RU­MOUR HAS IT...

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re­ports, the en­gine in this test mule sounds tur­bocharged, sug­gest­ing it is a ver­sion of the 3.9l twin-tur­bocharged V8 al­ready fit­ted to the GTC4 Lusso T.

In the mean­while, the lat­est spy video at least con­firms that Fer­rari is in­deed busy with fit­ments and re­search of a Fer­rari in hik­ing boots. The link to the YouTube video is: https://goo.gl/QmdKVz

WHEN MONEY’S NO OB­JECT

Im­pe­rial Rus­sia’s long­stand­ing and highly sought-after Far­berge eggs, the most fa­mous be­ing the 50 “Im­pe­rial” eggs made for Rus­sian Tsars Alexander III and Ni­cholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and moth­ers, are among the most cov­eted col­lecta­bles on earth.

Re­spond­ing to de­mands of a pa­tron, Rolls Royce has an­nounced the “Spirit of Ec­stasy” Fabergé Egg.

For the first time in his­tory, an it­er­a­tion of the Spirit of Ec­stasy, the com­pany’s bon­net mas­cot since 1911, is co­cooned in a con­tem­po­rary Fabergé Egg.

The egg rests on an en­gine­turned, hand-en­graved, pur­ple enamel guil­loché base of 18 carat white gold. Arms of rose gold de­fine the shape of the egg, act­ing as a pro­tec­tive cham­ber for the egg’s mas­cot, which is made of frosted rock crys­tal. The rose gold vanes, em­bel­lished with nearly 10 carats of di­a­monds, re­solve into swathes of amethyst weigh­ing more than 390 carats.

Fabergé CEO Sean Gil­bert­son said: “A unique mo­ment in both our com­pa­nies’ his­tory, the creation of the ‘Spirit of Ec­stasy’ Egg rep­re­sents the meeting of two masters of un­ri­valled qual­ity and de­sign, show­cas­ing two glob­ally recog­nised sym­bols — the Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ec­stasy.”

LAMBO TO CHAL­LENGE VALKYRIE?

When the As­ton Martin Valkyrie goes on sale next year it will be gunned along by the most pow­er­ful nor­mallyaspi­rated en­gine yet seen in a pro­duc­tion car.

Its Cos­worth 6.5l V12 will pro­duce 843kW of punch, which makes it a con­tender to beat a Nur­bur­gring pro­duc­tion­car lap record re­cently set by the Lam­borgh­ini Avent­daor SVJ. But Lam­borgh­ini won’t nec­es­sar­ily give up its record with­out a fight. Au­to­car re­ports that the Ital­ian firm may be con­sid­er­ing a lim­ited-edi­tion Lambo to chal­lenge the Valkyrie.

Lam­borgh­ini has made pre­vi­ous low-vol­ume cars such as the Cen­te­nario, of which only 40 were built to cel­e­brate Fer­ru­cio Lam­borgh­ini’s 100th birth­day, while only five units of the Ve­neno were made.

Au­to­car re­ports a Valkyriechal­leng­ing Lambo might fol­low a sim­i­lar path as the Cen­te­nario and Ve­neno, which means it would be based on an ex­ist­ing Lam­borgh­ini V12 plat­form. It would need to take a se­ri­ous horse­power jump, which could mean a tur­bocharger or pos­si­bly a hy­brid sys­tem.

Right now it’s just ru­mours, but lately we’ve seen a re­newed at­tack on Nur­bur­gring lap records by sports car firms.

Dis­guised ve­hi­cle re­veals the new De­fender will have the iconic boxy shape.

When your Rolls-Royce just isn’t spe­cial enough, it calls for a Faberge bon­net or­na­ment.

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