Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia

2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia

The 2010 edition of the Mille Miglia is particularly important because BMW  is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the historic victory of the House at the Brescia Mille Miglia. And what better way to celebrate than launching a special edition Z4? Called the Z4 sDrive35is Limited Edition Mille Miglia (yes, it is an annoyingly long name), this special edition will be limited to only 99 units.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35is Limited Edition Mille Miglia will be painted in a Polaris Metallic matte finish with a black front grill. It will be offered with an M aerodynamic kit, ‘Mille Miglia’ badges, and 19-inch wheels finished in Dark Chrome.

The interior will get leather and Alcantara with red stitching and M sports steering wheel with the same red stitching.

Under the hood the same engine will be utilized as in the sDrive35is: 3.0-liter 6-cylinder twin turbo engine that delivers a total of 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The top speed is still limited to 155 mph.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible

2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible

With so many entry-level luxury car choices from Germany, Japan and America, it's easy to overlook the Swedish Saab 9-3. But the truth is, the Saab 9-3 could be a great match for buyers looking for a spacious, safe and comfortable automobile with a proven safety record and a distinctly modern attitude.

Today's 9-3 lineup is the latest in Saab's long line of near-luxury cars dating back to the 1970s. Offered in a variety of body styles, with abundant cargo space and frugal yet powerful engines, it has always represented a competitively priced, character-laden alternative to the me-too near-luxury offerings from other manufacturers.

Though the unique and practical 9-3 hatchbacks were discontinued after the 2002 model year, the 9-3 family continues to be offered in multiple body styles: a four-door sedan, two-door convertible and four-door wagon, the latter called "SportCombi." All utilize small-displacement, turbocharged engines that extract big power while salvaging respectable fuel economy. Recent examples have been made available with V6s as a step up from one of Saab's traditionally lively four-cylinders. Furthermore, the Saab 9-3 tends to be priced aggressively, at least in sedan and wagon form. Convertible models have always been a bit less of a bargain.

All Aeros are powered by a 280-hp V-6, 2.0Ts can be optioned with AWD, the Aero V-6 XWD gains an electronically controlled limited-slip (eLSD), the Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi get carbon-fiber interior trim. In addition, all 9-3s now have OnStar 8.0, which includes turn-by-turn nav.