Maserati Announces GranTurismo MC For North America

Posted in Maserati, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW by Kurt Ernst | April 28th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Image: Maserati

Did you feel cheated when Maserati showed their GranTurismo MC Stradale at last year’s Paris Auto Show? The range-topping coupe appeared to be destined for European customers only, but Maserati has had a change of heart. We’re not getting the exact car the EU gets, but what we are getting is close enough to keep most U.S. enthusiasts happy. First, Maserati is dropping the “Stradale” name, so North American cars are simply called the GranTurismo MC. On the outside, the cars are identical, and that’s a very good thing since the coupe is a stunner. Inside, North American cars get the back seat that the GranTursimo MC Stradale omits, and buyers on this side of the Atlantic can get any transmission they want, as long as it’s an automatic. Maserati has opted to use the ZF automatic transmission from the GranTurismo, instead of the sequential-shift version found on the European MC Stradale. Why? Chalk it up to “buyer preferences” on this side of the Atlantic. Read More…

A Nissan Leaf… Race Car?

Posted in Car Tech, Electric Vehicles, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, Nissan by Kurt Ernst | April 22nd, 2011 | 7 Responses |

The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC. Image: Nissan Motors

There are no electric-only automobile racing series in the United States at the current time, and a quick glance at the specs for the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC (for “Racing Competition”, not “Remote Control”) gives you an idea why. Even stripped of all unnecessary components, the Leaf NISMO RC still weighs in north of a ton. It’s quicker from zero to sixty than a standard Leaf, but it still takes nearly seven seconds to get there, before topping out at a maximum speed of 93 miles per hour. Under “racing conditions”, the Leaf NISMO RC is only expected to run for around 20 minutes per charge, which would make a Nissan Leaf spec series ideal for those suffering from attention deficit disorder. Still, I have to give Nissan a thumbs up for thinking in this direction; as it stands today, the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC isn’t much of a race car, but it is a testbed for improving the current road car. Sooner or later, racing will include electric vehicles, and Nissan is wise to get in at the forefront, instead of spending years playing catch up. Read More…

Fast Lane Daily: New York Auto Show

Posted in Auto Show, Event Coverage, Funny, New York Auto Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, NYIAS, Videos by MrAngry | April 21st, 2011 | 1 Response |

Derek D. and the crew from Fast Lane Daily check out the New York International Auto Show.


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2011 New York International Auto Show

Posted in Auto Show, Best of, Event Coverage, New York Auto Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, NYIAS by MrAngry | April 21st, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Scion FR-S Concept

Yesterday I attended a press day at the New York International Auto Show and while there were some beautiful cars there, I wasn’t blown away by anything in particular. Some of the old favorites like BMW and Mercedes-Benz where there pimping out cars like the new 1 Series M Coupe and SLS Gullwing, while others, like Honda, were there simply because it was the right place to be. GM had a display that was amazing, and with cars like the new 2012 Malibu and Camaro ZL1 on hand, you could tell that they were serious about getting consumers back into their rides. I walked around for the better part of 3 hours, snapping a few shots here and there and figured I post up some of the standouts. Just click through to view the photos and enjoy.
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On With The SHO: Ford Unwraps New Taurus

Posted in Ford, New York Auto Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW by Kurt Ernst | April 20th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

The latest version of Ford’s Taurus SHO, released as a 2010 model, was probably best described as a “comfortable, sporty sedan.” Outside, it didn’t look all that different from other Taurus models, but that was partially by design. The Taurus SHO has always been a sleeper, and Ford’s engineers didn’t want to change that. Handling on the 2010 Taurus SHO was improved, thanks to an AWD drivetrain that helps gets the car’s 365 horsepower to the pavement. It was a relative hit among the Taurus SHO faithful, but it wasn’t seriously cross-shopped against many European sport sedan rivals. Read More…

Ralph Gilles Shows You The 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

Posted in Dodge, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW by Kurt Ernst | April 20th, 2011 | 9 Responses |

The 2012 Avenger R/T. Image: Chrysler Group, LLC

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m a big fan of Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles. First, he’s the most approachable CEO I’ve ever met, and he’s a car guy at heart. You can tell that he’d much rather be behind the wheel of anything with wheels and horsepower than trapped in a corporate boardroom explaining PowerPoint graphs on P&L to Sergio Marchionne. He’s a driver, so things like lift throttle oversteer and rotation are part of his vocabulary; when he tells you what a car can do, it’s not because an engineer gave him the specs. Instead, you know that Gilles has been crossed-up in a new Avenger R/T, counter steering to catch the back end with an ear-to-ear grin on his face. If only more companies had CEOs with Gilles’ passion for their industry, the world would be a far better place. Read More…

2012 VW Beetle Revealed

Posted in Design, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, News, Promoted, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | April 18th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

The 2012 VW Beetle. Image: VW of America

Calling it the sportiest, most fuel-efficient Beetle ever built, Volkswagen has finally taken the wraps off of their latest version of the iconic, rounded coupe. From the beginning, VW’s engineers had the difficult job of designing, in their words, “a new original”. Get it right, and the Beetle lives as one of the most popular cars of all time; get it wrong, and your design team is forever known as the “group that killed the Beetle”. The only way forward was to pen a car that respects the past but looks towards the future, so VW’s design team started by basing the new design on the very first Beetle. Read More…

Chevy Sonic Z Spec: The Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing

Posted in Chevrolet, Compact Cars, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW by Kurt Ernst | April 15th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Chevy Sonic Z-Spec. Image: © GM Corp.

Next week at the New York Auto Show, Chevy will officially unveil the new Sonic Z Spec. Enthusiasts everywhere will yawn, since the Z Spec package includes graphics and appearance accessories only. You can add a flashy vinyl wrap package, a rear spoiler, a ground effects package and either 16 inch or 17 inch painted alloy wheels. If you want mirror caps or chrome exhaust tips, you can order those from the Z Spec catalog, as well as custom sill plates and aluminum pedals for the inside. What you can’t get is anything to make the car go faster, handle better or stop quicker. Read More…

Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept

Posted in Auto Show, Event Coverage, General, Import Rides, Lexus, New York Auto Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, Rides by MrAngry | April 14th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Lexus LF-Gh Concept

Apparently Lexus has decided to take the wraps off of its new LF-Gh Hybrid Concept a few weeks before its official debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The big sedan, which I have to say is quite fetching, seeks to bring together the perfect combination of performance, style, and efficiency. From a styling perspective the designers at Lexus have really done their homework as the car has managed to blend powerful and aggressive design into a package that still exudes elegance. Looking closely you can see queues from the Lexus LF-A super car in both the front fascia and sculpted rear tail lights which helps signify the direction in which Lexus is heading in from a performance standpoint.
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Do We Really Need An 800 hp Mustang?

Posted in Auto Show, Domestic Rides, Event Coverage, Ford, General, New York Auto Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, Rides by MrAngry | April 11th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Sometimes an automobile comes out that simply makes one sit back and ask the question… why? Take the new 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake that’s built by Shelby American Inc. for example. This new Mustang is to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show later this month and will supposedly pack a whopping 800 hp. I mean for God’s sake, that’s just 201 hp shy of a Bugatti Veyron! Now don’t get me wrong because I love horsepower, but in a car like the Mustang the only thing all those ponies are good for is bragging rights. First off the car has a live rear axle, which means that regardless of what you do to it the thing will still skip like a stone across a pond if you encounter bumps mid-corner. Also keep in mind that putting 800 hp to the ground evenly is no easy task. Hell, even drag slicks won’t rectify that issue and if they do, you’ll most likely blow apart the rear end. According to Yahoo Autos, the cost of the new 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will be under $100k, which I suppose is a decent price for all that power. However in my opinion, if the thing doesn’t go around a corner, then what good is it.

Source: YahooAutos