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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.
Along with media from around the world auto shows host all kinds of product reveals, things like the breathtaking McLaren 650S, the intriguing Jeep Renegade and the obscenely luxurious Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. But they all can’t be heart-stopping; sometimes you have to report on vehicles people actually drive.
The folks in Stuttgart nailed it with their brand new S-Class, the company’s flagship model. But putting the luxury competition on notice wasn’t enough. They had to go over the top and introduce this, a two-door version of the iconic sedan.
Every vehicle seems to get bigger with each generation; it’s really news if something is lighter or more compact than its predecessor. Of course not even is MINI immune to this diabetic swelling; you could say it’s because they’re so sweet to drive. The company’s latest Hardtop is a good bit larger than its forebear. But the vehicle I’m standing next to takes the cake, and eats it all in one sitting.
Superlatives are the name of the game at the McLaren display in Geneva. The company claims its alluring 650S is the fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful production supercar they’ve ever made. Is that the truth or just a bunch of bullroar? Here’s the skinny.
This beautiful vehicle is the Volvo Concept Estate and it just made its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It may simply be a design study but what exactly is it? Is it a station wagon, a hatchback or a shooting brake? Volvo calls it a three-door sports wagon but we call it beautiful.
Editor’s Note: Contrary to early reports, official specifications have revealed that the Jeep Renegade will not be offered with a diesel in the US at launch. It will be fit with a 1.4-liter or a 2.4-liter gasoline engine in the US. For more on the new Jeep Renegade, click here.
The new 2015 Jeep Renegade will be sold exclusively with four-wheel drive in the US along with the option of a diesel engine.
Like a dog staring lustily at his master eating a steak dinner we’ve been drooling buckets of slobber, pining for the Alfa Romeo 4C. Upping this car’s sexiness, the Italian Automaker will supposedly reveal a Spyder version of it at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.
We know, it sounds like either a hipster drink or a cheesy figure skating show, but “Aston Martin On Ice” is really a cool driving event that’s held at the St. Moritz resort in Switzerland. Aston Martin enthusiasts will have the chance to take a full range of the automaker’s vehicles out for a frosty drive.
If you happen to be in Switzerland in February, you could be taking the Rapide, DBS, DB9, V12 and V8 Vantage for a spin on the ice. This is the third year Aston Martin has held this event, and already dates are booked up solid. But the following dates are still available:
This specially developed driving program is taught by professional instructors who offer individual so participants gain the driving skills needed to drive in icy conditions while having plenty of fun.
If you’re interested, register here and a member of their Performance Driving Team will contact you.
German automaker BMW is currently under investigation by Swiss government authorities over allegations it prevented Swiss citizens living in other parts of Europe from buying its vehicles. According to the Swiss Competition Commission, it has information that BMW distributors in the 27 European Union countries are preventing Swiss citizens from purchasing BMW or MINI vehicles outside of Switzerland (which is not a part of the EU).
The plan, it would seem, would be to force Swiss citizens living outside of their native country to purchase vehicles back home in Switzerland, where a strong franc is making products (especially pricey German automobiles) more expensive.
If found guilty, BMW could face heavy fines, with the maximum penalty set at 10 percent of revenue generated by the company’s Swiss division over the past three years.
BMW has yet to comment on the allegations.
Shaston, a Switzerland-based international distributor of Windows Mobile devices, just sent us these photos of a BMW 760Li Individual, modified with parts from well-known BMW-tuner Lumma. They didn’t give us a ton of details, but thankfully we’re equipped with a pair of eyeballs to make some observations of our own.
Lumma’s products are beginning to form a consistent shape throughout their BMW line and this 7-Series is no different. The front bumper on this 760Li is clearly from Lumma with many Lumma-inspired features. Wide fender arches flare up the front and the rear, giving the car a more aggressive, sportier profile. They’re a little out-of-place on the luxury 7-Series, but we think it might look a lot cleaner if the arches were molded on and blended in with the body.
There are several vent additions on the vehicle, from the front to the rear with a stylish rear bumper featuring a diffuser between the quad-tipped exhaust. It’s worth noting that the front grilles and mirrors have been swapped out with carbon fiber pieces.
There’s no word if the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 gets any power upgrades. It doesn’t need it though, with 554-hp and 553 ft-lbs of torque.
Shaston didn’t disclose much to us other than the first demonstration car is located in Switzerland and that this vehicle (or tuning package) will be launched in three weeks with “the most advanced computerized management.” We’re curious to see if Shaston ties in Windows Mobile products to their vehicle. Hopefully it’ll be the new Windows Phone 7, tying together automotive technology brilliance with wireless technology.
GALLERY: Shaston / Lumma Widebody BMW 760 Li
In the world of luxury you just can’t put a price tag on exclusivity – or can you? The original Maybach Exelero was a high-speed test mule conjured up by the minds at Daimler by Fulda tires. And exclusive it was, with only one ever built, selling for nearly $8,000,000. That’s right, six zeroes.
But with everything that’s so exclusive, somewhere in the world there are individuals motivated enough to make a replica. Over on JamesList is a listing for just that: a Maybach Exelero replica that is apparently based on 2010 Dodge Viper. It sports the 8.3-liter V10 motor pushing out over 800-hp with 23-inch wheels.
Details pretty much stop there but apparently the Swiss company offers any style and colored interior along with any color exterior for whatever buyer may be interested. So if you’ve got $680,000 lying around, place an order and wait four months for it to come. That price tag may seem high, but it’s quite the savings over the $8,000,000 that the original one sold for. And hey, they even toss in free shipping.
GALLERY: Maybach Exelero