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REV TO THE LIMIT
Our favorite automotive journo takes the latest Ferrari creation for a spin on both the road and track. He calls the new 488 is "a very interesting machine". And very fast. Watch and enjoy.
The new McLaren 650S looks like a car with lots of poise and control; it’s not a chore to drive it quickly and neither is drifting it, as Chris Harris illustrates in the video below.In the onboard footage of Harris going around the Ascari track in Spain behind the wheel of new supercar, we can see just how smoothly the car breaks traction and enters powerslides. There’s no snap, no drama but still lots and lots of sideways action.
It’s still apparent that the driver has a place in this car, and there’s no substitute for razor-sharp reflexes and advanced knowledge of car control on the limit – the wheel needs quite a bit of fine adjusting in order for progress to be smooth, though it’s clearly well past the stage of being an analog experience.
When it comes to reviewing cars, Chris Harris does one of the most amazing jobs. Honestly, we’ll take his opinion over many other, more popular, shows. His ability to thoroughly thrash cars and give us an accurate review of just how good they are is astonishing.
The latest car he reviewed is a 2014 Porsche Cayman S . The test drive was performed in Portugal and, once again, it is one of most impressive reviews we have seen for the Cayman. He looks like he had all the fun in the world behind the wheel, and he was obviously very impressed by the car.
For those of you who do not remember, the Cayman S is the most powerful version in the Cayman lineup. It uses a 3.4-liter boxer-six with an output of 325 horsepower. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 175 mph
Right about now you can start to put your order in for the new McLaren 650S. Thank goodness the nice Chris Harris has been given one to test so you know what you're going to get. As you would expect from any Chris Harris video review, there is plenty of smoke and sideways action.
The first section of this video, while a little slow is really worth watching. McLaren actually takes you through all the differences between the 650S and the standard 12C. There reall is some rather interesting technical information about the car and the new technologies that have been incorporated into the 650S.
The 3.8 litre McLaren V8 gets a 25 hp boost and an extra 80 Nm of torque for a total output of 650 PS and 678 Nm of torque. From 0-100 km/h now takes just 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km/h (125 mph) only 8.4 seconds. It will hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph) and a set of carbon ceramic brakes provide the extra stopping power.
If you are a fan of McLaren, don't forget to check out our McLaren section, McLaren P1 and McLaren F1 reviews.
Review of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. 550hp on Street and Track
Jaguar‘s new F-Type Coupe is gorgeous, easily the best looking car on sale right now. There has been a flurry of activity recently, from when we announced the launch to a video roundup just a few days ago, there is a lot of excitment for this R model. The reviews have been coming steadily and everybody is impressed by the package as a whole. Perhaps the most important review for us hooligans is the one by Chris Harris. His verdict in the video above, as per usual is full of drifting, tire smoke and general, English shenanigans. You know, the sort of things that Chris Harris from Drive excels at.
Actually, relative to Harris' other reviews, this one is rather serious. There's a good recap of the F-Type on the road, with Harris referencing the car's "great bottom" and "amazing ass," quite frequently. Surprisingly, Harris says the more powerful F-Type R is just "incrementally" faster than the 495-horsepower F-Type V8 S Convertible. Overall, aside from some minor quibbles, Harris has nothing but praise for the newest cat.
We've got the entire video available below.