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You Know You Want One
Your grip on the steering wheel tightens. Your eyes fixate on the yellow line. Your brain screams about the trees just beyond the shoulder. Wait for it… wait for it… ok, NOW! You pounce on the clutch as your right foot stabs the accelerator. A wrist-flick completes the downshift. Feather the brake, turn into the corner and scrub off some speed; the radius decreases slightly. You nail the apex, tires howling like a bloodhound on the trail. You roll back on the throttle for a speedy exit and dive into the next corner.
The Sport will replace the current “S” model in their line-up, and will be offered with a choice of two gearboxes, a six-speed F1-style sequential gearbox or the six-speed automatic. Sadly, no proper manual gearbox is offered. To put the smile back on your face, you will get a tweaked version of the 4.7-liter, V8 that now produces 454-hp. Maserati reckons it will sprint from 0-60 mph in under 5.0-seconds (official figures to be unveiled at the show).
To distinguish the Sport from the old “S” model, this model now gets a revised front bumper, and as with many luxury car these days, LED’s have also snuck their way into the headlights. No pricing has been announced thus far, but expect it to be between the regular Gran Turismo and the top of the line MC Stradale version.
GALLERY: Maserati Gran Turismo Sport
Two weeks ago, Kia officially confirmed that it would unveil a rear-wheel drive four-door sports sedan at this month’s Frankfurt auto show.
Today, sources have revealed that Kia may call the sporty sedan, the Veredus. Kia has filed for a trademark on the Veredus name, and sources have also explained that the concept is the only vehicle in the company’s short-term product plan without a name.
The concept has sleek and muscular proportions, and will likely slide in between the Hyundai Genesis and Equus in terms of size. Kia’s future product plans also include an electric vehicle and a sedan based off the forthcoming Hyundai Azera.
GALLERY: Kia Veredus
[Source: Car and Driver]
Subaru of American announced today, that its highly-anticipated 2012 Impreza will start at just $17,495. At that price, customers will get the base model 4-door 2.0-liter with a five speed manual transmission.
Impressively, the car’s starting price remains the same as last year’s model. The base model equipped with a CVT transmission will carry a $1,000 premium. The five door model with a five speed with cost $17,995 or $18,995 for the CVT model.
The Impreza will also be offered in 2.0i Premium, Sport Premium and Limited models. The 4-door 2.0i Premium will cost $18,795, with the five door Premium starting at $19,295. The 2.0i Limited 4-door will cost $21,595 and $22,095 for the 5-door. Lastly, the Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium will start at $20,295 and is only offered in the 5-door body style.
The 2012 Impreza has a few changes from last year including the all-new148-hp 2.0-liter Boxer engine, that achieves 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The 2012 Impreza will hit dealerships in November 2011.
After a 27 year absence, Fiat has had a very successful launch in North America. Currently, the 500 is available in three trim levels, but the model range is set to expand next year with the introduction of the sporty Abarth version and an all-electric 500. Fiat will also launch a fifth vehicle in 2013, a four-door, five-seat, taller subcompact. This vehicle will be built on a larger platform but will still use the 500 in its nameplate. It will be marketed as a more family-oriented car within the Fiat lineup.
The 500 Abarth will use an imported version of the 1.4-liter engine equipped with a turbocharger producing 160-hp. The Abarth will also have a stiffer suspension, wider tires and a tweaked exterior and interior design. Fiat feels this vehicle will be a serious competitor to the Mini Cooper S.
If you thought the BMW 1M was fast you haven’t seen anything yet. Germany’s Kelleners Sport has dubbed their high performance 1M, the KS1-S. The German company boosted the power from the stock 340-hp to 410-hp achieving this by lowering the weight to power ratio and improving air flow, and adding choice modifications like an exhaust system and revised front grille.
The KS1-S also features adjustable coil-overs and a custom aerodynamic body that gives the best down force possible cutting down on wind resistance. The BMW is also fitted with a spoiler and steel front grille inserts. Racing stripes also add to the exterior look.
On the inside, a mix of black and white leather with Alcantara covering the seats, dash and door panels. There is also contrast stitching, aluminium pedals, and an upgraded steering wheel finish the look.
The KS1-1 sits on super light weight 9 x 20′s in the front and 10 x 20′s in the rear wrapped in high performance tires.
Gallery: Kelleners Sport BMW 1M
[Source: egm car tech]
Mitsubishi is investing heavily in the plug-in hybrid craze with reports coming out that their 2009 Tokyo Motor Show concept Outlander Sport plug-in hybrid will make its way to North American markets by 2013. The hybrid crossover is being promoted by Mitsubishi as being environmental with on-road performance thanks to its electric powertrain combined with a 1.6L gasoline four-cylinder.
If the Outlander Sport plug-in hybrid does arrive in the United States by 2013, it’ll be Mitsubishi’s second electric offering with the 2012 i-MiEV hatchback already on sale.
Mitsubishi doesn’t plan on stopping the EV rollout then either, with plans for eight total electric/hybrid vehicles to launch globally before 2015.
[Source: Ward's Auto]