Men’s magazine Playboy, perhaps the epitome of testosterone-driven tastemaking, has released its pick of the greatest cars of all time.
The magazine, which regularly features motoring news and interviews, compiled the list of its favorite models of all time for the May issue, now on US newsstands.
In recognition of its partnership with Boeing on advanced materials such as the carbon fiber used in the 787 Dreamliner, Lamborghini has unveiled a one-of-a-kind Aventador LP 700-4 with a swoopy, blue and white Dreamliner-esque color scheme.
The new Lamborghini Aventador J Roadster, recently revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, is not just a concept car but now a real one-off production vehicle.
The Aventador J doesn’t have a roof, not even the retractable kind. Nor does it have a windscreen, with Lamborghini apparently having concluded that its “force of nature on wheels” should be as exposed to the real nature as possible.
Infiniti has announced further details of a major new sports car concept set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Nissan-owned brand revealed February 3 that the model will be called ‘Emerg-E’, promising a low-emission, high-performance and high-technology car, with several firsts — and a new design direction for the brand.
The concept will use a range extender drivetrain, meaning that it will contain an electric motor and a gas-powered generator, as opposed to Nissan’s proven 100 percent battery technology used by cars such as the Leaf.
Bugatti is set to unveil the most powerful roadster of all time at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.
With an increase in power up to 1,200 HP, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has entered a new dimension of open-top driving.
Optically aligned to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/h, the Vitesse also impresses with its dynamic driving characteristics.
Mazda is to launch a limited-edition model of its popular MX-5 sportscar at the Chicago Auto Show next week.
The Japanese brand said that only 450 Special Edition variants of the MX-5 will be produced, boasting an upgraded roof and new interior.
Since its launch in 1989, the MX-5 Miata has become the world’s best-selling two-seat roadster and is a popular — and much cheaper — alternative to high-end models from the likes of Porsche and BMW.
Legendary Italian designer Pininfarina teased a forthcoming sports sedan this week, showing just one tiny part of a futuristic-looking, Star Trek-inpired face.
Its new Cambiano will be a luxury sports sedan, “conceived with great attention to the environment, both as to the engine and as to the materials’ choice.”
The model (named after its hometown) has been conceived to celebrate 30 years of the Pininfarina Cambiano Styling Center and 10 years of the Engineering Center.
Japanese luxury auto brand Lexus finally revealed the LF-LC sports coupe concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
The all-new design pushes Lexus further into sports car territory and could provide a rival for established names such as Porsche if approved for production.
With a low profile, large wheels and futuristic running lights, the LF-LC is clearly designed for ‘serious’ drivers, with quad exhaust pipes and tail lamps inspired by a jet afterburner at takeoff.
A fleet of luxury sportscars has been involved in one of the most expensive accidents in history after an astonishing multi-car pile-up in Japan.
The wreck included several Ferrari 355s, Ferrari F430s, Ferrari F360, Ferrari F512, Lamborghini Diablo and three Mercedes models as well as a Nissan Skyline.
The Ferrari driver reportedly lost control round a wet curve of China Road in Yamaguchi Prefecture when he hit a median creating a catastrophic chain reaction.
Hennessey Performance has released the first image and details for the Venom GT Spyder, the open top variant of the Venom GT Coupe.
A massive 1,200 bhp (895 kW / 1217 PS) is produced by the Venom GT Spyder’s engine and the model’s weight is stated to be 1,200 kg ( 2,645 lbs ).
Pricing for the coupe is set at $950,000 whereas the Spyder will cost $1.1 million.
Toyota has released the first images of its new sports car, confirming that it will go on sale next year as the GT 86.
Built on an all-new platform, the model is hoped to reestablish the Japanese brand as a sporty name following the dominance of best-selling but mainstream models such as the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid.
The GT 86 is a compact model boasting a 197 hp 2.0-liter engine which should give the car quick performance when combined with its light curb weight.
Jaguar has unveiled its most powerful open-topped GT ever on the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The automaker took the wraps off the XKR-S Convertible November 16, describing the model as a “new performance echelon” at the top of its XK range.
Boasting a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, the model tops out at 300 km/h and manages 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, the fastest time for a convertible Jaguar GT.
Ford has announced the launch of a record-breaking V8 engine, debuting in the Shelby GT500 this week, ahead of its Los Angeles Auto Show debut.
The new 2013 Ford Shelby GT 500 contains a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it (by Ford’s reckoning) the most powerful production V8 engine in the world.
The model boasts a top speed of more than 200 mph (320 km/h), helped by its 3,850-pound light weight and a six-speed manual transmission, with Ford’s high-performance SVT team individually tuning nearly every vehicle system for power.
Legendary Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray has unveiled a new prototype electric sports car to join his fold of futuristic small vehicle designs.
The TEEWAVE AR1 was designed in collaboration with Toray Industries and is designed partially as proof of concept for a production mechanism that can see a car processed in less than ten minutes.
Constructed from carbon fiber, the AR1 is remarkably light, weighing in at just 850 kilograms. That makes it considerably lighter than the Tesla Roadster.
Jaguar has released new details of a hybrid sports model it is working on as a potential successor to the legendary E-Type.
The new C-X16 two-seater uses a new 3.0-liter V6 engine along with a 70kW hybrid motor and is described as an ‘exploration’ of future performance hybrid options.
Using a combination of gasoline and batteries, the C-X16 offers a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) and a 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds, with an electric-only top-speed of 50 mph (80 km/h)
Maserati will debut the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi, a special edition of the 4.7-liter V8 GranCabrio designed with legendary Italian designer Silvia Venturini Fendi.
The model uses a dark grey body color with a golden finish named Grigio Flamma Fendi and features the exclusive Pergamena Fendi wood trim interior finish, along with Fendi yellow trim and the brand’s F-logo stitched onto the seat.
Fendi’s Cuoio Romano leather (from its Selleria line) has been used for internal details such as the instrument cluster cover, the gear lever and floor mat profiles.
Bugatti in collaboration with Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has released unique version of Bugatti Veyron – Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc.
The ‘L’Or Blanc’ was unveiled on Thursday in Berlin, German. It’s the world’s first vehicle with porcelain elements in exterior and interior design.
Porcelain is used in seven locations on the L’Or Blanc, including the wheel centers, fuel and oil filler caps, and the large “EB” badge on the back.
Lotus Cars Ltd announced its official foray into China on Wednesday, seeing the huge potential from China’s surging super sports-car market.
The British sports-car maker has authorized Symphony Lotus Ltd as its importer and distributor around the nation with the launch of a new logo to avoid confusion with the local Youngman brand which already uses the “lotus” name (Lianhua in Chinese).
It will start first with an outlet in Beijing — expected to open in October — before moving into the cities of Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangzhou by the end of the year.
For several years now, the only real option for sports car lovers who wanted to go electric was the Tesla Roadster — a Lotus Elise-based EV with a top speed of over 200km/h and a range of nealr 400 km.
But this week, a British engineering company unveiled a new prototype which one day could present a real challenge, the Delta E-4 Coupé.
Boasting a carbon composite chassis, the two-door vehicle can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than five seconds, thanks to its lightweight frame which weighs just 85 kg — the whole vehicle weighs an impressively low 975 kg.
Aston Martin on Friday announced its entry into India, one of the world’s fastest-growing automobile markets, with the launch of three models in the country.
The British luxury sports car maker joins Ferrari, Maserati, Bugatti and Lamborghini, whose vehicles are sold in India to a growing list of rich sports car enthusiasts.
“India represents a new opportunity for us,” said Michael van der Sande, chief commercial officer at Aston Martin.
The iconic carmaker will offer the V8 Vantage, priced at 15.5 million rupees ($348,341), the Rapide at 21.5 million rupees ($483,146) and the One-77 at 200 million rupees ($4.5 million), and will soon add more models, it said.