Dodge Avenger rally car unveiled

To celebrate Mopar's tie-up with Magneti Marelli, Dodge has unveiled an Avenger rally car. Essentially a one-off concept, the car has a Brilliant Black exterior with a massive rear spoiler, a lowered sport suspension (which reduces the ride height by approximately 1.5 inches) and 18-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires. Inside, the stripped-out cabin features carbon fiber door panels, a fully programmable instrument cluster, OMP racing seats, an eight-point roll cage, and a fire extinguisher to prevent those unfortunate parade incidents. Under the hood, power is provided by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that has been outfitted with a cold-air intake and a high performance Exhaust system. This enables the engine to produce 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS) instead of the usual 283 hp (211 kW / 287 PS). According to Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, "Our companies worked closely together to bring this vehicle to life in a joint build that utilizes proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories from Mopar and Magneti Marelli. We will gauge reaction to this vehicle and determine which parts will go into production."

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Lexus LF-Gh revealed
Several new images and this video of the Lexus LF-Gh concept car made their way through the internets today following a release by the automaker. The car, teased earlier this month by, is set to debut at the New York Auto Show next week. A precursor to the 2012 GS, the Lexus Future Grand touring Hybrid (LF-Gh) is reportedly 4890mm in length by 1870mm wide, making it 40mm x 50mm larger than the GS. The concept is also said to be 1450mm in height, meaning it is another 20mm taller than the car it is replacing. As we previously reported, the LF-Gh will feature LED headlights, unique tail lighting and a large grille. It is also expected to get a new set of side sills and a rear diffuser. The rear-wheel drive four-seater will debut on April 19 in New York. You can find out more about the car in the press release below. High-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111041231369/lexus-lf-gh-images-dropped-ahead-o f-new-york-show





Range Rover Spirito DiVino -- an SUV with an embedded wine bar
Here is the Range Rover Spirito DiVino (a pun which means both 'divine' and 'of wine'), and SUV with an embedded wine bar which Range Rover brought to the Verona Vinitaly 2011 wine even last weekend. The 313 PS (230 kW / 309 bhp) Range Rover Vogue SE 4.4 TD V8 is fitted with two refrigerated cabinets installed in the rear luggage compartment which can store up to 12 bottles of wine. The Range Rover DiVino's refrigeration unit can be recharged via a dedicated solar panel or by a power cord plugged into an external outlet. There is also a set of wine glasses and the exterior finish stays with the wine theme with the appropriate wine-colored body. The creation is a partnership between Land Rover Italia, Aznom and the wine publication Spirito DiVino.





2012 Chevrolet Malibu teaser
Here is some more teaser material from GM on the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. This time it's a video and we get to see a camouflaged Malibu sitting idly by while spy photographer Jim Dunne explains the tactics of his trade. It seems, though, that Chevy has no problem with spy photographers for this next-generation Malibu and will take all the attention it can get for the new mid-sized model. Co-opting a spy photographer to appear in your video is a clever move but the Malibu better measure up against the competition, models such as the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry, when it comes out. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be unveiled at the Auto Shanghai motor show next week and at the New York auto show a couple of days later. The model goes into production in January 2012 with sales starting later that year.





2012 Audi Q3 - First look
Audi has officially unveiled the Q3, ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show. Featuring a "coupe-like" design, the crossover is unmistakably Audi as it boasts a single-frame grille, a sloping roofline and a wraparound tailgate that mimics the Q5 and Q7. In terms of size, the Q3 measures 4.39 meters (14.4 ft) long, 1.83 meters (6.0 ft) wide, and 1.60 meters (5.25 ft) tall.




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