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Top 50 Memorable Movie Cars

2011-03-03T00:48:59.436-08:00

The rotten tomatoes have come up with their own list of the world’s most memorable movie cars. I know some of you are familiar with these spectacular vehicles. From the top 50 list, I took the top 10 cars that made a full blast in the silver screens.

10. Mr. Frye's Ferrari
Type of car: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB
Special features: attracts joyriding parking attendants
Appears in: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

9. Tim Burton's Batmobile
Type of car: GM Batmobile
Special features: Turbine, remote control, shields
Appears in: Batman, Batman Returns

8. Starsky's Gran Torino
Type of car: 1976 Ford Gran Torino
Special features: Mag wheels, custom paint
Appears in: Starsky & Hutch

7. Bandit's Trans Am
Type of car: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Special features: T-tops, CB Radio
Appears in: Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II

6. Ecto-1
Type of car: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor
Special features: Siren, sliding proton pack storage
Appears in: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2

5. James Bond's Aston Martin DB5
Type of car: 1963 Aston Martin DB5
Special features: Oil slick, smoke screen, ejector seat, radar tracking system, machine guns, revolving license plates
Appears in: Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Cannonball Run, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale

4. Bullitt's Mustang
Type of car: 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback
Special features: Makes you feel almost as cool as Steve McQueen
Appears in: Bullitt

3. The General Lee
Type of car: 1969 Dodge Charger
Special features: Extensive race modifications, musical horn
Appears in: The Dukes of Hazzard

2. Herbie
Type of car: 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle)
Special features: Ultimate cruise control
Appears in: The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie: Fully Loaded

1. Doc Brown's De Lorean
Type of car: 1981 De Lorean DMC-12
Special features: Flux capacitor, remote control, hover conversion, Mr. Fusion generator
Appears in: Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III


To view the complete list of Rotten Tomatoes Top 50 Most Memorable Cars, just rotten tomatoes!



'Starsky & Hutch' Ford Gran Torino

2008-06-03T18:24:12.128-07:00

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Who could possibly forget the adventures of Starsky & Hutch. These two characters made us laugh with their funny antics and nerve-racking mishaps. Of course, the two looked so cool because of the legendary car they drove. In fact, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson really rode in this 1974 Gran Torino. Built by Mike Walsh's Premiere Studio Rentals, it's one of the two "hero" cars built for the 2004 Starsky & Hutch film. Walsh sold the other hero car… a '76 Gran Torino but otherwise alike on eBay for $50,000. That's not a really enough for a indisputable movie star, but it radically sure enough for a vehicle like the Gran Torino.

Actually, this might be the greatest Gran Torino in reality. It has just more than 2100 original miles on its 33-year-old odometer and a hot-rodded 435-hp, 360-cubic-inch Ford Windsor pushrod V-8 underneath its hood. The framework and body is straight and hundred per cent rust-free, and it doesn’t create too much screeches or clatters.

The suspension has been reconstructed with more solid rear leaf springs and air shocks to provide a mean and sturdy rake. The slot mags wear 235/60R-15 BFGoodrich Radial T/As up front and 275/60R-15s in back. The PPG Viper Red paint is dang next to sightlessness. The Ford Gran Torino rests with a mean rumble and growls when provided a little bit of a motivation. It's even graciously rapid that can blast off to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds at 102 mph, regardless of being prepared to sway its tail radically around corners fairly than speed up in a straight path.




The Mach 5 In Reality

2011-03-03T00:50:37.683-08:00

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The Mach 5 has been a fictional vehicle model featured in the popular animation flick Speed Racer, but not until the blockbuster-in-the-making Speed Racer movie from Warner Bros. came into the picture. Oh yes, the Speed Racer film is one of this year’s most anticipated movies.

Speed Racer is played by Emile Hirsch along with leading-lady Christina Ricci as Trixie, Speed's girlfriend. Speed Racer is apparently born to race cars. He is aggressive, intuitive and, most of all, fearless. His only true competition is the memory of his late brother who he idolized - the legendary Rex Racer. Rex died in a race that has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to accomplish. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5.

The Mach 5 according to wikepedia:

The Mach Five is the racing car Speed Racer (Go Mifune in the Japanese version) drives in the anime series of the same name (known as "Mach Go! Go! Go!" in Japan). The car was designed, built, and created by Pops Racer, Speed Racer's father. It features a set of special devices which Speed Racer uses throughout the series. In the original 1966 series, the Mach Five is a white racing car with an 'M' written on its hood. In the 1993 American remake, the design was completely changed.

Its name probably derives from the fact that speeds above Mach 5 are known as hypersonic. However, the Mach Five cannot reach Mach speeds. The name is also a pun in two languages: the word for "five" in Japanese is "go". However, the "go" used for the car's name is a suffix attached to the names of ships, etc. Thus, the car is known in the Japanese version as simply the "Mach".




The Dark Knight's Lambo

2008-05-08T22:09:46.481-07:00

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After ‘Iron Man’ had its world premiere last May 2, 2008, next month promises to be another blast for movie goers especially the Batman fanatics. Yup, the follow-up to the action hit "Batman Begins” is here. The “Dark Knight” from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is set to break box-office records once again as Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne) continues to eradicate evil in Gotham City!

The movie will feature Batman’s most popular arch-enemy, the Joker, which is played by Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger. Harvey Dent, also known as “Two-Face”, will be featured in the story as well. One of the best surprises viewers should look forward to is the scenes when Batman isn't protecting Gotham City from a variety of villains in the Batmobile. The billionaire Bruce Wayne selected one of Lamborghini's sexiest super sports cars ever created, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640! Of course, Mr. Wayne is as cool and hip as Tony Stark (The Iron Man) too! Bruce Wayne's latest Lambo can be first seen raiding the streets of Gotham in the movie."The Dark Knight" is scheduled for worldwide premiere on July 18, 2008.

The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Coupe appearing in "The Dark Knight" is power-driven by a 640 horsepower 12-cylinder engine and is capable of more than 211 mph.

"The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is the natural choice for Bruce Wayne's other car. Lamborghini is proud to be associated with one of the greatest movie franchises in history, especially co-starring with the night-bound Batmobile," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.




‘Entourage’ Makes Cars Stars

2011-03-03T00:51:03.050-08:00

Auto buffs consider movies as an extension to their fetish. I, for one, is not an exception. Cars in movies are stars. They are awesome. They are up for speed and elegance - not to forget fame.

Sure, cars have always been a secret ingredient in coming up with captivating movies that stay in the mind of the viewers. Think James Bond's Aston. Fabulous and uber refined! Or Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang GT 390 in "Bullitt". Or maybe the trio of Mini Coopers in "The Italian Job." Or Thomas Magnum and his Ferrari. Think Bumble Bee and the yellow Chevy Camaro. If you are a movie fanatic slash auto buff, the list could be endless…

Cars have always been big stars in movie and television shows. The latest awesome attempt in TV is espoused by HBO series ‘Entourage’. The multiple car placements in the TV series could make my head spin like uber fast road machines. Unfortunately, the thing could also make your bank accounts spin.

Los Angeles Times writes:
In its four seasons to date, the show has burned through a pimped-out 1961 Lincoln Continential convertible, a Maserati Quattroporte, three Aston Martin DB9s, a BMW 745, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a Lexus LS 600h, a Hummer H2 and a Bentley Continental GT convertible. Oh, and four Ducati motorcycles.
Does it make the cash register ring? Aston Martin Vice President and General Manager John Walton said yes but added that the company was really looking to the future. "We manufacture only a few thousand of these cars per year, so sales numbers don't factor into the equation. It's more about gaining cachet for the brand with a younger audience," he said.
The ask: Whether the members of the Y generation drivers would ever be able to pay for a DB9, which arrives with a $180,000 sticker price.




"Public Enemies" Seeks Vintage Cars

2011-03-03T00:51:33.265-08:00

(image) The movie adaptation of Brian Burrough’s book titled Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43 is seeking vintage cars.Public Enemies, having the Depression-era as setting, will require a throng of vintage cars for filming. As such film officials will come to Miller Park on Sunday to negotiate with local vintage car owners.

Howard Bachrach, the picture car captain for Universal Pictures, will be in Milwaukee to scout potential cars, trucks and buses to be used as background vehicles, according to GM Today.

"They (car collectors) are a bunch of great people and because they’re passionate about what they’re doing, they’re willing to help us out," he said, adding that he has contacted local car clubs in the area inviting them to bring their vehicles made from 1930 to 1935 to the stadium for consideration.

Public Enemies, which is directed by Michael Mann, stars Johnny Depp playing the legendary American bank robber John Dillinger. Dillinger was one of the most well-known crime figures from the early 1930s, responsible for a string of daring heists before eventually being shot dead by police in a Chicago ambush in 1934 aged 31, reported Reel Suave.

Other notorious criminals in the story include Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Christian Bale, meanwhile, plays Melvin Purvis, the one tapped by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover to lead a manhunt.

Public Enemies’ production is set to begin later this winter in Chicago and other Midwestern locales.




500+ For The Mustang

2011-03-03T00:52:02.287-08:00

(image) If the all-American pony car Mustang is a human being, it would probably be like a multi-awarded actor like Anthony Hopkins or Tom Hanks. Why? Here’s a trivia for all of you…

In its 40 years of glorious existence as America’s much loved pony car, the Mustang has starred in over 500 starring roles on the silver screen more than any other vehicle model in the history of Hollywood! Now that's really something.

Oh yeah… Check out some of the popular movies which featured the legendary Mustang or to view all movies! I know you’ll be surprised by this list (and it's not even complete yet!):
  • Amityville: The Demon (1965-6 Mustang coupe)
  • Batman and Robin (1964 Shelby 289 Cobra)
  • Beverly Hills Cop III (1966 Mustang convertible)
  • Bullitt (1968 Mustang Fastback)
  • Curse of the Black Widow (1968 Mustang convertible, 1967 Mustang coupe)
  • Fast Food (1966 Mustang coupe)
  • Fast Lane Blues (1966 Mustang convertible)
  • Fatal Beauty (1965 Mustang convertible)
  • Gas Pump Girls (1966 Mustang coupe)
  • General's Daughter, The (1965 Mustang coupe)
  • Hitchhiker Vol. 3, The (1971 Mustang Convertible)
  • Hollywood High (1968 Mustang coupe)
  • Immortal, The (1968 Shelby GT500KR Mustang)
  • Implicated (1966 Mustang convertible)
  • In a Cat's Eye (Classic Mustangs)
  • In Crowd, The (1966 Mustang coupe)
  • Incubus, The (1967 Mustang coupe)
  • Independence Day (1965 Mustang convertible)
  • J. F. K. (1965 Mustang convertible)
  • Jocks (1967 Mustang convertible)
  • Last American Hero, The (1967 Mustang Fastback)
  • Last Boy Scout (1965 Mustang convertible)
  • Last Don, The (1965 Mustang coupe)
  • Le Mans (1965 Shelby 427 Cobra)



Knight Rider’s 15-Second Clip Released

2008-01-01T20:44:56.459-08:00

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Finally the long wait is over. NBC network in America has released a 15 second clip of the upcoming remake of the 1980’s iconic television show Knight Rider. The 540 horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR is officially the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) with the artificial intelligence voice provided by Will Arnett. NBC network will air the Knight Rider TV movie at 9pm ET on February 17, 2008 Sunday.

Knight Industries Three Thousand: 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR

Vehicle Type: Front engine, on-demand all-wheel drive, two-door coupe
Engine Type: Aluminum block/titanium heads 5.4-liter V8 internal combustion with Whipple supercharger and Knight Industries liquid air cycle auxiliary turbine engine. 540 hp in Hero mode. Power output can’t be measured in Attack mode.
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with infinite power band
Price New: $45.6 million, as tested
Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph: 1.77 seconds. Standing quarter mile: 3.87 seconds
Braking (300 to 0 mph): 12 ft.
Fuel Economy: Not testable

Special Features as KITT:

Knight Industries 2000 microprocessor: Version 2.3
Auto Cruise
Auto Pursuit
Auto Collision Avoidance
Voice Interaction
Emergency Eject
Audio/Video In-Dash Functions
Radar
Sonar
X-Ray
Autopilot
Voice Analyzer
Infrared Tracking Scope
Range: 20 miles
Pyroclastic Lamination
Blood Analyzer
Microwave Jammer
Interior Oxygenator
Rocket Boosters
Smokescreen
Olfactory Detector
Spectrograph
Electromagnetic Field Generator
Microwave Ignition Sensor
Aquatic Synthesizer
Electronic Field Disrupter
Ultra Magnesium Charges
Ultraphonic Chemical Analyzer
Graphic Translator
Anamorphic Equalizer
DNA Analysis Equipment
Mass Spectrometer
Targeted Electromagnetic Pulse
Military-Grade GPS
Heated Seats
3D Heads-Up Display
Laser Weapons System
Holographic Projection
Keyless Entry and Ignition
Personal Safety System
Nanotech Cloaking
360-Degree Video Surveillance
Laser-Guided Missile Defense
Mini-KITT Reconnaissance Drone
24-Hour Roadside Assistance
1000-Watt Quadraphonic Stereo System
In-Seat Medical Diagnosis
Biometric Analysis




A Striped KITT

2007-12-27T00:06:09.221-08:00

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The new Knight Rider will have stripes on it basically since it’s going to be a Ford Mustang specifically a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that will portray the role of Knight Industries Three Thousand.

This will surely disappoint purists that are hoping to see a rebuilt Trans Am or another GM-made car such as the new Camaro or a Z06 Corvette. And also earlier pictures of the new KITT circulated on the web shows a Koenigsegg CCX which quite fits the role.

For the show, three versions of the car will be used the everyday KITT Hero, KITT Attack, and the driverless KITT Remote. The nanotechnology allows the KITT to shape shift and change color. The KITT’s super computer can hack into any computer and electrical system.

The voice of KITT will also be change instead of using the voice of William Daniels comic actor Will Arnett will become the new voice of KITT. However some feels that Arnett is somewhat miscast in the role.

Anyway that is no longer our concern (LOL). David Hasselhoff will remain as Michael Knight only older this time. He will be the personal trainer of All My Children star Justin Bruening who will play as an ex-Army Ranger Mike Tracer who will help in tracking down the original KITT creator, Charles. The other characters on the show include Deanna Russo as Sarah Graiman, Bruce Davison as Charles, and Sydney Tamiia Poitier as an FBI agent.

The Knight Rider to be shown at the NBC network on February 17 at 9pm ET will be a two-hour movie that will serve as a sneak peek of the coming new Knight Rider series and if the show is successful new episodes of the Knight Rider may be ready by the next fall season.




Aston Martin DBS to Star in New James Bond Movie

2007-12-17T00:42:15.938-08:00

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The British manufacturer of luxury performance cars and favorite car brand of James Bond, Aston Martin has recently announced that the DBS which is the brand’s new flagship model will once again co-star with Daniel Craig in another James Bond movie to be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for EON Productions and directed by March Forster.

The DBS has made its first appearance in Casino Royale where it was able to smash its way into the Guinness World Record books for “The Most Cannon Rolls in a Car”. The record-breaking stunt was accomplished by stuntman Adam Kirley and has become as one of the most spectacular in movie history when the DBS rolled seven times.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer said, “Aston Martin is proud of our long association with James Bond. The DBS has its own unique character which equals that of James Bond. It is explosive power in a black tie. It is the perfect car for James Bond as it delivers the complete driving experience and bridges the gap between our road and track cars – the DB9 and DBR9. It is equally at home on a twisting mountain circuit as on the open road and we are all very excited at the prospect of seeing it on the big screen again.”

The working title of the new James Bond movie is Bond 22 and is scheduled for international theatrical release in November 2008.




2007 Shelby Mustang GT500 Cast in I Am Legend Movie Starring Will Smith

2007-12-14T18:46:30.262-08:00

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A year after the all-new version Ford Mondeo has grace the James Bond film Casino Royale another Ford vehicle will get its share of the limelight in a holiday blockbuster entitled I Am Legend starring Will Smith.

The movie will cast the 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500 in red with signature white stripes. Brian Daly of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE) which places Ford vehicles in movies, TV, and other media said, "There is no doubt that the Shelby Mustang GT500 is the costar of the first part of this story. Smith plays the sole survivor of an apocalypse who races around the deserted, gray, empty streets in this fantastic bright red Mustang. The sequences are incredible. The producers knew they wanted an American-made vehicle and the Shelby Mustang was perfect casting. But I also knew Chrysler and GM were making pitches. I kept imagining the folks at Camaro piecing together all kinds of prototypes to get those scenes."

It was in the spring of 2006 when Daly has started talking with Warner Bros. on the possible casting of Ford vehicles on the movie and thanks to his long working relationship with several studio executives he was given the chance to take a peak at the script.

I Am Legend is a movie adapted on the 1954 Richard Matheson science fiction novel that features a red Ford vehicle. The First adaptation of this novel is the movie The Omega Man which was released in the year 1971 and has featured Charlton Heston behind the wheel of a bright red 1970 Ford LTD.

For the I Am Legend, Smith will not only be seen driving a Ford convertible but will also be sharing scenes with a Ford Expedition and a Ford Escape Hybrid.

For this year, Ford vehicles have starred in some of the most exciting movies ever released including The Kingdom that featured a Range Rover and starred Jamie Foxx; Dan in Real Life wherein Ford starred with Volvo and Steve Carell; Rush Hour 3 that showcase a Jaguar XK and starred Jackie Chan; and Nancy Drew that featured a Ford Escape and Land Rover LR3 and starred Emma Roberts.

And next year, 2008, it’s still going to be a busy year for Ford vehicles on the screen as it joins the casts of the movie Nights in Rodante starring Richard Gere driving behind a 2008 Jaguar XK. Hopefully there would still be some more announcement after.




Top 40 Vintage movies featuring the greatest movie cars

2007-12-03T23:55:59.625-08:00

Can’t get enough of movie cars? And top tens gets you craving for more? Let me quench your thirst. Hotrod.com listed the top 40 greatest car movies of all time. Check them out and reminisce how each motion picture satisfied your gearhead appetite.1> American Graffiti (1973)Director: George LucasStars: '32 Ford five-window, '55 Chevy, '58 ChevyPeople: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith,Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Candy Clark, and PaulLeMat2> Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)Director: Monte HellmanStars: '55 Chevy, '70 GTOPeople: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates3> Vanishing Point (1971)Director: Richard C. SarafianStar: '70 Challenger R/TPeople: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger4> Bullitt (1968)Director: Peter YatesStars: '68 Mustang GT 390, '68 ChargerPeople: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset5> The Gumball Rally (1976)Director: Charles BailStars: '65 Shelby Cobra 427, '70 Camaro, '71 Ferrari DaytonaSpyderPeople: Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia, Gary Busey6> Thunder Road (1958)Director: Arthur RipleyStars: '50 Ford, '57 Chevy, '57 FordPeople: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry7> Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)Director: John HoughStars: '66 Impala, '69 ChargerPeople: Peter Fonda, Adam Roarke, Susan George, Vic Morrow8> Smokey and The Bandit (1977)Director: Hal NeedhamStars: '77 Trans AmPeople: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason9> The Blues Brothers (1980)Director: John LandisStar: '74 Monaco Police PackagePeople: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd10> Hollywood Knights (1980)Director: Floyd MutruxStars: '57 Chevy, '66 Cobra 427, and numerous street rodsPeople: Robert Wuhl, Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer11> Mad Max (1979)Director: George MillerStars: '73 Ford Falcon CoupePeople: Mel Gibson12> The Road Warrior (1981)Director: George MillerStar: '73 Ford Falcon CoupePeople: Mel Gibson13> Le Mans (1971)Director: Lee H. KatzinStars: Porsche 917, Ferrari 512SPeople: Steve McQueen14> Gone In 60 Seconds (1974)Director: H.B. HalickiStar: '73 Ford Mustang Mach 1People: H.B. Halicki15> Corvette Summer (1978)Director: Matthew RobbinsStar: '73 Ford Falcon CoupePeople: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts16> More American Graffiti (1979)Director: Bill L. NortonStars: '32 Ford, fleets of vintage drag machinesPeople: Ron Howard, Paul LeMat17> Funny Car Summer (1974)Director: Ron PhillipsStar: Jim Dunn's rear-engine '73 'Cuda Funny CarPeople: Jim Dunn and family18> Cannonball (1976)Director: Paul BartelStars: '69 Mustang, '70 Trans Am, '71 Pantera, '68 ChargerPeople: David Carradine, Veronica Hamel19> White Lightning (1973)Director: Joseph SargentStar: '71 Ford LTDPeople: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty20> Death Race 2000 (1975)Director: Paul BartelStars: Scads of kit carsPeople: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone21> Eat My Dust! (1976)Director: Charles B. GriffithStar: '68 CamaroPeople: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris22> The Lively Set (1964)Director: Jack ArnoldStars: Chrysler Turbine, Top Fuelers, streamlinersPeople: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Doug McClure23> The French Connection (1971)Director: William FriedkinStar: '71 Pontiac LeMansPeople: Gene Hackman, Roy Schieder24> To Live And Die In L.A. (1985)Director: William FriedkinStar: Early '80s Impala sedanPeople: William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe25> Viva Las Vegas (1964)Director: George SidneyStars: Cobras, Corvettes, and morePeople: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret26> Ronin (1998)Director: John FrankenheimerStars: BMW M5, Mercedes 6.9, Audi S8People: Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno27> Against All Odds (1984)Director: Taylor HackfordStars: Porsche 911, Ferrari 308 GTSiPeople: Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Rachel Ward28> Christine (1983)Director: John CarpenterStars: '58 Fury, '68 Charger, '67 CamaroPeople: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell29> Cobra (1986)Director: George P. CosmatosStar: '50 Mer[...]



Looking back, what was the first ever Batmobile?

2007-11-20T18:50:09.425-08:00

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In May of 1939, the #27 of Detective Comics introduced the superhero of Gotham City, Batman. For two years, Batman’s mode of transportation when catching the bad guys is not known, however, to make Batman’s job easier, the Batmobile came. The super car debuted in Batman #5 and became the comic cover of the Batman #20. That was in sketch.

In 1955, the real life Batmobile was made by Ford. During that time, Ford’s Lincoln division was able to create the futuristic concept car named Lincoln Futura. The Lincoln Futura was Italian handmade in Turin with a price tag of $250,000. That was the time when such amount seems like the price of the Bugatti Veyron. Like most of Concept cars, the Lincoln Futura was not put in production. Some time in the 1960’s George Barris of Barris Kustom City with his tactics bought the car from Ford Motor Co. for only $1.

To further see how Batman becomes Gotham’s super guy, the comic series was made a TV show. Of course, as Batman chases criminals he must be in his Batmobile. The problem was, is there a Bat-like car to fit our superhero?

To solve this problem, the producers of the “Batman” TV show asked the help of George Barris. Barris will be the one to build the Batmobile for the upcoming Batman show. Another problem was, the car is due by three weeks. With his new bought Futura having bat-like features his problem was cracked. For George Barris, there is no other car to be the Batmobile but his Lincoln Futura.

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"Batman has two primary modes of transportation: swinging from gothic clock towers on his Batline, and cruising around Gotham in the Batmobile. Sure, he¹s got a Batwing and a Batjet and a Batcopter and even a Bat-Segway, but mostly Batman relies on his ride to get from point A to point B.” said David Campbell in his Batmobile essay.



The Bullitt Come back

2007-11-12T20:53:15.240-08:00

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Way back in the 1960’s, the Mustang Bullitt hit the Hollywood screen with exhilarating car scenes. And now Ford’s racing pony comes back jam packed with the latest Ford Racing Technology features for its 2008 model year come back.

The special chassis and suspension tweaks make the Mustang Bullitt a versatile race icon. The new 4.6 liter V-8 engine built under its hood turns out a roaring 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt embodies the true spirit of the 1968 movie car,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Like the original Bullitt, this car dials the driving dynamics up a notch for Mustang enthusiasts who love the performance, handling and the sweet sound of Ford power that only Mustang can deliver.”

Early next year, you can expect the Mustang Bullitt to gallop in showrooms and dealership with a tag price of $31,075 which already include the destination charges. Ford limited the production of the Mustang Bullitt to only 7,700 units for the U.S and Canada.

“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt delivers balanced performance,” said Paul Randle, chief engineer. “Comfort is not compromised for performance. Performance is on demand. You can easily take Bullitt from the track to the street and back onto the track with confidence.”

The movie that gave the Mustang Bullitt its name celebrates its 40th year of release by Warner Bros. Pictures and the launching of this all-new vehicle is nothing but a great time. In the movie, legendary actor Steve McQueen drove a Dark Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT that gained cult status among Mustang enthusiasts, thanks to a seven-minute scene that film and car buffs believe defined the modern movie car chase.

“The machined appliqué differentiates the Bullitt from any other Mustang in the line-up,” said Gaffka. “It’s also perfect for the Bullitt. The graphic presentation pings back the feel of the ‘60s while still staying true to the Mustang’s modern interior design.”




The Rogue Assassin

2007-10-30T23:16:52.258-07:00

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The hit movie “Rogue Assassin” stars “the One” hero Jet Li and the Transporter star Jason Statham. Directed by Philip G. Atwell, the inch-to-inch action film floods not just with the two world certified hit actors but with scenes that can make you eat all your popcorn until the last pop. Li plays as “Rogue” the international assassin that et off a bloody crime war between two Asian mobs: the Chinese Triad led by Chang (John Lone) and Japan's Yakuza headed by Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi). Car chases are also not deprived of this movie and perhaps is one of its highlights, as Jet Li rides his $257,000 silver Spyker C8 Spyder.

The magnificent Spyker has the following specs that brought it to the blockbuster action hit:

MSRP: $257,000 - $257,000
Length 165.0”
Body width 74.0”
Height 42.0”
Wheelbase 101.0”
Curb 2,750 lbs.

Interior
Maximum seating 2

Performance
Base engine size 4.2 liters
Base engine type V-8
Horsepower 400hp
Horsepower rpm 7,500
Torque 354 lb-ft.
Torque rpm 4,000
Drive type rear-wheel
Fuel tank capacity 1 9.8 gal.
EPA mileage estimates 14 / 19 (city/highway)

Not just the spyker, in the fictional Yamagawa Motors, which is Shiro’s car dealership, their showrooms are filled with high-end cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis that at one scene became bits and pieces. Although fans of Statham's "Transporter" movies will be excited that he's once again in a film with flashy modes of transportation, he's not the one driving the fancy cars but the One star.

"Rogue loves it. Jet Li doesn't," says Li dryly. "Jet Li when he was 20-years-old would have loved it."

"Rogue" is the possible beginning of an action trilogy by writers Greg Bradley and Lee Anthony Smith. Famed fight choreographer Corey Yuen designs the martial arts action, while Devon Aoki, Luiz Guzman and Nadine Velazquez co-star.



These movies are Great but the cars are really the Stars

2007-10-23T00:50:12.610-07:00

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David Cronenberg's film, A History of Violence was a story of an ordinary man living peaceful in a rural area of America who developed a fiercer version of himself after the robbery of his café. The movie’s got a lot of twist but without the mighty presence of the Chrysler 300C, it would not fit your criteria to be a great movie. Specially made for the movie to play the sinister vehicle, the jet black Chrysler 300C has chrome trim, darkened slit windows, gaping, barking-shark grille and low-rider stance. The evil Chrysler 300C was featured in the scene where the goons lead by Ed Harris went to the house of Viggo Mortensen to threaten his family.

Our second collection is the movie Swordfish starring John Travolta and the absurd looking TVR still carrying UK plates. According to screenwriter and film expert William Goldman, for a movie to be a sure hit, there should be seven people best in their leagues of being a director, director of photography, set designer, casting director, etc. But I want to add that choosing the car is as important as it is to choose the actor and Swordfish met my added criterion. The movie was crappy and ill-conceived mess that it became a blockbuster.

As I was talking about sinister vehicle earlier, if there would be the best sinister vehicle ever, the P5B Coupe in the Mick Jagger/James Fox Sixties acid gangster movie Performance would be the first to come to my mind.

I also doubt whether the folk in the next apartment to Keanu Reeves' character Neo in The Matrix would appreciate him smashing through their wall pursued by replicants. And as for that huge chase scene in the third Matrix film, where Neo and Laurence Fishburne are smashing up all those Cadillac CTSs, you will find yourself worrying about the other drivers' no claims bonuses. I mean, even if all those people are actually submerged in amniotic fluid while being fed nutritious mush through a tube while their minds are controlled by an evil computer, you can expect they'd still want a good credit-rating and clean driving license.




James Bond’s Greatest Gadgets

2007-10-15T23:13:22.443-07:00

We have treated the James Bond movie series as a worldwide epic, not just featured the exotic escapades of the mighty spy but also gawked our fill of its out of the ordinary gadgets. The popsci.com collected the ever famous Bond gadgets of all time so we’ll know which of them we can also have to feel some Bond action.15. Car MagnetYou Only Live Twice features a number of over-the-top gadgets—trapdoors that lead to sliding chutes, exploding cufflinks, cigarette guns, bogus bridges that pass over a shark-infested tank—but the best gadget of the bunch would have to be the oversize, helicopter-carried car magnet.14. Water ExhaustTo foil the bad guys in the beginning of Thunderball, Bond raises a bulletproof shield over his car’s rear window and converts his two exhaust pipes into fire hoses. A huge blast of water knocks over Bond’s pursuers, leaving them looking wet and silly.13. Walther PPKThe first Bond gadget ever used was the Walther PPK automatic pistol used in Dr. No. In the first-ever onscreen meeting between Bond, M and Q, Bond is told to relinquish his Beretta in exchange for the Walther PPK.12. Vital-Sign-Reading Cellphone007's new mobile phone in Casino Royale acts as a personal media hub and on-call M.D. This modification of the latest Sony Ericsson has an MP3 player, Bluetooth, an RSS newsreader and a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization. It’s one of only a few Bond gadgets that you and I can actually buy, although the sale model may not include the injectable sensor that monitors vital signs and transmits them back to HQ for emergency diagnostic testing.11. Deadly BriefcaseIn From Russia with Love, Bond is presented with “an ordinary black leather case,” according to the Q branch equipment officer—except, of course, for the 40 rounds of ammunition stored in containers that pop out from the bottom, a throwing knife that projects from the side, 50 gold sovereigns hidden in the lining and a bottle of tear gas disguised as talcum powder, magnetized to cling to the exterior. It will also explode if not opened properly. “A smart-looking piece of luggage,” remarks M.10. Full-Scale Remote-Control CarQ shows up in Tomorrow Never Dies as a worker at a car-rental agency, ready to present Bond with his new and improved ride. It’s a BMW 750iL with “the usual refinements” and one not-so-usual customization: Not only can it be turned on by a cellphone, it’s controlled by a touch-sensor directional pad.9. Camera GunIn a crucial scene in the 1989 License to Kill, Bond (played by Timothy Dalton) has a plastic explosive that looks like a pack of cigarette but actually is a camera but is converted into a long-range sniper rifle and is customized, through a sensor on the grip, to fire for only one person: James Bond.8. Robot DogIn A View to a Kill, walking in for his customary briefing in M’s office, Bond, played this time by Roger Moore, finds Q steering a “prototype for a highly sophisticated surveillance machine.” By the looks of the bulky, ’80s remote control, we have a different definition for “sophisticated” technology nowadays, but this robotic dog is still a Bond-gadget classic.7. Alligator ConveyanceBond has the unenviable task of sneaking onto the secret all-female island run by a woman known only as Octopussy, in the eponymous film. His method of getting there, it turns out, is by hiding inside an underwater mechanical alligator, which is successful in getting him both there and back.6. Aston Martin DBSIn Goldfinger, Q reveals the Aston Martin DBS, “with modifications.” Its windows are bulletproof, and the number plates, as they’re know[...]



Bentley for Bond

2007-10-08T08:57:13.084-07:00

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James Bond being a Bentley guy was not really known to us, who have just seen the world-renowned spy in his movies. The first novel about James bond was written by Ian Fleming. In this initial narrative, James Bond first had driven a Bentley. The Aston Martin DBS which most regard as the ultimate Bond vehicle appeared a little later as an improved Bentley. Bond’s real personal car, now we know to be the Bentley is the spy’s only real “hobby” as said in the block buster movie series.

Being a certified Bond historian, Sebastian Faulks authored the Bond book as a tribute for the mind that gave the world James Bond, Ian Fleming. Fleming is celebrating his centennial birthday.

In contrast to the Bond movies set in the present times, we will be riding a time machine because the setting is sometime in 1967. Definitely, in this era, Bond wouldn’t be riding a Continental GT to fit his image and station.

In 1967, all Bentleys were a single letter, the model “T” as a sedan or a two-door coupe with coachwork by the in-house custom body builders of Rolls Royce, James Young and Mulliner Park Ward. To exclude the radiator shell, the T is almost a Rolls-Royce Silver shadow.

With Bond driving BMWs in the recent motion pictures, it may be considered dishonoring the automotive beginnings of the epic. With Bond having a Bentley again as his best buddy, it is but a proof that the two are undeniably a perfect tandem.

James Bond had driven three Bentleys of different models in the novels. He got his first Bentley in Casino Royale, it was a 1930 supercharged 4.5 liter model, the legendary “blower Bentley” one of the 55 manufactured in “battleship grey” which the spy bought in 1933 and he kept during the World War II. The production limited car was destroyed by a load of fourteen tons of newsprint dropped from a truck in Moonraker.

Bond’s next Bentley was a 1953 Bentley Mark VI, it was also a “battleship grey”.

The Thunderball featured the third of Bond’s Bentley. It was a Continental Mark II with an R-Type chassis, the vehicle reflects Bond’s taste in vehicles.



Was the 'Transformers' a GM ad in disguise?

2007-10-02T01:23:08.761-07:00

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In July, almost all movie houses were posted by huge tarpaulins of the most awaited car film of the year, the ‘Transformers’ starring Jon Voight, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. But the movie not just starred these famous Hollywood celebs, the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Solstice, GMC Topkick and Hummer H2, all General Motors produced vehicles are also on the lead.

“You’re going to see these cars as the heroes. You’re not going to see the other actors,” said Dino Bernacchi, GM’s associate director of branded entertainment.

“These cars are the stars, literally, in the movie.” he added.

With the film, toys, and video games featuring the robotic cars, GM is said to be targeting the youth demographics aging from 18-34. The automaker is luring them to their showrooms as its vehicles had oversized presence in the film.America’s top automaker is spending millions of dollars in marketing the vehicles starred in the movie but the company refused to give the figures. Thanks to the movie, GM is converting exposure to sales.

“This is hopefully a discovery point for maybe some of those who didn’t know the great design, the great-looking vehicles that we have out today,” Bernacchi said.

“I find it really difficult to believe that a global blockbuster movie like this that has so many merchandising components to it that we’re not going to get incremental exposure.” he added.

The ‘Camaro’, which is eventually the name of one of the vehicles, had been mentioned for a number of times by different characters. The Chevy, Pontiac, GMC and Hummer had close-ups for enough screen time.

“Product placement has never been so blatant, and the potential for a global platform to build brand awareness could not have come at a better time for GM,” said David Koehler, a clinical marketing professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“The younger demographic most likely to flock to the theaters is exactly what GM needs,” he said.

On the other hand, according to Erich Merkle, the vice-president of forecasting for Grand Rapids-based auto consulting company IRN Inc., although the movie caught the youngsters impressed with the rides GM vehicles can give, it doesn’t mean that they will be directing themselves to GM’s showrooms to buy them.

“Keep in mind that some of the vehicles they’re showing are vehicles the youth market won’t be able to afford,” he said.

“But they do have a tremendous influence over what people who can afford those vehicles go to buy. You shouldn’t underestimate the influence of the youth. I don’t know a Baby Boomer out there who doesn’t want to be cool.” Merkle added.



Quentin Tarantino, ran out of Gas in Death Proof

2007-09-25T03:12:56.348-07:00

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Quentin Tarantino, famous for his films including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and the Two-volume Kill Bill has proven that he is the main man, the bee’s knees and the charismatic director in one. His sixth film, Death Proof does not have the same zest as his previous films, says many movie experts.

According to a consensus, in this new film, Tarantino lost his ear for dialogue, gift for quirky characterization that made his previous movies on the box office.

The movie’s plot is that of the cheap seedy 1970s films featuring fast cars, guns and women. When shown in America, it flopped badly as it evoked the “grindhouse” era of American cinema. In Britain, it is being shown on its own with scratches on the print, bad color and the typical lost frame.

Although not very promising in the eyes of movie critics, Death Proof also has good shots including two high-speed car chases ending in crashes proving his talent for producing action movies. Stuntwoman Zoe Bell straddled the bonnet of her car on a second chase, and the film's funniest moment, when Russell, about to commit mayhem, stares at the camera and smiles and gleefully making the audience complicit with Mike's evil deeds.

The other 100 minutes of the film featured dull, repetitive and incessant dialogues from different women. Once, Tarantino had been known for his snappy and smart dialogues.

Tarantino said he hung out with these women, and insisted that “this is how girls talk”. QT said “this is how actresses talk when they know there's a writer-director in the room, eagerly taking notes”.

Their yakking is as tiresome as Tarantino's habit of ramming his taste down audiences' throats: the movie posters on every interior wall, the Joe Tex single lovingly framed on a jukebox – and the mention of "the white 1970 Dodge Challenger with the 440 engine in Vanishing Point", repeated three times.



Top 10 Best Car Movies

2007-09-15T01:23:25.525-07:00

Typically, a movie stars an actor and his leading lady. But with amazing cars around the corner, they have proven that they can also take the lead role with the lead actor or actress.Let me give share this list I got from Edmunds.com where some extraordinaire vehicles shared the lead role of Hollywood stars that they eventually became Hollywood Star Cars:1. American Graffiti (1973)Stars: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison FordStar cars: 1932 Ford coupe, 1955 Chevy, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1951 Mercury coupe, 1956 Ford ThunderbirdQuote: "I'll love and protect this car until death do us part."2. The Blues Brothers (1980)Stars: John Belushi, Dan AykroydStar car: The Bluesmobile — 1974 Dodge MonacoQuote: "It's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant; it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say — is it the new Bluesmobile or what?"3. Cars (2006)Stars: Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Richard PettyStar cars: Porsche Carrera, Hudson Hornet, Willys MB, Ford Model T, Volkswagen microbus.Quote: "Turn right to go left! Guess what? I tried it, and you know what, this crazy thing happened. I went right!"4. The Fast and the Furious (2001)Stars: Paul Walker, Vin DieselStar cars: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Toyota Supra, Honda Civic, Mazda RX-7, Dodge Charger R/T, Volkswagen JettaQuote: "I live my life a quarter-mile at a time."5. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)Stars: H.B. (Toby) HalickiStar cars: Many, including a certain Ford Mustang Fastback named Eleanor.Quote: "I bet five more cars have been stolen in just the time I've been here."6. Grand Prix (1966)Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie SaintStar cars: 1960s Formula 1 racecarsQuote: "There is no terrible way to win. There is only winning."7. The Gumball Rally (1976)Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Gary Busey, Raul JuliaStar cars: Shelby 427 Cobra, Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona, Porsche 911 Targa, Camaro Z/28, Dodge PolaraQuote: "And now my friend, the first rule of Italian driving: What's behind me is not important."8. Mad Max (1979)Star: Mel GibsonStar car: Australian Ford FalconQuote: "Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic — except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."9. Thunder Road (1958)Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene BarryStar cars: 1950 Ford coupe, 1957 Ford FairlaneQuote: "That hard-headed hillbilly has caused us enough trouble already. Now tonight we're going to take him out. And I mean really out."10. Vanishing Point (1971)Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon LittleStar car: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/TQuote: "And there goes the Challenger, being chased by the blue, blue meanies on wheels."[...]



Top 15 most Iconic Cars in Movies

2007-09-11T23:07:48.187-07:00

Don't we all love lists? From theforrester.wordpress.com, I found this list of hot vehicles featured in equally steaming motion pictures:1. DMC-12 from Back to the Future.The DeLorean DMC – 12 in the 1985 science fiction-comedy movie made it to the top.Directed by top-grossing, Steven Spielberg, then teenager Michael J. Fox was sent thirty years back in time on the De Lorean time machine. The movie grossed $210 million at the U.S. box office.2. Herbie from The LovebugHerbie is "played" by an L87 pearl white 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 Deluxe Sunroof with yellow-on-black California license plates OFP 857.3. The Batmobile from BatmanThe batmobile provides batman with additional crime-busting features like carrying the highly intelligent computer that is remotely linked to the Batcave’s main computer, a remote control function, a field forensic kit and a personal small helicopter held in the trunk called a whirlybat.4. Bandit 1 from Smokey and The BanditSmokey and the Bandit is a 1977 movie primarily starred Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. The film made use of five modified 1977 Pontiac Trans Ams that were each built according to the required stuntwork.5. The General Lee from The Dukes of HazzardThe TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard, is an adventure story of two good old boys, Bond Like Duke, living in an unincorporated area of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, racing around in their modified 1969 the Gerneral Lee, a Dodge Charger.6. Ford Gran Tourino from Starsky & HutchTwo streetwise undercover cops played by Ben Stiller and Owen wilson in 1975, driving in a red 1974 Ford Gran Torino, chased drug criminals with the help of underworld player, Huggy Bear.7. Christine from ChristineA movie based from Stephen King’s horror novel, Christine used a 1958 red Plymouth Fury was a story of a teenager and his evil car.8. Ecto 1 from The Ghostbusters movies The Ectomobile in the Ghostbuster movies is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor limo-style endloader combination car of hearse and ambulance.9. Blues Brothers Police Car from The Blues BrothersThe musical comedy movie starred John Landis and John Belushi featured musical numbers by R&B and soul legends James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, and epic car chase scenes.10. Lightening McQueen from CarsLightning McQueen #95, typically referred to by his surname McQueen, and occasionally called "Stickers" by Sally, is the main character and is voiced by actor Owen Wilson. He is no real-world car in particular, but his overall profile was inspired by the Ford GT40.11. Bumble Bee from The Transformers MovieThe Autonomous Robotic Life form or "Autobot" for short, Bumblebee is also on Earth, disguised as a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro.12.”Black Moon” from Black Moon RisingBlack Moon, is a 300-MPH prototype vehicle where CIA agents kept the cassette containing vital information chased Sam Quint (Jones) and Marvin Ringer (Lee Ving).13. Eleanor from Gone in Sixty SecondsCodenamed "Eleanor", was played by a 1967 Shelby Ford Mustang GT 500.14. BMW Z3 from Golden eyeThe BMW Z3 is nothing but another car by the British crime-buster, James Bond.15. Lamborghini Countach from Canonball RunJill, played by Adrienne Barbeau and Marcie, two attractive women drove the Lamborghini Countach.[...]



Who wants that James Bond Car?

2007-09-02T23:28:57.176-07:00

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The Aston Martin DBS first seen on wide screen driven by James Bond (played by Daniel Craig in the 2005 movie Casino Royale) is now a production car. Anyone can own it soon! Scheduled to go hit the car market early next year, the launching was held last weekend on the extravagant Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Famous scene starring this blockbuster car where James Bond breathtakingly jumped and spin the car in mid-air, writing it off upon eventual impact on the ground despite no obstacles, bumps or cars to cause the mishap.

These Aston Martin DBS Specifications from digiads.com made it a Hollywood Car:

Body
  • Two-door coupe body style with 2+0 seating
  • Bonded aluminium VH structure
  • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
  • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps (main beam)
  • LED rear lamps and side repeaters

Engine
  • All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935cc V12.
  • Compression ratio 10.9:1
  • Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
  • Max power: 380kW (510bhp/517 PS) at 6500rpm
  • Max torque: 570Nm (420 lb.ft) at 5750rpm
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 4.3 seconds
  • Max speed: 302 km/h (191mph)

Transmission
  • Rear-mid mounted, six-speed manual gearbox
  • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Final-drive ratio 3.71:1

Wheels and Tires
  • Front: 8.5'' x 20'' Pirelli P Zero 245/35
  • Rear: 11'' x 20'' Pirelli P Zero 295/30

Steering
  • Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock. Column tilt and reach adjustment

Suspension
  • Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bare and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Track mode

Brakes
  • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston calipers
  • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction control

Dimensions
  • Length: 4721mm (185.9'')
  • Wheelbase: 2740mm (107.9'')
  • Width: 1905mm (75'') (exc. Mirrors) 2060mm (81.1'') (inc. Mirrors)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)
  • Height: 1280mm (50.4'') Weight: 1695kg (3737lb)



The Bourne Ultimatum, also starring 2 Volkswagens

2007-08-15T22:23:14.759-07:00

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The last chapter of the Bourne Trilogy, the “Bourne Ultimatum” will hit theater screens soon. Aside from the trained assassin, Jason Bourne (played by the actor Matt Damon), and his love interest Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), Director Paul Greengrass also starred two Volkswagens to make the action thriller oozing with suspense.

The Volkswagen Touareg and Golf GT were showcased in scenes of amazing stunts and cat and mouse chase of Jason Bourne and Nicky Parsons while they flee from their enemies in different metropolitans around the world.

The movie features scenes like the retuned 2008 Touareg with Matt Damon in the steering wheel being chased by a NYPD car in the busy streets of New York. The scene features a lot of slamming and crashing and speed driving that definitely has the Touareg live up to the car it was built to be.

Bearing an image of an SUV, the Touareg 2 is redesigned with aerodynamic and sporty rear. Included in its three engine variations are the newly upgraded VR6 FSI and V8 FSI. Its 3.6 liter VR6 FSI can release up to 280 horsepower. The newly advanced 4.2 liter V8 FSI is Volkswagen’s first eight-cylinder engine with unleaded fuel direct injection that generates a remarkable 350 horsepower and 325 lbs. ft. of torque. The 5.0 liter TDI twin turbo delivers 310 horsepower and a striking 553 lbs. ft. of torque. The Touareg 2, with these three engines offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds.

“This car is indestructible. We filmed crash scenes for three weeks, and the car kept going. This is one of the most incredible cars that I have ever driven,” exclaimed Graham Kelly, Action Vehicle Supervisor of “the Bourne Ultimatum”.

Another Volkswagen that continued its strong Hollywood presence in the film is the Golf GT sport. The Golf GT is built with the world’s first twin charged, direct air injection petrol engine. A new addition to its engine is the 1.4 TSI 140 PS engine that makes it achieve a 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds. The performance this engine brings is matched with refined sporty good looks that’s more than eye candy for moviegoers.

“The involvement of these two Volkswagens in this elaborate and action packed production provides us ample opportunities to create innovative global marketing concepts,” says Jochen Sengpiehl, head of global marketing at Volkswagen.




Nicole Richie Gets Ready For Jail Life

2007-08-06T20:04:03.153-07:00

(image) I remember Paris Hilton singing, “Jealousy” that goes like “You sold your self with your own fur, still never walk a day in my shoe.”

Well, Nicole is following her footsteps as she goes to jail too. She recently expressed an interest over submitting herself to the Los Angeles Country Jail.

The 25-year old Hollywood celebrity was caught driving under the influence of alcohol and prohibited drugs last December 2006 when she took the wrong way heading the freeway in Burbank. She also admitted recently that she is pregnant.

Last week, after the interrogation done by the prosecutors, the daughter of the balladeer Lionel Richie pleaded guilty on the charges given to her because of the misdemeanor she committed. She admitted what she has violated to avoid her from a potential stay on the jail for one year. She already had an alcohol-related conviction way back in 2003.

The “Simple Life” diva was ordered to stay in jail for 90 hours to pay for the DUI she committed. She will be imprisoned in any city jail that would accept here as released early this morning on news.yahoo.com.com. She communicated with her lawyer to tell the Sheriff's Department this week about her interest on giving a four-day service in jail. The new was announced last Thursday by Steve Whitmore, the sheriff's spokesman.

The sheriff did not mention any details about Richie’s prosecution but he said she should surrender herself to begin the sentence which must be completed on September 28. However, most inmates can only offer a few of their time serving the jail because of behavioral problems and overcrowding.

The call coming from her attorney was not replied immediately.

Paris Hilton spent 23 days in jail. She was imprisoned at an all women exclusive facility in Lynwood. Richie will also be staying in the said facility.

Now, Paris can never say, she’ll never walk a day in her shoes.