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10. Honda Integra Type-R
Forget the 12 days of Christmas. This is the seven days of dream garages.
Trading partridges in pear trees for horsepower in sexy sheetmetal, starting today each AutoGuide editor will reveal their list of the 10 cars we’ll be asking Santa for this year, giving a little insight into our automotive preferences.
Now 10 may seem like a lot to have in a dream garage, but narrowing down the list is harder than you think. When you’re dreaming, you want to dream big – but when it comes down to it, you start to think hard about which cars you realistically want to have.
So to kick things off, my list starts off with a Japan-spec Honda Integra Type-R. I can already hear what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? A dream car list and one of them is a Honda?”
Well, you know the saying: You never forget your first love.
Powered by a high-revving 1.8-liter B-series engine, the Type-R is one of the most balanced, best-handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Its rarity in America has turned it into a collectible, and finding a mint condition one in today’s market is nearly impossible.
In fact, finding a low mileage Type-R will cost you nearly what the vehicle’s MSRP was when it first came out – if not more. So why not the Acura model? Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for the design on the Japan-only front end on the Integra, it’s simply a design that can hold its own even with today’s modern cars.
The newly resurrected Gemballa brand may not be making as many splashes as we would like to see, but they’ve recently returned to their roots with a new Mirage GT edition. Similar to the Matt Black Edition that was seen in 2009, Gemballa has created another version of its modified Porsche Carrera GT, this time in matte blue.
Based off a Porsche 980 Carrera GT, the exotic sports car features 650-hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. And while Gemballa’s designs are often criticized for being too extreme, the Mirage GT aero kit couldn’t be a better fit, helping keep the exotic Porsche looking modern.
The engine bay and interior also gets their fair share of colored accessories, with a white theme contrasting the flat blue exterior.
Take a look at all the pics in the gallery below. Nostalgia never looked so good.
GALLERY: Gemballa Porsche Mirage GT Matt Blue Edition
He is widely known for having one of the largest privately owned Porsche collection in the world, but it seems the collection is about to shrink by one.
Seinfeld’s black Carrera GT is now up for sale by Canepa Design in Scott Valley, CA. This 2004 model is showing just 3,176-miles on its odometer and was originally purchased from a dealer in New York, NY. back in March, 2005.
No pricing is quoted by the dealer, but given the celebrity ownership, it will probably demand a premium price. So if you want to own a car with Hollywood connections, this might just do the trick.
And just like that, it’s officially official. Just a few days ago we heard through the grapevine that the Gemballa brand was indeed coming back with a new CEO and investors, and with a few typed words from their PR personnel, it’s official. Interestingly enough, Andreas Schwarz (new CEO of Gemballa) has been in control since August 16th, reserving the rights of the old company that had already been liquidated. Schwarz chose to shut that one down and founded Gemballa GmBH.
Schwarz comes from a background of upgrading and marketing luxury high-class automobiles and is a “sports car expert.” (Whatever that means). We’re hoping he’s more of a “run a successful business expert” so that the Gemballa brand lives on past a couple of years once the initial investment funding has run dry. They seem to be starting out big however, with 22 employees and development on Porsche‘s Panamera and Cayenne.
The showroom is officially open in Leonberg for customers looking to customize their luxury high-class automobile. Gemballa will be switching to a parts manufacturer and stressing research and development on body kits, wheels, brakes and suspension components. We wish them all the best of luck and we really hope to see bigger and better products out of Gemballa without any of the drama. Let’s save that for an episode of Jersey Shore shall we?
GALLERY: Gemballa’s Fresh Start
Official press release available after the break.
The search is on for America’s oldest Porsches to celebrate the company’s 60th Anniversary. Porsche Cars North America has launched the My Classic Porsche Search, focused on finding the oldest Porsches from 12 different model categories. And as icing on the cake, they’re also seeking the very oldest Porsche of all time.
So which 12 models are they searching for? Well, if you’re an owner of a Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, 968, Boxster, Cayenne, Carrera GT and/or Cayman, and you think you have one of the oldest ones out there head on over to www.porsche60years.com to check out the participation guidelines.
And if you’re selected as one of the official winners, you’ll not only receive special recognition but become eligible for additional awards including an exclusive badge from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. They may also choose one vehicle to be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show amongst all of Porsche’s newest models.
Official press release available after the break.
Porsche has all but officially confirmed that it will build a successor to the incredible Carrera GT. In an interview with Car & Driver, Porsche R&D board member Wolfgang Dürheimer said that he believes such a car will see production. Dürheimer didn’t comment on when that might be but he did say that a new vehicle along those lines would have a completely different technological approach.
With the German automakers focused on the efficiency of their products, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see a CGT successor act as a sort of green supercar, using several different layers of efficient engineering, such as light-weight parts, energy regeneration and turbocharging, to produce maximum performance through minimal consumption.
[Source: Car & Driver]
If you’re familiar with German Porsche-tuner Gemballa’s modified Carrera GT, the Mirage GT, stop reading.
No really; just shuffle through the gallery of photos below and be done with it. We’re the first to admit that there isn’t much new with Gemballa’s Gold Edition of the car, but it sure is worth a look.
In standard trim the Mirage GT gets plenty of carbon fiber bodywork and a slight power boost, bringing the 5.7-liter V10 engine to 670hp. This is good for an improved 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, versus a 3.9 for the stock car. The top speed also gets a bump from 205 to 208 mph.
What makes this particular model the Gold Edition is, well, all the gold. The Mirage GT sports gold center-locking wheels, gold painted side skirts, a gold air intake, gold trunk lid, gold brak ecalipers, gold brake vents and gold mirrors. Even the engine bay gets the gold treatment. And don’t forget the interior. There you’ll find gold painted air vents adn even the HVAC and shifter surround.
Not being overly stuck on tradition, Gemballa also tossed the birch/ash shift knob (used on the Carrera GT in homage to the Porsche 917) in favor of a carbon fiber unit.
Gemballa says it will build just five of these Gold Edition model to retain their exclusivity, but we bet they only build one. Still, we have to hand it to Gemballa for pumping out this many versions of the Mirage GT, especially considering Porsche only ever built 1,270 Carrera GTs.
No pricing has been released but knowing Gemballa we’re sure this special edition Mirage GT costs about the same as its weight in gold.
GALLERY: Gemballa Mirage GT Gold Edition
A regular at the Top Marques Monaco show, German Porsche tuner and car manufacturer Gemballa is back again for 2009 with an expectedly outrageous creation. It might not be the sparkly bass-boat Mirage GT (based on the Porsche Carrera GT) that Gemballa had on show last year, but the Tornado GTS is sure to get a lot of looks.
Based on the new 957-chassis Cayenne Turbo, it has been transformed into a widebody beast with a certifiably unique new front end. Coated in a matte-black paint (or what Gemballa calls gunmetal matte-gray), the body of the car also features plenty of carbon fiber accents. The SUV also rolls on Gemballa’s latest wheel design, the Tornado GT Sport Forged.
Under the new hood (which flips forward by the way) is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.8-liter twin-turbo engine which has been upgraded to produces no less than 750hp.
Inside the Cayenne has been transformed to the same extent as the outside, something which is hinted about in the Gemballa designation. Technically called the Tornado GTS 750 4, this SUV is now a four-seater and treats every occupant with the same level of Alcantara-coated luxury.
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