28 January, 2013

Chrysler’s SRT Barracuda to Succeed The Challenger

Chrysler, perhaps most popular due to its Dodge brand of super muscle cars, came up with a new brand, the SRT. And giving that the SRT brand heft is the 2015 SRT Barracuda, the second model and replacement of the Dodge Challenger!

The new Chrysler sports car will be made using the LX platform, also used for other muscle cars like Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum. With front as well as rear suspensions, the LX has now evolved into the new LY platform and benefited from extra weight. Chrysler requires slimming down the various cars under its brand, and this has prompted the company to develop a completely new platform, which will be used in the Barracuda.

SRT Barracuda will be almost the same size as the Ford Mustang, but will be smaller than the Challenger. It will also lose weight by almost 250-300 pounds. The Barracuda will have a power-train that has been expanded to include a 2.4 litre Tigershark inline-four, engine, and a 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 direct injection, and maybe one/two Hemis (5.7/6.4litre) to the SRT ‘Cuda. 

Also, read about one of the most Iconic American Muscle Cars, the Dodge Viper GTS here. 

22 January, 2013

2010 Bertone Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept – An Amazing Looking Extreme Sports Car

Here’s a question for all of you. How does a car manufacturer celebrate a century of its existence? Simple; unveil a new stunning concept car. And that’s exactly what Alfa Romeo did in 2010, when it got Bertone to design a magnificent coupe for them to commemorate their 100 years of existence. Alfa Romeo Pandion – beauty on wheels, sleek and amazingly innovative – derives inspiration from a sea hawk called Pandion haliaetus or Osprey in local language and feeds on fishes.

What’s so cool about the 2010 Bertone Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept car is its singular body design. Seamlessly blending elegance and technology, this ‘Skin & Frame’ design is both, seductive and artistic. The Skin symbolizes the snake in the company’s logo, while the Frame symbolizes the cross and is representative of the Italian company’s mastery in auto mechanics.

As far as mechanism is concerned, the 2010 Bertone Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept is fitted with a 4.7 litre, 450CV, 8-Cylinder engine that churns out 444 HP!!

Perhaps one of the most striking features of the Pandion Concept is the way the doors open. Inspired by the strength and grace of the wings of the Osprey, Mike Robinson and the design team designed the doors to open at 90-degrees, just above the rear wheels of the Pandion Concept coupe.

This is not the only first that is unique to this Italian sports car. The interiors of the Pandion are awe-inspiring and the front seats are designed to look and feel like chaise lounges. Extremely thin, the seats are made of carbon fibre shells similar to the car’s exterior and create a sense of ‘Zero-gravity’, almost as if the whole interior is floating in air!!

While the Pandion makes a great graphical statement with its sweeping glass and carbon body, the back of the car is quite a letdown. But overall, if rear be left alone, the 2010 Bertone Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept is a car worth going bonkers over. What do you think?

21 January, 2013

Bond And His Love Affair With Stylish Cars!


James Bond, a suave secret agent. Risqué but intelligent. Intense but playful. Good looking and remarkably refined, Mr. Bond is undoubtedly one of the best fictional characters ever. His choice of cars is also a reflection of his taste and personality. 007 loves his rides as much as his women, or perhaps, slightly more. Fun to drive, fully equipped with futuristic gadgets and technology, Bond’s cars have been instrumental in pulling off dangerous stunts and fighting his enemies.

While the list of cars that various James Bonds’ have used is extensive, I am sharing five of the most exciting, good looking, and famous rides ever.

5. Aston Martin DBS V12 (Casino Royale) - A new car for the new James Bond. Featured in Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DBS V12 didn’t have any special techno-gadgets from Q’s lab. Though it did have secret compartments to house Bond’s Walther P99 and an emergency medical kit that included antidotes to many poisons and the kit played an important part of the storyline. Unfortunately for all the 007 fans, the Aston Martin DBS V12 meets with a crashing end as it flips 7 times before hitting the ground while Bond tries to save Vesper. This Aston Martin was also used in Quantum of Solace Daniel Craig’s second outing as Bond. Again, the super car gets destroyed, this time right in the beginning of the movie.

4. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (Die Another Day) – Its famous because it could do the unbelievable, become invisible! While it may sound completely ridiculous, the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish’s vanishing ability was much useful when fighting the enemy. I have to admit the idea of an invisible car sounds rather farfetched, but it’s a fun watch for sure.

3. BMW 750iL (Tomorrow Never Dies) – While Aston Martin has been the brand of choice for this British agent, the German BMW was given a chance to show off its flagship luxury sedan BMW 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies. BMW 750iL was powered by a 12-cylinder car engine, and was loaded with gadgets including missile launchers, self-inflating tires, caltrops, and an impenetrable body.

2. Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me) – Of course, if we are talking about cars and Bond in the same breath then no car will be just a car. It has to be something more and that’s exactly what the custom-built Lotus Esprit S1 used in The Spy Who Loved Me was. Pop-out fins, rudders that helped the car double up as submarine, surface-to-air missiles, and what have you! This car has also been ranked as the 2nd most famous James Bond car of all time. The Esprit S1 is housed in the “James Bond Experience” at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in Hampshire, England.

1. Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger) – One of the biggest reasons why Aston Martin cars are considered to be the quintessential James Bond cars is the Aston Martin BD5. Driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger, this car is a signature 007 car and went on to be featured in several movies of the franchise like Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.The car is fitted with a retractable bullet-proof shield, tyre slashing hubcaps, oil slick deployer, machine guns hidden behind headlights, and even an ejectable passenger seat. The Aston Martin DB5 along with all its gadgets was sold to Harry Yeaggy, a car collector, for $4.6m on 27 October 2010.

14 January, 2013

World's Most Expensive SUVs

Often times, its assumed that an expensive car is a better product. As is a good looking one with a higher price tag. And then there are sports cars. Their presumptive value is higher than that of sedan and others. Well, that's the assumption in any case. However, let me share 5 of the most expensive cars in the world, all of which are SUVs and look as different from each other as chalk from cheese. Don't believe me? Check out the photos and their vital stats. :-)

Five Most Expensive SUVs In The World

Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

Base Price: $170,000

Size: 195.7"L/80.1"W/73.9"H

Engine: 5.0-litre supercharged V8 (510 hp/461 lb-ft of torque)

Transmission: 6-speed automatic/4-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 113.4"

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Base Price: $134,300

Size: 184.5" L/76.3" W/76.0" H

Engine: 5.5-litre biturbo V8 (536 hp/560 lb-ft of torque)

Transmission: &-speed automatic/AWD

Wheelbase: 112.2"

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Base Price: $108,750

Size: 190.8"L/76.3"W/67.0" H

Engine: 4.8-litre turbocharged V8 (500 hp/516 lb-ft of torque)

Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic S/AWD

Wheelbase: 114.0"

Maserati Kubang

Maserati's Kubang is expected to hit the road towards the end of 2013 or early 2014. Hopefully, the Italian giant expects to be successful in its 2nd effort to build a Sports Utility Vehicle, especially since the 1st was a stillborn.

Expected Price For This Exclusivity: $90, 000

Ram 3500 Crew Cab Laramie Limited 4x4

Base Price: $61,030

Size: 248.4"L/79.1"W/78.3"H

Engine: 6.7-litre turbo diesel I6 (350 hp/650 lb-ft of torque)

Transmission: 6-speed automatic/4-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 160.0"


If you never thought that SUVs could be so expensive, well you aren't alone. These are just five of the most expensive SUVs in the world, there are plenty more that are members of this exclusivity club!