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Categories: Concept Cars

Seems Even $250,000 Can't Buy Batman's Bottom-Shelf Ride

On: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 5:04PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I’m not the best person to cover this—but you’re stuck with me so suck it up—but this Batmobile is TERRIBLE, and the fact that some sucker was willing to offer a cool quarter-mil for something that looks like it was cobbled together by a Hollywood prop shop filled with half-blind craftspeople who thought they were constructing a Cirque du Soleil stage prop is just…

*Whew.* Ok, now that that’s (somewhat) out of my system, let’s get back to this being the worst-looking Batmobile ever. [Yes, I know about that internally-lit one with MASSIVE fins, but at least that baby didn’t look like a busted-up and half-melted G.I. Joe Night Raven.]

Batmobiles start for me with the “Tumbler,” just as the films quite literally begin with Batman Begins (not least because there’s no CGI used on the latest Bat ride, even as it evolves in that continuing series, scale models or not).

But nobody’s selling those, so Auctions America had to make do…


Finally! An Auto Auction Lot That Comes With A Lifetime Mating-Prevention Guarantee!

On: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:49AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Have a problem with getting too many women? I, being such a person, know what it’s like; they follow you everywhere, looking for any excuse to hop in your car and go…wherever.

This is why I’ve been considering replacing my eight-passenger 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser. If only I could find something that would not only seat one (and some groceries) and—most importantly—would instantly kill the mating instinct of the human female on sight.

As it turns out my ideal lust-killer’s been around since the 1980s: the Litestar Pulse. And if only I’d been at Auctions America’s Auburn Indiana sale last weekend—and been suffering from a tragic-yet-comical brain injury—I could’ve been the sad… I mean LUCKY guy who traded $22,000 actual American dollars for Lot 4052, a “1990 Reconstructed Pulse Litestar.”

Way to go, dude! No more girl-sourced cooties for you!


Bentley To Show Sports Concept In Paris

On: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Move over Continental GT and make room for Bentley's latest. Bentley is reportedly preparing an all-new one-off sports car concept for the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The car is being billed as the sportiest model it's shown in more than a decade.

Car & Driver reports that a one-off sports concept will debut within a month's time. The magazine describes the new concept as the "sportiest vehicle the brand has shown since the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières," which was built on a Lamborghini platform and powered by a W-16 engine. Looking at those specs, perhaps the new car will utilize the Aventador's composite tub and Bugatti's 1,000-hp W-16 engine.


Bentley Reveals Sketches Of Mulsanne Convertible

On: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Few things say "d'Elegance" like a Bentley, so it's not surprising that Bentley made its presence at the Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach known by revealing sketches of a new model. That model is a convertible version of its Mulsanne grand tourer. Bentley calls it the "world's most elegant convertible."

Bentley revealed the hard-top Mulsanne at Pebble Beach three years ago, so it was a fitting venue for a preview of the convertible.


 

New BMW Zagato Model Coming To Pebble Beach

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 11:25AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It was just a few months ago that BMW and Zagato teamed up to wow the crowds at the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este. The BMW Zagato Coupe was a sharp, curvy fastback that may or may not make it to production. And it may or may not be joined in production by a second BMW-Zagato collaboration. The partners have another vehicle to show, and it's coming later this week.

"Making its world debut late in the week will be a new BMW Zagato concept, the second collaboration between these two legendary car companies," BMW says in an announcement previewing its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event.


Lamborghini Opens A New Facility For Concepts And Special Editions

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you're hoping that Lamborghini will continue to bring the wow factor to auto shows with stunning special edition models like the Sesto Elemento and Aventador J, it looks as though you'll get your wish. The Bull announced that it is opening an entire facility for developing and building prototypes, concept cars and special edition models.

Lamborghini's new prototype and concept center includes a mini assembly line designed to fine-tune building standards and catch problems before they hit the main production lines. The aim is to develop the best manufacturing processes and standards so that your $400,000 doesn't go to waste at the dealership. That assembly line will also be used to build low-volume special edition models like the Sesto Elemento.


Aston Martin Says SUV Is A Go

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Everyone from Maserati to Lamborghini to Bentley has an SUV or an SUV concept, so why not Aston Martin - especially since Aston already showed an SUV concept several years ago. While we've heard mixed reports as to that concept's fate, Aston says this week that it's been working on an SUV based on the 2009 Lagonda.

You can argue about the beauty of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley EXP 9 F, but it's really hard to make a case for the Lagonda. It's just a horrible, boxy design that shows none of Aston Martin's prowess with curvy, fast-looking supercars. The only Aston Martin that it appears related to is the Toyota-iQ-based Cygnet, which is the last car in Aston's line that any future model should bear resemblance to.


2014 Chevy Silverado Officially Teased! (Video)

On: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Going on years, industry analysts have drooled with anticipation over what will likely be the greatest slugmatch in the American automotive realm over the next decade, or the introduction of a new generation of half-ton pickup trucks. Chevrolet, it would seem, is leading the pack of Detroit’s Big Three in an effort to generate preemptive media buzz.

For the first time ever, we have official General Motors footage of what the incoming Chevy Silverado will look like and, more importantly, how it will drive with weight in tow. Because, as any true American knows, a pickup truck is only as good as the bragging rights the vehicle affords.

In this case, we’ve got an accelerating Silverado travelling uphill on a windy mountain pass with a substantial rear load. Although the video remains silent, we can still imagine a throaty roar, the wind in our hair, and an utter lack of concern for truck capability.

The 2014 Silverado appears solid, confident, and poised for attack.


Bentley EXP 9 F Gets New Photos And Footage (Video)

On: Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 1:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Bentley's EXP 9 F SUV concept has been controversial, to say the least. At least that's the way it has seemed to be received in the western world - Bentley reportedly developed the car for China, so we'll assume they dig it over there. Whatever the case, it seems like Bentley is determined to offer an SUV, and since it's already done all the work on the EXP 9 F, we think they'll use a little, if not most, of the design from the concept in an eventual production model. In other words, get used to it because it's probably not going anywhere. Bentley helps break you in with some new photos and video.

The EXP 9 F is hot off its first U.K. public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. According to at least one account, the Brits didn't like it much better than other Europeans, Americans and the general YouTube population.

That hasn't gotten Bentley down, however. Bentley reiterates its intent to build the fastest, most luxurious SUV in the world and shows the concept in some new video.


EV Or Hot Rod? How About Both With BMW Venture Design (Video)

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Green vehicles are exciting to some folks, but the guys that really live for automobiles - that element of hard-charging, tire-burning classic-car lovers - are unlikely to experience a heightened pulse over the latest city car. Perhaps if electric cars had just a little more soul and fun factor, they would. How about a thrifty commuter workhorse during the week and a fast, hot-cornering hot rod on Saturday and Sunday? This design study blends those two worlds into one.


Renault Alpine 110-50 Concept Faces Its Predecessor (Video)

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 12:53PM | By: Chris Weiss


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A new Renault video features an intriguing competition among three generations of 'Alpine'. The youngest - the Alpine A110-50 - takes on the original Alpine A110 that it was designed in honor of, and both cars battle the very first "Alpine" i.e. the French Alps.

Renault built the Alpine A110-50 in celebration of the A110 Berlinette's 50th anniversary. It introduced the concept in the spring at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix. The concept reinterprets the classic A110 in a more modern way, blending in some of Renault's latest design language originally seen on the DeZir concept.