Ducati – Vendetta

The Ducati 1098/1198 has turned into somewhat of an icon, a turning point for Ducati, and they have carried with success after success. One thing Ducati has managed that others haven’t is to cross different segments of riding without alienating their fan base and a majority of people are still insanely hardcore about Ducati. Now this is where the Vendetta comes in a little differently, Radicall Ducati & Dragon TT teamed up to create a new face to the 848/1098/1198. Taking the route that Ducati wouldn’t, a path down the darkside for an edgier, meaner looking machine. This is a body kit for the 848/1098/1198 with the same fittings, so something so menacing designed with simplicity in mind.

This might not be for everyone’s taste but thats probably why it is made by a speciality company. I’m tempted to get another Ducati 1098 and fit it with this kit, it is already a fine piece of machinery but its intimidating with this look.

The full Vendetta kit includes the following:

  • Aluminum front bracket
  • Front fairing with 2 high beam and 2 low beam ellipsoidal lights , windshield
  • Left and right sidepanels with incorporated blinkers.
  • Race type bellypan
  • Fuel tank
  • Solo seat with leds rear light incorporated
  • Solo seat under-tray
  • Air funnels
  • Two silencers adaptors

Link: Asphalt&Rubber


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Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

Looking rather fetching in its flawless coat of Rosso Mars paint, which the automaker proudly claims recognizes Italy’s famous red racing cars, this latest version of Lambo’s V10-powered supercar is based on the LP570-4 Blancpain Edition that was unveiled at last year’s Paris Motor Show. That means it weighs 2,954 pounds and makes good use of its 570 horsepower to hit 0-62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. That massive rear spoiler is manually adjustable to help keep the wheels on the ground, and both it and the car’s hood are crafted from carbon fiber. Lamborghini will happily plaster the interior with carbon goodness in place of the standard black and red motif, surely for an extra charge.

Now Lamborghini have done it again making one very sexy looking machine with the Super Trofeo Stradale Gallardo. Only 150 of these special Gallardos are earmarked for production, in either the aforementioned red hue or, optionally, in Grigio Telesto or Bianco Monocerus. They keep improving these lovely machines and with that massive rear spoiler I don’t know how it handle on the track but it has a sexy rear end to it.

Link: Autoblog


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599 GTO In The Flesh

I remember reading and seeing so many images of the 599 GTO at the beginning of 2010. It was a limited edition run by Ferrari its the street going version of the 599XX, and it runs at about 661 bhp. I always loved the 599 and I thought that the 599 GTO would be just the same looking, but I was so very very wrong. I did a double take as I was walking out of the hotel, the last thing I thought I would see in Vancouver Canada is a 599 GTO parked right out front.

This vehicle looks so menacing with its aggressive stance and carbon fiber parts, the combination of colors make for a very mean machine. I literally walk around the car twice, taking a look at it from every angle and it is a beautiful sight. The funny part is the the guy’s license plate, it says “F1 GTO”, I do love personalized license plates.


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Valentino Rossi @ Valencia with Ducati

Now its a reality with Valentino putting on the new colors for the Ducati Desmosedici. The fully carbon fibered GP11 ready for Valentino’s testing even though it went through a bit of a rough spot, he is just getting his leg around the machine and Ducati will work out the kinks. “The Doctor” has taken his usual style changed it up a bit with the black with yellow accents on the Dainese suit, with a new AGV helmet design which has a Question Mark set between the Italian’s Sun & Moon logo.

These amazing pictures from the behind the scenes photographer Gigi Soldano. Valentino Rossi’s personal photographer Soldano is privy to all those insane and quiet moments in a MotoGP paddock. The new helmet is appealing to me, if only it was available from Arai or Shoei I would snap it right up. Rossi is off to a new adventure I just hope they perfect the GP11 so its ready to be ridden this coming MotoGP season, I want to see what Rossi can do on a Ducati, I think everyone is ready to see him riding this season.

Link: Asphalt&Rubber


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Ferrari Replacements

Ferrari have been working a on a few new machines, and a lot of people’s eyes are on the Italian Manufacturer. The Ferrari CEO has come out and said what people have been waiting to hear, some cars will be replaced soon and some will be kept. There is a new supercar in the work for Ferrari, some sort of F50/Enzo type machine but it will be power by a V12 or V8 Twin Turbo. Ferrari has been working on some greener concepts but those engines won’t be ready for production soon, but I’m curious as to how they want to maintain performance with those green machines. Now the 612 is another story, I have never been too much of a fan of that car and it seems a lot of people haven’t so Ferrari will be replacing it as soon as 2012 with the new car. Now for the 599 it seems they have other plans for it, they have introduced the HGTE kit to make it more aggressive and that doesn’t include the limited production 599xx, so this car isn’t looking at replacement until 2015. As for the 458 it seems everyone wants a piece of it, and I’m a huge fan of the California, I really think its the perfect combination of sport and luxury, and who doesn’t like a hard top convertible.

Link: Autoblog

Ferrari 458 Italia

This has been a long time coming with all the rumors that have been flying around for the past 6 months, but I didn’t expect it to be this nice. Ferrari seems to be hitting the nail on the head with each new design and this one is no different except that it is an extremely fast machine. This time around things have changed, its sporting a seven speed dual clutch gear box mated to a 562 bhp 4.8 Liter V8 revving up to 9’000 rpm.

I really like what they have done the driver control area, feels like your in an F-22 Raptor not a normal car, at least Ferrari is accepting technology into their dash, and so many interesting controls. I really like the styling of the machine especially the rear of the 458, it looks very aggressive and the three pipe exhaust sounds great for a stock car, you can check out the video on the Autoblog website link below.

Link: Autoblog

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