Saturday, January 30, 2010



The fabulous Lamborghini Murcielago will be a decade old soon, and from 2011 another famous bull will share its name with the latest Lamborghini model. Following the trend of the decade, this new top-Lambo will get lighter and more fuel efficient. The origami-style design promoted by the Reventon is refined here and a little toned down. After all this "standard version" needs to leave room for the future LP and SV models. The special wheel design is a tribute to classic Lamborghini models.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


If you are up to date on the latest on goings in wireless technology, then you should be familiar with Steve Job’s latest offering, the iPad. Like a plus sized iPhone the new 21st century tablet will offer the world a simple, sleek and lightweight PDA that is capable of doing everything from surfing the web to playing videogames and even reading virtual magazines in a way that the much more compact iPhone never could, even if it is 3Gs equipped. This is all well and good for the techies out there, but what does this mean for us automotive enthusiasts.

Measuring in at just over half an inch thick and tipping the scales at just over a 1.5 pounds, the iPad will bring a whole new level of wireless connectivity to in car passengers. And while the iPhone has apps that can measure your car’s 0 to 60 MPH time or check error codes, an iPad could be used to tune it on the fly just like Paul Walker in the original Fast and Furious film. If you thought texting and driving was a problem, the iPad could stir up a whole other round of driver distractions, but because of the electronic tablet’s inherent popularity automakers will almost certainly be forced to offer docking stations as well as iPod cables in their future models, but until then the sky is the limit as far as what the new portable computers will be doing on the regular highway as well as the information kind.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Monster World Rally Team revealed the first details on the WRC Ford Fiesta that will be driven by Ken Block at the 2010 WRC, Rally America and X-Games.

"I am stoked to be rallying in a Ford," says Block. "They are an impressive force in the sport. From the days of the 1970s Escorts to the Group B RS200, to the modern-day Focus and now the Fiesta, Ford has an excellent history within rally. I couldn’t be happier to be part of this amazing heritage. Not to mention my dad would be proud. He was a true Ford guy."

Sunday, January 24, 2010


How’s this for ironic: Bugatti – you know them as the makers of one of the most mouth-watering cars in the world – has tapped the services of Ferrari to help them create one of the most expensive ballpoint pens you can imagine.

Ok, it’s not really what you think it is. While it’s true that Bugatti is set to come out with a pen that’s beyond expensive, it didn’t commission the Prancing Horse to make the pens for them but a company that conveniently goes by the name of Ferrari de Varese.

Designed by Luigi Trenti of the aforementioned Ferrari de Varese, the Bugatti Type A pen is not your ordinary ballpoint that you can just buy at any Barnes and Noble. First of all, it’s crafted from aluminum and plated with the following minerals: nickel, silver, palladium, and platinum. You guys keeping up?

In addition to that, the pen’s nib is made from rhodium-coated 18-karat gold that also comes with a sapphire glass window and a lacquered black embossed Bugatti logo.

With all these jewelry and expensive minerals, you can probably imagine how much this Bugatti pen is going to cost you. Let’s just say that for one of these babies, you can actually buy yourself a decent car. That’s right, folks. You’re going to have to shell out $15,000 just to get your hands on one.

Friday, January 22, 2010

2010 HONDA HSV-010 GT

When the Japanese automaker Toyota wanted to show the world what their latest super car, the LF-A could do, they entered a pair of preproduction Supra successors into a number of exhibition style endurance races at the world famous Nurburgring. Following a similar path, Honda’s domestic racing program has just announced that they will be returning to the island nation’s top tier of motor sport when they debut their next generation super car, the HSV-10 GT on March 20 at the beginning of the 2010 Super GT season. It is only fitting that the NSX’s successor, the Honda Sports Velocity turns its first wheel in competition at the at the Suzuka Circuit, being that it is the automaker’s own test track, making it an even more important initial run for the HSV because you know that all of the people that are going to decide the new sports vehicle’s fate will be in attendance.

Despite the exotic V10 powered future NSX rumors, the new HSV-10 GT is powered by a low displacement 3.4 Liter V8 with a maximum output of over 500 HP. The high output engine is mated to a Ricardo sequential manual gearbox, the same unit used by Nissan and Toyota in their Super GT machines, ensuring that their drivers will be hard pressed to miss a shift. With a body that is somewhere between 21st century NSX and an ASL Garaiya from the Japanese Autobacs tuning shop, the future HSV-10 GT is guaranteed to carve out a place for itself in Japanese automotive culture.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010



Despite being limited to just 500 units, the Lexus LF-A has been, hands down, one of the most popular supercars to come out in recent times. So as you can imagine, the demand for the LF-A has been, to say the least, off the charts, so much so that even before the car hit dealerships in its native land in Japan, all the 165 units of the LF-A allotted for the country have already sold out.

While the coupe version of the LF-A has been turning heads left and right, rumors about a roadster version of the Lexus super car has been running the mills for the past couple of months. As a result of enormous clamoring for an LF-A roadster, the folks over at Autogespot decided to render the supercar to see what it would look like once it loses its roof.

Lexus has still to make an announcement on whether or not the LF-A will produce a roadster offspring but judging from the renderings done by Autogespot, the LF-A convertible is just as - maybe even more - mouth-watering than the hardtop version.

Saturday, January 16, 2010



Adding even more fuel to the sport compact fire, the Japanese automaker Toyota has unveiled the FT-86 G Sports Concept at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. The FT-86 will be the first in a new line of factory modified vehicles that will be sold this summer under the new nameplate. The G Sports concepts are aimed at customers who have a strong desire to own a unique vehicle by offering them both personalized interior and exterior pieces that is designed to give the driver a sports car experience. As opposed to traditional manufacturers who might have outsourced a job like this, Toyota has kept the G Sports line an in house project.

The first of a the factory tuned G Sport cars is equipped with wider wheel arches to house the unique 19 inch alloys, a vented carbon fiber hood as well as aggressive front and back bumpers with a trick rear diffuser and an over sized wing sitting on top of the trunk. On the inside the FT-86 G Sports Concept gets a pair of Recaro racing buckets while a sport tuned suspension places a special focus on “driving seasoning” in order to make the new FT-86 as fun to drive as the old Hachi Roku.

Friday, January 15, 2010


While Chevrolet’s Camaro SS has served as the iconic Indianapolis 500 pace car for ages, the blue oval hopes to shake things up a bit after a 40 year absence from the Daytona 500 when a 2011 Ford Mustang GT is used to lead the grid around the oval on February 14th, this is quite a move considering that the 412 HP 21st century 5.0 will be the first Ford to serve as the pace car for NASCAR’s biggest race since a Torino GT convertible guided the pack back in 1970.

The Mustang GT Daytona 500 Pace Car will feature a special Daytona 500 Race Red livery with American inspired racing stripes in white and blue. Underneath the new sheet metal, the new GT will have a the all new 32 valve 5.0 Liter V8 that makes over 400 HP on low octane and 390 lb-ft of torque while returning 25 MPG. In order to handle repeated trips around the high banking, the Mustang will be equipped with a Ford Racing suspension and strut tower brace to keep the car tracking straight while unique color matching wheels wrapped in high performance rubber and a set of loud pipes so that the fans will hear it coming.

After the big race, the Mustang pace car will roll across the auction block on January 23rd at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with its special interior adornments, lit sill plates and all. Not to mention that this will be one of the first 5.0s to have a VIN stamped on it which will only increase the pony car’s collectibility.

Monday, January 11, 2010

2010 Toyota FT-CH

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Toyota’s plans are to offer a wider variety of conventional hybrid choices to its customers. This variety will include plug-in hybrids (PHVs), battery electrics (BEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCHVs). This is why, today at the Detroit Auto Show the company brought the FT-CH (compact hybrid) concept.

Compared to a Prius, the FT-CH is 22 inches shorter in overall length, yet loses less than an inch in overall width, meaning it will offer maximum passenger comfort and interior roominess.

The FT-CH was designed to capture the high-energy appeal of the 8-bit generation: fun and innovative, colorful and stylish, with strong appeal to young buyers.

Compared to a Prius, the FT-CH is lighter in weight and even more fuel efficient, but will also be cheaper.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


First offered as a limited edition in 2007 and 2008, the BMW Alpina B7 will join again the BMW’s line-up as a 2011 model. It will be based on the BMW 7 Series platform and will go on sale in the spring. The official debut will be made in February at the Chicago Auto Show.

Alpina B7 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4,5 seconds.

The B7 also features electronically-adjustable suspension with active roll stabilization, with three distinct suspension set-ups: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

On the exterior there is a deeper front air dam and a rear decklid spoiler, a sport exhaust system with two double tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper and 21-inch, 20-spoke Alpina wheels. The interior is completed by Alpina blue illuminated door sill trims, the SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel in hand-stitched LAVALINA leather, and the Black-Panel LCD screen instrument cluster branded with Alpina .

Friday, January 8, 2010


The third and last special edition to be revealed by jeep at the Detroit Auto Show is Wrangler Mountain Edition. It is based on the Wrangler Sport S package, and is available on Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 models and the price for the package is $1,820.

This special edition features a unique “Mountain” decal on the hood with latitude and longitude coordinates that represent an actual location relating to the “Mountain” theme of the vehicle; painted high-gloss Mineral Gray 17-inch Moab wheels, grille and bumper appliqu├ęs; tubular side steps; 32-inch tires; black tail lamp guards; and a fuel-filler door from Mopar. It is painted in Rescue Green Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat or Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


The European market has the Opel Insignia, we have the Buick Regal. And how in Europe a high performance version of the sedan is known as the OPC, in here it will be called Regal GS. We will see the car making its official debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show.

The Regal GS is powered by a 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged engine with direct-injection technology that delivers a total of 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that directs torque to an adaptive all-wheel-drive system. Translated into performance this means a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

The sports sedan is equipped with a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) design, a high-performance Brembo brake system with 14 x 1.2-inch (355 x 32 mm) cross-drilled rotors; four-piston, high-strength aluminum calipers, and high-performance pads and Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 FERRARI 599 GTO!


Not too long ago Ferrari announced plans to resurrect the Gran Turismo Omologato moniker with a special edition 599 Fiorano. The super very special 599 GTO will be unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show with a scheduled production run of only 500 units, each priced at around half a million dollars each. This will be the first time that the Italian automaker has used the GTO badge since the F40 super car inspiring 288 GTO.

The 599 GTO will be a road going version of the Ferrari Corse Clienti special, the Ferrari 599XX. Through the extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber, essentially dropping about 300 pounds from the GT car, bringing the curb weight down to 1450 kilograms. Meanwhile the high revving 6.0 Liter V12 will be tuned to deliver somewhere between 680 HP and 700 HP making the future 599 GTO a real beast that will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.2 seconds and gallop all the way to a 217 MPH top speed.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Mercedes Benz will go head to head with their German rivals in an attempt to steal a share of the entry level luxury youth market from new car shoppers looking to buy a BMW 1-Series with their new C-Class Coupe for 2011. With a hindquarter that closely resembles that of a CTS Coupe, this smaller C-Class is to the future as the old C230 Kompressor was to the recent past, a premium compact with sporty looks that adds another rung to the bottom of the Mercedes Benz ownership ladder. This move should come as no surprise considering what the German automaker has done with their all new E-Class lineup, turning the full size sedan into everything from a two door cabriolet to a fire breathing factory tuned AMG version.

So don’t be surprised if you start to see the C in a few more shapes and sizes. What we do know is that under the hood, the C-Class Coupe will be offered with the same direct injected 3.5 Liter V6 engines that the standard car comes with, and much like the use of forced induction with the supercharged smaller displacement motor in the Kompressor, there will also be a twin turbocharged unit making around 300 HP with a lot less displacement. No words yet on the AMG version, but if Mercedes is keen on the idea of downsizing, expect the hand built 6.2 Liter motor to give way to a 5.5 Liter twin turbocharged V8 engine.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Quite a few shiny new cars have rolled through the Top Speed garage over the last 365 days, we have logged countless miles and spent enough time in drive thrus to thoroughly evaluate the ins and outs of everything from a stripped down fuel efficient Chevy Cobalt XFE that we thought would make a great racecar all the way up to a fully loaded ginormous GL 550 from Mercedes, everything from the gas/electric hybrid king of the road Toyota Prius to just about every iteration of Subaru’s all new Legacy. But it wasn’t until recently when Santa brought us the best early Christmas gift of all time, a Victory Red Chevrolet Camaro SS.