Wörthersee 2007: VW shows off monster Golf GTI W12 650 concept

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It would appear that the Audi TT clubsport was just an appetizer for the fans at the Wörthersee 2007 meet in Austria. Volkswagen has upped the ante by throwing down a stunner: the Golf GTI W12 650 concept. The ultimate GTI in every way, this car has a claimed top speed of 325 km/h -- 201 mph! -- and a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.7 seconds.

This is a pure show car, so don't go running to your VW dealer waving around a fistful of cash. He won't be able to help you. Too bad, though, as this super Golf dishes out a mammoth 650 horsepower and over 530 ft lbs of torque from the 6.0L biturbo W12 it's got mounted behind the front seats. All that juice flows through a 6-speed automatic to the rear wheels, which are shod in some seriously meaty rubber.

Lower and wider than a stock GTI, the body retains the production car's doors, hood and lights, but otherwise it's all new. A number of intakes and a redesigned C-pillar help feed air to the 12-cylinder behemoth supplying the go-power. To keep the car planted to the tarmac, VW didn't want to use a massive spoiler to generate downforce. As such, the car's carbon-fiber roof acts as a giant diffuser that funnels air under the small spoiler at its trailing edge. In summary, the whole thing is a big exercise in the awesome.

Translated press release after the jump.

[Source: VW via Zer Customs]

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Even Stephen Colbert has to wait for a Ferrari

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It appears Ferrari may be facing a growing number of disgruntled owners who are not happy having to wait in line 24 months for a new Italian Stallion. You can count Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert among the disgruntled, as he revealed on The Colbert Report this week that he'll have to wait months to replace his ratty 550 with 4,000 miles for a brand spanking new Lime Green 599 GTB Fiorano (with a platinum Jesush fish on the bumper, of course). Ever the schemer, Stephen announced he's willing to trade his spot on the kidney donor list to anyone at the front of the line to buy a Ferrari. Only Ferrari faithful with potential renal failure need apply.

Check out the clip from The Colbert Report after the jump in case you missed it.

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Spy Shots: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione caught at the 'Ring

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Alfa Romeo's voluptuous 8C Competizione is currently undergoing the now obligatory rite of passage for any new performance car - hot-lapping the Nurburgring - and World Car Fans has spy shots of the event.

Artfully camouflaged with duct tape, the test mule carries larger wing mirrors and a front fascia with noticeably larger openings than the show car version.

The limited production coupe is slated to lead Alfa Romeo's return to the U.S. market. Trivia types will recall that the Nurburgring holds a special place in the hearts of Alfa fans as the site of Tazio Nuvolari's epic victory over Mercedes and Auto Union in the 1935 German Grand Prix. (Bonus points if you knew that Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo P3 was campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari.)

More spy shots can be seen here.

[Source: World Car Fans]

 

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Holden reveals Special Edition Commodore SVZ Ute and Wagon

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Click image for Ute gallery. Click here for Wagon gallery.

GM's Holden subsidiary has pulled the wraps off a pair of new Commodore special editions. The Commodore SVZ Ute has the General's top-notch 3.6L VVT V6 underhood, pumping 255 horses through an optional 5-speed automatic, or slightly less if the driver is making the shifts through the standard 6-speed manual tranny. The SVZ package includes black leather, exclusive badging, 18" alloys, performance brakes, a full spare and a range of paint colors that includes the color-shifting Morpheous finish seen in the enclosed photos.

Joining the Ute is the Commodore SVZ Wagon, which gets a powered-down 3.6 making 234 horses. Shifts come courtesy of a 4-speed automatic, and the car's list of features includes 17" alloys, foglights, a sport/luxury suspension, black headlamp surrounds, body color roof rails, chrome exhaust tip, and SVZ badging. This makes us want a V8-powered Pontiac G8 wagon to go head-to-head with the Dodge Magnum. Come on, General...do it! (And send the Ute over already while you're at it.)

Complete pricing and specs are in the press release after the jump.

UPDATE: As several have pointed out in the comments, these are both VZ cars, not the new VE models. The VE Ute is rumored to be debuting this summer.

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Vintage Bentleys rally Europe right

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When Bentley wants to open a new showroom, they don't do it by half measures. In honor of Istanbul, Turkey's first Bentley dealer on the Bosporus, the marque is putting on a 2,500-mile rally from London to Turkey. Called the Bentley Calista Rally -- because it ends at the Calista Luxury Resort in Belek -- seven Bentley Speed Sixes and seven Bentley 4.5-liters will make the trek across The Continent.

The participants are invited members of the Benjafield's Racing Club, which was founded by Bentley Boy Dudley Benjafield. Back when W.O. Bentley was making what Ettore Bugatti called "the world's fastest lorries," the group of men who were winning races like the 24 Hours of LeMans and beating trains from Calais to London were called the Bentley Boys. In that spirit and in their honor, the ten-country Calista Rally will combine some of the world's most wonderful engines with some of Europe's most wonderful destinations. We're sure Walter Owen would be proud.

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National average price of gas beats record levels after Hurrican Katrina

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We resist writing posts on how expensive gas is nowadays because if we made it a habit, that's all we'd write. Every once in a while, however, there's a news story about gas prices that we can't ignore. This past week, the national average price of gas beat the previous record set in the first week of September 2005, the week following Hurricane Katrina's devastating landfall. The national average price of gas peaked at $3.11 that week. Since last January, however, the national average has been increasing on an uninterrupted pace. At the end of the first week of May, the average stood at $309.70. On May 14th, it was reported by the government to have risen to $314.30, eclipsing the previous post-Katrnia record. (Click here to view the government's archive of average fuel prices.)

We don't claim to be analysts in this area, so we wouldn't venture to guess what various factors are conspiring to push the price of gas ever higher. We don't know if or when it will level off, or perhaps even decrease, though we imagine the retreat of summer and colder temperatures will bring some relief. Nevertheless, we though it prudent to point out that as of May 14th, the price of gas is truly at record levels.

[Source: DailyFuelEconomyTip, Energy Information Administration]

 

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Jon Bon Jovi, your helmet is ready

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For the butthead in your life, Nexx X60 has this open-face helmet available for purchase that only an aging rockstar from the '80s could love. The denim version, complete with button and stud accents, is one of several helmet designs, though it's the only one sporting the "ass in tight jeans" look.

The other helmets include bold solids, camouflage, racing stripes and chrome. Many are outfitted with detachable visors, and retail for $200 USD. An added bonus includes anti-sweat fabric inners, which can be removed and washed, as can the chin strap. We wish you could say the same about leather chaps.

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Porsche raising prices effective August 1st

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If it's a new Porsche you have your eye on, you've got a new excuse to buy one now. The company says it's raising prices on all but one of its models, effective August 1. The newly freshened Cayenne is the only nameplate exempt from the increase.

The Boxster price goes up .5%, Boxster S and Cayman S up .4%, but the base Cayman's price will carry over unchanged. Porsche's 911 Carrerra, GT3, GT3 RS increase 1.5% while buyers of 911 convertibles will pay another 1.4%.

Those craving a 911 Turbo will get hit the hardest after August 1, with a 2.3% larger bill. That's at least $5,726 more than you'd pay on July 31.

[Source: Just-Auto.com, sub. req'd]

 

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Rendered Speculation: Lexus GS-F

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F, now there's a letter that says high performance, don't it? Lexus must have figured that all the good ones were taken, so why not just go with the first letter of FAST. No doubt, the GS-F will be a rocket. It better be, if it wants to try kicking sand in the face of the M5. The artist's rendering gives a credible estimation of what kind of styling *ahem* enhancements might accompany the increased athleticism in the GS's chassis, and the increased power under the hood. We guess that the GS-F will need to call some attention to itself to help build street cred, but if the actual car looks anything like the rendering, there'll be no stealth bombing for you.

[Source: Paultan.org]

 

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New Dodge marketing director has SRT roots

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When some us of think Dodge, we think performance. And that's as it should be. In the past few years, the automaker has blessed us with rides that are wholly American, whether it's the Charger, the Viper or any of the SRT-infused vehicles that roll of the line. So why not build off that image?

It seems that some of the heads of Dodge see their company in the same light, and have decided to make the director of marketing for the Chrysler group's SRT offerings the main man in charge of promoting Dodge. Michael Accavitti has swapped titles and is now the brand manager for Dodge and the SRT wing. We think it's a smart move, but we'll reserve final judgment until we see how the Chrysler buyout affects the brand.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

 

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eBay Find of the Day: Days of Thunder Mellow Yellow #51

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Talk about a piece of history. On eBay is the last of the Mellow Yello Chevy Luminas from Days of Thunder. Before Katie and TomKat, before Mission Impossible, before Tom thought it was okay to jump up and down on couches with Oprah, back when Tom still made sense to most of us, there was Days of Thunder -- arguably the first movie to make NASCAR a mass market proposition. Days of Thunder is also where Tom met Nicole Kidman. The seller says this is the car used for closeups, documented by Hendrick Motorsports (which prepared the cars for the film) and that Tom actually sat in its seat and used its steering wheel. The press release listed with the sale indicates that the car has 650 HP. The seller doesn't mention that, but really -- it's Tom, it's Nicole, it's NASCAR, it was the best of times. Need we say more?

[Source: eBay]

 

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Sofa.com sets new World's Fastest Furniture record

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While driving a relatively pokey 92mph will get you run over on many interstates, Marek Turowski made it into the Guinness Book of World Records doing it... on a couch.

Watch the video after the jump to see this highly modified (ya think?) super sofa break the record for World's Fastest Furniture. Turowski, 38, paid £1,376 on eBay for the priviledge of piloting the rear-engined couch, which was commissioned by sofa.com from Edd China of Cummfy Banana. Turowski's run to 92mph beats the previous record of 87mph set in 1998 by the Casual Lofa driven by the aforementioned China, who says his latest creation is street legal and will soon be menacing the streets of London.

The leopard-print Casual Lofa seated three and was powered by a 1300cc Mini engine with 65bhp. But details on this new machine are hard to come by. It's hard to tell for sure from the video, but is that a propeller off the back? We're trying to contact the folks at Cummfy and hope to have more info soon.

Proceeds from the eBay auction benefited The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

China has built all manner of motorized furniture for Cummfy Banana, where you can rent his creations for corporate events or, we suppose, just a fun entry into a local Autocross event. What bracket would that compete in anyway?

See sofa.com's press release after the jump.

[Source: Engadget]

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VIDEO: Pontiac places G8 and G6 GXP in rap video

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You can't really blame Pontiac for giving its rear-wheel-drive G8 Concept and G6 GXP to rapper 50 Cent to use in his video for the song "Amusement Park". After all, pick a premium nameplate like Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini or Ferrari and one could find at least half a dozen (or more) music videos in which each marque has been featured prominently. At the same time, we must remember these are Pontiacs, and so we're asked to suspend disbelief and accept that given the choice, Fifty and his entourage would roll in one of these two vehicles before a Bentley Continental GTC, Rolls Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Gallardo or Ferrari Enzo.

Note: If you're not into rap and want to get to the goods, fast forward to 2:00 in and you'll have your prize, though the Pontiacs only get 4 seconds of screen time.

[Source: YouTube via GMInsideNews]

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AutoblogGreen for 05.17.07

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AutoblogGreen (and Autoblog) writer Sam Abuelsamid was one of the few journalists invited along for what we're pretty sure was the longest-ever hydrogen fuel cell road test. 300+ miles through New York State in a Chevy Sequel. If you've wondered what it's like to cruise in a water-emitting car, check out his write-up of yesterday's drive. And then check out the rest of the day's green car news.

 

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Two strikes for Magna this week, what next?

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Damon reported the other day that BMW has decided to shift production of the next generation X3 to their Spartanburg, SC plant. While that's good news for the employees in Spartanburg, it's the second big loss for Magna International this week. After losing out to Cerberus in the bidding for Chrysler, they are on the short end of the X3 production deal.

Magna-Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria has been assembling the X3 for BMW since 2003 in a deal that will end when the X3 starts coming off the South Carolina line. The X3 accounted for forty-five percent of the Graz plant's output and Magna is looking for a new customer to take up that capacity starting sometime in 2010.

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Chrysler Imperial one step closer to production

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Chrysler may be in the middle of a major ownership change, but the beat goes on when it comes to future vehicle plans. The folks over at The Star are reporting that Chrysler is going to build a fifth model at their Brampton plant in Ontario, which currently assembles the 300, Charger, and Magnum. Challenger production is scheduled for next year, and the fifth vehicle, which could be built in 09' as a 2010 model, is expected to be the Imperial.

Chrysler is reportedly investing $700 million in the Brampton plant to bring the Imperial to life, and the Rolls-Royce and Bentley wannabe is expected to ride on an extended version of Chrysler's LX platform. The Imperial, which sported a 6.1L Hemi V8 as a concept, could also receive a diesel engine. Chrysler has yet to make an announcement on an additional vehicle at Brampton, but word is it that Chrysler Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Frank Ewasyshn is expected to do so June 11.

We aren't sold on the chunky, blocky, copycat looks of the Imperial, but Chrysler apparently thinks enough Americans will want the beast that they've all but pulled the trigger on making it all official

[Source: TheStar]

 

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Are electronics making cars obsolete faster?

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If just about any part breaks on your 1971 Volkswagen Beetle, you could probably get a replacement from a hundred different outlets. If the black box goes out on your 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII, your car becomes little more than a giant paperweight. With the profusion of different cars and the electrical components that go in them, automakers would face an inventory nightmare if they tried to stockpile all of the necessary replacement parts. So in order to avoid that scenario, once the warranty runs out, they simply stop making the parts.

Ted Field, Sr. found out the hard way when the black box went out on his Mark VIII. Ford doesn't make the part any more -- and doesn't have to, since the warranty is finished and "the part is obsolete" -- and no aftermarket company has reverse-engineered it. That means that an 11-year-old car with 66,000 miles on it ... is also obsolete. As a customer, Field has no idea how popular -- or not -- the Mark VIII would be, and couldn't have had any idea when he bought the state-of-the-art car that he'd be scrounging for parts just a few years later (relatively speaking). We often consider the price of technology on the front end -- say, how much more will a car equipped with ABS cost? But as cars become more and more computerized, and the obsolescence of computer technology occurs in faster cycles, it will be interesting to see what kind of price we have to pay on the back end as well.

Thanks for the tip, Stedwoo!

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Chrysler Corp. will revive Pentastar logo

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In order to celebrate its new found freedom after being divorced from DaimlerChrysler AG, the newly minted Chrysler Corp. will ditch its current winged logo and return to the famous Pentastar logo. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a senior executive has already emailed some Chrysler employees about the switch back to the old logo after learning about it in a meeting Monday night with veeps and senior management. In addition, the Pentastar will get a redesign to update its look.

Apparently this email from a senior exec included a few interesting tidbits, including that Cerberus CEO Stephen Feinberg regrets naming his company after the mythological three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hell. We also learn that Feinberg owns Ford and Chevy pickups, which he plans to quickly trade in for a Dodge Ram. He might want to keep them around for benchmarking purposes, though.

[Source: Detroit Free Press via MotorAuthority]

 

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Spy Shots: Dodge JC40 Crossover

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Whoopee, just what Dodge needs, another crossover. We're glad that operations are still underway after the sale announcement, but come on, have cars been forsaken? The Jalopnik boys captured an odd duo cruising around; a JC 49 with camo, followed by a PSA minivan. Would it be rude to confess we're more interested in the French van?

Based on the Sebring/Avenger platform, the JC 49 will likely wind up with a 3.5 liter V6 at the top of the range, if the dual exhausts are any indication. The JC 49 will share a familial resemblance to the Nitro, so think squared shoulders, crosshair grille, essentially an Avenger adaptation of the Magnum idea. Look for the camo to come off around the end of the year. We can hardly contain ourselves.

[Source: Jalopnik]

 

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Sell the house: Porsche GT2 available to buy in November

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Oh baby, does the Porsche GT2 sound like fun. The twin-turbo flat six cranks out a mind-blowing 525 hp while pushing a vehicle that weighs 220 lbs less than the already light 911 turbo. Hitting 60 mph will take only 3.7 seconds, and you can keep the speedo going up to and past 200 mph. If evasive maneuvers are needed, virtually no car handles better than a 911, and ceramic brakes enable you to stop fast enough to knock the false teeth right out of Grandpa. There is no question the GT2 will have supercar-besting performance, and now we hear that we won't have to wait much longer for this RWD two-seater.

We've seen it in countless spy shots, and we'll see the real McCoy at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Now we're learning that the full-fledged official version will be available in November, right in time for the Christmas shopping season. We know it will cost somewhere in the vicinity of $200,000, but we're putting it on our list anyway.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 

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Politico? Mafioso? RENNtech has an armored Merc S-class for you

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Defensively, the S600 Guard has got you covered: B6/B7 armor that stops standard military-grade small-arms fire, grenade, shrapnel, and explosive device protection, run-flat tires, self-sealing fuel-tank, and integrated fire-extinguishing system. Offensively, however, as any tuner would tell you, things could always be better. Even if you're sitting in a tank, why just sit there and take the hits? RENNtech has decided to apply its expertise to the issue, upgrading the S600 guard with the kind of offensive ability that will get you out of trouble, not just protect you from it.

Partnering with INKAS, a firm that builds safes and armoured vehicles, the house of RENN has put in an upgraded ECU, a carbon fiber airbox, and bolstered the intercooler pump. Final result: the regular S600 Guard's 517 hp gets cranked up to 640 hp, and it gets 775 lb-ft. And for pulling off evasive maneuvers, the standard brakes have been swapped out for 15.2-inch rotors up front and 14-inchers in the back. If you need more armoured get-up-and-go than that, you might want to consider an M1 Abrams instead.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 

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