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Rumor Mill: Ferrari May Be Planning 620 HP 458 Monte Carlo Edition 30
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Ferrari, Ferrari 458 Challenge, ferrari 458 italia interior, News, rumor, rumors on 08 30th, 2012

Ferrari 458 Spider Scuderia Rendering

Most times, as the age of a particular performance vehicle starts to mount, the manufacturer tends to introduce a hard-core ‘performance-boosted’ version of the said vehicle. Ferrari has passionately taken this very approach in the past and they are expected to do so again with the 562 hp Ferrari 458 Italia introducing a 620 horsepower 458 Monte Carlo edition.

Over the years, some of the most notable late model Ferrari’s to receive a special one-off performance-boost treatment were the F430 into the 430 Scuderia, the 599 GTB Fiorano into the 599 GTO, and the 360 Modena into the 360 Challenge Stradale. Each of these added performance variations of Ferrari vehicles not only added power, but they improved suspension geometry, lightened the chassis thanks to a stripped interior and other lightweight components, upgraded the brakes and added some functional visual aesthetics.

Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am race car

The new Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo, as reported rumors suggest, is expected to be nothing short of Ferrari’s best when it comes to re-engineering an already capable exotic vehicle. The name of the Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo pays homage to where the famous Monaco Grand Prix is held. It would also be fitting that Ferrari unveils this rumored 458 Monte Carlo in Monaco.

[source: autoblog.nl]

Toyota Supra Rumor Mill Gets New Life: New Supra Won’t be a Hybrid 25
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, News, rumor, rumors, Top Gear, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 08 25th, 2012

Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Concept

The infamous ‘return of the Toyota Supra’ rumor’s beaten corpse has somehow turned up once again to receive blows across its heavily deteriorated left-over skull. The most recent news to come out of the media-o-sphere, is that the Toyota Supra will return and will NOT be a hybrid, according to Top Gear who recently spoke to Scion FR-S chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

The return of the Supra is bound to happen. Even though the Supra rumor mill has spun a bearing or two in the recent years, it tends to get resurrected with a fresh set of forged pistons and connecting rods every-so-often.

During Top Gear’s interview with Tada, he mentions his “next sports car” he wants “to make a big… ‘wow’.” He also concluded that he wants “to give the world a shock” and ”rear-engined, rear-driven cars – and even mid-ship designs – are OK. But if you want to make an enjoyable sports car, it should be front-engined, rear-drive.” Tada is also adamant that the next sports car will use a pure gasoline drivetrain, potentially debunking the idea for a hybrid.

It is conceivable that Toyota has interest in sparking excitement among car enthusiasts around the world, especially after the conception of the FR-S/BRZ. Even though they had Subaru’s help with the FR-S, Toyota remains well-capable of introducing a ‘wow-factor’ sports car. Only this time, as suggested by sources, the new Supra could be a joint venture with BMW based off of their 6 Series. Let the games begin!

[sources: Top Gear via AutoGuide.com]

2014 BMW M3 Could Pack a 480 horsepower 3.2-liter Inline Six-Cylinder Engine 21
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, News, rumor, rumors on 06 21st, 2012

2014 BMW M3/M4 Rendering – iacoski.com

The rumor mill is churning today as a result of Bimmer Today reporting that the next BMW M3 (F80) will receive as much as 480 horsepower from a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. Obviously, to generate that much power, over 60 ponies more than the outgoing naturally aspirated S65 V8, forced induction will play a part in the new engine’s makeup.

Reportedly we will get to see the new M3 as a concept car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new engine is said to be rated at a base horsepower figure of 450 while a performance package could peak it out at 480 horsepower. We will be sure to opt for this ‘performance package’ if we have the change to get our hands on one.

If this rumor holds true, we will continue to hope that the weight is reduced to truly make the newest M3 (or M4) a Bavarian rocket-ship.

[sources: Bimmer Today via BMWBlog]

Rumor Mill Stirs Up More Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan Details 4
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Car and Driver, Chevrolet, Chevrolet SS, GM, News, rumor, rumors on 05 4th, 2012

Chevrolet Caprice Police Interceptor – GM Zeta Platform

From recent reports, it seems Chevrolet has something up their sleeves hinting towards a new “SS” branded name potentially for an upcoming rear-wheel-drive performance sedan. We already know of a new Holden Commodore being the basis for Chevrolet’s new Caprice police interceptor, but what about a consumer version of what may be a new Chevy SS model?

New repots have surfaced about the a trademark application made for the “SS” name, in addition to OnStar accidently confirming a “SS Performance” name on their Mobile App RemoteLink site. Now, the rumor mill is spinning faster than ever with new speculations from Car and Driver stating that a new Chevrolet SuperSport Sedan will have the underpinnings of the Zeta platform powered by the 6.2-liter V8 from the Camaro. Moreover, GM’s new 3.6-liter V6 engine found in the new 2012 Buick LaCrosse is rumored to be part of this new Chevy SuperSport Sedan’s lower trim levels with 320 horsepower.  As you may already know, the Zeta platform is the basis of the current Camaro. A sedan from Chevrolet based on the Zeta platform will most certainly be rear-wheel-drive and a true competitor against other performance sedans. In a way, you can think of this as the return of the Pontiac G8… and most enthusiasts know how much of a prize vehicle the G8 was and still is today.

To further support the mysterious Chevy SS Sedan speculations, a new model from Chevrolet is expected to compete in the 2013 NASCAR season, which happens to be the same year that this new “SS” model should be launched. Sounds like we have it all figured out, at least for now.

Rumor Mill: Next Chevy Corvette C7 To Be Mid-Engine & Rival Ferrari 11
Posted by Larry in 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette C7, featured, GM, News, rumor on 05 11th, 2011

Did you ever think that the Chevrolet Corvette would become a global rival of Ferrari? What about the Corvette being a mid-engine supercar? Well, that is what may happen if the circulating rumors of the upcoming C7 Vette hold true.

The upcoming ‘Corvette C7′ to be built starting in the year 2013, is said to be a true global competitor. Not only will it compete with the likings of Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars, but the new Corvette is rumored to adopt a mid-engine layout. This would be a major shift in General Motors’ tradition ever since the conception of Corvette, one of the few historic American sports cars.

Other rumors mills are steadily turning up the idea that Chevy could bring back the old split-window style found on the 1963 Vette and a hint at using advanced V6 alternatives. Do I hear forced induction in the Corvettes future?

To complete things, the new C7 Vette should have a “world class” interior design, which in the current Vette, GM global design chief Ed Welburn admits, “is a disappointment”.

The Bowling Green, Kentucky plant is having $131 million invested in it by GM to prepare for the Corvette C7 launch. That alone should tell you we should expect some major revamping of ‘something’.

[source: AutoCar]

Opel GTC Paris Concept Official Pictures Out 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Astra OPC/VXR, concept, Concept car news, FlexRide, GTC Paris, official, pictures, rumor on 09 9th, 2010

The first official pictures of the GTC Paris concept, which previews the new Astra OPC/VXR has just been released. Designed to embody the twin ideas of beauty and speed, the GTC features an aggressive front, LED daytime running lights, stocky rear wheel haunches, and incorporates the classic Opel styling cues, like the ‘blade’ from the Insignia.

Other highlights are the roof-mounted spoiler, 21-inches wheels, and an aluminum window trim. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers the vehicle.

Rumor is that the engine is capable of producing up to 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS), although some reports say 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS). The car will feature start/stop technology and will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission. A FlexRide suspension has been included and the car also has a limited-slip front differential.

Fans will have to wait until the end of this month to get more information on this stylish offering.

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