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Lamborghini Aventador Gets Cylinder Deactivation and Stop Start

Lamborghini Aventador Stop Start

Manufacturers are having to find more ways to cut their emissions now due to ever tighter regulations on pollution and its causes. At least we think that’s the reason Lamborghini have announced that they will offer the Aventador with a fast start/stop system and cylinder deactivation. Afterall, it probably isn’t to save the owner a few euros on the price of fuel!

Lamborghini will be using a highly advanced and utterly unique technology for its new start/stop system in the Aventador. The energy for re-start following a stop phase is delivered by high-performance capacitors known as supercaps. The supercaps enable an extremely fast start-up, with full V12 power available again in just 180 milliseconds. This makes it significantly faster than with more conventional systems.

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Similarly, under low load and at speeds of less than 135 km/h, the Cylinder Deactivation System deactivates one cylinder bank, allowing the power unit to run as an inline six. As soon as you depress the throttle, the V12′s full 700hp comes back to life. It’s said to be almost unnoticeable.

These two measures save seven percent to bring the economy figure up to 16 liters/100km or 14.7mpg. At highway speeds of around 130 km/h the reduction in consumption and emissions is as much as 20 percent. In total the CO2 emissions of the Aventador have been reduced from 398 g/km to 370 g/km.

That’s not all though. What other companies would call a mild facelift, Lamborghini casually announced as a footnote! The Aventador gets improved chassis settings with stiffer springs and optimized dampers. New forged Dione design alloy wheels and a carbon fibre package are also available.

The optional carbon fibre reinforced plastic components include a new front spoiler, air intakes, engine cover panel, powertrain cladding and interior parts.

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador

Road Test 2012 Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador


Girls at the Paris Motor Show 2012 Part 4

Paris Motor Show 2012 Girls Part 4

The final gallery of our Paris Motor Show 2012 girls coverage is shown below and follows part 3, part 2 and part 1. The gallery includes a nice collection of pictures of the finest girls we spotted on our final day of the automotive event in Paris. Feel free to share your thoughts on any of these girls.

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Paris 2012: Lexus LS Facelift MY 2013

Paris 2012 Lexus LS Facelift

Japanese car maker Lexus has taken its latest Lexus LS Facelift to two-yearly carshow in Paris. The flagship model received a major facelift for the 2013 model year including the company’s new spindle grille design element. Other highlights include redesigned head lights and rear lights as well as a re-shaped bumper and boot.

On the stand in Paris, the LS 600hL hybrid is displayed. The new model is part of a lineup of models including the LS 460, LS 460L and LS 460 F Sport. The LS 460 and LS 460L are available in both RWD and AWD versions while the LS Hybrid is offered with a full-time AWD system.

The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT are powered by a 4.6 liter V8 engine linked to an eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386bhp with 487Nm of torque pushing the luxury saloon from zero to 60mph in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h. The AWD’s output is limited to 360bhp and 470Nm. In this case a sprint to 60mph is done in a slower 5.9 seconds. The LS 600h Hybrid is powered by 5.0 liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors to produce a total output of 438bhp. This hybrid version does 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.

The F Sport edition has a special body kit featuring a different front bumper that incorporates larger side air vents. Other sporting elements include side skirts, lowered suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, a diffuser placed between the tail pipes and the 19 inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the F Sport model has two-tone seats that come with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and aluminum trim.


TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Posted on 09.26.2012 17:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Volkswagen | Volkswagen Golf | Spy Shots and Rendering | hatchback | future cars | small family cars | Cars | Car News

This year’s Paris Auto Show will feature the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, but we’ve long known what that will look like, so we’re eagerly waiting for its GTI version to be let out. Unfortunately, the Paris Auto Show will only bring us a concept version of the GTI, so we created rendering for the production version in an attempt to help us all get a better idea as to what it will look like. Let’s face it, the concept version always comes out looking stellar with a ton of technological goodies and the production model is always less appealing.

Rumors suggest that the production version Golf GTI will be powered by an updated version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver about 260 HP. With the extra 60 HP, the next GTI will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 153mph.

The official debut of the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI will be made at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.


Official: Rolls-Royce Art Deco Models for Paris

Rolls-Royce Art Deco Models for Paris

Rolls-Royce will unveil a trio of Art Deco-inspired cars at the Paris Motor Show 2012. The Phantom, Phantom Drophead and Ghost models have been outfitted with retro styling and colours to emulated the art deco design period that spanned the 1920′s and 1930′s.

Paris is the ideal destination to show the cars as the movement started in the French captial. The pictures below reveal some of the details that make the art deco models so unique!

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The Phantom features Arctic White leather with contrasting black accents, inside hand-finished stainless steel inlays are fitted to the drawers, door cappings, and rear picnic tables. The Ghost gets Jubilee Silver and Cobalt Blue two-tone paint job with Rolls-Royce logos embroidered throughout. The Phantom Drophead gets a light blue interior with mother of pearl inlays!

Rolls-Royce customers will be allowed to build their own custom art deco cars with an optional extra illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy emblem!


BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power

Posted on 09.25.2012 16:00 by
Justin Cupler

Filed under:
BMW | compact cars | coupe | BMW 1-Series | luxury cars | G-Power | car tuning | Germany | cool fast cars | 2013 | Cars | Car Reviews | BMW

The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR, which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M.

If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time.

What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output.

So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification or did it fall a little short of the precedent it set with the M5 Hurricane RR?

Click past the jump to find out.

BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 16:00 EST.

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Teaser: Lamborghini Teases New Gallardo Model for Paris Motor Show

Lamborghini Nova Concept

Lamborghini released a teaser video this afternoon that gives very little away, other than the fact that they will present a new Gallardo model at the Paris Motor Show 2012. It shows the nuts and bolts of the new model coming together to form something something, however, it cuts to the Gallardo model before things start to become clear.

We’re not expecting the next generation Gallardo quite yet so whatever is planned, must be a special edition of some sort. The title for the video contains the hash tag #Nova which perhaps points to the naming of the new model. Let us know what you think it could be in the comments box below!


2013 Jaguar F-Type Leaked Online

Posted on 09.24.2012 16:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Jaguar | Spy Shots and Rendering | sports cars | Jaguar F-type | roadster | Cars | Car News

Two days before the official debut of the 2013 Jaguar F-Type, someone has finally let that luscious and much-anticipated cat out of the bag. Just last week, the first leaked image of the Jaguar was revealed and, now, TeamSpeed has broken the embargo and unveiled the first multiple images of the upcoming sports roadster.

As expected, the next F-Type features a very aggressive look with a number of design elements inspired by the C-X16 Concept. The most obvious, borrowed features are the split air intakes on the front end and the long bonnet.

The 2013 Jaguar F-Type will be offered with a choice of three engines: Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with an output of either 340 or 380 HP and the existing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine for the R version. All engine options will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

Stay tuned for the official debut of the 2013 F-Type on September 27th at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

2013 Jaguar F-Type Leaked Online originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 24 September 2012 16:00 EST.

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Official: Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

Maserati will bring the GranCarbio MC to the Paris Motor Show this week, we now have official confirmation! The first pictures leaked before the weekend and now, official details have been released. Curiously, the press release doesn’t mention the powerplant so we won’t be able to confirm statistics until we get to Paris.

We can tell you that the GranCabrio MC sits 48 millimeters longer than the GranCabrio and GranCabrio Sport thanks to an MC Stradale-inspired front spoiler. The GranCabrio looks almost identical to the Stradale with a new front and rear bumper, incorporating a third brake light into the rear spoiler is the only different we can see. The body kit is proved on the race track to optimise aerodynamic lift and flow.

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

The rear spoiler can be ordered in body colour or in carbon fiber as one of the few options. Interestingly, Maserati decided to release the GranCabrio as a four seater which gives it more touring capacity. We can’t wait to see it.

The engine is almost certainly the 4.7 liter V8 featured in the MC Stradale and every other GranCabrio. The question mark is over the power. Maserati’s GranTurismo Sport was recently unveiled with 460hp, 10hp more than the MC Stradale. It will be interesting to see if Maserati chose to offer the full 460hp for the GranCabrio MC.

Aside from the engine, the MC Stradale also featured a new set of wheels, weighing 5kg less than the standard units, carbon fiber seats, Alcantara interior touches, 39kg in insulation optimisations and carbon ceramic brakes. Maserati also added stiffer springs, a larger anti roll bar and lowered to Stradale by 10mm at the front and 12mm at the rear. Expect the same changes from the GranCabrio MC!


Overkill: Lamborghini Aventador Replica

Lamborghini Aventador Replica

This is one of the first Lamborghini Aventador replicas we have seen. And it doesn’t seem to be a particularly bad example either. Obviously the proportions are completely wrong which means that it looks nothing like the car it tries to replicate, yet it looks well built and has an engine that provides at least a proportion of the Aventador’s 700hp.

The chassis, we’re told, is custom built from GM Holden parts with a GM LS1 V8 fitted. Power is rated at around 400hp and its routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. As you can see from the pictures and the video, the bodywork is completely custom and resembles the Aventador all around. The interior is also custom but less successful.

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It features air condition, cruise control, electric lifting doors, electric windows, a media system, electronic engine lift, rear view camera, a replica V12 engine, custom LED lights and real Lamborghini wheels.

The Aventador Replica is currently for sale on eBay priced at $59,500 for the completed car. It’s based in Eagle, Idaho and apparently registered as a Lamborghini Aventador Replica


Next-gen KTM X-Bow Debuts at Geneva Next Year

KTM X-BOW R

A few months agao we reported on the developemnt of a new version of the KTM X-Bow sports car. The Austrian manufacturer will also offer a version of its relentlessly track-focused X-Bow with a windscreen. And it will even have doors! The new model will debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.

The company will also attempt an assault on the LMP2 category at Le Mans, possibly using a five-cylinder engine sourced from Audi. The turbocharged TT-RS engine fits in the X-Bow engine nicely and could also end up in the road car.

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Spyshots: 2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

Spyshots 2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

A Spanish petrolhead spotted these three black Porsche 911 (991) test mules in the Carrefour de L’Almond valley on the C-17 towards Vic. The threesome had hardly any camouflage. Two of three models were GT3 models clearly identifiable by the rear spoiler, central exhaust, front splitter, air vent on the bonnet and the massive front brake calipers.

All three cars were equipped with the PDK shift paddles on the steering wheel and had many of the options fitted available on the future option list. One of the Porsche engineers told this to Spanish guy who shot the pictures and video. The Porsche development team was using the local roads and the Idiada test track in Tarragona, Spain.

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

2013 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 Undisguised in Spain

The GT3 models were running on Pirelli P-Zero tires in size 305/30 ZR20 rear and 245/35 ZR20 at the front. Both cars had normal steel brakes (no carbon-ceramic brakes) with six-piston calipers in the front and four at the rear.

[Via Collaverglas]


Rolls-Royce Shows Art Deco-Inspired Cars at Paris Motor Show 2012

Rolls-Royce Shows Art Deco-Inspired Cars at Paris Motor Show 2012

British car maker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has no new model to show off at the Paris Motor Show 2012 next week.

The Brits will host a champagne reception celebrating the launch of their special collection of art deco-inspired cars. Three posters designed by Rolls-Royce design team were released teasing the bespoke models.

Stay tuned for the latest from the Rolls-Royce stand on Thursday next week.

Rolls-Royce Shows Art Deco-Inspired Cars at Paris Motor Show 2012

Rolls-Royce Shows Art Deco-Inspired Cars at Paris Motor Show 2012

Rolls-Royce Shows Art Deco-Inspired Cars at Paris Motor Show 2012


Leaked: First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

Via Autowp.ru we came across the first official images of the new Maserati GranCabrio MC, an upgraded four-seater convertible that boasts Maserati Corse’s competitive character. The photos follow our earlier report, which includes a teaser video of the upcoming new Maserati luxury model.

The new Maserati GranCabrio MC will be released at the Paris Motor Show 2012. The GranCabrio MC is more aerodynamically advanced and powerful than the standard car, because it is inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 Motorsports models. The two-seater will produce close to 450hp and has a lot of exterior and interior refinements. The package also includes some technical upgrades for the engine, suspension and brakes.

Stay tuned for more on this sporty GranCabrio!

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC

First Official Images Maserati GranCabrio MC


Dacia Sandero 2013

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Renault is unveiling the hatchback version of its popular small – Dacia Logan – at the upcoming Paris Auto Show 2012. This all-new hatchback Dacia Sandero 2013 retains the key elements: simplicity and affordability, that made the Logan and its siblings popular in economical car segment.


Audi A3 Sportback

Posted on 09.20.2012 15:00 by
Simona

Filed under:
Audi | Paris Motor Show | hatchback | Audi A3 | 2012 | small family cars | Cars | Car Reviews | Audi

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show gave way to the new generation Audi A3, and Audi is following up that release with the debut of the five-door Sportback version at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The new model will go on sale in February 2013, with prices in Germany starting from 22,500, or $29,144 at the current rates.

When compared to the standard three-door version, the new Sportback is 73 mm longer and has a 35 mm longer wheelbase. It is also 58 mm longer compared to the outgoing A3 Sportback. This allows the new Sportback an additional 380 liters of boot space, or about 15 liters more than the three-door model.

At its launch, the Audi A3 Sportback will be offered with a choice of one TDI and two TFSI engines, with two diesel engines and one gasoline unit arriving at a later date. All engines will be offered with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as an optional S tronic transmission.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi A3 Sportback.

Audi A3 Sportback originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:00 EST.

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Porsche at Curbstone Track Events September 2012

Porsche GT3 at Spa Francorchamps

On Monday we showed you a series of pictures from the Curbstone Track Event in Spa Francorchamps. One of the main highlights at the event was the extensive line up of Porsche vehicles.

Next to the several road legal models such as the GT3, GT3 RS, GT2, GT2 RS, and Cayman S we also spotted several GT3 Cup cars and other track-speced Porsche models. Check the gallery below for a complete overview of all the cars at the event!

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Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events

Porsche at Spa Francorchamps - Curbstone Track Events


Gallery: Exotic Animal Collection Meets Exotic Car Collection!

Lion on Ferrari 458 Italia

We report on some pretty bizarre happenings in Dubai. Today is one of the craziest we’ve come across recently. The pictures in the gallery show a private exotic animal collection owned by Facebook user and Dubai resident Abrahym Al-Hashmy. The animals sit alongside and on top of the owners car collection which includes a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Ferrari 458 Italia!

You’ve probably seen a couple of these shots from our Facebook feed. We thought we’d share the entire series, along with some extras. We can only imagine what a picture with the lion and the owners Bugatti Veyron would look like. Only in Dubai…

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Guinness World Record Attempt at Silverstone 2012

Guinness World Record Attempt at Silverstone 2012

The Silverstone Race Circuit situated in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom was host to the Ferrari Race days event which took place this weekend. There were great expectations for the World record attempt which was held on Saturday 15th September with the aim of 1,000 cars being entered.

The Ferrari North Europe and Ferrari Owners Club GB were hoping to claim the Guinness World record for the Largest Parade of Ferrari Cars. For every car which was entered Ferrari had agreed to donate 5.00 to BEN. The Automotive Industry’s own charity.

The previous world record was held in 2008 by the Ferrari Club Japan where an amazing 490 cars took to the track. The record beat the previous record held at Silverstone in 2007 where Ferrari UK had 385 cars entered. The guest of honour for the World record attempt was F1 driver Felipe Massa who lead the parade 3.6 mile lap in a Ferrari 458 Spider.

There were over 964 cars which took to the track which had to meet numerous conditions in order to complete the World Record. The Guinness World Records Limited Commission will confirm by the end of next week if the world record had been completed.

There were 971 cars which took to track but as the world record specifications state the number of cars which exit the track will be counted. This spectacular magic number was 964 Ferrari’s. The difference between the number that started and exited were drivers who fell victim to lack of Fuel whilst on track. The organisers try to give everyone tips to enable them to complete the world record such as turn off engines and lights whilst not moving. But as in any world record attempt and in life this does not always happen.


Column: American Muscle Cars – Why?

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Yeah, so this is bound to ruffle some feathers. No point in beating around the bush, so here goes.

I don’t care for muscle cars. I don’t get them, and I don’t want one. I don’t care if you wanted one so bad when you were in high school in 1976, and as much as I love all forms of cars I cannot get my head around muscle cars. And never have.

For the moment, let’s not talk about newer muscle cars, or the modernized versions of the “classic” muscle cars from decades past. Let me begin my point with the golden era of muscle cars which, depending on who you ask, can be from the 1950′s to the 1970′s. I say it’s all three decades from 50′s thru 70′s. This thirty year span gave us some true classic vehicles from all parts of the globe. Ok, most parts anyway.

So what’s my issue? Well damn, where do I begin?

SIZE & WEIGHT Fine, in, say, 1952, you had massive cars everywhere. Since the decree by most automakers in that era was “Must be able to fit a living room couch as the front seat”, well, you can imagine why cars were massive. And, really, all that’s just dandy with me. After all, every era has it’s styles and fads. But we are talking performance cars, no? So, speaking of 1952, honestly, how hard was it for automotive engineers to determine that an M46 Patton tank is slower than a Ferrari Tipo 500, because of it’s size and weight?

This isn’t freaking rocket science.

“Performance” vehicles from the 50′s thru 70′s were basically all big and heavy. Those are not the necessary ingredients for vehicle performance. Yet for thirty years big and heavy persisted in muscle cars. As fas as I can tell, the solution that (at least American) automotive engineers opted for to get better performance was to keep making bigger, more powerful engines. I know large, bad ass sounding V8′s was one appeal of muscle cars, and I for one won’t argue with you there. But would you put Usain Bolt in body armor for his next 100m, and simply tell him to work out more and get crazy with steroids, if you didn’t absolutely have to?

Chevrolet Camaro 1969

Automakers finally got away from this in the 1980′s with the compact car explosion from the late 70′s went full force by then, but they failed to do anything worth a damn as the 80′s fads and styles clouded engineers thinking. Did I mention the 80′s was the cocaine decade?

RIDE HEIGHT. Why, oh why why why, did classic muscle cars sit two meters above the road? Yes that’s an exaggeration, I admit, but it still doesn’t mean that a 1970 Challenger needed to have the road clearance of a small truck. I don’t even want to analyze this, or hit up Google on the subject. Muscle cars ride too high, period. They look silly. Not one tarmac based motor sport features cars that ride that high, or anything close. And there are very good reasons for this.

Dodge Challenger 1970

Unbelievably, ride height generally increased on muscle cars from 1955 to 1975.

Modern muscle cars look a little better when it comes to ride height, but there is a reason why Saleen, Roush and others drop their tuned Mustangs at least an inch: It makes them look “good” and “normal”. As opposed to, you know, how they look from the factory: Bad.

HANDLING. It’s no secret that a classic muscle car handles like a cow. Even muscle car owners freely admit this, and for whatever reason it’s almost regarded as an endearing aspect of these cars.

Say what?

Dodge Charger 1969

Going back to the whole “big and heavy” concern, muscle cars attack corners much like a flying bag of concrete mix attacks a spiral staircase. It never ends well. But here again is another example thirty odd years of wrong: Inaccurate, rudimentary suspension doing nothing to help the god awful steering problems. That is not an issue that should have persisted that long.

Didn’t they write a thousand pop songs in the 50′s about teens getting killed in performance cars while racing? Makes sense. They were sitting on a couch, with no seatbelt or head support, and driving a tank on tires at high speed. What could possibly go wrong?

Not mentioning gas mileage. All classic cars were awful about that.

I do like the modern versions of the Mustang, Camaro and Chargers. But they still need some mods to make them at least look the part of a performance car, in my opinion. The modern Challenger is still one of the stupidest looking cars on the road; it’s a god damn boat. A poorly designed boat. With Hummer caliber ride clearance.

SEMA 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Ford has, in recent years, acknowledged most of this and promises an amazing, stylish beast of a Mustang in the upcoming redesigned GT500′s. We shall see.

Now, let the flame wars and hate begin.


Peugeot 208 Type R5

Posted on 09.16.2012 12:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

Filed under:
Peugeot | race cars | rally cars | Paris Motor Show | Peugeot 208 | Cars | Car Reviews | Peugeot

French automaker Peugeot has been a staple in the rally scene for as long as we can remember. So when word leaks out that they’re planning to reveal their next generation rally car, people tend to take notice.

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month, Peugeot is bringing the all-new 208 Type R5, the car that’s slated to become their new prized steed at the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Needless to say, the 208 Type R5 has some pretty big shoes to fill in large part because its successor, the 207 Super 2000, rang up championships – three IRC drivers and manufacturers titles – during its time at the IRC.

The 208 Type R5 is still far from a finished product as technical regulations from the racing series have yet to be finalized, thus giving the French automaker enough time to work out all the kinks in time for its season debut next year at the IRC.

As far as expectations are concerned, though, Peugeot is shooting for the stars. Bertrand Vallat, the Type R5’s project leader, said: “The regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine.”

“We are aiming for performance which is slightly higher than S2000,” he adds.


BMW F30 328i by Baan Velgen

BMW F30 328i by Baan Velgen

Baan Velgen has just released a few pictures of a project called ‘Sunset’ featuring a BMW F30 328i sedan with some modifications. The Dutch tuner changed the 18 inch factory wheels with a set of BBS CH-R in matte black sizing 8.5×19 in front and 9.5×19 in the rear.

The ride height and soft damping of the F30 were improved using a set of Eibach lowering springs. They also fitted carbon aerodynamic parts from the BMW Performance package. The existing rear trunk badge chrome was painted matte black.

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Goodwood Revival 2012: Historical Racing Paddock – Part 2

Goodwood Revival 2012 Historical Racing Paddock Part 2

This is our second part of the visit at the historical racing paddock at the Goodwood Revival 2012. The Goodwood Motor Circuit hosts the annual historical carshow in the UK. The racing paddock showcased the best from the automotive history before the 1970′s.

The most special display were a line up of Ferrari 250 GTO’s, Auto Union racers and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows grand prix race cars. You can all find them in our gallery below! For more check our first part of the historical racing paddock at this year’s Goodwood Revival.

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Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Miami-based wheel specialist Vossen Wheels has released a Camaro SS on a set of concave 22 inch Matte Graphite CV3s.

Vossen started with lowering the suspension and painting the big stock Brembo calipers in yellow to offset the black of the exterior. The CV3s fitted size 20×9 up front and 20×10.5 in the rear giving the V8-powered machine the great look.

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen Wheels Camaro SS on 22 Inch CV3s

Vossen also offers fitments with sizes ranging from 19 to 22 inch and widths from 8.5 to 12.5 inch with all wheels being tire pressure sensor compatibility and clearance for most high performance brake upgrades.