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Okay this thread is for those of use that keep up to date on automotive news. Post any car related news story's, pics and links here.

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Tesla Roadster Now Legal For Sale In US
(via engadget)


Between all the hoopla surrounding "temporary transmissions" and ever-shifting EPA range targets, one critical aspect of the Tesla Roadster's long, strange trip to market has been mostly overlooked: federal safety approval. Yep, no matter how sleek, fast, and quiet the little red (green) machine might be, Uncle Sam still needed to make sure the signals signaled and the bumpers bumped -- but according to a post on the Tesla blog by a VP named Malcom Powell, the Roadster is now fully approved and can legally go on sale. Don't jump for the piggy bank just yet, though -- while Elon Musk will be getting his straight off, everyone else will have to wait until March 17th for the production line to kick into gear. Once that happens, though, Tesla says it'll churn out 40 of the $100,000 cars per week -- so hopefully that waiting list'll get trimmed soonish.


2008 Lexus IS-F Review
(via TTAB)


Hammering the IS-F through the sleepy desert two-lanes of Rosamond, California, I tried to remind myself: “I’m driving a Lexus.” But the 416-horsepower sedan leaves little time for inner monologues. Caned hard, the IS-F reels in straight-aways like King Triton's spey rod. Corners arrive before your consciousness can catch up. Quick! Turn in, dip the throttle, unwind the hefty steering and feel the skittering rear wheels rotate you through the apex. Then look down at the silver “L” pointing at your chest. Cognitive dissonance much?
Full review
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/reviews/2008-lexus-is-f-review/


Audi Driver Kills Teen, Sues Dead Youth's Family Over Car Damage
via Jalopnik

In what can only be called the worst case of AADS (Asshole Audi Driver Syndrome) ever recorded, Tomas Delgado, a Spanish businessman, is suing the family of a boy he killed while speeding in his Audi A8. The accident caused 14,000 Euros of damage to the all-aluminum luxury car, and Delgado is also looking to cover the additional 6,000 Euros in transportation costs he incurred while the Audi was in the shop. He argues that his 17-year-old victim, Enaitz Iriondo, who was wearing dark clothes while cycling at night, caused the damage while he was in the process of having his young life snuffed out by Delgago's hurtling death chariot. Quoting Mr. Delgado--and please restrain your urge to vomit here: "I'm also a victim in all of this, you can't fix the lad's problems, but you can fix mine." His lawyer, Beelzebub, Esq., offered no comment on the case, which will see an expected verdict on January 30 and perhaps witness the Earth open up to swallow Delgado whole.
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The Tesla is going to be slow as balls in a straight line...

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/roadsters/tesla-solves-gearbox-problem-with-new-one-speed-unit/


The roadster’s gestation has been a turbulent one. Not only did the engineering team suffer some major technical problems, forcing the original specifications to be changed, but the company also underwent a major management reshuffle as well. According to Tesla, to overcome the previous technical problems, the first batch of cars, dubbed ‘P1,’ will come with an interim two-speed transmission that meets durability requirements but limits acceleration to a disappointing 5.7 seconds for the 0-60mph sprint.
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Sticky this??
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Meh, I don't really like electric cars, petrol FTW!!!
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The possibilities of electric powered cars are endless.
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Honda Accord Tourer Concept released at Franfurt Motor Show. http://world.honda.com/news/2007/4070911Accord-Tourer-Concept-and-i-DTEC/photo/index.html#1

More importantly, Honda releases the I-DTEC Engine! Yay! http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/09/honda-displays-.html
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2009 Hummer H3T: Unofficially Revealed
(via Jalopnik)


What an exciting day it is for fans of the Hummer brand, with the 2009 Hummer H3T embargo catastrafuck giving the truck all sorts of play on the internet. Since bringing you the first Truck Trend H3T scans, we've gotten a lot more information thanks to PickupTrucks.com, which had the first H3T post up on the web. What do we know about the new H3T? It's the same Colorado/H3 architecture but built to accommodate both the crew cab and the five-foot-long bed. There will be four versions offered, including the base version with the Vortec 3.7-liter inline-five (245 hp/242 lb.-ft.) and the H3T Alpha, which comes with the 5.3L small-block V8 (300 hp/320 lb.-ft.). Customers are going to have a choice of either a heavy-duty handling and trailering suspension or an off-road version that comes with 33-inch tires. Bizarre notions of masculinity not standard on this model as Hummer predicts customers will themselves supply that.
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4wdcelica wrote:

The Tesla is going to be slow as balls in a straight line...

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/roadsters/tesla-solves-gearbox-problem-with-new-one-speed-unit/


The roadster’s gestation has been a turbulent one. Not only did the engineering team suffer some major technical problems, forcing the original specifications to be changed, but the company also underwent a major management reshuffle as well. According to Tesla, to overcome the previous technical problems, the first batch of cars, dubbed ‘P1,’ will come with an interim two-speed transmission that meets durability requirements but limits acceleration to a disappointing 5.7 seconds for the 0-60mph sprint.


5.7 Isn't THAT bad... it's the same as what my WRX did stock. The car should still be quite quick around a track, which is where it really belongs.
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^I really want to see how it does on a track. Since it should have no torque curves it should be able to explode out of corners.
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Max_Archer wrote:


4wdcelica wrote:

The Tesla is going to be slow as balls in a straight line...

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/roadsters/tesla-solves-gearbox-problem-with-new-one-speed-unit/


The roadster’s gestation has been a turbulent one. Not only did the engineering team suffer some major technical problems, forcing the original specifications to be changed, but the company also underwent a major management reshuffle as well. According to Tesla, to overcome the previous technical problems, the first batch of cars, dubbed ‘P1,’ will come with an interim two-speed transmission that meets durability requirements but limits acceleration to a disappointing 5.7 seconds for the 0-60mph sprint.


5.7 Isn't THAT bad... it's the same as what my WRX did stock. The car should still be quite quick around a track, which is where it really belongs.


Well for the price of that thing, you would expect more.
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Any thoughts on the Lexus LF-A concept car?
oh, that mazda ad is quite interesting!
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First Drive: Hitting the road in the Tesla Roadster!
(via ABG)


Ever since Tesla Motors emerged from its Silicon Valley startup stealth mode in July 2006, the company has been getting a remarkable amount of media attention. Obviously, a lot of chatter came from the automotive media. However, given the people involved, its location and the nature of the car, plenty of outlets who would normally ignore a new car announcement suddenly became obsessed with this aspiring manufacturer. While millions of words have been spilled onto page and screen, until now no one outside the company and only a few customers have been able to speak from first hand knowledge behind the wheel of the Roadster.
Full Review - http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/01/28/abg-first-drive-hitting-the-road-in-the-tesla-roadster/


YES! 3.2 Roadster is Coming Stateside
(via Jalopnik)


YES! Have confirmed that the 3.2 Roadster will be sold in America. Usually, we in the US are left to look on in envy as Europeans get all manner of wacky low-volume sportscars, but the firm's parent company, Funke & Will AG (How's that for '80s flashback?), will be showing the vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show in February. Sales will commence later this year. The base Roadster has a 3.2L Volkswagen V6 with 255bhp powering 890kgs. A Turbo model brings 355bhp and a 0-60 time of 3.8secs, while a further 415bhp upgrade is capable of nearly 200mph. No prices yet, but the company plans on announcing which dealerships they'll be working with in late February, so expect more details then.
Full Story - http://jalopnik.com/349789/yes-32-roadster-is-coming-stateside


2008 Ferrari F430 Review
(via TTAC)


The days when Ferrari and Lamborghini were the sole, unquestionable, untouchable owners of the “supercar” moniker are gone. The Carrera GT’s clutch may have permanently besmirched Porsche’s “everyday supercar” rep, but the roadster's at least as dramatic as Maranello’s magic mounts. The SLR may be a dour machine driven by a brain-dead debutante, but the scissor-doored McMerc still has supercar written all over it. And those pesky Americans keep doing things to the Corvette that increase its credibility in the field of extreme machines. So is the “entry level” Ferrari F430 becoming a little, uh, pedestrian?
Full Review - http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/reviews/2008-ferrari-f430-review/



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