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Think You Can Afford It? One-Off Porcelain Veyron

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bugatti Veyron LOr Blanc Grand Sport  test 2

The last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 may have been sold, but that doesn't mean we won't be seeing some special edition Veyrons in the future, Or today. The Bugatti Veyron L'Or Blanc Grand Sport was designed in conjunction with Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM) and unveiled last week. It's a one-of-a-kind special edition that features an unlikely material all over.

Ordinarily, delicate porcelain is the last thing that you'd want to see on the outside of a vehicle, particularly a big, heavy hypercar with capabilities up to 250 mph. But in the high-end automotive market where it's increasingly difficult to get any kind of meaningful bragging rights, being the first motor vehicle in the world to use porcelain for interior and exterior design elements provides one such bragging right. The press release doesn't detail all the parts that use porcelain, outside of confirming that it's on both the inside and out, but we'll have to venture that it's those white, squiggly lines all over the exterior and door panels.

Feebay's Top Five Sales For June Is A Lamborghini Fest

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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If you’re anything like me (God help you), you spend a fair amount of your online idle time poking around eBay, with special attention paid to eBay Motors and its bevy of fantastic cars you can’t afford and wretches you wish you couldn’t.

But I’ve noticed an odd phenomenon on eBay regarding the former (i.e. the unaffordable exotic) the VAST majority aren’t selling, whether at auction (rare), “Buy-It-Now” (ditto) or the only seemingly-viable method, “Best Offer.” For all the multi-million-dollar listing and asking prices on the site, there aren’t ANY selling prices anywhere NEAR that high.

In fact, the highest recorded sales price you can find in the site’s “completed listings” is the $255,000 “Best Offer” sale of a used orange ’08 Lambo Murcielago. The NEXT THREE of the “top five" automotive sellers are Lamborghinis, too, though not all the same model, seller, year, etc.

For Overlanding, Only BMW Reigns Supreme

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 2:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure test 2

Whatever you’re planning to do, from cross-continental voyages to weekend trips at the local mud pits, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is good-to-go. Yes, BMW makes some expensive motorcycles, but they are widely regarded as the best on the road for the all-important emotional draw of jumping on a bike and riding into the great unknown. The new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model is the king in BMW’s class of Enduro bikes. In addition to being incredibly handsome, the R 1200 GS Adventure packs some serious specifications, making this bike ready for even the most trail-hardened journeyman.

Mecum Des Moines: Home Of Great Original-Condition Oddities

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 1:16PM | By: Andrew W Davis

1981 Zimmer Golden Spirit automatic [Lot F114] test 2

It is a car collector’s most fervent wish that they find the vehicle they've been seeking in as-new, one-owner, low-mileage and perfectly-running and -driving condition. But as most cars that are desirable NOW were the same THEN—or were built for dangerous duties like racing—that almost never happens. And while you can restore a valuable car to better-than-new condition, the very fact that so many ARE restored has flipped the equation, making those in original condition the rarer of the two.

But for every multimillion-dollar original relic discovered there are thousands upon thousands of cars that nobody wants—apart from the weirdos that fastidiously maintained them—that feature all the buzzwords I mentioned up top, despite the fact that there's no "popular" reason for their preservation.

I found four such cars—OK, three cars and a truck-thingie—on-deck for Mecum Auctions’ July 15-16 Des Moines sale. They are proof of the adage that something's being rare does not make it desirable, nor does a desirable thing have to be rare. Even so, these vehicles are among the best examples of their kind you’ll find, so maybe it's best to think of this as your opportunity to buy some vehicles you never knew you needed…


New Batman Movie, New Lambo

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Batman Movie, New Lambo test 1-1

During the dark night (haaa!), Batman may chase criminals and create carnage in the timelessly iconic yet ever-changing Batmobile, but in the day, he chooses something with more Italian flair. Bruce Wayne may be less flashy and more mild mannered than his crime-fighting alter ego, but he's still got lots and lots of cash to burn. So for the past couple of Batman movies, he spends his days driving a top-end Lamborghini. And some recent spy shots from the set of the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Rises shows that Bruce Wayne plans to continue driving the latest Sant'Agata Bolognese hardware.

Range Rover Evoque Priced And EPA-Rated

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 9:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Range Rover Evoque test 2

As the baby of the Land Rover family—the smallest, lightest Range Rover ever—the 2012 Range Rover Evoque was bound to be more efficient and less expensive than the other Range Rovers out there. We just weren't sure how much more efficient and how less expensive until this week. The Evoque now has an official price tag and EPA rating.

The 2012 Evoque will start at $43,995. That price is for the five-door model, and the three-door "coupe" will cost $1,000 more. It is powered by a turbocharged 240-hp 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder developed by Ford.

Rolls Royce 102EX: Not Good Enough For Production, But Still Pimpin'

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 8:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rolls Royce 102EX  test 2

The Rolls Royce 102EX may be the lamest of lame ducks, after Rolls announced that it will not be developing an electric vehicle in the near future, but it's still going to be a presence on the world concept circuit. Rolls engineers are still testing the 102EX, and Rolls PR folks will be transporting the car in continuance of its world tour.

Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT test 2

For the past couple of years, the Hennessy Venom GT has been like a phantom of the supercar world. We don't talk about it nearly as often as cars like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 or Pagani Huayra, but it shows up every so often to remind us of just how powerful and awesome it is. The next stop? The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb this weekend.

Hyundai Genesis R-Spec: 5.Whoa!

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 1:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Genesis R-Spec Sedan test 2

Have you heard about that new car with the 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 in that bargain priced car? Yup, the one that produces well over 400-horsepower and accelerates like a bat out of hell? Oh, you have? It's amazing that a five-passenger sedan can make that kind of power, isn't it? Wait, what? You thought I meant some Pony Car? Oh no, no! This is the newest big bad... Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai—No, I'm serious.  

It seems that the Korean automaker is very intent on becoming a serious competitor to high-end automakers, as well as... well, everyone else. Quietly, we are seeing the emergence of a sport line called R-Spec. First, with the Genesis Coupe and now comes the 2012 Genesis R-Spec Sedan. This seductive sedan is equal parts luxury looker and boulevard bruiser, albeit in a much more tame manner than anything wearing an M badge from Germany or F badge from Japan.

Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter Hits The Dirt

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter Hits The Dirt test 1-1

The Local Motors Rally Fighter is one of those unique vehicles that we just can't seem to get enough of. It's not the prettiest, probably not the best bang for the buck, but it's just such an interesting idea and backstory that we love seeing it. Translogic got to get behind the scenes and behind the wheel and provided a new video clip of the crowd-sourced off-road demon in action. Surprisingly, the action really isn't the best part—some nice fast off-roading down a dusty dirt road, but we've already seen better. More interesting was the interview with Local Motors' CEO Jay Rogers.

Sorry Chrysler: You Don't Own Ad Rights To Detroit

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

Sorry Chrysler: You Don't Own Ad Rights To Detroit test 1-1

Well, here's a brilliant victory for the little guy. Though I went on a pretty big rant against Chrysler in its lawsuit against a Detroit-area clothing company that used the popular "Imported From Detroit" slogan in a line of clothes, I really suspected that the court was going to side with the much bigger, more powerful automaker. But a Detroit federal court has ruled against Chrysler in trying to stop Pure Detroit from using the phrase, paving the way for the clothing company to keep selling "Imported from Detroit" clothes.