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We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’. But this week it’s different… very different.
German luxury tuner DMC has refined the Maserati Gran Turismo, naming the project Sovrano 2011 and giving it an additional 150-hp and 60 lb-ft of torque. The extra power comes thanks to a supercharger mated to the 4.7L V8, bringing peak horsepower to 590-hp and torque to 348 lb-ft.
DMC didn’t stop there though, spicing up the exterior of the Maserati with a new aggressive front bumper, front lip, and additional air inlets and outlets on the hood to cool off the supercharged V8. The side skirts receive a Lambo-esque theme while the rear gets a sporty new rear diffuser and trunk spoiler. All of the body components are manufactured in high quality, lightweight carbon fiber.
DMC is also pushing their new line of wheels featuring a concave design in a staggered 20-inch pairing in the front and 21-inch pairing in the rear. DMC also lowered the Gran Turismo by 1.2-inch, giving it a slightly more aggressive stance.
Finishing off the project are interior modifications featuring high quality leather and contrasting stitching. Aluminum pedals and a sporty steering wheel are additional add-ons.
No pricing was announced from DMC.
GALLERY: DMC Sovrano 2011 Maserati GT
The story of John Z. DeLorean reads like a movie script, and that is probably why Hollywood is looking to make a movie about it.
The man behind such greats as the original Pontiac GTO and the Firebird, went on to make his own car, and with a little help from Government funding, started the factory in Northern Ireland of all places.
However, money was still tight and to raise capital for his struggling car company, DeLorean was caught in a drug trafficking scandal, from which he was later acquitted.
Despite the troubles, the DMC-12 did go into production, and also became the star of one of the biggest movie franchises ever, the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
Now it looks like a movie on the life and times of Mr. DeLorean are in the works. According to Forbes magazine, the movie idea has been kicking around since 1997, but now it seems to be picking up speed. Stephen Wynne, the current boss of DeLorean Motor Company (which is now based out of Texas), has hinted talks with none other than George Clooney to play the lead role. A big name like Clooney would certainly help move the project along, and he does also have more than a glancing resemblance to Mr. DeLorean.
Everything seems to still be in speculation stage at the moment, but lets hope this story makes it to the big screen in the near future.
Ever heard of DMC? Neither have we, but the tuner of high-priced exotics has just released a styling kit for the ever-popular Lamborghini Murciélago and has named it, Quattro Veloce.
Starting with the aesthetics, the body is refitted with lightweight carbon fiber which includes a carbon fiber spoiler, hood, side vents and rear diffuser. Then it’s almost impossible to miss the white carbon fiber wheels, a world’s first. Given that carbon fiber has just recently shown up on wheels, it’s no surprise that color variants are on the horizon.
On the inside, DMC went the luxurious route of ostrich hide for re-upholstering the headrests, while various areas of the cabin receives ostrich-style cow hide for durability.
The car continues to be powered by the factory 6.5L V12, pumping out 670 adrenaline-inducing horsepower with over 485 ft-lbs of torque. DMC tosses in a custom red carbon fiber cage surrounding the heart of the bull.
So you have to be asking, what’s the price tag on this premium luxury kit? Well for starters, there is going to be a very strict limited edition of 40. And you better believe when DMC says 40, they absolutely mean 40. For close to $75,000 you will have the kit installed by DMC themselves, transporting your car to and from Dusseldorf. If you want the leather overhaul, carbon fiber seats and wheels, be prepared to fork over $124,000 or so. Forgo the installation by DMC themselves and save yourself $25,000.
Lining up yet?
GALLERY: DMC Lamborghini Murcielago Quattro Veloce
[Source: JamesList Blog]
Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels program donated $50,000 to the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hopsital of Michigan. The Hyundai Hope on Wheels Tour traveled across the nation and raised more than $1.3 million for pediatric cancer research, and the DMC Children’s Hospital as the final stop.
The $50,000 donation will fund research by the hospital’s pediactric neuro-oncologist Dr. Maxim Y. Yankelevich in developing new immunotherapy programs for children with brain tumors.
“Hyundai and its dealers have been committed to supporting the children, families and doctors battling childhood cancer for more than ten years,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Even in the face of tough economic times for our industry, we will not waver in our commitment to supporting the medical research and training that will produce better treatments, therapies, and one day, a cure.”
Cancer patients from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan had their handprints added to the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Santa Fe, joining the colorful handprints of children from across the country. Once the handprints were added, the car was moved to Hyundai’s display at the North American International Auto Show.
For more information on the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program, visit: www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org.
Gallery: Hyundai Hope on Wheels Santa Fe
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