The mission to tone down the look of the Porsche Cayenne in favour of a sleeker vehicle is an exemplary example of how a first-class SUV can gain acceptance within the Porsche firmament.
Afzal Kahn insists elements borne out of diametrically opposite functions will appeal to customers far and wide. And the principal British designer insists the Kahn Porsche Cayenne exudes eccentricity, expertise and style.
The Kahn wide track aerodynamic styling package consists of vented front and rear wide wheel arches with integrated front and rear air dams, a lower boot lid spoiler, LED daytime running lights for front wheel arch vents, sports lowering module, vented foot pedals in machined aluminum, door handles finished in matte black, brake calipers finished in liquid gold, exterior Kahn enamel wing shields, privacy tinted glass, welcome ambient illumination package – under car Ice white illumination and Kahn enamel tailgate logo.
The studio was inspired by the elements of a dragon to transform this exotic and powerful vehicle into something customised. The Asian customer could identify with the Chinese year of the dragon and so it was used as the main theme of the project. The concept was was immediately approved and Vilner started working on the interior design.
The design revolved around the form of a dragon, embroidered on the car’s roof and in the trunk, which was covered with Alcantara. Inside, the body of the dragon winds itself around the seats, and passes through the centre console. This effect was reinforced by the relief effects from the combination of the embroidery on leather. Even the detail on the seats, doors and centre console mimics that of the scales of the dragon’s skin.
It was at the Paris Motor Show that Maserati has announced the names of three of its upcoming new cars, two of which are the auto manufacturer’s new SUV and sports saloon.
The luxury car brand’s new production SUV will be named the Levante despite its 2011 concept originally being called the Kubang. What is the significance of the word Levante? Well, it comes from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna in Italy where the Maserati brothers conceived the idea of the company.
The Levante is expected to launch in 2014.
Ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the F-TYPE is once again put through high-speed testing by engineers showcased in a series of films.
In ‘Fierce’, filmed at the Nardo Test Facility in Italy, the F-TYPE is put through the most rigorous high-speed testing by Jaguar’s engineers. The unique ring shaped track means that test drivers can not only VMax the car but it’s also possible to stress test at the most extreme high temperatures.
Watch as the F-TYPE is pushed to its limits to ensure outstanding performance:
The film ‘Focused’ was filmed at The Nürburgring motorsports complex in Germany. Nürburgring features a Grand Prix race track and an older “North Loop” track, nicknamed the “Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart, which is widely considered one of the most demanding purpose built racing circuits in the world – there is nowhere else like the Nordschleife (the North Loop).
Here the car is tested through a series of sustained high speed laps with rapid changes of direction, gradient, speed, braking, and surface to help refine the cars set up, damping, braking systems, for the most punishing lap on the Green Hell. Proving the cars sporting credentials and real world liveability:
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McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar, the P1, which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.
Unveiled to the public in June 2012, Aston Martin describes the Vanquish as “the ultimate expression of art and technology, a new class defined: the super grand tourer.”
The vehicle recently spent a lot of time in Italy with photographer Rene Staud who produced some magnificent images (like the one above) of the Vanquish in the streets and countryside of Tuscany.
In addition, the company has put together a three-part video series of behind the scenes footage to show how all those images came together.
Lamborghini has announced that it will be showcasing both its new Sesto Elemento (above) and Urus SUV concepts at the 2012 Monterey Classic Car week in California.
The Sesto Elemento first made an appearance back in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show with Lamborghini having confirmed that it will be producing 20 units of the luxury vehicle accompanied by a price tag of $2.2 million.
The vehicle borrows its engine from the LP 570-4 and will retain most of its body work from the concept.
The supercar, priced at about $845, 000, packs a 425 kW (570 hp) 4.6-litre V8 engine, which is complemented by a 90 kW (121 hp) electric motor on the rear along with a 80 kW (107 hp) unit driving the front wheels.
While the video is only a few seconds long, 9 to be exact, the sounds and visuals are clear.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is expected to be ready by late 2013.
Watch the video below: