thursday car blogging

The Truth About Cars reveals a slight contradiction about the BMW M3 CS:

The car’s name, “Competition Sport”, is an open invitation to flog your M3 at a purpose-built race track. In case you missed the point, BMW’s website spells it out: “For those looking to get even more track-oriented performance out of the legendary M3, we offer the Competition Package.” Here’s the problem: take your “track-oriented” M3 CS onto an actual race track and you void your warranty. And don’t think you can cheat. The M3 CS’ black box records the time, date and shift points during all your high-speed sorties.

The new Porsche Carrera 4S (four wheel drive) is due to hit the streets in the UK this fall with a 350bhp 3.8L engine pushing it to 62mph in 4.8sec, topping out at 179mph. Vroom.

GM is merging all but two of their brands into one:

Only two of General Motors Corp.’s eight brands – Chevrolet and Cadillac – will remain full-line marques while the others will offer more limited product lines under a new strategy aimed at building sales, cutting costs and bolstering brand identity.

This is a good move, considering GM’s troubled state of affairs.