Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:
BMW adds track-ready CS package to M3
Lotus makes another “most extreme Exige ever” again
Nissan’s GT-R Pure has only the essentials and is under $100k again
Panoz is selling a DeltaWing race car for the first time
Other coverage from the week
What’s your automotive news?
BMW M3 CS
Because BMW’s new CS package was apparently too good to restrict to the M4, the limited edition performance package has spread to its four-door sibling as well. Starting next May, BMW will produce 1,200 examples of the new M3 CS, a track-minded sedan that can still be used on a daily basis.
It boasts all of the same enhancements as its two door counterpart, but it really doesn’t need much more before it starts getting into M4 GTS territory. Its 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo straight six gets a series of updates which boost output to 453 horsepower (+28 hp over stock) and 443 lb.-ft. of torque (+37 lb.-ft.) and it’s only available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with an additional oil cooler.
The M3 CS also gets a wide range of weight reduction and chassis tuning to make the most of the extra power. More body components made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics brings the weight down by 110 pounds and lowers the center of gravity. Some of the more noticeable bits of carbon are the new front splitter, roof, rear diffuser, and Gurney Flap at the back.
It comes standard with all of the same underpinnings as the Competition Package but also packs a revised Adaptive M Suspension, more rigid axles, a tweaked Active M Differential, and a more lenient stability control program. It also rides on the same forged light-alloy wheels as the M4 CS which keeps unsprung mass low. Basically, it’ll be sharper and dynamic and stuff without being total crap on the road.
The M4 CS bridges the gap between the standard car (with comp. package) and the wild M4 GTS, but now you can have that with four doors.
Lotus Exige Cup 430
We’ve just entered a new month which means it’s time for another most extreme Lotus ever. No guys, this one is the most powerful, most fastest, most specialist Exige ever built and it’s called the Exige Cup 430. It’s the most extreme Exige ever conceived thanks to its new engine, sharper chassis, and revised aero package and it’ll stay that way until next January probably.
New to the Exige is a 3.5-liter V6 with an Edelbrock supercharger and charge cooler, not unlike the one just used on the Evora GT430. This sends 430 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox with its own cooler. 0-60 mph takes just 3.2 seconds and it’ll top out at 180 mph and it’ll be singing through titanium exhaust the whole way.
With the extra power comes a redesigned body, made mostly of carbon fiber of course. Wider radiator apertures and a new splitter up front plus a redesigned rear clam panel and a “straight” motorsport wing all help generate up to 485 pounds of downforce.
Other upgrades made to the chassis include revised steering arm geometry, Nitron three-way adjustable dampers, Eibach adjustable front and rear roll bars, and massive brakes with AP Racing calipers.
So basically it’s another race car for road use. As of now, orders are only being taken from UK, Germany, and France.
Nissan GT-R Pure
Nissan recently announced pricing info for the 2018 GT-Rs and in doing so also confirmed a new, more affordable entry level GT-R trim. It’s simply called the GT-R Pure model and it cuts a few of the once standard luxury items in an effort to cut costs and provide a driver’s GT-R with only the essentials.
The GT-R Pure starts at $99,990, making it the first five figure GT-R in quite a few years. It undercuts the prior base model, the GT-R Premium, by $10,500 and it only loses out on four major features in doing so. An 11-speaker Bose audio system, Active Noise Cancellation, Active Sound Enhancement, and Titanium exhaust system is all you lose out on by opting for the GT-R Pure.
The GT-R’s insane performance, 565-horsepower twin-turbo V6, the redesigned interior, and physics-defying AWD system are all preserved. So if all you want is GT-R performance but can live without something pumping engine noise into the cabin, this is what you want. The 2018 GT-Rs are on sale now.
Wanna buy a DeltaWing?
One of the most unique race cars of the modern era is up for sale and it may be the only time it ever will be. Panoz is selling DeltaWing Coupe chassis #001, the first of three DeltaWing Coupes they’ve built. Car number 3 is in the Panoz Museum and car number 2 got destroyed right in front of me at the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona. This car up for sale now is very likely the only one that will ever be available for sale.
This car has seen competition in the P1 class in the old ALMS days and in the P2 class in IMSA until it was replaced by newer iterations. It raced in a few different liveries but they’ve since wrapped it in last year’s ‘Murica livery which is how it’s currently presented. Whoever buys this will also have a large amount of spare parts available and can request Panoz support for their first track event.
Hopefully whoever is cool enough to buy this is also cool enough to bring it out to some historic races. Those who wish to be cool enough can reach John Leverett at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re asking $375,000.
Other coverage from the week
The stories here are far from the only newsworthy events of the week. Our resident Polish guy got to witness a wild Lamborghini and MIT concept debut, there’s some 2018 Jeep news, and the Corvette ZR1 leaked.
[Image copyright Joshua Sweeney/Hooniverse 2017]
What’s your automotive news?
That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.
Have a good weekend.
[Image © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]