Forgiato Shows off a McLaren MP4-12C

Dec 30, 2013

The guys at Forgiato Wheels recently released photos of a McLaren MP4-12C. This orange McLaren is  wearing Forgiato's F-Sette Formula Series Wheels in 20 inches. The wheels are finished in anodized black with the words "Forgiato" and "Formula" in raw aluminum on the lip. If you've fallen in love with this car by now, you're in luck, because it's for sale at Exotic Euro Cars in Calabasas, CA. 

Fast And Furious 7 Official Release Date and First Movie Still

Dec 24, 2013

... and you'll have Vin Diesel to thank.

Ever since November 30, 2013, the future of Fast and the Furious 7 was in the air. But a couple of days ago, Vin Diesel went to his official Facebook page and gave everyone the news they were waiting to hear. Not only did he give the official release date, he also shared a production still of the last scene that him and Paul Walker filmed.

Please remember this quote that Paul Walker once said "If one day speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling"...

Fast and Furious 7 will be in theaters Friday, April 10, 2015, and if you're anything like me, you'll show up to the very first showing (which is always the midnight showing).

P.S. I came across this video from GT Channel. I thought it was cute when the original driver said "Me resquest Paul drive".

Savini Forged Wheels Shows Off New 2014 Wheel Designs

Dec 20, 2013

One of the most trusted companies in aftermarket wheels has released their 2014 wheel line up. Pulling inspiration from cities like Miami and Los Angeles, the new Savini Diamond design are unique and on a whole new level for the larger size full face wheel game. The Savini Diamond wheels are available in four different configurations including a new one that Savini calls Curvoso. 

The Diamante Wheel.

The Marconi Wheel.

The Murlo Wheel.

The Prali Wheel.

The Prato Wheel.

The Sesto Wheel.

And finally, the Solaro Wheel.

All the wheels are available in sizes 19", 20", 21", 22", 24", 26", 28", 30", and 32".  For more information, check out Savini Forged Wheels official site.

Bernie's Instagram Feed: December 18 2013

Dec 19, 2013

2013 is winding down and Christmas is around the corner but that's not slowing down the work that the customization shops are putting out. I was able to put together a post of my top 12 photos (in no specific order) of some of the great companies I follow on Instagram. And hopefully after this post, you can follow them (as well as me) too.

West Coast Customs (@WestCoastCustoms) photographed this custom matte white and carbon fiber Range Rover Evoque.

Trendsetters (@Trendsetters214) along with Forgiato Wheels (@forgiato) Showed off this 2014 SRT8 Jeep Grand Cherokee sitting on Forgiato's Monoleggera Tratto-M series wheels in 24 inches.

These seats look so comfy. Platinum Motorsports (@platinum_group) has teamed up with the Bentley Motor Corporation to present the Beverly Hills Platinum Series. Bentley definitely collaborated with the right customization shop.

Exclusive Motoring (@exclusivemotoring) is finally showing off a BMW 550i customized with carbon fiber mirror covers, painted red calipers, and lowered on 20" Vossen wheels with color matched inserts and center caps.

Orlando's own Ultimate Auto (@UltimateAutoBoutique) released a photo or two of this 2014 Ferrari 458 Spyder wearing Savini Forged Wheels (21" in the front, 22" in the back), Novatech lowering springs, smoked lights, painted trim, an Escort radar, 3M clear bra and a partridge in a pear tree.

Straight out of New Jersey, Lux Motorwerks (@lux_motorwerks) released a shot of this all black Range Rover Sport Autobiography edition with custom emblems.

The only rainbow I'm allowed to taste (I'm on a diet/eating clean) is courtesy of Long Island's own Martino Auto Concepts (@MartinoAutoConcepts). Keep in mind that this is a very, very tiny percentage of Lamborghinis that Martino Auto Concepts have put their hands on.

MLB's favorite custom shop, MC Customs (@mccustomsmiami) was hard at work painting these brake calipers matte orange for a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. 

One of Miami's big three, The Auto Firm (@theAutoFirm) released a photo of a vehicle that I don't really show off. I'm not a fan of pickup trucks, but I decided to show off one that the Auto Firm customized. This Ford Raptor is painted in Satin Black with gloss black accents, 2" lift kit, LED lights on the front, exhaust system, Audison Hertz Sound System, wearing 20" Custom painted Fuel Wheels, and on top of that, the proud owner of this vehicle is Michael Beasley of the Miami Heat.

Dub Magazine (@dubmagazine) released a collage of a 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sporton 20" Concept One CS-20 Wheels. 

Asanti Wheels (@AsantiWheels) is giving their followers a sneak peek into their 2014 Collection. Here we have the new Asanti 811 Wheel.

Right out of Kansas City, KC Trends (@kctrends) photographed a 2014 Mercedes Benz G550 factory painted matte black, but they added Forgiato Wheels' Maglia wheels in 24" mounted with Pirelli's Scorpion Zero Tires.

After seeing some of these photos maybe you found someone new to follow, other than me (@CarShowBernie)

Bernie's Favorite: Robinson Cano's New Mercedes S550

Dec 13, 2013

*Sighs*. Fresh off of signing his contract for $240 Million with the Seattle Mariners, former New York Yankee Robinson Cano, made a new purchase. He decided to go with a 2014 Mercedes Benz S550. Like his past couple of cars, he took it to his favorite car customizer, MC Customs of Miami. MC Customs outfitted the car with Savini Forged's Di Forza Wheels.

One day I'll get use to not seeing him in a Yankees uniform. One day...

Bernie's Favorite: Ford Unveils the 2015 Mustang

Dec 6, 2013

When I first saw the renderings, I was a little scared. But when Ford officially unveiled the 6th Generation Mustang yesterday, my reaction changed.

December 5th 2013 was the date when Ford finally revealed the actual 2015 Ford Mustang around the world-- and yes, they unveiled it in the greatest city of all... New York. We're gonna run through all of the improvements that Ford has made. In a nutshell, it's sleeker, lighter, and more modern.

After the success of the 5th generation Mustang, Ford went back to the drawing board for this latest edition. Grabbing a little inspiration from the Great Steve McQueen, most of the ideas came from the first generation of the Mustang. With that said, Ford made the new 'stang a little wider (1.5 inches) and a little lower (1.4 inches to be exact). The front end has had some changes too. In the past, Ford has had two driving lights in the grille and two outside. Not anymore!!! Now, Ford took out the two driving lights and replaced them with three LED "gills". The back end has changed a bit too. Instead of the GT in the circular logo, it's now freestanding, the trunk has been lowered 2.75 inches which is why it gives off a slanted appearance (but it also allows for more trunk space). Plus they made the tail lights slanted to match the front.

Now we're going to step inside to discuss the interior. As you can see, the interior is simply more modernized. Everything is easier to figure out. The quality of the materials used has improved, however, there's still some plastic that should have been replaced with a better quality material. Most importantly, the interior is more roomy than the previous model.

This time around, Ford is now offering three engines. There's the base 3.7-liter V6, the GT has the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and introducing the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine. The important figures (i.e. horsepower) will be released some time next year.

I don't trust photos, especially in the Photoshop age but doesn't he look great??? I can't wait to see him in person, which will probably in 2014 at the New York International Auto Show. Everyone knows that the 2015 Ford Mustang won't hit Atlanta until 2015. If you don't believe me... remember the Chevy Corvette. I had to go back home to see it 6 months before the people of Atlanta got to see it.

P.S. The 2015 Ford Mustang is about 200 pounds lighter than the previous model. And as you're reading this, Chevrolet is probably figuring out how to improve the Camaro.

Media provided by Ford Motor Company

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: Caffeine and Octane: Dec '13

Dec 3, 2013

December 1st was the date for the last Caffeine and Octane for 2013. This month's turnout was more intimate- it was smaller since it was Thanksgiving weekend. Don't let the size fool you because this month packed a punch.

What stood out was the Unleash the Rainbow charity section. Picture this- Twenty something luxury and exotic cars lined up. You vote for your favorite car by donating a dollar, and 100% of the donation goes straight to helping the Philippines get back on their feet after the typhoon. The cars ranged from Nissan GTRs to several Lamborghinis in the three major models- Gallardo, Murcielago, and the Aventador.

Enough of the chatter, here's the photos...

To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's Caffeine and Octane: December 2013 Gallery. And I'll be at the next Caffeine and Octane in January 2014!!!

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