When it comes to Russians and their cars, you never know what will come next. The X6 Interceptor by Met Ru is no exception. The tuning kit is offered in two versions: a normal version priced at 297,000 rubles ($9,689) and a carbon fiber version, 397,000 rubles ($12,951); both being all about getting aggressive.
The Russian tuner added an aggressive front bumper with huge air intakes and kidney eyebrows derived from the 6-Series, expanded arches and sills, a new rear bumper, diffuser and vertical fog lamps. The car is topped off with huge BBS wheels.
The package was designed by Zaur Khalilov and was done using a 3D rendering software. And there is something the tuner would like to tell you: "Be individual, do not be afraid to take risks and enjoy the revolution." Interesting, no?
UPDATE 06/01/2010: Check out the new promo video made by Met-R for the new BMW X6 Interceptor! Just click on the picture above.
We’ve seen a race something like this before, but truth be told, that last drag race really wasn’t so much a race as it was a road slaughtering. This time however, the Nissan GT-R was armed and ready for battle against the Bugatti Veyron.
A Russian media site that calls itself Dragtimes.info prepared this race featuring the GT-R taking on the Veyron out on the streets of the Motherland. While it may seem like a mismatch on paper, this particular GT-R has been heavily-tuned to compete against the fastest and most powerful supercars in the world like, for instance, this Bugatti Veyron.
The Veyron clearly still has the legs over this tuned-up GT-R, but unlike their previous tilt, this GT-R clearly held its own, given the circumstances, against the Veyron.
Watch the video to see how this supercar showdown played out on the empty streets of Russia.
We wish we could come out with a reasonable explanation as to what this special-edition Rolls Royce Centurion - it’s the exact same one, actually - is doing sitting on a railway sidewalk. Unfortunately, we have neither explanations nor justifications; only speculations that this car may have been left out to dry by it’s owner - a Russian of some sort, we heard.
The car is actually a Rolls Royce Phantom that has been fully modded with an exclusive Centurion bodykit, upping its value to somewhere in the neighborhood of $450,000. That’s a lot for a car that’s now collecting snow and counts worn out tires and chopped wood among its companions.
From what we’ve also heard, this seemingly abandoned Rolls was once the property of a celebrity from Las Vegas, who then sold the car to a Russian buyer a few years ago, only to end up at the most unlikeliest of places. Poor Rolls, indeed.
Of course, Russian is not one of our languages, but the press release says that the F2 is "a practical car for practical people, solving practical problems". It is an universal vehicle that can be used as in the army and fire departments, emergency squads and emergency services.
Marussia states this car could appeal to the masses due to its functional interior and state-of-the-art electronics. The F2 SUV features safety-latched switches, turbine-shaped air vents, and flat panel monitors to woo consumers. It also boasts an infotainment unit that accommodates GPS, television programming, Bluetooth, and Skype. This unit comes standard on all Marussia models and Marussia says it is easily reconfigured to take into account any emerging technologies, sources, and formats.
We are happy that Marussia put a lot of work into the interior of this thing because, we gotta tell ya, the exterior isn’t so pretty. In fact, it’s downright hideous. It sure isn’t a B1 or B2 supercar, but then again, those weren’t exactly eye candy either. Russia - we say this with much respect - stick to vodka.
Drag races are always fun, especially when you have two cars that pretty much run on the same numbers. On the occasion where we find that one is vastly superior to the other, we don’t exactly see the point in having a race.
However, the Russians don’t roll like that. When they see two sports cars out on the streets, the natural inclination would be to strap up, turn the recorder on, and push the pedal to the metal.
In this video taken by Dragtimes, we have an Audi RS6 that comes with 750 horsepower running against a Nissan GT-R with 480 horsepower. It’s not exactly an even match-up, but it’s still worth watching.
Sometimes, a story just speaks for itself. No matter how you try to spin it or make it a little more interesting, the facts of the story alone are enough to get people hooked.
Jameslist recently posted a classic 1949 ZIS-110 limousine up on their classifieds. If that alone isn’t enough to get you intrigued – a car like that should be in a museum, not on an online classifieds! – then this next bit of information should do the trick: the car was used to be under the ownership of a pretty infamous fellow, one that goes by the name of Joseph Stalin.
Yep. That Joseph Stalin.
Built by Russian luxury carmaker Zil, the ZIS-110 is a modified version of the Packard Super Eight – another museum-worthy ride – and that Joseph Stalin, who was given a Packard Super Eight during the Second World War, took such a liking to the car that Zil decided to produce their own ‘version’ of the car, giving birth to the ZIS-110.
For three years, the ZIS-110 became the official parade car of Red Czar with this particular one being one of them. As is the case with most parade cars, this one has only 1,276 kilometers on its odometer. Add that to the fact that it was painstakingly restored to its original specifications a decade ago and you have a ZIS-110 that is in as good a condition as it can be.
The fact that one of the most infamous figures in modern history has ridden on it makes it all the more special.
The Russians are at it again and there seems to be no end in sight as to how over-the-top these guys can get when turning luxury cars into ridiculous four-door eye sores.
If you’ve the foggiest idea what we’re talking about, then we dare you to look at what they did to this Bentley Continental GT – or what used to be one. The work was done by – surprise, surprise – Russian tuners TopCar and Dartz, who collaborated on a project they have so affectionately called, the CA$H.CAMO Bentley Continental GT.
That’s no joke; they spelled ‘Cash’ with a ‘$’ sign instead of an ‘S’. Only the Russians, ladies and gentlemen!
And, by the way, we haven’t gotten to the juiciest part yet. Take a good look at the car and you’ll notice that it’s been wrapped using Kevlar vinyl that uses a camouflage color and combines it with a picture of a € 500 banknote. We wish we were joking on that last note but, unfortunately, we’re not. Wait, there’s more.
Not content with just looking like a banknote, both TopCar and Dartz even went as far as having the car’s surface feel like – wait for it – a banknote! If for nothing else, this CA$H.CAMO Bentley Continental GT will always remind you of the money you’re wasting when you but this piece of work.
But just to entice a little bit more, should you end up buying one of these cars, the tuners will throw in a bottle of RussoBaltique Vodka so you can probably drink your sorrows away after realizing you just made the worst purchase of your life.
Whatever the case may be, we certainly can’t fault the Russians for thinking so far out of the box, it was probably already thrown out to see. We just wish that they’d put their novelty thinking to good use and make something that wouldn’t make our eyes bleed.
Don’t think that’s possible? Look at that priceless ride again.
Yes, Russians are an eclectic group, to say the least. That we already know. What we still find hard to believe though, or at least hard to come to grips with is how far these Russians are going to go to become completely and legitimately off-the-rocker.
When we featured that Bentley Continental GT that was completely dressed from end to end in crocodile leather and told you that it came from the Motherland, not a lot of people were totally surprised by it. After all, this Bentley Suitcase Croco, which was designed by a Russian fashion house, is only the latest example of the abundance of eccentricity in that country.
Now, we discovered the official teaser video of the one-of-a-kind Bentley, which will make its debut somewhere in the near future. Watch the video and if you pay more attention, you’ll notice that there’s also something there that should catch your collective attention that is, if you’re a straight-on-the-cup man with a fascination for rear ends.
As usual, when it comes to cars that looks to have been the work of a mad scientist - or designer, for that matter - we immediately think assume that it came from the Motherland that is Russia. And to prove our point, we present you with this Bentley Continental GT that has been dressed from end to end in crocodile leather. The work of a Russian fashion house, the Bentley Suitcase Croco, as its come to be known, is just the latest example as to why Russia seems to have no shortage of eccentricity with this Bentley becoming living proof that in that part of the world, there’s no such thing as a crazy idea.
The Nissan Murano SUV is scheduled to be built at Nissan’s St. Petersburg production facility in Russia, the Japanese automaker recently announced.
This is good news for Nissan and the employment line in the St. Petersburg plant, which will see an increase in job opportunities sometime in June to accommodate the impending production start of the Murano sometime in 2011. According to Nissan, the decision to produce the Murano SUV in St. Petersburg, which will then be sold exclusively in Russia, will result in a spike in employment from 850 employees to about 1,450 employees. In addition to that, Nissan is planning to add a second shift to expedite the production of all the models being built in St. Petersburg.
As it stands, Nissan has sold around 9,000 Muranos in Russia since the SUV made its debut in the country a little over four years ago and with the production of the car being done in local soil, the company expects to see an upswing in sales in the near future.