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Jagged Edge: twin-turbo 5.3-L V12 motorcycle

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Right now, while you’re reading this, there’s a scion of Dr. Frankenstein out there somewhere, digging, chopping, cutting, welding, twisting auto parts into entirely new combinations. The man behind the UK shop Custom Mettle is one of them. Having a 5.3-liter Jaguar V12 with nothing to do, he added a few drinks (for himself), and go the idea to build this: the Jagged Edge.

But the V12 alone, obviously, wouldn’t be enough — so he swiped two turbos off of a Peugeot diesel engine, and bolted those on as well. He threw in the middle gearbox from a Yamaha XS1100, clutch and pressure plate from a Land Rover 110, release bearing from a Land Rover Freelander, and the front and rear wheels from a Kawasaki GPZ1000RX, the the The result: 400 BHP and 400 lb-ft. On two wheels. Or, in other words: freakish madness.

It’s for sale in the UK, it needs some work, and it’s not registered, but it’s only three thousand pounds. That’s pretty cheap for the chance to indulge your Road Warrior fantasies on Frankenstein’s monster. Check out the gallery of images below.

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[Source: eBay]

Gallery: Jagged Edge Twin Turbo V12 Motorcycle

 

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In case you were interested: The unabridged official UAW-GM contract

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For any of you with more than a passing interest in what actually settled the strike, the full contract between GM and the UAW has been posted. It’s 24 pages of minutiae, from relocation allowances to health insurance and, of course, pay. It speaks for itself — and for the UAW and GM. Some will find things to criticize, others to defend, the union. Either way, let the commenting begin.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

 

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VIDEO: Renault’s crash ballet car commercial

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Renault really got the creative juices flowing when it came time to brag up its glut of five star European crash test scores. The result is a new, 93 second TV spot. It starts off elegantly enough, but soon, side mirrors start to explode, and by the end, a couple of Renaults are going all Dukes of Hazzard on each other in a chassis-flexing, mid-air collision. Talk about good, clean, European fun. Check out the video after the jump.

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[Source: AOL Video]

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Thailand gov’t delivers crushing blow to Ferrari

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Thailand crushes a ferrari 456GTIn Thailand, exotic car theft is a pretty common occurrence, and thieves are pretty sophisticated about it, too. First, they make off with the vehicle’s important components. Then, after the police seize what’s left, the criminals purchase it at auction at about 15% of its value. This is “car laundering,” and local officials have caught on to the ruse. Now, rather than auction cars off to the people who stole them to begin with, the government will simply crush what’s left behind. Here’s an example.

In June, Thai officials seized a Ferrari 456GT that was stripped of its ABS brakes, transmission, wiring systems, and exhaust. In proper condition, the car would be valued somewhere between 30 and 40 million Baht. In its stripped state, it likely would have brought under Bt 5 million at auction. If the original thieves were to re-acquire the car at that low price, and then restore it to working order with its own stolen parts, it could be sold at a tidy profit. So the government decided to make an example of the GT and sell it off as scrap. Enter one heavy excavator, exit one Ferrari 2+2.

It’s a shame, really, but Thai authorities are serious about efforts to dissuade car laundering. At the very least, thieves won’t be flipping this one for a quick buck…er…Baht.

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[Sources: The Nation, WreckedExotics]

 

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2008 Honda Transalp debuts in Paris

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Besides all being categorized as “Adventure Touring” bikes, what do the Suzuki V-Strom series and Kawasaki’s new Versys have in common? They’re both less than 1000cc’s and sold in America. Not that we’re keeping track or anything, but so are the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure, Triumph Tiger 1050, Ducati Multistrada, Aprilia Caponord and even the new Benelli TreK 1130. Not so the Honda Transalp, which has just been completely refreshed and is being shown off at the Paris Motorcycle Show. Sporting a liquid-cooled V-Twin of just less than 700cc’s, the Transalp would make a very logical competitor to the aforementioned Versys 650 and V-Strom 650, wouldn’t you say? It’s not so much that Honda’s own XR650L is a bad bike — it’s actually quite good at what it does — we just doubt that many potential buyers cross-shop the XR with bikes in the Adventure category. Consider too that BMW is rumored to be bringing a GS version of the new F800 stateside as well, and a strong argument could be made that Honda should enter the market.

Regardless of whether it comes to the U.S. or not, the Transalp is a fine Adventure Tourer. A look at our hosted pictures will show you that Honda has made some serious upgrades to their super-popular Euro-bound machine. Riders should enjoy the protection provided by the ample windscreen and fairing, and will likely find a comfortable riding position. Pictures also show the serious routing maneuvers the exhaust gases are forced to take as the bike has been made Euro 3 emissions compliant. If you’re reading this and you live in the States, take heart… Kawasaki saw fit to make their new Versys available here. Maybe Honda will show us some love too.

[Source: Motorcycle Daily]

Gallery: 2008 Honda Transalp

 

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Tokyo 2007 Preview: Suzuki Palette

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Suzuki Palette
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In addition to the numerous concepts we’ve shown you from Suzuki, the automaker will be unveiling a new JDM tall wagon, the Palette. With a wheelbase 40mm longer than the best-selling Wagon R, the Palette offers a little more comfort and a good dose of practicality thanks to a flat floor and dual sliders. Creature comforts such as Bluetooth, an MP3 player jack, and automatic A/C are also a given for Suzuki’s new family runabout.

[Sources: Suzuki, Autoblog Spanish]

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Aznom tunes the Fiat 500

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Click the image above to see the hi-res gallery of the Fiat 500 by Aznom

So far the aristocratic tuners at Castagna have given us MINI pickups, a psycho-retro rebodied Corvette Z06 codenamed Aznom, and, uh, this thing they call the Gran Tourer Sport. For their next trick, they tackle the Fiat 500. Surprisingly, for a car that looks like it’s about to go collect pollen, we don’t mind it. The car’s just so bloody cute, it Aznom gets away with it.

There are three versions: Amabile, Intrigante, and Seducente. They are loaded up with Alcantara throughout, as well as the most fascinatingly patterned wood. No word on whether the purse comes with one of them. There are also Aznom badges and stitching throughout, which was previously the name of a Castagna car, and now appears to be an entire brand.

Follow the jump for the press release — make sure you have a glass of Chianti and Puccini in the background for that first paragraph — and be sure to check out the hi-res images.

[Source: 4 Wheels Blog]

Gallery: Fiat 500 by Aznom

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Spy Shots: Is this the 2009 Chrysler 300?

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A sharp eyed poster over at GM Inside News happened to snag a shot of this mysterious sedan on Saturday morning in Auburn Hills, MI. The camo-covered car was coming out of the Chrysler tech center leading to speculation that this could be the next generation Chrysler 300. If it is, it would be as much of a departure from the current model as that was from the previous generation. The low roof gangster sedan styling is jetissoned in favour of something much more contemporary and potentially bland. After the disaster that was the new Sebring, maybe Chrysler has decided to play it safe with the LX replacement. Has anyone else seen this car, or have any information on it?

[Source: GM Inside News]

 

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Design detractors: Chevy Camaro will get a B-pillar

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While the concept car and the original Camaro were both hardtop coupes, the production version of the 2010 Camaro will gain a B-pillar. It may seem like a betrayal to some, and Rick Wagoner did pledge to make the production car virtually identical to the concept, but in the end, it’s no big deal. Actually, a B-pillar is a plus. The chassis will gain rigidity with the pillar there, and it’ll be easy enough to disguise. Paint it black, it’ll blend right in. Class rival Challenger has met the same fate – there will be no pillarless ponycar revival.

[Source: Inside Line]

 

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Spy Shots: Ford S-Max caught ’round the bend in L.A.

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One of the intrepid editors at Motor Trend snapped off a few shots of a manufacturer plate-equipped Ford S-Max making the rounds in Los Angeles. Yes, it is the exact same S-Max that Autoblog reader Ku Kim snapped back in late July. So, what does this mean? Currently: nothing. But we do know that Ford CEO Alan Mulally is hot on bringing some Euro-only models here to the States as a way to spread development costs. And a few of us around the Autoblog offices have maintained for a while that the S-Max would be a prime candidate for a people-mover revival here at home. We’ve even been told that it’s an entertain steer, something that the Freestar could never be accused of.

[Source: Motor Trend]

 

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