Archived Features For April 2013
Ever increasingly, Auto Shanghai in China is gaining momentum as one of the top motor shows in the world.
For instance, this year both Bugatti and Lamborghini launched special editions at the show and Maserati used the event for the global launch of the Ghibli.
Our gallery from the show floor includes all the major debuts including some oddities such as the Hong Qi L7 and Beijing Auto Concept 900.
Concept and supercar releases at the show include the 2014 Maserati Ghibli S, 2013 Buick Riviera, 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario, 2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC Edition, Nissan Friend-ME, 2014 Detroit Electric SP:01, 2013 Icona Vulcano and the updated Porsche Panamera range.
Today Lamborghini's 50th anniversary celebrations reach full swing with the release of the Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario.
It's a special edition of the Aventador with 20 extra horsepower, new front and rear facias and will be built in a limited production of only 100 units.
Earlier this year we attended the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where there was an impressive 50th anniversary display of Lamborghinis that will be hard to beat.
Of course we also have to mention the Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario which shows how far the company has come in 25 years.
Today Top Marques Monaco opened its doors to reveal some of the most daring supercars of the year.
Styling houses like F & M and Venser displayed new cars alongside brands only familiar to the Monaco crowd such as Savage Royale, GTA, Saker and Soleil.
Our gallery comes to us from the talented Loïc Kernen who carefully photographed some of the rarer cars inside and out. Hopefully tomorrow he will make some nice spots to share with us all.
Last weekend Lamborghini staged the first of six Blancpain Super Trofeo rounds at Monza.
The main event included sixteen similarly-spec'd cars which were updated for the 2013 season. The new aerokit knocked 1.5 seconds off the Monza lap time and made the 4WD racecars look particularly aggressive.
Our preview gallery of the Monza round has many terrific images of this bespoke series. Later this year, Lamborghini North America hope to launch a similar series at Road America in June.
Lamborghini prepared a quick teaser video of the weekend which you can see on our Super Trofeo page.
This year's 6 Hours of Silverstone opened the WEC calendar with the #2 Audi of Tom Kristensen, Loïc Duval, Allan McNish taking top honors.
The GT victory went to Aston Martin Racing who fielded four of their updated Aston Martin Vantage V8s.
The race was also notable for the debut of the 2013 Porsche 911 RSR, 2013 HPD ARX-03c and the 2013 Lotus T128.
Today Peugeot made their Pikes Peak intention clear by releasing the first images and details of the 208 T16 Pikes Peak.
This car will be driven by 9-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb with financial support from Peugeot's main sponsor Red Bull.
Peugeot are no newcomer to Pike Peak. They used the Peugeot 205 T16 Pikes Peak in 1987 and the Peugeot 405 T16 GR Pikes Peak for 1988 and 1989.
Today Bugatti have released details on the WRC Edition Vitesse which recently reached a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph) at Ehra-Lessien.
Eight cars will be made similar to the world record car and each will be sold for €1,900,000.
Chinese entrepreneur and race driver Anthony Liu drove the WRC Edition during the test.
Today we are presenting our first video review of an event called the GT40s at Amelia Island.
This is an in-depth look at the feature class of the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and includes some of the very best GT40s extant.
If we have time we might cover the 911s from Amelia, so be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel if you would like to keep in touch.
Today Maserati are releasing a few details and images of their Ghibli which will be a sporty alternative to the Quattroporte.
This third-generation Ghibli will have either a gasoline or diesel V6 available to power all four wheels. More details will be available after the Ghibli's release at the upcoming Shanghai motor show.
Recently the classic Ghibli market has been picking up. The last two Ghibli SS models sold for $151,250 and $137,500 at public auction.
Today Porsche updated their entire Panamera range with new bodywork, a twin turbo V6 for the 2WD cars and a new Hybrid version.
Representing the best of the model is the Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive which uses the updated fascia and bodywork in concert with a longer chassis. The net effect is 15 cm longer cabin that almost exclusively provides more rear-seat leg room.
Porsche's biggest introduction is the new Panamera S E-Hybrid that is easily distinguished with its green brake calipers with green gauge needles to match. This model uses the new V6 in parallel with an electric engine to offer a combined 414 bhp.
Even the GTS will be offered in updated form with untouched power and performance figures.