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First look at Icon's reinterpreted Bronco

Icon Bronco

Icon sent us a couple photos of its reinterpreted 1966–1977 Ford Bronco, and we must admit that we are so far impressed with the concept. With the support of Ford Motor Company, including the help of Ford GT-designer Camilo Pardo, the project’s focus has been to modernize the classic American SUV while retaining its spirit. Icon even went as far as to access the truck’s original blueprints (something we hear required quite a few hours from Ford employees to find because they literally had to sort through old archives) to stay true to the original's basic form. Shoe-company Nike even assisted Icon on the design of the new Bronco, sending over a ten-person team comprising some of its top designers, engineers, and fabricators from various divisions.

Ford also helped Icon engineer the new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, currently found in the new Mustang GT and Ford F-150, into the Bronco. It produces 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque for relatively speedy acceleration while still returning above-average fuel economy of 25 mpg (speed and fuel economy are two attributes that other Icon products are not know for doing well). The Coyote engine is connected to a five-speed manual transmission and powers all four wheels through a part-time 4x4 transfer case.

Like the Ford GT, the interior of the Bronco will feature a classic design in a contemporary package.

The car will launch with a limited-edition numbered-and-signed series of ten Broncos. Icon has already pre-sold the first five, the first of which will be debuted in Las Vegas at the SEMA show in November. With its reinterpreted Bronco design, current powertrain, and the company’s tough-as-nails reputation and craftsmanship, we believe the newest Icon SUV should be a big success.

Icon Bronco

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Posted on: 8/30/2011 at 3:00 AM
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Aston's V-12 Zagato to appear at Frankfurt

2012 Aston Martin V-12 Vagato

The new Aston Martin V-12 Zagato production car will be appearing at the Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and V-8 Vantage S.

The car pictured is one of the two that will be on display. It features a classy green finish and a full aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, rear diffuser, and large spoiler. The car, nicknamed "Zig" by the factory team, was outfitted to compete on Nurburgring.

Based on the V-12 Vantage and wearing handcrafted aluminum and carbon fiber body panels, the Aston Martin V-12 Zagato has been cleared for a limited production run beginning in the second half of 2012. Squeezing in between the flagship One-77 and the DBS, the V-12 Zagato will be priced at £330,000 or approximately $528,000. Limited to 150 units and being sold on a first-come first-served basis, the V-12 Zagato is the work of Italian coachbuilder Zagato and pays homage to the 1961 DB4GT Zagato.

2012 Aston Martin V-12 Vagato

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/26/2011 at 3:51 AM
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Arrinera releases new pics, specs and details of merger with Noble's Fenix

Arrinera Automotive has released new pictures, some initial specifications, and more production information on its first supercar, which will be called the Arrinera.

With its initial computer-generated images, some speculated that the Poland-based company’s first supercar was nothing more than a designer’s dream. That idea was turned on its head when pictures and a video of the car on public roads surfaced and a big name in the automotive arena was dropped. Lee Noble has an extensive resume. His work on the Ultima MkI sparked the interest of McLaren, which then used two Ultima chassis in the development of the F1. Lee Noble went on to create Noble Automotive, which produced the M12 sports car. In 2006, he sold the company and started Fenix Automotive.

The Arrinera is the latest project to incorporate his name. Although he reportedly owns a modest five-percent stake, he is responsible for the supercar’s design and technical aspects. Fenix and Arrinera plan to unite once Arrinera purchases a 50 percent stake in Fenix in the third quarter of 2011. With the upcoming Arrinera and Fenix sports cars under its belt, Arrinera intends to build a small group of supercar companies to form a strong position in the low-volume exotic-car segment.

Follow the jump to read more about the 2013 Arrinera and its merger plans.

2013 Arrinera

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/25/2011 at 9:30 AM
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New York Times compares duPont REGISTRY's classifieds to a dictator's garage

A article posted by the New York Times showing a picture of a Libyan rebel pushing a heavily customized Fiat 500 has the article's writer comparing the overthrown-dictator’s garage to the duPont REGISTRY’s classified ads! Follow the jump for the picture and story.

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Posted on: 8/25/2011 at 5:45 AM
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Ferrari 458 Italia Spider video

Ferrari is going to unveil more details on the 458 Spider today. In the meantime, we have video of the top in action! The 458 Italia Spider will feature a flip top like the one found on the Ferrari 575 Superamerica. Unlike the Superamerica, the top will be stored under a tonneau cover. It is a simple way to convert a closed coupe into a convertible without adding a lot of weight.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/23/2011 at 5:22 AM
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AMS is the first tuner to break the 8-second quarter-mile barrier with Nissan GT-R

With its Alpha 12 package, AMS Performance has become the first tuner to break the eight-second quarter-mile barrier in a Nissan GT-R. On July 26, 2011, AMS took its in-the-works and already record-breaking Alpha 12 package back to the track for a few more quarter-mile runs in optimum weather. The result was an 8.95-second quarter-mile blast with a trap speed of 169.49 mph. That’s 0.1 of a second quicker and 2.83 mph faster than its previous record-setting sprint.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/19/2011 at 7:11 AM
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Official 2012 Porsche 911 photos

2012 Porsche 991 911 C2S

Photos of the new 2012 Porsche C2S have hit the Internet before their official release next month. It is no big secret that a redesigned 911 will appear in 2012. Porsche has been teasing us with camouflaged videos and photos, while waiting for the first day of September to release the first official photos followed up by a live preview at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Its plan have been derailed (we now wonder if it will release the photos early) by a Spanish forum that was able to get its hands on some of the official photography.

2012 Porsche 991 911 C2S

We doubt the styling of the new 991 911 is as polarizing as the blogs want you to think. Sure, it looks like the current-generation 911 but so did every generation before it. Besides, the changes are more than skin deep. The 991’s wheelbase stretches four inches farther than its predecessor but overall length has only grown by two inches. This means that the front and rear overhangs are shorter and the engine sits more mid than rear compared to the 997. Rear legroom has also increased and the A-pillar has been pushed forward and thus has a stronger rake. Despite being bigger, the 991 weighs less than the 997 due to extensive use of aluminum.

Under the rear hood, the base engine shrinks in size from 3.6 to 3.4 liters but power is up five for an even 350 hp. The 3.8-liter engine’s reworked internals in the S model help it produce 15 more horses for a total of 400. Power will run through the seven-speed PDK transmission or a new seven-speed manual unit.

2012 Porsche 991 911 C2S

Altogether, the 991 is reportedly 12–15 percent more efficient. Part of this increase is because the car’s hydraulic power steering has been replaced with electric unit. Porsche says feedback won’t be affected but every Porschephile in the room should be worried that the 911’s nearly telepathic steering has been altered.

2012 Porsche 991 911 C2S Interior

The Turbo and C4 models will continue in current 997 guise for 2012 and return in new 991 form post-2012. The GTS, Black Edition, and 918 Spyder Edition variants will be available as well. If history tells us anything about the future, which it always has a way of doing, the 991 will be available with all-wheel drive in 2013, Turbo and GT3 trims by 2014, and in GT2 trim by 2015.

2012 Porsche 991 911 C2S Interior

[via Motor Trend and SoloPorsche.com]

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/18/2011 at 3:24 AM
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Arrinera Venocara: Poland's Lamborghini-look-alike supercar

Arrinera Venocara

With its rip-off Lamborghini styling and initial computer-generated images, some speculated that Poland-based Arrinera’s first supercar was nothing more than a blunder waiting to happen. That idea was turned on its head when pictures and a video of the car on public roads surfaced and a big name in the automotive arena was dropped. Lee Noble has an extensive resume. His work on the Ultima MkI sparked the interest of McLaren, which then used two Ultima chassis in the development of the F1. Noble went on to create Noble Automotive, which produced the M12 sports car. In 2006, he sold the company and has since gone on to start Fenix Automotive. The Arrinera is the latest project to incorporate his name, although he reportedly owns a modest 5 percent stake.

Arrinera Venocara

Arrinera Automotive SA’s first vehicle, the Venocara, will be available as both a coupe and roadster. The car is powered by the ZR1’s 6.2-liter V-8 creating 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. The mid-mounted engine mostly likely powers the rear wheel through GM’s six-speed manual transmission. Ceramic disc brakes are responsible for stopping the car.

The body is constructed entirely from carbon fiber and Kevlar composites and is accented by 19-inch rims at the front axle and 20-inch rims at the rear. Access to the Arrinera is through Lamborghini doors, fitting considering the look of the car. Arrinera says inspiration for the car’s design comes from the radar-evading stealth fighter aircraft. However, there is no denying the Lamborghini styling cues, which, to name just a few, include an Reventon-esque front end, Gallardo-like rear intakes, and vents ahead of the rear wheels that are similar to those on the Murcielago.

Arrinera Venocara

Arrinera asserts that the cabin will be adorned in only the finest handcrafted leather and carbon fiber and highlighted with aluminum trim. The Venocara also includes a thermal imaging camera that scans the road ahead and displays any items of a higher temperature on a central display.

Arrinera hopes the Venocara will make its way into production by late 2012.

Arrinera Venocara

[via Veno and Arrinera]

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Posted on: 8/11/2011 at 5:24 AM
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Pagani Huayra denied U.S. access

In a blow to Pagani, the U.S. government has denied a petition for exemption from provisions set forth by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, specifically its advanced-air-bag requirements. Pagani made the request for the exemption, stating that otherwise it would endure substantial financial hardship. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied the request because it believes small manufacturers now have better access to such technologies since the rule was first put into place. It notes that Spyker and Lotus, who also have exemptions pending, are trying to develop the airbags in-house or are currently working with suppliers to gain access to such systems.

With access to the U.S., Pagani was hoping to increase sales to 35–45 a year with 6–12 of that being from the United States. In its petition, Pagani estimates it would make 5,398,000 euros (approximately $7,693,229) in net income during the period of 2011–2014 without the exemption, compared to 8,613,000 euros (approximately $12,275,247) in net income during the same period if an exemption were granted. Pagani insists that without the exemption, it could not obtain the required air bags (and thus enter the U.S.) until 2015. Pagani was also hoping to increase production, which is currently capped out at 25 units a year. It had plans to expand its production capacity to 50–60 units per year worldwide with the capital it would take in by selling cars on U.S. soil.

The NHTSA started requiring advanced air bags in 2000 to improve the protection for occupants of all sizes, belted and unbelted, in moderate-to-high-speed crashes and to minimize the risks posed by air bags to infants and children in low-speed crashes.

[via Regulations.gov via Jalopnik]

Pagani Huayra

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Posted on: 8/9/2011 at 7:14 AM
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Lotus says farewell to the Elise and Exige with Final Edition models

Due to Toyota's discontinuance of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder 2ZZ engine, the Lotus Elise and Exige will no longer be available in North America (although it will continue in other markets). Lotus is saying farewell to the Exige and Elise for North America with three limited Final Edition vehicles.

Lotus will say goodbye to the Elise with 15 Elise SC Final edition models. It features matte black details on the exterior and interior, a high level of standard equipment, and a base price of $57,500.

2011 Lotus Elise SC Final Edition

The Final Edition Exige models will be available in two basic color flavors: a Matte Black Final Edition and every-other-color S260 Final Edition. The Exige Matte Black Final Edition is equipped with the S260’s supercharged and intercooled 257-hp engine but wears an exclusive matte black paint finish and comes equipped with black Alacantara sport seats. It will be limited to 25 units at a base price of $69,900.

2011 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition

The 30 Exige S260 Final Edition units will come in the full array of Lotus exterior colors and be priced from $67,500.

Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition

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Posted on: 8/8/2011 at 3:25 AM
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