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Categories: Exotics

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.

Gumpert Tornante Unveiled

On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 6:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, it looks like that mysterious teaser picture we saw earlier this month was indeed the Gumpert Tornante. Because Gumpert has pulled the cloth off its second car, and it's definitely one in the same. Gumpert's latest supercar brings a new level of refinement and comfort to its line, while not giving up much in terms of power and performance. 

The full name of the car identifies its origins: Tornante by Touring. The Touring refers to Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera. Realizing that while it had mechanical engineering pretty well covered, it didn't exactly make the sexiest cars, Gumpert outsourced the styling to the Italian firm.

Bentley Nixing Entry Level Model, Leaning Toward Other Options

On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Rumors of new Bentley models have been surfacing for months now and the latest indicates that Crewe has no plans of watering its ultra-premium line down with a sub-Continental, entry-level model. Instead, Bentley will work within its current price range to offer something new but equally high-performing and luxurious. What exactly that will be remains a mystery, but there are several possibilities.

No Pain, No Gain?

On: Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 10:37AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Here’s a fun sounding deal for all of you Porscheophiles:  How would you like the chance to buy  a brand new Porsche for just over $66,000? Not too bad right? Well, here’s the thing:  It won’t have a radio or air conditioning; oh, and it will be noticeably noisier than what you might expect out of a high-end sports car. Still interested? Well, if not, then you are not the target market for the new Cayman R Porsche is rolling out this month.  

Although no official word has indicated what the R stands for, we have made a short guess list: R could be for race, or race-ready, or ridiculously fun, or really, it’s pretty hardcore, or road-course hero, which the Cayman R is certainly destined to be. Essentially the R is a Cayman that has gone on the perfect diet/exercise program that allowed it to walk that very fine line of being able to build muscle in all the right places and lose body fat at the same time to further emphasize its already extremely athletic nature. There are not a lot of differences between the two, but the few that there are make the R a much more feral animal compared to its domesticated sibling. 


Aston Tones Down the DBS in New Virage

On: Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 9:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Aston Martin has a new car. More accurately, it has revived an old car. The Virage nameplate from the 1990s is back. Aston's latest two-door debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and aims to bring more subtle, toned-down styling for those who aren't quite ready to get behind the wheel of a DBS.

The Virage will split the DB models, landing between the DB9 and the DBS. Major specs and pricing reflect its position in the greater Aston family. The Virage will be powered by a 490-hp version of the 6.0-liter V12 engine—right between the 470-hp DB9 and the 510-hp DBS—and will cost around 150,000 GBP ($244K) when it goes on sale, placing it smack in the middle between the £125,000 DB9 and  £175,000 DBS.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: SOLD OUT

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: SOLD OUT test 1-1

Well, that didn't take long at all. A day after Lamborghini finally unveiled its newest V12 flagship, the Bull announced that the entire first-year production run of the Aventador LP700-4 has sold out. While Lamborghini didn't specificy the exact number of Aventadors it had sold, Motor Trend estimates the number around 900, or nearly a quarter of the entire 10-year production run of the Murcielago. Not bad for one day.

Bentley Details Ice Speed Record Special Edition

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Bentley recently smashed (its own) world speed record on ice with a 205.48 mph speed on a stretch of Baltic Sea ice off the coast of Finland. At the time, Crewe announced plans to celebrate its accomplishment with a special-edition Continental at the Geneva Motor Show. Getting a head start on the other debuts and announcements of the show, Bentley detailed the "Ice Speed Record" edition on the day before the official start of Geneva. The car is built on the old Continental Supersports platform, as opposed to the new Continental GT platform.

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R test 1-1

After Bugatti set a 268-mph world record back in July, we've seen a lot of hypercars in the 1,000+ horsepower category listing estimated top speeds in the low to mid 270s. The latest example is the Koenigsegg Agera R, an even more hardcore version of Koenigsegg's latest supercar with a claimed top speed of around 273 mph. Koenigsegg got out of the gate a little early and did a Geneva eve reveal of its latest creation on Monday.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Officially Revealed

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Much like it did with its Sesto Elemento concept at the Paris Motor Show last fall, Lamborghini jumped the gun on the Geneva Motor Show and revealed its new car a day early. And in this case, we're not looking at a fanciful, proof-of-tech concept, but at the future face of the Lamborghini brand. It's the Aventador LP700-4, and it's finally here, in every angle you could wish for.

Most of the news is in the pictures below, since Lamborghini has been spilling the beans as to the specs of the Aventador for months now, but there are a few interesting updates. First, if you were hoping that Lamborghini was holding onto the Jota name, you can officially begin being disappointed. If it wasn't already clear from last week's leaked magazine spread, the Aventador LP700-4 name is here to stay.

Pictures Galore: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 6:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Lexus LFA Nurburgring edition has been somewhat of a strange case. Lexus announced the car last March, and made several follow-up announcements about it. But they waited nearly a year to debut the package, something that they will finally get around to this week. And despite the follow-up announcements about the package, we've been working with the same handful of pictures since last March.

But, last week, Lexus finally got around to updating the pictures. And it didn't hold back, offering a full album of exterior, interior, and engine shots. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the matte black LFA, but we do get plenty of the orange model.

Ferrari Does Full Web Unveil of the FF

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Our two favorite Italian supercar makers are kind of taking opposite strategies in terms of their Geneva debuts. Lamborghini has been rather stingy with pictures, teasing the Aventador LP700-4 piece by piece, even in the face of major leaks. Meanwhile, Ferrari has been busy providing full pictures and video of its FF concept.

Last month, the Prancing Horse introduced the FF via a web event, and offered the first pictures. Then, it released some video and more pictures. And now it has held an official web debut in Maranello (apparently that's not what last month's event was?) and offered more pictures and more video. This time, the event was more like an auto-show reveal with a stage, audience of 700 Ferrari VIPs, speakers, and several live FFs—which makes me wonder: what's left for Geneva?