Nissan GT-R: 2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year

The Nissan GT-R, aka Godzilla, made its way into the US not too long ago and is now crowned Motor Trend’s car of the year.  Nissan’s beauty competed with the BMW 135i, Acura TL, Jaguar XF, Hyundai Genesis, Pontiac G8, and the Dodge Challenger.  It prevailed and with good reason, no?

“The GT-R puts Nissan on a map that thus far only designated Maranello, Sant’ Agata, Munich, and Stuttgart as points of interest,” said Motor Trend editor Ron Kiino. ”Well, it’s time to stick a tack on Tochigi. In the kingdom of supercars, the GT-R positively belongs. Be it comparing 0-to-60 sprints, quarter-mile times, 60-to-0 braking, or lateral acceleration, the GT-R is one of the world’s best.”

Check Motor Trend’s video below and then check out the complete article.

The Future of F1: Ferrari Zobin Concept

Saimak Ruhi Dehkordi, an Iranian mechanical engineer of 10 years has designed the Zobin Concept, a single seater aerodynamic sports car inspired by Ferrari’s F1 cars.

The exterior of the Zobin has a front structure with an attached metal band which holds the headlights and integrates into the front spoiler and fenders.

A mid-rear compact engine will power the concept and Dehkordi says that the Zobin Concept is the future of F1 racing.

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756-hp Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS ‘Eau Rouge’ Dark Edition

Carlsson unveiled the Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS “Eau Rouge” Dark Edition today at the Zurich Auto Show.  They’ve beefed up the CL65 AMG to get up to 756 horses.  Currently, there are only 10 units planned to hit the production line.

The CK65 RS has a two-tone color combo with Obsidian Black Metallic and Himalaya gray.  The body kit’s more aerodynamically sound than the original AMG model and the price tag reflects it.  Bi-xenon headlights, a radiator grille, and 21-inch ligh alloy wheels were also added.  The interior’s blessed with a leather/alcantara trim, aluminum pedals and illuminated door sills.

There will be two versions offered – a V12 Bi-Turbo that pushes out 705 horses and another that pushes 756 horses. Performance is enhanced with a sport exhaust system and Carlsson’s C-Tronic Suspension which lowers the CK65 RS by 30mm.

So what’s the price tag for the Carlsson Aigner CK65 “Eau Rouge” Dark Edition?  The 705-hp stage starts from 319,000 euros and the second power stage starts from 374,000 euros.

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Rumor: iPhone 2.2 to release November 21

Word is that Firmware 2.2 for the iPhone is coming on November 21st.  The tipster is said to be "consistently reliable" by Gizmodo, so we should take their word for it, right? Rumor has it that there is still no sign...

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe wraps around a pole, airbags fail

Fortunately, the Koreans were the first ones to get the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.  That means they can get all the bugs out hopefully and then ship them over to us.  After hearing about this, I hope they fix the airbags and tweak the handling.

Some unlucky guy got his hands on his Genesis Coupe and took it to the limit and ended up wrapped around a pole.  The Brembo breaks didn’t hold up and neither did the front end of that 2.0T.

So Hyundai, what do you have to say about this?

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