Monday, August 31, 2009

Manhart introduced V-10 powered, 550 hp BMW Z4

Manhart Racing has introduced the latest impressive package for BMW Z4, taking the Z4 to its M Division V-10 extreme.

The standard factory model has an enough power of 373kW (507hp). Manhart BMW Z4 M V10 gets a 5.0-liter V10 engine from the current M5 generation, producing 550 horsepower. This is enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and also remove the factory-set 250km/h speed limit.

Backing up all that power is an M5 E60 6-speed manual transmission, a Fichtel & Sachs clutch and an M5 E60 differential. The tuners also added a catalytic converter and a modified DME electronic control unit.

Since a sports car is not only about the power and its design, but also about the sound it makes when it accelerates. The Manhart BMW Z4 M V10 also comes with an AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust system with four muffler tips has been fitted with HJS racing catalytic converters caters.

Due to the final curb weight of 3,212 pounds and a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.8 pounds per horsepower - on par with a Lamborghini Gallardo or Ferrari F430 - the car is sure to please on the road and the track.

There is not much change for the exterior. The 19-inch Black BBS Challenge wheels with 8.5Jx19 ET35 235/35ZR19 front tires and 10Jx19 ET20 285/30ZR19 back tires are offer. And thanks to the Bilstein PSS10 coilovers, the car is as agile as it is quick.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Race Car

Based on the 911 GT3 RS, the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Race Car will be shown at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The 2010 GT3 Cup is the first GT3 Cup features the 44-millimetre (1.73") wider body at the rear, allowing for larger wheels and a widened track. The wheels are set of new 18x9-inch (front) and 18x9.5-inch three-piece alloys suited for all-out racing duty. A 15mm (0.6") lower front spoiler lip providing more downforce on the front axle, and a larger rear wing (for additional downforce on the rear axle) are also included.

The car has been stripped out to keep its weight down to just 1200kg. Lightweight features include 18-inch alloy wheels, carbonfibre bodywork and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes which weigh 20kg less than the standard brakes.

Under the hood, the Cup shares the same engine with the 911 GT3 RS, a horizontally-opposed 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 450 bhp (331 kW) at 8,500 rpm. It also fits a sequential six-speed manual gearbox for quick-shifting performance. Though performance figures haven’t been released, the GT3 Cup should accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 314 km/h (195 mph).

Other special equipments include a special racing exhaust system, a fully controlled catalytic convertor and a fully adjustable suspension. The streeting wheel and data display offer a total of six user-customizable switches.

The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Race Car will be available exclusively in Carrara White, the first delivery begins this October with prices starting at €149,850(about $213,000).

Saturday, August 29, 2009

2010 Saab 9-5 reveal ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show launch

The highly anticipated Saab’s new flagship vehicle - 2010 Saab 9-5 will be launched at this Frankfurt Motor Show. Selling is set to start in 2010.

At launch, the 2010 Saab 9-5 will be available with a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo diesel — producing 118kW(160 hp) — a 220 horsepower 2.0L turbo gas motor and a range-topping a 2.8-litre V6 petrol producing 221kW (300hp) and peak torque of 400Nm. Models fitted with the 2.8L will also come equipped with Saab’s XWD all-wheel drive system.

Soon after the launch a 1.6-litre petrol turbo with 132kW (180hp) and a 2.0-litre BioPower E85 engine will be added. Mated with all these engines are 6-speed transmissions.

In terms of styling, the car takes some inspiration from the Aero X concept car with its low-slung stance, muscular build, uncluttered lines and curvaceous shapes. The 9-5 will gain some extra weight, height and length over the current model. The wheelbase is also being increased by 14 cm to make the car a large one indeed. It should fit in nicely within its competition cluster which consists of cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS and Volvo S80.

The new 9-5 is claimed to be the most technically advanced car that Saab has ever made. It offers an array of high-tech features including an aircraft-inspired head-up information display, keyless entry and starting - the ignition is still located between the front seats, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, an adaptive chassis with real-time damping control, SAAB's XWD with eLSD, parking assistance and all-wheel-drive.

"This car is the start of a new era for our brand," says Jan-Åke Jonsson, SAAB Automobile's Managing Director. "We have created an advanced and very distinctive product by leveraging the power of our roots in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design, sporty driving and responsible performance. The new 9-5 delivers in all these respects, as will every future product from Saab."

Other options include a heads-up display for the driver, a Harman Kardon surround sound audio system which is accessed through an 8-inch touch screen for the rear passengers, a 10GB harddrive for music storage.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Techart tunes the 2010 Porsche Boxster and Cayman

TechArt, specialized in tuning Porsche cars, has released a new package for both the latest 2010 Porsche Boxster and the 2010 Porsche Cayman. The package features a new bodykit, daytime running lights, stiffer springs, as well as carbon-fiber cabin enhancements.

Bodywork includes a front spoiler, body colored spoiler lip, a rear diffuser and oversized GT wing, and sporty side skirts. TechArt optimized the aerokits in a wind tunnel which is tested to helpe increase the downforce at multiple points on the car, including at the back where a rigid rear spoiler and apron help keep the car on the road at high speeds.

Both cars' exhaust systems also add a sporty touch to the rear design, with two round exhaust tailpipes in glossy or black chrome now available. Other modifications include 19 or 20 inch forged aluminum wheels that keep the brakes visible, stiffer suspension springs and a suspension lowering kit that can drop either model by up to 30mm. Automatically adjusting daytime lights also dim when a turn signal is switched on.

Inside, TechArt uses one of a pair of carbon interiors in tandem with aluminum pedals, three-spoke steering wheel, and lit entry sills. The company also offers a wide variety of customized interiors that use any number of leather materials, colors, and seams.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

2010 VW Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California Facelift revealed Ahead of Frankfurt

Volkswagen has revealed details of its facelifted 2010 T5 Van line-up that comprises of the Transporter van, Mutlivan, Caravelle people carrier and the California campervan, all of which will head to Frankfurt Motor Show and then go on sale in the middle of October. The vehicles get a new refined exterior and interior design plus significant advances in comfort, safety and refinement.

Under the hood, Volkswagen promises the engines will be quieter, more economical, and more efficient with lower emissions. A range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, common-rail TDI engines are available, with power outputs of 84 HP and 220 Nm of torque, 102 HP with 250 Nm, 140 HP with 340 Nm, and 180 HP with 400 Nm. All of them comply with the latest Euro Five standards.

On the outside, the T5 models have been reshaped to look like current Polo, Golf and Scirocco. A new exterior sports more aerodynamic door mirrors, revised front grille and new headlamps. In addition, the Caravelle, Multivan and California also get new rear light clusters and chrome side trims. A choice of 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels is included.

Inside, there are a Dynaudio sound system, touch-screen satellite navigation, a USB interface, fully automatic air conditioning, the new three-spoke design steering wheel and stylish new instrument lay out.

Other new features include a new generation ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), hill-start assistance and hazard lights warning during emergency braking, Volkswagen's Side Assist lane change system that was first seen in the Touareg and warns the driver of anything in the vehicle's blind spot, and a new tyre monitor display (TMD).

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2010 Bmw 320d EfficientDynamics Edition headed to Frankfurt Motor Show, sales for Europe only

BMW has announced that its new 2010 Bmw 320d EfficientDynamics Edition will be debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. And then go on sale in Europe in January 2010. Pricing should also be similar to the 320d SE, which starts at 26,680 pounds sterling ($44,000).

Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine generating 120 kW/163 hp and peak torque of 360 Newton-metres/265 lb-ft all the way from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. All that power helps the car sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 8.2 seconds while the top speed is limited at 225 km/h or 140 mph.

As for the economy data, the 320d easily overcomes the 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h. With an impressive fuel consumption of just 4.1 litres diesel/100 kilometres (equal to 68.9 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 109 grams per kilometre in the EU test cycle, it’s regarded as the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emission car in BMW’s current model range.

As the name ‘EfficientDynamics’ speaking, the vehicle strictly accords with BMW's EfficientDynamics program. A range of technologies serving to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions are included, such as: regenerative brakes, Auto Start/Stop for the engine, the gearshift point indicator which tells the driver in good time when to shift gears in the interest of optimum efficiency and the EPS Electronic Power Steering to obtain the maximum efficiency.

Engineers also fitted a dual-mass flywheel and Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber mounts to the engine to quell vibrations and a lowered suspension to improve performance as well as efficiency.

The car also comes with the new Aero wheel rims in turbine wheel design , shown also on the brand new 2010 Bmw X6 Hybrid, which improve the level of aerodynamics to an even higher standard.

When it goes on sale in Germany, Italy, France and Spain, the engine and the entire car will get even higher standard of efficiency, optimised aerodynamics, an extra-long final drive ratio, and an innovative two-mass flywheel incorporating a centrifugal-force pendulum will be included.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mini to offer Rally Edition Mini Clubman S for U.S.

A new MINI limited edition, dubbed as ‘Rally Edition’ Clubman S, is set to be on sale from October in U.S. There will be only 70 units, and each Mini dealer in the U.S. is only expected to receive one of them. The MSRP is at $32,999.

The ‘Rally Edition’ Clubman S features Rally Green Mirror Caps and side skirts, Midnight Black exterior painting and white turn indicators. Other standard equips include a matching roof, Mini’s Sport Package, xenon headlights, 17 inch black alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Two additional feature packages will be on offer. Choose from summer driving (17-inch black web-spoke with performance tires) or winter (17-inch crown spoke with all-season tires and cold weather package). Other optional accessories include the aforementioned JCW tuning kit painted in Midnight Black, sport stripes painted in silver, roof rack with roof rails, a new roof basket and driving lights finished in black.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Infiniti 2010 M Luxury Sedan price announced

Nissan has announced the MSRP price for the 2010 Infiniti M Luxury Sedan – the 2010 M35 and M45. Since there is no major updates, the prices remain almost unchanged from the previous model year:

The 2010 Infiniti M35 price starts at $45,800 and goes up to $47,950 for the M35x AWD. The 2010 Infiniti M45 price starts a bit higher at $52,150 and goes up to $54,650 for the M45x AWD.

The 2010 Infiniti M is once again available in a choice of refined V8 and V6 engines and in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Infiniti M35 models get a DOHC V6 engine producing a 303 horsepower, with the M35 model mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, while 5-speed automatic for the all-wheel drive M35x. The 2010 Infiniti M45 features a DOHC V8 engine that outputs 325 hp mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Each 2010 Infiniti M model offers revised exterior and interior color selections and a long list of standard luxury amenities, including leather seating, Bluetooth hands-free and a premium audio system, depending on personal tastes.

In addition, the rear-wheel drive models receive a special Sport Package, which includes an advanced ‘Rear Active Steer’ system, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels and tires and unique body treatments. And the Infiniti Mobile Entertainment System Package is exclusive for the 2010 Infiniti M45 model.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

2010 Jaguar XJ Makes U.S. Debut at Pebble Beach, With Pricing announced

Has been unveiled in London back in July, the 2010 Jaguar XJ made its official debut in North American at the Pebble Beach Concours, with pricing announced for the first time.

The new XJ is available in North American with three level of engine choices. All of them are powered by a version of Jaguar’s new 5.0-liter direct-injection V8 engine. The standard XJ producing 385hp and 380 ft-lbs of torque is priced at $72,500. The extended wheelbase version of the standard XJ, known as the XJL, adds $7,000 to the base model's price, coming in at $79,500. And the top-of-the-line 510-horsepower XJ Supersport starts at $112,000 and adds $3,000 for the extended wheelbase model.

The three choice engine models are XJ Supercharged models, which make 470hp and 424 ft-lbs of torque, will retail for $87,500, also adds $3,000 for the extended wheelbase model.

“We are proud to reveal the all-new Jaguar XJ in Pebble Beach as it marks a major milestone for Jaguar in North America, which is expected to be the world’s largest XJ market,” says Beattie. “The debut of our ultimate four-door flagship follows recent recognition for exceptional dependability and clearly demonstrates our commitment to producing the finest cars in the world – fast, beautiful cars that offer luxury, performance and first-rate quality.”

Anyone who wants to get a 2010 Jaguar XJ can order now. The first delivery is scheduled in early 2010, while Retail sales officially start in December.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lexus Announces Prices for some 2010 Models

Lexus has announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for its 2010 models, most of them get an increased price tag with some upgrades as well. Please note that the prices do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875. The models will arrive at dealerships later this month.

Lexus’ Safety Connect telematics system is now available as standard on most non-navigation equipped models such as IS 250, IS 350, IS F, IS 250C, IS 350C, RX 350 and RX 450h, while the full Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is standard on most of the models with navigation. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions of Lexus Enform and Safety Connect are included. As part of the Lexus Enform navigation platform, XM NavTraffic(R) and XM NavWeather(TM) are available via individual XM(R) subscriptions and include a complimentary 90-day trial subscription.

The IS 250, IS 350 and IS F also enter the 2010 model year with an updated premium audio system with an optional hard disc drive navigation system, while the IS F gets new 19-inch wheels, a limited slip differential, and foldable rear headrests.

For 2010, the SC 430 receives new 18-inch wheels, side mirrors with puddle lamps, an updated navigation system and updated Mark Levinson audio, as well as some new colors.

The new HDD navigation system is standard on SC 430 and LX 570 and available for IS 250, IS 350, and IS F. The Lexus Navigation System includes Voice command, a casual-language based voice recognition feature, and enhanced Bluetooth with phonebook download.

Friday, August 21, 2009

BMW E92/90 M3 GTS3 Limited Edition by Vorsteiner

Vorsteiner has unveiled their new limited edition GTS3 styling package for the BMW E90/E92 M3 models.

The package includes a new front bumper and hood replacement unit. Just have a look at the photo, the new bumper has an expanded center air intake, a downward extension (that lowers the car visually), redesigned side air vents, and a replaceable one-piece carbon fiber front splitter. Vorsteiner also offers some front bumper options such as carbon fiber construction, "dry vacuumed woven plastic" construction, and a two-piece carbon fiber front splitter.

The GTS3 vented power dome hood, which is available only for the E92 M3, features vacuum bagging carbon fiber construction, revised central power dome with sharper tension edges and dual ventilation openings for engine heat extraction. Some hood options include double or single sided carbon fiber construction w/ carbon fiber underside paneling.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bugatti unveils Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Sang Bleu at Pebble Beach

To celebrate its 100th anniversaries this year, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. unveiled the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Sang Bleu at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show. The Sang Bleu is very exclusive, since it's a one-off exercise honouring the marques precious heritage.

The model features the use of blue carbon fiber, with polished aluminum expanding along each front fender and door. The combination of carbon fibre and aluminum hasn’t been used before. Bugatti calls this approach a 'new dimension of « Art – Forme – Technique »', the company's core values statement.

The unique alloy wheels are inspired by the rims of the Grand Sport Roadster on which it's based, and highlight a Midnight Blue and Diamond Cut two-tone finish. Inside, to create an elegant and harmonious appearance, the vehicle gets a Pebble Beach-special design, with Gaucho leather trim accenting the exterior's materials.

Just as other Veryons, the Sang Bleu gets a potent 1,001-horsepower W-16 quad-turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive powetrain. It shares the rest of its technical specification with the Grand Sport on which it's based.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Spy Shots: 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV

Due to be on sale in late 2010 as a 2011 model, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV has been spotted on several occasions, revealing some details of the vehicle.

Like the current model, the next Cayenne will still share a common platform with the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7, and will be built in Volkswagen Group’s Bratislava plant in Slovakia. Unfinished Cayennes will then be transported to Porsche’s Leipzig plant for final assembly.

Plans are to make it smaller and more compact than the current model. The wheelbase will be shortened by almost 40 mm, while the height will be reduced by about 20 mm. Other details include a taller waistline and LED daytime running lights.

Inside, modifications include a redesigned center console with air vents positioned to the sides of the navigation screen instead of at the top, as well as much fewer buttons than the current model. The design also shows a similarity to the interior of the Panamera.

Under the hood, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne gets a range of powertrains. Both V-6 and V-8 petrol engines will be on offer, including a turbodiesel option, as well as a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain to be shared with the Panamera sedan. All engines will include Porsche’s new direct-injection technology, and some could even be matched to the automaker’s new dual-clutch gearbox.

It will reach a top speed of 180 mph and 0-60 mph times of less than five seconds for top end models. Meanwhile, taking the fuel economy into account, the new model will be lighter and more fuel efficient.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Official: VW to buy 42% stake in Porsche, Merger Agreement Finalized

VW has announced that Volkswagen and Porsche has reached an agreement that VW will buy a shareholding of 42% in Porsche AG for about €3.3 billion by the end of 2009. Then the two German automakers will get a merger and the Auto Union name could be revived to brand it. "A new era" for both companies begins. Volkswagen’s current CEO, Martin Winterkorn, will act as the new head of Porsche and will likely oversee the combined company.

Earlier this year, Porsche had hoped to take over the VW Group by buying up its voting shares, but due to a mountain of debt totaling $12 billion, the takeover failed and Porsche fired CEO Wendelin Wiedekin. Ultimately VW Group took the purchase of Porsche stock.

However, it’s not Volkswagen running the whole show. According to a statement released by the VW Group, "The integrated automotive group will be formed from the progressive participation of Volkswagen in Porsche AG and the subsequent merger of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Volkswagen AG. Porsche will remain an independent company headquartered in Stuttgart."

VW board chairman Martin Winterkorn described the company's plans in July, saying, "Volkswagen and Porsche have excellent know-how at their disposal and can use their resources even more efficiently by combining them. For this reason, we expect additional growth opportunities, safeguarding existing jobs and creating new ones.

"At the same time, we can call on our considerable experience in the integration of proud and successful brands rich in tradition. Like Audi today, Porsche can also continue its independent development under the aegis of Volkswagen and preserve its own identity. We have great respect for the achievements of the Porsche workforce and are convinced that Porsche can enrich the Volkswagen Group – just as Volkswagen can vice versa enrich Porsche.”

Of course, we customers concern more about the changes of the lineup. The combined company will have 10 brands, adding the Porsche marque to a stable that already includes Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Skoda, Seat and Lamborghini.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Spy shots: 2011 VW Touareg hybrid SUV

The next-gen VW Touareg is expected sometime in 2011. Now spy photographers have caught some photos of its hybrid variant.

Under the heavy disguise, first detail we can gather from the spy shots is that the new Touareg is leaner and less bulky than the current model. However, according to some report previously released, the next-generation VW Touareg will be about 300 kilograms lighter than its predecessor (like its "cousin" the Porsche Cayenne), but larger too, and feature a third row of seats. It will be likely to get some considerable styling changes, including a new grill, front apron and newly designed lights.

The new Touareg hybrid will be fitted with a 3.0 liter V6 mated to an electric motor, developing 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque. With the electric motor, the vehicle will get another 38 kW (52 hp) and an additional, whopping 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) torque.

As for the rest of the powertrains, the new engine lineup for the 2011 Touareg is expected to come with both a 280 horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 gasoline engine and a 345 horsepower 4.2-liter gasoline V-8. A pair of diesel engines will also be on offer, including 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter turbodiesels.

As you can see, details are still unclear, so we expect more information to be released as we get closer to the launch day.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ilmor Engineering introduces 700cc 5-Stroke petrol turbo Engine Concept

Ilmor Engineering, who has built F1 powerplants for Mercedes-Benz and worked with a number of Indy car teams for over a decade to build engines, is now introducing a newly developed internal-combustion engine. It is a three-cylinder, 700cc (0.7-litre) five-stroke turbocharged petrol that claims to be at least 5% more efficient than an equivalent direct injection engine.

The 5-stroke concept engine is able to develop 97kW (130bhp) and 165Nm (122lb-ft) of torque. The engine is also more compact, and unlike other new technologies does not require any new manufacturing techniques.

However, the engine is just a concept for now, further development is expected to cylinder capacity, valvegear design, turbo selection, and ancillaries. These should increase power to 112kW (150bhp) and return a weight saving of 20%.

Steve O'Connor, Ilmor's engineering manager says that plenty of refinements to this concept are under way and they will see even more improvements to all the aforementioned figures.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2010 Jaguar XKR Convertible tuned by Arden

The 2010 Jaguar XKR Convertible, powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, was introduced earlier this year. Now German tuner Arden who is specializes in tuning Jaguar models released a new tuning package for the vehicle.

This Arden Jaguar XKR 5.0L Convertible is based on the previous Arden AJ20 Coupe. The package includes a range of performance and styling upgrades. Thanks to the new quad-piped sport exhaust system, the tuned XKR Convertible gets an extra 30 bhp and 50 Nm of torque. As a result, the final output rates at 540 horsepower and 498 pound-feet of torque. With that power, the Arden XKR Convertible easily reaches a top speed of 320 km/h, while the standard XKR 5.0L is just 250 km/h.

As for the styling, upgrades include a new chrome grille up front, modified air intakes, 9x21-inch Sportline alloy wheels. At the rear, there’s a new diffuser that houses the tail pipes of the new sport exhaust system. Optional is the V-Max suspension. Other upgrades, such as big brakes, a leather sports steering wheel and a lowering system will likely be available.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Audi Project Anniversario S5 Quattro Due in 2012

Of course, 100 anniversary is a big thing. We have reported several celebrations that Audi has taken, like the 100th anniversary sculpture, 100 years of Audi package for Europe. Now, we got the news that Audi will release the Audi Project Anniversario S5 Quattro to celebrate Audi’s centennial (2009).

However, due to the industry decline, the Project Anniversario S5 won’t arrive until the following year as a 2012 model. It’s rumored that the vehicle will make its debut sometime around the end of 2010, as a celebration of the original Quattro's 30th anniversary.

In terms of styling, the vehicles will borrow some elements from the old Quattro S1 Rallye. It will be lighter, stronger, and faster. Thanks to the use of light-weight body panels, shorter overhangs (like on the Quattro S1 Rallye) as well as lighter parts for the drivetrain, the new S5 will weigh at about 1400 kg (3086 lbs), shaving about 240 kg off the standard S5.

Under the hood, power may come from a twin-turbo juiced V6 with somewhere around 425 bhp or a variation on the current TT RS's 2.5 liter, turbocharged 5-cylinder, dialed up to about 400 bhp.

Other technical features that will probably be included are Flybrid energy recovery system and a 400bhp version of the TT RS’s five-cylinder turbo.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

2010 BMW 7- Series High Security sedans Announced

The 2010 Bmw 7-Series High Security, a new generation of high-security sedans based on the latest BMW 7-Series, is here now. There are two models available: 760Li High Security and 750Li High Security,

Just as the name suggests, the new High Security sedans feature highly effective protective technique. Both of them are the first models in the world to be certified to BRV 2009 as well as meeting the requirements of the new ballistic protection level VR7 and VR9 standards.

The High Security models are fitted with a range of specific components, such as chassis reinforcements that are adapted to the increase in weight due to their armor plating, reinforced suspension, dampers, and an advanced "safety glazing" that offers added protection against certain kinds of attacks. Other changes include an armoured undercarriage, gap sealing (to prevent bullets/shrapnel from entering the cabin), and multi-layer laminated glass windows.

The passenger compartment is protected by armor plating of the doors, the roof, the pillars, the front footwell and the separation wall between passenger and luggage compartments.

Other special options include an intercom system with concealed microphones and speakers that allows communication with people outside of the vehicle without the need to open doors or windows, an assault alarm, a fire extinguishing system with temperature sensor for extinguishing fires in the engine compartment, and an internal air supply system that automatically activates if a gas attack is detected. Furthermore, the High Security models can also be outfitted with a center console-mounted machine gun case, integrated LED flashing lights, an acoustic signaling system, and security radios.

Under the hood, the 760Li High Security gets a 400 kW (544 hp) 6.0-liter V12 engine, while the 750Li High Security with a 300 kW (407 hp) 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. The 750Li High Security accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, while the 760Li High Security does the same task in 6.2 seconds.

The BMW High Security models are designed for authorities and special need people. Each units will be built completely in-house at BMW and are available directly through the automaker’s dealerships.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Cadillac CTS Coupe to be launched in May 2010

According to a GM spokesman who spoke recently with TheCarConnection, the sporty CTS Coupe will arrive in showrooms by May next year as 2011 model– in both standard and high-performance CTS-V guises.

The coupe will be offered with a variety of engines including a 3.0-liter V6 with 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6-liter V6 with 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 556 hp and 551 lb-ft.

Look for the 2011 CTS Coupe to be officially unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show or the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

PS: General Motors' Cadillac brand used to be 'The Standard of the World'. However, it has lost its flashes as the auto industry developed. Now, with the new Cadillac CTS Coupe, Cadillac wants to rebuild its reputation.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2010 Ford Mustang online customizer

Want to get a new 2010 Ford Mustang? What about building one by yourself? Ford has released an online configurator that lets buyers customize create a customized 2010 Mustang.

With the online Mustang configurator, one can build his Mustang from a smorgasbord of options, including stripes, colors, hood scoop,wheels, spoilers, decals, rims, tire smoke, and more. Furthermore, the configurator tool is very easy to use. One can build up in just a few minutes.

Check out Ford's
Mustang Customizer site and get started on your personalized 2010 Ford Mustang. However, the site is “for inspiration purposes only”, customers who want to turn their creation into a reality have to go to dealership.

Monday, August 10, 2009

G-POWER X5 Typhoon RS with 625hp

G-POWER, the famous BMW tuning specialist, has introduced their latest creation - G-POWER X5 Typhoon RS. Earlier this year in March, G-POWER had already released the X5 G-POWER TYPHOON with 386kW (525hp). Obviously, the tuner was not satisfied with that result. Therefore, an upgraded version from the earlier model is here.

The G-POWER X5 Typhoon RS gets a re-engineered 4.8-litre V8 engine, which uses the latest G-Power SK III RS Superchager with a boost pressure of 1.0 bar. The core of the supercharger is the ASA supercharger system which is also used in the Alpina B5S, B6S and B7 models, as well as the B6 GT3 racer. Thanks to this equip, the output will be rated at 460kW (625hp) and a torque of 516 lb-ft (700Nm), a 70 HP increase over the most powerful X5 in BMW’s lineup.

This allows the G-POWER X5 Typhoon RS to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds) and 0 - 200km/h (124mph) in 16 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Other upgrades include a steel high-performance exhaust system, racing catalysts and rear mufflers, and a large-volume aluminium charge air cooling system at the front. X5 Typhoon RS is also fitted with Typhoon/G-Power specific accessories, such as a TYPHOON design speedometer, a sports steering wheel and aluminium bits.

Each X5 G-POWER TYPHOON RS can be ordered as a complete automobile or can be refined from an existing customer BMW X5 (E70). The price is not released yet, but it will surely carry a high price tag.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Facelifted 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo revealed

The facelifted 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo will be debuted at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Before that, Porsche has release some details.

The updated Porsche 911 Turbo has a new 3.8-liter direct-injected engine generating an output of 500 horsepower – up 20 horsepower on the outgoing model, mated to Porsche's 7-speed double-clutch PDK transmission (optional). With that power, the 2010 911 Turbo will be the fastest accelerating AWD production Porsche in history. Top speed will reach to 194 mph, with a 0-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds.

If customers choose the optional PDK, then a 3-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles will be available, instead of the standard wheel with shift buttons.

Besides the more power, the new Turbo also gets significant improvements in fuel economy. The data is 11.4 liters/ 100 km. Furthermore, thanks to the tweaks to the all-wheel drive and Porsche Stability Management systems, the vehicle has also improved handling and agility. A new PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring) is also available as an option.

Porshce hasn’t touched the exterior much. The mods limites to chrome headlight surrounds, restyled foglights and new wheel designs.

Both Coupe and Cabrio version will be on offer. Sales in Germany will start on November 21st, while next January in the U.S. Pricing will start from $132,800 for the Coupe and $143,800 for the Cabriolet.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon official details revealed

Mercedes has officially unveiled their new 2010 E-Class ‘Estate’ Wagon with full details and images, which will make its world debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show

Just have a look at the pics, the new E-Class Wagon features dynamic styling with taut surfaces and striking character lines. With a load capacity of up to 1,950 liters, which is even more than some luxury SUVs, the E-Class Estate (length/width/ height: 4,895/1,854/1,471 mm) sets the standard in its class. Furthermore, the new wagon boasts an automatic "easy-pack" tailgate, a "quickfold" rear seat (which can be lowered from the cargo compartment), and seating for up to seven people.

The new E-Class Wagon also highlights safety equipments. Lane-departure warnings, an eye-movement monitor, traffic-sign identification, road-condition sensors and stability control that accounts for crosswinds, camber changes and tire wear are expected to contribute to .driver assistance. Besides, Pre-Safe braking (automatic braking in emergencies), nine airbags, four belt tensioners, available rear seat airbags, and optional self-adaptive belt force limiters for the rear seats will also available.

Customers will get a range of engine options, including three diesel and two petrol engines. The top model in the diesel range is the six-cylinder E350 CDI Blue-EFFICIENCY with an output of 170 kW/231 hp, which uses 0.5L per 100km less fuel than the previous E320 CDI. The other two diesel models are the 125 kW (168 hp) E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, the 150 kW (201 hp) E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. Petrol models include the 215 kW (288 hp) E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY and the 285 kW (382 hp) E 500.

Further more, in early 2010, the 100 kW (134 hp) E 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, 170 kW (228 hp) E 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, 135 kW (181 hp) E 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, 150 kW (201 hp) E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, and the 200 kW (268 hp) E 350 4MATIC will also join the lineup.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate wagon is set to go on sale in Europe by the end of the year with a variety of E-Class estate models. However, the E-Class wagon will be available in just one model in North American in June of 2010 - The E350 4Matic, an all-wheel-drive model powered by Mercedes’ 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Porsche Panamera Exclusive and Tequipment customization options

Customers who want a personalization with his Porsche Panamera have more options now, thanks to Porsche’s newly release of two sets of customization options - Porsche Exclusive and Porsche Tequipment. The first one is available now, while the Porsche Tequipment will be available nearly September.

Both the Exclusive and Tequipment are mainly intended for the interior of the Panamera, offering a collection of special materials - leather, wood, carbon fibre and aluminium trim parts. Just have a look at the pics. The factory fitted Exclusive range of parts extends to items such as contrasting Yachting Mahogany and Maple wood inlays for the dash, center console and door trims, with Mahogany inlays extending to the grab handles on the roof as well as in the 3-spoke steering wheel.

The interior is also furnished by louvers on the air vents, sun visors and elsewhere, along with trim covers on the steering column and seat console all in top-quality leather. The instrument panel and the Sport Chrono stopwatch come in a choice of various subtle and flourishing colors. The classic Porsche logo is also available on the headrests. Additionally, the Rear Seat Entertainment System offers individual seatback-mounted CD/DVD players, infrared cordless headsets, AV inputs and game console and iPod interfaces.

As for the Porsche Tequipment, there is another series of options, such as roof racks, tow equipment and bike carriers, a 10.5 liter cooler between the two rear seats, as well as specially-designed air intake grids at the front and air outlets on the wings behind the front wheels. Child seats, tailored luggage, alloy wheels from 18 to 20-inch and additional interior parts are also available.

Mazda MX-5 Superlight Concept teased ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Few days ago, we just reported that Mazda has announced a special edition 20th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 for the Japanese market. However, that’s not enough for celebrating 20 years of the successful MX-5/ Miata brand. Thus Mazda decides to reveal the Superlight concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as part of the celebration.

The MX-5 Superlight was designed by Mazda's in-house team in Germany. Right now we haven’t got many details on the concept. Just as the name suggests, the Superlight Concept will feature the using of a number of weight-saving measures, then get an improvement of driving performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Additionally, interior sketches reveal a racing seat, further hinting at the performance potential of the car. Other unique cosmetic and structural changes include the lack of A-pillars, as well as the smooth front and rear decks presumably used to help control airflow around the car.

Under the hood, the concept will likely be used the standard MX-5's range-topping 2.0L gasoline engine. But it’s not confirmed yet.

However, claimed as a "pure show car", whether the MX-5 Superlight Concept will come to production is still unknown.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gemballa Mirage GT Gold Edition based on the Porsche Carrera GT

Gemballa, one of the most famous Porsche tuner, has unveiled their new Mirage GT Gold Edition based on the Porsche Carrera GT.

Power comes from a massive V10 engine that produces 670hp (500kW) and 630 Nm of toque. That’s about 50hp (40kW) more than the stock Carrera GT. With that power, it’s easily to run from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 9.7 seconds, and top speed reaches at least 208mph (335km/h).

In terms of styling, the Mirage GT Gold Edition highlights a seductive gold ornament. There are various gilded accents on the wheels, mirrors, air intakes, side skirts, and wing. Inside, the gold accents continues on the instrument cluster, center console, door handles, shifter, and steering wheel. Besides, there’s a mix of Alcantara and leather trim as well as carbon-fiber and aluminum accents. A hydraulic height-adjustable coilover kit is also supplied to improve handling, as well as tackle speed bumps and parking garages..

The pricing detail is not released yet, but expected to cost more than €300,000 ($431,700 USD).

Mr. Norm unveils 2009 426 Hemi Challenger and 426 Hemi Cuda Convertible

The famed Dodge dealer and tuner Mr. Norm has unveiled two new vehicles based on the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8, dubbed as 2009 426 Hemi Challenger and 426 Hemi Cuda Convertible.

Both vehicles get their engines equipped with a new reciprocating assembly and a Kenne Bell 2.8L twin-screw supercharger that produces 725 horsepower. A new low restriction cat back dual-exhaust is also on offer to give the car a unique sounding growl, and both vehicles also get a new rear suspension system from Mr. Norm to handle all that extra power. Incidentally, the suspension system uses the same differential from the mighty Dodge Viper SRT-10 model.

Other modifications include 20-inches Mr. Norm 'Thrust' custom wheels with high-performance Pirelli, a 1971 Hemi Cuda-inspired grille, other throwbacks to the original Mr. Norm cars seen throughout such as a custom tail panel with genuine 1971 Cuda-style writing, and actual 1971 Hemi Cuda tail light assemblies. Inside, the cars get custom leather and suede seating, a pistol grip shifter, and custom mats.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2010 Suzuki Kizashi sedan Officially revealed with images and details

Suzuki has officially unveiled the full details and high-res photos of the 2010 Kizashi sedan, which will be on sale in the U.S. this winter. The Kizashi, means "something great is coming" in Japanese, Suzuki says that the 2010 Kizashi sedan features “a dynamic and exhilarating driving experience.”

Positioned as Suzuki’s flagship vehicle, the 2010 Kizashi offers both FWD and AWD variants. Power comes from standard 2.4L DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed manual or an optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The AWD model comes only with the CVT transmission. The output is not known yet, however, it’s claimed to be "more potent ... than many competitive best-sellers." Suzuki also says it will have a V6 and hybrid version of the Kizashi within a year.

The car is designed to be lightweight, with its aluminum head, block and pistons reducing the front-heavy weight distribution inherent in the front-engine/FWD layout. Thanks to a 107-inch wheelbase and an exceptionally rigid steel unibody - with reinforced front suspension and multi-link rear suspension constructed with embedded aluminum, the Kizashi offers "crisp, nimble handling with excellent stability."

The car also comes with a set of standard safety equipment, such as eight airbags, electronic stability control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake-force distribution, projector beam headlights, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Described as the seamless melding of European style and Japanese craftsmanship, the styling of the Kizashi highlights a bold grille, shapely headlights, a dynamic rear end, 18-inch alloy wheels, an attractive dual exhaust system, and a short front overhang.

Inside, the car comes nicely equipped with standard sport seats, keyless push-button start, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming. Options include leather upholstery, three-stage heated memory seats make for a more comfortable commute, and a 425 watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Pricing for the 2010 Kizashi sedan is not released, but expected to announce as launch date closed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Build your own Jaguar XJ with new configurator

Want to own a 2010 Jaguar XJ Sedan? Now with the detailed configuration released from Jaguar, one can build up his personal XJ exactly as he wants it. Click here to go to the website.

There are eight different variants offering, starting with the basic 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel short-wheelbase model and topping out with the long-wheelbase Supersport model powered by a 510hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8. In addition, a set of different options are also on offer. After the buyer submits the options which they like the configurator will then price the amount of the car.

However, the site is designed for customers in the UK. A similar version may be launched for customers in the U.S. closer to the official sales launch in December. However, the new XJ can be ordered right now in the U.S. “The launch of the all new Jaguar XJ marks a major milestone for Jaguar in North America, which is expected to be the world’s largest Jaguar XJ market,” says Gary Temple, President of Jaguar Land Rover North America. “The debut of our ultimate four-door flagship follows recent recognition for exceptional dependability and clearly demonstrates our commitment to producing the finest cars in the world - fast, beautiful cars that offer luxury, performance and first-rate quality.”

Pricing starts from an MSRP of $72,500 for the base 5.0-liter V8, $87,500 for the XJ Supercharged and from $112,000 for the XJ Supersport.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Mazda celebrates 20 years of Mazda MX-5 with a special edition in Japan

The Mazda MX-5, or Roadster in Japan and Miata in North America, was a great success. Since its first launch in 1989, there are over 860,000 units have been made and sold in about 60 countries. The car has become the most produced two-seat, open-top sports car by Guinness World Records and the most popular roadster in existence. Now, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the car in production, Mazda has introduced a special edition in Japan.

The Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary Special Edition will only be available for sale in the Japanese market. Price starts at 2,860,000 yen ($29,880) for the soft-top with six-speed manual version, and 3,110,000 yen ($32,490) for the power-retractable hardtop with the automatic.

The special edition is based on the Roadster RS soft-top model with a six-speed manual transmission, and the VS Power Retractable Hard Top (RHT) hard-top model with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to a special set of equipment, the Roadster 20th Anniversary features red and black RECAR bucket sports seats, 20th Anniversary badging and clear front fog lights, making it easily stand out from the regular lineup. Additionally, 17in aluminum alloy wheels with 205/45R17 84W tires, a front strut tower bar, five-setting heated seats and synthetic leather door armrests and console elements, Fabric soft top with glass rear window (soft-top model only) are also included in the package.

The Roadster 20th Anniversary comes in Crystal White Pearl Mica, used for the first time on the Mazda Roadster.

Mercedes Benz C63 AMG by Edo Competition

Edo Competition, the famous tuning company has take on the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG.

The most important change is the power. Obviously, engineers at Edo Competition are not satisfied with the output of the standard C63 AMG which produces 457hp and 600Nm. Underneath, Edo has installed a number of modifications.

Edo hasn’t touched the 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V8. However, the tuner made some ECU upgrades by recalibrating the unit. Other mods include a new high-performance exhaust system, exhaust headers, high-flow catalytic converters and new air filters. As a result, the power reaches 408kW (555hp) and 680Nm of torque. This will be enough to accelerate the C63 AMG from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and see it easily reach top speed of 320km/h.

To manage the extra grip required from all that extra horsepower, a set of black lightweight 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup high-performance tyres that measure 235/35 19 at the front and 265/30 19 at the rear is also on offer.

The exterior remains almost the same. However, the interior can be upgraded to the customer's wishes by inserting such items as special leather upholstery and other unique trims.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

2010 Mazda RX-8 facelift for Europe

The facelifted 2010 Mazda RX-8 is already available in Japan. Now, Mazda officially announced the 2010 Mazda RX-8 facelift for the European market.

Power comes from the 13B twin rotor RENESIS rotary engine matched to a six-speed manual. Output will be rated at 231 hp and 211 Nm of torque. This will be enough to accelerate the RX-8 from 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds and allows the four door sports car to reach a top speed of 145 mph. Also included is a two-knock sensor system which detects and prevents knock better.

The facelifted RX-8 features a number of exterior upgrades, including a new front bumper, new headlights, and LEDs incorporated into the rear lights. The front now brings the car more in line with the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. Although exhaust tips are now round, the triangular shape is still seen in the red reflector at the base of the rear bumper. Mazda is also using new side skirts, as well as new dark gray 19-inch alloy wheels and the addition of a Sport Pack (standard) which is made up by an integrated front spoiler, side spoilers and a floating-type rear spoiler.

Inside, the car gets new trim materials making a sportier cockpit with a new center console design, new instrument cluster colour, new black leather steering wheel, a handbrake lever with red stitching ,sound system, as well as Bluetooth functionality. Driver and passenger will be held into place thanks to the Recaro sport seats that combine black cloth and leather.

Colour options include, Aurora Blue Mica, Metropolitan Grey Mica, Aluminium Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. Velocity Red and Brilliant Black are carried over.

Pricing has not been officially announced, but expect to reach as high as €38,000 in Germany, including tax.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Porsche 911-based Ruf Rt12 S

Nearly half a decade ago, Porsche-specialist tuner launched its 911 Turbo-based Rt 12, which was based on the 997 Porsche 911. The Rt12 managed to blitz even the massively fast Mercedes-Mclaren SLR '722' special edition in a sprint from 0-300km/h, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world. Now, Ruf has decided its time for a refresh. Dubbed as Ruf Rt12 S, this high performance sports car connects high end performance with complete road capability.

Under the hood, power comes from the refined biturbo boxer engine producing 685 hp and a maximal torque of 880 Nm. That’s 35 hp more than the standard Ruf Rt12.

For the exterior, a number of aerodynamic modifications have been made. The exterior is differentiated with the distinctive front and rear fascias, widened rear fenders that house air ducts, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, LED lighting, Ruf CTR 3 mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Other upgrades include carbon ceramic brakes, a hydraulically-adjustable suspension system, a variety of custom seats, a new steering wheel and more. A new roll cage is also present to help improve handling.
The Ruf Rt12 S can optionally be delivered with rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. However, the car is not cheap, price is set at close to €255,000 (approximately $362,570).