$31 Million Ferrari 250 GTO Crashed In France

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, valued at over $30 million, has been crashed in France in what reports suggest is the world’s most expensive car crash.
American businessman Christopher Cox, the Ferrari’s Owner/Driver smashed into another car last week during a trip to commemorate the model’s 50th anniversary.

Mr Cox was en route to Le Mans among a convoy of Ferrari fans when the accident happened near the town of Blois in Central France on Friday.
Cox’s wife, Ann, suffered a broken leg in the accident and it appears that Cox is unharmed. Two passengers in the other vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital.
Mr Cox’s model rolled out of the Ferrari factory in April 1962. One of only 39 ever built, the 174mph sports car sold with a $11,000 price-tag.
Initially red, it was resprayed blue with a yellow central stripe in 1963. The car crashed once before, in 1976 but was fully restored before Cox bought it in 2005.
The value of the 250 GTO has rocketed in recent years with a green model built for Stirling Moss selling last month for a record $35 million.

 

 

Bentley Mulsane Diamond Jubilee

A Suitably stylish wayto get around town

With so many Jubilee celebrations going on this year, you need a suitably stylish way to get around town. Well, black cabs are so 2011 (sorry Phillip!) – we love the new Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Limited edition which was unveiled in China this April.
Just 60 of the limited edition, top of the range, Bentley cars have been produced by Bentley’s in-house Mulliner department, representing the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Her Majesty is no stranger to the Mulliner department – they also built the state limousine which was presented to her in 2002. As you would expect from craftsmen and women used to designing for royalty, every detail is immaculate: bespoke gold embroidery on all four headrests, a picnic table in the rear cabin decorated with a gold overlay of a royal state carriage and subtle paint palette references to the red, white and blue of the Union Jack.
Although its primary purpose was to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, the Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition is also a celebration of British craftsmen and women.
Mulliner have been building royal transport since the eighteenth century, when they were commissioned to build carriages for the Royal Mail. By the late nineteenth century, they were hand-crafting the coach work for the new ‘horseless carriages’ – cars. They joined forces with Bentley on the bodywork of the famous EXPI and were involved in many of Bentley’s most revolutionary designs. Now known as Bentley Mulliner and wholly-owned by Bentley, they offer a specialist, personal commissioning department for limited edition cars and tailor to individual requests.

 

 

2013 Porsche Carrera 4

 

The next generation of Porsche's next generation all wheel drive technology debuts in the 991 with the 2013 Carrera 4. Marked by that striking red LED-lit light strip, the new C4 is lighter than the previous generation but puts on more muscle with a wider track and a speedier ride. Speaking of speed, the car will hit 60 mph in 4.5s (4.7 in the cabrio) while the 4S hits 60 in just 4.1 (4.3 in the cabrio). Other new additions include an all-wheel-drive indicator, adaptive cruise control, and a sliding glass sunroof.

 

 

 

 

Cadillac by Assouline

 

Assouline joins Cadillac in celebrating the 110th Anniversary of not just any American luxury automobile, THE American luxury automobile:
"In celebration of 110 years of one of the most iconic brands in the world, Assouline presents the first luxury book on America’s foremost luxury car. Cadillac takes readers on a visual journey through all the decades of its history. Here are presidents and Hollywood stars, closed-body cars and concept cars, the classic and the cutting-edge. Cadillac enthusiasts and car collectors alike will delight in an edition that brings to life the powerful and seductive energy of an American legend."

 

World’s most expensive Rolls-Royce sells for £4.7m at auction

 

Cars A 100-year-old Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost has become the world’s most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction after fetching almost £5 million.
The Rolls-Royce, described as “one of the finest ever built”, manages 15 miles to the gallon and is capable of a “cruising” speed of 60mph, according to The Telegraph.
Known as “The Corgi”, named after a line of toys modelled after the car in the 1960s, the car was originally purchased in 1912 for approximately £1,000.
The car was sold by Bonhams at its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on June 29 for £4,705,500 – making it the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction.
The car was sold to an anonymous buyer following the death of its American owner.
The Rolls-Royce was originally bought by John M Stephens of South Croydon in the UK, who employed coach-making company, Barker and Co. Ltd, to do the bodywork.
According to Bonhams, “The Corgi” Rolls-Royce is one of the most widely recognised of the company’s ‘Silver Ghost’ production to survive.
The auctioneers added its “opulent and imposing design echoed the luxurious ‘Pullman’ Railway carriages pioneered by American George Pullman”.
The car has been described by Sports Car Market magazine as “a masterpiece of elephantine Edwardian elegance”.

 

World’s most expensive SUV featured in ‘The Dictator’ on sale for USD500k

 

The gold-plated armoured SUV featured in the soon-to-be-released comedy film The Dictator can be yours for a cool USD500,000.
Ten of the Dartz Prombron Aladeen Edition SUVs, named after Sacha Baron Cohen’s character in the film, Admiral General Aladeen, have been put up for sale to the public, according to Daily Mail.
Three of the unique SUVs feature in General Aladeen’s motorcade in the film, which will be released in the U.S. next week.
According to a Dartz press release announcing the SUV’s public sale: “His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen has graciously granted his express permission for Dartz Motorz, manufacturer of ultra-luxury armored vehicles and exclusive provider to the Wadiyan government motor pool, to offer limited edition commemorative vehicles honoring the Ruthless Protector of the Precious and Expendable People of Wadiya. Like civil rights in Wadiya, this offer will not be around for long.”
The original vehicle was unveiled by Dartz, a Latvian armoured vehicle manufacturer, at the Top Marques Show 2012 in Monaco last month.
Dartz has produced armoured vehicles for Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Tsar Nicolas, and has incorporated the safest features and most luxurious extras in the limited edition SUV’s design.
The vehicle features bulletproof windows with three-inch thick anodised glass, protecting occupants with resistance to rocket-propelled grenades and .50 calibre high velocity armour piercing rounds.
Luxury features include reclining massage seats, champagne bottle chillers and wine racks for those who want to sit back and enjoy the ride.
But it’s not just the interior Dartz have thought of. Outside, the vehicle also features eight security cameras.
A standard Prombron is available with a choice of 10 interior treatments, including snake, crocodile, whale, chameleon, or elephant skins.
The Aladeen Edition takes the luxury factor up a notch and also features a gold-plated exterior.
The limited edition vehicles range in price from USD500,000 to 750,000, depending on equipment and package options.
The Dartz Prombron Aladeen Edition isn’t the first Dartz vehicle to grab headlines, though.
In 2009, the company offered for sale a USD1.5 million Monaco Red Diamond Edition, with gold-plated windows, pure tungsten exhausts, speed gauges encrusted in diamonds, and, perhaps most famously, leather seats made from a whale’s penis.

 

 

FERRARI

AnInterview with Luca Cordero di Montezmolo; the chairman of Ferrari

If there’s one person who knows about luxury it’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo; the chairman of one of the world’s most eponymous luxury brands; Ferrari. No surprise then that he was recently commandeered as a key speaker at The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in the auspicious surroundings of Churchill’s favourite Moroccan city, Marrakesh. So what observations did I glean from half an hour with the man who has invested over twenty years of his life in one of the world’s most revered brand of supercars?
Well for starters it must be said that Cordero di Montezemolo is utterly captivating; speaking in a Piedmontese drawl that drips with the very essence of the brand he represents. Yes this is a man who knows how to charm at leisure; sharp, elegant; aesthetically pleasing to say the least, it is no small feat to be in the presence of such a highly esteemed figure in the world of luxury. Cordero is incredibly laid back about his rise to such dizzying heights; ‘I think that it is important to talk about life, rather than numbers in this kind of meeting,’ the CEO smiles, ‘I like to transfer my experience.’ Experience indeed, because Cordero has overseen a sharp turn in fortunes in the brand that is widely known to have struggled since the death of its founder Enzo Ferrari in 1988.
So what it is about the Ferrari brand that Cordero believes holds such sway in the luxury market? ‘The myth, the history, the technology’ he smiles. ‘The new generation like technology, innovation – this is the reason why I have re-built Ferrari. Maintaining the tradition, maintaining the feeling but looking ahead.’
Looking ahead seems to be a recurring theme; because many would say it is this constant eye on the ball (and the future) that has kept Cordero at the forefront of his field, ‘I call Ferrari something unique in the world,’ he states confidently. A statement backed up by its dogged expansion into new territories; China for example, which, in less than fifteen years, has become Ferrari’s second largest market. Cordero is not one to forget Europe however, particularly the UK; ‘We have a long tradition over there; when Prince Michael of Kent calls me [he says] ‘Luca, Ferrari needs to be present at the Farrakka, The Queen will be there.’ I said I’m very proud we’ll do something.’
No stranger to mixing with royalty then, as well as the crème de la crème of Formula One. Cordero has known and employed some of the most revered drivers in history in his time; many of them essential to the success of the Ferrari brand – the first that springs to mind, Alonso. What is it in Cordero’s opinion that sets him apart? ‘He is fantastic, particularly in the race… He is able to do 70 laps like a qualifying lap’ Cordero explains, ‘It is also very important – the work between Alonso and the team – not only on the technical side of course but also psychologically. What I like is that even in difficult moments he gives enthusiasm to the team. If we work like this we all succeed.’
Praise and rightly so, but with the advent of Cordero’s dearly beloved ‘technology’ are the drivers somewhat taking a back seat? ‘When I was the Ferrari team manager in the 70’s with Niki Lauda or Jackie Stuart; at that time the driver feeling was absolutely essential,’ he says. ‘I’ll give you an example; if I am a doctor and you tell me ‘I’m sick’ but you don’t tell me where, how, what you feel – it’s difficult, so at that time it was crucial to have a driver that could give a very clear feeling to the designer. Today it’s very important but less crucial for one reason: technology. We put so many sensors on the car that the designer has a lot of information; the drivability, the plus and the minus [sic] so the driver is still important but less so than before…’
The chairman is nothing if not exacting, even with his most successful drivers, ‘I am very… I don’t want to say tough. Even Alonso, even Schumacher, even Lauda… there is a good spirit but also… how can I say, [sic] they have to be responsible,’ Cordero pauses. ‘I always say when you drive for Ferrari you don’t drive for yourself you drive for the team, so if I ask you to do something you have to do it; if not, you can build your own team.’
Cordero is impassioned by his subject matter, speaking animatedly on the spirit of sportsmanship; ‘In every sport you have very good players or drivers and then you have the extra bit… There are a lot of drivers that are fantastic… But don’t have the extra bit.’
There it is; the five percent that sets greatness apart; something Cordero clearly embodies himself, particularly with the attention to detail he imposes on his brand, ‘I am a maniac of detail,’ he laughs when discussing the luxe interiors and vibrant colourways of the latest collection of supercars. ‘The new Ferrari 12 cylinder is a racing green and the leather inside is very chic. I like also the leather with the smell of leather. This is something important… We have 4 or 5 colours for the interiors.’ Of course Cordero drives his own souped up version, ‘I’ve got a big Ferrari four wheel drive that is two seats in the back; I have two children one is less than two years old, you know, I like to enjoy it with the family, I like to have a powerful car – I don’t like to have a station wagon!’
Cordero’s minute eye on design and development has served him well, and led to a new range of personalised Ferraris; ‘We are now looking to do a sort of tailor made car,’ Cordero informs me. ‘My friend from Guess jeans, the owner Marciano came and said “I want the interior made of jeans”’; of course the chairman acquiesced, happy to humour a client who shares his love of detail. A characteristic also extended to his high speed trains, though the CEO is quick to assert that this is not the first step in a planned brand expansion, ‘The train is nothing to do with Ferrari, it is my personal activity,’ he states, musing at length on the advantages of a more relaxed mode of transport, ‘Italy by train is the best; you listen to music, look outside, you think…the atmosphere is fantastic.’
He does concede there are similarities between the brands however; ‘the reputation, the colour, the attention to detail, the attention to the client, the services, the innovation of technology…. And our train has 30% larger windows than our competitors.’ These factors combined have aroused Cordero’s passion for rail; ‘In Italy now with high speed, the train is not seen any more like a Grade B experience… It’s a sort of Metropolitan subway… You go to Sienna, sightseeing, eating good food, driving a Ferrari convertible, if you have a business appointment if you have a lot of bags it’s fantastic. They are very complementary!’ Cordero is not so flattering about the UK’s rail services however ‘In my opinion it’s because you don’t have high speed, but to be honest your trains are terrible!’
Clearly Cordero is a fan of La Dolce Vita; ‘In the modern life we live, does it make is more efficient to get to places quicker? The Internet – all these things? We have to make a little stop if not we become, all of us, psychological maniacs [sic] or stressed.’
The Chairman looks forward to having more time for rest, relaxation; his dream is to work less… ‘I want to have time to bicycle and enjoy my children.’ Cordero is well aware of the scourge of time passing, ‘There is a very good book on the Romans, on Roman philosophy, Seneca that I always have in mind. He said, ‘listen don’t be so stupid as to retire when you have 70 or 75 years old, because it is too late, you are not in good condition any more to enjoy life.’ Cordero is not about to make the same mistake, having dedicated the last twenty years to Ferrari, to developing, honing and rejuvenating one of the world’s most beloved brands. ‘I am happy to continue to work for Ferrari, because Ferrari is part of my life. I like the people, I like the product, the atmosphere, and that’s it.’
What more is there to say? Cordero looks wistful considering the years spent at the helm of one of Italy’s greatest companies; an anecdote moves him, ‘One very important personal moment for me was when I was called by Mr. Berlusconi to become his minister; nine o’clock at night… I didn’t want to do it and I said listen, tell him in a nice way, I’m not interested basically… Then at 10 o’clock the day after I received [on my table at Maronello] the signature of one thousand workers and managers saying ‘please don’t leave the company.’ This was maybe the best moment in Ferrari; the appreciation, normally they say ‘no he can go, we can get another one. It doesn’t break our balls.’ So that for me was a very important day.’ Luca Cordero di Montezemolo – the utterly charming chairman of Ferrari breaking anyone’s balls – I really can’t process the thought…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monaco prince puts classic cars up for auction

Prince Albert II of Monaco is auctioning off part of the luxury car collection started by his father Prince Rainier III, with vehicles by Bentley, Panhard and Porsche among those up for sale.

Forty vehicles will be available at an auction July 26 at Prince Albert’s car museum in Monaco. The cars are being sold due to a “comprehensive reorganisation” of the collection, auction house Artcurial Motorcars said in a press release.
The cars have no reserve price. A Mercedes 500 SEC, the personal car of Prince Rainier, is estimated to fetch between $19,000 and $31,000. Among the oldest cars is a 1913 Panhard X19, valued at between $31,000 and $44,000.

 

BMW M3 Art Car airlifted to the Pulpit Rock, Norway to pay tribute to painter Edvard Munch

 

 

German-automobile giant BMW has been known to have an artistic side and has invited renowned pop artists to give its cars a brush-over since the last 35 years. Artist Jeff Koons’ latest work, a high-performance custom-painted M3 GT2, was flown down to the world-famous 600-meter high Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen in Norway, as part of a stunt organized as a tribute to artists from history’s lane, particularly Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Best remembered for his painting, “The Scream”, recently auctioned for a whopping $120 million. As part of the BMW Art Car project, this unique M3 was flown by helicopter to the jaw-dropping location and photographed in a place most four wheelers wouldn’t have the opportunity to tread.

 

 

 

Valentino bejeweled sunglasses collection celebrate
Rare Aston Martin DBR1/2 is put up for $31.7 million

The most famed cars of all times, Aston Martin DBR1/2 that has several records to its name added one more feather to its cap. The rare automobile that won several races including the 1957 Nurburgring 1,000km race, 1957 Spa Grand Prix and the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in both 1958 and 1959, and Le Mans in 1959, fetched a staggering £20 million ($31.7 million) under the hammer. Out for sale for the first time in its 20-year lifespan, the well maintained car sold at a price second only to the $35 million 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Created by Ted Cutting, the car features a three-litre engine which put out around 250bhp. John Collins, who sold the car to its previous owner 20 years ago said, "This DBR1/2 is the holy grail of motoring and is the most recognisable and valuable Aston Martin in history. I would say it is one of the top five cars in the world and models of this calibre and undisputed provenance are rarely available on the open market."

 

 

Gold wrapped Mercedes S500 on display in Stuttgart

We brought you information on how the VIPs at the 65th Palme d’OR will be ferried from one point to another. Wrapped in gold, Mercedes Benz S500 was truly a luxurious way for VIPs to travel in. Now the same model of the gold wrapped car is on display at the global training center of Mercedes Benz, in Stuttgart, Germany. With so much of bling, it is without a doubt easy to say that there is no better statement to show off your wealth and luxurious lifestyle. The Porsche 996 Turbo has also been recently seen wrapped completely in gold, and so was a Lamborghini Murcielago at the recently held 2012 Tokyo Auto Show.

 

 

Ferrari 458 Spider gets an elegant makeover by Kahn

 

Kahn is quite a revered name in the auto modding business. After doing up cars including Rolls Royce Ghost, Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche Cayenne, Maybach 57, Aston Martin Cygnet, Audi Q7, and a 2012 Vesuvius edition Sport 300 just to name a few, the brand is now out with a makeover to the Ferrari 458 Spider. Sporting a silver makeover, the car sports redone front and rear sections, ceramic brakes, wing shields, upgraded F1 gearbox and yellow brake calipers and replaced the fabric roof of the convertible with a "sublime folding hardtop" that fold in 14 seconds, and is 25kg lighter than the equivalent, with just two moving parts that slot neatly into a gap between the engine and the seats, and the relatively compact space needed to house it means there’s a small rear luggage bench. It’s a question of taste whether a fabric roof would have looked better, but this car couldn’t be ugly if it tried.
The customised car sports leather electric sports seats, on the inside which can be further tailor made as per your requirements. Finished with 9×21” front and 12×22 Monza forged wheels with color caps of your choice, this baby will look quite pretty in your garage.

 

 

Not sure if selling Rolls Royce with house or house with Rolls Royce

10 Coffin St. in West Newbury, Massachusetts is where you can buy a vintage Rolls Royce for $1,295,900 and get a 5,463 sq. ft. house on a 4.8 acre piece of land for free. Or is it the other way round? The model of the Rolls Royce up for grabs in not worth more than $50,000 and house comes with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, six fireplaces, a three-car garage, and an outbuilding that could be used as a stable or some place to park your Rolls Royce amongst the others. In spite of this incomprehensible kind of claim, the package together is worth the price.

 

 

One-off Ferrari 599 GTO-based supercar is in the making for a Dubai-based businessman

When you’re just 32 and you run a prosperous manufacturing plant in Dubai, you’re bound to know just what to do with all the money you make. Take India-born businessman Cheerag Arya for instance. With a successful company set up in Ras al Khaimah, Arya spends his free hours driving around fast cars, most of which are bred in Italian supercar stables like Ferrari. With a collection of Ferraris including the 575M Maranello, the F40, the Enzo and a few more delicious rides, Arya will now have the Italian supercar manufacturer craft a special ride, exclusively for him!
Based on the Ferrari 599 GTO, Arya’s new supercar will be designed as per his specifications and will be a one-of-a-kind Ferrari creation.

 

 

 

 

Bugatti 16C Galibier will be the fastest and cost more than Veyron

 

 

Presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept, the Bugatti 16C Galibier will soon be ready for purchase. The company confirmed that they are working on the production version of the super sedan. With a W16 engine and a displacement of 8.0 liters, the Galibier will come laden with a two-stage supercharger system. Italdesign-Giugiaro is working closely with Bugatti to design the sedan taking inspiration for the exteriors from the torpedo-like Type 35, while inducing design nods from the Type 57.
Although the entire car will be constructed with carbon fiber, aluminum will be used to for the doors and fenders. We are quite certain that Bugatti will go all out on the interiors for the car with the most expensive wood and leather and combining it with a contemporary LCD center display. Considering the Veyron’s cost of $1.7 million, we are pretty sure the 4-seater street scorcher will be way above that price tag.

 

 

 

Lamborghini unveils 50th anniversary logo and plans for the 2013 Grand Tour

 

2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most revolutionary supercar manufacturers, Lamborghini, and in celebration of the same, the Italian automobile firm has just unveiled its anniversary plans at Monterey, California. With the unveiling of the Lamborghini Urus SUV and the Sesto Elemento hyper-car, Company President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann also unleashed the manufacturer’s 50th anniversary logo, complete with the number “50” and the word “Anniversary” etched in traditional Lamborghini design. And that’s not all. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini will also hold celebrations in Italy and abroad and will host the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour that will run the length of Italy, also being termed as the largest Lamborghini rally ever arranged covering more than 1,200kms with hundreds of these supercars taking to the streets!

 

 

Aston Martin Vanquish is all set for its US debut at the Monterey automotive week

 

The Aston Martin Vanquish will soon be zipping around on the streets of US as the stunning luxury sports car will debut in the country at the Monterey automotive week in California. Unveiling on 15th August at McCall’s Motorworks Revival the car will then make its presence felt at the Motorsports Gathering on 17th August and later at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the 19th August as Aston Martin will host some special guests at The Aston Martin Estate over the weekend. Looking at the hype generated around the One77's cousin, I am sure many high-profile people would want to drop by at this party for sure.
So these lucky people will not only get a sneak peak at the car featuring Aston Martin's VH architecture, with a 6.0-liter V12 engine and an entirely carbon fiber body, but also get to interact with the likes of their partners including Davidoff, Jaeger LeCoultre, Louis Roederer, Lugano Diamonds, Timothy Oulton, Vizio and William Grant & Sons. The car will be available for $279,995 with deliveries starting from early 2013.

 

BMW X5 M given a gold-wrap in Russia

 

 

Everybody’s love a bit of Midas touch to their cars and there is no better way of doing it than giving it a flashy gold-wrap. Gold-wrap may not be everybody’s choice for it may be a bit too pompous and ‘unnatural’, but the fact that one cannot take their eyes off a chrome-wrapped sedan when it passes you, not even the ones who crib about it! We’ve seen a gold-wrapped Lamborghini and gold-wrapped Mercedes in the recent past and boy, were they handsome!
Now, you get to drool over this BMW X5 M wrapped in gold. It was spotted on the streets of Russia, a complete gold-loving country, so it only seems appropriate for it to be zooming around in those parts!

 

 

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish shows up in blue in North America

The 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish debuts in North America at McCall’s Motorworks Revival before showing up at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Carrying off a stunning blue paintwork with plenty of carbon fiber trim work, watch Aston Martin's CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, start up and demonstrate the many exhaust tones of this gorgeous beast.

 

 

 

$11 Million Classics Drive Up Auction Records at Pebble Beach


 

Look down the list of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction and you’re bound to notice one name coming up more often that just about any other: Ferrari. And not just any Ferrari, but the 250 series. Encompassing some of the most desirable classic road and race cars in the marque’s history, the 250 series included such stand-out – and highly sought-after – examples as the GTO, the Testa Rossa and the California Spider. This past weekend atPebble Beach, one such California joined the ranks at an astonishing $11 million.

 

 

Lamborghini CEO Inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame

 

On August 20, 2012 the CEO and President of Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, was given the Concorso La Bella Macchina Hall of Fame award in recognition of his fantastic work for the luxury automobile company. Originally from Rome, Winkelmann has been the President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini since 2005 and has spent the last seven years helping to turn the company drastically around by increasing sales. 

"This achievement is a result of Winkelmann's focus on implementing a solid strategy for its V10 and V12 sports car range, leading the development and launch of the flagship Aventador LP 700-4 while investing in new technologies and facilities to produce its full carbon fiber monocoque, as well as supporting and growing the dealer network," says Lamborghini.

 

 

McLaren's Customized X-1 Supercar Channels Audrey Hepburn

 

Whether it’s the original McLaren F1, the SLR it built for Mercedes-Benz, or the new MP4-12C, there’s little question that owning a McLaren supercar is a rare privilege. But even that wasn’t enough for one owner, who commissioned the British racing team turned automaker to build the bespoke supercar you see here. 

Called the X-1, the one-of-a-kind creation is the product of McLaren Special Operations, which built the car for an unnamed private customer – evidently according to very specific parameters - and presented it this weekend during The Quail event at Pebble Beach in Monterey, California.

It’s based on the carbon-fiber mono-cell architecture that underpins the 12C, but draped in entirely bespoke bodywork hewn in carbon fiber. Inspiration for the design – penned by Korean designer Hong Yeo and supervised by McLaren design director Frank Stephenson – was drawn from classic cars like the 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, the 1971 Citroen SM, and random objects like a Jaeger-LeCoultre clock and a photo of Audrey Hepburn. 

The brightwork both inside and out is made from nickel-plated solid machined aluminum, with diamond-turned wheels that are enclosed at the rear like the aerodynamic classics of yore. The interior is carried over - largely unchanged - from the 12C, but has been draped in red Nappa leather with titanium-carbon trim and Andesite tufted carpeting.

The overall shape is longer and wider than the 12C, but the lighter carbon body panels keep its weight down to a nearly identical 1,400kg as the existing road car. With the same 625-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 under under the hood, the X-1 promises to be just as fast on the road. 

The unusual result may not be to everyone's liking, but when you've got  the kind of wealth to have a company like McLaren to build a unique supercar just for you, who cares what anyone else thinks? 

 

 

Rolls-Royce Presents Exclusive Aviator Collection Phantom Coupe at Pebble Beach

While many luxury automakers have been making cars for decades – some for over a century – there are a number that have their roots in aviation. Spyker, Saab, Mitsubishi and BMW all started out in aerospace, but one name known as much today for its airplane engines as it is for its cars is Rolls-Royce.

Today’s Rolls-Royce automobiles may have nothing to do with the company of the same name that builds jet engines, but their roots are one and the same. And to celebrate that fact, the luxury automaker has released a special edition of its Phantom Coupé called the Aviator Collection. 

Based on its top-of-the-line two-door model, the Aviator features a special grey paint job with a contrasting matte hood and an interior that epitomizes the interplay of wood and metal.

A Thommen clock adorns the dashboard, with matte black instruments, polished stainless steel trim and mahogany veneers. Sumptuous leather adorns several surfaces, right down to the floor mats and glove box, which is also embossed with a quote from founder Charles Rolls upon his 1908 flight with the Wright Brothers: “The power of flight is a fresh gift from the Creator, the greatest treasure yet given to man.” 

Of course all these details adorn what is already one of the most luxurious automobiles money can buy, and is motivated by a regal 6.75-liter V12 engine producing 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque driven through a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

The exclusive model, limited to just 35 examples worldwide, was just unveiled this weekend during The Quail event at Pebble Beach in Monterey, California - one of the premier automotive gatherings of the summer. The special edition celebrates Charles Stewart Rolls and his love of aviation. During his time, Rolls-Royce set simultaneous world speed records in the air, on land and in water, all powered by Rolls-Royce engines. 

 

 

Bugatti Presents Unique Veyron Vitesse at Pebble Beach

 

A company like Bugatti - and let's face it, there aren't many companies like Bugatti - allows its customers to choose the colors of just about every detail on the car. That results in an infinite permutation of color combinations, and means that not two Veyrons need ever be alike. Still, the Alsatian automaker revels in releasing one-of-a-kind special editions of its record-breaking supercar, and this is the latest.

Unveiled this weekend at The Quail gathering during Monterey Auto Week, this particular Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse features a Bianco (white) and New Light Blue color scheme that pays tribute to a particular 1928 Bugatti Type 37A that won several grands prix in its day and now rests in the private collection of one Jay Leno. 

The Vitesse model combines the best attributes of every Veyron model that came before it, pairing the 1,200-horsepower version of Bugatti's epic 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine from the record-setting Veyron Super Sport with the open-roof body-style of the Grand Sport roadster. Together they amount to a 2.6-second 0-62 time and a 233 mph top speed - with the wind in your hair. Or rather, the hair of whoever can afford such an extravagance.

To compliment its heritage color scheme, Bugatti gave this particular example a Cognac leather interior with blue trim to match the exterior. Even the wheels and deployable rear wing are done up in the special shade of blue. And while, as we opened, any Veyron buyer can specify the colors of each and every part of his or her new seven-figure ride, this factory-specified color scheme will ensure that this special edition will remain something of a collector's item. The car is being made available through Bugatti of Beverly Hills for 1.74 million euros. 

 

 

BMW Unveils Zagato Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach

Back in May, BMW wowed the crowds at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (they were also title sponsors) by unveiling the stunning Zagato Coupe concept. A re-imagination of the Z4, the show car was designed along with Zagato, the famous Italian design house from which it takes its name.

The thing is that the Z4 is a roadster first and foremost, so given the overwhelming response the coupe concept received on the shores of Lake Como, BMW has returned with the Zagato Roadster concept you see here. 

Unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that bookends the summer that Villa d’Este kicked off, the Zagato Roadster was conceived and born in just six weeks’ time.

Like the Zagato Coupe on which it is based, the Zagato Roadster blends some signature design elements from both brands into one rather dynamic shape. Hand-crafted from aluminum, the form stretches back tautly from its BMW signature twin-kidney grille, aggressively angled headlights and air intakes, over a long bonnet to a swept-back windshield. The Coupe incorporated Zagato’s signature double-bubble roof (originally crafted to accommodate a racing helmet in low-slung classics) which melds into a sweeping Kamm tail that subtly lifts off the back. The Roadster of course has an open cockpit – although the double-bubble design is incorporated into the rear deck cowling.

 

The Coupe’s metallic red paint has also been replaced by a liquid-finish silver shade, which plays deliciously with the two-tone black and  brown leather cockpit. The Z logo is embroidered into the interior and embedded into the flanks behind the front wheels. 

Based as it is on the sDrive35iS model – the sportiest and most powerful of the Z4 range – the BMW Zagato Roadster packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter six, but tuned from 335 horsepower stock to a round 400.

Unfortunately, this remains a one-off show car at the moment, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of its design elements incorporated into the next Z4 model in the future. 

 

 

 

2013 Cadillac ATS Rated Top Luxury Sedan

On the heels of Cadillac’s new advertising campaign for its ATS model, the results announced by Total Car Score in its comparison test of the 2013 Cadillac ATS will add to those efforts substantially. The new Cadillac ATS luxury sedan came out the top choice for 2013 entry-level luxury sedans in a three-car comparison with the BMW 3-Series and the Infiniti G models. 

Entry-level luxury sedans are the less expensive models manufactured by high-end automakers. The sector is crucial to a brand’s sustainability in the luxury market, as it often represents a buyer’s introduction to a brand. It is vital first step to attaining long-term customer loyalty that automakers vie to secure.

After getting hands-on driving experience during the 2013 Cadillac ATS road test, and then driving it back-to-back against the BMW 335i and Infiniti G37 Sport, we find it to be the most compelling compact luxury sedan on the market right now, and one of the automotive stories to watch in the new class of vehicles coming to market," said Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Total Car Score. "The [Cadillac] ATS has an overall edge versus the BMW 3-Series, and there is yet more distance between itself and other cars in the entry luxury segment." 

Brauer pointed out that the BMW 3-Series has a razor-thin edge over its competitors in pure driving dynamics. He further stated that the Infiniti G is very compelling in performance, but its interior design, styling, and drivetrain refinement are dated

However, the fact that the ATS has essentially matched the 3-Series dynamically, and is more compelling in terms of interior design, overall layout and technological interface, makes it feel like a more advanced car," said Mr. Brauer. "The ATS's 3.6-liter V-6 is attached to a brilliant transmission. It is exceptionally capable in its ability to downshift and up-shift at precisely the right moment, even without driver input.". 

 

 

 

Lamborghini Murcielago

Lamborghini Murcielago = $279,900

Fetches a price tag of $279,900. This super car stands as the most powerful road car engine in the history of expensive automobiles. Introduced as the successor to the Diablo,Lamborghini Murcielago is a two-seater, two-door coupe, beautifully proportioned, exuding power and style.

Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin Vanquish $255,000

Aston Martin Vanquish. This super car manufactured by Aston Martin and designed by Ian Callum rose to recognition after being featured as the official James Bond Car in the movie ‘Die Another Day’. It is also the ‘special occasion car’ in the twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

PanAmerica Trailer – Airstream

PanAmerica Trailer Mobile Home RV – Airstream – $85,000

Airstream’s Trailer PanAmerica gives you first time ever and one of its kinds…..a house on wheels with a garage! This is a gigantic trailer which weighs 7,500 pounds even when it is completely vacant and stretches for a length of 34 feet. But the surprise element in this unique colossal trailer is that it has the space and power to carry another 3000 pounds in the back side of the vehicle. Airstream PanAmerica has made this gargantuan trailer keeping in mind all the extensive travelers who mostly live their lives on the road.

Bugatti Veyron  

Top 10 Most Expensive Casr in the World 2009

2009 Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World - Who is not fond of riding a luxury car? Everybody is. Who doesn’t like to drive luxury cars? Many of us do. Well folks, here is a list of top 10 beauties, in terms of their price tags. Take your pick.

Bugatti Veyron: Let us start our car ride with the Bugatti Veyron, priced at $1,700,000,

Eco Friendly Cars

Eco Friendly Cars

Eco-friendly cars, only a few years ago, were for tree-huggers, socially-responsible people who wore tie-dye and had a history of incense-burning. Now, with the price of gas as high as it is, so-called “green” cars have made it into the mainstream market. These cars, once noted for lack of power, unreliability, and odd styling, are now some of the most popular cars on the market.

Tesla Electric Sports Car

 

Tesla Electric Sports Car - The Engine for Your Race Environment

The Tesla Electric Sports Car is one of the most difficult cars to purchase. Imagine having to make a reservation for a car. And making that reservation requires a $5,000 down payment, and you won’t even know how much the car costs for a few months. That is how popular the Tesla Electric Sports Car is. The 2008 Tesla Roadster sold for a cool $98,000, and that does not include any options. Expect to pay a few grand more on top of that for floor mats, a stereo, and charging system.

Nissan Skyline GTR

Nissan Skyline GTR - Catch A Glimpse of the Extraordinary

The Nissan Skyline GTR has emerged to be one of the classy cars of the late twentieth century. It is one of the super fast cars with a rich stock of high technological devices that has served as a major factor in spreading popularity all over the world.

Ecosse Motorcycles

 

Ecosse Motorcycles – Rule the road

Ecosse motorcycles take its popularity from the Ecosse Motor Works that is known to produce some of the best luxurious motorcycles for professional cyclists. The company took a period of three years to give The Heretic a classy outlook.

Dimoras Natalia SLS

Dimoras Is Ready To Create History With Natalia

Dimoras Motorcar is one of the most popular motorcar manufacturing companies of the world. For the first time, the motorcar by the name of Natalia has been built on a cost of two million dollars along with the provision of sixteen cylinders.

Aptera Hybrid Electric Car

Aptera Hybrid Electric Car – Aptera – Electric car - $20,000

Aptera hybrid electric car is one of the coolest models among the contemporary cars. Previously it was made as an electric vehicle. However, later on it extended itself and switched over to a wide range of trendy models. The basic reason of making such models was to give the ultimate comfort to the customer

Porsche Panamera

 

Porsche Panamera Is Ready With Their New Production = $124,000

Porsche Panamera, the four-door and the four-seated car, is getting to be launched in the year 2009. The engine of this car will be fitted in the front side of the car. The car will generate power from an engine of the latest version and it will be well equipped by the advanced FSI system.

Motor Homes Most Expensive

The Most Expensive Motor Homes in the World - Featherlite Vantare

The most expensive motor homes in the world are just twenty miles from Disneyworld. It is an American company named Featherlite Coaches, Inc. Featherlite Coach manufactures the most expensive motor home in the world, the $3 million Vantare Platinum Plus. Calling the Vantare a mere motorhome is not doing it justice.

Ferrari F430 Spider

Ferrari F430 Spider – The Ultimate Exotic Luxury Sports Car

Ferrari F430 Spider is the latest in the product line of Ferrari V8-engined luxury sports cars - F430 Spider joins the new generation of exotic F430’s. Equipped with the stunning technology of F430’s, Spider is a production in close coordination with Ferrari’s Gestione Sportiva F1 racing division. It is not surprising that the waiting list is approximately two years with a price of  $200,000

Rolls Royce Phantom


Rolls-Royce Phantom - $379,000

  Rolls-Royce Phantom is in the eighth place and you can possess it for $379,000. The luxury saloon automobile is a subsidiary of the BMW and is manufactured by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The car was unveiled in 2003 and what the world got to see was a wonderful car built on an aluminum spaceframe.

Porsche Carrera GT


   Porsche Carrera GT $484,000

  includes the name ‘Porsche Carrera GT’ at the fifth position. The ‘car of dreams’, Porsche, has the most fascinating features, accentuating the look of a sports car, meant for the rich and poised. Its super refined technology gives it an edge over the other street ragers. The car costs staggering $484,000.

Koenigsegg CCX Most Expensive Cars

 
  Koenigsegg CCX $600,910

Koenigsegg CCX is in the fourth position. This model of the car is the latest supercar from Koenigsegg. CCX implies Competition Coupe X. The "X" in the name

Pagani Zonda

Pagani Zonda - $741,000

Top ten most expensive cars in the world have the name of the Pagani Zonda C12 F at the third position. The car can be yours for $741,000. This car is an asset to have and is worthy of being so expensive. It was highly admnired at the Geneva Motor Show.

Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari - $1,000,000

Top ten most expensive cars in the world 2008 reveals the name of the Enzo Ferrari. The car is priced at a neat $1,000,000, which makes it affordable only for the rich. The car is a 12-cylinder Ferrari supercar that has been named after the founder of the company, Enzo Ferrari.

Bugatti Veyron

  Bugatti Veyron $1,700,000

Bugatti Veyron. Run your eyes down the list of the top ten most expensive cars in the world, you will find the Bugatti Veyron stands proudly on top of the list. Yes, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is the world’s most expensive car at present. This street-legal full production car comes with more than 1001 horsepower and a top speed of 253.81 mph.

 

Gemballa Mirage GT Carbon Edition Proves that "Exclusive" is Relative

Some people just have way too much money on their hands. Those people tend to buy Porsches. But with rumors afloat of a new flagship supercar based on the German carmaker's RS Spyder race car, the last real exotic machine the company produced was the Carrera GT. Now discontinued, examples are still trading hands in seven-figure territory. For those few lucky enough to have gotten their hands on one, Gemballa has now released what could be the ultimate modification package for the ultimate Porsche. Called the Mirage GT Carbon Edition, the modified Carrera GT features a full array of carbon-fiber components to improve the car's aesthetics and performance. Gemballa has also tuned the engine to a whopping 670 horsepower, capable of pushing the supercar to sixty in just 3.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 208 miles per hour...perfect for a Sunday drive on the Autobahn. Of course this kind of performance doesn't come cheap: 300,000 euros is what the modifications alone will cost you, not including the cost of the car itself. At those kinds of prices, no wonder Gemballa only plans on building five of them.

Lindsay Lohan's Maserati On eBay


Once again one of Lindsay Lohan's cars has wound up on eBay (her Mercedes was on the auction website in 2007). The white Maserati Quattroporte did not belong to Lindsay Lohan but to Dennis DeSantis. Lohan was photographed driving the car and involved it in a fender bender, which TMZ reported that CARFAX does not mention on their report. The 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT is fully loaded with Brembo brakes, power seats, CD player, rear sunshades, parking sensors, suede headliner, white stitching, GT wheels and tires, sport exhaust, navigation and moon roof. and has just over 25,000 miles on it. Last time I looked bids were over $62,100.

Legendary Designer's Unique '63 Corvette Stingray Up for Auction



Automobile auctions happen all the time. Sometimes they've got something interesting, sometimes they're all rather ordinary. But once in a while a sportscar rolls across the auction block oozing with heritage in equal measure to motor oil. This is one of those cars. It once belonged to Harley Earl, widely renowned and fondly remembered as the dean of automobile design. General Motors made this 1963 Corvette Stingray convertible specially for Earl, packed with all manner of special features, from the special paint scheme to the unique side-mounted exhaust. He drove the car for two years, even drove it as the Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500, before selling it and the car disappeared into obscurity. Four and a half decades later, the unique Corvette has been fully restored to original condition, and is being auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Mecum Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction in St. Charles, Illinois, later this month, where it is likely to fetch the highest price ever paid for a Corvette.

Citroen Considers Building Million-Euro Supercar



If you've got a seven figures to spend on an exotic supercar, there are plenty of companies that will be glad to help out. Between the Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Reventon, Aston Martin One-77, and Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss, supercars keep getting more and more expensive. But even in these difficult financial times, there appears to be a wealth of wealthy individuals looking for new ways to spend their money. And the latest to (potentially) join the fold is probably one of the last automakers you'd expect: Citroen.

Although the French automaker is working on entering the premium market with its new DS line, what you see here is another beast entirely. Called the GTbyCitroen, the concept car was a joint effort between the carmaker and the creators of the popular Gran Turismo video game series on Sony Playstation. The car was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Auto Salon, but aside from making it into the latest version of the game, that's about as far as it was ever meant to go. However Citroen reports that there have been sufficient inquiries from interested parties to consider actually building it in limited quantities: 15 to be exact, at a price of one million euros apiece. Citroen says it will have made its decision within the next four weeks, so stay tuned.

 

Bugatti Starts Production of Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport


The world is not lacking for high-priced convertibles. Between exotic machinery like the Ferrari California, Mercedes SL, Bentley Continental GTC, Rolls-Royce Phantom DHC and Pagani Zonda F Roadster, to name just a few, there are plenty of epically fast and monstrously priced open-air motors to choose from. And this is the grand-daddy of them all: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. Initially revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance at Monterey Beach, California, last year, the targa Bugatti is just now entering production, with the first deliveries taking place as early as next month. Only 150 examples will be made, with the first 50 going to existing Veyron owners at a price approaching $2 million, minus pocket change. As fast as the Veyron burns fuel and rubber, its owners will need it.

Great Gastby Rolls-Royce up for Auction

 


The 1928 Rolls-Royce (above) driven by Robert Redford in the big screen version of The Great Gatsby is being auctioned off by Bonhams during the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in Connecticut on June 7. The 40/50hp Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton with coachwork by Brewster is estimated at $150,000 - $200,000. Owned by Massachusetts collector Ted Leonard, who lent it for the 1974 film, the car is largely original with minimal restoration. It was however painted a buttery yellow and its leather upholstery died green to match the description in F. Scott Fitzgerald's original text: "It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns."

The Classicist: Bugatti's Bugatti & More on Offer at Pebble Beach

 

Photos by Pawel Litwinski © 2009 Courtesy of Gooding & Company

On August 15 – 16 Gooding & Company is holding its annual auto auction during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The centerpiece of the sale is an incomparable piece of Bugatti history: marque founder Ettore Bugatti's personal 1936 Type 57C Coupe (above), which is expected to fetch several million dollars. Bugatti factory employees originally assembled the car as a birthday present for Mr. Bugatti, and the car's one-off coachwork is believed to be one of the last designs penned by his son, Jean Bugatti, before his death. It's a truly unique piece of automotive history.

Deemed one of its most cherished automobiles, the Bugatti factory went to great lengths to protect the precious vehicle during World War II when its premises were in danger. After Ettore Bugatti's death in 1947, the car continued to be maintained and stored at the Bugatti workshop in Molsheim, France, where it received upgrades as over the years. These included tailored interior accessories, a unique engine and transmission combination and other subtle technical improvements that distinguished it from any other Type 57.

Since leaving the Bugatti factory in the late 1950s, the precious vehicle has had only a few protective caretakers and remains one of the most correct and original Bugattis in existence, untainted by later restoration. The car is being sold without reserve, no doubt to encourage bidding. Last year at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale a rare 1937 Type 57SC Atalante Coupe sold for $7.92 million, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for an automobile at auction in the U.S.A. It remains to be seen what effect the recession may have on the chances of this sale topping that feat.

$2 Million Supercar Catches Fire in California

 


The internet is rife with reports of wealthy motorists – evidently possessing more money than driving skill – completely wrecking their six- or seven-figure exotic sportscars. But this one's a special case. What you're looking at here is the burnt-out husk of a McLaren F1, one of only 100 ever made and even fewer imported by the grey market to the United States. Its owner reportedly likes taking his prized possession on long journeys, but evidently hadn't started it up in a while – six months, according to reports – before taking a drive through Santa Rosa, California, where the engine burst out in flames last week on Airport Boulevard. Ordinarily that kind of damage would be cause for an insurance write-off, but considering that the car is said to be worth $2-2.5 million and is insured for $3 million, and that the repairs surely wouldn't come anywhere near that amount, the insurance actuaries decided to pack it up and send the vehicle back to England where it was made to be repaired.

 

 

Burmester Creates Sound System for 2010 Porsche Panamera

porsche panamera 2010 Burmester Creates Sound System for 2010 Porsche Panamera

Celebrated German audio company Burmester has teamed up with Porsche to produce a unique high-end sound system for the new 2010 Panamera.

(Burmester is the same audio company that developed the sound system for the Bugatti Veyron supercar).

Each speaker in the custom system has its own separate amplifier, which can range from just 25 watts for the tweeter to a 300 watt subwoofer in the trunk.

There is also an air-motion tweeter in the dashboard, and each amplifier is analog rather than digital for ultimate sound quality.

The resulting product, considering that Burmester has been at it for five years, provides an unparalleled audio experience that has received the endorsement of Porsche.

The basic system comes with a hefty 4,800 euro ($7,000) price tag.

If that sounds expensive, it might be worth considering that Burmester’s audio systems for the home can stretch into the €100,000 range ($150,000).

 

Aston Martin One-77 Shows Up At Lake Como In Full Glory

We have previously reported on Aston Martin’s £1 million One-77 supercar in renderings and a full showing of a bodyshell prototype (with exposed chassis) at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

But on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como at this year’s Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este, the British automaker gave the One-77 its full debut, complete with fully decked interiors. To cap a marvelous showing, the One 77 snatched the top design prize for concept cars and prototypes at the event.

With a billet machined aluminium chassis, and carbon fiber/aluminium body, the One-77 hides a 7.3-liter V12 capable of 750hp and a sub-three seconds 0-60 mph sprint, and on to a top speed of more than 200hp. Only 77 examples of this supercar will roll out from Gaydon, and first deliveries are expected later this year.


Gold plated Porshe 911- Stolen and found in Russia

We reported about the gold-plated Porsche 911 seen in Russia almost a year back with images to drool over. However today it dawned up us that this midas-touched car was stolen. It is obvious that a car caked with 18 kgs of gold cannot be on the road for long without high-security gaurds. English Russia states that the stolen Gold Plated Porsche has been found. Take a look at loads of close-up images as they reveal a few hundred golden tiles and golden screws holding them on the car’s body. Alas, that's all that we know! Wish we could serve you with more juicy details about who stole it, how it was found and much more. Till then allow the images to speak for themselves........

 

Prindeville Prestige fine tunes the Lamborghini Murcielago into a ravishing beauty

British tuning boutique, Prindeville Prestige has created a winner with its latest modded Lamborghini Murcielago. The fine-tuned beauty is similar to the tuning house’s earlier model, the modded Raging Bull and even boasts of the same carbon fiber body kit. Except the front compartment lid, all the other factory panels, including the roof, have been replaced and restyled. But what makes this beauty stand out is its stunning interior that cost £10,000 (around US$16,000)! The entire cabin has been upholstered in a two-tone ostrich hide while there are precision-milled aluminum accents on the dashboard and the lower part of the center console. So if not the exterior, you can expect to be bowled over by the supercar exceptional and detailed interior.

 

Merc rolls out two new models of stretch Limousines

Limousines are always welcome and everybody would love checking it out, irrespective of whether or not they could afford it. The latest we’ve got here are two new models of Stretch Limousines by Mercedes, namely Mercedes 70” E320 BlueTec Diesel and Mercedes 70” S550. The luxury lump is customizable to the owner’s liking and as always, the limo’s seating is done in leather, while the Overhead system is done up with Walnut Hardwood. The list of lavishness starts with the Champagne Chateau and ice chests that flank the mobile mini-bar, hands free intercom that facilitates easy communication and storage area lighting to dazzle up its looks.

 

Hot Rod couch is here to drive you nuts

This crazy piece of furniture looks nowhere close to a Hot Rod, but is conveniently named so. (Probably to mock itself) It’s got a small little space as couch to place your butt. Suits the home-all-day loner, I suppose. If you look closely, you will notice that it looks quite similar to the Audi Shark. Sarcasm personified! The best part seems to be the $45,000 price tag for this! Who’s up?

 

Bertone’s Mantide is the world's priciest supercar for $2 million

Last week we mentioned about the Mantide. Today there’s more to this Batmobile-like supercar. Italian design house Bertone has made it official that Mantide will go on sale for a whopping $2 million. This makes it pricier than Aston Martin One-77 and the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermes. Thus crowning it as the world's priciest supercar. According to Bertone and the Mantide’s designer Jason Castriota, only 10 such units of the model will roll out. Inspired by Formula 1 and the world of aerospace design, the Mantide is capable of a top speed of 217mph and a 0-62mph of just 3.2 seconds. Finally this supercar is zooming towards production stage, of course for a super price!

 

Dartz Combat T98: The first armored car in the world makes a comeback

Vehicles generally get a celebrity status owing to their owners, but there are extremely rare ones which have individual stars to their accolades. The one in picture is the PROMBRON which is a uber luxury version of KOMBAT T-98 made by DARTZ. PROMBRON also happens to be the oldest armored car brand in the world (first armored car being produced in 1912) used as a Russian Tzars Army supplier.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 999 Red Gold Dream is a shiny eye-sore worth $4.35 million

When you think of Mercedes-Benz, you automatically think of unmatched style and class. Unfortunately, I had to set my eyes on this atrocity that they call the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 999 Red Gold Dream. I've got to say that it's about as far away from class and style as you can get. Swiss designer Ueli Anliker has made a blunder out of this design and he wasted 30,000 man hours and around $4,35 million on doing so. The 24k gold festooned SLR looks like it has received the ugly Midas' Touch. There is a little bit too much shimmer and shine here with all the gold that even makes its way into the exterior paint job. The SLR McLaren 999 Red Gold Dream made its first appearance at the Swiss tuning show, Auto Emotionen in the city of Berne. It has the unmistakable signs of garish meeting luxury.

Audi unveils the New Q7 4.2 SUV at 2009 Shanghai Auto Show

I am a big fan of SUV’s. And Audi’s Q7 is my favorite. So for all those who share my liking for this luxurious car, here’s some great news. Audi has finally unveiled its high-performance Prestige SUV 'New Q7 4.2' at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show. The new revamped version is a delight for SUV lovers. Though there is not much change in the exterior styling, the 'New Q7 4.2’ boasts of redesigned grille and bumpers, LED turn signals and daytime running lights, four new paint colors and new 18-inch alloy wheels. There is also an optional exterior package on offer that includes chrome bars in the bumpers and door moldings, as well as body-color lower bumpers and contrasting-color front apron and diffuser.

 

Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 tweaked into a hot million-dollar carbon bodied car

British tuner Prindiville Prestige has put forth an irresistible special edition Lamborghini that is also touted to be the most expensive. We know that Prindiville is famous for bringing to us one-off cars to the the most exacting specifications. The total cost of the re-styled Murcielago LP-640 is a mind boggling $1 million. Believe it or not, the cost of the interiors went as high as $427,000. If you are wondering what interiors worth thousands are like, they include two-toned leather upholstery, hand-finished aluminum accents and specially engineered aluminum air vents. Carbon fiber has been the material of choice for the entire bodywork barring the the front compartment lid. You can expect a 'lean, mean, shark-like appearance' from this baby.

 

Tramontana R – New Supercar on the Block

 

Advanced Design Tramontana, an independent Spanish automaker has made good on its promises to deliver an ultra-exclusive supercar. With the introduction of the Tramontana R Edition to the supercar market, that very special niche of drivers who enjoy driving cars with power more akin to a jet fighter may well have a new toy to play with.

 

That is not to say that driving the mid-engined Tramontana is expected to be child’s play in the least. The Tramontana houses a V12 bi-turbo engine capable of 760 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque; it professes to make it from 0-100 kph in 3.6 seconds, and more impressively, from 0-200 kph in 10.15 seconds.

Everything about the car’s fearsome exterior screams of speed and raw power, but its carbon fiber interior shows itself when the car’s glass canopy is removed, showing off a chop-top steering wheel, its LCD instrument panel and the magnificent controls to the six-speed sequential gearbox.

The Tramontana R makes its official debut at this month’s Top Marques Motor show. Only 12 units are to be manufactured each year, and for €385,000, you too can be on the waiting list.

 

Bentley Goes Green

What started as a weight reduction project for the Bentley Continental GT has produced the Bentley Continental Supersport E85 Biofuel, its eco-friendly, flexi-fuel counterpart.

The Continental Supersport is capable of running on both petrol and biofuel and along with its outstanding engine competencies and power, and is the face of Bentley’s pioneer ventures into green technology.  At 110kg lighter, the Continental Supersport is also more powerful than its petrol-run precursor.

 

Its W12 engine is said to be the most powerful engine ever created by Bentley, with 621 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque, capable of accelerating from zero to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds. Equipped with Quickshift, gear change times are also halved.

Its front grilles, lamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels are clad in dark-smoked, steel finish, dramatically complementing its crisp white paintwork. Inside, seats are sheathed in signature premium grade leather, coupled with carbon fiber panels.

 

To create a truly luxurious ride, the car’s interior designers have revamped the Continental GT’s previous four seat arrangements, removing the rear seats to create a spacious twoater in the Continental Supersport. 

First glimpses of this green coupe will be available at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show while official market release is slanted to be by autumn 2009.

 

 

 

Aston Martin's DBS Volante Goes Topless

Aston Martin has revealed the first details and photos of their new top-of-the-line offering, the 2009 DBS Volante. Set to premiere at next week’s Geneva Auto Salon, this is only the 16th open-air sports car to be produced by the British automaker in its 95 years of history.

At the touch of a button, the DBS Volante’s retractable fabric roof opens and stows neatly beneath the newly sculpted tonneau in just 14 seconds, while cruising at speeds of up to 30 mph (48km/h).

 

Underneath its lightweight carbon fiber bonnet, a 6-liter V12 pushing out some 512 bhp brings the car to its top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and to a speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.3 seconds. The Volante also gets the standard DBS rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox as well as carbon ceramic brakes for exceptional stopping power.

Inside this four-seater two-door convertible, passengers will get to enjoy uncompromised comfort with the top up or down, especially with Bang and Olufsen’s 13-speaker BeoSound DBS in-car entertainment system, designed to compensate for additional wind noise.

 

Each car will be individually assembled at the company’s global headquarters before being shipped out in autumn 2009. Prices will be available upon its official debut in Geneva.

 

 

 

 

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