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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 12:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale test 2

One of the last Lamborghini Gallardos that we're likely to see before Lambo's entry level coupe is replaced, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition to lots of extra consonants and vowels, the new Gallardo packs extra power and performance into a gorgeous red package.

Inspired by the race-spec Gallardos that compete in Lamborghini's Blancpain Super Trofeo series, the LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale (damn, that's a mouthful) packs a powerful punch in a street-legal package. You don't have to go far to realize that the new Gallardo gets 10 extra horses over the LP560-4—570 horses drawn from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine at 8,000 rpm. The car delivers 480 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm.

Fisker Goes Surfing

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Goes Surfing test 2

Love it or leave it, it looks like we're going to have to get used to high-end shooting brakes. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari created a stir—and some conflicting opinions--with the FF. And now, green sports car staple Fisker has made its own statement with the Surf Concept, a range-extending hybrid shooting brake based on the Karma.

Kia GT Concept Gets Detailed

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia GT Concept Gets Detailed test 2

In today's eco-conscious world, the turbocharged V-6 is quickly becoming the new V-8. So, maybe it should be no surprise that the rumored V-8 underneath the hood of Kia's GT concept is actually a turbo V-6. Still, after all the talk about two V-8 muscle cars, we're a little surprised by the official details.

The GT leaked pretty thoroughly last week, and Kia has updated the world with the full details of its sporty concept.

Kia's first ever rear-wheel drive vehicle, the GT draws up to 390 horses out of a turbocharged, direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 engine. That plant is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite the downgrade from V-8 to V-6, the GT offers plenty of virility, particularly for a Kia-badged sedan.

Engines Get Smaller: Ford's One-Liter Three-Cylinder To Debut On 2012 Focus

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Engines Get Smaller: Ford's One-Liter Three-Cylinder To Debut on 2012 Focus test 2

Ford has announced the availability of its next great efficient engine—the 1.0-liter Ecoboost I-3. Ford will officially drop a cylinder in the European-spec 2012 Focus, which will go on sale next year.

The I-3 engine was first seen on Ford's Start concept at the Beijing Auto Show last year. Despite losing a cylinder and dropping displacement down to a mere liter, Ford says that the turbocharged, direct injected Ecoboost I-3 will offer output comparable to a 1.6-liter I-4 while delivering the predictable bump in fuel economy. The new engine will come in 99-hp with five-speed manual and 118-hp with six-speed automatic varieties.


Jaguar C-X16 Hybrid Concept

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 10:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

Jaguar C-X16 Hybrid Concept test 2

Around this time last year, Jaguar stole the Paris Motor Show with its ultra-awesome C-X75 concept. Not only was the concept a sexy hybrid supercar with jet turbine technology, and not only was it Jaguar's first supercar since the ever-lust-ible XJ-220, but it kind of came out of left field and overshadowed more anticipated debuts, like the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. It was show car through and through.

This year, Jaguar expands the C-X hybrid concept family with the C-X16. A look at a future entry-level sports coupe, the C-X16 isn't quite the show-stealer that the C-X75 was, but it's a car that more of the world has a chance at owning. And it's pretty sexy in its own right.

Hyundai i30 Go For Launch

On: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Salamone

Hyundai i30 test 2

Back in 2007, Hyundai unveiled the company’s first i30 which was released exclusively in Europe. In 2010 alone, the i30 attracted 115,000 buyers—making Hyundai history as the largest-selling brand vehicle in Europe, totaling more than 350,000 units from 2007 to mid-2011. So, what’s the big deal about the next generation i30 to be premiered at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show?

Although this latest i30 will be available only to European buyers, it is a car which perfectly represents Hyundai’s ability to adapt to new markets and prosper, a symbol of the company’s incredible success both abroad and in the United States, and a firm statement that funky-practical vehicles don’t need a ridiculous nametag.

Lotus Teaser More Of A Baffler

On: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 9:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Teaser More Of A Baffler test 2

As the hours wound down to the Frankfurt Motor Show, the automotive-teasing infrastructure went into overdrive. Companies frantically tried to tease, detail, and debut their Frankfurt wares in hopes that they'd be among the most interesting stories in Germany.

For its part, Lotus used an interesting strategy: leave everyone scratching their heads and wondering what the hell it's even teasing.

It's All You: Volvo Concept Teased

On: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

It's All You: Volvo Concept Teased test 2

This angry-looking SOB is the all-new Concept You from Volvo—or at least a teaser pic of its grille. The concept, which may be a preview of the next S80 flagship, will make its debut at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show. Volvo has released a little teaser video providing a glimpse at what it's all about.

While "You" may seem like an odd choice of names for a concept car, it alludes to a rather smart marketing strategy. Volvo's recently designated "Designed Around You" campaign is aimed at providing a luxury vehicle that is a little more comfortable and personal—or at least gives that impression.

Kia V-8 "GT" Concept Leaked

On: Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Kia V-8 GT Concept test 2

We've heard Kia will introduce two V-8-powered, RWD sports cars within the next few months, and we knew the first was coming at the Frankfurt Motor Show. What we didn't know is that a whole bunch of pictures of it were going to leak a little early. A handful of pictures of Kia's sporty concept have leaked, providing views from nearly every angle.

Audi A2 Goes Electric

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 2:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi A2 Goes Electric test 1-1

Volkswagen is really getting its green on in Frankfurt this year. We've already seen the Audi Urban Concept and VW Nils, and here's another all-electric concept: the A2 electric. Unlike the previous concepts, this one is a preview of a definite production model.

The A2 is a five-door hatchback with four seats. It shares some of its underpinnings with the A1 hatchback, which debuted at last year's Geneva Motor Show. Unlike the A1, the A2 will get an electric powertrain, though Audi has yet to release the full details. According to Car magazine, Ingolstadt plans to offer it in all-electric and range-extending hybrid varieties. In concept form, the A2 packs an 85 kW motor and lithium-ion battery that is good for about 125 miles of range.

Frankfurt Teaser: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

On: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 4:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

Frankfurt Teaser: Toyota FT-86 II Concept test 2

Over the past two years, Toyota has been engaged in the process of developing an entry level sports car. The cycle is almost complete. Toyota launched the original FT-86 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show nearly two years ago, and will launch the production version at the 2011 Tokyo Show later this year. In between those two cars, it launched the Scion FR-S, previewing the model that we'll see here in the U.S., and the FT-86 II.

With the Frankfurt Show so close to the Tokyo show, it's no surprise that Toyota doesn't have a new concept to show. The only surprise is that it's teasing the FT-86 II, which we already saw in Geneva.