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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Officially Revealed

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


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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


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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.


Subaru Teases Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (a.k.a. Subie FT-86)

On: Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru Teases Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (a.k.a. Subie FT-86) test 1-1

You know, when word of Subaru's new concept first came out, I thought: "Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept: what an absolutely awful name." So I was quite relieved to read that Subaru was changing the name before Geneva. For about a quarter of a second. Because right after that I read the new name: "Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept". Wow, a nearly-as-long and terrible concept name that I have to write at least two or three times for my article. Great.

However bad the name, the concept itself will be an exciting look at how Subaru utilizes its horizontally opposed Boxer four in a rear-wheel-drive layout. Subaru released its first teaser picture last week, showing the engine inside the skeleton of the car.


Pictures Galore: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 6:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Lexus LFA Nurburgring edition has been somewhat of a strange case. Lexus announced the car last March, and made several follow-up announcements about it. But they waited nearly a year to debut the package, something that they will finally get around to this week. And despite the follow-up announcements about the package, we've been working with the same handful of pictures since last March.

But, last week, Lexus finally got around to updating the pictures. And it didn't hold back, offering a full album of exterior, interior, and engine shots. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the matte black LFA, but we do get plenty of the orange model.


 

Spyker Going All In On Saab, Sells Sports Car Business

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:56PM | By: Chris Weiss


Spyker Going All In On Saab, Sells Sports Car Business test 1-1

The odd Spyker/Saab saga continues. I always found the idea of a small supercar manufacturer purchasing an established brand to be rather counterintuitive: usually it's the large brand name purchasing the supercar maker (VW and Bugatti/Lamborghini, Fiat and Ferrari, and so on and so on). But the deal worked out, with Spyker saving Saab from extinction with a beyond-last-minute deal with GM last January. And things seem to be coming along quite nicely over in northern Europe, so nicely, in fact, that Spyker has abandoned its supercar business to focus on its new bread and butter.


Ferrari Does Full Web Unveil of the FF

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Does Full Web Unveil of the FF test 1-1

Our two favorite Italian supercar makers are kind of taking opposite strategies in terms of their Geneva debuts. Lamborghini has been rather stingy with pictures, teasing the Aventador LP700-4 piece by piece, even in the face of major leaks. Meanwhile, Ferrari has been busy providing full pictures and video of its FF concept.

Last month, the Prancing Horse introduced the FF via a web event, and offered the first pictures. Then, it released some video and more pictures. And now it has held an official web debut in Maranello (apparently that's not what last month's event was?) and offered more pictures and more video. This time, the event was more like an auto-show reveal with a stage, audience of 700 Ferrari VIPs, speakers, and several live FFs—which makes me wonder: what's left for Geneva?


Warning - Infectious Videos Present

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone


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When you recognize that a video like “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday made national news, you realize that viral videos impact and reflect society just as much as other, more credible, political and cultural stories. Of course, it’s likely that 30 seconds of gargantuan snot bubbles captured on tape fail to paint a pretty picture of how far we’ve come as a human race. But on the other hand these videos represent the true oddities and exceptional moments we’ve managed to share and appreciate with everyone else. We cherish these videos precisely because they’re so rare. Perhaps it’s a good sign that we can smile or laugh at ourselves. Without further adieu, here are some of the most popular, most entertaining viral automotive videos in cyberspace. Please attach and adjust your protective face mask to avoid the transmission of IVD, or Infectious Video Disease.


Gumpert Tornante Teased...Maybe?

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


Gumpert Tornante Teased...Maybe? test 1-1

Supercar pictures are just falling out of the sky this week. With a big show like Geneva coming up next week, it's not that surprising, but it sure is fun trying to piece it all together.

This latest photo appears to be a teaser of the Gumpert Tornante by Touring. Only no one can seem to trace it back to Gumpert, leaving us to assume its the Tornante without any confirmation. But, looking at the large curves in front and back connected by a straight belt line, and the rear-orientated cabin, it certainly resembles the first Tornante picture. So we'll just assume that's what we're looking at. Since Gumpert already revealed more of the car in its initial released rendering, we're thinking maybe this is a teaser that it never used.


Still Leaking: The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Profile Photos

On: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, I'm not too surprised to see some more Lamborghini Aventador pictures. When the first scanned magazine picture leaked on Tuesday, we had more than a hunch that either more pictures from that magazine spread or a similar one were going to leak, or that Lamborghini was going to do an early reveal the way that Pagani did with the Huayra and Lamborghini itself did with the Sesto Elemento. Lamborghini hasn't come clean yet, but a few more pictures from the same Evo Croatia issue have leaked out. We now see the Aventador from the side and 3/4 profile in addition to the front.


It Won't Be a Long Long Time; Mini Rocketman Concept Coming to Geneva

On: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss


It Won't Be a Long Long Time; Mini Rocketman Concept Coming to Geneva test 1-1

Unlike last year's hot Mini concept—the Beachcomber—the Rocketman is a rather modest concept that looks like it could hit production tomorrow. And it's a Mini through and through: a small, efficient, three-door hatch that makes the most out of its tiny interior. The Rocketman does offer some unique features and technologies, though.

Fresh off its "Cram It In The Boot" campaign, it looks like Mini is ready to pull it out of the boot. The Rocketman uses a unique, slide-out "drawer" to increase the capacity of the hatch and offer extra storage. From the snowboard pictured inside, it looks almost like an integrated gear rack that lets you get the most out of your Mini without any aftermarket attention.


Focused On The Future

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:18PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Maybe it's the economy. Maybe it's the rising cost of gas. Maybe it's people wanting to just be a little greener than they were ten years ago, or maybe it's all of the above and then some. Whatever the reasons are, the 'economy' class of cars is starting to take over their namesake.
 
Ford has redone the Focus for 2012 to set itself up to be the leader in not only entry level compacts, but it may just give some higher-end compact models something to think about. Starting with a new body that is 55 percent high-strength steel and boron, which is a record high for any vehicle Ford currently has on the market, the 2012 Focus will finally be the same magnificent car that has been available in Europe for the last few years. The Focus will get a single engine:  A direct-injection 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque (up 20 hp and 10 lb-ft over the outgoing 2011 Duratec). This little Ford packs a lot into a small package.