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Cam Shaft Presents BMW M3 Guerilla

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German tuner, Cam Shaft, recently got their hands on a BMW M3 Coupe and true to their reputation as tuners extraordinaire, they gave the German sports car a little identity modification.In the end, the M3 Coupe Guerrilla was born.Starting with a matte space-gray metallic foil called a Platinum Wrapping Film, Cam Shaft took the task of reinventing the M3’s sporty looks.

In addition to the foliation work, which by the way cost 2,500 ($3,100), Cam Shaft also installed a new front apron from Racing Dynamics, a new stainless steel exhaust system from Akrapovic, sills from Hamann, KW coil overs, and a new set of 19″ BBS-Le Mans rims. Inside, Cam Shaft treated the M3 Coupe’s interior with a number of new carbon fiber components and aluminum pedals.There doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications given to the M3 Coupe Guerrilla, but even in standard form, it still carries an impressive 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower.

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All-New 2013 Nissan Sentra

New Nissan Sentra

The new 2013 Nissan Sentra is on its way here after an earlier debut of a Chinese domestic market version (pictured above, the 2013 Nissan Sylphy Concept). And to prepare for the all-new Sentra’s launch here in the North American domestic market, Nissan has just announced that the new Sentra will be produced at their plant in Canton, Mississippi, where 1,000 new jobs are expected to be created.

“The addition of Sentra production is a testament to our dedicated Canton workforce and the high level of production quality that they deliver each and every day,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas. “The Canton team has proved it can compete and win on a global scale, and it is due to this that we are adding three vehicles to our production roster in Mississippi.”

Nissan’s Canton plant currently produces the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima as well as the Armada full-size SUV, the full-size Titan pickup, and the NV commercial vehicles.

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SRT CEO denies poor Viper demand

Posted on 11.28.2013 13:00 by Simona

Back in October we reported that SRT needed to slow production of the new generation Viper, due to poor demand. However, it looks like now Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler’s SRT Brand and Motorsports, says that the car has indeed a bright future and that the company has “several hundred units outstanding we still have to build.”

Gilles said that the Viper indeed had some problems at launch and this is why the company had to postpone initial deliver, but now the interest in the new Viper is very strong.

It looks like the problem was not the car, but the dealers whom had no idea how to promote the car. The new Viper has a base price of $97,395 – a lot more than the previous car, so it was to be expected to hear that customers will ask more for the money. SRT wants to allow its customers to choose “their color, their stripe, their package, their interior,” but the dealers wanted to “anticipate the market and ended up creating a car that may not be the right car.”

To fix the problem SRT launched a fourth-quarter training program called “All Access Tour” that brings together dealers, current owners and potential customers. Basically thanks to this new program, the potential buyers will have the chance to test the car and see what they will get for the money.

Gilles confirmed that all the Anodized Carbon were spoken for and that the new Time Attack edition sold out in just three days.

Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper.

SRT CEO denies poor Viper demand originally appeared on on Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:00 EST.

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Kymco UXV 500

Posted on 11.28.2013 13:46 by Sulthoni , Serafim

Practical, reliable and efficient, the 2014 Kymco UXV Side X Side has all it needs to be considered a very useful vehicle. It comes with a spacious cabin which can transport up to two people. Once on board you are met by two comfortable seats, an easy to read dash and an ergonomically designed steering wheel. For enhanced practicality you also get a spacious load bed located behind the seats.

At the heart of the vehicle sits a 4-stroke, water-cooled, DOHC engine with a displacement of 498.5cc. The unit delivers a maximum output of 36 hp and sends its power to the wheels by means of a CVT automatic transmission.

The ride quality is kept in check by front and rear Independent Dual A-Arm suspensions.

As far as prices are concerned, the 2014 Kymco UXV Side X Side can be yours for no less than $7,999.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Kymco UXV Side X Side.

Kymco UXV 500 originally appeared on on Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:46 EST.

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Ultimate Street Edition Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R Ultimate Street Edition

A lot of people can become too solely infatuated with a car that produces 1,000 horsepower. But through all of this, it’s also important to understand that if a car packs that much power under its hood, certain compromises have to be made to ensure that it can deliver the kind of power it’s been given.

That’s why it’s no surprise that a lot of these 1,000-horsepower super cars are best left to be ridden on a race track than on an actual road.

Noted Nissan GT-R tuner Switzer Performance already has one of these models in its GT-R line-up – the R1K package – but now, the Oberlin, Ohio-based company has prepared a new program for Godzilla that comes packed with 1,000 ponies. It is also capable of being used as an everyday car. That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too.

The vehicle is called the Ultimate Street Edition, and it’s without question, one of the meanest and road-friendly, 1,000-horsepower GT-R’s you can get.

In order to achieve that output while retaining its road capabilities, Switzer fitted the GT-R with a plethora of modifications, none more so than to the Japanese sports car’s VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is now capable of producing 1,000 horsepower on premium pump-gas. To gain all that horsepower, Switzer went to work on fitting the GT-R with Switzer-specific pistons, pins, rings, connecting rods, and specially-ground camshafts. The tuning firm also reprogrammed the ECU and added a stainless-steel performance exhaust, front mounted intercoolers, an upgraded cooling package, and a pair of liquid-cooled turbochargers that come with billet compressor wheels.

‘Nano carbon’ brake pads are also being offered, as are Switzer’s lowering springs, a modified version of the car’s launch control set-up and, last but not least, a new set of lightweight alloy wheels.

“For people who want a 1000+ horsepower car that they can drive comfortably every day, to the track or the office or the grocery store, on the highway or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we’ve built this car,” says Tym Switzer, owner and founder of Switzer.

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2013 Mercedes GLK-Class

New Mercedes GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz has released official photos of the next generation GLK-Class in advance of its debut at the New York International Auto Show, and have confirmed that the line will include the GLK 250 BlueTec diesel and an updated GLK 350 powered by a gasoline V6, expected to go on sale in Canada by the end of this year as a 2013 model.

The exterior has been tweaked, with softer lines, noticably more complex headlights and an extra helping of chrome with the AMG package.

Highlights of the changes include a range of state-of-the-art assistance systems and comprehensive efficiency measures such as the standard start/stop function. BlueTEC diesel emission control is available for the compact SUV for the first time, allowing its import to North America.

The GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC will feature the direct-injection engine 2.1-litre diesel four rated at 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5-litre V6 in the GLK 350 will be updated with direct-injection, bumping output to 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (foremrly 268 hp and 258 lb-ft).

“In the GLK we have a dynamic lifestyle SUV offering a winning combination of intelligent technology and character in abundance,” says Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing. “It will further bolster our SUV portfolio, making a vital contribution to Mercedes-Benz’s global growth in this market segment.”

The GLK stakes its claim in the compact luxury SUV class with involving driving dynamics, excellent driving safety and ride comfort. In addition to rear-wheel drive versions, 4MATIC models with permanent all-wheel drive are available for those concerned with all-weather or even off-road traction.

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2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar revealed details of the new XF Sportbrake’s engine lineup as well as the full pricelist, ahead of the car’s market launch towards the end of the year. And it only gets diesel powertrains. The XF benefits from the new supercharged V6 petrol engine, but only for the Saloon version. The 340 PS engine replaces the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 in the XF range, offering compelling performance and outstanding fuel economy at the same time.

That engine is for the high-end, expensive models though. The entry-level version, which starts at 29,940 fro the saloon and 31,940 for the Sportbrake, has the 2.2 liter diesel engine with 163 PS. This unit is not that gutsy, but on the upside it offers more than 55 mpg. Jaguar also offers a 200 PS version of the same engine. Diesel range also includes the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine in 240 PS Diesel and 275 PS Diesel S derivatives. This engine provides satisfactory performance, while remaining fairly eco at 47 mpg.

So the only petrol engine available for the XF is the supercharged V6 – and that is only available for the saloon – the rest are all diesel. The XF saloon and Sportbrake will both adopt the eight-speed automatic gearbox and Stop/Start as standard across the engine range – improving emissions on the V6 Diesel engines by six per cent on the saloon.

Other upgrades for the 2013 XF include the addition of Meridian audio system – replacing the Bowers and Wilkins system, and the XFR Speed Pack to the range topping 510 PS XFR model, which raises the top speed to 174 mph, and also comes with a new front aero splitter and a new rear wing.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo images

The Hyundai Veloster was new for 2012 and immediately drew attention with its unique three-door design. The new 2013 turbocharged version makes the car much faster and lots more fun.

Rivals for the turbocharged front-wheel-drive Veloster include the Volkswagen GTI, Civic Si, Mini Cooper/Clubman S, Beetle Turbo and Fiat 500 Abarth. Hyundai notes the Veloster, with such things as its three doors, is “purposefully differentiated from other core vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup, with unique style and function and advanced technologies.”

Hyundai hasn’t become a major sales success without taking chances.

The turbocharger is the big news for the latest version of the Veloster. This turbo has a twin-scroll design for quicker response and more low-end torque. The engine also has dual continuously variable valve timing and an intercooler for better performance and fuel economy.

While the standard Veloster is fast enough for many folks, addition of a turbocharger significantly increases horsepower of the car’s regular 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It jumps from 138 to 201 horsepower. Torque also increases to 195 pound-feet from 123 pound-feet.

The added punch give the Veloster Turbo a sharp new personality, I found during a media preview of the car in La Jolla, Calif. The increased power and torque allow faster acceleration and much less shifting with the standard, slick six-speed manual transmission. The responsive six-speed automatic has a manual-shift mode.

Serious bumps and potholes cause jolts, but the sport suspension is generally supple. There’s also sport speed-tuned steering. Handling is sharp, and the anti-lock all-disc braking system with electronic brake-force distribution inspires confidence. The brake pedal has a progressive action for smooth stops.

Helping keep the car on the road during difficult situations are electronic stability and traction controls.

The small engine has lots of punch for its size, but keep in mind the rigidly built Veloster only weighs approximately 2,800 pounds.

Estimated fuel economy is 26 miles per gallon in the city and 38 on highways-and only regular grade fuel is needed.

The Veloster with the six-speed manual transmission lists at $21,950 and at $22,950 with the automatic-without a $775 freight charge.

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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT unveiled

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

The basic guts of the Elantra GT are shared with its two siblings, including the solid axle rear suspension, but the whole package works so much more proficiently in the GT than the other two cars – like how Khloe and Kim Kardashian come from the same lineage despite their wildly different physiques. While the other two cars resist being pushed hard (and don’t really prod the driver to do so), the Elantra GT is as comfortable motoring down the freeway as it is being grabbed by the scruff of its neck.

Hyundai had us drive the Elantra GT up and down a 5000 foot mountain pass, which did a good job of exposing both the highlights and the flaws that live within the car. The biggest impediment to going fast is the strange gap between second and third gear, no doubt a concession towards fuel economy. Running up and down the mountain at a spirited pace meant the car was often close to the rev limited in second. An upshift to third would bring the engine way out of the powerband, sapping whatever precious momentum we could extract out of the Elantra GT and its 148 horsepower 4-banger.

If you’re willing to keep it in second and let the revs fly, the Elantra GT is immensely rewarding. The chassis is responsive in a way that the Veloster and Elantra Coupe could only dream of. The brakes remained firm fade free during the whole route and the chassis inspires a ton of confidence, allowing you to push the car harder than the other two Hyundais driven that week. The steering, long a sore spot for the Koreans, is much crisper than any front-drive Hyundai vehicle in recent memory.

There was a lot of hoopla over the Driver Selectable Steering Mode, a steering wheel mounted button that lets you adjust the weight and resistance of the electric power steering. Many of my program participants insisted that the Sport mode (which did feel great) was the only way to go. There is a noticeable difference in weight between Comfort, Normal and Sport, but feedback remains the same no matter what. It’s ultimately a gimmick, though one that makes the driving experience better. It still can’t quite match the Mazda3 in sheer driving pleasure; the steering is just a little bit duller, the chassis slightly less enthusiastic (even though the Hyundai is 150 lbs lighter). But there are other benefits that make the Elantra GT a serious contender.

The Elantra GT is an elegant, mature looking vehicle without being dowdy. The Mazda3 looks absolutely heinous. Despite its many charms, the Mazda’s looks are enough to dissuade me from owning. The interior of the Elantra GT is also a much more pleasant place to be, with higher quality materials and a much more sophisticated design, which also manages to avoid being overly complex. The rear seats fold completely flat like a minivan, and the back seat is more spacious than one would expect. Up and down the mountain pass, with elevations reaching 5000 feet, the Elantra GT could handle whatever was dished out. Mid-corner bumps were absorbed gently without upsetting the car, and the brakes felt consistently strong despite substantial use. It was genuinely a joy to drive, despite being saddled with a gearbox that doesn’t flatter the engine’s modest output. The chassis is the real star of the show here, giving the driver lots of feedback, a high threshold for mistakes and the feeling that you’re going much faster than you really are.

Our tester was the $21, 145 Elantra GT equipped with the Style Package., The extra $2,750 nets you a large panoramic roof, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, 17-inch wheels and interestingly, stiffer rear springs. There were only a couple of base model Elantra GTs available at the event, so it was impossible to tell how much of an effect the Style Package has on handling.

Although the Elantra GT was sampled before the Veloster Turbo, not even the extra power and the supposedly sporty nature of the boosted hatch was enough to sway the decision.

It would be foolish to think that the Elantra GT will turn the tide on hatchback sales in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that Hyundai’s offering is any less competitive than the Focus, Mazda3 or even the Volkswagen Golf – which the Czech-built Elantra GT is arguably closest to in terms of overall character.

The Elantra GT wins not just on performance, but by offering an affordable yet mature looking proposition that works anywhere, whether it’s a golf game with someone important, a first date or hauling mountain bikes or skis. There are no extra options, engines or equipment packages needed to extract maximum fuel economy, and even though it’s a great value, you never feel like you’ve compromised on your vehicle due to your budget restrictions. The sedan and coupe versions should be this good.

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Military-Inspired 2012 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition Unveiled

2012 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition

In the early stages of the Second World War, the vehicle we’d come to know as the Jeep Wrangler was born as a go-anywhere, general-purpose military scout vehicle. The Jeep became an iconic symbol of the U.S. military through World War II and into theaters including Korea and Vietnam.

Today, the Jeep is retired from military service, but there’s no denying its born-from-conflict roots. In recognition of this, and to honor members of the U.S. military both past and present, Jeep is launching a special edition of the 2012 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited in tribute.

Dubbed the Wrangler Freedom Edition, the model comes in red, white or blue paint, and sports a military-themed star graphic on the hood and rear quarter panels. Gracing each front fender is a star-themed emblem with the slogan “Oscar Mike,” military jargon for “on the move.”

The Freedom Edition’s 17-inch wheels, as well as its grille and bumper inserts, are finished in Mineral Gray. Inside, black cloth seats sport the same “Oscar Mike” logo as the front fenders, and silver accent stitching is used for the steering wheel, door panels seats and armrests.

Based on the Sport trim level, Freedom Edition models start at $28,165 for a two-door Wrangler, and begin at $30,670 for a four-door Wrangler Unlimited variant. For each Freedom Edition model sold, Chrysler will donate $250 to charities for military families, including the Fisher House Foundation and the I Support Foundation.

Active and retired military members may even qualify for a $500 cash allowance, which means you’re getting an even better deal on an iconic SUV, and supporting charities that support our military at the same time. We’d call that a win for everyone.

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