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Categories: Exotics

Rumor: 10 Years of New Lamborghinis

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 2:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


Rumor: 10 Years of New Lamborghinis test 1-1

Here we thought that Lamborghini rumors were going to take a nice, long vacation, what with the Aventador having been revealed earlier this month. Instead, we have one of the biggest, juiciest Lamborghini rumors ever. This isn't your typical one-model rumor; it's a rumor about 10 years worth of Lamborghini production plans. It's new models and facelifts replacing models that haven't been introduced or even confirmed. It's like a glimpse at Stephan Winkelmann's [alleged] hard drive. Given how far-reaching these rumors are, we wouldn't trust them straight out, but they certainly give us something to ponder.

Where to start? The source: the rumors come from a rather extensive post over at Teamspeed, so, again, don't believe everything you read, but have fun reading and dreaming.


Fisker Karma Production Begins

On: Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Tim Healey


Fisker Karma test 2

Production on the long-awaited Fisker Karma has finally begun. The $88,000 plug-in hybrid sports car will be built in Finland, with U.S. and European deliveries expected to begin next month.

The Karma is capable of traveling up to 50 miles on electricity before a 2.0-liter, 260 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks on. Including the two 201.5 horsepower electric motors, total horsepower is claimed to be 403 ponies and total torque is said to be a whopping 981 lb-ft.


Renault To Produce DeZir Roadster Under New 'Renaultsport' Brand

On: Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Renault  DeZir Roadster test 2

Generally speaking, I'm not that interested in Renault. Or Peugeot or Citroen, for that matter. Not because of some dumb, misguided disdain for the French, but simply because I know that I won't be able to buy one here in the States. Or see one on the road for that matter. So why get attached?

But the DeZir concept that launched at last year's Paris Motor Show was just too fetching to ignore. Smooth curves. Can't-miss red paint job, Electric powertrain and Kevlar body panels. It refused to be missed.


Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 Preview

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid test 2

It was just over a year ago that Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The innovative track hybrid features a combination of rear-mounted 480-hp V6, two front-mounted electric motors and a flywheel generator in place of a battery pack. The generator pulls power from regenerative braking and distributes it to the front motors when needed for short bursts of acceleration.

Apparently the original R Hybrid has grown long in the tooth in that short year span. Porsche has previewed a revised version which will officially debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in late June.


 

Godzilla Rattled: 2012 GT-R Shipments Delayed By Earthquake

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R  test 2

What's more powerful than a massive, fire-breathing lizard? Mother Nature herself. Nissan has told the media that it will be forced to delay shipments of the new GT-R, the bang-for-the-buck supercar nicknamed after Japan's most famous reptile, due to the massive earthquake that has left the island nation in tatters. The Tochigi Plant where the GT-R is manufactured is one of six Nissan plants that were shut down by the quake. Production has been suspended until this Friday.


Lamborghini Aventador Filmed in Berlin

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Aventador Filmed in Berlin test 1-1

While Ferrari has gotten out of the gate with all kinds of video of its FF concept, country mate Lamborghini has yet to really show its Aventador LP700-4 in action. Well, that officially changed this week. Kind of.

The eight-minute clip below delivers some beautiful footage of the Aventador, and it's moving—but unfortunately, it's moving along at a parade pace rather than a full-on, 217-mph pace. But we do get all kinds of close-ups of the car set to some ultra-dramatic choir music. And that grumble oh, that wonderful V12 grumble.


Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Time Suck Of The Day: Ferrari FF Configurator test 1-1

Though the FF that Ferrari debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this month was officially a concept, we know that Ferrari plans to use it to replace the 612 Scaglietti. And the Prancing Horse is moving forward with the model, giving customers the opportunity to create their own virtual versions. The Italian icon launched a configurator of the car earlier this week, letting you pick out the perfect colors, materials, and options for the hottest AWD hatchback of the year.


Fast Cars Aren't Always Your Friend: McLaren Chief Loses License

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


Fast Cars Aren't Always Your Friend: McLaren Chief Loses License test 1-1

When you lead a company with a history of building some of the fastest, most exotic supercars in the world, there's a pretty strong chance that you like to drive fast. But when you're not on a testing track, you should probably temper the need for speed just enough to keep your driving privileges. Otherwise, you'll end up like 63-year-old McLaren CEO Ron Dennis, who recently lost his U.K. driving privileges after pleading guilty of running a red light.


Lamborghini Aventador To Have Similar Production Run As Murcielago

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 6:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Aventador test 2

In case you were wondering just how many $380,000 Aventador LP700-4 models Lamborghini plans to build, the answer—at least at the moment—is around 4,000, putting the planned production run right in line with the Aventador's predecessor. According to Lamborghini numbers, 4,099 Murcielago models were built before the flagship was retired last year. Murcielago production began in 2001 and ran for nearly a decade, winding down in May of 2010.

Lamborghini sources told Autocar that the molds that are used to craft the carbon fiber tub for the Aventador are good for 500 uses each. And the magazine discovered that Lamborghini has budgeted for eight molds. With a little, quick math, it's easy to deduct that Lamborghini is planning on a production run comparable to that of the Murcielago.


Novitec Tunes The Ferrari 458 and 599 GTO for Geneva

On: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Novitec Rosso 599 GTO test 2

The Geneva Motor Show is so stacked to the rafters with big car manufacturer debuts that we almost forgot about the tuners. Up until Italian shop Novitec Rosso reminded us, that is. The tuning firm known for its Ferrari tunes debuted two new ones in Geneva, one based on the 458 Italia and one based on the 599 GTO.

Let's face it, you want to know about the 599 GTO the most. So here it is. Ferrari's fastest road-going car ever gets oh so much more powerful at the hands of Novitec; power is upgraded from the stock 671 horses to a knee-shaking 888-hp. Torque is also given a major boost to 636-hp, up from 457-hp.


A Ferrari FF in a Helicopter: One Great Piece of Video.

On: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


A Ferrari FF in a Helicopter: One Great Piece of Video. test 1-1

Ferrari has been anything but shy when it comes to pictures and videos of its FF concept. We really thought we wouldn't see an FF video that came close to the last one, which featured the FF scorching nearly every type of terrain on Earth. But Ferrari's managed to come close, releasing a video clip of the FF being whisked into the Italian Dolomites, where it'll be made available to auto journalists for testing. As has been Ferrari's M.O. all along, it isn't doing any run-of-the-mill, dry-track testing; journalists will get to put the all-wheel-drive system to use on a specially-designed snow and ice course at Italy's Plan De Corones ski resort.