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BMW Reveals 2012 6-Series

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 2:35PM | By: Tim Healey


2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe test 2

BMW is going to officially launch the 2012 6-Series Coupe at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, but a few journalists have seen the car in Munich ahead of the show. The coupe adds a fixed roof and a Hofmeister Kink to the convertible version.

The coupe's front fascia has LED headlamps and optional triple-element fog lamps. Power comes from a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that makes 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission gets all that power to the rear wheels.


Rumor Mill: Bugatti 16 C Galibier Is A Go

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Bugatti 16 C Galibier  test 2

Well, according to a Bloomberg report, not only has Bugatti decided to build the sedan, it's gotten the blessing from parent company Volkswagen.

Basically a Veyron dressed up in ultra-premium sedan clothing, the Galibier features the Veyron's 8.0-liter W16 engine along with two superchargers. At the time that it introduced the concept, Bugatti called it the "the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world." With its Veyron-based powertrain, excessively luxurious interior, and likely super-million-dollar price tag, it is certainly without a modern rival in terms of elegance and power. Bugatti never specified the output of the Galibier, but it was said to be somewhere between 800-hp and the 1,000-hp of the Veyron 16.4.


Buick Enclave Delivers Where It Counts

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 11:14AM | By: Chuck Arehart


2011 Buick Enclave test 2

When Buick first launched the Enclave nearly four years ago, it was nearly a watershed moment for General Motors. This third vehicle of the then all-new Lambda platform (preceded by the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia) was the best looking and most luxurious of the GM cross-over vehicle trio and set a tone for Buick design.

Enclave continues to deliver where it counts. The CXL-2 with all-wheel drive test vehicle was loaded with the usual barrage of luxury equipment that included heated and air-conditioned front seats, rear-view camera, remote start, Bose sound system, power liftgate, articulating headlamps (with standard high-intensity discharge lighting), and leather seating. Yet, for a sticker price just a couple hundred bucks south of $50k, you would expect power adjustable pedals and some kind of blind spot warning system or at least an integrated blind spot mirror, but those items are MIA.


New Jeep/Mopar Wranglers Teased

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 4:34PM | By: Chris Weiss


New Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop test 2

Easter is divided along car/truck lines if you're an automobile fan. For car enthusiasts, it means the New York Auto Show is in town. And for truck/4WD enthusiasts, it means the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. We've heard plenty of reports and rumors relating to the former, and this week, we received a first peek at the latter. Jeep/Mopar teased a few of the new special editions that it will unveil at the 45th Easter Jeep Safari later this month.


 

BMW Unveils World's Fastest Pickup [Car]

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss


World's Fastest Pickup test 2

As promised, BMW unveiled its M3 pickup at an event in Munich on Friday. BMW calls the model the "world's fastest pickup." If you don't mind the odd mash-up of M3 front fascia, chopped off cab and pickup bed, one could also make the case that it's the world's sexiest pickup. I'd definitely call it the world's sexiest pickup car, if for no other reason than its sheer, against-all-logic originality.

The pickup car first surfaced two weeks ago when a photog snapped some spy shots of it testing on Nurburgring. Speculation pointed to various possibilities as to what BMW was thinking, but eventually the company came clean and admitted the M3 pickup was an April Fool's prank one-off with no hope of production. Yeah, Friday was April Fool's Day if you hadn't realized, so take any weird news you read then with a big, heaping serving of salt.


U.S. Auto Sales Up 17 Percent

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:36PM | By: Tim Healey


U.S. Auto Sales Up 17 Percent test 2

Automotive industry sales numbers for the month of March have been released, and they are pretty good, all things considered. Sales were up 17 percent from March 2010, and the industry is on pace for more than 13 million units sold in 2011. That's still far short of the peak pre-recession years of more than 16 million annual sales, but it's close to the 14-million mark that many consider to be the norm. All this came despite concerns about rising fuel prices and the supply disruptions caused by the natural disasters in Japan.


Volkswagen To Show New Beetle This Month

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 8:32AM | By: Tim Healey


New Beetle Concept Teaser test 2

No one outside of Volkswagen has seen the actual 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from teasing it incessantly, including an ad during this year's Super Bowl. Television talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey even gave away the car to some members of her audience, never mind that it doesn't exist yet, at least not in production form.

The big tease is about to end. Volkswagen plans to reveal the 2012 New Beetle on April 18th, in three locations spanning the globe: Shanghai, New York City, and Berlin.


Domo Arigato, Mr. Zagato: Alfa Romeo TZ3 May Hit Production

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


Alfa Romeo TZ3 test 2

The TZ3 Corsa is an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione-based one-off that was presented at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy last spring. The race car was a privately commissioned special edition designed to celebrate 90 years of cooperation between Zagato, an Italian coach-builder, and Alfa Romeo. At the time, it didn't appear to be anything more than a one-off, but German auto mag Auto Bild reports that the parties involved are considering putting out a very limited edition production run. Only with a rather hefty twist.


Fool's Folly: Subaru's Grand Outback

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru's Grand Outback  test 2

I typically despise April Fool's Day when it comes to news/press releases/official information of any kind. April Fool's is a fun holiday for playing pranks on your younger brother when you're 12 years old, but shouldn't you kind of outgrow it when you're—let's say, a 47-year-old news journalist reporting fast-breaking, important news stories? I sure think so. Nothing irks me more than reading a 2,000-word news feature before I've had my April 1st morning coffee only to realize I've been completely duped into wasting valuable minutes on a fake story.

Despite my general hatred of April Fool's news, there's usually a gem or two in the mix. This year brought us the BMW M3, and also the Subaru 'Grand Outback'.


Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Seoul Motor Show: Kia Naimo EV Concept  test 1-1

Kia debuted a new electric concept called Naimo at the Seoul Motor Show. That's pronounced the same as everyone's favorite animated fish—Nemo. The Naimo bests the Nissan Leaf in terms of driving range and offers a series of new technologies.

The Naimo is powered by a 107-hp permanent magnet synchronous motor and a lithium-ion polymer twin-pack battery, the Naimo offers up to 124 miles of zero emissions range and 93 mph of speed.


New Ferrari Book Priced Like an Actual Ferrari

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Ferrari Opus Book test 2

Wow, here's a tough decision: actual Ferrari supercar or giant, coffee-table book detailing Ferrari's history? Decisions, decisions. And the winner is... Car—Every time.

Hoping that least a few customers will either go the other way on that one or have the means to buy both, Opus Media Group of London will release the "The Official Ferrari Opus" for a price of $275,000. And no, the book doesn't come complete with any of the actual Ferrari models featured inside.

The ridiculous, $275,000 price tag is only for the ultra-exclusive "Diamante Edition" of the opus. That edition is the Enzo edition bedazzled with a big Prancing Horse and 30 diamonds on the cover. Though it doesn't come with a car, it does enter buyers into a drawing for a replica F1 race car. Only one of those will be sold in any given country.