Optimus Prime Appears at SEMA 2011

On November 2, 2011, in CARS, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver

Some people look at the BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster and see a confusing mish-mash of variously familiar automotive terms. Some see a snowmobile for street use. Others see a motorcycle for those with recurring inner-ear problems. Fortunately for us and the rest of the SEMA crowd, someone at Killer Kreations looked at the Can-Am Spyder and saw Optimus Prime.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster [w/videos]

On September 21, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
How This Supercar Fares Without Its Signature Doors 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster There are several ways to get to Monte Carlo once you've landed in Nice. There's the train, a 23-minute meandering trek over and through the wooded undulations of the intervening cities that deposits you at Monte Carlo's downtown station. There's a taxi, more than 30 times the cost of a train, and it takes twice as long, but it does offer service porte à porte. Or there's Heli Air Monaco with a fleet of choppers stationed at the Nice airport. Those fine gents can get you to the Monaco heliport in eight minutes, floating past seafront redoubts and over an azure Mediterranean dotted with billions of dollars of sailing and motor yachts. Of those three modes of transport, only one is appropriate when Mercedes has invited you to Monte Carlo to drive its new SLS AMG Roadster. We offered the appropriate "Mercis" to our chopper pilot for providing a smooth ride. The SLS AMG was introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. The roadster was engineered alongside the coupe, but it's taken two years to remove the top for public purposes. It will take you two minutes of top-down driving to begin quoting high school poetry in homage to it: "Come with me and be my love," you'll coo, "and we will all the pleasures prove...." Continue reading 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster [w/videos]
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BMW i3 Rendering

You’ve no doubt by now heard about BMW’s i3 electric city car. The tiny runabout, which will have a rear-mounted electric motor and batteries located under the floor, has been somewhat of a hot topic among both greenies and fans of the roundel. To the conversation we now add pricing and power information, thanks to a deep inside source in München. The base sticker will be around $35,000 and the car will boast 150 fully electric hp.

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Tuning house Novitec—which specializes in Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia modification—has created what it’s calling the world’s fastest and most powerful street-legal Alfa Romeo. Tapping the experience of its Maserati-focused sister company, Novitec Tridente, Novitec has put together a supercharger package for the Alfa Romeo 8C’s Maser-sourced 4.7-liter V-8 that kicks output up to 591 hp and 434 lb-ft. That’s a bump of 147 and 80, respectively.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

On May 12, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
New Engines Add Spark To Brand Staple 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350
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In past generations, she was often labeled planet Earth's favorite taxi. (Or have you always preferred the Ford Crown Victoria with the shiny black leatherette?) The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, however, has long since graduated to become a premium middle-management darling in all corners of the globe. Still, even Mercedes-Benz North America would have to admit that a mid-life and/or new model year E-Class is not generally a traffic-stopping event. This time around, however, there's more going on with Mercedes' ninth-generation contender than, say, adding a new Pipe Smoker's Package or overhead cold beverage storage-TRONIC. And while it may still not cause a road block, this mid-shelf-life version of the W212 E-Class should, at least, make everyone slow down to rubberneck a bit, because the new V6 and V8 E-Class wants to take you farther on a full tank while making more power and torque to exercise your executive privileges. Continue reading...
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS "Honor and Valor" Edition In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, General Motors has announced that it will expand the military discount it currently gives to active service members. For the month of May, the discount will be available to retirees of all branches of the U.S. armed forces, as well as spouses. The discount applies to most Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet models, and chops from $500 to $4000 off the vehicle’s MSRP.

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Porsche Announces It Will Build 911 Carrera 4 GTS

On May 12, 2011, in CARS, DWU, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver
Porsche, whose favorite hobby is finding more ways to splice the 911 lineup, has split off yet a new thread: the 911 Carerra 4 GTS.

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Aston Martin Reveals V12 Vantage GT3 Race Car

On April 19, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver
How do you make an (extra)ordinarily luscious Aston Martin even sexier? By turning it into a race car, of course! Aston Martin has just done exactly that, revealing its latest GT3 project, a V-12 Vantage–based monster. It features a massively widened body, huge front splitter, and a massive rear wing. The new racer replaces Aston’s current GT3 car, the DBRS9, which first saw action in 2006 at Le Mans; by racing standards, that makes it ancient now. The V-12 Vantage GT3 will be the newest member of the Aston racing effort, joining the Vantage GT2 and GT4, DBR9 GT1, and the AMR-One LMP1 prototype. The Vantage GT3 is based on the V-12 Vantage road car, meaning it follows the classic big motor, small car playbook—but here, the 6.0-liter V-12 is tuned to some 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, increases of 90 hp and 96 lb-ft over the street car. Oh, it’ll drop nearly 1000 pounds (!) for a target weight of about 2756. While that means that the power-to-weight ratio on this car is much improved over its road-going chassis, we’re disappointed to learn that the Vantage GT3 has ABS and traction control. Insane race cars require equally insane drivers with extraordinary talents to push them to the limit. Electro-nannies have their place in commuter boxes. Aston says the V-12 racer will employ a paddle-shifted Xtrac automated manual gearbox. The first V-12 Vantage GT3 car will roll out of the factory in July, and then will undergo rigorous testing for the rest of the year. Ten lucky customers take delivery for the start of the 2012 season. For now, your imagination will have to draw up the livery, but surely the final products will be just as stunning as the rest of its family.
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