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The shooters at KGP were back at the Nurburgring shooting everyone's favorite Godzilla-mobile, and in addition to finally seeing some badging on the grille and bumper of Nissan's GT-R revival, we finally get a clear view of the front fascia and rear end. While the back still remains somewhat obscured, the front leaves about as much to the imagination as a Dita Von Teese spread in Maxim.
We've seen plenty of great video shot at the world-renown Nurburgring, and this one ranks right up there. It all starts innocently enough, as a twin-turbo E30 M3 minds its own business through the turns, when a canary-yellow Porsche Cerrera GT just flies by the Bimmer's left flank. From there, the battle-royale insues.
If you ask us, sacrificing a bona-fide Porsche Carrera GT for the making of a movie is almost unforgivable. Sacrificing both a Carrera GT and a Ferrari Enzo for the making of Redline is unconscionable. Now we find out a second GT barely made it out of filming Redline with its life.
After 22 years learning about and lusting after some of the most incredible vehicles on the planet, it seems as good a time as any to celebrate the duPont Registry. The duPont is that seminal catalog of classified ads featuring the highest caliber of motor vehicles. Along with Robb Report and Hemmings (and our own Luxist), the duPont Registry seems to have defined what is hot and what is not at the upper end of the automotive marketplace. Officially launched in April 1985 as duPont REGISTRY, A B
Motor Trend put together a list of future vehicles to come out of Stuttgart over the next few years and although most of the vehicles listed have either already debuted (Targa, GT3 RS) or are common knowledge among devout readers of Autoblog (GT2, Panamera, 928), the article contained a few minor revelations, in the form of new models and technological hurdles.
The Bugatti Veyron is the gold standard for supercars. There are but a few cars as fast and none as opulent or expensive as the seven-figure exotic. According to Autocar magazine, Porsche may be getting ready to go head to head with Bugatti using a roadgoing version of the Le Mans racer it is currently developing. Dubbed the GT1, the uber exotic will produce 950 bhp and hit a top speed of 254 mph, a couple clicks over the Veyron's best effort of 252 mph.
Porsche announced that it will invest $153 million in its plant in Leipzig, Germany, in order to build the automaker's four-door Panamera coupe. The size of the plant will quadruple with the investment, and staffing will more than double, rising to 1,000 from 400. Porsche recently halted production of the Porsche Carrera GT supercar in Leipzig, but the Cayenne will continue to be manufactured in the city. The body work and paint for the Panamera will be completed at Volkswagen's plant in Hanover
Now that the last Porsche Carrera GT has rolled off the line, Porsche has been busy retooling to accommodate the new Porsche Panamera, a four-door sedan that will likely compete with vehicles such as the Mercedes CLS 55 AMG and Maserati Quattroporte. We're not so sure on the reliability of the source, but if the rumors are correct, we'll see the Porsche Panamera early next year with a possible pre-production unveiling at the Paris Motor Show this fall.
AutoWeek spies have caught the beefed-up 2007 Mercedes SLR McLaren -- we're talking 641 hp, a weight savings of 90 lbs. thanks to carbon fiber and other considerations, and a 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds -- faster than the Murcielago and Carrera GT. AutoWeek also comments on the changes to the front and rear fascia, which should serve to help airflow and keep the car under control despite the extra juice.
Porsche announced that it has ended the three-year production run of the Carrera GT by delivering the final unit to a customer in the United Arab Emirates. The last Carrera GT is the 1,111th off the line, which puts the final production run a few hundred or so short of Porsche’s original target of 1,500 copies. Inside Line reports that more than half of all the cars sold ended up in North America, however.
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