1930 Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Special by Gurney Nutting

1930 Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Special by Gurney Nutting

Woolf Barnato was the most prominent of the "Bentley Boys", a group of wealthy British car enthusiasts who in the 1920s made Bentley one of the most prominent names in racing. One of Woolf's most prominent exploits was the Blue Train race, where he claimed that he could beat the Blue Train from Cannes to Calais. He was so far ahead of the train that he continued onto London, crossing the English Channel in a packet steamer, and parking his Speed Six outside the Convervative Club on St. James Street only 4 minutes ahead of the time that the Blue Train arrived at the station in Calais. Though he won a £200 in a bet that he could do it, he was also fined £160 by the French Motor Manufacturer's Association for racing on public roads.

2018 Bentley Continental GT

2018 Bentley Continental GT

The design of the new Continental GT has been influenced by the well-received EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. The changes are evolutionary, but distinctly noticeable. The front wheels have been pushed forward 5 inches. The jewel-like headlight design features transparent internal surfaces with distinct edges reminiscent of cut crystal. A similar design is seen on the taillights. The engine is a 6 liter W12 producing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. That power is transmitted through a dual-clutch 8-speed transmission. 0-62 mph comes up in 3.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 207 mph.

2018 GeigerCars Jeep Wrangler Geiger-Willys

2018 GeigerCars Jeep Wrangler Geiger-Willys

German manufacturer and tuner GeigerCars has transformed the 3rd generation Jeep Wrangler (2007-2018) into a tribute to the original Jeep from WWII. The Jeep was recoated in olive drab paint, along with reproductions of period lettering and US Army logo, and a green fabric top to add to the historical look. Rugged Ridge bumpers are added, with an integrated motorized winch in front, while a reinforced spare wheel carrier takes up the rear.

2018 GeigerCars Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Geiger Carbon 65

2018 GeigerCars Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Geiger Carbon 65

GeigerCars expands upon the stock Carbon Edition with a front spoiler and grille with air intakes in the front mask, along with new side skirts and a Geiger sub-frame with a diffuser. The stock Z06 version of this car produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. GeigerCars ups the ante to 770 hp and 729 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider

While the 4C is a full production car, sales have been fairly limited. Its uncompromising design with no power steering is primarily of interest to sports car purists, and this means that sales are miniscule relative to outwardly similar but more refined cars like the Porsche Boxster. No doubt the exclusivity and purity of the lightweight sports car are part of its appeal.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon by Mopar

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon by Mopar

At the LA Auto Show, Mopar presented this 4-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon finished in Mojito Green and bearing a full set of performance parts and off-road accessories available from Mopar. The most eye-catching change are 2 inch steel tube doors that combine an open feeling with additional safety. The 2 inch lift kit complements BF Goodrich 35 inch tires on 17" aluminum wheels.

2018 Fiat 124 Spider

2018 Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 shares its platform with the Mazda Miata, though it is powered by its own turbocharged 1.4 liter inline-4 producing 160 hp (164 hp for the Abarth). New for 2018 is the Red Top Edition, as well as three new exterior paint colors: Puro Bianco Perla (pearl white), Grigio Chiaro (metallic silver) and Blu Scur (metallic blue).

2018 Dodge Charger SRT

2018 Dodge Charger SRT

The Dodge Charger SRT comes in two variants, the naturally aspirated SRT 392 with a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 producing 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque; and the more extreme SRT Hellcat with a supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi producing 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Fiat Chrysler bills this as the fastest and most powerful sedan in the world, and with a top speed of 204 mph, they may be right.

2018 Lamborghini Urus

2018 Lamborghini Urus

Back in 1986, Lamborghini built its first SUV, the LM002. A rugged and functional 4x4 that resembled nothing else in the Lamborghini lineup, the LM002 was a somewhat obscure model that in most markets was completely overshadowed by contemporary sports cars like the Countach, though they were popular among wealthy clients in the Middle East. Production ended in 1993 after 328 of them were built. The Urus SUV is stylistically quite different from the LM002, a much sportier vehicle that is more recognizably a Lamborghini, though it also shares some design cues with Audi, the division of the Volkswagen Group that controls Lamborghini. Where the LM002 used a naturally aspirated V12 sourced from the Countach, the Urus utilizes a 4 liter V8 with twin turbochargers putting out 650 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The Urus has a curb weight of less than 4850 lbs, which is quite impressive given the SUV body type, the AWD system, and all that power. 0-62 mph is achieved in a mere 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph is achievable.

1899 Fiat 4 hp

1899 Fiat 4 hp

Fiat was founded in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli, and its first car, the 4 hp, was built with the patents and plant for the Welleyes motorcar, a new design ready for production when Agnelli purchased them. Influenced by the contemporary Benz, that early Fiat had a .7 liter, water-cooled 2-cylinder mounted in the rear that produced 4.2 hp @ 800 rpm and was good for 22 mph in the finished vehicle. The gearbox was a 3 speed, though without a reverse gear. Priced at 4200 lire, 8 cars were produced in 1899, and 16 more were made in 1900, the last one for the vehicle's production. The car was replaced with the Fiat 6 hp in that same year. By 1904, the ambitious company had gone through several more models and had progressed to building a Fiat 60 hp!