Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mustang Boss 302 Track Video

This youtube video of the new Mustang Boss 302, courtesy of Motor Trend, may prove that the Boss 302 is possibly the best Mustang ever built.  In the video, MT brings the car to Laguna Seca to put it through it's paces and the results speak for themselves.  Ford has targeted the BMW M3 as it's goal and they seem right on target as the Boss 302 is not only faster around Laguna Seca than a BMW M3 but an Audi R8 as well.

Turn up the volume and hear that V8 scream. What a car!

Saleen Bowing Out Of The Mustang Game

Saleen Performance Vehicles has been around since Steve Saleen started modifying Mustangs in the 1980's but, according to reports, that will end after the final production run of the 2011 Saleen S302.  The company will instead turn their focus to aftermarket parts.

This is sad because, aside from maybe Caroll Shelby, Steve Saleen is one of the most famous Mustang tuners ever.  I guess you could argue that we should have seen this coming after Steve left Saleen in 2007 to start modifying more than just Mustangs as part of his SMS Supercars company.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Geneva 2011 - Part 2

So much cool stuff at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Koenigsegg Agera R

Koenigsegg's latest missile is capable of running on E85 ethanol and will reward you with massive power to the tune of 1,115 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.  A 7 speed dual clutch transmission handles the gear swapping and allows the carbon fiber laden Agera R to hit 60MPH in just 2.9 seconds.

Gumpert Tornante

Gumpert's other car, the Apollo, is not a good looking car.  People are willing to forgive the looks of the Apollo because it offers up such amazing performance.  Enter the Tornante.  Designed by Touring Superleggera, the Tornante is a much better looking car than the Apollo but it still offers up the eye watering performance.  Power comes from a 4.2L Twin Turbo V8 producing 700 horsepower routed through a paddle shifter sequential transmission.  There may even be a more powerful version in the works.

Jaguar XKR-S

Jaguar unveiled the 2012 XKR-S this week in Geneva and it just so happens to be the most powerful and fastest production sportscar that they have ever made.  Sporting an upgraded version of the XKR's supercharged V8, the XKR-S can sprint from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and hit 186MPH thanks to 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.  An all new aero package has been added to the exterior and the suspension has also received a fair number of tweaks.  No word on whether it will be available in the U.S.

Koenigsegg Agera

If the special Koenigsegg Agera R is too much for you, they also revealed the production version of the new Agera in Geneva.  Powered by a 5.0L twin-turbo V8 with 940HP the standard Agera isn't much less wild than the R model.  All that power goes through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission.

Brabus 700 Biturbo

There appears to have been no shortage of tuned Mercedes SLS AMGs at this year's Geneva Motor Show but the best executed has to be the Brabus 700 Biturbo.  Brabus went ahead and added twin-turbos to the 6.2L V8 upping the power from 563HP/479TQ to an awesome 700HP/626TQ.  That should be enough to launch the Biturbo to 60MPH in just 3.7 seconds on it's way to a top speed of 213MPH.  The exterior changes round out the package.

Ruf Rt 12 R

Ruf has been modifying Porsches for a long time and they know what it takes to make an already awesome Porsche even better.  The new Rt 12 R is their latest effort.  Based on the 911 Turbo, it's modified engine now produces 730HP/693TQ, up from the stock 500HP/480TQ.  All that power goes through the Porsche 6 speed manual to the standard all wheel drive system or an optional rear wheel drive only setup.  The body gets aero tweaks, plenty of carbon fiber, and plastic side and rear windows to help lighten the car and keep it stable at it's claimed 230MPH top speed.

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package

Lexus' crazy expensive supercar gets even more expensive with a new option package that will be added to only 50 of the planned 500 examples of the car to be produced.  The package adds a bit of hard core track readiness to the car with the addition of 10 more horsepower from the 4.8L V10, bringing the total to 562HP.  The transmission has been upgraded to deliver shifts in .15 seconds instead of .20 and a specially tuned track suspension sits under the carbon fiber body.  That body gets a new carbon fiber front splitter and a huge fixed rear wing.  Of course, the car has to live up to it's name, so buyers of the Nurburgring edition will get a one year access pass to the track and lessons from a special instructor.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mitsubishi EVO X be the last EVO

Apparently, Mitsubishi will kill off the EVO after the production run of the EVO X is finished.  This is from a discussion Autocar had with Mitsubishi's global product director.  He stated that the company is moving in a new direction and focusing more on green technology and electric vehicles.

If this is true, it's really sad news for fans of these fantastic road going rally cars.

Check out the full article here: The Mitsubishi EVO is no more

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Geneva 2011

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show is just underway and there have been some really cool cars featured already.  Here are some of the best so far.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

I already posted about this one.  The successor to the Murcielago looks to be better in every way than its predecessor.  Faster, lighter, more powerful, and more fuel efficient.  All for about $400,000.

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

The 4C is a new small sportscar concept from Alfa that uses carbon fiber and aluminum to keep the weight low, very low, as in under 2000lbs.  Add to that a 200HP turbo 4cyl and a dual clutch transmission and you've got a recipe for fun and sub 5 second 0-60 times.  The best news is that Alfa is exploring the possibilities of making it a production model.

Saab PhoeniX Concept

Intended to show the new face of Saab the PhoeniX was designed by Jason Castriota, the same guy who came up with the Ferrari P4/5 and the Bertone Mantide.  Under te beautiful skin and behind the butterfly doors is seating for 4 in a 2+2 arrangement.  Power is supplied by a 200HP 1.6L turbo 4 cylinder powering a Saab XWD all wheel drive system.

Toyota FT-86 II Concept

This is, as the name points out, the second FT-86 concept design to make the auto show rounds and this one should be closer to what we can expect from the production version when it debuts in 2012.  To say it's hotly anticipated would be an understatement.  Toyota is in need of some excitement and injection of youth oriented cars in it's lineup and this car should do the trick though there are rumors that it will be badged a Scion when it is released.  A joint venture with Subaru, (they will have their own version of the car) the FT-86 will be powered by a Subie 2.0L boxer 4cyl under the hood powering the rear wheels via a manual transmission.

Pagani Huayra

Unveiled to the world a couple of months ago, the Pagani Huayra was show in the flesh in Geneva.  Capable of over 230MPH, the Huayra is the successor to the amazing Zonda.  Best part is that this car will be available in the U.S. if you've go that kind of money.

Ferrari FF

The Ferrari FF is another car that was revealed to the public a few weeks ago but Geneva is the first time that many will be able to check it out in person.  The FF replaces the 612 Scaglietti and it features Ferrari's first production all wheel drive system and first production "shooting brake" design.  Love or hate the design, it should be quite the ride with it's mighty V12 power.

Weismann Spyder Concept

Minimalist interior, light weight, and a screaming 420HP BMW V8 mounted aft of the front wheels translates into a roadster that will hit 60MPH in 4 seconds and top out at about 180MPH.  Weismann says it's just a concept but they could have a production version ready by 2012.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

Lamborghini finally revealed the long awaited replacement for the Murcielago at this week's 2011 Geneva Motor Show.  The new car, called the Aventador LP700-4, features an all new V12 engine producing 691HP/509TQ yet it is about 20% more fuel efficient and weighs less than the V12 from the Murcielago.  The car as a whole weighs almost 200lbs less than the Murc thanks to more extensive use of carbon fiber.

The suspension consists of aluminum upper and lower control arms with inboard mounted, pushrod activated shocks, very Formula One. The brakes are huge at 15.7" front and 15.0" rear.  The new, and only, transmission is a 7 speed paddle shifted automated manual transmission.  Called the ISR, it weighs less than comparable automated manuals or dual clutch manuals at a mere 154lbs and it can rip off shifts 40% quicker that the E-Gear transmission in the Gallardo.  As expected, that transmission is connected to the latest Haldex all wheel drive system.  When the car goes on sale, expect to pay just short of $400,000.