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Ford Super Chief – Let's say bye to the HUMMER

Published by on Jun 6th, 2008, 27 Comments

Ford Super Chief

Ford Super Chief is a massive concept pickup based on long-box F-250 crew cab, that will use a supercharged V-10 engine (dubbed Triflex V10) that runs on gasoline, E85 ethanol blend, or hydrogen. The block-nosed front end of the F-250 Super Chief, which makes it a unique monster, is said to be inspired by classic locomotives and for a good reason. With trendy suicide doors, rear-seat powered ottomans, and a walnut and aluminum cargo bed and cab floor we’re certainly not going to miss the HUMMER.

Ford Super Chief

Ford Super Chief

If you want to see the locomotive, check out the picture gallery below and let us know what you think.

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Car of the week: Ferrari F430 Matte Black

Published by on May 5th, 2008, 7 Comments

Ferrari F430 Scuderia Black Matte

I will probably never afford such a beautiful matte black on a Ferrari F430 or actually any other super car, but this lucky bastard in Geneva does.  Spied on the streets this is a Ferrari F430 Scuderia that wears the color, but wait, here is the interesting part. This isn’t a paint job, but an extremely well vinyl wrap. Does the ‘paint treatment’ increase the badass factor? I would say it does, how about you?

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via Autogespot

Morgan AeroMax, Retro but Modern

Published by on Feb 28th, 2008, No Comments

Morgan AeroMax Coupe

Morgan AeroMax coupe, was first presented in 2006 during the International Motor Show in Geneva as a custom built car but today I’ve heard that they are going to produce 100 units. Our friends from WorldCarFans say that this is a love-it or hate-it design, but I have to disagree. How can you not love it?

Under the all-aluminum hood, is a 4.8 liter V8 engine from BMW that develops a stunning 367 bhp, does 0 – 100kmh in just 4.2 seconds and tops at 170 mph. This is supposed to be the first Morgan ever to feature an automatic transmission, a six-speed ZF gearbox.

When it comes to the exterior design I don’t think you need any comments, right? I think that’s the car of the week.

Prototype: Skoda Fabia S2000

Published by on Feb 12th, 2008, 4 Comments

Impressive!

Skoda Fabia Super 2000

That’s the first thing I can say when I look at that picture above. Skoda is ready to enter the Super 2000 Rally category with its new prototype version of Fabia 2. Dubbed Skoda Fabia S2000 it’s not only looking very aggressive but it IS very aggressive. It has a in-line 4 cylinders naturally aspirated 2.0L engine, a 6-speed sequential transmission and a 4-wheel drive system.

Believe me, the new Fabia S2000 is really something that would convince me to consider buying a Skoda vehicle. Looks great. By the way doesn’t it look a little like a Mini? What do you think?

BMW M3 Cabrio Spotted … and explanations

Published by on Jan 14th, 2008, 1 Comment

BMW M3 Cabrio front

With the Detroit Auto Show bringing a lot of things to blog about, the guys from Autoblog.nl published a few pictures of the new BMW M3 Cabrio. Of course you get all excited but when you check it up with BMW it may not be that reassuring. Apparently the new M3 Cabrio is not yet official (yes I know the pictures say different) but may be presented during the Auto Show in March at Geneva.

It’s going to be the first to use BMW’s 7-speed double clutch M DKG transmission (a lot like VW’s DSG transmission) and does 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds. It’s 0.4 seconds slower but it’s heavier, with all the extra weight on the retractable roof.

It’s looking great and the user feedback is great so far. Come on BMW, make your moves.

BMW M3 Cabrio side

Volkswagen Passat with the world's first turbocharged CNG engine

Published by on Dec 18th, 2007, 2 Comments

Volkswagen Passat with the world’s first turbocharged CNG engine

Volkswagen acknowledged these days, with the voice of its Managing Director, Reiner Mangold, that they are working to develop the world’s first turbocharged compressed natural gas (CNG) engine that could get 150hp from a small 1.4 TSI model. It will be used to equip Passat CNG early in 2008 while Golf and Touran will get it later, by the end of the year.

Considering that the cost of petrol is about 50% higher than compressed natural gas which is sold for a little less than €0.90 per liter, I am sure there would be a lot of people to pay for a Volkswagen Passat CNG with such performances. The only problem would be its price, because you can be sure that’s going to run up.

via WorldCarFans

Honda S2000 Type S – Tokyo auto show

Published by on Oct 24th, 2007, 1 Comment

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Honda has revealed the look of its Japan-spec S2000 Type S ahead of the car’s local launch at tomorrow’s Tokyo Motor Show. The car is essentially the same package as the U.S. delivered S2000 CR but differs by the inclusion of the standard folding roof instead of the aluminum hardtop as well as a new rear wing diffuser.

The factory-tuned roadster also features firmer suspension, increased body and chassis rigidity, overall weight reduction plus a unique aerodynamic package. The car is described by its developers as the “closest thing you can get to a Honda-built racecar with license plate holders and a horn,” signifying the desire of its target market of weekend club racers.

The Japanese version comes with the same high-revving four cylinder engine as U.S. spec models, including an identical 237hp and 220Nm of torque output. Complimenting the engine’s output characteristics is a compact, longitudinally-mounted, close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox and a torque-sensing limited slip differential.

Car of the week – Brabus Mercedes-Benz C220

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2007, 14 Comments

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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…)

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