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Categories: Exotics

Lamborghini Aventador Already Getting Tuned

On: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 8:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Like the all-new Aventador, but don't like the all-wheel drive system? Or maybe you just want a more exclusive, tuned version? Either way, tuner Oakley Designs has developed just what you need: the Aventador LP760-2.

Two things are immediately apparent when you see Oakley's package: it's got 60 extra horses and two less wheels of drive power over the standard Aventador 'LP700-4.' The former comes by way of a larger airbox, titanium exhaust system, and bigger intake feed pipe diameter. Along with the 760 horses, Oakley aims for 550 lb-ft of torque (up from 508).

Zagato-Designed Perana Z-One Goes Live

On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:37AM | By: Chris Weiss

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I'm officially designating May 2011 as "Zagato Month." The coach-builder isn't a foreign name to automotive blogs and media, but I've never seen it mentioned so much as I have in the past couple weeks. First, it was the Alfa/Dodge TZ3 Stradale (okay, that was late April, but the buzz carried over). Then it was an Aston Martin-Zagato teaser. And now it's news about the Perana Z-One.

Unlike the other two Zagatos of recent fame, the Perana isn't a new car; it was introduced more than two years ago at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. However, orders have officially opened for the South African supercar as of this week. The car will be available in the United States, and U.S. distributor Superformance plans to offer 99 models per year.

Details on McLaren Flagship

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

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For most companies, a 592-hp, sub-3,000-lb. coupe that hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds would qualify as a flagship. But when your name is McLaren, and your most famous road car not only held a world record, but also stood head and shoulders above every other supercar of its era, an MP4-12C is but a starting point, a middle of the road.

McLaren has already indicated that, unlike in the past, it will build a family of cars. And one of those cars will be a true flagship, reminiscent of the 240-mph F1 produced in the mid-90s. Late last week, Autocar published the most comprehensive look that we've seen as to what McLaren's car will look like.

The Sighting To End All Sightings

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you're anything like me, when you're out and about doing just about anything in life, your eyes are always open and scanning the roads and parking lots for that one rare automobile. It never has to be anything particular, just something a little more rare and unique than your average Honda Civic. Some cars garner more of a reaction than others:  Corvettes are nice, Porsche Turbos get a glance and a nod, a Nissan GT-R will probably get a peak in the window (no touching the windows, and not long enough to be confused with a potential carjacker, of course). A Viper will usually elicit a "Whoa!" from passers-by, and a Lotus Elise will have most novices wondering "Is that a dune buggy?"


Video: Lamborghini Disassembles Entire Aventador To Bring It Indoors

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 4:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, Lamborghini was working to display its all-new Aventador LP700-4 for an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. For its part, Lamborghini planned to show its latest flagship in Rome's Chiostro del Bramante museum. But they ran into a problem: the historic building wasn't exactly built with the idea of accommodating supercars through its doors. The Aventador wouldn't fit.

You don't get to be a world-class automotive icon by quitting, so the Lamborghini team tore the Aventador apart piece by piece, brought those pieces inside, and then reassembled it into the grand supercar that it is. Problem solved.

Zagato and Aston To Reveal New Concept

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Zagato is really making headlines lately. And it's doing so with the biggest, most relevant "As" of sexy, high performance European cars. Following last month's TZ3 Stradale, a celebration of Aston Martin heritage, Zagato will introduce a new concept in conjunction with Aston Martin. Aston released a teaser rendering of the car this week.

Like recent Zagato masterpieces the TZ3 Stradale and TZ3 Corsa, the new concept is meant to celebrate an anniversary. This time it's the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, the first collaboration between Gaydon and the Italian coach builder. The new model will make its debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este later this month.

Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 test 2

You’d think, at some point, the laws of physics would step in and tell Porsche enough’s enough.

I don’t know if the crew in Stuttgart have incriminating photos of Father Time cavorting with Mother Nature or some such blackmail item, but I hope all parties will come clean before they let Porsche unveil the 911 that finally destroys time and space as we know it.

And they’re getting close.

Very close.

Mercedes SLS AMG Ambulance Concept

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes SLS AMG Ambulance Concept test 2

If I were in need of emergency medical assistance, the last vehicle I'd expect (or want) to show up is a Mercedes SLS AMG. I suppose it could probably get there a little faster than your average ambulance, but once there, what exactly are you going to do—get scrunched into the passenger seat or trunk?

Luckily for those requiring emergency aid in the future, the SLS AMG emergency medical vehicle is just a concept that Mercedes designed for the RETTmobil show going on now in Germany.

Just What You Needed: 2,000-HP Armored Crossover That Tows Yachts

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 3:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

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You know when you just completed a hundred-million-dollar bank heist and need to make a getaway to the marina so that you can boat away to international waters? No? Well, if that scenario ever does arise, you now have the getaway car to use.

Dartz Prombron, a Russian armored car company that's made a name for itself in oddball tunes that incorporate things like whale-penis leather, has what it calls "the world’s first armored Sportback, designed for pulling yachts." You know, there's a reason that some niches haven't been filled.

Pebble to "Celebrate the Greatest Ferrari of All Time" (x20+!)

On: Tue, May 10, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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“My Ferrari.” Racing driver and journalist Denise McCluggage pegged those two as the two best words in the English language, and if you’ve ever been able to say them and mean it, you know why.

But, for those of us—myself included—who can’t, why does this little Italian marque of red cars with a black-horse-in-a-yellow-rectangle badge mean so much to so many?

I’m convinced that it’s because they all wear the glow generated by the Ferrari’s greatest road-going(!) race car, the 250 GTO. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—on Sunday, August 21—is hosting a record-setting event to celebrate the “50th anniversary of the birth of this model” which is “considered by many to be the greatest Ferrari ever manufactured.”

Mercedes To Electrify S-Class

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last year, Mercedes-Benz made it clear that the SLS AMG E-Cell that it had been working on was bound for production. The E-Cell will be among the growing field of alternatively-powered supercars (think Porsche 918 Spyder).

Last week, Mercedes indicated that electric power may move down line from the E-Cell to the S-Class sedan. While the German luxury automaker fell short of confirming a full-electric S-Class, it has confirmed plans for other green vehicles.