Looking for a good read about futuristic automobiles and gorgeous women, Playboy has your fix. In the July issue of the long running men’s magazine, reporter Ken Gross will be looking at six new cars that will be coming to showrooms near you. Of course, readers can just get the information for the vehicles here, but then what would be your excuse to buy the magazine? Our recommendation? Get your car fix here and then pretend to read the article when you buy the July issue of Playboy.
The first car on the list is the new Porsche 918 Spyder. This car is a serious case of have your cake and eat it too. It has the appearance of the old Carrera GT, which isn’t really a bad thing from a company that created the horror that is the Cayenne. The 918 will be able to reach 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds thanks to its 500 horsepower V8 and a pair of electric motors. The amazing thing is this car’s gas mileage. Porsche claims that this car can get 78 miles per gallon with just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Stunning.
Supercars like the super-duper rare - only 10 were made, in case you didn’t know - Stile Bertone Mantide belong in the streets where they can flex their muscles and show off their unbelievable Corvette ZR1-based power. Where they don’t belong is on the back of a tow truck, which is exactly where this Mantide was spotted while on transit in Dubai.
Oddly enough, the Mantide was still sporting Massachusetts plates, which probably means that this is the very same Mantide that was sold for a bank-account torpedoing $1.95 million. Either way, we’re just hoping that the next time we catch this car on the road, it’s going to be while it zooms past just about every other car out on the highway.
Yes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and while most don’t live up to the expectations of the original, there are those that come close. Bertone’s Alfa Romeo Carabo is one car that has spawned a lot of imitations over the years, but few have come within a mile of living up to the original creation.
Now, some guy, with the help of none other than Chip Foose’s father, Sam Foose, was able to piece together something that resembles the original Carabo without bastardizing the Bertone work of art. This was done only after his attempts of buying the original Bertone were shut down by the design house. The replica is built on a De Tomaso Pantera platform and comes with a 351 Cleveland V8 that’s hooked to a 5-speed transmission. According to the man selling this ride, the car is "too fast to handle" and it has neither a radio nor any semblance of air-conditioning - unless you consider rolling down the windows and letting the wind come in air-conditioning. Combine these facts and you get a car that looks about as intimidating as it is challenging to drive.
Seeing as the original Carabo was said to cost around $200,000 back in 1972, we don’t know how much the seller is willing to accept as a purchase price. He did say that if anyone’s interested they should give him a call at 561-676-5723.
Anytime you find yourself visiting Dubai, you should always remind yourself to bring your camera when you go out on the streets. There’s no telling what kind of exotic cars you’ll find out there.
Take this one for example, which was spotted by a member of Supercarsdubai.com. If you’re not familiar with this car, it’s a Bertone Mantide. Yup, all £1.2 million ($1.9 million) worth of it. Of the ten Mantide’s that have been made, this one that was spotted in Dubai is car no. 2 which was purchased by a Dubai resident back in December .
If you didn’t know, the Bertone Mantide is essentially a high-powered Corvette ZR1 underneath all that fancy exterior design, which was penned by no less than design savant, Jason Castriota and explains, at the very least, why the supercar comes with such an exorbitant price tag.
When the Italian design house Bertone revealed their shapely $2 Million Mantide back in April, they announced that production of their very special super car would be limited to only 10 units, and two have already been snatched up by some high performance enthusiasts with some pretty deep pockets. The Bertone Mantide is basically a re bodied Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 with a much lighter and more streamlined body that sheds over 200 pound from the Mantide’s curb weight allowing the car’s LS9 power plant that makes a total of 638 HP to rocket the Italian muscle car from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 MPH, about 12 MPH faster than the ZR-1 super Corvette. The second Mantide was just purchased by a Dubai resident with a slight discount bringing the purchase price to just $1.9 Million.
The Italian auto conglomerate, which has made news recently for purchasing car brands left and right, has been given approval by the Italian government to purchase the fledgling Italian coachbuilders for $215.9 million, which will be invested in a span of three years.
While Fiat was in hot pursuit of Bertone, it did face some stiff competition from a number of other companies that made similar bids to acquire Bertone . These included Italian entrepreneurs Gianmario, Rossignolo, Domenico Reviglio, the Chinese-based FAW Group Corp. and a Spanish consortium that appears to have kept its name under wraps.
Fiat’s offer to buy Bertone isn’t the first time that company has tried to purchase the coachmakers. Fiat first began negotiations to buy stakes in Bertone in 2006 but as it turned out, talks between the two stalled and ended up being scrapped a few months later.
The latest unique coach-built creation was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Bertone Mantide based on the underpinnings of a Corvette ZR1, designed by the same guy that envisioned the Ferrari P4/5 when he was at Pininfarina. The Mantide will be limited to only 10 units, and a hefty price tag of $2 Million.
According to Jason Castriota, that guy from the Ferrari, and design director for project M: "The project has an anonymous benefactor, but it is in fact for sale either as a singular example, or with the possibility of building an extremely limited series. Though we would not rule out producing as many as 10."
Bertone, the studio responsible for the wild design has already lined up a few potential clients from Asia, Europe and America.
Bertone is the styling house for some of the great automotive classics: Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Fiat Dino, Iso Grifo, Citroen XM, and many others. But it hasn’t had a hit in a while. If it wasn’t for the Bat 11 concept car, the styling house may have shut its doors forever. Now, the firm may produce a handful of cars from the design due to the popularity.
Creditors nearly turned the lights off on Bertone last winter. The design business was solvent, but a subsidiary that assembled cars for automakers hemorrhaged money, threatening to take the whole company down with it.
Told to stop work on the BAT 11 to save money, a handful of designers defied orders, finished the car and sneaked it to a brief appearance before the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland in March. The car was a hit, generating positive headlines for a company that had been mired in a soap opera of family intrigue and financial woe.
Bertone is currently rebuilding, and the BAT 11 is the reason for the rebirth. The company is hoping to build 25 to 50 running versions of the graceful coupe. It’s part of a plan to produce very small runs of historic designs from the company’s past and present. They will be hand-built it and will be produce only if they will be sold before production begins.
Indians seem to have big plans with the European automakers. After Tata showed its interest in Jaguar and Land Rover another Indian manufacturer is interested in purchasing Bertone, the famous Italian coachbuilder and design house.
Mahindra, an important Indian automaker showed its interest in buying Bertone after another design house, Giugiaro, announced that is interested about the Italian manufacturer. Although the Italian producer was not present at the Geneva Auto Show due to its financial problems, it is unlikely to see the famous design house being declared bankrupt.
Bertone will unveil the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 11 concept car March 4 at the Geneva auto show. Or at least this is what Stile Bertone told Automotive News Europe, because in a press release from Stile Bertone Chairman Lilli Bertone, Marie-Jeanne’s mother she said the styling division of the Bertone group would skip the show " because we are currently undergoing a deep industrial restructuring." So, who will we believe?
The concept car that is struggling to debut in Geneva is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione high-performance coupe. B.A.T. stands for Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica or aerodynamic technical Berlinetta in English.
The B.A.T. 11 is just a styling model, with no interior.