2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS Race Car 29.11.2012
Will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
In a surprise move, Chevrolet has unveiled the 2013 NASCAR SS race car far away from the glitz and glamour of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Set to compete in the Sprint Cup Series, the race car closely resembles the Chevrolet SS that will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January. This likely means the model will have a slender grille, sweptback headlights and aggressive lower intakes with LED fog lights. We can also expect wraparound taillights and a stainless steel dual exhaust system.
Chevrolet didn’t have much to say about the race car – other than it has rear-wheel drive and a small block V-8 engine – but they did reveal the road-going SS will be based on the company’s global rear-wheel-drive architecture and enter limited production in late 2013.
In a statement GM North America President Mark Reuss said, “With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day.”
A step in the right direction
Honda was caught off guard when consumers and critics panned their redesigned Civic, so the company has just unveiled an emergency facelift in Los Angeles.
On the styling front, the sedan has been revamped for a “more youthful and premium feel.” As part of the makeover the car was equipped with modified bumpers, a new hood and a black honeycomb mesh grille. There are also restyled headlights, additional chrome trim and updated alloy wheels.
While the coupe doesn’t benefit from the exterior styling tweaks, both models have an upgraded interior with revised upholstery, soft-touch materials and new silver accents. The Civic also comes with additional standard equipment including an i-MID display, a rearview camera, an exterior temperature gauge and Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity. Lastly, there’s additional sound deadening material and a thicker windscreen to limit noise, vibration and harshness.
Engine options carryover, but the model gains a retuned suspension with stiffer springs and thicker stabilizer bars. There’s also a revised electric power steering system which promises to deliver improved handling and feel.
The 2013 Civic sedan goes on sale today and U.S. pricing starts at $18,165. The Civic coupe, on the other hand, will be launched on December 5th and retail for $17,965.
Aston Martin attempted to adopt styling changes that are reminiscent of the outgoing Aston Martin Virage, so the DB9 gets a more pronounced rear boot lid spoiler, a large lower front grille with five horizontal vanes, a new front splitter, zinc bonnet vents and characteristic Aston Martin side stakes. Overall, the track is wider and the rear arches have a more muscular feel.
The engine is a new-generation V12 unit using technology developed for the upcoming Vanquish. The headline figures are 517hp and 620Nm of torque, improvements of 47hp and 20Nm respectively over the outgoing model. The 2013 DB9 also gets bi-xenon headlights and LED side-repeaters.
Both Coupe and Volante body styles will be available from launch. 2013 Aston Martin DB9′s are available to order now through Aston Martin dealers worldwide. For more information on the new model check out our official story!
[Photos by Effspot Photography]
During our visit at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2012, we came across a large number of sports cars, supercars and hypercars. In the gallery below you can check an overview of the cars we spotted at the annual west coast car show. You will come across many supercars, luxury cars, and sports cars.
It was little more than logic that once Porsche dropped new-generation Boxster onto the market, the Cayman was the next one to be uncovered. Its world debut was made today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and sales on the American market will begin in the Spring of 2013 a starting price of $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S. Prices do not include a destination charge of $950.
The problem is that the next-generation Cayman offers no surprises. The design language, interior and engine lineup, we have seen it all in the previously announced Boxster. When compared to the previous generation, the new Cayman is 66 lbs lighter and 15 percent more fuel efficient. Engine’s output has also been increased by 10 horsepower in the standard model and by 5 horsepower in the S version.
With all those updates is the new Cayman any better than the model it replaces?
Hit the jump to find out!
Porsche Cayman originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00 EST.
The output was raised from 710hp and 819Nm of torque to 730hp and 950Nm. The increase in power was achieved using a bigger intercooler and exhaust system. All the power enables a top speed of 355km/h.
2014 Mazda3 patent sketch, 1600, 27.11.2012
Debuts sometime next year
Several alleged design sketches of the 2014 Mazda3 have been found on the European Trademark Office register.
Set to go on sale next year, the model has a Kodo design which closely resembles the Mazda6. Notable highlights include a sporty lower intake, wraparound taillights and a prominent grille that extends into the headlights.
Little else is known about the model, but previous reports have suggested it will ride on the same platform that underpins the CX-5. If this holds true, the car could weigh hundreds of pounds less than its predecessor.
Engine options are still shrouded in secrecy, but the U.S. variant could be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol that develops 155 bhp (116 kW). There have also been rumors about a high-performance Mazdaspeed3, but nothing is official as of yet.
Audi S5 by Vilner
Interior completely redone
Bulgarian interior specialist Vilner has revealed its latest program for the Audi S5.
For the exterior they have fitted a matte grey body wrap and a gloss black finish for the front grille, diffuser, trunk spoiler and alloys. The most dramatic changes can be found inside the cabin where they have really outdone themselves this time.
All surfaces have been reupholstered in black and brown leather with Alcantara, with the seats wrapped in leather with elegant diamond stitching on the shoulders and base. We also find the micro-suede material adorning the pillars, roof headliner, dashboard and rear view mirror. Into the front headrests Vilner has stitched the customer’s initials, while running along the roof lining’s length is contrasting black leather.
German tuner Brabus has released a new Power Diesel program featuring models, which are built in small-series production based on the latest Mercedes-Benz 350 CDI BlueEfficiency models. The common denominator is a Brabus D6S Power Diesel engine with a peak torque of 690Nm and depending on the model a rated power output of up to 313hp.
First up is the Brabus E 350 CDI Power Diesel Coupe. The two-door is available in two versions with or without Brabus aerodynamic-enhancement kit at a starting price of 53,879 euros. The Brabus D6S Power Diesel engine produces 313hp of power and a peak torque of 690Nm, on tap from a low 1,600rpm.
Powered by this engine the coupe sprints from rest to 100km/h in just 5.9 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. The stainless-steel quad sport exhaust system can be installed together with the sport springs and the Monoblock F wheels with a diameter of 19 inches. The Power Diesel Coup in version 2 with full body-styling kit sells for 58,534 euros.
The second model is the Brabus CLS 350 CDI Power Diesel Shooting Brake. The new power output of 313hp is based on the new Mercedes CLS 350 CDI Shooting Brake. The CLS has a sprint time of 5.9 seconds for 0-100km/h and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
The total price of 68,879 euros includes exclusive components such as Monoblock F 19 inch cross-spoke wheels, ride height lowering and a stainless-steel sport exhaust. For a price of 75,776 euros the model is available as a version 2 with an exterior design upgrade.
The third model is a SUV, the Brabus ML 350 CDI Power Diesel. The model is based on the Mercedes ML 350 CDI and it sells for just 71,121 euros. The SUV includes bi-xenon headlights, the Comand system, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, panoramic roof, backup camera and many more details. With a power output of 309hp and a peak torque of 690Nm this turbodiesel model bridges the gap that resulted from dispensing with a V8 diesel engine in the M-Class.
Running on Brabus Monoblock R 20 inch wheels, the all-wheel-drive car takes just 6.0 seconds for the sprint to 100km/h and reaches a top speed of 229km/h. A lowering module for the standard-specification air suspension is also part of the equipment as are the stainless-steel quad sport exhaust system and interior features such as scuff plates with backlit Brabus logo, velour floor mats and aluminum pedals and door-lock pins. The Brabus Power Diesel version 2 with exterior design upgrade is available for an additional 3,448 euros.
The final model is the Brabus GL 350 CDI Power Diesel. It is based on the GL 350 CDI and offers power normally reserved for a V8 engine. Thanks to the upgraded engine, it now offers 310hp and 690Nm. The top speed is 225km/h. Included in the price of 81,810 euros are the stainless-steel sport exhaust system with two tailpipes, Brabus Monoblock Q 10Jx22 king-size wheels, a ride height lowering and custom interior features such as aluminum shift paddles on the steering wheel.
A little after six o’clock this past Sunday morning, two men aged 26 and 27 were involved in a serious car accident. The accident occurred in Belgium Bree, just across the border from Budel Dorplein. Police reports are stating the two drivers got into an altercation at a local nightclub earlier in the evening, before racing their Porsche Cayenne and an unspecified model AMG Mercedes.
The two cars reportedly collided while traveling at high speed through a roundabout, with the Porsche ending up upside-down in the ditch adjacent to the road. Although details are foggy, early reports point to a third, uninvolved Belgian driver being fatally wounded in the wreck.
Police on the scene were heard as saying on record that, the wreck occurred at speeds above 70 mph. The translation is a bit suspect here, so take these quotes with a grain of salt. Local police went on further stating; “We will have to wait for traffic analysis to come back before any final conclusions are made”.
Our thoughts go out to the third driver who was killed.
Some pictures of the final crash scene:
Posted on 11.27.2012 03:16 by Sulthoni
The Kawasaki KLX 110L was especially designed to be used by the kids who dream of becoming famous dirt racers.
The Kawasaki KLX 110L is technically the taller version of the standard KLX 110. The taller height is given by the longer 2.4 inch fork that offers 5.5 inches of wheel travel and the longer rear shock which offers 5.2 inches of wheel travel.
This 2013 Kawasaki KLX 110L is powered by a four-stroke engine mated on a four speed gearbox. The bike can be started very easy by means of a convenient Push-button electric start, while a reshaped kickstarter is included as a back-up.
The bike’s fuel tank, seat, side panels, shrouds and fenders are borrowed from the race winning KX450F. The Kawasaki KLX 110L can be personalized with Authentic Kawasaki Accessories that are accessible at Kawasaki dealers.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Kawasaki KLX 110L.
Kawasaki KLX 110L originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 03:16 EST.
HKS has created a supercharger kit named GT S7040L for the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. The kit appeared to the public during SEMA 2012.
At the annual tuner show Evasive Motorsports revealed a Scion FRS with a HKS GT Supercharger Kit and a test pipe that lifted its output from 153.9whp and 128lb-ft of torque to 225.5whp and 182lb-ft of torque on the dyno. HKS has confirmed that its kit will increase power from power from 157 horsepower to 235 horsepower at 6,300rpm. The project car used by HKS attains a power close to the 400hp mark.
The full kit will cost $6,000 and it includes a supercharger assembly, traction oil, installation bracket, suction pipe and blow off, intercooler assembly, intercooler pipe, an ECU adjustment and additional bracket parts. Fitment requires minimal changes such as moving the radiator frame to allow for room to mount the boost pipe.
The video below is of a Scion FR-S from Evasive Motorsports on the dyno with the HKS Supercharger Kit.
As many of you know, GTspirit.com has a diverse following. With the exotic car market reaching new shores nowadays and a growing number of worldwide visitors, we thought we would share a few photos from different part of the world. Our first destination? Vietnam of course!
As you will be able to tell from the title of this post, Vietnamese car culture can, at times, be rather bizarre. With an estimated 87.8 million inhabitants, Vietnam is the world’s 13th-most-populous country. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000, however, high levels of income inequality mean that only the very rich can afford supercars.
In the gallery you will see the variety of different cars and the roads on which they can be found highlight the inequalities. It is fantastic how you can see a Bugatti Veyron cutting through the throng of scooters, or a Lamborghini Aventador being worked upon at the side of the road with the mechanic actually sitting on the of the car.
The reason we’ve named this series ‘Supercars in Strange Places’ is because normally Western petrol heads would expect to see cars like this outside the local five star hotel or in a showroom being doted on. Yet the entire gallery above shows a passion beyond this. You’ll see Mercedes McLaren SLR’s being unloaded at the port, a Maybach or two on badly surfaced roads, a couple of Ferrari 458 Italia’s on stone surfaces and even a Lamborghini Aventador being transported by wooden boat! These will seem like strange places to find supercars for many of our readers!
Thanks to Nguoi deo va Sieu xe and Chung Niem Dam Me for offering such a unique insight into Vietnamese car culture!
EVS Motors from Houston recently finished a project based upon a white Porsche 911 (997), below you will see the resulting photoshoot! One highlight of the project is the Vossen Wheels they utilized, matte graphite finish always matches any color and in this project they choose it. The wheels are VVS-CV3 sizing 20×8.5 inches at the front and 20×11 inches in the rear.
The uniqueness of this project was also brought about by the use of the latest Porsche 911 (997.1) Prior Design Aerodynamic-Kit which includes a PD front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts that cost $5395.
In the latest episode of “The Downshift” the crew over MotorTrend took a trip to Quattro GmbH, the birthplace of the the RS3, RS4, RS5, RS6 and R8. Since 1983, Audi’s go-fast factory has been taking Audi sedans to the extreme and in 2006 it unveiled the R8, which has quickly become one of the worlds most sought after supercars.
The factory was founded in October 1983 and it is located on a 3,500-square-meter site in Neckarsulm, near Stuttgart, Germany. The factory specializes in producing high-performance Audi cars and components, and its name pays homage to Audi’s original four-wheel-drive, rally-inspired road car: the Audi Quattro.
Take a look at this video; you will be amazed by the dedication and heart these folks put into each and every Audi that passes through. Let us know what do you think!
Video: A Short Trip to the Audi R8 Factory originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:00 EST.
Posted on 11.24.2012 07:31 by Sulthoni
The Suzuki QuadSPort Z400 Limited received a series of upgrades for 2013 which help it remain on top of the pack.
The 2013 Suzuki QuadSport Z400 Limited is equipped with a strong 398cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled Dual Overhead Cam engine with counter- balancer, CDI ignition and electric start system with includes Start-In-Gear feature. The last two are powered by a compact maintenance-free battery.
An important new feature for 2013 is the new fuel-injection system which features a 36mm throttle body and 12-hole injector. There is also a new Engine Control Unit which uses a 16-bit CPU and a 96-kilobyte ROM unit.
Other upgrades for the 2013 Suzuki QuadSport Z400 Limited include a wider front track (+25mm), wider footpegs and improved rigidity for the chassis.
As far as styling goes, the 2013 model features a sharper design language which gives it a more athletic stance.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Suzuki QuadSport Z400 Limited
Suzuki QuadSport Z400 Limited originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 24 November 2012 07:31 EST.
Honda Automobile Thailand has officially revealed the 2013 Brio Amaze “eco-car sedan”.
It comes with a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine producing 90 hp (67 kW) that provides a fuel consumption of 20 km/l (47 mpg US ; 56 mpg UK ; 5 liters / 100 km). ABS, EBD and airbags are among the standard features, along with a rear armrest with nine cup holders, USB/AUX/2 DIN audio system support and remote key.
The 2013 Brio Amaze is available in four trim levels:
- S MT (454,000 Baht)
- S AT (493,000 Baht)
- V MT (482,000 Baht)
- V AT (521,000 Baht)
Customers can choose from one of the following five colors: Taffeta White, Alabaster White (Metallic), Crystal Black (Pearl), Carnelian Red (Pearl) and Marine Purple (Pearl).
Full details are available in the attached press release.
Audi TT RS DTM racer 18.10.2010 / Copyright SB-Medien
Targeting 1,000 kg curb weight
Audi’s development boss says that a more hardcore TT GT3 version is in the works.
Talking to Autocar, Wolfgang Durheimer mentioned that a “multi-material” version of the next-gen TT is in development at Ingolstadt. They are targeting a 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs) curb weight with an all-wheel drive system, roll cage and five-cylinder engine.
Based on the MQB architecture, the TT GT3 will use carbon fiber, steel and aluminum in its construction. Audi’s management team will decide in the next few weeks if this model will actually reach production phase.
Note: Audi TT RS endurance race version pictured