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2013 Viper Will Go On Sale To Viper Owners First

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Viper Will Go On Sale To Viper Owners First test 2

We're still not all that excited about the Viper nameplate being moved from Dodge to SRT, but we are very excited for the dawn of a new snake. Rumors have been running wild on the 2013 Viper for years, and in a few months, we'll finally get to see it. "See" is the operative word there because only preexisting Viper owners will be invited to buy the model upon launch.

MSNBC reports that only Viper owners will have the chance to buy one of the first models to launch. If you don't already have a Viper, you'll have to wait until the loyalists get first pickings. The report doesn't have any details in terms of launch time frames, so we'll have to wait and see exactly what Dodge..er SRT has in mind.

Audi's Ahab Seeks Elusive White Nemesis

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 1:05PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Just recently Audi released a new ad campaign during the National Football League’s division playoffs. Although originally a 60 second clip, a 30 second version will air nationally. For those of us unwilling to accept a watered down version, the original commercial – in all its glory – is shown below. And ‘tis glorious. Audi’s ‘Ahab’ campaign pays homage to Herman Melville’s epic tale of a devout (aka crazy) sea captain and his precious white whale.

But in the world of Ahab, our winter wonderland tow truck driver, only one white nemesis can lay claim to the man’s fractured mind – coming from the very same manufacturer that offers all-wheel drive in every single model, overcomes 37.5 degree inclines, and shreds enough fresh snow to leave tow trucks lonely for years to come.

Look! Just there, an elusive Quattro beast looms on the horizon. Missed it? Such a pity, perhaps next time.

2013 Scion FR-S Debuts In Detroit

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Scion FR-S Debuts In Detroit test 2

We've long known that the Toyota GT 86 would be branded as a Scion here in the United States. At last year's Detroit Show, Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S concept, and at this year's show, it introduced the production model. Unlike the Toyota version of the sports car, the Scion model carries its concept name into production.

Outside of the subtle color change from orange to orange-red, the FR-S is nearly identical to the GT 86 debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The only obvious change that I can spot up front is the removal of the fog lights that were equipped to the GT 86. Instead, the FR-S features uninterrupted air inlets on both sides of the bumper. Out back, the FR-S uses a more modest spoiler than the Tokyo GT 86.

Other than that, the cars are one and the same. Both use Subaru's horizontally opposed 2.0-liter boxer engine driving the rear wheels for a total of 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. Both give buyers the option of six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.

Fox Marketing Tuning A 400-HP Nissan Juke

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fox Marketing Tuning A 400-HP Nissan Juke test 2

Typically a car as weird as a 485-hp small crossover is something that you'd only be able to find from a tuning house. In the case of the Nissan Juke R, though, it was actually Nissan that thought the concept up. Not surprisingly, the Juke R is inspiring tuners to create their own suped-up versions of the Juke.

Even tuners known for extreme automobiles weren't quite twisted enough to think about dropping Nissan's GT-R powertrain into a Juke. But after seeing Nissan do it step by step, they're inspired enough to try something similar.


Nissan CEO Depicts Saga Of Resilience

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn test 2

It’s not too often we feel compelled to redistribute the full text of an auto exec’s speech, but Carlos Ghosn’s opening comments, delivered during the Automotive News World Congress at the North American International Auto Show, were enough to inspire folks for generations to come.

Beginning with the recent set of crises to face Japanese automakers, Ghosn depicted a story of preparedness and dogged determination which culminated in a 14.4 sales increase over 2010 – despite all odds. Taking things a step further, the CEO then went on to outline how automotive companies of the future are not only going to survive, but thrive.

In a time where Japanese automakers are turning to Nissan for business guidance, Ghosn’s commentary was all the more relevant – he’s partly responsible for the company’s ability to bounce back.

North American Car And Truck Of The Year

On: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

North American Truck of the Year: Range Rover Evoque test 2

The North American International Auto Show was last week, and the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced at the show. The awards haven't been given out just yet, but the winners have been selected.

Out of the pool of six finalists, judges chose the Hyundai Elantra and the Range Rover Evoque as the respective car and truck winners. The Elantra beat out the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat for the honors and the Evoque beat out the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V.

The Land Rover crushed the competition with a score of 254 compared to 142 points for the CR-V and 94 points for the X3. The race was a little closer in the car segment, with the Elantra getting 174 points, the Passat 161 and the Focus 155.

Video Of The Day: Hot Pink Range Rover Stuck In Hot Desert Sand

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 11:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

Video Of The Day: Hot Pink Range Rover Stuck In Hot Desert Sand test 1-1

If you drive a pink SUV, it's usually pretty safe to assume you didn't buy it for its mud-romping, rock-climbing off-road prowess. It's also usually safe to assume that you're a lady, live in well-to-do suburb and probably carry a tiny dog around in your purse.

In this case, all assumptions would be wrong. Not only are the drivers of this particular hot pink Range Rover not riding around with a shitzu, but they're dudes. And while we're not sure if they bought the Range Rover specifically for off-roading, they did decide to give it a try in the Arabian desert. Not surpisingly, they didn't do too well.

Family Fued: Tuned Lamborghini Gallardo Takes on Aventador

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 11:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

Family Fued: Tuned Lamborghini Gallardo Takes on Aventador test 2

Few things in life sting the same way that getting beat up on by your little brother does. Problem for big brothers everywhere is that little brothers tend to have that extra competitive chip on their shoulder. And sometimes little brothers spend hours hitting the bench while big brothers spend those same hours eating Cheetos and playing Call of Duty.

Consider the below video the automotive version of that scenario. A 1,200-hp Lamborghini Gallardo tuned by Underground Racing takes on a stock Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Is it a devastating day for the Aventador? You'll have to read and watch to find out.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport May Debut In Geneva

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport May Debut In Geneva test 2

The Geneva Motor Show is no stranger to sexy, exotic European-built supercars. In fact, we'd have to call the March show the ground zero for such cars. This year's show won't be an exception to that trend, with cars like a new Gumpert supercar and rumored Lamborghini Aventador roadster expected to be among the new debuts. According to recent reports, a high-performance version of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport roadster will also be a part of the Geneva festivities.

With the Veyron 16.4 having run through its prouction life cycle, Bugatti is now left to focus on its sole remaining model: the Veyron Grand Sport. Back in the summer, we first heard a loose rumor from the Netherlands that Bugatti was planning to add a more powerful Grand Sport model to its line. An article in Autovisie cited Bugatti/Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer as quoting an output figure between the 1,001 hp of the standard Veyron Grand Sport and the 1,200 hp of the Veyron Super Sport.

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

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 3:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you sit back and think about just how many different model cars have come across the assembly lines, it’s amazing that we remember any of them at all. Sure, you personally might remember your first car, but by-and-large, not too many of us are really emotionally vested in a 1987 Buick Skylark the way you might be. But then there are cars that come along every once in a great while that we as a collective civilized world can appreciate. Cars that are so striking, and so stunning that men and women that have no automotive knowledge whatsoever become awestruck and mesmerized by the mere sight of one of these mighty machines. That list of cars is very short, but it can be argued that at the top of that very short list lies one car, and one car only -- the Ferrari F40.

Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record test 2

There's no shortage of supercar marques with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in their sights. Bugatti's record had barely been made last summer before other potential contenders like SSC and Koenigsegg started waving their gauntlets around and hinting at an upcoming challenge. In a conversation with Jay Leno, John Hennessey, the mad man behind the 1,200-hp Lotus Exige known as the Venom GT, became the latest to publicly set a goal of beating the Veyron SS's 267.8 mph world record.