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Nissan Essentially Confirms Rear-Wheel-Drive IDx Concept to go into Production 16
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, Automotive, naias, News, nissan, Nissan IDx, Nissan IDx Concept, Nissan IDx Nismo Concept, North American International Auto Show on 01 16th, 2014
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The Nissan IDx and IDx Nismo Concept vehicles were a big ‘compact sports car’ hit at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show this week. They bring back the styling essence of the old Datsun 510 vehicles and everyone chatted up a storm about how such a vehicle would be perfect to compete with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

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It seems Nissan was listening and have now confirmed that a variation of the IDx will go into production and may happen in 2016 or so.

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Nissan exec Andy Palmer said the following to media:

“Don’t say that we won’t do both, but we will definitely do one of them. 

He also said the IDx is “into the first sage of the development process. The next stage is project validation and then looking at the business case. It’s no one’s intent to waste millions of the company’s money, so obviously we have a good feeling about this one.”

Such a vehicle could really reignite the small rear-wheel-drive sports car segment and push other car manufacturers to make a consideration for such in their fleet.

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It is time that we all get pumped up for a vehicle like this, which will be affordable, have sporty yet unique styling and probably out handle sports cars costing two or three times as much.

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The Return is Coming – Toyota FT-1 Concept Behind The Scenes: Video 15
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Editorial, naias, North American International Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, Toyota Supra, video on 01 15th, 2014
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For me it is a heart-felt passion that is reignited when I see a video like this one below. The Motor Trend Downshift episode featured here goes behind the scenes for the design and inspiration of the Toyota FT-1 Concept sports car, which debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show yesterday in Detroit mesmerizing everyone on the floor.

Most automotive enthusiasts can recall vehicles like the Toyota Supra but may not truly captivate the lineage that such a vehicle represents, which is delightfully showcased in the new FT-1 Concept. I always wanted to be a car designer in some capacity but I took the next best thing. So, when I hear the words iterated from the designers at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in this video, I feel a close tie with their sentiments.

For obvious reasons, it is long past due that Toyota brand a sports car to fill the gap created by the Lexus LFA down to the Scion FR-S. It is time that true sports car wear the Toyota badge and take that tradition of building a proper road-going sports car and set things a-fire in the enthusiast community. Remember the Toyota 2000GT, the Celica, the MR2, and of course the Supra? Enthusiasts await ‘the return’ and by the talk of individuals in the video below, this vehicle is going to happen! Yes, Toyota is going to build something based off of the FT-1 concept. It may not be as aggressive and extreme, but the time when we can put those ‘return of the Supra’ rumors to bed is about to take place. Just listen to the subtle cues in the video. Yes, you will hear it.

Enjoy!



2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Shows Its Clean Two-Door Look at 2014 NAIAS 14
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac ATS, Cadillac ATS Coupe, naias, News, North American International Auto Show on 01 14th, 2014
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Sometimes bold and outrageous doesn’t mean great. That seems to be the goal for the all-new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, which has hit the stage at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Just as the 4-door ATS, the new ATS Coupe will get the same powertrains made available starting with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and then going to the 3.6-liter V6 (321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque) and 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder (272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque). The turbo 2.0-liter now offers up 14% more torque and is expected to dash from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

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As you would naturally think with the introduction of an ATS Coupe, there will be a ATS V-Sport or ATS-V on the horizon probably packing in the same 3.6-liter turbocharged V6 found in the new CTS V-Sport. It is possible with some proper tuning Cadillac could position their performance-injected ATS Coupe against the likings of the new BMW M4 Coupe. Only time will tell, but for now this ATS Coupe looks just about right.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Press Release

Cadillac Introduces 2015 ATS Coupe

– Cadillac’s first compact luxury Coupe, infused with ATS sedan’s agility
– 2.0L Turbo model is segment’s lightest, with increased torque for faster acceleration
– Launching in summer 2014, continuing Cadillac’s ongoing expansion

DETROIT – Cadillac today introduced the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, a quicker and more personal addition to the award-winning ATS product line. Lighter, more agile and more engaging than its competitors, it extends Cadillac’s product-driven growth and the brand’s tradition of dynamic luxury Coupes.

Cadillac’s first-ever compact luxury Coupe goes on sale this summer, offering drivers the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the power from a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6L six-cylinder. In all combinations, ATS Coupe takes advantage of its lightweight and strong structure to deliver exhilarating performance with efficiency, with a segment-leading power-to-weight ratio.

“The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is a natural step in the brand’s progression, and another distinctive, fun-to-drive and technologically advanced product for a new generation of drivers extending our target groups,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac. “It is an exclusively distinctive American alternative, unique in its class, yet delivering a sporty and sophisticated driving experience rivaling the world’s best.”

Like the sedan, the ATS Coupe’s driving dynamics are rooted in mass efficiency, which helps make it one of Cadillac’s lightest and most agile models ever – and the lightest car in the compact luxury Coupe segment. In fact, the 2.0L Turbo engine is upgraded from the current ATS sport sedan to deliver nearly 14 percent more torque for 2015, taking it to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). This gives the standard ATS Coupe an advantage in power and weight over similarly equipped Coupes such as the BMW 428i.

Greater torque means greater pulling power, for a greater feeling of responsiveness at low speeds, and helps the ATS Coupe achieve an estimated 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.

“More power with less weight is always a better combination for performance, and the ATS Coupe offers one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the segment, making it feel lighter, more direct and responsive,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “Engineers vetted the ATS’s performance on the track and the Coupe benefits from that exhaustive validation – all matched with Cadillac’s trademark refinement.”

Elements that contribute to the ATS Coupe’s balanced performance and responsive characteristics include:

– Nearly perfect 50/50 weight balance and low center of gravity
– Five-link independent rear suspension featuring lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient straight link designs
– A multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar
– Underbody aerodynamic shields
– Premium, belt-driven electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
– Brembo front brakes
– Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
– Available all-wheel drive.

A driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension is available and includes Magnetic Ride Control, a mechanical limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling system and 18-inch summer-performance tires. Magnetic Ride Control is a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control. It “reads” the road and can change damping every millisecond.

Design details

The 2015 ATS Coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase as the sedan, but features its own bodywork. The roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to the Coupe, along with a specific front fascia and front fenders that accommodate a wider track than the sedan. It is also the first production model to wear Cadillac’s revised crest.

The Coupe also has an aggressive stance, with wider front/rear tracks than the sedan, enhanced by short overhangs and sheet metal that wrapping tautly around the tires. Standard 18-inch wheels are exclusive to the Coupe.

Bold lighting elements are a Cadillac signature feature and the ATS Coupe advances that tradition with available LED headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting. Base models feature projector-beam headlamps, while high-intensity-discharge headlamps and front vertical LED light signatures are included on all collections above the standard model. Illuminating outside door handles on Performance and Premium collections lend technologically advanced style and function to the distinctive Coupe. All models feature LED technology for the taillamps and rear-center stop lamp.

The ATS Coupe also includes capless fueling.

Inside, the sedan’s driver-focused cabin carries over to the Coupe, featuring handcrafted cut-and-sewn upholstered interior combinations, decorative stitching and authentic materials, including leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood, which enhance the emotional connection to the driving experience.

Choices of many interior color themes, each with unique accent trim materials, cover a wide range – from light, open and warm to dark and serious, and bold technical and sporty.

Available interior features include:

– OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in WiFi hotspot
– Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition
– Text-to-voice converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
– USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports
– SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
– Reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display
– Full-color reconfigurable head-up display.

A Bose ® premium audio system with Active Noise Cancelation technology is standard on all models and includes electronic sound enhancement on models equipped with the available premium surround sound audio system. Exclusive to ATS Coupe and differing from other manufacturers’ system that pipe recorded engine sounds through the audio system, Cadillac’s system enhances only the car’s authentic powertrain sounds to enhance the performance experience.

The 12-speaker surround sound upgrade is available on Standard and Luxury, and it is included with Performance and Premium collections. It includes Bose Audio Pilot, which continuously monitors ambient sounds and adjusts the music volume and program content to optimize the listening experience

Additionally, a navigation system is also available on Luxury and Performance collections, and it is standard with the Premium Collection.

Enhanced Cadillac CUE leads technologies

Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the ATS Coupe’s comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles. It is available on base models and standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections, with enhanced connectivity and convenience for 2015, including a new Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity – and helps keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands.

Complementing CUE is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, featuring a new built-in WiFi hotspot that can connect up to seven devices at once. The new 4G LTE connection can also be used to power CUE Collection, a new in-car app marketplace coming to Cadillac vehicles this year.

Additional technologies that make life with the ATS Coupe more convenient include the capability of remotely starting the engine or lowering the windows with the key fob or the owner’s smartphone. EZ Key passive entry and push-button starting is standard, too, so the key never needs to leave the driver’s pocket or purse.

Power-dense powertrains

The engine lineup includes a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and available 3.6L V-6. The award-winning 2.0L Turbo is rated at 272 horsepower (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). The award-winning 3.6L V-6 is rated at 321 horsepower (239 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).

At 136hp/L, the 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, topping engines from European competitors. It also delivers 90 percent of its peak torque from 2100 rpm to 5400 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3000 to 4600 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is designed to give the lightweight ATS Coupe an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.

Both engines feature direct injection and dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, which help optimize power and efficiency, as well as reduce emissions. And each is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L45 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control. A six-speed manual is also available with the 2.0L Turbo.

Advanced safety features

ATS Coupe provides the same safety technologies that earned the sedan NHTSA 5-Star all-around and overall crash safety ratings – the highest available.

Additionally, Cadillac provides available advanced safety based on Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy, which employs up to two cameras, eight ultrasonic sensors and six radar signals to help prevent crashes. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and can even assist to help the driver avert potential crashes. In certain situations, Cadillac’s advanced crash-avoidance systems, such as automatic braking, can pre-fill and automatically apply braking in response to potential hazards.

Among the most sophisticated of the features is Fr ont and Rear Automatic Braking . It relies on radar, camera and ultrasonic technology to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary.

Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages. The Driver Awareness package is available on Luxury and included in Performance and Premium Collections. It includes:

– Safety Alert Seat
– Forward Collision Alert
– Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist – new to Cadillac for 2015
– Intellibeam ® high-beam control
– Front and rear park assist
– Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines.

The Driver Assist package is available on Performance and Premium collections and includes all of the Driver Awareness package content, plus:

– Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
– Automatic Collision Preparation
– Motorized safety belts – new to Cadillac for 2015
– Electronic Park Brake
– Front and Rear Automatic Braking
– Enhanced Side Blind Zone Alert – new to Cadillac for 2015
– Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
– Full-color head-up display.

The advanced technologies complement other ATS safety features, including eight standard air bags, safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented rotor coating protection and auto-dry functionality .

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com .
2015 CADILLAC ATS COUPE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Model: Cadillac ATS Coupe
Body style / driveline: 2-door luxury sport luxury sedan, RWD or AWD
Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension
GM vehicle class: compact luxury car

 

Engines

2.0L Turbo DI VVT 3.6L V-6 DI VVT
Displacement (cu in / cc): 122 / 1998 217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86 3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio: 9.5:1 11.5:1
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
272 / 203 @ 5500 (SAE certified) 321 / 239 @ 6800 (SAE certified)
Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
295 / 400 @ 3000-4600 (SAE certified) 275 / 373 @ 4800 (SAE certified)
Recommended fuel: premium recommended but not required regular unleaded or E85
Maximum engine speed (rpm): 7000 7200
Cadillac-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 21 / 31 19 / 28

 

Transmissions

TREMEC TR3160 Hydra-Matic 6L45
Type: fully synchronized six-speed manual with single overdrive six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch
Gear ratios (:1):
First: 4.12 4.06
Second: 2.62 2.37
Third: 1.81 1.55
Fourth: 1.30 1.16
Fifth: 1.00 0.85
Sixth: 0.80 0.67
Reverse: 3.75 3.20
Final drive ratio: 3.27 3.27

 

Chassis / Suspension

Configuration: rear-wheel drive
Differential: open (FE2); mechanical limited-slip (FE3)
Front suspension: FE2: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar

FE3: Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts

Rear suspension: FE2: independent five-link with twin-tube shock absorbers
FE3: Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks
Steering type: ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist
Steering ratio: FE2: 16.8:1
FE3: 15.3:1
Steering turns, lock to lock: FE2: 3.16
FE3: 2.86
Turn circle (ft / m): FE2 RWD: 36.38 / 11.09
FE3 RWD: 35.99 / 10.97
FE2 AWD: 38.05 / 11.60
Chassis control: four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control

 

Wheels and Tires

Wheel size and type: 18 x 8-inch aluminum (machined-face)
18 x 8-inch aluminum (polished)
18 x 9-inch aluminum (FE3 rear)
Tire size: 225/40R18 92V run-flat all-season
225/40R18 88W / 255/35R18 90W run-flat summer-only

 

Brakes

Type: four-wheel disc with sliding calipers on base; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with fixed calipers on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections 18 x 9-inch aluminum (FE3 rear)
Rotor type and thickness (in / mm): standard front: 11.8 x 1.02 (300 x 26) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance

standard rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance

uplevel front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance

uplevel rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance

 

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm): 109.3 / 2775
Length (in / mm): 183.6 / 4663
Height (in / mm): 54.8 / 1392 (roof)
55.1 / 1399 (with antenna)
Width (in / mm): 72.5 / 1841
Track (in / mm): front: 60.3 / 1532
rear: 61.7 / 1568
Curb weight (lb / kg): 3418 / 1550
Weight distribution
(% front / rear):
51 / 49

 

Interior

Legroom (in / mm): front: 42.3 / 1074
rear: 33.5 / 850
Headroom (in / mm): front: 37.6 / 954
rear: 35.1 / 891
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 54.1 / 1375
rear: 51.1 / 1298
Hip room (in / mm): front: 54.1 / 1374
rear: 44.5 / 1131

 

Capacities

Seating capacity
(front / rear):
2 / 2
EPA passenger volume
(cu ft / L):
83.9 / 2377
EPA trunk volume
(cu ft / L):
10.4 / 295
Trailer towing maximum
(lb / kg):
1000 / 454 (3.6L)
Fuel tank (gal / L): 16 / 60.5
Engine oil (qt / L): 2.0L RWD: 5 / 4.7 (RWD)
2.0L AWD : 6 / 5.7 (AWD)
3.6L: 6 / 5.7
Cooling system (qt / L): 8.1 / 7.7 (2.0L) 11 / 10.4 (3.6L)

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

 



Live Photos From 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit 13
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, naias, News, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014
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This year’s North American International Auto Show, or simply the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, kicked off with many stunning sights and we were there to catch some of the action. We have collected and shared some of our best shots for this first day of seeing some of the best that the automotive industry has to give us from auto makers all over the world. Enjoy our images below!

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Nissan Sport Sedan Concept At 2014 NAIAS Could be Next Maxima 13
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, naias, News, nissan, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014
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We already knew about Nissan unveiling something that should set the tone of the upcoming redesigned Maxima. What we think is the basis for the next Maxima, was revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

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The new concept has many of the new styling language found in the Nissan brand while it sports 4-doors giving us the indications of being the next Maxima. For a while, the Nissan Maxima received a lot of flak for retaining the ‘4-door sports car’ moniker. It is possible, by the looks alone, that the new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept could capture that nomenclature so consumers and enthusiasts alike won’t give Nissan such a hard time about calling what we see here a 4-door sports car.

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This Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is said to be powered by a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a CVT transmission. That layout is all-too familiar to what we already see in current Nissan products. We are not so sure a CVT transmission belongs in a 4-door sports car, though Nissan could do away with that old classification. Though, we fail to find the sportiness in any CVT transmission. However, this concept does look pretty awesome and you could easily call it sporty.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Press Release

NISSAN SPORT SEDAN CONCEPT MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT 2014 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

– Nissan provides an advanced look at a future production sports sedan
– Offers bold and exciting sports car proportions with energetic styling, driver-oriented interior
– Embodies next-generation Nissan design signatures, including V-Motion front aspect, distinctive “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped lamps

Design has long been a differentiator between Nissan and its competitors – along with performance, innovation and technology. Now, as the company celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is doing so with the world debut of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Sport Sedan Concept, a design study with a particular emphasis on next-generation design and sporty style, was created to embody the essence of a true sports sedan – that rare execution of 4-door sedan with the aura of a real sports car. It previews a future production vehicle intended for owners with a passion for cutting-edge design and driving dynamics.

“The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level,” said Nissan Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. “The Sport Sedan Concept captures that essence with bold and exciting sports car design and proportions.”

Next-Generation Nissan Design Language
The Sport Sedan Concept joins a trio of advanced concepts that share signature design aspects that will be adapted to all future Nissans. Along with the Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME concepts that were introduced in 2013, the Sport Sedan Concept shares the new V-Motion front aspect, “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights.

As demonstrated by the three diverse concepts, these distinctive design cues will be incorporated into a range of body types from sedans to crossovers.

“Our new design direction mirrors the strength, power and capabilities of the engineering and innovation that serves as the foundation of every Nissan vehicle,” said Nakamura. “Nissan is a brand for people seeking bold and passionate experiences, and who are willing to make choices outside of traditional boundaries. That’s why Nissan is committed to breaking new ground in automotive design, as expressed in the stunning new Sport Sedan Concept.”

The exterior of the Sport Sedan Concept is marked by low, wide proportions, with a lowered hoodline and reduced ground clearance compared to traditional sedans – elements that would be right at home in a sports car.

The “V-Motion” movement of the front end flows from the dramatic chromed grille up through the hood. The front of the Sport Sedan Concept also incorporates the large LED boomerang headlights, a deeply scooped front fascia and wide, sloped windshield.

The profile of the vehicle is equally powerful, with its dynamic bodyside lines adding a strong sculptural feel and connecting the wheels and tires – which are pushed out to the four corners.

There is a projection of motion, even when the vehicle is standing still. The Sport Sedan Concept rides on custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with low-profile 275/30R21 tires.

The distinctive silhouette blends smoothly into the rear design, which is capped by the high deck, large chrome trunk accent and wide, deeply scooped rear fascia. As in the front, the boomerang rear combination lights accentuate the centered feeling and push outward to edges.

The unique “floating” roof adds a sense of openness and lightness in contrast to traditional sedans’ heavy cabin appearance.

“The innovative roofline, which is also prevalent on Resonance and Friend-ME, makes it seem as if there are no pillars at all, enhancing the sense of athleticism and sportiness,” said Nakamura. “The roofline also contributes to the Sport Sedan Concept’s class-leading stance, which balances the look of the substantial lower body and a streamlined cabin.”

The final exterior touch is the unique “Strad Amber” paint that was inspired by the craftsmanship and rich finish of noted classic violins – instruments capable of producing vibrant intensity at times and at other times a soft stillness. The elaborate candy color paint finish is achieved through application of an orange-amber topcoat over a base of gold paint, creating a distinctive depth and bespoke richness.

The Sport Sedan Concept’s interior also offers cues to future production designs. Premium materials are found throughout, with the use of diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels enhancing the sense of dynamic motion. Rather than traditional flat surfacing, the diamond treatment adds three-dimensionality. The edgy and geometric look was inspired by modern furniture, apparel and accessories. The interior also features high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents. All these aspects finely express Nissan’s individual authenticity and modernity.

The front-wheel drive Sport Sedan Concept is powered by a 300-plus horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT® and features an innovative suspension layout with performance dampers.

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.

KEY DIMENSIONS
Length
191.7 in. (4,870 mm)
Width
75.3 in. (1,912 mm)
Height
54.3 in. (1,378 mm)
Wheelbase
111.2 in. (2,825 mm)
Front overhang
39.1 in. (992 mm)
Rear overhang
41.5 in (1,053 mm)

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SPORT SEDAN CONCEPT DEBUTS FUTURE LOOK OF NISSAN SEDANS

– Third in a Series of Nissan Concepts
– Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept
– Defines the Next Generation in Coupes, Sedans and Crossovers

First there was the Nissan Resonance, with its boldly futuristic aerodynamic styling signalling the direction of upcoming Nissan mid-size crossovers. It made its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Then came the Nissan Friend-ME, showcased at Auto Shanghai 2013, with its category-busting energetic and provocative modern design.

And now, making its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept – applying real sports car performance standards and new design philosophies to a 4-door sedan.

Together the three concept models form the roadmap to the next generation of Nissan exterior and interior design evolution – and the global design-led renaissance of the Nissan brand.

“Nissan’s design language is our brand promise – Innovation and Excitement for Everyone – rendered in metal,” said Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. “We are continually pushing the envelope, as the Sport Sedan Concept shows. It is a car that is more emotional, more exciting and that provides a strong hint of the design direction we are taking.”

Though targeted for specific markets and customers, Resonance, Friend-ME and now the Sport Sedan Concept share distinctive and memorable design signatures.

The strong front end is marked by Nissan’s “V-Motion” movement, which flows from the front grille through the hood to create an impressive cadence and emotional attitude. The unique boomerang-shaped lighting signature also accentuates the rear designs of each vehicle.

The innovative “floating” roof, also featured prominently on Resonance, Friend-ME and the new Sport Sedan Concept, gives an impressive sense of lightness and sophistication. The thin, sculpted pillars make the cabins of each concept appear less heavy and help open the greenhouse for an airy, inviting interior environment.

Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept also share an edgy muscularity, derived from their low, wide stances with tires placed far out to the corners. The designs also utilize short front and rear overhangs, reduced ground clearances and small gaps between wheels and fenders. The resulting look imparts a sporty and athletic strength, rather than brute and aggressive force.

Inside, the trio of advanced concepts provide private-yet-connected spaces for drivers and passengers. The high tech, streamlined feel of each interior derives from a combination of magnetic detailing and use of high-contrast interior colors and materials.

“These distinctive design aspects will be applied to all future Nissan models,” Nakamura concludes. “Nissan design will possess consistency and diversity which covers all body types, from sedan to crossovers.”



New Porsche 911 Targa Defies Most Amazing Roof at 2014 NAIAS 13
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, naias, News, North American International Auto Show, porsche, Porsche 911 Targa, video on 01 13th, 2014
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The Porsche 911 Targa made its unique roof known to enthusiasts back in the 1960’s and now the specialized and versatile convertible has made a return for the 2014 model year. The old roof technology has been made new all over again with the addition of a 350-horsepower 3.4-liter flat-six powering the 911 platform for starters.

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The new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa will tout 4 different variations with a Targa, Targa S (400-horsepower 3.8-liter), Targa 4 (350-horsepower all-wheel-drive $101,600 MSRP) and a top-line Targa 4S (400 horsepower all-wheel-drive $116,200 MSRP).

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The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

The world premiere of a modern classic

Atlanta. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Porsche is introducing two new models to the 911 range: the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. These models are the first to combine the classic Targa concept with cutting edge, innovative roof technology. Just like the legendary original 911 Targa of 1965, the new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. But unlike the classic 911 Targa, the roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seats.

Both 911 Targa models exclusively come in AWD version, featuring the wider rear track and body, and the same Porsche Traction Management (PTM), found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models. It is an active all-wheel-drive system that helps to ensure the optimal distribution of drive power for optimum traction in most road scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners, or on surfaces with different friction coefficients. The combination of the wide body, the Targa bar, and the wraparound rear window results in an extremely sporty and low-slung profile.

The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a horizontally opposed 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine with 350 hp. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Targa 4 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and is capable of a top track speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual transmission). The 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S is capable of reaching a top track speed of 183 mph when equipped with a manual transmission and 182 mph with PDK.

The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600 while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200. Both cars also have a destination charge of $995. Deliveries of the 911 Targa in the U.S. are scheduled to begin this summer.

About Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.



Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept Debuts at 2014 NAIAS 13
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Infiniti, infiniti q50, naias, News, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014
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How does a 500+ horsepower Infiniti Q50 sound to you? Yes, it sounds pretty good to us also. This is what Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, is hinting at with the introduction of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. As a road-going vehicle the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is inspired by Formula 1 technology and includes 21-inch wheels and many carbon fiber aero bits.

If turned into an actual production model, this concept would see to it that Infiniti dealerships receive a monster sporting more than 500 horsepower and 600 pounds-feet of torque. This would lead up to yet another Japanese brand really giving the Germans a run for their money.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept Press Release

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge: Muscular, purposeful, refined

  • Q50 Eau Rouge concept provides a glimpse of Infiniti’s design prowess for high-performance vehicles
  • Exterior features Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One design influences
  • Q50 Eau Rouge hints at future powerful product line

Detroit / Hong Kong – The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, revealed at the 2014 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show, is a concept car that expresses Infiniti’s design vision of a high-performance Q50 premium sports sedan.

The Q50 Eau Rouge embodies the arresting design features of the Q50 premium sports sedan – infused with the enticing spirit of Formula One.

Featuring bespoke aerodynamic carbon fiber bodywork, Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider, possessing genuine road presence. This striking design is inspired by muscularity, aerodynamics, refinement, and understated power.

“If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500hp and 600lb/ft of torque. Through our various alliance partners we have access to a range of engines featuring this performance capability which, with a fair amount of engineering effort, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay. The engine we are evaluating for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced induction. I think our engineers have been waiting for a project like this,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.

Hints at powerful intent

The Q50 Eau Rouge was born out of competition at the very pinnacle of motorsport, mirroring components from the successful RB9 race car.

Almost every exterior panel is bespoke to the Q50 Eau Rouge, with only the front doors and the arch of the roof pillars retained as standard components.

Q50 Eau Rouge visibly hunkers down with menace and intent. New front and rear fenders extend the current Q50′s already broad-shouldered stance by 20mm, while a larger deck lid spoiler creates air-pressure downforce. All of this dynamic width is wrapped in a tailored coat of customized red paint.

Framing the paintwork across the Q50 Eau Rouge’s athletic physique is dark-chrome detailing to replace the chrome bright work of the production Q50, darkening the concept’s demeanor dramatically.

Q50′s signature double-arch front grille too takes the dark-chrome’s matte finish, as do the glasshouse surrounds, door handles and deck lid accents. The curving hood is double air-vented as a further suggestion of the capability and purpose of the Q50 Eau Rouge.

“From our shared passion for performance with Infiniti Red Bull Racing grew a collective desire to produce an ambitious and powerful Infiniti Q50 design study.  The overall design creates a feeling of refined muscularity,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director.

“The design has a number of distinctive Formula-One inspired touches. In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car. The rear fog light packaging is unmistakably Formula One.

“The Q50 Eau Rouge is a combination of the seductive lines of the Q50 but with a fiercer design urge in keeping with a high-performance vehicle. The Q50 Eau Rouge is Infiniti to the power of four; like a bull with its shoulder muscles flexed, a bull in Infiniti clothing.”

Part of the concept’s exterior treatments include lightweight 21-inch forged alloy wheels which fill the wider arches.

Premium interior. Sporting inspiration

Further underlining the sporty character of the design study, the interior was designed to offer command and comfort.

Further precision control is afforded by a high-grip sports steering wheel and Formula One-style paddle-shifters.

Red-infused carbon fiber detailing to the doors and center console complement the exterior style, and dark-chrome again replaces silver-chrome in the red cockpit.

The breadth and depth of capability is self-evident; the Q50 Eau Rouge is a design concept that clearly indicates what Infiniti could achieve if it was to build a performance version of the Q50 sports sedan.

“Performance is a key ingredient of Infiniti vehicles such as the Q50 sports sedan. Our involvement in Formula One provides inspiration and excellence to our designers and engineers. Q50 Eau Rouge provides not only a glimpse of the design language, but also the performance capability of a future special series,” de Nysschen added.

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About Infiniti:
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in approximately 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and Europe will start soon along with the expansion of the brand’s portfolio.

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti’s Director of Performance.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience® and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. For the latest news on Infiniti in Formula One, visit www.infiniti-gp.com, www.youtube.com/InfinitiGP or follow on Twitter @InfinitiGP.



2015 Corvette Z06 Unleashed w/625-horsepower at 2014 NAIAS 13
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Corvette C7, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Z06, naias, News, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014
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The all-new Corvette C7 Stingray is already a hit and has taken the 2014 North American Car of the Year award already this morning at the North American International Auto Show. Chevrolet puts the cherry on top of this news by unleashing the all-new Corvette Z06, which touts better performance and track times than the outgoing Corvette ZR1.

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The new Supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 engine produces ‘at least’ 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. The Z06 will give buyers the option of a seven-speed manual transmission or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. The auto unit is a conventional automatic with a torque converter but claims to be lighter than the six-speed auto in the Stingray while executing shifts in 8-hundreths of a second faster than the dual-clutch PDK transmission in the Porsche 911.

The aluminum frame from the new Corvette C7.R race car, also revealed today, is said to be “essentially unchanged” as found in the new Z06.

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A Z07 option package for the new Z06 will feature Pilot Sport Cup tires and Brembo carbon ceramic rotors. Keeping things stable is a re-tuned version of GM’s magnetic ride control and an electronic limited-split differential out back as standard equipment on the new Z06.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Press Release

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 the Most Capable, Ever

  • Enters supercar territory with race-proven design, advanced technologies and world-class performance
  • With the track-focused Z07 performance package, the 2015 Corvette Z06 delivers faster lap times than the 2014 Corvette ZR1
  • The first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, a removable roof panel, and an available paddle-shift automatic transmission

DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history – the 2015 Corvette Z06. It elevates the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 horsepower from an all-new supercharged engine, and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission – all building on the advanced driver technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray.

“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption, and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”

The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The new, supercharged 6.2L engine is expected to deliver at least 625 horsepower (466 kW), and can be matched with either a seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. The aluminum frame carries over from the Corvette Stingray and will also be used essentially unchanged for the Corvette Racing C7.R.

A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced unsprung weight. Although development testing is ongoing, the Z07 package has already recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the ZR1.

“The Corvette Z06 is a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “First, we took what we learned on the Corvette Racing C6.R and applied that to the all-new Corvette Stingray. Then, using the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were developed to push the envelope of performance on the street and the track.”

Supercharged, efficient performance
The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb.-ft. of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing.

These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel-efficient.

“The supercharged LT4 engine delivers the greatest balance of performance and efficiency ever in the Corvette,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for Small-Block engines. “It is one of the world’s only supercharged engines to incorporate cylinder deactivation technology, enabling it to cruise efficiently on the highway with reduced fuel consumption, but offer more than 600 horsepower whenever the driver calls up its tremendous power reserve.”

To maintain the Z06′s mass and performance targets, the LT4 engine was designed with a more-efficient, more-compact next-generation supercharger. Even with its integrated supercharger/intercooler assembly mounted in the valley between the cylinder heads, the engine is only about 1 inch (25 mm) taller than the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – while delivering nearly 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.

The new 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1′s LS9. The rotors are shorter in length, too, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to get up to speed quicker, producing power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently, thanks to a new, more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The LT4 engine also has several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:

  • Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional heads
  • Lightweight titanium intake valves and machined connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
  • High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency; enabled by direct injection
  • Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
  • Stainless steel exhaust headers and aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
  • Standard dry-sump oiling system with larger cooler capacity than Z51; used with dual-pressure-control oil pump.

The LT4 will be built in Tonawanda, N.Y., and Bowling Green, Ky., at the new Performance Build Center.

Eight speeds, no waiting
The supercharged LT4 is offered with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and efficiency.

“Unlike most ultra-performance cars, the Corvette Z06 offers customers the choice between two transmissions to suit their driving styles,” said Juechter. “The seven-speed gives the driver the control of a true three-pedal manual transmission with perfect shifts enabled by Active Rev Matching. The new eight-speed automatic offers drivers the comfort and drivability of a true automatic transmission, as well as lightning-fast shifts and manual control for track driving.”

The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia.

The eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times, and smaller steps between gears keep the LT4 within the sweet spot of the rpm band, optimizing the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

For performance driving, the transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and unique algorithms to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many supercars – but with the smoothness and refinement that comes with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

In fact, the 8L90′s controller analyzes and executes commands 160 times per second, and wide-open-throttle upshifts are executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than those of the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911.

“There’s no trade-off in drivability with the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission – it was designed to deliver performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement,” said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for eight-speed automatic transmissions. “It is also the highest-capacity automatic transmission ever offered in a Chevrolet car.”

Featuring four gearsets and five clutches, creative packaging enables the GM-developed eight speed automatic to fit the same space as the six-speed automatic used in the Corvette Stingray. Extensive use of aluminum and even magnesium make it more than eight pounds (4 kg) lighter than the six-speed, as well. Along with design features that reduce friction, the 8L90 is expected to contribute up to five-percent greater efficiency, when compared with a six-speed automatic.

The eight-speed automatic will be built at GM’s Toledo, Ohio, transmission facility.

Designed for downforce
The performance targets of the Z06 also posed a challenge for the design team, who had to create a striking design that also contributed to increased capabilities.

“Virtually every exterior change served a functional purpose, as this beast needed more of everything,” said Tom Peters, Corvette design director, “The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”

Indeed, the design changes began not with the exterior panels, but the tires.

To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06′s performance targets, the Z06 was fitted with larger Michelin tires (Pilot Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup tires with the Z07 package). The P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Stingray, while the 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider.

To cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance that is further emphasized by a unique rear fascia. It incorporates the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray, but on the Z06 the taillamps are pushed approximately three inches farther apart, toward to edges of the body.

The tires are mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels that are also wider than the Stingray (19 x 10 inches in front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear). Their open, ultralight design showcases the massive Brembo brakes, which are part of the design aesthetic:

  • The Z06 features two-piece steel rotors, measuring 14.6 x 1.3-inch (371 x 33 mm) front and 14.4 x 1-inch (365 x 25 mm) rear, with aluminum six-piston and four-piston fixed calipers, respectively
  • The Z07 package adds larger, 15.5 x 1.4-inch (394 x 36 mm) front and 15.3 x 1.3-inch (388 x 33 mm) carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors for consistent performance lap after lap, and collectively save 23 pounds over the standard Z06 rotors.

To harness the cornering and braking grip afforded by the larger tires and brakes, the exterior of the Corvette Z06 has also been tailored to produce aerodynamic downforce that presses the tires to the ground at high speeds.

The Z06 will offer three, increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:

  • The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and the rear spoiler from the Corvette Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package
  • An available carbon-fiber aero package (in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish) adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce
  • The available Z07 package adds a larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use; with this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most amount of aerodynamic downforce of any production car that GM has tested.

The exterior design also reflects the increased cooling required for the new Corvette Z06. For example, the mesh pattern on the front fascia was painstakingly designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger’s intercooler heat exchanger. In fact, the mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than with the grille completely removed.

The unique grille also features dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serve as air diffusers. The grille is complemented with a larger hood vent, which not only vents hot air from the engine compartment, but contributes to downforce by allowing air driven through the grille to exit through the hood rather than being forced under the car, which could create lift.

Additional cooling elements include larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, which force about 50 percent more air into the cooling ducts for the transmission and differential coolers than those on the Stingray. To cope with the additional airflow, the Z06 has also has larger rear-fascia openings than the Stingray.

Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, including Z06-signature rear ducts integrated in front of the rear fender openings, are also part of the functional design changes.

Inside, the Corvette Z06 is distinguished from the Corvette Stingray by unique color schemes that emphasize the driver-focused cockpit, and a unique, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Like the Stingray, the Z06 will be offered with two seating choices: a GT seat, for all-around comfort, and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering, which provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium, for greater strength and less weight than comparable steel frames. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.

The Z06 also benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving, first introduced on the Stingray, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering.

The performance-supporting elements inside the new Corvette Z06 are complemented by unprecedented attention to detail and build quality. All models feature a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede.

Track-proven technologies
The 2015 Corvette Z06 leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with unique features and calibrations tailored for its capabilities.

“Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers exploit every pound-foot of torque, every “g” of grip and every pound of downforce,” said Juechter. “It’s a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray – and one that’s even more relevant with an estimated 625 horsepower at your beck and call.”

For the first time ever, the Corvette Z06′s aluminum frame will be produced in-house at the Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. It’s the same robust, lightweight frame used on the Corvette Stingray and it will also be used essentially unchanged for the C7.R racecars.

The stiffer design of the aluminum frame allows the Corvette Z06 to be offered with a removable roof panel for the first time. In fact, with the lightweight, carbon fiber roof panel removed, the new Corvette Z06 offers 20 percent more structural rigidity than the previous model’s fixed-roof design – and a 60-percent increase in stiffness with the roof panel installed.

The new Z06 retains the SLA-type front and rear suspension design of the Corvette Stingray, including, but uniquely calibrated for the higher performance threshold. The third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard on Z06, and can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector.

Like on the Stingray, the Driver Mode Selector tailors up to a dozen features of the Z06 to suit the driver’s environment, including:

  • Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • Active handling (StabiliTrak stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
  • Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
  • Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions; more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

The smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) is standard on the Z06, to make the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque-based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction.

The eLSD is fully integrated with Electronic Stability Control and Performance Traction Management systems. Its calibrations vary among three modes, based on the Drive Mode Selector setting:

  • Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
  • Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track modes. This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner
  • Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction Management.

The new Corvette Z06 will be available in early 2015. Performance data and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Corvette Z06: A Quick History of a Fast Car

DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most capable in the history of track-oriented model. The Z06 was first offered as an option package in 1963, directed squarely at those who intended to use their Corvette on a track.

Since then, the Z06 has been offered in four of the Corvette’s seven production generations, each elevating the Corvette’s track capability to higher levels:

  • Second generation (1963) – Developed under famed Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, the first Z06 package offered enhanced handling and braking capability, along with an available, larger fuel tank that reduced the need for refueling during a race. Power came from a fuel-injected small block V-8 engine, supported by a four-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle. Only 199 were built – 63 of them with the larger fuel tank.
  • Fifth generation (2001-2004) – Combining a lower curb weight with higher horsepower, the fifth-generation Corvette Z06 was one of the fastest production cars on a track – a capability confirmed with a sub-8-minute lap around the Nürburgring. It was built on a unique fixed-roof hardtop body, with several lightweighting elements, such as thinner glass, a titanium exhaust system and more. Its unique LS6 small block engine delivered up to 405 horsepower through a six-speed manual transmission with specific, performance-optimized gearing. A total of 28,388 were built.
  • Sixth generation (2006-2013) – The sixth-generation Corvette Z06 featured its own, bespoke aluminum frame that was 136 pounds lighter than the steel frame on standard Corvette models. Under the hood, the 505-horsepower LS7 7.0L small block featured racing-derived technologies, including titanium connecting rods and a dry-sump oiling system. The Z07 Performance Package added carbon-ceramic matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, enabling the Z06 to run the Nürburgring in 7:22.68. A total of 27,979 were built, including 740 with the Z07 performance package.
  • Seventh generation (2015) – The new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most capable production Corvette ever. Developed in conjunction with the Corvette C7.R race car, it incorporates racing technology to deliver greater aerodynamic downforce, cornering grip and braking performance. With the available Z07 Performance Package – again fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires and enhanced braking capability with carbon ceramic-matrix brakes – the new Z06 is faster on a track than the Corvette ZR1, in preliminary testing.

1963 Z06: Duntov’s legacy
The first Z06 was an option package on the iconic 1963 “split-window” Corvette, developed by Corvette’s legendary engineer and racing advocate Zora Arkus-Duntov. He successfully lobbied for the 1963 Corvette to offer a package for customers who intended to race the new car.

For those in the know, checking the RPO Z06 box on the Corvette’s order sheet added a thicker, 24mm (0.94-inch) front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shock absorbers and springs that were nearly twice as stiff as standard parts. The Z06 package also featured upgraded brake components, including sintered-metal brake linings, which stood up to heat and resisted wear better than conventional material; power-assisted brakes with unique Al Fin brake drums constructed of lightweight cast aluminum, with a steel center section, and cooling fins around the perimeter; and a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum brake booster to enhance safety and reduce braking effort – components that would become industry standards, but were still rare in regular-production vehicles of the era.

Possibly most significant for racing, the Z06 option could be combined with a larger, 36.5-gallon fiberglass fuel tank that allowed racers to stay on the track longer. Z06-equipped models quickly became known as “big tank” or “tanker” Corvettes and they were originally limited to coupe models, because the larger tank wouldn’t fit convertibles. Later, Chevrolet revised the package, making the regular 20-gallon fuel tank standard and the big tank an option. The change allowed the Z06 package to be ordered on a convertible – although perhaps only one is believed to have been built – and lowered its price, which originally added more than 40 percent to the Corvette’s base price. Aluminum knock-off wheels were also part of the initial package and eliminated from the list of standard content to reduce the package price.

There was one engine available with the Z06 package – the 360-horsepower L48-code 327-cubic-inch small block, which featured an advanced mechanical fuel injection system. Corvette was a pioneer in fuel injection, having introduced it in 1957. A four-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle were also standard equipment.

In that pre-Internet era, few Corvette customers – even those with racing intentions – knew of the Z06 package. It wasn’t advertised, making word of mouth the primary source of information. Only 199 were built and only 63 of them were big-tank cars. Because most were purchased and used for racing, the attrition rate was comparatively high. Remaining, documented examples – especially the big-tank cars – are highly collectable.

2001-2004 Z06: Breaking the 8-minute Nürburgring lap
During the Corvette’s fifth generation, the Z06 name was reintroduced as a special 2001 model that took Corvette performance farther than it had ever been. Engineers started with the Corvette’s unique, limited-production hardtop body, which featured a fixed-roof design that was stiffer and lighter than the hatchback coupe. The car was further lightened with a titanium exhaust system, thinner glass, lighter wheels, conventional tires (in place of the standard run-flat tires), reduced sound deadening material, a fixed radio antenna (vs. a power antenna), and even a smaller, lighter battery.

The results shaved about 100 pounds off the weight of a conventional coupe model. The car also introduced rear-brake cooling ducts integrated in the rear fenders, which would become a signature styling cue.

On the other side of the power-to-weight equation is horsepower and to that end, the 2001 Z06 used an exclusive LS6 version of the Gen III small block engine. If featured unique internal parts, including a “hotter” camshaft and higher-compression pistons, and an enhanced cylinder block design for greater bay-to-bay breathing, helping it produce 385 horsepower. Further enhancements contributed to an increase to 405 horsepower in 2002. The engine was backed by a six-speed manual transmission with Z06-specific gear ratios.

Like the original 1963 Z06, the fifth-generation car included chassis and suspension components optimized for the track. Its exclusive FE4 suspension package featured a larger-diameter, hollow stabilizer bars that also had thicker walls for greater stiffness; larger-diameter shock absorbers (compared to standard models), quicker steering – 2.46 turns lock to lock vs. 2.66 on other models – and a larger wheel-and-tire package, featuring Goodyear Eagle F1 SC tires mounted on lighter, stiffer forged aluminum wheels.

By the end of its production run, the fifth-generation-based Corvette Z06 was already benefitting from technology used on the successful Corvette Racing program, including lightweight carbon fiber. A special 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans Commemorative Edition – acknowledging Corvette Racing’s historic 1-2 class finish at the famous 24-hour endurance race – used a carbon fiber hood to shave 10 pounds off the nose of the car, enhancing its balance.

The 2004 Corvette Z06 proved its capability on the global stage, when it became one of the first production cars at the time to run Germany’s famous Nürburgring road course in less than 8 minutes (7:56).

2006-2013 Z06: A foundation for success
The groundbreaking sixth-generation Corvette Z06 elevated Corvette to compete with the world’s most capable supercars. A power-to-weight ratio of 6.2:1 was one of the best in the world, helping it run from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds, through the quarter-mile in the low-11-second range and achieve a top speed of more than 190 mph.

The foundation of the Z06 was its own, dedicated aluminum chassis – the first time in Corvette history a unique frame was used for a special model.

The Z06′s aluminum frame was 136 pounds lighter than the comparable steel frame used in standard models and even incorporated a featherweight magnesium engine cradle, contributing to a curb weight of only 3,130 pounds. Mounted on that cradle was another leap in technology: The LS7 small block engine. Displacing 7.0L (427 cubic inches), it was the largest engine offered in the Corvette in more than 30 years – and the most powerful engine in Corvette’s history until the introduction of the Corvette ZR1.

The LS7 used airflow and lightweight technology, including titanium connecting rods and a dry-sump oiling system, derived from the Corvette Racing program to produce 505 horsepower.

Along with its unique frame and LS7 engine, the sixth-generation Corvette Z06 also featured:

  • More rigid fixed-roof body style
  • Wider front and rear fenders – including carbon fiber front fenders
  • Unique rear spoiler and front splitter
  • Front and rear brake-cooling ducts – including signature integrated rear-fender inlets
  • Specific, lightweight 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, with 275/35ZR18 front tires and 325/30ZR19 rear tires
  • Large 14-inch (355 mm) front brake rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers
  • Unique stabilizer bars, spring rates and shocks.

The ultimate Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package incorporated a number of components used on the 205-mph Corvette ZR1, including carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, additional carbon fiber exterior components and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. In 2012, a Z07-equipped Corvette lapped the Nürburgring in 7:22.68.

2015 Z06: The most capable ever
The new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the first Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stiffer aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. It is also the most track-capable Corvette, ever.

It was developed in conjunction with the Corvette C7.R race car with technology proven through Corvette Racing, the most successful program in the Tudor United Sports Car Challenge series (formerly American Le Mans Series).

A new, supercharged 6.2L engine, rated at an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW), powers the Z06. It is also one of the industry’s only supercars to offer the choice of two transmissions – a seven-speed manual and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Developed by GM, the paddle-shift eight-speed offers fully manual control, delivering quick, seamless shifts that rival the world’s best dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions.

An available, carbon fiber aero package adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce.

The available Z07 package adds a larger winglets, an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires and carbon ceramic-matrix brakes. With this package, the Corvette Z06 will deliver the most aerodynamic downforce of any GM production car.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 goes on sale in early 2015.

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2015 Corvette Z06 Unleashed w/625-horsepower at 2014 NAIAS 13
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Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Corvette C7, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Z06, naias, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The all-new Corvette C7 Stingray is already a hit and has taken the 2014 North American Car of the Year award already this morning at the North American International Auto Show. Chevrolet puts the cherry on top of this news by unleashing the all-new Corvette Z06, which touts better performance and track times than the outgoing Corvette ZR1.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The new Supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 engine produces ‘at least’ 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. The Z06 will give buyers the option of a seven-speed manual transmission or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. The auto unit is a conventional automatic with a torque converter but claims to be lighter than the six-speed auto in the Stingray while executing shifts in 8-hundreths of a second faster than the dual-clutch PDK transmission in the Porsche 911.

The aluminum frame from the new Corvette C7.R race car, also revealed today, is said to be “essentially unchanged” as found in the new Z06.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Race Car

A Z07 option package for the new Z06 will feature Pilot Sport Cup tires and Brembo carbon ceramic rotors. Keeping things stable is a re-tuned version of GM’s magnetic ride control and an electronic limited-split differential out back as standard equipment on the new Z06.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with the available Z07 package
(L to R) The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 and 2014 Corvette C7.R race car
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2015 "LT4" 6.2L V-8 AFM VVT DI SC (LT4) for Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Press Release

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 the Most Capable, Ever

  • Enters supercar territory with race-proven design, advanced technologies and world-class performance
  • With the track-focused Z07 performance package, the 2015 Corvette Z06 delivers faster lap times than the 2014 Corvette ZR1
  • The first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, a removable roof panel, and an available paddle-shift automatic transmission

DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history – the 2015 Corvette Z06. It elevates the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 horsepower from an all-new supercharged engine, and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission – all building on the advanced driver technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray.

“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption, and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”

The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The new, supercharged 6.2L engine is expected to deliver at least 625 horsepower (466 kW), and can be matched with either a seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. The aluminum frame carries over from the Corvette Stingray and will also be used essentially unchanged for the Corvette Racing C7.R.

A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced unsprung weight. Although development testing is ongoing, the Z07 package has already recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the ZR1.

“The Corvette Z06 is a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “First, we took what we learned on the Corvette Racing C6.R and applied that to the all-new Corvette Stingray. Then, using the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were developed to push the envelope of performance on the street and the track.”

Supercharged, efficient performance
The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb.-ft. of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing.

These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel-efficient.

“The supercharged LT4 engine delivers the greatest balance of performance and efficiency ever in the Corvette,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for Small-Block engines. “It is one of the world’s only supercharged engines to incorporate cylinder deactivation technology, enabling it to cruise efficiently on the highway with reduced fuel consumption, but offer more than 600 horsepower whenever the driver calls up its tremendous power reserve.”

To maintain the Z06′s mass and performance targets, the LT4 engine was designed with a more-efficient, more-compact next-generation supercharger. Even with its integrated supercharger/intercooler assembly mounted in the valley between the cylinder heads, the engine is only about 1 inch (25 mm) taller than the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – while delivering nearly 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.

The new 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1′s LS9. The rotors are shorter in length, too, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to get up to speed quicker, producing power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently, thanks to a new, more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The LT4 engine also has several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:

  • Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional heads
  • Lightweight titanium intake valves and machined connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
  • High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency; enabled by direct injection
  • Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
  • Stainless steel exhaust headers and aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
  • Standard dry-sump oiling system with larger cooler capacity than Z51; used with dual-pressure-control oil pump.

The LT4 will be built in Tonawanda, N.Y., and Bowling Green, Ky., at the new Performance Build Center.

Eight speeds, no waiting
The supercharged LT4 is offered with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and efficiency.

“Unlike most ultra-performance cars, the Corvette Z06 offers customers the choice between two transmissions to suit their driving styles,” said Juechter. “The seven-speed gives the driver the control of a true three-pedal manual transmission with perfect shifts enabled by Active Rev Matching. The new eight-speed automatic offers drivers the comfort and drivability of a true automatic transmission, as well as lightning-fast shifts and manual control for track driving.”

The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia.

The eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times, and smaller steps between gears keep the LT4 within the sweet spot of the rpm band, optimizing the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

For performance driving, the transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and unique algorithms to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many supercars – but with the smoothness and refinement that comes with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

In fact, the 8L90′s controller analyzes and executes commands 160 times per second, and wide-open-throttle upshifts are executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than those of the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911.

“There’s no trade-off in drivability with the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission – it was designed to deliver performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement,” said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for eight-speed automatic transmissions. “It is also the highest-capacity automatic transmission ever offered in a Chevrolet car.”

Featuring four gearsets and five clutches, creative packaging enables the GM-developed eight speed automatic to fit the same space as the six-speed automatic used in the Corvette Stingray. Extensive use of aluminum and even magnesium make it more than eight pounds (4 kg) lighter than the six-speed, as well. Along with design features that reduce friction, the 8L90 is expected to contribute up to five-percent greater efficiency, when compared with a six-speed automatic.

The eight-speed automatic will be built at GM’s Toledo, Ohio, transmission facility.

Designed for downforce
The performance targets of the Z06 also posed a challenge for the design team, who had to create a striking design that also contributed to increased capabilities.

“Virtually every exterior change served a functional purpose, as this beast needed more of everything,” said Tom Peters, Corvette design director, “The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”

Indeed, the design changes began not with the exterior panels, but the tires.

To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06′s performance targets, the Z06 was fitted with larger Michelin tires (Pilot Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup tires with the Z07 package). The P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Stingray, while the 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider.

To cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance that is further emphasized by a unique rear fascia. It incorporates the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray, but on the Z06 the taillamps are pushed approximately three inches farther apart, toward to edges of the body.

The tires are mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels that are also wider than the Stingray (19 x 10 inches in front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear). Their open, ultralight design showcases the massive Brembo brakes, which are part of the design aesthetic:

  • The Z06 features two-piece steel rotors, measuring 14.6 x 1.3-inch (371 x 33 mm) front and 14.4 x 1-inch (365 x 25 mm) rear, with aluminum six-piston and four-piston fixed calipers, respectively
  • The Z07 package adds larger, 15.5 x 1.4-inch (394 x 36 mm) front and 15.3 x 1.3-inch (388 x 33 mm) carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors for consistent performance lap after lap, and collectively save 23 pounds over the standard Z06 rotors.

To harness the cornering and braking grip afforded by the larger tires and brakes, the exterior of the Corvette Z06 has also been tailored to produce aerodynamic downforce that presses the tires to the ground at high speeds.

The Z06 will offer three, increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:

  • The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and the rear spoiler from the Corvette Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package
  • An available carbon-fiber aero package (in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish) adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce
  • The available Z07 package adds a larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use; with this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most amount of aerodynamic downforce of any production car that GM has tested.

The exterior design also reflects the increased cooling required for the new Corvette Z06. For example, the mesh pattern on the front fascia was painstakingly designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger’s intercooler heat exchanger. In fact, the mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than with the grille completely removed.

The unique grille also features dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serve as air diffusers. The grille is complemented with a larger hood vent, which not only vents hot air from the engine compartment, but contributes to downforce by allowing air driven through the grille to exit through the hood rather than being forced under the car, which could create lift.

Additional cooling elements include larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, which force about 50 percent more air into the cooling ducts for the transmission and differential coolers than those on the Stingray. To cope with the additional airflow, the Z06 has also has larger rear-fascia openings than the Stingray.

Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, including Z06-signature rear ducts integrated in front of the rear fender openings, are also part of the functional design changes.

Inside, the Corvette Z06 is distinguished from the Corvette Stingray by unique color schemes that emphasize the driver-focused cockpit, and a unique, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Like the Stingray, the Z06 will be offered with two seating choices: a GT seat, for all-around comfort, and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering, which provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium, for greater strength and less weight than comparable steel frames. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.

The Z06 also benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving, first introduced on the Stingray, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering.

The performance-supporting elements inside the new Corvette Z06 are complemented by unprecedented attention to detail and build quality. All models feature a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede.

Track-proven technologies
The 2015 Corvette Z06 leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with unique features and calibrations tailored for its capabilities.

“Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers exploit every pound-foot of torque, every “g” of grip and every pound of downforce,” said Juechter. “It’s a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray – and one that’s even more relevant with an estimated 625 horsepower at your beck and call.”

For the first time ever, the Corvette Z06′s aluminum frame will be produced in-house at the Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. It’s the same robust, lightweight frame used on the Corvette Stingray and it will also be used essentially unchanged for the C7.R racecars.

The stiffer design of the aluminum frame allows the Corvette Z06 to be offered with a removable roof panel for the first time. In fact, with the lightweight, carbon fiber roof panel removed, the new Corvette Z06 offers 20 percent more structural rigidity than the previous model’s fixed-roof design – and a 60-percent increase in stiffness with the roof panel installed.

The new Z06 retains the SLA-type front and rear suspension design of the Corvette Stingray, including, but uniquely calibrated for the higher performance threshold. The third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard on Z06, and can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector.

Like on the Stingray, the Driver Mode Selector tailors up to a dozen features of the Z06 to suit the driver’s environment, including:

  • Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • Active handling (StabiliTrak stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
  • Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
  • Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions; more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

The smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) is standard on the Z06, to make the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque-based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction.

The eLSD is fully integrated with Electronic Stability Control and Performance Traction Management systems. Its calibrations vary among three modes, based on the Drive Mode Selector setting:

  • Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
  • Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track modes. This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner
  • Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction Management.

The new Corvette Z06 will be available in early 2015. Performance data and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Corvette Z06: A Quick History of a Fast Car

DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most capable in the history of track-oriented model. The Z06 was first offered as an option package in 1963, directed squarely at those who intended to use their Corvette on a track.

Since then, the Z06 has been offered in four of the Corvette’s seven production generations, each elevating the Corvette’s track capability to higher levels:

  • Second generation (1963) – Developed under famed Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, the first Z06 package offered enhanced handling and braking capability, along with an available, larger fuel tank that reduced the need for refueling during a race. Power came from a fuel-injected small block V-8 engine, supported by a four-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle. Only 199 were built – 63 of them with the larger fuel tank.
  • Fifth generation (2001-2004) – Combining a lower curb weight with higher horsepower, the fifth-generation Corvette Z06 was one of the fastest production cars on a track – a capability confirmed with a sub-8-minute lap around the Nürburgring. It was built on a unique fixed-roof hardtop body, with several lightweighting elements, such as thinner glass, a titanium exhaust system and more. Its unique LS6 small block engine delivered up to 405 horsepower through a six-speed manual transmission with specific, performance-optimized gearing. A total of 28,388 were built.
  • Sixth generation (2006-2013) – The sixth-generation Corvette Z06 featured its own, bespoke aluminum frame that was 136 pounds lighter than the steel frame on standard Corvette models. Under the hood, the 505-horsepower LS7 7.0L small block featured racing-derived technologies, including titanium connecting rods and a dry-sump oiling system. The Z07 Performance Package added carbon-ceramic matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, enabling the Z06 to run the Nürburgring in 7:22.68. A total of 27,979 were built, including 740 with the Z07 performance package.
  • Seventh generation (2015) – The new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most capable production Corvette ever. Developed in conjunction with the Corvette C7.R race car, it incorporates racing technology to deliver greater aerodynamic downforce, cornering grip and braking performance. With the available Z07 Performance Package – again fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires and enhanced braking capability with carbon ceramic-matrix brakes – the new Z06 is faster on a track than the Corvette ZR1, in preliminary testing.

1963 Z06: Duntov’s legacy
The first Z06 was an option package on the iconic 1963 “split-window” Corvette, developed by Corvette’s legendary engineer and racing advocate Zora Arkus-Duntov. He successfully lobbied for the 1963 Corvette to offer a package for customers who intended to race the new car.

For those in the know, checking the RPO Z06 box on the Corvette’s order sheet added a thicker, 24mm (0.94-inch) front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shock absorbers and springs that were nearly twice as stiff as standard parts. The Z06 package also featured upgraded brake components, including sintered-metal brake linings, which stood up to heat and resisted wear better than conventional material; power-assisted brakes with unique Al Fin brake drums constructed of lightweight cast aluminum, with a steel center section, and cooling fins around the perimeter; and a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum brake booster to enhance safety and reduce braking effort – components that would become industry standards, but were still rare in regular-production vehicles of the era.

Possibly most significant for racing, the Z06 option could be combined with a larger, 36.5-gallon fiberglass fuel tank that allowed racers to stay on the track longer. Z06-equipped models quickly became known as “big tank” or “tanker” Corvettes and they were originally limited to coupe models, because the larger tank wouldn’t fit convertibles. Later, Chevrolet revised the package, making the regular 20-gallon fuel tank standard and the big tank an option. The change allowed the Z06 package to be ordered on a convertible – although perhaps only one is believed to have been built – and lowered its price, which originally added more than 40 percent to the Corvette’s base price. Aluminum knock-off wheels were also part of the initial package and eliminated from the list of standard content to reduce the package price.

There was one engine available with the Z06 package – the 360-horsepower L48-code 327-cubic-inch small block, which featured an advanced mechanical fuel injection system. Corvette was a pioneer in fuel injection, having introduced it in 1957. A four-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle were also standard equipment.

In that pre-Internet era, few Corvette customers – even those with racing intentions – knew of the Z06 package. It wasn’t advertised, making word of mouth the primary source of information. Only 199 were built and only 63 of them were big-tank cars. Because most were purchased and used for racing, the attrition rate was comparatively high. Remaining, documented examples – especially the big-tank cars – are highly collectable.

2001-2004 Z06: Breaking the 8-minute Nürburgring lap
During the Corvette’s fifth generation, the Z06 name was reintroduced as a special 2001 model that took Corvette performance farther than it had ever been. Engineers started with the Corvette’s unique, limited-production hardtop body, which featured a fixed-roof design that was stiffer and lighter than the hatchback coupe. The car was further lightened with a titanium exhaust system, thinner glass, lighter wheels, conventional tires (in place of the standard run-flat tires), reduced sound deadening material, a fixed radio antenna (vs. a power antenna), and even a smaller, lighter battery.

The results shaved about 100 pounds off the weight of a conventional coupe model. The car also introduced rear-brake cooling ducts integrated in the rear fenders, which would become a signature styling cue.

On the other side of the power-to-weight equation is horsepower and to that end, the 2001 Z06 used an exclusive LS6 version of the Gen III small block engine. If featured unique internal parts, including a “hotter” camshaft and higher-compression pistons, and an enhanced cylinder block design for greater bay-to-bay breathing, helping it produce 385 horsepower. Further enhancements contributed to an increase to 405 horsepower in 2002. The engine was backed by a six-speed manual transmission with Z06-specific gear ratios.

Like the original 1963 Z06, the fifth-generation car included chassis and suspension components optimized for the track. Its exclusive FE4 suspension package featured a larger-diameter, hollow stabilizer bars that also had thicker walls for greater stiffness; larger-diameter shock absorbers (compared to standard models), quicker steering – 2.46 turns lock to lock vs. 2.66 on other models – and a larger wheel-and-tire package, featuring Goodyear Eagle F1 SC tires mounted on lighter, stiffer forged aluminum wheels.

By the end of its production run, the fifth-generation-based Corvette Z06 was already benefitting from technology used on the successful Corvette Racing program, including lightweight carbon fiber. A special 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans Commemorative Edition – acknowledging Corvette Racing’s historic 1-2 class finish at the famous 24-hour endurance race – used a carbon fiber hood to shave 10 pounds off the nose of the car, enhancing its balance.

The 2004 Corvette Z06 proved its capability on the global stage, when it became one of the first production cars at the time to run Germany’s famous Nürburgring road course in less than 8 minutes (7:56).

2006-2013 Z06: A foundation for success
The groundbreaking sixth-generation Corvette Z06 elevated Corvette to compete with the world’s most capable supercars. A power-to-weight ratio of 6.2:1 was one of the best in the world, helping it run from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds, through the quarter-mile in the low-11-second range and achieve a top speed of more than 190 mph.

The foundation of the Z06 was its own, dedicated aluminum chassis – the first time in Corvette history a unique frame was used for a special model.

The Z06′s aluminum frame was 136 pounds lighter than the comparable steel frame used in standard models and even incorporated a featherweight magnesium engine cradle, contributing to a curb weight of only 3,130 pounds. Mounted on that cradle was another leap in technology: The LS7 small block engine. Displacing 7.0L (427 cubic inches), it was the largest engine offered in the Corvette in more than 30 years – and the most powerful engine in Corvette’s history until the introduction of the Corvette ZR1.

The LS7 used airflow and lightweight technology, including titanium connecting rods and a dry-sump oiling system, derived from the Corvette Racing program to produce 505 horsepower.

Along with its unique frame and LS7 engine, the sixth-generation Corvette Z06 also featured:

  • More rigid fixed-roof body style
  • Wider front and rear fenders – including carbon fiber front fenders
  • Unique rear spoiler and front splitter
  • Front and rear brake-cooling ducts – including signature integrated rear-fender inlets
  • Specific, lightweight 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, with 275/35ZR18 front tires and 325/30ZR19 rear tires
  • Large 14-inch (355 mm) front brake rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers
  • Unique stabilizer bars, spring rates and shocks.

The ultimate Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package incorporated a number of components used on the 205-mph Corvette ZR1, including carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, additional carbon fiber exterior components and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. In 2012, a Z07-equipped Corvette lapped the Nürburgring in 7:22.68.

2015 Z06: The most capable ever
The new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the first Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stiffer aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. It is also the most track-capable Corvette, ever.

It was developed in conjunction with the Corvette C7.R race car with technology proven through Corvette Racing, the most successful program in the Tudor United Sports Car Challenge series (formerly American Le Mans Series).

A new, supercharged 6.2L engine, rated at an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW), powers the Z06. It is also one of the industry’s only supercars to offer the choice of two transmissions – a seven-speed manual and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Developed by GM, the paddle-shift eight-speed offers fully manual control, delivering quick, seamless shifts that rival the world’s best dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions.

An available, carbon fiber aero package adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce.

The available Z07 package adds a larger winglets, an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires and carbon ceramic-matrix brakes. With this package, the Corvette Z06 will deliver the most aerodynamic downforce of any GM production car.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 goes on sale in early 2015.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.



Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado Take 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Award 13
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Corvette Stingray, Detroit, Detroit-Auto-Show, naias, News, North American Car of the Year, North American International Auto Show, North American Truck/Utility of the Year on 01 13th, 2014
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It is a proud day in America and at General Motors as the Chevrolet brand takes home both the 2014 North American Car and 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards with the new Corvette Stingray and Silverado. This announcement kicks off the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as our peers and auto journalists from all over the world embark on one of the most exciting and highly anticipated automotive shows of the year.

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The bowtie brand keeps the forward momentum moving for General Motors as last year’s crown for North American Car of the year was awarded to the new Cadillac ATS. This year, while we thought the all-new Cadillac CTS, Mazda3 or the new Acura MDX was going to take the win home, we are just as happy with the outcome having the all-new Corvette Stingray and Silverado win.



2015 Corvette Z06 Leaks Onto Web Revealing 600+ Horsepower of American Muscle 11
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Stingray Z06, Corvette Z06, GM, naias, North American International Auto Show, Z06 on 01 11th, 2014
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Long live American Muscle! That is the sentiment we get in this golden era of automobiles when V8 engines are ruling the world. Let’s all face it, smaller turbo-charged 4 and 6 bangers are on the horizon to become the end of today’s automotive V8 brute. It is just a matter of time at this point.

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Let’s not all break out the depression pills yet, because General Motors is one of the American forces that still realizes enthusiasts breath air, bleed warm red blood and thirst for that raw power from a well-tuned V8 engine. To quench the thirst, Chevrolet is prepping to officially introduce a new Corvette Z06 speculated to produce around 620 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged V8 engine.

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Today the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06, just before its official debut next week in Detroit fresh off of the heals of the current Corvette Stingray C7, has some of its official photos leak onto the internet. It is rather common for this to happen and some believe the manufactures are apt to leak out a few photos to build the excitement and anticipation leading up to the introduction of a new vehicle. The all-new Corvette Stingray has stunned and impressed many and now it is getting a new high with an even faster variation wearing the Z06 badge and being the baddest and most track capable Chevrolet Corvette ever!

Let us know your thoughts on these leaked photos of the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Fresh American Muscle at its best.



New Porsche 911 (991) Targa Image Leaked Before Detroit Debut 9
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, naias, News, North American International Auto Show, porsche, Porsche 911 Targa, Porsche-911, video on 01 9th, 2014
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Just as expected, photos of cars to be revealed at the upcoming North American International Auto Show have leaked out and we get an early glimpse of what is to come from many auto manufacturers in the years to come. Porsche is expected to reveal a Targa variation of their all-new 911 and we are sharing some leaked photos today sourced from In Auto News.

The Porsche 911 (991) Targa pays homage to the original 1960’s Targa top featuring the removable roof section and the slopping rear window. The new Porsche 911 Targa will feature a 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine producing 345 horsepower while a Targa S will captivate the driver with a 3.6-liter flat-6 and 395 horsepower. Both variants will come standard with a manual transmission while the famous PDK dual-clutch unit will be optional.

Additional details of the new Porsche Targa are expected to drop next week at the NAIAS in Detroit.



Lexus RC F Fills Void for Japanese Luxury Performance Sports Coupe 8
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, LEXUS, Lexus IS F, Lexus RC, Lexus RC F, naias, News, North American International Auto Show, video on 01 8th, 2014
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Enthusiasts remember the days of the Toyota Supra very well and at any chance we get we attempt to play up those endless rumors of the Supra making its return. On the other end of the Toyota spectrum the Lexus brand has attempted to fill a void for enthusiasts and the IS F has held its own for long enough and Lexus has introduced an all-new RC F Coupe, marking the performance variant of the all-new IS but with two doors and packing a monstrous V8 engine.

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The all-new Lexus RC, a coupe version of the new IS, is said to be an all-new creation with its own chassis and physique. The RC F takes things to a new level with a V8 engine rumored to get upwards of 460 horsepower and potentially the current IS F’s 8-speed automatic transmission. That would make for a nice competitor to the likings of the BMW M4, Audi RS5 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

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Some say what the RC F comes down to is something to easily slot between the large gap formed by Toyota from the new Scion FR-S and exotic Lexus LFA. That gap is sure to close, especially if we were to see a Toyota-ized variation of this RC F that we see here. Can we say “another Supra rumor”?

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Ever since the conception of the Lexus IS the Japanese brand has been chasing down the Germans. Until the full specs are released next week during the official debut of the RC F, we really won’t know if it will actually catch the Germans, but so far it looks promising.

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UPDATE: Official Press Release gives us additional info and specs with video!

Lexus RC F Redefines the Daily Commute with Asphalt-Grinding Performance and Bold Head-Turning Design

  • Global Premiere of RC F Coupe at North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14
  • Aggressive Design Cues Demonstrate Performance Potential
  • Aerodynamic Wings and Scoops Illustrate Uncompromising Grit
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2014) – Giving new meaning to “back to the grind,” the daily commute is now transformed into a day at the track with the all-new Lexus RC F. The RC F coupe is styled to support the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.Based on the spectacular all-new RC coupe that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, the RC F has wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and available carbon fiber components, each delivering uncompromising grit to the driving experience.Design Exterior
The signature Lexus spindle grille, featuring a subtle F-pattern on the lower half, dominates the front of the RC F from the bottom of the hood to the lower lip. The hood is higher than that of the RC to accommodate the larger V8 engine and create the powerful flared profile suited to an F model. Ducts beneath the front bumper, fenders, and strategically-placed aerodynamic stabilizing fins create a stance which further identifies the F model.Air outlets at the rear of the front fender form the shape of an L when they merge with side sill extensions, while stacked trapezoidal quad-outlet tailpipes at the rear add further aggression. Taking design cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, the RC F features an available speed-sensitive active rear spoiler. It enhances the coupe’s lines at standstill and deploys from the RC F’s deck at approximately 50 mph and retracts when the speed is less than 25 mph. The wing helps the RC F maintain traction and stability at higher speeds.Three variations of 10-spoke 19-inch forged aluminum wheels are available, including two machine polished designs and one design hand polished by a craftsmen.Design Interior
The striking cockpit-like interior of Lexus RC F complements the aggressive exterior. Unique components include the meters, steering wheel, seats, ornamentation and pedals. The instrument panel is dominated by a central meter which changes according to the four selectable driving modes. The information, color of the display and size of text can be changed.

Occupant comfort is all important. RC F debuts a Lexus-first elliptical cross-section thick-grip steering wheel with optimum placement of paddle gear shifts. All-new high back seats with an embossed F on the headrests offer the driver and passenger an exceptional performance fit. The seats are available in a selection of five leather trims, each with contrasting stitching.

Outstanding new L-shaped rubber slits in the brake and accelerator pedals combine form and function to provide better foot grip.

The all-new RC F will be revealed at a press conference at the 2014 North American International Motor Show in W-152, formerly known as the Riverview Ballroom, at Cobo Center Jan. 14 at 8:45 am EST. The Lexus press conference will also be streamed live online at www.lexus-int.com/. Follow the hashtag #AsphaltUp for more developments.

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Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance.  With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 233 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.


2015 Subaru WRX STi Official Images Surface 8
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, naias, News, North American International Auto Show, Subaru, Subaru WRX, Subaru WRX STI on 01 8th, 2014
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We have already seen the new 2015 Subaru WRX when it was put on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Of course that gave us a glimpse as to what the STi variant of the hot compact would look like and now the official images leak onto the web today before its official introduction at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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The all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STi is rumored to get a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer 4-cylinder engine touting 300 horsepower and 290 ft-lbs. of torque, almost matching that of the outgoing model.

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We look for the official details to leak out as we approach the date of the NAIAS on the week of January 13th.

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Ford Atlas Concept Bows in Detroit: The F-150 Pick-Up Truck With More Brute 15
Jan
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Detroit-Auto-Show, Editorial, Ford, Ford F-150, North American International Auto Show, Pick-Up-Truck on 01 15th, 2013
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If you are thinking Ford is contemplating a new rocket ship called the Atlas, then you would be just slightly mistaken. The new Atlas Concept, making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, is a glimpse into the future of pick-up trucks from Ford. You can say the Atlas will be a virtual rocket ship in the sense of propelling the company into overdrive for the commercial pick-up truck market merging with normal consumers making an even bolder statement with more brute.

The Ford Atlas Concept will push the limits for combining fuel efficiency from Ford’s next generation EcoBoost turbocharged engines and all the capabilities you would want out of a full-sized pick-up truck, including competitive towing, rugged construction, versatile utility and a technologically functional yet comfortable cabin.

Some of the design of the Ford Atlas Concept has many traits of commercial vehicles, which is a useful aspect wanted in many new pick-up truck consumers. Turning to intensive aluminum construction to reduce weight and increase fuel economy, the Atlas will probably be offered alongside of a forthcoming F-150 having a more upscale vibe to it.

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Ford Atlas Concept: The Future of Pickups

• Ford Atlas Concept is the future vision for pickup trucks

• Innovative design integrates capability and smart technologies to transform customer
expectations of what Built Ford Tough® will look like in the future

• Next-generation EcoBoost® – coupled with advanced engineering and design
innovations – creates leading fuel efficiency and increased capability

• Trailer towing and cargo hauling are made easier with innovative features designed
specifically for truck owners to improve utility and confidence

DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2013 – Ford today unveiled the Ford Atlas Concept to showcase the design,
capability, fuel efficiency and smart technologies that will define future pickup trucks.
“The Ford Atlas Concept previews the innovations that will transform what people expect from
their pickup,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “With 36
years as America’s best-selling pickup, we are absolutely committed to setting the agenda in the truck market.”

Design with purpose

The Ford Atlas Concept is inspired by decades of listening to customers at the places they work
and play. The result is a purpose-driven design with prominent wheel arches, a wide stance and
chiseled grille – all to reinforce its functional Built Ford Tough® image.
“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds –
professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer.

“Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while
retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”

Designers enhanced truck functionality, while creating new advanced features (see infographic
here). For example, multiple tie-down points are integrated within the cargo box walls and load
floor, along with 110-volt electrical outlets in the cargo box to charge power tools. An integrated roof carrying system and hidden extendable ramps give the truck unique functionality for a variety of jobs.

The interior is themed with structural styling cues and features the latest thinking in comfort, utility and refinement. Innovative, thin, lightweight seating in comfortable leather allows for extra legroom for rear passengers – along with integrated storage for smaller items. “Floating” instrument pods and glove-friendly buttons and controls keep the interior functional and ruggedly stylish.

Leading fuel efficiency

The Ford Atlas Concept features a next-generation EcoBoost® powertrain, which introduces
truck-enhanced Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff technology. Auto Start-Stop shuts off the engine
when stopped in traffic to save fuel – and smartly suspends the feature when the truck knows it
is towing.

EcoBoost engines use gasoline direct injection and turbocharging to deliver fuel-economy gains
of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with largerdisplacement engines. More than 500,000 EcoBoost engines have been sold globally, including 250,000 in the Ford F-150.

The Ford Atlas Concept goes further to save fuel through a combination of active aerodynamic
elements that reduce wind resistance. They include:

• Active Grille Shutters: Automatic shutters behind the grille stay open when extra engine
cooling is needed, such as during low-speed stop-and-go driving or while working in hot
weather. The shutters automatically close to improve aerodynamics when cruising on
the highway at steady speeds

• Active Wheel Shutters: Automatic shutters in the wheels are hidden to improve style at
rest and low speeds, but automatically close at highway speeds to improve
aerodynamics. Self-charging batteries use energy from the wheels’ motion to power the
shutters

• Drop-Down Front Air Dam: A drop-down front wind spoiler lowers at highway speeds to
improve underbody airflow. The air dam is raised at low speeds to improve ground
clearance – helpful for off-roading

• Power Running Boards: Auto-deploying running boards help passengers enter the truck
at rest and tuck up against the truck when it is moving to improve aerodynamics and
ground clearance The combination of these fuel-saving features saves more than 2 mpg on the highway without diminishing towing or hauling capability.
Work and play smarter, not harder Ford Atlas Concept is a rolling showcase of features that improve capability, durability and productivity to meet the diverse needs of pickup truck owners. Features include:

• Dual-Purpose Tailgate Step and Cargo Cradle: The acclaimed Ford Tailgate Step goes
a step further by adding the ability to also act as a cargo cradle – lifting and holding
extra-long cargo items above the truck and freeing valuable bed space

• Trailer Backup Assist: This segment-first innovation allows drivers to back a trailer with
the twist of a knob. Ford research shows that backing a trailer is often the most
intimidating task a truck customer can face

• Dynamic Hitch Assist: Hitching a trailer can be time consuming and difficult. Dynamic
Hitch Assist helps precisely line up the truck’s hitch with the trailer coupling, eliminating
maneuvering guesswork by showing visual cues in the truck’s center display screen

• 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera: A Ford truck first, the system gives a bird’s-eye view
of the truck to help position the vehicle in tight places or when there are obstacles near
the truck – such as on a busy job site or grocery store parking lot

• LED Headlamps and Taillamps: Advanced LED lighting offers better road illumination
than conventional halogen or HID lights and lasts longer. LED lamps also offer nearinstant
response, giving valuable extra warning time for following traffic

• LED Cargo Box and Side Mirror Lighting: Advanced, powerful yet efficient LED lighting
brightly lights the cargo box and job site after the sun goes down with minimal battery
drain compared to standard headlights or plug-in lights

• Hidden Cargo Ramps: Lightweight, durable loading ramps stowed below the cargo box
can be quickly removed and set up to assist with loading wheeled items into the bed







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