These photo's of the Ferrari 599 GTB have just leaked in the internet. This model, which borrows styling cues from the 250GT will replace the 575 Maranello. Based on a shortened platform of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, the GTB promises to offer more space for passengers is and there luggage. As of the price, 599 GTB will cost more than the F430 and less than the 612 Scaglietti. The driving force behind the GTB is a more powerful version of Scaglietti's V12 6.0 which produces nearly 600 hp Expect a 0-62mph in about 4,0 sec
Lamborghini brings back a legendary name from the company’s past with the breathtaking “Lamborghini Miura Concept”. which its the first vehicle to be conjured from Walter de’ Silva, Head of Lamborghini Design.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Miura was originally designed by Marcello Gandini and was first publicly presented at the 1966 Geneva Show.
De’ Silva has redesigned every aspect of the car while remaining absolutely faithful to the original form. The new car retains the extraordinary purity of line characteristic of the original Miura. The designer’s intervention has been defined by refining the contours and eliminating any superfluous detail in order to enhance the clean, simple lines and perfectly-balanced proportions of the original that so impassioned enthusiasts. The restyling of the lower part of the body takes the car’s structural strength and aerodynamic performance to new heights, without disturbing the delicate aesthetic equilibrium.
And so a true design icon is reborn. “Over the last two years,” explains Walter de’ Silva, “I have often dreamt of redesigning the Miura. Now, thanks to my new position at the head of Lamborghini design and the enthusiastic support of the Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, I have been able to turn that dream into a reality.”
The “Lamborghini Miura Concept” will be on show at the Lamborghini stand at the 2006 NAIAS SHOWin Detroit.
THE FIRST photos of the all new french supermini 207, have just leaked out, a week before its official presentation. The 207 will start its career with three petrols engines. 1.4 8v 75 hp, 1.4 16V with 90 hp and 1.6 with 110 hp. Peugeot will also unveil the 207 GTi and RS which will wear a 1.6 Turbo engine co-developed with BMW (it will be used on the next Mini) that produces 143 & 170 hp respectevely. In 2007, Peugeot will add 2 more versions to the range, the coupe-cabrio CC and the station wagon SW.
In Detroit Aston Martin will show a four door concept car. The Rapide which has been clearly inspired by the DB9, is intended to compete with cars like the Maserati Quattroporte, Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the future Porsche Panamera
The Rapide which is based on the same platform as the DB9 and V8 Vantage is slmost five meters long and weighs about 1,900 kg. Under the hood lays a 480hp V12 engine. If Fords give the ok, the Rapide could go in production in 2009.
In its first-ever appearance at the Detroit Motor Show, EDAG will exhibit the Pontiac Solstice in a hardtop version. Inspired by the Pontiac Safari station wagons of the 1950s and 1960s, the convertible comes from the factory with a cloth top which disappears under a flap in the back when retracted. The EDAG designers have designed a special hardtop, including a new boot flap, for the Solstice which not only puts a solid roof over the driver’s head, but also gives the car a completely new appearance. , the EDAG designers have come up with a dynamic, elegant and contemporary variant of a sports estate.
The Imperial rides on a 123-inch wheelbase, a 3-inch stretch over the 300C. To achieve the proper proportions for the concept, the overall length grows 17 inches to 214 inches, and the overall height is six inches taller than a 300C. The car rides on 22-inch turbine-finned wheels and tires, with passengers sitting nearly 7inches higher than in the 300C.
The flagship which is positioned a cut above the 300C has been designed in Chrysler’s Auburn Hills studio and it doesn’t mimic Imperials of the past, but it does draw on some of the styling cues from those older cars. On the other hand, as the 300C is seen as theBentley of the poor, the Imperial looks like a Rolls for the "poor". The front part of the car is the less atractive, as it could be easyly mistaken for a Chinese version of the Rolls.
Pontiac is taking the Solstice to a new level with the announcement of the turbocharged 2007 Solstice GXP. The Ecotec 2.0T GM’s first direct injection offering in North America. It produces 260 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm), making it GM’s highest specific output engine ever, at 2.1 horsepower per cubic inch of displacement (130 hp / 97 kw per liter)
The turbo engine is connected to a standard five-speed manual gearbox, or an optional five-speed automotive transmission. Either transmission can propel the car from zero-to 60 mph in under 5.5 seconds.