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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Hennessey Venom GT Gets Convertible

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Hennessey Venom GT has stood as the most interesting supercar-by-tuner of the past several years. This supercar is what happens when car guys get a wee bit shop drunk and start coming up with outlandish ideas. In this case, the outlandish idea is fitting a tiny Lotus Exige with a massive, twin-turbo LS9 V-8 engine. That's 1,200 hp packed into 2,640 lbs.

The Venom GT is admittedly pretty exciting, but what good is an ultra-powerful, quirky two-seater if you can't take the top off? That's why there's now a Venom GT Spyder.


Toyota Has Supercharged GT 86 Deep In The Works

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 1:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well that didn't take long at all. We finally moved past all the teasing and got the meat on the Toyota GT 86. And now...more teasing.

Despite the fact that the GT 86 just debuted days ago after two years of concepts, Toyota is already teasing the next GT 86 variation. The automaker has a high-performance GT 86 well underway.

Autocar spoke to chief engineer Tetsuo Tada who said that not only is a GT 86 coming, but Toyota is already testing prototypes. The car is being developed by Toyota Racing Developments, Toyota's in-house tuning branch.


Koenigsegg's Labor Day Record Gets Official (Video)

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It may be difficult to remember in this time of burgeoning winter, but back when the warm, bright days of summer were just giving way to the crisp days of autumn, Swedish hypercar-maker Koenigsegg rattled the world record scene with six different world records. None of the records were quite as prominent as top speed or 0-to-60/62 mph, but they were all equally impressive to the supercar connoissuer.

It took a few months, but Guinness has officially certified one of the biggest records set by the new Agera R. More importantly, we now have some video footage of this hypercar making its dent in the books.


New Gumpert Supercar Teased

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Usually automakers as exotic as Gumpert only build one or two models at any given point in history. But Gumpert appears eager to expand beyond a one-hypercar exotic nameplate. Last year, it introduced the Tornante by Touring--a sexier, more refined supercar over its original Apollo--at the 2011 Geneva Motor show. Just one year later, Gumpert will follow that debut with another new model.

Gumpert has offered very little on its new car, but released a shadowy teaser photo and the vague promise of a car with an "unmistakable sound."


 

More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:13AM | By: Chris Weiss


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As interesting as we found the general idea of the Juke R concept, we knew it wasn't meant to be. Mostly because Nissan said so, but also because common sense dictated that such a wild, nonsensical car really had no market future.

Just because a 530-hp GT-R-in-a-Juke-package isn't meant to be doesn't mean that there isn't room for a high-performance Juke of some kind. Nissan debuted a more realistic iteration of Juke tunage at the 2012 Tokyo Motor Show.


AMG And Ducati Streetfighters: Three Seats, Six Wheels And 554 Horsepower Set To Make Their Matching-Hue Debut

On: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 5:10PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I know there’s been more than a few of you who’ve questioned the logic behind Mercedes-Benz’s forays into non-car-related businesses like custom helicopters, branded credit cards, men’s perfume, Superdome naming rights and the ridiculous smart transport module.

Well, at least this latest “branding” opportunity won’t bring shame to the Benz name: to “underscore the importance of the cooperation entered into by Mercedes-AMG and Ducati one year ago” both companies have created unique—and matching—special-edition vehicles to put on display at the Bologna Motor Show, Dec. 3 -11.

The vehicles in question are a 2012 model year Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG convertible and a 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 superbike. Both are painted in “Streetfighter Yellow” with matching black thin-spoke alloys and—in the case of the SLK, mostly—black upholstery.

But unlike most one-of-one auto show creations, you might actually have a chance of buying not just one—but both—of these….


French Newbie Genty To Build Its Own 1,000-HP V-8 Engine

On: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 9:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


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When you think supercar startup, you can't help but think: outsourced engine. Many supercars from the up-in-comers and wannabes simply take an existing V-8 engine, often a Corvette plant, up the output to some filthy number via forced induction and/or tuning, and call it day. Then they slide that big boy into a dubiously styled hunk of aluminum and carbon and call it the next great supercar. Once in a while it is, but more often, it's not.

Genty, a French start-up that has a goal of building a supercar with the highest power-to-rate ratio in the world, has a different recipe. It will build its own bespoke V-8 engine to power its Akylone supercar.


Ferrari Owners To Get Dibs On Special Editions

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When you build cars as desired and exotic as the 599 GTO, sometimes even the most loyal among your customer base can't get their hands on one. Ferrari is currently considering a move that would ensure that its best customers get the first look at its latest models.

Ferrari is planning to start an owners club for its biggest customers. Members of the club will automatically get first right of refusal when it comes to special edition models, ensuring that Ferrari's most prized collectors are first in line for the latest models.

"I do not want our faithful collectors to miss the opportunity to buy one of our special series," Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo explained when talking to Automotive News Europe.


Just How Far Gone Is TOO Far For A Car?

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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You may not have noticed, but in today’s car-selling market there’s nothing hotter than the “barn find.” For whatever reason, people—mostly Europeans—are paying the same price for any car-shaped hunk of corroded scrap that drifts in front of their noses as they used to for a similar vehicle in concours-quality condition.

Now I’m not talking about those weathered-but-all-there “unrestored originals,” as I can completely agree that an all-original as-built car in decent-but-not-perfect condition should always be worth more than the same car “restored” as “they are only original once” and—and this is the crux of the argument—anyone can buy a restored car, so the “survivor” cars are by definition more rare—and they’re getting rarer by the day.

But does that mean that each of the three “cars”—if they could even be called that—I’m about to cover should be worth the fortune paid for them because they are, due to their decrepit condition, “unique”?

Hmmmm…


Maybach Is Dead. Again. Drinks All Around.

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Everything has been all sunshine and rainbows over at Rolls-Royce recently—as I’ve mentioned in various articles in this space that you can search for if you’re so inclined—but despite my thorough coverage of the various goings-on I failed to ask (at least) one simple question: If Rolls is the super-luxury-car sales windshield, who’s the bug?

Well, now I—or more correctly we—now know: Maybach.

See, unlike their owners’—R-R’s is BMW and Maybach’s is Mercedes-Benz—lifelong struggle for supremacy, it seems that in the case of these “ultra-premium” brands the boys at M-B just didn’t want to draw things out beyond 2013, so they aren't. According to Autoweek it seems that instead of keeping things going in the usual “waiting for better times” manner—and continuing to shovel container-ships’-worth of Euros into the fire—they are effectively ceding the ultra-luxury-car sales high-ground to their Bavarian nemesis after just over a decade of trying to come out on top.

But are they?...


Press Release: A Road Racing Legend Returns; The 2012 Ford Boss 302

On: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:11AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The Boss returns! The limited-production 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is set to become the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford, based on the world-class foundation provided by the 2011 Mustang GT.

To celebrate the racing heritage of the new Mustang Boss 302, Ford will also offer a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302.