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Bmw, Memes, and Twins: HH NEWS A BMW M5 Touring isn't on the cards, but don't worry, Alpina has a twin-turbo V8 solution for you Via @carthrottlenews - We’re almost certain a Touring version of the incoming new M5 isn't going to happen. In fact, there isn’t even an M550i Touring yet either, and BMW hasn’t said if it’ll build one. So what’s a BMW-aligned fast estate fanatic to do? Call Alpina, that’s what. - The company - whose cars are actually built on BMW’s own production lines - revealed its new B5 model at the Geneva Motor Show this week. You can buy the G30 5-series based machine as a saloon (below), but clearly the one you want is the Touring. - Its 4.4-litre V8 puts out 600bhp and 590lb ft of torque, making 0-62mph possible in just 3.5 seconds. Oh, and it’ll do 205mph. No electronic limiter nonsense going on here. - The vast quantities of power and torque are fed to all four wheels via a tweaked version of BMW’s xDrive system, and the B5 also has a rear axle steering system. - It sports the usual subtle but effective Alpina accoutrements on the outside, with 20-inch multi-spoke wheels filling the arches, and lower splitter added at the front. And don’t worry, those decals are optional, if you’re not a fan. - Like the look of this? Prices haven’t been revealed just yet, but expect it to sit somewhere between £90,000 - £100,000. If you fancy something a little cheaper and more sensible, a 400bhp, oil-burning ‘D5’ is on the way too.
Bmw, Memes, and Twins: HH NEWS
 A BMW M5 Touring isn't on the cards, but
 don't worry, Alpina has a twin-turbo V8
 solution for you
Via @carthrottlenews - We’re almost certain a Touring version of the incoming new M5 isn't going to happen. In fact, there isn’t even an M550i Touring yet either, and BMW hasn’t said if it’ll build one. So what’s a BMW-aligned fast estate fanatic to do? Call Alpina, that’s what. - The company - whose cars are actually built on BMW’s own production lines - revealed its new B5 model at the Geneva Motor Show this week. You can buy the G30 5-series based machine as a saloon (below), but clearly the one you want is the Touring. - Its 4.4-litre V8 puts out 600bhp and 590lb ft of torque, making 0-62mph possible in just 3.5 seconds. Oh, and it’ll do 205mph. No electronic limiter nonsense going on here. - The vast quantities of power and torque are fed to all four wheels via a tweaked version of BMW’s xDrive system, and the B5 also has a rear axle steering system. - It sports the usual subtle but effective Alpina accoutrements on the outside, with 20-inch multi-spoke wheels filling the arches, and lower splitter added at the front. And don’t worry, those decals are optional, if you’re not a fan. - Like the look of this? Prices haven’t been revealed just yet, but expect it to sit somewhere between £90,000 - £100,000. If you fancy something a little cheaper and more sensible, a 400bhp, oil-burning ‘D5’ is on the way too.

Via @carthrottlenews - We’re almost certain a Touring version of the incoming new M5 isn't going to happen. In fact, there isn’t even an M55...

Memes, Twins, and Birds: TOPCAR HH NEWS REBELLION EMOBILE MAZDA The Brand New Ruf That Isn't Based On Porsche Still Looks Like One Anyway SEGULA Via @carthrottlenews - You know we said Ruf had built its own car that for the first time wasn’t based on a Porsche? Well, as it turns out, it’s not quite the split from convention that we imagined. - In homage to the 1987 CTR Yellow Bird, a completely bonkers 210mph version of the contemporary 911, Ruf has clothed its brand new carbon-tubbed CTR 2017 in a body that, well, let’s just say Porsche might be a bit miffed if Ruf hasn’t asked permission. - The reason for bothering with an all-new chassis, then? Porsche’s latest are too big to get the effect Ruf wanted. - It’s 1987 styling all over again, with flat-cut five-spoke alloys and a gigantic spoiler, yellow paint and upright, round headlights. But the details are very much 2017, like the lower ride height, the modern headlight technology and the obviously not Porsche interior, clothed in Alcantara at almost every surface apart from the tartan leather seats. - That amazingly wide body is all carbon, too, so you really, really wouldn’t want to crash it even at low speed. Is it a slice of pure hotness or is it a shame that Ruf didn’t come up with its own styling to match all the effort it put into building the chassis? - Either way, it’s fast. A dry weight of just 1200kg makes it lighter than a McLarenn 720S, but taller gearing for the 700bhp twin-turbo Ruf means it’s not as fast. Expect 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and 0-124mph in less than nine, but the top speed of 224mph does trump the McLaren’s 212mph. - Traction comes from 305-section rear tyres that dwarf the 245-section fronts, and it needs plenty of grip to contain the 649lb ft of torque at just 2750rpm. The engine, a Porsche-mimicking 3.6-litre flat-six, is built by Ruf itself based on the design of the engine in the 1987 Yellow Bird. - We don’t know whether to love it for blending the old and the new so completely, or wish the exterior was more than just a carbon copycat.
Memes, Twins, and Birds: TOPCAR
 HH NEWS
 REBELLION
 EMOBILE
 MAZDA
 The Brand New Ruf That Isn't Based On
 Porsche Still Looks Like One Anyway
 SEGULA
Via @carthrottlenews - You know we said Ruf had built its own car that for the first time wasn’t based on a Porsche? Well, as it turns out, it’s not quite the split from convention that we imagined. - In homage to the 1987 CTR Yellow Bird, a completely bonkers 210mph version of the contemporary 911, Ruf has clothed its brand new carbon-tubbed CTR 2017 in a body that, well, let’s just say Porsche might be a bit miffed if Ruf hasn’t asked permission. - The reason for bothering with an all-new chassis, then? Porsche’s latest are too big to get the effect Ruf wanted. - It’s 1987 styling all over again, with flat-cut five-spoke alloys and a gigantic spoiler, yellow paint and upright, round headlights. But the details are very much 2017, like the lower ride height, the modern headlight technology and the obviously not Porsche interior, clothed in Alcantara at almost every surface apart from the tartan leather seats. - That amazingly wide body is all carbon, too, so you really, really wouldn’t want to crash it even at low speed. Is it a slice of pure hotness or is it a shame that Ruf didn’t come up with its own styling to match all the effort it put into building the chassis? - Either way, it’s fast. A dry weight of just 1200kg makes it lighter than a McLarenn 720S, but taller gearing for the 700bhp twin-turbo Ruf means it’s not as fast. Expect 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and 0-124mph in less than nine, but the top speed of 224mph does trump the McLaren’s 212mph. - Traction comes from 305-section rear tyres that dwarf the 245-section fronts, and it needs plenty of grip to contain the 649lb ft of torque at just 2750rpm. The engine, a Porsche-mimicking 3.6-litre flat-six, is built by Ruf itself based on the design of the engine in the 1987 Yellow Bird. - We don’t know whether to love it for blending the old and the new so completely, or wish the exterior was more than just a carbon copycat.

Via @carthrottlenews - You know we said Ruf had built its own car that for the first time wasn’t based on a Porsche? Well, as it turns out, ...

Memes, Formation, and Twins: HH NEWS Feast Your Eyes On The Outrageously Stunning McLaren 720S Via @carthrottlenews - This is the new Super Series car, built to replace the 650S. Derivatives will eventually phase out all the other Super Series models. It has a new engine, too. As per the name, the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged M840T V8 has 720 metric horsepower, or 710bhp, which is enough to catapult it to 62mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124mph in a bonkers 7.8 seconds. Braking to a stop from 124mph takes just 4.6 seconds, and as for top speed, we’re looking at 212mph. - It’s fair to say the engine is a development of the previous 3.8, but McLaren claims a ‘41 per cent new part content’. If you’re wondering where the cooling is coming from, since the 720S does away with the visible side-mounted radiators, cooling is actually taken care of by the double-skinned dihedral doors. Air is channelled through them direct to the radiators beneath the skin. Clever. - These unhinged numbers are also partly down to low weight. The carbonfibre Monocage II structure helps it on the way to a minimum dry weight of 1283kg, or about as much as a small family hatchback. Power to weight is now a nice, solid 553bhp per tonne. With all fluids and 90 per cent fuel the weight is 1419kg. - Inside the 1.2-metre tall supercar will be the trademark portrait-format screen as standard, plus leather, Alcantara and metal switchgear, depending on specification. Underneath is a chassis setup augmented by Proactive Chassis Control II. Will it handle? Yes it will. The transmission is set to stay as a seven-speed automatic with flappy paddles, and the brakes will be the latest carbon ceramics as standard. - The practical among us will see that there are still two storage bays, of 150 litres at the front and 210 behind the seats. The less practical will dig through the specs and find a standing quarter-mile time of 10.3 seconds. Which is incredibly quick for a road car, and remember: even faster ones will come later. - It’s available to order right now, and we can only suspect that there are a few phones ringing in McLaren dealers across the country. Prices are set to start at £208,600 with the first deliveries in May.
Memes, Formation, and Twins: HH NEWS
 Feast Your Eyes On The Outrageously
 Stunning McLaren 720S
Via @carthrottlenews - This is the new Super Series car, built to replace the 650S. Derivatives will eventually phase out all the other Super Series models. It has a new engine, too. As per the name, the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged M840T V8 has 720 metric horsepower, or 710bhp, which is enough to catapult it to 62mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124mph in a bonkers 7.8 seconds. Braking to a stop from 124mph takes just 4.6 seconds, and as for top speed, we’re looking at 212mph. - It’s fair to say the engine is a development of the previous 3.8, but McLaren claims a ‘41 per cent new part content’. If you’re wondering where the cooling is coming from, since the 720S does away with the visible side-mounted radiators, cooling is actually taken care of by the double-skinned dihedral doors. Air is channelled through them direct to the radiators beneath the skin. Clever. - These unhinged numbers are also partly down to low weight. The carbonfibre Monocage II structure helps it on the way to a minimum dry weight of 1283kg, or about as much as a small family hatchback. Power to weight is now a nice, solid 553bhp per tonne. With all fluids and 90 per cent fuel the weight is 1419kg. - Inside the 1.2-metre tall supercar will be the trademark portrait-format screen as standard, plus leather, Alcantara and metal switchgear, depending on specification. Underneath is a chassis setup augmented by Proactive Chassis Control II. Will it handle? Yes it will. The transmission is set to stay as a seven-speed automatic with flappy paddles, and the brakes will be the latest carbon ceramics as standard. - The practical among us will see that there are still two storage bays, of 150 litres at the front and 210 behind the seats. The less practical will dig through the specs and find a standing quarter-mile time of 10.3 seconds. Which is incredibly quick for a road car, and remember: even faster ones will come later. - It’s available to order right now, and we can only suspect that there are a few phones ringing in McLaren dealers across the country. Prices are set to start at £208,600 with the first deliveries in May.

Via @carthrottlenews - This is the new Super Series car, built to replace the 650S. Derivatives will eventually phase out all the other Supe...

Memes, Tablet, and Twins: HH NEW Ford has revealed the ST version of the new Fiesta, and it's packing a 197bhp 1.5-litre inline-three cylinder engine Via @carthrottlenews - Let’s get the big piece of news out of the way: As was first rumoured a little while ago, the ST has indeed dropped a cylinder and a little bit of displacement, switching to a 1.5-litre three-pot. - It’s presumably derived from the existing 1.5-litre Ecoboost unit, although Ford describes it as an “all-new” engine. It’s been given a new turbocharger with an “optimised” turbine design to reduce lag, plus “Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing. It’s good for 197bhp, and 214lb ft of torque. - Both of those figures are the same as what the outgoing car achieved when its ‘overboost’ function kicked in. The new car will do 0-62mph in an “anticipated’ 6.7 seconds, although there’s no word on top speed just yet. There isn’t an MPG figure available right now either, but Ford is expecting CO2 emissions of around 114g-km. - The car gets a torque vectoring by braking system just like the old one, plus three driving modes. The ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes each alter the steering, throttle response and traction-stability controls to varying degrees. Stick it in ‘Track’ mode and the traction control goes entirely, with the ESP set to ‘wide slip’ mode. Or if you’d prefer, you can switch off ESP completely. - On the inside it’s a sportified version of the Fiesta cabin we’ve already seen, which means a far plusher space than we’ve been used to seeing from Ford’s ubiquitous supermini. - The ‘Sync 3’ system is present on a floating tablet-style setup, which should prove to be much less frustrating than the clunky old infotainment, and keeping your back and buttocks very happy will be a pair of Recaro bucket seats. - In the cabin you’ll also be - I’m afraid to say - treated to some ‘Electronic Sound Enhancement’, but this does at least work in tandem with an active exhaust valve. - Want one? You’ll be waiting for a little while I’m afraid, with Ford gunning for an early 2018 launch for the car in both three and five-door forms. The outgoing ST was - and probably still is - pound-for-pound the best new performance car around, so this new one should be worth the wait.
Memes, Tablet, and Twins: HH NEW
 Ford has revealed the ST version of the new
 Fiesta, and it's packing a 197bhp 1.5-litre
 inline-three cylinder engine
Via @carthrottlenews - Let’s get the big piece of news out of the way: As was first rumoured a little while ago, the ST has indeed dropped a cylinder and a little bit of displacement, switching to a 1.5-litre three-pot. - It’s presumably derived from the existing 1.5-litre Ecoboost unit, although Ford describes it as an “all-new” engine. It’s been given a new turbocharger with an “optimised” turbine design to reduce lag, plus “Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing. It’s good for 197bhp, and 214lb ft of torque. - Both of those figures are the same as what the outgoing car achieved when its ‘overboost’ function kicked in. The new car will do 0-62mph in an “anticipated’ 6.7 seconds, although there’s no word on top speed just yet. There isn’t an MPG figure available right now either, but Ford is expecting CO2 emissions of around 114g-km. - The car gets a torque vectoring by braking system just like the old one, plus three driving modes. The ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes each alter the steering, throttle response and traction-stability controls to varying degrees. Stick it in ‘Track’ mode and the traction control goes entirely, with the ESP set to ‘wide slip’ mode. Or if you’d prefer, you can switch off ESP completely. - On the inside it’s a sportified version of the Fiesta cabin we’ve already seen, which means a far plusher space than we’ve been used to seeing from Ford’s ubiquitous supermini. - The ‘Sync 3’ system is present on a floating tablet-style setup, which should prove to be much less frustrating than the clunky old infotainment, and keeping your back and buttocks very happy will be a pair of Recaro bucket seats. - In the cabin you’ll also be - I’m afraid to say - treated to some ‘Electronic Sound Enhancement’, but this does at least work in tandem with an active exhaust valve. - Want one? You’ll be waiting for a little while I’m afraid, with Ford gunning for an early 2018 launch for the car in both three and five-door forms. The outgoing ST was - and probably still is - pound-for-pound the best new performance car around, so this new one should be worth the wait.

Via @carthrottlenews - Let’s get the big piece of news out of the way: As was first rumoured a little while ago, the ST has indeed dropped a...