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Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 test 2

You’d think, at some point, the laws of physics would step in and tell Porsche enough’s enough.

I don’t know if the crew in Stuttgart have incriminating photos of Father Time cavorting with Mother Nature or some such blackmail item, but I hope all parties will come clean before they let Porsche unveil the 911 that finally destroys time and space as we know it.

And they’re getting close.

Very close.

Best Buy May Start Selling Electric Cars

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 2:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

Best Buy May Start Selling Electric Cars  test 2

With advent of electric vehicles, the electronic and automotive industries have moved closer than ever. Electric vehicles are now just large, battery-powered electronics. Best Buy has slowly been wedging its way into the electric vehicle market, providing an alternative to automotive dealerships. Presently, Best Buy's automotive presence is limited to electric bikes by manufacturers like Brammo and charging station installation for hardware from Ford and Mitsubishi. But the electronics giant is considering getting into actual electric car sales.

Blue On Black: Mopar '11 Charger Revealed

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:19AM | By: Andrew W Davis

2011 Mopar '11 Charger production model test 2

Though there’s already a rather thick lineup of Dodge Charger models, those crazy kids at Mopar have gone ahead and added one more: the Mopar '11 Charger.

Intended to fill the gap between R/T and SRT, this murdered-out Mopar is meant to give buyers an idea of what they, the Mopar catalog, and a high-limit credit card could do to the already zoomy Charger R/T.

Just 1,000 Mopar ’11 Chargers will be built—900 for us, 100 for Canada—with MSRP of $39,750, or $4,580 higher than the most expensive Charger, the $35,170 Charger R/T Max.

[It joins the Charger R/T ($30,170), R/T Plus ($32,170) and R/T Road and Track Package ($33,170) models already offered by Dodge. I told you the lineup was thick, and those are just the R/Ts….]

But let’s get to what that Mopar-izing means to you…

Mercedes SLS AMG Ambulance Concept

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes SLS AMG Ambulance Concept test 2

If I were in need of emergency medical assistance, the last vehicle I'd expect (or want) to show up is a Mercedes SLS AMG. I suppose it could probably get there a little faster than your average ambulance, but once there, what exactly are you going to do—get scrunched into the passenger seat or trunk?

Luckily for those requiring emergency aid in the future, the SLS AMG emergency medical vehicle is just a concept that Mercedes designed for the RETTmobil show going on now in Germany.


Toyota Moving Toward Making the Prius Plug-In-Only...Or Not

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Moving Toward Making the Prius Plug-In-Only...Or Not  test 2

The 50-mpg Toyota Prius is already a tour de force, leading the green-vehicle market for years. Toyota is looking ahead to the next generation of Prii to make the successful model even more efficient.

The Prius Plug-In will launch around the world next year. That model will offer EV-only driving ability thanks to the high-performance lithium-ion battery that can be recharged directly from a standard 120V outlet. Toyota says that the car will be able to offer gas/electric range of up to 475 miles. While the plug-in version will be sold alongside the standard Prius, Japanese paper Nikkei reported this week that Toyota plans to make the plug-in powertrain the Prius standard by 2014.

Forget RVing, There's A New Kid In Town

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:22PM | By: Chris Salamone

Kevin Hornby Designs Transit Connect Conversion test 2

Looking back on days of old, the VW camper van was and remains an iconic standard for motorized wanderlust glory. Aside from tempting looks, the VW van also boasted a reasonable purchase price, comparatively decent gas mileage, and easy-to-operate gadgetry. But 40 years later those selling features just don’t hold a candle to modern amenities or make financial sense when buyers consider the cost of owning an unreliable antique. There are many conversion van kits on the market, yet one alone stands out as a strong competitor to the VW vans of yesterday: Kevin Hornby Designs Transit Connect Conversion.

Report: Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers

On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Tim Healey

Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers: Report  test 2

According to a report, Chrysler might be looking to add 3,000 jobs and more shifts at plants in the Midwest. Three shifts, which would account for about 1,000 jobs, would be added at three plants. One is in Detroit, another in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and one in Belvidere, Illinois.

Right now, each plant has two shifts, and all three combined employ around 7,000 employees.

Just What You Needed: 2,000-HP Armored Crossover That Tows Yachts

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 3:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

Dartz Prombron Nagel test 2

You know when you just completed a hundred-million-dollar bank heist and need to make a getaway to the marina so that you can boat away to international waters? No? Well, if that scenario ever does arise, you now have the getaway car to use.

Dartz Prombron, a Russian armored car company that's made a name for itself in oddball tunes that incorporate things like whale-penis leather, has what it calls "the world’s first armored Sportback, designed for pulling yachts." You know, there's a reason that some niches haven't been filled.

Porsche Introduces Cayman S Black Edition

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 2:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Cayman S Black Edition  test 2

You probably know this already, but it's a new month. You know what that means? Porsche has a new version of one of its cars to debut. Following in the footsteps of February's Boxster S Black Edition and the 911 Black Edition before that, Porsche has blacked-out the Cayman in a bit of a hat tip to the current generation model, which is set to be replaced within the next year.

As you'd likely guess, the Cayman S Black Edition gets the black paint treatment outside. Inside, it gets black sports seats, black trim, black instrument dials, a sports steering wheel, and stainless steel entry guards with "Black Edition" badging, and a commemorative badge on the glove compartment. The Porsche Sound Plus Package brings infotainment with Porsche Communication Management. The car sits on 19-inch, black Boxster Spyder wheels—8.5 inches wide up-front, 10 in back.

Land Rover Launches Electric Defender

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Launches Electric Defender  test 2

Think you have range anxiety when it comes to well-serviced stretches of local highway? Imagine being stranded by a drained battery deep within the African savanna, leaving you among lions, hippos, and other fierce animals. Not to put a damper on Land Rover's new launch, but that's something that has to be in the back of your mind when it comes to the new Defender EV.

Designed specifically for use in South African game reserves, the Electric Defender Game Viewer Concept Vehicle was developed in conjunction with lithium-ion manufacturer Axeon and Barker Performance, a Land Rover specialist. The model trades out the usual 2.4-liter diesel engine for a 193-hp electric motor wired to a 28.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The combo promises about 55 miles of range.

B.C. Woman Survives 7 Weeks Via Chevy Astro

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Salamone

B.C. Woman Survives 7 Weeks Via Chevy Astro test 1-1

What’s worse than surviving in a Chevy Astro? Surviving in a Chevy Astro stuck in the Nevada wilderness with below freezing temperatures and almost no snacks to munch on. Unfortunately, when Rita and Albert Chretien left British Columbia to embark on a 1,200 mile road trip to Las Vegas they somehow managed to land in the exact above-mentioned scenario. Although details remain unclear, the Chretien’s Astro Van ended up stuck in the mud in the middle of the harsh Nevada wilderness.

After several days, pondering their situation, Albert decided that waiting was too risky and went out alone on foot to find some help. Rita sat by herself and without resources for seven weeks before a group of hunters spotted a small white flag wrapped around the van’s radio antenna. Rita's few sources of sustenance over forty-eight days formed a stringent college-reminiscent diet including a small bag of trail mix, hard candy bars, fish-oil tablets, and melted snow. Through the ordeal Rita lost nearly 30 pounds, but doctors claim she’s making a full recovery and can expect to be released from the hospital soon.