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Camaro ZL1 Joins the 11-second Club‎

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is officially in the “11-second” club, as engineers recently turned an 11.93-second/116-mph quarter-mile elapsed time run in a showroom-stock Camaro ZL1 automatic. A Camaro ZL1 manual ran an 11.96-second ET at 117 mph.

Only a few other production vehicles can run the quarter-mile as quickly as the ZL1. Fewer yet can also run 0-60 in 4 seconds, reach a top speed of 184 mph and lap the famous Nürburgring in 7:41.27 – all with the street-legal, factory-issued components and no time-consuming equipment adjustments at the racetrack. Continue Reading →

Mazda Announces MX-5 Miata Special Edition

Mazda will unveil its 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The limited-run model features a black-only Power Retractable Hard Top – the first time a non-body-colored hard top is available in North America – as well as other exclusivities such as two new exterior colors, new 17-inch black gunmetal alloy wheels, black exterior accents, black heated leather seats and piano black interior finishes.

The MX-5 Miata is the world’s best-selling two-seat roadster with more than 900,000 produced, and made its global debut at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. The MX-5 Special Edition continues the sports car’s history of being a dynamically-engineered, enthusiast-approved roadster whose price doesn’t discriminate and whose luxuries are not stripped. Continue Reading →

2012 Acura NSX Concept

It goes without saying that car enthusiasts get more excited about new vehicle models than moaning about the need for an auto accident attorney, which is why the 2012 North American Auto Show in Detroit was an event well worth the anticipation. With confirmation that Acura would be showcasing the next generation of the NSX concept, the anticipatory spec-talk began to grow and is not expected to stop anytime soon.

The new Honda concept, which will hold on to its 2-door coupe foundation, as well as its mid-engine and rear-wheel drive, will sport a V6 engine, a new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (super handling all wheel drive) technology, dual-clutch transmission, Variable Valve Driving and Lift Electronic Control. Continue Reading →

BMW Reveals Details of the 2012 ActiveHybrid 5

BMW takes the development of intelligent hybrid drive systems to the next level with the introduction of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – another series-produced model in which a combustion engine and electric motor join forces to enhance both efficiency and the brand’s hallmark driving pleasure. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 brings together a BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 6-cylinder engine, an electric drive system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox for the first time.

The latest generation of BMW ActiveHybrid technology also adds precisely controlled – and therefore extremely effective – intelligent energy management. All of which gives the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 an exceptional balance of performance and fuel efficiency for the benchmark performance sedan in the premium executive car class. Continue Reading →