Saturday October 15th, 2011 10:56 Ferrari Prepare New GT for Geneva Motor Show Debut

 

The latest news coming from Maranello is that Ferrari will unveil its latest GT supercar at the Geneva Motor Show next March. Lighter and more powerful than ever before, the replacement for the 599 GTB Fiorano is expected to be one of the fastest models in Ferrari’s stable.

The two-seater supercar’s power will come from an updated version of the 6.3-litre V12 direct-injection engine that was used in the FF. With an immense 700bhp, the new GT will have 88bhp more than the current 599 GTB Fiorano and 50bhp more than the FF, making it the most powerful car in the range.

This power will help to propel the new GT to a projected top speed of 215mph and will allow the car to go from 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds. This time puts it in a similar speed bracket as Lamborghini’s Aventador.

The new GT will also feature the FF’s seven-speed twin-clutch transmission, although unlike the FF, it will not feature four-wheel drive. Other improvements made to the car are the inclusion of adaptive dampers and a shorter wheelbase for its chassis.

Visually, the new Ferrari takes inspiration from the FF and the 458. There is a strip of LED running lights at the front, as well as a diffuser at the rear of the car. The rear window of the car has dramatic buttresses at either side.

It’s expected that the new Ferrari GT will go on sale in late 2012, and will cost buyers somewhere in the region of £225,000. Start saving those pennies, Ferrari enthusiasts.

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Friday September 2nd, 2011 12:21 918 Spyder: Porsche’s Speed Demon yet Ecofriendly

Porsche 918 Spyder

German automotive company, Porsche, is ready to stun the world with its new mid-engine concept sports car, ‘Porsche 918 Spyder’. The car is striking for its mega-efficient, low-emission drive technology and high performance. It also has the distinction of being the company’s first plug-in hybrid car. Porsche 918 Spyder had its world debut at the 80th edition of the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.

A super-speed car with no compromise on eco-friendliness

The prototype of the 918 Spyder is unique for the excellent blend of ultra-modern racing features and electro-mobility. An enthralling variety of qualities are offered through this exceptional combination. The 918 Spyder marks an extremely low emission level. Its high-tech green technology enables it to release 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer. This is excellent when you realize that it is achieved on a fuel use of a meager three liters per 100 kilometers. The car flaunts the performance of a high-end sports car and can achieve a speed up to 100 km per hour in just below 3.2 seconds from an idle stance.

The 918 is crafted to demonstrate the pioneering authority of Porsche as an authentic innovator in hybrid drive. Besides Porsche’s Intelligent Performance technology and state-of-the-art motorsport features, the 918 flaunts classic yet modern design. It is engineered to achieve a maximum speed of 9,200 rpm, power-driven by a high-speed V8. Ultimate performance on the race track is ensured with its 3.4-liter power unit and first-rate balance.

The seven-speed Porsche-Doppel-kupplungsgetriebe powers the wheels, the rear axle and the electric drive system. The energy source for the 918 Spyder is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery which is placed behind the passenger cell. Additional energy is provided through the transformation of kinetic energy into electrical energy whenever brakes are applied.

Drivers can comfortably choose from four different running modes by pressing the button located on the steering wheel. The four modes are Hybrid mode, E-Drive mode, Race Hybrid mode and Sport Hybrid mode.

Thanks to its lightweight body structure, the 918 also proves its high efficiency as a motorsport. Weight level of less than 1,490 kg is achieved due to the use of a monocoque body shell for the construction of its body.

The unique dimensions of this car give it authoritative road grip. The interior architecture is, of course, futuristic as both the driver and passenger are inserted into well-defined sports bucket seats. Porsche’s exclusive idea of driver orientation is clearly displayed in the interior design.

Range Manager is another innovative function integrated into the ultra-modern sports car. It informs the driver about the residual range the car is capable of covering. This allows a person to manipulate range according to the available levels of power and performance. In high-traffic cities, Range Manager will inform drivers about the possibility of driving on electric power only.

Flaunting Porsche’s design DNA, the new concept car is a perfect combination of well thought-out design, flawlessly balanced exterior and innovative technology. It displays design and dynamics in a unique and synthesized fashion.

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About the author: Amanda Kidd is an avid blogger who likes updating herself with new technological innovations like 3d projector. She recently bought a cool thumb drive for herself. These days she is busy in writing on Urban Design in fashion and she always provide tech help to her readers with her write-ups.

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Monday August 8th, 2011 13:20 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic gets Sports Pack Upgrade

Maserati has announced that its most popular model in the UK – the GranTurismo S Automatic – is to receive a new Sport pack upgrade. The Italian car manufacturer believes that the introduction of the Sport pack will enable the S Automatic to deliver an even greater performance oriented experience.

Although the upgraded S Automatic gets its power from the same 434bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine as the standard S Automatic, its newly added MC Auto Shift software will allow drivers to change gears quicker than previously possible and will give the car a more alert feel. The new Sport pack also includes a revised exhaust system. Because its bypass valves are kept fully open when in Sport mode, the car has a richer sound than before.

The introduction of the Sport pack hasn’t affected the S Automatic’s performance statistics, as, just like the regular model, it has a top speed of 183mph and goes from 0-62mph in just five seconds.

In terms of aesthetic updates, the S Automatic has been subjected to a number of changes to help make it look even sportier. The car will include body coloured side skirts and front winglets, as well as a black grille that bears the distinctive Maserati Trident Logo. In addition to these styling changes, the car features Grigio Mercury Neptune-design alloy wheels, black look headlights, black mesh side grilles, an integrated rear boot lid spoiler and oval exhaust pipes.

Priced at £3,840 the Sport pack brings the price of a fully equipped GranTurismo S Automatic up to £92,480, and comes with 3 years/unlimited mileage warranty.

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Friday July 8th, 2011 16:05 Aston Martin give go-ahead to the V12 Zagato

 

Aston Martin has announced its plans to begin production of the stunning new V12 Zagato in the summer of 2012. The two-seater supercar was first unveiled back in May at the Villa D’Este Concours in Italy, but it was the 2011 Nurburgring 24 hour race last month where Aston Martin’s latest collaboration with the Zagato design house really came to the attention of car enthusiasts. At the endurance race in Germany, the two competing V12 Zagato’s finished a solid fifth and sixth in class.

Aston Martin’s production plans for the Zagato differ slightly from what was anticipated when details of the supercar first emerged. Initially, it was expected that well under 100 units of the V12 Zagato would be produced, but now Aston Martin expect to produce a slightly less limited run of 150. The first deliveries of the Anglo-Italian collaboration should make their way to buyers towards the end of next year.

There are still no official statistics for the V12 Zagato’s top speed or 0-62mph time, but it is estimated that it will be able to reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds and that its top speed will be in the region of 190mph.

While first guesses at a price for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato came in at the £200,000 price region, it is apparently going to cost buyers a hefty £330,000, and £396,000 including VAT. That price is three times the price of the V12 Vantage, which costs £135,000, even though it shares the same 6.0-litre V12 engine, chassis and core design. Time to start saving your pennies, Aston Martin fans!

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Saturday June 4th, 2011 19:17 Audi Unveils the R8 GT Spyder

 

Yesterday, Audi unveiled its latest limited edition, high-performance sports car: The R8 GT Spyder. Audi will produce just 333 copies of the left-hand drive, open-topped Spyder, and each of these will have their build number stamped into the top of the aluminium gear level.

Based on the V10 version of the R8 Spyder, the GT version boasts an increase in power from 525bhp to 552bhp. With its 5.2-litre V10 engine, the GT Spyder produces 540Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.

This increase in power, coupled with Audi’s significant efforts to lighten the car, has resulted in a marked increase in speed for the GT Spyder. Audi claim that the new sports car can go from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of just under 197mph. Even though it has less horsepower, these statistics match those of the Mercedes SLS Roadster.

Audi has managed to reduce 85kg from the weight of the car, meaning its weight now stands at 1640kg. Manufacturing the car’s body panels, front and rear spoilers and rear bumper from carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) has enabled Audi to do this. In addition to using lighter brakes, wheels and transmission, the German car manufacturer has also fitted the GT Spyder with special bucket seats that manage to save 31.5kg in weight on their own.

The R8 GT Spyder’s soft-top roof can be brought up or down in 19 seconds, and can function at speeds up to 31mph. Its glass rear window is separate from the soft top, and is nestled in the bulkhead of the car.

As far as standard equipment goes, the GT Spyder comes with LED headlights and tail lights, an automatic air conditioning system, an alarm system and a driver information system with a built-in lap timer.

Although there is no official release date for the Audi R8 GT Spyder, it is expected to be available before the end of this year, and at a cost of around £176,000.

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Friday May 27th, 2011 14:17 BMW Unveils 75th Anniversary 328 Hommage

 

Last week, BMW unveiled its 328 Hommage concept car at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy. Built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the BMW 328 race car, the two-seater sports-car is specially crafted to mimic the ultra-lightweight design of the original.

The original 328 weighed only 780 kilograms, and in order to create a modern car just as lightweight, BMW have used carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to construct much of the BMW 328 Hommage‘s exterior and interior. BMW say that CFRP offers the best ratio between weight and stability, and is both lighter and more stable than aluminium.

Harking back to the era of the original 328, the Hommage features leather bonnet straps and distinctive two-part light alloy wheels. The two-seater sports car also tips its hat to its predecessor by employing a more traditional, vertically positioned kidney grille. With its split windscreen and its doorless nature, the BMW 328 Hommage leaves onlookers with no doubt as to where it takes its influences from.

“With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328. They created an icon, which is considered a milestone in the history of the automobile.” says Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic.

As of yet, BMW have not revealed any official specifications for the Hommage, although they have stated that it will include a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.

Although it is unlikely to make production, the BMW 328 Hommage concept car certainly managed to impress judges at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, as it managed to win the title of “best of show” in the Concept Cars and Prototypes category there.

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Sunday May 22nd, 2011 15:06 Aston Martin Unveils the V12 Zagato

 

Aston Martin’s new V12 Zagato was unveiled yesterday at the Villa D’Este Concours on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. The car was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, and takes its inspiration from previous collaborations between Aston Martin and the Zagato design house. Previous collaborations have resulted in cars such as the V8 Vantage Zagato and the DB7 Zagato.

Based on the mechanics of the V12 Vantage, the Zagato’s 6.0-litre V12 engine will produce 510bhp and 570 Nm of torque. It is not yet known how quickly it will go from 0-62mph, or what its top speed is.

As building the car’s shell with the use of machines wasn’t possible, Zagato engineers have hand crafted each aluminium design flourish from sheet metal. To show the lengths to which the design house have went to to create the V12 Zagato, each front wing required the working together of seven distinct pieces of metal, and each roof bubble consists of five pieces.

Mark Reichmann, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, says: “The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials.”

People looking for a glimpse of the V12 Zagato in action will have to wait until late June, when a racing version of the V12 Zagato will compete in a 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany. It is expected that production of the V12 Zagato will fall well under the 99 units of the DB7 Zagato, but buyers should expect to pay in the region of £200,000 for the latest collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato.

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Friday May 6th, 2011 17:41 Peugeot’s EX1 Smashes Nurburgring Record

Peugeot EX1

 

Peugeot’s EX1 concept roadster has just set the record for the fastest lap at the Nurburgring by an electric vehicle. The record previously stood at 9 minutes and 51.45 seconds, and was held by the Mini E Race, a lightweight version of the Mini E two-seat EV. Despite weather conditions being “far from favourable,” the EX1 managed to cut over 50 seconds off the previous record, clocking a lap time of 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds. The electric car managed to do this with an average of speed of 86mph.

Although it is supposedly styled to look like a water droplet, the EX1 has, in terms of its appearance, been likened to the batmobile. Based on the Asphalte and the 20cup concept, it is powered by two electric motors. While one motor is located at the front of the car, the other is located at the back. It has a 30kWh lithium-Ion battery pack, and can be recharged from a standard electric outlet. Alternatively, it can be recharged simply by parking it inside the custom-built garage that Peugeot has built to go with it. According to Peugeot, under normal driving conditions, the EX1 can run for a maximum of 174 miles.

In comparison to other green cars, the Peugeot EX1′s performance statistics are certainly very impressive. Its horsepower stands at 340bhp, nearly 100bhp more than the Tesla Roadster, and its maximum torque stands at 240Nm, 40Nm more than the Roadster. It goes from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds and, from a standing start, can reach its maximum speed of 162mph in just 6.6 seconds. That top speed of 162mph is 37mph faster than Tesla’s Roadster.

Built as part of Peugeot’s 200th anniversary, the EX1 has already set 6 new world acceleration records, and looks to be a significant step forward in terms of high performance green cars.

 

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Sunday March 20th, 2011 14:09 BMW Unveils new 6 Series Coupe

BMW 6 Series coupe

BMW unveiled the new BMW 6-series coupe which will come in two models, the 640i and the 650i. These are the 2012 models and are going to hit the market following the release of the 6 series convertible. There was no 2011 model, so updates are from the 2010 model.

The 640i comes equipped with a twin turbocharged 3.0 litre while the 650i comes with a 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 engine. The 640i is capable of reaching 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and tops out at 155 mph. It boasts a fuel efficiency of 36.7 miles per gallon. In the 650i, 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds with a fuel efficiency of 27.2 miles per gallon.

Standard features on both cars include an 8 speed sports auto gearbox, electric power steering, and brake energy regeneration. Both models have driving aids including brake control, stability control and traction control all designed to contribute to a safer driving experience.

Instrument dials are angled toward the driver reminiscent of the old BMW cars. Numerous options are available to make this car exactly what you want. Bang & Olufsen surround sound, DVD changer, TV module, and USB interface are just some of the extras available in these models.

Extra highlights of the car include adaptive LED lights, a rear view camera, night vision and the latest edition of the head up display by BMW. The BMW 6-series coupe is now 39mm wider, 75 mm longer, and 5 mm lower than the previous edition which contributes to an overall sportier look.

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Thursday February 24th, 2011 19:05 The New Maserati Grancabrio Sport

Maserati GranCabrio Sport 2011

The new 2011 Maserati Grancabrio Sport is the new horizon of sports cars. With its 450 bhp completely alloy V8 engine it can top over 280km/h, and has the technology to reduce its fuel consumption rate by over 5 percent. The engineering of this superb engine is well supported by the 6 speed automatic transmission, innovations to the uniquely patented Skyhook suspension dampers, and further enhancements by the Maserati Stability Programme makes the Maserati Grancabrio Sport a exceptionally comfortable ride.

Even the convertible hood is part of the enhanced design and handling technology of this Maserati. This soft top weighing only 65kg, allows the centre of gravity to remain in the lower part of the body enhancing the stability of the already great handling.
As equally impressive as its power and handling, is the look of the Maserati Grancabrio Sport. A sleek and elegant design, easily believed to have been inspired by the wind itself, shows off the absolute sensuality and passion put into these sports cars. The style and attitude of this Maserati seems to be reminiscent of the vintage Italian racing cars of the 1950’s and 60’s.
New is the Maserati customazation programme for this car, allowing you personalize every detail of your performance sport car. Maserati being a small company is proud to be able to offer this level of choice and luxury. From the colour of the leather, the stitch of the carpet, the colour of the brake calipers or the material used for the headlining, you can make the Maserati truly your own personal automobile.

 

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