A restored Ferrari Enzo is sold at auction for $1.7 million

In 2006, the Ferrari Enzo was split in half, with the cockpit and nose on one side of the highway and the engine with its subframe on the other along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California.

The car was offered at auction — not in its mutilated state, but in like-new condition. The once wrecked Enzo, chassis number 135564, sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Paris this week for more than $1.7 million. It was one of the top lots at RM Sotheby’s auction.

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The Bentayga is expected to become Bentley’s top seller

The Bentayga is expected to become Bentley’s top seller

Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga variant are under way, though the program still needs formal approval.

While the final design remains a work in progress, he suggested the fastback Bentaygawould resemble the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept coupe that debuted in 2015 at the Geneva auto show and also awaits production approval.

Bentley’s global sales have topped 10,000 vehicles three straight years and Duerheimer expects 2016 volume to hit a record with the introduction of the Bentayga.

The SUV is expected to become Bentley’s top seller, with 2016 output set at about 5,000. It goes on sale in the U.S. in May priced from $229,100, including shipping and other fees.

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2017 Buick Encore Previewed By Opel Mokka X

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At next month’s #2016_Geneva_Motor_Show, #Opel will introduce the #Mokka_X. The vehicle is the updated version of the #Mokka #subcompact_crossover on sale since 2012 and known in these parts as the #Buick_Encore. It will go on #sale in Europe this spring.

For readers back home, the updates should appear on the 2017 Encore due towards the end of the year.

The Mokka has proven to be a huge hit for General Motors Company. More than 500,000 examples have been sold across Europe since launch and the latest updates should help continue the trend. Among the changes are revised styling, next-generation infotainment systems, and a new name. You’ll notice a capital X added on the end of the Mokka’s name. This is Opel’s new naming practice for its off-road-oriented models like SUVs and soft-roaders.

Fast and Furious 9 and 10 Release Dates from Vin Diesel

Great News for those who LOVE Fast & Furious Trilogy Film!
Series star Vin Diesel confirmed the dates of two upcoming films of Fast and Furious 9 and 10. 

“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” Diesel said. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”

The Fast and The Furious 8 will hit theaters on April 14, 2017, with Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray at the helm.

“The studio has asked me to release some very big Fast news,” the actor wrote on Instagram earlier in the evening. “As most of you know I like to stay in character, [Xander], for the most part when given the opportunity to make magic. However, it was Toretto Tuesday and the studio gave me big news to share …  So I will share it.”

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will compete in factory stock off-road racing class

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The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is going to be one of those “the more things change” situations. It features a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine good for (probably) 450 hp instead of a V8, and a 10-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed, but it’s still a brutish thing. Ford’s eager to hitch it to a feat of daring and endurance, and so the new Raptor is going racing. Of course it is.

Awesome, sure. Predictable? Maybe, but that’s not a bad thing. The part that’s worth paying attention to is that the 2017 Raptor will compete in a factory stock racing class at events sanctioned by the Best in the Desert off-road racing sanctioning body. According to the 2016 rulebook, that class requires the Raptor to use its factory engine, unmodified down to the emissions control exhaust, and a transmission as provided by the factory. While Ford can’t alter the suspension mounting and pivot points, they can swap out the stock dampers for similar but race-optimized units. Taller springs provide a bit of a lift. That’s pretty much it on the dynamics side.