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Modern Art Monday – The Porsche 918 Spyder

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I was fortunate enough to make it out to my first Monterey Car Week last week… well sort of. I was only there one day. In my short time there, I still saw my fair share of some truly wonderful cars, both in the hilariously expensive traffic jams and parked on some fancy golf course. The one event I had time for was Porsche Club of America’s Werks Reunion, a gathering of all things Porsche at the beautiful Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Roughly 500 privately owned Porsches were in attendance and greatly represented the brand’s most iconic cars (more on those later in the week, I hope).

If there’s one car that stood out to me that day, it would have to be this one: the Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche’s newest and most revolutionary super car, the 918 Spyder is brutally fast yet impressively efficient, track-focused yet civilized, and above all, breathtaking to look at. Click past the jump and I’ll tell you all about it, once I clean the drool off of my camera.

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Newport Pagnell Keeps Aston Martin’s Heritage Alive

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Aston Martin has been producing vehicles for 101 years now. The automaker came to be back in 1913. This means that Aston Martin predates both Bentley and Jaguar. Bentley was founded in 1919 while Jaguar arrived in 1922. That gives Aston Martin a six-year production head start over Bentley and a nine-year advantage over Jaguar. Aston Martin, however, is a small builder of bespoke beauties, and its total production figures might surprise you.

Over the course or 101 years, Aston Martin has produced around 70,000 vehicles… total. Bentley has produced that many in the last nine years. Jaguar could knock out that many vehicles in a year. I don’t tell you this to diminish what Aston Martin has done over its 101 year history, but rather use these data points to show you just how small the automaker really is.

What they are big on, however, is building beautiful machines… and at the Aston Martin Works facility in Newport Pagnell, hand-crafted classics are coming back to life.

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Modern Art Monday: 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

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You either love it or hate. It’s the (modern) Nissan GT-R, and it’s been a polarizing machine since the day it was born. The latest and technically greatest version is the 2015 GT-R NISMO, which is lighter and more aggressive than your “standard” version. I recently got to sample the car, alongside a host of other Nissan products in Nashville.

This is the one that made me swear out loud…

Hop the jump if you want to see a Nissan product that made me smile far more than this GT-R. I promise it will make you smile too.

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Modern Art Monday: 2015 Lexus NX F Sport
Prepare to be polarized

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They say art is supposed to evoke different emotions and ideas in different people. Some might look upon Van Gogh’s Starry Night and long for a quiet evening under the stars in some far off land. Other’s, however, might see a confused landscape that longs for the light of day.

The 2015 Lexus NX is a piece of automotive modern art, in that it will surely evoke a wide range of responses from those who gaze upon it. I recently spent a day in a variety of NX examples, hustling along the backroads around Whistler in British Columbia. I can’t yet tell you anything about how the NX drives… but we can chat about how it looks, and how that makes you feel.

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Modern Art Monday – From Twin Turbos…With Love

Brutal yet simplistic design is something I love about engineering. Something that’s made to be so functional it’s beautiful can be very easy to geek out over. This Modern Art Monday we take a closer look at the wonderfully controversial Hennessey Venom GT and it’s quite stunning mirror image Twin Turbo system.

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Modern Art Monday: McLaren 650S Stripped Bare

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Like many of you, I have been holding off from dropping a deposit on a new McLaren because of uncertainty as to exactly what I get for my outlay.

I mean, this is a car that comes without Rich Corintian Leather ™, with no option for a landau roof or locking wire-effect wheel covers. Sure, there’s a V8 underhood but it’s only a measly 3.8. From what I can see on this unclothed example, what you’re paying for is a bunch of components.

Some of which are, admittedly, quite nice.

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Modern Art Monday: 1981 Matra Murena
…and it’s for sale!

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You love the idea of a sporty two-door coupe, but you have two friends that you’d like to bring along for the ride? Have I got the car for you. It’s a 1981 Matra Murena, and it’s a lovely bit of forbidden fruit set to liven up your Monday afternoon. The Matra Murena is a mish-mash of parts plucked from a variety of French automakers. Talbot supplied the engine, Citroën gave up a gearbox, and both Renault and Peugeot joined in the fun as well.

The overall exterior shape is a bit Italian nose meets Japanese/American rear end, while the interior is all French weirdness. See what I mean, after the break.

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Modern Art Monday: The McLaren 650S

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While the 2014 New York Auto Show seemed a bit sleepy this year, there were a few items that helped to spice things up. A flock of Mazda Miata examples certainly helped, as did a slew of sports cars on display. One item, however, was not actually on the show floor but instead a few blocks away.

It’s the 2015 McLaren 650S, and it made its official North American Debut just around the corner from the Javits Center. Is it more than just a “budget” (term used insanely loosely) McLaren P1? Yes of course it is… it’s also a bit of Modern Art that should help your day get started, even if you haven’t had coffee yet. 

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Modern Art Monday: Let there be light…

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Is the Acura NSX a piece of modern automotive art?

If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’re on the wrong website… and Muthalovin’ would like to speak to you out back.

This photo will serve as a teaser to some oh-so-awesome video to come. Stay tuned…

[Image copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Jeff Glucker]

Modern Art Monday: Tesla Model S Drivetrain

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This series originally kicked off with a look at interesting design features of modern cars. The Tesla Model S is as modern as we can get in the world of automobiles. With a handsome design which features two trunks and a hatch, electric motors powerful enough push the performance into sports car territory, and nationwide supercharging system designed around these new electric vehicles, Tesla may go down in history as a company that revolutionized the automobile.

What is rarely seen in automotive media is the service side of new vehicles. The above picture shows the whole electric drivetrain (not the batteries), elegantly removed from the Model S. It comes out in one piece, with suspension and brakes attached.

One Tesla owner, “kerrentonsnow” on Imgur, has posted a lot of pictures he took while having his Model S serviced. It’s worth checking out. It’s a nice look into a world that does not deal with oils and fuels, which makes the service shops look much more clean. Hit the jump for a few more pics.

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