Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo: Hotter than the Gallardo Version?

The Lamborghini Huracan has not been on the scene for long, but there is already a sick new version. The Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo boasts different specs from the Gallardo Super Trofeo sibling and a racier appearance.

Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo

Lamborghini touted the Huracan Super Trofeo for the first time at the elegant Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo

The Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo version at a glance:

  • This wicked sister was created to compete. She will begin with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo next year.
  • The official name is the Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. As the numbers suggest, this one will offer 620 horses over the outgoing Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo car’s 570.
  • The standard Huracan packs 610 horses, which is still more than the Gallardo Super Trofeo car.
  • The engine is a tweaked version of the standard, which is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10.
  • RWD configuration has people talking. Word is they are aiming to improve track control for GT racing and also to reduce overall weight.
  • Total curb weight of the Huracan Super Trofeo car is a svelte 2,800 pounds. That is a full 330 pounds lighter than the road going Lamborghini Huracan.
  • More efficient aerodynamics package and improved downforce.
  • Rear wing features 10 positions.
  • Revised diffusers and thirsty air intakes all increase performance abilities.
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo

The Gallardo Super Trofeo stretching its legs.

The Huracan Super Trofeo cars will be crafted from the ground up as purebred racing concepts. The Huracan model is taking the place of the outgoing flagship car, the Lamborghini Gallardo, both on the road and the track. It could possibly be developed into a GT3 racer to take the place of the Gallardo GT3, though that is not clear at this juncture.

Lamborghini Huracan Super TrofeoDoes the charcoal coat pop better than the Gallardo’s black?

Lamborghini Super Trofeo

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The McLaren P1 GTR Shocks with Even More Power

The legendary motorsport beast that is the McLaren F1 GTR has been around since the mid 1990s. Now it seems a worthy successor is taking the lane while it makes the inevitable pit stop: Meet the McLaren P1 GTR. Poised to take over, the P1 GTR is even more beautiful and aggressive than her predecessor.

McLaren P1 GTR

As if the McLaren P1 hybrid was not potent enough in the power arena, the badge has introduced the P1 GTR at Pebble Beach. The unexpected surprise improves upon a perfection.

McLaren P1 GTRThe McLaren P1 GTR at a glance:

  • This fast lady need not adhere to pesky rules regarding road legality. She packs an F1 worthy powertrain upgraded to impeccable standards.
  • It is a specialized 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine.
  • The exhaust has been altered from the standard McLaren P1. It is now a straight twin pipe rather than a single exit.
  • She is based on the McLaren P1 road car, yet geared specifically for track-only use. Components include racing tires, revised ride height, massive rear wing, ERS-style push pass system and revamped aerodynamics for power increase.
  • Carbon fiber chassis is continued from the McLaren F1 GTR. There are also nods to the potent McLaren 650 GT3 racer.
  • The standard P1 is capable of achieving the 0-60 mile per hour jaunt in 2.6 seconds. Therefore, expect jaw-dropping numbers from the GTR version.
  • The mammoth rear wing features a drag reduction system dependent on hydraulics. Coupled with ideal downforce, the P1 GTR is likely a threat to the racing scene.

McLaren P1 GTRThe McLaren P1 GTR has only just been introduced at the lavish Pebble Beach show. More details as far as pricing and availability will soon be available.

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Aston Martin SUV Plans Taking a Back Road

It seems there will not be an Aston Martin SUV in the foreseeable future. While a plethora of luxury brands have opted to create and concept SUVs when they are known for sports cars or grand touring vehicles, Aston Martin is passing at this point to focus on coach building and perfecting its next-generation of exotic sports cars.

Aston Martin SUV Should the 007 brand venture into building luxury SUVs? Is the world ready for an Aston Martin SUV offering? 

Because Aston Martin is backing out of the SUV race, rumors are flying. Is the brand avoiding a lucrative opportunity or are they increasing another one? With other high-end automakers spreading themselves thin creating fleets packed with sedans, coupes, SUVs and crossovers, and multiple powertrains available for each–Aston Martin could gain an edge in the focused markets.

Aston Martin SUVThe Aston Martin Lagonda SUV concept came out in 2009 and continued to make exciting appearances at auto shows for the next few years. 

The Aston Martin Lagonda SUV concept came out back in 2009, around the time when most major players started competing in new territory: the SUV market. According to Aston Martin design leader Marek Reichman, the Lagonda concept was from a very different time, and times have changed for the brand. That is not to say that the Aston Martin Lagonda is dead, it is now being tweaked to become a “Unique coach built experience”. Word is that there is even a prototype out there somewhere under wraps sporting the underpinnings of the Aston Martin Rapide.

Aston Martin SUVDoes the Lagonda concept stand a chance?

Overall, until the company spills the details, we are all left guessing at what will become of the Lagonda concepts. Though it seems the next version will be something equally unexpected!

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The Caparo T1 Evo Supercar is Geared Up to Terrify

Seven years after a fiery scare during a test drive by Top Gear, Caparo is back with their aim at an F1 car. The Caparo T1 Evo is threatening the scene with more power and hopefully a cooler approach to safety measures.  She will be named the Caparo T1 Evolution and it looks pretty serious this time as orders are reportedly being taken. Every exotic carmaker endures setbacks and issues–the end success depends on how the company handles them.

Caparo T1 EvoCaparo is coming forward with the following machine fury:

    • Completely updated aerodynamics and aesthetics.
    • An even thirstier version of the T1’s 3.5-liter V8 is slated to produce more than its predecessor. The standard Caparo T1 kicks out 575, so things are looking exciting. Rumors are circulating that the Evo version will be at 700 horses, which is equal to the Lamborghini Aventador LP-700.
    • Upgraded chassis with suspension configuration. This improves overall performance and rigidity.
    • Driver assistance items include ABS, traction control, stability control and more.
    • Available packages to improve track use experience.
    • It is not clear if she is to double as a street car.
    • The best part: The Caparo T1 Evolution may demolish the 0-60 sprint in just 2.5 blistering seconds.

The clip above shows the Top Gear test drive with the Caparo T1. The car catches on fire at the end.

Overall, the details are still leaking out on the T1 Evo. The company made the following statement regarding the car:  “While the new edition of the Caparo T1 retains all the race DNA of its predecessor, it also features ultra-modern aerodynamic looks, hugely improved technical specification and performance, and a range of professional race car support products and services that offer superb track experience.”

Caparo T1 The Caparo T1 predecessor.

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe Could Expand Brand Options

Porsche is gearing up for the future with a new spin on its popular Cayenne model. The next-gen Porsche Cayenne coupe will cater to those craving something between a small luxury SUV and a chubby little coupe. The appearance is certainly different from any predecessor, and it should appear sometime between 2016 and 2018. Porsche Cayenne coupeThe Porsche Cayenne coupe…will it be a success or something of an experiment?

There will still be a standard Porsche Cayenne SUV available alongside the new coupe offering. Due to the immense interest shown in the Cayenne in general and healthy sales, the brand is experimenting with providing more versions.  In its most raw form, the Cayenne coupe is a five-door lift-back with all the sportiness and prestige the Porsche badge can offer. But what is the point if it isn’t much larger than a sedan or much smaller than the SUV? I think it has to do with targeting very specific buyers with very particular preferences.

Porsche Cayenne coupeThe next-gen Porsche Cayenne coupe at a glance:

  • This little darling is still very much in the concept phase, though some best guesses can be shared.
  • It will likely be positioned as a sporting/touring alternative to the standard Cayenne SUV.
  • It could boast a variety of powertrain and engine options, including hybrid and diesel-electric options. The future is all about having more options it would seem.
  • The cockpit could be influenced by the wicked 918 Spyder hypercar, which would serve to attract attention because who would not want that?
  • Pricing could start as low as $60k for the base variant, likely to be some sort of 3.0-liter V6.

The Porsche Cayenne coupe is one of seven new luxury SUVs being developed by Volkswagen Group and their many badges. According to Porsche: “We have been considering launching a more sporting derivative of the Cayenne for some time now. The problem has been the production capacity at our Leipzig factory and the strong sales of the regular Cayenne.”  We are all looking forward to seeing the changes the future holds.

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Color Changing Materials for Cars? Welcome to the Future

One of the most difficult decisions when buying a new vehicle is selecting the right color for the interior. Sometimes there are so many options it can make one’s head spin, but Johnson Controls is working on making it spin from pure excitement with a potential method to make color changing materials a reality. (Cue the Jetson’s cartoon music).

color changing materials

Will the cars of the future be chameleon-like? The capacity to change the interior and possibly exterior color of one’s automobile is being tested. Note that is looking far into the future and likely won’t become commonplace in this life. Unless this generation stops gaming all day and begins cultivating actual brain cells to serve humanity. 

It is difficult to imagine having the freedom and power to effortlessly change the color of your car’s interior. The company experiments are aimed at changing colors on the fly, which sounds amazing. It is focused at offering owners more options in the aesthetics arena, but also works to assist with selling vehicles more easily. We all know how challenging it can be to sell a customized vehicle. Everyone wants to put their own signature on their vehicles, and this technology will certainly make that much more fun.

color changing materials

While the interior is a great thing, will they be focusing on easy change exterior auto paint? I would not be surprised if that patent is busy. Current testing is being conducted in Michigan, Dusseldorf, Holland and Shanghai, so it will have a nice degree of input during the discovery process. That is all that is known for now–we will share more information on this cool new venture as further information emerges over the next few years.

color changing materials

The color changing pro of the animal kingdom.

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Why the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is Just Better

The higher-performance sibling of the Range Rover fleet has made its debut. The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR hails from the new joint venture that is the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles Operations Unit. Just as pleasant to behold as any Land Rover product, the increase in power will leave fans thirsty for one!

Range Rover Sport SVR

Meet the newest member of the Range Rover family. The 2015 SVR offers more speed, power, performance and some say it just looks better.

Enough teasing, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR at a glance:

  • Power is created in a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine sourced from Land Rover.
  • The transmission is a cool 8-speed automated tweaked to improve shift times by 50%.
  • AWD, of course, as it is a Land Rover product and designed to tear ass in off-road conditions.
  • This engine has been engineered to kick out 550 horses and 502 pound-feet of torque. This is substantially more than the current Range Rover Sport.
  • It annihilates the 0-60 mile per hour marker in just 4.5 seconds, which is impressive for an SUV.
  • The top speed is an estimated 162 miles per hour.
  • Creature comforts in the cabin include ribbed Oxford leather seating with beautiful contrast stitching, aluminum trim with the option of a carbon fiber trim upgrade, modern infotainment options and special SVR badging tastefully displayed.

Range Rover Sport SVR

It is rumored that the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR can lap the Nurburgring in 8:14. This could make it the fastest luxury SUV on the market if the time for the Porsche Macan Turbo could be verified. The SVR boasts an approachable MSRP of around $112k after the destination charge and prior to any bespoke instructions.

Range Rover Sport SVR

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Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is Sexy

Now that the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles Operations division has been formed, they are using ninja focus to perfect the sexy Jaguar F-Type Project 7 car. She is looking somewhat like the Jaguar XKR-S GT, which is not a bad thing.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 car has a pouty mouth and thirsty but nonaggressive air intakes. The shape is somewhat reminiscent of an Aston Martin, understated and elegant while still managing to be sporty. She is forming into a very attractive speedster, but let us examine what is lurking in the power and performance arenas to be sure.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 car at a glance:

  • Power is derived from a supercharged 5.0-liter Jaguar V8 engine.
  • The horsepower is capped off at 575, indicating it could emerge in more powerful versions in the future. That is 25 more horses than both the Jaguar F-Type R coupe and the XKR-S GT.
  • The power is fed to the standard 8-speed automatic fare, which rockets the lady from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of around 185 MPH.
  • Upgrades include carbon ceramic brakes, suspension, carbon aerodynamic tweaking, an electronic active differential and rear torque vectoring.
  • Total curb weight is a bit on the heavier side for a supercar, tipping the scales at 3,495 pounds.
  • Fun fact: The original concept form of this ride was a single seater. It now has rollover hoops for both seats. All units will feature a removable roof.

Jaguar  There will only be 250 examples of this Jag created, at least for the initial production run. The model is a great way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-Type racer, which inspired the design process. Deliveries will begin next year and we can’t wait to see some of these ladies in action on the streets and tracks.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 interiorThe cockpit is designed to be sporty.

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What the Koenigsegg One Looks Like Tearing Ass Across an Airstrip

The Koenigsegg One is fast. And by fast I mean the Road Runner cartoon after replacing the water in its coffee with Red Bull and then taking a shot of adrenaline. Watch the insane Koenigsegg One tear ass across an airstrip in the clip below before I say more.

Automotive enthusiast Shmee150 hit up an abandoned airstrip in Sweden to get personal with the Koenigsegg One:1. He forgot to call me up to join him..

Koenigsegg One

The Koenigsegg One boasts the perfect power-to-weight ratio of just 1. That is including all fluids and the weight of an average sized driver…which is nearly unheard of. Some vehicles can achieve the ideal power-to-weight ratio, but only dry. The Koenigsegg One is named for accomplishing this enormous feat. She also packs more power and is lighter than the epic Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which weighs in at over 4,000 pounds.

Koenigsegg OneThe cockpit is pretty much carved out of carbon. Outstanding.

The Koenigsegg supercar brand hails from Sweden and the ‘One’ will top all of their previous supercars, which are already impressive. Enough ego-boosting, however, let us get down to specs. All of the power is produced by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 engine nestled in a carbon fiber body to lighten the load on the road. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission capable of catapulting it from 0-248+ miles per hour in 20 seconds. Think about the rush that must be: 20 seconds. While it is unlikely we will add a Koenigsegg One to our fleet of exotic rental cars, you can get your hands on the wheel of our supercars on the track in just a couple of clicks when you try out our Exotic Driving Experiences!

Koenigsegg One

The One: 1 is so lightweight that even the rims are comprised of carbon fiber. 

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The Most Lavish: Final Bugatti Legends Car Honors Ettore Bugatti Himself

As predicted, the final model of the Bugatti Legends car series will pay homage to founder Ettore Bugatti himself. It was certainly classy to save the best for last, and it also helped to increase anticipation for the last one of the series. With the Bugatti Veyron model itself no longer in production, it seems entirely fitting and proper for the very last one to honor the founder. Bugatti Legends CarFun fact: All six Bugatti Legends Series cars will be together for the first and last time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this month.

Bugatti Legends CarWhile it seems strange that the Bugatti Veyron will no longer be produced, it has been around for over a decade already. The Bugatti Legends series has served as an exciting way to usher out the Veyron model while paying respect to six of the major players in Bugatti history. Follow link to view previous Legends Series cars.

Bugatti Legends CarThe Bugatti Legends Series Ettore Bugatti Edition at a glance:

  • It is a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, just like the other 5 Legends cars. This one is quite special as the exterior is a nod to the 1932 Type 41 Royale chassis 41111.
  • It boasts polished aluminum and deep blue exposed carbon fiber. The look is carried down to the wheels, which are finished in blue with diamond cut gleaming spokes.
  • It packs a turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine kicking out 1,183 horses. That rockets the Ettore car from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of around 254. That top speed is achieved even with the top dropped. Sigh.
  • The cabin is where the jaws go from slack to scraping the floor. It is literally drenched in naturally colored calf leather with sleek dark carbon fiber accents. Factor in some cordovan leather, platinum and perfect stitching and the overall effect is a perfection one wouldn’t want to touch for fear of marring something.

Ettore BugattiI assume that three examples of the Ettore Bugatti Legends car will be made, as that was the production number for the previous five, though it could be a one-off. It will leave its new owner $3.14 million dollars lighter with a permagrin that losing a race likely could not erase.

Ettore Bugatti Legends carThe carbon fiber weaving is exquisite.

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