Monthly Archives: December 2012

Plymouth Prowler

1999 is the first year you can order Plymouth Prowler in something other than purple. Yellow is already available. Prowler Red and Prowler Black are due later.

Prowler’s 3.5-litre V6 also powers Chrysler 300M and Chrysler LHS. Both debuted this year in new-generation formats, so Chrysler used the occasion to re-work the all-aluminum engine; it now makes 253 hp (up 39) and 255 lb.ft of torque (up by 24). For Prowler duty it’s tuned to run on premium fuel, and customized with a quicker throttle cam, retuned intake and exhaust, and re-programmed engine management system. As last year the only tyranny is an automatic fitted with AutoStick. While it looks intimidating, the Prowler is easy and fun to drive, with great seat-of-the-pants acceleration and neat engine burble. But with its massive rear tires and smallish front ones it under-steers – like a pig.

Wpg Auto  St Vital Vintage Auto Listings

http://wpgauto.com

Mercedes-Benz SLK

The SLK is famous for its roof – the automatic retractable hardtop transforms it from coupe to roadster in 30 seconds. While the SLK is a two-seat open-air automobile, it’s not a performance or handling maniac like some of its roadster competitors. But SLK moves in that direction for 1999 with the new availability of five-speed manual transmission and optional AMG-designed Sport Package.

In addition to cosmetic enhancements (side sills, and new front and rear facias), the Sport Package adds handling muscle via a bigger version of its staggered wheel and tire set up (225/45ZR17 front, 245/40ZR17 rear). Motivation remains the duty of supercharged 2.3-litre “four” which cranks out 185 hp, and 200 lb. ft. of torque anywhere between 2,500 and 4,800 rpm. Also carried over is the driver-adaptive 5-speed automatic.

Wpg Auto -vintage auto calendar Manitoba

http://wpgauto.com

Lamborghini Diablo

For many people, the Diablo (the word is Italian for “devil”) is still the archetypal over-the-top Italian “hero car.” And in Canada, especially, it is quite possible the last word in automotive exclusivity.

The two models sold in Canada are the rear-wheel drive SV coupe and the all-wheel drive VT roadster. . Both are more than effectively propelled by a mid-mounted 5.7-litre V12 rated at an intoxicating 492 horsepower. This surfeit of horsepush is sufficient to rank the Diablo among the tiny handful of cars capable of topping out on the naughty side of 200 mph (322 km/h).

Big changes are probably in store now that Lamborghini is owned by Audi. But for now, the existing Diablo – which, hard to believe, has just celebrated its ninth birthday and still looks sensational – continues as is in 1998 guise.

Wpg Auto Hot Rod Winnipeg Car Calendar

http://wpgauto.com

 

Lotus Esprit V8

The mid-engined Lotus 2-seater began life in the ’70s with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine. More than 20 years later, after a process of constant evolution not unlike that of the original Porsche 911, this glass-fibre-bodied lightweight has evolved into one of the world’s best-handling and fastest-accelerating cars The handling comes from Lotus’s renowned mastery of suspension development. The acceleration ( 0-100 km/h in under 5 seconds) is owed to a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 delivering 350 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. Recent revisions have included a twin-plate clutch that is more user-friendly, a reworked shift linkage, and a renovated interior to rehabilitate the hopeless ergonomics. Early Esprits were notoriously fragile. Today they are much improved, but a Lotus is probably still not synonymous with bulletproof reliability.

Manitoba Canada Car Club Calendar

tttp://wpgauto.com