Audi finally got around to offering a hotter “S” version of their TT sports car for the 2009 model year. It sits alongside sister Audi S-line vehicles like the S4/RS4, S6/RS6 and S8. Seen here in “Sprint Pearl Blue”, this TTS looks decidedly more exotic than its plebeian TT sibling thanks in part to the menacing ground effects, 19-inch seven-twin-spoke wheels, and slightly lowered ride height. The 265HP turbocharged engine under the hood doesn’t hurt either.
Entries from February 25th, 2009
Three modern day Mini Coopers, all caught in one beautiful frame – scenes like this are the reason we carry bulky cameras around all day. Each of these Minis are of the racy “S” variety, but the 2 on either end are second generation versions. The gen 1 example racing up the middle can be identified by its 17-inch multi-spoke wheels and less shiny “S” badge above the wheel well. Apparently New Yorkers are not the only ones loving Mini Coopers these days. While most automakers struggled to stay alive in 2008, BMW-owned Mini posted its best ever sales (+29%).
In a sea of yellow cabs and delivery vans, it was hard to miss this 1960 XK150 Roadster cruising down 7th avenue. The lucky guy behind the wheel, a retired ad executive and former president of the Jaguar Club of NY, tells us that he is the only owner this beautiful Jag has ever known and that the car has lived in Manhattan since new.
What are the chances that a 2008 Challenger pulls up alongside the circa 1970 model responsible for its creation? We guess they are pretty good because that’s what happened at this wine vineyard parking lot in South Hampton. The 2008 model (Orange) pays homage to the original (yellow) with instantly recognizable design cues like ventilating double hood scoops, black eggcrate grille, round dual headlights, chrome gas cap, and rear spoiler.
It is difficult to miss the throaty growl emanating from the Monster’s exhaust. Couple that in with the fact that this particular example is chromed and you have a motorcycle that is hard to miss. The driver was rocking hi top Chucks and a Momo Fighter Helmet, exactly what you would expect to see while cruising Prince Street.
XF replaced S-Type in the Jag line-up last year. Along with the current generation XK, this new sedan literally dragged Jaguar into thoroughly modern design. S-Type was certainly charming and attractive in a London gentleman sort of way, but people simply weren’t considering it when in the market for a mid size luxury sedan. The LED lighting effects seen here really catch the eye.
For those who need more power, Bentley created the Continental GT Speed, a 600HP grand touring coupe capable of 200 + MPH. This Moroccan Blue example may not reach that speed in second avenue traffic, but it sure looks good standing still. Enthusiasts can tell the GT Speed apart from the “base model” thanks in part to the dark-tinted chrome matrix grille set into the main and lower air intakes. At the rear, the Speed is differentiated with a black lower bumper valance and wider, rifled exhaust tailpipes. Wider 20-inch wheels and bespoke Pirelli PZero tires are also standard on the GT Speed.
The 356, of which there were 3 generations (A,B,C), was the car that put Porsche on the map. It was also the precursor to the iconic 911-series that we have all come to know and love over the last half century. Unless the good doctor has applied fake badges to this example, which would be totally lame, it is a 356C (1963-65/66) with the 95HP “SC” engine option. That may not sound like many ponies, but that VW Beetle-derived 4-cylinder was the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche had ever produced. While you won’t win many drag races, this drop top will make sunny Sundays very enjoyable.