Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show

When we thought we had seen it all, Chevy unveiled a rather strange Camaro Coupe at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show in order to promote DreamWorks’ new "Turbo" movie, which is set to arrive on July 19, 2013.

Since "Turbo" will be an animated movie, the new Camaro Turbo has been designed accordingly. It gets lower rockers and fender flares, a front splitter and rear diffuser and a GT concept rear wing spoiler. The concept is painted black with a vinyl chrome wrap, but there are numerous multicolor LED light insertions on the front and rear for an intriguing halo effect. The concept sits on a set of huge wheels, sized 24-inches by 10-inches up front and 24-inches by 15-inches on the rear.

Under the hood, the V-8 engine has been tricked to deliver a monstrous 700 horsepower, thanks to the addition of a supercharger system and a new exhaust system with five-inch-diameter pipes.

Hit the jump to watch the "Turbo" trailer.

Source: Autoblog

Scion tC has been the annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Racecar ever since 2005, but things have changed for the 2013 model year. Toyota has decided to switch from the usual tC to the newer and more capable FR-S . The model has been specially designed to celebrate the 37th anniversary of one of America’s most entertaining motorsports events.

The standard Scion FR-S delivers a total of 200 horsepower, which isn’t too shabby. In the race version, however, the 2.0-liter boxer engine has been tricked to deliver a total of 210 horsepower. Along with the 10 extra horsepower, this race-ready FR-S has been equipped with numerous other enhancements from Toyota Racing Devel Devel opment (TRD): stainless-steel exhaust, coil-over shocks and springs, big-brake kit with Hawk Performance brake pads, performance air intake and a set of 18-inch wheels.

In order to deliver the maximum performance while on the race track, TRD also installed a Centerforce single-disc racing clutch, front MacPherson struts and rear double wishbone suspension. The extra ponies shouldn’t do too much in terms of enhancing its performance, but the updated clutch should drop a tenth of a second off of its base 0-to-60 time, and the new braking and suspension components should help it in the twist.

Toyota didn’t offer any specifics on what’s inside the cockpit, but the images tell us all we really need to know. We can see that the front seats remain from the base model, but the rear seat backs are gone, a roll cage was installed and a set of red Simpson racing harnesses keep the driver and passenger save.

Alongside the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" , Chrysler also brought a “Core” version for the 300 SRT8 to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Just like the Challenger model, the new 300 SRT8 Core version is also considerably cheaper than the standard 300 SRT8: $43,995 vs. $47,995.

Just like with the Challenger SRT8 "Core" version, the new 300 SRT8 Core has also been inspired by models like Charger SRT SRT 8 Super Bee and SRT Viper. The new 300 "Core" Edition receives special badges on the front fender, a set of upgraded wheels and on the inside, seating surfaces with the same "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.

The $4k difference in the car’s price is given by the lack of all those fancy features you may have been used too, as the new Core editions were specially designed "with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core.

Dodge is expanding its lineup by offering a series of new "Core" models that have been inspired by models like Charger SRT8 Super Bee and SRT Viper. The first model announced is the new Challenger SRT8 "Core" priced at $38,995 - significantly lower than the SRT8 392 models, which are priced at $45,125.

This huge difference on price is given by the fact that the new Core edition has been "designed and built with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind," meaning that it eliminates all those fancy features you have been used to in an attempt to keep the price as low as possible.

The new Challenger SRT8 "Core" Edition adds a standard premium "Ballistic" cloth interior from the new SRT Viper , SRT-tuned sport suspensions and distinctive exterior accents, like a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, plus two new exterior colors: Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core".

The Volkswagen Beetle GSR will undoubtedly garner most of the attention at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show , but nobody should sleep on another Chicago-bound Beetle .

This is the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible R-Line, the latest member of Volkswagen’s R-Line family.

Just like its brethren, the Beetle Convertible Turbo R-Line comes packed with so many exterior and interior upgrades that spruces up the already fresh-looking Beetle. The exterior offers new bi-xenon headlights matched with LEDs to go with an R-Line badge on the front grille that makes sure everyone knows that this Beetle comes loaded with the program. Aluminum-alloy wheels measuring 19-inches and a new sport-tuned suspension was fitted into the car to further improve its driving characteristics.

As for the interior, Volkswagen went to lengths to give the Beetle a sportier look, highlighted by a "metallic-finish" dash and door trim, a flat-bottom R-Line multi-function leather steering wheel, stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, and plenty of leather on the seats. Volkswagen also added a number of tech features, including an RNS 315 navigation system, keyless access with push-button start, and the totally awesome and ear-soothing Fender Premium Audio System.

At the end of the day, the R-Line upgrades are enough to spice up the Beetle Convertible Turbo. Some people might think that there’s not enough to warrant the badge, but for us, these add-ons are well worth your time.

Press Release after the jump

Press days for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show will begin tomorrow, so it’s no surprise that starting today you will be hearing details about the models to be displayed in there. For example, Ford , in collaboration with fifteen52 and Ken Block, will be unveiling a very cool tuning kit based on the Focus ST . In fact, this cooperation will bring three different projects, with the first one being the TrackSTer project.

The new TrackSTer has been specially designed to pay tribute to Ford Racing’s past models, but in the same time, it proves just how far Ford’s performance envelope can be pushed.

The project includes a new short-throw shifter and a performance exhaust system from Ford Racing, which has also provided a Mountune engine build, using forged rods and pistons, a performance intercooler and an upgraded ECU.

From its racing brother, the ST-R , the new TrackSTer borrows the Quaife limited slip differential, the Center Force custom clutch kit and the four-piston front calipers.

With the 2013 Chicago Auto Show being just around the corner, is no surprise that the list of models to be displayed in there is getting bigger by the day. The latest announcement comes from Dodge , which will bring a very cool Challenger R/T Redline Edition to the show.

The new R/T Redline continues from where the Challenger Rallye Redline left off last year and can be built on either R/T or R/T Plus models. While the previous Rallye Redline edition was offered with a V-6 engine, the new version features a V-8 engine under its hood — making it more powerful and faster than the previous Rallye Redline version.

The model will be distinguished by some of the same things that the Rallye version was, but there are some twists added to the R/T version that make it stand out.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline.

After being teased for a few weeks, the new Kia Cross GT Concept made its world debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The concept features a design inspired by nature and previews a larger premium CUV than the current Sorento .

The concept has been built on a 122.0 inches wheelbase - 15.7 inches longer than the Sorento and measures 192.8 inches long - 8.4 inches greater than Sorento and 79.1-inch wide - or 4.9 inches wider than Sorento. Still, the concept is 65.3 inches tall - or 1.6 inches shorter that the Sorento.

On the exterior the new Cross GT concept will adopt Kia ’s signature grille, headlamps with LED lights and "suicide" doors. The light arrive into the cabin through a multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal glass inserts. On the interior it offers enough space for four passengers and their luggage and features bucket seats wrapped in Almond-Terra-colored leather. There are also features like HVAC, telematics and entertainment that are accessed via an easy-to-use touch screen and central mouse control technology.

Under the hood the new Cross GT concept combines a 3.8-liter V6 engine with a pancake-shaped electric motor sandwiched between the V6 and the 8-speed automatic transmission. This system delivers a total of 500 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower, while delivering an all-electric autonomy of 20-miles.

What we can tell you for sure at this point is that Kia is a huge fan of cartoon superheroes. Until now, we have seen models inspired by Batman , Aquaman , The Flash , Cyborg and Green Lantern , and as you can see, there is someone missing on this list. Yes, you are right: Superman!

This doesn’t mean that Kia forgot about him. The most likely reason is that the automaker couldn’t find an auto show to unveil the superman-inspired Optima. Well, the wait is over, as the Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid made its debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show debut.

The car has been designed in cooperation with Super Street magazine, but except an aggressive body kit and the Superman-inspired coloration we see nothing "super" about this Optima. It gets customer fenders that make it a little bit wider, a beveled front grille resembling Superman’s belt and red headlights. The concept is painted in a very cool blue combined with Superman’s unmistakable chest emblem on the hood and red elements added on the trunk.

The interior features the same blue and red color combination and gets Superman’s iconic "S" shield integrated into the seats and steering wheel.

And that’s pretty much all the super stuffs added in the new Superman-inspired Kia Optima. Was it worth? Most likely not, but is always good to discover your inner-child.

Sitting alongside the Elantra Coupe , at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show is Hyundai ’s competitor for models like the Ford Focus , Mazda3 , and Volkswagen Golf . The Elantra GT is the third vehicle in Hyundai’s 7/11 product initiative (seven new or redesigned models in the next 11 months), next to the the Veloster Turbo and the refreshed Genesis Coupe .

The new Elantra GT features the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque as the sedan and the coupe variants. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

The Elantra GT features the same "Fluidic Sculpture" which includes an aggressive profile and low overall height, as well as sleek side mirrors. The interior offers comfortable seating for five people or can accommodate four passengers with long items such as golf clubs or snowboards.

UPDATE 06/13/2012: Hyundai has announced prices for the 2013 Elantra GT that will arrive in dealerships later this month. The new Elantra GT equipped with a manual transmission will be priced at $18,395 and the automatic version will be priced at $19,395. Hit the jump for the full pricing list.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.

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