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Would you pay $900,000 for a Lexus LFA?

First Lexus LFA arrived in Philippines

Awhile back, news broke that the first Lexus LFA finally reached the Philippines, and one aspect that caught our attention and are finally able to share is the car’s asking price. Initial estimates say the car could go for nearly P40 million ($911,200), which includes the base price of P16.3 million ($375,000) plus taxes, importation fees, and other duties that need to be paid in order to bring the car into the country.

So, who paid the $900,000? No one, as of yet. It will serve as a halo car for the area, which means it will not initially be for sale, despite Lexus Manila receiving a small number of offers before the car even arrived.

"We'd probably consider selling it in the future," said Toyota Motor Philippines's Vice President for Vehicle Sales Raymond Rodriguez. "But in the meantime, we'd like to keep it first and use it to serve as a halo car for the Lexus brand."

The only other countries in the region to receive this supercar are Singapore and Brunei (which means Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand are being excluded), according to Lexus Manila. The exotic LFA, which is number 161 of 500, was thought to originally be ordered in red but the unit that arrived in the Philippines was white with a black and red interior.

Lexus’s Marketing Director Carlo Chungunco refused to release exactly how much Lexus Manila paid for this LFA, so the numbers are only speculations.

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 1/16/2012 at 10:04 AM
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Boulevard Customs's wrapped R8 ranks high at 2012 CES

Boulevard Customs’s carbon-fiber-wrapped Audi R8 V-10

InsideLine says that Sony’s carbon-fiber-wrapped Audi R8 V-10 is the second best car featured at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Boulevard Customs, which is owned by duPont REGISTRY, modified this ride to the extreme, including some of Sony’s—the car’s major sponsor—latest technology: an XDP-PK1000 Digital Link Sound System that interfaces between the stock OEM system and the Sony audio upgrades, XS-PK120LC subwoofer, 1,000-watt XM-PK100K Class D amplifier, and RM-X251 remote bass control. The Digital Link system provides an easy way to upgrade a factory system, adding amplification, time alignment, iPod integration, and pre-amp outputs, too.

The car was also sponsored by 3M and Forgiato. 3M provided the vinyl carbon-fiber wrap for the car while Forgiato provided the rims. Pictures do not do this car enough justice, and its beauty must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Boulevard Customs took two full weeks to finish the car, completing it just in time for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The cars next stop will be Barrett-Jackson’s Scottdale auction!

Sony’s carbon-fiber-wrapped Audi R8 V-10

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 1/13/2012 at 11:00 AM
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Acura teases world with NSX Concept



Can’t wait to see the upcoming Acura NSX Concept? Unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, you can get a sneak peek of it in the upcoming Avengers movie because this concept car looks very similar to the open-top machine that Tony Stark drives in the film.

Enthusiasts such as ourselves are asking how this new NSX will compare to the old NSX and its reputation of being a simple yet clean sports car. For starters, the new Acura NSX looks very similar to the Audi R8 and is almost equally as beautiful. This is a word not used many times in association to Acura’s more recent rather bland products.

Production of the NSX halted in 2005, although rumors of a new version have made headlines year after year. Gossip and rumors have been circulating about this car for the last seven years, but no firm details have been provided. Here’s what we know so far: The mid-engine concept features a hybrid drivetrain that works in unison with Honda’s Superior Handling All Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD).

Rumors say the car will be produced at one of Honda’s Ohio plant and will hit the streets in the next three years with a 3.2-liter V-6, although Acura has yet to confirm any details.

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 1/11/2012 at 4:12 AM
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Only red 2012 R8 GT Spyder in the country to be sold at 2012 Boca Raton concours event

Your chance to own the only red 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder in the country is via the upcoming sixth-annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance auction being held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Only 50 of the 333 R8 GT Spyders will make it stateside, and, of those 50, only one has been secured in the color red.

Offering rare or first-production Audi automobiles is nothing new for the Florida event. In 2011, the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance auctioned off the first R8 GT coupe in the country (as well as the first Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster, which now sits in the duPont REGISTRY showroom). In 2010, one of the first 2011 Audi R8 V-10 Spyders was auctioned off, and, in 2009, the first two Audi R8 V-10s were auctioned. The latter two brought in $500,000 and $350,000, respectively.

Also going to auction are some amazing one-off Shelbys to celebrate 50 years of the Shelby Cobra. The two limited-edition commemorative 2012 models going under the hammer are an 800-hp 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a 2012 Shelby GT350. Shelby built each of these cars specifically for the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. Bidders will also have the chance to own the first authentic recreations being offered by Shelby: a 50th-anniversary 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX8992 and two 1965 Shelby Cobra 427s (CSX6063 and CSX6100).

(Yes, the artist representation is in gold.)

Only Red 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder to auction

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Posted on: 1/10/2012 at 3:53 AM
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Seven fine finds at Barrett-Jackson's 2012 Scottsdale auction

Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona, event has become arguably the world’s premier collector-car auction. Starting out as a small charity function in 1967, the multi-day event now attracts more than 250,000 people and hundreds of classic cars. Scottsdale’s 2012 auction appears to be just as big since many rare and exclusive automobiles have already registered to cross the auction block.

Because every collector has his or her own particular likes and dislikes and considering the variety of cars, I could never label a small set of automobiles as standing absolutely above all the rest. But, despite the glorious assortment of fine and collectible cars, I have assembled a list of seven of the more notable automobiles (in no particular order) that will go under the auctioneer’s hammer.

Follow the jump to read our guest post at MyCarQuest.

7 fine finds at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/9/2012 at 4:40 AM
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Categories: Bentley | Cadillac | Concept | Dodge | Ford | Lamborghini | Shelby
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Camaro GT to add American muscle to usually European GT3 series



Sareni United, a new division of Lamborghini-racing-specialists Reiter Engineering, was created to field a new Chevrolet Camaro to FIA GT3 racing. Sareni will be bringing its Chevrolet Camaro GT to FIA GT3 racing later on this year, adding some much needed American muscle in the usual European mix. A team of 12 developed this car in one-year’s time. This Camaro has been upgraded with a Katech 7.9-liter V-8 that produces up to 650 hp and a little more than 620 lb-ft of torque.

Katech is a U.S.-based company that is works in advanced racing and high-performance engine development. It provides services such as boring, honing, fabrication, and welding and also develops prototype parts. Katech products have earned respect from racing customers all over the world.

The Chevy Camaro GT’s gearbox control system will have the new 2012 Holinger speed shift system. - According to Sareni, “the Holinger speed shift system with paddle shift on the steering wheel is extremely light, weighing only 82 pounds, shifts gears very fast and is designed for high torque.”

As a result of its stripped-down interior, the Camaro GT has shed approximately 1,000 pounds compared to its stock counterpart for a new curb weight of 2,850 pounds. It also receives a Reiter-designed racing suspension and Teves Racing anti-lock brakes.

The first track tests went very well and leading developer for Sareni United, Franz Russegger, was satisfied with the results, stating, “The Camaro is fast and the lap times are similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo. We had hoped for this result but there is still a lot of work to do.”

The company has been working very hard to make sure this car secure, adding mandatory roll cages and a newly designed fuel system; all raise the bar with regard to security. The company already has its first customer, Yaco Racing Team from Germany. The team has already ordered two Camaros that will be used in the ADAC GT Masters races in Germany 2012. Hans Reiter, founder of Sareni United, says, “This racing car is an option for a lot of teams because it provides an interesting cost structure”. How much you ask? Well expect to pay about €195,000-plus or apprxomately $253,000, which in all rights, is a bargain compared to its competitors like the Porsche 911 GT3 R (304,500 Euros or approximately $390,000).

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Posted on: 1/6/2012 at 11:45 AM
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Is this the first Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Aventador?

first Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Aventador

Are these pictures of the first Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 in the United States? Jordan Shiraki photographed the bright-green Aventador at Lamborghini Las Vegas. Follow the jump for more photos at the Luxury4Play forums.

first Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Aventador

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/6/2012 at 11:12 AM
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Yenko Camaro enthusiast Cliff Ernst show us his car collection

Cliff Ernst Collection

The very best collectible automobiles are sometimes tucked away and off-limits to prying eyes. In the upcoming months, we will be gaining access to some of these amazing collections and bringing you never-before-seen photographs as well as insight into the cars and the people that collect them.

Cliff Ernst with his Yenko

This fabulous collection is stored in a nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. It holds some of the most-sought-after, best-performing models of the 1960s as well as some distinctive older classics. All of the examples reflect the individual character of the collector, and each one comes with its own story. We met with the owner, Cliff Ernst, who gave us a guided tour and educated us on drag racing, big blocks, and choosing the perfect car. His passion for performance is rooted in drag racing; he cut his teeth on the drag strips and stoplights of Ohio during the 1960s.

Cliff Ernst cars

Walking around his immaculate white-tile showroom, we were shocked to see everything from Super Duty Pontiacs, Shelby Mustangs, factory-supercharged Thunderbirds, Corvettes and more! His awe-inspiring collection seems to culminate with two of the rarest and most desirable Camaros ever made: a gold 1969 Yenko Camaro and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The former was the product of Chevy-dealer-turned-aftermarket-tuner Don Yenko. The latter was Chevrolet’s answer for the serious drag racer who could append an extra $4,500 for an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine option. Both are as powerful as they are rare.

Ernst sat down with us to answer a few questions and tell us more about his passion.

Cliff Ernst Camaros

What was the first car in your collection?

In the mid-‘70s, I bought a 1930 Model A Ford. I always wanted one in high school, but I needed to save $150 for college.

Cliff Ernst Classic cars

At what point did this evolve from a garage at your home into a dedicated facility?

In the 1980s, I allocated space at my business to keep the growing collection safely stored. In 1991, we built a dedicated warehouse for the collection. It was around thirty cars at the time. We now have around 45 cars.

Cliff Ernst Shelby GT500

Tell us a little bit about the gold Yenko.

The gold car was the prototype for the ‘69 Yenko. Certain features of this car did not make it into the 1969 Yenko production models. I am the second owner, and I have professionally restored it twice. It was featured in the July 1969 issue of Super Stock and Drag Illustrated magazine. Ed Professional driver Ed Hedrick was able to run an 11.94 (quarter-mile time) in stock form.

Cliff Ernst Yenko Camaros

Do you think the previous owner regrets parting with it?

I sent him photos I had taken after the restoration, but I never heard back from him, so I like to think they got lost in the mail!

Cliff Ernst Camaros

What feature of the Yenko cars do you like most?

The performance. When the Yenko cars first hit the streets, I was drag racing a ‘65 Corvette. They consistently posted faster times (than the Corvette). They made winning look easy!

Cliff Ernst Corvettes

Besides the gold Yenko, what is your favorite car?

The ‘32 Packard V12 or the supercharged ‘57 T-bird.

Cliff Ernst Thunderbirds

Performance does seem to be the theme here. Was it a goal of yours to have the ultimate production versions of these cars or is it a coincidence?

I prefer to have the highest-performance model available. The ‘57 Chevy is fuel injected and the T-birds are supercharged. You get the idea!

Cliff Ernst Chevrolet Bel-Aire

With the quality of the restorations you have here, have you ever considered restoring and building cars as a business?

No, my employees are so meticulous that this could not be a profitable business!

Cliff Ernst Packard V-12

Did you foresee that the ’69 Camaro would be the iconic collector car that it is today?

No, I just thought they had great styling and a multitude of performance options.

Cliff Ernst Yenko Camaros

I know your cars are well documented, but what do you think about clones and recreation cars?

Let’s just say they are not for me.

Cliff Ernst Pontiacs

Owning one of the original ZL1 Camaros is a real honor; do you see the 2012 ZL1 as a worthy successor?

It is a good continuation of the name and a nice move by Chevy.

Cliff Ernst ZL1 Camaro

Do you have anything special in your home garage?

I have my first ‘69 Yenko that I purchased in 1987. It is kept at the house for weekend cruises.

My daily driver is a 2008 black (Dodge) Challenger SRT8.

Cliff Ernst Oldsmobile

Are you done collecting, or is there always room for one more?

Certain cars will continue to be possible additions, but, more realistically, I need to be thinking about thinning the herd.

Cliff Ernst

Thanks, Cliff, and happy motoring!

Follow the link to the full Facebook photo album.

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Posted on: 1/5/2012 at 9:49 AM
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Automotive journalist dies in Ariel Atom crash

Journalist dies in Ariel Atom crash

Michael Cornette, a 35-year-old Belgian automotive journalist, was killed after the Ariel Atom 3 he was riding in crashed into a silo outside of Kortijk, Belgium, around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Cornette was a passenger in the open-top, track-ready, yet street-legal cart when driver and owner Matthieu Desmet lost control on a long straight road. Desmet is in critical condition and under a medically induced coma. Cornette died at the scene.

Cornette was a journalist at a West Flanders newspaper and worked on an annual car guide in response to the local Brussels Motor Show. Cornette was on the test drive in the Ariel as part of his research. He left behind a wife and a two-year-old daughter.

[via Knack.be]

Journalist dies in Ariel Atom crash

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Posted on: 1/3/2012 at 9:36 AM
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Old Porsche 996 becomes an in-home entertainment center

Automobiles are like pieces of art for many enthusiasts. Some owners have been inspired to create magnificent showrooms for their beloved items while one enthusiast hung an actual Lamborghini Countach on his wall like a painting. One man is going down a more functional path by building custom furniture from whole sections of real automobiles.



His builds are showcased on YouTube; one video shows a couch based on the rear bench of a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville sitting in front of an entertainment center derived from the tail of a Porsche 930. Inside the 930 is a television that, with the push of a button, rises out from under the 911’s rear engine lid.



His latest creation is an entertainment center built out of the back end of a 2005 Porsche Carrera 4. It features working lights and a 42-inch LCD television that rises up from underneath a small section of the rear window glass.

We could also imagine it would be fun making these entertainment centers appear like remnants of a gas-pedal mishap.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/3/2012 at 5:31 AM
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Categories: Cadillac | Porsche
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