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Friday, March 6, 2009

[2009 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept Review]

Visitors to the Chevrolet display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show (Friday through Feb. 22) will be treated to an out-of-this-world vehicle display – the automotive stars from the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Five Chevrolet-based characters – including four all-new characters – are featured in the new film set to open in the United States on June 26. All of them are at the Chevrolet display. The four new movie characters include: SIDESWIPE – a stylized Corvette vision concept vehicle SKIDS and MUDFLAP – twin AUTOBOTS® based on Chevy’s Beat (a concept that will go into production as the Chevy Spark in 2011) and Trax concepts JOLT – an AUTOBOT-based on Chevy’s upcoming Volt extended-range electric vehicle BUMBLEBEE™, the heroic AUTOBOT based on Chevrolet’s Camaro concept from the first “Transformers” movie, returns with a high-performance attitude. Joining the vehicles on stage will be BUMBLEBEE in his AUTOBOT form, standing almost 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall and 13 feet (4 meters) wide. “Chevrolet is thrilled to again be part of one of the most anticipated movies in years,” said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. “‘Transformers’ gives us a great opportunity to connect with young people on their terms, with a dynamic, environmentally friendly image. The new characters represent the change going on in Chevy showrooms. From the exciting Camaro, the 21st century sports car, to the game-changing Volt, there’s more than meets the eye at Chevrolet today.”

[2009 100 years of Audi Review]

Audi Tradition’s annual programme for 2009 is centred on the Audi centenary. More than 50 events have been planned. Two dates are especially significant: on 16 July 2009, exactly 100 years after the company was established, Audi is inviting guests to a commemorative ceremony in Ingolstadt; Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has already agreed to attend. Not to be missed by every enthusiast and friend of the Audi brand: the largest historic motor sport event in the world – the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, where Audi will be putting in a special appearance as ‘featured marque’. When Lord March invites guests to his country estate in East Sussex from 3 to 5 July, Audi Tradition will bring along just about every car built by Audi that has played a significant role on the world’s racetracks during the past 100 years. This is the first occasion on which even the company’s ‘family silver’ will be brought out from the Audi museum mobile: the Auto Union Type C Streamline, a unique, authentic replica of the car in which Bernd Rosemeyer attempted to break the world speed record in 1937, reaching over 400 km/h on an ordinary road. Also on static display at Goodwood will be the first-ever Audi competition car, the Audi Type C Alpine Cup winner dating from 1919. Vehicles in action on the circuit will be Auto Union Type C (1936) and Type D (1938) Silver Arrows, the legendary Audi Pikes Peak (1987) and IMSA GTO (1989) cars, the R8 and R10 sports cars that were victorious in Le Mans and various STC and GTM championship contenders.

[2009 Shelby 427 GT500 Super Snake Auction Review]

The Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation will celebrate the inaugural Shelby 427 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race by auctioning the Ultimate Shelby 427 GT500 Package on eBay starting today. The auction, which will end Feb. 19, 2009, includes a new torch red 2009 Shelby GT500 upgraded with the Super Snake package and No. 427 of the Limited Edition Shelby 427 packages. The winning bidder will also receive a VIP weekend at the Shelby 427 race on March 1, 2009, including two private Shelby suite tickets to enjoy the action. Money raised from the auction will benefit the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation, which helps children worldwide battle life-threatening illnesses while promoting the importance of organ and tissue donation.

[2009 Shelby 427 GT500 Super Snake Auction Review

[2009 Nissan Cube Kron Edition]

Nissan has announced that the all-new 2009 Nissan cube® 1.8 will feature a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $13,990 when it goes on sale in early May. Nissan also debuted a specialty vehicle model – the cube® 1.8 Krom. The new cube® Krom, developed by NNA’s new Specialty Vehicles Group, features exclusive exterior and interior treatments, elevating cube®’s unique styling to a sportier, more aggressive dimension. The 2009 Nissan cube® will now be offered in four versions, cube® 1.8, cube® 1.8 S, cube® 1.8 SL and cube® 1.8 Krom. In addition, Nissan announced that the cube will be available with more than 40 individual accessories, ranging from a unique 20-color interior illumination kit and “shag carpeting” instrument panel inserts to aerodynamic body kits and custom 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – allowing cube owners to personalize their vehicles to reflect their own tastes and personalities. A new “Reserve Your cube” program, which allows consumers to research and reserve the cube of their choice, will begin later in the month, following the release of complete cube model and option package pricing. Exclusive Nissan cube® Krom Model While every 2009 Nissan cube makes a bold statement against the backdrop of look-alike entry-level vehicles, the cube Krom is a standout with exclusive exterior and interior treatments designed to add character without overwhelming the innovative cube design. The cube Krom starts with the extensive list of cube 1.8 S model standard features, then adds a 3-bar chrome grille, 2-bar chrome front bumper grille, fully integrated front and rear fascias, body side sills, unique rear roof spoiler, exclusive 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Krom rear emblem.

[HUMMER H3 Vehicle]

From afar, the 2008 Hummer H3 is hard to discern from its bulkier H2 brother. And that's the idea; the smaller Hummer H3 has all the brand's signature styling cues -- the industrial grille, the massive wheel flares, the armored car-style windows -- that make these life-size Tonka trucks so appealing to so many consumers.
But the whole point of the H3, and the reason why it's Hummer's best-selling model, is that it's much more reasonable in terms of size and cost. The H3 is a little more than half the cost of the H2, and it's easier to park as well. Off-road, the H3 can still rock with the best of them. With its aggressive approach and departure angles, generous ground clearance, standard skid plates and optional 33-inch off-road tires, there's no denying the H3's extreme capabilities on rugged terrain. Hard-core off-road enthusiasts can even opt for a 4:1 low-range gearing that allows the H3 to creep down very steep trails without using the brakes.
However, the smaller H3 also carries on another unfortunate Hummer tradition: a heavy curb weight. Even though it's the junior member of the Hummer family, it still weighs nearly 5,000 pounds. And although its 3.7-liter inline-5 was pumped up last year to 242 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque, it's still not enough to move with any verve something that weighs more than a Lincoln Town Car. Alas, a savior comes this year in the form of a new Alpha trim level. Its muscular 5.3-liter V8 engine cranks out 300 hp and 320 lb-ft. Hummer claims a 0-60-mph time of 8.0 seconds for the new Alpha, which is a respectable time but hardly thrill-inducing.

[Gemballa Mirage GT Super Cars Porsche Carrera]

- strictly limited to 25 cars
- prominent clients from all over the world
- Extremely extravagant real-carbon exterior concept
- Three-part forged wheels, available in 19˝ and 20˝
- Luxury carbon, leather and Alcantara interior
- Multimedia touch-screen information system
- Phase 1 increased performance

Porsche Carrera GT, one of the finest sports supercars, had a limited series production of roughly 1380 models. Owners of these completely sold-out vehicles, GEMBALLA gives the chance to top this exclusiveness. The Porsche customizing specialists of Leonberg, Germany transforms the Carrera GT into the GEMBALLA Mirage GT; offered in an extremly limited series of only 25 models. More than half of this series is already sold. Customers including several prominent ones, place their trust in the technical expertise of GEMBALLA assuring unquestionable singular uniqueness of their Mirage GT

[1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash]

1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash:
Ford perfected mass production, but Ransom Eli Olds invented it. By 1903 Oldsmobile was the world's largest car company, thanks to the Curved Dash, of which over 19,000 were built.

[Prior Design BMW 6er]

March 3 - 2009 Prior Design BMW 6er
An aerodynamic package for the BMW 6 Series.

[Infiniti Essence Concept]

March 3 - 2009 Infiniti Essence Concept The Essence Concept is a 592 hp, front-engined, RWD hybrid coupe. Although there are no plans for production, Infiniti notes that the design language will influence future production models.

[Gumpert Apollo Speed]

March 5 - 2009 Gumpert Apollo Speed Gumpert announces their fastest model yet, the Apollo Speed with up to 800 hp. The Speed can do 0-62 mph in 3 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 224 mph

[Dacia Duster Concept]

March 2 - 2009 Dacia Duster Concept Dacia's first concept crossover is visibly a sporting coupé, yet passengers entering from the other side will see it as an MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) with a traditionally opening front door and rear-hinged rear door which suggest plush travelling refinement.

[Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera]

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera unveiled [Wed 28th Feb 2007]
Italian supercar maker Lamborghini will showcase the new Gallardo Superleggera coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Thanks to increased power (an additional 10 hp) and a 220-pound reduction in weight (154 pounds for the U.S. model), the new range-topping Superleggera is faster and more agile than the regular model. The Superleggera needs only 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 62 mph ? 0.2 seconds less than the basic Gallardo. The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera comes with robotized mechanical e-gear as standard; a sports package including shock absorbers; and special suede-covered steering wheel. The car's engine is the latest version of Lamborghini's well-known 4,961 cc V10. 530 hp is achieved in 8,000 rpm. Lamborghini engineers decreased the Lamborghini Gallardo's already low weight using advanced materials. The engine hood is made of visible carbon fiber and plastic, a type of material that guarantees lightness and also shows off the magnificent V10. The rear diffuser and underbody covering, the rearview mirrors, door panels and the central tunnel's covering are also made of carbon fiber. Further reductions in weight were achieved by replacing certain glass surfaces with clear plastic. For the interior, monocoque carbon fiber sports seats covered in Alcantara are offered.

[Lumma CLR 500 RS: BMW M5] now with 560hp

German tuning firm Lumma-Design has put together a tuning kit for the BMW M5 sedan. It features extensive body modifications, including carbon fiber roof, trunk, and hood; new front and rear aprons; a widebody kit with larger fenders; new side skirts; and more. It also features 21-inch wheels, extra-wide Yokohama tires, a performance exhaust system, extensive chassis tuning, upgraded H&R suspension, and more. Most notably, the car's V10 engine has been pushed from a stock 500 horsepower up to 560 hp

[Ford iosisMAX]

Ford iosisMAX Concept
IosisMAX is a concept study for the next generation of Ford's compact multi-activity vehicle (MAV) as well as a glimpse at the design direction for the company's next generation global C-car family

[Honda New NSX]

When Honda unveiled the Advanced Sports Car Concept earlier this year, it said the vehicle was a direct preview of the 2008 Acura NSX. Typically automakers don't say which future production cars ambiguously named concepts are supposed to represent, but Honda officials had no problem disclosing their intentions for this project. Now it appears the car might be headed back to the drawing board. Although it wasn't slammed by the automotive press or enthusiasts, the concept didn't get rave reviews, either. It turns out Honda executives were hoping for something more breathtaking, too. As a result, they've asked the design team to rethink their plans, according to a report by Winding Road magazine. While the basic proportions, V10 engine, and all-wheel-drive will stay, the rest of the package will likely change before production begins in early 2008. Look for the production version of the new NSX will arrive at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall.

[Aston Martin Dbs Volante]

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante The new Volante completes the DBS lineup with an open-top version

[EDAG Light Car Open Source]

2009 Audi TT RS Coupe & Roadster Audi will offer their 340 hp turbocharged inline-5 in the popular TT series

[Opel Ampera Concept]

The Ampera uses the same appealing hybrid technology as the Chevy Volt, with a range of roughly 40 miles on all-electric power, backed up by a gas motor that can generate electric power for another 300 miles before refueling. The Ampera is expected to go into production in 2011.

[Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line]

Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the WRX STI A-Line model was developed to offer its distinctive driving performance to a wider range of customers by integrating its 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine and 5 Speed Automatic Transmission with SPORTSHIFT*

[Lamborghini Reventon]

[Born to become a legend]
Since its foundation, Lamborghini has been a creator of trends in the world of sports cars and has always manufactured cars with an absolutely unmistakable character. Models such as the Miura or Countach, for example, were veritable forerunners and rapidly acquired the status of timeless classic cars. From the moment they are launched, every new Lamborghini promises to become a legend, destined to become a sought-after and precious possession.

[ KTM reveals completed X-Bow prototype ]

Austrian motorcycle builder KTM today released photos of a full-scale prototype of its new X-Bow (crossbow) roadster. The 1500-pound car has a four-cylinder Audi engine offering 220 horsepower in the base model, and a potential 300 horsepower in a more expensive variant. A choice of either a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox will be given. KTM says the base X-Bow will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds

[The Hennessey Venom 700NM]

The Hennessey Venom 700NM
July 28, 2008
The Hennessey Venom 700NM showed its jet black face at the New York Auto Show. 700NM is a Neiman Marcus special edition,
Although we don’t exactly think of a viper when John Hennessey and Neiman Marcus are in the same pot, the Venom 700NM is a more then your usually high performance super car. Declared a world class power car by Hennessey the 700NM is figuratively head of its class with the Dodge Viper SRT-10 engine that offers 700 bhp/522kW 6,200 rpm and 645 lb-ft torque 5,200 rpm witch offers an outstanding 3.3 sec from 0 to 60 mph and 7.0 sec to 100 mph, with a top speed of 214 mph.