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Merc SL65 AMG Dropped 1
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, mercedes, SL65 AMG, V12 on 08 1st, 2011

Mercedes has silently withdrawn the SL65 AMG model. However, the car maker has plans to bring in a redesigned model later on.

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In case you forgot, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 mill produces 612 PS (450 kW / 604 hp) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque. We are still not sure about the automaker’s plans to drop the V12 production completely, though earlier  reports had hinted at that possibility.

The rumors persist. Chances are that this could be the end of V12, as Merc could go for the fuel-efficient V8l. In these days of increasing standards in fuel-efficiency and CO2 emissions, Merc may be doing what it really wants to.

Mysterious Ferrari 612 Prototype Spotted Outside Maranello 6
Posted by Alex Ion in 599 Fiorano, 612 Scaglietti replacement prototype, Automotive News, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Geneva Motor Show, Italy, Maranello, Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, Super car news, V12 on 01 6th, 2011

A mysterious 612 Scaglietti replacement prototype was spotted outside Maranello, the home place of Ferrari S.p.A and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, in northern Italy. It was caught by a member of the Ferrari Chat forums.

This heavily camouflaged vehicle has got many a Ferrari features that has in turn led to a big confusion. It appears to have front lights inspired by Ferrari 458 Italia, rear glass like that of 599 Fiorano, a four-tailpipe exhaust system, a prominent hatchback, the noise of the vehicle resembles that of V12.

Well, all these features appear to be pure exaggeration as compared to the early reports. The rear hatch is supposed to a part of the camouflage, according to the photographer.

Ferrari 612 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. It is likely to feature an advanced all-wheel drive system, a seven-speed double-clutch transmission and a 6.3-liter V12 engine with 670 hp (500 kW / 679 PS), which enables it to  accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph).

Lamborghini’s Next-Gen Murcielago Teaser Out 7
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Estoque concept, Lamborghini, McLaren MP4-12C, Murciélago, Paris Motor Show, teaser, Upcoming Events, V12 on 09 7th, 2010

A new teaser image of the beauty that is rumored to be the next-generation Murcielago from Lamborghini has been previewed. The new visuals provide  a closer look at this much-anticipated offering.

Enthusiasts expect that the teaser images will follow a similar strategy as that used for the Estoque concept – judging by the detailed close up shots. So the expectation is that the remaining five images that are yet to come in will slowly unveil the car step by step just ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show which is set to begin on September 30th.

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The initial word is that the car is called Jota and will be a supercar that has a new direct-injection V12 engine stamping out at least 700 PS (515 kW / 690 bhp). Information coming in says that from standstill to 100km/h will transpire in around 3.0 seconds, while top speed kicks in at 370km/h (230 mph).

Sources say that the car weighs in at less than 1,500 kg, and the body monocell on the Jota will be similar to the McLaren MP4-12C. Design will be along the lines of the Reventon, with new scissor doors that will corkscrew out and up. Word on the pricing is that it will in the same range as the LP 640.

(Via WCF)

Tell-Tale Leak of New Ferrari 599 Roadster at Pebble Beach 2
Posted by Alex Ion in auto, Automotive News, Autostyle, car, Concours d'Elegance, Ferrari, Ferrari 599 Roadster, letter, Pebble, President, Quail Meadows., V12 on 09 2nd, 2010

A leaked letter has revealed that the new Ferrari 599 Roadster was unveiled in a private presentation at Pebble Beach. The letter, which was leaked to Luxury4Play.com, was apparently written by Ferrari North America President Marco Mattiacci.

The letter thanks the attendees for their “first feedback” on this “upcoming limited edition product”. We believe that the car that is being talked about is the Roadster. There’s no way to verify the authenticity of this letter, but it looks legit.

The car was revealed during the Concours d’Elegance at Quail Meadows outside of Pebble Beach. Earlier, there had been a lot of rumors related to the unveiling of the V12 powered Roadster.

It is now expected that the model will roll out as a limited edition product. We wouldn’t be surprised if it shows up at a future auto show too.

(Via Luxury4Play)