New Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Debuts

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.

2012 Kia Optima SX Review on Bullz-Eye

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!

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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.”

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Lamborghini Palm Beach presents the 2012 Gallardo

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.

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Coming Soon: Harley Davidson 72 and Softail Slim Review

THE NEW SEVENTY-TWO from benedict campbell on Vimeo.

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.

Stay tuned.

Is a new Barracuda for real?

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.

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