When thinking of Exotic cars most people think of Ferraris, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Aston Martin. Exotic Cars may be the staple of the Millionaires of the world but what makes an exotic car exotic? Is it based on name alone? Engine size?
Exotic cars are typically limited production, highly personalized cars that are based, in some part, on race cars and this is part of what makes exotics cars collectible to the millionaires of the world.
Manufacturers like Ferrari and Lamborghini have mastered the production process for producing larger numbers of exotics, while companies like Bugatti and upstart Shelby Super Cars still build almost every part of their cars by hand.
One thing is for sure, exotic cars are still going to be pushing the bounds of vehicle production for years to come.
When you envision sports cars there are a few names that readily come to mind. Among the top of the list is the Lamborghini. One such model that was a good speedster and performance jackpot is the 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 by Bertone. This model featured a 3.9 V12 engine. The engine was mid-mounted and had a 82 / 62 bore and stroke. The displacement of the engine was a cool 3929 cc.
The compression ratio for performance was at 9.5:1, and 350HP and 7,000 rpm. For its day, this beauty offered a sheer pristine ride and was a rival to be counted on against competitors. With a fuel feed of four Weber downdraught carburetors and two overhead cams per cylinder bank it is hard to imagine a more perfect combination.
The Miura P400 sported a 5-speed manual and rear wheel drive. Both front and rear suspension had lower and upper wishbones with coil springs and a stabilizing bar. The rack and pinion steering combined with hydraulic operation Girling disc brakes caps off the wonder of this amazing machinery.
The 2-door coupe is common among high performance vehicles, and this particular model with coachwork by Bertone left for little to be desired. From build to output, this baby took nothing for granted. It was known as the flagship of the Lamborghini line, and is a well respected vehicle of its time.
From the mid-engine transverse layout was very different from Lamborghini cars of previous years. The V12 engine also was unique in that it merged with the differential and transmission. This allowed for little space to be found in the well designed final product. Auto enthusiasts were impressed by the showing when it was first displayed, and collectors today still appreciate the value and quality of a spectacular sports car.
The Mazzanti Evantra was first introduced in 2011, and presented by Faralli and Mazzanti. Fast forward a year later, the company is now just Mazzanti, and the Evantra has been redesigned to energize its performance to top of the line comparisons. Before getting too excited, understand there are only going to be five of these beauties completed, and it will make its debut at the Top Marques Monaco in April of 2013.
The original version of the Evantra sported a flat six engine with 403 horsepower, with a twin turbocharger, amp that up to 603 HP. Under this configuration 60 mph can be reached in 3.7 seconds. The new Evantra will be powered by a V8 7.0 liter engine and go from 0 – 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
The 2013 model also features 20-inch wheels by OZ featuring tires by Continental. Power is distributed to the rear wheels by way of a direct shift gearbox that utilizes a paddle-shift designed by Sila. This dream machine is available, as a Pro-body comprised of a carbon-fiber composite or a One-body that is a customizable all-aluminum shell. Automakers and sport car enthusiasts anxiously await the 2013 unveiling; it is expected to be worth the wait.
Imagine going from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Then imagine reaching a top speed nearing 273 mph. The Koenigsegg Agera R claims to be able to reach both of these and oh so much more. This masterpiece of Swedish engineering promises to be a front-runner in the sports car industry.
With its 2-door targa body style and aerodynamic design, the Koenigsegg Agera R looks sleek and stylish. The car features a rear wing that operates with wind pressure rather than hydraulics. This allows for better compensation of headwinds and tailwinds, and a lighter load on the car. The pylons holding the wings in position have also been designed so that air is extracted from the engine compartment and routed to the back of the car.
Faster Than a Bugatti Veyron?
The Agera R features 19-inch wheels and a ceramic braking system. It also has a Triplex rear suspension, with a shock and spring attached to each rear wheel, and a third that operates in series with the two individual shocks.
The engine system utilizes a 5-liter twin turbocharged V8. An interesting aspect is that the engine is designed to be operational with multiple fuel types. The preferred fuel is 95 octane as other fuel use will reduce engine output and reduce overall performance. Although a new contender in terms of sports cars, this one is certainly one to watch, and destined to be a classic.