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“Rough around edges” or “a work in progress” is how a lot of us would describe our classic car. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You get the pride from doing your own work, you can restore how it you wish and it gives you a strong bond to a car. It may sound...
Larry Kosilla’s Ammo NYC car-detailing shop has seen a wide variety of vehicles, but this time it’s playing host to something very rare indeed: the first Koenigsegg CC850.
Kosilla has produced a ton of videos on car detailing, and this time he’s applied his skills to the CC850 displayed at August’s 2022 Monterey Car Week. It was on its way from California to a presentation to customers in New York’s swanky Hamptons, making a quick stop at Kosilla’s shop to freshen up.
The CC850 wasn’t in need of as much attention as some of the other cars that have passed through the shop, but Kosilla gave it a thorough wash and Reflex Pro enamel coating, which should make it harder for dirt to stick to the paint.
Speaking of paint, the CC850’s 25-stage paint maxed out Kosilla’s paint depth gauge. Areas with thinner paint need to be treated more delicately, but that’s not a problem here. Koenigsegg is no stranger to elaborate paint jobs; the Jesko show car displayed at the 2019 Geneva auto show had 34 layers to its paint.
The CC850 is a re-imagination of Koenigsegg’s first production car—the CC8S. The styling borrowed heavily from that hypercar, but the CC850 is powered by Koenigsegg’s current twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 tuned to deliver 1,169 hp with regular pump gas or 1,366 hp with E85 fuel. The V-8 is coupled to a new version of Koenigsegg’s Light Speed Transmission that can switch between a 9-speed automatic mode and 6-speed manual mode—complete with clutch pedal.
Koenigsegg originally planned 50 build slots but they sold out in record time after the CC850’s Monterey debut, which meant some of the company’s loyal customers missed out. The automaker quickly upped production, adding 20 build slots. But even that won’t meet demand for the car, CEO Christian von Koenigsegg anticipates, maintaining the CC850’s air of exclusivity.
Lamborghini Aventador successor, 2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63, 2023 BMW Alpina XB7: This Week's Top Photos
Lamborghini’s successor to the Aventador was spotted this week. With a new V-12 engine and hybrid technology, the redesigned supercar will move Lamborghini into the next era.
Brabus P 900 Rocket Edition G-Class
Brabus unveiled a wild pickup truck based on the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63. Called the P 900 Rocket Edition, just ten examples will be built, each packing 888 hp.
2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S E Performance
Another AMG in the headlines this week was the redesigned 2024 C 63. The sport sedan houses a 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain generating up to 671 hp, though all those extra horses come with a weight penalty.
Delage D12 Speedster
Historic French marque Delage has been revived and the first product is a hypercar dubbed the D12. The hypercar was first shown two years ago with a jet fighter-style canopy, but the company this week revealed two open-top designs on offer.
Volkswagen Group Gen.Travel concept
Volkswagen Group unveiled a concept which claims to have a Level 5 self-driving system. The concept imagines what private vehicle ownership might be like in the future, and while it won’t make it into production, we may see some of its features appear in showrooms.
2023 BMW Alpina XB7
German tuner Alpina, now fully part of BMW Group, revealed its updated 2023 XB7 based on the BMW X7. The high-performance three-row SUV will reach the U.S. in early 2023 with a twin-turbo V-8 and hybrid combo good for 630 hp.
2023 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh race car
BMW also showed off the livery for its new 2023 M Hybrid V8 LMDh race car. BMW will field two of the cars in the 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship, and in 2024 the car will also compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost
And finally, Dodge revealed its penultimate model in the “Last Call” series celebrating the end of the Challenger and Charger lines. The latest honors Detroit police officer Godfrey Qualls and his 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE known as the Black Ghost.
After over four decades, the original owner of an unmodified Japanese sports coupe is ready to finally part ways. The Pick of the Day is a 1980 Toyota Celica GT liftback listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Bellingham, Washington. (Click the link...
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias—a.k.a. Fluffy—went to a Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson auction hoping to sell cars, but ended up buying this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 and sending it straight to Jay Leno’s Garage without even driving it.
As he explains in the episode, Iglesias sold two cars at the auction and as a result had some cash in hand. He ended up coming home with six cars—including the Chevelle.
As impulse buys go, this is a pretty good one. It’s a clean example of one of Chevy’s most legendary mid-century muscle cars, complete with a numbers-matching engine, 4-speed manual transmission, and plenty of documentation. Someone even re-applied the original factory chalk marks.
Like it says in the name, the Chevelle SS396 is powered by a 396-cubic-inch V-8, which made a claimed 325 hp when new. That was considered pretty potent at the time, although Chevy did offer bigger engines throughout the Chevelle SS’ run. Short for “Super Sport,” the SS badge traditionally signifies performance versions of ordinary Chevy models, and it’s making a comeback on the Chevy Blazer EV.
Gabriel Iglesias’ 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 on Jay Leno’s Garage
While it has a powerful engine, this Chevelle lacks creature comforts like air conditioning. That kept the price down to $3,638.35 in 1969, when the original owner bought the car from an Aurora, Colorado, dealership. The auction price wasn’t disclosed, but you can bet it was a lot more than that.
Iglesias hadn’t driven the car before shipping it to California for this “Jay Leno’s Garage” episode, so this video includes his first impressions. While the Chevelle was running a bit rough, it certainly doesn’t seem like he has buyer’s remorse.
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No, this isn’t another electrification story, but it still will hurt some purists. Why? Because the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE is a reflection of changing values. Whereas the current AMG C63 features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 469 horsepower (or 505 as...
This past weekend was the 28th annual Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race (PSMCDR) in the little hamlet of Stanton, Mich. You may have read about it in the past in magazines or seen the shootout videos on YouTube, but have you been to the event? I’ve been attending since...
What is your opinion of the 1965-1966 Ford Mustang? Give us your take in the comments section. Mustang assembly line: 1966
Nissan’s new Z has a problem, the Volvo XC90 successor received a name, and another “Last Call” Dodge was revealed. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.
Nissan issued a stop-sale order for the 2023 Z. Specifically, only the Zs optioned with an automatic transmission are affected. The vehicle’s transmission may not engage the parking pawl when shifted into park, which could lead to the Z rolling away. A remedy is being developed.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S E Performance broke cover with a plug-in hybrid powertrain featuring a turbo-4. With 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque the new C 63 won’t lack for power, but down four cylinders, it might lack the fire and fury when it comes to its exhaust note.
The Volvo XC90’s electric successor will be called the EX90. Volvo confirmed the name and said the electric crossover SUV will be revealed on Nov. 9. Set to ride on the automaker’s next-generation SPA platform, the EX90 is aiming to be the safest vehicle on the road.
The 2023 Lamborghini Aventador successor continued testing on public roads. Spotted in prototype form, the next-generation supercar will feature a hybrid V-12 powertrain and evolutionary design. Expect a reveal to take place later this year or early in 2023.
The sixth “Last Call” buzz model came to light this week. The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost honors the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE with gator skin-style vinyl roof owned by Detroit police officer Godfrey Qualls. Only 300 units will be made all based on the Hellcat Redeye Widebody, but output has been bumped by 10 hp for a total of 807 hp.
In the 1960s, the muscle car era raged on in full swing. Even pickup trucks received a boost in power as horsepower wars pitted automakers against one another. Model year 1968 was the first time that a big-block V8 became available in a light-duty General Motors...