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Bespoke Barroom Brawler

Behind the Wheel: 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S and S Hybrid

Let’s start with the near absurdity of a four-door Porsche, on the heels of the ridiculously successful Cayenne, which no Porsche enthusiast thought should be built. The Panamera was never meant to compete with the BMW 7-Series, the Mercedes S-Class or the Audi A8, though comparos almost always include the four in a heated battle…

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As delicate as a hand grenade

VWerks Red Jacket Jeep

Here at GP, we’re all about refinement and sophistication. But sometimes you just want the kind of visceral brashness that creates shock and awe. This is where a vehicle like the VWerks Red Jacket Jeep ($115,000) fits in nicely. VWerks is a custom builder in Michigan that’s in the business of building specialty vehicles and…

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Not so mellow yellow

1989 Porsche RUF CTR Yellowbird

Stick a random sampling of certified “car nuts” into a room with instructions to create a top ten list, and you’ll likely find the 1989 Porsche RUF CTR, better known as the Yellowbird, on that list. While we usually don’t consult eBay for you, our discerning readers, one of only six aluminum Yellowbirds ever produced,…

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Fahrvergnüclear

Brabus Bullit Coupe 800

Brabus, the renowed German tuner responsible for untethered versions of already incredible automobiles, has just released the ridiculously fast Brabus Bullit Coupe 800 for the Geneva Auto Show. Based on the current C63 AMG, this iteration is far more potent, with a fat twin-turbo V12 from the S600 shoehorned into the engine bay. Brabus even…

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Fwowee.

2013 Ferrari California Handling Speciale

The current Ferrari California, we confess, is a might overstyled and definitely gravitationally challenged. Nevertheless, it’s a Ferrari and we don’t besmirch many of them (except perhaps the Mondial). For 2013, they’ve improved upon it with the Ferrari California Handling Especiale, which bumps up the power output by 30 horsepower and drops nearly 70 pounds….

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Molto Esclusivo

Maserati GranTurismo S Special Edition

It seems like Maserati has been spitting out versions of their luscious GranTurismo like machine gun fire. It appears that they may have, at least aesthetically, reached their zenith with the Maserati GranTurismo S Special Edition. Limited to a scant twelve cars for strictly the Italian market, the S Special Edition was created to commemorate…

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Speed Racer

2012 Ariel Atom 500 V8

If you thought the Ariel Atom 3 was a crazy ride, you haven’t seen anything. After three years of development, the engineers at UK-based Ariel have just released the 2012 Ariel Atom 500 V8 ($250,000). Limited to 25 production models, the Atom 500 V8 has a lightweight 3-liter, naturally aspirated 500 horsepower. Okay, so that,…

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Ridiculous Amphibious

Iguana 29 Ground Boat

We’re pretty sure we imagined a boat with retractable tank treads out on the playground, but Iguana Yacht founder Antoine Brugidou claims the idea came to him while navigating unique locations like the bay of Mont St. Michel, where low tide is known to reveal miles of sandbanks and rocks. This complicated terrain inspired him…

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Yachtings Nouveau Riche Cousin?

MetroShip Modern Houseboat by Ballinger & Co.

The words “glamour” and “houseboat” normally don’t mingle in the same sentence — let alone the same book. The MetroShip ($250,000+), however, is inspired by the open floor plans of coveted NYC loft spaces and designed by prefab construction phenom David Ballinger. The impetus of the project was to create a luxurious, yet green housing…

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Captain Show and Tell

Photo Essay | Taking Advantage: 500 Miles in the Aston Martin Vantage S

Saturday, 9:05pm | It’s often said that New York City is one of the world’s worst places to own a car. Between the raging cabbies, soaring parking prices and tousled roads the conditions are enough to beleaguer even the most steadfast owner. Even worse, the past few weeks in New York have been a seasonal…

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Hot 100

Icon 100: A5 Limited Edition

Back in 2008, we introduced you to the first renderings of the revolutionary Icon A5 personal aircraft. Small, light, maneuverable and sleek, it showed what portability and cutting-edge design could look like in a small aircraft. Well, ICON has now released info about the first production run of the Limited Edition ICON 100 A5. The…

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911 Heaven

Breakdown: Singer Porsche 911

Okay, so the iconic Porsche 911′s overall shape hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years, but it has certainly become a more complex design. One thing is for sure, the original shape leaves nothing to be desired. It is, in a word, stunning. Well, very few people have the patience and skill to restore…

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Air Hoardin'

Brabus Mercedes-Benz 800 E V12 Cabriolet

Had enough mad black tuner cars yet? It looks like there’s no end in sight, and that’s okay with us. Brabus recently released the automotive equivalent of an M198 Howitzer, the Brabus Mercedes-Benz 800 E V12 Cabriolet ($681,484) turning an already powerful convertible into an instant way to flatten the top of your skull. The…

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Mobile Office

Bugatti Grand Prix Desk by Luzzo Bespoke

The Bugatti Grand Prix Desk by Luzzo Bespoke brings the the driving commute all the way into your office. Birthed from over 3000 hours of CAD, the desk is meticulously crafted to reflect Bugatti’s heritage by the UK interior design firm. The design neatly adopts a larger version of the Winfield carburetor synchronization quadrants from…

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Hip Ship

Firmship

If you happen to be well-off enough to afford your own boat, please don’t take the route of “more is more.” Classic design will stand the test of time, and you can still have your creature comforts, your technology and modern build quality while maintaining an air of good taste. All of these descriptors find…

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Ferdinand would be proud

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Porsche churns out versions of its classic and never long-in-the-tooth 911 like the Alien mother drops chest-bursters, furiously. Now, they’ve come up with their final iteration of the 997 chassis, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 ($185,000), the most powerful naturally aspirated 911 today. Let’s do the numbers. 4.0 liter 6-cylinder emitting an overly…

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Bellissima!

Spada Codatronca Monza

So Lamborghini and Ferrari have the market on Italian exotic cars. Perhaps there’s room for another. The Spada Codatronca Monza (no, it’s not a tomato based pasta dish) actually has some serious Italian blood coursing through its veins. Ercole Espada was once chief stylist for Zagato, a design house that needs no introduction. He moved…

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Heart of Darkness

Aston Martin DBS Superior Black Edition by Anderson Germany

We’ve all seen tuner cars gone bad. Take a perfectly good car and throw on parts that make it look like you hot glued a bookshelf on for a rear wing. Every so often someone does tuning right. In the case of the Aston Martin DBS Superior Black Edition, Anderson Germany has done just that….

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Mean Green

Bremach T-Rex

Essentially a plug-in steroidal, man-sized Tonka truck, the Bremach T-Rex takes green power beyond mere passenger cars and into the realm of ruggedly capable vehicles. Bremach has been making industrial grade trucks since the 1950s and is now breaking new ground with this monster that houses a 100kW electric motor providing a 150 mile range,…

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The Good Kind

Briggs Automotive Company Mono

If you’re fortunate enough, especially in this economy, to have more than just a daily driver, and if you’re automotive tastes go beyond a reasonably quick street vehicle, take a gander at the BAC Mono track car. The British carmaker and its new track toy put the Ariel Atom and the KTM X-Bow firmly in…

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By the horns

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

The long-awaited replacement for the top end Lamborghini Murcielago has finally broken cover. Introducing the even more vicious and beautiful Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Carrying over several significant design elements from the limited edition Reventon, the all-carbon fiber bodied Aventador boasts a ferocious 6500cc V12 engine that snorts out 700 hp and 479 lb feet of…

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British in all the right ways

2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe

Aston Martin produces some of the sexiest sheetmetal in the automotive industry today, and the tally now stands at 8 (we’re not counting the diminutive Cygnet in this group). Every new offering seems more swoopy than the the previous one, and the 2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe ($200,000) is no exception. Created to fill a…

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Like father, like son

Breakdown: 2012 McLaren MP4-12C

A. Cutting Edge: Formula 1 technology and design inspired. Schuey would be jealous. B. Automotive Weightwatchers: Extensive use of carbon fiber for rigidity and lightness C. High-tech Bathtub: Carbon-fiber monocell for driver safety and structural integrity D. Talk about Details: Magnesium dash support beam instead of steel to save weight E. Not Just a Pretty…

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Monster, Inc.

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

Behold Ducati’s new flagship Monster, the 1100EVO ($11,995). Of course, with flagship status comes flagship features and the Duc hardly disappoints. The svelte 373 lb bike packs Ducati’s Desmodue Evoluzione engine, which boasts a whopping 100 air-cooled horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque. But with power comes responsibility and the 1100EVO comes standard with Ducati’s…

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Caterham it up

2012 Caterham-Lola SP/300R

When a car is powered by a 300 hp engine and it weighs well under a ton, what do you get? Other than a smile plastered on a warped face, you get the gift that keeps on giving… 500 brake horsepower per ton, all neatly packaged in the new 2012 Caterham-Lola SP/300R. The beautiful product…

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He Bought It for "Zoom"

John Lennon’s Ferrari 330 GT

Owning a Ferrari 300GT 2+2 coupe would be cool on its own, but acquiring one originally owned by John Lennon — that also happened to be his first car — takes things to an entirely different level. While Lennon himself paid about $3,104 for the whip back in 1965 after passing his driver’s test, rest…

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Stowaway Stunner

B Yachts B30

Measuring 32 feet, the B Yacht B30 is the creation of Luca Brenta and Lorenzo Argento. Built specifically for sailing enthusiasts and a spectacle of marvel of crisp, modern simplicity, the B30 ($125,000) pivots around a unique hallmark feature: single-handed operation. It is further enhanced by a massive ballast ratio that emparts operators with a…

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Roam On the Range, Or Anywhere Else You Damn Please

Earth Roamer XV-JP

The Merecedes Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X and the Icon CJ3B definitely have off-roading capabilities in spades, but they certainly don’t have a Loftop with 9 feet of interior stand up height, a queen-size bed, a 25 gallon fresh water capacity, a toilet, shower, sink, cooking facilities, and a solar-powered fridge. In case you were wondering…

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Because Life Doesn't Start Until 250 mph

2011 Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero II

The yet-to-be-released 2011 Shelby Supercar Ultimate Aero II is the kind of vehicle Maverick might hop in to dogfight Jester, only to realize after hitting 275 mph that the vehicle doesn’t actually take to air. At least that’s the impression these newly released photos by Top Gear convey.

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King of the Road? Try Sultan

Futuria Sports Caravan

Why should all the yacht owners get to be the only ones having all of the fun? At least that seems to be the question Futuria seems to be asking. So for the super wealthy who happen to be water averse, they’ve created the Futuria Sports Caravan. Touted as a yacht on wheels, this 36-foot…