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The Range Rover Evoque has been stealing the show for the past year or so, but come 2013, the new Landrover Range Rover will be back in the saddle showing off its svelte aluminum body while still maintaining its offroad capabilities.

As promised, the new generation Range Rover is lighter, stronger, and more refined. Land Rover mostly focused on reducing the SUV’s total weight, and thanks to a revolutionary all-aluminum monocoque body structure combined with weight savings throughout the chassis and driveline, the new Range Rover is now 350 kilos (771 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model.

The new Range Rover will be offered with a choice of two diesel engines, plus a V8 supercharged with 510 HP. However, a diesel hybrid will join the line-up later in 2013.

The fourth generation Land Rover Range Rover will go on sale at the end of 2012. On the British market, prices will start from £71,295, or about $114,000 at the current exchange rates.

UPDATE 10/02/2012: Land Rover USA has announced prices for the new Range Rover unveiled in Paris. On the US market, the standard LR4 will be priced at $49,950 and the LR4 HSE at $54,175. Price includes $850 destination and delivery.

More on the 2013 Landrover Range Rover after the jump.

After debuting the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept back in April, Jeep has unveiled the production version which is set to arrive in showrooms in October 2012. According to Jeep, the Trailhawk is the perfect "evidence that even the most awarded SUV ever, and the most capable Grand Cherokee ever, can get even better."

The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will be offered with both V6 and V8 engines and will add a series of updates that will make it significantly better than the standard Grand Cherokee. These updates include a Quadra-Lift air suspension, with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance; Selec-Terrain traction control system with five settings: Snow, Rock, Sand/Mud, Sport and Auto; a Rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential; and
Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (just for the V8 models).

Customers will distinguish the new Trailhawk Edition from the standard model thanks to its new signature red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging and tow hooks, black-surround headlamps, unique gray grille surround, side mirrors, rear light bar, 4x4 badge, and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. The model will be offered in five exterior colors - Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel, and Deep Cherry Red - combined with a black hood decal with a red accent stripe. For the interior, Jeep will add black leather and performance suede seats with red accent stitching and front and rear Mopar slush floor mats.

A new edition of the all-purpose Jeep Wrangler is expected to hit dealerships later this year. Unlike most of its predecessors , though, this one comes with the Moab seal of approval because, well, it’s called the Wrangler Moab Edition.

This Wrangler takes its name from being named after the Moab Easter Safari with a style that alludes itself to possessing style and rugged effectiveness.The steel bumpers are one of the first distinguishable characteristics of the Wrangler Moab Edition. The sculpted hood is also uniquely noticeable as are the rock sliders on the sills, and the number of exterior color options, including Black, White, Gecko, Dozer, Crush, and Rock Lobster.

As far as performance, the Wrangler Moab Edition is powered by the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that the rest of the Wrangler line-up comes in. Likewise, a limited-slip rear differential comes as standard for most trims, with the Sport and Sahara models having it as added options. Other standard features that come on the Wrangler Moab Edition include newly contoured seats and trim, a lever for one-handed rear-seat folding, ambient cabin lighting, and a second windshield washer nozzle.

The Wrangler Moab Edition will be available for both the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions. No final word on pricing yet, but expect that to be announced soon leading up to the model’s dealership debut in a few months.

British tuner Kahn Design has probably built programs that run the whole gamut of Land Rover models. And with the success they’ve had, it’s hardly surprising that Kahn Design isn’t stopping any time soon. Next up on their list is the Land Rover Defender , or as they prefer to call it, the Concept 17 Defender.

Unlike most of their recent programs, Kahn Design took the curious route of releasing renderings of the project before it’s been completed. Nevertheless, you don’t doubt these guys, especially when it comes to projects like this. And true to form, they appear to have the goods locked, stocked, and ready to rock.

The aerodynamic kit includes plenty of new components, including a bespoke paint finish that can be bullet-proofed, a four-piece arch kit, new mud flaps, a spare wheel cover, a custom exhaust system, a customized interior, and a new set of 18" Kahn RS Defender wheels.

The final version of the Concept 17 Defender will be unveiled at a later date. For now, indulge yourselves in these rendering photos.

For anyone that got a chance to see the wreck-fest that was also known as the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) , you may have noticed an odd vehicle resting just inside the top-10 standings. This vehicle was a Polaris RZR-X... That’s right, a UTV managed to sneak its way into the top-10 with a finishing time of 10:40.669.

This is not a normal RZR-X that you would see sitting in a local bike shop. Oh, no. It’s owner, Doug Siddens, and his crew have this RZR-X tuned to the gills, making it outrun some of the most exotic cars in the world.

In addition, if you were to sit this RZR next to any other RZR in the world, you would barely be able to tell that they are the same vehicle. Doug’s beast features all of the fixins needed to make it into a true race car, err, race UTV.

Mr. Siddens was so kind to actually take the time out to send us a laundry list of what the vehicle has and we chose to provide our readers with a full review of this amazing Polaris RZR.

Click past the jump to read this entire review, as well as see some awesome pics and videos of Doug’s impressive Polaris.

Source: RZRForums

The post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max is set to return to theaters for the first time since 1985 and while Mel Gibson will not be in the movie, the reins of Mad Max will be in good hands with Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road .

As a movie that’s set in a world unlike the one we live in, you can expect little semblance of normalcy and bountiful doses of unorthodox. One element about the franchise that has become a critical part in the story are the cars-of-choice. Surely, you’ll remember some of them, including the Mad Max Interceptor, the Yellow Pursuit, and the Night Rider. Well, the fourth installment of the franchise promises to offer heaps of automotive oddities.

A few production photos from the movie have already revealed some of the cars you’ll see in the movie and trust us, we had just as hard a time trying to describe them as you probably will. Nevertheless, our best descriptions include a porcupine-like heavy-load, construction vehicle, a classic vehicle with a larger chassis and suspension with what looks like guns where the driver’s side mirror used to be, and last but not least, some heavy metal Big Foots ready to trample everything on sight.

If these descriptions don’t paint a clear enough picture, you can check out the photos and see for yourself.

When us 30-somethings were kids, Powerwheels cars were all the rage. We could drive our own miniature car at a snail’s pace for roughly 10 minutes before the battery drained and left us stranded wherever we were. Those 10 minutes were typically the highlight of our week, despite the fact that molasses could flow down the road faster than our Powerwheels car could drive.

Well, FFTEC Motorsports, who is best known for building monster Mitsubishis , Porsches , Subarus , etc., decided that, after one of its employee’s son wore the rubber wheels off of his Lightning McQueen Powerwheels, it was time for some minor modifications.

FFTEC completely stripped the guts from the Powerwheels car, leaving pretty much just the plastic body. From there, FFTEC installed an aluminum sub-chassis in the rear end and installed new bearing-style hubs with disc brakes. On these hubs are a set of rubber all-terrain tires, so the Powerwheels car could literally put rubber to the road instead of plastic.

FFTEC didn’t stop there, as technicians decided that the car just wasn’t quite fast enough, so they installed a 500-watt, 0.66-horsepower electric motor to drive the rear wheels via a chain system. They also installed 24-volt gel batteries to help prolong the car’s running life. Also part of the build is a variable-speed throttle, in placer of the Powerwheels all-or-nothing throttle, and a Sparco battery cutoff switch.

After it was all said and done, FFTEC produced a video and slapped it on YouTube for us to see. Have a look for yourself and think about how you could have easily beaten everyone in the Driveway Le Mans Series of Powerwheels.

Nice job FFTEC!

If auto tuning was an actual Olympic event, British tuner Kahn Design would probably be the odds-on favorite to win the most gold medals by sheer quantity of programs alone. Don’t sleep on these guys though, because they’ve got top-class quality covered too.

For their latest offering, Azfal Kahn and his team decided to go the utilitarian route by releasing a new program for the Jeep Wrangler , called the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 Expedition Vehicle.

The most distinguishable element of the program for the Chelsea Truck CJ 300 is its military green paint finish, which pretty much gives away the underlying purpose of the vehicle. Moreover, a lot of intricate modifications were given to the Wrangler to ensure that it keeps true to its new looks, including the smoked headlights and indicators to go with LED daytime running lights. The front grille was also abjectly modified to give the Wrangler’s front profile a more menacing look while also getting some technical boost thanks to new openings on the valance and grille area, providing better airflow to the radiator, intercooler and brakes. etc. Over at the back, Kahn Design added a new enamel tailgate, cross hair exhausts in stainless steel, and a new 20" smoked black Kahn RS spare wheel.

Moving inside, the British tuner added heated perforated leather seats with matching stitching, aluminum pedals, and a red speedometer and rev counter fascia to complete the aesthetic overhaul for this off-road menace.

We still have to wait a long time before the 2012 SEMA Auto Show officially starts, but there are already a few vehicles getting prepped for their big day. One of these models is a ruggedly eccentric Wrangler Crush Recovery designed by famed Jeep builder, Dave Doetsch.

His project is based on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon , the most capable off-road vehicle on the market. The new Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery" was outfitted with more than 60 of the latest products from OMIX’s family. These products include Alloy USA’s high-strength chromoly axle shafts, Rugged Ridge XHD modular aluminum bumpers, and new half doors for the Jeep. Topping off the accessories is an Orange Crush exterior paint finish, which is where the name of the project comes from.

Before its official launch in SEMA, the Wrangler Unlimited "Crush Recovery" will be unveiled to selected customers at the 2012 Airpark Jeep Jamboree in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 13, 2012.

From the people that once brought us the Prombron and subsequent variants of arguably one of the most unique armored cars in the world, Dartz is back with yet another creation: the Nagel Dakar. If the name strikes a bell, we’ll point out that the Nagel Dakar is named after Russian racing driver Andrew Nagel, the second place finisher at the 1912 Monte Carlo Rally.

Just like the Prombron, Dartz is wasting little time building up the Nagel Dakar, even going to the curious length of introducing it under a new class of cars it’s calling B.N.U.D.S.

So what exactly is B.N.U.D.S.? We’ll save that for information after the jump. For now, Dartz’s introduction of the Nagel Dakar comes with a pair of renderings to give us an idea on what the car looks like. Suffice to say, it looks exactly what Dartz has come to be known for in the industry: the creators of some of the most unique machineries in the world.

Find out more about the Nagel Dakar - and what B.N.U.D.S. means - after the jump.


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