I’ll Have My Z with Schnitzel Please..

Mercedes may power the next generation Z car, among others…

Ever since Nissan/Renault climbed into bed with Daimler/Chrysler, there have been rumors flying around everywhere. The question was always how close that relationship would be. Would we see another round of “How can we take a perfectly good platform and screw it up” as evidenced by the Chrysler Crossfire? Or would this partnership take a more ‘on paper’ approach to new models and design. Well, given this recent bit of information, it appears that there may be many new homes for Mercedes technology and design, but in a Z car? Is that a good idea? I guess it all depends, really…

There are reports that the Z’s VQ V-6 may start being phased out soon (this engine was introduced in 1995, meaning it’s already 15 years old). Replacing the VQ 3.7-liter V-6 in the Z may be a trio of Mercedes-Benz powerplants. The likely candidates are the E-Class’s V-6 diesel engine, a V-6 hybrid setup and quite possibly a V-8.

Now, that right there, while somewhat disheartening to the true Japanese sportscar enthusiast, has potential. Benz V8 in a Z car? Sign me up. (Could you imagine the terror you could strike into your tires with an AMG variant?) I’m not keen on the diesel idea, but if it would gain popularity in the States, then it would most definitely be a good option. German engineering meets Japanese design sounds good to me.

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World Class Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 3 Xbox

Forza 3
Forza 3
Worthplaying.com is reporting on a new car pack available today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. It features some cars that I think Missed Shift readers would like to be able to play:

Forza Motorsport 3 unites the racing game genre, making it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of the world’s most exotic and exquisite cars. Live the most realistic racing experience ever as you take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. With breathtaking high-definition graphics and the most advanced vehicle performance modeling in a video game, Forza Motorsport 3 includes a host of driving assists and adjustable skill levels to make the game a gripping pick-up-and-play experience for audiences of all ages and skill levels.

Your escape into the world of car culture in Forza Motorsport 3 doesn’t stop at the track. Turn 10 is a proven leader in user-generated content creation in games. Forza Motorsport 3 further fuels the imaginations of its already thriving community of painters, tuners and photographers with improved customization tools and brand-new ways to share creations with the world via Xbox Live. Xbox Live makes your journey into the Forza Motorsport community and the world of user-generated content easy and fun.

The Forza Motorsport 3 World Class Car Pack, available for download starting today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, features some of the most stunning 2010 and 2011 production and performance models in the world. Available for 400 Microsoft Points, the pack offers some of the hottest new cars from leading manufacturers like McLaren, Acura, Mercedes, Cadillac, Fiat, Mitsubishi, and more.

This month’s car pack puts you behind the wheel of some of the world’s newest and most sought after vehicles. From the elite McLaren MP4-12C supercar and the luxurious power of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG, to the tuner-friendly 2010 Acura TSX V6 and the agile 2011 Citroën DS3, the World Class Car Pack will ensure your Forza Motorsport 3 garage is fully stocked and ready to take the competition by storm during the summer racing season.

The World Class Car Pack features 10 new cars that are ready to hit the track or tuning garage:

  • 2011 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG
  • 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  • 2010 Fiat Punto Evo SPORT
  • 2010 Acura TSX V6
  • 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX
  • 2011 Mazda 2
  • 2011 Citroën DS3
  • 2010 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart

After launching the iconic McLaren F1 in the early 1990s, the 2011 McLaren MP4-12C is the culmination of over a decade of Formula 1 and street car development. Built upon a super light Carbon MonoCell structure with a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 600hp V8 engine, this latest supercar from McLaren is a must-drive in Forza Motorsport 3. Sample the World Class Car Pack now and download a free 2010 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart, the hot hatch tuned by the legendary Mitsubishi Motorsports division.

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