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Bid On The World's Oldest-Known Bespoke Bentley To Book-End Your Brooklands

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


1921 Bentley; Photoillustration by Author test 2

When it comes to the winners of the world’s major automotive-endurance races, it’s usually the cars that have won the 24 at Le Sarthe that command the most respect and highest prices.

When buying a classic Bentley—cars once famously derided in-period by no less than Ettore Bugatti as the “world’s fastest trucks”—the same applies. And though you may not know it by looking at their modern line-up, Bentley was chief ass-kicker at Le Mans once upon a time, winning the full-day racing event outright four CONSECUTIVE times, 1927-1930.

Those winning “trucks”—and certain of their contemporaries—would easily be multimillion-plus-dollar cars if ever they were sold at auction, which they VERY rarely are. But those are the genesis for Bentley’s RACING heritage. What about the company itself? What would the VERY FIRST “bespoke” Bentley be worth? We’re about to find out…


Scion Introduces Is Latest Release: The 2012 tC RS 7.0

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Andrew W Davis


2012 Scion tC Release Series 7.0 coupe test 2

Though it’s nowhere near as exciting as the (supposedly) forthcoming FT-86, Scion’s “original” coupe is nonetheless getting its mojo upgraded as the latest vehicle in the brand’s “Release Series,” the 2012 “tC Release Series 7.0” coupe.

In a combination of numbers that will cause most to re-read their press release, Scion calls the 7.0 the “first release series for the second generation tC sports coupe.” Due out “this summer,” the “tC RS 7.0” (as they abbreviate it) comes with all sorts of thingies and doodads and a special paint color and the like.

Look, I’ll just let Toyota—I mean SCION—lay it out for you…


Big Surprise: Toyota Announces Yet Another Recall

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Photoillustration by author test 2

It’s over. Simple as that. Toyota’s reputation for being the go-to brand for thrifty reliability-seeking folks is over, opening the door for other makes to fill the gap.

This latest “voluntary safety recall” is on “certain 2006 and 2007 model year Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h vehicles” and involves 85,500 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h SUVs—45,500 in the U.S., Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico, plus 15k in Europe and a little over 11k in Japan—being recalled “because some transistors were inadequately soldered.”

To see what that might mean for you, read on…


Jaguars At Speed And As Sculpture During Goodwood Festival Of Speed

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:06PM | By: Andrew W Davis


2012 Jaguar XKS-R test 2

Jaguar—in the finest fighting-shape it's been in since the days of its world-ruling D-Types, continues to raise the performance bar only to use it as just another rung on its ladder to ever-greater heights of vehicular ass-whuppin'.

Latest in this powerful-product onslaught is the 2012 XKR-S, which—along with a variety of other vintage and modern Jags—will represent the sign of the cat at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed where the brand is “honored as the featured marque.”

Though billed as “the fastest Jaguar in a generation,” the XKR-S will nonetheless have some seriously stiff competition from its predecessors during the event’s most famous feature, the “action on the notorious Goodwood Hill.”  

And who among us couldn’t use a little action?


 

Porsche To Launch Sub-Boxster Roadster

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 1:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche To Launch Sub-Boxster Roadster  test 2

Want a Porsche without much of the Porsche? Stuttgart is reportedly planning on bringing back a sub-Boxster entry level roadster that will be the spiritual successor to the 356. According to an AutoBild report, it will launch within three years or so.

The new roadster, which is being called the 550, is rumored to be under development for a summer 2014 debut. It will base about 8,000 euros below the Boxster at 39,000 euros ($55,400). Along with price, the entry level Porsche will lose considerable horsepower from the Boxster, dropping down to around 200 ponies by way of a small, 1.6-liter flat-six turbo. That engine will be mounted in the middle of the car.


Pre-Production Mini Coupe Pricing And Pics, Oh My

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:44AM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Mini Coupe test 2

A full seven months prior to production, Mini has released loads of pictures and statistics about the upcoming two-seater Mini Coupe. Although we saw official teaser photos earlier this month of a seemingly camouflaged pre-production vehicle, these new pics claim to be actual photos of the Mini Coupe which is expected to land on US soil this fall; and timing couldn’t be better. Since the contemporary version of the Mini Cooper hit the consumer market it seems like these once-cheeky clown cars just keep getting more expensive, less fun, and let’s be honest—less Mini.

However, this new coupe looks to draw from some of the grandeur of days past with decidedly less volume and a reasonable, albeit still high, price tag. In the United States, the Coupe will come in all three currently available trim levels: Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, and the John Cooper Works Coupe.


Money, Modern Muscle, And A Monstrocity Meet At Bonhams Wally Lewis Sale

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:51PM | By: Andrew W Davis


1994 Gazelle-Pinto; Photoillustration by author test 2

In the stuff-selling world there’s a definite hierarchy. At the bottom you have the worthless tchotchke hawkers of eBay, and at the top are the established, old-world auction houses that have lot fees with more zeros than the price of the actual thing anywhere else.

Right at the tippy-top of THAT pile are firms like Bonhams. Founded in 1793—no, that 7 isn’t supposed to be a 9—this ''privately owned British auction house'' is ''one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognised [sic, silly Brits] worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques, and collectors' market.''

So why the hell are they selling—between sales of ''Fine English Furniture'' and ''Art & Antiques''—a Ford Pinto-based kit car from 1994?

Blame Wally.


Scarce Tire Supplies Costing Automakers

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:52PM | By: Tim Healey


Scarce Tire Supplies Costing Automakers test 1-1

Thanks to plant closings and a surging demand for specialty tires, North American automakers are finding the costs for tires rising quickly.

With some tire plants now being shuttered, and low-volume specialty tires now in higher demand, tire makers have now gained leverage in terms of pricing, which is costing automakers more. Price increases from last year have hit the double-digit percentage range.

Tire makers say they can't keep up with demand, but the shortage doesn't appear to be affecting automaker's production plans. Still, automakers are trying hard to make sure they have enough supply on hand.

One automaker official estimates it will take a year or so for the shortage to clear up.


The $2.3 Million Pagani Zonda F Final Edition

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


The $2.3 Million Pagani Zonda F Final Edition  test 2

The Huayra is preparing to officially take over as Pagani's flagship car. Overall that's a great thing; the Huayra is curvier, more powerful, and overall refined from the Zonda. Onwards and upwards. But you still have to be a little sentimental over the end of the Zonda era. It was, after all, Pagani's first offering, cementing the Argentinean/Italian's reputation for rare, exotic hypercars.

Well, if you're currently shedding a tear for the Zonda, there's good news: You have the chance to own one of only about two dozen Zonda F Clubsport Roadster Final Edition models. I should add that you have that chance only if you have an extra $2.3 million ready to devote to a four-wheeled toy.


ZR1 Runs A Ring Around The Competition!

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 2:43PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


ZR1 Runs A Ring Around the Competition!  test 2

It should come as no surprise that when a company builds a fast car, they would very much like it to be the fastest car out there. But, for there to be a unanimous agreement that anyone one car is faster than another, an understanding must first be met about how these cars will be tested. That agreement, my friends, is called the Nurburgring. No, I didn't just pass out and fall face first onto the keyboard. The Nurburgring is basically a track built around the German town of Nurburg (now it makes a little more sense already, I bet). The 'Ring as it's been also called, is not just any track, but is nothing short of being one of if not the meanest, most unbelievably difficult tracks on the face of the Earth. The 'Ring is a 12.8 mile track that can twist, turn, shake, rattle, and roll even the most courageous driver into nothing more than a mess of embarrassment and driving gloves, surrounded by broken glass and crumpled sheet metal. 


Bentley Introduces Its Mulliner More-So For The 2012 Continental GT

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis


2012 Bentley Continental GT with Mulliner Classic Pack test 2

If you were thinking of plopping down your $200k on a new 2012 Bentley Continental GT coupe but felt it was too short on carbon-fiber (or “fibre” as those crazy Brits put it) exterior widgets, Bentley has just the thing for you: its new “Mulliner Styling Specification” gear.

Either in full body-kit form as the “Classic Pack” and/or individually-orderable “design features,” the folks at Crewe have gone carbon-crazy. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’re bypassing the usual ride-pimpers to offer a direct-to-consumer 21-inch “Elegant” alloy wheel option, too.

Now you should be forced to do the right thing and opt for it all at once for “just” $29,459, but seeing as how the Conti is Bentley’s “budget” model, they’re giving you skinflints the option to buy some bits by themselves.

Well, of COURSE I know YOU don’t have to ask, as we can both clearly afford it (all). But for all the plebeians out there, details follow…