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Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior test 2

When it debuted in 2009, the Bugatti 16C Galibier was an unlikely marriage of ultra-premium sedan and 800-hp supercar. The concept was basically a stretched out, slightly detuned Veyron with an interior expensive enough to make a multi-billionaire blush. Such an odd car was bound to polarize auto fans, and, from the opinions that I've read, that's exactly what happened. Some were enamored with the polished aluminum-and-carbon theme, winged engine bay, and incomparably luxurious interior. Others saw an eyesore excessive and unattractive enough to bring back a serious debate on socialist reform.

Well, today we have some equally divisive news: Bugatti is still pursuing Galibier development, but plans some significant changes as it moves from concept to production.

More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar test 2

It's a rather ambiguous time to be a diehard Porsche fan. On the one hand, you've spent the better part of the decade watching Porsche water down what was once a hardcore sports car brand with offerings like the Cayenne, Panamera, and upcoming Cajun. On the other hand, Porsche has committed to building its first supercar since the ever-exciting 959 and may very well be building a second car above and beyond the 911 range. It's a real bit of give-and-take.

While Porsche has yet to publicly commit to that last sports car, more and more details are starting to emerge.

Toyota Ku:Rin Sets Record For Compressed Air Vehicle

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 4:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Ku:Rin Sets Record For Compressed Air Vehicle test 2

Looking at the Ku:Rin, I thought to myself that it looks like the type of streamliner that you'd see out on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Actually, first I thought "What the hell is that colon doing in the middle of the car's name, and am I going to have to write that every time?!" Then I thought that it looks like a streamliner.

Well, I was both right and wrong. The Ku:Rin is indeed a world-record breaking car, but its record is a modest 80 mph. Because it runs on a unique fuel: air compression.

Toyota To Get Back On Its Feet After Earthquake

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota To Get Back On Its Feet After Earthquake test 2

After being thoroughly ravaged by natural disaster—and having a little salt thrown in its wounds courtesy of Nissan—Toyota plans to have its sales back on track by next month. The automaker told Bloomberg that vehicle inventory at U.S. dealerships is moving back toward normal levels.


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.

Audi And FX Unveil Their Odd "Untitled Jersey City Project"

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:42PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I'm confused.

Audi and FX Networks have posted all eight installments—or "eight short-form episodes" that are "fragments of a larger story"—of their "Untitled Jersey City Project", a, um... project they plan to show on television as "eight, two-minute episodes during FX's Sunday primetime movies." But this is not the confusing part.

This is: It is described in press releases as a "jointly developed 16-minute short-form original drama featuring the all-new 2012 Audi A6", though it is actually a rotten Sopranos/Brotherhood rip-off that offers more screen time to the now-passed Ford Crown Victoria than any Audi (and when it DOES show the Audi it's being driven recklessly). Wait a second...

The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Kid With The Big Head: Honda Debuts New CR-V test 2

Growing up I had a friend with an oversized head. He was the shortest among my friends, yet his head was probably the largest. Massive head, small body.

The minute I looked at the new CR-V concept Honda debuted this week, I thought of him. That cabin just reminds me of a forehead that never ends, looking just as oversized and gawky as a kid with a big head. It feels like that windshield should end a few millimeters—or feet—lower, and the roofline should start descending a little sooner.

Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses test 2

The Nissan GT-R may very well be the best bang-for-the-buck supercar of its generation. The 2012 GT-R screams off the line and hits 62 mph in three seconds flat, barely losing out to the $380,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (2.9 seconds), despite its $90,000 price tag. That's a lot of performance for not that much coin.

If new reports turn out to be accurate, Nissan plans to up only the GT-R's value, boosting horsepower by 40-hp in the 2013 model.

Ford Builds A New Explorer (And Driving School) Out Of Bricks. LEGOS, That Is.

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis

LEGOLAND-bound Ford Explorer test 2

While the original Explorer looked (and handled) like a brick, this is the first time Ford has actually built one OUT of bricks.

It's true. Somehow, in between building ACTUAL Fords, the folks at the firm's Chicago Assembly Plant found the time to put 380,000 LEGO bricks together atop a 768-pound aluminum support base to create a full-size mostly-red Explorer simulacrum.

That it weighs 2,654 lbs. and took 22 designers and more than 2,500 man-hours to create is interesting. But it’s where it’s headed that really matters.

The Most-Stolen Used Cars

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 5:07PM | By: Peter C Sessler

The Most Stolen Used Cars test 2

The economy is bad and everybody’s talking about it. But not to worry—if preliminary stats from the FBI crime division hold true, last year will have seen the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967. The most recent FBI crime statistics predict a 7.2-percent reduction in theft since 2009—the lowest rate in more than 40 years.

Now, that is really low, especially if you lived in the 1960s. The population was about 180 million vs. 305 million today and the number of cars considerably less than today. So, car theft must have been horrific back then.

Class Action Lawsuit Against Mercedes

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When you invest in an expensive, high-end luxury car like a Mercedes, the last thing you really want is for your engine to wear out quickly. Unless, of course, you're so rich that you are looking for any excuse to buy a new car—in which case, you could just buy a new car whether your engine wears out or not. You especially don't want your engine to wear out if the car you bought isn't only a Mercedes, but a high-performance, high-priced Mercedes from the AMG division.

Well, a group of owners has apparently suffered from quick engine wear and is suing Mercedes-Benz USA, Daimler AG, and Mercedes-AMG.