2013 SRT Viper is Still Mean, Now Beautiful Too: 2012 NY Auto Show

If there’s one car that we’ve been looking forward to seeing at this year’s New York Auto Show, more than any other, it’s the next generation Viper. Very nearly sold off during Chrysler‘s turbulent years under Cerberus, like any great icon, it managed to endure. 

Not only that, but even before the last fourth generation SRT 10 examples were rolling out the door, a plan was underway to introduce a new one; an American super car re-imagined for the 21st century. Now it’s been revealed to the world for the first time.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology Brand perhaps summed it up best. “Beyond being the flagship for the new SRT brand, the launch of the 2013 Viper proves that we simply would not let the performance icon of the Chrysler Group die,” he said to raucous reception. Indeed.

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2013 BMW M6 Cabriolet Breaks Cover: 2012 New York Auto Show

BMW clearly has a bit of an open air theme at this year’s New York Auto Show. Call it spring fever (the buds are already blooming in Manhattan as I write), or call it simply a more relaxed approach, it’s definitely about going topless.

Besides recently announcing the i8 Spyder, the Munich based automaker has just unveiled a drop top version of the M6, (shown in coupe form in Geneva last month). In terms of specs, the roofless version essentially mirrors its tin top counterpart.

It’s got the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood, cranking out 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, it’s got the 7-speed dual clutch transmission with Drive Logic and an active rear differential that can automatically adjust from fully open to fully locked, enabling the back tires to provide the maximum amount of traction depending on the road conditions.

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2013 BMW X1 Finally Arrives in America: 2012 New York Auto Show

Details were leaked on it yesterday, ahead of the official debut. However, now that the BMW X1 has been revealed in US specification, we’ve finally got the chance to have a good look at it during the car’s official debut at the New York Auto Show.

More aggressive looking than its slightly bigger brother, the X3, BMW’s latest compact crossover has already been on sale in Europe and Canada, but 2013 marks the first time buyers will be able to snap one up in the US. For the 2013 model year, the X1 has been given a mild facelift with revised headlight housings and upgraded interior materials, including helpings of electroplated trim on the console and shifter.

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2013 Dodge Dart Officially Revealed: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Replacing the now almost invisible Caliber, the 2013 Dart is the car Dodge hopes will reinvigorate its presence in the compact segment. At the 2012 North American International Auto Show, Dodge Brand CEO Reid Bigland unveiled the highly anticipated Dart to a captive audience.

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Audi A6 Diesel, A6 and A8 Hybrids Models to Get Delayed U.S. Launch

As part of it’s response to meet tougher Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets, Audi of America, logically is looking to diesels, at least in the short term to improve its overall fleet mileage.

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Mazda CX-5 Revealed, Official Production Specs: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show [video]

At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Mazda has revealed the production version of its new CX-5 compact crossover. Slated to go on sale in European and North America next year, it represents a new direction, in terms of styling and also engineering for the Hiroshima, Japan based automaker.

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