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Citroën offers boy-racer-look C1 Chrono

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Citroën’s C1 supermini is getting some new casualwear from the French automaker. Last week, the automaker released the C1 Chrono. Mechanically identical to any other C1 with the 68-horse 1.0i 3-cylinder, the C1 Chrono is equipped with a — wait for it, kids — tachometer! The little rev counter is mounted on a stalk attached to the main instrument cluster.

The addition of basic instrumentation is also celebrated through the application of race-look body decals and the installation of white rearview mirror housings. Très sportif, indeed! 14″ alloys keep the pert little Citroën planted to Parisian streets. Inside, white-faced gauge and an RDS radio with CD complete the deal. Only 800 will be made available and pricing ranges from €10,950 to €11,850 depending on bodystyle and transmission selection. Full details in the press release after the jump.

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Autoblog’s #2 Most-Read Post of the Year

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Never underestimate the power of geeks is the lesson we learned from Autoblog’s #2 Most-Read Post of the Year, titled “Pics of Nissan Terranaut reveal vehicle perfect for Picard and his crew.” The Terranaut is a forgettable concept CUV with obvious sci-fi overtones that was developed by Nissan of Europe early in 2006. Had the title not contained “Picard and his crew,” this post would have been passed over by most. With the reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation in place, however, the post was submitted to the social news bookmarking site digg.com, where it stands, we believe, as our most dugg post ever with 2,252 diggs. It was even mentioned by Digg founder Kevin Rose and his co-host Alex Albrecht on the Diggnation Podcast. No doubt thousands of trekkies around the globe were introduced to Autoblog because of this post and what they thought might be a new whip for the Away Team, as it has been viewed 345,709 times since it was posted on February 15th. Had it not been for Picard and his crew, however, this Terranaut post would’ve boldly gone nowhere.

The list so far:
Autoblog’s #5 Most-Read Post of the Year
Autoblog’s #4 Most-Read Post of the Year
Autoblog’s #3 Most-Read Post of the Year

 

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BMW M3 featured in Feb. issue of CAR

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The February issue of CAR Magazine based in the U.K. isn’t set to go on newsstands until January 3rd. The cover, however, which reveals what appears to be an official shot of the new BMW E92 M3 rear end, is already up on the buff book’s website, while pages of the accompanying article are being hosted on M3Post.com and GermanCarScene (we’ll refrain from posting them here on account of the obvious illegality of scans).

In the issue, the BMW M3 is called The Most Exciting Car of the Year, no doubt due to the anticipation of its release, which has been fueled by a steady stream of spy shots and rumors of a 400+ hp V8 under the car’s long hood. The article inside the issue states that the new M3 will cost £48,000 GBP, or about $94,000 USD (!) if you trust exchange rates. It goes on to reveal that the engine is indeed a 4.0-liter V8 producing 420bhp, but that the motor can only propel the M3 to 62mph in 4.9 seconds. The current M3 with “only” a 333-hp, 3.2-liter inline-six can manage that in skilled hands, which casts some doubt on the information provided (an over 100% price increase, seriously?). So take the info with a grain of salt, but the scans of CAR Magazine’s February issue sure look like official shots from the manufacturuer to us.
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[Source: M3Post.com via GermanCarScene]

 

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Give your hot rod the gift of… Zirconia

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No ersatz diamonds here, but the Zirconia based coating from Zircotec in the UK will help your vehicle be more durable and powerful. The Zircotec ceramic coating was developed for the nuclear industry and has been proven in automotive applications by several Formula 1 teams. The purpose of the coating is to increase engine efficiency, improve aesthetics and improve thermal management. Older cars don’t have the ability to manage the heat generated by their powertrain as effectively as more modern designs. There are also those pesky laws of thermodynamics and physics – a turbocharger housing is going to get bloody hot, no matter what. With a cherry red turbo snail, you’d best make sure anything that can burn or melt is well insulated. Coating parts like exhaust manifolds will improve engine efficiency by keeping the ambient temperature of the engine bay down, a by-product of which is lower intake plumbing temperatures. Turbocharged engines will also see a performance increase. The turbine is driven by the expansion of exhaust gas as it cools, and keeping the heat in the exhaust stream allows the turbos to spool harder. Engine blocks and intake manifolds also see benefits when coated, due to better insulation.

The Zircotec coating is so good at providing a thermal barrier that a motorcycle racing team discovered they could remove exhaust pipes without gloves, while the gasses coursing through the pipes were, uh, piping hot. The Zircotec coating sounds like it’s well-suited to keeping your vintage sports car from cooking you, or making sure that the 502 you stuffed in your Chevette doesn’t blister the paint on the quarter panels due to heat coming off the headers. We’d love to try it out and see for ourselves. No longer burning our fingerprints off on the hot parts underhood sounds like it might be worth the shipping.

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RUMOR MILL: New platform for Colorado/Canyon/H3 in the works?

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One of the more common complaints about the GMT355-based trucks (Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Hummer H3) is their lack of power. When the H3 debuted, there were rumblings of the 5.3L V8 being slid into its butched-to-the-max bodywork. Unfortunately, someone forgot to measure the transmission. It turns out the V8 with the 6-speed automatic will not fit, and that’s the combo the General desires to offer in their smallest trucks. To accomplish that goal, the GMT-355 platform is reportedly going under the knife. No word whether it’ll take a stage name when the surgery is over, or if the moniker will stay GMT355, but look for the revised platform under the reportedly forthcoming Hummer H4. Following soon after will be a new Colorado, which is said to look something like Colorado Crew Cab Z71 Plus SEMA concept pictured above. The overwhelmed 5-cylinder is also rumored to be taking a sidestep – giving the 6-cylinder Atlas a place to live. We can only hope the quality of the interior will come up as well. The current GMT-355 trucks aren’t filled with materials comparable to the Tacoma, for instance, but the sticker wants to play in that realm. Rebates to the rescue, but our real hope is that the next Colorado is good enough to stand on its own

[Source: GM Inside News]

 

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Hyundai Equus spied in Detroit

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Hyundai EqqusWinding Road has new shots posted of the disguised Hyundai Equus doing the prototype steeplechase on the roads around metropolitan Detroit. To review, the Equs will be Hyundai’s new flagship sedan when it debuts sometime in ’07 as a 2008 model. It’s expected to be offered with both V6 and V8 power, and will likely retail in the $30,000-$35,000 range.

WR notes that the white car they saw testing had an upscale interior treatment that emulated the ones seen on the Japanese luxomarques, while the C-pillar incorporates a very Bimmer-like kink. The Equus will be an interesting one to watch when it ultimately arrives. If the styling’s right and the pricing really is in the range we mentioned above, it won’t be surprising to see people give it a try. We figure V8 power at V6 pricing should make for a nice selling point.

Time will tell, and we hope to see it revealed during the 2007 auto show season. For more spy shots, head over to Winding Road.

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Ford’s big gun for Detroit: the Mustang-based Interceptor Concept

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Though AutoWeek was chastised for claiming Ford was working on sedan and even wagon variants of the iconic Mustang coupe, the automaker is certainly considering using the Stang’s underpinnings for other vehicles. The Interceptor, in Ford’s defense, is not so much a four-door Mustang as it is a sedan that’s based on the Mustang’s chassis. In fact, Ford made an obvious effort to make the Interceptor not look like a four-door Mustang, instead grafting on the front end of the Super Chief truck concept that debuted in Detroit last year. The Interceptor also has a mighty engine to back up its beefy looks, a 5.0-liter version of Ford’s 4.6-liter Cammer engine that produces 400 horsepower on E85 ethanol.

The Interceptor, ladies and gentlemen, is Ford’s stunner concept for the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Think about it, the Interceptor combines qualities of the two things that Ford does best, the Mustang and trucks, in one tidy, mass-marketable, rear-wheel drive package. It’s slab-sided hotness reminds us of the 427 Concept from 2003, but with some extra chunkiness tossed in for good measure. Seriously, though, this car should be built, if not for the fact it’s a slick way to profit from the Mustang connection, but also because Ford is going to need a large, rear-wheel drive car that’s competitive in the very near future. Sorry Vickie, you just can’t hold a candle to the Chrysler 300 or GM’s upcoming Zeta-based sedans. The Interceptor looks like it can.

Check out Ford’s official press release on the Interceptor after the jump, and click on the pic above to see a high-resolution version for you desktop.

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Autoblog Night Watch: Getaway in Stockholm Part Deux

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After last night’s viewing of the original Getaway in Stockholm we thought we’d share the second installment of the seven part series with you.

What this film lacks in shooting angles, it makes up for in length, bug splattering on the bumper mounted camera and sheer stupidity. Still, we could think of worse things to do than watching a MkIV Supra and a blown Escort hammering it through the urban confines of Stockholm.

 

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Live in Florida? Are you a Mechanic? Come work for Mosler

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How did you find your last gig? Craig’s List? Help Wanted ad? Nepotism? Supercar builder Mosler took an interesting tact to find mechanically inclined talent in the land of oranges and botched ballots, by placing a full-page, color advert in Grassroots Motorsports.

The company is in search of all manner of mechanics that can help produce the automaker’s 200 MPH supercar at their new plant in south Florida. Winding Road has all the deets if you aren’t currently a subscriber to one of the few great mags available, so follow the “read” link if you think you have what it takes.

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Officially Official: 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

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The Detroit Auto Show traditionally belongs to the domestic automakers, who pull out all the stops as they unveil some of their best and brightest new products and concepts. This year, however, the ultimate showstopper may well be located at the Rolls-Royce display. The fabled British marque (now owned by BMW, of course) has chosen Detroit to reveal the 2008 Phantom Drophead Coupe, a jaw-droppingly spectacular 4-seat convertible aimed squarely at Bentley’s Azure.

The Drophead Coupe is, for all intents and purposes, a perfect production interpretation of RR’s 100EX concept car, which made its debut at 2004’s Geneva show. The key elements of the 100EX remain — the thin LED headlamps, rear-opening “suicide” doors, brushed steel hood and A-pillar, and teak decking aft of the passenger compartment are all here. The V16 that powered the 100EX is replaced in the Drophead Coupe by the Phantom sedan’s proven 6.75L V12., which generates 453 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. That’s enough to propel the 5775-pound droptop to 60 mph in approximately 5.7 seconds.

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Follow the jump for more of our take, an animation of the roof mechanism, plus the official (and very long) press release and tech specs from Rolls-Royce. If you’d like to have the Drophead Coupe grace your desktop, check out our mega-gallery of over 60 hi-res photos.

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