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Categories: Exotics

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

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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.

Candid Video: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta On The Streets Of Maranello

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 3:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

Candid Video: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta On The Streets Of Maranello test 2

If there was one car of 2012 that we can't quite see enough of, it would be the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Unfortunately, since it's not on the market yet, we have about zero chance of seeing it on the road (not that there'd be much more of a chance even if it was on sale). Over near Ferrari's Maranello headquarters, on the other hand, people are actually lucky enough to see the latest Ferrari out and about. A new video provides some beautiful sights and sounds from Italy.

As much as we love seeing the F12 thrash about on the track, the best scene in the video, in our most humble of opinions, is a slow piece of footage that shows not one, not two, but three F12 Berlinettas driving down a public road, one after the other.

Aston Martin May Use Toyota Engines

On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin May Use Toyota Engines test 2

Last week, an Autocar report indicated that Aston Martin had some interest in smaller three-, four- and six-cylinder engines. The report sounded as though Aston was developing the engines in house, but a more obvious solution would be to look at existing small engines from other manufacturers. A new report points to Toyota as a possible source. 

Aston already borrowed an engine (and entire car) from Toyota in building the decorated Toyota iQ called the Cygnet, so it makes some sense that it would go right back to Toyota for its next eco move. Amsterdam newspaper Der Telegraaf reports that Aston is looking at several possibilities.

Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines

On: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines test 2

Unlike other supercar marques, including Ferrari (Fiat), Lamborghini (Volkswagen) and Bugatti (VW), Aston Martin doesn't have the umbrella of a larger auto group to hide under when it comes time to meet emissions mandates. It's pretty much out there on its own, which is why we see weird but necessary cars like the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet. And even though it has reduced the emissions of its V-8 and V-12 portfolio, Aston may pursue drastically smaller engines in the future.

According to a short report on Autocar, Aston is considering six-, four- and three-cylinder engines. Aston chief Ulrich Bez told the magazine: "Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at."


Mansory Gives Lamborghini Aventador More Carbon Fiber

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 3:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Lamborghini is a big proponent of weight savings through lightweight composites. It opened a composite research center two years ago, and it uses generous amounts of carbon fiber in its models. It even built the Sesto Elemento as a sort of ode to lightweight carbon fiber construction. But it has taken the tuning of Mansory to give Lambo's latest model an overdose of carbon fiber.

While the standard Aventador uses plenty of carbon fiber, the Mansory Carbonado takes it to the next level, replacing non-carbon exterior components with the auto industry's favorite weave. Mansory says every element of its aerodynamics package is crafted from carbon. Those elements include an apron with optimized air inlets, front lip, side sills, rear apron with diffuser and rear wing. Mansory also replaces body panels, the engine and roof covers, and the hood with carbon fiber versions. Aerodynamics are enhanced while weight is kept to a minimum.

Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production

On: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Stylish Lexus LF-LC Coupe Looking Good For Production test 2

Toyota has already begun its journey to become a more sporty, fun to drive brand. Not only has it developed cars like the GT 86 (and maybe a Supra successor), it's also restructured its marketing strategy. If it keeps things up, it will regain the reputation for sporty driving it had back when the Celica and Supra were household names.

Toyota also appears interested in carrying the strategy over to its luxury brand, Lexus. In fact, it already has with the LFA. Of course, a super-expensive, limited run supercar isn't enough to get many customers really excited. According to a new report, it is developing the LF-LC coupe as a more mainstream but still high-end sports car.

Infiniti's Flagship May Be Emerg-E...Or An SUV

On: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti's Flagship May Be Emerg-E...Or An SUV test 2

Things were going so well. The Infiniti Emerg-E was looking good to fill the role of Infiniti flagship, and if it didn't make it, it was looking like it would be an Essence-inspired sports car - even better! The latest report throws that little slice of Infiniti utopia into question. While the Emerg-E is still a possibility, the other possibilities aren't as attractive.

After what we assume was the same discussion with Nissan that brought news about the 370Z, Inside Line reports that Infiniti's flagship could be either the Emerg-E, a sedan or ... an SUV. Interestingly, the report doesn't mention the Essence-based sports car that Car & Driver talked about just two weeks ago.

Lamborghini Opens A New Facility For Concepts And Special Editions

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

Lamborghini Prototype Center test 2

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

Aston Martin Says SUV Is A Go test 2

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.

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

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

Bentley EXP 9 F test 2

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.

Cobra-Aping Puritalia 427 Unveiled

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

Puritalia 427 test 2

Truth be told, we forgot all about the Puritalia 427 roadster, which the company teased several weeks ago. A car from a little-known Italian outfit purporting to reinvent an icon was interesting for about 10 minutes; then it quickly vacated our minds to make room for more important things. Well, the car has been revealed, earning it another 10 minutes of attention.