Touring Superleggera 95th Anniversary

At Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera they are pleased and proud to announce the celebration of their 95th Anniversary as a premier coachbuilder with a new and distinctive addition to their modern product range: a graceful two-seat coupé, and quite notably, Touring’s first ever creation driven by a mid-engine supercar powertrain.

Sharing many design elements with its recent Touring predecessors, as well as their elegant flow and balance of proportions, the design is both a clear evolution and an enhancement of Touring’s contemporary front-engined Aero family, as exemplified by the Disco Volante Coupé and Spyder and last year’s Aero 3. This will be a truly fitting example to carry forward the Touring philosophy into the mid-engine genre. 

Currently in the final stage of production, the completed car will be officially introduced in June 2021, and subsequently shown at our distributors worldwide, as well as leading events like The Quail, The Bridge, Salon Privé, and the Zoute GP. Stay tuned for more exclusive advance information on this exciting new model. We can’t wait! Come into the beautiful world of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera .

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible: also 659 hp

British Bentley Motors is launching its new Continental GT Speed Concertible hot off the heels of its recent announcement of the Continental GT Speed. The Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​Convertible is structurally the same as the coupé version, but with a cloth roof and slightly more weight.

The latest convertible is the most powerful and driver-focused convertible within the Continental GT range. The engine, handbuilt in Crewe, is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. For the latest Continental GT Speed ​​Convertible, Bentley increases the engine power by 24 hp. This brings the 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine, of which the carmaker has already added more than 100,000 into its models, to an output of 659 hp. The power source is therefore just as strong in the four-seater Convertible as in the two-seater Bacalar.

The car’s dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission shift is twice as fast when the GT Speed is in Sport mode, offering a smooth and effective transition between gears. Equipped with all-wheel steering and electronic rear differential enhance vehicle stability and agility. It features an upgraded version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine, set to deliver an 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds (roughly, 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds) with a top speed of 335 km/h. (208 mph).

The sound of the Speed ​​will be sportier than that of the normal Convertible, but will remain civilized. After all, it remains a neat British car.

The Speed ​​Convertible’s chassis has been tuned for more sportiness. The rear wheels steer for sharper steering and at the rear we find an electronic limited slip differential. The same applies here: don’t expect an antisocial hard chassis, because you don’t buy a Bentley for that. In the first place it remains a grand tourer. For those who want to finish things off in terms of sporty approach, the Continental GT Speed Convertible has the option of carbon-ceramic brakes, extra powerful brakes that, among other things, yield a weight saving of more than 30 kilos.

To offer an extra element of the elevated Bentley experience, the roofless nobleman in sports suit has special 22-inch wheels. Customers have the opportunity to choose between three finishes, all unique to the forged Speed wheels. The exterior detailing of the new convertible model include dark tint grilles, the Speed sport sills and badging.

The Continental GT Speed Convertible is fitted with a tailored, Z-fold roof that can be stowed or deployed in as short as 19 seconds, transforming the luxury coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer. There are seven exterior roof colors available to choose from, as well as eight interior roof liner finishes.

The interior is lavishly decorated. Bentley folds several square meters of Alcantara and leather into the interior and here too special Speed ​​badges cannot be missed. Bentley also has various leathers and different flavors of wood veneer available for the Continental GT Speed.

Inside the luxury automotive includes an alcantara steering wheel and diamond in diamond quilting, alongside neck warmer technology that seamlessly integrates into the heated and vented seats to offer an extra element of the elevated Bentley experience.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​Convertible can be ordered immediately. Orders for the first copies have already been processed in Crewe. Come into th beautiful world of Bentley.

First Look Genesis X Concept GT

With electric cars becoming commonplace, car manufacturers and designers are appealing to the customers’ familiarities by tapping into their distinguished heritage. For newcomer Genesis, acclaim is built through the creation of premium automobiles and futuristic designs.

Genesis, the luxury vehicle division of South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group was founded in 2015. In that shot time Genesis, has ‘given’ us some very beautiful concept cars, like 2018’s amazing Essentia. And now the Korean manufacturer will launch the X Concept. Less spectaculair then the Essentia, but ready for the road.

The foundation of Genesis’ unique GT design style is the adoption of its signature ‘two lines’ aesthetic inspired by the wings on its emblem. Its characteristics remain consistent across the models, maintaining its distinct brand identity. The two-lined headlights and tail lights extend across the body to illuminate all sides of the vehicle, brightening the grayness of Seoul. Embodying its ‘Athletic Elegance’ design philosophy, the two-lined motif begins from its smooth clamshell bonnet and continues across the horseshoe-shaped decklid.

Progressing from its eccentrically designed, butterfly-doored precursor the Essentia Concept, the Genesis X Concept adopts a more practical approach to daily driving. Typically, a vehicle’s prominent grille is associated with ventilating a powerful engine. Despite being an electric concept, Genesis’ signature Crest Grille is maintained to signify that no power has been compromised with its GT model whilst forming an intimidating shark-nose look head-on.

Inspired by how an airplane cockpit gives its pilot a designated space – the interior is designed solely with the driver in mind. The center fascia surrounds and tilts toward the driver’s seat to completely separate it from the passenger. The D-shaped steering wheel and paddle shifters accentuate the athletic nature of the Genesis X Concept with a ‘boost’ button allowing maximum output from its powerful engine.

Not just a luxury electric vehicle, the latest concept car was designed with the environment in mind and constructed using eco-friendly practices. An essential part of its creation was maximizing recycled and upcycled materials including utilizing leather fabrics discarded during production to be reused in the construction of seatbelts, parts of the steering wheel, and the airbag cover.

Lets hope we could see Genesis X Concept GT on our roads one day. And the Essentia! Come into the beautiful world of Genesis.

Pininfarina Battista at Petersen Automotive Museum

The Pininfarina Battista will take centre stage in the new exhibition at the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. ‘The Aesthetic of Motoring: 90 Years of Pininfarina’ exhibit opens on 25 March, running until 5 December 2021. It will pay tribute to nine decades of design leadership, celebrating 90 years of peerless Italian car design and featuring iconic Pininfarina-designed models that have inspired the pure-electric hyper GT.

The Petersen Automotive Museum have added 3 other new exhibitions and over 100 cars to the museum. Health and Safety are their top priorities so they have implemented new and enhanced health procedures and processes to protect you, their staff, and their volunteers. They have also made tickets to verified healthcare workers and first responders free.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Pininfarina and the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Volvo Introduces The All-Electric C40 Recharge, Sold Only Online

Continuing with its efforts to achieve its goal of making 50 percent of its total sales electric by 2025, Swedish auto marque Volvo has now unveiled its second-ever all-electric model: the C40 Recharge.

The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going. It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive.

Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo

No doubt based on similar design sensibilities as the previously unveiled XC40 Recharge, the new car takes on a slightly more coupe-esque aesthetic, the rear end of its roof curving downwards to meet its tail. While details regarding its performance specs remain scarce, we know that it utilizes a twin-motor setup powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80 percent in roughly 40 minutes. It’ll carry a range of 420km initially, with future software updates expected to increase that figure. Much like the XC40 Recharge, it’ll also be equipped with a sophisticated infotainment system jointly developed with Google. Based on the Android OS, the system will support a whole range of Google apps and built-in services including Google Maps, Google Assistant, and the Google Play Store.

Pricing for this sharp little Swedish number isn’t available as of this writing, but expect it to be a modest step up from the XC40 Recharge, which starts around $55,000 before incentives. Our bet is the C40 Recharge hangs a price tag from the rear mirror closer to the $60,000 mark before incentives.

The C40 Recharge will go in production this fall and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.

While there’s no precise release date for the Volvo C40 Recharge, Volvo says production will begin this fall alongside its XC40 sibling. You need not line up outside your local dealer to grab your own, either; in another first for Volvo, the C40 Recharge is available exclusively online. Production begins later this fall, so you’ve got plenty of time to warm up that clicking finger.

Come into the beautiful world of Volvo.

Alfa Romeo 1750 Aprile One-off Queen of Via Montenapoleone

Corrado Lopresto, from Milan, has been collecting classic cars since the tender age of 16. As an architect, he understands shapes and proportions. His collection focuses on rare cars, prototypes and unique coachbuild pieces from Italian constructors. Corrado Lopresto is a passionate collector who is always interested in potential new cars and wants to know every detail of the history of each special model.

The Lopresto collection was founded in 1979. With his unrivaled collection, Corrado Lopresto set the record of more than 200 awards and 50 Best in Show titles, including the record achievement of four Coppa d’Oro trophies at the ‘Concours d’Elegance at Villa D’Este’, the most important competition in Europe.

The cars in the collection are strictly Italian and cover the entire history of the Italian automotive industry, from 1901 to the present day. Next to the best known names Lopresto store cars of now forgotten brands, such as Ansaldo, Bianchi, Cisitalia, De Tomaso, Diatto, Iso Rivolta, Isotta Fraschini ,Osca, and Stanguellini. And coachbuilders like Bertone, Castagna, Stola, Pininfarina, Touring, Vignale and Zagato.

Lopresto’s 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider Aprile was born with a Zagato spider bodywork, this car is a 6C 1750 Gran Sport with compressor, the sporty version of the Milan six-cylinder, and is sold new to Giovanni Battista Aldo Barabini of Genoa in 1931. After a few changes of ownership the car returns to Alfa Romeo, to be resold in ’33 to Dino Carabba, who in 1934 enrolled it in varese-campo dei fiori, reaching fourth class and eleventh overall.

In those years the 6C probably ran in other minor races, passing by three more times, before being sold to giuseppe aprile’s bodyshop in Savona, in August 1938. A little less than a year later the car was purchased by Brunello Feltri of Altare, province of Savona, but in the meantime the Aprile has completely rebuilt the bodywork of the car, in a new, more modern and elegant guise. The design so successful betrays the work of the most famous designer of those times: Mario Revelli de Beaumont, father of this and many other beautiful bodies.

The car thus transformed survives the war unscathed and changes owner once again, in ’56, remaining in Liguria no to our days, when it is still rediscovered in order, albeit with some modest. The very careful restoration work has restored its original splendor, as conceived by Revelli: a unique car that blends great elegance with the sporty temperament of mechanics.

Lopresto’s 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Revelli di Beaumont Spider Aprile is now on display at the Larusmiani boutique in Via Montenapoleone, in the very heart of Milano. Larusmiani an Italian luxury clothing and high-end textile brand established in 1922. Bespoke Italian menswear and accessories for the modern gentleman, made from only the finest materials from across the globe.

You don’t see a Milla Miglia racer and Villa d’Este Best of Show winner in a shop too often, don’t you? The effect is quite spectacular! Come into the beautiful world’s of Lopresto and Larusmiani.

Estrema Fulminea, a new teaser

Nero Notte, the color of the ‘Fulminea’ teaser for the weekend. A clear vision of the project, passion and hard work. This is the key to success. What about funding? Put yourself in the position where people will ask you to help you with, get them excited about what you do, share your vision and you will succeed. I have to say thank you to many highly talented people which helped me from the start, when it was just a dream.

Gianfranco Pizzuto, founder Automobili Estrema

Passion and vision slowly paying off. Come into the beautiful world of Automobili Estrema for many exciting future announcements!

Extreme Lightning, the 2,000 horsepower electric hypercar is Made in Italy

Automobili Estrema is a new brand of excellence in the automobile industry which is specialized in design to manufacturing of low volume electric vehicles using the latest technologies, manufactured with light weight composite materials and powered by all electric high performance powertrains.

Their operations are split between beautiful South Tirol – Alto Adige, north Italy – Torino, the Italian capital of automotive design and Modena, the heart of the Italian Supercar Valley home of some of the most iconic automobile brands in the world.

Automobili Estrema, headquartered in Modena, Italy, was founded in 2020 by entrepreneur Gianfranco Pizzuto. In the past, he has worked with Fisker Automotive as an investor and partner, and Jaguar Land Rover Italy as an ambassador for the I-Pace electric crossover. But in general, Pizzuto calls himself an automobile consultant, and his new company – a boutique automaker.

Ours mission is to create a new Italian Car Brand of Design Excellence which is specialized in designing, engineering and manufacturing low volume Zero Emissions hypercars and supercars using the latest technologies and light weight materials.

Gianfranco Pizzuto, founder Automobili Estrema

The debut project of the new niche brand will be the Fulminea electric hypercar, which will challenge the Lotus Evija and the Aspark Owl. Estrema will build 61 copies of the Fulminea in Modena, Italy, a heavily spoileredhypercar that has its undoubtedly exuberant appearance hidden under a canvas for the time being.

The Estrema Fulminea design process started with the dream of combining extreme performance with advanced active aerodynamics and indisputable Italian flair. The Fulminea (translated from Italian: lightning fast) will have a clean, decise and yet sophisticated exclusive design.

An elegant combination of the analog and digital world paired with the right sporty touch. Despite the incredible racing car like performance, thepilot behind the wheel will feel the right level of comfort. One might say that it’s almost like flying.

The Estrema Fulminea will be the first street legal hypercar to be equipped with an innovative Hybrid Battery Pack which uses a combination of ABEE’s (Avesta Battery Energy Engineering) solid state cells paired with ultra-capacitors from Skeleton Technologies. The hybrid battery pack will be engineered and assembled in cooperation with battery specialist IMECAR Elektronik.

These two different cell types are packed into 2 separated robust carbon composite cases, the one with the ultracapacitors on the front axle while the bigger one containing the ‘cell to pack’ solid state Li-ion cells positioned behind the cabin and before the rear axle for a perfect weight distribution and low center of gravity.

The all electric powertrain will feature 4 motors with a total peak power of 1.5 MW ( 2,040 HP) allowing the Fulminea to accelerate from 0 to 320 km/h (0 to 200 mp/h) in under 10 seconds. With its hybrid battery pack of 100 kWh, the expected WLTP range will be of 520 km (323 miles).

Thanks to the innovative solid-state cells, the high-performance hybrid battery (with cell to pack technology) will reach an unprecedented energy density of 450 Wh/kg (1,200 Wh/l) with a predicted weight under 300 kg (661 lb) and a total curb weight of Fulminea of 1,500 kg (3,307 lb).

Manual assembly will be set up at a facility in Modena. Interestingly, the corporate color of the car is the blue Azzurro Savoia, the color that previously symbolized the House of Savoy, the family under which the unification of Italy and the creation of the Italian kingdom took place.

The adjective Estrema in the company’s name refers to the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, who wrote a letter to Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli in 1920 and explained why the car can only be feminine. D’Annunzio believed that cars are inherent in grace and some frivolity, and they are also very seductive.

Passion and vision slowly paying off. Come into the beautiful world of Automobili Estrema for many exciting future announcements!

Ares presents unique Tesla Model S Converible commission

Those who drive a Tesla Model S do not really excel in originality. That is, with just one body style and a handful of colors that you can order from Tesla, chances are there is one or more copies of your car in the same town where you live. If you want a special Model S, you can now turn to Ares Design.

At Ares, our Co-create philosophy allows clients to work side by side with our designers and engineers to create their very own bespoke vehicle, a service that is unique to Ares. This Tesla project is a superb example of this; it was a pure coachbuilding project which we very much enjoy doing and seeing the results of our uncompromising standards.

Dany Bahar, Ares Co-founder and CEO

Not willing to wait for the new Tesla Roadster, one car enthusiast demanded a Tesla S Convertible, immediately. And Italian coachbuilder Ares was more than happy to take on the challenge.

Italian luxury design house Ares has showcased its coachbuilding skills by revealing a privately commissioned Tesla Model S Convertible. Commissioned to transform the Tesla Model S into an eye-catching two-door open-top convertible the Modena-based atelier performed work on the body, chassis, aerodynamics and interior during the comprehensive coachbuilding project.

To achieve the conversion, engineers cut away the roof and removed the rear doors and the B-pillars to facilitate new, longer front doors. Centro Stile designed a new rear bonnet allowing space to integrate the roof when stowed. To finish, designers added a splash of Italian style with the fitment of a sleek Ares designed carbon fibre aero kit. Engineers retained the structural integrity of the Tesla by reinforcing the chassis with additional strengthening to the side members, beneath the cockpit and rear seating area.

Incidentally, the Model S continues to offer space for more than two people, because behind the front row of seats are two more seats that are tailor-made for this convertible. The interior of the Tesla has also been completely addressed by Ares, the finest hand-stitched ice white leather with orange detailing realised their client’s vision of a stylish interior finish.

It’s not quite as effortlessly gorgeous as Ares’ De Tomaso Pantera revival, but few cars are. Take a look at the new Ares convertible from all angles, and decide for yourself: success or waste of a Model S?

Come into the beautiful world of Ares.

Blaze EV Classic is a nifty classic-looking vehicle for one

Blaze, a Japanese company specializing in the manufacture of electric scooters, has expanded its range further. This is not the first car in the company’s range, as the Next Cruiser EV, a reduced electric-engined World War II Jeep, was already introduced earlier. Now it’s time for a miniature single-seater 1930s race car.

Available in four colors: white, black, green and red, the Blaze EV Classic is not exactly dwarf in size, as it is almost 2.3 metres long and has a width of just under 1.2 metres. So we’ve gained 200 kilos of weight, with the battery tipping the scales at a tenth of that.

The car features a classic design with open wheels and an open cockpit. There’s room for one adult in the car – or should I say in the vehicle. It’s enhanced with British sports car-inspired wire-spoke wheels and LED headlights with classic housings. The car also features a differential gear to help the car’s coercing ability.

The electric car has the technology of a real car, as the power is transmitted to the wheels via the differential. The operating distance is promised to be 50 kilometres and the top speed is the same number, i.e. 50 kilometres per hour. With the home charger, the battery can be fully charged in eight hours at the end of the ride.

Blaze’s EV Classic is a bit like Bugatti’s recently introduced Baby. Bugatti’s Baby is a 75 percent size replica of a real car and reaches a top speed of 68 km/h. Unlike the Bugatti, the EV Classic doesn’t really appear to be designed to look like any monoposto in particular, but is rather a general homage to race cars from the 1930s.

However, the two differ on one important issue. Bugatti’s small car costs almost 60,000 euros/$70.000. The price of the Blaze EV Classic in Japan, on the other hand, is 880,000 yen, or about 7,000 euto/$8,500 at current exchange rates.

In other words, Blaze isn’t cheap either, but definitely much more affordable. As battery technology advances to become more power-dense and cheaper, these types of sustainability vehicles may become more commonplace.

For now, the Blaze EV Classic is only available in Japan. It’s available in four colors – Reflect silver, Noir black, Smoky green, and Mystic red – and the company is offering several accessories, such as a dedicated car cover, spare battery, accessory case, and spare AC adapter.

Would you like to have one? I would! Come into the beautiful world of Blaze (translated).