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4 Coupe.

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BMW fires back with a pretty wicked looking new 4-series coupe concept.  Let’s face it….BMW hasn’t made any good looking  3-series coupes since the E36.  The E46 was rounded, bloated, and pedestrian to look at….the E92 looked like a gigantic Civic.  This new 4-series coupe hits the spot.  Just don’t look at the hideous rear bumper.  Everything else on it is nicely done, and pretty impressive for BMW.  It seems they are finally realising that the devil is in the details……taking a hint from the Audi school of design on making the little design elements count.  Nice one, BMW……consider me impressed!  First the beautiful 6-series Coupe and Gran Coupe, now the 4-series?  The propeller may be on the rise…..sort of….oh wait, i just remember that horrific concept they showed in L.A last week.  Nevermind!

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then and now.

I grew up in Detroit.  The long-dead and abandoned Packard plant has become somewhat of a famous place there…but I never get tired of seeing the comparisons of how it is now compared to when it was in its functioning days.

some very cool pictures at the Freep

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new Cayman.

Most new (and old for that matter) cars bore the crap out of me.  the new Porsche Cayman is not one of those cars.  I still want a Cayman R and now i want the brand spankin new 2014 Porsche Cayman.  Superb!

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some actual photos published by digitalTrends. WICKED.

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A110 of the day.

For many of the new readers, you should know I am *obsessed* with the Alpine A110 (and Alpine as a marque in general). that is all.  My general interest in automotive topics continues to wither and fade, but Alpines and Audis seem to be completely immune to this destructive force.

src:  renault classic

 

 

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Sandy vs. Taxi.

I spotted this last week while walking around Brooklyn.  A gentleman who walked by told me they had just removed a tree off this taxi as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy a couple of weeks ago.  Brutal.

 

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black friday = day to put on winter wheels.

For some people ‘Black Friday’ represents a ridiculous day of USA consumerism with people falling over themselves to save $5 on a rubbish sweater for someone they despise anyways….for me, black friday means it is the day to get my matte black winter wheels on my daily workhorse;  my 2012 Audi A3 quattro.

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A310.

Normally i despise when people put terrible music into track videos—-but in this case, Ducrot Pascal has put the terrific boss tune “To Lose My Life” by White Lies which is a perfect match for the wonderfulness which is the Alpine A310.  Nicely sorted, mate!

and here’s a bonus: White Lies performing “To Lose My Life” LIVE on Fearless TV.  I saw them live in NYC a couple of years ago at CMJ and they were superb live.

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B8 RS4 spotted in the USA.

This is THE sexiest and most exciting Wagon  (Avant in Audi language) on sale right now….and having been forbidden for as long as it existed, could this be the first time that Audi is thinking of importing an RS Avant to US shores?  Look at those fenders.  Wicked.  Fruitfully spotted by our friends at Quattroworld at a recent GTG.

There is now a FB page devoted to getting people to join; to convince Audi of America there is a market for this car.  I, for one, am severely interested!  I am currently on the order list for a 2014 Audi S3, however if I was told this would be arriving I would have to re-evaluate things!  The Facebook petition worked for the TT-RS, did not work for the RS3, but let’s hope it works for this.

Dear AoA:  Take the steps we all want you to take.  I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when the 8P RS3 did not come to the US market, and it would be a shame if the B8 RS4 Avant doesn’t come here either.  These are the cars we want and will pay money for!  

Join the FB page HERE

HA! “you just got beat by a wagon” sticker at the top of the back window!

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Renault, Caterham, and details of ‘new’ Alpine coming soon.

(above  and below renderings by Volatile Vertex)

A press conference has been scheduled for November 5th (Monday) to be co-hosted by Renault and Caterham to discuss the details of the upcoming Alpine project.  Very exciting news indeed.

Here are some of the ideas being thrown around:  Weight of a little over 1 tonne (!!), target launch 3-5 years from now, 200-250hp, less than 4.3 meters long, and that it will “look like the A110 Berlinette”.   5,000 to 10,000 units per year.  Target price of 35k-40k Euros. Very exciting.

There are some questions over what the functions of the original Dieppe Alpine factory would be, if the entire task of the new Alpine’s construction and engineering are left to Caterham.  More details as they evolve, obviously.

 

(above photo via Renault Sport’s FB page)

UPDATE:  Renault and Caterham have revealed that they will both get a version of the upcoming Alpine.  Theoretically the car will likely be a roadster for Caterham and a coupe for Alpine (sounds right!).  Prices will be low (under 40k Euros), and most interestingly—-Caterham now will take a 50% stake in Alpine as a marque!  I find this last sentence very interesting.

src:  lePoint, expatica

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Lancia is finally dead.

After years of punishing, brutal and inhumane torture against the legacy of Lancia; easily one of the finest marques of automobiles ever to exist.  Sergio Marchionne has finally unleashed the final blow and has announced that he is killing off the Lancia marque.  Finally, the marque will not be insulted by minivans and over-the-top rebadged 300C sedans.  I am quite frankly relieved after seeing the marque decay over the past decade especially.  There was hope with the 2003 Fulvia Concept, but after that project was killed off—-it all went to regurgitated scum.

Read about it at Truth About Cars.

(photo by D-negative)

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1969 Pininfarina Sigma Grand Monoposto F1.

Well that’s a bit of a mouthful.  So what happens when Pininfarina decides to design an F1 car for Ferrari in 1969?  This happens!

and in its most recent state:

 

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“Anti-imbedded-Mossad Party” Cadillac Seville Limousine.

I laughed so hard when I saw this car.  I laughed from far, and then i laughed from up close! Spotted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Apologies for the water on my camera lens, as there is a hurricane outside when I was walking around!

For those who don’t know, the Mossad is obviously the controversial Israeli intelligence agency (equivalent to the CIA in the US government).   “Mitochondrial DNA”, interestingly enough, is generally passed down from one’s mother.  I am still trying to interpret these quotes in full.

 

Here’s my wife pretending it’s her car! (it’s not, obviously….lol)

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A110 x-ray cut-out.

still the greatest car in the world….ever.  IEDEI = Alpine. Some things never change.

src: Renault Sport Official

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Avant Heaven.

These are the coolest Avants (Wagons) ever made.  If it were my choice, i’d grab the RS2 and the B8 RS4 for maximum satisfaction.  Best commercial of the year!

Thanks to Skaala for the tip!

 

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200 quattro trans-am…on snow.

Epic photo of a truly dominant race car.  the Audi 200 quattro Trans Am.

thanks to the excellent Audi Motorsport Blog‘s FB page

 

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Land of Lancia.

 

Thank you to Bradley for showing me this video.  By an organization known as Petrolicious.

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when Chris Harris became rubbish.

Such a shame, as 2 years ago I used to watch Chris Harris’ reviews on Drivers Republic and thought they were utterly brilliant.  Fast forward to his work with the current Drive channel on youtube—-and with each passing review, I find myself more bored, more annoyed, and frankly in view of tedious, self indulgent reviews which frankly go nowhere except gushing praise or annoyed disappointment.

(1) Chris Harris is exceedingly trying to be Jeremy Clarkson, and is failing miserably

(2) He takes 20 minutes (!!) to do this latest comparison.  Talk about tedious and overbloated.

(3) Anyone who thinks the M135s engine sound better than the RS3 turbo 5-cylinder is on MASSIVE amounts of something…..or has gone deaf…or is paid to say so.

(4) On the BMW payroll? he used to be…probably still is.

(5) He enjoys the sound of his own voice, far more than I certainly do.

(6) Repetitive luddite nonsense…and yet he still prefers a torque converter Automatic gearbox….utter rubbish!

These days, I think Automotive ‘journalism’ has become very cumbersome and quite frankly past-its-sell-date….then again, motoring culture itself is expired.  With every passing week I see new blogs and sites popping up—-all of which are the same stuff regurgitated through a big filter of bland.  Several months before dropping the car-centric IEDEI for a more creative version, I had become progressively disenchanted by ‘petrolhead culture’ and its neverending cliches, stereotypes, and superficiality.  Unfortunately, Chris Harris represents each one of those problems in a uniform package.  Will I watch Top Gear when it comes back? Yes.  Will I watch Chris Harris videos each Thursday? No.

Do i still love cars? Yes.  Do I want to be an active member of online motoring culture? No.

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neu Alpine to be co-developed with Caterham.

Just a few days ago, I speculated that Lotus was a possibility for co-developing the new Alpine Berlinette after Carlos Tavares’ statements in Autocar.  A few days later, Autocar is reporting that Caterham will indeed be the expected partner to develop the new Alpine!  Great news for those of us who have been awaiting news that this will be a lightweight true hommage to the original A110.  The concept A110-50 stayed true to those beliefs in being lightweight and performance-oriented; and it seems the production Alpine will as well.

Apparently Caterham will also develop their own model alongside the new Alpine.  Should be very interesting to see what comes out of this relationship.  Here’s hoping for a lightweight, technologically advanced interpretation of what came before.

More news as it comes.  Thank you to Michal and CollaVerglas for the tip to this update!

(below: chassis testing of the A110-50 concept)

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Progress of the Alpine resurrection.

Carlos Tavares (Renault CEO) has been talking some details about the resurrection of Alpine!  It seems it will be a completely new car, and NOT the A110-50 that was shown several months ago.  Should be very, very interesting.

My bet is that Lotus is going to be involved in this….as Lotus and Alpine have a history of collaboration.

from Autocar:

Carlos Tavares:

“We could have given our engineers €50 million and told them to make the best of it. But that would probably have produced a mediocre car because it’s not much money to play with. Alpine has a great history, and we want to make emotional cars that will be true to that.”

“He won’t yet reveal the mechanical layout but admits it is unlikely to be rear-engined, as the A110 was.”

“Convenience is an important part of modern packaging,” Tavares says, “but we are not inclined to compromise too much. This is a car that must appeal to the emotions. If you refine such a car too much, it loses its special character.”

The production Alpine will bear little relation to the Alpine concept from earlier this year that incorporated the styling of the DeZir concept on to a Mégane Trophy racer.

 

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the stunning Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept.

I love the Porsche Panamera.  In fact it’s one of my favourite cars in the world.  Bold, beautifully made, and quite simply the best sedan in the world!  Now it has a really beautifully designed Wagon to go along with it.   Well….assuming this design makes it to production in some form.

e-Hybrid V6 + electric motors. 416hp. 65mpg. LED lots-of-things.  yellow brake calipers.  Do the details really even matter anymore?  LOOK AT IT! The interior is amazing, and the exterior is amazing.  Being a Porsche, you can wager that it will be amazing to drive as well.  Das wicked.  Nostalgia is dead.  Long live now!

src:  porsche

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ISAT Berlinette Project.

The greatest car in the world…well, ever….is being re-imagined by students and teachers of the ISAT (Institut Supérieur de l’Automobile et des Transports) of France and being presented at this week’s Paris Motor Show as a concept study!  Renault’s recent glory of the A110-50 was a modernized NEW car, whereas this study takes great homage from the original, with mild reinterpretation of details (lights, fenders, etc).  The result is difficult to see in this mystery-filled video teaser—–but I am very intrigued by what I see already!  Good on ya, kids!

(advance apologies for the rubbish music….please turn the volume down!)

src:  auto plus

 

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Bentley Continental GT3.

Bentley is coming back to Le Mans!  And would you just look at this beauty.  The Bentley Continental GT3.  Most excellent, sir.

I’m still trying to get over how i’ve posted 2 entries about the Bentley Continental in 1 week.   Don’t get the wrong idea….i’m not that into the Continental….or Bentleys for that matter…but both photos are quite interesting I must say.

Is this an Audi R8 in disguise? i’m almost certain it is.  Does this mean that Audi will be bringing the R8 to Le Mans after 2013? I would certainly assume so.  Domination in different classes is sure to ensue….

 

a video of the big beast in action:

src:  Audi Sport

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