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    New York Auto Show round-up and other news ...

    Hot on the heels of Auto Shanghai, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) opened its doors yesterday. A large number of manufacturers lined up with an interesting mix of green and/or high performance models. Scion surprised with the FR-S Sports Coupe Concept. The compact rear wheel driven coupe is another interpretation of the highly anticipated sports car that is currently being developed by Subaru and Toyota. Like the Toyota FT-86 II shown earlier this year in Geneva, the FR-S looks ready to hit the roads.
    Ford revealed a revised version of the highly acclaimed Taurus introduced a few years ago. The range will once again be topped by the SHO, powered by a 365 bhp V6 engine. Just like its predecessor the sophisticated machines comes standard with all wheel drive and a six-speed gearbox.
    Over at the Chrysler Group, the SRT8 range was expanded with two new models, both using a 465 bhp V8. Jeep added its most powerful car yet; the Grand Cherokee SRT8, while Chrysler introduced the 300 SRT8 based on the second generation 300.
    Meanwhile Bentley announced a limited production run of the Continental Supersports Convertible ISR. ISR is short of Ice Speed Record and is a reference to the record speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) clocked by rally Juha Kankkunen in a similar car on a frozen lake earlier this year. Among the revisions compared to the 'standard' version are tweaks to the engine that bring the power up to a neck-snapping 631 bhp.
    Sister companies Opel and Vauxhall announced extra spicy versions of the already hot Corsa. Dubbed the OPC and VXR Nurburgring Editions respectively, the small pocket rockets feature a diminutive four cylinder engine that thanks to turbo still produces a commendable 210 bhp.

    Enjoy the links:

    2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Chrysler 300 SRT8 - Images, Specifications and Information

    2012 Ford Taurus SHO - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Opel Corsa OPC Nrburgring Edition - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Scion FR-S Sports Coupe Concept - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nrburgring Edition - Images, Specifications and Information

    2011 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary - Images, Specifications and Information
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    Can't help wanting the big Chrysler a bit...
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    Would you consider it a sacrilege if it was available over here as the Thema 8.32?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonOfTheDead View Post
    Would you consider it a sacrilege if it was available over here as the Thema 8.32?
    Yes.

    This car only works as a big lump of american iron. Now if they put the Maserati V8 there instead...
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    8.16 you mean !?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wouter Melissen View Post
    8.16 you mean !?
    If you have to be provocative, do it well.

    On the other hand if this engine can fit in there, a V8 Maserati would probably spare quite some room. Waiting for some (proper) Italian-American to do the swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonOfTheDead View Post
    On the other hand if this engine can fit in there, a V8 Maserati would probably spare quite some room. Waiting for some (proper) Italian-American to do the swap.
    If it was to be really done, it would be a curious situation.

    Like the american-italian hybrids of the 60's, only the other way round.
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    And terrible.. surely there'd be a torque deficit that way around.
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    Handling deficit would be there as well.

    Probably.

    So yes, it's a actually a terrible idea.

    Let's do it. I like it.
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    It wouldn't result, on paper, that different from the "small" Maserati sedan I guess.
    It won't be based on this car, afaik, but some components will obviously be shared, starting with the 8 speed transmission. It's autobox, but at least Maserati will completely avoid the DCT ballasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    Handling deficit would be there as well.

    Probably.

    So yes, it's a actually a terrible idea.

    Let's do it. I like it.
    KFR can do the job, and race it in some series that allows "hybrid" sedans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitdy View Post
    KFR can do the job, and race it in some series that allows "hybrid" sedans.

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    I've been taken out of the loop I see... I'm going to sue you both over the infringement of the deal my 33,33333333333333333333333% share guaranteed.

    Besides, that championship is called "Super Stars".
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonOfTheDead View Post
    I've been taken out of the loop I see... I'm going to sue you both over the infringement of the deal my 33,33333333333333333333333% share guaranteed.

    Besides, that championship is called "Super Stars".
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    Gah! Why did I do KFR, not KFL!

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    'Small Maserati'.. fancied up 200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimento View Post
    'Small Maserati'.. fancied up 200.
    Not exactly, something like a 5-series.
    Don't know what size they are aiming for with the next Qp though.
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