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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport makes Asian market debut

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport made its premiere appearance in the Asian marketplace at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show earlier this week. The car currently present in Shanghai has already been purchased and is adorned in black carbon fiber and masterfully accentuated by polished and anodized aluminum lines and alloy wheels. The interior of the Super Sport features a two-tone design in "Snow Beige" and "Beluga Black.” The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the current holder in the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest production car in the world. It was able to achieve an incredible average top speed of 267.81 mph at Volkswagen’s proving grounds in the summer of 2010.

Veyron Super Sport China

Sitting next to the Super Sport at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show is a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport wearing customer-specific garb. A convertible version of the base Veyron 16.4, the Grand Sport features an open-top design and an umbrella-like canopy that can be placed overhead if rain is on its way. The car does come with a roof piece made of polycarbonate, but, unfortunately, it has to be stowed outside the car. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport at Shanghai is covered in matte white and highlighted by blue carbon fiber elements on the vehicle's lower section and blue-finished alloy wheels. With its easily viewed interior, the owner of this car decided on blue leather with white stitching to match the car’s exterior theme.

Veyron Grand Sport China

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 4/22/2011 at 6:38 AM
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Spyker C8 boasts 500 hp in special China model

Spyker is joining the special-edition-models-for-China game with the Spyker C8 Laviolette China Edition. Wearing bright orange paint and Dutch flag accents, the car’s 4.2-liter V-8 is said to develop 100 more horsepower for a new total of 500 (we guess the ZR1 motor was unavailable). The Chinese people will pay for the extra horsepower, literally. The car is priced at 4.8 million Yuan, or approximately $740,000.

[via AutoBlog.nl]

Spyker C8 China Edition

Spyker C8 China Edition

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 4/22/2011 at 4:39 AM
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Would you pay $68,000 for a Roll-Royce-inspired Mini Cooper?

Mini Inspired by Goodwood

Mini and Rolls-Royce have teamed up to create the Mini Inspired by Goodwood, a Mini Cooper with the type of lavish interior you would normally expect to find in a Rolls-Royce motor car. It may seem a bit bizarre that one of the most elite automobile brands in the world would team up with a low-budget brand like Mini, until you realize that both were most likely driven together by their parent-company BMW. Starting with a Mini Cooper S, Rolls-Royce has added its expertise to give the three-door hatchback a lavish interior with a few exterior upgrades.

Mini says the Mini Inspired by Goodwood features top-grade materials and a high level of workmanship. The dashboard and door-handle surfaces are finished in Walnut Burr, a wood that was formerly exclusive to Rolls-Royce. A black nappa leather dashboard, leather door linings, and Piano Black buttons on the steering wheel and center console provide additional accents. Floor mats with a deep-pile lamb-wool quality, another Rolls-Royce trademark, cover the floorboards. The exterior receives the Rolls-Royce treatment as well, with a Rolls-Royce exclusive Diamond Black metallic paint and 17-inch wheels sporting a multi-spoke design.

The Mini Inspired by Goodwood will cost 46,900 Euros, or approximately $68,000, and will be limited to 1,000 units. At first glance, paying $68,000 for a Mini Cooper may seem absurd. But is it any less absurd to pay $31,000 for the smaller and less powerful Aston Martin Cygnet? A product based off a Toyota. Maybe the Aston Martin Cygnet is the first in a new line of small low-budget automobiles that will carry some big brand names. If that is the case, the Mini Inspired by Goodwood’s only problem is that it doesn’t carry the Rolls-Royce moniker. Paying $68,000 for a Mini Cooper may be absurd to some, but paying the same for a new low-budget Rolls-Royce based off a Mini Cooper may have just the right amount of panache to do well.

Mini Inspired by Goodwood

Mini Inspired by Goodwood

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 4/14/2011 at 4:40 AM
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Geely redesigns Rolls-Royce Phantom clone

At the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show in China, a country where knockoffs are almost a part of life (you may remember GM alleged but could not prove a case of copyright infringement when Chery introduced its QQ, a near clone of GM’s Spark), a company named Geely showed a concept that was almost an exact replica of the Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, except it would use inferior parts and cost much less. Well, maybe Roll-Royce’s threats of legal action were enough for Geely to redesign its concept to be less of a Phantom clone.

Set to be unveiled at the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition is a new GE with a very different look. Gone is the squared face with a large upright grille and a Spirit of Ecstasy-like hood ornament. It has been replaced with a more curvaceous front end with a large round grille and headlamps that are no longer square and that now wrap around the front of the car. The back end was made to look less like the Phantom as well, although now it reminds us of a cross between a 7-series and an S-class. We will learn more after the official unveiling on April 23.

[via AutoCar.co.uk]

Geely GE Concept

This is not the first time that Geely has been accused of stealing someone's style. As you can see below the Geely Merrie 300 concept looks an awful like the old Mercedes C-class and Geely's Merry logo looks very similar to the one found at your local Toyota dealership.

Mercedes C-class v. Geely Merrie 300

Toyota logo v. Geely logo

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Posted on: 4/14/2010 at 3:53 AM
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Another ultra-luxury clone shown in China

A few weeks back we brought you the Chinese-produced Geely GE that looks like a long-lost twin brother to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Despite Rolls-Royce’s claims to be seeking legal action, another Chinese company has unveiled a car that is clearly inspired by a rival ultra-luxury manufacturer. Even some Bentley Flying Spur owners may confuse the Huatai C4 with their own car, nonetheless, the Huatai will cost hundreds of thousands less.

[via ChinaCarTimes]

 

 

Bentley Continental Flying Spur clone Bentley Continental Flying Spur clone

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Posted on: 5/13/2009 at 4:14 AM
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Bertone Mantide may see production

Bertone’s Design Director Jason Castriota did hint that at a run of 10 units maybe planned for the Mantide concept it showed at the Shanghai Auto Show . The Mantide is based off the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, using its 6.2-liter supercharged 638-hp V-8 to propel it to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 217 mph. The price tag for the supercar is approximately $2 million.

The car’s exterior is complex and perplexing from some angles, but it is all functional, and helps reduce drag and improve downforce. The back end is one area that seems to depart from what we have come to expect from a supercar; however, in a way, it reminds us of a Spada TS Codatronica (whose front bumper, we just noticed, looks a lot like the Lamborghini Estoque's). See more Bertone Mantide pictures here.

[via WorldCarFans]

Bertone Mantide:

Bertone Mantide

Spada TS Codatronica:

Spada CodatronicaSpada Codatronica

Lamborghini Estoque Concept:

Lamborghini Estoque Concept

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Posted on: 5/4/2009 at 5:27 AM
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Rolls-Royce may seek legal action against knockoff

Rolls-Royce Phantom clone

Usually reserved for the back streets of New York City, a knockoff was showed at the Shanghai Motor Show by the Chinese-manufacturer Geely. Called the GE and clearly inspired the Rolls-Royce Phantom sedan, the concept has obtained the attention of Rolls-Royce, in particular its legal team, which is considering action against the company. Unfortunately, although certain aspects—like the grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament—are protected, basic design might be harder to guard. Besides, hasn’t Kia been doing this for years?

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

kia Sorento Mercedes ML Kia Amanti Bentley Flying Spur

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Posted on: 4/24/2009 at 3:54 AM
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Shanghai shows upcoming Panamera, LP670-4, and more

Porsche unveiled the Panamera for the first time to the public at the Shanghai Auto Show. The car will be available with either a 400-hp naturally-aspirated V-8 or an optional 500-hp twin-turbocharged V-8 when it goes on sale on October 17, 2009; a V-6 and hybrid model should show up a year or two down the road. The naturally-aspirated engine will be available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The forced-induction Panamera Turbo will come standard with all-wheel drive. A 7-speed Porsche PDK transmission will be stock on all models.

Porsche Panamera Shanghai

Also at the Shanghai Auto Show, Jaguar introduced more details on the upcoming redesigned XJ. Like the previous generation, the new XJ will utilize an aluminum frame to save weight and increase both fuel mileage and performance. Available engines will include the new 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. Unlike previous redesigns, which have stayed unreasonably close to their predecessors since 1968, the new XJ looks like it will take a dramatic step in a new styling direction; at least that is what the one photo Jaguar released leads us to believe.

Jaguar XJ Shanghai

Rolls-Royce was also in attendance, revealing the production name of “Ghost” for its baby 200EX concept. In the same spirit as the Phantom, which comes in a variety of body configurations, the Ghost will make its debut with four doors, but may lose two doors, its top, or both in the future.

“This car will be the first in a new generation of models to carry this evocative name and will give us two pinnacle product lines - Phantom and Ghost.” Said Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Shanghai

The Lamborghini display took the wraps off the Murcielago LP670-4 SV for the first time live.

Lamborghini LP670-4 Shanghai

[via Jalopnik and eGMCarTech]

 


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