Supercars / Exotic cars

Supercars / Exotic cars

  A Supercar is a sports car, typically an exotic or rare one, whose performance is highly superlative to its contemporary sports cars. They are pure bestial look and performance. Even if you never own one of these they will change the way you feel about cars just by looking at them.

What’s the going rate for a Ferrari LaFerrari these days? Turns out, it’s more than the £1.2 million (a little over $2 million) price tag Ferrari attached to it. A lot more.

Oracle Finance managing director Peter Brook revealed to Motoring Research that interested buyers of the LaFerrari are prepared to pay more than £1 million more than its original price tag. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1.6 million based on the exchange rates on 8/13/2014, which is a little north of the $1.3 million price tag of a Bugatti Veyron . Basically, these buyers are prepared to spend as much as £2.2 million, or about $3.3 million to get a piece of the 499 LaFerraris in existence today.

Brook revealed the incredible details in an analysis of the supercar market, highlighting the prevailing thought that demand for the LaFerrari has become so rabid that eager buyers are more than willing to spend close to double the amount Ferrari is asking for it.

“It’s a buying frenzy out there at the moment for Ferraris and nothing demonstrates that like the million-pound premiums we’re seeing for the LaFerrari,” Brook said. It paints a shocking figure one when a guy like Brook is even stunned at the premium buyers are prepared to pay just to get their hands on a LaFerrari.

Fortunately for the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder , demand for these two exotics is also high enough that both are attracting impressive premium numbers.

Oracle Finance says that the P1 has a premium of £300,000 ($500,856), while the 918 Spyder has a premium of £200,000 ($333,904). Still, those amounts are chump change compared to the staggering £1.2 million premium on the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.

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If you aren’t familiar, Chris Harris is one of the better journalists out there. He’s made a name for himself by getting into arguments with Ferrari — and more importantly — destroying tires (or tyres since he’s English). The one thing that’s always great about a Chris Harris video review, is how well he can diagnose a car. He’s been in the game a long time and has driven everything from ancient, decrepit Citroen 2CV’s to hypercars like the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari . This makes him very diverse, and able to enjoy many different types of car, he doesn’t limit himself to old muscle cars with manual gearboxes or modern high-tech sports cars with all the newest of gadgets. He simply enjoys cars for what they are, he’s a proper gearhead (or petrolhead because again...English). So when he put out this video driving the i8, I payed attention.

The i8 is a technological powerhouse, using technologies and techniques not available on anything in its price range. It has a mid-mounted, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine, making 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 129-horsepower electric motor to make a combined power out put of 362 ponies. The benefit of electric power is the instantaneous torque, and when combined with the turbo three-banger, the i8 produces a whopping 420 pound-feet of it. All this is sent through a variation of the six-speed auto in the new Mini Cooper (the engine is also carried over from the Mini), and delivered to all four wheels.

The chassis of the i8 is a monocoque tub made from CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic), so it’s incredibly light for a hybrid with big heavy batteries. The i8 weighs only 3,378 pounds. This makes it heavier than both the Corvette Stingray (3,298 pounds) and the Porsche 911 Carrera (3,042 pounds), but since the chassis is made out of CFRP and the batteries are laid out down the spine of the car, it feels much lighter and more nimble than it’s weight would suggest. This is also aided by the fact that it has that 420 pound-feet of torque from almost the second you touch the accelerator. In the video Chris explains how it doesn’t feel as pure and organic as a 911 but it’s close, and with all of the new technologies, it brings new exciting elements to the table.

Then there’s the look of the thing. To these eyes it’s the most interesting looking car on the road today, if not the most beautiful. This gives the Jag F-Type a run for it’s money. It’s not beautiful in the classic sense, but it is stunning in a modern art sort of way. It looks like the future, and it sort of is. Sports cars need to become fuel efficient nowadays and the new i Division cars are paving the way for that green future. I’m not a fan of electric cars but this one has me intrigued and it intrigues Chris as well. Real gearheads can appreciate when something is new and innovative, when it pushes the ball forward, and that’s exactly what you see here in the i8 and exactly what Chris talks about while driving it. Watch the video, it won’t disappoint.

Bugatti stunned the entire world in 2005 by releasing the Veyron , its first production vehicle in 10 years. At first it was powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine rated at 987 horsepower, which was later uprated to deliver 1,183 ponies. It is mostly know for being the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a record sitting at 267.856 mph. Its roadster version, the Grand Sport Vitesse , holds the same benchmark for the world’s fastest open-top with a top speed of 254.04 mph. Set to go out of production sometime in 2015, the Veyron is bidding the supercar market farewell through a series of "Les Legendes de Bugatti" special-edition models. The final version of the series — in all the series includes six special editions — pays tribute to Bugatti founder and designer Ettore Bugatti and Bugatti unveiled it just ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance .

As with most "Legends" Veyrons, it pays tribute to a very special person and an iconic Bugatti model from the company’s glorious past. This time around the French selected the Type 41 Royale , a 21-foot-long luxury car built in only six units between 1927 and 1933. Needless to say, this is a great way to send the current Veyron into the history books, while an even more impressive successor is being developed.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Bugatti Veyron "Ettore Bugatti".

Back in 2005, Bugatti launched the Veyron , a supercar that would end up becoming one of the most important cars of this generation. It’s already 2014 and 405 of the 450 Veyrons Bugatti planned to produce already have owners. That leaves 45 more Veyrons that are still in production. Of that 45, there are 30 current Veyrons that are already accounted for. That leaves 15 Veyrons that still don’t have an owner. Yes, we’re down to the last 15 models of the most iconic supercar of this era. Once all 15 find owners, Bugatti will no longer build the Veyron.

In some ways, it’s pretty sad knowing that we can’t look forward to more of those exclusive one-off Veyrons that Bugatti releases at the most inexplicable of times. On the other hand, it also feels like the right time to say farewell to the supercar.

It’s had a tremendous run over the past nine years, highlighted by numerous record-setting achievements as the fastest production car in the world. Bugatti is also responsible for some incredibly rare Veyrons that includes the recently launched Legends series.

But all good things really do come to an end, and the Veyron isn’t an exception to that. So with 15 models left before it rides of into the sunset, here’s a toast to celebrate the legendary life of one of the most iconic modern-day supercars.

Godpseed, Bugatti Veyron. Thanks for the memories.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron.

Source: AutoCar

With less than 50 units still available as of 8/6/2014, the first-generation Bugatti Veyron is quickly nearing its market exit, and the luxury supercar manufacturer is obviously up to something. The Volkswagen -owned company has yet to reveal a timetable for a direct successor or any other details — although Bugatti CEO did say the next Veyron will be more powerful — but reports claim that the new hypercar appears to be set for a 2017 release.

And with a pair of strange-looking, current-generation Veyrons spotted on the Nurburgring track, we have every reason to believe that Bugatti is indeed working on something new, be it a brand new iteration or yet another special edition.

Anyway, our skilled photographers sent us a batch of photos depicting two Veyron mules being tested on the German track and a few details that hint toward the fact that we’re not dealing with regular versions of the said supercars . While the white mule, which we’ve already seen on video , carries a strange aluminum setup atop its engine, the black test vehicle features more extensive modification.

According to our spies, the latter sports wider fenders and a wider track, while rolling on a new set of wheels that look like they’re made out of carbon fiber. Also, an extra hole in the rear bumper reveals there’s a new radiator in place to help cool the huge engine hidden under the hood.

Little else is known about the next Veyron as of 8/6/2014, but more power, less weight and hybrid technology are the main characteristics behind Bugatti’s future multimillion dollar exotic.

Updated 08/06/2014: According to the British magazine Autocar, the future Veyron successor will be powered by a heavily updated, turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine combined with hybrid technology for a total output of 1,479 horsepower. This will allow the supercar to hit a top speed of 286 mph. The car is already in the initial conceptual engineering tests and will be unveiled in 2016. Deliveries will begin in 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Successor.

McLaren Special Operations, McLaren’s bespoke division, was first launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. Since that time, MSO has been responsible for a handful of unique creations, including the 12C Concept Car that we first saw in December 2013 and the 650S Coupe Concept that was unveiled in April 2014. For the 2014 Pebble Beach show, McLaren is returning to the scene of the MSO’s debut with two new customized projects, this time for the almighty P1 and the 650S Spider .

The former, in particular, was commissioned by a North American customer and it further reinforces MSO’s billing as McLaren’s full personalization service for its owners. MSO’s work on the P1 is completely stunning. Actually, "stunning" might not even be a clear representation of the work MSO put into turning this P1 into a true one-of-a-kind showpiece model.

There are rare moments in life when you just sit back and admire someone else’s work, and The MSO P1 is one of those moments. I’d love to wax poetic about it, but even the sincerest form of hyperbole probably won’t do justice to the work McLaren’s MSO division put into this P1.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren P1 By MSO.

Damn you, Shmee150, and your supercar-video awesomeness. That’s right, YouTube star Shmee150 is at it again, and this time around he’s taking a look at the all-new Lamborghini Huracan . The Huracan is the car that every automotive journalist is in line to drive — yours truly included — and a demo car just rolled into a dealer near Shmee. So, he packed up his trusty fleet of cameras and headed out to the dealer for a little seat time.

Many of Shmee’s videos are short and sweet, and don’t dive insanely deep into him actually testing the vehicle, but not this one. Nope, the petrolhead went all out and took the Huracan for a proper drive through the English countryside.

The Huracan seems like it’s right at home both cruising at lower speeds and in full-manual mode with the ANIMA switch pointing at "Corsa," ripping through the rev band. The exhaust note is prominent in all modes, but it gets particularly vocal when he puts it into Corsa mode and the gear shifts sound neck-breaking at high revs. Yup, it’s a true Lamborghini .

Nice work, Schmee, nice work indeed.

You know that saying "when you’re at the top, there’s no other place to go but down?" Yeah, try telling that to Hennessey . The company that already has the fastest production car in the world (Guinness fails to certify it due to its crafty rules) in its stable is shooting for the stars with plans to develop evil in a vehicular form. The Texas-based company calls this evil on wheels the Venom F5.

Hennessey boss John Hennessey broke the news to Top Gear, gushing about the possibility of the Venom F5 hitting a top speed no other production car in the world has been able to attain. "I think something in the 290-mph range will be possible," Hennessey said.

The man apparently didn’t misspeak when he said "290 mph," which is all the indication you need to know that Mr. Hennessey Hennessey has either lost his mind or he is determined to drive Bugatti insane with constant pressure from Texas. The Venom F5 name pretty much says it all. That "F5" nomenclature is a reference to the most powerful classification given to tornadoes, or in the case of the Venom, a destructive output of around 1,400 horsepower.

All these horses are reigned in by a single-clutch, paddle-shift transmission, not the Ricardo, six-speed manual found in the Venom GT. You can, however, opt for the manual, if you like.

Start quivering in your boots, Bugatti . It’s better to embrace the inevitable than continue fighting for your cause.

Updated 08/05/2014: Hennessey unveiled a handful of official details on the Venom F5. Check them out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hennessey Venom F5.

Have you ever wondered what a "winner-stays-on" drag race among the fastest supercars in the world would look like? I’ve been asking the same question too. Then this video created by the SCD TV showed up and well, I finally had a small sample of the answer I was looking for. SCD TV staged a series of drag races featuring some of the world’s finest exotics to find out which among them is the quickest to a quarter mile. The rules were pretty simple: two cars line up and race and the winner moves on and faces another challenger until somebody defeats the incumbent. The process repeats until a winner is eventually crowned. Sounds pretty simple, right?

SCD TV made even more interesting by fielding some pretty gnarly exotics, including a Ford GT 720 Mirage , a Ferrari F40 , a 9ff-tuned Porsche 911 , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and a McLaren P1 .

What’s important is I saw what I’ve been wanting to see for a long time and that’s more than enough for me.

Maybe next time we all get to see more supercars in this battle. Just a thought.

The industry is full of so many aftermarket companies that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. I admittedly don’t know all of them, including, at least up to this point, German tuning company K.MAN. The company used to call itself Chiptrick, which is actually a more memorable name than K.MAN, but that’s besides the point. What’s important is that K.MAN has developed a three-stage program for the Audi R8 V-8 that affords customers the opportunity to enjoy the speed and power of the R8 V-8’s big brother — the R8 V-10 — without having to actually bump up to the V-10-powered supercar .

K.Man’s three-stage program offers incredible increases in power that transforms the R8 V-8 into a fire-breathing monster that can go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful exotics on the market. That’s an impressive achievement for an aftermarket company that doesn’t carry a household name.

Apart from the obvious performance upgrades, K.MAN’s program for the R8 also comes with some carbon-fiber bodywork and an exclusive set of wheels. These modifications will only be offered at the request of buyers and are still subject to availability.

That’s not an issue for me, especially when there’s a chance to score any one of these engine upgrades that can improve the R8 V-8’s output to as much as 750 horsepower.

Welcome to my life, K.MAN. Hell of a way to introduce yourself.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 By K.MAN.


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