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It is fun to see photos of hyperbeasts like the Bugatti Veyron and perhaps even the occasional video clip of them tooling about their various habitats—it is quite another to see them parade out slowly and then get clocked reaching max speeds on public roadways! Check out the 3 minute clip below showing 3 Bugatti Veyrons doing what they were intended to do: Show off! The clip shows 3 Bugatti Veyrons, including the masterpiece Vitesse L’Or Rouge revving around and then hitting speeds of 230+ miles per hour as someone clocks them from the side.
Love them or loathe them, the Bugatti Veyron model will forever thrive in infamy. Even though the production run of the epic model has screeched to a pre-planned halt, those created will change hands and be followed for eons to come.
Before viewers begin to spaz, the Bugatti cars were attending the Sun Valley Road Rally, an event that closes off 3.2 miles of public roadway and permits supercars to indulge for onlookers. Nifty. The ‘winner’, per se, of this epic show-off was the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse L’Or Rouge, which hit 235.7 miles per hour in her sprint. Not that the other two Veryons were slackers—they both cleared the 230 mile per hour marker and sounded like hellish aircraft whizzing by!
With the SUV comeback still in full-effect with no indication of slowing its roll, it seems that the Lamborghini Asterion hybrid concept is sort of sulking on the back burner. Essentially, the Raging Lamborghini Urus SUV has trampled over the Asterion. But will Lamborghini Urus adopt that hybrid powertrain along with the spotlight? It seems quite likely for the Urus to be not only the first SUV the brand has made in while, but also the first hybrid.
The Lamborghini Urus SUV concept
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann shared that because the Raging Bull only offers two models in the current lineup, the introduction of a third would most certainly be an SUV. A hybrid Lamborghini SUV would help to round out the family–which consists of the award-winning Lamborghini Aventador and the newer and less intense Lamborghini Huracan now that the long-running Gallardo has been retired. It is a known fact that a large percentage of exotic sports car owners have a soft-spot for the SUV as a daily driver, and that love is increased if offered by their preferred brand with perhaps perks.
The Lamborghini Asterion concept
The Lamborghini Asterion concept is a hybrid GT model that shows the brand’s capacity to plug into the powertrain trend. It seems that customer reactions to the Asterion were what put the brakes on the project. Even with 910-horsepower via a petrol and electric powertrain it was not enough somehow in current form. Perhaps the brand fears that adding another supercar to the mix may disturb sales for the other two offerings—the guesses are endless.
Could a 900+horsepower hybrid Lamborghini SUV be just the ticket? Because the Lamborghini Urus (or whatever name they land on if that is squashed) is slated for a 2018 release, there may be a bit more of a wait before the official decision is made public.
Take a moment to take in the Rolls-Royce brand as it stands today. It is a force to be reckoned with, selling a record number of luxury automobiles in 2014 and continuing forward with much momentum. It is rather difficult to fathom that just 17 years ago it was sold to BMW with no factories and no cars—only the name survived a serious drought in business.
BMW acquired the Rolls-Royce name in 1998 for £50 million euros. Not a bad investment when you look at the brand today. That sum only bought the famous name, no cars and no factories.
Now BMW has infused the Rolls-Royce brand with the desperately needed funding to flourish, and that it has. Rolls-Royce sold 4,063 cars in 2014 for the first time in the brand’s 111-year history. For the past five consecutive years, sales have only increased. The brand held on as long as possible before selling the Crewe, Cheshire headquarters and the Bentley badge to Volkswagen Group. The last to go was the official Rolls-Royce name, which after a bit of back and forth, ended up with BMW.
Not only are sales up, but also the Rolls-Royce factory is working at capacity just to meet demand—which creates jobs. BMW has proven that a traditional brand with a powerful name can indeed be resurrected into something able to continuously evolve and remain on top. Let us take a look at the current brand lineup for a better feel:
The 2015 Rolls-Royce lineup proves that the brand is fluid and forward-focused:
Rolls-Royce Phantom: Coupe, drophead coupe and extended wheelbase
Rolls-Royce Ghost: Ghost series II and extended wheelbase
Rolls-Royce Wraith: The frontrunner and unprecedented example of evolution for the marquee
There are several variants and customizations for the lineup available
The story of Rolls-Royce proves that a name can be salvaged and rise from the ashes—also that BMW has many talents in the luxury automotive arena.
The track-only Aston Martin Vulcan has been busy proving its beast mode at events all over the world. The racer climbed the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex and took on 2 flying laps at the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium to help revv up the crowd prior to the start of the endurance race. The clip above shows more of the Vulcan in action.
The Aston Martin Vulcan is a 7.0-liter 800 horsepower weapon. Just 24 units of the Vulcan are planned for production, and buyers will have to separate from around $2.3 million USD in order to own one of them. Some of the Aston Martin Vulcan’s siblings competed in the race, making it a fitting introduction indeed. Will the Vulcan participate in an endurance race soon? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, the mad machine is making her publicity rounds and showing off all of her beauty and brawn.
The motorsport-inspired Aston Martin Vulcan is perhaps the most extraordinarily beautiful track car from the brand to date. It would be a challenge to be charged with altering the exterior in any way.
They seem to be starting the Vulcan off a bit slowly, teasing in a way because it is clear that the car is certainly capable of achieving some serious wins in several racing circuits. According to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer: “Seeing the Aston Martin Vulcan unleashed at Goodwood today is a memory I will cherish for many years. We wanted to give this car its debut on ‘home soil’, and where better than at this hugely popular and globally renowned event.”
Word is that the Raging Bull will be introducing a new 800-horsepower Lamborghini at a private showing. The car is such a secret that none have an inkling of what it is. The new Lamborghini could be a one-off, very limited special edition or a special version of an existing model.
The Lamborghini Asterion
The anticipation of the new 800-horsepower Lamborghini is burning up the internets. As it stands, there are currently two production models out there, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Lamborghini Huracan. Is the brand going to unleash something completely different? There is the Lamborghini Egoista, of course, which came out in 2013 and the awe-inspiring Lamborghini Veneno hypercar. Will this be of the same breed of Bull, or perhaps a hybrid or electric super ninja to compete with the LaFerrari and Porsche 918?
The $4.5 million dollar Veneno boasts a thirsty 6.5-liter V12 engine capable of catapulting it from not to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds. The Egoista was a bit of a 50th birthday gift from Lamborghini’s parent company, Volkswagen Group. The Egoista borrowed the 5.2-liter V10 from sibling Gallardo and kicks out 600 horses. It would certainly make sense to see an electric or hybrid…but wait! Could it be the Lamborghini Asterion plug-in hybrid being released in production form?
Will it look as fantastic as the Lamborghini Veneno?
The Lamborghini Asterion plug-in was introduced at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in concept form, packing 900 horses. While it typically takes around 2-3 years for a car to travel from concept to completion, this is a definite possibility in regards to the mystery machine. Lamborghini is currently denying that such a vehicle is coming to a private event at Pebble Beach, but that type of secrecy is quite common prior to a huge release.
It is a safe bet that few wish it to look like the Egoista. Some likely do, and they know who they are.
This sibling displays that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery–showing off that famous Bugatti L’Or Blanc exterior styling. The 2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse with L’Or Style exterior finish is available for those who cannot have the one-off L’Or Blanc. It comes in red and black, and also white and blue.
Someone can have a 2014 Bugatti Veyron Vitesse L’Or Style, similar to the well-adored L’Or Blanc shown above.
This one is listed on DuPont Registry for $2,395,000 with the following details:
The finish is described as a Lamborghini White and Bugatti Light Blue Sport. The swirls mimic the unparalleled porcelain L’Or Blanc.
The cockpit carries on the art-forward theme with a bright tangerine leather to welcome occupants.
It was crafted via a partnership with Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM), the famed porcelain people, just like the L’Or Blanc.
The dash was ordered with special permission from the factory, so you know it is spectacular.
It is electronically limited to 233 miles per hour…which can likely be err…corrected with the proper know-how if you are a track junkie.
This Bugatti Veyron Vitesse L’Or Style features the same W16 engine, which is a set of two V8 engines crafted for pure beast mode. The acceleration was improved and total output is 1,200 horsepower. These are typical numbers for the fierce Veyron Vitesse model, but the exterior and cockpit are quite unique. The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse is the fastest roadster produced by the badge, making it an admirable addition to any exotic car collection. Overall, this seems to be the ideal solution for those who adore the porcelain beast but cannot exactly obtain her. It would be the perfect collection piece or traveling show car, guaranteed to ignite jealousy in even the most astute car connoisseur.
Details are finally out of the stable for the latest Prancing Horse: The Ferrari 488 Spyder will replace the much-adored 458 with her own set of perks. While the official debut for the machine is slated for the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, we all know that secrets are tough to keep in this industry!
The short clip of the Ferrari 488 Spyder above will make a believer out of you: Just listen to that delicious throaty rumble!
The Ferrari 488 Spyder at a glance:
The engine is a pristine 3.9-liter turbocharged V8, though the horsepower has been jacked to 660 with 560 pound-feet of torque.
Unique retractable hard top folds neatly into 2 overlapping flush sections over the engine. Word is that it can be controlled in about 14 seconds.
Space frame chassis
Seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Side Slip Control 2 to keep her on the road.
Aerodynamics and drag have been meticulously addressed to ensure similar performance to the hardtop standards.
The center console is now a sort of central tunnel, making all of her gadgetry easy to access in the cockpit while operating.
Design house Pininfarina had no hand in this model, though the distinctive styling cues from previous projects did carry over. The relationship between Ferrari and Pininfarina has always led to incredibly beautiful features and flow.
All of these changes coupled with revisited cosmetics allow the Ferrari 488 Spyder to achieve speeds over 200 miles per hour. The not to 60 mile per hour sprint is hit in 3.0 seconds, with 124 miles per hour reached in 8.7 seconds. We expect the 488 Spyder to take center stage at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month and give gearheads worldwide something to talk about for quite a while.
The official Ferrari 488 Spyder launch teaser: Thoughts on the choice of exterior color?
Bentley has occupied itself for quite a length of time by focusing on its iconic line of SuperSports models. The variants of its flagship Continental range have continued to increase in power and technological advancement, but things in the automotive industry rarely stay the same forever. While it may seem like some brands never change, they simply go with what works for as long as the ride lasts and then they adapt (Looking at you, Lamborghini with the guts to finally move on from the Gallardo). According to reports, Bentley may be putting the brakes on the beloved SuperSports for the time being to focus on other projects and endeavors.
The Bentley brand is changing gears for a more colorful future. What changes will be swirling out from the mega brand aside from their SUV concept?
If your first thought upon reading that last sentence was ‘Bentley SUV’, you would be correct. According to Bentley spokesman Mike Sayer: “While we are always looking at ways of extending our unique combination of luxury and performance even further, we are currently focused on delivering the all-new Bentley Bentayga SUV. The Continental family has just received a suite of styling and usability upgrades for 16MY, and a future SuperSports model isn’t on the horizon at the moment.”
Does that mean that Bentley cars capable of delivering large numbers in the horsepower and miles per hour arenas are to be a thing of the past? Not so fast. A luxury Bentley SUV is likely to be packing similar powertrains and specifications as those of its siblings. Not that a Bentley SUV is ever going to be as aggressive as a Continental GT3-R, but it will most certainly not be a slack. After all, whatever future products are in the Bentley pipeline will have to compete on the now versatile and tech-focused current market—making a bit of change to the traditional stance a bit of a necessity.
The name Bugatti is synonymous with the fastest cars on the planet, but a handful of fans still remember that founder Ettore Bugatti also had his mind set on a Bugatti racing aircraft. The Bugatti 100P aircraft is a project that continues to evolve all of these decades later.
Back in the 1930s, Ettore Bugatti developed a desire to engineer the best racing aircraft of the era. Unfortunately, the Bugatti racing aircraft project was forced on hold during World War II when Ettore had to flee Paris, France and take his aircraft with him. The project never left the ground, though enthusiasts have since kept the dream alive and worked toward completing what was started so long ago.
The Bugatti 100P aircraft at a glance:
This was a futuristic aircraft concept for its time, with an innovative forward swept wing layout, a twin-V tailplane and twin contra-rotating propellers.
Power stemmed from a healthy set of Bugatti straight-eight engines located just behind the cockpit. The engines were specially tweaked 4.9-liter racecar variants with around 450 horsepower.
The estimated top speed for this aircraft was set at 500 miles per hour.
Today, the Bugatti 100P project carries on the vision and will soon leave the ground. The original shell became a barn find after spending some 30 odd years hidden in a Paris barn, where it was hidden during the war. Following Ettore’s death, the plane changed hands a few times through various collectors before ending up stateside where the two engines were removed and placed in Bugatti vehicles. The original shell is now located at an aircraft museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
You can follow the Reve Bleu (Blue Dream) Facebook page to follow the remarkable journey of the Bugatti 100P as it continues to develop!
The Tesla Model S emerged as a more modestly priced and eco-gentle luxury vehicle. With its power and admirable trim options, it provides something for those not quite at the Maserati or Bentley levels but still craving a suitable daily. That may be changing with the introduction of the new Tesla Ludicrous Mode, an option to take the looker up a notch in the power arena and possibly compete with supercars.
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X SUV
Is the Ludicrous Mode exactly what it claims to be? Let us examine the specs: The Tesla Model S Ludicrous Mode at a glance:
AWD P90D kicks out a 2.8 second not to 60 mile per hour jaunt. Not too shabby.
The underdogs include the 85D, 85, 70D and 70 trims. While the cockpits remain the same, range and performance are not ludicrous for these models.
Range is not sacrificed via a robust battery capacity and expanding supercharger network.
The Ludicrous Mode will be offered in the electric Model S sedan and the upcoming Model X SUV. The 0-60 mile per hour sprint will be 3.3 seconds for the Ludicrous SUV option.
The mode will tack on an additional $10,000, placing it right at the $100,000 level, depending on trim choices.
Overall, the Tesla Model S Ludicrous Mode should prove to be a welcomed option for those after a bit more power and range for their daily commutes. Word is that Tesla is possibly plotting a sexier roadster version to emerge in a few more years that will boast a “Maximum plaid” speed mode. Yes, that is a reference to the old blockbuster “Spaceballs”. Tesla is rounding out the fleet options with something for every taste, perhaps the brand is becoming a bigger competitor to the leading exotic sports vehicle brands than some realize, and they are not even being sneaky about it. Way to go, Tesla.