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Categories: Exotics

Details On The Next Pagani

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

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As can be seen by the Pagani Zonda HH and Pagani Zonda 750, Pagani makes some of the rarest, most distinctive, highest performing supercars on the planet. In fact, the overused moniker 'supercar' isn't even quite strong enough to describe what Pagani does with composites, V12 engines, and tires. And the world will soon see the next iteration of Pagani hypercar. Outside of a few privately commissioned one-offs, the Zonda has had its time in the sun and is on the verge of retirement. Pagani is developing the new C9 supercar, which will replace the Zonda. The C9 has been spotted testing in a few locations around the world, and some details of the new flagship recently began making the rounds.

Porsche Sells Out the 911 GT2 RS

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When your car is described as the "fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of Porsche," you wouldn't figure that you'd have much trouble selling it. And indeed Porsche hasn't had any problems selling the car that it describes that way—the 911 GT2 RS, which it introduced in the spring. The car made its auto show debut two months ago, and thanks to pre-ordering, all 500 models have already been spoken for. Eager car fans hoping to brush their knuckles across that contrasting matte black hood will have to do so on someone else's GT2 RS.

Danish Fury: Zenvo ST1 Heads to the States For $1.2 Million

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The world really needs more million-dollar supercars, don't you think? Sure, most of us will never get the chance to even see one out on the streets, let alone drive one, but it's just nice to know that such exotics are there should we ever have a flash of world-changing brilliance or run of lottery-winning luck. Announced last year, the Zenvo ST1 is an impressive-looking Danish supercar with over 1,000 horses. The company announced that a percentage of the 15 models that it plans to build will be headed to North America at a price over one million dollars.

Nissan Drops Details On Next-Generation Godzilla

On: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan will debut the next-generation GT-R sports coupe at the 2010 LA Auto Show. As it promised back in Paris, the company has released the juicy details of the next iteration of its top-end sports car.

Nissan showed a very superficial teaser of the 2012 GT-R at the Paris Motor Show, but didn't reveal any hard drivetrain or performance specs on the model; kind of disappointing since the exterior looks all but identical to the current GT-R. In fact, all that the Paris debut really showed was modestly revised front and rear bumpers and daylight running LEDs. The company put the real reveal off until this week. Now that the information is out, Godzilla is looking better than ever.


SUPERcar: The Hennessy Venom GT

On: Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 5:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Growing up, I read comic books all the time. I had an account at the local store and a ‘mailbox’ of sorts that allowed me to pick up my subscriptions every week. I read, read, and read some more, but always the same types of comics. I was more of a Marvel fan than a DC fan, only because outside of Batman and Superman, DC characters seemed to lack a certain … Edge. But aside from that, I focused on the strong, fierce characters, Wolverine (before the stupid movies and Hugh Jackman made him a pop culture icon), Gambit, Cable, Bishop, Venom, Colossus, and the list goes on and on. The reason I liked these certain characters slightly more than others was simple:  They looked, and in most cases were bigger, stronger, and/or faster than most of the other superheros, who were already bigger stronger and faster than any human on the planet. They were the elite of the elite.  

The same feeling transcended my affinity for automobiles. Sure, I like most fast cars. I might prefer one company over the other, but for the most part I pick and choose what my favorites are based on their individual abilities. I like Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, the occasional Maserati, and most things that have a prefix or suffix of AMG or M. But, there is a special place in my automotive heart for those extra special supercars that play in the rarified air of 200 miles per hour and up. These are the cars that put up 0-100 numbers that usually are impressive 0-60 numbers for your average fast car.

(M)ost (V)enomous (P)layer

On: Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 9:54AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you are among the millions of NFL fans out there, odds are you know what it feels like when a division rival’s best player gets injured or retires from the game. You know it’s good for your team, but it’s a bittersweet feeling at best. Sure if Peyton Manning got hurt, it will be good for the Texans, Titans, and Jaguar fans (and frankly, good for every team but the Colts, come to think of it). But suddenly beating the Colts won’t mean nearly as much with Curtis Painter at the helm. The victories would still be happily accepted, but they would be bittersweet to some extent. A win against a team at full strength feels more like victory than against a team that is depleted. Beyond that, a day in the NFL without Peyton Manning is a much worse NFL than the one with Peyton Manning. The league suffers if it loses one of its most fierce and demonstrative players for any amount of time.  

Such is the feeling Chevy and Ford more than likely shared when Dodge announced that it was discontinuing the Viper back on July 1 of this year. Sure, it trims the competition a bit and is one less 600 horsepower supercar the ZR-1 and GT500 have to deal with, but somehow it just feels like a hollow advancement up the ranks. Well, that feeling has come and gone faster than a Prius’ 0-60mph time, because Dodge’s MVP is on its way out of retirement and training to get back on the field. According to Autoweek.com, a concept rendition of what should be the next Viper was unveiled by Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at a convention center in Orlando, Florida.  

More Pictures and Info on the SSC Ultimate Aero II

On: Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 9:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, it's now mid-October, and September came and went without any big unveil event for the SSC Ultimate Aero II. After canceling a VIP event over the summer, SSC promised that it would introduce the world to its latest world-record-aspiring creation. Early last month, leaks of a Top Gear magazine feature made their way onto the Internet, followed by the actual feature in Top Gear magazine. But, there was no big event as we were looking forward to. It appears SSC was content with making the new Ultimate Aero official via Top Gear—an odd move in this day and age of big, public unveils with solid Web presence.

Well, luckily Top Gear is picking up the slack. This week, it released a few more pictures of the sultry, blue-eyed Ultimate Aero II and filled in some additional details.

Infiniti Mulling High-End Sports Car

On: Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 4:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like the Lexus LF-A may get a little competition from another Japanese luxury automaker: Infiniti. Rumors indicate that Nissan's better half is considering a high-performance sports car, a possible big brother to the GT-R. And the rumors come directly from the mouth of Infiniti chief Toru Saito.

The Infiniti sports car is far from confirmed, and may dissipate into thin air in the weeks and months that follow the report, but it does appear that the company is giving some serious consideration to introducing such a car. It's not entirely clear if the model would be high-end enough to compete with the Lexus LF-A and other all-out supercars, but indications are that Infiniti would base the car on the Essence concept that it showed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

The Essence concept, which bears serious resemblance to the Fisker Karma, featured a twin-turbo 3.7-liter V6 with a 158-hp electric motor that provided an electric assist function. The hybrid powertrain put out a total of 592 horses. After being introduced in Geneva, the Essence ran in the 2009 Goodwood Hillclimb.

It's not entirely clear how much of a possible production car would be based around the Essence, or if it will feature a similar hybrid powertrain.

Redial 911!

On: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:21AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Over the last fifty years, fewer cars have done more and less to improve their flagship model than Porsche has with its 911. The technological advancements have been astounding: going from air to water cooling, adding turbos, more turbos, transmissions that house four, five, six, and even seven speeds that vary in mode from the traditional manual, to semi-automatic, to full automatic, all while steadily improving horsepower numbers. However, it takes a keen eye to visually distinguish a 385hp 911 from a 620hp monster. This is because Porsche has done almost nothing to change the basic appearance of the 911 since its inception back in 1963.

For 2011 Porsche has decided to unveil another version of the all too familiar shaped model:  The Carrera GTS

Set to make its official debut at the Paris motor show, the new GTS is rationalized by Porsche as fitting the gap between the current 385hp Carrera S and the 435hp GT3, which it does almost perfectly by producing 408hp (a perfect split would be 410hp for the record) and an identical torque peak 310lb-ft as the Carrera S, but coming in at 4200 rpm as opposed to the S’s 4400 rpm from the same 3.8 liter horizontally opposed boxer six. Driver’s choice of transmission is either a standard six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch unit. Fuel mileage remains unchanged from the Carrera S’s 18/25 city/highway mpg.  

Lamborghini Partners With Callaway Golf On Composites

On: Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini announced a new partnership with Callaway Golf. Much deeper than a series of Lambo-branded golf clubs, the new partnership will work toward development of a composite material at the forefront of Lamborghini's goal of lightening its future models.

When I initially read the headline pairing Lamborghini and Callaway Golf, I immediately thought that the latter was licensing the Lamborghini name for a pair of clubs or series of golf equipment, similar to the lawn tool partnership with IKRA Mogatec. In fact, I didn't even bother reading it at first because golf ain't really my thing, and it seemed like a sad way for Lambo to whore itself out.

Turns out the partnership is actually a lot more substantial. The two companies will work to develop of a material called Forged Composite. Basically a type of carbon fiber, Forged Composite is stitched from 500,000 individual fibers. Lamborghini debuted the material on its new Sesto Elemento, a car that weighs a super-light 2,200 pounds, thanks to minimalist design and innovative composites like this one. Callaway will use the material to lighten its golf line.

According to Lamborghini, Forged Composite is a third as dense as titanium but still plenty impact resistant, making it ideal for automotive applications. They credit the material for helping to make the Sesto the spry, capable, lightweight bullet that it is.

Porsche President Confirms a Panamera Plug-In Hybrid

On: Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

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On a busy first day at the helm of Porsche, new CEO and president Mathias Muller revealed that Porsche is working on a plug-in hybrid version of its Panamera hybrid. Muller told press that he had driven the prototype version of the new plug-in and called the car "very convincing." The model hasn't been confirmed for production, and Porsche is still considering its viability. The good news is that it looks like the company may be following suit of its 918 Spyder in making the plug-in Panamera a model that combines high-end performance with greener intentions.

The version of the Panamera discussed is built upon the Panamera Turbo's 500-hp 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8. The plug-in hybrid will get an unspecified electric motor in addition to that big powerplant and should be able to offer emissions-free city driving as well as electric-assisted high performance.

This new plug-in model is distinct from the non-plug-in Panamera hybrid that Porsche has been known to be working on for several years. That model will be based on the Cayenne S Hybrid's powertrain: a parallel hybrid system pairing a 333 hp supercharged 3-liter V6 and a 47 hp electric motor. In July, Porsche confirmed that the Panamera S Hybrid will launch by the end of next year. In the Cayenne, the hybrid powertrain boosts efficiency by 20 percent while delivering all-electric driving at speeds up to 31 mph.