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Video: Merc-McLaren Hits 93 MPH In Parking Garage

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes-McLaren SLR' test 2

You know what you see way too much of in parking garages? Boring, white, small and mid-sized cars parked neatly, row by row. You know what you don't see nearly enough of in parking garages? Empty spaces during key times, for one, but also Mercedes-McLaren SLR's hitting nearly 100 on the speedometer. And if you don't see enough standard SLRs doing that, you certainly don't see enough one-of-four Brabus-tuned SLR Roadsters doing it.

Here's your chance to turn the tides.


Think You Can Afford It? One-Off Porcelain Veyron

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss


The Bugatti Veyron LOr Blanc Grand Sport  test 2

The last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 may have been sold, but that doesn't mean we won't be seeing some special edition Veyrons in the future, Or today. The Bugatti Veyron L'Or Blanc Grand Sport was designed in conjunction with Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM) and unveiled last week. It's a one-of-a-kind special edition that features an unlikely material all over.

Ordinarily, delicate porcelain is the last thing that you'd want to see on the outside of a vehicle, particularly a big, heavy hypercar with capabilities up to 250 mph. But in the high-end automotive market where it's increasingly difficult to get any kind of meaningful bragging rights, being the first motor vehicle in the world to use porcelain for interior and exterior design elements provides one such bragging right. The press release doesn't detail all the parts that use porcelain, outside of confirming that it's on both the inside and out, but we'll have to venture that it's those white, squiggly lines all over the exterior and door panels.


Feebay's Top Five Sales For June Is A Lamborghini Fest

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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If you’re anything like me (God help you), you spend a fair amount of your online idle time poking around eBay, with special attention paid to eBay Motors and its bevy of fantastic cars you can’t afford and wretches you wish you couldn’t.

But I’ve noticed an odd phenomenon on eBay regarding the former (i.e. the unaffordable exotic) the VAST majority aren’t selling, whether at auction (rare), “Buy-It-Now” (ditto) or the only seemingly-viable method, “Best Offer.” For all the multi-million-dollar listing and asking prices on the site, there aren’t ANY selling prices anywhere NEAR that high.

In fact, the highest recorded sales price you can find in the site’s “completed listings” is the $255,000 “Best Offer” sale of a used orange ’08 Lambo Murcielago. The NEXT THREE of the “top five" automotive sellers are Lamborghinis, too, though not all the same model, seller, year, etc.


New Batman Movie, New Lambo

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Batman Movie, New Lambo test 1-1

During the dark night (haaa!), Batman may chase criminals and create carnage in the timelessly iconic yet ever-changing Batmobile, but in the day, he chooses something with more Italian flair. Bruce Wayne may be less flashy and more mild mannered than his crime-fighting alter ego, but he's still got lots and lots of cash to burn. So for the past couple of Batman movies, he spends his days driving a top-end Lamborghini. And some recent spy shots from the set of the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Rises shows that Bruce Wayne plans to continue driving the latest Sant'Agata Bolognese hardware.


 

Rolls Royce 102EX: Not Good Enough For Production, But Still Pimpin'

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 8:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


Rolls Royce 102EX  test 2

The Rolls Royce 102EX may be the lamest of lame ducks, after Rolls announced that it will not be developing an electric vehicle in the near future, but it's still going to be a presence on the world concept circuit. Rolls engineers are still testing the 102EX, and Rolls PR folks will be transporting the car in continuance of its world tour.


Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


Hennessey Venom GT test 2

For the past couple of years, the Hennessy Venom GT has been like a phantom of the supercar world. We don't talk about it nearly as often as cars like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 or Pagani Huayra, but it shows up every so often to remind us of just how powerful and awesome it is. The next stop? The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb this weekend.


Flying Spyder; The 2012 Audi R8 GT

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 4:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Flying Spyder; The 2012 Audi R8 GT test 1-1

If you missed out on the first 333 copies of the very impressive, very powerful, very fast Audi R8 GT a couple months ago, don't feel bad because we did too. But all might not be lost. Audi is going to give us all another 333 chances to own the baddest car in their lineup, except this one comes without a roof. The 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder promises to be one of the most exciting open air cars we've laid eyes on in a long time.  

Much like its fixed-roof sibling, the GT Spyder takes what an "ordinary" R8 offers and ratchets it up a few notches towards 'race'. The GT Spyder uses the same 5.2-liter V10, but thanks to a few tweaks here and there, it produces a healthier 552 horsepower (up 27 ponies) and 398 pound-feet of torque (versus seven pound-feet). Now, obviously that little power increase alone is not enough to warrant a new model designation, but it is nice to know that Audi upped the output just enough to brag about.


Nearly 500 Morgan Threewheelers Already Sold

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


Morgan Threewheeler test 2

Remove one wheel from your average car, strap a V-Twin motorcycle engine to a retro-styled two-seater with tubular aluminum frame, and slap on a $40,000 price tag, and you have the makings of a real novelty vehicle, not necessarily a big seller. But, so far, Morgan has been rather successful in marketing that exact vehicle to buyers. Four hundred-eighty such buyers have already stepped to the plate and put a deposit down on their very own car... motorcycle... Threewheeler.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Is Nearly No More

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti Veyron  test 2

If you look at the market for million-dollar supercars, you'll find a small, but defined market that includes such models as the all-new Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera R. But, if you look at the market for million-dollar supercars that also own a production car world speed record, well, that market is a market of one: the Bugatti Veyron. And the ultra-exclusive market is about to dry up altogether, as the very last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has been sold.

Originally produced in 2004, the Bugatti Veyron has easily been the most storied supercar of the 21st century. From its very introduction, the Veyron was the epitome of automotive excess: 1,001-hp 16-cylinder engine, super-million-dollar price tag, and a top speed so damn fast you needed a separate key to unlock it. It's everything that little boys dream of and their parents loathe and fear.


Sedan or SUV? Lamborghini Still Unsure.

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss


Sedan or SUV? Lamborghini Still Unsure. test 1-1

Previous sound bites from Stephan Winkelmann had all but confirmed that Lamborghini is building a sedan as its third model. But a new Car and Driver report indicates that Lamborghini still isn't 100 percent behind the sedan. In fact, the report brings us right back to last summer, at which point it was reported that Lamborghini was debating between an SUV and a sedan.


Video: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Earns Its Name

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:30PM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Earns Its Name test 1-1

When you designate a 'Nurburgring Edition' anything, you'd better be sure that it's up to the task. And Lexus did just that in racing its LFA Nurburgring Edition around the Nordschliefe circuit of Nurburgring. Finish time? 7:22.85. And that was just messin' around.

Gazoo Racing team manager Akira Iida attacked the Ring before last weekend's 24 Hours of Nurburgring event and logged the time, which would be enough to give the LFA Nurburgring the number 10 spot all time. We say "would be" because the run wasn't an official lap, just a warm up. An official attempt is likely to come later this year and we'd expect the LFA to move up the list even further.