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Categories: Concept Cars

Volvo V70 Plug-In: Seriously? A Useful Hybrid?!

On: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 2:56PM | By: John Welch

Volvo V70 Plug-In: Seriously? A Useful Hybrid?! test 1-1

Yeah, yeah, we all know your Prius is just sooo kewl. We are super jealous, really. How could I possibly live without a car that has no room, is made out of crappy plastic and nickel, and costs north of 30 large? The media says I cannot, nay, must not drive a car that receives its locomotion from dead dinosaurs alone, and the media is always right; right?

If we all just have to drive hybrids, how difficult could it be to come up with one that has enough room for a family yet can still attain an impressive mpg rating? The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and all of its offspring don't really count; 25 mpg isn't that impressive anymore. Volvo has the answer in the form of the stately V70 Two-Mode Plug-In Hybrid. And I thought Japanese sports cars had convoluted names . . .


The Wraps Are Off The Toyota / Subaru Sports Car

On: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 11:11AM | By: John Welch

The Wraps Are Off The Toyota / Subaru Sports Car test 1-1

What is this grainy image we are looking at? That, my friends, is a flat-four lurking beneath the hood of. . .a Toyota? MMmmm, and that Boxer engine is attatched to . . . a chassis that is 'rear-drive only'?! What is going on? Could this get any more weird? Oh yes, it sure can. One word . 'Zippers'.

Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:03PM | By: John Welch

Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy test 1-1

Diamond-studded wallets are running for cover. The Bugatti will end production of the Veyron, what amounts to a $1.6 million dollar Volkswagen (and you thought the Pheaton was ludicrous?!) in the spring of 2012. That leaves a pretty big gap in Bugatti's product portfolio, . . like, the entire product portfolio. What will they do to rid those sparkling 'gator-skinned wallets of all of that messy cash? And how exactly did they get into the business of building and selling The Ritz-On-Wheels? . . . laisse découvrir

Here is some lovely French Weirdness for you . . .

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 11:46AM | By: John Welch

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly test 1-1

Fritz Henderson allows us a taste of GM's Australian bounty, the word 'bad' is redefined ala Michael Jackson, and Flavio Briatore shows there is hope for disco fanatics everywhere, as long as we are referring to fashion and not poorly planned crash-to-win fiascos . . .


Sick Of Your Geo Already?

On: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 2:13PM | By: John Welch

Sick Of Your Geo Already? test 1-1

GM is rolling out an ambitious 'rebate' plan next week. Try full rebate. If you find you don't like your new GM vehicle, for any reason, in the first sixty days of ownership, you can return it for a full refund. The marketing blitzkrieg features a folksy Texan and fresh product. Actually, most of it is 'fresh' only if you were smart enough to avoid that Transformers 2 turdcicle. We dummies have all laid eyes on the Chevy Beat already.

The G,B,U; Unattainable 911 Edition

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 4:14PM | By: John Welch

The G,B,U; Unattainable 911 Edition test 1-1

The Good: Porsche is introducing a new 911, the 'Sport Classic'. New Porsches are always appreciated, but the good news here is the new flappy-paddle transmission. The transmission itself isn't new, just the flappy-paddles. Prior to this model, a Porsche customer not possessing the wherewithal to specify a manual transmission had to settle for Pontiac Grand Prixesques thumb-shifter thingees. I've always thought this to be a rather moronic solution for gear-changing, just like the universal inter-automaker refusal to make auto-boxes with levers that move down for an up shift and up for a down shift. How many times has an auto-journalist bitched about that in the last ten years?

With the old Porsche system you were required to squeeze the sides of the steering wheel's spokes to effect gear changes. Completely counter-intuitive. Thankfully, the electronic connections are all the same for either system, so all Porsches with the bizarro shifters could theoretically be retro-fitted with flappy-paddles. Honestly, who are these goons that are buying Porsches with automatic transmissions to begin with?! Sigh, IDIOTS . ..

Shumacher Previews 458 Italia, Drooling Allowed

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 10:53AM | By: John Welch

Shumacher Previews 458 Italia, Drooling Allowed test 1-1

We've been seeing teasers for the Ferrari 458 Italia all over the Internet lately. The video below was the first 'offcial' teaser for the 458, released a few weeks ago. Since then, Ferrari has commissioned several videos that reveal further details about the F430 replacement. More videos are available after the jump.

Running Round the 'Ring

On: Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 2:16PM | By: John Welch

Running Round the 'Ring test 1-1

Ahhh, the Nurburgring. Possibly the world's greatest race course (that's debatable, of course; Indy and La Sarthe may take offense). Considered by most of the world's automakers as the ultimate test for their machinery. Manufacturers are so high on the 'Ring koolaid that they've been waging a 'fast lap' war around the circuit for the better part of three years. The waters surrounding these records are starting to get a little muddy. In the last four days three different manufacturers (Devon, Gumpert, and Radical) have made claim to the 'production car' lap record. Huh? The PRODUCTION lap record is held by the Corvette ZR1, at a time of 7:26.4. It could be argued that none of these other cars are 'production' cars. They are all hand-built, small volume rocket sleds that surely required serious bribes in order to get street legal. Take a look at the Radical; it's a LMP2 car with slim bodywork for barkinoutloud.

Besides the epic ego-war being waged between Porsche and Nissan, the fight between these small firms has become increasingly interesting. Following is a breakdown of the supposed records and as much media as I can find to go with them.

Devon GTX
: a Dodge Viper with frilly body cladding. Whoopee. It is 100% American, which I like, but they're shooting for a time of 6:55. MMmmm, that's a little hard to swallow.

Gumpert Apollo
: Here a we a have a serious beast. In the back of the wildly styled chassis lays an Audi V8. Oh, and a couple of hairdryers. You can order the performance flavor that best suits you: 600, 650, and 700 horsepower. Delicious. The Apollo even beats the Corvette by eleven seconds! To bad it looks like Falcor.

Radical SR8LM
: And here we have the new Champ. Though I refuse to call it a production car, it is remarkably reliable. The car was driven from England to South West Germany, and ran its lap on the same tires used for the transcontinental trip. I'll let you read the story for the lap time, but I assure you, it's eye-watering.