(Somehow our photo gallery and description disappeared from our post, which is fine by us…. It gives us a reason to blog the entire thing again.)
When the original Dodge Viper debuted over twenty years ago, it was known for being a beast of a car with a cheap, minimalist interior (watch Jeremy’s review from Top Gear Series 5). Well the new Viper, now by Chrysler’s SRT division and under Fiat ownership, has a new interior that’s being described as downright “luxurious.” Perhaps the new Viper is all grown up:
Well, sort of. There’s still an aircraft carrier-length bonnet atop a massive V10 engine, cab-back driving position and a side-exit exhaust. So far, so enjoyably juvenile. But the latest iteration’s lighter, stiffer, more advanced, easier to drive and also sight more pleasant inside.
There’s a carbon fibre bonnet, roof and boot lid, which has whittled weight down to 1455kg, some 55 kilos lighter than the old car, and a huge 50 per cent stiffer. And there’s an upgraded version of Dodge’s 8.4-litre V10 producing - in basic form - 640bhp and 600lb ft of torque. That makes it the torqueiest naturally aspirated engine to be fitted to a sports car… ever.
But inside is where there’s the biggest surprise - it’s actually luxurious. And not just ‘luxurious for a Viper’ either. The cow peelings are soft and sumptuous, the stereo is by Harman Kardon, the abundance of screens are TFT, there’s not a solitary centimeter of wibbly stitching. There’s also 40mm more headroom and 90mm more legroom. This is a car you could feasibly use every day, not just when you fancy peering over the edge of existence.
Top Gear has an update on the dream that is the Alfa 4C. Its engineers are confident of getting the first prototype on the road for the middle of 2012, with the final car on sale a year after that. It will be distinctly exotic, but sell for under $70k:
I talked about the car with Mauro Pierallini, who’s head of engineering for Fiat in Europe. The 4C project is being run by a special quick-acting little team outside the main product-development bureaucracy, he says, and he grins and adds he’s personally in charge.
The show car used a carbon tub designed by Dallara, the racecar manufacturer which also consulted on the KTM X-bow, Alfa 8C and Bugatti Veyron. The production car’s structure is an in-house design by the Alfa team. It has a carbon centre tub as before, but the front and rear frames are aluminium. It’s cheaper and only a little heavier.
The car will be about the size of a Porsche Cayman. And it’s destinate per l’America.
If you’re into the tech deets, read more at BBC Top Gear
London UK residents were surprised by the presence of super cars and Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano superfast. What makes people wonder is not the sophistication of the car, but a layer of gold covering the entire body of Italian-made mounts that cool. This gold-plated Ferrari faces made by a reputable repair shop Hamann. Wrap the shiny gold makes everyone who was near the car, can be filled up his eyes glare that bounces light sheen exposed. According Automotto, Thursday, August 4, 2011, monster 673-powered HP is owned by one of the leading rich man’s son in Dubai. Cars that shine is often appear parked in Jumierah Hotel, Knightsbridge, London. Interestingly, the car is always accompanied by Mansory Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Bel Air white, that cost is proportional to the length of the name of the car. One important question arises at the sight of this gold-plated Ferrari: whether the owner will bring to a car wash to be cleaned regularly or taken to a jeweler?
Photo caption: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano gold plated