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Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Another auto show, another Volkswagen up! concept (from here on out we capitalize and lose the annoying exclamation point). Four of them, actually. Volkswagen has taken the wraps off four new Up concepts for the Geneva Motor Show. The concepts are all about the same in exterior design, but each features an individual theme.

VW kicks off with an Up designed to show a little respect to the host of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Up is brushed in the red and white of the Swiss flag. Inside, it gets an Alcantara and leather interior with an interesting feature: pockets designed specifically for one of Switzerland's most iconic products - the Swiss Army Knife (VW says Victorinox, but we'd imagine Wengers would fit, too). You'd better not go reaching anywhere near those if you get pulled over for speeding, though.


Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unleashed!

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like we're going to be in for a long line of "fastest road Ferraris ever." When the Ferrari 599 GTO hit the scene two years ago, Ferrari called it its fastest road-going model ever, a distinction that the all-new F12 Berlinetta just stole. In turn, the upcoming F70, which will be even more powerful than the 740-hp F12, is sure to be even faster. In short, it's good to be a Ferrari guy.

Ferrari has officially pulled the cloth off its new flagship just one week before the start of the Geneva Motor Show. The Prancing Horse refers to it as the "the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched." Its 1'23" Fioriano circuit time is a full second faster than the 599 GTO's, leading to the aforementioned fastest Ferrari designation.


2012 Ram Power Wagon, Just Short Of Perfection

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:36AM | By: Chris Salamone


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 For the first time ever, we’ve got three Power Wagon models to choose from. And to make matters more exciting, one particular model actually starts at a lower MSRP relative to previous years. The base model, Power Wagon ST, comes in at $41,855 and offers bargain hunting off-road enthusiasts a stripped down post-apocalypse friendly truck with absolutely no regard for weakness…or fuel economy. Depending on the depth of your pocket book and desire for amenities, Ram also offers Power Wagons in the standard issue and Laramie variety.

But even considering the vehicle’s long list of brutish attributes, some virile enough to be banned in our puritanical society, the Power Wagon does have a pretty major flaw.


Lyonheart K Is The Modern Day Jaguar E-Type

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It may be called 'Lyonheart', but the car before you is all Jaguar at heart. The Swiss-designed, British-built coupe is a modern day reinterpretation of one of the most iconic cars ever - the Jaguar E-Type.

The Lyonheart K was designed by Swiss firm Classic Factory and displayed last winter. The car was originally called the Growler E, but has since changed its name and its country of origin. Limited production will begin in Great Britain with deliveries scheduled for next year.

Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: "We want to make the 'Made In England' label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic."


 

Bugatti's 1,200 HP Convertible

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Bugatti has finally revealed the 1,200-hp Veyron Grand Sport that we've been hearing about for months. Instead of going the obvious direction - Veyron Grand Super Sport - Bugatti named its super-potent convertible the Grand Sport Vitesse. In case you think that the name has any relation to the horrifying tune known as the Mansory Bentley Vitesse Rose, Vitesse actually means "speed" in French, so it's a fitting name for a 1,200-hp convertible.

The Vitesse is essentially a Veyron Super Sport with an open top. The model features the build of the standard Grand Sport, albeit with a little extra bulk to handle the increased power and speed. It gets the Super Sport's upgraded 1,200-horsepower W-16 engine.


Jaguar Moving Toward Development Of C-X75 Microturbines

On: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's hard to put a finger on what exactly we like best about the Jaguar C-X75 concept that Jaguar debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It has exquisite styling, a high-tech performance-hybrid powertrain and is the first Jaguar supercar since the XJ220. If we were forced into revealing a single favorite element, we'd probably have to go with the sci-fi-like microturbines that were used as generators for the concept's electric motors.

Because those microturbines were highly experimental, word was that Jaguar would use a more conventional engine in the production C-X75. Somewhere along the line, Jaguar decided to build two versions of the supercar - one with a small turbo engine and one with the microturbines. The company is officially ready to get to work on the turbines.


Smoldering Kia Soul 'Red Rock' Edition Oozes Style

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 2:29PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Unfortunately for most subcompact or compact car buyers, the range of vehicle color options is usually pretty limited. There are exceptions, of course, with Mini and Fiat. But for the most part we’re stuck with vehicles offered in Satin Pearl While, Radiant Red, and the like. Kia, on the other hand, has taken some big risks with their most youthful vehicle, the Soul: from highlighter green, appropriately labeled Alien, to the last six special edition Soul variants which offered wacky colors and accessories to boot.

And the company’s latest seventh special edition Soul tops them all. Just a few days ago, Kia Motors America announced the production of an all-new Red Rock Soul which takes inspiration from the epic rock formations found in the Southwest United States – featuring a snazzy color theme and premium features.


Major Failure: Maybach Lost $440,000 On Every Model

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The fact that Daimler's ultra-premium Bentley competitor Maybach has been struggling is not a news story. Daimler has barely managed to sell a couple hundred Maybachs a year while Bentley approaches five-figure sales. What is somewhat surprising and newsworthy, though, is just how bad Maybach has been doing. A new report puts some figures to the soon-to-be-defunct brand's struggles.

Based on its own calculations, CAR magazine estimates that Daimler has been losing about 330,000 euros on every model sold. That's about $440,000 by today's rates, which coincidentally, puts the loss figure neatly between the cost of the Maybach 62 ($430,450) and the 62 S ($470,350).


Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva

On: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We heard last month that the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster is all ready to go and awaiting its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Ordinarily, one big debut would be more than enough for a small exotic-car maker like Lamborghini, but rumor has it that Lamborghini may have a second big debut in mind for the Swiss show.

According to some rumors originating on the Teamspeed forums - the same place where we heard that the Aventador is ready to go - Lamborghini has "another surprise" planned for Geneva. Outside of some ensuing speculation, there aren't any specifics as to what the surprise is. But here's what we know:

Lamborghini is planning a third model and spent the second half of last year testing SUV and sedan prototypes. CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the media that the Bull will make an announcement on that third model by early this year. More interestingly, he said that when Lamborghini is ready to make the announcement, it will be prepared to show some version of the vehicle.


UP Design Unveils Vittoria Concept

On: Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Umberto Palermo (UP) Design has unveiled its Vittoria concept at the Qatar Motor Show. The concept, which was announced and teased last month, is a sporty coupe with some really flamboyant design elements. It gets some things right but goes awry in other ways.

Little has been published about the Vittoria, though it's rumored to have a hybrid powertrain with V-8 engine. If that's the case, it should drive as sporty as it looks. The only other hard numbers we've seen are its measurements: 4,750 mm long, 1,960 mm wide and 1,250 mm tall.


Charger SRT8 Super Bee - Serious!

On: Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Dodge, this is beneath you. We really thought all of this nonsense was over and done with. And with the economy in the state it’s in, you really should realize that people are starting to understand what true value really is all about. However, you have chosen to bring about the ... ahem ... mighty ... 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee. Oh, great! A legendary name plate that one would equate with a better model than your garden-variety SRT8 Charger, right? Well, muscle car fans, don't get your hopes up.

The Dodge Super Bee seems like it is a bit of a bust, at least to one humble writer. Granted, it is difficult to call a RWD car that puts down 470-hp and 470-lb.-ft. of torque through an overhead valve 6.4-liter thumping V8 a bust, but that's just the thing -- it's the same motor as the 'regular' SRT8. No difference. The transmission is the same 5-speed automatic as the non-Super Bee. Wheelbase? Same. How about the base price? Yup, right about the same 42 grand as the normal SRT8.