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Next Jaguar XK to be More Luxurious

Road Test 2011 Jaguar XKR-S

With Jaguar recently launching its new F-Type sports car, the sporty side of the larger Jaguar XK has largely been made redundant. Although the XK has always been more of a GT car than the F-Type, with it rivalling the Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum has stated that the next-generation XK “could grow into the luxury market”.

Callum went onto state that the F-Type has inevitably allowed “the car [XK] to become a bit more special than a GT” and “whether it stays the same as a two-plus-two or becomes a two-plus-more-than-two has not been committed to yet.”

If the XK were to “grow in size” it’s likely that everything else about the car would grow also. This could include the engine, the curb weight and of course the car’s price. What exactly Callum means by “grow in size” isn’t yet fully known, but Jaguar can only make the XK more luxurious to an extent where it won’t impede on sales of the brand’s flagship luxury car, the XJ.


Video: Gold Lamborghini Aventador Flybys and Drifts

Video: Gold Lamborghini Aventador Flybys and Drifts

We’ve already laid eyes on the gold-plated Lamborghini Aventador calling the US home a few times already, but the following video is unquestionably the most exciting we’ve seen of the car to date.

The video was shot by Nue Vue Productions on YouTube as a behind the scenes video of a short film being created by Prestige Imports Miami to celebrate this unique Project AU 79 gold-plated Lamborghini Aventador.

The four and a half minute video showcases the Aventador performing a selection of risky stunts in a crowded shipping port with it four-wheel drifting and making fast passes by the camera.

We have to take our hats off to the owner of the car, as most Aventador owners who decide to cover their car in gold would simply use it as a piece of art and rarely drive it. This owner on the other hand is more than happy to risk getting a few stone chips in order to put together a great clip showcasing this unique Aventador!


Monza Red 1993 Jaguar XJ220 by Canepa

1993 Jaguar XJ220 by Canepa

This is the number 237 Jaguar XJ220 of the 281 handmade cars produced and was restored by Canepa a luxury auto dealer from California and specializing in restoring of high end cars.

The Jaguar which was formerly owned by Ted Schroeder from Switzerland found its way to the US through a show and display exemption by the US Department of Transportation on June 11th 2001.

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Featuring a Tom Walkinshaw-developed 3.5 liter V6 race engine as used in the Group C XJR-10/11racers, the resulting numbers were 550hp and 645Nm of torque not to mention the twin Garrett T3 turbochargers. The XJ220 was the first roadcar to exploit under-body airflow and venturi to generate downforce of around 3,000lb for high-speed stability.


Video: BMW 1-Series M Coupe vs SpeedArt BRT600 Porsche 911 Turbo

BMW 1M Coupe vs SpeedArt BRT600 Porsche 911 Turbo

Yes, I agree that from reading the title of this article you’ll be asking yourself “Why drag a 350hp 1M Coupe against a 600+hp SpeedArt BTR600 Porsche 911 Turbo, isn’t the result obvious?” A 350hp vs 350hp battle, or a 600hp vs 600hp drag race may have been much closer, but this is still a thrilling drag racing video and well worth watching!

Well, even though the result may be obvious, it still doesn’t detract from what is a thrilling race. Sure the SpeedArt tuned 911 may walk away with the victory, but it’s interesting to see just how much faster a car with 600hp is compared to one with 350hp. Add to that the fact that one is all-wheel drive and the other is rear-wheel drive, and it begins to seem as though the BMW 1M Coupe actually did quite an impressive job.


Frog eBike Concept is Inspired from Yamaha FZ750

Posted on 12.27.2012 03:35 by Sulthoni
, Serafim

Many consider that electricity holds the key for the future of cars and motorcycles. And there is no wonder why, since the electric technologies offer a lot of advantages, the biggest one being that they are more efficient than any type of combustion engine.

The Frog eBike is one of the newest electric concepts and besides its efficiency is also fully recyclable. The concept was penned by Jin Soek Hwang and features a futuristic design language. Unfortunately we don’t have any engine specifications so we don’t know if the bike is as capable as its sporty design suggests.

Though, we know that the Frog eBike is equipped with monoshock suspension for the rear wheel and comes with a unique digital cluster. We also know that the electric motor is placed in the back tire while, the battery pack is placed beneath the chassis.

The Frog eBike Concept draws inspiration from the Yamaha FZ750 and has been displayed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Frog eBike Concept is Inspired from Yamaha FZ750 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:35 EST.

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Video: Pagani Reflects on Huayra in 2012

2012 has been nothing been short of a stellar year for Italian hypercar maker Pagani Automobili. Their brand new Huayra, despite having a name that a sum total of three people can actually pronounce correctly, accumulated more acclaim in one year than just about any other car — hypercar or otherwise.

And as such, you can expect Horacio and his team wanted to celebrate. Auto journalists the world over have flaunted the occasion, the sheer presence, of the car. “It is a machine so unlikely ever to be real, it may be a unicorn”, originally quoted as Richard Hammond’s reaction after driving the car has become the mantra of many enthusiasts.

A car like the Huayra is a miracle of engineering. Not because of the mathematics and design behind it – which are spectacular – but because it is unfathomable that a car of this nature can exist in 2012. The Huayra, whose design drew skepticism at first look, truly has transcended the criticism and become the benchmark hypercar. A massive achievement.

The Huayra was named car of the year, or a variant of, in no less than three of the most prestigious publications in Europe. EVO, Top Gear and CAR Magazine’s all chose the Huayra for a top spot on one of their end-of-year lists. Undoubtedly something that Horacio is supremely proud of. And he has every right to be.

Check out the video, which details Pagani’s 2012 journey with the Huayra highlighting the reactions from media outlets around the world. Spoiler: they all thought it was amazing. The cinematography on display is truly a work of art, suitable only for a car like the Huayra.

Oh and do not forget to read our own road test of the Pagani Huayra.


Video: 2000hp Chevrolet Corvette C6 vs Highly-Modified Nissan GT-R

Video: 2000hp Chevrolet Corvette C6 vs GT-R

Almost no car can compete with the popularity of tuning and modifying Corvette’s. As a matter of fact, Chevrolet Corvette’s in their outgoing generation have become increasingly popular to tune in the United States by firms such as Hennessey Performance and it’s little wonder why.

When specced correctly, Corvette’s are able to handle up to 2,000hp at the crank, like the one in this video, and can consequently become some of the fastest accelerating automobiles on the market.

At the recent Texas Invitational Event presented by Momentum BMW back in on the 12th-14th of October, a blue Corvette C6 producing 2,000hp thanks to two turbocharges was pitted against a highly-modified Nissan GT-R in a rolling drag race.

The result is one of the closest drag’s you’re ever likely to see and even though no details have been released about the tune of the GT-R, it’s very likely that it would be producing well over 1,000hp considering how close it is to the Corvette at the finish line.


Official: BMW F10M M5 RZ by RevoZport

BMW M5 F10M RZ by RevoZport

RevoZport have another styling kit to offer us, this time it is based on the BMW F10M M5! Subtlety is key to this kit, its designed to look comparable to the OEM body kit, yet it adds an extra quality feel to it as all parts are constructed from carbon fiber.

The complete aerodynamic kit adds six elements. It includes a carbon front grill, a set of carbon mirror covers, a carbon fender grill, a carbon front splitter, a carbon rear adjustable diffuser and a carbon trunk lip spoiler.

Prices are available from RevoZport on request.

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Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG by PP Exclusive

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG by PP Exclusive

The final PP Exclusive new release is the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG by PP Exclusive. It features a set of PP Exclusive’s Crown Jewel rims coupled with a set of Hankook tyres.

As with the other models, the SL 65 AMG doesn’t require a set of spacers and gets a lowered module. The outer rims of the roadster measure four inches at the front and five inches at the rear. Again, they feature a TUV certificate!

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Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

Modulare Wheels latest project for the 2012 calendar year involved the following yellow Ferrari 458 Italia being fitted with a set of Modulare C30-DC three-piece deep concave wheels.

These wheels measure 21×9 front and 22×12 at the rear, and feature matte black centres and spokes with matte titanium outers and titanium wheel nuts.

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia on Modulare C30-DC Wheels

This particular Ferrari 458 Italia was fitted by the team over at Autodynamica Performance in Houston, Texas and one of the car’s standout features (besides the new wheels) are the Ferrari 430 Scuderia racing stripes down the center of the car.