When a new Ferrari debuts, it’s an event. When a truly breathtaking one debuts, it’s world changing. No other car company creates the same response as a new Ferrari, and that continues with the new F12 Berlinetta’s launch. First, there are the stunningly gorgeous looks. Even their new grille design that seems so awkward on the FF, blends seamlessly on the new F12. In a world gone retro looking for new design ideas, Ferrari manages to combine the natural beauty of the past, with modern design cues.
And of course, a conversation about Ferrari’s always includes how fast it will go. In this case, power will be coming from a 740hp, naturally-aspirated V-12. No Turbos that go whoosh, or superchargers that whine, this power is all natural. In fact, this is the fastest Ferrari around Ferrari’s test track. Faster than an Enzo, faster than the new 458, and in a car that is not meant for all out speed but for long distance trips. With both devastating speed and cross country comfort, the new F12 is the automotive equivalent of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
Knee-weakening looks, and devastating performance nearly wipes memories of the F12′s predecessor the 599 nearly off the map. I thought the 599 would be the last time we saw a grand touring Ferrari that was both classically beautiful, traditionally powered Ferrari Grand Tourer. Thankfully, I was very, very wrong. Long live the new F12 Berlinetta.
What’s great about today’s automobile market is that you don’t have to spend crazy money anymore for stunning good looks, and the 2012 Kia Optima SX is proof. The recently redesigned Optima is the total package and is sure to send rivals heading for cover!
Certain cars blend in well and some are meant to stand out. Guess where the 2012 Kia Optima SX Turbo falls into place? This is what happens when an already good looking vehicle gets 18 inch luxury designed alloy wheels, HID headlights and LED taillights, front fog lights, heating outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, dual exhaust with chrome tips and power folding outside mirrors in addition to other standard features. The Optima SX Turbo has very clean lines with an aggressive front fascia with a deck lid lip spoiler in the rear to let you know that this car not only looks the part but has some attitude under the hood. The spicy red paint looked very upscale and fits right in with Kia’s motto of a “design-led transformation.”
As we dropped into the back stretch on lap 4, I knew this would be the moment. Strapped into a screaming yellow 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, it was finally my turn to pass one of the other track cars and catch up to the lead pace Lambo. Following the pace car were me and three more Italian speed machines, all Lamborghinis with a total of about 1700 horsepower among them. I was in the second position among the four cars as the Lambo in front of me swung to the right, giving me a clear path to lift off. The stands to the left were a blur, not unlike a dash cam at Indy, as I paddle shifted at red line to second at 9000 rpms. Nothing can equal the wail of a Lamborghini at these engine speeds, and even with my insulated driver’s helmet and flame retardant mask, it was both deafening and intoxicating.
I mashed the petal with earnest, knowing that this car had a top speed in excess of 200 mph and I was on the longest backstretch of motor speedway in the Southeast United States. Ahead, the white Gallardo pace car taunted me to play catch-up with the other Lambo swinging aside to the right in a 135 mph blur as we hurled toward the hair pin right turn. The huge brakes produced physics-defying deceleration and I caught up (sort of) to the pace car and then rocketed again by the pits for the final lap. I now had the privilege of following the line the instructor found on the track, and I threw all here-to-known concern for life and limb and plowed into the turns. G forces in excess of 1.1 and 1.2 stunned me as we carved the S turns and sweepers past turn one. The Gallardo’s 570 horsepower V-10 goaded me on along with the state-of-the-art All Wheel Drive, ultra light carbon fiber body and Formula 1 speed paddle shifting technology. It all proved that there wasn’t anything I could do that would even mildly challenge this Lamborghini, as this beast was made for this kind of track. It’s as if it was saying: “Is that all you can do? Come on!” I knew then I was in the absolute pinnacle of sports car engineering and design, without peer world-wide. That was my welcome to Lamborghini.
Last week we published an overview of Harley Davidson’s newest bikes, the 72 and the Softail Slim. This week, Bullz-Eye.com will be joining Harley Davidson in Miami to review both of them in person. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @bullzeyedotcom to get up to the minute updates on the trip, and general motorcycle awesomeness. Also, don’t forget to look for the full review on the bikes over on Bullz-Eye.com.
Since we know you can’t wait to see these new bikes in action, click the video above to see what director Benedict Campbell did with the Harley 72.
It appears Chrysler is toying with the idea of building a brand new Barracuda and folks are more than excited to learn more. The Challenger is a beast so where does the supposed Barracuda fall in line with the automaker?
The Dodge Challenger made a comeback, so what’s next for Chrysler Group in the retro muscle-car wars?
How about a new Barracuda, sans the Plymouth name?
Chrysler Group is rumored to be developing a 21st century Barracuda to replace the Challenger, according to a story on the Motor Trend Web site.
The car would be smaller and lighter than the Challenger, and it would be built on a rear-wheel-drive platform co-developed by Chrysler and Fiat. Alfa Romeo would share the platform with a wide range of models, according to the story. Today’s Challenger shares a platform with the first generation Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
The Barracuda’s styling would be a far less literal interpretation of its namesake than the Challenger, adopting styling cues instead of the strong retro look found on today’s Challenger, the story says.
“That’s all speculation. We’re looking at a lot of things,” said Dan Reid, a Chrysler spokesman.
The Infiniti logo is seen at the company’s display during the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. UPI/Brian Kersey
Infiniti is a proud corporate partner of NCAA Men’s Basketball and as part of their partnership they are hosting the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.
In trying to spread the word about the charity, Infiniti is hosting a Twitter party tonight for the Ohio State-Michigan basketball game at 9:00PM ET. Partygoers are encouraged to check out @bullzeyedotcom to talk a little hoops and enter to win prizes.
How you can participate is by voting in the Infiniti Coaches’ Challenge and after casting your vote, tweet who you voted for @InfinitiNews while including the hastag #CoachesCharity. Prizes include a $100 and $50 Visa Gift Cards and an Infiniti Branded Basketball.
Infiniti is donating $5,000 to each of the charities involved in the Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The coaches’ charity with the most votes will receive $100,000, so be sure to check out ESPN.com/Infiniti to check out all of the charities involved so that you’re ready to vote tonight!
Admiring the curves of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model is one thing, but actually driving it – that’s something only Lexus and its all-new 2013 GS sport sedan could do with style. As the official automotive marketing partner of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit property, Lexus created a multi-faceted campaign called TORI 500, showcasing an actual racetrack that the automaker created in the shape of model Tori Praver’s body.
“What better way to help introduce the bold new face of Lexus than with a bold new campaign featuring a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model?” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “With the new GS, there’s no going back for Lexus. Instead of just looking at the pictures, consumers can share in the fun through our many campaign components, including having Tori appear in their own photos.”
As a recovering wheel addict, (I have a weakness for vintage BBS wheels) I continue to be drawn to a nice set of wheels on a well modified car. However, the wheels of my dreams are not the chrome monstrosities you’d find on a donk, but wheels with vintage motorsport pedigree. The problem though is getting older wheels onto newer cars. Sometimes old wheels just don’t come in the sizes and offsets needed for new cars. HRE has a solution though with their new Vintage Series of designs. What they’ve done is reinterpret classic wheel styles with current technology and sizes. Additionally, they’ve produced a video to show how just they do it too.
So, the apocalypse has happened. Whatever is going to be the cause- zombies, asteroid, disease, Justin Bieber’s new CD, etc.- it’s going to be bad. But there is a bright side. Think about it, all those empty roads, no distracted drivers, and an endless supply of recently abandoned motorcycles at your disposal. If it wasn’t doomsday, it would be motorcycle heaven. But, if your going to be riding around in the apocolyptic future, your’re going to need protection. You don’t want to crash and get taken by the zombie hoards do you?
Luckily, Icon has you covered. With their new 1000 collection, they have motorcycle gear that has been styled for the urban frontier. Stripped of logos, and stuffed with armor and attitude, these gloves, helmets, jackets, and boots are ready for battle. They even have t-shirts so you can look stylish while foraging for supplies. Icon has even gone the extra mile by customizing a few bikes to showcase the “post-apocalypse” look of the near future.
Best part is, you don’t have to wait for he end of the world since the gear is available right now. Check out Icon1000.com website for more information, and pictures of the customized bikes. Don’t wander around waiting to be attacked by zombies when doomsday comes, explore and attack the apocalypse head-on from the seat of a motorcycle.
Fans have been modifying Nissan’s Z car in garages around the world for going on 40 years. Now, Nissan is making it possible to modify a 370Z over the internet with their new Facebook campaign, and you don’t even need to own the car to participate.
“Project 370Z” works like this. Log onto facebook.com/nissanperformance. From there, vote for a variety of performance parts as they become available. Turbos, Superchargers, bigger brakes, or wings, the choices are all yours. The votes will then be tallied and the winning parts will be added to the car.
The final car will then be debuted at the annual Z car meeting “Z Dayz” event in North Carolina. You get all the rewards of customizing your own Z, and you don’t even get your hands dirty. Maybe the event will give you enough inspiration to modify your own Z car though.