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Presenting, the Lamborghini 350GTV

The Lamborghini 350GT is known by many as the first car to be sold bearing the Lamborghini name back in the Sixties.  However, it wasn’t the first car the company built.  That honor goes to the sleek green shape seen here.  This is the Lamborghini 350GTV, a prototype that eventually became the basis for the 350GT.  This car is the origin and the first use of the vaunted Lamborghini V12 engine that would later go on to power most of the lineup until today.  The bodywork also contributed to the 350GT.  It was featured at Pebble Beach this year in honor of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary.  I can honestly say that it doesn’t look too similar to any other Lambo I’ve seen, save for maybe the 350GT.  Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Presenting, the Lamborghini 350GTV

A quick take on the 2014 North American International Auto Show

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lexus RC F Toyota FT-1 Concept

The 2014 North American International Auto Show has been going on this week in Detroit, and there have been a number of interesting car debuts. The internet is full of all the minute details, and plenty of long-winded coverage about cars that nobody has driven yet. I have seen the details, and sat through much of the coverage, and now I want to bring you my concise, informed take on the cars that have debuted at NAIAS 2014. So here it goes.

2015 Acura TLX
2015 Acura TLX:
Pretty much unsurprising, but it’s good Acura consolidated the TL and TSX into one model. They should throw the 370hp hybrid drivetrain from the RLX into this car and have a legitimate Audi S4 competitor.

2015 Audi A8
2015 Audi A8:
What exactly is different again?

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept
Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept:
The Allroad Shooting Brake could be an incredibly badass modern rally car for the road. 402hp and 479ft/lbs of torque are some serious figures, and the hybrid drivetrain could prove interesting in a car such as this. My guess, though, is that this will remain a concept.

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Looking at the Toyota FT-1 Concept as the next Supra

Toyota has stunned the entire automotive world at the 2014 North American International Auto Show with their new concept car, the Toyota FT-1. Car enthusiasts have immediately seen it as a sign that their prayers for a new Toyota Supra have been answered, and everyone seems to be going nuts with speculation.

The video from Motor Trend above gives us an inside glimpse at the design process of the Toyota FT-1 Concept. I must say, I think the FT-1 Concept is “take your breath away” gorgeous. It’s design is unmistakably Japanese, and extremely modern, but it definitely does make some nods back to Toyota’s past as well. Looking at the FT-1’s headlights, and the way they mesh with the larger design, I can’t help but feel that the FT-1 has a strikingly similar “look on its face” as the Mk4 Toyota Supra. Also, that rear wing, when it’s up, definitely evokes the shape Supra’s rear spoiler. As a design piece, the Toyota FT-1 is an absolute masterpiece, and I really hope they change nothing about it in production form.

Having said that, we can get as excited as we want to, but the fact remains that the Toyota FT-1 is really just a design study at this point. I speculated a while back about what the new Toyota Supra should be, and here in 2014, we’ve only come as far as an outrageous, sure to be watered down concept. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t love what I’m seeing from Toyota here, but all this means is that now they really cannot afford to drop the ball.

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, every car is nothing short of immaculate. However, even among the hundreds of exquisite automobiles, some find a way to stand out in the crowd. This 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe does it with a stunning color draped over a sleek, if a bit peculiar, design.

Jalopnik even said they thought this car should have won “Best In Show”, but naturally they are always into the most offbeat thing present. While I don’t agree that this car should have won “Best In Show”, I really did enjoy getting to see this Indianapolis Boano Coupe in person. It definitely brings an event with it wherever it goes, and at a big car show such as this, that is what really matters.

Enjoy the photos.

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Elmiraj, the Cadillac of Cadillacs

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept
Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

We got to see Cadillac’s Elmiraj Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and plainly, this is the sort of thing the Cadillac Brand needs right now. Cadillac has not been “the Cadillac of cars” since the mid 1960s in my opinion, and it’s about time they step up and reclaim their original status in the world.

The Elmiraj looks to be a grand touring car of world class standards. It’s design is unmistakably that of a Cadillac, but it has a nice sleek, modern shape. While I doubt it would make it to production in its current form, the Elmiraj’s interior is breathtakingly gorgeous, with gratuitous amounts of wood, leather and metal used throughout.

As far as what’s under the hood, I’ve heard rumors of a twin turbo 4.5L V8 with more than 500hp. That will most likely put the Elmiraj in competition with the Jaguar XKR, Maserati Granturismo, BMW 650i/M6, etc, in the price range around $100,000. That, of course assumes that Cadillac will ever have the guts to actually produce an ambitious concept car such as this.

I think with proper execution, a production version of the Elmiraj would do a lot to put Cadillac back where they need to be as a brand. The ATS, CTS, and the CTS-V have done a lot to show that Cadillac has potential, but they need a capstone, a mighty flagship to lead their assault. I know Cadillac’s track record with concept cars is awful when it comes to anything making it to production, but I am really holding out hope that the Cadillac Elmiraj is not indeed a mirage.

Enjoy the photos

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Jaguar C-X75 by Autocar

Just listen to this thing, it’s epic. We all saw this car in concept form, but now there are actual prototypes that Jaguar is letting the media sample. While everyone seems to maintain that the “C-X75 will never be built”, one has to wonder why Jaguar has continued its development of the car if they really aren’t going to make it. In business, you don’t spend valuable money developing a project that you aren’t going to see through. I see this as a sure sign that the C-X75 is coming to production, and will be meeting the LaFerrari, Mclaren P1 and Porsche 918 in battle. Be excited.

-Nick

Chris Harris tests the Mercedes SLS Electric Drive

The SLS Electric Drive is the first electric car that can legitimately be considered a supercar. 750hp and 737ft/lbs of torque going through electronic all wheel drive means that this car will have some staggering straight-line performance. It seems the biggest surprise, though, was the torque vectoring system Mercedes has devised, which can actually apply negative torque to the inside wheels during a corner. Chris seemed pretty blown away by this car, watch the video to see. Enjoy.

-Nick

Impressions from the 2013 New York International Auto Show

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition
Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

There were many new cars revealed at this year’s New York International Auto Show. I was in attendance for the Preview Night last Thursday, where I had access to many new cars, both those revealed at the show and those from recent shows. Like every event I go to, I covered what caught my eye. As many of you may know, I don’t do news in the proper sense because I like to be a little more authentic. What follows are my impressions of the cars as I saw and experienced them at the show, and my opinions of them overall. Enjoy, and please let me know your thoughts on any of them in the comments.

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Chris Harris snags a ride in the Porsche 918

As much as I agree that car reviews from the passenger seat suck, and I generally refuse to do them, there are some cases where you take what you can get. This would be one of them, given how much buzz there is around the Porsche 918 at the moment. This video sheds a lot of light on Porsche’s new hypercar, and turn up your speakers for the part where they kick it out of “electric mode” because they engine is pure savagery.

On another note though, they do say this car will weigh 1700kg (3700lbs). While I absolutely trust Porsche in everything they are doing, there is a bit of me that has to look back at the Carrera GT with a sort of somber admiration for its comparative simplicity. It was a light car with a glorious engine, and a clutch pedal of all things; the epitome of a pure Porsche supercar? The 918 is awesome, but seems so complex by comparison. We will see if that is a good thing, and I have high hopes, but the V10 will be tough to beat.

-Nick Walker