Grid 2 Bac Mono Edition: A Very Limited, Very Special Edition

Looking back at it now, Sega’s idea to pack a live (well, they started off live) hedgehog into every limited edition box of Sonic 2 probably wasn’t the smartest move. But a video game that comes with a sports car? Now that works. Of course the cost for Grid 2 Bac Mono Edition is $190,000, but it also comes with the Bac Mono street-legal race car which zips from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. You also get a PS3, tour of the BAC factory, Bell Racing helmet, and a racing suit with gloves and boots. Oh, and no rabies!

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

I would compare the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to Jackie Chan. Why Jackie Chan, you ask? Because by all things considered, he’s a small dude. But he’s a bad mama jama. The 1.4 liter MultiAir engine of the Fiat 500 has been turbocharged and intercooled up to 160 horsepower, which is some serious punching power for such a small car. Features like sixteen-inch alloys, dual exhaust tips, and white, black or red racing stripes give this mighty machine a track-ready look and feel that says “it’s go time.” And what about inside? The Abarth flaunts a thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed, perforated-leather steering wheel, heavy racing buckets, turbo boost gauge and shift light, and TomTom satellite/navigation with Blue&Me connectivity. Performance. That’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Fiat, and the 2012 Abarth delivers performance. And then some.

Speaking of performance, the Abarth made its network debut during Jennifer Lopez’s performance of  “Papi” on the American Music Awards. Check it out at 1:10. Pitbull joins in at the end and for some reason, sports a terrifying bulge. He must love the Abarth as much as we do.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder

Talk about bold. Can you imagine the amount of jaws that will need to be picked up off the ground when you show up at The Cheesecake Factory in not only a Lamborghini, but a Lamborghini convertible?! The newest creation from the iconic Italian automaker is the Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, the more revealing version of the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni. When  Jacob, the pimply-faced valet, asks you about the specs, tell him this rear-wheel drive Lambo has a longitudinally mounted 5.2 liter  V10 engine that churns out 550 horsepower, enabling you – not him – to do 0-62 mph in a pretty damn brisk 4.2 seconds. Then tell him to shoo–there’s a Ford Focus that needs parking.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

You might drink a venti, soy, no foam, no whip, hazelnut latte on ice, but you are absolutely a power guy….no doubt about it. And since you’re into power, you’ll be thrilled behind belief to know that Jaguar has just unveiled their most powerful rag-top ever, the 2012 XKR-S Convertible. This two-door, in drop-top muscle machine features the same 550 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 found in the coupe, and it will take you to 60 in just 4.2 seconds, making it the Jag’s fastest convertible to date. The XKR-S boasts the same exterior as its hardtop cohort, sporting a new front bumper with a wider, lower air intake and a carbon fiber splitter. Inside, the performance seats are trimmed with carbon leather. Come to think of it, you may want to switch to an extra large, extra hot coffee, black, to ride in this bad boy.

Dodge Challenger SRT Yellow Jacket and Charger SRT8 Super Bee

It’s a bug. It’s a bee. It’s…..the new 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket featuring Stinger Yellow and Pitch Black paint schemes. How clever. The Charger Super Bee package (available in yellow or black, of course), includes a  full sticker and stripe package highlighting the 3D helmeted bee logo along with five-spoke aluminum wheels with black painted pockets. The interior is accented with yellow and silver striping and stitching. Likewise, the Challenger Yellow Jacket is enveloped with more yellow and black, inside and out, while it proudly sports the new Yellow Jacket logo. Both models are equipped with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The Challenger is available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, but the Charger offers only the automatic. The new insect collection, as I like to call it, from Chrysler, is bold, distinctive, and anything but subtle.

2012 Mini Roadster

The 2012 Mini Roadster offers standard electric power steering, vigorous traction control, uncompromising stability, stainless-steel rollover bars, and a dynamic rear spoiler that extends automatically at 50 mph. To top it off, the 2012 Mini Roadster is just stinkin’ adorable yet curiously masculine at the same time. In case you find yourself stuck in the middle of the road with your vehicle unable to go further, you’ll need towing service dublin to help you.

What’s different about the 2012 model? The new Roadster has removed the back seat in exchange for a soft-top, which open and closes manually and folds down behind the seats with the outer portion of the roof facing up. So, there’s no need for a cover.  Whether you’re going away for the weekend or headed to the golf course, the new Roadster offers enough room to pack all your large necessities behind the seats. Other options include rear sensors for distance control, a multifunction steering wheel, mini navigation system, automatic climate control, heated seats, and an automatically dimming mirrors.

Now let’s talk about the really important features…entertainment options include a Harman Kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system and Mini Connected, which includes the Driving Excitement app, Web radio, Google services, RSS news feeds, Mission Control, and in-car use of Facebook and Twitter. Now if they would just add a mini bar and mini bidet…

Ferrari California

Ferrari is updating the California coupe-convertible to be lighter and more powerful in 2012. With expected March delivery (don’t hold your breath), the new California will be upgraded to 483bhp and enhanced torque up to 373lb ft. Ferrari may have increased the horse power and torque, but the California will actually lose a few lbs, 30kg from the kerbweight, to be exact, which makes the California weigh in at about 1705kg. All thanks to new lighter aluminum alloys in the chassis.

Available only with a twin-clutch transmission, the new “Cali” looks pretty much the same on the outside. Inside though? The entertainment system, now on steroids, has a bigger hard drive (40GB), and it will sync with your iPhone 4 or Galaxy smartphones. In summary, the new Ferrari California is just plain badass.

2012 Lexus LFA

No cup holders. The 2012 Lexus LFA has no cup holders and it doesn’t… even… care.  Why?  Well let’s start with the 4.8 liter V10 engine that hammers out 552 horsepower and 354 foot-lbs of torque.  That kind of chutzpah results in the LFA doing 0-60 in 3.6 seconds.  Yes, we said 3.6 seconds–or the approximate time it takes for you to let out a solid burp.  You let out gas from your digestive track, and the LFA just went from park to the passing lane.  With a carbon fiber body and a top speed of 202 mph, the LFA is in the stratosphere of modern day rides, and it’s priced accordingly at $375,000.  So, still worried about a spot for that can of Mr. Pibb?