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Italy is home to many a supercar and the list is about to get longer with the introduction of yet another exotic. Italian coach builder, F&M by Mazzanti Cars, has released the first batch of teaser photos for their new supercar, called the Mugello.

If you’re scratching your head at the name "F&M," we’ll spare you the headache and tell you that they’ve been responsible for some pretty neat builds, including the Antas V8 and the Vulca V12.

Their latest work, the Mugello, will begin its build in January 2012 with the company only pegging about five units annually. At this point, F&M has not released any technical information surrounding the Mugello yet, so for now, we’ll have to settle for some educated guesses based on the teaser photos released.

It certainly doesn’t help that the teaser photos used the dark, silhouette effect to drum up attention. Having said that, the Mugello, which was designed by Luca Mazzanti and Zsolt Tarnok, looks to sport some serious LED lights action on the front and rear, as well as a central outlet that reminds us of the Lamborghini Aventador , a unique airscoop found on the roof, and a huge central exhaust that should give us a hint as to the type of performance the supercar will have.

That’s as much as we can tell for now. Keep it locked here, though, because when information becomes available, we’ll be the first to pass it along.

The Maserati GranTurismo S Limited Edition isn’t the only exclusive Maserati that has come out this week. Joining the sports car in the fold is this luxurious Maserati GranCabrio Sport Poltrona Frau.

We understand your curiosity about the Poltrona Frau name because we’ve never heard of it either until now. Turns out, Poltrona Frau is an Italian interior and furniture design and leather upholstery company that has had a partnership with Maserati since 2001. To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the two companies’ partnership, Poltrona Frau customized the GranCabrio Sport’s interior with a special leather treatment that touches on soft, luxurious comfort. As if the GranCabrio Sport needed any more luxurious touch-ups.

On top of the finely-dressed interior, the GranCabrio Sport also has a minor performance improvement from the standard version, courtesy of a faster and more fuel efficient MC Auto Shift transmission. As a result, the GranCabrio Sport’s 4.7-liter V8 engine now produces 450 horsepower, an increase of 10 ponies from the standard model. The result is 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph.

Italy has been celebrating the 150th anniversary of its unification all throughout 2011. In the past 11 months, a number of Italian automakers have paid homage to this special year, including Ferrari, which christened their 2011 Formula One race car as the "150° Italia" . Ferrari’s biggest rival, Lamborghini, also paid tribute to the occasion with the release of the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore . At the 2011 Bologna Motor Show, Maserati unveiled their celebratory vehicle in the form of the GranTurismo S Limited Edition.

The most unique feature of this special edition car is the Sebring Blue paint finish, but it also comes with certain carbon fiber elements to make it stand out. Elements such as the front and rear spoilers, the side mirrors, and the door handles highlight the blue finish, while polished aluminum calipers, side skirts, headlights, and a new set of 20" alloy wheels round out the exterior details of the special edition GranTurismo S .

As for the interior, Maserati added a carbon trim for the instrumentation, particularly on the center console and dashboard. Additionally, there’s also a tradition commemorative plaque that highlights its tribute to Italy’s 150th unification anniversary, complete with the official number of the model.

On the technical side, Maserati has yet to announce whether the GranTurismo S Limited Edition received performance modifications. Nevertheless, the sports car still carries a pretty impressive 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 440 horsepower, mated to an electro-actuated MC-Shift manual transmission. This setup is good enough to post a 0-62 mph time of just 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 183 mph.

Maserati will only be releasing 12 models of the GranTurismo S Limited Edition, which means that you’re going to have to strike early to score one.

The number of licensing agreements between watchmakers and automakers have grown rapidly in the past few years, so much so that the market is already inundated with plenty of choices.

That’s why this new collection from Officine Autodromo is very different. Not only is it a stand-alone company that specializes on auto-inspired timepieces, but it also has a new collection that offers plenty of choices for the auto-obsessed customer.

As the work of industrial designer Bradley Price, the Officine Autodromo launch collection will feature three models that are sure to pique the interest of customers. The first one is called the "Veloce," which means ’speed’ in Italian. Then there’s the "Brescia," which is actually a Northern Italian town that, incidentally, also serves as the start/finish line of the Mille Miglia rally. Finally, there’s the "Valelunga," which, if you know your auto racing, is the name of the race track just outside of Rome.

As you may have noticed by now, the three watches carry plenty of Italian racing heritage. More than just their names, the watches also feature retro-inspired Italian race car themes, as well as a 42-milimeter case that can be had in either brushed stainless steel or its PVD-coated counterpart, a Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement, and perforated black leather wrist straps mounted directly into the round case.

The price for any one of these Officine Autodromo watches is $425. They’re by no means cheap, but if you’re interested in something that not a lot of people have in their collection, these watches are as good a purchase as you can have.

Everyone’s favorite trio since the Three Stooges is back in the headlines after a few months of relative obscurity.

Yes, friends; Clarkson, Hammond, and May are coming back for the 18th season of Top Gear and one of the first segments that has been leaked out is a real doozy. The trio was recently spotted filming a segment for Top Gear in Rome, Italy with a trio of exotics that would make any car-loving individual turn green envy.

Check out the digs the boys have in their hands - a Lamborghini Aventador , a Noble M600, and a McLaren MP4-12C - and tell us that you don’t want to just to beat up these guys and run away with their supercars.

Thoughts of violence aside, we’re actually pretty happy to see these guys back in action. We don’t know what kind of gimmick they have for those three exotics, but considering their long and rather infamous history with the cars they drive on the show, anything short of memorable will be a disappointment.

While we await for the season to kick off at the break of 2012, we can sit down and enjoy this video of the three supercars being prepped for the three luckiest men on the planet.

Source: You Tube

Straight out of their new Opera reveal, Italian company Vygor is shooting from the hip yet again with a luxurious version of the same model. The Opera is a combination of an SUV and a GT - nope, not a typo - designed to be "aggressive and original," while the new model - called the Opera.2 - is supposed to be "elegant and exclusive." We’re glad that Vygor seemed to have gotten the memo on the improvements that needed to be made to their vehicle, but we expected more drastic changes than the ones provided.

The Vygor Opera and Opera.2 are built on a high-strength steel tubular chassis and powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Power outputs are dealt in three different stages: 300 HP and 280 lb-ft, 350 HP and 361 lb-ft, or 420 HP and 435 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic with sequential shifting and an adjustable Ohlins suspension. The vehicle sends power to all four wheels with a Torsen differential up front and an electronic limited slip differential in the rear. With this setup, the SUV/GT can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 160 mph.

So far, nothing has really changed from the original Opera, but the luxury comes in the interior. Vygor has added hand-crafted leather trim, has powered everything up, and added a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display. Vygor also states that their vehicle can be customized so that customers can create their own ’unique Opera.’

The original Vygor Opera is scheduled to be built in a limited run of 150 units, so we expect the Opera.2 will be built under the same guidelines. Prices will start from 140,000 Euro - or about $193,000 at the current exchange rates.

We’re still not convinced that the Opera is worth buying. We’d prefer a Porsche Cayenne or a BMW X5M , but that’s just us. Let us know if you agree.

There have been a number of new, impressive sports cars from the most anonymous manufacturers all over the world lately - vehicles such as the De Veno Arrinera prototype or the Rimac Concept One come to mind. Now, another random automaker is announcing a new sports car. Italian company, Vygor, has come out of the woodwork to announce that on October 10, 2011 at 10 am, they will be unveiling not only a new sports car, but a new luxury car as well.

Not much is known about the vehicle at the moment, but the company describes their new sports car as "an emotional car, like a wind-blow in the skin, like a thrill of sudden pleasure which takes your breath away...and unleashes emotions... the emotion to hear the thunder of the engine which is pure adrenalin, aggressive and biting as you have always dream but also mild as silk...the emotion of touching a panther...the emotion of taming the power..."

Creativity and marketing ploys aside, the company has only released a teaser image showing the front of the new sports car, compete with large air intakes and LED headlights. We’ll know more about Vygor’s new project as soon as it makes its official debut in October so stay tuned!

Source: Carsession

While the rest of us await the official unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Spider at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, a limited number of lucky customers and press agents were able to slide into a private event in Maranello where the drop top 458 Italia was seen live and in color. One of these lucky few was TeamSpeed’s moderator, GrayTT, who was kind enough to share the images with the rest of the world.

The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider is powered by the same 4.5-liter V8 engine from the hard-top version . With a total output of 570 HP at 9,000 rpm and 400 lb/ft of torque at 6,000 rpm, the wind-in-your-hair Ferrari will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 198 mph.

Starting September 9, 2011, Ferrari will be accepting orders for the new 458 Italia and, according to people in Maranello, this is "the drop top you will want."

Source: TeamSpeed

So this is one of those perks that comes with being an Aston Martin customer. We gotta say, the amount of money you shell out for any one of those British supercars sure comes with some pretty cool extra benefits like participating in the company’s very own "track day" at Monza.

Specially held for customers and a select number of enthusiasts, Aston Martin spared no expense in making the event as lavish and extravagant as it could possibly get. There were driving tutorials where participants could choose from a wide range of Aston Martin vehicles, including the DBS , the V8 Vantage S , the Virage , and the Rapide . Participants also got the chance to rub elbows with some of the folks from Aston Martin, all while enjoying what looked to be a delicious feast of Italian cuisine.

All in all, Aston Martin’s "track day" seemed like a perfect way to spend 24 hours of our lives. After all, if you can spend one day indulging yourselves in delicious food, good company, and free-to-drive supercars, then we’ll chalk that up as a day well spent.

Source: Aston Martin

Mazda is celebrating their entrance into the Guinness Book of World Records with the launch of the special edition Record Series MX-5 . This special edition will be offered in two versions: black (limited to only 120 units) and white (produced exclusively by the Italian branch of the house of Hiroshima).

The Black Record Series model will be powered by a 1.8-liter engine that delivers 126 HP and is paired with five-speed manual gearbox. It will be painted in Sparkling Black combined with a glossy finish for the wheels, chrome handles for the doors and frames, and silver and chrome-ringed fog lamps for the front grille. The interior will get light gray leather and will offer a radio with a CD player and MP3 player, Aux jack, six speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The White Record Series model will get a 2.0 liter engine with 160 HP, paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Its exterior will be painted in a Chrystal White Pearl color which contrasts with the black Recaro leather interior. This version will be focused on sport, so it will add a sport suspension and limited slip rear differential, while the inside offers a premium Bose audio system with 6 CD charger, seven speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity.


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