The Chevrolet Tahoe which is already a class leader in fuel economy is now featuring the first full-size hybrid SUV. Available in both a 2WD and 4wd version the Tahoe hybrid features a hybrid system that was developed with BMW and Daimler-Chrysler features an electric motor and generator coupled with Chevrolet’s Vortec V8 engine that puts out 300 horsepower. This new system is similar to the system used in the Toyota Prius and enables the Tahoe to accelerate with the gasoline engine shut-off. GM will also be using this hybrid technology in the Escalade when that is put into production as a hybrid model. This two-mode system paired with a lower stance of the car, lower road resistance tires, a more streamlined front end and a lift-gate and hood that are made of aluminum are supposed to give the new Tahoe a 25% savings in fuel economy when compared to conventional Tahoes. Also when the Tahoe has Chevrolet’s Active-Fuel Management system GM is claiming fuel efficiency up to 50% better than normal Tahoes.
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is now available at your local Chevrolet dealer. (Dan) [READ MORE...]
In April, the reinvented Dodge Challengers will hit the streets. The only model of it to be release in 2008 will be the SRT-8, which will be powered by the all famous 6.1 liter Hemi V-8. The engine pushes out an awesome 425 horse power and 420 lb-ft of torque. For the first year, the Challenger will only be released with a five speed automatic transmission. Those who desire a manual transmission will have to wait for the new models in 2009. Also in 2009, less powerful models will be offered at a lower price. To reintroduce the car onto the market, The Challenger will only be sprayed in “Hemi orange”, black and silver. This rear wheel drive beast lives up to its father, the original Challenger that was unveiled in 1970. The interior of the car is very spacious; even though it’s a two door coupe, it has plenty of room to fit four adults. It comes standard with 6 disc CD/MP3/DVD radio and premium leather bucket seats. For the first model year, only 6400 Challengers will be released, each with its own numbered plaque mounted inside the car. This car is a definite purchase for any muscle car fanatic, but they won’t last forever so buy one while you can. These cars will go fast!! (Mike)
The M3 from BMW goes on sale in 2008 in both coupe and sedan form, they also plan on putting out a hard-top convertible version also. Starting at about $60,000 BMW has gone with an aluminum V8 engine for the new M3 putting out 414 horsepower and 295 lb. ft of torque. Coming on the heels of previous track oriented models the new M3 has a lot of expectations to live up to and BMW say that it is more than up to the task. With a carbon fiber roof to save weight and a race-developed SMG transmission, paired with a plush leather interior with all the accoutrements of a luxury car, the new BMW M3 is sure to make a great car to cruise down Sunset Blvd. and to work during the week while also being more than capable at the track that same weekend. (Dan)
Nissan comes back to the supercar realm with a bang!! After 6 years of missing in action the GTR legend has come back to wow us all, and this time it’s coming to America. Leaving behind the “Skyline” marquee, the now simply named “GTR”, is expected to be on sale in North America as a 2009 model in late June of 2008. Powered by a 3.8 Liter, twin turbo-charged V-6 engine, the R35 will have 480 horsepower and will do 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. It also comes standard with a state of the art all-wheel drive layout with a twin-clutch, paddle shift transmission. The interior features two full leather bucket seats up front and usable rear seats. Also an upgraded stereo is available compliments of BOSE. The exterior of the car features standard front and rear spoilers, a quad tip exhaust system and also 20” wheels fitted with Bridgestone RE070 tires. With anticipated and proven levels of performance, the Nissan GTR is expected to rival performance levels of the $126,000 Porsche 911 Turbo all while costing about $70,000. Look out for the new GTR, its coming….fast. (Dan)