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Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster Snapped In The Wild

On: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster Snapped In The Wild test 1-1

The famously gullwinged Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG launched last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Featuring a 563-hp 6.3-liter V8, 3.7-second 0 to 60 mph time and 197 mph top speed, the SLS has given Mercedes a place in the high-end sports car market. And that place will get a little bigger sometime in the future when Mercedes launches the roadster version of the SLS at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show or possibly Geneva show. That model was recently spotted out testing.

Rally Fighter: Mud-Spewing, Street Legal Grit at SEMA

On: Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 9:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rally Fighter: Mud-Spewing, Street Legal Grit at SEMA test 1-1

If you were to hear a phrase something to the effect of "an All-American car that can tear through dirt, mud and gravel like a Jeep Wrangler," you probably wouldn't expect that it came from any of the stodgy, bottom-line-obsessed headquarters located in Detroit. And you'd be right: only the warped minds of the greater American public could come up with something that awesomely niche.

And that's exactly how the Rally Fighter came to be. Using the "open sourced" mentality of the software industry, the Massuchesetts-based Local Motors worked with a forum full of designers and creative minds to come up with the inspiration behind this bad-ass mo' fo'. Who would have predicted that something like this could come from the land of Harvard and Martha's Vineyard?  Those warped public minds that didn't get to offer input on the design will be able to see the production-ready Rally Fighter at SEMA next week.

Hennessy Venom GT To Appear at SEMA

On: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessy Venom GT To Appear at SEMA test 1-1

The SEMA show, which begins next week in Las Vegas, has a reputation for showcasing some of the most outlandish tunes and mods in the world. So it's fitting that the Venom GT, a supercar from tuning firm Hennessey, will appear at the show. The Venom GT may not look that strange when compared to the other cars of the show, but underneath, it's one of the wildest auto creations of modern times: a 1,200-horsepower engine tucked behind the seats of a Lotus Exige two-seater. The car bows at 11:15 a.m. on November 2.

Behind-The-Scenes of the Audi e-Tron Spyder

On: Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Audi e-tron Spyder debuted last month at the Paris Motor Show. The car featured rather a distinctive look defined by such elements as its wraparound, frameless windows. When it was first unveiled, the e-tron Spyder may have appeared as simple as chopping the top off the R4 e-tron concept from the Detroit Auto Show and adding some conceptual accents, but the process behind the concept was actually far more complex. Audi has released a behind-the-scenes look at the designing of the e-tron Spyder.


Top Gear To Debut On November 21

On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 8:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

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There really aren't enough hot cars on American television. Especially not when compared to Great Britain where several shows dedicated to the fascinating world of automobiles tantalize viewers. Here, we have to settle for the occassional sneak peek into Jay Leno's garage—just one more reason to hate that smarmy, big-chinned bastard.

Well, the History Channel is fixin' to fill the void of compelling car television with the importation of Great Britain's most famed auto show: Top Gear. This was announced back in the spring, but last week, History made it official with the debut date: Sunday, November 21 at 10 / 9 central.

The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival: The Classics, Pt. 1

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:16PM | By: John Welch

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We've shown you muscle cars and hot rods, now the classic vehicles get their moment in the early morning Florida sun. We have hundreds of images from the show, and unfortunately the lighting conditions were not always ideal. Trying to pick thirty images out of this massive amount of digital eye candy just isn't possible. That said, we are providing you with two galleries of classic autos from the 11th annual Lake Mirror Classic.

If one of your favorites doesn't show up in this gallery, check back tomorrow for part two. We will be rounding out our coverage with images from last Sunday's Road Tour on . . . you guessed it, Sunday. All images originate from the lens of Drew Christy.

LA Auto Show Design Challenge: The 1,000 Pound Car

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini made a big splash when it cut hundreds of pounds off a concept that it called the Sesto Elemento. Using all kinds of  stripping and composite construction, Lamborghini created a V10-powered concept that weighed just 2,200 lbs.

Now that the LA Auto Show is on the way, some automakers will be making an even bigger splash by showing designs that weigh less than half Lamborghini's Sesto Elemento. This year's Design Challenge at the show involves creating four-seat vehicles weighing no more than 1,000 lbs.

Saab Introduces New 9-4X Crossover

On: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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With Paris officially out of the way, automakers are turning their attention to the next big show: the LA Auto Show, which runs from November 19 through November 28 (press days November 17 and 18). Saab gave the world a sneak preview of the next car in its revamped line-up: a crossover called the 9-4X.

The 9-4X is built on the same platform as GM cars like the Cadillac SRX and Chevy Equinox (GM owned Saab until earlier this year). Saab has detailed two engine options that will be offered in the mid-size crossover: a direct-injected 265-hp 3.6-liter V6 and a 300-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter six-cylinder in the Aero trim. Both engine options come with six-speed automatic transmissions with paddle shifters and will power all four wheels through Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system. According to NY Times Wheels blog, Saab will not offer a diesel engine option.

The car hits 62 mph in 8.4 seconds and gives drivers the option of powering all the way up to 143 mph.

Subaru Puts WRX Motor In The New Forester

On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Puts WRX Motor In The New Forester test 1-1

Subaru's turbocharged boxer four from the WRX is a modern day classic. Subaru has decided to combine the fun and power of that engine with practicality and utility in the form of a WRX-boxer-four-powered Forester. The company's Australian arm released a concept called the S-Edition for the Sydney-based Australian International Motor Show.

The new concept derives 260 horses and 256 lb-ft of torque from the WRX's turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four. That's slightly down from the WRX's 265 output, but is nearly 40 hp over Subaru's current most powerful SUV: the Forester 2.5XT. That 250 lb-ft of torque is channeled to all four wheels via a five-speed paddle-shift transmission. Subaru hasn't commited to all the details on other performance modifications, but it has indicated the S-Edition gets sportier tuning in the all-wheel-drive and suspension departments. The all-wheel-drive will feature Variable Torque Distribution.

Nissan Drops Details On Next-Generation Godzilla

On: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan will debut the next-generation GT-R sports coupe at the 2010 LA Auto Show. As it promised back in Paris, the company has released the juicy details of the next iteration of its top-end sports car.

Nissan showed a very superficial teaser of the 2012 GT-R at the Paris Motor Show, but didn't reveal any hard drivetrain or performance specs on the model; kind of disappointing since the exterior looks all but identical to the current GT-R. In fact, all that the Paris debut really showed was modestly revised front and rear bumpers and daylight running LEDs. The company put the real reveal off until this week. Now that the information is out, Godzilla is looking better than ever.

The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival: Hot Rods And Muscle Cars

On: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:12PM | By: John Welch

The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival: Hot Rods And Muscle Cars test 1-1

Every type of car you could imagine attended the Lake Mirror Classic this year; there were more show classes at the LMC than some shows have cars in general! Not only that, the 2010 edition of the Lake Mirror Classic was attended by more spectators than ever. Good thing, the weather was too good to waste! Because we took so many pictures and have only a limited amount of space, we have divided our images into our own, loosely defined categories. Today we feature Hot Rods and Muscle Cars.

What denotes a Hot Rod? A Muscle Car? Is there a certain era that these cars must fit into? A certain motiff? This is an argument that could go on for decades so we just pulled any car that was missing fenders or powered by a V8 or  . . . shiny. Here we have standout American Muscle from Modern to Pre-Mustang; there is a car or 'Rod here for everyone. These images were taken by Drew Christy, bright and early Saturday morning. Tomorrow: The Classic's Classics.