Who would have imagined that such a car would come from such a non-car place. Denmark might be a fantastic country to live in, with its low crime rates and very uncorrupt government, but nobody could have dreamed of them making a supercar, let alone a machine with 1104 horsepower.
That power number puts the new Zenvo ST1 in the same ranks as the Bugatti Veyron and the Koenigsegg CCXR. Amazingly, many have still not heard of this brilliant machine. The concept has been around for a decade and it finally got the green light for production in 2005. In those five years, not many news stories have been published around the ST1. Somebody needs to hire a new marketing team.
Creating that massive amount of power is a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 that will put out 103 more horsepower than the Veyron and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. The top speed is limited to 233 miles per hour and it’ll hit 60mph in just three seconds. Only fifteen ST1 examples will be made for the wealthy people that can afford to pay the $1.125 million price tag.
UPDATE 10/20/2010: This article has been updated with the US bound ST1.
With the real World Cup far behind us, we thought we would host our own world challenge, minus the annoying horns. Okay, yes, the cars do have horns in them, but none of them could be worse than those vuvuzelas.
We took four cars from four different countries in a serious attempt to see which country produced the best performance machine, and to give some self esteem back to the countries that were knocked out of the football tournament. We gave it our all to get four vehicles that were similar in mostly every way. Performance, power, styling, driving dynamics, and build quality inside and out were all examined with a fine tooth comb.
So, it was off to the car dealers to grab our wheels for the test. From the good old United States we have the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, America’s most powerful and most ostentatious sports car. From the fatherland, we have the classic Porsche 911, but this one has a turbo up its backside. From the land of the rising sun, we have the technical wonder, the Nissan GTR. Finally, from our home land, the United Kingdom, we have James Bond’s preferred choice, the Aston Martin DBS.
The world’s quintessential high performance machine has and probably will be for some time the Bugatti Veyron. When it was first thought up by the engineers at Volkswagen, we thought they were mad. A car with 1,000 horsepower and a super high top speed of over 250 miles per hour? Yeah right, go work on the new Golf and quiet down.
In a true foot in mouth moment, Bugatti and its crack team of geniuses have produced a car with rocket ship power and a top speed that is simply hard to imagine. The Veyron has always been a car that we have admired and, given the chance, it would be hard to turn down a go in one.
With the success of the Veyron, Bugatti looked to capitalize on their success. They created many different variations of the car with different colors and trims and all sorts of stuff to keep the rich entertained.
Now, Bugatti has gotten bored. They have created a car that has so much power that it’s hard to up it and make it faster and better performing. So, they decided to design new limited production machines for the super rich and, during that time of interior and exterior design modifications, they actually made the car faster with the latest version, the Supersports.
With so many different models, it can be hard to keep them straight. We have assembled a list of every model made to try and simplify things a bit. Most models use the same W16 motor unless otherwise stated.
Take a step back from the SLS AMG and take a look at the old SLR McLaren. It was more of a cruiser than an all-out performance vehicle, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Pretty good, as it turned out, wasn’t good enough.
Mercedes and McLaren took the SLR back to the garage and put their engineers to work and out popped the SLR 722. Taking a fast car and making it faster is the German way and they are at it again with their latest model. Unlike before though, the new SLS AMG GT3 isn’t road legal. This thing is a pure adrenaline pumping race machine.
We liked the basic SLS more than most performance vehicles on the market, including the Lexus LFA, so we should like this new version even more. Sadly, we have no idea how it drives because we aren’t racing drivers, even though we like to think we are sometimes. That’s not going to stop us though, as we take a look at the SLS GT3 and the LFA.
Japan and Germany have always been completely different in the automotive world. Actually, besides World War II, they are usually opposites on most things. One is a conservative nation that can be a bit boring, while the other is a nation of electronics, weird game shows, and amazing, yet crazy food.
The German automotive industry is one the best in the world. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen and the many others have been making some of the best cars on the market. They are safe, reliable, and perfectly engineered. Nothing says quality like a German luxury car brand.
Japan on the other hand, tends to be less wild than their culture. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru aren’t perfectly engineered machines, but they are as reliable as the wind. There prices are cheaper and appeal to a greater mass of people than the Germans do.
Both of these automotive nations aren’t what you would call, supercar manufacturers. We usually look to the Italians for that sort of thing, but that hasn’t stopped these two from trying. Honda created the NSX, which flopped and Mercedes gave us the great SLR McLaren, but that didn’t sell well either.
Now, Mercedes has decided to give it another go and Toyota has decided to follow suit. One has gullwing doors and a design from the 1950s. Of course, we are talking about the Mercedes SLS AMG. On the other side, we have the Lexus LFA, a car packed with so much technology it can shatter a wine glass.
So, which is the better buy? Hit the jump to find out.
Next month Porsche will bring the production version of the 918 Spyder unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. However until we’ve seen the final thing we will continue to speculate. Today’s rumors are that the next supercar will be priced at 500,000 euros ($630,000). That’s $190k more than the Carrera GT which is priced at $440,000.
According to a Porsche insider there are more than 2000 clients interested in the future hybrid car. It will feature a 500-HP V8 engine and an electric drive-systems that will allow the vehicle to run up to 25 kilometers on electric power. It will be capable of hitting a top speed of 199 mph. All this while emitting no more than 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer on fuel consumption and with a fuel consumption of of three liters per 100 kilometers.
"The Spyder will become Porsche’s new supercar showpiece project," said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch- Gladbach, Germany. "It unites Porsche’s high-performance engineering with intelligent drive technology."
The British have a certain man working on their side to make sure the world stays baddie free. Sure, he is a made-up character by Ian Fleming, but what does that matter? He loves vodka martinis, women, and watches, but most of all, he loves his Aston Martins. If you haven’t guessed his name by now you have been under a rock for quite some time.
James Bond, played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Daniel Craig, and a few others, has a certain sophistication that makes him who he is. Bond might not be the fastest, the quickest, or the best, but that’s not why we love him. Aston Martins are the same way. They can be out dueled by a Ferrari and out cornered by a Lamborghini, but we don’t love them any less because of that.
Astons aren’t about breakneck speed or snap your spine cornering. They aren’t about flashy looks or massive rear exhausts, in fact, they are quiet and conservative compared to their Italian counterparts and you know what? We love them for it.
Some car magazines have all the fun. Chris Harris at EVO had a chance to test Ferrari’s new supercar, the 599 GTO. The GTO is the bigger and angrier brother of the 599 GTB. The car is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 that comes from the same mill as the Enzo. Amazingly, the 599 GTO is actually faster than the Enzo and the chassis is 430 pounds lighter than the base 599 GTB, allowing the car to hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.35 seconds with a top speed of 208 miles per hour.
Considering the cost of the 599 GTO, around $430,000, we will most likely never get a chance to take one of these for a drive. That is a real shame, as 661 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque sounds like a really good time.
Numbers are one thing, but the noise of that Ferrari V12 is just sensational. Harris was lucky enough to go for a drive in the new 599 GTO around the Italian countryside. Life doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks to Harris and EVO for allowing us to hear and see that beautiful new creation from Ferrari.
How does a new Ferrari launch every year sound? It sure does sound good to us and it seems that Ferrari feels the same way.
When a Ferrari turns four years old, an M or modificato model will replace the original, with revised design, powertrain, and chassis improvements. An all-new model comes four years after that. With a total of four models in the Ferrari range, one all-new or M model will be launched every year. On top of that we will be getting a few Scuderia and Spyder models, as well as an Enzo-type vehicle once every decade.
Ferrari believes that they will keep the four-model range for years to come, with two GT models and two high performance models. The Italian automaker intends to widen the gap between the two types in the future.
The first new model will be the 612 Scaglietti replacement, codenamed F151, which will be due out in 2011. It will be a cheaper and more practical car than the current 612. The F151 will cost around the same amount as the 599GTB, with an aluminum body and engine in the front, but it will also get more interior and cargo space.
Straighten out your bank accounts, fellas. Lexus has officially announced the US pricing for the LF-A supercar.
The magic number to bring home one of the most eagerly-anticipated supercars in recent memory is $375,000, and if you have that kind of money to spare for an LF-A, you also avail for yourself the privilege of choosing between 3 different configurations, 30 exterior colors, six brake caliper colors, and 12 interior colors.
The Lexus LFA is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine that generates 552 hp at 8,700 rpm and 354 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 6,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a unique six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) with paddle shifters that enables ultra-quick gear shifts (0.2 seconds) with four driving modes – AUTO, SPORT, NORMAL and WET for exceptional versatility.
The supercar accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 202 mph. Production is set to begin in December of this year so that should give all of you ample time to ring up your piggy banks and save as much money as you can because chances are, when you do buy an LF-A, you’re going to need as much of what’s left in your account for, you know, the rest of your life.