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Categories: Exotics

Next Generation Pagani Hypercar Spied Again

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Next Generation Pagani Hypercar Spied Again test 1-1

The new Pagani supercar, codenamed the C9, hasn't exactly been a stranger to the camera lens during its testing over the past year or so. It's been spotted in various locations around Europe and Africa. Some recent spy photos of the C9 show some of the best looks at Pagani's next V12-powered flagship that we've seen yet. What we see is a curvaceous, powerful sports car that is sure to thrill.


Video: V12-Powered Lamborghinis of the Past Parade in Italy

On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: V12-Powered Lamborghinis of the Past Parade in Italy test 1-1

Not a full week ago, we were enjoying a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade awaiting a delicious meal like no other. Now, it's early in the work week, the post-holiday paperwork is piled high and we'll be lucky to shovel down some microwaved leftovers between meetings. In other words, life has plumetted drastically in less than a week. Oh yeah, and it's holiday shopping season. Joy.

Bringing a little bit of the festive fun back to this end-of-November morning, we have some video of an even cooler parade. Early this month, Lamborghini held a retirement party for the outgoing Murcielago at its headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Part of the celebration was a grand parade of V12-powered Lambos from generations gone by. There's a Miura, a 350 GT, a Countach and Diablo, in addition to a few Murcielagos. All driving around looking pretty. It's basically a moving Lambo museum.

We didn't have a clip at the time, but there's now one floating around on YouTube. If this doesn't bring back a little of that lighthearted holiday cheer, I think you're a lost cause.


Maserati Coming After Porsche Cayenne

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


Maserati Coming After Porsche Cayenne test 1-1

Porsche lovers all remember the day. It was a JFK-like event: you don't want to remember it, yet you know exactly where you were when you found out. Porsche had built an SUV. And it was the Cayenne--a classic Porsche face with a big, awkward body. Whatever particular day you realized it, it was a nightmarish affair that branded its way into your long-term mermory. And the Porsche shield was never quite the same because of it.

Well, misery loves company and it looks like those Porsche lovers (and general car fanatics) that hated the Cayenne may have some company. Because Maserati is planning a little Porsche Cayenne of its own, which means that hardcore Maserati fanatics may be in for a nightmare similar to that that Porsche fans suffered years ago. Unless, of course, Maserati manages to make an SUV that is both aesthetic and technologically superior enough to not dilute the brand.


Bentley And Porsche To Work Together/Share Platforms

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bentley And Porsche To Work Together/Share Platforms test 1-1

It looks like all is harmonious in the Volkswagen family. Last month, reports indicated that Audi and Bentley are sharing a V8 powertrain that will appear in the Continental GT and future Audi models. New reports indicate that VW's newest member, Porsche, is also planning on sharing a little know-how and hardware with its British cousin. The two companies are likely to share platforms and strategy.


 

Honda Still At Work On NSX Successor

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


The still-born NSX test 2

Currently, Honda stands as the only one of Japan's Big 3 to not have a flagship sports car. Toyota has the limited, ultra-expensive Lexus LF-A. Nissan has the less exclusive but more affordable GT-R. And Honda doesn't have a car that comes close. Yet. 

Less than a decade ago, Honda was the only one of those three to have anything in its line that could be referred to as a supercar. That car was the Acura NSX, a 3.2-liter V6-powered car with a distinctive and sporty look. That car faded in the middle of the decade and left Honda without much of a sports car presence. But that all could change. Rumors of an NSX successor are nothing new, but it had looked as though Honda had scrapped any plans for such a car, thanks to the economic meltdown of recent years. According to Motor Trend, the down economy may have set Honda back, but it didn't end the next NSX project. While it might not be the all-out supercar that the LF-A is, it's expected to be a high-performing hybrid.


Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo test 1-1

Porsche is playing it coy with automotive fans. The company clearly knows just how much the world wants the 918 Spyder Hybrid—in fact, if it weren't for that heartfelt desire, it would have never given the concept a production go-ahead. So in what would otherwise be a rather mundane, snooze-able press release about a €150 million investment in its research and development center in Weissach (yeah, we wouldn't have been covering that on its own), the Porsche brass decided to slip in a little teaser of the 918. While it's just a picture of a designer working on a clay model, it's a little reminder that Porsche R&D= 918 Spyder Hybrid awesomeness. And that we have to cover. Hat tip, Porsche.


Video: Jay Leno Drives the Jaguar C-X75 Concept

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Jay Leno Drives the Jaguar C-X75 Concept test 1-1

There are few if any high-end cars that haven't made their way through Jay Leno's Garage. Because when he's not making stupid one-liners about Bill Clinton, he's out driving some of the most exclusive cars on the planet. Case in point: the Jaguar C-X75. An incredible but fantastical concept, the C-X75 is based largely on future technology. Yet Jay Leno has already driven it.


Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility test 1-1

Last week we reported that Lamborghini was considering a limited run production of its Sesto Elemento concept that it showed in Paris. That report originated out of rumors and whispers reported on by a French automotive blog, so it was far from confirmed. While Lamborghini hasn't completely confirmed the concept for production, indications from CEO Stephan Winkelmann are that the company is heading in that direction. Due to safety restrictions, the car would be offered as a track-only model.


Pagani C9 To Use Bespoke AMG V12

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani Zonda TriColore test 2

Pagani confirmed that its next hypercar--the C9--will be powered by a V12 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz AMG. Unlike previous rumors had indicated, the engine will be unique to the C9 and will not be shared with the AMG SL65 Black Series. The big V12 will pump around 700 horses and 740 lb-ft of torque onto the C9's high-performance tires.


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000 test 1-1

The Nissan GT-R has proven one of the greatest bang-for-the-buck supercars of all time. Sure, it's not as exotic or sexy as a Lamborghini, Ferrari or even Porsche, but with a 3.5-second 0-to-60 mph time and a top speed of 193 mph, the car lets you perform with the big boys while spending well under $100K.

While it's still a great deal pound for pound, the GT-R has been slipping ever closer to the $100K mark. When it was introduced in 2008, the model cost just under $70,000 and it's slowly creeped up to over $85K for the 2011 model year. Nissan announced 2012 GT-R pricing and the model is now officially over $90K. But given that the car is in a class by itself, the GT-R remains one of the best deals in the sports car market. And when Nissan releases performance specs, it may get even better.


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R test 1-1

Porsche told us a new mid-engined sports car was coming and now it's here: the 2012 Cayman R. Porsche's new mid-engine is a lighter, more powerful, more performance oriented version of the Cayman coupe. Unfortunately for LA showgoers and those watching from a distance, Porsche decided to debut the car in what we can only describe as sickly-turd green.