Afzal Kahn pays a record $873,000 for F1 number plate

Afzal Kahn pays a record ?375,000 for F1 number plate

Afzal Kahn, head of the Kahn Design and Project Kahn aftermarket tuning house, placed the winning bid of 375k pounds, which comes to more than 440k pounds with tax (the equivalent of about $873,000). Kahn will reportedly (and fittingly) put the F1 plate on his custom Mercedes SLR McLaren. How does he feel about blowing that much cash on a license plate?

“I am privileged to have acquired such a prestigious plate. It’s every man’s dream to have his perfect car with a number plate like this.”

The sought-after registration attracted the attention of Formula One’s Eddie Irvine and Bernie Ecclestone when it went up for auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in April 2005.

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Alfa Romeo 149

Alfa Romeo 149

The new Alfa Romeo 149 was caught in camo. The 149 will be based on the Fiat Bravo platform. That corresponds to a bigger 149 than the 147 it replaces.

The 149 is long, measuring some 4.3 metres, which is not far off the old 156. The range of powerplants will include the new 1.4 T-Jet and M-jet family of engines producing 120BHP/89kW and 265BHP/198kW for the GTA version, which should sport a V6 under the hood. A six-speed manual and automatic will be choice gearboxes for customers.

European pricing will be around ?20 000 for the base model.

Alfa Romeo 149

Video: Audi R8 TDI V12

Look at the Youtube video of the R8 V12 TDI concept. The Audi R8 TDI V12 will make 500 horsepower and 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque while boasting fuel economy of over 23 US mpg (10 liters per 100 km). 0 to 60 takes 4.2 seconds and the car should have a top end of 300 km/h, or around 186 mph.

The facelifted Cayman

The facelifted Cayman

The facelifted Cayman was caught on public roads. Official details are still under wraps, but the only obvious styling change is at the rear where the shape of the lights on both models have been changed. Giving the lamps more character, designers have added a more curvaceous shape.

At the front, 911 Turbo style LED lamps have been fitted beside a new grille. Expect a makeover inside too, where upgraded materials will be added.

The new model will be unveiled later this year.

The facelifted Cayman