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Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record

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

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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.

Tesla Model X Coming In February

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 12:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last August, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla planned to introduce a concept version of its next car--the Model X crossover--before the end of the year. Well, guess what? The champagne is drained; the confetti is cleaned and all but the most monumental hangovers have cleared. And we still haven't seen the Model X.  Musk cleared this up in saying that the new concept will make its debut next month.

In a statement from Musk published on tech blog GigaOM, Musk confirmed a February 9 unveiling. He didn't specifically say the Chicago Auto Show, but given that the show starts that day, it seems like a highly likely venue.

Musk didn't reveal any new details on the Model X, but it's known to be a crossover built on the same platform as the Model S. It will offer three rows of seating.

New Smartphone App Fights Drunk Driving

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 10:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Need to be entertained in the dwindling hours of work? Smartphone app. Need directions to the bar where your co-workers are gathering for happy hour? Smartphone app. Need to make sure that combination of light appetizers and cheap drinks didn't leave you too inebriated to drive? Smartphone app.

A new smartphone app called BreathalEyes gives you an approximation of your blood alcohol level to prevent you from getting behind the wheel.

2013 Shelby GT500 Is More Than A Camaro-Killer

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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We can hear you now Chevy fans. Angry and frustrated. Confused and alone. Not more than two months after the announcement of the resurrection of one of the greatest names in Camaro history, the ZL1 -- does the rug get pulled out from under your feet, and your balloon burst in your hand thanks to one little 650-horsepower Mustang. Not only does this new Ford embarrass your chosen pony car, it actually goes a step further and slaps your beloved Corvette ZR1 right in the face. How could they? How could they! Well, fear not GM faithful, we are here to tell you not to worry, and that all of this has happen once (or twice) before.


2012 NAIAS: What We Didn't Learn

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:57PM | By: Chris Salamone

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While the press viewing of Detroit’s full bounty has expired, and many newly-exciting models are slotted for market, we have to ask ourselves one remaining question: what did we miss? Sure, Acura unveiled a new NSX, RDX, and ILX. Yes, we learned about the Accord, Buick’s Encore, the Dodge Dart, and a few Audis meant for ski country. But amongst all the ad posturing, marketing plans, and novel product innovations we can also glean some interesting non-information about the auto industry in 2012.

Welcome to the flip side of automotive journalism, where a company’s actions might – in themselves – speak volumes about what is or isn’t happening.

Bentley SUV Looking Very Likely

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Range Rovers, BMW X5s and Audi Q7s are about to be displaced. If we're to believe the latest reports, the long-rumored Bentley SUV is very close to reality. If true, the Bentley model may kick off a new era of ultra-luxury SUVs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer expressed confidence in a greenlight and said that a decision is expected in the first quarter of this year. While Durheimer has publicly supported the SUV, the final decision rests with Volkswagen, Bentley's corporate owner.

Durheimer promised that a Bentley SUV would be above and beyond anything currently available, stating, "If we bring this to the market it will be positioned significantly above the vehicles that are currently available in this segment."

Test Track To Be Re-Imagineered

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Thirteen years ago car enthusiasts everywhere finally found an excuse to visit Walt Disney World without sacrificing too much face. Epcot unveiled a joint-venture ride, between GM and Walt Disney Imagineering, labeled Test Track – which attempted to fulfill every car buff’s mechanical fantasy by weaving through the trials and tribulations of a simulated test track.

Since Test Track originally opened, however, the ride has remained virtually unimproved. Needless to say, both car and testing technologies have improved dramatically since the late 1990s, particularly with regard to GM. And so, GM and Disney have come together, once more, to renew a long-term business relationship towards modernization and a newly-single brand focus.

Chevy Surprises Detroit With Two Youthful Concepts

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 9:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Detroit Auto Show is proving to be a pretty fertile ground for sporty, eco-friendly concepts. The most notable, of course, is the Acura NSX hybrid. But Chevy also introduced two concepts that pair sporty styling with green powertrains. And unlike the NSX, there was nary a peep about these Chevy concepts ahead of the show.

Chevy's concepts aren't in the same pay grade as the NSX, but they do offer sporty styling aimed specifically at younger buyers.

Acura Unveils Its New NSX

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Acura NSX has long stood as the ultimate Honda vehicle. Unfortunately, for over half a decade, it's stood as but a memory because Honda stopped building it in 2005.

As of today, the NSX is back. Or at least a concept version previewing what should become a production model brings the NSX nameplate back to Acura. As anticipated, Acura unveiled an NSX concept on the first day of the North American International Auto Show.

GM Showcases New Technologies At CES

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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GM has used this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the latest OnStar technologies being developed in its labs. These technologies include third-party apps, in-vehicle computer streaming, and video chat.

GM equipped a Chevy Volt research vehicle with many of the latest OnStar functions. The car is powered by Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network that enables a variety of cutting edge information, entertainment and safety functions. The car follows the original Buick Verizon-OnStar research vehicle, which was introduced at last year's CES show.

The Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg

On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 1:41PM | By: David Walter

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The Festivals of Speed will return to St. Petersburg, Florida for their 9th year with a weekend of luxury and indulgence. Attendees can expect to see the most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles and watercraft the world has to offer while enjoying gourmet foods, fine wine and spirits, cigars and world class entertainment.

The weekend kicks off Friday, March 30 with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. Exotic vehicles will be on display and a jazz orchestra and both a live & silent charity auction should keep provide a night of entertainment. Premium foods and beverages will be available as well.

Saturday, March 31, joining the Festivals of Speed is the Florida Powerboat Club and their annual Tampa Bay Poker Run. Other events Saturday include VIP Ride & Drives and an exclusive Wine Connoisseur’s reception.

Finishing it off with a ‘bang’ is the weekend’s main event. Held in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront and the Renaissance Vinoy Marina, a large collection of exotics autos as well as fine jewelry and timepieces will be on display. And of course, more premium foods, drinks, cigars and entertainment will be available.

Check out the Festivals’ press release below for more information.