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Porsche Cayenne Coupe Merdad

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 02:15 PM PST

This time the task of tuning made by Merdad not merely refine the sub-mechanics and bodywork of the Porsche Cayenne. With the Cayenne Coupe, in fact, the trainer puts heavy hand of German car chassis, giving rise to the 2 rear doors for an unusual SUV coupe, architectural form recently proposed by the Range Rover Evoque. The operation borders on the field usually reserved for workshop and body to the prototypes, but the engineers were not long in English qualms at the prospect of shortening the pitch of the Cayenne to give it a more sporty, inherent in the genetic makeup of the mark Zuffenhausen.

Merdad’s past as a collaborator at Gemballa (specialist in the preparation of Porsche), has influenced the interventions made to the mechanics that accompany the conversion of the Cayenne coupe. The potency of 8-cylinder 4.8-liter V receives a 50% increase, reaching a value equal to 740 hp. The acceleration provided by the new chivalry is translated into a 0-100 km / h in 4.4 seconds covered. Shortening the length of the car is emphasized by the adoption of 22-inch alloy wheels, forward momentum that the silhouette of the car “in collaboration”with the new radiator grille and side skirts. The idea is 3-door SUV might tease him of some manager in Stuttgart and Wolfsburg: we’ll see if Porsche will receive a Cajun sister after launch

Fiat 500 Mopar

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 02:12 PM PST

At the Detroit Motor Show (15-23 January 2011), the Chrysler Group also reserve a space to its line of processing official Mopar stands between them and the Fiat 500 in 2012, revised and corrected in key aesthetic tuning. This is a special version of the rich list of Mopar accessories available for the small Italian American, a little ‘as in Europe for processing Abarth.

Among the various special parts that characterize the appearance of the Fiat 500 Mopar we mention the blacks looking shiny with Mopar logo, color matte black style 500 Blackjack, the double blue strips on the hoods and the roof, chrome mirrors and frames chrome in the front and rear bumpers. The complete package is no shortage of the tailpipes and the cap of shiny, in addition to the rear rack with the ability to upload snowboard.

The cockpit is transformed with the Mopar package consisting of sill with custom logo, style knobs carbon exchange and handbrake and Katzkin leather accented with blue. The only mechanical modification concerns the addition of a specific link strut braces for the suspension.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupé Race Car

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 02:05 PM PST

The recently announced Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car finally reveals his final appearance, in practice corresponding to what is anticipated by the official drawings. The 2-port race of the prestigious American brand is in fact ready to debut at the Detroit Motor Show (15-23 January 2011), with the first race scheduled for the next 25 to 27 March in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The first tests will be carried out on the track in Sebring in late January. At the wheel of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car Championship engaged in “Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT were confirmed drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim, winners respectively of three American Le Mans Series GT1 championships and a SCCA World Challenge GT class.

Hyundai Curb Concept

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 05:36 AM PST

Hyundai of North America presented at the Detroit model in concept form, called Curb, which has an aspect of crossovers (at Juke but longer) and a side view, at least in the picture they’ve shown, nor is very-very aggressive and really aesthetically pleasing. The interior is “another story” and it is clear that is a concept, because they have spread denotes graphics look too futuristic (and unhelpful, at least the central console, it must be said). However, as a compact crossover model is not bad. We’ll see if it evolves so that you can hit the streets

Audi A9

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 05:31 AM PST

Audi had plans to produce a new flagship, a luxury sedan bigger and more comfortable than the current flagship of the brand, the Audi A8. According to rumors the new Audi A9 (the name of the possible super sedan with the four rings) could be constructed using the same platform that will be used for the production version of the spectacular Lamborghini Estoque prototype. Would face each other on the market with Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CL-Class and the car in the future will result from the concept car BMW GranCoupé.

The confirmation of a collaboration between Audi and Lamborghini Estoque the development was given by the same Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Toro, “The development of a project such as the production of the Estoque would be unthinkable without the Volkswagen group. The investments are so high that no synergy would be financially impossible. ”

The platform chosen is the one used in the latest Audi A8, light and strong, but in a longer version using technology MLB (modular longitudinal architecture) of the manufacturer. The Audi A9 should benefit the whole range of engines of the brand, while the Lamborghini Estoque could be powered from 5.2 V10 Lamborghini Gallardo.

Audi e-tron Spyder

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 05:28 AM PST

Exposed between the halls of CES in Las Vegas there is a second-tron Spyder and Audi, this time in red ruby but without any change from the specimen shown during the show in Paris. The discovery of Ingolstadt, still lacking the “green light”to win the production, is equipped with a hybrid platform consisting dall’inedito 3.0 TDI twin turbo (300 hp, 650 Nm) mounted in a central position and a pair of electric motors with power total of 88 hp and 352 Nm of torque through a seven-speed DSG is possible to launch the e-tron Spyder from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.4 seconds and let it run up to 250 km / h, consuming just 2.2 liters of diesel per hundred kilometers.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupé SCCA

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 05:26 AM PST

The next SCCA American League – reserved for production-based series – see also deployed to the way the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Sport entrusted to drivers Johnny O’Connell (three-time champion of the ALMS GT1) and Andy Pilgrim (winner of the SCCA World Challenge GT) which will be presented officially at the Detroit Motor Show. Waiting to know the technical specifications – including any sacrifices required to supercharged V8 engine -, Cadillac announced that the race debut is scheduled for the weekend of 25-27 March in St. Petersburg (Florida), during the first stage of the championship.

Audi Q7 V12 TDI by Anderson Germany

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 02:45 AM PST

The tuner Anderson Germany presented its elaboration of the Audi Q7 SUV. First you work on the engine increasing the power of 10%, combining this intervention to the modification of the suspension and brakes. Aesthetically, the changes were not particularly striking and the one that is most noticeable are the massive alloy wheels blacks 22-inch 295/30 tires mounted. Additional changes from the team of production are applied to the interior to make this version of the Q7 even more exclusive.

We start the engine. The chosen model is the Audi Q7 V12 TDI with 500 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. By itself, therefore, off-road with the four rings is not low-performance car, but thanks to some intervention on air filters and electronic tuner, has managed to squeeze 50 more hp. The suspension has been lowered, and installed brakes more effective (and the red calipers).

The interventions on the outside of the Audi Q7 by Anderson in Germany consist of some elements such as trim carbon fiber for the frame of the grid, the wing mirrors, roof rails on the roof and rear diffuser. Air intakes and exhausts were painted black while the taillights are brown.

Within the preparation of the Q7 is equipped with carbon fiber trim for the console, door panels and steering wheel. The seats are leather and Alcantara black with white stitching and customer choice can install custom LED lights.

Buick Verano

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 02:21 AM PST

Buick will present at the Detroit Motor Show (10-23 January) an unprecedented four-door notchback sedan platform on General Motors’ Delta II, “named Verano and proposed a four-cylinder Ecotec 2.4-liter (177 hp). The Buick Perano divides the backbone with medium-sized cars made by U.S. group – including the Opel Astra, Chevrolet Volt and Orlando – but is characterized by a length of 4.67 meters, a width of 1.81 meters and a height of 1:48 m For a step of 2.68 meters. This policy of sharing is also reflected in the cockpit, almost identical (differing only materials and finishes) to those already proposed dall’Opel Astra.

The Buick Perano is available at launch with the 2.4 liter Ecotec engine only 177 hp and 230 Nm, developed to work with E85 and matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Interesting performance: 0-100 km / h in 8 seconds flat for a declared consumption of between 10.7 liters per one hundred kilometers on the march in the city and 7.6 l/100 km when driving on the highway. Depending on the fittings are offered as standard or optional alloy wheels with 18-inch, ten airbags, dual zone climate control, heated leather seats and audio system with steering wheel controls.

Subaru Stella EV Electric

Posted: 06 Jan 2011 05:27 PM PST

Subaru has launched the Star EV electric on the Japanese market in 2009. The car ahead of many competitors, is equipped with an electric engine by 63 hp and 170 Nm of torque and a fast charging system that allows it to reach 80% of battery life in just 15 minutes. The maximum speed is 100 km / h, while the maximum range is 100 km. By 2011 will be delivered about 400 units planned, but Subaru is already evaluating the possibility to conclude the adventure of the model, when in 2012 the full range Stella will end their business careers.

Subaru could exit the utility segment, thanks to synergies with Toyota and to a series of new models and may decide not to propose an electric vehicle. A decision goes against the current trend, which could open a wider reflection on the real sense “business”of this type of cars: Subaru could in fact divert their investments to traditional vehicles, even hybrids, with reduced emissions and fuel consumption far more than current models, temporarily abandoning the field of zero emissions. The advances reported by Autoevolution, however, leave open any doubt, in the absence of official statements of the Japanese.

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