Archive for September, 2008

30
Sep
08

Jeep Cherokee Limo

Alrighty, so first of all let me inform you that my family might be buying another minivan. Two is enough. Anyway, we went to the dealership on Sunday (it’s not open on Sundays), and while I circled the dealership, I found this beauty:

I really have no details at all, except the fact that whoever did this is awesome.

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27
Sep
08

Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept revealed

Paris Auto Show is coming, and we can’t wait. Maserati couldn’t either. Therefore, they revealed their concept ahead of time — the Maserati GranTurismo MC. This track version (no word as of it being street legal or not) has got 17 more horsepower than the GranTurismo S due to exhaust and intake upgrades. Along with these comes a roll-cage and new wheels, not to mention the aerodynamic changes.

Sources: http://www.maseraticorse.com/, http://jalopnik.com/, http://www.maseratigranturismo-s.com/

26
Sep
08

I want to pull this off sometime.

This may be as old as the internet, but it never loses its touch.

18
Sep
08

So there’s this place called Ollie’s…

So I’ve been doing a lot of driving because I need to get 45 hours to get my lisence. We were maybe 30 minutes from home, when my mom asked if we could pull into the strip mall and go into a store called Ollie’s. Fair enough. We walk in. This is old person heaven, reminding me of a thrift store. There’s a bunch of random stuff in here: books, carpet, calenders, and boom, just like that, I see her. Classic Cars, by Michael Bowler. I’m curious so I take a look. The book is full of information and high-resolution pictures (let me make note that this hardback is maybe 10 inches wide, 15 inches tall, and an inch and a quarter thick). Looks pretty neat, and ends out it’s only $7.95. I’m interested. I take some more looks at the book to find it’s very detailed and it just happens to have my favorite car in it. Mine.

I’m very glad I bought the book — it’s got some spelling errors and such (it’s not like I don’t make errors), but it’s really worth the money. If you can find it as cheap as I did, I seriously recommend you buying it. However, the chances of that don’t seem too high — amazon.com lists it for $53.61, un-including shipping.

Sources: http://www.olliesbargainoutlet.com/, http://www.amazon.com/

15
Sep
08

First Porsche Panamera Teaser Shot Released


(Click for a larger view)

We’ve known about the Porsche Panamera for a while, but it’s finally made it’s way to us officially. Some people think it’s ugly, but I gotta say, it doesn’t look TOO bad. It’s no Pontiac Aztec. I may be extremely Porsche biased, but a little different isn’t bad, right?

15
Sep
08

The Chevrolet SSR, because forgetting the past is just plain rude

The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a door to the past. Its styling cues come straight from the Chevrolet Advanced Design series. The small round circular headlights, the strip grille, and large wheel wells all distinguish itself from any other truck. You could never confuse the SSR with another truck in the world.

Out of the 24,150 units produced, 24,112 were sold to the public for a hefty $42,000, and owners find it worth every penny. To quote some SSR owners:

Some vehicles are born as instant classics. This is one of them.

In the past 10 years not a one automotive maker has made me turn my head, stop dead in my tracks and say “I’ve got to have one of those”!! I am the proud owner of an SSR with 24,112 of them made I own a piece of Amercian Automotive History.

The SSR is a piece of American automotive history, a one of a kind, an homage to it’s great grand daddy, to a simpler time past, and never to be repeated.

The 03-04 model years came with a 5.3l 300hp V8, while the 05-06 model year came with the base Corvette’s 6.0l 390hp V8. At 4760 pounds, that’s not so great. However, that’s not a problem because RSI tuning have made two performance packages for it. The minor package offers to up the SSR to 500hp, and the second package offers a sweet 600hp. That doesn’t even include the supercharger they also sell. If performance is one of your main reasons to not buy an SSR, your problem is solved.

It offers seating for two, and a standard retractable hardtop. Miles per gallon is 19 highway and 15 city, which shouldn’t be a problem if the $40k price tag wasn’t.

Many find the SSR ugly, but they never realized what this truck is. This truck is rare, easily identifiable, and unique. It’s the modernized retro Chevy truck. It’s what the 1947-55 truck would be if it was made now. If you asked me a month ago what I thought of this truck, I’d laugh. If you asked me now, after I’ve done some research and listened to some Chevrolet SSR owners, I’d have a story to tell you.

08
Sep
08

2010 Chevrolet Volt official production photos hit the web


The production Volt is starting to look more like a Scion tC.

The front looks relatively the same, but this picture doesn’t give you as good of a perspective as the first shot does. Obvious changes are the larger headlights, a smaller scoop on the hood, and larger opening at the bottom (Can anyone tell me what this is called?).

The back also stays relatively the same. There are minor changes on the lower half, but it isn’t enough to change your image of the car.

Ignore the GM engineers in each of the production car shots. I didn’t need to tell you that the production Volt is a LOT different from the concept. The shape altogether has changed completely. The concept is more sporty, yet unsophisticated compared to the production car. Plenty of people don’t feel it’s worth $40k. Personally I like both the concept and the production car the same. I really can’t tell which I like best — there’s the concept which looked ready to burst into attack mode, and the production car, which stays sporty, yet starts to look more like an Aveo. I have to agree that a forty thousand dollar car ought to have a better shape than this.

Source: http://thecarconnection.com/