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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1?

Corvette ZR1

Given the chance, I’m sure Santa would gladly trade in his sleigh for a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Corvette ZR1 Detail

Featuring a supercharged (positive-displacement Roots-type) 6.2L LS9 engine producing “at least 100 horsepower per liter”, 595 lb.-ft of torque, a six-speed transmission, 15.5 and 15-inch carbon-ceramic disc brakes, tuned suspension that gives more than 1g of cornering grip, magnetic selective ride control, carbon-fiber front fenders, hood, roof panel, roof box, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings, a polycarbonate window in the hood that offers a view of the intercooler, a heads-up display, low three second 0-60 times, and a 200+ mph top speed, it’s the baddest ‘Vette to ever leave the assembly line.

For comparison’s sake, the power-to-weight ratio of the new ZR1 is better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599, and the Lamborghini LP640.

Want one?

Better start saving that Christmas cash, because you’ll need to write out at least six digits to get your own; but boy will it be worth it!

[Chevrolet – Corvette ZR1]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT?

Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT

Refusing to leave well enough alone, Mercedes-McLaren have taken their SLR supercar and turned it into a club-racing monster, called the SLR 722 GT.

Developed in conjunction with British motorsports company RML Group, and designed for the handful of very rich drivers who can afford to pony up the one million pounds it takes to get behind the wheel of one of the 21 being made, the 722 GT features modifications to the suspension, braking, aerodynamics, interior and exhaust of a normal SLR. In total, more than 400 components have been either replaced or redesigned.

Power comes in the form of a supercharged AMG 5.5L V8 that is rated at 671 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque.

Eye appeal upgrades include a new front apron with front splitter, wide wings, prominent side skirts, a rear diffuser, and an airplane sized wing on the back.

Now, you’ve just got to track down one of those Ferrari FXX Evoluzione owners and challenge him to a race.

Ahh, the life of the rich.

[Via: Motor Authority]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren?

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is no newcomer, but the guys from Germany have recently created a few more options for their well-intentioned (and well-heeled) buyers.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722

If you’ve got the need for speed, the new 722 Edition takes out any of the street left in this supercar, and replaces it with pure race.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Engine

The supercharged, hand-built 5.5-liter AMG V8 now puts out 650 horsepower, the suspension, now 10 millimeters lower, features a stiffer damper configuration, and the brakes, now larger, ensure that you can bring everything back into reality just a little bit quicker. Visual changes include a new front spoiler with air splitter, a rear diffuser, and a collection of carbon fiber for that sporty look.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

If the plans for your SLR don’t include daily trips to the track, but you still want something different, then drop the top on the new Roadster edition, and hit the highways in style. The roof, made of a newly developed material, is good to go at 206 mph, and lowers in just 10 seconds; perfect for an impromptu photo session with the paparazzi. Even with the top down though, Mercedes claims you can hold a conversation at 125 mph, which is great for complimenting your passenger on their newly styled, wind restyled hair.

Sidepipe exhaust, gills, propeller nose, and suave sophistication are all still standard.

[Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren]

…It’s Movie Monday: Mission Zero?

Mission Zero

What’s better than Uma Thurman driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder like she stole it in order to escape from some baddies in a B-body supercharged Mopar? Nothing. “Mission Zero”, the latest advertising/promotional effort from Pirelli, is filled with enough action to keep you entertained, and enough tire smoke to remind you that this is, after all, just one big tire commercial.

[Pirelli FIlm – Mission Zero]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Carroll Shelby?

Supersnake

Supersnake Engine

Carroll Shelby might be the man behind the Cobra (both the modified Mustang versions past and present and the two seat race cars like the one above), the Daytona, the Series 1, and the Viper, but none of those cars are the reason for his being chosen as today’s tuner. No, the real reason Shelby was and is a tuner that few can match is his personal love for speed. Back in 1966, Carroll built two Supersnake cars, one for him and one for Bill Cosby. Bill later wrecked his, but who could blame him, the car had 800 horsepower in a setup that was already proving difficult to handle with far less horsepower. Carroll didn’t mind that though, he just wanted to go fast. Real fast. To make his Supersnake, Shelby took one of the 19 production Competition Cobras and added two Paxton superchargers to the 427 engine and mated it to a three-speed automatic transmission. It’s a simple formula: Big Engine + Pair of Superchargers = Fast Car, but Shelby did it with style and class like no other. Why build such a beast? In the words of Shelby himself:

    When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road. Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world.

I think he succeeded. The car was put on the Barrett-Jackson auction block this year, and fetched a cool $5,000,000 for Shelby’s charity. Even today, the car is a stunner.

[Carroll Shelby]

[Via: AutoBlog]