Let’s face it: we’re not exactly in the middle of auto show season. If you’re like us, you tend to snap up new car news like Shamu does salmon. So while everybody is winding themselves up over the Olympics, we’re scrounging for scraps.
But while we’re left adrift in a sea of lack, we still find a little island here and there. We came across a few this week.
The Ferrari “F70” showed up this week, testing in heavy camouflage somewhere in Italy. Not content with the usual black-and-white madness usually found in car camo and old TV static, Ferrari clad the F70s nose in a “3D” camo, masking its features completely and giving it a massive schnoz. But they won’t have to worry about the fake face throwing any potential customers off the scent, since the F70 will replace the Enzo, Ferrari’s hypercar.
Only 400 copies of the Enzo and 29 of its track-only, slightly insane cousin, the FXX, were produced between 2002 and 2007, and Ferrari hasn’t made a hypercar since. Are they gunning for the top speed record? Perhaps. What we do know is that the F70 (a code name), has massive rear tires, a bubblicious cockpit, and very nice lines once you get past the duckbill nose. Power will likely top out around 900 prancing ponies after you push the KERS button.
Speaking of things you’ll almost definitely never be able to buy, McLaren has a new hypercar coming out, too. No, it hasn’t been long since they debuted the stunning MP4-12C, but we’re not complaining, because this won’t be the MP4’s successor. The P12 or 799 is so secret right now neither of those code names is confirmed.
When the MP4 came out last year, everyone compared it with McLaren’s last in-house car, the F1, which halted production in 1998, but remained the fastest production car in the world until the Veyron came out in 2005. But that wasn’t what McLaren wanted. The MP4-12C is a road-going supercar. The P12 will be the true heir to the F1 legacy.
McLaren say they’re not going for the record, but we’re okay with this, because 1) the top speed record is completely impractical for production cars, since no one will ever be able to reach it outside of a test track or a salt flat, and 2) because that’s what they said when they were making the F1.
The car should be capable of around 1,000 hp, again with a KERS button. The exciting bit is that it might show up at the ultra-posh Pebble Beach Concours next month. It’s not a funeral, but for some reason it will only be a private viewing. We’ll be outside the walls with the filthy proletariat.
So with all these exotics you can’t afford, how about one you can? How about a Maserati? Er…that’s Mazderati. …Okay, we’re hearing now that it’s just a Mazda. So maybe it’s not an exotic, but looking at the 2014 Mazda 6, you might understand our confusion. Mazda just released some shots this week, and it’s frankly the best looking car the old rotormonger’s designed in years.
Gone are the derpy grille smile and awkward, cartoonish character lines on the doors. Instead, it looks angry, like you rustled its fur against the grain. It looks, as it tapers into a couple of fine folds along the flanks, like a Maserati Quattroporte for the rest of us. It’s all part of Mazda’s new design language, Kodo, which can be translated “Soul of Motion.”
It certainly stirs some motion in our souls. Under the sculpted bonnet will likely sit a 2 liter SkyActiv four cylinder, though some hybrid power trains have been suggested. If we can make some suggestions of our own, how about a turbo throwing down to an AWD system. Make it a wagon with a stick shift, and we’re sold. The full reveal will hit next month at the Moscow International Automobile Salon, or MIAS, if you’re into Cold War-era acronymization.
What do you think of this new Mazda? Would you drive it? What power train should they use?