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Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Kawasaki bikes at MCN London Show

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Close to Gibraltar, the popular southern Spanish town of Malaga played host to the launch of the much anticipated Z1000SX and Z1000SX Tourer in late October.

Based on the popular Z1000 Streetfighter, the new concept is a machine which effectively bridges the gap between the naked urban concept of the Z1000 and the Supersport Ninja models by adding long distance fun yet not incorporating some of the “compromises” that many sport riders accuse conventional tourers of.

Representatives of the European media – including the UK motorcycle press – spent two days riding both variants of the machine on differing Spanish roads in a variety of conditions including what might be called “typical UK weather”…that being rain!

Day one and the group left Malaga and made their way via Monda and Coin towards the romantic hill top town of Ronda, itself a destination for many motorcycle and car launches in this popular part of Spain with manufacturers.

With darkening skies, the conditions were challenging especially as it began to rain on previously sun baked roads creating what could only be described as “limited adhesion” characteristics.

As an unplanned test of the handling and poise of the new bike, there could have been none better. Able to “feather” the throttle on the fuel injected bikes and use the gears for braking as well as the “feel” of the radial front brakes, all riders navigated unfamiliar roads with ease and praised the confidence the bikes engendered.

A photo shoot and tracking shots completed the group enjoyed slightly better weather for the run to lunch and the first chance to collect their thoughts and make notes in the comfort of the lunch stop. The general initial impression of all was that the concept – a bike that would appeal to migrants from the Supersport class and be able to tour effectively – rang true and that the design, look and feel was “integrated” in comparison to many machines on the market.

The road down the mountain from Ronda is justifiably famous among journalists and in dry conditions the chance to examine the handling of the Z1000SX and SX Tourer was grasped with both hands.

Reducing radius corners, deceptive apexes, long straights and bumpy sections were all despatched with ease, most journalists saying in complimentary terms that the bike was so accomplished that they could effectively spend the majority of their time thinking about the road conditions other than the machine beneath them – the sort of inverted compliment that only motorcyclists could understand!.

A second day including more mountain roads and a long motorway section to test the three position screen ended with a dash back to Malaga airport and flight home with no “incident or issue” with either machines or roads.

Four pages in this week’s MCN are headed “New Z1000SX fulfils its sport tour promise” while the full page article in Friday’s Daily Mirror hailed the SX and SX tourer with the headline “Trailblazing Z1000SX splices sport DNA and Tourer durability to deadly effect” – watch out for launch reports in UK motorcycle magazines and on enthusiast web sites over the coming days and weeks.

The new Z1000SX and the Z1000 SX Tourer will be at the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live event at the NEC, Birmingham later this month.

Source: Kawasaki Press Release, Youtube.

Exclusive Spy Shots: New Civic stork in Japan in 2012

Our correspondent exclusively in Japan, John Paul Vizioli, just catch the first units of vacating the premises Civic 2012 Honda at Suzuka. He said the car should be going to the U.S., since there are some units of the Fit Insight and also in their North American versions in the cart.

The New Civic 2012 will come to Brazil, but it is believed here that he will have some visual differences, becoming more like the City, seeking toconquer the more conservative buyer who is a fan of the Corolla .

Source: Noticiasautomotivas. (Language Translation in Portuguese to English) Google Translation

Audi Big Game 2011 Teaser - Startled Smart (Part 1)

Audi Big Game 2011 Teaser - Kenny G Riot Suppressor (Part 2)

Source: Youtube.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG features new design & enhanced technology.

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The successful Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG is now more attractive than ever: the modified design of the top-of-the-range C-Class model is complemented by numerous enhancements to its technology which deliver even more driving enjoyment while reducing fuel consumption significantly. The introduction of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with the "Controlled Efficiency" mode as standard along with a new power steering pump helps to reduce the combined NEDC fuel consumption by about ten percent to 12.0 l/100 km (Estate: 12.3 l/100 km). The output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine is unchanged at 336 kW (457 hp) and can be increased to a maximum of 358 kW (487 hp) with the optional AMG Performance package. Agility, grip and ride comfort have been enhanced as a result of numerous measures to optimise the AMG sports suspension. New assistance systems and a new generation of telematics with internet access increase both safety and comfort.

The latest 2011 generation of the C 63 AMG is now more dynamic and athletic than ever. Thanks to its new radiator grille with a large Mercedes star and a wing-type transverse louvre, as well as a new AMG front apron with a lower cross member painted in high-gloss black, special AMG daytime running lights and side air outlets, the front section recalls the look of the SL 63 AMG high-performance roadster. The new bonnet with its modified powerdomes is now made of aluminium. New clear-lens headlamps emphasise the car's distinctive, self-confident presence, especially when the optional Intelligent Light System (ILS) is also specified. The wide front wings with the "6.3 AMG" legend and the new 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels which are painted in titanium grey and have a high-sheen finish dominate the side view. Good contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 and 255/35 R 18 tyres at front and rear respectively.1 February 2011.

The rear view of the C 63 AMG also evokes the SL 63 AMG: the new AMG rear apron has a distinctive, black diffuser insert with three pronounced diffuser fins. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system are as pleasing to the ear as they are to the eye.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission from the SL 63 AMG

Under the skin, too, the top C-Class model boasts a wealth of new technology including the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission - another advanced feature adopted from the SL 63 AMG. Rather than using a torque converter, this innovative transmission has a wet start-off clutch which allows it to deliver a much more efficient, agile and direct response. Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced significantly thanks to the "Controlled Efficiency" mode and a new power steering pump: at 12.0 litres per 100 km (Estate: 12.3 l/100 km) the combined NEDC fuel consumption of the C 63 AMG is 1.4 litres (Estate: 1.3 litres) lower than that of the predecessor model; this represents a reduction in fuel consumption of some ten percent. The CO2 emissions figure is now 280 (Estate: 288) grams per kilometre. Both power variants have identical fuel consumption and emission figures.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission impresses with its exceptional flexibility: with four driving modes as well as double-declutching and RACE START functions it is as compatible with a relaxed, fuel-saving driving style as it is with high-speed laps on a closed racing circuit and extremely dynamic overtaking manoeuvres. The Controlled Efficiency "C" mode is programmed to provide early, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed to help the driver keep fuel consumption down. The "S", "S+" and "M" modes deliver increased agility through fast, responsive gear changes and higher revs. Gear changes in the "S+" and "M" modes take just 100 milliseconds.

The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with its large displacement of 6208 cc develops 336 kW (457 hp) at 6800 rpm and attains a peak torque of 600 newton metres at 5000 rpm. A look at the performance figures confirms that the new C 63 AMG retains its predecessor's position as the top performing model in its segment: acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds (Estate: 4.6 s) while the top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Performance package: technology transfer from the SLS AMG

Even more dynamic performance is available with the optional AMG Performance package: this offers 358 kW (487 hp) and allows a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.4 seconds (Estate: 4.5 s). The Mercedes-AMG engine experts have achieved this increase in output thanks to a technology transfer from the SLS AMG: the forged pistons, connecting rods and the lightweight crankshaft all come from the gullwing model's engine. The reduced mass inertia of the components – which are three

kilograms lighter than those of the standard version – allows the naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine to rev up with even greater ease and agility. Models equipped with the performance package can be identified by the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey under the bonnet, the AMG high-performance braking system with composite front discs and red painted brake calipers all round, the carbon-fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid (Saloon) and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with an Alcantara® grip area.

Key data at a glance:

C 63 AMG C 63 AMG Estate
Displacement 6208 cc 6208 cc
Bore x stroke 102.2 x 94.6 mm 102.2 x 94.6 mm
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1 11.3 : 1
Output 336 kW (457 hp) at 6800 rpm
358 kW (487 hp) at 6800 rpm* 336 kW (457 hp) at 6800 rpm
358 kW (487 hp) at 6800 rpm*
Max. torque 600 Nm at 5000 rpm 600 Nm at 5000 rpm
Engine weight (dry) 196 kg 196 kg
Fuel consumption NEDC combined 12.0 l/100 km 12.3 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 280 g/km 288 g/km
Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h 4.5 s 4.4 s* 4.6 s 4.5 s*
Top speed** 250 km/h** 250 km/h**

* with AMG Performance package; ** electronically limited

Optimised suspension, new steering system reduces fuel consumption

The AMG sports suspension with a special front axle, reinforced rear axle and wider track all round has undergone thorough modification; the driver benefits from this in two ways as the C 63 AMG now offers greater driving enjoyment and ride comfort at all times. The new, stiffer elastokinematics, the revised axle kinematics with more negative camber all round and the new rear-axle anti-roll bar with a larger cross-section result in higher agility and greater lateral acceleration. But driving dynamics is not the only area in which progress has been made: new spring and damper rates have optimised both the responsiveness of the suspension as well as the road roar and tyre vibration characteristics.

The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a direct ratio (13.5 : 1) has a newly developed power-steering pump which plays a decisive role in reducing the fuel consumption. This is because the power assistance for the steering only requires energy when the driver is actually making steering movements. Reliable deceleration at all times is ensured by the AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated discs all round.

Interior: high quality and perceived value

Even a quick glance at the interior of the C 63 AMG reveals the considerable progress which has been made: the completely new dashboard design with an integrated screen impresses with its particularly attractive appearance and the superior quality of the details which immediately bring the new CLS 63 AMG to mind. The quality look and feel meet the highest standards. The new, all-colour, three-dimensional TFT display in the middle of the redesigned speedometer welcomes the driver by showing the AMG logo. The new three-spoke AMG performance steering wheel - another feature adopted from the CLS 63 AMG – which is trimmed in nappa leather and features a metallic trim element has flattened top and bottom sections as well as grip areas which are specially shaped and trimmed in perforated leather for perfect steering control. Aluminium shift paddles allow manual gear selection.

Fine trim elements in brushed dark aluminium are to be found on the dashboard and doors. Situated in the centre console, which is enhanced with high-gloss black piano lacquer trim elements, is the new rotary control for selecting the transmission modes C, S, S+, M and RACE START. The special AMG sports seats with integral head restraints and adaptive backrests are available from launch with combined ARTICO/DINAMICA black upholstery. DINAMICA is a new type of breathable man-made fibre which is pleasant to the touch and is characterised by low emissions and a high degree of lightfastness. The side bolsters of the AMG sports seats are covered in ARTICO while the centre panels of the seat cushions are also upholstered with DINAMICA.

Available as an option, designo leather appointments give the interior of the C 63 AMG a particularly exclusive character: four single colours and three two-tone combinations are available. As a further option, these can be complemented with "extended black designo leather appointments" for the top section of the dashboard and the upper section of the door linings.

Other attractive optional appointments are also exclusively available for the C 63 AMG from the AMG Performance Studio:
AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish, with 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear) tyres
AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish, with 235/35 R 19 (front) and 255/30 R 19 (rear) tyres
AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in matt black with a high-gloss finish on the rim flange, with 235/35 R 19 (front) and 255/30 R 19 (rear) tyres
AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package
AMG rear axle differential lock
AMG trim elements in carbon fibre/high-gloss black piano lacquer
Illuminated AMG door sill panels
AMG velour floor mats

Eleven new driving assistance systems already established in the S-Class and CLS

The C 63 AMG features eleven new driving assistance systems which are already established in the S-Class flagship range and the trend-setting CLS. These assistance systems use the latest radar, camera and sensor technology and are designed to combat common causes of accidents, such as insufficient distance to the vehicle ahead, drowsiness and darkness. They raise the safety standard of the C-Class to a new level by warning the driver of a hazard, or, if necessary, taking active corrective measures.

Adaptive Highbeam Assist
Active Lane Keeping Assist
Active Blind Spot Assist
Speed Limit Assist
PARKTRONIC including parking guidance
Reversing camera
Lane Keeping Assist
Blind Spot Assist

New generation of telematics is the first to feature internet access

The C-Class sees the debut of a new telematics generation which will also be gradually introduced in other model series. Major new features include greater operating convenience, larger displays, telephone directory transfer via Bluetooth®, wireless music reproduction and a USB interface in the centre console.

The top-of-the-range COMAND Online system now provides internet access for the first time. When the car is stationary the customer can browse freely or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service whose pages load particularly rapidly. The integrated services include weather information and a local search function as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google maps and sent to the car. The navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions. New features include a 3D display with virtual city views. Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be entered and stored and three alternative routes can be displayed on the screen - one of them a particularly economical variant.

As a first in the C-Class, the Becker MAP PILOT makes a low-cost navigation function, which can also be retrofitted, available for the entry-level Audio 20 radio. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the COMAND Controller and the Audio 20 display.

C 63 AMG – fast-track to best-seller status

Launched in summer 2007, the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG rapidly established itself as a real best-seller in the AMG model range. Customers all over the world appreciated this unique combination of a powerful and torquey naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine, a distinctive sound, an agile sports suspension and expressive design. Over the past three and a half years more than 17,000 AMG enthusiasts have chosen the C 63 AMG, 88 percent of them opting for the Saloon (Estate: 12 percent). The AMG Performance package, which has been available since autumn 2009, is proving particularly popular: over 30 percent of all the C 63 AMG models delivered in 2010 were specified with this attractive option.
The new C 63 AMG is available as a Saloon and as an Estate; the market launch starts in July 2011. All prices at a glance (incl. 19 % VAT):
C 63 AMG Saloon:€ 71,340.50
C 63 AMG Estate:€ 73,899.00
AMG Performance package:€ 7166.20 / € 6471.70 Euro (Saloon / Estate)

Source: Mercedes-Benz Press Release.

Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

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The Porsche Boxster S Black Edition combines the timeless appeal of the classic open-roofed roadster with a powerful engine and dramatic styling. Just 987 will be available worldwide, each one finished in black and with a range of special features that accentuate the driving dynamics and muscular appearance of the two-seater sportscar.

As is typical of a Porsche sportscar, at the heart of the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition beats a flat-six 'boxer' engine. Mounted in front of the rear axle behind the seats, the 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine is similar to that fitted to the Boxster S, with direct fuel injection for greater power and efficiency. In the Black Edition its output is 320 hp - 10 hp more than in the Boxster S. The revised engine reaches its rated power at 7,200 rpm, the Boxster S power pack at 6,400 rpm. Peak torque of 370 Nm - boosted by 10 Newton metres - is available at 4,750 rpm.

This increase in output and power equals more dynamics, and the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition underpins its leading position with a superior driving performance. With its standard six-speed manual transmission, it accelerates from 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the Boxster S. This extra performance has not been achieved at the expense of fuel economy, however, for the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition contents itself with as much fuel as the Boxster S: 28.8 mpg Combined (NEDC).

As a consequence of the low centre of gravity provided by the flat-six engine, the Boxster chassis delivers an impressive level of agility. A decisive contribution to the enhanced driving dynamics of the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition is the particularly lightweight ten-spoke design alloy wheels, previously fitted to the Boxster Spyder, and which save 5kg overall. These are fitted with 235/35 ZR 19 tyres on the front axle and 265/35 ZR 19 on the rear.

When fitted with the seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox, dynamics and efficiency are raised even further. This shortens acceleration times from 0-62 mph to 5.1 seconds, and in combination with the Sports Chrono Package Plus with launch control this can be lowered further still to 4.9 seconds. In comparison with the manual transmission, the intelligent gear shifting strategy of PDK lowers fuel consumption to 30 mpg Combined (NEDC) and, more significantly, reduces the CO2 emissions to 221 g/km; placing the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition in vehicle excise duty Band K.

The colour concept of the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition is consistent in every detail. The model lettering painted in black on the rear luggage compartment lid identifies the Black Edition as much as the embossed Black Edition model designation on the side of the fabric hood. The roll-over bars are painted in black, together with the rear side air intake grilles and the twin tailpipe of the exhaust system.

The black theme of the exterior is continued inside. The stainless steel door entry guards feature the "Black Edition" model lettering in black. The standard, three-spoke Sport Design steering wheel has a black leather rim. The trim strips of the dashboard and of the gear shift lever or PDK selector are painted in black. The dials on the instrument cluster are black, as are the partial leather seats with the Porsche emblem embossed in the headrests. A bespoke badge on the glove compartment lid further identifies each Black Edition.

Comfort and convenience is also enhanced for the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition with standard features including anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor, cruise control and a climate control system. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including satellite navigation module is also standard. In addition, the universal audio interface offering MP3 player compatibility and Bluetooth mobile phone preparation are also standard. The Sound Package Plus creates an impressive audio experience, and standard Bi-Xenon headlamps with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights ensure safety on dark roads.

Upon request, the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition can be individualised even further with other options. For example, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is an option as well as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the adaptive sports seats with memory function.

The Porsche Boxster S Black Edition goes on sale in the UK and Ireland from March 2011 and is priced from £47,426. Included in the purchase price is the invitation for customers to explore the dynamic attributes of their Boxster and develop their own skills behind the wheel, courtesy of a Driving Experience Programme at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.

Source: Porsche Press Release.


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The ethos of the Noble M600 has developed from a small team passionate about driving. This evolved from our research of the available "supercars" most of which lean heavily on computer assistance. The use of fashionable but often inefficient gear paddle shift, over assisted brakes and inopportune traction control have all become standard features of the modern day supercar.

We at Noble Automotive thought it time to break the mould, feeling that this now ubiquitous "digital" driver assistance disengages and negates the driver experience and reward. We have experienced, when turning off these devices, that computer generated support can often cosmetically mask and flatter inferior chassis and handling characteristics. We decided that with the introduction the M600 it was time to "get back to basics," to concentrate on the more "analogue" qualities of design by utilizing a principle of pure engineering integrity from the chassis up, putting the driver back in control.

The philosophy behind this radical and refreshing premise is best summed by Peter Dyson, owner of Noble Automotive Limited:

"Noble is a labour of love, of no compromises and of challenges fought. The car speaks for itself, and absolutely reflects what the Team and I envision a true driver's car should be. It is no question uniquely "out of sync" in today's world, one overrun with cars that cannot make up their minds as to whether they want to be a car that rewards or a car that gives hollow praise by electronically "covering" the errors.

Designed and engineered with a purity that rewards driver skill, the M600 is neither dictated to nor hindered by unnecessary computer assistance. It puts you back in the driving seat.

Put simply the Noble M600 is for those of us who love to drive....


We have heard that there is some stiff competition out there, and although Noble Automotive is a low volume motor manufacturer, we do pride ourselves on our individuality, attention to detail and engineering excellence.

The development of the M600 has been an incredibly intense and rewarding journey, a journey in its literal sense, we shipped the development prototype to the USA.

Crossing the continent from East to West we experienced the most dramatic and demanding of climates and terrains in order to prove and test the efficacy and engineering of the M600. In company, for comparative purposes, with a Porsche Carrera GT and, for some of the journey, a Ferrari Enzo. We drove from Chicago westwards; the journey included every type of environment, from the incredibly hot Death Valley in California to the mountains and snow of Utah, from the infamous Pikes Peak to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and finally, to a hot and dusty race track in Phoenix Arizona where the M600 was tested and evaluated against some of the fastest and most respected supercars in the world.

Nearer to home, in the UK we completed a full wind tunnel aero program. Climactic wind tunnel testing and durability program. Acoustic noise, vibration and harshness testing. Four post rig for damper and suspension tuning and thousands of miles of both road and track testing.


Design is of course subjective, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. However there are certain design absolutes, particularly when creating a supercar featuring such massive power and performance, which dictate, in order to have full aerodynamic and cooling efficiency certain design criteria must be met.

It is our belief that form should always follow function, there is much in the philosophy "if it looks right it probably is right."

Utilizing extensive wind tunnel testing we have strived to maintain the form to be as minimalist as possible whilst providing the ultimate aerodynamic and cooling efficiency. Nothing is cosmetic: every element of the shape and design is intrinsic to the effectiveness of the performance.

We feel that the "purity" of design gives the M600 an understated purposeful gravitas that stands out in the crowd.

What lies beneath...

Noble Automotive take great pride in our reputation for the excellent ride and handling of our performance cars. We firmly believe that the chassis is the fundamental foundation of any performance car. This is particularly the case with cars which do not feature a great deal of computer technology. Computer assistance can often mask deficits in the chassis design and it is not until these electronic driver aids are turned off that the flaws are revealed.

There is no engineering logic which dictates that precise and effective handling should be to the detriment of comfort and ride quality. We believe that an effectively designed and engineered chassis should be able to combine both high speed availability and driver comfort. Our engineering, based on a "back to basics" ethos, devotes a huge amount of time and resources in ensuring that the chassis is as efficient and effective as possible. This is ably demonstrated by the M600, the high speed handling is superb and the ride is both comfortable and smooth.

The chassis built by hand for both safety and efficiency features:

• Stainless steel and aluminum tub construction with an integral safety cell
• High "H" point sill sections for side impact protection
• Rear crash structure
• Front boot carbon composite


The M600 has a massive 650 hp available, this amount of power, or indeed the power delivery, is not always either appropriate or required, however with the Adaptable Performance Control function you can select the power output to reflect both the location and suitable driving conditions.

The M600 features three APC settings, the chosen setting is displayed on both the APC dial and the dashboard display. The APC adjusts not the just the power output but also tailors the boost curve, traction and throttle response relative to the selected mode.

Source: Noble Press Release.

Monday, January 31, 2011

All-New Nissan Quest - Errands Commercial

Source: Youtube

2011 Volvo C70 : A elegant coupe as a sporty convertible.

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The new Volvo C70 has a smart three-piece steel roof, practical seating for four adults and world-leading convertible safety. With an updated design and elevated premium feel, the C70 also delivers an "I want" aura of absolute world class.
The C70 is two cars in one. It is as much an elegant coupe as a sporty convertible. With the same gentle, clean lines in both versions.


Modernised, self-assured front

The Volvo C70 reveals traces of the S60 that was unveiled in early 2010. Thereby the C70 is upgraded to relate more closely to the design language of the larger cars in the Volvo model range.
The nose is more wedge-shaped and has been given added three-dimensional depth by moving some elements of the front both longitudinally and vertically. The headlamps and the décor around the fog lamps, for instance, have been angled offset up and to the rear, at the same time as the detailing of the lower grille has been enhanced.

From head-on, the front forms an open, inviting "V". The enlarged iron mark and the enlarged air intake reinforce the self-assured stance.

The shoulder line swings up towards the rear to give an impression of dynamism and reinforces the feeling of a protective collar around those travelling in the back.

Elegant three-piece steel roof
The Volvo C70 transforms smoothly from a cosy coupe into an open convertible. Just press a button and the three-piece steel roof folds away quickly (about 30 sec.) and silently, disappearing neatly into the boot.

Exterior colours
The following exterior colours are available for the Volvo C70:

* Flamenco Red metallic (new) 702
* Silver metallic 426
* Black Sapphire metallic 452
* Barents Blue metallic 466
* Magic Blue metallic 467
* Celestial Blue metallic 474
* Electric Silver metallic 477 (Inscription)
* Ember Black metallic 487 (Inscription)
* Vanilla Pearl 491 (Inscription)
* Black Stone solid 019
* Passion Red solid 612
* Ice White solid 614.


Rewarding the driver
The interior creates a unique ambience in the Volvo C70. The instrument panel has been redesigned, giving it a wider, sleeker look, and the surface of the panel has a new texture that enhances the feeling of quality.
The exclusive instruments, with gauges and graphics specific to the C70, are yet another example of how the car's premium feeling has been emphasised still further.
The interior features around the driver are designed to give the owner a stronger perception of being rewarded behind the wheel. The seats are upholstered in soft hide and general attention to the finish of the various details makes driving a more pleasurable experience.

Iconic centre stack
The centre stack's floating theme flows smoothly with similar elegant soft curves all the way to the rear seat. The storage space between the seats has also been designed with the help of Scandinavian design tradition's most renowned hallmark - smart functionality.
The sliding cover over the larger storage compartments, in which there are also two holders that provide secure support for large and small cups, is complemented by a flexible armrest for the driver.

Audio and information
The Volvo C70 can be equipped with Bluetooth® technology that enables wireless communication. By connecting Volvo's Bluetooth device to the car's audio system and a Bluetooth-compatible cellular telephone, easy and practical hands-free phoning is made possible.

Cars with Volvo On Call now have the option of activating the cabin heater remotely via SMS text messaging.
The High Performance and Premium Sound systems have a USB port, making it easy to attach an iPod® or other MP3 player or even a digital camera to the audio system.
C70 buyers can now specify optional parking sensors front and rear.


Well-balanced and controlled driving
The C70 is built according to the same principles as the rest of the cars in the Volvo range. A very torsionally rigid body, a wide track and a relatively long wheelbase all help give it responsive and stable driving characteristics.
The chassis, with spring struts at the front and Multilink axle at the rear, is set up for controlled, reassuring driving manners and alert steering response. The Multilink rear axle is an independent rear suspension system featuring a number of links and it is designed to offer a good combination of controlled wheel movements and a high level of ride comfort.

DSTC standard
Volvo's advanced DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) stability-enhancing system is fitted as standard. DSTC intervenes and helps stabilise the car if it registers any tendency to skid.


Transverse engines
The engines in the Volvo C70 are transversely installed in-line units. Together with large displacement, the five-cylinder configuration provides high torque across a broad rev band and thus also swift acceleration and excellent driveability within a wide speed range.
T5 with 230 hp
The Volvo C70 T5 petrol engine features a turbocharger and five-speed automatic transmission. It produces 230 hp and 320 Nm of torque.

New 2-litre diesel D3
The new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars' model range. The new five-cylinder D3 is in principle the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.
The engine has been optimised for low fuel consumption and the injection system has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimise consumption with exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This promotes extremely efficient combustion.
In the Volvo C70 the new 2-litre turbodiesel is available in two variants:

* D4 with 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque and a fuel consumption of 6.4 litre/100 km
* D3 with 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque and a fuel consumption of 6.4 litre/100 km

Both the new D3 and D4 meet the Euro 5 emission standards.
All the variants of the new two-litre turbodiesel can be specified with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.


IDIS promotes safer driving
Volvo Cars has developed various support features designed to help the driver while on the move. One such system is IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System), which for instance delays incoming phone calls in complex traffic situations that require the driver's undivided attention.

Active Bending Lights (ABL)- swivelling headlamp beams
In order to contribute to the best possible visibility during night-time driving on curving and twisting roads, the car can be equipped with Active Bending Lights - swivelling headlamps that follow the sweeps and bends of the road.

World-leading safety among convertibles
The new Volvo C70 has been engineered as one of the safest convertibles on the market as regards both preventive and protective safety. The car has an advanced body structure and several solutions that are unique in the world of open cars. The lack of a fixed roof has been compensated by structural reinforcements and sophisticated technology.
Protection in roll-over accidents
The Volvo C70 has sturdy metal hoops that shoot up behind the rear seat passengers to create added protective survival space should the car roll over. These hoops, which are part of Volvo's Rollover Protection System (ROPS) are activated by a gyro-sensor. Since the Volvo C70 has a proper glass rear window, the hoops shoot up through the glass if the roof is up. They have therefore been fitted with small metal spikes that break the glass to guarantee proper protective function.
Unique door-mounted inflatable curtain
One important part of the side-impact and rollover protection is the inflatable curtain (IC), which is installed in the door since there is no roof rail in which to fit it. The curtain has an extra-stiff design featuring twin rows of panels that are offset somewhat in relation to one another. As a result, the curtain can remain upright and help protect the head in an effective way even if the window is open. What is more, the curtain deflates slowly, helping to provide added protection should the car roll over.
Side-impact airbags and safety belt pre-tensioners for all seats
In addition to the inflatable curtains on either side, the front seat occupants also have side-impact airbags. The size of these bags is dimensioned to shield both the chest and hips. What is more, the inflatable curtain interacts with the belt pre-tensioners to contribute to the best possible protection for front seat occupants in a side impact or rollover situation. All four seats come with safety belt pre-tensioners.

Source: Volvo Press Release.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

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It’s been more than seven years since Porsche launched the original Cayenne to the United States. Since then Porsche’s first-generation SUV has enjoyed remarkable success, selling more than 280,000 Cayennes worldwide, including more than 88,000 in the United States.

On the heels of this success comes the next-generation 2011 Cayenne, truly an all-new model that is even more sporting and dynamic, more fuel efficient, and more spacious and lighter than its predecessor.

For example, the next generation Cayenne improves on it predecessor models with:
• An entirely new exterior design that appears sleeker and smaller when in fact it is larger than the previous model, but is still instantly recognizable as a Porsche Cayenne;
• An all-new, spacious interior that raises the luxury bar and puts this SUV’s passenger compartment on par with the award-winning interior found in the Panamera Gran Turismo;
• More rear cargo room and interior space for the rear passengers thanks to a longer wheelbase and rear seats that adjust fore and aft with seat-back incline adjustability;
• Significant weight savings as Porsche engineers shaved roughly 400 lbs overall (145 lbs alone with a lighter yet still robust body structure) when compared with the previous Cayenne models;
• A new active all-wheel drive system that can be paired with Porsche’s new Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus option to provide agile on-road driving dynamics, yet it’s still extremely capable when the pavement ends;

Other unique features to the 2011 lineup include a new high-end audio systems from Bose® and Burmester® and new safety systems like the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Lane Change Assistant (LCA), and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The North American Cayenne model range includes four models: the 2011 Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo and the Cayenne S Hybrid. The Cayenne model lineup base MSRPs (excluding $975 for destination) are as follows: Cayenne, $46,700; Cayenne S, $63,700; Cayenne S Hybrid, $67,700; and Cayenne Turbo, $104,800.

Three Cayenne flavors have two main ingredients: performance and efficiency
While the new entry level Cayenne has a 300-horspower 3.6-liter V6 engine, thanks in part to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission it is approximately 20 percent more fuel efficient than the model it replaces.

The high-torque Cayenne S with its 4.8-liter V8 likewise shows a significant decrease in fuel consumption, down by 23 percent. At the same time engine output is now 400 horsepower compared to 385 horsepower in the former Cayenne S. And similarly the range-topping Cayenne Turbo with its 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V8 is 23 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor. The Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo have U.S. fuel economy ratings of 16 city/22 highway and 15 city/22 highway, respectively. The Cayenne with the standard six-speed manual gets 15 city/22 highway and 16 city/23 highway when fitted with the optional eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. The Cayenne S Hybrid gets an estimated 20city/24 highway under current EPA regulations.

In addition to Porsche’s new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with a wide range of gear ratios, other factors also contribute to this reduction in fuel consumption. Specifically this includes the Automatic Start Stop function (first introduced on the Panamera), efficient thermal management of the engine and transmission cooling circuits, on-board electrical network recuperation, variable deceleration fuel cut-off and the Cayenne’s intelligent lightweight construction.

Thanks to the combination of material weight minimization and overall changes in the vehicle concept such as the new, active and extra-light all-wheel drive system, overall weight for the Cayenne S is down by a substantial 396 lbs. The benefits are not only better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, but also improved performance, agility and handling.

High-Tech Advancements Permeate the Entire 2011 Cayenne Lineup Superior power with better efficiency: the V8s in the Cayenne S and Turbo
The fully upgraded family of V8 power units is made up of the even more powerful 4.8 liter naturally aspirated engine now delivering 400 hp and 369 lb-ft maximum torque in the new Cayenne S and a twin turbocharged 500 hp together with 516 lb-ft in the new Cayenne Turbo.

With the two power units designed and upgraded together, the natural-aspiration and the turbocharged engine share a particularly large number of common parts. And once again it almost goes without saying that the new V8 engines featured in the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo come with all the new technologies to reduce fuel consumption, such as thermal management, on-board network recuperation, variable overrun control, and the Auto Start Stop function.

The proven light-alloy block of the V8 power units is further enhanced by the even more comprehensive use of aluminum and magnesium, saving approximately 15 lbs in weight on the valve timing cover, the cover itself, the camshaft adjuster, various bolts, and the crank. As an example, the new generation of the V8 power units comes with a new lightweight camshaft adjuster for adjusting valve timing through VarioCam Plus made completely of aluminum, This alone reduces engine weight by approximately 3.8 lbs, minimizing the rotating masses in the process, improving the speed of adjustment, and giving the engine an even more agile response.

Both power units now feature pressure-controlled measurement of air mass instead of a hot-film air mass meter, with the advantage of lower intake air resistance and an even better air flow.

On the naturally aspirated power unit in the Cayenne S a newly developed, lighter crankshaft and lighter connecting rods reduce the movement of masses and weight within the engine. In all, the crank on the V8 is 5.1 lbs lighter than before.

A further feature on the V8 is the oil flow housing made of magnesium, again reducing engine weight by approximately 4.4 lbs. The intake camshafts, to mention yet another example, have been optimized for a very smooth flow of power and torque. Together with the new intake system boasting a larger throttle butterfly and optimized electronic engine management, the 4.8 liter naturally aspirated V8 now delivers maximum output of 400 hp at 6,500 rpm.

An Improved V6
The new 2011 Cayenne, based on the same all-new underpinnings used for the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, offers a powerful 300-hp V6 engine, fulfilling the needs of consumers who desire the agility, comfort and safety of the this new model in an even more economical package.

Like its predecessor, the new Cayenne features a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine, but it has been upgraded to deliver more performance and better efficiency. Again, this is in line with Porsche’s Intelligent Performance philosophy.

In addition to refining the engine, Porsche also equipped the Cayenne with a new eightspeed Tiptronic S automatic transmission that helps the car accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 second. The same car fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox can reach 60 in 7.1 seconds, and both versions have a top test track speed of 142 mph. The Cayenne with the optional Tiptronic S gets 16 city/23 highway. The same car with the standard six-speed manual gearbox gets 15 city/22 highway.

A sophisticated start stop system
All 2011 Cayenne models equipped with the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission come with an Auto Start Stop function. Auto Start Stop switches off the combustion engine under defined conditions as long as the vehicle is at a standstill, reducing fuel consumption and emissions in the process and thus preventing the engine from idling unnecessarily, for example when stopping at traffic lights.

As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop with the driver pressing the brake pedal, the Auto Start Stop function will switch off the engine, informing the driver accordingly through the green Auto Start Stop symbol in the instrument cluster.

In the process the driver may leave the selector lever in position D or M, and the engine will remain inactive also when shifting to P and N. Once the driver lets go of the brake pedal, the engine will start again and the driver can set off without a delay. For reasons of safety, however, this is not possible if the driver’s door or the engine compartment lid are open or if the driver is not wearing his seat belt. Under certain conditions the engine is intentionally not switched off when coming to a halt, for example when the driver has activated the Sports Mode, when towing a trailer, when on an incline, or when the vehicle is in a parking or maneuvering process. In such cases the driver is informed by a yellow Auto Start Stop symbol in the instrument cluster that the system has not switched off the engine.

New active all-wheel drive with electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch Porsche has developed an active all-wheel-drive system for the new Cayenne driving the rear wheels and transmitting power to the front wheels as needed through an electronically controlled, map-based multiple-plate clutch.

Porsche selected this technology to reduce weight and make the new Cayenne even more agile on the road. But at the same time the Cayenne offers all the off-road or foulweather capabilities a driver needs under normal conditions, and its reduced weight actually enhances its off-road dynamics. For the first time this active all-wheel drive system can be paired with Porsche’s new Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus option. PTV Plus uses variable torque distribution on the rear wheels as well as an electronically controlled rear axle differential lock, thus helping to increase both driving dynamics and stability in curves.

A new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system together with the new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission eliminates the need for a reduction gearbox, which saves 73 lbs. When developing PTM, Porsche engineers wanted to optimize the driving dynamics while retaining the Cayenne’s outstanding off-road qualities. The result is two different PTM systems designed for specific new-model characteristics. In the Cayenne S Hybrid, PTM comes with permanent all-wheel drive complete with a self-locking center differential. In the Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, PTM features active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-guided multiple-plate clutch.

Superior suspension with various options for enhanced driving characteristics Porsche’s engineers have succeeded in making the Cayenne’s outstanding driving abilities significantly better. The name of the game again is lightweight engineering. For instance, the Cayenne chassis is now 145 lbs lighter thanks in part to the use of aluminum.

All Cayenne models except the Cayenne Turbo come with steel suspension as standard equipment, but for the first time it can be combined with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as an option. PASM is a highly sophisticated system providing active, infinite damper control on the front and rear axle. It offers the choice of the three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

The Cayenne Turbo comes with a new air suspension system with PASM as standard equipment (available as an option on the other models). A Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo with air suspension and PASM may be further enhanced with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), an optional system that actively stabilizes the vehicle through dynamic distribution of roll forces.

Again, PTV Plus is a new option on the Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne Turbo. PTV Plus varies distribution of drive power on the rear wheels via an electronically controlled rear differential to help enhance both driving dynamics and stability. Depending on the steering angle and steering speed, the position of the gas pedal, the yaw rate and road speed, PTV Plus helps improve the vehicle’s steering behavior and precision by activating the brakes as required on one of the rear wheels. In a curve the inner rear wheel is slowed slightly when the driver turns the steering wheel. This in turn directs more power to the outer rear wheel to help enhance the handling and stability. The system interacts with PTM and PSM to help provide enhanced driving stability on various road surfaces, in wet weather and on snow. And in offroad driving it helps prevent rear wheel spin.

Exterior and interior design: elegance in a new dimension The completely new Cayenne design leaves no doubt that it is part of the Porsche family. Its sporting character is evident from all angles, and its Porsche shape and design highlights are more distinct than ever before. It is 1.9 inches longer than its predecessor, and an added 1.6 inches in wheelbase ensures extra space and greater versatility. But despite larger exterior dimensions, the new Cayenne looks far more compact and dynamic.

The new headlights resemble those on other Porsches, with the high-beam lamps positioned closer to the centerline of the car and the low-beams toward the outer edge. The Porsche family resemblance continues at the rear with quarter panels flowing to the back and accentuating the Cayenne’s broad shoulders. Inside, the luxurious interior features a high center console that like the original Carrera GT and now the Panamera rises up at an incline to meet the dashboard center stack with highquality fittings and a touch-screen infotainment interface to provide a cockpit-like environment up front. The center console grab handles that were present in the original Cayenne are still there, yet with a new design that is carried over to all four doors.

Rear-seat comfort is much improved, as well, thanks to the extended wheelbase. The bench seat now slides fore-and-aft by 6.3 inches, and the backrest can be adjusted to three different angles, or up to 6 degrees.

Porsche’s traditional set of five round instruments in the drivers gauge cluster includes a high-resolution circular 4.8-inch TFT screen to the right of the tachometer. It can be used to change radio stations, vehicle settings, or access the navigation system or view the map.

The Cayenne S Hybrid instrument cluster differs as the instruments provide the driver with all information he or she needs to monitor car’s innovative hybrid system and maximize its efficiencies.

The new Cayenne comes with the latest generation of audio and communication systems found in the new Panamera, with Bose® Surround Sound System and the Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System.

New comfort and safety systems, some even featured as standard For the U.S. market, all Cayenne models include Bluetooth telephone connectivity and the universal audio interface to connect an external audio source such as an iPod or a USB stick with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system as standard equipment. Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering and a moonroof are standard on the Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.

Porsche also offers a range of systems for the new Cayenne to help the driver, including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). PDLS is a further development of the existing Bi- Xenon® light system and offers not only dynamic and static cornering lights, but also for the first time in the Cayenne speed-sensitive headlight control with separate modes for roads and interstates. The system is standard on the Cayenne Turbo and an option on the other models.

Another new option is the Lane Change Assistant (LCA). This driver aid monitors the adjacent lanes up to a distance of 230 feet behind the vehicle, including the driver’s blind spots. As soon as another vehicle enters the blind spots or approaches rapidly from behind within a range of 180 feet, an LED warning light illuminates on the inside of the corresponding exterior mirror. If the driver uses the turn signal, the flashing light appears to alert the driver of the approaching vehicle.

Cruise control is standard equipment on all Cayenne models. Customers can also opt for the optional Adaptive Cruise Control system. This driver aid uses a radar sensor to monitor the space between the Cayenne and the vehicle ahead and maintains your preset distance. It does this by restricting the throttle or gently applying the brakes to maintain the preset distance. If the vehicle in front continues to decelerate, Adaptive Cruise Control will reduce cruising speed – even down to a stop. To set off again after coming to a halt, all the driver has to do is briefly press the control lever or the gas pedal.

Adaptive Cruise Control operates at speeds from 20 to 100 mph, and the required braking power, as calculated by the system, is provided by Porsche Stability Management (PSM) actively building up brake pressure. This provides active safety benefits to the driver. If the distance between the Cayenne and the vehicle ahead becomes too small, the system alerts the brake standby function to shorten the stopping distance required. It also pre-fills the brake system for quicker response and gives the driver both a visual and an acoustic warning and an additional brake pulse as an added driver warning in risky or possibly dangerous situations.

Source: Porsche Press Release.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Would you buy a road version of the MINI Countryman WRC?

The car above is the MINI Countryman WRC. It looks awesome, don’t you think. Wouldn’t it be cool if MINI made a road-going version of that car, complete with modified body panels. And, it would be even more complete with a high power engine; something like 300hp (220kW). Would that be enough to convince you to hand over your cash?

A few months ago we heard a rumour that suggests a road version of the WRC weapon could be in the works. The info that came our way mentioned a 300hp widebody Countryman, we’ve joined the dots for the rest. We understand a concept version of this car could be on show later this year, at Frankfurt in September, we hope.

As to the validity of this rumour, well it might end up being pie in the sky, but our source has come up trumps for us before, so let’s wait and see.

Source: Via AUSmotive

Design Unfiltered: Bold Sketch Gives Life to 2011 CTS Coupe

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DETROIT – Bob Munson, design manager for the Cadillac CTS, admits even he was taken aback when he first saw the production version of 2011 CTS Coupe.

“I thought it looked like something from another planet,” Munson said. “It looked like a concept car driving down the road. The Coupe definitely has a shock value…but in a good way.”

The CTS Coupe quickly has become one of the most-heralded new cars for the 2011 model year. It’s the most dramatic form yet in a Cadillac line that follows a theme described in design language as an archer’s bow pulled taut.

Road & Track described Cadillac’s new luxury sports coupe as “a head-turner on the scale of the Exorcist.” A New York Times review said the CTS Coupe “looks as if a stealth bomber just touched down in the neighborhood.” Popular Mechanics named the CTS Coupe one of the Top 10 Cars of 2011, and AutoWeek recently selected the high-performance version, CTS-V Coupe, as its Best of the Best Car for 2011.

The development of the CTS Coupe was a special project, said Munson, who began his career in GM design in the 1970s while attending what’s now Kettering University in Flint, Mich. For Munson and the Cadillac design team, the Coupe was as close to an unfiltered creative process as it gets. While early design sketches usually serve as inspiration for the final automobile, the original drawing of the CTS Coupe was followed almost as closely as a blueprint.

Munson first drew the lines that would become the CTS Coupe in 2004 as part of an exercise by Cadillac designers to describe the showroom of 2015. One evening at home, he sketched a two-door coupe that featured sharp angles, bulging wheels pushed to the corners and a fast, almost horizontal line from the roof to rear.

The coupe shape provided him the ability to focus on form, Munson said. Sedans and SUVs, by their nature, have more design constraints than coupes.

“Coupes are emotional,” Munson said. “They still have to function. You have to be able to drive down the road and carry groceries. You still need a back seat. But the emotional side weighs more heavily in a coupe than it does in a sedan.”

Mike Simcoe, then executive director of North America exterior design, saw the sketch hanging on the Cadillac studio wall and asked for a scale model of it as a side project. Paul Scicluna, a talented sculptor at GM, brought the sketch to life. Bob Lutz, then vice chairman of global development, and Ed Welburn, vice president of global design, saw the full-size clay model and insisted it be turned into a full-fledged automobile.

As the car moved from concept to production, Cadillac designers and engineers worked closely to preserve even the most minute details. The Coupe was not meant to be simply a two-door version of a sedan. The track was widened, roof lowered and length shortened to give the Coupe a more aggressive stance.

Engineers worked to ensure the dual-exhaust remained in the center, allowing the back fascia to be wrapped tightly at the corners. Special metal stamping techniques were developed to preserve the dramatic lines and angles of the original design. A group was created to figure out how to make the pointed tail-lights, putting a futuristic twist on the classic Cadillac tailfins.

Munson said he’s pleased with the results. The Coupe’s design has helped it stand out in the crowd. A Wall Street Journal review described the Coupe as “wicked, cool, extralegal…the car Frank Gehry and ‘Batman’ animator Bruce Timm would design if their lives depended on it.”

“We always knew it would be a polarizing design,” Munson said. “Some people are going to love it. Some people are going to hate it. To me, you’re not doing your job unless you get that kind of reaction. There’s a lot of coupe and sedan designs that are understated. They’re not trying to be a ‘look at me’ kind of car. The Cadillac CTS Coupe is very much an in-your-face, you-can’t-help-but-notice car.”

The development of the CTS Coupe was driven by a group of people with a passion for automotive design, Munson said. At its core, the CTS Coupe is a designer’s dream car brought to life.

“As a designer, you try to get better with each design,” Munson said. “I’m definitely still pushing myself to do that, but I’ll be honest. After doing the CTS Coupe, it will be hard to top that design. If this is what I’m remembered for, that will be okay.”

Source: Cadillac Media

Luxemburg only: Abarth 500 GULF Special Edition

The Gulf oil petrolium company celebrates its tenth SA activity in Luxembourg. For this birthday in the spotlight they worked with an exclusive package Autopolis on the Abarth 500 Esses, they think the perfect car for the history of racing in the Gulf to stress. This Limited Edition Abarth 500 GULF makes the difference with his GULF-color, official document, record, Monza muffler, Esses kit (160 hp), Corse-Sabelt seats, the backs of the seats was completed in GULF-blue and Of course you get a picture with numbered.

Initially the intention was only to make a copy and give away during a match. But both sides were so enthusiastic that they immediately made a limited edition of ten copies made. Price per piece is 25,000 euros EXL. VAT. For that money you do have a still more exclusive Abarth 500 Abarth 695 Tributo than Ferrari.

Update: The picture is a photoshop image.

Source: Autofans (Translation)

Rumor: BMW M3 Wagon Being Considered.

We have seen BMW build limited edition runs of the ///M3 in many markets. From the ///M3 “Edition”, to the “Tiger Edition” in China and even the matte grey version for the US, so why not build a “Sportwagon” ///M3? Rumors are floating around that ///M may be toying with this idea and that they had built a tester early on in the E9X development so it is a distinct possibility.

For all of you getting ready to say that there would be too much work required- not really, it would just be the rear quarters of the sheet metal and the rest would be bolt ons (sound familiar?). The real question is if the car would sell. If this limited run of less than a hundred for worldwide sales is even to be formally considered BMW would need to at least break even on the car. This means it would have a fairly significant price premium over other models (our best guess would be around $65k with a full carbon fiber roof). If you factor in the limited numbers, the practicality and performance that is actually significantly less than say even an X5 ///M so while expensive it is not astronomical.

As wagon lovers we are all for an M3 wagon, it would be a way for wagons (at least in the US) to go out with a BANG! and be the answer to the CTS-V, Mercedes and Audi performance wagons that are currently running around with no competition from BMW. Will the market support such a car is an entirely different question and more than likely the answer will be one that we rather not hear.

Source: bimmerfile

2011 Ferrari FF Testing at Balocco Proving Ground

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pagani have finally taken the wraps off its successor. : 2011 Pagani Huayra


Inspired eternity element air. Delicate and ethereal, yet capable of eroding the most resistant materials, giving them the forms that we recognize in nature. Elegant, muscular, Huayra combines past, present and future in the timeless art automotive interpretation. The style of the car has been perfected over five years to give each line a clear beginning and an equally clear view.

Hundreds of drawings, scale models and eight two-size, that even keeping the basic design concept, we have gradually refined the shape and substance. This was achieved through meticulous attention to detail that has resulted in a continuous and exhausting search for proportion and elegance.

The bi-xenon headlights, a prestigious heritage of the Zonda R and LED daytime running lights are harmoniously integrated into the elliptical shape of the mouth front. The integrated rear bumper diffuser dominated by an elliptical frame that surrounds and enhances the four tailpipes, a symbol of continuity and a characteristic feature of the mark Pagani.


The all-new monocoque central Huayra is built in carbon-titanium, with its gull-wing doors that include a good portion of the roof. The research focused on the application of advanced composite materials and technologies first tested on the Zonda R, to achieve the highest levels of rigidity combined with maximum lightness.

The tank is positioned in the most protected of the camper behind the pilot, reinforced by a safety cell made of different composite materials and ballistics. The semi-chrome-moly frames provide a stiffness to weight ratio allowing the suspension to work exceptionally well and to incorporate an advanced absorption of energy, ready to protect occupants in case of impact.

The constant quest for weight reduction has led to an ingenious combination of aesthetic, structural and otherwise. One example comes from the pipes of the cooling and air conditioning: the ambitious choice of integrating them into the monocoque structure has rendered superfluous the inclusion of additional components. The result of the reduction program is summed up in a vehicle weight of 1350 kg which makes lighter Huayra the supercar segment.


Mercedes-AMG provides the heart of Huayra. The 12-cylinder biturbo engine with 60 ° V? with 5980 cm3 has been developed to meet not only the technical application and the strictest quality aspects, but also to give the car its dual character. The calm and harmony that are perceived to drive one of GT's finest today are interrupted when the pilot called Huayra to unleash its power over 700 hp and a torque of over 1000 Nm

The turbines are designed to offer an immediate response to the minimum stress of the butterfly, giving the driver complete control over the power at any speed and preventing unwanted delays in disbursement. The two radiators on the sides of the mouth anterior ensure the best cooling efficiency of the intercooler located above the cylinder head. This cooling system at low temperature is designed to operate in adverse conditions of Death Valley with temperatures above 50 ° C.

The dry sump lubrication also feeds the engine when the car is subject to extreme lateral accelerations. Also regulates the oil flow so that only the required quantity of lubricant is pumped into the engine from the external tank, reducing the friction caused by an excessive volume of fluid inside the base. The dry-sump oil pan makes obsolete the conventional one, allowing you to mount the engine and have a lower center of gravity away from less land.

A heat exchanger oil / water reduces engine warm during cold start and keeps the refrigerant and lubricant temperatures stable. Extensive weight reduction programs have resulted in simple yet ingenious solutions. In order to limit as much as possible to pipe connections and the expansion tank is mounted directly on the engine.

Bulkheads intercooler act as reservoirs of the expansion of low-temperature circuit and the engine coolant circuit. The M158 engine is certified to the strictest environmental regulations and EU5 LEV2 and, despite a significant increase in power compared to engine developed by Mercedes-AMG in the past for Pagani, fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions have been killed so that Huayra holds the record among female athletes to 12 cylinders, with values close to cars on the market of displacements and lower powers.

The large 85-liter tank ensures a longer range travel. The power system in two stages with no return has two power pumps that send fuel to the engine by activating the second pump when needed. To further increase the demand for fuel efficiency is controlled by a microprocessor on each pump, releasing the required amount from the engine control at any particular time.

This reduces the energy needed to operate the fuel pump and eliminates the waste of excessive fuel transport and heating ducts of gasoline. As a tribute to the decade-old tradition of Mercedes-AMG to build engines in the world for sports cars, the M158 boasts the historic AMG emblem on the intake manifold along with the name of the technician cha has hand-assembled at the headquarters Mercedes-AMG Affalterbach to Germany.

The titanium exhaust system has been engineered by MHG-Fahrzeugtechnik and is a direct application of technologies racing on a high-performance road car. The hydroformed junctions have been developed to reduce the pressure and ensure a free flow of exhaust gases. Titanium offers a limited role in the silencer while offering reliability Iconel exhaust parts most exposed to high temperatures.

The full exhaust system weighs less than 10 kg and research undertaken to ensure maximum pleasure sound translates into a harmonious and deep roar that portends a wave of power ready to erupt with a roar, accompanied by the hiss generated by aircraft intakes' air.


The power and enormous torque is transferred to the wheels via a seven-speed sequential gearbox cross and a dual-disc clutch. The adoption of a dual-clutch in oil bath was discarded because it would lead to an increase in weight over 70 kg, negating the advantage of a changed little faster. The entire transmission weighs 96 kg.

Its small size made it possible to reduce the rear overhang, providing a more neutral behavior in extreme conditions and improving safety in the event of a rear crash. Xtrac, already supplies the changing of the Zonda R, was therefore the natural choice for the development of a road exchange high performance. For Huayra was made a change that provides a level of comfort combined with a high rate of change comparable to that of a car on the track.

The suspension geometry was designed to further enhance the behavior accurately and without hesitation he made famous the Zonda, the entire Huayra longer. The independent suspension with double arm, forged Avional were tested at length on the Zonda R. Their league, which offers a weight reduction of 30% compared to the common aluminum, has led to some of the lightest uprights.

These were connected to the cooling ducts, which prevent overheating of the bearings connected to the hubs, thus prolonging life. Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers have been linked to groups with special wheel pivot, arranged in the corners that have optimized the dynamic characteristics of the car.

"Power is nothing without control" following this famous slogan, Pirelli engineers have been faced with the demanding task of combining a perfect grip, and an exciting driving experience less rolling resistance to reduce CO2 emissions . It is in Pirelli P Zero tires, developed, built inside "MIRS" Modular Integrated Robotized System, the department dedicated to producing high-performance tires and designed to ensure complete control of the pilot.

Designed to fit Huayra, transcend the state of the art, suitable as never before at speeds above 370 km / h with lateral forces than 1.5 G.


Think Huayra as a wing, able to actively change its angle of attack by changing the height of the front from the ground and operating independently of the four flaps placed at its ends. The result is that the machine constantly change its shape, from time to time to ensure the minimum friction coefficient and the maximum downforce.

A commanding this unit is a dramatic metamorphosis, which receives and processes information about speed, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, steering angle and throttle position, and act so as to obtain a car from neutral behavior in all conditions, the correct aerodynamic roll and braking.

Thanks to a thorough search it was possible to exploit the fluid pressure gradients to generate spontaneous flow of extraction from the radiators. In particular, the central air is extracted from the radiator is on the bonnet and through the arch, an angle that does not contaminate the stream that flows around the body, while the air from the radiator side is channeled in the cooling ducts of brake discs and hubs, and breathe on the brakes at a temperature of about 50? ° C heat and thus raise the initial speed of the system during braking.

The side air intakes behind the front wheels generate a negative pressure inside the wheel, causing a draw that effectively lowers the coefficient of aerodynamic drag and downforce generating front. The shape of the two air intakes engine, behind the backs of the occupants, is a tribute to the most advanced supersonic aircraft of the '50s and '60s.

The connection for the exchange of the radiator is positioned behind the glass window above the engine, where a conveyor feeds the appropriate carbon heat exchanger without having a substantial impact on friction aerodynamics. To meet the design specifications on downforce has recreated a low turbulence flow at the top of the car to work the best two back flap, perfectly integrated into the body, thus generating a negative lift further amplified by two areas of strong negative pressure created from the bottom and rear diffuser.


As soon as the doors close Huayra transports its occupants to a new dimension, a world of meaning, to satisfy and surprise the sight, smell, touch and emotion. The driver will find all the primary functions on the steering wheel. The paddles are mounted directly on the steering gear so you can change without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

The seats provide comfort for long journeys but also the lateral support given the enormous lateral forces that the car is able to develop. Driving means driving a Pagani state of the art without forgetting the roots and history. The eye can not dwell on the leather laces and a spinner on the switches, then lost the manual transmission, shiny sculpture that embodies progress and tradition.

The aluminum panel was inspired by the most sophisticated Swiss watches and includes a central multi-function display that shows information relevant driving in sport mode and a trip computer when you select the Comfort mode. The center console aluminum is machined from a single block of anticorodal and inspired by the keys of a clarinet, with push buttons for controlling the heating and air conditioning.

The central touch screen high-definition multimedia system is the heart of the vehicle for the control of audio functions, satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone and secondary functions.


Over the past four years we have conducted our tests with prototypes for over five hundred thousand kilometers. Before entering the U.S. market we will have one million tracks. Each prototype was assigned to a specific development: Mercedes-AMG uses one for the study of driving and one for the reduction of emissions of the engines, and a third car is constantly at Bosch Engineering to implement ABS, stability advanced and systems performance improvement, while another vehicle is dedicated to the development of exchange and the dynamic behavior.


The car fully respects the most exacting standards of Europe and the United States in terms of safety and environment. In addition, specific research has been conducted to study the dynamics most often involving this type of car accident. Several cars were used to validate these tests. The survey showed that the evaluations have led us to apply concepts of construction not specifically required by law but how to improve occupant protection.

Soure: Pagani Press Release.