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Bentley To Show Sports Concept In Paris

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


Bentley Hunaudières test 2

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.


All new, one of a kind McLaren X-1

On: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 1:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren X-1 test 2

Nearly every car fan is familiar with the McLaren F1, one of the fastest, most iconic supercars of modern times. Now it's time to familiarize ourselves with the McLaren X-1. Not quite as fast or sexy as the F1, but even rarer, and arguably more memorable, the X-1 is a one-of-a-kind model recently revealed by McLaren Special Operations.

McLaren's Special OPs is the branch responsible for bespoke projects and customizations. McLaren announced the division at last year's Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach event. This year, it showed the latest design.


Bentley Reveals Sketches Of Mulsanne Convertible

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


Bentley Reveals Sketches Of Mulsanne Convertible test 2

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.


Quartet Of Classic Ferraris Coming To Pebble Beach Auction

On: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


Quartet Of Classic Ferraris Coming To Pebble Beach Auction test 2

Each summer, the auto shows that fill out the rest of the calendar year take a vacation, and Concours d'Elegance events take over as the place for auto exhibition and excitement. The events showcase exotic and classic cars and include auction elements for those looking to add something exotic, classic or rare to their collections. This year, the Concours Pebble Beach event brings the opportunity to own four rare Ferraris from generations gone by.

The 2012 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction will include four Prancing Horse classics expected to pull in a combined $20 million. The cars are all part of the collection of the late Sherman M. Wolf.


 

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta To Make North American Debut at Pebble Beach

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 5:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari F12 Berlinetta To Make North American Debut at Pebble Beach test 2

Europeans have gotten to see plenty of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta on the show floor and prancing around the street. North Americans, on the other hand, haven't gotten a real, live glimpse - unless, of course, they spied it while visiting Europe. Luckily, we won't have to wait much longer. Ferrari has announced that it will debut the F12 at this week's Concours d'Elegance event, adding one more exciting car to a show already packed full of them.

Pebble Beach is shaping up to be quite a show. In addition to all the classics that'll be there, we can now add the world premiere of a new BMW Zagato model, a rumored sneak-peak of the new McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F12 - that's a lotta' high fashion motoring.


New BMW Zagato Model Coming To Pebble Beach

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


New BMW Zagato Model Coming To Pebble Beach test 2

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.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ferrari F355 test 2

So rarely does a car come along that actually makes a significant change in its parent company. Sure, if you believe the commercials, every single new car is some big, grandiose example of how the company is transforming and evolving into something bigger and better. But the truth is, a lot of those cars are just "filler" cars, and really don't do much except affect the bottom line. But the ones that truly make a difference are the ones we remember, especially when that company is one that doesn't create cars, it creates dreams. The F355 was not only a dream come true for teenagers and millionaires everywhere, it was also helped revitalize the Prancing Horse back to international automotive supremacy.

In the mid-1990's, Ferrari was in the midst of a bit of a slump. The emotional high the F40 left in its wake had faded and the few cars Ferrari had like the 348 and the 512 TR began to seem almost a bit antiquated compared to some of their German, Italian, and even Japanese rivals. Ferrari needed ... something, and in May of 1994 they got just what they were looking for and then some. The F355 Berlinetta  and the targa-topped GTS were the first introduction of what would go on to be one of the most popular Ferrari models ever built. The Pininfarina design was a direct descendant of the 348-308 lineage, and although you can see the resemblance if you look hard enough, the F355 didn't just replace those cars, it leapt a light year ahead of them.


Arrinera Teases Production Supercar

On: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


Arrinera Teases Production Supercar test 2

When we first saw the Arrinera, the Polish supercar, it was impossible to think anything other than "Lamborghini knock-off." In fact it was so close to a Lamborghini, some Polish media outlets claimed it was a replica of a tuned Lamborghini. Arrinera denied those reports and is moving ahead with the production version of its car. Given the back story, we expect the production car to take a few steps away from Sant'Agata Bolognese in terms of styling. The first teaser pictures provide more specifics as to what we can expect.

The teaser pictures don't provide enough evidence for us to determine how "Lambo" the production Arrinera will be. The shadowy profile view shows a shape that appears quite similar to the prototype model. The other shots zero in on small areas of the car.


Lotus Model Spree Canceled, Esprit Still Likely

On: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 3:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lotus Model Spree Canceled, Esprit Still Likely test 2

There's been a lot of news coming out of Hethel lately, not all of it good. CEO and former Ferrari exec Dany Bahar was fired earlier this summer, and a lot of questions have surrounded Lotus' future. That future will not include the six models that had been announced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, says a new report.

In Bahar's wake, DRB-Hicom, the Malysian company that purchased Lotus owner Proton earlier this year, has taken over operations of Lotus. According to reports originating in Malaysia, it has revealed a new business plan to creditors. The plan is called more realistic than Bahar's Paris 2010 plan, which is described as "basically unworkable."


Nissan GT-R On The Chopping Block?

On: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan GT-R On The Chopping Block? test 2

When it debuted in 2007, the Nissan GT-R wasn't just a new car; it was a new paradigm. The car demonstrated that extreme supercar-beating performance can be established without a huge engine or $200,000 price tag. It wasn't the most exotic-looking car, but with acceleration equivalent to a $250,000 Italian sports coupe, it was, and continues to be, the supercar for the masses. But its reign at Nissan may be waning.

According to an Inside Line report citing an inside source, Nissan has not yet approved the next-generation GT-R, and it may not end up doing so. The report cites weakening sales and the retirement of GT-R chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno as reasons Nissan may not wish to keep the GT-R alive.


McLaren F1 Successor: 1,000 HP, 2.5 Seconds To 62 MPH, August Debut

On: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren F1 test 2

We've heard tell of a big McLaren debut before. At the time, it wasn't clear if the reveal would be public or private, and since we never heard anything about it later on, it was either private and tightly concealed or didn't happen. According to a new report from the UK, McLaren will hold a private debut at Pebble Beach, followed up with a full public reveal at the Paris Motor Show a month later. The subject of the reveal, of course, is the much anticipated F1 successor.

Not only does CarsUK provide a pretty solid (and believable) time line for the F1's appearance, it also has some new rumors about what the car will be capable of. We've heard the flagship's codename is P12, and CarsUK says that the actual model may be called '799'. That number undoubtedly refers to the ~800 hp that's rumored to come from its 3.8-liter V-8 engine.

Eight hundred horsepower would be more than enough for McLaren to compete with cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta or Lamborghini Aventador, but the P12/799 is about something more - it's about competing with the fastest, most powerful cars in the world. The Bugatti Veyron, SSC Tuatara and upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor are a few of its future colleagues. So McLaren will reportedly use a KERS system to add up to a 200-hp boost for a total of 1,000.