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Alfa Romeo Unveils Sexy, U.S.-Bound 4C Coupe

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe test 2

Alfa Romeo has debuted its 4C sports coupe at the Geneva Motor Show. While it's in concept form at the show, the Italian firm has detailed plans to produce the car beginning late next year. Joining that good news is even better news: the car will be among those Alfas getting exported to the United States. So, interstate highways and byways will soon have a little bit more curvy Alfa flair.

The 4C is powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected, 1.8-liter turbo four that will put out more than 200 horses. The engine is mated to a TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox and powers the rear wheels.

Bentley Details Ice Speed Record Special Edition

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley Details Ice Speed Record Special Edition test 1-1

Bentley recently smashed (its own) world speed record on ice with a 205.48 mph speed on a stretch of Baltic Sea ice off the coast of Finland. At the time, Crewe announced plans to celebrate its accomplishment with a special-edition Continental at the Geneva Motor Show. Getting a head start on the other debuts and announcements of the show, Bentley detailed the "Ice Speed Record" edition on the day before the official start of Geneva. The car is built on the old Continental Supersports platform, as opposed to the new Continental GT platform.

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R test 1-1

After Bugatti set a 268-mph world record back in July, we've seen a lot of hypercars in the 1,000+ horsepower category listing estimated top speeds in the low to mid 270s. The latest example is the Koenigsegg Agera R, an even more hardcore version of Koenigsegg's latest supercar with a claimed top speed of around 273 mph. Koenigsegg got out of the gate a little early and did a Geneva eve reveal of its latest creation on Monday.

Spyker Going All In On Saab, Sells Sports Car Business

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Spyker Going All In On Saab, Sells Sports Car Business test 1-1

The odd Spyker/Saab saga continues. I always found the idea of a small supercar manufacturer purchasing an established brand to be rather counterintuitive: usually it's the large brand name purchasing the supercar maker (VW and Bugatti/Lamborghini, Fiat and Ferrari, and so on and so on). But the deal worked out, with Spyker saving Saab from extinction with a beyond-last-minute deal with GM last January. And things seem to be coming along quite nicely over in northern Europe, so nicely, in fact, that Spyker has abandoned its supercar business to focus on its new bread and butter.


Ferrari Does Full Web Unveil of the FF

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Does Full Web Unveil of the FF test 1-1

Our two favorite Italian supercar makers are kind of taking opposite strategies in terms of their Geneva debuts. Lamborghini has been rather stingy with pictures, teasing the Aventador LP700-4 piece by piece, even in the face of major leaks. Meanwhile, Ferrari has been busy providing full pictures and video of its FF concept.

Last month, the Prancing Horse introduced the FF via a web event, and offered the first pictures. Then, it released some video and more pictures. And now it has held an official web debut in Maranello (apparently that's not what last month's event was?) and offered more pictures and more video. This time, the event was more like an auto-show reveal with a stage, audience of 700 Ferrari VIPs, speakers, and several live FFs—which makes me wonder: what's left for Geneva?

Still Leaking: The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Profile Photos

On: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Lamborghini Aventador test 2

Well, I'm not too surprised to see some more Lamborghini Aventador pictures. When the first scanned magazine picture leaked on Tuesday, we had more than a hunch that either more pictures from that magazine spread or a similar one were going to leak, or that Lamborghini was going to do an early reveal the way that Pagani did with the Huayra and Lamborghini itself did with the Sesto Elemento. Lamborghini hasn't come clean yet, but a few more pictures from the same Evo Croatia issue have leaked out. We now see the Aventador from the side and 3/4 profile in addition to the front.

New Bentley Continental To Go Supersports in Geneva

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Bentley Continental To Go Supersports in Geneva test 1-1

When Bentley announced that it had broken the world ice speed record in a tuned-up Continental Supersports, it indicated that it would celebrate the record with a special edition model. That model will be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and, by Bentley's own admission, will be the most powerful Bentley ever. With the 2012 Bentley Continental GT introduced last fall, Geneva seems like the perfect time to present an all-new Continental Supersports. Some new rumors point to possible specs for the limited edtiion Super-Bentley.

Subaru Lovers and Audiophiles Rejoice

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:06PM | By: Chris Salamone

Kicker for 5-door Models test 2

Commonly recognized as an all-rounder brand, the latest Subarus offer so many features and incredible bang-for-the-buck value that owners have no choice but to fall deeply in love. What’s better than symmetrical AWD, practical interior space, decent gas mileage, and smile-cracking drivability? Subaru of America has announced that it will partner with Kicker Performance Audio to supply original equipment audio upgrades on compatible new and currently loved models.

Kicker Performance is a 30-year industry leader in quality after-market audio accessories. The audio system designed for Subaru vehicles includes a 10-inch powered subwoofer in a molded enclosure intended to fit in the rear cargo area. Now Subaru owners can enjoy driving while blasting show tunes from the opera Roméo et Juliette symbolizing their forbidden love affair.

Got More Than One Prius? You've Got 'Prii'.

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Got More Than One Prius? You've Got 'Prii'.  test 1-1

Try this on for size: Last year, several Priuses had problems with accelerating into things. Nope, that's all wrong. It should read: Last year, several Prii had problems with accelerating into things. Yep, that's accurate.

At least, as of this week. Toyota announced earlier this week that it had concluded its "Prius goes plural" ad campaign, originally launched at the North American Internation Auto Show. And the voters have spoken: it will be Prii and not Priuseseseses.

BMW Launches "i" Line for Range of Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Launches "i" Line for Range of Alternative-Fuel Vehicles test 1-1

Can't say we didn't see it coming, but now it's official: BMW has rolled its Project i into an official "i" brand, which will comprise electric vehicles, hybrids, and other alternatively-fueled vehicles, like the Vision EfficientDynamics (i8). If BMW plays its cards right, its lowercase i may supplant Apple's (iPod, iPhone, iPad) as the epitome of technologically advanced, consumer-friendly design. But it'll take a lot to topple the big Mac.

Lamborghini Aventador Is Leaked to the World

On: Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador Is Leaked to the World test 1-1

Car companies really need to learn a little more quickly. Sure, I understand that they want to build anticipation as much as possible. But if they don't want their big reveals to be scooped by big leaks, they need to start moving faster in the fast-paced, connected world of today. Otherwise, every major official reveal is bound to take a back seat to a major leak-reveal.

Like Pagani before it, Lamborghini was in the midst of a slow teaser campaign, revealing the Aventador LP700-4 piece by tantalizing piece—like a Raging Bull version of a burlesque dancer. But instead of focusing on new, official pictures of the Aventador's chassis (snooze), media folks are free to focus on something far more engaging: the first picture of a fully uncovered Aventador LP700-4.