26th November 2007

2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine

 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine

Expect the 2009 Corvette to be powered by a supercharged version of the 6.2 Liter LS3 V8 which features a unique integrated twin intercooler that sits on top of the supercharger.

The engine is thought to be blue because of the “Blue Devil” moniker that the car is code-named.

Expect it to produce an excess of 650hp, although no official specifications have been released.

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30th October 2007

Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition

Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition Left View

Expected early 2008, the all-new Pontiac G8 GT Sema performance sedan is the first North American application of GM’s new global rear-wheel-drive architecture.

Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition Rear View

It has a 6.0L V-8 engine, rated at 361 horsepower (268 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (520 Nm). A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control backs the powerful small-block engine and complements a four-wheel independent suspension outfitted with unique 20-inch wheels and performance tires.

Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition Interior

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25th October 2007

Is it possible to get 465HP for less than $50k? The Saleen S281 RF says yes.

 Saleen S281 RF Side View

“Saleen announced the new S281 RF last Friday at its retail store in Southern California. The RF, which stands for Red Flag, focuses on overall value and is priced between Saleen’s 3-valve and supercharged models with an MSRP of $49,995.

Performance upgrades include Saleen’s Series VI supercharger that helps the V8 put out 465 horsepower, and the suspension has been upgraded to Saleen-spec, as well. Visual differences include Saleen’s front and rear fascia, side skirts, 20-inch chrome wheels, and RF graphics and badging. Inside are reupholstered leather seats with red stitching, S281 floor mats and door sills, and a 200 mph gauge cluster. Production is limited to 100, and only two colors will be available: black and alloy.”

281 CID (4.6L) 3-Valve SOHC V8
465 HP @ 5800 RPM
425 lb-ft TQ @ 4000 RPM

5-Speed Manual Transmission
with 8.8″ Differential, 3.31:1 Final Drive
Linear-Rate, Coil Springs (F/R)
Sway Bars, 1.38″ with HD Bushings (F), 0.79″ (R)
Front Struts (N2), Rear Shocks (N2)
Three-Link, Live Rear Axle with Panhard Rod

Power Assisted 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS
12.4″ Vented Front Disc Brake System
11.8″ Vented Rear Disc Brake

20″ Chrome Finished Alloy, 7-Spoke Wheels
High Performance Dunlop Tires

Vehicle Weight: 3620 lbs
Weight Distribution: 53/47 (F/R)
Wheelbase: 107.10 in
Track: 62.8 in/63.9 in (F/R)
Width: 74.0 in
Length: 189.1 in
Height: 56.0 in
Trunk Space: 13.1 cu ft
Fuel Capacity: 15.7 gal

Source: Saleen, MustangEvolution, Autoblog

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22nd October 2007

2009 Corvette ZR1 Spy/Test run before it’s debut

This video shows the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s test run at Laguna Seca ahead of it’s debut.

It’ll have a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine called the “LS9″ and is expected to put out more than 600 hp giving it a 0-60 mph time of under 3.5 seconds!

It’ll be priced around $100,000 and will be entering showrooms as a 2009 model next year, with annual production expected to be between 1500 and 1750 units — making this beast a rare commodity.

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11th September 2007

The 2009 Chevrolet Camaro SS

2009 Chevrolet Camaro

The new Camaro appeared at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007 and was so good that it’s said to come out for production unchanged. This is good news, seeing as how the Infiniti G37 concept had a huge “love it” crowd, but it came out with a ton of changes that made it look hideous.

The Camaro SS will feature multi link independent rear suspension and there will be choices of manual and automatic gearboxes, as well as V6 and V8 engines. The gearboxes will likely be the same six speed manual and six speed auto found in the Holden Commodore.

The standard V6 model will use the 3.6 liter version of GM’s global V6, tuned to between 240 horsepower and 260 horsepower, while the V8 option will most likely be the 6.2 liter version of the GEN VI with around 400 horsepower. But GM is also currently working on a direct injection version of the V8, gaining more horsepower while increasing fuel economy from between three to six percent, and Dave Sczomak, development engineer-GM Powertrain Advanced Engineering, says the technology will bump power to “well over 450HP.” That engine may well make an appearance in the Camaro, either in the standard car or the SS model.

Source: New Car Park

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