Unbelievable: LaFerrari Posted For Sale With Interesting Asking Price

The Prancing Horse made it nearly impossible to become a proud parent of the fierce LaFerrari hybrid when it was born. Now it seems that at least one of the owners has a short attention span and is already willing to part with their LaFerrari. There have been others in the chosen 499, but this one stands out in the crowd based on asking price alone.

LaFerrariThe Laferrari has proven that she looks good in any color–though the one for sale in this instance is black. Shown above in signature Ferrari red.

There were murmurings of legal verbiage in the buyer’s contract forbidding the resale of a LaFerrari for profit within a certain period of time. That period of time must have passed because this seller is asking for a shocking and fairly obscene $5 million dollars for the car. That is correct, they want an additional $4 million over the sticker price for a used one. It does sound insane, but with the comfort that this is a supercar that will almost certainly retain value and end up being worth far more, someone may wish to invest. It will likely take a decade or more for LaFerrari to be worth that staggering sum, and a few others for sale for similar amounts will likely fail to make that the new going rate.

What are they thinking?

When LaFerrari emerged, the brand made it very clear that potential buyers would be screened and must meet strict criteria in order to place an order and be permitted to purchase. For example, a potential candidate must already own a certain number of other Ferrari cars to show that they are a collector of the brand, because LaFerrari was crafted exclusively for the brand’s most valued clientele. For that reason, some buyers likely feel that they can now charge whatever they please for their cars.

The LaFerrari is said to be offered at Naples Motorsports with just 202 miles on her and is currently the only one available in the Untied States.

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Prototype Electric Aston Martin Aims to Challenge With 1000 Horses

Is Aston Martin busy engineering a radical electric beast capable of churning forth 1000 horsepower? Word is circulating that an electric Aston Martin with four doors and a serious need for speed could be approved for a 2020 production run.

electric Aston MartinThe electric version could look like the Rapide, according to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

The official word on the electric Aston Martin supercar has not been given, so this information is all speculation that began to take shape on the heels of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer gave sparse details about a special prototype engineers are tweaking in order to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution level with the addition of batteries.

electric Aston MartinThe Aston Martin Cygnet was the butt of many jokes when it emerged. It came out just before a general wave of acceptance for smarter cars hit the planet, leaving some to wonder if it would fare better on today’s market. Anyone who has ever attempted to park in Philadelphia would understand the Cygnet’s unique size appeal!

Aston Martin is not a virgin to the smartcar movement–think way back to its little contribution: The diminutive Aston Martin Cygnet and it’s 1.0-liter engine tickling 89 horses. The tiny Cygnet seemed to emerge before its time, and before words like smartcar, hybrid or electric held much clout on the market and were often met with smirks. Few are smirking at alternative powertrains these days, with the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 showing that things have evolved even from the amazing Fisker Karma. It also helps that Palmer is a supporter of the hybrid movement, making the following statement on the matter:

“On my watch we are never going to put a diesel in an Aston. And I don’t think the Cygnet was the right thing to do. I think something like an electric car would be interesting, to sit squarely above a Tesla. Most people who buy Teslas are buying fully loaded ones, so it implies there’s room for that. I’m a great advocate of electric vehicles, not for fuel economy, but for performance. We are working on a car that would look like a four-wheel-drive, 1,000bhp Rapide. There is a prototype running around. It’s not a formal part of our six-year plan but it might have to become part of it if we have a regulatory issue.”

Palmer stating that he is for performance above fuel economy is a strong indication that even an electric Aston Martin is going to be quite fabulous!

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Extreme Collection Hitting RM Sotheby’s Auction Block Soon

Luxury auction house RM Sotheby’s has proven to be quite the powerhouse–and they are continuing to dazzle in fashion with one of the most extensive and exciting automobile auctions looming on the horizon. Not only are the usual rare and notable vehicles lined up for action, but also the first and last Bugatti Veyron units will be sold at the same event!

The Pinnacle Portfolio will hit the RM Sotheby’s auction block on August 13th, 2015. By the time the final hammer lands, over $65 million dollars may have changed hands as well as both the first and last Bugatti Veyron models ever made. The clip above shows some of the inventory–prepare for feelings of intense envy.

The upcoming RM Sotheby’s auction is the collection of a single anonymous individual and it is valued at around the $65 million dollar mark and includes roughly 25-30 vehicles.  The sale is so illustrious that it has even been given a name: The Pinnacle Portfolio. I suppose that a collector prolific enough to own both the first and final Bugatti Veyrons to roll off of the production line must have exquisite tastes and that this sale will get engines running and leave bank accounts vastly depleted. The first is 2006 Veyron with chassis #001 and the other is chassis #300. While the last Bugatti Veyron is the official number 300, it is not the Bugatti Veyron LaFinale special edition car, to avoid any confusion. The original production run of 300 omits some if not all of the special edition collections and cars.

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Aside from the notoriety of the Bugatti Veyron units, there will be other flashy contenders like the following cars:

  • The last Ferrari Enzo built: A 2005 model gifted by Ferrari to Pope John Paul II
  • A 2008 Koenigsegg CCXR that had a role in the Fast & Furious 5 movie
  • 1995 Ferrari F50
  • 2008 Lamborghini Reventon
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
  • 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
  • Many more: Follow link to view the entire collection

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Will over $65 million dollars change hands at the Pinnacle Portfolio sale at RM Sotheby’s this August? With the extensive collection and unbelievable cars, that figure seems very likely to be surpassed.

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Porsche 919 Sold On Ebay Did Not Even Have An Engine

The Porsche 919 is so well-loved that people will spend top dollar to have one…even without an engine. Porsche sold a 919 on Ebay recently for $106k that completely lacked the hybrid engine, but rather, included the appropriate measures to be mounted to a wall.

Porsche 919Is this the little engine that couldn’t even? Not so fast. The Porsche 919 model is such an enormous sensation that people will drop over $100k just to own the shell.

The Porsche 919 body was listed on the popular sales website as a non-functional unit and proceeds went to benefit Singapore’s SportCares Foundation, which is a focused movement using sport as a force for social good. The company describes it in the ad as a 1:1 Model Car chassis, whatever that means. Without a drivetrain, the supercar will make but a splendid art display for some lucky petrol head out there.

The Porsche 919 is a purpose driven vehicle that is absolutely not available on the market. It possesses a hybrid 2.0-liter V4 strapped with some electric acoustics and is only available for use by the official racing teams of Porsche. The specialized system converts some of the 500 horses into electric energy even while braking. Many make the mistake of confusing her with the Porsche 918 spyder, which is not correct.

Porsche 919The racing livery on the wall mount Porsche 919 reads: “Porsche Intelligent Performance”. It could be the world’s most expensive Porsche nightlight, because the lamps are said to function when plugged into a power source. So there is someone out there admiring their 919 art and contemplating which fleet vehicle to take out next, but you can always rent a Porsche from your friends at Imagine Lifestyles for a far less painful sum!

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Confirmed: Lotus Evora 400 Convertible Coming

It seems that the fabled Lotus Evora 400 convertible may become a reality with new CEO Jean-Marc Gales at the wheel. The company has confirmed that the Lotus Evora 400 will be offered as a convertible as early as next summer. There should not be a dramatic difference in feel or performance between the two options, and Lotus is making every effort to ensure that the convertible is quite effortless to operate.

Lotus Evora 400 convertiblePhotos ©Lotus 

The coupe version of the Lotus Evora 400 will be hitting showrooms sometime this year as a 2017 model year starting at around $90k. The topless sibling will arrive a few months behind her and likely have a higher price tag. The convertible’s design will still allow for rear seating via a folding top and removable panels that stow behind the rear seats. For those concerned with playing Tetris with the panels, they are said to be just 6 pounds each for ease of use.

The 2017 Louts Evora 400 at a glance:

  • The chassis is aluminum
  • Very little structural engineering is needed to revamp the model into a convertible, and the performance specifications will be fairly close
  • The standard Evora 400 packs a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 400 healthy horses, hence the 400 included in the name
  • The Evora 400 hits the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186 miles per hour
  • It is the fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever. With specs like this, even if the topless version is a touch slower, one must ask: Does it matter? Not really.

Lotus Evora 400 convertibleLook for the new convertible Lotus Evora 400 to hit showrooms and to make an even larger splash on the interwebs just prior to release.

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2016 Range Rover Diesel Sport Models Slated for Sales in the States

Fans of Range Rover diesel products stateside can look forward to finally having the option to buy. The 2016 Range Rover diesel sport models are slated for sales in the U.S. as well as overseas. The products will be arranged in the expected pricing ranges, with base models, sport models and various trim package items to choose from.


At long last, Land Rover will be selling the diesel Range Rover products in the U.S. The clip above outlines what to expect from the lineup.

Land Rover made the official announcement at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show that it was going to extend sales for some diesel models to the states. Those models include the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, labeled as Td6. Both luxury SUVs will be packing the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine kicking out 254 horses. If that is simply not enough, the frontrunner will be the 340-horsepower Range Rover Sport SE Td6 for around $68k. The largest model, the regular Range Rover diesel Td6 starts at $87,445. Start to customize and add trim packages and that price quickly approaches the $100k marker. Fans of the brand know that they are worth the money.

2016 Range Rover dieselMedia ©Land Rover

For comparison purposes, the standard gasoline fueled Range Rover is also equipped with a V6 and produces 340 horsepower. Fuel economy figures for the diesel Rovers are estimated at 22 miles per gallon city and 28 highway for a combined rate of 25. Look for both the diesel and standard 2016 Range Rover models to emerge in showrooms around September of 2015.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Will Boast 24 Limited Edition Cars

This year luxury carmaker Aston Martin announced the arrival of its response to the multi-million dollar supercar competition that has been escalating: The $2.3 million dollar Aston Martin Vulcan. The track focused Vulcan is so intense and aggressive that the brand requires that drivers be specially trained to operate it in order to, you know, stay alive.

Aston Martin Vulcan

The Aston Martin Vulcan hypercar is in direct competition with other multi-million dollar rides and will likely hold her own.

Because the throaty Aston Martin Vulcan is not exactly ready at this stage in the development funnel, buyers are being trained on lesser models like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. The Vantage S is sibling to the rare One-77, featuring its mostly carbon fiber frame tub and full FIA specification roll cage. Just 24 Aston Martin Vulcan cars will be produced, bringing in approximately $56 million for the company. Because it is likely that all units will be presold, it will make a fine payday, indeed!

Aston Martin VulcanWhat sets the multi-million dollar Aston Martin Vulcan apart from other cars in its class? While the exact specifications are still being perfected, we can anticipate a naturally aspirated 7-liter V12 engine pushing forth around 800 horses capable of demolishing the 0-60 mile per hour destination in less than 3 seconds. Top speed for the Aston Martin Vulcan will likely exceed the standard 200 mile per hour mark, which has become the seemingly unspoken goal for supercars. Aston Martin has also shared that the Vulcan will feature track-derived pushrod suspension complete with anti-dive geometry and driver-adjustable anti-lock brakes with available traction.

Aston Martin VulcanWill the Vulcan provide creature comforts for coddling? Not likely, but neither does the immensely successful $3.3 million dollar LaFerrari and she is faring well!

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DeltaWing Gearing Up To Spread Improved Fuel Economy Tactics?

It is quite common for a new vehicle to boast about power and fuel economy figures, it is not so typical, however, for a company to attempt to share the wealth of information with competitors in efforts to spread the trend. It seems that the DeltaWing concept is taking the initiative to lighten the load on the planet–recommending lighter weight vehicles and sharing ways to achieve better fuel economy both on and off the track.

DeltaWing

The DeltaWing concept first emerged back in 2010 as a potential replacement for the Indy car chassis. It was developed for racing, so it is obviously insanely lightweight. Over the past few years, the concept found its niche in endurance racing, competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other feats. In an unusual maneuver, they opted to tweak out a road version of the DeltaWing, perhaps just to see what could be achieved. The street DeltaWing concept has traditional doors, a windscreen and even packs in 4 seats. Key areas like power to weight ratio, drag coefficient and aerodynamics were considered and reconsidered to return an impressive EPA-rated fuel economy of nearly 74 miles per gallon highway, with a combined rating of 57 miles per gallon. This information is made even more important with the upcoming regulations taking effect in 2025 forcing all vehicles to meet the 54.5 mile per gallon mark.

DeltaWing

Rather than hoard the findings and benefits, the company is using its success to help other carmakers meet the same EPA figures through education and experimentation.

In the end, DeltaWing does not even intend to produce a line of street cars. It is gearing up to team up with interested automakers to share its vision and knowledge. That means they want to be hired by automakers to help create the future of the automobile, a more environmentally sound road without sacrificing the power we all love.

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Lexus Reviving the Larger Than Life SC Badge?

Right now it seems like everyone is busy making compact SUVs, city cars, hybrid options and going in the general direction of a more compact and green future, and Lexus is all like “Hey! Let’s bring back the great big SC badge for another rumble!” Ok, those were certainly not the words of Lexus, but it is an interesting angle for them to take and therefore it has piqued interest.
The Lexus SC emerged around 1991 and ran through 2010. It was a luxurious grand tourer with a front engine, rear wheel drive layout and a big old fashioned thirsty V8 engine. The models were designed by top-notch talents from California to Europe, and if it returns for a third act it would provide a perhaps welcomed option on the changing market. What will the latest installment of the Lexus SC have to offer? Let us take a sneak peek at the possibilities:

The next-gen Lexus SC potential at a glance:

  • This early in the game, there is mostly speculation to make sense of, but the rumors are exciting.
  • It could be the first-ever vehicle to utilize a special 10-speed automated transmission. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, she may also get the Lexus RC-F’s torque vectoring mechanism for RWD.
  • The chassis is said to be the next-gen Lexus LS sedan and there may be 3 engine options: a 5.0-liter V8, a twin-turbocharged version of that good for around 600 horsepower, and a hybrid version kicking out approximately 500 horsepower.
  • To put those figures into perspective, the sleek and aggressive Lexus RC-F produces 467 horses and is serving as the brand’s runner up to their LFA supercar.

Lexus SC

While design is not selected just yet, it will likely maintain that current pronounced grille and hold some of the styling from the LFA and RC-F cars. Stay tuned for more information on what is next from Lexus.

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BMW Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

The glorious BMW i8 is continuing along its personal road, and that journey is defined by the future and potentially powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. It would not be BMW’s style to simply settle for the current hybrid and electric powertrain trends, now would it? This is, after all, a brand that analyzes what is going to be popular far into the future and focuses on preparing for what is to come just as hard as it does on what it is currently producing. The formidable competitor is rumored to be experimenting farther into the future than most competitors at this juncture.


See the vehicle taking some test laps in the short clip above:

The potential BMW i8 hydrogen fuel cell car could possibly pack a cryogenically-stowed hydrogen tank in the center, tempered by a cooling system. The system would connect to a rear-mounted engine. What new wonders will the future of automotive energy hold? Keep your eyes on BMW–they seem to be creating the curve.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Photos ©BMW

The standard BMW i8 concept has been around for over 3 already—positioning it around that marker when a concept becomes a reality. It typically takes around 3 years from concept to production for a vehicle. The hybrid BMW i8 machine features a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder pushing out 357 horses with assistance of an electric motor. Because electric cars and hybrids are poised to become commonplace in the near future, BMW has been busy creating plug-in cars and also charging stations for its wares. The brand is sharp enough to work out that when electric cars begin to grow in numbers on the roadways, charging stations are going to be a necessity.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

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