Video: Pagani Zonda 760RS – Driven By Evo Magazine

April 25, 2012

My oh my… Check out this world-exclusive, hands-on drive along with a detailed view (and soundtrack) of the criminally insane 760 bhp Zonda 760RS, as presented by Evo Magazine’s founder, Harry Metcalfe… What a sound – what a car – what a justified price-tag..!

Interesting to note that Harry mentions “an F1 driver” with the initials LH, that has one of these on order… with a manual gearbox… solely for the purposes of driver enjoyment/involvement… We doff our cap to you, Mr. Lewis Hamilton (you lucky bugger).

-Blake J.
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Lamborghini Aventador J: Photo Album (and video) Of The Mad Roadster Hypercar

March 7, 2012

Lamborghini graced the 2012 Geneva Motor Show by presenting a striking one-off Roadster interpretation of their Aventador Supercar. It was a secret best-kept in the finest of Motor Show traditions with its drop-jaw effectiveness basically outshining the debut of Ferrari’s most powerful road-car to date: The 740 bhp F12berlinetta.

So what exactly do we have here…? Essentially, this is Lamborghini displaying their rather unique utilization of carbon-fibre advancements within a bespoke Aventador chassis. Called the ‘J’, its name harkens back to the Miura Jota and (quite possibly) the FIA ‘appendix J’ guidelines for homologation classes and is a uniquely expensive way to achieve your driving thrills with the added bonus of various insects and road-debris ricocheting off your teeth and hair. It’s also comic-book insane… which is a very good thing.

To make up for the loss of bodywork, the Aventador’s carbon chassis has been extensively revised with loads of visible carbon bracing and carbon roll-over hoops. Understandably, the air-con has been ditched (why would you need it..?), as has the sat-nav to help reduce weight. F1-inspired aero nods embellish the front and rear sections while rather tasty carbon-fibre blades adorn the alluring wheel design. Oh, and I quite approve of the ‘upside-down’ rear wing as well…

The J retains the same 6.5L 700 bhp V12 of the standard Aventador yet we’re highly confident that the shocking performance will be greatly enhanced in the visceral sense. Interior-wise, Lamborghini has also displayed a patented new flexible ‘carbonskin’ material to adorn the fixed carbon seats – a material that Lamborghini claims will grace high-end clothing sometime in the near future – sounds geeky… I like that.

If you’d fancy getting your paws on the J, well… we’re sorry to report that it has already been sold. Price..? 2.1 million euros, plus taxes.

Rounding this off with an excellent on-the-podium, close-up view showing all of the mad details that imbue this one-off Aventador J. All I can say is, thank heavens for Lamborghini and their crazy automotive ways… We need more of that in this world.

-Blake J.
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Bentley: EXP 9 F Concept Marches Onto The Premium SUV Scene

March 6, 2012

There are moments within the motoring world when it’s absolutely justifiable to make that sound of air being sucked into your mouth through clenched teeth… this is one of those moments.

Dubbed, clonkingly, the EXP 9 F, this is Bentley’s long-rumoured entry into the Premium SUV realm with a dead-aim set on emerging markets such as China and the middle East (as if the poorly photoshopped ‘desert roaming’ press shots below didn’t convey this). The immediate reaction upon viewing this new 3-tonne-plus leviathan at the Geneva Motor Show this week is the rather obvious (lazy..?) inspiration used for its styling, or lack thereof, if we’re being honest.

With the chunky face of the Mulsanne and styling lifted straight from the Continental, it appears to resemble (unsurprisingly) a jacked-up version of the two afforementioned combined. ‘Traditional’ Bentley individual character and charm seem to have been forgone for outright bling-presence and awkward vulgarity – again, with the geographical aim of this vehicle.

But let’s be straight-up here; this is Bentley looking to cash-in. Pure and simple as that. All one needs to do is glance at the astounding sales of Premium-level Cayennes and Range Rovers in said emerging markets and this concept’s raison d’etre is clear as water. Bentley wants a piece of that action and its German owners aren’t about to shy away from the potential sales figures…

Wonky styling and reason-for-being aside, the guts of this massive mobile lounge feature the 600 bhp / 590 lb ft twin-turbo 6.0 W12 Vdub-lump that has been gracing Bentleys ever since the VW ownership takeover. As such, this effectively allows Bentley to claim (rather obviously) that this would be one of the fastest of its breed… and quite easily the highest petrol-consuming as well… yet, if you’re wealthy enough to own one, you won’t really care about that.

As you’d also expect, oppulence takes centre stage with vulgar 23″ wheels, a flashy interior constructed of the finest veneer woods and the softest of hand-stitched leathers. Creature comforts abound with various cubbies for wine glasses and a handly split tail-gate (a la Range Rover) that offers a place to plomp your wealthy buttocks while you make full use of the custom dining-set out back.

As this is Bentley’s first foray into the Premium SUV segment, no holds were barred in the over-lavishing exercise of their concept to get their, um, point across. Yet Bentley reminds us that this is merely a concept to gauge reaction and insight from their potential customers that they so do wish to please…

With that in mind, it will be interesting to watch how a Bentley born purely from the munching gravity of marketing leads will end up in the end. Strange automotive times ahead, indeed…

-Blake J.
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McLaren MP4-12C: Mansory Works Their Magic

March 1, 2012

Aaah Mansory… Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, the German tuners always manage to serve up something that prompts immediate reactions from auto enthusiasts - either via shielding their eyes, staring in half-chuckling amazement or by simply clicking the ‘share’ button… of which I’m sure their latest go at the MP4-12C will illicit similar responses.

But ‘instant reactions’ is what Mansory is all about; boldly standing out in a crowd full of pablum-faced dullies and brushing away the conventional safety taste-nets that inhabit our motoring world… (at least that’s what I believe Mansory-owners tell themselves…) And yet, going by past efforts, this offering from Mansory almost seems watered-down and far less flamboyant… It should be violent purple with orange ostrich-hide accents and have matte gold, everywhere…

Set for unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, what we have here is their latest creation in the form of a heavily carbon-fibre’d (the mirror housings, wings, roof, front and rear apron), be-winged, blinged, tuned and re-sculpted MP4-12C – essentially, a ‘styling showcase’ to advertise their (many) various mods made available for the new McLaren. The car’s bodywork is 60mm wider than before and downforce is increased thanks to the various splitters and big wing out back. Also, Mansory claims their new side-sill design ‘steadies the airflow between the two axles’… just like a racecar..!

Tuning for the MP4-12C arrives in the form of an altered air filter, engine re-management and exhaust system to assist in the 670 bhp / 498 lb ft output to the wheels which, of course, have been enlarged to 20″ and 21″ respectively. 220 mph is said to be the Mansory MP4-12C’s new top speed now as well, which is only relevant if you live near one of the 2 or 3 places in the world where such speeds can be (somewhat-safely) achieved…

All in, not quite the blatantly vulgar look-at-ME offering that we’ve become accustomed to from the bespoke/visionary Mansory folks whenever an over-indulged ‘showcase’ creation is rolled out from them… Un-click some of those styling options from the build-spec sheet and you’d almost have a pretty tasty-looking McLaren on your hands. Mansory going slightly soft and displaying a new maturity on us…?!? Good heavens…

-Blake J.
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Ferrari: New F12 Berlinetta + Hi-Res Photo Gallery

February 29, 2012

Ferrari has officially released details, photos and an annoyingly-spelled new name (the ‘F12berlinetta’ - lower-case ‘b’ and no spaces) for its new front/mid-engined V12 coupe flagship model… So, no longer ‘F620 GT’ as had been widely reported previously.

The new car boasts a power figure of 740 bhp and 509lb/ft of torque, can reach the magic 60 mph in under 3 seconds and do 0-125 mph in just 8.5 seconds… that’s mighty brisk. The new F12 has also lapped the Fiorano test-track in 1:23 – faster than any other Ferrari road car before and a whole second faster than the 599 GTO.

Ferrari also claims a somewhat irrelevant top-speed of ‘over 340 km/h’, which translates to somewhere north of 210 mph. Weight comes in at 1525 kg (dry) which is 70 kg lighter than the 599 GTB it replaces. Keeping up with the rest of the new and evolving Ferrari lineup, the F12 will also feature the proven twin-clutch transaxle gearbox as found in the 458.

The engine, seats and dash are also mounted lower in the chassis, thereby lowering the centre of gravity and shifting it rearwards for a 46:54 front-rear weight distribution figure. The F12 also highlights a 20% stiffer shell than the 599 and an impressive 76% increase in overall downforce, roughly giving 123kg of downforce at 125 mph. There’s also new fancy active brake ducts that open and close when required…

So what do we make of the looks…? As always, these things are ‘to-each-their-own’ and all… The in-the-metal debut happens soon at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Until then, have a pore over the large, wallpaper-esque photos.

-Blake J.
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Infiniti Emerg-e Concept: Images Of New Hybrid Sportscar

February 27, 2012

Infiniti’s Emerg-e hybrid sportscar concept is set to be unveiled at Geneva next week. In the meantime, here are the official ‘internet-leaked’ images of their latest design study to pore over… No details have, Emerg-ed (sorry, had to) just yet but as is the usual case with flashy concepts, all of the whizz-bang wizardy shall be revealed come showtime..!

-Blake J. 
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Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Posh Pram Motoring Fun..!?

February 24, 2012

This isn’t a photoshop joke. This is real. This is the Range Rover Evoque Soft-top Concept set for its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Show…

Keen listeners during the Top Gear ‘news’ section from a very recent episode may have remembered there being mention of this creation as well. Shortly after hearing of such a thing I couldn’t help thinking how wonderfully goofy and welcomely silly I’d feel (and look) sitting in the backseat of one of these as it zoomed on by – most-likely harboured by memories of TG’s hilarious ‘convertible people-carrier’ piece from many years back as well…

It’s rather difficult to escape the image of little pegs plomped inside a great big-wheeled posh pram – I’d just constantly be laughing and waving my arms in the air like a carefree youngling on a sugar high.

Full colour rendering from the Auto Express folks...

Anyways, blatant silliness aside, Range Rover’s intent to “explore the potential for the world’s first premium convertible SUV” should easily gather some opinions on the matter… and I’m sure you have yours. Let’s hear it…!

-Blake J.
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