McLaren has released the first photos of the next model from the McLaren Ultimate Series. Codenamed the BP23, it will be the fastest McLaren ever.
Test mules are currently shrouded in the 720S’ body, but the BP23 will have a hybrid powertrain and, like the original McLaren F1, a 1+2 seating layout.
As the successor to the iconic P1, which in turn succeeded the F1, McLaren’s upcoming hypercar will undoubtedly have insane performance figures. After all, the P1 also featured a hybrid powertrain, packed 902 horsepower and can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 217 mph (349 km/h).
The BP23 should be ready sometime in 2019. McLaren will only produce 106 units, and sadly, every single one of them has already been spoken for.
What, with a seven-figure price tag, would you be able to afford one in the first place?
Toyota Prius Gets Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa For 2020
The Prius becomes a more complete vehicle for millennials.
The Toyota Prius received several upgrades for 2019, most notably a slightly less polarizing exterior, but a few tech updates were left out. Well, Toyota has remedied that issue for the 2020 model by adding Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity to the options list.
Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity aside, the 2020 Prius L Eco, LE and XLE models come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display, while all trim levels now come standard with Toyota’s Safety Connect, a suite of safety features that includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.
Power is still provided by a 1.8L hybrid powertrain that allows the Prius L Eco to get 58 mpg city / 53 mpg highway / 56 mpg combined. The LE, XLE and Limited trim levels, on the other hand, are rated at a slightly lower 54 mpg city / 50 mpg highway / 52 mpg combined.
There’s also the Prius AWD-e for those that need all-wheel drive. Rated at 52 mpg city / 48 mpg highway / 50 mpg combined, it features an electric motor on the rear axle that can power the rear wheels at speeds up to 43 mph when extra traction is needed.
In related news, the Toyota Prius Prime received a fifth seat for 2020, along with several other upgrades.
Lamborghini Sian Is An Electrified Hypercar With 819-HP
The most powerful Lamborghini ever also happens to be the brand’s first electrified production car.
This is the Lamborghini Sian, a limited-edition hybrid hypercar that takes its name from the Bolognese word for flash or lightning.
Power is sourced from a naturally aspirated V12 that has been coupled with a supercapacitor and an electric motor to generate a combined output of 819 horsepower, enough propulsion for the driver to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2.8 seconds and a top 217 mph (349 km/h).
The Sián is Lamborghini’s most powerful model ever and boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of its V12 lineup, thanks largely as a result of using a supercapacitor instead of a traditional lithium-ion battery pack.
“With the Sián we are defining our route to innovation and we are setting new rules in new technologies, instead of just following existing solutions,” says Lamborghini CTO Maurizio Reggiani. “The result is the Lamborghini Sián, which includes the world-first application of a supercapacitor for hybridization and new materials technology.”
The electric motor, which is incorporated into the gearbox and provides a modest 34 horsepower, is supposedly the first time that a low-voltage hybrid motor has been directly connected to a car’s wheels, enabling low-speed reversing and parking maneuvers using electric power alone.
In terms of design, while not as dramatic as the concept, the Lamborghini Sian borrows a lot of its design elements from the Terzo Millennio, featuring perfect supercar proportions that betrays its speed.
As indicated by the ‘63’ badge on the little carbon fiber shark fins at the back, only 63 examples of this dream car will be built, and all have already been sold. Expect pricing to start somewhere around $3.6 million.
Acura NSX Indy Yellow Pearl Pays Tribute To Original NSX
Acura’s new NSX is finally available in yellow again.
The Acura NSX enters the 2020 model year with a new ‘Indy Yellow Pearl’ paint that pays tribute to the original NSX.
Spa Yellow was the fifth most popular color for the first-gen NSX from 1997 to 2003 before it was replaced with Rio Yellow for the last two years of production (2004 and 2005). Given the high take rate, it was only a matter time before Acura brought it back in one form or another.
Indy Yellow Pearl joins Berlina Black as one of the two heritage colors currently available on the new NSX. However, while Berlina Black is standard and won’t cost buyers extra, going yellow will set you back an additional $1,000 on top of the car’s MSRP of $157,500 ( $1,995 destination and handling).
Unfortunately, the new color is the only update for the 2020 NSX, but reports claim a hotter NSX Type R is on the way.