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TORRANCE, California — The Toyota Venza SportLux from Street Image is intended to showcase the performance potential of the Japanese automaker's new crossover vehicle. It's headed for the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas next month.
The Venza SportLux was envisioned as a potential factory tuner model, with an aero body kit, interior modifications and additional performance hardware.
Exterior add-ons include a six-piece lip spoiler, a rear hatch spoiler, a custom grille and an integrated hood scoop. The SportLux rides on 24-inch Toyo Proxes 4 performance tires mounted on Chrome Cognac No. 20 wheels.
Chassis enhancements include TRD brakes with forged calipers as well as a height-adjustable coil-over tuned suspension. Street Image has fitted a TRD Supercharger, high-pressure radiator cap and oil filler cap, as well as a cold-air intake system, heavy-duty battery and dual center-exit stainless steel Exhaust system.
Seats are upholstered in black and burgundy leather, with black suede accents. The Eclipse in-vehicle entertainment system includes 1,000- and 1,500-watt amplifiers and an in-dash navigation unit.
2008 SEMA: Dodge Challenger Convertible
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HIGH SPRINGS, Florida — Dodge has no plans to offer a Challenger
convertible, which provides Coach Builders Ltd. an open shot at muscle car
enthusiasts looking for an alternative to the popular Ford Mustang drop top. Now in final
preparations for its official debut at the upcoming 2008 SEMA Show, the
Coach Builders Dodge Challenger convertible will be shown alongside the
company's Chrysler 300C and Cadillac CTS convertible conversions.
Coach Builders' Larry Moran told Inside Line that production of the
Challenger convertible will begin on November 15, and that the company is
"already taking deposits for getting a place in line." The Challenger
convertible conversion is priced at $16,000, Moran said. A 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 currently costs $41,695 including shipping charges and
gas-guzzler tax, so expect to pay nearly $58,000 for open-air Challenger
Moran also says that "custom interiors, performance options and wheels and
tires" will be offered, but the details "are not firmed up yet." The car
that will debut at SEMA was fortified with a Vortech Supercharger that bumps the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 to
560 horsepower and
510 pound-feet of torque. It rides slightly lower on a KW coil-over
suspension kit and 22-inch Foose Challenger wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.
The convertible conversion reinforces the Challenger with strut bars hidden
inside the trunk instead of a visible roll bar, and the acrylic polyester
cloth hydraulic top is padded between the structure and the exterior fabric
for sound and temperature insulation. A heated glass rear window and
matching fabric headliner are also included.
2008 SEMA: Hyundai Genesis Black Camo Coup
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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — The wraps have been taken off the latest
customized 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, revealing a menacing black
camouflage exterior, an APR rear wing and tinted taillights. The Genesis
coupe was tuned by Street Concepts and will make its sizzling 2008 SEMA
Show debut on November 4.
Hyundai confirmed in a statement that it will show off three modified
Genesis Coupes at the upcoming SEMA show. This latest version underscores
the Korean automaker's commitment to beefing up its performance-car
credibility. In early September, Hyundai said HKS USA will create a Genesis
Coupe 2.0t for SEMA.
Hyundai says the camo-swathed iteration of the Genesis Coupe was inspired
by the stealth fighter jet. The package also features a custom grille
design, Volk 19-inch racing wheels, performance tires, a modified
suspension and Brembo brakes. The 3.8-liter V6 engine, with an estimated
has been tweaked with a Magnaflow cat-back Exhaust and a cold air intake system.
Interior touches include carbon-fiber dashboard trim, a custom Infinity
audio system, Cobra seats and black suede accents.
Earlier, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe was expected to be delivered to dealers
in early February. But in Wednesday's press release about the Street
Concepts Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the automaker said the "production model
arrives in spring of 2009." The horsepower numbers on the
Genesis Coupe also appear to have been readjusted. Hyundai previously said
the V6 engine would deliver 310 horsepower and that the
standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline
four-cylinder engine would deliver 223 hp. In its latest missive, it says
the four-cylinder will deliver 210 hp.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Unleashed @ 2008 SEMA
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LAS VEGAS — Ford gave journalists an early look today at the F-150 SVT
Raptor, a high-performance off-road truck that will make its world debut at
the 2008 SEMA Show.
Designed for hard-core off-road use, the F-150 SVT Raptor gets a long list
of suspension upgrades along with unique bodywork and an optional 6.2-liter
V8 engine. The Raptor is the first application of the new 6.2-liter V8 and
although its specifications haven't been finalized, Ford officials said to
expect around 400 horsepower and 400
pound-feet of torque.
A 5.4-liter 3-valve V8 is the standard engine. Both engines are backed by a
six-speed automatic transmission. All Raptors will come standard with
four-wheel drive and a locking rear differential.
Suspension upgrades include new upper and lower A-arms up front, retuned
leaf springs in back and a set of race-quality Fox Racing Shox that combine
to allow up to 11.2 inches of travel up front and 13.4 inches in back.
The track is 7 inches wider than a standard F-150, so the Raptor also gets
wider front and rear fenders along with longer half-shafts and a revised
tie rod to maintain proper suspension geometry. The standard 17-inch wheels
are cast aluminum while the specially designed BFGoodrich tires measure
The interior features bucket seats with additional side bolstering,
metallic door trim, a unique SVT instrument panel and a set of
console-mounted auxiliary switches for owner-installed accessories.
Ford officials said they expect to begin production of the F-150 SVT Raptor
in the summer of 2009.
Honda Civic Hybrid vs. Honda Fit Sport Comparo
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They're not fast, they don't corner hard and they're certainly not the most
pulse-quickening cars we've ever tested at Inside Line. But if
fuel-efficiency and utility are priority items in your next car purchase,
then the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and 2009 Honda Fit Sport are unbelievable
Combining economic operation and utility like few other cars sold today,
either of these Hondas is a responsible choice for the buyer looking to
save fuel, minimize emissions and haul the family. Each has its own unique
qualities — important distinctions that can't be overlooked.
The question, then, is which is the better car? To figure it out, for two
weeks we used the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and the 2009 Honda Fit as they're
designed to be used. We drove them to work, loaded our families in them,
packed our groceries in them and took them to the track to measure their
performance. We argued the merits of the Civic's superb fuel economy vs.
the Fit's exceptional utility.
In doing so, we designed this test to suit the priorities of a buyer
looking for reasonably priced utilitarian transportation. Accordingly, fuel
economy and price make up the majority of each car's total score at 25
percent each. Performance, feature content and our 29-point evaluation
score make up 15 percent each, while editors' personal and recommended
picks combine for the remaining 5 percent.
2014 Toyota Venza 0-60 MPH Review: Drive vs Sport Mode
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Toyota Venza is a roomy family hauler.
Think of it as a station wagon Camry. But is it fast, is not a question
that most people would ask of the 2014 Toyota Venza. However in another
accurate, fun and informative TFLcar Review Nathan and Roman find out if
the 2014 Toyota Venza is faster
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SEMA: Alpine Mercedes R 500
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Brent from Alpine Electronics shows off the fully custom Mercedes-Benz R
500, complete with motorized doors and spinning amplifier array that
appears from the rear logo.
2009 Toyota Venza Review - Kelley Blue Book
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2009 Toyota Venza. Larger than a Camry but still smaller than the RAV4, the
Toyota Venza features a handy rear hatch, a convenient step-in ride height
and decent highway fuel economy. Although Toyota doesnt label it as such,
we like to think of the Venza as a fresh take on the station-wagon,
offering everything we loved in wagons of yore but in an updated, sleek,
crossover design. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news
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Crash Test 2009 Toyota Venza / Toyota Mark X Zio (Frontal Impact) IIHS
2009 Top Safety Pick 2009 Toyota Venza: good performance in front, side,
and rear tests and standard electronic stability control
FRONTAL OFFSET TEST
OVERALL EVALUATION: Good
Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Good Acceptable Good Good Good Good
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles
of similar weight.
The Toyota Venza was introduced in the 2009 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During
rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs
indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this
severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the
steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be
possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.
DRIVE Toyota Venza
Is it a tall Camry wagon? A crossover? Does it matter? For those who
need to haul a family, the Venza gets the job done.
2011 Toyota Venza Review - LotPro
A review of the 2011 Toyota Venza from a consumers perspective. LotPro's
Editor of Automotive Content, Steve Cypher test drives and reviews the new
2011 Toyota Venza. Please visit http://www.LotProVideo.com for more
information and news.
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