power recline feature for the rear bench that aides in enhancing comfort while also adding 62.2 cubic feet of cargo room when it is folded completely flat.

Performance for the SVR confirms our initial suspicions, and is derived from a tweaked version of the familiar 5.0 liter supercharged V8 that also see’s duty in the Jaguar XJR performance sedan. Good for a solid 550 horsepower and an equally potent 502 lb-ft of torque, all of this raw power is routed to all four wheels through a beefed up ZF sourced eight speed transmission which allow the SVR to make the sprint to 62 mph in a blistering 4.5 seconds before reaching a final top speed of 162 mph. These figures help it chug ahead of the ML63 AMG while it virtually ties the previous generation BMW X5 M. The Porsche Cayenne however is still the speed king thanks to its 4.1 second 0 to 60 time and 173 mph top speed.

These figures are impressive, but they pale in comparison to the SVR’s biggest claim to fame, and that’s its 8 minute and 14 second track time on the formidable and notoriously tricky Nurburgring Nordschliefe in Germany. This lap time is quicker than those achieved by some sports cars (a commendable achievement for an SUV), and it is RRS_15SVR_P_EXT_LOC06even lower than the limited production BMW 1M sports car a vehicle that is much lighter and smaller than the bulkier but brawnier Land Rover. Purists concerned that the SVR has abandoned the company’s off road inspired heritage for the sake of speed and conquering hair pin turns, will be pleased to hear that it is still capable of hitting trails when it is not ripping up lap times. This is mainly due to Land Rover’s familiar Terrain Response 2 system which is standard on all SVRs. The system allows the driver to choose from several different settings to suit different terrain and driving situations and allows the SVR to effectively moonlight as a rugged billy goat that can also ford 33.5 inches of water when the sport tuned air suspension is raised all the way up.

Look for the Land Rover Range Rover SVR to make its formal debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this week, with sales expected to begin at Land Rover showrooms shortly afterward. Pricing for the SVR will begin at $110,475 before options and fees are factored in. While this is a lofty sum it does trump the $113,600 base price of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo and expect fully loaded SVR’s to also have a similar price advantage as well. In the meantime Land Rover has released a brief video of the SVR in action which can be seen below.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Chevrolet Volt To Debut At 2015 North American International Autoshow

General Motors has officially confirmed that its upcoming 2nd generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will make its official debut under the lights at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January where it will debut several new technologies and updates for the company’s futuristic yet environmentally friendly green mobile.

Expected to arrive in dealer showrooms as a 2016 model, the Volt will feature a host of improvements and new technologies which aim to make the car more efficient especially against rivals such as the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, and the Fiat 500e. A key change is that the 2016 Volt will debut a brand new platform which is not only lighter than the current model’s Cruze based underpinnings, but was also designed from the ground up to be a dedicated pure electric vehicle platform. The platform is also much lighter than its predecessor and that reduced weight should help increase the Volt’s driving range in electric mode from 40 miles to a slightly higher 50 to 60 miles which is not a bad increase, and would also be more distance more than some rivals.

Despite the new architecture, look for the exterior styling of the 2016 Volt to not radically change from the cues that currently adorn its predecessor. That said, spy photos of the car have indicated that GM engineers have adorned the car with a “fastback” style roof-line. Look for this cue to not only make the Volt more visually appealing to look at, but also aide in enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency which in turn will help increase mileage.

After it makes its debut in January, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will arrive in dealer showrooms sometime next year. While pricing has not officially been announced, GM claims that the new Volt’s pricing will be “thousands cheaper” then the near $35k that buyers have to shell out for the 2014 model though we’ll have to wait until the final pricing ladder is revealed to see if it indeed lives up to that promise or not.

Hennessy Raises The Stakes, Unveils Venom F5 Hypercar

When Hennessy first released the original Venom GT several years ago, the Lotus derived hypercar aimed to push the limits of vehicle performance by offering 1,000 plus horsepower in a lightweight package. The combination proved to be a winning one when it allowed the Venom GT to become the fastest production car on Earth outclassing its rival the Bugatti Veyron with its 270.9 mph top speed. Despite this impressive achievement, the company is not resting on its laurels so to speak, and it has begun work on a new iteration of the Venom that aims to surpass the 290 mph barrier.

Known officially as the Hennessy Venom F5, the car’s name is inspired by the Fujita Scale which is used in its current enhanced form (aka EFS) to rate the strength and intensity of tornadoes with F5 being the strongest rating possible especially in terms of overall wind speed which can surpass 300 mph. In the case of the Venom F5, Hennessy engineers Venom F5 twowanted to add another 20 mph to the overall world speed record, which requires a loftier top speed of 290 mph. So far the company has remained tight lipped on the cars official performance numbers, but look for the car to utilize a tweaked version of the GT’s 7.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 to perhaps produce 1,400 horsepower. This figure is a 156 horse jump over the current  1,244 horsepower rating, and the F5’s lower drag coefficient will allow the vehicle to make better use of that new-found muscle, while also increasing its top speed thresh hold at the same time.

All of this muscle is channeled to the rear wheels through a single clutch paddle shift automatic. Hennessy claims that a smoother dual clutch unit was once considered, but it was ultimately canned due to its negative effects on weight, as well as high speed durability. Meanwhile a new GPS based traction control system senses when it reaches a specific race track, and can calibrate the car accordingly (a trait also seen in the current generation Nissan GT-R).

The exterior styling of the F5 has also been tweaked and unlike its GT predecessor (which wore modified Lotus bodywork) the F5’s unique suit of clothes was tailored for maximum aerodynamics while still retaining a distinct visual identity that makes it much harder to spot the Lotus derived lines and shape. We especially like the rear fascia and its new tail light design which retains the F5’s sporty character, while also adding a dash of elegance at the same time. Photos of the interior were not released, but expect the cabin to retain the minimalist feel that first debuted on the Venom GT with lightweight sport seats, and copious amounts of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials throughout.

Official pricing as well as formal launch details were not released by the company, but look for this level of raw speed to have an equally lofty price increase with owners paying even more than the current $1.2 million it takes to put a Venom GT in their garage.