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Categories: Exotics

Gumpert To Unveil a Fast Tourer In Geneva

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


Gumpert Tornante test 2

It's really been a great year for supercars. We've already had a new Ferrari. The Pagani Huayra has leaked. The Lamborghini Aventador is coming. And now news of yet another exciting Geneva unveil: a Gumpert 'Fast Tourer'.

One of the rarer, less-known names even in a field of rare, low-profile supercars, Gumpert is the German force behind the track-focused (but road-legal), V8-powered Apollo. The new, two-seat Tourer was designed in conjunction with Italian firm Touring Superleggera, which was integral in Bentley's Continental Flying Star that debuted at last year's Geneva show. The new Gumpert is expected to become Gumpert's second production vehicle and will likely join the Apollo in Gumpert's line.


Porsche 918 To Debut As A Spyder

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 918 To Debut As A Spyder test 1-1

Truth be told, I was a little disappointed by the 918 RSR at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, don't get me wrong: the RSR was an exciting car in its own right. And I was all about its 756 horses. The silver-and-orange paint job was a distinctive (and hot) bonus as well. But I was hoping we'd get a look at a road-ready preview of the eventual production model as opposed to a track-focused car. And the RSR just wasn't it.

Well, according to a new report out of Europe, the 918 will debut in Spyder form, the way it was originally shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The RSR is designed for racing as opposed to production and the market model will come with a removable hard-top similar to that of the Carrera GT.


2012 Nissan GT-R Cuts 0-to-60 Under 3 Seconds

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R Cuts 0-to-60 Under 3 Seconds test 1-1

The new Nissan GT-R may have inched ever closer to the $100,000 threshold, but it looks like the price increase will be worth it. According to a leaked GT-R owner's manual, the 2012 model brings back a sorely missed feature: launch control. And with launch control comes acceleration times that will put the car in the conversation with some of the world's most elite supercars. In getting their hands on the GT-R manual, car sleuths at the North American GT-R Owner's Club identified what Nissan calls "R Mode Start Function," or what's essentially an updated version of launch control.


Henrik Fisker Makes Rosy Prediction "Plug-Ins Will Take Off Like Smartphones"

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Chris Weiss


Henrik Fisker Makes Rosy Prediction "Plug-Ins Will Take Off Like Smartphones" test 1-1

Well, here's a media sound bite that I'm dismissing as complete, investor-befriending positioning. Henrik Fisker was quoted last week as stating that plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles will take off the way that smartphones and flat-panel TVs did. It's a fair comparison in terms of new, cutting-edge technology, but there's one major difference: flat-panel TVs and smartphones were flat-out better than existing devices in every discernible way. Plug-in vehicles, while certainly more efficient and cheaper to own in the long run, are not quite at the same respective level.


 

Aston Martin Cygnet To Launch With Two Salt-and-Pepper Special Editions

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Aston Martin Cygnet test 2

Ahhhh...my least favorite Aston Martin to write about. Ever. It's the portly nugget known as the Cygnet—or as a tarted up, overpriced Toyota iQ if you prefer. And I do prefer.

Well, despite my utter disdain for the Cygnet, I suppose this is about the best that it can get. Aston Martin announced last week that it will kick-off Cygnet production with two limited edition models, one Black and one White. The understated look of the neutral Cygnets is definitely better than some of the zany customization options that Aston will make available to customers.


Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power?

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power? test 1-1

Nearly two years ago, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Netherlands-based supercar-maker Spyker announced a Spyder version of its second-generation C8 Aileron. It unveiled the model a few months later in Pebble Beach and the world was astounded by the muscular, aero-inspired, electric/hydraulic-roofed beauty. Unfortunately for that world—particularly the wealthiest segment of it—the Aileron Spyder has existed merely as a show car ever since. It shows its sexy face at big auto shows around the world, but has not yet made it out of the factory, despite production originally being planned for the first half of last year.

Sure, Spyker has been busy with acquiring and resurrecting Saab, but is it too much to ask for them to focus on their bread and butter?


Full Frontal Of Pagani Huayra Leaked

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss


Full Frontal Of Pagani Huayra Leaked test 1-1

Our first look at the uncovered Pagani Huayra. The leaked photos originally came from the cover and pages of Car magazine. Some kind-hearted chap scanned the cover in and released it unto the Web for all to ogle. After that leak Cars.UK, which had its own photo of the car, decided it was time to take advantage and published a second photo (above). Kind of puts the ki-bosh on Pagani's painfully drawn-out teaser campaign doesn't it?

In addition to giving a full walkaround of the car, the leaked magazine pages also put an end to the name debate: it's officially the Huayra, somewhat disappointing because I liked Deus Venti a lot better. But perhaps Pagani fancies itself as the "God of the Winds" and the Huayra is just one of several winds that it's created.


Next Dodge Viper To Draw Inspiration From Naked Women

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Next Dodge Viper To Draw Inspiration From Naked Women test 1-1

Dodge dealers have already seen it, and according to Dodge chief Ralph Gilles, what they were seeing was inspired by an NSFW scene. Gilles commented last week that the next-gen Dodge Viper, which will launch next summer, drew aesthetic inspiration from a "naked woman on the beach." The Viper was always a curvy, attractive beast, so pulling inspiration from the few curves more attractive than it seems to be a natural direction to take in redesigning the icon.


Officially Weird: Ferrari FF Shooting Brake

On: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


Officially Weird: Ferrari FF Shooting Brake test 1-1

The Ferrari codenamed F151 will soon replace the 612 Scaglietti. It's expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and has been identified as a shooting brake update to the 612. Some recent spy shots give us an idea of the shape of the car's exterior and what it will look like inside. And artist Jon Sibal took it one step further in providing a rendering of what the hot, red 612 with pushed-back cabin will look like on the Geneva showroom floor. Not surprisingly, it'll look pretty damn good.


Li Ion All-Electric Sports Cars Materialize; Production Set For This Year

On: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


Li Ion All-Electric Sports Cars Materialize; Production Set For This Year test 1-1

Tesla is looking at a much more competitive future. Not only is Mercedes plowing full steam ahead with its SLS AMG E-Cell, but a new competitor just made things official. North Carolina-based Li-Ion Motors—a company that previously seemed to be hedging precariously on the edge of vaporware—announced at the Detroit Auto Show that production is go for its Inizio and Wave II models. And the company is looking at a quick turnaround, claiming that it will deliver the first models to customers this year.


Pagani Releases Third Teaser

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani Releases Third Teaser test 1-1

The car codenamed C9 and hopefully named Deus Venti (sounds a helluva lot better than 'Huayra') has been spending much time in front of the camera. Or, more accurately, the camera has been spending much time zooming in on various aspects of the car. Pagani released its third teaser video of its upcoming flagship this week, giving us our best look yet at the soon-to-debut, 700-hp hypercar.