Back in June, Bentley gave us the opportunity to take their Mulsanne for a weekend retreat. Though our experience with this beauty was nothing short of exceptional, we didn’t really test the limits in terms of speed. Sure, we’ll we took it north of 100 mph but you ain’t livin’ unless you’re high-speed cruising at north of 190 mph. That’s exactly what World Land Speed Record Holder Andy Green did as he approached 200 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Boy does that 6.75-liter Twin-Turbo V8 under the hood perform. Check out the video below. (via ACQUIRE)
We were recently invited out to Aspen, Colorado by the fine folks at Bentley for an experience of a lifetime. While all the Aspen Fashion Week festivities were in full swing, Bentley took us out to a secluded snow-covered ranch right outside of town. We hopped in the passenger seat of the Supersports Convertible ISR (Ice Speed Record) while Bentley Driving pros took the 631-hp beauty across a snowy meadow, specially created for the winter driving experience. We were swinging around corners with ease and it took us back a bit because the Continental’s all-wheel drive system is one of the British automaker’s strong suits but not the conversation that’s normally had. No matter the weather, we’re accustomed to talking about the car’s stunning looks and its luxurious cabin with hand-crafted leather, book-matched wood veneers, and knurled stainless steel. That’s changed.
Bugatti has unveiled their latest Veyron, the Grand Sport Vitesse. The Vitesse — French for “speed” — the supercar is a combination of the best traits of the Grand Sport and Super Sport models. The automaker has taken the 1,200-horsepower version of the Veyron’s engine from the Super Sport and combined it with the open-top body-style of the Grand Sport. The end result is one of the most powerful roadster of all time.
Look for the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse to be shown off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, all seven-figures worth.
We’re a long ways before the 2013 BMW M6 hits showrooms but no worries as Alpina has unveiled the B6 Coupe at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. It features a twin-turbo charging and intercooler system that delivers 540-hp at 5,500 rpm with a max torque of 516 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm. and mates the engine to an advanced ZF Switch-Tronic 8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission, giving the Alpina BMW B6 Bi-Turbo Coupe a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and top speed of 198 mph.
German auto tuner Brabus unveiled their rendition of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster last week at the Essen Motor Show, bringing forth a slew of enhancements including a 600-hp output, up from the stock 6.3-liter V8′s 563-hp. The exterior gets some refined upgrades like a carbon fiber kit that’s available in matte or high-gloss finishes with air vents, front spoiler, front fender, rear spoiler and a rear fascia all included. The Monoblock F “Platinum Edition” wheels look tremendous as well and come in several finishes. To take things next level, the tuner added a button-operated adjustable Ride Control suspension as well as a Front Lift System that can bring the front axle up 50mm.
We recently got behind the wheels of the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design, an AWD car that is nothing like what most would expect from the Swedish automaker. If you compare the T6 R-Design to its base counterpart, you get more than the R-Design’s added 25 horses under the hood. The S60 R-Design brings an aggressive look and performance enhancements that allow it to talk the talk and walk the walk. The T6 R-Design features a dedicated Sport suspension that gives the car a tighter handle than the T6′s original 4C dynamic chassis system. No doubt the T6 R-Design is a fun drive and with 325 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 354 pount-feet first reached at 3,000 rpm, how could it not be? One thing to note is that EPA fuel-economy estimates remain the same as the original T6 at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
Porsche has taken the covers off two new cabriolet versions of the seventh-generation 911 Carrera — the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Like its hardtop brethren, the 2012 911 Carrera cabriolet features aluminum-steel construction but with the addition of an all-new convertible top design, which looks to preserve the 911 coupe roof line.
The 911 Carrera cabriolets use the same engine as their coupe equivalents with the 911 Carrera cabriolet housing a 3.4 liter box V6 that dishes out 350 horses and the Carrera S coming with a 3.8- liter box engine that gives out 400 horsepower. On the road, the 911 Carrera cabriolet can go from 0-60 in about 4.4 seconds and hit a top-track-speed of 177 mph, with the 911 Carrera S cabriolet clocking a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and maxing out at 187 mph. The cars feature a longer wheelbase, wider front track and a host of other new features just introduced on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models. The end result consists of two new cabriolet variants that offer a sportier drive, better handling and an all-around better experience. Both the 911 Carrera cabriolet and the 911 Carrera S cabriolet will hit showrooms in Spring 2012 with MSRPs of $97,300 and $108,000 respectively.
Porsche unveiled the new Panamera GTS at the L.A. Auto Show, giving it 30 horsepower over the Panamera S for a total of 430 from the same 4.8-liter V8 engine. Torque’s been bumped up from 369 to 384 and the AWD traction is met with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters to boot. It’s slightly lower to the ground than the Panamera S and features larger front brake rotors, with overall 0 to 60 time at less than 4.3 seconds. The aesthetic enhancements are plenty on the Panamera GTS, with black trim being seen throughout the exterior and the sport exhaust system getting matte black tailpipes. On the inside, the GTS is fitted with sport seats and a cabin detailed in Alcantara, even the steering wheel.
No word yet on pricing or availability but let’s hope the Porsche Panamera GTS hits showrooms this coming year.
Jaguar has taken the covers off the new 2012 XKR-S Convertible, the fastest drop-top Jaguar to ever hit the market. It’s packing the same supercharged 550 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 that’s in the coupe, and gives it a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. The XKR-S Convertible features a new front bumper with a wider and lower intake and a carbon fiber splitter. The rear wing is also a new addition to the car and features a carbon fiber insert. The interior got a few enhancements as well including performance seats that are trimmed in carbon leather. For those checking out this week’s LA Auto Show, be sure to look for this beauty on the showroom floor.
With this year’s LA Auto Show underway, expect a lot of car coverage over the days ahead. We’re delighted to get things started with the unveiling of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, a convertible variant of the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni. The latest bull features a V10 engine that dishes out 550 horsepower to a RWD supercar that’s a sight to see. The suspension’s been tuned to handle the real-wheel-drive architecture, with some revisions made to the aerodynamics as well. The LP550-2 Spyder will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed e-gear transmission.