2013 Fisker Nina Spy Pics

Caught in the open prior to the New York Auto Show, the 2013 Fisker Nina! You can get an idea from the picture above of the scale of the car, it’s about the size of a BMW 5 series. Speaking of BMW, word is it will feature a 2 liter twin turbo BMW engine, combined with Fisker electric component drivetrain (similar to the layout of the Chevrolet Volt), and will be assembled at the former GM assembly plant in Delaware. The car is quite lovely, and has many of the design attributes carried over from the larger Fisker Karma, on a slightly smaller scale.

No firm word on performance specs for this car yet, but price has been estimated at around $47,500.

Credit – Brenda Priddy – Spy shots


2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport

Looking for a rather large luxury sedan with a wee bit of muscle? There are some obvious choices that come to mind, but take a look at what Jaguar has to offer. The 2012 XJL Supersport is both large, with a 124.3″ wheelbase, 206.6″ length and 74.6″ width. It’s also powerful, with a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 making a respectable 510hp and 461lbs of torque.

This power transfers through a 6 speed automatic to propel this 4412lb vehicle from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 160mph. This over two ton car will pull 0.87 on the skid pad, and a 70-0 braking distance of 154 feet is also pretty good.

Price $118,575

For more information Jaguar

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

If you saw the car pictured above would you want it? To the uninitiated seeing a car during the development stages, going from concept to prototype, to beta and so on, can be a bit unnerving to say the least. If you’d like to calm those nerves straight away just skip to the bottom and see what Porsche expects the finished product should look like.

But that picture at the bottom is of the concept, can they actually build it. It’s certainly possible. But to get there they must first build something like you see above. A test bed, if you will, to see what works and what does not.

So here’s what we know so far, the hybrid system being tested is a 4.6 liter V8 at 570hp, combined with a 107hp electric motor for the front wheels, and another 121hp electric motor that works in concert with the V8 to drive the rear wheels. All told we’re talking 770hp, capable of 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Top speed is estimated in the 205mph range.

On the down side those cool looking exhaust pipes simply, well, are not cool. To keep the hybrid system cool the exhaust system will be a “hot v” configuration, running over the top of the engine just aft of the passengers heads. Should be coolish.

Price TBD (a lot)

Chevrolet Corvette C6 R

How fast is the C6 R. Well Road and Track Magazine wanted to find out, by comparing it to some production Corvettes. Here’s a little bit of what they had to say,

“No surprise here; the C6.R—with its 500-bhp naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 breathing through twin 28.8-mm restrictors—absolutely spanked the production Vettes…even the 638-bhp ZR1.”

For the whole story C6R

2013 Mercedes SL65 AMG

The flagship of the SL line, the 2013 SL65 AMG boasts a 6 liter twin turbo V12 making 621hp and a stump pulling (not recommended) 738lbs of torque. 0-60 will slip by in 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 186mph. This powerful V12 is mated to an AMG Speedshift Plus 7 speed sequential-shift transmission.

This new SL is composed mostly of lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, with steel being used in the windshield area only.

With a four mode gearbox, adaptable suspension and retractable roof, what’s not to love?

Available in November of 2013, Price TBD

Volkswagen XL1

The Volkswagen XL1 concept actually made it’s debut at the 2011 Qatar Auto Show. But don’t think this is old news just yet. First let me explain what this car is.

The goal for the concept was, through low weight, low coefficient of drag, and an efficient engine, to deliver the equivalent of 235mpg (1-liter/100-km). What they managed to achieve is nothing less than monumental, 261 miles per gallon. Yes, you read that correctly.

So how did they do it? Weight savings came by way of carbon fiber use throughout the chassis, and some exterior body parts. They even saved weight by using aluminum in the wiring instead of copper. They used real magnesium wheels, the type used in racing. The result is a vehicle that weighs in at 1735lbs. Then there’s the coefficient of drag, reduced to an astounding 0.186!

So how about the drivetrain you ask? Well they didn’t stop at weight savings and CD, I answer. They take their 1.6 liter diesel (the TDI) and chopped it in half. Yes, 0.8 liter two cylinder diesel making 48hp. They mate that to a 20kW motor, lithium-ion battery pack and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. The result is a hybrid with a claimed 0-62 of 11.9 seconds (not bad, all things considered).

So that’s the concept from 2011, now for the news. They are building it, and testing it right now in fact. There have been some minor changes, to accommodate a production ready/road worthy vehicle. It will deliver 235mpg, but performance will drop from the concept. Top speed is rumored to be limited to less than 75mph, which on it’s own may not be a deal killer for the average commuter. But the bigger news is the rumor that the production ready vehicle would deliver a 0-50 time of around 32 seconds. That is not a misprint. Again, we are in rumor mode, and they are still testing the car, so anything could happen.

The good news from the rumor bin, the cool gull wing doors will make it to production.

Price TBD

Spy photos: Credit – Brenda Priddy and Company

2013 Ford Flex


The 2013 Ford Flex adds slight changes to the interior and interior. Dual chrome exhaust come standard on all models now, as do better brakes (front brakes are straight off the Taurus SHO). The base V6 jumps 25hp, to 287hp and 254lbs torque. Fuel economy goes up slightly as well, to 18 city, 25 highway (two wheel drive version).

At 4637lbs you may want to option for the EcoBoost twin turbo V6, although only available with all-wheel drive, power jumps to 365hp and 350lbs torque.

We consider this vehicle a bit of a sleeper, in the sense that it doesn’t seem to get the appreciation it might deserve. The interior is quiet and comfortable, and there is a lot of technology in this car that one might sometimes only see on much more expensive vehicles. Push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, remote start, and power-folding mirrors join the options list, while Ford’s Sync voice-recognition system is standard equipment. Other options include adaptive cruise control (which features a collision warning system, that lets you know if you’re about to bash into the car in front of you). Other features include a blind-spot warning system, Curve Control (which actually slows it down if you enter a curve to quickly) and Torque Vectoring (which can prevent understeer). Rear seat options include inflatable seat belts, to help protect smaller passengers.

Price $30,885

For more information Ford


2013 Porsche Panamera GTS

That’s the interior of the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS, looks nice doesn’t it? We all know what the exterior looks like. Some love it, some not so much. But that interior is incredible, completely beautiful and hard for anyone to complain about.

So what’s the “GTS”? The GTS model gets you all wheel drive, the V8 from the S model (along with a few additional performance adjustments) giving you 430hp (the standard S V8 is 400hp). Actually some of the bits that help bring this extra performance on board come from the Panamera Turbo model (but don’t think you’re getting a turbo at this price).

Also borrowed from the Turbo model are the larger brakes, adjustable three piece spoiler and 19″ wheels.

The GTS also brings better sound, with a tuned exhaust that gives much more of that throaty aural feedback than the other versions of the Panamera.

Performance is good, with 0-60 showing at 4.1 seconds.

Price $110,875

For more information Porsche

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Cover Cars

I came across this great story. Of course the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a story in it’s own right. But here are eight great cars that were there, and were also featured at one point on the cover of Road and Track magazine. These are extremely unique cars, in some cases one off vehicles that you may never have seen before. So take a look here:

Road and Track Cars at Amelia

Not Many Subaru BRZ Coupes

There’s a bit of buzz about the 2013 Subaru BRZ Coupe, and rightfully so. But here’s the latest rumor, they only plan to ship about 6000 units to the U.S. in 2013. They will be taking pre-orders, but for those who are interested you might want to lock this in rather quickly. There’s no official word on U.S. pricing, as of this writing. But previous discussion indicated it would be in the range of $25,000 (base).

Deposits are refundable, but deliveries can range anywhere from May through December.

For more information Subaru