Bentley Continental Flying Spur Arabia for the Middle East

Bentley Continental Flying Spur Arabia for the Middle East

Bentley Motors has unveiled a duo of special edition vehicles exclusive to the Middle Eastern market. The Continental Flying Spur Arabia and the Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia are aligned with the British automaker’s Continental Flying Spur and 600-hp Spur Speed under the hood, but are fitted with some interior and exterior enhancements not available standard to any other market.

“We have created these exclusive new models for our Arabic customers in recognition of the growing importance of these influential customers,” said Geoff Dowding, Regional Director, Asia and Middle East. “Bentley has a long and proud tradition of being able to design, engineer and personalise our cars to the individual styling and driving tastes of our customers and these special-edition Bentleys showcase these skills for the Middle East Market.”

Only 50 Continental Flying Spur Arabia and Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia cars will be built though release date and pricing are currently unavailable.

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Tesla 2.5 Roadster

Tesla 2.5 Roadster

Guess going public this week wasn’t enough excitement for electric-car maker Tesla and CEO Elon Musk as they’ve done a fresh update to their extremely successful Roadster 2.0. Here’s what the man had to say about this new beauty.

These improvements are a direct result of customer feedback and come only a year after release of Roadster 2.0, showing an exceptionally rapid pace of innovation. Where feasible, we will also offer existing customers the ability to purchase the upgrades now available in version 2.5.

There are a handful upgrades including a new front fascia with diffusing vents, a new rear diffuser, directional forged wheels available in both silver and black, new seats with more comfort/lumbar support, power control hardware that enables spirited driving in exceptionally hot climates, an optional 7″ touchscreen display with a rear back-up camera and interior sound reduction including new front fender liner material make the cabin even quieter.

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2010 TAG Heuer x Tesla Roadster

2010 TAG Heuer x Tesla Roadster

Luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has teamed up with Tesla Motors for this one-of-a-kind car, which includes an interior created by Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen. To be revealed in Basel on March 18, the car features a TAG Heuer Meridiist mobile phone as well as a one-fifth second Heuer Limited Edition Stopwatch. The special timepiece pays homage to the 1860 founding of the company and evoques the mythic revival of the brand’s vintage stopwatches.

You can catch a glimpse of the 2010 TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster at this year’s Geneva Motor Show from now until March 14th.

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Unveiled: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche has finally taken the covers off its 2010 911 GT3 RS, showing us a leaner and meaner beauty than its predecessor. It looks as good on the road as it does on paper, my friends. Power comes from a 3.8L unit that delivers more output, revving up to 8,500 rpm while producing a neck-snapping 450-hp.

Handling has been improved by Porsche’s new PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) suspension, a wider front and rear track and corresponding bodywork. The GT3 RS features a lithuim-ion battery, replacing  its conventional lead-acid battery, helping reduce weight by 22 lbs.

egmCarTech tells us the 2010 911 GT3 RS goes on sale in the U.S. in early spring of 2010 with prices starting at $132,800.

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2010 Bentley Mulsanne Bids Farewell to Arnage [New Grand Bentley]

2010 Bentley Mulsanne

Today at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California, Bentley Motors dropped jaws as it unveiled the replacement to the iconic Arnage. The Bentley Mulsanne, which we’ve come to know as the New Grand Bentley, is a deserving substitute, as it’s got all the makings of a flagship masterpiece. When production begins next year, don’t expect it to be a simple task, as nothing usually is with the Winged B carmaker. One Mulsanne will require 40 hours of labor for workers to finish the hand-made interior woodwork. Today’s unveiling was slim on performance and spec details but all of that will be released next month in Frankfurt.

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Unveiled: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show isn’t until next month, but BMW’s letting some of its soon-to-be unveiled beauties out the bag. The 2010 ActiveHybrid 7 is fitted with a 4.4L V8 engine that has a max output of 440-hp and a peak torque of 475 lb-ft. When mated to a 3-phase synchronous electric motor, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 produces a total of 455-hp with a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft. Power is driven to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with the electric motor (powered by lithium-ion batteries) positioned between the engine and the torque converter.

Go 0-60 in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 150mph, all while enjoying a 15 percent increase in fuel-economy over the 750i. Official EPA numbers as well pricing will be released closer to the release in Spring 2010.

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Ad Campaign: Lexus ISC Cabriolet

Lexus ISC Ad Campaign by Saatchi & Saatchi

Aussie ad firm Saatchi & Saatchi has created a new campaign for the Lexus ISC cabriolet. With the use of high-speed cinematography and explosions, they were able to emphasize the elegance of the car, while leaving the ISC flawless and topless.

Check it out after the jump.  

Elite Aston Martin LMV/R [Le Mans Vantage Racer]

Elite Aston Martin LMV/R

The 2010 Aston Martin Vantage has gotten some much-welcomed enhancements courtesy of U.S. based tuner Elite. They’ve released the final concept images of their new 2010 Aston Martin LMV/R (Le Mans Vantage Racer), which is lighter and more aggressive than the stock Vantage. The carbon fiber body kit consists of a new front bumper, visible carbon canards, a carbon front splitter, hood, 2-inch wider fenders, side skirts, rear quarter panel extensions – also 2-inches wider, a carbon trunk lid with visible carbon rear wing and a rear bumper with carbon diffuser.

Elite says the car takes much influence from the Ferrari Scuderia and Stradale and Lamborghini Superleggera. Like these beauties, the LMV/R will be very rare as well, with only 30 examples being produced and sold on the international market. All will be produced in Florida with a price tag of $173,000 plus the cost of the Vantage.

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Nissan’s 500 sq-ft Sportscars Shop at Nurburgring Promenade

Nissan Nurburgring Facility

Nissan‘s opened the doors to its Sportscars Shop at the Nurburgring Promenade, blessing enthusiasts with NISMO and Nissan merchandise while providing flawless eye candy like the GT-R, 370Z Nurburgring Edition (limited to 80 units) and the GT-R SpecV. The exhibition space to be located at the Ring is couldn’t come at a better time for Nissan, as the carmaker’s Godzilla holds the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time record.

Fans will be able to get in the shop from 10am to 8pm. As far as the SpecV is concerned, that beauty is set to go on sale later this year, but maybe if you’re nice (and wealthy enough), you’ll somehow be able to drive one home. Far fetched, I know, but using my imagination keeps me looking young.

Press Release after the jump

Officially Unveiled: 2010 Jaguar XJ in London

2010 Jaguar XJ

No matter who the owner, Jaguar will not forget its British roots. What better place to unveil the carmaker’s 2010 XJ than in London? We’ve all sat patiently and we’ve finally been rewarded. The 2010 Jaguar XJ will be available in two varieties, one in standard and another with a long wheelbase that adds five inches to the rear-passenger’s spacious environment.

The European market will be blessed with a 3.0L V6 diesel while Americans will be offered three versions: a 385-hp 5.0L naturally aspirated V8, a 470-hp 5.0L supercharged V8 and a 510-hp 5.0L supercharged V8.

Our friends at egmCarTech tell us prices will start at $72,500 for the XJ and $79,500 for the XJL with the naturally aspirated V8. The 470-hp  2010 XJ Supercharged and the XJL Supercharged will carry a price tag of  87,500 and $90,500, respectively. The top-of-the-line 5.0L XJ and XJL Supersport will start at a $112,000 and $115,000 MSRP, respectively.

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2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Launch Control, $2,910 Price Increase and Quietest Release Ever

Shown: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

In a time when the American car industry is practically up in flames, the dwindling list of execs at GM are very cautious when it comes to press releases. When a car with over 600 horses is set to take its place in Chevy’s lineup, don’t expect the car maker to be jumping for joy in public.

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is here and it’s coming with Performance Traction Management technology, launch control, standard side air bags, Cashmere interior color, Torch Red exterior color and Competition Gray wheels. The ZR1’s LS9 supercharged 6.2L V8 still cranks out 638 horses, blessing us with a maximum torque of 604 lb-ft.