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2012 in Review – Art of the State

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 18,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Audi S6 0-60 3.7 Seconds & Snake River Jump?

Nothing truly exhilarating ever really happens in a few seconds — until now. The new 2013 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and was recently ranked “The World’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver over the M5 and E63. Warning: Your adrenalin may rise as fast as the speedometer.

There are a lot of things slower than an S6. Car and Driver recently clocked it running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and named it the World’s Best Sedan—ahead of the BMW M5 & Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. What are some other things slower than our new Audi S6? Autoweek.com

Follow this link to the Car and Driver story http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-audi-s6-vs-2013-bmw-m5-2012-merc…


Lexus LF-LC Coupe Coming?

See Gallery @ Autoweek Link

The wild Lexus LF-LC coupe concept that wowed visitors at the Detroit auto show is on track for development, signaling a new direction for a brand that has fallen from first to third in the U.S. luxury sales rankings.

Toyota is on a mission to make Lexus sportier and more compelling to potential buyers–and it starts with the LF-LC, which was designed at Toyota’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

Company executives said in January that the flashy 2+2 sports coupe was not planned for production. But several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market.

Lexus dealers recently were sent crystal sculptures with a 3-D laser rendering of the LF-LC etched inside the crystal. Inscribed on the crystal were the words, “2012 GS Challenge … 27,500 Sales.” The underlying message: Hit the sales target for the mid-sized sedan and get the cool coupe.

But the Lexus source said the LF-LC probably would be produced even if dealers don’t hit the GS sales target.

Lexus’ 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States ended last year as it slipped behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Lexus continued to trail BMW and Mercedes in the first half of this year.


2013 Audi RS5 – Videos

Audi quattro® all-wheel drive plus 450 hp add up to the 2013 Audi RS 5

Editor/Blog note: nice, very nice, but I had to get the S4 for room for a car seat and 4 door livability.

Reserved for the most advanced class of Audi vehicles, the RS badge indicates an elevated level of legendary Audi performance engineering. Today, we enthusiastically announce the newest addition to our RS lineup. The 2013 Audi RS 5 has arrived in the United States, making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This magnificent vehicle pairs the styling of a classic coupe with the unbridled power of a 4.2-liter, 450 hp V8 engine. The racing pedigree of the RS 5 is evident in every detail—from the rear spoiler, which automatically deploys at high speeds, to the RS specific driver information system featuring a lap timer and oil temperature display. And then there is the seven-speed Audi S tronic® dual-clutch transmission that accelerates the vehicle from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. Visit your local Audi Dealer for an in-person look at the 2013 Audi RS 5 before it takes to the road this spring.



Chevy Spark – What!?

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark LS will sticker at $12,995 including shipping charges, General Motors said Thursday from the New York auto show. The Spark 1LT will go for $14,495, while the top-of-the-line 2LT will cost $15,795.

[Blogger Note: Hope this does not catch fire like the Chevy Volt!]

The four-passenger, five-door hatchback will come with a 1.2-liter double-overhead-cam engine with variable valve timing that makes 85 hp and 82 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard; a four-speed automatic is optional and will cost $925. Fuel economy numbers haven’t been announced, but with a curb weight of just 2,269 pounds, we’d expect the highway mileage to be near 40 mpg.


BMW says M135i will get a Geneva Auto Show Debut

The M135i will rival the Audi RS3 and goes on sale in Europe before the end of this year.

And Autoweek has learned that BMW will offer the M135i in rear-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

Look for a 0-to-62-mph time of about 4.9 seconds.


Fiat 500 Abarth heads for L.A. Auto Show

The track-bred, enthusiast-oriented Fiat 500 Abarth will be revealed in November at the Los Angeles auto show. This is the much-anticipated performance variant of the 500, which has spurred Fiat’s return to the United States this year.

The Abarth version gets the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine and upgraded brakes and suspension pieces. More details will be revealed closer to the show.

Fiat has sold 13,861 copies of the 500 through the first three quarters of 2011.
Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111031/LOSANGELES/111029857#ixzz1cPFGYOXP


Pagani – Huayra 2011

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Monterey, Calif. (August 23, 2011) Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani Automobili S.p.A. publicly introduced its all-new supercar, the Huayra, to crowds of automotive enthusiasts during the events leading up to the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif. last week.

Named after Huayra, an ancient God of wind, the Huayra was first publicly seen at Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2011 and then again at Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, where hundreds of the most influential car enthusiasts, journalists, educators and industry executives met to see the car up close.

Horacio Pagani, founder and chief designer of Pagani Automobili, was on-hand to answer questions personally. The car boasts a revolutionary design, represents the state-of-the-art mechanics and features a Mercedes-AMG engine with more than 700 horsepower. The demand and enthusiasm about Huayra is great all over the world. The first deliveries for the American market will start in 2013 and will absorbe the production until 2014,. As declared by Horacio Pagani, Pagani Automobili will sell a limited number of cars also in the U.S. market, infact, despite the production increase compared to the Zonda, the small number of cars available in every market will make the object even more exclusive.

 All from http://www.pagani.com/

http://www.pagani.com/


First U.S. 2012 Audi TT RS

Ex Grand-Am driver Don Istook from Fort Worth, Texas, is the lucky customer  who took delivery of the first Audi TT RS model on U.S. shores since the 2008  Audi RS4.

Istook was one of the 11,500 fans who signed the petition to bring the TT RS  here, so it’s only fitting that he gets one of the early copies.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110728/CARNEWS/110729874#ixzz1TW6Sex44


Zagato TZ3 Stradale pays tribute to Alfa Romeo with Dodge

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Styling house Zagato‘s tribute to the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo began with the release of its one-off TZ3 Corsa in 2009 and will end with the unveiling of its version of theTZ3 Stradale this year.

Less than a month after we learned that Zagato was working on its new TZ3 Stradale, the company has released the first photos and details of the car alongside its Corsa cousin.

While the TZ3 Corsa was more of a track car, the TZ3 Stradale is an avant-garde tribute to the Alfa Romeo and Zagato’s street-legal heritage. The car is considered by Zagato to be the first American Alfa Romeo, with its mono-shell carbon-fiber mechanical chassis based on that of the Dodge Viper ACR. Those underpinnings are paired with a 4.2-liter V8 engine matched to a six-speed sequential transmission.

Only nine examples of the TZ3 Stradale will be made–the first goes to American collector Eric King and the second and third are going to buyers in Japan and Europe. If you want one of the remaining six, the line starts behind us.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110428/CARNEWS/110429852#ixzz1KwUdbSrF

 

Porsche 918 Spyder starts at $845,000

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110321/CARNEWS/110319895


Think – Four Seat City Car

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December 16, 2010 8:11 AM PST

Norwegian automaker Think plans to deliver 15 of its Think City cars to Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana today.

Think CEO Barry Engle is expected to hand over the vehicles at Fort Harrison State Park as part of a ceremony to promote the all-electric vehicle.

Indiana will be the first U.S. customer, as part of the state’s Project Plug-In initiative, to drive U.S.-assembled versions of the Think City, and it’s obvious why.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20025859-54.html#ixzz18wkp7EQr


Fiat 500 – Then & Now

 


Smart ForFour & 3 Seat Sports Car

 

 

 

 

   Some new Smart cars that the USA may eventually get?  Here’s hoping!

  

 

From WIKI

The Smart Forfour was a supermini that was produced by Smart between April 2004 and June 2006. Unlike the other models of the marque, the Forfour was a more conventional five-door hatchback with a relatively roomy interior, available as a four- / five-seater.

The car was produced at the NedCar factory in the Netherlands in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors. This is the same factory that produced Volvo 300 cars in 1970s and 1980s and the Volvo V40s in the 1990s. To save production costs, the Smart Forfour shares most of its components with the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt. This includes the chassis, suspension and a new generation of MIVEC petrol engines, ranging from the three cylinder 1.1 L (67 cu in) to the four cylinder 1.3 L (79 cu in) and 1.5 L (92 cu in) engines with power up to 80 kW (109 PS; 107 hp). The 1.5 L (92 cu in) common direct injection (cdi) diesel engine, on the contrary, is a three-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine derived from the four-cylinder used in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and is available with either 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) or 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp).

A Brabus-prepared sports version has been available since 2005. It is powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G15 engine, developing 130 kW (177 PS; 174 hp), 27 PS (20 kW; 27 hp) more than the Mitsubishi Colt CZT. It can reach a maximum speed of 221 km/h (137 mph) and accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 6.9 seconds. The Forfour was to be sold in the United States along with the revived Smart Formore vehicle.[1] However, due to slow sales, the Forfour has been phased out from production. [2]

The sales brochures state that the interior “is designed around the concept of a lounge”; to test this, Top Gear presenters spent 24 hours inside the Forfour. They said it was a nice place to be in but they would not buy the car due to its high price compared to its rivals.

Following Smart’s success launching the fortwo in the US, and due to a surprise increase in popularity in the forfour, Mercedes-Benz exec Rainer Schmückle recently revealed that officials were considering relaunching the car.[3]

Electric version

A Smart forFour has been converted into a plug-in hybrid by Lithium Technology Corporation and Zytek Systems. The lithium-ion battery can propel the vehicle up to 84 mph (135 km/h) and last on its own for up to 20 miles (32 km). The engine is a combination of a 68 hp (51 kW; 69 PS), 1.5 L (92 cu in), three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors. It received an award from the Energy Saving Trust for the “Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge” project [4].

 


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