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Mercedes SLC: It's About Time!

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mercedes SLC:  It's About Time! test 1-1

It seems a bit long overdue, but it has finally been confirmed that Mercedes is finally building a Porsche/Corvette fighting sports coupe. Sure the SLK Roadster is a lot of fun, but the fact of the matter is it just can’t compete on the track with anything more than 250 horsepower. Even with its new redesign, it’s a fun car, but real enthusiasts aren’t going to flock towards it, no matter how pretty. On the other end of the spectrum, the drop-dead gorgeous high-end SLS AMG is a premium blend bruiser. Unlike the mass produced SLK, the SLS AMG is too exotic, and far too expensive for most enthusiasts to afford, or to drive with any amount of regularity (presuming they want to preserve it to any extent). So Mercedes has solved that problem by creating car in between the two that will be called the SLC.


Retro-Styled Spada Codatronca Monza One-Off Gets Specs

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 2:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


Retro-Styled Spada Codatronca Monza One-Off Gets Specs test 1-1

Originally unveiled back at the Top Marques Monaco in April, the open-topped Spada Codatronca Monza now has a little more detail behind it. And everything we're seeing is absolutely impressive.


SSC Close To Naming The 'Ultimate Aero II' Supercar

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:46AM | By: Chris Weiss


SSC Close To Naming The 'Ultimate Aero II' Supercar test 1-1

Should the Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero II make good on its promise of 275 miles per hour, it will place the Ultimate Aero in the ranks of world-record-breaking supercars. The entire world will read its name in newspapers and record books, but what name they'll be reading remains unclear.

Introduced last fall, the car has become popularly known as the Ultimate Aero II. Only Shelby Supercars isn't planning on keeping that name. After all, this is an all-new car; it doesn't look, feel or perform exactly like the original Ultimate Aero, so why should it be considered v 2.0? A car this radical needs a name all its own.


Crack That Piggy Bank: Chrysler Declares Pricing For 2012 SRTs

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 test 2

True to SRT form, utterly lacking in nonsense, Chrysler has decided to announce the entire pricing scheme for all 2012 SRTs made. In a time of excessive photo teasing and ads which sell an ‘image’ rather than a vehicle, Chrysler’s decision to release all the information in a single move comes off as both bold and refreshing. Indeed, perhaps that’s what makes the entire SRT lineup so tempting. Each vehicle is recklessly straight-to-the-point—even a little barbaric, roaring down Main Street USA with tires shredding through each gear. And that’s why we love American muscle.


 

Kia Gets Juice: Two V-8 Concepts Coming in Next Year

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


Kia Gets Juice: Two V-8 Concepts Coming in Next Year test 1-1

Korean cars have really come a long way in the past few decades. Growing up, I remember the brand "Hyundai" being equivalent to "cheap, Korean junk." But, more recently, Hyundai has established itself as a manufacturer of award-winning and even luxurious automobiles like the Equus and Genesis. It's a whole 'nother Hyundai.


BMW Launches Interactive Art Car Site

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW Launches Interactive Art Car Site test 2

For more than 35 years, the BMW art car has been an institution of both the art and auto worlds. A total of 17 artists have been commissioned by BMW to create the perfect harmony between auto and artwork. Artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Jenny Holzer have created past versions of the art car, and all can now be found on an interactive website just launched by BMW.


Rumor: De Tomaso Pantera Coming In Frankfurt

On: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss


Rumor: De Tomaso Pantera Coming In Frankfurt test 1-1

De Tomaso has admitted its next car is on the way later this year, but has yet to announce when exactly it will be unveiled. Up until this week, the LA Auto Show had been the popular rumor, but German publication Auto Bild reports that it may just come a few months earlier. According to the magazine, we can expect to see it in about two months.


Leno Drives Something Old And Something New [Video]

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 4:02PM | By: Chris Salamone


Leno Drives Something Old And Something New test 2

One of the perks of being an insanely popular TV personality is the pecuniary success to build and run your own garage, packed with automotive gems past and present. One of the perks of having a personal car collection, while maintaining celebrity status, is that major auto brands like VW are more than happy to oblige your urge to test drive their latest toys. Jay Leno proves that point in his latest article, showcasing a test drive of the oldest surviving VW Beetle followed by an upcoming 2012 model. Watching the video, it’s easy to see how much Leno respects and cherishes classic cars. However, his enthusiasm for the latest Beetle appears equally colorful—and with good reason. Leno pushed his test vehicle in excess of 130 mph.


Six-Wheeled Covini C3A Runs Goodwood, To Be Joined By Race And Eco Versions

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


Six-Wheeled Covini C3A Runs Goodwood, To Be Joined By Race And Eco Versions test 1-1

The oddity that is the Covini C3A became the first six-wheeled supercar to make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The insect of supercars attracted much attention at the event, leaving people wondering why the Italian automaker chose to build a car with two extra wheels.


M-B Officially Gets Smart, Though The Decision To Do So Might Not Be

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 2:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Yes, the decision has been made to transfer U.S. distribution of smart cars to Mercedes-Benz, relieving Penske Automotive of its duty to tender ridiculous cars that nobody in this country wants to buy.

What, you didn’t know? Yup, the same Penske that sells just about every brand, including Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Alpina and, well, everything else, has had the pleasure(?) to carry the smart brand here in the U.S. since 2008.

Lucky them.


Mercedes Unmasks Its All-New 2012 M-Class

On: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10AM | By: Andrew W Davis


2012 ML350 4MATIC test 2

Mercedes has introduced the third generation of its middle-child SUV, the 2012 M-Class (which—FYI—is actually badged “ML” for some reason).

The vehicle that "began the industry trend toward SUVs with a more car-like ride” is all-new for 2012, though many of the changes (it being one inch longer and a half-inch wider, for instance) won’t register with the average consumer.

Fortunately for all involved, however, some of the major changes Mercedes made include its "striking" new styling, a new transmission, a new iPad Docking Station and more.

[The model that I can afford, however, is still in development. Apparently. Mercedes-Benz will not comment on the matter.]