Rpmgo.com – Read the latest auto news and opinions, see the coolest cars – Part 279

Looks like the upcoming Fiat 500 is really attractive to tuners, because after a few days ago we showed you the Fiat 500 tuning package by MS Design, now the German tuner H&R shows us their vision of the small Italian car.

The body kit features a roof spoiler, a honeycomb mesh air-intake and TRAK+ wheel spacers plus a pair of black footwear. Also, the suspension was lowered 30 mm for increased handling and the Fiat 500 ‘runs’ on 17-inch alloy wheels supplied by eMotion Wheels. View more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Fiat 500 tuning by H&R”

If you can’t wait to put your hands on the all new Dodge Challenger, well, you’ll have to wait a little more. Because Chrysler announced that the first three Dodge Challengers produced will be put up for auction and the money will be donated for charity. Even if we know it’s just a marketing strategy, nice gesture from them though.

The first car will go on sale in January next year and the money will go to notMYkid foundation. The money got from the second car will go to United Way of Southeastern Michigan organization, while the third Challenger will be auctioned on eBay and the organization which will benefit will be announced later.

The cars will be 2008 model Dodge Challenger SRT8, painted in HEMI orange and powered by a 6.1L V8 engine. For the rest of us, the Dodge Challenger will debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February next year.
Read More: “First 3 Dodge Challengers will be auctioned for charity”

Ha ha ha! I have to admit, this is some funny stuff. We presented a few days ago an ad for Audi, in which they mocked BMW. Of course, we don’t know if it was official or not, I think not, but it doesn’t matter. Anyway, some of our readers, BMW fans, were pretty upset, but now we have this photo for them. Photoshopped by the guys at Carscoop, it shows what happens when you do have Quattro. The crashed Audi R8 shown in the photo was presented by us last week, read about it here.
Read More: “Re: This is what happens if you have Quattro”

Cadlliac decided they will put an end to the production of the DTS and STS model, due to some pretty serious drop in sales. Launched five years ago, August sales dropped very much, with 33,368 DTS sold (down 13,9 percent) and 13,156 STS sold (down 24.7 percent).

Jim Taylor, Cadillac’s general manager said last week: “So arguably, we don’t need two entries there anymore, given the shrinkage of that segmentâ€. He also gave us some hints that their place in the Cadillac range will be taken by a $28,000 sedan, beneath the current CTS.
Read More: “Cadillac pulls the plug on DTS and STS models”

At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, German roof specialist Karmann presented their view of the Volkswagen Polo Cabrio. The car features a soft top with a sliding glass insert, illuminated headliner, rollover protection bar, foldable rear seats and OZ wheels. My opinion, nothing special, looks like a damn Punto.
Read More: “Frankfurt Special: Volkswagen Polo Cabrio by Karmann”

The guys at Mansory never cease to amaze us. After the Bentley Continental GTC, they developed another exquisite tuning program, this time for the Rolls Royce Phantom. For its new Conquistador edition, developers added LED daytime running lights, elongated grille stripes and new side skirts with integrated aluminum flanks. The ultra exclusive Phantom is powered by a 7.5 liter engine that develops 543hp (405kW) and 810Nm (597 lb-ft) of torque.

But what’s really impressive is the body-kit and the interior. On the inside we have ‘Shadow Black leather, solid silver trim, carbon fiber, Alcantara panels and LCD displays. The body-kit includes a new rear bumper, stainless steel exhaust ends, sporty trunk lid spoiler, plus 22 inch wheels and Brembo brakes.

Enjoy a full photo gallery after the jump.
Read More: “Exclusive Rolls Royce Phantom Conquistador from Mansory”

Yesterday we showed you “The Chase” promo video for the upcoming Audi A4. And now we have another one released by Audi. W have the sea, we have sun and of course, we have the A4. Enjoy!

Read More: “Another Audi A4 promo video”

Chrysler made a press release in which announced that it will recall about 370,000 vehicles because of some problems occurred. One of the problems is a brake delay that occurs while going up hill, so Chrysler is going to reprogram the computer that controls the anti-lock breaking system (ABS). This problem affects 56,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Commanders, more than 90,000 Jeep Wranglers and almost 50,000 Dodge Nitros.

Another problem occurred at Chrysler vehicles is with faulty door latches and locks and it affects 72,000 2008 Dodge Avenger sedans and Chrysler Sebring Convertibles.
Read More: “Chrysler recalls 370,000 vehicles because of brake and door problems”

This is some really sad news. Saturday, former British rally champion Colin McRae crashed while flying his helicopter, close to his residence in Scotland. Besides the driver, in the helicopter there where three more persons, among which there was Colin’s 4 year old son. Nobody survived.

Colin McRae was the first British driver to become world rally champion, in 1995, with Subaru. He was one of Britain’s best rally drivers, winning 25 rallies and 42 podium finishes in his career. And for those of you who haven’t seen him race, you’ve probably heard of the very popular video game, Colin McRae Rally, I sure did played it with my friends for hours. Again, this is a sad day, because, at only 39 years old, motorsport loses one of the best and most loved pilots. Rest In Peace, Colin! View some of Colin McRae’s career stats after the jump.

Read More: “Colin McRae dies in helicopter crash”

Presented at the Geneva Motor Show this spring, the Artega GT sport coupe did a pretty good impression at Frankfurt too. Powered by a Volkswagen 3.6 liter V6 rear-engine that develops 300 hp, the German coupe goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds and to a top speed of 270 km/h (170 mph). Priced at €74,948 ($104,000) the Artega GT is set go on sale at the start of 2008.View more photos after the jump.
Read More: “Frankfurt Special: Artega GT sport coupe”

After a few days ago we presented the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 here’s another cool tuning program for the BMW 3 Series Coupe, the Hamann Thunder.

Presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the coupe is powered by a modified 5.0 liter V10 engine, that develops 552hp (411kW), sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph). Transmission is made via a seven-speed SMG transmission and the engine’s extra power comes from a new high-flow exhaust system and ECU upgrade.

The car also got a more aggressive body-kit featuring carbon roof, front spoiler and rear diffuser. Hamann engineers fitted the coupe with huge 405mm two slotted and ventilated brake disks and 20 inch forged wheels. View a full photo gallery after the jump.
Read More: “Hamann Thunder tuning based on the BMW 3 Series Coupe”

Here is Audi’s promotional video for the upcoming A4, called “The Chase”. Nothing new, but still, pretty nice.

Read More: “Audi A4 “The Chase” promo video”

Lexus made a press release in which announced that it will start a £6 Million ($12 million) advertising campaign to promote its range of hybrid models for the fourth quarter of 2007. The campaign will include national TV, landmark billboard, on-line, and magazine activities. The first TV ads will air on September 17. Read the press release after the jump.
Read More: “£6 Million Lexus Hybrid campaign in the UK”

We wrote yesterday about Ford announcing that Jaguar and Land Rover are for sale and today we have some updates for you. Indian manufacturer Mahindra backed out and rumors say that was caused by the new CO2 emissions limits which will be introduced in the European Union most likely in 2012. It appears that this emission limit was an important factor in Ford’s decision to put the two brands for sale.

But another producer from India, Tata, looks like a really serious bidder, especially that it looks like they will get some help from Italian giant, Fiat, who is already Tata’s partner in India. Tata, which is currently looking to expand outside India could benefit from Fiat’s experience in running global automobile business.
Read More: “Jaguar and Land Rover update: Mahindra backs out, Fiat supports Tata for bid”

Honda made a press release in which announced that they will recall 182,756 Honda Civics, because of some problems at the wheel bearings. “The wheel speed sensor housing uses an O-ring seal to prevent leakage to or from the wheel bearing. If assembled improperly, the O-ring may not seal properly allowing water to enter the wheel bearing and eventually cause damage to the bearing” says the press release.

So what exactly does this mean? Well, this means that you might lose a wheel or two. So hurry and take you Civic back to the dealer or you might face some really embarrassing situations. Read the entire press release after the jump.
Read More: “Honda recalls over 180,000 Civics for wheel bearings problems”