I spotted this electrified IQ just moments away from Toyota’s North American HQ in Torrence. From the low resistance aero wheel scheme and striking two tone paint job to the fender-integrated charging port, it was easy to tell this was no ordinary IQ. Designed for urban and campus environments with car-sharing programs in mind, the spec sheet is pretty well matched against vehicle mission with a 50 mile range [the Nissan Leaf gets about 75] and fairly rapid 3 hour charge time. And while you won’t find this little EV runabout at the local dealership, you might spot one of the other 89 units Toyota manufactured for fleet and car-sharing use. Or you could go buy a Prius.
I know what your thinking…how could the owner of this stunning Split Window Fuelie allow the parking garage dudes to drive his beautiful baby. The iconic scene from Ferris Bueler’s Day Off comes to mind. If you look closely, you can even see some scheming going on in their faces…dreaming about what this small block V8 will sound like as it rips down the 405. I guess we will never know.
Pictured here, a flawless Ford GT super car from Scottsdale. The boys in Detroit only made about 4,000 of these 200MPH retro masterpieces and well-maintained examples fetch considerable coin on the collector block somewhere to the tune of $250K. Not bad considering the original $150K MSRP set back in 2005. A few but not many “mass exotics” of the Ferrari and Lamborghini variety produced over the last 10 years command that level of resale value and aftermarket appeal. Sure, limited volume plays a role but so does the sheer brilliance and unique execution of this legitimate supercar from the Blue Oval. Stepping into the interior feels right out of a science fiction movie rooted in going fast with loads of exposed aluminum and delightfully classic toggles. The seats are equally wicked.
Bask in the EV glory of Model S, the much anticipated and 100% electric sport sedan that Tesla has been banking on for some years now. Well, its finally here and Manhattan is full of ’em to nobody’s surprise. Deliveries slowly began leaking in last June and Tesla hopes to sell about 20,000 in North America alone in 2013. Tesla is even paying back their DOE loan 5 years early so business seems to be good for the time being. European sales for the Model S begin later this year, with left hand drive deliveries scheduled to being in the Spring and right hand drive UK models scheduled to begin later in the year. As you can imagine, parking on the street overnight is not an option for people in Manhattan unless droves of charging stations start popping up on city streets. But then again, parking a $100K sports sedan on the street is probably not the best idea to begin with. In any case, a handsome and understated sedan that will give 400 and 500 horsepower bruisers a run for their money thanks to all that low end torque.
One of our loyal left coast spotters caught this celebrity custom [from West Coast Customs] parked outside of a music studio on the streets of Hollywood. It’s quite a sight to say the least. Details are lacking about what exactly lurks beneath the swoopy matte skin but rumor has it this retro coupe was built for none other than the car-loving Black Eyed Pea himself Will.I.Am. This isn’t Will’s first automotive monstrosity and it won’t likely be the last based on his recent IAMAUTO announcement.
The car is least horrible looking from a rear 3/4 angle [see image above], but design quickly goes south from the side view and, most notably, from the front. Amazingly, this Morgan-gone-horribly-wrong is based atop a vintage VW Bug. Yes, a bug. Obviously the body and just about everything else is purpose-built but the chassis is all Beetle. Perhaps the best part of the story is the stratospheric price tag, said to be just shy of a million. You can read all the sorted details about the car here. Long story short, and to put it nicely, celebrities don’t always have the firmest grip on reality. Their taste in cars is no exception.
This is not our first dance with the X1/9. Fiat relinquished control of these mid engine sports cars in 1982 after they deciding to exit the US market – all manufacturing duties subsequently shifted to design house Bertone from that point forward. They even hired Malcolm Bricklin, the Yugo man himself, to distribute theX1/9 in America. However dated it may look now, the X1/9 is handsome in a Pontiac Fiero meets Porsche 914 sort of way.
You’ve got to love the badge designating a 5-Speed slush box. Manuals are so hard to find in Italian sports cars these days…it’s kind of like a badge of honor.