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2012

2012

While the entire Rolls Royce Phantom line-up has been refreshed for the Geneva Motor Show, the other model in the company’s line-up - the Ghost - has just received a series of two special editions. The two editions are offering a two-tone color combination - a first for the Ghost - a decision that has been inspired by the popularity of two-tone Phantom models.

The first version is has been painted in Infinity Black, with a Cassiopeia Silver upper two-tone. The interior is featuring the same two-tone theme: seashell headlining and sumptuous black leather frames black stained ash veneer into which steel pinstripes have been carefully crafted. And as a final touch Rolls Royce has also added lambswool floor mats that will help you relax your feet.

The second version has been built for a client in Middle East - and you may have expected is a little bit more wild. It combines Baynunah Brown, with Arizona Sun for the ca’’s bonnet, window surrounds, roof and luggage compartment. A gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy and double coach-line in gold finish the design.

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about AC Cars , but they just made quite a comeback with the unveiling of the 378 GT Zagato at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Their new super car will initially be offered in Europe only, but AC plans to go worldwide soon.

AC and Zagato joined forces for the first time back in 1957 when they created the AC Ace Bristol Zagato one-off. And now their latest creation is as impressive as the first one. If the exterior design looks familiar, it’s because the AC 378 GT Zagato is based on the Zagato Perana Z-One - the concept unveiled at last year’s Geneva Show.

The 378 GT Zagato is powered by a GM sourced 6.2-liter V8 engine tuned to deliver a total of 434 HP. With a total weight of 3230 lbs, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 185 mph.

In Europe, the AC 378 GT Zagato will be priced at €109,990 - about $145,000 at the current exchange rates. The coupe version will be immediately followed by a roadster.

The AC 378 GT Zagato will be displayed at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours next to the classic AC Ace Bristol Zagato.

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The 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro is no longer a concept. Chevrolet has announced that they will be building 69 COPO Camaros this year; the exact number of “ZL-1” COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO, or Central Office Production Order, was Chevy’s high performance special-order system used in the 1960s by dealers to build high performance models. The new COPO Camaro will be a not-street-legal drag car with the sole purpose of competing in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. This will put the new COPO Camaro in direct competition with the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet and the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak; this should be interesting.

For too long, Chevy has sat on the sidelines watching as Dodge and Ford , especially Ford, dominated in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock. The Cobra Jet and the Drag Pak have been proven winners in these NHRA classes for years. Bowtie fans have long wondered if Chevy would ever have an answer to the bad-ass factory-built race cars of its Detroit neighbors. That answer is finally coming. The Cobra Jet and the Drag Pak are no pushovers, though, so the new COPO Camaro will definitely have its work cut out.

The COPO Camaro’s biggest threat, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet started at $91,900 in 2012 and boasts a supercharged 5.4L V8 under the hood, while the $39,999 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak sports a 6.1L Hemi. For 2011, though, the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak upgraded drastically to a naturally aspirated 512ci V10 and upped the pricetag to $85,512. The 2012 COPO Camaro, starting at $89,000, has three engine options to choose from: a naturally aspirated 427ci V8, a 327ci V8 with a 2.9L supercharger, and a 327ci V8 with a 4.0L supercharger. All of the Big Three’s race cars are stripped-out versions of their former selves and are built to run in the NHRA. They are all sold race-ready and come complete with everything from roll cages to fuel cells in the trunk.

The 2012 COPO Camaro should be delivered to anxious customers sometime in the Summer of 2012, and, by the middle of the NHRA racing season, 69 lucky people should be taking on the Cobra Jet and the Drag Pak head to head. The new COPO Camaro will be the quickest Camaro Chevy has ever produced. This race car will re-ignite the legendary racing rivalry between Chevy, Ford, and Dodge that gearheads have followed for decades. Drivers, start your engines!

Hit the jump for a full list of COPO Camaro features.

Next to the standard Brivido , Italdesign-Giugiaro has also unveiled a racing version for the concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This concept was developed in cooperation with Martini Racing and was built as a competitor for the usual GT racing series.

The car is distinguished by the typical GT racing features: miniskirts, bumpers and bonnet redesigned so to enhance aerodynamics and two big spoilers granting stability. The front has also received a sharper nose full of splitters and of course that there has been installed another set of rims. And if you also add that cool white paint combined with blue-red racing stripes you obtain the perfect racing car. Too bad it won’t actually be raced, but for an exercise it looks very good.

Giugiaro said nothing about the powertrain of this racing car, but most likely it will be identical to the standard Brivido: a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 360 HP and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 12/03/12: The Italdesign Brivido Martini Racing was on-hand at the 2012 Essen Show showcasing its iconic color scheme. To coincide with the car gracing Essen, a batch of photos of the supercar has been added to the gallery! Check it out!

Koenigsegg is determined to take the supremacy out of Bugatti’s hands. After being officially unveiled back in 2011, the Agera R is entering the 2013 model year as a more powerful sports car with lots of improvements. Koenigsegg is put in a power improvement of 25 HP that will make the car capable of hitting a top speed of 273 mph. We’ll just have to wait for Koenigsegg to prove it.

The in-house developed 5.0-liter V8 with twin turbos now uses nano-surfaced cylinder sleeves, from ANS, for reduced friction and fuel consumption. As a result, the Agera R will develop a total of 1,140 HP up from 1,115 HP. The Agera R comes also equipped with an unique Triplex suspension and a new, lighter rear exhaust section.

Aside from the bump in performance, the Agera R also comes with the world’s first hollow, one piece, super light carbon fiber wheel, using a proprietary method developed by Koenigsegg named Aircore Technology.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R.

Italian coach builder, Bertone, rarely makes waves, but when they do, they have a propensity to just take your breath away. Incidentally, the last we heard from these guys was when they unveiled the Jaguar B99 Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Now, Bertone returns to Geneva with a new concept in tow, one that’s being called the "Concept Nuccio." Making things extra special this year is the fact that Bertone is celebrating their centennial anniversary, and to commemorate this huge milestone, they came to Geneva locked, stocked, and ready to rock.

The concept was named ’Nuccio’ in honor of Nuccio Bertone, the son of company patriarch Giovanni Bertone. It was designed as an evolution of the company’s "cab forward" that started with the 1967 Alfa Romeo Carabo , the 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero, and the 1973 Lamborghini Countach . The concept combines elements from the three concepts in an attempt to create a modern, sporty, and "extreme," fully functional sports car.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Bertone Concept Nuccio.

Hit the jump for more information on the Bertone Concept Nuccio.

As rumored for a few weeks now, Lotus has unveiled the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but we have to admit that we expected something a little more special about a car inspired by F1. The only special thing about this model is its exterior body which has been covered in carbon fiber.

The F1 Evora GTE F1 Special Edition features the Lotus F1 team’s colors and graphics, including a large Lotus insignia on the rear wing and gold finish alloy wheels. There is also a "10" logo on the vehicle to represent the number used by Kimi Räikkönen’s team mate, Romain Grosjean, this season. The carbon fiber finish to the body is highlighted by copper accents to emulate traditional F1 livery and that color scheme gets thrown on the interior with specially trimmed bucket seats with gold piping and exclusive Lotus F1 Team Special Edition appliqués.

The standard Evora GTE is powered by a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, making it the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. That engine seems to be good enough for Lotus because that is exactly what is powering their F1 Special Edition. Performance, however, should be better considering the vehicle has dropped 100kg/220 lbs.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with details on the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition. Lotus has also unveiled a series of new images for their Lotus Evora Lotus Evora GTE F1 Special Edition from the official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the picture gallery provided.


The Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Series II was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, right alongside the Phantom Sedan . Just like the sedan version, the coupe has also received a few cosmetic updates, as well as a series of engine updates to help improve fuel economy.

This is the first update the Phantom Coupe has received ever since its official launch back in 2007. The model has made such an impression on the market, Rolls Royce decided to keep the car’s essence and only make a few changes here and there. Exterior changes include a single piece grille surround, presenting a smoother, more contemporary front end that arch into sculpted front wings, the usual redesigned bumpers, and a new set of full LED headlights.

Powering this luxurious coupe is the same 6.75-liter V12 that produces 453 HP, however, fuel consumption has been improved by 10%.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Series II.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Series II.

A super secretive Gumpert model was headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and when the wraps came off, onlookers were made privy to the luscious, new Apollo R and a scintillating special edition, the Apollo Enraged. The Apollo Enraged not only succeeded in being kept a secret until only a day before Geneva, but it will also succeed at being one of the most exclusive (the sole Aventador J takes the cake on exclusivity) with only three units being produced of the super car.

The new Apollo Enraged is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 780 HP and a peak torque of 678 lb-ft. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in just 8.7 seconds. Take that, Mr. Exclusive Aventador J!

The car is a mixture of aluminum and carbon fiber with Vortex generators, a carbon rear wing, and carbon louvers for wheel ventilation. It also features an F1-style airbox, an air lift system, LED daytime running lights, and a new set of aluminum alloy wheels with center locking and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The interior receives a flag design embroidery on the seats and headrests, and a digital LCD instrument panel.

"Even though the Apollo Enraged is street legal, it nevertheless carries the racing sports genes of the Apollo R," is how Roland Gumpert describes the limited special edition. "Ok, so perhaps it is a bit crazy to take the most extreme, barely still street legal vehicle and make it even more extreme. But the idea behind the Enraged, just like the Apollo R itself, embodies our philosophy and our understanding of pure German speed with absolute consistency."

UPDATE 03/08/2012: Check out the new set of live images from the car’s official debut in Geneva!

For the first time in Lexus history, Lexus is offering the full 2013 RX model range with another variant: an F-Sport package. Sitting beside the new RX F-Sport in the Lexus stand at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the new RX 450h F-Sport, along with both of their standard models. As is typical of any vehicle carrying the stylish F-Sport package, the RX 450h F-Sport gets enhanced dynamics and sporting character to try and attract more buyers.

The new F-Sport package adds a new front bumper with a bigger lower section, an aerodynamic spoiler for improved high speed stability, and F-Sport upper and lower grilles to the hybrid SUV. It also comes standard with an exclusive set of 19" shaded alloy wheels and a front wing with F-Sport badging.

The interior gets black, smooth leather upholstery with white grey perforations and contrast stitching, steel silver painted trim inserts, and a black ceiling. For the performance upgrades, Lexus has added a lateral performance damper system, which is designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations. This system features a front performance damper connecting the left and right front suspension towers, and a rear damper connecting the left and right sides of the rear lower back panel.


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