Back in January, Chrysler announced that the new-generation SRT Viper would not be offered in Europe. However, this doesn’t mean the European customers won’t be able to drive one! The problem is that they will need to opt for an unofficially imported Viper.
U.S. car specialist, GeigerCars, announced recently it will import the new Viper and will put it on sale at a price of €139,900 (around $180,500).
Yes, you read it right: that’s almost double an American customer has to pay for a standard Viper, which is priced at $97,395. We are not sure how many units GeigerCars will import, but there will certainly be plenty of Viper-hungry Europeans standing in line to pick one up.
After all, who would turn down the opportunity to be one of the few people in your region to own one of the best sports cars launched in the past year?
Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in European dealers later in July and in order to help its customers further individualize their SUVs, Mopar is offering more than 100 accessories to choose from. Thanks to these accessories, customers can improve the SUV’s technical, styling and mechanical characteristics.
The list of accessories will include: aluminum racing pedal unit kit; protective mat situated in the boot loading area; and aluminum sill plates distinguished by a back-lit “Jeep” logo. For the exterior, customers can opt for: special wheels; chromed parts; molded splash guards; skid plates; sport-utility bars; a roof cargo basket, soft-side roof cargo carrier; bike and ski carriers; trailer hitch; a trailer wiring; and tubular side steps.
Unfortunately, no updates were made under the hood, but even in the standard version, the Grand Cherokee is quite a powerful SUV.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
After unveiling the Golf Estate Concept R-Line at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has finally updated its Golf lineup with a new R-Line package. To be completely honest with you, there are three R-Line packages: R-Line Exterior, R-Line Interior and R-Line Sport"
The R-Line Exterior package includes a new rear spoiler, a radiator grille with an "R-Line" logo, a specific grille in gloss black, new front and rear bumpers with "R" logos, and a black-painted diffuser. This package is priced at €995 ($1,300) on Highline variants and €1,180 ($1,500) on Comfortline models. You can also add in “Salvador” rims sized 17 or 18 inches for an added fee.
The Interior package adds inlays in aluminum look "Black Lead Grey" for the dashboard and door panels; front door sills and pedal caps in stainless steel; sports seats in "Race" design cloth with microfiber bolsters and “R-Line” logos on the front seats; a leather multifunction sports steering wheel with "R-Line" logo and decorative stitching in gray crystal; a leather-wrapped gear shift knob; and an "R-Line" logo on the Home screen. The interior package is priced from €640 ($830) for Highline models to €945 ($1,230). You can opt for “Vienna” leather and bring the total package price to €1,755 ($2,284) on highline models and €2,115 ($2,752) on Comfortline models.
Finally, for another €430 ($560), the Sport package will add a sport-tuned suspension, a revised steering system and tinted side and rear windows.
Click past the jump for more details on the standard Volkswagen Golf.
Until now, the new-generation Porsche Boxster hasn’t had a special edition released, but the first one has been announced today and it comes from Netherlands. This special model is called Red 7 and, as you probably have guessed it by its name, it is all about the color red and will be limited to only seven units.
The model has been designed by Porsche Exclusive Course and features a very cool Indian Red exterior paint combined with matte Platinum on the hood and trunk lid. The interior combines very cool black leather with Guard Red inserts and a special "personally built for 7" logo. Each customer will also get a matching protective cover and a coffee-table book with photos of the production process.
The new Red 7 will also be offered with a sports suspension that lowers the car’s ride and a sports exhaust system.
Hit the jump to read more about the standard Porsche Boxster.
The auto industry is full of brands that have gone by the wayside, for one reason or another.
It’s not uncommon given the competitiveness of the industry and yet for some of the legendary brands of yesteryear, there’s always that hope that the brand will be reborn if there’s somebody willing to finance it.
Over in Poland, Syrena was once a brand that roamed its streets back in the 50s up to the early ’70’s. But while it did last for quite some time, the irony is the model that most people associate with Syrena was the one that never made it into production: the Syrena Sport.
But thanks to entrepreneur, Rafal Czubaj, the Syrena Sport may finally see the light of production. With the help of a team that includes designer Pavlo Burkatskyy - one of the people that helped pen the Arrinera supercar - Czubaj is determined to finally bring the Syrena Sport to life.
Click past the jump to read more about the Czubaj’s plans for the Syrena Sport
Art cars have long had a history with BMW; after all, one of the most famous of these creatively designed models was made by Jeff Koons when he not only decked a BMW M3 GT2 in full artistic regalia but also proceeded to race it at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it eventually crashed.
Now new BMW Art Car, one for the BMW 3-Series, was unveiled recently. This one, though, doesn’t have ties to BMW; instead, it’s the work of a BMW dealership from the Czech Republic in collaboration with local artist, Andy Reiben. It’s quite psychedelic, if we do say so ourselves.
We all know that graphic designs on a car’s body are what make an art car. Forget about engine upgrades; these models are all about aesthetic enhancements and while some have failed in capturing our imaginations, others have succeeded in doing so.
And as far as details are concerned, the work done on this 3-Series, which has been re-christened as "Fluidum,” is pretty spectacular. The first order of business was to wrap the 3-Series in matte vinyl. From there, Reiben generously sprayed copious amounts of paint before finalizing the colorful details with a brush to go with a glow-in-the-dark treatment.
Pretty sweet art car, if you ask us, something Reiben should be very proud of. Heck, if this car ended up for sale, we might take a crack at purchasing it.
Or at least take lots of pictures with it.
Click past the jump to see a pair of BMW Art Cars that have graced our presence over the years.
This is not the first time that Lancia has collaborated with MomoDesign, but if you ask us, this latest Delta S special edition is one of the best results. Customers interested can already order the new Delta S by MomoDesign and prices will start from €23,400 (about $30,000 at the current exchange rates).
This special edition is designed especially for those male customers that are looking for a distinctive style. According to Lancia, the S in the title stands for the car’s three main values: Style, Substance and sports Seduction.
The model is distinguished by dark-chrome finishes, burnished headlights and 18-inch wheels finished with dark shadow treatment. For the interior, the two companies have combined a stylistic elegance with the sportiness required by the S models. Customers receive a gloss-black central console, speedometer with yellow shades and special sporty leather.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Lancia Delta S by Momodesign.
We’ve already seen three racing versions of the Peugeot 208, with the latest one being the Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car. Well, now the French automaker is prepared to release the fourth racing variant in the form of the 208 GTi Peugeot Sport.
On the outside, you get the typical Peugeot racing livery, which includes: blue, yellow, black and red striping, a monstrous rear wing, and various sponsor stickers. You also get a set of black rims sized 18 inches wrapped up in racing tires. The entire car comes in at a svelte 990 kg (2,182 pounds).
Under the hood, the 208 GTi features a 1,600 cc turbocharged engine, which it borrows from its road-going variant. Depending on the racing regulations, Peugeot Sport will tune this powerplant to between 200 and 300 horsepower. The engine hooks up to a six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters. Keeping the 208 GTi fed with plenty of fuel is a 100-liter (26.4-gallon) gas tank, which allows this racer to stay on the track longer between fill-ups.
The GTi Peugeot Sport will make its racing debut at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in May. Unfortunately, Peugeot has not revealed any pricing details.
Setting a world record is no small feat, especially when you’re doing it in less-than-ideal circumstances.
That’s why WRC racer, Mads Ostberg, deserves a raucous round of applause after setting a new world-record for the longest ever jump on snow by a rally car. Driving a Ford Fiesta WRC, Ostberg managed to fly his little race car over 60 meters (196.85 feet) in Trysil, Norway.
The World Rally Championship corroborated the record, posting Ostberg’s record-setting jump on its official Twitter account.
While the record is in itself an impressive accomplishment, it still fell way short of the overall jump record of 82 meters (269 feet) that Travis Pastrana accomplished a few years back when he jumped into a barge in the middle of the sea back on New Year’s Eve 2010.
Still, Ostberg’s attempt is impressive in its own right, considering the circumstances he had to deal with in order to set the record. Like we said, give the man his due props.
Check out Pastrana’s record jump after the, well, jump
Trying to figure out the most impressive land-speed record in the world is an exercise in futility because of the sheer number of them and the circumstances surrounding each of these records.
That being said, there’s still a certain level of respect we have to give for each new world record, including the recent one set by Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres.
Using a stock Audi RS6, Nokian Tires fitted the sports saloon with its eighth-generation Hakkapeliitta studded winter tires and proceeded to set a new ice-driving speed record with a top speed of 208.6 mph, beating the previous record it also set two years ago when it clocked a top speed of 206.1 mph.
The new record was set by the company’s test driver, Janne Laitinen, over the frozen waters of the Gulf of Bothnia. We’re not going to pretend to know where that is, but the record in itself is pretty impressive, especially when you consider certain rules the tire manufacturer had to adhere to.
It may sound ridiculous, but the ice which the RS6 ran on had to be natural with no chemical treatment done to it, but such are the aforementioned circumstances that makes picking the most impressive land-speed record such a chore.
Whatever the case may be, a big congratulations goes out to Nokian Tyres for breaking its own world record.