Though it’s been in the rumor mill for quite sometime now, Maserati has finally unveiled the Kubang, a concept SUV that may be a pre-cursor to what the Italian manufacturer’s first Sport Utility will look like. Maserati is looking to build the Kubang concept on the same Michigan assembly line as the Jeep Grand Cherokee but will leave the engine manufacturing to Italy’s Paolo Martinelli, who brings over thirty years of experience at Ferrari. The video below blends Maserati’s history with their future endeavor.
The folks at Gear Patrol turn us to the latest creation from Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus, the Rocket 800. The German company’s rendition of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG utilizes the “standard” V12 from the current Benz E-Class and tacks on a twin turbocharger, beefing up the already ample 5.5 liter displacement to a gorging 6.3 liters. The end result is supercar with a 800 horsepower and 811 lb/ft of torque. That gives it a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 230 mph. Suspension and brakes have been upgraded by Brabus to withstand the power. You won’t mistake this beauty for a base model CLS or the AMG as it’s gotten hints of carbon fiber throughout the exterior.
Good thing there’s no word on price. This way, you can admire the car what it is without adding it to the list of cars we can’t afford just yet.
For the first time, Aston Martin Works Service’s ‘Heritage Centre’ is attending the Goodwood Revival this weekend. For those not familiar, the Goodwood Revival is the premier UK classic car event and is world renowned, being ranked alongside events such as the Classic Lemans. The event is set in the grounds of Goodwood house and around the famous Goodwood motor racing circuit, a track which was home to many sports car races during the 1950s and 60s, a racing era Aston Martin heavily influenced, if not dominated, with cars such as the DB4 Zagato and drivers such as Stirling Moss.
We first heard about the Land Rover Defender DC100 a few weeks back, but we’ve gotten much more info since then and this video from Land Rover really gives us a deeper look at the DC 100 and DC100 Sport concept vehicles. “For over 60 years Land Rover have been building vehicles renowned for their capability and versatility, perhaps none more so than the iconic Defender. With an eye to the future, Land Rover’s Design Director Gerry McGovern has led the Land Rover design team to explore a modern reinterpretation of the Defender.”
Introducing the Lamborghini LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, the Italian bull’s latest creation and one that takes much inspiration from the Lamborghini’s Blancpain Super Trofeo race car. This street legal wonder is indeed race car inspired and features a 570-horsepower V10 engine to back up all the chatter. The rear spoiler offers increased dynamic stability during high-speeds while the lightweight construction can be credited to a carbon composite material that allows the Stradale to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and that’s before the car’s “Thrust Mode” is even utilized. The “Rosso Mars” finish symbolizes Italy’s traditional racing red.
Only 150 units of the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale will be produced.
With the Frankfurt Motor Show already underway, there’s a heck of a lot going on in the auto industry but we think Audi‘s had one of the best showings of the year with an unveiling of their entire S-line vehicles. Beyond that, we even got a chance to look at the 2012 Audi RS5 that got the same facelift as the rest of the lineup which focuses primarily on redesigned headlamps and tail lamps.
Canadian-based designer Mobiado has released the first phone from their Aston Martin collection — The Grand 350. Made in collaboration with the luxury automaker, the Grand 350 Aston Martin’s body is made from CNC machined aluminum and with a frame that’s then inlayed with sapphire crystal. The buttons on the phone are a solid combination of sapphire crystal and stainless steel while the shell comes in black, black satin, and silver.
Last week, we were invited by the folks at Scion to Manhattan Beach for a low key test drive of the 2012 Scion iQ. We agreed because we had heard a few things about the new compact car from the Japanese automaker and really wanted to see what it was all about. I will tell you right away that most people have their reservations about Scions and I’m sure some had their thoughts on the iQ as well.
With Land Rover’s Defender model being off the market for quite sometime now, we’re really excited to see this image release of what the DC 100 Concept will look like ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show unveil. Expect more details to follow in the coming weeks but for now, check out the clean lines of the DC 100 and imagine what the rest of the car will look like when it’s fully unveiled. (via Valet)
In the few decades since the brand’s inception, Lamborghini has had its fair share of ups and downs. It wasn’t until Audi took the brand over in 1998 that the Italian carmaker saw some dramatic shifts in future development. Though one of Germany’s finest took the company over, Lamborghini remains to be headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. WIRED gives us an inside look at the original offices opened by Ferruccio Lamborghini back in 1963.