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2013 SRT Viper by First Look

Has the corvette ZR1 domination of domestic title been challenged. Watch the guys at Road and Track magazine start up this SRT Viper for the first time and hear its 8.4-litre V-10 engine produce a robust and convincing sound.

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Next Big Thing In The Premium Sector?

With the Nissan Juke out for sale already it looks like the next big thing in the premium auto market is the all wheel drive, 3 door, coupe body SUV’s. Back in 2001 BMW came out with a concept called the X-Coupe, for those years the car was very innovating and bizarre, perhaps a little ahead of it’s time so BMW decided to cancel production, or lest to put it on halt. However the competition used the BMW’s innovating thinking and put it to their own advantage and decided to take the lead into the uncharted waters.

Ranger Rover are perhaps ahead of all premium automaker with their Coupe SUV that is dubbed the Evoque. The car is already available for sale at a little over $ 40,000 mark. The Evoque is Ranger Rover’s smallest, lightest, and most fuel efficient model ever made for production. The Evoque is featured with 2 motors, the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder direct injected gas engine producing 236 hp, which is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The second motor is a turbodiesel with 2 variants one producing 187 horsepower and the second 148, the latter one paired with front wheel drive Evoque is capable of producing 58 mpg.

Range Rover Evoque

Next up is Porsche trying to keep up with Range Rover and introduce their Cajun. When Porsche introduced the Cayenne, there were tons of disappointed Porsche owners that an SUV in the line-up will deteriorate on the Porsche image and bla bla bla but fortunately for Porsche, Cayenne became their number one selling model and the most successful sporty SUV in the premium sector. Rumors are that Porsche is contemplating on dropping an Audi 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine producing 309 bhp and 479 lb-ft of torque into the small SUV and build it on the Q5 platform to conserve on production.

Porsche Cajun

First with the concept of a 3 door sporty small size SUV, BMW only now are initiating a possible comeback for the X-Coupe that was first introduced to us some 10 years ago. It should be expected to include the features of both the X series and the Z series, perhaps a hybrid of both but inevitably will continue to bring success to the BMW brand.

BMW X-Coupe

VW Golf 6

A new clip by Format 67 filmed during the work of their scirocco production at an airport near Munich. The front bumper adds a touch of R8 to this new Mark 6 and it looks very appealing. Overall the new Mark 6 had very little change from the previous models, it is basically the same old Mark 5 with some minor cosmetic exterior refinements and interior altering.

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The Raging Bull Is Back

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

When the “tractor” company affectionately known as Lamborghini came out with the Murcialago Super Veloce it was clear that an era was coming to an end. As the car is branded SV its a known fact that it will be build to maximum perfection. But it also symbolizes that the vehicles has run it course and just as an old and proud bull has been put to rest. No reason to panic though because where there is death there is rebirth, and what a rebirth it is.

The 2012 Lambhorghini Aventador LP700-4 is here. Just days before the Geneva Motor Show a sneak preview of the brand new flagship has been revealed. Details to be seen at an instant are the new body and new colors to be available. The color of the car in the photographs is a new hue Arancio Argos-Argos Orange. Aptly named after the brutally deep colored oranges grown in the ancient Greek citadel of Argos. The naming of the car has been ambivalent from the get go. Many people are glad that the vehicle received the name it did instead of the feverishly boring “Jota”. If you have bore a child worthy of the gods you wouldn’t call him Jim-Bob would you.

Getting back to the Aventador. According to the ever reliable head of the R&D, Maurizio Reggiani, the three section chassis, cabin structure V12 engine transmission and most of the parts are one hundred percent brand new. None of the concepts have been kept from the valiant Murcialago except maybe fond memories dwindling in the wind.

Boeing Aerospace actually had a little to do with the construction of this vehicle. The Aventador’s one piece passenger cell is made of a new generation reinforced carbon fiber and weighs in at just 324 pounds. The new chassis is just over 500 lbs and having a three piece setup the flexibility  has almost double since that of the Murcialago.

The engine is also brand spanking new. The 691-hp(SAE). 6.5-liter V12 (L539) is 21-hp stronger, 40 Lbs lighter, produces better fuel efficiency and sits 2.8 inches lower  in the chassis. Not to get too technical but the engine is amazing. If you wanted the same power in any other car you would have to probably brake the bank with the Buggati Veyron at 1.3 million while the Aventador is estimated to be priced at 370K.  So making a decision here is probably not going to take a calculator.

Also another factor to take into account is the all new interior that has been made. Never to say that I have something against the Murcialago but the interior of the car could have matched the price even if a little. Well this is not the case with the new one. The newly redefined standard of the aesthetics of the interior of the car even surprised the most optimistic of critics. The gorgeous speedometer and gauges are only bested by the central console. Also a big hurray for the electronic handbrake.  Having buttons next to you is nice but knowing what do with them is even better. So if you do know when and how to apply changes to the Servotronic steering force, rear differential slip degree and gearshift timings you will get your 15 minutes of fame.

Over all to get a much better look at the newly born baby beast you would have to tune in to the Geneva Motor Show. The car is spectacular with new in every direction. But a very sad fact of the matter is that Aventador is not going to arrive in the US until the end of October. Bummer, but hey if you only just dreaming about it take the time to inflate your piggy bank so that when it does arrive you can tame the new flamboyantly arrogant bull.

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Euro NCAP Advanced Award for Infiniti LDP Technology

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

With standard safety assist features like  Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EDB) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) today’s vehicles have more technology on board solely committed  to accident prevention than anything else. Contemporary passenger vehicles are designed to be more crashworthy than they used to be just a couple of years ago, yet some 30,000 Americans die in a car crash each year. Rigorous crash testing performed by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and The National Traffic Safety became the industry standards which obligate the automakers to constantly improve on their safety technology. Crashworthiness and accident prevention jumped to the first place and became the priority for automakers and their new vehicles.

Today Infinity was recognized for their high technology approach to safety prevention and constant innovations in the field of accident prevention. They were awarded Euro NCAP Advanced Award in Geneva for their Lane Departure Prevention technology which they want to make as a standard feature on all of their models. Most accidents are a result of  fatigue, whether cased by lack of sleep, or exhaustion after a hard day at work, no matter the cause the outcome of these type of incidents can be fatal. The LDP technology helps driver return the vehicle to its travelling lane by giving a warning and then making dynamic interventions if departure out of lane is still possible. Lane drifting is a result of a large proportion of fatal accidents and Infiniti predicts around 5,000 lives in Europe alone can be saved each year if the LPD will be fitted in every vehicle.

The LDP is just one part of Infiniti’s Dynamic Safety Shield, a suite of technology designed to offer a “bubble” of protection around the vehicle. Other technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Low Speed Following, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Most of these features are already offered by rival luxury automakers, and so is the LDP, but Infiniti took it to the next level. When most automakers just warn you of a possibility to drift into oncoming lane, Infiniti intervenes in form of slight braking pressure on one side of the car to help keep the Infiniti from the path of another vehicle.

The camera technology fitted on the top of the windscreen can recognize most common types of lane marking , in most weather condition and at any time of the day. This technology alone can prevent a great number of fatal accidents caused by driver fatigue, impairment, inattention or distraction and save millions of lives around the world

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BMW will Launch a New Eco-Fiendly Sub-Brand

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Long time in contemplation by BMW, the “i” sub-brand of new eco-friendly vehicles is confirmed by Bavarian Motors after all. As the world’s leading automakers gradually shift their interests towards a more efficient and less gas guzzling auto market, BMW does not want to be left behind and loose their share. Their new brand will produce regular hybrids and plug-in hybrids with double propulsion, and extended range pure electric vehicles. By 2013 they plan to release 2 cars which will be mass produced in Germany Leipzig plant, this alone will attract some 400 million euros in investments and create an approximate of 800 jobs for the Germans.

The first all electric 4-seat city car in the new line-up will be the BMW i3, also called the Megacity Vehicle, it will be powered by the company’s already revealed 1- Series’s ActiveE electric synchronous motor and will sell in the $40,000 range. The second vehicle will be the i8 super-coupe based on the 356 hp Vision Efficient Dynamics turbodiesel hybrid concept that was introduced by BMW in 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Both of the vehicle will feature an all aluminum chassis and a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic passenger cell to offset the extra weight of the still heavy battery technology.

By incorporating with the New York based My-City Way company, BWM plans to make their new i Ventures sub-brand a convenient and efficient alternative for driving around congested cities. My-City Way is a mobile app that provides users with transportation, parking and entertainment information for over 40 cities in the US, making finding parking in a city like New York easier.

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