Michael Jordan’s 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 Lorinser for sale on eBay

Michael Jordan’s 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 Lorinser for sale on eBay

A Lorinser-modified 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 coupe formerly owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan is for sale on eBay by Beverly Hills Car Club. First spotted by Car Advice, bidding is open through Aug. 23, and the coupe had already attracted a high bid of more than $185,000 at the time of publication.

Jordan owned this car during the height of his career with the Chicago Bulls. The listing shows a picture of Jordan with the car and a copy of the original title with Jordan and his wife Juanita as the owners. The Mercedes’ chrome Lorinser wheels and built-in car phone make it a clear throwback to the 1990s. The seller doesn’t list any modifications beyond the wheels, but Lorinser did offer performance upgrades and continues to do so for current Mercedes vehicles.

The C140-generation S-Class coupe (and its W140 sedan sibling) introduced smoother styling and more electronics. The latter paved the way for modern, tech-heavy S-Class models, but also gave the 140 models a reputation for poor reliability. Rapid depreciation also meant many of these cars ended up with second owners who couldn’t afford to maintain them.

1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 coupe owned by Michael Jordan (photo by Beverly Hills Car Club)

1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 coupe owned by Michael Jordan (photo by Beverly Hills Car Club)

Currently showing 157,085 miles on the odometer, this coupe is the range-topping S600 model, with a 6.0-liter V-12 under the hood making 389 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. After the 1996 model year, Mercedes switched to “CL” nomenclature for its flagship coupe in North America, and the S600 became the CL600.

A V-12 is expected to live on in the next-generation S-Class sedan, though not in AMG performance guise. AMG bid farewell to its V-12 S-Class last year.

If celebrity-owned cars are your thing, a stretched Cadillac Escalade formerly owned by Sylvester Stallone recently came up for sale. It’s of a more recent vintage than this S600 and includes plenty of creature comforts, such as a 43-inch television.

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors Ken Miles’ 1966 Daytona win, Studio Collection revealed

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors Ken Miles’ 1966 Daytona win, Studio Collection revealed

Ford’s not done celebrating the GT’s racing history.

On Sunday the automaker unveiled the 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition online at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s virtual car week. In addition, a new Studio Collection was announced to give buyers the ability to further customize their GTs to stand out from the crowd.

Ford spokesman Jiyan Cadiz told Motor Authority the run of 1,350 Ford GTs will not increase with the addition of the 2021 Heritage Edition and Studio Collection.

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

The 2021 GT Heritage Edition pays tribute to the GT40 Mk II Ken Miles piloted to win the 1966 Daytona 24 Hours race 55 years ago. Like Miles’ ’66 winning Mk II, the 2021 Heritage Edition features white exterior paint with exposed carbon fiber bits and asymmetrical red accents on the front fascia, roof edge, driver’s side door, lower rocker, and rear wing. A white 98 gumball is displayed in exposed carbon fiber, and one-piece Heritage Gold–specific 20-inch forged aluminum wheels finish the look with red Brembo monoblock brake caliper peeking through.

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Inside, the dashboard, headliner, and steering wheel are all covered in Alcantara suede. Red anodized paddle shifters and Alcantara suede performance seats add some spice to the dark interior.

The sole option is a Heritage Upgrade Package, which adds 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels with gloss red inner barrels, black brake calipers with red Brembo lettering, and ghosted 98 gumballs on exposed carbon fiber door panels.

Only 50 2021 Heritage Edition cars will be made. “Given historical demand for previous Heritage Editions we expect the ’66 Heritage Edition to sell out,” Cadiz said.

2018 Ford GT Heritage edition

2018 Ford GT Heritage edition

2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition

2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Previous GT Heritage Editions paid tribute to the first four Le Mans winners from 1966 through ’69. The 2017 car was black with silver stripes and white No. 2 gumballs to honor Bruce McLaren and Chis Amon’s 1966 win. The 2018 car gave a nod to A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney’s 1967 win with red paint, white stripes, and No. 1 gumballs. Both the 2019 and 2020 models were finished in Gulf livery honring the 1968 and ’69 winnters piloted by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi for ’68, and Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver for ’69.

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection

For 2021 and 2022 model years Ford will offer current GT customers that have yet to configure their cars a new Studio Collection. This option allows for further customization with paint colors and graphics packages. Only 40 GT buyers will get to play with the Studio Collection to keep things exclusive and different.

Cadiz told Motor Authority the current Ford GT starts from about $500,000. Regarding the 2021 Heritage Edition and Studio Collection, if you have to ask…

2022 Audi S3, 2021 Kia Stinger, 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS MR: This Week’s Top Photos

2022 Audi S3, 2021 Kia Stinger, 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS MR: This Week’s Top Photos

A new generation of the Audi A3 is due for the 2022 model year, and the car’s sporty S3 variant was revealed this week. Specifications for the United States haven’t been released but we know the car will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Hyperion XP-1

Hyperion XP-1

Also revealed this week was a hydrogen-electric supercar called the XP-1, from a California startup by the name of Hyperion. The car is claimed to hit 60 mph in 2.2 seconds, top out at over 221 mph, and cover a distance of more than 1,000 miles on a fill of hydrogen.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4

One of the cars we tested was the new Targa based on the 992-generation Porsche 911. Like its predecessor, the new Targa features the signature chunky rollover bar, along with a retractable roof and wraparound rear window—and we find it to be the better of the two open-top 911 body styles.

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Bentley Bentayga

We also tested the Bentley Bentayga, which has undergone a mid-cycle update for 2021. The big SUV is hard to fault in any area, even with the base powertrain. The one you really want, though, is the range-topping Bentayga Speed.

2021 Kia Stinger preview: New look for sporty fastback sedan

2021 Kia Stinger preview: New look for sporty fastback sedan

Another vehicle that’s come in for a mid-cycle update for the 2021 model year is the Kia Stinger. There are subtle tweaks inside and out, and we hear there might also be some extra power under the hood. Kia is holding back those details until closer to the market launch.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

For performance fans on a budget, Hyundai has a new Elantra N Line coming with a handy 201 hp. The car also packs sport-tuned suspension and the choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS MR

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS MR

Porsche customer racing team Manthey-Racing has developed some upgrades for the previous-generation 911’s GT3 RS variant. The upgrades were developed using lessons learned from the company’s 911 GT2 RS, which is still the fastest street-legal car around the ‘Ring.

2022 Subaru BRZ spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Subaru BRZ spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

And finally, Subaru was spotted testing its next-generation BRZ. The lively rear-wheel-drive sports car is due out next year and once again there will be a Toyota twin.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX, 2022 Subaru BRZ, 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4: The Week In Reverse

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX was teased; we spied the 2022 Subaru BRZ; and we took a spin in the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.

Ram teased the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX in a video ahead of its Aug. 17 debut. The supercharged Hellcat pickup truck didn’t actually show its face, but the video featured a pickup kicking up sand in the desert, a loud exhaust note, and the wail of a supercharger. The TRX is coming.

BMW teased enthusiasts with a picture of an M3 Touring wagon. The teaser image was posted on Instagram with the caption, “Mic Drop.” The photo only showed the rear end, but the hashtags confirmed the M3 was a wagon. Before American enthusiasts start cashing in their savings they should know BMW confirmed the M3 wagon won’t come to the U.S.

Our spy photographer snapped the 2022 Subaru BRZ in production form testing on public roads. With minimal camouflage, it’s clear the next-generation BRZ is a complete reskin of the current car with what appears to be the same suspension and brake hardware. Expect slightly more power, possibly a larger-displacement engine, and upgraded technology.

Hyundai unveiled the 2021 Elantra N Line. Set to take on the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI, the Elantra N Line will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-4 with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will route the power to the front wheels. Expect the Elantra N Line to cost about $25,000 and go on sale at the end of the year.

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 is absolutely stunning, and our drive revealed it’s the 911 convertible to buy. The Targa model does a better job of retaining the 911 coupe’s curves than the cabriolet. It’s also a joy to drive thanks in part to a quiet cabin that still feels open from the driver’s seat.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the 2020 Indy 500 pace car

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the 2020 Indy 500 pace car

A 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will serve as the pace car for the 2020 Indianapolis 500, which will be held Aug. 23, Chevy announced in a press release Wednesday. General Motors president Mark Reuss will drive it.

Chevy and the Corvette have become fixtures at the Indy 500. No other brand and vehicle, respectively, have handled pace-car duties more often, according to Chevy. This will mark the 17th time the Corvette has paced the Indy 500 since 1978, and the 31st time a Chevy has led the field. The Bowtie brand has been providing pace cars since 1948, when a Fleetmaster Six convertible did the honors.

The 2020 pace car is a Corvette Stingray coupe in Torch Red with the Z51 Performance package. Its livery may not be as elaborate as those of some past Corvette Indy 500 pace cars, but this C8 does feature a rear spoiler and ground effects package from the Corvette accessories catalog, a Carbon Flash exterior accents and badge package, and GT2 bucket seats to provide extra lateral support on Indy’s banking.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Indianapolis 500 pace car

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Indianapolis 500 pace car

Chevy has a long history at the Indy 500. Co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early races. Gaston won the 1920 race.

Today, Chevrolet is one of two engine suppliers (along with Honda) in the current NTT IndyCar Series. Last year’s Indy 500 winner (Simon Pagenaud) and IndyCar Series champion (Josef Newgarden) both drove Chevy-powered cars.

This year, the Indy 500 will be held outside of May for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic, which scrambled the entire racing calendar. Because the pandemic is still ongoing, this will also be the first Indy 500 without fans in attendance. The race will be televised live on NBC, with the pre-race show starting at 1:00 p.m. local time on Aug. 23.

A BMW M3 Touring wagon is in the works, but it’s not coming to US

BMW has teased enthusiasts with a combination to make them salivate: an M3 wagon.

The glimpse of this halo combination was posted by BMW’s M division Wednesday on Instagram, captioned only: “Mic Drop.” The automaker added hashtags including #M3 and #Touring, the latter being BMW-speak for wagon.

But before anyone in the U.S. opens their wallets, BMW spokesman Oleg Satanovsky told Motor Authority “there are no plans to import this vehicle to the U.S.” The 3-Series wagon was discontinued in the U.S. in 2019.

The latest hot wagon wars should’ve enticed BMW to bring the M3 wagon to the U.S. as Audi’s finally brought the RS 6 Avant (Audi speak for wagon) to the U.S. for 2020. Mercedes-AMG offers an E63 S wagon in the U.S. as well.

The BMW M3 wagon would be smaller than both, but it would’ve theoretically undercut their $100,000-plus price tags.

Expect the BMW M3 wagon to feature the same specs as the upcoming M3 sedan and M4 coupe. Power will come from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 code-named S58 (the same engine in the 2020 BMW X3 and X4 M) with 473 horsepower. The Competition version will offer up to 503 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque.

The M3 sedan and M4 coupe base models will feature a 6-speed manual while Competition models will only be available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s unclear if M3 Touring models will offer a Competition version or manual transmission. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive will be available on Competition models after launch.

A hardcore M3 CS is expected later in the model’s life.

Sorry, America.