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Introduced way back in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has enjoyed a long, successful career. It's been the fastest car in the world - both officially and unofficially - for much of its existence. It has also enjoyed a role as the most expensive and exotic supercar on the planet. But it's getting very close to retirement. Despite the lack of any official announcements on succeeding models, reports about a Veyron successor are already heating up.
While the status of the 16C Galibier remains in limbo, Bugatti is reportedly hard at work on the next generation Veyron, which will be named....VEYRON! The new model will be more than just an update or special edition, however; it will be a completely new model.
Posted In: Exotics, Rumors, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Bugatti, Veyron, supercars, hypercars, new cars, 16C, Galibier
"Infiniti EMERG-E is physical proof of Infiniti’s intention to produce a bold halo model befitting the brand’s promise of Inspired Performance, and also signals an array of exciting new technologies that the brand will adopt in its quest to build dramatic and sustainable high performance cars." Infiniti used that sentence to introduce the Emerg-E performance hybrid at this year's Geneva Motor Show. While the statement doesn't say that the Emerg-E will be the "bold halo model," it certainly implies it. The fact that Infiniti has built a working prototype supplies further evidence.
Things may not be so clear cut, however. A new report casts doubt on whether the Emerg-E will be Infiniti's halo car, suggesting that Nissan's luxury arm will reach further back in its concept car portfolio.
Posted In: Exotics, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Infiniti, Essence, emerg-e, concepts, new cars, supercars, flagship, Nissan
Ok, we all love free money. And, following closely behind, we all greatly enjoy free gift cards. In the spirit of our Nation’s most red, white, and blue holiday Jeep has officially issued a Freedom of the Open Road Contest & Sweepstakes.
As far as we’re concerned that long list of descriptors adds up to a $500 gift card to REI or 30 randomly awarded $25 iTunes gift cards to participants which answer the following question: what does ‘Freedom of the Open Road’ mean to you.
Only the three grand champions of the contest get the REI shopping spree. So unless you’re merely reaching for a few iTunes hits, pop on those wordsmithing caps, shed a few tears, and find your inner wanderlust, because nothing gets auto journos more excitable than glorifications of our favorite past time.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Jeep, freedom, open, road, asks, blog, contest, sweepstakes, REI, itunes, gift, card, cards, rules
In this upcoming September’s issue of Motor Trend magazine, readers will be treated to the possibility that three, and not two, SRT vehicles will eventually hit the road. For those of us currently counting, so far we know that the 2013 SRT Viper and 2015ish SRT Barracuda we be the SRT brand’s first two ponies out of the gate.
But Motor Trend speculates that another, altogether different, model will round out the nascent SRT lineup. The trouble is, of the two possibilities listed by author Mike Connor…neither seems like a viable option.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Rumors, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: srt, dodge, chrysler, demon, roadster, truck, ram, demon, raptor, SRT, rumor, rumors
Amidst all of the current hybrid nonsense going on in the world, it would be easy for a traditional gearhead to lose faith in the hope that the future will bring him bigger, better, and badder models to choose from. Considering how everything now seems to either plug-in, charge-up, or boast more about miles per gallon than horsepower, it is at the very least understandable to imagine how someone could think that our world's best hot rod days are behind us. But fear not, you weary worrywarts, we are here to tell you that not all is lost. In fact, one look at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 and all your fears will be quelled.
A Lamborghini sedan has been rumored since the Raging Bull unveiled the Estoque concept in 2008. Those rumors were largely put to rest when Lamborghini unveiled the Urus concept at the recent 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The logic is that the Urus crossover beat out an Estoque-inspired sedan for the third and final model slot in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Still, some voices say that Lamborghini hasn't abandoned the sedan entirely. The latest such voice explains that the first Lamborghini four-door may come by way of a four-seat Aventador.
Posted In: Exotics, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Lamborghini, Aventador, rumors, Aventador sedan, new cars, supercars
Chevy has released a recall of 413,148 Cruze models made from October 2, 2009 through May 31, 2012 billed as 2011 and 2012 models. It seems that any oil that may spill or drip as a result of an changing an oil filter or adding oil to the car can gather in the engine shield at the base of the motor. Unfortunately, that is also in very close proximity to very hot engine parts (exhaust and catalytic converters), which may cause all of that collected oil to catch fire, which would ruin most any driver's day.
Thankfully, owners can contact Chevy for a free fix of the shield at 1-866-694-6546 or simply wait until Chevy begins contacting owners later this month.
Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: recalls, safety, chevy, chevrolet, cruze, oil
GM announced pricing on the 2013 Chevy Malibu last week. The mid-size sedan gets a modest increase of $280, starting at $23,150. That price includes a $760 destination charge. While the base price is a little higher, the upper echelon LTZ models are less expensive than last year.
Fresh off the win in the mid-size class of the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (2012 model year), the new Malibu is priced and packaged. The 2013 model has the benefit of the new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine, which puts out close to 17 percent more power (197 hp) than the outgoing engine. The 2.5-liter plant comes standard in the base LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. A 259-hp 2.0-liter Ecotec turbo is optional on the LT and LTZ models.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Chevy, Malibu, new cars, pricing, 2013 Malibu, Chevrolet
You know, when we declared 2012 the year of the air-land race, we had forgotten momentarily about the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster-meets-golf ball world record. It wasn't actually a race per se, but some racing was required for SLS driver David Coulthard to track down the golf ball and catch it mid-air. So it's yet another fine example of the great land-air competition of 2012.
We first heard about the Mercedes stunt last month. Only problem was, there wasn't any video to show you. Try as we did, you really can't tell the story of "world's farthest golf shot caught in a moving car" without an accompanying video clip.
Posted In: Exotics, Racing, Videos
Tags: Mercedes, SLS AMG, supercars, world records, Guinness,
Small cars, big engines: It's a combination that inspires curiosity among car fans, even if the cars are ridiculously impractical and kind of counterintuitive (if you're going to have a supercar engine, you might as well have the supercar to go with it). Past examples have included the potential world's fastest Hennessey Venom GT and the Nissan Juke R. Now we have the Fiat 500 Italia from Roman design studio Lazzarini Design.
The idea is simple enough: reach across Fiat AG for one of the group's largest engines and fit it to one of its smallest cars. Lazzarini envisions the 4.5-liter V-8 engine from the Ferrari 458 Italia mounted in the rear of the 500, where it appears to take up a good portion of the hatch. In order to optimize traction, the firm plans to modify the engine output to a slightly lower 542 horses. That may be light for the 563-hp 458, but it's an arsenal of horsepower for the tiny minicar.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Concept Cars, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: tuner, cars, tunes, Ferrari, 458 Italia, Fiat 500, 500 Italia
After the success of its "Imported From Detroit" campaign, Chrysler is always eager to put a new spin on the theme. In recognition of the much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises film, the automaker has released a new ad campaign entitled "Imported From Gotham."
Gotham is the fictitious New York City-like metropolis setting of the Batman comics and movies, for anyone that hasn't been paying attention to decades of Batman movies, television shows and comic books. In a garage deep in the heart of the city, a team of mechanics outfits a Chrysler 300 for sharp vigilante justice.
Posted In: Car News, Videos
Tags: Chrysler, 300S, videos, commercials, ads, 300, Batman, Gotham, Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan, Imported From Detroit, Imported From Gotham City