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Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

  Los Angeles Auto Show

The current big Bentley, the Arnage family, is taking a final bow. While the premiere of last year’s Brooklands was a car that was more for the English crowd (foul-weather friendly hard top, understated coupe styling, etc.), the 2009 Azure T is more for an American crowd ("hey look me and at what I can afford!")

It’s safe to write that the Azure T is the most elegant convertible at the moment. PETA gets woozy every time it thinks about how many cows had to die so that the ultra-rich can have coddled hands, legs, elbows and butts. Like any good Bentley, there are only understated changes to the exterior. Little things like new 20-inch five-spoke two-piece alloy wheels, ‘Le Mans’ lower front wing air vents, and dark-tinted upper and lower grilles.

Bentley Azure T

Like with most big Bentleys, its no slouch. Under the hood Bentley placed a liter twin-turbocharged version of their older-than-dust 6.75 V8 engine that produces 500bhp (50 hp more than the standard Arnage sedan, but 30 hp less than the Brooklands). The Azure T makes the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.2 seconds, hits 100 mph in 12.1 seconds, and doesn’t stop until it reaches the top speed of 179 mph.

Bentley Azure T

While all Bentleys are extremely exclusive, there was no announced cap on productions as there is with the 550-unit Brooklands. Then again, it’s likely there won’t be too many neighbors picking up the kids from soccer practice in this.

The car is set to debut at the LA Auto Show this month. Why LA? Because although Bentley would not divulge the price of the super-lux ragtop (the Brooklands cost $680,000,) most of those who can afford it have had their names on a few movie posters or at least rapped about how much money they have.

If you want to be reminded of just how much money you don’t make, read the press release after the jump.


It’s time for us to apologize. We sample factory material, expert analysis, manufacture’s websites, industry rumors and other blogs, but sometimes we still just can’t get it right. Our predictions had the Nissan 370Z rated at 330 hp, and today we got the news that the official rating is 332 hp — we understand if you never want to read this site again.

As part of the specifications for the LA Auto Show lineup, Nissan revealed official details about the car. The new 370Z features a shorter wheelbase, greater use of lightweight body materials, larger engine with 26 more horsepower, a new 7-speed automatic transmission and the world’s first synchronized downshift rev matching system for the 6-speed manual transmission.

The same release revealed the full list of manufacture’s debuts for the 2009 LA Show. The list includes: Ford Fusion Ford Fusion /Fusion Hybrid, 2010 Ford Mustang, Hyundai Hyundai Sonata Hybrid concept, Infiniti Infiniti G37 Convertible, Kia Kia Borrego FCEV concept, Lincoln Lincoln MKZ, Mazda Mazda 3, Mercury Mercury Milan/Milan Hybrid, MINI E, Nissan 370 Z, Nissan Cube, Porsche Boxster and Cayman, Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid concept and Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI.

n2a Motors has been teasing the auto world with the Anteros since the 2006 SEMA show . But now it seems like the company may have gotten it together as a final version will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

n2a Motors Antero coming to LA Auto Show

The Anteros is built using a 2009 Corvette platform, and base versions are powered by a LS3 V8 engine that delivers the same 430 hp and 424 lb.-ft. of torque as the standard Corvette coupe. The Anteros based on the Z06 platform gets a little extra sweetening from Lingenfelter with a 630 horsepower performance package. The company will start taking orders for the car in 2009 and will be priced at $149,500 for the coupe version and $154,500 for the convertible version. The Anteros based on the Z06 platform is priced at $176,500.

n2a Motors Antero coming to LA Auto Show

n2a takes a donor Corvette, strips it down, and then reassembles the body using carbon-composite body panels. This sleeker, lighter body is then matched with new wheels and exhaust system to give this a custom car look outside.

If you already like the Corvette’s interior, then the the Anteros won’t disappoint. For the rest of us (although n2a says that there are new leather seats, leather dash, Italian carpeting, and leather-wrapped interior panels,) the lineage of the donor Corvette is unmistakable.

Press release after the jump

A couple of weeks ago we sawleaked official images of the refreshed 2010 Porsche Cayman and Boxster . At that time we knew it didn’t mater much because the car would be in the flesh this month at the LA Auto Show. Now we have further proof that Porsche hasn’t shied away from the show, as these Caymans were caught coming out of cargo on the tarmac at LAX airport.

The new Cayman will feature redesigned front bumpers with LED lights and revised rear bumpers with new tail lamps. Like the 2009 911, the 2010 Boxster and Cayman will be offered with the new PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Source: CaymanClub

The 370Z will make its official debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the first official images have already hit the press. But those came from a studio, where Nissan got to put the car in whatever light it wanted. Now we’ve got pics from a European press event, so we can confirm the car is just as cool in real life.

As a reminder, one of the biggest differences between the 350Z and the 370Z is the engine. The 370Z get upgraded to a 3.7-liter version of the Nissan VQ six-cylinder that is currently in use in the G37 coupe and sedan. The engine delivers 330 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Source: The370z

Although this car may look cool, be careful. When someone asks where you got this special edition Infiniti G37 convertible , you may have to respond, "I got it at Bloomies!" - not very manly.

Infiniti G37 Convertible Bloomingdale Special Edition

This limited edition G37 is offered exclusively through Bloomingdale’s annual holiday catalog. The Infiniti Premier Edition G37 convertible features a dark gray Platinum Graphite exterior, exclusive Monaco Red leather-trimmed interior with hand-crafted, red-stained genuine maple wood trim, and a special grille and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but orders for this special edition will be taken starting at noon on November 10th. Not bad considering the car premieres at the Los Angles Auto Show, which starts November 21st.

Source: Inside Line

Lexus will unveil the 2010 RX at the Los Angeles Auto Show . Today Autospies posted the first leaked images of the RX350 and 450h from its new brochure.

Our Japanese is a little rusty, so we haven’t been able to lift any new technical details yet. What we do get is a sense of how close Lexus kept the new car to the LF-Xh hybrid concept revealed at last year’s Tokyo Auto Show. The new RX carries the new Lexus corporate look, which Lexus calls "L-finesse" styling. Still, even after a redesign, the RX hasn’t changed too much from when it first arrived in the U.S. over a decade ago.

More pics after the jump

Source: Autospies

Lexus confirmed today that the 2010 RX will make its world debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The design of the 2010 RX will not stray too far from the current design , which didn’t stray too far from the original 1997 design. The updates to look of the RX will likely be inspired by the Lexus LF-Xh hybrid Concept revealed last year at the Tokyo Show (using Lexus’ "L-finesse" style.)

Not much is known about the technical details, except that the next generation will continue to receive a hybrid version. When we know more, you’ll know more.


Hooray the hood is revealed! Oh wait, it’s only part of the hood, but a least we get a closer look at the orange paint that Ford has used on the concept and teaser shots.

Once again we’ve fallen for Ford’s ploy to keep the Mustang on the blogs. Now comes the part where we remind you that 2010 Mustang will be based on the the Giugiaro concept and will be offered with a V6 and a variety of V8 engines, blah, blah, blah. By the time the car makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the only thing Ford will have not teased us with will be the rear seat cupholder.

The MAZDA KAAN is an electric race car designed to compete in the E1 races, the pinnacle of international motorsports in terms of technology and popularity. In 2025, California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world. MAZDA’s patented electronic tire system uses this technology to power the KAAN to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions!

LA Design Challenge: Mazda KAAN

The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together. Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons, the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic and powerful it becomes.

Inspiration for the KAAN comes from electric fields and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning bolt. The car is uniquely designed around its powerful electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton formations and a team victory.


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