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The new Skoda Fabia Sport announced in the UK

After today we wrote about the Brabus SLR Roadster or the Abt Audi AS5, we present you another supercar package, the Skoda Fabia Sport. Just kidding, of course. Today, Skoda announced the UK launch of the Skoda Fabia Sport, a new addition to the Czech carmaker’s small car range, which got a new front spoiler, chrome exhaust pipe, rear diffuse and 16-inch alloy wheels.

I was never very fond of the latest Fabia generation, however, it’s pricing is very reasonable. The 70 hp 1.2 liter 12v version starts at £10,660, while the 105 hp 1.6 liter 16v version has a starting price tag of £11,735. The two diesel versions available start at £12,115 for the 80 hp 1.4 TDI and £12,795 for the 105 hp 1.9TDI version. The first UK customers will get their cars at the end of January.


Ford Mustang to be K.I.T.T. in the next Knight Rider

After a lot of speculation, Jalopnik dropped the bomb today and announced what will be the mystery car to play K.I.T.T. in the next Knight Rider movie and that is the Shelby GT500 King of the Road, based on the Ford Mustang. Frankly, I’m not that thrilled about the Mustang, because I don’t know if its ‘fierce’ looks is right for K.I.T.T. I mean, I can’t imagine a Mustang saying “Hello, Michael!” as good as the original Pontiac Firebird did. And here are also a few Photoshopped pics of a GT500 KR to get a better idea how the K.I.T.T. will look like. What do you think about it? Is it a good choice? Feel free to leave a comment here.

Video: Giant Toyota driving simulator

I got to admit, this is one of the most impressive machines I’ve ever seen. This life-size driving simulator was built by Toyota, in order to be albe to develop better safety technologies, by being able to analyze the driver’s behavior under different conditions. The simulator consists of a real car surrounded by a 360 degree screen which can simulate very realistic driving conditions. Thumbs up for Toyota! Enjoy the video and maybe let us know what do you think, by dropping a comment, here.


Abt AS4 tuning program for the new Audi A4

My guess would be that the new Audi A4 will become a really important player in the premium mid-size sedan class, even though the competition from the new Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series is pretty tough. So Abt got to work and created this, the AS4 tuning program for the A4. And they sure did a pretty good job, ’cause it looks great. Exterior mods include new front skirts, new side wings, new rear spoiler and new rear skirt with quad exhausts integrated.

And that’s not all, because Abt also worked on the performances and offers two performance kits, the Abt Power and the Abt Power S. First, there’s the 1.8-litre turbocharged TFSI engine, which develops 160 hp in the production version, but power output is increased to 200 hp and 310 Nm of torque with the Abt Power S kit and 240 hp with the Abt Power S kit. Then, there’s the 143 hp 2.0 TDI unit, which develops 170 hp (Abt Power) and 200 hp (Abt Power S). The 2.7 TDI develops 190 hp (Abt Power) and 230 hp (Abt Power S), while the 3.0 TDI now produces 300 hp with the Abt Power S performance kit.


Jaguar XF magazine for the iPhone

Apple had a huge success lately with its products, especially the iPhone (I think I just got over my iPhone allergy, because there was a time when everyone just looked like it lost its mind with the iPhone), so, in an interesting marketing move, Jaguar decided to take advantage of Apple’s recent boom and lanched jxfphone.com, which is a magazine created exclusive for Apple’s touchscreen devices (that includes the iPhone or the iPod Touch).

The website, which can also be viewed by MAC and PC users, offer a ton of images, videos and a lot of marketing info regarding the Jaguar XF. As I said, I like Jaguar’s marketing approach, especially that Apple’s touchscreen devices offer quite an attractive experience, and Jaguar might really succeed with this magazine.

Jeep Wranger tuning program by Startech

The four door Jeep Wrangler, which imho is not as great as it predecessors, got a new tuning package from Startech and will be on display at the Essen Motor Show. No spectacular mechanical modifications, Startech offers a range of exclusive accessories for the Jeep Wrangler, with “shiny” being the defining word for this program. We’ve got chrome-plated stainless steel pedestrian protection, stainless-steel rocker panel guards, highly polished stainless-steel rear protection, Startech exhaust tip, highly polished stainless-steel spare-wheel cover and chrome-plated mirror housings and door handles as well as by a chrome-plated front grille.

The Startech Jeep Wrangler rides on five-spoke Startech Monostar IV light-alloy wheels, available in three different sizes, from 19 to 22 inches. The interior is also shiny, with highly polished stainless-steel scuff plates, newly designed trim components for dashboard and center console and a wide range of Startech exclusive uphostery is available.

See more photos after the jump.

Abt Audi AS5 tuning program

Abt has prepared very well for the Essen Motor Show, which will open its gates for public tomorrow and one of the cars on display will be this, the Abt Audi AS5 tuning program. The car is powered by Audi’s 3.0 liter TDi turbodiesel which features and Abt Power S turbo kit and now develops 300 hp (that’s 60 hp more than the production version) and 600Nm (442 lb-ft) at just 2,400rpm. Abt has also fitted the car with a new suspension and a 380mm brake kit, especially with the AS5 reaching a top speed of 164 mph (264km/h) and going from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds.

As you’d expect, the AS5 also got a new, sportier appearance, with a new body kit, new rear spoiler and a new two-tone paint job, not to mention the BR 20 inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the AS5 features a custom Abt steering wheel with nappa leather rim and carbon-look leather accents and aluminum pedals and gear shift.

See one more photo after the jump.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi UK pricing announced…what a bargain!

The Subaru Impreza will make it’s first UK appearance at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC in January and today Subaru announced its pricing. The STi will be available at only £24,995 (a little above $51,000), that’s £1,600 less than the old model.

The Impreza WRX STi is powered by a 305 hp 2.5 liter turbo flat 4-cylinder engine, sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and tops 155.3 mph. The first deliveries for the new model are expected next March.

Mercedez Benz SLR Roadster by Brabus

The Mercedes Benz SLR Roadster is one cool supercar and everybody agreed on that. Apparently, the guys at Brabus didn’t think so and thought that it’s place for better, so they came up with this, the Brabus SLR Roadster, which is definitely a hot tuning program for the Merc. The car is powered by the same 5.5 liter supercharged V8 engine, but, with special camshafts, fuel cooling system and high-performance exhaust, Brabus engineers managed to squeeze another 24 hp, so it now develops 650 hp, sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.6 seconds and reaches 209 mph (337 km/h) top speed.

And, of course, the Brabus SLR Roadster also got a new bodykit, with a new exposed carbon fiber front spoiler, Brabus rear diffuser and fully polished Brabus Monoblock VI 20 inch wheels, fitted with Pirelli and Yokohama tires. As you’d expect, the even more exclusive roadster got some exquisite interior features, like custom upholstery designs and a multitude of leather types and colors, waffle-patterned leather carpeting and Brabus carbon-fiber applications for dashboard, center console and door trim.

The car is currently on display at the Essen Motor Show, in Germany and you can see more photos of the super roadster after the jump.

Chevrolet Corvette Limo

What’s up with these people? I mean, what’s the point in stretching your perfectly good sports car and make it a limo? Besides the fact that it’s low and probably very uncomfortable, you can’t even say you enjoy it’s high speed. And here’s what we’re talking about, the Chevrolet Corvette Limousine. Available for sale on eBay, with a current bid of $80,000, the Corvette C5 Limo is 220 inch long and features an electric fireplace, the four flat screen TVs and the disco floor among other things. We wonder how a drag race would look between this and the Ferrari 360 Modena Limo?

Check out the eBay listing here and click on the ‘Read More’ link below to see more photos.

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Audi A3 Cabriolet revealed

After we’ve seen a whole bunch of spy shots in the last few months, today we have the official presentation of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet. Like Audi got us used to, the convertible compact car will feature a classic fabric top which opens hydraulically in about nine seconds at speeds of up to 30 km/h (18 mph) and which is available in semi-automatic and fully automatic versions, the latter being a specially soundproofed acoustic hood. The A3 Cabrio is a four seater convertible and has foldable back seats, which, when folded, increase the luggage space from 260 to 674 litres.

The new A3 Cabriolet will be available with four engines, two petrol and two diesel units. The petrol units are a 160 hp 1.8 TFSI , which, combined with the a six-speed manual gearbox takes the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.3 seconds and to a top speed of 135 mph (218 km/h) and it has an average fuel consumption of 7.3 liters/100 km (32 mpg). The second petrol engine is the 200 hp 2.0 TFSI engine, mated with an S tronic dual-clutch six-speed manual gearbox, and which takes the A3 Cabrio from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds and to top speed of 143 mph (231 km/h), while having a 7.6 l/100 km (30 mpg).

The two diesel units are a 105 hp 1.9 TDI (0 to 100 km/h(62mph) in 12.3 seconds, 114 mph (185 km/h) top speed, 5.1 l/100 km (46 mpg) fuel consumption) and a 140 2.0 TDI Euro 5 compliant unit (0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.9 seconds, 126 mph (204 km/h) top speed and 5.3 l/100 km (44 mpg) fuel consumption).

The Audi A3 Cabriolet will feature a slightly redesigned front part with the LED daytime running lamps, new rear part with A4/A5 styled tail lamps. The car will be available in two equipment versions, Attraction and Ambition, the Ambient featuring 17-inch aluminum wheels, sports suspension and sports seats, plus an S line exterior package and S line sports package including 18-inch wheels will also be available.

The Cabrio will be produced at the Audi plant in Györ, Hungary and sales in Germany are scheduled to start in February 2008.

Click on the ‘Read More’ link to see a complete photo gallery.

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Dodge Challenger SRT8 prices announced

Today, Dodge announced the pricing for one of the most anticipated cars out there, the Dodge Challenger SRT8. Priced at $37,995, the Challenger will be available with the 6.1 liter HEMI V8 engine and will come in Black, Silver or HEMI Orange color and with numbered dash plaque and ‘carbon-fiber’ hood stripes.

Dodge will start taking order for the limited run Challenger SRT8 on December 3 and the first deliveries are expected in spring. You can see a really cool commercial for the SRT, on Jalopnik.

AC Schnitzer GP3.10 Gas Powered does 197 MPH

Back in September, we’ve showed you the AC Schnitzer GP3.10, which was a gas powered concept from AC Schnitzer, based on the new BMW 3 Series Coupe. When they presented it, the AC Schnitzer dudes claimed this was the fastest gas powered car in the world and now they’ve managed to prove that too, because they took the GP3.10 to the Nardo track in Italy, where the car was clocked at an impressive 197 mph (318.1 km/h).

And in case you’re too lazy to follow the link to our previous article, we remind you that the GP3.10 concept is powered by a heavy modified version of BMW M5′s 552 hp engine, which was adapted for the LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) fuel. The car goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 13.6 seconds. AC Schnitzer valued this concept which they’ll never go into series production at about 196,000 Euro, however they say that some of the components might be used in the future. Enjoy the video!

Chevrolet Captiva Sport Edition

Chevrolet announced today the Captiva Sport Edition, which is a more sporty version of the successful SUV. The package features dark headlights and rearlights, trunk lid in body color, new exhaust tips and 18 inch wheels. The interior also got some new stuff, like the red and black leather upholstery with red stitching and black carbon trims for the cockpit. The Chevrolet Captiva Sport will be available with two engine choices, a 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel and a 169 hp V8 petrol engine.

Not being an extraordinary car, still the Chevrolet Captiva is a good buy, that offers decent performances for a good price and, with 46,000 units sold so far in Europe, it’s quite a success and we expect the Sport version’s sales to go well.

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