Maserati GranTurismo MC debuts in US Market

US Maserati Gran Turismo-MC

Maserati has recently announced that their flagship supercar, the GranTurismo MC Stradale will hit US markets very shortly. Sort of. The American version will be subject to a few major changes. In the US it will be known as the GranTurismo MC and unfortunately the name wasn’t the only thing to be cut short.

Also, to be left out for the American market is their sequential gearbox, opting instead for a ZF-sourced automatic transmission. Their sequential gearbox is capable of shifting in 60 milliseconds when in race mode, but Maserati promises the automatic will also perform exceptionally well comparative to other standard transmissions.

The MC will also carry more weight since 2+2 seating is being added, whereas the European spec is only a two-seater.

To be fair, Maserati’s target market is top level executives and they’re simply responding to buying trends within the US. On the plus side, the MC will sport a slightly improved exhaust system and valve train components.

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Nissan Leaf RC – Electric Speed Demon?

New Nissan Leaf RC Sports Car

Not exactly, exactly Nissan debuted what they’re calling the Nissan Leaf RC. With the help of Nismo, Nissan actually made the Leaf look like a respectable sports car. More aggressive body kit, dropped 2 of the doors, added a ridiculously huge wing and lowered it. Nissan plans to use this vehicle to bring attention to what they call the “untapped potential of EV.” The RC which stands for “racing competition” will be used to bring attention to electric sports cars. The Leaf RC will take part in exhibitions all over the country to help bring attention to the brand and build interest in what the future may hold for electric vehicles.

While the RC doesn’t look like the regular Nissan Leaf, unfortunately there isn’t too much more performance wise that makes the Leaf RC attractive. A few handling upgrades with a shorter wheelbase, and a pretty significant drop in weight is all that it boast.

With other car makers falling inline with the electric performance vehicles  it will be interesting to see what the future holds.

Source: Nissan

 

Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles Video Interview

Ralph Gilles, Dodge Brand CEO

In the video below Dodge Brand CEO and Head of Styling for Chrysler Group, Ralph Gilles, sits down with Autoline Detroit for a lengthy and informative interview.

The group discusses everything related to the Dodge brand, from sales to new product offerings. Gilles also goes into detail of how the brand is evolving and essentially becoming the performance-arm for Chrysler while still maintaining their broad scope.

Of course, you can’t bring in the head of Dodge without touching on, or at least trying to gather some information on the new Dodge Viper.

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First Audi R8 GT Hits the Roads

Audi R8 GT

Audi’s top of the line R8 GT has reached its first lucky customer in the UK, making him one of 333 people set to receive the keys to the 560 horsepower supercar.

The limited production Audi R8 GT is not simply about exclusivity, as a significant amount of effort was put towards improving the cars performance. A total of 220 pounds was removed from the vehicle by way of carbon-fiber composites and Audi Space Frame technology.

The added power and lighter weight enables the GT to accelerate to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

The numbers speak for their selves, combined with a unique AWD/mid-engine platform and it’s no wonder why all 333 vehicles already have a home.

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro Engine: V6 LFX Details

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Engine

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Engine is touted as being more powerful and efficient compared to the previous iteration. Anyone else starting to notice a theme within the industry right now? Chevrolet’s new 3.6 liter V-6 LFX delivers 323 horsepower while offering 30 miles per gallon, and will be standard in the 2012 Camaro.

30 miles to the gallon in an American muscle car? Follow through for the details.

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Ford’s Power Stroke V8 Engine

Ford's Power Stroke V8 Engine

Again, as we mentioned before technology within the automotive industry has been developing at an accelerated rate. Many manufactures have been cultivating new ways of increasing power output, while at the same time lowering emissions. We recently took a look at BMW’s efforts with their Efficient Dynamics program, so now let’s look at Ford’s approach with their Ford Power Stroke V8.

The 6.7 liter V8 offers better horsepower and torque than its predecessor, while also improving fuel economy and lower emissions. Here’s how.

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Porsche Cayman R Review Vs Porsche Cayman S

The Porsche Cayman R is the hardcore, lightweight version of the Cayman S. To make the R more refined and race ready Porsche decided to equip it with 19 inch lightweight wheels, aluminum doors, and they even removed the radio and air-conditioning systems, along with other weight saving measures to shave a total of 121 pounds. To compliment the lighter weight the Cayman R also receives a slight uptick in power to the tune of 10 extra horses.

But, how does it compare to the tamer Cayman S? Autocar has the answer and their video review is featured after the jump.

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BMW Efficient Dynamics – Performance Perspective

“Efficient dynamics” as we all know by now is the name of the game for BMW as they continue to evolve their engine program. The future of BMW rests in the core principle of better efficiency. Essentially increasing the efficiency of internal combustion engines, furthering the development of hybrid technologies, and ultimately strengthening the economic and ecological impact that their vehicles have.

Which is all well and good, but what does all of that mean from a performance perspective? Truth is, there’s actually something to gain there as well, as better aerodynamics, lower weight, and again more efficient engines can improve performance while reducing emissions.

Click through for highlights of the press release with a focus on what the change means for future performance.

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Harlan Charles discusses the Z06 Carbon, Z06X, & More

Keith Cornett of CorvetteBlogger.com had the privileged opportunity of discussing everything Corvette with Product Marketing Manager, Harlan Charles. The first nugget we receive is that Jet Stream Blue Metallic is being cycled out and will be replaced by a new color beginning in 2012.

Also discussed is the Z06 Carbon Edition, which Charles notes that while the sales have been good they have not yet reached their targeted goal of 500 orders, thus hardcore enthusiasts can now order until the end of April. The Corvette Z06 Carbon enhances the track performance of an already capable vehicle by equipping it with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and various carbon fiber additions.

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