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- BMW 335i CoupeIntroducing the latest expression of individual style - the all-new BMW 3 Series Coupe. With totally new looks, the newest BMW Coupe once again sets the benchmark for elegant design, luxury and value. In true BMW tradition, it also establishes a new standard of performance and driving dynamics with the introduction of an exceptional engine: the first inline six-cylinder with twin-turbochargers, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase.
The performance potential of this new 300 horsepower engine ensures that the 335i Coupe offers a significant improvement in performance while maintaining a level of efficiency for which the BMW 3 Series is renowned.
In addition to the standard six-speed manual, both models will be offered with an available six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Designed for responsiveness, the new automatic enhances driving dynamics without sacrificing fuel efficiency.
- Bentley Display at the New York Auto ShowThere was a surprise waiting for the attendees on the second day of the media preview at the New York Auto Show. In the main lobby were a handful of Bugatti's dating from 1927 to 2006 and bodied by some of the most famous coachbuilders of their day. The 1927 Bentley Tourer is thought to be the only surviving Harrington-bodied Bentley 3-Liter in existence today. The 1929 Bentley Speed Six convertible body is modeled on a design by the famous Belgian coachbuilders Vanden Plans. The 1936 Bentley 4.25 Drophead Coupe is one of only 13 DHC's created by coachbuilder James Young. This car is one of two similar designs, the other built for the famous racing driver Prince Bira of Thailand. The 1939 Bentley Mark V Saoutchik is the only convertible Mark V, and in August 1939, it was originally intended for the sister of King Farouk of Egypt, but at the outbreak of World War II, the chassis was hidden in France. In 1940, the chassis was fitted with a body by the French firm Carrossier Saoutchik and completed within two months of the German invasion. The 1948 Bentley Mark VI was bodied by Garber Carrosserie in Zurich, Switzerland. It has remained a one-off with specially designed safety glass which refracts light to avoid glare. It has been a winner at both the Pebble Beach and Meadowbrook Concours events.
Please enjoy these beautiful creations.
- Faralli and Mazzanti Antas V8Faralli & Mazzanti are a well respected Italian coach builder and classic car restorer. Their previous projects included the Maserati 450 Coupe Zagato ' the Monster', driven by Stirling Moss at the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hour race.
The Faralli & Mazzanti Antas V8 was influenced and inspired by past production processes and materials of luxury Italian cars from the 1930s to the 1960s. This golden era of Italian motoring produced some of the most collectable and revered designs to this day.
The prototype Faralli & Mazzanti Antas V8 is based on a steel tube frame with a had made aluminium body on top. The build process is very different to the mass produced vehicles of 21st century. Instead the Faralli & Mazzanti Antas V8 has been lovingly hand built by a team of automotive experts who have followed the hand drawn plans. Nothing was created on computer.
- Ferrari Zagato 575 GTZIn the classic tradition of the keen purchaser of exclusive cars who stimulated the creativeness of Italian coachbuilders in the 1950s and 1960s, Yushiyuki Hayashi asked Zagato if it would be possible to create a body for his 575M, in the style of the famous 250GTZ berlinetta.
When Zagato received this request, it informed Ferrari of the project, which would be a good opportunity to celebrate the model's anniversary, and then created a car that harked back to the 250 GTZ, built around the Ferrari 575.
Like its forebear, the 575 GTZ has an all-aluminium body, and, as a tribute to Ferrari and to two-seater Italian sports cars, it has joined the exclusive group of cars that are the fruit of the tradition of custom-built cars.
- New York International Auto ShowThe media days have come to a close and the New York International Auto Show has officially opened its doors to the public. This is the final US auto show of the year with major debuts and introductions. Besides housing all of the major production vehicles available for sale at your local dealerships, the show introduced some new concepts and future production vehicles. The Mustang was the most popular and exciting. Saleen created a rendition of the vehicle which will be offered for sale in limited numbers. The Hertz Rental Car Company did something they have not done since 1966 - bought a fleet of high performance Shelby Mustangs exclusively for their renting customers. The Scion Fuse was a radical and unexpected concept. The design follows their 'hip' persona that the company has done so well in creating. The doors, design, and interior are a bit extreme but it is interesting to watch this young company evolve and create its place in the market. Mercedes-Benz introduced their new E-Series vehicle which has been awarded the title 'safest vehicle in its class'. The design is elegant and the interior is plush. The technology is revolutionary and nothing short of Mercedes-Benz quality. The new Audi TT which will soon be on the streets will be a 'head turner' attracting lots of attention. The Audi TT, launched in the autumn of 1998 – took the sports coupé segment by storm and sharpened the brand profile. Now the second generation of this successful model is making its debut. The new TT Coupé is even more dynamic than its predecessor– in terms of its design, its drive train, and its running gear. Acura introduced some new vehicles, the most exciting being the ALMS. This marks the company's first factory motorsports program in the 20-year history of the company. A very bold move, but one we are looking forward to following. Jeep proved their flexibility by introducing a four-door version of the Wrangler. We are sure this has many with mixed emotions since the jeep has always been a capable vehicle that has catered to off-road performance while sacrificing practicality. The five-passenger Jeep Wrangler Unlimited now has lots of storage space while retaining its off-road capability, excellent ground clearance, and open-air fun.
There were many new production debuts, brand new concepts, and even a handful of modified vehicles. We are proud to offer extensive coverage of many of the vehicles that were on display. Please enjoy.
- Acura ALMSAcura will enter the 2007 American Le Mans Series, initially competing in the LMP2 class, company officials announced today. This will mark Acura's first factory motorsports program in the 20-year history of the company.
- Ford Shelby Mustang 350 HertzIn a throwback to the famed Shelby GT350H ''Rent-A-Racer'' program from the 1960s, Ford Motor Company, Shelby Automobiles and The Hertz Corporation are partnering to produce a special run of performance-modified Ford Mustang GTs – designated Shelby GT-H, for ''Hertz'' – that will be available for rent later this spring exclusively through Hertz. Approximately 500 units will be available through the Hertz Fun Collection at select airport locations Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
- Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition MustangSteve Saleen, President & CEO of Saleen, said, 'Parnelli Jones is an American racing icon. In the fifties, sixties, and seventies Parnelli won just about every race that he appeared in, including the Indy 500. 1970 was the year that the SCCA Trans Am Series boasted the most competitive field ever, and Parnelli Jones and his Boss 302 Mustang competed against the likes of Mark Donahue and Dan Gurney, and there he captured the championship. Our relationship began in 1987 when Parnelli raced for me on the Saleen team, and helped us win our first SCCA Manufacturer's Championship at Sebring, Florida. I can't think of any other individual that brings with him the unique connection between championship winning Mustangs and Saleen.'
- Scion FuseDeveloped by Calty Design Research, Toyota's North American design studio located in Newport Beach, Calif. and Scion's Advanced Product Strategy Team, and built by Five Axis of Huntington Beach, Calif., the all-new FUSE was designed to be the new Scion sports coupe icon. Its goal was to push the limits of a coupe concept by combining entertainment, digital technology, and versatility into one sinister looking package. Most importantly, its styling makes a visual statement about its intention to expand the performance envelope among affordable, entry-level sport coupes.
- New York International Auto ShowThe media days for this years New York International Auto Show have come and gone. There were many exciting debuts including the revitalization of a famous nameplate, the Ford Shelby Mustang 350 Hertz. The Scion Fuse and Acura ALMS Race Car Concept were two of the more interesting debuts - both receiving much attention and praise from the media. The Saturn PreVue continues Saturn's ongoing product revitalization and provides a glimpse of future Saturn vehicle designs. The Continental GTC, Bentley Motors' new luxury 2+2 convertible is a stunning vehicle that goes on sale later this year and will complete the Bentley Continental model range. With a top speed of 195mph, a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, state-of-the-art 12-cylinder engine, advanced air suspension and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC displays all the poise, exhilarating performance and dynamic handling of the Continental GT. These are but a few of the many new unveilings. There is much for to follow.
- Audi TTA cult car, an icon – the Audi TT, launched in the autumn of 1998 – took the sports coupé segment by storm and sharpened the brand profile. Now the second generation of this successful model is making its debut. The new TT Coupé is even more dynamic than its predecessor– in terms of its design, its drivetrain, and its running gear.
- Mazda CX-9Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it will showcase the new Mazda CX-9 seven-passenger crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) at the New York International Auto Show to be held from Wednesday, April 12 to Sunday, April 23, 2006. As a larger sibling to the Mazda CX-7 crossover SUV, unveiled earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Mazda CX-9 is the second vehicle designed and engineered specifically for the North American market.
- Noble M15This machine represents a whole new philosophy and takes the core values of dynamic excellence, lightweight engineering, value-for-money and blistering performance to a whole new level of comfort, refinement and everyday usability. There's even room for luggage!
At a cost of £74,950 the M15 sits well above the other cars in the Noble range. With 455 bhp and 455lb ft of torque, it's also the most powerful production car to leave the Leicestershire factory, capable of hitting 60 mph from standstill in less than 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 185 mph. It is, therefore, a credible and more exclusive alternative to other supercars costing well in excess of £100,000.
- RM Auctions at Amelia IslandRM Auctions was invited to participate in the weekend activities of this years Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. They demonstrated their excellence and passion for automobiles by assembling an elite group of cars from many different walks of life, capable of satisfying the tastes of any automotive enthusiast. The cars were displayed Friday and Saturday with the Auction beginning at 11:30 am on Saturday morning. These wonderful works of art were basking in the Florida sun just feet away from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The Amelia Island Courtyard was transformed into a museum of automobiles and racing history.