Subscribe:
Chilton’s Repair:
Sponsored Ads:
Car Charger:
Sponsored Ads:
AutoBarn.com:
Auto Europe:
SuperTune Auto Parts:
CROW ENTERPRIZES SFI Red 1-Layer 1-Piece Auto Competitive Racing Suit Sz M
$29.99 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Mar-23-2017 19:51:37 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Auto Metal Direct 400-3567 Steel Floor Pan - Full 1967-69 Camaro/Firebird
$377.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 14:49:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $377.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

B&M 80641 Universal Auto / Automatic Trans Aluminum T-Handle Shift Knob
$28.48
End Date: Thursday Apr-13-2017 21:32:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28.48
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Fitting Adapter NPT 1/8" Female Metric M12X1.5 Male Replace auto meter 2277 _5P
$8.98
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 10:46:15 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8.98
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

B&M 80642 Universal Auto / Automatic Trans T-Handle Shift Knob (BLACK)
$23.25
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 20:57:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $23.25
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

RaceQuip 351005 Large 1-Layer Black Auto Racing Driving Gloves Nomex SFI Rated
$39.95
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 14:27:41 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 600 GRIT
$9.25
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 11:07:05 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $9.25
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Pyrotect Ankle Top Auto Racing Shoes SFI 5 Black 8 Men's
$45.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-23-2017 20:10:34 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

NEW SFI Auto Racing Dirt Drift Black Ribbon Window Net IMCA Wissota NHRA Safety
$23.95
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 10:41:57 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $23.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Metal Direct 925-4067-1 Tail Gate 1967-72 Chevy/GMC Fleetside
$152.99
End Date: Tuesday Apr-18-2017 4:39:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $152.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Archive for the ‘sports cars’ Category

PostHeaderIcon The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

It’s been rough going for Spyker over the past few years, but better days appear to be ahead for the Swedish maker of supercars thanks in part to a partnership it has entered with Koenigsegg. As per the agreement, Koenigsegg will now be the official engine supplier of both coupe and spyder versions of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, replacing Audi in that role and ushering a new era of supercar collaborations that could change the landscape of the segment in the coming years.

Yes, you read that right. Koenigsegg, the makers of all-conquering machines like the Regera and the One:1, will now be tasked to power Spyker’s future lineup of models, beginning with the two Preliator variants. The news comes as Spyker is set to present the C8 Preliator Spyder, the topless version of the coupe variant it unveiled in Geneva this time last year.

Remember, the C8 Preliator that was shown last year came with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that put out 517 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? But when compared to the new digs Spyker’s getting from Koenigsegg – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – well, we’re going to let the numbers paint the picture.

With the new V-8 bolted up, the C8 Preliator Spyder will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Sure, it’s not on the level of Koenigsegg’s four-wheel guided missiles, but it still comes as a slight improvement over the supercharged Audi V-8. It covered the same 60-mph time in 3.7 seconds before peaking at a similar 201-mph top speed.

But the Spyker-Koenigsegg partnership isn’t just about bigger engines, more power, and improved performance. It also points to something even more important, not only for both brands, but for the whole supercar segment entirely. Whereas competition remains the driving force of this market, this collaboration could open up a world of new possibilities for future supercar brands moving forward. It may be Spyker and Koenigsegg now, but imagine if, say, Koenigsegg and Bugatti joined forces to create the ultimate supercar? Impossible? Perhaps. But there was a time when the kind of partnership we’re seeing between Spyker and Koenigsegg would’ve been scoffed at as well.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati GranTurismo Clings to Life with New Sport Special Edition

The Maserati GranTurismo turns 10 in 2017 and refuses to die. Not that I want it to die, but just when I thought that the grand tourer was almost forgotten, the Italian firm popped up with a new special-edition model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Called the GranTurismo Sport Special, it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 3500 GT, a sports car that also debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and became one of the brand’s most iconic models.

Available for both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, the Sport Special Edition standards out by means of a new Rosso Italiano, three-layer paint – which mimics the red of Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1-winning 250F race car – and 20-inch alloy wheels in Glossy Black with “Special Edition” logos. Customers can also pick from other two special colors or four of the standard hues in the GranTurismo palette.

The interior has also been reimagined around Poltrona Frau leather or a leather/Alcantara combination for the upholstery and new stitching available in four different combinations. Maserati also added door sills in carbon fiber featuring the “Special Edition logo” and the dedicated plate on the central tunnel with a carbon fiber holder, commemorating the anniversary and the limited production run of 400 units.

There are no changes in the drivetrain compartment, so both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio feature the standard Ferrari-made, 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed sequential or automatic gearboxes.

Only 400 examples will be made, and chances are that the Sport Special is among the final iterations of the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Maserati GranTurismo Clings to Life with New Sport Special Edition

The Maserati GranTurismo turns 10 in 2017 and refuses to die. Not that I want it to die, but just when I thought that the grand tourer was almost forgotten, the Italian firm popped up with a new special-edition model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Called the GranTurismo Sport Special, it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 3500 GT, a sports car that also debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and became one of the brand’s most iconic models.

Available for both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models, the Sport Special Edition standards out by means of a new Rosso Italiano, three-layer paint – which mimics the red of Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1-winning 250F race car – and 20-inch alloy wheels in Glossy Black with “Special Edition” logos. Customers can also pick from other two special colors or four of the standard hues in the GranTurismo palette.

The interior has also been reimagined around Poltrona Frau leather or a leather/Alcantara combination for the upholstery and new stitching available in four different combinations. Maserati also added door sills in carbon fiber featuring the “Special Edition logo” and the dedicated plate on the central tunnel with a carbon fiber holder, commemorating the anniversary and the limited production run of 400 units.

There are no changes in the drivetrain compartment, so both the GranTurismo and GranCabrio feature the standard Ferrari-made, 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed sequential or automatic gearboxes.

Only 400 examples will be made, and chances are that the Sport Special is among the final iterations of the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon The Ferrari 812 Superfast Looks Like A Mix Of Modern Go-Fast Tech And Traditional Maranello Attitude

Ferrari is most definitely a company that’s very set in its ways. One good example of this comes from the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, who was famously quoted as saying “aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” Of course, as we all know, aero is now a crucial element of any modern Prancing Horse, but the point is this – Ferrari doesn’t change unless it’s forced to. Usually, it’s a faster on-track rival that forces the change from the win-or-nothing Ferrari, but sometimes, it’s market pressures that dictate some degree of adaptation. But even when (or perhaps “if” would be more accurate) the Italian marque concedes to change, it still zealously defends that original kernel of what a Ferrari is “supposed” to be. The latest example of this is the 812 Superfast, which just debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show sporting a mix of the new and the traditional, offering us a cocktail of all that old-school magic, but in a thoroughly updated glass.

Not that you’d know it from a single glance at the press photos and spec sheet. The exterior is sharp and decked-out in adaptive aerodynamics, while the engine is the most powerful lump ever added to a road-going production Ferrari. Not only that, but the top speed is rated at over 211 mph, which means it’s also the fastest road-going mass-production Ferrari ever built.

But if you look past the numbers, you’ll find the past rearing its head again and again…

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Velocity Is The First MSO Special-Edition Super Series

It’s been only 24 hours since McLaren introduced the second-generation Super Series at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and the British firm has already unveiled the first special-edition model customized by MSO (McLaren Special Operations).

That didn’t take long, huh?

Called the 720S Velocity, this special model stands out immediately thanks to its bespoke two-tone paint. The front and upper body panels are finished in Nerello Red, a brand-new color, while the sides and the rear of the car are wrapped in Volcano Red. The combination creates a fade out effect from front to rear, a first for an MSO-created McLaren. The unique paint job is complemented by Metallic Bronze alloy wheels and a range of clear carbon-fiber elements, including the rear deck vent, the rear aero bridge, and the sill covers.

Once inside, we are greeted by Carbon Black Alcantara trim, Harissa Red leather inserts, and matching highlights on the dashboard, steering wheel, door panel, and sports seats. The headlines and the B-pillars are covered in Carbon Black Alcantara with Harissa Red contrast stitching.

The drivetrain is identical to the standard model, meaning that motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Derived from the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 from the previous Super Series, the 4.0-liter unit is 41-percent new and generates 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes “less than three seconds,” while the 124-mph benchmark comes in “less than eight” seconds, according to McLaren. Top speed is now rated at a mind-boggling 212 mph.

The Velocity costs around £335,000 (about $406,960) depending on options, which represents a £126,400 (around $153,580) premium over the standard 720S. McLaren says it’s just one of five MSO themes prepared for the new Super Series, with the other four being named GT, Pacific, Track, and Stealth.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon The Audi RS 5 DTM Looks Ready To Take On Any Competition

Most of Audi’s cars leave me feeling unimpressed and always wishing for more, at least in the looks department, but Audi’s race cars have never let me down. The last-gen RS 5 DTM was beautiful, powerful, and full of aggressiveness that says “I want to eat your face.” But, racing regulations have changed since that last RS 5 DTM rolled onto the track for the first time, so there was no telling how the next-gen model would look. Then, the doors to the Geneva Auto Show opened to the public and what did we see sitting alongside the road-going RS 5? You guessed it – the next-gen RS 5 DTM. New regulations require these cars be harder to drive, in hopes that it will put more emphasis on the skill of the man (or woman) behind the wheel. That means reduced aerodynamic downforce, different tire setups, and a car that sits higher than before. Be that as it may, the new RS 5 DTM still looks like it wants to eat your face, and your children, for that matter.

Changes to the body include the new-gen headlights, a sticker that resembles the new RS5’s wider grille, revised side skirts that have fewer winglets and a whole new design in the rear, and more rounded wheel arches. In the rear, the GTM receives new, sleeker taillights and a new rear diffuser that isn’t quite as aggressive and has a few more fins. The Spoiler is now angled less aggressively. Overall, it’s an attractive looking race car and certainly looks like it’s ready to tackle the competition. The DTM will ride a little high and makes use of softer tires supplied by Hankook, and are actually designed to offer quicker lap times from the start, but start degrading after just a few laps. But, there’s a little more to talk about, so click “continue reading” to learn more.


PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 V10 By ABT Sportsline

For all of the warts the Audi R8 V10 has – limited storage and ridiculously high price tag, and others – the German supercar has proven to be one of the best all-around performance machines in the market today. It’s got a true sports car look to it and that screaming V-10 engine makes sweet, sweet music to the ears. It’s also become an aftermarket favorite, which speaks to the versatility of the car to stand on its own, while also having enough room for modifications of aesthetic and performance varieties. The R8’s appeal to the tuning industry is evident by the number of programs it has received. And at least one of them will be making an appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline and in the tradition of previous programs for the German supercar, this kit comes packing with gobbles and gobbles of features, including a performance upgrade that nets an output of 630 horsepower, 20 ponies more than its standard counterpart.

More power, less weight. That, in a nutshell, is the German tuner’s objective with its R8 program is simple. There’s something to be said for four simple words to mean so much more than the sum of their parts, but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. The kit, when described individually by their parts, isn’t going to blow anybody’s expectations out of the water. But all together, they help create a version of the R8 V10 that’s well worth the attention it will no doubt receive, not only in Geneva, but in all roads where they’re spotted.

That’s a lot of praise going to ABT Sportsline for its new tuning program for the Audi R8 V10, but for a company that’s been around for 120 years in some form or fashion, it’s hard to expect anything less.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline


PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Europa

The Fiat 124 Spider may be a new car on the surface, having first been introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. But there’s more to the lightweight two-door roadster than what meets the eye. For instance, the 124 Spider may consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a direct rival, but the two so-called competitors have more in common than people think, including the fact that they share the same underpinnings. Here’s another surprising fact about the 124 Spider: it wasn’t supposed to exist. Yep, the framework that led to the development of the 124 Spider was supposed to be for an Alfa Romeo roadster. But FCA, owners of both Fiat and Alfa Romeo, ultimately decided to give it to the Fiat. And so, the Fiat 124 Spider was born.

Today, the 124 Spider has been a busy sports car for Fiat. It’s been featured numerous times in various special edition variants. That now includes two versions of the car that will be on hand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those models is the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, which our colleague Jonathan Lopez featured a few days ago. The other is this one: the Fiat 124 Spider Europa.

Developed to celebrate the launch of the original, Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider that swept many enthusiasts off their feet back in 1981, the 124 Spider Europa gets its fair share of unique features, not the least of which is a body finish that Fiat describes as the “ultimate color that identifies Italian sporty two-seaters.” The special edition roadster also gets components from Mopar and a slew of exclusive touches that have been thrown in to highlight the car’s celebratory special edition status.

All these items add up to create an impressive two-door roadster that does its predecessor and its legacy proud.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Fiat 124 Spider Europa


PostHeaderIcon Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline

This time last year, ABT Sportsline was preparing its involvement at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and one of the cars that it was presenting was the Audi RS6 Avant. It’s funny then that exactly a year later, the German tuner is back in Geneva and one of the cars it’s bringing with it to the auto show is… the Audi RS6 Avant. But before you start screaming “recycle,” it’s important to know that this isn’t last year’s program. In fact, it’s different in a lot of ways, starting with its name: the Audi RS6+ Avant.

Okay, the “+” is the only thing different with the name, but let it be said that, for better or worse, there are a lot of differences between last year’s program and this new one. This program, for example, has a more rounded aerodynamic package than last years. On the other hand, last year’s engine upgrade program – believe it or not – resulted in more power for the RS6 compared to this year’s engine upgrade program. Weird, right?

Most importantly, though, the Audi RS6+ isn’t just made up of a tuning kit like it was with last year’s offering. This version of Audi’s stately wagon is actually a special edition model that’s part of the German tuner’s lineup for the 2017 staging of the Geneva Motor Show. Only 50 units of the RS6+ will be built with the first production of the 50 being the one that will attend the show.

So if somebody you know wonders what the “+” is for in the car’s name, remind them that this creation by ABT Sportsline isn’t a traditional tuning kit. Instead, it’s a tuning kit developed specifically for this car with the intent to sell said tuned cars in very limited numbers. Makes sense now, right?

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline.


PostHeaderIcon The McLaren 720S Just Got Leaked and It's Gorgeous!

A while back we had our first look at the upcoming McLaren Super Series via photos taken at a private customer event. Although we saw most of the car’s design, the photos weren’t the best quality and left us wanting more. With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show set to kick in next week, a new photo, that seems to be part of the Super Series official press release, surfaced the web. This is the first high-quality photos of the upcoming supercar and gives us a much better look at the new design. And needless to say, the successor to the 650S is absolutely gorgeous!

A mix of organic lines, vents and aerodynamic features, the second-generation Super Series is a radical departure from the outgoing model and I dare say it’s more menacing than even the P1 hybrid. Although the front section isn’t visible, it’s pretty obvious that the styling is very similar to our rendering, which you can see here. The sides have been redesigned too, and even though they seem much cleaner, the design is definitely sporty and in line with what I expect from a modern supercar.

Around back, there’s a very slim fascia with strip-like LED taillights and a pair of exhaust pipes mounted in the grille, on each side for the “McLaren” logo. The diffuser is clearly inspired by racing, while the movable wing is actually a large chunk of the long decklid. The engine hood consists of a large glass area through which you can see the V-8 engine, while the lower, V-shaped section has aggressive louvers and it’s flanked by deep outlets atop the rear fenders.

The teaser also gives us a glimpse of the interior, where we can see aggressive bucket seats, the new flat-bottom steering wheel, and the intelligent instrument cluster. Orange details that match the exterior paint add a splash of color to the otherwise black upholstery. Finally, the license plate confirms that the model will be called the 720S, which stands for the 720-PS (710-horsepower) output.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Audi TT RS-R by ABT Sportsline

The story of the Audi TT RS dates back to 2009 when it was conceived to serve as the range-topping variant of the automaker’s family of TT sports cars. Eight years and a generation change later, the TT RS remains as the embodiment of Audi performance mixed in with an affordable price tag. Yes, there’s the R8 supercar now too, but those bad boys easily fetch six figures in base form. The TT, for all intents and purposes, has served as Audi’s everyman sports car, and the TT RS is becoming the most desirable of the lot.

It’s only fitting, then, that just months after the new-generation Audi TT RS officially made its debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the first in what will inevitably end up being a long list of tuning programs for the sports car will make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This program, which is dubbed the TT RS-R, comes by way of ABT Sportsline, who you may know for its laundry list of available tuning kits for models wearing the four rings badge.

The German tuner knows its Audis the same way LeBron James knows basketball, so it’s no surprise that it’s initial offering for the TT RS comes with a load of upgrades. But none are more important than power gains to the car’s new 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, which bring power to 500 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

The power gains are impressive, but seeing as this is ABT Sportsline we’re talking about here, there’s more to this TT RS program than raunchy power and neck-straining performance. Exterior upgrades are available, and they are aplenty. Same thing with updates on the interior, which count as a lot considering that all the work put into that section was taken cared of by ABT Individual, the tuner’s very own in-house personalization division.

Sadly, there is a caveat to ABT’s TT RS-R, and that’s quantity. The tuner, for one reason or another, decided to build only 50 examples of the program, making it that much more exclusive and a lot harder to get. The good news is that according to ABT, individual components of the program are available for conversions. So if you don’t get the full TT RS-R experience, there are other ways to get, well, some parts of it.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi TT RS-R by ABT Sportsline


PostHeaderIcon Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione

Fiat introduced the 124 Spider in 2015 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, framing it as an affordable, compact, lightweight two-door roadster. Built from the bones of the acclaimed fourth-generation (ND) Mazda MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider stands out next to its Japanese cousin thanks to distinctive Italian exterior styling and a Fiat-sourced turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline four-cylinder engine. Although its only been on the market for a few years, Fiat has already offered a selection of special edition variants, and now, there’s a new one called the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, sporting new exterior flourishes, premium materials in the cabin, a few extra ponies, and an upgraded exhaust system.

Developed in conjunction with Squadra Corse Abarth (Abarth is Fiat’s racing and performance division, which designates its models with a red and yellow scorpion badge), Fiat is touting the new Scorpione special edition as a “a version designed for customers seeking the essence of unadulterated driving pleasure.”

Kicking it off, you’ll find the body panels are covered in a San Marino 1972 Black livery, complete with Forgiato Grey trim pieces. Alternatively, buyers can also get theirs in Turini 1975 White. Both hues are a nod to Abarth’s successful competition past.

Output from the turbo 1.4-liter powerplant is rated at a slightly higher 170 horsepower (standard spec is rated at 160 horses), while torque matches that of the original production machine at 185 pound-feet. Routing the output to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual transmission, but an Esseesse Sporty Sequential automatic gearbox is offered as an available option.

There are a few more tricks up this thing’s sleeve, so read on for all the details before it drops cover at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next week.

Continue reading to learn more about the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione.


PostHeaderIcon McLaren Unveils Revolutionary, Folding Instrument Cluster for Next Super Series

With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, McLaren is releasing more information about the upcoming, second-generation Super Series. Having already detailed the drivetrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, the British firm showcases the vehicle’s interior, which will include a new driver interface, a sophisticated design, and enhanced visibility and space.

The highlight of the Super Series’ cabin is its all-new driver interface, which incorporates “a revolutionary approach to information display” and delivers “unrivaled levels of driver engagement.” Called the Folding Drive Display, the device starts of in Full Display Mode and provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen. The format changes according to what driving mode is selecting from Comfort, Sport, or Track. This is by no means revolutionary, but the display can be switched to Slim Display Mode, which sees the display slide down to show only essential information in a strip, just like in a race car. This is the ideal when driving at the track or for those who prefer simplicity.

The eight-inch infotainment screen in the center stack is described as “new integrated approach to sharing information” and runs multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel with access to audio, media, and navigation controls, among other features. On top of that, it provides quick-access keys to other functions, making the infotainment system much easier to use while driving.

McLaren also shared a bit of info about the interior layout. The new Super Series features switches machined from aluminum and the “finest leather upholstery and trim”. The “light, airy cabin” also offers “unparalleled visibility and space.” McLaren also claims that the Super Series’ cabin will rapidly become recognized as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Could Find Itself In Serious Trouble If Scandalous Allegations Are Proven True

Just when you thought that the auto industry was on the mend after numerous scandals rocked it to its core, another potentially devastating scandal is on the horizon, this time involving Ferrari.

A report from The Daily Mail reveals that Florida-based Ferrari salesman Robert “Bud” Root has filed a pair of lawsuits in Florida alleging Ferrari of using a device that was designed to electronically roll back the digital odometers of Ferrari models that go on sale in the pre-owned (or second-hand) market. According to Root’s lawsuit, the practice of rolling back these odometers allows Ferrari owners to sell their Ferraris to unsuspecting buyers at grossly inflated prices.

The device is reportedly called the “Deis Tester, internet” and according to the lawsuit, it has been available since 2010 and has a software program that allows it to reset a Ferrari odometer back to as low as 0 miles. Not only that but Root also alleges that Ferrari headquarters in Maranello is complicit in the activity, even going so far as publishing a written policy manual detailing how the device works and having sole authority on when to actually use the device.

The lawsuit further adds that Ferrari “licenses the equipment, administers the passwords and remote log-in authorisations, electronically uploads and tracks functions through the use of the device – including odometer rollbacks – through aInternet connection, and stores the electronic data.”

As for why Root stepped forward threatening to blow the lid off of the allegedly illegal practice, it appears that the 71-year old salesman reportedly fired after discovering the use of the Deis Tester and implications it could have from a legal standpoint. Root even named one of his clients, retired Sara Lee CEO C. Steve McMillan, and accused him of paying off one of the dealership’s mechanics to roll back the odometer of his Ferrari LaFerrari back to 0 miles so he could sell it a higher price than what the car was supposed to be worth.

For its part, Ferrari of Palm Beach attorney Jason Kairalla issued a statement on behalf of the dealership, saying that it “does not litigate in the newspaper,” before adding its belief that the lawsuit filed by its employee “is wholly without merit and will be vigorously defended in court.”

Meanwhile, the Italian automaker has also commented on the allegations, telling Motor Authority that the automaker does not comment on litigation that involves third parties with respect to Ferrari North America and the litigation does not involve Ferrari. The automaker threw in its own caveat, adding that it “reserves” the right to take all appropriate action against any party that has adversely affected its rights.

Continue after the jump to read the full story


PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe Which Autonomous Car is the Fastest in the World

Five years ago, the thought of seeing autonomous cars on the road seemed like a far-fetched reality. These days, autonomous cars are touted as the future of the auto industry, and one car that prides itself on being able to drive by itself has set the performance benchmark for all the rest of the autonomous driving world to challenge. The Nio EP9 may not be a household name yet, but it recently made a strong case for itself at the Circuit of the Americas when it lapped the 3.4-mile circuit in 2:40.33, doing so while achieving a top speed of 160 mph and setting the record for the fastest self-driving car around the track.

Just as important (maybe even more so) is the 2:11.30 lap time it posted with a driver behind the wheel of the car with a top speed of 170 mph. All the same, the lap time is the fastest lap time around the famed circuit for a production car. The EP9’s achievement is a big milestone in it of itself, especially when you consider that the Aston Martin Vantage V8 racer that won a pole position in the GT-class car during the 2016 Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas managed to post its fastest lap of 2:04.61. Let it be said then: the EP9’s lap time with a driver behind the wheel is only seven seconds off the pace of track’s GT-class lap record. That’s impressive in any language.

Granted, the EP9’s record lap time might still ring hollow for some skeptics who believe that more autonomous cars should post their own lap times around COTA to “validate” Nio’s fastest lap around the track claims. But that’s neither Nio’s nor the EP9’s issue. All it can control is the lap time it posts; if somebody wants to put the EP9’s lap time in its proper place, that’s on them to make it happen.

Either way, there’s no denying that the Nio EP9 is a potent piece of autonomous driving machinery. The startup company says that its pride and joy is powered by four electric motors that combine to produce a staggering 1,341 horsepower. That allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds. Top speed is reportedly begged at 195 mph to go with a 265-mile range.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Renault Alpine A110

It took Renault about three years to transform the 2012 Alpine A110-50 Concept into a production-friendly vehicle, and the road-ready sports car is finally ready to hit the market. Come 2017 and the French company relaunched the Alpine brand at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the production model shares many design features with the concept cars Alpine showcased in recent years.

The most recent of them is dubbed Alpine Celebration Concept and broke cover ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was featured again a couple of weeks later in the year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and looked ready to hit the streets with minor modifications here and here.

As the name suggests, the Celebration Concept celebrated six decades since Alpine was established in Dieppe, France. Also, it pays homage to the classic 1961 -1973 Alpine A110, a sports car the French built from 1961 to 1977. Introduced as an evolution of the A108, the two-door “Berlinette” was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and used a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Among being Alpine’s most iconic model, the A110 was also a successful race car, winning the manufacturer’s title at the end of 1973 World Rally Championship.

All told, the new Alpine has a lot of heritage to build on and this is more than evident in the final production model.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Renault Alpine.


PostHeaderIcon BMW M240i ACL2S by AC Schnitzer

Noted BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has been in the tuning game for three decades and the company is preparing a special edition package to commemorate its 30th anniversary. And it’s only fitting with the 2017 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ACL2S, an evolved version of the ACL2 Concept the tuner showcased at last year’s Geneva show. Befitting its status as a legitimate anniversary piece, the ACL2S will not only be limited to just 30 units, but just as important, it was developed to encompass the tuner’s storied history as the quintessential tuning shop for all models wearing the BMW badge.

There’s a lot to piece through here, but it is quite obvious from the photos that AC Schnitzer has another winner on its hands. Not that people need to be convinced of that, but for those who are curious to know why the ACL2S is as good a celebratory special edition as there is in the market today, evidence can be found under the M240i’s hood where Bimmer’s new 3.0-liter straight-six B58 engine resides. Even with a few extra cc’s and a slightly larger turbocharger, the German tuner still put in the work to get the output up to 400 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Don’t look now, but those numbers actually slot comfortably between the BMW M2 and the BMW M4.

Beyond the impressive power gains, the ACL2S is also defined by extensive upgrades on the car’s exterior and interior, all of which come with the full scope of AC Schnitzer’s patented aftermarket expertise.

The attractive 30th-anniversary special edition M240i will no doubt turn some heads when it makes its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, it should be a mad dash to scoop up one of the 30 units that AC Schnitzer is going to make available to the public.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Hunting For A 6-Second Pass In A Nissan GT-R R35: Video

We all know the Nissan GT-R is an absolute beast – after all, in stock form it’ll lay down a blacktop-churning 565 horsepower thanks to its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 powerplant, six-speed automatic transmission, and high-performance AWD drivetrain. But per usual, tuners the world over see these figures as not much more than a starting point to build something bigger, badder, and a helluva lot faster. Enter Chicago-based tuner AMS Performance, a legendary shop with a long history of producing simply outrageous speed machines. One of its latest creations is this – the aptly named Alpha G GT-R. Total output is rated at a staggering 3,000 horsepower, which is enough to motivate this lightened and drag-slick-shod Godzilla to a low 7-second pass down the quarter mile. 1320 Video highlights the Alpha G in his 5-minute, 33-second video as its owner chases sixes.

Hit play, and you’ll get a walkaround on the Alpha G, from its carbon-laden exterior, to the exposed boost-makers and air elements in the nose, to the side exhaust, to the fat Hoosiers in the corners, to the parachute in back. Afterwards, we get to watch the Nissan strut its stuff, attacking the drag strip in a flurry of six-cylinder blasts, turbo spool, and barely contained traction.

You’ll have to watch the whole thing to see if the GT-R manages to dip into the six-second range, but trust me, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had along the way.


SuperTune Kit:
Auto Auctions:
2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG PREM CONVERTIBLE V6 PONY LEATHER 25K #326504 Texas Direct Auto
$17,980.00
End Date: Saturday Mar-25-2017 17:04:16 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $17,980.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE LT 7SPD REAR CAM 31K MI #122344 Texas Direct
$40,000.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 18:45:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $46,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2003 Ford Mustang Base Coupe 2-Door 03 Ford Mustang white Pony package Leather Clean Fax Low Miles
$1,525.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 5:18:42 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $3,999.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM 5.0L 6SPD LEATHER 20'S 13K #284331 Texas Direct
$25,480.00
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 17:05:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25,480.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1968 Ford Mustang 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE 1968 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE 302 AUTO LOADED SOLID METAL BEAUTIFUL CANDY APPLE RED
$14,601.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 5:34:47 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, 14k actual miles! TRADES/OFFERS?
$8,100.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 11:56:07 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS AUTO LEATHER NAV HUD 20'S 10K MI #203941 Texas Direct Auto
$28,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 17:24:46 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $28,980.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 2LT CONVERTIBLE NAV 8K #131224 Texas Direct
$33,000.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 17:12:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $52,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door Ford Mustang GT
$24,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 16:34:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29,500.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 Ford F-150 FX4 2014 FORD F150 FX4 - 4X4 - CREW CAB - 5.0L V8 - LOW MILES - EXCELLENT CONDITION
$25,200.00 (67 Bids)
End Date: Friday Mar-24-2017 18:00:36 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 Porsche Cayman S Coupe 2-Door 2014 PORSCHE CAYMAN S SPORT CHRONO PREM PDK NAV 34K MI #191640 Texas Direct Auto
$1,625.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 16:35:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $51,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 5.0 6-SPD RECARO 19'S 9K MI #254934 Texas Direct Auto
$10,350.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 19:15:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $33,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1994 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 1994 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 5.0L 5 speed
$860.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 18:33:59 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1950 Ford Other 2 DOOR SEDAN 1950 2 Door Sedan
$8,750.00
End Date: Friday Mar-24-2017 15:22:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8,750.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2001 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2001 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 3.8L
$780.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 9:26:14 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle 2-Door Coupe 1968 Chevelle SS396 4 speed Matching numbers highly Optioned Real deal
$15,100.00 (37 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 21:01:39 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford Other Pickups XLT - 4 DOOR 2015 FORD F650 XLT DIESEL TRUCK - SUPER NICE TRUCK - SHOWROOM CONDITION
$84,600.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-13-2017 12:15:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $84,600.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe 2-Door Roush Stage 2 Mustang
$36,000.00
End Date: Friday Mar-24-2017 3:07:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $36,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2014 Ford F-150 2014 FORD F-150 STX SPORT CREW 5.0L V8 20" WHEELS 24K #F72770 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 18:45:39 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $26,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 BMW 5-Series Base Sedan 4-Door 2014 BMW 550I XDRIVE AWD M-SPORT SUNROOF NAV HUD 32K MI #Z34856 Texas Direct
$12,100.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 16:46:34 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $41,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet Camaro Base Coupe 2-Door 72 Camaro Track Day Car/Street Legal/Race Car
$7,700.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-26-2017 16:01:43 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2011 BMW 3-Series Base Sedan 4-Door 2011 BMW 328I AUTO LEATHER SUNROOF BLUETOOTH ALLOYS 50K #851069 Texas Direct
$4,750.00 (37 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-26-2017 13:00:16 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2007 Ford Mustang Base Coupe 2-Door 2007 Ford Deluxe
$6,988.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 10:08:47 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $7,988.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford Mustang Base Fastback 2-Door 1969 Ford Mustang Base Fastback 2-Door 5.8L Mach 1
$27,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-2-2017 8:04:45 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $34,000.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1993 Ford Mustang Coupe 2 Door 1993 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 Foxbody Coupe
$5,900.00
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 13:40:28 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5,900.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1966 Ford Mustang 2 door coupe 1966 Ford Mustang GT Collector Car
$7,600.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 15:19:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15,000.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2014 BMW 6-Series Base Sedan 4-Door 2014 BMW 650I XDRIVE GRAN COUPE AWD M SPORT NAV HUD 33K #371361 Texas Direct
$1.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 16:49:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $47,980.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible 2-Door 1969 Chevrolet Corvette High Option Convertible 2-Door SHOW CAR-NUMBERS CORRECT
$23,099.99 (38 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-26-2017 19:33:15 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Base Sedan 4-Door 2015 MERCEDES-BENZ S550 PANO SUNROOF NAV REAR CAM 25K #089451 Texas Direct Auto
$5,900.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-28-2017 15:37:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $64,780.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2013 Ford F-150 LARIAT FORD CREW CAB LARIAT 4X4 ECOBOOST CUSTOM LIFT WHEELS TIRES LEATHER SUNROOF AUTO
$16,100.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-27-2017 11:31:38 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Dietrich Web Consulting