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Dad teaches son how to drive in a Ferrari

Teenage drivers can be scary. A teenage driver behind the wheel of a high-performance exotic can be deadly. But maybe there is an argument to learning to drive and even taking your driving test in a powerful car. One teen in London may be doing just that after he underwent driving lessons behind the wheel of a 202-mph 562-hp Ferrari 458 Italia. The boy's instructor, his father, is also mostly likely the car's owner. The car wore an L-plate, a square white plate bearing a large red “L” that must be placed at both the front and back of a vehicle with a learner driver behind the wheel. As the video shows, it attracted plenty of spectators with camera phones.

[via DailyMail.co.uk]

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/30/2011 at 5:51 AM
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August's cover highlights 2012 Bentley Continental Supersports ISR

2012 Bentley ISR Supersports Convertible

Odds are you, unlike Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen, will never have the need to charge across a frozen body of water at 205 miles per hour, but owning one of the limited edition Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR models because you can makes sense to us.

With production limited to a mere 100 cars worldwide, what Bentley calls the “most potent and radically styled Bentley convertible ever” is the perfect icebreaker for cocktail party conversations.

Kankkunen’s all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6.0-liter 12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible streaked across the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland last February at 205.48 miles per hour to eclipse his own record of 199.83 miles per hour set in a 2007 Continental GT.

world rally champion Juha Kankkunen

Apart from special tires, aerodynamic aids and a rollcage for safety, the commemorative ISR edition is very similar to Kankkunen’s record-breaking ride. With 631 horses packed into its twin-turbo engine, making it the most powerful Bentley ever, and flowing to all four wheels through its Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, the Supersports ISR catapults to 60 miles per hour from a stop in 3.8 seconds and reaches 100 miles per hour in 9.5 seconds.

2012 Bentley ISR Supersports Convertible’s long road

Bentley explains the power boost as a combination of freer-breathing intake ducts, intercooler system, and exhaust. And all this added oomph can be enjoyed guilt-free as the engine can run on gasoline or E85 bio-ethanol or any combination thereof. This FlexFuel technology checks in with a well-to-wheels reduction of up to 70 percent in CO2 emissions.

The ISR stops as impressively as it goes thanks to large diameter carbon ceramic brake discs with eight-piston calipers in front.

2012 Bentley ISR Supersports Convertible stopping

The Ice Speed Record Supersports may be a hot performer, but when it comes to distinctive styling it is, as you would expect, definitely cool. The three-ply convertible top has a grey acrylic fiber exterior layer that gives it a semi-metallic appearance. There are three exterior color choices including Beluga and Quartzite, but Arctica White stands out as our favorite.

The Continental Supersports Convertible ISR features boldly distinctive touches deserved of a special performance model. These include vibrant red painted spokes with a contrasting diamond-turned metallic finish for its 20-inch wheels, red accent trim on the hood vents, and red racing stripes on the lower sills.

2012 Bentley ISR Supersports Convertible

Interior touches include high-gloss carbon fiber with a red weave to cover the dashboard, center console, and headliner. The seats and door panels have red piping with red stitching featured throughout the rest of the interior.

Only 100 Supersports ISR models will roll off the production floor at Crewe, but it’s only part of the excitement Bentley has on tap for 2012. The latest rendition of the Continental GT coupe carries on the neo-iconic styling of the previous generation that debuted in 2003 with a bolder and crisper look that further defines the character lines influenced by the original 1950s era R-Type Continental. With cars like the 2012 Supersports ISR and 2012 Continental GT (mistakenly referred to as a 2011 by most media outlets, including us), and with all due respect to Woolf Barnato and his pals, now might be the best time of all to be a Bentley Boy—on land or frozen sea.

Bentley’s Ice Speed Record team

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Posted on: 6/29/2011 at 5:09 AM
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Driving the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup front

The road-going version recently led to the early demise of Ryan Dunn, best known for his role on Jackass. Alcohol is no doubt a part of that story but one often-unmentioned aspect is the extreme nature of even the non-track 911 GT3. It’s a race-ready 435-hp rear-wheel-drive beast with a miniscule curb weight of 3,200 pounds. Drunk or not, going 130 mph in a car that can easily bite back is best suited for the track.

This is where the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, comes into play. It offers everything from one-day beginner-level "Precision" classes to three-day "Masters Plus" programs to better acquaint owners, both new and old alike, to their powerful rides. The most advanced course is the GT3 Cup Experience.

Michael Harley of Autoblog recently signed up for the two-day $10,000 GT3 Cup Experience to…well…experience the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. As he noted, “While that's hardly chump change, the cost includes track time with the 911 Turbo, GT3 street car, and GT3 Cup racecar—an immensely impressive trio with a combined worth of about half-a-million dollars.”

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup interior

The GT3 Cup is actually based off the GT3 RS road car. The two share a 450-hp 3.8-liter engine but the Cup car has nearly 400 less pounds to move. The engine is connected to a race-bred six-speed sequential gearbox that requires a small pull of the tall gearbox lever for upshifts but doesn’t require the driver to press the clutch or even lift off the throttle. A height-adjustable suspension with dual coil springs and Sachs gas-pressure fixed-position dampers sit at all four corners. The brakes are made up of 15-inch rotors clamped by six-piston calipers at the front and 14-inch rotors clamped by four pistons at the rear. Massive slicks dwell under the flared fenders, especially the rear, which features a 1.73-inch wider body compared to the previous GT3 Cup car.

So what’s it like to drive? Follow the link to find out.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup rear

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/22/2011 at 2:12 PM
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Fisker looking for 120 employees for Delaware plant to build Nina cars

Fisker Automotive is looking to hire 120 employees between now and February 2012 to work its Wilmington, Delaware, plant on its first Project Nina vehicle, a mid-size premium sedan that should roll off the assembly line at the end of 2012. The initial group of hires will be engineers, electro-mechanical technicians, and production workers.

The Delaware plant, purchased from General Motors in the summer of 2010 for $18 million, will build up to four plug-in hybrid vehicles once it is fully up and running. These vehicles include the aforementioned premium sedan, a coupe, an SUV, and a convertible version of the Fisker Karma called the Karma Sunset.

This news follows the recent expansions at Fisker’s Global Headquarters in Anaheim, California. The company has quadrupled from 50 in January 2010 to 200 in January 2011. By the end of June, it will have increased to 300. Despite the increase in workforce, the Karma sedan was recently delayed once again. Fisker currently plans to achieve full production of the Karma by the second half of 2011 with deliveries to all current deposit holders before 2012.

Fisker Karma Sunset

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Posted on: 6/22/2011 at 8:32 AM
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Driven: 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge

2012 Fiat 500C Lounge

Fiat is celebrating its return to North America with the 500 (preferred pronunciation is “Cinquecento”), a small city car that will compete directly with the Smart Fortwo and the Aston Martin Cygnet. It is the first Italian automobile offered in North America for less than six figures since Alfa Romeo left our shores in the 90s. The car pays homage to the original 500, which was mass produced from 1957 to 1975 with more than three million examples made (For comparison, Chevy produced a similar number of Camaros in its first 18 years). Fiat revived the car in 2007 and it has celebrated success with more than 500,000 Fiat 500s sold in more than 80 countries. That’s everywhere in the world except North America, which Fiat hopes will change with the 2012 Fiat 500 and 500C.

Our test vehicle was the 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge. The “C” stands for Cabrio and Lounge is the more upscale option next to the Pop submodel. Lounge adds, among other things, an automatic transmission as standard and items like chrome trim, side moldings, and 15-inch alloy wheels to better accentuate the exterior design. Not that the exterior design needs any help in grabbing people’s attentions; the Fiat 500C garnished stares and gawkers everywhere it went.

Follow the link to read the whole 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge review.

2012 Fiat 500C Lounge rear

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/21/2011 at 8:31 AM
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Porsche web site showing 2012 prices

We don’t know when the switch occurred, but the Porsche web site converted to 2012 prices recently. Prices for the 911s, Caymans, and Boxsters remain the same. Prices are up a smidge for the Panamera: $800 for the base car, $900 for the Panamera 4, $500 for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and $1,400 for the Panamera Turbo. Prices for the Cayenne underwent a similar hike: $500 for the base Cayenne with either transmission, $600 for the Cayenne S, $1,300 for the Cayenne S Hybrid, and $1,100 for the Turbo.

Porsche Cayenne lineup goes up in price for 2012

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Posted on: 6/17/2011 at 4:32 AM
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Four decades later, the 1969 Camaro once again reigns supreme

1969 S/S Extreme Camaro 540 front

Steve White and Steve Keech founded S/S Motorsports of Sarasota, Florida, about six years ago. It is dedicated to restoring and building muscle cars with coach-built, concourse-quality construction and extreme performance. How extreme? It defines extreme as the capability to hustle through a quarter-mile in less than 10.5 seconds; we’d call that extreme too.

It mandates two other important distinctions about the vehicles that roll out of its 15,000-square-foot facilities. They must be fuss-free pro-tour quality, which means no ill-mannered drag-strip divas. Lastly, a rust-free, muscle-car-era survivor would be required for the foundation. S/S will never cut corners in building its machines, which rules out ever using a reproduction body.

An excellent example is its white 705-hp 1969 Camaro. A car that takes the basic Extreme package, which includes a 540-cubic-inch V-8 with 600 hp and four-barrel carburetors, to, well, the extreme, by substituting a 565-cubic-inch motor that pumps out north of 700 horses. Computer-controlled direct port fuel injection qualifies it as a resto mod, a very popular build that combines classic looks with modern performance technology. Like all S/S cars, it is built to operate flawlessly on pump gas.

1969 S/S Extreme Camaro 540 engine

All this power travels to the pavement via a Tremec five-speed manual transmission, Mosier rear end with 3.73 gears, and a set of sticky 335/35R-18 drag radial tires. The tires wrap around 18-inch Budnik Billet wheels. Baer four-wheel power disc brakes are ready to slow down the fast herd of ponies when necessary.

Inside is a full leather interior with custom dash and gauges, modern Vintage air conditioning system, and AM/FM/CD/iPod audio system. Exterior appointments include a fiberglass stinger hood and custom PPG Concours paint with S/S striping.

1969 S/S Extreme Camaro 540 interior

Each Extreme Camaro is built to suit the customer’s desired specs and preferences. Prices start at $149,995 for the base Extreme Package.

1969 S/S Extreme Camaro 540

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Posted on: 6/15/2011 at 8:46 AM
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Just arrived: 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge

2012 Fiat 500C Lounge front

The latest automobile left in our care is the 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge. The “C” stands for Cabrio and Lounge is the more upscale option next to the Pop submodel. Lounge adds, among other things, an automatic transmission as standard and items like chrome trim, side moldings, and 15-inch alloy wheels to better accentuate the exterior design.

The retractable dual-layer cloth top resides between two parallel beams that connect the A-, B-, and C-pillars. As the top retracts, it automatically forms stacks that end in one of two positions: at the top of the rear window or all the way down to the top of the trunk lid. It is an innovative approach to creating an open-top car without sacrificing the structural strength and safety of such a small auto.

2012 Fiat 500C Lounge top open

The eccentric styling of the exterior turns to outright Italian flair inside. Our test car is equipped with the ivory and bright red interior that is only available with the Bordeaux convertible top on the 500C. It is an airy cabin with simple layout and well-organized controls. It features upright chairs to better hold four. The backseats are of a decent size; however, once seated, we immediately noticed the rear headrests protrude too far in, causing it to stick into the backs of even our medium-height testers. The backseats fold flat to provide extra space for luggage. You may need that extra space because the trunk is a small cavity at the back of the car that will get your groceries home but not much more.

2012 Fiat 500C Lounge rear

Stay tuned for more about the Fiat 500C.

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Posted on: 6/15/2011 at 4:43 AM
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Driven: 2011 Nissan Maxima

2011 Nissan Maxima front

Nissan trademarked the term “4-Door Sports Car” for the Maxima and refers it as having the “soul of a sports car with the practicality of a sedan.” Normally, this time of marketing pitch fails to truly exemplify the product, but with the 2011 Maxima, we think Nissan may have actually hit the nail on its head. The Nissan Maxima features out-of-the-pack styling, a powerful 290-hp V-6 engine, sophisticated CVT transmission, nimble handling, and ample room for four people and their things.

It starts with its wide stance and prodigious fenders that give the Maxima an aggressive, sporty look. The Maxima’s metal is appealing. It shares features with other Nissan’s products, like the sculpted rear haunches of the Altima Coupe, the flat nose of the Nissan GT-R, and the arrowhead headlamps from the 370Z. Despite being a conglomerate of styling elements, the whole package works well.

Follow the jump for our full 2011 Nissan Maxima review.

2011 Nissan Maxima rear

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/14/2011 at 9:39 AM
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The 2012 ZR1 breaks Viper ACR's Nurburgring lap record

In case you missed it, the 2012 Corvette ZR1, which is now available with ultra-sticky wear-quickly street-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, lapped the Nürburgring in 7:19.63, besting the Dodge Viper ACR (which also wears Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires) by nearly two and a half seconds and its previous record by more than six seconds. It still has some work to do to catch up to the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (which wears special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires) and its lap time of seven minutes and 18 seconds flat.

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Posted on: 6/13/2011 at 5:50 AM
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