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Lamborghini to introduce new limited-edition supercar, new techs coming very soon

In an exclusive speaking engagement with Car Advice during the ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, Lamborghini’s Maurizio Reggiani hints at introducing what he calls as the new version of a one-off supercar, even adding that this one-off could be completely sold prior to its revelation. This is comparable to the case of Centenario, which they had introduced with rear wheel steering and which was later on adapted into the Aventador S when it came into production. The director for research and development also said that the company is set to announce some new technologies to go with Lamborghini’s new design. The imminent announcement, he said, is what Lamborghini’s loyal patrons have actually been waiting for.

It can be recalled that Lamborghini had done this previously with the Sesto Elemento, the Veneno Roadster, the Concept J as well as for both the Reventon and the Reventon Roadster. As they did with the Centenario, the soon-to-be-revealed one-off will take the lead in introducing Lamborghini’s future design and technologies. Inevitably, it should give us a first look at the Aventador replacement that is due for release in 3 years.

No concrete details have been confirmed during the talks but Car Advice knew that the Lamborghini Urus will be revealed sometime this December. In the same way, it is likely the new one-off (which is currently without a name yet) will be introduced later within the year while the official public debut will probably have to wait until 2018. At the most, we should be expecting Lamborghini’s one-off supercar at next year’s Geneva Motor Show together with the new Urus.

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Ferrari and Lamborghini still not keen on producing electric sports cars

We have already reached a generation wherein automakers are making the switch from gasoline engine cars to hybrid and all electric vehicles. So far, the trend is for automakers to gradually transition their range to accommodate electric vehicles. That’s why it is significant news when automakers say that they’re not looking into electrifying their models.

While Porsche and Bentley are joining the norm by developing sports cars, it seems like Ferrari and Lamborghini have no plans of doing so, and they have just confirmed it, according to Automotive News. Both Italian automakers do not believe that electrification is the future of supercars, but they do believe that hybrid options are.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Michael Leiters, Chief Technology Officer of Ferrari, said in an interview with Automotive News that it will take a lot more time, effort and innovation to get the same performance, and more importantly the driving pleasure of what we have today with the non-electrified models. It will not be that easy to replicate the performance and ease that we have now.

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Automobili Turismo e Sport introduces the new ATS GT at Salon Privé

Guests at the luxurious Salon Privé supercar exhibit witnessed the return of legendary manufacturer Automobili Turismo e Sport as it holds the ATS GT’s official premiere last Thursday, August 31st. Presented at the event is the limited-run Italian supercar that drew inspiration from the first ATS 2500 GT of the early 60s. Carrying a $1.15 million price tag with only 12 units to be built, the new ATS GT Launch Edition is the company’s first production after being out in the limelight for more than fifty years.

ATS, or Automobili Turismo e Sport was first established in 1961 by Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti together with some prominent members of the Scuderia Ferrari team. As former team members, its initial motivation was to beat Ferrari both when it comes to building track ready and road-going sports cars. Unfortunately, the stint only lasted for about two years and the company eventually gave up after releasing the ATS 2500 GT in 1963.

Moving on, the fabled company makes a pleasant comeback with the new ATS GT. Designed by ATS’ chief designer Emanuele Bomboi, each handmade GT supercar will be employing the most highly advanced lightweight engineering with materials consisting mostly of carbon fiber. Its design inspiration, the ATS 2500 GT, was a small coupe developed by co-founders Bizzarrini and Chiti and was built by Allemano according to the instructions of its designer, Franco Scaglione some fifty years ago.

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New Pagani Huayra BC lands in Miami wrapped in glossy black carbon with yellow accents

Whenever a Pagani Huayra BC gets delivered to a new owner in any place in the world, it does get some sort of attention. After all, the Pagani Huayra BC isn’t an ordinary car, and its owners aren’t ordinary as well. In the United States alone, the Pagani Huayra BC is quickly proving that it is a hypercar that is a must-have for the extra-rich. Proof of that is the recent delivery of a Pagani Huayra in the US soil.

This example was brought to the US -- particularly in Miami, Florida – by Prestige Imports. Just like the previous examples of the Pagani Huayra BC that were delivered, the looks of this unit were customized according to the taste and preferences of its new owner. However, unlike previous examples that we have seen, this Pagani Huayra BC is wrapped in traditional gloss black carbon, rather than the colored carbon fiber that has been the preference lately.

This black finish is accentuated by bright yellow pinstripes that can be found throughout the new Huayra BC, from the front end, on the bonnet, around the headlights, on all four wheels, on the brake calipers and the flanks as well as around the side windows, on its gullwing doors, on the rear end and on the massive rear spoiler.

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Over a decade ago, Pagani took the Zonda to the Geneva Motor Show. The Zonda hypercar was then set to retire in 2013 together with the track-focused Revolucion. But here is the thing, customers still wanted to keep the AMG-powered hypercar alive even after Huayra’s launch. Pagani had to listen to what the customers asked for and decided to keep it alive so it released a number of one-offs instead.

This year’s Zonda is nothing like the past models that we have seen. Firstly, it is not going to be delivered to any customer since Horacio Pagani, the company boss himself commissioned this model - dubbed the HP Barchetta. This Zonda has a low and narrow windscreen that leads to a more unique design. Dressed in a shiny blue paint, what makes this even more special is the fact that the rear wheels are partially covered with a black mesh, which was borrowed from the Zozo special edition.

The cabin gets a cream interior accented with black carbon fiber details as well as a tartan pattern. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, with body hugging sport seats like the Huayra BC, making it one of the most beautiful Zondas made in history.

Read the entire article Zonda HP Barchetta is specially made for Horacio Pagani

We have just witnessed the sale of the most expensive McLaren F1 to date. Over the weekend, at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, the Bonham auction took place. And the first ever 1995 McLaren F1 that had been imported to the United States had been put up for auction, and was brought home by its new owner, who offered $14.2 million for it. This price does not yet include ten percent buyer’s fee, which means that it was sold off for a grand total of $15.62 million.

The car is looking good as new, and was offered by its original owner. Under the hood is the 6.1 liter V12 that it originally came with, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This enables the F1 to yield 627 horsepower (467 kilowatts) that can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, before continuing to its max speed of 242.9 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour).

Looking at it from the outside, it is dressed in a matte silver finish. While the inside cabin is finished in black and grey Connolly leather. As I have mentioned earlier, this example is almost as good as new with only 9,600 miles (15,449 kilometers) on its odometer since it got out of the factory. The only thing is that the fuel cell had been replaced twice already and it has gone through some minor wear and tear.

Read the entire article Bonham auction has sold off first U.S. McLaren F1 for $15.62 million

Famous designer of certain Ferrari vehicles like the Enzo Ferrari and the P4/5, Ken Okuyama has revealed another one of his designs at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours over the weekend. You might have remembered the Kode57 Enji that was previewed last year, this one is a Kode 0 that is somewhat similar to the former.

Having said that, by looking at the Kode 0, you will see several design cues that were taken from Lamborghini. Particularly, these are designs by Marcello Gandini. The guy is best known for designing certain models including the Lamborghini Countach, Lambo Miura, and also the Lancia Stratos Zero, and many others.

The Kode 0 has a base like the Lamborghini Aventador, with its "one motion" design. It had been given a set of 20- and 21-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P-Zero tires, plus a more aggressive front splitter and LED headlights up front, while the rear end of the car is a triangular shaped exhaust complemented by a large rear diffuser.

Read the entire article Ken Okuyama unveils his custom Kode 0 Supercar at Pebble Beach

The 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is a very rare supercar. After all, while three examples were planned for this supercar model, only two examples were realized. Just recently, this rare Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita was sold in an auction supervised by Mecum Auctions. With an auction estimate of between $2.7 million and $3 million, Mecum Auctions was able to sell this rare supercar for $2.6 million.

Interestingly, the original owner of this rare supercar was no other than Floyd Mayweather, who is considered as one of the greatest in the sport of boxing. His love of the sports has allowed him to earn hundreds of millions of dollars. For those who don’t know Mayweather aside from him being a first-class professional boxer, the undefeated sportsman also has another love – cars. With hundreds of millions of dollars at his disposal, it is fairly easy for Mayweather to purchase exotic cars like those built Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Bugatti as well as a Koenigsegg.

Mayweather used to own this very rare supercar – the 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. It cost him around $4.8 million to buy this supercar back then, making it ridiculously pricey and exotic. This price is fairly logical, considering the exclusiveness, level of craftsmanship, technology and design that went into the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

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According to James Edition, the seller based in Esloo Netherlands, the limited edition Ferrari’s current mileage is at 118 km (73mi) and it also features the Ferrari 458 Speciale’s 600PS (447kW) naturally aspirated V8 engine. Then why is it more special? Read on.

The limited edition Ferrari was initially developed into a concept car as a tribute to Sergio Pininfarina, a renowned designer from Turin, Italy, who passed away in 2012. A year after the prototype’s premiere, Ferrari has put the car into production with only six examples in total, which also falls in line with Pininfarina’s 85th anniversary. All six roadsters were completely sold out following its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015 with a sticker price of $3 million each.

Fast forward, one of the six bespoke Ferrari Sergio roadsters is now up for sale in the Netherlands with a listed price of a cool €4.3 million. That’s about $5,043,900 after the current exchange rates or $2 million more expensive than it was a couple of years ago. Sergio Pininfarina after all was called the “godfather of automotive design” and has always been associated with Ferrari. He has also designed cars for Fiat, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and was a board member of Ferrari for a number of years.

Read the entire article This rare Ferrari Sergio could be yours for $5.06 million

Ferraris usually come in their most popular shade of red. This is because in the past, vintage race cars would be painted in the colour of their country, and red represented Italy.

Now, most people who get a Ferrari opt for the red exterior paint too. But then, there are so many other cool colours out there to make your Ferrari stand out even more. Check some of these out.

Read the entire article Top 5 paint colors for a Ferrari sports car

Ferrari has recently launched the New Power15 extended warranty program. The company developed this program in response to the notion that supercars are very expensive to maintain. Truth be told, it’s this impression that has dissuaded many car enthusiasts from taking the plunge into the uber-luxurious car club.

So with the new warranty program, the company’s coverage will include their new and old customers’ mechanical components up to 15 years. These major mechanical components include the engine, gearbox, suspension, power transfer unit, and steering. But the best thing about the New Power 15 is that this privilege can be transferred from the original owner to the new owners of the car, if it is a second-hand model. Furthermore, this applies to pre-owned Ferraris that go through “specific technical checks” and pass the test. So far, this is probably the best deal we’ve heard from any automaker. It’s also the longest warranty you could get from any brand out there.

That is not all. To make it clear, this sits on top of Ferrari’s existing four-year bumper-to-bumper warranty along with the seven-year maintenance-free program that new Ferrari customers get. Moreover, customers can purchase an additional year of full coverage, that can be added to the New Power that only begins on the sixth year. If you plan to keep your Ferrari maintained for more decades, you can extend this warranty yearly.

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Earlier this year, Ford had already begun deliveries of the Ford GT. However, the company has been experiencing some delays at their facility in Canada. This means that the next few GT supercars may take a little longer to get to their respective owners. The reason for the delay is due to supplier constraints and issues related to homologation testing

But Ford has already sent out letters to customers who will be receiving their Ford GTs later than the original schedule. According to Automotive News, Ford stated in the letter that “the craftsmanship required to build these vehicles for global markets has required that we adjust our original timing projections”. These letters were even signed by Global Marketing Manager Henry Ford III and Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak.

Having said that, the company did not mention when the Ford GTs will be delivered specifically. Instead, they will update the customers within the week providing them with a three-month delivery window. It is said that they have also nearly completed the ramp up process, and when it has been completed, they will be able to build one Ford GT a day. From now to 2020, there will only be 250 examples of the Ford GT to be built.

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Haven’t you ever wondered how Ferrari’s names and numbers were actually derived? As it is Ferrari’s 70th year in the industry, we believe that it’s only fair that we shed light on this.

After all, the designated letters and numbers like the 275GTB/4 for example can be a tad confusing to some. To explain the meaning of its names, we have gathered a simple guideline as to how these names were made.

Read the entire article The meaning behind some of Ferrari’s names and numbers

You would expect a lot of news about the 24 Hours Le Mans just after the event finishes. But this time, we are not going to talk about the results. Instead, we are going to talk about how Ken Block took the Ford GT out for a spin just before all the racers hit the track.

Though the Ford GT was not able to repeat its class win at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team still managed to score a second place finish for one of the entries driving a Ford GT. Before the 24-hour long event began, Ken Block took the road-going GT around the Circuit de la Sarthe for some fun.

Block posted on Facebook that “It was a pretty amazing experience to be able to drive this circuit in the GT and have the whole thing to myself”, suggesting that he was on the track by himself, driving the pre-production example of the GT. This was also Block’s first trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Alain Class Motors, the world’s most exclusive automobile showroom, has recently posted a rarely used Aston Martin One-77 Q-Series. As listed through its website at alainclass.com, the 2011 Aston Martin One-77 has a current mleage of 992km and is featuring a combination of red and black interior, a grey exterior body paint and a V12 engine. Dubbed as one out of seven cars in the world by the website, the Q Series is among the limited units produced within the limited run One-77 models. In other words, the Q-Series is a more exclusive line within Aston Martin's special edition range.

For one, the Q stands for the British marque’s bespoke division which is known for developing the blue “Aston Martin DB11 by Q” seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In all, there are four different liveries available for the One-77 Q Series and one of them is the metallic grey we have in the picture. The interior finish on the other hand has plenty of naked carbon fiber that blends seamlessly throughout the interior’s red lining. Not to mention, it looks good as new considering the odometer reading is at only 616 miles (or 992 kilometers).

Like those on the One-77 limited car range, the Q Series comes with the standard 700hp (522kW) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 engine. All that power is pushed to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated manual gearbox, allowing the car to sprint from a zero to 62 miles per hour in less than 3.7 seconds before topping off at 354kph (220mph).

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Having a full list of MSO options is certainly one of the modern miracles in the world of after-market tuning. That said, there’s a McLaren 675LT Spider with MSO upgrades currently on sale at McLaren Scottsdale. For $487,572, the 675LT Spider features Mercedes Benz’s Flintgrau Metallic paint with MSO’s front splitter, rear diffuser, rear bumper, hood and side skirts all made with carbon fiber. In addition, the airbrakes, roof and hood have been painted off with a pair of racing stripes in Cerberus Pearl.

With this many MSO options, the one listed here may not even be the highest priced McLaren 675LT but it surely is one of a kind. We say this because a whole other range of MSO upgrades could be seen throughout the exterior. For example, there’s a new set of wheels in bronze with brake calipers in signature McLaren Orange. It also boasts a satin blue carbon fiber paddle shifts and a 24 carat gold heat shield throughout the exhausts.

Inside, the MSO specced 675LT Spider comes with a unique combination of carbon black leather and Alcantra fabric with a touch of Midnight Blue to highlight the accents. To create a connection with the exterior motif, the seat belts feature the same McLaren Orange just as the one painted on the brake calipers. All in, this entire set would typically cost you more than $90,000, which we think isn’t bad for a car bearing the Speedy Kiwi “swoosh” logo to start with.

Read the entire article You can own this McLaren 675LT Spider with MSO specifications for less than $500,000

Audi’s all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron, had been discontinued last October after being in the market for under two years. The electric vehicle was then exclusive to the European market and was being sold for a base price of €1 million ($1.1 million). Yup, a million for an electric car. Price may be the primary reason why only less than 100 examples were delivered, according to the automaker. But I’m guessing perhaps it was too early for its time back then, we will never know.

Peter Mertens, former Volvo R&D boss and the new head of development at Audi, recently hinted that the R8 e-tron may have a successor sooner than we expected, as he spoke to Car and Driver magazine. He stated that he is willing to fill the gap that the R8 e-tron created.

During the 2017 Formula E race held in Berlin, he told journalists “You can very well imagine that at some point we will have an electric supercar”. He was probably referring to the said model when he said that. He even stated that he would develop it sooner and that it is already part of his plan. Though he did not share any more details, he assured the journalists that a brand like Audi will definitely come up with a supercar to make things more interesting, and “it is a segment in which we have been playing, we have been a very serious player”.

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A new Pagani Huayra BC has just arrived in the United States and its delivery was taken by a rich client who goes on Instagram as “Sparky18888.” The new owner of this particular Huayra BC is definitely a fan of Pagani, as he already has a similarly named Huayra (The King) in his garage.

Sparky18888 – who described himself as an owner of various exotic cars – christened his new Pagani Huayra BC as “Kingtasma.” This nickname was purely evident on the gold crowns under each of the aero flaps located on the rear end of the Huayra BC. Its regal stature was also evidenced by the fact that this hypercar from Pagani features a large part of its body wrapped in red carbon fiber. This elegantly dynamic finish is further accentuated by red pinstripes on the side skirts and on the engine bay as well as around the cabin.

Other distinctive elements found on The King of Sparky18888 are the three colors of the Italian flag “Il Tricolore” (green, white and read) and a host of carbon fiber-clad parts. The Huayra BC badge at the rear end of Kingtasma is finished in red.

Read the entire article Red carbon-fiber Pagani Huayra BC dubbed the Kingtasma arrives in the US

Enthusiasts know that in the automotive world, beauty (and power) always comes with a price – a very big price, at that. The Lamborghini Centenario is an example. Considering its beauty and power, the Centenario has a right for an expensive price tag. It gets more expensive when you factor in its exclusivity as only 40 examples will be available worldwide. Twenty units of this exclusive hypercar come as coupes, while the other twenty are convertibles. Come to think of it, with its price and a limited number of units available [worldwide], it will be quite rare to spot any one of these in just any ordinary neighborhood.

Last May, we’ve learned of the whereabouts of one Centenario, which is apparently flaunting its stunning bare carbon fiber exterior featuring blue accents in California – and our first time to spot the car not in is usual carbon fiber and yellow finish. Now, just a few weeks from this first sighting, two more examples have been spotted in the stateside. Photos of the said vehicles have already circulated online, leaving us jaw-slacked by its beauty.

The first of the latest two examples comes in Nuovo Giallo Orion yellow finish with carbon fiber accents – yet again, forgoing its usual carbon fiber body. The said majestic creation landed into U.S. soil just a few months after the first sighting, and it was delivered fresh to Lamborghini Beverly Hills to await its owner.

Read the entire article Two new Lamborghini Centenarios have landed on US soil

A few months ago, Lamborghini introduced the Centenario supercar. Since then, only eight units of the model were brought out by the company. And if you remember, we’ve already seen three of those examples: where the first one wore a combination of orange and black finish, the second one wearing a classic yellow and carbon fiber finish, and the third had a carbon fiber body though Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, finished with blue accents - this one was a U.S. example.

This supercar, based on the Aventador, has been eagerly anticipated. To make everybody aware, the Centenario celebrates Lamborghini founder, Ferriccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. Having only 40 models built worldwide, 20 of those will be coupes, and the other 20 will be roadsters.

Each and every unit of the Centenario does have its own character, but we would say that the eighth one is the most unique of them all. Leading luxury dealer group, H.R. Owen has welcomed the supercar at its most famous Lamborghini London dealership on Saturday 27 May. What makes this Centenario unique from its other counterparts is that it wears a bare carbon fiber exterior combined with orange accents all over the body. This is currently the only example with this exclusive finish, and is the first of its kind in the U.K., making it a truly unique piece.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Centenario is put on display at London dealership, set for delivery to HR Owen
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