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Corvette regains Chevy branding in Europe

Corvette GS 
2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
If we take a close demeanour during any Corvette built in recent years, what we won't find anywhere upon it is a word "Chevrolet." The traditional bowtie does crop up upon a twin-flag badge, but that's all. Regardless of what pinned token it might or might not wear, a Corvette has regularly been sole as a Chevrolet in North America. Not so in Europe, where a Chevrolet code is a budget label offered re-badged Daewoos. Corvettes have been sole but any one some-more branding through Cadillac stores.

Gallery: Review: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

That's all changing now, however, as a Cruze is far some-more upmarket than its predecessors and GM will soon start offered a Camaro abroad as well. With these changes, a Vette will again be branded as a Chevrolet - even if it doesn't essentially wear a word upon its bodywork.

Cadillac CTS custom convertibles

Cadillac CTS Coupe
As far as we know, General Motors has no skeleton to build a automobile chronicle of a CTS Coupe. But where automakers fright to tread, a aftermarket is customarily happy jump in. High Springs, Florida-based Drop Top Customs is reportedly hard at work upon a rag-top conversion for Cadillac's new coupe, adding nonetheless another model to a operation of custom convertibles.

Cadillac CTS 

Gallery:Cadillac CTS Coupe

Over a past few years, a association has especially focused upon Dodge Challengers as well as Chevrolet Camaros, but with a factory Camaro automobile about 9 months away, a CTS has a intensity to fill a gap. DTC produces all of a parts for a conversions in-house as well as many jobs cost less than $20,000. Considering a fastback styling of a CTS Coupe, we're not sure how well it will translate to a soft-top - or how it's going to affect constructional rigidity - but we're looking forward to how it turns out.

Lincoln offer free maintenance

MKS EcoboostLincoln MKS Ecoboost
With Mercury vehicles set to disappear from showrooms in a next couple of months, Ford hopes to jump-start Lincoln sales with a free upkeep understanding from now until labor day. Anyone who buys or leases a Lincoln this summer won't have to compensate for any continually scheduled upkeep during a initial 3 years or 45,000 miles of ownership.

The graduation applies to all 2010 as well as 2011 model year Lincolns as well as follows identical moves in recent years from brands like BMW as well as Volkswagen. At many Lincoln-Mercury dealers in a United States, Mercury accounts for a poignant percentage of store sales. Those dealers will need programs like this to progress volumes until dual brand new Lincoln models arrive in a next couple of years. So far, Lincoln has only confirmed that a compress is forthcoming. The seventh part of of a Lincoln family remains a mystery.

Gallery: Review: 2009 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost

McLaren F1 GTR expected to fetch $3 Million at auction

McLaren F1 GTR
McLaren F1 GTR
Over a decade since a inception, a McLaren F1 stays one of a fastest supercars ever made, and as such, a rarely desired collectors' item. The race-spec McLaren F1 GTR, even some-more so. But a McLaren F1 GTR art car? Now we're talking.

Those in a know might be familiar with BMW's art automobile project. Started in a 1970s, a Bavarian automaker began commissioning eminent artists to make make use of of their cars as canvas and transform them into rolling functions of art. Many of them - in actuality most of them - were raced in a 24 Hours of Le Mans after their vernissage, true by to a M3 GT2 painted by Jeff Koons which BMW campaigned during this year's race.

Looking during this McLaren racer, we might think to yourself, "Wait a second, that's not a BMW!" But just stop right there, because while this might not have been part of BMW's central art automobile program, a McLaren F1 was powered by BMW engines, and even perceived a magnitude of factory support. Chassis #5 was acquired by French lady race horse Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiére, who campaigned it during Le Mans in 1994. The following year, noted French artist César gave a automobile a suitably Giger-esque paint job.

Gallery: McLaren F1 GTR art automobile

Now it's headed to a auction block - along with a handful of Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Aston Martins - where it is expected to fetch in between dual and two-and-a-half million euros (about $2.5-3 million) during a hands of Artcurial Motors upon Jul 9 during a Le Mans Classic. If your French is up to speed, we can check out a sum in a press recover after a jump, though a images in a art studio next require no translation.

2011 Horex revolutionary design

Horex Motorcycle 
"Das Neue Motorrad" - 2011 Horex
Recently, you reported a scheduled recover of an all-new motorcycle hailing from Germany, good known to us usually as Das Neue Motorrad, a news came with most anticipation, a excitement being twofold. First, a awaiting of eventually seeing a brand new motorcycle from a land of Bavaria, a place with such a rich two-wheeled history though really couple of complicated offerings, as good as second a privacy leading up to a release, joined with a companies claims to suggest "revolutionary designs" as good as an engine concept "currently seen nowhere in a industry" which peaked a seductiveness of moto-junkies around a globe.

As a smoke has privileged as good as rumors ceased, light of a deceive has exposed Horex as a brand new motorcycle brand from Germany. So usually how do they define revolution? That would be with a supercharged 15-degree monoblock V6, of course. Horex is pronounced to have patented a VR6 pattern for two-wheeled vehicles. The compact design allows for fitment of six rounds in a space traditionally fit with four. For additional 'whee-factor,' a radial supercharger feeds a 1200cc beast,producing a flexible delivery of a claimed output of 198hp as good as 110 lb-ft of torque, which is routed to a tarmac via belt drive.

The chassis as good as cessation wrapping which powerplant compete a package which not usually looks legit, though should also live up to performance expectations. 50mm forks sort out a bumps as good as a attached dual-radial-mounted brakes should have no trouble halting a Horex from substantial velocities. From a looks of things, a support as good as swing-arm components appear to vaunt top-notch fit as good as finish. The styling is definitely of a classic nature, minus a ram-air sort intake ports upon a front of a fuel tank.

The cost of admission will be €20,000 ($24,600 USD), as good as that's usually if you are in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, though during least it substantially includes taxes. We'll have to wait as good as see what sell rates are when a Horex eventually makes it to a rest of Europe as good as a U.S.

The irony in all of this is which Horex is not brand new during all - it's a reincarnation of a classic brand founded in 1923 which produced motorcycles up until Daimler-Benz purchased a association as good as ceased bike production in 1960. So have which Germany's newest-old motorcycle company, for a record. Revolutionary?...well, substantially not, you usually can't wait to hear a exhaust note!

Gallery: 2011 Horex motorcycle

Toyota FT-86

Toyota FT-86 
Toyota FT-86 Concept

Gallery: Toyota FT-86 Concept in the Studio

Aurora Racing preps GT1-spec Alpina B6

Alpina B6 GT1

What we see above is a BMW 6 Series - but just barely. Since withdrawal Munich, it's been transformed in to a B6 by Alpina, then in to a race-spec B6 GT3, and is now in a process of being converted to top-tier GT1 spec by yet an additional company, Aurora Racing Designs.

The motorsport regard is a corner bid by former McLaren engineer Nicholas Galbraith and former Alpina racing designer Andreas Puschel. Together they're receiving a growth of a B6 GT1 off Alpina's hands so that a BMW tuner can focus a energies upon a current patron GT3 racing program. Sounds promising. We'd guess a chassis is targeted to join various Le Mans Series grids and a brand new FIA GT1 World Championship in time for subsequent season. BMW racing fans should stay tuned for more.

Le Mans 2010: To finish first, first you must finish

#1 Peugeot 908 
Peugeot 908 powers through a night during Le Mans
It's a most important adage of motorsports: If your car isn't running during a mottled flag, it unequivocally doesn't make a difference how fast we run. Nowhere is that some-more true than during Le Mans. The margin that began with 55 cars progressively dwindled through a night. At a midway point, a #2 Peugeot led two of a Audis with a #1 car battling behind from a mechanical malady. For those of we who aren't planning to watch a competition upon your DVR, continue celebration of a mass after a jump.

Gallery: Le Mans 2010: The Race

Gallery: Le Mans 2010: Qualifying and practice

This is what the first-ever Porsche 911 Turbo looks like today

1973 Porsche 911 Turbo Factory Prototype 
1973 Porsche 911 Turbo factory prototype
Some people attending the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance final weekend walked past this Porsche 911 Turbo, giving it nary the glance. After all, it was tucked the little out of the way, as well as even with the tweaked bodywork as well as decals, if you've seen one 911 Turbo, you've seen them all, right? Well, no. Anyone who paused prolonged enough to read the info label owners Murray Smith placed front of the automobile learned that, in fact, this Turbo is more special than others. You see, it was the antecedent - the initial factory-turbocharged Porsche 911 highway car, period.

As the story goes, it began life as the regular '73 911S company automobile driven by Porsche arch engineer Helmuth Bott. From there, it won the Porsche genetics lottery when it was sucked into the automaker's initial module to serve as the basement for the Turbo. As such, it became the initial roadgoing Porsche 911 to get the turbo engine, along with the now-famous widebody diagnosis as well as whaletail.

Once the developmental role was complete, it became the 911 Turbo arrangement automobile for the Paris, Frankfurt, as well as Tokyo motor shows, though the story doesn't end there. Following the successive factory RSR conversion, this 911 Turbo was raced by Aussie Porsche importer Alan Hamilton during the mid-1970s. The icing upon the baked sweat bread for us came at the day's conclusion, when we got to hear the automobile glow up as well as get in line for the way past the podium. It sounded similar to God upon speakerphone. For the 911 with this provenance, that seemed entirely appropriate.

Gallery: 1973 Porsche 911 Turbo Factory Prototype