The new Launch Bonus Pack includes a collection of ten cars previously available only to those Forza 4 players who had either pre-ordered from specific retail outlets, or picked up the game during its first run via the "Ship Bonus Car Pack." The new Launch Bonus Pack is available for Xbox Live and can be yours for 560 Microsoft Points.
Microsoft isn’t letting up on what they are calling the most cutting-edge racing game in history in their Forza Motorsport series and they are bringing it back into the headlines with a Ferrari 458 Italia gracing the official cover and the list of goodies players will get if they preorder their copy.
The fourth installment of Forza is scheduled to hit shelves in the Fall 2011 and the new support for Kinect, as well as the classic controls, will be up and ready to thrill gamers. If Fall 2011 is too long to wait, fans of the game will be happy to know that U.S. retailers will be allowing them to pre-order Forza for $59.99.
Pre-ordering the game wouldn’t exactly be all that necessary if doing so didn’t open up the doors to a bunch of extra goodies. When you pre-order Forza Motorsport at any retail location, the game will come with an exclusive in-game car pack that includes a 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, a 2011 Koenigsegg Agera, a 1997 Lexus SC300, a 2011 RUF RGT-8, and a 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Players can race, tune, paint, and share their creations with their friends, but the pack will only be available in the first production run of “Forza Motorsport 4” game discs.
That’s not all, either. If gamers preorder their game at certain retailers, other fun prizes will be included in their pack. Hit the jump to check out the list of retailers and their extra goodies.
A Mercedes AMG model is no doubt a car that suggests luxury and wealth, so it doesn’t surprise us that someone would want to make their vehicle look as much like the AMG model as possible. And that’s exactly what someone tried to do when they transformed their Lexus SC300 into a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG.
The conversion was made by a Japanese guy with lots of spare time, and he actually started to do an impressive job. However, at some point he did not realize that enough was enough, and he ended up going way too far and ruining it all.
The car’s proportions are quite accurate, but the bonnet is very exaggerated, the side skirts are different, and the air vents are too big compared to the original model. The doors openings are also different and the rear is a total failure. The only things that resemble an SL55 AMG are the taillights and the double pipes from the exhaust system. The rest is just personal interpretation.
The SC430 may be getting booted headfirst out of Lexus’ lineup, but don’t think for one minute that the Japanese auto brand hasn’t already made plans for a successor. Snuggling itself in the SC430’s slot will be the LC600h (tentatively named) which will be built on a shortened version of the next-generation LS platform. A Lexus insider claims that the LC600h will capture the essence of Lexus, including their performance, luxury, and environment causing it to reach the luxurious status of the Mercedes SL-Class.
The LC600h will be an all-wheel drive convertible with a retractable metal roof. It will be powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 hybrid system that will produce around 500 HP. That’s a helluva successor considering the current SC430 only delivers a measly 288hp in comparison. With this amount of power the future convertible will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
The Lexus insider further stated: "If we don’t get anymore nasty surprises on the economic front, then any time after 2015 might be the right time for the LC."
The official debut will be made at one of the major shows in 2014.
It’s not a secret that the Lexus SC430 has not seen much success on the market. The car was unveiled in 2002 and it has featured zero significant changes since then. This might be the reason why only a total of 1000 units where sold in 2009. So, Lexus has finally decided to put it to rest. The last units will be produced in July and the company will start preparing the next-generation SC that is set to debut in 2014.
The 2010 Lexus SC430 features an all-aluminum construction and is powered by a 4.3-liter engine that produces 288 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a remarkable 5.8 seconds. The engine is mated to a six-speed Sequential-Shift automatic transmission.
The next generation is supposed to be called the SC 600h and will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 matched to a hybrid electric system. Competition for this model is said to be the Mercedes SL-Class.
Let’s face it; after 9 years of mediocre history, Lexus is set to cut the lifeline out of the SC430. But despite its lack of success, the last set of units that will be offered for the SC430 will come as a special edition: the SC430 Platinum Edition.
This special edition will be distinguished by xenon headlights, metallic paint, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels in six-spoke design. The interior will get air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, a big audio system with CD changer and nine speakers, and a navigation system with maps for Europe.
Lexus announced no successor for the SC430, so - for now, at least - the Lexus IS Convertible will just have to be enough.
The Lexus SC430 luxury convertible is entering the 2010 model year with more standard technologies. It is now on sale at a price of $67,505.
The SC’s sleek style is enhanced by a low-profile front grille surrounded by chrome. The aggressive front bumper, projector-lens headlamps and stylish rear combination LED taillamps add to its fluid design. It comes equipped with iPod/USB Connectivity, Streaming Audio, Lexus Navigation System and Mark Levinson Premium Audio System.
The 2010 Lexus SC430 features an all-aluminum construction, and is powered by a 4.3-liter engine that produces 288 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a remarkable 5.8 seconds. The engine is mated to a six-speed Sequential-Shift automatic transmission. The sequential-shifting capability enhances performance by allowing the driver to nudge the gearshift forward or backward. It works in conjunction with the Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), which compensates for uphills, downhills and headwinds, even adapting shift-timing to the driver’s acceleration habits.
The Lexus SC was first launched by the luxury division of Toyota in 1991. But if there was nothing impressive about the design back then, all changed with the launch of the second generation in 2002. But this is still not enough. If Lexus wants to still be important on the personal luxury coupe class they need to do something about it. And they will with the launch of the third generation SC in 2009.
The launch of the LF-A Roadster Concept at the Detroit Auto Show gave us a pretty good idea of how the future Lexus models will look like. And inspired by the Concept’s design here’s how we presume the third generation SC might look like.
Lexus has to come with something big that will easily compete with models like BMW 3-Series. In order to do this, the exterior changes aren’t the only one that are required. There are important changes required under the hood too.
Click on read to find out more about the 2010 Lexus SC.
Metal-roofed convertibles are sturdier, safer, and offer better handling and a dramatically quieter ride than any ragtop. They are sexy, unsafe, pricey, cramped, and eminently unsuitable for families.
As a result, many prospective car buyers just glance at them longingly in the showroom before driving off in a minivan or crossover. But safety is increasingly less of a factor. That’s because these days auto makers offer convertibles with the sensuality of a ragtop and the solidity of a (...) > Full story