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Categories: Exotics

Shelby Supercars Drops The 'Shelby'

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Isn't it confusing when two or more people with the same last name share a profession or passion closely? In the world of exotic cars, there are surnames that transcend family lineage. One of the most confusing exists between Carroll Shelby and Jerod Shelby. The former is an icon known for decades of automotive experience that includes the Cobra and many a high-performance Mustang. The latter is the namesake of Shelby Supercars or SSC, which has owned the production world speed record and hopes to earn it again with its new Tuatara. If indeed it does earn that record, it will be held by "SSC" not Shelby Supercars.

It's not surprising that people would confuse Carroll Shelby and Jerod Shelby, given their similar occupations. Apparently this was becoming a growing nuisance to Carroll because Carroll Shelby Licensing and its corporate parent Carroll Shelby International appear to have forced Shelby Supercars into officially dropping the 'Shelby'.


Lamborghini SUV Confirmed (By Audi)

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Earlier this week, some pictures alleged to be the upcoming Lamborghini SUV leaked across the Internet. Several publications and blogs tried to confirm the photos, and it appears one was successful. Like it or not, the Lamborghini crossover cometh.

What a sad day. We were really hoping those pictures were fake. Or at least that Lamborghini hadn't actually decided on the SUV. But, according to an Auto News report, the SUV is quite real.


SRT (Dodge) Teases The 2013 Viper

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 12:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


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SRT has released the first teaser picture of the upcoming 2013 Viper - unless you consider this Viper prototype dressed up in last-generation Viper clothing or the Viper RV the first teaser, then this would be the second or third. Whatever the case, it's the closest look that we've gotten at the new Viper.

After running a pretty safe contest that required 10,000 Facebook likes by February 1 for a sneak preview, SRT made the reveal just before the stroke of midnight on January 30. It's not really much of a "reveal," but more of a very vague tease. We see more of the light reflecting off the Viper than we do of the car itself.

About all we can discern from the teaser is that there's a double bubble roof like the last-gen Viper, what looks like LED lamps, and a prominent hood bulge. From the teaser, it doesn't appear all that different from the last Viper, but we see so little, it could be a completely different car and we'd never know it.


Don't Try This At Home: Bentley Continental GT Ski-Joring

On: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 2:35PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We'd think that if you had the means to own a Bentley Continental GT and lived in the tiny rugged-mountain playground known as Switzerland, you'd be busy train-setting to lavish ski resorts like St. Moritz and Gstaad every weekend. Ski joring sounds like something that you'd take up if you lived someplace like rural Minnesota.

But I guess even Alpine populations need to find new ways to enjoy the snow every now and again. This particular way includes a Bentley Continental GT, a rope tow and a pair of skis.


 

Details On McLaren MP4-12C Spyder

On: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The McLaren MP4-12C Roadster is the next super-sports car up on McLaren's expanding roster. The car will debut sometime this year, and judging by the increasing number of spy photos and reports on it, we wouldn't be surprised to see it in Geneva. A few new details surfaced this week.

According to a Car magazine report, the MP4-12C convertible will be more of a targa-roof style car. The car will use a three-piece retractable hard top made of aluminum and plastic. The roof will retract in 17 seconds and operate at speeds up to 5 mph.

The convertible will share the same mid-mounted 592-hp V-8 engine and is expected to come close to the hard-top's performance figures of 3.3 seconds to 62 mph and 205 mph top out.


Ferrari 458 Spider - The Dream Maker

On: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you have never had the good fortune of sitting inside of a Ferrari while its driver rips off a couple redline shifts down an open freeway onramp, you seriously need to add that little soul-stirring experience to your bucket list. If you don't have a bucket list, may we suggest you go get a pen, some paper, and jot down at least one item on that list. There is simply nothing quite like it. There are few sounds in this world that can actually reach through you and excite your soul, but for an automotive enthusiast of any level, the banshee-like shriek of 40 valves fluttering wildly in a short stroke V8 masterpiece at 9000 rpm is unparalleled in the physical realm.  

The only thing that comes close to hearing a Prancing Horse at full song is, well, hearing it sing louder. Enter the 458 Spider. For all intents and purposes, the 458 Spider is actually an inferior model compared to its fixed-roof brethren. Although it is powered by the same magnificent 4.5-liter V8 pumping out 562 heaven-sent horsepower at 9000 rpm and 398 lb.-ft. of torque at 6000 rpm funneled through the same 7-speed dual-clutch tranny, the Spider is 110 pounds heavier at 3450 pounds, which negatively affects all aspects of performance.

That being said, the topless version is slower by a tenth or two of a second as speed increases. 0-60 mph comes up a tenth slower at 3.1 seconds, as does the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds. Even on the top end, the Spider only does an even 200 mph, which is a couple miles per hour off of the standard 458 Italia. On top of everything else, the Spider commands a price tag roughly 12 percent higher than the standard 458, coming in just shy of $260,000.


Lamborghini Has A Surprise In Store For Geneva

On: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We heard last month that the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster is all ready to go and awaiting its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Ordinarily, one big debut would be more than enough for a small exotic-car maker like Lamborghini, but rumor has it that Lamborghini may have a second big debut in mind for the Swiss show.

According to some rumors originating on the Teamspeed forums - the same place where we heard that the Aventador is ready to go - Lamborghini has "another surprise" planned for Geneva. Outside of some ensuing speculation, there aren't any specifics as to what the surprise is. But here's what we know:

Lamborghini is planning a third model and spent the second half of last year testing SUV and sedan prototypes. CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the media that the Bull will make an announcement on that third model by early this year. More interestingly, he said that when Lamborghini is ready to make the announcement, it will be prepared to show some version of the vehicle.


The New Tesla Roadster? PG Elektrus Elise-Based Sports EV

On: Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Tesla Roadster was discontinued in the US last year and there's at least a few years before we see a replacement. One German manufacturer is stepping into the void and offering a Roadster-esque EV also built atop a Lotus chassis. The PG Elektrus promises even more all-electric performance than the Roadster...and a whole lot more price.

The Elektrus may look more Fisker Karma with that toothy grille and vehicle-mounted solar panel, but it bears more in common with the Roadster. Like the Roadster, it owes its underpinnings to Lotus. While Lotus stopped production of North American Elise and Exige models due to the loss of an airbag exemption, it continues to offer them in other markets.


2013 Porsche 918 Spyder To Debut Next Year

On: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


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After bursting onto the scene at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show followed by ensuing rumors and reports about production and price, the Porsche 918 Spyder has been on an extended headline hiatus. Until now. A new report about the car's launch and production design has updated what we know about Porsche's hybrid supercar.

Unlike all the speculation and rumors that go on when it comes to a high-profile supercar in the vein of the 918, this one comes directly from Porsche by way of its in-house Christophorus Magazine. We can therefore take it as a "yes" rather than a "maybe."


Bentley Looking To Lure Maybach's Customers

On: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 1:53PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last year, a year in which Daimler said that it would be discontinuing the Maybach brand, the ultra-premium brand barely broke 200 sales. Lest you think that economic conditions had something to do with it, Rolls Royce set a yearly sales record with 3,538 models, a 31 percent increase over 2010 sales. Bentley had an equally successful year, experiencing a 37 percent sales increase to 7,003 sales overall. Though Maybach may not have many customers to offer, Rolls Royce and Bentley are hopeful that former Maybach customers will move over to their respective offerings.

In November of last year, Mercedes announced that it would wind Maybach down by 2013. Not surprisingly, that has motivated one of Maybach's main competitors to hit the mailbox and telephones in order to drum up business.

Though Maybach's paltry customer totals don't make for a huge business opportunity, they definitely give Rolls and Bentley an opportunity to advance their footprints. Bentley has been particularly proactive in reaching out to Maybach's customer list. According to Reuters, the Crewe crew has begun contacting Maybach owners to set up VIP tours of Bentley's headquarters.


Pininfarina Teases Cambiano Concept

On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


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I've seen enough sexy-headlight-teasers-turned-horrible-cars to maintain a healthy skepticism about how the car behind an attractive teaser angle will look in full, uncovered form. The latest example was the Detroit-debuted Toyota NS4, which looked great from headlight-only view, promised to provide a look at the latest, sportiest design language at Toyota, but looked pretty awkward when fully revealed.

Prevailing wisdom aside, there's a substantive difference between a teaser from a mainstream automaker and a teaser from an Italian design house. Given the track record of the latter, a sexy headlight teaser should indeed equate to a thing of beauty. So I'm officially excited to see what the Pininfarina Cambiano is all about.