Mercedes Italy has revealed a new special edition model based on the Smart ForTwo Cabrio. It’s called the Brabus Le Bleue and will be limited to only 60 units on the Italian market only.
The first thing that will distinguish the special edition is a plain dark blue metallic paint and special alloy wheels Brabus Monoblock VII 6-twin-spoke 16-inch front and 17 "rear. On the interior, the model will add a soft beige color, with contrasting leather seats and door trim with blue stitching and the Brabus logo. The list of standard equipment includes: navigation system with integrated multi-media touch screen display, CD / DVD player, iPod interface, USB and Bluetooth hands-free.
Like with all the other Brabus models, the new SmartForTwo Cabrio Le Bleue is powered by the same 102 hp engine that accelerates the car from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 96 mph, with fuel consumption and emissions of 5.2 l/100 km and 119 g / km of CO2.
When unknown car brands start unveiling super cars at events such as the Top Marques Monaco, people take notice. When these same automakers unveil cars with questionable designs that leave more than one person with a bad taste in their mouth, then the pictures almost become viral. Tirritio Cars Italy have made their presence known at the 2011 Top Marques Monaco with an evolution of last year’s debut car, the Ayrton S. The new model is called the Ayrton R and will be a limited run vehicle, hand-built upon request for their exclusive clientele.
There aren’t many details on the super car as of yet, but the most important aspect has been revealed. The Ayrton R will be powered by the same BMW M5 sourced engine as the previous S version, delivering a total of 627 HP. This amount of power, mixed with the extensive use of carbon fiber, will sprint the 2,314 lbs supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds, while top speed will be over 205 mph. Killer specs, but a face only the creator could love.
Pricing for the Ayrton R has yet to be released, but expect nothing short of $500,000 when it is revealed.
Swedish automaker Volvo has never been one to promote performance over style. Actually, they have never been one for flashiness either. What the company takes seriously, though, is automotive safety. On this end, few can question their standing as one of the world’s safest cars.
But every so often, Volvo goes a different route - ’naughty’, as they once called it. This time, though, they’ve decided to give one of their models - the C30 - a more up-scale treatment.
Called the "Black Design" edition, this limited run C30 only has 600 units and is only available in Italy. It’s got enough exterior upgrades to drive up the car’s overall design, which if we’re honest, is actually one of the nicer ones in its class.
But before people start drooling over what appears to be plenty of carbon fiber used on the Black Design, you guys need to know that the material isn’t exactly carbon fiber.
What is it? Well, head over after the jump and find out.
First of all, happy-150th-anniversary-of-your-unification Italy!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s now time to see just how Italy’s automakers decided to celebrate the country’s 150th year anniversary of its unification starting with Fiat’s release of the special edition Punto 150°.
It’s not the most fashionable car in the company’s portfolio, but you have to give credit for the thought that went behind dressing up the Punto to commemorate Italy’s very special anniversary. There are a number of aesthetic additions to the Punto’s exterior to go with a choice of three Euro 5 engines.
Unfortunately, this limited run Punto will only be sold exclusively to the Italian market beginning sometime in April 2011. That means that people who may have had interest in the car will have a hard time getting one unless they either import one of these - too much trouble - or they move to Italy.
But if you can’t do either, there’s no harm in appreciating the car from these pages, even if you won’t get to see it up close and personal.
Who said the automotive world stops when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors?
For one, Japanese automaker Suzuki doesn’t seem to think so. While a lot of its contemporaries will be heading to Geneva in full force with their latest automotive offerings – to be fair, the company’s going to be there too – Suzuki will be pulling the covers off of a limited edition Swift that will be exclusively sold in Italy.
The model, which is being called the Swift Samurai Design, was on full display in a number of dealerships in Italy on February 27th and 28th, 2011. The Swift Samurai Design will be based on the ‘Style’ trim level of the five-door Swift and will come with a number of special details to go along with whole ‘Samurai Design’ theme. For starters, the car will be painted with a ‘Red Passion’ exterior finish with the roof and the side mirrors sporting the old Imperial Flag of Japan. Then there’s the matter of the tinted windows, the black pillars, and the custom logos found on each side of the car. Unfortunately, the car will only be limited to these aesthetic designs and will not come with any mechanical or performance upgrades. What that means is that the car will be sporting the same 1.2-liter Dual VVT engine that produces 94 horsepower.
Lamborghini isn’t the only automaker celebrating Italy’s 150th anniversary of its unification, BMW will also be joining in on the fun with a special edition 5-Series GT. This special edition was developed in cooperation with the Fashion House Trussardi and features bespoke styling cues. The BMW 5-Series GT by Trussardi will be a custom order build.
The BMW 5-Series GT by Trussardi takes its design inspiration from the world of leather and gloves, which is where the history of Trussardi originated. This inspiration lead to "Heraldic Brown" exterior paint combined with a special Glove Beige interior color with contrasting stitching that produces a ribbed pattern inspired by historical archive Trussardi gloves. The exterior comes with three layers of paint that gradually change color depending on its exposure to light. The brown paint is combined with matte dark gray accents found on the strip of the front air intake, as well as other trim parts. The exterior is completed by 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped around 245/40 and 275/35 tires. The interior of the celebratory 5-Series will feature embossed Trussardi logos on the headrests and the center tunnel.
The 5-Series GT by Trussardi is based on the 530d xDrive, but the package will also be available for the 535d, 535i, and 550i models. Pricing for this special edition will be announced at a later date.
Just in case you’ve forgotten about this 800-horsepower blue devil, You Tube’s Marchettino has gone ahead and released a video of the incomparable Gumpert Apollo doing what it does best in its natural habitat: hitting up the Monza circuit in Italy for a couple of flying laps.
According to Marchettino, this particular Apollo is the only one of its kind in Italy, a bit surprising considering that the country is well known for having some of the fastest and most powerful machines on the planet. Be that as it may, watching the Apollo run roughshod over Monza reminded us just how fast and powerful this German wonder car really is.
Be advised that the ‘standard’ – looser words have never been spoken - Gumpert Apollo is powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 650 horsepower with the Sport trim checking out at 700 horsepower.
This particular model, though, has been modified to produce a staggering 800 horsepower and as the video clearly shows you, all that power coming out from the Apollo is definitely a sight to behold.
There’s no shortage of sports cars coming out of Lo Stivale (The Boot), but that doesn’t mean that this new Milanese artisan manufacturer isn’t going to follow its dreams of building a sophisticated, custom-built sports car for the world to see - and hopefully buy. Juliani Automobili, a recently launched Italian maker, has revealed the first details on their first ever sports car: the Veela. This model was built with the amount of passion it takes to take on Italian foes such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bugatti, and that passion is clearly illustrated in the look of the Veela.
Built on a space-frame chassis, the Veela is powered by a 6.2L V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This combination delivers a total of 520hp at 6300 rpm, which isn’t too shabby considering the company’s short time in business. But is it enough to challenge the Italian sports car veterans? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see them try.
Hit the jump to read more about the Juliani Veela.
DR Motors isn’t exactly well-known considering they were just founded in 2006 and currently only have two SUVs (DR3 and DR5) and one city car (DR1) under their belt, but their name may just start to be uttered more frequently with a new and faster addition to their lineup. DR boss, Massimo Di Risio, recently attended the Bologna Motor Show with an announcement of a future super car: the DR Sprint. Sound odd considering there isn’t even a sports car in their lineup? Well, yes, but Di Risio’s ties with Saleen may have a little to do with this.
The DR Sprint will be a rear-engined model - not front-engined as previously rumored - and will put out an impressive 750hp. These facts, along with the sketch provided that ends a nod over to the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, lead us to believe that Di Risio may have etched this plan straight from the American supercar. Add the fact that Di Risio serves as the official importer for the S7 in Italy and we have ourselves a solid hypothesis. Either way, the DR Sprint looks aggressive and sporty; two key factors needed for a successful model. 750 rushing ponies doesn’t hurt either.
The new DR Sprint will make its official debut at the Top Marques Monaco, the prestigious motoring event dedicated to luxury cars, scheduled for April 14th-17th, 2011. We’ll bring more details for the DR Sprint at that time.
There’s nothing like a good ten-minute video of one of our favorite supercars doing some laps around Monza to kick-off the new year on a rev-piercing note.
Courtesy of Marchettino, this video features a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 running around in it’s natural habitat: a race track free of speed limits, traffic lights, and radar guns. Free from everything that could inhibit its glorious power, the Murcielago lets loose around the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy, showcasing that ear-splitting power like only a Murcielago can. The sound that comes out of the pouncing Lamborghini supercar is music to our ears, one that we highly suggest you give a listen to as well.
We’re not going to see a whole lot more of these babies considering that Lamborghini has officially discontinued the model with a successor – the Aventador LP700-4 – already in the works. So consider this a swan song for one of our favorite supercar models of all time. It’s a good ten minutes with the Murcielago LP640 to kick-off 2011.