We recently had the opportunity to test drive the Rolls-Royce 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE). It’s the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment and one we see being showcased as a benchmark for other brands in the industry. There’s a growing demand for alternative drive-train options and that’s something the British coachmaker noticed before deciding to build the Phantom EE. Rolls-Royce is known for blending luxury with timeless design and the Phantom has been looked at as one of the most elegant designs in recent years and one that’s seen by many as a modern-day classic. The Phantom EE began here, as the original Phantom’s aluminum shell serves as the design base and though this is strictly an experimental model for the time being, no detail was spared. The hand craftsmanship, fine detailing and iconic design cues like the pantheon grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy are all showcased here, as the only thing removed from the original Phantom were the naturally aspirated 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox.
The folks at Gear Patrol have never ceased to amaze us with their work ethic, creativity and their relentless approach for doing the epic. Case in point, the team’s recent West Coast Blitz with two sets of keys in hand — one for the 2012 Nissan GT-R and another for the 2012 Black Diamond Edition Cadillac CTS-V. Their excuse? To get a cup of Joe from Blue Bottle Coffee, a local sensation in San Francisco. The problem was they were in LA. 400 miles between them and their Blue Bottle, they hit the road with 1,100 horses combined. Round trip — that’s 800 miles of pure adrenaline and lucky for us, they got it all on camera.
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In part 1 of our week with the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe, we gave you all a look at the exterior of the newly designed beauty. We drove the C350 Coupe everywhere — work, play, errands and, yes, shopping. We can go to the mall anytime but we really wanted to see how the car would handle on a slightly longer distance and so we decided to take our first ever trip to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets. It’s a short while outside of New York City and the drive is as relaxing as it is scenic. We won’t be disclosing what we bought but here’s how it all went down.
Lexus has unveiled the F Sport Package for the 2013 GS 350 ahead of its debut next week at the SEMA show. In the pack are 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned adaptive suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, new busing and bigger front brakes. Variable steering is also available for rear-drive models as well as a new driver’s seat. The aggressive aero kit really transforms the GS and takes things next level.
We recently teamed up with Two Inch Cuffs for this editorial. Much thanks to James Nord for his Photograpy and Direction, Ruben Hughes for his oversight and models Dylan Nord & Kathy Osborne for really bringing this project to life. For the complete spread, please head to Two Inch Cuffs.
Once called “the most beautiful car in the world” by none other than Enzo Ferrari, the 1964 Jaguar XK-E still exudes a timeless elegance that only a few cars of its generation can. The 60s wonder is currently one of six automobiles permanently on display at New York’s MoMA but don’t think that’s all it’s good for as there’s no doubt it is still capable of ripping the road as it tops off in the 160 mph range. The Two Inch Cuffs team had the opportunity to take this 1964 Jaguar XK-E around Ft. Lauderdale and there’s no doubt it turned heads and left many wishing to be in the driver’s seat. Amazing stills from the day can be found below.
The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe hit showrooms earlier this month and before we even saw one on the road, the fine folks at Mercedes tossed us the keys to a C350 to check out as part of their C-Coupe Your Week campaign. This is a true two-door coupe, folks, and nothing like the C230 Sport Coupe of generations past. Not only does it take inspiration in the looks department from its older brethren, the C-Coupe also packs more power over its four-door siblings. The C350 Coupe features a new, direct-injected version of Mercedes’ 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and redlines at 6,750-rpm. The coupe packs 302 horses compared to 268 of the sedan and more torque as well. Normally you’d expect more power to equal less fuel efficiency but that is not the case here as C350 Coupe actually gets better highway mileage than the C-Class sedan.
We recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi A7, a modern blend of luxury and performance. I’ve had the pleasure of driving other Audi vehicles in the past and this one definitely sits atop the list. Over the past few years, Audi has really become one of the most exhilerating German automakers on the market. The A7 was introduced earlier this year and we fell in love with it on first sight. The front end is aggressive with Audi’s symbolic front grill and iconic daytime LED headlight system playing the lead and delivering well against the sleek lines of the body. The rear is as elegant as it is sporty and gives the car a look that does more than rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The rear spoiler really tops things off as it comes up from hiding at the hold of a button.
Japan’s Wald International took the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and fine-tuned it to bring us the R230 Black Bison Edition. The aerodynamic body kit adds front sports fenders, a front bumper fascia, side skirts, a rear bumper fascia, and a trunk spoiler. The quarter panels feature an arch extension to accommodate the 20-inch Renovaito R12 wheels. The rear features twin exhaust pipes and a DTM sports muffler.
Look for R230 SL-Class SPORTS LINE at the SEMA showroom floor in November.
Is this the future of idea? We certainly hope so as the 2014 Audi e-tron Spyder is a gorgeous sports car with a few environmentally-friend enhancements to be quite the competitor in the coming years. Back in 2009, Audi unveiled a similar e-tron at the Frankfurt Motor Show, though that was based on an R8 and happened to be all-electric. This beauty is real-wheel drive instead of e-Quattro like that ’09 prototype and also features two electric motors and a V6 TDI to take things next level. The two electric motors on the forward axle are good for a total of 89 horsepower, and their juice gets combined with a rear-mounted, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 TDI’s producing 296 hp, for a grand total during full boost mode of 385 hp.
Theoretically, this beauty could jump from 0 to 60 in approximately 4.2 seconds. This is still a show car and no real word on when/if production will take place and what the e-tron will look like at that time, but it looks amazing. We’re pretty sure that’s what Audi wanted to know. (via autoblog)
Captured during last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, this video from Porsche sheds light on the philosophy behind the new interior of the 911. The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic cars on the road and the German automaker has managed time and time again to give the beauty some modern aesthete without stripping it of its origins. With the interior, we think there are some definite parallels between the more modern designs of recent years and those we saw decades ago. The basis throughout all these years continues to be comfort and timeless elegance and the 2012 911 delivers on all counts.