Rpmgo.com – Read the latest auto news and opinions, see the coolest cars – Part 235

What’s happening with all these luxury cars recalls? I mean, first it was Mercedes which recalled 3 McLaren SLRs and now Maserati announced it will recall 56 GranTurismo coupes due to a faulty in the supplemental restraint system (SRS) electronic control unit (ECU) software when the battery is not fully charged. In the event of a crash, this might cause the passenger seat-belt and airbag to malfunction. The recall will begin this month and dealers will replace the SRS ECU units.

Still, I think this guys should pay more attention next time to these errors because if I would pay a lot of money for my car, then I would expect it to be flawless.

Read More: “Maserati recalls 2008 GranTurismo”

NBC released another trailer of their upcoming show “Knight Rider”, in which we can see that the KITT doesn’t really agree with valet parking. Don’t forget, the “Knight Rider” will debut on February 17. Enjoy!

Read More: “Video: Funny Knight Rider trailer”

While surfing the web today, we cam across this design study, the Ferrari F250 Concept, designed by Idries Omar. Starting from all the rumors going around lately about a possible baby Ferrari, he designed this modern looking Ferrari, at the same time trying to keep the Italian legacy. Being a mid-engine rear wheel drive, Idries Omar was able to give the car a really aggressive stance. Originally, the car was meant to be an interpretation of the Ferrari Dino, but the designer named it Ferrari F250, from the legendary 250 GTO. As for the engine, the designer suggested 2.5L V6 engine (250) that runs on bio-fuel.

Check out more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Ferrari F250 Design Study by Idries Omar”

We’ve just written about the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept, so no talking, just enjoy this official video presentation of the car.

Read More: “Video Update: Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept”

After yesterday we’ve shown you these leaked photos, today BMW released official info and photos of the new BMW M3 Convertible. The fourth generation M3 Convertible features a three-piece retractable hard-top which opens and closes in 22 seconds and has all-round visibility with hardtop closed thanks to large window areas. Also, it’s useless to say that it looks great and features aluminum engine lid with striking powerdome, characteristic front end with large air intakes, widened wheel arches, gill elements in the front side walls, M-specific side sills, rear air diffuser and typical M dual tailpipes.

The new M3 Cabrio is powered by BMW’s 4.0 liter V8 engine which develops 309 kW/420 hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm. The engine featurs individual throttle butterflies, variable double-VANOS camshaft control and Brake Energy Regeneration and mated to a manual six-speed gearbox with integrated, temperature-controlled oil cooling, it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in 5.3 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), while having a fuel consumption of 21 mpg (12,9 litres/100 km).

Of course, for the interior, customers will be able to choose only the best materials and equipments, like BMW Individual High End audio system with nine-channel amplifier and 16 high-output loudspeakers.

See a complete photo gallery after the jump.
Read More: “Official: BMW M3 Convertible”

The new generation Honda Pilot is scheduled to debut this spring but, until then, Honda presented this Pilot prototype at the Detroit show, prototype which previews the production model. The new Pilot will have a more boldly style and the exterior will give a “powerful” sensation, in the same allowing more space for the interior. The eight-passenger Pilot rides on a redesigned platform which allows more refined handling and ride comfort. Safety features include Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and extensive use of high-strength steel.

The new Honda Pilot will be powered by a V6 engine featuring Honda’s improved Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that operates in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4 and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency.

You can check out the Honda Pilot’s official website (click here) and you can also check out more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Detroit Auto Show: Honda Pilot Prototype”

4.8 liter V8, 486 HP, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, 196 mph top speed, price ~$200,000. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about the Ferrari F430. But, as you can see in the photo above, taken somewhere in Romania, all that is useless when your engine breaks down or when you run out of gas (we’re not sure what exactly happened to the guy). Fortunately, that Daewoo Tico was there to help.


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Read More: “$200,000 Ferrari F430 towed by a Daewoo Tico”

Ben Silverman, NBC’s co-chairman, announced that NBC has ordered a pilot for an American version of Top Gear. And I must say this is probably a very bad idea. I mean, how can you imagine a Top Gear show without Jeremy, Richard or James? I remember I saw a few episodes of the UK version of “Pimp my ride” and I must say, that guy was awful. So bringing a major show like Top Gear to another country and with other cast well…that’s not Top Gear anymore.

Read More: “NBC to bring Top Gear to the US”

I’m sure you know about Aston Martin’s four door coupe, which will compete with Porsche’s upcoming Panamera. And here we’ve got some photos taken in Denmark, with what seems to be a production-ready version, with almost no camouflage. Based on the VH architecture (currently used for the DB9 and Vantage models), the Rapide looks like a stretched DB9, but still, it’s awesome.

Check out one more photo after the jump.
Read More: “Aston Martin Rapide scooped on the street”

The Jeep Renegade is the third concept presented by Chrysler at Detroit, after the Dodge Zeo and the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept.

The Renegade is powered by the same propulsion system on the other two Chrysler concepts, featuring dual electric 200 kilowatt (268 horsepower) motors with 40 miles range. However, the car also has a 115 hp 1.5 liter 3-cylinder BLUETEC diesel engine, which increases its range to about 400 miles. A range extender – in Renegade’s case, a small-displacement (1.5-liter, 3-cylinder) BLUETEC diesel engine – allows for journeys beyond 40 miles. In fact, the Jeep Renegade concept boasts a 400-mile range.

The all-new Jeep Renegade concept’s lightweight aluminum architecture and regen-braking system help to improve overall efficiency, while the 4×4 system (complete with low range and locking differentials) is pretty capable.

See more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Detroit Auto Show: Jeep Renegade Concept”

This is how Greg Howell, the project’s main designer, describes the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept, presented at Detroit: “The 2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager concept vehicle celebrates the romance of automobile travel embodied in a four-door, four-passenger, distinctively American automobile of spirited design. While the ecoVoyager’s supple, flowing one-box shape is purposely designed to achieve aerodynamic efficiencies, it also pushes the Chrysler brand language in a new direction of ‘elegant simplicity,’ by taking full advantage of the space normally occupied by a bulky conventional powertrain setup to drastically reduce the front overhang.”. Sounds pretty fancy.

The ecoVoyager features an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack capable of running about 40 miles ona single charge. The electric motor develops 200 kilowatts (268 horsepower) and allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in less than 8 seconds. The car is also fitted with a small, advanced hydrogen fuel cell which extends the vehicle range, for occasional long trips, to more than 300 miles.

Just like the Dodge Zeo Concept, the Chrysler ecoVoyager looks futuristic, both on the interior and the exterior, but will never make it into production.
Read More: “Detroit Auto Show: Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept”

Probably one of the coolest concept cars currently on display at Detroit, the Dodge Zeo Concept is an all electric four passengers sport wagon concept. The advanced propulsion system powering the Dodge ZEO concept is electric-only with a 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack capable of at least 250 miles.

Based on a rear-wheel drive platform, the Dodge Zeo is powered by a 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack capable of at least 250 miles. The engine develops 200 kilowatt (268 horsepower) and takes the car from 0 to 62 mph in less than 6 seconds.

The interior is futuristic, while the exterior design is simply amazing. Too bad that, as Chrysler announced, the Dodge Zeo will never enter production, but its technologies might be used on future models.

See more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Detroit Auto Show: Dodge Zeo Concept”

A couple of days ago we told you about the new 2009 Dodge Ram, presented at Detroit, but what we didn’t do is show you how it was unveiled. And the Ram stands out of the herd…literally. Enjoy!

Read More: “Video: Dodge Ram presentation”

Last year we’ve announced that, at Detroit, Fisker will present a four doors sports sedan (you can check out our previous post here), and here it is, the Fisker Karma. Developed exclusively for Fisker Automotive by Quantum Technologies, Q-DRIVE provides a small petrol engine in turning a generator for power to its lithium-ion battery pack. Also, regenerative braking will be employed to regain power otherwise lost from braking, while an optional solar roof will charge the battery and maintain partly self-contained climate control when parked.

Offering emissions-free driving of up to 50 miles per charge, the Fisker Karma has lightweight aluminum built body panels and structure and has some impressive performances, 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) in just 6 seconds and a top speed of over 125 mph (200km/h).

See more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Detroit Auto Show: Fisker Karma”

I’m sure today wasn’t a good day for BMW North America or for one insurance company. Because of a tipped cargo ship in New Jersey, 370 BMW cars were damaged, 70 of which were completely wrecked. And that’s not all the bad news…it seems that most of the cars were brand new E92 M3s. I’m sure the insurance company which will pay for this won’t be so happy about it.

The damaged cars will be taken to BMW’s Elizabeth Receiving facility where they’ll be fixed and then sold as new, which I don’t know if it’s so convenient for the buyers. The 70 severely damaged cars will be crushed. Apparently this wasn’t such a good week for sports cars, as we can see this “poor” guy being forced to get his Ferrari F430 towed by a $1000 Daewoo Tico.

See more photos of the damaged cars after the jump.
Read More: “370 BMWs damaged in cargo ship incident”