Vermot AG has announced that production of the Veritas RS III Roadster has commenced and that the first deliveries of the radical looking German super car will begin in January of 2010, but even more importantly, only a select few will be able to enjoy the 21st century retro race car. Priced $514,706 only 30 examples of the open air limited edition Veritas RSIII sports car will be constructed and eight of them have already been spoken for. That leaves just 22 more RS III’s left to be tucked away inside a few privileged customers collections.
Offering up a very unique 1+1 layout, the Veritas RS III is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0 Liter V10 power plant that makes a maximum output of 507 HP sourced from a BMW M5. Just like the production car, the exotic high revving ten cylinder engine can be mated to either a 7 speed SMG transmission or an optional 6 speed manual gearbox for those owners who are looking for a more visceral driving experience. Either way with a 0 to 60 MPH time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 216 MPH, it is unlikely that drivers will give a damn when pushing their modern day 1950’s BMW inspired sports car to the limit.
The specialty automaker Veritas has a rich racing history that dates back to the 1940’s. The original cars were tuned BMW’s, the first of which was used in 1947 by the Formula 1 racer, Karl Kling, for a win at Hockenheim. Kling would later go on to Mercedes Benz Silver Arrows fame and Veritas would go on to build very desirable sports cars. So when the post war automaker announced that the RS III supercar would make its world debut at London Motor Show, most speculators expected the new super car to carry a price tag of around $375,000.
It turns out that those estimates were a little conservative to say the least. Well Veritas has just announced that the RSIII will carry a price tag of €342,000; that’s approximately $485,000 here in the U.S. So it looks we will be waiting for the coupe or SUV to come out before the cost will allow us to get behind the wheel of one.
The car is a modern-day interpretation of the classic Veritas racing cars. Just like the original, the Veritas will be powered by a BMW engine, except that this is a modern 5.0 Liter V10 power plant sourced from an M5 and tuned to produce 600 HP. The silver speedster is a bit of a lightweight, tipping the scales at just 2,360 pounds, meaning that the RS III will have an excellent power to weight ratio. This will allow the super car to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 MPH.
For those less fortunate, Veritas will also offer a V8 powered version with a slightly lower top speed of 204 MPH and a few tenths slower to 60 MPH, cocking a time of 3.6 seconds.
After announcing the details about the 2010 Porsche Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet, the German automaker also announced the U.S. pricing for the next generation sports car: $132,800 for the coupe version and $143,800 for the convertible one.
The new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8 Liter engine that now delivers 500 HP. Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), a new expansion intake manifold first seen on the GT2 and Porsche’s exclusive turbocharger system with variable turbine geometry (VTG) lead the innovations.
The Sport Chrono Package Turbo allows the 2010 911 Turbo to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds when combined with the new, highly acclaimed PDK seven-speed transmission. Also included in the Sport Chrono Package Turbo is Porsche’s innovative dynamic engine mounts. Top track speed is 194 mph for both the Coupe and the Cabriolet models.
The new Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro V10 finally has an official price, $146,000 for the manual version and $155,100 for the R tronic equipped model. At the same time the German automaker also announced that the price for the 2010 Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro will remain unchanged at $114,200.
For the V10 equipped version, standard equipment includes: innovative full-LED headlights, new 19-inch Y-design forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in low profile summer performance tires, carbon fiber sideblades with larger air intakes, front grille with chrome-optic accents, unique rocker panel shaping, dual oval rear exhaust tips, “V10” front fender badges and instrument cluster labeling, unique front and rear sections along with a larger rear diffuser all finished in high-gloss black.
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The Mercedes SLS AMG will make its official debut this coming September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales to begin shortly after at a price of around $255,000.
The SLS AMG will be powered by a hand built 6.2 liter hand built AMG V8 engine that puts out a total of 571 HP, this is over 50 HP more than the AMG CL63, a high performance luxury model that shares the same engine design. The SLS will weigh in at just under 3575 pounds, meaning that every horse has to push around about 6.25 pounds of gull wing, this allows the super car to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 195 MPH.
Just like the McLaren SLR stole the hearts of the well to do from around the globe and became a must have item in every celebrity’s garage, when the modern gull wing goes on sale it to will become an instant classic. For a little more than a quarter of a million dollars, Mercedes Benz should have no problem moving as many of these SLS super cars as they can produce.
The Japanese luxury automaker Lexus will unveil the new LF-A super car this October at the Tokyo Motor Show and will start appearing in showrooms around the world shortly after. The first every Toyota designed super car will be limited to only 500 units, priced at around $400,000 each.
Lexus began working on the L-Finesse design language back in 2003 with the LF-X concept crossover. Since then, the 200 MPH LF-A has been taking shape at auto shows starting in 2005 and test mules have been spotted on real world racetracks since 2007, more recently the super Toyota has made its way into the virtual realm. Over the past two years, preproduction versions of the LF-A have been competing in endurance races at the Nürburgring.
When it finally arrives in showrooms, the production LF-A will be built around a carbon fiber tub and feature other high tech hardware like carbon ceramic brake rotors hidden away underneath a set of 20 inch wheels wrapped in high speed rubber. The production version will be powered by a 5.0 Liter V10 engine that will send 550 HP from the car’s nose to the rear wheels via a 6 speed semi-automatic transmission, geared so that Toyota’s future super car will be able to hit a top speed of over 218 MPH.
It takes a Japanese tuner to make a German luxury limousine look this good. This is Wald International’s take on the Merceds Benz S Class; they call it their Black Bison treatment. The body kit gives the Benz a much more aggressive appearance, what normally looks like an oversized boat has been transformed into a menacing machine with its fair share of vents and additional lighting.
The body kit consists of a redesigned front bumper spoiler, lower side skirts, a new rear bumper spoiler, a trunk spoiler, a roof spoiler and sports inspired ducts in the fenders. All made from lightweight fiberglass reinforced plastic. Finishing off the back end of the vehicle, Wald offers a high performance exhaust tuned for either the S350 or the S500. Wald offers a variety of wheels in all sorts of styles and sizes to complete the package.
The German tuners Gemballa have transformed a Porsche Cayenne into a true super SUV, the Tornado 750 GTS. The engine has been upgraded to 750 HP and the weight has been reduced by 250 kg thanks to a healthy diet of carbon fiber.
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History may remember the new Bugatti Veyron, being shown in North America for the first time at the LA Auto Show, as the one of the most powerful cars ever. With 16 cylinders, 64 valves and four turbochargers producing 987 hp, the Veyron is said to surpass 250 mph. A power gauge on the instrument panel tells the driver how much horsepower is being used. While it can’t use more than 987 horsepower it can hit 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Only 300 Veyrons will be built for about $1.2 million each.
UPDATE 06/01/2010: National Geographic has revealed a very cool documentary about the Bugatti Veyron supercar. There are four different episodes, each representing different moments in the building of the car. To take a look at all four episodes, click here.
UPDATE 04/17/2012: Bugatti has unveiled a new promo video for their Veyron 16.4. The video is of Top Gear’s very own Jeremy Clarkson as he discusses the supercar. Definitely a must see! Full story
Last week we reported that Carroll Shelby was working on a Shelby "R-Model" - a track-only GT 500 car to commemorate Jerry Titus’ 1965 SCCA championship in a GT 350. But it seems Shelby had another trick up its sleeve with the fifth-generation Mustang, because it revealed the STREET LEGAL Shelby Super Snake Don Prudhomme Edition.
Named after 60s top fuel racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Shelby drops a supercharger on the 5.4-liter V8 from the GT 500 to create a beast puts out 800 hp on 110 octane (race gas), or 750 hp on regular 93 octane. The Super Snake also includes a Kenne Belle modified air intake (that big ’ol ting sticking out of the hood), Borla side exhaust, five-point Impact racing harness, and a roll cage.
Shelby only plans to put out 100 of these Super Snake packages. Each goes for $100,000, not including the donor car, or about $150,000 for a complete package fresh from Shelby.
Full breakdown in the press release after the jump Full story