New Details on the Lotus Evora Dodge Viper
Brad Pitt shows up in Siberia, Koenigsegg angles to Buy Saab, new details leak on the the Lotus Evora Dodge Viper and FLDetours tests the latest Mazda MX-5.
New Details on the Lotus Evora Dodge Viper
Derek DeAngelis: What happens to the maker of—super cars, buys a line of mild
entry luxury sedans? It’s the odd couple, sweetest tale. We’ll have
Also, we’ve got specs on the U.S. edition of the car keeping the
Porsche 911 up at night. Is there a new life in store for the Dodge
Viper and is that Brad Pitt directing traffic in Siberia, all that plus
commenter of the week and our two minute in change car view
FLDetours. What's up everybody,? I'm Derek D. and you’re
watching Fast Lane Daily. It’s Friday!
You know super cars, you know the name Keonigsegg even if you
can’t spell it. We’re talking about cars like the Keonigsegg CCR,
holder of the production car speed record for about 10 minutes in
2005 and the alleged perpetrator of the fastest speeding ticket ever
handed out in the U.S. at 242 miles per hour. But Keonigsegg may
soon be known for a feet that’s every bit as wild and extreme, new
owner of Saab.
Wall Street Journal reports today a deal to sell General Motors
Saab Automobile could come as soon as today. The sale has
finalized a critical lose into the gym bankruptcy restructuring, what
would rely on a $700 million loan from the Swedish government.
Saab had to hit it hard by the global economic downturn ultimately
contributing to only one percent of GM sales. No word on what
Keonigsegg’s plans for the Saab might be, but putting the
company’s 4.8 leader twin super charged V8 into the Saab Aero X
concept likely and hunger and bring about world peace. It’s just a
And is the U.S. bound Lotus Evora a contender for the Porsche 911
sports car crown or just another V6 powered wannabe? According
to new documents that leak this week, the mid engine Toyota
powered Evora could be as serious as kidney failure. Spec sheets
published on fan sight Lotus enthusiast reveals the latest from the
house of Collin Chatman could be the slipper hit of the year.
Horsepower from the Evora is 3.5 liter V6 is modest at 276 but at
just over 3000 pounds, it’s enough to get the Evora from zero to 60
in 4.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 162 miles per hour. That’s
not quite enough to top the 911’s crown but the Evora does
manage over 30 miles per gallon making it a sports car even the
national highway traffic safety administration will love. Damn
And with Fiat taking control of Chrysler’s toys this week, some
were wondering what would happen to that sports car named after
a snake, you know the one, that one. Edwin in sidelines says the
Dodge Viper survived Chrysler’s bankruptcy. Now it’s brand
factory and other bits are under Fiat’s command. While the
company had field that offers up to $35 million per Viper, none of
them reportedly passed the smell test. There’s no word yet from
Fiat boss’s on the Viper’s future but it’s clear Michigan
entrepreneur Scott Devin likely need a new donor car for his Devin
GTX. That’s the formerly Viper based sports car Devin plans to
unveil at the Pebble Beach conquers the elegance later this year.
And there’s the new traffic cop, eyeballing dangerous drivers in
the Siberian City of Omsk, it’s Brad Pitt! No, it’s the sequel to
Seven Years in Tibet and it’s not really even Pitt at all. It’s just a
cardboard cutout. It’s just a lazy attempt by Siberian officials in
what’s becoming an endless battle against speeding in that region.
Traffic accidents in Russia are among the highest in Europe.
Authorities say the full size cutouts are not only cutting down on
speeding but some drives are slowing down to shake hands with
the star. Apparently, the next campaign will target drunk drivers.
You can follow all the latest FLD shenanigans on Twitter. That’s
Twitter.com/fastlanedaily. Twitter’s bouncy, all right and don’t
forget to subscribe to Fast Lane Daily on the YouTubes. Also,
brand us on, nope, not Friendster, Facebook, but close. Next up,
commenter of the week at FLDetours coming up right after this.
You know that means? It’s the time of the week where we
highlight a commenter of the week time!
This week’s comment comes from juukyou7666 in regard to this
week’s story on the most expensive cars to insure. He said, “Hey
FLD, I just looked at my insurance today, $1800.00 with good
student discount, do I need to move to Candy Land and ride a —
tricycle to get cheap insurance?” Well, juukyou, yeah, you’re
insurance is kind of high. I’m not sure what you drive but I’m
guessing you’re not 25 yet. When you turn 25, you have another
pretty solid discount as long as you have a clean driving record but
I would not recommend moving to Candy Land dude. The road are
full of gum drops, street signs are made of Mike and Ikes, no cell
phone reception and of course, to all the sneak tax from the hostile
neighbor, Diabetes Land. Plus honestly dude, King Candy’s just a
dick. Look at him.
Keep those comments flowing, we read them, and we rock them.
Now, it’s time for our weekly car view FLDetours. This week, J.F.
Musial takes the new Mazda Miata MX5 out for a spin. J. F., do
what you do.
J. F. Musial: Summer is here and we’ve got a convertible, how great? Today on
FLDetours we’re driving this, the Mazda Miata MX5, quite
possibly one of the best entry level sport cars in the world in my
opinion. I can’t wait to drive it.
Oh god, I wish I wasn’t so tall.
So, what I’m driving today is the top of the line MX5. You’ve got
the power retractable hard top. You’ve got the limited sub-
differential. It’s got the sport package and everything else that
comes with a base model. The new MX5 produces about 170
horsepower which is not quite different than any of these previous
two generations. Not like other cars where you add more weight
and the car gets heavier and that 170 horsepower really means less.
They’ve actually kept the weight on this car relatively the same as
Point, turn, —accelerate a little sideways and the smile just — like
that. It’s all about performance. It’s all about getting the job done
and everything in this car gets the job done. There is no
unnecessary buttons or tools, no unnecessary instruments that tell
you things you will never need to know, it’s all the basics.
And visibility is clear. You can see everything around me. The
stirring wheel feels great. Pedals are perfect, perfect for your
driving. The gear shift is the best part. It’s naughty. Quick shifts,
gets the job done and this handling is phenomenal.
I’ve never had so much fun on a car before. Everything you do, it
just feels right. You turn the traction control and you are right at
the essence of driving. It feels like you are driving something that
is connected by rails to the road. So if you go on right now, it’ll
give you the specs of this car and everything else. You don’t need
to know that. You just need to know that this is the perfect entry
level sports car in the market today.
This is FLDetours, I’m J. F. Musial, go look at the stats at the end
and we’ve been driving the Mazda Miata MX5.
Derek DeAngelis: Oh J. F., how did you fit yourself in that car? If you love that car
so much, why don’t you marry it?
Well, that about does it for Fast Lane Daily for this week. I’m
Derek D. Many of you guys are about belling at jerseys. We can
holler at your boy, I’ll buy you a beer if you’re 21.
Have a good weekend. I’m out of here.
New Details on the Lotus Evora Dodge Viper
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