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Bugatti Thinking 1,600-HP, 288-MPH Veyron

On: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 3:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti Thinking 1,600-HP, 288-MPH Veyron test 2

The Bugatti Veyron is already the fastest car in the world. It's also one of the most powerful and expensive. There's nary a bragging right left for the ultimate symbol of power and excess, but that isn't stopping Bugatti from developing an even more extreme version.

Automobile magazine reports that Bugatti is working on a 1,600-hp SuperVeyron. That's right - the car actually may be called the "SuperVeyron," not to be confused with the current Veyron Super Sport and its measly 1,200 ponies.


McLaren MP4-12C Is Neiman Marcus' Holiday Car

On: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren MP4-12C Is Neiman Marcus' Holiday Car test 2

Now that we've seen the P1, the MP4-12C is the other McLaren. But it's still a high-performance piece of mechanical engineering that most can only dream about owning. That's especially true when it's done up in a gorgeous special edition paint job, accessorized generously and offered as a Christmas gift for the rich and famous. The MP4-12C Spider is this year's Neiman Marcus car.

Each fall, Neiman Marcus gives us a car to drool over for the entire holiday season. Last year it was the Ferrari FF and the year before it was the Camaro Convertible. This year it's the Neiman Marcus Edition 2013 McLaren 12C Spider.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts Of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Plymouth Prowler test 2

Every once in a while, a car comes a long that people can't help but love. All allegiances are put aside -- whether they be Bow Tie, Blue Oval, Prancing Horse, Four Rings, Blue Propeller, or Raging Bull. Some cars just bring out the little kid in all of us, and any gearhead with a pulse can smile and say, "Yeah, you know what? That's one damn fine automobile!" In 1997, Chrysler rolled a car rolled off the assembly line that was literally the automobile equivalent of a thumbs up on wheels -- the Plymouth Prowler.

Built in 1997, it took a year off and then continued on in production from 1999-2002, the Prowler was the end result of creative license being bestowed on a bunch of designer/engineers whose only requirement was to come up with a modern hot rod. Whether or not the car succeeded in its intended mission is a matter of personal interpretation, but no one can argue whether or not it can be labeled a hot rod, the Prowler is still one cool car.


Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser Heading To SEMA

On: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser Heading To SEMA test 2

The Fiat 500 hasn't exactly received a warm welcome since coming to the U.S., but maybe that's because people still think of the minicar (and Fiat in general) as too European. Maybe the car needs more of an American vibe, and what better way to supply it than with a nostalgic surf motif.

The Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser is one of about two dozen custom cars that Fiat/Chrysler brands will be bringing to the SEMA show at the end of the month. The Beach Cruiser's widened body is painted matte gray and includes a set of bulging fender flares. The prototype Mopar wheels get some red paint that offsets the gray. Satin, brushed finish decorates the center caps, door handles, mirrors and front fascia elements. The Mopar hood and rear deck lid get hot rod-style accents.


 

Special Edition Usain Bolt GT-R

On: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


Special Edition Usain Bolt GT-R test 2

Usain Bolt already has plenty of gold hardware, but he's about to get a little more. Nissan is launching a one-off gold GT-R honoring Bolt's achievements on and off the track. The unique sports car is being sold off in a charity auction to benefit the Usain Bolt Foundation.

Nissan and Bolt teamed up before the Olympics in an ad campaign Nissan calls "WHAT_IF." Nissan has even bestowed Bolt with what we assume is an entirely ceremonial position called "Director of Excitement."


A Four-Door Lamborghini Aventador Coming Next Year?

On: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 8:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


A Four-Door Lamborghini Aventador Coming Next Year? test 2

After years’ worth of sedan rumors, it's looking like Lamborghini's first four-door will come in a slightly different form. Instead of designing a new four-door model, like it did with the Estoque concept, Lamborghini will reportedly extend the wheelbase of its Aventador coupe and add a pair of clamshell doors.

CAR magazine reports that Lamborghini will unveil the Aventador GT at next year's Geneva Motor Show. It won't exactly be a proper sedan, but it will have two small jump seats in back, along with two small suicide doors. The GT will be planted on an extended wheelbase. To go along with its more road trip-friendly demeanor, the Aventador GT will also receive some softening in terms of styling - at least as much softening as you can get while still being a Lamborghini Aventador.


One Month Until The Poison Sets In!

On: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:29AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2013 SRT Viper test 2

It's only a month away. A mere flip of the calendar, and once again anyone with the credit and/or the cash can wander down the their local Dodge dealership and drive off in the newest version of arguably the most visceral American sports car to come off an assembly line since the Shelby Cobra. That's right, the fifth-generation Viper is only a few short weeks away from showroom floors. Now, that isn't necessarily breaking news, but the newest Viper does give us a headline that may not have been its originally intended purpose. But more on that later…


Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

On: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Traci Benoit


Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive test 2

When you drive a Mercedes-Benz, you aren’t trying to blend in with the crowd. And you won’t blend with much if you drive the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Mercedes went to extensive lengths to make sure that the gas powered equivalent had nothing on the electric powered version. In fact, the SLS AMG coupe is the fastest electric car available on the market today.

With 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, the electric version edges out the gas version with its 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Although leading in power, the Electric Drive achieves a zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds compared to 3.8 seconds for the V8 motor. Top speed for the Electric SLS AMG is electronically limited at 155 mph vs. 197 mph for the V8. But who’s keeping score?


Cadillac CTS-V With A Shot Of Hennessey

On: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:28AM | By: Traci Benoit


Cadillac CTS-V With A Shot Of Hennessey test 2

If the 551 hp Cadillac CTS-V isn’t enough for you on your daily commute, maybe add a shot of Hennessey from Hennessey Performance to bump that up to 1,226 hp. Capable of 190 mph, the stock CTS-V is more than enough for most drivers. The Hennessey infused Caddy bumps that up to 242mph. You’ll never be late for work again.

The Hennessy CTS-V is mated with a VR1200 Twin Turbo, 7.0-liter V8 engine. There are three settings on the turbo so you can decide if you want the full 1,226ph, or you’d rather the scaled back settings of 1,000 or 800hp. A six-speed manual transmission is what most of the drivers of this beast will use, but if you have an extra $20,000 to throw down, you can get a custom automatic unit.


When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV

On: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV test 2

In a world where both Lamborghini and Bentley are working on SUVs, nothing should be surprising when it comes to automakers and SUVs. And yet, a Rolls Royce SUV is still a bit of a surprise. It may never come to pass, but the other ultra-luxury company is considering the option.

In a discussion with Rolls Royce board member Harald Kreuger, which also revealed some potential Mini models, Inside Line learned that Rolls Royce is considering developing an SUV. Thankfully, they're in the early stages of the process, so there's a possibility that the Rolls SUV is never heard from again.


Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year

On: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year test 2

If Pagani had its way, it would already be selling its Huayra supercar in the United States. It planned to launch the car this year, but those best laid plans were foiled by a pesky, little government body called the NHTSA. Due to a problem with the lack of child-safe advanced airbags, the NHTSA sent Pagani back to engineering, delaying the launch of the Huayra. While "child safety" probably seemed like an odd concern in a 230-mph two-seat supercar that certainly won't be the chariot of choice for many soccer games or PTA meetings, Pagani had no choice but to obey and delay.

Wealthy Americans anxious to wrap their fingers around the Huayra's steering wheel won't have to wait much longer. Pagani announced this week that the Huayra will make it to market by the middle of next year.