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Ford 427 : Concept Cars
Ford 427 : Concept Cars

The Ford 427 concept is a showpiece of the possible design direction for a future lineup of Ford cars. It debuts at the 2003 North American International Auto Show as part of Ford's biggest-ever wave of new product and concept introductions, nine of which are cars. The 427 concept is a modern, all-American sedan inspired by the exuberance of the company's landmark sedans of the 1960s, replete with the uncompromising, 590-horsepower engine that inspired its name.

Menacingly blunt in its all-black silhouette with glints of chrome and billet aluminium, the 427 concept is dark and mysterious, day or night. Striking an almost sinister pose wherever goes, the car seems like it was designed for film noir.

Where the Ford 427 concept exterior design is all-American, the interior is fully modern. Contemporary exterior themes of the muscular bent grille, the squared vertical headlamps and clean American profile are carried over to the interior in an uncompromising fashion. There is no mistaking that the exterior and interior of the 427 are in complete alignment with the car's mission and mystery. The sedan's striking black interior is tightly wrapped in sophisticated black handcrafted leather with cornmeal stitching. These long, flowing, stitched lines are consistent with the soft and sexy lines of the 427 concept's exterior silhouette. The detailed stitching has no harsh corners and describes the interior in a single fluid graphic.

The modern version of the Ford 427 concept's power plant started off as a cloak and dagger "skunk works" project commissioned by Theodore, who wanted to know if it was feasible to craft an all-new, lightweight 427 cubic inch (7.0-liter) engine out of Ford's highly flexible modular V-8 engine family. Ford's Powertrain Research & Development answered the call and began working under the radar screen on a limited budget. The result shocked everyone. Remarkably, the engine is almost 70 pounds lighter than the 5.4-liter 32-valve Cobra R engine from the Ford Mustang.

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2011 Lyonheart K : Photos
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2011 Audi D7 Concept : Concept Cars
2011 Audi D7 Concept : Concept Cars

The collective concept car design exhibition titled “From Dream to Reality” took place from 18 to 23 April 2009 at the Kamal Aldin Behzad Gallery in Teheran, Iran.

The purpose of the event was to present the works and showcase the abilities of young Iranians graduated in Industrial and Transportation Design.

Iran isn’t normally considered to be a hotbed of design talent, but judging by these concept sketches and renderings by some of the country’s young designers, the Middle-Eastern nation boasts some exceptionally creative minds.

One of the Iranian student, Kave Naser Bakht, created the Audi D7 concept, a super sports concept car with an electric engine in front.

Among the features are the charging crack on the nose and light belts around the car which integrate the headlights and taillights while forming the shape typical of Audi’s head lamps and grilles, thus making the car easily recognizable at night.

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1954 Buick Century Series 60 : Classic Cars
1954 Buick Century Series 60 : Classic Cars

Everyone needs a goal; a target to reach. Sometimes these goals are made known to others. Other times they are private motivators. In Buick's case, it had a very simple goal and made it plain for all the world. It was readily apparent in the name the company gave its new model made available in 1936—Century, or 100 mph.

Buick renamed its entire line-up of cars for 1936. The Model-60 became the Century. The mindset and approach to building the Century was rather straight-forward: take Buick's Special shorter-wheelbase bodies and mate it with the company's most powerful V-8 engine it had. Therefore, the Buick Centuries made between 1936 to 1942 were powered by Buick's 320 cu in inline-8, which was capable of 165 hp. This mixture enabled the Century, or what would become known as 'the banker's hot rod', to be capable of sustained speeds of 95 mph. This made the Century Buick's fastest automobile during that era. The convertible version of the Century came with standard leather upholstery, convertible top and windows, a hydraulically controlled front seat and an outside rear-view mirror.

Production of the first run of Centuries ended in 1942 due to poor sales. Twelve years after it ceased producing the Century, Buick reintroduced the name using the same formula it had tried with the first run. Buick mated its lightest and smallest chassis to its large 322 cubic inch V-8 engine. The intention was very simple: Buick wanted to offer a performance vehicle to its line-up once again. And, once again, the Century filled that roll until production ceased in 1958.

The model offered this year was a 1954 model, which was the Century's first year back in production. In 2010, the car went through a body-off restoration. It sports a vertical slit grille and the droopy-eyed headlight design. A chrome bumper, accented with twin torpedo-like designs, provides the nose with an appealing look. Chrome trim runs along the side of the car and the leading edge of the rear wheel-well. The rear end of the car espouses less dramatic fins and vertically mounted dual torpedo-style taillights. As with the front, the rear also exhibits a chrome bumper with vertical tail-like protrusions.

Underneath the large, rounded-off, box hood rests a 200 bhp, 322 cubic inch V-8 engine, with a four-barrel carburetor. Its transmission utilizes a twin-turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission that had been rebuilt during restoration. The car utilizes four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and an independent front suspension made up of A-arms and coil springs. It also has a semi-floating rear axle that uses coil springs and a Panhard bar.

The interior of this '54 Century came with red leather seats, a red-trimmed steering wheel and black-trimmed dashboard and doors. The car has power steering and a modern radio in the instrument panel. The '54 Convertible Coupe is set-off by a tan convertible top and wide white-walled tires. Finished in a maroon paint job, this '54 Century beautifully displays the lines of Buick's performer.

Believed to be one of just eleven left in existence, this '54 Convertible example reminds the automotive world of what has almost been forgotten. It brings back to mind Buick's elegant designs and performance. It brings back to mind how Buick reached its target with style and elegance.

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2014 Lexus IS : Current Models
2014 Lexus IS : Current Models

The 2014 Lexus IS looks different, feels different, and is priced just a bit different from the previous-generation 2013 model. Starting at $36,845 (including delivery) for the IS 250 RWD, and ranging up to $45,775 starting price for the IS 350 AWD F Sport, the IS range spans a competitive price range.

The price differential between the IS 250 and IS 350 has been cut by 33 percent compared to the outgoing model, and the IS 350 is actually 2.1 percent less expensive than the model it replaces, despite riding on an upgraded, redesigned chassis, with better equipment, like the industry-first subscription-free real-time traffic and weather information.

According to Lexus, each IS now comes with $1,400 in standard equipment that was previously optional.

For our impressions of the 2014 Lexus IS on track and on the street, read our first drive review.

This is how the pricing for the main trim lines breaks down:
IS 250 RWD $35,950
IS 250 AWD $38,485
IS 350 RWD $39,465
IS 350 AWD $41,700

A range of packages are also available for all models, including the Premium Package:
IS 250 RWD $1,050
IS 250 AWD $610
IS 350 RWD $1,050
IS 350 AWD $610

Luxury Package:
IS 250 RWD $3,665
IS 250 AWD $3,225
IS 350 RWD $3,665
IS 350 AWD $3,225

And F Sport Package:
IS 250 RWD $3,115
IS 250 AWD $2,675
IS 350 RWD $3,620
IS 350 AWD $3,180

Other optional equipment also available:
Navigation System $2,085
Navigation System with Mark Levinson $3,225
Backup Monitor $350
Power Rear Sunshade $210
18” Wheel Package with All-season tires $935
18” Wheel Package with Summer tires $935
Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) $400
Intuitive Park Assist $500

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Fast & Furious 6 - Final Trailer L Videos

Fast & Furious 6 - Final Trailer L Videos

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Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.

Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

Building on the worldwide blockbuster success of Fast Five and taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time. He is supported by longtime producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel, who welcome producer Clayton Townsend back to the series.

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2011 Ducati 848 EVO : Photos
2011 Ducati 848 EVO : Photos

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Alfa Romeo Gloria Concept : Concept Cars
Alfa Romeo Gloria Concept : Concept Cars

From the show floor update: “[The Gloria is] a student design project from Turin’s Istituto di Design, sponsored by Alfa Romeo. The sleek, almost mono space form is adorned with bold graphics and historic touches like the leather hood straps. Based on Maserati Quattroporte underpinnings, there are no plans to produce the IED’s Gloria, but the student reps claim Alfa has vowed to incorporate elements of its design.” – Frank Markus

As a collaborative styling exercise between the European Design Institute (IED) of Turin and the Alfa Romeo Style Center, the Alfa Romeo Gloria concept probably won’t be heading to production anytime soon. The swoopy four-door’s styling is a modern interpretation of classic Alfa Romeo design elements, including the prominent front grille and pronounced front fenders. Narrow, full-width taillights complement the sleek headlights that flank the front grille. Door handles suggest rear-hinged doors in back. While the swoopy four-door sedan’s underpinnings stem from the larger Maserati Quattroporte, it rides on a shorter 114-inch wheelbase and measures 185 inches overall – similar dimensions to the current Infiniti G37 sedan. The Maserati connection suggests the Gloria could be powered by the brand’s new 404-hp, 406-lb-ft twin turbo 3.0-liter V-6 or 523-hp, 479-lb-ft 3.8-liter V-8.

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1963 Jaguar E-Type : Classic Cars
1963 Jaguar E-Type : Classic Cars

The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1974. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. More than 70,000 E-Types were sold.

In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in a The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time.

In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.

The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a rear-wheel drive grand tourer in two-seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as a two-seater convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). A "2+2" four-seater version of the coupé, with a lengthened wheelbase, was released several years later.

On its release Enzo Ferrari called it "The most beautiful car ever made".

Later model updates of the E-Type were officially designated "Series 2" and "Series 3", and over time the earlier cars have come to be referred to as, sensibly, "Series 1" and "Series 1½".

Of the "Series 1" cars, Jaguar manufactured some limited-edition variants, inspired by motor racing :

The "'Lightweight' E-Type" which was apparently intended as a sort of follow-up to the D-Type. Jaguar planned to produce 18 units but ultimately only a dozen were reportedly built. Of those, two have been converted to Low-Drag form and two others are known to have been wrecked and deemed to be beyond repair, although one has now been rebuilt. These are exceedingly rare and sought after by collectors.

The "Low Drag Coupé" was a one-off technical exercise which was ultimately sold to a Jaguar racing driver. It is presently believed to be part of the private collection of the current Viscount Cowdray.

The New York City Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only six automobiles to receive the distinction.

Concept Versions

E1A (1957)
After the company's success at the LeMans 24 hr through the 1950s, Jaguar's defunct racing department was given the brief to use D-Type style construction to build a road-going sports car, replacing the XK150. The first prototype (E1A) featured a monocoque design, Jaguar's fully independent rear suspension and the well proved "XK" engine. The car was used solely for factory testings and was never formally released to the public. The car was eventually scrapped by the factory.

E2A (1960)
Jaguar's second E-Type concept was E2A which, unlike the E1A, was constructed from a steel chassis with an aluminium body. This car was completed as a racing car as it was thought by Jaguar at the time it would provide a better testing ground. E2A used a 3-litre version of the XK engine with a Lucas fuel injection system. After retiring from the LeMans 24 hr the car was shipped to America to be used for racing by Jaguar privateer Briggs Cunningham. In 1961, the car returned to Jaguar in England to be used as a test vehicle. Ownership of E2A passed to Roger Woodley (Jaguar's customer competition car manager) who took possession on the basis the car not be used for racing. E2A had been scheduled to be scrapped. Roger's wife Penny Griffiths owned E2A until 2008 when it was offered for sale at Bonham's Quail Auction. It eventually sold for US$4,957,000.

Production Versions
Series 1 (1961–1968)
The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8 litre six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. Very earlier built cars utilised external bonnet latches which required a tool to open and had a flat floor design. These cars are rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8-litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964.

All E-Types featured independent coil spring rear suspension with torsion bar front ends, and four wheel disc brakes, in-board at the rear, all were power-assisted. Jaguar was one of the first vehicle manufacturers to equip cars with disc brakes as standard from the XK150 in 1958. The Series 1 can be recognised by glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small "mouth" opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear.

3.8-litre cars have leather-upholstered bucket seats, an aluminium-trimmed centre instrument panel and console (changed to vinyl and leather in 1963), and a Moss four-speed gearbox that lacks synchromesh for first gear ("Moss box"). 4.2-litre cars have more comfortable seats, improved brakes and electrical systems, and an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox. 4.2-litre cars also have a badge on the boot proclaiming "Jaguar 4.2 Litre E-Type" (3.8 cars have a simple "Jaguar" badge). Optional extras included chrome spoked wheels and a detachable hard top for the OTS.

A 2+2 version of the coupé was added in 1966. The 2+2 offered the option of an automatic transmission. The body is 9 in (229 mm) longer and the roof angles are different. The roadster remained a strict two-seater.

Less widely known, right at the end of Series 1 production and prior to the transitional "Series 1½" referred to below, a very small number of Series 1 cars were produced with open headlights. Production dates on these machines vary but in right hand drive form production has been verified as late as March 1968. The low number of these cars produced make them amongst the rarest of all production E Types.

Following the Series 1 there was a transitional series of cars built in 1967–1968, unofficially called "Series 1½", which are externally similar to Series 1 cars. Due to American pressure the new features were open headlights, different switches, and some de-tuning (using two Zenith-Stromberg carburetters instead of the original three SUs) for US models. Some Series 1½ cars also have twin cooling fans and adjustable seat backs. Series 2 features were gradually introduced into the Series 1, creating the unofficial Series 1½ cars, but always with the Series 1 body style.

An open 3.8-litre car, actually the first such production car to be completed, was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1961 and had a top speed of 149.1 mph (240.0 km/h) and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 7.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 21.3 miles per imperial gallon (13.3 L/100 km; 17.7 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £2,097 including taxes.

The cars submitted for road test by the popular motoring journals of the time (1961)such as The Motor, The Autocar and Autosport magazines were specially prepared by the Jaguar works to give better-than-standard performance figures. This work entailed engine balancing and subtle work such as gas-flowing the cylinder heads and may even have involved fitting larger diameter inlet valves.

Both of the well-known 1961 road test cars: the E-type Coupe Reg. No. 9600 HP and E-type Convertible Reg.No. 77 RW, were fitted with Dunlop Racing Tyres on test, which had a larger rolling diameter and lower drag co-efficient. This goes some way to explaining the 150 mph (240 km/h) maximum speeds that were obtained under ideal test conditions. The maximum safe rev limit for standard 6-cylinder 3.8-litre E-type engines is 5,500 rpm. The later 4.2-Litre units had a red marking on the rev counter from just 5,000 rpm. The maximum safe engine speed is therefore 127mph (3.31:1 axle) and 137mph (3.07:1 axle) at the 5,500 rpm limit. Both test cars must have reached or exceeded 6,000 rpm in top gear when on road test in 1961.

Series 2 (1969–1971)
Hallmarks of Series 2 cars are open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged "mouth" and twin electric fans, and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial "ribbed" appearance. It was de-tuned in the US with twin Strombergs and larger valve clearances, but in the UK retained triple SUs and the much tighter valve clearances. (Late Series 1½ cars also had ribbed cam covers). The interior and dashboard were also redesigned; rocker switches that met US health and safety regulations were substituted for toggle switches. The dashboard switches also lost their symmetrical layout. New seats were fitted, which purists who? claim lacked the style of the originals but were certainly more comfortable. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.

Production according to Robson is 13,490 of all types.

Series 3 (1971–1974)
A new 5.3 L twelve-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine was introduced, with uprated brakes and standard power steering. The short wheelbase FHC body style was discontinued and the V12 was available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé. The convertible used the longer-wheelbase 2+2 floorplan. The Series 3 is easily identifiable by the large cross-slatted front grille and flared wheel arches, and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. Cars for the US market were fitted with large projecting rubber bumper over-riders to meet local collision regulations, but those on European models were considerably smaller. US models also have side indicator repeats on the front wings. There were also a very limited number of six-cylinder Series 3 E-Types built. These were featured in the initial sales literature.

Robson lists production at 15,290.

Limited Editions
Two limited production E-Type variants were made as test beds, the Low Drag Coupe and Lightweight E-Type, both of which were raced:

Low Drag Coupé (1962)
Shortly after the introduction of the E-Type, Jaguar management wanted to investigate the possibility of building a car more in the spirit of the D-Type racer from which elements of the E-Type's styling and design were derived. One car was built to test the concept designed as a coupé as its monocoque design could only be made rigid enough for racing by using the "stressed skin" principle. Previous Jaguar racers were built as open-top cars, because they were based on ladder frame designs with independent chassis and bodies. Unlike the steel production E-Types, the LDC used lightweight aluminium. Malcolm Sayer retained the original tub with lighter outer panels riveted and glued to it. The front steel sub frame remained intact, the windshield was given a more pronounced slope, and the rear hatch was welded shut. Rear brake cooling ducts appeared next to the rear windows, and the interior trim was discarded, with only insulation around the transmission tunnel. With the exception of the windscreen, all cockpit glass was perspex. A tuned version of Jaguar's 3.8-litre engine with a wide-angle cylinder head design tested on the D-Type racers was used. Air management became a problem and, though a higher performing vehicle than its production counterpart, the car was never competitive. The only test bed car was completed in summer of 1962 but was sold a year later to Jaguar racing driver Dick Protheroe. Since then it has passed through the hands of several collectors on both sides of the Atlantic and is now believed to reside in the private collection of the current Viscount Cowdray.

Lightweight E-Type (1963–1964)
Twelve cars plus two spare bodies were made by Jaguar.

In some ways, this was an evolution of the Low Drag Coupé. It made extensive use of aluminium alloy in the body panels and other components. However, with at least one exception, it remained an open-top car in the spirit of the D-Type to which this car is a more direct successor than the production E-Type which is more of a GT than a sports car. The cars used an aluminium block tuned version of the production 3.8-litre Jaguar engine with 300 bhp (224 kW) output rather than the 265 bhp (198 kW) produced by the "ordinary" version. All factory-built lightweights are fitted with Lucas Fuel Injection and a ZF 5 speed gearbox.

The cars were entered in various races but, unlike the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, they did not win at Le Mans or Sebring but were reasonably successful in private hands and in smaller races.

One Lightweight was modified into a Low-Drag Coupé (the Lindner/Nocker car), by Malcolm Sayer.

Another Lightweight was modified into a unique Low-Drag design (the Lumsden/Sargent car), by Dr Samir Klat of Imperial College. Along with the factory LDC, this lightweight is now believed to reside in the private collection of the current Viscount Cowdray.

Many were fitted with more powerful engines as developments occurred.

Motor sport
Bob Jane won the 1963 Australian GT Championship at the wheel of a "lightweight" E-Type.

The Jaguar E-Type was very successful in SCCA Production sports car racing with Group44 and Bob Tullius taking the B-Production championship with a Series-3 V12 racer in 1975. A few years later, Gran-Turismo Jaguar from Cleveland Ohio campaigned a 4.2-litre six-cylinder FHC racer in SCCA production series, and in 1980 won the National Championship in the SCCA C-Production Class, defeating a fully funded factory Nissan Z-car team with Paul Newman.

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Mansory IPhone 5 : Accessories
Mansory IPhone 5 : Accessories

MANSORY the world famous luxury car tuning company and manufactory – famous for taking cars such as the Bugatti Veyron , Lamborghini , Rolls Royce, Ferrari or Aston Martin and modifying them to the extreme teamed up to create this limited edition phone.

This stunning limited edition MANSORY is mirror polished and covered with 24ct gold. Each phone is 100% customized in Switzerland and guaranteed by the know-how of Swiss jewellers and watch makers.

This model will no doubt be the perfect accessory for MANSORY car owners and luxury aficionados alike.

Alexandre Masson the director of Golden Dreams: “At Golden Dreams we always admired the vision of Mansory and the quality of their creations is world class. It is therefore a great honour to be able to collaborate on an edition.“

“At MANSORY, we have always been passionate about luxury watches and fine jewelry, and the 24 ct gold iPhone5 is a natural supplement to our portfolio as it meets our quality standard of production on the highest technical level combined with masterly craftsmanship and the most precious materials”, says Kourosh Mansory, owner of Mansory Design and Holding GmbH.

The price for this 50 pcs. limited MANSORY iPhone5 is 4,900,- EUR incl. German VAT ($6415.08).
British luxury cars and their special style have always been the passion of Kourosh Mansory, the owner and namesake of MANSORY. This enthusiasm made him spend many years in England and personally commit himself to automobile values such as tradition, craftsmanship and well-engineered technology. Already when the company was founded in 1989, special attention was therefore given to the brands Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Ferrari. Mid 2001, the company moved from Munich to the Fichtelgebirge. At its new location in Brand in the vicinity of Bayreuth which is famous for its Wagner Festival, the skilled team produces high-end tuning in all disciplines of individual automobile manufacturing. By taking over the business division Porsche-Tuning from Swiss Rinspeed AG in November 2007, MANSORY additionally extended its product portfolio. The newly established company MANSORY (Switzerland) AG will operate from its previous RINSPEED headquarters in Zumikon at the Lake Zurich. The main focus is developing and selling a tuning- and accessory programme for Porsche, BMW & Range Rover automobiles on an international basis.

Production on the highest technical level combined with masterly craftsmanship and most precious materials – this is the quality standard of the MANSORY corporations. Harmonically designed aerodynamics programmes, ultra-light aluminium rims and powerful engine performance enhancements are the basis of the MANSORY technology programme. High-quality accessories and stylish interior fittings complete the assortment. Whether dynamically striking or extravagant and noble, MANSORY interiors render comfort and confidence.

Today MANSORY employs more than 70 members of staff and fulfils nearly every automobile dream of its exclusive clientele. In Germany, Switzerland and via selected sales partners all over the world.

The MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH solely offers its proprietary developed modification accessories. MANSORY does not market entire automobiles and also does not sell any such vehicles.

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2011 DelaVilla Cayman R1 : Current Models
2011 DelaVilla Cayman R1 : Current Models

It's not often that we get to see French tuning houses take on German sports cars, so when we stumbled upon the Delavilla-prepped Porsche Cayman R1 it immediately captured our attention.

One of the lesser-known tuners from France, Delavilla was established in 2007 and focuses exclusively on Porsche models currently offering complete programs for the Cayman and the 911 coupes. The company says that it is also working on tunes for the Speedster, the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera saloon, with more details to be released at a later date.

Back to the Cayman-based R1, the coupe model was revealed at the 2011 Lyon International Motor Show last month and it proposes a comprehensive exterior makeover along with a choice of power upgrades.

The obvious exterior changes start with a wide bodykit that includes front and rear bumpers and fenders along with side panels, which add 120mm (4.7-inches) to the Cayman's overall width up front and 180mm (7.1-inches) on the rear.

The car also gets a bespoke set of quad tail pipes, LED daytime running lights and larger multispoke alloy wheels in the same color as the body.

Delavilla notes that it offers a great number of options ranging from scissor-style doors with a fingerprint recognition system to a transparent engine cover.

Inside, the French tuning house adds a pair of bucket seats along with Alcantara trim on the steering wheel and gear lever.

Buyers can choose from three different power kits that lift output to 340HP, 385HP and 420HP, though the most powerful option is only for those than plan to use the car on the track for racing.

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M-B Tech Led Cops To Boston Suspects' Car : News
M-B Tech Led Cops To Boston Suspects' Car : News

Carjacking a Mercedes-Benz M class proved to be a critical mistake for the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. When the driver escaped and called police, officers were able to track the vehicle using the crossover's factory-installed GPS system.

Police decline to give details, but Mercedes-Benz USA confirmed it was contacted April 19 during the hunt for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Mercedes was asked to help find the vehicle using the Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance function on the crossover's mbrace telematics system.

After authenticating the request, Mercedes turned on the tracking feature, said spokeswoman Donna Boland. "The authorities asked that mbrace be activated and ... it was," she said.

Last week Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon proudly tweeted: "Just found out that our mbrace2 technology in the stolen Mercedes helped locate the Boston terrorists! Thanks to our amazing law enforcement."

Boland said that the vehicle was a 2013 ML350, and that the owner's mbrace subscription was active. She declined to provide more details.

According to a Boston Globe story that cited "the marvels of the Mercedes-Benz ML 350," the 26-year-old carjacking victim got free from his leased Mercedes at a filling station. When officers took his story, he told them the car could be tracked by his iPhone and the Mercedes satellite system.

The shootout in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed occurred about an hour later.

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1952 Kurtis 500S Continuation : Classic Cars
1952 Kurtis 500S Continuation : Classic Cars

In their December, 1953, issue Road and Track proclaimed that “Frank Kurtis of Glendale, California, deserves full credit for being the first man in America to attempt to produce an American production sports car.”

In the early 1950’s Kurtis Kraft Indy roadsters dominated the 500 mile race. Billy Vukovich won both the 1953 and 1954 races with Kurtis’ taking the first three positions each year.

Kurtis built the 500S to meet the FIA rules for sports cars. The 500S is the Vukovich KK500 Indy winning roadster, widened for two cozy passengers and fitted with fenders and headlights to produce a race car which can be driven on the street. Drawings by John Bond in October of 1953 show the basic Indianapolis frame with typical Kurtis combination Hat-section flanged side beams and tubular cross-members. Approximately 26 500S models were eventually produced.

According to Motor Life in 1956 “The Kurtis 500S practically owned West Coast sports racing for a couple of years.” Bill Stroppe set a new course record and won the main event at Pebble Beach in the 1954 with Jack Ensley was the SCCA National B modified champion and 12 hours of Sebring pole sitter that same year.

Due to the scarcity of the original models and their substantial value, a few faithful continuation models have been produced. John Ward of Alpine invested a lot of time and money in duplicating the 500S. With assistance from Frank Kurtis’ son Arlen, he built a chassis jig for an identical chassis as used in the famous Murphy/Buick 500S and also acquired the fiberglass molds and other proprietary component tooling. Ward’s objective was to win the La Carrera Pan America in a Kurtis. He ultimately built six cars. In 1991 he won the race with one of his cars.

Jim Mann, a professional race car restorer, in Elkhart, Indiana, bought the jigs, molds and all of the remaining component parts including the finished chassis for this car from John Ward. Mann’s cars are faithful reproductions of the original Kurtis 500S. Jim built six cars.

In addition to the Ward and Mann cars, Arlen Kurtis has also built a few continuation cars using patterns from the Murphy Buick. Recently he delivered a rolling chassis to a customer with body and fenders complete Halibrand style wheels and the torsion bar suspension. There was no interior, engine, drive train or paint. The price was approximately $75,000.

Most of the original 500S’ were powered by Chrysler Hemis or Cadillac V-8s. When the Chevrolet small block became available it became the power plate of choice because its light weight resulted in the much better balanced car. In fact when Arlen Kurtis restored his personal 500S he chose a Chevrolet small block and 4 wheel disc brakes.

This blue example follows the same pattern. The engine is a 350 Chevrolet. It was recently rebuilt and dynode at 309 hp with a flat torque curve of 325 and 260 foot pounds. In a 1,980 pound car it offers exhilarating performance with a power to weight ratio that exceeds a stock 289 Cobra.

The 4-speed transmission coupled to an 8 inch Ford rear end is the ideal complement to the engine. Naturally, the car has the full Kurtis torsion bar suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes. Of particular importance are the genuine pin drive Halibrand knock-off wheels. The interior is finished in the traditional 500S pattern using high quality vinyl for durability and worry free driving in case of rain.

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Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept : Concept Cars

With the debut of the CrossBlue Coupé at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen is giving a spectacular glimpse at the future and at a new era of SUV design. Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, says: "The disproportionate growth in the SUV segment gives designers the opportunity to implement an even greater diversification of models. The CrossBlue Coupé shows the potential of our Volkswagen design DNA and will undoubtedly have an influence on future SUV models."

The CrossBlue Coupé has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that is as fuel-efficient as it is sporty. A turbocharged direct-injection (TSI) V6 gasoline engine works together with two electric motors to produce as much as 415 horsepower. This SUV can thus perform like a sports car, with a 0 to 62 mph time of just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph.

Despite its impressive performance, the CrossBlue Coupé has a combined fuel consumption of just 79 mpg in the new European driving cycle (NEDC). Even when the battery is fully discharged and the vehicle is running with just the TSI engine, the gas mileage is still impressive, at 34.1 mpg. With a 21.2 gallon gas tank, this gives a theoretical range of around 720 miles.

The CrossBlue Coupé can be driven as zero emissions EV for up to 21 miles at a maximum speed of 75 mph: to intentionally use this eco-friendly mode in urban areas, the driver simply pushes a button. The concept vehicle is based off the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) and could, if it were produced, be fitted with conventional four- and six-cylinder engines running on a variety of fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and CNG. Equipped with five comfortable seats and a spacious trunk, the CrossBlue Coupé definitely belongs to the SUV avant-garde.

Dynamic exterior design
The CrossBlue Coupé is exactly 192.5 inches long, 79.3 inches wide, and 66.1 inches high. The vehicle thus has a confident, low slung, and four-square stance that is enhanced by the wide tracks (67.3 inches at the front, 68.0 inches at the back), the relatively long 117.3-inch wheelbase, and large 22-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that are shod with 285/40 tires that were specially designed for the concept car.

Sporty side profile.
The concept features a long and broad hood, a very short frontal overhang, and a long roofline. The concept's sporty stance is further improved by a very short A-pillar and a very "fast" (swept back) C-pillar, as well as a distinctive character line. The designers have combined a dominant line-one that starts in the upper area of the rear lights and runs precisely at the height of the door handles-with a second line that begins beneath the rear lights and ends in the front fender. The space between the two lines narrows towards the front and ends beneath the A-pillar in a stylized chromed air outlet. These lines significantly reduce the SUV's visual center of gravity.

The 22-inch polished aluminum-alloy wheels also feature a new design, with five V-shaped dual spokes that have a matte finish on their inner surfaces. Five trim pieces that are painted in the body color of "CrossOrange Metallic" surround the central VW badge, presenting yet another design element.

Despite the dynamic side profile, practicality is central to this vehicle's mission. An example is the way that the doors open wide for optimal entry and egress, as well as extending down into the sill area. The ports for the gas tank and battery were uniformly integrated into the design of the CrossBlue Coupé. The fuel filler neck is located under a lid on the right side of the vehicle, with the electrical outlet cover opposite it on the left side. This consists of one socket for charging the high-voltage battery and another for connecting electric devices; this 230V/16A interface allows the CrossBlue Coupé to act as an emergency generator.

3D Front End.
A key element of Volkswagen design DNA is the predominance of horizontal lines. The front end of the CrossBlue Coupé follows this to perfection, yet the designers have created a new layout by integrating the lighting architecture into the grille area. The key elements of the front end design are the free-standing LED headlights, LED light signature, and radiator grille trim.

The radiator grille trim, consisting of two polished aluminum struts and the VW logo, is now a 3D element extending into the headlights. The lateral ends of the upper strut are used for the Daytime Running Lights, creating a unique and very special "eyebrow" light signature. Meanwhile, the lower cross strut is a pure aluminum element that extends from beneath the free-standing LED headlights into the fenders. The entire grille unit is surrounded by a high- gloss black frame. The lines of the LED light signature extend into the lower area of the bumper, bordering the side intakes and the central radiator inlet. Skidplates are fitted under the bumper to protect the underbody.

Exclusive rear section.
As with the front end, the designers sculpted a 3D look, again using aluminum elements. The upper area of the rear lights extends from the center of the trunklid right into the fenders, carrying the side character line into the rear of the vehicle. The rear lights are highlighted by an aluminum strip, under which two more lighting elements are integrated on each side.

The prominent stainless-steel tailpipes are integrated into a polished aluminum trim panel that runs horizontally. The rugged looking anthracite-colored area on the lower edge of the rear bumper is repeated on the front bumper, on the sills, and on the wheelarch trim, giving another styling feature that runs around the entire vehicle. As at the front of the car, there are skidplates integrated into this anthracite-colored piece.

High-tech interior
An especially prominent feature of the elegant and clean interior is a horizontal dashboard graphic that extends into the side door trims. Upscale materials abound in the cabin: velvety soft Nappa leather in "Anthracite Pearl" and "Asphalto"; chrome surfaces that are polished on top and sandblasted in a matte finish on their chamfered edges; dark aluminum; naturally- treated wood accents; and "Graphite" colored Alcantara® for the roof pillars and headliner. Two-color configurable ambient lighting is matched to the vehicle drive mode: in "Eco", it matches the "CrossOrange" of the exterior paint and switches to red in "Sport". The interplay of forms, colors, and materials makes a typically masculine SUV statement, combined with an urbane ambience.

At the very top, the dashboard is framed by "Anthracite Pearl" colored leather with dark contrasting seams. Below it, a dark aluminum panel integrates the central10.1-inch infotainment display, air vents, and 12.3-inch instrument screen display. There is a delicate chrome strip on the center of this panel, with chrome surrounds on the air vents and screens.

On the next level down, an anthracite-colored spruce wood inlay extends into the door panels as well as down the center console. Below the wood inlay, there are panels covered in lighter "Asphalto" Nappa leather, with the ambient lighting running in a narrow line between the wood and leather on the dashboard.

Five comfortable seats.
The seats are also upholstered in elegant Nappa leather. The individual seat panels are designed in either the dark "Anthracite Pearl" or the contrasting "Asphalto". The shading visually emphasizes the sculpting of the seats themselves. The rear bench seat offers fore-and-aft adjustment, three backrest positions, and folds in a two- thirds/one-third fashion.

The car comes to life.
As soon as the driver's door is opened, the controls come to life. When the "Engine" (Start) button is pressed, the switches for the climate and headlight control instantly lift from rest. At the same time, all of the display layouts appear on the monitors and the ambient lighting is activated.

The uppermost level of the center console contains the buttons for the seat heaters and air circulation as well as the hazard lights switch. Beneath these, there are three knobs for the four-zone climate control: the left and right ones control the temperature, and the middle knob adjusts the fan level.

Arranged conveniently on the right side, next to the shift lever grip, are the buttons for ESC deactivation (used when driving in deep snow, for example) and for the drive modes: "Sport", "Eco", "Offroad", "Charge", and "EV" (electric driving). The shifter for the six-speed transmission has very short throws, thanks to a new drive-by-wire logic. Like a joystick, the lever continually returns to its middle position; the "D", "R" and "N" positions are activated by a short flick and "P" by a separate pushbutton that is integrated in the lever.

Infotainment touchscreen.
The central10.1-inch touchscreen has proximity sensors and is used to control all the infotainment and entertainment functions, as well as to access the status of the hybrid system. The type of representation changes according to the driving mode. For instance, when the "Sport" mode is selected, buildings that are shown in the navigation display are "suppressed" in the 3D map representation, receding for a clearer and less busy image during fast driving. On the other hand, an animated 3D representation is shown in the "Eco" mode, in which buildings rise up on the horizon like the structures in the movie "Inception".

Programmable instrument cluster.
The instrument cluster is designed with analog gauges but is underpinned by user programmable software. The type of information changes between the "Eco" and "Sport" modes. In "Eco" mode, the "Powermeter" and battery status are two of the items shown in the left instrument, while the right one acts as speedometer and fuel gauge. The center dial is used to access functions such as gear selection, driving range, date and time, the weather, and navigation functionality such as distance to destination and points of interest. In "Sport" mode, the left-hand instrument shows the tachometer and displays torque and battery status at its center.

A mobile mini iPad® has been integrated in each of the head restraints of the first seating row, so that passengers in the rear seats can also fully enjoy the audio, video and online programs. Meanwhile, a Dynaudio® sound system delivers crystal-clear audio.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 : Current Models
2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 : Current Models

“Iconic.” It’s possibly the word most overused in the last decade. Randomly applied to everything from ’70s television has-beens to retail establishments, and from shoes to athletes, it’s been rendered practically meaningless. But in the case of the Corvette, the word still carries the weight of a blacksmith’s anvil.

Love it or hate it, for more than 50 years, the Vette has unapologetically stood as a universal symbol for homegrown American performance. So when Chevrolet announces it has a new one in the pipe, people get weird. Rumors of mid-mounted engines, piles of carbon fiber, and turbocharging swirl. But now that the drapes have finally sloughed off the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray—yes, the famed name returns on the base car—we have only truth.

As we surmised weeks ago, the 2014 C7 Corvette takes more of an evolutionary philosophy—although it shares just two parts with the outgoing car—while also sprinkling in some revolutionary details. The C7’s body casts much the same shadow as did the C6’s, but the new car is peppered with more-pronounced creases, larger and more numerous vents, and an angrier front fascia and headlamp treatment. In the front three-quarter view, the tiny hint of Maranello we previously noticed in the C7’s nose is clearly evident. Both the hood and roof are constructed of carbon fiber. The profile is visceral; a stretching, sinewy form emphasized by the subdued B-pillar and a rakish backlight. There's also a rear quarter window. But the stylistic element likely to draw the most commentary is the treatment of the taillamps; although the quad-lens presentation follows Corvette tradition, the new lights' rhomboid shape and the dogleg cutout in which they reside are certain to be polarizing. For their part, Chevrolet says they wanted them “not only to say ‘Corvette, but new Corvette.’ ” A quartet of trumpet-like exhaust pipes exit from the center of the rear fascia, one of the few details made clear in the numerous spy photos we published over the last year.

The Dirty Bits
A naturally aspirated Gen V small-block 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 sits under the hood; it spins a rear-mounted transaxle via an aluminum torque tube. Dubbed the LT1, GM estimates the engine will make 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft in base form, making it the most powerful standard Corvette to date and our (and GM's) early estimate has 0–60 times clocking in at less than four seconds. Cylinder deactivation is standard, even with the manual transmission, and Chevy says the C7 will best the C6's 26-mpg EPA highway estimate. Two active exhaust systems are available; the base setup uses its active valves to tame noise during four-cylinder cruising. An optional dual-mode system has extra valves that open a less-restricted path for airflow to both increase performance and sound bad-ass.

Transmission options are a six-speed automatic or seven-speed Tremec manual—yes, a seven-speed unit, with four shift gates. The manual transmission also features active rev-matching on both down- and upshifts courtesy of patented GM technology. We’re told that it’s fully defeatable for when you’re in the mood to blip yourself. A Z51 performance package will bring an electronically controlled limited-slip diff; closer gear ratios for the manual gearbox; dry-sump lubrication to prevent oil starvation in racetrack settings; additional cooling for the brakes, differential, and gearbox; larger brakes; and aerodynamic bits to increase high-speed stability. Z51s also get 19-by-8.5-inch front and 20-by-10-inch rear wheels and tires, up from the standard 18-by-8.5- and 19-by-10-inch package. Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flats were developed specifically for the C7.

The C6’s full-length hydroformed rails have been traded for multi-part aluminum assemblies on each side that combine extruded crash structures, cast cradles front and rear, and a section of tubing (at the passenger compartment). The center tunnel was reengineered, too, in order to beef up the chassis sufficiently to again have a removable roof panel. This is, remember, the base car: Among C6s, only the Z06 and ZR1 had aluminum rails, and Chevy says the new setup is 57 percent stiffer and 99 pounds lighter than the old steel frame. Weight distribution is said to be an even 50/50 split.

The standard Brembo brakes incorporate four-piston fixed calipers, 12.6-inch front rotors, and 13.3-inch rear rotors; Chevrolet claims 35 percent more swept area than before. The Z51's discs measure 13.6 inches up front and 13.3 out back, and all four are slotted.

Hollow, cast-aluminum lower control arms in the front save weight and allow finer tuning of the suspension. One feature that does carry over to the C7 is the transverse leaf spring, although Corvette engineers defend its use by pointing out that it’s made from a lightweight, engineered composite and that it packages well. The shocks come in three flavors: 1.4- and 1.8-inch Bilsteins in the base and Z51 cars, respectively, or magnetorheological Magnetic Ride Control as an option on the Z51. Chevrolet tells us to keep our test equipment peeled for 1.0 g on the skidpad from even the basic model.

The steering is an electrically assisted, variable-effort setup, and GM claims to have re-engineered the system from steering wheel to rack, resulting in a five-fold increase in stiffness. Effort is controlled in conjunction with the Driver Mode Selector (DMS) on the center console; it offers setups for snow and rain, eco, tour, sport, and track-only. The DMS ultimately effects up to twelve parameters in each of its settings: gauge cluster info, the throttle, automatic gearbox shifting (when equipped), cylinder deactivation, the active exhaust, magnetic shocks (when equipped), the Z51's limited-slip diff, launch control, and the traction and stability control systems.

Take a Markedly Improved Seat
Driver and passenger space are divvied up equally, but the majority of the dash fittingly is dedicated to the driver. The move to an electronic parking brake let interior designers reclaim some real estate on the console for a storage area, and clears the way for shifter action befitting of a Corvette. Chevrolet says the interior is probably the most fully upgraded part of the car, and you won’t see any molded plastic anywhere. Even the lowliest cars will be “fully wrapped” in vinyl trim, although leather and carbon-fiber accouterments can be specified. The steering wheel is smaller than before, for more immediate steering feel, and the central screen can be motored out of the way to reveal an extra cubby.

Seating, a longtime sore spot for many Corvette fans—including us—has also been addressed. For the first time, buyers will have the option of two different seats: a standard seat engineered for long-range comfort and a true competition-type seat. (We first caught a glimpse of an upgraded seat in spy photos last year.) Both use a magnesium frame in place of the current cars’ composite frame, and have cutouts to accommodate a five-point harness.

It takes cojones to resurrect a name like Stingray, and the Corvette team held off until they were sure the car’s styling and technical punch were worthy of the moniker—even automakers as storied and vast as GM have but a few truly iconic nameplates on the shelf. The 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray will launch in the second half of 2013, along with the Z51. Is it iconic? We’ll have to wait years to determine that, but it definitely looks promising. Damn promising.

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Learn How to Draw an Audi R8 for a Chance at...

Learn How to Draw an Audi R8 for a Chance at Digital Comic Book History : Video

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Here's Marvel Comic artists showing you how to draw the 2014 Audi R8 Spyder line by line, so that after a little practice on your own you can make digital comic book history by becoming a co-creator of a Marvel digital comic book. Follow Iron Man's battle against Blizzard at and then decide how it all ends by creating the final frame of the epic showdown and submitting it to Marvel. Your submitted artwork makes you a co-creator of the story. As if that wasn't enough already, your artwork actually might become the final frame of a digital Marvel Comic book.

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GM Changes Ceo Akerson Pay Mix As He Might Retire In 2016 : News

GM changed in 2012 the compensation mix for CEO Dan Akerson as he might retire before before his long-term restricted stock vests by 2016.

“We certainly wouldn’t speculate on what he will actually do — that’s up to him,” Tom Henderson, a GM spokesman, said in a telephone interview.

Last year, Akerson’s compensation, currently under government’s review due to GM’s 2009 bailout, increased 44% to $11.1 million. Until retirement, Akerson plans to cement GM’s position as China’s best-selling foreign automaker, by investing $11 billion until 2016. He also plans to boost sales in the US launching 20 new vehicles by the end of 2013, after the automaker’s market share fell to an 88-year-low last year.

GM said yesterday, April 26th, that Akerson was offered $1.7 million in salary and $9.4 million in stock awards in 2012 and $7.7 million in 2011, when his target was $9 million. Akerson’s pay trails that received by Ford’s CEO Alan Mullaly, who was offered $21 million in compensation in 2012, not including the bonuses.

Earlier this month Akerson said that GM finally has the right management team to fix Opel. He added that despite some analysts’ doubts, GM will not give up its loss making European unit.

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1971 Pontiac GTO Judge : Classic Cars
1971 Pontiac GTO Judge : Classic Cars

Pontiac introduced the GTO in 1964 and it would remain in production until 1974. In total, there were around 500,000 examples of the GTO produced during that time period. The GTO, representing Gran Turismo Omologato, was tagged (at least in some circles) as beginning the start of the Muscle Car craze.

The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac engineer and engine specialist Russell Gee and divisional chief engineer John DeLorean. The vehicle was perfect for Pontiac, as their advertising (Jim Wangers) and marketing approach was heavily influenced by performance. Pontiac felt that by promoting the big-engine Tempest as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the youth and the performance community.

The GTO was in violation of GM's policy which limited the A-body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cubic-inches. They were able to side-step this rule since the GTO was an option package in 1964 and not standard equipment. Pontiac had found a loop hole and they capitalized on their creativity.

The GTO continued to change throughout the years. During its lifespan it was given several unique features that were incorporated in the later 1960 body designs. These updates included body-color Endura front bumper, designed to absorb impact without permanent deformation at low speeds, and the signature hood scoop was replaced by dual scoops on either side of a prominent hood bulge.

For 1969, Pontiac offered the Judge Option Package as a result of sagging GTO sales due to the Plymouth Roadrunner and other muscle car entries of the late 1960s. The GTO Judge prototype was originally called 'ET' (short for Elapsed Time). John Delorean, while watching the popular TV series of Rowan and Martin 'Laugh-In' saw the funny skit featuring Sammy Davis Jr. dressed as a Justice of the Court. As the Judge entered the room, the bailiff cries 'Here Comes de Judge.' Inspired, Mr. Delorean suggested the name 'The Judge.'

The Judge was produced for three years starting in January of 1969 and running until 1971. During that time period, around 11,000 examples were produced.

For 1971, only 357 examples of the Judge hardtop were produced.

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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT : Current Models
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT : Current Models

Ever value-conscious, Hyundai is looking to save money on badges for its latest five-door Elantra. Why else change the name from Elantra Touring to the revived Elantra GT moniker? The new hatchback makes its debut at the 2012 Chicago auto show alongside a two-door Elantra

Bigger and Smaller at the Same Time
Name change aside, the second-generation Elantra five-door is again an Americanized Hyundai i30. Hyundai points out that the Elantra GT will have more passenger and cargo room than all of its five-door competitors, save for the recently enlarged Subaru Impreza. It fails to mention, however, that those numbers are down from the last car. That’s partly because the new i30—and, as a result, this GT—loses its upright, wagon-style rear end; it’s shorter in length and height, rides on a shorter wheelbase, and is slightly wider than the car it replaces. Seats-folded cargo capacity is down by 14.3 cubic feet to a still-competitive 51. All told, it’s a lot more attractive than the outgoing car and fits in well with the rest of the Elantra lineup.

In place of the small diesels and gas engines offered in the European i30, the U.S.-market GT uses the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder as our Elantra sedan; it makes 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, while a six-speed auto is optional. Hyundai estimates that either transmission will achieve 28 city mpg and 39 on the highway in EPA tests—both measures are 1 mpg lower than the Elantra sedan’s. This is one place where the GT has a big edge over the 2012 Elantra Touring, which was rated at maximums of 23 mpg city and 31 highway.

Built in South Korea, European-Influenced
Hyundai says the GT will get a sportier base suspension tune than the sedan, and that an even more enthusiast-focused setup is available for the hatch as part of the Style package. The electric power-steering system, while similar to the sedan’s, adds driver-selectable modes; Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings provide variable assist and build-up characteristics.

The Elantra GT, which will be built in South Korea, includes typical Hyundai-level standard equipment: a six-speaker stereo with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, power everything, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Uplevel features such as leather, a panoramic sunroof, and navigation (bundled with a hideaway rearview camera) will be optional.

Exact pricing will be announced before the GT goes on sale this summer, but you can expect a base sticker near the current car’s, which is $16,770. Assuming this new hatch can match or improve upon the competent Touring’s dynamics, it should then be a decent value in every measure but volume per dollar.

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2013 Renault Twizy F1 Concept : Concept Cars
2013 Renault Twizy F1 Concept : Concept Cars

Renault has given the Twizy electric car a mad twist by bolting on an F1-style KERS system for Megane Renaultsport 265-worrying performance available for the very brave. The Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept sits on single seater racing wheels, has an F1-apeing front splitter, side-pods, rear wing and even a rear diffuser to make the link to the racing side of Renault’s activities.

F1-style KERS in a Twizy? How does that work then?
KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) uses regenerative energy captured under braking and is then stored up in batteries rather than lost as heat. This energy is then recovered and stored. The KERS system comprises of three parts; an electric motor-generator unit (MGU) directly linked to the driveshaft; separate lithium-ion batteries and a KERS control unit (KCU). The MGU works, as the name implies, works as both generator and motor. In generator mode it works to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy which is then stored in a battery. When the energy is needed it is then reversed and switches to ‘motor’ mode to deliver the stored energy.

It’s not really that fast is it?
Although the Twizy F1 is being pitched as a fun take on the electric city car it is packing some pretty serious performance. Renault claims the KERS boosta the power six-fold to deploy 100bhp and accelerate as quickly as a Renault Sport Megane 265. That means a 0-62mph sprint in the region of 6.5sec.

The Twizy F1 has two electric motors; the original Twizy 17bhp motor with the KERS system bolted onto it which when activated boosts power to 97bhp.

Tell me about the Twizy F1's two KERS modes
The biggest problem with the Twizy and KERS is that the basic car isn’t really fast enough to generate enough energy to power up the batteries. To get around this the battery can be charged by siphoning off energy from the main motor.

The are two KERS modes; the first ‘Recovery’ mode where the electric motor functions like a conventional generator to convert the mechanical energy into electrical. Up to 4kW can be siphoned off in this way to charge the battery while on the move. The second mode is ‘Boost’ mode which uses the energy generated in ‘Recovery’ mode can be re-employed whenever the driver wishes by tapping the button on the steering wheel. This means the KERS acts as a motor to bring a power boost to the principal motor which is directly linked to the driveshaft.

When is it going on sale?
Don’t hold your breath. This has been done purely to show off Renault's electric vehicle engineering nowse. The firm has pinned big hopes on the yet-to-start electric car revolution.

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2013 Range Rover Santorini Black RS 600...
2013 Range Rover Santorini Black RS 600 Kahn Cosworth By Kahn Design : Photos

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Top 10 Fuel-efficient Cars For 2013 : News
Top 10 Fuel-efficient Cars For 2013 : News

With gas prices in a constant state of flux, and the federal government offering as much as $7,500 in incentives to buy “green” cars, it would seem the only question for someone buying a new vehicle should be, “Which one do I pick?”

Kelly Blue Book attempts to answer that question with its list of Top 10 Green Cars for 2013. The car in the top spot shouldn’t be a big surprise: the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

“You won’t find an all-electric car that offers a better balance of range, practicality, refinement and value than the Leaf,” according to the story on the company’s website. “Nissan reduced the Leaf’s starting price by $6,000 for 2013, so after the $7,500 federal tax savings, you can go all-electric for about $22,000.”

“A growing number of eco-conscious drivers are going 'green’ when it comes to the new car they choose to drive, and auto manufacturers have primed the pump with the widest array of offerings in the ‘Green Car’ segment than ever before,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Surprisingly, Ford boasts three vehicles on the list – Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. It’s a surprise only because Ford is mired in a class-action lawsuit that alleges the maker’s mileage claims on its C-Max hybrid as well as the Fusion hybrid, which is the MKZ’s sibling, are “false and misleading.” Ford denies the claims noting that driving styles greatly impact the mileage figures and countered is has seen results that exceed the company’s listed fuel economy figures.

Toyota captured two spots on the list with Prius and Avalon. An appearance by the Prius is as expected, but the Avalon, which reaches 40 mpg, captured the luxury title with “If comfort per gallon were a thing, Avalon Hybrid might be king.”

Many of these vehicles are well known to eco-conscious shoppers, but none of them are blowing the doors off dealerships. The best-selling model of the group is the Volt, which moved 22,823 units in 2012. The vehicle with the best mileage rating, the Honda Fit EV at 118 mpg, sold just 93 units last year. This is due, in part, because it is available only in California and is only available for lease.

Tesla’s Model S topped this pricing list coming in at $62,400, but the site seems enamored with the company’s second all-electric offering.

“One could argue that the 2013 Tesla Model S is the electric car most likely to gain mainstream success. With blistering acceleration, distinct but tasteful styling, abundant interior space and an EPA-estimated 265-mile range, the Model S is among the coolest cars available, electric or otherwise.”

Gaining mainstream success is the ultimate goal and that goal just got a little closer to reality thanks to Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk. He recently guaranteed that the pricey Model S would retain a resale value similar to Mercedes S Class as part of a financing plan aimed as assuaging the fears of buyers that they may be “stuck” with the Model S if they wanted to trade it in after three years. In fact, he told reporters during the press conference to announce the financing he’ll pay the difference out of his personal fortune, which is estimated at $11 billion, if the company goes under.

Kelly Blue Book’s top 10 “green” cars:

Nissan Leaf
Tesla Model S
Ford Focus Electric
Chevrolet Volt
Prius Plug-in
Ford C-Max Energi
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Honda Fit EV
Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

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