2004 - 2011 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
In 2003, the Ferrari 456 was discontinued after 11 years in production. The grand tourer, which had been updated to 456M specs in 1998, was then replaced by the 612 Scaglietti. Designed by Ken Okuyama and Frank Stephenson, the 612 Scaglietti was bigger than the 456, and thus it was a true four-seater rather than a 2+2 GT like its predecessor. Named in honor of Sergio Scaglietti, who designed many Ferraris in the 1950s, including the 250 Testa Rossa, the 612 also pays homage to the 375 MM that company director Roberto Rossellini had commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman, in 1954.
Unlike its forerunner, the 612 was an all-aluminum vehicle and the second following the 360 Modena. Developed with Alcoa, the space frame was later used in the 599 GTB. The GT also came with a redesigned engine. While the 456 used a 5.5-liter V-12, the 612 received the larger mill from the 575 Superamerica. While the "612" badge suggests a 6.0-liter engine, the displacement was actually 5.7 liters. Produced at the Carrozzeria Scaglietti plant, the 612 was taken to Maranello to have its interior and V-12 put in. A total of 3025 cars were produced until 2011 when the 612 was replaced by the FF. Ferrari also produced a series of limited-edition model, but more about that in the review below.
Mercedes Teases a New Retro Electric Concept for Pebble Beach
We already know that Mercedes-Benz is bringing a new show car to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We also know that it’s called the Aesthetics Progressive Luxury Concept and its in-house name — Electric Silver Arrow — suggests that it’s connected to the automaker’s newly created EQ electric brand. Everything else, though, is still a mystery, and Merc’s latest teaser of the car doesn’t show anything revealing other than confirming speculation that the concept will be heavily based on Mercedes’ 1930’s racing design.
Pebble Beach to be Graced by Infiniti Electrified Performance Concept
The 2018 Pebble Concours d’Elegance is playing host to a number of extraordinary concepts, including one from Infiniti that’s being billed as an electric vehicle concept. The description doesn’t do justice to the accompanying teaser image, which shows the concept’s cabin taken from a birds-eye-view perspective. The teaser doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show enough for us to assume that the concept could have some loose connection to the Prototype 9 Concept that Infiniti showcased last year at Pebble Beach.
2018 Monterey Car Week - Preview
The summer is coming to a close, but before we dive headlong into fall and all the craziness that is auto show season, we’re gearing up for one last hurrah on California’s Central Coast. It’s called Monterey Car Week, and it’s a celebration of the top-shelf in four-wheeled, combustion-powered awesomeness. This is Mecca for car enthusiasts, a place where six- and seven-figure unicorns come out the play. We’re stoked, and you should be too, as we’ll be on the scene bringing you all the latest and greatest as it happens. If you’re looking to attend, or you just want a little more info on this amazing annual affair, read on.
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2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline
Only days after Skoda introduced the exceptional pseudo-off-road Karoq Scout, the Czech company is gifting us with an all-new version - the Karoq Sportline. It is a sporty interpretation of the compact SUV destined to make its way all over European cities with the character of a happy, raspy crossover, presented here in dashing red. The Karoq Sportline ditched many off-road centric features and embraced gear usually associated with sportier cars from Skoda.
Brabham’s BT62 Already Set For North American Debut; Already Has One American Buyer
Hot on the heels of its unveiling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Brabham BT62 will be making the trip across the Atlantic to have its North American debut during Monterey Car Week in California. The 700-horsepower, track-only supercar will be on display at the Michelin stand at Laguna Seca before making appearances at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and the Exotics on Cannery Row.
BMW Teases Z4 Before Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Debut
After years of rumors, spy shots, and leaks, it looks as though the full public release for the new BMW Z4 is just a few weeks out. The German brand is teasing the debut of an “all-new BMW production car” slated to drop cover during Monterey Car Week, and by all accounts, it’s looking like the hotly anticipated two-seater performance roadster will steal the spotlight.
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Skoda Karoq Scout Revealed As An Off-road Eager Crossover
Prepared for the unveiling at the Paris Motor Show early in October, the new Skoda Karoq Scout brings a bit more rugged character fused with the known Scout additions adapted for the latest small Skoda crossover. The Scout within the Skoda lineup is something like the Allroad with the Audi line of cars or Volvo’s Cross Country. The Scout line of additions has been a backbone for Skoda cars for some time now. Even the latest Kodiaq SUV got it. The Karoq, which proved to be one of the most popular new Skoda cars, received much the same additions as the Kodiaq sporting a clearly off-road-centered nature.
Audi PB 18 e-tron Is a Radical Concept that could Preview an Electric Supercar
Although it retired from prototype racing in 2017 and discontinued the R8 e-Tron due to slow sales, Audi isn’t giving up on extreme race cars and all-electric drivetrains. The Germans just announced that they will unveil an aggressive looking supercar powered by batteries. It’s called the PB 18 e-Tron concept and will make its public debut at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Ever since it became a subcompact crossover, the Suzuki Vitara has managed to outsell almost everything in its class. I cannot say that Suzuki hit the jackpot with it, but it sure got close. Really close. Now in its third year of production, the car has received a mid-cycle facelift that gives it exterior features and a more refined cabin. It Completely ditched the most popular engine from the lineup, though. The 1.6-liter, naturally aspirated engine was replaced with the Boosterjet engine. It is a 1.0-liter that’s good for 109 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, not the most powerful engine out there, but it is expected to outsell the other one in the line up (the 1.4-liter, 138 horsepower engine) by quite a margin.
BMW Hints at a Huge Debut At the Pebble Beach Concours; Is It Finally Time for the Z4 to Debut?
BMW has announced plans to launch a production car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The German automaker was coy about the identity of the mysterious model, but unless Bimmer has plans for another swerve, it’s possible that we are finally going to see the long-awaited, much-hyped BMW Z4 Roadster.
The Detroit Auto Show is Moving to June, but What Does it Mean?
Rumors about the Detroit Auto Show being moved from January to June have been going around for quite some time. And it finally happened. The organizers just announced that the car show will take place in June starting 2020.
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association quoted a few reasons for changing the date. First up is that Detroit wants to embrace the changes that the auto industry is going through. Vehicle unveilings have become more dynamic in recent years, and the fact that the show was organized in January restricted Detroit to indoor events due to the cold weather.
By moving it to June, automakers can design more dynamic debuts, offer rides, and even showcase autonomous driving systems around the Cobo Center. Truck manufacturers can also host off-road challenges, and Detroit organizers are also thinking about including some of the city’s highlights, like Hart Plaza, the RiverWalk, and Woodward Avenue in the event.
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Detroit Auto Show Organizers Finally Move Show To June, Change of Schedule To Begin in 2020
The Detroit Auto Dealers Association has decided to move the Detroit Auto Show away from the frigid cold of January to the warmer and more welcoming month of June. The decision was made for a number of reasons, but in the end, the organizer has confirmed that beginning in 2020, the Detroit Auto Show, or the North American International Auto Show as it’s formally known, will take place in June.
2017 Seat Leon Cupra Evo 17
Although overshadowed by the Volkswagen Golf, its platform sibling, sales-wise, the Seat Leon has been the more powerful race car in various series around the world. The TCR is one of them, having been set up after Seat designed the Leon Cup Racer, also the car that was used as a template for aerodynamic regulations. The increasingly popular series is still dominated by the Leon, which received an update in 2017.
Renamed the Leon Cupra Evo 17, the Spanish race car is more aggressive than ever. The hatchback sports bigger wheel arches, just like the Volkswagen Golf GTI TRC, a massive rear wing, and the copper highlights we’ve seen on recently unveiled Cupra road models. The Leon will continue to race in the TCR International Series, where it will face competition from Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Volkswagen, and many more carmakers.
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The times are changing. In 2018, first two places at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb belonged to electric vehicles. The all-time record on the track, set all way back in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 F1 car, remains untouched, but the runs of the race-only Volkswagen I.D. R and the road legal Nio EP9 demonstrate evolution.
Although the first two places were taken by the latest tech, the third on the Goodwood hill is actually a well known hill-climb monster - the BMW E36 M3 V8 Judd. With a Formula V-8 engine inside, it was possibly the best sounding thing on that hill. This is one hell of a praise as all sorts of amazing cars made an appearance.
Live Streaming the event was a major win for the Goodwood as people from all around the world witnessed the rumble and thunder of the best internal combustion engines ever envisioned. This is exactly what the extremely precise and scarly silent electric cars lack - the sound and the emotion surrounding cars with an ICE. Despite looking really good and mean, electric cars simply lack the drama of the monstrous vehicles preceding them. Nevertheless, they are the fastest, and they are, probably, the future.
Witness five drivers who had the courage to make the five fastest runs at the 2018 FOS Hill Climb by torturing their cars to the absolute limits.
A BMW 507 Brought in More Than $5 Million at the 2018 Goodwood Auction!
A 1957 BMW 507 Roadster sold for more than $5 million at the recent Bonham auction at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The final price not only doubled the car’s pre-auction estimate — it was expected to fetch around $2.5 million — it also blew past the highest price ever paid for a BMW 507 by more than $2 million.
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed proved to be a pure celebration of automobilia and, altogether, the best automotive related event in all of Britain. It seemed like the entire automotive world huddled there just to have some pure, raw fun. It was cool.
Yet, among thousands of new cars, young-timers and old-timers alike, some drives up that Goodwood Hillclimb simply have to be singled out. I have chosen six of them, but, honestly, I could have picked 50 and there would still be some more to add to the list.
Among the eminence of the automotive celebutante of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a number of strange cars and unusual record-breaking efforts took place.
Porsche, Land Rover, Volkswagen, and McLaren took the show by a storm, but that hill climb, and the estate as a whole, saw so many oddities and extremes. I had to pick at least five of the best.