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2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition: What's In A Name?

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Although it is hard to argue with Shakespeare, when it comes to the automotive world, he may not have been quite right. While it is true that, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," when it comes to cars a name counts.  

By the numbers the 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition, aside from being a mouthful, is not an overwhelmingly impressive car. It is powered by a wicked 5.9-liter V12 that churns out an incredible 510-horsepower and equally awe-inspiring 420-lb.-ft. of torque, but for all that power it is essentially the quintessential Aston Martin corporate motor that we have seen in quite a few other models. A six-speed automatic transmission is no more than standard fare these days, and could even be considered to be behind the times at this stage of the game with automakers like BMW and Mercedes using seven and eight speed transmissions to back their seemingly lesser cars. All that for the most daunting number of all -- a base price of a whopping $302,576!


Savage Rivale Shows Its Unique Convertible System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you've never heard of Savage Rivale, don't feel bad. Up until a few months ago, we hadn't either. The Netherlands-based startup is in the process of rethinking the supercar with its Roadyacht GTS. Everything about this car makes it unique, including its innovative roof system, which Savage has shown a rendering of in a short, new video.

While the term "supercar" typically refers to a powerful, fast, lightweight two-door coupe, Savage Rivale extends the term to its funky convertible with four wing doors and four seats. While adding the weight of two rear doors and a convertible system would usually prevent a car from performing with other supercars, Savage claims to have weight down below 3,000 lbs., allowing the Roadyacht's 670-hp 6.2-liter Corvette V-8 to provide a 3.4-second to 62 mph time and a 205 mph top speed.


Say It Ain't So: Ferrari Considering V-6 Engines

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The words "Ferrari" and "six cylinder" just don't belong in the same sentence - unless you're talking about classic Dinos. Or future Ferraris. According to a new report, the Prancing Horse is considering offering six cylinder engine options as a means of lowering its emissions and fuel economy numbers.

Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa told Autocar this month: "Why not six cylinders? It is far away in the future, perhaps, but it is clear perceptions have altered. Even in the US, where until a few years ago eight cylinders was the minimum, it is clear attitudes have changed. We have to think in that direction."


McLaren Not Gunning For World Speed Record With P12

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Despite the fact that its top speed is rumored at around 260 mph - very close to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's 267.8 mph world record, the McLaren P12 won't be a contender for world's fastest car, according to a new report. In fact, it may not even be as fast as its predecessor the F1, which captured the world speed record in 1998 with a 240.1 mph run. Instead, it will be focused more on all-around performance and usability.

According to a report by Australian publication Drive, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis said a world record isn't a goal of the P12, clarifying: "Don’t get fixated by top speed. That’s the first thing you have to discard in today’s society. What you’ve got to have is a complete package of performance. You’ve got to embrace technologies that are out there that are accepted, and some that don’t even exist. I can tell you our next car has many things on it that don’t exist at the moment."


 

NO DISASSEMBLE! Mercedes Classic Murders A Gullwing (Knockoff)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” has one of the most beautiful bodies in the world, automotive or otherwise. Between 1954 and 1957, only 1400 of these curvy creations were built—1,371 in steel, 29 in aluminum—ensuring that they’d forever be a hot (read: EXPENSIVE) commodity.

Values have been rising rapidly to an “average” of nearly $1M. One—an alloy-bodied 1955 model—set a world record at auction in January with a winning bid of $4.62 million. It’s clear, then, that there’s a market out there for 300 SL replicas. Problem is, as Mercedes-Benz puts it, “The body shape of the legendary gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG.”

So what happens when M-B finds out you’ve been violating said trademark? Bad things. Bad for you and VERY bad for the car.

Reader discretion is advised…


Infiniti Shows The Sporty Side Of Green With Emerg-E Concept

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Infiniti pulled the cloth off of what is likely its sexiest, most dynamic car ever at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The Emerg-E concept is part Earth-hugging range extender, part menacing, pure-blooded super sports car. We tend to love both parts equally.

The third in a line of "E" concepts designed to showcase what Infiniti calls its Adeyaka design language (the Essence and Etherea being number 1 and 2), the Emerg-E is a lightweight, range-extending sports car. Infiniti turned to Lotus for help in equipping the Emerg-E. The concept uses a 402-hp pair of electric motors driving the rear axle. Those motors, which were also seen in the Lotus Evora 414E concept, provide up to 30 miles of all-electric capability. Hethel's 47-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine delivers up to 270 additional miles for a nice, round total of 300.


Cars on Film: Lambo Aventador J And Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (Video)

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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There were a lot of impressive new cars and concepts at this year's Geneva Motor Show. If we were forced into picking our favorite two, we couldn't really do better than the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador J. The former has the prominence of being Ferrari's new two-seat flagship and the latter is just an awesome, extreme one-off. And if you put money on Lamborghini and Ferrari in any type of car contest, you usually come up a winner.

Well, the tide has officially changed from dramatic on-stage presentations to post-unveil videos. Both Lamborghini and Ferrari have released videos of their respective Geneva debuts.


Jaguar To bring Its "ALIVE Driving Experience" To A City (Possibly) Near You

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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In an effort to “reestablish the storied British brand among luxury consumers in a new modern context” the fine folks at Jaguar are taking their “Jaguar ALIVE [sic] Driving Experience” on the road, starting at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ, April 13-15.

They say that this “multi-day brand event invites consumers to learn about and drive the company’s full model line-up with professional drivers, view heritage Jaguar vehicles and fully experience the brand in a dynamic setting.”

I say it’s an opportunity to immerse one’s self in everything Jaguar, including serious seat-time behind the wheel of each model—from the XF and XJ sedans to the XK coupe and convertible—they make.

Interested? Read on...


Fastest, Most Powerful Ferrari Ever Coming Next Year

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Not two weeks ago, Ferrari introduced the F12 Berlinetta (pictured), the 740-hp car that's now the fastest, most powerful Ferrari road car ever. That coupe will have a pretty short ride at the top, though. The F70, Ferrari's Enzo successor that was originally supposed to debut this year, will make its debut sometime next winter. Ferrari describes the car as its fastest, most powerful road offering ever, meaning it will bump the F12 to number 2.

In spring 2010, Fiat laid out several years of new Ferraris and said that the Enzo successor was due for a 2012 debut.


Bugatti Provides The Specs On Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 5:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Bugatti revealed the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse well before the Geneva Motor Show, but it had to save a couple secrets for the big show debut. We knew from the beginning the car pairs the 1,200-hp powertrain of the fastest car in the world - Veyron Super Sport - with the convertible design of the traditional Grand Sport. What we didn't know until this week (and were quite curious about) was how fast the car was. Bugatti has satiated that curiosity.

As you'd expect from a sibling of the fastest car in the world, the Grand Sport Vitesse is outrageously fast. In fact, its numbers are bigger than nearly any hard top, so they're doubly impressive when you consider the open-top nature of the Grand Vitesse.


Valmet To Produce Marussia B2

On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 2:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Finland-based Valmet Automotive has entered into agreement with Marussia to build the company's B2 sports coupe. The parties announced the deal at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

Marussia introduced the B2, its second model following the B1, in 2010. The car pulls 300, 360 or 420 horses out of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. At first those numbers seem contrary to the car's extreme physique - which looks like it hides twice that many horses - but Marussia promises supercar levels of performance thanks to a 2,425-lb weight. The B2 hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.