The Mille Miglia is a transcendent and transformative experience. When you are driving down a narrow road on top a ridge in Tuscany, with valleys stretching below on either side and the smell of the farms on the air coming into the car it’s easy to forget city traffic jams and overheating 65 year old cars.
Take any Lamborghini Huracán to the track and have a blast, But with the Huracán Performante, you can have one that’s already set the Nürburgring track record for a production car at 6:52:01. That means it took down the previous record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder by about five seconds. The gauntlet has been thrown down, and now the $274,390 price tag for the Huracán Performante looks even more enticing.
The EV luxury car market is about to grow, A newcomer, the Lucid Air from a company called Lucid, debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show, although it won’t be in production until 2019. Like Tesla, Lucid is using the strategy of taking advance reservations.
If there’s going to be a sequel to the “new” Vacation movie from 2015, Porsche might have just the car for Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), should he decide he needs something with a bit more panache than the Tartan Prancer SUV from Albania. The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March seems about perfect, though perhaps it might need some faux wood paneling added.
Most car enthusiasts see through the veil of the “concept car” label put on what they know to be lightly disguised pre-production models. It’s always appreciated when the intro comes with a dose of honesty, as the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept did when revealed at the Geneva Auto Show this past March.
Danville, CA, about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, is not the most convenient locations for a classic car museum, yet the quality of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum’s exhibits, unique design and other area attractions make it worth the trip.
“Glamorous” is not a word you hear to describe modern Italian sports and GT cars. It’s a bit of a bygone word in an era when car designers and marketers much prefer terms like “aggressive.” Indeed, the modern versions often seem styled with angry-looking visages, perhaps to frighten other motorists or small children. The Maserati Mistral, built from 1963-1970, wears a happy look up front. Times are different.
For the next four days the Mazda Leguna Seca racetrack will be awash with elegance, transporting viewers back to a time when auto racing was the epitome of class and drama.