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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2011 Vauxhall VXR8

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If a car was able to have chest hair sticking out of their front bumper to illustrate the testosterone hidden in the panels, then this Vauxhall VXR8 would definitely be needing a trimmer. Coming into the 2011 model year, the VXR8 will be one hot little performance sedan with some styling modifications and some new technology. But we can’t get too excited because this Vauxhall is obviously only available in the UK. Stupid Atlantic Ocean.

The 2011 VXR8 is powered by the fourth generation 6.2-liter LS3 unit that delivers an impressive 431 HP and 550Nm of torque. This is just enough to sprint the VXR8 from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and to hit a top speed limited to 155mph.

Anyone would be just about insane not to want a piece of this action so some must-have information is where one can find the 2011 Vauxhall VXR8. It will be available through just six specialist VXR dealers in the UK, though a total of 34 VXR outlets will be authorized to maintain the model.

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2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 620 YarroW by Wheelsandmore

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Audis, Ferraris, and Mercedes, Oh my! German tuner, Wheelsandmore, have already dazzled us with a plethora of tuning package for the brands mentioned, but we would be crazy to think that a Lamborghini would fly under their radar. Enter their YarroW package. The YarroW is a tuning project based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 that includes both engine and exterior updates.

The engine upgrade package includes a special stainless steel, valve controlled exhaust system, combined with an ECU upgrade and a special carbon airbox. This combination allows for a 60hp boost in power, getting the Gallardo from 560hp to 620hp. Managing all that power is a much-needed new high performance brake system featuring 8-piston calipers with 14.96 inch brake discs in the front and 6-piston calipers with 14.17 inch discs in the rear.

The exterior package includes a set of 3-piece forged lightweight wheels in their customized "6Sporz" model. These wheels are wrapped around Dunlop Sport Maxx tires, 235/30/20 in the front and 305/25/20 in the rear. The exterior is also decked out in carbon fiber with the frontflap, mirrors, rear diffuser, and some interior elements receiving the treatment.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR

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What a nice car...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011 wallpapers

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First Drive: 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

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Loris Bicocchi's tan, cherubic face leers at me from the passenger seat, his eyes wide behind Prada shades. It is the most animated I've seen my oh-so-cool Italian co-pilote since our drive began.

"VOW! From this seat, it just feels... so different. So AMAZING!"

And to think, all I had to do was pass a slow-moving farm truck in the most modest way possible. Rather than toggling the lever from Drive to Sport, or clicking the downshift paddle back in a come-hither motion, I overtake the truck the old-fashioned way: by burying my right foot.

For half a beat, nothing happens. Then there is an explosive lurch from the hindquarters, as the 20-inch tall, 365 rears engage in a brief, but victorious, battle for traction. All four wheels hook, leaving our stomachs and the Spanish countryside behind us in a hot wake of exhaust gas. I lift my foot and the wastegates reply with a full-bodied belch as we coast back down to a high-double-digit cruising speed.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTec

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The significance of the 2011 R350 is that it's the first major face-lift for the slow-selling R-class, and the vehicle looks undeniably better. The new styling was intended to make the R-class appear a bit less like a minivan, and that effort has succeeded. The R-class now better resembles its big, successful brother, the GL-class SUV. I've always liked the combination of utility, luxury, and prestige that the R-class provides, but the market didn't agree with me.

And although the R350 has a very impressive, very efficient diesel powertrain, I'm not sure the market will respond, especially given the R350's high price. It seems that for those Americans who want to haul more than four or five people in a Mercedes, the GL is what they want. But if that big SUV leaves you cold, by all means, check out the R-class. There's a lot to love here -- just not the monthly payments.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Proton Inspira now officially open for bookings!

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Proton has unveiled that Proton Inspira will be the official name for its Proton Waja replacement model, which has until now been only referred to by its internal codename, the Proton P3-90A.

The Proton Inspira is developed from a Mitsubishi Lancer with the choice of a Mitsubishi’s 4B10 1.8 liter engine with a 5-speed manual, a Mitsubishi 4B10 1.8 liter engine with a 6-speed virtual ratio CVT gearbox, or a top of the range 2.0 liter 4B11 engine with the same CVT transmission with added steering column paddle shifters.

At launch, the Inspira will have about 26% local content at launch, with the aim of raising it to 40% within the next few months and straight up to 65% within a year from the launch date once the local vendors have been fully prepped. It is built at Proton’s MVF plant.

Available in red, white, black or silver, the new Proton Inspira is now open for booking at any Proton dealer with a deposit of RM1,000. As an appreciation to early birds, Proton will be offering a 2 year (50,000km) free service package worth RM1,658 including parts and labor to those who take delivery of their brand new Proton Inspira for bookings made by the 15th of November 2010 that are delivered before the 31st of December 2010.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BRABUS SV12 R Biturbo 800 revealed

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Brabus has unveiled the fastest and most powerful sedan in the world - the SV12 R Biturbo 800.

Essentially a revised SV12 R, the Biturbo features a 5.5-liter V12 engine which has been bored to 6.3-liters. Besides the extra displacement, engineers added a new crankshaft, larger pistons, high-performance camshafts and optimized cylinder heads. Furthermore, the company installed a carbon fiber air intake, new turbochargers, four intercoolers, a sport exhaust, and a recalibrated ECU.

Thanks to all these changes, the V12 produces a staggering 800 PS (788 bhp / 588 kW) and 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) of torque. Sadly, the latter figure is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) for "technical reasons." Despite this, the ├╝ber sedan accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.3 seconds. If that isn't fast enough, keep your foot planted and the Biturbo will eventually top out at an electronically limited 350 km/h (217 mph).

To ensure the car remains stable at speed, Brabus equipped it with an aerodynamic body kit, high-performance tires (from Pirelli or YOKOHAMA), a revised suspension module (which lowers the ride height by 15mm), beefier brakes, and a limited-slip differential.

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Simbol Design reveals their Lavazza GTX-R V12

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Remember the K1 Attack revealed a few months ago? Here’s his non-related bigger brother: the Lavazza GTX-R built by Simbol Design. It’s not exactly a supercar that is worthy of the title yet, but at least it has the looks of one, even though the attempt to mirror the Ferrari Enzo fell incredibly short.

The Lavazza GTX-R is powered by a BMW sourced V12 engine and, as with its aesthetics, its performance figures still fall a little short than those of other current supercars. Both versions are powered by a 5.3 liter BMW sourced V12 engine, but the GTX develops 400hp while the GTX-R produces 620hp. Lucky for us, the Lavazza GTX-R will be the only one coming to our side of the pond. The GTX-R will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds which is not exactly a figure that is worthy of the supercar title considering that a lot of the supercars now are succeeding at getting these sprints down to the three seconds mark.

The Lavazza will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions and will be built in carbon kevlar. This will help the car get its weight down to about 2381 lbs. On the exterior, the GTX-R will get fixed front diverters and rear venturi intakes with adjustable side diverters, an adjustable rear wing, and a roof scoop.

The front of the car may look a little like a Pagani Zonda (or a Zonda on drugs), but the price tag shouldn’t as this car is definitely not fitting into the ranks of the Italian supercars of today. Of course, if you wanted to ride around in a supercar without having to pay the grandiose supercar price, then this knockoff should appease quite nicely.

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2010 Ferrari F430 Novitec by ZR Auto

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As with any other Ferrari model, the F430 sports car has received star treatment from worldwide Ferrari tuning firm, Novitec Rosso, but apparently Michiel van den Brink and ZR Auto thought the package needed just a few more tweaks before it was just right. In case anyone has already forgotten these Canadian tuners were the ones that created the 1200 HP Gallardo, and Michiel van den Brink is the designer of the famous Ferrari Vandenbrink GTO so we can only imagine that what they added to the F430 is sure to please!

Unfortunately, these creative minds have only provided us with a few images of their version of the F430 by Novitec, but we can only hope that since Michiel van den Brink was in charge of the exterior design, that ZR Auto was given the task of boosting power under the hood. Do we see a 1200hp F430 in our future? Maybe, maybe not, but we’ll get back with more details as soon as they are released.

Until then, just sit back and enjoy the red exterior paint along with those black stripes and ZR Auto. And when you look at the ZR Auto logo just remember that you might be feasting your eyes on a power hungry version of the Ferrari F430. Bon Appetit!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco

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The inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco auction, held at the Grimaldi Forum on 1st May, saw five automobiles fetch prices in excess of €2,000,000 and two new world records get set. The event’s top seller was a rare 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB, s/n 3309 SA, setting a new world record for a Superamerica when it sold for €2,800,000 ($3,799,600), well exceeding its high estimate of €2,450,000. A rare 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’, s/n 2470, also set a new world record for a Birdcage at €2,464,000 ($3,343,648). The sale’s cover car, the 1937 BMW 328 MM ‘B├╝gelfalte’, s/n 85032, exchanged hands less than 24 hours of the sale’s conclusion for a confidential sum and is not included in the final sale results.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Video: Cadillac CTS-V Wagon review

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GM revealed a new video that presents details on the new CTS-V Wagon. Like the sedan and coupe models, the CTS-V sports Wagon is powered by the same 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Sales will begin in late 2010.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

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By Rodrez

First Impresion: 2010 Acura TSX V6

When the Acura TSX first hit U.S. shores, it was immediately branded as Acura's entry-level sport sedan. As with any new car, reviews blanketed magazines and internet sites and the nit picking began. While most writers praised the new offering, citing its long list of positive attributes, the negative points seemed to echo one another. Many would complain of a lack of torque and what they refer to as "peaky" performance. There's no question that most of the Honda engines introduced over the last fifteen years have revolved around high revving screamers, and that's what makes them so unique. Nevertheless, there's a sea of potential buyers in America who are looking for the low-end grunt they probably grew up with. Add to that a growing number of sport sedan consumers who begin salivating at the very thought of more muscle under the hood and you can understand why the TSX received two more cylinders for its spec sheet.

The facelift

With the 2009 model came a complete redesign. A larger, bulkier, yet very sleek new body style made its way to dealer show rooms. As with many new offerings, Honda fans needed a moment to get used to the new look. At first glance, the silver front grill draws your attention away from the sharp sculptured lines of the exterior. The HID-equipped headlights, much like with the older model, carry an aggressive stare, and flow very well with the front bumper and fenders. The wheel arches and rear bumper take their time growing on you, but once they do, thoughts of aftermarket wheel combinations and a healthy drop aren't far behind.

Love at first seat

When I first arrived to pick up the TSX, it was parked right next to a 2010 Acura TL. The similarities in outward appearance as well as the cabin layout are obvious, as is the increased size of the flagship Acura in comparison to the smaller TSX. As I jumped inside our test car, the very first thing I noticed were the comfortable seats. A slightly sporty feel with the cushiest headrest I've ever leaned into. I can only imagine how comfortable these seats would be on a five hour cruise to Vegas. During the week of testing, I found myself answering emails from my blackberry while parked in the garage, subconsciously not wanting to leave my new leather-wrapped home.

Dimensionally, the interior is much larger than the previous generation. The TSX's dash layout and location of the major user controls are ergonomically superior to its predecessor. Navigation, satellite radio, and traffic updates are all controlled by a main dial and a few surrounding buttons. Under the navigation screen is a small digital strip that relays radio and temperature info to eliminate jumping back and forth between screens.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

2011 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo

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BMW unveiled the BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo in China at the Beijing Auto Show. This is the first BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo to be equipped with the xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.

The BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo is powered by a 4,4 liter V8 engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and High Precision Injection. The engine delivers a total of 407 hp and a peak torque of 442 lb-ft and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This way the 550i xDrive Gran Turismo also becomes the first model to combine BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive with an outstandingly dynamic, smooth, comfortable and highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010


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The New Proton Persona Facelift now available at most of the Proton Showroom.Officially called as the Proton Persona Elegance, this new Persona Elegance offered a new front bumper with the new Proton signature grille, new wheels, LED tail lights, new wing mirrors with LED turn lights, blacked-out headlights, new meter combi fascia, chrome door handle finishing and a two-tone interior colour.For the LED tail lights, there are equipped with nine LEDs. The nine LEDs are arranged in two rows – four up and five down.

The Persona Elegance, which ranges from the Base Line, Medium Line and the High Line are powered by the same 1.6-litre Campro IAFM engine with 110 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 148 Nm of torque from 4000 rpm with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto gearbox.However, for the High Line version only the Automatic transmission available.

The new Persona Elegance also is now using the new 32-bit ECU which supplied by Siemens VDO,which is now under Continental.Previously, they are using the 16-bit version which also supplied by the Siemens VDO.There is no performance gain by using the new ECU but it is a step forward for Proton in terms of parts commonality as future Proton models will use higher technology.According to a Proton source, the new 32 bit ECU has more capabilities and can cater more demand compared to the older 16 bit version.

Also new will be the single DIN Blaupunkt audio player that plays CD and MP3. It also comes with a USB port.Medium and High Line cars get a GPS navigation set stuck on the windscreen, driver’s seat height adjuster and electric side mirrors.There are also stereo repeater buttons on the steering wheel, new design wheels, fog lights, a wrap-around bodykit, rear disc brakes and dual front airbags.

The High Line version offers almost the same spec as the previous Persona SE which has now stopped production.Apart from the leather seats, pre-tensioners, auto-cruise, ABS, EBD and electric remote boot release, the High Line is the only variant which is available in Brilliant Red paint job.

Cool signal lights.

Currently, the Persona is the best selling mid-sized sedan, with 35 per cent shares in that category. Proton’s survey revealed that 54 per cent of Persona buyers bought the model for its driving performance, space and styling.Proton hope that the Persona Elegance will push the sell of the Persona from an average of 3,600 units a month to 4,000 units.

The Proton Persona Elegance is available in most of the Proton Showroom.It comes with with a 2-year or 50,000 km warranty and a 3-year/125,000 km extended warranty program – that’s total of 5 years and 175,000 km.


Engine: Campro IAFM 4-cylinder DOHC 16V 1,597cc
Max power: 110hp @ 6,500rpm
Max torque: 148Nm @ 4,000rpm
Transmission: 4-speed auto/5-speed manual
Safety features: Dual airbags, pre-tensioners, ABS with EBD (M and H line)

On The Road Price (Peninsular Malaysia)

Persona Base Line (Manual) : RM46,499.00
Persona Base Line (Auto) : RM49,499.00
Persona Medium Line (Manual) :RM52,999.00
Persona Medium Line (Auto) : RM55,999.00
Persona High Line (Auto) : RM 59,499.00(Only available in Auto Transmission

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