In the market for a new collector car? Interested in something bright red and emblazoned with a fancy set of Prancing Horses?
Good news, then. On February 17th at 6 p.m. EST, Robb Report automotive consultant Robert Ross will host a live webcast featuring "acclaimed enthusiast and collector Bruce Meyer, world-renowned restorer and concours judge, Gary Bobileff of Bobileff Motorcar Company, and David Gooding, President and founder of leading collector car auction house Gooding & Company."
Although vintage Ferrari automobiles will be the main topic, we'd imagine that any advice you may glean would be applicable to whatever your favored marque may be. Robb Report says the webcast will provide "an insider's look at the latest developments within the international collector car investing world." Interested in following along? Click here for all the details.
[Source: Robb Report]
Well-known designers Miguel Galluzzi (who penned the original Ducati Monster and Aprilia RSV4) and Pierre Terblanche (who designed the classic Ducati Supermono, 999, Multistrada 620 and 1000 and Hypermotard) set out to redefine Moto Guzzi, a classic Italian motorcycle marque known these days more for building somewhat stodgy machines instead of anything overtly modern or sporty, with a trio of concepts bikes late last year. We'd say the duo succeeded.
Hell For Leather's Wes Siler got the inside scoop from the two designers, and he's documented it all via an interview and the first studio shots ever taken of the V12 Le Mans, Strada and V12 X. Both concepts are visually interesting, though we find the X particularly stunning with its supermoto-inspired styling and blacked-out details.
Take a look at both bikes in our high-res image gallery below, and check out HFL for more details on the Strada, V12 X and Le Mans.
[Source: Hell For Leather]
Ducati has managed to refine its already formidable middleweight sportbike for 2011 by adding more power via all new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts. According to the Italian manufacturer, horsepower is up six ponies to 140, which, when coupled with the 369 claimed weight, means the new 848 EVO is the most powerful bike in its class and even has a better power-to-weight ratio than the 2005 999.
Other top-level components include the massive Brembo Monobloc front braking calipers and a cross-mounted steering stabilizer, both of which are said to have been developed through racing feedback. The bike should get its official unveiling this weekend from the MotoGP race in California and sales are slated to begin later this summer. Asking price stands at $12,995 for the blacked-out Dark Edition or $13,995 in bright Ducati Red.
Gallery: 2011 Ducati 848 EVO
Ducati, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer known for producing some of the highest performing race-bred motorcycles in existence, is apparently looking to branch into new and untapped markets. Evidence of such can be seen in the sketch above, which is said to have been leaked by a dealership that was privy to the company's future plans.
It's expected that Ducati will introduce the world to its power cruiser concept at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy later this year, but the image above gives us some hints as to what we can expect. First and foremost, a liquid-cooled Testastretta V-twin engine with the Multistrada 1200's 11-degree valve overlap angle will be featured. The mill should pump out 150 or more horsepower and will be controlled by a ride-by-wire system with traction control.
Perhaps the most controversial feature amongst Ducati fans is sure to be the massive rear tire, which is held firmly in place by a single-sided swingarm. Spy shots indicate that the rear hoop may be as wide as a 240, which will certainly have negative effects on the bike's handling characteristics. In contrast, inverted front forks and monobloc calipers are up-level items included up front.
As always, Ducati will use its trademark trellis chassis, and the power cruiser will reportedly sport a reasonable 40-degree lean angle. Stay tuned for more as the EICMA Show gets closer.
[Source: Ducati.ms via Asphalt & Rubber]
MV Agusta is known for producing some of the most highly desirable naked and fully faired sportbikes in existence anywhere in the world, and the Italian manufacturer has seen fit to update both its Brutale and F4 superbike for the 2010 model year. But what if a maximum output of 144 horsepower from an upright naked bike just won't cut it for you?
For the truly power mad among us, MV Agusta has just announced its new Cannonball Kit for the 2010 Brutale 1090RR which raises horsepower by 21 for a new total of 165.
Lamborghini, sometimes considered the more exotic of the two well-known Italian supercar manufacturers, has announced that it has built the 10,000th Gallardo. Says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini:
While it seems unlikely that Lamborghini will lose its reputation for building highly desirable exotic machinery any time soon, we do wonder what such large production numbers for the Gallardo might mean for the model's status as a collectible.The Lamborghini brand is extreme, uncompromising and Italian, and the Lamborghini Gallardo has played an exemplary role in defining and delivering our brand reputation into our worldwide markets. Today Lamborghini is represented in 45 countries by over 120 dealers, with the strength and presence of the Gallardo product playing a significant role in the growth and recognition of our brand.
Whatever the case, lucky number 10,000 is painted up in Midas Yellow and is headed for China.
Never let it be said that Confederate Motors lacks persistence. Despite facing a number of seemingly insurmountable hurdles, including the destruction of its operations in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent move to Alabama, the American purveyors of highly desirable motorcycles is back at it again with a new dark take on its own P120 Fighter.
The new P120 Black Flag uses the same fuel-carrying frame as the standard Fighter, along with the standard double-wishbone front ford assembly. Also in use is the carry-over 120-cubic-inch V-twin engine with 160 horsepower and 135 pound-feet of torque... not that any more power is necessary.
Confederate plans to build just 50 examples of the P120 Black Flag for an unknown sum. Whatever that asking price may be, buyers are sure to appreciate the bike's exclusivity and detailing. See for yourself in our gallery below.
Gallery: Confederate P120 Black Flag
[Source: Confederate Motorcycles]
Jaguar is celebrating its 75th birthday this year with a special limited edition of its stunningly beautiful XKR coupe, called, fittingly enough, the XKR 75. What sporting Jaguar would be complete without a compelling drivetrain? No worries in that department, as the British marque has managed to squeeze 20 more horsepower from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine.
The total of 530 horsepower and 483 pound-feet can push the luxury coupe to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds (.2 seconds quicker than the standard XKR) and on to a governed top speed of 174 mph. Of course, the upgrades extend past the powertrain.
A new Stratus Grey finish is used on the XKR 75, along with red brake calipers that contrast the 20-inch gloss Vortex forged lightweight alloy wheels. Finally, there is an optional body graphic that runs from the front bumper to the rear haunches rounds out the package.
Inside, the XKR 75 gets charcoal leather with ivory stitching, a dash and center console finished in gloss piano black and a Jet suedecloth. Just 75 of these special edition models will be built. The car will debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed and will be made available to order from July 2010 in the UK priced from £85,500.
The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most expensive automobiles in the world. Somewhat paradoxically, a couple of enterprising fellows have managed to craft a replica that's even pricier than the original on which it's based, and they've done it by downsizing.
Of course, the fact that it's made from 24 karat gold and encrusted with 7.2 carats worth of diamonds adds mightily to its £2 million ($2.93 million at today's exchange rates) asking price. Yes, that is indeed a higher sum than it would take to put a real, full-size Veyron in your driveway.
Robert Gulpen of Munich & Stuart Hughes of Liverpool only plan to craft three examples of the 1:18 scale solid gold Bugatti Veyron replica, so we suggest you get on the ball if you've decided your living room mantle. See it in all its fully functional glory in our image gallery below.
Gallery: Solid Gold Bugatti Veyron Replica
[Source: Stuart Hughes via Born Rich]
You might think that the Ducati Desmosedici RR, the Italian firm's limited production MotoGP motorcycle for the street, is plenty good enough in stock form. And you'd mostly be correct, but then again there's always room for improvement, right?
Enter legendary motorcycle tuner NCR, which has taken the standard (is there really such a thing?) Desmosedici and turned it into what may be the most desirable sportbike on the planet. To do so, the company employed lots of carbon fiber. The composite material makes up everything from the frame, rear subframe, swingarm, fuel tanks, fairings and wheels to items such as the paddock stand.
A minimalist undertail exhaust system is bent from lightweight titanium, and NCR completes the package with a racing slipper clutch, lightened gearbox, ceramic matrix disc brakes with Brembo monobloc caliper, fully adjustable top-shelf Ohlins suspension front and rear and finally a fully custom ECU with traction control, data acquisition and telemetry systems.
All told, the NCR Millano 16 weights just 319 pounds and is motivated by over 200 horsepower at the rear wheel. Contact NCR for pricing information, if you want one. And, you do want one... trust us.
Gallery: NCR Millona 16