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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Jeep Pickup Is Here... Kind Of

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

NuKizer 715 test 2

Rumors of a pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler have been surfacing for years. Chrysler is still thought to be considering the model and only stoked the flames when it introduced a Mopar special edition called the NuKizer 715 at last year's Easter Jeep Safari. Fiat/Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne was later quoted as strongly supporting that model for production, and the jeep/off-road world has waited for official word ever since.

Well, we now have an official Jeep pickup. Only it's not a production Wrangler pickup, but an aftermarket conversion kit offered by Mopar. Still, it's a step in the right direction.

Corvette's 100th Birthday Special Editon

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Corvette's 100th Birthday Special Editon  test 2

Automakers just love birthdays, especially when they're nice round numbers. So when you have an icon like the Chevy Corvette and you have a 100th birthday, you just know there's a special edition coming.

Okay, as you've probably figured out, the Corvette hasn't been around for 100 years. But Chevy has. And what better way to celebrate than by making its heralded flagship just a little more special? It's the Corvette Centennial Edition and it's coming to dealerships this summer.

Sneak Peak: 2011 Mopar Charger

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

2011 Mopar Charger  test 2

Earlier this week, we got a preview of the latest Jeeps outfitted by Mopar, Chrysler's aftermarket parts arm. Well, Mopar's prowess isn't limited to trucks and off-roaders; it has plenty to offer Chrysler-group cars, too. One of those cars will debut around the same time as Mopar's Moab Jeeps—later this month at the New York Auto Show. It's the Mopar-ized 2011 Dodge Charger.

Mopar has been pretty picture-happy this week and has been less willing to divulge hard information on its latest special editions. So we don't have a whole lot of explanation to go by, meaning we'll have to fend for ourselves with our own eyes.

LupiniPower Makes BMW M3 Pickup Rival: SuperUte

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

LupiniPower test 2

It looks like the joke is on BMW once again. Not only did the car paparazzi ruin BMW's big April Fool's prank (the M3 pickup), but now LupiniPower, a South African tuner, has used that model as a jumping point to advertise its own juiced-up pickup car: a supercharged pickup called the Chevy SuperUte SS. The car is more powerful than the M3, though probably not as luxurious inside.

LupiniPower's head honcho Michele Lupini repurposes the M3 prank-pickup: "It is hugely gratifying to note that M has taken note of a need for such top-end pick-up vehicles, although we do also need to point out that SuperUte is certainly no joke—our development cycle is now close to being completed and we'll soon be ready to deliver."


New Jeep/Mopar Wranglers Teased

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 4:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop test 2

Easter is divided along car/truck lines if you're an automobile fan. For car enthusiasts, it means the New York Auto Show is in town. And for truck/4WD enthusiasts, it means the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. We've heard plenty of reports and rumors relating to the former, and this week, we received a first peek at the latter. Jeep/Mopar teased a few of the new special editions that it will unveil at the 45th Easter Jeep Safari later this month.

New Ferrari Book Priced Like an Actual Ferrari

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Ferrari Opus Book test 2

Wow, here's a tough decision: actual Ferrari supercar or giant, coffee-table book detailing Ferrari's history? Decisions, decisions. And the winner is... Car—Every time.

Hoping that least a few customers will either go the other way on that one or have the means to buy both, Opus Media Group of London will release the "The Official Ferrari Opus" for a price of $275,000. And no, the book doesn't come complete with any of the actual Ferrari models featured inside.

The ridiculous, $275,000 price tag is only for the ultra-exclusive "Diamante Edition" of the opus. That edition is the Enzo edition bedazzled with a big Prancing Horse and 30 diamonds on the cover. Though it doesn't come with a car, it does enter buyers into a drawing for a replica F1 race car. Only one of those will be sold in any given country.

BMW Pickup Car = April Fool's Prank

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Well, BMW has come clean, admitting that the M3-based pickup car was indeed test 2

When I first saw spy shots of the now infamous BMW pickup car last week, my first instinct was to check the calendar. "Good, only mid-March, so I wasn't in a Scotch-induced coma for three weeks. But, what is this thing all about?"

A car that weird and out of the blue just smacked of April Fool’s humor. While it wasn't actually April Fool's Day, the fact that the car was spotted just weeks before that holiday pointed to a joke.

Look What the Cat Dragged in: Panzani Design-Tuned Jaguar S-Type

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 2:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Panzani Design-Tuned Jaguar S-Type- test 2

If you're going to resurrect an old car model, at least make it worth everyone's time. This madeover Jaguar S-Type called the Vintage GT is decidedly not worth the effort that made it. It's hideous, and Panzani Design should have let the S-Type rest peacefully. The tuner takes what was once a luxury sedan and turns it into a pudgy, wannabe muscle car. As you can see, the end result is awkwardness epitomized.

Chrysler Still Milking Imported From Detroit Message

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Imported From Detroit Message test 2

I was just starting to forget about Chrysler's heralded "Imported From Detroit" ad. In fact, I bet there are many people who have not only forgotten the ad, but who have forgotten who won the Super Bowl during which the ad debuted. And right on cue, Chrysler has offered a little reminder of its stark, compelling ad campaign with a new line of "Imported From Detroit" clothing.

The clothing gets a brand new logo, which features a [presumably blue collar worker's fist wrapped around the Chrysler wings with the "Imported From Detroit" tagline surrounding it. The logo adorns a line of clothing that includes hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, and beanies.

Japanese Automakers Shutdown To Deal With Earthquake

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 5:15PM | By: Tim Healey

Japanese Automakers Shutdown test 2

Due to complications from the aftermath of the severe earthquake that hit Japan last weekend, the seven largest Japanese automakers are shutting down for a few days.

There are several reasons for the shutdowns. The first centers around the human toll—automakers are giving their employees a chance to track down missing loved ones while regrouping with injured survivors.

There are also business concerns, as well. The quake has disrupted supply lines, and some suppliers who are based in the quake zone have been unreachable. Export shipments might be disrupted, as well, due to tsunamis that devastated ports after the quake.

Another New Lamborghini: Gallardo Tricolore

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 4:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore test 2

The Lamborghini Gallardo is in a rather unenviable position. Not only is it the forgotten older brother of the brand-new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, but despite being older, it's still the baby brother in the Lamborghini hierachy. It's less powerful, less technologically advanced, less performance-oriented, less flashy, and just all around less attractive than the more exciting Aventador.

This is a new problem for the Gallardo. It's always been the 'baby Lambo', but when it was introduced in 2003, at least it was the newest, freshest car in Lamborghini's line. It's more modest price led it to become the most successful Lamborghini of all time, so it doesn't have much to prove, but it's still getting majorly overshadowed by the Aventador.

So Lamborghini has done what any good supercar maker would do: built a special edition Gallardo (likely a number of special edition Gallardos, but there's just the one for now) to restoke interest in its older model. And it hasn't wasted any time: the Gallardo Tricolore has been announced ahead of its official debut later this week.