April 20, 2014

Lamborghini reveals Aventador Nazionale in Beijing

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Lamborghini Aventador Nazionale

Special editions have proven themselves a great way for high-end automakers to get a little bit more for their wares, but they appear to be gradually being taken over by personalization programs that allow customers to order their exotic new wheels just as they want them. After all, what's the point in ordering a special color scheme someone else has chosen when you can choose it yourself, with special wheels and interior upholstery to match?

Lamborghini has just such a program. It's called Ad Personam, and like the customization catalogs offered by other automakers, it allows its clients to specify any range of stylistic parameters to suit their own taste. To showcase the program, Lamborghini brought a customized Aventador to the Beijing Motor Show. Called the Nazionale edition, it's got a white paintjob with tricolore racing stripes up the hood, anthracite wheels, and a blue leather interior.

It's similar to the Gallardo Tricolore that rolled out of Sant'Agata three years ago - the kind of treatment we'd otherwise call a special edition, but despite carrying a different name, it just goes to show the possibilities Lamborghini offers it customers. For the right price, of course.

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Mini reveals refreshed Paceman in Beijing

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2015 Mini Paceman Cooper S

It was just a few days ago that Mini unveiled its refreshed Countryman at the New York Auto Show, and now it has followed up with the revised version of that model's coupe counterpart, the Paceman. Revealed today at the Beijing Motor Show, the new Paceman adopts all the changes applied to the new Countryman - which is to say, not a whole lot, but maybe enough to keep it current for the masses of customers in the market for a three-door version of a vehicle that's bigger than its stablemates but smaller than most other crossovers.

Pictured here in Piano Black (one of three new shades on offer alongside Midnight Grey and the Jungle Green in which the new Countryman was featured), the mildly refreshed Paceman has, like its five-door counterpart, been so subtly updated that we can scarcely tell the difference... even after sorting through the press release below. There are some minor revisions to the exterior, the cabin features slightly updated equipment, and the Cooper S gets an extra few horsepower. And that's about all she wrote, folks.

Mini will offer the updated Paceman worldwide with a wide array of four-cylinder engine options. With no budget-oriented One model, the Cooper is the base model with a 122-horsepower version of the brand's ubiquitous 1.4-liter four and the John Cooper Works sits at the top of the range with 218 hp. The two diesel specs are present as well, and buyers cam choose (on most models) between front- and All4 all-wheel drive.

Scope out the details in the press release below, if you're so inclined, and the 45 high-resolution images in the gallery above for a closer look.

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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1992 Panoz Roadster

1992 Panoz Roadster

This 1992 Panoz Roadster for sale on Hemmings.com bears chassis #001, making it the very first Panoz constructed. In fact, it began life as a factory test mule, equipped with the Costin-designed independent rear suspension, which was later abandoned for cost reasons. As one-of-one reportedly built with this setup, and as the first Panoz off the assembly line, the car represents a unique part of American sports car history. From the seller’s description:

Panoz Roadster # 001 was built as a factory test car in 1989 and was set up with the original Costin rear suspension design. Most testing was done at the race track and thus the car had been fitted with a Fuel Cell, Fire system, roll cage and 6 point harnesses. By 1992 the Costin rear end was abandoned for the sake of the less expensive and easier to source solid rear axle. To this end only one car with the alloy body, S/S chassis and Costin rear end was ever produced and was sold and titled as chassis #001 as a 1992 model when the company finally started production.White/black interior

The original Panoz Roadster was based on the chassis of the TMC Costin. Only 26 of these cars were built in Ireland before the factory closed. Dan Panoz bought the rights to this chassis and had American designer Freeman Thomas help him style a new body for the car around a stainless steel version of this chassis and Ford Mustang GT running gear. Thomas was quoted as saying Dan wanted something that was neither “too vintage” nor “too 90″s”. He asked what a hot-rodder would do with a Morgan! The design Thomas developed was a cross between an early European sports car, an American hot rod and a track racing car . There were only 44 of these stainless steel framed cars made during 1992-1995. All were basically “built-to-order” cars.

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Price: $69,900
Location: Vero Beach, Florida
Status: Available

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SIA Flashback – Convertible Associates: 1960 Buick LeSabre vs. Edsel Ranger


Would new car buyers cross shop a Buick LeSabre with an Edsel Ranger in 1960? For his comparison test in SIA #181, January 2001, Arch Brown posits a pretty convincing argument that they would’ve, especially when it comes to the two-door droptop versions of the two cars. He points out a number of similarities between the two, and photographer Bud Juneau’s driving impressions seem to paint the two fairly equally, with one excelling where the other doesn’t and vice versa. Which would you choose?

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April 18, 2014

The Craziest, Coolest Mustangs That Never Were

Ford released a trove of drawings and photos from its archives, and we dug through them all to offer the craziest and coolest Mustangs that never were.

April 17, 2014

Your iPhone Will Be the Center Console in Volvo’s New Cars

Today at the New York International Auto Show, Volvo provided a live demo of how Apple’s CarPlay system -- a newly developed in-car interface for the company’s iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c -- will work in the company’s upcoming vehicles.

The Miata Celebrates 25 Years of Brilliance With a Limited Edition

Hard to believe the utterly amazing Mazda MX-5 Miata is 25 years old, which means it's time for the obligatory anniversary edition.

The Mustang at 50: Inside the Evolution of an American Icon

Fifty years ago today, Ford unveiled the Mustang. It was a sleek and sporty car, named for a fighter plane and slightly European in flavor. Company brass hoped it might be something of a hit and expected to sell 100,000 of them in the first year.

The Secret Sauce to a Mustang’s Design Is Still Clay and Tape

The heart of the car-design process still resides in the artistry used decades ago.

April 16, 2014

How to Put a Mustang on Top of the Empire State Building

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, Ford recreated a publicity stunt it pulled in 1964 when it placed a Mustang convertible on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

April 15, 2014

KW Coilovers for the new BMW M235i and all BMW 2-series

KW is pleased to announce the release of three new coilover kits for the BMW M235i and BMW 2-series. Depending if you choose Variant 1, 2 or 3 the rebound and compression damping can be altered individually to suit the driver’s needs. The stainless steel KW coilover bodies are threaded for a continuous, German TÜV-approved lowering of up to 50mm. The adaptive KW DDC coilovers with an optional smart phone app control and the KW Clubsport systems for the BMW 2-series coupe are also in development and will be available soon.


The new BMW 2-series is already designed for fantastic driving dynamics and is very popular for BMW enthusiasts around the world. In order to fine tune your driving experience KW has developed three different coilovers for street use. The KW Variant 3 kit has independently adjustable compression and rebound damping and is the ideal choice for the performance orientated 2-series owner. Rebound damping is adjustable with 16-clicks and allows for a firmer ride to account for a change of wheel-/tyre combination while the compression damping is adjustable independently with 12-clicks of the adjustment wheel. When combined the driving dynamics of the BMW 2-series Coupé can be tuned to suit the drivers’ requirements. KW equips the Variant 3 with damper valve technology similar to the KW Competition 2-way coilovers for optimal performance. Knowledge gained from KW’s BMW Z4 GT3 development programme flows into the KW street applications. This YouTube link gives a closer look at the KW valve technology:

KW’s Variant 2 offers adjustable rebound with 16 adjustment positions while the KW Variant 1 kit comes with pre-set dampers. All KW coilover kits are setup on KW’s in house suspension dyno before shipping to ensure fantastic performance straight from the box. KW V1, V2 and V3 coilover kits lower the 2 series a German TÜV approved 50mm on the front and rear axle on all models except the BMW M235i which is already lower from factory. For this model, the German TÜV-tested adjustment range is between 10 and 35mm on the front axle, and 5 to 35mm on the drive axle.

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Eibach Suspension Components for the BMW 2 series Coupé

With the new 2 series Coupé, BMW draws upon an old legend, the famous 2002 from the 1970s. With a number of specially adapted Eibach Suspension Products you can now sharpen the car’s profile even further.

The Pro-Kit Performance Springs lower the centre of gravity, which makes for better handling and sharpens the coupé contours. Alternatively the Sportline Sport Performance Springs are available, which lower the centre of gravity even further. Both variants will soon also be offered as the B12 Pro-Kit and B12 Sportline complete suspension packages which include specially adapted Bilstein mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers.

Currently in development and available soon, are the Eibach Pro-Street-S Coil-Overs, which will allow individual height adjustment.

The Eibach Anti-Roll-Kit Performance Sway Bars can be combined with all suspension packages and will reduce the 2 series Coupé’s body roll tendency whilst contributing to the dynamic handling.

To round off the set-up further in visual terms, Eibach has available its aluminum Pro-Spacer Wheel Spacers, which make the compact BMW look even racier.

All Eibach suspension components, which are available through authorised dealers, are provided with a high-quality corrosion protection and are TÜV-certified.

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UPDATED: Deal Would Allow Tennessee Bus Rapid Transit Project to Proceed

Tennessee lawmakers have approved a bill banning the construction of bus rapid transit anywhere in the state.

April 14, 2014

A Hideous-Beautiful Electric Motorcycle Inspired by Drug Use

We’ve seen a lot of strange motorcycles over the years, but this crazy electric motorcycle from Johammer J1 is by far the strangest yet.