Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cool Photos Of 50 Years Of Japanese Concept Cars

Found a post on the blog Pink Tentacle showing some of the coolest concept cars from Japanese manufacturers from the last 50 years.  Some really interesting stuff in there.

Check it out -

Car and Driver Supercar Battle Royal

I've said it before and I'll say it again, auto journalists have the greatest job in the world.  Another example is Car and Driver's latest mega supercar showdown.  They pitted the 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, 2010 Audi R8 V10, 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG,  and 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S against one another on the track and the street to pick the best.  The winner was a bit of a surprise.

Check out the article here - 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage vs. 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10, 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Monday, September 20, 2010

Motor Trend Test - 2011 Corvette ZR1 vs 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

I just finished up reading Motor Trend's latest comparo test between the 2011 Corvette ZR1 and the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo.  Their results were interesting to say the least.  As they point out, the Corvette has traditionally been the faster of the two in a straight line and the Porsche has always been better on the track in past comparisons.  That apparently has changed as the Porsche is now the faster car 0-60 clocking in at 3.0 seconds and in the 1/4 mile at 11.2 seconds with the traditional 6speed manual.  The Vette will do 3.5 seconds to 60 and 11.5 in the 1/4 so neither is slow.

On the track, the tables are turned as the Corvette, in the hands of racer Justin Bell, ripped off a best lap time of 1:29.69 at Willow Springs while he only managed to get the Porsche around the track in 1:33.31.  That's over 3.5 seconds behind the ZR1.  Times have changed.

In the end, they pick the Corvette ZR1 as the winner of the comparison due to it's performance and the excitement it brings.  They felt the Porsche was a little dull as a 500HP AWD Twin Turbo 0-60 in 3.0 seconds car can be.

Check out the whole article here - Motor Trend 2011 Corvette ZR1 vs 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Bonus video - Motor Trend Comparo ZR1 vs 911 Turbo Drag Race

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2012 Ford Focus ST - Coming to a Ford dealer near you

Ford revealed this week that the upcoming Focus ST will sport an Ecoboost 2.0L 4cyl with 247HP and, best of all, it will be a global product.  Yes, that means we will actually get the car in the good old USA.  The car pictured is supposedly a concept or "design study", as Ford put it, but it probably isn't far from the production car.  Expect to see more of it at the upcoming Paris Motor Show and on the streets of the world starting early 2012.

Since it's going to be called the ST, does that mean we can expect an even hotter Focus RS?  Let's hope so.  And let's hope we get that one here in the US as well.  Come on Ford, don't hold back on us now!

2012 Dodge Viper teased.

On Tuesday, Chrysler held a conference for it’s dealers to show off any new or updated models coming down the pipe soon.  As the conference was ending with Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne on stage he concluded his speech with “oh….one more thing” and out rolled a 2012 Viper for the audience to gawk at.  Unfortunately, not one picture has emerged from that conference of the updated car, they must have confiscated phones and cameras at the door.  I did manage to find the attached rendering from Road & Track but I have no idea if it is accurate.

Still, this is great news and shows that they are already hard at work on the next gen Viper which should be out late next year if it is to be sold as a 2012 model.