Sunday, November 26, 2017

2017 Bentley Continental GT SuperSports

The new 12-cylinder Bentley Continental Supersports is the most powerful Bentley ever. Sporting 700 hp and 750 lb-ft it’s also the quickest and the fastest Bentley ever, with a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds onto a top speed of 209 mph.

An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. The car weighs 5027 pounds. To rein in all that mass, carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, as is a brake-based torque-vectoring system. The Supersports retains the Continental’s rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and gets a dynamic braking system that brakes the inside rear wheel when cornering at speed.
In order to attain these performance figures, Bentley did serious work to its powertrain. The W12 engine – so named because its 12 cylinders are arranged in a ‘W’ formation as opposed to a ‘V’ – has received enlarged turbochargers, an upgraded cranktrain, new conrod bearings and a better intercooler.
The new Supersports will be limited to just 710 units – matching the car’s 710PS metric power output – across coupe and convertible body styles.
Opting for the nifty convertible imposes a significant price penalty. The convertible is base priced at $325,325, nearly $30,000 more than the coupe, which carries a $296,025 sticker. Of course for that money you get a built-in neck warmer, which Bentley says “makes open-air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn”.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ferrari unveils the 812 Superfast in Hong Kong

Ferrari unveiled its fastest and most powerful model to date, the 812 Superfast, in the city earlier this week. Ferrari says the 812 Superfast “represents the history and the future of the company”
Acceleration from zero to 100km is in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of 340km/hour. (212 mph)

It is the first Ferrari equipped with electric power steering and a virtual short wheelbase 2.0 system, providing better agility and response time to steering wheel input.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2018 Audi R8 Spyder

The all-new 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the fastest convertible model from the brand. Like the R8 Plus coupe, the R8 Spyder Plus sports a wailing 5.2-liter V-10 engine that packs 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 70 hp and 15 lb-ft over the regular model.

The Quattro all-wheel drive is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It’ll get you from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds onto a top speed of 203.8 mph.

The R8 Spyder Plus’ exclusive new micrommata green paint job gives it a Hulk-like appearance
The optional design package has an anthracite gray single frame grille and black tailpipe covers. The interior is in all black Nappa leather. The Spyder V10 also gets a large 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with loudspeakers in the seats. The leather on the bucket seats has a special pigmenting that stops them from heating up in the sun’s rays.
The standard tires are 245/35R-19 front and 295/35R-19 in the back, with 245/30R-20 front and 305/30R-20 rear rubber optional. The electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering comes from ZF. Adaptive, magnetorheological dampers for the suspension are also optional.

The R8 Spyder V10 starts at an absolute rock bottom $177,100, $12,200 more than its fixed roof counterpart. Carbon ceramic brakes bolster the bottom line by a whopping $9,900.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Glickenhaus SCG 004S

The latest from Glickenhaus is the SCG 004S. The car packs a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 making 650 hp and 531 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a paddle-shifted automatic. At 2,600 pounds, thanks to copious carbon fiber one gets a power-to-weight ratio of 4 pounds per horsie.

The SCG 004 also comes in at a highly reasonable $400K. The company says it will be ready in early 2019.
There's room for 3 bums in the street version. Glickenhaus has plans to build GT3 and GTE/GTLM racing versions, with a view to one day competing at Le Mans.
The long-term plan is for 250 cars a year by 2021.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Schumacher’s Monaco-winning Ferrari sells for record $7.5m

Michael Schumacher’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 has sold for $7,504,000, a record for a modern-era Formula 1 car. A six-minute battle between eight bidders saw the machine blow past it's pre-sale estimate of $4m. The Ferrari F2001, chassis #211, helped power Schumacher to the fourth of his seven world titles.
Michael Schumacher - Scuderia Ferrari - Ferrari F2001

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance and competitive pricing quickly established the model as an iconic supercar.
On its release in March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made". The Series 2 (1968–71) featured an engine producing 246hp and torque of 263. A total of 18,809 units were built, worldwide.
The Series 1 cars, which are by far the most valuable, fall into two categories: those made between 1961 and 1964, which had 3.8-litre engines, and those made between 1965-1967.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Uber cars at Center of Embezzlement Fight

A pair of the rarest collector cars in the world are at the heart of a London lawsuit embroiling an associate of one of China’s wealthiest men. Zhao Hua Chen, who court filings say works for Chinese aluminum billionaire Zhongtian Liu, has accused Eric Po Chi Shen of buying real estate, rare red diamonds and super cars with money he embezzled while acting as his financial adviser, according to court documents filed in London’s High Court.

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO made $52 million
At stake in the case is ownership of two classic cars that could be worth as much as $40 million.

Chen says his former business associate falsified his financial reports and lied about how much he spent on property deals, before using the spoils to buy a 1998 McLaren F1 and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. He is asking a judge in the British capital to order the cars to be sold or handed over to him. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta is likely worth around $25 million. The model is a Series 2, with the Series 1 fetching at least $40 million. 39 of the Italian brand’s 250 GTOs were produced.
The McLaren is estimated to be worth as much as $15 million. 106 examples were produced from 1992 through 1998.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

2019 Corvette ZR1

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car Chevrolet has ever made. The 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged engine packs 755 horsepower with 715 lb-ft. The LT5 has a new dual-fuel-injection system, a first for GM.
The standard 2019 ZR1 will come with a seven-speed manual. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is an option.
Chevrolet isn’t talking about performance numbers or pricing, but the expectation is that price will be upwards of $130k when the ZR1 goes on sale in the Spring of 2018.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ferrari 458 Speciale

The Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engined sports car which replaced the Ferrari F430. It was first officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was replaced by the Ferrari 488, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. The 458 Speciale (2013–2015) is the top performing 458 Italia. Power increased to 597 hp at 9,000 rpm. Electronic systems were updated too, introducing side slip angle control (SSC) to improve car control on the limit.

The 458 Speciale won Top Gear's Supercar of the Year 2013.
The 458 won many awards including "Car of the Year 2009" and "Supercar of the Year". Motor Trend awarded it the title of "Best Driver's Car" in 2011.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ferrari F12TDF

Ferrari built only 789 examples of the F12tdf, so whenever one comes up for sale it's an event. That’s the case for this 2017 F12tdf with a mere 1,157 miles on the clock.

It hits the Mecum Auction in Las Vegas later this month and it’s being labeled as the event’s main attraction. It’s the only F12tdf produced in Ferrari Russo F1 2007 paint, and was even signed by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Power comes from a 6.3-liter V12 with 769 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque and goes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed F1 gearbox. The F12tdf has over $92,000 in options, including the $10k Telemetry option.
The Ferrari F12TDF sold for upwards of $550,000 new.

A F12tdf at RM Southeby's is estimated at $1.1m - $ 1.4m

Monday, November 6, 2017

1936 Delahaye 135 Competition

The Delahaye 135 was designed by young engineer Jean François, and it was produced from 1935 until 1954. The 3.2-litre overhead valve straight-six with four-bearing crankshaft was derived from one of Delahaye's truck engines. Power was 95 hp in twin carburetor form, but 110 hp (82 kW) were available in a version with three downdraught Solex carbs, offering a 148 km/h (92 mph) top speed.
The 135 was successful as racing car during the late 1930s, winning the Monte Carlo rally 1937 and 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1938. The 135 featured independent, leaf-sprung front suspension, a live rear axle, and cable operated Bendix brakes. 17-inch spoked wheels were also standard.
Transmission was either a partially synchronized four-speed manual or four-speed Cotal pre-selector transmission

A 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi made $ 2.4m last year at RM Sothebys

1937 Delahaye 135M Competition Court Torpedo Roadster Figoni et Falaschi 48667 – sold for $6.6m One of two surviving short-chassis examples.