With GM facing well-publicized challenges -- along with just about everyone else who needs a little thing called money -- certain high-profile and expensive programs are crowding up on the back burner. Even America's sports car, the Corvette, is not exempt, with CAFE regulations clouding the view inside the 'Vette Nation's crystal ball. Motor Trend, commenting on the C7 Corvette's delayed arrival, has said that the new coupe won't appear until the 2014 model year at the earliest. The mid-engined route has also been scrapped, since it would simply cost too much to re-engineer the entire car for the purpose of easier integration of fuel saving tech like cylinder deactivation. That means a six-cylinder is still being talked about -- by GM outsiders only, at this point -- as an option for the C7. If we take the Camaro as an example, that 2014 introduction date could mean late 2012, but that still only gives you four years to mentally prepare for a budget- and economy-minded V6 Corvette. Get cracking.
Aston Martin, Vantage V8 Roadster
Ferrari, 612 Scaglietti
Lamborghini, Murcielago LP 640 Roadster
Maserati MC12 Corsa
Among the high-performance coupes, the Audi S5 with its combination of V8 FSI technology and quattro permanent all-wheel drive truly stands alone. The eight-cylinder engine with superb power potential is well matched with the specially tuned sports suspension and high-performance brakes.
2008 BMW 135i Coupe
The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 “Pur Sang” Edition
Visitors to the Atelier in Molsheim are always intrigued to see the Bugatti Veyron’s high-tech components being meticulously assembled into an automotive work of art. Watching the car coming together, coupled with an admiration for the technical beauty of its structure, gave the designers the idea of finishing the car in its pure material configuration – meaning no color coating. The result is the EB 16.4. Veyron “Pur Sang”, a two-tone study of pure materialness showing the car’s true essentials: carbon and aluminum.
The carbon monocoque holds the engine plus the passenger cell, while the polished aluminum panelling is enhanced by reflections in the sculpted bodywork. Interestingly, the rawness of the materials even more strongly highlights the dual character of this car: performance power coupled with cruising comfort, structure and body, dark and light.
2009 Chevrolet ZR1
“Chevrolet’s goal with the new ZR1 is to show what an American supercar can deliver, at a price that trumps exotics that cost two, three or four times as much – and does so with exceptional driveability,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
New innovative car design concept from Aston Martin car maker company which has developed an original luxury commuter vehicles concept named 2010 Aston Martin Cygnet that will present buyers a distinctive, intelligent and exclusive car solution for urban travel in style and comfort. The 2010 Aston Martin Cygnet car concept will proffer Aston Martin trademark design in a commuter car package based on the critically acclaimed Toyota iQ with a Euro NCAP five-star safety package. The “Cygnet” concept car models represents a artistic, environmentally conscious solution, being small, up till now with presence and highly fuel efficient, at the present combined with the prestige of Aston Martin’s luxury car brand ownership. Aston Martin as the world leader in exclusive niche engineering is collaborating on this 2010 Aston Martin Cygnet concept with Toyota the world leader in volume, quality and reliability. Although vastly different in size, Toyota and Aston Martin share the philosophy of engineering superiority and modernism underlined by a strong passion for cars.
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