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Bugatti Gets Its Name in the Record Books Again, but It's Not for Top Speed

Bugatti Gets Its Name in the Record Books Again, but It’s Not for Top Speed

It’s still impressive though…

When Bugatti unleashed the fury that is the Chiron on the world, it came with a massive improvement of 296 horsepower and 74 pound-foot of torque over its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sports. With a total of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque on tap, we’re talking about a whole new level of performance and power, something that requires vigilance, focus, and some serious balls of steel if you really want to see things through to their full potential. But, there is a problem – the Chiron is so fast it needs special tires to handle any record-breaking speed, so Bugatti had to limit its top speed to 261 mph. Of course, there’s a “top speed key” that unlocks the full potential, but initial buyers were stuck below the 268-mph limit set forth by the Veyron. Be that as it may, it was said early on that the Chiron was more than capable of toppling that record by none other than Le Mans champion and Bugatti test driver, Andy Wallace. The company has since gone on to say that it would make a record attempt in the future, but it hasn’t made it there quite yet. The Chiron has, however, set a new record for the 0-400-0 sprint – an all-new record.

So, what record was set? Well, the Chiron – with the top speed key – was able to make it from a standstill to 400 kph, then back to a dead stop in just 41.96 seconds. Of course, we can’t really compare this run to any other vehicles, as nobody has ever actually completed the run outside of theoretic computer models, so Bugatti was the first. For those of you on this side of the pond, that means the Chiron went from 0 to 248.54 mph and back to zero. Not bad, but far from the Veyron’s top speed of 268 mph. It was able to hit 248.54 mph in just 32.6 seconds and 8,599 feet, so it took a total of just 9.6 seconds and 1,611 feet to go from 248.54 mph to a complete stop, adding about 2g of force against the driver during the braking maneuver. To put that into perspective, that’s about the same force that astronauts feel when they are launched into space. Want to know more about the Chiron and the individual behind this impressive run?

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The Ferrari LaFerarri Aperta #210 Did Sell For Almost $10 Million

The Ferrari LaFerarri Aperta #210 Did Sell For Almost $10 Million

It’s now one of the most expensive Ferrari models of all time

The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210 didn’t sell for €8.32 million ($10 million) as I predicted, but it might as well have after fetching a winning bid of €8.3 million ($9.98 million) in RM Sotheby’s “Legend e Passione” auction at Ferrari’s Fiorano race track as part of the automaker’s 70th anniversary celebration. The total amount bid for the LaFerrari Aperta is made more impressive by the fact that it surpassed the winning bid ($7 million) for the LaFerrari #500, a similar last-second creation that was auctioned off $7 million to benefit victims of the Italy earthquake in 2016.

As has been mentioned before, proceeds of the auction for the LaFerrari Aperta #210 will also go to a good cause, specifically to the “Save the Children” charity. Beyond the obvious significance of the money going to charity, the auction price of the LaFerrari Aperta #210 puts to rest any lingering doubts of the convertible hypercar’s appeal among Ferrari collectors. The truth painted a far different picture, establishing the LaFerrari Aperta as a modern-day classic that financially-endowed Ferrari collectors were more than willing to pay way over its supposed market value. It not only sold for almost four times the actual price of a “standard” LaFerrari Aperta but the price it did go for immediately shot the convertible hypercar up the rankings as one of the most expensive Ferraris in the world. Not too bad for a car that wasn’t supposed to exist in the first place.

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Mercedes Teases Project One Rear End Bodywork Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut

Mercedes Teases Project One Rear End Bodywork Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut

We’re getting closer and closer to the big sheet pull!

Scheduled for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week, Mercedes-AMG just released a new teaser image of its upcoming Project One hypercar, showing off some wide hips and some very sporty cues. Scheduled for release in conjunction with AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Project One promises “the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.” We’ve already got a good amount of info on the mechanical details, with now that the debut is only a few days away, we’re getting a better look at the exterior styling with this still somewhat-murky teaser image. The new image shows off a large central exhaust pipe, geometric angles for the ultra-wide rear fenders, super thin taillights, a roof-mounted intake, aggressive engine cover louvers, and a rounded roof curve.

We’re chomping at the bit to get a look at this thing in the light. Previously, Mercedes only gave us a look at the Project One by way of a few stylish white lines laid on top of a black background. We also recently got a less-than-clear look inside the cabin, which apparently will include a square steering wheel, digital gauges, and a screen mounted high on the dash. As far exterior styling is concerned, we’re expecting a look reminiscent of the old Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR – super wide, low, and a little closer to a Le Mans prototype than an open-wheel Formula car. Either way, stay tuned as we cover all the big reveals from Frankfurt.

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2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210

2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta #210

Could this be the hypercar that sells for $10 million?

The last Ferrari Laferrari Aperta is headed to the auction block this weekend. That alone should be enough to warrant headlines, but as most of you already know, the auction-bound LaFerrari Aperta is special in its own right. This unit isn’t supposed to exist in the first place. This is the 210th LaFerrari Aperta, a last-second creation by Maranello that isn’t a part of the initial lot of 209 units that the automaker planned to launch but was nonetheless built as an auction piece to benefit the “Save the Children” charity.

The auction is set to take place at Ferrari’s Fiorano track and is part of RM Sotheby’s “Legend e Passione” event being held as part of the Italian automaker’s 50th anniversary. Befitting the event on September 9, Ferrari gave the LaFerrari Aperta a unique look no other model of its kind had when they all came out of production. These features firmly establish the 210th model as a legitimate one-of-a-kind LaFerrari Aperta, the kind of car that Ferrari collectors will trip over themselves to get a hold of. It’s no surprise then that neither Ferrari nor RM Sotheby’s has released an estimate for the car. Considering that the 500th LaFerrari – the precursor of the 210th LaFerrari Aperta – fetched $7 million in a similar auction setting last year, the sky really is the limit as to how much the 210th LaFerrari Aperta is going to sell for this weekend.

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How Should We Measure Fast?

How Should We Measure Fast?

Pushing the limits, in a variety of ways

Mercedes recently announced the top speed of its upcoming hybrid F1-inspired hypercar, the Project One, and a lotta folks are less than impressed. 217 mph is the figure in question, and while that’s certainly a whole lot faster than the old family minivan, it’s not quite up to snuff compared to the world-eating Bugatti Chiron. Thanks to four turbos, 16 cylinders, and a veritable ocean of gasoline, the Bug tops out at 261 mph. Amazingly, the Chiron can, in theory, go even faster, but finding the right tires to do so is a challenge.

But while Merc has yet to actually reveal the Project One, I think the relatively low 217-mph top speed isn’t really the point. What really makes it stand out is its F1-inspired powertrain, and as such, I’m expecting godly levels of grip and physics-defying acceleration numbers. In this case, it’s not how fast you can go, but how fast you can get there.

Which opens up the question of how we should measure what it means to be “fast.” 217 mph might not seem that quick compared to 261 mph, but if you can hit 217 from a dig in 10 seconds, I think we’ll all agree – that’s fast (or maybe “quick” would be the more appropriate nomenclature). Or take something like a Dakar rally machine. Top speed in those things is only about 130 mph, but thanks to crazy suspension travel and an unbreakable chassis, they can do 130 over just about any kind of terrain. And that’s fast too.

So then, dear reader, what’s fast mean to you?

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2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One

2020 Mercedes-AMG Project One

Mercedes offers Formula 1-style performance for the road

Just a few years ago, Mercedes floated plans to create a new hybrid hypercar, one that would dominate in the burgeoning world of electrified ultimate-performance machines. The German automaker confirmed those plans a year ago, and we’ve been getting tasty tidbits and hints ever since. Now it’s 2017, and AMG is celebrating its 50th anniversary, which makes it the perfect time to pull the sheets on the uber-car. We’re still waiting on all the hard numbers, but the specs we’ve seen thus far beg belief. You see, Mercedes is saying the new mega-machine will bring “the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.” That includes a 1.6-liter V-6 that’s shockingly similar to the powerplant in Merc’s F1 car, spinning to 11,000 rpm and producing upwards of four figures. Drivers sit in a carbon fiber tub, stick harder with active aerodynamics, and turn better with push rod suspension. All impressive stuff, to be sure, but is it enough to topple the current top-dog performance machines?

Regardless, the Project One is already a massive hit, garnering huge attention for Mercedes-AMG and nearly selling out even before the official debut. But that’s not stopping us from chomping at the bit to get the skinny on what makes this thing tick, and luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer, as the Mercedes-AMG Project One is slated to debut in Frankfurt in just a few weeks. In the meantime, read on for the info we’ve gathered thus far.

Update 9/11/2017: Mercedes-AMG has officially unveiled the Project One, and well, it’s sure to see some mixed opinions. Check out our special pre-update section below to check out the first pictures.

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The Fastest Car In The World Is A Ford?!

The Fastest Car In The World Is A Ford?!

You won’t believe how fast this Ford really is!

The title for “fastest car in the world” is a pretty hotly contested one. Officially, the old Bugatti Veyron Super Sport holds the record at 268 mph. The new Bugatti Chiron is estimated to reach speeds of nearly 280, but it hasn’t been officially tested yet. And then we have the Hennessey Venom GT which hit 210, technically beating the Veyron, but there are several factors that disqualify it from meeting Guinness Records requirements.

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Lewis Hamilton Joins The Teasing Game Ahead Of The AMG Project One's Debut: Video

Lewis Hamilton Joins The Teasing Game Ahead Of The AMG Project One’s Debut: Video

Hypercar will be in the spotlight at the Frankfurt Motor Show

I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show can’t come soon enough. I know there’s going to be a lot of must-see attractions at the event, but one car that I’m looking forward to the most is the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar. It certainly isn’t helping my anxiety then that Mercedes-AMG has released a series of teasers for the F1-powered hypercar with no less than three-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in it.

Ok, so we don’t actually see the car in this particular 30-second teaser, but we do see Hamilton walking inside a garage with some of the most recognizable AMG cars in the performance division’s 50-year history. Chief among them is the iconic 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 6.0 AMG, regarded by many as one of the finest AMG cars in history and a worthy one to bear the nickname “The Hammer.” Hamilton spends a few seconds talking about this specific car in the teaser before walking away into a secret door of some kind. Obligatory password and eye-scan later and a door opens to a mysterious room that’s emitting electric lime lighting, not coincidentally the same shade used by the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive. The teaser then cuts to black with AMG’s promise of the “future of driving performance.” There are three more teasers of this kind that you can all check out below as Hamilton also talks about the 1969 300SEL 6.8 AMG (the Red Pig), the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT-R (the Beast of the Green Hell), and the 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, the world’s first-ever fully electric supercar.

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Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom

Lamborghini Veneno Vs Ferrari Sergio, The Answer to Supercar Boredom

There are no wrong choice, really

Like most people who eat, sleep, and breathe cars, I often find myself going to online classifieds to see which cars are up for sale. It doesn’t matter the price, the location, or even my ability to actually buy them. I just like looking at them and wonder who’ll end up paying that much money on what effectively are second-hand cars. This week though, I chanced upon two vehicles that don’t count as traditional cars. Heck, “traditional” isn’t even the word I’d use to describe them as supercars. These two ungodly beasts - a Lamborghini Veneno and a Ferrari Sergio - fall into categories unto themselves.

It doesn’t even matter that one of them is being sold for a price of $9.5 million whereas the other costs a “far more affordable” sum of $6.1 million. What got me is that they’re being sold roughly the same time, though not exactly by the same seller. So I thought that, if I had the money to purchase either of these two cars, which one would I buy? Would I splurge on the Veneno or the Sergio? There are obviously no wrong answers; it’s just a matter of taste, preference, or in the case of the Sergio, saving a little over $3 million in the process. Better yet, I asked my colleagues the same question. Given a choice, is it the mind-numbing Veneno or the no less spectacular Sergio?

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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

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.

Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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

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2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

2017 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

Lighter and quicker than ever before

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.

Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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2015 Ferrari Sergio

2015 Ferrari Sergio

If there was ever a concept that truly embodied the long-standing partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina, it would be the 2013 Ferrari Sergio. The concept burst onto the scene at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a tribute model to the late Sergio Pininfarina. Reports that the Sergio was earmarked for production first surfaced in September 2014, and a little over a month later, a new report indicated that Ferrari and Pininfarina were actually building production models of the radical concept. Now, the wait is over, as it was recently officially announced that the first Ferrari Sergio has been delivered to the SBH Royal Auto Gallery at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates.

Ferrari and Pininfarina, the two architects behind the Sergio Concept, built six production versions of the radical supercar, each coming with a price tag of $3 million. The price is admittedly way more than I can afford, but for the six individuals Ferrari invited to snatch up the limited-edition piece, spending $3 million on an ultra-exclusive supercar can be considered money well spent.

Unfortunately, all six models have already been spoken for. Based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, the roadster was "created to celebrate the spirit and core values of the historic Cambiano company in the 60th anniversary year of its collaboration with the Prancing Horse," as stated in a press release.

The car is not only striking to look at, it’s also, unsurprisingly, intended to be extremely driver oriented, as is emphasized in the press release: "An authentic open-top, it explicitly references the track, underscoring and intensifying its sense of sportiness, fun behind the wheel and the pleasure of design at its purest."

Each of the six Ferrari Sergios was carefully customized by its owner at a workshop in Maranello, where a large variety of colors, materials, and finishes were on hand to suit their personal tastes. The result, clearly, is a car that’s fast, beautiful, and absolutely unique.

Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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2016 Pagani Huayra Tempesta

2016 Pagani Huayra Tempesta

The Huayra gets an optional kit that gives it better handling and a new exhaust system

Pagani has been known to create some pretty wild vehicles. I mean look at models like the Zonda Revolucion and the Huayra BC, for example. They are clearly two of the wildest machines created, but now Pagani is stepping things up for the Huayra coupe with a new package. Dubbed the Pacchetto Tempesta, the kit is offered as an option on new Huayra models or as a retrofit for those of you who already own a Huayra.

This new package comes with aerodynamic enhancements as well as a few other upgrades that will help improve the car’s handling and driving characteristics. According to Pagani, the kit provides “more responsive behavior,” and reduced body roll and pitch, providing a “sporty yet comfortable driving experience.”

The real shocker about the whole Pacchetto Tempesta’ package is the invoice that comes with it. With a price tag of €160,000, or about $182,480 at current conversion rates. So, for the price of this upgrade kit, you could get yourself a new McLaren 540C or even a new Porsche 911. So, with a price that high, let’s take a good look at the kit and see what makes it worth that much money.

Updated 08/23/2017: We added a series of images taken during the car’s auction at the 2017 Monterey Car Week where it was sold for $2,420,000.

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First U.S.-Spec Bugatti Chiron Finally Gets Delivered

First U.S.-Spec Bugatti Chiron Finally Gets Delivered

The delivery and inspection process is as meticulous as you’d expect it to be

For those who have ever special ordered a vehicle, taking delivery is arguably one of the most exciting feelings in the world. Now, imagine if the car you’re taking delivery of has 1,500 horsepower at its disposal, is limited to just 500 units, and has a price tag that exceeds $3 million. I can’t pretend to know what that feeling’s like, but I do realize the magnitude of seeing a Bugatti Chiron in the flesh for the first time, even if it’s not mine.

Judging from the smile on his face and the giddiness on his step, YouTuber TheStradman had a similar reaction when he captured the first U.S.-spec Chiron get delivered to its dealership, O’Gara Coach in La Jolla, California. The car’s owner – a man named “Hezi” – who also happens to be the same guy who took delivery of the first U.S.-spec Lamborghini Centenario. Not that it’s making me any less jealous, but seeing the process by which the Chiron is delivered and the specific inspections that go on after it provides a good insight on how meticulous the whole thing is. To his credit, TheStradman does a good job of setting the table up, documenting the whole process from the time the car arrives through a massive delivery truck all the way to the actual inspections that go on in ensuring that every available space of the Chiron is built up to Bugatti’s standards.

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2017 Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta

2017 Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta

Pagani’s expertise in one-off Zondas reaches a crescendo with the HP Barchetta

As a company that has become no stranger to dazzling one-off creations, Pagani is back at it again with, well, another one-off Zonda masterpiece. This time, though, the Italian automaker didn’t build one for a deep-pocketed customer with far too much wealth for his own good. This ultra-exclusive Zonda, called the Zonda HP Barchetta, is for the man who launched Pagani in the first place, Horacio Pagani.

It’s been a long road for the Pagani Zonda to get to this point. It was launched all the way back in 1999 and while it was eventually replaced in 2011 by the Huayra, it’s remarkable run has continued in the form of one one-off model after another, including recent introductions like the Fantasma Evo and the Riviera. The HP Barchetta follows in this tradition and while it is technically a “three-off” – three models will be built – its place secure as one of the most unique Zondas in Pagani’s history. There’s a lot to the Zonda HP Barchetta that justifies its status as a different beast compared to its contemporaries, even by the completely exclusive standards that Pagani’s Uno-di-Uno division upholds. It adopts many of the unique styling features that previous exclusive Zondas had and adds to it with design elements that we’ve never seen from Pagani, be it on the Zonda or the Huayra. It’s fitting then that the HP Barchetta gets these “new” upgrades since these three models are likely to be the last Zondas to be created. I know that Pagani has towed that line numerous times in the past, but if it decided to finally send the Zonda to the shed, the Zonda HP Barchetta is a pretty good final send-off.

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2010 Koenigsegg Trevita

2010 Koenigsegg Trevita

Shine on you crazy diamond

As contradictory as it might sound, there’s no shortage of low-production supercar manufacturers out there. Most offer exclusivity and outrageous performance, but few can match the jaw-dropping craftsmanship and build quality of Koenigsegg. Hand-built, fully bespoke, and lovingly finished, any car from the Angelholm-based automaker comes stuffed with insane technology and world-beating go-fast engineering, all the way down to the smallest of details. Amazingly, the Trevita manages to take all that goodness a step further thanks to its unique exterior aesthetic.

At a basic level, you could describe the Trevita as a limited-edition variant of the Koenigsegg CCXR Edition. The name means “three whites” in Swedish, a reference to the model’s extreme rarity and standout exterior hue.

While other composite supercars show their weaves in raw black (or, occasionally, a colored tint), the Trevita boasts white carbon fiber, created in-house using a unique manufacturing process. The resulting material gives off an enticing silver glean, which, applied to a car, creates a “diamond on wheels.”

Updated 08/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A

2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Ferrari unveiled the 458 Italia in 2010, then followed that up with the more precise and track-ready 458 Speciale in 2014. As is the tradition with all modern mid-engined Ferraris, Maranello creates a great car, then a year or two later it chops the top off of it to create a roadster version. We knew it was coming, but now the convertible version of the Ferrari 458 Speciale is here, and it’s calling it the “A."

It may be a silly name, but that A stands for Aperta, the Italian word for open. This is also more than a simple roofless version of the 458 Speciale; the Speciale A features the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 the company has ever used in a spider. Compared to the old 458 Spider, this new machine is faster and more powerful, and Ferrari was even able to keep the weight down. This new car only weighs 50 kg (110 pounds) more than its hard-top sibling.

If you want one, you need to get your order in yesterday. Ferrari is limiting this new car to just 499 units. We don’t know how many of those are slated for U.S. consumption, but rest assured it won’t be a lot. If you are undecided about taking home one of these beauties, hit that jump and read our full overview of this incredible new Italian convertible.

Updated 08/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Everything you get in the massive Phantom, but with a sportier stance

Introduced in 2007, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe marked the return of the company’s flagship convertible after a five-year hiatus, with the Corniche V having been discontinued in 2002. Based on the massive Phantom sedan, which was retired in 2016, the Drophead Coupe was also laid to rest after some nine years on the market. With the brand-new Phantom VIII in the spotlight, it’s time to talk about the next-generation Drophead Coupe, which could be less a couple of years away.

Much like its predecessor, the upcoming Drophead Coupe will use the underpinnings and technology found in the sedan. It will also borrow most design features, so now that we’re familiar with the Phantom, it’s safe to say that the Drophead Coupe isn’t much of a mystery. Thanks to a rendering provided by Xtomi, we can also have a closer look at the car long before it goes into production. Find out everything you need to know about the next-generation Phantom Drophead Coupe in our speculative review below.

Update 8/22/2017: After speaking with Gerry Spahn, the Head of Communications for Rolls-Royce here in the U.S., we have to report that there will be no Phantom Drophead Coupe derived from the Phantom VIII. Read our special update section below to learn more about it.

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ESAVOX - iXOOST

ESAVOX - iXOOST

A super exotic music system reserved for the elite.

Hustled in the ancient town of Modena, Italy, is an abode of sorts for the automotive culture with greats like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani having their roots running deep through the history of the city to create a legacy for themselves. Coming from the same town is IXOOST, another manufacturer who believes that the skill and imagination needed to produce objects are adapted to those who use them, and not the other way round.

Paying new homage to the craftsmanship of Modena, IXOOST introduces their brand new music docking station – ESAVOX, ‘the birth of sound dedicated to Lamborghini cars’.

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2017 Ferrari F12tdf

2017 Ferrari F12tdf

Although the majority of Ferraris built over the last four decades have featured a mid-engine layout, there was a time when all of Maranello’s products were front-engined. Until the mid-1960s, Enzo Ferrari felt that a mid-engine Ferrari would be unsafe in the hands of customers. That changed in 1966, when Enzo, having seen the stir Lamborghini created with the 1966-1974 Lamborghini Miura, approved the V-6-powered 1967-1980 Ferrari Dino for production. Although mid-engined supercars became increasingly popular through the 1970s, Ferrari continued to build front-engined cars into the 21st century, with the current lineup including the 2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta, 2012 Ferrari FF, and 2015 Ferrari California T.

The F12berlinetta, a full-fledged grand tourer, harkens back to the 1968-1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" of the late 1960s, and in many way to the iconic 1964-1966 Ferrari 275 GTB and 1962-1964 Ferrari 250 GTO. Much like its predecessors, it spawned various one-off and special-edition models, including the 2014 Ferrari F12 TRS, 2015 Ferrari SP America, 2015 Ferrari F60 America, and the 2015 Carrozzeria Touring Berlinetta Lusso. Now, Ferrari injected more power into the F12berlinetta to create the F12tdf, a tribute to the legendary Tour de France automobile race, an event Maranello dominated from 1956 through 1964.

Originally rumored to wear a "Speciale" badge, the F12tdf is more than just a tribute car with added grunt. The F12berlinetta shell has been redesigned for improved downforce and weight has been reduce by means of extensive carbon-fiber and aluminum use. Additionally, the Italians used new state-of-the-art tech to make the F12tdf one of the quickest Ferraris out there. Find out more below.

Updated 08/17/2017: We added a series on new images and a video taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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