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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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2012 Ford Focus ST revealed, packs 247 HP and will be sold globally

2012 Ford Focus ST revealed, packs 247 HP and will be sold globally

As soon as the 2012 Ford Focus was revealed by the Blue Oval at the Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of the year, fans eagerly awaited any detail on a more performance-oriented version.

Now, after plenty of rumors, the 2012 Ford Focus ST has been officially revealed, in the form of a design study set to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

Even if it’s a study, at the moment, rest assured that this is how the Focus ST will look like when it will be available in 2012. The car is powered by an upgraded 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, capable of 247 HP.

Better yet, this new hot hatch will be available globally, meaning even Americans can enjoy the goodness that was denied for a lot of years in their country. Stay tuned for more details in the following weeks ahead of the car’s debut in Paris. Until then, check out the four high res pics of the Focus ST.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Ford Focus ST

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Ferrari’s Alonso and Massa get a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Ferrari's Alonso and Massa get a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Right before the start of the Formula 1 Italian GP, held at the Monza circuit, Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, decided to award the drivers of the Ferrari F1 team with something a bit more special than a Maserati GranCabrio, for instance.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa both got a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari model.

While you may scoff at the thought of them driving a modified Fiat 500 when they’re more used with the monster F1 machines, bear in mind that the 695 has an upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, capable of 180 HP. The cars are also decorated, as you can see, in Scuderia Red with Racing grey stripes.

If you’d like a go in such a model, be prepared to pay around $47,000, as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari wants to live up to its name and the exclusivity it demands.

Source: Abarth

Audi S1 confirmed for Paris debut

Audi S1 confirmed for Paris debut

Yesterday we revealed that Audi might be bringing a special performance version of the new A7 Sportback, the S7, to the Paris Motor Show, in order to please fans.

Now, the company has confirmed that it will be bringing one S model, but not the S7. Instead, the German carmaker will be presenting the Audi S1 hot hatch model.

Based on the already available A1, the S1 will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, capable of outputting around 180 HP. This, together with the front-wheel drive and special handling upgrades, will enable a 0 to 62 mph time of under 7 seconds and a top speed of over 140 mph. A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, with paddles behind the steering wheel is standard.

The S1′s styling will be influenced by the already revealed S Line accessories package for the A1. This includes a more aggressive body kit, lowered suspension and bigger wheels.

Official details will be unveiled in Paris later this month.

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Audi S7 to debut at the Paris Motor Show?

Audi S7 to debut at the Paris Motor Show?

The Audi A7 Sportback is definitely quite a looker, and will no doubt impress those that want more space in their sedan but aren’t looking for a wagon model.

But as soon as the A7 Sportback was revealed by Audi, rumors were already flying around concerning its performance version, the S7.

According to the latest rumors collected by the guys at Autoblog, it seems that the S7 might be making its debut later this month, at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

It seems that Audi wants to get the S7 out as quickly as possible, in order to complete the lineup. According to the rumors, we might not see a large displacement engine in the performance model, as the Lamborghini 5.2-liter V10 in the S6 or the 4.2-liter V8 in the S5 aren’t exactly the most frugal of units. Instead, and this might be a long shot, a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 might be prepared for the S7.

Autoblog also says that while the A7 Sportback will be available in the USA with just the 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline version and the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, the S7 might get a sportier S-tronic dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Still, bear in mind that these are just rumors, and Audi has yet to comment on all these speculations concerning the S7. Until it’s official, you can always get the S Line look-fast accessories.

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Performance Subaru Forester coming soon

Performance Subaru Forester coming soon

It seems that Subaru wants to further expand its presence in the crossover market, and might launch a more powerful version of its popular Forester entry-level model.

According to a report coming from Australia, of all places, the Japanese company might deliver a power boost to the Forester in order to appeal those who want improved performance, and to one-up rivals like the Toyota RAV4 or the Mazda CX-7.

This model will be destined for the global market, unlike the special 322 HP Forester STI that has been selling in Japan for the last five years. More details will be known in the following weeks, but a more powerful entry-level crossover sounds pretty good.

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Scion tC might get TRD performance version next year

Scion tC might get TRD performance version next year

The 2011 Scion tC is a pretty interesting model, delivering adequate performance in a coupe style with a pretty low price.

Toyota has some bigger plans for the tC coupe though, as according to a recent report coming from Japan, a special high performance TRD version might be in the works.

The report says that the powerful coupe might be outfitted with improved suspension, a sports exhaust system and a new body kit for better aerodynamics.

No other details were revealed, but it’s expected that the more performance-oriented Scion tC won’t really require a big financial effort, as the price is rumored to be around $18,000. For what it’s worth, the regular 2011 Scion tC starts at $17,000.

Expect more details in the future, as the car is reported to arrive as a 2012 model year.

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Citroen DS4 Racing hot hatch might arrive soon enough

Citroen DS4 Racing hot hatch might arrive soon enough

When the Citroen DS3 Racing hot hatch was revealed, many people were extremely excited about the limited edition sporty compact.

Now, as the Citroen DS4 has just been revealed a few weeks ago, rumors about a high performance Racing version are already flying around the web.

According to the rumor mongers at AutoExpress, a Citroen DS4 Racing is just a matter of time. The French company will apply the same philosophy as on the hotter DS3, and will throw in dozens of unique customization options, to differentiate the sporty DS4 from the regular model.

According to the British magazine, the future Citroen DS4 Racing will be using the new Hybrid4 technology, as seen on the Peugeot 3008, but combine the 96 HP electric motor with the 200 HP developed by the 1.6-liter THP gasoline engine.

As you can imagine, the DS4 Racing will pack one heck a punch, if it turns out to be true. Features like upgraded suspension, steering and brakes are also rumored, in order to keep that power under control. Seeing as how it uses the Hybrid4 system, all-wheel drive is a given, with rear-wheel drive only available in electric mode. Also, expect the fuel average and emissions to be extremely low, given its high power output.

Frankly, after seeing the CItroen DS3 Racing, a DS4 performance model might be even better.

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General Motors to restart performance division, will focus on compact models

General Motors to restart performance division, will focus on compact models

Last year, General Motors was seriously tight for cash, and applied a series of cost-cutting measures to focus on mainstream models. One of those decisions was putting the performance division on stand by, eliminating the possibility of future powerful cars anytime soon.

Now, as things are looking up for the US carmaker, the company’s vice president of performance and motorsports division, Jim Campbell, has revealed that GM will focus more on compact performance models, which should appeal to those that can’t really afford a Cadillac CTS-V, for example.

Voices are already pointing out the new Chevrolet Cruze, but also the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Aveo models, which both promise to open up the compact segment to GM. Performance SS versions might seriously help this endeavor, especially as how the Chevrolet Aveo RS concept (pictured above) was positively received when it made its debut in Detroit.

While this may not exactly confirm that performance versions of the Chevrolet Cruze or an Aveo are coming, it’s nice to hear that GM is once again turning its head to performance models.

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 revealed, photos and video included

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 revealed, photos and video included

It was previewed by a track-only race car and rumored heavily a few weeks ago, but the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has now been formally unveiled.

The Boss is back and Blue Oval muscle car fans will be certainly pleased with what it’s packing under the hood. Power comes from an upgraded version of the new 5.0-liter V8, capable of 440 HP with 380 lb-ft of torque. A lot of upgrades were added, including ones from the track-only Boss 302R. We have a short-throw shifter, new suspension, upgraded brakes and a new clutch.

The result of these new parts and the extensive fine tuning from Ford? The muscle car is faster than a BMW M3 Coupe around the Laguna Seca track.

As you can imagine, the Boss 302 certainly looks the part, with special paint jobs available, including Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red. Special decals reminiscent of the old 1969 Boss Mustang are also available.

In honor of the Boss’ revival, a special Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition will be made, boasting unique exterior as well as a retuned chassis, stiffer body and improved aerodynamics.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but you can enjoy the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 both in the photo gallery below and after the jump in a video released by the Blue Oval.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Infiniti Performance Line debuts the 348 HP IPL G Coupe

Infiniti Performance Line debuts the 348 HP IPL G Coupe

There have been a few rumors floating around recently concerning Japanese carmaker Infiniti and its desire for a dedicated performance brand, supposedly called Infiniti Performance Line. The division would rival BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.

Now, it seems that the rumors were right for the most part. The Infiniti Performance Line is real, but isn’t a dedicated sports division. Instead, the IPL badge will appear on specific limited series of sports models, starting off with the IPL G Coupe.

Based on the G37, this new model boasts a revised appearance, with redesigned front and rear fascias, as well as side skirts and a set of 19-inch Graphite wheels. Sports seats were fitted on the inside, as was redesigned trim to match the performance-oriented nature of the special car.

Infiniti Performance Line debuts the 348 HP IPL G Coupe

Sadly, you won’t find any big performance boosts, as the IPL G Coupe can output 348 HP with 276 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 18 HP and 6 lb-ft over the stock G37. Handling promises to be improved though, thanks to two new transmissions, a six-speed manual with short-throw shiter or a seven-speed automatic with magnesium paddles. Last but not least, we have a limited slip differential, revised suspensions and an upgraded braking system.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect more details as we approach its launch at the end of the year.

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Lotus accidentally confirms Evora S and Evora automatic for Paris debut

Lotus accidentally confirms Evora S and Evora automatic for Paris debut

The Paris Motor Show is shaping up to be one of the most important chapters in Lotus‘ history, as a lot of new models, concepts and revivals are rumored to be unveiled.

Among them, we now know that there will be a performance oriented Lotus Evora S, as well as an automatic gearbox-equipped Evora. How do we know that? It seems that someone at Lotus was a bit too eager and sent an e-mail to press outlets confirming the two models.

No other details were revealed, but you can clearly see that the British sportscar manufacturer is betting big on the popularity of the Evora.

Expect more details to be revealed in the following weeks, ahead of the Paris Motor Show’s start on October 2.

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Video: The BMW 1 Series M Coupe goes out on the track

Video: The BMW 1 Series M Coupe goes out on the track

Even though it was one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive industry, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was finally showcased last month.

Besides the camouflage photos, we also saw a slight video of the hot 1 Series tearing it up on the Ascari test track in Spain, with BMW M Division boss Dr. Kay Segler boasting the performance the baby M car will have.

In case you didn’t believe him, a new video has appeared, showcasing what it’s like to ride in the passenger seat while the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was driven on the actual Ascari track.

While it’s not as spectacular as the reveal video, we’re pretty sure the sound of the twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine will be more than enough to deserve a view. So, hit the jump and see what the entry level M model can do.
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2011 Ford Boss Mustang might be unveiled on August 13th

2011 Ford Boss Mustang might be unveiled on August 13th

The 2011 Ford Mustang definitely impressed a lot of people at the beginning of the year, especially with its new 5.0-liter V8, capable of 412 HP in the GT version.

Afterwards, the Blue Oval revealed the track-only Ford Boss 302R Mustang, which has already been seeing race duty during the 2010 season. As you can imagine the revived Boss name sparked a lot of rumors, concerning a road-legal Boss Mustang.

Now, according to the announcers from a recent Grand-Am race, the actual 2011 Ford Boss Mustang might be unveiled in the middle of August, more specifically on August 13th. The unveil will take place at the Laguna Seca track, and be a part of the Pebble Beach week.

According to the announcers, the Boss Mustang will pack an upgraded 5.0-liter V8, capable of around 430 HP, and with a price tag of just $30,000. Besides the improved output, the Boss Mustang will also feature plenty of racing-spec features from Multimatic, the motorsport company responsible for the Boss 302R.

So, are you excited about this upgraded muscle car? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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