The 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed ran over the weekend showcasing the very best of vintage and modern motoring the world has to offer. While the event is best known for its famous Hill Climb, where spectators can watch first hand, incredible machines race past Goodwood House to the top of the property, it has also become an important event for the manufacturers. Swarming with tens of thousands of punters each day, the brand’s show of their latest creations before running them up the hill at the hands of F1 drivers, brand ambassadors, racing legends and even Lord March himself. Here are the best new car releases from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017.
Range Rover Velar
The Velar caused quite the stir in a video on our Facebook page last year and previewed to a very eager at Goodwood this year. Built on the Jaguar F Pace platform the Velar slots in above the Evoque will offer Australian customers a range of Deisel and Petrol engines and will start at $70,300.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8
Continuing on from the success of the brand’s F-Type Project 7, the XE SV Project 8 is Jaguar’s most powerful and track-focused road car yet and limited to 300 units worldwide. The Project 8 is powered by a 441kW/700Nm supercharged 5.0-litre V8, the most potent engine the company has ever installed into one of its road-going cars.
McLaren 570S Spider
The fourth car in the brand’s Sports Series range, the new 570S Spider will match its Coupe brethren despite a 46kg weight increase to accommodate the folding hardtop. Top speed with the roof in place is 204mph, but it’s restricted to 196mph with the top removed. Bummer!
Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge
I was lucky enough to attend the Dawn launch in Tokyo and fell in love with it in on the spot. The Black Badge is the brand’s edgier interpretation of the Dawn and gets all black everything and an additional 22kW from the Dawn’s 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine.
Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus
No arguments for the worst colour on a new car at Goodwood this year. The new Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder drops the top on the weapon that Mark reviewed here.
BMW 8 Series Concept
I featured a gallery of the 8 Series Concept in May after it’s unveiling at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este but it made its first official public appearance at Goodwood. The flagship coupe will likely feature the latest evolution of the biturbo V8 4.4-litre engine premiering in the all-new M5.
Porsche GT2 RS
And last but not least, Porsche’s most powerful road car to date, the brutal new GT2 RS. The GT2 produces 514kW from its 3.8-litre biturbo flat-six engine, roughly 90kW more than a Turbo S, gained from high output turbochargers, cooled by a new water-cooled charge air cooler, and transferred to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
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