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First Shelby Cobra Could Set Auction Record

Pebble Beach sale could top $11 million.

by on Jul.06, 2016

Carroll Shelby never let go of the first Cobra.

Britain’s AC Cars was already producing its little Cobra model when it shipped a chassis over to the U.S. back in February 1962, modified to take a big American V-8. It was bound for Carroll Shelby, a former Army Air Force pilot, race driver and automotive designer convinced he could beat his European competition at their own game.

Working out of a small shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, Shelby and his team managed to shoehorn in a 260 cubic-inch engine lifted from a Ford Fairlane. It marked the birth of the legendary Shelby Cobra. In the coming years, Shelby would offer two even bigger engines: Ford’s 289 and 427 cubic-inch V-8s. But until his death in 2012, the legendary Texan entrepreneur kept that first Cobra for himself.

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Now, four years after his death at the age of 89, the original Shelby Cobra, chassis number CSX 2000, is going up for auction, and auction house RM Sotheby’s is predicting it could set an all-time record for an American automobile.

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First Look: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Green Hell from Stuttgart.

by on Jun.27, 2016

A bright green bat out of hell, the GT R.

Ever since Mercedes-Benz rolled out the GT sports car a couple years back, we’ve been expecting a few variants, the typical modus operandi for the Schwabian automaker. Now, it seems, we’ll soon be getting a flood of them, including the recently introduced GT S, a “base” model due next year and, shortly after that, the Mercedes-AMG GT R that made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England over the weekend.

Able to launch from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.5 seconds – about 0.2 seconds faster than the 2016 GT S model – you might be tempted to call it a bat out of hell. So, appropriately enough, Mercedes is introducing the new GT R with a new paint scheme called Green Hell Magno.

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Beyond that blinding hue, you’ll be able to distinguish the new Mercedes-AMG GT R from other versions of the two-seater thanks to new, widebody trim that adds about two inches in width to the more mundane versions of the GT.

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Dodge Killing Off Viper Again

Slow sales led to repeated production cuts.

by on Jun.22, 2016

The Dodge Viper will end its run this year.

For the second time since 2010, Fiat Chrysler is killing off the Dodge Viper sports car.

Reintroduced in 2012 to much fanfare, the Viper received strong reviews, but relatively few buyers ponied up the initial MSRP of $97,395. Dodge later cut the price but sluggish sales forced it to repeatedly put production on hold.

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“The Dodge Viper has had a great run and, 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the super car world reaching for the records it continues to set,” Tim Kuniskis, the head of the Dodge brand, said in a statement.

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Bugatti Lifts Covers on 261-mph Chiron Ahead of Geneva Debut

Limited-edition ultracar aiming to regain world speed record.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The new Bugatti Chiron.

The long-awaited successor to the Bugatti Veyron has made its debut a day ahead of its official unveiling at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and whether you’re talking price, power or performance, the numbers are staggering.

To run by the basics, the new Bugatti Chiron will punch out 1,500 horsepower, launch from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds, and top out at 261 mph, enough to put it on target for a new world speed record. Oh, and did we mention the starting price of $2.6 million?

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“The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort,” says Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. “This combination is not offered by any other market player and gives Bugatti its unique market position.”

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Struggling Lotus Unveils New Evora 400

British maker bills it as its fastest model ever.

by on Feb.18, 2015

Lotus hopes the new Evora 400 will help put it back on the map after a series of disasters.

Struggling Lotus has lately sounded a lot like Mark Twain, repeatedly insisting that reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated, despite plenty of reason for concern, including management shake-ups and the collapse of an ambitious, and ultimately unrealistic, product development program.

But Lotus is showing at least some signs of life, the latest coming with the unveiling of its all-new, mid-engine Evora 400. The latest update of the Evora line is more than just a cosmetic update, insists the maker which is based in Hethel, Norfolk. It claims that “over two-thirds” of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged 3.5-liter V-6.

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“The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more,” boasted Group Lotus Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Gales. “It delivers supercar looks allied to supercar performance.”

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Toyota, BMW Expand Their Alliance

New efforts will include fuel cells, electric powertrains and a future sports car.

by on Jun.29, 2012

Toyota and BMW officials during a news conference announcing their original alliance last December.

Toyota and BMW have confirmed they will substantially expand the nascent partnership they first launched late last year – signing a memorandum of understanding that will cover work in four key areas including high-tech fuel cells as well as the foundational “architecture” of a future sports car.

The two makers had first agreed to a limited alliance last December – echoing steps taken by a number of their key competitors, such as Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.  Those three brands have been rapidly expanding their own partnership in a bid to expand global economies of scale and to bring new technologies to market faster than might otherwise be possible working individually.

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“It is one way of securing long-term access to customers and technologies,” said Toyota Motor Co. President Akio Toyoda, during a news conference at BMW headquarters in Munich.

For his part, Bayerische Motoren Werke CEO Norbert Reithofer emphasized that, “For the BMW Group, strategic partnerships are an essential part of our strategy.”

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Sneak Peek: Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce

This bull is raring to go.

by on Mar.03, 2009

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

You’re forgiven if you prefer to take a short-cut, rather than saying Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. That takes longer than the roughly 3.1 seconds this bellowing bull needs to launch from 0-60. Try SV, or SuperVeloce, if you prefer, which means “super fast,” in Italian, and is a direct reference to the brand’s classic SportVeloce.

Whatever you prefer, the emphasis is on lighter weight and added power when compared to the standard-issue Murcielago LMP 640, itself no slouch on the performance front. To develop the SV, which is making its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has made extensive use of exotic materials, such as the carbon fiber body panels, and a transparent polycarbonate engine cover, itself set in a carbon fiber frame. Even the navi/multimedia system has been jettisoned, helping the engineers at Sant’Agata slice off a whopping 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds.
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Sneak Peek: 2010 Audi TT RS

Top-performance from a two-seater.

by on Feb.27, 2009

Audi TT RS: Cabrio or Coupe

Audi TT RS: Cabrio or Coupe

Audi’s got an assortment of new products to reveal in Geneva, next week, but TheDetroitBureau.com is lifting the covers a bit early. We’ll have some pics of the all-new allroad for you, as well as the top-range model of the Audi TT line-up, the TT RS, shown here.

Those add-on initials stand for either Renn Sport or racing sport, as you prefer, but there’ll be no debate about the performance of the new car, which relies on Audi’s inline-five-cylinder engine. The I-5 configuration has a long history within the VW luxury brand. The first time the Germans used an I-5 was in the Audi 100/5000 in 1977. Seven years later, the 200 Turbo, with an inline-five making 170 horsepower, became the world’s fastest four-door model.

The new 2.5-liter five cylinder engine for the TT RS combines direct injection and turbo technology to punch through the 300 hp barrier. The light weight model, based on Audi’s Spaceframe technology, should be able to reach 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

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Sneak Peek: Aston Martin DBS Volante

Fusing open-top motorizing with a luxury sports car.

by on Feb.25, 2009

Aston Martin DBS Volante -- could more surprises be in store at Geneva?

Aston Martin DBS Volante -- could more surprises be in store at Geneva?

The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is likely to be a busy event for Aston Martin, the former Ford Motor Co. division that is expected to mark its independence with the introduction of several critical new products. For now, the company, owned primarily by Kuwaiti investors, is only talking about one hot new product: the DBS Volante.

Think of it as the ultimate fusion of a high-line luxury sports car and a cabriolet, the company suggests. “The DBS Volante delivers the utmost relaxed driving experience with the hood up or down,” says Dr. Ulrich Bez, the British maker’s CEO. “It combines engineering excellence with design perfection.”

That electrically-operated fabric top will drop in a mere 14 seconds – and can be operated at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, stowing away under an automatic tonneau cover.

On paper, at least, the 2+2 DBS Volante is a four-seater. But in practical terms, even your kids would likely get cranky sitting in those “occasional” back seats for more than a short drive.

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Spy Shots: McLaren P11

Into the realm of reality.

by on Jan.30, 2009

Caught: The McLaren P11

Caught: The McLaren P11

McLaren’s elusive P11 has moved from the realm of rumor into reality with just shot spy-photos of the first prototype photographed during cold weather testing. Tentatively scheduled to be officially introduced later this year, and with production beginning in 2010, the P11 is McLaren’s replacement for the SLR, a Ferrari F430 competitor.

Details on this car, caught earlier today in northern Sweden, are naturally sketchy, but the heavily camouflaged silhouette does resemble the renderings that have leaked over the past few months.

No specific details have been released, but current speculation calls for the lightweight supercar to be powered by a Mercedes-sourced V8 pumping out around 550 hp, possibly hooked up to an F1-style quick-change transmission.

More photos of the McLaren P11 can be viewed at www.LeftLaneNews.com

Brenda Priddy