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Categories: Exotics

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.

Koenigsegg Agera R Gets Tested

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Koenigsegg Agera R  test 2

The world's fastest ski commuter has been lent to testers from Swedish auto rag Teknikensvarld. Unfortunately, as you could surmise from trying to pronounce the name of that magazine, Swedish isn't exactly the easiest language to follow. And journalist Erik Gustafsson ain't talking English. Luckily for us, speed, agility, and beautiful supercars are universal languages that can be understood with ease. So are smiles and elated exclamations.

The most powerful, promising supercar in a historical line that includes a former world-record holder, the Agera R is Koenigsegg's latest introduction. It made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show last month, bringing 1115-hp and 885 lb-ft of torque along with it. That massive output is secured via a 5.0-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission corrals all those horses and puts them to use.

Ferrari 599 Successor To Be Lighter, More Powerful (+ Spy Video)

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 4:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari 599 Successor test 2

Now that the Ferrari FF has been detailed, photographed, and filmed, auto-world rumors are turning to the next great Prancing Horse: the 599 GTB successor. According to a new report, Ferrari's top dog will get more bite in the way of a retuned engine. It will also lose some weight.

As told by an Autocar report, the next-gen 599, which is codenamed F152, will get upwards of 700-hp, a marked increase over the 599's 612-hp, an increase that will bring Ferrari in line with the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Pagani Huayra. If you look at the FF's recent jump to 651-hp—up from 533-hp in the 612 Scaglietti—it's not hard to believe that Ferrari will be looking at 700 + for the 599 successor. They'll achieve that with a tuned version of the FF's 6.3-liter V12.

Pagani Names Two U.S. Dealers

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani Huayra test 2

While the biggest story of the Pagani Huayra is the car itself (and maybe that weird name), a pretty large subplot is that the 700-hp supercar will be the first Pagani available in the United States. As such, Pagani will obviously need to set up a dealership network where the uber-rich can go to browse and order the $1.4 million coupe. Earlier this week, Pagani announced its first two U.S. dealerships.


Audi Quattro Concept Moving Toward Production

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 10:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi Quattro Concept test 2

It looks like the Audi Quattro concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is on its way toward production. While it has yet to be officially confirmed, Autocar reports that Audi is quite close to giving the go-ahead. Launch is expected as early as 2013.

Essentially an ultra-light RS5, the Quattro uses an aluminum space frame, aluminum body panels, and a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic hood and trunk to tear out 660 lbs. In its Paris form, the model used a 408-hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission.

Gallardo-Replacing Cabrera To Get 600 Horses

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante test 2

Well, it looks like Lamborghini may be abandoning the lighter components/smaller engines philosophy that company executives talked about last year. Because all we've seen since then, except for the Sesto Elemento, is bigger and bigger engines. Sure, composites have been part of the picture, but there really doesn't seem to be much effort in cutting engine size.

The latest rumor out of French site L'Automobile indicates that the Gallardo replacement, a car that is likely to be introduced in 2013, will add 30-hp over the current Gallardo top-dog—the Gallardo Superleggera—for 600 horses worth of power. That engine's job will be a bit easier thanks to weight cuts from composite construction.

Rumor Mill: Bugatti 16 C Galibier Is A Go

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier  test 2

Well, according to a Bloomberg report, not only has Bugatti decided to build the sedan, it's gotten the blessing from parent company Volkswagen.

Basically a Veyron dressed up in ultra-premium sedan clothing, the Galibier features the Veyron's 8.0-liter W16 engine along with two superchargers. At the time that it introduced the concept, Bugatti called it the "the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world." With its Veyron-based powertrain, excessively luxurious interior, and likely super-million-dollar price tag, it is certainly without a modern rival in terms of elegance and power. Bugatti never specified the output of the Galibier, but it was said to be somewhere between 800-hp and the 1,000-hp of the Veyron 16.4.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Zagato: Alfa Romeo TZ3 May Hit Production

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo TZ3 test 2

The TZ3 Corsa is an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione-based one-off that was presented at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy last spring. The race car was a privately commissioned special edition designed to celebrate 90 years of cooperation between Zagato, an Italian coach-builder, and Alfa Romeo. At the time, it didn't appear to be anything more than a one-off, but German auto mag Auto Bild reports that the parties involved are considering putting out a very limited edition production run. Only with a rather hefty twist.

More Whispers On Aston-Maybach Team-Up

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Lagonda test 2

Rumors of an Aston Martin-Daimler/Maybach team-up have been surfacing and resurfacing for months. The latest rumor is the most decisive yet, indicating that not only is the Aston-Daimler deal coming, but it's already inked and signed. According to a report from Car and Driver, the deal was actually signed late last year.

Under the agreement, Aston will replace its stretched-to-the-limit 'vertical horizontal' platform with the help of Daimler. Aston needs a larger platform to base its upcoming Lagonda sedan on, and looked outside to find one. Aston found a willing ear in Daimler and will borrow a platform from Mercedes to build the Lagonda on. Aston will also borrow SUV architecture, engines, and possibly a new platform to replace the VH platform that underpins its sports cars.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Previewed Before New York

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Panamera Turbo S test 2

The most powerful iteration of the Porsche Panamera sedan yet will make its debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show next month. In preparation for the show, Porsche detailed the new sedan a little early. The Panamera Turbo S brings more power, more speed, and more standard equipment.

Porsche upgrades the Panamera Turbo's 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with new turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a reprogrammed engine control. The result is an extra 50 horses--up to 550-hp—and an extra 37 lb-ft of torque—up to 553 lb-ft. In Sport and Sport Plus modes that torque can be temporarily boosted up to 590 lb-ft.

Making Of Ferrari FF Promo Video

On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 12:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ferrari already wowed us with its 3.5-minute official FF promo video showing the concept tackling about every type of terrain that a vehicle can tackle. Now it's done it once again with a making-of video that shows exactly how the promo was put together.

When it comes to auto videos, there's a massive disparity between the people who watch them and the people who make them. As viewers, we watch the video unfold within minutes. But on the other side of the camera, a crew of professionals works tirelessly for hours and days on end to create a visual masterpiece worthy of a car bearing a Prancing Horse or Raging Bull. All that work doesn't really matter to the viewer; the only thing that matters is the final product. Within minutes, viewers make a polar decision: thumbs up/thumbs down.