You’re looking at what may be the biggest star of BMW’s new 2 Series, the M235i. Powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, the M235i is expected to deliver 320 horsepower, getting the ol’ girl’s 3,240 pounds to 60 mph in a crisp 4.8 seconds. The ready-to-race ‘tude is further exemplified by the tricked out body, as well as a handful of M-labeled interior items. May we make one suggestion regarding modifications to the body? No peeing Calvin stickers.
Rides By on Jul 30, 2013
The brand new BMW i3 ($41,350) is an electric car that’s not looking to impress you with its speed specs. “Urban mobility” is the keyphrase here as the i3′s shape and innards are designed to maximize efficiency, not horsepower. BMW says you’ll be able to go 80 to 100 miles before the juice runs out, and they’re also touting the vehicle’s petite size and turning radius–features that are tailor-made for city driving. With an interior that aims for both sassy and classy (the dashboard is made of dried grass), the i3 looks likely to carve out its own niche.
Rides By on Jul 22, 2013
BMW’s 4-Series Coupe is getting a serious makeover — think Ty Pennington with a scar and neck tat — thanks to an infusion of the M4′s M Performance parts. The upgraded body kit includes 20″ alloy wheels, a modified front bumper with carbon fiber splitter and enlarged air ducts, a new rear bumper with air extraction ducts, carbon fiber mirror housing, Xenon LED headlamps, blackened chrome trim and more. The M Performance package also boosts engine performance for each configuration, from the 420d’s 195 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque on the lower end of the spectrum, to the 435i’s 336 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Rides By on Jul 18, 2013
The 4 in the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic means that each wheel will be screaming GO! when you step on the gas, and yes, getting AWD action in a sedan that does 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.9 seconds is truly gobs of icing on the cake. The S63′s hand-built 5.5-liter V8 engine cranks out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, and those gaudy numbers are only more impressive when paired with the AMG-tuned version of 4Matic. Weighing 220 pounds less this time around, the S63 will also deliver better gas mileage, according to Mercedes.
Rides By on Jul 9, 2013
Rental cars rarely inspire passion – “Hey kids, guess who just booked us an ELANTRA!?” — but Hertz’ new Dream Car program will change all that. Ranging anywhere from $395 to $1,500+ per day (plus mileage fees), you’ll soon be able to drive off the lot in world-class cars from esteemed automakers like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Hertz is busting out this service in 35 U.S. markets including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego. Wanna go home for the holidays in a Lamborghini Gallardo? OK. How about showing up for that first long distance online date in a Bentley Continental GT? Sure thing. Cross country baseball stadium road trip in an Elantra? NO.
Rides By on Apr 10, 2013
If Maserati were to give a Spice Girls type of name to each of its cars — granted, that’d be an insanely bad move — the new Ghibli sedan would be called Sensible Spice. A key player in the Italian automaker’s plan to sell 50,000 vehicles a year by 2015 — just 6,300 were pushed out last year — the Ghibli will compete with cars like the Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and BMW 5-Series. The Ghibli will feature a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine capable of 404 hp. An eight-speed automatic transmission and your choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive will round out the package when it hits the US later this year.
Rides By on Mar 21, 2013
Sedans are generally not meant to take you around town with sass; they’re more about comfortable and competent transportation with a style that won’t offend anyone (right, Camry?). But when Mercedes-Benz slaps the AMG badge on one of their sedans, that rule goes out the window. The new CLA Class is the latest line to get souped up, with the CLA45 AMG debuting next week in New York. Packed inside is the M133 AMG engine that produces 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque–0-60 in under five seconds is what we’re hearing. When it’s not blowing by you on the highway, you’ll also know it’s the step-up model when you see the larger wheels and brakes, fresh AMG branding, and steeper asking price, which we shall find out soon enough.
Rides By on Mar 7, 2013
The name Rolls-Royce conjures up the epitome of luxury; a bespectacled gentleman with a very fancy white mustache applying a rich lather of Grey Poupon to his bars of pure gold. But with the Wraith ($319,000), that all changes. The most powerful Rolls ever does 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. Of course there’s still an insane amount of exquisiteness to behold. The satellite-aided transmission uses GPS data to gauge the upcoming road conditions and then automatically select the best gear for the approaching real estate. And how about some 1,000 fiber optic lamps woven into the roof’s lining? Damn. You can’t be spilling mustard on that.