The 2014 Vanquish Volante is every bit the supercar as its hardtop twin brother: a 5.9-liter V12 engine with 565 horsepower, carbon-fiber body panels… But this one just happens to go topless. And who doesn’t like to see a top come off in the summer heat? Unfortunately, you won’t see it this summer. The Volanté goes on sale early next year.
Nods to the 911 legacy in this 50th Anniversary limited-edition model include a 60s-era Tartan design on the leather interior, green labeling on the instruments with white pointer needles, and 20-inch wheels that celebrate the look of the classic Fuchs wheel. But the 911 50 also gets the Powerkit which increases engine power to 430 horses. Zero to 60 in 4.2 with a top speed of 186MPH. Gotta say, that’s pretty fast for a 50-year old.
The new Aston Martin CC100 Speedster concept is modeled after the classic DBR1, which took the 24 Hours Of Le Mans back in 1959. But that’s all the retro you get. The rest of the car is all next-gen, including a full carbon fiber body and interior plus its 6-liter V12. For the CC100’s debut, a road-worthy prototype just completed a lap in the 24 hours of Nurburgring. Top speed: 180.
No, it’s definitely not practical. At all. Then again, the 600-horse, V-10 equipped Lamborghini Egoista concept really needs no justification for its existence. And with respect to the vision of VW’s head of design Walter de Silva, let’s hope this single-passenger supercar makes it to production.
Well, we’ve been waiting for these since Richard Nixon was a kid. Finally, the flying car has arrived. Actually, not quite yet. Officially, the TF-X is still in the funding & development stages, but this fixed wing street-legal aircraft with electric ground drive and electric power assist for takeoff and landing looks viable in the little video. But with an airspeed of 200MPH and a range of 500 miles why must we wait?!
The Icona Vulcano is a one-off supercar that blew the doors off the Shanghai Auto Show this week. This 900-horsepower V12 is the brain child of famed Ferrari engine master Claudio Lombardi and Icona designer Samuel Chuffart Design, combining raw Italian power with the most advanced auto technologies on the planet.
For its 50th birthday, Lamborghini is building an Anniversary Edition Aventador. The 720-horse LP720-4 50 rips 0-62 in under 3 seconds & boasts a top speed of 217MPH, a slight bump up perhaps due to the new carbon fiber aero kit that’s 50% more efficient than before. The car will be officially unveiled next week at the Shanghai Motor Show where we hope they’ll tell us that yellow is not the only option.
If it looks like a Lotus to you, that’s because the all carbon fiber body on Detroit Electric’s SP:01 is modeled after the Lotus Exige. It was Lotus after all who helped revive this unique American car company. DE is calling the SP:01 the fastest production electric car ever made. Combine the car’s tight 90-inch wheelbase & manual 4-speed tranny with a top speed of 155MPH and you’ll think you’re driving a real racecar not a responsible little EV.
Clearly inspired by the design of the Aston Martin Zagato, the latest creation from Italian boutique carmaker Fornasari is called the Gigi 311, a fully-custom performance GT that debuted at Geneva a few weeks back; not all the specs are out but we do know it will be powered by a 500HP American-made V8 and that you can order yours built in either all-aluminum or carbon-fiber.
From a distance, Porsche’s racetrack-ready 2014 911 GT3 looks a lot like last year’s model. But on closer inspection we see a re-designed rear fascia and a rear end that’s 2 inches wider to accommodate 20-inch wheels. There’s something else going on back there, too: active rear-wheel steering. Maybe this will keep the 475 horses from breaking loose.