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Saturday, October 26, 2013

2014 Mini Countryman and Paceman Frozen Black Limited Edition

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Mini decided to add some flavor to the Countryman and Paceman lineup and added a new Frozen Black metallic paint offered in a limited edition for the top models in the lineup. The new paint features a textured, shimmering matte finish and offers the Mini model a more expressive appearance.

Applying the new Frozen Black finish requires a special procedure, and Mini applies it in three layers: special surface treatment, color, then a clear lacquer finish. For the attached exterior parts, like the front and rear aprons and the exterior mirror caps the new Frozen Black metallic paint is applied separately.

This new paint is completely weather resistant and car wash resistant, but Mini advices against waxing or polishing it by hand. BMW BMW — Mini’s parent company — offers a special line of products developed for treating the Frozen Black metallic paint finish. Typical Bimmer move: specialize everything to maximize future profits.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette First Test Drive: The above timing suggests media previews being staged early in the fourth quarter of 2012. The C7s are bound to be pricier than C6s, due to likely added standard content and because the redesign may boost manufacturing costs.

Though a number of factors make accurate predictions all but impossible this far out, we’d guess base sticker prices will rise some $2,500 from 2012-model levels. If we’re right, the base coupe would start around $52,000, the base convertible at just over $57,000, the next Z06 at around $78,000, and the C7 ZR1 at close to $114,000.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster sold out until mid-2014 - report

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The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster was introduced less than three months ago, but that hasn't stopped the company from banking over a year's worth of pre-orders.
Auto Motor und Sport is reporting the company's drop top has been a huge hit with customers as the order books are filled up through the summer of 2014. This likely means anyone who hasn't pre-ordered the model will have to face a lengthy wait or pay a heavy premium to get the model earlier.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

2013 Peugeot 208 Type R5

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French automaker Peugeot has been a staple in the rally scene for as long as we can remember. So when word leaks out that they’re planning to reveal their next generation rally car, people tend to take notice.

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month, Peugeot is bringing the all-new 208 Type R5, the car that’s slated to become their new prized steed at the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Needless to say, the 208 Type R5 has some pretty big shoes to fill in large part because its successor, the 207 Super 2000, rang up championships - three IRC drivers and manufacturers titles - during its time at the IRC.
The racer will have to adhere to regulations set by S2000 category. What that means is that the 208 Type R5 has been fitted with a number of racing components, including widened tracks, a spoiler, an increase in the wheel arches to accommodate a new set of 18" wheels. All these were done while keeping attention on the series’ minimum weight set of 1,200kg for the gravel and asphalt versions.

"Based on an optimisation of costs", explains Bertrand Vallat, the Type R5’s project leader, "the regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine. In addition, a certain number of components of the vehicle must be similar. The hub carrier is a perfect example. All four must be identical. This makes operation considerably easier and limits costs and stocking."
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