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First U.S. Pagani Huayra Coming to the States

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The rumors are official: Pagani will be selling its all-new Huayra supercar in the United States, making it Pagani's first car in the market. Unlike the Zonda, the Huayra was developed with an adherence to U.S. emissions and safety regulations in mins, and it long seemed clear that the Italian supercar-maker was intent upon breaking into the ever-supercar-hungry U.S. market. Pagani made it official on Tuesday.

Pagani has yet to release pricing for the Huayra, but indications are that it will cost somewhere around 1 million euros when it hits the market. That translates to around $1.35 million by today's rates. Pagani plans to begin U.S. sales later this year.

It's [Officially] Fast; Full McLaren MP4-12C Specs Released

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

It's [Officially] Fast; Full McLaren MP4-12C Specs Released test 1-1

It was nearly a year ago when McLaren introduced its first car since the timeless F1. But for the entire time that we've known about the MP4-12C, we've been left with mere estimates of its performance. Until this week. McLaren has made the numbers on the MP4-12C official, and they're quite impressive for a car that will eventually become the baby McLaren.

We knew that the MP4-12C had what it took: 592 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque worth of 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, and a lightweight build that includes a super-light, carbon fiber MonoCell chassis and generous use of composites throughout the body.

Bentley Continental GT Sets World Speed Record on Ice

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley Continental GT Sets World Speed Record on Ice test 1-1

Well, here's a world record that I didn't even know they counted: world speed record on ice. And here's a car that I really wouldn't expect to own that record: a convertible Bentley Continental Supersports. But it does. Bentley announced a world record of 205.48 mph earlier this week. The Finland Traffic Police were on-hand to certify the speed and Guiness World Record officials ratified it. 205.5 mph on sheer ice sounds pretty terrifying, but makes for pretty nice bragging rights for Bentley.

Snortin' Norton Returns To Keen US Market

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Salamone

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 In 1902 the first Norton motorcycle, aka ‘the Engerette’, was unleashed out of a Birmingham, England factory and sport motorcycling changed forever. Nortons dominated world road racing for decades to come. After generations of UK ownership, the brand changed guard to a US company based in Oregon. Recently, however, after fifteen years of US ownership, Norton is once again secured under the British flag by CEO Stuart Garner. For the last two years orders for the newly produced 961 Commandos have vastly exceeded the company’s expectations. Perhaps more interesting, buyer interest is equally robust for the US market. As of February 15th only three of the fifty US allotted 961 SEs were still available for purchase.


Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis)

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis) test 1-1

We thought Pagani dragged things out, but Lamborghini is really nursing it. I guess a new Lambo flagship is enough of a rarity to forgive the slow, slow, slow reveal, but I just want to see the damn car already—uncovered, from every angle.

But Lamborghini isn't giving it up so easy. Instead, it continues to tease the Aventador piece by beautiful piece. We got the official details on the powertrain all the way back in November, and most recently, Lambo has given the world a closer look at the lightweight, composite chassis that will hold drivers up for the most exciting ride of their lives.

Ford Revs Up "Crazy Kevin" Ads For The Explorer

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

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A few days ago Ford announced a new urban ad campaign for the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer led by actor and comedian Kevin Hart. The total marketing effort will include TV spots, print, radio, and videos which showcase the best features of the Explorer. Ford hopes the campaign will engage consumers with comedy and generate more brand awareness, partly because of the completely reinvented Explorer.

In case you've been hiding behind an anti-media force field, Kevin Hart has starred in such classic films as "Soul Plane", "40-Year-Old Virgin", and "Little Fockers". What most movie watchers don't know is that Kevin Hart began as a shoe salesman and changed careers to embark in comedy. His style is loud and fast-paced, which is a good fit for an urban marketing campaign since Ford intends to capture the attention of the average city-goer.

Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept  test 1-1

Nissan has previewed an all-electric sports car concept that it will debut in Geneva. Called ESFLOW, the new concept combines a dual-motor powertrain with lightweight components and sporty styling.

Designed to "prove it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving," the ESFLOW is based upon the technology available in the Leaf, albeit modified to ensure a sportier ride. It features two rear-mounted electric motors that are centrally located above the rear axle.

The History Channel's Top Gear Primed for Season 2

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 5:54PM | By: Chris Salamone

Top Gear US Hosts test 2

The History Channel recently announced that the American version of the hit UK show ‘Top Gear’ would get another season in the United States. Since production will start this Spring, the new season should air sometime in late 2011. Although not simultaneously, the first season attracted 60 million overall spectators and brought the youngest age group of viewers to any series on The History Channel, ever. Production is a collaborative effort between BBC Worldwide and The History Channel. The show takes cars far beyond their manufacturer’s idea of ordinary use and, in doing so, tests the extreme limits of each auto. Top Gear is hosted by a trio of diverse talents: racing analyst Rutledge Wood, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara. In addition to entertaining hosts, the show features crazy driving antics, super-car tests, reviews, and celebrity interviews. In short, if the US got another season of 'Jersey Shore' instead of Top Gear this author would be moving to the UK.

The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer test 1-1

For many red-blooded Porsche fans, the Panamera is already too big. After all, what kind of a true Porsche has four doors? But for actual Panamera buyers, the sedan isn't quite big enough, making for scrunched legs and uncomfortable rides in the back seat. And since the Panamera has been one of Porsche's most successful vehicles of late, Porsche is listening to the latter crowd. According to an Autocar report, Stuttgart is developing a stretched-out Panamera to appease voices in the North American and Chinese markets that feel the rear cabin is too small.

German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante test 1-1

Problem: German supercar-maker Gumpert makes a powerful, visceral, two-seat hypercar known as the Apollo. While exhilarating in terms of capabilities, its raw, unrefined interior and exterior haven't been all that appealing to the type of pampered clientele that could actually afford one.

Solution: The Tornante, a more attractive two-seater designed with the help of Italian design firm Touring Superleggera. The new Gumpert brings a higher level of aesthetics, comfort, and sophistication without losing too much of the sheer, unapologizing performance of the Apollo.

Infiniti Shows Off The Etherea Concept

On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Etherea Concept test 2

Well, that was fast. About a week after it teased an unnamed Geneva concept, Infiniti released full picture details of the car. And as was rumored, it's called the Etherea and takes off on the stylish Essence concept that Infiniti presented in 2009.