October 1, 2014

Wheels of Berlin Klassik

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

Earlier last month, the annual Berlin Klassik show kicked off once again at Bingemans in Kitchener, Ontario. As of recent, the show has become the must-attend event for European car enthusiasts ranging from Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and a few odd balls thrown in for good measure. It is no surprise that the Euro crowd likes to keep their rides clean, subtle, and always fitted with the right wheel. Here’s our pick of some awesome finds at this year’s event!

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It’s not often that you see a BMW rolling on something other than the usual German choice of BBS wheels. In this case, this matte purple M3 is fitted with a set of deep concave BC Forged Wheels HB29 and looks awesome!

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These massive “B” wheels are extremely rare and highly sought after by Euro tuning enthusiasts to complete that OEM+ look. In this case, the B stands for Bentley as in the $200k+ luxury car brand and as such, these rollers are a pretty penny if you can even find them.

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What a great colour choice these split-spoke wheels are. Unfortunately, there’s no way of telling who makes them as the OEM Audi center cap is in place of what would have been the rim’s brand. Either way, it looks damn awesome on this gorgeous metallic brown Audi.

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A true odd-ball rim is this Land Rover Range Rover Sport roller fitted on this wagon. Surely the fitment is correct, but there’s a bit of awkwardness with the notion that a Land Rover part is fitted to a Euro vehicle, no?

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Leguna Seca Blue, possibly one of the nicest and rarest colours in the E46 M3 line up, but that’s not surprise at this show. However, seeing one parked up on Volk Racing TE37 wheels which are usually found on Japanese cars is truly refreshing. Okay, so this wheel design is older than most of our readers, but there’s something to be said about the classic design of a 6-spoke rim.

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Multi-spoke on a big Audi saloon, yes! Unfortunately, the name of this wheel is unknown (unless you can help by posting below in the Comments section), but it does suit the car perfectly.

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Beautiful AMG monoblock-style wheel on his old school Mercedes-Benz. Rivets go very well with anything German, especially when it’s a gangster-type car!

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Nothing screams hardcore Euro more than a set of Alpina Classic wheels, especially when fitted to an old school BMW 7-series. These rims are not only simple in design which is what makes them gorgeous, but they’re also very rare due to their limited production and high price tag.

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One of the rarest of all German tuning firms is that of Hartge. The company was formed in 1971 in Germany and has been punching out some incredibly high performance BMWs as well as producing exclusive wheels such as this vintage set which are impossible to find nowadays – yes, even online. 

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Tailored to look like the Ferrari F40 wheels, the UK company 3SDM released this 0.05 model which are chunky and very fitting to this Volkswagen Golf.

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Never have I seen these Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren wheels fitted to anything other than a $500k SLR hypercar. It’s funny to note that the price of these wheels are probably that of the new Volkswagen it’s on – funny isn’t it?

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These VSP Type 1 silver beauties are a big hit with the Euro crowd, possibly due to the mesh-look. For the price of $1,200 USD, they’re not too bad either.

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If gold is your thing, this shiny set of Avant Garde F141 are it! Fitted to this shiny red Volkswagen Jetta and tucked nicely thanks to air ride, what’s not to love?

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If you love the Lamborghini Diablo, this new wheel by Avant Garde pays tribute to the legendary V12 raging bull. These M230 models are sized at 18-inches all around and look just right on this VW.

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Another set of Bentley wheels fitted on this dumped Volkswagen Golf. These things might be OEM, but damn do they look good.

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Save the best for last, right? These ultra rare 17-inch Bugatti (yes, you read right) wheels were commission to BBS to be built a few decades ago. Never have I seen them in real life and although they’re fairly plain in way of design, the sheer simplicity of them and that iconic red “EB” emblem is enough to make any car look good, even this 3rd gen VW Jetta.

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September 16, 2014

Bentley’s New Mulsanne Speed

Filed under: News — Tags: , — AutoMotoFoto @ 12:00 PM

Bentley redefines the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience in the world with a new pinnacle flagship. The new Mulsanne Speed is tailored for the driver, with 537 PS (530 bhp / 395 kW), 1,100 Nm (811 lb.ft) and selectable sports suspension and steering on demand.

The reengineered powertrain, featuring Bentley’s mighty 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8, propels the Mulsanne Speed to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds (0‑100 km/h in 4.9 seconds) and on to a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). In modern Bentley tradition, the extra performance is matched by markedly improved efficiency; a 13% gain means a range extended by 50 miles (80 km).

New and contemporary styling features define the Mulsanne Speed as a statement in quintessential British luxury. On-board technology and connectivity are discreetly integrated beneath the finest materials, created with unrivalled craftsmanship and exquisite handcrafted details.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, Wolfgang Dürheimer, comments:

“The new Mulsanne Speed is the car that defines Bentley, as a flagship for driving luxury performance. Our customers don’t compromise, and we’ve adopted the same approach in the design, engineering and crafting of our new flagship. The Mulsanne Speed is distinguished, calm and relaxing, but always with a connection to the road and relentless dynamic performance on demand. In this car, every journey becomes a drive.”

The Mulsanne Speed will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday 2nd October, and will be available for customer delivery this winter.

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Torque pushed to record levels

At the heart of the Mulsanne Speed is Bentley’s iconic 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which has been re-engineered for the Mulsanne Speed as well as the signature Mulsanne. A totally redesigned combustion system (including combustion chamber, inlet ports, fuel injectors, spark plugs, and compression ratio) promotes a much faster and more controlled combustion process. Through combining these advances with new variable valve timing and optimised turbocharger control, torque output of the engine has been pushed to record levels – 1,100 Nm (811 lb.ft) from 1,750 rpm.

The swell of torque from low engine speeds builds to a new peak power output of 537 PS, enough to drive the Mulsanne Speed to a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) – an unrivalled figure in the ultra-luxury sector. The 0‑60 mph sprint is covered in 4.8 seconds, with 0‑100 km/h taking just 4.9 seconds.

The new engine is paired with a recalibrated gearbox designed to enhance the driving experience of the Mulsanne Speed. The gear strategy is optimised for the new, higher wave of torque, and is designed for instant torque delivery on throttle application. The connection between the car and driver has been the focus, and extensive validation with both keen drivers and professional chauffeurs has proven the new setup. A new “S” mode gives the driver even more control, and maintains the engine speed above 2,000 rpm so that the turbochargers are always ready to deliver instantaneous performance.

An extensive recalibration of the engine management system has yielded benefits beyond increased torque and power. The cylinder deactivation system, that runs the engine as a V4 during light load, has been retuned for smoother transitions between V8 and V4 for even greater refinement. This work combines with a new gearbox control strategy and the engine hardware improvements to give a new level of efficiency for the Mulsanne engine.

Meeting the new EU6 emissions legislation, and designed to also meet the upcoming US LEV III standards in the future, the new powertrain records 342 g/km of CO2 on the NEDC drive cycle – a 13% improvement on the current Mulsanne. The ensuing fuel economy improvements have extended the fuel range of the new Mulsanne Speed by 50 miles (80 km).

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A Chassis System Tailored to the Driver

To deploy the effortless power and acceleration on offer in the Mulsanne Speed, an even more driver-focused Sport suspension mode is included. While the Bentley and Comfort suspension modes provide a comfort-focused and fully compliant chassis setup, the Sport mode stiffens the all-round air suspension for improved body control and adjusts the steering dynamics for greater feedback and accuracy. The driver can also choose to individually match steering, chassis and engine tunes according to personal preference through the Custom setting.

Through this new setup, the Mulsanne Speed builds on the abilities of the signature Mulsanne model, being able to switch from a communicative and enjoyable car to drive at pace, to a relaxing, comfortable and exceptionally refined limousine.

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An assertive exterior

The Mulsanne Speed reflects its ground-breaking performance with new and more assertive styling features that are marks of distinction for Bentley’s pinnacle flagship.

A dark tint finish is applied to the exterior stainless steel matrix grilles, in a process unique in the automotive industry, with the radiator grille, lower bumper grilles and wing vents all featuring this exquisite treatment. The distinctive headlights of the Mulsanne show the same dark tint application, and at the rear of the car the taillights retain the “floating ellipse” design, but are similarly finished with a dark tint for a striking appearance, especially at night.

The Mulsanne Speed introduces Bentley’s first ever directional style wheel, with a design that is handed for the right or left side of the car. The 21″ wheels, available in painted, polished and dark tint with machined accent finishes, are individually machined from solid forged blanks, before being perfected by hand.

Twin rifled exhaust tailpipes are the finishing touch to the revised powertrain, while solid, polished stainless steel Speed badging adorns the front fender and door tread plate areas.

Four new exterior paint colours are introduced for the Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed. These are:

Spectre: Seemingly black at first glance, heavy gold metallic and a hint of green result in a rich tone inspired by reptilian skin.
Candy Red: A rich and deep liquid red.
Camel: Reminiscent of golden sands, Camel has a bright metallic highlight with a butterscotch mid-tone.
Marlin: A rich blue with a hint of green, inspired by the shade of deep ocean waters and with a metallic shimmer.

The “standard” paint range covers 25 shades, including Marlin, while the optional extended range features over 100 colours. A fully bespoke paint-matching service is available on request.

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A Cabin of Contemporary Luxury

The cabin of the Mulsanne Speed is a contemporary reinterpretation of the exquisite interior of the Bentley flagship. To create a modern two-tone feel, a new and unique colour split is available, with new stitch lines, that balances diamond quilted light-colour hide with darker, smooth hide. A new technical veneer option is available, with Piano Black veneer panels now including expertly handcrafted carbon fibre inlays. These new, contemporary panels have been especially developed for the Mulsanne Speed and match the rich, lustrous finish of the Piano Black veneer.

The Mulliner Driving Specification interior features are fitted as standard to the Mulsanne Speed, and includes:

Diamond quilted hide door panels and seats
Indented hide headlining
Embroidered Bentley emblems to all seats
A coined finish to interior door handles
Knurling to the sports gear lever and “organ stop” ventilation controls
Drilled alloy sports foot pedals

Customers choose from 24 different hide colours, in six different colour splits, and ten different veneers (seven as cost options) when specifying their Mulsanne Speed. Included in these ranges is a new hide colour, Camel (to match the new exterior paint of the same name) and a new veneer to the Mulsanne family, Tamo Ash.

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Concealed Technology and Endless Customisation

Concealed beneath the exquisite materials that define the Mulsanne Speed cabin is a suite of technology to make any journey as productive or relaxing as one desires. A 60 GB on-board hard drive can store the driver’s collection of music and films. Electrically-operated tables, with recesses and connections for iPads and matching keyboards, can be fitted to the rear of the front seats, while on-board Wi-Fi through a dedicated router keeps the car connected to the outside world. A frosted glass bottle cooler, complete with bespoke crystal champagne flutes, may be installed behind the rear armrest. A 2,200 watt Naim for Bentley premium audio system expands on the standard 14-speaker system and offers the best in-car sound experience in the world. Entertainment on-the-move can be provided through the Rear Seat Entertainment system, including two 8” screens and Bluetooth headphones.

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Signature Mulsanne updated for 2015

The signature Mulsanne ultra-luxury sedan has been updated for 2015, to complement the launch of the performance-focused Mulsanne Speed. The Mulsanne receives the same efficiency upgrade through new engine hardware, with its 512 PS (505 bhp), 1,020 Nm (752 lb.ft) 6¾-litre twin‑turbo V8 engine also now 13% more efficient. Changes have also been made to the gearbox calibration of the Mulsanne, focussing on smoother, relaxed gear changes that promote a comfortable and refined driving experience. New paint colours, hide and veneers options are also available across the Mulsanne family.

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February 24, 2014

Samantha Bailey

Filed under: Models — Tags: , , , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 11:00 AM

The Specs

Date of Birth: November 27th, 1990
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 110 lbs

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Ethnicity: Australian
Turn-ons: Active guys
Turn-offs: Arrogance
Website: Under Construction
Instagram: @sambaileymodel

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The Interview

AMF: Where are you from? Where are you currently living?
- I was born in Brisbane and am still here now.

AMF: How long have you been modeling for?
- I started modelling in 2008.

AMF: How did you start modeling?
- It started in high school when I did a charity fashion show for our brother school and there happened to be a modelling scout there.

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AMF: What would you say separates you from other models?
- I would say may be the fact I am all natural – I believe my look is versatile and I can be used for various types of modelling rather than “one look” like bikini or fashion.

AMF: What are some of your best achievements thus far?
Thus far definitely the finals of Miss Universe Australia in 2011. But there a few very exciting things coming up this year ;)

AMF: What do you like or dislike about modeling?
- I like the travelling and meeting new people aspect of it. I also enjoy creating art through photography. Sometimes it can be tedious with 4am starts and long days.

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AMF: What is your best modeling secret?
- During a shoot stay hydrated and keep your focus.

AMF: What is the best modeling project that you’ve done?
- I have loved them all of them really I couldn’t pick a favourite!

AMF: What is the strangest modeling project that you’ve done?
I was doing a photoshoot for a charity calendar once and I had to have a graffiti artist paint my body and he had never done graffiti on a person before and was very nervous lol so that was interesting.

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AMF: What would you say is your best physical feature?
- I like my eyes and definitely my abs and bum because I work very hard for them!

AMF: What do you like to do outside of modeling?
- I’m pretty active I like rock climbing, golf, and love laying at the beach all day!

AMF: What is your dream car and why?
- A Bentley 100% I love big boss cars ;)

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AMF: What do you like about the industry / scene and why?
- The industry is always changing  and I like that. Its something different everyday!

AMF: What do you dislike about the industry / scene and why?
There are some pretty shady people around but if you have your head screwed on straight you shouldn’t have a problem.

AMF: What is the most memorable modeling experience and why?
- Definitely the Miss Universe Australia competition – it was full on and very challenging.

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AMF: Having success as a model (like anything) comes with a price, what was yours?
- It’s hard to see it like that as I try and be a positive person I am very blessed to have had the opportunities and success I have so far but it has at times affected my personal life. Its very time consuming and you really need a supportive partner because a lot of weak men can get intimidated and resentful about your success and the attention that comes with it; but the right person will always be supportive and have your best interests at heart.

Another thing thing that can be a downside is the stereotype that comes with being a model in a men’s magazines and there are definitely some girls that fit the stereotype, but I work full time as a financial planner and I am studying accounting – I’m a smart girl and thanks to my modelling career and success I am financially independent at the age of 23… that is worth more than a stereotype!

AMF: What advice would you give out to aspiring models?
- Listen to your gut and choose your jobs wisely.

AMF: Shout outs or last words?
- Thank you AutoMotoFoto! ;)  And a shoutout to my hair sponsors Alisha Jade Hair Stylist at Coolloongatta, Queensland and my other sponsors Malibu Strings Bikinis is Los Angeles, California.

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October 29, 2013

Bentley Brings More Power to the Ice in 2014

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 10:00 AM

Bentley returns to the snow-covered wilds of the far north of Finland this winter with a new and extended edition (6 February-6 March 2014) of its Power on Ice driving experience and the opportunity for even more guests to spend time developing advanced techniques with the four-time World Rally Champion and honorary ‘Bentley Boy’, Juha Kankkunen.

A further highlight of Power on Ice 2014 is the debut of the new Flying Spur sedan on the series of challenging and exhilarating snow and ice circuits especially designed by Kankkunen, who in addition to his 23 world rally victories, has twice broken the world ice speed driving record behind the wheel of Bentley’s Continental cars.

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Acclaimed for its exquisite levels of craftsmanship and luxury, the new Flying Spur effortlessly combines this refinement with all the potency of Bentley’s 6.0 litre W12 twin turbocharged engine delivering 616 bhp (625 PS) and a 200 mph (322 km/h) top speed that makes it the world’s fastest luxury four door production car.

A state-of-the-art all-wheel drive system, constantly adjusting the levels of power to the front and rear wheels depending on available traction, ensures the Flying Spur delivers optimal grip regardless of road or weather conditions and is one of the very few ultra-luxury sedans capable of conquering this kind of ‘off-piste’ driving challenge.

“The Flying Spur is going to be an excellent addition to the Power on Ice experience and we’re looking forward to showing what it is capable of. There’s going to be something special about driving a luxury car you’d expect to see in Monte Carlo or London across the snow and frozen lakes,” comments Kankkunen.

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The Flying Spur will join an array of Bentley Continental GT coupes in Finland (powered by the company’s 6.0 litre W12 and 4.0 litre V8 engines) and Kankkunen will work with Bentley’s own factory-trained driving experts who will offer in-depth tuition designed to allow drivers to broaden their range of driving skills when faced by testing road and weather conditions.

Away from the thrill of learning how to drive the Bentley of their choice at high-speed on ice, the four-day adventure in Finland offers guests the chance to unwind in the exclusive and luxurious surroundings of the Ruka Peak resort.

Situated just 60 km from the edge of the Arctic Circle, the resort offers a wide selection of hotel and private chalet accommodation options and the mountain resort is widely believed to offer some of the finest, unbroken views of Finland’s spectacular winter scenery. Open fires, saunas, first class local cuisine and flying to and from Helsinki by private jet help to complement the first class experience.

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October 3, 2013

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013

We love reading, writing, talking, reviewing, driving… basically doing anything we can with cars. We spend a lot of time on the net going through articles and we want to pass on that knowledge by way of #MorningCoffee. This is where we take the past 48-hours of auto related news and put it all in one place for you to read while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Have an awesome day!

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Everything you need to know about last weekend’s Range Rover vs motorcycles.
http://jalopnik.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-terrifying-suv-vs-1440131015

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We’re calling it – you heard it here first – paint splash is a trend that will catch on!
http://www.automotofoto.net/blogs/trend-paint-splash/

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 4

The Korean F1 preview.
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1087384_formula-one-korean-grand-prix-preview

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Mazda is urging execs for more RWD models.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/10/02/mazda-engineers-urging-more-rwd-models/

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 6

One Tesla catches fire and the stock drops!
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/10/tesla-model-s-catches-fire-video-spurs-drop-in-stock-value.html

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 7

The UK is about to connect a highway to the internet.
http://gizmodo.com/the-uk-is-about-to-connect-an-entire-highway-to-the-int-1440377467/@pgeorge

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 8

10 cars that need to come with a manual option.
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/10/top-10-cars-that-should-come-with-a-stick-but-dont.html

2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack)
SRT cuts production due to low demand
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1087379_srt-viper-production-cut-due-to-low-demand-inventory-pile-up

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 11

Porsche has a home collection so why can’t Bentley?
http://jalopnik.com/bentleys-home-collection-for-when-setting-money-on-fi-1440080271

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 12

Guy selling Hummer he smashed while drunk may have been drunk when he wrote the ad.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/10/02/kijiji-ad-2005-hummer-h2-destroyed-drunk-driving-crash-bizarre-strange-for-sale-ad-online-drugs-alcohol-police/

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 13

2014 North American Car of the Year short list announced.
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/10/2014-north-american-car-of-the-year-short-list-released.html

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 14

Australia has a Motoring Enthusiast Party and someone just got elected from it!
http://jalopnik.com/australia-elects-member-of-motoring-enthusiast-party-to-1440123633

#MorningCoffee | October 3, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 15

Today’s car porn
http://www.exotic-car-styles.com/images/Ferrari-612-GTO-Concept-Design-10000.jpg

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September 27, 2013

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Patrick Logan @ 9:00 AM

We love reading, writing, talking, reviewing, driving… basically doing anything we can with cars. We spend a lot of time on the net going through articles and we want to pass on that knowledge by way of #MorningCoffee. This is where we take the past 48-hours of auto related news and put it all in one place for you to read while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Have an awesome day!

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America might have some serious infrastructure issues ahead!
http://gizmodo.com/does-this-buckling-bridge-hint-at-a-larger-us-infrastru-1403403766/@matthardigree

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 3

Could Rolls-Royce start offering suctom carbon fiber coachbuilding?
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/26/rolls-royce-carbon-fiber-fibre-coachbuilding-news-update-photos-preview-rumour/

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 4

The Audi RS Q3
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1087214_2014-audi-rs-q3-fresh-new-photos

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 5

The Shelby Raptor.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/26/2013-shelby-raptor-quick-spin-review/

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 6

You can rent a Tesla from Hertz!
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-25/hertz-adds-tesla-electric-cars-at-two-california-airports.html

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 7

Leasing is pushing almost 25% of cars out the door.
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/leasing-accounts-for-a-quarter-of-new-vehicle-sales-as-payments-residuals-stay-low/

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 8

The Bentley race car is set to make its debut.
http://www.automotofoto.net/news/bentley-continental-gt3-making-debut-at-gulf-12-hours-in-abu-dhabi/

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 9

Japanese parts suppliers nailed with huge fine for price fixing.
http://jalopnik.com/japanese-suppliers-nailed-with-740-million-in-fines-an-1403734890

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 10

Mazda has supply issues!
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/short-supply-issues-hamper-mazda-sales-growth/

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 11

The Dodge Charger Pursuit is the fastest cop car.
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1087197_2014-dodge-charger-pursuit-sets-new-cop-car-performance-records

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 12

You can run a red like on a motorcycle in Nevada.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/26/nevada-allowing-motorcycles-run-red-lights-video/

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 13

Woman claims Bentley crushed her finger… and Jalopnik uses a butt-plug to demonstrate.
http://jalopnik.com/owner-claims-225k-bentley-did-this-to-his-wifes-thumb-1385098656

#MorningCoffee | September 27, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 14

Today’s car porn
http://chivethethrottle.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/random-t-09_27_13-920-54.jpg?w=920&h=703

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September 12, 2013

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013

We love reading, writing, talking, reviewing, driving… basically doing anything we can with cars. We spend a lot of time on the net going through articles and we want to pass on that knowledge by way of #MorningCoffee. This is where we take the past 48-hours of auto related news and put it all in one place for you to read while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Have an awesome day!

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 2

There is a scandal brewing in NASCAR right now!
http://jalopnik.com/sponsors-super-pissed-at-michael-waltrip-racing-for-rig-1293175706

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 3

Peugeot’s next hot hatch and we want one!
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/11/peugeot-308-r-concept-frankfurt-2013/

Ferrari 458 Speciale‘s technology explained in a video.
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1086884_ferrari-458-speciales-technology-explained-through-video

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 4

Mansory does it again to a supercar… now you get to decide if it is good or bad.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/12/mansory-la-revoluzione-frankfurt-2013/

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 5

Bentley is going to make an SUV, so why shouldn’t Rolls-Royce?
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/rolls-royce-intensively-thinking-about-selling-an-suv/

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 6

The Porsche 959 concept that started it all.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/11/porsche-959-prototype-frankfurt-2013/

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 7

There is now an entry level Caterham Seven.
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1084506_caterham-seven-165-is-for-track-enthusiasts-on-a-budget-2013-frankfurt-auto-show

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 8

Some of the best movie cars were just sold off.
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1086893_james-bond-and-ferris-bueller-have-their-machines-sold-off

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 9

You can buy a super armored BMW X5!
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/11/bmw-shows-up-armored-x5-concept/

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 10

French electric car sharing company is accusing BMW of spying.
http://jalopnik.com/french-electric-car-share-program-accuses-bmw-of-indust-1294904053

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 11

Fiat goes on a Journey.
http://ca.autoblog.com/2013/09/12/2013-fiat-freemont-photos-black-code-frankfurt-2013/

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 12

Manuals are expensive because of the software required.
http://jalopnik.com/manual-transmissions-are-hideously-expensive-because-of-1294864532

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 13

Brabus means business!
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/11/brabus-850-biturbo-ibusiness-frankfurt-2013/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000016&ts=1378937025

#MorningCoffee | September 12, 2013 (THUMBNAIL) 14

Today’s car porn… drift all the cars!
http://image.motortrend.com/f/miscellaneous/the-joy-of-driving-sideways/8079146+cr1+re0+ar1/2003-bentley-arnage.jpg

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August 21, 2013

Trend: Off-Brand Wheels

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Adam Gordon @ 11:00 AM

The local Euro car scene is always at the head of the pack when it comes to trying new things. In an attempt to deviate from the norm, many Euro tuners adopt unique visual traits, such as our previously mentioned trends, sticker bomb vinyl wraps and wooden roof racks. Well now the Euro guys and girls are at the forefront of vehicle customization once again with the practice of fitting off-brand wheels to their rides.

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In the past few months, we have been keeping an eye on this evolving trend, and we’ve noticed that this practice is most common among VW owners. While the general idea behind the modification is straight-forward, there are several adaptations of the overall concept. We’ve all seen drivers put different factory rims on their car from the same manufacturer, one example being Audi base models being outfitted with S and RS-line wheels, but lately we’ve seen more and more owners thinking outside the box, and outfitting their cars with wheels from a totally different brand.

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Some people prefer to keep a relatively clean almost factory appearance, altering the rim style only slightly with a rim from the same automotive family, like in this example of a clean-looking Jetta sitting on Audi rims from Sight & Sound 2013 Round 1.

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Others decided to cross some lines, and blend Euro tuning with American muscle. This VW owner fitted his ride with some Corvette shoes. Interestingly, we think it looks pretty good.

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One of the early adopters of this this trend is this Golf GTI with the rims from a Bentley we saw at The S&P Fitted Showcase 2013. We know this modification couldn’t have been cheap. On the plus side, it looks absolutely awesome on bags.

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Another local ride adopted the Bentley rims as well. Sic Ryde‘s Mercedes is sitting nicely on 9-spokes from an even more luxurious automaker, adding an extra touch of class.

Overall, this trend is a fun one. It will be really cool to see different adaptations from different scenes as people get more and more creative in their attempts to keep their ride as unique as possible. The best thing about this trend is that there is a lot of room to play around. The combinations are endless, and the results will surely vary from subtle to out-of-this-world eccentric. Keep an eye out for owners in the local scene experimenting with this styling tweak.

Have you seen any other off-brand wheel swaps? Let us know on our Facebook page or on twitter!

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