Archive for June, 2010

The Jaguar XKR 75

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by AutoSpotters

Only 75 of these special edition 530hp XKR’s will be made.

The Jag guys took a break from sipping tea and increased the power and torque output of the supercharged 5 liter engine to 530hp and 655tq. Top speed has been limited to 174mph.
For comparison, the normal XKR has 510hp.

While it is great Jaguar has finally joined the 500hp club, if they are going to build only 75 of a limited edition R, why not at least give standard edition AMG cars a run for their money? 530hp only temporarily edges out the M cars from BMW.

And don’t worry, the stripe things are optional.

Jaguar worked with RSR engineering to put together the limited edition XKR’s.


Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG & 300 SEL 6.8 AMG

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by AutoSpotters

Perhaps the best AMG photo set yet.
The 518 hp S63 AMG and 428 hp 300 SEL 6.8 AMG.

Daimler press release:
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) – Wide, spectacular and clad in an authentic racing car outfit – two very special S-Class saloon models from the AMG stable. One is the racing touring car of 1971, the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, and the other is the S 63 AMG showcar. With identical sponsoring and the memorable start number “35”, the new high-performance model is a reminder of an historic success: on 25 July 1971, the bright red four-door saloon crossed the finishing line in second place at the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. This triumph in the car’s very first race made AMG world-famous overnight.
The highly experienced Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz took turns behind the wheel of the AMG touring car. AMG was anything but the favourite to win this classic Belgian long-distance race: it faced the mighty opposition of the Ford Capri RS, BMW 2800 CS, Chevrolet Camaro, Opel Commodore and Alfa Romeo GTA. Nobody expected that the large luxury saloon from Affalterbach in provincial Swabia would be able to keep up with the well-established teams.
5th place in the starting line-up for AMG

The AMG racing saloon was technically based on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. With an engine output of 184 kW (250 hp) at 4000 rpm and a top speed of 220 km/h, this luxury saloon was Germany’s fastest regular production car at the time. It was not only an enlarged displacement from 6330 to 6835 cc that increased the output to 315 kW (428 hp) at 5500 rpm, and torque from 500 to 608 newton metres. AMG co-founder Erhard Melcher “tweaked” the eight-cylinder power unit using classic methods: high-precision camshafts and modified rocker arms, lighter connecting rods, new Mahle pistons, larger intake valves, modified combustion chambers, polished intake and exhaust ducts, a new intake tract with two throttle flaps and a racing exhaust system ensured a better gas throughflow and made higher engine speeds possible. Endurance was improved by installing an additional oil cooler and finely balancing the crankshaft.

The wings were flared to make room for the lightweight size 10 x 15 and 12 x 15-inch magnesium wheels adopted from a C 111 test car. Aluminium doors helped to reduce the car’s weight from the original 1830 to 1635 kilograms. Larger front wishbones, a more robust rear axle with a heavy-duty differential and smaller, stiffer suspension air bellows made the saloon fit for the racetrack.

Spectacular S 63 AMG”Thirty-Five” showcar in the style of the racing touring car
Like its historic predecessor, the new S 63 AMG showcar does not fail to attract attention. Eye-catching details include the imposing tyre sizes of 275/35 R 20 and 325/30 R 20 at the front/rear, and the 4.5 cm flare on each wing. The start number 35 and practically all the sponsoring stickers follow the original. Instead of fire-red non-metallic paintwork, the body of the showcar is finished in “AMG Le Mans red metallic”, a colour available exclusively for the new SLS AMG. The functional interior is enhanced with black/carbon-fibre piano lacquer trim. A rollover cage, two AMG sports bucket seats with four-point seat belts and an AMG sports steering wheel lined in leather/Alcantara underline the racing touring car look. This spectacular showcar provides an outlook on the series production version of the new S 63 AMG, which is due to be launched in September 2010.

The Lakers May Have Won – But It Looks Like L.A. Lost.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by AutoSpotters

In “Hey you, Jackass!” get off my S Class news, I present Los Angeles Lakers fans “celebrating” after beating the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Perhaps this was the wrong evening to drive the Rolls Royce Phantom to the game.

Lakers fans smash all kinds of glass: side glass, rear glass, store glass…

See more things the Laker fans decided to take their joy out on:

Classy Chassis™ Concours d’Elegance

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by AutoSpotters

HOUSTON (June 13, 2010) – 7th annual Classy Chassis Concours d’ Elegance.  The car show at the spectacular Reliant Stadium, in Houston, had more than 120 rare, beautiful and historical cars from all across the country.  Some of the cars parked on the stadium floor included a 1934 Triumph Dolomite, 1948 Talbot Lago T-26C, 1948 Delahaye 175S Chapron, 1946 Delage D6 Grand Prix, 1949 Kurtis Sport Roadster, 1957 Maserati 450S, 1964 Shelby Cobra, a 1966 Chaparral 2E, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR, Mercedes Benz SL65 Black and Ferrari F40.

The show benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston/Galveston.

Perhaps just as good of a show was put on outside, on the single lap autoX course set up in the parking lot.  For a minimum of a $30 donation you could go for a ride around the course in one of a number of different cars including a Ferrari 355, Ferrari 360, Lamborghini Gallardo spyder, Porsche 996 GT3, Ford GT, Mercedes Benz c63, Lotus Elise, SLR McLaren, Shelby Cobra (replica), several Dodge Vipers and more.

Mercedes E63 Slides Its Way Around Road Atlanta.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by AutoSpotters

The gang over at the AMG Private Lounge recently had some fun at the AMG Driving Academy – Road Atlanta.

Check out the spectacular display of AMG power and driving precision that one of the Academy instructors put on with an E63.

Your V1 and Passport SR7 Are Useless in Ohio.

Posted in cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2010 by AutoSpotters

Ohio has introduced a whole new form of speed measurement device – the W.A.G. (Wild Ass Guess).

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a cop’s guess of a car’s speed is good enough for them.

The Ohio cops call it “dead-reckoning”, we call it BS.

In fairness: for a cop to be able to issue a speeding ticket that will stick using “dead-reckoning” they will have to spend some time in the classroom honing their “skill”.

Good luck Ohio drivers.