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Categories: Exotics

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


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For months, the terms "baby SLS" and "SLC" have occasionally surfaced in auto news sources. Mercedes has reportedly been developing a smaller, less expensive coupe to complement the SLS AMG flagship. Now, it's given it the official go-ahead, according to one news source.

Auto Express reports that Mercedes Head of Design Gorden Wagener confirmed the model and its "SLC" name from the floor of the Beijing Motor Show last week. Past reports have said that the model was coming, but this is the first that we've seen that gives confirmation attributed directly to a Mercedes exec.


Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: The Rich Getting Richer!

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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When it comes to cars like the Veyron, to most normal folk, 1000 horsepower seems like just about enough for a car straight off the production line. Four turbos, all-wheel drive, and the record for fastest production car ever all make for plenty of interesting conversation at most gas stations. But of course, to those that can actually afford one (and those that build them), that benchmark was just a starting point.

After creating the original world record-beater, Bugatti then decided that the only thing more fun than breaking speed records would be to break speed records -- with the wind in your hair! So the Veyron Grand Sport was born, and the world was given the fastest open air coupe this side of an Indy car.

Then, as with most gearheads, somehow 1,001 horsepower was just not quite enough. So, the inspired (read:  possessed) engineers over in France decided to push the limits even further and created the Veyron Super Sport with a disturbing 1,200 horsepower and quickly (pun intended) established itself as the fastest car on the planet.


Morgan Three-Wheeler Coming To US

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Remember the days when US streets and highways were decorated by the occasional Plymouth Prowler? Well, they're about to get an even more ornate decoration in the form of the Morgan Three-Wheeler. The bike..car...three-wheeler has been announced for US sale.

When we first saw the Morgan Three-Wheeler, we didn't think it had much of a chance at US sale. We figured that somewhere within the 1,155-lb. package of tiny, open cabin, exposed motor and ultra-thin wheels was a host of US safety violations. But thanks to the fact that its three-wheeled layout and low-volume production give it some reprieve from the tougher restrictions facing four-wheeled cars, the Three-Wheeler has already been approved for US sale. Morgan will sell the funky trio of wheels via three US dealers, according to reports this week.


Stolen Guy Fieri Lambo Found, Plot Thickens

On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 3:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Just today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Guy Fieri’s missing yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder has been found. International espionage and Food Network fans will recall that last year’s March 8 heist was a tale reminiscent of the likes of James Bond – when a cloaked figure rappelled into a posh British Motor Car dealership to grab Fieri’s Lamborghini and run. Although the vehicle was spotted nearly a week later crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, via surveillance video, Chef Guy’s yellow Italian supercar has been missing ever since.

That is, until a bizarre series of events led investigators to a 17-year old kid’s storage container.


 

Build Your Own (Paper) Bugatti Veyron For (Mostly) Free

On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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More so than most any other car on the road, the Bugatti Veyron delivers a mix of intrigue and indifference. It's a car that you can't help but have some emotion over - its distinct look, world record numbers, massive powertrain and horrible, horrible fuel economy just demand an opinion one way or another. Yet it's a car that you'll certainly never own and probably never even see driven, so your opinion is almost for naught.

Well, you may never own an actual Veyron - or any other 1,000+ hp supercar - but if you have a little time on your hands, you can build a pretty accurate large-scale model.


Incredible Rimac Electric Supercar Now Available

On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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When we first saw the Rimac Concept One electric supercar at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, we weren't necessarily expecting to see it hit the market. Ever. But it actually took less than a year for Rimac to go from debut to order books. That still doesn't mean it'll be produced right away, but things appear to be moving along swiftly.

There are several things about the Rimac Concept One that made me cough-blurt "vaporware" from my desk chair the minute I saw it. It's from Croatia, and nothing against the people or country, but we just don't see many cars, let alone electric supercar masterpieces, coming out of Croatia. It's a 1,088-hp supercar that's quicker to 62 mph than a Lamborghini Aventador, and when you let your eyes wander farther down the spec sheet, you'll see that it has a battery big enough to provide up to 373 miles of range yet still manages to weigh in at a pretty light 3,700 lbs. It's the type of vehicle that demands skepticism.


Bertone Nuccio Concept Could Sell For $2.5 Million

On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Exotic cars really aren't all that exotic any more. Every NFL quarterback, sports agent, stock broker and rapper has one, possibly a whole garage-full. If you want to go really exotic, you have to be savvy enough to get your hands on the wild, one-off automotive creations known as concept cars. As the Bertone Nuccio demonstrates, you don't even have to have an iota of taste to drop millions on one of those.

The Bertone Nuccio debuted at last month's Geneva Motor Show. It was designed to be an homage to the wedge-shaped styling exemplified by the1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. It failed pretty hard, as far as we're concerned, but that won't necessarily stop it from fetching more than its elder.


Lamborghini Still Considering Estoque Sedan

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last summer, we learned that Lamborghini was pitting two prototypes against each other in a battle toward production. The news intimated that one victor would go to market and one loser would disappear like so many other concept cars and prototypes. With the launch of Urus concept this week, it appeared we had a winner in the crossover concept and a loser in the sedan concept. But there may be no losers in this battle.

Lamborghini appears committed to building the Urus SUV, but it hasn't entirely abandoned a sedan based upon the Estoque concept shown in 2008.


Lambo Goes SUV With Urus Concept

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well this is entirely anti-climactic. After years of speculation, rumor and sound bites about a third Lamborghini, it's finally here. The Urus crossover concept made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show, and we've found it difficult to make any opinion one way or the other.

We were originally pretty excited about the prospect of a Lamborghini SUV, thinking back to the glory days of the LM002, a hardcore, military-style off-roader. When word drifted to a diluted, car-based crossover, our excitement turned to dismay as quickly as our hearts sunk into our stomachs. And when we saw a purported leaked picture, our dismay thickened like incoming harbor fog.


The Evolution Of The SRT Viper (Video)

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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No matter how many times I write it, I still can't get used to it: SRT Viper. Thankfully, Chrysler takes us back to a simpler time when the Viper still enjoyed a comfy home at Dodge. A new video gives viewers an historic look at the flagship sports car.

Those that don't know much about the Viper may be surprised to note that it was the brainchild of two iconic American auto minds that are now more closely associated with the other two members of the Detroit Big 3. Bob Lutz, most recently known for his role as GM vice chairman, and Carroll Shelby, whose name is closely associated with high-end Ford Mustangs, were the driving forces behind the Viper back in the late 80s. They set out to build a throwback, 60s-style muscle car - similar to Shelby's own Cobra, only with modern technology. The concept version of the Viper debuted at the 1989 North American International Auto Show.


Eterniti Motors To Beat Bentley, Lamborghini To Ultra-Premium SUV

On: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 4:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We thought that either Bentley or Lamborghini would be the first to cut ribbon on the new generation of ultra-premium super SUVs. But while those two VW brands are still mired in the concept stages, a small boutique firm is getting ready to launch what it calls the "world's first super SUV."

The Eterniti Artemis isn't quite in production dress at the Beijing Motor Show, but it is in its final prototype stages and should be ready for production by this summer. The firm plans to beat Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini to the ultra-premium SUV market.