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Collect Sobbing Tissues In Advance, The Next Gen Brabus E 800 Cabriolet

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Chris Salamone

Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet test 2

Brabus seems to push the bounds of automotive excellence every now and again. Not surprisingly, this year’s super mod of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is no exception. What is surprising, however, is how unbelievably awesome this next gen Brabus really is. The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet begins as a pedestrian Mercedes E-Class Convertible. Then something nearly magical happens… a bi-turbo 6.3 liter V12 engine falls from the sky to deliver a scintillating 788 horsepower and an electronically limited 811 lb.-ft. of torque. Yes, that’s limited.

As you can imagine, this car isn’t for the faint of heart or wallet. Pricing starts at $681,200. In exchange for so much cash, drivers can pull 3.7 second 0-60 mph times—and, of course, 0-185 mph in just over 23 seconds. Assuming you can manage to maintain control, the Brabus 800 E will run out of juice around 231 mph.

Official Word: V12 Zagato On Sale And Overpriced

On: Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 8:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Official Word: V12 Zagato On Sale And Overpriced test 1-1

Well, it's really no surprise at this point, but the Aston Martin V-12 Zagato is officially headed to production. Aston made the announcement earlier this week and provided pricing and availability information for the limited edition, V-12-Vantage-based creation.

Joss JP1 Supercar Gets A Little More Official

On: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 9:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

Joss JP1 Supercar Gets A Little More Official test 1-1

One day, if I ever became incredibly rich, I'm going to take a supercar tour of the world. It seems like every major country has a supercar these days, and it would be fun to test them one by one to see which nationality offers the best combination of power, speed, handling, engineering, design, comfort, etc. Then I'd purchase my self-tested winner (or maybe winners) and have it shipped back here to my massive garage in the U.S.

That tour will soon have to include a stop down under, because he Joss JP1 (aka Australia's supercar) is moving closer to production. A prototype version was recently shown at the Australian International Motor Show.

Leaf Beats Volt In Six-Month Sales

On: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 8:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Leaf test 2

Well this is a bit of a turtle-vs-hare outcome. The Nissan Leaf, which spent its first few months lagging well behind the Chevy Volt in terms of sales, actually came out the victor in six-month sales total. And it did it by a pretty comfortable margin.

The Leaf and Volt are natural rivals having been two high-profile, mass-market plug-ins that hit the market within days of each other last December. After being handily beaten the first few months, the Leaf had its first victory in April, when it sold 573 to 493 Volts. It beat the Volt more decisively in May, selling 1,142 to 481, but as of the start of last month, was still lagging just behind the Volt in total sales.


GM Debuts New Standard Feature: Auto Insurance Coverage

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 5:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Auto Insurance test 2

Remember when you were an innocent teenager saving up for your first car? Whether by way of summer job; steady, part-time work; or birthday and Christmas presents, you tucked the money away and watched your bank account grow from double digits, to triple to quadruple. You dreamt about the sporty, luxurious used car you'd soon be able to buy.

Another Camaro Transformers Edition Rolls Out

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Camaro Transformers Special Edition test 2

As a general rule, I avoid movies starring Shia Labeouf—with the exception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… for better or worse. Even so, as a car enthusiast, it is almost impossible to resist the temptation of Transformers. In light of that fact, Chevrolet saw fit to create a Transformers Special Edition Camaro back in 2010 and now plans to release a 2012 version. A bright yellow Camaro steals the show in the Transformers latest installment, Dark of the Moon. In conjunction with the release of this box-office summer hit, Chevy announced the specifics for the upcoming 2012 edition.

Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition test 2

After taking home a victory at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Audi decided that the thrill of victory just wasn't big enough. Instead, it needed a full-on car to encapsulate the moment. That car is the all-new R8 V8 Limited Edition.

The car gets a touch of racing blood in the form of the GT-inspired 19-inch alloy wheels. Those titanium-look wheels are offset by bright red brake calipers and the car itself can be painted in exclusive bare-metal-look gray or any standard R8 color.

Saab 9-4X: The New Kid In A Crowded Class

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:49AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Saab 9-4X 1 test 2

As if the SUV market did not already resemble 40 students packed into a 20-chair classroom, Saab is transferring their newest pupil, the 9-4X into one of the most cut-throat, jam-packed segments out there.

The 9-4X is a full-sized SUV that represents the last project General Motors and Saab will have in common now that their partnership is over. Now, that sheet metal might look a little familiar to some and there is a good reason why. Old habits die hard, and GM has always had the mindset that two are better than one, even if both of those two are almost identical. The 9-4X will be built in Mexico with its two-year-older brother (and classmate), the Cadillac SRX.

Mitsubishi Launches Evo Experience II Add-On At Infineon

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Jim Russell Evo Experience school 1 test 2

Mitsubishi Motors America has announced the literal next level in tire-torturing with the “Lancer Evolution Experience II,” the newly-available follow-up to the carmaker’s original Evo-driving course through the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

[OK, they call it “Infineon Raceway” now, but it will always be Sears Point to me.]

Anyhoo, this offers Evo geeks—and the general public—the chance to REALLY scare the wee out of themselves behind the wheel of a specially-prepared Evolution X in an additional intensive day of instruction.

But before you go and assume that this is the typical “follow-the-leader” or “we’re lapping for fun, so no stopwatches here” driving school, I have two words for you: “Time Attack.”

Flying Car Gets A Couple Thumbs Up From Government

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

Terrafugia Flying Car test 2

Look outside your window onto any crowded street or city sidewalk and you'll see throngs of disappointed adults. They may not show it on their faces at all times; they may even appear happy and jovial. But don't be fooled; they're disappointed deep down.

Thanks to cartoons and television programs like The Jetsons, these adults grew up with expectations of driving around skyways in flying vehicles. Not planes, but flying cars that could replace slower, more tedious ground driving. And, as of the year 2011, not so much as a single, multi-million-dollar flying car-for-the-stars exists.

FPV's Blacked-Out, Supercharged 5.0-liter Mustang GT

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

FPV—Supercharged 5.0-liter Mustang GT  test 2

The Australian International Motor Show is typically just a tad too far 'down under' to play out like a Geneva or Paris in terms of scores of awesome concepts, supercars and new production models. But don't think there's no hot, new hardware coming out of Melbourne. The show is going on now, and to prove that there are some exciting dream cars on our favorite island continent, Ford Australia's tuning arm, Ford Performance Vehicles, debuted a fully black Mustang that it calls its "first-ever concept car."