Login to your account
Not a member? Register now.

Subscribe To The Blog:

Follow Us

Auto Industry News
And Car Reviews

The GTA Spano Supercar

On: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 9:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

The GTA Spano Supercar test 2

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.

Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House test 2

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.

Limited Edition McLaren MP4-12C High Sport

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 2:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Limited Edition McLaren MP4-12C High Sport test 2

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.

Lamborghini Drops One-Off Aventador J

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador J test 2

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.


More Pictures Of The MILA Coupic Pickup-Crossover-Convertible

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

MILA Coupic test 2

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.

Saturday Night's Just Alright For Buying: An Ex-Elton E's Upstaged At "Only" $130k

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Lot 338 -- Ex-Elton 1965 E-Type test 2

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?

Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Nuccio Concept test 2

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.

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed test 2

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.

The Bentley SUV Arrives

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bentley SUV Arrives test 2

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.

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Amorak Canyon - A Truck For Kayakers test 2

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.

Presidential Endorsement: Obama Will Buy A Chevy Volt

On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

Presidential Endorsement: Obama Will Buy A Chevy Volt test 2

The Chevy Volt may have struggled to convince 7,671 buyers to take it home last year, but at least one prominent buyer is sizing the car up for the future. Most certainly a mix of politics and business more so than earnestness, President Obama recently told the United Auto Workers that he plans to buy a Volt himself when he's out of office.  

President Obama was addressing the UAW conference in Washington in regards to the state of the automobile industry, when he made the comment last week. In a briefing with the press, White House press secretary Jay Carney told skeptical media that the speech wasn't a campaign speech, but given the prominent role that auto bailout is playing in the upcoming election, politics was certainly at play.

During the speech, President Obama told the union workers about the Volt: "I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not President anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”