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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X released

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2007, 5 Comments


Mitsubishi has released a new images of its 10th generation Lancer Evolution. The official debut will make at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show at the end of October. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X will be launched towards the end of November. Sales of the EVO X in Europe, USA and the rest of the world will begin in mid 2008.

Preview: Mazda Taiki

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2007, No Comments

Mazda has released images of its Taiki Concept ahead of the car’s Tokyo Motor Show debut later this month. Fourth in the Nagare design series — which includes the Mazda Nagare, Mazda Ryuga and Mazda Hakaze — the Taiki furthers the flowing design theme of the previous show cars.

The front-engine rear-drive Taiki is powered by Mazda’s next-generation RENESIS rotary engine, although Mazda failed to release any further information about the drivetrain. Mazda says the design of the two-seat Taiki “was inspired by the image of a pair of Hagoromo – the flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly in Japanese legend – floating down from the sky.”

According to Mazda, the theme of the Tokyo Motor Show will be “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom- Mazda’s showroom today and in the future.” The Taiki will share the Tokyo stage with the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid and the all-new Mazda Atenza — the Mazda6 here in the U.S.


Car of the week – Brabus Mercedes-Benz C220

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2007, 14 Comments


German tuners have just unveiled their BRABUS D3 S POWER XTRA upgrade for the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI. The plug-in kit produces an additional 50 PS (49HP)/36.8 kW more power and an extra 80 Nm of torque combined with maximum environmental friendliness in harmony with the euro-IV emission limits. (more…)

Nissan 350Z Cobra kitted

Published by on Sep 21st, 2007, 4 Comments


The new Nissan 350Z Roadster starts into the new convertible season with some modifications. Cobra Technology & Lifestyle already offers a broad range of sporty COBRA N+ tuning components for the 2006 model. Of course most COBRA N+ options are also available for the modified 350Z coupe.

The facelift on the 350Z bodywork required the development of new COBRA N+ bodystyling components made from flexible PU-Rim in original equipment quality. The COBRA N+ front spoiler, which also fits on the coupe, not only lends the 350Z more passing prestige but also minimizes aerodynamic lift on the front axle. The front is further refined with a special COBRA N+ grate made from high-gloss stainless steel. (more…)

BMW power for all seasons

Published by on Sep 20th, 2007, 1 Comment


For BMW buyers who wish to soak in as much sun as possible this summer without losing the marque’s hallmark performance and handling, the company has an offering to fit the bill to a tee. The German auto maker is no stranger to engineering convertible cars of the highest quality, and after such icons as the 330Ci Cabriolet and the Z4, one might have wondered how such winning packages could be improved upon. However, in BMW AG’s typical perfectionist tradition, they have once again raised the bar with an extremely well engineered and desirable addition; the 335Ci Cabriolet. (more…)

Hamann Porsche Cayenne "Cyclone"

Published by on Sep 18th, 2007, No Comments


We’re in the process of wrapping up our Frankfurt Show coverage with the presentation of a few models that we haven’t shown you yet and the Hamann Porsche Cayenne Cyclone belongs to this category. A picture is worth a thousand words and the Cyclone definitely speaks for itself with its vulgar looks. There are no mechanical changes as the Cyclone sport pack consists only of a full, wide body aerodynamic kit and optional 22 and 23-inch alloy wheels. If you follow the jump, you can check out our high-res image gallery along with the official press release and additionally, if you’re interested, the price list which we snapped with our camera at the Frankfurt Show. More photos after the jump (more…)

Carlsson, CK65, Mercedes-Benz!!

Published by on Sep 18th, 2007, 1 Comment


Mercedes-Benz tuning specialists Carlsson have joined forces with international leather-lifestyle brand Etienne Aigner to develop the Carlsson Aigner CK65 Eau Rouge model. Made in an exclusive small series, the luxury coupe based on the Mercedes-Benz CL produces over 700 bhp (522 kw) and 1,100 Nm after being reworked by Carlsson.


Carlsson/ Mercedes Press Release

Technical masterpiece

The engine conversion by Carlsson includes a special electronic control unit with special maps for injection and ignition. On the intake side, sports air filters ensure optimum aspiration. On the outlet side, a stainless-steel sports exhaust system with high-performance metal catalytic converters and sports silencers cut back-pressure to a minimum. Another measure to boost engine performance is improved intercooling, which reduces charge-air temperature. Thus, the V12 is always raring to go and the driver can rely on having more than adequate power on hand regardless of the situation. (more…)

Forget Hummer limos – here is the Ferrari F360 Modena limo

Published by on Sep 11th, 2007, 7 Comments

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It’s a stretch literally and figuratively  – it’s the F360 Modena turned into a 23 foot long limousine with gullwing doors.

Built for limousine company Style Limousine in England at a cost of about $400,000 plus the price of the car, it seats eight people in carbon fiber seats, each with a racing belt harness. Style claims that the standard 395 hp (295 kw) engine will yield a zero to sixty time of less than six seconds.

The limousine uses advanced construction techniques for both the body and the gullwing doors. Much of the bodywork is carbon fiber, as are the doors.

The F360 stretch isn’t the only unique limousine in the Style fleet. It also includes a stretch Hummer painted bright pink, as well as other stretch Hummers, Range Rovers and Chrysler 300s. Then there’s the LimoJet – the fuselage and tail of a Lear Jet converted into a limousine.

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