Every day, something mental happens in Russia. Today is no different.
This is a truck. A big yellow truck. And it’s stuck in a river. There’s only one way to get it out - floor the blighter. Then continue flooring it until, like the Lady of the Lake offering up Excalibur, it extricates itself in a blaze of damp glory.
This is the Hennessey HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8…
That 800 in the moniker stands, naturally, for how many horses have been strapped under the Santa-spec red bonnet. 805bhp, to be precise, that ride shotgun with 823 torques to give a 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds. That’s fractionally, fractionally faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia. Mr Hennessey tells us it’ll do the standing quarter mile in 10.9 seconds, travelling at 130mph.
That massive 6.4-litre V8 gets rebigulated to 7 litres, treated to two turbos and mated to an upgraded transmission and torque converter. It also gets 20in wheels, much leather and Alcantara, a Brembo brake system, lowered sports suspension and a carbon fibre lip spoiler.
Just 24 will be built, with prices starting from £150,000 ($235,000).
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Truck. Snow plow. Jackknife. Close call. Very.
Yes, Smart has a new line of commercials out and yes, they never went away, but without a new vehicle to show outside of the fortwo, they had pretty much fallen off of our radar. And then there was this:
People of the Web, meet the Smart For-Us. It is a zero-emission, roofless pick-up headed for next year’s Detroit motor show, which kicks off on 14 Jan, 2012.
According to Smart’s logic, it marries the practicality of a pick-up truck to the 21st century reality of urban traffic. Which means it’s a miniaturised carry-all for the city.
At 3547mm long and 1506 wide, it’s the same dimensions as a Fiat 500 (but a lot taller), with a cargo area measuring 900mm.
It’s a strict two-seater - mimicking a ‘hammock-like’ feel - and the drivetrain mirrors the ForTwo ED, on sale next year. A magneto-electric motor with 73bhp and 74lb ft powers the For-Us concept, allowing a top speed of 75mph, and an estimated 0-37mph time of around 6.5 seconds.
Not bad, eh? Click through for more info.
When Jeremy, James and Richard had a go at building their own campervans, it didn’t go entirely well. There were fires. There were altercations with petrol stations. There were rubbish Bauhaus gardens.
But what if we’d been given a budget of $3,000,000 instead of, well, £3? We may well have come up with this - it’s the eleMMent Palazzo. And the roll call of gadgets is rather more attention-grabbing than some MDF and a few lightly soiled sleeping bags. We’ll give them that.
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