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Obituary: Jerry Flint – Dead At 79

Posted: August 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Motoring Legends | Tags: , | Comments Off on Obituary: Jerry Flint – Dead At 79

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Too Much Ain’t Enough

Jerry Flint- Picture by Glen Davis

Coupes with 500-horsepower engines? Where’s the green obsession? Price tags past $200,000? Where’s the recession?

We would end up driving little putt-putts, maybe even electric putt putts like golf carts, or hybrids as boring as Toyota’s ( TM – news -people ) Prius, or baby cars like the Smart. And we’d be told to cruise at 55 miles per hour tops for better mileage. What would real men do for excitement?

Obituary: Jerry Flint, Dean Of Auto Writers, Dead At 79

This vision still is a possibility, of course, but reality seems to be driving down a different road. More hybrid engines seem to be planned, but for powerful cars to give them even more power. A good example is the 7 Series BMW. There’s a six-cylinder 315 horsepower version and a hybrid V8, which runs faster as the electric charge pushes it to 455 horsepower. Plus we’ve learned, thanks to the Tesla electrics, that pure electric cars don’t have to run like golf carts but can go faster than scoot.

But what surprises me is that hot cars keep coming out–super cars, 500-horsepower cars, 200 miles-an-hour cars and cars with $200,000 price tags.

They probably were planned in the days when hedge fund zillionaires ruled the world, when the Dow Jones average ran past 14,000, before the recession, before the Gulf oil spill, before the trillion-dollar deficits. But there are so many of them. There’s no real way to count, but in my memory I’ve never ever seen so many.

Let me just list a few of the newer models, some going on sale in the months to come:

Bentley Mulsanne: a 6.75 liter-V8, 505 Horsepower 8 speed automatic, 184 mph top speed $285,000. And also the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed, $206,600 to start, 600 horsepower twin-turbo W12 and all wheel drive.

Porsche ( PSEPF.PK – news – people ): the 911 GT2 RS 620 horsepower $245,000 205 mph top speed and only 500 to be built, on sale in fall.

Ferrari: 599 GTO V12, 661 horsepower, only 599 to be built.And in the family, the Maserati Grand Turismo convertible, $135,800 4.7-liter V8 433 horsepower.

Aston V12 Vantage: 510 horsepower $179,950 base, manual transmission only.

Rolls-Royce ( RYCEY.PK – news – people ) Ghost:$245,000 base 6.6 liter 563 horsepower V12 with an 8-speed transmission.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 8 liter W-16 1,200 horsepower, 257.9 miles per hour.

Mercedes 2011 SLS AMG Gullwing: 563 horsepower V8, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, $185,750 to start.

Lexus LFA: V10 553 horsepower 202 top speed, $375,000, 0-60 3.9 seconds.

Audi R8: 5.2 FSI Quattro, V10 525 horsepower, $150,200 base, 3.9 seconds 0 to 60.

Nissan ( NSANY – news – people ) GT-R: 3.4 seconds 0-to 60, 485 hp turbo V6, $81,790 base.

BMW Alpina B7: a 7 Series high performance sedan, 500 horsepower V8, 178 mph top speed, $122,875.

Full Story – Forbes

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