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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

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.

Mecum Muscle Means Multiple Modern Camaros At St. Charles Sale

On: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 12:12PM | By: Andrew W Davis

1997 Chevy Camaro 30th Anniversary Edition Z28 Coupe test 2

Billed as offering 1,000 vehicles and featuring “Muscle Cars and Corvettes, Open to ALL Collector Cars,” Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles sale is named for the Illinois city that’s home to its sale’s base at the Pheasant Run Resort.

With that many cars to offer, the fact that there’s nearly 60 Chevy Camaros of almost every stripe on sale might seem statistically insignificant. But if you’re in the market for a special edition—or just special—Camaro, having 60 of them in one place at one time (OK, the sale’s three days, but still) is an opportunity not to be missed.

For this installment I’m starting where the Camaro’s original timeline ended, with Mecum’s offerings of limited-edition Camaros built from 1993 to 2002. We’re talking eight Pace and Anniversary cars, including FOUR 1997 30th Anniversary Edition Z28 coupes. Speaking of which…

2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Details

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

Article Title: 2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Details  test 2

After its Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este debut and Nurburgring toilings, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is making its way toward production. Aston took one big step last week in providing a few extra details on the upcoming limited edition coupe.

The V12 Zagato will enter production next year as a 2013 model with the first deliveries scheduled for the summer. Only 150 lucky buyers will get the chance to cough up a big chunk of coin for the hand-crafted sports coupe. The car is priced at 330,000 pounds (around $540K) and, according to Inside Line, prices may run as high as $650,000 in the U.K., thanks to local taxes.

2012 Audi R8 GT

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Audi R8 GT test 2

Porsche has come to be regarded as the ultimate in the sports car market. The brand has consistently dominated with a combination of engineering excellence and quality for the last forty years. The M1 was BMW’s attempt to compete with Porsche in 1980. Since then, BMW has never again taken Porsche on in the sports car field. The partnership with Porsche’s sports car reputation should lift Audi’s image above BMW’s.

Audi’s vision to produce a mid-engined sports car began in 1991 with the concept car called the "Quattro Spyder." Ferdinand Piech, the CEO of Audi, was actually a member of the Porsche family, and felt that a mid-engined sports car could damage Porsche’s reputation. Consequently, the project was put aside until he retired in 2003. Martin Winterkorn, Piech’s successor, unveiled a new mid-engined concept car called "Le Mans" to fill this role. Winterkorn was fascinated with the idea of an “Audi 911,” thus, the Audi R8 was born in 2007.

The ultimate variation of the R8 is the 2012 R8 GT sports car. The GT is the lightest, fastest, and most powerful car in the Audi supercar lineup, and production is currently limited to 333 units, with the US market allowed only 90 units. Prices will start from $196,800.


What A Concept! RM To Offer Five American Prototypes In Monterey

On: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 3:22PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Shelby GR-1  test 2

Lots of show cars have been built between 1932 and 2005, but only a fraction of them were constructed by American car companies themselves as showcases of their design and engineering prowess.

It’s no wonder that they are highly sought-after today—especially considering the fact that most were destroyed once they outlived their “usefulness”—and have price tags that reflect their rarity.

Speaking of rarity, to have five of them come up for sale at once—especially in one place—is nearly unheard of, but that’s what RM Auctions is offering August 19th and 20th at its Monterey sale, held at the Portolo Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center.

Now let us go back... to the future!

Russo & Steele Bringing Mint-Condition Mega-Muscle To Monterey

On: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 2:29PM | By: Andrew W Davis

1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda test 2

For those of you raised on televised vs. in-person auctions, it might surprise you to discover that restomods, clones, phantoms and the rest of the not-actually-what-God-intended cars that fill-out an auction’s roster are just that: filler.

Sure, there’s a market for them, but there’s also a market for crystal meth and serial-number-free firearms. What do they all have in common? When it comes time to explain why you have any of them in your garage, the stress caused by all the necessary story-telling you’ll have to do will make you wish you’d never gotten involved with them, period.

That’s the difference between a Hemi ‘Cuda and a Barracuda with a Hemi; the latter requires equivocation while the former requires no explanation. Which one do YOU want?

C63 AMG Black Series: Black Out Fast!

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

C63 AMG Black Series: Black Out Fast! test 2

M3 owners beware, because Mercedes is gunning for the top spot among two-door coupes, and they may just have done it. Sure, the AMG C63 is a badass ride, but the sportier M3 still managed to outperform it around the track, and the folks over at Mercedes were none too happy about that. So, the AMG guys sent the C63 back to the gym and what came back for 2012 was the very powerful, very intoxicating black out fast C63 AMG Black Series. 

So fast and highly tuned are the Black Series models that the C63 is only the fourth model to get the Black Series treatment. That is because the Black Series is a far cry from your average E-Class sedan. There is no coddling here, no floaty suspension to snuggle up with over long, leisurely Sunday afternoon drives. Oh, no; the Black Series is a track-bred monster. Don't think so? Well, let's put it this way: when was the last time you heard of a Mercedes offering the back seat as an option?

Video: Polish Supercar Gets Down to Business

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Polish Supercar Gets Down to Business test 2

About two months ago, we reported with much shock that Poland has its very own supercar—okay, perhaps "very own" is too strong, since the styling is inspired by [ripped off] Lamborghini, and its engine is all- American. Still, though the eastern European nation that finds itself at more than its share of bad jokes has a supercar that it can call its own.

Since that unveil, we've been itching (or not really thinking about) how this car performs. Question [or lack thereof] answered.

Batman Keeps The Tumbler

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Batman Keeps The Tumbler test 2

There aren't many cars more bad-ass than the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Except the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's first two installments of Batman movies is one such vehicle. In fact, that car is more bad-ass than nearly anything with four wheels, though the Marauder would certainly give it a run for its money.

Since Batman is invariably more bad-ass than alter ego Bruce Wayne, he drives the Tumbler. And, as some new photos of the film set confirm, he's going to continue driving the Tumbler in the next Batman movie.

Camaro 'Zed-L1' Official Release [video]

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 2:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Camaro ZL1 test 2

It’s a party and I’ll cry if I want to. At the Camaro Homecoming in Oshawa, Ontario, Chevrolet exposed the crowd to a physical manifestation of the company’s latest and greatest muscle machine: the ZL1. By now, the specs of the ZL1 have reached the eyes and ears of enthusiasts around the globe, but few have actually heard the vehicle’s robust dual mode exhaust note or had the opportunity to drool over the suede-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel. That’s all about to change.

The ZL1’s Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser (with a last name seemingly destined for engineering) shows us some of the best features of Chevy’s latest Mustang killer. Oppenheiser suggests that over 1/3 of the original SS model has been changed to create the ZL1—which he affectionately labels ‘Zed-L1’.

WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron test 2

I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.