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Today, at the Frankfurt motor show, Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann confirmed the Sesto Elemento - the 999kg ode to carbon fibre that stole the floor at last year’s Paris motor show - will go into a limited series production. Yes, today is a good day.
Only 20 will be made. For track use only. Get your name in now.
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Look closely at the DC100 concepts revealed in Frankfurt today and you’ll see what could be the next Land Rover Defender in 2015. The closed roof one is just called the DC100. The open roof version is the DC100 Sport.
Land Rover is showing both of these versions to prove that a next-gen Defender must be ‘configurable’. According to how the buyer specs the option boxes, it could be an emergency vehicle, a farmers’ transport (though without the 21-inch wheels, obviously), or a weekend toy.
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If there were three eco-responsible cars to look forward to in the coming years, they would be the Tesla Model S, the BMW i-Series, and this car here, the Fisker Surf — a shooting brake (nee ‘Wagon’) version of the Fisker Karma (ok, that makes four cars to look forward to.)
The Fiskers are plug-in hybrids which mean that they charge much like the Chevy Volt. When the batteries run low at 50 miles, a BMW-sourced turbocharged 4 cylinder will get you up to an additional 250 miles before needed a recharge or refuel.
Fisker is hinting at a late 2012 start date for production of both the Karma and the Surf. The safe bet is for a 2013 debut.
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Lambo is calling this their most “extreme” Gallardo ever. A 562bhp 5.2-litre V10 and 398 ft lbs of torque via a robotised e-gear six-speed transmission to all four-wheels, complete with a ‘Thrust Mode’ to allow full bore, 5,000rpm standing starts “with minimal tyre slippage”. 0-62mph takes 3.4 seconds, 0-124mph takes 13.8 seconds and top speed is just shy of 200mph. There’s also a brand new paint finish called ‘Rosso Mars’ said to celebrate Lamborghini’s ‘Italianness’.
Sounds legit to us.
Because we’re Top Gear (UK) on BBC America, we are absolutely torn over this car. Yes, it’s Honda’s bread and butter Civic but this is the new European Civic, a car that looks
much cooler a lot more interesting than it’s American counterpart. Of course this means that it isn’t coming to America which makes the photo above a complete tease.
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It’s a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe built on an aluminum architecture and offers perfect 50:50 weight distribution. It measures 4,445mm long and 1,297mm tall (for reference, the new 911 measures 4,535mm in length). It’s also the smallest Jaguar built since 1954 and the XK120.
Now, the good part: it’s going into production. Soon. We’ll likely see the C-X16 at the end of 2012 with a naturally-aspirated V6, supercharged V6 and a hybrid. Diesel and V8 variants will probably follow, if you ask nicely…
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This is “Nils”, Volkswagen’s fully electric, lightweight “go-kart” concept. It’s a single seat vehicle that you sit in like, well, a go-kart or a Formula-1 race car:
Volkswagen has announced that it will showcase this little EV concept dubbed ‘Nils’ at the Frankfurt motor show. It is posited as a solution to the hordes of German commuters making journeys of around 15 miles. As such, the Nils gets a 20bhp electric motor (with a peak 34bhp) powered by a lithium-ion battery, enabling a zero-emission drive of up to 40 miles, a 0-62mph time of under 11 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.
It’s part VW Up and part Minority Report. So what do you think? Would you drive one of these for short commutes?
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Ford is set to unveil it’s Evos Concept, a car that won’t get made but reveals design elements that we should see in upcoming models. Already undergoing a renaissance of sorts with their design (old Focus vs new Focus, anyone?) it’s nice to see know that Ford won’t be letting up any time soon.
Equally interesting is the tech Ford has dreamed up for this car:
"The car gets to know you and can act as a personal assistant to handle some of the usual routines of a daily commute. It could automatically play the same music or news program that was just streaming at home, or heat or cool the interior to an ideal temperature before the driver gets in without having to be requested by predicting departure time based on his calendar."
No word on whether it’ll automagically turn video of your evening drive into gifs for Tumblr.
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