KTM 990 Super Duke R


Make Model

KTM 990 Super Duke R

Year

2007

Engine

Liquid cooling, four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

999.8
Bore x Stroke 101 x 62.4mm
Compression Ratio 11.8:1

Induction

Electronic fuel injection / electric

Ignition / Starting

- / electric

Max Power

88 KW 120 hp @ 9000 rpm

Max Torque

100 Nm @ 7000 rpm

Transmission / Drive

6 Speed / chain

Front Suspension

48mm WP Upside down adjustable, 135mm travel

Rear Suspension

WP shock, fully adjustable, 160mm travel

Front Brakes

2x 320mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 240mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17
Seat Height 855 mm

Dry-Weight

186 kg

Fuel Capacity

18.5 Litres

Standing 1000 m

21.6 sec / 223.0 km/h

Standing ¼ Mile

11.5 sec / 198.0. km/h

Top Speed

236 km/h
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The winds of change are blowing through KTM headquarters and the sound is eerily similar to the howling exhaust note from a 75-degree V-Twin a few hundred rpm shy of redline.

KTM's assault on European motorcycle manufacturing supremacy is being led into battle by a quartet of new-age warriors including the dual-purpose 990 Adventure that's back for another tour, the all-new 950 Supermoto, a single-cylinder 690 Supermoto and the undisputed commander of the Orange Army, the striking 990 Super Duke.

If there is any doubt as to the impact this collection is going to have on the sales floor, know this before passing judgment: The Super Duke is wicked fun to ride (And the rest of the troupe is equally exciting, albeit for distinctly different reasons). When American consumers realize this, their innate desire to be different could make for some interesting movement in the KTM sales curve.

After a day of flogging the Super Duke and its siblings around the tight and taxing Streets of Willow circuit, it was clear that this machine is more than just a shot across the bow of any manufacturer with a streetfighter in its line up. It's merely the first salvo. A successful tour of duty in the U.S. would be helpful as KTM attempts to move from the second largest producer of motorcycles in Europe to the largest. As a company that reported 84,421 units sold during the 2005-2006 model year without a serious effort to sell streetbikes, KTM's march towards the front should raise alarms at a few particular centers of operations in Italy and Germany.

Just looking at the Super Duke, its razor sharp edges seem capable of inflicting a flesh wound with its pointed and geometrically precise styling. From tip to tail, the lines of the bike have an industrial, almost futuristic look that demands it be ridden hard, right here and now.

The majority of the hard components, including the trellis frame and outer fork tubes, are either made of black materials or coated black. This accentuates the glimmer of gold emanating off the exhaust system and contrasts agreeably with the aluminum engine cases. This dark and sinister theme is emphasized further with the black five-spoke wheels and the satin-finish on the urethane cover of the 4.8-gallon fuel cell, front cowling and fenders. Although the traditional orange version pictured here looked good in photos, the black and anthracite versions looked even better in person. Considering the array of KTM hard equipment options including light weight carbon fiber Dymag wheels, slip-ons and front fender, the Super Duke can easily be transformed into one of the sickest looking weapons around. You get the point. The bike looks bad-ass and has the right stuff on paper, but does it have the muscle to back it up on the battlefield?

Climb aboard this burly beast and the first thing you notice is how accommodating the cockpit feels. The seat is comfortable but it is a stretch to touch the ground for my stumps because of its 33.6-inch height. The rider's hands are greeted by an ergonomically correct bar position and an unobstructed view of the road ahead which combine to offer up an ideal perch to command this bike from. The controls are both clean and functional, with no gimmicks or gadgets to confuse or befuddle. At the center of it all is a tidy instrument cluster that backlights orange in the dark. It includes a digital speedometer, analog tach, tripmeters, temperature gauge, clock and assorted warning lights. No sign of a fuel gauge means it could be a little better. The tapered moto-style bars have vibration-dampened mirrors that actually provide a decent blur-free vision of the carnage left in the Super Duke's wake.

Fire up the 999.9cc 75-degree V-Twin LC8 powerplant and revel in the character people love about Twins. Its exhaust note sounds great despite being stifled by its politically correct mufflers and feels eager to be uncorked from the moment it comes to life. The LC8 rumbles like a modern high-performance Twin off idle and smoothes to a staccato purr when the revs approach the top of the tach. Its Keihin electronic fuel-injection system was both smooth and responsive while connecting corners at the Streets of Willow. In addition, this latest version meets the strict Euro 3 emission standards as well. The digital speedo would read between 120-130 mph at the end of the short straightaway even if the drive out of the final turn was less than stellar.
The Super Duke pulls hard off the bottom and builds in a linear fashion as the tach sweeps quickly to its indicated 10,000 rpm redline. Keep the beat in the 6,000-8,000 range, around the claimed 74 lb-ft torque peak, and the reward is an abundance of power for pulling power wheelies out of the corners, as demonstrated over and over again by the more skilled journalists and stunt riders on hand at this event. Leaving black stripes on the track during acceleration and shredding the holy hell out of the rear tire is merely a couple examples of the hooligan behavior willingly exhibited by the Super Duke. If you don't care to draw attention to yourself, this might not be the bike for you.



Cornering is not a problem for this apex-strafer. It's mindlessly easy to snap through the turns thanks to its wide bars and light weight (claimed to be about 400 lbs dry). That ability to flick easily comes at the price of a bit of stability in particularly fast back-to-back transitions which typically tax any bike that isn't set up ideally for a rider's weight and style. But, really, the only concern regarding its cornering potential was ground clearance, as its sidestand regularly augured in on high-g corners. Some additional compression damping helped the problem but didn't make it disappear. Keep in mind this is not a pure sportbike anyway - it's a streetfighter first and foremost, so it doesn't need to be absolutely flawless on the track.

Toss the Super Duke into the slower tight-radius turns and it dispatches them with precision. The more curvy and flowing the track the better it responds. The leverage available from the wide bars and supermoto-esque riding position don't hurt in this scenario either.

And, for a bit of context, we recently put four of the best naked sportbikes through the gauntlet in our 2006 Euro Streetfighter Comparo, and we devoted a day of testing and photography at Willow's sister racetrack, Horsethief Mile, just a few hundred yards away from the Streets. With this background, I can say without hesitation that the Super Duke's handling, chassis and suspension performance are on par.

Taking a look at the Super Duke's chassis geometry gives a clue as to why it performs similar to the track-friendly Ducati Monster S4R. Its steering head angle of 23.9 degrees is just 0.1-degree sharper than S4R, while its 101mm of trail is only 5mm more. And in wheelbase terms, the SD's measures in at 56.6 inches compared to the Duc's 56.7 inches.

The backbone of the Super Duke chassis is a light chromoly tube trellis frame, weighing in at a scant 22 lbs. An aluminum rear subframe supports the rider, passenger pegs, exhaust hangers and electronics. Suspension is provided WP - a fully adjustable 48mm inverted fork soaking up bumps at the front and a fully adjustable rear shock attached to the long aluminum swingarm keeping the 180/55ZR-17 inch rear tire wedged to the track on the back. The 120/70-17 front tire stuck to the rough Streets surface all afternoon, leading the bike through its twisting layout without error.

The Super Duke is capable of charging deep into turns thanks to the powerful 4-piston radial-mount mono-block calipers and massive 320mm floating dual discs. The radial-pump master cylinder provides a deft connection to the pads whether you're trying to trail-brake deep or just scrubbing off massive speed in a straight line. It makes no difference what braking strategy is chosen because the system is more than non-commissioned personnel will ever need for patrolling the mean streets of Anytown U.S.A.

It would be nice to offer up some insight as to how well the Super Duke behaves on the real-world streets of California, but if given the choice between dodging the fuzz on Angeles Crest and turning laps all day at the race track I wouldn't change a thing. You will have to make that judgement for yourself though I believe it will be fine. There really is no better way to reveal how hard a performance machine like this can be pushed than in a controlled environment.

After logging some serious track miles on the 2007 Super Duke, it's obvious this new street strategy and subsequent plan for world domination is not to be taken lightly. Any motorcycle rider with a penchant for being a hooligan and who likes to stand out in the crowd is going to be attracted to the Orange Army's fearless leader. Meanwhile, back at KTM HQ, the reinforcements are being developed as you read this. Along with a sportier Super Duke 'R' the most anticipated machine on the horizon is the RC8 Superbike, due to be released in Europe sometime in 2008.

With an MSRP of $13,998 the 990 Super Duke has all the right stuff, from its vicious V-Twin powerplant, state-of-the-art braking system, real-world riding position and top-shelf suspension components effectively bundled with looks that kill. In the end, this soldier should be a force to be reckoned with in the battle for Streetfighter supremacy here in the U.S.

Furthermore, if your interest is piqued but you're still not ready to enlist in the Orange Army, then there is one more thing to consider: A test ride. The KTM Riding Experience is going to be at a motorcycle event near you starting in the Spring of 2007. For the first time, KTM USA will be offering test rides on its street line-up so the public can have an opportunity to check out what it has to offer


Exile Cycles RX-Streetfighter

With motorcycle sales steadily growing over the last several years and one-off customs accounting for an ever increasing segment of the market, originality and individuality are becoming more and more elusive. With mainstream attention from both the Discovery and Speed Channels, the custom motorcycle industry has attracted more players than the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This, in turn, has significantly diminished the wow-factor of the custom-built V-twin.



In earlier times, the owner of a truly custom motorcycle could step from the local coffeehouse frequented by two-wheeled enthusiasts and have no problem identifying his bike from a stable of more traditional offerings. But no more. What turned heads just a few years ago, has now become run of the mill. Some custom builders have responded with over-the-top bikes, some of which are more akin to Santa’s sleigh than a motorcycle you would actually take pleasure in riding or being seen on. However, Russell Mitchell, president and founder of Exile Cycles, has created a line of decidedly different custom bikes that generate the positive visceral response both builders and riders crave.



Mitchell, who started in his home garage in 1995, now operates out of a 20,000-square-foot facility in North Hollywood, Calif., and continues to build hard-edged motorcycles that, while aesthetically appealing, serve function more than fashion. Exile motorcycles tend to sport subdued paint tones, brushed metal surfaces and heavy gauge exhaust pipes that are more howitzer than peashooter. Most of Mitchell’s bikes eschew the traditional high-neck chopper style, and instead carry the Exile signature look of shortened front forks and a fat front tire. The combined result exudes an attitude of brute force and undeniable machismo.



The Exile RX-Streetfighter, whose genesis can be traced to Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off competition, is a motorcycle that finds its styling origins on Great Britain’s city streets, where naked hooligan-style bikes have spawned an entire social subculture. Much of the RX-Streetfighter, including wheels, front fender, gas tank, air filter cover, muffler, side panels and tail section, is featherweight, high-quality carbon fiber finished with high-gloss clearcoat. A healthy 120 cu in JIMS Twin Cam motor, with an accompanying silky-smooth shifting JIMS 6-speed gearbox, provides and transmits power. This enables the relatively lightweight motorcycle to produce solid acceleration through every gear. Add an inverted fork, adjustable rear shocks, dual front rotors with four piston calipers and Exile’s trademark sprocket brake kit (the rear sprocket and brake rotor are one and the same) and you have a motorcycle that spins up the rear tire in a straight line and handles like a sportbike in the corners. Unlike most customs, there’s not a single part that does not contribute to the function and performance of this truly unique motorcycle.

A turn of the key and the RX-Streetfighter comes to life with a roar. The muffler, strategically placed under the bike, provides a pleasant rumble at idle, that can be described as distant thunder. A quick twist of the wrist puts you in the cat-bird seat for the rest of the story. From a slow cruise to a flat-out trophy run, whether in a straight line or negotiating a long sweeper, the bike remains dead-on stable with no hint of losing composure. Thanks to the upright seating position and short reach to upper and lower controls, the distance traveled in a single outing is limited only by the amount of fuel in the tank and the flexibility of the right wrist when cracking open the throttle. (Click image to enlarge)

Each stop on a ride will turn drivers’ heads, stop pedestrians in their tracks, and cause untold numbers of smudged windows from sticky-fingered kids pressing their hands and faces against the side windows of mom’s SUV. The Exile Cycles RX-Streetfighter is a motorcycle that remains true to Mitchell’s philosophy of keeping it simple, and stunning to the eye.



Specs

ENGINE
JIMS 120 cu in Twin Cam 120 hp; 121 ft lbs torque
TRANSMISSION
JIMS 6-speed
DRIVELINE
Exile open primary, chain final
EXHAUST
Exile hand-fabricated headers and carbon fiber muffler
FRAME
Daytec
WHEELS
Revolution Wheels
SUSPENSION
Front: Storz Performance
Rear: Works Performance
BRAKES
Front: Exile calipers with dual 11.5 in stainless steel rotors
Rear: Exile sprocket/brake kit

Texas Ranger Limited Edition Silver Series


Owner: Fred Hathorn - LDT Customs, Inc. - Vanderpool TX

(800) 364-4721

http://www.ldtcustoms.com

Photo by: Darryl Briggs

FRAME :
Softail – Hidden Shocks
4” Back Bone Stretch
38 degree Neck Angle with 3 degree Trees
2 degree Extended Swing Arm
Drop Seat
Integrated Oil Tank

ENGINE :
TP – Total Performance Engineering
121 CID V-TWIN
Bore 4.125 Stroke 4.5
CAM – CRANE .650 Lift
CARB – Mikuni 48 mm
HEADS – EDELBROCK
PISTONS – MOLY
VALVES – FERREA STAINLESS STEEL
EXHAUST - Vance & Hines Special Right Side Drive Mount
AIR CLEANER – Grandeur Super “G" Vortex K & N Element

TRANSMISSION :
Baker RSD 6 Speed Polished w/ Hydraulic Clutch Actuator
1st 2.94 2nd 2.21 3rd 1.60 4th 1.23 5th 1.00 6th 0.86


PRIMARY DRIVE :

Chrome 3” Open Belt with Grandeur Auto Clutch
Custom Cover
Grandeur Belt Guard

WHEELS / TIRES :

Front 21 x 3.15 Wheel 120/70 Degree Avon Tire
Rear 10.5 x 18 Wheel 300/35 R 18 Avon Tire
Custom Designed – Matching Sprocket
Built by Carolina Custom Products

BRAKES :
Front Dual / Rear Single
11.5” Polished Stainless Steel Floating Rotors
HHI Chrome & Polished Calipers

HAND CONTROLS :

Joker / Grandeur
With “Rifle” Levers

FOOT CONTROLS :
GRANDEUR “Smoothies”

SEAT:
Custom By Harris Leather

Two-Time Biker Build-Off Champion Matt Hotch Debuts Latest Custom Creations at Remaining Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows

Matt Hotch Designs will be in full force at the five remaining Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows Presented by Toyota. The two-time champion of the Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off will debut his latest custom creations.

His latest and much anticipated custom design "El Rey" will be showcased at the Washington, D.C. and 2008 shows.



About "El Rey":
Owner: Andrew Borrok
Designer: Matt Hotch
Year & Make: 2005 Matt Hotch Designs
Build Time: 9 months
Assembly: Matt Hotch
Engine: 2005 Enginuity 120
Transmission: 2005 Baker 6 Speed RSD
Painting: Air Trix, Chingon Blue/White
Front Wheels: MHT - 23"x4"
Back Wheels: MHT - 18"x10.5"
Special Modifications: No kickstand (full airbag suspension), hidden throttle cable, oil lines, brake lines and hidden wires.
Matt Hotch Custom Elements: Pipes, frame build, swing arm, shocks, bars, risers, fenders, electrics, gas tank and grips.

About Matt Hotch:Originally from Minnesota, Matt Hotch has been building custom motorcycles since he was sixteen years old. This self-taught metal master has been known to build innovative and radical designs. With a philosophy like "perfection is possible," Hotch has proven and earned respect as one of the premier custom bike builders, making this back to back Biker Build-Off Champion one of the motorcycle industries most sought-after Master Builders. His limitless imagination, artistic genius and flawless finish work guarantee his stay on the cutting edge of the custom bike building industry.

IMS Road Race Recap — Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch is one of those World Superbike (WSBK) rounds where, before the spec tire days, the regular racers in that series would face an onslaught from riders in the domestic series riding as "Wild Cards." The British Superbike Championship (BSB) is one of the most competitive championships in the world and produces an abundance of talent. The last time a BSB rider rode as a Wild Card at Brands Hatch in the WSBK series, it was Shane Byrne and he took both race wins in a stunning performance over the regular WSBK riders.

This year BSB is running on spec Pirelli tires like the WSBK championship, which allows BSB riders to run as Wild Cards at the British WSBK rounds. Tom Sykes on the Rizla Suzuki was the top BSB rider to run as a Wild Card in the WSBK Brands Hatch round. After running with the lead pack in race one, he was forced to retire with mechanical issues. In race two his bike held together and he finished a respectable seventh.

While a current BSB rider didn't make the podium, the fans at Brands Hatch got to cheer on a former two time British Superbike Champion in Ryuichi Kiyonari. Kiyonari won the BSB Championship in 2006 and 2007 on the HM Plant Honda team before moving to the Ten Kate Honda team this year in WSBK. Besides the one podium Kiyonari scored at Monza, he hasn't done much in his first year in the series. He lacks a lot of track knowledge compared to his veteran competitors, but he was on level playing field at Brands Hatch.

The Japanese rider came through the pack in the first race to stalk the overall WSBK points leader, Troy Bayliss, on his factory Ducati 1098 + 100cc F08. The two traded the lead several times in the second half of the race for Kiyonari to win by only 0.137 of a second over Bayliss who had Max Biaggi just 0.043 behind him. Biaggi ran down the leading pair with two laps remaining in the race and had the speed that made it appear that he could beat them both. However, many think it was a wise decision on Biaggi's part not to try putting a hard pass on points leader Bayliss, since Biaggi wants Bayliss's seat on the factory team next year after the dominant rider retires. Playing nice now could pay off in the end for the Roman Emperor.

Race two saw Bayliss slip far, far backward through the pack after the opening laps with tire troubles. He finished 11th, again just ahead of Biaggi in 12th. Biaggi ran way off track in one of the first few laps, but kept it up and rejoined the race to score a few championship points in the end.

With those two Ducatis out of the picture, the race became a duel between two Japanese riders — Kiyonari and the Samurai of Slide, Noriyuki Haga on his Motor Italia Yamaha R1. The race was an incredible one between the two Japanese riders; Haga representing the veteran riders, with Kiyonari representing the new crop. Would old age and treachery win out over youth and exuberance? Not this time. Kiyonari didn't crack under the pressure Haga put on him as Haga hounded him lap after lap. Eventually Kiyonari got the upper hand and pulled a small gap on Haga to win by 1.8 seconds at the line. Haga's teammate, Troy Corser, crossed the line third, almost nine seconds back and not a lap too soon as he was about to come under the clutches of the factory Suzukis ridden by Max Neukirchner and Fonsi Nieto.

Kiyonari impressed everyone with his wins, but can he back it up on another track he knows from his BSB days in a month's time when they reconvene at Donington Park? We'll have to see.

Atlanta Big Twin Customs Winner to be Featured on TLC's Biker Build-Off Tonight!

Bryan Fuller, Fuller Hot Rods, will be featured on TLC's Biker Build-Off scheduled for Thursday March 1st, 10PM following American Chopper.

Fuller, who resides in Atlanta, GA, recently won the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows Big Twin Customs showcase at the final stop in Atlanta with his "VC Tech Indian". Fuller also had on display the actual bike that will be featured on tonight's show, "Fueller", where he goes head-to-head with Greg Westbury of Westbury Handcrafted Motorcycles.

Bryan Fuller grew up in a small town outside of Dallas, TX where bicycles were the main mode of transportation up until high school. From a very young age, Fuller took them apart, painted, changed wheels, etc... almost weekly - much to the dismay of his parents. He bought his first chopper at the age of about 8 and had built his own halfpipe in the backyard by middle school. Any good BMXer in town rode over for the usual Saturday freestyle session. Bicycles were his life.

After graduating from the University of North Texas and deciding that the corporate world was not his cup of tea, Fuller decided that it was time to follow his passions. He packed everything up, enrolled in the Wyoming Technical Institute and worked hard to become one of the outstanding students from their Street Rod program.

Fuller was hired by So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona, CA to do sheetmetal and paint work. Apprenticing with some of the best in the business, he furthered his skills before being hired by GMT.

Fuller created Fuller Hot Rods in 2002 and was hired by Chip Foose to help him build some of his show winning creations and was an integral part of the Foose Design Team. In 2005, after completing the Riddler winning Impression, Fuller struck out on his own in downtown Atlanta, GA. Ben Logue's "Texas T" was the first motorcycle out of the shop and it received a very impressive 4th at the World Championship of Bike Building. The "T" was impressive enough to earn Bryan an invitation as one of the top 25 builders to compete for $25K at the "Artistry in Iron."



Fuller worked with VC Technical on the "VC Tech Indian", the bike won the Big Twin Custom competition in Atlanta!

For tonight's show, Fuller constructs a modern tire racer, while Westbury builds a hot rod motorcycle on a vintage Schwinn frame. The two artists ride to the Northeast Motorcycle Expo.

2006 Biker Build Off



Jesse Rooke's KTM powered build off bike

There’s nothing like being in the right place at the right time. Looks like Billy Bartels was at Willow Springs taking photos when the bikes and crew arrived for the showdown between Roland Sands and Jesse Rooke for the competition portion of the 2006 Biker Build Off. He posted some photos which show Jesse Rooke’s KTM powered machine along with some of the other goings on, like Roland Sands having a little get off from his custom bike. Ouch!

The closeup photos do show what can be accomplished in ten days and in this case it’s quite a bit.

Thanks for the tip, Keith!

Another photo below:

Jesse Rooke's KTM powered build off bike

Suzuki Bandit 1250 Street-Fighter Special Edition


Suzuki Bandit 1250 Street-Fighter Special Edition

The Suzuki Bandit has returned to its hardcore roots this autumn with the introduction of the Bandit 1250 Street-fighter special edition.


Based on the new for 2007 big-bore naked Bandit, the special edition features traditional street-fighter cross-braced Renthal handlebars, a Yoshimura silencer and a single seat cowling for the recommended retail price of just £5,499.

Talking about the new model, Suzuki GB’s Paul de Lusignan commented, “The Bandit is one of the few product ranges in motorcycling that has evolved and captured new audiences over the years. With the ultra-torquey 1250 motor, the naked Bandit returns to its origins offering great naked performance at unbeatable value”.

The Bandit 1250 Street-fighter is available for a limited period only from authorised Suzuki dealers.

E-Vade Racing Car

E-Vade Racing Car Picture

E-Vade Racing Car is an Australian built race car that will be premiered at the Melbourne International Motor Show. This E-Vade racing car was created by Lieutenant Commander David Walter - the ship’s engineer for the Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat.

E-Vade Race Car

Built on a mild steel space-frame chassis clad in fiberglass, The E-Vade racing car has weighs just 950 kg in road-going form and 900 kg for the track version. Powered by a longitudinal Nissan V6 engine, E-Vade Racing Car develops 300 kW in the road car and more than 500 kW on the track car.

E-Vade Racing Car

The engine for this E-Vade Racing Car is coupled with a five-speed transaxle and a high-performance gearbox manufacturer by Albins Off Road Gear.
This racing car also equipped with a hydraulic jacking system which can lift the whole car about 20 cm at the press of a button. The E-Vade has already ‘met’ the track in testing at the VACC Park in Port Melbourne.

E-Vade Racing Car Photo Gallery

FortuneSport Rt.S Car

FortuneSport Rt.S - the first sports coupe has been launched by FortuneSport. Powered by a 6.0 liter V8 engine, The FortuneSport Rt.S will have 350 hp and 390 lb-ft.

FortuneSport Rt.S has weighs only 2,000 pounds, which is less than 1000 kg. The FortuneSport Rt.S needs less than 4.0 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h, and reach its top speed at 175 mph.

The FortuneSport Rt.S has many features such as rolling gear supplied by BBS, a full composite bodywork, and seats integrated into the chassis.

The FortuneSport Rt.S will be launched in late 2010 as a 2011 model, and the pricing for the FortuneSport Rt.S will starts at $85,000.

FortuneSport Rt.S Car


Gwinnett County, Georgia. The first vehicle to be launched under the FortuneSport banner will be the Rt.S, a sub-2,000 pound, 350 horsepower sports coupe.

Inspired by Group C prototypes, the chassis of this road and track car will feature an aluminum semi-monocoque with a mid-mounted V8 and a pushrod suspension. Key weight-saving features are full composite bodywork, seats integrated into the chassis, and rolling gear supplied by BBS. The power to weight ratio of 5.1 lbs per bhp translates into a road car capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4 seconds and a top speed of 175mph. The target price is $85,000.

Teritius Fortune said, “FortuneSport believes that the pleasure of driving is not in the electronics and sixteen speaker stereo systems, but in the driving itself. Especially given the green movement, the best way to engage the driver was to reduce vehicle mass.”

Penned by Turkish newcomer Emre Husmen, the Rt.S is a vision of sports cars in the year 2035. Characterized by short overhangs and a long wheelbase, the overall length of the car is 164 inches. Clever packaging means the height of the vehicle is 42 inches, while retaining enough head room to comfortably fit a 6-foot 4-inch passenger.

The Rt.S is scheduled for a launch in Late 2010 as a 2011 model. Development of a track version, the Rt.R will be launched late this fall. Visually similar to the Rt.S, the Rt.R will feature a 510bhp engine and a curb weight of 1,650 pounds. To be assembled by the Panoz Group, the Rt.R will be capable of running in a number of amateur track events, as well as FortuneSport-branded events held in conjunction with the Skip Barber Racing Schools. The Rt.R requires a security deposit of $200,000.

About FortuneSport

FortuneSport Vehicle Engineering Systems, LLC was founded in 1995 as a sole-proprietorship, tasked with the research and development of high performance vehicles. FortuneSport designs, engineers, tests, and develops its own vehicles. Teritius Fortune, the founder, is a lifelong automotive enthusiast.

Mazda2 Extreme Rally Car

Mazda2 Extreme, the rally ready car has been unveiled today by Mazda at the 2008 Melbourne Motor Show. Powered by a 1.5-litre Inline four-cylinder S-VT engine, the Mazda2 Extreme may develops 76 kW at 6000 rpm and 137 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.

The engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, the engine and the brakes of the Mazda2 Extreme are still under development.

Mazda2 Extreme Rally Car


The Mazda2 Extreme was born of a simple idea: Take one of Australia’s most popular lightweight hatchbacks with a proven pedigree as the driver’s choice, add a sizeable dose of adrenalin, pump it full of steroids and … watch out.

The Mazda2 Extreme is the fourth in a stellar line of extreme Mazdas produced by Mazda Motorsport in Australia. It follows in the tyre tracks of the Mazda RX-8 (2004), the original Mazda2 Extreme (2005) and the Mazda3 MPS (2007).

Mazda2 Extreme Rally Car

The second-generation Mazda2 has been a runaway success for Mazda since its launch in September 2007, with more than 7,000 sales in just six full months. The Mazda2 Extreme builds on the unchallenged driver’s car reputation of this popular five-door hatchback, taking it to a new level of exhilaration.

The engine is still under development however Mazda Motorsport’s goal is to increase the car’s real world performance by at least 20 percent. A three-inch sports exhaust helps airflow from the engine and will ensure the Mazda2 Extreme has the raucous soundtrack it deserves. The standard car’s five-speed manual transmission is unchanged, and, like the production version it is based on, drive is delivered to the ground through the front wheels.

Mazda2 Extreme Car Photo

The car’s suspension system has been redesigned by Australian suspension tuning expert, Murray Coote, renowned for his work on some of the world’s leading rally and racing cars.

Coote configured a suspension package that tailors the Mazda2′s competent on-road skills for the dirt-road intensity of rally competition. Sports-tuned springs and shock absorbers team with purpose-built 15-inch Bridgestone Potenza rally tyres and lightweight Compomotive Motorsport alloy wheels.

The Mazda2 Extreme stands out visually with a striking blue, white and yellow paint scheme that epitomizes Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom DNA. Black flared wheel arches give the car a more aggressive stance, while four-spot Hella rally lights ensure this is one machine that can see in the dark.

Mazda2 Extreme Rally Car Photo

The Mazda2 Extreme’s cabin has been prepared for battle; a full PCD roll cage has been installed and the standard Mazda2 front seats replaced with Italian Sabelt race seats each equipped with five-point safety harness. A Momo steering wheel, hydraulic handbrake, fire extinguisher and medical kit complete the internal makeover.

In its current form the Mazda2 Extreme retains its standard braking system. This includes antilock brakes with emergency brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.

The end result is a Mazda2 like no other; a Mazda2 Extreme ready to rally.

Mazda2 Extreme Rally Car Picture

“This was a surprisingly challenging Extreme car to do,” said Mazda Motorsport chief Allan Horsley. “Starting with such an agile car really put the pressure on when it came to improving its real-world abilities.”

“I think the result was well worth the effort. This Mazda2 Extreme sits proudly alongside our other Extreme cars like the RX-8 and Mazda3 MPS.”

Commenting on the Mazda2 Extreme, Mazda Australia’s managing director Doug Dickson said: “Mazda Australia, under the direction of Allan Horsley, has an excellent reputation for pushing the envelope in the design and modification of cars.”

“It seemed an obvious decision to unleash the Extreme beast lurking within our Mazda2 five-door hatchback. The Mazda2′s popularity with Australian buyers is at an all-time high. This award-winning light car is selling far above our expectations because it looks good, it represents great value for money, and it’s an enjoyable car to drive.”

Mazda2 Extreme Rally Car Zoom

BMW M1 Homage Cars

The BMW M1 Homage was built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1 super sports car. However, the BMW M1 Homage will be premiered at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The BMW M1 Homage actually is based on the BMW Turbo concept designed by Paul Bracq and the original BMW M1 designed by Giorgio Giugiaro.

From these two vehicles, the BMW M1 Homage pays tribute to its forerunner now…

BMW M1 Homage Cars


HERITAGE AS INSPIRATION: BMW M1 HOMAGE

To mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1 super sports car, BMW Group Design is presenting a homage to this legendary model as part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2008. The BMW M1 designed by Giorgio Giugiaro was a car of superlatives and a highly emotive vehicle that was uncompromisingly primed for the race track. Spawning this development was the BMW Turbo by Paul Bracq, a revolutionary concept car which, in addition to its groundbreaking functional design, also boasted a raft of technical innovations. It is from these two unique vehicles that the BMW M1 Homage takes its cue - a design study that pays tribute to its forerunner models and an embodiment of the competence, creativity and potential of the BMW Group Design team.

“For BMW, heritage is always also a living heritage. Drawing inspiration from your own past and thereby reinventing yourself - that is exactly what the BMW M1 Homage demonstrates in impressive style.” Dr Klaus Draeger, BMW Group Board Member, Development

A particular forte of BMW Group Design is to draw on its own powerful history and actively feed this into the design of the future. The BMW M1 Homage is a design study in the tradition of a BMW Turbo that represents a contemporary take on the BMW M1 and the mid-engine concept.

This tribute exhibits an emotional design that showcases technology and integrates it into the overall aesthetics of the vehicle.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este provides the perfect backdrop for the BMW M1 Homage. Here automotive beauties from the past meet the concept cars and design studies of the future. It is in this dynamic field of tension between past and present that the BMW Group Design team affords insights into its own perspective on a historically inspired automotive future.

BMW M1 Homage Picture

Homage to the BMW M1.

“For a company as for a product, it is important to be aware of one’s roots. In the spirit of Giugiaro and Bracq, the BMW M1 Homage unites the BMW values of design and technology in a highly emotional and exciting interpretation.”
Christopher E. Bangle, Director Design BMW Group

The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car oozing passion; its forerunner, the BMW Turbo by Paul Bracq, displayed innovative technical solutions that found their expression in emotional design. It is precisely this blend - of technology and design, rationality and passion - that the BMW M1 Homage embodies. It presents an exciting and authentic interpretation of the BMW M1 and the mid-engine concept from a present-day perspective, and the legacy of the BMW M1 Homage is obvious at first glance. Unquestioningly it takes up the graphic play of the hallmark BMW M1 colours black and orange and interprets them anew. The Liquid Orange paintwork exclusively developed for the BMW M1 Homage cites the classic BMW M1 colour, yet surprises with its powerfully iridescent play of colour and brilliant depth. It shapes the extrovert surface language and strikingly highlights the eloquent interplay of convex and concave surfaces.

Mention the BMW M1, and another feature that immediately springs to mind is the characteristic twin logo at the rear, on the right and left edge above the tail lights. For BMW, this particular arrangement of its emblems has always signalled a mid-engined model. In the development stage of the BMW M1 this dual emblem was the first styling element to be approved even before the initial sketches were drawn. Likewise, it was confirmed from the outset that the BMW M1 Homage would feature the same twin badges. Other specific styling cues taken from the BMW M1 are the air vents in the bonnet and the louvres on the rear windscreen, as well as the black cutline dividing the roofline from the rear section of the body. Overall, the exterior dimensions of the BMW M1 Homage are in keeping with those of the BMW M1; only the extended wheelbase indicates a larger passenger cell.

BMW M1 Homage Photo

Emotional design at the flashpoint between tradition and modernism.

The BMW M1 Homage takes long familiar elements from the BMW Design repertoire, reinterprets them and couches them in a new context. Its design brings together past and present, expanding the observer’s perception through new design solutions that find their expression in typical BMW style. If the contrasting colours were a dominant design theme for the BMW M1, this contrast is perpetuated in the BMW M1 Homage through its surface styling. Familiar elements, such as the trademark proportions, are combined with new and exciting lines, surfaces and details to create an up-to-date interpretation of the BMW M1, which remains to this day an extraordinary car.

Shunning the strong wedge shape of other mid-engine cars, the BMW M1 Homage consciously opts for BMW’s characteristic proportions. A relatively long engine compartment, a clearly defined transition into the A-pillar and a stretched window line featuring the “Hofmeister” kink instantly give it away as a bona fide BMW. The horizontal flow of lines lowers the car’s visual centre of gravity and lends it an air of sovereignty.

Though the BMW M1 already boasted extremely harmonious and sporty proportions, its surface design was not yet an explicit styling issue and was dominated by high-contrast graphic themes. Today, however, next to the car’s proportions, it is primarily the unusual surface styling that determines the strong recognition value of a BMW model. For some years now, all BMW vehicles have exhibited a striking and unique design language. The sculpting of the surfaces demands substantial experience and craftsmanship at the highest level. Only through the combination of craft skills, state-of-the-art technology and a sure sense of the personality of each BMW can designers and modellers achieve the overall sculptural effect that lends a BMW its unique character. The BMW M1 Homage systematically melds the proportions and graphic themes of the BMW M1 with the surface language of the new BMW look - a combination that imbues the vehicle with an exciting, sporty and authentic emotionality.

The front-end styling of the BMW M1 Homage adopts many of the graphic design themes of the BMW M1: the contrast between the black, recessed surfaces and the car colour, the small, squat kidney grille and the “invisible” headlamps. And yet the front of the BMW M1 Homage is an absolute novelty for BMW. Each element assumes a function: the hallmark twin kidney, for example, is not only a distinguishing feature of the BMW brand but combines aerodynamic, cooling-air routing and safety solutions. The design of the headlamps, meanwhile, is a new iteration of the retractable headlights of the BMW M1. Like the lamps on the historic model, those on the BMW M1 Homage are only visible when switched on. When not in use they are discreetly integrated into the front-end design and “disappear” into the recessed black cutline, almost like pop-up headlights.

Along the side of the car all the lines, surfaces and details lead the eye from the front end along the stretched engine compartment and clearly defined A-pillars before converging at the centre of the vehicle. Two expressive lines are drawn from the front along the flanks of the vehicle towards the engine compartment area. The flow of lines begins in a straight, disciplined fashion at the front end, lowering the optical centre of gravity of the BMW M1 Homage and highlighting its low-slung stance. From the middle of the car, however, the lines break up. The power of the design is focused precisely where the power of the vehicle also lies - at the engine. Strong, sensuous sweeping lines accentuate the car’s mid-engine concept, the design emphasising the mechanics behind it, the engineering skills and the engine expertise of the BMW Group.

The roofline of the BMW M1 Homage is flatly tapered, extending into and around the rear. In so doing it draws a continuous line and forms a link between the two sides of the car. It is on this line, above the tail lights, that the hallmark twin BMW logo can also be found.

BMW M1 Homage Image Gallery

“Engineering is beautiful - let’s show it!”

The overall design is driven by functionality and each detail has its purpose. Aspects such as aerodynamics, cooling-air routing and safety lend the BMW M1 Homage technical substance and make it a genuine BMW. A telling symbol of this is the kidney grille design of the BMW M1 Homage, fulfilling as it does several functions at the same time. The twin kidney isn’t just a signature BMW feature, it is also part of the car’s honed aerodynamics: it guides the air to the engine cooling as well as constituting the front section of a crash box, similar to the monocoque chassis of a Formula One race car.

Inspired by aircraft design, the car as a whole also boasts sophisticated air ducting through the body. For example, the cooling-air routing for the engine is positioned below the roofline, in the black recessed cutline along the side of the vehicle behind the window graphic. Small flaps and openings guide the air stream into the engine compartment to ensure an adequate supply of cooling air.

BMW M1 Homage Photo Gallery

Vision and inspiration.

“The BMW M1 Homage clearly manifests the creativity and potential of the BMW Design team. A project such as this is a valuable source of inspiration for our day-to-day work.” Adrian van Hooydonk, Director Design BMW Automobiles

The BMW M1 Homage holds great significance for the BMW Group Design team, its genesis epitomising both a living tradition and an innovative future. This vehicle is designed as a source of inspiration; it sets out to challenge us to question and rethink what we see around us. The BMW M1 Homage pays eloquent tribute to the BMW Turbo and the BMW M1, which in their design were well ahead of their time. Originally slated as “merely” a design study or small series, their influence remains very palpable today - 30 years on.

BMW M1 Homage Picture Gallery

2008 Honda Accord Tourer

Honda Accord Tourer Concept Car

The 2008 Honda Accord will go on sale on the UK market in the summer of 2008 as announced by Honda. The 2008 Honda Accord Tourer and Saloon will debut in March, 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Honda Accord Tourer concept, on which the new model will be based, was unveiled at the IAA in Frankfurt, this year.

This year the Honda Accord celebrates its 30th anniversary on the UK market. Since its beginning more than 15,800,000 Honda Accords have been sold around the world.

Honda Accord Tourer Concept

Press Release
HONDA ACCORD HITS THE BIG 3-0!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Honda Accord in the UK. Over the past four decades, more than 15,800,000 units have been sold across the globe, making it one of the most popular cars in the world.

The first Accord went on sale in the UK in 1977 after being initially launched in the US and Japan. Seven generations on, Accord has evolved into a significant corporate model equipped with the latest advanced technology, great driving dynamics, an acclaimed diesel engine and a steadfast reputation for reliability.

The next generation Accord will go on sale in the UK in summer 2008, and production versions of both the Saloon and Tourer versions will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Honda Accord Tourer Concept Photo

During 2007, Accord has been highly-commended in the What Car? Reliability survey and earned the prestigious award of �most reliable model� in Fleet News�s respected industry survey � the FN50.

This success is mirrored by Accord�s rapidly improving status in the corporate sector, with 62 per cent of all Accord UK sales going to fleet users. Corporate sales of Accord are up five per cent year-on-year.

�We have a growing customer base and the popularity of Accord has helped to drive this,� said Harvey Hughes, Manager � Corporate Operations, Honda (UK). �The new Sport GT we launched in September embodies all that the Accord stands for � high spec and great value for money.�

Honda Accord Tourer Concept Pic

Accord timeline

1976 First generation Accord launched in Japan and US
Car of the Year (Motor Fan Magazine)

1977 Accord launched in the UK

1981 Second generation Accord launched
Japanese Car of the Year, 1982. Accord became the best selling Japanese car by name in the US (a record maintained for 15 years)

1985 Third generation Accord launched, sporting the first 4-wheel double wishbone suspension in the FF Class, 3-channel digitally controlled anti-lock brakes and retractable headlights. Japanese Car of the Year, 1985 and 1986

1989 Honda launches a completely re-designed fourth generation Accord with driver airbag system

1991 Honda of the UK Manufacturing starts production of the European Accord. This continues until 2002

1993 Fifth generation Accord launched incorporating world-class safety standards, low emissions and environmental considerations, and driving enjoyment.

1997 Sixth generation Accord was launched with the first ever Irregular Driving Detection function on-board

2003 Seventh generation Accord launched
Best Estate Car two years running (Auto Express New Car Honours 2004 and 2006). Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) launched in 2006. New models Sport GT and SE launched in September 2007.

2007 Eighth generation Accord Tourer Concept revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Honda Accord Tourer Concept Picture

Mitsubishi Double Shotz Concept Car

Mitsubishi Double Shotz concept car was designed for the Hot Wheels Designer Challenge. Mitsubishi Double Shotz concept car was created by Gary Ragle of Mitsubishi Motors Research and Design of America (MRDA). Between six manufacturers, Mitsubishi was participate on displaying the concept vehicles designed exclusively for the iconic toy car maker.

Mitsubishi Double Shotz Concept Picture

Mitsubishi Double Shotz concept car represent the ultimate Mitsubishi vehicle and the spirit of the brand’s future. The Mitsubishi Double Shotz concept car celebrates the 4G63 engine (by using two of them) and the Lancer Evolution.

Mitsubishi Double Shotz Concept Car

“The design takes the concept of the Lancer Evolution to the next level and ties it in with the enjoyment and imagination of the Hot Wheels� brand,” said Ragle.

Mitsubishi Double Shotz Concept Car

Mopar 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram

The custom Jeep vehicles and Dodge trucks will be showcased at the Moab Jeep Safari 2008 by Mopar and the Mopar Underground Design Team.

The Mopar 2007 Jeep Wrangler line-up includes the All-access, the Rubicon King, the Unlimited Rubicon, the J8 Sarge, the JT, and also the JKL.

However, the Mopar Grand Cherokee Grand Canyon and the Mopar Liberty Liberator II will also represent the Jeep brand. And the Dodge brand will also be showcased with the Mopar 2007 Dodge Ram Diesel Power Wagon.

Mopar 2007 Jeep Dodge Car Photo


Mopar and the Mopar Underground team showcased their customized Jeep vehicles and Dodge trucks at Moab Jeep Safari 2008 in March.

“Jeep engineering has been coming to Moab for years. Mopar is at Moab to test, evaluate and prove the authenticity of our Mopar Performance Parts for Jeep vehicles and Dodge trucks on the most grueling off-road trails in Moab,” said Simon Boag, President – Service & Parts/Mopar, Chrysler LLC. Mopar is Chrysler LLC’s original equipment parts manufacturer and supplier.

Boag added, “We wanted our core off-road customers to talk about their vehicle usage so we can address their unmet needs and identify emerging product trends to better support their off-road adventures. Mopar prepped several vehicles for Moab Jeep Safari to gauge consumer feedback and reaction.”

Overseen by Ralph Gilles, Vice President of Jeep/Truck & CFM Design, Chrysler LLC, the Mopar Underground design team has been customizing production vehicles since its creation in 2002. The Mopar Underground design team creates vehicle concepts meant to develop performance parts, accessories and customization as well as new vehicle concepts. In fact, the first-generation SRT4 was born from this team’s style initiative.

“Our diverse team which changes frequently has been developing SEMA concepts for more than five years. It’s the usual ‘enthusiast’ suspects from our union shops [plastic, paint, metal and wood], Product Design Office, SRT and Mopar Performance Parts and engineering,” said Gilles.

“We try to push the boundaries of conventional thinking—customizing with no limits to creative expression and freedom, just the power to imagine. We want to build customized concept vehicles that flex the potential in our platforms, show that Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles are indeed designed for customization and keep the Mopar spirit and passion alive,” said Gilles. Vehicle Customization Industry

The 2007 Jeep Wrangler was named one of the most accessory-friendly vehicles by SEMA members According to a Foresight Research report conducted last year [commissioned by SEMA’s Research and Information Center], more than 1,700 full-size truck owners revealed that 50 percent had spent or planned to spend $500 or more on accessories—with a high of 63 percent for Dodge Ram owners (most likely to accessorize). And 20 percent of that group said they bought their trucks at a particular dealership because of the availability of accessories.

Jeep Wrangler “Rubicon King”

An amplification of Jeep’s most capable off-road machine. Taking full advantage of the 4:1 ratio Rock-Trac transfer case and Tru-Lok-equipped Dana 44 axles, the JK Rubicon King utilizes massive BF Goodrich 37 x 12.50-17 TA Krawler tires mounted on Hutchinson beadlock wheels from Mopar. Superlift Suspension provided the 4-in. lift for extra ground clearance. Warn-supplied the new 9.0 RC Rock Crawling Winch. Featuring a six-speed transmission, power is provided by the 3.8-liter V-6 engine under the hood.

Custom features include relocation of the spare tire where the back seat used to reside, fender flares and grille trimmed for extreme clearance, trick lighting, military spec tow shackles and radio delete plate. Other features include American Expedition vehicle’s new heat-reduction hood and rear corner guards. The “JK Rubicon King” premiered at the 2006 SEMA Show and traversed the trails at Moab Jeep Safari 2007.

Mopar 2007 Jeep Dodge Gallery

Jeep Wrangler JT

Built from the military version of the all new Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler JT showcases just how flexible this new platform can be. Revealed at the Moab Jeep Safari 2007, the JT dominated the steep climbs and descents on the slopes of the Hell’s Revenge trail. Its 4×4 capability was established as it negotiated the slick hot tubs and waterfalls – at times, almost completely vertical to the ground.

Beginning with the new 116-in. wheelbase platform for the Wrangler Unlimited, the design team managed to create a very nimble, trail-savvy Jeep with a 5-ft. pickup bed and an easy-to-handle removable hardtop. Power is provided by its 3.8-liter V-6 engine.

Off-road enhancements include:

4-in. suspension lift provided by Superlift
35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires
Rear bumper and tire carrier from Mopar
Front bumper from Mopar
Warn 9500ti winch

The Wrangler JT is painted Hearing Aid Beige. The JK JT premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2007 and was shown at the 2007 SEMA Show.

Jeep Grand Cherokee “Grand Canyon”

The “Grand Canyon” features 33-inch tires and a 4-in. lift. Power comes from a 3.0-liter V-6 CRD engine under the hood. The “Grand Canyon” premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2006.

Jeep Liberty “Liberator II”

The “Liberator II” features 33-inch BFG MT KM2 tires (on 17×17.5 wheels) and a 2-in. suspension lift from Superlift. Power comes from the 3.7-liter V-6 engine under the hood. It features an ARB rear locker with an onboard air inflation compressor. It also has custom-fabricated rock rails and front fascia skid plate as well as a Mopar brush guard and Borla cat-back exhaust. The “Liberator II” premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.

Mopar 2007 Jeep Dodge Photo

Jeep Wrangler “JKL”

The “JKL’s” 110-in. wheelbase features 37-inch tires and a 4-in. lift. Power comes from the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine under the hood. The “JKL” premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Takes the already off-road benchmark Jeep Wrangler to a whole new level, this Wrangler represents the best of the best of what Jeep has to offer. The interior of the “50K JK” features custom Katzkin leather seating from Mopar, GPS navigation system and satellite radio.

Plenty of power and traction comes with the 3.0-liter CRD diesel engine under the hood that pushes 230 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. There are Tru-Lok-equipped Dana 44 axles underneath. Performance suspension lift allows clearance for 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires mounted on custom 18-inch aluminum wheels supplied by Taneisya.

The exterior features a Warn 9.5ti winch mounted on an American Expedition front bumper. A full-size spare is carried by a rear bumper from Mopar Performance Parts. Sprayed in Rolex Silver paint, it looks like a billion bucks.

The JK Unlimited Rubicon premiered at the 2006 SEMA Show.

Jeep Wrangler “All-access”

The interior of the Jeep Wrangler All-access has been upgraded with premium materials and paint. To give it “trail and off-road” credibility, the designers vamped it up with Mopar Performance Parts including a Rubicon Express 4-in. suspension lift, front and rear bumper with tire carrier, rock rails, cold air intake and a Warn 9500ti winch. American Expedition Vehicles supplied its new Pintler sheels.

Power comes from the 3.8-liter V-6 engine. Painted “Surf Blue,” the “All-access” also features 35-in. BFG Mud Terrain tires. The “All-access” premiered at the 2007 SEMA Show.

Jeep Wrangler “J8 Sarge”

The Jeep Wrangler “J8 Sarge” is a military version of the new JK platform built as a non-combat military support vehicle. Built from the 116-inch wheelbase version, the “J8 Sarge” is offered in either two-door or four-door configurations. Special J8-only structural upgrades in the body and chassis combine to increase the GVWR rating to 7,400 pounds.

The platform can be configured as a light-troop carrier, ambulance or cargo truck. Other notable features include the Dana 60 rear axle mounted on leaf springs, larger front-disc brakes and exclusive J8-only 17 x 8 steel wheels with a larger 5 x 5.5-inch bolt pattern. The rear differential is equipped with Trac-Lok limited slip device (the front is open).

The powertrain is the VM 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 158 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel-drive system is the Command-Trac with both high and low-range gearing.

Other features unique to the “J8 Sarge” are heavy-duty steel bumpers each equipped with two forged military-spec ‘helicopter hooks’ (rated at 1.5 GVWR each), a hood-mounted air intake snorkel, dual rear-mounted battery boxes and heavy-duty spring hood latches.

The “J8 Sarge” has been upgraded with 1.25-inch Superlift front coil spacers, BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires and custom cargo top. It’s painted olive drab with military markings.

The Jeep J8 is manufactured in a Chrysler LLC joint-venture facility in Cairo. There are currently no plans to offer the J8 for retail sale in the North American market. The “J8 Sarge” premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.

Mopar 2007 Jeep Dodge Picture

2007 Dodge Ram Diesel Power Wagon

This vehicle was built to explore the feasibility of a Dodge Ram Diesel Power Wagon. The Ram 2500 Quad Cab features a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine with automatic transmission packing 350 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. It has Mopar Performance axles, front and rear electronic lockers and 40-inch Goodyear MTR tires. Kore Performance provided the suspension. It features custom fenders and a Warn Winch from Authentic Dodge Accessories.

The Dodge Ram Diesel Power Wagon premiered at Moab Jeep Safari 2008.

2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon Diesel Engine Project Vehicle from Mopar

The 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon Diesel Engine Project Vehicle from Mopar was built to explore the feasibility of integrating a diesel engine kit into a TJ vehicle system. Developed by Jeep enthusiasts/engineers who work at Mopar Performance Parts, the TJ features a custom diesel crate engine adaptation.

The prototype vehicle demonstrates that Mopar listens to its off-road enthusiasts. And this is not a show vehicle—Jeep enthusiasts will see this “engineering mule” driven and tested on Moab’s trails.

Though what’s under the hood is not production intent, the 2.8-liter I-4 T1 VM diesel engine packs 120 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. It has an AISIN five-speed manual transmission. It features 35-inch B. F. Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires and a 4-inch lift to support its 523 pounds of weight.

Tru-lock Rubicon 4.10 ratio axles
NV 241 OR transfer case
3-inch Black Diamond suspension
High-line hood and fender kit from AEV
2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Mopar 2007 Jeep Dodge Car

The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is proof of what happens when you use the right combination of Authentic Jeep Accessories and Mopar Performance Parts.

00PM4311 Jeep Windshield Decal
82207271 Off Road Lamps - Windshield Mount
82210556AB Off Road Lamps - Windshield Mounting Kit
82210507 Off Road Lamps - Windshield Wiring Kit
82209740 Off-Road Bumper – Front
82209916AB Off-Road Bumper – Rear
82210485 Spare Tire Carrier
82210401 Steering Linkage Skid Plate
82209880AB Fog Lamps
82210549 Wiring Harness
82209325AB Winch
82210256 Tow Hooks
82210557 Driver’s Auxiliary Mirror Kit
Katzkin Leather Seats
82210106 Door Sill Entry Guards – Black
82210166 Slush Mats
82210558AC Chrome Grille
82210316 Hood Cover
82210270 Taillamp Guards – Black
82210609 Fuel Filler Door – Black
82209912 Soft Top Boot
82207660AB Grab Handles
82210208AC Trail Guide™ Navigation System
82210613 Interior Trim Appliqué Kit - Carbon Fiber Design
82210575AC Rock Rails
82210464 Hood Lock
77060021 Cold Air Intake Kit
P5153858 Cat Back Exhaust System (3.8L, 2-Door)
77KICK10 Mopar/KICKER Front Speaker Upgrade
77KICK10 Mopar/KICKER Rear Speaker Upgrade
77KICK24 Mopar/KICKER 200 Watt Subwoofer
P5155075 4.5-inch Lift Kit: Sway Bar Disconnect Kit, Spring Kit (Front/Rear), Drive Shaft Kit (Front/Rear w/Yokes), Bilstein Shocks (Front/Rear), Brake Line Kit (Front/Rear) and Control Arms
Powertrain
250 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque
Wheels/Tires

Walker Evans Wheels
Goodyear 37 x 12.5 x 17 tires
Painted Detonator Yellow, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon premiered at the 2007 SEMA Show.

70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929. Originally used in the 1920s, Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It was also widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “Special Parts” for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. Today, Chrysler’s Global Service and Parts division is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of nearly 250,000 authentic Mopar replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles sold around the world. To assure quality, reliability and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict adherence to Chrysler engineering standards.

Mopar 2007 Jeep Dodge