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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.
Posted In: Videos, Exotics
Tags: Koenigsegg, Agera R, videos, tests, supercars, hypercars
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.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Alfa Romeo, fiat, alfa, U.S. sales, Alfa Romeo,
Well, this isn't good news for Nissan. After getting off to a rather sluggish start in terms of sales, the Leaf, Nissan's much-hyped electric vehicle, has been experiencing problems with starting. Those few customers who have bought the Leaf have reported that it sometimes fails to start. Nissan announced that it is launching an official probe into the matter.
Nissan says that the problem is limited to a select number of Leaf models and that it is caused by a sensor in the air conditioning unit. Models in both the U.S. and Japan have experienced problems.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Reports, Safety
Tags: Nissan, probes, problems, recalls, Leaf, electric, EV, Volt
Chrysler will begin selling vehicles powered by compressed natural gas in 2017. Fiat, which currently owns 30 percent of Chrysler and plans on eventually owning a majority stake in the company, already offers compressed natural gas engines in some of its products in Europe. Chrysler has been looking into bringing the technology to American shores.
Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne likes the technology because it's cheaper than other alternative-fuel technologies, and Fred Diaz, the CEO of Chrysler's Ram truck brand, has expressed an interest in using the technology in pickup truck applications.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: chrysler, alternative fuels, natural gas, CNG, CNG cars
Now that the Ferrari FF has been detailed, photographed, and filmed, auto-world rumors are turning to the next great Prancing Horse: the 599 GTB successor. According to a new report, Ferrari's top dog will get more bite in the way of a retuned engine. It will also lose some weight.
As told by an Autocar report, the next-gen 599, which is codenamed F152, will get upwards of 700-hp, a marked increase over the 599's 612-hp, an increase that will bring Ferrari in line with the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Pagani Huayra. If you look at the FF's recent jump to 651-hp—up from 533-hp in the 612 Scaglietti—it's not hard to believe that Ferrari will be looking at 700 + for the 599 successor. They'll achieve that with a tuned version of the FF's 6.3-liter V12.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors, Videos, Exotics
Tags: Ferrari, 599, new models, supercars,
If recent BMW concepts and technologies are any indication, the cars of the future are going to drive themselves with ease. In Geneva earlier this year, BMW presented the Vision ConnectedDrive, a concept designed to showcase technologies such as an intuitive information system with 3D heads-up display and advanced vehicle sensor systems. A new BMW component shows how the German luxury company will use technology to redefine automatic transmissions.
Today's automatic transmissions upshift and downshift through gears based on on-board computers and/or valves. The process can be less smooth and efficient than manual shifting because the automatic transmission does not have the same feel for the road as the driver.
Posted In: Reports, Technology
Tags: BMW, transmissions, concepts, intelligent transmission, GPS, technology, adaptive transmissions
Cadillac's SRX has been the company's answer to Lexus' hot-selling RX 350 mid-size luxury crossover SUV, and now it's getting some more power for 2012.
A 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 is on tap to replace the 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and the 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6. The 3.6 will put out 300 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That's 35 more ponies and 37 more lb-ft than the 3.0, and the same amount of horsepower as the 2.8, although it's a reduction in torque of 35 lb-ft. The 3.6 is flex-fuel capable.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: GM, Cadillac, SRX, RX 350, 2012 Cadillac, BMW X3, crossover SUV
Carmakers just love to jump the gun, don't they? You would have thought that Chrysler could have waited a week or two to show off its special edition, Mopar-ized Jeeps. After all, the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab is really the kind of place where people interested in hardcore, off-road-ready Jeeps tend to congregate.
But, alas, Chrysler couldn't quite hold it to the finish line and did a full sneak-peek event in Auburn Hills, where you won't likely see many people actually driving big-tired, stripped-down rock crawlers. While the special editions were interesting to look at, they're not bound for production and are basically showpieces designed to highlight what Mopar parts can do. More interesting were some comments by Jeep chief Mike Manley that point to some possible new engine options in Jeep's future.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: rumors, reports, Jeep, V8, Easter Jeep Safari, engines, diesel engines,
After more than a month of production problems caused by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor events of last month, Toyota is poised to restart production. It announced last week that it will begin production at all of its 18 Japanese plants on Monday April 18. The company will not be up to full capacity, however, and plans to run at only 50 percent capacity through April 27.
After April 27, Toyota will enter its normal spring break period. It has not decided how production will run after the spring break ends on May 9 and plans to make that decision a little closer to that date. The company will reassess its parts supplies and decide how to proceed with production.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Toyota, earthquake, produciton, Lexus, business, news
The month of May is coming up, and for most car-focused folks that means the Indy 500—and all it entails—is on the way.
This year that last bit really means something as the 2011 race is being celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet.
Naturally, Chevy was given the nod to provide the Speedway with its pace and “Festival Committee” cars (the former leads the field of racers during the start of and any pauses in racing while the latter are used by officials and workers to reach various places and events around the Speedway. They also participate in the pre-race parade around the track.), and it chose the race as a good place to unveil its new Camaro Convertible.
Posted In: Racing, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Indianapolis-Motor-Speedway, Indianapolis-500, Indy-500, 100th-anniversary, Chevrolet, Chevrolet-Camaro, Chevy, Chevy-Camaro, Camaro, Indy-500-pace-car, pace-car, 1967-camaro, 1969-camaro, 1982-camaro, 1993-camaro, 2009-camaro, 2010-camaro, 2011-camaro, camaro-ss, rs-ss, 2011-camaro-convertible, camaro-convertible
Bertone, the Italian design house that has brought us such cars as the $2-million Corvette ZR1-based Mantide, has been in court-supervised liquidation since 2008. The most recent turn in this process is that six classic concepts developed for Lamborghini, Chevy, and Lancia will be auctioned off by U.K.-based RM Auctions. The auction will give wealthy car enthusiasts the rare chance at owning a classic Bertone concept.
Tags: Bertone, concepts, auctions, rare cars, design, RM Auction