MonthFebruary 2015

Foto Friday: Honda S2000 Twins

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“I’m seeing double here! Four Krustys!”

Z06 vs. P1 in Texas

The built-in Performance Data Recorder of a 2015 Corvette Z06 captured footage of said car chasing a McLaren P1 at the Circuit of the Americas.

The Corvette hangs with the P1 in the braking zones and around the corners, but on the straight-aways, its a whole different story.

I’d also wager a guess the P1 owner was a bit inexperienced with the track, or maybe he just didn’t want to wreck his $1 million hypercar.

Rolls Royce

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Rolls Royce is looking to add an SUV to their lineup. Although they won’t call it an SUV, they do want a vehicle that can go anywhere, and that’s exactly what the Rolls Royce Portable Wealth Pod is.

Wealthy business men all over the world are tired of being chauffeured around on a massaging seat in the back of an opulent sedan. The new man wants to blaze his own trail.

The Portable Wealth Pod. From Rolls Royce.

(The Rolls Royce logo stays upright while in motion, just like on traditional Rolls Royce wheels.)

Foto Friday: Alfa Romeo Body Roll

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Pushing it hard at the Autobahn Country Club.

Kia Sportspace

Kia Sportspace concept, image courtesy of Car and Driver

Kia Sportspace concept, image courtesy of Car and Driver

Car and Driver has the goods on a new wagon from Kia. Based on the Optima, it may or may not see production but we can at least enjoy the view.

The current Optima has really nice proportions, and this next-gen car looks great with a tailgate. The name isn’t terrific, although it’s certainly better than “Track’ster”.

Homework

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Buick and Lincoln. Both “entry-level” luxury brands. Both American.

Upcoming cars for Buick: the Cascada convertible, a body style the brand hasn’t had for over 20 years. And the (potential) Avenir, a beautiful concept car that looks nothing else on the road and yet still looks like a Buick.

Upcoming cars for Lincoln: the MKX, a restyled Ford Edge.

Was Ford too busy with the new GT? Did they forget that Lincoln exists? Maybe it’s just bad timing, perhaps Lincoln has some fantastic products in the pipeline. But I doubt it.

Remember when no one cared about Chrysler? And then the company showed off the 300 in 2003? It was the car to get.

Chrysler went from “who cares?” to “gotta have it!”. That’s what Lincoln needs, a car that people lust after.

The Avenir concept from Buick is just the kind of car that excites people about a brand. And unlike some automakers that try to differentiate their halo cars from the rest of the fleet (see Hyundai’s Genesis and Equus), the Avenir looks terrific wearing the Buick badge and grill.

Lincoln sold 94,474 cars in the US last year. That’s significantly less cars than Oldsmobile sold the year the brand was canceled (less than 300,000).

Lincoln’s current lineup is easy on the eyes, but there’s nothing lustworthy. The brand needs something, anything, before it’s too late.

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