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Ferrari Takes Heat Over Smoking Donuts On Great Wall Of China

On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In what must be one of the biggest publicity and advertising misfires in the modern world, Ferrari - more specifically one of its dealerships - is in some hot water with the Chinese government. The problem? Someone from a Nanjing-based Ferrari dealership decided it prudent to do tire-smoking donuts atop the Great Wall of China.

The incident occurred when the dealership rented out a piece of the Great Wall of China in doing publicity for the new special edition 458 Italia. Apparently just getting some footage of the 458 Italia on and around the Great Wall wasn't enough for at least one member of this braintrust, because he got behind the wheel and proceeded to do donuts, burning tire marks into one of the greatest architectural achievements in the history of man. Good job, bro.


The Polish Supercar Gets A Price

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Polish supercar. Nope, that's not a punchline awaiting a joke. That's an actual thing that goes by the name of Arrinera. Apparently, it's not just vaporware either. The Polish supercar company has announced the price and final specs of its Lamborghini knockoff first car.

Arrinera gained some cred when it name-dropped supercar icon Lee Noble in developing its supercar (which still doesn't seem to have a model name), and it gets one step closer to actual reality with the announcement of pricing and details. When compared with other European supercars, the Arrinera could be viewed as a bargain. It will base at a rather humble $160,060.


Nissan Will Actually Sell The Juke R

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Remember the 485-hp Juke small crossovers that Nissan execs never wanted developed and swore would never get produced? It's getting produced...on a per-customer basis.

Apparently Nissan has enjoyed the attention that it's been getting for the GT-R-powertrained Juke so much that it's decided to build it. And since there's a big difference between "Check out that awesome 485-hp Juke race Lamborghinis on YouTube!" and "I'd literally pay $600K for a chunky, high-performance super-crossover," Nissan is only building it upon order, ensuring that it won't be staring at a huge warehouse of super-Jukes.


Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: The Rich Getting Richer!

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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When it comes to cars like the Veyron, to most normal folk, 1000 horsepower seems like just about enough for a car straight off the production line. Four turbos, all-wheel drive, and the record for fastest production car ever all make for plenty of interesting conversation at most gas stations. But of course, to those that can actually afford one (and those that build them), that benchmark was just a starting point.

After creating the original world record-beater, Bugatti then decided that the only thing more fun than breaking speed records would be to break speed records -- with the wind in your hair! So the Veyron Grand Sport was born, and the world was given the fastest open air coupe this side of an Indy car.

Then, as with most gearheads, somehow 1,001 horsepower was just not quite enough. So, the inspired (read:  possessed) engineers over in France decided to push the limits even further and created the Veyron Super Sport with a disturbing 1,200 horsepower and quickly (pun intended) established itself as the fastest car on the planet.


 

Incredible Rimac Electric Supercar Now Available

On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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When we first saw the Rimac Concept One electric supercar at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, we weren't necessarily expecting to see it hit the market. Ever. But it actually took less than a year for Rimac to go from debut to order books. That still doesn't mean it'll be produced right away, but things appear to be moving along swiftly.

There are several things about the Rimac Concept One that made me cough-blurt "vaporware" from my desk chair the minute I saw it. It's from Croatia, and nothing against the people or country, but we just don't see many cars, let alone electric supercar masterpieces, coming out of Croatia. It's a 1,088-hp supercar that's quicker to 62 mph than a Lamborghini Aventador, and when you let your eyes wander farther down the spec sheet, you'll see that it has a battery big enough to provide up to 373 miles of range yet still manages to weigh in at a pretty light 3,700 lbs. It's the type of vehicle that demands skepticism.


Ferrari Updates HY-KERS... Here Comes New Enzo

On: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


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For years, we've been hearing rumor after rumor about the upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor. Codenamed the F70, the new flagship, road-legal-F1 supercar is being readied for a 2013 debut. At the Beijing Motor Show, Ferrari provided a sneak preview of the powertrain that will drive the new Enzo.

While Ferrari didn't come out and say the updated HY-KERS system is the mechanical underpinnings of the F70, it's not too hard to deduct. The F70 will be the first Ferrari hybrid, and the new HY-KERS system is displayed in the mid-rear engine layout that the F70 will use.


Chevy Avalanche Put To Pasture

On: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Last Friday, General Motors announced plans to cease production on the company’s most bizarre vehicle. Since 2002, the Chevy Avalanche has offered truck buyers a unique mix of interior space, fancy features, girthy dimensions, and a premium price tag – which, at least early on, seemed to be a winning combination for pickup consumers. Unfortunately, the year 2008 came and buyer perspective changed with a trimmed down world economy.

93,482 Chevy Avalanches rolled into new driveways in 2003 but, in comparison, only about 20,000 sold in 2011. And that means GM isn’t willing to update a new Chevy Avalanche in an upcoming truck renovation cycle. 2013 Chevy Avalanches will be the last of their kind, the final generation.


Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor?

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We've been hearing a lot of Japanese sports car rumors of late, but this is by far the weirdest of the bunch. A report this week has Lexus building a super-LFA supercar that could compete with notables like the Pagani Huayra and upcoming McLaren P12.

Now, Lexus already has the LFA, a $375,000 supercar that's basically the most impressive, exclusive supercar ever to come out of Japan. It's also more than enough supercar for a company that's next most expensive car is more than $250,000 cheaper. So why in the world would it build an even higher end, more expensive car?


Bugatti Shows Grand Sport Vitesse In New Video

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:02AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Some cars just demand video action, and any car defined by 'world's fastest' anything is definitely one such car. Bugatti debuted the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse at the Geneva Motor Show last month, and it has released a new promo video showing the world's fastest convertible in action.

If you missed it, the Grand Sport Vitesse is essentially the convertible version of the Veyron Super Sport, the world's fastest car with a record of 267.8 mph. The Vitesse features the same beefed up quad turbochargers that push the W-16 engine to 1,200-hp and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque. Bugatti strengthened the standard Grand Sport design to handle the extra power and speed.


Fantastic, Valuable Cars Sold At Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Auction - These Freaks Sold There Too

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Now other people are going to cover the high points of Barrett-Jackson’s April 5-7 Palm Beach sale, so I won’t bore you with talk of customs, resto-mods or (half)million-dollar-sales. Instead I’m going to shine a light on the auction’s seamy underbelly to expose the creatures known as “filler” lots.

But I’m not going to bother with the late-model lease-returns and beat-up aged exotics that tend to occupy 75 percent of any B-J sale’s slate. No, I’m going right down into the bilge of the USS BJPB to show you six of the freakiest lots they had on offer (or seven, if you count the trailer).

Is everybody wearing their protective gear? Thenbad pun cominglet’s dive in…


2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition: What's In A Name?

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Although it is hard to argue with Shakespeare, when it comes to the automotive world, he may not have been quite right. While it is true that, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," when it comes to cars a name counts.  

By the numbers the 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition, aside from being a mouthful, is not an overwhelmingly impressive car. It is powered by a wicked 5.9-liter V12 that churns out an incredible 510-horsepower and equally awe-inspiring 420-lb.-ft. of torque, but for all that power it is essentially the quintessential Aston Martin corporate motor that we have seen in quite a few other models. A six-speed automatic transmission is no more than standard fare these days, and could even be considered to be behind the times at this stage of the game with automakers like BMW and Mercedes using seven and eight speed transmissions to back their seemingly lesser cars. All that for the most daunting number of all -- a base price of a whopping $302,576!