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Welcome to "About exotic cars". A news- and photoblog about exotic cars, common cars and car experiences.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Video: Exotic cars in Dubai

Dubai is full of exotic cars. If you like Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini, this is the place to be. We spend just over a week in this awesome city and made some videos during our visit. Enjoy watching them!

Exotic Car Spotting Dubai 2006! Part 2!

Lamborghini Murcielago In Dubai: Pick Your Color!

BMW M5: The Ride Of A Lifetime...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yes, it's official now!

The Lotus Exige S Club Racer is coming! We already had the information one month ago but Lotus has issued a press release about the Club Racer.

The Club Racer represents a real value proposition, benefiting from standard upgrades as well as featuring a number of unique additions, for a recommended retail price of £39,950.

The prominent use of the track logo on the Club Racer pays homage to its racing heritage and passion so fundamental to the Lotus marque. The Cub Racer features a sky-blue and black paint scheme reminiscent of the 1960’s racing era with which the Lotus name is synonymous.

25 limited edition Club Racers will be available from Lotus dealers nationwide with the following vehicle

· Exige S
· Sport Pack
· Touring Pack
· Super Touring Pack
· Sports Exhaust (post-registration fitment)
· Air Conditioning

Additional Components:

· Hethel track decals
· Special Edition Paint – Sky-blue (non-metallic) with Phantom Black Tri-Stripe Design
· Unique Interior Trim - Black leather and carbon fibre effect leather with colour coded stitching
Source: Lotuscars

Friday, September 21, 2007

Spyshot: Porsche Panamera Coupé?

The Porsche Panamera is scheduled to arrive in 2009 but fellow Porsche fanatic Berend already saw it on the road covered with tape! "In my mirror I see something what looks like a Porsche. Or a Ferrari?" While driving his own Porsche 928 on the A31 in Germany, he was passed by this Panamera carrying a license plate from Luxembourg. Could this be the first Panamera on Luxembourg plates? Why is it actually carrying these plates while the car hasn't officially been presented to the public?

According to the person who made the picture, the car had two doors instead of four. Might this be the coupé version already?

In case you're interested in Porsches new family car, you can choose from three different engines. The 3.5L V6 from Volkswagen will produce around 300 bhp. Porsche will use their own engines for the remaining two versions. You might think about the V8 with around 350 bhp and a massive double turbocharged V8 engine with 560 bhp. Rumours say the Panamera will also get the V10 from the Carrera GT which produces 700 bhp. Can you imagine 700 bhp in a four-door-Porsche?

Porsche says that the Panamera will have the Mercedes CLS and Aston Martin Rapide as its competition.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Video: Maserati GranTurismo

Finally! It has arrived! This is the first three-minute-video of the all new Maserati GranTurismo. Damn, this is one badass car. Perfectly made video, stunning design, great performance and awesome soundtrack. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mazda CX-9 in Holland

A while ago we ran into a SUV that didn't really look that special in the beginning. At the moment we had no idea what it was until we got closer and recognized it as a Mazda CX-9. This car is made only for the American market so it was quite a surprise to see it here in Holland. The car was here for the Champ Car World Series race at the TT track of Assen.

After doing some research we noticed that the car is available in Holland but it takes some effort to get one. You can actually import one thru a local dealership. Mazda officially sells the car in the USA and Australia. The imported CX-9 cars in Holland are from the USA.

If you feel like ordering one, go to your local Mazda dealership, bring 65,000 euros and inform for import possibilities. It's worth it as the car looks very cool and equipped with a luxerious interior. The engine is a 3.5L V6 producing 263 bhp and it creates a torque of 249 Nm at 4500 rpm.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Coming soon: Audi A7

No, it's not the A8 facelift but it's an all new car! Oh yes, the A7 will be a totally new car which is said to be production ready in 2009. The four-door-saloon will get the standard line of TDI and FSI engines. Audi will also build a convertible version.

According to MotorAuthority there will not only be an A7 but as usual we will also see a S7 with a 5.2L V10 from the S6. If Audi is going to build that S7, it will be likely that the RS7 will also be build in the near future. 570bhp in a saloon? Sounds great!

Source: MotorAuthority

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cannonball 8000 arrives in Amsterdam

Saturday the 15th of September was supposed to be the second leg of the Cannonball 8000 rally from Brussels to Prague. Unfortunately the German police didn't allow the Cannonballers to use the German highways so the route was changed thru France, Switzerland and Austria.

I ran into two teams yesterday in Amsterdam. They appeared to be team 98 in a Porsche 997 Carrera 4S and team 87 in the Mercedes ML 420 CDI. They probably didn't feel like taking this huge detour so they stopped at the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Report: Porscheforum.nl Meeting "911stedentocht"

The province of Friesland in the north of Holland was the scene for the first "911stedentocht". Porscheforum.nl organised the meeting for the first time and allowed around 100 cars. The tour went through the cities of the "Elfstedentocht", an ice skating tour which passes eleven cities. The day started in the capital of the northern province, Leeuwarden. Everybody's alarm went off early in the morning but it was all definately worth it when we arrived at the start of the tour, the Campanile hotel. Ofcourse we were present during the entire day to report on this event.

06.30, time to get up and get dressed. After a quick sandwich and some coffee we got in the car and drove to Leeuwarden. It took us about an hour so that wasn't too bad. Upon arrival at the Campanile hotel we immediately saw that the parking lot was absolutely packed with beautiful cars. It was so cool to see al those classic cars together. The parking lot wasn't only filled with cars, there were tons of people as well. Around nine the organisation held a little briefing for all the drivers and informed us about the tour. The 911stedentocht was going to be 215 kilometer thru fields, small roads and along lakes. All cars left at 9 but not before a picture of their car was taken.

For us, the first stop was the IJlst checkpoint. From the start, it was a 24 kilometer drive to the first checkpoint. This is where all the cars had to pass to in order to get a stamp on their card. There were a number of checkpoints and challenges. One of the challenges was to get the same amount of fuel as the age of the car. So if you had a car from 2002, you had to get 20.02 liters of fuel. One of the finest last-minute-cars was the 997 GT3 RS which belongs to my favorite Porsche collector in the Netherlands. This beautiful grey/orange car is a true racing machine. The owner uses it quite frequently on the track. I would like to thank the guys who drove it for revving the engine, it sounded great!

We continued to Hindeloopen. Just like IJlst, Hindeloopen was one of the eleven cities in the famous ice skating competition. Unfortunately this competition couldn't be held every year because the ice had to have a certain thickness. The last "Eleven-cities-ice-skating-competition" was held in 1997. Now, 10 years later we do it again but this time with the Porsche 911. Anyway, we arrived in the township of Hindeloopen. The town is situated at the Southern Sea, nowadays called the "IJsselmeer". Only 870 people live here and the Porsches drove thru the entire city. We waited for them near the dyke, just before they entered Hindeloopen.

After Hindeloopen we drove to Workum to get some lunch and see all the cars lined up so the photographers were able to take pictures from a crane and get some nice shots. We stayed in Workum for a couple of hours and filmed the moment when all cars left for the cities Harlingen and Franeker. We drove straight to Harlingen to wait for the cars to arrive at the roundabout just a few hundred meters from the train station. I felt we missed half the group because the cars were already arriving when we arrived and we even took the highway! Ah well, we made it and took some nice shots on the roundabout before leaving for our pre-final stop, Dokkum.

Time to leave. We wanted to see the cars arrive in Dokkum. We drove though Dokkum and searched for a nice spot to photograph the cars. We weren't that familiar there so it was quite difficult to find a nice spot if you don't know where the hotspots are. Our next stop was going to be our final stop for the day, before heading out to McDonalds to get some dinner. Porscheforum.nl booked seats at a local restaurant just outside Leeuwarden. The parking was packed with Porsches! Many people who were passing by stopped to have a look at what was going on!

I'd like to thank those who organised and participated it for an amazing day! If your Porsche is not in this article, please send me an email by using the address on top of this website or to reply in the comments section.

Porsche Meeting 911stedentocht

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