As you probably know, DaimlerChrysler’s US Division is for sale, and it appears a bidding war has started, as DaimlerChrysler’s stocks closed at $82.36, highest value since August 2000. So far, it seems that Magna International Inc, in association with an unknown private-equity firm placed a $4.6 billion offer. Offers are also expected from Cerberus Capital Management and a partnership of the Blackstone Group and Centerbridge Partners. However, none of these information is official and we’ll have to wait and see what happends. Read More: “DaimlerChrysler Bidding War”
These days Currency Motor Cars introduced one of the world’s most powerful supercars. It is a modified 2006 BMW M5 that can reach a top speed of 240 mph, which makes it one of the fastest luxury 4-door sedan on the planet. The BMW’s compression V-10 engine was fitted with twin-turbo chargers and a custom inter-cooler system to kick out an astonishing 800+ horses.
The interior is also exquisit, with leather in the steering wheel, arm rests and dash is the same as the leather in the seats. Fully aniline dyed Florida alligator in black. The custom interior is all hand stitched, designed and installed by Judy Amic-Angelo.
The car accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.6 seconds and it will be priced at an eye-popping $350,000. More photos after the jump. Read More: “800HP BMW M5 By Currency Motor”
The 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is a fully updated version of the G35 coupe that put Infiniti on the map as a serious player in the market for premium sporting coupes. But the real news is the power plant, which received an increase in displacement to 3.7 liters thanks to a 4.6mm increase in stroke and now produces 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. That’s 30 hp more and 30 lb-ft less torque than BMW’s 335i coupe. It represents an improvement of 24 hp and 2 lb-ft over the current G35 coupe’s 3.5-liter V6.
The coupe’s proportions remain the same, but there are significant detail tweaks that differentiate the newer, more muscular G. The grille now features Infiniti’s signature double arch, the headlights and taillights are L-shaped and the rear deck incorporates an integral spoiler. There’s also a distinct character line running the length of both sides of the hood.
G37 coupes will hit dealers on August 21 of this year. The prices won’t be announced until just before the on-sale date, but, if Infiniti follows tradition, however, it will undercut its German competition in price while offering similar or better performance. Currently, that means a G37 sport coupe with the five-speed automatic transmission will have to tally less than $44,000 â€” an easy task considering the current car with these options rings up a $35,750 tab. More pics after the jump. Read More: “Nissan Presents The New Infiniti G37 Coupe”
On July 4, 2007, exactly 50 years later after the original Fiat 500 was introduced and in the same place, in Turin, Fiat will present the new Fiat 500 which will be marketed immediately after the launch. The new mini car will conclude an equally important cycle of revival for Fiat Automobiles SpA.
Developed by the Fiat Style Centre and manufactured in the plant in Tychy (Poland), the new 500 is a 3-door model with very compact measurements: it is 355 cm long, 165 cm wide, 149 cm tall and has a wheelbase of 230 cm.
Fiat decided to give this little fellow three engines: a 75 bhp 1.3 16v Multijet turbodiesel unit and two petrol engines, the 69 bhp 1.2 8v and the 100 bhp 1.4 16v, all of which are available with five or six speed mechanical gearboxes. More pics after the jump. Read More: “Fiat 500 Reborn”
Dutch website AutoTelegraaf revealed some info on the highly expected BMW M3 along with some photographs of the engine that will power this BMW. It appears that the new M3′s engine will be a V8 producing 420hp and with peak torque of 400Nm.
This engine is derived from the potent 5.0L V10 engine used in the M3′s big brothers M5 and M6, and it will displace 4.0L and produce its peak 420hp output at a lofty 8,300rpm, while maximum torque of 400Nm comes in at even higher 8,400rpm. Though this latter figure might not seem such a big deal, thanks to the Double Vanos valve technology, the new V8 engine delivers up to 340Nm of torque from only 2,000rpm. The use of aluminum and composite materials in its construction, the mighty motor weighs in at just 202kg. Read More: “V8 Engine For The New BMW M3”
There’s a lot of controversy these days about European Comission trying to force Germany to impose speed limits on the Autobahn. I personally think that it’s an useless decision and it leaves some of us without the last bastion of speed. With measures taken every week trying to make traffic safer, there are few places where normal people can feel the adrenalin, without having to pay a speed ticket for that.
One thing surprized me though, ZDF, a television in Germany, made a survey and the conclusion was that most of the Germans agree with Europe Comission’s decision. If I was a german, I’d be somehow proud to have a no-limit highway in my country, but it seems I ain’t a german. The German officials spoke out against this decision and let’s hope that they’ll be successful and the Autobahn will still be a hot spot for drivers. Read More: “To Speed Or Not To Speed On The Autobahn”
Callaway will be showing its latest model, a drop-top version of its C16 Coupe, at the 2007 New York Auto Show this April. The convertible will feature the same engine options as the coupe, meaning either 560 or 616 horsepower will be available from the supercharged 6.0-liter V8, depending on which state of tune the buyer selects.
Transmission options also remain the same, namely a manual six-speed box or a six-speed paddle-shift semi-automatic. As expected, the Callaway C16 Convertible won’t come cheap, prices going up to $130,000. Read More: “Callaway C16 goes topless”
This is an interesting one. An american sport car designed by the italians. Apparently, Ford is preparing a new Ford Mustang and the design is made by Fabrizio Giugiaro. And it doesn’t even look bad at all. The standard Ford 4.6 liter V8 engine that produces 300 HP has been modified, added a compressor and it will produce 500 HP. No clues on top speed, acceleration or price. Read More: “Ford Mustang Giugiaro Design”
These days, Parrot announced the Parrot MK6100. This seems to be another cool model from the French manufacturer, after MK6000 (Parrotâ€™s first A2DP Stereo Bluetooth kit) and the CK3100, their most popular and best-selling model.
The Parrot MK6100 features an OLED display and offers DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and features dual microphones (Parrot Beamforcing technology) for stronger performance. Once it is paired with your phone, the device automatically synchronizes the names from your phonebook and so you can dial one from it. In order to keep your eyes on the road, Text To Speech system will read the names of the contacts for you. In addition, voice dialing is also supported. Read More: “Parrot MK6100 Excelent Car Kit”
Volvo will develop safety systems for the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide sedan, and with Ford still retaining a $40 million stake in the luxury brand, we’re likely to see more Ford engineers playing a bigger role in designing Aston’s future models. Aston Martin> will also benefit in getting raw materials at discount, especially for aluminum.
Aston Martin confirmed that Volvo’s knowledge and resources on safety features would be utilized by his company, just as it was used for the DB9 and V8 Vantage. Experts from Volvo are helping to develop the stiff aluminum structure of the Rapide, including designing the B-pillar and side-members to optimise occupant safety during side impact collisions. Read More: “Volvo to make Aston Martin Rapide safer”
Lamborghini released first official photos of Alar, which could quite possibly be the worldâ€™s ugliest Lamborghini. We understand that aerodynamics are important, but to do that to a Lambo, well, that’s a crime. More photos after the jump. Read More: “Alar, The Ugliest Lamborghini Ever”
Alpinaâ€™s B3 Biturbo, based on the twin-turbocharged BMW 335i, sports a 3.0L straight-six engine that produces an incredible 360hp and 500 Nm torque. With its electronic speed limiter removed, the Alpina B3 should reach up to 285km/h and complete the 0-100km/h sprint in less than 5 seconds, a significant improvement over its sedan-based D3 cousin.
Another highly tuned model based on the 5-series sedan is also rumored to be making a showing in Geneva and it will be an upgraded version of the twin-turbo B5 model, and is expected to deliver even more than the current carâ€™s output of 500hp and 700Nm of torque. Read More: “Upcoming BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo”