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Juke-R Going to Production

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  • On 07, May 2012

“It’s a rare thing, but every now and then, our automotive wishes come true. Nissan has announced that it will produce the heinous Juke-R in very limited numbers after a warm reception in Dubai. The company has already received three orders so far, and Nissan says it will begin taking additional orders in the next four weeks.

Each model will be built to order using model year 2012 drivetrain components, meaning there’s a modest bump in power – 545 horsepower versus the original Juke-R’s 480. As you may recall, the first Juke-R used bits cannibalized from a 2010 GT-R. How much will the machine cost? Nissan isn’t saying, but we’d be willing to bet the Juke-R will carry an MSRP a bit higher than the GT-R.

With 545 horsepower crammed into the quirky lines of the Juke, the machine is unlike anything else on the road. Nissan has also worked up a quick video to commemorate the production announcement. The clip focuses on the showdown between the Juke-R and several supercars in Dubai.”

Source: Autoblog

Next WRX May Use Electric Turbo

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  • On 07, May 2012

“Subaru has been trying to figure out the direction for its three-headed monster, as the Impreza and its WRX and WRX STI variants have grown increasingly at odds over the past two generations. Now this gets thrown into the mix: When the new WRX gets released in late 2013, it may ditch the traditional exhaust-gas powered turbocharger for a new, electric design.

That’s right, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, Subaru is working on an electric turbo, shades of those computer-fan-sourced “power adders” you used to see advertised in the back pages of Sport Compact Car a decade ago. Except we would assume Subie-parent Fuji Heavy Industries is developing a design that actually works. According to the report, heat from the exhaust would be captured, but instead of using the exhaust pressure to turn the turbocharger’s turbine, the heat energy would be converted to electricity, which would then spin the impellers. This could be more efficient, as well as eliminating the piping and turbo lag.

While that sounds neat and all, we’re not so sure we want to see an unproven technology like this applied to one of our favorite affordable performance cars. Unless, of course, it allows for BMW M3-like performance in a $30,000 car.”

Source: Autoblog

Man Suing BMW for Priapism

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  • On 30, Apr 2012

“You can’t buy publicity like this. USA Today reports a California man is suing both BMW and motorcycle seat manufacturer Corbin after a four-hour motorcycle ride left him with a severe case of priapism. Henry Wolf claims he’s had an erection since stepping off his 1993 BMW after a ride in September 2010, or some 20 months ago, if we’re counting. According to the suit filed in California Superior Court, the seat’s “ridge-like” design caused the painful condition. Wolf’s lawyer says the man is unable to engage in sexual activity, and as a result, has endured “substantial emotional and mental anguish.”

Wolf is suing for compensation from both BMW and Corbin for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress and general damage. Neither company has commented on the case.”

Source: Autoblog

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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  • On 30, Apr 2012

“In the high-stakes world of performance cars, horsepower is king. It’s the first stat bragged about by owners trying to explain why their Camaro, Challenger or Mustang is better than their foes’, and it’s the headline figure promoted by the automakers themselves year after year.

When Ford announced that the 2013 Shelby GT500 would be punishing the pavement with 650 horses, the world stood up and took notice. Remember, though, these were just estimated figures, as the car had not yet been SAE certified. If reports from the Team Shelby message board prove accurate, the 2013 GT500 has finally gotten its official figures.

How’s about 662 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque?

Yep, that’ll do. It’s notable that these figures represent increases of 12 horsepower and 30 lb-ft over the earlier estimates, and they also put even more distance between Ford’s top-performing Mustang and Chevy’s 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1. It also means the Shelby lays down considerably more ponies that the Corvette ZR1 and its 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft.

Now, will we see a corresponding horsepower-addled response from Chrysler or General Motors? Only time will tell. “

Source: Autoblog

Solvenian SuperCar Maker

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  • On 30, Apr 2012

“It’s been almost a fortnight, which just might be a record, since we last visited a previously unheard-of supercar-maker. Next up to keep the high-po exotic ball in play is Tushek Supercars, hailing from Slovenia (that’s in the former Yugoslavia), with its quaintly archaically named Forego T700. The company just made an appearance at the Top Marques Monaco with its first car, the 444-horsepower Renovatio T500 (pictured in our gallery below) with a modular hardtop, but the T700 will push things much further.

Founder Aljosa Tushek told Autocar the T700’s targets: less than 1,000 kg (2,200 pounds), more than 700 horsepower, up to 3.3gs for cornering. That latter number sounds like a math error would not only double the Renovatio’s number, it would triple the cornering force sustained by the Lamborghini Aventador around the Nardo test track.

The limited-to-30-units Renovatio is priced at £245,000 (CAD$398,000) with deliveries promised later this year. Due in 2013, you can expect the T700 to outdo the T500’s price by at least double as well, and you can expect both of them to never be sold in Canada.”

Source: Autoblog

Nissan GTR 24H Nurburgring Car

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  • On 30, Apr 2012

“Nissan announced earlier in the month that it would be fielding a factory team in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, piloting a 2012 GT-R. The car is reportedly a Club Track Edition, a race-ready derivative sold in Japan, and our spy shooters have spotted it out in the wild.

The car is only lightly camouflaged, with coverings over parts of the the front fascia, hood, and rear windows. We will admit that your guess is as good as ours as to what might lie beneath the wrapping, but given that Nissan has said the only changes from production car to race car are some added downforce in the front and a new rear wing, we’ll just go with “nothing” as our answer.”

Source: Autoblog

Aston Martin One 77

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  • On 30, Apr 2012

“If you were waiting for those savings bonds to mature so you could get your hands on an Aston Martin One-77, we’re afraid we have some unfortunate news for you: they’re all gone.

According to the reports circulating the interwebs, all 77 examples of the range-topping, seven-figure Aston Martin supercar – complete with its specially-built 7.3-litre, 750-horsepower V12 engine and Canadian-built chassis have been spoken for. That’s after the last example was apparently sold since reports surfaced in February indicating there was still one left.

Don’t worry too much, though, as Aston should still have a few examples of its new top-of-the-line model up for grabs. Production of the V12 Zagato is pegged at 150 units – barely more than twice that of the One-77 – with a sticker price of £330,000 – roughly half a million dollars, or a quarter the price of the One-77. Of course if you’re hell-bent on spending over a million on a new supercar, there are some gentlemen in Modena and Molsheim who’d be glad to help you out.”

Source: Autoblog

BRZ Arrives in Canada in June

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  • On 23, Apr 2012

“Subaru has gone ahead and priced the enthusiast-oriented BRZ for Canada this week. The 2+2 sports car will start at $27,295 with the six-speed manual gearbox. Opting for the two-pedal transmission (but c’mon, why would you?) will up the price of entry to $28,495. This “base” trim includes goodies like a Bluetooth connection for a phone and music streaming as well as HID headlights and a navigation system with a touchscreen.

A Sport-tech Package will be on offer as well, adding fog lights, Alcantara- and leather-festooned seats and dual-zone climate control. A smart key and push-button will mean users never have to fumble around with the key and the ignition, making for quick getaways. The Sport-tech Package-equipped BRZ will run $29,295 plus the requisite fees and taxes with the stick and $30,495 for the slushbox.

No stand-alone options were revealed at this time, but Subaru did promise the car will be at dealerships this June.

In contrast, the BRZ’s twin, the Scion FR-S, will be priced from $25,990, here in the Great White North, so the Subaru does command a $1,305 premium. It’s not yet clear what, if anything, buyers will get for the extra loonies, however.”

Source: Autoblog

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