It was at the Paris Motor Show that Maserati has announced the names of three of its upcoming new cars, two of which are the auto manufacturer’s new SUV and sports saloon.
The luxury car brand’s new production SUV will be named the Levante despite its 2011 concept originally being called the Kubang. What is the significance of the word Levante? Well, it comes from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna in Italy where the Maserati brothers conceived the idea of the company.
The Levante is expected to launch in 2014.
Ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the F-TYPE is once again put through high-speed testing by engineers showcased in a series of films.
In ‘Fierce’, filmed at the Nardo Test Facility in Italy, the F-TYPE is put through the most rigorous high-speed testing by Jaguar’s engineers. The unique ring shaped track means that test drivers can not only VMax the car but it’s also possible to stress test at the most extreme high temperatures.
Watch as the F-TYPE is pushed to its limits to ensure outstanding performance:
The film ‘Focused’ was filmed at The Nürburgring motorsports complex in Germany. Nürburgring features a Grand Prix race track and an older “North Loop” track, nicknamed the “Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart, which is widely considered one of the most demanding purpose built racing circuits in the world – there is nowhere else like the Nordschleife (the North Loop).
Here the car is tested through a series of sustained high speed laps with rapid changes of direction, gradient, speed, braking, and surface to help refine the cars set up, damping, braking systems, for the most punishing lap on the Green Hell. Proving the cars sporting credentials and real world liveability:
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View more images of the F-TYPE in the gallery below:
McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar, the P1, which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.
Unveiled to the public in June 2012, Aston Martin describes the Vanquish as “the ultimate expression of art and technology, a new class defined: the super grand tourer.”
The vehicle recently spent a lot of time in Italy with photographer Rene Staud who produced some magnificent images (like the one above) of the Vanquish in the streets and countryside of Tuscany.
In addition, the company has put together a three-part video series of behind the scenes footage to show how all those images came together.
Lamborghini has announced that it will be showcasing both its new Sesto Elemento (above) and Urus SUV concepts at the 2012 Monterey Classic Car week in California.
The Sesto Elemento first made an appearance back in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show with Lamborghini having confirmed that it will be producing 20 units of the luxury vehicle accompanied by a price tag of $2.2 million.
The vehicle borrows its engine from the LP 570-4 and will retain most of its body work from the concept.
The supercar, priced at about $845, 000, packs a 425 kW (570 hp) 4.6-litre V8 engine, which is complemented by a 90 kW (121 hp) electric motor on the rear along with a 80 kW (107 hp) unit driving the front wheels.
While the video is only a few seconds long, 9 to be exact, the sounds and visuals are clear.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is expected to be ready by late 2013.
Watch the video below:
Chris Harris travels to Italy to be one of the first journalists behind the wheel of the new Pagani Huayra.
Harris then meets up with Pagani’s PR man, where they discuss aerodynamics and weight distribution over dinner after which its time to meet test driver Davide Testi. The next day, Harris heads for the Pagani factory where he gets to spend some valuable alone time with the magnificent vehicle before finally, getting behind the wheel.
Watch Harris in action in the video below:
Here are some of the first official pictures of McLaren’s MP4-12C Spider.
The new vehicle, which is identical mechanically to the recently updated MP4-12C Coupe was fitted with a retractable folding metal hard top by the British sueprcar maker, that is unique to the vehicle and can fold away in under 17 seconds, according to McLaren.
What makes the retractable roof unique to the McLaren MP4-12C Spider is that it can be manoeuvred while on the move, more specifically at speeds of up to about 29km/h. In addition the rear window/wind deflector can also be lowered when the roof is in position.