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Rotary engines; not many cars sport them nowadays. And even fewer supercars have them. But a new teaser gives us a look at an upcoming German supercar powered by a four-rotor engine. It's called the Predator GT and it comes from the suitably named Rotary Super Cars.
Rotary already teased the Predator last year. But that car looked entirely different. Apparently, the company took some heavy flak for making a highly derivative car that looked like a Ferrari 599 GTB with a couple of extra vents and body mods. So, they went back to the drawing board and designed a completely new car. My man Viknesh, over at Motor Authority, likens it to a Lamborghini, which I can see from the rear cabin back, but the front still looks pretty Ferrari to me. But even a Ferrari-Lambo hybrid is more original than a straight 599 rip-off—especially when you throw in those weird, lightning bolt-esque lines (no, those aren't the result of a fuzzy picture).
Posted In: Reports, Exotics
Tags: German, rotary, supercars, track, race cars, Raptor GT, Predator GT, Rotary engines
Much like watching two heavyweight icons like Ali and Frasier gruel it out for supremacy, there's something magical about watching two ultra-powerful, iconicly awesome supercars go head to head. Even when the match-up is odd and skewed.
The latest piece of supercar throw-down to bubble to the surface of the Interwebs is a Drag Times piece with a supercharged Corvette Z06 and a Koenigsegg CCXR.
Posted In: Racing, Videos, Exotics
Tags: videos, races, drag races, Corvette, Corvette Z06, Koenigsegg CCXR
As of yesterday, the official unveiling of the 2012 M-Class has reached the far corners of the internet. Although the upcoming M-Class shares many design cues from former models, this third generation Benz looks to showcase many significant improvements. Just based on appearance, the front grille is more distinctive, the sides and taillights have more drastic angles, and rims are offered from 17 to 21 inches. Yes, consumers may be reminded of former models, so please put on your monocle, raise your thinking pipe, and take a quick peek. Hopefully all concerns will be laid to rest.
Posted In: Car News, Videos
Tags: 2012, Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, Benz, M-Class, ML, M Class, new, diesel, unleaded, Bluetec, BlueEfficiency
There's a new top convertible in Ingolstadt. Audi unveiled the R8 GT Spyder last week, a car that pairs the performance and technology of last year's R8 GT coupe with a fabric soft top. The high-performance Spyder is a limited edition model, with less than 350 units planned.
The R8 GT Spyder begins with underpinnings of the former top R8 convertible—the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. But it cuts about 187 lbs. of fat by using materials like an ultra-light, magnesium engine frame and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer front spoiler, rear bumper, and rear side panels. Final curb weight comes in around 3,615.5 lbs. Inside components like the glass fiber-reinforced polymer-chassis bucket seats also help weight savings.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics
Tags: Audi, R8, R8 GT Spyder, supercars, convertibles
You'd think Bugatti owners would be a little smarter as a group. First, there aren't that many of them. Second, a price tag of more than $1 million usually has a way of weeding out the riff raff—you have to be at least kind of smart to earn yourself that much money just to spend on a car.
Yet, by all indications, Bugatti owners are some of the dumbest car owners on the planet. Within less than two years, the small pool has had Darwin Award candidates like this guy and this kid. Dumb, dumb, dumb. And now there's a new Bugatti jackass to add to the list. In an attempt to show off his supercar's donuting prowess, this guy careens right off the track, over the grass, and into a divider.
Posted In: Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Videos
Tags: Bugatti, Veyron, fails, videos, funny, stupid, video, Motorsports, supercar blooper
Motor Trend recently conducted a poll which asked readers of its Wide Open Throttle blog and Facebook and Twitter followers what factors really annoyed them while driving. I think that #4 could be avoided by not being one of the drivers on the rest of the list. Over all, it is pretty clear that we hate “Slow Drivers” according to the poll and I must agree. Full press release from Motor Trend after the break.
Posted In: Reports, Safety
Tags: driving, Annoyances, Motor Trend, poll, bad driving, slow drivers, road rage, aggressive driving
There really hasn't been much good news to come out of Japan since the March earthquake that ravaged the nation. It's been nearly three solid months of natural disaster and ensuing economic, infrastructural, and industrial turmoil. But we may just have a small tidbit of good news: Nissan is having problems producing its painfully awkward Murano CrossCabriolet.
The Murano CrossCab debuted at last year's LA Motor Show, where it became the first convertible, AWD crossover. And it quickly proved why it's the first AWD crossover convertible—because the big chunky body of a crossover looks absolutely awful from nearly every angle without a roof. Still, though, it's a unique offering that may develop some kind of following.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Japan, Nissan, Murano CrossCabriolet, earthquake, production, supplies, automaker
In a recent test of the 2011 Mosler Photon (a car that it seems duly impressed with) Automobile magazine got a few juicy teaser bits about the upcoming 2012 Mosler Raptor. The car will play in the same sandbox as elites like the Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera. At what could be about half the price, it will deliver similar performance and a sexy exterior inspired by an exotic woman.
Posted In: Reports, Exotics
Tags: supercars, hypercars, Mosler, raptor, American, V8
Car headlights sometimes become cloudy and less effective than they should be over time. Why? UV rays, vehicle exhaust, ozone, acid rain, chemicals, and road debris take their toll on the plastic and cause them to get cloudy. This cloudiness caused by degradation can reduce and diffuse the light going through the headlight lens. This makes it difficult to see when driving in the dark and creates an unsafe situation for many drivers; most of whom don’t even realize it’s happened. In fact, if you are out cruising at night, the odds are good that you can’t see anywhere near as well (or as far) as you could when your car was new.
This happens to all plastic headlight lenses over time, and some cars seem to experience it faster than others, depending on many, many factors. Take a walk outside and inspect your cars plastic lenses; if the car is a few years old, chances are there are visible signs of weathering and hazing. Folks who live in warm climates like me are likely to experience the problem much sooner. That is why my 2007 Nissan Sentra Spec-V is in need of some headlamp TLC.
Tags: Maintenance, headlights, DIY, plastic lens repair, Sylvania, Headlight Restoration kit
If there’s one thing that you learn as a long-term automotive writer it’s this: math and science—no matter how bad they sucked—were worth working at as they seem to be the key to affording the automotive baubles you only get to borrow.
Sure, having a new car or two just appear clean and full of fuel in your driveway every week is great, don’t get me wrong. But when what I call “Seventh-Day Disease” kicks in—named for the last day you have a car you REALLY wish you owned and don’t want to give back—you start wishing that you’d have checked the “Doctor” or “Lawyer” box on the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” form instead of “Writer/Pauper”.
There is an antidote that works most of the time, though: a “cheap-yet-cool” set of wheels you can call your own. (With your spouse’s permission; DO NOT forget that part. I CANNOT stress that enough. Trust me on this.) And one of the best places to find that vehicle is at one of the smaller “local” automotive auctions, like Mecum's upcoming St. Paul sale.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mecum, Auctions, St. Paul, Minnesota, Lotus Exige, Ford SVT Lightning pickup, Lincoln Continental Mark V,
After a number of on again/off again rumors, the Audi R4 is on again. And it looks like this time it's for good. Autocar reports this week that Audi has given the official go-ahead to the mid-engined, two-seat roadster, which will be a smaller, more affordable complement to the R8 supercar.
While its big brother shares underpinnings with the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R4 will look to VW's other performance brand in borrowing front-end elements from the 911-derived Porsche Boxster. While its front will be shared, its rear will be "radically different."
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Audi, R4, sports cars, Volkswagen, spyder, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche Boxster