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 |  May 22 2014, 10:32 AM

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Top 10 Worst Vehicle Nicknames

Like ‘em or not, nicknames are a way of life. Perhaps you were called four eyes as a child because of your glasses. If your teeth were bedazzled with braces train tracks may have been a more appropriate term of endearment.

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 |  Jun 27 2013, 7:02 PM

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Based on the Chevrolet Camaro, the Trans Am Depot is adding yet another custom vehicle to its lineup, the 2014 GTO Judge.

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 |  Mar 31 2012, 3:01 PM

To the person (or persons) holding the golden ticket to the $640 million Megamillions Lottery jackpot: here’s a way for you to spend the money.

Last month, a special Ferrari 250 GTO sold for a record $31.8 million US dollars, making it the most valuable Ferrari in the world. Now, imagine a parade full of valuable classic Ferrari GTOs traveling at speed in two lane back roads.

The following video beautifully captures the sights and sounds as a convoy of fire breathing Italian red heads travel along to the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. What’s more, feast your eyes on other rare metals present at the venue as well.

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 |  Dec 23 2011, 8:45 PM

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Having just 158-miles on the odometer, this 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge hasn’t a single flaw and with an asking price of just $49,900, we can’t even complain about its price.

The numbers-matching GTO Judge was restored to better than showroom condition and was expertly detailed with a Judge stripe package – which can be removed if the buyer wants a pure OEM look. The 1970 GTO has an original WS 400 powerplant that has been rebuilt to Ram Air III specifications. That means it now packs 365-hp and 455 lb-ft of torque out of its fully-tuned V8. It has even turned the quarter mile in a respectable 14.60-seconds at 99.55-mph – though we feel like it has a bit more in it than that.

The restoration process was as thorough as it could get, with the car’s body having been stripped down to bare metal and made as smooth as possible. It was then blasted with a coat of Pontiac Orbit Orange, clear coated, buffed and shined to near flawless condition. Judge graphics are located throughout the classic, while the interior has also been completely redone with black vinyl.

Check out a video of the GTO Judge after the break.

GALLERY: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

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[Source: RK Motors]

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 |  Dec 19 2011, 9:15 AM

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Dutch car maker Donkervoort has finally revealed its D8 GTO production vehicle, the next generation of open sports car, which was based on the original Lotus Seven. After two and a half years of development and collaboration with Audi Quattro GmbH, the D8 GTO’s production will start in 2012 and expected to be on European roads by 2013.

Powering the D8 GTO will be Audi’s 2.5L TFSI, five-cylinder powerplant with 340-hp with the potential of hitting 400-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with the push of a button. Combine that with a weight just shy of 1,550-lbs and Donkervoort clearly has a fun car on their hands.

The first 25 specially designed GTOs will feature a lighter version of the 2.5L TFSI, about 66-lbs lighter thanks to Donkervoort and Audi redesigning several accessory parts of the motor. Donkervoort and Audi also incorporated a new intake manifold design on the vehicle. As mentioned before, a special race module switch will enable the vehicle’s performance to go from 340-hp to 400-hp. It is not known what powerplant will come on the GTO after the first 25 are gone with Audi’s engine.

Pricing will range from $130,250 to $195,375 excluding taxes.

GALLERY: Donkervoort D8 GTO

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 |  Jul 27 2011, 9:40 AM

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Dante Rubli is an artist based out of Bern, Switzerland and has been producing various works of art for over 25 years. His Iconic Sports Car series features sculptures of an Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and will soon also include the Ferrari 250 GTO, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. Each vehicle in the Iconic Sports Car series comes in three different scales with the option of traditional gold, white gold, silver, and other luxury finishes available.

For the reveal of the Ferrari 250 GTO, a 24-karat gold sculpture will sit alongside a special display of the rare Ferrari 250 GTOs left in the world. Dante Rubli stated in the press release that Ferrari’s 250 GTO is his favorite car of all time and that he is looking forward to the celebration of the 250 GTO and the collection of cars that will be in attendance.

We’re sure he’s also ooking forward to selling quite a few of the limited edition pieces of art to the collected owners at Pebble Beach.

GALLERY: Dante Rubli’s 24-Karat Gold Ferrari 250 GTO Sculpture

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 |  Jul 13 2011, 11:15 AM

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Want a free ride? Raybestos has built one serious 1964 Pontiac GTO, sporting 700-hp and hitting 128-mph down the quarter mile on street legal tires. The one-of-a-kind barely street legal custom was fabricated to look amazing and haul ass. The result speaks for itself, and now Raybestos is handing over the keys to one lucky winner who enters the sweepstakes on their website from now until September 15th.

Also on the website are a ton of videos documenting and showcasing the brilliant minds behind the build. All of the progress of the ’64 GTO is complemented by commentary from build partners and performance parts suppliers. You’ll also get a chance to watch the barely street legal Goat get driven down the quarter mile by NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican at Great Lakes Dragway in Wisconsin.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to www.raybestosgarage.com and enter today.

 |  May 15 2011, 1:23 PM

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As Bentley‘s new 2011 Continental starts to hit the streets, aftermarket companies are starting to release even more modifications for the current model in the hopes that owners will look to invest in their current car rather than buy a new one. One such tuner is Onyx, which has just announced an update to its GTO Package promising a horsepower bump to 660-hp (over the factory 550-hp) while freshening up the aesthetics to rival the 2012 Continental facelift.

The new GTO kit comes with a new front bumper, fully equipped with carbon inserts and LED daytime running lights. The lower front splitter is also constructed from high quality carbon fiber. There’s a slight widebody added with arches over the wheel wells that flow with the new side skirts. In the back is a modified rear bumper, carbon diffuser and carbon trunk spoiler.

No details were mentioned on how Onyx raised power output to 660-hp, but suspension upgrades and a set of 22-inch wheels are also part of the package. For the interior, bespoke buffalo hide leather can be found contrasting with carbon trim pieces.

GALLERY: ONYX Bentley Continental GTO

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 |  May 09 2011, 5:10 PM

Trans Am Depot is outfitting the new Camaro with a Pontiac conversion kit, turning the Camaro into the a modern GTO Judge. Trans Am Depot’s work is called the “6T9 Goat” because of messy copyright issues. The car will come with a bespoke front end with its own split grille as well as a revised hood with air scoops, a new tail lamp, a restyled trunk with a small rear wing, quad tail pipes, and new alloy rims complete the look. This kit car may not appeal to everyone however if you are a fan of the 1969 GTO Judge, a modern day version of the car will soon be available.

[Source: Top Speed]