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The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was created between 1950 and 1954, with just 28 units produced. The exclusive vehicle is slated to make a comeback as the brand has announced that a new reimagined “Dawn” will be emerging to pay homage to the classic sibling.
There are not any images available yet for the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, but they will likely be trickling out in the near future. It will be interesting to see how many of the classic styling cues the new sibling keeps.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn remains among the most famous and impossible to obtain collector cars of all time, making the new Rolls-Royce Dawn a surefire hit that is likely to spark a passionate revival among fans and collectors. According to Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the revived Dawn is “the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those beautiful people who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s social hotspots.”
The original Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn at a glance:
It was the first vehicle produced by the badge with a factory body. The body was shared with the Bentley Mark VI and the Bentley R Type.
While others exist, only 28 were the real deal.
The engine was an in-line 6 cylinder mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission was offered after 1952.
My how performance has changed over the decades. Back then, the Silver Dawn could accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 15.2 seconds with a top out of 94 miles per hour. Those are rather laughable numbers by today’s standards, so what will the future think of our current 3.0 0-60 mile per hour jumps and 200+ top speeds? It is like Porsche has been trying to say lately—the horsepower race must end at some point because the population is not qualified to operate land speed racers to work.
Following the lengthy farewell ceremonies for the Bugatti Veyron, attention has turned to the successor. Word is circulating that the new champion could destroy the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in less than 2 seconds. Will the Bugatti Veyron successor be faster than her siblings?
Bugatti had stated previously that the successor would not be a speed demon, nor a threat to the original. It seems that the company may have changed their tune, and no one is likely to be upset about that. Perhaps when Hennessey swooped in with their Venom to steal the fastest production car title, it left a bit of a dent in Bugatti’s ego. Whatever the reason, it would certainly be welcomed for the Veyron successor to provide some shock and awe.
The Bugatti Veyron successor shall be dubbed the ‘Chiron’, and she seems to have much to offer in all areas:
The name could be something entirely different, though Chiron has been on the lips of nearly all news outlets.
To put the rocket jump to 60 miles per hour into perspective, most supercars manage that in 3 to 3.5 seconds. Accomplishing that in under 2 seconds is a brilliant way to gain attention.
The engine could be the Veyron’s own 8.0-liter W16. It is rumored to be reimagined to produce closer to 1,500 horses, or about 300 more than the record-breaking Veyron Super Sport sibling.
Top speed is an estimated 288 miles per hour. The Veyron Super Sport held the record at 254 miles per hour, and the Hennessey Venom holds it currently at 270. This could get very exciting very fast…
If this is all true, the successor will be poised to compete with some very aggressive players, including Koenigsegg and perhaps even Hennessey.
The details will continue to lure us in until the official reveal occurs, likely sometime in 2016!
Louis Chiron in his Bugatti at the 1930 Targa Florio. The Chiron name holds a rich history for the brand.
While the Raging Bull has yet to confirm a production date for the Lamborghini SUV, that could soon change if rumors that the Italian government is prepared to pad the operations. Will the Lamborghini Urus SUV be built thanks to $111 million dollars from the government?
The prospect of a Lamborghini SUV seems to have evolved a bit past speculation and concepting, and it seems that the country is geared up to help the cause. Representatives from Lamborghini and the Italian government had a meeting recently in Rome to cover incentives and tax items, reportedly. Sources revealed that the government then sweetened the deal with the outlandish offer of hundreds of millions of dollars to see that the company moves forward to producing the luxury SUV. The economy in Italy is still very much in recovery, and producing the Lamborghini Urus would create hundreds of jobs to help boost unemployment.
The Lamborghini Urus would ride on Volkswagen’s MLB platform, much like the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne. The underpinnings and power are relatively easy to guestimate, and the shell will communicate the classic Lamborghini styling cues with plenty of interesting additions. Buyers of exotic sports cars like Lamborghini, Ferrari and others often purchase additional vehicles for daily driving, a category that a Lamborghini SUV would serve perfectly. It is doubtful that a soccer mom would ever turn her nose up to shuttling the tykes around in such sporty opulence!
According to Audi: “We haven’t decided on the series production of the Lamborghini Urus yet. Once this has been clarified, the question about the production location will be posed.”
There is a very special Aston Martin DB6 in existence, and it is not likely to ever be offered for sale. The car was owned by Paul McCartney, which is great, but it has an extra claim to fame: It is said that McCartney first chimed out the monumental hit “Hey Jude” into a reel-to-reel recorder in the car en route to visit John Lennon’s son, Julian.
McCartney was apparently driving the Aston Martin DB6 to visit Julian when this catchy tune crossed his mind, and he decided to record a bit of it to play around with later. The car is now owned by Aston Martin, and they have no intention of selling it. It could be due to preservation, or it could be because some McCartney owned vehicles have not fetched as much at auction as anticipated.
Some Beatle-owned rides include the following (not to be confused with Volkswagen) vehicles:
The first car owned by John Lennon was a 1965 blue Ferrari GT coupe
Rolls Royce Phantom V
1965 Austin Princess
1972 Chrysler station wagon
1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limo
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD (the last car owned by Lennon)
Aston Martin DB6
1965 Radford Mini Cooper S
C5 Corvette convertible
1967 Lamborghini 400GT
1955 Ford Anglia
McLaren F1 and many more..
The classic Aston Martin is a “Goodwood Green” sedan and remains in spectacular condition and drivable. In her original condition, she boasted a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed transmission delivering 282 horsepower. Aston Martin Works has since restored the car and fitted her with a 4.2-liter engine and that historic tape recorder is no longer inside, but stored safely in a private location.
Check out the clip below of the ever-glorious Lexus LFA supercar taking on the robust Porsche 918 hybrid. While the Porsche 918 certainly packs a substantial lead in the power department, few will argue that the Lexus LFA takes home the gold in the acoustics arena.
Lexus LFA Vs. Porsche: Automotive enthusiast and specialist Shmee150 seems to hit every enviable event—thanks for sharing!
The video was shot during a gathering of gearheads, because what better way to spend spare time than to square off against pals on a track? The straight-line comparison between the Porsche 918 spyder and the Lexus LFA ended with predictable results. That said, both machines are epic in their own areas and both are a treat to behold in any situation. Because the 918 is bursting with double the horsepower and that slick engineering, the LFA did not stand a chance in a race. The Lexus LFA is the first supercar bred by the label, and while she is most assuredly fast, her true strength has always been in the drivability and sound departments. Jeremy Clarkson, former Top Gear personality, called the Lexus LFA the “Best car I’ve ever driven.” That is probably the best compliment a vehicle can receive, ask any automotive enthusiast what the stamp of approval from Clarkson means, let alone the ‘best car’ nod.
The LFA had the disadvantage of being the first attempt by the brand at a supercar. That fact ended up in her favor when everything turned out just perfect.
Enjoy the clip of two supreme supercars dueling it out on their day off one more time and get back to work! You know the seductive tones of the LFA will haunt you for the remainder of the day like that catchy new song you cannot shake.
Luxury automaker Aston Martin paired with fashionable fashion label Valentino to produce a special one-off Vanquish Volante. The unique creature boasts a camouflage exterior that succeeds at maintaining a stylish appeal, which is not typically the case when used. The Aston Martin Q personalization department had a heavy hand in the project, which was sold at a charity auction.
The Aston Martin Valentino Vanquish Volante packs the same powertrain, with the only alterations being in the aesthetics department. That means it is a 6.0-liter V12 vibrating with 568 horses and 465 pound-feet of decadent torque. This model hits the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in less than 4 seconds with a top speed exceeding 200 miles per hour, though it may be difficult to spot in all that camo. The duo enjoyed the opportunity to break the monotony and work together on a project, with the added benefit of helping others in need.
The charity auction was held in London by Cash & Rocket, with proceeds benefiting Shine On Sierra Leone, Sumbandila and Orphanaid Africa. The pairing makes perfect sense because members of Aston Martin and Valentino are partners on the charity board. Will the rather unexpected exterior gain traction and lead to an onslaught of special orders? Not likely, but at least it went for a good cause!
According to Aston Martin design lead Marek Reichman: “It is very exciting for us in the Aston Martin design team to work alongside the designers at Valentino and create this unique piece of automotive haute couture. Cash & Rocket is a truly worthy charity, raising awareness and funds for an amazing cause, and we have created a wonderful piece of motoring art to support the auction.”
In the interest of keeping things interesting and exclusive, just 600 examples of the new Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce shall be created. That means just 600 units for the total production run, not annually. The announcement was made during this year’s Shanghai Motor Show.
The hot new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV will boast a small production run of just 600, so buyers will need to act fast. Watch the beast apex it out in the short clip above!
The Lamborghini Aventador SV was officially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, and has since made cameos in Amelia Island and Shanghai. While the production run may seem small, bear in mind that just a decade ago the Raging Bull was barely building that many models per year. Last year, the total units produced were around 2,500, indicating a steady growth over the years for the brand.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce at a glance:
This special model is being billed as the most sports-oriented, fastest and most emotional series ever produced by the marquee—which explains the healthy $500,000 bill.
The nice lady is packing a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 producing 740 horses delivered to all 4 wheels.
That is 40 more horses than the standard Lamborghini Aventador, which seemed to just drown in awards the instant she emerged.
The Aventador SV is capable of hitting the 0-60 mile per hour jump in just 2.8 seconds with a top out of 217+ miles per hour. It seems that it shall be a street legal model, though likely limited.
Overall, the SV Aventador is not just joining the ranks of the fastest Lamborghini offerings–it is coming out of the gate offering higher performance and that special Aventador appearance that seems to be highly preferred over other models. All units of the relatively small production run are likely to sell out just as fast as they are made.
The Lamborghini Huracan has been a phenomenal success. As the successor to the long-running Lamborghini Gallardo, the Huracan certainly had large tires to fill. Now that she has proven herself in terms of popularity, the nice lady is about to take off her top and become even sexier. Delicious renderings are leaking out of the digitally transformed Huracan in convertible format.
Does the Lamborghini Huracan look better with her top off? It is not likely that the Raging Bull would encounter any issues unloading all units if produced! The rendering above shows the potential Huracan Superleggera and Lamborghini Huracan spyder models.
It has not been a secret that Lamborghini has many plans for the new front-runner, CEO Stephan Winkelmann said just last year that there will be lots of derivatives for the new model. This approach makes perfect sense because it worked so well for the Lamborghini Gallardo for decades. Once a model is widely accepted and praised, new variants are the logical next step. Not only will there be a Lamborghini Huracan spyder, but a Superleggera and other tuned versions will come out.
Variety in a supercar is vital, and Lamborghini has much experience with keeping up with the complexity to drive imagination. The topless Huracan will look just like the coupe version, likely tweaked a bit to maintain close to the same output. The coupe hits the 0-60 mile per hour mark in 3.2 seconds with a top out of around 202. Performance specs for the convertible Lamborghini Huracan will depend on the type of roof implemented. The engine is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. If you have never heard the seductive tones and throaty purr of a well-made V10, it is a reward.
Fans of the hybrid and electric car movement can rejoice in a bit of good news: The all-new electric Aston Martin Rapide shall be even more powerful than her standard siblings. How much more powerful? That would be hundreds more horses. For the time being, the electric Aston will be made available in both the United States and China, possibly expanding to other areas later.
The electric Aston Martin Rapide at a glance:
The model features a high-capacity specialized battery placed in the engine bay and transmission. Basically, there is an electric motor mounted on each axle, with all working parts generating approximately 1,000 horses. That is a full 450 more than the standard Rapide siblings.
It boasts the same 6.0-liter V12 as the Aston Martin Rapide S
Range is estimated at 200 miles in electric mode, which is a step further than some competitors have managed at this juncture in the game.
The electric sibling is emerging in sync with new and more stringent CO2 regulations being put into place around the globe. The new tweaks toward a greener future should allow the luxury brand to keep that famous V12 purring while staying within the environmental guideline limits.
Aston Martin has not revealed the exact launch date for the electric Rapide hybrid, with best guesses placing the release within two years. That gives motivated buyers some time to save up for the vehicle, which will likely exceed the $300,000 pricing level. Will the new offering electrify the masses like the trendy Fisker Karma? It seems that so long as the hybrid performs flawlessly and maintains the distinctive brand appeal, companies are having little trouble unloading them as people gear toward greener horizons.
With all of the rumors of a potential Rolls-Royce SUV swirling around the depths of the Internets, there is now something more solid to cling to: Rolls-Royce is testing an SUV chassis on the winged Phantom and inviting the public to check things out as the development process proceeds!
Rolls-Royce testing SUV chassis with a winged Phantom—life behind the wheel could get a little more rugged for fans of the brand.
The brand has been busy releasing photos of the test mule, which is a short Phantom with a distinctive rear wing. While it may or may not end up looking like this, it is certainly a good indication of things to come. Rolls-Royce has made the first move, beating spy photographers out of their play by sharing the photos and information right up front—well played. They describe the vehicle as follows: “an engineering mule.” It serves as the testing chassis for a four-wheel drive version named ‘Project Cullinan’. They have shared that it will be important for the Rolls-Royce SUV to be capable off-road as well, perhaps puffing the chest out to a certain luxury SUV rival? Ahem…what’s up Land Rover?
We should get a better look at things by the time Goodwood rolls around, as of now we know that wheel space and suspension are being carefully addressed and that the overall look and feel will most certainly read Rolls-Royce across the board. I suppose the murmurings of a Phantom-based GT3 racer will blast out of the picture now?
Some hashtags from Rolls-Royce over the past few months have hinted at this new endeavor, such as: #EffortlessEverywhere, which ties into the open letter released stating that “the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle can cross any terrain.” It appears the brand will be standing a bit taller and in no need of a new road in the near future.