Sunday, September 30, 2007
[Source: Autoblog, NetCarShow]
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Me thinks they're not kidding with this one. This is the first footage I've seen of the Lex-rod and it's freaking badass. Fully defeatable traction control and a limited-slip rearend join forces with the V8 to hang the tail out just as awesomely wide as a certain M-car... it even sounds like it. Listen closely to one of the launches in the second clip as a sharp chirp from the tires on the 1-2 shift signals no shortage of starch in the 8-speed auto.
I wasn't extremely excited for this car until I watched it hang ass around Laguna Seca. Looks like they finally put their pennies where the pie goes.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The girlfriend and I last night sat down to book our hotel and rental car for an upcoming October trip to Chicago. Through her job, she is eligible for 'free upgrades' at various rental suppliers... hence a twinkle appeared in my eye as I hoped we may be able to swing some remotely interesting transportation. Upon inspection of the available iron, my middling hopes stumbled in witness to the fun-squashingly equipped domestic sh*t-kickers.
Since I didn't feel it necessary to pony up for the probably still uninspiring automatic V6 Mustang, our Chi-town steed shall be a base Ford Fusion. Aside from being one of the more interesting looking domestic offerings, it's got halfway decent Mazda 6 underpinnings somewhere up under there that might just offer up something resembling transient response. The engine, a Duratec 4-cylinder funneling 160 hp through an indifferent slushbox to mile-high behubcapped rolling stock, is sure to leave my mind securely unblown. Nevertheless, secret plans exist to steal away and conduct a semi-serious road test for posterity... stay tuned (snore).
All hope for the prospective driving vacationer is not lost however. I managed to be thoroughly entertained by a Nissan Micra during a week in Ireland last year. If it's your first time driving in Europe, no matter what you end up with, you're thrust into a completely alien driving environment forcing you to learn everything backwards pretty much immediately to avoid death. I recommend an oddball little car like my Micra or some dodgy Fiat that offers the novelty of driving something not even available in the US. Despite resembling an atrophied bee trapped in snot, the Micra proved a lightweight and admirably tight little car that made the most of what felt like 15 hp. Throw in an honest manual gearchange for your left hand and it's like being 16 all over again.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Now I'm not a huge fan of two-tone cars unless they're from before 1960 and handle like greazed arse, but here the effect is quite dramatic, and not at all unappealing. The work-of-art Carlsson 21" forged aluminum wheels set off the exterior, upon which the only aesthetic blunder appears to be the the Strut-esque pimp-my-crapwagon chrome mesh lower grill.
On the inside you'll find just a pinch more red, as the Aigner in the car's name refers to Etienne Aigner, a supplier of fine leathers who was charged with upholstering the interior. The effect is either daringly bold or vomitously garish depending on your tastes, and for me it's just the right tint to achieve the former. If I'm not mistaken, this car's primary stylistic influence had to be the Pagani Zonda F. The black of the exterior recalls the tinted glass canopy and numerous carbon fiber elements of the F; the vivid crimson/oxblood interior's inspiration is obvious upon comparison.
(See for yourself below)
As it's based on a CL65 AMG, this is the last car that needed any engine tuning but they've gone and made the Biturbo V12's hefty ballz even bigger to the tune to 700bhp and 811 lb-ft of torque. There's also a trick active suspension, sports exhaust, and a full carbon fiber body kit.. along with innumerable bespoke doo-dads and gee-gaws guaranteed to put your wallet on weight-watchers.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
[Source: Autoblog, WorldCarFans]
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It's wicked nasty rotten awesome yes, but the mechanically identical (save 20bhp) Murcielago LP640 is $700,000 less. That fact is a waste of typeface however, because which would you rather have up on your wall?
[Source: Autoblog, InsideLine, NetCarShow]
Camouflaged prototypes of BMW's X6 have been the darlings of auto-spy photographers in recent months and we finally get to see it in its final form, mostly. BMW loves to show off cars they label as Concepts, when in reality the production version is 100% finished. They make the wheels a little different, a little shinier perhaps; fit fancier exhaust pipes and/or head and taillights... but it's 99.99% what they'll unveil very soon after as the production model. They did it with the E46 M3, the E90 M5, E92 M3, and it's exactly what they've done here. It just seems like a waste of energy on their part. Between here and the dealerhship, I foresee the X6's wheels changing ever so slightly, and the exhaust exits to lose a bit of their sparkle and melt into a more conventional shape.
Although this thing exists only to make money (not to refine the illustrious pedigree of BMW), I do think I like it. The X5 was always near the top of my list of ownable SUVs and though this is mostly just a less practical version for surely more money, it would look awful nice in my post lotto-victory 30-car garage serving as a foul-weather people-mover.
Engine choices are more interesting the those of the current X5 with the mouthwatering 3.0L Twin Turbo 6-cylinder at the bottom end, and talk of a new 4.8L Twin Turbo V8 at the top. An engine that's supposedly been under development for the next generation 7-Series.
I'm sure they'll sell every one of these they intend to... just not to me unfortunately.
[Source: Autoblog, NetCarshow]
Monday, September 10, 2007
Remember the Brabus Rocket, the fastest sedan ever, capable of 225.18 mph? Meet the C-Class based Bullit. Basically the Rocket's engine (all 730 biturbo'ed vee-twelvey bhp of it) wrapped in less 225mph-tree-impact-absorbing-metal. You also get scoopies galore, reupholstered interior (including swanky quilted leather floor) and the de rigeur alloys. For consistency, they might as well drop this engine in the Smart and the S-Class while they're at it. Call 'em the Spitball and the ICBM...
[Source: WorldCarFans, NetCarShow]
I've always had a soft spot for the 9-3... in particular the slick Sportcombi wagon. There's something cool about Saab, even if the 9-3 is this only Saab that has it. The archaic 9-5 is a turd that needs to be flushed, and the 9-7x... well, who cares. The 9-3 so far has never really stacked up well against its competitors on paper, or the road. Still, every time I sit in one I want it a little bit. Or maybe I just want to want it. Like I said, I'm rooting for them...
[Source: TrollhattanSaab.net via Autoblog]
Friday, September 7, 2007
[Source: Autoblog, NetCarShow]
Thursday, September 6, 2007
[Source: Autoblog, Popular Mechanics]
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via AutoBlog, NetCarShow]
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
[Source: Autoblog, rsportscars.com]