2011

2011

Jeep is preparing for the upcoming winter with a special edition Liberty Arctic that will be revealed at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. This special edition takes its inspiration from the Europe-bound Wrangler Arctic and will arrive in Jeep showrooms this month.

The Liberty Arctic will be available in four exterior colors - Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White, and Mineral Gray - combined with "Arctic" badges on the front fenders and semi-gloss black 16-inch aluminum wheels with center caps painted semi-gloss black. The exterior also features deep tint glass and tow hooks, blacked-out headlamps, and standard fog lamps.

The interior of the Liberty Arctic will feature a black and orange color scheme to offset the exterior. The vehicle’s seats will be covered in black vinyl with an "Arctic" logo in the seat back. Arctic Orange accent stitching can be found on the seat backs, cushions, and headrests.

The list of standard equipment for the Jeep Liberty Arctic includes gray-faced gauges, express up/down one-touch windows, Media Center 430 touch-screen with a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system, and Mopar slush mats with white "Jeep" lettering.

Pricing for the 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic will be announced at a later date.

The 2011 SEMA Show gave JT Grey Racing the opportunity to take on Lexus’ mighty LX 570. Their package is as rough and tough as any other, ready to take on the sand-filled crusade of the Baja 1000.

The LX570 by JT Grey Racing was hooked up with a HeadFirst Design graphic design, Blue Media/3M vehicle wrap, and 6 KC Hilites- 70w carbon fiber HID off road lighting. Large 17" F-Sport forged Off-Road wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Baja TA 37"x 12.50 race tires will help it survive in any gnarly desert conditions. The interior of the LX570 was also upgraded with Sparco USA- EVO seats, a Sparco USA steering wheel, Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 GPS navigation, and Kenwood 110 with PCI radio/intercom.

The Baja Series is no joke, so JT Grey Racing also upped the performance ante with new OE/TRD pads brakes, a King Racing Shocks suspension system, and a Flowmaster/Geiser exhaust system.

The final product looks to kill, but Toyota has already penned the Long Beach Racers Tacoma as their entrant into the Baja Series. As far as we know, the company isn’t looking to change their mind. That being said, JT Grey Racing is planning to enter the LX 570 in next year’s race.

Events like the 2011 SEMA Auto Show attract auto-nuts from all over the world, especially when you have as many presentations as what we just had last week. But for a lot of people, especially the male variety, all those tuned-up creations aren’t the only pieces of eye candy that can be found at the event.

It’s automatic, really. Anytime you have an auto event, hot models are sure to follow. And the 2011 SEMA Auto Show certainly didn’t disappoint in delivering some of the sexiest and most beautiful women you can find under one roof.

So as a present to all those that didn’t get to go SEMA, we’ve compiled a mega photo gallery dedicated, not to cars, but to all the smoking hot ladies that we saw at the SEMA Auto Show.

Be sure to be on your best behavior when you’re looking through this photo album and keep a watchful eye; there’s one photo that’s completely out of place among the beauties. Can you spot it?

Lexus employees have barely finished buffing out the brand spanking new GS 350 F-Sport and there’s already a tuner prepared to debut the vehicle’s first tuning package. Through the eyes of Five Axis comes the Project GS F Sport with some aesthetic and mechanical updates to wow the SEMA showgoers.

The Project GS F-Sport is sparkling in a Glacier White exterior paint with custom Slate Gray accents to offset the unique Silver textured accents for the interior. The vehicle is then given a little attitude with a Five Axis widebody conversion kit and a new set of wheels - size 20x9.5" at front and 20x10.5" at rear - wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tires.

The gleaming aesthetic changes are matched up with tools for better stability on the road. The Project GS F-Sport comes equipped with a new Stoptech Brake Kit with six-piston opposed calipers up front and four at the rear, an AirRunner TC-5 Air suspension system, and a custom fabricated exhaust with dual finishers by Five Axis for that clean engine sound. Speaking of the engine, Five Axis left the 3.5-liter V6 engine of the standard model untouched so owner will still be riding away using 306 HP.

The Lexus GS F-Sport’s first tuning package may not contain all of the bells and whistles of the average kit, but the result seems to be astounding nonetheless.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: If you wanted to see what the GS F Sport by Five Axis looks like in real life, then check out our live images from SEMA!

Mercedes has caused history to repeat itself as they have come out with a roadster version for one of their popular coupes. This trend was seen in the SLR McLaren and will now repeat itself with the SLS AMG coupe version. The SLS AMG Roadster will be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but right now the car is under extreme testings.

In terms of design, the roadster version will remain faithful to the coupe version. However, it will drop the gullwing doors in favor of more traditional units. The SLS Roadster will be offered with Mercedes’ traditional retractable soft-top which can be opened and closed electrohydraulically while on the move up to 30 mph.

TheMercedes SLS AMG roadster version will be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. However, being a much heavier model, it will rocket from 0 to 60mph in 4.0 seconds before topping out at approximately 192 mph.

In Europe, prices will start from € 195,160, or about $278,000 at the current exchange rates. The Mercedes’ US debut will be made later this fall.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: Mercedes has unveiled a new video presenting the history behind the SLS AMG Roadster photo shoot with Michael and Ralf Schumacher.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster.

Next to the production BRZ sports car , Subaru will also be unveiling the Advanced Tourer Concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. This concept is a revolutionary sports tourer that previews a new generation sports wagon and features an innovative exterior design and a new downsized direct fuel injection turbo engine.

The new Advanced Tourer Concept is defined by the company’s latest "Confidence in Motion" design language and gives the impression of a coupe style car. The concept’s entire roof is made of glass, while the inside layout features various elements such as wood and metal. The steering wheel includes a large monitor that allows access to maps, television, and internet services.

Under the hood, Subaru has placed a new downsized direct fuel injection turbo engine that the company says will help improve fuel economy drastically. It is a 1.6 liter engine equipped with a direct fuel injection
system that injects the necessary amounts of fuel into the cylinders at appropriate moments, and a turbo system which efficiently supplies large amounts of air into the cylinders. The engine will be coupled with Subaru’s continuously variable transmission and to a Symmetrical AWD
technology.

At the beginning of August, Lamborghini revealed a teaser image announcing an extreme supercar for the Frankfurt Motor Show. A few guesses as to what supercar this could be were instantly thrown out, such as the roadster version of the Aventador or the production version of the Sesto Elemento. Now we know that this new special edition model is the Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Super Trofeo, limited to only 150 units and described as "the most extreme Gallardo ever."

The new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale was inspired by the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo and will be placed on the top of the Gallardo line-up. It is powered by a V10 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP and a peak torque 398 lbs-ft at 6500 rpm. The engine will be combined with an all-wheel-drive system and a robotized six-speed transmission controlled by steering wheel paddles.

With a total weight of 2954 lbs, the new special edition will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.4 seconds and to 124 mph in 10.4 seconds, headed up to a top speed of 198 mph.

UPDATE 09/13/2011: We have added two new videos showing off the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale’s official debut in Frankfurt. Enjoy!

UPDATE 10/26/2011: Lamborghini has found a pretty interesting solution to promote the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale: using a C’était un Rendezvous theme. And even if the video does not actually show the car, we can get a pretty good idea on just how fast it will be. Check it out!

UPDATE 11/03/2011: There hasn’t been too much on the new Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, but K & S Photographers have managed to n all of its beauty and glory. Hit the jump to watch the video!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale.

Toyota will be unveiling the limited edition 2012 Tacoma TRD T in 2012, but for those that are a bit impatient, Long Beach Racers have unveiled their Tacoma package - a customized vehicle inspired by the Baja Series pick-up.

The Toyota Tacoma received a full makeover from Long Beach Racers with a TIG welded, SCORE approved roll cage with the Long Beach Racers trademark “low profile” rear cage design to keep the rear view clean. This high tech roll cage will be joined by custom Bilstein 60mm race shocks and 35-inch BFGoodrich Project Tires on 16-inch TRD Baja Series wheels. Hella HID lights on custom mounts on the bumper will help lights the way while PCI Race Radio and intercom systems in place of the exterior mirrors will facilitate communication.

The interior of the Tacoma by Long Beach Racers also received a few extras, including Mastercraft race seats, harnesses, and window nets, a Defined Engineering Spring-Under kit, and CMI Carbon Fiber skidplates. Performance gets improved with the use of an MBRP Exhaust system, a 50 gallon fuel cell, a TRD Big Brake kit, and a custom wrap that incorporates the TX Baja Series graphic concept.

The Long Beach Racers Tacoma will be making its race debut at the BAJA 1000 in November 2011.

The third Veloster by REMIX to be displayed at the 2011 SEMA Show is for those who do not like Gaming or Music , but just appreciate having the latest technology in their car. The Veloster Tech features a BASF Alpine White paint job combined with Custom Alpine White & Gloss Black headlights, a gloss black exterior trim and exhaust, smoked taillights and reflectors, an Alpine White rear diffuser, and LED puddle lights. The exterior is finished off with a new set of 19-inch TSW rotary forged RF9 wheels, also in white.

The interior of the Veloster Tech continues with the white theme from the exterior with white Vinyl & Suede seats, dash, and door panels, white LED Lighting, a white suede headliner, white floor mats, and Alpine White painted trim pieces.

As for the technological additions, REMIX has added a long list of accessories that would fit well in someone’s home, but the company has strategically placed them into the Veloster to turn it into a rolling media frenzy. It starts off with a Mac Mini with LED illuminated On/Off switch, an RFID reader, and Samsung Galaxy 7-inch tablets, controlled by a wireless keyboard & mouse connected to their custom ports. Owners can make calls off of their included LG 3D thrill phone or sit back and catch their favorite show on the 40-inch Samsung LED 3D TV with Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player & eight pairs of 3D glasses. Don;t have your favorite movie? Record your own with your new Panasonic 3D camcorder. All of these accessories can be controlled by the new Universal Remote MX-6000.

With a setup like this, living in your car may not be so bad.

Volkswagen first unveiled the Passat CC (known simply as the CC in the USA and South Africa) in 2008 and since then, the company has managed to sell an impressive 270,000 units. Now, for the 2013 model year (2012 in Europe), the CC has received a technically and visually updated version to make it look and perform even better.

Changes for the 2013 model year include a new front and rear styling, and an extended range of standard equipment, including standard Bi-Xenon headlights with an Adaptive Front Lighting System and LED taillights. On the US market, the CC will be offered with a choice of 197 HP and 276 HP engines and with a manual six-speed gearbox. In Europe, the engine line-up will also include diesel versions.

The Volkswagen CC’s official debut will be made in November at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and sales will begin in the Spring of 2012.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Volkswagen CC.

UPDATE 01/17/2012: Fresh off of its unveiling at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show last November 2011, the Volkswagen Passat CC has fresh new photos and videos that VW just released. Check out the pics in the gallery and the videos by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 02/28/2012: Volkswagen has announced prices for the 2013 CC that will go on sale at US dealers this spring. Prices will range from $30,250 for the base 2.0T Sport to $41,420 for the VR6 4Motion Executive version.


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