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Spy Photo Gallery: Porsche 911

Autoblog’s photographers have spied a Porsche 911 test car with a few subtle styling updates.  Not much appears to be changing, aside from the mirrors and indicator lights, which will apparently use LEDs.  I was just discussing the beauty of the Porsche 911 with my friend earlier today.  In my opinion, they’re tough to beat in terms of looks.  He doesn’t completely agree, and that’s ok.  He won’t mind a little drool in my keyboard anyway.  Check out the gallery after the jump. Read the rest of this page »

Saab Wars: Episode VI – The Sweeds Strike Back

As if you haven’t already heard enough about the GM – Saab negotiations, they’ve made the news again today.  GM and Spyker confirmed an agreement between the two on the sale of the Saab brand.  This deal will result in the creation of a new company – Saab Spyker Automobiles.  The two parties have combined their efforts to ensure a future for the Saab legacy, and it’s looking like that will happen.

Spyker, with the help of a European Bank, has managed to come up with the funds to convince GM that the brand should live on.  There are still plenty of details to be worked out, so stay tuned for more updates on Saab’s re-birth.  I’m looking forward to seeing the new 9-5 become a reality.

[General Motors]

[Image: Saab]

Saab 9-5 Spy Photos: Hope For Saab’s Future?

Saab is apparently still testing the upcoming 9-5.  The brand’s future is still (yes, still…) up in the air.  Is this a sign that GM is coming close to making a deal with Spyker?  The details are not yet known, but sources have said the two parties are approaching an agreement. Read the rest of this page »

A Four-Lane NHRA Drag Race!

The National Hot Rod Association has announced the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, to be held in March at the zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC.  Opened in 2008, this track is the only one of its kind.  An exhibition race was held back in 2008, but 4-lane racing has yet to be included in an actual championship event.

The exhibition race created so much positive feedback from fans, as well as drivers, that NHRA has agreed to introduce the 4-way drag race to a national event.  Running two races at a time will speed up qualifying and eliminations, and driver’s predict that it will increase the level of excitement for spectators.

So why not just race the whole bunch at once?  First one across the finish line is the champion.  Oh, right, that would be too short.  Alright, well how about making the track into a loop, so the race still goes for a while.  The first guy to finish 250 laps wins.  Nah, no one would want to sit around and wait for that to end…

[ESPN]

Video: Honda HSV-010 GT Warmup Laps At Suzuka


Turn up your volume and enjoy.  Not much else to say about it…  Click past the jump for the sonic goodness and check out Jalopnik for more videos. Read the rest of this page »

Detroit To Participate In Japan’s ‘Cash For Clunkers’

As if Japan hadn’t done enough damage during the US Government’s CARS program, the country recently decided to try it’s own, more exclusive version of the incentive.  Initially, buyers of imports would not be eligible for the rebates.  This would limit sales to Japanese made cars.  In an effort to benefit from the stimulus, Detroit has put pressure on Japan to allow American cars to qualify for the program.  Their efforts have been fruitful, and Japan agreed on Tuesday to allow Japanese shoppers to buy certain U.S. vehicles and still receive tax break.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions results will be used to determine eligibility of American cars to participate in the Japanese Program.

[The Detroit News via Automotive Digest]

Audi A5 2.0T On A Diet: Lightweight Concept

There has been a trend towards heavier cars lately as available features (including safety equipment) increase.  For obvious reason, weight gain is not good for performance.  To address this dilemma, Audi has developed a lightweight A5 concept, designed to improve acceleration and handling.  The result is a trimmed down A5 that weighs in at 2888 lbs, about 500 less than the 3400-lb Euro-spec A5.

Car and Driver compared the lightweight concept with a 2.0T to a stock A5 (equipped with a 3.2-L V6).  They report that Audi’s attempt to improve upon the performance of the V6 coupe has been quite successful.  Cornering has improved noticeably and a 0.3-second improvement in 0-60 is expected, compared to the 3.2’s time.  Apparently Audi is working on a second lightweight concept to target the performance of the V8-powered S5.

[Car and Driver]