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Friday, June 12, 2009

Hamann Typhoon

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The German tuning firm Hamann has just revealed a new tuning kit for the all-terrain Mercedes Benz G55 AMG. Thanks to a few aftermarket performance products, the Hamann Typhoon is now able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds, unbelievable performance for an off-roader. But after all, the G is the Austrian Military’s favorite Fast Attack Vehicle.

From the outside, Hamann has upgraded the Typhoon with an oversized grill, carbon fiber for the mirrors, door handles and fender vents. There is a new front spoiler that lowers the front end of the vehicle giving it a more sporty appearance, just like the rear wing. The most impressive features of the Typhoon are the rims, measuring in at 24 inches in diameter, not only are they huge, but the black offsets the cream exterior perfectly.

The interior has been recovered in plush red fabric on the door panels, headliner, arm rests and seat inserts. The interior is further dressed up with a few carbon fiber trim pieces as well as a couple more red accents. Aside from the wild materials, for the most part, the Typhoon’s interior is exactly like it left the factory. Typhoon drivers will be further pleased with the tuning work, as the engine now puts out 600 HP and 576 lb-ft of torque, and like we said before, can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 162 MPH. Pretty impressive for an all-terrain machine.

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New Zealand's Hulme supercar company developing three new models

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When it comes to stripped-down race cars for the road, there are a number of options already available for drivers out there, such as the KTM X-Bow and Caparo T1. Hoping to shake things up a bit with these marques is a company all the way from New Zealand, Hulme, which is developing its own road-legal car that strives to give motorists the closest experience to driving an F1 car as possible.

New Zealand may not be known as a Mecca for world motorsports, but this hasn't stopped the company from aspiring to create a car worthy of New Zealand's only F1 world champion Denny Hulme, for whom the company is named. The Hulme supercar project has been under development for over five years now, and earlier this year we reported on the first public tests for the Hulme supercar. Now, with some new information from Jock Freemantle, the auto enthusiast and entrepreneur behind the car, we can bring you a thorough update about the future of the project.

According to Freemantle, the company will be building three different models, including an extreme 'CanAm' variant to honor Denny Hulmes' two CanAm championship wins. This car has graced the pages of MotorAuthority already, and the fact that it is powered by GM's LS7 V8 engine but still features no driver aids is an indication of its focus as a purist driver's car. With claims of close to 600hp (448kW) and a curb weight of around 1,000kg, the performance should be capable to say the least, and in the future Hulme may even consider a supercharged variant of the LS7 that could push horsepower figures even higher.

Two other models will also be appearing, the Hulme Spyder and the Hulme F1. For these models, Hulme is remaining secretive about what engines will be used, but the company is in talks with a number of engine manufacturers - including two that build F1 engines.

The Hulme Spyder is expected to complete development in 2010, and when it’s released it will feature the same chassis as the track-focused CanAm, but will also feature a windscreen and wipers, as well as modified aerodynamic pieces and a new rear end. An exact timeline for the development of the Hulme F1 car, meanwhile, has not been revealed but according to Freemantle the Hulme F1 will be a 2-seater, closed road car.

Pricing for all three models remains uncertain, but Freemantle estimated that the Hulme CanAm will cost around €280,000 ($395,000) at the European launch in 2010. Currently, the company is not taking any orders for the car until it has completed development of an EU certified car that it can demonstrate, but the company claims there is significant interest in the project. A U.S. launch is possible, should the car achieve success in other markets also.

Hulme has also just released an IPO for its company, with the hope of raising between NZ$2 million - NZ$7.5 million ($1.3 million - $4.8 million) to aid development of the three models. In the meantime, we'll be bringing more updates about the Hulme supercar project as it evolves.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

2009 Cadillac SRX Crossover

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2010 Volvo XC60

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Most people know of ABBA, the popular Swedish pop band from the 1970s that enjoyed a recent revival after its songs were used in the "Mama Mia!" musical and movie. Now it seems there's another Swedish export ready for a re-release -- and it's not Ace of Base. It's Volvo. Yes, Volvo is still building family wagons (how '70s!), but its new 2010 XC60 is as up-to-date and fashionable as a small premium crossover can be.

The popularity of small luxury crossovers has grown in recent years, with an increasing number of shoppers desiring vehicles that offer the utility of a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 in a more luxurious package. Volvo's 2010 XC60 meets this desire with a healthy dose of power and style (yes, really) while also boasting the safety-conscious design for which the brand is known.

In terms of size, the five-passenger XC60 is smaller than the brand's XC90 seven-passenger crossover SUV and roughly comparable to a BMW X3. To our eyes, the XC60 is to Volvo's lineup as Anni-Frid Lyngstad is to ABBA's, which is to say, it's the best-looking of the bunch. Underneath the distinctive, cleanly styled sheet metal is hardware related to the brand's latest S80 sedan, including the S80 T6's turbocharged inline-6 engine. Unlike the front-drive S80, though, the XC60 has standard all-wheel drive for enhanced traction.

Available in a single T6 trim level, the XC60 comes packed with plenty of amenities, including leather upholstery, an eight-speaker audio system and power front seats. You can also get cool-looking two-tone upholstery and real wood trim for the center stack to dress up the interior -- it's a hip Swedish counterpoint to the typically austere German designs. Another item of note is "City Safety." Utilizing a short-range infrared rangefinder, the City Safety system can detect an imminent low-speed frontal impact at up to 19 mph and either minimize the impact or avoid it entirely by automatically applying the XC60's brakes.

Could the XC60 be Volvo's "Mama Mia!," a chart-topping smash that takes discos -- er, the automotive world -- by storm? Well, probably not. You'll likely be disappointed by the XC60 T6's high MSRP, which is partially a result of having so much equipment as standard, and its disappointingly stiff ride. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other desirable choices in this segment, such as the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35 and FX35 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350. Even so, the 2010 Volvo XC60 is a solid hit thanks to its combination of performance, convenience, style and safety. If you take one for a test-drive, just make sure to bring some ABBA tunes along for the ride.

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