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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fiat officially returned to the US market earlier this year with the launch of the 500. While sales haven't been particularly big, the 500 has made a stir, thanks to a high-profile ad campaign with Jennifer Lopez and a few mentions in "best of" lists.

One of the next Fiats on the way to the US is the 500 Abarth, the 500's performance variant. The company will show this model at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this month.

Blake Griffin Edition Kia Optima At SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 1:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

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This week is typically when the sports world welcomes back the NBA season. But this year, thanks to greed and complete negotiation failure, the world doesn't have an NBA season. And it might not anytime soon.

It wasn't that long ago that things were normal in the NBA. In fact, it was just a couple of months ago. In addition to watching an overstacked, over-hyped Miami team lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals, one of the biggest highlights of the 2010-11 season was dunk machine Blake Griffin. From winning the slam dunk contest to being a regular on highlight clips, the young Griffin added some serious energy and excitement to the NBA.

Kia is recognizing Griffin's contributions via a special edition Optima.

Drop Top Dream Boat: 2012 Camaro ZL1 Convertible

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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When it comes to performance cars, let's face it: Having a fixed roof sucks. You know it and I know it—when you're a car guy, you want to be involved with the driving experience. You want to shift the gears for yourself, listen to the engine roar, and become one with the car as you turn down one unknown road after another just to see where they go. But there is a big difference between rolling down the windows and dropping the entire roof. Anyone that has owned, or at least ridden in, a convertible on that first warm day in April or May knows that there is nothing like it. Anyone that believes otherwise more than likely has spent most of their life rationalizing their way away from every convertible option they have ever encountered, and are probably driving a very practical car this very minute. 

Thankfully, Chevy has learned a thing or two about the hearts and minds of their potential customers. They know that, sure, they have to make simple practical cars for the masses, but when it comes to the fun powerhouses, don't screw around—make them as fun and powerful as they can be. Having just introduced the most powerful Camaro to have ever been built to a brand new generation (and reintroduced it to an older one), Chevy really could have stopped there. But they didn't, and we couldn't be happier. Chevy has just announced that there will be a drop-top version of the sickest Camaro ever.

Nissan Unveils The Juke R

On: Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan previously said of the Juke R: "the car is not for production." After seeing the live pictures, we're more happy about that fact than ever. The emphasized reflections of the original rendering helped to obscure some of this thing's pure unadulterated fugitude. It's a pretty rough stretch of highway that looks way too busy for a small crossover.

After a serious teasing campaign about its development, the Juke R was unveiled in a somewhat of a surprise move in Spain. The Juke R was tacked onto the unveiling of the Qashqai, a Euro-market crossover.


Who Really Wants To Buy A ZL1?

On: Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 4:11PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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So by now you know all about the upcoming Chevy Camaro ZL1. It will be a beast, no doubt. Nearly 600 horsepower and 600-lb-ft or torque out of a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA motor borrowed from its cousin, the CTS-V. A bigger and stronger driveshaft and differential connected to big (and light!) 20-inch wheels shod in massive 305-millimeter wide rear tires (and equally massive fronts) will help this car put all of that power to the pavement. Electric power-steering, huge six-piston 14.6-inch front/four piston 14/4-inch rear Brembo brakes, and the highly touted magnetorheological shocks all serve to help the ZL1 offer a measure of all-around performance and not just hit the market as a one trick pony (car). We also know this ZL1 will definitely not be the sleeper its great, great grandfather was. A big power-dome hood, carbon fiber insert (a la ZR1), a more exaggerated body kit, and shinier (and louder) exhaust all help distinguish its owner as someone with slightly deeper pockets than all of those silly SS and, even worse, RS owners running around. 

But here's the thing; although it's safe to say that we all will rejoice and nearly strain our necks to turn and watch one of these super-Camaros roll by, the big question this writer keeps coming back to is this: "If it were my money, would I spend it on a Camaro?"

Lexus Set To Reveal 2013 GS 350 F Sport At SEMA

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 3:42PM | By: Chris Salamone

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The date is set. Lexus will reveal the 2013 GS 350 with an optional F Sport package on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:30pm during SEMA. Following a most-glamorous exhibition, members of the media will have an opportunity to experience track rides in Lexus’ fourth-generation monster sedan.

Although much of the F Sport package equips the GS 350 some not-so-subtle cosmetic changes, this future GS 350 does receive some interesting upgrades. On the exterior the F Sport gets exciting body work and ground effects, topped off with 19-Inch staggered width wheels—high fives warranted here. Mechanically, the vehicle gets a suspension bump with a self-adjusting system labeled Adaptive Variable Suspension and some larger front brakes with high friction pads.

Ferrari FF Is 2011 Neiman Marcus Car

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Every year, Neiman Marcus selects a hot sports or luxury car to be featured in its famed Christmas Book, the shopping list of the rich, ultra-rich, and even richer. Last year it was a sexy Chevy Camaro Convertible with light-changing Deep Bordeaux paint.

This year, Neiman Marcus has chosen the all-new Ferrari FF grand tourer to appear on the Fantasy Gift list in its catalog.

How Ferrari Coulda Had Four Before: The Pinin Four-Door Sees The Bidding Floor In London

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 4:45PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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OK, so maybe you already own a bachelor pad and therefore find the second-home-sized Ferrari tour bus I just covered more-than-a-little too large for your lifestyle.

Fear not, gentle reader, for there’s another one-of-one custom Ferrari that has a liaison-sized interior going up for auction at RM’s London sale, and this one isn’t the size of a wingless jumbo jet.

Yes, before Porsche had even thought of the Panamera, before Aston-Martin succumbed to Rapide fever and long before Lamborghini even entertained the Estoque, there was a top-shelf exotic car maker that toyed with the idea of adding another set of doors aft of the two God intended be there: Ferrari.

Sort of.

RM To Offer Ferrari's Ultimate Party-Pad-On-Wheels At Its London Sale

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 3:38PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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It’s an age-old quandary: Sure, your Ferrari attracts the ladies, but wouldn’t it be great if you could skip the whole “driving somewhere to tryst” stage of the evening by going straight from the “Let’s get out of here” to the “Welcome to my basement. We have to be quiet, though, as my mom’s asleep upstairs” without any messy driving-about?

If only there was a Ferrari that WAS somewhere to tryst. Not only would it save you from any embarrassing “What the hell are you kids doing down there?!” type yelling from rudely-awakened parental-types (plus, you could get well and truly hammered if you chose to as there's no driving on the menu).

Well, you and your lady friend no longer have to worry about such things as Ferrari has handed over its own house-on-wheels to RM Auctions so that you—and every other dude in this predicament—can financially fight over it at the firm’s London sale on Oct. 26.

Last Pagani Zonda F Roadster Goes Purple

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 3:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

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During the final months of the Pagani Zonda, we've seen pretty much every color of the rainbow. There was a yellow one, a blue one and a purple one. And now...well, it's another purple one. Albeit a deeper, almost maroon purple. It's the last of the limited edition Zonda F Roadsters.

Pagani determined to make 25 Zonda F Roadsters all the way back in 2006 when it first debuted the model. Well, it took a good five years, but this here is number 25. It was commissioned by a customer in the Ukraine, who reportedly has a Zonda R in his garage as well. The model is decked out in purple paint with black carbon scattered around the hood, front-end and other places.

FINALLY! Enough Woodies And Wagons To Have Brought Big-ish Bucks At Auction (But Didn't). Thanks For Trying, Mecum!

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 12:38PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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You have NO idea how badly this “wagon guy” wanted to cover his favorite body style in one of these features, and thanks to Mecum’s Oct. 6-8 sale, I can.

The ratio of sales vs. non-sales on the ten lots offered wasn’t in sellers’ favor—$108,500 vs. $130,500, respectively—but not for a lack of variety. Ranging from a 1926 Ford to a ’79 Mini Clubman—with representatives from nearly every country and time period in between—most everyone could’ve had the five-door of their dreams.

[Except me. But I already have two of them, and that’s enough for now. Or so my wife says. I, on the other hand…]