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Posted on Sep 15th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Chrysler, Dodge, News

Some time ago we informed you that Chrysler has put up for sale its sport brand, the Viper. Thought the Dodge Viper sales are not doing very well, Chrysler president Jim Press announced that there are already several companies that showed their interest in buying the sports brand. Though Middle Eastern or Indian companies showed their interest in the Viper, we know for sure that among the potential buyers are US companies Roush and Saleen. The latter is already involved in the Viper business, being the company that handles the cars’ paint.

In order to seal a deal for Viper, Chrysler hired financial advisor Lazard Limited to handle logistics, and it hopes to get between $50 million and $150 million for the brand. However, though he didn’t clearly stated it, Press also implied that Chrysler is also considering on dropping the Viper altogether if it believes the car is taking too much attention and resources away from core products.

Of course, we don’t have to say that the dissapearance of the Viper brand would be such a shame and we’re sure every car lover out there would feel bad about it. But let’s hope that everything works out and the Viper will live happily ever after.

Read More: “More details on the Viper brand sale”

Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

No Comments Category: Ford, Tuning

Based on the Ford Focus, the RC2 Concept was created by sports car manufacturer Saleen in order to attract customers without without the financial power to buy an S7, for example. Planned to be sold at somewhere around $20,000, the RC2 features a body kit with custom front fascia, mesh grille, aggressive side skirts and small rear spoiler for added stability. Under the hood, it’s powered by Ford’s 2.0 liter four-cylinder Duratech engine, which has been received a minor upgrade and now develops around 158 hp (117 kW). Upgrades include dual-tipped exhaust, hood scoop and an updated suspension package (stiffer springs and larger sway bars). We were used with more important upgrades from Saleen, but they explained that the upgrades are not that impressive because the RC2 is designed to be sold as a ’starting point’ for tuners to build on.

Check out one more photo after the jump. Read More: “Saleen RC2 Concept based on the Ford Focus”