Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dodge's 2018 Challenger SRT Demon

As the Dodge Research Lab gets ready to unleash the Hellcat on the streets, a little promotional fuel kicks the intensity up a notch.
Now that the Hellcat is a bona fide hit — nearly 12,000 sold in 2016 — Dodge is just about ready to drop the next. Say howdy to the new Dodge Demon.
In late 2014 Dodge introduced the Hellcat, exploding the notion that 700-plus horsepower was reserved for supercars.

Compared with spy photos and Dodge teasers, the flare-fendered cars with giant hood scoops could very well be Demons.
Thanks to Vin Diesel, we may have already gotten a pretty good look at the Demon. After the shooting for the eighth installment of 'The Fast and the Furious' had wrapped, Diesel posted a speech that he gave to cast and crew in front of two seemingly modified Challengers.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Audi R8 Spyder

Audi is launching a convertible version of its R8 supercar, the R8 Spyder, which makes its debut at the New York auto show. The roadster is the next addition to the growing lineup of second-generation R8 model.

The new R8 Spyder comes to town with a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, rated at 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. The high-revving engine can play the entire range from a low, dark growl to a piercing wail. From a standstill, 62 mph comes up in 3.6 seconds, onto a top speed around 198 mph
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic channels the power to all four wheels—most of the time. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system can send as much as 100 percent to the front or the rear axle, although the default setup is strongly rear-biased. There is a GKN-supplied, water-cooled front differential and a limited-slip differential in the rear.
Look for the Audi R8 Spyder at dealers this summer, at a considerable premium over the $165,450 R8 coupe.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ford releases specs of GT supercar

Ford has finally released the official specifications of the GT supercar. It will make 647 horsepower, 550 lb.-ft. of torque and will reach 216 mph (348 km/h) Curb weight is 3,054 pounds (1,385 kilograms) giving a power-to-weight ratio of 4.72

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Eric Clapton's Ferrari F40

Eric Clapton collects and customizes Ferraris almost like guitars, and now you can own one of his F40s. GVE London is an exotic car specialist that is selling a 1991 Ferrari F40 that passed through Clapton's collection.

The F40 featured a turbocharged 478-horsepower 2.9-liter V8. Ferrari built 1,311 examples of the car between 1987 and 1992. List price is a trifling $1.15 million, which might be a bargain for a sure-to-appreciate classic supercar.
The car debuted with a factory suggested retail price of approximately US$400,000 in 1987. The F40 was designed with aerodynamics in mind. For speed the car relied more on its shape than its power.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Celebrity Cars on the Auction Block

Tom Selleck was the star of the Magnum P.I. television series (1980 - 1988) and his signature car was the Ferrari 308 GTS, which was upgraded as the series evolved. This 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV is one of the cars driven by Selleck during the 1984-1985 shooting season.

The official estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. £150,000
Famous for his role as crime boss Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, James Gandolfini has sold several cars at auction that demonstrate his popularity with much-higher-than-book-value prices. As his personal car, this one might surprise.

Known as the "Bada Bing," this customized 1972 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible was shipped to California as his personal wheels during the filming of The Sopranos. $61,600.00
Teen heart-throb Justin Bieber is offering his customized 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia F1 Edition. How much his star status will add to the value of the car is a mystery.

Unlike most Barrett-Jackson offerings, there is a reserve on the car. $434,500
The official estimate for this car characterizes the sale, $500k to $ 3m. Three decades ago, Lennon's famous gypsy Rolls-Royce was once one of the most valuable cars ever sold. His pop culture gravitas might make this car very valuable, or it may not, as the 230SL was produced in large numbers.
The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is a very special car. The mid-engined twin turbo 427ci (7.0 liter) V8 produces 1,244 hp, and has been timed at 265.6 mph (427.4 km/h). Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler ordered the first one at a cost of $1.1 million in 2012. The four-time Grammy winner is selling the car to benefit charity. It has no reserve and will reveal the value of Tyler's fame. Sadly, it won't reveal how a 68-year-old can retain so much hair. $800,000
It was a sad fate for a 1961 Aston Martin DB4. It spent 45 years in a New Hampshire forest with no more protection than a few overhanging tree branches. The British GT came out of the trees in a remarkably sound state. $375,000 to $475,000 ‘as-found’.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dendrobium - “Singapore’s first-ever hypercar”

Named after a type of flower native to Singapore, the Dendrobium will debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s the creation of Vanda Electrics, a Singapore-based company that makes electric scooters and small cargo vehicles.

The Dendrobium was designed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering division of the Williams Formula One race team.
Vanda promises an all-electric “zero-emission” powertrain, but won’t talk performance figures until the Geneva unveiling.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hennessey Venom GT - Sold Out

Some consider the Hennessey Venom GT to be the fastest production car in the world. It was able to achieve a top speed of 270.49 mph on a runway a couple of years ago, and set the Guinness world record for quickest car from 0-300 km/h. But its top speed run was never made official, so the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport remained the official title holder.
Hennessey sold 12 of its $1.2 million Venom GTs in its six-year production run. But now, the era of the Venom GT has ended. Hennessey Performance unveiled the final Venom GT today. It has already been sold.
Like all other GTs, it's powered by a 7.0-liter twin turbo LS7 V8 that produces 1451 horsepower, and weighs just 2743 pounds.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Supercar Carnage

Wreckage of a Ferrari Enzo that crashed on the Pacific Coast Highway in 2006.

Eddie Griffin crashed his Ferrari Enzo at the Redline "Race For A Cause" charity car race at the Irwindale Speedway.

Japanese police officers inspecting damaged Ferrari sports cars on the Chugoku highway in 2011

Wreckage of a Ferrari driven by Ling Jihua, 23 the son of a top presidential aide. He died in the crash, which was covered up and caused a political scandal.

A 27-year-old driver crashed his $1.2 million McLaren P1 near Dallas last week — less than 24 hours after he picked it up.

A Ferrari 250 GT Spider (about $ 10m) didn't survive a hurricane very well.

Bugatti Veyron. ($1.6m) video captured the driver crashing into a lake. It is believed to be a case of insurance fraud.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Best Investment Automobiles

Hagerty is the largest insurance provider for vintage cars in the United States and knows its classic cars. Here are a few of Hagerty's top picks.
If you can get your hands on an Enzo it's only going to appreciate.
When Ferrari names a car after its founder you know it has to be something special. And the Enzo absolutely was. This carbon fiber supercar cost $659,430 new, but now it fetches more than $2 million. A total of 399 were built for sale and a 400th was built and donated to the Vatican to be auctioned off for charity. It made $6.05 million

A 6.0-liter V-12 provides 650 proud Italian horses. The car could hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and blast through the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds. Carbon ceramic brakes provided stopping power. Most of this is standard on supercars today, but it was groundbreaking stuff 14 years ago.
1970 Plymouth Superbird ($233,000) The Plymouth Superbird is one of the rarest and most specialized cars of the muscle car era. Production estimates range from 1,920 to nearly 3,000. Based on the Road Runner, only 135 were sold for street duty with the 425-horsepower, 426-cubic inch Hemi V-8. The other cars had the 440-cubic-inch V-8.
2007-'11 Porsche 911 GT3 RS ($180,000) The Porsche 911 is a special car and the 911 GT3 RS is a very special car.

The first version got a 415-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-6, while the 2010 model received a 450-horse 3.8-liter flat-6. Prices were in the $132,000 range then, and now they're $180,000 and climbing. A third GT3 RS was offered for 2012. It was the GT3 RS 4.0 with 500 horsepower. If you can find one, buy it, you can't go wrong.
1968-'70 Dodge Charger. Hagerty sees a five-year high in interest in the 1968-'70 Dodge Charger. A 225-cubic inch slant-6 was offered, but all of the other engines were V-8s, including the 425-horsepower 426 Hemi and the 375-horse 440. Charger R/Ts had the 440, dual exhaust, heavy duty suspension, and Bumblebee stripes. The most famous of this era is the General Lee, a 1969 Charger from the TV show 'The Dukes of Hazzard.'

Thursday, January 12, 2017

World's most Expensive Cars at Auction

1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti
One of the rarest Ferraris in existence became one of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction. Price tag: £25 million, or about $36 million. Only four of the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti were made.

Auction house Artcurial Motorcars put the vehicle on the block during its annual Retromobile sale in Paris in February.

A 4.1-litre V12 engine gives the car 400 horsepower, enabling it to reach a top speed of 190 miles per hour—unheard of at the time.
The car won the Cuban Grand Prix in 1958, finished second in the Mille Miglia, and set a lap record at Le Mans during its racing career, having been driven by the likes of Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Price: $38.1m. 39 were built.

1954 Mercedes W196. Price: $29.6m.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider. Price: $27.5m

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale. Price: $26.4m.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Price: $18.5m.

1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione. Price: $18.4m

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Price: $16.4m.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Price: $15.2m.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Price: $14.3m

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight $13,200,000 – 2015

1953 Ferrari 240/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12,812,800.

1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta - $12,402,500