Rpmgo.com – Read the latest auto news and opinions, see the coolest cars – Part 122

Posted on Apr 11th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Audi

These tuner guys are maniacs. Some of us still haven’t seen some of the cars on the street or in a showroom and tuned up version are launched. However, the latest example, the recently launched Audi R8 is special. Why is that? Well, this new version, modified by Abt Sportsline has all chances to become a super car. Again, you might ask why? Because the Abt R8 will have a distinctive body kit, parts of which are fashioned from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, aggressive bumpers, new hood, widened air ducts behind the doors, a prominent fixed spoiler at the rear, and towering 20-inch wheels in Abt’s signature five-spoke design.

Enough? You might say yes…we did. But nooo, Abt said the standard 4.2-liter V8 engine 420 hp engine is not good enough, they supercharged it and they claim it will deliver 530 hp, take the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 317 km/h. That’s something. Read More: “530HP Audi R8 by Abt Sportsline”

Posted on Apr 11th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Volvo

…at least that what they claim, and it took us some specific details to see the differences. What about you, do you see it? Ok, we’ll be good guys and help you. The facelifted Volvo S40 now has a sharper nose and chrome framed grille with a 50% larger Volvo badge. It also sports new headlights with clear lenses and an enlarged single air intake plus a new tail light design that features LED highlights, new bumper and modified exhaust tip.

The Volvo V50, beside the front grille and the larger Volvo badge, now has a new grille and headlamp layout plus a distinctive three-part front air intake. In the back, the V50 feature slimmer tail light units that are equipped with LED brake lights, new boot handle, restyled bumper and modified exhaust pipes.

At the interior, both the Volvo S40 and the Volvo V50 got more storage spaces with larger cup holders and armrest storage bin. Other changes include modified instrument panels for the T5 and D5 models, Dynaudio speakers for the Premium Sound system, satellite navigation system. Read More: “Volvo S40 and Volvo V50 facelift”

Posted on Apr 5th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Honda, Tuning

At this year’s New York Auto Show, Honda will present the S2000 CR, which is a racer-inspired version of the popular Honda S2000. The Honda S2000 CR will be powered by the same 237Hp 2.2 VTEC engine and it will have a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

Even more importantly the race spec CR feautures aggressive suspension settings, increased body and chassis rigidity and weight reduction through the replacement of the soft-top with an aluminium hardtop (-90 pounds or 41kg) as well as the removal of options like A/C and the stereo system. If the stereo is not so important, I don’t know about the A/C (though it seems it will be on the optional list). More photos after the jump. Read More: “Honda S2000 CR Concept”

Posted on Apr 5th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Ford, Tuning

It’s been 40 years since the first Shelby “King of the Road” Mustang was released, and Ford and Shelby decided to celebrate this by presenting the new Shelby GT500KR. The Mustang will be powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack that boosts engine output to an estimated 540 hp.

Produced in a limited edition of 1,000 units, the Shelby GT500KR coupe comes with a custom carbon composite hood with scoops and stainless steel twist-down hood pins, a lower front air dam with chrome-trimmed functional brake ducts and large 14-inch Brembo front brakes. The suspension has been modified with an emphasis on race-inspired handling.

Drawing inspiration from the classic 1968 KR model, the Shelby GT500KR also features 40th Anniversary exterior badging, unique striping and a distinctive interior with Carroll Shelby-signature embroidered seats and a 40th Anniversary numbered dash plaque. Click for more pics. Read More: “2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR King Of The Road”

Posted on Apr 4th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Chrysler

Despite its good looks, Chrysler Crossfire was never a best seller and it couldn’t attain the popularity its brother, the Mercedes SLK enjoyed. What could be the explanation for this? Well, probably the fact that it was based on the old generation SLK and in this market, of the small luxury roadsters it had some pretty good competitors, such as the BMW Z4, Audi TT and of course, the SLK. Things went really bad for the Crossfire after the new generation SLK was released and sales dropped even more.

First, the high performance SRT-6 range production was stopped and apparently the entire production will be stopped this summer. Too bad, because I think Crysler Crossfire was an alternative for the german cars(I can’t say better or worse, as I never drove one), and overall, it was an interesting car. But that’s it, life goes on. So long Crossfire! Read More: “Chrysler Crossfire Production Ends”

Posted on Apr 4th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Mercedes-Benz, Tuning

The German tuner Carlsson prepared a tuning package for the new Mercedes C-Class. The engine was modified and now produces 295 hp and presses maximum torque of 385Nm, which takes the Carlsson CK35 from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds and to a top speed of 270 km/h.

Other mods include a front apron, a diffuser-look apron at the rear, side moldings and rear spoiler, an electro-polished front grille, double-headlight units with fog and driving lights. The sport sedan also has lowered sport springs and 19in lightweight alloys. Read More: “Carlsson CK35 Tuning For The New Mercedes C-Class”

Posted on Apr 4th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

2 Comments Category: Special

Here’s an interesting one. Idnes.cz presented a video of a car controlled through a mobile phone bluetooth application. The application is installed on a Nokia symbian phone and uses the navigation keys to control the car. I have to say this is pretty cool, can’t think of any situation where I could really use this, but still, its cool. View the video after the jump. Read More: “Remote Bluetooth Controlled Car”

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Porsche, Spy Shots

Set to make it’s first appearance at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, the 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 could be a big hit for the German car maker. As these spy shots show, the new Porsche looks great and considering that it will probably be powered by the 500 hp turbocharged flat six engine and with a suspension setup similar to the Porsche 911 GT3, it is fair to say the Porsche 911 GT2 will be a pretty interesting choice. Read More: “2008 Porsche 911 GT2 Spy Shots”

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2007 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: Subaru

Oh my God! What have they done to the Impreza? We’ve just seen the first pictures of the upcoming 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX and we’re still under shock. I mean we didn’t like the old one very much, but at least that one inspired power and aggressiveness. This one inspires…uhm…nothing. The new Impreza WRX will be powered by the slightly improved turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that will produce 225 hp.

Most certain, with this new Impreza WRX, Subaru will lose most of its fans but probably win new customers from those who like a conservative compact sedan and hatchback. Who wins? Overall, probably Subaru, because anyone can build a compact sedan, but few can make a great car like Impreza WRX used to be. And especially now, with Mitsubishi preparing the new awesome Evo X. Read More: “2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Unveiled”

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Chevrolet, Tuning

Posted on Mar 30th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Infiniti

At the upcoming New York Auto Show, Infiniti will present the EX Concept equipped with a new parking assist technology, called Around View Monitor. The system uses four cameras placed in the grille, beneath both side view mirrors, and below the Infiniti badge on the concept’s rear hatch and is designed to help us with those difficult parkings.

Read More: “Infiniti “Around View Monitor” Assist Technology” Posted on Mar 29th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

6 Comments Category: Infiniti, Nissan

The Upcoming New York Auto Show will mark another premiere. Infiniti will present its next generation SUV, the Infiniti EX. The concept exceeds with its very interesting leather-lined interior, with aluminum trim, ambient lighting systems and unique liquid crystal glass roof panel that can switch from transparent to translucent at the touch of a button.

On the mechanical part we know that the Infiniti EX will be based on Nissan’s Front Midship (FM) platform and it seems it will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission. Due to the fact the car will also be available in Europe, we also expect Nissan to prepare a diesel engine.

Though it will be different from the concept, the production version of the Infiniti EX will probably be presented by the end of this year. Read More: “Infiniti EX Concept”

Posted on Mar 29th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Nissan

The new 2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z, which makes its North American debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show is the fifth in the 2007 350Z Coupe lineup, is available with a 6-speed manual transmission only. It goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July 2007.

The sport coupe has got a special body package, improved handling equipment and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 306 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. As a sports car, the Nissan NISMO 350Z is fantastic, however its downside is quickly apparent when you take it on the street.

All the newfound chassis rigidity combined with the stiff-legged, track-ready suspension calibration and aggressive, low-profile Bridgestone RE-01R tires combines to deliver a harsh ride that’ll shake your fillings loose even on Japan’s magically smooth roads.

Read More: “Upcoming Nissan NISMO 350Z”

Posted on Mar 29th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Audi

Audi announced the US pricing for its super car, the R8, which is set to be released this fall. The six-speed manual transmission version will have a suggested retail price of $109,000 and the six-speed R tronic automatic gearbox will start at $118,000. So what are you waiting for, start saving! Read More: “$109,000 for the upcoming Audi R8”

Posted on Mar 29th, 2007 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes announced another addition to the AMG range, introducing the Mercedes CL65 AMG. This new the exclusive high-performance coupe from the german factory tuner will be powered by a powerful AMG engine, a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo, similiar with S65 AMG and SL65 AMG twelve-cylinder engine models. Its maximum output of 612 bhp is reflected in its outstanding performance data: the CL65 AMG attains 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and reaches the 200 km/h mark in 13.3 seconds. Its maximum speed of 250 km/h is electronically limited.

The optical package for this super car is also impressing, giving the car a powerful, elegant and dynamic design. Sports exhaust with two twin chromed V12-design tailpipes, titanium gray 20-inch AMG twin-spoke forged wheels, large air intakes, round fog lamps with chrome surrounds the special AMG radiator grille with two horizontal chrome louvers, distinctive side skirts and “V12 BITURBO” lettering enhance the sides.

Mercedes is also preparing a special CL65 AMG limited edition to mark the 40 years passed since Mercedes and AMG started working together. It will have a new type of paint, AMG Alubeam, a unique paint finish which has previously only been seen on a handful of Mercedes show cars, two-tone all-Nappa-leather upholstery with a diamond pattern, a color-coordinated Alcantara roof lining and embossed V12 logos on the front head restraints. Click read more to see more pics. Read More: “2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG”