The very first Ford GT factory prototype is going up for auction. Built back in 2003 by an elite team of engineers and designers, including the late Carroll Shelby, it is truly one-of-a-kind; the first complete factory prototype with full interior and functional engine/drivetrain. With a long list of one-off parts & factory test-friendly features, this rare super car is expected to reach a nearly $1 million price tag. Set to hit the block in Scottsdale, Arizona between January 18 and 22.
Lots of upgrades went into Lamborghini’s new and extremely yellow Aventador S. For one its 6.5-liter V12 is now outputting 740HP, up from 691 for a top speed of 217MPH. And that power is now delivered to all four wheels and transferred out to a new 4-wheel steering system. Combined with updated suspension and real-time variable damping, it handles better throughout the speed spectrum. Inside there’s a new digital dash with Apple AirPlay as standard equipment.
Mercedes is adding yet another level of exclusive factory upgrades with the roll out of its S-Class “Night Edition’ variants. The package includes a unique single-louvre front grill, 20-inch AMG wheels, AMG steering wheel, upgraded Nappa leather interiors, including optional Bengal Red/black, high gloss black poplar interior trims, & more. Choose from the S 400 4MATIC Coupé, the S 500 Coupé, or the S 500 4MATIC Coupé.
Ferrari’s Targa body returns in a very limited series of bespoke cars celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan. The J50 is a two-seat, mid-rear-engine roadster created by Ferrari’s Special Projects department. It’s powered by a 690 cv version of the 3.9-litre V8 that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award this year. Only 10 of these incredible cars will be made.
Powered by two high-power, electric motors and constructed for both over and under water activity, the luxurious 2 & 3-seater subs from Ortega Submersibles redefine underwater travel by using highly advanced naval technology. They are equipped with a trimming tank, on-board breathing apparatus and HUD navigation system, plus optional Magnetometers, Sonar, FLIR, & an extra air supply. The travel range is between 70 & 92 miles at underwater speeds of 11 knots. They can dive to depths of 310 feet.
Based around the sleek & futuristic design of their Alfieri Concept Car, Maserati plans to unveil its first electric vehicle … but not until 2020. Aside from images highlighting the stunning lines of this luxury 2-door sports car, few other details are currently known about the yet-to-be-developed powerplant for this first-ever electric Maserati.
Audi has just unveiled the latest variant of their iconic R8. The limited-Edition 2017 R8 V10 Plus Exclusive features, for (almost) the first time in the U.S., headlights that combine LED & laser-light technology. It also features a Quantum Gray exterior, a Titanium Black Optic package, 20-inch gloss anthracite wheels, and a Solar Orange stripe along its carbon-fiber side panel. The interior features black & Signal orange leather.
Due to be officially unveiled next month at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari’s latest offering is the GTC4Lusso T, a 2-door 4-seater hatchback powered by a V8 motor. The 4-seater + V8 configuration is a first for Ferrari and the 3.9-liter turbo-charged powerplant delivers just over 600 horses to the rear wheels. Combined with its lightweight build and 4-wheel steering, this should be a really fun ride.
Apparently, this is real. Letvision is a Turkish R&D startup in the business of making real Transformers. As in, Optimus Prime. They take 3-series BMWs and build full-size, fully animatronic bots that quickly transform from car to character with a wireless remote control. They have moving arms and hands, dynamic eyes, and the ability to speak.
The luxury sports car maker Fisker has re-emerged after a few tumultuous years of reorganization. Now Chinese-owned & re-branded as Karma, the company is releasing their flagship Revero in 2017. It’s an updated version of the original Fisker Karma that features a refresh on the grill & is powered by a 260-horse turbocharged GM-built 4. Inside the dash an infotainment system has been totally re-designed & includes integrated CarPlay.