Who knew that the Adam , Opel’s little compact hatch, would turn out to be sassy ride that has caught the attention of so many athletes and musicians.
We’ve already seen what Valentino Rossi could do to the Opel Adam if you gave him free reign to customize it. Now, the German company is tapping into another famous celeb to customize the Adam: Canadian singer and photographer Bryan Adams.
Yes, this one is the Adam by Adams. Try saying that quickly five times over.
Known for his powerful ballads that dominated the airwaves in the 90’s, Bryan Adams also happens to be a well-respected photographer and it’s through this that Opel decided to team up with the singer, allowing him to take photos of the Adam for a calendar that will be called ’ADAM by Bryan Adams.
More than just taking photos, Opel also granted Adams a chance to design his own Adam, which if you ask us, looks really tantalizing in that dark camouflage finish all over its body. The special-edition Adam also features a black roof, tinted headlights, and a new set of black alloy wheels. Taken all of it together, the model explodes with an identity all its own, the kind you have a hard time getting out of your head, so much so that we wouldn’t waste a minute pouncing on one if we had a chance to do so.
Geography, though, isn’t so kind.
The special-edition Adam will be limited to just 10 units, with proceeds from the sale of all 10 models going to the Bryan Adams Foundation.
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We should get the official details on the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo in just a few days, but our spy photographers are still out trying to snap up images of the car. This time, they managed to get some shots of supercar testing in wintery conditions in Northern Sweden.
The prototype caught testing today is equipped with lots of extra lights. Of course, these lights are not actually part of the car. Rather, they are just a requirement for the conditions it was driving in.
The new supercar, which will almost certainly will be called the Huracan, but was once rumored to carry the name Cabrera , will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Audi R8 , and it will be powered by an updated version of the current 5.2-liter, V-10 engine.
This revised V-10 will produce 600 horsepower, according to rumors, and the car’s total weight will be significantly reduced when compared to the current Gallardo, so it should be slightly faster and more agile than the model it will replace.
Until we’ll have the chance to finally see the new car, you can try to make it through the world’s three most annoying teaser videos: episode 1, episode 2 and episode 3.
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The holiday season is here and just to help you out with some gift ideas, here’s one special collector’s model that you might want to get for someone. It is a 1/12-scale Lamborghini Countach model built by the Japanese company Goodsmile. In total, this model is 345 mm (13.6 inches) long, 157.7 mm (6.2 inches) wide and 89 mm (3.5 inches) tall.
There’s no denying the fact that enthusiasts love to collect scale models of classics , as well as modern cars. There are quite a few brands that make detailed works of art and the one from Goodsmile doesn’t come cheap.
This Lamborghini Countach LP400 in 1/12 scale will set you back ¥120,000, which is about $1200 at the current rates. Yes, that’s a lot but if you look closely, the cars are built with utmost attention to detail. Goodsmile actually scanned the full-size car, using modern 3D scanning techniques to achieve this sort of perfection. Each of the 500 parts are meticulously die-cast, or formed in ABS or resin to give it the perfect shape and size. The models are so perfect that not even an inch of deviation is spared.
The classic scissor doors swivel up to reveal the supercar ’s uber-cool interior. The engine bay door also opens, so that one can glance at the glorious V-12 engine that resides beneath. The cabin light turns on when the doors are swung open, headlights popup and instrument panel glows much like the real thing. The tires are hollow so that the weight of the car squashes them against the ground surface giving it a more authentic look. Rounding out this realistic model are wheels that you can remove and bolt back with a specially provided tool. Now, that’s really cool!
The unfortunate thing is that the models will not be ready for shipping until October 2014, so you will have to wrap up a picture of the model this Christmas and tell the receiver that it will arrive in about a year’s time. Alternatively, this could be an early idea for next Christmas.
Click past the jump to read more about the classic Lamborghini Countach LP400
Lamborghini continues to push the envelope of aggravating teasers, with its video series for the upcoming successor to the Gallardo — once rumored as the Cabrera — featuring the three Lambo nuts from London in the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory.
If you haven’t followed the story until now, let us get you up to speed. In episode 1, three guys from London decided to take a trip to Lamborghini’s plant in Italy to be the first ones to "see the new creature car." In episode two, they are already in Italy and slink away from the factory tour in order to stay over night in the factory.
All we really learned n the first two is that one guy has a pretty good-looking girlfriend who likes to walk around nearly nude around her boyfriend’s friends, and that these three guys are like the 007s of spy photographers.
In this latest episode, dubbed "Gettin Closer," the three guys managed to sneak past security and a few office workers, and they are now deep inside the factory. Of course, don’t expect to see the new supercar just yet, as Lambo has a little more teasing to do. Don’t fret, though, as Lamborghini promised us a look at the car by Christmas.
For all the strides BMW has made in expanding its lineup, one model that’s still noticeably absent from its fleet is a performance-oriented 7 Series .
Talk of a potential M7 has floated around for years, but nothing has really come out of it, leading a lot of people to think that Bimmer is more than content letting Audi and Mercedes enjoy the high-performance luxury segment with the S8 and S63 AMG , respectively.
But not everybody inside BMW seems to agree to this point, including M development chief, Albert Biermann. Speaking to Autocar, Biermann indicated that if he had a say on the issue, he would emphatically call for the M division to develop the M7 so that it could compete with its aforementioned rivals, not to mention the suddenly resurgent Jaguar and its prized luxury cat, the XJR .
Biermann did acknowledge that, while he feels strongly about having an M7, the company still has no current plans to make one, nor does it have any intention to do so in the foreseeable future.
Those who believe that an M7 isn’t feasible can likewise point to the Alpina-tuned B7 as the car that can generally match wits and power with the S8s and S63 AMGs of the world. To that, Biermann contends that a B7 and an actual M7 could be packaged as two totally different models with the latter making full use of Bimmer’s performance division.
But as they say, one voice won’t exactly lead to the change of battle plans and Biermann appears to be resigned to the fact that an M7 isn’t in the cards for the time being. It’s a consequence that could be attributed to BMW’s approach to limit its M models, opting instead to package its new babies as M Performance models the same way its doing with the X3 and the X4 .
It’s a shame considering that an M7 would’ve been awesome. Really, really awesome.
Note: photo is of the 2013 BMW 7 Series
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Back in September, Mercedes unveiled a very interesting commercial where it tried to highlight its "Magic Body Control" system, using a chicken of all things. It’s hard to grasp what Mercedes was shooting for with the commercial, but basically, it was showing that the chicken’s head stayed in the same position, regardless of how its body moved. The chicken’s head represented a Mercedes cabin, while the chicken’s body represented the suspension.
We had a nice chuckle at the commercial, but Jaguar obviously saw it fit to respond to this commercial with one of its own.By the looks of this commercial, Jaguar is not too concerned with "Magic Body Control;" it prefers a car to have "cat-like reflexes."
We think Jaguar got its point across pretty clearly in this one, what do you think?
If you do not remember it or happened to miss it, you can check out the Mercedes "Magic Body Control" commercial after the jump.
In the past few months, we’ve seen quite an impressive number of tuning kits offered for the Italian supercar Lamborghini Aventador . Pretty much all of them focused on upgrading the engine’s output level, but some of them also focused on upgrading the exterior look of the supercar.
One of these tuning kits was announced by the folks at RevoZport. The tuning kit, dubbed the "LaMotta," takes its name from Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta, nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull." He was a professional American boxer who was the World Middleweight Champion in 1949.
As expected, most of the updates were made under the hood, where the 6.5-liter, V-12 engine was tricked to deliver 820 horsepower — a 120-horsepower increase over the car’s standard 700 horsepower. This increase was obtained by remapping the ECU and installing a new exhaust system made from inconel — a nickel-based alloy with chromium and iron.
The BMW M3 has been tearing up racetracks and back roads since its introduction in 1983. Its small size, nimble handling, and powerful engines have propelled the two- and four-door sports car into the hearts of hotshoe drivers and hall-of-fames everywhere.
The M3’s many changes over the years have never seem to hurt its sparkling reputation, although some models are more sough-after than others. The outgoing 4.0-liter V-8, for instance – was something not quite befitting the M3 badge. Power? Yes, it had it, but delivery was never as smooth or predictable as the legendary 3.2-liter inline 6 cylinders of the E36 and E46 model M3s.
So when it came time BMW rework its premiere sports sedan, judicious marksmanship was needed to hit the intended target labeled ‘perfection.’ Follow along as we dive deep into the all-new 2015 BMW M3.
Update 12/17/2013: This review has been updated with all of the official specs and images.
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When Chevrolet announced the seventh-generation Corvette , it also announced an estimated top speed of 180 to 190 mph, which is light years behind the 200 mph barrier that separates supercars from sports cars. However, with the upgrades announced by Hennessey Performance, the HPE700 Corvette was able to hit a supercar -like 200.6 mph.
This amazing speed was hit on the Texas State Highway 99 and was witnessed by officials from TxDOT, Texas DPS and TransCore.
The HPE700 kit announced by Hennessey adds a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System, engine calibration and CNC-ported heads for free-flowing air and exhaust. As a result, the car’s standard 460 horsepower is increased to an incredible 700 horsepower at 6,300 rpm.
With the extra 240 horsepower it was pretty easy for the Stingray to score such a great result. Check out the above video to see this monster Corvette in action.