Concorso d’Eleganza

Concorso d’Eleganza

  Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

The 1950s and 1960s gave us the most exquisite sports cars and race vehicles ever built. The Italians had Ferrari and Alfa Romeo , the British had Aston Martin and Jaguar , while the French had Gordini and Alpine. Be it grand tourers, lightweight coupes and lightning-fast barchettas, these companies built them all. They showcased them on the streets and on the tracks, drawing the utmost attention during an era in which beauty and speed blended perfectly.

All these cars have grown into rare collectibles that fetch dollars by the millions. Most of them cost more than a brand new Ferrari, while numerous classic Ferraris are pricier than a mansion with a Bugatti Veyron in its huge front yard. It says a lot about the way these cars were built back in the day and the exclusivity that came with most of them. As much as we hate it, those days are never coming back. However, thanks to a number of small ventures around Europe, we can still see classic-inspired automobiles being built in the 21st century.

One of those companies is Fratelli Frigerio. It was set up by brothers Leonardo and Vittorio Frigerio in Vidigulfo, Italy with one purpose in mind: build an authentic grand tourer using coachbuilding techniques and a design inspired from the greatest Italian automobiles ever created. The result is Barchetta SS, an Alfa Romeo-powered coupe that bears an astonishing resemblance to the almighty Ferrari 250 GTO. Although only a prototype as of August 2014, the Berlinetta SS is definitely a project you need to check out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fratelli Frigerio "Berlinetta SS".

Lamborghini and Zagato have a long history of working together, having collaborated on a handful of past one-off models, including the first Zagato Zagato -bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ. From it, a 50-year relationship was born and has culminated in the latest collaboration: the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.

Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 , considered as the best-selling Lamborghini in history, the 5-95 Zagato is essentially a new aesthetic look of the Gallardo LP570-4, designed by Zagato to evoke an instant classic look that shows the purest expression of Zagato’s unique coach-building skills. One look at it and you can immediately tell the noticeable differences between what a Gallardo looks like and what Zagato did to the 5-95.

Unfortunately, the supercar’s look is as far as the changes are concerned. Under its hood - and pretty much all mechanical functions - is still purely Lamborghini. What that means is you still get a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

It would’ve been nice to have seen a little performance bump but we’re not complaining on how the entire collaboration came about. That’s one nice looking Zagato-commissioned Lamborghini 5-95, if we do say so ourselves.

Updated 08/07/2014: Zagato produced its second Lamborghini 5-95 which is now ready to leave the Zagato facility in Milano on its way to meet her lucky collector. This second unit is painted in a cool pearl yellow paint. (Farhan AlBastaki)

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini 5-95 By Zagato.

Mini has always been one to adhere to the saying "thinking outside the box" and that was no more evident than its a recent collaboration with Italian design house Touring Superleggera to create an open-top, two-seater concept called the Superleggera Vision.

The concept made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 over the weekend, catching more than just the interest of those who attended the event.

It’s hard not to get caught up in the design of the Superleggera Vision because it’s been a while since Mini has a vehicle that looks as sporty and as athletic as this one. (Apologies to the current Mini Roadster , but you’re still a roofless Cooper at best).

But the Superleggera Vision is far from a disguised Cooper. Other than those headlights and the new grill on the new Cooper, this concept has its own retro-styled look and is as dynamic a Mini as there’s been in recent years.

Hopefully, this isn’t the last we see of the Mini Superleggera Vision. If we had our way, this would be in line for production in the next few years. But even if we don’t get to make that kind of decision, we’re confident that Mini will hear the public calls and consider it anyway.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Superleggera Vision.

Now this is a little embarrassing, wouldn’t you say?

The McLaren P1 was supposed to be the crown jewel of the British automaker; a testament to the ingenuity of the company and manifested in a finely chiseled package.

Well, that was the prevaling thought, at least until the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este when the McLaren P1 mysteriously conked out at the most inopportune of time.


In this video captured by Marchettino, you can see McLaren engineers frantically trying to get the P1 up and running. The exercise, unfortunately, proved to be futile and McLaren was left with little recourse but to tow up in a truck and presumably send it back to Woking.

You can even look a little closer and you might notice that a BMW engineer went in and helped push the car into the where it was going to get craned back inside a trailer.

Talk about getting egg splattered all over your face.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren P1

Every time we see Pininfarina make the news with a new concept it’s developing, we can’t help but get excited about what the Italian coachbuilder has in store for us.

Well, it looks like Pininfarina is preparing something; a concept, it appears, that will make its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este later this month.

The concept, which has been dubbed as the one-off Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe, was designed and collaborated with BMW and comes as a notable successor to the BMW Z4 Zagato Coupe that BMW and Zagato also introduced at last year’s event.

While the two companies said nothing about it, it has been rumored that the concept is in fact a preview version of a possible 8-Series luxury car. We’re jut hopping it will become reality!

Updated 05/31/2013: BMW and Pininfarina have released a video of Fabio Filippini and Karim Habib outlining the design process and showing how the two companies worked together to create a car that was both a Bimmer and a Pininfarina.

Updated 05/24/2013: BMW has unveiled the official details, images and specs on the new Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

Updated 05/7/2013: After revealing the official details on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé, BMW also unveiled a first video revealing some details on the concept’s design. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

Have we ever told you Marchettino is our favorite Youtube user? Yes, we know we did, but we are saying it once again! And if you don’t trust us just watch this pretty cool video he has filmed at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The start of the video: BMW i8 Concept .

The BMW i8 Concept is powered by a 220 HP turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine driving the rear axle combined with two electric motors driving the front wheels and that add another 139 HP. As a result the i8 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and will offer a fuel economy of 94 mpg. Top speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.

Impressive numbers for the i8, right? But it has been reported that the future of the hybrid supercar has been endangered. Lets hope not, though!

Last week, we let you in on BMW ’s newest creation, the Zagato Coupe , which is obviously based on the 2011 Z4 sDrive35is , sans the ragtop. At that time, we didn’t have any real engine news to give and the details are still pretty spotty at best. We have learned that the engine pumps out a rather impressive-for-its-size 400 horsepower, but that’s not even the most incredible part.

The most impressive part of this Zagato concept is not its power or stunning looks. What draws us in is its impressive sound. This beast does not sound like your typical, comfy BMW. It actually sounds like a purebred racecar just looking for a little asphalt to lay some vulcanized rubber upon. We can now share this sound with you, thanks to a video from Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este of this fantastic Bimmer rolling up to the red judging mat.

One thing that we were waiting for while watching the video was for the driver to get a little randy and accidentally put a little too much foot into it and spray gravel all over the photographers. Thankfully, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este hires only the most professional of folks to drive these display cars and no such thing happened. We are not too sure if we could have resisted the urge to put that 400-horsepower turbocharged beast and the agility of the trailing photographers to the test. And that is why we are not driving cars to the judging mat at these shows!

Enjoy the above video and keep your fingers crossed that BMW will actually release this awesome machine. The video starts a little slow with a series of gratuitous shots of the Zagato’s sexy exterior. You can skip to the 0:57-mark to get right to the piston-pounding action.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2012 is in the books and one automaker, which was surprisingly not BMW – the sponsor of the event – cleaned up house by taking home four awards, including the most prestigious award. The winner of three of the four awards is a 1933 6C 1750 GS, an ultra-rare specimen from Alfa Romeo . The main prize that this beauty won was the “Concorso d’Eleganza Best of Show” by vote of the jury, which is the top award. In addition to this top prize, the Alfa Romeo also took home the “Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este” and the “Tropheo BMW Group Italia” by public vote.

The 6C 1750 GS was part of a series of road and race cars that Alfa Romeo manufactured from 1929 through 1933. While all of the models have their own special place in automotive history, this 1933 6C 1750 GS is especially rare. This model was designed by Figoni coach builders and boasts a 1,752 cc in-line six-cylinder engine, which cranked out a then-impressive 102 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 126 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.

In addition to the 6C taking home three awards, Alfa Romeo took home yet another award. This prize was handed to the 4C , as it won the “Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes,” which is voted on by the public. This sleek and sexy sports car takes its styling cues from the 8C Competizione and boasts a 200-horsepower 1,750 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine. An official at the event was quoted “…the 4C represents the essence a of true sports soul in accordance with the brand’s values: performance, Italian style and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure in complete safety.” And we certainly agree with that interpretation.

In closing, we tip our hats to Alfa Romeo and impatiently await the release of the 4C’s debut in the U.S. in 2013.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

This year’s Concorso d’Eleganza brought together some of the most amazing models out there. No doubt that the most impressive ones were the new BMW Zagato Coupe or the Aston Martin Project AM 310 . But next to them people could admire supercars previously announced and equally impressive.

One of them was the Rimac Concept One - quite an unexpected presence near the Italian lakes.

Rimac Concept One is an impressive electric supercar built by Croatians and announced to be put into limited production: only 88 units will be produced, each unit coming with a price tag of €740,000 ($980,000 at the current rates).

Concept One features a unique powertrain which is divided into four sub-systems, each consisting of one motor and delivering an impressive 1,088 HP and 2,802 lb/ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph.

One more video after the jump.

During this past week-end at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin has displayed the new Project AM 310 - a preview version of the next generation DBS set to be unveiled in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

While Aston Martin is still not offering any official details on this new concept, numerous internet sources are suggesting that the AM 310 will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with output increased to 573 HP - an increase o 63 HP over the engine currently used in model likeV12 Vantage , DBS and DB9 .

Also, the new AM 310 will be featuring a lightweight construction and comes with a transaxle gearbox and wishbone suspension. The concept is also making intense use of carbon fiber elements, while it is easily to notice lots of design elements inspired by the One-77 supercar - a feature already confirmed for the next DBS.

All we can say is that sure the next DBS will be bolder and more aggressive and we can hardly wait to see it on the roads.

Hit the jump to watch the Aston Martin Project AM 310 in action at Villa d’Este.

UPDATE 06/04/12: Aston Martin has released a new teaser video of the Project AM310, calling it "The Art of Aston Martin". It’s got plenty of shots of thunder clouds, a Japanese samurai, a fighter pilot, and even a shark - but no sign of the Project AM310. Talk about the ultimate tease.

UPDATE 06/15/12: Even if Aston Martin has already unveiled the AM 310 Project at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, the company is continuing to tease the new supercar and also announced the new 310 will arrive soon.

UPDATE 02/19/13: Aston Martin’s Project AM310 is a saucy piece of ride. That’s why Aston Martin is taking the time to release a new promo video of the limited edition supercar, complete with emphasis on the car’s carbon fiber body, the chassis, and most importantly, the powerful V12 engine. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.

Source: GT Spirit

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