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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Hyundai To Debut ARKed-Up Veloster At SEMA (Noah Could Not Be Reached For Comment)

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 5:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Hyundai's ARK Performance Veloster -- 2011 SEMA show car test 2

“To showcase the performance capabilities and aftermarket potential of its innovative three-door coupe, Hyundai has teamed up with ARK Performance to transform Veloster into a sleek and sporty rally car.”

Finally a car company comes out with a press release that doesn’t require distilling and translating and—as I’ve heard Brits say—“mucking about.”

I don’t usually “phone in” my articles, but, as it turns out, those nice folks at the Car Company Nobody Saw Coming pretty much did my work for me. It continues…

ZL1 Auctions For Jaw-Dropping $250,000!

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Camaro ZL1 test 2

As I sat down to watch a pre-recorded, DVR version of Saturday’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but feel excited about hours and hours of commercial-free automotive glory. Unlike some other unmentioned auctions, Barrett-Jackson is classy, sophisticated, and does not include the near-constant pestering of salesmen in the throes of deal making. After so many impressive vehicles, a black 2012 Camaro rolled onto the bidding platform. As it would turn out, this wasn’t just any Camaro, but the very first 2012 Camaro ZL1 to be offered to the public AND the 69th ZL1 made at the Oshawa Assembly plant in tribute to the original 1969 Camaro ZL1—of which only 69 were produced.

Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini To Offer More Super-Exclusive Special Editions test 2

Last year, after months of teasing a Paris-bound car long thought to be the Aventador LP700-4 (commonly called "Jota" at the time), Lamborghini was forced into introducing its Sesto Elemento concept just ahead of the Paris Motor Show. It was so forced by a French website that leaked the details of the Sesto ahead of the official reveal. Despite the leak, the world was quite impressed with Lamborghini's enthralling concept.

Well, if you liked that one, Lambo has no plans to stop. In a brief but telling sound bite, CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that Lambo is committed to developing exciting, limited run supercars.

Maybach 125 Birthday Edition

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Maybach 125 Birthday Edition  test 2

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz, and, by extension, the modern automobile itself. In 1886, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz each crafted a version of an automobile with internal combustion engine, paving the way to the automobile transportation era that we still enjoy today. Another prominent German player at the time was Willhelm Maybach.

Fast forward to 2011, and all those players are united under Daimler AG. And Mercedes has spent much of this year celebrating its quasquicentennial with special editions and concepts. The latest is a Maybach one-off unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Acura Introduces 2012 TSX Special Edition

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Acura Introduces 2012 TSX Special Edition test 2

The 2012 Acura TSX is already on sale, but Acura has one more model up its sleeve. The TSX Special Edition will make its market debut at the end of the month.

Not exactly as exciting and groundbreaking as the new cars and concepts displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the TSX Special Edition will debut at a more humble venue—the 2011 Orange County International Auto Show in California. That show runs September 22 through the 25.

Tata Nano Loves Gooold

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Salamone

Gold Tata Nano test 2

Easily one of the least expensive cars on planet Earth, the Tata Nano has become the object of the people—a symbol of accessibility, mobility, unreliability, and practicality for the masses. While native Indian models start around $2,500 and the much anticipated North American model is expected to cost about $7,000, the Tata family has developed another price point worthy of note. Except this time only one man is capable of pulling off such an exceptionally appointed automobile, and he is from Holland… not North America or India. This latest Tata Nano is not a production vehicle, and couldn’t possibly be reproduced on a mass scale. That’s because it cost $4.6 million to create.

Yes, a company known for incredible value has developed a car completely decked out in gold, silver, and precious gems. Why, you ask? Unfortunately, this is not for a fourth installment of the funniest movie trilogy of all time, Austin Powers. Instead the Tata family is trying to execute a two-player sway publicity stunt intended to promote enthusiasm for the randomly combustible Nano and in celebration of the 5,000-year anniversary for their jewelry company in India. That’s quite a milestone, made more important by the Tata family’s ownership of the Gold Plus jewelry company.

Four Of Feebay's September Top Five Sales Are VWs! Honestly!

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 9:03AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author test 2

For those of you not in-the-know there might be some confusion with my headline. “You’re wrong, writer guy,” you say. “Any fool knows that Bentleys are English and Lamborghinis are Italian.”

Well, Any Fool, you’re wrong, and here’s why: Audi owns Lamborghini and Volkswagen—no lie—owns Bentley. VW owns Audi, too, by the way. And seeing as how Porsche is now part of the VeeDub empire, apart from Mercedes-Benz’ Maybach brand, it’s an (almost) all-VW show.

So, as I said at the outset, the second-most to fifth-most expensive cars on eBay are Volkswagens, to the tune of $1.3 million out of the $1.7 million total. I know! Did I just blow your mind or what?!

The "Last Eclipse" Earns $35k For Japanese Red Cross At Auction

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 2:40PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author test 2

This wasn’t the only Mitsubishi Mecum Auctions offered in last weekend’s St. Charles sale, though neither T278 (a one-owner red-and-black 1987 Starion bid to $4,500) nor F5/F308 (a white-over-black ’98 300GT SL 5-speed bid to $1,250 then sold at $3,500) were—to my knowledge—sold to benefit any charity.

Listed as Lot S100, this "one-of-a-kind 2012 Eclipse Coupe SE—the very last production Eclipse that rolled off of the assembly line at the company's manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois"—was auctioned on Saturday at no reserve (that means the high bid “wins” no matter what it is) to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. When the gavel fell it had garnered a top bid of—and, therefore, sold for—$35,000.

I’m sure the charity would have appreciated any amount, but it bears noting that this “Last Eclipse” didn’t sell for much more than the car would get if it was parked on a dealer’s lot. Why? Here’s what I think…

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$  test 2

I’ve covered the newer-end of the Camaros on sale at Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles auction at the Pheasant Run Resort, but no automotive scribe worth their salt could cover Camaros and not cover those born of its sweetest vintage, 1969.

So, here are that year’s finest fire-breathers, super-powered ’69 Camaros that feature the king of all Camaro motors, the mighty 427-cu.in. V8. Of the seven, only two are “genuine,” but great pains have been taken in constructing all of them to at least seem like they COULD be genuine (which I’m not sure is a good thing).

Still, at least here you’ll be able to see what a REAL Yenko or COPO Camaro will go for even in the face of some pretty convincing fakes. I’ll bet that a lot of 427 Camaro fans could overlook authenticity in favor of having the similar ass-kickitude—at a much cheaper price—in their driveways that these “clones” can provide.

What about you?...

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 12:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale test 2

One of the last Lamborghini Gallardos that we're likely to see before Lambo's entry level coupe is replaced, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition to lots of extra consonants and vowels, the new Gallardo packs extra power and performance into a gorgeous red package.

Inspired by the race-spec Gallardos that compete in Lamborghini's Blancpain Super Trofeo series, the LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale (damn, that's a mouthful) packs a powerful punch in a street-legal package. You don't have to go far to realize that the new Gallardo gets 10 extra horses over the LP560-4—570 horses drawn from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine at 8,000 rpm. The car delivers 480 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Rated At 580-HP

On: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Rated At 580-HP test 2

Back when the 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, Chevy said that it produced an "estimated" 550 horses from its 6.2-liter supercharged LSA engine. When we heard that little caveat, we assumed that it was going to be slightly lower, since we figured Chevy would want to project the highest output possible. But, between then and now, something else happened: rumors about the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 offering around 600 horses hit the interwaves, and Chevy decided to move that "estimated" figure right on up the scale. 

The Camaro ZL1 recalls the 1969 engine of the same name and will be the most powerful Camaro ever. Its 580 hp will come at 6,000 rpm, and its 556 lb-ft of torque will come at 4,500 rpm. The LSA engine offers 24 horses and 5 lb-ft over its Cadillac CTS-V application. In short, the ZL1 means business.