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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.


Ferrari Expands Its Empire With Pit Stop

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Expands Its Empire With Pit Stop test 1-1

Ferrari is like the new Disney. Pretty soon there will be a Ferrari store in every suburban shopping mall in your state. Until then, you'll have to settle for the new Ferrari Pit Stop, based in Nola, Italy. Officially, Ferrari calls this "a new concept embracing the challenges and triumphs of over 60 years, inflaming the passion and the legend of Ferrari, representing a point of reference for the fans." Without all that marketing talk, though, it's basically just a store. A really big store.


Brabus Tunes The Tesla Roadster

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


Brabus Tunes The Tesla Roadster test 1-1

Brabus is a German tuning firm known for all kinds of tunes—some hot, some outrageous, and some just downright awful. This is the first time that I've personally ever seen the firm offer an electric tuning kit (though there are others). In fact, it's the first time I've seen a tuned electric vehicle, period. Without the benefit of turbocharging and other tricks often used by tuners on gas engines, Brabus focused its attention on one of the other important aspect of the Tesla Roadster: charging. In conjunction with German electric company RWE, the firm now offers the Green Package to Tesla owners.


Returning Investment: The Bentley Continental GT

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 4:11PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Returning Investment: The Bentley Continental GT test 1-1

Just before the fall of the financial world, it seemed as if Bentley was just handing out Continental GTs. Whether it was another dot com millionaire, the newest New York Knick (anyone remember Stephon Marbury?), or just another Lehman Brother who needed a car to match the house he couldn't actually afford, the Continental GT sales grew almost exponentially since its release in 2003, peaking at upwards of 10,000 GTs being produced annually.  

 

Thankfully, not all of Bentley's customers were created as artificially as the mortgage-backed loans that got the country into that whole mess, and some could still afford a car payment and gas in the same month. That being said, even those with money don't like to see a bad return on investment. There's nothing quite as disheartening as seeing the prized automobile you just spent 200k on become instantly outdated with the advent of the new model year.  

 

With their customer's feelings in mind, the 2012 Bentley Continental GT is less of second generation debut, and more of an advancement of the previous generation. There are upgrades, but they are subtle to say the least. Track has been increased 1.6 inches up front and 1.9 inches out back, while the car itself drops 143 pounds from last year bringing the Bentley's heft down to a less-than-svelte 5,115 pounds. Torque split is shifted from 50/50 front/rear to 40/60 front/rear this year to help drivers feel more sport in their drive. Bentley continues the sport-feel by reducing the shift speeds in their Quickshift ZF automatic transmission by 50 percent, and offering double downshifts to help give an extra boost when the go-pedal is mashed to the floor.  


 

Tesla Roadster Art Car: Feeling Queasy Yet?

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Roadster Art Car: Feeling Queasy Yet? test 1-1

We've seen plenty of one-off art cars from BMW, but now we have a model that combines artistic expression and clean, emissions-free driving: the Tesla Roadster art car, a one-off that the company released for the recent Art Basel Miami Beach festival, which wrapped up over the weekend.


Safe Supercar: Lexus LFA To Sport Inflatable Seat Belts

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 5:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Safe Supercar: Lexus LFA To Sport Inflatable Seat Belts test 1-1

Usually we look to supercars for huge engines, unbelievable top speeds, and sheer, tire-scorching performance. Not safety innovations or interior options. But buyers of the $375,000 Lexus LFA will find those latter qualities with their purchase. The Japanese luxury arm of Toyota will offer inflatable seat belts in its supercar beginning with the 2012 model year.


Pagani's Latest One-Off Traveling To Hong Kong

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani's Latest One-Off Traveling To Hong Kong test 1-1

Ever since Pagani stopped building regular Zonda models and started offering the car to private customers only, it seems like it's building more Zondas than ever. In the past few months we've seen the blue Zonda HH, the purple Zonda 750 and the bright yellow Zonda RAK. And now we have yet another Zonda private commission: the Zonda Absolute.


McLaren Unveils Limited Edition SLR McLaren Edition

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren Unveils Limited Edition SLR McLaren Edition test 1-1

About this time last year, Mercedes/McLaren announced that it was working on the last of the the SLR Stirling Moss models. Introduced in January of last year, the Stirling Moss edition was a 75-example, sans-windshield roadster with a supercharged V8 engine worth 650 horses. As hot of a car as it was, the Stirling Moss was bittersweet: it marked the split of one of the most intriguing team-ups of the decade. Mercedes-Benz was working on its own SLS AMG gullwing and McLaren was reviving its badge with the MP4-12C (and some yet unseen family members). After five years and numerous terrible tunes, the ultra-premium supercar created by the two companies was to be no more.

Until this month. Last week, McLaren brought the SLR screaming back into the spotlight with a special edition that it calls the McLaren SLR Edition. The new tuned SLR will be produced in a limited batch of 25. McLaren showed it off at the Essen Motor Show.


Video: Jay Leno Gets His Hands On The 1,200-HP Hennessey Venom GT

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Jay Leno Gets His Hands On The 1,200-HP Hennessey Venom GT test 1-1

I love days like today. Not only did I get to write about the incredible, if not entirely convincing, TranStar Dagger GT, I got to watch video of another incredible supercar: the Hennessey Venom GT. And I get paid all the while.

Jay Leno recently welcomed Hennessey's new power-monger to his garage. As Jay is accustomed to, he gives us a closer look at the car and hops inside to get a feel for that 1,200-hp grumble. If Jay Leno keeps giving us these great looks at exotic concepts and supercars (and I'm sure he will), I may grow to like that gravy-boat-chinned mug yet.


Vaporware or VeyronCrusher: New Renderings of the 2000-HP TranStar Dagger GT

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Chris Weiss


Vaporware or VeyronCrusher: New Renderings of the 2000-HP TranStar Dagger GT test 1-1

Call me a cynic, but I'm not quite sold on the idea of a 2,000-hp supercar from a small company that I've never heard of. Especially seeing as how it exists only in renderings at the moment. But the TranStar Dagger GT is an American-developed supercar that could one day capture the world speed record. We'll believe that when [if] we see it, but at the moment, the company has offered up some new renderings of what a 2,000-hp American roadster will look like. And so far, the company's claiming that it will be available next year.


Six-Wheeled Supercar Gets Real

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Six-Wheeled Supercar Gets Real test 1-1

Yes, six wheels. No typo. The Covini C6W isn't exactly a stranger to supercar circles. It's been in development for the past 32 years and is based upon a race car from the 1970s—the 1976 Tyrell P34 race car. However, between its odd, six-wheel stance and its three decades worth of slogging through development, we would have thought the Covini would never move past the prototype stages. Only it has. Finally. After a variety of delayed production launches, Covini is finally ready to give the world what it [doesn't] desires: a 430-hp, six-wheeled supercar.