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Categories: Exotics

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.


Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Gets A Little Harder

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Gets A Little Harder test 1-1

If there's one place you'd expect to see a full-performance Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, it'd be in the sunny city and suburbs of Los Angeles. And that's exactly where Lamborghini chose to introduce its new high-performance Gallardo Spyder, which is essentially the Gallardo Spyder Superleggera.


Lamborghini Unveils Its New Range-Topping Powertrain

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 5:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Unveils Its New Range-Topping Powertrain test 1-1

We may not know all there is to know about the upcoming Jota quite yet. In fact, we don't even know if it will be called the Jota any more. But we now have the full details on what will power Lamborghini's next halo. The company has revealed its new V12 powertrain.


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Approved For Production, To Cost $3.5 Million test 1-1

When we finally laid eyes on the Sesto Elemento after weeks of teasing from Lamborghini, it was a moment of duality. On the one hand, we were excited and awed by Lamborghini's striking concept and by the fact of simply getting to see it after such an intense teaser compaign. On the other hand, it was one of those concepts that made our hearts drop for the fact that it was just that: a concept with no foreseeable likelihood of production. A very dynamic, intriguing concept to be sure, but just a concept.

Today that initial duality has merged into one clear feeling of jubilation. At least for the moment. A report out of French automotive site AutoMotos last week brings news that Lamborghini has approved the Sesto for production. Don't get too excited just yet, though; there will be a maximum of 10 units and each will cost more than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.


 

Banana-Yellow Pagani Zonda RAK Built For German Dealership

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


Banana-Yellow Pagani Zonda RAK Built For German Dealership test 1-1

The Pagani Zonda may be in the process of being replaced by a newer Pagani hypercar, but it's not moving out of the spotlight quietly. It seems that we've seen more flamboyantly painted Zondas in the past couple of months than ever before. Both the blue HH and the purple 750 were private commissions, and now we have yet another privately commissioned Zonda that's even louder than those two: the Zonda RAK.


Tesla Plans For Global Growth

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Tesla Plans For Global Growth test 1-1

Elon Musk, CEO of electric sports car maker Tesla Motors Inc., said Friday that he expects Japan to become the company's largest market outside of the U.S. Musk also predicted that the niche luxury auto maker's U.S. customer base will expand steadily overseas, and the goal is that sales will be evenly split between the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

"We do believe Japan will be our No. 2 country in terms of sales, over time," Musk said, speaking at a joint press conference with the CEO of Toyota Motor Corp. "Japan is a key market for the kind of product we produce," he added. The first Asian Tesla showroom was opened in Tokyo as Musk announced plans to enter the European market with dealerships in Paris, London, and Monaco.


Brand New Mid-Engined Porsche To Debut In LA

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


Brand New Mid-Engined Porsche To Debut In LA test 1-1

We know that there are a lot of world and North American debuts coming to the 2010 LA Auto Show this week—20 and 30, at last count. Porsche has a couple of the latter in its 911 GTS and 911 Speedster, which will be shown for the first time on American turf at the show. A Motor Trend report yesterday indicates that Porsche has another debut up its sleeve, and this one is a world-debuting first-timer. Porsche didn't go into details, but said the car is a mid-engined sports car. 


Despite the Fires, Ferrari 458 Is Auto Express 'Performance Car of the Year'

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


Despite the Fires, Ferrari 458 Is Auto Express 'Performance Car of the Year' test 1-1

I don't know about you, but I'd consider one of the cornerstones of a "performance car" to be its ability to not catch fire when simply driving down the road. And if that car was, say, a 570-hp V8-driven supercar, I'd guess that it probably shouldn't catch fire even if you drive fast in hot weather. So if I was going to be judging a competition to decide the "performance car of the year," I'd probably use the penchant for fiery, car-leveling infernos as a quick elimination tool to narrow the pool.

Apparently, the folks over at Auto Express view it a little differently. They looked right past the well-publicized fire issue that Ferrari itself copped to just two months ago, and named the 458 Italia its "Performance Car of the Year." I'd love to know what kind of high-grade green the folks in Maranello shipped over to the U.K. to help grease the wheels toward that conclusion.


No Surprises: Bugatti Veyron Is EPA's Worst Car

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


No Surprises: Bugatti Veyron Is EPA's Worst Car test 1-1

The Environmental Protection Agency has put together its lists of the most and least efficient cars of 2011, a list that has few, if any, surprises. While the top and bottom vehicles aren't that surprising,  there's been at least one shake-up in the numbers.

It should be no surprise that the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is the least efficient car in America with an abysmal 8 mpg city and 15 mpg highway. That designation comes even though the Veyron actually added one mpg worth of efficiency on the highway for the 2011 model year. What's more surprising is that the 1,000-hp, 16-cylinder Veyron is a new list-topper. One might have thought it was there all along, but it actually took the retirement of the previous champion to put the Veyron into first. The Lamborghini Murcielago was previously at the bottom of the rung with its 8/13 mpg rating. Lamborghini may be out this year, but the 700-hp Jota promises to put it back on the map in the years to come.


Lamborghini Building Smaller, Supercar-Styled SUV

On: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Building Smaller, Supercar-Styled SUV test 1-1

Rumors of the development of a new LM002 have been heating up of late and Auto Express reports some new details today, based on conversations with "industry insiders." The original LM002 was phased out back in the early 1990s and the SUV market has undergone much change since then—from the explosion around the turn of the century to the more modest, fuel-obsessed state of the market today. Lamborghini's new SUV effort will reflect today's market, aiming to be a smaller crossover, rather than the big, brutish "Rambo Lambo" of the late 80s and 90s.


Belgium's Supercar Gets a Successor

On: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Belgium's Supercar Gets a Successor test 1-1

It seems that no matter how long I write about supercars and the automotive industry, there's always some random exotic company out there—often in northern Europe—building a supercar that I've never heard of. The latest company to point to my insufficient supercar knowledge is Automobiles Gillet. Its new Vertigo .5 Spirit is a successor to the original Vertigo that was launched back in the 1990s and promises to deliver even more performance.