Tuesday, June 27, 2006

BMW M6 convertible

BMW M GmbH follows its tradition of producing ultra-performance luxury vehicles by introducing its latest variant, the new BMW M6 Convertible.

The BMW M6 Convertible is a unique performer featuring the internationally acclaimed engine of the year, the 5.0-litre V10, which produces an awesome 373 kW (507 bhp) and maximum torque of 520 Nm. With a suspension developed for supreme dynamics and a Sequential M Gearbox (SMG) complete with Drivelogic, this ultimate power unit turns the latest product from BMW M into an open sports car able to accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.8 seconds.

That my friends is faster than the Lamborghini Countach most of us dreamed about as youngsters, and all with the roof off...... What a beast of a car.

I expect the price to be in excess of $110,000 plus markup in USA.....

Ramp up production and get them out fast BMW.

I wonder what BMW M have up their sleeve for the next car?

Friday, June 16, 2006

Mercedes AMG CLK-GTR

To sight this car would be amazing, to view it up close and personal would be a greater achievment, to sit inside this marvel would be a crowning joy, Getting it to work... Priceless.
Newly produced as the worlds most expensive production car at $1.7m ($2.7m kiwi dollars) it overshadows the Bugatti Veyron in cost but not in operational performance. There are only a very small select view that will ever be built and one such current owner in Los Angelas, a car dealer and former ferrari employee is quoted as saying that he couldn't get it 10 blocks down the road before it broke down. If your pockets are deep the car is expected to sell between NZD$2.3m & NZD$3.0m

story here

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rumor has it in the F1 paddock

Rumor has it that McLaren F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya will leave the team at the end of this season. There is no rumor of where he might go. He is a great driver, and I'd like to think that he would retain a drive for 2007.
It also seems that another rumor is that Kimi has signed for Ferrari.... If that is the case then who will be driving with current world Champion Fernando Alonso at Mclaren next year?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Prodrive P2

This car is a virtual rocket. It was designed and built by Dave Richards (ex F1 team boss) company Prodrive which is currently involved in Rallying, and soon to be involved in F1 again.

The car will go from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, and will top out at 174mph.... It is powered by a 345bhp Subaru WRX STI engine and according to Jeremy Clarkson, it handles amazingly. In fact it sticks to the tar so much that poor Jeremy had to stop too be ill. This car should be built, but it looks like Prodrive is just teasing us.... It will change the British motor market for ever if it is built, especially at 45,000 pounds.

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Friday, June 09, 2006

CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet as driven by Mika Hakkinen

Let me first say that Mika rocks. He is the F1 world champion from 1998 and 1999. I personally saw him 5 feet in front of me in Auckland during the first Americas Cup parties. I bet he could still hop in a F1 car and kick most everyones ass, but alas we will probably never get a chance to see that again.

Anyways he has the priviledge of driving for his personal car, along with Juan Pablo Montoya, a Mercedes Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet. This car is powered 428 KW / 582 HP supercharged AMG V8 that propels this car from 0-100kph in 4.0 seconds. It zooms to a top speed of 300kph, although I am not sure that Mika could do that on the streets on Monaco these days.

This car is also the fastest 4 seat cabriolet in the world, although I do know of someone that has come close in a M3 convertible with the roof down at 155mph(250kph), but lets leave that at that.

Quite simply. AMG will make 100 of these cars for 277,820 Euros, so if you want to cruise like Mika, you'd better hurry along and get one now.

2007 Shelby Mustang GT500 and GT-H

Shelby GT500
This is the first time in 35 years that a legit Ford Shelby has been produced. This car is going on sale soon and on 91 octane fuel with it's 8.4:1 compression ratio, the Shelby will blip out 500hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. The 07 Shelby is powered by a 5409cc dohc supercharged V8 engine, and will zip from 0 - 60 MPH in 4.7 seconds, o - 100 in 10.7 and the 1/4 mile in 13.1 seconds. Not bad for $41,325 US.

Get this..... Shelby are also producing 500 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H (H for Hertz). The cars will be only available to rent through Hertz in USA for $100 per day.... Another collectors item in the works. The GT-H will be powered by a 4.6 V8 with 325 Hp, which is a 25hp increase over the standard 4.6 Mustang.

Shelby GT-H (photo courtesy of Shelby)