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WARNING: Future Genesis Coupe Photoshop Leak!

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Don’t believe everything you hear… or see, for that matter. Websites all across the blogosphere are announcing an ‘official’ Hyundai Genesis Coupe reveal, which after some due diligence has turned out to be no more than an elegant sham. The sly dogs over at thecarblogger.net managed to captivate the entire auto journalism sphere this morning by releasing the above image.

What threw so many upstanding and credibility-seeking bloggers off? This photoshopped image depicts a vehicle which looks a lot like images we’ve seen of the upcoming 2013 Genesis with a face mask. So really, thecarblogger.net sort of did us all a favor—producing an image we could assemble only in our minds. The only real problem is that Hyundai has already distributed notes rejecting this as an official image.


Mercedes Building Ultralight Carbon Fiber E-Class

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Carbon fiber and other composites are clearly the way of the future. Currently they're primarily seen in race cars and high-end supercars, but assuming that costs eventually drop to a somewhat manageable level, we'd expect to see these type of NASA-esque materials slowly work their way into luxury cars and other more everyday models. After all, carbon fiber is one of the surest ways to save weight and weight savings = more efficient cars, something that every automaker is looking to build.

In a sign that carbon fiber is coming, an Auto Bild report states that Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on an ultralight version of the E-Class. The German automaker plans to cut serious pounds with carbon fiber construction.


Drop Top Dream Boat: 2012 Camaro ZL1 Convertible

On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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When it comes to performance cars, let's face it: Having a fixed roof sucks. You know it and I know it—when you're a car guy, you want to be involved with the driving experience. You want to shift the gears for yourself, listen to the engine roar, and become one with the car as you turn down one unknown road after another just to see where they go. But there is a big difference between rolling down the windows and dropping the entire roof. Anyone that has owned, or at least ridden in, a convertible on that first warm day in April or May knows that there is nothing like it. Anyone that believes otherwise more than likely has spent most of their life rationalizing their way away from every convertible option they have ever encountered, and are probably driving a very practical car this very minute. 

Thankfully, Chevy has learned a thing or two about the hearts and minds of their potential customers. They know that, sure, they have to make simple practical cars for the masses, but when it comes to the fun powerhouses, don't screw around—make them as fun and powerful as they can be. Having just introduced the most powerful Camaro to have ever been built to a brand new generation (and reintroduced it to an older one), Chevy really could have stopped there. But they didn't, and we couldn't be happier. Chevy has just announced that there will be a drop-top version of the sickest Camaro ever.


BMW M Division To Build Its Own Supercar?

On: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It looks like we have a little German envy. BMW M engineers are looking at their counterparts over at Mercedes AMG and thinking "Why can't we do that?" By "that", they mean develop their own supercar, the way that AMG did with the SLS AMG. BMW M is a little tired of just improving upon existing vehicles and wants to get the green light to build a car all its own.


 

2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10?

On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


2013 Dodge Viper To Use 8.7-Liter V-10 test 2

Here's something we weren't expecting: the already huge 8.4-liter V-10 engine used in the last Dodge Viper may be growing. According to Allpar, the Dodge Viper due to launch in 2013 may buck the trend of smaller displacements-via-forced induction, pulling power from a new 8.7-liter V-10.

We'd expect the 2013 Viper should get a tidy horsepower boost from its big engine, but there aren't any specifics. The last Viper packed 600 horses.


The Next Porsche: 911 Heaven!

On: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Next Porsche: 911 Heaven! test 2

Goodbye 997, hello 991. Although it may not look like much of a change from the outside—sure, there are LED running lights (who doesn't have them these days?), longer and narrower tail lights, and a gas tank flap relocated to the right front fender, big deal right? Those minor changes hardly call for the clamor of an entirely new model designation, right? Wrong. If you're an avid enthusiast, stare at the new 911 long enough and slowly but surely, your eyes will start to insist that there is something different about this Porsche from ones you have already committed to memory, and your eyes would be right.  

It seems that Porsche has realized that their latest sports car creation, the Cayman, actually has much better design DNA than their perennial all-star 911 which has been flawed by physics since its inception decades ago. Basically, having the engine sitting out over the rear axle makes the car extremely difficult to deal with on the track, or even just when it's being driven hard. Trying to compare a rear-biased 911 to a mid-engine sports car like the Cayman actually proves there really is no comparison. The Cayman has nearly perfect weight distribution and is so predictable its driver will feel like Miss Cleo. Why do we bring up the Cayman while mentioning the new 991, you ask? Well, because Porsche knows this, and they are slowly modifying the 911 to make it more of a mid-engine car than staunchly holding on to their past design. Now, thankfully they are changing the car ever-so-slightly so as not to incite a riot among the German faithful.


Acura NSX Debuting Next Month?

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, this seems to be moving just a little too fast to be believable, but who knows. The long-rumored Acura NSX revival got official confirmation from Honda chief Takanobu Ito just two months ago. Then more details. And now reports that a near-production-ready concept of the car could debut as early as the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in November/December, with a production version following next year.

Color us skeptical, but we won't be all that disappointed if no NSX concept shows up in Tokyo. Carscoop reports that Honda sources said the launch is tentative and could very well get pushed back due to the delays and problems that Honda and other Japanese automakers have experienced after the natural disasters earlier this year.


Mazda Says Its Working 'Zealously' On A New Rotary

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Mazda announced the final special edition RX-8 last week, and in a farewell tweet to the rotary-driven, RWD sports coupe, the company started a whole new set of rumors about the future of the rotary engine. It said in its tweet (as pieced together through Google Translate) that it is working hard on new models to house the next-generation rotary engine.


2014 Acura NSX Going Hybrid?

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


2014 Acura NSX Going Hybrid? test 2

In August, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito admitted to the long-rumored NSX revival, adding at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the company is looking to build a new type of NSX with a dramatic power-to-weight ratio. According to new reports, Honda's next-gen NSX will launch in 2014 and may feature a hybrid powertrain.

According to an Auto Express report, the 2014 NSX will combine two Honda projects into one. The car will get design influence from an Acura-badged supercar to appear in the upcoming Avengers movie (spied in NY's Central Park in the picture above). A car similar to the movie car will sit atop an all-wheel-drive, hybrid platform inspired by the 2001 Dual Note 4WD concept, which featured a 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine driving the rear wheels and two, wheel-mounted electric motors up front. The engine and motors combined for around 400 hp in that concept.


300-HP Turbo Range Rover Evoque Planned

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 3:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


300-HP Turbo Range Rover Evoque Planned test 2

Do you like the small size and updated looks of Land Rover's smallest vehicle ever but find yourself yearning for a little extra power? Land Rover's got you covered. Or at least it might if this new rumor comes true. Land Rover is reportedly working on a "hot" version of the Range Rover Evoque, which would add a high-pressure turbocharger to the 2.0-liter engine for up to around 300 horses of power.


Chevy Officially Targets US For Colorado Launch

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Salamone


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After months of rumors, General Motors has decided to launch their latest global platform Chevrolet Colorado in the United States. However, don’t expect the US version to be exactly the same as the Colorado recently unveiled in Thailand. GM’s global product development organization intends to study the US market and make thoughtful adjustments for our distinctly American market – insert gargantuan cup holders here.

“For example, Chevrolet Colorado Chief Engineer Roberto Rempel and his team lived in Thailand during the Colorado’s development,” said Brad Merkel, global vehicle line executive. “They immersed themselves in the highly competitive truck market and observed how the Thai people use their vehicles and the driving conditions they experience.”