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13 youths nabbed for racing $2-million worth of exotics

Thirteen youths racing a dream list of exotics cars on public roads outside of Vancouver, Canada, had their vehicles confiscated by police and were ticketed for Driving without Reasonable Consideration, a $196 fine. At approximately 3:30 in the afternoon on August 31, the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received multiple calls about a convey of high-end vehicles driving at extremely high rates of speed. Witnesses reported that vehicles were traveling at speeds up to 124 mph and were slowing traffic to allow room to race.

The cars include an Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 599, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, three Lamborghini Gallardos, three Nissan GT-Rs, and two Maserati GranTurismos. The collection of cars has an estimated worth of more than $2-million dollars.

All the persons ticketed were under 21 years of age; six still had their N, or novice, license. The youths had their cars impounded for seven days as RCMP pursues further charges. The most significant charge under the Civil Forfeiture Act would allow the province to seize the vehicles and sell them as profit, but it is doubtful there is enough evidence. The ticket will cost $196 and the accompanying six penalty points trigger a $300 premium. The young adults are also responsible for the towing and storage costs, which are estimated at $350 each.

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Lamborghini and Mercedes SLS impounded by the RCMP

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New photos of the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

GranTurismo Convertible Sport front

The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport, which is known as the GranCabrio Sport outside of North America, went on sale this summer as a 2012 model. Following a recent press event, Maserati has released a number of new (and real) photos. Follow the jump to view all the pictures.

GranTurismo Convertible Sport rear

GranTurismo Convertible Sport interior

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India gets luxury marques and plenty of sticker shock

Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin have all recently announced that they will open new showrooms in two of India’s wealthiest and most populated cities. Unfortunately, at least for the rich people that reside there, the cost of luxury is much higher in India. Federal taxes on imported cars are more than 100 percent of the car’s retail price. Despite some sticker shock that could nauseate some wealthy Americans, India’s growing wealth equals a great opportunity for these luxury marques.

Lamborghini has held a stake in India since 2006, when Exclusive Motors started importing cars into the country, specifically into the city of Delhi. The dealership in Delhi will now compete against a new dealership in Mumbai from AutoHangar, which owns the principle Mercedes-Benz dealer in the same city. The two dealerships will contend for the 8–10 Aventadors that Lamborghini has reserved for the country. The new Lambo flagship will fetch approximately 40,000,000 Indian rupees, or a face-slapping $900,000.

Lamborghini Aventador

Unlike Lamborghini, this is Aston Martin’s first push into the country’s luxury marketplace. Aston Martin held a ceremony just days ago to celebrate plans for two new dealerships to be run by Infinity Group. The entire Aston Martin range except the Cygnet will be up for grabs through dealers in Mumbai and Delhi. Like the cars from Lamborghini, prices may shock some Americans. For example, the Aston Martin Vantage will fetch 13,500,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $305,000; the new four-door Rapide’s price will equate to nearly $500,000; and the rare One-77 will cost 200,000,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $4,520,000.

Like its competitors, Ferrari hopes to be selling news cars out of Delhi and Mumbai in the very near future. Unfortunately, its range will cost just as much: a California will cost 22,270,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $500,000; a 458 Italia will run 25,660,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $580,000, and the 599 GTB will require 33,710,000 Indian rupees, or nearly $760,000. The cars will be offered through the Shreyans group, which will also be working with Ferrari’s sister brand, Maserati, to bring the GranTurismo, Quattroporte, and GranCabrio to India this year.

India, like China, experienced massive GDP growth in 2008 and 2009 when other parts of the world went into decline. As a result, the number of high-net-wealth individuals—individuals with investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables, and consumer durables—grew by nearly 51 percent.

[via Wall Street Journal, AutoCar India, Indian Cars Bikes, and World Wealth Report 2010]

Ferrari FF

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Part of Rothstein's exotic car collection to go to auction

Scott Rothstein was able to use his position as a lawyer to coax millions of dollars out of people that trusted him. The man known for wearing and driving in only the best, Rothstein is now awaiting sentencing in what has turned out to be a $1.4-billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein’s sentencing is June 9, 2010, where he faces up to 100 years in prison. In the meantime, ten of Rothstein’s cars, only a small part of his exotic car collection, will be going up for auction on June 3, 2010, to give back some of the money to those he swindled.

Among the cars to go up for auction that day are a 2008 Bugatti Veyron, two red Ferrari 430 Spiders (a 2006 and a 2008), a 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 SV, a white 2009 Bentley Continental GTC, a red and black 1967 Corvette, a yellow 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster, 2008 Cadillac Escalade, a blue 2009 Maserati GranTurismo, and a 2007 Ford Expedition limo.

If now of these vehicles perk your interest, we are still awaiting a 1990 Ferrari F40, a silver 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2008 Mercedes-Benz S65, and a couple boats to go up for auction.

[via Sun Sentinel and Rick Levin Auctions]

Rothstein Exotic Car Auction

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GranCabrio to be named GranTurismo Convertible in the United States

We previously showed you the GranTurismo Convertible when Maserati was referring to it as the GranCabrio. It seems now that GranCabrio will be the car’s name everywhere but North America.

Maserati did confirm that the topless GranTurismo will be powered by the 4.7-liter V-8 found in the GranTurismo S and making 433 hp. Zero-to-60 mph should require a scant 5.3 seconds and top speed will drop a little to 176 mph. The car offers the longest wheelbase in its segment to provide plenty of legroom for four and will provide the same amount of trunk space with the top both up and down.

[via Maserati]

Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

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Posted on: 10/16/2009 at 9:04 AM
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Maserti picks America’s best garages, real and imaginary

Maserati North America, partnered with Architectural Digest, has ended its search for the finest garages in the United States. The competition consisted of two categories: existing garages and concept garages.

The winner of the existing garage is Holger Schubert of Los Angeles, California. The space is located on the upper level of a 1953 ranch-style home and includes a slide-away LCD TV, built-in bookshelf, a storage room, small kitchen, bathroom, and library. The aluminum grating where the car is parked doubles as a ramp that raises the car by 5 inches, allowing the car to roll out before being started.

Maserti real garage winner

The winner of the concept garage is Chris Altman of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. As you would expect, the goal with the concept was to redefine the notion that a garage is a place for storage to a place where the focus is on the automobile.

Maserati concept garage winner

Read more about the winners’ garages and see all of the entries at DesignDriven.us.


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Maserati to introduce GranTurismo Spyder

Maserati plans to unveil a spyder (read: convertible) version of its GranTurismo sports coupe at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor show in September. The new car will come with the 4.3-liter 405-hp engine found in the base GranTurismo; no word yet if it will be available with the 4.7-liter 440-hp V-8 found in the GranTurismo S. Unlike its Ferrari California and Mercedes SL competition, the GranTurismo Spyder will come with a ragtop.

[via Car and Driver]

Maserati GranTurismo Spyder

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Posted on: 5/6/2009 at 5:12 AM
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Geneva Motor Show showcases a limited-edition Veyron and more

The Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire is just one of the new models introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Unlike what was rumored, the special-edition Veyron will neither come with a more powerful engine nor set a new record for top speed of a production car. However, it does lose approximately 220 lbs. compared to the standard Veyron and comes with a nice matte-blue paint job. Expect an astronomical asking price.

Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire

Maserati showcased a new automatic version of its GranTurismo coupe. The 6-speed automatic is coupled to a 440-hp 4.7-liter V-8.

Maserati GranTurismo Automatic

The Audi TT is now edging into real-sports-car territory with its TT-RS. The newest Audi is powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine producing 340 horsepower; zero-to-60 mph should require only a swift 4.5 seconds.

Audi TT-RS

The Gumpert Apollo Speed made its live debut in a unsightly aqua-blue paint job. You can read more about the Speed here.

Gumpert Apollo

On the other hand, the track-ready Pagani Zonda R was looking particularly menacing in its matte-black color. Read more about the upcoming track master here.

Pagani Zonda R

The Aston Martin One-77 utilizes a hand-crafted aluminum body coupled to a 700-hp 6.0-liter V-12 to drive it into the ultra-exotic car category.

Aston Martin One-77 teaser


Maserati teases with MC Corse concept

Maserati has released images and some information about the GranTurismo MC Corse concept, which will be revealed, in the flesh, at the Paris Auto Show. The car was developed specifically as a track car. It utilizes the same 4.7-liter V-8 that you can find in the GranTurismo S but, via a new intake, catalytic converters, and exhaust system, the car will make somewhere near 450 hp.

The car’s looks are not only impressive but functional. The aerodynamically-enhanced body kit includes a new front splitter, rear spoiler, and rocker panels. To keep the car glued to the road, the suspension and tires have also been upgraded. See more Maserati MC Corsa pictures here.

[via Autoblog]

Maserati GranTurismo MC Corse Concept

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