2011

  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

    Police chases often involve high speeds but rarely do we see reports of speeds in excess of 200 mph. But that’s exactly what happened last weekend in Oklahoma. Hector Fraire, aged just 19, was arrested on Saturday after a police chase in which his vehicle, a heavily modified 2011 Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang, reached speeds as high as 208 mph. Fraire was initially spotted on a police radar doing 84 mph on a Turnpike in Oklahoma City. The police with the radar immediately gave chase but Fraire only increased his speed, eventually hitting 208 mph. To make matters worse, he switched...

  • Ferrari 599 GT0 crashed by Valet in Rome, Italy - Image via Tgcom24
    Ferrari 599 GTO Crashed By Valet Is A Write-Off: Video

    You’d think that someone employed as a valet would be somewhat competent behind the wheel of a car, but as we’ve seen time and time again this isn’t always the case. This time around, the actions of a valet have led to the demise of a Ferrari 599 GTO, of which just 599 examples...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S
    Lotus' Leaking Oil Problem Strikes Again, This Time Affecting The 2011 Evora

    Lotus has issued a recall on certain versions of its Evora sports car due to a defective oil hose that could rupture, leading to more serious problems. The recall affects supercharged 2011 Evora models that feature a manual transmission and were manufactured from September 2010 through to September...

  • Sergio Marchionne’s 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
    Sergio Marchionne’s Dodge Challenger SRT8 Raises $175k For Charity

    A 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 once owned by Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, has sold at auction for $175,000. All proceeds from the sale, which took place over the weekend at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida, will be donated to the United Way for Southeastern...

  • Sergio Marchionne’s 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
    Sergio Marchionne Gives Up Dodge Challenger SRT8 For Charity

    As someone who’s owned a few Ferraris and Maseratis over the years, including an Enzo supercar, Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, prefers driving American muscle when he’s on duty in the states. His choice of ride for getting around suburban Detroit is this murdered-out...

  • 2011 BMW X5
    BMW Recalling 2009-12 X5 Diesel Models For Power Steering Issue

    BMW has announced the recall of some 29,800 X5 crossover xDrive35d models, built between September 1,2008 and November 15, 2012. The recall also extends to a stop sale for vehicles in dealer inventory but not yet sold or delivered to customers. At issue is an engine belt idler pulley bolt, which...

  • 2011 Lotus Evora S

    Lotus has announced the recall of 80 model year 2011 Evora S models built between February 2011 and September 2011 to correct a potential defect with an oil line that supplies the cylinder head. Oil supply lines that use a three-piece, flexible tubing design can rupture, spraying oil on the engine and increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire. The three-part oil supply line was only used on supercharged Evora models built between the production dates referenced above. Later production models used a single piece rigid oil line, which is not subject to recall. Lotus has reported...

  • 2011 BMW X6
    BMW Addresses Key Cloning Issue On Select Models

    In July, we brought you news that car thieves (in Great Britain, anyway) had gone high-tech, stealing new cars via the use of NFC key reprogramming devices. Instead of relying on old-fashioned methods to steal certain new cars, today’s thieves just need access to the car’s diagnostic...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG
    2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Recalled To Prevent Airbag Hazard

    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall on its G Class SUV, including its high-performance G55 AMG variant, due to the possibility of part of the interior trim breaking off and becoming a projectile in the event one of the front airbags go off. The recall only affects the 2011 Mercedes-Benz G550 model...

  • 2011 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R
    Mazda Extends RX-8 Production Due To Strong Demand In Japan

    Mazda’s RX-8 will live on for a little while longer as the automaker extends production of its iconic sports car by another 1,000 units due to strong demand from customers in Japan. Last August Mazda announced that it was ending production of the RX-8 and in celebration launched the RX-8...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe first drive
    BMW Stops Taking Orders On 1-Series M Coupe

    Produced for just one model year, BMW’s 1-Series M Coupe will surely be one of the most sought after models by collectors in years to come so if you have one in good nick it may be a good idea to look after it well. Models with such short life spans traditionally become favorites among...

  • Ferrari 599XX Evolution
    Ferrari Releases Official Video Of The 599XX Evolution At Suzuka

    Last week we brought you footage from Japan’s Car Nifty TV, showing the initial run of Ferrari’s 599XX Evolution at the Suzuka circuit. Despite a wet track and torrential rains, the cars looked impressively quick, which comes as no surprise since the 599XX Evo is quicker around Fiorano...

  • 2011 Audi A8

    For the second year in a row, Audi is the luxury manufacturer with the highest number of vehicles on the Strategic Vision Total Value Index, which recognizes models for their overall value. Factoring in to the equation are variables such as warranty coverage, technical innovation, standard equipment and even fuel economy. Strategic Vision claims that its Total Value Index survey paints a more accurate picture of what owners really think of new vehicles purchased. By asking targeted and in-depth questions, the company gathers valuable data on both consumers and market trends, and its report is...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View
    Lojack: Mercedes C300 Most Stolen 2011 Luxury Model

    When it comes to car theft, it’s not just luxury and sports cars that are at risk of being stolen. In fact, car theft is an enterprise that’s based on opportunity, and there are far more opportunities to steal Honda Accords than to steal Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG sedans, both of which made...

  • BMW's X5M takes the shortest line through Laguna Seca's corkscrew.
    BMW's X5M Shows Why Its Better Than An M3: Video

    In the last race of the 1996 IndyCar season, Bryan Herta had the lead heading into the final lap, trailed by Alex Zanardi. As the white flag flew, Zanardi realized time was running out to take the lead, so the Italian superstar did the unthinkable: risking a high-speed crash, Zanardi passed Herta...

  • 2011 De Tomaso SLS (Sport Luxury Sedan) Concept
    De Tomaso Sold To Chinese Investment Firm

    One year ago, legendary Italian marque De Tomaso, rejuvenated by former Fiat exec Gian Mario Rossignolo and his family, unveiled the peculiar SLS (Sport Luxury Sedan) concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. Many questioned why a brand famous for building exotic sports cars would suddenly venture into...

  • Lamborghini Gallardo on fire at 2012 Portland Auto Show. Photo credit Lary Coppola.
    Exclusive: Lamborghini Gallardo Catches Fire At Portland Auto Show

    The Portland International Auto Show isn't exactly known as a hotbed of industry activity or product reveals. Nonetheless, there is often some attractive hardware on display, including, this year, at least one privately-owned Lamborghini Gallardo. Unfortunately, that Gallardo won't be making the...

  • Chris Harris tests the cold-weather traction of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
    Chris Harris' Ode To His Hibernating Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0: Video

    Being a motor journalist, especially in these transitional post-print, pre-full-digital times often involves taking a vow of poverty. Many of us have left careers that pay real salaries, lured by the promise of driving the latest hoon-mobiles before anyone else can. The sad irony is that we must...

  • A Roush-tuned 5.0-liter Ford F-150

    Roush Performance is best known for building very fast Mustangs, as evidenced by the Roush Stage 3 Mustang’s third-place finish in last year’s One Lap of America. Roush also sells parts to make your Mustang go faster, just in case you can’t afford a complete car from them. Now Roush can help make your 2011 or 2012 Ford F-150 go faster, too, as it’s developed supercharger systems for the 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter F-150s. If you own a 3.7-liter V-6 or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 F-150, Roush can supply you with a few go-fast parts like a cold-air intake (3.7-liter only) or...

  • The Ruf Porsche Panamera XL. Image: Ruf China
    Ruf Super-Sizes The Porsche Panamera For China

    The Chinese market is a significant one for Porsche, accounting for more than half its sales in Asia. Last year Porsche delivered 24,340 vehicles in China, representing an increase of nearly 65 percent from 2010. While Porsche offers a variety of vehicles, ranging from roadsters to SUVs to...

  • 2010 mini cooper cabrio jcw 007
    88,911 2007-2011 MINI Cooper S, Clubman, JCW Models Recalled For Fire Risk

    A faulty water pump that could lead to a smoldering electrical board, which might then start a fire, is at the root of a recall of 88,911 MINI Cooper S, Cooper S Clubman, Cooper S Convertible, and John Cooper Works models. MINI says that 100 percent of the vehicles in the recall contain the faulty...

  • 2011 Nissan Juke-R Concept
    Nissan Documents The Creation Of The Juke-R: Video

    Last week we told you that the Nissan Juke-R was capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, and that the 485 horsepower grocery-getter was capable of a 160 mph top speed. This week, Nissan confirms those numbers and gives us a new video on creating the world’s...

  • 2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe
    2011 U.S. Luxury Market Recap: It's Good To Be German

    If the automotive industry is a barometer for the overall economy, there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon in 2011. For most mainstream manufacturers, 2011 sales were up, but it was a mixed bag for players in the the luxury segment. If we had to recap 2011 luxury car sales in five words or less...

  • Yvan Muller, at work in the Chevy Camaro.
    Chevrolet Camaro Drifting Done Right: Video

    When it comes to sliding a two-ton, rear-drive pony car with 426 horsepower on tap around corners, there’s a right way to go about it and a wrong way. Do it right, and you end up with the footage you see here. Do it wrong, and you end up with a face full of airbag and a big repair bill that...

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