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Spyker and Apollo Automobil GmbH to Show New Supercars at Geneva Motor Show

by on 15 February 2016 in Boutique Brands

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If teasers are to be believed, this year’s Geneva Motor Show might just be the year of the supercar.  Recently Spyker and Gumpert both announced that they would be showing new vehicles, both, we assume, to feature Audi power.  Spyker’s new car will be called ‘C8 Preliator’, and aside from the teaser image above, there really […] More…

Automobili Lamborghini Named “Top Employer Italia 2016”

by on 11 February 2016 in Boutique Brands

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Prize awarded for third year in a row Lamborghini excels in Human Resources policy management Stephan Winkelmann: “Our Human Resources are the bedrock for challenges in the immediate future.” Sant’Agata Bolognese – For the third year in a row, Automobili Lamborghini has obtained the prestigious Top Employer Italy 2015 certification, an honor bestowed each year by […] More…

Bespoke Mulliner Features Make Debut in Flying Spur

by on 2 February 2016 in Boutique Brands

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New range of Mulliner bespoke features available in Flying Spur Refrigerated bottle cooler, sterling silver atomisers and painted veneers now offered Mulliner specialist coach-building division brings Bentley customers’ visions to life Bentley Flying Spur combines class-leading refinement with effortless performance Crewe- Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house coach-building division, is revealing its latest range of bespoke creations for the […] More…

Bentley’s Bentayga Makes Alpine Debut at Kitzbühel

by on 25 January 2016 in Boutique Brands

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 Bentayga makes European market debut in Austrian Alps (Kitzbühel / Munich) Bentley Motors presented its new Bentayga for the first time in the Austrian Alps at the weekend and kicked off the official market-entry of the vehicle in Europe. The Bentayga’s first alpine public outing coincided with the famous ski-race in Kitzbühel, with the luxury SUV […] More…

Spyker Resumes Operations & Prepares to Merge with Oregon-Based Electric Aircraft Manufacturer

by on 31 July 2015 in Boutique Brands

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It’s been a rough couple of years for boutique car manufacturers. Super niche cars sporting Audi power have been one of many elements of the Audi market that we follow, yet since the 2008 recession many of them have closed up and disappeared. One that’s been in question and now set to resume operations is Dutch manufacturer Spyker and their 4.2-powered C8 Aileron. More…

Raptor Diesel GT is an Audi TDI Powered Personal Aircraft

by on 23 July 2015 in Boutique Brands

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In covering the Audi beat, we’ve frequently covered specialty manufacturers using Audi engines for the basis of their product. This usually happens in the form of an exotic sportscar with names like Donkervoort, Spyker or Gumpert. Today though, we’ve found something different with 3.0 TDI power in the form of a personal aircraft. More…

Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition with Audi 2.5 TFSI Power

by on 29 May 2015 in Boutique Brands

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When it comes to boutique car brands featuring Audi power, Donkervoort qualifies as one of our favorites. The brand’s D8 models are a modern re-interpretation of the Lotus Super 7, but thoroughly modernized originally with Audi 1.8T engines, and now with 2.0 TFSI motors or 2.5 TFSI inline 5-cylinders in the case of the D8 GTO. Latest amongst the latter is the new D8 GTO Barenaked Carbon Edition. More…

Czech-Designed R200 Non-Fiction Sportscar, Based on Audi R8 with Spiritual Nod to Skoda

by on 17 April 2015 in Boutique Brands Design

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What you see before you is an interesting amalgam in automotive form. In name it is the “R200 Non-Fiction”. In form it is the spiritual tribute to the 1970s vintage Skoda 130 RS rally car, brainchild of respected Czech designer Petr Novague. Technically, the car is based on an Audi R8 and it’s just begun a […] More…

Donkervoort Announces 2.5 TFSI-Powered D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition

by on 8 January 2015 in Boutique Brands

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For many, Donkervoort’s 2.5 TFSI-powered D8 is more than enough.  It’s a sort-of Caterham on crack- 400hp, 450 Nm (331 lb-ft)  of torque available at just 1600rpms and weighing in at a scant 700 kilograms (1543lbs).  Luckily for those who were never fans of complacency, the minds at Donkervoort have revealed a new model with […] More…

Donkervoort D8 GTO in Horizon 2 for Microsoft Xbox One

by on 16 December 2014 in Boutique Brands Choice Gear

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We’ve always been fans of the Donkervoort. This boutique car with the essence of a Lotus 7 and the heart of an Audi TFSI has long been on our list of cars we’d pick up if and when we hit the lotto. And, while that hasn’t happened yet, we have learned that the Donkervoort has been […] More…

Spyker N.V. Files for Voluntary Financial Restructuring

by on 2 December 2014 in Boutique Brands

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The last few years since the financial recession have not been kind to the world of Audi-powered boutique exotic car manufacturers. Throw on top of that ambitious goals like a Le Mans GT program, then F1 team purchase, then purchase of the Saab brand from GM and you have a recipe for insolvency. Such is the case of Spyker. More…

Infernal Trio of KTM x-bows with 1,300 hp by Wimmer RST

by on 12 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Tuner News Boutique Brands

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The core business of the known for racing sports techniques WIMMER company from Solingen, Germany, is still the professional optimization of the serial data (chip tuning) and all kind of other areas relating to power improvement, like engine modifications, hand made stainless steel sports exhausting systems, chassis techniques and – simply necessary when needed – high performance braking systems. In this case it is allowed, by the way, to talk about „genuine handicraft“, because WIMMER “tailors” carefully each vehicle individually to the customer’s needs on an ultra-modern DjnoJet testing bench. Furthermore, WIMMER is competence partner of the KW company and renowned service partner for X-BOW of KTM. Concerning the last mentioned point, the WIMMER specialists have begun to work and transformed three members of the X-BOW-”family” into a really infernal trio with all in all more than 1,300 HP. More…