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Jaguar already has one sporty hybrid on the way in the C-X75. But that model will be way out of the price range of most car owners. For those looking for a sporty, sexy hybrid with a little more of an affordable price, they may get it in the way of a production C-X16.
Inside Line reports that Jaguar is close to a decision on the C-X16, which it showed in concept form at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. If it gets the green light, the C-X16 could go on sale in 2014. Jaguar has done several months’ worth of market research on the model, and it sounds as though Jaguar is already making production plans, with the green light a mere formality.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Auto Shows
Tags: Jaguar, C-X16, hybrids, new cars, concepts,
We'll say it again: We love the Geneva Motor Show. It's THE place for seeing supercar brands that we've frankly never or rarely heard talk of. Here in the United States, GTA colloquially stands for the popular video game series "Grand Theft Auto." Over in Geneva, it stands for an exotic car company that builds cars worth stealing.
The GTA Spano is Spain's supercar. The car is powered by an engine rivaled in displacement by a very few, an 8.3-liter V-10 engine that heaves 820 hp. Two transmission options are available to buyers: a seven-speed sequential paddle shift and seven-speed sequential manual.
The Spano rests on an exotic monocoque chassis crafted from carbon fiber, titanium and Kevlar. It weighs just 123 lbs. and keeps the car's overall weight down to 2,970 lbs.
The Spano hits 62 mph in under 3 seconds and tops out over 217 mph.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: GTA, Spano, Spanish, Supercars, Geneva Motor Show
The Geneva Motor Show is packed full of plug-in vehicles of all kinds - from sexy smart cars to ultra-efficient city cars. Thing is, though, the world really doesn't need any new electric vehicles or concepts unless they happen to travel 400 miles on a charge and cost under $30,000. There's hardly much interest in the electric vehicles we do have.
What the world needs is a better charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles. That may not make for as sexy an auto-show concept, but it would certainly help grow the industry more than a one-off electric sports car with a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time. Mitsubishi trudged through that unsexy terrain to present its MiEV house, a concept that gives one take on the future of home charging.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Mitsubishi, concepts, 2012 Geneva Motor Show, EV, charging, smart grid
We may have another few months before we see the McLaren P12, but here's something for McLaren fans looking for a little extra power - the MP4-12C High Sport. McLaren revealed its new upgraded MP4 earlier this week.
The MP4-12C High Sport is essentially a super-exclusive in-house tune. The modified supercar was designed by McLaren Special Operations. Not the quasi-governmental agency that it sounds like, MSO is the division of McLaren "responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects for McLaren sports cars." McLaren launched the division last August.
Posted In: Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: McLaren, MP4-12C, supercars, MP4-12C High Sport, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
The terms "one off" and "Lamborghini" marry better than perhaps any others in the automotive world - except perhaps for "most uncompromising super sports car of its entire history" and "Automobili Lamborghini." Luckily for us, both sets of terms describe the same car: the all-new Aventador J roadster.
If those superlatives weren't enough to get your attention, here are a few more: "utterly indescribable experience of power and dynamics," "force of nature on wheels," and "supremely powerful and supremely open." Somehow Lambo manages to pack all those phrases into the opening paragraph of its press release. Needless to say, the Bull is excited about this one.
Tags: Lamborhgini, one-off, special editions, Aventador, roadsters, Aventador J, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
As a writer, I really don't like to admit that the whole adage about a picture and 1,000 words is correct. But in some cases, it definitely is. We covered the MILA Coupic concept last week when it was first announced, but without more pictures of the concept in its various configurations, the article was incomplete. With a few new pictures, we're able to complete the story.
The MILA Coupic is a concept built by Austrian engineering and manufacturing firm Magna Steyr. While it's not exactly a household name, Magna Steyr is a prominent force in the automotive industry and provides services to many well-known brands.
Tags: Magna Steyr, MILA Coupic, crossover, convertible, concepts, pickup
What’s a butt-print worth?
Fame’s a funny thing. The mere fact—or supposition, really—that someone even somewhat famous had owned/driven/sat in/looked at a car means big dollars to the person who can convince someone downstream in the selling process that what might otherwise look no better or worse than any other car of its type is in actuality better for its having been associated with said “star.”
So which do you think would pull down more money at auction: A rockin’-red roadster owned by a Sir-ed musical superstar or a buttercup-colored bit of Corgi-inspiring car show stand-candy?
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Bonhams, auction, sale, classics, 1965, 1966, Jaguar, E-Type, Elton John
Sometimes the past should remain in the past. Like when bands that were good 30 years ago get back together for no good reason. Or when an Italian design house..say Bertone... decides to recreate one of its most famous designs 40 years later.
In teasing the Nuccio, Bertone promised to reimagine the iconic wedge shape that underpinned some of its most famous concepts from the past. We were actually excited to see what modern day, ultra-low wedge styling looked like. Then we saw it. We're not excited anymore.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Bertone, Nuccio, Italian, design, concepts, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
Well, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show began this week, and that means we get to finally cash the check on all the design-house teasers we've been seeing for weeks. The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido is one such design that was introduced.
The Brivido (which means 'thrill' in Italian) is a striking little sculpture of glass, metal and composite. It's defining feature is its super-glassy greenhouse, which includes a panoramic glass roof and large windows that extend farther back and down than the average car window. Those shimmering glass doors are actually gullwings that open upward. Between the glassy, upswinging doors and 2 + 2 layout, the Brivido reminds us of the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept designed by Bertone.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: concepts, designs, Italdesign, Giugiaro, Brivido, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
After a barrage of rumors, admissions and reports, the Bentley SUV is here. Or at least a concept previewing the Bentley SUV is here. Bentley calls it the EXP 9 F.
Bentley does a better job of distinguishing the model as an SUV than the artists that drew renderings in anticipation of its introduction. The EXP 9 F is more squared off than other Bentleys, sharing more in common with a full-size SUV like the Range Rover than with crossovers, which typically have more curvy, car-like styling. Its relatively flat roofline, rear fenders and rear fascia convey a sense of rugged utility that a full-on SUV is all about, though its roof appears low enough to give a somewhat station wagon-like look.
Tags: Bentley, concepts, SUV, crossovers, EXP-9, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
Kayakers are a pretty niche demographic to build an entire car around. But a concept car or truck? Well, Volkswagen believes they're worthy. The new Amorak Canyon concept is a reconfigured Amorak aimed directly at paddlers.
VW really missed the boat (get it!) on its name. Canyon is such a generic name, but the Amorak 'Yak would have better identified the model's purpose while rhyming all at the same time. Let's talk next time, V-Dub.
The automaker describes the Canyon as an extreme version of the Amorak pickup designed specifically for the sport of freestyle kayaking. While we don't expect to see a production version, VW says that it demonstrates how versatile the Amorak platform can be.
Tags: Volkswagen, anorak, concepts, kayaking, paddling, Anorak Canyon, 2012 Geneva Motor Show