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2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

Lighter and quicker than ever before
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

After ten successful years on the market, during which it became the company’s best-selling sports car ever, the Lamborghini Gallardo was replaced by the Huracan in 2014. Boasting a new design inside and out, a revised drivetrain, and better performance, the Huracan hit the sports car market with a bang, selling more than 1,500 units in 2014 and more than 4,700 in 2016. With some 8,500 examples sold as of early 2017, it sure looks as if the Huracan will surpass the Gallardo’s 14,022-unit record sales in a few years. However, Lambo knows that resting on its laurels isn’t the best thing to do so it’s hard at work to expand the Huracan family. The latest model to join the lineup goes by the name Performante and made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the Performante is a higher performance version of the standard Huracan and a successor to the Gallardo Superleggera. Although it was originally believed that the Huracan will also get a Superleggera badge, Lambo eventually decided to replace it with Performante. The name swap is rather surprising given that the high-performance Aventador retained the SuperVeloce name from its predecessor, but I agree that Performante is as fitting as Superleggera for a range-topping sports car.

Overall, the Huracan Performance is a big step forward compared to the Gallardo Superleggera, but it’s also a significant departure from the standard Huracan in terms of aerodynamics and performance. Find out more about it in my review below.

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2018 Bugatti Chiron

2018 Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti’s new hypercar is ready to make you forget about the Veyron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron
2018 Bugatti Chiron

The 21st century has brought us many fantastic supercars, but when it comes to performance, there’s one to rule them all. I’m talking about the Bugatti Veyron. It was discontinued in 2015 after 450 units were built over 10 years, during which time, it reigned as the fastest street-legal production car in the world. The Veyron Super Sport achieved 257.87 mph in 2010, a Guinness World Record that has survived to this day. This will change soon, however, as Bugatti has just unveiled a brand-new hypecar to replace the Veyron.

Meet the Chiron, the vehicle Bugatti claims as "the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, and most exclusive super sports car."

Improving an already incredible supercar that has a 1,184-horsepower W-16 engine and can hit close to 260 mph without a speed limiter is a daunting mission, but Bugatti somehow managed to best the Veyron. Not surprisingly, the car has been named after Louis Chiron, Bugatti’s factory driver in the European Championship in the early 1930s. He was one of the fastest drivers in the pre-Formula One racing era and previously inspired Bugatti to name the 1999 18/3 Chiron Concept after him. It’s been 17 years since that concept, but Chiron’s name now adorns what will become one of the greatest supercars in history.

The Bugatti Chiron made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and the Molsheim-based brand claims it will shatter several record. “It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records – to run 100 m faster than ever before, to fly even further into space and to enter new realms. This striving is also our driving force at Bugatti,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles. “The Chiron is the result of our efforts to make the best even better.”

Keep reading to find out what makes the Bugatti Chiron special and sets it apart from its already spectacular predecessor.

Updated 11/11/2016: Bugatti dropped a new video featuring its latest supercar. The new video features some endurance tests in the scorching heat of Death Valley and other American deserts.

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2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0

2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0

The ultimate in Christmas present delivery for the one and only
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0

Here at TopSpeed, we’ve got a closely guarded secret, but we’ve finally decided to spill the beans. See, for the last 10 years, we’ve been on Santa’s advisory board and are tasked with helping him plan his annual trip around the world. Usually, we advise him of what new vehicles are best for transporting presents and help him plan out his trip. However, this year, he asked us to kick it up a notch and help him design an all-new sleigh that will not only give Rudolph and the rest of the gang a much-needed rest but will also get him around the world in style and luxury. It took us four months just to decided which model to start out with, but in the end, we developed the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.

Santa is more than happy with the sleigh we’ve come up with, and it’s already been through extensive testing in preparation for the big day. Based on the 2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso, you know the big man is traveling in luxuriousness, and he can obviously get there quickly too. But, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. See; this isn’t your everyday GTC4Lusso – this baby is loaded to the gills with the type of magic that only Santa can make possible. So, this thing carries a considerable amount of power over the standard 6.3-liter V-12 and, despite appearing small, has enough cargo room to haul enough presents to hit half of the world in one trip.

But, before I get too far ahead of myself, Santa’s already hard at work navigating his way to the homes of kids all over the world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.

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2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Maranello’s quickest supercar yet loses its roof
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno. Not only the fastest road-legal supercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50, the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed by Pininfarina since 1973.

Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although both the standard supercar and the highly exclusive, track-only FXX K are already sold out, the LeFerrari saga continues in 2017 with a convertible version.

Rumors about a LaFerrari convertible have been flying around since 2014, when we rendered the model based on the coupe version. Come 2016 and Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne finally confirmed that a drop-top model is in the works. In July 2016, Maranello unleashed the first official photos of the Laferrari Aperta, while the Paris Motor Show hosted to supercar’s public debut.

Updated 11/11/2016: Ferrari dropped a very cool promo video for the LaFerrari Aperta with Formula 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel.

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Donald Trump's Presidential Limo Will Soon be Ready

Donald Trump’s Presidential Limo Will Soon be Ready

Donald Trump's Presidential Limo Will Soon be Ready

Donald Trump will officially become President of the United States of American on January 20, 2017. Love or hate him, he’ll be living in the White House and riding around in Cadillac’s latest version of the Beast.

Trump’s new ride hasn’t officially been debuted or even confirmed, but spy photographers sleuthing around GM’s Milford proving grounds this past summer captured the world’s first look at the all-new Caddy.

The car’s overall design is clearly visible through the camouflage. Cadillac’s current designs are used, including the front clip reminiscent of the new CT-6 sedan. It features a grille with three horizontal bars and Caddy’s new crest. Vertical LED headlights and flared front fenders further solidify the look. The car’s long wheelbase is an obvious change from a conventional CT-6, as is the oddly square windows and roof. The rear of the car features more Cadillac cues, including the vertical taillights.

Despite all the Cadillac detailing, this isn’t a Cadillac. If this presidential limo is anything like President Obama’s 2009 Cadillac, Trump’s car will ride on a medium-duty GM frame and might be powered by GM’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8. Then again, the car could be riding on a modified version of the Silverado HD’s fully boxed steel frame, since GM doesn’t currently make a medium-duty truck like the TopKick of the late 2000s.

Either ways, the car will surely be filled with James Bond-like gadgets and technology, including life support to thwart bio-weapons, secure telecommunications, countermeasures for protection, and a cabin secure enough to absorb a direct impact from explosives. It’s even rumored cases of the President’s blood are carried aboard should he need an emergency transfusion. All this adds a tremendous amount of weight, hence the need for a medium-duty chassis and super huge tires. It’s no wonder Obama’s limo earned its nickname of “The Beast.”

Cadillac’s reign of providing presidential limousines dates back to 1984 when Ronald Reagan broke the long tradition of using Lincolns. The 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood featured a 17-inch stretch and a raised roof three inches taller than stock. Bulletproof glass and the extra length necessitated heavy-duty brakes, oversized tires, and an air-ride suspension system. Otherwise, the car was mostly stock.

We’d expect Trump’s ride to feature all the modern luxuries the billionaire is accustomed to. Perhaps he’ll even help pay for any personalized upgrades he’s requesting. Just don’t count on knowing anything about it – the Secret Service keep details about the president’s limo classified as top secret.

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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Spy photographers caught the next Rolls-Royce Phantom doing some cold weather testing
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Just a month ago, Rolls-Royce announced that it was testing an all-new aluminum architecture that would eventually underpin every Rolls-Royce model starting with the 2018 model year. The new architecture is built around an aluminum space-frame and according to Rolls, it “perfectly delivers the brands magic-carpet ride trademark.” At the time, Rolls also announced that it would soon begin testing mules underpinned by the new architecture, and it looks like we are getting a glimpse of one of the first mules – the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Considering the company claims the new underpinnings is resilient to extreme weather conditions, it’s no surprise that our photographers caught the new Phantom testing in the snow. As you can see, the Phantom is under heavy camo, that is to be expected since the new Phantom is at least a year away from hit showrooms.

We know that the new space-frame should make the Phantom significantly lighter but, at first glance, it doesn’t look like we’ll see too many exterior changes on the outside. Of course, it is still pretty early to be speculating, but let’s take a look at the pictures and see what is going on with this camouflaged mule.

Updated 11/04/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Rolls Royce Phantom out for a new testing session and, when compared to the previous prototypes, this one lost all of those fake panels under the foil.

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2016 Arch KRGT-1

2016 Arch KRGT-1

2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1
2016 Arch KRGT-1

Arch Motorcycles’ flagship bike brings innovative design, crushing performance and artistic flair together for buyers looking for something, shall we say, a little more exclusive. Proprietary engine management components and an S&S twin-cam V-twin drive the bike with over 120 pound-feet of torque to work with, so it’s far from being just a showy curb ornament. This ride is the first fruit borne of the partnership between actor Keanu Reeves and self-taught engineer Gard Hollinger. Keanu’s influence and star power is reflected in the first two letters of the KRGT-1 moniker, but he is far from just being a celebrity face-man for a company.

This whole project got started when Mr. Reeves decided to build his own bike, and the relationship developed with Mr. Hollinger during this project gave birth to this bike, sort of. The original set the tone for the production model, but every part was re-worked for the limited-edition production model.

Continue reading for my review of the Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1.

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2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter

2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter

2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter
2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter

The P51 Combat Fighter is the latest creation from Confederate Motorcycles, and as usual it’s as much a work of art as it is a mode of transportation. Far from all show and no go, the designers at the Birmingham, Alabama factory built this striking ride around a massive 2,163 cc (132 cubic-inch) engine that boasts 18 more cubic inches than the next biggest production American mill; the 1,868 cc (114 cubic-inch) Milwaukee-Eight from Harley-Davidson.

As I spoke to Matt Chambers, the man who founded Confederate Motorcycles back in 1991, and designer Jordan Cornille, the enthusiasm was palpable as they discussed this current model that strongly reflects the core principles upon which the company is based; minimalism, primitivism and avant-gardism. Join me while I check out what this Southern-fried manufacturer has going on over there with its latest tribute piece that blends a rebellious attitude with homage for our country’s founders.

Continue reading for my review of the Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter.

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2015 - 2016 LITO Sora

2015 - 2016 LITO Sora

2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora
2015 - 2016 LITO Sora

With every new entry into the electric motorcycle sector, the industry gets stronger and more viable as a whole. LITO Green Motion based in Quebec, Canada, jumps head first into the deep end with its own contender for the luxury sub-section of this burgeoning industry.

The Sora is a collection of top-shelf devices and features meant to appeal to the more well-heeled among us with a price tag to match, leaving other companies with products and prices well into the entry-level range to take care of the unwashed masses yearning to ride clean. Though this isn’t the first so-named “luxury” bike — Energica puts out a few bikes that meet the criteria — it does represent a viable competitor for the top slot, and so signals a certain depth and maturity for the electric sector as a whole. All good stuff for those of us rooting for clean transportation, even if most of us will never be able to afford, or at least be willing to pay for, such a luxe machine.

Continue reading for my review of the Sora.

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1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

Gorgeous, immaculate, and historically significant
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

Ferrari built the Monza between 1953 and 1957, producing one of the world’s top collector cars in the process. In that timespan, this open-top sports racer collected a wide variety of trophies and accolades, offering up impressive capabilities for any driver willing to tame it. The 750 variant of the Monza dropped in 1954, making its competition debut at the Italian racetrack from which it draws its name. The model is also important because it marks the transitional period from the Colombo V-12 to the Lampredi four-cylinder engine, the latter of which would play an integral role in Ferrari’s competition history.

However, some 750 Monzas are considered more desirable than others, and this particular vehicle you see pictured here is one such example. It was recently put on the block at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, trading hands for well over $5 million.

Why so expensive? For starters, this car came from the personal collection of the great American race car driver Jim Hall, who had the car in his possession for 60 years before it was auctioned off. This example also won a slew of races at the hands of legends like Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill, and it arrived in Monterey in a pristine, unmodified condition.

Long story short, this is quite likely the most desirable Ferrari 750 Monza in the world. Read on for all the details.

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1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

The Lamborghini Miura SV, also known as the P400SV, was introduced in 1971. Essentially an updated Miura S, the SV was the last and most famous Miura. Produced in significantly smaller numbers than the previous versions, the SV is also the rarest Miura as well. Although visual updates were mostly subtle, the Miura SV featured extensive drivetrain and chassis upgrades that enhanced both the output and the handling of the car.

The oil crisis and the lack of demand prompted Lamborghini to halt Miura production in 1973, the same year it launched the Urraco, its first of only two sports cars powered by V-8 engines. The Miura was replaced by the Countach in 1974, a vehicle the company had been working on since 1970.

Shortly before the Miura was discontinued, Ferruccio sold off his controlling shares of the Lamborghini company. Word has it he retired because he achieved everything he had set out to do with the Miura.

Updated 08/24/2016: A very cool Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone was brought by RM Sotheby’s at the 2016 Monterey Car Week, where unfortunately it failed to sell. The car was estimated to go down for $1,900,000 - $2,200,000. Check the "Pictures" tab for some images taken at the event.

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1978 - 1981 BMW M1

1978 - 1981 BMW M1

The company’s first mid-engined sports car
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1
1978 - 1981 BMW M1

Although BMW had been racing its cars since the 1920s, it didn’t develop its first true-blue sports car until the late 1970s. A few years after the M division started making headlines with its beefed-up sedans and coupes, BMW signed an agreement with Italian manufacturer Lamborghini to build a mid-engine sports car in sufficient quantity for racing homologation. The collaboration didn’t go as planned, and BMW eventually decided to produce the car itself with input from its Motorsport division. The M1’s body was designed by Giugiaro, which explains its very Italian cues, while production was handled by Baur. The end result was sold to the public from 1978 to 1981, with only 453 examples built.

To this day, the M1 remains one of BMW’s rarest models. Likewise, it is also one of the company’s most successful race cars, with its track career surpassing that of the road car’s well into the 1980s. Unfortunately, the M1 is also BMW’s first sports car, which makes it that much more important to the Munich’s storied history as an automobile manufacturer.

The M1 Homage Concept launched in 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1 spawned rumors that BMW might build a successor, but a modern-day M1 has yet to arrive as of 2014.

Updated 08/23/2016: RM Sotheby’s auctioned a very well preserved Ferrari Enzo during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check out the "Prices" section to see how how much it was auctioned and the "Pictures" tab for some images taken during the event.

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1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

A prime example of a very successful race car
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

While there may have been 188 units of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 built for road use, it was initially designed as a race car. The “2300” in the car’s name was a reference to the 2.3-liter straight-eight engine that was hidden under its long hood. The 8C was built in several different series’ in its first few years of production, with some (the 188 road cars) serving as luxury vehicles and the rest serving as dedicated race cars. By now, you’ve probably noticed that the model here also sports the “Monza” name. This name was given to the shortened, two-seater GP cars after an early model emerged victorious during the 1931 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Throughout the car’s production, it was rather successful on the track, including four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the consecutive wins at Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, and back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of Spa. On top of that, the car also led to the development and introduction of the Monoposto Tipo B, which, as you may or may not know, dominated Grand Prix racing with 46 wins between 1932 and 1935.

The model you see here has had several owners, but was raced quite a bit between 1934 and 1948, securing 7th in Class at the Klausen Hillclimb in 1934, 3rd Overall at the Circuito di San Remo in 1947, 2nd Overall and 1st in Class at the Sassi-Superga Hillclimb in 194, and 1st in Class at the Cantania-Etna Hillclimb in 1948, among others. It is Chassis No. 2311218 and was sold new in Italy back in the 1930s. And while it changed hands on a somewhat regular basis, it’s racing DNA kept in on the track even recently as the owner prior to this auction used it to participate in Euro and US. Tours – this isn’t a car you just lock away in a dark garage.

This Monza recently went up for auction at the Gooding & Company Auction during Monterey Car Week, exchanging hands for more than $10 million. It’s only fitting that we do a full review of such an amazing car, so keep reading to take a closer look at it.

Note: Official images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Brian Henniker.

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1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT

1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT

The first Japanese Supercar
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT
1967 - 1970 Toyota 2000GT

Currently the biggest carmaker in the world, Toyota is mostly known for its family sedans and capable SUVs. But in recent decades, the Japanese have built themselves a solid name in sports car manufacturing and racing through vehicles such as the Celica, Supra,, GT 86, the Le Mans-prepped TS lineage, and the Lexus LFA. Five decades ago, however, Toyota was still had the sober image of an econobox carmaker. This changed with the tiny Sports 800 in 1965, and, two years later, with the 2000GT, widely regarded as the first Japanese supercar.

Initially designed for Nissan by Yamaha, the project was adopted by Toyota after the Yokohama-based company refused the idea and started working on what would become the Fairlady Z (Datsun 240Z). Realizing how the bold two-seat design would change its image globally, Toyota immediately approved the program. Production began in 1967, when the 2000GT would revolutionize Japan’s view on the automotive industry, with a sports car to rival offerings from the more famous European marques.

The 2000GT was built for only three years and in just 351 units, but its impact was huge. It was not only the first supercar to come from Japan, but also the only Japanese car to have been featured prominently in a James Bond film. Also, it is the most expensive Asian car ever sold at auction as of 2015.

Updated 08/22/2016: Gooding & Company brought a fully restored 1967 Toyota 2000 GT at a auction event in Pebble Beach during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check out the "Prices" section to see for how much it was sold and the "Pictures" tab for some shots taken during the event.

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2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview

2016 RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction – Preview

Got a couple extra million dollars to burn? RM Sotheby’s has a few ideas
2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview
2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview
2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview
2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview
2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview
2016 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction – Preview

Over the course of the past quarter century, RM Sotheby’s has established itself as one of the preeminent auction houses in the world, regularly setting new sales records and offering up some of the finest collector cars in existence. The Ontario-based company just broke new ground earlier this year in Monaco, documenting the record sale of a 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota ($760,748) and 2004 Aston Martin DB AR1 By Zagato ($380,192). Even more impressive is the fact that RM Sotheby’s is responsible for four of the top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction, the majority of which exchanged hands at its flagship event in California. Now, with Monterey Car Week 2016 just over the horizon, we take a look at the top lots slated to go under the hammer.

Last year, RM Sotheby’s raked in a whopping $172.9 million in just three days, making it the highest grossing collector car auction ever. Three dozen of the individual lots surpassed the seven-figure mark.

What new records will we see established in 2016? Read on for the details.

Update 8-18-2016: We’ve taken a short video at the preview lot for the auction. Check out the video in our preview below.

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2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo

2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo

2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo
2003 - 2004 Ferrari Enzo

Once every decade or so, Ferrari comes out with a world-beating, benchmark-setting supercar that demonstrates the Italian company’s latest technology and insatiable thirst for speed. The first real car to pull this off was the Ferrari F40. It was the last car Enzo himself signed off on, it was the first carbon fiber bodied car, it was the first production car to hit 200 mph, and it was built to celebrate the companies 40th birthday. After the F40 came the F50. A limited run model of only 349 cars, the F50 was again one of the quickest cars on the road; it could hit 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds, in 1995. The mid-engined monster that followed the F50 was supposed to be one of the greatest cars that Ferrari had ever created. It had an all-new engine and an array of Formula One technologies. The car was going to be so great, so rather than christen it the F60, Ferrari decided to name it after the company’s founder. This is the Ferrari Enzo.

The Enzo made huge waves through the industry when it debuted, and it remains one of Ferrari’s most loved and sought-after modern models. Only 400 of these incredible machines were ever produced, and each one is special. Keep reading to find out why.

Updated 08/18/2016: Our guy Jonathan Lopez is present at the 2016 Monterey Car Week and he took a series of shots for the Ferrari Enzo - aka one of the best supercars ever built by the Italian company. Check them out in the picture gallery.

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2016 Honda RC213V-S

2016 Honda RC213V-S

2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S
2016 Honda RC213V-S

Interest in race-replica models is beginning to wane in favor of the more public road-oriented naked bikes and streetfighters, but you’d never know it looking at the work Honda put into the RC213V-S.

The “S” is based on Honda’s RC213V factory racebike currently competing in the MotoGP circuit, and it is important to mention here that this is the bike that carried Honda to the Riders’, Constructors’ and Team Championships in both ’13 and ’14.

While this isn’t quite a straight-up racebike with turn signals, it’s a fairly faithful reproduction and is as close as you will find among the production bikes on the road today. Let’s face it — to unleash a 100-percent genuine racebike on the public would be irresponsible at best, and criminal at worst, so the factory had to nerf it just a little bit. These bikes are hand built by specially trained mechanics using model-specific tools at a rate of one unit per day, part of the reason for the limited-edition run. Join me while I see how close to that line the Red Riders dance with this awe-inspiring machine.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda RC213V-S.

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2017 Aston Martin DB11

2017 Aston Martin DB11

DB9 replacement with stunning looks, turbocharged V-12
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11
2017 Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin has been relying on its VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform since 2001, using it in all of its vehicles except the Aston Martin One-77 and the 2011 Toyota iQ- based Cygnet city car. That came to an end in 2016, when the Brits introduced their new, lighter architecture that includes parts engineered by Mercedes’ high-performance AMG division. The new platform will also see Aston Martin vehicles receive the biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 launched in the Mercedes-AMG GT, which will be supplied to Gaydon based on a partnership with Daimler. The first Aston Martin product to benefit from these new features has just been unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It goes by the name DB11 and replaces the already iconic DB9.

Set to arrive in showrooms for the 2017 model year, the DB11 introduces Aston Martin’s new styling language. Previewed by the DB10 James Bond movie car, the new design brings a sportier and more compact appearance to Aston Martin’s grand tourer, while still relying the classic features that made this brand famous in the 1960s.

Along with the new design, the DB11 also debuts Gaydon’s brand-new V-12 powerplant, which now makes use of turbocharging for enhanced output, improved fuel economy, and reduced emissions. Aston’s first all-new, mass-produced vehicle in more than a decade, the DB11 marks the beginning of a new era for Britain’s famed GT manufacturer.

Updated 07/20/2016: Aston Martin dropped a new video featuring the DB11 sports car testing during hot weather in Phoenix, Arizona. Hit "play" to watch how it endured the extreme weather conditions.

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2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001

2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001

Aston Martin’s most radical road car yet; co-developed with Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001
2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001

Mostly known for its V-12-powered grand tourers and the race cars based on them, Aston Martin isn’t the kind of automaker you’d go to in search of a supercar. There is one exception though. In 2009, the Brits launched the One-77, a coupe that was powered by the most powerful, naturally aspirated engine at the time, was loaded with state-of-the-art features, and built in extremely limited numbers. Come 2016 and Aston Martin unveiled its first full-fledged supercar. Called the AM-RB 001, it was developed in collaboration with Red Bull Racing and will hit public roads in 2018.

Although the full details on the car aren’t out yet and the preliminary photos show a prototype that will be further revised before the official launch, Aston Martin promises that the AM-RB 001 will be "an unprecedented fusion of form and function" and a vehicle that will be "entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track."

These claims are mighty brave, but not surprising given the fact that the supercar is a joint effort with F1’s Red Bull Racing, which is headed by Adrian Newey, arguably the most successful Formula One designer. The F1-derived technology, Newey’s extensive knowledge about aerodynamics, and Aston Martin’s vast racing experience should make the AM-BR 001 quite the insane supercar. The car’s projected performance is "in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes," which sounds spectacular to say the least.

The task of engineering the AM-RB 001 will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility — the exact same factory that was built for the One-77. A track-only version is also on the table, but until we find out more about that, let’s have a closer look at the prototype that previews the road-going model.

Updated 07/15/2016: Aston Martin dropped a new promo video for its latest AM-RB 001 supercar developed in cooperation with Red Bull. Hit "play" for some unveiling scenes from the Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters.

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