Our friends at Auto Motor & Sport in Sweden just gave us a heads up on some new photos they found of the revamped Saab 9-3. They found both the convertible and wagon models completely devoid of camouflage roaming the roads and back alleys of Sweden. Continue reading New Saab 9-3 without camo
Month: February 2007
We’ve known for far too long that the MINI Clubman is on its way, but it’s still nice to get some confirmation from the automaker’s main information outlet that the elongated hatch is on the horizon.
Granted, the teaser page that MINI put up doesn’t reveal any more information than we’re already aware of, but in true-to-MINI fashion, it provides a quirky (dare we even say satisfying?) way of revealing the profile of the new Clubman.
Check it out â€“ if nothing else, it’ll appeal to your inner-six-year old.
[Source: MINI USA]
In the long list of toys that Europe gets to play and the US doesn’t, Audi’s RS4 Avant and RS4 Cabriolet have got to be somewhere near the top. However, Automobile magazine has been told by an Audi product planner that the droptop RS4 could soon become a US citizen. Continue reading Audi RS4 Convertible may be headed to US
Over in Shanghai this week, all the local producers are bringing out their latest wares. By now we’ve gotten used to seeing Chinese cars that bear remarkable resemblances to products from non-Chinese manufacturers with slight tweaks to (barely) distinguish them. Our crosstown neighbor, Chris Paukert, spotted this vehicle called the Huanghai Fast NCV with a front end that will be familiar to many Pontiac shoppers. Continue reading Chinese carmakers now doing mashups! Meet the Lexiac RX Torrent
Most Porschephiles who were waiting on a baby 911 were fairly happy with the Cayman, but one Greek motorist had in mind something considerably smaller (even smaller than an actual Porsche), and, failing to find anything on the market that tickled his fancy, set out to create one for himself.
The result is what you see here, a classic Fiat 500, completely re-styled and re-skinned to emulate a 996-generation Porsche 911 Turbo. The idea almost seems a little less than ridiculous when you realize that, like the 911, the original Cinquecento was rear-engined. Then you look at it again and begin to laugh. We have to admit, though, that the Smorsche (as it’s been labeled) is a unique creation, and well executed. But don’t take our word for it, take a look for yourself at the photos in the gallery below.
At the Chicago Auto Show, Maserati PR man Jeffrey Ehoodin said “We are not an exotic.” In case that didn’t get the message across, Maserati has put its money where its mouth is, pricing the new GranTurismo at $95,000. That slots the Maser in above the Jaguar XKR convertible and below the BMW M6 Coupe and Mercedes CL. Continue reading Maserati GranTurismo priced at $95K
Hamann, the same German aftermarket house that created a 673-hp Ferrari 599, has turned its tuning attentions to a milder coupe, BMW’s Z4 M. The result is the Hamann Z4 M Coupe Renn Taxi. Continue reading Faster 4: the Hamann Z4 M Coupe Renn Taxi
At the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi showed off a “Passion for Movement” A8L, part of the “Official Premium Car” fleet for the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. As sponsor of both the Olympics and the Paralympics, Audi is providing more than 1,000 chauffeured A6L’s, A8L’s, and Q7’s for competitors, officials, and VIP guests. Continue reading Audi is the official premium car of the Beijing Olympics
Castagna, the Milanese atelier for cars run by an architect, used the Top Marques Monaco show to debut its new supercar. Known for its work with all things Mini (check out the outlandish Mini Crossup), this is a departure for the coachbuilder that got its start in 1849, and was formerly known for its unique creations during the Jazz Era. Continue reading Supercar ad nauseam: Castagna Aznom
Most commercials we see on television pitch products like soft drinks and toilet paper â€“ you know, the kind of things that most people buy and most people can afford. There’s certainly no shortage of car commercials, either, but they likewise typically focus on mass-market automobiles like the Volkswagen Rabbit or Dodge Caliber. But a commercial for a million-dollar supercar? Continue reading Porsche Carrera GT promo
Remember when Audi rolled out the baseball leather interior on the original TT convertible? That was nothing. For the real baseball fans, aftermarket trim specialists Katzkin Leather and sports equipment outfitter Rawlings have teamed up to offer a full, authentic baseball trim package for full-sized Chevy trucks. Continue reading America’s Game, America’s Truck: Rawlings baseball trim for Chevy trucks
What’s better than pictures of a coachbuilt Italian exotic? Why, more pictures of a coachbuilt Italian exotic, of course! And in that vein, the sheet-metal masters at Zagato have graced us with a slew of additional images of their latest creation, based on the Maserati GranSport. Continue reading Zagato releases additional Maserati GS