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.

Since the unveiling of the LaFerrari and F12berlinetta , the 458 Italia has become a little outdated, so to speak. Sure, it still holds plenty of value in the market, but it just feels dated now. Well, at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, Ferrari plans to debut a concept that it based on the 458 to not only bring the model back into light, but to also showcase future technology for the automaker.

Dubbed the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model takes the impressive performance credentials that the 458 Italia already features and cranks the dial way up. A nice and healthy boost in output partners up with active aerodynamics and traction modifications to make this the most capable Ferrari road car to grace a track or street.

Updated 06/17/2014: We have added about 40 new high-res images of the 458 Speciale photo gallery. Check them out and see the car in yellow. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read all about the new 458 Speciale.

It’s like every petrol head’s dream come true. The call came through and all I heard were the words “Lamborghini ” and “drive.” My mouth gushed forward a "yes" before my brain could even process what was happening. I was going to be handed the keys to a Lamborghini Gallardo , the best-selling and most popular car in the brands 50+ year history. The exact model in question was an LP560-4 Spyder. With a 5.2-liter V-10 engine making more than 550 horsepower, and a curb weight almost 500 pounds less than a Nissan GT-R , it should be exciting.

Of course, there is always a pang of fear when it comes to situations like this. Lots of cars have massive followings and are supposed to be exquisite to drive, but I have found on more than one occasion that sometimes it is best to never meet your heroes.

As the entry for AnastasiaDate into the 2014 Gumball 3000 Rally, I wasn’t promised a lot of time with the car, but it was enough for me to make a decision about the car.

Was this a mistake, or did this tiny supercar drive its way into my heart?

Read on to find out what I think of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

Ferrari Special Projects (SP) first made headlines with the release of the SP1, which was based on an F430 and designed by Leonardo Fioravanti — former Pininfarina designer. The next came in 2009 with the release of the P540 Superfast Aperta, a 599 GTB Fiorano-based, Carrozzeria Fantuzzi-designed model for Edward Watson, and the projects have continued through 2014 with the SP-FFX. Following the reveal of the SP-FFX, we caught a mysterious Prancing Horse peeking out from under a car cover that looked like it was going to be yet another SP creation. More recently, the model showed itself when Carscoops.com received another photo of the mysterious Ferrari completely uncovered. Reportedly named the Ferrari SP America and based on the F12berlinetta , the one-off supercar appears to be completed and is now headed to the loving arms of its new owner.

Nobody knows who the owner of the new one-off Ferrari is, but it’s obvious that he has a fine taste in supercars . At the very least, he doesn’t seem content with just owning a regular Ferrari. It has to be a unique one-off in the vein of the SP-FFX that we first saw in early 2014.

From the looks of things, you can tell that he’s in for a treat. Large front intakes are a unique departure from the F12berlinetta that the Ferrari Ferrari this one-off is reportedly based on. The one-off’s hood is also markedly different, carrying three small nostrils that will send more air to the engine. Larger wheels also show themselves on this photo and according to reports, a targa-style roof is also part of the car’s overall design.

Engine numbers weren’t disclosed, but if it is based on the F12berlinetta , expect to see the same 6.3-liter, V-12 engine that bangs out 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque, good for a 3.1-second 0-to-60-mph sprint time and a 211-mph top speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari’s New One-Off SP America.

Source: Carscoops

The third day of the rally was going to be the worst. We had nearly 900 miles to travel, and our slow-moving follow car meant that most of the other cars would leave us lagging hours behind, limiting the exciting supercar scenery we would see. What actually happened though was that this final day became my favorite.

By the time the day was over I had new sunglasses, saw a Ferrari get crunched by a van , got stuck in an elevator, met some awesome famous people, met awesome people who weren’t so famous, and made some great new friends. I also spent some more time in the Lamborghini Gallardo and learned to play a Russian card game.

The day I was dreading the most turned out to be one of the most exciting. It just goes to show that anything is possible, especially when you are dealing with the insanity and excess that is the Gumball 3000 .

Happy Thursday, welcome back to the TopSpeed Podcast .

This week’s show includes talks about Justin’s time with the BMW 435i , Mark’s experience with the Toyota Avalon , and I talk about the insanity that was the American leg of the Gumball 3000 .

We continue the supercar talk with Mark’s take on the American trio of Viper, Corvette and Z/28 , and you get to hear our thoughts on the crazy diesel powered BMW X6 M50d .

We also spend some talking about the tragic events surrounding the injury of comedian Tracy Morgan , and we talk about just what GM’s "Zora" trademark could mean for the future of Corvette.

After all that, we give our answers to your questions and no episode of the TopSpeed Podcast would be complete without Own, Drive, Burn. This week features a trio of classic muscle.

If there is something special you want to see us talk about, drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, hit us up on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast — we follow back – or leave us a comment below.

We want to send out an extra-special thank you to those of you who watched our shenanigans live earlier today. Have a safe weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

The Bugatti Veyron , the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1 , the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car , proving itself at Le Mans.

Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti " flag.

With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.

Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.

Updated 06/12/2014: Bugatti unveiled a cool promo video for the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Check it out in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess.

When I got the call to do the Gumball 3000 , I had no idea what car I would be driving, what team I would be on, or even who the co-driver(s) could be. It was such a crazy opportunity, I couldn’t say no.

It turned out, that I had been attached to one of the major title sponsors AnastasiaDate, I would be in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder , and that my co-drivers would be a pair of Russian models from the site named Alisa and Margarita.

A wise man once told me, "you could make this job up, but nobody would believe you."

To get a better idea of who I was going to spending a large portion of my time with, I was given a full bio for each girl. If you are interested in learning more about these two attractive women I spent a few days getting to know, I have collected some of their best answers to the survey as well as a whole collection of photos of the two of them below.

Read on to find out more about Margarita and Alisa

It was only my second day of the Gumball 3000 festivities, but this was the first official day of the Rally. There is an entire collection of famous faces, blistering-fast cars and hundreds of miles for us to traverse.

As the morning started, we lined our car up on the starting grid with hundreds of other machines to get ready for the start of the Rally. Xzibit has been a large presence in the Gumball 3000 for many years now. He did not drivie in this year’s event, so he was asked to see every car off the line by waving the official Gumball flag to start the rally.

Other famous faces at the start line included Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage , and of course Deadmau5 is here in his “Purrari” 458 Spyder with Tori Belleci of the MythBusters as his co-driver.

When the Team AnastasiaDate Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder set off the line we all piled into our Mercedes Sprinter chase vehicle and our journey had begun. Time to head to Atlanta.

Read on to find out more about my second day on the Gumball 3000 Rally

Our recent crowning of Nissan as the most enthusiast-focused brand continues to hold true as the automaker just released this teaser image of what’s likely to be the Vision Gran Turismo concept — a vehicle that is slated to bridge the gap between the virtual world of Gran Turismo and reality. Nissan says it will “reveal the next chapter in its story” in the press release below, and we can’t think of a better place than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Backing up that notion is a Tweet from Nissan Vice President Andy Palmer saying, “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood????” with a link directing followers to a cloth-covered vehicle perched atop a date that reads June 10, 2014. Well, today is that day and Nissan has released the impressive image above accompanied by a press release giving yet another date, this time June 16th.

Also included in the press release is a statement about Nissan revealing the car to “an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.” Perhaps the lucky group of performance-minded folks will include pro gamers from the Nissan GT Academy.

As for the car itself, we could be looking at an early version of the next generation GT-R. Its mean looks and angular design, along with a large rear wing means this car is ready for business. But it looks like we’ll have to wait till the 16th to get the full run-down on the twice-teased car.

Click past the jump for more info on the next generation GT-R

While the aging Pagani Zonda continues to receive one-off, special-edition models , the Huayra has yet to spawn one, not to mention that the Roadster version is still in the works as of June 2014. But fear not, the Huayara is soon to receive the love it deserves from Pagani in the form of a Nurburgring Edition.

That’s the word from a TeamSpeed forum user, who got the chance to sit down and talk to Pagani test driver Davide Testi. The Italian ace had no trouble in spilling the beans about the Huayra’s production plans, and, apparently, they include a limited-edition, track-focused version set to carry the Nurburgring Edition moniker. Only 15 to 25 units will be built, making it one of the rarest supercars ever created.

No additional details are available on this mysterious Huayra, including whether it will be track-exclusive like the Zonda R or not, but expect this rocket to wear a serious aerodynamic kit consisting of a reworked front fascia, a massive rear diffuser and a huge rear wing on the edge of its rear hood. Interior changes will most likely include FIA-compliant racing seats and harnesses, a race-spec steering wheel and even a roll cage.

As with most track-prepped cars, the Huayra Nurburgring Edition is also set to go on a severe diet, with both the chassis and body to ditch more than just a few pounds. Naturally, the beastly 6.0-liter, V-12 heart powering the wheels by means of 730 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque will become even more potent. Expect 0-to-60 mph times to drop below the 2.6-second mark and brace yourselves for a lightning-fast Nurburgring lap record.

Nurburgring Edition aside, the source also reveals that Pagani is looking to build 110 Huayra coupes and 110 roadsters. We have a hunch these will be followed by a bevy of special edition and unique versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Huayra Nurburgring Edition.

**Note: the current Huayra is pictured here, not the Nurburgring Edition.

Source: TeamSpeed

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