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Categories: Exotics

Mercedes SLK; One (S)(L)ic(K) Ride

On: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 10:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mercedes SLK; One (S)(L)ic(K) Ride test 1-1

Even though it’s been around for nearly 15 years, the Mercedes Benz SLK is still a good looking car after all these years. Whether it is the early Kompressor version or the excitable AMG SLK55 of only a short while ago, the SLK has become a staple in the sports car market. For 2012, Mercedes has unveiled the third generation of its Boxster-fighter and it is a beauty.  

Taking cues from the drop-dead gorgeous SLS AMG halo car, the SLK continues the traditional long hood, short deck proportions that are the foundation for any attractive sporting car. The nose of the new SLK is more upright than the outgoing pint-sized SLR McLaren model. Keen eyes will notice not just the SLS inspiration when the roof is up, but when the SLK goes top-down, an SL model resemblance will start to make itself known. 


Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E

On: Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E test 1-1

We know that Porsche plans to make a hybrid version of every one of its cars. This week, the company took the next official step, introducing the Panamera S Hybrid ahead of its Geneva debut. And if that wasn't enough to make environmentalists all warm and tingly, Porsche also introduced the all-electric Boxster E prototype.


Mush, Mush! Spy Video Of Ferrarri FF Captured By Dog Sled

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mush, Mush! Spy Video Of Ferrarri FF Captured By Dog Sled test 1-1

We know, from the official pictures that Ferrari released last week, that the Prancing Horse is intent upon showing off its all-new 4WD system. The FF concept is, after all, the first  Ferrari to get four-wheel drive. And the quickest way to convey a car's all-wheel torque vectoring capabilities is to show some video and pictures of the car in the snow.

But what happens when your beautiful, all-new supercar concept is snow-testing alongside a dog sled? Well, apparently the world gets a sweet spy video courtesy of the musher in question.


Killer Leak: Two-Minute Clip Of Lambo Aventador LP700-4

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


Killer Leak: Two-Minute Clip Of Lambo Aventador LP700-4 test 1-1

Lamborghini may really be dragging its heels in teasing the Aventador LP700-4 leading up to Geneva, but luckily the leaky auto-media infrastructure is moving a little quicker. While the Raging Bull has been content to present the Aventador one piece at a time over months upon months, photos, and videos have been leaking like a condemned building, giving us a much better look at the new top dog in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

The latest video, which was first leaked on Dutch website Autogespot.com, comes at a time when official Lamborghini media releases left us staring at the light, but not particularly visually stunning, Aventador chassis. It's two minutes worth of fast action with some of the best looks at both the exterior and interior of the Aventador that we've seen. Unfortunately, that headache-inducing squiggly camo is still all over the body, but it's still an exciting look of the 700-hp supercar speeding through a snow-covered Italian countryside.


 

First U.S. Pagani Huayra Coming to the States

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani--Huayra  test 2

The rumors are official: Pagani will be selling its all-new Huayra supercar in the United States, making it Pagani's first car in the market. Unlike the Zonda, the Huayra was developed with an adherence to U.S. emissions and safety regulations in mins, and it long seemed clear that the Italian supercar-maker was intent upon breaking into the ever-supercar-hungry U.S. market. Pagani made it official on Tuesday.

Pagani has yet to release pricing for the Huayra, but indications are that it will cost somewhere around 1 million euros when it hits the market. That translates to around $1.35 million by today's rates. Pagani plans to begin U.S. sales later this year.


It's [Officially] Fast; Full McLaren MP4-12C Specs Released

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


It's [Officially] Fast; Full McLaren MP4-12C Specs Released test 1-1

It was nearly a year ago when McLaren introduced its first car since the timeless F1. But for the entire time that we've known about the MP4-12C, we've been left with mere estimates of its performance. Until this week. McLaren has made the numbers on the MP4-12C official, and they're quite impressive for a car that will eventually become the baby McLaren.

We knew that the MP4-12C had what it took: 592 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque worth of 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, and a lightweight build that includes a super-light, carbon fiber MonoCell chassis and generous use of composites throughout the body.


Bentley Continental GT Sets World Speed Record on Ice

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bentley Continental GT Sets World Speed Record on Ice test 1-1

Well, here's a world record that I didn't even know they counted: world speed record on ice. And here's a car that I really wouldn't expect to own that record: a convertible Bentley Continental Supersports. But it does. Bentley announced a world record of 205.48 mph earlier this week. The Finland Traffic Police were on-hand to certify the speed and Guiness World Record officials ratified it. 205.5 mph on sheer ice sounds pretty terrifying, but makes for pretty nice bragging rights for Bentley.


Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis)

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis) test 1-1

We thought Pagani dragged things out, but Lamborghini is really nursing it. I guess a new Lambo flagship is enough of a rarity to forgive the slow, slow, slow reveal, but I just want to see the damn car already—uncovered, from every angle.

But Lamborghini isn't giving it up so easy. Instead, it continues to tease the Aventador piece by beautiful piece. We got the official details on the powertrain all the way back in November, and most recently, Lambo has given the world a closer look at the lightweight, composite chassis that will hold drivers up for the most exciting ride of their lives.


The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer test 1-1

For many red-blooded Porsche fans, the Panamera is already too big. After all, what kind of a true Porsche has four doors? But for actual Panamera buyers, the sedan isn't quite big enough, making for scrunched legs and uncomfortable rides in the back seat. And since the Panamera has been one of Porsche's most successful vehicles of late, Porsche is listening to the latter crowd. According to an Autocar report, Stuttgart is developing a stretched-out Panamera to appease voices in the North American and Chinese markets that feel the rear cabin is too small.


German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante test 1-1

Problem: German supercar-maker Gumpert makes a powerful, visceral, two-seat hypercar known as the Apollo. While exhilarating in terms of capabilities, its raw, unrefined interior and exterior haven't been all that appealing to the type of pampered clientele that could actually afford one.

Solution: The Tornante, a more attractive two-seater designed with the help of Italian design firm Touring Superleggera. The new Gumpert brings a higher level of aesthetics, comfort, and sophistication without losing too much of the sheer, unapologizing performance of the Apollo.


Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition To Debut In Geneva

On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 5:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition To Debut In Geneva test 1-1

If you've been following the Lexus LFA, you might think that Lexus' special-edition, 50-run Nurburgring package made its public debut sometime last year. But if you've really been following the LFA closely, then you know that while Lexus announced the package and released a few photos nearly a year ago, it never actually brought the Nurburgring-spec LFA to an auto show for an official debut. Well, the company is finally making up for that, in announcing that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show will mark the official public debut of the suped-up special edition. Prepare to see some live pictures of the LFA under the intense lights of the showroom floor.