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2015 Dodge Viper getting small increase in power

07/29/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Coupes, Sports/GTs, Dodge

2014 SRT Viper GTS

The Viper is used to being the most powerful car in the Dodge and SRT stables, but the arrival of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat means that's no longer the case. The serpentine supercar is, however, reportedly getting a small boost in output for 2015, amounting to all of five horsepower.

The increase was uncovered by Road & Track courtesy of the SAE J1349 certification process to which Detroit's Big Three automakers submit themselves and which reports the Viper's output at 645 hp instead of the 640 it was rated at until now. There are a hundred factors that could have contributed to the relatively mild boost in output (best guess? nothing at all changed...), but we doubt anyone's going to complain about some extra horses under the hood.

The five-horsepower boost brings the Viper that much closer to the 650-hp Chevy Corvette Z06, not to mention the 707-hp Hellcat, but the Viper's impressive power-to-weight ratio ought to mean it'll have little problem keeping up in a straight line - which is just one of the reasons why Chrysler won't shoe-horn the Hellcat into the Viper: as R&T points out, the supercharged engine is too heavy and the blower makes it too tall to fit in the Viper's engine bay.

Chrysler's big-bore V10 engine has come a long way from the 400 horsepower it produced back in 1992, increasing displacement by only 24.5 cubic inches but power by over 60 percent over the past 22 years.

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Pit Bull mod adds underhood snarl to F-150

05/09/2008   [Original: KPIX TV, via Autoblog]
Category: Etc., FPV

Pit Bull in engineDogs are common sights in the cabs of pickup trucks. Sometimes you'll see one riding back in the bed. But underhood? Not so common, but that's exactly what Walter Witthoef found in the engine bay of his F-150. There, head poking up behind the motor, was a growling but otherwise healthy pit bull. Somehow, the dog wound up stuck inside the engine compartment, where it whiled away the time by using the fuel lines, distributor wires, some hoses, and pretty much everything else within reach as chew toys. After her discovery, Animal Services arrived on scene and freed the pooch, who was reunited with her people the next day. Hopefully they'll be willing to pick up the $1,000 tab for the additional damage she allegedly caused to Mr. Witthoef's ride. Bad dog! No biscuits! Thanks for the tip, Ben.

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Saleen, Roush potential buyers for expandable Viper range

09/15/2008   [Original: Car and Driver via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Tuner Tuesdays, Sports/GTs, Supercars, Chrysler, Dodge, Earnings/Financials, Saleen, Roush

Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Viper ACR

While sales of the Dodge Viper may be down, Chrysler President Jim Press insists that buyers have been lining up to buy the entire operation. Among those potentially interested are American powerhouses Roush and Saleen. The latter, it's worth noting, is already involved in making the Viper, painting the cars off the assembly line. Whatever company ends up buying the Viper operation, Chrysler expects to make anywhere from $50 million to three times that before it vacates its Conner Avenue plant by the end of 2011, and has hired financial firm Lazard Limited to handle the sale.

Potentially of equal interest will be the opportunity, as Press sees it, to expand the Viper line-up. We're not sure what else you could make on the V10 sportscar platform, considering that convertible, coupe and hard-core track-day versions are already in line-up. But we'd sure be interested to find out.

Gallery: First Drive: 2008 Dodge Viper ACR

Gallery: In the Autoblog Garage: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10

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Video: NY neighbors turn out to mark passing of 30-year-old Honda Civic

08/07/2012   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Economy, Etc., Videos, Hatchbacks, Honda, AB-Post

30-year-old Honda Civic named 'Bluey' gets a funeral procession

Few cars get the eulogy they deserve after a life of serving us.

But one 1982 Honda Civic was put to rest last week in Inwood, NY, and got a junkyard sendoff worthy of a lifelong friend.

Riddled with rust, the battered and buckled Honda made its way in a New Orleans-style funeral under its own power along Seaman Avenue near 207th Street, where the car had called home for 30 years. Known as "Bluey" for its once sky blue exterior, the car's owner, Harry Ettling, said he was scrapping Bluey out of fear his feet would push through the floor. Of course, from the looks of it, you could push a finger through any of its quarter panels as well.

Through the years, Bluey survived a three-car accident in the '80s and then was flipped by rioters in Washington Heights in 1992. But Ettling always got his Civic up and running again and kept on driving her. In the end, the hatchback had 170,000 miles on its odometer - which may not impress some, but 170,000 New York City miles is like 500,000 country miles.

As the Civic was towed off, Ettling must have thought about all of the good times Bluey had delivered. When asked about getting a new car, Ettling thought it over. "I'm not getting a new car," Ettling told the New York Daily News. "I need time to heal."

Scroll down to check out the funeral procession (complete with band!) and see a second video interview with Bluey's owner.

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Watch Mitsubishi break the EV record at Pikes Peak

07/09/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Motorsports, Videos, Mitsubishi, Electric, Racing

Greg Tracy Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III Pikes Peak

Take a listen folks - you're hearing the eventual future of motorsports. This is Greg Tracy and the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III as they assault the treacherous course at Pikes Peak in just 9:08.188.

This run is significant for a number of reasons. As we recapped in our Pikes Peak finale post, Tracy's run was a mere two seconds off the best overall time at this year's event, snagging him and Mitsubishi second place overall, as well as first in the Electric Modified class and the fourth fastest time ever recorded. Perhaps more importantly, though, Tracy thoroughly trounced the previous EV record at Pikes Peak, beating the legendary Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima's 2013 best of 9:46.530.

It's an impressive feat, and now you can experience the whole run from as near a first-person viewpoint as you're going to get. Scroll down and have a look.

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First 100 vehicles announced for Forza Horizon 2

07/23/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Toys

Forza Horizon 2 Car List

With its September 30 release date just over two months away, Turn 10 Studios has slowly started releasing the car list for Forza Horizon 2, the sequel to 2012's Forza Horizon.

While the final list will be on the smaller side, with just over 200 vehicles, as per usual, those that were selected are decidedly different from your average sports car. We've included the entire list below, in the press release, but we thought you'd like to see some of the highlights right here.

First, there are a number of new entries to the Forza universe, led by the 1973 Renault Alpine A110 and the 1954 Jaguar XK120. Both of these sportsters should prove excellent companions on the scenic European roads of FH2. They're also joined by freshman entries like the 2013 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, as well as a few funkier and more interesting vehicles, like the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 and the venerable Willys MB.

As for the main, 100-car list, the vast majority are offered in Forza Motorsport 5, although for the first time, many are offered as standard rather than downloadable extras. Cars like the Audi RS2 Avant, Abarth Fiat 131, Jaguar D-Type and the Lotus Eleven are included as standard vehicles. They're joined by cars that originally launched with FM5, like the 1994 Mazda MX-5, 1997 BMW M3, and Audi R8 V10 plus.

Scroll below for the full volley of details on the initial 100 cars. Forza Horizon 2 will hit shelves on September 30, exclusively for gamers on the Xbox One.

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Mercedes reveals armored S600 Guard

08/06/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Mercedes Benz, Special/Limited Editions, Luxury

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard

It's not every day that Mercedes rolls out a new S-Class, but when it does, Benz usually makes the most of it. Since revealing the latest W222-generation model just last year, the Silver Star automaker has revealed a steady stream of variants, including sedans, coupes and AMG models. You can bet there will be more to come, including Pullman and Maybach versions to make Mercedes' flagship model even more luxurious, but for some buyers there can be no greater luxury than safety. And for just such buyers, Mercedes has now revealed the new S600 Guard.

Joining the E-Guard, M-Guard and G500 Guard, the new S600 Guard offers what Mercedes claims are unprecedented levels of ballistic protection. Rather than buying an existing S-Class and sending it for retrofitting, the German automaker fits it with components made of aramide, polyethylene and a special steel compound right on the assembly line. It also gets polycarbonate-coated glass and underbody reinforcement to make the S600 Guard the first vehicle to meet the top VR9 level of ballistic certification against firearms and explosives.

Despite all the modifications, the S600 Guard is said to be virtually indistinguishable from a standard S-Class, and provides the same level of comfort you'd expect from the flagship Mercedes. The cabin can be configured in either four- or five-seat layouts, and in addition to all the usual luxuries, Mercedes has equipped the S600 Guard with opaque roller blinds, opaque roller blinds, a panic alarm system, automatic fire suppression system, emergency fresh air system and beefed-up hydraulic power windows.

The S600 Guard is powered by the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 as the standard S600 with 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque channeled through a seven-speed automatic transmission. You can expect performance to be more lethargic due to the added weight, however, with the top speed electronically limited to 130 miles per hour. Mercedes also gives the armored sedan a recalibrated air suspension, larger brakes and Michelin PAX run-flat tires with tire pressure monitoring system.

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Photo Fun: Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring

07/06/2006   [Original: DaimlerChrysler via Autoblog]
Category: Wagons/Estates, Etc., Euro, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler

This dates back to February, so it's technically old news, but we never covered it here directly (our buds at Autoblog en Espanol, on the other hand, did).

How can we not take a moment to admire the oddity (for us North American folks, I mean) that is the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring? You all know from the 300 Touring: It's a Dodge Magnum with the Chrysler 300's face, sold exclusively in non-North American markets. (In fact, it's making its debut in Japan later this week.)

The SRT version drops in the 425-horse 6.1L HEMI and applies the sedan's visual panache to make one helluva swanky wagon. The SRT8 treatment on the Chrysler 300 gives it the look of a linebacker in a business suit -- elegance wrapped around muscle. On the flipside, the wonderfully evil-looking Magnum SRT8 looks like a linebacker on gameday -- all muscle, a head full of steam, and it wants to kick your candy ass. Fun!

The 300C SRT8 Touring will be built in Graz, Austria and should start becoming available in Europe sometime during the second half of 2006, which officially started last week. Any day now...

In the meantime, we can ogle the pretty pictures after the jump.

(Press release, pics after the jump)


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Press Release:

Chrysler Introduces High-performance 300C SRT8 Touring to Its International Lineup (Outside North America)

  • Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring powered by new 6.1-litre HEMI(R) V-8 engine to 425 horsepower (317 kW)
  • Power - 25 percent more - builds momentum for Chrysler 300C and HEMI(R) engine
  • Available in Europe and International markets starting in 2006

Geneva, Feb 23, 2006 -

Exactly a year since the Chrysler Group introduced the 425-horsepower (317 kW) Chrysler 300C SRT8 for Europe and other markets outside of North America at the 2005 Geneva Show, the Chrysler Group has confirmed that the versatile 300C Touring wagon will also be available as a high-performance SRT model.

Like the sedan, the new high-performance rear-wheel drive version of the already popular Chrysler 300C Touring arrives in international showrooms in the second half of 2006 and will be available in both left- and right-hand drive.

"The HEMI(R) is a critical ingredient to the success of the Chrysler 300C," said Dan Knott, Director - Street and Racing Technology (SRT), Chrysler Group. "With the two new Chrysler 300C SRT8 models, we are now adding even more horsepower to the HEMI(R) and even more performance to this charismatic Chrysler."

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring will be as sensational a drive as the sedan and the preliminary performance target is 0-100 km/h in the low five-sec. range. Top speed will be electronically limited to 270 km/h (168 mph).

"With the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring, we're delivering the ultimate performance wagon," said Thomas Hausch, Executive Director, International Sales and Marketing. "With its world-class handling, benchmark braking, functional exterior enhancements, race-inspired interior appointments, versatile cabin and load space and a jaw-dropping 425 horsepower (317 kW), we're sure this new model will capture driving enthusiasts in Europe and other international markets when it goes on sale later this year."

Hausch concluded, "The 300C family provides a unique proposition to European buyers by delivering expressive Chrysler design and, in SRT8 form, immense power - coupled with exceptional cargo volumes, thoughtful features like our unique access rear liftgate on the wagon, premium appointments and state-of-the-art technology."


The 317 kW (425 hp), normally aspirated 6.1-litre HEMI(R) engine is the highest specific-output engine ever offered by the Chrysler Group. Its 52.05 kW-per-litre rating exceeds even that of the legendary 1966 `Street HEMI.' Torque is rated at 569 No.m (420 lb.-ft.) at 4800 rpm.

Although the Chrysler HEMI(R) was born in the 1950s and entered into legend in the 1960s and '70s, today's version took much of its inspiration from the original - particularly the namesake hemispherical combustion chambers that provide power and efficiency.

When Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Team (SRT) set out to develop a more powerful HEMI(R) for the Chrysler 300C SRT8, they were mindful of the engine's heritage, which led to adopting traditional HEMI(R) engine cues such as an orange painted cylinder block and black valve covers.

The SRT powertrain engineers who developed the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring's engine achieved more horsepower by adding increasing capacity, increasing the compression ratio, redesigning the cylinder head intake and exhaust systems for increased flow, and increasing engine speed.

To get more displacement, SRT engineers bored out the diameter of the cylinders in the Chrysler 300C SRT8's HEMI(R) by 3.5 mm each, to increase the total displacement to 6.1-litres from 5.7-litres. Compression ratio was also increased to 10.3:1 from 9.6:1, unleashing more energy in the combustion process.

Engine breathing was increased with new high-flow cylinder heads, a specially designed intake manifold, and exhaust `headers' with individual tubes encased in a stainless steel shell, all unique to the new SRT8's 6.1-litre HEMI(R) engine. Larger diameter valves and reshaped cylinder ports in the heads allow for maximized air flow. The intake manifold was designed with larger diameter runners for higher-speed tuning. Exhaust is routed through a larger-diameter 70 mm (2.75 in.) exhaust system (up by 10 percent) with 90 mm (3.5 in.) chrome tail pipes.

Performance-oriented camshaft profiles were developed to balance total vehicle requirements, simultaneously allowing more air in and out of cylinders. This increases performance and manages a higher engine speed, which is another method to increase horsepower. SRT engineers increased the HEMI(R)'s peak engine speed to 5800 rpm from 5400 rpm. Intake and exhaust valve stems are hollow, and the exhaust valve stems are filled with sodium to help dissipate heat more efficiently.

The high-performance 6.1-litre HEMI(R) is further strengthened with a host of redesigned components, including a reinforced engine block with increased coolant flow, forged steel crankshaft, high-strength powdered-metal connecting rods, floating-pin pistons (cooled by oil squirters), and a sump modified to ensure reduced oil foaming.

In the 300C SRT8 Touring, the 6.1-litre HEMI(R)'s power is channeled through an W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission with specially calibrated AutoStick(R) driver-selectable range control, which offers fully automatic or sequential manual gear shifting. A heavy-duty four-flange prop shaft sends the torque from the transmission to an upgraded rear differential and axle.

Ride and Handling

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring's suspension and chassis are tuned for outstanding ride and handling across the broadest dynamic range that customers are likely to experience.

Chassis setup for the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring is aimed at all-round performance with a number of enhancements, including tuned Bilstein dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings and larger-diameter anti-roll bars. New front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height lowered 13 mm (0.5 in.) compared to the regular model. And, the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) has been specially tuned for the SRT8's performance handling characteristics.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring connects with the road via a new wheel and tyre assembly consisting of 20-inch aluminium SRT performance wheels.

Braking performance goes hand-in-hand with the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring's outstanding accelerating and speed - and the braking system was specially designed to slow and stop the car safely, predictably and with maximum stability. At the same time, this system was designed to provide benchmark braking performance, setting a new standard for wagons in its class.

Within each of the large diameter 20-inch wheels are high performance brake calipers developed by Brembo - well known in racing and high-performance circles - equipped with four pistons for unrivalled stopping performance. Up front, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring has 360 mm x 32 mm ventilated discs, with 350 mm x 28 mm ventilated discs at the rear.

Design and Amenities

Befitting its high-performance character, the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring exterior styling is a sophisticated treatment that resonates with the Chrysler brand's premium character.

Modified front and rear fascias help direct air flow, particularly through unique ducts that help cool the brakes. In addition, a specially designed rear deck spoiler, while refined in appearance, is also functional - increasing rear downforce by 39 percent without increasing drag.

Other unique touches to the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring's exterior include body-colour front and rear bumper inserts, body-colour grille insert with chrome collar, body colour mirrors and door handles, and unique SRT badging.

Two exterior colours are available: Bright Silver and Brilliant Black. The interior is offered in a Light Graystone/Dark Slate combination.

Standard interior features of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring include front seats equipped with heat and memory functions, clad with performance suede inserts that secure occupants during spirited driving. Other features include an adjustable pedal cluster; `technical' leather trim on the steering wheel, shifter and door pulls; and special finishing on interior trim such as on the centre stack. Full instrumentation includes a 290 km/h (180 mph) speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauges.

Versatility and Capacity with Extended Cargo Bay

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring wagon shares all the major attributes of its sedan sibling, but adds the customer benefit of a 630-litre load area which can be expanded to 1,602 litres with rear seats folded, plus easy access through the unique rear liftgate.

The body of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring shares the strong structure of the sedan, but has unique rear side panels, roof and rear liftgate. The steel liftgate is shaped like an inverted "L," and the hinges are set back over the load area so that the liftgate rises almost vertically and does not require the operator to step back from the vehicle. This unique liftgate architecture also allows for enhanced access to the rear cargo area. The liftgate, fitted with a two-speed wiper and wash system for additional customer convenience, can be unlocked using the button on the key fob and opened by the centrally mounted external handle.

Both the front and rear seats of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring are as spacious and comfortable as those of the Sedan - with near identical head, leg and shoulder room - but the trunk area is 25 percent larger than in the sedan when the rear seats are up. Within its competitive set, Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring offers exceptional minimum and maximum cargo volume - more than Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5-Series Touring and Saab 9-5 Estate.

The load area features a removable, rollaway tonneau cover, large storage bins in each side panel, four cargo tie-down loops and a 12-volt power outlet. The load floor has a removable tri-fold panel that weighs just 7.25 kg (16 lbs.) and can be partially or fully folded, or completely removed. When used, small items can be stored below this floor panel. When removed, the maximum available load height is increased by 102 mm (4.0 in.). An optional cargo-management system is available, which stores below the tri-fold panel. It includes a waterproof liner and folding divider with cargo retaining nets.

Additional cargo can be carried on the optional roof bars that come with two cross bars. Roof bar load capacity is 68 kg (150 lbs.).

Safety and Security Features

Following are safety and security features available on the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring:

  • Advanced multi-stage air bag system: Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact
  • Anti-lock brake system: Electronic sensors that help prevent wheel lockup. The standard ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC): This standard feature aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behaviour on various road surfaces
  • Energy-absorbing steering column: Manual-adjust telescoping steering column includes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other, which allows the column to move forward and provide more energy absorption during an impact
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting: This available feature provides 70 percent more light to increase driver visibility, using XENON bulb technology
  • Rear park assist: This available ultrasonic rear obstacle detection system signals through an audible warning and a rear overhead display to avoid potential collisions

Street and Racing Technology

The Street and Racing Technology team has created some of Chrysler Group's most distinctive, performance-oriented products. Currently the SRT line up encompasses eight models, each a performance leader in its class. The range is comprised of: Dodge Viper SRT10 (Coupe and Roadster), Dodge Caliber SRT4, Dodge Ram SRT10 (regular and Quad Cab), Dodge Magnum SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 (Coupe and Roadster), Chrysler 300C SRT8 (sedan and wagon) and Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee SRT8.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring will be built for European and other international markets at the Magna Steyr Manufacturing Facility in Graz, Austria, and will be available in the second half of 2006.


Based on new product offerings, Chrysler premium vehicles (comprised mainly of the Crossfire Coupe and Roadster, Sebring Sedan and Cabrio and 300C Sedan and Touring) increased year-over-year sales by 40 percent. Overall, Chrysler brand posted calendar-year sales of 85,347 units in markets outside of North America in 2005, an increase of three percent compared with 2004.

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring - Preliminary Technical Specifications

The information shown is based on data available at the time of publication (February 2006).

Body and Chassis

Five-seater, five-door wagon, with all-steel unitary body chassis. Rear-wheel drive via five-speed automatic transmission.



Type: Eight-cylinder, V-type, 90-degree, liquid-cooled with hemispherical combustion chambers within aluminium cylinder heads and Multi-Displacement System (MDS)

Capacity: 6059 cu. cm (370 cu. in.)

Maximum power: 317 kW (425 hp) @ 6200 rpm

Maximum torque: 569 No.m (419.67 lb.-ft.) @ 4800 rpm

Compression ratio: 10.3:1

Bore and stroke: 103.0 mm x 90.9 mm (4.055 x 3.58 in.)

Camshafts: Pushrod-operated OHV

Valve system: OHV, 16 valves, 2 valves per cylinder

Fuel system: Sequential, multi-port, electronic fuel injection

Materials: Cast iron, deep-skirt block with cast aluminium alloy heads featuring hemispherical combustion chambers

Maximum engine speed: 5800 rpm, electronically limited

Fuel recommendation: Premium Unleaded 91 RON

Emission controls: Close-coupled, 3-way catalyst with closed loop fuel control

Emission standards: EU4


5-speed Automatic W5A580

Description: NAG1 five-speed automatic - electronically controlled adaptive automatic transmission, brake/park safety interlock

Gear Ratios

1st 3.59:1

2nd 2.19:1

3rd 1.41:1

4th 1.00:1

5th 0.83:1

Reverse 3.16:1


Rear-wheel Drive: Two-piece driveshaft with subframe-mounted rear differential. Half shaft to each rear wheel fitted with two constant velocity universal joints.

Suspension and Damping

Front Independent: SLA with tall spindle, DLBJ, upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, shocks, anti-roll bar

Rear Independent: 5-link with aluminium knuckle, coil springs, shocks, anti-roll bar


Type: Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion

Overall ratio: 16.1:1

Turning circle: 11.9 m (38.9 ft.) curb-to-curb

Gearing: 2.8 turns lock-to-lock



Discs: 360 mm x 32 mm (14.2 x 1.26) ventilated

Callipers: 44 mm (1.73) Brembo four-piston fixed

Swept area: 2261 sq. cm (351 sq. in.)


Discs: 350 mm x 28 mm (13.8 x 1.10) ventilated

Callipers: 32 mm (1.26) Brembo four-piston fixed

Swept area: 2036 sq. cm (316 sq. in.)


ABS: Standard

Traction control: 3-mode standard

ESC: Standard

Wheels and Tyres (878, 882 regions)

Type and material: Forged-polished aluminium SRT design wheels, Goodyear

Front: 20" x 9" - 255/45ZR20 Performance Tyres

Rear: 20" x 9" - 255/45ZR20 AS Performance Tyres



Overall length: 5015 mm

Overall width: 1880 mm

Overall height: 1462 mm

Wheelbase: 3050 mm

Track, front: 1600 mm

Track, rear: 1605 mm



Headroom: 983 mm

Legroom: 1061 mm

Shoulder room: 1510 mm

Hip room: 1421 mm


Headroom: 959 mm

Legroom: 1020 mm

Shoulder room: 1466 mm

Hip room: 1421 mm

Cargo Volume, cu. cm. (cu. ft.)

All seats in place 504L ISO (442L SAE)


Curb weight - Est.: 1965 kg

Gross Vehicle Weight: 2340 kg

Maximum Cargo Weight: 35 kg (77.2 lbs.)

Fuel Consumption (L/100 km)

Drag: 0.36

Urban Cycle: 21.0

Ex-urban Cycle: 9.9

Combined Cycle: 14.0

C02 (g/km): 330


0-100 km: Low 5 seconds

80 to 120 km (top gear): 11.5 seconds

80 to 120 km (top gear 1): 9.0 seconds

Top speed (km/h): 270

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Porsche opens new Motorsport Centre in Weissach

07/27/2006   [Original: Porsche via Autoblog]
Category: Motorsports, Euro, Porsche

Porsche Motorsports Centre

Logistics building at the Porsche Motorsport Centre

Porsche Motorsports has a new home in Weissach. Following a year of construction, the Porsche Motorsports Centre occupies over 107,000 square feet in 4 connected buildings that will house workshops, race car production, a truck terminal, a logistics center, and of course, the motorsport administrative offices.

This complex is double the size of the old Motorsports facility, and even though it's mostly going to support Porsche's factory and privateer race efforts, drivers of certain road cars will also find themselves unwitting members of the Porsche Motorsports family. The Centre will also supply spare parts for the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS street cars, illustrating just how closely connected those vehicles are to the company's legendary race program.

(Additional photo and more info after the jump)

Porsche Motorsports CentreTruck terminal at the Porsche Motorsports Centre


More than 10,000 square metres for Porsche race cars

Stuttgart. After a construction time of just one year the new motorsport centre of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, located at Weissach, is now completed. With this, the company has created a crucial prerequisite in ensuring the continued competitiveness of its vehicles in racing. The heart of Porsche Motorsports is made up of four buildings, which are connected via a light and transparent arched-roof construction. The facilities include workshops, race vehicle production, logistics centre and a terminal for trucks. A three-story office block for the administration and development departments as well as a car-park complete the new motorsport complex, in which a staff of 210 will work.

Head of Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen: "The further increase in productivity, the highest possible flexibility and the optimisation of all processes determined the design and layout of the new buildings. In the last years the makes cups have grown enormously - in 2006 the series are contested in 18 countries on four continents. We manufacture up to 250 race cars per year here for the Cups as well as Gran Turismo and prototype racing. Now we enjoy an excellent situation and can continue to grow."

The motorsport complex comprises a useable floor space of 10,550 square metres, double the size of the former racing department. Already in the design of the access road the new centre gives a clear indication of its purpose: In the corners are typically cambered kerbs like those found on race circuits, as well as stacks of tyres and brand advertising which lend a real motorsport atmosphere.

The workshop facilities house separate areas for the servicing of Cup and customer race cars, for the successful RS Spyder sportscar prototype, the 911 GT3 RSR as well as for development projects. The composite workshop, the pre-assembly area, the hydraulics room and other special facilities are directly connected. The first floor is home to the engine and transmission departments which have their own area for standard measurements and testing.

In the so-called "manufacture", specialists construct limited numbers of racing sportscars and prototypes. Around 20,000 different parts are stored in the logistics site. Here the dovetailing of standard and motorsport production is clearly reflected. Spare parts, for example, for the new road-going 911 GT3 and the 911 GT3 RS vehicles are supplied from Weissach. At the terminal up to seven articulated lorries can dock at the same time where they are then loaded and equipped with parts for delivery to the race tracks.

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Fiat and PSA unveil new compact vans

11/10/2006   [Original: PSA Peugeot Citroen via Autoblog]
Category: Minivans/MPVs, Euro, Plants/Manufacturing, Commercial Trucks, PSA

Fiat and PSA Peugeot-Citroen have taken the wraps off their new jointly-produced compact utility vans this week. The new Peugeot Expert, Citroen Dispatch and Fiat Scudo will be officially launched in January to replace the three vans of the same names currently on the market.

As you can see from the picture, the vans are essentially identical, with only a slightly different nose to make them identifiable as belonging to their respective brands, making this joint venture an obvious exercise in badge engineering. The lightweight vans are available in a variety of configurations with various body styles and payload capacities. Although they're mainly commercial vehicles, a "combi-van" nine-passenger configuration is also available, which is likely to be popular with taxi and shuttle-bus services in Europe and elsewhere.

The vans are being built at the Sevel Nord plant in the north of France. Sevel is an acronym for Société Européenne de Véhicules Légers SpA (European Society of Lightweight Vehicles); the plant also builds a range of MPVs for Fiat and PSA, sold as the Citroën C8, Peugeot 807, Fiat Ulysse and Lancia Phedra.

The vans were unveiled at Sevel Nord together by Jean-Martin Folz and Sergio Marchionne, chief executives of PSA and Fiat respectively, both of whom recently revealed are leaving their posts.

Follow the jump for more pics and the full press release

Press Release

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat Unveil New Compact Vans

Jean-Martin Folz, Chief Executive Officer of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat, yesterday unveiled a new family of compact light commercial vehicles at the Sevel Nord plant in Northern France.

To be launched in mid-January 2007, the newcomers succeed the Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch and Fiat Scudo, and keep their respective names.

These new compact light commercial vehicles are available in a broad range of body styles with volumes of 5 to 7m3 and payloads of 1,000 and 1,200 kg, allowing business users to select the right vehicle for their specific business needs.

In addition, the two groups are extending their ranges with a new passenger vehicle offering, the combi-van, a van-based large MPV seating up to nine passengers.

The new vehicles for both groups are produced in Valenciennes, Northern France, at the Sevel Nord plant, with a workforce of nearly 4,400 employees and producing up to 130,000 units a year in three shifts.

The Sevel Nord site which is operationally managed by PSA Peugeot Citroën also assembles the Peugeot, Citroën, Fiat and Lancia brands' top-of-the-range MPVs.

To manufacture these diverse ranges of vehicles priority action was given to modernising the workshops, redesigning logistics and improving workstation ergonomics. The Sevel Nord plant assembles as many as 14 different body styles on a single line: the top of the range MPVs, the new compact light commercial vehicles and the combi-vans. Industrial investment for the production of these new compact light commercial vehicles and combi-vans totals €440 million.

Nearly one million units of the previous generation of Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch and Fiat Scudo models, launched in 1995, have so far been produced at the Sevel Nord plant. These light commercial vehicles helped trigger the boom in the compact light commercial vehicle segment in Europe with their novel car-like driveability, an offering not previously available on light commercial vehicles.

Following the renewal of their larger light commercial vehicle ranges: the Citroën Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, in May 2006, the two groups are continuing to rejuvenate their light commercial vehicle ranges.

The next step in this market offensive will occur in 2008 with the launch of a new small van manufactured in Turkey under Tofas management.

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