Looking like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, this weird-looking sports car is the W3 Triposto and it's the work of Canadian engineer Clyde Kwok and his son Hugh, a racecar driver. Their company, Wingho Auto, builds the W3 Triposto using a Porsche 911 as a donor car. Clyde and Hugh prefer early 1990's 911s, modifying the 3.6-liter boxer engine to produce 300 horsepower, but the Canadian duo can work with more modern 911s as well. According to the company, the three-seater (the driver sits in the center) can achieve a top speed of187 mph. The W3 Triposto sells for about $250,000 and that does not include the price of the donor car. A complete turnkey model starts at around $300,000. More.
Buick will unveil its new LaCrosse sedan at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 12. Its new mid-size luxury sedan is essentially the production version of the warmly received Invicta Concept, revealed at last year's Beijing Auto Show in China. Fresh styling aside, the LaCrosse offers the option of all-wheel drive, a choice of two direct-injection V6 engines and a suite of modern personal technologies and safety features. It will go on sale later this summer.
The exterior styling isn’t anything extravagant, but it is stylish enough to grab the attention of buyers in the near-luxury segment. The cars that the LaCrosse will most likely compete with are the Lexus ES350 and the Chrysler 300. What sets the LaCrosse apart from its predecessors is the availability of an array of personal technologies. These include features such as in-dash navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port. For rear-seat passengers, a power rear-window sunshade and a DVD entertainment system, with two display screens integrated into the seatbacks, is also available.
Based on GM's Epsilon II front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the new Opel Insignia, the LaCrosse is roughly the same size as the car it replaces. Buyers can choose from two direct-injection V6 engines, a 3.0-liter unit generating an estimated 255 horsepower and 211 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.6-liter engine, producing an estimated 280 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque. Both V6 engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Buick Vehicles.
STRUT has released five new wheels for their Icon line. The company is best known for their "car jewelry" collection that features top of the line polished grilles for all luxury rides. The new collection of "shoes" for your car are available in 2 or 3 piece designs and come in five different finishes: chrome, brushed, satin, pinstripe, two-tone and carbon fiber and come in 20, 22, and 24 inch sizes.
Project Kahn has created a custom version of Rolls-Royce's Phantom Drophead Coupe that provides minimalist styling cues similar to its previous work on vehicles like the Bentley Continental GTC Black. The custom coupe features a monochromatic paint job and Project Kahn's 22-inch 'Silver Mist' wheels. Some other custom modifications include an interior package that offers a carbon fiber gloss or piano black steering wheels, Elmwood veneer on the dash, lambswool rugs and embossed headrests. The price for the Project Kahn Drophead is steep at $470,000.
Fisker Automotive announced today their plans to debut a new concept called the Karma S (which stands for Sunset) at the Detroit Auto Show. There isn't much info available on the vehicle yet as the teaser image above provides just a glimpse of the front fender and the door line. KORS Designs created a rendering (below) that is their vision of what the vehicle will look like by applying the teaser image to the Karma base. More details are sure to follow the closer we get to the Detroit Auto Show.
Bentley thought that it was time to revamp the Continental GTC, its luxury four-seater convertible first introduced in 2006, and even added a range-topping Speed model bringing the GTC in line with its GT coupe sibling. The Continental GTC Speed's twin-turbocharged W12 engine produces 600-horspeower, 553. lb.-ft. of torque, and it's matted to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This endows the GTC Speed with a top speed of 200 mph with the roof-up or 195 mph with the top down, and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds. It also accelerates from 0-100 mph in just 10.6 seconds. Read more and check out the gallery at DUBMagazine.com.
A set of six KTM inspired concepts have been designed by students at a university in Austria. Three of the designs are for land use while the other two are water vehicles and the last one flies. Among the designs is a high performance buggy, a green-friendly sportster and a water-borne motocross vehicle. The image above is the four wheel off-road buggy called the KTM AX. The design and style is very similar to the KTM X-Bow roadster vehicle. The SR85 Deuce is another buggy type ride that is a green-friendly concept thanks to its electric motor. The KTM 360 is also green-friendly but it takes the form of a motorbike. The KTM CX is a concept that might be best described as a cross between a jet-ski and a snow mobile. The Barracuda is also designed for the water and it comes equipped with hydrafoils to give it high speed cruising capabilities. The last concept is appropriately called the KTM Ascender. It looks like something you'd see in a futuristic "Mad Max" type movie. It's a gas-turbine powered machine that is designed to be highly maneuverable and mobile.
KTM SR85 Deuce
Scion released the latest in its limited-edition Release Series line of cars. The new vehicle is called the xB Release Series 6.0 and Scion says that only 2,500 will be built. The RS 6.0 will be available in just one color, Absolutely Red. Some other unique features this car will have includes a black front grille, Release Series wheel covers as well as an optional color-keyed rear spoiler. The interior will feature satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, HD Radio and the ability to play iPods or DVD's. Each RS 6.0 vehicle will get a special badging that identifies the car as part of a limited edition. Look for the xB's in Scion showrooms beginning next month.