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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Press Release: A Road Racing Legend Returns; The 2012 Ford Boss 302

On: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:11AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Ford Boss 302 test 2

The Boss returns! The limited-production 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is set to become the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford, based on the world-class foundation provided by the 2011 Mustang GT.

To celebrate the racing heritage of the new Mustang Boss 302, Ford will also offer a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302.

360-Degree Panorama of 462 Miles Per Hour

On: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

360-Degree Panorama of 462 Miles Per Hour test 1-1

The world's fastest combustion engine-powered vehicle recently took to the hard salt in Bonneville, Utah. It brought a few cameras along to show viewers what it's like to screech along at nearly 500 mph.

Many drivers know what it feels like to drive a car to around 100 mph. A considerably smaller pool has had the opportunity to step inside a supercar or race car on a track, maybe even push 200 mph.

Aston Martin Hits One Million Facebook Fans, Will Build Fan-Inspired Car

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Hits One Million Facebook Fans test 2

Aston Martin has used its fame and prestige within the exotic car segment to rack up a million Facebook fans. To show these loyal Facebookers that an Aston Martin fanship is more than just Aston spam plastered on your wall, the automaker is doing a unique promotion: It's building a crowdsourced Millionth Fan Car.

Press Release: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Debuts As Most Powerful Production V8 In The World

On: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 test 2

Yikes! 200 mph in a Mustang! Things certainly have changed. The ultimate Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT500, raises the bar high on performance with the introduction of the new 2013 model that goes on sale next year delivering 650 horsepower and a top speed of more than 200 mph. That’s more than the Camaro, for now.

The 5.8-liter V-8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. The 3,850-pound car also stays exempt from the gas-guzzler tax.

Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.


Four Exhaust Pipes?! Beetle R Shows Stateside

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone

VW Beetle R Concept test 2

Since VW’s booming announcement that a Golf R model would be coming down the pipeline soon, US fans of Das Auto have waited patiently – toes tapping all the while. But before the Golf R has even hit US showrooms, VW has seen fit to release another race-inspired prototype cast from an altogether different mold. During the vehicle’s initial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Beetle R landed in US headlines with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and jealousy. We wanted the seemingly more virile Beetle R, and we wanted it first.

The LA Auto Show may not be the first Beetle R showing, but at least we finally get a close-up.

Countrymen, Lend Me Your Gears! (Video)

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Salamone

Mini Countryman X-raid test 2

Much has been said about Prodrive-enhanced Minis as the latest and greatest Mini modification. Step aside, Prodrive, X-raid has entered the arena. Sponsored by Monster, the German-based Baja racing team X-raid plans to enter five excruciatingly excellent Minis in a high-stakes South American desert rally race starting January 1, 2012 and concluding two weeks later across the continent.

In addition to five brightly-colored Minis, X-raid also intends to throw in three BMW X3s in the 2012 Dakar rally which spans from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Lima, Peru.

New 2012 Jeep Wrangler And Liberty Arctic Special Edition

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Peter C Sessler

New 2012 Jeep Wrangler And Liberty Arctic Special Edition test 2

Trying to satisfy that huge pent-up demand, Jeep has announced two, yes two, new models: the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Arctic and Jeep Liberty Arctic. Now those of you who love the cold can pretend that you are off to the Arctic!

“There are few environments more grueling and demanding than the Arctic, which is just the type of terrain legendary Jeep vehicles are engineered to conquer,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Not only will the Jeep Wrangler Arctic and Jeep Liberty Arctic appeal to our loyal enthusiasts, but their unique content will attract new customers to the Jeep brand.”

Available in Liberty, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited, the 2012 Arctic models arrive in Jeep showrooms this month.

HBH Shows Rendering Of Mid-Engined Aston Martin

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

HBH Shows Rendering Of Mid-Engined Aston Martin test 2

HBH has been making all kinds of news lately. Not only did the Zenvo ST1 S50 that it designed land in the United States, but its next project is getting a little more public. We told you about the mid-engined Aston Martin Vantage that the company was planning a couple months ago, and now the firm has released a computer rendering, providing a better idea of what the car will look like.

I have to say, I'm somewhat disappointed by this rendering. The original teaser made it look as though HBH had figured out a design solution to the mid-engined supercar. When you have a massive engine bolted behind the seats of a car, it tends to make for an unnaturally long rear-end and a squashed-forward cabin. Many mid-engined supercars look misproportioned and awkward because of this.

The Camaro ZL1: Designed For Downforce

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 11:08AM | By: Peter C Sessler

The Camaro ZL1: Designed For Downforce test 2

With 580 hp, the Camaro ZL1 can now hit 170 mph at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife course in Germany. Obviously, it takes quite a bit of aerodynamic downforce to do this, and do it safely.

“The Camaro ZL1 lapped the Nürburgring in an incredible 7:41.27 seconds, which would not have been possible without work of our aerodynamics team,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “The design of the ZL1 creates downforce like a race car, harnessing air pressure to press the tires against the track for extra grip and control at high speeds.”

2012 Challenger SRT 392 Yellow Jacket Hemi Buzzing At Los Angeles Auto Show

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:03AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Challenger SRT 392 Yellow Jacket Hemi Makes A Buzz At Los Angeles Auto test 2

Dodge continues to remind us of the muscle cars that were introduced in the late 1960s-early 1970s with the new special limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 featuring exclusive Stinger Yellow exterior and interior appointments. This sort of thing works because when these cars finally become collectors’ items, they'll be worth more.

“The Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket adds another piece of performance car nostalgia to our rear-drive muscle coupe lineup in 2012,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO—SRT Brand and Motorsports. “The Stinger Yellow paint and interior accents speak directly to the performance enthusiast who appreciates a memorable and collectible color that helps deliver even more excitement and exclusivity.”

The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team announced on November 9 an exclusive production run of special-edition 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket models featuring Stinger Yellow exterior paint and interior appointments.

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA test 2

Fiat officially returned to the US market earlier this year with the launch of the 500. While sales haven't been particularly big, the 500 has made a stir, thanks to a high-profile ad campaign with Jennifer Lopez and a few mentions in "best of" lists.

One of the next Fiats on the way to the US is the 500 Abarth, the 500's performance variant. The company will show this model at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this month.