Category Archives: New Cars

More Details on the Bugatti Galibier 16C


Bugatti Galibier C16

The Galibier isn’t expected to hit the market until 2013, but with an 8-liter W16 engine and $1.5 million dollar price tag, people are already waiting inline for it. A few new details were released today; the W16 is going to be tuned down to around 800 horsepower and the top speed will be limited to around 220 MPH.  Even though this is 30+ MPH less than the Bugatti Veyron, it is still light years ahead of any other 4-door car in the world.  There is also speculation that the 16C will share the same platform as the Bentley Mulsanne.  Stay tuned, more details as they become available!

Hennessey Dyno’s their LS9 Powered Camaro


Hennessey Camaro LS9 Dyno

Well Hennessey did it; they were able to squeeze the LS9 into a Camaro and they have officially finished tuning that beast. Here’s the video of the first dyno… can you say torque-tastic?

Rumor: Next Gen Corvette to Bring Back Split Window Design


1963 Corvette Split Window

One of the most iconic designs in the Corvette’s history is the split window design from the 1963 model year. Yes, it hinders the drivers vision out the rear window, but it provides a beautiful swatch of metal to paint in an area usually reserved for glass. In 1964, the split window design got the axe, ultimately replaced by a huge sheet of glass. Well next year is the Corvette’s centennial anniversary, and GM is considering bringing back the split rear window style. As I see it, there are a couple pros and cons to this:

Pros

  1. Elegant exterior styling (duh!)
  2. Could work as a structural brace, providing a stiffer chassis design
  3. The possibility of having the split window be completely transparent, by means of fancy aero-space materials and technologies.  Think electro-transparent panoramic glass, like that featured in the new Maybach’s.

Cons

  1. Rear vision could be blocked, or seriously hindered. This could be solved by having a rear camera installed by the license plate.
  2. It could add a considerable amount to the bottom line of buying a Corvette
  3. It doesn’t represent a drastic leap in styling, is it really going to be worth it?

Stingray Concept - Transformers II 2009

What do you think of the Transformers 2 design concepts?  Solid win or epic fail?

Bugatti Reveals the C16 Galibier


Bugatti Galibier C16

They’ve been teasing us for months now; it all started with dark images of the tail lights and other vehicle accents.  Then an image was leaked out after a private unveiling of the new 4-door saloon. Now Bugatti has released an official video with narration so good, it rivals the Lord of the Rings…

Here’s what we know so far:

  • 8-liter W-16 engine (same as the Bugatti Veyron)
  • The engine is now front-mounted and can be run on Ethanol
  • Insane hood with twin-fin mechanisms to display the engine
  • Estimated top speed of 217 MPH
  • Carbon fiber body work that shines blue when under direct light

We’ll keep our ear the ground, check back later for more details!

What Does ₩161,000,000 Buy You?


Spirra Turbo

₩ is the symbol for the Korean Won, their form of the Dollar.  161,000,000 Won sounds like a lot, and it is, roughly equating to $130,000 bucks.  For that, you could by a Corvette ZR1 and a few extra sets of tires.  Or you could buy a tricked out GT-R and mob the streets with all wheel drive prowess.  But now there’s a new option, and it’s price just so happens to be $131K.  They call it the Spirra, and it’s a quick little devil. Using a 2.7-liter V6 Hyundai engine, lifted from a Tiburon, the creator was able to squeeze out 400 horsepower by throwing on a sizable supercharger.  That’s the Spirra S, and for a car that weighs just 2,200 pounds with a full tank of gas, that’s a real nice power-to-weight ratio.  But if it want’s to compete with the aformentioned ZR1 and GT-R, or even Ferrari’s and Lambo’s, it would probably need 25% more to hold it’s own.  So they creators went back to the drawing board and threw on a turbo.  Crank the boost and you net 500 ponies from a car that weights a Keg more than an Elise.

The Spirra Turbo has a top speed in the 200+ MPH range, so you can bet that it will keep up with just about anything. Here’s a video of it dusting an F430.  The racing starts around the 3:35 mark.

New Mini Clubman on the Horizon, the People Rejoice


Mini Clubman Rally Edition

Well, people like me rejoice.  I’ve always been a huge fan of Mini Coopers; they’re practical, unique, fuel efficient and they handle like a go-cart…that’s a good thing.  When the Clubman came out, I considered trading in my Subaru, but I couldn’t justify the trade-in.  But now they are just tempting me further with the Mini Clubman Rally Edition.  It gets the full treatment; 17″ wheels, a Midnight black paint job with silver racing stripes, HID’s, a sexy black/anthracite interior, sport package and aero kit, a roof rack (!), and green rear view mirrors…?

Yeah, not sure about the mirrors, but everything else sounds perfect.  Coming in at $32,999, it’s pricey for a Mini, but it’s also going to be very exclusive; only 70 examples of the Rally Edition will be shipped to the states. If you want one, call your Mini dealer today… I mean now, mister.

Mini Clubman Rally Edition - Front and Rear

Source: Motoring File

Porsche Releases Details: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3


2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Rear Shot

Hot on the release of the 2010 Porsche 911 is the GT3 RS. This super-tuned version of the GT3 gets the same upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six engine that the 911 inherited from the Carrera, but this version is sans-turbos. Either way, power output is pegged at 450HP, more than enough to make the RS leave blurred streaks of neon through the air. A wider track, custom suspension and light weight body work improve grip, handling and general sex appeal.  Full gallery below, but there’s two track videos after the jump!

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Unveiled: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo


2010 Porsche 911 Turbo - Yellow

Out with the old, in with the new. Although Porsche hasn’t made any real changes to the exterior, it’s whats under the hood (boot?) that counts.  And Porsche delivered for 2010; gone is the peppy 3.6-liter, replaced by the Carrera’s beefier 3.8-liter flat-six.  Not only does the new engine have 5.5% more displacement, but it also features direct-injection, which gives a bump to power and fuel economy. What also gives a bump to power? The twin set of variable-geometry turbines they mounted to the boxer.

Power output has been raised to an incredible 500 ponies, and if you can keep your lead foot in check, you can also expect an EPA-estimated 24.1 MPG with the 6-speed tranny.  If you want to go for the 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (aka: dual-clutch) system, you get bumped up to an environmentally-friendly 24.8 MPG.  Being green never felt soooo good.  :)

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo - Gunmetal Cabriolet

What else is new? A refined Porsche Traction Management System (PTMS), a more rear-wheel-biased Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and an optional set of super expensive, super light RS Spyder Rims. The Coupe runs $132,800, but you can expect to pay another $11,000 if you want to sport the convertible.  All this amounts to quite an upgrade for the 911, probably Porsche’s way of pushing back on the GT-R.  Check out the full photo gallery after the jump.

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Design Your Own 2010 Ford Mustang… with Burnouts!


AutoAnything's 2010 Ford Mustang

Ford has released a fancy, schmancy new website that lets you build up a new 2010 Mustang with all the trimmings; custom paint jobs, rims, body kit’s and a custom level of smoke coming from the rear tires. My guess is that this is to help boost sales and beat out the Camaro, but Ford has done a great job here and although it takes forever to load, it’s a fun website to around with.

Here’s a link to our car, make your own if you have a few minutes: http://www.fordvehicles.com/the2010mustang/?id=/customizer/overview/No1648

Top Gear Twist: Porsche Panamera vs. the Postal Service


Lets face it, sometimes the postal service leaves a little to be desired.  They may push through rain, sleet and snow, but I know I’ve waited a couple of weeks for a letter that should have taken 3-4 days.  Sometimes it seems like I could have driven my my aunt’s house and delivered the letter by hand.  Well that’s what Top Gear set out to do in their latest race; they took a Porsche Panamera and pitted it against a postage stamp, watch the videos to find out who wins.

2010 Chevy Corvette, Now with more Grand Sport


2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport - Red

Great news for those of us who are longing to see the 2010 Corvette: Chevy recently announced to bring back the Corvette Grand Sport for next year. The Z51 performance package will be discontinued and replaced with a Grand Sport model touting Z06 body pieces and some unique performance upgrades.  New bits from the Chevy parts bin will allow for a  greater degree of handling performance; wider wheels and tires, revised shocks, beefier stabilizer bars, new spring specs and tranny-specific gearing will all be included on every Grand Sport model. The new race-bred suspension will give it distinctive, starting grid performance. The new Grand Sport will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet puts the same 6.2L LS3 V8 into the new Grand Sport, giving you an extremely capable 430hp to tap into. Some versions will be equipped with a two-mode exhaust, which even raises horsepower from 430hp to 436hp. Chevrolet also announced a 0.2-sec drop in the Grand Sport’s 0-60 mph times. The new 2010 model is equipped with 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels wrapped in super-sticky 275/35ZR18 and 325/30ZR19 tires, front and rear. Want more details? We’ll be back soon with more news and pictures as they become available. If you currently own a Vette and need some replacement parts, you can be sure to find them in our Corvette parts section.

The 2010 Dodge Ram’s Got Some Big Horns


2009 Dodge Ram Off Roading Goodness

The 2010 Ram should be officially released in fall 2009, according to Dodge. The Ram 3500 will carry the model name “Heavy Duty” and is made especially for professional haulers. This means all the Dodge parts have been upgraded to the HD gear; the 6.7 Cummins turbodiesel engine will still be available, but its improved performance will make 350 hp at 3,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at a stunning 1,500 rpm. That’s some true diesel power right there!

Dodge says that their diesel pickups can be equipped with a G56 six-speed manual transmission with an extra-low first gear ratio, or it can be mated to the 68RFE six-speed automatic which now includes Electronic Range Select so the driver can limit the highest gear and make manual up- and down-shifts. For those of you who haul extra heavy loads, a trailer brake controller is built in for your convenience. Towing capacities are up; the Ram 3500 with dual rear wheels, diesel, automatic tranny and the 4.10:1 rear axle boasts a 25,400 pound combined gross weight rating. The 4×4 diesels get an increased front axle weight of 5,500 pounds (for better front weight capabilities including heavier snow plows); and the Ram 3500 can tow 18,500 lb, with a maximum payload of 5,100 pounds.

For those of you that already got a Ram and want to make it stand up to the same tests that the 2010 will, check out our great selection of Dodge Ram parts.

Porsche to Elevator: “94th Floor, Please”


Pop quiz hotshot: there’s a world class auto show happening on the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. How do you get your brand spanking new Porsche Panamera up there for all the world to see.

Answer
: Employ some good ol’fashioned German engineering!

Wallpaper of the Week: Tesla Model S


Tesla Model S - Front View in White

Tesla Model S - Front View in White

Tesla’s Roadster had a lot of hype in 2008.  It was the hot, eco-friendly roadster that could do 0-60 in four seconds while reportedly getting 120 MPG.  While the car is still hot-off-the-presses, Tesla’s been burning the midnight oil, working on the Model S.  It’s a five seven seater sports-saloon that can do 0-60 in five seconds while still having a 300 mile range before needing a recharge. It looks like their work has paid off; I think it’s got the edge on the Porsche Panamera’s styling, while keeping up with it in all it’s performance specs.

So here’s some new wallpapers for your work week, enjoy!

Worlds Cheapest Car Up for Sale


Tata Nano - The Cheapest Car in the World

There’s no question that people are trying to save money where they can. Some are bringing their lunch to work, others are carpooling and even more are trying to work from home. But if you must go into work and you happen to live in India, you can still do it while driving a hot new car that just rolled off the assembly line.  Well…this car might be more closely related to a Power Wheels than anything we are used to seeing on the road, but if it gets you from point A to point B, who’s gonna argue with the $2,000 price tag.

The Tata Nano was officially announced in January at a Tata press conference. Tata has been building hype about this car for over a year, touting it as “the people’s car”. Tata’s goal is to bring personal transportation to the masses, and they might achieve that goal with the incredibly cheap price tag.  So what do you get for you’re two grand? How about no power windows, power steering, power seats, air conditioning, air bag, radio, passenger side mirror, only one wiper blade and plastic body panels all around. Of course there will be trade-offs when making such an inexpensive vehicle… hopefully they didn’t skimp on the seat belt material.  With a 33 horsepower 2-cylinder motor, it’s capable of doing 65MPH. The fuel economy’s got to be pretty good, do you think these would sell in the US? The Smart Twofor is here and selling reasonably well, is there room for another competitor in the market? We’d love to hear your thoughts, pics after the jump!

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2010 Chevy Camaro Options Leaked, Spec out your Next Muscle Car


2010 Chevy Camaro

Someone out there got their mitts on the official 2010 Chevy Camaro Ordering Guide. This is 40 pages of pure Muscle Car Madness! You can build your dream machine or a budget booster, your choice. Given the current economic condition, I think I’d be happy saving some money on the base model 300 Horsepower V6 and then customize it with the standard American muscle mods; intake, chip and exhaust. With those kinds of mods, you should be able to squeeze out another 50-60 horses, making your baseline Camaro produce about 20% more power.  Mmm, mmm good….

Make your decision today by checking out the ordering guide on Scribd.com.

Wallpaper of the Week: Aston Martin One-77 Cutaway


Aston Martin One-77 - Geneva Auto Show - Front

Aston Martin has vowed to make a super car that makes all others tremble. For months they’ve been providing teasers of how the car will look, showing little pieces of it to the press. Well this week was the Geneva Motor show and the One-77 is now known to the world. It is, in the tradition of all Aston Martin’s, beautiful, elegant and powerful. AutoBlog has done a great write up on the beast and they took lots of pictures. To quickly sum up the One-77, it’s got:

  • A 7.3-liter V8 producing around 750 Horsepower
  • Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Chassis
  • Carbon fiber body panels and ducts
  • Expected curb weight of 3,300 pounds
  • Low 3.0 second 0-60, 200+ MPH

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Wallpaper of the Week: Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce


Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670-4 SuperVeloce - Front View

I know, I know… last weeks WOTW didn’t make it up on Friday, but that’s because we we wanted to bring you something really special on Monday to brighten up your day… consider this mission accomplished.

It’s hard to find a better example of a Lamborghini than their brand-spanking new Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.  When compared to the already lightweight LP-640, a 220 lb. weight loss and 487 ft-lbs. of torque helps the SuperVeloce run 0-62MPH in just 3.2 seconds, but it’s the 670 bulls under the hood that make it scream all the way up to 212 MPH (if you have the small spoiler on the trunk, that is).  ‘

The refined, poly-angle design makes it more subtle than the Reventon, but still much more aggressive than the standard Murcielago. The engine cover alone helps transform this beast into an icon as three hexagonal-shaped polymer plates serve as a window into the engine bay, supported by a series of carbon fiber shelves formed specifically to maximize air flow onto the rear spoiler.

I doubt this Murc will be featured at the Lamborghini Academy, so these press photos will have to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy the pics, they should look great on your desktop for the next week or so.  :)

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Pagani Zonda R Runs the Monza Track, Sounds Even Better than it Looks!


Pagani Zonda R at the Monza Race Track

The Zonda R is Pagani’s new hot racer. It’s really a track car, so it should be expected that this thing has functional styling and a mean motor, but I never would have thought that it sounded as goooood as this.  The track that the Zonda is running on, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, is located near Monza, Italy, just north of Milan. Make sure you’re in a place where you can listen to this video at some decent volume, you won’t be disappointed.  :)

Wallpaper of the Week – Pagani Zonda R


This is the latest from Pagani. It’s been in development for two years. It is both longer and wider than its predecessor, yet thanks to its carbon-monocoque body, it weighs almost 300 pounds less. It’s also more powerful than the F; using a Mercedes-Benz sourced 6-liter V12 engine, Pagani says the R has 750 horses at its disposal, which is more that 150 more horsepower than the F.

This is a recipe for pure insanity! The Zonda F can run the ‘Ring in 7:27, one of the fastest times ever recorded by a road car. Although that may be the catch; in the Zonda F, you could take it out on the street and pick up some groceries if you had to. The R, on the other hand, is anything but street legal. It is a race-bred machine. So if you ever see 1 of the 10 that Pagani is making, it’s likely to be in a garage, museum, on the track, or according to the press release, in someone’s living room.

Enjoy the pics, the press release is after the jump.

Edit: Updated with bigger, better pics!

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