Michael Jordan’s Bentley Continental GT Coupe; A Mainstay at The Volo Auto Museum

 

Michael Jordan's Bentley Continental GT Coupe – The Volo Auto Museum had treasured the introduction of its new resident; the Bentley Continental GT Coupe. No joking aside, the car is NBA’s legend Michael Jordan’s car. Jordan sold the 2005 Bentley Continental GT at a price of $ 80,000 to Brian Grams, a son of the Museum’s owner. Grams was pleased with the purchase. "That was a good buy for just a Bentley," said Grams. "It is simply going to be for display," he continued. The Bentley Continental GT Coupe is the car donning a V6 engine with 552 hp power, which is used in conjunction with a 6-Speed Automatic Overdrive. A Sports car that has two doors and 4 seats can even be driven at speeds of 198 mph. Having said that, what makes Michael Jordan’s car much more special is the fact that The Bentley Continental GT Coupe influenced the creation of Nike Air Jordan 21 shoes that sold in 2006. In addition, the car had ultimately only 12 thousand miles. Well for you who are inquisitive, to see Michael Jordan's Bentley Continental GT Coupe car, you can come to the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois.

You can visit there every day opening from 10 am until 5 pm.

Michael Jordan's Bentley Continental GT Coupe

Price Details for 2012 Audi A6

2012 Audi A6

2012 Audi A6 four-door luxury sedan has successfully joins the relatively fast, elegant, and comfortable German cars. Besides the 2012 Audi A6 four-door luxury sedan, there is a new  BMW 5-Series will set you back $45,050 for the 528i, and you won’t exactly be scraping the bottom of the barrel either, as the Bavarians will provide you with about 240 hp for relaxed highway cruising or dynamic driving. Meanwhile, if you go for the Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse, you will be paying $49,400 for the E350, which is fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 giving 268 horsepower.

Audi has come up with the much more attractive base price for the 2012 Audi A6 four-door luxury sedan of $41,700 (excluding $875 destination charge) in the case of the 2012 Audi A6, which will arrive at dealerships later this year. However, in its efforts to undercut the opposition, the Ingolstadt carmaker is also giving you less. Both the Mercedes-Benz  and the BMW have V6 engines, but the A6 only has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder churning out 211 horsepower. In addition, the base Audi has front-wheel drive chassis and a lack-luster yet efficient CVT transmission.

If you want your 2012 Audi A6 four-door luxury sedan to be a true match for BMW and Mercedes’ base model saloons, you’ll have to opt for the 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI V6 that has an impressive 310 horsepower to offer. But you can expect to pay a smidgen under $50k for that – $49,900.

2012 Audi A6 four-door luxury sedan has no plans to bring the A6 Avant to the States any time soon. “We don’t have plans to bring the [new] 2012 Audi A6 four-door luxury sedan to the U.S,” said Audi of America spokesman Andrew Lipman.

 

Breaking News: Spyshots on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse

Spyshot 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse will be revealed on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. But we got the spyshots of the2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse as we get closer and closer to the launch of the sixth incarnation of one of the biggest icons in the three pointed star on the Mercedes-Bens SL clas.

Our reporter managed to get a set of photos showing the outlines of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse with hard-top convertible. It seems that the Mercedes-Benz SLS rhinoplasty was a complement the bigger fenders which look like those on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse.

Though the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse proportion seem similar to the current model, a closer inspection reveals a few subtle differences such as the shorter rears overhang and the taller bonnet.

Spyshot 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse - rear view

What even more interesting is that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse was in a group of vehicles which included an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster and a Jaguar XK, likely for benchmarking purposes. Now that is what we called cool play-date. Who knows that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse can get along really well with Aston Martin Vantage and Jaguar XK.

Spyshot 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse - side view

We predict that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse will have completely new engine with two variants: a 3.5-liter V6 and a 4.6-lter twin-turbo V8. There is also speculation of a hybrid version of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse, but the AMG 63 is expected to get the impressive twin-turbocharged of a 5.5-liter V8 with upwards of 571 horsepower on tap.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse will be ready for sale in a couple of years. With the recently  revealed 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse and Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse coupe, also the brand new versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse and Mercedes-Bezn B-Klasse, and last but not least the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz ML. We heard that besides the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse project, the German car manufacturer will also add Mercedes-Benz SLC as the SLS little brother, is a new flagship four-door coupe named Mercedes-Benz uber-CLS.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and Porsche 911 Carrera Won in Michelin Challenge Bibendum Event

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid managed to win at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum. The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is an event which has attracted a fair amount of attention which bringa a lot of satisfaction for the car makers who are planning to change the world with their vehicles in the not-so-distant future.

Porsche as one of the auto manufacturers with the pedigree to consider, they saw the event not necessarily as a challenge, but also as a means to advertise two of its finest products. Those products are the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and the regular Porsche 911 Carrera. Both managed to win first and second place in the intercity Rally in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in the combustion engine driven production vehicle category.

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum was the first on the road adventure for Porsche’s soon-to-be-hit the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is set to launch on the market in June 2011, the model comes with the price tag €106,185 and has the same powertrain as the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, but the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid has smaller body.

Under the hood, the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 which able to produce 333 horsepower. Porsche adds a 47 horsepower electric motor on the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid which is neatly wrapped in the distinctive bodywork of the vehicle.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is able to reach 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and goes on to a top speed 270 km/h (168 mph). The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid can be driven on electric power alone for about 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) at speeds of up to 85 km/h (53 mph). The double victory by Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and Porsche 911 Carrera is proof that the optimum mix of efficiency and driving dynamics is capable of winning even a competition based on the sustainability criteria in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum.

First Look on 2011 BMW 5-Series

2011 BMW 5-Series

2011 BMW 5-Series is back to being one stern and handsome German, meant to take on other sternly other German cars such as Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. If we look back, when the 2010 BMW 5-Series F10 sedan comes to North America in June 2010, the first two setups will be the gas-slaking marquee cars, the 2011 BMW 325i has 302 horsepower turbocharged direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 with intake-side Valvetronic, and the 2011 BMW 550i has recently developed 402 horsepower with twin-turbo with direct-injected 4.4-liter V8.

The 2011 BMW 5-Series has ZF-built eight-speed as its standard equipment and it comes attached to the twin-turbo V8 which replaces the last-generation of the 362 horsepower 4.8-liter naturally aspirated unit, and following the 8.6 percent price hike promised in Germany. So, we predict the price tag for the 2011 BMW 5-Series is $65,600 – more or less.

If we compare the previous 5-Series with the current 550i of 2011 BMW 5-Series which has 4.8-liter V8 and new twin turbo 4.4-liter, the horsepower is up by 11 percent while fuel use drops by 5 percent. The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph for the 550i of 2011 BMW 5-Series is pretty much as it was before at just under 5 seconds, and top speed on all cars on North America is limited to 130 mph, extendable up to 150 mph with the 2011 BMW 5-Series Sport package.

2011 BMW 5-Series has hood, front fender, and door panels made from aluminum to save weight, the 550i weighs in at 4.035 pounds at the curb with no passengers. The visual tricks of the 2011 BMW 5-Series make it seem more imposing – bigger, wider triple intakes at the chin, liberal  use of the horizontal lines front and back, stretched lighting units – match well with the slightly lower height, wider track with pronounced haunches, and greater overall width. Despite all the features, the 2011 BMW 5-Series has made Vorsteiner to made tuning kit for it, click here to read our coverage.