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Mercedes SLS AMG Spotted at dinner the other night

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When we rolled up to meet my parents at dinner this weekend, we saw this clean SLS AMG parked out front of the restaurant. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one in a random situation, and really is a handsome machine in a real world setting. With its thundering 6.2L naturally aspirated V8, the SLS remains one of the best sounding cars out there.

-Nick

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Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder at the CF Charities Supercar Show

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This is the new Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder, and I think it is a breath of fresh air in the supercar world. At a time when Ferraris and Lamborghinis seem more and more mass market, here is a genuinely unique supercar that takes a different, more classic, and ultra “special” approach.

Today the mainstream carmakers are obsessed with the orgy of technology, which has many upsides for performance, but nobody is stopping to ask if it really serves the purpose of a super sports car well. Too many cars are being built for lap times and bragging rights, and wind up compromising on a truly engaging driving experience. Speed is great and all, but on my weekends, I don’t have any interest in hopping in a car that does most of the driving for me.

The C8 Preliator brings the formula back to what I consider the epitome of the modern supercar. I see it as carrying on the torch of the Pagani Zonda, the Porsche Carrera GT, and the Ford GT, a truly analog supercar experience, with a beautifully exposed gear lever and a proper 3 pedals.

Though not fitted in the prototype you see here, power will come from a very special Koenigsegg 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 making 600hp. That pushing a car weighing right around the 3,000lb mark (around 200lbs less than a 488), should be quite exciting.

Furthermore, the C8 Preliator Spyder oozes handcrafted fine details. It has a substantial sense of occasion when you’re near it that I don’t think an Aventador or even a LaFerrari can match. The Spyker is a genuine work of art, on a level that can be mentioned with the likes of Pagani and Koenigsegg. As an object you’ll be paying at least $450,000 for, I think this is surely one of the most “special” supercars out there.

This is really my kind of car. Sure, there are way faster cars out there, but this has an incredible balance of power and lightness. You don’t need 1,000hp when the car doesn’t weigh well over 2 tons (cough, Bugatti, cough), and the performance 600hp can provide remain more than insane on the street. Mix that with the pure analogue driving experience, top down thrills, incredible detail work, and a limited production of just 100 units, and you have the ideal recipe for a super sports car as far as I’m concerned.

Enjoy the photos, and be sure to drink in all those fine details!

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LaFerrari Hypercar Spotted in the Rain in Greenwich, CT

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How often do you see something like a LaFerrari on the roads when it’s pouring rain? I wish I could say this was a completely random spotting of someone who is really about that daily-driven hypercar life, but the truth is it downpoured at the end of the Greenwich Concours as all the cars were leaving. So no, this person did not just decide to take the Laf for a spin in the rain, he had to get the car home. It did make for some extra awesome photos in traffic, though. This hyper Ferrari is already mental when you see it in contrast with average cars, but to see it in the rain, that’s just such an uncommon sight. The driver even opened it up for us a little when the light turned green. It sounded great!

Enjoy the wet pics.

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Seeing my first Bugatti EB-110 at Greenwich

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In all my years of going to top-tier automotive events, the Bugatti EB-110 had somehow managed to elude me.  So, when I heard there would be an EB-110 GT up for auction at the Greenwich Concours this year, I was excited to finally lay eyes on one of these early 90’s unicorns.

The Bugatti marquee has had three different incarnations over the years, the original cars were French, the second generation was Italian, and the third (current) generation is German. The EB-110 came about as the second incarnation of the Bugatti marquee in 1987. Based in Modena, Italy, 139 total EB-110s were produced between 1991 and 1995, before the company went bankrupt while trying to grow too quickly.

At the time, the Bugatti EB-110 was just as much a hypercar as the Veyron or Chiron are today. It was the most technologically ambitious contender, with a 550hp quad turbo 3.5L V12 and all wheel drive. Flat-out, it was right up there with the fastest cars on the planet, with a top speed of 213 mph.

Keep in mind, the McLaren F1’s incredible 240mph record wouldn’t be set until 1998, and in the early 1990’s anything that could crack 210 mph was considered other-worldly. At the time the EB-110 was the fastest car made in Modena, a step above the Ferrari F40’s 201 mph, or the Lamborghini Diablo’s 202 mph. In terms of top speed, it’s main rivals were the Jaguar XJ-220 and the McLaren F1. The Jaguar XJ-220 actually was officially recognized as the fastest road car in the world in 1992 with a run of 217 mph, but they had to raise the rev limiter to get there. Prior, un-altered runs yielded a V-max of 212.3mph, so if we’re comparing two showroom stock cars, the Bugatti and the Jag were neck and neck as the fastest cars in the world. Unless, of course, you came across the odd McLaren F1…

So what are my thoughts on finally seeing an EB-110 GT in person?

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The Lamborghini Centenario LP-770-4 is unbelievable in person

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This is the ultra-exotic Lamborghini Centenario LP-770-4, one of just 20 that will grace this Earth. For me it was a surprise star at the Greenwich Concours because I hadn’t heard it would attend, and I certainly hadn’t seen one before.

The Centenario is a special edition Lamborghini for people who don’t want a “typical” Lamborghini, and who can afford to have something more. It looks absolutely outrageous, even though underneath the fancy body it’s basically just a slightly upgraded Aventador SV. For around the price of three or four Aventador SVs, you get to be in the 1 of 20 club, and have a Lambo that is extra extra insane looking. You also get to be ahead of the curve, as the Centenario paves the way for the next generation of Lamborghini styling. It is a very exclusive experience to be sure.

I must say, I first saw the Centenario and went, “Meh…” because I knew it was just an Aventador SV in a different, albeit awesome, outfit. I think the Aventador is one of the best looking cars out there right now, and the Centenario initially didn’t impress me much by comparison. Seeing it in person changed my mind, though. The carbon fiber details are exquisite, and it seems another notch or two up from an Aventador. As an object to behold, the Lamborghini Centenario is a whole new level of Lamborghini.

It was incredible seeing this car in the flesh, and getting to shoot it. It puts on one hell of a visual show. For me though, I still have a lot of trouble getting past its Aventador underpinnings when it comes to the $2 million question. The Aventador SV is such a show-stopper in it’s own right. I saw an SV parked at another even a few days later, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Money-no-object, I think I’d still take the SV over a Centenario.

The Centenario represents one of the ultimate collector Lamborghinis ever made. It’s an impressive showpiece for a billionaire who wants to impress other billionaires. I just find its purpose to be too superficial for my own taste, though. Frankly, if I’m looking for a car in the seven-figure range, it won’t be a six-figure car with a body kit.

The Centenario is an incredible work of art. I appreciate the hell out of it, even though it’s not really my taste. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing and photographing this one, and I hope you enjoy the gallery.

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Some Highlights From the CF Charities Supercar Show in Philadelphia

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We attended the CF Charities Supercar Show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this weekend. This was the first year for the event in Philly, and we liked the new venue a lot. There were some truly incredible cars, and there’s a lot more to come, but here are some highlights for starters.

Enjoy!

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Bugattis In The Rain

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For the last 3 or 4 years, it has absolutely poured rain on the Sunday of the Greenwich Concours. This year kept that tradition alive, but I always stay out there, getting soaked, so I can shoot these priceless cars in the wet. Cars worth hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars are seldom taken out in wet weather, so it is an opportunity to snap some unique photos.

Bugatti was the featured marque this year, so I decided it was fitting to feature them as they were… all wet.

Enjoy!

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Ford GT: The Half-a-Million Dollar Question

With the release of press all over the internet and the first cars making their way into customer hands, the hype surrounding the new Ford GT is at maximum right now. The first 500 owners of the total 1,000 cars have been selected by Ford, with the next round of selections coming in a few months time.

The big question everyone seems to be asking is, is the Ford GT worth the $500,000 asking price? Those already on the list certainly hope so, and those who will apply for the second half of production are frantically trying to figure it out.

I was very skeptical when I first heard Ford was going to charge over $400,000 for the new GT. But I also expected the general formula for the car would be similar to that of the previous car, just updated for 2018. What has become abundantly clear, though, is that Ford has taken a totally fresh approach in developing the new GT, and that does change some things.

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Koenigsegg Agera RS1 at NYIAS

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This is the Koenigsegg Agera RS1, fresh off the boat/plane from Sweden. It’s surely the most magnificent Koenigsegg I’ve ever seen in person, and it’s all because of that stunning blue alcantara interior. The blue really makes the look of the Agera RS1 pop, and gives it that million dollar level of detail people pay the biggest bucks for.

It was incredible laying eyes on this thing in the flesh.

Enjoy!

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