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Sportiness is no Ghostly Apparition with the Wraith
Rolls-Royce is one of the most famous automakers in the world. This storied British brand is best known for building obscenely lavish cars, motoring vehicles that scream “expensive,” but in a well-mannered, genteel way.
Models like the Ghost sedan and Phantom flagship practically define the luxury segment. They’re decked out with features and materials not found in lesser vehicles, even from premium brands. But traditionally Rollers are all about comfort; “waftability” is something engineered right into these models from day one. They’re designed to transport passengers in total comfort and serenity.
In the past if you wanted a sporty luxury car you’d have to shop somewhere else. The folks at Mercedes-Benz would happily sell you an AMG-amplified model, or BMW would gladly entice you with their M cars. But sporty and Rolls-Royce were mutually exclusive, until now.
Value-conscious customers that don’t want the burden of a hefty new-car payment are smart to consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. Automakers from Audi to Kia offer such programs.
The Geneva Motor Show always plays host to a throng of exciting ultra-high-performance automobiles and this year’s installment was no exception. Lamborghini revealed its sultry new Huracán, McLaren unwrapped the alluring 650S and even Pagani’s outlandish Zonda Revolución made a showing. But the folks in Maranello, Italy were not to be out done.
Supercars are the pinnacle of automotive engineering. In general terms they’re the most technically advanced and capable machines found on the open road or closed circuit. Without question the Pagani Zonda Revolucion is one of the most impressive.
Boutique hypercar builder Koenigsegg will have something particularly special at the Geneva Motor Show this year.
Want an R8? Get in line. After years on the market Audi’s aluminum-intensive supercar is still a highly desirable piece of automotive hardware. Helping generate buzz, the company is giving one lucky person an opportunity to drive an R8 for an entire day, or enjoy the Audi sportscar experience in Sonoma, California.
The Nissan GT-R is a supercar in the truest sense of the word. It combines dynamite acceleration with tenacious all-wheel-drive grip and more technology than Silicon Valley. This formula adds up to performance that can top the some of the finest exotics in the world for a fraction of the price. The second-generation of the car promises even more.
How do you make an already exhilarating car even more exciting? You give it a convertible roof so the driver and passengers can bask in all of nature’s glory. That’s just what the folks at Aston Martin have done with their awe-inspiring Vanquish, transforming it into the Vanquish Volante.
Her Majesty's Pleasure
In the rarefied world of exotic automobiles there’s something for just about everyone, so long as their wallets are sufficiently engorged. For customers that wish to be smothered in comfort and morally objectionable amounts of luxury Rolls-Royce offers a host of suitable automobiles that will surely exceed their needs. If someone wishes to attract attention a brightly colored Lamborghini is hard to beat; they’re unsurpassed when it comes to ego-fluffing. And of course for eccentric drivers interested in something completely off the wall there’s the Koenigsegg CCX. Lady Gaga, your car is ready.
Boutique British brand Aston Martin falls somewhere between these extremes. Their products are opulent but sporty, outrageous looking yet tastefully designed, special without being completely obscure. They’re James Bond’s top pick and a fine choice for anyone lusting after something exceptional.
Aside from the laughable Toyota-based Cygnet city car the V8 Vantage Coupe is Aston Martin’s entry-level offering. With two seats, two doors and rear-wheel drive it has all the ingredients of a true performance machine. However, the S model is a step up from there, and the Roadster is yet another rung up the ladder. This dramatic drop-top is an extraordinary car and the subject of today’s AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection.
Mercedes-Benz chose the hallowed ground of the Detroit Auto Show to unveil its redesigned 2014 E-Class, which is the brand’s second-most-popular nameplate in the U.S. The lineup includes sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible models, but that’s not all! The high-powered AMG version also got reworked, and was just revealed in Motown.
An even more extreme supercar is on the way from Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg with a knee-knocking power to weight ratio from which its name is derived.
British performance car maker Morgan will unveil an electric car called the Morgan Plus E at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show next month.
The company is using an electric drivetrain from Zytek, the same group they went to for their previous EV (pictured above). Like the last time, this car will also come with a manual gearbox. It’s an unusual combination considering most electric cars we see today have either a single speed or at most two.
Regardless of convention, using a manual system in an electric performance car can multiply the already instant torque electric motors offer.
“If there is enough public interest, it will go into production,” a Zytek spokesman told Automotive News.
Few further details are available on the Plus E, but Steve Morris, Morgan’s operations director, said it will have near-super car performance. We’ll bring you coverage live from Geneva next month during the press preview.
[Source: Automotive News]
British luxury sports car brand Aston Martin will make its debut in the Grand-Am series on January 27th, as it prepares to take part in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC), which will be held at the Daytona International Speedway.
For its return to North American racing, Aston Martin has teamed up with Multimatic Motorsports, which are based in Toronto, Canada. The lead car in this endurance race will be driven by Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster, while the second car will be piloted by Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who has proven over the years that he is a very accomplished racing driver. For this inaugural event, Dempsey will be teamed-up with Chriss Porritt, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, who is very experienced with the Vantage GT4.
The first round of the CTSCC will be run in support of the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and this support race will run for two and a half hours, with a mandatory driver change. The Aston Martin team will be competiting in the Grand Sport Category, which features six and eight cylinder cars. Aston’s main rival will most certainly be the Audi R8 LMS, which is in the same class.
With experienced drivers and the combined talents of Aston Martin and Multimatic Motorsports, this team will certainly be among the favorites to take the race win. We only have to wait a few days to find out.
From the moment Lamborghini made its foray into sports car manufacturing, they have been masters of stunning the audience. It is exciting to hear, then, that the recent masterpiece from the Raging Bull, the Sesto Elemento, will not be the last of the hyper-limited edition Lamborghinis to be built.
From Miuras to Murcielagos, hardly any automaker comes close to Lamborghini’s level of insanity. Lamborghini cranked it up to eleven when they unveiled the Reventon concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show, producing twenty of them for 2009 at more than $1 million a pop.
Then, Lamborghini captivated the crowd once again at the 2010 Paris Auto Show with the raw and mighty display of the Sesto Elemento. Showcasing one of the most advanced and complex carbon fiber architectures in the world, the Sesto Elemento delivers a V10 packing 570 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque fitted inside a mere 999kg (2,202 lbs) package. This combination propels the special Lambo from zero to sixty in only 2.5 seconds. To the satisfaction of extremely wealthy car enthusiasts around the world, Lamborghini will sell twenty track-only examples to their customers for a very hard to believe $2.6 million, more than double the price of the Reventon.
To this, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann responded, “Once in a while we should do one-offs or special editions… In this case, we made the concept and then got enough interest in it to make a limited run. If the car meets the image of Lamborghini and there is demand, we will build them… The key is that every car we build meets the emotional standards of our company, and that it is profitable. We build cars of dreams for car lovers, and that must stay core to the brand.”
There are no definitive details on Lamborghini’s next exciting project.
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