1) 1974-1990 Lamborghini Countach Few cars embody wedge design as thoroughly as the Countach. It is the poster child for the trend. Penned by Marcello Gandini—who also did the Alfa Romeo 33 Carabo Concept— the Countach looked absolutely alien when it landed in the early 1970s as a production car. Those first LP400 models with 375-hp V-12s are the pointiest and purest, as they lacked the wings, flares, spoilers, and excessive power of the later cars. Today, they command more than $1 million at auction. The Lamborghini Countach was in production for an astonishing 16 years, an eternity for a high-profile exotic and a testament to the wild and otherworldly design. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2) 1984-1989 Nissan 300ZX The stunning 1970 Datsun 240Z's flowing lines borrowed just enough from the great European sports cars of the 1960s to make this car a classic itself. The look was so successful that the company kept … [Read more...] about Wedge of Tomorrow: 20 of the Greatest Sports Cars of the ’70s and ’80s
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When Jaguar Land Rover launched its Special Vehicle Operations skunkworks, a more extreme version of the F-Type seemed like an obvious project for it to pursue. The bonkers Project 7 limited-edition and Range Rover Sport SVR have certainly shown the engineers are up to the task.And now it appears a Jaguar F-Type SVR is really happening. Dutch automotive news site Autovisie claims to have obtained a brochure showing the butch new model. If this hot-rodded F-Type is for real, it can’t arrive soon enough.Arguably the biggest headline is a boost in power for the 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which carries over from the “standard” F-Type R. In the SVR, it produces 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, up 25 hp and 14 lb-ft. The SVR will also reportedly use the F-Type R’s eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system. As a result of the extra grunt, it will do 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 200 mph. A titanium exhaust system … [Read more...] about Cat’s out of the bag: Jaguar’s 200-mph F-Type SVR leaks online
Hammer, dropped. Dismayed that CO2 emissions from motor transport have not dropped in the country since 1990, Germany is taking what some will consider an extreme measure. Others will think it’s about time. As of 2030, all new cars registered in Germany must be emissions free, according to The Globe and Mail. Just to be sure that’s clear, zero emissions will be the rule for all new cars allowed on German roads starting in 2030.Cutting transportation emissions is a key factor in achieving Germany’s pledge to reduce CO2 levels by 80 to 95 percent by 2050. Because cars last a long time, 20 years on average in Germany, unless more new cars cut emissions soon, catching up will take too long. Basically, the message is that gasoline- and diesel-powered cars will not be sold in Germany in the future, and eventually those emissions-spewing machines will stop adding to the CO2 levels.Speaking at an economic forum, German Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake … [Read more...] about Starting in 2030, all new cars registered in Germany must have zero emissions
Today on DT Daily: Check out Jaguar’s vision of the future with their new concept tech for cars, Virgin Oceanic puts its deep sea tourism plan on hold while it searches for new tech, and finally, if you’re not feeling it already, this synchronized Christmas light display should help get you in the holiday mood.British car manufacturer Jaguar is showing off its Virtual Urban Windscreen concept technology, designed to give drivers a better view of the road and reduce the need to look at instruments. To demonstrate how the Virtual Urban Screen could be used, Jaguar has made this cool video showing off the tech. In it, a windscreen-wide heads-up display places warning boxes on pedestrians, cyclists, and other possible hazards to ensure they’re seen by drivers.Embedded cameras make the car’s pillars virtually disappear for more visibility, and even a “ghost car,” familiar to any racing game fans, guides the way to your destination. Jaguar says … [Read more...] about DT Daily: Jaguar car tech, Virgin Oceanic sinks, massive holiday light display
Christened F-Pace, Jaguar’s first-ever crossover is scheduled to greet the public for the first time this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, the British firm will give cycling fans an early glimpse at the soft-roader during this year’s edition of the Tour de France.Fittingly, the F-Pace will be the official support vehicle of a British team named Team Sky during the first stage of the Tour. The crossover loaned to Team Sky will be clad with light camouflage and it is cautiously billed as a prototype, but Jaguar has all but confirmed it is essentially the same model that will land in showrooms in time for the 2017 model year.The F-Pace will be tasked with carrying a crew of four people — including the team’s director, a senior team member, a doctor and a mechanic — a trunk-full of miscellaneous gear and a few bikes during the individual time trial. Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operation has designed an innovative quick-release bike rack … [Read more...] about Jaguar’s upcoming F-Pace will make a brief appearance during the Tour de France
Sometimes, we here at Digital Trends have strong opinions. And when that time comes, we take to the Internet and fight. For this debate, we’re talking all about Google’s crazy new driverless car, which is so automatic it doesn’t even have a steering wheel. Mobile writer Andy Boxall and JVC go head to head.Question: What do you think about the new Google Car?Look at the Google Car, isn’t it sweet! The future is coming, and it’s as adorable as a kitten in a bunny suit. Don’t be fooled. The self-driving car will only change our lives for the worst. Google knows this, and has gone out of its way to help make us feel comfortable around the beast. If it looked like a cross between Emperor Zurg and a Chrysler 300C, I’d know to be wary of it. Instead, it’s like Yul Bryner’s gunslinger from Westworld cosplaying Hello Kitty. Cars are about adventure, but for that to happen a person needs to be behind the wheel.However, my distaste for … [Read more...] about DT Debate: Will Google’s autonomous cars ruin driving, or liberate us from it?
Jaguar is introducing new performance options for its XJ sedan, so the company decided to use a few of these luxury limos as taxis. That sounds like a waste of a perfectly good car, but these XJs will not be dodging potholes in New York or Los Angeles. Instead, they will give people rides around the Nurburgring, the roughly 14-mile-long German racetrack where car companies hone their high performance models.Known alternately as “the ‘Ring” and the “Green Hell,” the Nurburgring is where car companies go to test performance models like the Cadillac CTS-V and Lexus LFA. It’s also open to the public. For about $35, any driver can show up in any car (or on any bike) and go for a lap. Since the ‘Ring is one of the most challenging tracks in the world, not everyone is skilled enough to go solo. That’s why the track’s owners keep a fleet of “‘Ring Taxis” handy.The taxis are usually BMW M5s, but Jaguar decided that … [Read more...] about Jaguar XJ Speed Pack: the world’s fastest taxi?
Jaguar Land Rover fills its first incubator classIt’s been a year since Jaguar Land Rover launched its tech incubator program in Portland, Oregon, and its first class of 2017 is now in session.This year’s initial cohort will include HAAS Alert, Mycroft, and OpConnect — startups that represent the fields of emergency response technology, artificial intelligence, and the electric vehicle ecosystem.JLR says its incubator seeks to “encourage, promote, and support new automotive, mobility, and connected car technologies that are being developed by U.S. start-ups.” To fulfill this goal, three new startups are added to the incubator every quarter and given six months to develop their businesses. JLR offers each of these companies ample resources for growth. Benefits include direct investment and services, development support from the Jaguar Land Rover global engineering teams, internal and external mentorship, and designated space within the … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover goes all ‘Dragon’s Den’ with its ‘Innovation Incubator’ program
Advertising watchdogs have put the brakes on an ad encouraging you to multitask at the wheel of your Jaguar.An advertorial published in The Guardian in September 2016, headlined "Drive time is no longer downtime", described the Jaguar XE sedan as "an extension of your office". Following two complaints, the UK's Advertising Standards Agency accepted that using hands-free equipment is not illegal, but that the work-related activities suggested in the ad were likely to distract a driver's attention and cause unsafe driving.The ruling highlights concerns about increasingly connected cars and the things you can do while driving. Like many new cars, the XE has Wi-Fi and infotainment screens that connect to phone apps, as well as a heads-up display that projects directions and driving data onto the windscreen."We were disappointed that the ASA did not find the safety message in the campaign was prominent enough," a Jaguar spokesperson told me. "For all of the connected car technologies we … [Read more...] about Jaguar connected car ad encouraged unsafe driving, watchdog says
This morning, Google and a handful of automobile manufacturers, including Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai, announced a partnership designed to bring the Android mobile platform to vehicles. Chip-maker Nvidia is also an Open Automotive Alliance member, and the group says "this announcement is the beginning, not the end. We'll enthusiastically work with any company interested in the compatible use of the Android with cars." The first Android-enabled cars from the new Open Automotive Alliance are expected to be released sometime this year.Last June, Apple announced an upcoming feature in its iOS software that will let iPhone users connect their devices to compatible in-car dashboard systems and access some iOS features, including maps, the phone, messaging, music and more. The iOS in the Car features are not yet available, but Apple says they're "coming soon" and rumors suggest they could be part of the next iOS 7 software update. During its iOS in the Car unveiling, Apple reportedly … [Read more...] about Android vs. iOS War Coming to a Car Near You in 2014