In Europe, BMW’s expanding model line-up has transformed the German automaker’s brand perception from the pistonhead’s prerogative to the arriviste’s wheels of choice. While the mighty M3 continues to rival Porsche’s 911 for street cred, and the previous gen M5 is still considered the Mack Daddy of sports sedans, BMW’s move into SUV’s and mass market motors has wounded its perceived pedigree.… Continue reading
Volkswagen is replacing the existing Golf Sport and GT models with a single all-new model – the Golf GT Sport. The latest addition gets several unique features and is equipped with extra equipment over the models it replaces. An all-new darkened grille section has been revised to match the potent GTI and R32 variants and it also picks up a new ‘GT Sport’ badge.… Continue reading
Dressed in boldly sculpted couture curves that shame a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, built on a shorter wheelbase (by five inches) version of the Quattroporte’s acclaimed front-mid-engine, rear-drive chassis, and powered by the familiar 4.2-liter V-8-with power increased from 394 horses to 399-the new Maserati GranTurismo is exotic and glamorous, inspiringly original, and deliciously unconventional.… Continue reading
Today, with the sun shining brightly and hundreds of crazed Italians in a bicycle race riding by Ferrari headquarters, several very rich people sought to own some of Italy’s most famous automobiles, assorted memorabilia, and ephemera. The event was held by Sotheby’s/RM Auctions.
As this is being written at 10:40 p.m., Italian time, final sales results are still being calculated, but at last count the sale generated a very nice €32 to €35 million ($43 million to $47 million).… Continue reading
For: Excellent diesels, range-wide fuel economy, involving handling, impressive 3dr
Against: Prices are high, cramped interior, taut suspension hurts ride quality
BMW’s EfficientDynamics has been applied to the 1-Series range; this brings more performance for less emissions thanks to regenerative braking, electric power steering and an automatic start-stop function.… Continue reading
The Fiat Punto Grande has been on the market for a little over a year now, and for those of you who are looking to spice up your style, Carzone Specials have released a new body kit.
The body kit consists of:
* Full replacement front bumper for all 3 and 5 door models
* Full replacement rear bumper for all 3 and 5 door models
* Set of side skirts for the 3 door model
The demo car shown includes a KW coil-over suspension kit lowering the car by 80mm in the font and 600m in the rear, as well as a set of 19”x 7” ACE wheels with 225/30/19 Uniroyal Rainsport tires giving it the finishing touch.… Continue reading
The Hamann Black Miracle Ferrari F430 is the tuner’s latest edition to a long line of modified Italian exotics, and once again shows that the German tuner is not one to play it on the safe side. Ditching the F430’s shiny gloss finish in favor of this velvety matt black surface, Hamann has stuck with a racer look and also offers its customers a range of additional aero parts in their choice of red, orange or yellow.… Continue reading
A legendary Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza sports car will hit the circuit of the Mille Miglia today in a return to European competition. The Alfa Monza, which is owned by the Fratelli Auriana team, is believed to be the model raced by Tazio Nuvolari in his winning bid in the 1932 Monaco Grand Prix.… Continue reading