Pininfarina previews special concept heading to Geneva

Pininfarina-CarScoopsItalian coach-builder and design firm Pininfarina will pay homage to Sergio Pininfarina, son of the company’s founder, for leading the company for four decades. A special tribute concept vehicle bearing his name will be unwrapped during the auto show in Geneva this month.

Recently, Pininfarina released official sketches of the vehicle, a two-seater concept roadster that is aptly called Pininfarina Sergio. Based on the illustration, it seems the roadster will not have any exterior models, windshield, and even doors.

The vehicle is in tribute of Sergio Pininfarina who has headed the company with a very modern vision that translated to the brand’s innovative products, passion, and exclusivity.

The Pininfarina concept will be officially unveiled this month at the Geneva Motor Show.

Bugatti News: Super Veyron to hit 288MPH?

bugatti-veyron-super-sportThe Super Sport version of the Bugatti Veyron is already the top speed record holder for production version vehicles as it is capable of doing 268 miles an hour. The supercar maker may not be satisfied as it wants to break its own record with a successor that will make the end of production run of the Veyron quite memorable.

Yes, the Veyron will be dropped for a new version. The car has been around for roughly seven years and we are sure Bugatti will come up with another amazing product.

Earlier reports have revealed that Bugatti maybe working on a Veyron that is capable of giving out 1,600 horsepower. This version is said to be around 550 lbs. lighter than the current version. This model will be the Veyron Super Sport that tips the scale at 4,200 pounds. This number means that the new ride may be able to get 1 horsepower for every kilo.

The latest reports say that the Super Veyron will be capable of reaching 288 mph or around 20 mph better than the current record. The acceleration of the supercar will also make anyone a fan. Ready to read it? It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds!

The car accelerates faster than a Formula One car and it should leave behind the McLaren P1 and the replacement for the Ferrari Enzo.

In order to get the monstrous output, the engineers of Bugatti need to rework the 8.0L quad-turbocharged W-16 engine of the Veyron. There is a loud buzz that hints of a displacement iof as much as 9.6 liters and some say that a hybrid system may be introduced.

Eager to see this new supercar? Sadly we have to wait until the next auto show in Paris come September 2013.

Lexus announces pricing for 2013 LS Sedan, starts at $72,885

The flagship model of the Lexus brand, the LS sedan, has been redesigned for its 2013 MY to be more refined and more luxurious than its predecessor. The changes though mean that the tag price of the luxury sedan is going up, given the current exchange rates.

The entry-level LS 460 in a rear-wheel drive configuration has a tag price of $72,885 while the all-wheel drive variant has a sticker price of $75,830. The 2012 models were sold for $68,525 (RWD) and $70,830 (AWD).

If you will be opting for the longer LS 460L, you will notice the same pattern in terms of pricing. Inclusive of the destination charge, the RWD LS 460L starts selling at $79,185 compared to its 2012 tag price of $74,070. The AWD variant can be yours fo $82,670 while last year’s model sold for $76,375.

The F-Sport version of the LS 460 for its 2013 offering has a $82,885 tag price for a rear-drive variant while the all-wheel drive version goes for $85,780.

All of the LS 460 will sport a V-8 powerplant that can produce 386 horses and a torque of 367 lb-ft for RWD versions. The AWD variants can give out 360 horses and a torque of 347 lb-ft. Just like before, the only transmission available for the LS 460 sedan is an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The fuel economy ratings remain the same as the 2012 model.

On top of the lineup is the LS 600h L. This hybrid version of the Lexus sedan only comes in a long-wheelbase form. This car has a sticker price of $120,805 compared to the 2012 MY’s tag price of $113,645. The setup for the LS 600h L remains the same though. It uses a 5.0L V-8 that works in tandem with an electric motor. There is also the electric generator that is triggered on when needed. The combined output of the system is 438 horses while the fuel economy is pegged at 19/23 mpg city/highway.

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Video: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show recently. The latest creation of Bugatti is said to be the fastest of any production convertible at the moment.

If you have not heard how fast the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is, the newest supercar to hit the market can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds and go beyond the 124 mph mark in just 7.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 255 mph. The top speed is actually just 13mph short of the world record set by the Super Sports Vmax, also a Veyron. The normal mode of the car though limits the speed electronically to 233 miles per hour which is not at all bad in any standards.

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The near world record performance should not come as a surprise as the Grand Sport Vitesse also has the same setup as the Super Sport of the Veyron lineup . It also has an 8.0L W 16 quad turbo powerplant that gives out 1,200 horsepower and a monstrous torque of 1,106 lb-ft. The chassis of the Grand Sport was reinforrced so it can handle the forces brought about by the additional power that comes comes with the bigger turbos.

The interior of the Vitesse is dominated by carbon fiber elements plus some aluminum, magnesium, and stainless. The parts inside are mostly carbon fiber but the weight of the car still tips the scale at 4,837 pounds.

Just like its cousin, the Grand Sport, the Vitesse has a targa roof which cannot be neatly stored on-board so your topless driving will be limited in good weather and the day time. Given how much you will need to operate the Veyron, that factor should not limit the appeal of the supercar in any way. And talking about the tag price, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is expected to start at $2.3 million.

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Nissan announces pricing of 2013 GT-R

2013_nissan_gt-r_prf_nsThe 2013 GT-R by Japanese car manufacturer Nissan goes on sale this week. If you are looking to purchase one, you will be in for a shock when you look at its tag price.

The 2013 GT-R Premium base model can be yours for $97,820 which is roughly $,6,870 more than the outgoing GT-R. The Black Edition GT-R 2013 MY can be yours if you shell out at least $107,320 or an increase of around $11,220 from its older sibling.

During an interview with the press, the spokesperson of Nissan responded to the inquiry of how the new sticker prices might shock the market by saying that fans may react but the carmaker is confident with how they play in their market. He adds that the Nissan GT-R competes with other cars which are far more pricey.

The Nissan executive pointed out that the GT-R is more affordable than the 2012 911 Turbo by Porsche that has a tag prie of $138,450 inclusive of a destination charge of $950, The base Nissan GT-R is also cheaper by as much as $14,755 than the 2012 Corvette ZR1 by Chevrolet which goes for at least $112,575 inclusive of a destination charge of $975.

According to studies conducted by Nissan, the average buyer of the GT-R has an income of around $200,000. Most of the buyers are men, married, and between 45 thru 59 years old.

The carmaker still describes the pricey ride as a great ride with an incredible value.

The 2013 GT-R will have performance enhancements like a better engine output from 530 horsepower to 545 hp. Engineers also retuned its suspension while the Black Edition sports a spoiler fabricated from carbon fiber that will be issued on a limited run.

The current model year will depend on a twin turbo 3.8L V6 powerplant that will be mated with a dual clutch six speed gear box.

Nissan forecasts a run of around 10,000 units across their global market for the new GT-R. The United States which is the biggest market of the GT-R expects delivery of around 1,500 units.

Consumers can get the 2013 GT-R in Pearl White, Gun Metallic, Solid Red, Jet Black, and Deep Blue Pearl. There will also be a metallic Super Silver version going thru 4 stages of paint work.

Details about the 2012 Camaro ZL1 circulate on the web

2012_chevrolet_camaro_zl1_gThe new Camaro ZL1 is the next big thing for Chevrolet and muscle car lovers. Details about the high performance Camaro ZL1 has been circulating around the internet this week .

Some notable things about the unconfirmed information are the following:

The V8 supercharged 6.2L can give out 580 horsepower and a torque of about 556 lb-ft while running on premium petrol. This powerful heart will be coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is an option for a Hyrdramatic automatic gearbox.

The new Camaro ZL1 will be wider and longer than the current version of the Shelby Mustang GT500. The ZL1 will tip the scale at 4,120 pounds.

It will get an aluminum hood with carbon fiber insert. The information also hints of special lighting like day time lamps, fog lamps, high intensity headlamps with halo rings like that of the BMW’s.

Some are saying that a special wheel package may come with the ZL1. This might come in two setups of 20-inch rims. One might have a 10 spoke rim while the other favors a 5-spoke wheel.

The ZL1 heads up display will have a ton of helpful information for the driver plus lateral g-meter and shift indicator.

Chevrolet is also injecting into the picture the magnetic ride control technology that s currently being used of the Corvette and the Cadillac CTS-V. This will be a standard plus an optional upgrade for Performance Track Management.

There is also a buzz that the coupe sibling of the ZL1 will come to showrooms as early as 2012 ith a sticker price hitting over the $50,000 range.

Detail after detail we cannot help but hope (and drool) that these will really materialize.

RM Auction House features Ford Shelby GR-1 C oncept

The RM Auction House continues to excite experts and enthusiast with their line of high class quality vehicles. Last year’s RM Auction featured a Ford-theme auction that coincided with the Monterey Car Week. It was a rare opportunity for car bidders to purchase Ford concept cars that were revealed and released during the last ten years. This year, RM Auction House is having another Ford-themed auction that will feature more high quality cars from Ford.

First in line at this year’s Ford-themed auction at the RM Auction House is the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept car which made its first debut in 2004 during the Pebble Beach Show. The iconic GR-1 model was developed in line with the brand’s celebration of its Shelby Daytona’s 40 years in the market. Sadly, the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept wasn’t the one the brand unveiled during the Detroit Motor Show in 2004.

Next in the Ford-RM Auction House is the original Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept car which made its first appearance in the Detroit Motor Show in 2001. The same concept gave life to the new-generation Thunderbird that followed in the next two years.

According to the press release issued by Ford, all of the auction proceeds with go to charity. The Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept and the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept are assumed to rake up sales amounting to $125,000 to $200,000 each. Let’s hope that both Ford cars get a good auction price this year to help selected charitable institutions.

Pagani Huayra taken for a spin by Horaccio Pagani [with videos]

It can be the most flamboyant and most exotic supercar you can drive today if you also have a bank account to have it delivered to your garage. And by money we mean tons of it. We are referring to the Pagani Huayra which is the successor of the supercar Pagani Zonda.

There was recently a special event organized by the supercar maker in Sardinia for owners of Pagani vehicles. One lucky soul that was invited to the event was Harry Metcalfe of EVO magazine. He was not able to drive the Pagani Huayra but was on the passenger seat as Horaccio Pagani took the Huayra for a spin.

The footage provides you with an amazing pseudo supercar ride experience. Listen to that engine with a perfect blend of poise and power:

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The Pagani Huayra was first unveiled to the public during the motor show in Geneva last March. Huayra is actually named after the South American god of the winds. Initial reviews were critical of the wide mouth in front and the odd placement of the rear lights. But of course a Pagani is a Pagani and acceptance sets in as people realize what the car is all about—beauty and speed.

Looking at the Huayra and the Zonda, the predecessor was more on the graceful design lines but the Huayra veers away from the usual architecture and went for a more aerodynamic and wacky look.

The supercar of course walks the talk. The car can give out 700 horsepower from its 6.0 V12 twin turbo powerplant and can reach a top speed of 230 miles per hour or 370 kilometers per hour. The Pagani Huayra tips the scale at 2,976 pounds or 1,350 kilograms.

Here are some more videos used by Pagani before prior to the Pagani Huayra’s official launch:

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Anderson Germany makes Black Carbon Edition of the Ferrari 458

Ferrari 458 Italia Tuning firm Anderson German unveils their program on how Ferrari 458 Italia owners can beef up their stallions.

The Ferrari 458 Italia by Anderson Germany gives the ride a new hood, tinted windows, brake calipers in yellow, and a 21-inch alloy rim. They also made use of carbon fiber accents for the design particularly on the canards, side mirrors, and the rear diffuser. The Ferrari will roll o n 245 rubbers on the fron and 345 for the rear.

For the interiors, the designers gave it Alcantara upholstery, high end sound system, and also gave the trim some dose of carbon fiber on the door sills, door handles, center console, tachometer border, steering wheel, air intakes, and even the handles of the seat adjustment.

No one can say that the Ferrari 458 lacks power and performance but the guys at Anderson Germany just had to give it a redesigned exhaust system and tweaked its ECU. Think of Formula 1 sound as an effect of the exhaust system improvements whjich makes use of remote controlled adjustments for three levels of noise. The engineers of the tuning firm also installed heat sleeves to give 60% additional protection against overheating.

The engine and exhaust enhancements gives the 458 Italia an additional oohmp of 52 horsepower or making its output a monstrous 614 horsepower and an additional torque of 469 pound feet. The stock version already gives out 570 horsepower.

Anderson Germany proves the point– even non-red Ferraris can be cool.

Audi officially releases A7 Sportback

p18 Audi-A7-Sportback Audi recently unveiled the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback in Munich, Germany. According to the designers of the car, the new A7 is a combo of a coupe, a functional wagon, and a sporty sedan. The 5-door coupe is the carmaker’s own adventure to the sports coupe with doors for rear passengers.

The A7 Sportback makes use of a very light body made of high-tech steel and components fabricated from aluminum making it possible to depend on V6 engines. Most likely Audi will have a V8 option for the A7 in the near future.

The new member of the Audi garage rolls on 18 through 20 inch rims and makes use of a power steering setup that relies on efficient electromechanical technology. The car comes optional with LED headlamps while bi-xenon taillights come as standard.

Audi will give consumers options to get the A7 with V6 engines with two variants running on petrol and two other variants running on diesel. The car manufacturer has not yet released the full details of the powerplants. We only know off the 3.0L TDI that gives out 204 hp. The best of the line is said to produce around 300 horsepower.

All of the engines for the A7 Sportback will be coupled with automatic transmission which may come as a multitronic for the FWD variants or the 7-speed S tronic for the Quattro units.

The A7 Sportback variants will come with stop-start technology, thermal management, and energy recovery technology.

The A7 Sportback will roll out to European dealerships by fall with the tag price starting at 51,650 Euros.