BMW’s latest is a hybrid coupe that marries a 362 hp turbocharged gas engine with a little electric motor to produce impressive 94mpg efficiency plus the ability to roost from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds. The i8 also features exotic ‘swan wing’ doors and ‘electric’ blue trim details so there will be no mistaking this thing for a merely sensible car.
Due to be unveiled next week in Frankfurt, the Audi Sport Quattro concept appears worthy of the praise that will no doubt be heaped upon it. Reviving the classic rally-inspired 2-door does sound good: A 700HP hybrid powertrain blending a twin-turbo 8 & an electric motor, pushes this Quattro to 189mph then it’ll go right back to sipping gas at 94mpg.
The mid-engine 458 Speciale will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It gets a step up in both power & aerodynamics from its predecessor the 458 Italia. An E Index of 1.5, an award-winning 605-horse V8 and electronic control of slip angle aerodynamics put out numbers that will snap your neck back. Like 0-60 under 3 seconds & a top speed over 200MPH.
If you saw the 1977 James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, you know that his white Lotus Esprit “submarine car” stole the show. And what’s truly crazy about this unbelievable Bond vehicle, is that it was actually a fully functional submarine built by a company called Perry Oceanographic. And now, this crazy sub-car is headed for auction. We’re guessing somewhere in the millions. There are less expensive ownership options for the rest of us. Here and here.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 looks fast and sporty but “modestly priced?”, not really. Actually it is, considering the heat this thing is packing: a turbocharged 360-horse 4-cylinder engine & full AMG treatments including a rear spoiler, graphite grey side stripes, matte black 19-inch wheels, & a black leather interior with red contrast stitching topped off by a pair of ARTICO/DINAMICA sport seats.
Not sure about yours, but our personal jet is just too damn slow. That’s why we’re stoked about the development of Saker’s military-inspired S-1 jet. Pushing max speeds of nearly Mach One, S-1 will get you there quicker. Designed for steep climbs and short runways, this luxury 2-seat aircraft will also get you in & out of tight spots, like your private island or secret mansion in the mountains with ease. via
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.