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Saturday, May 9, 2009

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2010 GTA Spano

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New Spanish Supercar Marque GTA Announces First Completed Model

It is not every day that a brand new supercar company comes along out of nowhere with a brand new completed product. The blogosphere is full of half-baked info on startup car companies with outlandish spec sheets and sloppy computer renderings, but new Spanish marque GTA is for real. Their first model, the 2010 GTA Spano, can proudbly claim performance placing it among the top handful of fastest cars in the world.

GTA is new at building production cars, but not to the world of high performance. A Spanish race team with a history of winning, GTA is in the process of realizing its dream of building a supercar among the most capable in the world. The resulting Spano certainly looks the part, be it on paper or in its muscular exterior design.

The GTA Spano's design looks great from every angle, though it must be noted that the Spano borrows design cues from other acclaimed supercars, most notably the Saleen S7, Bugatti Veyron and modern Lamborghini designs. The rear end, with its louvered flank and windshield, call to mind Saleen S7 and Mustang designs. The C-to-A pillar section, with its rounded bubble shape, looks a little too Bugatti. And the sharply creased front end is so much like the Gallardo's that some may mistake the GTA Spano for something from the Raging Bull.

It appears bankrupt Chrysler has finally found something to do with its extra V10 motors laying around, as it is unlikely next year will see a new Dodge Viper. GTA takes the Viper V10 and reengineers it for GTA Spano duty, where it can make up to 840 horsepower when running on E90 bioethanol race fuel. This is plenty of power when we are moving around a featherweight supercar weighing in at a large pizza less than 3000 lbs.

The result is self evident: the Spano will run 0-62 in 2.9 seconds, all the way up to a governed--presumably for safety reasons--top speed of 217 mph. The Spano will debut in Europe soon with a limited production run of 99 units. Initial reports point to a 2010 GTA Spano base price of around $670,000. A bargain in the rare-air supercar world? Depends on how you look at it.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

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Spycam: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Successor

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The successor to Ferrari's current 612 grand touring 2+2 has recently been spotted in test mule form, although it seems to beg as many questions as it answers. Wearing modified 612 sheetmetal, there are a few observable changes between this prototype and the current 612. The hood is longer and sports a visible bulge, presumably for engine clearance. A new exhaust tip configuration is also clearly seen, with twin stacked tips at either side of the rear valance -- a design cue likely inspired by the new California model.

The Ferrari 612 successor will undoubtedly retain the current model's 2+2 seating and V-12 engine configuration. Still, the powerplant is likely to be heavily reworked versus the current engine and in keeping with Ferrari's current range-wide goals of creating more power while increasing efficiency at the same time. Could hybrid technology finally make a Ferrari debut on the 612 successor? Ferrari is currently working the kinks out of its KERS hybrid Formula 1 car system this racing season and has made no bones about the possibility of hybrid integration on future production models. The new car could also potentially use Ferrari's "Insertable 4x4" system that is being developed for use in both front- and mid-engined cars.

With an emphasis on high-speed, comfortable touring rather than ultimate lap times, the successor to the Ferrari 612 could make for an interesting demo run of Ferrari's latest alternative technologies that could later trickle down into the extreme-performance models. Look for a debut sometime in 2011.

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