Here’s a cool video, made by autoblog, of the Pontiac Soltice concept car which was introduced at the 2007 SEMA Show. The video also features an interview with Jim Hunter, GM Marketing Product Manager, which gives more info on the concept.
Once again, the thing that intrigues me every time I see high performance wagon cars (everybody knows the Audi RS6) is why the heck would someone buy these cars? But nevermind that, just my thoughts. Anyways, here’s the Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen, presented at the SEMA Show and powered by a 2.0 liter Clean Diesel TDI engine which delivers 140 hp and 235 ft.-lbs. of torque.
The car is finished in custom paint and graphics and performance upgrades include H&R Springs to lower its ride height, Brembo brake kit, 19 inch Sportec wheels and Yokohama tyres. View more photos after the jump. (more…)
Forget about going “trick or treat” in some old fashioned ghost costume. Here’s the real deal! Presented at the SEMA Show 2007, this is Halloween special edition of the new Subaru Impreza WRX. The car impresses with purple ground effects and a paint job full of owls, skeletons and monsters, perfect for a Halloween night escapade. View more photos after the jump.
Scheduled to debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, in January, the Fisker Sports Sedan (not the final name) is developed with Quantum Technologies, a Californian company specialized in clean propulsion technologies. The plug-in hybrid 4-doors sports sedan will probably go on sale towards the end of 2008 – early 2009 and, priced under $100,000 (about €70,000), could be a serious competition to the upcoming Porsche Panamera or the Maserati Quattroporte.
In what’s probably the world’s shortest press release, Nissan announced that at next year’s Detroit Auto Show they will present the Nissan Forum Concept, which wants to be the ultimate family car. Besides its stylish look, the car will have trackless sliding doors and no B-pillars. Wish we could tell you more, but unfortunately that’s about all we got. More details will be available at Detroit.
The latest Top Gear episode is awesome and it’s totally worth it. We have Jeremy Clarkson driving the Ferrari F599 GTB Fiorano, then The Stig takes the same car to see what it can do. But the highlights of the show are, without doubt, Hammond’s race against the eurofighter, in the Bugatti Veyron and the hilarious Clarkson’s drive around London and the BBC headquarters, in the world’s smallest car, the Peel P50. Great episode, make sure you check this videos! (if some of the links don’t work, please tell us and we’ll fix the problem). Embedded here we’ve got the Peel P50 part.
Later Edit: Oh my God, how could we forget? The episode also shows James May driving the upcoming Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead.
Even if he put up his chromed Lamborghini for sale on eBay some time ago, 50 Cent still has some cool cars in his garage. This modified Pontiac G8 is a perfect example. Created by New York based tuner Unique Autosports, the G8 is powered by an 500 hp LSX 427 engine and all the components are from GM Performance Parts, including a forged steel crankshaft, lightweight titanium connecting rods, racing-derived aluminum cylinder heads and a complete LS7 intake/throttle body/fuel injection system. and in the process created a one-of-a-kind G8 performance sedan.
The car also features custom paint and exterior appointments and for the interior perforated red leather inserts were added to the standard leather seats, plus matching trim was used for the door inserts and armrests. And of course, because it’s a musician were talking about, the car features an 800-watt JBL audio system, with complementing amps and a subwoofer.
No doubt that the Dodge Ram is an impressive car. Whether used for shopping or for carrying, I don’t know, cattle, one thing’s for sure, this car is huge. And this is the Dodge Ram BFT, created for the SEMA Show and based on the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty. Besides its massive look, the BFT is powered by a 6.7 liter Cummins turbo diesel and has full length polished bed and side steps, a 6 inch suspension lift and 22.5 inch Alcoa wheels.
Ever wondered what would a Mercedes-Maserati offspring would look like? Well, wonder no more. Because here is the Kleemann GTK Concept. The concept car is designed by Christian Brandt and it tool Kleemann three years to come up with this. Still, am I the only one who thinks that front part looks a like the new Maserati Gran Turismo, those tail lights are almost similar with the CLS’ ones and the shape says “SL(K)”? Anyway, I ‘m not saying, of course, that’s bad, on the contrary, the car looks pretty good.
These similarities with Mercedes are not accidental, because the car is based on the Mercedes SLK chassis and is powered by the naturally aspirated SLK 55 AMG, but power and torque were increased to 540 hp and 700 Nm, by fitting the engine with a Kleemann Kompressor. Mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission the engine makes the car reach a top speed of 185 mph(300 km/h – electronically limited) and 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) acceleration in 3,7 seconds. Impressive, huh?
At the SEMA Show, Buick will bring three customized Enclaves, by which Buick is trying to improve their brand position. First one is the Buick Platinum Edition, created by Mitek Corporation and features shaved door handles, tinted windows and custom 20 inch TIS chrome wheels combined with 2 inch lowered suspension, plus a 4900 watt custom stereo system with 13 MTX speakers, of which 3 are 12-inch subwoofers.The car has a tri-tone Black Diamond finish, depending on the viewing angle, you can see hues of purple, blue and black
The second Buick is called the Enclave UpTown and is created by Rick Bottom Designs. It has a White Chocolate Pearl and Cocoa Metallic two-tone finish and of all other features, most important is the 2000 watt ECLIPSE audio, video and navigation system that pumps through 12 speakers, including two 12 inch subwoofers.
The third Buick, named Enclave Urban CEO Edition, is created by Automotive Street Style, the styling company of former NBA veteran, Jerome Williams. The car features Opal paint, re-profiled rear bumper and 24-inch Giovanna Canelli chrome wheels, but most important is the car’s communication system, which includes Wi-Fi Internet access through a satellite dish embedded in the vehicle’s roof and videos downloaded from the internet can be seen on a 7 inch monitor for the front passenger and on four 10 inch widescreen monitors for those in the back.
SEMA 2007 Preview: Chevrolet Major League Baseball Silverado
This is the Chevrolet Major League Baseball Silverado, which will be presented at SEMA. Not much to say about this car, I’ll let you see it for yourselves. It has real baseball bat ash wood trim and uniquely trimmed leather seats that have the look and feel of a baseball – including the stitching, multi-color, MLB-inspired paint scheme incorporating all team logos and wide-screen TV with Wii gaming console. View more photos and the full press release after the jump.
After all the big three German companies released new models in the luxury compact car class, the competition will move to the mid-size class, with new models scheduled to be released in 2009 and 2010. And here are some renderings, by Autobild, of the upcoming Audi A6. The front part is not very much changed, with the new model having the LED head lights Audi got us used lately, plus tail-lights very similar with the ones on the Audi A5. Like the guys over at German Car Blog said, it looks like a 4-door larger Audi A5, which is not bad at all.
The Ferrari FXX, which is the most powerful GT Ferrari has ever created, just received an “Evoluzione” package, which increases the 6.2 liter V12 engine’s power from 790 to 860 hp at 9500 rpm. The Ferrari FXX Evoluzione also has a 25% improved aerodynamic efficiency, being fitted with a new rear diffuser, nolder and rear flaps and an active front spoiler control system. The FXX rides on special 19? Bridgestone tires which now last longer.
Unfortunately, we’ll never see this car on the streets, as it is developed exclusively for track use and for research and development purposes, however, there’s also good news, because Ferrari announced that there’ll be six planned events next year (two in North America, two in Europe and two in Asia) where the FXX will be present, plus the end-of-season Ferrari World Finals.
After Chrysler gave us preview last week of what they’ll bring at the SEMA Show, it seems that there will more than what they showed us. Because they’ll also present the Chrysler SR 392, which is a steel bodied reproduction of a 1927 Shadowrods XL-27 street rod, originally built by Jon Hall. The Chrysler 392 HEMI crate engine roadster, which made me think about the Prowler, was designed by Chrylser designers Mark Allen and Ralph Gilles and Michael Chetcuti of Quality Metalcraft was the one who created it.