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First production Fisker Karma driven at Monaco Grand Prix

The first European production version of the Fisker Karma made its premiere driving debut before official race qualifying began for the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday. Prince Albert II of Monaco was joined by Founder Henrik Fisker to pilot the vehicle around the circuit. This event marked the first dynamic public showing of the Karma in Europe. The first non-dynamic showing was at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Production of the Fisker has fallen behind schedule but it still hopes to achieve full production by the second half of 2011 with deliveries to all current deposit holders before 2012.

Fisker Karma Grand Prix Monaco

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Posted on: 5/31/2011 at 8:55 AM
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New Lotus web site for a new era of Lotus cars

The Lotus web site has been completely revamped in preparation of the "new era" of cars it will be offering. We also found a few new photos of the five concepts it unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Follow the links to view all the Lotus Elite pictures, Lotus Eterne pictures, Lotus Esprit pictures, Lotus Elan pictures, and Lotus Elise pictures.

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Posted on: 10/14/2010 at 4:56 AM
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Lotus unveils new Esprit, Elise, Elan, and Eterne at Paris Motor Show

Lotus has taken the wraps off five new concept cars that it brought to the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The first one is the 2014 Lotus Elite, which we already covered; the other four are all new or totally revised models. We told you that a new flagship designed to run with the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari 458 Italia was on its way from Lotus. The new Lotus Esprit Concept will see production for the 2013 model year and will cost somewhere near $175,000 to $200,000. It is powered by the 5.0-liter V-8 engine from the Lexus IS F, which has been placed behind the passenger’s cabin and supercharged to 620 hp. The two-seat 3,190-pound car can accelerate 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 205 mph. View more pictures of the Lotus Esprit Concept here.

New Lotus Esprit Concept

Another car that is set for 2013 production is the Lotus Elan. Where the Lotus Esprit will compete with some of the most sought after cars this world currently has to offer, the Elan will go a little more downmarket and be priced at $118,000 to compete against the amazing but more everyday exotic offerings like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Maserati GranTurismo S. It weighs a skimp 2,849 pounds, is powered by a 450-hp supercharged 4.0-liter V-8, and switches gears via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The two-seat car can accelerate 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds—same as the Lotus Esprit Concept—and on to a top speed of 193 mph—a bit less than the next flagship Lotus. View more pictures of the Lotus Elan Concept here.

Lotus Elan Concept

The Lotus Elise Concept was the third new offering on the Lotus stand. It brings the least-expensive Lotus model to a whole new level of refinement and excitement. Besides its new sexy skin, the Lotus comes equipped with a 320-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine moving 2,409 pounds through either a six-speed manual transmission or paddle-shifted automatic. Lotus says it will go from a standstill up to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Lotus Elise may see production as soon as 2015. View more pictures of the Lotus Elise Concept here.

New Lotus Elise Concept

The last new Lotus concept was the Eterne sedan. Offering seating and easy access for four people, the Eterne follows the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Aston Martin Rapide into the four-door coupe marketplace with a price of $190,000. It is powered by a 620-hp 5.0-liter V-10, also found in the Lotus Esprit concept. Running through either the rear wheels or, as an option, all four wheels, it is good for 0–60 mph in 4.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 196 mph. A hybrid powertrain will be offered as an option. View more pictures of the Lotus Eterne Concept here.

Lotus Eterne Pictures

If these concepts do move into production, it will spell a whole new era of expansion for the brand. It will allow the eccentric manufacturer to better compete against its more conventional rivals. It will also punish the Lotus faithful as they watch their once beloved nameplate move to more ergonomic and user-friendly offerings. What the new Lotus lineup could lose in out-of-this-world performance, extremely light weight, and panache it will make up for with more everyday usability and more widespread appeal.

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Posted on: 10/1/2010 at 6:12 AM
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Audi adds e-tron Spyder to current e-tron concept range

Audi has unveiled a new e-tron concept at the Paris Motor Show called the Audi e-tron Spyder. The concept utilizes two electric motors producing 88 hp and 259 lb-ft at the front axle and a twin-turbocharged 300-hp 479-lb-ft diesel V-6 at the rear. Pushing the scales at 3,196 pounds, the Audi e-tron Spyder accelerates zero-to-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a governed top speed of 155 mph. The concept can run on electric power alone for 31 miles at speeds up to 37 mph. If those limitations don’t suit your needs, the power of the V-6 can be called upon for extra range and motivation. Audi estimates the e-tron Spyder at a combined 106 mpg. View more pictures of the Audi e-tron Spyder concept here.

Audi e-tron Spyder concept

Audi unveiled the first e-tron concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and promised that it would, if demand was high enough, put 1,000 units into production. Two months later, Audi notified the motoring public it had plans to produce a whole range of e-tron vehicles. In total, Audi has showcased three other concepts wearing the e-tron name: two e-tron concepts and the A1 e-tron concept, so you can guarantee that at least part of the e-tron range will make it into production.

The original e-tron concept used four motors and one battery to produce 3,319 lb-ft of torque (although Audi says that the actual figure is closer to 502 lb-ft ). The car tipped the scales at 3,527 pounds, had an estimated range of 154 miles, and was able to muster a zero-to-60 mph sprint of 4.8 seconds.

Audi e-tron concept

A second e-tron concept introduced at the 2010 Detroit Motor Show was slightly smaller, weighed considerably less, and used two electric motors instead of four for a total output of 204 hp and 1,955 lb-ft of torque (Audi has not confirmed a real torque figure for this car). The 3,000-pound car was good for a 5.9-second rush from standstill to a 60 mph and a range of 155 miles.

The A1 e-tron concept unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show was a more down-to-earth iteration with a lithium-ion battery providing 30 miles of propulsion before relying on a Wankel engine to extend that range an additional 100 miles from a three-gallon fuel tank. The single electric motor produced 61 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque, although those numbers could increase to 102 and 177, respectfully, for short bursts. Acceleration was not brisk, requiring 10.2 seconds to get up to 60 mph from a stop.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 9/30/2010 at 5:12 AM
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Jaguar C-X75 supercar revealed

The Jaguar C-X75 concept to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show could become the brand’s first supercar since the XJ220 and the first supercar after being purchased by Tata Motors. It is powered by four 195-hp electric motors, one at each wheel, and utilizes two “turbines” powered by compressed natural gas, diesel, biofuel, or liquefied petroleum gas to help extended the 68-mile range offered by the lithium-ion batteries to 560 miles.

These types of turbines have never been integrated into a production automobile and, due to very high exhaust temperatures, have yet to prove themselves as a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine.

Performance is that of a true supercar. An aluminum chassis helps keep weight down to just shy of 3,000 pounds. With a total output of 780 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, the C-X75 can hit 62 mph from a standstill in 3.4 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and on to 186 mph in a Veyron-whopping 15.7 seconds. Top speed, which by the previous statistics one would think would be much higher, is 205 mph.

See more pictures of the Jaguar C-X75 concept here.

[via Autocar.co.uk]

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

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Posted on: 9/29/2010 at 12:09 PM
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Lamborghini Sixth Element Concept becomes official

Lamborghini has officially taken the wraps off the Sesto Elemento or Sixth Element Concept after an image of the full car leaked out onto the Internet. The carbon fiber structure does indeed weigh 2,202 pounds and power will come from a V-10 engine; the 5.2-liter V-10 used in the Superleggera LP570-4 producing 562 hp, to be exact. Zero-to-62 mph takes a scant 2.5 seconds and the top speed is more than 217 mph. All-wheel drive is retained and the concept has a six-speed e-gear transmission.

Of course, the main highlight of the vehicle is its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) structure, which helps Lamborghini keep the car’s weight down to that of a small Lotus. Lamborghini says it is leading the pack in the design of vehicles around this material and is the first manufacturer to really have mastered all aspects of its design and use. In 1983, it produced the first prototype CFRP chassis for the Countach, with the first production parts appearing in 1985. The current Lamborghini Murciélago is made largely from CFRP. The engine cover panel of the Gallardo Spyder is one of the largest CFRP components with a class “A” surface quality in the automotive world. The Sixth Element Concept uses CFRP for the monocoque cell, entire front frame, and exterior panels. It even uses carbon fiber for the major suspension components and the rims. The tailpipes are made from Pyrosic, which is a glass-ceramic composite.

Lamborghini Sixth Element Concept

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Posted on: 9/29/2010 at 11:04 AM
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Lamborghini Sixth Element Concept

Lamborghini has been busy teasing automotive enthusiasts with images of its new concept car set to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. It was planning on releasing a total of six images but after releasing the fifth image a leaked full image of the Sesto Elemento Concept, or Sixth Element Concept (Carbon’s atomic number is six), has made its way onto the Internet. The car is made entirely of carbon fiber, which Lamborghini has been extensively researching recently. Thanks to the lightweight material, the car weighs only 2,202 pounds. With a rumored V-10 engine in place, the car is said to be able to rip zero-to-62 mph in a Veyron-equaling 2.5 seconds. We don’t expect it to make it into production but this could be the design direction of the future Gallardo. See all the Lamborghini Sixth Element Concept teaser images here.

[via BlogAutomobile.fr]

Lamborghini Sixth Element Concept

In some ways does the Sixth Element Concept remind you of a cross between the Lamborghini Embolado concept and Insecta concept with a little Lamborghini Reventon thrown in?

Embolado Concept

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Posted on: 9/29/2010 at 3:24 AM
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BMW 2012 6-Series (concept)

This is the next generation 6-Series Coupe. BMW is calling it a Concept 6-Series Coupe, but it is most likely not far from, or maybe even an exact one-for-one of, the next-generation 6-Series. It will be physically unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, where it may be confirmed as a production car and some of its new features will be revealed. BMW says the “concept” has full LED headlights and a newly designed, freestanding Control Display for the iDrive operating system. The exterior styling holds true to the original car but with more flowing lines and softer creases.

Power will be provided by the same engine found in the 550i, a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 creating 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The last 6-Series was sporty but a little overweight. Hopefully the next generation car will lose some of its heft. Despite the change in engine size, it should retain the 650i nomenclature. Production of the next 6-Series is expected to start in mid-2011 as a 2012 model.

View more photos of the 2012 BMW 6-Series (concept) here.

2012 BMW 6-Series Concept

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 9/24/2010 at 4:45 AM
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First factory-produced Karma to debut in Paris

Henrik Fisker is well known in the automotive world—putting the pen to the pad for the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9—and with the help of Valmet Automotive—the same company currently outsourced by Porsche to build the Cayman and Boxster, although that will change with the next-generation cars— it hopes to get 100 units up and running in late 2010. These units will be used for demos and testing until full production ramps up in February 2011 in Fisker’s new ex-GM Delaware plant.

As part of this plan, Fisker will unveil the first factory-built Karma at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Fisker’s ultimate goal is to produce more than 100,000 cars per year through an expansive retail network to market and service its vehicles. In Paris, Fisker hopes to share its expansion and partnership plans with the automotive public.

The four-door plug-in Karma hybrid produces 403 hp and can reach 62 mph from a standstill in 5.9 seconds. Top speed is 124 mph.

Fisker Karma

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Posted on: 9/16/2010 at 3:43 AM
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Ferrari already sold 5,800 California cars

Ferrari announced at the Paris Motor Show that it has sold out of the California auto until 2011. With a forecasted production run of 2,800 units in 2009 and 3,000 units for 2010, we can deduce there are 5,800+ people that have purchased the California. Ferrari also announced that 60 percent of the people that bought the $246,724 convertible have never purchased a Ferrari before.

This means the newest Ferrari is appealing to people that wouldn’t otherwise enjoy a Ferrari despite being able to afford one. Some may speculate that the California attracts people that are not hard-core automotive enthusiasts or are less interested in a sports car as opposed to a softer grand-touring car. Since Roberto Corradi, director of product development for Ferrari, did admit that the California is targeted towards women, it seems that Ferrari has met their own goal.

[via PhotoCarsOnline]

  Ferrari sold 5,8000 Californias

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