Alfa Romeo‘s long-rumored 4C Spider has become a reality as the Italian sportscar manufacturer has unveiled the sleek convertible in Geneva. Adapted from the original coupe, the Spider edition of the 4C boasts a canvas soft top in conjunction with carbon fiber construction for the roll bars, windscreen frame and spoilers – thus adding just 132 lbs for the new open-top conversion. Additional details include a Akrapovic-sourced dual exhaust system of titanium and carbon fiber – complete with an electrically-operated valve system for improved performance and sound – brand new carbon fiber clamshell headlights and modified alloy wheels. Under the hood, the Spider retains the 4C’s four-cylinder 1.75-liter turbocharged gas engine and dual-clutch 6-speed TCT gearbox – a setup offering 240 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque, acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is set to make its way into production in the early part of 2015.
Resculpted and tapered, the brand new Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II represents a refinement of its beloved predecessor – itself a smaller, more measured take on the luxurious Phantom. Arguably the most obvious new design feature on the exterior is a “wake channel” that appears just behind the Spirit of Ecstacy’s wings and stretches the length of the hood, thus evoking “the sight of a jet’s vapor trail,” giving the saloon-style sedan a slightly more aggressive aesthetic. However, the majority of the Ghost’s contemporary updates appear on the interior. The dashboard is now home to a 10.25″ HD display and a Spirit of Ecstacy Rotary Controller while a bevy of ultra-luxurious customization options – including Paldao and Walnut Burr Crossband wood veneers – are available for cabin. The Ghost Series II also offers Rolls-Royce’s GPS-powered Satellite Aided Transmission – the first time the feature has come standard outside of the Wraith – in order to anticipate a driver’s necessary gear and speed for a particular location/environment. Under the new Ghost’s hood sits a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that likely offers roughly the same amount of power – 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque – as its previous incarnation.
Presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile, “Where Architects Live” is an exhibition highlighting the homes and dwellings of some of the world’s leading architects and designers. Included in the list of eight designers are familiar names like Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Daniel Libeskind, David Chipperfield and more, all of whom have opened up their homes for an intimate look at how they live. Check out some of the interiors above and head to designboom for a closer look.
Unveiled nearly a year ago in concept form, the BMW X4 is now a reality with a full-on production model on tap for the 2015 model year. Essentially a sportier, slantback version of the X3, the brand new X4 is set to be offered in two different versions for the American market: the $45,625 USD X4 xDrive28i – offering a 2.0-liter inline-four engine capable of 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque – and the more powerful X4 xDrive35i – powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and offering 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque at a price of $48,925 USD. Both versions come with an eight-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Inside, the vehicle offers BMW’s all-new iDrive Controller and central display along with red-trimmed leather seating, high-gloss black paneling, wood inlaid with aluminum, shift paddles, variable sport steering, and more. Announced at the Geneva Motor Show, the BMW X4 is set to make its public debut at next month’s New York Auto Show.
A house in Hollywood Hills doesn’t come cheap – in the neighborhood of $16 Million, to put a price on it – yet perhaps it speaks to the growth of new genres that successful Swedish DJ Avicii was able to claim a spot. The 7,007 square foot place is a testament to modern aesthetics, with large glass panes and concrete making up the facade and decorative, though uncluttered interior decoration. Split into two zones by a water wall and ornamental pool, the home strikes a perfect balance between the intimate interior and California’s gracious natural elements. Architected by McClean Design, enjoy a look through Avicii’s home above.
Recently unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto show, the Bugatti Legends Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Rembrandt Bugatti” Edition is the fourth model in the six-part “Les Légendes de Bugatti” series. Paying homage to the late French artist Rembrandt Bugatti, this special edition supercar tells the story of the French artist’s ability to sculpt and yield different metals into magnificent artistic forms, in the same way that Ettore Bugatti did when he founded the brand. The “horizontal split” design is coated with a bronze-colored clear-coated carbon. The lower section of the car is coated with the same clear-coated carbon but in a lighter shade of brown (Noix) providing contrast between the heavy upper section and the subtle lower section of the vehicle. Under the hood sits an 8-liter W16 engine with an astonishing 1,200 horsepower offering a top speed of 254 mph. The supercar will be available for approximately $3,000,000 USD and just three will be made.