Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion Shows Off That Aftermarket Sting

Fans of the Fiat 500 Abarth can revel in the heady effects of more aftermarket tweaking with the Scorpion hatchback. The Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion package hit the 2014 SEMA show in style and aggression. Is it better than the standard version or the 500 Abarth Venom from 2012? You be the judge!

Fiat 500 Abarth ScorpionWhen it comes to prestige, few can match the talent associated with the name Mopar. The Mopar hand remains in the Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion concept, offering perfectly tuned aggression to match the Scorpion countenance. Yes, all of that bundled into the tight diminutive Fiat Abarth bod. The outward appearance of the Fiat 500 does not do the performance capabilities any justice—few would argue with that opinion.

Fiat 500 Abarth ScorpionThe enormous Abarth Scorpion logo on the tiny hood is the indicator that this little number is different. The logo and the special two-tone flash announce that this is not just an eco car out for a Sunday drive.

The Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion’s arsenal of fun features include:

  • That tough looking scorpion graphic hanging on to the hood for dear life. Well played.
  • Mopar cat-back system.
  • Itty-bitty Abarth wheels that defiantly do not distract from the body…one must squint to fully appreciate them.
  • Smoked rear lights.
  • Carbon fiber mirror casings, satin chrome trim and rear valance.
  • The inside is draped with Katzkin leather adorned with scorpions–likely just a yard was needed.
Fiat 500 Abarth Venom
The Abarth Venom concept was coated with carbon, though it did not require much. 

Fiat scorpionOverall, the Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion may start and end its life cycle as a mere concept show car. For those who really like the offerings, they could be made available through the customizations department for new orders, though the price may sting a little!

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Hang on to Your Horses: The LaFerrari XX Track Car

The hyper-hybrid that is the LaFerrari left the world singing along to a throaty tune paired with a name that even begins as a song. Next up is the LaFerrari XX, which will be the track-focused variant of the wonder car. The official introduction should happen next month at the Abu Dhabi World Finals according to Top Gear’s secret sources.

LaFerrari XX Is the world ready for the fast and furious LaFerrari XX? Consider this the one-upper of them all–available to less than zero humans. That is an exaggeration, though likely not by much.

The LaFerrari XX track-focused hypercar at a glance:

  • Sources say she will be the most extreme production-derived variant in the history of the Horse. With 1050bhp, she will effectively trump the standard LaFerrari’s fearsome 100bhp.
  • To put those figures into perspective, that is about 50% more power than a current F1 racer. I like where this is headed.
  • Initial reports of an F1 turbo V6 may not be correct. The XX may employ the same powertrain as the LaFerrari road car, which is a naturally aspirated V12 paired with an electric motor.
  • The standard lady nails the 0-60 mile per hour jump in 2.9—just imagine what the XX will do.
  • No, she will not be street legal. Will that little detail detour Jeremy Clarkson? I sincerely hope not.

LaFerrari XX The LaFerrari XX will have around 60 more horses than the wicked McLaren P1 GTR. 

Once the LaFerrari XX is out, it will likely not be seen out. Just like the Ferrari FXX, the LaFerrari XX models will be housed and maintained at Maranello, with their owners only getting special visitation rights. Cars of this caliber require the constant care of specially trained technical teams to keep them in prime condition. We look forward to learning more about the next-generation of the Prancing Horse’s hybrid endeavors!

LaFerrari XX

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McLaren Sport Series to Show the Practical Side of the Brand

In the near future there will be a new member in the McLaren lineup. The upcoming McLaren Sport Series will be positioned below the McLaren 650S to show a more practical side of the sensational brand. The first leaked photo looks smaller than the 650S sibling and is known internally as the P13. Will it be less intense enough to be affordable? That remains to be seen.

McLaren Sport SeriesTeaser shots of the McLaren Sport Series test mule are circulating. It is not dramatically different but is set to be somewhat more low-key than its siblings. 

Where the McLaren Sport Series will fit in

By adding a new level into the line, McLaren will cater to those who crave an exotic sports car, but not necessarily a supercar. Some say it will be positioned to compete with some of the Porsche 911 variants and lower performance Ferrari cars. The big reveal is likely to take place at the Geneva Motor Show next year, though plenty of details are already coming out.

The McLaren Sport Series at a glance (collective speculation blended with what is likely):

  • It may feature the brand’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis, just like the 650S. The body is lightweight and durable, and using it would make more sense financially than developing something completely different for a less expensive car.
  • Expect the very same 3.8-liter V8 used in most McLaren road variants.
  • Performance specs should be impressive without being over-the-top. This will attract buyers and keep its position below the 650S.

McLaren will continue to release teasers and promote the upcoming Sport Series, like the vague clip above likening the next model to an elusive black swan. The only interesting part is the accent–they can certainly do better in the advertising arena. Hint: Hire Mr. Bean..

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The 2015 Insta-Built Lexus RC F at SEMA: Best in Show?

The Lexus RC F had a tough act to follow in the form of the sleek Lexus LFA supercar. The tuned Insta-Built Lexus RC F by VIP Auto Salon did a fairly decent job at the 2014 SEMA show, however! It is impossible to overlook that Tiffany blue and those decadently sporty styling cues. But is she fast? Lexus RC FBehold: The 2015 Insta-Built Lexus RC F by VIP Auto Salon took the stage at the SEMA show this year. Is she smoking hot or not?

Insta-Built Lexus RC F by VIP Auto Salon at a glance:

  • The vibrant exterior is absolutely stunning and a perfect choice for her shape and style. The color is Seafoam by Oracle and draws to mind Tiffany blue, which always makes the heart race a bit.
  • She is fitted with a Lexon body kit (Japan) and the look is finished off with a set of 20-inch VPS forged wheels supporting Nitto Invo tires. Brembo GT’s for the brakes, of course.
  • You are not imagining things—she is quite lowered.
  • N1 Evolution-X and Apex exhaust with Apex intake.
  • The RC F performance sedan hits the 0-60 mile per hour jump in just 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 167 MPH. No word on how much, if any, the kit alters those specs. The standard RC F variant also gets an impressive 25 miles per gallon fuel economy.

Lexus RC F

The interior of the 2015 Insta-Built Lexus RC F by VIP Auto Salon is rocking Sabelt SPS bucket seating with fabulous detailing. The steering wheel is custom with Alcantara, carbon fiber and a touch of Seafoam to draw the exterior design cues into the cockpit.

Lexus RC F

The Lexus…inspired by the Predator. 

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The Mercedes-Benz S500 Is Plugged Into the Market

The mere uttering of the word “Plug-in” when connected to car talk used to inspire disgust. Now that hybrids, electric cars and other alternative powertrains are being embraced by the masses–it has become rather a term of endearment. The luxurious Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-in may even be a car people actually want to drive, and it is quite quiet. The S500 model is set to arrive in Spring of 2015, according to the Mercedes-Benz website.

Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-inThe Mercedes-Benz S500 is plugged in for a bright future. Not only is it smooth and sporty, it is also performance-based, eco friendly and loaded with safety features and programs.

The future of motoring is about exploring alternative powertrains. New environmental regulations are springing up in almost every country, making this exploration process vital. But in the earlier days of hybrid and electric powertrains, the performance and appearances tended to be sacrificed in the name of mother Earth. I think those mistakes set the precedence for the movement, and created the initial bad taste for them.

Models like the Fisker Karma, BMW i8, Porsche 918, LaFerrari and other upscale hybrids have now paved the way toward alternate energy acceptance in automobiles.

Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-inThe Mercedes-Benz S500 hybrid car at a glance:

  • Original Mercedes S-Class base technology fused with the future.
  • This beauty boasts a 3-liter V6 producing 333 horses paired with an 85 kw electric motor for a total performance output of 436.
  • Achieves the 0-60 MPH marker in 5.2 seconds.
  • The internal combustion and electric motor pairing is the most popular hybrid model today.
  • Power is fed to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
  • A large variety of recognition and assist features.

Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-inOverall, let us all hope to see more cars like the Mercedes-Benz S500 hitting the scene in the future. But more importantly, let their drivers not be taunted like those of the Prius.

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Video: What Happens When A Lamborghini Is Fired by Stupid

Watch this driver rev-punish his Lamborghini Aventador in efforts to impress onlookers—only to cause a fire! This poor chap got a bit overzealous on the gas pedal, pushing flames from the exhaust that enveloped half of the bumper of the car . Warning: watching the Lamborghini fire make you cringe.

The very brief clip above shows what happens when a driver does not know enough about their vehicle to be showing off. The guy just kept revving the car until flames shot out the exhaust and caught it on fire. 

The incident occurred on the streets of London, where it is a rather normal occurrence to see supercars. Fortunately for the driver and the 700-horsepower Aventador, the flames were eventually extinguished and the car was able to drive away from the scene. I assume the driver fled in sheer terror and embarrassment, hoping for minimal damage to both the car and his reputation. The same driver used his Lamborghini Aventador in the Gumball rally last May—he was a member of Gumballteam 57. Perhaps following this flaming act of stupidity, he has calmed down enough to operate the outstanding vehicle with proper care.

It is one thing when an exotic sports car endures a manufacturer’s issue that causes fires, like the Ferrari 458 Italia did at one point. It is quite another when the cause of the fire is simply driver error, something that happens all-too-often and leads to much monetary damage each year. While a handful of the Ferrari 458 cars did catch fire due to an adhesive problem, the company corrected the problem the instant it was identified and all moved forward seamlessly. This poor guy will carry the shame of this video for years to come–thank you Internet.

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One of Four Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire Cars For Sale

It seems like there are more ‘special edition’ Bugatti Veyrons than there are standard variants. That said, one of just four Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire cars is officially on the market and likely at a markup. Each of the four ladies features a unique exterior and this one is a fresh cream accented with polished chrome.

Bugatti Veyron L’Edition CentenaireOne of just four Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire cars is on the market. The creamy chrome dream has moved to a new dealer in Dubai and will likely injure a savings account in the near future.

This Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire has been offered before, at Exotic Cars Dubai. It is absolutely shocking that a private buyer for the special ride was not found in luxe Dubai. The Veyron remains on the market at Al Ain Class Motors, also in Dubai, who feel they may have better luck.

Bugatti Veyron L’Edition CentenaireThe Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire features four color schemes. They are shown above with the cars favored by the driver they honor. 

The white 2009 Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire has just 8500 kilometers on her and the price will only be released to the very serious prospects. Of the Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire fleet, this is the first of the four to be made available for resale. Aside from the brilliant bespoke exterior, there are special engravings and touches to announce that it is an enviable edition.

Bugatti Veyron L’Edition Centenaire

The remaining three Veyron L’Edition Centenaire cars include a blue and chrome, red and chrome and green and chrome. The mini-fleet was created to pay homage to four special Bugatti racing drivers: Jean-Pierre Wimille, Achille Varzi, Malcolm Campbell and Hermann Ze Leiningen. Collector cars this rare do not change hands often–it is certainly interesting that this one has been available for some time.

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The Maserati Ghibli Offers Upscale Style More Can Afford

The Maserati Ghibli is the prestigious Neiman Marcus car this year and some say the most attractive member of the fleet. Not only is the chiseled Ghibli a gorgeous exotic sports car, it is actually the brand’s most affordable offering! Unless you plan to purchase it from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, that is.

Maserati Ghibli S Q4The 2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 is a stunning specimen of sports car. It will be offered in the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog and hit showrooms next year. The standard variants are much more affordable.

Some say the Maserati Ghibli is a stride closer to making these types of cars more affordable to the masses. Starting well under the $100k marker at a modest $76k. Is the 4+4 Maserati better looking than her coupe siblings? Opinions on the matter will vary, but for far less buyers can have more room and well…an affordable Maserati!

Maserati GhibliStarting at just $76k, there will be plenty of dough left over to customize a Maserati Ghibli. 

Perhaps pricing is on the lower end because it really does not double as a track car like a Ferrari 458 or Lamborghini Gallardo could.  The sensible Maserati Ghibli is suitable for a daily driver and would leave colleagues burning with envy. What it would not burn, however, is through a bank account.

Maserati GhibliThe Ghibli concept first emerged back in the 1960s, but today’s version is certainly much improved. She now packs a 3-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automated gearbox pushing forth 345 horses. There is a turbocharged variant of the Ghibli capable of unleashing 404 horses, something that may be a bit of fun on a track.

Maserati GhibliThe Maserati Ghibli features five operating modes:

  • Auto Normal
  • Auto Sport
  • Manual Normal
  • Manual Sport
  • I.C.E. (Increased control & efficiency)

Overall, with such a fantastic luxury car being offered at a pleasing price, expect to see many of these on the roads over the next few years!

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The Most Expensive: Range Rover Holland & Holland Edition is Loaded

Pricing in at $100k over the Range Rover Autobiography Black, the Range Rover Holland & Holland is the most expensive SUV produced by the brand thus far! Just how painful is the pricing? That would be approximately $285k for this fine lady, please.

Range Rover Holland & HollandThe Range Rover Holland & Holland edition comes fully loaded, and the price is aimed at the high-rollers.

The Range Rover Holland & Holland is an interesting collaboration between the Land Rover SVO (Special vehicle operation) and renowned gun gurus Holland & Holland. The special edition fleet will not come with a piece, but there will be a nifty carbon fiber and aluminum gun rack option. Holland & Holland firearms are expensive, with pieces ranging from $45k-$275k. That means this Range Rover is just $10k more than the company’s most expensive gun.

Range Rover Holland & Holland

The Holland & Holland Range Rover at a glance:

  • Only about 40 of these will be produced over the next three years.
  • The leather will be supple, even softer than the usual fare.
  • The leather will be accented with insane woodwork. The wood used shall be carved from a single piece of walnut. In efforts to resemble the company’s rifles, the walnut will be finished with special oil.
  • Those riding in the back are tucked into executive style reclining seats with retractable tray tables finished in the same gorgeous walnut. To stave off boredom, there are two oversized infotainment screens in the rear.
  • Engine options include the following: Standard diesel engine to please the UK, Jaguar Land Rover supercharged V8 with 500 horses, and something tamer in between the two.

Range Rover Holland & Holland

Range Rover Holland & Holland rich interior.

Range Rover Holland & Holland

The Range Rover Holland & Holland is finished off with special embroidery, logos and engravings throughout to announce the model. Overall, you could say Holland & Holland broke out the big guns for this swanky project!

Range Rover Holland & Holland

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Why Isn’t the Lamborghini Ankonian Concept Being Built?

What do you get when you fuse a Batmobile with the best Lamborghini has to offer? This insane exotic car concept looks like it could transform into a fighter jet and rocket directly off of the road. The Lamborghini Ankonian concept brings to life a fantasy, so why is it not being built?

Lamborghini Ankonian concept

When it comes to creating lust worthy sports cars that are tantalizing from every angle, it is a challenge to top Lamborghini. Perhaps that is why the Raging Bull inspired Macedonian designer Slavche Tanevsky to draw the Ankonian concept. The Lamborghini Ankonian concept was a student project drafted by Tanevsky during his days at Munich University of Applied Sciences. What makes Tanevsky a standout student is that he was fortunate enough to have input from both Lamborghini and Audi while dreaming up his concept—a luxury students would offer a limb to obtain.

Lamborghini Ankonian concept

Even the name, Ankonian, is derived from a raging bull. The Ankonian is a fighting bull known for its jet-black hair, much like the sinister dark appearance of the Lamborghini concept.

Lamborghini Ankonian conceptThe Lamborghini Ankonian concept potential at a glance:

  • The extreme angles of this automobile make it impossible to ignore.
  • It would boast a mid-engine layout nestled inside that aggressive curvature.
  • While it may appear more complicated than a Rubik’s cube, the lines actually flow rather fluidly—connecting in all the right places for visual appeal as well as aerodynamics.

Imagine this severe Lamborghini concept unleashed with at least 700 horses, which would be on the level of the Lamborghini Aventador. It would be the dawn of a new era, and with every likelihood claim a spot on the big screen on its path toward making automotive history more interesting.

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