2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 SVC
At $480,325, the LP670-4 SuperVeloce is the most expensive car ever to run in Lightning Lap. It's also the best-sounding—and the loudest, with an engine wail and bellow that could trigger car alarms in the next county. One of our test drivers went out for a fun run without a helmet and later complained of hearing loss. Getting the best out of this lighter and more powerful Murciélago is tricky. On the first day, it had transmission sulk. On the second morning, it just understeered everywhere, and its pace wasn't helped by gearing that's set up for space exploration: We had to use first gear in a couple of places, which didn't seem quite right. The fixed backrest of the seat is awful, too, pushing a helmeted head too far forward for comfort. Eventually, the Lambo came alive when we really started pushing it and the track warmed up: Some of the rear-end grip went away, which allowed us to rotate the big Lambo into corners and get the power down sooner.
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
In any case, this car can hold its own with most any sports car carrying a price tag of less than a quarter of a million bucks (we expect the SLS AMG to cost about $175K when it makes it over here early next year). AMG was solely responsible for the content of this car, and it shows, as our European correspondent Juergen Zoellter gleefully discovered in a balls-out first drive of an SLS AMG prototype. In his review, Zoellter details the featherweight aluminum space frame (just 531 pounds), as well as the sonorous 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which sits well aft of the front axle and makes an extremely potent 563 hp at 6800 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. The AMG-engineered mill comes mated only to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transaxle with multiple shift settings. The traction-control system has a launch mode much like that on the SL63 AMG (and the Porsche 911 GT2, and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, and Aston Martin DBS, and . . .) that could help even your grandmother achieve something close to the 3.6-second 0--60 time Mercedes quotes for the SLS AMG. As for handling, Zoellter sums it up by saying: "It is mind-blowingly simple to drive the SLS quickly." This is something that each one of us here cannot wait to verify for ourselves
2010 ZR1 going at top speeds
This car is a monster
2011 Aston Martin Rapide
Home - Makes - Aston Martin - 2011 Aston Martin Rapide 2011 Aston Martin Rapide photos Image Credits: Aston Martin specifications information General Information Vehicle Type: 4-door sedan, production car Price: $---,--- Miles Per Gallon: --/-- mpg Drivetrain Configuration Front Engine/RWD Engine: V12 Displacement: 6000 cc horsepower: 470 bhp @ 6000 rpm Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm Max RPM: ---- rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Touchtronic Automatic Dimensions Weight: ---- lbs Height: --.- in Length: ---.- in Width: --.- in Wheelbase: --.- in Track: f: --.- / r: --.- in Performance 0-60 mph: -.- sec 0-100 mph: --.- sec Quarter Mile: --.- sec @ --- mph Top Speed: --- mph Lateral Acceleration: .--g Braking, 60-0 mph: --- ft Slalom Speed: --.- mph Nürburgring Lap Time: --.- minutes Aston Martin unveiled one of its most eagerly awaited cars at the 63rd Frankfurt Motorshow. The elegant Rapide, functional yet luxurious, provides space for up to four adults combined with an engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martins. As the marque's first production four-door sports car, Rapide encapsulates core values of Power, Beauty and Soul; four 'swan wing' doors provide access to cosseting sports seats both front and rear bestowing occupants with ample accommodation. A 301 litre luggage compartment affords generous space for belongings for all four passengers whether they be sports bags or indeed, sets of skis, creating an Aston Martin which can be enjoyed on any occasion, anytime, anywhere. Rapide's rear environment has been intelligently packaged to create a space where passengers feel a part of the driving experience with clear views to the front and sides. Comfort and support is supplied in the form of two hand trimmed individual seats and a personal face-level heating and air conditioning system. Aiding the practicalities of everyday use, the luggage compartment features a movable bulkhead to permit access from the rear cabin while the rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button to create a flat loading space increasing the luggage compartment from 301 litres to 750 litres. At the heart of every Aston Martin lies an evocative engine providing effortless power and torque: Rapide features a hand-built 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) with peak power being delivered at 6000 rpm and 600 Nm (443 lbft) peak torque at 5000 rpm. A specifically tuned six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission features as standard, allowing the driver to change gear automatically or manually via the steering column-mounted magnesium paddles.