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Found for Auction: 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL in Rare Taiga Metallic Green Is 1-of-4 Ever Made

What makes a car quintessentially “Batmobile-esque?” Some say it’s a dark gray Lamborghini Murcielago immortalized as Bruce Wayne’s “stealthy” form of transport in The Dark Knight, or a long, black, front-engined ride from the Burton era. Others swear that nothing comes close to the black and red 1966 Ford Thunderbird from the original TV series. But what about a bright green 1970s BMW homologation special? 

That’s exactly what this 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” is that’s currently up for bidding on Bring a Trailer, and it’s an icon in its own way.

BMW created the 3.0 CSL out of a need to qualify the popular 3.0 CS for the European Touring Car Championship, producing 1,265 lightweight variants of the CS (the “L” in CSL standing for “leicht” or “light”). The car featured a massive 440-pound weight reduction courtesy of a new unibody built from thinner metal, a mixture of steel and aluminum body panels, and plexiglass side windows. Its most iconic feature, however, was the new aerodynamic package comprised of a large front air dam, front fender fins, and a huge rear wing with a supplementary roof spoiler. This enhanced aero is what earned the 3.0 CSL its “Batmobile” nickname and a spot on nearly every child’s wall.





This example is one of 57 Series 2 CSLs produced, and one of just four finished in Taiga Metallic green. The Series 2 introduced fuel injection and a marginally larger 3.03-liter engine than its predecessor, but this car is powered by a rebuilt 3.2-liter inline-six that pairs nicely with the original Getrag four-speed manual transmission. It also comes with 14-inch Alpina wheels and black Scheel sports seats. (Check out those checkered green carpets!)




It was restored in 2015, which consisted of a bare-metal repaint in its factory color and repairing the usual ’70s-era rust. Since then, the car has competed in numerous classic car shows, taking home first place at the 2015 Legends of the Autobahn during Monterey Car Week and third in its class at the 2019 San Marino Motor Classic. 

With a top bid of $120,000 at the time of writing, this Batmobile is looking for another affluent playboy-turned-vigilante to scoop it up.

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New Porsche 911 Turbo S gets Lightweight and Sports packages

GT3 like modifications and lightweight touches become options on flagship version of new 911


Porsche has revealed two new optional packages for the all-new 911 Turbo S, which introduce GT3-like tweaks to the flagship sportscar. 

Available on Coupe versions of the newcomer, the Lightweight package introduces a range of weight saving measures that trim the 911 Turbo S’ curb weight by 30kg, and includes some chassis revisions too. 

• Porsche 911 Turbo S revealed with 641bhp

Lighter, reduced noise insulation around the car’s bodywork contributes to the weight reduction, while the most obvious tell-tale sign is the removal of the rear seats. Up front, the front two seats are swapped for full bucket seats. Buyers who opt for the pack receive Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension, 10mm lower than the standard 911 Turbo’s, while the optional sports exhaust system is also equipped, with tailpipes finished in black. 

A Sport package is also introduced alongside, and builds on the pre-existing Sport Design package. It includes exclusive tail lights with a unique design, and plenty of new gloss black details and finishes on many exterior body parts. The standard Turbo S wheels are finished in dark grey, 20-inches at the front axle, with 21-inch wheels at the rear. Coupe versions of the 911 Turbo S Sport package are fitted with a carbon fibre roof, too. 

For now, Porsche can only say that the packages will be available optionally at a later date, and no prices have been issued. However, expect them to join the new 911 Turbo S options list towards the end of 2020.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, the director of 718 and 911 product lines Walliser said that his team has worked hard to make the new Turbo S more appealing as a driver’s car. Previous editions of the model have been considered ultra-fast cruisers, leaving purists to opt for the GTS or GT3 versions instead. “We received the same feedback,” Walliser confirmed. “That’s why we offer now sports suspension – to try to give better driving feedback. We have a sports exhaust for first time too, to make the Turbo more of a driving machine.”

“And we will add another option later this year that also underlines our attempt to make this car lighter, to also emphasise the very sporty side of the car,” he added. “It will be a lightweight sports package; we’ll pack together lightweight options but also work on the sound insulation of the car, reducing weight a little bit.

“It’ll only be small bits and pieces but as you know, that can change the character of the car.” Walliser confirmed that the removal of the 911’s rear seats could be one option under consideration for package – and that the configuration could also be fitted to the Carrera, creating a 992-edition 911 Carrera T.

Walliser confirmed that a new edition of the 911 GT3 is in the pipeline, but said that it will use a further development of the 991 edition’s race-bred engine, instead of a version of the 4.0-litre flat-six motor fitted to the Cayman GT4. “I should not talk about the GT3, but it won’t use that engine [the Cayman’s],” he said. “We stick with the race engine for that car. It’s expensive, but cool. We learn race by race and we carry development steps over to that engine.”

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Road Trip Fail: Tesla Model S Gets Stuck In Snow, Battery Drops To Zero

The deep snow was too much for the Model S, but another route opened up. Can the car make it to the nearest charger though?

Electric car road trips can be challenging at times and this is an exampled of that. With an already limited range due to the battery being mostly depleted, this Tesla Model S is stuck on snow-covered roads. Eventually, a different route is chosen and the Model S makes it out of the snow, but will the car make it to the Supercharger before running out of juice?

According to My Tesla Adventure, the uploader of this video, the road trip started off as planned with the car charged to nearly 100%. However, soon after the trip got off course due to road closures from snowfall. That’s when a bunch of detours were taken, which started to diminish the car’s range.

This video shows just one attempt to get out of the area in which the S got snowed in. According to My Tesla Adventure, several other attempts were made on other roads. This again depleted range much more than anticipated at the start of the trip.

Eventually, a road was clear enough for exit and off the Tesla went. But with all of the detours and attempts to plow through the snow, would the Model S have enough range left to get to the Supercharger? Watch the video to find out, but we’ll clue you in on the fact that the battery % does indeed hit zero.

Video description via My Tesla Adventure on YouTube:

I went on a road trip to get outside and things did not go according to plan. I got stuck in snow and ran my battery down to zero.

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Watch Tesla Model S P100D Blow Away Audi R8: Drag Race Video

It’s no contest. See ya Audi.

Can an Audi R8 challenge a Tesla Model S P100D in a drag race? The answer is yes it can, but the result will be something like this with the Audi losing badly, so why even try?

We’re not sure what year the Audi R8 is in this race, so we’ll just put out some estimated figures for it since the numbers vary a bit depending on the model year:

  • 562 to 611 horsepower
  • 406 to 413 pound-feet of torque
  • 5.2-liter V10 engine
  • MSRP of approximately $170,000 
  • 0 to 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds
  • Quarter-mile time in the 10.5-second range

If we turn our attention over to the Tesla Model S P100D, we know that testing has shown it can hit 60 MPH from a standstill in well under 3 seconds and that quarter-mile runs have been timed in the mid-10-second range.

On paper then, the matchup should be quite close, but as the video shows, the Model S gest the immediate jump off the line and there’s no looking back. In the end, the Tesla again trounces another would-be contender. Unfortunately, you can’t make out the 1/4-mile time for the Tesla, but it’s so far ahead that the Audi driver sees the time posted before crossing the line in the R8.

Video description via Street Nightmares on YouTube:

Audi R8 vs Tesla P100D 1/4 mile race

Palm Beach International Raceway

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Porsche 911 Turbo S to get Lightweight, Sport pack?

Porsche may be looking to introduce the first ever Lightweight Package for the 911 Turbo S, a move which will shave off 30 kg with the fitment of front bucket seats and rear seat deletion. According to Porsche’s 911 spokesperson in North America, Frank Wiseman, even sound deadening materials will be removed.

Besides that, lightweight glass, lightweight exhaust and PASM Sport Suspension also form part of the package, but each of them is available as a standalone option. If it’s starting to sound like a 911 GT3, don’t worry, because the 992-series Turbo S with the Lightweight Package isn’t going to replace the more track-focused version. Instead, it will “hold middle ground” without getting the GT3’s aero rework and engine tuning.

Besides that, Porsche says a new Sport Package will be introduced for the 911 Turbo S as well. This focuses more on aesthetic upgrades, featuring new tail lights, wheel design options, and a raft of black trim. Both coupe and convertible models can be had with this pack, but the former will benefit from a carbon-fibre roof.

For now, there are no photos to show just how both packages will look like, but Porsche promises to reveal them soon. Pricing will also be announced at a later date.

To recap, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S represent the most potent versions of the 992-series 911 for now. Power comes from a 3.8 litre turbocharged flat-six engine that’s tuned to make 650 PS and 800 Nm of torque, and this is mated with a brand new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, allowing the car to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a blistering time of 2.7 seconds.

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Rapid LRT/MRT, all stage bus services to now operate limited hours during MCO – no service from 10am-5pm

Prasarana has announced that in line with the movement control order (MCO), it will be revising yet again the operating frequency of its Rapid rail and key stage bus services during the period, from tomorrow (March 24) until March 31.

All Rapid KL train services covering the LRT, MRT and monorail services will be operating only from 6.00 am to 10.00 am before stopping, then restarting services from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm under the following schedule:

Monday to Friday:

  • 6.00 am – 7.00 am: 30-minute frequency
  • 7.00 am – 9.00 am: 10-minute frequency (peak hours)
  • 9.00 am – 10.00 am: 30-minute frequency
  • 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm: 10-minute frequency (peak hours)
  • 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm: 30-minute frequency

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays:

  • 6.00 am – 10.00 am: 30-minute frequency
  • 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm: 30-minute frequency

Commuters have been asked to take note that there will be no service in between 10.00 am to 5.00 pm from March 24 to 31. The last train will end its service at 10.00 pm, and all stations will be closed accordingly, the company said in a statement.

The latest LRT/MRT scheduling supersedes the previously announced timetable on March 18, which reduced the frequency of trains to 10 minute intervals from 6 am to midnight daily from March 20.

As for stage buses – all Rapid KL, Rapid Penang, Rapid Kuantan, Rapid Kamunting and Rapid Manjung services will also be operating only from 6.00 am to 10.00 am before stopping, resuming again from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

The company said that bus commuters can refer to the Bus Tracking Web App (MCO period only) for current bus locations, while Rapid Penang customers can download the Rapid Penang Journey Planner app from Google Play.

Meanwhile, feri Pulau Pinang, which is run by Rapid Ferry, will be operating a single ferry every hour between 6.00 am and 10.00 am, and then again between 5.00 pm and 10.00 pm.

Prasarana advises members of the public i.e. those under essential services and requiring to work and need to use these services to plan their journey well or seek alternative transport. Others should just strictly follow the government’s order to just stay at home in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.

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Will Tesla Model Y Will Be A Sales Disaster Or Monumental Success?

Let’s argue the pros and cons of Tesla’s newest entrant.

The Tesla Model Y should be hugely popular, right? It builds on Tesla’s massive success with the Model 3. Moreover, it’s a crossover SUV rather than a sedan. In the U.S., SUVs are much more popular than cars. In fact, many automakers are going so far as to phase out sedans in favor of SUVs.

On the flip side, the Tesla Model X is the Silicon Valley automaker’s original crossover. It’s not selling very well. Sure, it’s expensive, but so are competing luxury SUVs. In addition, many people who are likely to be most interested in the Model Y may have already invested in a Model 3. Will they make the switch? Are people going to continue to love the Model 3 and overlook the Model Y? We have many unanswered questions at this point.

Nathan and Andre from The Fast Lane Car engage in a little healthy debate about the Model Y. This gives them the opportunity to discuss the car’s pros and cons to help us decide if we think the Tesla crossover is due for incredible success or potential disaster.

Check out the video and then let us know which side you’re on. In the future, we can look back and see who was right.

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The New 2020 Tesla Model Y Will FLOP | No You’re Wrong!

( https://www.TFLcar.com ) The Tesla Model Y builds on the Model 3’s success and adds another crossover to Tesla’s lineup, but will it really send the company’s sales skyrocketing even further? Is it different enough from the Model 3 to recommend? Nathan and Andre argue the pros and cons of the Model Y in this episode of “No, You’re Wrong!”

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GP Association of Long Beach still trying to rescue 2020 event

Jim Michaelian, CEO and president of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, is still aiming find a slot in the IndyCar schedule that could work for the Californian city, for IndyCar and for IMSA.

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach’s traditional April slot means it has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic that has led to America’s increasingly stringent regulations and advisements regarding crowd numbers. On Monday night, the Trump administration even advised citizens to not gather in groups of more than 10.

IndyCar has canceled its first four races, while the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has postponed the Sebring 12 Hours until November. The loss of Long Beach would mean each series has lost its third round, while the current advice from the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] – that organizers should cancel or postpone events for the next eight weeks – would also put on ice another round from each schedule: IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course on May 9, and IMSA’s Mid-Ohio round on May 3.

However, all hope is not lost regarding Long Beach still hosting its 46th Grand Prix in 2020. Should Michaelian find an opening, it would probably be as part of IndyCar’s western swing in September, although keeping IMSA as prestigious support series would be trickier.

While IndyCar could possibly compete at Long Beach on the weekend between Portland (Sept. 6th) and Laguna Seca (Sept. 20th), that is the weekend when IMSA runs Laguna Seca. However, IndyCar’s guarantee that Laguna would host the series finale applied only in 2019, so both series could theoretically race at Long Beach on Sept. 26-27. So too, IndyCar and IMSA are also currently free for the August 29-30 weekend.

No less of a consideration for Michaelian is finding a slot that works for the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention Center and the various businesses in the immediate area.

“We are continuing conversations with IndyCar and IMSA to see if we can reschedule the Acura Grand Prix for later this year,” Michaelian told Motorsport.com. “It’s not an easy task coordinating all of the various elements together again, but we are giving it our best effort.

“Barring that, we will notify all our spectators and clients that the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be here next April 16-18.”

Long Beach debuted as a Formula 5000 race in 1975, became a Formula 1 Grand Prix the following year, and switched to Indy car racing in 1984. Reflecting on the threat to Long Beach’s continuous run of annual grands prix, Michaelian went on: “Yes, we are very disappointed that we were not able to conduct the 2020 Acura Grand Prix in April because it was looking like it was going to be another fabulous weekend in Long Beach.

“But everyone’s safety and well-being were foremost in our minds and thus the steps we took were the right thing to do.”

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SPIED: 2020 Kia Rio facelift spotted, to debut this year

The fourth-generation Kia Rio facelift has finally been spotted, and this heavily camouflaged prototype mule suggests that the mid-life revision may be quite an extensive one at that. According to our sources, the facelift will get a new CVT gearbox that replaces the six-speed auto which was introduced in 2018, while engine options are said to remain the same.

There’s no telling just how significant the styling changes are with all the blacked out exterior panels, but expect the B-segment hatch to get a heavily revised front face, new headlights with LED DRLs, Kia’s more aggressive Tiger Nose grille, and a range of new wheel designs. Expect the rear end to get new tail lights and bumper design as well, although the addition of a powered tailgate may be too big of an ask at this juncture.

Our spy photographers couldn’t get close enough to get a peek of the cabin, but it’s safe to assume that some of the gadgetries in the Seltos may find its way here. That potentially includes an updated instrument cluster with either a 3.5- or seven-inch digital multi-info display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a larger touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities.

For powertrain, the range-topping choice is the 1.0 litre three-cylinder T-GDI petrol engine that makes 118 hp and 171 Nm of torque, while the other turbocharged option is the 1.4 CRDi diesel mill making 90 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Other markets get the carryover 1.4 litre MPI engine that’s tuned to make 100 hp and 133 Nm of torque, or a tinier 1.25 litre MPI engine. Transmission options are a six-speed manual, six-speed auto, or Kia’s seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

Now, more interestingly, Kia may be planning to introduce a crossover version of the Rio, positioned as the second subcompact crossover model after the Stonic. This is a response to growing demand for taller-riding cars, and word is it may possibly called the Xrio. Apparently, crossovers are in such a demand in Europe that Kia’s COO, Emilio Herrera added: “Booming XCeed sales would make a strong case for a sporty Rio-based SUV. Nothing is decided, but that’s a decision on the table right now.”

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DragTimes Pits Tesla Model S Against Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye

Does the Model S Performance pack the punch to take down the Redeye?

This drag race video from DragTimes features a Tesla Model S Performance up against a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye in a 1/4-mile race to see which one reigns supreme.

Starting at around 7:45 in the video, the Model S versus Challenger Hellcat Redeye matchups begin. There are three races between the two cars and the results are different each time down the stirp. We can say that the Model S was dominant, but that doesn’t mean it won all three races.

In the fairest of the three races (race #1), the Model S came out victorious with a time of 10.629 seconds at 125.04 MPH, while the Challenger Hellcat checked in at 11.362 seconds at a speed of 127.21 MPH.

In the last of the three races, the Model S absolutely dominated, leaving the Hellcat at the starting line. The poor Challenger gave up on this one.

Race two is the closest of the three races, but there’s a reason it was so close. One car got a bad jump off the line.

The near 800 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is definitely a fast car. However, it requires a perfectly timed launch and a ton of traction (which is often limited since it’s RWD) to win against the instant electric torque and AWD setup found in the ~762-horsepower Tesla Model S Performance.

Video description via DragTimes on YouTube:

We race a Tesla Model S Performance vs the 797 Horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye down the 1/4 mile at the YouTube callout event at Texas Motorplex.

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