Gift-wrapped Grand Sports, 1,000-hp Benzes, Lexus-owning celebs and more: This Week On The Forums


This Week on the Forums: 07.29.2016

This Week on the Forums: 07.29.2016

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You should never judge a book by its cover, especially if you're a pickpocket.

This week in Stockholm, one pocket-perpetrator learned that lesson the hard way when he attempted to prey upon a group of young women sunbathing in a public park. Unfortunately for the five-finger-discount specialist, two of the sunbathers were off-duty Swedish police officers. As UPI reports, once one of the girls noticed her mobile phone was missing, the perp ran no more than 50 feet before the officers wrestled him to the ground.

Looking at the photo of the arrest as it happened, something tells me the thief didn't mind his lot in life at that particular moment. Here's what else happened this week:

  • As we told you yesterday, among all 2017 C7 Corvette variants, the Grand Sport is the one to get. Now it's a lot easier to get into a Grand Sport because they are just arriving at dealer lots in all their gift-wrapped glory, as you can see from the assortment of images posted on Corvette Forum. Excuse the steam under my collar, but there's something "automotive burlesque" about the virgin paint lying underneath that protective wrapping.
     
  • It's no picnic being a target for organized crime, but Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Super Duty owners in Albuquerque, New Mexico are suffering exactly that kind of nightmare. An organized group of crooks is following the truck owners to their destinations in order to steal the vehicles. Super Duties may be built Ford tough, but as Ford-Trucks discusses, the toughness stops short when it comes to thwarting thieves. 
     
  • What comes to mind when you think 997 Porsche and high-mileage? I think of high blood pressure, but myriad 997 owners on 6SpeedOnline are proudly showing off their P-cars' longevity past 100,000 miles. Granted a 911 is more reliable than an Aston Martin Vantage, but this is one of those threads that makes you say, "Sure, it's highly possible, but how much money did it take to get there?"
     
  • The Mercedes-Benz M156 engine in the W204 C63 AMG is naturally-aspirated perfection. So why would someone want to swap it out for something else? Because in the words of the great Jeremy Clarkson, "More power!" Folks on MBWorld are losing their minds over some mad scientist who jettisoned his C63's M156 in favor of the biturbo 5.5-liter M157 found in the Mercedes-AMG E63. In its current state, the previous-gen C63 is now sending 983 horsepower to all four wheels. Yes, the mad scientist also fitted his C63 with a 4Matic system. You'll have to see the video to believe it.
     
  • Benz, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Porsche — those brands get a lot of press when it comes to the celebrities who drive them. So very few celebs roll deep with Lexus, then, right? Wrong. The editors at Club Lexus have put together a list of nine stars with their Lexus cars. You'll be impressed by the talent getting behind a steering wheel with an L badge.

Hit the links to get complete information on each story. And tune in next week for more news from the forums!

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