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BMW's PAS leaked before Geneva

Pictures of BMW's 5-series Gran Turismo concept were leaked today before its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the Progressive Activity Sedan or PAS for short, its design is inspired by BMW’s X6 Sport Activity Coupe—later renamed the Sport Activity Vehicle, most likely due to the acronym the other formed. No specs have been released at this time but hopefully BMW will drop the 4.4-liter 400-hp twin-turbocharged V-8, found in the X6 and 750i, into its engine bay.

The concept was shown with an interior that looks gaudy at first glance. It is actually a new interior design language that BMW is testing out. It is marked by dramatic differences in color choices for the seats and dashboard.

Unlike the BMW X6, which was at first admired for its looks then later scorned by the automotive public due to its cost and uselessness, the Gran Turismo Concept looks not only sexy but also practical.  The big question is what category this vehicle will fall in. It’s too close to the ground to be an SUV. It does have four-doors and a coupe like profile, which would put it in the same class as the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Volkswagen CC; however, those have normal trunks and not a hatch at the back. It could be considered a station wagon, but those normally are more elongated in the stowage compartment and have roofs that don’t taper at the end.

Whatever classification this vehicle fits, this should have been the X6 that is now on showroom floors.

[via eGMCarTech.com]

BMW 550i GranTurismo

BMW 550i GranTurismo

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/13/2009 at 3:53 AM
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First Continental GT Zagato is up for sale

The first ultra rare and gorgeous Continental GT Zagato to come off the assembly line is up for sale on Jameslist.com.  The car is being offered for sale at $1.7 million by a dealer in Italy. We doubt that the dealer has the cars in its possesion due to the stock photography, but it could be the first name on the list to receive one.

The Continental GTZ was first shown at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. It was later announced that a limited run of nine cars would be built. The design firm Zagato started with the Continental GT Speed and redesigned the exterior and interior but, because none of the internal mechanics are altered, the GTZ comes with the factory Bentley warranty.

[via Luxist and JamesList.com]

Bentley Continental GTZ

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/3/2009 at 5:24 AM
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Bentley to introduce Extreme bio-fuel Continental

Bentley will be unveiling its fastest and most powerful car to date at the International Geneva Motor Show coming on March 3, 2009. Dubbed the Bentley Extreme and based off the Continental GT, this will be the first Bentley powered by a flex-fuel engine that will accept either gasoline, biofuel, or a combination of the two. At the previous Geneva Auto Show in 2008, Bentley announced its commitment to introducing renewable fuels across the entire Bentley range by 2012.

[via Bentley]

Bentley Continental Supersports

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/28/2009 at 3:28 AM
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Murcielago SV might debut at Geneva

A Lamborghini with a SV—short for Sport Veloce—badge has the added benefit of lower weight since it loses its all-wheel-drive system in favor of rear-wheel drive. The Murcielago SV, which should debut at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, will be the most powerful edition of the Murcielago to date. Expect horsepower in the high 500s, maybe even nudging the surface of the 600-hp marker. Combine the added power with a loss of approximately 220lbs and what you have is a true rear-tire scorcher.

Lamborghini is rumored to be revising the traction-control system to deal with that much power being sent to just two wheels. Lamborghini added all-wheel drive to help people, including celebrities with more money than talent, control their Lamborghinis. The added power, loss of weight and move to a rear-wheel drive format is a disaster waiting to happen in the wrong hands.

One sure-shot way of spotting the Murcielago SV is by its huge carbon-fiber rear wing.

[via 4WheelsNews.com]

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 12/9/2008 at 4:40 AM
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