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Categories: Exotics

1/4 Strip Tease: GT-R, Z06, And GT500

On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

GT-R, Z06, and GT500  test 2

A lot of people are excited about the new Lexus LFA supercar, and with good reason. Back in 2010 the Lexus LFA defeated the Nissan GT-R in an all-guns-blazing drag race. Despite that victory and loads of media attention since, critics suggest the LFA is overpriced compared to the almost equally athletic, yet $300,000 cheaper, GT-R. Those critics will have even more ammunition to fire against the LFA for 2012 when they see this video which demonstrates how less expensive supercars are equally glorious.

In the April, 2011 issue of Motor Trend three epic supercars were set against each other in a five-figure full speed brawl. What sets these cars apart from other supercars? Simple, they don’t require a major league baseball deal or draining a lifetime savings account to purchase.

McLaren To Introduce New Car Every Year

On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren To Introduce New Car Every Year test 1-1

McLaren has made it clear that it plans to offer a robust family of cars. Those cars are expected to include an F1-succeeding flagship and a roadster. According to a conversation between McLaren managing director Antony Sheriff and The Detroit Bureau, McLaren is going to hit the ground running, introducing a new car every year.

While there's no indication of how many cars McLaren plans to add to its line, or what those cars will be, Sheriff told the Bureau: "Between the various models, we’ll have something new about once a year."

Who'd Ferrari Pay Off? 458 Italia Wins 'Performance Car of the Year'

On: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Who'd Ferrari Pay Off? 458 Italia Wins 'Performance Car of the Year' test 1-1

You know when the Ferrari 458 was named Automobile's 'Performance Car of the Year' I thought: "The editor of Automobile must have a classic Ferrari sitting in a hidden garage somewhere." Paying off a single magazine, while unethical, really wouldn't be that hard. But paying off a panel of journalists from around the world? Now that seems a little more complicated. How'd Maranello get that done?

It's not that the Ferrari 458 Italia is a bad car—it's a beautiful, hard-charging car. It's just that with months' worth of headlines on the car's tendency to—you know, catch fire—you'd have thunk that the auto journalists that wrote those headlines might have chosen a worthy competitor that didn't have a history of bursting into a ball of fiery destruction.

Honda Confirms NSX Successor

On: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

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A Honda NSX successor has been the subject of rumors for years. These rumors have started to heat up again lately, with reports indicating that Honda is refocusing on a top-end sports car now that the economy is starting to turn around.

Well, those rumors are correct. Honda president Takanobu Ito said so himself from the Shanghai Auto Show. Ito didn't get into too many details, but did indicate that the NSX successor will reflect the efficient needs of modern times rather than the pure power ambitions of years past.


World's Fastest Car Gets Darker

On: Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

World's Fastest Car Gets Darker test 1-1

We've been so caught up in the start of the New York Auto Show that we almost missed two special edition Veyrons that launched across the world at the Shanghai Auto Show, also going on this week. However, special edition, multimillion dollar hypercars have a way of making themselves seen and heard. Loud and clear. 

The models include a roadster version of the Veyron and a blacked-out version of the Veyron Super Sport, the world's fastest car.

Lotus Building Final Edition Elise And Exige Models

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 5:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

Final Edition Elise and Exige Models test 2

Toyota has already stopped producing the 2ZZ-GE engine that Lotus uses to power the Exige and Elise. Though Lotus has a stockpile of the engines, supplies are winding down fast, meaning the end of the current-generation Elise and Exige are drawing near. Before all those 2ZZ-GEs run out this July, Lotus will offer three limited production, 'Final Edition' versions for the North American market.

The Exige Final Edition 260 will get a boost in output from 240 hp to 260 hp thanks to supercharging and intercooling of Toyota's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The model will get some extra equipment standard, including leather-trimmed sport seats courtesy of the Touring Package, and double-adjustable Ohlins dampers as part of the Track Package. Other upgrades include Torsen limited-slip differential and black, Y-type, five-spoke wheels. 30 models will be built, with pricing starting at $67,500.

Next-Gen Ferrari Enzo Drawing Influence From Bugatti Veyron

On: Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Next-Gen Ferrari Enzo test 2

Veyron. Enzo. Few two-syllable words bear greater weight in the automotive world than those two. So it's quite intriguing to hear that the former has influenced the latter. According to an Autocar report, Ferrari has drawn influence from the Bugatti Veyron in developing its next-generation Enzo flagship.

We got word of the Enzo revival during a Fiat presentation last year. Fiat outlined the next several years in Maranello, and among the planned new models sat the most beautiful of all—the Enzo, which is scheduled for a 2012/2013 debut.

Great(er) Roller's Ghost!

On: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase test 2

OK, folks, it's time to drag out your conversion charts. Yes, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled what it terms its "sixth new model," the 2012 Ghost Extended Wheelbase. Bet you can't guess what it is! Fine. The name pretty much gives away the game. But if there's one thing people like more than a Rolls-Royce it's more of one, and in this way, the stretch Ghost gets top marks.

Sure, it's Rolls' "economy" model, but that's like saying Texas is the low-price Alaska. At 5,399 mm the "regular” Ghost—as if there is such a thing considering  R-R’s stance that every vehicle they make is unique—isn’t exactly short on anything, but the company decided that what their baby elephant needed was an additional 170 mm in its length and wheelbase.

[Alright… you can skip your grumbling. From now on I’ll switch to ‘Murrican measurements. But I’m still going to use “litre” and there’s nothing you can do about it.]

Let’s see, that means Rolls-Royce is giving you an additional 6.69” with every purchase of Ghost Long Wheelbase, for a total of 18-plus feet of Ghostly goodness! And that’s just what the (Asia Pacific) doctor—if they’re paid anything like ours—ordered.

First Image of 2013 Dodge Viper... Errr... Not Really

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Dodge Viper test 2

In preparation of its upcoming 2013 Viper, Dodge has released a single teaser image of the car doing some snow testing. Unfortunately, the test car pictured is nothing more than a 2010 Viper that Dodge is using to test some new equipment. So, while reports promise that the 2013 Viper will be more aggressive, we're still left looking at the same ol'  Viper we've come to know and love.

New Details On Porsche 918

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Details On Porsche 918 test 1-1

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most exciting cars on the horizon and we're following the story closely. Thanks to the leak of an internal dealership document, we have some new details to report. Actually, they're mostly just confirmations of existing details—but hey, it's the Porsche 918 Spyder; all news is good news.

The document, which was given to 'World Car Fans' by an anonymous source, confirms that the Porsche 918 Spyder will be using the same powertrain that it had when it debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show: a 500-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine assisted by two electric motors worth a combined 218-hp. A seven-speed PDK takes on gear control.

Ferrari Leading the Way In Emissions Cuts

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Leading the Way In Emissions Cuts  test 2

The European Union currently mandates that all automakers cut emissions across their lines down to 130 g/km by 2015. As you could imagine, cutting emissions poses a particular challenge to supercar manufacturers whose lines consist of massively engined, inefficient sports cars that get more powerful every year. And so far, most supercar makers have been making very nominal gains.

But, Ferrari has proved an exception, making significant cuts over the past year.