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Subaru Updates The BRZ In Frankfurt, But Not Really

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Updates The BRZ In Frankfurt, But Not Really test 2

Another dramatically named Subaru BRZ concept that shows us a whole lot of nothing. Yay. While not quite as dramatically named as past iterations, the BRZ Prologue concept still carries far too heavy a name-to-information ratio. We still don't have an actual car and are left to close our eyes and visualize what this car will look like in "WR Blue Mica". But Subaru did release a few extra details this time around.

Land Rover DC100 Gets Buzz Cut In Frankfurt

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover DC100 Gets Buzz Cut In Frankfurt test 2

I was pretty hard on the DC100 concept when I first saw it. Not so much because it's a terrible concept on its own, but because it's designed as a potential replacement for the Defender. In that role, the DC100 comes up way short. It's not a bad road-centric Rover, but it definitely doesn't convey the sense of adventure and off-road utility that a Defender should.

Well, the loss of a top helps, but doesn't exactly save, the DC100.

Volkswagen Introduces Buggy Up! Concept

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 10:37AM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Introduces Buggy Up! Concept test 2

The Land Rover DC100 Sport isn't the only airy off-roader to make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In a rare instance where an automaker actually waited until the show to reveal a buzzy concept, Volkswagen dropped the Buggy Up! concept during the Frankfurt show.

Subaru Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars!

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Subaru Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars! test 1-1

Although this recall may not seem to pose as dire consequences as some others in recent memory, the fact that Subaru is recalling 195,080 Legacy and Outback models produced in 2010 and 2011 means that the company must have run some figures and realized that the recall is, in fact, cheaper than the potential consequences of not issuing one. It seems that the bottom cover of the wiper motor of these cars is prone to heating up and, potentially, catching fire. Sounds like a great way to turn a rainstorm into a... Uh... firestorm, yeah. Keep reading for all of the recall details.



On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 5:26PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Tireglyphics test 2

If you’ve ever taken a really close look at your tires, you’d probably noticed lots of letters and numbers on the sidewalls. There’s lots of information there and the best way to explain what they mean is to decode the most important numbers found on a tire. In our example, we’ll use 205/65R 15 89V.

Smarts To Descend On The "Dragon" This Weekend. I, Sadly, Must Be Elsewhere.

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 4:24PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author using photo from OutSMARTINGthedragon.com test 2

It has been brought to my attention that I may have alienated some of this site’s potential “fans” through my story (or ten) that MAY have contained some less than laudatory comments regarding the, um, transportation device that hates capital letters, the smart.

So I’m going to play this one more carefully than the others, letting the Smart fans—I still refuse to call them “smart fans” for religious reasons—tell the story (somewhat) themselves.

This, folks, is my serious face.

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$  test 2

I’ve covered the newer-end of the Camaros on sale at Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles auction at the Pheasant Run Resort, but no automotive scribe worth their salt could cover Camaros and not cover those born of its sweetest vintage, 1969.

So, here are that year’s finest fire-breathers, super-powered ’69 Camaros that feature the king of all Camaro motors, the mighty 427-cu.in. V8. Of the seven, only two are “genuine,” but great pains have been taken in constructing all of them to at least seem like they COULD be genuine (which I’m not sure is a good thing).

Still, at least here you’ll be able to see what a REAL Yenko or COPO Camaro will go for even in the face of some pretty convincing fakes. I’ll bet that a lot of 427 Camaro fans could overlook authenticity in favor of having the similar ass-kickitude—at a much cheaper price—in their driveways that these “clones” can provide.

What about you?...

Exterior Detailing

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Exterior Detailing test 2

There’s nothing like putting the shine back in your car’s paint. Not only does the car look better, but you feel better about it and it probably runs better, too. It can be a time-consuming process, but when it’s done correctly, your car will look great and the wax or polish that you use will protect the paint as well.

Most cars today have a two-step paint finish—the base color coat and a protective clearcoat paint. The clearcoat gives the paint depth and a higher gloss, but is a very thin layer. When the clearcoat gets damaged, the color coat underneath doesn’t shine through very clearly. But just like any other paint, clear is just as susceptible to oxidation, staining and, of course, scratches. Acid rain is particularly bad for paint.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 12:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale test 2

One of the last Lamborghini Gallardos that we're likely to see before Lambo's entry level coupe is replaced, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition to lots of extra consonants and vowels, the new Gallardo packs extra power and performance into a gorgeous red package.

Inspired by the race-spec Gallardos that compete in Lamborghini's Blancpain Super Trofeo series, the LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale (damn, that's a mouthful) packs a powerful punch in a street-legal package. You don't have to go far to realize that the new Gallardo gets 10 extra horses over the LP560-4—570 horses drawn from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine at 8,000 rpm. The car delivers 480 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm.

The NSX Rises Again: Honda Confirms A Sports Car Under Development

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

The NSX Rises Again: Honda Confirms A Sports Car Under Development test 2

Toyota has the Lexus LFA. Nissan has the GT-R. Currently, the only member of the Japanese Big 3 to not have its own flagship sports car is the one that boasted the top Japanese sports car a short decade ago. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Acura NSX was the supercar from Japan. And not too long after its discontinuation in 2005, rumors of a successor began popping up regularly. Now, Honda has confirmed that it is indeed working on a new flagship sports car.

According to Autocar, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito confirmed that the automaker is working on an NSX successor on the night before the Frankfurt Motor Show began.

Fisker Goes Surfing

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Goes Surfing test 2

Love it or leave it, it looks like we're going to have to get used to high-end shooting brakes. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari created a stir—and some conflicting opinions--with the FF. And now, green sports car staple Fisker has made its own statement with the Surf Concept, a range-extending hybrid shooting brake based on the Karma.