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Filed under: Aftermarket, Coupe, Europe, Chevrolet

7fcd7f80a4ette 1.jpg Romeo Ferraris leaves Italy, comes back with a 667 hp carbon fiber Corvette

Supercharged Corvette Z06 by Romeo Ferraris – Click above for high-res image gallery

Think of the words Romeo and Ferraris and you’re bound to think of Italian cars, right? Maybe so, but the two together form the name of an Italian tuning house. And while many of their subjects have been Italian themselves, Romeo Ferraris has been scoping out foreign territory as well.

19d3b2b00aette 2.jpg Romeo Ferraris leaves Italy, comes back with a 667 hp carbon fiber CorvetteThe latest is the Corvette Z06. And why shouldn’t it be? The ‘Vette has a long history of customization at Italian hands. But those have mostly been cosmetic coachbuilding jobs. This is another story altogether.

RF has taken the Z06 and fitted a supercharger to the 7.0-liter LS7 V8. The result? 667 horsepower and 607 lb-ft of twist. The centrifugal compressor, aluminum intercooler, high-flow injectors and custom exhaust help it get to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds and up to 211 mph – assuming you can get all that power down – while 380mm/6-pot brakes up front and 345/4-pot brakes out back help it come back to a stop.

A series of exterior and interior cosmetic modifications have also been carried out, including what appears to be a bare carbon fiber reskin, putting Romeo Ferraris’ Z06 toe to toe with Chevy’s own factory ZR1 in more ways than one.

Source: WorldCarsNews.it via World Car Fans

Romeo Ferraris leaves Italy, comes back with a 667-hp carbon fiber Corvette originally appeared on WorldCarsNews on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Sedan, Europe, Chrysler, Fiat, Rumormill, Lancia

9945c29f85er 200.jpg Chrysler 200 to spawn European Lancia model?

2011 Chrysler 200 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumor has it that Fiat is looking to push the Chrysler 200 into a handful of markets around the globe. According to Automotive News, the Italian automaker has its sight set on reworking the car into Lancia and introducing it in mainland Europe. At the same time, the standard Chrysler 200 may debut in the UK and Ireland. Interestingly enough, Fiat isn’t mulling the move because it thinks that the 200 can go head to head with the rest of the small car. Instead, the company is hoping to bolster its fleet sales in various European markets.

That’s not to say that the deal is set in stone at this point. The Chrysler 200 has a major chink in its armor when it comes to doing battle in Europe – it doesn’t come with a diesel option. With only two gasoline engine options, Fiat would have to source its own oil-burning powerplant to make the ploy work. Throw in the fact that the car is set to be replaced in three years and the likelihood of seeing the 200 in Europe is slimmer yet. Still, the company says that it’s currently looking at the numbers to see if there’s a solid business case for the move.

Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req’d via Carscoop

Chrysler 200 to spawn European Lancia model? originally appeared on WorldCarsNews on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Etc., Marketing/Advertising, Hatchback, Nissan, Event Alert, Electric

e2dc4b2fbf2011fd.jpg Want to test drive a Nissan Leaf? Live in Southern California?

2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan is running around the country to promote its all-electric Leaf. The Drive Electric tour has already had two stops in California – the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica and the Orange County Auto Show in Anaheim – and a third one is planned for this coming weekend. SoCal residents, this is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2011 Nissan Leaf and see what it’s like to drive a full-size electric vehicle.

The San Diego stop of the Drive Electric tour is located at the NTC Promenade. The event kicks off today and will be open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The EVs will be in San Diego through Sunday, October 17th.

Interested in attending this weekend’s EV fun? Head over to DriveNissanLeaf.com and register. If you don’t live in Southern California but want to the chance to drive a Leaf, take a look at the schedule to see if the Drive Electric tour is coming to a town near you.

Photos copyright (C)2010 Damon Lavrinc / AOL

Source: Nissan

Continue reading Want to test drive a Nissan Leaf? Live in Southern California?

Want to test drive a Nissan Leaf? Live in Southern California? originally appeared on WorldCarsNews on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Concept Cars, Classics, Coupe, Auctions, Jaguar

079ac597eapirana.jpg eBay Find of the Day: 67 Jaguar concept commissioned by newspaper from Bertone

1967 Jaguar Pirana concept by Bertone – Click above for image gallery

There once was a time when the press shaped the news, not just reported on it. When newspapers still had budgets that stretched as far as their print runs… budgets big enough to commission their own show cars. GQ recently reached into that history when it teamed up with Citro

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Filed under: Crossover, Subaru, Misc. Auto Shows

d4d59901e4ept630.jpg Subaru Forester S Edition concept points towards sporty new model for 2011

Subaru Forester S-Edition concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Sydney Motor Show doesn’t grab the full attention of the global media like Paris or Geneva, though this latest bit of news from Subaru certainly piques our interest. We had heard rumblings of a more potent Subaru crossover before, and now this, the Forester S-Edition concept, previews what the automaker says is “an exciting development in our Forester range” set to debut early next year.

Subaru has boosted the Forester XT’s turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four up to 259 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque, gains of 32 and 20, respectively over the normal Australian model. That power runs through a five-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters (a proper stick-shift would be preferred, Subaru), and a new variable torque distributing all-wheel-drive system keeps things in check on the road. Other enhancements include a revised sport suspension, 17-inch STI wheels, Alcantara seat trim and S-Edition badging throughout.

Forester STI redux? Certainly sounds like it. Our only hope is that Subaru doesn’t make this hot new Forester a JDM-only affair. (Fingers crossed!) Hit the jump to read the full details in Subaru’s press release.

Source: Subaru

Continue reading Subaru Forester S-Edition concept points towards sporty new model for 2011

Subaru Forester S-Edition concept points towards sporty new model for 2011 originally appeared on WorldCarsNews on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Hybrid, SUV, Technology, Volkswagen, First Drive, Luxury

A Porsche Cayenne Hybrid For The People

53b1ccef1ed01opt.jpg First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Fuel economy is a funny thing. In Europe, better efficiency has always boiled down to two simple concepts: diesel fuel and turbos. But like the 35-year-old who won’t drink tequila because of a bad experience in college, American buyers’ stomachs start turning whenever manufacturers talk about oil-burners – clean or otherwise. That’s a problem for carmakers like Volkswagen. You see, the company can build an arsenal of clean diesel vehicles that have no problem turning out excellent fuel-economy numbers without the weight, complexity or burden of lugging around a partially electric drivetrain, but that doesn’t mean Americans will buy them. Nope. On this side of the pond, fuel efficiency translates into just one word: hybrid.

And that’s exactly why Volkswagen has taken to electrifying its beefy 2011 Touareg, the very first production hybrid in the company’s history. Volkswagen has made no secret of the fact that it plans to be the world’s number one automaker, and that part of its plan for global domination involves broadening its appeal in the still-juicy American market. If you were wondering exactly what that meant for the company’s lineup on our side of the world, wonder no more. We’re living in the future, and it’s a place stocked with a blazingly-quick, fully capable and quasi-efficient SUV from Germany with love.

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Photos copyright (C)2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

Continue reading First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid originally appeared on WorldCarsNews on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Performance, Videos, Hatchback, Ford

5f459d8799st 630.jpg Video: 2012 Ford Focus ST hits the road

2012 Ford Focus ST in action – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford has been so kind as to unleash a video of the Focus ST on the interwebs, giving us all our first glimpse at the hopped-up hatch on open pavement. Don’t expect any apex-clipping shots of the five-door going hard over through a set of twisties, though; this video is largely comprised of a lackadaisical romp through the countryside. That’s fine, though. Even without any 9/10ths driving action, the Focus ST still looks plenty lust-worthy from our point of view.

Of course, that probably has plenty to do with the fact that this is the first genuine sports-oriented version of the Focus we’ve even had a whiff of since the mighty Focus SVT went belly up back in 2004. But whereas the SVT brought a mere 170 horsepower to the table, the ST should boast a more heady 247 ponies and 266 lb-ft of torque from an EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-pot.

So long as Ford can slap a decent suspension and tolerable gearbox into the craft, there should be much to love when the car hits our shores in 2012. Hit the jump to have a look for yourself.

Source: YouTube

Continue reading Video: 2012 Ford Focus ST hits the road

Video: 2012 Ford Focus ST hits the road originally appeared on WorldCarsNews on Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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