Spy Shots

Spy Photos: Do they really peak your interest?

Posted in Best of, BMW, European Rides, General, Lamborghini, News, Rides, Spy Shots by MrAngry | April 18th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Spy photos are an integral part of the automotive industry. Some come from legitimate sources, while others are simply released by the manufacturers to peak pique a little interest by the consumer. My question though is, do these little snippets of a fender here and a headlight there really do anything to peak your interest? Take for example the recent release of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, a car that BMW trickled down to us for the better part of 8 months. Every now and then we’d get another little spy photo and while the first one did in fact peak my interest, those that followed simply aggravated me to the point where I just waited for the full car to be revealed. Lamborghini also played the spy photo game with their new Murcielago replacement, the Aventador. I understand the “why” behind the spy photos, but as consumers I’m curious to know how you guys feel about them?

2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 in the Flesh!

Posted in Best of, Chrysler, Domestic Rides, General, News, Rides, Spy Shots by MrAngry | April 9th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

So here it is, the brand new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and I have to say that it looks pretty damn good. Chrysler has a lot riding on this car because this is the baby that’s going to go head to head with the best sedans from Germany and Japan. At it’s heart is the new 465 hp / 465 lb-ft of torque 6.4-liter HEMI V8, an engine that should motivate the big 300 along nicely. Will it be BMW M5 quick? Well… that’s doubtful, but since it’s most likely going to come in at around half the price I wouldn’t expect it to be.
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Fast Lane Daily: Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

Posted in Funny, News, Newsworthy, Spy Shots, Videos by MrAngry | April 7th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Concept A-Class

In the past premium brand hatchbacks have never been well received here in the United States. Hot hatches as a rule generally come in one of two varieties; either the fuel efficient cutesy kind, or the high horsepower fun to drive kind. Take for instance the 1995 BMW 318ti, a car that was basically a BMW 318 with the trunk cut off. BMW marketed this as their entry level sports coupe, but since the little 318ti was neither powerful or fun to drive, sales languished and consumers stopped walking into BMW showrooms. Then there is the case of the 2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor hatchback. As with the BMW, this baby Benz was an attempt to bring younger thirty-somethings into the showroom in the hopes that after owning a C230, that they would graduate up to an E-class or something better. Now while it was a valiant attempt, the American public simply didn’t want to be seen in an entry level premium car when they could, for the same money, get more value for their dollar by going with either an American or Japanese alternative.
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Spy Shots: 2012 Ford Focus ST?

Posted in Best of, Domestic Rides, Ford, General, News, Photography, Rides, Spy Shots by MrAngry | March 27th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Ford Focus ST

Not long ago I was out in California test driving the new 2012 Ford Focus, a car that I liked very much. It had a great chassis, superb road manners, while at the same time delivering a good value for your dollar. The one problem though was that its 160 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder simply didn’t have enough grunt for my taste. Now keep in mind that Ford will be releasing the new 2012 Ford Focus ST at the end of the year, a car that many hot-hatch enthusiasts are patiently waiting for. Recently I was taking a stroll over at “>VWVortex.com when I spied a few photos that a member had taken of what he believed was pre-production 2012 Focus ST.
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BMW’s New M5 Enjoys A Snow Day

Posted in BMW, News, Spy Shots, Videos by Kurt Ernst | March 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Quick: name your first choice of vehicle to drive fast over snow-packed roads. I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that your first choice probably wasn’t a 555 horsepower, front-engine-rear-drive BMW M5. As their German-speaking test driver shows, even getting the car moving on snow-packed roads is no problem with the car’s traction and stability control systems. Of course having good snow tires is critical, and the car in the video is indeed fitted with winter tires. Call me a masochist, but it seems like a fun way to spend an afternoon, as long as you’re not worried about details like oncoming traffic or spinning off into a pine tree. Video below. Read More…

The 2012 Camaro Z/28 Gets A Build Date

Posted in Chevrolet, Favorite Cars, Promoted, Spy Shots, Videos by Kurt Ernst | January 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Camaro Z/28

If you’re holding out for a Camaro Z/28, production is slated to begin on January 1, 2012. That makes no sense to me, since January 1 is considered a holiday in most of the free world, and even if it isn’t – do you want hung over assembly line workers building your 556 horsepower uber-Camaro? Besides, January 1 is a Sunday, so let’s say that production will begin on or about January 2, 2012 for 2012 model year Z/28 Camaros. Read More…

New 2011 Chrysler 300 Caught Completely Naked!

Posted in Chrysler, Dodge, Horsepower, muscle cars, New Cars, Spy Shots by MrAngry | November 5th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2011 Chrysler 300

Well folks, here it is. The new 2011 Chrysler 300 and it’s coming out hot on the heals of the new 2011 Dodge Charger and revamped Dodge Challenger. Chrysler is all about brand identity, they always have been and always will be. After seeing these spy shots however I’m not super convinced that this new 300 is going in the right direction. Sure it looks good and yes, it’s a full redesign, but that doesn’t change the fact that its front end reminds me way to much of the new 2011 Chrysler 200, a car that looks to be nothing more than a revamped old Sebring. When the 300 came out back in 2005 it was so distinctively cool looking with its chopped roof line and high fender haunches. This new one though, well… I’m just not feeling it yet.
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2012 Camaro Z28 Caught Rumbling at the Ring.

Posted in Camaro, Chevrolet, Corner Carvers, Corvette, muscle cars, New Cars, Spy Shots, Videos by MrAngry | October 7th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Yesterday we brought you some stills of Chevrolet’s new 556 hp 2012 Camaro Z28 testing at the Nurburgring in Germany and now thanks to the guys at Camaro5.com we actually have some video as well. I have to say that the new Z28 produces a low burble exhaust note that sounds remarkably like the 2011 Corvette ZR1. I also noticed that in the video you can see what looks to be a big 6-piston Corvette Z06 brake caliper up front which is leading me to believe that this is going to be one serious automobile. Some crafty camera hounds followed the new Camaro until it pulled an abrupt turn into what looks to be a GM facility at which point all was lost. Honestly, this video really has my interest peaked as I have a feeling that this new Camaro is being prepped to do battle with the biggest and baddest out there. We’ll soon see I suppose… we’ll soon see.

2012 Camaro Z28 Spied Hanging out Ring Side.

Posted in Chevrolet, GM, muscle cars, Newsworthy, Spy Shots by MrAngry | October 6th, 2010 | 1 Response |

2012 Camaro Z28

With the new Mustang Shelby GT500 pumping out 550 hp and Dodge’s soon to be released 475 hp Challenger SRT8, it’s good to see that Chevrolet has decided to step up to the plate with the new Camaro Z28. The Z28 has always been the hot-rodded road race version of the Camaro line and the fact that GM has decided to bring it back should tell you that they are definitely headed in a more performance oriented direction. According to Autoblog.com these pics were taken of the new 2012 Camaro ripping around Germany’s famed Nurburgring as it was undergoing some testing.
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New 2012 Dodge Viper Info!

Posted in Chrysler, Dodge, Newsworthy, Spy Shots by MrAngry | October 5th, 2010 | 1 Response |

2012 Viper Logo

In the beginning of this year Dodge came out and told us that after 18 years our beloved big-bore V10 snake, the Viper, was going to meet its demise. Fans of the car cried and pouted as Chrysler seemed to think it was a good idea to kill off its only sports car. Then a wonderful thing happened as rumors started swirling around that the big snake was not dead but in fact only on a short vacation as Dodge announced that it would be back as a 2012 model. Well apparently there has already been a showing of the new model and from what I understand it was conducted under some pretty tight security with industry insiders having to go through metal detectors just to catch a glimpse.
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