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Video: Ferrari 599 GTO already sold out before presentation at Italian military academy

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Ferrari 599 GTO presented at Modena's Ducal Palace Military Academy - Click above for high-res image gallery



Ferrari brought out the big guns last night for the official presentation of the new 599 GTO. A big gun in its own right, it was presented by the company's chairman Luca di Montezemolo, chief executive Amedeo Felisa and vice-chairman Pierro Ferrari, son of the legendary Enzo. Which is a good thing considering the venue: Modena's Ducal Palace military academy... the same location, incidentally, that sister company Maserati chose to unveil the Quattroporte Automatic over three years ago.



The grand gala, which also involved the participation of Ferrari factory test drivers and military cadets in front of a crowd of 500 clients, almost seems like overkill. Never mind that the fastest road car ever built by Ferrari speaks for itself, and that the supercar is set for an additional unveiling at Beijing Motor Show later this month. But the 599 GTO, according to reports, is already sold out. All 599 examples of it. Which means that, even if you've got the £300,000 asking price, the closest you're likely to get is via the video after the jump. Check it out. (It's actually dubbed over in English this time!)









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Vin Diesel's F-Bomb 1973 Camaro for sale

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Fast and the Furious F-Bomb 1973 Camaro Replica - Click above for high-res image gallery



We won't ask you whether or not you want the real-life F-Bomb 1973 Camaro because, let's face it, deep down inside, we all want a 1,500 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 beast to play with. But would you lay down your hard-earned pay check on a facsimile of the car built for the latest Fast and the Furious? If so, here's your chance. One of the movie cars built just for filming and piloted by Vin Diesel himself is up for grabs.



The car is being sold by the Volo Auto Museum for a measly $39,998. We're assured that the Camaro is fully functional, and is capable of being driven on the street if your heart so desires. It's worth noting that the replica gets its power from a fairly healthy 350 V8 bolted to an automatic gearbox instead of the glorious mill Hot Rod Magazine chose for the genuine article. Originally set up for wheelie scenes and camera work, the faux F-Bomb still boasts all of the hardware for those duties.



Could you build your own F-Bomb replica for less than $40k? Maybe, but it wouldn't have a film history behind it.







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Daily U-Turn: What you missed on 4.15.10

Daily U-Turn: What you missed on 4.15.10: "



Quick Spin: 2010 Audi TT RS performs, assuming Audi AG decides to deliver


We track-test the TT RS to answer one question: Should Audi bring it to America?




Spy Shots: 2011 Hyundai Accent caught testing near Disneyland


A funny thing happened on a recent road trip. Hyundai's new Accent pulled along side us, covered in camo, and we were all too happy to snap off some shots.





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Bio-CNG Sciroccos To Run The ‘Ring

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Volkswagen is returning to the famed Nürburgring circuit to make another run at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race with its natural gas-powered Sciroccos.


Three new Scirocco GT24-CNG racers join a field rife with alt-fuel cars, including two diesel Peugeot CRZs, and VW says its race cars feature “the most eco-conscious powertrain in the world.” In addition to running on bio natural gas as an alternative fuel, one of the factory-prepared and factory-fielded sport coupés also use new differential technology.


“The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is a highlight on the German motorsport calendar and a major technical challenge,” Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg said in a statement. “We want to tackle the challenge in front of this enthusiastic audience and again demonstrate the innovative prowess of the Volkswagen brand.”


VW swept the alt-fuel field last year, but then the two CNG-burning ‘roccos it sent were the only cars in the class. Still, one of the two Scirocco GT24-CNGs took 17th overall, which isn’t a bad showing.


The centerpiece of this year’s car is the 2-liter TSI turbocharged engine running on CNG. VW said burning the alt fuel cuts CO2 emissions by 80 percent. The fuel VW’s team will use was produced entirely from renewable materials in Germany and VW said its production is carbon neutral. VW’s engineers found another 48 ponies since last year; this year’s car produces 330 horsepower, up from last years’ 282.


“Compared with last year, the Scirocco GT24-CNG has clearly improved,” Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen said in a statement. “At the 24-hour race it will demonstrate to a large crowd that an eco-conscious bio natural gas engine and sporty performance are not opposites.”


One of the GT24-CNGs will run a trick differential. Instead of a conventional unit, it features an active electro-hydraulic differential. It combines the functional principle of a conventional locking differential with improved handling, reducing the car’s tendency to understeer — similar to traction control systems but it doesn’t limit the engine’s power output.


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Blue Oval adds fuel economy coach to MyFord Touch [w/video]

Blue Oval adds fuel economy coach to MyFord Touch [w/video]: "

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Ford Eco Route - Click above for high-res image gallery



MyFord Touch promises to better connect drivers to their phones and MP3 players as well as the functions that are traditionally controlled by buttons and knobs. The screen will be displayed on a 4.2-inch LCD located directly in front of the driver next to the speedometer, with a five-way switch on either side of the steering wheel that enables the driver to access information without turning his or her head or taking a hand off the steering wheel.



MyFord (and MyLincoln) Touch already sounds impressive, but Ford apparently isn't done wowing with its functionality. The Blue Oval announced today that its new touch interface will also help drivers save fuel by arming them with real-time feedback on fuel efficiency performance, helping coach drivers on how to conserve fuel. Jim Buczkowski, Ford director of Global Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering, says in the company's press release that MyFord Touch 'provides an unprecedented level of information and interaction so drivers can make the choice to be more fuel efficient.'



Ford's newest interactive infotainment creation will accomplish this feat by providing additional fuel economy information, similar to the SmartGauge leaf display utilized in the Ford Fusion Hybrid. SmartGauge rewards efficient driving with an increasing amount of leaves and flowers, and drivers can also track their fuel economy with a graphical bar chart next to the fuel gauge display that shows mile-per-gallon averages for the past five, 10 and 30 minutes.



Ford also plans to utilize its excellent navigation system to help drivers become more efficient. MyFord Touch pairs up with the map-based navigation to provide drivers an Eco-Route that instantly utilizes both historical and real-time traffic data to map you to the most efficient route possible. Ford says that while the Eco-Route isn't necessarily the fastest route, it can help drivers consume up to 15 percent less fuel on any given trip.



MyFord Touch arrives this summer with the launch of the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. Hit the jump to watch a video and read over Ford's MyFord Touch press release, which also lists 10 useful tips for conserving fuel.







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Pics Aplenty: BMW geeks out, recounts history of 5 Series

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History of the BMW 5 Series - Click above for high-res image gallery



Over the last 28 years, there have been five generations of 5 Series cars, and millions of 5 Series fans made around the world. In an effort to continue that tradition with the introduction of this latest five series, BMW has recapped the gripping story so far of a car that has come to define and then redefine the phrase 'sports sedan.'



Follow the jump for the tale, and wait until you get to the part about the precisely defined deformation zones in 1988 - you simply will not be able to turn away. Well, unless you're checking out the high-res gallery of photos below...







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2011 Audi A8 L arrives with 500-hp W12, seating for a king-maker

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2011 Audi A8 L - Click above for high-res image gallery



Audi is pulling out its biggest gun yet for the Beijing Motor Show, and while the big news for the A8 L might be the 6.3-liter W12 and the sedan's longer wheelbase, it's the rear seat accommodations that have us frothing at the mouth.



Seriously, just look at it.



With an overall length of nearly 17 and a half feet, the A8 L is almost a half-foot longer than its standard sibling, with a wheelbase of 10.24 feet. Those extra inches are put to good effect, with an interior that's enough to make a Maybach look downright spartan.







Open the lengthened rear doors and occupants are greeted by acres of leather, a full-length center console and two power-adjustable, heated and ventilated seats that not only move fore and aft, but include adjustments for cushion depth, lumbar support and seat back angle. Ten remote-controlled air-bladders massage your cares away, and if the front passenger seat - with its power-adjustable folding ottoman - cramps your style, you can move it forward with the flick of a switch.



The standard four-zone automatic climate control is manipulated by no less than 25 adjustable motors, and the massive center tunnel contains everything from a folding table to a refrigerator. It's all first-class, from the ambient lighting to the Valonea leather, and when the time comes to put the laptop away, crank up the 1,400-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System and enjoy a movie on one of the two 10.2-inch LCD displays.



If you're ready to give your chauffeur a rest, take solace in the fact that the W12 puts out 500 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque through Audi's new eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The result is a remarkably quick 4.9-second run to 60 and a electrically-limited top speed of 155 mph.



The W12 will be the standard engine at launch, with a few diesel and petrol-powered engines available further down the line. We'd expect pricing for the A8 L to be revealed shortly after its official debut later this month, but in the meantime, make the jump for the full details.





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