Auto News

AutoGuide News Blog


The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
 |  Apr 14 2012, 2:01 PM


All Lamborghini‘s are rare and exotic machines, but some are just extra special.

Take the Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce (SV) for instance. This car was the last hurrah for the aging Murcielago model, which had been in production for about 8-years.

So to give it a proper send-off, Lamborghini decided to produce 350 examples of a lighter, more powerful Murcielago and labeled it the SV.

This car, thanks to its 6.5-liter, V12 motor, which produced 670-hp and 487-lb/ft of torque, is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and tops out at an insane 212 mph.

So it is a mental supercar, and that is exactly how we like our Lamborghini’s. At this point, we are sure you’re tempted to buy one. To assist you with that, we have found the only ‘Red’ Murcielago SV ever produced (at least in this exact shade of red). According to the seller, Lamborghini Miami, this car is number 240/350 and has covered just 1400-miles.

As for the price, hope you’re sitting down for this; it’s $378,950. Carbon-ceramic brakes with yellow brake calipers and the optional large rear wing are included in that price, but it’s still a little steep.

So if you’ve got the money and are wondering what could cure your boredom, this 2010 model year SV might just be the antidote you’re looking for.

[Source: duPont Registry]

 

 |  Jan 16 2012, 2:15 PM

It was a good idea, if only it had worked. A few years back, a man by the name of Scott Devon decided that the world needed a new American supercar. So he appointed a Swede (Daniel Paulin) to design his dream car.

Being a start-up company, Devon did not have the money to develop his own platform or design his own engines. So what he did instead was to take a perfectly good Dodge Viper, and give it some new clothes.

Actually, he did more than that as this was no mere body-kit. The car had a custom, coachbuilt body and a completely unique interior. Oh and he tweaked the Viper’s 8.4-liter, V10 motor to produce a modest 650-hp.

The end result looked very impressive, and it also worked. Thanks to its aerodynamics package, the GTX was very capable around a race track. It in fact set the fastest lap-time for a production car at both Willow Springs and the Laguna Seca Raceway. We use the ‘production car’ term loosely here, read on to find out why.

Devon wanted to put the GTX into limited production, but their plans got cut short when Dodge announced the stoppage on Viper production in 2010. This would hurt Devon’s supply if anyone wanted one. Another reason the project didn’t work was because the order books remained empty. We reckon the $500,000 asking price had something to do with that.

In the end, just two cars were produced, and now one of those can be in your collection. Lot # 1296 at this month’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ., is a beautiful black Devon GTX.

We will have to wait and see what it fetches at the auction, but if you’ve been looking for something very rare and unique, this might be the car for you.

GALLERY: Devon GTX

117648_Engine_Web.jpg117648_Front_3-4_Web.jpg117648_Interior_Web (1).jpg

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 

 |  May 21 2010, 7:48 AM

2005-Ferrari-Design-Competition-Ascari-IED-Torino-1920x1440

The successor to the Ferrari Enzo may not get the much-rumored twin-turbo V8 at all, but rather keep a V12 engine. The new rumor comes from AutoCar after an interview with company CEO Amedeo Felisa.

In an earlier article Felisa commented that, “Ferrari will not build a six-cylinder engine until customer attitudes towards smaller engines change. The perception today is that the number of cylinders equates to the possibilities of the car.” With that context he then commented that, “That is why we are developing hybrid technology. Hybrid means we can protect the V12.”

What AutoCar suggests in interpreting the remarks is that a top-level supercar would need to have a top-level engine – a V12. Hybrid technology would then be used to give the V12 engine increased performance. This would also allow for the immediate and smooth power delivery of a naturally aspirated setup. Ferrari execs have commented in the past that turbochargers posed a problem for the Ferrari driving philosophy as they don’t deliver the sort of linear feel that Ferrari customers want.

[Source: AutoCar]