Camaro boss claims ZL1 will outperform Shelby GT500

23 January, 2012 Auto 2 comments
Camaro boss claims ZL1 will outperform Shelby GT500

It would seem on paper that the 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 should easily slay the heavier and less powerful 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1. The former weighs 3,850 pounds and brings 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the table, the latter carries 4,120 pounds and 580 hp/556 lb-ft.

“We’ve done simulations. We predict that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60 than the [2013] GT500.”

Not so fast, says Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser (above). Speaking with Autoblog at an Arizona drive event for the Camaro ZL1, Oppenheiser told us, “We’ve done simulations. We predict that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60 than the [2013] GT500… We ran the Nürburgring and released a time. Ford took the GT500, too, and never released a time. I guess you can draw your own conclusions.”

When asked point-blank if he thought the ZL1 would be quicker around the ‘Ring, Oppenheiser replied, “No question.”

Them sounds like fighting words, especially in the face of data that suggests the opposite is true. Remember, this is the same guy who told Mustang fans “you’re welcome” for encouraging Ford to throw everything it can at the Camaro.

But we’re not counting Oppenheiser among the crazy just yet. All that power generated by the GT500’s supercharged 5.8-liter V8 will be for naught if it can’t reach the ground without turning into tire vapor, and let’s not forget that the Blue Oval’s bomber is still dragging around a solid rear axle, compared to the all-independent suspension sporting third-generation Magnetic Ride shocks on the ZL1. And who’s doing the driving can always be the great equalizer when talking ‘Ring times.

We’re still inclined to put our chips on the blue square, but nothing’s certain until these two titans of Detroit meet head-to-head.

BMW DesignworksUSA X Thermaltake – Level 10 M Mouse

BMW DesignworksUSA X Thermaltake – Level 10 M Mouse

The humble mouse is often overlooked when discussing computer accessories. BMW DesignworksUSA is set to change the perception of how the mouse is viewed in general.Thermaltake is partnering up with the high profile design studio and developed a mouse as part of their Level 10 series. The Level 10 M mouse features a deconstructed design, revealing the internals and stripping it down to the bare essentials. Black and silver colorway also adds to the industrial aesthetic, and it gives a futuristic red glow when it is used in the dark. If you are looking for a mouse that will set you apart from the rest, consider this redesigned mouse from BMW DesignworksUSA. via: Carscoop

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Porsche – Panamera | By WALD INTERNATIONAL

23 January, 2012 Auto No comments
Porsche – Panamera | By WALD INTERNATIONAL

Perhaps the Panamera is not the most sporty model from thePorsche stable, yet its true potential is unveiled by Japanese tuning house WALD INTERNATIONAL. An aggressive full body kit, the Black Bison, was developed to accentuate the curves of the sporty saloon. All of the parts are made from lightweight carbon fiber, and various air vents were added to the body to create a sharper aesthetic. The package also includes a set of larger alloy wheels in a matte black color, accented by bronze-colored lips. Finishing the vehicle off is a pair of dual exhausts, tightening up the rear view and lowered suspension for a better stance. via: Carscoop

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Subaru – BRZ Black Edition | By Prova

23 January, 2012 Auto No comments
Subaru – BRZ Black Edition | By Prova

 

The dust has only just begun to settle on the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and we’re already getting pictures and specs from cars featured at the Tokyo Auto Salon. One of the hottest items making its world premiere is the BRZ Black Edition, which is the result of a collaboration between Sabaru and the racing team Prova. This pitch-black race-tuned car features a carbon fiber hood with two vents and black ground effects with a hint of orange pin-striping along its profile that matches its large matte rear spoiler. The BRZ runs on 19″ Enkei alloy wheels that are hugged by Michelin performance tires and controlled by Brembo brakes. The interior features racing bucket seats as well as a host of STI gear, including a new shift knob, sport exhaust system, lowering springs, tower bar, and stainless steel mesh brake hoses. There’s no word on whether or not this car will make it to production, but you can get an upclose glimpse at the BRZ after the jump. via: Carscoop 

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