This is the new, second-generation Range Rover Sport, unveiled at the New York Auto Show.
While the first Sport – introduced in 2005 – was a tentative toe in the water for a second Range Rover model line, this new model forms the center of a three-model range, between Evoque and full-fat Range. At 4,850mm long it’s 62mm longer than the car it replaces but 149mm shorter than the new Range Rover, while its wheelbase has grown by 178mm to increase rear access – particularly important as there’s now the provision of a pair of occasional seats in a third row.
The Range Rover Sport comes in four versions and will set you back between $63,495 and $93,925. For the Range Rover Sport SE, which is the cheapest of the 4, you get a a 3-Liter Supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and for the top-of-the-line Range Rover Sport Autobiography you get a 5-Liter Supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower. At those prices, you’ll want a nice insurance package for your SUV.
Visually it also sits between its two siblings – less cartoonishly rakish in profile than the Evoque, yet with more beltline wedge and roof taper than the Range Rover. Its graphics follow the themes introduced on the other Range Rovers, with tail- and headlamps that bleed in the fenders and a new take on the fender air outlet, which here is accentuated by a feature line that flicks back into the door surface. The deep bodyside is partially alleviated by a light catcher half way down the doors, although models featuring painted lower body moldings appear quite heavy, something that also afflicts the Evoque.
As with the exterior there are few surprises inside, with now familiar IP architecture that is built around strong horizontal and vertical elements, but with a more reclined driving position than before (Sports Command Driving Position in marketing speak).
What better way to celebrate a storied past of racing heritage than unveil a quartet of paint-and-chrome, never-gonna-see-a-track-day Bugatti Veyron Centenaires at the uber-snooty Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este?he fraternal quadruplets are decked out in the colors of some of Bugatti’s most successful racers, who drove the legendary Type 35 to well over 2,000 wins during its decade of operation. The white one matches the car driven by Hermann zu Leiningen, blue for Jean-Pierre Wimille, Malcolm Campbell in green and Achille Varzi in red. No word on whether these examples will be for sale, but considering the ready market in the United Arab Emirates, we’d be shocked if they sat in the Bugatti headquarters for long.
Showing off the completed interior and exterior in one place for the first time, the super expensive Aston Martin One-77 won the design award for concept cars at Villa d’Este this weekend.The £1.2 million supercar is suffering from exchange rate fluctuation-itis. Back in March it would have cost you just $1.4 million freedom dollars, but now, with a stronger pound, one of the 77 7.3-liter, 700+ HP V12 Astons will set you back a whopping $1.75 million. Bet you wished you’d placed your order earlier, don’t you? Continue reading
Are you painfully introverted? Need a car to break out of your shell? It’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe time, and today we have a Supra that’ll turn you from shy to fly.
The Toyota Supra is an enigma among the brand’s models- it has an actual personality, and more flair than an entire Tchotchke’s franchise. A stock Supra might be enough to get you noticed by the dragons, but this ricer goes 5 steps further with a J-lo body kit and enough engine mods for a tire-shredding 635 Kiso. That heavily breathed upon 2JZ-GTE is backed up by sufficient TRD and other aftermarket parts to to keep you in acronyms for months, and the whole thing is backed up by a seller-claimed $85,000 in receipts. Some of those receipts will likely be for the paint job, which is as loud as we’d imagine that trashcan exhaust to be. This car is not for shrinking violets, or Q-ship captains, or witness protection stoolies. It’s loud and proud and could be the perfect Gran Turismo to fulfill your Need for Speed, no matter which Midnight Club you call your own.
So, is $43,995 a Nice Price for an in your face, lampshade on its head, life of the party, Supra? Or do you vote Crack Pipe for this too-much Toyota?
red gold SLR
When we saw the Red Gold SLR this morning, we had no idea its creator would become our new hero. He even keeps shots of his model girlfriend’s boobs on his gold-plated laptop. NSFW
Ueli Anlicker lives in Winznau, Switzerland where he own a museum devoted to his red and gold custom cars and motorcycles, a Thai restaurant, a disco club complete with Playstation 3, on which guests can play Formula One games, a café lounge, and his own modern art/design studio.Ueli Anlicker‘s first Ferrari was a 246 Dino, but he later owned a custom 550 HP Ferrari 512 BB that he once drove to 205 MPH, nearly making it the fastest car on earth. He also once built a 180 HP Honda CBX1000 that he also drove to 205 MPH.
The 2010 Chevy Corvette is keeping up with the Nissan GT-R with a “Launch Control” system on the entire range of manual transmission Vettes. Best part? Unlike the GT-R, it won’t void your warranty.
We’ve already seen the 2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport revealed at the 2010 Corvette seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, but that’s not the only thing Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter revealed. He also went into detail about the new Launch Control option — meant to optimize performance on a drag strip — that will be standard on all manual transmission 2010 Corvettes. The best part is unlike the Nissan GT-R launch control, this system won’t void your warranty if you use it. We like.
Basically, put the ‘Vette into competitive mode and the system will, based on the car you have — whether base coupe or ZR1 — when you put the throttle to the floor, it won’t redline, instead, it’ll hit a predetermined RPM level and then when you dump the clutch, you’ll take off. It’ll potentially help you get, on the Z06 for instance, a 3.65 second 0-to-60 time — an extra half-a-tenth of a second off the 3.7 second official 0-to-60 time on the Z06 — every single time. We really like.
Speaking of “really like” — it sounds as though, if you check out the second video, that Corvette fan-boys and Corvette engineers both heart Jalopnik as much as we heart the 2009 Corvette ZR1.
You don’t necessarily have to consign yourself to minivan hell when you have kids. Lamborghinis and Ferraris make for lovely ways to transport a growing family. Here’s how.On a lovely autumn day in 2006, I folded myself out of the back seat of my friend Larry’s Lamborghini Espada and had a revelation: I have just found the perfect family car.
Orosz, get your head out of the mushrooms, you might be thinking, the Espada is a 40-year-old Italian rustbucket, but see, it all makes sense. The car is Marcello Gandini’s trickiest design—the svelte coupé profile obscures two flawless, roomy back seats, either of which will accommodate my 6’2″ frame with ease. Fitting a child seat in there would be a walk in the park.
The Espada also makes a very pleasing noise, is not very expensive at around $40,000 for a driveable example and most importantly, it comes with a cubic mile of style. Based on my rudimentary knowledge of developmental neurophysiology, a child exposed to such a stylish means of transport in her formative years will develop impeccable taste. And a sense for the benefit of extreme speeds. Continue reading
A Lamborghini Murcielago rear-ended a much slower-moving Hyundai Sante Fe on Seattle’s I-5 freeway on Monday. Nobody was hurt, but we have the latest unfortunate coupling to add to the car sex archives.Nobody was injured in the accident, but we suspect the Sante Fe was stopped in morning traffic and the Lambo owner wasn’t paying attention, perhaps distracted by in-car entertainment. In any case, the automotive coupling will likely result in a Korean-Italian crossover with a FWD V12 and lumpy bodywork. The Lamborghini claims it was a late night at the bar when the two met, there were tequila shots involved and it doesn’t remember how it got into this situation.
Volkswagen, things with Bugatti are getting out of hand. Stop it! Inventing special editions like the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Centenaire, to be unveiled in commemorative colors, isn’t a substitute for building a new car.These colorful cars apparently commemorate the racing careers of Grand Prix drivers Jean-Pierre Wimille, Achille Varzi, Malcolm Campbell and Hermann Zu Leiningen, and mimic the livery of each respective driver’s car. These Centeniares will bow at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, likely to the sound of their owners hands clapping. We’re thinking the Veyron is beginning to seriously jump the shark with all these special editions. Something is wrong when news about one of the worlds most powerful and exclusive cars is tiresome and boring.
Absent since the C4′s demise, the Corvette Grand Sport is back for 2010, this time sporting wider Z06 bodywork, larger brakes and the option of either a Coupe or Convertible. Another commemorative sticker package? Not-so-much.
We know what you’re probably thinking and to be perfectly honest, we were thinking it too. This is not another commemorative package, nor is it a sticker package, instead the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is a bonafide performance package that will help to distinguish the different Corvette models even more so.
Chevrolet’s plan is to rid the lineup of the Z51 package Vettes, instead replacing it with a uniquely designed new Grand Sport model. Everything that you know and love about the Z51 will be here, but now, with the help of new Z06-derived bodywork you won’t be confused with those driving lesser base-model Vettes. Continue reading