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Stylish New 2016 Infiniti QX50

Today, the Infinity QX50 sedan is one the most powerful and versatile crossover cars in the segment. For the upcoming 2016 Infinity QX50 model, expect a bigger interior, enhanced styling, plus a longer wheelbase.

The Infiniti QX50 was first introduced as the Infiniti EX35 sedan. It became popular as one of the first, personal crossover vehicles on the market. The EX35 was the first car to offer new technology features including Infiniti’s own Around View® Monitor. Car owners could choose between Intelligent All-Wheel Drive or rear-wheel drive, plus it came with one of the most powerful engines in its car class.

The new 2016 Infiniti QX50 will feature a luxurious interior, an array of advanced technology features, plus a stylish exterior that will turn heads and people will quickly recognize on the road. All grade levels of the new QX50 will come with a moonroof. The Infinity’s wheelbase is being extended by 3.2 inches. A new Hagane Blue exterior color option will also be available to car buyers. The other six exterior colors are: Malbec Black, Midnight Garnet, Graphite Shadow, Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian and Moonlight White.

Randy Parker is the vice president of Infiniti Americas and was quotes, “Following the 2015 introductions of the updated Infiniti Q70 and the addition of the Q70L long-wheelbase version and new range-topping QX80 Limited full-size SUV, we’re kicking off model year 2016 with the updated QX50.”

The outside of the new 2016 Infiniti QX50 will feature large L-shaped headlights with new LED Daytime Running Lights, integrated fog lights, “dynamic arch” profile, xenon auto-leveling headlights and stylish LED taillights. Part of the Deluxe Touring Package, enjoy the new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Standard package is the 18-inch 8-spoke metallic finish aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/55R18 all-season tires. The car’s rear hatchback spoiler includes an integrated brake light.

The QX50 will also come with a new front and rear bumpers with lower fascia, new double-arch front grille, in addition to new side mirrors that come integrated with LED turn signals.

2016 Infiniti QX50 interior

The interior of the 2016 Infiniti QX50 is incredibly nice. By extending the wheelbase by 3.2 inches, there is now more room inside – equaling an 8.3 cubic feet increase in interior volume. Higher ground clearance allows the driver a higher vantage point that results in improved visibility. The interior of the new QX50 will utilize standard premium leather-appointed seating surfaces. A choice of three different colors are available – Wheat, Graphite as well as Chestnut.

The cabin layout is definitely driver-focused. Enjoy the easy-to-read high-contrast gauges, Infiniti’s signature “double-wave” instrument panel, plus hospitality lighting with pin LED light over the console. Passengers will enjoy the standard premium leather-appointed seating that also comes with heated front seats. Infinity utilizes textured, aluminum accents throughout the car’s cabin. For your listening pleasure, enjoy the Bose premium audio system that is equipped with eleven speakers and two subwoofers.

The new QX50 3.7-liter V-6 engine is rated at 267 lb-ft of torque and 325 horsepower. Experience smooth driving with the standard, seven-speed automatic transmission that has a manual shift mode. The sedan’s standard braking system comes with power-assisted front and rear discs, plus a standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

Infinity states the car’s fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for rear-wheel drive models. For all-wheel drive models, the car manufacturer says to expect 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

There will be two models available – the 2016 Infinity QX50 and QX50 AWD. The four option packages available are – Premium Package, Premium Plus Package, Technology Package and Deluxe Touring Package.

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Record $1.2 Million Auction Price for a 1992 Ferrari F40 Supercar

Many car enthusiasts consider the iconic Ferrari F40 as the greatest supercar ever built. But for whatever reason, the Ferrari F40 has not achieved the same fame as other Ferrari’s during public auctions.

A new record was just set for a gorgeous 1992 Ferrari F40 supercar. The staggering price for the winning auction bid was $1.2 million or €1.12 million. The Ferrari F40 was the last car sold by Ferrari founder – Enzo Ferrari.

The auction was held in Nürburgring, Germany – which is a popular motorsports complex near the German town of Nürburg. The auction was sponsored by Coys and they state the winning bid was a record breaker for a Ferrari F40.

Recently, prices for the F40 have risen rapidly. Not too long away, you could have picked up one on eBay Motors for under $600,000 using the “Buy It Now” option. Looks like that bargain price will now be a thing of the past and car lovers of this classic, 1992 Ferari F40 supercar will have to depart with a lot for money.

The Ferrari was first sold in 1987 and records show only 1,315 were manufactured. The F40 was built for just several years. But when it was available, it was definitely the fastest and most powerful car form Italian carmaker Ferrari. It was also quite pricey and also the most expensive, Ferari road car.

Historians will note that the Ferrari F40 was launched in 1987 to honor 40th anniversary of Ferrari. Great cars always stand the test of time.

The 1992 Ferrari F40 wasn’t the only high priced car sold during the Coys auction. For a winning bid of €562,000 or $616,250, a 1937 BMW 328 Roadster was sold.

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Supercar

Looking for a hot supercar to cruise around in? The 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 is the latest car model from the iconic brand Lamborghini. The Huracán replaces the popular Gallardo model for the Italian carmaker.

Featuring a 5.2-liter, 602-hp V-10 engine, the Lamborghini Huracán is sleek and definitely built for speed. The new, Lambo supercar can reach 202 miles per hour and go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The 602-hp engine is 50 horsepower more as compared to its predecessor – the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.

At first glance, you’ll notice the fine Italian, high quality craftsmanship that simply oozes luxury. For an unbelievable driving experience, the Lamborghini Huracán offers a 12.3″ TFT dashboard.

For smooth acceleration, the Huracán is equipped with a Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Drive in comfort with standard sport seats with a standard electric backrest and longitudinal adjustment. For the ultimate in comfort, choose the optional full-electric control for height, length and tilting adjustments. The package also includes heated seats for those cold days.

Robert Ross is a respected auto writer and the automotive editorial consultant for Robb Report magazine. His “Best of the Best” picks are highly watched. Ross commented on the Lamborghini Huracán luxury supercar is “the best Lamborghini they’ve ever made.” Despite it’s ferocious performance potential, It’s also a pleasant and easy car to drive day-to-day.”

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Cruise in VIP Style – Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank

With all the turmoil in the world, it seems that wars and terrorism are always in the news. Well now you can feel a little bit safer and do so in VIP style, with the new Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank.

The luxury tank is built by Howe and Howe Technologies. Ready to handle any terrain, Ripsaw EV2 Extreme Luxury Tank is even equipped with an adjustable pneumatic suspension. This allows you to take off-roading to a whole new level!

EV2 stands for Extreme Vehicle 2. According to Howe and Howe, the EV! is a “demilitarized Ripsaw platform that has been designed specifically for private sector, commercial and recreational uses.” It’s also reported to be “the fastest dual tracked vehicle ever developed.”

Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank interior

The Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank has been getting excellent media coverage due to its uniqueness, even appearing on the cover of Popular Science magazine. The tank will feature a touchscreen entertainment system, in addition to a leather interior.

Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank

I assume there will be an extremely low quantity of these luxury tanks produced. Again, from the company – “a handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury super tank, developed for the public and extreme off road recreation. These vehicles take up to 6 months to fabricate and can cost well into the 100s of thousands depending on desired luxury and performance packages.”

The luxury tank offers 12″ of suspension travel plus a beefy 600 diesel horsepower engine. You won’t be breaking any land speed records but man – you will really impress your friends and family pulling up in this bad boy, luxury tank!

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2016 Cadillac ELR Coupe – Contemporary Design

Scheduled for availability in early fall 2015, the 2016 Cadillac ELR Coupe will include not only improved performance, but also additional luxury features and enhanced dynamics. The 2016 model will be faster than ever – going 0-60 MPH in just 6.4 seconds. That’s a significant 1.5 second improvement over the current ELR model.

The car’s handling will be updated and expect improved connectivity plus wireless device charging and OnStar 4G LTE. Cadillac will deliver additional standard content in the 2016 Cadillac ELR beyond what the current car model offers. There will be both new safety and security features. The new ELR will boast a re-tuned chassis and steering for improved road handling.

Its bold and stylish body design makes it an instant head-turner on the road. The 2016 Cadillac ELR Coupe will feature an increase in both torque and horsepower, in addition to upgraded brakes. The front grill looks slightly modified. There will also be the capability for wireless battery pack charging. The car’s battery is 17.1 kWh 360 V lithium-ion.

The 2016 Cadillac ELR will also come in an optional Sport Package for those who love to push the boundaries and want the optimum driving experience.

The new ELR from Cadillac with 181 HP is expected to have an MSRP starting around $65,000.

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Primland Driving Experience at the Virginia International Raceway

Last year in September, the inaugural Primland Driving Experience was held at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The raceway is also the home of Car and Driver’s annual Lightning Lap. The race track is surrounded by 12,000 acres of Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

This summer, the Primland Driving Experience returns and expect to have fun driving all day at the famous Virginia International Raceway. Get a chance to race with Hall of Famer Tom Kristensen and Elite Endurance Competitor Harold Primat.

At last year’s race event, guests were flown to VRI by helicopter and had the chance to drive an Audi R8. This 430-hp performance car is very fast and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Tom Kristensen is the only nine-time winner of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans car race and personally drove guests around the race track in an Audi R8 LMS.

The Primland Driving Experience package also included accommodations with two nights in one of the area’s Fairway Cottages, Tree Houses or luxurious Mountain Homes. Also enjoy a fabulous reception and dinner that was prepared by Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson. Next was an awards ceremony with a delicious Southern Soulful Buffet plus live music and dancing on a Tree House deck. Another fun activity was playing a round of golf on the acclaimed Highland Course.

This year’s Primland Driving Experience is scheduled for August 23 to 25, 2015. Here is a planned itinerary of events and activities.

• Two-night stay in luxury accommodations at Primland, which is one of the world’s top resorts.

Sunday, August 23
• Welcome Reception with Tom Kristensen and Harold Primat, followed by dinner prepared by our Executive Chef, Gunnar Thompson.

Monday, August 24
• Breakfast
• Helicopter to Virginia International Raceway
• Put the Audi R8 to the test by taking the wheel of this 430 hp performance car, which accelerates 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, as an experienced driving instructor guides you.
• Hug every hairpin turn as Hall of Famer Tom Kristensen and endurance racing pro Harold Primat whip you around the Full Course at dizzying speeds in a race-prepped Audi R8 LMS.
• Take an introductory class on the Ariel Atom followed by a drive on the Patriot Course.
• Lunch with the racing pros.
• Karting competition in the afternoon, and the final group will race with the pros.
• Return helicopter to Primland.
• Prize ceremony and cocktail reception, followed by live music and Southern Soul Buffet with racing pros.

Tuesday, August 25
• Breakfast.
• Golf tournament with box lunch and awards.
– Attendees who choose not to golf may select two other activities in lieu of the tournament including sporting clays with instruction, ATV trail rides, horseback trail ride or 60-minute spa treatment.**

The Primland Driving Experience is such a unique experience and should not be missed. The event will only accommodate 20 openings with a price of $8,500 per participant and guest.

Each participant is welcome to bring alone a guest. If your guest did not want to participate in the Virginia International Raceway activities, then choose from a golf tournament, golf lessons from golf professional Brian Alley or even a cooking class with Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson.

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New Lamborghini SUV Planned for 2018 – Urus

Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini, announced its new luxury SUV – Urus. The Lamborghini SUV is likely to become both the fastest and most expensive trucks anywhere in the world.

Joining a more crowded field of luxury SUV’s, the Lamborghini SUV will compete against the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Maserati Levante and Bentley Bentayga, plus who knows what other luxury SUV models will available in 2018.

The Lamborghini SUV was originally displayed based on the Urus concept back in 2012 at the Beijing Motor Show (see photo above). Lamborghini appears to be targeting the fast-growing, SUV segment, plus offering another buying option for its own clientele. The two primary Lamborghini car models currently offered are the Huracán and Aventador coupes.

Lamborghini will be expanding its Italian, Sant’Agata Bolognese factory to handle the SUV production. Current plant size of 80,000 square meters will be growing to about 150,000 square meters, as reported by Lamborghini. Over the lifecycle of the new Lamborghini SUV, hundreds of millions of Euros will be invested in the factory expansion. The plant growth will also require about 500 new employees to be hired, which will help the local economy in Italy.

Stephan Winkelmann is the Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO and was quoted, “This is a proud moment for everybody in Lamborghini. The introduction of a third model line endorses the stable and sustainable growth of the company and signifies for us the beginning of a new era. The new SUV will be made in Sant’Agata Bolognese, demonstrating our commitment to safeguarding the values of ‘Made in Italy’ worldwide.”

The Lamborghini Urus isn’t the first SUV from the Italian luxury car maker. It produced the LM002 model between 1986 and 1993. It was a blend of an off-road vehicle and luxury supercar.

Lamborghini expects to sell about 3,000 Urus models a year, and relying on the growing number of millionaires in the U.S., China, Middle East, Europe and Russia to fuel the demand.

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Tesla Motors Introduces New Electric Car – Tesla Model S 70D

Tesla Motors is the poplar manufacturer of electric-cars. They recently announced a new base model car – Tesla Model S 70D – to be part of their battery-electric, luxury sedan portfolio. The “D” stands for dual motor.

What is surprising is that the new entry level car will actually be pricier than Tesla’s more expensive starter vehicle. With a price tag of $75,000, the new Tesla Model S 70D is an all-wheel-drive Model S. The car has a 240 mile range rating and is powered by a 70-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The Tesla Model S first was introduced in the 2012 model year, and has gone through several changes over the last few years. This year brings a welcome feature many have been waiting for – all-wheel-drive!

The Tesla Model S 70D electric car is a five-seat luxury sedan but his some real speed. With an all-wheel-drive, 514 horsepower engine, the car takes only 5.2 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

The Tesla Model S 70D will come with lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic keyless entry, parking sensors, as well as GPS-enabled Homelink system.

The previous, Tesla entry vehicle from the Model S line was the 60. It did not offer all-wheel drive and had a price of $71,100. It also lacked several features such as a navigation system, automatic keyless access, and blind-spot monitor. The Tesla S 60 required more frequent stops to recharge and the cars acceleration was slower.

Another nice perk is with the Model S 70D base model, you can receive free electricity at any of the Tesla SuperCharger locations. The Modle S 70D is now available for sale.

Although the S 70D base price tag is $75,000, you can take advantage of a federal tax credit that can drop the cost to own your own Tesla to $67,500. Tesla officials have stated they feel the their new model go up against both the BMW’s 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Series luxury sedans.

If you are ready to finally own your own Tesla electric-car, including the new Tesla Model S 70D – contact us for assistance. We can help assist you during the buying process. Come back soon to read about other luxury car industry news and product announcements.

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A Vision of Luxury – 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8

The Bentley car brand has long been an iconic of symbol of luxury. The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 sedan continues that tradition with another stellar luxury car.

The 2015 line of Bentley luxury cars features the Mulsanne model which is the leading full-size sedan and comes in 3 different trim levels. The Continental is available in 10 two-door variations, ranging from the GT3 and even a Convertible option. As the performance sedan, 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 is one option along with a W12.

Under the hood, the new 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 offers a powerful 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine that produces 507PS of power plus 660Nm of torque. The luxury sedan also has a smooth, eight-speed quick-shift transmission for a smooth ride no matter whether you’re driving on a highway or busy city streets.

The Flying Spur can get up and go with a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. It takes just 11.2 seconds to hit 100 mph. The fuel economy for city driving is 14 mpg and on the highways it’s an impressive 24 mpg.

The body shape is well defined with clean edges that are a signature of Bentley. You’ll notice the exterior has an upright grille, a headlight configuration with four lamps and sleek roofline that exudes luxury.

Inside the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 is simply gorgeous. Relax in fine leather seats and you’ll experience both ample leg and head room. The car’s driver has an excellent view over the large hood, due to the raised and upright seating. The striking trim panels are made from machine-turned aluminum. The consoles come in a glossy jet black color.

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 interior

The Flying Spur also features the latest in-car technology. Enjoy a touchscreen front Infotainment system. Both driver and front passenger can utilize the navigation system or adjust the audio, telephone and even the luxury car’s ride and comfort settings.

The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 base list price begins at $195,100 and with available options, you can easily add another $100k to that value.

So if you are looking for a luxury sedan that will definitely turn heads on the road consider the new 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8.

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218 mph Porsche 918 Spyder Chasing a Koenigsegg Agera R on Autobahn

The Porsche 918 Spyder is an incredible supercar that’s powered by a 887 HP, 4.6 liter V8 engine. For most places in the world, taking a Spyder car out to test its top speed is only a dream. Too much traffic, speed limits and so on make driving a supercar like this fast very frustrating.

But in Germany, it’s different. The German Autobahn road system is very well maintained and better yet – no speed limits!

Christian von Koenigsegg is a Swedish entrepreneur who developed the Koenigsegg Agera R supercar (photo above). This extremely fast car was built for speed. The stylish Agera R was made between 2011 and 2014. Only 18 production cars were ever built.

On a stretch of the Audobahn in Germany, a Koenigsegg Agera R is racing along. A Porsche 918 Spyder is in hot pursuit. This video was filmed showing the Porsche 918 Spyder reach about 350 km/h, which translates to an incredible 217.48 mph.

Below are facts about both supercars:

Koenigsegg Agera R
Horsepower: 1,140
Torque: 885 lb-ft
Top Speed: 273 mph (theoretical)
0-62 mph: 2.8 seconds

Porsche 918 Spyder
Horsepower: 887
Torque: 944 lb-ft
Top Speed: 214 mph (according to Porsche)
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds

Have you ever dreamed of driving or even owning a Koenigsegg Agera R or Porsche 918 Spyder supercar? Contact us for a VIP experience and actually driving one of these amazing cars. We also work with authorized dealers around the world for the best new or used car rates, covering all major luxury car brands. If you like reading luxury cars, return to follow our luxury blog.

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Iconic Porsche 914 at 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Now in its second decade, the amazing 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled between March 13 and 15. It will once again be hosted on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

This event is a popular car show where enthusiasts can enjoy walking around and viewing some of the finest classic cars in the world. At this year’s 20th Amelia Concours d’Elegance, get a chance to see a Porsche 914, which was the luxury brand’s first mid-engine production car. Also view one of only eleven 916 models ever produced.

The iconic Porsche 914 sports car was first designed utilizing a Volkswagen-sourced air-cooled flat-four and a mid-engine configuration. The The 914 project began as a joint venture between Porsche and Volkswagen. Porsche was searching for an entry level replacement for the four-cylinder 912. The 914 became commercially viable leveraging the economies of scale through the production partnership with Volkswagen.

The first prototype Porsche 914 appeared in early 1968. just as Porsche was poised to shed its reputation as a giant killer on the world’s race tracks. Porsche R&D chief Ferdinand Pieche led the 914 Project and was Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson. Pieche also created the popular Porsche 917 Le Mans endurance racer.

Porsche had a long run dominating racing venues. The new 914/6 quickly into the traditional Porsche role of “giant killer.” During IMSA’s 1971 IMSA GT championship calendar, the 914 won half the races. It was up against the much larger and more powerful Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros.

Bill Warner is the Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Concours d’Elegance and stated, “The 914 is a true Porsche with pure Porsche DNA,”

said Warner. “The 914 was raced and rallied successfully all around the world and, like the 911, a cult has grown up around it. It’s time the 914 had its day in the sun.”

In luxury car showrooms around the world, the Porsche 914 quickly outsold its more expensive Porsche 911. The 914 was recognized for its technological advances, featured solid handling and the incredible Porsche brakes of the 914/6.

To attend one of the top automotive events in the world, let us book your reservation to this year’s 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance car show and see the iconic Porsche 914 sports car. Come back to read this luxury blog and hear about other luxury car news.

Photo: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance