There are a few things that really make me wish I wasn’t 6’9″ tall. Pants shopping, for one. Beds, doorways, ignorant people, and… tiny little cars like the VW Golf R. It packs some serious power for a little hatchback, AWD, and some great looks.
According to sources of autoblog, the Golf R will become available in the U.S. later this year. Its 2.0-L, turbocharged engine cranks out a respectable 265 hp, propelling the little Golf to a top speed of 155 mph. The manual gearbox will get you from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, and the dual-clutch version will shave off another 0.2 seconds. Not bad, considering the R tips the scales at about 3400 lbs. Bi-xenon headlights and up to 19″ wheels complete a very attractive exterior look. With a car like this on the market, Chevy’s Aveo RS better be pretty freakin’ sweet. Just sayin… See for yourself in the gallery below. (more…)
Cadillac has unveiled the XTS flagship sedan at the Detroit Auto show this week. The XTS is expected to replace the STS and DTS as Cadillac’s premium luxury offering. It is a combination of Cadillac’s new signature looks, technology features and a plug-in hybrid system.
The XTS concept’s hybrid drivetrain will feature a 3.6-L V-6 with direct injection. The batteries can take a full charge from a standard wall outlet. Periods of purely electric propulsion will be possible for the XTS, drastically increasing fuel economy. The combination of gas engine and electric motor are estimated to produce about 350 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque to provide an exciting driving experience.
A luxuriously comfortable, yet aggressively sport ride is provided, thanks to Magnetic Ride Control. Sensors monitor the position of the vehicle relative to the road every millisecond. Electronically controlled magneto-rheological fluid in the shock dampers actively smooth out the road while providing excellent grip and stability.
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the original GT350, Shelby has announced the return of the pony car for the 2011 model year. The new Shelby will be based on Ford’s newest 5.0 Mustang GT. Owning a new GT350 will require the purchase of a factory Mustang GT and the purchase and installation of the Shelby upgrades. Your base mustang will be shipped to Shelby, where (for a small fee of $33,995) they will transform it into a 500hp monster worthy of the Shelby badge.
For has played a major role in the development of the new GT350. Aside from supplying the basis for the performance machine, the company’s racing division provided the supercharger and suspension upgrades. Also joining the team of experts were Baer, Goodyear, Borla, and Cragar.
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If your $100k Chevy Corvette ZR1 has left you desiring more drag strip performance, Lingenfelter has a solution. Responsible for some of the fastest Corvettes of all time, Lingenfelter has been known to force immense amounts of power out of run-of-the-mill Chevys.
They have boosted the already astounding specs of the supercharged LS9 to 739 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque. The extra power comes from a modified supercharger intake and pulley, larger intake tube, upgraded air filter and ported throttle body. A set of Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials will suffer the full effect of the ZR1’s power on the drag strip. Speaking of drag racing… check out Lingenfelter’s Vette in action after the jump.
WANT!! Porsche introduces the 911 GT3 R, based on the GT3 race car and updated for improved drivability. The R has a wide body, 4.0L, 473 hp 6-cylinder boxer engine, 6-speed sequential gearbox, ABD, and traction control. Oh, and a $405,000 price tag. Not much more to say about it. Photos after the jump. Drool time…
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Now that GM has cut ties with Tiger Woods, Buick is going to need something else to keep things exciting for the brand. The Regal GS may just be the answer. The Opel Insignia-based sedan gets some subtle aesthetic upgrades and packs a performance punch.
A turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine gets the GS moving, with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The turbo I4 was chosen over a V6 for decreased weight and improved fuel economy. Although an exact spec isn’t given, Buick says the GS meets their goal of a 0-60 time below six seconds.