Simona

Simona graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science in 2005, and landed a position with Top Speed in 2006. Since joining the team, she has come to realize that few things evoke as much joy as cruising down a twisty mountainside in the newest sports car.
With cars being a relatively new addition to Simona’s list of favorite things, she learns something new with each model as she passes the information on to you.

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Another day, another Ferrari 250 sets a sales record. This latest record-setting Ferrari is a 250 Testa Rossa, and it changed hands for what the Daily Mail is reporting as £24,000,000 — that equates to about $39 million.

At that price, it exceeds the previous record of £22.5 million set in 2012 by a 250 GTO, and it triples the price paid for a 1957 Testa Rossa in 2009 . That 2009 sale was also a record.

What separates this Testa Rossa from its brethren to demand such a price? Pedigree, fame and its immaculate condition all came together to make this a very valuable car.

The car itself is Chassis 0704, and it is actually a prototype that was created before the limited run of “normal” 250 Testa Rossas. F1 World Champion Phil Hill helped to pilot this exact car to race wins in the in the 1,000 km (683.5-mile) Buenos Aires and 12 Hour Sebring races. It has contested many other races, including two entrances into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That gives this particular car one of the best racing heritages of any Ferrari still in existence in the private market.

Even with such a long racing heritage, the car is completely original and unmolested. It has all the battle scars of wheel-to-wheel action, but it has very little actual damage to any of the body panels, and the interior looks incredible for a 57-year-old car.

The new owner of the car has not been released, but if you want more info and images of this incredible machine head over to the Daily Mail for the original story.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa.

Source: Dailymail
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Rolls Royce announced today the launch of a new Bespoke Waterspeed Collection that will be applied to a series of 35 Phantom Drophead Coupé . This new collection pays tribute to a legendary record established back on September 1st, 1937.

On that day, Sir Malcolm Campbell took a Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-Type engine to a top speed of 126.32 mph on Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian frontier. The next, day he did even better, as he sped the boat to 129.5 mph, breaking a five-year-old world water-speed record.

Of course, this amazing result was possible, thanks to the incredible Rolls Royce engine that powered the boat, and immediately after the record, Rolls Royce managed to reaffirm the superiority of its engines. What better way to honor the record than by building a bunch of expensive cars?

Updated 04/02/2014: Rolls Royce unveiled a new set of teaser images and new details on its new Waterspeed Collection that will be officially unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Bespoke Waterspeed Collection.

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Volvo XC90

We have been following the development of the all-new Volvo XC90 for quite some time. Last year we brought spy shots of the 2015 Volvo XC90 mule, and now we have a true pre-production model.

It may be covered in heavy camouflage but one look at the rear lights and it’s immediately obvious this is a Volvo . This prototype looks to be sized similarly to the previous car, and will include room for seven passengers.

The 2015 XC90 will be built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture platform. The SPA platform has been designed to be extremely safe and employs a massive amount of ultra-high-strength steel in the main safety shell of the vehicle. The 2015 XC90 will be the first model to utilize the new platform, but it will become the core of every product Volvo sells from the S60 up.

Thanks to the SPA construction, Volvo expects the 2015 XC90 to be the safest SUV ever sold to the public.

Volvo is expected to drop all the engines in the current-gen XC90 in favor of more fuel-efficient, four-cylinder powertrains. All the engines will be turbocharged, and Volvo is developing both gasoline and diesel engines. No word on if the oil-burner will hit U.S. shores.

We are not entirely sure if American buyers will responsive to a three-row SUV without at least a six-cylinder engine, but only time will tell.

Expect the new Volvo XC90 to be put on sale in early 2015.

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Hyundai launched the Veloster on the North American market and since then, the model continued nearly unchanged. The only changes included the launch of a Turbo version and a Turbo R-Spec model.

The Veloster will again carry over as it enters the 2014 model year, as the model returns practically unchanged. The only mods for 2014 include a standard rearview camera, standard driver’s blind-spot monitor and standard daytime running lights.

Just like in the past, the Veloster combines an incredibly sporty look with well-placed performance capabilities in one of the most affordable sports coupes out there. What’s even cooler about the Veloster is that when looked from one side, it looks like any other coupe, but the other side features a third door that makes rear access easier.

For the 2014 model year, Veloster is priced from $17,800.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Veloster.

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How does a ride in the Pagani Zonda S with Horacio Pagani himself? Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Well, when Horacio Pagani offers you a ride in his personal Zonda S, the only answer that should cross your lips is "hell, yeah!" The lucky guy is an editor from XCar, who not only had Mr. Pagani as his personal taxi driver, but was also allowed to test this special Zonda S himself.

The car you see driven here is the sixth Zonda ever produced. This model was the first all-carbon-fiber car, which help reduce the Zonda’s curb weight drastically and improved the handling of this already-awesome supercar .

The Zonda S 7.3 uses a 7.3-liter, AMG-sourced, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 547 horsepower 550 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.7 seconds, while top speed is 208 mph.

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Over the past few months, we’ve caught Ferrari testing what we thought was a revised version of the current California . Well, it now looks like the Prancing Horse will finally unveil this model on February 12th, 2014 — ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , on March 4th. The new model is expected to hit showrooms in May.

The initial teaser image (above) reveals that the project is codenamed "149M" and, considering that the current California is codenamed F149 and that "M" stands for "modified," than it’s pretty clear that we will see an updated version of the current convertible.

In fact, this is not the first time Ferrari offered an "M" version of a model. If you remember, the 550 was replaced in 2002 by the 575M Maranello , which was nothing more than an updated 550.

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

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

A while ago Bugatti announced that both a production version of the Galibier and the SuperVeyron were canceled. Now, in a recent interview with the British magazine AutoCar, Volkswagen Group chief Martin Winterkorn confirmed that this decision was made in order to focus all the company’s attention on the development of a direct successor to the Veyron .

Winterkorn offered no other details on this new supercar, nor did he offer an official launch date, but he said: "The Galibier is officially dead. We won’t do it. In its place will be a second-generation Veyron with more power."

So, what does this means for Bugatti? Pretty much nothing, except that we’re going to see a bit more powerful model than the current Veyron SuperSport , which delivers a total of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet. Of course, don’t expect it to deliver 1,500 horsepower, like the SuperVeyron was supposed to, but it will fall somewhere between the Veyron SuperSport and the rumored SuperVeyron.

It wouldn’t hurt to see a completely revised exterior, but likely won’t happen, as Bugatti is not too open to change from what we have seen lately.

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

Source: Autocar
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Dodge will expand its Journey lineup with the addition of a new Crossroad version that it will unveil at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show . It comes just a few weeks after Dodge announced that 2013 model year was the Journey’s best sales year ever, and Dodge hopes that this new version of the model will enjoy the same success as the rest of the Journey lineup.

The new Journey Crossroad will be distinguished by a specially designed front and rear fascia, platinum chrome and black elements, plus a series of updates for the interior. The only problem is that the model comes with pretty much no upgrades under the hood, so the customers will have to choose between the usual four-cylinder and V-6 engines.

The new Dodge Journey Crossroad will be placed between the current SXT and Limited models in the Journey lineup and will be priced from $24,995. Sales will begin later this spring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad.

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Along with the excitement of the Super Bowl and some pretty nice commercials , this year’s Super Bowl also brought us the first teaser video for the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie. Featuring Mark Wahlberg — who replaces Shia LaBeouf — the movie tells the story of a mechanic and his daughter making a discovery that draws the Autobots and Decepticons — and a paranoid government official — to them.

Also, as previously reported, the fourth installment of the series brings into focus the Dinobots, which are robots that transform into dinosaurs. The movie’s producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said in a previous interview: "I cannot disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the arrival of the Dinobots will give the audience a lot to be excited about. The world’s coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinese vehicles, so whether you are a car enthusiast or not, it will be a feast for the eyes."

The new Transformers: Age of Extinction will hit theaters on June 27, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Super Bowl XLVIII ended with tears for some fans and with joy for others, and the tears were especially salty, considering the huge difference in score, as the Sehawks gave the Broncos quite a whooping 43-8. On a good note, at least there were some cool car commercials to enjoy during this total blowout.

Just like with the game, we had some winners and some looser. Commercials like Budweiser’s "Puppy Love" Jerry Seinfeld’s Reunion/Crackle received rave reviews and millions of views online, but we’re more interested in what happened in the automotive section.

Many consider Audi hit a home run with its "Doberhuahua" commercial, while Maserati ’s "Strike" or Chevrolet’s "Romance" were total failures, but what do you think? In your opinion, which ad was the best this year?

In my humble opinion, I found Volkswagen’s "Wings" the funniest one of the year. As for the stinker of the year, I have to vote for Chevrolet’s "Romance" ad, as it seemed nearly pointless.

Click past the jump to see all of the Super Bowl XLVIII car ads.


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