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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory

There are tuners who are best known for their visual stylings while there are others who are recognized for the power upgrades they offer. Then there’s a tuner like Mansory, which blends all of these elements together to create programs like the one it gave to the new Ferrari 488 Spider. The kit itself is called “4XX Siracusa,” and those who routinely follow the aftermarket tuning scene will know that Mansory has used this name before, previously on the Ferrari 458 Italia back in 2011 and most recently on the Ferrari 488 GTB. Now it’s the 488 Spider’s turn and, as expected, there’s a lot going on here, including power gains that elevate the car’s output to within 800 horsepower.

In a lot of ways, this is to be expected considering that this is Mansory we’re talking about. The German tuner has routinely prepared some of the most polarizing programs in the business. For the most part, Mansory’s offerings are hit or miss, but whether we like them or not, there’s no denying that they’re all worth talking about, for better or worse.

Take this 4XX Siracusa kit for the 488 Spider as an example. Technically, the upgrades themselves are similar to the ones the 488 GTB received last year, right down to the split rear spoiler. But there is difference in how the upgrades react to the body style of the supercar, which is why we’re here to talk about it.

No matter which side of the fence you’re on regarding Mansory, the tuner always incites discussion, which in itself makes it worth talking about. This new Siracusa program for the Ferrari 488 Spider is a pretty good example of that.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ferrari 488 Spider 4XX Siracusa by Mansory.


PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

The Lamborghini Huracan made its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It replaced the Gallardo, the company’s best-selling model as of 2016, in the lineup and became Lambo’s entry-level supercar. Slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the Huracan employs a different styling language compared to the Huracan, featuring lines derived from the range-topping Aventador. The design include sharper cues, more pronounced side skirts, and a more aggressive stance overall. Under the hood, the 5.2-liter V-10 was updated for more horsepower and improved fuel economy. In 2017, Lamborghini launched the higher performance Performante model and it seems that a Spyder version is set to follow soon.

Two years have passed since the Huracan was unleashed on public roads and the supercar is already highly popular, selling more than 8,000 units since its introduction. The Huracan also spawned a Spyder model, as well as race-spec Super Trofeo and GT3 models. And, Lambo is still working on new iterations, with a higher-performance Superleggera model unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Given that the Gallardo Superleggera, the car that was replaced by the Huracan Performante also had a convertible version, it’s safe to assume that the latter will also lose its top pretty soon.

The news that Lambo may be working on a Spyder variant of the Huracan Performante is by no means surprising and the name is far from new. Although it was used to replace the Superleggera, it was originally introduced on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, essentially a convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera. The high-performance drop-top was laucnhed in 2011 and remained in production until the Gallardo was phased out in 2013. Granted, it’s a bit early for a Huracan Spyder Performante given that the coupe only debuted in 2017, but the demand for special cars is so big right now that Lamborghini will most definitely bring it out in 2018.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.


PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Configure The Pagani Huayra Roadster Of Your Dreams

As expected, the Pagani Huayra Roadster made a heck of an impression at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It came with a revised design that featured, among other things, a new fascia, two removable roof panels, and nacelles behind each seat. It also featured a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 6.0-liter biturbo V-12 engine that pumps out 752 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Most of all, even with the Roadster configuration, it still managed to shed off 176 pounds compared to the coupe, thanks in large part to the abundance of carbon fiber and titanium used in the car. Knowing all of this makes the Huayra Roadster a must-have supercar. And no more is that true than with Pagani’s claim that all 100 units of the supercar are already spoken for, leaving the rest of us peasants with nothing more than an online configurator to turn our dreams of owning one into (virtual) reality.

On the contrary, the online configurator is actually a very good thing, because not a lot of us have $2.4 million to spend on the car. Luckily the alternative is rather fun, especially since it costs about as much as the oxygen that you’re inhaling right now.

Like most online configurators, the one for the Huayra Roadster is easy to navigate. You can pick from as many as 20 different color schemes, each having its own appeal. There’s also a choice of four different wheels and three interior trims, all of which you can mix and match to create the Huayra Roadster of your dreams.

Apparently, Pagani even keeps track of those who play with the online configurator, ranking the combinations that were used depending on popularity. At the moment, everybody seems to be on the hook for the Blu Francia-colored Huayra Roadster, which occupies the top four spots in the leaderboard of sorts. That’s hardly a surprising turn of events because it’s the same color Pagani used on the press shots of the supercar. The top combination not only makes use of the Blue Francia paint, but it also comes with Transparent Black Mamba gloss exterior, Black alloy wheels, and a Black interior trim.

Are you in favor of this combination for the Huayra Roadster, or are you digging the convertible supercar in another garb? Go to the online configurator and find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept

There once was a time when Bentley was synonymous with British opulence and luxury. That notion still holds true to this day, but Bentley, like everybody else it seems, has evolved into something more than that. These days, the flying “B” has expanded its reach in the automotive landscape with two recent concept offerings showcasing the future of the company as a creator of sporty and aggressive electric sports cars. We first saw how that looked with the debut of the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and a year later, the Crewe-based, British automaker returned to Geneva to bring the coupe’s convertible counterpart, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.

Part electric car, part luxury car, and part sports car, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can probably be best described as the love child of all these segments, created and developed to showcase part of Bentley’s future in the event it decides to go down this road. The company has said that it plans to do just that and is convinced that an all-electric sports car like the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept can be built without comprising the company’s long-standing tradition of class and luxury. Sounds like the company’s reaching, but remember, we’ve been down this road before.

After all, this is the same company that people scoffed at when it said that it wanted to build an SUV and yet, here we are in 2017, and the Bentayga is making a pretty good case for itself as one of the best luxury SUVs on the market today. That’s not to say that Bentley is going to follow a similar blueprint with the development of the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, but the bigger point here is that Bentley has successfully gotten out of its comfort zone, so there’s no reason for it not to dive into more unchartered waters.

Whether it’s the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept or the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, the days of brushing off Bentley’s ability to spread its wings are long gone. At this point, if it says that it’s committed to building an electric car and it has a concept car that it can use to base a future electric car from, taking the company’s word for it would be a far better option than dismissing it again entirely. We don’t know what the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept is going to amount to, but the fact that it made its debut in Geneva earlier this month speaks to the possibilities of seeing it in production form down the road.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept


PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Lusso – Driven

Much has been made in the automotive press about the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider’s close relationship with the Mazda Miata. But the so-called “Fiata” is no mere badge-engineered Miata. In some ways, the 124 is better than the Miata with which it shares its chassis and a production line.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 124 Spider Lusso.


PostHeaderIcon The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

It’s been rough going for Spyker over the past few years, but better days appear to be ahead for the Swedish maker of supercars thanks in part to a partnership it has entered with Koenigsegg. As per the agreement, Koenigsegg will now be the official engine supplier of both coupe and spyder versions of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, replacing Audi in that role and ushering a new era of supercar collaborations that could change the landscape of the segment in the coming years.

Yes, you read that right. Koenigsegg, the makers of all-conquering machines like the Regera and the One:1, will now be tasked to power Spyker’s future lineup of models, beginning with the two Preliator variants. The news comes as Spyker is set to present the C8 Preliator Spyder, the topless version of the coupe variant it unveiled in Geneva this time last year.

Remember, the C8 Preliator that was shown last year came with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that put out 517 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? But when compared to the new digs Spyker’s getting from Koenigsegg – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – well, we’re going to let the numbers paint the picture.

With the new V-8 bolted up, the C8 Preliator Spyder will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Sure, it’s not on the level of Koenigsegg’s four-wheel guided missiles, but it still comes as a slight improvement over the supercharged Audi V-8. It covered the same 60-mph time in 3.7 seconds before peaking at a similar 201-mph top speed.

But the Spyker-Koenigsegg partnership isn’t just about bigger engines, more power, and improved performance. It also points to something even more important, not only for both brands, but for the whole supercar segment entirely. Whereas competition remains the driving force of this market, this collaboration could open up a world of new possibilities for future supercar brands moving forward. It may be Spyker and Koenigsegg now, but imagine if, say, Koenigsegg and Bugatti joined forces to create the ultimate supercar? Impossible? Perhaps. But there was a time when the kind of partnership we’re seeing between Spyker and Koenigsegg would’ve been scoffed at as well.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

It’s been rough going for Spyker over the past few years, but better days appear to be ahead for the Swedish maker of supercars thanks in part to a partnership it has entered with Koenigsegg. As per the agreement, Koenigsegg will now be the official engine supplier of both coupe and spyder versions of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, replacing Audi in that role and ushering a new era of supercar collaborations that could change the landscape of the segment in the coming years.

Yes, you read that right. Koenigsegg, the makers of all-conquering machines like the Regera and the One:1, will now be tasked to power Spyker’s future lineup of models, beginning with the two Preliator variants. The news comes as Spyker is set to present the C8 Preliator Spyder, the topless version of the coupe variant it unveiled in Geneva this time last year.

Remember, the C8 Preliator that was shown last year came with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that put out 517 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? But when compared to the new digs Spyker’s getting from Koenigsegg – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – well, we’re going to let the numbers paint the picture.

With the new V-8 bolted up, the C8 Preliator Spyder will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Sure, it’s not on the level of Koenigsegg’s four-wheel guided missiles, but it still comes as a slight improvement over the supercharged Audi V-8. It covered the same 60-mph time in 3.7 seconds before peaking at a similar 201-mph top speed.

But the Spyker-Koenigsegg partnership isn’t just about bigger engines, more power, and improved performance. It also points to something even more important, not only for both brands, but for the whole supercar segment entirely. Whereas competition remains the driving force of this market, this collaboration could open up a world of new possibilities for future supercar brands moving forward. It may be Spyker and Koenigsegg now, but imagine if, say, Koenigsegg and Bugatti joined forces to create the ultimate supercar? Impossible? Perhaps. But there was a time when the kind of partnership we’re seeing between Spyker and Koenigsegg would’ve been scoffed at as well.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Europa

The Fiat 124 Spider may be a new car on the surface, having first been introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. But there’s more to the lightweight two-door roadster than what meets the eye. For instance, the 124 Spider may consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a direct rival, but the two so-called competitors have more in common than people think, including the fact that they share the same underpinnings. Here’s another surprising fact about the 124 Spider: it wasn’t supposed to exist. Yep, the framework that led to the development of the 124 Spider was supposed to be for an Alfa Romeo roadster. But FCA, owners of both Fiat and Alfa Romeo, ultimately decided to give it to the Fiat. And so, the Fiat 124 Spider was born.

Today, the 124 Spider has been a busy sports car for Fiat. It’s been featured numerous times in various special edition variants. That now includes two versions of the car that will be on hand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those models is the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, which our colleague Jonathan Lopez featured a few days ago. The other is this one: the Fiat 124 Spider Europa.

Developed to celebrate the launch of the original, Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider that swept many enthusiasts off their feet back in 1981, the 124 Spider Europa gets its fair share of unique features, not the least of which is a body finish that Fiat describes as the “ultimate color that identifies Italian sporty two-seaters.” The special edition roadster also gets components from Mopar and a slew of exclusive touches that have been thrown in to highlight the car’s celebratory special edition status.

All these items add up to create an impressive two-door roadster that does its predecessor and its legacy proud.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Fiat 124 Spider Europa


PostHeaderIcon Abarth 595 Pista

Revived in 2007 after a 32-year hiatus, the modern Fiat 500 soldiered on almost unchanged up until now. A facelift operated in 2016 added a new grille, reshaped headlamps, and LED technology, but it’s far from being a full-fledged redesign. The performance-oriented Abarth model also received a similar update and as a result Fiat returned to producing special-edition models for the auto shows around the world. One of them is the 595 Pista and was unveiled ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Named Pista, which is Italian for race track, the special edition makes clear reference to the racing vocation of the Abarth 500 and stands out by means of bespoke features inside and out, as well as the one-of-a-kind Abarth Telemetry system. The Pista version completes the new 595 Abarth line-up, which includes two body styles (hatchback and convertible), three trim levels (595, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione), and as many drivetrain output and tuning levels.

Pricing and availability information is not yet known, but the 595 Pista will likely go on sale in most European markets. It might not come to the U.S. though, but Fiat will launch other special-edition models here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Abarth 595 Pista.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Reveals New E-Class Cab With Bigger Dimensions And Jet-Like Taillights

Mercedes-Benz just revealed its new E-Class Cabriolet ahead of an official world debut in Switzerland, completing the line with a little blue-sky opulence. The updated soft-top grows substantially on the outside, while packing all the usual goodies in the interior and rocking boosted six-cylinder motivation under the hood.

First and foremost, the updated E-Class Cab is larger than before, with a full 5 inches added to the overall length, 4.4 inches added to the wheelbase, almost 3 inches added to the width, and an extra 1.4 inches in height.

The fabric top offers the same profile as the E-Class coupe when raised, and can be had in dark brown, dark blue, red, or black. Opening and closing it takes just 20 seconds, and it can be operated while traveling at speeds up to 30 mph.

LEDs are equipped in the headlights and taillights. By the way, Mercedes says the taillights “exude a glow reminiscent of that given off by a jet engine,” which is hilarious. What’s more, if you get the optional LED Intelligent Light System, you’ll get “a special light show” whenever you walk away or towards the car.

Inside, there’s unlimited-headroom luxury seating for up to four passengers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while wireless phone charging is optional. The Aircap and Airscarf systems are also offered to help keep you comfortable and warm when traveling in colder climates with the top down.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument display is optional, while a 12.3-inch infotainment screen is standard. Vehicle features are operated through either the multi-function steering wheel, handwriting touchpad, or voice control.

Leather upholstery is available in one of four individual colors. You can also get Nappa leather in one of three different colors, plus there are seven individual trim options.

Making the go is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which is mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. RWD is standard, while 4Matic AWD is available for the first time.

The suspension was lowered 0.6 inches compared to the hard-top sedan, and can be had with adjustable damping and an available multi-chamber air set-up. Standard spec includes 18-inch wheels.

Debuting alongside the regular E-Class Cabriolet is a 25th Anniversary special edition model, which gets 19-inch wheels, the Cabriolet Comfort package, upgraded wood trim, and more.

Look for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show next week. U.S. dealers are expected to get it before the end of the year. Exact pricing will be announced closer to launch.


PostHeaderIcon Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione

Fiat introduced the 124 Spider in 2015 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, framing it as an affordable, compact, lightweight two-door roadster. Built from the bones of the acclaimed fourth-generation (ND) Mazda MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider stands out next to its Japanese cousin thanks to distinctive Italian exterior styling and a Fiat-sourced turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline four-cylinder engine. Although its only been on the market for a few years, Fiat has already offered a selection of special edition variants, and now, there’s a new one called the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, sporting new exterior flourishes, premium materials in the cabin, a few extra ponies, and an upgraded exhaust system.

Developed in conjunction with Squadra Corse Abarth (Abarth is Fiat’s racing and performance division, which designates its models with a red and yellow scorpion badge), Fiat is touting the new Scorpione special edition as a “a version designed for customers seeking the essence of unadulterated driving pleasure.”

Kicking it off, you’ll find the body panels are covered in a San Marino 1972 Black livery, complete with Forgiato Grey trim pieces. Alternatively, buyers can also get theirs in Turini 1975 White. Both hues are a nod to Abarth’s successful competition past.

Output from the turbo 1.4-liter powerplant is rated at a slightly higher 170 horsepower (standard spec is rated at 160 horses), while torque matches that of the original production machine at 185 pound-feet. Routing the output to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual transmission, but an Esseesse Sporty Sequential automatic gearbox is offered as an available option.

There are a few more tricks up this thing’s sleeve, so read on for all the details before it drops cover at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next week.

Continue reading to learn more about the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione.


PostHeaderIcon Smart Fortwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2

The third-generation Smart ForTwo came to be in 2014, when the German firm unveiled a completely redesigned city car with underpinnings borrowed from the Renault Twingo. For 2017, Smart introduced a new version of the higher performance ForTwo developed by long-time Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus. A couple of special-edition models followed and Smart is now launching the ForTwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Essentially a limited-edition model featuring an extensive line of equipment and appointments, the Edition #2 is arguably the most bespoke ForTwo Cabrio to date. Not only offered in unique color combinations inside and out, the Edition #2 is also packed with standard features, including no fewer than four distinct packages.

Set to go on sale in March 2017, the Cabrio Brabus Edition #2 will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the ForFour Crosstown Edition. There’s no word whether the Edition #2 will make it Stateside, but until we find out more, let’s have a closer look at this fancy little city car.

Continue reading to learn more about the Smart Fortwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Teases E-Class Cabrio; Confirms New AMG Concept For Geneva

Mercedes-Benz has just announced its lineup for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which will bring two brand-new vehicles into the spotlight. First on the list is the E-Class Cabriolet, of which Mercedes release a teaser photo alongside other members of the nameplate, including the sedan, coupe, wagon, and the All-Terrain. Unlike its predecessor, which was derived from the C-Class, the new E-Class Cabriolet was developed on its own and shares underpinnings with its midsize coupe sibling.

The second global debut is an AMG concept car. The brand refrained from revealing actual details, but did say that the show car is part of AMG’s 50th anniversary and described it as “stunning” and a “glimpse of an alternative drive concept.” Most likely we will see a futuristic, autonomous vehicle.

The Mercedes-Benz booth in Geneva will include another 32 models. The display will include the updated GLA crossover, which will make its European debut, and the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet. The German company will also showcase the Concept X-Class pickup truck, the Smart ForTwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2, and the ForFour Crosstown Edition.

Finally, visitors will also have a closer look at recently unveiled cars like the AMG E 63 S Wagon, AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, AMG C 63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, and AMG Performance Studio Package-equipped C43 Coupe, known as the Night Edition in Europe.

Stay tuned for updates and photos of these cars from the Geneva Motor Show next month.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet Night Edition

Fifty years may not seem like a long time in the auto industry when you take into account that a lot of automakers that are still alive today have been around for close to or over 100 years. But five decades is a long time for a performance division that traces its roots to being a developer of racing engines. Humble beginnings, in a nutshell, is the story of AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division that’s blowing 50 candles this year. As part of its celebration, Mercedes-AMG is bringing with it three special edition vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, one of which is the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Night Edition.

The entry-level Mercedes-AMG line of the C-Class family may be new to the auto scene, having only made its debut at last year’s staging of the Geneva Motor Show, but it’s more than proven to be up-to-the-task as an appetizer of sorts to the AMG C 63. That quick ascent in popularity is one of the reasons why Mercedes picked the AMG C 43 as one of the three special edition models it’s bringing with it to Geneva, and for what it’s worth, it picked a pretty sweet car to get the SE treatment.

The model’s SE status is largely tied into the array of exclusive features it received that no other AMG C 43 model has. Even better, Mercedes-AMG is offering the Night Edition on both coupe and cabriolet versions of the car, ensuring that fans of either model can get their fill in the event they choose to get one.

Orders for the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Night Edition will begin before the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors with deliveries scheduled to start sometime in June 2017. Mercedes-AMG didn’t mention how many units of the Night Edition it plans to release, but considering its special edition status, don’t expect to see many of them in dealerships. Most of them might not even make it there because they’re already spoken for.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet Night Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracán Spyder by O.CT Tuning

While the collective population of the auto industry is transfixed at the imminent arrival of the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder Performante, the aftermarket tuning scene continues to move along, busy as ever in its attempt to create the next great tuning program. One tuner in particular probably doesn’t even have the Huracán Spyder Performante on its list since it just concluded developing a program for the standard Huracán Spyder. Yep, take a look at this new tuning kit from O.CT Tuning for the roofless Huracán that puts the supercar’s output up to an incredible 794 horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque.

Even by aftermarket standards, those numbers are beyond reproach for a car like the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder. It doesn’t have that much in the way of exterior and interior upgrades, but with numbers like that, I think O.CT Tuning can be excused for focusing its attention on the Huracán Spyder’s all-natural 5.2-liter V-10 engine.

Remember, this is the same tuner that gave us the O.CT800 Supercharged program for the Lamborghini Huracán this time last year. That one may have had some decals with it, but the focus of that kit was also on the Lambo’s V-10 engine, and the results are right around what this kit can accomplish itself.

There might be other programs for the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder that offer more in terms of quantity, but when it comes to adding more power to that V-10, there is only a handful that can compete with O.CT Tuning.

We’ll keep the upcoming Lamborghini Huracán Spyder Performance in our thoughts until it makes its hyped debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The aftermarket tuning scene is filled with tuners that can make cars faster and more powerful, yet O.CT stands out.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder by O.CT Tuning.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition

Mercedes-AMG is celebrating 50 years since the performance brand from Affalterbach was founded by launching a lineup of limited-edition vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Among them is the AMG C63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, which combines new equipment with special design features into an individual setup.

Designed for “a particularly design-oriented and fashion-conscious target group,” the Ocean Blue Edition is available globally, but it’s built in very limited numbers. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from an anniversary model, and the extra features that it brings to the table are far from mundane.

Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, explained, “2016 was the most successful year so far in our company history. We shall be using this momentum to fill even more customers with enthusiasm for Mercedes-AMG in our anniversary year, 2017. We shall be supported in this by our new Editions, which we are presenting at the Geneva Motor Show. So we can now offer our customers an even wider choice of individual performance models.”

The AMG C63 Ocean Blue Edition joins the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 and C43 Night edition models as part of the 50-year celebration.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50

Special edition versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT have been popping up with increasing frequency recently, and the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is all set to host the latest one of them.

Fresh off of introducing the AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 at the North American International Auto Show last month, the German automaker is bringing the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50. It’s a limited-run version of the rear-wheel drive GT C Roadster and comprises Mercedes-AMG’s Geneva-bound, special edition offerings to celebrate the performance division’s 50th anniversary.

As you might expect, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 features plenty of exclusive features, including unique color and trim combinations to go with fancy individual design touches. Additionally, the limited-run sports car also gets an extended range of standard equipment, enough at least to justify it special edition status.

The exclusive features are also specific to what the limited edition car is celebrating. If you’re looking for a Mercedes vehicle that appropriately marks AMG’s 50th anniversary and has physical badges to prove it, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is as good a choice.

Sadly, the model will only be limited to 500 units, so those interested should be first to the reservation party. Once all 500 units are accounted for, Mercedes-AMG is very unlikely to add more units with the special edition status.

Orders of the car begin on March 6, 2017, with deliveries expected to commence a few months later in July 2017.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50


PostHeaderIcon BMW i8 Spyder

When BMW first showed off the i-brand concepts, we had no idea we would see production models so fast. In what seemed like just a few seconds in the grand scheme of things, we were looking at production models of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. With the i8 Spyder Concept debuting in 2012, and the production version of the i8 hitting dealers for the 2015 model year, Bimmer fans everywhere have been itching for a production version of the i8 Spyder. So much, in fact, that the rumor mill has been working overtime and there have even been a few false sightings of the unicorn. But, either hell has frozen over or pigs have sprouted wings (or, maybe it’s both) because someone finally caught an official i8 Spyder prototype cruising in the middle of nowhere. They aren’t the best photos we’ve ever received, but the top is clearly down, and it appears to be every bit legitimate thanks to that “hybrid test vehicle” sticker prominently displayed on the rear fascia.

And, while we’ve all been waiting somewhat impatiently for the i8 Spyder, the fact that we’re finally seeing a prototype isn’t all that surprising. Just a few months ago, BMW CEO Harald Krueger not only confirmed the car was in the works, but that it had a production target of 2018! That means that we should see it in production form sometime toward the end of 2017. It’s doubtful that this is the i8 Spyder’s first venture onto public roads, so props to BMW for managing to keep it out of the public eye for so long. But, with that said, let’s talk a little more about what we can see from these few spy shots in my speculative review below.

Updated 02/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming i8 Spyder during winter testing in Sweden.

Click past the jump to read in detail about the 2018 BMW i8 Spyder


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