2006 Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V arrive in Europe

  • European debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show
  • Supercharged 4.4 liter Northstar V8 engine delivers 350 kW (469 hp*) in STS-V and 330 kW (443 hp*) in XLR-V
  • Handcrafted leather wrapped interior
  • Cadillac Vs provide alternatives to high-end performance variants of European manufacturers
  • DETROIT, MI – Cadillac will host the European debut of the STS-V and XLR-V next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) in Germany. These high-performance additions to the Cadillac portfolio have completed testing and the numbers certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) are official. The STS-V delivers 350 kW (469 hp) and the XLR-V is certified at 330 kW (443 hp). Read More

    Dubspeed Driven Event Coverage – 20th Annual Italian Concorso

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    Text: Dubspeed Media Staff Writer – Donald Bond
    Photos: Dubspeed Driven Contributor – Nathaniel Furniss

    Prancing horses and raging bulls graced this year’s Italian Concorso over looking Monterey Bay, California. Normally when you think of California, you are reminded by everyone that it’s always sunny. But that is not always true. When you live on the coast or have a beautiful concours show grace the Black Horse Golf Course, one would expect to have sunny skies. This year in the middle of August you found yourself with overcast skies and a jacket in hand as temperatures were in the middle 50’s all day long. Read More

    Bentley revives Azure name for new flagship convertible

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    Pebble Beach, 21st August 2005…Bentley Motors today announced that the glamorous four-seater convertible show car unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2005 will carry the evocative Azure name. The new Bentley Azure goes on sale in Spring 2006.

    The new Bentley Azure is an elegant four-seater convertible that provides a powerful and refined open-top driving experience while offering a unique blend of classic Bentley design and craftsmanship. The new Azure is the latest in a long line of much-admired Bentley convertibles, its design inspired by the 1955 Park Ward S1 Drophead Coupé and the original Azure introduced in 1995. Like its iconic predecessor, the new Azure becomes the flagship of the Bentley model range, reaffirming the company’s status as the prime provider of four-seater convertibles at the very pinnacle of the market. Read More

    IMSA Extends LMP Regulations – Cars like Audi R8 can race again in 2006.

    Elkhart Lake, Wis. – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that in cooperation with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), it has extended the eligibility of all LMP cars in the American Le Mans Series.

    LMP cars that were homologated under the 2003 ACO LMP900 and P675 specs, including those based on the SR specifications, have been extended effective through the end of December 2006. Those machines will compete in today’s Generac 500 at Road America.

    Importantly the bulletin also extends the eligibility of hybrid cars that conform to the ACO’s rules in the ALMS through the end of 2007. Those cars are currently eligible in ACO competition until the end of 2006. The hybrid regulations provide a mechanism for 2003 specification cars to convert their aerodynamic package to match the 2005 specifications.

    This bulletin means that cars like the Audi R8, and the Lola EX257 and B2K/40, as well as cars like the factory Zytek and others running in European competition, will be allowed to run in the American Le Mans Series next year. IMSA, the sanctioning body of the ALMS, has mandated that the cars will run based on the ACO-specified configuration for 2005. Certain specific configurations are covered in various IMSA bulletins. Read More

    Detroit-Area Dodge Dealers Take Delivery Of 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Models – Kick Off Woodward Dream Cruise

    Detroit-area Dodge Dealers prepare to kick off the annual Woodward Dream Cruise weekend by taking delivery of the first limited-edition 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T models at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum and parading down Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Royal Oak.

    Thirty-six Dodge Charger Daytona R/T models in ‘Go ManGo’ and ‘Top Banana’ classic paint schemes will be available for sale at the dealerships immediately after the event. In addition to the special exterior paint colors, the 2006 Dodge Daytona R/T models will be distinguishable by an exclusive front fascia with a chin spoiler and black honeycomb grille, unique black ‘Daytona’ and ‘HEMI’ decals, signature heritage R/T badging and a black rear decklid spoiler. The Dodge Charger Daytona R/T parade was escorted by Auburn Hills Dodge Magnum and Charger police vehicles.