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This 13-Mile '09 Ronin 47 Is As Exquisite As Auction Bikes Come

This 13-Mile ’09 Ronin 47 Is As Exquisite As Auction Bikes Come

This pristine example is #20 of just 47 Ronins ever made

In today’s edition of epic auction bikes, we’re bringing you a chance to take home quite possibly one of the most unique motorcycles, the Ronin 47. Currently listed on Bring A Trailer, the motorcycle is in crisp condition and has ONLY 13-miles on the odometer, which is the icing on this brag-worthy, head-turning cake.

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Battle Of The Heavyweights: ‘09 Yamaha V-Max Takes On A ‘09 Suzuki Hayabusa Head On

Battle Of The Heavyweights: ‘09 Yamaha V-Max Takes On A ‘09 Suzuki Hayabusa Head On

Believe us, the results of this race between two bone stock bikes WILL shock you!

Since it first came into being, the Suzuki Hayabusa was one of the fastest motorcycles in the world and it blew everyone away with its ballistic performance.

While the ‘Busa was quick to gain a lot of popularity, the Yamaha V-Max with similarly insane numbers always went under the radar, even though many people claimed the V-Max was actually faster than the Busa off the line!

To find out whether this is indeed true, we did a little scouting on YouTube and came across this drag race between a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa and a 2009 Yamaha V-Max which…well, blew our minds.

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Video: The Greatest Motorcycle Jump Of All Time?

Video: The Greatest Motorcycle Jump Of All Time?

Going up is fine: coming back down is something else again

Robbie Maddison performs what could be the best motorcycle jump ever in Las Vegas in 2009. Jumping up onto the replica of the Parisian Arc De Triomphe is one thing but then standing on the top and preparing to jump back down is another thing completely.

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2009 Low-Milage, Rare: And Sexy: Stunning 2009 Spyker C8 'Laviolette' Coupe Heads to Bonhams Auction

2009 Low-Milage, Rare: And Sexy: Stunning 2009 Spyker C8 ’Laviolette’ Coupe Heads to Bonhams Auction

This ultra rare C8 Laviolette is one of just four examples finished in Burnt Almond Orange

It’s not often that you see an extremely unique and outstanding automobile in great shape appear on the used car market, but this certainly has to be one of those rare instances. A 2009 Spyker C8 Laviolette is going to go under the hammer at the upcoming Audrain Concours Auction by Bonhams on October 1 in Newport, Rhode Island. The car seen here is one of just 58 examples ever made and is extra special as it is just one of four finished in Burnt Almond Orange, and it only has 700 miles on the clock.

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Triumph Reveals Its Funny Bone In Promotionnal Documentary

Triumph Reveals Its Funny Bone In Promotionnal Documentary

Is This The Funniest Motorcycle’ Film Ever?

Motorcycle companies tend to take themselves very seriously and don’t let frivolity get in the way of the important business of making and selling bikes. This particular video is a few years old so you’ve probably already seen it, but it’s too good not to watch again.

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Legendary Designer Frank Stephenson Ranks The Greatest Aston Martin Designs

Legendary Designer Frank Stephenson Ranks The Greatest Aston Martin Designs

Frank Stephenson choses the greatest Aston Martin Designs.

If you are into automotive design, Frank Stephenson should be a familiar name. The name is responsible for the design of some of the best high-performance cars of our time. Among them are the Ferrari F430, Maserati MC12, McLaren P1, and 720S, to name a few. He is adamant that every car brand should have a distinctive design, and this couldn’t be truer for a company like Aston Martin that prides itself on its design. Because of this, the veteran designer is giving us his three favorite Aston Martin designs and explains he thinks they are the best.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2009 Mercedes CLC-Class

Wallpaper of the Day: 2009 Mercedes CLC-Class

The forgotten Mercedes

Here we are in 2018 and everyone is going bonkers over Mercedes’ latest creation, the AMG 4-Door Coupe and here I am setting the Mercedes CLC-Class as Top Speeds wallpaper of the day. By definition, the CLC-Class is probably the most forgotten model that Mercedes has ever built but yet, to me at least, it was one of the coolest. It was a sporty little hatchback aimed at the younger generation and it had a decent price to go with it. The six-cylinder models even came with as much as 272 horsepower on tap, enough for a 6.3-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed that was electronically limited to 155 mph. As an entry-level model for the younger generation, it wasn’t exactly the most luxurious but it had plenty of the typical Mercedes good stuff on the inside. Either way, the CLC is long gone now, but it can grace your desktop if you remember it like I do. I’ve hand-picked my favorite for the day and thrown in a gallery for you to choose from too. Go ahead and give this forgotten Merc a little love.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2009 – 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Wallpaper of the Day: 2009 – 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

When deep-pocketed car lovers want something more than a 253-mph coupe like the Bugatti Veyron, the only answer is to find a way to remove the top. And, that’s exactly what Bugatti did, effectively creating the Veyron Grand Sport. It wasn’t anywhere near as easy as it sounds, though, as Bugatti had to do a lot to make the car exactly what it was – an open top speed demon. To help set the model apart, and keep it safe in the event of the unfortunate, there’s a lot going on here. The windshield is lighter, it has restyled running lamps, and that roof – it was made from transparent polycarbonate. It had to be safe, though, too, so Bugatti added in reinforcement around the side skirts and the transmission tunnel. The B-Pillars got carbon fiber cross supports, and the new carbon-fiber doors were built around longitudinal beams that would direct the energy of an accident from the A to the B-Pillars, It even has redesigned air intakes and the necessary carbon fiber roll bars in the rear.

Needless to say, this is one timeless beauty, and that’s why it’s displayed across every computer screen here at Top Speed. Well, when we’re not cracking the whip and punching keys, anyway. We’re displaying our favorite wallpaper here, but there’s a huge gallery at the bottom of the page if you’d like something different. Go ahead and take your pick – they are free for the taking.

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2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque

2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque

Back in the late 2000s, Pagani’s official dealer in Hong Kong requested that Pagani build “the most extreme road-legal Zonda ever created.” Pagani was up to the challenge and, in 2009, Pagani issued a direct response to the request with the Pagani Zonda Cinque. The Cinque was produced in just five examples (with an additional five examples built in roadster form) and was built with the track performance standards of the Zonda R combined with the road-legal standards of the Zonda F.

The end result was a car that was more powerful than the Zonda F with the looks of something that should be chained up inside of a luxurious stable at the track. Furthermore, The Zonda Cinque was actually the first road-legal car that was supported by a carbon-titanium frame and the first Zonda to have a six-speed sequential transmission. Powered by a detuned version of the Mercedes-sourced 7.3-liter V-12, the Zonda Cinque was obviously a very special machine.

As of the time of this writing, seven years has passed since the Zonda Cinque made its official debut (and made five wealthy people very happy,) so let’s take a look back on one of the coolest Zonda’s ever made. After all, one could say it is a genuine work of art.

Continue reading for our full review of the Pagani Zonda Cinque.

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The Forgotten Inline Engine: GM's 4.2-liter Atlas I-6

The Forgotten Inline Engine: GM’s 4.2-liter Atlas I-6

The story of GM’s high-tech straight-six and why it died

General Motors has a long history with making innovative strides in engine development. The Chevrolet small-block V-8, for example, began life in the 1950s and soon became the standard for high horsepower in a small package – a legacy that continues into today’s fifth-generation GM V-8s. Even GM’s lineup of V-6 engines is impressive, ranging from the 60-degree V-6 that powered nearly every GM car from 1980 through 2010, up to the twin-turbocharged V-6 powering the Cadillac ATS-V. However, GM has a lesser-known engine family that deserves admiration for its outside-the-box thinking and outstanding technological advancements: the Atlas inline family.

That Atlas family had three main members, the front-running 4.2-liter inline-six, the 3.5-liter five-cylinder, and the 2.8-liter four-cylinder. All three shared the same basic architecture and a wide range of parts, though it was the 4.2-liter that led the Atlas program.

The 4.2-liter called the GMT360 platform home. This included the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X. Each of these mid-sized SUVs shared the same architecture, including the industry’s first fully hydroformed frame in a mid-size SUV. Introduced for the 2002 model year, the GMT360 platform sold a couple million examples worldwide before ending production after 2009.

The 4.2-liter Atlas LL8, otherwise called the Vortec 4200, was a groundbreaking engine for GM. It featured an all-aluminum construction, dual overhead cams with variable valve timing on the exhaust side, four valves per cylinder, a coil-on-plug ignition system, a high compression ratio of 10:1, and its cylinder heads featured GM’s then-prevalent “Vortec” engineering designed to maximize airflow.

This combination allowed for the production of 1.06 horsepower per cubic inch – a total of 270 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Torque was rated at 275 pound-feet at 3,600 rpm, but 90 percent of peak torque was available between 1,600 and 5,600 rpm. These stats far exceeded every comparable V-6 on the market at the time, including GM’s own 4.3-liter Vortec V-6.

We decided to take a closer look at the Vortec 4200 and its forward-thinking design. We reached out to GM and found Tom Sutter, the Assistant Chief Engineer for the Atlas. Sutter has been involved with engine programs for the last 30 years, ranging from Oldsmobile’s Quad Four to Cadillac’s current V-Series mills. Sutter was able to give us a deeper insight into the Atlas program, so keep reading for more.

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Rare 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago SV up for Sale

Rare 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago SV up for Sale

Speed, lightness, and rarity

Super Veloce Racing (SVR), a racing car and supercar specialist based out of the U.K., is putting this extremely yellow Murcielago SV Coupe up for sale. Not only is it striking to look at and mind-bending to drive, but this particular example is also quite rare, bearing chassis number 022 of a total 186 Murcielago SV models constructed. It’s also one of only 28 built in the right-hand drive configuration. According to SVR’s website, pricing is set at 325,500 pounds, or $434,310 at current exchange rates (09/12/2016). SVR is accepting applications for purchase now.

First things first – the Murcielago LP 670-4 is powered by a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine producing roughly 670 horsepower – 30 ponies more than the base Murcielago. Torque is rated at 487 pound-feet. Cog swaps are handled by a six-speed automatic transmission, while a high-performance AWD system makes traction. Properly motivated, this Raging Bull can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

And of course, being an SV, this thing is studded with aerodynamic enhancements from nose to tail. There’s a new fascia, bigger intakes, and tons of vents. This particular example was fitted with the carbon fiber Aeropack Wing, which takes a few mph off the top speed, but also adds lots of extra downforce.

It’s also got carbon brakes, a carbon fiber diffuser, glossy black alloy wheels, a carbon fiber engine cover, yellow brakes calipers, and black SV graphics laid over a Giallo yellow paint job. Inside, there’s carbon fiber trim, black Alcantara upholstery, and yellow contrast stitching.

There are 15,646 miles on the odometer, and all vehicle maintenance was performed at official Lamborghini Service Centers.

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2009 Polaris RZR-X Pikes Peak

2009 Polaris RZR-X Pikes Peak

For anyone that got a chance to see the wreck-fest that was also known as the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), you may have noticed an odd vehicle resting just inside the top-10 standings. This vehicle was a Polaris RZR-X... That’s right, a UTV managed to sneak its way into the top-10 with a finishing time of 10:40.669.

This is not a normal RZR-X that you would see sitting in a local bike shop. Oh, no. It’s owner, Doug Siddens, and his crew have this RZR-X tuned to the gills, making it outrun some of the most exotic cars in the world.

In addition, if you were to sit this RZR next to any other RZR in the world, you would barely be able to tell that they are the same vehicle. Doug’s beast features all of the fixins needed to make it into a true race car, err, race UTV.

Mr. Siddens was so kind to actually take the time out to send us a laundry list of what the vehicle has and we chose to provide our readers with a full review of this amazing Polaris RZR.

Click past the jump to read this entire review, as well as see some awesome pics and videos of Doug’s impressive Polaris.

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