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Jaguar Announces It's Back In The Supercar Business With Its C-X75

On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid supercar test 2

Remember the XJ 220? Jaguar would probably prefer that you didn't. It's not that is was a bad car per se, it's just that so many compromises were made during its for-production development that the original car-show darling, which attracted more blank-check buyers than could be accommodated in 1989, was turned into a road car; people actually sued Jaguar to get out of buying once they saw the production version in late 1991.

Chief culprit was the switch from the concept's big V12 engine and all-wheel drive to a turbo V6 and rear-drive. Granted, what buyers that went through with their purchases got in 1992 was still a high-performance machine—it still set closed-course speed records in excess of the 220 mph its name implied—but the fact that many still lingered unsold in 1997 shows that when you promise a supercar full of superlatives, you better deliver (without spiking the MSRP after delivering half the promised cylinders).

[Boy, if all those who were adamant that a flagship Jaguar had to have a V12 were freaked-out by a V6, reading the specs of the 2013 C-X75 will probably make their heads explode….]


Out In The Desert With The Jeep Pickup

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Jeep JK-8 Independance test 2

Last month, Jeep and Mopar introduced a special kit called the JK-8 Independence. In short, it's a pickup kit that delivers a bed to the back of a Wrangler. It's pretty sweet option for the Jeep Wrangler line, given that Jeep has long lacked a production pickup model here in the States.

Unfortunately, the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari came and went, and we didn't really hear anything else about the JK-8 or other special edition Mopared Jeeps at the event. But a new video clip from PickupTrucks.com takes a closer look at the package in Moab.


New One-Off Ferrari Super America 45 Announced

On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta  test 2

It's been a while since we've seen a one-off Ferrari special edition. Too long. The last one that I seem to recall is the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta (pictured), a 599 GTB converted by Ferrari's own Special Projects division to look like the Ferrari in the 1968 film Toby Dammit. That model debuted in late 2009, so it's high time we got a new privately commissioned one-off to gawk at.

Luckily, just such a car will fill that role at the upcoming Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. And it will be just as "super" as the P540. It's called the Super America 45.


SRT8 392: Not So Challenging To Love

On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 2:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Dodge Challenger  SRT8, 392, test 2

If we are being honest, when the Dodge Challenger first bowed onto the scene, it didn't really live up to the legend and lore of its namesake. Sure it looked good, but it was heavy, a bit underpowered unless you opted to drop down 40 grand for the SRT variant, and seemed to just be another cookie-cutter wannabe amidst a lineup of mediocre models.  

It seems Dodge may have realized this somewhere along the way, and actually did what a lot of American car companies refused to do in the past:  They fixed their mistake, at least in terms of the SRT model. The new Challenger SRT 392 is nothing short of a beast. Taking a page out of other performance car's books, Dodge execs realized that car guys (and gals) are nostalgic in their taste for fast iron. They enjoy heritage, and want to feel a link to the past when gas was cheap and changing a cam in your car took a weekend and a few beers. So for those not in the know, the 392 harks back to those days gone by.


 

WTH? Fuoriserie Torino Fruits Up Land Rover Defender

On: Tue, May 3, 2011 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Weiss


WTH? Fuoriserie Torino Fruits Up Land Rover Defender test 1-1

Well, what the hell did the cat drag in here? Italian customizer Fuoriserie Torino thought it prudent to take one of the most masuline, testosterone-fueled vehicles out there and cover it in a vineyard motiff. Not even a somewhat respectable-looking vine-and-leaf motif, which probably could have been done in a way that would almost complement the Defender's muscular, no-nonsense body, but a completely effiminate, flowery-purple camo job. Why?!

Don't get me wrong, I like wine as much as the next guy. And there are probably a few cars that would look good in a wine wrap (maybe after a glass or two, anyway). But the Land Rover Defender? That's not exactly the canvas for a purple-and-light-green vineyard painting. There are so many other ways you could have made this somewhat acceptable—deep merlot color, some sort of powerful winery mascot/logo, etc. How exactly do you defend this decision?


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts Of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 5:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


the very limited Corvette Grand Sport. test 2

Every once in a while a car company gets it right. They mix the right blend of power, beauty, and mystique into the pot and come out with something that elicits an image of several engineers in lab coats smoking cigars and patting each other on the back as they stand at the end of the production line when the first model rolls off. In 1996 those crafty Chevy engineers had every right to celebrate when they made the very limited Corvette Grand Sport.

Even though there were only 1000 models made (810 coupes and 190 convertibles), the Grand Sport was a car that got worldwide attention. The C4 Corvette (fourth generation) was in its final model year, but after being around for 12 years (1984-1996), it seems Chevy wanted it to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.


Chevy Planning Several Corvette Performance Packages

On: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


Several Corvette Performance Packages Available Next Tear test 2

As you probably know, if you're a GM fanatic (do those exist?) or just a guy that happens to read a lot of auto news, Chevy will turn 100 next year. Chevy clearly wouldn't let such a prestigious birthday go by without some recognition, and we've already seen one little present: the Corvette Centennial Edition. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Chevy also has a few more special edition performance packages, along with a few modifications, in store for the Corvette. A Chevy dealer recently got onto the Interwebs and spilled the beans.

Car dealers are a little like kids when it comes to secrets. They get early access to some pretty juicy car information and just can't wait to tell all their closest friends, and, by extension, the entire world. Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner got some advance product information on the special edition 2012 Corvettes and immediately hopped on his router to share the good news on Corvette Forum. And once something of interest hits the Web, it's as good as global.


Bentley Continental Supersports Ice Speed Record Mulliner

On: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bentley Continental Supersports test 2

You know, when I think things like "ice" and "world speed record", the last thing that comes to mind is "convertible." Then again, I suppose ""Bentley would be among the last things to come to mind, too.

However, Bentley did indeed break the world ice speed record (yes, there is such a thing) earlier this year. And it did it in a Continental Supersports convertible. So it's not that illogical to see the all-new Continental Supersports Convertible ISR Mulliner. Bentley will use the limited edition model to celebrate its achievement.


World's Fastest Car Gets Darker

On: Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Chris Weiss


World's Fastest Car Gets Darker test 1-1

We've been so caught up in the start of the New York Auto Show that we almost missed two special edition Veyrons that launched across the world at the Shanghai Auto Show, also going on this week. However, special edition, multimillion dollar hypercars have a way of making themselves seen and heard. Loud and clear. 

The models include a roadster version of the Veyron and a blacked-out version of the Veyron Super Sport, the world's fastest car.


Jaguar Celebrates The E-Type's 50th... With Fox?

On: Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 1:34PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Megan Fox at the E-Type's 50th test 2

Though I’m sure there are more than a few folks out there that would like to spend their 50th birthday with American “actress” Megan Fox, she seems an odd choice for a hallowed English automaker to choose as the upscale “booth-bunny” for an event that celebrated the golden anniversary of its most famous model.

[What, was every English hottie busy that day, guys?]

But choose her they did for the “Jaguar E-Type 50th Anniversary Celebration,” an event that the company held near this year’s New York International Auto Show to remind us that the E-Type was introduced to the “North American media and public” 50 years ago at the 1961 NY show.

Sounds simple enough, right? Get an old Jag, a new Jag, some banners, maybe some cake and, bingo-bongo, you’ve got a party. Which is what they did… Sort of.


Lotus Building Final Edition Elise And Exige Models

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 5:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


Final Edition Elise and Exige Models test 2

Toyota has already stopped producing the 2ZZ-GE engine that Lotus uses to power the Exige and Elise. Though Lotus has a stockpile of the engines, supplies are winding down fast, meaning the end of the current-generation Elise and Exige are drawing near. Before all those 2ZZ-GEs run out this July, Lotus will offer three limited production, 'Final Edition' versions for the North American market.

The Exige Final Edition 260 will get a boost in output from 240 hp to 260 hp thanks to supercharging and intercooling of Toyota's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The model will get some extra equipment standard, including leather-trimmed sport seats courtesy of the Touring Package, and double-adjustable Ohlins dampers as part of the Track Package. Other upgrades include Torsen limited-slip differential and black, Y-type, five-spoke wheels. 30 models will be built, with pricing starting at $67,500.