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Categories: Exotics

Maybach Is Dead. Again. Drinks All Around.

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Everything has been all sunshine and rainbows over at Rolls-Royce recently—as I’ve mentioned in various articles in this space that you can search for if you’re so inclined—but despite my thorough coverage of the various goings-on I failed to ask (at least) one simple question: If Rolls is the super-luxury-car sales windshield, who’s the bug?

Well, now I—or more correctly we—now know: Maybach.

See, unlike their owners’—R-R’s is BMW and Maybach’s is Mercedes-Benz—lifelong struggle for supremacy, it seems that in the case of these “ultra-premium” brands the boys at M-B just didn’t want to draw things out beyond 2013, so they aren't. According to Autoweek it seems that instead of keeping things going in the usual “waiting for better times” manner—and continuing to shovel container-ships’-worth of Euros into the fire—they are effectively ceding the ultra-luxury-car sales high-ground to their Bavarian nemesis after just over a decade of trying to come out on top.

But are they?...

Porsche To Develop Next Generation R8 and Gallardo Platform

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nearly a year ago, Porsche was given the reins of Volkswagen AG sports car and large luxury sedan development. A report earlier this month brought up some questions about how that was going to actually play out in reality. The Autocar report stated that instead of developing its own platform for a mid-level 458-fighter slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder, Porsche was destined to borrow the carbon-aluminum platform from the next-generation Audi R8.

As you might expect, Porsche brass wasn't happy with the way reports were going and are now on record stating that Porsche will actually be the one designing the platform, and the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo the ones borrowing it.

Aston Martin Hits One Million Facebook Fans, Will Build Fan-Inspired Car

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Aston Martin has used its fame and prestige within the exotic car segment to rack up a million Facebook fans. To show these loyal Facebookers that an Aston Martin fanship is more than just Aston spam plastered on your wall, the automaker is doing a unique promotion: It's building a crowdsourced Millionth Fan Car.

The Next Godzilla: 2013 Nissan GT-R Revealed

On: Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Nissan GT-R is not-that-arguably the best pound-for-pound (lb.-ft. for British pound?) sports car on the planet, offering supercar performance for a non-supercar price. Thing about owning any type of bragging rights, though, is that you don't keep them without evolving and getting stronger. Lay dormant and someone is going to pass you by.

Nissan clearly understands this, and for the second year in a row, it is upgrading the Japanese-spec GT-R with more horsepower and tuned handling.

The current Nissan GT-R took a leap from 485-hp to 523-hp and the 2013 model follows with an increase to 542-hp. The engine remains the familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, but it gets tuned for more output and increased efficiency.


McLaren MP4-12C = The Eco Supercar?

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Okay, eco supercar is definitely a bit far. A moniker like that only belongs on something truly inspired like the Porsche 918 Spyder or Jaguar C-X75, and depending on how the numbers pan out, maybe not even them. But unlike its competitors, the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C is not subject to the U.S. gas guzzler tax, so in its own little way, McLaren is doing something for Mother Nature.

McLaren's EPA rating of 15 city and 22 highway isn't exactly competitive with mainstream cars, but according to reports, the car will not be subject to a gas guzzler tax. Competitors like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo are subject to the tax.

2011 Festivals Of Speed Orlando

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:58PM | By: David Walter

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The 2011 Orlando Festivals of Speed was originally scheduled for October 7 – 9, however, due to uncooperative weather, the Motorsports Collection Display portion of the weekend event was postponed to November 13.

We were there, cameras in hand; so were some of the greatest cars on the planet.

Check out our pictures from the event.

Lamborghini Offers Its Own Winter Driving Course

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 3:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ferrari has been gaining all the headlines of late in regards to four-wheel drive and winter driving courses. Its FF is the first Ferrari ever to feature all-wheel drive, and Ferrari is highlighting that fact through its winter driving program in Aspen, Colorado.

Ferrari's biggest in-country rival Lamborghini has a response to that that sounds a little something like "Hey, me too." Lamborghini has been using four-wheel drive for a while now, including on its upcoming Aventador LP700-4, and also has a winter driving course all its own.

HBH Shows Rendering Of Mid-Engined Aston Martin

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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HBH has been making all kinds of news lately. Not only did the Zenvo ST1 S50 that it designed land in the United States, but its next project is getting a little more public. We told you about the mid-engined Aston Martin Vantage that the company was planning a couple months ago, and now the firm has released a computer rendering, providing a better idea of what the car will look like.

I have to say, I'm somewhat disappointed by this rendering. The original teaser made it look as though HBH had figured out a design solution to the mid-engined supercar. When you have a massive engine bolted behind the seats of a car, it tends to make for an unnaturally long rear-end and a squashed-forward cabin. Many mid-engined supercars look misproportioned and awkward because of this.

Zenvo ST1 50S Lands In America This Week

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I've been getting pretty fed up with random supercar startups lately. It seems like any disorganized team of motorheads with a computer and half-decent design program can spit out a sports car, throw an outsourced V-8 engine and carbon body panels into it and call it the next great supercar—nevermind the fact that they don't have the capital or wherewithal to actually build it and test its ridiculous performance claims.

The Zenvo ST1 50S reminds me that just because a supercar brand comes from an unlikely place (Denmark) and is new to the market doesn't mean that it's producing formulaic vaporware. The company's ST1 actually breaks away from the derivative masses and offers a mean, powerful and, most importantly, original look. And it boasts some of the hottest performance numbers in the world to boot.

The US will officially welcome this new, near-$2 million supercar on Wednesday.

Bonhams To Offer A Four-Pack Of "Kustomizer" Rick Dore's Finest At Petersen Sale

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:57AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Though he may not have as famous a name as Foose, Coddington or Barris, Rick Dore nonetheless has turned out some of the finest customized vehicles extant, all of which can stand up to comparison with just about anything those “big name” designers have done.

Says Terry Cook, a former editor at Hot Rod magazine: "Rick Dore creations are unquestionably the very best in the world. He has the ability to build cars and trucks that, on one hand, represent the epitome of traditionally flavored custom cars, but at the same time he reaches out and goes where nobody has gone before."

Bonhams has brought four of Dore’s “Kreations” to its “Classic California: Collectors’ Motorcycles, Motorcars and Related Memorabilia” sale, each from the same mysterious “prominent Texas collector" as the Minority Report  “Lexus 2054” and many other vehicles at their Nov. 12th sale at the Petersen Museum in L.A.

His (or her) loss can be your gain, however, as even the tippy-top of each auction estimate figure is a fraction of what that vehicle cost to build. So if you’re looking for a Kwartet of Kustom Kars—OK, three Kars and one Chopper—register to bid RIGHT NOW….

Varley: Electric Supercar From Australia

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 5:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, it's been at least two days since we covered a new, vaporous supercar from an unknown brand, so you know what that means: there's another vaporous supercar from an unknown brand to report on. This time, it's an all-electric supercar from Australia—only slightly more believable than an all-electric supercar from Croatia.

The evR450 is an electric sports car prototype from Australia's Varley Electric Vehicles. Varley is calling it Australia's first electric supercar, a title that we're confident it earns, since we're aware of only one other Australian supercar, and that's gas powered. While Varley has plenty of electrical design and engineering experience, this is its first sports car.