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Varley: Electric Supercar From Australia

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


Varley: Electric Supercar From Australia test 2

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.


Most Awesome Traffic Back-Up Ever! (Video)

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


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You're driving along the freeway or a country road when you suddenly catch a glimpse of red, black, yellow... whatever. That's no ordinary Chevy or Honda. Hell, it doesn't even look like a Mustang, Corvette, or other everyday sports car. No, that's something special. It's lower than any other car on the road, has some major curves, and doesn't look like any type of car you've ever seen. You slow down to a crawl and try not to gawk too obviously when the car in question passes. Whether it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, or something else, seeing a supercar like that can make your entire day—because it's not every day that you see one.

Given that logic, it's not every lifetime that you see more than a hundred supercars in one massive traffic jam. But today's that day.


Yet Another Home-Brewed Supercar...When Will It End

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


CCG CustomGT test 2

Years ago, before I started following the auto industry on a daily basis, I liked nothing better than to come across a hot, new supercar from a brand I'd never heard of (even if it happened to be fluorescent green). After all, supercars are the ultimate expression of power, style, and speed, the pinnacle of human automotive achievement.

Now that I cover the industry every day, there's nothing that I like less than a new supercar from a random company. Because it seems like anyone with a few high school mechanics classes under his belt and a garage to work in can build their own formulaically styled kit car, drop a GM V-8 in back, and call it a "supercar."

That's basically the formula of the CustomGT from German-based CCG Automotive.


BMW M Division To Build Its Own Supercar?

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW M Division To Build Its Own Supercar? test 2

It looks like we have a little German envy. BMW M engineers are looking at their counterparts over at Mercedes AMG and thinking "Why can't we do that?" By "that", they mean develop their own supercar, the way that AMG did with the SLS AMG. BMW M is a little tired of just improving upon existing vehicles and wants to get the green light to build a car all its own.


 

2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10?

On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10 test 2

Here's something we weren't expecting: the already huge 8.4-liter V-10 engine used in the last Dodge Viper may be growing. According to Allpar, the Dodge Viper due to launch in 2013 may buck the trend of smaller displacements-via-forced induction, pulling power from a new 8.7-liter V-10.

We'd expect the 2013 Viper should get a tidy horsepower boost from its big engine, but there aren't any specifics. The last Viper packed 600 horses.


Nissan Unveils The Juke R

On: Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Unveils The Juke R test 2

Nissan previously said of the Juke R: "the car is not for production." After seeing the live pictures, we're more happy about that fact than ever. The emphasized reflections of the original rendering helped to obscure some of this thing's pure unadulterated fugitude. It's a pretty rough stretch of highway that looks way too busy for a small crossover.

After a serious teasing campaign about its development, the Juke R was unveiled in a somewhat of a surprise move in Spain. The Juke R was tacked onto the unveiling of the Qashqai, a Euro-market crossover.


Rolls-Royce Expands Into South America; Now THEY Can Be Wait-Listed Locally, Too!

On: Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 9:38AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Yes, Rolls-Royce has announced that it will “enter the South American market for the first time in the company’s history.” This is not to say that there haven’t been Rolls-Royces all over that continent—armored Phantoms have always been a particular favorite among “certain types”—for decades now, but instead to say that there will now be R-R dealerships in South America.

Right now there are plans to open one each in Brazil and Chile, but as with everything announced by today’s record-sales-and-revenue Rolls-Royce—including expanding their Bespoke department and home-base Goodwood Factory—this is just the beginning.

Still, two dealerships may not seem like a lot to you—especially seeing as how they are presumably intended to serve an entire continent—but seeing as how announcing it “delights” Rolls-Royce’s umlauted CEO, there just might be something to it….


The Next Porsche: 911 Heaven!

On: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Next Porsche: 911 Heaven! test 2

Goodbye 997, hello 991. Although it may not look like much of a change from the outside—sure, there are LED running lights (who doesn't have them these days?), longer and narrower tail lights, and a gas tank flap relocated to the right front fender, big deal right? Those minor changes hardly call for the clamor of an entirely new model designation, right? Wrong. If you're an avid enthusiast, stare at the new 911 long enough and slowly but surely, your eyes will start to insist that there is something different about this Porsche from ones you have already committed to memory, and your eyes would be right.  

It seems that Porsche has realized that their latest sports car creation, the Cayman, actually has much better design DNA than their perennial all-star 911 which has been flawed by physics since its inception decades ago. Basically, having the engine sitting out over the rear axle makes the car extremely difficult to deal with on the track, or even just when it's being driven hard. Trying to compare a rear-biased 911 to a mid-engine sports car like the Cayman actually proves there really is no comparison. The Cayman has nearly perfect weight distribution and is so predictable its driver will feel like Miss Cleo. Why do we bring up the Cayman while mentioning the new 991, you ask? Well, because Porsche knows this, and they are slowly modifying the 911 to make it more of a mid-engine car than staunchly holding on to their past design. Now, thankfully they are changing the car ever-so-slightly so as not to incite a riot among the German faithful.


SSC Tuatara Gear Ratio Testing Video, 0-To-200 MPH In Under 16 Seconds

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 12:05PM | By: Chris Weiss


SSC Tuatara Gear Ratio Testing test 2

Remember the SSC Tuatara? Of course you do. How do you forget a 1,350-hp hypercar with a completely new, sexy Castriotta design and world speed record intentions? You don't. But in case you did, a new video is here to remind you about this awesome supercar.

SSC was out testing gear ratios for its latest car on an Ultimate Aero prototype. As is the company's M.O., it wasn't on any fancy track but on a piece of public road (Shelby's last car, the Ultimate Aero TT, broke the world speed record on a piece of Washington highway).


Audi TT RS: We Don't Need No Stinking R8!

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:48AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Audi TT RS: We Don't Need No Stinking R8! test 2

So, if you're an Audi fanatic, then you already are aware of the big, bad R8 halo car. Sure, it's gorgeous, it's fast, and when it comes to four-ring badges it has no equal, right? Wrong. Enter the 2012 Audi TT RS. Sure, it's not as pretty as the R8, but it might be deserving a bit more respect than you might originally be willing to bestow upon it. 

For starters, you have to acknowledge that the new(er) styling of the TT is an extreme improvement over the original VW Bug-look. It's sportier, cleaner, and much, much more aggressive than ever before.  But, this TT RS has a bite to back up its bigger bark. Although it starts with half as many cylinders as the R8 V10, the TT RS utilizes a turbocharger to bolster its 2.5-liter inline five cylinder motor to produce a very impressive 360-horsepower and 343-lb-ft of torque. Yes, a straight-five, and yes, horsepower and torque in the mid-300 range. Not too shabby, huh? That wacky engine is backed up by a six-speed manual transmission—your only choice of shifting gears by the way, none of that silly dual-clutch semi-automatic whatever-the-heck. That traditional tranny sends power to all four wheels, thanks to Audi's ever-present Quattro all-wheel drive system, and gives the TT RS a ton of grip off the line and through the tightest of curves.


Ferrari FF Is 2011 Neiman Marcus Car

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:12AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari FF Is 2011 Neiman Marcus Car test 2

Every year, Neiman Marcus selects a hot sports or luxury car to be featured in its famed Christmas Book, the shopping list of the rich, ultra-rich, and even richer. Last year it was a sexy Chevy Camaro Convertible with light-changing Deep Bordeaux paint.

This year, Neiman Marcus has chosen the all-new Ferrari FF grand tourer to appear on the Fantasy Gift list in its catalog.