Mercedes-Benz SLK 340 Judd by Carlsson

The redesign of the Mercedes-Benz SLK 340 Judd is probably the most successful project of Carlsson tuner.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 340 Judd

This racy SLK by Carlsson features a carbon-fiber bodyshell. Thanks to the extensive use of this ultra-light yet rigid component, German tuners have achieved a curb weight of just 1,720 pounds. The brake system made out of light-weight materials saves extra weight. The racer features advanced construction techniques.

The SLK 340 Judd by Carlsson is powered by a 3.4-liter V8 engine, which pumps out 610 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain is coupled with a Hewland transmission with paddle shift operation and a 3-way adjustable KW competition suspension.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 340 Judd

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The race car wears BBS wheels (10×18 front, 13×18 rear) and AVON tires. The exterior is also highlighted by a powerful rear wing.

Maximum support and maximum safety are offered by a complex safety cage, and Carlsson `racing seats from Fibreworks.

The Carlsson SLK 340 Judd was presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

Bugatti automotive art lineup

Some exclusive collectibles from Bugatti`s automotive art lineup have been displayed at the Geneva motor show.

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Examples of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, and the Grand Sport Vitesse featuring an exquisite carbon monocoque exteriors, were the stars of the glamorous expo.

Green Bugatti Grand Sport shown at the Palexpo in Geneva

Bugatti engineers have adapted the Veyron Super Sport coupe’s drivetrain to the removable-top Grand Sport body style. The French experts in supercar design have increased the size of the turbochargers and intercoolers. Now the 8.0-liter W-16 powertrain delivers 1200 bhp and 1106 lb.-ft. of torque. The Super Sport reaches 268 mph – the world record for a production car. The Bugatti supercar sprints to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds.

Green Bugatti Grand Sport shown at the Palexpo in Geneva

Compared to the the Super Sport, the 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is based on redesigned chassis.

The price of the Vitesse models shjown in Geneva is 1.95 million euros.

Bugatti car interior Burnt Orange and a dark brown Coffee

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Rolls-Royce Wraith

The Rolls-Royce Wraith GT coupe is based of the Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan. The British car maker claims this is the most powerful and dynamic Rolls ever. The Wraith promises the sense of speed, high quality and effortless driving experience.

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The heart of the Wraith is a 624-bhp V12 engine pumping out 590 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain is teamed with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and a new Satellite Aided Transmission technology that works with GPS to pre-select the right gear.

The latest Rolls-Royce accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds.

Compared to the Ghost, the new Rolls-Royce flagship features a wider rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof. The exterior is highlighted by elegant lines, bold style of the panels and a raked rear screen, deeply recessed grille and wide rear track.

Drivers of theRolls-Royce Wraith are able to rely on innovative navigation and infotainment systems as well as voice commands from an on-board valet.

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Inside, the Wraith is decorated with a new Canadel Panellng wood elements. This yacht-like interior accentuates car`s character defined by power, luxury, refinement and drama. 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof to evoke the image of a starry night sky.

The world premiere of the Rolls-Royce Wraith was at 2013 Geneva motor show. The Rolls-Royce motor car plans to offer the Wraith to car collectors and buyers at the end of 2013 at a price of €245 000.

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Fornasari Gigi GT 311

The Italian custom car builder Fornasari was revealed its vintage-inspired model Gigi GT 311 at the Geneva Motor show.

The Gigi Grand Tourer will be powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine boasting up to 600 hp. The sports car could sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of over 200mph.

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The Fornasari Gigi GT 311 is fitted with a double hump roof, signature taillights, rear fenders front clip and oversize wheels.

The car is retro-inspired. This piece of art looks like an iconic Aston Martin or Ford.

This unique car will be priced at $290,000.

Lamborghini Cala Concept

One of the rarest Lamborghini concepts is named Lamborghini Cala. Only three exclusive examples were ever build. The Lamborghini concept was designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro in 1990. Five years later Cala was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Lamborghini Cala Design

The hand built supercar features classic Lamborghini style and design elements such as Miura-inspired front headlights and the windscreen inspired by Countach architecture. The main difference is that two adults and two children are able to travel in high comfort in the cabin of the Lamborghini Cala.

The concept features carbon fiber bodywork and an aluminum chassis.

Performance

Cala concept car boasts 372 HP coming from a V10 engine linked with rear-wheel drive.

This year one of the existing Lamborghini Cala concept will take part in the Grande Giro Lamborghini 50° Anniversario. The vice chairman and styling director of Italdesign Fabrizio Giugiaro will drive the supercar during the event.

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The audience of the Giro will see the most desirable Lamborghini vehicles gathered together.

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2012 Brabus Bullit Coupe 800

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Ultra-powerful, ultrafast and conspicuously inconspicuous: the BRABUS BULLIT Coupe 800, which celebrates its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is built in small-series production based on the two-door Mercedes C 63 AMG model. In place of the 6.3-liter fast-revving V8 that powers the production car, a twelve-cylinder engine in BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo specification lurks beneath the matte-black exterior. 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) propel the BULLIT Coupe 800 to superlative performance: 3.7 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph), 23.8 seconds from 0 – 300 km/h (186 mph) and a top speed in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph) document the unique know-how of the engineers from BRABUS.

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BRABUS went into the wind tunnel to engineer the aerodynamic-enhancement components that are part of the equipment of this supercar, as are new 20-inch BRABUS Monoblock R wheels, a sport suspension with customer-selectable ride height and damper rates, a high-performance brake system and exclusive cockpit design. The supercar will sell for an MSRP starting at EUR 378,000. It goes without saying that this car can also be built based on the Black Series C 63 AMG Coupe.

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2012 Brabus Bullit Coupe 800: Performance

The BRABUS BULLIT Coupe 800 seamlessly continues the tradition of high-performance supercars from Bottrop. Following in the footsteps of the BRABUS BULLIT supercars based on the Mercedes C-Class sedan, which each produced 730 hp (720 bhp) / 537 kW and reached top speeds in excess of 360 km/h (224 mph), the even more powerful BRABUS BULLIT Coupe 800 has now been developed based on the new C-Class Coupe.

Numerous modifications to the reinforced C-Class body were necessary to implant the turbocharged V12 into the engine bay. The BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo engine is derived directly from the BRABUS E V12 one of ten. For this purpose an up-to-date Mercedes S 600 engine Motor is completely reengineered in the company engine building shop.

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There is nothing to take the place of displacement except more displacement and for that reason displacement of the 12-cylinder, three-valve engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cu. in.) with the help of a special crankshaft with longer stroke, larger, forged pistons and an increase in cylinder bore across the board. Intake and outlet ports of both cylinder heads are optimized for mixture flow, and fitted with sports camshafts.

The engine peripherals were also completely reworked completely. The inlet side features a newly designed, larger header casing that gets its combustion air from carbon-fiber ram-air intake system integrated into the hood.

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To achieve the desired power increase of almost 300 hp over the production engine, the exhaust side had to be newly configured as well. The BRABUS 800 Biturbo system comprises two special exhaust manifolds with integrated high-performance turbochargers, and four water-to-air intercoolers. The stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts and driver-controlled butterfly valve also was created specifically for the C-Class Coupe floorpan.

State-of-the-art engine BRABUS test benches were used by the engineers for designing new mapping for engine electronics and on-board diagnostics. The result is maximum power yield while meeting strict current EURO V emission standards.

The BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo high-capacity engine, which like all BRABUS high-performance engines is lubricated exclusively with MOTUL synthetic motor oil, produces 800 PS (788 bhp) / 588 kW at 5,500 rpm. The peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) is limited electronically in the car to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

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Power is transferred to the rear wheels via an appropriately reinforced seven-speed automatic transmission, which is shifted either automatically or manually via shift paddles on the steering wheel, and a BRABUS limited-slip rear differential with a locking rate of 40 percent. The BRABUS BULLIT Coupe 800 features all state-of-the-art driving dynamics systems such as ABS, ASR and ESP.

The matte-black stealth coupe delivers unrivaled performance: in a catapult start just 3.7 seconds pass from 0-100 km/h (62 mph), 9.8 seconds to 200 km/h (124 mph). The 300-km/h (186-mph) barrier is shattered after 23.8 seconds. Top speed is more than 370 km/h (230 mph).

To be able to attain such extreme speeds while maintaining outstanding directional stability, the aerodynamic properties of the two-door car were modified extensively in the wind tunnel. The supplemental carbon-fiber BRABUS front spoiler reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds. The carbon-fiber lightweight air routers for the air inlets in the front fascia go beyond optimizing the supply of cooling air for radiators and front brakes. These lateral air vents also allow the air streaming through the radiators to exit again as quickly as possible. Another significant contribution to the heat exchange in the engine bay is made by the BRABUS air vents integrated into the front fenders behind the wheel wells.

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The BRABUS designers have developed an aerodynamically effective combination of rear wing and diffuser insert for the rear fascia in order to generate more downforce on the rear axle. This carbon-fiber component has cutouts on the right and left side for the dual ceramics-plated design tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system.

The thrilling looks of the BRABUS BULLIT Coupe 800 is rounded out by the new BRABUS Monoblock R wheels. They represent a fresh approach with their unique design that features two times five double spokes arranged on two different plains. While the posterior plain has a titanium paint finish, the anterior surfaces are polished and coated with a smoke-colored clear lacquer, which lends the wheel a highly individual character. In sizes 8.5Jx20 in front and 9.5Jx20 on the rear axle the BRABUS Monoblock R wheels make perfect use of the available space in the wheel wells. The high-performance tires in sizes 235/30 ZR 20 and 275/25 ZR 20 are supplied by technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA.

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The height-adjustable coilover suspension was custom developed for the BRABUS BULLIT Coupe 800 in cooperation with technology partner BILSTEIN. It features gas-pressure shocks on front and rear axle with ten selectable settings each for bound and rebound for a sporty yet comfortable ride. Sport sway bars reduce body roll during fast cornering to a minimum.

The BRABUS high-performance brake system consists of vented and grooved steel brake discs that measure 380 x 37 millimeters (15.0 x 1.45 in.) and 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers in the front. In combination with vented and grooved steel discs measuring 360 x 28 millimeters (14.2 x 1.1 in.) and six-piston fixed aluminum calipers on the rear axle it easily masters even highest brake loads.

2012 Brabus Bullit Coupe 800: Design

The cockpit of the supercar has a distinctly sporty design. The interior was clad by the BRABUS master craftsmen in the upholstery shop in a combination of black leather and Alcantara to match the outer skin. Red contrasting seams add discrete sporty highlights. This look is rounded out by genuine carbon-fiber components on the dashboard, center console and door trim. Further sporty features are the ergonomically shaped BRABUS sport steering wheel as well as aluminum pedals and shifter.

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German brands are finalists in 2012 World Car of the Year

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One month before the ceremony “World Car of the Year”, it is obvious that a German brand will get the prize.  The finalists have been announced at the Geneva motor show, and the top three are: BMW 3-Series, Porsche 911 and Volkswagen Up!. The winner will be chosen at New York auto show in April.

The Porsche 911 uses a six-cylinder boxer engine that offers efficient fuel consumption and optimized performance. The shape features a longer wheelbase, wider front track, and lower roofline. The body of a new Porsche Carrera 911 is a blend of aluminum and various types of steels. The Porsche 911 is also a finalist in the World Performance Car of the Year category.

The mini-sized Volkswagen Up! is a small urban family car. It is available in three body styles: a 2-door hatchback (4 or 5 seats), a 4-door version; and a long-wheelbase 4-door wagon (5-7 seats).

 The third nominee in this category is BMW 3-Series sedan.  The previous-generation BMW 3-Series took the award in 2006.