As Gizmag's Mike Hanlon explored in his recent trip to Techno-Classica Essen, the classic car world is riding pretty high at the moment. It's been a particularly good run for (super-wealthy) lovers of 1950s/60s sports and race cars. If you have the means, you can add a genuine, newly built 1957 Jaguar XKSS to your collection. Or a high-tech, all-electric Shelby Daytona Coupe from Renovo. Or one of the most expensive cars in the world. And now, you can buy an all-new, race-influenced Berlinetta hand-built in Italy, too. The Effeffe Berlinetta is an Italian modern classic so alluring that even Prince Albert of Monaco had trouble pulling himself away.
In a world dominated by downsized, four-cylinder engines, Audi has staunchly stood by its five-cylinder turbo. The new TT RS joins the RS3 in offering the unique motor, but ramps up the power and torque for a supercar-rivaling sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.9 seconds for the RS Convertible, or 3.7 seconds for the Coupe, which makes it just 0.1 seconds slower to 100 km/h than the Lamborghini-derived R8 V10 Spyder.Read More
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and McLaren might have given up on manual supercars, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few purists out there clinging gamely to a three-pedal setup. Aston Martin has joined Porsche in offering a high-end performance stick shift with the new V12 Vantage S, which lets you control a sonorous V12 motor with a dogleg, seven-speed manual transmission.Read More
What sports car lover hasn't imagined attending an auto show where all the cars are super-stylish, high-performance sports coupes uninterrupted by the rough, awkward lines of eco-friendly hatchbacks and everyday sedans? With plenty of regular cars on show, the 2016 Geneva Motor Show isn't quite that show, but it's the closest thing we can recall witnessing. The show's long debut list includes established marques like "Bugatti," "Koenigsegg," "Pagani" and "Lamborghini" and newer players like "Arash," "Rimac" and "Techrules." It all adds up to one of the most stunning displays of carbon fiber styling and earth-rumbling horsepower you'll ever see. Read More
Now that Rimac has a production car ready to go, there seems to be no holding it back. It's put together the most electrifying booth in Geneva, quite literally speaking. Next to the 1,088-hp Concept One supercar is the even faster, more powerful Concept S, the One's "evil twin," along with a matching, unleashed version of the Greyp G12S electric bike. All in all, close to 2,500 horses with current-spiked manes are dashing around Rimac's booth.
For months there have been rumors surrounding the Bugatti Chiron with little to go by other than company statements reiterating an intent to continue to build the world's fastest cars. Those rumors can now be laid to rest – or firmly blasted into the stratosphere – with Bugatti formally introducing the 1500 hp Chiron to the world at the Geneva International Auto Show this week.Read More
Last October, Aston Martin revealed an all-electric RapidE concept car at a China state visit to the UK. This was followed up at CES in January by showing a Rapide S that incorporated an Internet of the Vehicle (IOV) system from Chinese technology company LeTV, (now known as LeEco). Now the two companies have reinforced their partnership by signing a deal that will see an all-electric Rapide on the market by 2018.Read More
Having announced plans in 2012 to relaunch the Alpine marque, Renault has today made good on its word. The just-unveiled Alpine Vision show car is a preview of a production version that will go on sale next year. The two-seater coupé will accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in under 4.5 seconds.Read More
Each year Ferrari lovers – along with some of the rarest Ferraris ever seen – flock to Palm Beach, Florida, for a five-day celebration of the Ferrari brand. It's called the Cavallino Classic, and includes numerous track events, educational symposiums, a driving tour and of course, parties. But the biggest show of all is the Concorso d'Eleganza on the Lawn at the Breakers, a celebrated grand hotel in Palm Beach where this month some 140 rare and pristine Italian sports cars, many worth millions of dollars, were on display for both admiration and scrutiny by some of the toughest judges in the land.Read More
The Middle East has seen a lot of automotive commotion of late, most of it due to Anthony Jannarelly and his multiple United Arab Emirates-based projects. A new potential player has now emerged from neighboring Qatar with the launch of a radical sports car concept that looks like a four-wheeled Stealth Bomber. The company and 525-hp concept car go by the name Elibriea. Read More
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