It’s Not in the Works but an Electric Koenigsegg is a Real Possibility
Koenigsegg doesn’t have an all-electric car to its name, but Christian von Koenigsegg isn’t closing the doors on making one. The automaker’s CEO was in attendance at the Canadian International Auto Show and spoke to Autoguide about the possibility of ever seeing an all-electric Koenigsegg down the road. It’s something the company is interested in doing, but there are issues that need to be addressed before an all-electric Koenigsegg can become a reality.
Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Will Cost you $2.4 Million
The Italdesign Zerouno Roadster will cost $2.4 million, $500,000 more than its coupe counterpart. That’s how much you’ll have to pay for the limited-run supercar, though, considering how fast the coupe version sold out with a $1.9 million price tag, Italdesign shouldn’t have any problems moving inventory once the Zerouno Roadster makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Lamborghini’s Successor to the Aventador Super Veloce Could Use "Jota" Moniker
The successor to the Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce may feature a designation that Lambo fans are very familiar with as a new spy image revealed that the car’s full name will be the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. We can establish that the first two letters of the suffix stand for "Super Veloce," but the last letter — J — could point to the return of the “Jota” moniker.
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Teamed up Again to Bring us the 515 Project ONE
Mercedes-Benz and Cigarette Racing have a long-standing partnership that has given rise to some wild creations in the past. There was the SLS AMG-inspired boat from 2010. There was the Black Series 50’ Marauder Cigarette boat from 2012. Then there was the Cigarette Racing Vision Gran Turismo Concept from 2014. Now the two companies can add the 515 Project One Cigarette boat to its growing collection. Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the 515 Project One is an insane superboat that has as much as 3,100 horsepower at its disposal. It’s meant for the high seas, but with that much power at its disposal, the 515 Project One is nothing short of a certified torpedo in the water. Oh, and it also costs $2 million. A little food for thought to go with those eye-popping figures.
Rolls-Royce Confirms Cullinan Name for its Upcoming SUV
In 2015, Rolls-Royce announced plans to develop its first-ever SUV. Crafted in response to Bentley and Lamborghini, companies that have already unveiled their people haulers since then, it was codenamed Cullinan and described as a "high-bodied car that would redefine luxury travel by making it effortless, everywhere." Three years later and the SUV is still under development, but recent spy shots suggest that the big unveiling isn’t far away. A specific release date has yet to be set, but Rolls-Royce just confirmed that the production model will carry over the Cullinan name. The Brits also explained why they chose this name for their first-ever SUV.
Italdesign is Going Topless with the Zerouno Convertible at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
The Italdesign Zerouno first made waves at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It caused a ruckus at the show as all five production models were gobbled up in record time. A year after the Zerouno’s dramatic unveiling, Italdesign is headed back to the dance with a convertible version of its niche supercar, called the Zerouno Roadster. Care to venture a guess how long it takes before Italdesign sells out its allocation of these drop-top beauties?
2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven
It was in 2012 when Lexus pulled the covers off its LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept boasted curvy lines, massive rear haunches, a big Spindle Grille, those signature fishhook LED daytime running lights, and a nose almost as long as Michael Keaton’s Batmobile. Somehow Lexus managed to keep the concept’s sultry lines almost completely intact for production. The final result is this, the 2018 Lexus LC500.
I spent a week behind its wheel, doing everything from blasting down the Interstate to picking up the kiddos in the carpool line. It fetched groceries and drew crowds in nearly equal amounts. It also fostered a love/hate relationship in my view. I’ll explain below.
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2019 Bentley Flying Spur
Launched in 2005 and updated in 2013, the Bentley Flying Spur is getting a little long in the tooth. As a result, the British firm has already begun testing the next-generation model and we have already received the first spy shots of the upcoming luxury rig. Don’t let the Panamera body fool you, this is actually a Bentley mule, and the fact that Bentley is using a Porsche body is by no means surprising. As you may recall, the first Bentayga prototype hit the road with an Audi Q7 body. Also, keep in mind the Bentley, Porsche, and Audi are all under the same Volkswagen Group umbrella. If you’re still in doubt, our paparazzi have already checked the British plates with the DVLA, which revealed that the prototype is indeed registered as a Bentley.
Likely to break cover in late 2018 or early 2019, the next-generation Flying Spur will bring major improvements to the nameplate. Arguably the most imporant is the MSB-F platform, which already made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera. The redesign will also spawn a new styling language, a more luxurious interior, and give the sedan more powertrain options. Official data is virtually non-existent, but I gathered all existing rumors in a speculative review that should keep you covered until a Bentley-bodied prototype shows up in 2017. Make sure you stay tuned for details.
Updated 02/13/2018: Our spy photographers caught the new generation Flying Spur out for a new testing session in Sweden. The new car is expected to debut in late 2018 or early 2019.
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Mercedes-AMG Drops More Details About the Project One Hypercar
The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the right kind of spicy for hypercar-starved fans the world over. But as much as we know about it already, we really don’t know a lot about it from Mercedes-AMG’s perspective. Good thing then that AMG boss Tobias Moers revealed some interesting information about the Project One, including its weight, power estimate, and the amount of downforce it will generate. None of these numbers are official, but if it comes from the man making all the decisions, we’ll take it as the closest thing to gospel.
Pops’ Rants: The Chicago Auto Show Is Proof that Lamborghini Is Schizophrenic
Remember how Lamborghini staged an U.S. debut for the Urus at the Museum of Contemporary Art and then ditched the Detroit Auto Show, leaving just a Huracan at the Cobo Center? And how the Italian firm thought that the SUV was too special for the first major auto show of 2018? You probably do, but Lambo apparently forgot all about it, as the Urus is now on display at the Chicago Auto Show. It’s just sitting alone in the corner waiting for visitors that are there for mundane cars they can buy. Makes a lot of sense, right?
McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce
When it unveiled the Senna back in December 2017, McLaren omitted some of the supercar’s performance facts. Needless to say, the Senna was downright spectacular even without those figures to run by, but McLaren just released a batch of new information that proves this supercar is as quick as it looks.
First World Problems: Bugatti Wants to Take Care of your Veyron For as Long as 15 Years
The price of buying a Bugatti Veyron will set you back at least $1.5 million, but the costs attached to owning one can run high too. An oil change, for example, will set you back $20,000. A new set of tires will hit you like a brick in the head at close to $50,000 per set. Add up the years you plan to own a Veyron, and you’re looking at maintenance costs that could reach around $400,000 to $500,000. Be thankful, then, that Bugatti is introducing a Loyalty Maintenance Program for the Veyron that will help reduce operating costs while maintaining the condition of your million-dollar supercar.
Wanna Make Your Aston Martin Valkyrie Even Cooler? Just Add Moon Dust
Throughout its development, the Aston Martin Valkyrie was known internally as the “Nebula,” a fitting moniker considering the hypercar’s otherworldly speed potential and performance specs. Now, one lucky owner is taking the association to the next level by adding Moon dust to the equation.
In a recent post to Instagram, user lamborghiniks proclaimed “I have sourced, gotten proper verification, and purchased an actual Rock from the Moon which will be ground to dust and used as a key ingredient in Karosserie Lunar Red which will be the color of my Aston Martin Valkyrie.” Apparently, lamborghiniks also enjoys a variety of other exotics in his garage, including a Koenigsegg Agera XS, Pagani Huayra BC, and Lamborghini Veneno.
It’s an interesting idea, and certainly unique, but it makes us wonder what effect (if any) the Moon dust will have on the Valkyrie’s appearance. In fact, lamborghiniks is gonna need a pretty sizable chunk of the stuff to even see it show up on the body panels at all. But at least he’s not painting it in some obnoxious gold flake or chrome wrap, right?
As a reminder, the Aston Martin Valkyrie reaches escape velocity by way of a hybrid, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 tuned by Cosworth to produce upwards of 1,130 horsepower. Output is routed through a seven-speed Ricardo dual-clutch automatic, while the hybrid is a KERS-style system from Rimac. At just 1,030 kg (2,271 pounds), the Valkyrie manages a power-to-weight ratio better than the ’ole one-to-one figure. It’s also got some pretty serious aero, but that doesn’t really apply on the Moon. Unless you count solar wind.
2019 Lamborghini Aventador Performante
It’s been around six months since Lamborghini upgraded the flagship Aventador to S specs, thus introducing the facelifted model, and the Italian firm is already testing a new iteration of the supercar. With the mid-cycle facelift and the high-performance SuperVeloce (SV) already on the road it might seem out of place for Lambo to test a new version of the current generation model, but the prototype our paparazzi caught testing on public roads doesn’t appear to be a next-gen car. Instead, it looks like Lamborghini is actually preparing yet another high-performance model.
There’s no official confirmation from the automaker as of this writing, but the general consensus is that Lamborghini will launch a Performante version of the Aventador soon. As you may remember, the Performante is a more extreme version of the Huracan that uses a more powerful engine and race-inspired aerodynamics. Oh, and it’s the fourth quickest car around the Nurburgring as well as the fastest Lambo on the German race track. Yup, it’s quicker than the Aventador SV, which is why a Performante version of the flagship supercar is actually a really good idea. Let’s find out more about it below.
Updated 02/02/2018: Based on the recent rumors and speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Aventador Performante.
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Zenvo is Back and It’s Coming to the Geneva Auto Show With a New Car!!!
Back in 2007, a Danish supercar company was born. It called itself Zenvo, which, if you translated the name in English, also means Zenvo. Translation lessons aside, Zenvo has been laying low the last few years. That’s about to change, though, because the automaker has a new supercar it wants to show us. It’s arriving at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and while it still doesn’t have a name, it’s already being billed as the successor to the company’s previous lunatic machines, the TS1 GT road car, and the TSR race car.
The Lamborghini Aventador Performante Has Been Spotted and it will be the Most Aggressive Yet
We already know that Lamborghini has big plans for the Aventador’s swan song. What we didn’t know was that those plans include building what might very well be the most ridiculous Lamborghini ever built. New spy photos of the car known as the Aventador Performante show some incredible design details, none more significant than the ridiculous amount of aerodynamic bits that the Italian automaker somehow fit into the supercar’s body.
It’s hard to make them all out with all the swirly camouflage, but if you look closer, you’ll see them in full bloom. The front section, for example, features a more dynamic interpretation of the tiered bumper and splitter combo that the updated Aventador introduced. The air intakes and the aero slits also look to have been revised. It’s a similar story in the side section where the side air intakes look larger, and side skirts look wider.
As fascinating as these observations are, the real magic happens in the rear section of the Aventador Performante. “Stunning” isn’t even a word I’d use to describe it. The diffuser sitting in the bottom section of the rear is ridiculous beyond compare. The exhaust setup appears to be similar to the Huracan Performante. And then there’s the rear wing, which is not only huge but actually adopts a strange design as well. I can’t tell if the lower part of the wing are brackets or uprights, but they do extend outward diagonally, then horizontally where they meet with the wing’s endplates. None of Lamborghini’s past creations, including limited-run versions like the Veneno, Aventador J, and Centenario have wings like this. It’s also worth mentioning that earlier spy photos of the Aventador Performante came without it. For better or worse, this new rear wing configuration is worthy of its own headline.
There’s no word yet on when Lamborghini plans to launch the Aventador Performante, but with the Aventador itself nearing its last legs, don’t be surprised if the Performante version makes its debut sometime this year.