Video Eye & Ear Candy: Lexus LFA Vs. Porsche 918

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.

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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.

Lexus LFA Vs. PorscheThe 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.

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Aston Martin And Valentino Tout One-Off Camo Vanquish Volante

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.

Vanquish Volante

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.”

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Just 600 Examples of the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Will Be Created

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. Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce

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.

Lamborghini Aventador SuperveloceOverall, 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.

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Lamborghini Huracan Spyder: Success as a Successor

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.

Lamborghini Huracan SpyderDoes 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.

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Electric Aston Martin Rapide Will Be More Powerful

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.

Electric Aston Martin Rapide

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.

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Rolls-Royce Is Testing An SUV Chassis and Inviting Interaction

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.

Rolls-Royce SUV

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?

Rolls-Royce SUVWe 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?

Rolls-Royce SUV

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.

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Barrett-Jackson Offering Auto Care Products to Maintain that New Car Shine

Leading auction house Barrett-Jackson is now touting a line of signature auto care products. The products include interior and exterior care, wheel and tire care, and restoration items. The Barrett-Jackson auto products seem to make perfect sense for a company synonymous with automobiles, so what took them so long to develop this brainchild?

New line of Barrett-Jackson premium auto care products emerge

Now customers buying auction items at Barrett-Jackson will have little trouble maintaining that new car scent and appearance. The products will be available in retail stores spanning across North America, including giants like Wal-Mart, Menards, Pep Boys and Home Depot. For those who prefer to do their shopping online, the products will also be sold on Amazon. Hey, at least there will not be a bidding war for them. Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson spoke of the products as follows: “We understand the importance of restoring and preserving the value of your vehicle. Whether you’re giving your car a full detail or a quick touch-up, our new line of premium auto care products is car care you can trust.”

Barrett-Jackson auto products

Will the auction house’s auto care products measure up? There will likely be ample reviews on the car wash formulas, waxes and detailing items in the very near future available online. The products are being marketed as safe for all finishes and come in a surprisingly wide variety of offerings. The Barrett-Jackson Chrome and Metal Polish is for chrome, aluminum, billet, brass, copper, stainless steel and steel. Once the outside is gleaming, there are also leather protectors and moisturizers available for the interior of a vehicle designed to help prevent fading and damage.

car care productsBarrett-Jackson adds their signature to a line of auto care products. The detailing process is important to all gearheads, and product options are always welcomed–no ladies included.

The company seems to have prepared the entire line to cover all bases, right down to keeping the wheels and tires looking new. Will the new products be used heavily prior to each Barrett-Jackson auction? It is possible!

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Aston Martin and LeTV Pair Up In The Name Of Technology

Aston Martin is pulling out some stops, strategizing with China-based LeTV to incorporate new technology into the fleet. The deal includes Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. and LeTV, officially known as Leshi Internet Information & Technoogy Corp., wherein Aston Martin will be served a slice of China’s high technology and LeTV will gain exposure for this and its electric automobile ambitions.

Aston Martin and LeTV The Aston Martin One-77 is one of just 77 created. Future siblings will be just as stunning and technologically advanced.

With Aston Martin sales surging in China, it simply makes sense to take advantage of the brainpower located there in terms of new technology. What better way to gain the trust of potential buyers than to offer a tech brand they are familiar with? The move is being structured as a partnership in new car communication, likely using LeTV’s car Android OS named ‘LeUI Auto’. The companies will work together to develop concepts for applications in upcoming Aston Martin vehicles focused on media, ultimate connectivity, navigation and streaming all stemming from connected appliances. The overall product will be smart audio systems, which are sure to become the expected level of performance in the very near future.

Aston Martin and LeTV

Lety, aka Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corporation is a Chinese provider of Internet-enabled televisions.

According to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer: “There are some things, particularly in the technology space, where China is moving very quickly.” Just last year LeTV announced that it would be entering the electric car development arena. The carmaker already has 15 dealers operating in the China market, with plans to expand further. Will technology give them the edge to steal customers from rivals in the highly competitive Asian markets? It could do just that, look at how Apple revolutionized the mobile phone industry through new technology.

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Porsche Design Tower in Miami Selling Out

While it would seem that beachfront property would have little trouble selling itself, marketers have been forced to become quite creative following the economic downturn years ago. The Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles, Florida, is a shining beacon of that willingness to go further. The luxury design tower is already nearly sold out, because who wouldn’t want an elevator to deliver their car directly to their door?

Porsche Design TowerThe exclusive Porsche Design Tower is located in Sunny Isles, which is just a few blocks north of South Beach. Because South Florida is a preferred playground for the wealthy, what better place for the towers? Buyers are recognizing the luxury logo as a serious asset–especially with all of the added perks the Porsche residences have to offer.

Porsche Design TowerThe Porsche Design Tower at a glimpse:

  • Developed by Gil Dezer
  • Construction is set to end by early 2016
  • A majority of buyers purchased solely on the blue prints and animated videos
  • Over 90% of the 132 units are sold, with prices starting at $4 million and penthouses going for over $30 million.
  • It is shaped like a piston pushed into the sand on the beach, a glorious glass shrine reaching 60 stories into the skyline
  • No matter what floor, one of three elevators delivers the owner’s car up to their steel-reinforced personal garage. Bonus: The driver can just ride up in the driver’s seat, no need to exit until safely at home.
Porsche Design Tower Miami

Because the shoreline of South Florida is only so long, the Porsche Design Tower should become a valuable asset and continuously appreciate, with the strong Porsche branding serving to provide trust and unyielding standards.

Porsche Design TowerThe best asset by the sea? Perhaps.

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Land Rover Says Nothing Shall Top Range Rover

Following rumors of a not-so modestly priced Land Rover, the company has dismissed rumors of a range topper above the Range Rover line. While it may seem surprising to some, it could just be the ticket to maintaining the luxury SUV traditional standards all have come to expect from the brand.

Range RoverIn the past, the first image that came to the mind when visualizing a top-of-the-line exotic SUV was just the Range Rover. Along with success, however, comes competition, and many automakers have moved onto that territory to tout their own luxury SUV offerings. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, yet it is a good guess that Land Rover would prefer to be ogled and purchased rather than facing down endless rivals in their market. Even so, Land Rover is standing firm for the time being, refusing to create anything more extravagant than the already amazing Range Rover fleet.

Range RoverThe Range Rover already comes in a variety of styles, from the Evoque to the Sport, all with that same perfect blend of sporty sophistication. Will they be enough when facing the likes of a possible Bentley or Rolls-Royce SUV? According to Land Rover North America CEO Joe Eberhardt, the Range Rover will continue to serve as the flagship model, and will not be superseded by a separate, more upscale or larger vehicle. While a percentage of clients will certainly be attracted to new offerings by other brands, Land Rover does not see an immediate concern to act on creating a variant with that type of curb appeal. They will stay true to their off-roading, upscale, and solid reputation for the time being, with the biggest threat being an imaginary LaFerrari SUV.

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