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    March 13th, 2013rDogLamborghini

    ItalDesign-Parcour-Coupe-RoadsterEven firms like Italdesign cannot veer away from the mindset that has ruled big car manufacturers like the Volkswagen Group, SUV production. The Italian design firm, which is actually under the Volkswagen umbrella since 2010, debuts two high-performane crossover concepts depending on engines by Lamborghini.

    The Italdesign concepts are named after Parcour, a modern sport that’s all about conquering urban obstacles. The design company developed a roadster and a coupe version of the Parcour concept that blends elements of sports cars and crossovers. The look can easily fool anyone and say that they are new Lambos but not.

    Both vehicles will have enough space to accommodate two individuals and comes equipped with a Lamborghini-sourced V10 powerplant with a displacement of 5.2 liters that roars 542 horses. The Gallardo engine is linked to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with a dual clutch system that directs the power to the four wheels of the vehicle.

    The Parcour is measured at 4,530mm in length, 2,070mm in width, and 1,335 in height. The concepts tip the scale at 3,417 pounds.

    According to the car manufacturer, the car can go from 0 to 100 in just 3.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 320 kilometers an hour.

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    January 4th, 2013rDogSubaru

    Subaru fans in the United Kingdom might shed some tears as the company imports its last Impreza. The reason for this is very simple, the UK market has stopped buying the Imprezas. The fan base has diminished significantly and the car is quite uncompetitive in terms of CO2 emission. In short, the car is very tough to sell. The brand will focus on marketing its SUVs and the Subaru BRZ for car performance buyers.

    The performance of the Subaru Imreza WRX S may sound very good on paper when you consider its 300 horses and a 5.2 second sprint from 0 to 60 miles an hour. This ride though cannot keep up with the new generation of hatchbacks like the more potent BMW M 135i, which even costs cheaper by three thousand quids.

    Subaru first gained fans in the UK when Colin McRae used a Legacy WRC developed by Prodrive back in 1992. The WRC Impreza hit the UK shores in 1993 and this sealed the fate of the Impreza Turbo that came in 1994. The Impreza Turbo came with a 208-bhp engine that was well-loved by the UK market. The Impreza WRX that was rolled out in 2000 also did not have any problem when it reached the Brits.

    The good reception of the Subaru brand has fired up a steady stream of special editions from Japan and has started a good battle with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution that first came out in 1992.

    It has been an enduring run for the Subaru Impreza but sadly its reign will end soon.

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    November 8th, 2012rDog2012 Cars

    volkswagens-modified-beetle-fleet-2012-sema-showDuring the recent SEMA show, tuned cars have made some buzz including a fleet of Beetle from Volkswagen. The carmaker assembled the bunch from chosen suppliers and customizers. The VW Beetles have different modifications from crazy upgrades to subtle improvements.

    The Beetle developed by APR, a performance tuning specialist was the highlight of the batch. It was based on the 2013 VW Beetle Turbo. The engineers of the tuning firm added an intercooler system, upgraded the intake and cylinder heads, installed a new so the car can handle the extra boost supplied by its turbo system. The ECU of the car was also revised to make sure everything runs smoothly.

    The power of the engine is transferred to all of the four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox equipped with a short-throw shifter and a heavy duty clutch. The AWD setup is from the 4MOTION system of Volkswagen that was borrowed from a Golf R.

    Other upgrades done by the tuner includes a brake system using six-piston calipers, an adjustable coil-over H&R suspension, 19-inch rims, and a customized kit for the body. The blue wrap in matte from Oracal completes the look of the car.

    Aside from the VW Beetle prepared by the APR, the onslaught of the brand continues at SEMA with four other Beetles and a high performance VW Golf R.

    The German car manufacturer also picked cars developed by Galpin Auto Sports, European Car Magazine, and FMS Automotive.

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    August 17th, 2012rDogUncategorized

    if you are looking for an SUV that offers a lot more than the usual, make sure you checkout the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. It has an engine that gives out 470 horses enabling it to spring from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 can reach a top speed of 160 mph and is a formidable competition of the ML63 AMG and the X5 M. The advantage of the Jeep though is a sticker price that does not put a big hole on your wallet.

    For the new model year, aside from the two special edition packages the Grand Cherokee SRT8 also receives other upgrades. While the HEMI V-8 powerplant cranks out 470 horse and a torque of 465 pound-feet, this SUV also gets an interior upgrade. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 will come standard with premium leather on the center console, instrument panel, and door trim. It will also have a power liftgate.

    The Vapor and Alpine packages give buyers the appearance upgrade. Aside from the interior elements and exterior styling upgrades, the two packages will add color scheme options to dress up the vehicle in an understated but striking getup.

    The Alpine version gives the SRT8 a white body finish, gloss black trim for the exterior, hood and door badges, step pad, inserts and surround for the front grille, rear light bar, and Black Vapor Chrome. The Vapor SRT8 has all the upgrades of the Alpine but gets a brilliant black finish.

    The Vapor and the Alpine packages will cost $2495 on top of the $59,995 tag price of the base Grand Cherokee SRT8.

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    April 30th, 2012rDogBentley

    2012-bentley-mulsanne-diamond-jubilee-editionBentley recently released a special version of the Mulsanne during the motor show in Beijing to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee as head of the British monarchy.

    The Diamond Jubilee is the celebration of the 60th anniversary since the member of the Royal Family took over the thrown. In observance of this, the luxury car manufacturer Bentley will also limit the special Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition to just 60 units. The team which will assemble this limited release of the Bentley Mulsanne will be the same team who worked on the State Limousine that was presented to Queen Elizabeth II back in 2002.

    If you are planning to purchase one of these Mulsannes, Bentley assures you that you will feel like a royalty riding it as the vehicle boasts of handcrafted and exquisite features in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee. Some of the luxurious touches include the headrests embroidered with gold stitches and picnic table with gold overlay just like in the royal carriage of the queen.

    The Diamond Jubilee Edition of the Mulsanne also features a range of hide colors from shades of red, blue, and white that depics the Union flag and distinguish it from the other Bentleys. The fine lines also use the same colors and are hand applied. Each D-pillar also gets the Bentley badges.

    On all four doors of this ride are steel plaques which features the scripts “Diamond Jubilee Edition” and “Bentley Mulliner, England”.

    Under the hood of this Bentley is the standard issue engine for the flagship sedan, a V8 twin turbocharged 6.75L powerplant that gives out 505 horsepower with a torque of 752 pound feet. The Mulsanne can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 184 mph.

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    February 16th, 2012rDogBMW

    BMW-M6German car manufacturer BMW recently revealed the details about its new M6 which rolls out with a convertible and coupe versions. Like before, the M6 shares mechanical spec M5 which means no more V10s and the adoption of the twin-turbo V8 with 4.4L displacement paired with M DCT gearbox. The output of the powertrain is a whopping 560 horsepower or a jump of 53hp more than the older V10, and a torque of 501 lb-ft while revving at just 1500 rpm.

    BMW was able to deliver around 14,000 units of the V10 M6 around the globe, but the shift to a V8 and the use of the M DCT gearbox will address major criticisms about the V10 M6. The new M6 will somehow trim down the numbers in terms of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emission. The new M6 registers a 28.5 miles per gallon mileage and spews out 232 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The numbers are still not that great from the green perspective but at least a step has been taken to improve them. The numbers are not bad for something that gives out 560 hp and gets 0 to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The top speed of this beast is limited at 155 mph.

    The new M6 has a hefty tag price just a bit shy of getting to six figures. The coupe has a sticker price of £ 93.795 while the Convertible goes for £98,995. The numbers still does not take into account any options you might want to avail of like ceramic brakes among others.

    The front track has an additional 30mm plus its carbon roof places it over the standard BMW 6 Series units. Other subtle but definite advantage are the revised geometry of the front end, forged aluminum components of the suspension, and a re- engineered rear subframe. The dampers can also be easily configured by pressing a few buttons.

    In terms of technology the BMW M6 shares a lot with is sibling the M5 like the M trimmings and HUD inside. You will also get heated seats, Merino leather, and BMW nav system. Buyers may also opt for 20 inch rims over the standard 19 inch wheels, Night Vision, and upgrade to B&O stereo.

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    November 2nd, 2011rDog2011 Cars, Chevrolet

    Chevrolet is determined to push for their small cars this year during the SEMA show bringing Sonics and Cruzes on the spotlight. Admit it or not though, what will be SEMA without their Camaros and Corvettes, and their powerful V8 plus head turning paint finishing.

    The smaller cars of Chevy focus on the aesthetics and the aerodynamics but their sports cars come packed with body treatments, carbon fiber enhancements, and different themes to give glory to the long history and achievements of the brand.

    Although people want to see the small cars, all of the attention goes to the Corvettes and the Chevrolet Camaros:

    Carlisle Blue Grand Sport

    This concept Chevrolet Corvette is finished in Carlisle Blue tribute of the three decades of the popular event. The ride depends on the 6.2L V8 that is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

    Tribute car for Ron Fellows Hall of Fame

    This Corvette is in honor of the driver who the race driver who once ruled the NASCAR, AChevy at SEMAmerican Le Mans, Trans-Am and other race car series. Ron Fellows was honored and inducted to the Corvette Hall of Fame in Kentucky this year. The Corvette is in Torch Red, gets carbon-fiber elements, and also a Z06 performance package.

    Red Zone Concept Chevy Camaro

    This Camaro received interior and suspension upgrades. It is painted in red but Chevrolet makes use of a new shade and it also sports the traditional silver strip.

    1LE Camaro Concept

    Chevrolet installed the ZL1′s brake and performance package on this concept Camaro giving it the black hood, rocker panels, and splitter.

    ZL1 Carbon Concept Camaro

    Imagine the 2012 Camaro ZL1 and make the picture a lot better with carbon fiber elements like the mohawk vent on the hood, interior, and spoiler. This car has a supercharged V8 engine that can produce 580 horsepower. Chevrolet also installed brakes from Brembo to make sure that the car can stop when you need it to. According to insiders, the carbon hood on this ride might make it to its production version.

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    August 21st, 2011JonnyFerrari

    Ferrari has the automotive world buzzing again since rumors about the production of new models crept up in the rumor mill. While we couldn’t wait to see what Ferrari has in store for us in the next few years, sometimes, we are fortunate enough to get glimpse’s of what future Ferrari models will look like.

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    First on the rumor agenda is the talk about Ferrari presenting the new 458 Spider model during this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The 458 Spider stems from its not-so-successful predecessor, the 430 Spider. The 458 Spider is rumored to have a top-down hard top and we just couldn’t wait to see how that will turn out. There’s also rumor circulating about a hardcore variant of the 458 Spider that will wow us in 2013. Experts assume that the hardcore variant would carry a different name.

    We all remember the Ferrari California with is V8 engine located at the mid-front, right? Rumor is that it will be heavily redesigned in 2013 while the Ferrari Italia will be revamped in 2014, even though the Italia just rolled out into showrooms last year. A little premature for redesign but no official word yet.
    The sports car brand is also said to make a replacement of its 599 GTB Fiorano sometime next year with the proposed replacement vehicle under the codename F152, which will get a V12, direct injection power plant.

    Lastly, word is that the successors to top Ferrari models—Enzo, 288 GTO, F40 and F50—will make its debut any time in 2012.

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    July 26th, 2011JonnyDe Tomaso

    Recently, we have only seen the initial batch of the design renderings of the Pantera Supercar. But a few more months and the world will finally get to see the unveiling the of so-called supercar during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Reports from Auto Bild, a leading German automobile magazine, the reborn Pantera Supercar will roll out with a V-8 supercharged engine with 600 horsepower from American carmaker General Motors Inc.

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    De Tomaso Automobili SpA, an Italian carmaker, has created a good reputation with for its two-seater models. While no specific details of the Pantera Supercar have been released by De Tomaso, rumors arise that the reborn supercar will get an aluminum body. Speculations also favor that the curb weight of the Pantera will most likely be about 1,200 kilograms. Recently, the Pantera Supercar has been spotted doing a full test drive.

    There were rumors that the Pantera Supercar was set to make its first appearance during the 2011 LA Auto Show but the recent news just confirmed that the media will catch its first glimpse on September 13th during the International Frankfurt Motor Show. The viewing for the general public will take place on the 15th.

    While we wait for the Pantera to roll out into showrooms, we can always salivate for De Tomaso’s Deuville model which has been built in the 1970s. This vintage 5-seater beauty is packed with a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine with 300 ponies and 295 lb.ft. Sometime in the next year, De Tomaso will also include a limousine model in its product line up.

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    January 29th, 2011JonnyUncategorized

    p13 M600A lot of people have been waiting for quite some time and finally Noble unveils the new M600 ready to hit the production line. The British made sports car will have body made of carbonfiber and a 4.4: V8 twin turbocharged powerplant mounted in the middle. The engine sourced from Yamaha can give out a max of 650 horsepower while revving at 6,800 rpm and a torque of 604 lb-ft at 3,800 rpm. The power of the engine is transferred to the wheels through the six-speed Graziano manual transmission.

    The M600 comes with an APC or Adaptable Performance Control. The APC manages the power output, throttle response, traction, and boost curve. The system allows the driver to select different modes ifrom 650 hp down to 550 hp or 450 hp.

    The M600 tips the scales at 1,200 kilograms or about 50 kilos lighter than the prototype model. This feature gives the car an excellent power-weight ratio of 520 hp per ton. Noble claims that the M600 can achieve 0 to 120 miles per hour in a matter of 8.9 seconds going to a top speed of about 225 mph or 362 kph.

    A nice touch inside the driver’s cabin is the “missile switch” which controls the Traction Control.

    The M600 is scheduled to go on sale before summer. We can expect the tag price to be announced near the date of the roll out.

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