The first thing that came to my mind when this lightweight Audi R8 GT Coupe pulled into the car wash didn’t revolve around beauty or speed or exclusivity [333 exist worldwide]. Not even the $200K+ price tag floated through my subconscious. Rather, I found myself wondering how Audi recommended cleaning the Suzuka Gray Matte finish covering this R8′s sleek aluminum shell. A similarly garbed version of the BMW M3 [Frozen Grey Coupe], for instance, is fragile enough to not be covered by the vehicle warranty. So you better think twice before scrubbing one of these babies too hard.
I guess it’s hard looking this good.
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This Aventador LP700-4 [named for its mid-engine's longitudinal placement in front of the rear axle, 700 horsepower and 4-wheel drive] sighting in Paris makes me think of the Zoo. Yes, the Zoo. The Lamborghini, a caged animal, bound by congested, narrow streets and laughably low speed limits. So utterly beautiful to look at but terribly dangerous to approach at the same time. Looking from afar, people stare with wide-eyes and slack-jaws, floored by the vehicle’s dramatic presence and ferocious nature. At the end of the day, it’s almost tragic to keep this bull from raging.
Chew on that.
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It always breaks my heart to see red hot sports cars all by their lonesome. It’s kind of like a model with no one to hang out with on date night. These two make a menacing couple don’t you think? Perhaps they met through an online dating service for exotic Italians.
Bask in the glory of Lamborghini’s latest Gallardo, the LP550-2 Spyder and you’re immediately reminded why insurance companies exist. The topless bull, an all new model for 2012, takes a different spin [literrally] on an old theme by providing mid engine exotic shoppers with a RWD option alongside the AWD set up featured since model introduction [2003/2004]. The offering lowers the cost of entry a bit and transforms the drive character from one of 4-wheeled super sled to 2-wheeled sling shot. Check out Stu’s full review in WIRED and join us after the jump for the full crop of photos from our aeronautical-themed shoot. We figured planes and hangers were appropriate surroundings for something that flies like this Lambo does.
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Editor’s Note [8/19/12]: We mis-ID’s this luscious prancing horse (above). Our friend Jake set us straight… it’s actually a Gemballa-tuned Enzo, not an FXX. I guess this owner will have to make due with his slightly less advanced million dollar race car. Hey, somebody’s got to do it.
Car spotting at its finest…in the South of France and Monaco. These tasty shots are from the garage of the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and the equally choice Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo
Above, Ferrari’s absurdly exclusive FXX. An Enzo on Steroids, the FXX was engineered exclusively for the purpose of garnering enthusiast feedback and providing VIPs with access to the brand’s latest racing tech. Kind of like an R&D think tank for Ferrari’s best customers. If you can believe it, buyers (all 29 of them) fork over $1.8 million to track the car on select days set forth by Ferrari. Data-monitoring and telemetry technology not only allow the driver to improve performance, but also provide Ferrari with actionable data to improve the FXX and future road-going Ferraris. Oh yeah, and it only takes 100 milliseconds to shift
More shockingly exotic vehicles below…Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster, Mercedes SLS AMG, and a charming Morgan 4/4
Thanks for the awesome spots Danny!
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Compared to the golden era of automotive design that defined 50s and 60s car culture, it’s safe to say that the 70s weren’t exact a watermark decade for style on 4 wheels (don’t get offended…you know I’m right for the most part). As it often does, Ferrari snubbed its nose at the trend when they unleashed 365 GTB/4 into the world as a replacement for the stunning beautiful 275 GTB. Its striking design is characterized by a dramatically long hood and short rear deck. Sports Car International Magazine liked the car so much they named it as their top pick for the decade back in 2004. We tend to agree!
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Say hello to BMW’s hand-made, mid engine M1, arguably the most exotic gem the brand has ever manufactured. Built from ’78-’81, the M1 represented BMW’s first scalable attempt at a mid engine design and featured a lot of advanced tech for the day like six separate throttle bodies for the engine. Interesting back story…the car was built to race and sold to appease Motorsport Homologation rules. As things tuned out, the car never actually raced. M1 is the unicorn of BMW performance. Beyond the 70s Giugiaro-designed sex pot looks, absolute rarity contributes to the M1′s iconic status. BMW produced less than 500 of them. Market rates hover around $200K for low mileage examples like this one. And we all long for the day that BMW produces the modern homage like this one.
This might be the spot of the year.
Here’s a teaser from our Independence Day shoot with, of all cars, Lamborghini’s decidedly unpatriotic 2012 LP550-2 Spyder. Man on the Move correspondent and pro snapper Anthony Barbato made good use of the sinful Italian sheet metal and wicked aeronautical back drop
More to come…