The Performance Racing industry show came and went with a series of new parts for all of our racing needs. Among the most notable of these items was Mopar’s new 426 ’Elephant’ Hemi V8 engine. This engine is all aluminum and delivers an impressive 540 HP and 530 ft.-lbs. of torque, all for a bargain price of $13,675. Production for the engine has already started.
Along with the new 426 engine, Mopar brought out the new 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak. The drag pak comes with a 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Based on the 2011 Dodge Challenger and finished in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock configuration, the 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak is the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car.
Alongside the 426 ’Elephant’ Hemi V8 engine and the V10 Drag Pak, Mopar also brought valvetrain tie bars, a rear strut tower, midget race cylinder head, aluminum engine blocks, cylinder head stud kit, cold-air intake, W2 heads, and a Gen III distributor kit to the show. All of these parts can be ordered individually to increase your car’s performance.
Confirming the rumors that we heard earlier in the year, Fiat CEO Sergio Machionne has just informed investors that the company plans to sell part of Ferrari, probably due to the fact that they plan on buying up more of Chrysler.
There have been rumors going around that Volkswagen was considering buying part of the Italian sports car brand. Morgan Stanley analyst Stuart Pearson, who attended the meeting, revealed to clients on Monday that Fiat is planning an initial public offering of Ferrari stock, according to Automotive News.
“We left Turin with the clear message that Fiat and Chrysler will become one company,” Pearson said. “A Ferrari initial public offering and potential Marelli disposal may need to come first, according to management.”
Who would have thought that Ferrari would be sold off for a company to get Chrysler? Still, Fiat will likely keep at least 51% of the stake in Ferrari, an automaker that is worth around $3.3 billion. What is this world coming to?
Although most don’t know it, the Chrysler 300 line is actually pretty old. The name 300 was kicked off in 1998 with the 300M and that really didn’t go that well. The car was like most Chrysler products at that time, bland, boring, and fairly terrible. Yet, Chrysler managed to overhaul the vehicle into the modern version you see today.
In 2005, the mafia looking box sedan was penned by the Chrysler design team and it instantly sold millions. Sure, it wasn’t very good, as the motor was thirsty, the handling was numb, and interior was Chinese in quality, and that might actually be an insult to the Chinese. Yet, with those looks, people flocked to the car. Sort of like somebody who has a terrible personality, but looks gorgeous.
Now, with Chrysler’s new management comes a reworked 300 and we managed to dig up some information on the new sedan.
UPDATE 12/06/10: Chrysler’s finally given us a glimpse on what the new 300C is going to look like. Took them long enough, right? Anyway, these aren’t full scale photos of the car - just teasers - but it does give us a better idea of what to expect when the car makes its debut sometime next year.
Speed and power was never the calling card of this cute, little Italian import we’ve come to love as the Fiat 500. Despite not having the trademark Italian machismo than it’s more powerful compatriot – hello, Ferrari – is known for, the Fiat 500 is special for a very different reason. It’s cute, it’s affordable, and it’s a lot of fun to drive. Safe to say, it’s three of the most important things that people look for in a car. And if you’ve ever wondered how popular the little hatch is, look no further than the 60 plus awards it has bagged, including the 2008 European Car of the Year and the 2009 World Car Design of the Year.
And now that Fiat has a stake in Chrysler, it would have been a crime if SEMA came along and the Fiat 500 wasn’t there to introduce itself to the land of Ford and the home of Chevrolet. Fortunately, the neckties over at Chrysler thought of the same idea and, together with Mopar Underground, have decided to give the 500 a nice dress up for its introduction to the American market.
Chrysler has announced that there will be a recall of a number of 2010MY and 2011MY Chrysler and Dodge models. The cause of the recall appears to be a problem with a power steering pressure hose that has the possibility to leak fluid straight into the engine, which could then lead to a possible fire.
The vehicles affected by the recall include a number of 2010MY Chrysler 300 and Sebring, as well as the Dodge Charger, the Avenger, the Challenger, and the Journey where they are also joined by some 2011MY Ram pick-up trucks. All in all, 26,397 owners are affected by the recall in the US with another 13,000 vehicles overseas affected by the same problem.
According to Chrysler, the recall is expected to begin at the end of October where dealers will look into the problem with these cars and, if the parts are deemed to be in need of replacement, the dealerships will replace them at no cost to the car owner.
So in the event that you have any one of these models, you might want to give Chrysler a ring at 1-800-853-1403.
Going to see a film is one of the best ways to get out, and one film we saw last year comes to mind: Transformers 2. After the first film, we were expecting something incredible. Fast sports cars, gorgeous women - Megan Fox - and of course, robots transforming into things. What could be better than that?
For all the special effects and explosions, underneath it all was a film that was lacking. The humor in the film was a bit off and not to mention the script wasn’t nearly on par with the first movie. Everything that one needs to make a film great was there, but it just didn’t come together the way it should have.
For all it’s mobster looks and massive power, the 2010 Chrysler 300S suffers from the same problems that plagued the film about transforming robots. Underneath that bulging exterior is a vehicle that’s lacking in many different ways.
Ladies and gentleman, the wait is now over. For the first time, we can now see the new Chrysler 200 in all its glory. The four-door sedan draws on the 200C concept for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and it will replace the old and mostly despised Sebring. The 200 will get all-new front and rear lighting, fascias, and new mirrors and wheels. Yet, we can’t help but think this is just a refreshed Sebring. Thankfully, the changes that were made have helped immensely.
Powering the new 200 will be either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that can be connected four-speed or six-speed automatic, or the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Chrysler has yet to release any power numbers for these motors, but we should have some details in the next few months.
The interior has also been redone. There are cabin upgrades such as a new instrument panel, redesigned seats, acoustic laminated glass for lower sound levels, and revamped HVAC outlets, although there are no full interior pictures at this time. We are hoping that the 200 continues with the current trend of well built interiors that started with the Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The on-going tease for Chrysler’s new 200C sedan continued after the company released new – and more revealing - teaser photos of the car’s redesigned front end and its new interior.
Based on past teasers we’ve seen, the new 200C looks to have taken in the new redesigned grille that’s a little more on the rectangular shape when compared to the 200C EV Concept we saw at Detroit a while back. In addition to the revised grille, the new car takes on a number of revisions, including the hood, the mirrors, the fenders, headlights, fog lamps, and LED lights on the tail and brake lights.
In addition to that, it has also been reported that the car will come with a number of powerplants, including a 2.4-liter I4 World Gas Engine and a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 variant.
Despite these teasers, we’ll still hold off on any judgments until we get official confirmation from Chrysler, but it does give us an idea of what to expect with the new 200C.
This year’s Paris Motor Show is highly important for every automaker that wants to have success selling new vehicles, or updated versions of cars that are already on the market.
The European brands, such as Mercedes, BMW,Audi, Fiat and the many others have a chance to show off some wonderful concepts and new ideas that might make there way onto the vehicles of tomorrow. Most of the brands can afford to do this, as they already have strong sales in most of the continent. Mercedes offers plenty of choice for the consumer, as does Audi, Fiat and even a few of the French companies.
America’s automakers on the other hand need a strong showing more than ever. Chrysler has had difficulty catching on in Europe, as has Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford on the other hand is huge in the United Kingdom, but they can’t afford to let their guard down.
Chrysler’s new owners, Fiat, might not be the most exciting car company in the world for most Americans. However, many don’t know that Fiat owns an 85 percent share of the most iconic exotic sports-car maker in the world, Ferrari.
If these new rumors coming from Il Corriere della Sera are true, Fiat might sell some of its share in Ferrari. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has just cast a huge vote of confidence in Chrysler, as he looks to sell part of Ferrari to get a large stake in the American automaker. Currently, Fiat owns 20 percent of Chrysler, and Marchionne is looking to up that to around 35 percent.
Fiat won’t sell all of Ferrari, but they will drop their stake down to 51 percent. That percentage is worth around $3.1 billion. We doubt that this drop in stake will affect Ferrari’s current lineup, but we will wait and see the effects on their future models.