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Categories: Exotics

Porsche Upgrades Panamera Turbo With After-Market Turbo Kit

On: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Upgrades Panamera Turbo With After-Market Turbo Kit test 1-1

The Porsche Panamera has been splitting its time winning praise and fending off derision since its introduction last year. For owners that want to avoid the latter and welcome more of the former, Porsche has new options that will add power, performance and looks to the four-door. Panamera Turbo owners who want to massage even more horses out of their four-door will soon have a new option. Porsche announced the Powerkit that will boost the output of the Panamera Turbo by 40 hp. The kit will be available this fall. Also available this fall, Porsche will offer several new exterior options.

Porsche's new Powerkit will equip the Panamera Turbo models with new turbochargers that house titanium-alloy turbine wheels. The kit will also include tunes to the engine management system to make the Panamera Turbo's V8 more responsive. The kit pulls an extra 40 ponies out of the 4.8-liter V8 for a total of 540, and also boosts torque to 553 lb-ft (up from 516).

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Debuts in Monterey

On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Debuts in Monterey test 1-1

A little over a month ago, on July Fourth weekend, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport broke the world record for fastest production car with a speed over 267 mph. This weekend at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, Califonia, Bugatti officially debuted its victorious warrior in front of a crowd of media and car aficionados.

For its debut, the Bugatti shed the black and flourescent orange look that it had worn for the track and showed up in a stunning, glimmering blue carbon fiber paint job. Under that eye-capturing paint, Bugatti has upgraded the "standard" Veyron 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine by boosting the size of the four turbochargers and intercoolers.  These tunes have added 200 horsepower to the world-record-holding variant. The engine is mated to a twin-clutch seven-speed gearbox. Final specs come in at 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque.

In order to handle those extra horses and the 15 extra mph they deliver, Bugatti strengthened the chassis of the car. Modifications include new shock absorbers and stronger stabilizers. Bugatti also added some slight aerodynamic enhancements to the body. The engine pulls its air in from two NACA ducts in the roof, rather than traditional hood scoops.

Morgan Eva GT Debuts At Pebble Beach

On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Morgan Eva GT Debuts At Pebble Beach test 1-1

Independent U.K. manufacturer Morgan debuted its all-new Eva GT grand tourer this past weekend at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. The sleek, stylish car combines sporty, retro-meets-modern styling with a lightweight chassis and body, enough room for four people and bags in the trunk, and a BMW six-cylinder engine. Those factors help to deliver enviable numbers in all-out performance and fuel efficiency.

Underneath its flowing, elongated hood, the Eva GT features a BMW twin-turbo straight six with direct injection, providing 302 hp and 295 lb-ft. That engine pairs with either a six-speed ZF automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

Despite its rather large, stately appearance, the Eva GT weighs significantly less than 3,000 lbs. (2,750). Morgan kept weight down by using its bonded aluminum chassis and a series of superformed aluminum body panels.

The combination of BMW power and lightweight design open the Eva GT up for a 4.5-second 0 to 62 mph time and a 170-mph top speed. According to Morgan's numbers, the car can also offer up to 40 mpg worth of fuel economy.

Koenigsegg Agera: Another Potential World-Record-Breaker?

On: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 9:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Koenigsegg Agera: Another Potential World-Record-Breaker? test 1-1

Koeniggsegg is developing its Agera supercar, which it's expected to put into production this year. A successor to the CCR--a previous world fastest production car record holder--may be challenging the current world's fastest car--the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport--and the next-generation Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero TT for the coveted title. According to Top Gear, the company's leader, Christian von Koenigsegg expressed some interest in vying for the title.

Last month, over July 4 weekend, Bugatti driver Pierre Henri Raphanel drove the 1,200-hp Veyron Super Sport to a blistering, record-shattering 267 mph. Unlike the unofficial 253 mph mark Bugatti had set in 2006, Bugatti made this one stick, with the Guiness Book of World Record staff on hand to put the run in the books.

While achieving the world speed record is a huge accomplishment, it puts a pretty big target on the back end of the Bugatti. Days after the feat, Shelby Supercars teased its own upcoming Ultimate Aero TT, indicating that it plans to give Bugatti a run for its money.


Porsche Production 918 Spyder Hybrid To Get Even More Power

On: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 12:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Production 918 Spyder Hybrid To Get Even More Power test 1-1

After much buzz and speculation, Porsche announced two weeks ago that it will produce the 918 Spyder Hybrid. In the hybrid's first appearance since becoming an official Porsche model, Porsche has given a glimpse of what to expect from the production model and it may include a larger engine, stronger body and more technology. The new information comes from a private event that Porsche held at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

Lexus Gives LFA Lease Scheme the Ax, Customers Can Now Buy the Supercar Outright

On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus Gives LFA Lease Scheme the Ax, Customers Can Now Buy the Supercar Outright test 1-1

Lexus had previously made a small stir when it announced that U.S. customers would only be able to lease the $375,000 LFA. The idea was to offer the car through a mandatory, two-year lease to prevent us profit-minded Americans from buying and flipping the car, negatively impacting the "ownership experience." Today, the company announced that it is reversing this policy and offering the LFA for regular sale. However, owners wishing to sell the car within the first two years must get the go-ahead from the dealership they bought it from.

Lamborghini Considering First-Ever Sedan

On: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 9:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Considering First-Ever Sedan test 1-1

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently gave credence to a possible Lamborghini sedan in an interview with Bloomberg. Winkelmann's statement lends some credibility to the idea that Lamborghini might build a production four-door based on the Estoque concept of the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The sedan would compete with other high-end performance four-doors like the Aston Martin Rapide, Maserati Quattroporte, and Volkswagen AG stablemate Porsche Panamera.

Winkelmann pointed to the possibility of a four-door concisely in an interview at Lamborghini's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, stating: “A third model would fit Lamborghini very well. A four-door car would be a very feasible approach.”

According to Bloomberg's report, Lamborghini has not yet made a final decision on the four-door and it will need to make sense in terms of boosting sagging sales.

2011 Nissan GT-R

On: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 10:56AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Nissan GT-R test 1-1

Two years into its existence, has Nissan mastered the GT-R? The verdict is still out, but everything is pointing towards yes. Since the GT-R’s 2009 debut in the United States, Nissan has improved the vehicle by deleting and adding, as necessary, to make this vehicle what it is today. From its power to its design and features, the 2011 GT-R is a roaring beast in its class.

The power of the 2011 GT-R is absolutely breath taking. The base level shrouded from American consumers, the Premium is all that remains for purchasing.  What does the Premium have? Everything! Rocking a 3.8L twin-turbocharged engine, kicking 485 ponies out, with 434 pound-feet of torque, this vehicle will make those in the car idling next to it experience an adrenaline rush. Can you blame them? This car hits 60 mph in under four seconds and pushes through a quarter-mile in less than twelve seconds reaching a speed of just under 119 miles per hour. For those who like shifting gears Nissan dropped in a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission that makes the most amateur of shifters move through the gears like a pro.

Pagani Unveils Zonda HH

On: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 2:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani Unveils Zonda HH test 1-1

Known for its extremely rare, exotic supercars, Pagani has introduced a privately commissioned model known as the Zonda HH. The one-off convertible leaked last week and was officially revealed today. Mixing aspects of the Zonda Cinque and Zonda Roadster F, the shimmering, blue car has a beautiful look all its own.

The new Zonda HH was built for one lucky American customer who worked closely with Pagani to stay within budget and develop the ultimate customized dream car. While the customer remains anonymous, an Internet trail indicates that he's a car fanatic that also has a taste for Lamborghini. As nice as Lamborghinis are, they must pale in comparison to a one-off Zonda.

The Zonda HH is powered by the 7.2-liter Mercedes AMG V12 behind the Zonda Cinque. Instead of the paddle-controlled sequential six-speed found on the Cinque, the Zonda HH gets a six-speed manual transmission, as per the customer's preferences.

New Pictures of Ferrari 458 Challenge Go Live

On: Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Pictures of Ferrari 458 Challenge Go Live test 1-1

Ferrari introduced its track-only version of the 458 several weeks ago, but until this week, we were left with but one picture of what the car looks like. Finally Ferrari has released a few live action shots of the 458 Challenge and it looks just as good from the back as it does the front. The cherry red trackster posed for a couple of shots during testing at the Vallelunga circuit.

Revealed at Ferrari's annual dealer meeting in mid-July, the Ferrari 458 Challenge is an all-performance, track-only version of the 458 Italia. Ferrari chose to transfer the 570-hp V8 engine from the 458 Italia without any tuning, instead focusing on fine-tuning the gear ratios and calibration of the dual-clutch F1 transmission to deliver higher torque at lower revolutions. Ferrari also made the 458 Challenge the first of its track cars to sport an E-Diff electronic differential.

The 458 Challenge also benefits from Ferrari's in-house-developed F1-Trac system, which features two settings for wet and dry conditions, providing maximum grip through both. The E-Diff and F1-Trac systems work together to deliver acceleration out of corners. Like the F1-Trac, the ABS system includes two settings: low grip and high performance. All the controls for those three systems are available to the driver on the steering wheel.

Porsche Confirms 918 Spyder Hybrid

On: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Confirms 918 Spyder Hybrid test 1-1

After months of indications that it would produce the 918 Spyder Hybrid, Porsche confirmed the hybrid coupe for limited series production. The Geneva Motor Show concept will be built in Porsche's Zuffenhausen plant and will supplant the Carrera GT as Porsche's flagship sports car, showing the world that hybrid powertrains can do more than just cut emissions.

Porsche arguably upstaged the entire 2010 Geneva Motor Show when it unveiled the 918 Spyder Hybrid the evening preceding the official start of the show. Easily one of the most fascinating concepts at the show, everything about the hybrid supercar was intriguing. Performance figures were impressive: 3.2 seconds to 62 mph, 198 mph top speed, and the fastest Porsche around Nurburgring with a lap time under 7:30. Porsche's fuel economy claims were equally lofty: 78 mpg in the European cycle and 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer. By all indicators, the 918 Spyder rang the opening bell on a new generation of supercars capable of producing heavyweight power and performance figures while drastically cutting pollution.

In its concept form, the 918 combines the RS Spyder's 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 engine with electric motors mounted on the front and rear axles. Battery power for the motors comes from a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery pack. All told, the coupe pulls 718 horses out of its powertrain, with a seven-speed PDK transmission handling shifting duties.