Today is “The Day” i.e. The Day of Atonement on the Jewish Calendar. There’s no holier day for The Chosen People. It’s also the first live day of coverage for journalists at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the first show of the rambunctious Auto Show Season. How do these fit together?
Since we didn’t win the Kia Canada Photography Contest and Twitter gives a more interactive glimpse of the proceedings anyways, let’s see how the world’s largest and most influential automakers fared in Paris today and what they have to atone for as a result. Even with more guilt-assuaging plug-in hybrids than sexy booth babes, you’d better believe they’re still guilty beyond reproach.
It’s basically a two-middle-fingered salute to Alberta.
Ferruccio would never say that, but Stephan would.
Stephan Winkelmann is leading his company down a slippery slope, one that could lead to the destruction of Alberta as we know it.
Winkelmann has rejected the 40-year-old V12 design that dated back to the Miura, rejecting his company’s heritage in the process, and forged ahead with a new aluminum-block, direct-injected, dry-sump lubed, hunk of environmental communism.
With a weight reduction of 518 lbs and a 20% reduction in fuel consumption, the Aventador is reducing the demand for oil, driving down the price of crude, and making Alberta’s laborious, costly, and environmentally disastrous bitumen extraction look unappealing. The gall of those Italians!
Ski racks, and vehicles generally used to attack the slopes, are usually thought to be vans, SUVs, or even a sedan. Far too infrequently, it must be said, are sports cars relied upon to ferry skiers to snowy peaks.
What inspired all this? A Swedish pro skier named Jon Olsson, who drives a Murcielago 670-4 SV year-round. With a ski rack on it. He is also sponsored by Red Bull, J. Lindeberg, and a bank, among others. You kind of have to hate him for taking all the cool and leaving us keyboard jockeys with none, but at the same time you just want to be him.
The ski-rack-on-sports-car collection is below for your Friday afternoon enjoyment.
As you’ll recall from Part I of my NFS: Shift review, I’ve been progressing quickly through the ranks. Last time I checked in with you, I had a BMW 135i and a Porsche Cayman S as my Tier 1 and Tier 2 cars. I then went on to accumulate a few more hundred grand and bought myself a Tier 3 car. Between an R8, a GT-R, a Murcielago, a Z06, and a 911 GT2 (among others), it was a touch choice. Did I want outright power? Did I want the confidence of AWD? Did I want the best bang for the buck? Did I want the coolest car, regardless of gameplay? Or did I want the car that would get me to my Tier 4 dream car, the Zonda F, the fastest?
Italian companies have a history of working together. Such as… such as… Pininfarina and Ferrari! I could name others, easy, but I don’t want to waste electrons. Anyways, Lamborghini, maker of supercars for bad-ass playboys, and Magniflex SpA, maker of high-end mattresses, are aligning themselves to manufacturer the LamboBed. That’s not what it’s actually called, but that’s what I would call it if I had one in my bedroom.
It might look like an awkward little single mattress that you’ll fall off of in the middle of the night, but it could also make you dream of lapping Laguna Seca in a Murcielago SV. Either way, that’ll be $2000, please.
Yesterday was the Nashville Viva Italia Concours D’Elegance. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that there were rare Italian vehicles, a classically trained singer, and a guy selling pizza. While th singer was pretty good and I was too cheap to try the pizza, the cars were simply stunning. The majority were Ferraris, which is never a bad thing, but there was a good showing from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as well as a single Lancia, and a single Lamborghini. Here were my top five picks.
5. Lancia Fulvia Zagato
The Lancia Fulvia was ahead of its time both technologically and stylistically. A sporty little Italian 2+2 with a body designed by Zagato and a hatch for practicality. That sounds more or less how I would describe the ideal day to day car today. Sadly, this car is both old and Italian, and therefore has probably been repaired twice since I last saw it… yesterday. You just have to love that color and the way the hood opens though.
4. Ferrari 599
With its 12 cylinders, 611 horses, 3.7 second 0-60, and Pininfarina looks, I love the 599. While this isn’t a classic yet, the 599 is both the archetype of Pininfarina’s current design style for Ferrari and Maserati, and an absolute track monster. What it all really comes down to is the “flying buttresses,” which at first appear to be the c-pillar. It is such an elegant way to increase airflow to the lip spoiler. If those were on a Yugo 65 I’d want one of those too.
3. Ferrari Testarossa
There were actually two Testarossas at the event, but I decided my favorite of the two was the one in slightly worse condition. Why? Because it’s not yellow. Not only do I usually hate yellow cars, but black paint just shows off the Testarossa’s lines so well, there is really not other option worth considering, except of course the classic scarlet.
2. Ferrari Dino 206 GT
A gorgeous curvy targa-top Ferrari with a tiny 2.0l V6 serving as a power-plant. All in all, this is a stunning car. I honestly with that Ferrari would create another Dino. A small, ultra-light, cheaper Fezza with a smaller engine could be some sort of super Lotus. The California doesn’t count, that more of a super Mercedes CLK.
1. Lamborghini 350GT
Here is a car that just oozes passion. The first Lambo was born out of a classically Italian vendetta against Enzo Ferrari. Ferruccio Lamborghini made tractors out of old military parts, and owned a Ferrari, which had clutch problems. When he took it to Maranello, Enzo simply told him that “the problem was not with the car.” Being insane, Ferruccio went home and decided to stop making tractors and start making sports cars. The first one to hit the market was the 350GT of which 120 were sold. This is one of them.
Yesterday was the Nashville Viva Italia Concours D’Elegance. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that there were rare Italian vehicles, a classically trained singer, and a guy selling pizza. While the singer was pretty good and I was too cheap to try the pizza, the cars were simply stunning. The majority were Ferraris, which are never a bad thing, but there was a good showing from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as well as a single Lancia, and a single Lamborghini. My top five after the jump.
Wait Peter, you’re saying, don’t you mean the LP560-4, not LP550-2? Why did the first number drop by 10, and the second by 2? And who is Valentino Balboni?
Well, Lambo has decided to make a lighter, rear-wheel-drive version of its AWD Gallardo. The “2″ indicates the number of wheels driven, and the 550 is the power output for this new, less expensive model. As for Valentino Balboni, it’s called Google – use it.
Though to call this LP550-2 an entry-level model would be to miss the point. I’ll tell you why and show you some spyshots below.