BMW had just opened its phone lines for the new Frozen Gray M3 and, like a salesperson’s dream, the U.S only car sold out. All 30 examples were gone in the blink of an eye.
Larry Koch, M brand manager for BMW of North America said, “The Frozen Gray M3 is a striking work of sculpture, speed, and style, and perfectly marks the 25th birthday of the M3 model. I’m personally thrilled to see that our customers are as excited about it as we are. We filled the thirty reservation slots within twelve minutes and took the names of at least fifty alternates in the first hour.”
The U.S only Frozen Gray M3 carried a $10,000 premium for the paint job, other mandatory upgrades, and other options that aren’t found on the base M3. The Frozen Gray M3 had a price tag of $77,600 and was covered in a Space Gray base coat and then in a BMW ColorSystem silk matte clear coat. This paint job is what sets the car apart from all other M3s.
Inside, the limited-run M3 will get a Fox Red and black bi-colored Novillo leather interior.
BMW says that the Frozen Gray M3 will get the same motor as the base M3, a 414 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 and the M double clutch transmission. Thankfully, a manual is an option.
Along with the fancy paint, the new M3 gets 19-inch wheels, Dynamic Stability Control with performance-modified mapping, Electronic Damping Control, and a 10mm lowered suspension.
So owners of this limited-run M3, BMW says that you will get a one-day enrollment at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina.
When Honda announced that they would stop making the S2000 the world was made a little bit worse. That was always one of the best sports cars on the market, if not the best.
The digital instrument panel looked like something out of a starship and the interior was so wacky that it was hard not to love it. The noise was amazing and the handling was sensational. It was fast, cheap, and looked good, not to mention the insanely high red line.
With the S2000 gone, what are we going to do? There is nothing quite like it on the market today. Today’s cars are getting softer not harder. Toyota pushed the date back on their FT-86 and Mazda will be getting rid of the RX-8 soon. The American car companies make muscle cars that are too heavy and terrible at handling, apart from the Ford Mustang. Really, if you want a fast, crazy, two-seat sports car there is little to choose from in today’s market.
Thank goodness we have Lotus. The Elise is a wonderful car if you live on a track, but it’s very hard on the road. The new Evora on the other hand, is a perfect mixture of track handling and a road precision.
Porsche has just announced that it’s going to launch the new 2011 Panamera with a V6 engine in the United States. Currently, the Panamera only comes with a V8 engine.
The new direct-injection V6 is a 3.6-liter with around 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Helping keep the car on the road will be an all-wheel drive system available on the Panamera 4, or rear-wheel drive on the base model. The base sedan will hit 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, while the all-wheel drive version will do it in 5.8 seconds. Speed freaks can shave that time by 0.2 seconds by adding the Sport Chrono Package Plus option, which will be a lot of money.
The V6 Panamera will be able to get 18 miles per gallon city and 27 on the highway. Not bad for a big fast German sedan.
Prices will start at $74,400 for the base model and the Panamera 4 will be $78,900.
The super sedan that upset a lot of Porsche purists has sold over 4,000 units since its launch last October and we suspect that the V6 option will only help those sales numbers.
The 2011 Porsche Panamera goes on sale this month in the U.S.
In 2008, Lexus unveiled the third-generation LX, which was a luxury-based version of the Toyota Land Cruiser SUV. The 2008 LX came with a new body, a new frame and a new engine. Two years later, Lexus is bumping up the 2010 LX 570 with new technological enhancements.
The Lexus LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers a total of 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 403 lb.-ft at 3,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a clocked 0 to 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed that is electronically-limited to 137 mph.
The LX 570 is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags, Active Front Headrests, dual-swivel Adaptive Front lighting System and Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
The lightweight English sports car maker Lotus has just announced pricing for the U.S. market version of their latest creation, the 2010 Evora, a mid engine, V6 powered, 2+2 that is set to go on sale sometime in the first quarter of 2010. New Lotus Evoras will start at $73,500 for the four seater Lotus. The piston pumper is a 3.5 Liter unit sourced from Toyota that makes an adequate 276 HP and 258 lb-ft of thrust. Aside from the brand new lines, owners will enjoy going from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds and hitting a top speed of 162 MPH while getting a very green 30+ miles per gallon while doing it. Judging from what we saw at the Miami Auto Show they will also look very good while doing it.
After being unveiled in London back in July, the 2010 Jaguar XJ is scheduled to make its official North American debut at the 59th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this Sunday on the 18th green of the Monterey golf course. The all new XJ will go on sale with an asking price starting at around $72,500 and will go all the way up to $115,000 for the top of the line supercharged XJ Supersport that makes 510 HP.
The new XJ will be available in the US with a choice of three available engines. The first is a 5.0 Liter naturally aspirated V8 that makes 385 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque, a 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 pumping out 470 HP and 424 lb-ft of torque while the top of the line 5.0 liter supercharged mill we mentioned earlier generates an axle snapping 461 lb-ft of twist.
Aside from the introduction of a few new gas burning power plants, the 2010 XJ benefits from a dramatic restyling that brings it more in line with the current Jaguar family.
Land Rovers are amazing vehicles; they have made a name for themselves traversing large bodies of uninhabitable land be it in desserts of Russia or the jungles of Belize. Sixty years ago Land Rovers were rugged machines, built to stand up to the greatest challenges. These days the level of luxury and sophistication has caught up with the off road machines capabilities. Unlike the classic Defender, modern Land Rovers are filled with high tech items like electronically locking differentials and adjustable ride height air suspension. With one of these vehicles you can cruise down the highway at 90 MPH, pull off onto the shoulder, turn a knob and the truck will automatically prepare itself to go rock crawling. The versatility of these vehicles is outstanding.
The now Indian Luxury automaker Land Rover has just announced prices for the upcoming 2010 Range Rover. The HSE is being priced at $79,275 and Tata is asking $95,125 for the supercharged version. The 2010 Range Rover is powered by either a naturally aspirated 5.0 Liter V8 that produces 375 HP and 375 lb-ft of torque wile the pressurized version boosts output to 510 HP and 461 lb-ft of torque.
For 2010 the Range Rover will be available in two different trim levels. First is the Autobiography Package for the supercharged Range that will set you back an additional $14,500 and the Luxury Interior Package for $4,950 available on the HSE model.
Jay Leno isn’t the only one lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the 510 HP Jaguar XF-R, thanks to our local Jaguar fleet service Top Speed has just received a brand new Indigo Blue version of the now Indian automaker’s high performance four door. The crown jewel of the XF-R is the new 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 that makes over 500 ground pounding horses and takes the XF from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 4.7 seconds and can complete the standing quarter mile in just over 13.0 seconds.
The XF-R sets itself apart from lesser XF models thanks to Jaguar’s aero performance design that includes a new lower hanging front bumper with a larger mesh grille and functional cutouts in the hood to allow a little hot air to vent. The sides of the car sit lower to the ground thanks to a set of restyled side skirts and out back the XF-R receives a subtle trunk mounted spoiler to go along with the distinctive R badge. One of the nicest touches included by the Jaguar design team are the 20 inch Nevis alloy wheels that clearly spell out that this XF is something special.
On the inside our XF-R is a step up from the standard model. There is the same familiar wood grain, but this time the seats are much more bolstered and are covered in a combination of London Tan and Charcoal leather that makes a set of seats that are as nice to look at as they are to sit in. Jaguar has kept the familiar dial style gear selector, but we have a hard time imagining it in any other setting aside from Sport. If you have ever been inside of an XF you know just how plush and luxurious the cabin can be, the XF-R takes it a step further and adds in a little taste of sport.
The GT500KR or “King of the Road” Mustang is the fourth limited-edition Mustang that Shelby Automobiles and Ford have brought to market since resuming their collaboration in 2001. The public will get its first taste of the GT500KR in late May, when selected dealers will offer the latest Shelby Mustang in a limited edition of 1,000 units for 2008. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the Mustang GT500KR is $79,995, including destination and delivery charges.
Each 2008 GT500KR model is identified by a special 40th Anniversary badge on the fenders and grille, distinctive body colored mirror caps and Shelby lettering stretching across the front of the hood and along the rear portion of the deck lid. A special Shelby Automobiles, Inc., Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tag is affixed inside each vehicle’s engine compartment.
The 2008 “King of the Road” packs a walloping dose of Ford performance under a sculpted carbon fiber hood. The Ford SVT-engineered 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 is enhanced with a series of Ford Racing-inspired upgrades that boosts horsepower to an estimated 540 and torque to 510 lb.-ft.
Yes! Roadster made its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. At its debut the German carmaker also released the pricing for its all new roadster: $77,995 for the 255-hp, naturally aspirated version and $97,995 for the 355-hp turbo roadster.
With a weight of only 890 kg, the two-seater is powered by a 3.2 liters V6 engine that delivers 255 hp. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds. It this is not enough for you, then you will be able to order the 3.2 Turbo version, that delivers 355 hp and has a weight of 930 kg. The Turbo version will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 175 mph.
Options include: $149 cupholder, $595 heated seats, $2,795 adjustable sports suspension, $2,995 air conditioning, $749 front and rear parking sensors.