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At next week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo reaches into its racing archives for inspiration. During the 1950′s, Alfa Romeo formed an alliance with Carrozzeria Touring to create a number of innovative concepts used to test technologies that could be adapted for racing. One particular concept was the 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (C52), then based on an Alfa 1900.
Alfa Romeo intends to rekindle the spirit of the old Disco Volante at next week’s Geneva motor show with an all-new 2012 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept. Lengthy name aside, the new concept from Italy is a mixture of modern technology with a take on old traditions. This Alfa Romeo concept is based on the 8C Competizione supercar platform and powertrain. It features a longitudinally mounted 4.7-liter V8 engine delivering 443 horsepower and 353 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the 8C’s six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. A limited-slip differential, double wishbone suspension, and large vented brakes complete the package for a machine with road manners that are as rapid as they are precise.
Of course, it isn’t its similarities to the 8C Competizione that makes the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante special. The concept’s gorgeously sculpted exterior is the result of painstakingly hand-beaten aluminum panels mixed with carbon fiber elements, all of which are put together by the talented craftsmen of Milan.
Sure to draw a crowd at the Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned for more photos of the stunning Alfa Romeo concept on March 6.
GALLERY: Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante 2012 Concept
Now, a new block of photos has been released of the RX 450h, 350, and 450h F Sport and show off the full SUV.
Debuting with the RX 450h hybrid and gas powered RX 350 will be the first sport tuned Lexus SUV: the RX 450h F Sport. Details aren’t available on the 450h F Sport, but we expect it will have a lot in common with the GS F Sport line.
The face lifted RX seems to use much of the design language found on the LF-LC concept that debuted last January in Detroit, the most striking similarity being the grill design. The nose is the most prominent feature on the RX SUV line, thought the wheels and headlights were also refreshed.
Check back next week for live coverage of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
GALLERY: Lexus RX Lineup
The new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible isn’t set to be officially unveiled until the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but it appears that photos of the convertible crossover have hit the Internet early.
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be the world’s first premium convertible SUV and is based on the Evoque three-door model. Due to the lack of a solid roof, the convertible variant weighs in 165 lbs heavier than its non-convertible counterpart.
It’s believed that the Evoque Convertible will feature the same powerplants as the standard models, with more details to be released at Geneva. We have to admit, the convertible variant of the Evoque looks surprisingly good. Perhaps this is the start of a new era of convertible SUVs?
GALLERY: Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The Ferrari 620 GT will bow to the public on February 29, in full form, and Ferrari is creating some more media buzz by releasing a new teaser photo and video.
Not much more is revealed in the photo, except for a small piece of the nose, which looks like the 599 with a bit of a deeper grill. The 620 GT will bow with a V12 under the hood, that is rumored to produce over 700 hp. The rear end of the car was caught in a spy photo, and the exhaust note was teased by Ferrari in a video, but as of yet the full car image and details have not leaked; unlike many other debuts lately.
Check back here for our 2012 Geneva Motor Show coverage, and the unveiling of the new Ferrari.
Mercedes revealed its new Formula 1 Grand Prix car, the MGP W03 during a low key press conference at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona, Spain. However, alongside the open wheeled machine, which also saw 2012 season drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg attend, Mercedes AMG also unexpectedly unveiled its next iteration of the SL 63 AMG.
Like the regular 2013 SL, which goes on sale this summer, the AMG model sports a lightweight aluminum and magnesium shell that shaves off some 276 lbs of mass, compared with its predecessor.
Power comes from 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that cranks out 529 horsepower, while cosmetically, the new AMG stands out via an aggressive looking aero package with a prominent front air dam, rocker panel and rear bumper cover extensions. There’s also AMG specific LED front lighting and a revised grille opening, plus a rear deck spoiler and quad trapezoidal shaped exhaust tips.
Although not many details have been released ahead of the car’s official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, we can report that the new SL 63AMG will incorporate the aluminum folding hardtop featured on the previous generation and likely Mercedes’ automatically tinting MagicSky Control glass roof. Stay tuned for further details as they become available.
Watch a Video of the SL63 AMG at the track along with the new Mercedes F1 car after the jump.