Mitsubishi RPM 7000 Concept
Mitsubishi RPM 7000 ConceptEnlarge Photo
The flashy RPM 7000, a dramatic crossover that's part sports sedan, rally racer, and SUV, makes a bold statement, especially in its bright orange color that, according to officials, is supposed to "evoke the look of hot brakes in the middle of the night at Le Mans." The concept's geo-mechanical design originated at the automaker's Southern California design studio. The interior has a full roll cage and racing-inspired cockpit. Power is provided by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder (derived from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo rally car) making a whopping 315 hp. Mitsubishi officials declared a bright future for the automaker, supported by the additional funds and buying power available from the DaimlerChrysler alliance, along with new strategic management initiatives that will be introduced in the next two months. Mitsubishi sales have jumped 65 percent over the last two years, and the automaker now plans to introduce an all-new vehicle every year for the next five years.
2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCross
2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCrossEnlarge Photo
SPORTCROSS FOR LEXUS. Lexus introduced the IS 300 SportCross, a more utilitarian version of the company's new small sedan, and a sportier IS 300 sedan with a five-speed manual transmission. The new IS 300 models are expected to account for a few thousand units annually of additional sales for Toyota's luxury division. Lexus also introduced the production version of the SC 430 hardtop convertible. The model effectively replaces the SC 300 and SC 400 in the company's lineup while adding convertible capability to the car. Pricing for the new SC 430 was also announced: the car will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just under $60,000.
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX detroit show
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX detroit showEnlarge Photo
IMPREZA WRX COMES IN UNDER 25K. Subaru formally announced that it will bring its turbocharged Impreza WRX model to the United States when the new model hits showrooms later this year. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 227-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled engine. Prices will begin at $23,995 for the sedan, and $23,495 for the wagon. No Impreza coupes will be sold in the United States when the new model gets here. The cars will be in dealerships in early spring 2001. The new Impreza lineup also includes the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, the sporty 2.5 RS sedan, and an Outback Sport crossover model. A 165-horsepower 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine powers those models.
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Cunningham C-7 ConceptVIRTUALLY READY. The Cunningham C-7 Concept car is the heirto a legend. Half a century ago, Briggs Cunningham emerged as the ultimate American “gentleman racer,” an amateur racer, designer and entrepreneur that challenged some of the greatest marques of Europe on their home turf. His son is back in business—partnering with former Chrysler President Bob Lutz—and if all goes according to plan, you’ll see a production version of this exotic 2+2 on the road sometime before mid-decade. Plans call for a rear-drive, V-12 powertrain putting out at least 500 horsepower, according to Lutz. The former Chrysler exec was a guiding force behind the development of the Dodge Viper, a low-tech, high-power brute. But the C-7 will feature an array of high-tech systems, including video camera mirrors that extend while driving urban rides, then fold back for improved aerodynamics during high-speed runs. The C-7 is for a buyer “who thinks a Rolex watch is too commonplace,” suggested Lutz, noting the sports car will likely carry a price tag close to $200,000. Think of Cunningham Motor Co. as a “virtual enterprise,” he added. That means it will be turning to outside suppliers not only for the C-7’s parts, but also to build the vehicle. They still haven’t found an assembly plant, but whoever is ultimately chosen, the dapper Lutz stressed, “it must be American.”
Cunningham C-7 ConceptEnlarge Photo