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2013 Audi RS5 – Videos

Audi quattro® all-wheel drive plus 450 hp add up to the 2013 Audi RS 5

Editor/Blog note: nice, very nice, but I had to get the S4 for room for a car seat and 4 door livability.

Reserved for the most advanced class of Audi vehicles, the RS badge indicates an elevated level of legendary Audi performance engineering. Today, we enthusiastically announce the newest addition to our RS lineup. The 2013 Audi RS 5 has arrived in the United States, making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This magnificent vehicle pairs the styling of a classic coupe with the unbridled power of a 4.2-liter, 450 hp V8 engine. The racing pedigree of the RS 5 is evident in every detail—from the rear spoiler, which automatically deploys at high speeds, to the RS specific driver information system featuring a lap timer and oil temperature display. And then there is the seven-speed Audi S tronic® dual-clutch transmission that accelerates the vehicle from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. Visit your local Audi Dealer for an in-person look at the 2013 Audi RS 5 before it takes to the road this spring.


Chicago Auto (Army) Show – 2012

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he U.S. Army dropped in on the Chicago auto showwith a strong show of force. The Army brought three full-on war machines and one classic piece from a past conflict.

The most impressive was the Stryker. The platform supports many types of military vehicles, but the one on display is the Infantry Carrier Vehicle. The ICV can carry nine soldiers into combat with two crew members up front. Made by General Dynamics, the ICV uses a Caterpillar C7 diesel engine that makes 350 hp. It has a top speed of 60 mph, can cross a 78-inch gap and climbs a 23-inch vertical wall. The ICV rides on eight Michelin run-flat tires with a self-inflating function. The ICV carries an M2 .50-caliber machine gun and a selection of Javelin missiles.

When it needs something more subtle, the Army pulls out the Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle. Designed for reconnaissance, targeting and rescue missions, the CERV uses a diesel-electric hybrid to reach speeds of up to 80 mph. The CERV can run silently in all-electric mode for up to eight miles. This vehicle can climb a 60 percent grade.

The Heavy Equipment Transport System is a pickup truck that packs a 500-hp Detroit diesel engine and an Allison transmission. The cab, which is about nine feet off the ground, can fit six soldiers. The truck is 358 inches long with a roof height of 141.5 inches. It weighs in at 41,000 pounds, while the kingpin can hold 45,000 pounds. The truck has two winches up front that can pull 55,000 pounds each.

Finally, there is the 1938 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine that General George Patton used at the end of World War II. The car is basically a production model, painted olive drab with military markings on the side. This car had flipper-arm turn signals and parking lights added. After Patton crashed the car it was rebuilt by Cadillac-France with parts from a 1939 car. The grille was handmade in Europe, leading to its unique appearance.

So the Army wasn’t the king of horsepower at the show; there is that 650-hp Ford Mustang Shelby. But, if you need something to take with you into battle, the military has your gear.

2013? Acura NSX Detroit Reveal

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The Acura NSX took on an aura of immortality the moment it died in 2005. Its legend only grew when a potential replacement was killed in 2008 amid the global financial crisis, dashing the hopes of enthusiasts everywhere. Finally, the return of the NSX was confirmed last year, and it will become production reality sometime in the next three years.


The Detroit auto show marks the coming-out party for the NSX, which was revealed in concept form with a number of many true-to-life features—some of which stand in stark contrast its forerunner. Namely, the concept is all-wheel drive, unlike the iconic rear-wheel original. This employs Acura‘s latest technology, using a two-motor electric-drive unit that can vary torque to the front wheels during cornering. There’s also a dual-clutch transmission with a built-in electric motor that’s said to aid acceleration.

Lexus LF-LC Photos

Fresh photos of the stunning Lexus LF-LC  sports car were released on Wednesday ahead of the live debut next week at  the Detroit auto show.

Clad in a blazing shade of blood red, the LF-LC suggests a future sports car  for the luxury brand.  The concept has a 2+2 configuration and a hybrid powertrain. It was designed at  the company’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

The shots show an angled, angry grille evidenced on the LF-GH concept at the  2011 New York auto show, which closely previewed the 2013 GS sedan.

The LF-LC concept also has blinged-out wheels, futuristic three-bulb  headlights and curvy fenders. More details will be revealed on Monday.

The Detroit auto show promises to be a sports-car shootout, as Acura has  confirmed that the NSX will bow there and Chevrolet is bringing two athletic  design concepts.

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Lexus sport-coupe concept slips out

Lexus had given us the heads-up that it was bringing a sports-coupe concept to the Detroit auto show. A teaser photo was released, but a full reveal was supposed to wait until the show in January.

That plan is toast, courtesy of the Internet. Road & Track magazine touted its next issue with a video on YouTube–since pulled–that revealed the Lexus LF-LC. Another photo of the car has shown up on the Web site of the U.K.’s Car magazine.

The LF-LC is another salvo in Lexus’s bid to boost the excitement level of its styling. The grille builds upon the nose that debuted on the LF-Gh concept that previewed the redesigned Lexus GS sedan. And the coupe styling makes us believe that Lexus is thinking that it might be possible to release a successor to the now-departed SC coupe, which was based on the platform used for the LS sedan.

2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet: Official Photos

Porsche has developed an innovative fabric and composite-plastic folding roof for the 911 cabriolet as part of a push to give it a cleaner appearance, improved aerodynamic efficiency and greater levels of refinement than its strong-selling predecessor.

Pictured here officially for the first time ahead of its world premiere in January at the Detroit auto show, the new open-top 911 is planned to go on sale in North America in 2012 in Carrera cabriolet and Carrera S models.

Eschewing the traditional multilayered fabric structure of the 997 series 911 cabriolet, the next model (991 series) adopts a specially developed lightweight roof that uses two fabric-skinned composite plastic panels for the upper and rear part of the structure, giving it a more uniform shape together with a tauter fit that is claimed to make it more resistant than before to buffeting at high speeds
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