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Rolls-Royce Cullinan: High-Quality Engineering

Rolls-Royce Cullinan: High-Quality Engineering

With the Cullinan, It’s All About the Details

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Desert Dunes - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Desert Dunes – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Rolls-Royce brand symbolizes luxury. So, it’s a given that you can expect lush interiors and top-of-the-line components in the new Cullinan. However, unless you look at the specs, you may not immediately recognize the amount of high-quality engineering that goes into the frame and under the hood.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Granted, you may not think about it because you expect a car bearing the Rolls-Royce name to perform in accordance with the brand’s reputation. However, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan proves that the details matter. High-quality engineering went into the design and construction of the vehicle.

To prove the point, let’s first take a look at the car’s framing and supports.

The Cullinan and The Phantom

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Rear Passenger Seats - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Rear Passenger Seats – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Cullinan rides on an all-aluminum space frame similar to the one that debuted with the Phantom. This space frame eliminates weight and makes room for additional luxury items such as sound deadening.

The chassis has some neat engineering also. A new air suspension design gives the car the ability to adjust a single wheel if ground traction is lost.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

As Caroline Krismer, the project’s chief engineer stated, “[it] brings the famed Rolls-Royce ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ to all other terrains.”

The Cullinan also has the distinction of being Rolls-Royce’s first four-wheel drive vehicle. With its beefed-up drivetrain components and rear axle steering, it really can conquer any terrain just as the engineers intended.

Under the Hood of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Here’s Why the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is the World’s Most Expensive SUV – Doug DeMuro – YouTube

Like the Phantom, the Cullinan runs on a 6.75-liter V12. Both engines generate 563 hp but the Cullinan has a torque of 627 lb-ft at 1600 rpm for better performance off-road. But as Krismer said, the Cullinan was meant for ALL terrains, so you won’t be disappointed in its performance on pavement. The V12 can move the Cullinan along at a top speed of 155 mph.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Rear Seating - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Rear Seating – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

The Third Ultimate Series Model for McLaren

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

McLaren, previously known for the F1 GTR and P1 GTR, is currently working on a concept dubbed the Senna GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be the third ultimate series model, completing a trio. Obviously, the first vehicle of the series is the McLaren F1 GTR. Secondly, there is the McLaren P1 GTR. Now, there will be the McLaren Senna GTR. The Senna GTR will provide the “purest connection between car and driver” according to the McLaren website. Supposedly, it will also be the “most track focused McLaren yet.”

McLaren F1 GTR & P1 GTR

McLaren F1 GTR - Side - 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User PSParrot - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren F1 GTR – Side – 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User PSParrot – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Now, it is only right to discuss the McLaren Senna GTR Concept predecessors. Firstly, there is the McLaren F1 GTR. This vehicle is famous for its victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event. It beat the competition with less power, and no expectation to come out on top. With a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine, this car took the lead. This motor boasts 592 horsepower, which was plenty to win. Overall, the McLaren F1 itself is a legendary car, let alone the more sophisticated GTR version. The McLaren F1 GTR was the first in the ultimate series lineup.

McLaren P1 GTR - Front Corner - 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User Matthew Lamb - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren P1 GTR – Front Corner – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User Matthew Lamb – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The next predecessor to the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the McLaren P1 GTR. This vehicle is very recent, being only a few years past production. Yet, it still is one heck of a supercar. The P1 GTR was built to celebrate the F1 GTR victory from 1995. Except, this time, the car boasts 986 horsepower, almost double of the F1 GTR. The power arrives from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Those specs alone show the difference in the power of cars in the last 20 years. This power allows the P1 GTR to reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 217 mph.

Breakdown of Senna GTR Concept

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Lastly, it is time to go over the focus of this article, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. Under the hood, the Senna GTR sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 814 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This may be less than the P1 GTR, but it will be faster around the track, which is more important. Also, noteworthy, the Senna GTR is slightly more powerful than the street-legal Senna. And yes, the Senna GTR is a track-only car. The Senna GTR made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Finally, the Senna GTR is said to be the quickest McLaren lap time outside of Formula 1.

Expectations High for the Senna GTR

The Fastest Selling McLaren Ever! NEW McLaren Senna GTR – Mr JWW – YouTube

Overall, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is quite a beastly vehicle. Built for the track, this car will be the best McLaren performing vehicle to date. And, truth be told, it is just the beginning. McLaren will be continually working to battle competitors in the supercar realm. First, there was the F1 GTR, then the P1 GTR. Now, it will be the Senna GTR. From there, who knows what is next… well, maybe the CEO and design team at McLaren. Otherwise, nobody knows. In conclusion, the Senna GTR is an amazing car that will stun people for years to come.

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: The pictures of the McLaren Senna GTR Concept are the property of the McLaren manufacturer.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: The Ultimate Machine

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: The Ultimate Machine

Aston Martin’s Ultimate Machine

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is Aston’s ultimate production vehicle. With a MSRP of $308,000 USD, this is one pricey Aston Martin. From front to rear, this vehicle arrives with a fine British design. Between a V12 engine and sporty light-weight materials, this car is quick across the board. If the crème of the crop is a preference, this car is for you. Furthermore, this DBS has a heavy basis in the DB11 AMR.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Twin-Turbo DOHC 5.2-Liter V12 Engine

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - V12 Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – V12 Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera sports a twin-turbo DOHC 5.2-liter V12. This motor produces a whopping 715 horsepower and 663 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the same engine as the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, but with an extra 4.4 psi. This extra psi allows for gains of 85 horsepower and a 147 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. Obviously, there are paddle shifters.
From 0 to 60 mph, the DBS Superleggera takes only 3.2 seconds. Furthermore, reaching 100 mph takes only 7.3 seconds. On a quarter mile, the DBS Superleggera completes it in 11 seconds. Phew… this is a quick Aston Martin. On the top end, the car can reach 211 mph. These stats place this car close to the realm of hypercars.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Additional Features Over Base Model

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera arrives with a beastly V12, but also much more. Firstly, this car starts with a beautiful hexagonal grille on the front. Next, the body adorns carbon fiber racing material. Thirdly, there are leather upholstered high-performance seats. All of this works together to create a stunning sports car. Obviously, other features are optional on this car.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The DBS Superleggera Shouldn’t Disappoint

New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 2019 review – see why it IS worth £225,000! – carwow – YouTube

In conclusion, the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the ultimate machine. With the roaring V12 and the stylish racing body, this car is a treat to drive on the track. If $300,000 is in the ballpark, this car is definitely a great choice. The 8-speed transmission may seem too much, but the performance numbers show otherwise. There was a time when 7-speed transmission were “out there”, but now they’re the norm. Overall, the DBS Superleggera is another fine Aston Martin design.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Rear in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Rear in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica: Convertible Hardtop Variant

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica: Convertible Hardtop Variant

“The World’s Fastest Convertible”

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In 2005, Ferrari introduced the 575 Superamerica. The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica is a retractable hardtop variant of the 575M Maranello coupe. Not surprisingly, this model was limited to a production of 559 units from 2005 to 2006. Surprisingly, only 43 of these models contain a manual gearbox. Furthermore, to better understand, Enzo Ferrari had a philosophy that production should always be one model short of demand. Hence, the number of 559 rather than an even 560. Lastly, at the time, Ferrari was marketing the Superamerica as “the world’s fastest convertible”.

5.7-Liter V12 with 533 Horsepower

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Engine - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Engine – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica sports a 5.7-liter V12 engine. This motor produces 533 horsepower. Noteworthy, this is a 25 horsepower increase from the 575M Maranello. With the V12, the Superamerica can reach a top speed of 199 mph. From 0 to 60 mph, this model takes only 4.2 seconds, which matches the 575M Maranello. This may be due to the additional weight from the convertible dissipating any additional horsepower.

The Superamerica Roof Design

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, the auto maker altered the roof design. This car has an electrochromic glass panel roof that rotates 180 degrees. Furthermore, it is a patented Revocromico roof with a carbon fiber structure. The roof hinges on a single axis to the luggage compartment. This allows access to the boot, even if the roof is down. The initial roof design was used on a 2001 Vola by Leonardo Fioravanti. In addition, while the roof is down, the rear window acts as a wind deflector.

A Rare Addition to the 575 Fleet

Ferrari 575 Superamerica Start Up Rev and Accelerate – hompsan89 – YouTube

The 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica is quite a spectacular vehicle. With a roaring V12 and a convertible top, this car is great for the summer. “The world’s fastest convertible” may not be the fastest anymore, but it can still stun spectators. The hardtop convertible is a perfect fit for Ferrari, which can be seen in modern models such as the California. Lastly, Ferrari did offer a GTC handling package for this car, but it was optional. In conclusion, the 575 Superamerica is one of the best convertibles of its time.

Ferrari 641: 6 Wins in 1990 Formula 1 Season

Ferrari 641: 6 Wins in 1990 Formula 1 Season

The Formula 1 Ferrari 641

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In the 1990 Formula 1 season, Ferrari used the 641, also known as the F1-90. This Formula 1 racing car was the main vehicle of the Ferrari racing team for the entirety of the season. The Ferrari 641’s design is by Enrique Scalabroni and Steve Nichols. Furthermore, Steve Nichols was a McLaren designer who helped the project. With 6 wins during the 1990 Formula 1 season, the Ferrari 641 was competitive with McLaren, but at 10 horsepower less. At high speed, the 641 held its ground regardless of the power difference.

Ferrari Tipo 036/037 3.5-Liter Mid-Engine V12

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 641 sports a Ferrari Tipo 036 3.5-liter mid-engine V12. This motor is capable of 680 base horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed semi-auto transmission. In San Marino, the 641 withheld the number 037 engine instead. This motor works on Agip fuel, a former Italian auto gasoline. To get the power to the ground, the 641 has Goodyear tires. The Ferrari 641, or F1-90, definitely packed the power to compete in the 90s Formula 1 season.

Race Worthy Engineering: Chassis & Suspension

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 641 Formula 1 race car was built with a race worthy chassis and suspension. Firstly, the 641’s chassis comprimes a Kevlar and carbon fiber composite monocoque. Next, the suspension differs slightly in the front and rear. Both the front and the rear contain anti-roll bars, double wishbones, and telescopic shock absorbers. In the front, there is push-rod actuated torsion bar springs. On the other end, in the rear, there is push-rod actuated coil springs. Surprisingly, only one 641 chassis is non existent today due to destruction in testing. Lastly, while two remain in museums, four are privately owned by collectors.

A Throwback to 1990 Formula 1 Racing

Ferrari 641/2 – 1990 (Emozione Ferrari) – sagitt76 – YouTube

This Ferrari 641 article is basically a throwback to the 1990 Formula 1 Racing season. Although this vehicle was not the best race car on the track, it still won 6 races. One of these vehicles was also in a famous collision at the Japanese Grand Prix with the McLaren race car. The Ferrari 641 and the McLaren battled it out frequently for whom was the best car. Regardless of who was better, both cars deserve respect from car enthusiasts worldwide. In conclusion, the Ferrari 641 was a beastly feat of engineering that competed with the “crème de la crème” (cream of the crop).

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 - Formula One Race Car - Actively Racing - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari 641 – Formula One Race Car – Actively Racing – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Ferrari Enzo vs. Ferrari LaFerrari: Rev Battle

Ferrari Enzo vs. Ferrari LaFerrari: Rev Battle

Rev Battle Between Enzo & LaFerrari

The Ferrari Enzo and the Ferrari LaFerrari are two of Ferrari’s most amazing vehicles. The Ferrari Enzo was produced from 2002-2004 while the LaFerrari was produced 2013-2016. This is over a 10-year difference in performance and technology. Regardless, both cars are amazing and unique to themselves. Not surprisingly, an owner of an Enzo and an owner of a LaFerrari decided to have a rev battle. Listening to these two V12 engines roar is basically a symphony of its own. But, in the end, it is up to the viewer to decide who wins this battle.

The Legendary Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari Enzo – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The legendary Ferrari Enzo is currently valued at over $3 million USD. This car sports a 6.0-liter Tipo F140 B V12. This V12 engine produces 651 horsepower and 485 lb.-ft. of torque with an 8,200 RPM redline. The motor works in combo with a F1 gearbox. Furthermore, the Enzo can reach 60 mph in only 3.14 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 6.6 seconds. This is faster than many basic production cars can reach 60 mph. Lastly, the Ferrari Enzo completes a quarter mile in around 11 seconds.

The Newer Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ferrari LaFerrari – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The newer Ferrari LaFerrari is worth $7 million USD at auction for the coupe while the Aperta hit $10 million USD. This makes the LaFerrari the most valuable 21st century vehicle sold at auction. From 2013 to 2015, The LaFerrari coupe was in production while the Aperta was produced from 2015 to 2016. The Ferrari LaFerrari sports a 6.3-liter F140FE V12 engine. On top of this, there is also an electric motor and KERS.

The engine setup works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual. With the electric motor and V12, the LaFerrari boasts 950 base horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. The LaFerrari can reach 62 mph in only 2.4 seconds and 124 mph in less than 7 seconds. Furthermore, it can reach 186 mph in only 15 seconds. Lastly, the top speed exceeds 217 mph… phew!

Who Won? You Make the Choice!

LaFerrari vs Ferrari Enzo INSANE Rev Battle! – Marchettino – YouTube

Although the LaFerrari is a better performing vehicle, the Enzo is competitive in the sound realm. Listening to the symphony of two V12s battle is an opera of its own. Each car has a uniquely tuned sound to satisfy any car fan. Furthermore, it is up to the viewer to decide who wins this rev battle. If you decide, be sure to let us know on our Facebook page! In conclusion, both the Enzo and LaFerrari are amazing feats of engineering deserving upmost respect.

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

The First Production Lamborghini

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Front Corner in Black - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Front Corner in Black – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 1964 to 1966, the Lamborghini 350 GT was a production 2-door grand tourer coupe. Not surprisingly, this model may not be familiar to most people. This is probably due to the 350 GT’s very limited production of only 120 units. This limitation makes surviving models a rare spectacle. Now, Lamborghini is famous for it’s rear-engine sports cars as well as the all-new SUV (the Urus). Regardless, and most noteworthy, the Lamborghini 350 GT was Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first production car.

3.5-Liter Aluminum Alloy DOHC V12

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT sports a 3.5-liter aluminum alloy DOHC V12. This engine produces around 280 horsepower and close to 240 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor works in sync with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. From 0 to 62 mph, the 350 GT takes only 6.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 16.3 seconds. At the high end, the 350 GT can reach a top speed of 158 mph. Lastly, to top it off, this motor can produce 400 horsepower but was limited for production.

Aluminum Body, Carburetors, & Wishbone Suspension

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT starts with an aluminum body. Next, there is four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones. On top of that, the suspension uses concentric coil-spring-damper units. Furthermore, there is a Salisbury differential as well as a four-vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes. Lastly, the 350 GT is built with twin-barrel side-draught Weber 40 DCOE 2 carburetors.

The Beginning of the Lamborghini Empire

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Jay Leno’s Garage – YouTube

Overall, the Lamborghini 350 GT was the beginning of the empire built by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Due to its importance in the Lamborghini line-up, it is quite the collector’s car. On top of that, with it’s limitation of 120 units, there are only a handful left in the world today. With it’s race design, this car is meant to compete with alternative sports car rivals. Imagine… only if they left the 400 horsepower in the production model. Regardless, the 350 GT is an automobile of beauty and marvel.

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear Logo - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear Logo – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT: Engineering Feat of the Late 90s

Lamborghini Diablo GT: Engineering Feat of the Late 90s

The 1998-2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In the 1990s, the Lamborghini Diablo was an iconic sports car that arrived in a ton of different variations. From 1998 to 2001, Lamborghini brought about the Diablo GT. The Lamborghini Diablo GT is a very limited production car with only 80 units in Europe. The Diablo GT differs from the other models due to its race orientation. This car didn’t only differ in minor aspects, but major as well.

6.0-Liter V12 with 575 Horsepower

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Rear Engine Bay - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Rear Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The original base Lamborghini Diablo model has a 5.7-liter V12 with 485 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, the Lamborghini Diablo GT has a larger 6.0-liter V12 engine. This larger V12 produces 575 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This equates to 90 additional horsepower and an increase of 37 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Diablo GT can reach 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds as well as a top speed of 215 mph. Unlike the other Diablo models, the buyer had the option of choosing gear ratios on this transmission. Lastly, the car has RWD for lower weight in comparison to AWD.

Exterior Alterations from Base Diablo Model

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the exterior, the Lamborghini Diablo GT differs from it’s predecessors. Overall, the car features more aggressive bodywork including carbon fiber, a steel roof, and aluminum doors. The styling difference begins with the black carbon fiber front air dam, large brake ducts, and a central vent for the oil cooler. The front fenders are wider than the base Diablo with small NACA style corner vents. Inside the front trunk, a large air extractor withholds the space. Alone, these changes are enough to make this car stand out from the other Diablo models.

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the rear end of the Lamborghini Diablo GT, the bumper and lamps were removed entirely. In place of the bumper, there is a carbon fiber diffuser. The back-up and fog lights were relocated into the tail lamps. Furthermore, there is a shielded large center-mounted exhaust pipe system. The rear also has a differing engine lid and a rear spoiler. On the roof, there is a large central ram air duct. Lastly, the car wears special 3-piece Oz wheels.

A Race Car Style Interior with Technological Options

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Interior - Pinterest - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Interior – Pinterest – EuroDrift

On the interior, the Lamborghini Diablo GT also differentiates itself from the base model. The interior begins with carbon fiber panels in its stripped-down appearance. Secondly, there is race-spec bucket seats with 4-point seat belt harnesses. Thirdly, there is a smaller steering wheel meant for racing. On the optional side, there is an Alpine LCD screen for GPS as well as a bumper-mounted back-up camera. Surprisingly, AC is a feature of the Diablo GT, unlike many other race inspired vehicles. Lastly, air bags are included but can optionally be omitted by the buyer’s request.

Original MSRP of Around $300,000

Lamborghini Diablo GT (16/80) loud sound: backfire, hard revving and accelerating! – nonsolonoia – YouTube

The Lamborghini Diablo GT is quite a rare and unique collector car. Initially, the MSRP of the Diablo GT was around $300,000 USD. Furthermore, being only limited to Europe, a few Diablo GT models were imported into the U.S. and some were even converted to meet US road-legal specs. Most units remain in Europe but if lucky enough, one may be spotted at a car meet in the U.S. In conclusion, the Lamborghini Diablo GT is a RWD V12 beast that showcases the end of 90s sports car era.

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Wide View Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Wide View Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S: A British Luxury Sedan

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S: A British Luxury Sedan

Aston Martin’s Luxury Sedan

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Rear with Doors Open - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Rear with Doors Open – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

In early 2010, Aston Martin introduced the Rapide luxury sedan to the world. The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S arrives in two different versions with slightly differing MSRPs. First, there is a Shadow Edition with a MSRP from $204,950. On the other hand, there is a base edition with a MSRP of $206,000. Surprisingly, the “special edition” is slightly cheaper than the base edition… that’s kind of odd, isn’t it? Either way, the Aston Martin Rapide is quite the unique British luxury sedan.

Development & Production of the Rapide

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Not surprisingly, the 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S basis is the Vanquish. The Vanquish is one of Aston Martin’s most well-known and respected vehicles. This made it the preferred vehicle for the transition into a 4-door sedan. The Rapide is currently in production at the Gadyon, England plant. Previously, from 2010 to 2012, the car was built in Graz, Austria.

6.0-Liter DOHC V12 with 560 Horsepower

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S sports a 6.0-liter QOHC 48-valve V12 engine. This motor withholds an aluminum block and heads as well as port fuel injection. Shockingly, the motor does not have a supercharger or turbo… just straight, raw power. At the peaks, the Rapide boasts 560 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine setup works in conjunction with the new 8-speed Touchtronic III ZF automatic transmission which shifts in just 130 milliseconds. The top speed of the Rapide is 203 mph. Overall, the Rapide has had a few overhauls in power with this being the newest design.

Quarter Mile in Only 12.4 Seconds

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S can hit 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 9.3 seconds. On the quarter mile, the Rapide S completes it in 12.4 seconds. Furthermore, on the 200-ft-diameter skid pad, the car has a road holding value of 0.93 g. For a luxury sedan, the Rapide is quite the performer. These values may not match the Vanquish, but they are absolutely fit for the track.

Features & Technology

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S has a handful of typical features and technology. First, the car has a LED lighting system, which most modern cars contain. Secondly, the car sports the usual technology such as Bluetooth, navigation, and radio. Thirdly, there is a push start button for turning on the vehicle. Lastly, the car wears 20” wheels which complement the design very nicely. Although this car isn’t very futuristic technology wise, it meets the minimal requirements of the current era.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Engine Start Button - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Engine Start Button – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Rapide is a True Luxury Sports Sedan

Aston Martin – Rapide S – The World’s Most Beautiful 4-Door Sports Car – Aston Martin – YouTube

The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S is a true luxury sports sedan. From it’s raw power V12 to it’s sporty design, this car offers the best of luxury and sport. With a MSRP of over $200,000, the ownership of this car is quite limited. This makes a car like this quite a spectacle to see on the road. For the luxury enthusiast, this car is a great complement to the car collection. In conclusion, the Rapide S is a great introduction of Aston Martin into the luxury sedan market.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S - Differential, Steering, & Suspension Diagram - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Differential, Steering, & Suspension Diagram – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Ferrari 550 Maranello: 2-Door Berlinetta Grand Tourer

Ferrari 550 Maranello: 2-Door Berlinetta Grand Tourer

Ferrari’s 2-Door Berlinetta Grand Tourer

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Driver Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Driver Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1996 to 2001, Ferrari produced the 550 Maranello for the sports car market. The Ferrari 550 Maranello design is by Lorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina. To no surprise, the 550 Maranello was built in Maranello, Italy. As a front-engine Ferrari, this car was debatable upon enthusiasts. Regardless of the debates, the 550 Maranello proved to be another Ferrari powerhouse vehicle.

5.5-Liter Tipo F133A V12 with 478 Horsepower

Ferrari 550 Maranello - Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Ferrari 550 Maranello – Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 550 Maranello sports a 5.5-liter DOHC Tipo F133A V12 engine. In addition, this motor has 4 valves per cylinder and a variable length intake manifold. Furthermore, the 5.5-liter V12 engine produces 478 horsepower and 419 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 6-speed manual transmission, the 550 Maranello can hit 62 mph in only 4.4 seconds. The 550 Maranello can complete 0 to 100 mph in 9.6 seconds. Lastly, this vehicle can complete a quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 116.9 mph. The top speed of the 550 Maranello is 199 mph.

Double Wishbone Suspension & Technology

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Ferrari 550 Maranello arrives with a double wishbone suspension. This suspension uses coaxial coil springs and dampers. Furthermore, there are front and rear anti-roll bars. For the steering, the car uses a rack-and-pinion system with variable power assist. On the technology side, the car offers an electronic driver aid system including anti-slip regulation. Lastly, the braking system design is a four-way ABS layout.

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina - Front Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina – Front Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Although the 550 Maranello seems to be the most popular, there was also a 550 Barchetta Pininfarina model. This model is a convertible with no real top and a cautioned top speed of 70 mph. There were only 448 total models made which was increased from 444 due to Japanese market superstition. This vehicle has a different engine type with the same specifications. Basically, the difference is that it has a Tipo F133C motor instead of a Tipo F133A. There were also two other special models on the market including the Rossa and 550 GTZ. The Ferrari Rossa was a 70th anniversary edition for Pininfarina while the GTZ was a 90th anniversary edition. Not surprisingly, the GTZ MSRP was $1,600,000.

Ferrari Rossa Concept - Front Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Ferrari Rossa Concept – Front Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

2000 & 2001 International Engine of the Year

Here’s Why the Ferrari 550 Maranello Is Worth $150,000 (Or More) – Doug – DeMuro – YouTube

Overall, the Ferrari 550 Maranello is a beautiful take on a FWD sports car. With its unique styling and power V12, this car can appeal to most sports car fans. Not surprisingly, the 550 Maranello motor won the 2000 and 2001 International Engine of the Year. Currently, this car is available on the market for between $100,000 and slightly over $200,000. In conclusion, the 550 Maranello deserves the appreciation that the other Ferrari models experience.

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Passenger Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Passenger Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Driver Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – Driver Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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