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Nurburgring Special Edition Nissan 370Z

US residents need not apply, the 2009 Nissan 370Z Nurburgring Special Edition will only be available in Europe.  Special consideration is being given to this 370Z because of the cars contribution to the 24 hour race last month.  Although there are no major engine overhauls on this special edition, there are a few tweeks that make it a worthwhile purchase.

Most notable difference between the Nurburgring Special Edition 370Z and regular 370Z is the exhaust.  This special edition will get a higher performance exhaust system to accompany the unchanged 3.7 liter V6.  Also, there will be an upgraded set of rims and tires, with 19″ OZ racing rims.

The special edition 370Z will only be available in the color Yellow.  So, close your eyes and imagine the car picture below in bright racing Yellow with some fancy schmancy rims.  Basically, that’s all it takes to pump out a special edition nowadays.  This comes with a price tag of over $71,000 and a limit of only 80 will be made.  Time to go stand in line.

370z Nurburgring Race Car

370z Nurburgring Race Car

Pebble Beach Edition 2009 Lexus SC430

Ahhh, summer is here and those that can golf are on the course and those that can’t are on the course, only drinking a little more.  Lexus has recognized the changing of the seasons as well, with the release of their 2009 Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition convertible.  It’s a sport hardtop, so cloth convertibles need not apply.

This is the 6th generation Pebble Beach edition Lexus, which will be limited to just 300 in production.  A few things that make this Lexus SC430 special will be color combination’s, Black-Bird’s Eye Maple Trim, and special brushed chrome badging.  Furthermore, this special edition SC430 comes with a nice new pair of shoes, 18×8 Machined Tourmaline alloy rims.

Another reason why this Lexus is so special is because members of the Pebble Beach Resort get to spend some quality time with the SC430.  All members are able to test drive and even use it for regular transportation amongst the resorts destinations.

The 2009 Lexus SC430 Pebble Beach Edition will set you back about $66,000.  But really, if you are even considering purchasing one of these vehicles, chances are you aren’t concerned with the price anyway.  Typical families need not apply, this is for the social elite.

Camaro Come Back

[ad#Top of Post Left]By now you know that Chevy is bringing back the Camaro and preliminary pictures and stats look phenomenal.  This got me thinking of Camaro’s in the past, where the car has came from and where it may be going.  Below are a few years that I thought really defined the Chevrolet Camaro.

1969 Camaro

1969 Camaro

1969 Camaro

1969 was the last year for the first generation Camaro to be built and was cluttered with different engine configurations to help compete against the wildly successful Ford Mustang.  The 1969 Camaro was available in an in-line 6 cylinder, 4.9, 5.0, 5.4, 5.7, and 6.5 litre V8.  When lining up next to a Camaro of the First Generation you never really know what they are sporting under the hood, but chances are it’s mean.

[phpbay]69 Camaro, 1, “6161”, “”[/phpbay]

1970-1981 Camaro

1981 Camaro

The Camaro was still being built on the F-Body platform, but lost it’s bulging roots in terms of looks and feel.  Through the 2nd Generation Camaro production years it began to start feeling dated as the suspension and body was all from the previous generation and only minor tweaks to the exterior were being performed.

[phpbay]1980 Camaro, 1, “6161”, “”[/phpbay]

1992 25th Anniversary Special Edition Camaro

25th Anniversary Camaro

25th Anniversary Camaro

Chevy fans started seeing some big improvements and upgrades to the Camaro beginning in 1982 and this third generation Camaro continued until 1992.  In 1992 fans were rewarded with a 25th Anniversary Heritage Special Edition Camaro and marked the last year the original F-Body platform would be used, later years would use a modified version.

Amongst the updates in the Third generation Camaro and in the 20th and 25th Anniversary editions were the utilization of throttle bodies on the engine and an upgrade 4 speed transmission.  Furthermore, the introduction of the IROC-Z was hailed in with upgrades to the Camaro’s suspension, and larger 16″ rims.

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2002 Camaro

2002 Camaro

2002 Camaro

In 2002 Chevrolet pulled the plug on the 35 year production running Camaro.  The Fourth Generation Camaro was the first since 1967 to have an updated F-Body platform.  The last of the Camaro’s was produced in part due to slowing sports car sales and generally slow sales of the Camaro specifically, Chevy felt it was time to exit that market.

The Fourth Generation Camaro offered plenty of options for potential buyers in terms of cosmetics and engine treatments.  There was a souped up SS version that offered the LT1 Corvette engine, paired with a 6-speed Manual transmission, along with smaller V6 RS versions.  In addition, there were T-Top models available and convertible edition Camaro’s, but all the options failed to please the market and production haulted in 2002.

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2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

In 2009 the World will be introduced again to the Camaro with a 2010 model year becoming available.  We’ve already seen concept photos from as early as 2006 and in 2007 were treated to a Convertible Camaro Concept.  It’s expected that the engine configurations available will be a 300 horsepower V6 and a 422 horsepower V8, with both manual and automatic transmissions.  Furthermore there will be an RS appearance package available on the LT and SS models.  300 horsepower just sounds a bit high on any V6, but time will tell and there will still be time for Chevrolet to change specs and availability.

With so much buzz surrounding the new Camaro, such as parts in movies like Transformers, lots of concept shots, and a huge fan base, will we see another 35 year production run?  The success of the retro styled Mustang seems to say yes and hopefully Camaro will catch up with Ford again.

[phpbay]2010 Camaro, 3, “6161”, “”[/phpbay]

2009 Volkswagen Passat CC

I’m really not much of a VW fan and after seeing the new 2009 Volkswagen Passat not much has changed.  I’m not exactly sure what target audience the new Passat is aimed at, but my guess is those people are in their mid 90’s and about to go way of the Dodo, so why still build for them?

Perhaps it goes over better in the European market but in the US, for the price I’m sure a better lookign Mercedes or Lexus would be better received.  The Passat’s interior could possibly be it’s only saving grace and the seat designs are fantastic.  But now, the more I think of it, the 2009 VW Passat kind of reminds me of a casket with wheels, so maybe they are targeting the right audience.

09 Volkswagen Passat

Passat on eBay
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09 BMW 7 Series Spy Pic

Expect more of the same for the 09 BMW 7 Series, at least for the basics, it’s in the engine options that it gets real exciting.  Not only will you ‘reportedly’ be able to get the BMW 7 Series in V8 and V12 trim, but also an alternative fuel option as well.  Generally speaking expect an Electric Hybrid type motor available in the 09 BMW.

Check out the 09 BMW 7 Series Spy Photos below: