Ferrari announces NZ price for FF Supercar – $635,000

November 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ferrari has announced the price for it’s FF, a car which which represents a new direction for the Italian automaker. The FF mixes staggering performance delivered by its 660 bhp 6.3 litre V12 engine with the ability to use the performance under various conditions thanks to is unique four wheel drive system. It also has seating for four people and boot space that can actually be used for transporting luggage.

“This new Ferrari takes the prancing horse into new territory, matching the legendary performance, style and driving excitement expected of a Ferrari with new levels of ability thanks to its unique four wheel drive system and its spacious and flexible interior which makes it the most useable and versatile supercar built by Ferrari,” says Kevin Wall, General Manager of European Automotive Imports, the official Ferrari importer in New Zealand and Australia. “It is, therefore, no surprise, to learn that this new model has generated new levels of excitement and interest amongst both existing Ferrari owners and prospective owners. Although the first Ferrari FF will arrive for its new owner in early 2012, we have sufficient expressions of interest in Ferrari’s new super car to take us into 2013.” Continue reading “Ferrari announces NZ price for FF Supercar – $635,000” »

Mercedes-Benz phasing out V12-powered roadsters

August 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

There’s not much new news about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vehicles. That may be because the current model is almost eight years old or perhaps because it’s slowly and quietly being phased out.

The SL-Class received a facelift back in 2008 but has fallen off the radar for many since then and fuel economy could be a reason. To combat this Mercedes is discontinuing its twelve-cylinder versions of the SL. The SL600 was the first to go and now the SL65 AMG is getting the chop as well. But it remains unclear if the fixed-roof SL65 AMG Black Series will continue on. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz phasing out V12-powered roadsters” »

Aston Martin to put V12 Zagato into limited production

July 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Aston Martin has confirmed its new V12 Zagato will be put into limited production following on from a successful unveiling at the Villa D’ Este Concours show. Following its debut the V12 Zagato, went on to complete in the 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour race and Aston Martin claims that there is overwhelming interest from customers for the V12 Zagato.

Based on Aston’s V12 Vantage and sporting a handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited numbers.  Orders are now being taken and production is expected to commence during summer 2012 at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Speaking about the V12 Zagato, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Such style, exclusivity and fastidious craftsmanship ensures it will be one of the most highly coveted models in Aston Martin’s 98-year history. A fabulous celebration of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.”

In honour of the performance and racing heritage of previous collaborations, the first two V12 Zagatos were developed as endurance race cars from the outset and had their track debut just one week after being shown to the public at the Villa D’Este Concours. Continue reading “Aston Martin to put V12 Zagato into limited production” »

Aston Martin’s exclusive One-77 – 60 of 77 sold

December 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The One-77 supercar is the most exclusive of all Aston Martin models, with just 77 units being produced. The sleek body is made with massive amounts of carbon fibre, a 750-horsepower V12 and hand-crafted aluminum panels. With this much technology and effort required the One-77 carries a very hefty price tag of $1.87 million ($2.5m NZ). For most of us that is a ridiculous sum to ever consider spending on any car, but there are those out there that have the means to disagree.

Reports are coming in that 60 of the 77 One-77s are already sold, leaving only 17 copies of the extra rare English exotic up for sale. Further to just buying the One-77 many new owners are apparently opting to spend an extra $30k US to buy the Toyota IQ-based Cygnet mini Aston. While that’s a lot of coin for a flashed-up Toyota, new One-77 owners have got to keep the Mrs happy with something.

Lamborghini builds first all-new V12 engine in 46 years

November 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Many car enthusiasts believe that there’s only one engine that can really compete with the groans of a V8 at full throttle and that’s the screams of an Italian twelve pot. One of the masters of these massive gas-sucking monsters is Lamborghini and since the introduction of its 350 GT in 1964, every twelve-cylinder Lamborghini has used a derivative of the same engine. That includes models like the Miura, Espada, Countach, LM002, Diablo, Murcielago and Reventón. But that chapter is now over and the Italian automaker has scrapped that old design and started fresh with a new beast.

Ready for duty in the upcoming Murcielago successor, the 6.5-liter V12 has been designed, developed and produced entirely in-house at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory. High-tech features include four-valve cylinder heads made from an aluminum-silicon alloy and short stroke and lightweight construction to deliver an output of 700 horsepower (522kW) and 689Nm of torque.

Mated to this new engine, Lamborghini have built a new type of gearbox called the Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission. Making use of dual shifting rods, the ISR can apparently, shift nearly 50 percent faster than other dual-clutch gearboxes, while weighing considerably less.

If you want some technical details on the new Lambo mill, check out the full official press release below. Continue reading “Lamborghini builds first all-new V12 engine in 46 years” »

Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Tramontana R – 720hp Mercedes powered beast

February 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Tramontana R fq

Niche automaker the Tramontana Group has just unveiled its latest bad-boy the Tramontana R Edition.

The R is an enhanced version of Tramontana’s standard open-wheel two-seater. It’s packing a Mercedes-sourced 5.5-liter V12 available in either naturally aspirated, 550 hp guise or a twin-turbocharged 760 hp version that dolls out an astonishing 811 lb-ft of torque. The Group claims a 0-100 kph time of 3.6 seconds and a 10.15-second run to 200 kph.

The wheelbase has been shortened by 50mm to improve handling and aerodynamics, and weight is down by to just 1,275kg. The weight distribution is a perfect 50:50 left to right and 42:58 front to rear. Tramontana fitted 20-inch carbon fibre and magnesium wheels at each corner, along with high-performance summer rubber sized 245/40 in front and 335/30 in the rear. 380mm, six-piston Brembos handle stopping duties, while a custom Ohlins suspension allows the R’s ride-height to be adjusted between 85 and 135 mm.

The body speaks for itself, as does the exposed carbon fibre interior, which features a chop-top steering wheel, an LCD instrument panel and the controls to the six-speed sequential gearbox. Production will be limited to 12 units per year with a price tag of €385,000 ($962,000 NZ), but it won’t be going to the Geneva show next month — the Tramontana R will make its official debut at the Top Marques Monaco show at the end of March.

Audi brings world’s most powerful diesel SUV to NZ

December 19th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Audi Q7 V12 TDI fq

Audi is pushing its TDI technology hard with the Q7 V12 TDI quattro being the world’s most powerful diesel engine SUV. With a completely redeveloped common rail injection system the twelve-cylinder delivers a mighty 368 kW (500 hp) and 1,000 Nm of torque from a capacity of six litres — giving the big SUV the sports car performance.

The world’s first V12 diesel engine in a series-production vehicle moves this high-performance SUV very rapidly. On demand, the six-litre engine catapults the Audi Q7 from zero to 100 km/h  in 5.5 seconds. Speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h. The chassis of the Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro, developed and produced by Audi subsidiary quattro GmbH, is another indication of the vehicle’s dynamic potential. Modifications to the design and the range of luxurious standard equipment underline its status as the top dog of the Q-series.

The new Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro will be available in New Zealand around March 2009 and is priced at $275,000.  Audi TDI models have been very popular in New Zealand representing around 43% of the total new Audi vehicle sales.

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