It’s straightforward to see the attraction of an Ultima in 2019; because the automotive world apparently strives to place ever extra distance between automotive and driver, Ultima’s dedication to a pure sports activities automotive expertise sounds actually reasonably good. Now that have is ready to take one other step ahead, with this new RS mannequin.
Described by Ultima as “essentially the most thorough and complete revision” of the product in its 35-year historical past, this RS guarantees not solely to be extra succesful than ever, however extra comfy as effectively.
Worry not, nonetheless, as the basics haven’t modified. The Ultima RS continues to be powered by a Chevrolet V8 (with something from 480 to 1,200hp), channelling that energy by way of a six-speed guide and rear-wheel drive. It nonetheless seems like a mini Group C racer (albeit with a big aerodynamic overhaul from earlier than) and will be purchased, in package type, for “the identical ballpark worth as a secular new BMW M3”, says Ultima. In essentially the most potent, LT5 spec presently launched – this can be a 930kg automotive, keep in mind – Ultima says an RS is able to 0-150mph in lower than 9 seconds.
Whereas nonetheless recognisable as an Ultima, the RS has been subjected to in depth wind tunnel testing and a raft of recent physique components because of this. See the entrance splitter and dive planes, GT3 RS-esque wheel arch vents, outstanding aspect scoops and large rear diffuser. Even the entrance cover has been redesigned, to cut back frontal space and due to this fact drag. Ultima says the design displays a necessity for each elevated cooling and airflow in addition to outright downforce. That is essentially the most versatile Ultima but, don’t neglect…
This hasn’t all of the sudden change into a McLaren Grand Tourer, as a result of that will be lacking the purpose, however RS patrons can select from a brand new hydraulic entrance carry package, and a quieter chrome steel exhaust. The official line is that in addition to being “pure and blisteringly quick, it’s additionally preferrred for touring in consolation.” Seems like the right declare to be examined with a Nurburgring street journey, proper?
Additional factors of observe for this new automotive embrace bigger AP Racing brakes (now 362mm at every nook), bespoke cast wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. All instructed, Ultima reckons the RS has “the efficiency functionality to wipe the ground with each street going supercar on the planet.” Fairly the declare, although with 800hp and fewer than a tonne to maneuver, it’s actually not baseless.
Ultima will reveal the brand new RS to expectant crowds on the Competition of Pace subsequent month, the place it will likely be taking pleasure of place on the Michelin stand. The automotive is offered to order now, both as a self-assembly package deal or a turnkey manufacturing facility construct, although you’ll be ready two years for one of many latter due to present demand. Nonetheless, if it’s nearly as good because the claims and the numbers recommend, this RS may effectively be well worth the wait…