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Categories: Exotics

The Car That Started It All

On: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lamborghini Countach test 2

The most beautiful car I’ve ever seen was not in a showroom. It wasn’t even on the road. No, the day I fell in love with exotic automobiles began as a very inauspicious trip with my father to an Ames Department Store, in New Hampshire, while we were visiting my uncle.  

For the record, I had always loved cars. My father still has his white 1971 Corvette with its behemoth 454 that I used to beg and plead to take anywhere everyday for years. When Dad wasn’t around to pester, I would be out and about with Mom in our 1981 Toyota Corolla Tercel and beg her to let me shift the clunky 5-spd shifter just once. I had (and still have) hundreds of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, at least two functioning radio controlled cars every year, and a collection of Corvette posters that would have made Zora Arkus-Duntov proud.  

I did love Corvettes and, up until that day in New Hampshire, I was convinced that the Corvette was king of the hill, as far as I was concerned. I had a little red Matchbox C3 Corvette that was the crown jewel of my collection. However, as I perused the toy section of Ames, I stumbled upon an enigma. It was a car I had never seen, yet instantly loved. I didn’t know what it was called, because the name was too long for my young brain to piece together on its own. All I knew was that it was white, and looked far too wild to be a real car. I picked out the white Hot Wheels car and brought it to my father who explained that the car was something called a Lamborghini. At that moment in time I knew two things about that mysterious car:  The first was its name and the second was simply that I had to have it.  


The Aston Martin Cygnet: A Whole New Animal!

On: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 3:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Aston Martin Cygnet: A Whole New Animal! test 1-1

The new Aston Martin Cygnet is an innovative concept car that debuted at the Geneva car show this year, not only because of its small size (just over 11 feet long, smaller than the Yaris, and based on the Toyota IQ), but the luxury commuter will be available in a wide array of colors, including several animal prints. So whether you are into tiger stripes,zebra, or leopard print, or any other color combination imaginable, the Cygnet can accommodate your request.


According to an Aston Martin spokesperson, “Because the Cygnet is finished by hand, and not mass produced, in no other car in this segment can you exercise such a degree of personalization.”


Mercedes SLS So Awesome It Hurts!

On: Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:23PM | By: John Welch


Merceds Benz SLS AMG test 2

Yes yes , I know, I know! This is the second post in a row with a video kyped directly from a competing website. It happens to us all the time; check the date on this post, and then the date on this one. Yeah, exactly. That same thing has happened many times since the 'Shopper Blog went live in September. I'm not mad at all, just pointing out that we are not the only shameless thieves.

This, my friends, is the best audio I have found of the Mercedes AMG SLS. Eff Jay Leno and his weirdness; these videos are here to celebrate the SLS, in all its glitteringly perfect glory . . .


Top Gear Tests The LFA; JD Installs Drool-Bucket In Cubicle

On: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 5:54PM | By: John Welch


Top Gear Tests The LFA; JD Installs Drool-Bucket In Cubicle test 1-1

I like fast cars and I like comic strips. Combine the two and you've got me pretty smitten. Cell-shading has been used in many video games and movies to create an 'illustrated' feeling for real-life video. Top Gear has taken the idea to new heights with its review of the Lexus LFA.


 

Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:03PM | By: John Welch


Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy test 1-1

Diamond-studded wallets are running for cover. The Bugatti will end production of the Veyron, what amounts to a $1.6 million dollar Volkswagen (and you thought the Pheaton was ludicrous?!) in the spring of 2012. That leaves a pretty big gap in Bugatti's product portfolio, . . like, the entire product portfolio. What will they do to rid those sparkling 'gator-skinned wallets of all of that messy cash? And how exactly did they get into the business of building and selling The Ritz-On-Wheels? . . . laisse découvrir

Here is some lovely French Weirdness for you . . .


More MP4-12C Goodness

On: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:58PM | By: John Welch


More MP4-12C Goodness test 1-1

 

Mmmm, it comes with a TWIN TURBO 3.8 liter V8, ala the Ferrari F40 and the Koenigsegg. Very tasty. Also, it appears they have modified the styling of the front fascia, though now it just looks like a really badass Tesla. If it wasn't a McLaren that might ruin it for me . . .

Source: BBC.com


2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Yes Please!

On: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:04PM | By: John Welch


2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Yes Please! test 1-1

The Mercedes-Benz Gullwing was an absolute classic. Perfectly proportioned, race-bred and shamefully German in the most Teutonic sense. Mercedes has resurrected the Gullwing with its new SLS AMG, a faithful recreation if ever there was one. Instead of following the lead of American manufacturers, who are digging up the sixties for their retro-rods, Mercedes has reached all the way back to the mid-fifties for its stylish reflection of the past.


All The Dirt On The New McLaren MP4-12C

On: Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:48PM | By: John Welch


All The Dirt On The New McLaren MP4-12C test 1-1

We've all heard rumors about McLaren's new super car, known internally at McLaren as the 'P11'. Now we have some solid information on the car. For instance, it will be named the MP4-12C, a nod to the code McLaren uses to name its F1 cars. We also know that the car is powered by a mid-mounted, McLaren-built V8, and that it will feature a seven-speed, paddle-operated gear box. My beef? The early renderings of the car look like a Ferrari kit-car. Hopefully the exterior design undergoes some updating before the car is actually released. A full report can be found here.

Jay Leno (aahhggkk) was given a look at pre-production bits earlier this year. He has written a fairly shtick-free article outlining his experience. Highlights: the carbon fiber monocoup is so light Jay was able to pick it up without the forklift's assistance. That's mighty impressive. The price is also fairly impressive, McLaren aiming for a sub $200K base price. Fix that nose and I'll start knocking over Brinks trucks in earnest.

Source: The Times Online


Shumacher Previews 458 Italia, Drooling Allowed

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 10:53AM | By: John Welch


Shumacher Previews 458 Italia, Drooling Allowed test 1-1

We've been seeing teasers for the Ferrari 458 Italia all over the Internet lately. The video below was the first 'offcial' teaser for the 458, released a few weeks ago. Since then, Ferrari has commissioned several videos that reveal further details about the F430 replacement. More videos are available after the jump.


Web Review: Porsche

On: Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:47AM | By: John Welch


Web Review: Porsche test 1-1

I like to pretend that I'm rich instead of just good looking. I like to pretend that I am able to wake up in the morning, dine on Eggs Benedict and lobster, then trot off to buy any new car my heart desires. In the process of feeding these irrational fantasies, I tend to peruse manufacturer websites, finding out exactly what ultra-expensive vehicles with what ultra-expensive options are available in my area. Most of these experiences are good; the car companies definitely drop a little cash on their websites. However, sometimes the site is clunky, or the interface doesn't provide an option I'd like, etc. This series of posts will leave no stone unturned in the name of finding the best, most informative, most complete Auto Manufacturer Websites. This week's subject: Porsche.