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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 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante

After ten successful years on the market, during which it became the company’s best-selling sports car ever, the Lamborghini Gallardo was replaced by the Huracan in 2014. Boasting a new design inside and out, a revised drivetrain, and better performance, the Huracan hit the sports car market with a bang, selling more than 1,500 units in 2014 and more than 4,700 in 2016. With some 8,500 examples sold as of early 2017, it sure looks as if the Huracan will surpass the Gallardo’s 14,022-unit record sales in a few years. However, Lambo knows that resting on its laurels isn’t the best thing to do so it’s hard at work to expand the Huracan family. The latest model to join the lineup goes by the name Performante and made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the Performante is a higher performance version of the standard Huracan and a successor to the Gallardo Superleggera. Although it was originally believed that the Huracan will also get a Superleggera badge, Lambo eventually decided to replace it with Performante. The name swap is rather surprising given that the high-performance Aventador retained the SuperVeloce name from its predecessor, but I agree that Performante is as fitting as Superleggera for a range-topping sports car.

Overall, the Huracan Performance is a big step forward compared to the Gallardo Superleggera, but it’s also a significant departure from the standard Huracan in terms of aerodynamics and performance. Find out more about it in my review below.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Velocity

McLaren’s double dose of debuts came as a surprise when the highly anticipated arrival of the 720S supercar was shortly followed by the introduction of the 720S Velocity, a bespoke creation by McLaren Special Operations meant to showcase the enormous personalization opportunities that are on the horizon for the British automaker’s next great wonder machine.

The arrival of the 720S marked the next step in the evolution of McLaren’s Super Series, a family of supercars that sprouted from the seeds of automotive engineering with the debut of the MP4-12C back in 2011. Since then, the Super Series family has grown to include the 650S, the 675LT, and the 650S GT3. The 720S serves as the replacement for the 650S after the latter’s three-year run in the market and just as appealing as that car was with MSO’s involvement with the 720S proving to be just as enthralling under the carefully thought of eye of the personalization division.

The 720S Velocity is unlikely to be the only 720S model that MSO will be working on in its life span. More versions will come, either through future owners of the new supercar or through McLaren itself. But the 720S Velocity accomplishes something that shouldn’t go understated. It’s setting the bar incredibly high for future 720S models that will pass through MSO. It’s combination of exclusive exterior colors and finely tailored interiors all make for a car that brings out a unique personality to the 720S, which of course is what MSO is all about in the first place.

It won’t come cheap by any means, but that comes with the territory of having MSO work on a car that by itself will cost just under $300,000 when it becomes available in the U.S. Yes, the price of personalization doesn’t come cheap. But if the car ends up looking like the 720S Velocity, money becomes a small price to pay for the rewards that come after.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m

The secret about the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar came out a long time ago, and we even put together a rendering of it back in 2015. Since then, we’ve gotten little bits of information that included the prospect of F1 powertrain technology. It could be branded as an “EQ” model, and we’ve even seen what could have been a model of said hypercar in a press release in late January 2017. Now, we’re finally getting some more detailed information from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers via TopGear.com about the upcoming hypercar.

As we’ve already known, the car will use some F1-derived powertrain technology, but this will be the most direct iteration of F1 technology in a road-going rocket on wheels thus far. Mercedes-AMG is taking its 1.6-liter F1 engine, and transplanting it complete with an 11,000 rpm rev limit. It will use all of the same electric components as well, including the crank motor, split turbo, and electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and the battery that will power all of the electronics? Yup; that’s all F1 technology too. Moers declined to tell TopGear what kind of performance figures to expect, but word has it that it will output somewhere around 1,000 horsepower

As far as top speed and all of that goes, Moers isn’t that concerned, telling TG, “I’m not saying it’s the fastest road car ever, I’m not chasing top speed, I don’t want to put any numbers on the table.” The reasoning behind this is that Moers wants a car that can be driven on the road, so it won’t actually be track-focused: “My task is to make it a car you can use every day. You don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas, you don’t need anything, you just push the button, it fires up, and you drive away. That’s a challenge.”

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PostHeaderIcon Vanda Electrics Dendrobium Is Singapore's First Hypercar

Despite the fact that the supercar market is reserved for the elite few that have the deepest pockets, the market itself is quite busy these days. Just recently, we’ve laid eyes on the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, the anniversary themed Zenvo TS-1 GT, a pair of special Koenigsegg Regeras, and even the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7. But, this year’s Geneva Auto Show wasn’t all about the Lambos and Koenigseggs of the world. Nope, hidden right there in plain sight was the Van Electrics Dendrobium – the first supercar to ever come out of Singapore. So, a brand you’ve probably never heard of, from a place that isn’t exactly known for amazing cars, might sound a little sketchy. But, don’t worry about that, this supercar has all the right credentials, and is ready to prove to the world than an all-electric supercar is more than the subject of someone’s twisted dreams and augmented reality.

Between the car’s exterior design, exquisite interior, and a promised performance list that includes a 2.7-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of more than 200 mph. Those are some pretty bold targets for a brand like Vanda to aim for, but should the brand see enough public interest at Geneva; it’s going to consider pushing the Dendrobium into production. But, before that happens, let’s talk a little more about the specifics.

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PostHeaderIcon The Bugatti Chiron Proves that the Wealthy Live a Different Way of Life than the Rest of Us

So, when you decide to purchase a new piece of technology or a new car, you probably make it a point to test it for yourself before actually committing to your purchase and signing on the dotted line, right? Well, for most of us, that’s the smart thing to do. Hell, I couldn’t buy a $3,000 winter beater without giving it a long drive to make sure it’s worthy of my ownership. Plus, it helps to tell you whether or not the car is worth the hype. But, when it comes to those with deep pockets and a love for supercars, apparently things go a little differently as shown by the fact that someone just ordered the 250th Bugatti Chiron. This means that half of the models planned for production have officially been spoken for.

That’s good news for Bugatti and the Chiron, but what does it tell us about those with excessive amounts of money to spend? Well, they certainly don’t have commitment or trust issues. After all, all 250 of those who have bit the bullet and signed up for Bugatti’s next four-wheeled rocket, never test drove the car. And for the record, Bugatti is proud of this, as expressed by Wolfgang Durheimer, the President of Bugatti, when he said, “The fact that we have already taken orders for half of the Chiron series even without test drives so far bears witness to the great confidence of our customers in our brand and its strong aura.”

But, that story will change soon as, by the end of March, the Bugatti is planning a central test-drive event where those already on the list and other prospective customers will have the chance to get behind the wheel. But still, we’re talking about a $2.4 million car. The price in itself should be enough to prove that the car will be top notch – we all know that you get what you pay for – I just don’t think I could commit to such a large purchase without knowing how comfortable the car is, or how it drives, among other things. But, to each their own, I guess.

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PostHeaderIcon James Glickenhaus' Dreams Of Supercar Supremacy Lives On In The SCG003S

You can’t fault James Glickenhaus for dreaming big. The man, after all, is known in automotive circles for pushing the envelope in ways that very few people with his means are inclined to do. It started when he brought to the world the P4/5, a Pininfarina-created, Ferrari Enzo-bodied racer that enjoyed tremendous success in races all over the world. From there, Glickenhaus set out on expanding his lineup of performance machines, first with the SCG003C before following that up with the SCG003CS. Now, the third iteration of Glickenhaus’ vision is making its presence felt at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The model is called the SCG0003S, and it’s an 800-horsepower, road-going supercar of unbridled fury.

The debut of the SCG003S will create headlines. That much I can guarantee considering its capabilities on the both the road and track. Glickenhaus himself says that his new pride and joy is capable of blasting around the Nürburgring in 6:30, a time that would easily make it the new lap king of the track. By almost all metrics, the SCG003S is going to be a handful to deal with for all the right reasons.

But there’s also something more meaningful about the SCG003S, and it has very little to do with form or function. The supercar, for all intents and purposes, is the culmination of an ambitious goal set out by its creator when he first thought of the idea of asking Pininfarina to rebid his Ferrari Enzo and turn it into the P4/5. It seems like a long time ago, but through grit, hard work, and determination, Glickenhaus is well on his way to achieving his goals.

Make no mistake, though; the man is far from settled. The SCG003S, as awesome as it looks and sounds, isn’t Glickenhaus’ end-game. Once the car is launched, the plan is to sell at least three cars a year at a price of $1.8 million for each unit, all while setting the long-term goal of competing in the GTE category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the SCG003. Think the SCG003 would be out of its depth in Le Mans? Yeah, try telling James Glickenhaus that.

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PostHeaderIcon James Glickenhaus' Dreams Of Supercar Supremacy Lives On In The SCG003S

You can’t fault James Glickenhaus for dreaming big. The man, after all, is known in automotive circles for pushing the envelope in ways that very few people with his means are inclined to do. It started when he brought to the world the P4/5, a Pininfarina-created, Ferrari Enzo-bodied racer that enjoyed tremendous success in races all over the world. From there, Glickenhaus set out on expanding his lineup of performance machines, first with the SCG003C before following that up with the SCG003CS. Now, the third iteration of Glickenhaus’ vision is making its presence felt at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The model is called the SCG0003S, and it’s an 800-horsepower, road-going supercar of unbridled fury.

The debut of the SCG003S will create headlines. That much I can guarantee considering its capabilities on the both the road and track. Glickenhaus himself says that his new pride and joy is capable of blasting around the Nürburgring in 6:30, a time that would easily make it the new lap king of the track. By almost all metrics, the SCG003S is going to be a handful to deal with for all the right reasons.

But there’s also something more meaningful about the SCG003S, and it has very little to do with form or function. The supercar, for all intents and purposes, is the culmination of an ambitious goal set out by its creator when he first thought of the idea of asking Pininfarina to rebid his Ferrari Enzo and turn it into the P4/5. It seems like a long time ago, but through grit, hard work, and determination, Glickenhaus is well on his way to achieving his goals.

Make no mistake, though; the man is far from settled. The SCG003S, as awesome as it looks and sounds, isn’t Glickenhaus’ end-game. Once the car is launched, the plan is to sell at least three cars a year at a price of $1.8 million for each unit, all while setting the long-term goal of competing in the GTE category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the SCG003. Think the SCG003 would be out of its depth in Le Mans? Yeah, try telling James Glickenhaus that.

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PostHeaderIcon The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Suppose you’re a young Brazilian boy with dreams of becoming famous. There are at least two ways to do that. One is through soccer, and the other is through motor racing. Emerson Fittipaldi followed the latter route when he became a racer and won the 1972 Formula One Driver’s Championship, the youngest driver to do so at that time. But unbeknownst to a lot of people, the now-70-year-old Brazilian also had another dream. He wanted to build his own GT sports car. And now, 45 years after winning the F1 title, he’s crossing off his second dream at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car.

It might be easy to scoff at Fittipaldi’s hopes and ambitions if you’re an automaker that routinely produces performance cars, but for someone who literally started from scratch and relied on the help of so many partners to get his project off the ground, the sight of seeing the car on display in Geneva is nothing short of a crowning achievement. Fittipaldi himself was overcome with emotion when he helped unveil the car, calling the occasion “the happiest day of my life,” before adding that his dream of building a GT car actually preceded his goal of becoming a race car driver.

That tells you a unique backstory of the EF7, the kind that people will be talking about for years, provided of course that the track car carves out a legacy as rich as the one its creator etched during his exploits in Formula One. More importantly, the car is also a reminder that as long and accomplished a life as Emerson Fittipaldi has lived, he is proving at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that no matter his age, no dreams are worth giving up on, even if it takes you a while to accomplish it.

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PostHeaderIcon The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Suppose you’re a young Brazilian boy with dreams of becoming famous. There are at least two ways to do that. One is through soccer, and the other is through motor racing. Emerson Fittipaldi followed the latter route when he became a racer and won the 1972 Formula One Driver’s Championship, the youngest driver to do so at that time. But unbeknownst to a lot of people, the now-70-year-old Brazilian also had another dream. He wanted to build his own GT sports car. And now, 45 years after winning the F1 title, he’s crossing off his second dream at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car.

It might be easy to scoff at Fittipaldi’s hopes and ambitions if you’re an automaker that routinely produces performance cars, but for someone who literally started from scratch and relied on the help of so many partners to get his project off the ground, the sight of seeing the car on display in Geneva is nothing short of a crowning achievement. Fittipaldi himself was overcome with emotion when he helped unveil the car, calling the occasion “the happiest day of my life,” before adding that his dream of building a GT car actually preceded his goal of becoming a race car driver.

That tells you a unique backstory of the EF7, the kind that people will be talking about for years, provided of course that the track car carves out a legacy as rich as the one its creator etched during his exploits in Formula One. More importantly, the car is also a reminder that as long and accomplished a life as Emerson Fittipaldi has lived, he is proving at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that no matter his age, no dreams are worth giving up on, even if it takes you a while to accomplish it.

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PostHeaderIcon Tamo Racemo Promises Lots Of Fun In A Small Package

There’s certainly no shortage of sports cars at the Geneva International Motor Show this year, with everything from affordable entry-level roadsters, to exotic top-dollar hyperspace mobiles on the list of debuts. Slotting in there somewhere is this – the Tamo Racemo, the latest product from Indian automaker Tata Motors. Tata is launching a new sub-brand called Tamo, and the Racemo is its first creation.

Described as “India’s first digitally native, connected, ‘phygital’ experience,” the mid-engine, two-door sports coupe seats two passengers and gets loads of performance cues inside and out. And if you’re asking yourself what “phygital” is supposed to be, the best way to describe it is that it offers a combination of features from both the physical and digital realms.

Basically, you could call this thing India’s first connected car. It comes replete with a ton of techy features, and it’ll be available for download via the Forza Horizon 3 gaming platform.

Not only that, but Tamo is offering a high-performance competition version called the Racemo+, and it’s likely Tamo will offer more inspired creations like this in the near future.

Production for the Racemo will be limited at 250 units, none of which are likely to make it stateside. For now, read on for further specs on the Tamo Racemo.

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PostHeaderIcon Tamo Racemo Promises Lots Of Fun In A Small Package

There’s certainly no shortage of sports cars at the Geneva International Motor Show this year, with everything from affordable entry-level roadsters, to exotic top-dollar hyperspace mobiles on the list of debuts. Slotting in there somewhere is this – the Tamo Racemo, the latest product from Indian automaker Tata Motors. Tata is launching a new sub-brand called Tamo, and the Racemo is its first creation.

Described as “India’s first digitally native, connected, ‘phygital’ experience,” the mid-engine, two-door sports coupe seats two passengers and gets loads of performance cues inside and out. And if you’re asking yourself what “phygital” is supposed to be, the best way to describe it is that it offers a combination of features from both the physical and digital realms.

Basically, you could call this thing India’s first connected car. It comes replete with a ton of techy features, and it’ll be available for download via the Forza Horizon 3 gaming platform.

Not only that, but Tamo is offering a high-performance competition version called the Racemo+, and it’s likely Tamo will offer more inspired creations like this in the near future.

Production for the Racemo will be limited at 250 units, none of which are likely to make it stateside. For now, read on for further specs on the Tamo Racemo.

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PostHeaderIcon The Zenvo TS-1 GT Is The Anniversary Supercar Of Our Dreams

Every year, there are always a handful of cars that debut at the Geneva Motor Show that somehow end up as wallpaper in people’s smartphones. I should know because last year, the Lamborghini Centenario occupied prime real estate space in mine. This year, a number of front-runners have emerged, and one of them is the Zenvo TS-1 GT, a commemorative, limited edition model that was developed to celebrate the Danish automaker’s 10th anniversary. And dear Lord, it looks downright amazing to the point that I’m torn on what I like best about the car.

I could point to the way it looks, even if not much of it has changed in recent years. I just think that the ST1 remains one of the most underrated supercars in terms of design and I’m willing to wager that I’m not the only one who has this sentiment. But the TS1 GT is something else entirely different. Maybe it’s the exclusive Fjord Blue paint finish that has made my knees weak. The color is certainly loud, but there’s also a semblance of grace in it. The copper and bronze accenting stripes are also smooth touches because they clash beautifully with the flamboyant exterior color.

I could also point to the fact that the body is made purely of carbon-fiber or the excess in aerodynamic components. And if I’m being honest, there’s something oddly appealing about the instrument surrounds in the interior being made from copper and rhodium. Zenvo says that the interior of the car takes roughly 8,000 man hours to finish. That’s literally 333 days, which is an absurdly long time until you see what the finished product looks like.

Whatever it is about the Zenvo TS1 GT that has me kneeling at its altar, I can say that the supercar deserves all of the accolades it gets. And I haven’t even talked about what it’s capable of.

Speaking of which…

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Heads To Geneva With A Pair Of Regeras That'll Turn You Green With Envy And Red With Lust

A few years back, Koenigsegg wowed the world with the debut of the Regera at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you’re unaware, the Regera is an absurdly fast high-powered plug-in hybrid hypercar capable of spinning the world backwards like Superman turning back time. Now, the manufacturer from Sweden is heading back to Switzerland to show off the initial pair of customer-bound Regera models, both of which are still hot off the floor from Keonigsegg’s production facility in Angelholm.

These latest Swedish meatballs represent the first time Koenigsegg has built two individual cars simultaneously, and demonstrate the rapid expansion that the niche automaker has experienced over the course of the past year. That expansion now includes two specific model lines on tap (the Regera and the Agera), a growing dealer network, and a staff that’s nearly doubled in size.

And that’s to be expected when considering the quality of the product on hand. For example, the first Regera slated to show in Geneva is draped in an exterior color similar to British Racing Green. That emerald-like hue is courtesy of a green-tinted clear coat, which shows the carbon fiber weave hiding underneath if you look close enough. Inside the cabin is Saddle Brown leather upholstery with a basket weave, while flat leather is used for the seats, rear wall, doors, and steering wheel. In the corners are Tresex hollow-core carbon rollers, which offer a 40-percent reduction in weight when compared to traditional alloys. The tires are Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4S compound.

Joining the green Regera is another sovereign automobile, this time finished in candy apple red with bare black carbon running up the middle. This example also gets bare carbon for the side intakes, while the cabin gets a black leather interior with Lingonberry trim. Meanwhile, the wheels are three-spoke carbon units in a custom design.

Both owners are expected to take delivery of their respective Regeras in the next few months.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Announces First Deliveries Of Chiron To Remind Us We're All Still Peasants

You there, common man! Cease your work at the engine lathe for one moment and direct your attention to northeastern France, as the esteemed artisans at Bugatti bid farewell to the first examples of the dream-come-true Chiron hypercar. One by one, as the initial three roll away from Bugatti’s atelier in Molsheim, each a pinnacle of luxury, rapidity, and engineering, they are giving a fond “adieu” before being whisked away to the loving arms of customers in Europe and the Middle East.

This trio of incomparable motor vehicles is but the first of 70 such Chirons slated for production this year. While the exquisite tastes of the individual customer shine through in personalized touches to the bodywork and cabin space, each Chiron comes outfitted with an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine capable of producing 1,479 horsepower. With ample application of the throttle, owners will enjoy breathtaking acceleration and speed, with a pace of 60 mph achieved in a mere 2-and-a-half-seconds, and a maximum velocity of 260 mph. How exhilarating!

While the rabble is rightfully restricted to second-hand enjoyment of the Chiron, they will be permitted to gaze upon it with wonder at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show.

And with that, your break is now complete. Return to your work post haste!


PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Gryphon'

Koenigsegg had a real winner on its hands when it introduced the 2010 Agera. So much so, that a number of other models like the Agera R, Agera S, and Agera X all came to be within just a few years. Then, in 2015, we were introduced to the Agera RS, a car that is billed as the “ultimate track tool” and slots above the Agera R, but below the One:1. Through a means of improved aerodynamics and weight reduction, the RS truly became a powerful track demon. Only 25 RS examples were built, all of which sold out quickly, with the first 10 being spoken for before the car even went into production. Now, two years later, Koenigsegg is coming back to the Geneva Motor Show with a new version of the RS, but this isn’t exactly a version you want to take on the track, even if it’s more than capable. Fitted with the optional 1MW engine, and doused with healthy doses of gold flake, this baby is the definition of special editions.

But, it’s not all about the gold flake and horsepower when it comes to the Agera RS Gryphon. This thing is prepped to be fully compliant with U.S. road regulations, which means you can drive this 1,360-horsepower beast from coast to coast if you really want to. There are plenty of cabin comforts and driving aids, and the roof can even be stored under the front hood. It’s a beautiful and well-appointed special edition, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it, and what makes it so special.

Updated 03/27/2016: We added a series of new images for the new Agera RS ‘Gryphon’. Check the “Pictures” tab to check them all.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Smashes Nurburgring Record, Puts Porsche 918 Hybrid to Shame

When Trump was elected president of the U.S., I had a bit of a shock when I woke up to the news the next morning. And, Lamborghini setting a new production car record on the ’Ring is of similar magnitude. Because the upcoming Huracan Performante not only lapped the “Green Hell” quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder, a high-profile supercar, it did so no fewer than five seconds faster.

Specifically, the Huracan Performance needed only 6:52.01 minutes to go around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, smashing the 918 Spyder’s 6:57-minute from 2013. Although the record was announced on March 1, 2017, the run actually took place on October 5, 2016 with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli.

“This was an incredible and emotional moment,” says company CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Together with Maurizio Reggiani we agreed during the car’s development that with the technical and performance prowess of the Huracán Performante, not only was a sub seven-minute lap at the Nordschleife possible, but the lap record too. We wanted to achieve the Nurburgring victory in advance of the Performante’s launch, which was a challenge in terms of weather and availability of the Nordschleife. Not only did we take the lap record, we took it by some seconds!”

Making Lambo’s run that more spectacular is the fact that the Huracan Performance was quicker than the Radical SR8, which lapped the ’Ring in 6:56.08 minutes. Although the SR8 isn’t exactly a production model, its lap is often listed together with production models, as is the Radical SR8LM’s incredible benchmark of 6:48 minutes. The Huracan Performance is the first Lamborghini to outrun a Radical since 2005!

Since the Huracan Performante won’t be unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show next week, we don’t know much about what makes it so quick. However, Lambo did say that the record was established through innovative aerodynamics, lightweight engineering, a revised engine, and a dedicated setup for track performance. Stay tuned for updates from Geneva.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like

Supercars and hypercars, by their definition, are meant to scream for attention. Whether it’s with their outlandish looks, colorful bodies, or their stomach-churning power, these cars are as likely to be as ignored as discounted freshly baked bread. I say this because Koenigsegg is back at it with another one of its employee renderings and the latest design study is a shining example of a stylistic approach that eschews all-around flamboyance in favor of a simpler look meant to showcase the hypercar in about as raw a state as it can be.

This rendering comes by way of Koenigsegg’s current facility manager and overall longtime employee Chrille. According to the Swedish automaker, Chrille (no last name was mentioned) has been around Koenigsegg so long that he’s probably worked in just about every division in the company. Apparently, he’s worked in the composites branch, the finishing station, and the service area, and that doesn’t even include his current occupation as facility manager.

So when pressed to create his very own interpretation of what a Koenigsegg Regera should look like, Chrille took a far different approach with his rendering compared to what everyone else before him has done. Instead of dressing it up in fancy colors and saying that it’s been inspired by this-or-that, Chrille went back to basics… and barely touched the Regera.

Sure, his rendering has tone-on-tone black stripes, anthracite-finished brake callipers, and an optional aerodynamic kit, but the body of the hypercar, by and large, is devoid of any color. We all know that since Regeras are built largely from carbon-fiber, what’s left of the body without any color is the carbon-fiber, or at least in this case, naked carbon-fiber in its complete, unaltered, natural shade. That fact alone makes this particular Regera rendering a true sight to behold, even if it does look a little too close to the Raven Black Regera designed by Koenigsegg’s own art director, Lisa Johansson.

Say what you will about Chrille’s design choice, but you can’t argue that a naked carbon Regera looks just as good as all the other renderings we’ve seen in recent weeks. It may not have their flash and panache, but it is natural. At the end of the day, that counts for a lot too.

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PostHeaderIcon Cristiano Ronaldo Drives the Bugatti Chiron, Takes it Home

Much like its predecessor, the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is the kind of supercar that doesn’t need anyone’s approval. The fact that it’s super powerful, super fast, and very, very expensive turns it into an instant hit with car collectors. Yet Bugatti felt the need to get the seal of approval from Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Okay, I’m not exactly serious. Bugatti obviously doesn’t need Ronaldo’s approval for the Chiron, but it can certainly benefit from the massive attention he gets on and outside the pitch. After all, he’s been named World Player of the Year several times, he’s the reigning European Champion with Portugal, and winner of many titles with Real Madrid. He’s one of the greatest superstars alive, and he’s also a big sports car fan. All solid reasons for Bugatti to want him in its latest hypercar.

The so-called test video is pretty much of the commercial variety, lasting a little over a minute and being packed with special effects. In the end, Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace asks Ronaldo to give the key to the car back, adding that he has to call Bugatti if he wants to keep it. You’ll have to find out the outcome for yourselves, but it’s safe to assume that Ronaldo already paid for his Chiron and maybe even taken delivery of the car.

Not bad for an ad for a super expensive vehicle rated at 1,479 horsepower and all the luxury you can get, but I’m not sure Ronaldo is the best man to approve it. He may own several supercars, but he also crashed at leas a couple of them. He’s not the best driver out there.


PostHeaderIcon Watch the Lambo Huracán Performante Flex Its Muscles at the Nürburgring: Video

Since its unveiling at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Huracán has already spawned three new versions — the Spyder, Super Trofeo, and GT3 — with two more iterations underway. I’m talking about the lightweight, high-performance version of both the coupe and spyder, which will be unveiled in 2017. It’s not yet known which will arrive first, but logic dictates that the coupe should break cover earlier. This will happen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March according to Lamborghini’s latest teaser video.

The 43-second clip shows a beefed-up Huracán on the Nürburgring track. The supercar is equipped with active aerodynamics front and rear, and also has a large wing atop the decklid, which makes it safe to assume that it’s not a regular Huracán. Lambo showcases its mobile front spoiler and rear wing, which can provide either maximum downforce for better stability or minimum drag for enhanced acceleration. The firm also announces March 1 as the date we will find out more, but doesn’t say anything else about the car. Not even a name is mention, so we don’t know what badge this new Huracán will sport.

If the previous Gallardo is any indication, the coupe should be called the Huracán Superleggera, while the Spyder should be christened the Performance. However, some sources claim that the latter is more likely to be used for the coupe. But whatever the name, it’s pretty obvious that the upcoming iteration of the Huracán will be incredibly fast and loud. We will find out more in March so stay tuned for updates.


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