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Categories: Rumors

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Coming This Fall

On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento test 2

Lamborghini Aventador owners have a real short window for enjoying ultimate Lambo bragging rights. When Aventador deliveries get started this summer, those lucky owners will officially own the latest, sexiest, most impressive Lamborghini hardware that there is. But rumor holds that a few short months later, Lamborghini will begin selling a production version of the Sesto Elemento, an ultra-rare, ultra-light car based upon last year's Paris concept. The car will retail for over $2 million (possibly $3 million) and no more than 20 will be made. Poor Aventador owners.

We already know that Sesto Elemento production is likely. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said so himself.

Is This The De Tomaso Pantera?

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 5:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

To Be Or Not To Be The De Tomaso Pantera? test 2

At the Geneva Motor Show, De Tomaso disappointed the world when it unveiled the Sports Luxury Sedan. You could almost hear the collective grunt of disenchantment. It wasn't so much that the SLS was bad (although it kind of was), it was that De Tomaso is a name that's almost synonymous with one car: the Pantera, an Italian sports coupe from the 80s/90s that has been sorely missed. Seeing as how Geneva was the first time we've seen a Pantera presence in more than half a decade, it would have been nice if it coincided with a re-launched Pantera.

While the SLS disappointed, news of a Pantera revival at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this year brought chins soaring back up. And today, a short spy video gives a glimpse at what is thought to be a camoed prototype of the Pantera.

Rumors: Kia Planning Large V-8 Sedan

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:30PM | By: Tim Healey

Kia Planning Large V-8 Sedan  test 2

Now that Hyundai has the Genesis luxury sedan, complete with available V-8, could subsidiary Kia be planning to follow with a large V-8 luxury sedan of its own?

For its part, Kia will neither confirm or deny such a project, saying only that a rear-wheel drive premium sedan could be interpreted as a logical next step following the redesign of the brand's Optima mid-size sedan this year.

Mercedes Benz: Concept A (Plus)

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 9:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Mercedes Benz: Concept A (Plus)  test 2

Mercedes has made a big splash by unveiling its diminutive new Concept A to the auto show circuit. With the understanding that the Smart Car is not exactly a luxury compact, the German automaker is setting its sights on the smaller, luxury segment.  

 Although obviously a concept car, the Concept A is a hint at the upcoming new A-Class to come out next year. The front-driver will likely sport a blown 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will put down a little more than 200 horsepower (which is about 20 ponies over the latest European model). Don't be surprised to see a seven-speed automatic attached to this little car. Mercedes just recently developed the new dual-clutch transmission for the C-Class and mounted it to, among other choices, a 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that makes 201-hp and 229-lb-ft of torque. That combo might just show up in the very near future. There is no talk of a hybrid or electric model just yet.  


GM U.S. Pickup Car Rumors

On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

Holden Ute test 2

Man, I don't think the pickup car has had this much time in the spotlight since the 1960s and 1970s. In the past month, we've seen a pickup car from BMW (yes, here's the proof), a high-performance tuner pickup car that took advantage of the highly publicized BMW model, and now more GM pickup-car rumors.

The rumors have been around for years, but they got a little extra juice last week when GM North America President Mark Reuss was quoted as supporting the idea of a North American pickup car in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald. Australia, of course, is one of the world markets where GM does offer a pickup car (known as a ute down under) in the form of the Holden Ute and Ute SS.

Saab Looks To Chinese For Cash Infusion

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:11PM | By: Tim Healey

Saab Looks To Chinese For Cash Infusion  test 2

Saab is struggling to come up with enough cash to survive, and the company is looking to several Chinese companies for help. Saab is in talks with three Chinese automakers in regards to an investment and production deal. A deal could be reached within days.

Saab is talking to Great Wall Motor Company, China Youngman Automobile Group Company, and Jiangsu Yueda Group Company. Talks with all three are moving forward, and a deal with one of the three may be reached soon.

Cadillac Moving Up Market Into Rolls Royce Territory

On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cadillac Moving Up Market Into Rolls Royce Territory  test 2

If you want an American-made luxury car of the utmost quality and prestige, chances are you'll be looking at your local Cadillac dealership. But if you want a car of the utmost luxury and prestige, and you're not limiting yourself to American cars, well then, it's a Rolls Royce or Bentley… Maybe a Maybach… But probably not.

Well, if a new rumor proves true, you may one day have the option of a Rolls/Bentley-level Cadillac. Car and Driver reports that Caddy is considering a possible ultra-premium sedan that's of the same caliber.

The magazine's report is based on conversations with insiders and points to the possibility of Cadillac building an RR Phantom-rivaling sedan on top of its rear-wheel Omega platform. The decision is far from made at GM and Car and Driver expresses considerable skepticism that it will ever happen. But it's hard to not be excited by the prospect.

Next-Gen Ferrari Enzo Drawing Influence From Bugatti Veyron

On: Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Next-Gen Ferrari Enzo test 2

Veyron. Enzo. Few two-syllable words bear greater weight in the automotive world than those two. So it's quite intriguing to hear that the former has influenced the latter. According to an Autocar report, Ferrari has drawn influence from the Bugatti Veyron in developing its next-generation Enzo flagship.

We got word of the Enzo revival during a Fiat presentation last year. Fiat outlined the next several years in Maranello, and among the planned new models sat the most beautiful of all—the Enzo, which is scheduled for a 2012/2013 debut.

Toyota FT86 II Gets Hard Figures

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota FT86 II Gets Hard Figures test 1-1

The Toyota FT86 II has been around for a year and a half, but has been a rather loose, conceptual shell of an eventual production car. We've seen two separate iterations of the concept, but Toyota still has much work to do before releasing the final design later this year. During that year and a half since the first FT 86 debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has been silent on hard figures like the car's output and weight.

However, that all changed this week; Autocar gleaned a number of key details from Toyota sources, providing us with a much fuller picture of what the FT86 can do.

Ferrari 599 Successor To Be Lighter, More Powerful (+ Spy Video)

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 4:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari 599 Successor test 2

Now that the Ferrari FF has been detailed, photographed, and filmed, auto-world rumors are turning to the next great Prancing Horse: the 599 GTB successor. According to a new report, Ferrari's top dog will get more bite in the way of a retuned engine. It will also lose some weight.

As told by an Autocar report, the next-gen 599, which is codenamed F152, will get upwards of 700-hp, a marked increase over the 599's 612-hp, an increase that will bring Ferrari in line with the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Pagani Huayra. If you look at the FF's recent jump to 651-hp—up from 533-hp in the 612 Scaglietti—it's not hard to believe that Ferrari will be looking at 700 + for the 599 successor. They'll achieve that with a tuned version of the FF's 6.3-liter V12.

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way!

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way! test 1-1

A little over a year from now we could be witness to the birth of a rarity:  A new Porsche model line. With the success of the Cayenne in its own stable, Porsche suits, specifically new president Mathias Mueller, have decided not to let BMW run away with the small luxury SUV segment dominated recently by the redesigned X3. Porsche also is not comfortable watching the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX, or Mercedes GLK eat up the rest of the market, nor are they thrilled about BMW ramping up for a new X4 model, so production has been green-lit and Mueller promises a final design will be in place by year’s end.