Raining supercars: Bugatti, Lamborghini, McLaren reveal beasts
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It's been said that good things come in threes, and it's hard to deny it here...
Bugatti, Lamborghini, and McLaren all revealed new metal over the weekend — though all three have their differences.
The 'Bug' in this case was the Divo; a 1103kW return to the company's coach-building roots. It's powered by a familiar 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 and is claimed to be capable of a limited top speed of 380km/h.
That's not a huge amount in Bugatti-speak, but the company stress that the Divo is more about usable performance than outright top-speed silliness. Next to the its Veyron and Chiron forefathers, the Divo certainly carries a more athletic aesthetic with its bevy of creases and aerodynamic aids. Combined with less weight than the Chiron, and it should make for a potent thing.
Not that many of us are ever going to get the chance to steer one. Just 40 are going to be produced, and all are sold.
From Lamborghini meanwhile comes the Aventador SVJ. Driven sneak peeked the SVJ late last week via leaked imagery, and with more comprehensive pictures now released the SVJ does not disappoint.
This is the swansong for the much loved Aventador. It comes equipped with the same 6.5-litre V12, although it's been tweaked to offer 575kW and 720Nm. It will claim 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, hit a top speed of 350km/h, and we already know that it's an absolute beast on a circuit thanks to its Nurburgring record.
And not to be left out, McLaren joined the supercar party too — albiet from a slightly different angle.
The British company with the Kiwi logo revealed the next car in their succession of GT3 racers; the 720S GT3. It replaces the 650S GT3 as the company's GT-car contender to race against the likes of Mercedes-AMG's GT and Bentley's Continental.
It's based around the same MonoCage II carbon-fibre cell as the road car, and it's powered by the same M840T 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine — albeit a racing variant.
Testing for the 720S GT3 is underway, ahead of its motorsport debut in 2019. With a bit of luck, we see some of them come our way via the Australian GT Championship.
“It was an incredibly exciting moment for us to see our new 720S GT3 begin the intensive track-based phase of a development program that we are confident will provide our customers with a first-class GT race car,” said McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt.
“Enabling our customers to go racing is integral to the business strategy of McLaren Automotive and we are committed to supplying teams with exceptional GT cars and the world-class support to get the most out of them.”