For years, whenever someone at a party would ask me, "so what's your favorite car?" or "what's the coolest car you've driven?" I'd blurt out "the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera" faster and with more flourish than you could say "Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle." It's embarrassing, but I've been in love with the impractical wedge-shaped supercar ever since I got a chance to track one back in 2009. I know -- it doesn't make sense, but supercars have a way … Read more
McLaren is a name steeped in history. Racing successes and world-record-smashing cars make up its past, but the 12C is an indication of its future. And it's looking pretty rosy.
Fresh off the back of a collaboration with Mercedes on the SLR hypercar, McLaren decided it wanted to build a world-beating supercar. Something to make Ferrari and its ilk run for the hills in fear. It would have to be light, fast, comfortable, and good-looking. It would have to be absolutely perfect.
Thankfully, using techniques refined over years of road and race car practice, the 12C is an utterly … Read more
It was years in the making. It was Audi's unicorn, the "what if" car that many people wanted but never thought would actually happen. When it appeared, with an engine out of an RS4, a low, squinty face, and odd proportions, many questioned its validity as a supercar. Then they drove it and swiftly shut up.
Its quattro system, twinned with a V8 (in this case), is, frankly, awesome. It offers levels of grip than any idiot can exploit and not fall of the road in a big, embarrassing heap.
It's so poised, so eager to … Read more
When you think of '70s supercars, you tend to think of Lamborghinis and Ferraris -- big, wedgy things that make a lovely noise and go very quickly indeed. You don't tend to think of BMW, do you?
I can't blame you for that. It's a brand that isn't really synonymous with supercars. Fast saloons, yes, but a supercar? Well, in the late '70s, BMW did indeed produce a supercar, the M1. Very few were made, and its development was fraught with delays, financial troubles, and moving goal posts.
It's such a shame that the M1 … Read more
Saying a Ferrari is special is like saying that chocolate is "nice" or that Germans are "efficient." That's a given. Of course a Ferrari is special; it's a car that comes from more precious lineage than the Thai royal family.
Each car is polished to within an inch of its life; Ferrari's engines are tuned to noisy perfection then thrashed to the ragged edge around Maranello's test track. They're more than merely "special" -- they're the epitome of a supercar. Every inch of them screams "I'M … Read more
With a name fit for a "Star Wars" droid, the Jaguar C-X75 boasts some out-of-this-world looks and seriously sexy specs. Jaguar engineers combined a 1.6-liter turbo supercharged four-cylinder engine (that delivers 502 horsepower) with two electric motors (390 horsepower) for a total output that exceeds 850 horsepower.
When the car's at a complete standstill, racers cranking the C-X75's seven-speed manual transmission can achieve 0-100 mph in less than six seconds. If that's not fast enough for you, the theoretical top speed of 220 mph should set you straight, or at least put you in the next county quite quickly. The C-X75's carbon composite chassis undoubtedly assists in creating a very light footprint. … Read more
When Britain's Salon Prive luxury car fair opens in September, visitors will get a chance to gawk at the Vencer Sarthe, a new hand-built supercar from the Netherlands. We're already planning to sneak in.
The Sarthe is one of many ridiculously crushworthy cars we wish we could afford, along with our recent fantasizing about $8 million gold speakers, luxury timepieces, and diamond-encrusted tablets and smartphones.
The Sarthe was named after the Circuit de la Sarthe course, a famed venue of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It has a 510-horsepower, 8-cylinder engine; six-speed manual gearbox; and a top speed of 202 mph. It can do 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds. … Read more
It's now more expensive to score a meeting with Tim Cook than to buy a brand-new Lamborghini Gallardo.
Bids for that meeting, which went on sale yesterday through charity bidding site Charitybuzz, were originally estimated at $50,000, but now stand at $210,000. They even reached $160,000 by the end of the first day.
The "power meeting," which promises half an hour with the CEO of the second most valuable company in the world, is part of a campaign to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. It's … Read more
When McLaren showed off its P1 supercar as a concept at last year's Paris Motor Show, I predicted it would have a similar engine to McLaren's other car, the MP4-12C. Turns out I was half right.
McLaren announced that the P1, which receives its production debut at the International Motor Show in Geneva the first week of March, will host not only a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8, but an electric drive motor as well.
I can that imagine someone at Lamborghini thinks that the Aventador's 700-horsepower split between all four wheels is probably enough power for one car. (And no, I don't agree with that person.) I assume this because rather than getting a nominal power bump for this model year's update, the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 gets a mile per gallon bump thanks to the addition of cylinder deactivation and idle stop-start technologies that allow the V-12 engine to instantaneously and momentarily make less power in the pursuit of using less fuel.
The Cylinder Deactivation System (CDS) works like this: … Read more