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Volkswagen announced UK pricing for the Passat CC

volkswagen announced uk pricing for the passat cc

Vokswagen has announced prices for its new four-door, four-seater coupe, the Passat CC, which is available to order from retailers across the UK from next week, Friday 16th May. The first cars, if ordered now, will start arriving in the UK in mid-July. The entry-level CC, the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS will cost £21,040 RRP on the road, with prices rising to £31,120 for the range-topping 3.6-litre V6 300 PS.

The Passat CC opens a new market niche for Volkswagen and strengthens the company’s range of models in the hotly-contested B-segment. With high quality and impressive specification levels across the range, the Passat CC is likely to appeal to private and fleet buyers alike.

Three engines are available at launch – two petrol and one diesel. Petrol options are a 1.8-litre TSI unit developing 160 PS and 184 lbs ft of torque linked to a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox plus the flagship 3.6-litre V6 FSI with 300 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque channelled via 4MOTION four-wheel drive and DSG gearbox. A common rail 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS is also offered at launch, and will be joined in September by a 170 PS version of the same powerplant. An additional 2.0-litre petrol unit, with 200 PS, will also become available at this time.

2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
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Two trim levels are available: standard CC and GT. Standard models boast sports suspension, 17” ‘Phoenix’ alloy wheels, 2Zone Climatronic air conditioning, touchscreen CD stereo system with six-disc autochanger, six-way electrically adjustable sports seats, a multifunction leather steering wheel, six airbags and ESP. GT adds, 18” ‘Interlagos’ alloy wheels, ‘silversprint’ upholstery, tinted windows and front foglights as well as, for the first time on a Volkswagen, Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC). With three settings – comfort, normal and sport – ACC acts not only on the damper units to firm up or soften the ride but also changes the characteristics of the electro-mechanical steering system to suit a more comfort- or sport-orientated drive. This is also an option on the standard car.

Other innovative systems offered on the Passat CC include Park Assist, Lane Assist and Automatic Distance Control, the latter two of which have only been seen before on Volkswagen’s Phaeton and Touareg luxury models.

Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT: 205 mph, 0-60 in 3.9 secs. Aluminum, 68 Degree, Water Cooled V10 Engine with 612 hp, base price is $440,000. The most powerful and most expensive Porsche nearly made the list as #10.

Developed in 1999, Porsche Carrera GT, manufactured by Porsche of Germany, is priced at $440,000 dollars. It is well worth its price if we count the 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 DIN (605 SAE) horsepower (450 kW) and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 3.9 seconds, touching a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

The design is stunning too, Carrera GT has a 5 colors paint schemes that includes: black, guards red, fayence yellow, basalt black, GT silver and seal grey.
The innovating thing about this car is the way that its engine is placed: with the use of a clutch made of a high-tech ceramic material, it`s allowing the engine to sit lower in the chassis than in any other super car. This feature is not only making the Carrera GT a road car with the looks of a race one, but also improves its aerodynamics and lowers its center of gravity.

Porche Carrera GT does have traction control even if, like some of its competitions, doesn`t use electronic driving aids such as dynamic stability control.


Vehicle Type: - 2-door convertible, production car
Price: - $440,000
Configuration: - Mid Engine / RWD
Engine: - V10
Displacement: - 5733 cc
Torque: - 435 lb-ft at 5750 rpm
Horsepower: - 612 bhp at 8000 rpm
Transmission: - 6-Speed Manual
Length: - 181.6 inches
Width: - 75.6 inches
Height: - 45.9 inches
Weight: - 3042 lbs
0-60 mph: - 3.8 sec
Top speed: - 205 mph

Pagani Zonda F

Pagani Zonda F: 215 mph, 0-60 in 3.5 secs. Mercedes Benz M180 V12 Engine with 650 hp, base price is $667,321. With a V12 motor, this baby can do much better.

First appeared at Geneva at a Auto Show in 2005, the all carbon fiber super car can reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds. With power of 443 kW/594 hp, and a top speed that passes 215 mph (346 km/h), Zonda F makes Pagani manufacturer to be at the level of another independent of famous super cars manufactures like Porsche, Lamborghini or Ferrari.

A car made by combining the sensibility of Juan Manuel Fangio, a F1 world champion 5 time in a row, about all that is related with technicality and the advance technology of Pagani, has a lot to offer, from the power to weight ratio of 384 W/kg, the six-speed manual transmission, the aerodynamic vents all around, not at least the carbon/ceramic brakes that allows the Zonda F to be on the top list of the cars with spectacular braking from 180 mph to 0 mph.

The V12 engine is a lot cooler because of the design of the car, larger in front, 7.3 liter Mercedes-Benz engine can reach now 620 bhp and gives almost 561 pound-feet of torque peaking at 4000 rpm. It has a length of 174.6 inch, a width of 80.9 inch and a height just about 44.9 inch.

Even if it's said to be a priceless super car, it will be on the market in 2008 at a base price of $667,321.

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron: 253 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle W16 Engine with 1001 hp, base price is $1,700,000. With the highest price tag, no wonder this is rank #2.

Not just a super car that carries on the name of racing driver Pierre Veyron, who, while racing for the original Bugatti car manufacturer, won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is the second fastest car in the world and the most powerful, it can easily pass as a super hero`s car like Batman. It has the fastest acceleration speed, reaching 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.

Endowed with W16 engine-16 cylinders in 4 banks of 4 cylinders fed by four turbochargers, a dual-clutch DSG computer-controlled manual transmission, the Veyron has a length is 4462 mm (175.8 in) a wide of 1998 mm (78.7 in) and hight of 1206 mm (47.5 in). Counting a sum of 10 radiators, for the engine cooling system, for transmission oil, a heat exchanger for the air to liquid intercoolers, for engine oil etc., the car has a power to weight ratio of 529 bhp/tonne.

If we talk about performance we are dazzled by this supercars power to reach 200 and 300 km/h (124 and 186 mph) in 7.3 and respectively 16.7 seconds, wining for herself the name of the quickest-accelerating production car in history. If we count the fact that the top speed of Bugatti Veyron is 253.2 miles per hour (407.5 km/h), a speed limited electronically to prevent tire damage (it can run even faster) we can understand why this spectacular car must consume 40.4 L/100 km (4.82 mpg) when it`s running at top speed and in city driving 24.1 L/100 km.

Harley-Davidson XR750

You patriotic types may feel pretty gutted hearing this, but it seems we’ve our Euro friends to thank for the U.S. being graced with one of the most iconic motorcycles to ever be built. What constitutes an icon? Howz ‘bout the XR750? If that doesn’t say ‘Muhrica, nothing does.
Did the Euros get an XR? Yes and no. What they had built especially for them (but you already know this) was the Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200. What you may not know is that, according to Bill Davidson, VP, Core Customer Marketing for Harley, is that our moto-loving broheims overseas allegedly have a greater passion for naked bikes, in particular, those influenced by American flat-track racing. Also, it seems that most of Europe likes our bikes, as opposed to one county in particular, over there.
The naked, or standard, means a lot to Europe, more than the U.S. market, if you can believe that. Want proof? Witness the apparent death of Kawasaki’s Z1000 in the U.S. after only one year’s worth of revision? In ’06, the first-gen Z1000 outsold all other sport brands and models combined in Europe according to Kawasaki. In the U.S. it was more or less a loss-leader, so it was dropped from American dealerships for ’09.
Regardless of the seeming disdain for practical, sensible, upright-but-sporty unfaired standards in the U.S., Harley heard the uproar in the Letters-to-the-Editor, chat rooms, forum feedback and straight-up complaints from U.S. riders after the XR1200 being a Europe-only model, and decided it was time to bring the XR1200 home!
It’s baffling that a bike so iconic to American motorcycling would be loved more elsewhere than its home. A prophet isn’t welcome in his own country…

A breathed-on Sportster motor gives the XR1200 extra grunt over the run-of-the-mill 1200cc Harley.

As you’ve likely read in the past several months, the XR’s mill is largely a 1200 Sporty, albeit with a few refinements. A couple of crucial updates include precision cooling of the cylinders via oil paths around the exhaust valves, and an airbox and exhaust system optimized for greater intake volume and better flo as well as serving as clear-cut styling links to Harley’s flat-track past (and present!), a higher compression ratio (10:1), and redline increased to 7,000 rpm. It’s all good for a claimed torque figure just shy of 74 ft-lbs at 4,000 rpm and an alleged 90 hp. The XR is down 10 hp to the average Buell XB model, for example, and it also gives up more than 150 pounds in claimed dry weight to the same bike(s).
Other changes that further delineate the XR from your average Sporty while drawing a blazingly obvious parallel to the historic XR750 is a new hollow cast-aluminum swingarm that is rumored to be upwards of 40% stiffer than the typical box-section steel Sportster swingarm, and steering geometry that employs a “split-rake” in order to achieve assertive steering input while at the same time allowing a more relaxed, upright rider triangle.
Additionally, the flat-track imitator rolls on lightweight 3-spoke cast wheels spooned with Dunlop Qualifiers developed specifically for the XR, and a meaty 43mm inverted fork. The fork is unadjustable but offers over five inches of travel. The dual coil-over shocks offer preload adjustment via the classic ramp-style adjuster, and, well, provide that “classic look.” And here’s where Harley got smart with the XR. The Motor Company called on 9-time AMA Grand National Champion and all-around nice guy, Scott Parker, to assist in chassis and handling development.

The dirt-track-inspired XR1200 acquits itself well in the corners.

The fork denies little if any deflection to upset the chassis and do an excellent job of keeping the front glued to the tarmac but, due to its lack of adjustments and race-guy influence, also doesn’t offer much compliance over potholes or sharp-angled bumps. For the XR’s reasonable retail figure that’s marginally more costly than, say, an XB12R, it should have adjustable preload, at a minimum. The Buell’s have fully-adjustable sticks, why not the XR, I say?
Regardless of a sometimes-jolting experience, the combination of quality rubber, lightened rolling inertia courtesy the wheels, 59-inch wheelbase and stout fork, the XR1200 turns in easily and stays on target all the way through your chosen corner arc with stability and confidence.
I noted a few other riders bemoaning some wallow in the chassis, but I experienced little of this. I say this not to brag but to lend credence to my handling notes; I was always running with the quickest of our group, scraping the long peg feelers or right-side exhaust, whichever came first. Speaking of exhaust, note where the inspiration for the performance-tuned headers and mufflers came from. That’s right, the championship-dominating XR750. Peg feelers can be removed for increased lean angle to the left, but I’d suggest leaving the right peg feeler on in order to prevent further scuffage to the exhaust or a highside incident, should you crank the bike over that far.

The XR1200 takes the naked sportbike in a distinctly Harley direction.

Ergonomically the XR1200 strikes a good compromise between aggressive canyon attacker and sensible, upright everyday ride. The reach from the saddle to the wide flat-track-inspired bars is easy, though the seat-to-peg relation may seem a little tight for those over, say, six feet tall. Nevertheless, what appears to be a diminutive and sparsely padded seat is actually a saddle that proved comfortable for well over 60 miles of freeway and surface street slogging.
Also, though clutch pull may make a man out of you at day’s end, the 5-speed tranny works well and shifts easily. And last but definitely not least, the brakes on this Harley-Davidson belie the name on the tank.

The XR1200 impresses for its poise, but it’s the inimitable dirt-track styling and heritage that makes it so desirable.

Never have I ridden a Harley that stops with such force while offering so much feel. H-D teamed up with Nissin again (the company makes calipers for the rest of the Sportster line) in order to come up with an all-new caliper. The dual four-piston pinchers squeeze a set of 292mm rotors with such force that I locked the grippy front Dunlop at one time. These brakes are nothing short of spectacular and should be grasped with caution should you take advantage of an XR1200 demo ride and are expecting the usual Harley brake. This brake set is on-par with the brake systems on any number of Japanese performance-oriented street motorcycles.
This newest Harley, in many ways, is without competition, as no other maker produces a bike similar on a mass scale. Yet, it’s not without a few niggles; a couple of bolts here and there could use hiding or a simple cover of some type, right side ground clearance is limited somewhat by the lower portion of the exhaust headers, and the front suspension should really be adjustable considering the bike’s $10,799 ($11,079 for Orange, and Pewter Denim) admission price. If you want one, the pre-order period ends on December 15, so you’d better hurry to get your hands on the 750 XRs available in 2009.
Still, looking beyond these issues, it’s hard to deny the visceral draw of the XR1200, especially if you like dirt-track racing (and you should!). To this point, Harley’s U.S. communications director, Paul James, noted that during the XR’s weekend-long U.S. unveiling in Long Beach, CA, recently, passions for the XR cut across lines, so to speak. James reports that riders of all brands, or no brand at all, were attracted to theXR1200. “I could see myself on this bike,” said the passers-by and admirers.
I certainly know I wanted to see myself aboard this machine so rich in inspiration and heritage, and I have to say, it was worth the wait.

Ducati Multistrada 1200

Ducati Multistrada 1200 at Long Beach IMS

New Multistrada making North American debut

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 02, 2009
The Ducati Multistrada 1200 will make its North American debut at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Dec. 4-6.

The new Multistrada, named “Most Beautiful Bike in Show” will be displayed for visitors to the Cycle World IMS event in Long Beach, Calif.

“We are very excited to launch the technologically-advanced Multistrada to North America at the world's largest motorcycle show series,” says Michael Lock, chief executive officer of Ducati North America. “The Multistrada 1200 is a unique model for us since it really attracts all types of riders. It is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels.”

Ducati bills the Multistrada as being four bikes in one with Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes. Power and torque delivery, suspension settings and traction control can be adjusted while riding to adapt to a rider’s needs.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 makes its American debut at the Long Beach IMS.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 makes its American debut at the Long Beach IMS.

The Multistrada will come in three different packages. The base Multistrada 1200 with optional ABS retails for $14,995. The Multistrada 1200S Sport adds Ohlins suspension, ABS traction control, tire pressure monitoring and carbon fiber components for a ticket price of $19,995. The Multistrada 1200S Touring also retails for $19,995 and comes with Ohlins suspension and ABS but heated grips, hard luggage and a center stand instead of the carbon fiber parts.

Suzuki GSXR 600

Detailed Specs..
Model Type Sport
BASE MSRP(US) $10,399.00 Free Dealer Quote
Warranty 12
Engine Type Horizontal In-line
Cylinders 4
Engine Stroke 4-Stroke
Cooling Liquid
Valves 16
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Valve Configuration DOHC
Bore (mm/in) 67 / 2.64
Stroke (mm/in) 42.5 / 1.67
Displacement (cc/ci) 599 / 36.5
Compression Ratio 12.8:1
Starter Electric
Fuel Requirements Regular
Ram Air Induction Yes
Fuel Type Gas
Fuel Injector Yes
Carburetor No
Carburetion Type Fuel Injected
Transmission Type Manual
Number Of Speeds 6
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel) Chain
Reverse No
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels Composition Aluminum
Tube / Tubeless Tubeless
Chromed No
Tire Brand Bridgestone®
Front Tire Width 120
Front Tire Aspect Ratio 70
Front Tire Speed Rating Z
Front Wheel Diameter 17
Rear Tire Width 180
Rear Tire Aspect Ratio 55
Rear Tire Speed Rating Z
Rear Wheel Diameter 17
Front Tire (Full Spec) 120/70 ZR17M/C 58W
Rear Tire (Full Spec) 180/55 ZR17M/C 73W
Brake Brand Name Tokico®
Front Brake Type Dual Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Diameter (in/mm) 12.2 / 310
Front Caliper Pistons 4
Rear Brake Type Hydraulic Disc
Rear Caliper Pistons 1
Front Suspension Type Inverted Fork
Front Suspension Size (in/mm) 1.6 / 41
Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load Yes
Front Adjustable Rebound Damping Yes
Front Central Suspension Strut No
Front Suspension Brand Name Showa®
Steering Damper Yes
Rear Suspension Type Twin Sided Swing Arm
Rear Suspension Size (in/mm) 1.8 / 46
Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load Yes
Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping Yes
Number Rear Shock Absorbers 1
Rear Suspension Brand Name Showa®
Rear Suspension Material Aluminum
Steering Control Handlebar
Technical Specifications:
Length (ft) 6.69
Width (in/mm) 28.1 / 715
Height (in/mm) 44.3 / 1125
Wheelbase (in/mm) 55.1 / 1400
Ground Clearance (in/mm) 5.1 / 130
Length (ft/ft) 6
Length (ft/in) 8
Dry Weight (lbs/kg) 432 / 196
Fuel Capacity (gal/l) 4.5 / 17
Engine Displacement to Weight (cc) 1.39

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This is it boys!!!This is Lada Niva!!

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This car "has it" just look how much spirit in it !

Lada Niva & Porsche!People just look at this!

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago

Lamborghini has released the first pictures and details of the facelifted Murcielago. It is called "LP640", which implied its 640 horsepower output. (Remark: note that this breaks the tradition of Lamborghini, in which the number following LP indicated engine capacity) The upgraded big Lambo has a heavily redesigned V12 displacing 6.5 liters (up from 6.2). New crankshaft, cylinder heads, camshafts, intake and exhaust means the engine is almost new. Horsepower increases from 580hp to 640hp at 8000 rpm, while max torque inches up from 479 to 487 lbft at 6000 rpm. With the new V12, LP640 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, or a reduction of 0.4 second. This is partly contributed by the addition of Ferrari-style electronic launch control.


LP640 means Longitudinale Posteriore 640 hp, and it refers to the position and power of the V12 engine, that gains 60 hp on the previous Murcielago (from 580 to 640 hp at 8,000 rpm, while the torque grows from 479 lbs-ft to 469 lbs-ft at 6,000 rpm).

The technician in Sant’Agata Bolognese made new cylinder heads, a new crankshaft, new camshafts, a new exhaust sytem, with a single, gigantic and menacing central exhaust tube.

Top speed is now even higher than the 210h of the old Murcielago, while it accerates from 0-60 mph in 3.3 second (down from 3.8 seconds).

The body is almost entirely built in carbon fiber (except for steel door panels).

What can one say of the renewed styling ? It’s even more "monstruos", even more menacing. The message seen from the front is "move over", from the rear it’s "eat my exhaust".

Official prices haven’t been announced yet, but you can expect to pay some 23-3000$ over the original Lamborghini Murcielago’s pricetag.

Unmistakable Lamborghini Design

In their reinterpretation of the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, the designers at the Lamborghini Style Centre have remained true to the traditional Lamborghini principles of purism, sport and function. The Murcielago LP640 now appears even more aggressive, with the new front and rear bumpers contributing significantly to its appearance. The exhaust system terminal has been incorporated in the diffuser on the rear bumper. Other innovations include the rear lights, which enhance the distinguishing features of the Murcielago LP640, making it unmistakable even at night.

The design of the sides is also worth mentioning: while the area behind the air intake on the right side is practically closed, the left side features a vast aperture for cooling the oil radiator. Together with the aerodynamically defined front and rear, this proves yet again that the shape of a Lamborghini is dictated by function.

More Powerful Engine

The engine of the new Murcielago LP640 has undergone outstanding and radical modification. The increased bore and longer stroke have boosted the displacement of the classic 60° V-engine from 6.2 liters to 6.5 liters. Thus the already extraordinary 580 bhp engine power has now been elevated to an impressive peak of 640 bhp at 8,000 rpm. The 12-cylinder engine reaches a maximum torque of 487 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.

The new Murcielago LP640 features a modified sixratio gearbox as well as a tougher rear differential and new axle shafts. On request, the e-gear automatic gearbox is also available equipped with the new dedicated “Thrust” (acceleration programme) mode.

This “evolutionary leap forward” has been possible thanks to a coherent review of every engine component: the cylinder head and the entire intake system (based on the tried and tested Lamborghini variable geometry system), have been completely reworked. The crankshaft, camshafts and exhaust system have also undergone innovation.

The increase in power naturally determines an increase in performance. The maximum speed is now 340 km/h (before 330 km/h). The excellent performance of the Murciélago LP640 means it can now accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds (0.4 seconds faster than the previous model).

Lamborghini engineers have also concentrated on improving torque development. The “drivability” of the engine is enhanced by a continuous variable timing system (intake and exhaust side) and a drive-by-wire engine management system.

To meet the thermal requirements of the engine, the engineers have foreseen a considerably larger oil radiator and subsequently, the air intake on the left side of the vehicle has been enlarged. The liquid cooling system, characterised by the Lamborghini VACS system (variable geometry air inlet system) remains the same. Electronically managed air intakes open depending on the outdoor temperature and the need for cooling air, ensuring maximum aerodynamic efficiency.


Gearbox and transmission: improved efficiency and strength

More power and higher torque call for superior gearbox component performance. To meet these new demands, the new Murciélago LP640 features a modified six-ratio gearbox as well as a tougher rear differential and new axle shafts. On request, the e-gear automatic gearbox is also available equipped with the new dedicated “Thrust” (acceleration programme) mode.

Just like its predecessors, the Murciélago LP640 features permanent four-wheel drive, based on the reliable Lamborghini VT (Viscous Traction) system. The system is self-governing and does not feature any electronic controls. The drive force is usually divided between the front and rear axles in the ratio of 30 to 70. An independent control circuit adjusts the distribution of the drive force depending on dynamic oscillation, weight distribution and the relative friction factor in perfect synchronisation with the Visco clutch. In extreme cases, up to 100% of the drive force can be applied to a single axle.

Electronics: a "closed loop" for total control

The electronics have also been updated. The modified engine control units improve engine performance and “driveability” thanks to “closed loop” control.

Every engine and vehicle parameter is managed and controlled by three “master” control units and a “satellite” control unit. The master control units consist of two Lamborghini "LIE" engine control units, a Lamborghini “GFA” (Auxiliary Function Management) control unit and a Lamborghini “PMC” (Power Motor Control) satellite control unit. The control units are interconnected by a CAN Bus line.

Frame and Chassis: Perfect Harmony

The body of the Murcielago LP640 with its characteristic scissor doors is created from the prized union of sheet steel and honeycombed carbon fiber, glued and riveted together.

Driving, handling and stability at high speed are enhanced by new springs and stabilizers, as well as by a redesigned electronically controlled damper. The "antidive" and "anti-squat" features on the axles, which efficiently prevent so-called "brake diving" and "squatting", have not been changed. The two springs on every rear wheel, the single spring on every front wheel and the damper are placed coaxially.

Optional Ceramic Carbon Brakes

The dual hydraulic circuit brake system equipped with a vacuum brake booster ensures considerable deceleration values. The self-ventilating front and rear brake disks measure 380 mm x 34 mm and 355 mm x 32 mm respectively. The control circuit of the four-channel anti-blocking system (ABS) with electronic brake control (DRP) and traction control (TCS) features a new characteristic curve. The system consists in an electro-hydraulic control unit and four speed sensors.

When particularly high braking performance is required, it is possible to equip the vehicle with 380 mm x 36 mm ceramic carbon brakes featuring six-piston brake calipers.

The new Murciélago LP640 also meets with even the most rigorous safety requirements. Thanks to the two front airbags (a 60-litre single stage air bag on the driver side and a 130-litre two stage airbag on the passenger side), the Murciélago LP640 complies with every international law in effect in terms of head-on and side crashes, impacts against posts, occupant safety, fuel supply integrity and flammability of materials. The luggage compartment also complies with childproof safety regulations.

Even More Exclusive Interior

The seats in the cockpit have undergone the most radical changes; more spacious and equipped with redesigned head restraints, the seats now ensure better comfort. The leather upholstery features lozenge-shaped stitching called "Q-citura". The same design is recaptured on the upholstery on the door panels, the panel between the seats and the engine compartment, and on the roof panel.

A new instrument panel has been developed with lights featuring a new graphic design, flanked by a new Kenwood car radio with a 6.5” widescreen monitor and DVD, MP3 and WMA player. An optional navigation system is also available (standard in Japan).

Like its predecessors, the new Murciélago LP640 can be customised thanks to the special fittings and upholstery packages. For the first time, the renowned characteristic Murciélago Roadster asymmetric and driver-oriented fittings and upholstery are available for the Coupé, featuring a perforated leather driver’s seat and door panel.

Thanks to the "Privilegio" customisation program, any Murciélago LP640 can be transformed into a customised sports car. For example, the cockpit can be enhanced with an extremely refined carbon finish applied to the air conditioning control panel, the control lever console and the parking brake.

Bugatti Veyron - "World’s Fastest Sports Car"

Auto Motor und Sport recently took on an exercise to determine which car among a variety of exotic sports models was the fastest of them all. On the track were Aston Martin Vanquish S, Bugatti Veyron, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper SRT-10, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Ford GT, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Mercedes SLR McLaren, and Porsche 911 Turbo.

The Bugatti Veyron came out on top with an almost unbelievable 249.7 mph. Second fastest was the Lamborghini at 211.2 mph and third came the Ferrari, recording 208.1 mph.

The Veyron’s zero to 60 mph time was under three seconds, which was just as amazing as the car’s top speed.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 2LT

The Chevrolet Equinox is the car that ushered in the era of the utilitarian Crossover at General Motors, so it is only appropriate that the new model come equipped with certain features that make for a very functional automobile with standard features like a 6 speed automatic transmission, direct injected gasoline engines, XM satellite radio, an iPod input jack, power everything and OnStar roadside assistance. However there is more to the crossover segment than reliability, these are the cars that will take families down the street to soccer practice and across the country to Disney World, so they need to be comfortable, attractive and engaging; especially for the back seat passengers.

Our well equipped 2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 2LT also came with some of the more desirable features being offered by GM, like the back up camera with park assist, power tailgate, Vehicle Interface Package that includes Bluetooth, the Chrome Exterior Appearance Package to dress up the outside, the Cargo Management Package that makes storage a snap in the back of the truck and the Rear Seat Entertainment System that includes some of the best designed backrest monitors on any new car today. However our personal favorite was the 18 inch machined aluminum wheels, Chevrolet offers rims as big as 19 inches in diameter, but we didn’t want to be too flashy. Of course, because we are Top Speed, Chevy made sure we tested the 3.0 Liter direct injected V6 that makes 264 HP and 222 lb-ft of torque version that is still able to get 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.

First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Initial thoughts: Jaguar XF-R

initial thoughts jaguar xf-r

Jay Leno isn’t the only one lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the 510 HP Jaguar XF-R, thanks to our local Jaguar fleet service Top Speed has just received a brand new Indigo Blue version of the now Indian automaker’s high performance four door. The crown jewel of the XF-R is the new 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 that makes over 500 ground pounding horses and takes the XF from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 4.7 seconds and can complete the standing quarter mile in just over 13.0 seconds.

The XF-R sets itself apart from lesser XF models thanks to Jaguar’s aero performance design that includes a new lower hanging front bumper with a larger mesh grille and functional cutouts in the hood to allow a little hot air to vent. The sides of the car sit lower to the ground thanks to a set of restyled side skirts and out back the XF-R receives a subtle trunk mounted spoiler to go along with the distinctive R badge. One of the nicest touches included by the Jaguar design team are the 20 inch Nevis alloy wheels that clearly spell out that this XF is something special.

On the inside our XF-R is a step up from the standard model. There is the same familiar wood grain, but this time the seats are much more bolstered and are covered in a combination of London Tan and Charcoal leather that makes a set of seats that are as nice to look at as they are to sit in. Jaguar has kept the familiar dial style gear selector, but we have a hard time imagining it in any other setting aside from Sport. If you have ever been inside of an XF you know just how plush and luxurious the cabin can be, the XF-R takes it a step further and adds in a little taste of sport.

In true English fashion, all the extra performance of the XF-R comes in an understated package. The XFR distinguishes itself with larger air intakes, a couple small hood louvers, and a few new chrome bits. This restrained look may do well for the classic English automobile; at a price of only $80,000 this Jaguar XF-R makes strong competition for four door super cars like the

2010 Mercedes S-Class spy shot

There’s an updated S-Class on the way for 2010, but as you can see from this spy shot, the cosmetic change is expected to be minimal. New bumpers, new LED side lamps, and facia design inspired by the Ocean Drive Concept.

Although the engines won’t change aside from the addition of a hybrid model, there could possibly be more under the skin. We haven’t heard any firm rumors yet, but the S-Class is Mercedes’ test bed for new technology. So hopefully this one will have an few fun new toys.

Expect the 2010 S-Class to be in showrooms in time to be rich people’s presents next Christmas.

Audi RS4 (B7 Second Generation)

Audi RS4 (B7 Second Generation)

In 2007 the Audi RS4 won the “World Performance Car” award. Among its competitors, we had Porsches, Ferraris and Jaguars. Do we need to add anything else?

Design: Based on the A4 B chassis, the RS4 is practically a racing car masked under an executive station wagon frame. Simple yet beautiful.

Performance: Powered by a 4.2-litre engine, with 8 cylinders in V formation, it produces an output of 414 horse power. It accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4,2 seconds, and it also comes with Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control to provide an even better driving experience.

Chick Factor: High. Some women just don’t like the aggressive look of sporsts car. That is where the RS4 comes handy: elegant style and stunning performance.

Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

Karl Abarth was born in Viena on the 15th of November 1908 and moved to Italy in 1931 where he became an auto designer and five-time European motorcycling champion.

He also established Abarth & C. in 1949 where he manufactured racing cars and performance exhaust systems, some of them being present on the market to this day, the best way to distinguish an Abarth product being the scorpion logo.

Given the tight connection between Abarth and Fiat, who bought Abarth & C. in 1971, and also the successful collaboration between Fiat and Yamaha, the celebration of 100 years from the birth of the great designer is made through a special edition FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse.

Yamaha Italy has presented the FZ1 within a special exhibit dedicated to Karl Abarth and the bike stands out due to the Ohlins suspensions package, Marchesini rims and sleek tires, Brembo brakes, Akrapovic titan exhaust system as well as the multitude of Rizoma pieces. Also, the Red and White color scheme and Abarth style graphics enhance the performance look of this naked, leaving us wondering if it is ever going to be produced in a limited edition as the bike in the pictures is only a prototype.

Hatge presents new aerodynamic kit for the 2008 Bmw M3 Coupe and Cabrio

Hartge unveiled its latest creation, the new aerodynamic kit for the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe and Cabrio.

The new kit includes a new front lip spoiler, new raer air diffuser, a trunk lip spoiler, a new set of carbon-fiber mirror covers, and a brand new set of side sills. Out of all the parts available, the most important is definitely the sport exhaust system, which will unleash the M3’s engine note on the massive 420 hp V8.

2009 Mazda 6

What's New For 2009? The 2009 Mazda 6 is all-new, with a larger interior, huge trunk and sharp styling that makes it stand out from the crowd. It also boasts the most powerful V-6 engine in its class, a classy and elegant interior design with high-quality materials, and even a manual transmission on the four-cylinder "i" model. After a generation of midsize sedans that were too small for most drivers, Mazda finally gets the size and performance equation right with the 2009 Mazda 6.

Should I Buy This Car? Yes. The Mazda 6 is a credible alternative to the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but it does have a slightly harsher ride, the only penalty to superior handling.

Why was the old Mazda 6 so small? The previous generation Mazda 6 was a good car, but built off an international platform. While the economics of doing this are simple – one car for many markets – it resulted in a competitor to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry that was significantly smaller than both. It also had a few refinement issues that turned off buyers.

What else should I consider? If you're looking at the 2009 Mazda 6, chances are you're looking for a slightly sportier ride. Check out the Nissan Altima, which has a bit more character to its driving. Another alternative is the Honda Accord. Although it's softened a bit, the Honda Accord is still rewarding to drive.

2009 Mazda 6 Action

Quick Look: 2009 Mazda 6

The all-new 2009 Mazda 6 addresses all the problems associated with the car it replaces, but manages to maintain the character and fun of the older car. With a stylish new exterior, a classy and upscale interior, and features uncommon at this price level, the 2009 Mazda 6 promises to bring new buyers into Mazda showrooms, without alienating the old ones.

The 2009 Mazda 6 comes in two different models, both available in three different trim levels. The Mazda 6 i is available in Sport, Touring or Grand Touring trims for $20,920, $22,375 and $25,480, respectively, including a $670 destination charge. A stripped-down SV version is available with manual transmission only for $19,220. The 2009 Mazda 6 i is powered by a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine connected either to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The 2009 Mazda 6 s comes with a 3.7-liter 272-hp V-6 and six-speed automatic in the same Sport ($24,800), Touring ($25,745) or Grand Touring ($28,930) trim levels as the i.

The 2009 Mazda 6 Sport models feature power accessories, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, an auxiliary audio port and stability control as standard equipment, regardless of engine choice. Move up to the Touring models and you add 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, pushbutton start, an 8-way power driver's seat and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. The Grand Touring models get -- inhale -- full leather upholstery, xenon headlights and LED rear lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, driver's seat memory, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth hands-free telephone and audio -- exhale. Options are limited to a handful of packages, and even then only to the Touring and Grand Touring models: A Moonroof and Bose package adds a moonroof and upgraded audio system for $1,760, a Convenience package adds leather and cloth seats, blind spot detection and other up-level fittings to the Touring trim for $1,610, and a navigation system is available on Grand Touring models for $2,000.

Overall we're impressed by the 2009 Mazda 6. It offers the satisfying blend of performance, style and comfort of the older car, but in a much roomier and elegant package. Arguably, rear-seat passengers benefit the most thanks to additional leg room. If the 2009 Mazda 6 isn't on shopping lists everywhere, it should be.

Ford Flex at SEMA

Ford announced that a dozen aftermarket designers will display their "tricked-out" interpretations of the new Flex at the SEMA Show. Despite this number, each and every Flex on display at the SEMA show is unique and different.

Every model presented at the SEMA Show is going for a meaner look with redesigned the front and rear fascias.

The already daring design of the all-new 2009 Ford Flex lends itself to a wide range of opportunities for customers who want to add personality to their vehicle.

More than a dozen aftermarket designers will display their unique, “tricked-out” interpretations of Ford’s newest crossover at next week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

“Flex is a vehicle that speaks to people with its polarizing style,” said Kate Pearce, Flex marketing manager. “That really is the magic of the car and what makes this vehicle so important for Ford Motor Company.”

According to Pearce, Flex’s customization appeal starts at the factory.

“When you’re ordering the car, there are a variety of personalization options available, with the colors, series and features you choose,” she said. “For example, you can order a monotone versus a two-tone vehicle, and you can pick what color roof you want.”

At the dealership level, the range of possibilities broadens even further with Ford Custom Accessories, which run the gamut from rear spoilers and exterior vinyl graphics to interior trim kits and Katzkin® leather seat covers.
“When people see this car, they’re absolutely surprised that it’s a Ford,” said Pearce. “The fact that we’re able to put new designs out in the marketplace that are different from anything we’ve ever created before is exciting for us and for our customers.”

Pearce says that there was a lot of interest and curiosity surrounding the Flex early on – especially from aftermarket designers who wanted to customize the vehicle.

“Before the vehicle was even launched, customization shops were playing with the images online to show what they could do with the car,” she said. “That was confirmation of what we already knew, which was that this vehicle would have mass appeal in the customization world.”

Adam Genei, owner of Mobsteel in Brighton, Mich., says the Flex grabbed his attention.

“Flex has a lot of character, and it has a kind of retro-coolness to it,” he said. “There are 100 different versions of it I’d like to make.”

For the SEMA show, Genei says his goal was to create a more “aggressive-looking” Flex.
“We’re known for the dark, menacing-looking ride,” he said. “Essentially, we redesigned the front and rear fascias of the vehicle to give it a mean look and turn it into a pit bull.”

The Mobsteel Flex is “dark.” It’s all blacked out with a matte black roof, grille and 24-inch wheels. The interior is also completely black, from the headliner to the pillars to the seats. The vehicle also features a rear center-exiting exhaust and rear doors that open from the center out to the side.

“We tried to make a real statement with this car,” said Genei. “We made it as raw and mean-looking as possible without getting flashy.”

Ernie Bunnell, owner of 3dCarbon, had something totally different in mind for his show car. His Flex reflects more European styling.
“We designed a 10-piece body kit that makes the vehicle look sleek,” he said. “To complete the look, we added 24-inch rims, a carbon fiber roof and a Katzkin® leather interior.”

Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt says each and every Flex on display at the SEMA show is unique and different.

“The vehicle is like a blank canvas. You can customize it any way you want,” he said. “That’s the beauty of Flex.”

The Flex project vehicles featured at this year’s SEMA show include:

2009 Ford Flex by 3dCarbon

Flex is a uniquely American vehicle with a global appeal. In this spirit, the 2009 “Euro Series” Ford Flex by 3dCarbon is the embodiment of European aerodynamics fused with American hot rod styling.

The bold, dynamic styling transforms Ford Flex into a true hot rod-inspired European touring vehicle, which exudes confidence and street presence. The 3dCarbon “Euro Series” Flex starts with 3dCarbon’s 10-piece body kit that includes front air dam, 4-piece side skirts, rear lower skirt and upper roof spoiler. Add a host of mods like custom paint from House of Kolor, 24-inch rims, super-low-profile tires and unique graphics and you have a vehicle that will turn heads day or night. On the inside, the driver and passengers are caressed by a custom Katzkin leather interior and surrounded by bangin’ Sony audio.

2009 Ford Flex by Catalyst Industrial Marking

Ford Flex Limited is built to deliver freedom, surprises and delights. It is everything life ought to be. Combining head-turning style with seven-passenger capability, Flex is everything but ordinary.

Enter Catalyst Industrial Marking and their history of pushing personalization to the edge with Raceskinz™ Premium Composite Graphics & Accessories. Their take on Ford Flex Limited features Timeless Brushed Metal components that include: exterior lid (roof), mirror covers, rear door fascia, plus interior door and dash trim. The Flex by Catalyst also introduces LIIV™ (live), the first wireless internet entertainment system for your automobile that enables passengers to enjoy web surfing, online games, e-mail, downloaded movies, music and more.

2009 Ford Flex by Kal Koncepts/Air Syndicate Inc.

With its unique profile, Flex owns the night. Wherever you go in Flex, everyone will see you coming. Now, everyone will hear you coming as well with this 2009 Ford Flex that embodies the Urban/Hip-Hop genre in a
trend-setting vehicle.

An in-your-face kustom paint job is the primary element of the vehicle theme. From MC, to DJ, to B-boxing, to Grafitti, the heroes and art forms of this on-the-edge lifestyle are depicted in the mural work. The 22-inch Dub spinners top off the radical look to give this Flex a very unique and individual attitude. The theme is continued through the interior with the massive Sony Xplod sound system and the traditional DJ station set up in the back. The two turn tables, and mixer have been set up in “battle” style by renowned DJ Alex G of “Violator All Star DJ’s.” This is a true Urban Flex, with solid roots in the Hip Hop Genre.

2009 Ford Flex by Mobsteel

Flex and Mobsteel are both committed to being anything but ordinary. It’s not surprising that the 2009 Ford Flex by Mobsteel is an extraordinary vehicle.

The trademark black-on-black Mobsteel paint job, custom fascias, along with a host of trim touches and details give this 2009 Flex a tough menacing look whether it’s coming or going. That’s just the beginning, however, because this Flex has the goods inside and out. This bad boy rides on massive 24-inch Mobsteel forged two-piece wheels and super-low-profile Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. A completely customized chassis with Air Runner front struts, Low Rider Depot air management and Mobsteel adjustable rear air ride provide attitude to the max. And, a Magnaflow Performance cat back exhaust makes this Flex sound as tough as it looks.

2009 Ford Flex by Galpin Auto Sports

The 2009 Ford Flex is a segment busting vehicle that combines urban attitude with everyday utility. This customized Ford Flex from Galpin Auto Sports takes that blend to the limit and offers the essence of ‘Urban-Metro’ design.

Created to present a daring but subtle street look, the color scheme features bold Butterscotch Orange from BASF topped with a White Pearl roof design. This look is set off by a subtle custom front fascia and monochromatic grille treatment. On the inside, passengers can relax in white leather Katzkin seats with butterscotch accents while they groove to a poppin’ audio system that features JL components housed in a custom enclosure by Galpin Auto Sports. With its blend of attitude and function this unique Flex is a head-turner and a daily driver all-in-one.

2009 Ford Flex, an Art Car by Lee Quinones for Automobile Magazine

Ford Flex has staked a claim on the streets as a true American original. So has Lee Quinones. He emerged from the New York City subway art movement in the 1970s to international prominence in the arts and in popular culture. Appearing and starring in important films like Wild Style, his work is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the Groningen Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.

Automobile Magazine, America’s leading automotive lifestyle publication, has collaborated with Quinones to create a modern Art Car. “Only in New York” is Quinones’s vision of the Ford Flex as an urban social gallery, a reflection of both modern day New York and folkloric aspects of Big Apple culture. His concept of the Ford Flex embodies the determination and power that propels New York pride and epitomizes the frenzied fast-paced lifestyle, where everything and anything can happen in the hint of a blink of an eye.

2009 Ford Flex by CGS Motorsports

CGS Performance Exhaust has added a sense of artistic design and hot rod performance to the 2009 Ford Flex, giving it a styled “Reflex.” The vehicle captures the eye of the automotive enthusiast as well as a sense of awe from the average person. The styling changes are subtle, looking as if they could be factory design. Yet you know without a doubt something is a little “cooler,” although, you’re just not sure what. The “Reflex” has 22-inch one-off custom billet wheels, custom body kit accentuating the Flex’s styling, two-toned custom paint design, re-wrapped custom leather interior, and added exhaust and air-intake modifications. As this vehicle passes by, people will definitely have their “Reflex” checked.

2009 Ford Flex by Rick Bottom Designs

The 2009 Ford Flex has a one-of-a-kind look that generates electricity everywhere it travels. With this upscale custom edition Flex, Rick Bottom Designs has turned up the voltage.

This Rick Bottom Ford Flex features a custom Tu-tone pearl paint scheme and a stylin’ eleven piece body kit. Sparkling chrome moldings and grilles give it a jewel like appearance. A 22-inch wheel and tire package add a sporty attitude and improved handling. Inside a serious sound system and second-row refrigerator will make any excursion seem shorter. This is the perfect vehicle for making your trip to the Hamptons in style and luxury.

2009 Ford Flex by Hot Rod Magazine

Ford Flex comes standard with an attitude all its own. The 2009 Ford Flex by Hot Rod Magazine pushes that attitude to the limit.

This eye-catching, high-performing take on Flex features bold, contemporary style. With its unique red “suede” finish, metal flake roof, legendary Hot Rod door graphics and distinctive Moon discs, this is one Ford Flex that has the kind of character it takes to stop traffic, whether it’s cruising to the Hot Rod Shop in Los Angeles or supporting a Hot Rod Test Car on the salt at Bonneville.

2009 Ford Flex by Heavy Hitters Magazine

The 2009 Ford Flex is a 7-passenger, 24 mpg, head-turning street machine. Heavy Hitters built on the attention-getting style of Flex to create a vehicle that commands, but never demands respect.

The Heavy Hitters Ford Flex boasts all of the finest interior appointments possible; including state-of-the-art massage chairs and a thermal imaging system. On the outside, modified body lines flaunt sophistication and power. The end result is a clean execution that is true to its original form and function. It earns double-takes and nods of approval from the ruling elite and industry experts while maintaining its street credibility and mass appeal.

2009 Ford Flex by Motor Trend

Flex from Ford is a segment-busting lifestyle vehicle for those who are ready for something way beyond ordinary. With their take on the Ford Flex, Motor Trend has pushed the envelope even further. They turned Flex into a ground-based version of the ultimate high tech sophisticated vehicle, the private jet.

The exterior of the Flex from Motor Trend is both imposing and discreet, with subtle brushed metal finishes complementing the black-on-black paint. Inside, there’s a functional pilot’s cockpit for the chauffeur, and a luxurious private cabin for two, trimmed in the finest leather and equipped with an information and entertainment system, bar, and humidor.

New Mercedes GLK Concepts to debut at SEMA

new mercedes glk concepts to debut at sema

Mercedes lovers should prepare and schedule a visit to the 2008 SEMA show as the German carmaker will reveal no less than 4 new GLK concepts from Brabus, RENNtech, Boulevard Customs and Legendary Motor Cars. The RENNtech Rally Racer concept brings the first hybrid powertrain to enhance acceleration off the line and out of the corners. Brabus Widestar excels in exterior design with the GLK300 BLUETEC which features flowing front and rear wheel arch flares and redesigned front and rear bumpers complemented with exclusive BRABUS wheels and an interior to match. Boulevard Customs is preparing a wide body styling kit with massive 26-inch wheels and tires, redesigned interior and ground-pounding stereo system. The last concept, developed by Legendary Motor Cars, brings an innovative winching system to propel skate and actually "grind" down the vehicle’s specially integrated side rails.

Press release:

Mercedes-Benz will emphasize its "star power" at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show with four 2010GLK-Class showcars customized by leading aftermarket tuning firms. The four Mercedes-Benz GLK SEMA concepts showcase the bold, expressive nature of the GLK luxury SUV prior to its official showroom debut in January 2009.

Design Concepts Include:

- RENNtech Rally Racer - Inspired by the unlimited-class rally cars at the storied Pikes Peak Hillclimb, the GLK concept represents the Mercedes-Benz performance specialist’s first hybrid powertrain to enhance acceleration off the line and out of the corners.

- BRABUS Widestar - Developed by Mercedes-Benz tuning experts Brabus of Bottrop, Germany, this striking wide-track "designer suit" for the GLK300 BLUETEC includes flowing front and rear wheel arch flares and redesigned front and rear bumpers complemented with exclusive BRABUS wheels and an interior to match.

- The Urban Whip - Florida-based Boulevard Customs is sure to turn heads with a wide body styling kit, massive 26-inch wheels and tires, redesigned interior and ground-pounding stereo system.

- The Four Corners Rock Crawler - Exotic and muscle car restoration specialist Legendary Motor Cars design includes an innovative winching system to propel skate and wakeboarders up to speed and actually "grind" down the vehicle’s specially integrated side rails.

The new 2010 GLK350 combines bold, aggressive design with versatile SUV capability engineered in a slightly smaller package. Powered by a 3.5-liter 268-horsepower V6 and featuring standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the GLK350 will make its showroom debut in January 2009.

The four GLK-Class vehicles will be displayed at this year’s SEMA show, taking place November 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. During the exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design via online and mobile voting.Following the SEMA show, the four vehicles will be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show (November 21-30) providing showgoers with another opportunity to cast their vote. Beginning in early October, all four vehicles will be featured in videos on Mercedes-Benz USA website, The votes from the show attendees and will be tallied and the winner will be announced on December 2, 2008.

Opel version of Volt coming in 2011

opel version of volt coming in 2011

Opel announced the company will launch a European version of the Volt plug-in electric car in 2011. The Chevrolet variant will appear three to six months later in European markets.

"Opel will have a version of the Volt that will look more like an Opel. It will be a close sister to the Chevrolet Volt," said a GM source.

GM wants Opel/Vauxhall to be seen as a technologically advanced brand in Europe and for this reason the brand will launch the E-Flex electric vehicle architecture seen in the Volt ahead of Chevrolet.

"We are trying to position Opel toward the upper side of the high-volume segments and having the Volt technology will give Opel a competitive edge," the source told Automotive News Europe.

GM aims to launch production versions of the Volt in the US in late 2010. The proposed European variant, the Flextreme, was shown at the 2007 IAA in Frankfurt.

The first models to reach Europe will be supplied from the Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit, but GM also plans to make the car here.

Volkswagen’s plans by 2011

What will the future bring for Volkswagen? Nothing we didn’t knew already, but CarScoop brings us more exact dates.

First we will see the future generation Golf (Rabbit in the States) that will be available in most European markets by early 2009. Next will come the next generation Polo -in the summer of 2009. It will compete with Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 207.

At the end if 2009 the company will bring the new Touran 7-seater minivan and the Golf Plus, both of which are based on the Golf.

In early 2010 will come the all-new Passat Sedan and Station Wagon models and later in in the year, Volkswagen will unveil the second generation Touareg SUV that will go on sale in late 2010 or early 2011.

In the first quarter of 2011 will come the all new Beetle.

2008 Dodge Challenger

Soon after the first 2008 Dodge Challenger rolled out of the production line, Speedfactory hurried to get one in order to present their customization program.

The standard vehicle features the 6.1-liter supercharged Hemi V8 which delivers 496 hp but with the first supercharged level from the tuniner, which uses a new centrifugal style supercharger, the engine delivers an astonishing 600 hp! Also 20" staggered forged wheels were added to deliver better stability!

dodge challenger by speedfactory

speedfactory dodge challenger

1971 Dodge Challenger R/T by Modern Muscle

Modern Muscle revealed the 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T, a car that retains its unibody construction, and has been equipped with a chassis upgrades by Modern Muscle. They call a vehicle built this way a "Muscle Car."

The chassis features a Modern Muscle independent front suspension that includes upper and lower control arms and power rack and pinion steering up front. In the rear, it features a four link suspension with coil overs. The result is superlative ride and handling. Big SSBC disc brakes and Modern Muscle signature forged wheels are yet further examples of how this Challenger features 21st century upgrades.

The car is powered by a 6.1 HEMI engine that delivers 597 hp mated by a 5 speed Tremec transmission.

2009 Subaru Exiga

subaru exiga

Subaru today announced the debut of its new Subaru EXIGA in Japan. The EXIGA went on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships today.

Based on the concept of a seven-seater with panoramic visibility for the touring experience, the EXIGA has been developed to provide a safe and pleasant journey for all occupants. Capitalizing on its accumulated know-how from building wagons and crossover SUVs, Subaru has succeeded in creating open and comfortable interior space for all the passengers to easily engage in conversation and share the experience of touring enhanced by dramatic wide-angle views through the windows.

The new model represents Subaru’s latest proposal for a new type of multi-passenger vehicle, built on Subaru’s strengths in vehicle stability, low noise, and quality ride —all realized by Subaru’s Horizontally-Opposed engine layout and the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3).

The Exiga is being offered in four different versions: 2.0i is the basic model with selected standard equipment, priced in a more affordable range, 2.0i-L offers high quality finishes and expanded standard equipment, 2.0i-S is a sporty model with a naturally aspirated engine, featuring dynamic powerful styling and interior designs and 2.0GT is a grand touring car that combines potent powertrain performance with environmental considerations.

Development Concept: a Seven-Seater for Panorama Touring

  • Seven passengers
    • Despite a body size that’s convenient for maneuvering, the EXIGA comfortably accommodates up to seven occupants, ensuring ample space and a pleasant ride for each passenger. Excellent utility and comfort have been added through the adoption of new designs for better visibility, ingress/egress, and cargo space.
  • Panorama
    • A bright, open interior space has been created for passengers in any seat to enjoy the scenery outside. The vehicle’s low noise level allows all passengers to easily converse.
  • Touring
    • In addition to high levels of safety, both active and passive, the EXIGA blends high performance and smooth handling with high-quality riding comfort. The vehicle also offers excellent environmental performance and fuel economy.

FHI offers four EXIGA models:

  • 2.0i is the basic model with selected standard equipment, priced in a more affordable range
  • 2.0i-L offers high quality finishes and expanded standard equipment
  • 2.0i-S is a sporty model with a naturally aspirated engine, featuring dynamic powerful styling and interior designs
  • 2.0GT is a grand touring car that combines potent powertrain performance with environmental considerations

Major Features

1. Packaging

  • The EXIGA has realized ideal proportions that provide the optimal body size for better handling, as well as ample interior space through its carefully calculated measurements of the height, width, length, wheelbase, floor size, and roof design.
  • Front and rear visibility is maximized by the creative design and positioning of pillars and windows.
  • The three rows of seats are laid out at three different heights, like gradually elevated theater seating, placing the first and second rows slightly lower than the third to allow all passengers better outside views.
  • A large panoramic glass roof fully covers area above the second row of seats and enhances the openness of the interior. The glass roof is available as an option on all models except the 2.0i.
  • Large rear door openings with wide plastic door sills are designed to facilitate ingress and egress, and the rear doors also open nearly 90 degrees for easy access to the third-row seating.
  • A double-wishbone rear suspension with reduced projection into the interior makes room for comfortable third-row seats and a wide luggage compartment.
  • The subframe between the rear suspension and the chassis helps to reduce vehicle noise and absorb vibrations from the road.
  • By using the newly designed resin fuel tank and optimizing the body frame structure, the floor has been made flat to provide spacious legroom for passengers in the third row.

2. Design

[Exterior design]

  • The EXIGA exterior design expresses the integration of the utility of a seven-seater and elegant styling.
  • Two distinctively different front grille designs are available. The naturally aspirated models possess style that highlights refinement and simplicity with flowing chrome-plated contours. The design for the turbo model stresses a sporty and muscular impression by adopting a powerful wing-shape embellishment in dark plating on a metal mesh background.
  • Headlamps are designed to provide depth from the front view. With a blue-tinted lens placed in the middle of the lamp, the design accentuates boldness and presence.
  • Each of the four EXIGA model types is equipped with distinctive wheels and individually designed spokes.
  • Eight exterior colors are available.

[Interior design]

  • Decorative insets with a horizontally flowing pattern from the center panel of the dashboard to the door trim add spaciousness and a quality look to the interior. Rich and refined interior design is further accentuated by the center panel, which combines wood and metal finishes, as well as by the indirect blue LED light installed on the overhead console, center tray and some foot areas.
  • Ivory tone that accentuates openness and light, and black tone, which highlights both sportiness and elegance, are available as interior colors.
  • The seats are newly designed to firmly support the occupants and reduce fatigue, even during a long drive, and the seat cushions are made thick to effectively absorb vibration and provide comfort.
  • The meter module on the instrument panel is distinctively designed with the meter background faces illuminated in blue to make the white dials clearly readable. The Sport Luminescent Meter, outlined with chrome-plated meter rings, is available on the 2.0GT, 2.0i-L, and 2.0i-S.

3. Utility

  • By removing the headrests, the front seatbacks can be tilted back flat to provide room for occupants to lie down.
  • The left and right seats of the second row independently slide back and forth in a range of 180 mm. The seatbacks fold down easily with one-hand operation of the walk-in mechanism, allowing easy access to the third row seats.
  • The third-row seats employ reclining mechanisms for more relaxed travel. The seatbacks fold down flat with easy operation to provide expanded cargo space in the back of the vehicle.
  • Hooks for hanging bags, retractable hooks and 12-volt power outlet are provided in the cargo area.
  • Thanks to reduced projection into the interior of the wheel housing and rear suspension, the cargo floor has been made flat. The cargo space offers two tiers. There is a layer under the cargo floor board that offers more space for storing small items. Even tall items like baby strollers can be placed vertically in that space without the need to fold them and lay them on the floor.
  • Courtesy lamps are mounted inside of all doors for better egress/ingress at night.
  • Blue lights illuminate the inside of the instrumental panel recesses, the center console, and the foot of the first and second row seats. They are not only useful at night but serve as elegant and premium quality décor.

4. Powertrain

  • (1) 2.0-liter DOHC Engine (2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.0i-S)
    • The use of a redesigned DOHC cylinder head and the active valve control system (AVCS) promotes excellent environmental performance. Also better fuel economy is realized through adoption of the regular gasoline engine.
    • With the optimization of the diameter and length of the intake manifold, and the adoption of the equal length/constant pulsation independent exhaust system, the engine’s intake and exhaust performance has been elevated.
    • Two catalytic convertors have been placed in tandem. The layout enables the convertors to quickly heat up, which facilitates catalytic activation during engine startup and improves on emission reduction efficiency.
    • By expanding exhaust capacity with the twin mufflers, air flow resistance inside the mufflers is reduced, and excellent engine output characteristics and noise reduction are realized.
    • The electric control sensor system helps reduce engine load and further improve fuel economy by controlling electric generation according to driving conditions.
  • (2) 2.0-liter DOHC Turbo Engine (2.0GT)
    • A lightweight, resin-based intake manifold is used. The inner walls of the manifold are smooth and less resistant to the intake flow, elevating intake efficiency.
    • The turbo charger was exclusively developed for the EXIGA. Optimization of its A/R and compressor, as well as a redesign of its turbine vane, have distinctively improved low-end torque and made powerful and responsive acceleration possible.
    • Also adopted is a secondary air system that forces air into the exhaust port to burn out any gasoline remaining in it. The system helps eliminate harmful substances when the powertrain is still cool, and it promotes early activation of a catalytic converter.
    • Through optimization of the construction of the intercooler, the pressure loss is kept at a minimum to improve cooling efficiency.
    • The electric control sensor system helps reduce engine load and further improve fuel economy.

5. Drivetrain and Chassis

  • Lightweight and compact 4-speed AT with the SPORTSHIFT gear selection is standard on all 2.0 liter naturally aspirated models. By optimizing the final gear ratio, as well as through reducing friction among part assemblies, driving performance has been enhanced and fuel economy improved.
  • 5-speed AT with the SPORTSHIFT gear selection is standard on 2.0 liter turbo models. The down-shift blipping control is added to enhance smooth gear change response when shifting down in manual mode.
  • The SI-Dive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) system on the 2.0GT model offers three different modes of driving for the driver to enjoy: Intelligent; Sport; and Sport Sharp.
  • The Active Torque Split AWD system is mounted on all naturally aspirated engine models. The turbo model comes with Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) system. Both systems distribute optimal torque to the wheels with the firm grip and traction, providing unrivalled vehicle stability.
  • Integrating robust body structure with finely tuned chassis elements, all models feature Subaru DC3, which ensures outstanding handling and vehicle stability as well as superb riding comfort.
  • The vehicle is equipped with a strut-type front suspension, which is made lightweight and resilient. Newly designed cross-members and stabilizers yield excellent steering response.
  • A double-wishbone rear suspension with optimized suspension geometry settings provides exceptional traction and vehicle stability, as well as riding comfort, even at full occupancy.
  • All models employ four-wheel ABS disc brakes with EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) for superb braking performance. The Brake Assist system and a brake booster with unique tie-rod design appropriately maximize braking control.
  • Two types of tires, 205/60R16 and 215/50R17, are available. Both are capable of balancing various vehicle elements, including stability, braking, comfort, and mileage.

6. Body Construction and Safety

  • The EXIGA uses an advanced form of Subaru’s proprietary Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Body Structure. Through streamlined body construction and the extensive use of high-tensile steel, the new model has achieved high body rigidity and light weight.
  • A cowl stay enhancement is used to connect the front side frame and A pillar, and supportive cross-members have been adopted to further improve steering response and increase vehicle stability.
  • The EXIGA, with its advanced frame construction, has realized high levels of safety and crash-worthiness through effectively absorbing and dispersing crash impact in frontal, side-, or rear-impact crashes.
  • By enhancing impact absorption in the front bumper and incorporating structural changes to the hood, the new model addresses safety features for pedestrians and other vehicles in collisions.
  • The front wiper system features a new uniform-pressure, fin-shaped design that creates downforce to prevent blade lift-off during high-speed driving.
  • Dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) air bags are standard on all models. SRS side air bags and curtain air bags that protect the third-row occupants are manufacturer’s options..
  • All pillar trim adopts impact-absorbing structures. To reduce the risk of whiplash injuries in a rear collision, the seatbacks employ new impact-absorbing designs.
  • A collapsible brake pedal is available on all models to reduce the risk of foot injuries in frontal collisions

Major specifications of EXIGA

  • Overall length: 4,740mm, Overall width: 1,775mm, Overall height: 1,660mm, Wheelbase: 2,750mm
  • 2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.0i-S: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve, Horizontally-Opposed, 4-cylinder, gasoline engine
    • Max. output (net): 109kW(148PS)/6,000rpm
    • Max. torque (net): 191N.m(19.5kg.m)/3,200rpm
    • AWD system: Active Torque Split AWD system
    • 215/50R17 Tires with aluminum alloy wheels (2.0i-S)
    • 205/60R16 Tires with aluminum alloy wheels (2.0i-L)
    • 205/60R16 Tires with full wheel caps (2.0i)
  • 2.0GT:
    • 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve, intercooled, turbocharged, Horizontally-Opposed, 4-cylinder, gasoline engine
    • Max. output (net): 165kW(225PS)/5,600rpm
    • Max. torque (net): 326N.m(33.2kg.m)/4,400rpm
  • AWD system: Variable Torque Distribution system
  • 215/50R17 Tires with aluminum alloy wheels

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