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New Details On Porsche 918

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most exciting cars on the horizon and we're following the story closely. Thanks to the leak of an internal dealership document, we have some new details to report. Actually, they're mostly just confirmations of existing details—but hey, it's the Porsche 918 Spyder; all news is good news.

The document, which was given to 'World Car Fans' by an anonymous source, confirms that the Porsche 918 Spyder will be using the same powertrain that it had when it debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show: a 500-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine assisted by two electric motors worth a combined 218-hp. A seven-speed PDK takes on gear control.

Roush Stage 3 Mustang Revealed

On: Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 11:38AM | By: Tim Healey

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Jack Roush's last name is legendary in Mustang circles, and if you've ever spent time behind one of the Mustangs bearing his name, it's not hard to see why.

They're fast, fun, and no more expensive than a base Chevrolet Corvette. After weeks of teasing, more details of the newest Roush Mustang creation have been released.

BMW Tag Team Launches Premium Car Sharing

On: Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Beginning this month, BMW and Sixt are launching a technologically advanced and incredibly practical car sharing program using the brand name DriveNow in Munich and Berlin. But BMW’s mobility concept is drastically different from other currently operating programs, such as Zipcar. DriveNow is the first brand to offer efficient premium cars and a broad range of service options. Vehicles can be dropped off anywhere within certain prearranged boundaries and randomly picked up by anyone needing to hire a car—thus speeding up the whole car sharing experience. Sixt is providing the IT know-how and rental support which DriveNow relies on.

Drivers who sign up for the program must register for a one-time fee of 29 Euros and plan to pay 29 cents per minute of use. Conveniently, the minute fee covers all costs (parking and fuel). If a car isn’t directly in front of you, or you feel lonely, or perhaps simply isolated, then registered participants can search for DriveNow vehicles on a handy Smart Phone application or via the interweb at drive-now.com. There’s just one catch.

GM Releases First Full Picture Of Chevy Malibu

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 4:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Chevy has been giving us peeks and glimpses at the 2013 Malibu for weeks now. This week, it officially pulled the full cover off, revealing a shot of the Malibu's exterior. We don't know that it will make much of a splash, but Chevy's next global car is official.

The first teaser photo of the Malibu that Chevy released showed sporty, Camaro-inspired taillights. At the time, Chevy described the redesigned mid-sized sedan as a more athletic, more aggressive take on the Malibu. From those taillights, we had no problem taking the company at its word.


Rolls Royce Helps Mini With Special Edition

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 3:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

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BMW brands are getting along famously. The big boy in the group has reached out a helping hand to the little guy. Rolls Royce teamed with Mini to present the ‘Mini Inspired by Goodwood’ special edition, which they'll debut at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show next week. Rolls oversaw the design of the interior, crafting a Mini Cooper with premium, Rolls-Royce-inspired materials and equipment.

Behold Your Key to the Camaro: Festival!

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I previously mentioned just how hard—or expensive—getting your hands on one of the 500 2011 Chevy Camaro RS/SS convertible Indy pace car replicas can be. I also told you how to order a “normal” Camaro convertible that’s as close to a pace car replica as you could replicate.

I have recently come into some information on how you could get your hands on something rarer and more authentic than a regular “replica” (just 50 exist). Best of all, it might not be too late to snag one.

How do you feel about visiting Indiana?

Ferrari Leading the Way In Emissions Cuts

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The European Union currently mandates that all automakers cut emissions across their lines down to 130 g/km by 2015. As you could imagine, cutting emissions poses a particular challenge to supercar manufacturers whose lines consist of massively engined, inefficient sports cars that get more powerful every year. And so far, most supercar makers have been making very nominal gains.

But, Ferrari has proved an exception, making significant cuts over the past year.

45 Years Of Camaro Inspire Special Edition

On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nothing quite inspires special-edition automobiles like birthdays. First introduced in 1967 as an answer to the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro was a venerable muscle-car competitor through the muscle-car heyday, on through the 80s and 90s up until its cancellation in 2002. The Camaro made its grand comeback in 2009 and has experienced great success ever since, giving the Mustang a run for its money.

Of course Chevy wouldn't let a 45th birthday of one of its icons slip by unnoticed. The company introduced the 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition earlier this week.

Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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No, the FT-86 II hasn't been downgraded from Toyota to Scion. But the sports coupe will be offered under the Scion brand here in the U.S. So, Scion is officially taking the reigns of the rear-driven coupe developed with the help of Subaru. It will show a North American concept version of the coupe at the 2011 New York Auto Show next week.

Scion didn't actually mention the FT-86 II specifically, but looking at the bold curves on either side of the hood is enough to tell us that is indeed what we're looking at. From what we see breaking through the shadow cover, the FT-86 II's front-end will look similar to what Toyota showed at last month's Geneva Motor Show. The side mirrors appear to be redesigned, but it's difficult to tell given that they're mostly obscured. Instead of the black used in the Geneva concept, the Scion New York model appears deep red.

Koenigsegg Agera R Gets Tested

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The world's fastest ski commuter has been lent to testers from Swedish auto rag Teknikensvarld. Unfortunately, as you could surmise from trying to pronounce the name of that magazine, Swedish isn't exactly the easiest language to follow. And journalist Erik Gustafsson ain't talking English. Luckily for us, speed, agility, and beautiful supercars are universal languages that can be understood with ease. So are smiles and elated exclamations.

The most powerful, promising supercar in a historical line that includes a former world-record holder, the Agera R is Koenigsegg's latest introduction. It made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show last month, bringing 1115-hp and 885 lb-ft of torque along with it. That massive output is secured via a 5.0-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission corrals all those horses and puts them to use.

Alfa Romeo's U.S. Launch Pushed Back to 2013

On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 1:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The U.S. is about to get a little more European over the next few years. Fiat Group vehicles from Alfa Romeo and Fiat itself are poised to start returning to our highways this year and next. Or they were, in the case of Alfa Romeo. Originally planned for a late-2012 U.S. launch, Alfa cars like the Giulia sedan and station wagon are now unlikely to make it here before mid-2013, according to an Automotive News report.