Audi exec reconfirms plans for BMW X6 rival

On December 8, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
Audi Q6 rendering It's been a spell since we caught wind of the rumored BMW X6 fighter from Audi, but Automotive News Europe reports the vehicle is still in development.

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Ferrari debuts limited edition 599 GTB 60F1

On December 6, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 Ferrari has been wining races in Formula 1 for 60 years now, and to celebrate, the company has unleashed a new special-edition version of the 599. The Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 is available to buyers through the company's Tailor Made program, and includes the performance suspension components of the HGTE package. Those include stiffer springs with dampers to match, a larger rear stabilizer bar, more aggressive tires and a lower ride height. Befitting a low-volume model, the 599 GTB 60F1 will only be available in three liveries, each representing a specific win in the automaker's history. The 375 F1 livery pays tribute to Froilan Gonzalez's first victory for Ferrari at the 1951 British Grand Prix, while the Ferrari 150 Italia scheme is a tip of the hat to Fernando Alanso's win at Silverstone, the same track that Gonzalez conquered for the automaker's first gold. Alonso took the honor of the company's 60th time at the top of the podium. Ferrari also plans to sell the 599 GTBM 60F1 in a third variant that plays off of the 150 Italia livery.
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Mercedes and Ducati highlight partnership

On December 3, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and Ducati Streetfighter 848 Mercedes-Benz and Ducati joined forces a little over a year ago, and the two brands have chosen the Bologna Motor Show to mark the anniversary.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster [w/videos]

On September 21, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
How This Supercar Fares Without Its Signature Doors 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster There are several ways to get to Monte Carlo once you've landed in Nice. There's the train, a 23-minute meandering trek over and through the wooded undulations of the intervening cities that deposits you at Monte Carlo's downtown station. There's a taxi, more than 30 times the cost of a train, and it takes twice as long, but it does offer service porte à porte. Or there's Heli Air Monaco with a fleet of choppers stationed at the Nice airport. Those fine gents can get you to the Monaco heliport in eight minutes, floating past seafront redoubts and over an azure Mediterranean dotted with billions of dollars of sailing and motor yachts. Of those three modes of transport, only one is appropriate when Mercedes has invited you to Monte Carlo to drive its new SLS AMG Roadster. We offered the appropriate "Mercis" to our chopper pilot for providing a smooth ride. The SLS AMG was introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. The roadster was engineered alongside the coupe, but it's taken two years to remove the top for public purposes. It will take you two minutes of top-down driving to begin quoting high school poetry in homage to it: "Come with me and be my love," you'll coo, "and we will all the pleasures prove...." Continue reading 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster [w/videos]
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Maserati GranCabrio Fendi edition

On September 20, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, STYLE, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
  Maserati GranCabrio by Fendi A modern Maserati is as much a fashion statement as it is a performance machine, and the Modenese automaker aptly demonstrated that much with the latest edition of the GranCabrio.

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New York 2011: Jeep 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8

On April 21, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Gemballa Porsche Mistrale and Tornado

On April 20, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
2012 Gemballa Tornado
2012 Gemballa Tornado - Click above for high-res image gallery
Despite losing its founder under suspicious circumstances last year, German tuning house Gemballa is back with a vengeance at this year's Top Marques Monaco show. To help celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is rolling out two new models: The Porsche Cayenne-based Tornado and the Porsche Panamera-based Mistrale. Both of Gemballa's new models sport extensively reworked bodies, which Gemballa says shave nearly 150 pounds off each car. The weight savings come thanks to carbon fiber body panels made in-house by Gemballa. Both cars' front fenders, hood, doors and front valance get replaced with new bespoke units made entirely of the black stuff. Gemballa also unleashed its expertise underhood. In Stage 1 trim, the Tornado delivers 580 horsepower and the Mistrale pushes 610. If that's not enough, Gemballa is happy to oblige with Stage 2, which takes either car to 700 hp and 737 lb.-ft. of toque. Keeping all that grunt in check is a set of enormous Brembo clamps developed specifically for Gemballa. No matter which car you choose, you get a set of 410-mm, six-piston discs up front with 380-mm, four-piston units out back. The new brakes exert stopping power on a set of forged 22-inch Gemballa wheels. Despite their size, Gemballa says the forged rims are lighter and stronger than the stock Porsche units. Inside, the cars get Gemballa's signature Alcantara and quilted leather treatment. If either of Gemballa's new rockets floats your boat, we'd suggest getting in line now, as the company says it will only build 30 examples of each. Check out the full press release after the jump. [Source: Gemballa] Continue reading Gemballa shows Mistrale and Tornado at Top Marques Monaco
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Bugatti Galibier with hybrid power

On April 18, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
Bugatti 16C Galibier
Bugatti Galibier 16C concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport Special Edition
2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport Special Edition - Click above for high-res image

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Porsche Panamera coming in 2012

On February 14, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
2010 porsche panamera
2010 Porsche Panamera - Click above for high-res image gallery
Is Porsche getting ready for Extenzify its Panamera sedan? According to Autoweek, the German automaker is currently developing a long-wheelbase Panamera for the North American and Chinese market to satiate demand for increased rear legroom. The report states that Porsche is planning to increase the currrent 115-inch wheelbase by five inches, bringing the long-wheelbase Panamera out to - carry the one... - 120 inches. This means larger rear doors and a larger rear entryway will be fitted, making ingress and egress an easier task. There has always been talk of further Panamera variations, which include a possible shooting-brake and four-passenger convertible. Anything other than the standard and long-wheelbase sedans have been put on hold until the Panamera enters a second generation around 2015. All Photos Copyright (C)2011 Michael Harley/AOL [Source: Autoweek]
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