One-off Land Rover spit-roasts meat off the engine, churns butter at the wheels

When we think of Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations, we think extra-cushy leather interiors, upmarket trim and personalized paint jobs. We definitely don't think of a rolling kitchen fit to prepare gourmet meals on the road. But that's the mission celebrity chef Jamie Oliver laid out for the SVO team. Land Rover responded by building Oliver an extraordinary Discovery that slow-cooks under the hood, churns butter and makes ice cream in special wheel drums, slow-turns a rotisserie out front, [Read Entire Story]

Aventador S Roadster loses the roof, maintains the performance

The Lamborghini Aventador S is a shameless throwback to a time before turbochargers and hybrid-powertrains, with its free-breathing V12 engine and single-clutch gearbox. It also has a fixed roof: good for keeping the rain out, bad for people who enjoy the wind in their hair and unfiltered engine noise. For those people there's now the Aventador S Roadster... Continue Reading Aventador S Roadster loses the roof, maintains the performance Category: Automotive Tags: Aventador [Read Entire Story]

The ultimate glamper: One only Maybach G650 Landaulet expected to fetch $1 million +

One of the 99 cars produced, this Maybach G650 Landaulet will be auctioned for charity during the Zoute Grand Prix in Belgium. The other 98 sold new for €630,000 + VAT in March 2017 when the luxury off-road limousine was first shown and the Laureus Landaulet to be auctioned is expected to exceed a million dollars on October 6, 2017... Continue Reading The ultimate glamper: One only Maybach G650 Landaulet expected to fetch $1 million + Category: Automotive Tags: [Read Entire Story]

Pictorial: Monterey Car Week & Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017

Monterey Car Week has finished and a host of memories have been consigned to history. This year the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion involved the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, plus we attended most events from the Concours de Lemons, McCall's Motorworks Revival, The Quail Motorsports Gathering and Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance through to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. These are the pick of the pics... Continue Reading Pictorial: Monterey Car Week & Pebble Beach [Read Entire Story]

Mercedes-AMG Project One to deliver on the dream of an F1 car for the road

Rumblings about the Mercedes-AMG Project One have been around for a while now, but details about this mysterious racer for the road have been hard to come by. We know just 300 will be built, and we know they're all accounted for, but details about the powertrain have been hard to come by... until now. The Quail, part of the annual Monterey Car Week, was used to show the world what lies beneath the Project One's skin – it's time to prepare for a road-going Formula 1 car... Continue Reading [Read Entire Story]

Wedge-shaped Ken Okuyama creation channels ’70s supercar style

Ken Okuyama is currently one of the most exciting names in vehicle design. Even if you ignore his work on trains and tractors, Okuyama has a resume to make most vehicle designers green with envy, having been involved in shaping the Chevrolet Corvette (C5), the Porsche 911 (996), and taking the lead on the Ferrari Enzo during a stint with Pininfarina. Having unveiled the Kode 57 during Monterey Car Week last year, the talented designer has this year whipped the covers off a dramatic new creation [Read Entire Story]

Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

In many ways, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a continuation concept, taking the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016, and removing the top. It is so much more than that thanks to the spectacular interior... Continue Reading Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach Category: Automotive Tags: 2017 Monterey Car Week Maybach Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Maybach [Read Entire Story]

BMW lets the California air in with Concept Z4 Roadster

A year after BMW ended production of the second-generation Z4, a new Z4 has made its debut at Monterey Car Week 2017. The striking Concept Z4 Roadster wears some of the creased, angular bodywork previewed on the Concept 8 Series on its compact roadster body, creating an open two-seater that begs equally for straight, open strips of traffic-free desert road and furious, bluff-hugging twists high above smashing waves. .. Continue Reading BMW lets the California air in with Concept Z4 [Read Entire Story]

Speedster and Shooting Brake to round out Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato lineup

The design partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato started with the DB4 GT Zagato in 1960, and has been sporadically rekindled over the intervening six decades. It spawned the Vanquish Zagato Coupe and Volante last year, but the designers clearly had more to give, because Pebble Beach will play host to another creation. Meet the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, which will be followed by a Shooting Brake... Continue Reading Speedster and Shooting Brake to round out Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato [Read Entire Story]

Infiniti handcrafts a retro-futuristic dream in the electric Prototype 9

Infiniti has completely unwrapped the stunning retro-futuristic Prototype 9 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Inspired by classic Japanese racers, the car blends stunning proportions with a modern electric powertrain to create one of the most interesting concepts we've seen this year. .. Continue Reading Infiniti handcrafts a retro-futuristic dream in the electric Prototype 9 Category: Automotive Tags: Concept Cars Electric Vehicles [Read Entire Story]

Acura to debut 2018 RLX and its hybrid sports car design at Monterey

Acura's 2018 RLX is meant to reflect the automotive brand's new design direction through the company's flagship sports sedan. The 2018 RLX will make its public debut at the upcoming Monterey Automotive Week in California on August 15-19, showcasing the complete redesign of the vehicle... Continue Reading Acura to debut 2018 RLX and its hybrid sports car design at Monterey Category: Automotive Tags: 2017 Monterey Car Week Acura Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

The 100 most valuable cars for sale at Monterey Car Week

Our regular Monterey Car Week auction preview lists no less than 113 cars with estimates exceeding $1 million. Pictures, links to auction descriptions, all the key info precised... Continue Reading The 100 most valuable cars for sale at Monterey Car Week Category: Automotive Tags: 2017 Monterey Car Week Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Bentley BMW Bonhams Bugatti Delahaye Ferrari [Read Entire Story]

Infiniti retro-modern race car and other killer concepts coming to Pebble Beach

Each August, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance welcomes an astounding collection of classic and modern automobiles. Just take a look at what was on show last year to see for yourself. At this month's event, Infiniti plans to walk the line between classic and modern, presenting a vintage race car fully updated with electric technology and modern design language. The prototype open-top racer will be joined by concept debuts from a several other luxury automakers. .. Continue Reading Infiniti [Read Entire Story]

2017 Monterey Auction Preview 1: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (Chassis 1)

The press release calls it "the most important Aston Martin ever produced". Only five were made and between them they won the 24 Hour of Le Mans, 1000 km Nürburgring and World Sportscar Championship. In short order, the Aston Martin DB (David Brown) lineage then produced the fastest road car in the world three times in a row (DB4, DB4 GT and DB4 GT Zagato), then became the dream car of a generation with James Bond's gadget-festooned DB5. It's a Boy's Own story, and it started here - the Aston [Read Entire Story]

Zus tire monitor sends slow leak alerts to your smartphone

Deflating tires are at best an inconvenience and at worst a real danger, but often a leak doesn't reveal itself until much of the pressure is gone. That's why we have recently seen a few tire pressure monitors that ping your smartphone when air begins to escape. But a new solution from car accessory maker Nonda promises to fill in yet more of these blanks, with what it says is the first tire monitor made specifically to monitor slow leaks... Continue Reading Zus tire monitor sends slow leak [Read Entire Story]

Electric road powers Renault EVs

Many people worry that if they had an electric car, its battery range wouldn't allow them to get from one charging station to another. That wouldn't be a problem, however, if the vehicle was able to draw power from the road as it was driving. Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom have taken a step towards making that happen, with the recent demonstration of a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system... Continue Reading Electric road powers [Read Entire Story]

Gaffoglio throws some style at the electric bus

Not every electric vehicle is stylish, or even vaguely attractive, but electric sports sedans, high-powered electric mountain bikes and high-tech folding e-scooters help make their respective corners of the zero-emissions market a little sexier. The electric bus segment, on the other hand, is less likely to benefit from smooth, eye-tantalizing curves. California's Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters aims to change that with a sleek, all-electric bus prototype that might just inspire you ditch to your [Read Entire Story]

Mercedes-Benz 680 S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster heads to auction

The sale of one of the best known cars in the world will headline the Villa d'Erba sale in Italy later this month. The display car at the 1929 New York Auto Show, this Saoutchik-bodied Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde Roadster was famously awarded 100 points - a perfect score - at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance claiming the Best of Show trophy. It has sold before, for $3,645,000 in 2006, and $8,250,000 in 2013... Continue Reading Mercedes-Benz 680 S Saoutchik Torpedo [Read Entire Story]

Lucid Motors’ flagship Air to offer 200 mph+ performance

Lucid Motors is one of the most exciting automotive startups since Tesla, and the big claims continue rolling in ahead of its first production car – the Air – hitting the market. We already know the base model will be cheaper than the Tesla Model S, but a recent chat with the company has shed light on the crazy performance you can expect from its range-topping cars. .. Continue Reading Lucid Motors' flagship Air to offer 200 mph+ performance Category: Automotive Tags: [Read Entire Story]

Super Cruise inches Cadillac closer to semi-autonomous leaders

Cadillac has made no secret of its plan to tackle the German luxury-car leaders, but it hasn't quite cracked the code yet. The CT6 is good, but it lags in the technology stakes compared to the semi-autonomous showoffs you can buy from Mercedes and BMW. The company has taken a baby step towards matching its European rivals with the new Super Cruise system... Continue Reading Super Cruise inches Cadillac closer to semi-autonomous leaders Category: Automotive Tags: Autonomy [Read Entire Story]

Top 50 car sales at the 2017 Amelia Island Auctions

The collectible automobile auctions marketplace continued to surprise everyone in Amelia Island last week. Total sales were $US121 million, down 13 percent from $140 million last year, but that doesn't mean much because the weather prevailed to make any analysis of the results meaningless. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was moved from Sunday to Saturday at the last minute due to threatening weather and a proportion of the crowds headed for the auctions decided to go elsewhere. The average [Read Entire Story]

Mulliner makes a more magnificent Mulsanne

Hot on the heels of the delightfully overblown Bentayga Mulliner, Bentley has unveiled the limited-run Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner. Along with a silly name, the British limo has been treated to a bespoke cabin and interior finish inspired by precious metals. Yes, only the ultra-wealthy need apply here. .. Continue Reading Mulliner makes a more magnificent Mulsanne Category: Automotive Tags: Geneva Motor Show 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Bentley [Read Entire Story]