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M6 Gran Coupe: The Perfect Compromise?

On: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 4:32PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

M6 Gran Coupe: The Perfect Compromise? test 2

If some is good, more must be better right? Well, maybe. It seems that at least in the minds of BMW execs, that theory has gotten some traction (pun intended). Understandably, BMW figures that if a potential buyer is going to drop a significant sum of cash on a luxury car, it should be exactly what they want. Enter the BMW M6 Gran Coupe -- a perfect halfway point for that indecisive speed freak that just can't decide between an M5 and an M6.    

The M6 Gran Coupe, the newest model to join BMW's M lineup, should quite literally have been badged the M5.5 or perhaps the M5 1/2. It stands to reason that a car that is almost exactly half of two cars should split the difference, at least in our minds. Need more evidence before you support our M5.5 nameplate? No problem. How about the fact that the Gran Coupe does look like an M6 from the rear, but looks suspiciously like an M5 sedan from a profile view, while the front clip could very easily be confused for either or the M5 or M6. Also, consider this: The M6 Gran Coupe sits perfectly on the wheelbase of none other than the M5.

Endurance Racing Returns To Florida With 61st Sebring 12 Hour Classic

On: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 3:45PM | By: David Walter

61st Sebring 12 Hour Classic test 2

Next month, the Sebring International Raceway – one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the country – will once again host America’s premier sports car endurance race. The 61st Sebring 12 Hour Classic begins Wednesday, March 13th, and it all leads up to Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Five different classes of competition for both prototype and GT entries will race during the week – rumor is that we might see the new Viper SRT team! 

Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg For Tenth Year

On: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:35PM | By: David Walter

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Only a few days after announcing their first event of 2013, the Festivals of Speed announced their second event of the new year. This is good news for those of us outside of the Jacksonville area.

April 5th, the Festivals of Speed returns to St. Petersburg for the tenth year. The weekend’s events begin that Friday with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. There you’ll find the world’s most exotic vehicles, delicious foods and drinks, live jazz music and both a live and silent auction all in one place!

Sunday, the 7th, the main event will take place in downtown St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Marina. Expect to see hundreds of exotics vehicles; fine wine, spirits, food, and cigars; and luxurious jewelry and timepiece displays.

For more information about the event, read the press release below.

Honda Recalls 748,000 Cars!

On: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Honda has announced a massive recall of two of their most popular models -- the Odyssey minivan and the Pilot SUV. In what seems to be a fairly simple production mistake, at least one of the rivets that holds the airbag module to the airbag cover may be missing from the car. The missing rivet may negatively affect the deployment of the airbag in the case of a crash, and result in further injury or even death to the occupant under the wrong circumstances. 

Honda has said it will begin to notify owners starting next month, and will bring in the cars in question to have them inspected and serviced for free if rivets are in fact, missing. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 with questions or to set up an appointment. Read on for the full report.


History Of The Corvette LT1

On: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:53PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

The New Corvette LT1, Historically Speaking test 2

As is no big surprise by now, the next Corvette is on its way and the world is a better place for it. The C7 aims to be a better than the current Corvette in just about any way it can, and from the looks of things, it just might accomplish that goal. One of the biggest contributors to any vehicle's success or failure is, of course, its engine. And when it comes to sports cars, the engine factor is exponentially more important than in say, your average entry-level subcompact.

Designated as the LT1, the heart of the C7 certainly looks like a success on paper -- an all-aluminum 6.2-liter pushrod V8 (thank the heavens), variable valve timing, an amazing 11.5:1 compression ratio, direct-injection (which is a first for a pushrod engine), and of course the matching 450/450 horsepower/torque rating which is nothing short of glorious. All of these figures, you are bound to see over and over in the coming months, and the LT1 will be heralded as the crown jewel of the Corvette kingdom. What you may not know however, is exactly where this LT1 sits in the GM small-block lineage, and just how far back the General harked for its newest engine's name.

GM Recalls 54,000 Trucks!

On: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:04PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Recalls 54,000 Trucks! test 2

In yet another recall, GM has decided to call back 12 different models from three different companies under its umbrella totaling a massive 54,686 cars in all. It was only a few weeks ago that GM issued a similar recall for several of its non-SUV models, and now the bigger trucks are suffering from the same issue. It seems that Chevy Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe, GMC Savanna, Sierra, Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade models may have a faulty park lock cable or a defective steering column gear that could result in the vehicle shifting out of Park with little or no warning, even when the car is not running or the brake is not depressed.  This could result in a very bad day for the driver, passengers, surrounding pedestrians, or all of the above.

GM has said they will bring the defective models back and replace any defective parts for free. Owners will begin to begin to be notified this month. Read on for the full report.

Festivals Of Speed Announces First Event Of 2013 - Ameilia Island, FL

On: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:59PM | By: David Walter

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The Festivals of Speed has announced their first event of 2013. Saturday, March 9th, some of the world's finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcyles, aircraft and watercraft will gather at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort (just outside of Jacksonville, Florida).

The event kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception where enthusiasts can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wine and spirits, delicious foods, smooth jazz, and fashion displays. The main event features more than 250 examples of the most exotic transportation on the planet.

Read on for more details.

Your Veyron Is Slow!

On: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 3:50PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Your Veyron Is Slow! test 2

So for the precious few of you that were silly enough to drop the $1.1 million on the first generation of Veyron back in 2005, boy you must feel pretty stupid right about now. You must have thought that with 1,001 horsepower coming out of your quad-turbo W16 engine, you were nearly invincible right? And you probably also figured that your car's 253 mph top speed, which was the world record for a production car, was going to stand the test of time, didn't you? Or maybe you thought that with a 0-62 mph time of 2.46 seconds, you were king of world forever, right? Wrong.

Just a few years later, it turns out that Bugatti has decided to put their original Veyron to shame. While, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport a few years ago upped the ante a bit, the newest iteration of the baddest production car on Earth just got exponentially nastier. Dubbed in what we wholeheartedly believe to be the epitome of redundancy, the newest Bugatti will be named the Super Veyron.

Subaru Recalls 633,000 Cars!

On: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 5:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Subaru Forester test 2

Subaru has issued a massive recall of 633,842 vehicles spanning six years and four of their well-known models. Certain Tribeca models from 2006 through 2012, as well Legacy and Outback from 2010 through 2012, and Forester models from 2009 through 2012 have all been recalled due to faulty puddle lights located under the doors of the vehicles. Subaru says that up to 53,999 of these vehicles could have been equipped with these lights, which are susceptible to a short circuit if they are exposed to certain road conditions (such as salt and water resulting from wintery conditions). A short circuit in these conditions could result in the plastic panels these lights are mounted in to melt or even catch fire.

Subaru said it will contact owners to begin bringing cars in next month for a free fix.  Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Read on for the full report.

Review: 2013 Ford Focus ST

On: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:24PM | By: Jon Summers

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The 2013 Focus ST is a new model for US customers, and a replacement for a well-loved – and quite big selling – European Focus ST. The comparison is important, since Ford says that European and US spec Focus ST are to be the same; indeed, in the spirit of the original Taurus SHO, only a 6 speed stick shift is on offer.

The outgoing European Focus ST was based on the second generation Focus which did not come to the US. These STs were lovable cars, their low-grade plastic interiors offset by rorty, spirited driving characteristics, and using a derivation of Volvo’s 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 5, not the 2.0 litre turbocharged inline 4 found in the 2013 model. Indeed, this tester often thought a Focus ST would be an ideal daily driver in Europe, so the arrival of a new, Euro-spec Focus ST on US shores was cause for some excitement.

Innovative Fastback System Creates Transformer Sports Car

On: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It would seem that the market is ripe for a car that shifts shapes between popular models. Over the past year, we've seen concepts that allude to the possibilities, including the Magna Steyr MILA Coupic and Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top, both of which used innovative two-part roof systems to transform from hatchback to pickup truck to convertible. Industrial design firm Xelestine presents a system that provides an even more radical transformation - sports coupe to station wagon to pickup truck.