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Check this out,,, This Car must be running OSX or something

[quote]<strong>Let's take the car's keys, for instance. Or rather, let's not: To enter the vehicle, you approach and allow the slim electronic card that resides in your wallet to emit the correct frequency, which pops the locks and preps things for your getaway. Merely touching the heat-sensitive pad atop the gearshift then sparks the Mercedes to life. <hr></blockquote></strong>

<a href="http://www.business2.com/articles/mag/0,1640,44383,FF.html?cnn=yes" target="_blank">Link to Nice Car !</a>

Pretty cool... This car is up there with the iPod with this innovation and style.

Your thoughts on other cool stuff..

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post #2 of 51
That's been a feature on the S Class for a while now. I'm not sure I like it. What happens if I just happen to pass my car whilst walking between stores?

I want one of <a href="http://www.bentleygt.com/" target="_blank">these</a>. Sigh.
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post #3 of 51
My wife wants a Mini. That or a TT.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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I want one of <a href="http://www.bentleygt.com/" target="_blank">these</a>. Sigh.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Wow. That is nice.
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post #5 of 51
Mercedes: sedate.

wireless transmitters add weight and draw alternator current, resulting in the need for a bigger alternator (more weight) and a great hp loss.

Boooh.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
[QB]That's been a feature on the S Class for a while now. I'm not sure I like it. What happens if I just happen to pass my car whilst walking between stores?
[QB]<hr></blockquote>

I was wondering the same thing. How do you get away from the car? You get out, lcok the doors, and as you walk away they unlock again. (unless there is some kind of silly timer) Imagine locking your mercedes and then seeing a 'suit' sprint away from it as though it had a bomb in it. It would cause quite a scene just trying to get out or range before the timer went off. Sorta like arming your home security system and locking the door before it stops beeping. LOLOL. How funny! Strange, I can't see many car owners want to run.
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post #7 of 51
There are a ton of those new SL500's driving around over here. They are the best looking car MB makes. The only one that actually looks like it costs a lot. I'd still rather have any Bentley though, but maybe that's because of my thuggish gansta lifestyle
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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I want one of <a href="http://www.bentleygt.com/" target="_blank">these</a>. Sigh.</strong><hr></blockquote>

You know? I don't like. Doesn't look right.
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I don't know about you, but when I do something that requires my attention like starting a car, I want the required actions to be deliberate -- the same goes for unlocking doors. This is gimmickry.
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott:
<strong>You know? I don't like. Doesn't look right.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I'm not sure why I like it. I think maybe it's because it's a little like cars you see in old 20's and 30's movies. Big roadsters with huge, er, snouts. I'm down with the lingo, me.

Perhaps sir would prefer the more refined <a href="http://www.bentleymotors.com/bentley/picture_gallery/arnaget_3.jpg" target="_blank">Arnage T</a>?
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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Perhaps sir would prefer the more refined <a href="http://www.bentleymotors.com/bentley/picture_gallery/arnaget_3.jpg" target="_blank">Arnage T</a>? </strong><hr></blockquote>

I like the GT because it's so not like the Arnage and maybe because I'm not all that refined too. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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Perhaps sir would prefer the more refined <a href="http://www.bentleymotors.com/bentley/picture_gallery/arnaget_3.jpg" target="_blank">Arnage T</a>? </strong><hr></blockquote>

Yes, yes, and HELL YES!!! This car is the best thing out there! You have a fine taste in automobiles!
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[quote]Originally posted by G4Dude:
<strong>Yes, yes, and HELL YES!!! This car is the best thing out there! You have a fine taste in automobiles! </strong><hr></blockquote>
Heh. I was chauffeured to a business meeting in a Bentley (I think it was one of the Arnage range?) once, and got a chance to drive it round for a while, and fell in love. I bet the real world economy figures are frightening, though!

Unfortunately, though my employers provide me with a very nice car, they won't stretch the budget to meet one of these.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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Heh. I was chauffeured to a business meeting in a Bentley (I think it was one of the Arnage range?) once, and got a chance to drive it round for a while, and fell in love. I bet the real world economy figures are frightening, though! </strong><hr></blockquote>

Ya, I got to drive a 2002 Arnage Red Label around the block once. I felt special

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post #16 of 51
I don't know if the fine looking new SL is running MacOS X, but M-B used to make a vehicle called <a href="http://www.cocheclasico.com/restur_mercedes/restauracion_g_1.jpg" target="_blank">the G4</a>. (Probably the precusrsor of those recent humungous cross-country luxury 4WD deluxe cruisers, which need an oil well and a harem attached to look credible)
And Mercedes is a fine sounding name (have several relatives named thus).

The Bentley GT is very pleasant too, its throughly modern W12 is sheathed in a carrozerria reminescent of the Real Bentleys back when Albion actually had a motor industry.

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post #17 of 51
Recently drove an SL55 AMG.

It's fast as balls, but it doesn't feel right. I just don't like the way Mercedeses drive.
post #18 of 51
If you want a car that is luxurious, modern and fast, take a look at the new <a href="http://www.maybach-manufaktur.com/us/main1000.html" target="_blank">Maybach</a>.
My choice would be the "Typ 62":

- Length: over 20 feet
- Engine: 550 hp @ 5250 rpm
- Price: about 400 000 $ :eek:

Here are some <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/future/2003/maybach/62/4drsedan/preview.html" target="_blank">pics</a>.
post #19 of 51
[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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I'm not sure why I like it. I think maybe it's because it's a little like cars you see in old 20's and 30's movies. Big roadsters with huge, er, snouts. I'm down with the lingo, me.

Perhaps sir would prefer the more refined <a href="http://www.bentleymotors.com/bentley/picture_gallery/arnaget_3.jpg" target="_blank">Arnage T</a>? </strong><hr></blockquote>


Still aint doing it for me. I flipped when I saw the mini with the American flag painted on top. That way I can tour the country and flip the bird, in person, to all the anti-American members here at AI Then I head to Europe!

If pushed I'd have to go for the neo muscle cars that the US is pushing out these days.
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Which would those be? The Chevy, Ford, Pontiac trio are ridiculous testosterone contraptions with almost no sense of style. The Thunderbird redux is hardly a muscle car, the Viper is sorta, but is actually ridiculous when you think about it. Corvettes are quite bland compared to what they were in the early days (and again, not really muscle cars)

Dodge showed an interesting Charger concept a couple of years ago, and the 300C hemi convertable, but hasn't offered anything. Cadillac? Buick? For geezers. Plymouth? Buried and gone.

I don't exactly see any compelling "Muscle Cars" out there.
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post #21 of 51
I'm just telling you what I like. Plus there's plenty of mod' shops out there that can put a bit more omph into those cars.

These days what I want most is a scooter.
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott:
<strong>I'm just telling you what I like. Plus there's plenty of mod' shops out there that can put a bit more omph into those cars.

These days what I want most is a scooter.</strong><hr></blockquote>

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[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>Which would those be? The Chevy, Ford, Pontiac trio are ridiculous testosterone contraptions with almost no sense of style. The Thunderbird redux is hardly a muscle car, the Viper is sorta, but is actually ridiculous when you think about it. Corvettes are quite bland compared to what they were in the early days (and again, not really muscle cars)

Dodge showed an interesting Charger concept a couple of years ago, and the 300C hemi convertable, but hasn't offered anything. Cadillac? Buick? For geezers. Plymouth? Buried and gone.

I don't exactly see any compelling "Muscle Cars" out there.</strong><hr></blockquote>

You nailed it. The big 3 (Saturn isn't big) thinks that Amaericans only want power. Nothing else. No style, no sleekness, nothing. The PT Cruiser is cool, but the interior is a fricking joke. The tires are too fricking baloony! Why not throw on some low profiles? Why not some sportier rims? Most american cars has this puffy, black, rounded cheap plastic interior to them and they wonder why year after year imports out sell america cars.

Dodge is the closest, but has been stagnat the last 2-3 years. Meanwhile, VW is doing some great cars (I have the Jetta) and I can't wait to get my Audi A4.

As for muscle cars, you can't get it anymoire but I'd take the prowler any day, course, I'm more of a Lamborghini or Vector type myself Also, the NSX isn't bad either.
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post #24 of 51
American muscle cars? <a href="http://www.fordvehicles.com/fordgt/" target="_blank">http://www.fordvehicles.com/fordgt/</a>

'nuff said.

Also The Cadillac XLR could almost be a muscle car, though it's ugly as sin.

There's also the Chrysler Crossfire and Dodge Charger.

I'm betting the Mustang, Corvetter, Impala, and even the Camaro come back in refreshed retro forms over the next 2 years.

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post #25 of 51
Let's hope that they're refreshed and beautiful, or at least brutishly handsome in a muscle car sorta way, and not just retro for retro's sake.

BTW, the GT40 is gorgeous, but is it really a muscle car? Not exactly, it's an expensive mid-engine sports car. Similar reasons why Corvettes and Vipers are not really muscle cars; kinda sports-muscle car hybrids: they do sport some muscle car attributes (front engine, mucho cubes) but they are also pricier 2 seat sports cars.

The M3 is more of a modern muscle car. That's what the Americans ought to be builing, perhaps M5 sized, with a HO small block V8. The old aston Martins were gentleman's muscle cars, and so on. Let's have 4 seats and 2 doors, or mebbe 2+2 doors like the Charger concept* or Mazda RX8, a healthy small block V8, and RWD in a some properly styled vehicles. Can't be that hard to do, can it?

*edit, ooops, those are 4 regular doors! Cool

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post #26 of 51
Too bad the Daimler half of Daimler-Chrysler nixed <a href="http://www.motorcities.com/contents/00B09201810431.html" target="_blank">this one</a>.
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott:
<strong>Still aint doing it for me. I flipped when I saw the mini with the American flag painted on top. That way I can tour the country and flip the bird, in person, to all the anti-American members here at AI Then I head to Europe! </strong><hr></blockquote>
Or how about a tour of the Middle East? I hear Mecca's lovely this time of year, though don't let on you're not Muslim.

The Mini is pretty, and I've heard it's a really nice car, but it's becoming a little too popular these days. I'm such a snob. It's kind of like the PT Cruiser. They look so tasty, but every second soccer mom has one.

[quote]<strong>These days what I want most is a scooter.</strong><hr></blockquote>
If I lived anywhere else, I could quite happily survive with a nice Vespa. Unfortunately my commute is a little far, and scooting round town would be a miserable experience.

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post #28 of 51
Part of the cool of the original mini was that everyone from the punter down the street to royals and Ringo Star had one. You could even get Woods and Pickett luxury customs. It'll be very ineteresting to see if Mini can recreate that kind of cool. The New Beetle has really fizzled of late, but it wasn't such a great interpretation of the old model. It could have been as per the original concept, but when they built it on the golf platform they just ruined it. Now it's big and frumpy on the outside while not being all that big on the inside (except for the front passengers).

BTW, I saw that Copperhead up close and next to a viper. It really looks good; except for the face and the tail-fin the proportions look better than the Viper. However, the wheelbase really is huge. From the look of it, it looks almost like it doesn't have enough breakover angle to clear the crest of a steep hill.
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post #29 of 51
Where I work now a parking pass cost $500/year and then you may not find a spot. A scooter will get to work fast, when I want, and I can park it next to the bike rack. :cool:

Plus my bitch can ride on the back! <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
post #30 of 51
You people are too uppercrust for me. I chauffer myself to work in one of these. And it was cold yesterday!

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[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>Part of the cool of the original mini was that everyone from the punter down the street to royals and Ringo Star had one. You could even get Woods and Pickett luxury customs. It'll be very ineteresting to see if Mini can recreate that kind of cool.</strong><hr></blockquote>
True, but the original Mini was a cheap car for the masses. The new Mini is most certainly aimed at a wealthier market, the same that went for the PT Cruiser in such a big way.
[quote]Originally posted by Scott:
<strong>Where I work now a parking pass cost $500/year and then you may not find a spot. A scooter will get to work fast, when I want, and I can park it next to the bike rack.

Plus my bitch can ride on the back!</strong><hr></blockquote>
Ouch. I get free parking at work, but the service charges for my apartment includes a big, big chunk for parking.

We'll have to get you the t-shirt, Scott:





[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>You people are too uppercrust for me. I chauffer myself to work in one of these. And it was cold yesterday!</strong><hr></blockquote>
Hehe. Before I moved east, I got along with just my ageing Schwinn and a rattling old Jeep that would refuse to move if there was even a hint of humidity.

Now I feel it's my right to drive around in an air-conditioned cocoon and splash the plebs who walk by puddles.
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post #32 of 51
Matsu, the GT40 is most definitely a muscle car, with its very torquey 5.4L V8, bulging bodywork and fatty Goodyear radials. It's hardly a racer.

Go up to any GT40 enthusiast and ask him whether it's a muscle car. Go up to the Ford designers and ask the same question. The will all answer yes.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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If I lived anywhere else, I could quite happily survive with a nice Vespa. Unfortunately my commute is a little far, and scooting round town would be a miserable experience.
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Or how about a Segway?
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post #34 of 51
It's close, but the engine is in the wrong place.

I'd take one, though. They scaled the original up so beautifully, the proportions look right, but it's bigger all round. I wonder if an adjustment to the suspension and ride height wouldn't make a very capable mid-engine GT out of it. Something to give Ferrari F360 owners fits?

It doesn't sport a Muscle car price either. Gotta be cheaper, seat 4, front engine, the other stuff is there though -- the stance, the finish, the V8. I'd like to see the design team that did the GT-40 do a pastiche of late 60's fastback/2+2 to '73 Mach-1. THAT would be a muscle car!

While the muscle car is supposed to be fast in a straight line, making them more adept at turning wouldn't hurt either. And, while they're supposed to be (almost) cheap enough for young people, I really don't mind the thought of them being priced out of the average 20-something male gear-head's reach: less drag races, less deaths. So I'm not so sure how I feel about their pricing them a little higher (relatively) than the first generation of American Muscle cars.
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[quote]Originally posted by spaceman_spiff:
<strong>Or how about a Segway?</strong><hr></blockquote>


I bet people who think the Segway is cool also think juggling enhances their personality.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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I bet people who think the Segway is cool also think juggling enhances their personality.</strong><hr></blockquote>

<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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post #37 of 51
I saw this cool electric scooter at BJ's last night. Had big honkin tires and a huge battery and even disk brakes, but once it got past it's initial lag, it booted around pretty nice. Too bad it cost $400

I had dreams of hooking up a 75amp motor, beefed up speed controller and some nice batteries.
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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> I ****ing love that. I'll show that to the woman at work whose husband is a biker.
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There's some funny stuff at that site.

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[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
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I bet people who think the Segway is cool also think juggling enhances their personality.</strong><hr></blockquote>


.... and that mime is a legitimate art form...
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