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Chad Ochocinco loses two Veyron payments thanks to NFL fine

Cincinnati Bengals’ wide-receiver Chad Ochocinco was recently fined $25,000 by the NFL for posting messages on Twitter during a preseason game. In a follow-up tweet, Ochocinco apologized for his actions but noted that it was two months’ worth of payments for his Bugatti Veyron, implying that the fine was a little steep. Or he just wanted a reason to tell the world about how much he spends on one of his cars. The fine stems from an NFL rule that does not allow the use of social media by its players or coaches directly before or after or during a game.

In other news, the Cincinnati Bengals have announced a change to its infamous "Who dey" chant. The new chant goes like so: “Who dey, Who dey, Who dey think gonna tweet in da game with the Bengals? Nobody!” Sorry, we couldn't resist.

[via Jalopnik]

Chad Ochocinco's Veyron Tweet

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/25/2010 at 5:48 AM
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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport without Halloween colors

To keep all the Halloween and trick-or-treat jokes to a minimum, Bugatti has released some studio photos of its Veyron 16.4 Super Sport with blue-colored carbon fiber panels. See all the new and old Bugatti Veyron Super Sport photos in our News Center.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in blue carbon fiber

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/18/2010 at 8:30 AM
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Ronald McDonald House to raffle off a 1969 Camaro SS Convertible

Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Central Valley is raffling off a red 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible to benefit its “home away from home” cause; providing physical, mental, and financial help to families with children that have a serious illness. Ronald McDonald House gives a temporary home (instead of sleeping in the hospital room or at a motel) to more than 1,000 families a year.

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro being raffled off is red with a white top and comes with the 325-hp 396-cid V-8 connected to an automatic transmission. The charity describes the special car: “The general appearance of the 1969 Camaro did not change much compared to the first two years, having kept the basic body lines and basic ‘look.’ The 1969 Camaro carried over the previous year's drivetrain and major mechanical components, but all-new sheetmetal, except the hood and trunk lid, gave the car a substantially sportier look. The grille was redesigned with a heavy ‘V’ and deeply inset headlights. New door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel also gave the car a much lower, wider, more aggressive look. This styling would serve for the 1969 model year only!”

Tickets range in price from one ticket for three dollars to 1,200 tickets for $1,000. The winner will be drawn on November 13, 2010.

[via Ronald McDonald House]

Ronald McDonald House 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/18/2010 at 6:50 AM
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Vying for the fastest production-car title

Top speed records are about as hot as Top Gear’s Powerlap times and Nürburgring track records and now that Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has officially taken the reigns as the world’s fastest production car, SCC and the previous record holder prior to the base Veyron, Koenigsegg, are both letting their intentions to beat the new Veyron Super Sport at its own game be known.

SSC with its “Because Life Begins at 250” slogan is preparing a new SSC Ultimate Aero to be shown in September that will potentially take back the title from the Halloween-colored supercar. You may also remember that the 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero was altered to produce more power and perform better aerodynamically although no new top speed runs were ever performed. At that time SSC estimated the Ultimate Aero's new top speed to be 270 mph.

Word from Top Gear is that Koenigsegg wants to reclaim the title after a five-year hiatus. No special model is being planned because Christian Von Koenigsegg believes the new Agera is capable of the feat.

[via Top Gear]

SCC Ultimate Aero Teaser

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/18/2010 at 4:12 AM
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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS brochure images

Photos of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class have hit the Internet before the car's official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show thanks to a leak of the car's brochure. Like the rest of the Mercedes-Benz premium lineup, a switch to the 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged motor in the 550 model and to a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 in the 63 AMG model is being made for 2012.

[via Mercedes-Benz Passion]

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/18/2010 at 3:55 AM
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2010 Cadillac CTS-V: Driving Impressions

The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is a competent and classy sedan that holds water against the best of its German competitors but will stick in our heads because of its brute “wow”-inducing acceleration. The car just has power in droves, hindered only by the automatic transmission necessary gear changes and its split second indecisiveness on exactly what gear to choose under part-to-full throttle changes. It is neck-snapping head-rush-generating thrill ride with gobs of flat always-there force that just never relents until you back down from the accelerator. This engine isn’t simply a moderately powerful V-8 slipped under the Cadillac’s hood. It is a track-ready ZR1-dervied 556-hp motor that provides a deep V-8 burble with a smidge of supercharger whine at higher revs and was designed for one thing: to simultaneously punch its occupants in the head and lower back as it pushes them to the upper echelons of the speedometer.

2010 Cadillac CTS-V

Speaking of the speedometer, despite sitting front and center and having the more spacious middle of three pods all to itself, it felt small and hard to read on anything but mundane driving. It doesn’t really matter because it is best to keep your eyes on the large extremely large number that sits on the small screen perfectly located under the rpm gauge in the first pod; that number combined with the revs will give you a good idea of how fast you are going in more spirited driving. More importantly it will allow you to pop off the necessary gear changes with the F1-style paddles located on the back of the steering wheel when in the six-speed automatic’s manual mode. Move too quick and you won’t get the most power out of your run; move too slow and you will slam into the rev-limiter because of how quickly the engine spools, even at higher rpms. That rpm gauge comes with a nice line of red glowing dots that follow the needle in its half circle rotation and help you quickly determine how far before the next gear change without over analyzing.

2010 Cadillac CTS-V RPMs

The ride in the CTS-V is tight—enhanced by the way the seats suck you in and hold you snug like a mom’s bear hug after her child’s first stint at summer camp—and solid: no shakes, shimmers, or unnecessary rattles; the car is built extremely well. It corners flat with a touch of understeer and with tons of tenacious grip that even the raw power of this motor has a hard time breaking. The small-diameter microfiber-covered steering wheel is very low in telepathy and provides little feedback when the Magntic Ride Control Suspension system is in touring mode. In fact, it is more disconnected than it probably should be, with some yacht-like feelings where the movement of the steering wheel doesn’t always cause the reaction you think it should. The Stabilitrak system is there to provide the small nudges that boost confidence but is never intrusive and never saps the power or life out of the car or drive. Immense stopping power is provide by the car’s huge 15-inch rotors up front and 14.7-inch rotors at the rear.

2010 Cadillac CTS-V side

The inside of the CTS-V can be summed up in one word: shiny; giving our test car an air of cheapness that should not be in a car that starts at $61,545. The dashboard and center console are tooled towards both the driver and front passenger (unlike a lot of vehicles that give preference of the controls to the driver) and our tester had glossy, easily scratched black plastic instead of wood inlays (although some wood could be found on the door). To add even more glare in a bright day, polished aluminum trim encircles each zone of the dashboard. Like the angular exterior, the interior too has some sharp edges. Although these provide the car with its trademark stand-out-in-a-pack looks, the angles can be do right painful, literally. Hit the crease in the trunk lid or the sharp angle at the edge of the dashboard and you will damn the designer. The optional Recaro seats are absolutely phenomenal; even giving us the desire to rip them out and use them as desk chairs afterwards. They follow the angle motif, which gives them a really cool look, but are still soft and comfortable with tons of lumbar support and, with ventilation for both seats in the front, you and your co-pilot never have to worry about sweaty backs or cold butts. A large touchscreen jets up from the center of the dashboard and provides easy and somewhat intuitive access to all the car’s features. Knobs, dials, and buttons sit as backup underneath the screen for any changes that need to be made on the fly. Storage is best left for the trunk since there is not much space in the center console, in the door pockets, or the glove box. The trunk is deep (really, really deep) but not super tall. With the long shelf that extends out over the trunk because of the sloping rear glass, the opening is big but problems could arise where something would be able to fit in the trunk if you could just get it in. In fact the trunk is so deep we wondered if some of it should have been sacrificed to provide more space in the rear. The rear seats, although doable, are a bit tight for taller adults. The sill sits high so a couple high knees will get you in, which is fitting because you will probably have to sit with your knees high as well.

2010 Cadillac CTS-V touch screen

In all the CTS-V is a real player in the mid-size luxury performance sedan market. It has the right power, the right build quality, the right performance, the right size, and the right amount of luxury to easily persuade someone from its German competitors. The M5 is currently on hiatus as we wait for a new version with a new engine to debut. The E63 is more powerful but more expensive. We would recommend driving all three before any purchasing decision is made. The only place the CTS-V is really lacking is some of the finishing touches feel a bit cheap for this market segment, but one quick jaunt down a curvy road with a long straight at the end should cure all that ails you.

View all the pictures and read the trimmed article on our 2010 Cadillac CTS-V review

2010 Cadillac CTS-V engine cover

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/17/2010 at 4:43 AM
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Morgan unveils the EvaGT

Morgan tantalized the world with a teaser of its upcoming EvaGT in early June. Today it has officially unveiled the car that is set to go into production in 2012. You can see all the pictures and read up on the specs in our Morgan EvaGT overview.

2012 Morgan EvaGT

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Posted on: 8/16/2010 at 7:15 AM
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Lexus to offer LFA luggage

So you have your name on the waiting list for the 2012 Lexus LFA yet are worried that that your luggage won’t fit the new supercar. Well, Lexus has you covered. Working with Tumi, a company that specializes in luxury travel bags and luggage accessories, Lexus is offering a set of two suitcases for LFA owners in both the United States and Europe. The “concourse” bag is smaller and designed for quick trips, while the “coastal” is designed to stow large amount of clothes for longer travels. Both bags are created to have the same look and feel of the LFA supercar, including extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. Each piece of luggage will be inscribed with the corresponding LFA’s VIN number. No word on how much Lexus and Tumi will be charging or if you will have to lease the luggage like you do the LFA.

[via Inside Line]

Lexus LFA Luggage by Tumi

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Posted on: 8/16/2010 at 4:24 AM
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Classic Recreations cleared and back in business

One month after Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) raided its shop and impounded its customers’ cars, Classic Recreations has settled with the government and is back in business.

According to a press release by Classic Recreations, a disgruntled ex-employee contacted the OSBI and started the month-long shut down of its facilities. During the OSBI’s inquiry the shop was found to be replacing some rusted or damaged sheetmetal on its restoration projects with aftermarket pieces, which the government argued means the shop must then re-title the car. Classic Recreations disagreed.

"Laws were created to protect people from car thieves, now the government is reinterpreting those laws to go after restoration shops,” said Classic Recreations Owner Jason Engel.

After a series of legal quarrels on the definition of restoration protocol, Classic Recreations has agreed to follow the current interpretations of the law while advocating and working with state legislatures to pass a more precise definition. Engel hopes his story will serve as a call to action for other restoration shops and hobbyists in the area. In the meantime, however, he is just glad to be back building his beautiful cars.

Classic Recreations back in business

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/13/2010 at 9:08 AM
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Videos: Track Euphoria - 458 Challenge and Pagani Zonda R

Two euphoria-inducing automotive videos: The first is the new 458 Italia Challenge in all its glory lapping Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Ferrari says the 458 Challenge can lap its test track in one minute and 16.5 seconds, a full second faster than its predecessor, the F430 Challenge.

The second video is of the Pagani Zonda R’s lap around the infamous Nürburgring track in six minutes and 47.5 seconds, which is leaps and bounds faster than the Ferrari 599XX’s six-minute-and-58.16-second lap time. None of these times have been obtained by some sort of regulatory body and these cars are not street legal. The street legal king is unofficially the Porsche GT2 RS, followed by the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR.

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Posted on: 8/13/2010 at 4:10 AM
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