Monthly Archives: December 2009

AUTO UNION!

the sinister glamour of AUTO UNION.

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foto of the day. 12222009.

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foto(s) of the day. 12202009.

Audi 100 Coupe S!

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SAAB DRAMA: Spyker places last-minute bid for SAAB!

“Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) — Spyker Cars NV today said it has submitted a renewed offer for General Motors Co.’s Saab unit.

“An 11-point proposal had been submitted to GM, addressing each of the issues that arose during the due diligence process” which will “remove each of the obstacles that were standing in the way of a swift transaction,” Spyker Chief Executive Officer Victor R. Muller said in a statement.

GM last week said it will shut the money-losing Saab unit after talks collapsed on a sale to Spyker, the second failure in less than a month to keep the 72-year-old Swedish brand alive.

GM and Spyker decided there was “no point in carrying on” after encountering issues that couldn’t be resolved, GM Vice President John Smith said on a conference call on Dec. 18.

“We have made every effort to resolve the issues that were preventing the conclusion of this matter and we have asked GM and all other involved parties to seriously consider this offer,” Muller said in today’s statement.

“We are very confident that our renewed offer will remove the impasse that was standing in the way of an agreement on Friday, and this would still allow us to conclude the deal prior to the deadline of Dec 31st”

READ!

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601209&sid=aPAUHW8aHK3c

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Auto Union dealership.

I love this pic…showing a rare photo of an original Auto Union dealership….

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more SAAB: Saab 99 Turbo promotional video.

An original 1977 promotional film outlining the (at the time) new Saab 99 Turbo.

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foto of the day/ Will the Swedish Government save Saab!?

Rumour is that the Swedish government have called emergency meetings to meet with GM! Maybe Saab will survive!?

In honor of the beating of Saab that’s occuring at the moment, today’s foto of the day is devoted to the ORIGINAL 1st Saab ever made..URSaab, the Saab 92. It had a drag coefficient of 0.30 (!!!) in 1947! Amazing.

DO NOT LET SAAB DIE, SWEDEN!!!

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ATS 2500 GT 3.0

Sports Car Digest has a great article on the super rare ATS 2500 GT 3.0 which originally debut’d in 1963 and went on to be produced in the grand number of 8 total complete vehicles.  With a 2.5 Liter V8 rollin out 220hp and could hit 160 mph or so….and looks to kill—- I wish they’d made more of these!  This car had the bigger 3.0L engine.

FULL STORY: http://www.sportscardigest.com/ats-2500-gt-3-0-litre-coupe-car-profile/


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foto of the day. 12182009.

Bentley Speed 6 Blue Train Special. wow.

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foto of the day. 12142009.

Maybe i should tell my mum to lower her B8 A4 and add some RS4 rims to hers!  The B8 A4 is a really great ride though….I drove hers a few weekends ago when i was visiting Detroit, and really enjoyed it—even with an automatic tranny.  It’s a great car.

(this is NOT her car….)

Modded B8 A4


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art of the day.

Made by Jass84 on DeviantArt.

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alfa romeo montreal videos.

sure you may not understand some of them, but who cares! just listen to that V8.  the Montreal is definitely one of IEDEI’s most wanted cars.

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Bugatti Type 35b Prototype.

In a world full of spy shots, prototype photos, etc….it’s so cool to see a 1924 photo of a Bugatti Type 35b prototype. old school wow.

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Heuer Silverstone, resurrected!

(original Heuer ad above, for the original vesrions in the 70s)

One of THE coolest chronograph Heuer watches known as the Silverstone has been launched as a limited edition reissue!  So exciting! What’s not so exciting is the price tag.  $6500.  Time to sell a kidney?

http://www.luxist.com/tag/tag+heuer+silverstone+chronograph/

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2012 Porsche 911. it looks different!?

Well it doesn’t look that different, but there are some significant styling differences noticeable from these spy pics posted on Motor Authority.


The front nose is definitely higher, and the headlights are more upright, reminiscent of older 911s (ding ding….points for Porsche already!).  Supposedly this is due to stricter EU pedestrian safety laws, but I like to think it’s due to taking the 911 back to its stylish roots!

I’m not sure what they are trying to do with the rear, and I get the feeling that the spoiler on this mule has been heavily camouflaged and subsequently distorted from the look it will have in production.  I think that ‘whale tale’ is to throw off the pundits, or is it? Time will tell.

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foto of the day. 12102009.

the long lost….. Bugatti Chiron 18/3 (1999 concept)

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BMW 2002 Turbo. video.

My favourite BMW of all time. GIVE ME ONE.

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foto of the day. 12032009.

1974 Alpine A310.

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foto of the day. 12022009.

Porsche 356 Outlaw.

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Top Gear & Lancia.

This past sunday night, the latest episode of TOP GEAR featured Lancia as the company who has made the most number of ‘great’ cars.  It was a fantastic episode, and a MUST watch for any italian car fan and especially for anyone into Lancias.

Here are the videos from that show, in 2 parts:

PART 1

PART 2

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Audi introduces the D4 A8.

Audi has just introduced the new A8 in Miami at some art festival (can’t be arsed to look up which one!). On first impressions, the car looks GREAT.   MORE INFO AFTER THE PICTURES.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL PDF PRESS RELEASE —–>>> PDF

Drivetrain Highlights:
• Optimized 4.2 FSI V8 specifications:
o FSI direct injection
o Audi Valvelift System (AVS) variable intake valve lift
o 8-speed transmission for improved fuel economy, responsiveness and driving comfort
o 372 hp (D3 A8 had 350 hp)
o 328 lb-ft (D3 A8 had 325 lb-ft torque)
o 0-100km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds
o 15% improvement in fuel consumption estimated vs. current A8 (EPA figures TBD)
o quattro ® AWD – latest generation with asymmetric rear-biased torque split (40/60)

(inches) LENGTH WIDTH HEIGHT WHEELBASE
2011 all-new Audi A8 (NWB) 202.0 76.7 57.5 117.8
2004-2010 Audi A8/S8 (NWB) 199.3 74.6 56.9 115.9
2004-2010 Audi A8 (LWB) 204.4 74.6 57.3 121.0
BMW 7 Series (NWB) 199.7 74.9 58.2 120.9
BMW 7 Series (LWB) 205.2 74.9 58.3 126.4
Lexus LS (NWB) 199.2 73.8 58.1 116.9
Lexus LS (LWB) 203.9 73.8 58.1 121.7
Mercedes-Benz S Class (LWB only in USA) 205.1 73.7 58.0 124.6


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