2011 MOPAR DODGE CHARGER LIMITED EDITION
The new Mopar ’11 Charger special outfitted with custom upgrades inside and out. The limited edition Charger follows in the footsteps of last year’s Mopar version of the Dodge Challenger and will be built in 1,000 units, 900 of which are destined for the U.S. and 100 for Canada.
The interior, there bespoke leather wrapped seats and steering wheel stitched in Mopar Blue thread, engine-turned instrument bezels, a special identification plaque identifying the car’s production number and a custom Mopar key fob. All cars also come with bright pedal covers, Mopar floor mats and front-door sill entry guards.
The Dodge Charger gets power by same 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque found under the bonnet of the redesigned 2011 Charger R/T. However, the company promises improved acceleration thanks to the “Super Trac Pac” option, which includes a specially calibrated engine controller that is said to match maximum engine power and transmission shifting to the differential for the Mopar ’11 Charger.
The Mopar-ized Charger sticks with the company’s five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission, but as you’d expect, it gets a “Pistol Grip” shifter combined with Auto Stick. To improve acceleration, the differential features a new 3.91:1 final-drive ratio, with the company claiming that initial tests have returned a 0-to-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time in the low five-second range.
The car also gets sports changes to the chassis including the addition of larger solid stabilizer bars (front: 30mm, rear: 20mm) and cross-car braces at both the front and rear shock towers.
ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3 RACER READY FOR COMPETITION IN 2012
Aston Martin’s racing division has thrown the covers off its latest creation, the all-new Vantage GT3 racer, which will be ready for competition in 2012. Based on the V12 Vantage road car, the GT3 model will take the place of the DBRS9 after a five-year long career that began in 2006 at Le Mans, and which has since seen a total of 26 chassis built cars that were raced to numerous victories in national and international series across the world.
The new Vantage GT3 will join Aston Martin’s extensive range of race cars that includes the Vantage GT2, GT4, DBR9 GT1 and the AMR-One LMP.
The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is still under development with the company having set a target weight of 1250kg (2,756 pounds) and target engine performance figures in excess of 600bhp and 700Nm. The car will be completed in July 2011, and will undertake an extensive test and development programme during the rest of the year. Aston Martin plans to build a first batch of 10 customer cars for the start of the 2012 season.