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Categories: Exotics

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unleashed!

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

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta test 2

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.

Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Emerg-E test 2

One of these days, Infiniti is going to get its own supercar. The Nissan GT-R has just "too good a platform" to allow Infiniti to become the only of the three major Japanese luxury brands to not have a supercar (Lexus has the LF-A and Acura will have the NSX). Nissan's luxury brand is reportedly considering several different variants as a potential flagship, one of which is undoubtedly this stunning Emerg-E concept.

Putting aside, the cheesy "Emerg-E" name, this design appears to be all win. It takes much of the natural curviness from the 2009 Essence concept and packages it into a muscular, mid-engined layout.

Interesting Geneva Debuts: Artega GT Roadster

On: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Artega GT test 2

Maybe we shouldn't play favorites, but Geneva is easily our favorite auto show of the year. Not only is it a big auto show for the big names we're familiar with - especially the European ones - it's a good place to familiarize ourselves with European automakers that we really don't see for the rest of the year. German company Artega Automobil GmbH is one of those European companies. It will add a roadster version of its GT coupe in Geneva.

The Artega GT is a slightly pudgy, little coupe with a rather distinctive, wavy front-end and a fast, curvy profiile. The car was designed by Henrik Fisker back before he was mired in the ongoing problems of running a green car start-up. Say what you want about the Karma, the man can pen a nice vehicle.

Lyonheart K Is The Modern Day Jaguar E-Type

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lyonheart K test 2

It may be called 'Lyonheart', but the car before you is all Jaguar at heart. The Swiss-designed, British-built coupe is a modern day reinterpretation of one of the most iconic cars ever - the Jaguar E-Type.

The Lyonheart K was designed by Swiss firm Classic Factory and displayed last winter. The car was originally called the Growler E, but has since changed its name and its country of origin. Limited production will begin in Great Britain with deliveries scheduled for next year.

Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: "We want to make the 'Made In England' label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic."


Bugatti's 1,200 HP Convertible

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti's 1,200 HP Convertible test 2

Bugatti has finally revealed the 1,200-hp Veyron Grand Sport that we've been hearing about for months. Instead of going the obvious direction - Veyron Grand Super Sport - Bugatti named its super-potent convertible the Grand Sport Vitesse. In case you think that the name has any relation to the horrifying tune known as the Mansory Bentley Vitesse Rose, Vitesse actually means "speed" in French, so it's a fitting name for a 1,200-hp convertible.

The Vitesse is essentially a Veyron Super Sport with an open top. The model features the build of the standard Grand Sport, albeit with a little extra bulk to handle the increased power and speed. It gets the Super Sport's upgraded 1,200-horsepower W-16 engine.

New Ferrari Enzo Will Pack More Than 900 Horses

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Ferrari Enzo Will Pack More Than 900 Horses test 2

The upcoming Ferrari F620 may be the "most powerful Ferrari ever," but it won't stay that way for long. The other Ferrari due for debut this year - the heir to the F40/F50/Enzo throne - will most certainly surpass the F620's power figures. The question is by how much. The latest answer is that it will be by around 200 hp.

When it retired in 2004, the Ferrari Enzo used a 660-hp V-12 engine. The Enzo's output was about 150 horses greater than the other V-12 car in Ferrari's line at the time (575M Maranello). Bearing that in mind while hearing official confirmation of the upcoming F620's ~ 700 horses, we were starting to wonder: Will the Enzo successor really only have the rumored 800-hp engine, a mere 90 or so more than the F620?

The Suicide Gullwing: Mercedes SLS AMG Sedan?

On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Suicide Gullwing: Mercedes SLS AMG Sedan? test 2

Prior to this week, if we were asked to envision a four-seat Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, it would most certainly have been a 2 + 2 with only the gullwing doors providing entry. After all, the gullwings seem to offer plenty of entry room - just flip that front seat forward and duck into the rear. If some newly leaked German patent filings point to an actual creation, Mercedes has something different in mind.

Mercedes is thinking an actual four-door SLS AMG. Instead of just dropping the gullwings - the way it did on the SLS AMG Roadster - in favor of four traditional doors, Mercedes patent filings show the gullwing doors intact. Since there is no B pillar to attach regular rear doors to, Mercedes goes with suicide doors in the design.

Ferrari Posts Sales Record In 2011

On: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Posts Sales Record In 2011 test 2

It's a good time to be rich. While the rest of the country struggles with a down, unstable economy and bulging unemployment rates, the rich appear to be doing quite well. At least if auto sales are any indication. Ferrari joins other premium automakers like Bentley and Rolls Royce in reaching (respectively) huge sales levels in 2011.

Ferrari sold 7,195 models in 2011- actually quite close to Bentley's 7003 sales. That number represents a 9.5 percent increase from 2010 levels and a new sales record. Ferrari's revenues of 2.251 billion euros ($2.95 billion) also set a record, spiking 17 percent. Ferrari says that it saw significant growth in the Chinese, US, German and British markets.

SRT Releases Second Viper Teaser

On: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

SRT Releases Second Viper Teaser test 2

If we were making the rules, successive teaser photos would be required to reveal more of the car in question. What good is a teaser if it reveals less than you already know? Since we don't make the rules, we get things like the latest SRT Viper teaser.

SRT (the Viper is SRT's baby now, if you hadn't heard) released the first Viper teaser a couple of weeks ago. While the Viper was enshrouded by darkness, the teaser at least revealed a little of the new model's shape.

The McLaren MP4-12C Lands In US (Video)

On: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

The McLaren MP4-12C Lands In US test 2

The McLaren MP4-12C made its grand debut on the supercar scene nearly two years ago. It is just now arriving in North America, and to showcase the car's entrance into the world-favorite supercar market, McLaren has released a new video.

For us car bloggers, the McLaren MP4-12C is old news, but for the lucky American folks that are counting their bills on the way to the dealer, it's quite a news story. So McLaren marks the occasion with a rather dramatic minute-and-a-half video that shows the MP4-12C rolling off the ship in Baltimore and driving through key markets like New York and LA.

McLaren has set up a series of 10 dealerships across the North America. Last month, it celebrated the opening of two of those retailers: McLaren Beverly Hills and The Collection McLaren in Miami. Other locations include wealthy cities and towns like Chicago; Toronto; and Greenwich, Connecticut (NYC).

Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Edition (Video)

On: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Filming Yourself Destroying The Law Is Never A Good Idea, Bugatti Veyron Ed test 2

Last week, a video of a Bugatti Veyron doing over 200 mph on public roads hit the Interwebz. Many of the auto blogs did a write-up on the video and it went viral, racking up over a million views in about a week. The video shows the Veyron hitting speeds of up to 200 mph. No dash-mounted Go Pro footage, the video is the result of a well done and elaborate set-up of in-vehicle footage cut with roadside footage from a network of cameraman.

When I first came across headlines, I thought: 'Why would anyone shoot themselves blowing the speed limit apart and post it to YouTube?' That's about as dumb as all the wannabe criminals that show up on the endless iterations of "World's Dumbest Criminals." You're basically begging for trouble from the authorities.

Well, not surprisingly, the video has garnered the ire of Arizona law enforcement. While it doesn't look like there's much the state can do, you can expect them to be on the lookout for this particular Veyron. The owner had better make sure his paperwork, driving habits and vehicle equipment are all on the level.