The Lexus NX SUV is an Interestingly Sexy Beast

The Lexus NX SUV was cleverly designed to look like it was cast from a single piece of material. The sleek and sexy beast has hit the scene with all the right attributes and is taunting the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.

Lexus NX SUV

Lexus NX is a bold approach to the luxury SUV. She is all modern inside and out, and gathering her fair share of stares prior to the official reveal. 

Lexus NX SUV

The Lexus NX appears to be a toned-down version of the much more outgoing and bulky Lexus LF-NX concept. Both members of the family are geared towards turning heads with their futuristic appearances and modern amenities. The best description of this I have read so far came from the fellows at Top Gear, who commented that the NX SUV “Appears as though it wishes to devour pedestrians whole.”

Lexus LF-NX concept

The hefty LF-NX concept

Lexus NX SUVThe Lexus NX SUV at a glance:

  • That signature spindle grille
  • There will be 3 powertrain options: A petrol-electric NX300h, petrol NX200 and a turbocharged NX200t petrol option.
  • The NX200t version will be the first turbo engine from Lexus. It is a 2.0-liter four with VVT-iW and has the capacity to operate as an Atkinson cycle engine with Otto cycle at higher speeds. The transmission is a 6-speed automated.
  • The NX300h will supply a 2.5-liter four with Lexus Hybrid Drive and a CVT gearbox. This one utilizes the Atkinson Cycle constantly.
  • The NX models also provide a nifty charging tray for devices, among other creature comforts and luxuries.
  • The standard shoes for this lady are 225/60 tires ensconcing either 17 or 18-inch rims.

Lexus NX SUVThe official reveal will be at the Beijing Auto Show next week and she may be on display during the New York Auto Show as well.

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Up-Close Video of Lamborghini Aventador Crashing into Multiple Vehicles!

Watch as a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador loses control on the street and nails two other vehicles and manages to get some air in between. This Lamborghini crash occurred in London’s upscale Knightsbridge section on what would otherwise be an uneventful Sunday afternoon. Note how casually the driver exits the Lambo after all the action.


This video shows the Lamborghini Aventador crashing multiple times, thus saving you the hassle of hitting rewind. Thanks, Shmee150! 

Could the temptation of touting an extreme supercar through a busy shopping district brimming with wealth have simply overcome the driver? It appears that showing off can be costly. Once the driver nailed the Mazda 5 hatch and the Nissan Quashqai, it clashes quite audibly with a parked BMW. Aside from the shock of an Aventador rounding a corner like an amateur drifter and smashing into fellow drivers, the most shocking part of the crash is where it appears to momentarily leave the road and sail through the air.

Luckily, the only injury sustained during this particular crash was pride of the Aventador driver. It is easy to lose control of a supercar like this, as the Lamborghini Aventador accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.9 blistering seconds. That is not enough response time on a busy city street if one were to lose control of all that power.

Lamborghini crash

The owner of the parked BMW hit by the Aventador made the following statement: “We showed up about three hours after the incident and there was a letter on the windshield. The Lamborghini was being towed away and the owner came up and explained what had happened. He was really apologetic about it.”

What would have happened had the Aventador smashed into a parked Bugatti Veyron? Would a simple note have sufficed? Share your thoughts below!

 

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Meet the Acrobatic Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

The Lamborghini Aventador supercar is awesome. Jackie Chan the superstar is awesome. Meet the combination of Raging Bull and ass-kicking that is the Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition. It is a one-off Lamborghini that will be auctioned to benefit the China Film Institute Jackie Chan Fund to support the developing film industry in his native country.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

Does the Lamborghini Aventador kick a little more tail with the name Jackie Chan attached to it? It is a one-off Aventador that is certain to attract a special type of buyer.

The Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition will be shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show this month. It is a product of the exclusive Lamborghini “Ad Personam” program, which provides the highest level of individuality and personalization down to the last stitch. With the Ad Personam program, every Lamborghini becomes truly unique and special, like the Jackie Chan version of the Aventador.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

The Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition at a glance:

  • The exterior is a special titanium grey, perhaps a nod to the aging superstar? I kid, I kid. The coat is complimented by glossy black alloys with racy red calipers peering out like a Peking duck.
  • The color scheme rolls into the cabin where black, red and grey continue. Red being the most notable hue, appearing loud on the racing style seats.
  • There are also special logos stitched featuring Jackie Chan’s Chinese name– Cheng Long.
  • The Chinese dragons on the mirrors and headrests tie the special edition Lamborghini together nicely.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

The aesthetics are the only changes to this Aventador, it keeps the same sick 700 horsepower powertrain with no tweaks. It is expected to sell for around the $1.2 million mark whenever the auction occurs.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

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Exotic Car Barn Find: Two Rare Aston Martin DBS Models

The occasional exotic car barn find is not rare, but a set of nearly identical Aston Martin twins has been found. The set of Aston Martin DBS cars were discovered stowed away for over a decade and have been shipped off to a garage for some revitalization. The twins engines are still turning, which is incredible after such a lengthy hibernation period.

Aston Martin DBSNot one but two Aston Martin DBS cars have been discovered in a barn. Both are the DBS, with one born in 1969 and the other in 1970. 

The twin exotic sports cars hail from a private collection, and had been nearly forgotten as the owner’s health declined. Twin number one is a 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage with a manual transmission. It is a rarity due to the fact that just 70 examples were created with right-hand-drive and a manual gearbox. It features a straight-six and has its birth certificate and owner’s handbook intact.

Aston Martin DBS

The photos of the DBS Aston Martins above are their first in over a decade. They have been rescued and will be restored.

Twin number two (Plate EGU 29H) is a 1970 Aston Martin DBS. This one boasts a 5.0-liter V8 engine with just under 28,000 miles on it. It needs a bit of attention but the interior and exterior of both twins has held up considerably well. The set should fetch a good price at auction due to their conditions, rare perks and unique story. Will the same buyer want two Aston Martin cars with similar colors and histories? They hit the auction block at Silverstone Auctions Restoration Sale today, April 12th, 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Aston Martin DBS

The interior is in decent condition

Aston Martin DBS

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Bugatti Legends Series: Black Bess

It appears that the prematurely leaked 5th installment of the Bugatti Legends Series was a clever distraction. Bugatti has revealed the 5th of 6 Legends cars and it is the Black Bess. Black Bess was every ounce a legend, driven by founder Ettore Bugatti himself in many races and ahead of her time in the specs arena.

Bugatti Legends Series Black BessMeet Black Bess. She is the 5th member of the illustrious Les Legendes de Bugatti series, of which there will be just 6. 

About Black Bess

Black Bess was a Bugatti Type 18 from the pre-war era. She was among the first-ever street legal supercars with a rather impressive power arsenal for her time. Specifications for Bess included a 4-cylinder 5-liter producing 100 PS with a top speed of 100 miles per hour, not too shabby for the early 1900s. Bugatti Legends Series Black Bess

Fun fact: The Bugatti Black Bess took home a victory in the 1912 Mont Ventoux Hill Climb, driven by Ettore himself.

Black Bess

Just seven examples of Black Bess were created and all were sold to special customers, the elite of the elite, so to speak. One buyer included French aviation pioneer Roland Garros. Garros noticed the supercar following Ettore’s victory at Mont Ventoux. Today, just 3 of the 7 cars still remain and one is in the Louwman Museum as part of a private collection. The special slice of Bugatti history was made available for the introduction of the Legends Series Black Bess, which is pretty cool. The Black Bess of today is, of course, a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and packs a touch more power than her predecessor, but boasts design cues to tie the sisters together and pay homage. Special features include: A black carbon fiber body with delicate gold stripes, gold coated components, and special “Black Bess” logos found in the usual places. The cockpit is truly luxurious, with fine leather and hand stitching with accents to tie the look together inside and out.

Bugatti Legends Series Black BessThe Bugatti Type 18 was made from 1912 to 1914. 

Overall, Black Bess is an impeccable edition to the Bugatti Legends Series fleet, though fans of Elizabeth Junek may be disappointed! It would be interesting to know where the rumor that the 5th car was to honor her actually originated.

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The Arrinera Hussarya Supercar in Production Form

It is not easy to be a new supercar on the scene…unless perhaps you are the Arrinera Hussarya. This new girl has what it takes to turn corners and heads, and she is not letting jealousy stop her in her tracks. Not that a Polish supercar is typically an object of envy, those usually hail from Italy, but the Hussarya certainly has some worthy attributes.

Arrinera Hussarya

The Arrinera Hussarya may be a challenge to pronounce, but it is easy on the eyes. It is also striking in every shade.

The Arrinera Hussarya concept first rolled out in 2011, and the production form shows the substantial dedication that has been given to the design process. The production version of the Hussarya will be made in the Gliwice factory in Poland, with an initial run of approximately 100 units. Arrinera Hussarya

The Arrinera Hussarya supercar at a glance:

  • It is powered by a potent supercharged 6.2-liter V8 pushing forth 650 horses and 604 pound-feet of torque. The engine is sourced from GM.
  • RWD
  • Automated manual with paddle shifters by CIMA of Italy. It is a challenge to create a supercar without at least a few Italian attributes, after all.
  • Performance specifications are on point to compete with most major supercars. The estimated 0-60 mile per hour sprint is a cool 3.2 seconds with a top speed of about 211.
  • Construction materials include carbon fiber, Kevlar, composite materials and high-strength steel, with a final curb weight of 2,900 pounds.
  • The cabin will offer luxury creature comforts like fine leather, racing style seating, carbon fiber trim and a night vision package.

Arrinera Hussarya

Pricing for the production version of the Arrinera Hussarya exotic sports car has not been officially released yet. Look for the good-looking newcomer over the coming months. Arrinera Hussarya

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Meet the Trion Nemesis Supercar

There is a new supercar hitting the scene to threaten those in the 250 mile-per-hour and up range: Meet the Trion Nemesis. If the name itself is any suggestion, the Trion Nemesis supercar intends to directly challenge the high-speed industry super beasts like Bugatti, Koenigsegg and more. But are they worth taking seriously? As of now, the Nemesis is in development. There is but one way to decide, let’s analyze the intended specs.

Trion Nemesis SupercarThe Trion Nemesis at a glance:

  • They plan to power the Nemesis with a special twin-turbocharged V8 designed to produce 1973bhp.
  • The top speed predictions are 270+, which would leave even Hennessey a bit weak in the knees.
  • The 0-60 mile per hour jump will be a claimed 2.8 seconds, which would make it a blistering rival to…well…everyone.

Trion Nemesis Supercar

Trion Nemesis

Trion Nemesis Supercar

Should the Trion Nemesis leave the gate with the specifications above, it will be a predator in its class. It will be competing and able to anhialate the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg One, and even the Hennessey Venom GT. The goal of Trion is to produce an “advanced ultra-luxury, high-performance line of vehicles designed around the driver.” To put it simply, they want to build an engine capable of demolishing the pride of competitors that looks good enough to attract plenty of buyers. We will just have to wait to see what comes from this ambitious newcomer in the next year. The American-based startup has hinted at a prototype release within a few months. Trion Nemesis Supercar

Notice the extremely aerodynamic shape for the Trion Nemesis concept. The wide arches draw to mind the McLaren P1, yet there are also lavish modern styling cues both inside and out.

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Is the 2015 Lotus Elise a Game Changer?

The 2015 Lotus Elise shows the gradual progression of the model. While Lotus has been on the extreme side of busy developing the Eterne, Esprit, Elite and Elan, the Elise was clearly given its fair share of attention. The new styling cues may be slight, but they provide an overall effect that is sharper and fresh for the future of the Elise. It made a surprise reveal at the Paris Motor Show this year, where it dazzled onlookers with its transformation.

2015 Lotus Elise

Fun fact: The Lotus Elise first rolled out in the 1990s. There transition from the first models to the latest is entertaining. 

Lotus Elise

The bubbly predecessor 

2015 Lotus Elise

The 2015 Lotus Elise at a glance: 

  • It will be available as both a coupe and a convertible, though the Exige name seems to have been left in the rear view.
  • It is laden with carbon fiber adornments and is a bit more stretched thanks to an extended aluminum chassis.
  • Power stems from a supercharged 2.0-liter four-banger kicking out 345 horses.
  • The engine is mated to a robotized manual transmission, which means it likely still “Corners like its on rails”, to quote the epic “Pretty Woman”.  There may also be the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual developed in-house by Lotus, though this remains to be verified.
  • Stop/start technology is integrated into the guts.

2015 Lotus Elise

As with any Lotus, the engine is supplied by Toyota while Lotus performs its own engine tweaking and management. The performance projections for the 2015 Lotus Elise are as follows: It will hit the 0-60 mile per hour jump in approximately 4.3 seconds and top out at around 170 miles per hour. These are not exactly insane power specs, but the Elise would still generate envy in the office parking lot daily.

2015 Lotus Elise

2015 Lotus Elise

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The Sbarro Sparta Concept: Sizzle or Fizzle?

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show was fantastic, as it is every year. One of the more obsolete cars on display this year was the Sbarro Sparta concept, a vivid vision in yellow with a hybrid powertrain. The Sbarro Sparta is a hybrid racecar with a bit of an identity crisis, but it still seems to be catching on.

Sbarro Sparta concept

The Sbarro Sparta concept is loud in more ways than just that yellow coat. It made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new kid among the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari and other leading brands.

The Sbarro Sparta concept is the final product of students from Espera Sbarro School of Design in Switzerland. The front looks like it secretly yearns to be an SUV, while the side seems more like a rally car. Overall, the Sbarro Sparta could be described as a very husky hot hatch with a personality all its own.

Sbarro Sparta concept

The aerodynamics for this model are aggressive and a refreshing change of pace from the standard show fare. The Sparta draws plenty of attention to itself via color and that oddly angular appearance. I cannot decide if I love it or would be ashamed of it.

Sbarro Sparta concept

This hybrid racer was crafted using tubular steel and fiberglass for a lighter curb weight. The powertrain for the Sbarro Sparta is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder Peugeot mated to a 6-speed manual transmission delivering power to the rear. That system is enhanced by two 100kw electric motors for a total of 407 horsepower. There are no numbers readily available as far as performance, though we expect to learn more about this newbie in the future due to its appearance at such a top-notch event.

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Test Drive the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan Driving Simulator Online

Unable to white-knuckle the wheel of the stunning 2014 Lamborghini Huracan in the flesh? Why not just take the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan driving simulator for a spin online? The special driving simulator provides the unique experience of test-driving the supercar from the comfort of your computer or device! Now coming up with the money to purchase after deciding it is worthy is another issue.

Lamborghini Huracan driving simulator

The availability of a Lamborghini online driving simulator will take gaming to an entirely new realm. Will Forza ever feel the same? 

The 2014 Lamborghini Huracan virtual drive provides users with times for best laps and lap times. The Huracan is controlled via keystrokes rather than pedals and that screaming engine, but is better than just drooling at photos!

Lamborghini Huracan driving simulator

The 2014 Lamborghini Huracan is the long-anticipated replacement for the long-running Gallardo series. The Huracan is powered by a hefty 5.2-liter V10 engine kicking out 610 horses via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The actual car is capable of demolishing the 0-60 mile per hour jump in just 3.2 seconds, a time users of the driving simulator will attempt to achieve. The top speed of the powerful Huracan exceeds 200 miles per hour, placing it in direct competition with Ferrari and McLaren, as per usual.

Lamborghini Huracan driving simulatorThe way the Lamborghini Huracan driving simulator actually appears. I am not certain if drivers have the option of selecting their own color, but the green is pretty legit.

Overall, the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan online driving simulator may be as close to the real deal as millions will ever come, and it is cool that it is out there as a more economical toy to play with. The actual Lamborghini Huracan will be arriving in showrooms by 2015.

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