We were walking around the Marylebone area of London when we heard the most beautiful sounds coming from behind us. The sound of this sweet Jaguar C-Type echoing through the Village is something I’ll never forget. Just British perfection.
This particular Rolls-Royce Phantom is a sign of someone who has had more than just a bad day. Seized to repay debts. So many people were taking photos of it that it might as well be a London landmark. Sad.
Is there anything more heartbreaking than seeing a perfectly British Continental GT with all the wheels covered in curb rash? Ouch.
Undeterred by this season’s heaviest snowfall, Speed:Sport:Life trudged over to McCormick Place from our downtown Chicago offices – AKA my apartment – to check out the assorted new metal spread across what is actually this country’s largest new car show. The layout of the place is impressive indeed, with one million square feet and no fewer than three indoor ride and drive experiences hosted by manufacturers. Amid the wide diversity of vehicles on display, a few stood out – below are the ones that left a mark, as well as the show award we feel they’re most likely to win.
Wide open vistas. Limitless blue skies. Stunning canyons carved over millennia into multi-hued layers. The southwest provides all of it, and I can’t think of a better way to traverse it than in a fast, open-topped tourer with lots of horsepower. Which is precisely why I headed straight to Alamo’s midsize SUV lane for a “Toyota RAV4 or similar”.
Hennessey Special Vehicles has pulled the covers off their 300mph Venom F5 today at SEMA in Las Vegas. Unlike the Venom GT before it, the Venom F5 is designed and built from the ground up entirely by Hennessey Special Vehicles in right here in Texas.
Power comes from a 7.4-liter aluminum biturbo V8 which produces an absolutely insane 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque. This power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, single-clutch gearbox. With all that power, you will be hoping that the ABS traction control is on top of its game.
Only 24 Hennessey Venom F5s will be built, each at a price tag starting at $1.6 million USD.
We can’t wait to see one at Cars and Coffee, John!