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Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH test 2

When Lamborghini launched the Aventador LP700-4, it listed the top speed of its new flagship at 217 mph. That's a solid top speed on its own, but some media testing reveals that the car is actually significantly faster. A German magazine recently pushed it to 230 mph.

Sport Auto tested the Arancia Argos-colored Aventador that we've become quite familiar with on the Hockenheimring track. As you can see clearly from the shot of the car's speedometer in the video below, the testers got the Aventador up well beyond 217 mph, all the way up to around 230 (370 km/h). The testers hit the mark very briefly but surely.

To be fair, they also said that a GPS-based speed check revealed top speed to be 354 km/h (just under 220 mph). That's still above the list speed, though.


Classic Car Cultist: Pontiac Aztek

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Salamone


2003 Pontiac Aztek test 2

The Pontiac Aztek?! How can a vehicle which tops Edmunds’ “100 Worst Cars of All Time” and ranks 39th in AOL’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” be featured as a classic? While not a mainstream classic – to be sure – the Aztek was a vehicle of immeasurable, yet quirky practicality that charmed nearly 30,000 sales per year from a dedicated following. But the Aztek looked like some sort of pseudo-futuristic Orwellian disaster – a fact which has landed countless criticisms.

Love it or hate it, the car’s freaky looks and uber practicality are precisely what made this vehicle a classic among certain demographics. Ok, fine. Generation X hardly qualifies as a demographic.


Forget Maids A-Milking: Six New Camaro ZL1 Videos

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 11:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


Forget Maids A-Milking: Six New Camaro ZL1 Videos test 2

As we close out a very eventful year in the automotive industry, the Camaro ZL1 may no longer be the newest muscle top dog on the block (that's the 2013 Ford GT500), but it's still one of the coolest sports car debuts of 2011. And we still can't get enough of it. As a little Christmas present to us and you, the Camaro5 forums have industriously uncovered six new videos of the icon-in-the-making. And the blogosphere has spread the holiday cheer by singing out their praises.

I can't think of a better way to waste those last dwindling hours leading up to the holidays than playing back to back to back to...you get the idea..ZL1 videos. The videos range from track footage to exterior walkarounds to interior close-ups, with some featuring the hard-top and some featuring the newer convertible. It's everything a good car lover would put on his Christmas list.


Bugatti's Latest Special Edition: Super Sport Edition Merveilleux

On: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 5:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti's Latest Special Edition: Super Sport Edition Merveilleux test 2

Boy do I envy everything about this guy. Not only does the media refer to him by his first name, but he gets a special one-off edition of the world's fastest car for his birthday. That's some James Bond-level stuff right there.

The man is known simply as "Simon" and the car is called the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Edition Merveilleux.


 

New Automotive YouTube Channel 'Drive' Launched

On: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Automotive YouTube Channel 'Drive' Launched test 2

With the success of shows like Top Gear, the automotive category has exploded in terms of television and video content. Discovery is making a dedicated auto channel, more and more auto shows seem to show up on the networks, and auto video content is booming over on YouTube. In fact, there will soon be a new, all-auto YouTube channel. Drive will start delivering your daily speed fix this January.

"Drive celebrates the culture of cars. On the road, to the races, to the factories, to the studios -- to the places you can't go"-- that sounds like a winner for any channel, but especially one you can get for free and watch nearly anywhere over the Web.


Four-Door, Convertible Supercar? Savage Rivale Roadyacht

On: Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Savage Rivale Roadyacht test 2

Just when I thought I'd seen everything there was to see in terms of supercars from random countries, here's a new one: a four-door super-roadster from the Netherlands. It's the Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS.

The Roadyacht seems nothing if not unlikely. Supercars normally earn their "super" by keeping weight as low as possible. That means a small, two-seat, two-door configuration. So the idea of a four-door supercar is already a little strange. Then you throw on a removable top, which only adds weight, and it's even stranger (figure they'd make a hard-top version first).

Also, the "Roadyacht" name sounds like the perfect name for a limousine or large, executive ultra-premium sedan. A name that conjures images of huge, slow ships just isn't right for a supercar, GTS or no.


Rob Dyrdek Slays Sonic Kick Flip [Video]

On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Chris Salamone


Rob Dyrdek Completes Sonic Kick Flip test 2

As of Saturday, Chevrolet has demonstrated advertising supremacy in the subcompact field. Forget about strange animals being arranged into a Honda Fit or fancy endorsements from Leno’s Garage, no amount of marketing genius can possibly top Rob Dyrdek’s Chevy Sonic kick flip stunt. Although classically reserved for skateboards, a kick flip requires a full 360 degree lateral rotation in mid-flight, and Dyrdek unabashedly achieved this feat whilst strapped to the helm of a stunt-modified Chevy Sonic.

What started with Sonics being launched from high altitude has transformed into an ad campaign challenging consumers to a veritable match of one-upsmanship (aka the ‘Game of Firsts’) on letsdothis.com – where consumers can attempt wacky public challenges like Sidewalk Limbo or Urban Camouflage and earn points in the hopes of winning a brand new Chevy Sonic.

Since you’re all wondering: no, a 360 degree flying Sonic rotation is not listed as a recommended ‘First’.


2013 Ford Fusion Super Tease Via 'Augmented Reality'

On: Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:27PM | By: Chris Salamone


2013 Ford Fusion App test 2

Up until now, fans would have had to actually download Ford’s latest Fusion app to glimpse into the vehicle’s future. But for those of us without an Android or iOS device or the motivation to download a teaser app, ahem, this might have been a challenging task. Ford has thought through the dilemma and produced a promotional video for the Fusion’s promotional launch – or a teaser video for a teaser app. Regardless of how you might feel, Ford’s new Fusion reveal app allows excited fans to slowly worship the upcoming 2013 Fusion day-by-day up until the car’s official unveiling in January and Ford’s video does a great job of making something, which sounds entirely hokey, actually exciting.

Interestingly, Ford has opted to label the experience ‘augmented reality’ – as if apps were anything else. Snide commentary aside, the Fusion app launches by the grit and determination of the app’s consumer. Players must find and capture a Ford logo with their respective device’s camera. Then, the logo initiates a Pokémon-reminiscent startup featuring virtual images, music choices, and a series of unlocking worlds which reveal various stages of the Fusion itself. Gotta catch ‘em all.


Nissan Juke R Wasn't Approved By Nissan Execs

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Juke R Wasn't Approved By Nissan Execs test 2

When you look over the pictures and spec sheet of the Nissan Juke R concept, you're left with the feeling that the extreme crossover must have been built by a tuning shop. Because what major automotive brand commissions something like a 530-hp small crossover? What automaker in their right, sane mind mashes a GT-R supercar and an entry level crossover?

Not Nissan, apparently. According to new reports, the British team that built the Juke R never actually got permission from Nissan's corporate headquarters. And, honestly, the Juke R makes a lot more sense now.


Toy Car Hits 60 MPH Faster Than Bugatti Veyron

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toy Car Hits 60 MPH Faster Than Bugatti Veyron test 2

Looking for a unique gift for that special car lover in your life? You probably can't afford to buy him a car that hits 60 mph in under three seconds, but maybe you can get him a toy car that boasts those credentials. While the Traxxas XO-1 is still an expensive gift, it's gotta be the cheapest way to get to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.

We'd have to call the X0-1 the first 'RC supercar' that we've ever seen. It beats nearly every actual car on the planet to 60 mph, getting there in just 2.3 seconds. For comparison, the Bugatti Veyron hits 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds. So you get a radio controlled car that's quicker than the quickest production car on the planet. Not a bad start.


Fiat 'Seduction' Ad Gets Pop Up Treatment

On: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Weiss


Fiat 'Seduction' Ad Gets Pop Up Treatment test 2

We're guessing that VH1 wasn't the first thing to "pop up" in relation to the well-done viral ad for the Fiat 500 Abarth. Given that the ad has racked up over 2 million hits on YouTube, we're guessing there were a whole lot more pop-ups before VH1 ever got its hands on the video. But VH1 has the official, non-NSFW kind of Pop Up version.

Like any good Pop Up Video, the 'Seduction' ad version is full of all kinds of trivia, including things like the model's name and marital status, things we were way too mesmerized to bog ourselves down with the first time watching the video. VH1 also gives some spicy details about the shoot, like how the slap scene took 50 takes to get right and some lucky background hand got to apply the cappuccino foam to the model's chest with a turkey baster-- being the film set 'coffee guy' was never such a score.