The much anticipated 2013 Subaru BRZ has arrived and Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru is the first dealer in the Twin Cities to have one available in inventory. The BRZ offers a dynamic driving experience rarely seen at the $25k price point, thanks in part to its near 50/50 weight distribution and curb weight just under 2,900 pounds. Furthermore, the 2.0 liter boxer engine mounted low in the chassis and routed through the rear wheels provides nimble handling that is sure to spice up your commute. This particular BRZ sports dark gray metallic paint complemented by black interior with the Limited package and an automatic transmission. Stop by to see the BRZ in person soon.
Nissan isn’t sure where or when their new electric Leaf Nismo RC will be racing, but we’ve got some very cool video to share.
It’s got a full carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and body panels – measuring a foot lower, 20mm longer, 170mm wider, and 40% lighter than the street car. The Nismo racer also features custom suspension and a fully driver-adjustable rear wing. The drivetrain is almost entirely the same as the street going Leaf - including the 80kw electric motor and 24kWh (that’s kilo-Watt-hour) lithium-ion battery pack. The only major difference is that the electric motor was moved to the middle of the car, and now powers the rear wheels instead of the front. More >
Engadget got the chance to sit down with Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally for an in-depth conversation about a range of topics from their new Focus Electric to the integration of cell phones and electronic devices into cars.
Video and more after the break. More >
I’m pleased to announce that an event I’ve been involved with since it’s inception is now being sponsored by Morrie’s Automotive Group. I originally got involved with Cars and Coffee back in 2008 when I was working at our Maserati \ Bentley store. Back in April of 2008 – we had 30 cars. By August we had close to 300 and had to move the event. More >
As a true-blue petrolhead, you might assume it would be hard for me to get excited about an electric car. Surprisingly though – that couldn’t be farther from the truth. More >
Have you heard of a mashup before? It’s like when DJ Danger Mouse took Jay-Z’s Black Album, overlaid the Beatles White Album and created the Grey Album. Take two things – mash them together, and sometimes magic happens. That’s exactly what Nissan was hoping for when they created this – the 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet. Nissan appears to have taken their Murano and mashed it up with their 370z, and quite possible invented a new segment along the way. More >
Cadillac returned to Sebring for testing yesterday, leading up to their re-entry into the SCCA World Challenge GT season, beginning in March. They released a handful of images of their new CTS-V Race Car in its full livery, as well as this brief press release: More >
While most automakers are focusing their fuel-efficiency efforts on hybrid technology, Mazda is looking inward at its everyday gasoline-powered engines. Mazda announced last week that the 2012 Mazda3 will make its debut at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow sporting their SKYACTIV Technology. This will be the first production vehicle to offer the new technology.
The SKYACTIV-G engine that will be available under the hood of the 2012 Mazda3 boasts the world’s highest compression ratio of any stock gasoline powered engine at a whopping 14.0:1 with More >
Hot on the heels of the Veloster’s Detroit debut last month, Hyundai teased us with a single airborne photo of the Veloster, wrapped in rally livery. And now they’ve unveiled the real thing, at the Chicago International Auto Show. It was developed by Rhys Millen, who smashed the Pikes Peak record last year in a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and Rod Millen who originally partnered with Hyundai for their Pikes Peak program 20 years ago. The new Veloster rally car is slated to compete in the US Rallycross series, and the Summer X-Games this year. More >