Prefix Medusa Roadster SRT Viper Convertible

Prefix Roadster convertible SRT Viper

If you want a brand-new fifth-generation SRT Viper convertible, then you’re out of luck, as it only comes in coupe form. But now Michigan-based automotive engineering and prototype design company Prefix has rectified this by developing their own convertible Viper.

The conversion, called the Medusa Roadster (Manufactured, Engineered, Developed in the USA), costs $35,000 – on top of the price of a brand-new Viper. Prefix say they initially have plans for a run of just 10 cars, each with its own limited edition badge. The Medusa Roadster was debuted at a special event for 500 Viper owners and enthusiasts who were treated to a surprise unveiling of the car.
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

What you’re looking at here is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, the fastest series production convertible to leave the Aston Martin factory. Mechanically identical to the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster uses the same AM28 6.0 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, a powerplant which produces 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 201 mph.

Like its hard top sibling, the V12 Vantage S Roadster also uses the same three-mode adaptive damping suspension system which offers Normal, Sport and Track settings. It also employs carbon ceramic brake discs and uses the same ZF Servotronic power assist steering.

The transmission is a seven-speed Sportshift III hydraulically actuated automated manual unit which provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes. It replaces the six-speed manual unit used in the V12 Vantage Roadster, and also weighs 20 kgs (44 lbs) less.
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Lamborghini Canto – What the Murcielago could have been?

Lamborghini Canto

Back in the late 1990s, when Lamborghini were starting to realise they needed a replacement for the ageing Diablo, they started reviewing design proposals from various automotive design firms. Zagato’s offering was the Zagato L147 SuperDiablo, or as it was to be later known, the Lamborghini Canto.

The Lamborghini Canto first appeared in 1998, it arrived only two years after another Zagato designed Lamborghini concept had been unveiled, the Diablo-based Raptor. The cars shared a number of similar features, including the wraparound windows, triangular lateral air intakes, and trademark double-bubble roof. However of the two, the earlier Raptor was probably the better looking.

Clearly Ferdinand Piech – head of the Volkswagen Group – thought so too. After VW bought Lamborghini in 1999, one of his first decisions was to review the Canto’s development and redesign the concept. The car was re-engineered and the rear extensively restyled to include smaller air intakes. The engine was also upgraded thanks to a new ECU which boosted output of the 6.0 litre V12 to 640 horsepower – although it was actually detuned to 610 hp to improve reliability.
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Bentley Continental GT3-R – race-derived limited edition road car

Bentley Continental GT3-R

Despite the gaudy graphics, competition style air-intakes, racing wheels and imposing rear spoiler, this is a road car. The Bentley Continental GT3-R is the most dynamic and driver focused car in the Continental family. Unsurprisingly the car is inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. However despite the similar name, the GT3-R still has more in common with its other road-going siblings than the racer.

It’s still comfortable for a start. Even though the interior is now a strict two-seater – the rear seats have been replaced with an elegantly trimmed luggage shelf – vast swathes of quilted leather matched with bright green piping, chrome trim and glossy carbon fiber let you know it’s still refined. The newly designed sports seats are more supportive than those found in the standard car, and they include quilted Alcantara suede inserts. GT3-R badging can be found on the center console, sill plates, and passenger side dash.
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One-of-a-Kind Ferrari F12 TRS

Ferrari F12 TRS

Supercars are the preserve of the very rich. Custom built supercars fabricated by skilled craftsmen over the course of several months are for the obscenely rich. Since its inception, Ferrari’s Special Projects division have been hard at work creating unique one-of-a-kind supercars for wealthy clients. Along the way there have been some hits – like Eric Claptons Ferrari 458 based SP12 EC, and some misses – like the awkward looking P450 Superfast Aperta. The latest car looks like a serious hit.

Based on a Ferrari F12berlinetta, the open-top roadster was inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rosso, and the car’s name is derived from the 1957 car.
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McLaren P1 GTR announced

McLaren P1 GTR

The McLaren P1 is one of the most technologically advanced supercars on the planet. And now, 20 years after the game-changing McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a racing version has been announced. A GTR version of the P1 was always going to happen, McLaren are too proud of their racing history and they’ve put too much into the car to keep it as a show-off thing for the absurdly wealthy. So when the 375th and final P1 road car rolls off the production line, the P1 GTR will go into limited production, exact numbers are yet to be announced.

Costing £1.98M ($3.35M) the McLaren P1 GTR will be a track-only vehicle. This means McLaren don’t need to worry themselves with trying to make it road legal or emissions compliant. It will feature enhanced levels of grip, improved aerodynamics and greater downforce. It will also be more powerful. McLaren are aiming for 986 horsepower. The P1 GTR will also have a wider track and unique styling.
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Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition

Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition

After a 16 year absence Porsche will make a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race this year. To mark their return to endurance racing the company has created a special edition version of the 911. Called the Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition, the car wears the famous Martini branding which was used on several iconic Porsche race cars in the past. Cars like the 917, which domintaed the World Sportscar Championship in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and the wild 935 “Moby Dick” race car from the late 1970s.

Unlike those cars however, the Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition isn’t meant for the track. It doesn’t mean it can’t go there occasionaly, it’s just it’s probably more at home on the street.
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DMC Ferrari 458 Italia MCC Edition

DMC Ferrari 458 Italia MCC Edition

The phrase “less is more” isn’t one that’s reached supercar tuners yet. Cue the Ferrari 458 Italia MCC Edition by DMC. The German company have just unveiled their latest range of performance and styling products for the Italian supercar, and they consist of some very obvious carbon fiber aerodynamic components.

The MCC Edition stands for Monte Carlo Carbon Edition, and is based on the company’s non-carbon fiber package for the 458 Italia. The kit comprises of a new front bumper which is a direct replacement for the standard Ferrari unit, using the same brackets and mounting points. The bumper is a touch more aggressive than the regular one, with larger intakes, additional lateral spoilers and a carbon fiber lip spoiler.
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Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato

Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato

What you see here is a very special one-of-a-kind supercar built by Zagato and based on a Lamborghini. Called the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, the car uses the almost vintage Gallardo platform, and not, as you might expect, the newer Huracan as a starting point. Commissioned by Albert Speiss, a ludicrously wealthy Lamborghini collector, the car is designed to help commemorate the 95th anniversary Zagato’s founding.

The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato uses the same layout and drivetrain as the Gallardo LP570-4 on which it is based. However every single body panel has been replaced to create a truly unique vehicle. Influences for the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato include the fabulous Zagato Raptor concept from the mid-nineties, numerous other models from Zagato’s past, and the shape of an animal waiting to pounce.
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Dubai Roadster – Awesomely Real, or Terribly Fake?

Dubai Roadster

This is the Dubai Roadster. It’s just about the most simplistic name ever conceived for a vehicle, concept or otherwise. What’s next? “American Truck”, “British Coupe”, “Chinese Clone”? But leaving the daft name aside, there are more concerning issues with the Dubai Roadster.

Firstly, it looks amazing. It’s a bit generic in places – especially up front where the Corvette Stingray seems to be the primary influence. But overall it’s a pretty stunning machine. However unfortunately there’s a pretty good reason this might be just a bit of a hoax. Continue reading ‘Dubai Roadster – Awesomely Real, or Terribly Fake?’ »