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Breaking news from Porsche, 918 spyder to go into production. Expected price estimated to be up to $650.000. As you might recall from the Geneva Motor Show the plug-in hybrid concept used a 500 hp gas V8 engine and a pair of 109 hp electric motors. A lithium ion battery that was good for 16 miles of zero emissions grid driving or 78 miles per gallon. We shall see what the production model brings.
Now that Jaguar is safely secured under the financial blanket of Tata Motors, the automaker is becoming more ambitious in its efforts to expand its model range. Tata has promised a yearly investment of $1 billion for the next five years, which means Jaguar will have the funding it needs to get new products cranked out. In an interview earlier this week, Jaguar Land Rover boss Carl-Peter Forster has reportedly confirmed that a few new models are in the pipeline, including the F-Type sports car, which we saw in concept form back in 2000.
The 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG is the first independent design from AMG and the new flagship for the entire company. As a modern re-interpretation of the 300SL, it’s also a return to the fast and elegant Mercedes of old. This car not only looks good, but it packs a ton of horsepower and performance to back the claims being made that it’s a true super-car. Heavily modified over the standard AMG V8, this 6.3 breathes much freer thanks to an all-new intake system, more aggressive valve timing, tubular steel headers and a de-throttled exhaust. In addition to the 571 HP at 6,800 RPM, it now develops 479 Lb-Ft of torque at 4,750 RPM, delivering high-RPM power with low-RPM torque. This all contributes to a reported 3.8-second 0-to-60 MPH time, and a top speed of 197 MPH. Paired to to the heart of this AMG monster is a duel clutch, 7 speed, paddle shifting transmission that makes lightning fast shifts at an astonishing 100 milli-seconds. So, not only does this car pack a punch, it’s equally gorgeous. The lines of the body are beautiful and the cockpit is a work of art. Leave it to AMG to combine brute force with absolute luxury. Ladies and gentleman, introducing the 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG, a definite blast from the past.
There’s a lot to love about the new Pagani Zonda R, starting with the Mercedes/AMG V12 bolted directly onto the rear of the chassis. The 6.0 liter monster outputs 750 horsepower, enough to take the car to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds on race tires, among the fastest acceleration of anything on four wheels, anywhere. The exhaust note is phenomenal and the sound going down the straight at the Nurburgring is second to none. Also, the non painted carbon fiber body is absolutely gorgeous. This is one hell of a race-ready exotic and it better be for 1.7 million. The new race ready Pagani Zonda R, it’s worth every cent.