The company is working on performance upgrades for both the diesel- and gasoline-powered cars, starting with a front limited-slip differential. The AC Schnitzer diff can lock up to 75 percent, making corner exits both faster and more accurate.
Schnitzer offers a high-performance brake system with four-piston calipers, slotted discs, new brake pads, new caliper holder and steel flexible brake lines. Elsewhere underneath, a height-adjustable racing suspension is offered, or just a spring kit. The company also will have an aluminum strut brace and antiroll bar to keep the coupe even more planted in the corners.
Exterior and interior upgrades are available. Schnitzer offers a décor set with different designs. They come with a sticker reading, “Technology & Design.” Inside, the company will upgrade the pedals, gearshift, foot rests and floormats with brushed versions or versions with logos applied. Bigger wheels are also available with corresponding tires.
That plan is toast, courtesy of the Internet. Road & Track magazine touted its next issue with a video on YouTube–since pulled–that revealed the Lexus LF-LC. Another photo of the car has shown up on the Web site of the U.K.’s Car magazine.
The LF-LC is another salvo in Lexus’s bid to boost the excitement level of its styling. The grille builds upon the nose that debuted on the LF-Gh concept that previewed the redesigned Lexus GS sedan. And the coupe styling makes us believe that Lexus is thinking that it might be possible to release a successor to the now-departed SC coupe, which was based on the platform used for the LS sedan.
The 2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe, pictured here in production guise for the first time, arrives just 20 months after it was previewed as a concept car at the 2010 Beijing motor show. It joins the existing coupe and convertible in an expanded range of 6-series models aiming to attract buyers who place greater emphasis on outright style than sheer practicality. It will make its public debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show.
Stylistically, the Gran Coupe is identical to the second-generation 6-series coupe and convertible, from its forward-leaning kidney grille to the upper trailing edge of its windscreen. However, the car adopts a longer roof structure, shorter front doors, more substantial B-pillars and two conventionally front-hinged rear doors, providing it with added levels of everyday practicality. But to maintain a degree of coupelike style, all four doors are frameless.
Like the IPL coupe, the IPL convertible will get an increase of 18 hp over the non-IPL version, making 343 hp and 6 lb-ft more torque (to 273 lb-ft). Pricing for the convertible has not been announced.
Exterior modifications include a new front bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights, sculpted side sills and chrome exhaust tips. The car comes in Moonlight white and Malbec black. Interior color options are also limited to two: Stone and Monaco red, with red-stitched leather-appointed seats and steering wheel.
The convertible gets a three-piece power-retractable hardtop.
- Infiniti shows off performance G convertible concept (content.usatoday.com)
Many more photos HERE: Best Car Trends.com 2011 BMW M3 Frozen Black
The 2011 BMW Frozen Black Edition M3 coupe is a blacked-out, even more sinister version of the imposing M3. Consider this if the Le Mans blue or others colors don’t suit your tastes. Only 20 are coming to North America, and that started in June. Good luck getting one. The base sticker is $80,525.
The “frozen” paint adds a matte finish to the black paint, which is meant to accentuate the lines and contours of this BMW muscle coupe. It’s a glorified paint job but look at it–and drive it–and you won’t debate the merits of the proposition. The Batmobile look is set off by glossy black gills on the sides, the kidney grille in front and on the exhaust pipes. There also are red brake calipers that catch the eye even in motion. The car also gets the competition pack, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters and adds M3GTS 19-inch wheels.
Power is the same as in the “standard M3,” with a 4.0-liter V8 pushing out 414 hp. It’s only offered with the dual-clutch transmission, which lowers the sprint to 60 mph two-tenths of a second to 4.5 seconds.
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.
- Official: First 2012 Audi TT RS delivered in Texas (autoblog.com)
- Audi TT RS (poor man’s R8) still will set you back $57K (content.usatoday.com)