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New Tesla Roadster Ushers In New Age Of Performance Cars

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Supercars as we know them can now be considered obsolete, thanks to Tesla. The new Tesla Roadster blows everything out of the water in pure speed, all the while delivering remarkable driving range for an electric car.

Unveiled alongside the electric Tesla semi truck, a likewise in its own right, the Roadster promises to break many records, including an extraordinary zero-to-60 benchmark below two seconds.

How does a launch to 60 mph from a standstill in 1.9 seconds sounds? How about to triple-digit speeds in just 4.2 seconds? A quarter mile run of 8.9 seconds? Absolutely ludicrous for any car — no Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti or Koenigsegg can beat those times.

It seems like only yesterday that a sub-3-second sprint was the talk the of the industry — the big deal. Not anymore!

With such an unprecedented level of performance, you would think the Roadster would underperform in the range department, but that far from the truth. A 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack allows it to drive upwards of approximately 620 miles (998 km)on a single charge at highway speeds.

Some perspective: You can drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco — and back — without stopping to recharge.

On top of everything, the new Roadster has seating for four occupants. It’s also all-wheel drive and has a removable top. There aren’t a lot of four-seat, removable top, AWD cars out there.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk bluntly boasted that it will deliver a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline cars. It’s hard to argue with that, and we imagine the engineers at Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren and every other big-name supercar maker are tripping over themselves scrambling to the drawing board. The future is electric!

The new Tesla Roadster has a base price of $200,000 and a starting reservation of $50,000. Sales begin in 2020.

Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

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2019 BMW M2 Competition Is An M2 With An M3 Heart, Makes 405HP

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New, 2019 BMW M2 Competition

The ultimate M2 and, thus, 2-Series has arrived. A more track-ready, tire burning sports car, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by the S55 twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine from the BMW M3 and M4.

The M2 Competition’s turbo six has been tuned to pump out 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm, which is an extra 40 horsepower and 63 lb-ft. over the standard M2. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the M2 Competition reach 60 mph (96 k/h) from a standstill in 4.2 – and 4.0 seconds, respectively.

Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (249.50 km/h), though it can be raised to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.

Other performance goodies include a dual exhaust system with electronic flap control that helps deliver the distinctive M sound, the BMW M3 and M4’s CFRP high-precision strut, and larger disc brakes. The electromechanical power steering, Active M Differential, and Dynamic Steering and Stability Control systems have all been enhanced.

Inside, the BMW M2 Competition comes equipped with new M Sport seats with a very supportive, bucket-style shape that borrows heavily from motorsport, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest. The backrest features an illuminated M2 logo, and the black leather upholstery boasts design perforations (available in either blue or orange) in the seat and backrest.

The center console houses selector switches that allow instant control of settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions. The driver can combine the various configurations in whichever way he prefers and stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.

The BMW M2 Competition goes on sale in summer 2018.

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Mercedes-AMG Making A Porsche Boxster, Cayman Rival?

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Not content with the Porsche 911-rivaling AMG GT Coupe, Mercedes-AMG is reportedly considering a smaller sports car that will compete against the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers revealed to that the brand may be looking at introducing a small model that will sell alongside the GT family, leading to speculations of a small two-door aimed at the Porsche’s 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster. The model and its variants could replace the Mercedes-Benz SLC, which no longer has an AMG variant and is gradually being phased out from Mercedes-Benz’s lineup.

With the GT Coupe going after the 911 and the flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (pictured) taking on the Panamera, a smaller sports car targeting the Boxster / Cayman seems like the logical next step for the Mercedes-AMG brand. Just don’t expect a standalone SUV — Mercedes-AMG has ruled out the possibility of one in order to not cannibalize sales of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG SUV variants.

So, how do you envision Mercedes-AMG next model? Let us know in the comments section below.

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New, 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Is The Fastest, Most Powerful Cobra Jet Yet

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2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet celebrates the iconic drag strip race car’s 50th anniversary and is the fastest and most powerful Mustang Cobra Jet ever created.

Built by the Ford Performance Parts team, the latest Mustang Cobra Jet is powered by a supercharged 5.2L Coyote V8 that lets it complete the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range at a top speed of 150 mph (241.4 km/h), which is faster than the Dodge Demon’s claimed quarter mile of 9.6 seconds at 140 mph (241.4 km/h).

Other performance highlights include a unique four-link rear suspension, a 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering, and a drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with 50th anniversary badging

The interior is equipped with Racetech FIA seats and A NHRA-certified roll cage. There’s also an optional 50th-anniversary graphics package for those who want a bit more flair.

Only 68 units of the purpose-built drag racer will be made, each painted in either Race Red or Oxford White. Unfortunately, none of them will have VINs, meaning they can’t be registered to drive on the street.

Needless to say, performance has reached a whole new level of bonkers. Two American, V8 drag-racing monsters — the Mustang Cobra Jet and the Dodge Demon — going at it at the drag strip. Brace yourself, folks.

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