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Posted: 14 Feb 2011 03:00 AM PST
South Korean car manufacturer – Hyundai has unveiled the new Veloster Rallycross Car at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster Rally Car Weighs in at just 2,656 pounds and is powered by a turbocharged four cylinder engine that kicks 500 horsepower. The power is sent to the four wheels via a Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission.
The Veloster Rally Car also features a Proflex jumbo coil over suspension and 14-inch Alcon rotors with 6-piston Alcon calipers on the front and 2-inch Alcon rotors with 6-piston Alcon calipers at the back.
Hyundai’s race car driver and founder of RMR Rhys Millen had this to say.
The Veloster rally cars will compete at the 2011 Summer X Games and hyundai said that a third Veloster rally car will be built to compete in the 2WD class in A limited number of U.S. Rallycross Championship events.
For more information read the Hyundai press release after the jump.
HYUNDAI INTRODUCES RHYS MILLEN RED BULL RALLYCROSS TEAM, STARRING VELOSTER, AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
Drivers Rhys Millen and Robbie Maddison Race New Veloster Rally Cars at X Games During the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship Series
With the next generation of Hyundai buyers eagerly awaiting the upcoming launch of the 2012 Veloster, Hyundai fuels the excitement by teaming with Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) and Red Bull to campaign the car in the high-energy sport of rallycross.
At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America adds the Veloster coupe to its motorsports program with the help of champion race car driver Rhys Millen, who fabricated and will race the first 500-horsepower AWD Veloster rally car in the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship. RMR and Hyundai are constructing a second Veloster rally car that will be a shared ride between rally champion Marcus Dodd and world record freestyle motorbike rider Robbie Maddison. Millen and Maddison will drive the Veloster rally cars at Summer X Games. A third Veloster rally car will be constructed to compete in the 2WD class in limited number of U.S. Rallycross Championship events and will be piloted by to-be-announced celebrity drivers.
2011 U.S. RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (schedule is subject to change)
• Rd. 1 March 26-27 Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif.
"We feel the Veloster is a perfect fit for X Games and the U.S. Rallycross Championship series as we expand our motorsports efforts," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The all-new 2012 Veloster is a playful, fun to drive car and thanks to Rhys and his team we're excited to introduce it to racing fans ahead of its launch this summer. I teamed up with Rhys' father, Rod, nearly twenty years ago for Hyundai's original Pikes Peak rally program, so it is great to be back in the sport again with his son inspiring a new generation."
THE CHASSIS BUILD
Twelve RMR employees applied everything they know about fabricating racecars into the Veloster rally Car. The production Veloster was stripped to bare metal and the chassis spent five days in an Alkali bath removing all rubber and adhesives. The chassis was also stitch welded for added structural rigidity.
CARBON/KEVLAR BODY PANELS
Millen quickly decided to take the already light weight Veloster and make it even lighter. His crew took molds of the Veloster body panels to replicate them out of carbon/Kevlar. The hood, doors, quarter panels, front fascia and rear fascia are all built out of carbon/Kevlar. The carbon/Kevlar panels are 75 percent lighter than the sheet metal they replaced. This weight-saving approach is carried throughout the car without compromising its powerful curves and surface detail or hidden third door.
Downforce has been further increased by a custom RMR rear wing. The hood is vented to dissipate heat. The curb weight for the car is 2,656 pounds.
The interior of the RMR Red Bull Hyundai Veloster rally car is unrecognizable from its origins as a well-appointed sporty coupe designed with everyday driving in mind. All comfort and convenience features are removed to make way for a custom-fabricated eight-point safety cage and firewall which reinforce the Veloster's already stiff chassis. Braces on the A and B pillars also tie into the strength of the body. The safety cage is required for rallying and a Sparco racing seat further protects the driver in the overhauled cockpit.
The RMR Red Bull Hyundai Veloster rally car utilizes a custom suspension with a lot of travel for the jumps rallycross cars have to make.
WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES
To ensure that the enhanced power plant translates all the way to track performance, RMR added custom built 18-inch HRE wheels and 245/40-18 Hankook Racing tires. Stopping power comes from 14-inch Alcon brake rotors and six piston Alcon calipers. The entire carbon/Kevlar body is wrapped in a paint scheme combination of blue, white and orange.
ADDITIONAL RHYS MILLEN RACING SPONSORS
• Hankook Tires
• Genius Tools
• BC (Brian Crower)
• HRE Wheels
• NGK spark plugs
• WO-VEN Carbon products
A race consists of five rally-style cars jumping and sliding on a road course made of pavement and gravel. Five drivers line up to start at once, piloting 500+ horsepower four wheel drive compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, dirt and pavement. Each car must also take a "Joker" lap at some point during their heat. A Joker lap is a small detour – normally over a jump – that adds a level of unpredictability to the heat's outcome, by changing a driver's strategy in an instant.
RHYS VERSUS HIS RIVALS
Rhys Millen will be taking on David Higgins and Dave Mirra in their Subaru WRX STIs, Ken Block and Tanner Foust in their Ford Fiesta's and Antoine L'Estage in his Mitsubishi EVO X to name a few.
World Champion driver Rhys "Mad Skills" Millen pilots the RMR Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the Formula DRIFT Championship and the RMR Red Bull Hyundai Veloster rally car in the U.S. Rallycross Championship Series, including Summer X Games. Millen and his team are an ideal match to help launch Hyundai's motorsports effort. Millen's driving credentials include movie stunts, multiple drifting championships, a Pikes Peak world record and his 2008 New Year’s Eve Las Vegas truck flip at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Behind Millen's success in the driver's seat is a full team of engineers and fabricators that know how to maximize the potential of a race car. Rhys and his team will once again attempt to set a new world record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) driving the Hyundai PM580 powered by a turbocharged Lambda V-6 engine.
With more than 17 years of racing experience, Rhys Millen has established himself as one of the premier rally/drifting drivers in North America. Rhys is the son of famed rally and off-road racer Rod Millen. Rhys won the Formula Drift championship in 2005 and the Red Bull Drifting World Championship in 2008. In 2009 at the PPIHC, Millen won the Time Attack 2WD class in his carbon-bodied Hyundai Genesis Coupe. His time of 12:09.397 crushed the class record.
Robbie "Maddo" Maddison is an Australian freestyle motocross rider. On New Year's Eve in 2007, he set the record (322 feet) for the longest motorcycle jump at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. in Las Vegas. He followed it up later that year with strong finishes on the AST Dew Tour and Red Bull X-Fighters series. On New Year's Eve 2008, Maddison successfully jumped 96 feet onto the top of the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas and then descended more than 80 feet off the monument to a ramp below. In 2010, Maddison become the first person to jump the start gantry at the Formula One race in Melbourne, Australia. The following month he performed an amazing jump over the Corinth Canal in Greece, becoming the first person to cross the canal on a motorcycle. Last summer, Maddison won a silver medal at X Games 16 in MotoX Best Trick.
Marcus Dodd is a five-time British National Rally Champion with an extensive Motocross and rallying background. Over his 24-year career, Dodd has won more than 50 National Championship Rallies. He participated in his first rally at the age of 17 and joined the Ford racing team in 1998. Dodd won his first British National Rally Championship in 2000 and went on to win four more Championships in his HPM Hyundai, a feat which put him in the record books as the most successful driver in the history of British National Rally champions. Dodd has won five Championship Titles over a period of nine years. Dodd also has considerable experience preparing and developing rally cars which has contributed to his reputation as a fast competitor and an exceptional development driver.
HYUNDAI VELOSTER RALLY CAR
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Posted: 14 Feb 2011 02:45 AM PST
We reported last week that the Lexus project CT by Five Axis would be present at the 2011 Chicago motor show and here it is.
As you can see the five Axis body kit truly makes the Lexus more sportier and aggressive, the front and rear bumpers are especially insane.
Here is a list of the modifications
Tell us what you think of the tuned up Lexus Ct in the comments box below..
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Posted: 14 Feb 2011 02:30 AM PST
Suzuki has released a teaser image of the new Swift S-concept car that is due to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva auto show.
The Swift Concept car is based on the new Swift, which Suzuki began marketing in Europe in autumn 2010. Suzuki claims that this new version is set to continue the brand’s philosophy of delivering excitement.
We will have more details regarding the Suzuki Swift S-Concept after its debut at Geneva.
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Posted: 14 Feb 2011 02:16 AM PST
Acura has unveiled the 2012 Acura TL, which has received a few subtle design changes and a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission for improved fuel-economy.
After Looking a little closer, you can see that the 2012 Acura TL gets a redesigned front bumper, a revised grille, updated headlamps, turn signals, new fog lights and a shorter front overhang. The back gets a new rear bumper, a new place for the license plate and smaller rear reflectors.
Powering the 2012 Acura TL is either a 3.5L or a 3.7L V6 engine. The front-wheel-drive 2012 Acura TL will be powered by the 3.5L V6 that produces 305 hp and the Super Handling all-wheel-drive Acura TL is powered by a 305-hp 3.7L V6.
Both versions are controlled via a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic but Acura will continue to offer the 6-speed manual for those looking for more enthusiasm.
Acura Press Release:
Newly Refined 2012 Acura TL Debuts At Chicago Auto Show Fresh Looks, a New 6-speed Automatic Transmission and Upgraded Technology Highlight 2012 Acura TL Changes
Making its debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto show, Acura’s newly refined TL delivers fresh looks, improved performance and upgraded technology. Most apparent are the visual changes that incorporate new front and rear styling, but also present is a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance and fuel economy, a revised interior and a host of technology upgrades.
“The 2012 Acura TL is refined, yet aggressive,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “Already known for its great performance, the enhanced TL has a sophisticated new look and an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission that will take performance to the next level.”
The 2012 Acura TL’s refined new look includes a redesigned front bumper with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang. At the rear, a new rear bumper incorporates a significantly repositioned license plate opening and smaller rear reflectors, while updated taillights and a thinner rear trunk edge trim add to a sophisticated new look.
To increase performance, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is applied on all TL models with automatic transmission. In addition to incorporating engineering enhancements aimed at improving efficiency, a sport-minded double-kick-down
In addition, the transmission teams with a new multi-clutch torque converter that not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions— which helps generate improved fuel economy. As a result, city/highway fuel economy is now 20/29 mpg*— an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 TL. To further improve operating efficiency, the TL’s standard 3.5L V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies while a revised air inlet system provides cooler air for both the 3.5L and 3.7L engines.
For 2012, two distinct versions of Acura’s performance luxury sedan remain: a 280 horsepower, front-wheel-drive TL along with a powerful 305 hp TL paired with Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™). The performance-minded 6MT model will continue to be offered in the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD lineup, helping broaden the TL’s appeal among luxury performance sedan buyers.
Both the TL and TL SH-AWD™ models offer an available Technology Package which includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and an Acura/ELS Surround® 410-watt Premium Audio System. For 2012, the hard disk drive (HDD) based navigation system increases in size to 60 gigabytes, map coverage is more expansive, USB connection speed is faster, and the full VGA monitor is brighter with even richer colors. Also available is a new Advance Package that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats along with a new blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver of other vehicles that are in close proximity.
Standard on the 2012 Acura TL are new 17×8-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels with P245/50R17 all-season tires for confident year-round performance. The TL SH-AWD® comes standard with new 18×8-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with low-profile P245/45R18 tires for more agile handling. Finally, when equipped with the available Advance Package, the TL comes with 18×8-inch 5-spoke wheels while TL SH-AWD™ is fitted with 19×8-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels with new performance minded P245/40R19 all-season tires.
Along with every new Acura, the new 2012 Acura TL is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.
For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For additional media information, please go to www.acuranews.com.
*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle
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Posted: 14 Feb 2011 01:50 AM PST
Dodge introduced an entire lineup of new R/T performance models at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show and one of the new additions is the Grand Caravan which now stands amongst the existing Charger R/T, Challenger R/T and the Durango R/T. models.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T model is powered by Chrysler’s new 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that develops 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque – which is mated to a 6-speed automatic.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T features a bold look with a ‘dipped’ body-color grille, body-color side moldings and 17-inch wheels. It also gets a 12 mm lower ride height, lower-rolling resistance tires, a new spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag.
For the interior, the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan gets an all-black thyme with exclusive perforated black leather seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a premium sound system with nine-speakers, a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier.
Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLC made a statement:
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T will hit dealers in Spring of 2011 with prices starting at $30,595.
For more information read the full Dodge press release after the jump.
R/T is Back as Dodge Unleashes Five New Performance Models at the Chicago Auto Show
February 9, 2011 , Chicago -From minivans to muscle cars, the Dodge brand introduced an entire lineup of new R/T performance models at the Chicago Auto Show today.
Whether it's a Charger, Challenger, Journey, Durango or the Grand Caravan, Dodge now offers R/T models that deliver power, performance and modern technology that combine to create the heart and soul of each vehicle.
"We have customers who love cars, who love the thrill of driving, but can only afford one car," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLC. "Our Dodge R/T models give buyers the chance to stoke their love of driving while still taking care of their families and responsibilities. Driving these R/T models will absolutely leave a smile on their face."
The Road & Track name has been the performance moniker for Dodge since the muscle car era of the 1960′s, and the brand is delving into its rich heritage to pave the way for the future.
"We're going back to our roots, when Dodge R/T meant a higher level of dynamic capability," Gilles added. "In addition to exterior design cues and sporty interiors, every Dodge R/T vehicle will have unique handling characteristics, high-tech, high-performing engines, special exhaust tuning, a sport-tuned suspension and performance tires that grip the road. These Dodge R/Ts have definitely earned their stripes."
ALL-NEW 2011 CHARGER R/T — THE DODGE BRAND'S WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCE FLAGSHIP SEDAN WITH POWER, PRECISION AND AN ICONIC SOUL
With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe proportions, 370 best-in-class horsepower, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger R/T is the Dodge brand's flagship, and it proudly delivers premium, world-class E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value.
The efficient and aerodynamic exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T is heavily inspired by the classic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, featuring a design that is sure to strike the emotional chords of Dodge performance enthusiasts of all generations. With its sinister ready to attack the road "split crosshair" face, four-door fastback coupe proportions, muscular bodyside scallops featuring a striking A-line across the doors and an all-new signature taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form its signature "racetrack" graphic, the new Dodge Charger R/T delivers unmistakable character from blocks away.
The Dodge Charger R/T's all-new interior cockpit is meant to be an enthusiast office with premium materials throughout. Transmitting the performance chassis' world-class feel of the road, the all-new 2011 Charger R/T features a new leather-wrapped thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for enhanced performance feel and grip. Crafted in world-class materials, Charger's passengers are surrounded with comfort, craftsmanship and style, thanks to premium soft-touch materials and four available distinct interior color combinations. At the center of the aluminum driver's bezel is the state-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch, which integrates world-class infotainment and convenience technologies to keep passengers connected.
For maximum thrills and best-in-class power, the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T's legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology delivers 370 horsepower, world-class technology and fuel efficiency, an unforgettable throaty exhaust note and 0-60 mph performance in less than 6 seconds.
With its new second-generation E-segment rear-wheel drive (RWD) architecture, Dodge Charger R/T features world-class suspension-tunings with re-designed geometry making for a nimble, balanced chassis that will build the Charger's legend as one of the best driving sedans in the world. In addition, Dodge Charger's unibody packages material and structural design improvements, including dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush roll-framed doors with triple seals and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin to sound levels among the best in the E-segment.
The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger R/T with all-wheel-drive (AWD) features a re-thought stance and 19-inch wheels to make it much more appealing than ever before. The Charger R/T AWD features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system to improve fuel economy by as much as 5 percent. When AWD is not needed, this innovative system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy.
The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger features more than 65 safety and security features, many of which are first time active safety systems and include adaptive-cruise control (ACC) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection and ParkView® rear back-up camera with grid lines, all designed to provide the driver with added confidence while behind the wheel.
With more standard equipment than its direct standard full-size segment competitors, the 2011 Dodge Charger is well-equipped for the individual who is looking for standout styling, efficient performance, precision handling, comfort and refinement at an extraordinary value.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T is $30,170 (excluding an $825 destination charge).
The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger R/T is available in the United States in two models: Dodge Charger R/T and Dodge Charger R/T AWD. In addition, Dodge offers distinct lifestyle packages (R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track and R/T Max) designed to give Charger customers high-value content for their specific needs.
Built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ont. (Canada), the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T is now available at Dodge dealerships nationwide.
2011 DODGE DURANGO R/T — RAISES THE BAR WITH POWER AND PERFORMANCE-BIASED ENGINEERING AND WORLD-CLASS HANDLING
The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango is a driver's SUV that delivers on-road performance and capability by combining handling characteristics with the flexibility of a three-row SUV. An independent suspension on all four corners combined with nearly 50/50 weight distribution and 25 percent stiffer platform transmits a solid driving feel that is usually found in much more expensive SUVs. Taking it to another level, Dodge is also offering a Durango R/T model for 2011 that is ready to be winded through the turns with unexpected driving dynamics.
This performance version features a unique suspension tuning, load-leveling rear shocks, performance steering for improved response, a tuned exhaust system, 20-inch wheels with all-season performance tires (also available are three-season high-performance tires for even greater grip and response), 20 mm lower ride height and a modern sports interior that holds you in your seat, all of which add another level of dynamic capability.
The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saver mode and variable-valve timing sits under the Durango R/T's hood. It delivers 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (520 N•m) at 4,250 rpm. The HEMI assists in a best-in-class 7,400 lb. towing capability. The EPA fuel economy mpg (city/hwy) is 14/20 for the rear-wheel-drive model and 13/20 for the all-wheel-drive model, which includes a two-speed transfer case.
The Dodge Durango R/T's exterior features a unique fascia with fog lamps, a body-color grille surround with black texture and xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. For a more monochromatic appearance, the R/T model also is equipped with a color-matched body kit, wheel lips, light bar and rear fascia with integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets. Additionally, the Durango R/T offers an exclusive "Redline Red" exterior paint color.
Durango R/T's modern interior includes digital suede seats for seven passengers and "R/T" embroidered sport front seats with red stitching accents on seats; console lid and door trim armrests. The power driver seat features four-way lumbar adjustment. Owners will grip a leather wrap steering wheel and shift knob. Also, R/T owners will enjoy a 506-watt Alpine audio system with 10 speakers, including a subwoofer. Additional electronics include a 30 GB hard drive radio, remote start, power lift gate, Uconnect® with Voice Command and passive entry with push button start. Available features include leather seats, Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning and navigation.
Although the R/T package entices with performance bias styling and handling, the newest Durango maintains SUV capability with room for seven passengers and 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
Arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in Spring 2011, the R/T model will appeal mainly to customers who have driven a performance sedan, but need the flexibility and functionality of a minivan and are looking for a vehicle with superior handling and agility. The R/T is where extreme versatility meets performance and attitude.
The 2011 Dodge Durango R/T model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $35,465 (excluding $850 destination).
The 2011 Dodge Durango is built at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit.
2011 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN R/T — BEST-IN-CLASS HORSEPOWER AND SIGNIFICANT SUSPENSION OVERHAUL DELIVER AN EXCEPTIONAL DRIVING EXPERIENCE WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ATTITUDE
Dodge is giving the Grand Caravan an extra dose of mojo for 2011. The result is the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T – a minivan that delivers the driving dynamics of a performance sedan and a little bit of attitude. Affectionately known internally within the company as the "man van," the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T throws down the gauntlet for a whole new level of cool transportation for families on the go.
At the heart of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T is an all-new powertrain. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transaxle and delivers best-in-class horsepower (283 horsepower compared with 197 horsepower in the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine) and more torque (260 lb.-ft. versus 230 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy.
Uniquely designed both inside and out, the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T proves a driver doesn't have to give up a spirited driving experience or their identity when they have a family.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T unique features include a "dipped" body-color grille, body-color side moldings and exclusive 17-inch wheels.
The 2011 Grand Caravan also features a new driver-selectable fuel-economizer mode. Drivers can change the transaxle shift schedule with the flip of a switch to maximize their fuel economy. In addition, a 12 mm lower ride height, new premium, lower-rolling resistance tires, a new spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag all contribute to Dodge Grand Caravan's class-leading aerodynamics and excellent fuel economy.
An all-new, exclusive to the R/T, all-black interior features exclusive perforated black leather seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a premium sound system with nine-speakers, a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier. Add in a performance-tuned suspension and the weekend warrior runs will never be the same.
Arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in the Spring of 2011, the R/T model will appeal mainly to customers who have driven a performance sedan, but need the flexibility and functionality of a minivan and are looking for a vehicle with superior handling and agility. The R/T is where extreme versatility meets performance and attitude.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $30,595 (excluding $835 destination).
The R/T model is available in eight paint colors: Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Stone White Clear Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat and Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is built at the Windsor Assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
2011 DODGE JOURNEY R/T DELIVERS WORLD-CLASS INTERIOR, UTILITY AND PERFORMANCE
The 2011 Dodge Journey also is getting the Dodge R/T badge for 2011. To back it up, the Journey R/T features the powerful new Pentastar V-6 engine, a re-engineered suspension geometry, premium tires and redesigned steering system that gives drivers a better response and feel of the road.
The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T is designed for customers who want a sporty, stylish, versatile vehicle to meet their active lifestyle demands. Like the Grand Caravan R/T, the Journey R/T is powered by the new 283 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed transmission. It is available with front- or all-wheel drive and can seat five or seven passengers. From behind the wheel, the 2011 Dodge Journey R/T feels nimble, composed and handles well in all driving and road conditions.
The Journey's interior is all new for 2011, and standard content on the R/T model includes a unique red and black cloth interior with six-way power driver seat with lumbar control, four-way power front passenger seat, three-zone automatic temperature control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob with red accent stitching, remote start, 19-inch aluminum wheels with satin carbon finish, body-colored grille, body-colored door handles, fog lamps and "R/T" badge.
The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T front-wheel drive model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $28,995 (including $750 destination).
The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T all-wheel drive model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $30,695 (including $750 destination).
The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T is available in the following colors: Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, White or Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat.
NEW 2011 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T — ICONIC STYLING NOW WITH UPGRADED PERFORMANCE HARDWARE FOR MAXIMUM PRECISION AND GRIP
The new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T delivers more of what muscle-car enthusiasts want – improved handling with its new second-generation chassis architecture, the legendary HEMI® V-8 engine with transmission refinements and even more athletic styling — all executed with quality and precision.
Performance handling requires maximum grip, and the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T features the new second-generation E-segment architecture with redesigned front- and rear-suspension geometries, premium suspension hardware and all-new electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) system for world-class ride and handling.
A more aggressive front- and rear-camber geometry improve, the all-new Dodge Challenger R/T's road-holding capabilities. Set at -1.0 degrees in the front and -1.75 degrees in the rear, Dodge Challenger is set up for high-speed cornering with its tires leaning inboard at the top relative to the body. New larger diameter front- and rear-stabilizer bars keep the chassis nimble during cornering and make body lean a thing of the past.
For the performance enthusiast, the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T with its legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine delivers up to 376 horsepower (280 kW), 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 N•m) and 25 highway mpg. When paired with the newly refined Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission's Track Pak, the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T delivers smoother shifts, while delivering even more power through unique performance-tuned dual exhaust and under-floor mufflers with low-restriction bottle resonators. The result is 376 track-tearing horsepower that can accelerate the performance coupe from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and a sinister exhaust growl for the cars left in its rear-view mirror.
The all-new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T's 5.7-liter HEMI engine with five-speed automatic transmission produces 372 horsepower (277 kW), 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N•m) and 25 highway mpg, plus its Fuel Saver Technology seamlessly transitions to high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy when full V-8 power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability.
To match its unmistakable muscle-car styling, upgraded powertrain and improved handling capabilities, the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T features performance-driven exterior enhancements. At the front of the new Dodge Challenger's wide stance is a restyled trapezoidal front air dam with a larger opening to cool the legendary HEMI V-8 engine. Providing additional downforce is a larger "duck bill" front spoiler in black to match the coupe's lower sill.
The interior equipment in the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T is significantly upgraded to give customers added style, convenience, value and best-in-class accommodations. Transmitting Challenger's new precision steering and feel of the road is an all-new leather-wrapped thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for better performance feel and grip. The new sport steering wheel features back-lit cruise, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) and available Uconnect® Voice Command controls mounted on the front face, which makes it easier to see at night.
To make long cruises more comfortable, the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T features redesigned seat structures with improved cushioning, more comfortable contours, power lumbar and improved access to the rear seats. When equipped with leather, Dodge Challenger's new Nappa leather seating surfaces provide a premium look and feel.
The U.S. MSRP for the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T is $29,670 (excluding an $825 destination charge).
Built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ont. (Canada), the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T is now available at Dodge dealerships nationwide.
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Posted: 14 Feb 2011 01:11 AM PST
The humble car is great for getting us all from A to B along a variety of roads. With four wheels firmly on the ground, we're able to pretty much get to anywhere, well anywhere until the road runs out or a river inconsiderately blocks your route of course. Luckily there are some people who think that the standard car has a lot more potential.
Cars have been dominating roads for decades, and are available in a number of different makes and models to suit almost everyone's needs. However there is a car that is considered the fastest production car of all time (for now that is).
The people at Bugatti announced a 1001 horsepower Veyron back in 2005, after its' top speed was beaten by the SSC ultimate Aero, Bugatti agreed that this wasn't acceptable, and released the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport with a breathtaking 1200 horsepower.
With this, the Super Sport reclaimed the fastest production car title by being able to reach speeds of up to 269.8 mph (purchased models will be electronically limited to 257.9 mph to protect the tyres). The top speed isn't the only impressive figure this beast can achieve; it can accelerate from 0-62mph in a mere 2.5 seconds, 0-124mph in 7.3 seconds and 0-186mph in 15.0 seconds.
Unfortunately, if you fancy owning this mean machine, you'll be looking at a price tag of around £1.5 million.
When you come across a lake, river or even the sea and you wish to take your car across, you may think about taking the ferry, but what if you car is in fact amphibious. That's exactly the car you'll get if you buy the Aquada Sports Amphibian from Gibbs Technologies.
This James Bond style masterpiece has the capability to change from a 100mph land cruiser to a 30mph motor boat in less than 12 seconds. The initial cost is a little steep of around £150,000, and buying one will require separate marine and car insurance.
With the Terrafugia Transition, traffic jams can be a thing of the past. Recently cleared for take off, the Terrafugia Transition is a car capable of having its own flight path.
Available in the USA for the time being, this £132,000 flying car can be filled from any regular fuel station and is able to cruise on land at 65mph, however after switching the car into a fully legal light aircraft in less than 30 seconds, and then you'll see its' top cruising speed reach 115mph at altitude. It has a 100 horsepower four stroke engine, and is able to achieve a 500 mile range in the air.
Of course you'll need a driving licence to use it on the ground, and a private pilot's licence for the transition, a 1,700ft clear straight is also needed for takeoff.
The price puts this car in the price range of some high end sports cars that have much better performance, but a Bentley or Lamborghini can't get you from A to B as the crow flies.
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