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Old 04-04-2018, 02:52 AM
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A great and exciting report to start off with, and looking forward to the next!

One thing that I do question is regarding Mercedes-Benz/Mercedes-AMG.
OK, we know that AMG is handling development of the upcoming, next-generation SL-Class, and going alongside the GT with it, as the GT is a series-production model. We also know that originally, M-B was going to develop the SL-Class and SLK-Class together originally, but, that was revised to go with AMG and the GT, instead, which will result in the SLK going into the history-books when it's life-cycle is over. There was also word that there was to be a co-development effort with Nissan, with the next-generation Z-car and the SLK (similar to Toyota with BMW with the Supra and Z4), however, that's off the table.

Now, as the next SL is being developed by AMG now, the reports have it that it will be more of a proper 2+2, and to separate it further from the 2-seat GT; the current SL has a vestigial rear-seat setup similar to a Porsche 911. I can believe that for a 2+2 setup for the SL would allow it to be more relevant and more of a luxury-GT, separating it from the more focused GT. The SL would likely be longer overall than the GT, have a shorter hood and longer cabin, as I see it. Also, it's reported that the next SL will go back to a fabric-top, and some reports have a fixed-roof hardtop variant in the works, as well as the soft top, not unlike the GT.

As far as stepping on the toes of the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, I see mixed reports on this one. Some say that the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will disappear with the next-generation S-Class, as the larger SL-Class 2+2 will take the spot. Some went on to say that a large, full-sized 4-door CLS-like coupe will then take the place of the S-Class Coupe/Cabriolet. Others go on to say that the next S-Class will be a larger 2+2, but not large enough to overlap with the S-Class Coupe, and something of a bridge between the GT and S-Class Coupe.

Also, regarding the V12 powerplant - recent reports at the time that I post this say that the AMG65 models, with the V12, are being ended. No AMG models will use a V12 any longer. However, this is not to be mourned, for the hybrid AMG73 models are on the way, this being a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 mated to an electric motor, and produce in excess of 800HP, considerably more powerful than the V12. AMG did develop the V8 and V12 power-plants, but the V12 is to be used for Mercedes-Maybach models, as this range is expected to expand.
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Old 04-07-2018, 12:32 AM
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What you say is somewhat true, but AMG was handed over development if the next generation of V-12's a few years ago,..... A major reason why Mercedes-AMG forced Pagani to shorten production of the Huayra! Because the new engine is ready! A new twin-turbo V-12 that will keep the range of engines open for AMG! But let me get back into the news with Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and SSC!!!

Ferrari has recently started development of its mainstream hybrid engine, that will be completely different from the LaFerrari setup! Set to enter production this new setup will increase performance as well as fuel economy! Rumored to be placed in a high riding. FUV( Ferrari Utility Vehicle) this set up will power several future models!! As if thats not enough Ferrari has recently started looking to the future of its hypercar! In the wake of the LaFerrari , Laferrari spider and FXX K/ Evo! Early planning has started and most suggest that a performance driven hybrid V-12 aimed at McLaren and the BP23! As if this isn't enough the development of these 2 new hybrids only strengthen the direction that the Prancing Horse will be heading in! More news to read on my desk,..... So I will be sharing more once I've read them all!!

Lambirghini has started pushing there supercars as development continues on the current final variants! As we will soon see the Aventador J SV. performance variant which likely serve as the models swansong! Down the pipeline we will see a Urus S and we'll be seeing the next generation of cars very soon!! And the looming news of a fourth model range sometime in the next decade will only further the advance! As we have seen the styling direction is set to go even more extreme!!

Porsche has started to work on more advance hybrid and full EV motors that will ultimately lead to the development of the 918 successor! The biggest news as of right now we know that there are Mission E EV starting finalizing development rundown! And of course with several brands expected to use the EV and hybrid chassisi we will see various brands including Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Audi!

SSC has been breathed new life into and its official that the Tuatara and as I've heard it is slated to enter into production late this year with 2 trim packages the base model will have 1350 + bhp( 1 source says 1350 while another says as much as 1500 bhp) and the second is as I've heard it the Tuatara S which is said to have a 1700 bhp version! No word on the production reveal date,.... But I heard it could be Pebble Beach!!!
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:14 PM
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Another informative, and exciting update, and thank you for taking the time!

One marque that I've also been wondering about is Spyker. I haven't seen or read anything about the brand for some time. I last recall that about a year ago, a deal was struck to use Koenigsegg engines in future products. If memory serves me right, I recall something about all-electric models in development, too. It's been at least a year since any addition information has surfaced.
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