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E-Typical

Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

The Jaguar E-Type will forever stand as an automotive icon. The fact that it still gets copied half a century after it first bowed is a testament to its timeless beauty. British restorer, Eagle, has just done up another version of their 2009 E-Type homage. This time, it’s the Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster, scaling in…

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Double Bubble-icious

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin needs no introduction. Their cars have worn and continue to wear some of the sexiest sheet metal in the automotive world. Zagato may be lesser known in the general public, but the Italian design house has partnered with the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lancia and Alfa Romeo for decades, using its knowledge…

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Orange Slice

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

At the 1970 Turin Motor Show, Italian design house, Bertone, revealed to the world an automotive design so radical that it marked a new era in exotic automotive design, taking risks that seemed borderline insane. The 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, or just “Zero” rocked automotive circles like practically nothing else before it. Bertone did…

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A tad faster than a Prius

RCI-Formulec EF01 Electric Race Car

Consider the fact that your average Formula 1 race car gets about 4 miles per gallon and the average race is approximately 200 miles long. That’s 50 gallons of gas per race multiplied by 20 cars (granted, not all 20 run the full race), which comes to about 1,000 gallons of gas used per race….

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Lamborghini Aventador Mission Impossible

The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is unquestionably a work of art, but installing one for an exhibit at Rome’s Chiostro Del Bramante Contemporary Art Museum proved to be slightly more complicated than hanging a painting. Apparently, 16th century doors were not designed to allow enough berth for today’s supercars (we can’t imagine why…) to just…

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The Sports Bus Has Arrived

Behind the Wheel: 2011 Infiniti QX56

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From Grave to Glory

1965 Ford GT40 Prototype

It goes without saying that the original Ford GT40 stands as one of the most iconic American cars of all time. Originally designed to go up against Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race series, it won the race four times in a row from 1966 to 1969, which undoubtedly shamed the…

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Simply Electric

Peugeot EX1 Concept

Perhaps electric car design is on the upswing. Electric no longer equals emaculated with the Peugeot EX 1 Concept, which just set the speed record for an electric car on the Nordschliefe at Germany’s Nurburgring track at 9:01.338, which equates to an average speed of 86 mph. You might not think that’s fast until you…

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Now THIS is how you roadtrip

Ketterer Motorhome Custom

One look at the Ketterer Motorhome Custom and you’ll view RV’s in a whole new light. This, gents, is the luxury coach that dreams are made of. Built from the ground up using a Mercedes-Benz truck chassis, the Ketterer Custom can be built to spec with such creature comforts as a master bedroom with requisite…

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From Boxy to Foxy

Volvo Concept Universe

Even though Geely sounds like a name your kid might have chosen for his pet hamster, the Chinese automaker can respectably take the stage with a beautiful new concept car, the Volvo Concept Universe. In the 70′s and 80′s Volvos were relatively reliable European cars but tended to channel large kitchen appliances on the design…

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It's finally okay to drive one

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Good news, men. You’ll no longer be emasculated driving a VW Beetle. Lower, wider and with just the right amount of aggressiveness, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is completely redesigned so you won’t have to look like you borrowed your girlfriend’s car. Though we can’t say it’s rakish and intimidating, we do agree that it’s clearly…

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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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Maximum Mini

Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC

If you’ve ever seen WRC (Word Rally Championship), you know that the drivers and cars are some of the best around. You also know that you must be at least mildly wrong in the head to drive that fast on some seriously uneven and unpredictable roads around the world. Well, the sport has been suffering…

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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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Excellent Excess

Bugatti 16C Galibier

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and Veyron Super Sport have shared the supercar limelight for some time now. Well, Bugatti is staging an upset within in its own automotive ranks by releasing production news of the supremely opulent Bugatti 16C Galibier. A 1000 horsepower W16 (yes, mating V8s) and enough torque to move it to 60…

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F-Wonderful

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

It’s tough to appreciate the true beauty of a race car’s design, unless it’s standing still. We also focus so much on the “form follows function” mindset that we fail to see the artfulness of track-only vehicles, especially when they are adorned with every product logo known to mankind. A pictorial homage to the F1…

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The Holy Grail of Sports Sedans

2012 BMW M5 Concept

The BMW M5 has stood as the definitive sports sedan for two decades. Others have tried and though some have duplicated its power, no one has been able to harness the commensurate handling dynamics in this category. Now, BMW has pulled back the curtains on its 2012 BMW M5 Concept, and the results are nothing…

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An automobile that needs no explanation

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Every so often, a car comes along that is transcendent. The Jaguar E-Type. The Porsche 911. The Lamborghini Miura. And, yes, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. This Pininfarina designed exotic looks even more beautiful today than it did in 1973, set apart from the overly wrought designs of the present and rising above the morass…

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Big Deux Coupe

2012 BMW 650i Coupe

The original BMW 635CSi from the 80′s was a tough act to follow. Crisp, clean lines and an aggressive stance, along with a beautifully forward angled grille made the 6-Series Coupe of yesteryear a true classic.The reincarnation in 2003 proved to be less than thrilling, looking more like a large lozenge than an iconic coupe….

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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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No, it's not Elton John's ride

Mini Rocketman Concept

Mini is clearly not running out ideas. Case in point, the newly introduced Mini Rocketman Concept is a fairly radical design, even for Mini. Its exterior dimensions are closer to the original at only 11 feet long, and makes use of a carbon-fiber spaceframe that keeps weight down while giving the car a stunning proposed…

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Romeo. Ohh, Romeo.

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

Following in the footsteps of its positively stunning predecessor, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is both lighter and smaller in dimensions than the 8C Competizione. The 4C Concept is built from carbon fiber and aluminum and manages to keep an ultralight weight of 1,873 lbs. Not nearly as powerful as its bigger brother’s V8, the…

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Bumblebee's P.O.'d cousin

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Okay, so the new Camaro has taken the muscle car world by storm, throwing down against the Ford Mustang and winning (so far) in the number race. Now Chevy has its crosshairs focused on the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 with its upcoming rubber scorcher, the 2012 Camaro ZL1. More performance car than muscle car, the…

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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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Low slung bull

Lamborghini PML-F Formula 1 Concept

Unlike the Prancing Horse, Lambo lacks any serious racing pedigree. The newly designed Lamborghini PML-F Formula 1 Concept, however, could change that. Part F1 racer, part Dark Knight transport, this demonic creation from Sabino Leerentveld is intended to be propelled by a 3.0L 1200 hp V12. If it ever gets built, pairing that engine with…

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Mer-C-less

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Revamped both inside and out, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a four door force to be reckoned with. Earlier generations of Mercedes AMG vehicles were blunt force instruments. Lately though, Merc has been churning out drool-worthy vehicles that truly raise the performance quotient for the German automaker, as is the case for the C63….

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Impressive. Most Impressive.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

If Darth Vader had been born in Detroit, this just might be his vehicle of choice. The new 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition ($70,000). Uncannily timed with the release of a similarly adorned steerable rocket sled, the Porsche 911 Black Edition, this iteration of the already stunning CTS-V adds upgraded interior materials like microfiber…

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I crush your Big Wheel

Audi C e-tron

When is a toy car not a toy car? When Audi builds one out of carbon-fiber, throws in an electric motor and makes it so exclusive, you can’t actually buy it (yet). Case in point, the Audi C e-tron, built by the German automaker and modeled after the Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car…