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Acura TSX Sport Wagon Photos

Acura is currently working on an all new TSX Sport Wagon.  It reminds me of the Audi RS6 Avant Wagonmeister, but perhaps it’s time a company blends luxury and sport wagon right.  Acura promises that the TSX will be the best of performance, style, technology and utility.  However, maybe because of my age, the TSX just looks like any other granny vehicle on the road.

What makes the TSX different is that it promises to offer a powerful engine, pumping power through a 4-wheel drive transmission.  Furthermore, the TSX offers efficiency to keep up with the likes of smaller less useful cars, by delivering all the performance yet maintaining at least 30 miles per gallon on the high way.  Like other performance sedans, this sport wagon claims a sport-tuned suspension that allows for agile handling and straight line performance.

On the style side, the new Acura TSX flaunts it’s European heritage.  Clean lines and ‘a remarkably sleek wagon’ emits an elegance not usually found in a utility vehicle.  While other car makers are building utility vehicles on large SUV chasis, Acura hopes buyers will tune into it’s high efficiency designs and functionality.

The Acura TSX is also pumped to the rim with technology only available in Acura vehicles.  For example, topping the charts are the Acura Navigation System, Acuralink real time traffic and weather updates, high end surround sound speaker system and even a built in hard drive capable of storing over 3,000 songs.

Will the new Acura TSX bring back a niche from the brink?  I suspect it won’t, that is unless Acura decides to offer a more potent engine than it’s standard 2.4 liter 4 banger.  I’ve yet to see the horsepower and torque figures, but as soon as you pack that TSX full of goodies you’ll be bogged down while trying to merge onto the interstate.  Efficiency is pointless unless it can be delivered in a usable package, just like the impressive cargo space.

Lotus Hennessey Venom, Sexy Power

Matte Black has become the color of choice for the latest Lotus built Hennessey Venom.  It’s a powerful and sexy woman wrapped in short black dress, looking to unleash some fury.  But enough with the analogies, point being, this car hauls and has grotesque power to spare.  Imagine sliding up inside the Hennessey Venom and kicking the loud pedal to raise the RPM’s and feel the 1000-1200 horsepower throw you back into your seat.

[ad#Google Adsense]You read that right, the Hennessey Venom comes in two different high horsepower applications, rated at 1000 and 1200 horsepower.  Power comes from an outsourced and highly modified ZR1 6.2 liter LS9 V8.  The engine is then mounted to an ultra light Lotus Elise modified chasis, which weighs in at a paltry 2,400 lbs.  It’s an astronomical horsepower to weight ratio that makes this street car the wildest ever built.

According to the preliminary fact sheet, the Hennessey Venom is capable of a 0-60 in just 2.4 seconds.  Which is wild enough, but imagine that type of break neck acceleration that won’t let up until 260 miles per hour.  That means that not only can the Venom produces mad amounts of horsepower, but it can also successfully transfer it to the ground.

It’s a high priced super car, but it will take more than money to land your hands on one of these beauties.  Hennessey only plans to produce 10 of the Venom GT’s per year.  So not only will the $600,000 price tag be a limiting factor for most, but the demand by millionaires will most likely rise far above supply.  Well endowed wallets and the well connected are the only ones that need apply.  I would suppose those with a death wish as well, so it’s a good thing those who buy the car will get 1 full day of on track instruction for free.

Pictures of the Hennessey Venom GT:

Porsche Cayman S Pics

Porsche Cayman S

Not everyone loves a convertible, some love the muffled sound of a mid-mount 3.4 liter engine red lining at 7,200 RPMs.  The Cayman S is not just a sports car according to Porsche, it’s a Porsche.  The latest Cayman S has been built with efficiency in mind, reduced emissions, and very capable power.

It’s hard to confuse the new Porsche Cayman S with any other car on the road or even another Porsche for that matter.  The design features broad curves and dips that are unique to the Cayman styling.  Enlarged front air intakes and side vents hint at the power that the Cayman S is capable of.  The Cayman S model will be trumpeting 320 horsepower which will provide a top speed of 172 mph and a 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.

Amazingly enough the Porsche Cayman S is also capable of 26 miles per gallon, if equipped with the manual transmission.  Power, looks, and the Porsche emblem doesn’t come cheap, sticker on the 2010 Porsche Cayman S is a little over $61,000.

2012 Dodge Durango Spy Pic

Dodge has code named the all new Durango ‘WD’, which appears to be slightly shorter than previous versions.  Although all we’ve seen so far are camouflaged pictures, featuring the all confusing zebra print, there are a few things that have been confirmed by the SUV manufacturer.

First the 2012 Dodge Durango will be based on the 2011 Cherokee unibody chassis.  Next, it’s expected that the 2012 Durango will have the same engine options as the current model Jeep Cherokee, meaning a 3.6 liter v6 and a 5.7 liter HEMI.2012 Dodge Durango

B3 S BI Turbo BMW By Alpina

[ad#Google Adsense]Alpina has been making exclusive vehicles built around high-end luxury and astounding performance since 1983.  For the past 40 years they’ve been building their cars on the BMW platform, then tweaking to their own specs.  Often times this tweaking involves adding a potent turbo and other performance minded parts, not to mention increasing luxury to a level rivaling any Rolls Royce.  Well, they have done it again with the latest release of the B3 S Bi Turbo.

The B3 S BI Turbo has been built around the BMW 3 Series, marrying Bi-Turbo technology with the light weight and relatively small 3 Series chassis.  Originally released in 2008, the newly released 2010 version sports more torque, more performance, and less of the stuff car makers have come to hate, CO2 emissions.  It’s an update in outright performance and efficiency to achieve the green status so many elites crave in society today.

With the latest installment of the B3 S Bi-Turbo capable of pumping out 400 horsepower and 397 ft lbs of torque, it gives the driver reason to rev the engine to a smooth 7,000 RPM.  It’s high revving capable, but not necessary, because at 1,300 RPM there is already almost 300 horsepower already on tap.

What’s most impressive with the 2010 B3 S is it’s ability to out perform previous versions, yet still maintain 29.4 miles per gallon efficiency.  Furthermore the B3 Turbo has lowered their CO2 emissions, although it’d take a liberal scientist to figure out by how much.  According to the latest EU test of the B3, it’s total CO2 emissions check in at 224-225 g/km (I haven’t the slightest idea what this means).

Lastly, the B3 S Bi Turbo comes in 4 distinct model variations, including Saloon, Touring, Coupe, and Convertible.  The Saloon and Touring trims are option upgrade options that are applied to either a Coupe of Convertible model.  All are luxury personified, with exterior featuring functional performance modifications.  Even the front chin spoiler is functional, if one should choose to push all 400 horses through the switch-tronic rear-wheel or all-wheel drive transmission.

Inside the already luxurious BMW 3 Series has been upgraded, featuring custom seat and panel trim.  Plenty of custom embroidery and emblems adorn the panels and seats, making it obvious at first glance that this is no ordinary BMW.  The leather feels rich and the gas pedal feels powerful and it’s been specially built in small numbers for those who are both.