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Saturday, December 20, 2008

2009 Tesla Roadster Performance And Wallpaper

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Style : 2-seat, open-top, rear-drive sports car

Drivetrain : Single speed fixed gear with electrically actuated parking lock mechanism and mechanical lubrication pump

Motor : 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor with variable frequency drive. Output 248 peak horsepower (185kW) and 276 ft/lbs (375 nm) of torque. Redline 14,000 rpm.

Chassis : Resin-bonded and riveted extruded aluminum monoquoque. Four-wheel independent suspension featuring upper and lower unequal length wishbones and co-axial coil spring telescopic dampers.

Brakes : Hydraulically operated. Tandem master cylinder with vacuum servo and anti-lock braking system.

Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds

Top Speed : 125 mph (electronically limited)

Range : About 220 miles (based on EPA combined city/highway cycle)

Battery Life: Five years or 100,000 miles

Battery : Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery with 6,831 individual cells.

Weight : 992 lbs.

Full Charge : About 3.5 hours using the Tesla Motors High Power Connector.


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The X6 M prototype has been spotted again, this time wearing even leas disguise. The X6 M features an even more aggressive design, with quad exhaust pipes, larger air intakes.

The X6 M is powered by a tuned version of the 4,4 liter V8 engine producing more than 500 hp. There are also rumors about a V10 version producing 507 hp (same from the M5).

Friday, December 19, 2008

Top ten new cars of 2008

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BMW 1-Series

We’re already starting off with a disputed car. BMW made is reputation with small cars that could kick ass. Anyone who owned a 2002 regrets the day he/she sold it. The 1-Series is the closest thing we will get to in North America to that same spirit (even if BMW no longer sell four-cylinder cars here.) It’s got razor sharp handling and is available with 300 horsepower.

Yes, the styling is a little awkward and the 3-Series overlaps in pricing, but this is exactly what a BMW should be. The 1-Series is the unassuming sport car.

Cadillac CTS/CTS-V

The CTS is a contender because the level of quality was raised this year, but it made the list because of the CTS-V. Corvette power, Cadillac luxury…’nuff said.

Chevrolet Corvette

The ZR-1 has 638 hp and costs about $105,000. That’s about $164.50 per horse. No other supercar offers that.

Oh yeah, this is complete car with good handling, too.

Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is the kind of car that alters personalities. Even an accountant feels like a badass driving one.

This is a big car, and it drives like a big car. The suspension is a little soft, the turning radius could be measured in yards, and compact parking spaces don’t apply here. But that doesn’t matter because even when you’re out on a milk run, you feel cool.

Jaguar XF

If the Challenger makes you feel cooler, the Jaguar XF makes you feel like a better person. Just by sitting behind the wheel and looking at the real wood, rising shifter knob, and emerging air vents, something changes. You’re social status feels elevated further than any other $50,000 luxury sedan can do.

Lotus Elise SC

Okay, the Elise isn’t all that new, but Lotus did add a supercharger to to SC to haul around or butts even quicker. 217 hp in a car that weighs less than 2000 lbs. is something we love

Mitsubishi Lance Evolution X

Nissan GT-R

Godzilla is back, and no other car we’ve ever experiences has been so thoroughly though out. It took almost seven years to go from clean sheet to 480 hp (disputed) 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, all-wheel drive supercoupe. Just to be in the car’s presence (not even the drive) and seeing all the little details in person makes you appreciate the car. We’re still trying to figure out how many organs we need to sell to get one permanently.

Saturn Astra

This will likely be the most disputed car on the list, but drive one before you pass judgment, damnit.

Saturns are now just Opels with odd badges, and Opels are cool again. This starts at $16,500 before discounts. As far a cheap transportation with some personality, this one really has something to offer

Subaru Impreza WRX

Here’s the everyday driver for the person who doesn’t want to grow up. Take it to the office in the morning, and take the long way home. Although the redesign took place in 2007, the engine got 41 more horses in 2008.

We couldn’t get enough of the Subaru WRX in our test fleet. All-wheel drive, razor-sharp steering, 265 hp, $25,000: NO BETTER VALUE FOR THE MONEY.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Marussia sports car - Russia’s first sports car

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Nikolai Fomenko, is a Russian celebrity. He’s a movie star, game show host, former pop star, and a winning FIA-GT race car driver. In America, that makes him a little like a combination of Mark Wahlberg (without all the Marky Mark jokes) and Jeff Gordon with a little Pat Sajak thrown into the mix.

But it seems that Fomenko still has enough time on his hands to develop his own sports car. It’s called the Marussia, and the car has more ambition than most start-up car companies.

The Marussia was developed as a hybrid with a Renault-sourced 3.5-liter V6 making 240 hp and an electrical engine (with no other details provided). There are also plans to wireless networking capabilities, Bluetooth, GPS and multiple video screens

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Sneak Peek

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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is the first premium compact SUV from this German manufacturer. This 4-door wagon shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class premium compact car. A single GLK350 trim level is available with rear-wheel drive or the company's 4Matic all-wheel drive.

The lone engine is a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 that is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags.

GLKs wear standard 19-inch wheels and tires, and 20-inch versions are included as part of the optional appearance package. Available features include a navigation system that comes with a hard drive for storing digital music files, bi-xenon headlamps, and a panoramic sunroof.

This evaluation is based on preview test drives.

2010 Lexus RX Sneak Peek

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The 2010 Lexus RX is redesigned, gaining freshened styling, new features, and an updated gas/electric hybrid model. This premium midsize crossover SUV seats five and comes in RX 350 and new-for-2010 hybrid RX 450h versions.

Both are available with front- or all-wheel drive. The 2010 model is about an inch longer in wheelbase and overall length compared with the 2009 RX. RX 350 has a 275-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This represents a gain of 5 hp over the 2009 RX 350. The RX 450h pairs a 3.5-liter gas V6 with an electric motor for 295 hp total, an increase of 27 hp over the 2009 RX 400h.

Like other Toyota and Lexus hybrids, the RX 450h can run on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. It requires no plug-in charging and uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Maximum towing capacity is 3500 lb.

Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, front side airbags, and front knee airbags. Also offered is Lexus' Pre-Collision System, which is designed to tighten the seatbelts and ready full braking power when sensors detect an imminent collision.

Among the available features on the 2010 Lexus RX are a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather alerts; hard drive for storing digital music files; dual-screen DVD entertainment; adaptive cruise control; and a sport suspension. We have not yet tested the 2010 Lexus RX.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Citroen C4 WRC

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By Simona Alina

Citroen unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the C4 WRC HYmotion4 concept car, the first WRC car to be equipped with a hybrid energy recovery system which delivers added performance and lower emissions.

These real performance gains have been achieved thanks to the innovative technological solutions which have been developed to transform the C4 WRC into the C4WRC HYmotion4.

The Citroen C4 WRC HYmotion4 is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 320bhp at 5,500rpm and 58mkg of torque at 2,750rpm.

2009 Ford Fiesta

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- David Twomey

The current Ford Fiesta is a good car, but the company and particularly its dealers have struggled with shedding the ‘Falcon Car Company’ image and making real inroads into sales in the light and small car segments.
With monthly sales of just under 500 units the Fiesta has not kicked the goals for Ford that it should have, but with a rejuvenated marketing team, led by recently appointed Vice-President of Sales and Market, Beth Donovan, a small car expert from the US, the company is now aiming to double that figure.

Not without reason either as in-house rival Mazda is currently selling about 900 Mazda2s a month, the Fiesta is built on the same platform, while Toyota has been pushing up to 2400 Yaris’ a month out the door.

Ford says the dramatic, eye-catching design of the new model is an extension of its acclaimed kinetic design language. Clean, sharp angular lines instantly differentiate the new model from its competitors, while a space age-like interior introduces an easy-to-master suite of operational controls.

To go with the fresh new look there is very competitive recommended retail pricing, starting at $15,750 for the CL model, $18,490 for the LX and $20,250 for the Zetec.

A 1.6-litre engine with manual transmission is standard across the range, while an automatic transmission, matched to a 1.4-litre engine, is available as an option on all models except the three-door Zetec.

The auto ‘box equipped cars weren’t available for the media to drive at the launch, due to supply delays, and in fact Ford says the 1.4-litre automatic won’t be in dealers until February next year.

The 1.6-litre engine with manual transmission delivers 88kW of power at 6000rpm and 152Nm of torque at 4050rpm. Fuel consumption is a frugal 6.1L/100km and carbon emissions are contained to 143g/km.

The slightly smaller 1.4-litre engine mated to the automatic transmission generates 71kW of power at 5750rpm and 128Nm of torque at 4200rpm. Fuel consumption is 6.9L/100km, carbon emissions are 164g/km, and all Fiestas are Ethanol-10 compatible.