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Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Fisker Ups The Price of the Karma by $8K

On: Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Fisker Ups The Price of the Karma by $8K test 1-1

Here we thought that Fisker was finally over all the adversity and obstacles and ready for Karma launch, and now word of a significant price increase. The price of the Fisker Karma has long been set at $87,900. But now, as the Karma is getting closer and closer to finally launching, Fisker has raised the price by nearly 10 percent. Fisker buyers will now have to fork over an additional $8 grand for their car.


New World-Record-Contending Keating ZKRs Supercar to Debut Next Spring

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


New World-Record-Contending Keating ZKRs Supercar to Debut Next Spring test 1-1

The world-record-capable supercar market is starting to get pretty flooded. It started with the 1,200-hp Bugatti Veyron SS breaking the world record in the summer. The previous record-holder, Shelby Supercars, introduced the all-new Aero II in the fall. The TranStar Dagger GT, which has a rather unbelievable claim of 314 mph, has been floating around for months. Koenigsegg has the Agera and Hennessey has the Venom GT. And now word of a new possible contender: an all-new, 2,200-hp, range-topping Keating ZKRs.


Aston Martin Introduces Special Edition DB9 Models

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


Aston Martin Introduces Special Edition DB9 Models test 1-1

Aston Martin has become our favorite sports car maker of the holiday season. Last year, Aston introduced limited edition 'Carbon Black' models of the DBS and V12 Vantage. That was about a week before Christmas. This year, Aston waited a tad bit longer with its 2010 gift to the world, with a December 22 unveiling of three special edition DB9 models, one of which is another 'Carbon Black' model. This is a little holiday tradition that I hope continues. It sure beats writing about highway safety regulations and minor model-year updates on the harried week before the holidays.


More Official Pictures of Lotus' Concepts

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


More Official Pictures of Lotus' Concepts test 1-1

At the Paris Motor Show, Lotus opened its floodgates and showed the world six brand-new concepts. The concepts were a look into the retooled future in Hethel, a future that will focus on hard-lined, performance-oriented super—and sports—cars, rather than the small, light, modestly powered two-seaters like the Elise and Exige models that have dominated Lotus offerings in the 21st century. At show time, we got to know each concept both inside and out.

If we had one complaint about Lotus concept barrage, it would have to be a few of the color choices. The dark green that coated the Esprit—the most anticipated of Lotus new models—just didn't quite accentuate its curves or good looks.

Luckily, Lotus has righted that small wrong, in releasing new photos of not only the Esprit, but also the new Elise, Elan, and Elite on its Facebook page. According to Autocar, the company will also update the page with new Eterne and City Car pictures in the near future, rounding out its six-car line-up.


 

Hamann Tunes The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

On: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


Hamann Tunes The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 test 1-1

We may not have a new Lamborghini flagship in time for the holidays, but thanks to German tuning house Hamann we will have a totally distinctive, all-new Lambo: the newly tuned Gallardo LP560-4 called the Victory II. The car gets some interesting modifications that distinguish it from every other Gallardo in the garage.


Lotus Confirms City Car

On: Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lotus Confirms City Car test 1-1

During Lotus' unprecedented new model/concept barrage at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, it was easy to get swept away by its new future of powerful, sporty all-out performers. Cars like the new Esprit and Elan really helped Lotus make a point about its next generation of vehicles.

However, there was one little black sheep that didn't quite fit in. Like the "sentence that doesn't belong" on your 4th grade reading comprehension test, this particular concept was an obvious sore thumb that didn't really look natural with the rest of the Paris family. That concept was the City Car, a small, blocky little urban commuter. While that concept shared the slick, narrow headlights of other Lotus concepts, it definitely was in a category all its own.

Well, we've yet to hear confirmation on all our Lotus favorites, but the City Car is officially go, as reported by Car magazine.


Lamborghini Aventador Numbers and Details Get a Little More Official Thanks to Leak

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Aventador Numbers and Details Get a Little More Official Thanks to Leak test 1-1

For months we've been reporting on the performance capabilities of the new Lamborghini flagship. For a while we weren't even sure what it would be called--if we're being perfectly honest, we're still not, but good authority says it's going to be Aventador LP700-4--but we were pretty confident that the car would be a 700-hp beast of a Lambo capable of breaking the 3-second-to-62 mph and 217 mph top speed marks. And now we have a little more authority on some of those numbers: a leaked dealer order guide gives fills in some official details of the Aventador.


Lotus May Build Its Own V8 Engine For The Esprit

On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lotus May Build Its Own V8 Engine For The Esprit test 1-1

When the all-new Lotus Esprit concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it carried a Toyota/Lexus engine. Sure, it did use some pressure charging to up the output on the 5.0-liter V8 from the Lexus IS-F, giving it a supercar-esque 620 horses, making a clear designation from anything in Lexus' line. But to diehards that wasn't enough. After the Esprit's lengthy absence, they want a Lotus-engineered mill for the next-generation Esprit. And Lotus is considering obliging them with an in-house V8 engine.


Less Camoflage, More Lambo: Aventador Spotted Out in The Wild

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 5:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Less Camoflage, More Lambo: Aventador Spotted Out in The Wild test 1-1

The Lamborghini Aventador, or the V12 Lambo flagship formerly known as the Jota, is getting closer and closer to an expected Geneva Motor Show launch. Pictures of a lightly camoed version of the supercar have recently been making their way around Facebook and the greater Internet. These pictures provide one of the best looks yet at the model that will top Lamborghini's future line.


New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video)

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video) test 1-1

As detailed by Fiat over the summer, Ferrari will be in ongoing development, releasing six new models over the next three years. Perhaps the most interesting of those new models is a long-awaited Enzo successor. But another exciting model is a 599 GTB replacement, which is codenamed F152. That model is expected by 2012.

A recent clip captured by a Ferrari fan/spy shows a possible test version of the next-gen 599 in action on Ferrari's Fiorano test track. Details remain scarce, but you can see and hear what the model has to offer after the jump.


Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance test 1-1

Jaguar absolutely stole the show at the Paris Motor Show in the fall, capturing our hearts with a cutting-edge supercar concept called the C-X75. Not only was the car a technological marvel, with its jet turbine/electric powertrain and incredible performance figures, it represented the first supercar that Jaguar has built since the venerable XJ220 from the early 1990s, a car that once held the production car world speed record.

What wasn't clear during Paris was whether Jaguar was serious about reentering the supercar market. The C-X75 was highly conceptual, and things hadn't exactly gone well for Jaguar on the business end of the XJ220, so the C-X75's future was (and is) very questionable. Some reports from Paris indicated Jaguar was using the concept to preview a possible production model, while others indicated the C-X75 was concept and nothing but concept.

A new report from Autocar this week indicates Jaguar is serious about building a new supercar. Top company players state a desire to see a supercar through to production.