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G-Power Turns BMW's M6 Into World's Fastest 2 + 2

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss

G-Power Turns BMW's M6 Into World's Fastest 2 + 2 test 1-1

A couple of months ago, G-Power unleashed its BMW M5 Hurricane RR, a suped-up version of the M5 that was capable of speeds over 231 mph, making it the fastest production sedan on the streets, according to the tuner. Now G-Power has another virtual trophy to put on its shelf: a tuned BMW M6 that it says is the world's fastest two-door four-seater.

Sneak Peek of This Week's L.A. Auto Show

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible test 2

The 2010 L.A. International Auto Show is coming up this week; the glitz and glamour of Hollywood demands that the cars exhibited each year are the most ostentatious of each automaker’s line-up. Which models will automakers display this year? 2010 has been an exciting year, many new models have broken cover at different International Auto Shows. For details on some of the new cars and innovative features the automakers plan to unveil in the City of Angels, read on . . .

The NASCAR Camry Coupe V8 at SEMA

On: Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:36AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The NASCAR Camry Coupe V8 at SEMA  test 1-1

The owner of RK Collection and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, Rob Kauffman, has teamed up with Toyota Racing development to produce a street-legal, NASCAR-inspired high-performance Camry.

Among many new concepts unvieled at SEMA last week, one of the most interesting cars is the Toyota NASCAR Camry V8 Coupe. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. The SEMA show is not open to the public, It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries. The Camry at this year’s SEMA was not your ordinary sedan by any means; the special two-door Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition was produced by RKC in collaboration with Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

GM Products Prominent At SEMA, Pt. 1

On: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: John Welch

Chevrolet Corvette Jake Edition test 2

General Motors is on a rebound, of sorts, and the proof is in the SEMA pudding. Besides aftermarket tuners going absolutely bat-ess on the ubiquitous Camaro, GM itself offered up a few (more like a "bunch") of performance enhanced Chevrolets, covering every aspect of the market from tacked-on appearance upgrades to full-bore track mods designed to transform the Camaro and Corvette into asphalt devouring track beasts ala the Dodge Viper ACR-X. The General's front drive line up wasn't left out of the fun; GM introduced its new Z-Line series of visual and aerodynamic enhancements for the Volt, Cruze, and Spark commuter boxes.

The aftermarket spit out more than a couple modified GM vehicles, but by far the most intriguing came from our friends over at Hurst Performance. Allow me to pontificate for a moment regarding the base engines offered in modern "Muscle Cars". The key word is "modern" here. Though a V8-powered Camaro or Mustang is physically faster, in a straight line, than its V6-powered counterpart, when the going gets twisty the dynamic responses of the smaller-engined cars are superior. Even with cheaper/smaller/less grippy rolling stock. The designers of these machines are able to position the V6 engines with more freedom than the V8s, because of their smaller size and mass. A V6 can be crammed right up against the firewall of a car, keeping as much of the weight of the engine behind the shock towers as is mechanically possible. This translates to better weight distribution, which in turn translates to better handling.

What if the power output of these V6s were to match or exceed that of the throaty V8s? Hurst asked themselves that question and then got to work. We will tell you all about it tomorrow. First, the General has some presents for you . . .


2009 Hurst Series 5 Challenger: Gentleman's Hot Rod Enters 21st Century

On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 1:03PM | By: John Welch

2009 Hurst Series 5 Challenger: Gentleman's Hot Rod Enters 21st Century test 1-1

Let's say you woke up one morning and realized that you finally had the means to own any car your heart desires. Would you go for the requisite Ferrari or Porsche? Would you buy an older car and restore it? Would you get a hoopty, a muscle car, a European exotic, a Concourse winner?

Most people, in the real world, dive head first into some endless basket-case of a project and never realize their final goal. Phillip Anderson is not that guy. Knowing full well that his time is his most important commodity, and that he didn't have room for a half-finished project that he could never devote time to, and that he did not lust after Euro machinery in quite that same way as American Iron, Mr. Anderson went about his dream car search in a more logical way than most men would. And, being totally honest, it wasn't even a man who worked through all of this mental puffery—it was Phillip's wife.

Ruthelise Anderson knew her husband desired a car that would turn heads, haul ass, and not get him arrested while doing it. She knew that he had enjoyed Hurst automobiles his entire life and she knew that buying a Hurst meant exclusivity that could not be gained through any but the most rare European car. Okay, things are going well if your wife knows who or what Hurst is in the first place, but Ruthelise did one better. She bought Mr. Anderson the last Hurst Series Five Dodge Challenger made in 2009. That would number 15 of 15. Slathered in gorgeous bright white paint, broken up by gold stripes, this Challenger meets all of the requirements laid out by Phillip when originally considering a high performance car, and ticks a few extra boxes along the way.

Hurst Vehicles Invade The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival

On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 3:16PM | By: John Welch

Hurst Vehicles Invade The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival test 1-1

There were many show stoppers featured during the 2010 Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. One car owner wowed us with not one, but two Hurst customized vehicles. Phillip Anderson is the proud owner of a 2009 Hurst Challenger and a 1969 Hurst Oldsmobile 442. Not only does he own some sweet Hurst metal, Mr. Anderson is one of two Hurst "Ambassadors at Large" in the world.

Built in Irvine, California and starting life as a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Mr. Phillips' Challenger is the only Hurst Challenger in Florida, and it is the 15th of a 15 unit run. Can anyone say "rare"?! The Oldsmobile is completely stock (for a Hurst Olds, anyway) and is so mint the stickers are still on the tires.

These cars are by no means "Trailer Queens"; they were driven to and from the show, and Mr. Phillips enjoys the Challenger every chance he gets. Who wouldn't? I'd live in that car. The Challenger was a Christmas gift from Phillip's wife, Ruthelise Anderson. Along with everyone responsible for building the car, Mrs. Anderson signed the inside face of the trunklid. Her quote? "To my Phillip . . . From Ruthelise with Love!" A 572 bhp Muscle Car for Christmas?! That's some kind of love! The choice of 500+ horse hoon-mobile exhibits excellent taste as well.

Enjoy this gallery from the Lake Mirror Classic and look for an indepth article about these two beasts, Mr. Anderson, and everything Hurst, on Monday.

Poor Man's Bentley Gets Juiced: Dodge Adds Viper Engine To 300 C

On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

Poor Man's Bentley Gets Juiced: Dodge Adds Viper Engine To 300 C test 1-1

The boxy Chrysler 300 often draws comparison to a Bentley or Rolls. Kind of the 50-footer of the auto market, the 300 appears to some untrained eyes like a Bentley from distance, but as it draws closer, it's more than clear that it's not a $250,000 ultra-premium, but a Chrysler knock-off. And while Chrysler offers several attractive engine options for the 300, topping off at the 425-hp 6.1-liter SRT HEMI V8 used in the 300C SRT8, the 300 still falls short of 500 to 550 horses worth of Bentley V8 or W12 power. Of course, with a starting price of under $27,500, the 300 doesn't exactly need to compete with the Bentley on every level. Or any level.

But now it can. One enthusiast of yet-unknown origin recently took the Chrysler 300 to the next level by jamming the 600-hp 8.4-liter V10 engine from the Viper under the faux-Crewe hood. In addition to some deep-throated, all-American muscle grumble spewing from the exhaust, the upgraded 300 would certainly be capable of super-Bentley numbers.

BMW and Mercedes Add iPad Mount Option

On: Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 12:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW and Mercedes Add iPad Mount Option  test 1-1

The iPad has got to be the official electronics accessory of the year. It's also kind of a trendy status symbol, so it's no surprise that some people might want to mount it prominently in their vehicles to show how hip they are. And two luxury automakers, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, will be giving their customers just that opportunity. Both companies announced their own customized iPad mounts.

A tad short of the completely Apple-overed Mercedes S Class iBusiness announced by tuning firm Brabus earlier this year, but still a way of getting your daily dose of "i" in your car, the new mounts basically let you replace the headrest LCD displays that are so five years ago.

New Website Allows Users To Customize Their Dream Mustang

On: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 10:57AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

New Website Allows Users To Customize Their Dream Mustang test 1-1

Ford has a new customizable website that allows users to create the Mustang of their dreams! The site is fun and easy to use. You can select aftermarket kits and parts, and change colors, “determining the intensity of your burnout cloud,” according to Ford News.com—you can see all of the changes instantly on your computer screen and then order your customized Mustang parts online.

There are hundreds of items such as Mustang wind-guard, side strip kits, GT aluminum wheels, Mustang wing and winglet, side skirts and door panel fillers, rear fascia with dual exhaust openings, and more. Mustang owners can even choose from a variety of custom decals for their Mustang. Some of the accessories available on the online application include wheels, deck lids, spoilers and grilles, and more. Within minutes, 10 completely different looks can be created with price quotes, or you can even create a picture for wallpaper to use on your computer desktop.

There are a vast number of customizable sites out there, but the 2010 Ford Mustang customizer sets itself apart, largely because it goes beyond a linear build and price experience that most sites focus on. The site was created by the Wunderman Team in Detroit.— Ford focused on how to make the experience of creating your dream Mustang really fun.

Ford Boosts 2011 Mustang With Supercharger Kit

On: Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 11:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Boosts 2011 Mustang With Supercharger Kit  test 1-1

The 2011 Ford Mustang has already made big headlines for bringing back the 5.0 and delivering 300 (hp) and 30 (mpg). Now, Ford Racing is offering a little something for those that prefer 500 or 600 over 300. The company's new supercharger kitsfor 5.0-liter Mustang GT models boosts output up to 624 hp (up from 412 hp of the stock 5.0-liter V8).

Ford Racing announced the new kits at the Woodward Dream Cruise this past weekend. The kits are the first power upgrades offered for the new Mustang.

The two top kits feature a 2.3-liter twin-screw supercharger, intake manifold, air-to-liquid intercooler system, drive belt, 47 lb/hr high-impedance fuel injectors and an ECU tune from Ford Racing. The 525 hp kit gets an ECU tune for 7 psi of supercharger boost and the 624 hp kit gets a 9 psi boost. The base Tuner Kit, which is aimed at tuners and "extreme enthusiasts," does not include the ECU tuning from Ford Racing, but includes all the other pieces of the puzzle. Since the base kit is designed for tinkerers, no final output numbers are given.

The 525 hp kit boosts torque up to 470 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm and the 624 hp kit offers up to 536 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm.

The extra power from Ford Racing won't come cheap. The base kit costs $6,499. Each of the other two kits comes in choice of black or chrome, which relates to the color of the intake manifold. The 525 hp kit costs $7,199 for the black version and $7,799 for the chrome, while the 624 hp kit is $7,499 in black and $8,099 in chrome. The 525-hp kit includes a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty when installed by a Ford/Lincoln dealer, while the 624 hp kit comes with no such niceties. All the kits are available as you read.

Porsche Upgrades Panamera Turbo With After-Market Turbo Kit

On: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Upgrades Panamera Turbo With After-Market Turbo Kit test 1-1

The Porsche Panamera has been splitting its time winning praise and fending off derision since its introduction last year. For owners that want to avoid the latter and welcome more of the former, Porsche has new options that will add power, performance and looks to the four-door. Panamera Turbo owners who want to massage even more horses out of their four-door will soon have a new option. Porsche announced the Powerkit that will boost the output of the Panamera Turbo by 40 hp. The kit will be available this fall. Also available this fall, Porsche will offer several new exterior options.

Porsche's new Powerkit will equip the Panamera Turbo models with new turbochargers that house titanium-alloy turbine wheels. The kit will also include tunes to the engine management system to make the Panamera Turbo's V8 more responsive. The kit pulls an extra 40 ponies out of the 4.8-liter V8 for a total of 540, and also boosts torque to 553 lb-ft (up from 516).