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Tesla Model S Alpha On Road for the First Time 19
Posted by Alex Ion in Alpha, Automotive News, Beta, ev, gps, Model S Alpha, Powertrain, Tesla on 01 19th, 2011

Ahead of deliveries beginning in 2012, the Tesla Model S Alpha has hit the road for the first time. Tesla will test the car in two phases – Alpha and Beta. Tesla had started the Alpha testing session in 2010 and will now rigorously test the car hereafter in different climatic conditions. Before the car reaches its customers Tesla will extensively test the vehicle using computer simulations and test vehicles.

The Tesla Model S is an EV (Electric Vehicle) that can seat 7 has efficient aerodynamics, provides good stability and handling, crash safety, performance and range. The Model S has more cargo space than most sedans. The powertrain features a liquid cooled floor mounted battery and single speed gearbox. The body is made of stamped aluminum.

It has premium interiors making it a luxury sedan. There’s a 17 inch touch screen with in-car connectivity for GPS navigation, streaming radio etc

The Model S does 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph making it a performance sedan. The three battery pack options are 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. Recharge can be done within 45 minutes.The Model S looks great and we can hope that it gets better by the time production starts.

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Chrysler Pentastar V6 Features in the New 2011 Challenger 25
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011 Challenger, Automotive News, Autostyle, Car Styling, Chrysler, Dodge, Firestone tires, Pentastar V-6 engine, Performance, Powertrain, V6 on 10 25th, 2010

A statement from Dodge confirms that the company’s 2011 Challenger will definitely be running on the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 305 hp (227 kW / 309 PS) and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque.

The Chevrolet Camaro V6 gives 312 hp (233 kW / 316 PS) and 278 lb-ft (377 Nm), and Ford’s Mustang V6 delivers 305 hp (227 kW / 309 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. Compared to this the Challenger’s performance will come out at the bottom of the list of contemporaries who are on the V6. Sources say that it is also highly possible that the new offering from Dodge will be more expensive and heavier.

As with the Journey, Dodge has made minor changes to the Challenger – giving it a revised suspension, a better braking system, and gripper Firestone tires.

Sources at Chrysler say that the Pentastar V-6 engine will be available in all of Chrysler’s 13 models. The company says that improved fuel efficiency combined with increased power and lesser emissions is the hallmark of this engine, which is the most advanced six-cylinder engine made by the Chrysler Powertrain group. The new engine can be used in passenger cars, mini-vans as well as sport utilities.