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Categories: Exotics

Lotus Teaser More Of A Baffler

On: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 9:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As the hours wound down to the Frankfurt Motor Show, the automotive-teasing infrastructure went into overdrive. Companies frantically tried to tease, detail, and debut their Frankfurt wares in hopes that they'd be among the most interesting stories in Germany.

For its part, Lotus used an interesting strategy: leave everyone scratching their heads and wondering what the hell it's even teasing.

Ferrari 458 Spider Debuts Live in Maranello

On: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 5:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you're one of the ogling window-lickers that just like to check out Ferraris online and in the glossies, you'll have to wait until later this week for the official live unveiling. Actually, you're probably just satisfied with the official Web unveiling from last month. But if you're a Ferrari VIP—one of those folks that is likely to actually buy the 458 Spider—well then, you got a sneak peak at a special event at Ferrari headquarters this week. Luckily for us window-lickers, the Web is the ultimate playing-field leveler.

Ferrari pulled the cloth off a handful of 458 Spiders earlier this week in Maranello in front of a crowd of 800 special guests. The video below shows highlights from the event and has a little bit of everything that's right about the world—generation after generation of different colored Ferrari Spiders lined up and driving scenic roads, hot blonde Europeans (one, at least), fireworks, and all kinds of 458 Spiders.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL

On: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 3:01PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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“The best or nothing.” Well, that phrase certainly says a lot. What car company says they build cars that are the best, and, at the same time, are willing to prove it? Or is it just advertising hype? Is the phrase “the best or nothing” actually true (it is, after all, the Mercedes-Benz motto)?

The problem with Mercedes-Benz is its cost. It’s just too high, except for the really well-to-do. The “base” model SL starts at $103,650, while the higher-performance AMG SL63 starts $140,440, and the top of the line AMG SL65 at $202,225. AMG stands for Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (AMG Engine Production and Development, Ltd.)— all you have to know is that AMG produces the most expensive and highest performance models of each Mercedes-Benz series. AMG models have more aggressive looks, more power, better handling and stability than the “regular” Mercedes counterparts.

Koenigsegg Agera R: Fast As Advertised

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Supercar makers seem to like to spend holiday weekends working hard. Granted, the supercar companies in question don't necessarily celebrate these holiday weekends, but it's nice to see them working just the same.

Last year over Fourth of July weekend, Bugatti took its Veyron Super Sport to the track and came home with the world's fastest production car title for its 267.8 mph run. This past Labor Day weekend, Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg made some world records of its own. While it didn't gain bragging rights for the ever-important top speed or 0 to 60/62 mph categories, its feats were quite impressive.


The Caddy That Fibs!

On: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you haven't already seen it, there is a new commercial for the CTS-V Coupe out there (scroll down and watch it before you continue if you don't know what I'm talking about). The commercial is technically about how the Caddy has been using Magnetic Ride Control for some time and recently Ferrari has purchased this technology from GM to put into their cars. The idea is supposed to be that now Cadillac is ahead of the game and somehow technologically advanced well beyond some of the finest moving Italian masterpieces out there. 

That's what the commercial is technically about...

New Vaporware: Electric, Croatian Supercar With Near-200 MPH Capability

On: Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 5:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It seems like all you need to start a supercar companies these days is a dream and a few fistsful of unlikely promises. The latest contender in the Transtar Racing - Rotary Supercars Not Holding Our Breath Fest is Rimac. Despite coming from an area of the world whose most famous automotive achievement is the Yugo, Croatia-based Rimac Automobili has a very ambitious project underway. We'll get a first look when Frankfurt gets underway.

Called the One Concept, Rimac's concept is an electric supercar. Alright, that's rare, but not unprecedented. But what makes Rimac's car seem highly unlikely is the ridiculous scope of its numbers. Not only will the One Concept boast a series of four motors (one per wheel) that produce up to 1,074-hp and spiral 2,802 lb-ft of torque onto the wheels, it'll also offer a 373-mile range. Oh, and it will weigh around 3,638 lbs.—not particularly superlight, but we'd expect it to weigh more like 7,000 lbs. when you imagine what type of battery pack can not only power a 1,000-hp motor, but can power it to more than 350 miles of driving.

1990-2002 Mercedes-Benz SL

On: Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:15PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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By the time Mercedes-Benz finally brought the successor to the 1972-1989 SLs, it must have surprised some people how complicated, heavy, and expensive the new car was. Mercedes-Benz took almost every electronic option that was available and made it standard on the 1990 500SL Class. At the same time, the new car was beautifully finished—it just oozed with luxury. It was a combination of strong performance and the latest in German engineering.

The new SLs were a more contemporary and handsome than the outgoing R107—yet it was an evolution of what started in the 1950s. Perhaps fewer people remembered what that reason was, yet they knew what the SL Class was—a powerful, luxurious two-seat roadster. In the scheme of things, the SL was still “sporty” car, but it was more than that. It was a car for the well-to-do. For example, the 500SL had an MSRP around $95,000.00 while the V-12 version went for $125,000.00!

More Juice Behind Porsche Mid-Level Supercar

On: Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The term "mid-level" supercar may be a complete oxymoron, but it's the best term we can think of to describe cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo. These cars have pedigrees that're too refined to be called mere "sports cars—and "mid-level sports car"? Perish the thought. However, these cars sit in the middle of the market both within their own brand and in the greater market. So "mid-level" supercar just fits.

Rumors are back that Porsche will be aiming at some of those competitors in launching a supercar between the 911 line and the upcoming 918 Spyder.

McLaren Bringing Three Levels Of Sports Car

On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 4:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It was literally days after the MP4-12C was officially revealed when rumors of additional McLaren vehicles started heating up. At the time, it was speculated that the MP4-12C would be the middle of the road, while a supercar and entry level model would join it in the years to come. A new report confirms that rumor and provides some further insight into the next few years at McLaren.

In the September issue of Motor Trend, the venerable magazine talks to McLaren about the future of product expansion. The first item on the docket is a convertible version of the MP4-12C. The Internet snippet doesn't say when the car will be revealed, but based on other time frames, we're guessing it'll have to be next year.

Bentley SUV To Look All Bentley

On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Wolfgang Durheimer sure loves to talk to the media, huh? In his short time at the helm of Bentley/Bugatti, he's basically confirmed a Bugatti sedan, Bentley SUV and, quite possibly, a Veyron successor. And, he's given hints and details at what those cars might look/drive like. The latest from Durheimer is that the Bentley SUV will look and feel like a full-on Bentley.

Despite borrowing heavily from current VW SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne for its underpinnings, Bentley's model will be all Bentley in terms of styling and driving. And that won't mean a sporty Continental GT face on a big, unwieldy Cayenne body; the Bentley SUV will look Bentley from every angle.

2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Details

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After its Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este debut and Nurburgring toilings, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is making its way toward production. Aston took one big step last week in providing a few extra details on the upcoming limited edition coupe.

The V12 Zagato will enter production next year as a 2013 model with the first deliveries scheduled for the summer. Only 150 lucky buyers will get the chance to cough up a big chunk of coin for the hand-crafted sports coupe. The car is priced at 330,000 pounds (around $540K) and, according to Inside Line, prices may run as high as $650,000 in the U.K., thanks to local taxes.