Monthly Archives: June 2010

fw: an open letter to Lancia

Came across this interesting “letter to lancia” on a site called Petrolblog.

http://petrolblog.com/2010/06/24/an-open-letter-to-lancia/

I gotta agree with you MajorGav, Lancia has lost the plot and really needs to get back to their identity.  The stuff they have been releasing for several years is GHASTLY……and in my opinion; Lancia might be THE biggest waste of a marque i’ve witnessed….amazing how Fiat just turned that company into slop.

But i gotta remind my friends over at Petrolblog, that Lancia is now going to be shacked up very closely to Chrysler; and it seems that for the time being, the identity of Lancia will continue to be lost.  A friend of mine who works in the auto industry had told me a couple years ago that there was a good chance that Lancia was going to be shut down; but now it seems they’ve found a new use for the marque Lancia.  It’s going to serve as a channel to pass Chrysler products into Europe.  What a shame.

It’s been said that the next generation Chrysler 300C is going to become Lancia’s flagship car in Europe….but the worst part is: there are supposedly only minimal changes done to the badges and the grille before it will be sold as a Lancia…….if that’s true, Lancia will be all but dead in my opinion…if it isn’t already.  I wish VW would buy Lancia and bring it back properly……imagine a Delta Integrale based on a modified R32/R20 platform? That’d be pretty sweet.

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Jaguar XK-R 75

Jaguar has been a pretty boring company for several years now, although lately it’s all been improving dramatically.  One of the significant problems is the current lack of identity, however.  Everytime i see a ‘new’ Jaguar sedan, it looks like a cross between an Audi A6 wannabe and a Jaguar.  What happened to the identity, lads!?

Anyways, the new XK-R 75 looks pretty damn slick.  530hp, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, limited edition to celebrate 75 years of Jaguar.  Pretty interesting paint job going on as well…

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/250678/

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NSU Ro80. weird or wonderful?

I can never really decide.  The design of the NSU Ro80 always leaves me feeling weird….on one side, i find its proportions to be utterly fascinating and awkward (in a good way)…..on the other side, i find it to be very dysfunctional and awkward (in a bad way).

There is no denying, however, that the Ro80 was WAY ahead when it came to design….considering it was originally launched in 1967 (wow).  A very modern design….which surely influenced alot of cars after it….especially AUDI, the company that some of NSU warped into…

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Toyota 2000GT for sale…in the US.

Bring A Trailer….today i saw this stunning Toyota 2000GT for sale on there.  Price? $375,000.  All types of hotness….and very rare to see for sale in the US.

http://bringatrailer.com/2010/06/21/bat-exclusive-preserved-1967-toyota-2000gt/

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foto of the day. Challenger TA

1970 Dodge Challenger T/A (originally raced by Sam Posey)

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what’s in the box?

found a box of cars while packing for a move…anyone wanna take guesses on the identify of these cars?

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Audi conquers Le Mans 2010. 1-2-3.

Monsieur Peugeot must be pissed!  Audi delivered their TDI power reliably, taking on an defeating Peugeot on their home turf.  Audi is now tied with Ferrari for all time wins there, with Porsche leading everybody.

Audi USA have a flickr photostream going on with 100s of photos of the Le Mans weekend.  Here are some of my favourites of the R15 TDI.  See the rest at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/audiusa

a proud day to be an Audiphile as I am.

CLICK TO ENLARGE

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vintage car ads.

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foto of the day. TT-R DTM

Audi TT-R DTM Test Car….so cool.

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Bugatti 16c Galibier: 2013 production

the good folks over at Bugatti Passion are reporting that the supersedan 16c Galibier has received a green light to go into production in 2013.  Supposedly the Veyron ends its production in 2012.  Whether there will be a “GT” version of the Veyron pushing 1300hp (!!!) is still a question mark….but the signs point towards it being a possibility!

The price of the next Bugatti supersedan? $1.4 milion.  I’ll wait for the CPO one on discount, thanksverymuch.

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