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Leaked brochure shows 2011 Dodge Challenger power ratings

Leaked brochure shows 2011 Dodge Challenger power ratings

While Dodge has yet to reveal anything about the 2011 model year versions of its two main muscle cars, the Charger and Challenger, we already know quite a bit about the powerful models.

Now, courtesy of a leaked brochure, the power ratings of the 2011 Dodge Challenger have been revealed.

There will be three versions of the Challenger available, each with specific features and accessories. The starting one is the Challenger with the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, capable of 305 HP and 268 lb-ft of torque. This is an increase of 50 HP and 18 lb-ft over the outgoing 3.5-liter model.

Next up we have the Challenger R/T, powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, capable of 379 HP and 410 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping score, a 7 HP and 10 lb-ft increase over the 2010 model year.

At the top of the range, the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will use a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, with 475 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque, an upgrade of 50 HP and 40 lb-ft over the outgoing SRT8.

Overall, the refreshed Challenger is set to be a worthy opponent to the likes of the Camaro or Mustang. Look forward to more details in the following weeks.

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GM reveals new OnStar features, includes Facebook and voice texting

GM reveals new OnStar features, includes Facebook and voice texting

Last week we revealed a report containing all of the new features that might be implemented in the new and improved OnStar system on vehicles from General Motors.

Now, GM has officially revealed what new things will be implemented in its next gen infotainment system.

First off, the voice recognition system has been improved, in order to allow drivers and passengers to better control the systems of the car. Secondly, the Bluetooth connection will support full phonebook integration, while the navigation system has been improved. You will also be able to connect to traffic management and weather alert services in order to stay informed on trips.

OnStar will also launch a new MyLink series of mobile apps for smartphones, including ones for iPhones and those running Android OS. These will basically act like your virtual key, allowing you to lock and unlock the car, start the engine and other such things.

Here’s the more interesting part, the rumored Facebook and voice texting support. These features are still in the testing, but OnStar will allow you to post audio Facebook updates, as well as read aloud updates from your friend feed.

The voice texting part has also been confirmed, but not in the way that you were expecting. When you will receive a text message, OnStar will read it for you, and allow you to select pre-recorded messages, like “I’m driving”. This will be achieved using only your voice. Those that wanted speech-to-text capability are going to be disappointed, as GM might not implement such a thing, in order to keep from distracting the driver.

Overall, the OnStar system is becoming extremely robust, and might constitute a big advantage for GM cars in front of its rivals. What do you think?

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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS gets ready for its Paris debut (video included)


It seems that a lot of people can’t seem to choose between a regular 911 Carrera S or a more hardcore 911 GT3.

As such, the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS has been officially revealed by the German company ahead of its upcoming debut at the Paris Motor Show.

As you can expect, its performance and power figures fill the space between the Carrera S and the GT3. It has a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, capable of 408 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.


The car has the wider body of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4, and SportDesign front and rear fascias, not to mention the 19-inch RS Spyder wheels. The interior has also been wrapped with Alcantara and a few new features. It can also be had with all of the accessories currently available in the Porsche catalog.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will be available in coupe and convertible forms, starting at $103,100 and $112,900, respectively. If you want to see the new Porsche in action, hit the jump for an official video.
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Next gen 2012 Dodge Viper reportedly shown by Chrysler to dealers


Chrysler held a special dealer meeting behind closed doors a few days ago, where it revealed a lot of new models and refreshed existing ones. We’ve already seen the 2011 Town & Country, the 2011 Jeep Patriot as well as been teased with the promise of a 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan that will wipe the Sebring from existence.

But according to an inside sources, cited by the Wall Street Journal, dealers were also showcased one very special model, the 2012 Dodge Viper.

As you all know, the existing supercar has been axed from production, and will return at the end of next year as an all-new model.

According to the WSJ report, the car shown was a radical departure from the current Viper design, going for a more upmarket look. It will retain some of its flamboyance, as it was reportedly painted in 25 layers of red to make it stand out.

Other specific details aren’t known just yet, but expect it to retain the formula that made its predecessor such a huge success.

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The American Fiat 500 Sport officially revealed


After a lot of talk, Fiat and Chrysler have officially revealed the American version of the popular Fiat 500 city car.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you will know that the compact model will be appearing in dealerships later this year, and set its sights on the Mini Cooper.

Not a lot of details were revealed, except that it will be offered in three versions, the aforementioned Sport, Pop and Lounge. How they will be differentiated has also been left unexplained.


For what it’s worth, the Fiat 500 Sport will be powered by the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine. It will feature a sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels and colored brake calipers.

Expect more details in the following weeks.

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BMW 1 Series M Coupe limited to 2,700 units and only three paint jobs?

BMW 1 Series M Coupe limited to 2,700 units and only three paint jobs?

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe reveal really got people excited about the newest entry-level M car coming from the German automaker.

Now though, a new batch of rumors might upset quite a few people. According to an M3Post forum member who attended the Power of M European event, it seems that BMW will be limiting the production of the 1 Series M Coupe and will restrict the paint color options to just three choices.

According to him, BMW plans on releasing just 2,700 units of the 1 Series M Coupe, in order to keep it exclusive. These models can be had in either Alpine White, Jet Black or Valencia Orange Metallic. We’ve already seen the last two in spy shots and teaser campaigns, so there might be some validity to this.

BMW has yet to comment on these rumors, but more will be known perhaps at the upcoming Paris Motor Show or later this year when the company promised to properly reveal the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

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Lexus CT 200h gets detailed before its worldwide launch


Toyota’s upmarket Lexus brand is aiming for the compact segment with the recently revealed CT 200h hatchback.

Built on top of the Prius platform and its hybrid synergy drive technology, the Lexus CT 200h promises to deliver a more premium experience for those that still want to save the planet by driving a hybrid.

Now, after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of the year, the CT 200h has been further detailed ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The final output is rated at 134 HP, but the 1.8-liter gasoline engine is capable of 98 HP while the electric motor can output as much as 80 HP. Even with this pretty potent power rating, 0 to 62 is achieved in 9.8 seconds.

The car has been specifically tuned for improved efficiency, meaning low rolling resistance tires, a special suspension and a hood and tailgate made from aluminum to keep weight down were fitted. All of these things enable an EPA-rated fuel estimate of 42 mpg.

You will be able to enjoy a custom interior, and the car will let you choose two driving ‘moods’ Dynamic or Relaxing, and four modes: EV, ECO, Normal and Sport.

More details are set to be unveiled in Paris. The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback will be launched around the world in the following months.

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Videos: Audi A7 Sportback gets showcased


Besides powerful super sedans and four-door coupes, another big trend in the car industry is the introduction of half sedan half hatchback combinations, as seen with the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo or the newer Audi A7 Sportback.

We saw that there was some reason to this madness with our own BMW 5 GT test drive, and now, thanks to a few videos, the Audi A7 Sportback also seems pretty interesting.

In the videos located after the jump, you will see a lot of details about the five-door hatchback/sedan hybrid. Also, in a video with driving footage around the beautiful Sardinia region in Italy, the Audi A7 Sportback really looks fetching.

Check out the videos after the jump and then cast your thoughts about this new German model.
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2012 Nissan GT-R set to get big improvements, rear-wheel drive mode


The Nissan GT-R is one of the most acclaimed models on the market, offering great performance for a decent price. The 2012 Nissan GT-R will further improve the recipe by adding things like an upgraded chassis as well as other improvements, including a rear-wheel drive mode, at least according to new rumors.

First off, Nissan is looking to address some chassis issues, and will reinforce the current one by adding new stabilizers and reinforcements. The front suspension assembly will also see the addition of aluminum and carbon strut towers. The braking system will also be thoroughly upgraded, as many customers have complained about it.

Most importantly however is the fact that Nissan will include a rear-wheel drive mode, in addition to the standard, biased all-wheel drive. Before you dream of the hoonage that would imply, Nissan does advise customers to keep the GT-R in AWD while on regular roads.

Cosmetic improvements are also rumored. These include a redesigned front fascia, with LED daytime running lights. Aerodynamics are set to be improved, thanks a new rear diffuser, while weight will be shaved with a set of new wheels. New car colors are available, Aurora Flare Blue Pearl and Nebula Opal Black, while the wheels can also be decorated in either Hyper Blue Black and Hyper Titanium.

Expect price increases for the standard model, set to be called the Pure Edition, as well as for the Premium Edition. No word yet on when we will see the concrete announcement of the 2012 Nissan GT-R, but these details will keep us satisfied until then.

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2011 Nissan Murano gets refreshed looks and new options


After it was already revealed for Europe, the 2011 Nissan Murano has now been confirmed to arrive on US shores.

The new mid-size crossover packs a brand new grille, as well as a few other tricks with the 2011 model year edition.

First off, as you can see above, the old razor-like grille is gone, replaced with something bit more … peculiar, so to speak. The front bumper has also been tweaked and is a bit on the bloated side. Still, you will be able to order a brand new trim line, the SV, in both front- and all-wheel drive versions.

2011 Nissan Murano gets refreshed looks and new options

New options ranging from 20-inch wheels to a dual-panel moonroof or new colors can also be ordered for the Japanese crossover. You’ll still get just one engine though, the 3.5-liter VQ V6, capable of 260 HP and 240 lb-ft of torque.

Expect the 2011 Nissan Murano to reach dealerships in October.

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Alfa Romeo’s US comeback gets a few more details


At the end of April, Fiat officially revealed the plans behind the oft rumored comeback of Alfa Romeo to the American market.

Now, thanks to Automotive News, a few more details were released.

First off, in 2012, Alfa Romeo will officially make its full pledged debut on the US market, with the new Giulia mid-size model. The car will be available in both sedan and wagon form, and will use a Fiat 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder engine, with the new MultiAir technology, as well as the Pentastar V6 from Chrysler. The cars will be packed with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive as an option.

Sticking with 2012, Chrysler will be tasked with developing a brand new compact crossover model, based on a wider version of the current Giulietta hatchback. The model will not only be sold in the USA, but also be exported to Alfa’s native Europe.

In 2013, city car fans will enjoy a five-door version of the Alfa Romeo MiTo model. The car will be overhauled at that time, but it will still be made in Italy and brought over to the US.

A two-seat roadster might also appear on the market in 2013, but nothing is clear at this moment. Chrysler and Fiat have yet to settle on a platform (presumably the 300C might work) nor on a production facility.

2014 will see the introduction of a refreshed Giulietta hatchback on the US market. The car has already been launched in Europe and is enjoying impressive sales thanks to its potent engine lineup and attractive design.

This year will also see the introduction of a bigger crossover, which will sit on the platform of the upcoming replacement of the Jeep Liberty. It is set to be produced in the USA and exported to Europe.

Overall, like we said above, Fiat has some big plans for Alfa Romeo, so let’s hope things go as smoothly as possible.

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BMW X4 gets new details rumored


Even though BMW has yet to acknowledge whether or not it will actually manufacture the X4 crossover, it seems that rumors about the new model are spreading like wildfire.

After hearing that it might receive an X4 M performance version, the lads from AutoExpress have revealed that it will also sport a highly frugal 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, in order to balance out the thirstier M-badged crossover.

Besides that, the new BMW X4 will borrow design cues heavily from the current X6 Sports Activity Coupe, but combine them with some systems found on the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Most importantly, the two-stage hatchback will be present on the X4, for that extra dose of practicality.

Not much else was revealed, but you shouldn’t start saving up for this new coupe/crossover model until BMW actually confirms the new model.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt gets priced at $41,000 or $350/month for a three-year lease


As GM teased yesterday, the price for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt has finally been revealed.

The extended-range electric vehicle will cost $41,000, price which includes a $720 destination charge. This doesn’t include any tax credits or deductions, as the government can reimburse you up to $7,500, but only after you purchased the car at full price.

Those who want a lease option can pay $350 per month, for a three-year (36 month) long period. Afterwards, they too can have the option of buying the car completely.

For all that money, GM is throwing a lot of options into the base Chevrolet Volt, including a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, a Bose audio system and five years of OnStar service. This also includes the 8-year/100,000 mile warranty that covers the battery system of the ER-EV. There are just a few extra options, including heated seats, chromed wheels, rear parking sensor and three special paint jobs.

According to GM, as production increases, more bare-bone Volt models will be made, with a significantly lower asking price. Until then, early adopters are stuck with the $41k tag.

So, what do you think? Is the Chevrolet Volt worth all that money? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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Nissan Leaf gets rollout plan detailed, also boasts 8-year/100,000 mile battery warranty


Yesterday’s Plug In 2010 Conference in San Jose brought some big news for those that are interested in the upcoming Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.

At the convention, Nissan North America’s executive vice president, Carlos Tavares, revealed that the battery pack of the Leaf will be covered by an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty, just like the one offered by GM for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. This value was chosen by those who pre-ordered the Leaf and participated in a survey earlier this month.

What’s even more important is that the Leaf’s rollout plan has been officially revealed. According to it, the all-electric Leaf will be sold this December in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Afterwards, in January of 2011, the car will be launched in Texas and Hawaii.

April of 2011 will see the Nissan Leaf arrive in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama. The rest of the country will see the Japanese electric model arrive by fall of 2011.

Overall, Nissan definitely has set up an ambitious plan with the Leaf EV. If you live int he first five states, official orders will be taken starting this August.

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2011 Audi A7 Sportback formally revealed and detailed


Even though its appearance was leaked last weekend, the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled yesterday by the German automaker.

The new model will compete with the likes of four-door coupes like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, as well as with five-door performance models like the Porsche Panamera or BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.

As you can see above, the new A7 boasts a design similar to the 2011 A8, albeit a more angular, in terms of the front fascia. In the rear, the fastback design is apparent, while the side view clearly highlights the cues it has taken from the A5 Sportback.

In terms of engines, not a lot of details were given, but you can expect four V6 units, two gasoline and two diesels, to be used. They will be equipped with either a Multitronic CVT or a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, feeding the power to either just the front wheels, or too all four, thanks to the Quattro AWD system.

The interior is almost the same as the 2011 A8, with the new MMI Touch multimedia interface, as well as a wide array of technologies and systems ready to make driving the new A7 Sportback a safer and more pleasant experience.

No other details were given, but expect new info to arrive as we approach its fall release date. Prices, at least in its native Germany, will start at €51,600 ($67,160). Feel free to check out the high res photo gallery below and then hit the jump to see a video of the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback launch.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Audi A7

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