Exotic Cars

2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

Posted in Best of, European Rides, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, General, Lamborghini, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 24th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

John Davidson, host of MotorWeek, has been coming into our homes for over 30 years and bringing with him the latest and greatest in automotive news and reviews. Davidson is like that one great teacher you had in school. He’s the guy you listened to because his delivery was always spot on, and at days end you knew he was telling the truth. On this episode of MotorWeek a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 makes an appearance, a car that just about everyone on the planet earth lusts after.

Source: MotorWeek.com

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Jay Leno Previews The Zenvo ST-1

Posted in Cool Stuff, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Supercars, Top of the Heap, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 24th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Zenvo ST-1. Image: Gaurang Patkar

If I had to name one of the most expensive and powerful supercars you’ve probably never heard of, I’d likely choose the Zenvo ST-1. Designed to be a supercar you can still drive every day, the ST-1 boasts an 1100 horsepower V-8 and a price tag of $1.8 million. If you want one, you’d better act quickly, since only three Zenvo ST-1 50S models will be brought into the United States.

Since you’re probably tired of football by now, and about to slip into a tryptophan induced-coma from eating too much Thanksgiving turkey, enjoy the video from Jay Leno’s Garage below. It’s as close as most of us will ever come to seeing a Zenvo ST-1. Read More…

The History Of The Lexus LFA, In Six And A Half Minutes

Posted in Educational, Exotic Cars, Lexus, Supercars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 22nd, 2011 | 1 Response |

For the vast majority of us, the Lexus LFA is, was and always will be pure unobtanium. Love it or hate it, the $375,000 supercar is an example of what an automaker can do with a blank sheet of paper, an unlimited budget and an engineering staff that’s unwilling to compromise about any aspect of the program. Maybe because of it’s price or it’s rarity, it’s hard to get worked up about news relating to the LFA. It’s unlikely that Lexus will build a follow-up model, and most of us will never get a turn behind the wheel of one, so what’s the point? Read More…

Horatio Pagani Visits Jay Leno’s Garage, Brings A Huayra

Posted in Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Pagani, Supercars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 17th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Pagani Huayra. Image: Pagani Automobiles

Just in case you’re not up to speed on Italian supercars, let me sum it up like this: there’s Pagani, and then there’s everything else. Their Zonda R (which isn’t road legal) set a Nürburgring lap time of 6:47.50, besting the Ferrari 599XX in the process. Even their Zonda F Clubsport street car can lap the ‘Ring in 7:24.44, making it faster than a Ferrari Enzo. Unlike other supercars, which are mostly built by large companies owned by larger corporations, Paganis are built by hand, with a disturbing amount of time spent sweating the details. Read More…

Hennessey’s Venom GT Crosses The Pond

Posted in Cool Stuff, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | July 14th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

In preparation for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Hennessey Performance Engineering recently brought their 1,200 horsepower Venom GT to the UK for testing. The unholy marriage of a stretched Lotus Exige chassis and a tuned, 6.2-liter Chevy LS-2 V-8, the Venom comes with traction control and ABS, and that’s bout it for safety and stability systems. If that’s still too much, owners can turn off the traction control completely, although we’re not sure that’s a good idea in a 1,200 horsepower car that weighs just 2,700 pounds. Despite the impressive job of suspension tuning done by development driver John Heinricey (who also helped develop the Cadillac CTS-V and set the record Nürburgring lap), the Venom GT requires your full attention behind the wheel. Make a mistake, and the Venom GT is ready, willing and able to ensure it’s your last. Read More…

Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!

 

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Top 10 Supercars of the 1990’s

Posted in Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Featured, General, Other Rides, Rides by MrAngry | April 5th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

Bugatti EB110 SS

For many automotive enthusiasts seeing a true supercar in person can be a life changing experience. For example, I remember being completely blown away when I first laid eyes on a 1972 Lamborghini Miura. The car was simply stunning from every angle and over time, has influenced how I view cars today. Over the years supercars have not only become faster, but safer and more refined as well. It wasn’t until the 1990’s though that this un-obtainium breed of automobile really came into its own. Things like advanced turbocharging methods, enhanced suspension components and new safety features thrust the supercar into realms the world had never seen. These machines were also pivotal in setting the stage for how all future supercars would be judged. Their style and performance, although at times controversial, helped manufacturers push the limits of what was possible in road going street cars and in turn, helped automakers advance entire product lines. Even though some of these machines are going on 20 years old, that doesn’t change the fact that they are still the things that childhood dreams are made of. Click through for the “Top 10 Supercars of the 1990’s”.
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Bad News: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Is Sold Out

Posted in Bugatti, Car Buying, Exotic Cars by Kurt Ernst | March 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The Super Sport in blue carbon fiber. Yes, please.

If you’ve been diligently saving your lunch money and tax refunds to buy an uber-exclusive Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, I’ve got some bad news for you. Production of the $2.3 million supercar has sold out, and Bugatti won’t be making any more examples. The final production count was five of the black and orange “World Record Edition” Veyron, which was a little tacky for my own (highly refined) taste, plus another 25 of the ordinary Super Sport edition. This means that at least 30 people in the world have a serious car jones and more disposable income that you and I can ever hope to achieve. On the plus side, it’s likely that at least one owner is stepping up from a “base model” Veyron, which should give you the ability to bargain on the selling price if you can settle for a basic Veyron (just like everyone else owns). Read More…

It’s Official: We’re Getting The Pagani Huayra

Posted in Exotic Cars, Featured, Geneva Motor Show, Pagani by Kurt Ernst | February 16th, 2011 | 3 Responses |
2012 Pagani Huayra

The Pagani Huayra: funny name, fast car. Image: Pagani Automobili

Pagani’s follow up to the Zonda supercar is named for Huayra Tata, the “Father of Wind”, as worshipped by peoples in Bolivia and Peru prior to European settlement. The fact that the name is utterly unpronounceable in English won’t stop Pagani from brining it to the United States, and that’s a very good thing. A few Zondas made it to this side of the pond, but none were “officially” imported by Pagani. The Huarya represents Pagani’s first attempt at branding, marketing and selling cars on this side of the pond. Read More…

Forgotten Classic: 1967–1971 De Tomaso Mangusta

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, De Tomaso, Exotic Cars by MrAngry | January 21st, 2011 | 1 Response |

DeTomaso Mangusta

When most people hear the name De Tomaso, they immediately think of the Ford powered, mid-engined Pantera. Its sleek wedged shape design is timeless and with a blend of Italian style and American firepower under the hood, it’s thought by some to be one of the easiest of the classic super cars to own and operate. Unbeknown to some however, there was a predecessor to the flying wedge in the form of the De Tomaso Mangusta. The Mangusta is a car that made its debut in 1967 and is, in my opinion leaps and bounds ahead of the Pantera in terms of sheer looks and desirability. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the car looks like an organic cross between a manta-ray and a great white shark.
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