This Exotic 250,000 Convertible Supercar Is Taking On The Best From Porsche And Audi — Heres What It Was Like

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This fall weekend’s Pod Rods on Jacksonville.com plays Golf, checks out a Mustang re-design, finds out how much an Italian classic and a German supercar with fantasy designs will cost, and flies with a Lexus sci-fi machine.

Plus we check out the local car action: Volkswagen has a new Golf to tee up, but the U.S. won’t see it until the 2018 model year. The new Volkswagen – call it Generation 7.5 – has some barely noticeable exterior mods like a wider chrome strip on the radiator grille and lower bumper vent. The Golf’s daytime running lights will be LEDs, as will the taillights. It’s what’s inside that changes more. A new Traffic Jam Assist system coupled with the lane departure warning system on dual-clutch transmission models will let the car creep in traffic jams up to 37 mph and stop if needed, according to Autoblog. There’s a newer self-parking system, plus three larger touchscreens. Top spec is an optional 9.2-inch screen that works with hand gestures.There’s a new Mustang out there, done by the gang at Zero to 60 Designs in Corona, Calif. Called the GTT (Gran Turismo Tribute), the rebodied, redesigned 2016 Mustang is "purpose built and crafted by hand, according to the company website. Shown at the recent SEMA aftermarket equipment show in Las Vegas, the GTT’s 5-liter Coyote V-8 has a ProCharger supercharger, Magnaflow dual exhaust and an ECU tune from SCT Performance that give the coupe a claimed 800-hp. There’s also a new suspension, Brembo brakes and Pirelli P-Zero rubber. Zero to 60 Designs says it will sell a limited number of copies, starting in early 2017. No price as yet. Porsche is going long on its new second-generation Panamera sports sedan – really long. The Panamera Executive model, to be revealed soon at the Los Angeles Auto Show, gets a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase, and available in the all-wheel drive versions as the Panamera 4 Executive (330 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (462 hp), Panamera 4S Executive (440hp) and Panamera Turbo Executive (550 hp). The new Executive versions also get more goodies - a large panoramic roof, heated comfort seats with multi-way electrical adjustment front and rear, adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled dampers, a roll-up sunblind behind the rear head restraints, as well as optional rear-axle steering and soft-close doors. As the most powerful model, the Panamera Turbo Executive adds standard 4-zone climate control, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), and ambient interior lighting. Porsche also introduces a new 330 hp V-6 turbo gasoline engine. A 1914 Stutz Bearcat took "Best of Show" at Sunday’s11-6 15th Annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, with a 1956 Dodge Custom Royal named "People’s Choice" and a 1953 Maserati A6GCS taking the Paul Doerring Founders Award. The Founders Award is presented annually in honor of Paul Doerring, a key contributing founder of the event. The Bearcat is owned by Brian and Trish White of Apex, N.C.; the two-tone Dodge is owned by Douglas Dressler of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; and the Maserati is owned by G. Larry and Patricia Wilson of Georgetown, S.C. But wait, there was more news from Hilton Head, and it was a "Titanic" moment for the owner of the classic car involved. According to Jalopnik and Autoweek, a 1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight Convertible Sedan owned by the Marano Collection in New Jersey won Best in Class/American Classics/1925 to 1948. But someone apparently forgot to set its parking brake. So the Bohman and Schwartz-bodied sedan convertible, with rare detachable top and once the most expensive model in Packard’s line, quietly rolled into a nearby pond at the Port Royal Golf Club. Onlookers tried to stop it, but two tons of classic car and dress shoes didn’t work well together and the car slid into the water up to its roof. A photo by onlooker Rob Ianuario shows a diver brought in to secure the car, and it was towed out intact but soaked.Speaking about classics, how about a chance to buy the second Ferrari 250 GTO ever made, namely Chassis No. 3387? Britain’s Talacrest is offering the beautiful blue coupe, which it says was used for testing and development of the 250 GTO series at the factory in Modena, before it was sold to NART – the North American Racing Team run by Luigi Chinetti. It’s got Florida history as well – U.S. racing legend Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien finished second overall and first in class in it at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring 12 hours. This was the first 250 GTO to enter a race and the car went on to enjoy a continuous successful period race history. It has 3.0-litre V12 with 300bhp, and with a weight of just 880kg dry it was capable of a top speed of 174mph. OK, enough history – what’s the asking price? Try 45 million pounds, or just under $57 million. Check out more at http://talacrest.com/ Here’s a Talacrest video of the car - youtube.com/watch?v=6qjA4-V0nME.Audi is offering a very special version of its R8 supercar that already appeared in the "Final Fantasy XV" video game. But it’s going on sale in Japan. "for the inheritor of the light!," according to the Audi ad. Dubbed "The Audi R8 Star of Lucis," this car appeared in Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV and is a collaboration between the Final Fantasy XV team and the German car maker. It will sell for just over 50 million yen, or $469,256, via a raffle starting Nov. 21 in Japan. Here’s a YouTube video on the car, Final Fantasy style: youtube.com/watch?v=0USrtc7-sjc.Speaking of science fiction and fantasy vehicles, how about what Lexus has designed in creative partnership with film studio EuropaCorp for the 2017 film, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" with Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan. It’s the SKYJET, a single-seat pursuit craft featured in the film and unveiled in a film teaser (http://valerianmovie.com) as it maneuvers through the intergalactic citadel of Alpha. The Valerian team created the SKYJET with the ambition of featuring a vehicle grounded in reality but also set 700 years in the future. The creative team met with Lexus’ Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato and the design team, and gets an adapted interpretation of Lexus’ signature "spindle" grille and a similar headlight design to that of the 2018 Lexus LC coupe. The film is set for release in July.JLWranglers.com, a Jeep Wrangler blogspot, has taken every tidbit of news it can wrangle about the revamped 2018 model and come up with its own renderings of the Wrangler Unlimited and proposed pickup that it believes give an accurate preview of the next-generation Wrangler. Using insider tips, leaks, research and spy photo revelations and analysis, the drawings were modeled from prototypes photos. They say the major highlights include a fixed roof with large removable panels and back windows; a more steeply angled windshield; a longer hood made from aluminum with a bulge or vent for a rumored diesel; and LED headlights slightly recessed into outer most grille slats. LED turn signals on the front fenders are a possibility, as is a European-style front bumper. Taillights get an "X" design. But basically, it looks very similar to the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. One of the most iconic Italian vehicles out there – the Vespa scooter – is going electric after 70 years of putting around via little gas motors. Called Vespa Elettrica, the Piaggio Group said it will introduce "the new mobility solution" to "the most elegant and beloved two-wheeled brand in the world." Piaggio says the electric scooter will be a true Vespa and "perfect mix of excitement, technology and environmental friendliness." It should debut in the latter half of 2017.Sad news from Michigan - the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, MI, will shut down for good just before Christmas, according to Autoblog. The 55,000-square-foot museum has three floors and 65 antique, custom and concept vehicles interspersed with interactive displays and historical exhibits that tell the story of the automaker’s contributions to automotive design, technology and innovation. It includes the company’s past historic marques like DeSoto, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, Rambler and Willys-Overland. It also includes many of Chrysler’s concept cars, including the 1998 Chronos Concept that we had the chance to drive before that year’s Miami Beach car show. Autoblog says the museum, first shuttered in 2012 due to financial issues, was reopened recently but only every other weekend. Fiat Chrysler Alliance says the closure is basically due to the need for more office space, and the cars will be stored, some to come out for special events.

Crisp fall weather can make for nice car shows, and heres some locals to catch:

Cars shows:Green Cove Dragway — Run What Ya Brung, at noon Saturday and Sunday1112/13 at the track at 1010 Worthington Ave., off Florida 16 in Green Cove Springs. Gates open for spectators at 11 a.m.; admission $12 per person. Competitor entry fee is $25 to $50, depending on class. For information on all events, go to greencovedragway.com. Sixth annual Cars For Our Troops Exotic Car Show — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Tapestry Park, 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, off Southside Boulevard. The exotic car show is free for spectators and $50 per show vehicle. The show is held specifically to raise funds for Homes For Our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes for veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. Information: carsforourtroops.org.Clay County Cruzers’ ninth annual Back to the ’50s Car Show and chili cook-off — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moosehaven, located at 1701 Park Ave. in Orange Park. Free to spectators and $25 per show vehicle day-of-show. Information: claycountycruzers.com.First Coast Car Council Fall Brewery Car Show and Tour— 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Anheuser Busch, 111 Busch Drive off North Main Street. Free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle, all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville. Information and to pre-register: Visit carcouncil.org/events. Cecil Pines Antique Car Show and Open House — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cecil Pines Retirement Community, 6008 Lake Cove Ave., off New World Avenue south of Normandy Boulevard. The show is free to show vehicles and spectators. Information: cecilpines.org.32nd annual Ancient City Auto Club Show – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 207 N. San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. The show is free for spectators and $25 per show vehicle day of show.Car and Craft Show 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Open Grille Café at 9865 Beach Blvd.

Cruise-ins: Informal cruise-in — 7 to 9 a.m. every Saturday at Krispy Kreme, located at 11117 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin. The Automotive Addicts Cars & Coffee cruise-in — 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Ave. The event’s three-year run at the Times-Union ends next month on Dec. 10. First Coast Car Council — 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Medical and Merchants Center, 11701 San Jose Blvd. Azalea City Cruisers — 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Brooklyn Boys Pizza, 205 NE Commercial Circle in Keystone Heights. Callahan Cruise — 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Callahan’s Dick’s Wings And Grill, 450077 Florida 200, Callahan. Jax Beaches Cars and Coffee – Classic Car Cruise from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and every third Tuesday at the Sea Walk Pavilion and Latham Plaza between 1st and 2nd Street. Information: betterjaxbeach.com.

Send information on automotive and motorcycle events to dan.scanlan@jacksonville.com or Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville FL 32202.

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