Dallas > Miami Rally Car Countdown; Hint #6: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Ever buy a “Limited Edition” copy? Something that is so exclusive, you were happy to pay a premium for it? Remember the time you saw that exact same item on the clearance rack for half price? Yeah, that’s where most Limited Edition’s end up nowadays. Overproduction and slashed prices. Ironic, isn’t it?

Not the case with our 2013 rally machine. This model is no longer in production. All things considered, it’s a dormant beast, waiting for a reincarnation. Until then, we plan on thrashing our “Limited Edition” all the way to South Beach.

Visit each day to solve the countdown. See if you can guess what car we will be rallying in from Dallas to Miami in August 2013!

Lalique Automobile Mascots

René Lalique, Tete De Paon (1932). Photo Credit: Courtesy of RM Auctions.

It’s really quite astounding to think that the amazing work shown above by René Lalique was actually intended as ornamentation for an automobile! Lalique created a variety of glass automobile mascots of both animal and human subjects. These figures included birds, horses, and even a frog. His human forms were generally inspired by ancient mythology. Photographs of more fine examples of the mascots can be viewed in

In March of this year, RM Auctions offered a collection of 30 Lalique automobile mascots for auction. The presale estimate was $800,000 to $1.2 million.

Visit Finesse Fine Art for more information on Rene Lalique and his automobile mascots.

Alfa Romeo 4C

There has been one car over everything else that I’ve really lusted about and that’s the absolutely stunning Alfa Romeo 4C, so you as you could expect I’m a touch excited that the 4C is now available in Australia.

The 4C is absolutely stunning from any angle and it’s has the performance to match those super car looks.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the 4C would be pinacle of the cars I’d ever reviewed if I do get ever get the chance to review one in the feature hell I’d settle for being able to drive one around the block.

Check out all the details below more then Massive thanks to Fiat Chrysler for the info and pics.

The Italian revolution begins: All-new Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe has arrived in Australia, offering groundbreaking design, F1-inspired technology and true supercar performance

  • Jaw-dropping looks, breathtaking performance: 177kW @ 6,000rpm, 350Nm @ 2,200rpm and Zero to 100km/h in a blistering 4.5secs.
  • Race-inspired performance: 4C offers advanced materials and technological solutions from Formula 1 including carbon-fibre monocoque, aluminium chassis structures and a composite body shell for an ultra-lightweight design with incredible performance.
  • State-of-the-art powertrain technology: all- aluminium 1750cc direct-injection turbocharged engine with intercooler, dual variable-valve timing and advanced scavenging technology is paired to a blistering fast Alfa TCT (twin-clutch transmission) with Alfa DNA selector.
  • Excellence made in Italy: Alfa Romeo 4C combines the best technical and manufacturing competencies of two brands, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
  • The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C coupe has arrived in Australia with an MSRP of just $89,000.
  • Also available as limited-edition, generously specified Launch Edition, with an MSRP of just $109,000.

Alfa Romeo’s stunning 4C is set to take Australia’s supercar segment by storm, offering F1-inspired technology, jaw-dropping looks and phenomenal performance at an incredibly attainable price.

Alfa Romeo’s halo sportscar has arrived in two distinct variants, the uniquely appointed Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition with a MSRP of $109,000, and the stunning Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe with a MSRP of $89,000. The 4C Launch Edition is limited to 1,300 units worldwide, of which Australia has secured an initial allocation of 75 units.

Both models offer stunning mid-engine proportions, near-perfect weight distribution and each draws inspiration from the brand’s proud racing heritage to combine design and technology for maximum performance.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo and projects the brand’s values for the future: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence and maximum driving satisfaction.

The “4C” name recalls Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C model’s designation continues this tradition with the latest all- aluminium 1750cc turbocharged direct injection fourcylinder engine.

Designed to be innovative and revolutionary
The Alfa Romeo 4C confirms its supercar credentials by offering:

  • Most advanced and innovative engine and gearbox
  • A near 50-50 weight balance
  • A unique set of F1-inspired technical solutions
  • Class exclusive power-to-weight ratios
  • Groundbreaking design and performance that’s distinctly Italian

Supercar performance, compact size
Thanks to Alfa Romeo 4C’s advanced technological solutions and compact size, the coupe demonstrates its precision, agility and performance credentials with:

  • 400cm overall length
  • 186cm overall width
  • 118cm overall height
  • 258km/h top speed
  • 0-to-100km/h acceleration of 4.5secs
  • 0.335 Coefficient of drag (Cd)
  • Lateral acceleration >1.1 g
  • Maximum braking deceleration > 1.25g
  • 1,025kg mass

High-tech 1750 Turbo engine and Alfa TCT pair for exceptional performance
The engine is the beating heart of any Alfa Romeo, and for the 4C, it beats to an all new 1750cc direct-injection, all-aluminum engine. To ensure exceptional performance and drivability on the racetrack or city streets, this new engine features cutting-edge technical solutions, including direct-injection, intercooler, dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing (VVT), a crankshaft with eight counterweights, and intake and exhaust systems optimized for Alfa Romeo 4C’s mid-engine layout.

A new generation turbocharger features a pulse-converter exhaust manifold to exploit pressure waves and boost torque at low-engine speeds. A waste gate valve adjusts turbo pressure and improves the engine’s efficiency. Advanced scavenging technology enables the Alfa Romeo 4C to maximize torque at low engine speeds and deliver more response to driver input by increasing combustion efficiency and turbine speed, all while eliminating turbo lag. As a result, torque delivery is instantaneous, with a peak of 350Nm; 80 percent of which is available at only 1,700rpm.

Teamed to the all- aluminium engine is a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch transmission, which has been specifically tuned for the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. With its uniquely calibrated software that adjusts with the Alfa DNA selector system, the Alfa TCT’s gearshifts are designed to become most aggressive in the Dynamic and Race modes. The Alfa TCT system also integrates a “launch control” mode – delivering the utmost acceleration possible as soon as the driver releases the brake.

Innovative Alfa DNA selector
The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C features the brand’s innovative Alfa DNA selector with “Race” mode – enabling the driver to optimize the right level of performance through four modes. With a touch of the Alfa DNA selector, the character of the Alfa Romeo 4C can be changed to (in order of increasing capability):

  • All-weather – designed to ensure maximum control under adverse weather conditions and enables gentler accelerator input and special engine and brake control logic to match road speed and prevent skidding.
  • Natural – enables grand touring comfort and smooth drivability for the Alfa TCT gearbox.
  • Dynamic – enables improved driving performance via a more aggressive powertrain calibration and less intrusive electronic stability control (ESC) setting.
  • Race – is the most extreme performance mode, putting the driver in total control of the car under race conditions. ESC and anti-slip regulation (ASR) are deactivated to allow the driver to control traction through the accelerator pedal. The Alfa Romeo Electronic Q2 differential control system remains active for fast exits out of corners or bends. In Race mode, launch control can be activated, allowing the Alfa Romeo 4C to deliver supercar-level 0-to 100km/h acceleration blasts of just 4.5 seconds.

For driving convenience in Dynamic, Natural or All-weather modes, the Alfa Romeo TCT gearbox can utilise an “auto” mode.

All-new Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe lands in Australia There has been one car over everything else that I’ve really lusted about and that’s the absolutely stunning Alfa Romeo 4C, so you as you could expect I’m a touch excited that the 4C is now available in Australia.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum

Ok so it’s no big secret that we’re not short on love here for the Jeep Grand Cherokee here at 3 on The Tree and Grand Cherokee I haven’t driven but would dearly love to is the range topping Grand Cherokee Summit.
Well Jeep has decided to up the ante on the already impressively equip Summit, with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum.
Featuring things such acoustic laminated glass, Harman Kardon premium audio system, unique alloy and a whole waft of others thing, rather then listen to me rabbit on about it check out all the details below.
Massive thanks to Fiat Chrysler for the info and pics.

Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum raises the bar with even more sophisticated exterior styling and premium equipment levels
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and acoustic laminated glazing give increased driving refinement and exceptional music clarity from the standard Harman Kardon Premium audio system
Platinum Chrome exterior enhancements are complemented by unique 20” alloy wheels finished in Platinum Chrome
Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum in dealerships now priced from $78,000*
FCA Australia are thrilled to announce the arrival of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum which features a suite of sophisticated and premium upgrades over the previous Grand Cherokee Summit model. Sitting at the peak of the Jeep model range the well-appointed Summit Platinum will satisfy drivers who demand luxurious comfort and supreme refinement.
The Summit Platinum’s distinctive exterior styling comes courtesy of Platinum Chrome detailing.
The understated premium finish features body-colour lower body trim, mirror caps and door handles, complemented by Platinum Chrome accents on the grille, lower fascias and side sills, fog lamp bezels, rear step pad and badging. The unique exterior look is completed by the standard equipment 20-inch aluminum wheels finished in Platinum Chrome.
Interior upgrades include illuminated ‘Summit’ doorsills and a deluxe Berber carpet cargo compartment floor mat. Driving refinement is enriched with the addition of an acoustic front and rear windscreen and acoustic second row door glass to bring out the best in the standard Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).
Developed by premium audio specialists Harman Kardon the ANC results in a 10 dB reduction in noise, enhancing music clarity due to the reduced ambient engine noise inside the cabin. This allows the Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum’s 825-watt, nineteen-speaker Harman Kardon audio system to be heard and appreciated better than ever before. This state-of-the-art system features a twelve-channel amplifier, three sub-woofers and surrounds the occupants in high-definition sound.
FCA Australia’s Director of Product Strategy, Zac Loo, said that the Summit Platinum offers a compelling alternative to the premium SUV set.
“The Grand Cherokee Summit has already established itself as one of the most attractive premium SUV offerings in Australia. Summit Platinum now takes the Grand Cherokee to a further level of sophistication”, said Mr. Loo.
Summit Platinum additional exterior enhancement:
20-inch alloy wheels finished in Platinum Chrome
Platinum Chrome ‘Grand Cherokee’ driver and passenger door badge
Platinum Chrome front and rear ‘Jeep’ badge
Platinum Chrome grill inserts
Platinum Chrome front fog lamp outer bezel
Platinum Chrome lower fascia applique (front , side and rear)
Platinum Chrome rear boot step pad
Platinum Chrome rear tail lamp bezels
Body colour mirror caps
Body colour door handles
Summit badge
Body colour lower fascia (front and rear)
Body colour sill cladding (side)
In addition to the distinctive exterior enhancements, the following additional premium features are standard fitment for the 2015 Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum.
Active Noise Cancellation
Acoustic laminated windshield
Acoustic laminated rear sunscreen glass
Acoustic second row side door windows
Illuminated ‘Summit’ door sill plates
Deluxe Berber carpet cargo compartment floor mat
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum is available now in Australian Jeep dealerships.

Model Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum
Engine 3.0L CRD diesel
Transmission 8-Speed Auto
Price $78,000*
*Base vehicle price includes GST and LCT but excludes all on-road costs and dealer delivery.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum MY15 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Platinum Features and Pricing Ok so it’s no big secret that we’re not short on love here for the Jeep Grand Cherokee here at 3 on The Tree and Grand Cherokee I haven’t driven but would dearly love to is the range topping Grand Cherokee Summit.