Tag Archives: 2010

hello, Porsche 918 Spyder.

This looks very R8-ish, with more curves and Porsche-ness.  I’m not sure what to really think of it.  I’m not a fan of hybrids, although I understand they will be enhancing market share in the imminent future.  If they made this car with a petrol engine, i’d be far more likely to plop it down as my wallpaper.  Still pretty cool though, and somewhat of a diversion for Porsche designing.

Make sure you watch the 2 minute promo video at the bottom of the post:

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta; official pics

the worst part of this story is that it seems the car is NOT coming to the USA.  oh Fiat you are causing us great pain y’know….meanwhile, check out a few official pics.  GORGEOUS.  not entirely convinced by the interior, but i’m sure the materials and finish are superb as Alfa Romeo interiors generally are.

Several different versions have been developed: two Quadrifoglio Verde (Cloverleaf) models fitted with a 235 horsepower 1.75-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, two Distinctive models fitted with a 170 horsepower 2.0-liter JTDM turbodiesel engine and a Base model fitted with a 170 horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged gasoline mill.

All the engines are teamed with a six-speed manual as standard while the MultiAir and JTDM engines are available with an optional dual clutch automatic transmission.


Info and pics from: http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1023724_alfa-romeo-giulietta-official-details

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oh hello Audi A1!

Pricing: 16,000 euros (about $22k)

Curb weight: ~2300 pounds

Power: 86-122hp (TFSI and TDI versions)

Drive: FWD (Quattro expected later in the years)

Availability: Unknown whether the car will come to the US yet!

Competitors: Mini Cooper, Alfa Romeo Mito, Fiat 500,

I REALLY hope Audi bring this thing to the states! we need more cool small cars.

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Audi A4 DTM (B8).

from Quattroworld, via Top Gear

sinister, with the wings…..sinister.


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Latest Audi A1 spy shots.

the 2011 Audi A1 is set for its online debut in about 1 week, however over the past few months—-there has been tons of leakage, teasers, spy pics, etc…posted around the web.

These new spy pics posted by Motor Authority seem to be the best ones yet, showing the dimensions and profile of the car the best.  It looks great……..AUDI! BRING IT TO THE US!!!!! I would love to have this little thing as a commuter around NYC.

More pics here: http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1036759_spy-shots-2011-audi-a1

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Renault revives vintage livery colours for F1.

Reviving the yellow livery from the 70s Elf F1 cars….Renault today introduced promo shots for the 2010-2011 Formula One season.  Check it out!

ORIGINAL (1977)


NEW (2010)


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Audi A1 german styling discussion.

I find this Audi A1 styling video to be hilarious….i’m not sure why exactly.  Maybe it’s their sheer nerdiness, or their stern german sensibility, or maybe because they are trying to simulate an actual event in the form of a weird, staged reinactment! I’m looking forward to the A1 though…should be a very interesting car.  Now bring it to the USA, Audi!

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new Corrado? NO. new Jetta Coupe? YES.

While not as exciting as the idea of a ‘new’ Corrado, the Jetta Coupe images coming out are showing it to be a pretty damn attractive little coupe.  Definitely looks a bit like a baby Audi A5, which is definitely not a bad thing!

All in all, i think this is gonna be mad popular with Vdubbers everywhere. Nice one, VW.

more pics and info here:

http://blogs.eurotuner.com/6610166/editorials/vw-compact-coupe-debuts-in-detroit/index.html

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Audi unveils 3rd E-Tron concept…and IEDEI is in love!

I want it.  MAKE IT.  I’ll be in the order list. 100% (assuming it’s not over $60k…LOL)

This is probably the most beautiful Audi since the MK1 TT….i’m thoroughly impressed.  It looks like the perfect combination of italian and german.  Brilliant proportions.  Could this be an Audi R4? MK3 Audi TT?  My source tells me it is unknown what this car exactly is at the moment.  All we know is that it is the 3rd in a string of E-Tron concepts, however this one is far more developed than the previous two, and is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Photos taken courtesy of Speed Sport Life

http://www.speedsportlife.com/2010/01/11/2010-naias-photo-gallery-audi-e-tron-concept/

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lost concept: 2003 Lancia Fulvia

The Foto of The Day Lancia Fulvia reminded me of this lost 2003 Lancia Fulvia concept car…..it was a stunning concept, heavily derived from the original design, but modern in its interpretation.  I never understood why FIAT destroyed the Lancia name, instead of bringing cars like this Fulvia to production.  My friend Jim Hall has tried to explain this numerous times, but I will never understand…..

COME TO YOUR SENSES FIAT & Lancia!! MAKE IT!

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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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new Chevy Cruze interior inspired by early 90s boom box.

Why can’t GM get interiors right?  They design a reasonably nice exterior for this new Chevy Cruze, and then when I rummaged through the promo photos of the INTERIOR—–i started to think it reminded me of something….and then i remembered.  I then searched, and then confirmed the truth.  Why GM? Why can you not make a nice, clean, functional interior without making it look like a drunk 11-year old designed the dash and buttons?

Chevy Cruze interior VS. cheesy early 90s boom box


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Cadillac finally goes weird and interesting.

The last TRULY interesting design that Cadillac made was in the shape of those bizarre and strange early 1980s Sevilles.  I know, because my father had one back in the day.  PINK with dark red velvet.  Oh the horrors of pure luxury….but i loved that car when i was a kid.  Mainly because it had so many cool digital things on the inside.

The CTS-V is fast…blah blah blah blah…but super boring.  I guess that was the point.  but THIS! it actually looks interesting, and they’re calling it the CTS Coupe.

from Motor Authority:

At launch, the CTS Coupe will only be available with GM’s 3.6-liter direct injected V-6, which is good for 304 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 27 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city. A 6-speed manual transmission comes fitted as standard, while a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters for pseudo manual control is offered as an option.

LINK FOR MORE INFO:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1038841_2011-cadillac-cts-coupe-preview

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VW buys out Karmann & plans new car.

Karmann was of course made famous by the strange and interesting Karmann Ghia, which used Beetle underpinnings with a much prettier and more interesting body shell to create something interesting with.  Of course the company went on to build other cars with VW, and with other companies (Let’s try to forget that Karmann built the Chrysler Crossfire convertibles…which were truly terrible).

The company went bust recently, and now VW has announced that they will be buying all of the assets, and also will plan to build a ‘new’ car using their facilities.  Maybe they’ll bring back a ‘modern’ Karmann Ghia? That would be damn interesting.  Most likely suspect is the upcoming Bluesport roadster.

Full article here from Motor Authority:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1038753_vw-announces-plan-to-buy-karmanns-assets-build-new-car

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the resurrection of De Tomaso!

Autoweek is reporting that a 79 year-old former FIAT executive named Gian Mario Rossignolo is plotting to bring back the legendary De Tomaso name. Apparently he purchased the rights to the name from a bankruptcy court in Italy recently.

The launch lineup will consist of a crossover (????), a luxury sedan, and a coupe starting in 2011.  Yeah, it doesn’t sound all that promising by words, but here’s hoping they ditch the sedan and crossover idea and concentrate on coming up with a cool sports car for consumption.

full article: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20091119/CARNEWS/911199992

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Lingenfelter makes an ass out of the 2010 Camaro.

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For ages, Corvette fanboys have been singing the praises of Lingenfelter Vettes and how they can tear up supercars for breakfast, but obviously even Lingenfelter has grown so bored and tired of Corvettes that they have decided on new project.  They have turned to making tacky looking body kits for the new Chevy Camaro.  The car is now making 650+hp, up from the stock 430hp or so in the Camaro SS. But holy wow, it looks ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE!  Advice to Lingenfelter; go back to working on Corvettes and stop trying to built body kids, because you suck at it!

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See the rest of the photos on the Car and Driver website:

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/09q4/lingenfelter_455_t_a_concept-auto_shows

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Entry-level ‘new” Porsche 356? probable fail.

Based on a VW?? Sounds like another 914, to me….

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Motor Authority seems to think it’s gonna happen, and they think it’ll be 356-ish….i think it’s all false.

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1037454_entry-level-porsche-roadster-rumors-hint-at-reborn-356

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BMW M3 (E92) Rollin’ thru LA

What a cool video.  Check it out!  Cheers to World Car Fans for the heads up.

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BMW Z4 (new) vs. Cayman vs. Boxster vs. 911 vs 370z Nismo

Best Motoring has pitted the new, uglier, boring, and uninspiring BMW Z4 against some of the usual suspects……and what was the result?  Click below to watch the 7+ minute race.

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Audi E-Tron Concept = 3rd Generation TT/R4?

So if you look at the pictures of the new Audi E-Tron concept, the car looks MUCH smaller than an R8.  It’s been described by some media as ‘wider and shorter than a Boxster”.  So is this the much rumoured debut of the Audi R4?

IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS!


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Photos: Left Lane News

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IEDEI vs. Toyota Prius (Round 1)

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I’m really hoping some of you reach this blog, while researching information about the Toyota Prius.  If you were googling for reliability, pricing, consumer reviews, problems, troubleshooting, whatever.

Let’s start by stating the obvious; the Toyota Prius is a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE car.  It is SLOW, it is severely UGLY, it handles like feces, and it quite simply lacks any character.  The car is all hype, and for the several thousands upon thousands of minions who were too dim to actually bother trying to find a proper car and instead ended up with a Prius; think about what this car says about you.

Why bother dressing in a suit to go to work in a Prius?  You’ve already told the world you don’t give a crap what you look like; which is exactly why you’ve rolled into the work parking lot driving a misproportioned wedge.

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You wanted economy……OHHHHHHH.  So why have you not picked up a hugely efficient new Diesel which runs clean without spilling Nickel into the environment like the cancerous Prius seems to do.  Audi, VW, and BMW are all making solid diesel cars at the moment.  You can’t afford an Audi or BMW? Fine…..then drive over to the VW dealership and get a Rabbit (Golf in 2010) or Jetta TDI.  You’ll pull a solid 40-50mpg everywhere you go—and it won’t take you 15 years to get to 60mph.  More than that though, your friends will like you a little bit more, and the grass on your lawn will STILL be growing greener than ever.

Saving a few $$$ is not worth making an ass out of yourself.  The truth of the matter is; people hate seeing a Toyota Prius in front of them on the freeway, or getting stuck behind one in the city is generally worse than getting stuck behind a bus. Occasionally, you’ll see a minion of a human driving a Prius really really really fast (which is generally 40-50mph….fast for a Prion…err..Prius) and doing all sorts of weird maneuvers trying to draw attention to their strange little car.  Sometimes I wonder if these people think they are driving a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) tuned sports car?  Do they KNOW how slow and underperforming of a car they are actually driving?

You are NOT making the world a better place by buying a Prius.   You’re just making yourself look like a twit.

If I had extra money lying around, I would buy a Prius—-to have it junked and crushed for kicks!

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Mercedes-Benz introduce: SLS AMG Gullwing

I’m hearing $225,000+ and mid 3s for 0-60 for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing.  It’s been tested extensively on the Nurburgring, so i’m guessing it’ll have some handling behind it.  I think the styling is a bit BLAH, considering the glorious original Gullwing it is attempting to replicate the feeling of.  Obviously, this is one of those ‘modern retro’ type projects (e.g. Camaro, BMW Z8, etc…), and although it may look several times more striking in real life; the photos don’t seem to really give out the feeling of ‘classic’ just yet.  I do love the interior though…..very sharp—-even though the automatic transmission looks like crap sitting in an interior as nice as that one.

IEDEI has turned the ‘official’ SLS photos into B&W, to see if it fits the bill of ‘classic’…..download the photos in hi-res after clicking each one twice…..and then YOU decide whether it’s a classic or not!

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