The Cizeta V16T was one of the strangest supercars to come out of the 1990s. Conceived by Italian car mechanic Claudio Zampoli, the V16T was a wild, 16-cylinder supercar designed by Marcello Gandini and aimed at Zampoli's famous clientele. It's also the only supercar in which legendary music producer Giorgio Moroder had his hand creating. And you can buy one today. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Hagerty spoke to Zampoli, who confirmed that he'll take an order for a V16T today, despite the fact that the last V16T of nine built was finished in 2003. Zampoli didn't specify pricing, but Hagerty notes that a V16T would set you back $650,000 in 2002. So you can use your imagination."There was time delay due to the relocation of the entire equipment," Zampoli told Hagerty. "But the V16T is still available—of course on special order only."When Hagerty reached Zampoli at his workplace, he said he was actually in the process of working on a V16 engine. "There's nothing else I do," … [Read more...] about You Can Order a New Cizeta V16T Right Now
There is no shortage of supercars on the market at the moment, which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your theory of financial boom-bust cycles. The current decade may have started out with dire predictions of most cars being small and electric by 2020, but a crop of truly hair-raising machinery has instead been tempting deep-pocketed buyers for much of the last ten years. Sure, most of them have something electric going on, but 700 hp is the new 400 hp and 250 mph is the new 200 mph.As spoiled for choice we may be, we're seeing plenty of kids of 1980s and 1990s now buying their supercar idols -- everything from the Jaguar XJ220 to the Ferrari Testarossa. (Thankfully, there is a seemingly limitless supply of Testarossas that had been bought at a discount and locked in a vault just after the stock market crash of 1987.) Ferrari Testarossa with 184 miles heads to auction The days of Ferrari Testarossas selling for the price of a modestly optioned new … [Read more...] about Autoweek Asks: What obscure supercar should make a comeback?
Srini drives old cars for a living. All right, that is not exactly correct, as he does a great deal of new car testing away from my eyes. Three-in-one comparisons between front-engined, front-wheel driven cars? Well, my associate editor dearest would churn that out without cribbing. Actually he cribs, but we generally ignore it and pile his plate with even more comparisons. So it was not amusing to watch him get on with the drive of the Volkswagen Vento with the kind of familiarity normally reserved for a south Indian breakfast. Once on the highway, he started pushing the unsuspecting 1.6-litre diesel for all it was worth. You could hear the engine pray for mercy after submitting every one of its 105 horses available, as Srini slalomed through slow-moving trucks, avoided Splendor riders and spared the life of ‘cows’ of the bovine and human kind that tend to fill up the highway to the capital from Jaipur. You don’t need a music system while Srini is driving … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Vento review – Vent-ing machine!
The Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 isn’t a dream car, because it’s obscurity and touring car blueprint is a relative buzzkill. But this Bauhaus-worthy super coupe is a homologated racer much like it’s 300 SL forefather. I’ll skip the basics to focus on unit #1576: a grey market import from a USAF officer stationed in Germany. The current owner, Leif Skare, let me drive this meticulously kept, nearly stock (period correct 15” wheels and AMG front spoiler aside) SLC 5.0 before it heads back to Europe. Perhaps the SLC 5.0 is a dream car, when viewed in the right light. In the right place.I absorbed the scene, like a moment stolen from another decade, a different generation…The SLC takes flight against the Menil Museum, a landmark of Houston’s thriving art scene. The prodigious C-pillar louvers match the Menil’s roof, providing visual distraction from the bulk of a freakishly long body. So long that the A-pillar rests disturbingly close to the … [Read more...] about Capsule Review: 1980 Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0
The end of the year, the end of an era for a famous British Marque. Let’s get crackin’ before the ink on the vellum dries for the (all new) 2014 model. Everyone knows this face, it’s Brand Recognition 101. Or maybe 202, as the original MINI (the 100% British one) was redesigned even less regularly/extensively than the BMW-owned MINI. Perhaps not even Ford’s iconic Mustang remained this true to form. The MINI’s snout sports a traditional grille and round headlights on a small canvas, but the bumper could be any modern car.The proportions are right. The elements are well-formed and harmonize together quite well. Just like it’s always been for this brand. Both grilles work well together, the bottom opening is almost a mirror reflection of the top, as it pushes into the air dam’s real estate much like the grille’s forcible entrance to the bumper. Well thought out and clean!And even though this is a … [Read more...] about Vellum Venom: MINI Cooper Hardtop (2012)
Spencer writes:Dear Sajeev,Are there any examples of concept cars which, while not representative of the vehicles in the manufacturer’s immediate lineup, actually become something of a reality five or ten years down the line? More specifically, can you provide some images of concept cars that actually look like the cars we have on the road today (Isuzu VehiCROSS and similarly rare instances to be omitted, I suppose). Thanks! Sajeev answers:Fantastic question. But 5 or 10 years down the line? That’s a bit of a stretch, as most concept cars (made by companies that are in business to market something profitable) show a future that’s a bit more readily available. Now there are plenty of design firms that make pure dream cars, mostly of the Italian variety. Hence the Giorgio Moroder Love above.Well, at least in the past: 1970s Italdesign, Ghia, Pininfarina, Bertone, etc foretold of a future with wedgy angles for all of us. But more palatable … [Read more...] about Vellum Venom Vignette: From Here to Eternity