Porsche pulls the curtain on its first plug-in hybrid, the new 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid ($100,000 USD). The sporty sedan is powered by a 416 hp engine that couples its gas engine with a 95 hp electric motor that helps the Panamera reach up to 80 mph in full-electric mode while traveling up to 20 miles on electric power alone. As for speed, 0-62 arrives in 5.5 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 167 mph. Enjoy.
Been kicking yourself ever since you missed out on the chance to own a brand new Enzo? Here's your chance to make up for it. The awkwardly-named Ferrari LaFerrari ($TBA) is the company's new limited-series flagship, offering F1-level technology in a stunning road-legal package. Apart from the unique, instant-classic looks, it features a new HY-KERS drivetrain system that pairs a 789hp, 6.3L V12 to a 160hp electric motor and a 7-speed DCT gearbox for a total of 949hp, a 0-62 time of under three seconds, a 0-124 time of under seven seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph.
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With a voracious appetite for all kinds of supercars and plenty of wealth to sustain it thanks to its oil-rich real estate, it shouldn't come to as a surprise that the Arab world has finally managed to produce its own hypercar in the guise of W Motors's Lykan Hypersport, which was introduced at this week's Qatar Motor Show. While many questions remain unanswered, what we do know about the Beirut-based company's edgy-looking (some may say, Lamborghini-esque) Lykan Hypersport is that only seven cars will be produced, each carrying a base sticker price of $3.4 million (about €2.4 million at today's exchange rates), which includes a $200,000 limited edition Cyrus Klepcy watch. [See & Read More]
The four-door convertible has been a design wonder for decades, having seen various automakers attempt their own version, but never make it past the “concept” stage. Premium Dutch carmaker, Savage Rivale ($TBA), takes on the elusive challenge and produces a futuristic model complete with a removable top. Rounding out the vehicle with a 7.0 liter V8 engine from a Corvette Z06 and an interior that would excite any tastemaker, the Roadyacht GTS is beautifully captured in the video above weaving through the streets of Monaco. [See More]
The Rapide was already one of the fastest four-doors around, but if the standard model didn't quite do it for you under the hood, meet the Aston Martin Rapide S ($TBA). Still powered by a 6.0L V12 engine, the S offers 550 hp — 80 more than the prior version — and boasts a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. The car also sits 19 mm lower than before, and thanks to a new Adaptive Damping System, can ensure you've got the right suspension setup for the a typical drive, a sporty drive, or the track. Thankfully, however, the sleek body has barely been touched, with a larger single grille and tweaked decklid rounding out the changes.
The design of vehicles today must be compromised with rigorous government regulations and approved by a CFO, there was once a day when a coachbuilder could develop the most outrageous vehicle and it would hit the road. Petrolicious visits James Chen, car enthusiast and president of Axis Wheels, to examine his Lamborghini Countach 5000QV, only one of 676 ever made. James explains the super-car’s design and why you will never see another new vehicle built exclusively for it's style. Enjoy.
Automotive designer Alex Imnadze, whose name might not ring a bell right away, but you may remember him from one of his concepts for a Lamborghini supercar that we showed you earlier this month, sent us his latest project for a Ferrari super saloon. Unlike the Lamborghini coupe study, Imnadze's new Ferrari concept has a name; it's called the Quattroporte, though, as you can imagine, this wouldn't sit well with the Fiat Group's other supercar-maker, Maserati. [See & Read More]
The new Circuit of the Americas—the first and only FIA-certified Grade 1 track in the United States—defined the capital of the Lone Star State as a hub for the motorsports community. Adding to the city’s enthusiasm for sports cars is the world’s largest supercar time-share, Écurie25, which opened its newest branch in Austin in the fall. [See & Read More]
Iconic Italian sports car maker Lamborghini is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary in 2013. As you can imagine we will be seeing a lot of special models and events around the anniversary. This week Lamborghini has launched a first video teaser of what’s to come. The video gives a look at the past and the future of the brand. Enjoy.