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Monday, March 30, 2009

Kawasaki Versys

The 649cc parallel-twin engine as the ER-6n, albeit with some changes to the camshafts and the exhaust headers to produce more grunt lower in the rev range. Smooth and responsive thanks to the use of dual throttle valves in the fuel injection system, the engine is most fun above 4000rpm, where it delivers a zippy surge of power that starts to peter out past 8000rpm. It’s a busy sounding engine, with not much intake noise and a good-natured growl from the stubby underslung exhaust, however it does get chuggy and rough if you let the revs drop below 3000rpm in the higher gears and then try to pull away again. Past that mark, though, it smoothes out beautifully. And although it likes to rev just as much as the ER-6 does, the rewards aren’t as good at the top end. Keep the Versys in its midrange and you’ll get a lively response to any throttle demands, whether it is going for that gap in the traffic, or firing the bike out of a mountain bend. And I’d wager you’ll be doing a lot of both should you buy one, because the Versys is the kind of bike that encourages you toget into it and have a go. As with the engine, the chassis is largely the same as that used on the ER-6n, with some significant changes. The front half of the frame, with its steel tubing that triangulates over and across the cylinder head, is similar, but the rear sub-frame has been beefed up with the addition of trellis style bracing. The rear swingarm isalso chunkier and cops the banana look on one side, tohelp cater for the Versys’ greater wheel travel. The distinctive side mounted rear spring damper idea from the ER-6 has been retained, but the front forks are inverted items. Adjustment on both is limited to spring preload and rebound damping. Ifanything though, the suspension response is the weak link in the bike’s performance. While the Versys feels light and flickable, and steers and handles really sweetly, the excessive firmness of the suspension lets the package down. On smooth roads it wasn’t so much of an issue, but over the bumps and holes found in typical country tarmac, the suspension often felt harsh and unforgiving as it transmitted too many shocks through to the rider.

It’s not a matter of stability, as the Versys can berailed around corners and is great for cutting through traffic congestion. The problem here is comfort. I played with the damping adjusters to see if I could tune it out, but was never able to improve things terribly much. The ER-6 had similar issues and it’s a budget ride, like the Versys, so cost is probably a major factor here. On the upside, access to the adjusters at both ends is good, with the rear shock being very easy to get at. It may have trendy wave discs all round, but the pairof sliding two-piston brake callipers used on the front, and the single-potter on the rear, are also nods to the Versys’ pricepoint. Don’t let the looks fool you,though—they work very well, and the addition of span adjusters not only on the front brake lever, buton the clutch leer as well, is a smart touch. BEYOND FUN The Versys not only makes an excellent funbike, it’s a solid day to day proposition as well. The riding position is terrific, fostering a feeling of total control, and this should be the case for a variety of different sized pilots. The wide bars have a sensible bend, the tank allows plenty of knee grip and the footpegs are smartly placed. The only thing I wasn’t so hot on was the seat, which is on the small side and too hard—my butt was complaining after an hour. The seat looks like a two piece job, but it’s actually a single piece unit, and there’s no storage underneath apart from small cavities for the toolkit and owner’s manual.Pillions get a reasonable looking perch and sturdy grabrails, and when you’re not sharing, the trellis tubes under the sub-frame provide plenty of anchoring points for ocky straps, with additional loops on the pillion pegs. Put next to my Suzuki DL650, the Kawasaki is definitely slimmer,and less bulky. It feels sportier due to the slightly more aggressive riding position, and is taller in the seat as well as being quite a bit lighter (181kg dry compared with 194kg for the V-Strom). However, I’d rate the DL as the more comfortable over the long haul, as its seat is better, the ride position roomier and the suspension plusher. With its 19 inch front wheel, the Suzuki is a true all roader, while the Kwaka’s 17s and sports tyres peg it to the tar.
With just a big white-faced tachometer, a few idiot lights and a single LCD screen for the speedo, fuel gauge, two tripmeters, odometer and aclock, the instrument array is simple and very legible. The mirrors are also pretty good—they get a bit vibey at speed, but are generally okay. The Versys has an adjustable windscreen, although it’s much smaller than the Suzuki’s perspex slab, and quicker to shift as well. You get a choice of three positions, and all of them effectively shove aside some of the windblast, but the price is a fair bit of helmet noise. Fit and finish is generally very good, and the Versys looks like itmight cope with everyday wear and tear better than the ER-6, which has a lot of painted surfaces in vulnerable areas. Some points worth mentioning were the less than perfect fit of the plastic trims under the grabrails and over the rear light, the boot scuffing evident on the footpeg guards, and the ugly look of the muffler from the left side—it’s been well done on the right where the exhaust exits near the tyre, butthe other side looks like an old breadbin. For the money Kawasaki’s asking—$10,990 + orc—the Versys is well in the ballpark. Then again, it would want to be given it is upagainst theclass leading V-Strom 650 that has ABS for $500 less. Buyers might also be considering Euros such as Aprilia’s Pegaso and even BMW’s new G 650s or theF 650 GS. Against these, the Versys has the advantages of price and (in some cases) power and , while I won’t be trading in my DL, some may prefer the slimmer Kawasaki to the bigger Suzuki. They’ll be getting a great little bike. The Versys is quick, and it is pretty comfortable. Most importantly, though, it’s bloody simple to ride, which gives you more available brain space to relax and enjoy the road ahead and the countryside around you.


BMW’s intention with the F 650 GS is for it to be the introduction model into the bigger BMW motorcycles. It’s the budget F 800 GS, but also the choice if a tall bike is not your thing. In a nutshell these are the differences from the F 800 GS: lower output of horsepower and torque enabled by a different camshaft, narrow F 800 S radiator, lower seat height (820-790mm-765mm with lowering kit), low wind-screen, conventional telescope fork, cast wheels, 19inch front wheel, single front disc brake and lower spec mono shock.

The F 650 GS is hence more of a street bike than the F 800 GS. Let’s talk about the new engine first. The old one was a 50 horsepower single cylinder four stroke. The new F 650 GS is a 798cc parallel twin with 71 horsepower. I have already noted that the F 650 GS is only about 500 Euro more expensive than a G 650 in Germany. That’s a full 20 horsepower, 1 extra cylinder and 150cc more for only a slight premium extra! This is really where the F 650 GS will be a success finding its place in the market. We believe there are some serious price politics going on with this model which benefits the consumers compared to the G 650 range and the F 800 GS.

Along a sun drenched road along South Africa’s east coast is where I find myself in the seat of the F 650 GS. The seat is really low, but for some reason I don’t feel big on the bike. ONLY EXCERPTS for now... 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

2009 FM Auto Vulca S

Finally! F&M AutoVulca S was unveiled as a world premiere at the 2009 Salone del Lusso in Vicenza .
630 Hp, 4.83m x 2.00m x 1.34m, totally hand made in aluminium, complete with a sophisticated data acquisition system to monitor your driving skills, full hand-stitched leather trim etc: the F&M Auto Vulca S is a true beast disguised in a gorgeous dress.
Only 10 F&M Auto Vulca S will ever be made, be one of the priviledged few to own one.

A perfect mix between apparently opposite worlds such as craftmanship and modern technology; including techical partnerships with Zsolt Tarnok designer, OZ Racing, Continental Italia, AIM Sportline, Black srl, and Delta Sigma; F&M is proud to announce the first car entirely designed and developed in-house: Vulca.
The name, as per Faralli & Mazzanti tradition, is inspired by the Etruscan world. Vulca da Veio is the most famous Etruscan sculptor, responsible for some of the most well known artistical expressions of this great and mysterious ancient population, including the “Apollo di Veio”.

Source: FM-Auto


The iconic HUMMER range of vehicles looks forward to an exciting 2009, with new models and powertrains which expand HUMMER appeal to a wider group of customers. What has not changed, however, is the unique style that sets every HUMMER apart on the highway, and the legendary capabilities that make it unique off-road as well.
One new initiative, led by the HUMMER H2 SUV and H2 SUT, is the standard FlexPower capability that will allow these models to run on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two fuels. E85, which consists of 85 percent ethanol mixed with gasoline, is a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can help offset rising demand for oil.

HUMMER H2 leads the way with E85 FlexPower capability
New V8 power and new H3T body style expands HUMMER H3 line-up

The iconic HUMMER range of vehicles looks forward to an exciting 2009, with new models and powertrains which expand HUMMER appeal to a wider group of customers. What has not changed, however, is the unique style that sets every HUMMER apart on the highway, and the legendary capabilities that make it unique off-road as well. 

One new initiative, led by the HUMMER H2 SUV and H2 SUT, is the standard FlexPower capability that will allow these models to run on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two fuels. E85, which consists of 85 percent ethanol mixed with gasoline, is a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can help offset rising demand for oil.
The H2 SUV and H2 SUT models are now powered by a 6.2L all-aluminum V8 engine, rated at 293 kW (398 hp) and 574 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

A new, six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 electronically-controlled automatic transmission complements the 6.2L engine, and helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. The 6L80 transmission has a "tap up/tap down" option that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shifter. 

The H2's legendary off-road performance remains unchanged. The H2 has short overhangs for radical approach and departure angles, along with exceptional ground clearance for minimal impact on trails. A heavy-duty, independent front suspension and a five-link rear suspension provide superior handling, load-carrying, and towing abilities. These elements help the H2 deliver on HUMMER's mantra of capability, including powering through streams 610 mm deep, climbing 407-mm steps and rocks, and plowing through deep sand or snow.
The H3 packs authentic HUMMER style and capability into dimensions appropriate for European driving conditions, allowing H3 to navigate city traffic, yet still deliver HUMMER's trademark off-road performance when required. 

Models for 2009 now offer a new powertrain. Unchanged is the GM Vortec 3.7L, inline five-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing, offering 180 kW (244 hp) at 5,600 rpm and 328 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. 

The new, powerful and efficient 5.3L V8 engine is based on GM's legendary ‘small-block' engine family. It is rated at 224 kW (305 hp) and 432 Nm of torque. The 5.3L V8 accelerates the H3 from 0-100 km/h in 8.2 seconds. The maximum permissible trailer weight is increased to 2'268 kilograms.
The new HUMMER H3T
The 2009 HUMMER H3T is bringing unmistakable style and unmatched capability to the pick-up market. Based on the architecture of the popular HUMMER H3, it features a five-passenger crew cab and a separate 1.5 meter-long load bed, the ideal dimensions for serious load carrying or for lifestyle use. A broad range of factory accessories will be available for the H3T at the official European HUMMER dealerships. 

The H3T embodies the classic HUMMER design elements – wide stance, low roofline, and wheels at the corners – but is smaller than a full-size American pick-up truck, at 1'904 mm wide and 5'404 mm long. 

H3T maintains its signature HUMMER off-road capability. It is the only pick-up to come with full-time four-wheel drive, 32-inch tires and functional skid plates as standard equipment. It also is the only pick-up truck to offer front and rear locking differentials, for ultimate off-road performance.

Source: Hummer

Volkswagen Golf GTD 2010

Volkswagen released all the official details on the new Golf GTD that will be debuting this weekend at the Leipzig Motor Show in Germany. The new hot diesel hatch revives a designation that originally appeared in 1982 but hasn't been seen in two decades. This time around, the high output 168 hp version of VW's 2.0-liter TDI four cylinder pushes the GTD to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds. On the EU combined test cycle, the GTD gets 44.4 mpg (U.S.) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
The GTD is much a new GTI except that gas powered car's red grille stripes are now finished in chrome to set it apart. Inside the car, the red contrasting stitching of the GTI is also replaced by light grey for the diesel model. Considering the handling capabilities of the GTD, the sport seats look like they can keep the driver in place for the job at hand.

As the new GTI hits the road for the first time its sister car has been unveiled at the Leipzig Motor Show: the new diesel-powered Golf GTD.
The ability to accelerate to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 136 mph are combined with average fuel consumption of 53.3 mpg and a range in excess of 650 miles on a single tank of fuel to create a hot hatch of the moment.
Lessons learned through the creation of the sixth generation GTI are applied to the new GTD.  Sharp responses and an agile chassis complement the car's substantial torque which is available from as low as 1,750 rpm.
Powering the new GTD is a refined 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail TDI engine, producing 170 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque.  Driving through a six-speed manual or automatic DSG gearbox, this translates to effortless performance with CO 2 emissions of just 139 g/km.  

Maintaining the sharp responses expected of the GTD is suspension lowered by 15 mm when compared to the standard Golf.  In addition, Volkswagen's innovative Adaptive Chassis Control system (ACC), featuring pneumatically controlled damper units, can be specified on the GTD.  This allows the driver to select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the desired suspension, steering and accelerator response settings for any particular journey.
The Golf GTD's appearance will differ significantly from that of the standard Golf's.  It gains the GTI's honeycomb grille, badge-style and front-end design, though with the addition of chrome rather than red highlights.  At the back, full body-coloured bumpers make the GTD appear lower and wider than it really is, while the Golf's standard wheels are replaced with unique 17-inch ‘Seattle Black' alloys.  Inside, the main contact points are unique to the Golf GTD – a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a GTD gearshift and a standard tartan interior.  The tartan finish is subtly different from that in the GTI, being grey, white and black, rather than red, white and black.

Source: Volkswagen

As with the entire Golf range, the new GTD will feature class-leading levels of safety with ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and seven airbags, including for the first time a knee airbag, all standard.  The Golf was recently awarded a maximum five-star rating by the EuroNCAP crash testing agency.
UK buyers will be able to order a Golf GTD from the end of April.  Prices are yet to be confirmed but will start at under £22,000.  The car will go on sale on 22 June – exactly one month after the first GTIs hit UK roads. 

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Daewoo Veritas

General Motors introduced the Daewoo Veritas on the Korean market. the Daewoo Veritas is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 Alloytec engine that's good for 252 PS at 6,600 rpm and 34 kg.m of torque at 2,800 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The Daewoo Veritas is the brand's first entry on the Korean large sedan market. The customers of the Daewoo Veritas will receive a special VIP service that includes a five-year/100,000-kilometer warranty for the powertrain and three-year/60,000-kilometer warranty for replacement items such as engine oil, the air filter and bacteria filter.

GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GM Daewoo) launched today its all new luxurious large sedan, the Veritas.

“Veritas” is Latin for “truth.” “The truth about the Veritas is it reflects GM Daewoo's determination to take Korea 's large sedan segment to an entirely new level,” said GM Daewoo President and CEO Michael Grimaldi. “This luxurious rear-wheel-drive sedan offers excellent driving performance while ensuring unmatched interior comfort, spaciousness and safety.”

The Veritas is based on the L4X concept car, which made its debut at last year's Seoul Motor Show. With the combination of a dynamic exterior and luxurious interior, the Veritas redefines the premium image of a large sedan.

“The Veritas represents the start of a new era for GM Daewoo, as we begin to replace our entire current product lineup with new segment-leading models between now and 2010,” said Grimaldi.

Dynamic and Luxurious Design

The Veritas delivers a dynamic and strong impression through its harmonious combination of an extremely short overhang and emphasized front fenders. The chrome radiator grille features softly curved lines that highlight the character of the large sedan. Chrome-molded side mirrors and LED turn signals make the sedan even more prestigious. 18-inch wheels enhance the stability of the Veritas. Its smooth roof line, refined dual mufflers and LED tail lamps are simple yet modern.

The interior is another strong point of the Veritas. Ergonomically designed, the feeling of comfort is greatly enhanced. The trip computer is located between the instrument clusters, making it easy for the driver to see all important information such as fuel efficiency and driving distance,and other features are conveniently placed, allowing for easy access while driving.

Classic tube-style instrument clusters outlined in satin chrome and a center console armrest with a leather cover also reflect the high quality of the interior.

Powerful and Fuel Efficient Powertrain

The Veritas is powered by a 3.6-liter Alloytec V-6 engine that is angled at 60 degrees between the cylinder lanes to maximize movement balance and decrease vibration. In combination with the fully optimized variable intake manifold, this ensures an ideal mixture of fuel and air in the cylinders, generating 252 ps for horse power and 34Kg.m for maximum torque.

The lightweight all-aluminum engine includes advanced features such as an ECU (Engine Control Unit) that regulates fuel injection and ignition timing by controlling air intake and RPM, and an RLFS (Returnless Fuel System) that prevents fuel evaporation. As a result, the Veritas achieves outstanding fuel efficiency for its segment of 8.6 km/l.

The engine is complemented by a five-speed automatic transmission with fully optimized gear ratio settings, which further maximizes driving and fuel efficiency.It also features two new GM technologies: Active Select and Sport Shift. Active Select gives the driver the choice of shifting gears automatically or manually.Sport Shift enables more powerful and spirited driving.

Comfortable Ride and Handling

The rear-wheel-drive system contributes to the excellent handling of the Veritas, balancing the front and rear in a 50:50 ratio to increase tire surface. This not only improves driving comfort but also provides more precise steering, stable cornering and hill-climbing ability.

The optimally tuned high-performance multi-link suspension has been applied to both the front and rear wheels, resulting in a high level of control, stability and driving comfort by dispersing the impact from the road. The suspension also includes a self-stabilizing system that minimizes vibration to further improve driving and braking.

Quietness, which is one of the most important factors for consumers in buying a luxury car, has been emphasized in the Veritas. Parts that are vulnerable to noise and vibration are highly insulated to dramatically mute driving noise. In addition, the windshield incorporates noise-proof film that blocks out high-frequency noises. The application of dual mufflers regulates emission resistance and pressure, also lowering the noise level.

Highest Level of Passenger Safety

Approximately 81 percent of the body of the Veritas consists of high-strength steel for maximum passenger safety. Among the additional safety features are front dual-stage airbags that inflate according to the magnitude of a collision, and side airbags and curtain airbags that protect passengers in the event of a side impact. Seatbelt pretensioners snugly hold all occupants in their seats when needed. Load limiters loosen the safety belts following a collision to protect passengers from potential secondary harm from safety belts.

Cutting-edge ESC (Electronic Stability Control) technology integrates all safety systems to protect passengers in the event of emergency situations. Bi-Xenon headlamps provide over three times the visibility of normal headlamps, while the Headlamp Auto-Leveling System automatically controls the height of the lamps by factoring in the number of passengers and vehicle load.

Maximum Convenience for Pure Driving Joy

The Veritas provides numerous convenience features, as one would expect of a luxurious large sedan. The driver's seat moves automatically for exit, and the door handle can be positioned in four different directions (in, out, right or left) to suit different body shapes and user preferences. The Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column helps maintain the best driving position.

The navigation system with DMB imbedded in the Veritas is integrated with the TPEG system, which provides information on the shortest route to destinations. With the Bose premium non-directional audio system, the Veritas has the best sound quality in its class. The Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control System and the VAPS (Vehicle Air Purifier System) ensure maximum comfort for all passengers.

Other luxury and convenience features include a rear-window sunshade that protects backseat passengers from strong sunlight and prying eyes, massaging seats, an LCD screen and headset, and headrests with an electric-adjust function.Buttons on the backseat armrests can control these and additional convenience features.

Additional premium convenience features include rain-sensing wipers, three-step heated seats and power seats that can be adjusted in 10 different directions.

Greatest Amount of Interior Space

The Veritas boasts the largest interior in its class, courtesy of the longest wheelbase of 3,009 mm. Legroom (1,098 mm) and shoulder room (1,500 mm) in back are also both best in class. The trunk has 535 liters of space, with room for four golf bags and an extra four small bags. The trunk opens hydraulically, without hinges, making it much easier to load and unload than ordinary car trunks.

VIP Service for Veritas Customers

GM Daewoo will provide special VIP service to all Veritas customers, including a five-year/100,000-kilometer warranty for the powertrain and three-year/60,000-kilometer warranty for replacement items such as engine oil, the air filter and bacteria filter. GM Daewoo will also offer free car delivery service following maintenance service. During maintenance, Veritas owners will be provided a courtesy vehicle free of charge. In addition, specially trained professionals will offer individualized service to all Veritas customers and preferential service at GM Daewoo inspection centers.

The Veritas comes in three trim levels to meet different needs: Deluxe, Premium and Luxury. The models are priced at KRW 46,500,000 for the Deluxe, KRW 53,800,000 for the Premium and KRW 57,800,000 for the Luxury.

Source: Daewoo

H2 Sedona Metallic Black Chrome Limited Edition 2009

For the 2009 model year, Hummer is adding a new version to its H2 SUV and SUT line-up called “Black Chrome”. The limited edition H2 SUV and SUT models are distinguished on the outside by the black chrome detailing that includes the 22-inch chrome-clad wheels, grille, hood latches and handles, fuel filler door, door handles, mirror caps, badges, side air vents, spare tire cover emblem, rocker moldings and hood louver

Hummer offers three exterior colours for the Black Chrome editions; the new-for-2009, Silver Ice Metallic, Sedona Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic. The first two colours are combined with the Ebony/Shale interior, while the Sedona Metallic which is exclusive to the Black Chrome edition, is offered only with the Sedona interior. According to GM, production of the H2 SUV and SUT Black Chrome models will be limited to 1,300 units worldwide.

Exclusive Limited Dark Chrome Edition HUMMER H2 now available at Liberty  Automobiles

· Only 1,300 vehicles produced

Dubai , United Arab Emirates – The iconic HUMMER H2 is introducing an exclusive Limited Dark Chrome Edition and it is available at Liberty Automobiles showrooms across the UAE.

Part of the innovative yet practical changes introduced to this Limited Dark Chrome Edition H2 include a more refined interior that combines luxury alongside HUMMER's legendary ruggedness. In addition to this once-in-a-life-time trim that will be available to only 1,300 customers globally, offering are enhanced safety features, a sophisticated powertrain set-up and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology which offers the dual benefit of improved performance and fuel efficiency.

Adib Takieddine, Marketing Manager of HUMMER in the Middle East said: “With continuing innovations such as these, the HUMMER brand remains strong in the region. The additions to the line-up for 2009 including the HUMMER H3T and this Limited Dark Chrome Edition make it clear that HUMMER remains true to its DNA as a ‘Like Nothing Else' brand. The Limited Dark Chrome Edition HUMMER H2 which takes styling and individualization to a distinctive and exclusive level, is the icing on the cake for the HUMMER enthusiasts.”

Exclusivity par excellence

The Limited Dark Chrome Edition H2 is available on both SUV and SUT models and these vehicles can be distinguished on the outside with black chrome details, including Twenty-inch chrome-clad wheels, grille, hood latches and handles, fuel filler door, door handles, mirror caps, “H2” badges, side air vents and spare tyre cover. Meanwhile the wheel flares (arches), rocker mouldings and hood (bonnet) louvre will be body coloured.

Three exterior colours are available with the Limited Dark Chrome Edition 2009 H2 including the new-for-2009 Silver Ice Metallic and the existing Sedona Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic. Designers have worked quite hard to work out the exterior and interior combinations for the benefit of discerning customers. Silver Ice Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic are offered with the Ebony/Shale interior combination, while the Sedona Metallic colour is exclusive to the Limited Dark Chrome edition and is offered only with the Sedona interior.

Smarter interior

A set of new seats in the H2 present a more sculptured appearance and offer improved comfort and lumber support. The top anchorage of the front seat belts is now mounted on the B-pillar rather than on the seats and this change enabled engineers to adopt an uncompromising approach to achieving optimum seat comfort. Among the new features are second-row captain's chairs that deliver a more personal and luxurious seating choice; third-row seat storage that frees up more storage space in the H2's interior.

Complementing the new seats are new door trim panels and throughout the cabin soft-touch materials and new, more tactile controls enhance the feeling of craftsmanship demonstrated by a new interior. Precision design has ensured that the interior panel gaps are just one millimetre which adds to the overall premium feel.

Meanwhile, an all-new instrument panel with a six-gauge instrument cluster features a more sporty appearance.  The dashboard also features new vents that enhance heating or cooling comfort throughout the vehicle – particularly for the second-row and third-row seat occupants. The busy centre stack houses the climate controls and premium quality audio surround sound system. 

Additional comfort and convenience features that are standard or optional (depending on model) include a new rear-seat overhead DVD entertainment system, a satellite navigation system and a rear-view camera system. Innovative technology has allowed the camera to be placed in the rear view mirror while the images appear on the mirror aiding the driver's line of sight during the reversing manoeuvre.

A ‘must use' convenience feature for Middle East customers is the popular remote start system that enables the vehicle's interior to be heated or cooled prior to driving.

Optimised powertrain

The pulling power of the H2 comes from its lightweight small block 6.2-litre V8 engine that uses Variable Valve Timing technology to maximize performance and fuel efficiency. It produces 441 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 454 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine is made of lightweight materials and including an aluminium cylinder block.

Mated to this engine is a six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 electronically controlled automatic transmission which has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears. Also included in the transmission is a “tap up/tap down” capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with buttons on the steering wheel. This arrangement helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy and more control off-road with a revised crawl ratio of approximately 39:1. The axle ratio now stands at 3.73 and with this optimized powertrain set-up the towing capacity has been increased to 3,727kg. 

Source: Hummer

Hyundai Blue-Will Concept 2009

BLUE-WILL – Hyundai charges in with advanced hybrid concept

    * All-new concept car to be unveiled at Seoul Show
    * Lithium-Ion batteries and a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine
    * Solar panels boost battery range

Korean automaker Hyundai is ramping up its efforts in the hybrid segment with the presentation of an all-new concept car at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show. The BLUE-WILL is a proposal for a family-sized, dedicated hybrid model in the likes of the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. The plug-in hybrid powered by an all-aluminum gasoline direct-injected 1.6-litre engine which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and a powerful 100kw (134HP) electric motor.

Electric power is stored in a compact Lithium-Ion Polymer battery pack which is located along with the fuel tank under the rear seat to maximize luggage space. The Hyundai group will be the first automaker in the world to apply Lithium Ion Polymer batteries in mass production vehicles.

Hyundai has revealed the first pictures of an innovative plug-in hybrid concept car. Due to be revealed at the Seoul Motor Show which opens on April 2nd, the “BLUE-WILL”, has exceptionally advanced technology crammed inside its striking bodyshell.

Recycled PET soft drink bottles were used to make the material for the headlamp bezels while use has also been made of bio-plastics: PLA for the interior while PA11 was specified for the engine cover. These materials are made from plants extract rather than fossil fuels and are bio-degradable.

The BLUE-WILL concept is powered by an all-aluminium Gasoline Direct Injected 1.6-litre engine which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100kw electric motor which is at the heart of Hyundai's parallel hybrid drive architecture.

Electric power, stored by a Lithium Ion Polymer battery pack, is neatly bundled with the fuel tank under the rear seat to maximise luggage space.

Hyundai will be the first automaker in the world to apply Lithium Ion Polymer in a mass production vehicle when the Elantra LPI Hybrid goes on sale in Korea in July this year.

A further expression of the concept's design flexibility is found on the panoramic roof. The glass area integrates dye-sensitized solar cells which can generate power for the batteries from the sun without impeding visibility.

Further details of the concept will be revealed at a press conference on Hyundai's stand at the Seoul show. 

Source: Hyundai

X5 Hartge With Diesel Dynamics

A SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) such as the X5 also looks well kitted out with such sporty accessories as a front spoiler, rear skirt and two-piece side sills. Unlike the HARTGE “HUNTER”, which transforms the X5 into a thoroughbred off-road vehicle, this version from the German-based automaker on a BMW basis bears the unmistakable hallmarks of an individual “road runner”.

Under the hood, a modified ECU performs absolute miracles, boosting the power of the 3.0d engine from 235 hp (173 kW) to a solid 275 hp (202 kW), while the maximum torque goes up from 520 Nm (lb-ft 384) to almost 600 Nm (lb-ft 443). This power boost lends this 4-wheel-drive vehicle, with its 6 speed automatic gearbox and weighing in at more 2150 kg, outstanding performance figures, allowing it to sprint in 7.4 seconds to a speed of 100 km/h (production vehicle 8.3 sec.) and reach a top speed of 232 km/h.

A SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) such as the X5 also looks well kitted out with such sporty accessories as a front spoiler, rear skirt and two-piece side sills. Unlike the HARTGE “HUNTER”, which transforms the X5 into a thoroughbred off-road vehicle, this version from the German-based automaker on a BMW basis bears the unmistakable hallmarks of an individual “road runner”. Under the hood, a modified ECU performs absolute miracles, boosting the power of the 3.0d engine from 235 hp (173 kW) to a solid 275 hp (202 kW), while the maximum torque goes up from 520 Nm (lb-ft 384) to almost 600 Nm (lb-ft 443). This power boost lends this 4-wheel-drive vehicle, with its 6 speed automatic gearbox and weighing in at more 2150 kg, outstanding performance figures, allowing it to sprint in 7.4 seconds to a speed of 100 km/h (production vehicle 8.3 sec.) and reach a top speed of 232 km/h. The additional 16 km/h is derived – if only to a minor extent – also from the aerodynamic components and the reduced frontal area. Thanks to a sports spring set with level control system for rear axle, this X5 is namely 30 mm lower.

Complementing the sporty outfit, HARTGE equips this X5 with a set of “Classic 2” light alloy wheels. These 22-inch wheel rims are fitted with 285 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires at front and rolls on extra-wide 335-size tires of the same type at the back. Simply chic – the set of HARTGE carbon (silver) casings for exterior mirrors. Geared precisely to HARTGE and ideally suited for this X5 is the set of emblems for bonnet and boot lid in addition to a 120 x 19 mm insignia. The rear skirt is flanked by a HARTGE stainless steel tail piece with oval tail pipes left and right.   

Looking through the HARTGE 3-spoke leather steering wheel with its silver carbon inserts, which replaces the BMW 3-spoke standard airbag steering wheel, another eye-catching feature is the 300 km/h speedometer with dial in silver metallic and red needle. It is possible to equip the automatic pedals with a two-piece set of aluminum pedals with a non-slip napped finish. Further interior touches are added by a HARTGE carbon interior trim for dash board, gear knob panelling and front and rear doors in addition to floor mats in black velour for the X5 with 3rd row rear seat. For this seven-seater version of the X5, HARTGE is also offering a load floor mat in black velour with extensible flap to cover rear bumper as an added convenience.   

The total price for this fully kitted out version of the X5 is € 57,554 plus VAT. Needless to say, all the HARTGE add-on parts can be retrofitted individually. 

Source: Hartge

Friday, March 27, 2009

KW Automotive Nissan GT-R

KW, the suspension specialist, premiered at the Geneva Motor Show this year the KW Nissan GT-R equipped with the latest coilover kit. The KW Nissan GT-R also features gull-wing doors and a Hydraulic system HLS that lifts the car by 45 millimeters.
The KW Nissan GT-R Variant 3 coilovers offer individual adjustments while the traction- and compression phase can be regulated independently. The KW Nissan GT-R Variant 3 coilovers are best suited for everyday traffic, but the company also offer the Clubsport version which is aimed at the track.
The HLS system of the KW Nissan GT-R works on both axles to lift the car when going over speed bumps.

KW Clubsport- and Variant 3 coilovers offer individual adjustments
Traction- and compression phase can be regulated independently
Stainless steel technology inox line assures longevity
Hydraulic system HLS lifts the super sports car by 45 millimetres
Co-operation of seven refining companies

Fichtenberg – With the Nissan GT-R, the running gear manufacturer KW has found an ideal platform for its products. Together with the Japanese importer Hashimoto, the German company refines the Japanese sports car with Clubsport coilovers even before the car is introduced to the European market. And KW brought another 5 refiners into the boat. 
For the Nissan GT-R, this co-operation between KW and Hashimoto offers a package for the race course which is also suitable for normal use on the roads. But, the already legendary sports car is not available in Europe yet. Even before the GT-R is let loose onto European roads, KW has extensively refined the automobile.

This includes the coilovers KW Clubsport and Variant 3. The KW Clubsport running gear is the ideal solution for sportive drivers who wish to optimise their roadworthy Nissan for the race course. The Variant 3 coilover is aimed at performance-oriented drivers who attach great importance to comfort in everyday road traffic. Both products allow an independently adjustable traction- and compression phase for an ideal running gear regulation according to the road conditions and the requirements of the driver. Thereby, the stainless steel technology inox line ensures a constant flexibility of all individual parts even during sportive sprints and winter use and therefore guarantees a long durability of the running gear. 
Hydraulic system overcomes obstacles 
Furthermore, KW integrates its own Hydraulic Lift System HLS 4 at both axles. This enables the driver to lift the car by button or radio control up to 45 millimetres, so it passes speed bumps and other obstacles such as entrances to underground car parks easily. The system even works while driving up to 80 km/h. Nissan GT-R drivers can upgrade the hydraulic system together with a coilover kit or the Variant 3.
As far as the appearance, grip and seats of the car are concerned, the running gear specialist KW and the importer Hashimoto brought further experts into the team. OZ provides the three-part rims Superleggera with six double spokes measuring 10.5x20 inches at the front- and 11x20 inches at the rear axle. Suitable high-performance tyres SP Sport 600 DSST are delivered by Dunlop. All four wheels use the same size 285/35 ZRF20 100Y. Recaro fits the bucket seats, Schroth the six-point racing belts, and the refinement of another partner only becomes visible when the driver gets out of the car: LSD added gull-wing doors and therefore renders a Lamborghini-look to the Nissan. 
Despite of all these modifications, the GT-R remains fully operational even off the race course. The sports car maintains its MOT approval when the components are fitted accordingly. Neither KW nor the importer Hashimoto changed the engine performance. The coupé is powered by the standard 3.8-litre V6-biturbo VR38 DETT rendering 480 hp at 6,400 rpm. 588 Newton metres torque propel the Nissan up to 310km/h.

Source: KW-Automotive

JE Design Porsche Cayenne GTS

JE DESIGN, has announced its upgrade package for the Porsche CayenneGTS. The JE DESIGN Porsche Cayenne GTS upgrade package includes a new body kit, 22-inch light alloy rims and LED daylight running lights.
The JE DESIGN Porsche Cayenne GTS body kit includes front and rear skirt extensions made from ABS, new side skirts and stainless steel double end exhaust pipes.
The JE DESIGN Porsche Cayenne GTS upgrade package also contains a lowering kit that takes the ride height down by 35 mm.

Widely extended programme for the Porsche Cayenne
Extensive aerodynamics kit in OEM-quality
Exclusive 22-inch light alloy rims
More safety with LED daylight running lights

The tuning forgery JE DESIGN has been known as one of the leading refiners for the brand Seat. Gradually, the programme has been extended for large SUV from the Volkswagen group. And therefore, it is only logical that they now also developed an extensive programme for the Porsche Cayenne GTS, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.  

The JE DESIGN styling programme for the current Porsche Cayenne models includes a front- and rear skirt extension made of ABS, a material known from the original equipment manufacturer. By fitting it to the original attachment points, the makeover is accomplished in a quick and safe way. Thereby, not only the regulations for the pedestrian protection have been taken into account, but also aerodynamic requirements. The integrated LED daylight running lights are offered in the JE DESIGN makeover kit for Porsche Cayenne for the first time and ensure even more safety. The makeover programme for the Porsche Cayenne is completed with elegant side skirts which can be optionally ordered with LED lights in the door sill protectors. The rear appearance is dominated by oval shaped double end pipes made of stainless steel.

Stately 22-inch wheels “SUV-Select“ 
The brawny look of the Cayenne refined by JE DESIGN is enhanced by wheels of the category JE DESIGN SUV select. This wheel which has been especially developed for automobile heavy-weights, has a massive, timelessly elegant five spoke design. It is offered by JE DESIGN for the Porsche Cayenne in the impressive size 10x22“ ET 55 (bolt circle 5x130). JE DESIGN delivers the one-piece cast wheel in the version “shadow silver / polished front“, in “matt black / polished front”, in “graphite silver glossy / polished horn“ and in “graphite matt silver / polished horn“. Of course, JE DESIGN also delivers entire wheel-sets in which the SUV Select wheel is equipped with tyres measuring 295/30 R22 XL.  

Lowering for more agility 
And JE DESIGN does not stop at the outer appearance. In order to make the heavy car more agile, the tuning specialist is lowering the body and therefore the centre of gravity of the Porsche Cayenne with the help of an electronic lowering module by approx. 35 mm. JE DESIGN also knows how to tune conventional running gears. Then, a stainless steel coilover kit with an integrated rebound range renders lowering scale of 30 to 70 mm and a sportive road performance which matches the outer look. Alternatively, JE DESIGN offers a set of lowering springs, here

Source: JE-Design

2010 Porsche Cayenne GTS Design Edition 3

The Porsche Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3, which will be limited to a quantity of 1000 models, will go on sale in Europe in May, according to Porsche. This extension of the Cayenne line features a special grey metallic paint job with racing stripes, 21-inch wheels, black leather upholstery (emblazoned with the Porsche logo, of course), and a little bit of carbon fiber thrown in here and there.
Under the hood, the Design Edition 3 sports a 405-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 engine capable of 369 pound-feet of torque. It boasts a 0-62 time of 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 156 miles per hour.
The Porsche Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 comes with dark privacy glazing, bi-xenon headlights and an extended roof spoiler. The interior of the Porsche Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 features black leather upholstery, a padded three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, electrically adjustable sports seats, a new rev counter and various other design accents.

Porsche is expanding the successful Cayenne range with the Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3, which will be limited to just one thousand numbered units worldwide. This new Cayenne model features styling cues that underline the V8-powered, high-performance personality of this Porsche and it will be available to special customer order from May.
The clear imprint of the Porsche Design Studio, based in Zell am See , Austria , which is one of the world leaders in industrial and product design, on this new Cayenne model can be seen in the choice of the paintwork colour, Lava Grey Metallic, chosen to emphasise the sporting stance of the car. This is underlined further by design stripes along the side and on the bonnet and 21-inch diameter SportPlus alloy wheels that are also colour co-ordinated to match the special exterior colour.
The elegant exterior appearance of this new model is rounded off by bi-xenon headlights and dark privacy glazing to the rear of the B-pillar, and the ‘Cayenne GTS' model designation in black with a red “S” at the rear. An extended roof spoiler with a double wing profile is available as a no-cost option.

Inside the Cayenne Porsche Design Edition 3, the exclusive treatment continues with black leather upholstery throughout, with red contrasting seams on the instrument panel and doors. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, in turn, raises the car's unique sporting character even higher.
Electrically adjustable sports seats with a comfort memory package and side support bolsters offer the driver and front passenger optimum seating comfort. The front headrests proudly display an embossed Porsche logo and the centre seat sections front and rear are finished in alcantara. The same material gives parts of the centre console and door trims and the complete roof lining a discreet but sophisticated touch, while carbon trim provides a subtle reference to motor sport. Finally, the ‘Porsche Design Edition 3' model designation stands out clearly on the rev counter, the front door sill kick plates and on a plate in the glove compartment with the serial number of the vehicle embossed on the surface.

The unique experience in sound so typical of a Porsche comes, firstly, at the touch of a button from the sports exhaust system featured as standard and also from the Bose 5.1 Surround Sound System with no less than 14 loudspeakers and overall output of 410 W.
The purposeful exhaust note hints at the outstanding performance of this special Cayenne , with a 405bhp 4.8-litre V8 and six-speed Tiptronic S transmission featured as standard. On the road, this means acceleration from 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 156 mph.
Like the Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 and the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 which preceded this special Cayenne model, every Porsche Design Edition is supplied with unique Porsche Design accessories. The Porsche Design Chronograph watch exclusively matching each model, for example, stands for particular design values and style. In the case of the Porsche Design Edition 3, the Porsche Design Studio has created a Type P'6612 automatic chronograph featuring a light titanium casing measuring 42 millimetres in diameter and further enhanced by a metal strap with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. This special coating is carried over from racing engines and gives the titanium body of the watch its characteristic colour, while the exclusive face of the chronograph takes up striking design features from the interior of the Cayenne .
Another perfect match for this vehicle is the four-piece luggage set bearing the ‘Porsche Design Edition 3' label and comprised of three trolley cases varying in size and a functional briefcase. All items may be used on aircraft as carry-on travel baggage, with the exception of the largest trolley case offering a capacity of 62 litres.
The Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 is available to from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland from £64,753. Fitted to every Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the new Porsche Driving Experience Centre, Silverstone.

Source: Porsche

2009 JE Design Porsche Cayenne Progressor

JE DESIGN offers a tuning programme only shortly after the premiere of the new VW Scirocco
Body- and lowering kit 
Complete wheel set "Multispoke" in 19 inch size
+ 44 hp for the 2,0 litre TFSI

The JE DESIGN engineers once again confirm that they are the fastest of their kind. The VW tuning experts from Leingarten near Heilbronn can already deliver an entire sport programme for the new VW Scirocco which has only been introduced a few weeks ago. This programme can be ordered from free accessory dealers. 

Whenever somebody is looking for an individual, sportive appearance, he is literally unable to avoid ordering a suitable body kit from JE DESIGN who deliver the suitable components in OEM quality. That means the material consists of high-quality ABS and all parts are custom-fit as they are milled with CNC. The kit for 919 € includes a front spoiler which already renders dynamism even when the car is not moving and is delivered with a centre spoiler sword in carbon look. The profile is also enhanced by side skirts with air inlets and a rear spoiler extension which perfectly matches the other components and is also available in carbon-look. If desired, makeover kits for crash-tested gull-wing doors can be obtained for 1.549 €
The end muffler which is made of stainless steel and comes with 2 centrally positioned oval end pipes (899€) renders an earthy sound and a stunning appearance. It is delivered with an EU operating license. Also available is a half system with 70 mm pipe diameter and increased by 11 hp. 

Lowering springs by JE DESIGN which have been especially developed for the VW Scriocco (219 €) lower the car´s centre of gravity by 30 mm and are combined with serial shock absorbers. Of course, changing the serial wheels is an absolute must. Also here, the sport programme by JE DESIGN offers the elegant wheel design "multispoke" as wheel sets. 
JE DESIGN offers wheels measuring 8x19 inches with 235/35 R19 tyres in "shadow silver" (2,810 €),  "matt black / silver rim bead" ( 2,930 €) or in "white pearl / polished front" (for also 2,930 €). 
Also under the bonnet, JE DESIGN boosts the power of the VW – the performance kit (1,249 €) increases the strength of the VW Scirocco 2.0 TFSI to 180 KW / 244 hp at 6,000 rpm. Thereby, also the torque rises from 280 to 350 Nm (at 3,350 rpm). And a VW Scirocco tuned by JE DESIGN accelerates from 0 to 100 in only 6.6 seconds and is therefore 0.6 seconds faster than its serial counterpart. The maximum speed rises by 7km/h to 242 km/h. 
The price for the performance kit includes a one-year warranty and fitting costs. 

[Source: JE-Design]

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kawasaki ZX-10R

Engine TypeFour-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Bore x Stroke76.0 x 55.0 mm
Maximum Torque83.2 lb-ft @ 8,700 rpm
Compression Ratio12.9:1
Fuel InjectionDFI with 43mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder
IgnitionTCBI with digital advance and Kawasaki Ignition Management System (KIMS)
Final DriveChain
Rake/Trail25.5deg / 4.3 in.
Front Tire Size120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase55.7 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel43mm inverted fork with DLC coating, adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travelUni-Trak® with top-out spring, stepless, dual-range (high/low-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front Brake TypeDual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers
Rear Brake TypeSingle 220mm petal disc with single-piston aluminum caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity4.5 gal.
Seat Height32.7 in.
Curb Weight458.6 lbs.
Overall length83.1 in.
Overall width28.0 in.
Overall height44.7 in.
ColorEbony, Candy Burnt Orange / Flat Super Black, Special Edition Lime Green / Metallic Diablo Black
MSRPStandard $11,799 / Special Edition $11,999
Warranty12 Months
Good Times™ Protection Plan12, 24, 36, 48 months