2016’s LEAST sold supercars

When reading up on the many automotive statistics that generally surface around the end of the calendar year, one specific list came to our attention. It contains a table with the LEAST sold supercars in the Netherlands in 2016.

Actually, it is even possible to divide between supercars that were bought by only a few, and supercars that were bought by NONE. In this last category, we find:

  • Aston Martin Rapide & Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • Ferrari’s 458 Italia and FF
  • Maserati GranTurismo
  • Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porker 918 being unsold is not so much of a surprise; the car is very exclusive and is only being produced and sold in very low numbers. However, we don’t really agree with the Aston V12 Vantage and the Ferrari FF, since we think they are great. Therefore, let’s at least honor them with a nice photographical mentioning:

Then, there are the supercars being only sold once or twice. These include:

  • Audi RS7
  • Lexus RC-F
  • Lotus Elise / Exige (2 and 1)
  • Morgan Aero8
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Bentley Mulsanne
  • Corvette

Particularly surprised were we by the low numbers of relatively common or cheaper sportscars, like the Audi RS7 (a blast among professional soccer players), the Lotus duo (cheap in the Netherlands because four cylinder engines), and the Nissan GT-R (not that rare on the Dutch streets). These number imply that cars like the Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador were sold MORE. Same for ALL the Rolls Royces except the Phantom. Even the McLaren 675LT was sold FIVE times in the Netherlands in 2016. Strange numbers indeed.

At last, a pic of the epic Morgan Aero 8 (supersports edition):

credits for Autoblog.nl for publishing the list (http://www.autoblog.nl/nieuws/dit-zijn-de-minst-verkochte-supercars-van-2016-94585)

 

 

Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard.

Soon available for every dictator; the new S600 Pullman Guard by Mercedes and Maybach. Lets dissect that name for a bit. Mercedes-Maybach is the badge on the most exquisite versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but those are not necessarily lengthened. Thats where the Lang-versions and Pullman-label comes in. Pullman is different from Lang, because it has four seats in opposite position, where Lang version only has two seats and a boatload of legroom.

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard.

Since it weighs more than 5000 kilos, the 600 engine actually has work to do. the V12 boasts around 1000Nm of torque, which should help it to the limited top speed of 160 kp/h as soon as possible. Then the Guard designation. It stands for all the armoured versions Mercedes offers, so it also has E-Class Guards and G-Guards. This particular one has the VR9 rating, which means it withstands automatic rifle crossfire and TNT up to 15 kilos, if its positioned no closer than 2 metres from the vehicle. In other words, when you drive over an IED that size you’re probably still toast.

It’s no tank, but probably the closest you can get to president Obama’s Cadillac-based Beast. Price: Around 1.5 million euros.

 

 

Aston Martin flashes new Volante

db11-volante_2018_02

Aston Martin hereby shows us a brief preview of what to expect from the upcoming open DB11, the Volante. Because of this, one might expect AM launches the model next spring, but its only doing so a year later, according to the stickerwork on the pictures. Still, we can get a pretty good idea of how the final product will be. The back shows a pretty edgy and powerful design, definitely a lot more aggresive than the DB9 Volante. The modern LED taillights also strengthen that image. Technically, it will sport the same turbocharged V12 as the coupe model.