Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ferrari LaFerrari

When the Ferrari LaFerrari debuted in 2014, they were impossible to get, even if you had the $1.4 million burning a hole in your pocket. Within days of its announcement over 1,000 people applied to buy one of the 499 cars slated for production.

In order to even be considered for the waiting list, you had to own five other Ferraris already, and be considered a valuable customer by the iconic marque.
The 950hp hybrid rocket is the most powerful street-legal Ferrari has ever built and can do 0–62 mph in less than 3 seconds onto a blistering top speed of 217 mph.

Most are locked up in collectors' vaults climbing in value and none has ever been publicly offered for sale. Until now. Two of them are being auctioned off during Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

And forget the paultry $ 1.4m. Both are expected to bring up to $4.2 million.
Bonhams is offering a classic red version with only 230 miles on the clock, while Mecum has one of only three ever to leave the factory in matte black paint.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Avio

The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Avio is a limited edition run of 250 examples. The new Huracan Avio offers a host of premium functional features in its standard configuration including suspension lifting system, cruise control and GPS.

Under the hood, the Avio is identical to the standard Huracan LP 610-4, meaning that the 5.2-liter V-10 sends 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. The race-bred unit mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and an all-wheel drive system. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.2 seconds, while top speed is rated at 202 mph.
The hybrid chassis is in aluminum and carbon fibre with a power/weight ratio of only 2.33 kilograms per hp. The Avio comes with three operating modes — Strada, Sport, and Corsa — that impact the gearbox, suspension, steering, exhaust, stability control, and the all-wheel drive system.

Stopping power is provided by a set of carbon-ceramic brakes.
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but it’s safe to assume it will cost more than the standard Lamborghini Huracan, which retails from a base of $237,250. Deliveries began in June.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bizarre moment as $500k Lamborghini tows a trailer full of goats and hay bales

An Italian sports car worth at least $500,000 is not your usual farm vehicle, but it hasn’t stopped an Australian driver using it to transport a trailer full of goats.

The Murcielago was produced by Lamborghini between 2001 and 2010 and can sell for as much as $900,000 new, depending on the model. The car’s driver and passenger appear unconcerned in the video with the sideways glances directed their way by other motorists. The Murcielago features a V-12 engine and all models are capable of 0-100km/h in about three seconds.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2017 C7 Corvette Grand Sport

The 2017 C7 Corvette Grand Sport sports a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that cranks out 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic.

0-60 miles per hour happens in 3.6 seconds with the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds on the way to 118 miles per hour.
Magnetic ride control comes standard, and Chevy engineers crafted specific stabilizer bars and unique springs. Out front are 19x10 inch wheels and the rear end gets 20x12 inch units. The Grand Sport offers Michelin Pilot Super Sport street tires and Brembo brakes with 14 inch rotors at all four corners.
The adaptive suspension system allows for continuous dampening control and direct intervention in chassis response via the car's respective driver modes (Wet, Eco, Tour, Sport, Track).

The starting price for the 2017 C7 Corvette Grand Sport is around $66,445 for the coupe ($70,445 for the convertible)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ford Mustang turns 52

1963 Mustang II concept
The Ford Mustang was formally introduced on April 17th, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

The Mustang’s first day sales were 22,000 units. Over the next 12 months, Ford sold 417,000 examples of the 1964.5 and 1965 Mustang, leading to a monthly average of 34,750 new cars sold each month. The Mustang’s 52 straight years of production makes it the longest running sports car. (There were no 1983 Corvettes)
The best year for the Ford Mustang came in 1966, when 607,568 units sold. Overall Ford Motor Company has sold 9,660,193 Mustangs.

Though it was based on the economy-minded Ford Falcon, Ford wasted no time in building performance models.

1965 GTX-350
The muscle car of Mustang was the 1968 Cobra Jet with the 428-cubic inch Cobra Jet engine.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is rarer than the more accomplished Boss 302.

1984 Mustang SVO
The 1970s weren’t kind to the Ford Mustang. Federal safety and emissions regulations put a stranglehold on performance and the once mighty Mustang migrated to the same platform as the lowly Ford Pinto economy car.

It wasn't until the mid-80s that it could once again be considered a performance machine.

2000 Mustang Cobra R
The 2012 Boss 302 featured a 5.0-liter V-8 of 444-horsepower. All had performance brakes, adjustable shocks (like the 1960s original), stiffer suspension settings, and quicker, adjustable steering.

The 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 featured a new dual-overhead cam 5.8-liter V-8, increasing output to 662-horses.
At the L.A. auto show in November, Ford unveiled the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. The GT350R is powered by a naturally aspirated flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8 and packs Ford’s first adaptive magnetorheological suspension.

Transmission is a six-speed manual, and the car is fitted with dedicated coolers for the engine oil, the gearbox, and the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip differential. The GT350R rolls on carbon-fiber wheels, a first for any major automaker and a rarity even among exotic supercars.
The Shelby GT350R is about as stripped-down as a street-legal car can get. The GT350R buyer gets no air conditioning, no stereo, no rear seats, and no trunk upholstery or cargo floor. Base MSRP is $48,695.

If that doesn't work for you, you must need the supercharged "Shelby Super Snake" with a host of Ford Performance components, including a Roush-sourced 2.3-liter supercharger, which boosts the GT's 5.0-liter V-8 from 435 hp to 627 hp.

There's also an exhaust, a handling kit, 3.73:1 rear-axle gears, half-shafts, and a short-throw shifter. Shelby fits cooling upgrades, 20-inch Weld Racing wheels, and six-piston Wilwood front brakes too.
The "Shelby Super Snake" claims a 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph. Base MSRP is $ 87,000.
How about the Shelby Terlingua V8, with 750-horsepower, upgraded brakes and suspension tweaks?

No? Well then Saleen has the 730-horsepower S302 Black Label.
Need an eight-second quarter-mile run? No problem, try the new Cobra Jet.

Only 50 will be made, with each starting at $99,990. The Cobra Jet is a factory-fresh way to run in National Hot Rod Association Stock and Super Stock races, as well as the International Hot Rod Association, National Mustang Racers Association, and National Muscle Car Association. Under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger. New coilover shocks and springs, lighter brakes, a roll cage, new fuel system, new seats with racing harnesses, and a race-prepped automatic transmission are included, naturally.