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Categories: Exotics

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

On: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Traci Benoit


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When you drive a Mercedes-Benz, you aren’t trying to blend in with the crowd. And you won’t blend with much if you drive the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Mercedes went to extensive lengths to make sure that the gas powered equivalent had nothing on the electric powered version. In fact, the SLS AMG coupe is the fastest electric car available on the market today.

With 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, the electric version edges out the gas version with its 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Although leading in power, the Electric Drive achieves a zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds compared to 3.8 seconds for the V8 motor. Top speed for the Electric SLS AMG is electronically limited at 155 mph vs. 197 mph for the V8. But who’s keeping score?


Cadillac CTS-V With A Shot Of Hennessey

On: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:28AM | By: Traci Benoit


Cadillac CTS-V With A Shot Of Hennessey test 2

If the 551 hp Cadillac CTS-V isn’t enough for you on your daily commute, maybe add a shot of Hennessey from Hennessey Performance to bump that up to 1,226 hp. Capable of 190 mph, the stock CTS-V is more than enough for most drivers. The Hennessey infused Caddy bumps that up to 242mph. You’ll never be late for work again.

The Hennessy CTS-V is mated with a VR1200 Twin Turbo, 7.0-liter V8 engine. There are three settings on the turbo so you can decide if you want the full 1,226ph, or you’d rather the scaled back settings of 1,000 or 800hp. A six-speed manual transmission is what most of the drivers of this beast will use, but if you have an extra $20,000 to throw down, you can get a custom automatic unit.


When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV

On: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


When Will It Stop? Now Rolls Royce Thinking SUV test 2

In a world where both Lamborghini and Bentley are working on SUVs, nothing should be surprising when it comes to automakers and SUVs. And yet, a Rolls Royce SUV is still a bit of a surprise. It may never come to pass, but the other ultra-luxury company is considering the option.

In a discussion with Rolls Royce board member Harald Kreuger, which also revealed some potential Mini models, Inside Line learned that Rolls Royce is considering developing an SUV. Thankfully, they're in the early stages of the process, so there's a possibility that the Rolls SUV is never heard from again.


Consumer Reports Flunks Fisker Karma

On: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:48AM | By: Chris Weiss


Consumer Reports Flunks Fisker Karma test 2

It's been a while since we've reported anything about Fisker, which can only mean one thing: something bad has happened with the brand. Outside of an exception here and there, Fisker headlines tend to run pretty negative. In this case, Consumer Reports has put on its high school teacher glasses and given the Karma a big, red F.

The Karma didn't exactly get off to a good start with Consumer Reports. Back in March, the Karma that CR purchased for testing barely made it to headquarters before an electrical problem turned it into a large, aesthetically pleasing paperweight. CR had to send it back to Fisker immediately for a battery replacement, and a greater battery replacement program was born. Bad first impression.


 

A New Generation: The McLaren P1

On: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss


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One of the most anticipated cars of 2012 is finally here...for the most part. McLaren has confirmed and previewed its F1-succeeding flagship supercar. While McLaren is keeping the details mum until the Paris Motor Show, it has provided several pictures for us to ogle and analyze.

For months, rumors have ebbed and flowed about the supercar. We've heard several names such as the P12 and 799, but McLaren is calling it the P1...for now. The model is just a design study at this point, andreports suggest that it will receive a more proper model name in production, though we kind of like the simplicity of "P1" over the mish-mash of letters and numbers that create "MP4-12C."


Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year

On: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani Huayra To Make Its US Debut Next Year test 2

If Pagani had its way, it would already be selling its Huayra supercar in the United States. It planned to launch the car this year, but those best laid plans were foiled by a pesky, little government body called the NHTSA. Due to a problem with the lack of child-safe advanced airbags, the NHTSA sent Pagani back to engineering, delaying the launch of the Huayra. While "child safety" probably seemed like an odd concern in a 230-mph two-seat supercar that certainly won't be the chariot of choice for many soccer games or PTA meetings, Pagani had no choice but to obey and delay.

Wealthy Americans anxious to wrap their fingers around the Huayra's steering wheel won't have to wait much longer. Pagani announced this week that the Huayra will make it to market by the middle of next year.


Nearly 1,000 Ferraris Gather For World Record (Video)

On: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nearly 1,000 Ferraris Gather For World Record test 2

Event organizers may be disappointed that they fell three dozen short of their goal of 1,000, but 964 Ferraris in a parade is nothing to blink at. In fact, you won't want to blink at all, or you'll end up missing scores of Ferraris in the video of this impressive world record.

Over the weekend, 964 Ferraris of all colors, models and ages - including the all-new F12 Berlinetta - took to the U.K.'s Silverstone Circuit to set a new world record. While Guinness has yet to certify the record, all the appropriate paperwork has been filed and it appears like only a matter of time before the recent event replaces a 2008 parade of 490 Ferraris at Japan's Fuji Speedway Circuit as the biggest Ferrari parade on record.


Lamborghini Recalls 1,400 Gallardos

On: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 9:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lamborghini Recalls 1,400 Gallardos test 2

It was only a matter of time. The Gallardo had become Lamborghini's unquestioned sales king, and over the course of its eight model year run (and counting). Make enough of something, and eventually something will break. Well, in the case of this mass-produced exotic, it seems the power steering fluid from certain hoses, or even the pump itself might leak. The leak could ignite off of high temperature engine parts and cause a very costly fire to a very pretty car.

Thankfully Lamborghini has a fix for the leaking problem, and will provide it free of charge to owners  Lambo has said it will begin to notify owner this week to schedule a free fix. Owners can contact the company at 1-703-364-7042 with questions and/or to make an appointment to get this back in shape.

Read on for the full report.


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.