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Nissan To Commission More High-Performance Nismo Models

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan To Commission More High-Performance Nismo Models test 1-1

If the recent Juke R tells us one thing, it's that Nissan is itching for some performance models. You have to be just a little bored to come up with something as off-the-wall as a 530-hp small crossover.

Luckily for Nissan and its tuning wing Nismo, it won't be bored for long. The Juke Nismo Concept--a more realistic take on a high performance Juke--is the beginning of an increased role for Nismo. Nissan announced at the Tokyo Motor Show that it plans to start commissioning more Nismo models.

Honda Struggles With Latest Lineup, Three Little Pigs

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 3:15PM | By: Chris Salamone

Honda Crosstour test 2

After earthquakes and Thai flooding, Japanese automakers have certainly faced an array challenges for one year. So much so that the damage caused by those events can still be seen today in lackluster 2012 model updates and limited supply offerings, a fact which Honda readily admits. However, with Honda’s latest sales report, devout followers may begin to question yet another aspect of sales operations: the model lineup.

What could be wrong with a lineup marked by year-after-year of Car and Driver 10Best Awards, widely recognized as the most reliable and efficient set of cars around? Considering those awards only went to Honda’s traditional fan favorites – Accord, Civic, Fit, Prelude, and so on – the issue rests squarely on the shoulders of Honda’s latest niche additions, aka the three little pigs.

Don’t get the wrong idea. Honda is an amazing company which currently produces some of the best vehicles on the road. But, the Ridgeline, CR-Z and Crosstour are not helping the company’s fiscal bottom line or reputation.

Hellish Chopper Fury: Confederate Motorcycles Unveils The Hellcat

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:45PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hellish Chopper Fury: Confederate Motorcycles Unveils The Hellcat test 2

We don't really cover a lot of motorcycles here at Autoshopper--kind of an entirely different ball game. Every once in a while, though, a motorcycle is so brazen and distinguished that we just have to take notice. Confederate Motorcycles is the type of chopper builder that happens to build a lot of those types of motorcycles. And since we're still pretty high on hogs after last night's season finale of "Sons of Anarchy," we knew the Hellcat had to make the blog. Its latest is the X132 Hellcat.

Confederate Motorcycles just exude a feeling of raw, unapologetic, thigh-rattling power. The X132 Hellcat is just a perfect example. The 2,200cc V-Twin engine is simply spilling out of the bike's frame.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 test 2

If you really want to go fast in an SUV, then the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is about the only way to go - in fact, the SRT8 does approach Porsche Cayenne levels of performance.  But you really will want more than pure acceleration, because there are many, many cars out there that can out-accelerate the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. You want that special something that the Jeep provide - in addition to all that power.

In order for the Jeep to be able to handle all that power, certain things had to be done. You’ll surely notice that the Jeep sits lower than its brothers and the front bodywork is dangerously low, which leads one to question: Is this really an SUV vehicle, or is it a hopped up “other type of vehicle” (I don’t know quite what to call it). If it can’t go off-roading at the flick of the steering wheel, then it no-longer is an off-road vehicle, is it? We just can’t be sure.


Hennessey Venom GT Gets Convertible

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT Gets Convertible test 2

The Hennessey Venom GT has stood as the most interesting supercar-by-tuner of the past several years. This supercar is what happens when car guys get a wee bit shop drunk and start coming up with outlandish ideas. In this case, the outlandish idea is fitting a tiny Lotus Exige with a massive, twin-turbo LS9 V-8 engine. That's 1,200 hp packed into 2,640 lbs.

The Venom GT is admittedly pretty exciting, but what good is an ultra-powerful, quirky two-seater if you can't take the top off? That's why there's now a Venom GT Spyder.

Smart Goes Urban Commando, For-Us

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 4:32PM | By: Chris Salamone

Smart For-Us Concept test 2

Smart has just released images of the company’s latest concept, an urban assault-type vehicle set to debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. Although a bit humorous in comparison with other modern pickup trucks, the Smart For-Us is targeted for young folks looking for a quasi-practical loading vehicle capable of handling at least two full-sized bicycles.

But, don’t get the wrong idea. The For-Us will be small, really small.

Looking Sharper Everyday, Dodge Dart Gets (More) Teasing

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Dodge Dart test 2

Over the past month details have slowly emerged about Dodge’s newest entry into the compact sedan segment. Discussions initially raged about possible design platforms, engine options, and finally the would-be Dodge’s future name. We know now, this latest Dodge will be officially labeled the Dart – channeling days of yore.

Along with a company-provided teaser website, the following images allow an opportunity for tiny Mopar fans to start salivating. What’s more, since we know the 2013 Dodge Dart will be based on Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta, we can get a basic idea of how the car might look by imagining the front and rear fascia images provided by Dodge tacked onto the body of an appropriate Alfa.

Toyota Has Supercharged GT 86 Deep In The Works

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 1:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Has Supercharged GT 86 Deep In The Works test 2

Well that didn't take long at all. We finally moved past all the teasing and got the meat on the Toyota GT 86. And now...more teasing.

Despite the fact that the GT 86 just debuted days ago after two years of concepts, Toyota is already teasing the next GT 86 variation. The automaker has a high-performance GT 86 well underway.

Autocar spoke to chief engineer Tetsuo Tada who said that not only is a GT 86 coming, but Toyota is already testing prototypes. The car is being developed by Toyota Racing Developments, Toyota's in-house tuning branch.

Koenigsegg's Labor Day Record Gets Official (Video)

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Koenigsegg's Labor Day Record Gets Official test 2

It may be difficult to remember in this time of burgeoning winter, but back when the warm, bright days of summer were just giving way to the crisp days of autumn, Swedish hypercar-maker Koenigsegg rattled the world record scene with six different world records. None of the records were quite as prominent as top speed or 0-to-60/62 mph, but they were all equally impressive to the supercar connoissuer.

It took a few months, but Guinness has officially certified one of the biggest records set by the new Agera R. More importantly, we now have some video footage of this hypercar making its dent in the books.

7,000 Nissan Rogues Recalled

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

7,000 Nissan Rogues Recalled test 2

Apparently the devil really is in the details. If you own a Nissan Rogue made between August 17, 2010 and October 30, 2010 you might have already found that out the hard way. It seems that the circuit board for the power steering assist units may not have been installed correctly. Sounds troublesome doesn't it? A minor detail, yes, but one that can result in the connection between the solder and the circuit board becoming stressed to the point of separation ultimately resulting in the immediate failure of the power steering unit. Anyone that has had to deal with a non-working power steering unit, or is old enough to remember manual steering units will understand just how dangerous that could be at a moment’s notice, especially if the driver is not ready for it. Nissan is notifying owners, and has pledged to replace the circuit boards free of charge.

Read on for the full report...

126,000 Goldwing Motorcycles Recalled!

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

126,000 Goldwing Motorcylces Recalled! test 2

Basically, if you know anyone that owns a Honda Goldwing 1800 since the turn of the new millennium, have them bring their motorcycle back to the dealership asap. Other than model year 2011, Honda is bringing back 126,000 models from 2001-2010 and 2012 (somehow 2011 missed the boat, but if it were my 2011 bike, I might just bring it in to be sure). The problem they have found is due to a mechanical defect (or combination of defects), the rear brake may have a tendency to drag while the bike is in motion. Now, aside from the obvious issues in acceleration and maintenance of speed, there is also a chance that the dragging brake may generate enough heat and friction to catch ablaze -- not a good road trip most people's minds. Honda expects the recall to begin next month, but getting those bikes in early might not be such a bad idea.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov...