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TT Ultra quattro Concept.

2450 pounds. (a reduction of 660 pounds!)

306hp

wow.  I never thought i’d see an Audi TT with such a low weight.  I think the MK2 TT was a major design flop as I think the MK1 is one of THE great designs in automotive history…but this weight reduction is almost enough to make me forgive the MK2’s unforgivable design flaws.  Audi, you’ve impressed me yet again.

Read more details at Fourtitude

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CLA.

Well i’ve been pretty anxiously awaiting the new Mercedes Benz CLA, as i’m excited about the ‘next phase’ of Euro compact sedans and hatchbacks entering the deprived US market.  I was expecting a lot out of the CLA design, as the Concept sort of blew me away last year.  I wasn’t disappointed.  In black…..this thing looks spectacular.   Can I leave the 4 rings to go be the 3 pointed star?  hmm….

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oh and would you look at that interior! it matches my Fitzroy Chronograph watch! dig it lots.

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src:  mercedes-benz

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foto of the day. le mans cockpit

The buzz is rising for Le Mans in June!  Here’s the fantastic cockpit of the R18 e-Tron quattro! wicked.

src:  Audi Sport

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introducing: the Alpine A110-50!

In all its glory.  I only have one word i can say right now: WANT

I am severely biased towards anything Alpine….but honestly lately i’ve REALLY been getting into ‘futuristic’ cars meeting ‘vintage’ in their philosophy…..and THIS is just brilliant.  Magical, even.  Renault read my mind.

big thanks to my friend Jon for tipping me about these photos!  Unfortunately they are low-resolution; however i’m sure there will be plenty of high-res pics after tomorrow.  Tomorrow there should be a lot more information about the technical specs, such as exact engine (400hp V6?)—but what we can confirm is that it is mid-engined.

src:  autosblog.com.ar (via carstyling.ru)

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foto of the day. D8 GTO.

The Donkervoort D8 GTO is easily one of my absolute favourite cars in production right now…..just amazing to look at, and transcends the idea of the Lotus Seven straight into the 21st century.  The GT4 version won the GT4 class of the 24 hours of Dubai, so it is developing a racing pedigree all of its own.

To me, in my current state of mind—-mixing modern and vintage.  This may be the perfect interior.  The stuff daydreams are made of…

src: senseTheCar

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foto(s) of the day. e-tron quattro vs. quattro.

Cannot wait til Le Mans!

bonus photo!

R18 e-tron quattro cockpit!

src:  Fourtitude

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interior of the day. Boomerang.

Look at that dash cluster and the steering wheel! WOW.

from the 1972 Maserati Boomerang Concept (ItalDesign)

src: carstyling

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Chevy 130R.

I can’t remember the last time I actually liked a Chevy—–i think i may be able to trace this to 1990 and my childhood admiration of the Cavalier Z24! ha.

Anyways, Chevy have introduced 2 concepts at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show—–one of which, the 140s is kinda worthless (and ugly)—–but one of them (130R) is strikingly good looking!  Although there is a lot borrowed from the BMW 1-series upon first glance, i find that the stance and size of this RWD concept is basically how I envision the ‘modern pony car’.  Since Dodge has re-introduced the (forgettable) Dodge Dart—–maybe it’s time Chevy brings back the Nova! Or not….

There’s something pleasantly retro about this design, and at the same time progressive. I think i feel the same way about the previous generation 1-series; a car I’ve always loved in coupe design.

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Of course Chevy just had to ruin all the fun by putting a $75 interior in it! terrible.

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interior of the day. Bertone Corvair Testudo

This car recently sold in that Bertone concept auction for 336k Euros, but the 1963 Bertone designed Chevy Corvair Testudo concept had one supercrazy interior.  Wow.

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interior for a madman.

This one!

It’s from the 1978 Lancia Sibilo Concept, designed by Bertone. What are those red and orange buttons!?

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F30 3-series M-Sport interior.

So I have found something to love about the new F30 BMW 3-series.  Peter showed me some photos of the “M Sport” interior on the F30, and as a lover of Alcantara and sharp accented stitched and paneled coloured trim, i have fallen in love with this interior.  I love the style, the sharpness, and the wicked choice of colours and fabrics.

BMW, you screwed up the exterior, but you NAILED the interior.  For me, the interior of a car is as important as the exterior—-if not more, as most of the time when we own our cars, we spend inside the car fulfilling the art of driving.

more pics here: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=598186

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IEDEI car shopping. Review #3

As many of you who regularly (or not regularly) check this blog know, I am indeed an Audiphile (i have come to terms with  my problem), however I have a great amount of respect and admiration for all marques of cars (besides Ferrari, of course).  It is inevitable, however, that during my car search I obviously explored the current Audi line to find out what fit into my criteria of selecting a new car.  The most obvious frontrunner for the task was the 2011 Audi S4.  A little over a year ago, I helped my mother decide on a 2010 Audi A4, which she has really enjoyed owning and I have enjoyed driving during my visits to my parents’ house.  Although I like the A4 quite a bit, I felt like i needed something a bit more active and less comfortable—with better handling and sharper characteristics.  That being said, i think the A4 is a wonderful car overall, and would make a great choice for most people—however i’m not sure i qualify as sane like most people.  The S4 squares directly against the BMW 335i I tested prior, and I was keen to find out whether it lived up to the hype I had created for it in my deranged, hyperactive brain.

Styling.

I think this is easily one of the most handsome and well executed Audi designs on the road—-with classic and timeless sedan features, as well as trademark features of current Audi styling including LED lighting and single large frame grille.  I do think the car is a little bit large from the outside, however the proportions sit well like a tall supermodel lying on a psychiatrist’s sofa.  For me, the ultimate cosmetic package on any Audi is the current Titanium Sport pkg, which my test car had.  Adding black single frame outline and darkened titanium and silver sport RS wheels really make the S4 stand out from its other siblings as well as from other cars on the road.  I absolutely love the RS wheels on this car, and I think these may be the best looking OEM wheels i’ve seen on any car.  I wasn’t a fan of the silver mirror housings (an S car feature) or the silver door sill treatment under the doors.  Overall though, a very slick package which really has a lot of presence and attitude.

Interior.


The interior of the S4 felt very much like the interior of the A4.  This car didn’t have a built-in navigation device, which was disappointing as it is one of the things I would really like in my next car.  The Silk Nappa seats were very comfortable and supportive; however I found the black/grey & white combination to really bling things up a bit too much.  I love leather seats, but not white ones! I would have also preferred the leather/alcantara combination rather to the all-leather ones.  As with most Audis, the materials used on the interior are first class, and I have yet to find another manufacturer which puts so much effort and detail into their interiors; it is part of the reason I am such an Audiphile.  That being said, I think there may be a bit too much silver going on in the dash, which adds a shininess I am not particularly fond of.  The dials had a very sporting touch though, and the ‘cockpit’ like surroundings really make the driver feel as if they are in control of what is going on.  The car I drove this particular day at the dual-clutch S-Tronic/DSG gearbox, which came with paddle shifters present on the back of the steering wheel with metal finish.  The steering wheel was leather wrapped and felt nice, if a bit light and not as heavy to hold as the older Audi steering wheels present on my car.  Back seat room was plentifull, and the trunk was quite vast.  All in all, a very nicely executed interior which earns its 4 rings.

Driving.

For me, this was the most important part of the S4 experience, as I expected a lot.  What I can tell you is that the S4 is fast—-as in hooker-being-chased-by-a-police-officer-through-a-seedy-motel-parking-lot fast.  0-60 felt instant (i’ve read between 4.4-4.9 seconds in various magazines), and the rate at which the supercharged 3.0L V6 gains speed at any speed really is remarkable.  The DSG gearbox is simply wicked in every way, it burps during upshifts, and blips during downshifts—-entertaining sounds coming from a highly entertaining gearbox.  The car felt sports car quick.  The handling was also to spec of a high performance and special german saloon—-as quick turns felt accurate, responsive, and very well balanced.  Huge amounts of grip, and vast amounts of confidence to the driver.  In terms of ability to gain speed and momentum, the S4 definitely trumps the Evo and the 335i in most respects.  Much of this comes down to the combination of the DSG and the supercharged V6.  The braking was excellent, as most Audis are—however the biggest improvement was in the quicker steering response as compared to previous generation S4s. They have changed the torque distribution to 60% to the rear wheels, which may have greatly influenced this positive change.  I think this felt overall like one of the better balanced Audi setups i’ve driven, and surely the data emerging that this 333hp S4 is as quick as the 414hp B7 RS4 in a track setting is evidence to that.  My biggest complaint about the driving experience, is that the exhaust was far too quiet (almost silent), and that the car is too refined.  It feels too well engineered, which made me feel slightly numb after driving it.  When I drove the Evo 10, i got out of the car wanting to get drunk and scream about how good it was to drive—-when I got out of the S4, I felt like drinking a glass of milk and turning on the news.  Overall though, it has the performance to match the good looks and the expectations.

Overall.

I really like the S4—i think it is a handsome package with a slick engine and a nicely trimmed outline.  The Titanium package makes it look very evil (in a good way) and the car has plenty of presence on the road. The price of the car I tested was $53k, and put the S4 out of my preferred price range.   Do i think it is worth that money? Yes i do.  Will I be paying that kind of money? No I won’t.  The S4 did not excite me in a visceral way—-and to me this served as evidence that a fast 0-60 time, my favourite marque,  and a pretty package are not enough to excite me about a car.  There are intangible qualities which makes people love cars, and for me at this time—this is not the car which suits my state-of-mind.

In terms of comparing with the 335i and the Evo; the S4 easily trumps the 335i in pretty much every way I an think of, besides price—–however it doesn’t fare as well against the Evo 10.  Why? The Evo 10 had a lot of passion in its engineering, passion one can feel—-and it went after a very simple goal: to create the best performance sedan possible on a budget.  The S4 tries to blend upscale luxury with effortless performance—-and it does it quite successfully, but i’m not sure If i’m as appreciative of that combination. I am looking for a car which I can easily drive plenty of freeway miles in day after day and then arrive home to Brooklyn, drive around Manhattan on the weekends, expand our family with, and to take to the airport and back—-as that car, this feels like too imposing of a package….maybe even too “mature” of a package.  So in summary: great car, but not for me.

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come to me, oh clean ur quattro.

4Star Classics has some great stuff, and here they present a VERY clean late-model year 1989 Audi (Ur) quattro 10v.  It is often thought that these late-model year quattros (made until 1990/91) were some of the best coupes made in this configuration.  Sales in this country had all but ended by then, but continued in Europe.  This particular one is right-hand drive, but with an immaculate interior and beautiful paint work—as well as those fantastic euro-spec bumpers and headlights.

Costs a little bit over 10,000 GBP….and well worth it.


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oh Lancia you crack me up!

There’s no point in posting the ‘exterior’ of the new Lancia Ypsilon—because it is about as attractive as a pimple on a toad.  After seeing the photo of the interior, however—i was reminded of something.  But i couldn’t quite figure it out!  I have never seen such an awkward pattern on the seats of a car….and then i remembered what it reminded me of! Surely the target audience has now been figured out.

BTW, this horrendous little car will be coming to the US as a Chrysler soon; not much of a surprise, i suppose.  What an embarassing end stage to a great marque..

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foto of the day. gt3.

So i’ve developed a very unhealthy admiration of the Porsche 911 GT3 these days, maybe because it is practical and insanely fast…..like ass-whoopish fast compared to nearly anything on the road; but also because i met a gentleman at a car show a few months ago, who was talking to me about his new GT3 RS….who told me one of his favourite cars he ever owned was a TT 225 Coupe, and then proceeded to convince me that i should be driving a used GT3…. this conversation really sank in over time.  Pre-owned GT3s are a hell of a deal……..996s especially—–HOWEVER i still hate the interior of the 996, and i had the exterior weird side skirts and thin body of the 996s as well…..not enough muscle, too much skinny finesse…..what also ruins it for me, is how several people i’ve spoken to who have driven and/or owned a 996 GT3 seem to say the same thing; that the car is very fidgety and not so stable turning nicely paved roads into concrete slabs of hell with shifty wheels?

How would i want mine?  Black on black of course—the only combination for me….but no worries, it’s not happening any time soon….997s are still pulling $90k and above.

me driving a 997 GT3 (no, it’s not me….)

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creamy tea-coloured Lamborghini Espada.

Yeah, i dig weird shades of brown….and i REALLY dig the Lamborghini Espada…this thing is sweet!  Apparently these photos were taken at Lamborghini Of Houston (click to see more pics, the car is on sale there for $55k+)



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ur quattro.

amazing car and great photos.  the photos were taken by Joachim Naess



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Porsche Boxster Spyder delivered…

Not mine, of course….but a friend of mine and a previous (multiple) TT owner has taken delivery of his brand new white Porsche Boxster Spyder.  Pretty aggressive looking car, with some very interesting design cues pertaining to the roof.  The interior looks fantastic.  These are the first ‘real world’ pics of this car i’ve seen, and it looks much better than the official pics that were released!  Must be a helluvalot of fun to throw around turns!

Thanks to Quattive for letting me post pics of his car.

more info on the Boxster Spyder:

http://www.porsche.com/microsite/boxster-spyder/usa.aspx

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Audi A8L interior.

IEDEI are not really suckers for ‘luxurious’ interiors, however this one takes some sort of cake, bakes it, devours it, and bakes another one.  Pretty fantastic for that Eastern European Dictator in your family….the 2011 Audi A8L

look, there’s even an ottoman for the passenger to put their feet up!


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More Lancia….

I guess at IEDEI, lately there is a big rush of Lancia going on…..can’t think of a better brand to get obsessed with though…..

big thanks to the fantastic Colla Verglas Blog for these pics!

(click to enlarge the photos, and click the original Colla Verglas link above to see lots more pics!)

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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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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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