WekFest Long Beach 2012

This Year at WekFest Long Beach was a great turn out. Tons of the best cars you’ve ever seen. Check out more pictures on our Car Show Page on Clutchrides.com!

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BimmerFest 2012 at The Rose Bowl

The 2012 BimmerFest was a great Turnout this year! Tons of every BMW you could dream of where there. Clutchrides got there early to get some of the best cars as they pulled into the grassy field. Take a look at our Clutchrides Cars shows page and see all of the great rides at this years 2012 BimmerFeast at The Rose Bowl.

2012 BMW M5 Super Saloon Concept

This is the new Car BMW M5 super saloon.

The BMW Concept M5, a preview of how the assembly M5 can look.
Apart from the darkened wheels and lack of interior, this idea M5 mirrors the $64000 M5 virtually 100%. this is often the fifth-generation BMW M5, however the primary M automobile to induce its own distinctive model designation: F10M.

So what can we comprehend the new 2011 BMW M5?
Let’s begin with what is underneath the skin, what BMW needs to stay underneath wraps till the $64000 factor is unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show. underneath the bonnet the E60 M5′s V10 has been replaced by a four.4-litre twin-turbo V8. up to now BMW can solely say it is a ‘high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology’ however we all know it is the same engine you will find within the X5 M and X6 M.
However, as befits the M5, we tend to hear the V8 have slightly additional power than the 4×4 pair: reckon on 578bhp and 530lb ft, up from 547bhp and 501lb ft. The blown V8 will not have quite an equivalent whip-crack responses because the naturally aspirated V10, however BMW guarantees that ‘the eight-cylinder power unit delivers a spontaneous and even acceleration, that remains constant up to the best load and is characteristic of the M feeling, in a very previously unequalled dimension’.


The M5 conjointly runs a distinct gearbox from the SUV M cars. they need a six-speed automatic, however the M5 contains a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels (via the famous active M Differential, of course).
Add that to a full host of drivetrain tweaks (including stop/start) and BMW claims the new M5 consumes twenty fifth less fuel and is twenty fifth cleaner than the recent M5: which means around twenty four.5mpg and 258g/km. huge enhancements on the nineteen.6mpg and 344g/km V10, however still behind the new Mercedes CLS63 AMG.

BMW M5 Concept: the lowdown

M-specific suspension and steering are a given, and there are huge brakes hiding behind the 20in cast alloys – the tyres are 265/35 ZR20 up front and 265/35 ZR20 at the rear.
As is tradition with M automobile ideas, the doors are locked and also the windows are darkened therefore there isn’t any probability of seeing the inside, however there’ll be new seats and a brand new steering wheel with correct paddles.

Instead it is the exterior that BMW needs us to specialize in, and it’s clear that despite an entire visual overhaul the BMW Concept M5 continues to be comparatively understated.
The new front bumper options a trio of air intakes, the flanks options chrome-lined gills (and integrated indicators) and new sills, and at the rear there is M Division’s signature quad exhausts, and a discreet boot spoiler, bespoke bumper and rear diffuser.

Sticker City

I just want to Thank the guys at STICKER CITY for a awesome job, on our Clutchrides 2012 Audi A7. They Wrapped the whole roof with a gloss black. This is the first mod done to the A7 and it looks awesome.Keep checking back for more updates on the Clutchrides A7!

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2012 Audi RS3 Sportback

Sad News for the US, no Audi RS3 for us, Looks like it’s gonna be another sick Audi we’ll never see! Why can’t we at least special order these high performance cars!

It’s been a while, even years, but after waiting for what seems to ever have been, Audi has finally unveiled the long awaited Audi RS3 Sportback. 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is the level of performance of the new Audi A3, and see how the A3 finally came on the market, it’s not that hard to believe that the 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback was sure to follow. And here we are.

2012 Audi RS3 Sportback engine power is transferred to the road via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch with two cars and a manual mode, the Ingolstadt company, and quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. With a weight of 1575 kg (3,472.28 pounds), 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback an addition to the standard 0-100 km / h (62 mph) sprint in just 4.6 seconds while top speed is limited electronically to 250 km / h (155 mph). 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback adding that delivers a fuel consumption of 9.1 liters per 100 km (25.9 km / l U.S.) and emits 212 grams of CO2 per kilometer (341.18 g / km).

Starting with the chassis, the 2011 Audi TT-RS S-tronic division expanded the vehicle front and rear tracks, and added a new coil springs and dampers adjusted. 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is 25 mm (0.98 inches) closer to the ground compared to Audi RS, even when driving on a new 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/35 series tires and 225/35 rear. Wheels come standard with machine polished titanium-style look, but comes in black with a red rim flange.

Improve stopping power, 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is equipped with internally ventilated brake discs measuring 370 mm (14.57 inches) in diameter front and 310 mm (12.20 inches) on the back.

Unfortunately, there are also some sad news for all our audio-loving fans here in America. 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is amazing because it is not seen on the roads over the Atlantic Ocean. From what we have heard, there is a slim-to-none chance that 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback ever see this side of the world.

Audi A3 Sedan Concept

Just as planned, Audi introduced its new A3 sedan concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi A3 is a four-seater compact car, which Audi promises to be a fun to drive sports car. The design of the Audi A3 sedan concept symbolizes Audi’s sporty elegance design.

The A3 sedan concept is loaded with an abundant of carbon fiber. Its frame is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, and even the 20-inch wheels are molded from carbon fiber and aluminum as well. The headlights represent a new stage of evolution in LED technology. They are broader as they extend outward, and it makes them seem to float on air.

Powering the Audi A3 is the turbocharged FSI five-cylinder engine that produces 408 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, which is available between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via the Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. Audi claims the A3 sedan concept can sprint from 0-62 mph in just 4.1 seconds and with an electronic governed top speed of 155 mph.

As for fuel economy, it is estimated at 25.85 miles per gallon U.S. We can expect production of the Audi A3 is likely to happen by the end of this year with the production models to hit the showrooms by the beginning of 2012.


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Concentrated technical expertise – all in the Audi A3 concept technical study

Audi is set to unveil an attractive technical study – the A3 concept – at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-seat notchback sedan integrates the full breadth of the brand’s technological expertise – from the improved MMI operating system, to the high-tech infotainment system, to the drivetrain. A five-cylinder turbo developing 300 kW (408 hp), a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensure thrilling dynamics along with high fuel efficiency.

Design and body
The Audi A3 concept is a four-seat notchback sedan. It measures 4.44 meters (14.57 ft) long and 1.84 meters (6.04 ft) wide, but just 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) high – proportions that underscore its dynamic character.

The design represents the typical Audi language of sporty elegance. The single-frame grille is integrated into the front end, giving it a sculptured look. Its frame is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the transversely mounted, three-dimensional aluminum louvers create a visual effect that emphasizes the showcar’s width. The headlights merge with the beveled upper corners of the single-frame, forming a transition that marks the starting point of the prominently accentuated lines of the engine hood.

The headlights represent a new stage of evolution in LED technology, a groundbreaking innovation from Audi. They become broader as they extend outward, and a line underneath them makes them seem to float on air. Above the front spoiler is a full-length air intake, also made of CFRP, framed by a metal clasp. The spoiler features a splitter that raises the downforce on the front wheels.

When viewed from the side, too, the A3 concept is recognizable at first sight as an Audi. Harmonious proportions, taut, muscular surfaces and a low roof dome with fluid lines flowing into a flat, coupé-like C-pillar. The shoulder area transitions elegantly into the tailgate. Characteristic of Audi design, the greenhouse accounts for one-third of the height, while the sheet metal makes up the remaining two-thirds.

Powerfully flared fenders hint at the power of the engine. Two prominently elaborated lines accentuate the flank: the undercut tornado line beneath the window edge and the dynamic line above the sills. The outside mirrors, made of aluminum and CFRP, are perched on the top shoulder, just like on a sports car. The door handles with their brushed-aluminum clasps are recessed flush with the door. When the driver touches them, they power-extend.

The intelligent interplay between surfaces and lines also defines the tail end of the A3 concept. The broad, flat tail lights are sculptured and culminate in a point on the inside, and the tailgate bears an elegant spoiler edge. The rear apron includes a diffuser insert of CFRP and metal, which in turn surrounds the two large tailpipes for the exhaust system.

Ultra-modern components, design methods and joining techniques keep the body weight low. One example of this are the custom tailored blanks (panels of various thicknesses) in the floor area. The doors, engine hood and tailgate are made of aluminum. The extra stiff body provides the basis for the sedan’s precise handling, excellent vibrational comfort and low weight – the Audi A3 concept tips the scales at just 1,540 kilograms (3,395.12 lb).

Interior
The interior of the showcar is generously proportioned. The long wheelbase measuring 2.63 meters (8.63 ft) – a best-in-class figure in the premium compact segment – gives rear passengers on the two individual seats a pleasing amount of knee room. The front sport seats with prominent side bolsters are slim and elegant.

The cockpit also gives an impression of lightness and airiness. The horizontal lines emphasize its design. The instrument panel draws the driver in – typical of Audi. Defined in three dimensions, the large trim strip is made of solid aluminum and includes control functions. The high-quality sound system in the doors and on the rear shelf has aluminum trim panels. When the audio system is turned on, they extend a few millimeters, thus orchestrating a visual accompaniment to the system’s excellent sound.

On the center console four large, round air vents echoing a jet’s design catch the eye. The air flow is adjusted by pulling and pushing on the center axis of the vents. The control knobs for the automatic air conditioning system are located in the lower section of the center console on a boldly protruding dedicated control panel. Visually, they are reminiscent of airplane turbines.

Located behind the compact, flat-bottomed, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel are two analog dial instruments with black dials and red needles, complemented by additional kidney-shaped displays. Engraved rims made of brushed aluminum underscore their classy look. In between the two large round dials is the large, eight-inch display for the driver information system. The display is user-programmable – the driver can select the content to be displayed from an extensive menu.

The control panel for the MMI multimedia system is located on the center tunnel console. The surface of its large rotary pushbutton includes the touch pad, MMI touch. This new solution, which makes the already exemplary operation even more intuitive, will soon be introduced in series production at Audi. The ultra-thin MMI monitor power-extends out of the instrument panel, another feature taken from the full-size car class.

In terms of infotainment, the Audi A3 concept shows why the brand is leading the competition. A UMTS model provides full access to the Internet, allowing the car to retrieve convenient services from Google. Thanks to the WLAN hotspot, passengers can surf and send e-mail to their hearts’ content. Holders for iPads are installed on the back of the front seat backrests.

A classic notchback sedan, the Audi A3 concept boasts a large luggage compartment with a volume of 410 liters (14.48 cubic ft) and a low loading lip.

Drivetrain
The A3 concept has a five-cylinder engine under the hood that combines the Audi technologies of turbocharging and FSI gasoline direction injection. It develops a hefty 300 kW (408 hp) from a displacement of 2.5 liters. Its peak torque of 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) is available over a broad rev range between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm.

The five-cylinder powerplant unleashes a rousing soundscape – its typical sound pattern calls to mind the Audi sound of the 1980s and the huge motorsport successes of that period. Its performance is a complete homage to tradition: The A3 concept catapults from a dead stop to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds, and its electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is merely the official figure.

In terms of fuel consumption, the four-seater requires just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and emits 212 grams CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile). A regulated oil pump, the intelligent Audi thermo-management system and a energy recovery system – technologies from the brand’s modular efficiency platform – all contribute to this high efficiency.

A compact seven-speed S tronic serves as the transmission. It comprises two transmission structures, which are operated by two clutches. Gears are alternately shifted by the two clutches – at lightning speed, comfortably, and without any perceptible interruption of traction.

The driver can operate the seven-speed S tronic in one automatic mode and one manual mode, using the paddles on the steering wheel to shift gears manually. Elegant touch control buttons on the center tunnel console are used to select drive positions R, N and D. These are backlit in red when it gets dark. Drive position P is automatically engaged when the electric parking brake is applied. The launch control system manages the sprint from a dead stop, furnishing explosive turbo power with minimal tire slip.

Power is effortlessly transmitted to the road via quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its centerpiece is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch at the end of the propeller shaft. When slip occurs at one of the axles, the clutch redirects the majority of the torque input to the wheels with the better grip.

Chassis
Derived from the current RS 3 Sportback, the chassis of the Audi A3 concept is fully capable of handling the power from the drive system at all times. The four-seater masters any type of curve with speed, stability and composure, turning spontaneously into corners going in and providing superior traction going out. Its self-steering response remains essentially neutral all the way up to the lofty handling limits.

The front suspension – a McPherson construction with a separate axle support – has a track measuring a full 1,572 millimeters (61.89 in). To a large extent, its components are made of aluminum. The rack-and-pinion steering is extremely efficient because its electromechanical drive system requires no energy when driving straight ahead.

The four-link rear suspension with its 1,542-millimeter (60.71-in) track is likewise fixed to a subframe. Its control arms made of high-strength steel enable the suspension to absorb longitudinal and lateral forces separately. The shock absorbers and coil springs are mounted separately from each other.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system gives the driver five modes from which to select the engine characteristics, power steering and the seven-speed S tronic. The modes are comfort, auto, dynamic, individual and efficiency, the last of which is designed for maximum economy.

The imposing light-alloy rims measure 20 inches in diameter. In five twin-spoke design, they are made of CFRP and aluminum. The slender, recessed rims optimize ventilation. The tire format is 245/30 at the front and rear. The front brake disks are gripped by four-piston calipers. The ESP stabilization system has a Sport mode and can be completely deactivated. The parking brake is actuated electromechanically.

The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Alfa Romeo Giullietta blends manageable size and good fuel economy with lots of utility, advanced technology and high, sporting style, crafted by one of Italy’s oldest, most revered car builders. Americans could get the opportunity to buy a Giulietta by 2012.

North America might need a bit of context regarding Alfa Romeo, to be sure. The company is an upscale division of Fiat, one of Europe’s largest automakers, but it hasn’t sold cars in the United States since 1995. The Giulietta name (pronounced like Romeo and Juliet-tah) dates back to 1955, when it was applied to a long line of small, lightweight cars noted for their agile handling. The Giulietta was a volume-produced product that moved Alfa into the mainstream with a new type of chassis known as a unitbody. Giuliettas came in Spider convertible, Sprint coupe, and Berlina sedan body styles and were rear-wheel drive. Through the 1960s, the Giulietta Spider and Sprint developed a small but fanatical following in North America for its sporty handling and racing capability.

Things change, and the biggest change of late is that Fiat is now the controlling shareholder of American automaker Chrysler. Chrysler and Fiat will share technology in the years ahead, and jointly develop vehicles for the U.S. market. Fiat is expected to introduce some of its existing products either through Chrysler dealerships or through standalone stores under the Fiat or Alfa Romeo brand name. Most prominent among these will be the Fiat 500, but in recent discussions Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has made it clear that his company will introduced a smaller Alfa Romeo to the United States for the 2012 model year. Many in the car business predict the Giulietta will be that Alfa Romeo.

The current Giulietta is an all-new model, introduced in Europe in the spring of 2010. The Giulietta is a compact five-door, front-drive hatchback with sporting aims and a load of Italian flair. With an overall length of 171.3 inches on a 103.1-inch wheelbase, the Giulietta is about the size of more familiar cars like the Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza hatchbacks, even if it looks quite a bit different.

The Giulietta’s calling card is Alfa Romeo’s traditional triangular grille, ringed in chrome between bi-xenon projector beam headlamps and LED running lights. A big air intake below its front bumper line creates an almost sneering face, edged with standard fog lamps. The Giulietta’s body is heavily sculpted, starting with deep scallops along the length of its hood.

In profile, the Giulietta’s hood looks long, ahead of a gradually sloping roofline that drops abruptly at the rear hatch. Its LED taillights swirl around the edges of the rear fenders, and then across the metal under the rear glass. It’s safe to say that the Giulietta will stand out among the cookie-cutter compacts currently populating American roadways.

Its interior styling is unique, too, but by appearances quite functional. Its switches are neither complicated nor too densely packed together, with extra large knobs for frequently adjusted audio and climate functions.The optional navigation screen pops up from the center of the dash, and nicely in the driver’s forward site line.

The Guilietta is offered with five engines in Europe, including two diesels, but it’s almost certain that only the most powerful of those will be offered in the United States. That’s a moderately sized, 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with direct fuel injection and a significant 235 horsepower. Many speculate that Alfa will fit the Giulietta with a second, larger engine option before it goes on sale in the States. The car will be offered with a six-speed manual and an automatic transmission: either a conventional six-speed automatic, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), or a dual-clutch manu-matic. Alfa has all three types at its disposal.

Other high-tech mechanical features include a dual-pinion steering system unique in the Giulietta’s price range. One pinion turns the front wheels with electrical power at lower speeds, so turning the steering wheel requires very little effort. The other pinion has no assist at all, working at higher speeds and delivering the pure, un-boosted steering feel sports car drivers appreciate. All Giuliettas also come with something Alfa calls its DNA selector. It’s a driver adjustable button, similar to those used on many expensive luxury-performance cars. The DNA selector allows the Giulietta driver to tailor how quickly the gas pedal reacts, how firm the steering feels, and how much the electronic stability control will allow the tires to slip before the electronics intervene.

The Giulietta will likely be sold in two trim levels in North America, as it is in Europe, where the least expensive version starts at $27,700. Even the base Giullietta model will come well equipped, with features such as dual-zone climate control and probably leather upholstery.

2012 Audi R8 E-tron

The electric-powered, two-seat Audi R8 E-tron could qualify as the world’s first zero-emissions supercar.

Scheduled for sale in Europe before the end of 2011, the 2012 R8 E-tron should be available in the United States sometime in early 2012, according to Audi officials.

Whenever it arrives, the R8 E-tron will join the Tesla Roadster in the marketplace for electric-powered sports cars. Yet some car enthusiasts debate the proposition that the Lotus-based Tesla is powerful enough or large enough to merit official supercar status. The Tesla’s single electric motor develops the equivalent of about 295 horsepower.

The Audi R8 E-tron will be powered by four separate electric motors to retain Audi’s familiar quattro all-wheel-drive system. Combined output will easily surpass 300 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque. Current indications suggest the E-tron will be first to arrive among several green-oriented electric or hybrid-powered supercars from traditional manufacturers, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell and Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid.

The R8 E-tron was approved for production in June 2010. Some official statements suggest its model designation will be changed to R4 (for four electric motors) to separate it from the existing, gasoline-powered R8 supercar, which has been widely lauded as one of the world’s great sports cars. Other announcements indicate that the R4 designation will be reserved for a subsequent, smaller and less powerful electric sports car from Audi.

Prototypes for the E-tron are based on the conventional R8 chassis. As such, the electric car is nearly identical in dimensions to the gasoline R8, measuring 14.5 feet long, 6.2 feet wide and 4.1 feet tall. The E-tron retains the conventional R8’s mid-engine proportions. However, Audi’s E-tron show cars have been finished in single-tone paint, with more chrome work than the standard R8, and a single-frame trapezoid grille with thin horizontal slats. As a result, the E-tron looks less overtly aggressive and perhaps a bit classier than the conventional R8.

E-tron’s lightweight electric motors are located at each of its four wheels, delivering power to each wheel independently. Each generates 78 horsepower, for a total of 313 hp, with combined torque of 502 foot-pounds in conventional terms, according to Audi. Moreover, the separate motors will allow what’s known as torque vectoring, or targeted acceleration of individual wheels and active distribution of traction. That, in turn, allows the motors to actually steer the car, and control understeer and oversteer, by changing power output at any of the wheels for a few milliseconds.

The E-tron will hit 60 miles per hour from a stop in about 4.5 seconds, according to Audi. Theoretically, the car should reach a top speed beyond 150 mph, but Audi says the production car may be limited to 124 mph to preserve the battery charge. In June 2010, an R8 E-tron prototype won a rally for modern electric cars in Austria, beating both a Tesla Roadster and Mercedes SLS E-Cell prototype.

E-tron’s lithium-ion battery pack and control electronics will weigh about 880 pounds, according to Audi. The package will be located behind the seats and in front of the rear wheels, where the conventional R8’s engine is mounted, to maintain the car’s mid-engine balance. The battery will store 53-kilowatt/hours of energy, and can be fully charged on household current in six to 12 hours. Target range for the production E-tron is 150 miles.

Because it has no power-generating engine, the E-tron will technically be a zero-emissions vehicle, just like a child’s radio-control car. Of course, that analysis does not account for emissions generated producing the electricity to charge the E-tron. Depending on the power station and fuel source, supplying electricity for the E-tron could generate more emissions than a gasoline engine the produces equal power.

Inside, the E-tron will share the conventional R8’s sweeping cockpit-style interior layout, though its instrumentation will be specific and appropriate for an electric vehicle.

Audi will build at least 1000 E-trons on special order. While it has said the car will be available in Europe by the end of 2011, Audi has been less specific about a launch date in the United States.

The E-tron will definitely cost more than the least expensive conventional R8 model, which retails for about $115,400 for 2010. How much more depends on whether Audi considers the E-tron primarily a profit-earning venture or a promotional vehicle and real-world laboratory.

2012 Buick Regal GS

There hasn’t been a turbocharged Buick Regal since 1987, but Buick is bringing the Regal turbo back, this time with a new, smaller body and a double-overhead-cam, four-valve 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.

Likewise, there hasn’t been a manual-transmission Buick of any kind since the 1991 Skylark, but the 2012 Buick Regal GS will offer a 6-speed manual gearbox behind its 255-horsepower, 295 foot-pound four. A 6-speed automatic with manual control and paddle shifters arrives later in the model year.

The Buick Regal nameplate was re-launched for 2011 as a midsize four-door sedan. Born and built in Germany, the new Regal is based on the award-winning Opel Insignia. The 2011 Regal CXL offers a choice of 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 220-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter.

The upcoming 2012 Regal GS boasts more power and promises to be a sports sedan that takes full advantage of the superb chassis and mechanicals of the German Opel Insignia sedan. Regal GS versions will ride slightly lower to the ground for better handling. Buick is predicting 0-60 mph acceleration times of well under seven seconds

Italian Brembo front disc brakes will provide additional stopping power, particularly in hard use. A three-position adjustable steering and ride system called Interactive Driver Control features Sport and GS modes for high-performance driving, complemented by continuously adjustable shock absorbers, a high-performance front strut suspension and a four-link rear suspension. StabiliTrak chassis control, traction control and ABS are standard. Regal GS models will come with 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels mounting all-season tires, with the option of 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and high-performance tires.

The Regal GS exterior appearance package includes a unique front and rear fascia, unique front air intakes and grille elements finished in satin metallic. The rear end will carry decklid spoiler and a pair of integrated, trapezoidal exhaust outlets for the three-inch-diameter exhaust system to distinguish it from the Regal CXL.

Inside, the Regal GS versions will have a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a flat bottom section, perforated metal floor pedals, heated leather sport bucket seats with 12-way adjustment and power lumbar adjustment. All GS interiors will be black in the first year of production, with satin metallic trim on the console, steering wheel and instrument panel. When the IDCS system is placed in the GS mode, the instrument panel will glow with white light instead of the normal blue light.

Additional features on the GS include passive keyless entry, XM satellite radio, a Harman/Kardon 320-watt, nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear ultrasonic park assist, and a 120-volt power point for on-the-go computing and charging.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS will be in showrooms in the second quarter of 2011. Official pricing information will likely not be available until it goes on sale. We’re guessing the GS will list in the high $20,000s to low $30,000s.

An entry-level Buick Regal CX is expected to join the 2012 Regal lineup, also.

2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

The 330-horsepower Cayman S Black Edition limited to 500 units worldwide

ATLANTA – May 6, 2011 – Following on the heels of the recently announced 911 and Boxster S Black Editions, Porsche introduces a new, sporty and limited edition Cayman S arriving late this summer. The 2012 Cayman S Black Edition features a 10-horsepower boost and a long list of standard equipment at an attractive price.

This new mid-engine sports car is only available in solid black and features a monochrome treatment with a black body and black-painted 19-inch Boxster Spyder design wheels. Normally contrasting trim pieces from the Cayman S are also painted for a uniform look: the side air intake grilles are painted black, as are the twin exhaust tailpipes and the model designation on the rear deck lid.

The monochromatic theme continues to the interior where black is the only available color, with aluminum and stainless steel used as accents. The brushed stainless steel door-entry guards feature Black Edition lettering, and the standard SportDesign steering wheel features twin aluminum-look spokes with a rim of smooth-finish black leather. Also painted black are the trim strips on the dashboard and around the six-speed manual shift lever or the gear selector for the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double clutch transmission, while the instrument dials are black instead of the usual white. Two final touches are the Porsche crest embossed on the headrests and a limited-edition badge on the glove compartment.

Like the other Black Editions, the Cayman S Black Edition combines Porsche’s popular option packages to deliver additional value to customers. The black-painted exterior and interior touches are part of the Design package available on other Cayman models. The Convenience package, also standard, includes Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering function, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, rain sensor and automatic climate control.

The Infotainment package adds a touch-screen Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, BOSE® surround-sound system and XM® Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic®.

The Black Edition’s chassis builds on the foundation of the Cayman S, which already features exceptional balance and handling. The lightest 19-inch wheels in the Porsche lineup are fitted 235/35 ZR 19 tires up front and 265/35 ZR 19 in the rear, providing a visually dynamic upgrade from the standard 18-inch wheels on the regular Cayman S.

A 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, mounted in front of the rear axle, produces 330 horsepower – 10 more than in the Cayman S – while also delivering excellent fuel economy, particularly when coupled with the optional PDK transmission. With PDK, the Cayman S Black Edition will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package and reaches a top track speed of 172 mph while achieving EPA estimated fuel economy of 20 city and 29 highway (19/26 when equipped with six-speed manual and top track speed of 173 mph), the same as the Cayman S. In addition to reducing the 0–60 acceleration times by two-tenths, the optional Sport Chrono Package with PDK provides a launch control function and more aggressive Sport and Sport Plus shift strategies.