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Categories: Exotics

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.

2012 Audi R8 GT

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Porsche has come to be regarded as the ultimate in the sports car market. The brand has consistently dominated with a combination of engineering excellence and quality for the last forty years. The M1 was BMW’s attempt to compete with Porsche in 1980. Since then, BMW has never again taken Porsche on in the sports car field. The partnership with Porsche’s sports car reputation should lift Audi’s image above BMW’s.

Audi’s vision to produce a mid-engined sports car began in 1991 with the concept car called the "Quattro Spyder." Ferdinand Piech, the CEO of Audi, was actually a member of the Porsche family, and felt that a mid-engined sports car could damage Porsche’s reputation. Consequently, the project was put aside until he retired in 2003. Martin Winterkorn, Piech’s successor, unveiled a new mid-engined concept car called "Le Mans" to fill this role. Winterkorn was fascinated with the idea of an “Audi 911,” thus, the Audi R8 was born in 2007.

The ultimate variation of the R8 is the 2012 R8 GT sports car. The GT is the lightest, fastest, and most powerful car in the Audi supercar lineup, and production is currently limited to 333 units, with the US market allowed only 90 units. Prices will start from $196,800.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:14PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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For those who don’t know, the venerable Bentley brand and manufacturing was sold to Volkswagen 1998. This wasn’t a bad move, as it allowed Bentley to modernize its aging factory and, hopefully, make money. Then, 2003 saw the introduction of the Continental GT Coupe, while the striking Continental GT Convertible came along in 2006.

The new Continental GT Convertible is being referred to as a “new generation Bentley.” Is this accurate or is it just the result of a “facelift?” The 2012 does look like past Continental models, yet even a brand new Bentley design has to somehow connect to previous ones. This new 2012 model certainly does.

Maserati SUV To Debut In Frankfurt

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A concept version of Maserati's Jeep Grand Cherokee-based SUV will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The production model will be built at Chrysler plant in Detroit beginning in 2013.

As you may or may not be aware, Maserati is in the process of building a luxury SUV to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne. Previous rumors had indicated that the Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Maserati SUV would debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. That is shaping up to be correct.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, a source confirms that Maserati will be giving the world its first look at how Detroit ruggedness combines with Italian flair at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It will unveil the initial concept version of the SUV at next month's show.


Ferrari 458 Spider Unveiled

On: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 3:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Ferrari 458 Spider is official! Thanks to months of leaks and rumors, there really isn't anything new to report, but we have the full scoop complete with the extra authority of a company-issued press release. After a big leak earlier this week, Ferrari decided to unveil the 458 Spider ahead of its Frankfurt public debut.

Bugatti Plans On Keeping World Record

On: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Wolfgang Durheimer has been doing a lot of talking lately, and the media has been doing a lot of hanging on his words and speculating about the future of Bugatti/Bentley. The latest Durheimer sound bite indicates that Bugatti has no intentions of relinquishing the world speed record, suggesting that it has a Veryon successor in the works.

The Bugatti Veyron sold the last of its 300 examples earlier this summer, leaving Bugatti with just the open-topped Veyron Grand Sport in its line. It's rumored that Bugatti will bring the four-door 16C Galibier to market in the next few years, but it will be without a hardcore coupe in the vein of the Veyron.

Bentley Talking Diesel And Hybrid Options

On: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If you had to identify the two Bs of sheer environmental carnage and destruction, you couldn't do much better than "Bugatti" and VW stablemate "Bentley." Along with a few other perpetrators like Rolls Royce and Aston Martin, these two Volkswagen ultra-premium brands make up a who's who of the worst EPA ratings. And that happens year after year.

Luckily for them, both Bugatti and Bentley can sit back and rely on more efficient Volkswagen brands to offset the hefty numbers choked out by their massive-engined, heavy-bodied sports and luxury offerings. But that doesn't mean the brands aren't at least looking at ways of becoming more fuel efficient and eco-friendly. Even the richest of the rich want to feel good about themselves sometimes.

More Powerful Veyron Grand Sport Coming?

On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A more powerful Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport converible has been rumored. For those counting, that's a convertible with more than the 1,001-hp of the standard Veyron Grand Sport. So, even though the report reads like a bit of a conclusion-jump by the media, it's worth considering.

What makes the report a stretch is that it's based on an interview between Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer and Dutch magazine Autovisie. The only solid quote that auto folks are using to denote the potential of a bigger, badder Grand Sport is: "1,200 horsepower is too much, but more than 1,001 is absolutely possible."

American Supercar In China: SSC Tuatuara Makes Public Debut

On: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Despite the fact that the SSC Tuatara has been around for nearly a year, there wasn't an official public debut until just last week. The car was revealed to the public via editorial, shown off to a small group of potential buyers and was officially named, but no major auto-show debut of any sorts.

Well, SSC doesn't exactly do things the way other automakers do. Like setting world records on public highways rather than fancy tracks. And like doing a public reveal of one of the world's fastest supercars as almost a footnote.

The first official appearance of the curvy, ultra-fast Tuatara came at an event last week in Shanghai. It wasn't an auto show, and it wasn't designed entirely to reveal the Tuatara to the anxious public. It was an event about SSC establishing its presence in China, demonstrating, once again, that China is a primary market for expensive, exotic cars. The company announced its Chinese distribution partner—SSC Asia—and then pulled cloth off the Jason Castriota-designed Tuatara for the bright eyes and flashing cameras. Castriota and CEO Jerod Shelby were on hand at the event.

Ferrari Leaning Toward V-12 For New Enzo

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last fall, Fiat unraveled a Ferrari road map detailing what cars were coming over the next few years and when we could expect them. From that, we know that Ferrari has saved its juiciest releases for next year. The company will unveil a successor for the Enzo as well as a replacement for its current flagship 599 GTB. A new Auto News report this week lends a closer look at these two cars.

According to the latest, Ferrari is leaning toward a V-12 engine for the next Enzo, which is being called the F70 internally. That contradicts an Autocar report from this past spring that Ferrari was thinking twin-turbo V-8 for the flagship. The V-12 is likely to carry somewhere in the range of 700 to 800 horses.

Ferrari FF Buyers To Get Winter Driving Course In Aspen

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ferrari. Aspen. For decades the two terms have been linked by a simple concept: the glamorous and the wealthy. Those with money and fame have long loved their Ferraris and have long loved winter retreats in the U.S. capital of snow and riches.

With the introduction of the Ferrari FF Grand Tourer, there's now a new link between the Prancing Horse and Aspen: all-wheel drive. Yes, all-wheel drive is more than just a performance-enhancing nicety in the Roaring Fork Valley; it's a near-necessity in the winter months. So, it's no surprise that Ferrari will use Aspen as the background for a winter driving course being offered to FF customers.