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Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40 test 2

Next year, Ferrari will unveil two new cars: a replacement for the 599 GTB, Ferrari's current coupe flagship, and an all-new Enzo. For Ferrari fans, 2012 will be a banner year. But for the 599 and its successor, it will be a bit bittersweet because they'll lose the flagship role to the more exotic Enzo successor.

Well, the 599 GTB is going out with more than a whimper. The car recently took its frustration out on one of the Enzo's predecessors: the F40. The two cars battled it out in what Ferrari calls a "fictional race." Looks plenty real to us.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways: Ford GT test 2

They don't make'em like they used to, right? Well, it seemed that no one was aware of that in 2005, when the retro car craze was at its peak. Everywhere you looked, there was a new Mustang that looked like an old Mustang, a new Dodge Magnum that looked like an old hemi-station wagon, a new GTO to recall the Goat's of days gone by, and even a new Thunderbird to remind you how good the original really was. But, just when you thought you couldn't possibly see one more car that reminded you of a car you already saw years prior, Ford brought the house down with one of, if not, the best retro-themed car ever built:  The Ford GT.


Ferrari 458 Spider Gets Priced

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 8:54AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari 458 Spider Gets Priced test 2

If you took a look at the Ferrari 458 Spider at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show and thought the retractable hard-top would add around $30,000 to the price of the popular, award-winning 458, color yourself correct. Ferrari announced US and European pricing for its latest sporty drop-top, and we're looking at a 15 percent increase over 458 Italia hard-top pricing.


Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior test 2

When it debuted in 2009, the Bugatti 16C Galibier was an unlikely marriage of ultra-premium sedan and 800-hp supercar. The concept was basically a stretched out, slightly detuned Veyron with an interior expensive enough to make a multi-billionaire blush. Such an odd car was bound to polarize auto fans, and, from the opinions that I've read, that's exactly what happened. Some were enamored with the polished aluminum-and-carbon theme, winged engine bay, and incomparably luxurious interior. Others saw an eyesore excessive and unattractive enough to bring back a serious debate on socialist reform.

Well, today we have some equally divisive news: Bugatti is still pursuing Galibier development, but plans some significant changes as it moves from concept to production.


 

More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar test 2

It's a rather ambiguous time to be a diehard Porsche fan. On the one hand, you've spent the better part of the decade watching Porsche water down what was once a hardcore sports car brand with offerings like the Cayenne, Panamera, and upcoming Cajun. On the other hand, Porsche has committed to building its first supercar since the ever-exciting 959 and may very well be building a second car above and beyond the 911 range. It's a real bit of give-and-take.

While Porsche has yet to publicly commit to that last sports car, more and more details are starting to emerge.


Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses test 2

The Nissan GT-R may very well be the best bang-for-the-buck supercar of its generation. The 2012 GT-R screams off the line and hits 62 mph in three seconds flat, barely losing out to the $380,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (2.9 seconds), despite its $90,000 price tag. That's a lot of performance for not that much coin.

If new reports turn out to be accurate, Nissan plans to up only the GT-R's value, boosting horsepower by 40-hp in the 2013 model.


Lord Of The 'Ring: Return Of The King!

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:39AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lord Of The 'Ring:  Return Of The King! test 2

Thanks to the sport sedan war between the M5 and CTS-V (among others), the legendary Nurburgring has become something of a household name. What was once known only to racers and hardcore fans, the 'Ring has become the proof in the pudding for just about everyone walking through a showroom these days. For those few that still are not up to date, the Nurburgring is a 12.9-mile race track in Germany that is universally agreed upon by racers to be one of, if not the, most difficult tracks in the world. 

The Viper ACR laid down the gauntlet three years ago (when it was still in production) with a time of 7:22 and as far as major manufacturer sports cars went, the Viper held the crown since then. In that time the unstoppably fast 620-horsepower Porsche GT2 RS did beat the ACR's time in 2010, but with only 500 units made, it didn't quite qualify as a mass-produced vehicle. But the Corvette ZR1 did meet the production specs necessary to qualify as a production car, and in June of this year became the new king of the hill by putting down a sickening time of 7:19:63. But unlike the long reign of the Viper in 2008, the ZR1 was on top for a measly two-and-a-half months before the $400 grand Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition took the title from the mighty Vette by besting it by almost five seconds exactly with a time of 7:14:64. 


Jensen Interceptor Revived

On: Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jensen Interceptor Revived test 2

Lately, I've been getting a real lesson in automotive history. Brands that I've never necessarily heard of have been crawling out of the woodwork to introduce revived badges from years or decades ago. The latest is British marquee Jensen, which will be bringing a reinvented version of its Interceptor grand tourer to the forefront in the next few years.

While Jensen was originally a British marque, the name is now owned by Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd. However, because Switzerland is better equipped to build watches and mountain transportation, the company will leave the engineering to the Brits, having hired CPP Global Holdings to design and build the car in the U.K.


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:32AM | By: Peter C Sessler


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster test 2

Face it, you’ve been secretly saving for this car ever since the first SLS AMG Gullwing was introduced two years ago. Sure, the Gullwing was fun to get in and out of, but the allure of overhead doors soon diminished—you couldn’t wait for the Roadster version. Ah, now here’s a car, with regular doors and a hardtop that retracts in only 11 seconds! With a hardtop that does up and down, the SLS resembles the SL, and it costs only $210,000—such a deal!


Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions test 2

Last year, after months of teasing a Paris-bound car long thought to be the Aventador LP700-4 (commonly called "Jota" at the time), Lamborghini was forced into introducing its Sesto Elemento concept just ahead of the Paris Motor Show. It was so forced by a French website that leaked the details of the Sesto ahead of the official reveal. Despite the leak, the world was quite impressed with Lamborghini's enthralling concept.

Well, if you liked that one, Lambo has no plans to stop. In a brief but telling sound bite, CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that Lambo is committed to developing exciting, limited run supercars.


Maybach 125 Birthday Edition

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


Maybach 125 Birthday Edition  test 2

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz, and, by extension, the modern automobile itself. In 1886, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz each crafted a version of an automobile with internal combustion engine, paving the way to the automobile transportation era that we still enjoy today. Another prominent German player at the time was Willhelm Maybach.

Fast forward to 2011, and all those players are united under Daimler AG. And Mercedes has spent much of this year celebrating its quasquicentennial with special editions and concepts. The latest is a Maybach one-off unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.