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2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport package leaked once more

A few weeks ago, we were treated with a set of blurry brochure scans, depicting the M Sport package that will be available for the 2011 BMW 5 Series.

Now, thanks to the guys at 5Post.com, a batch of quality photos with the accessories package has been revealed.

As you can see above and below, the M Sport package for the 2011 BMW 5 Series does bring a few changes to the design of the new 5er. New lower air inlets, a restyled front bumper and new side skirts were added.

A subtle rear decklid spoiler also makes an appearance, completing the revised rear fascia, while an upgraded suspension setup makes the 2011 5 Series even more imposing. Customers can choose between two new wheel designs, measuring both 18 and 19-inches.

On the inside, the M Sport steering wheel is present, as is a set of unique seats. A few M badges also decorate the cabin.

Expect BMW to reveal the official details and pricing of the 2011 5 Series’ M Sport package in the following weeks.


Video: See a race on the Top Gear Test Track in Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 has been a long time coming, but after the E3 conference, we now have a concrete release date: November 2.

At that time, we were also treated with one stunning trailer video, showcasing all the different types of races you can do, but also the tracks that you could visit. Even though the Nurburgring Nordschleife really impressed us, the images with the Top Gear Test Track really took the proverbial cake.

Now, we can actually check out a race on the Top Gear track, in Gran Turismo 5, thanks to a new video posted on the web.

While it may not be the same without a Clarkson voice over demanding more ‘POWERRRRR’ and name-checking the turns, the footage is quite impressive. Hit the jump to check it out for yourselves.

Mercedes-Benz unleashes C63 AMG DR 520 limited edition

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is definitely one might impressive performance machine, available in both sedan and wagon form. With its 460 HP, you can be sure that not a lot of other cars will be a match for the Merc.

Still, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why Mercedes-Benz’s Specialist Products Division, stationed at the famous Brooklands circuit in the UK, decided to have a go at upgrading the C63 AMG.

The result is the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG DR 520. Why the odd letters and numbers? Because this model is Dyno-Rated at a whopping 520 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque. This translates in a 0 to 62 time of 4.1 seconds for the sedan and 4.2 for the wagon.

Both models will boast the AMG Performance Pack Plus, which includes a new brakes and internal engine components, and also matte black or matte white vinyl wraps. Rounding off the package is a set of badges and titanium-finish accessories.

Only 20 C63 AMG DR 520 models will be made sadly, all set to be sold in the UK. The sedan will start at £62,430 ($94,580) and £63,680 ($96,480) for the wagon.


Toyota recalling 237,000 models globally due to faulty engines

Seeing as how the huge recalls from the beginning of the year are slowly being forgotten and that it has paid a $16.4 million fine in order to please the US authorities, you would think Toyota has a bright future ahead of it once more.

Well, you’re wrong, as the Japanese company has just announced a global recall, affecting 237,000 models. The cause of the recall comes from a batch of faulty engines, specifically the 3.5-liter V6 and the 4.6-liter V8, which contained bad valve springs, that can lead to engine stalling.

The models are affected include the Toyota Crown, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, Lexus LS600hL, Lexus GS350, Lexus GS450h, Lexus GS460 and Lexus IS350.

Owners will be notified all around the world, and a fix will be implemented as soon as possible.


Russia’s Status Design reveals tuned Ferrari F430 SU 35

A lot of new Russian tuning companies are appearing lately, but Status Design is really taking things in a more interesting direction with its projects.

The newest one is this Ferrari F430 SU 35, which borrows some of its features and styling from the famous Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter (pictured in the background), which saw service in the Russian Aircraft.

The tuning group fitted a lot of interesting accessories, from the restyled body kit to the impressive cabron fiber rear wing. A new set of wheels were added, in order to compliment the two-tone paint scheme, similar to the F430 Scuderia‘s.

Still, it’s not all show and no go, as thanks to an ECU reflash, plus an upgaded exhaust system, the F430 SU 35 is now capable of 525 HP. If customers want something even more potent, Status Design can fit a Novitec Rosso supercharger, which bumps the power level to 700 HP.


2011 Alpina B5 revealed, previews future BMW M5

Alpina has had a long and steady connection with BMW, modifying a lot of the cars made by the Bavarian manufacturer.

After showcasing the Alpina B7 for North America, the company has now revealed, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Alpina B5 model, based on the 2011 BMW 5 Series.

The model, set to rival the next generation BMW M5, uses the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine currently available on the X5 M and X6 M. The unit produces 500 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque in the B5, capable of taking it from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and up to 191 mph.

That massive engine is combined with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Even though it might not sound like it, the Alpina B5 is pretty economical, achieving 21.7 mpg (US) on the EU combined cycle and emitting around 252 g/km of CO2.

No pricing has been revealed, and as of yet, it will appear in fall in the UK. Until then, check out the photo gallery below with this performance machine.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Alpina B5


Audi planning A1 Allroad model to rival Mini Countryman?

Audi planning A1 Allroad model to rival Mini Countryman?

Mini used to be all about making compact city cars, but with the Countryman compact crossover, things have gotten bigger for the brand.

Seeing as how its A1 city model will directly rival the usual Mini cars, Audi is now rumored to be preparing a direct contender for the Countryman. Even though a Q3 might make more sense, it seems that Audi will prepare an A1 Allroad model.

According to AutoZeitung, it seems that an Allroad version, currently available for the A4 and A6, will be making its way onto the A1 range around 2013, joining the current three-door and the future five-door editions.

Not much else is known about this future model, but it seems that the Quattro all-wheel drive system will be making an appearance. This would really explain the fact that Audi has refrained from offering the technology on the regular A1 editions.

Frankly, we’re not so sure about this rumor, but crazier things have been seen before. What say you? Share your thoughts about this possible A1 Allroad in the comment section below.


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Pagani Zonda R reportedly sets new Nurburgring record with 6:47 lap time

The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit is definitely one of the most iconic tracks today, seeing both many motorsport competitions, but being also the premiere testing ground for high performance models.

Given the prestige of the track, you can be sure that many carmakers want to boast their impressive lap times as a testament to their model’s worth.

A few months ago, we were absolutely amazed by the Ferrari 599XX’s impressive lap time of 6 minutes 58 seconds, which became the first production model to break the 7 minute barrier.

Now, it seems that the record was supposedly broken, by the stunning Pagani Zonda R. According to a report, the Italian supercar managed an even more impressive time of 6 minutes 47 seconds.

While it’s not official just yet, considering the immense power of the Zonda R, 740 HP and 524 lb-ft of torque, coupled with its track-ready systems and its weight of just 2,358 pounds, such a Nurburgring record wouldn’t be too surprising.

Source: PistonHeads via Autoblog

Fate of GMC Granite concept still up in the air

At the beginning of the year, GM really surprised a lot of people when it revealed the GMC Granite concept.

The premium boxy concept was something completely different for GM’s ‘Professional Grade’ brand, looking more like a youth-oriented Scion xB than the other rough-looking vehicles from the GMC range. It was a hit though, as the Granite won the Best Concept award.

Still, GM isn’t decided on whether or not the Granite will actually make it to production.

The guys at MotorTrend published a report a few days ago, saying that the urban concept was cleared for production. Yesterday though, GM refuted the rumor, saying that, at least for the moment, the Granite is still a concept, and hasn’t been cleared for production.

It seems that even though GM is on the upswing, financially speaking, things still need to get much better before a risky concept like the Granite will see time and money invested in it.

Would you be pleased with a production-ready GMC Granite? Share your thoughts below.


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Need For Speed Hot Pursuit goes on US tour

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, the latest title in the long running racing video game franchise, has definitely impressed a lot of people when it was announced a few weeks ago at E3.

Now, in order to really get the hype going, the game’s developer, Criterion Games, and its publisher, EA, are taking it on a tour of the USA, stopping by 7 major cities in the US, culminating with its November 16 launch.

As you can see above, the tour will start in New York, on July 14, at the Manhattan Classic Car Club. It will then move to Chicago, on August 5, Seattle, September 4, San Francisco, September 11, Austin, October 7, Miami, October 21, and last, but not least, Los Angeles, on November 16.

Besides getting your hands on the actual racing game, Criterion Games promises a wide assortment of entertainment, as well as real life sportscars. If you’re a true Need For Speed fan and want to check out the new Hot Pursuit, then make your way to these cities.


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2010 Suzuki Kizashi recalled over dashboard problem

The Suzuki Kizashi has been around for a pretty brief amount of time, but a recall has already been issued by the Japanese company for its sedan model.

It seems that one of the doors from a lower center box on the dashboard has a faulty mechanism which, in the case of an accident, may cause it to swing open. As you can imagine, given the right (or actually wrong) circumstances, this can cause some serious injuries.

As such, all 2010 Kizashi models, manufactured between October 13, 2009 and May 31, 2010, will be called back to dealerships, where a new door mechanism will be installed, free of charge.

For more details, you can contact Suzuki at 714-996-7040.


Nowack Motors presents 708 HP BMW M5

The current BMW M5 has definitely won over a lot of people, thanks to its massive naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V10 engine, capable of a stock 509 HP.

Seeing as how the car is soon set to be retired, being replaced by a new M5, based on the 2011 BMW 5 Series, tuning company Nowack Motors decided to give it a fond farewell.

The result is the BMW M5 N635S 5.8 Hans Nowack Edition (that’s a mouth full), capable of a whopping 708 HP, without the use of any methods of forced induction, be it a turbocharger or a supercharger.

Instead, a simple ECU reflash plus the addition of two upgraded air collectors, custom made by Nowack, are responsible for the power increase of the V10 engine.

Better yet, especially for bargain hunters, the engine upgrade package from Nowack comes with a 12-month warranty, without any distance restriction, so you can hoon it all you want, or at least until the F10 BMW M5 appears.


264 HP Fiat 500 Ferrari Dealers Edition revealed by Pogea Racing

The Fiat 500 is one mighty impressive city car and equipped with a lot of tuning potential, at least judging from the plethora of various projects we’ve seen since the tiny compact was launched.

Now, German company Pogea Racing decided to kick things up in a rather large way, and went to work on modifying the already powerful 168 HP Fiat 500 Ferrari Dealers Edition.

The result of their engineering? A ‘slight’ increase of 264 HP and a torque rating of 243 lb-ft for this modified Fiat 500.

How did Pogea Racing achieve such an impressive feat? A larger, stainless steel exhaust system was added, as was a modified downpipe and a catalytic converter. In order to keep all those horses under control, a bespoke four-piston brake system was added to the car.

Sadly, no price was given, as of yet, but you can be sure that this powerful Fiat 500 will fetch a pretty penny.


Original Mini gets 3,500 HP 78-liter V18 diesel engine with 12 turbochargers

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is in full swing these days, but besides classic Ferrari or Alfa Romeo models, not to mention a plethora of British sportscars, like the Jaguar XKR 75, people are treated with something a bit more special this year.

The ‘bit more special’ model we’re talking about is the … thing you see above, a classic Austin Mini, fitted with a massive 78-liter V18 diesel engine, complete with 12 turbochargers and capable of a whopping 3,500 HP at 1,900 rpm and 10,157 lb-ft of torque at just 1,500 rpm.

Who would be able to engineer such madness? Independent diesel engine manufacturer Cummins, which decided to take one of its spare engines, regularly used in huge dump trucks which operate in the mining industry, and add it to a classic Mini model.

“We never like to let a challenge go by unanswered so we got to thinking maybe we could fit the QSK78 into an original Austin Mini. It proved to be a bit tricky to fit under the bonnet but our engineers came up with a more creative solution. We’re certain that the Goodwood crowd will have difficulty believing what they are seeing,” said Steve Nendick, Cummins’ Communications Director.

Just in case you’re wondering, that huge engine weighs 24,912 lbs, and as you can see above, more than dwarfs the original Mini.

Sadly, the company didn’t reveal if the car is actually operational, but don’t get your hopes up.


Next generation Chevrolet Corvette to get 440 HP 5.5-liter V8?

After hearing some speculation about the 2011 Dodge Challenger yesterday, the guys at MotorTrend have now revealed some rumors about the next generation Chevrolet Corvette.

According to the magazine, GM plans to really downsize the engines, as the 6.2 and 7.0-liter units the Corvette C6 models use are just too harmful to the environment and don’t provide adequate amounts of power, when compared to their size.

Instead of those big units, the C7 Corvette is scheduled, according to the report, to benefit from a 5.5-liter small-block V8 engine, capable of a respectable 440 HP, as opposed to the current generation’s 430 HP.

Even though it will decrease in displacement, the C7′s engine will benefit from all the new technologies GM will implement in its new small-block family. These include direct injection, E85 flex-fuel capability, a new combustion system plus the older overhead valve design, which guarantees smaller size and lower manufacturing cost.

You’ll have to wait for this improved Chevrolet Corvette C7 though, as reports peg it appearing around 2012, if we’re lucky. Besides the new and improved engine, a new Corvette design was also rumored to appear with the next generation.


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