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No Pain, No Gain?

On: Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 10:37AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Cayman R Porsche test 2

Here’s a fun sounding deal for all of you Porscheophiles:  How would you like the chance to buy  a brand new Porsche for just over $66,000? Not too bad right? Well, here’s the thing:  It won’t have a radio or air conditioning; oh, and it will be noticeably noisier than what you might expect out of a high-end sports car. Still interested? Well, if not, then you are not the target market for the new Cayman R Porsche is rolling out this month.  

Although no official word has indicated what the R stands for, we have made a short guess list: R could be for race, or race-ready, or ridiculously fun, or really, it’s pretty hardcore, or road-course hero, which the Cayman R is certainly destined to be. Essentially the R is a Cayman that has gone on the perfect diet/exercise program that allowed it to walk that very fine line of being able to build muscle in all the right places and lose body fat at the same time to further emphasize its already extremely athletic nature. There are not a lot of differences between the two, but the few that there are make the R a much more feral animal compared to its domesticated sibling. 

Aston Tones Down the DBS in New Virage

On: Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 9:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Virage  test 2

Aston Martin has a new car. More accurately, it has revived an old car. The Virage nameplate from the 1990s is back. Aston's latest two-door debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and aims to bring more subtle, toned-down styling for those who aren't quite ready to get behind the wheel of a DBS.

The Virage will split the DB models, landing between the DB9 and the DBS. Major specs and pricing reflect its position in the greater Aston family. The Virage will be powered by a 490-hp version of the 6.0-liter V12 engine—right between the 470-hp DB9 and the 510-hp DBS—and will cost around 150,000 GBP ($244K) when it goes on sale, placing it smack in the middle between the £125,000 DB9 and  £175,000 DBS.

De Tomaso Launches The SLS

On: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

De Tomaso SLS test 2

Somewhere along the line, the Sport Luxury Car (SLC) changed its name. Unfortunately, for auto fans, it did not change it to 'Pantera,' but rather to the equally boring but slightly more specific "Sports Luxury Sedan" (SLS). Boring name for a boring car. After showing the car to the Italian government last week, De Tomaso has unveiled the car at the Geneva Motor Show. The SLS represents the first effort of the revived De Tomaso badge.

Known for its sexy sports coupes, De Tomaso went bankrupt in 2004. Former Fiat exec Gianmario Rossignolo purchased the name back in 2009 and has been working with Pininfarina on the first car.

BMW's ConnectedDrive Takes In-Vehicle Technology To New Heights

On: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 6:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW's ConnectedDrive Takes In-Vehicle Technology To New Heights test 1-1

BMW unveiled its Vision ConnectedDrive roadster concept last month, but saved some juicy details for the official Geneva debut. Interestingly, in a concept as striking as the VCD, BMW chose to focus its presentation on interior technology as opposed to exterior styling. But that technology is as intriguing, if not more intriguing, than the looks of this particular concept.


Alfa Romeo Unveils Sexy, U.S.-Bound 4C Coupe

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe test 2

Alfa Romeo has debuted its 4C sports coupe at the Geneva Motor Show. While it's in concept form at the show, the Italian firm has detailed plans to produce the car beginning late next year. Joining that good news is even better news: the car will be among those Alfas getting exported to the United States. So, interstate highways and byways will soon have a little bit more curvy Alfa flair.

The 4C is powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected, 1.8-liter turbo four that will put out more than 200 horses. The engine is mated to a TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox and powers the rear wheels.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: SOLD OUT

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: SOLD OUT test 1-1

Well, that didn't take long at all. A day after Lamborghini finally unveiled its newest V12 flagship, the Bull announced that the entire first-year production run of the Aventador LP700-4 has sold out. While Lamborghini didn't specificy the exact number of Aventadors it had sold, Motor Trend estimates the number around 900, or nearly a quarter of the entire 10-year production run of the Murcielago. Not bad for one day.

The Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance, a Primer

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Salamone

Mormon Meteor test 2

Sound the horns. This year’s Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the 16thannual show and is scheduled to run March 11-13. The event’s host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, was rated by readers of Conde Nast Traveler No. 5 for best resorts in North America and No. 31 for best beach hotels on planet earth from readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine. In addition to world-class amenities, staying at The Ritz also includes a hefty price tag. But considering the grandeur of the show, The Ritz Carlton is a perfect fit for such an over-the-top event. This year’s lineup includes several historically significant vehicles and Indy 500 Winner Bobby Rahal as the 2011 Honoree.   

Bentley Details Ice Speed Record Special Edition

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley Details Ice Speed Record Special Edition test 1-1

Bentley recently smashed (its own) world speed record on ice with a 205.48 mph speed on a stretch of Baltic Sea ice off the coast of Finland. At the time, Crewe announced plans to celebrate its accomplishment with a special-edition Continental at the Geneva Motor Show. Getting a head start on the other debuts and announcements of the show, Bentley detailed the "Ice Speed Record" edition on the day before the official start of Geneva. The car is built on the old Continental Supersports platform, as opposed to the new Continental GT platform.

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R test 1-1

After Bugatti set a 268-mph world record back in July, we've seen a lot of hypercars in the 1,000+ horsepower category listing estimated top speeds in the low to mid 270s. The latest example is the Koenigsegg Agera R, an even more hardcore version of Koenigsegg's latest supercar with a claimed top speed of around 273 mph. Koenigsegg got out of the gate a little early and did a Geneva eve reveal of its latest creation on Monday.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Officially Revealed

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4  test 2

Much like it did with its Sesto Elemento concept at the Paris Motor Show last fall, Lamborghini jumped the gun on the Geneva Motor Show and revealed its new car a day early. And in this case, we're not looking at a fanciful, proof-of-tech concept, but at the future face of the Lamborghini brand. It's the Aventador LP700-4, and it's finally here, in every angle you could wish for.

Most of the news is in the pictures below, since Lamborghini has been spilling the beans as to the specs of the Aventador for months now, but there are a few interesting updates. First, if you were hoping that Lamborghini was holding onto the Jota name, you can officially begin being disappointed. If it wasn't already clear from last week's leaked magazine spread, the Aventador LP700-4 name is here to stay.

Morgan Threewheeler Priced From $40K

On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Morgan Threewheeler Priced From $40K  test 1-1

Owning the most head-turning ride on the road at any given time now has an official price. $40,000 and up. That's the base price that British firm Morgan will charge for its revived Threewheeler, a streamlined convertible that brings back the badge after a 58-year absence. This is the type of car that will get people looking and honking in your direction. Not necessarily in a jealous way like a red supercar, but more in a "WTF is that thing" type of way. Is it a bike, is it a car, is it a garage-made DIYer?? Prepare for plenty of questions if this one's on your wish list.