Diesel, dude: BMW’s Two Power Players

Die-hard diesel: BMW 335d goes and goes and goes...

Die-hard diesel: BMW 335d goes and goes and goes...

Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) — BMW wants you to know it’s paying attention. As a company whose cars are aimed at people who enjoy performance driving, some consumers may feel that it’s out of step with all things green.

The Munich-based automaker has an answer to that: “EfficientDynamics” — two capitals, no space — which is public-relations speak for cars that burn less fuel but aren’t a total bore to drive.

Next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show will showcase a BMW concept vehicle powered by a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and two electric motors — basically a plug-in, hybrid sports car. Continue reading…

Hotness is a Topless Aston Martin DBS Volante

Little road, big car: The Aston Martin DBS Volante in all its glory

Little road, big car: The Aston Martin DBS Volante in all its glory

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) — We all have dream lists. There are many versions, from the celebrities you’d like to sleep with, to the stocks you wish you’d bought 20 years ago. (Best of luck on either of those.)

List mania afflicts car nuts particularly. I try to keep my dream garage limited to five often-changing picks, from a Land Rover Defender 90 for off-road adventures to a vintage Porsche 911 Turbo for Sunday drives. I’d need something solely for the racetrack like a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and maybe a luxury people- hauler such as a BMW 750Li or an Audi S8.

Which leaves one space for a flashy, super-sexy sports car, meant to snap heads at stoplights whether you’re moving or not.

I’ve got a soft spot for Aston Martins and last November when I reviewed the $270,000, 510-horsepower, sex-on-wheels DBS, my imaginary stable was complete.

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Porsche 911 Faster, Better, More Earth Friendly

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — No car on today’s market is as iconic as the Porsche 911. Still carrying a rear-mounted engine and the same basic shape as the first model in 1963, it’s like a sacred cow with wheels.

So when Porsche adds major new technology to their most famous car, aficionados take notice. The 2009 model gets not one significant push forward but two.


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Call It An All-American Supercar: The Corvette ZR1

Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Can Americans still build a phenomenal car? One can forgive the question, since the Japanese have run away with hybrids and the Germans and Italians rule the sports-car world. Yet one of the brighter spots in the U.S. auto scene is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 — a relatively inexpensive car that tangos with uber-expensive exotics.  


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