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Categories: Exotics

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.


The GTA Spano Supercar

On: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 9:38AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We'll say it again: We love the Geneva Motor Show. It's THE place for seeing supercar brands that we've frankly never or rarely heard talk of. Here in the United States, GTA colloquially stands for the popular video game series "Grand Theft Auto." Over in Geneva, it stands for an exotic car company that builds cars worth stealing.

The GTA Spano is Spain's supercar. The car is powered by an engine rivaled in displacement by a very few, an 8.3-liter V-10 engine that heaves 820 hp. Two transmission options are available to buyers: a seven-speed sequential paddle shift and seven-speed sequential manual.

The Spano rests on an exotic monocoque chassis crafted from carbon fiber, titanium and Kevlar. It weighs just 123 lbs. and keeps the car's overall weight down to 2,970 lbs.

The Spano hits 62 mph in under 3 seconds and tops out over 217 mph.


Limited Edition McLaren MP4-12C High Sport

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 2:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We may have another few months before we see the McLaren P12, but here's something for McLaren fans looking for a little extra power - the MP4-12C High Sport. McLaren revealed its new upgraded MP4 earlier this week.

The MP4-12C High Sport is essentially a super-exclusive in-house tune. The modified supercar was designed by McLaren Special Operations. Not the quasi-governmental agency that it sounds like, MSO is the division of McLaren "responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects for McLaren sports cars." McLaren launched the division last August.


Lamborghini Drops One-Off Aventador J

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The terms "one off" and "Lamborghini" marry better than perhaps any others in the automotive world - except perhaps for "most uncompromising super sports car of its entire history" and "Automobili Lamborghini." Luckily for us, both sets of terms describe the same car: the all-new Aventador J roadster.

If those superlatives weren't enough to get your attention, here are a few more: "utterly indescribable experience of power and dynamics," "force of nature on wheels," and "supremely powerful and supremely open." Somehow Lambo manages to pack all those phrases into the opening paragraph of its press release. Needless to say, the Bull is excited about this one.


 

Saturday Night's Just Alright For Buying: An Ex-Elton E's Upstaged At "Only" $130k

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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What’s a butt-print worth?

Fame’s a funny thing. The mere fact—or supposition, really—that someone even somewhat famous had owned/driven/sat in/looked at a car means big dollars to the person who can convince someone downstream in the selling process that what might otherwise look no better or worse than any other car of its type is in actuality better for its having been associated with said “star.”

So which do you think would pull down more money at auction: A rockin’-red roadster owned by a Sir-ed musical superstar or a buttercup-colored bit of Corgi-inspiring car show stand-candy?


Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Sometimes the past should remain in the past. Like when bands that were good 30 years ago get back together for no good reason. Or when an Italian design house..say Bertone... decides to recreate one of its most famous designs 40 years later.

In teasing the Nuccio, Bertone promised to reimagine the iconic wedge shape that underpinned some of its most famous concepts from the past. We were actually excited to see what modern day, ultra-low wedge styling looked like. Then we saw it. We're not excited anymore.


The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show began this week, and that means we get to finally cash the check on all the design-house teasers we've been seeing for weeks. The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido is one such design that was introduced.

The Brivido (which means 'thrill' in Italian) is a striking little sculpture of glass, metal and composite. It's defining feature is its super-glassy greenhouse, which includes a panoramic glass roof and large windows that extend farther back and down than the average car window. Those shimmering glass doors are actually gullwings that open upward. Between the glassy, upswinging doors and 2 + 2 layout, the Brivido reminds us of the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept designed by Bertone.


The Bentley SUV Arrives

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


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After a barrage of rumors, admissions and reports, the Bentley SUV is here. Or at least a concept previewing the Bentley SUV is here. Bentley calls it the EXP 9 F.

Bentley does a better job of distinguishing the model as an SUV than the artists that drew renderings in anticipation of its introduction. The EXP 9 F is more squared off than other Bentleys, sharing more in common with a full-size SUV like the Range Rover than with crossovers, which typically have more curvy, car-like styling. Its relatively flat roofline, rear fenders and rear fascia convey a sense of rugged utility that a full-on SUV is all about, though its roof appears low enough to give a somewhat station wagon-like look.


Durheimer Provides A Few More Details On Bentley SUV

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


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It's no secret that Bentley is building an SUV. While production plans are not 100 percent yet, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing some talking about the model's potential future.

Durheimer told Automotive News Europe that Bentley and parent company Volkswagen should make a decision on the SUV by the end of the year, with production to start within three years. If it gets the green light, he projects between 3,500 and 5,000 annual sales, a sizeable boost when you consider that Bentley sold about 7,000 Mulsanne and Continental models last year. Durheimer qualified the estimate as conservative.


McLaren P12 Coming This Spring

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We've been hearing things - good things - about the McLaren P12 for a long time now. The P12 is the spiritual successor to the F1 - one of the greatest supercars of modern times, so suffice it to say, anticipation is high. That anticipation won't last too much longer if new rumors about a spring debut prove true.

GTSpirit reports this week that the P12 will be revealed at the Monaco Grand Prix event in May. While a May debut sounds enticing, don't get your hopes up. It's not clear if the Monaco unveiling (if it even happens) will be a public unveiling or one of those quiet, shadowy showings for ultra-wealthy clients. So we may have to scour the Internet for leaked information and photos rather than official details. Hopefully, we'll get something in May, though.


Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unleashed!

On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like we're going to be in for a long line of "fastest road Ferraris ever." When the Ferrari 599 GTO hit the scene two years ago, Ferrari called it its fastest road-going model ever, a distinction that the all-new F12 Berlinetta just stole. In turn, the upcoming F70, which will be even more powerful than the 740-hp F12, is sure to be even faster. In short, it's good to be a Ferrari guy.

Ferrari has officially pulled the cloth off its new flagship just one week before the start of the Geneva Motor Show. The Prancing Horse refers to it as the "the most powerful and high-performance Ferrari road car ever launched." Its 1'23" Fioriano circuit time is a full second faster than the 599 GTO's, leading to the aforementioned fastest Ferrari designation.