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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I've been published

Well, sort of.  I signed up for Yahoo's Associated Content which allows anyone to sign up and post articles with the possibility of getting published by Yahoo or any one of their affiliates.  So I signed up figuring...what the heck.  I submitted an earlier piece I wrote for the blog about the death of the manual transmission and they decided to publish it.  Pretty cool.

Check it out here - The Manual Transmissions Slow Death Is Speeding Up

Monday, December 20, 2010

No new RS4 from Audi

According to Car and Driver 's German sources, Audi has stated that they have no current plans for a direct successor to the sweet V8 powered RS4.  They claim that the RS5 should be enough to satisfy the market niche.

Too bad.  I was hoping to see what an RS variant based on the new A4 would look and perform like.  I bet they bring it back eventually.  Probably not with a V8 though.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

We're on Facebook

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Thanks for reading.

Friday, December 10, 2010

BMW 1 Series M Coupe Details Released



BMW just couldn't keep it under wraps anymore.  The new 1 Series M Coupe was supposed to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show but a couple days ago BMW released a video of the undisguised car in action and now they've gone ahead and released all the details.

The twin-turbo 3.0L straight 6 will produce 335HP and have an overboost function to up the max torque to 369lb/ft for quick bursts.  The only transmission will be a traditional 6 speed and the car will weigh 3,296lbs which is lighter, by almost 100lbs, than a 135i coupe.  All that translates to a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of 13.2.  The car's track has been widened 2.8" and it rides on 19" wheels borrowed from the M3 GTS.  Stopping power is handled by 14.2" brakes in front and 13.8" out back and the suspension is all aluminum parts from the current M3.

Sounds pretty good except there is no price info yet.  We'll have to wait and see if it's a performance bargain or not.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Volkswagen Golf R U.S. Bound

After getting screwed when it was decided that we wouldn't get the very cool new Scirocco here in the U.S., Volkswagen fans were determined to make enough noise to persuade them to bring over their new hotrod hatch, the Golf R.  Guess what....it worked!  Today Volkswagen made the announcement that the hotly anticipated 2012 Golf R will be coming to our shores.

The press release doesn't go into details on price or power but it is expected to be in the $30,000 - $35,000 price range and the Euro version, currently on sale, manages to put out 270HP/258TQ from the 2.0L turbo 4cyl.  The only transmission offered will be a standard three pedal manual transmission and that will be hooked up to the latest 4th generation Haldex all wheel drive system. Special suspension, 18" wheels, and R branded body kit and interior upgrades round out the package.

No word on when the U.S. version will debut but some suspect it may be at next month's Detroit Auto Show.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Video

BMW's upcoming 1 Series M Coupe is scheduled to be revealed at next month's Detroit Auto Show but apparently they couldn't wait to show everyone the fruits of their hard work.  They have released the video below showing the car in all it's production ready glory.

Enjoy.