Salon Privé 2020

Manifattura Stratos brings a '70s rally chic exterior to a Ferrari F430 underbody

MAT is bringing classic rally design to its Stratos supercar.

Photo courtesy of Salon Privé

Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), a Turin, Italy-based carmaker, will debut its new Stratos car at this year's Salon Privé. The company is committed to a limited run of the car.

MAT was launched in 2014 by Paolo Garella and his son Riccardo after Paolo's long tenure in the automotive design industry that included a stint spearheading the Special Projects Division at Pininfarina. The new company takes projects from conception to final production, and not just under their own marque.

MAT has been involved in a number of projects including the P4/5 Competizione and the SCG003C&S Series for American collector and entrepreneur Jim Glickenhaus. They've also worked on the Apollo Intensa Emozione and currently are co-developing the Aspark Owl.

Salon Prive luxury car show England A guest has his photograph taken against a Ferrari f430 sports car on display at the "Salon Prive" luxury and supercar event held at the Hurlingham Club on July 22, 2009 in London, England. Photo by Getty Images

The first Stratos went on sale in 2018. The Stratos to be shown at Salon Privé is a modern, luxury version of a 1970s rally car. Just 25 examples of this new take on the model will be produced.

"We are happy and proud to showcase our New Stratos for the first time in the UK in such an iconic landmark," said Riccardo Garella, Sales and Marketing Manager at MAT. "Salon Privè is the perfect fit for our cars and for the kind of experience we always try to offer to our clients: we look forward to presenting the New Stratos in September in Blenheim Palace!"

Each model starts life as a Ferrari F430, which was produced from 2004 to 2009 as a successor to the Ferrari 360. MAT then heavily modifies the car to safe weight resulting in increased agility and performance. Its adapted carbon fiber body and steel frame surround a wheelbase that has been shortened by 7.87 inches.

The model keeps the Ferrari's 540-bhp 4.30-liter V8 engine under its hood. The power plant is capable of getting to 62 mph off the line I a mere 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 170 mph.

"The MAT Stratos is a brilliant modern-day interpretation of a 70s icon and the passion, skill and engineering that have gone into creating this stunning homage are clear to see. In designing the new car, MAT have made every effort to recreate a car that is as true as can be to the original, even down to the helmet compartment built into the inner door compartment," said David Bagley, Salon Privé Sales Director. "With just 25 examples being built, it will be super rare and so we are thrilled to be able to show the car to our guests, many of whom are collectors of limited production supercars."

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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The EQXX Concept features a crazy driving range.

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Mercedes-Benz is putting its century-plus of automotive experience into building electric cars, and the results are impressive. The EQS is an electric flagship with great range, and the automaker has unveiled several concepts to show its future plans. The Vision EQXX concept debuted today as an ultra-efficient luxury EV with astonishing range numbers.

Mercedes-Benz EQXX Concept Mercedes focused on efficiency over power with the car. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes' focus with the EQXX is efficiency over power, as it says the car is its most efficient it has ever made. The EQXX uses less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers (around 62 miles), which equates to 620 miles on a single charge. The battery was designed with tech and knowledge from Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team, especially when it comes to size and weight. The EQXX's battery pack is 50 percent smaller by volume and 30 percent lighter than the pack in the EQS, which already featured astonishing efficiency.

The car's impressive range comes at the expense of horsepower, which in this case means just 201 ponies from the EQXX's electric drivetrain. Mercedes says that the system is capable of delivering up to 95 percent energy efficiency - an impressive figure for power delivery to the wheels. Extremely efficient gas powertrains only achieve around 30 percent efficiency and a human long-distance runner can hit around 50 percent.

Mercedes-Benz EQXX Concept The EQXX is impressively slippery, which improves its range.

The EQXX is a slippery car, too, and with a drag coefficient of just 0.17, the car cuts through the air with ease. The typical EV uses up to two-thirds of its battery capacity just to push through the air, so the EQXX's aerodynamics is a big part of its efficiency. The other big part is Mercedes' thermal management system, which uses shutters and cooling plates to maintain an ideal battery and electric drive unit temperature. The plates allow the EQXX to gain about 12 miles of range in its most aerodynamic mode.

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