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Welcome, everyone, to the Binz.E. Yup, it’s a Tesla Model S that’s been converted into a hearse. The work of German coachbuilder Binz International, together with UK companies Coleman Milne and Woodall Nicholson, the Binz.E is built in Germany and based on your choice of new or used Model S.
This is a new, 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. A restoration of one of the world’s very finest motor cars, here packing nothing more polluting than the moral superiority its lucky new owner will exude. Because it’s fully-electric. First teased late last year, Lunaz – which is in the business of taking jaw-slackeningly gorgeous old cars and electrifying them – has just begun building all-electric Rolls-Royces.
Reckon coachbuilding is only for cars? Take a peek at this lovely Blechmann R18 and prepare to think again. It’s the new – and very shiny – BMW R18 motorcycle given a very graphic-novel-esque makeover by renowned Austrian bike customiser Bernhard Naumann, aka ‘Blechmann’. Blechmann has a quite unusual way of working, we’re told, never using sketches, rather ploughing straight into the design physically. While it may sound as carefree as a hapless bunch of Apprentice candidates plundering into a task, the truth is – inevitably – much more considered. And gorgeous, too.
A new hybrid McLaren supercar will be unveiled next year, and sitting prettily underneath will be this carbon fibre tub. That, friends, is McLaren Automotive’s brand new “lightweight vehicle architecture”. It has been designed specifically to accommodate hybrid powertrains, allowing the British supercar company to transition to 100 per cent electrified supercars. “For us, lightweighting and electrification go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,” McLaren boss Mike Flewitt said.
You don’t need to have a comprehensive understanding of Greek mythology to know that Poseidon was an angry, powerful bloke. According to his LinkedIn, he’s god of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and… erm, horses. But he’s also considered one of the most bad-tempered, moody and greedy Olympian gods. Sounds like a great name for a car tuner who likes to make powerful, bad-tempered and moody cars, right?
Right. Let’s all agree here and now that the world doesn’t need any more tuned Audi RSQ8s. This has to be the final one. This is ABT’s second attempt at fettling Audi’s flagship SUV after its first try turned the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 up to 690bhp and 649lb ft of torque – an increase of 98bhp and 59lb ft on the standard car. Now though, we’re talking 730bhp and 679lb ft of torque thanks to a new ECU and a new intercooler. Crikey.
“Space technology for the road” – that’s what California-based start-up Hyperion is promising from its bonkers new XP-1 hypercar. Certainly looks like something from out of this world too, doesn’t it? That’s not just a baseless marketing slogan either, Hyperion is primarily an energy company with a plan to increase the adoption of hydrogen tech as a means of propulsion, and it currently supplies parts to NASA. Fair play.
Welcome, everyone, to the interior of the new Mercedes S-Class. Yep, it’s still a little while before we see the whole car, but Merc has followed-up its tease of its flagship’s new 12.8-inch touchscreen with a look at the dashboard that houses it.
Estate car practicality, a 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer four engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, rally-bred four-wheel drive, gold brake calipers and a bonnet scoop. That’s a rather special sounding list of attributes for a single car to have, isn’t it? So, let us make your day just a little brighter by confirming that you could have all of those things for just £8,990. Yep, they all come courtesy of this Subaru Forester STI that’s currently for sale via Japanese import specialists Torque GT, and you absolutely must buy it.
“If 641 horsepower is good, then 750 horsepower is better,” explains John Hennessey. And so, welcome to his company’s modified Lamborghini Urus with, you guessed it, 750bhp. An ECU tune and new stainless-steel exhaust system liberate those 109 additional ponies, along with 730lb ft of torque (up from the Lambo’s original 606lb ft). Such is the force of this new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, it’ll do 0-60mph in 2.65 seconds.