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Kia US Line-Up to Have Alphanumeric Nomenclature Soon 30
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in Kia, kia altima, kia cars, kia k5, kia vehicles, Team Zoopedup on 06 30th, 2010

The US market might soon get to see Kia Motors going in for a change in nomenclature of its models. The automotive company is mulling over changing the names of its US range of vehicles from product names to alphanumerics.

Kia K5 in South Korea (or Kia Altima in US)

With the new change soon to take effect, the US buyers can choose their Kia models from among different alphanumeric names. In home country South Korea, the Kia line up has already been given partially alphanumeric names. For instance, the mid-sized Optima sedan has been named the K5, while large sedan Cadenza comes with theK7 name. The Kia Forte is to be called the K3. This doesn’t mean that all Kia models have been renamed. The Morning, Pride, Koup, Soul and Sportage have retained their nomenclature. The thought of renaming the vehicles with alphanumerics in the US car mart stems from the belief that such a move could enhance the strength of the car brand.



Volkswagen Single-Cab Amarok Spy Pictures Out; Launch Likely By Early 2011 30
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011 VW Amarok, 4X4, Amarok, spy shots, Volkswagen, VW, VW Amarok on 06 30th, 2010

We have been hearing of the Volkswagen Amarok for quite some time now, and here we have for you a bunch of spy pictures that details the single-cab. By the looks of it, it seems the maker has gone in for a snipped version of the earlier dual-cab Amarok. Take a look at these spy pictures, clicked by an enthusiast somewhere out there.

Though VW hasn’t yet come out in public with details of the single-cab Amarok, we are forced to believe that the little truck would be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI with 120 kW (161 hp / 163 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. In the meanwhile, we are also being told that VW might offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder flex-fuel petrol variant too. You needn’t be surprised if VW also goes in for an automatic transmission too. This would make it a first for the Amarok.

2011 VW Amarok single-cab 3
2011 VW Amarok single-cab 2
2011 VW Amarok single-cab 1

Going by the pictures, the single cab Amarok looks like a vehicle with a few little changes thrown in here and there in comparison with the dual cab design. Alterations include a longer truck bed. Besides this, a long B-pillar that has some extra storage space behind the front seats may also be seen as a change. VW is likely to roll out the single cab Amarok by early 2011. [via WCF]



GM C7 Corvette To Come Fitted With Small Block V8 Engines 30
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, C7, Corvette, Corvette C7, GM on 06 30th, 2010

General Motors is said to be lining up the C7 Corvette with a small block V-8. The C7 Corvette is expected to be among the first line of GM cars to come fitted with a V-8. If you guys are wondering as to what is unique about the small block V8, read on.

GM’s small-block V-8s will sport aluminum blocks and heads, direct-injection, and a new combustion system. Further, in a bid to ensure compact dimensions and lower manufacturing costs, GM has maintained a traditional overhead-valve layout for the small block V8.

With General Motors pumping in close to $890 million into this project, it seems like the downsized engine initiative is taken very seriously by the car maker. We hear that the prototypes of he small block V8 engines are now being tested at Detroit, so as to be fitted into the C7 Corvettes ahead of a final test and roll out. The C7 engines are expected to be capable enough to displace 5.5 liters, with a target output of about 440 horsepower. It looks like we are in for good times on the road.



Pagani Zonda R Shatters Ferrari 599XX Nurburgring Record Lap Time 30
Jun
Posted by Larry in Automotive, featured, Ferrari, Ferrari 599XX, News, Nurburgring, Pagani, Pagani Zonda R on 06 30th, 2010

If there was ever a fine line between a street car and a full-on race car then now is the time to question it. In the latest battle to get the best Nurburgring lap time, the Pagani Zonda R beats the Ferrari 599XX’s record lap time of 6:58 and posts a time of 6:47. Both the Ferrari 599XX and Pagani Zonda R are dedicated track vehicles but still classified as production cars. With that said, the Zonda R is now king of being the fastest production-based vehicle around the infamous Nurburgring.

[source: Pistonheads]



2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Review & Test Drive 30
Jun
Posted by Malcolm in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Test Drives on 06 30th, 2010

When you are sitting behind the wheel of a cool looking car, do you get that “big-head” feeling?  You know, the car that just attracts all types of attention? That’s just the selfish feeling that I had for a few moments while driving the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. As I reminisce about the time spent in the 2010 Camaro SS I would like to thank Chevrolet for bringing back a true classic sports car.

Not only did General Motors bring back a classic, but they brought it back in “transformed” style. The Camaro, in its Super Sports form, is one quick sports coupe to be reckoned with. The Camaro SS leads the pack along with the new 2011 Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger SRT8 for true American muscle cars.

Chevrolet has incorporated independent suspension for the first time in the Camaro with MacPherson struts up front, giving the Camaro a good ride that is stiff enough for the challenges that you would put any sports car through. Even though the Camaro SS falls just slightly after the 2011 Mustang GT in terms of performance, the Camaro SS is still not a pushover by far. It falls behind the Mustang GT mainly in part due to the Camaro SS being heavier, about 250 pounds more than the Mustang.

The exterior of the Camaro SS is truly remarkable from the eye-lid effect headlights with halos to the beefy side finders all the way to the wide road hugging rear-end. There is no mistaking the new Camaro for anything else. With the Camaro’s success as one of the stars in the Transformers movies, it became an instant hit among car enthusiasts. This sort of takes you away from the few flaws of the Camaro once you sit inside.

The large 20-inch sterling silver painted aluminum wheels also add to the character of the Camaro SS which is a necessary feature to fill the rather large wheel wells. Our yellow test car screamed “transformers”, even though it was not an actual “Transformer” edition. That is all you could really think of after taking a first glance at it rolling down the road. I am sure you can find a better looking car on the road but you would have to search very hard for one in the Camaro’s price category considering the Camaro V6 starts at $22,680.

The relatively high beltline of the Camaro gives you a feeling of substance. Although you do get an abundance of substance under the hood, we are not sure if it is all extracted in the way we would have hoped. The interior is very functional with the exception of the deep-dish designed steering wheel. We are not sure how this design made its way to the Camaro. It looks cool but it is not very functional with human hands. The retro-styled instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. It goes well with the lower podded instrument readouts for transmission temp, oil pressure, oil temp and voltage. This is a very nice touch that gives the Camaro’s interior a distinctive styling. Rear seating is somewhat tight but expected for this segment.

All controls are easy to figure out including the over-sized rubber HVAC knobs. Not sure if the rubber actually makes it easy to turn the already-big controls but it works well. A Boston Acoustics stereo with XM Satalite radio was included as part of the 2SS trim level. The 6-speed shifter was quite interesting as it automatically unlocks the reverse gate when you come to a stop allowing your shift to reverse virtually effortless. I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing considering how some people like to “play” with the shifter at stop lights.

Performance is a given when it comes to a Chevy Camaro even when you go back to the 1960’s. The big bowtie knows a thing or two about laying down some Detroit muscle. The Camaro SS is a performer. Even though its true weight shows at times, it is not shy about throwing it around the track. A 426ph pushrod V8 can easily propel all 3,860 lbs to 60mph in about 5 seconds or less. It does take some extra effort from the driver to navigate through the tall gears of the 6-speed manual but the reward is well worth it. An available 6-speed automatic unfortunately reduces the power output to 400hp. The 6-speed manual in our test car has unpredictable gates that you must somewhat adapt to. Power delivery is very smooth, so smooth that driving the Camaro SS does not seem near as fast as it does riding as a passenger.

Big 14.0 inch front and 14.1 inch Brembo brakes bring the Camaro SS to a stop in about 111ft from 60mph. Stability control and traction control keep the fat rear-end in place. Turn off the electronic nannies and you better watch out, the rear is apt to kick out under wide open throttle as the 275/40ZR 20” Pirelli P-Zero rear tires beg for grip. Steering turn-in is good with a neutral feeling and hardly any understeer or oversteer in part due to the front 245/45ZR 20” tires. The independent suspension, with big stabilizer bars, help keep you in the line that you pick on the track despite the heftiness of the Camaro.

The new Camaro was listed as the best selling sports car from May of 2009 to May of 2010. That’s a major accomplishment for Chevrolet leaving behind the Ford Mustang. With Ford introducing a 305hp V6 Mustang and 412hp Mustang GT, the 304hp V6 Camaro and 426hp V8 Camaro SS now has someone else to compete with. Nevertheless, these two icons have been fighting for many decades now so that’s nothing new. Rumor has it that a new Camaro Z28 will have even more power (think Cadillac CTS-V 556hp proportions), which could out-power the current GT500. We are pretty sure GM would not mind using the powerplant in the Cadillac CTS-V in the upcoming Camaro Z28 especially if it means beating the Ford Shelby GT500 in a horsepower race. Let the games begin.

Meanwhile, if you are in the market for some serious American muscle in the form of an iconic classic wearing a sharp outfit and a bowtie, then the Camaro SS is the key to your personal transformation.




















Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base SS $31,795 As-Tested $36,515
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Compact Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 190.4 in.
Width: 75.5 in.
Height: 54.2 in.
Wheel Base: 112.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3860 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 37.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.9 in.
Rear Head Room: 35.3 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 42.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 11.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 6.2 liters
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 426 hp
Max Horsepower: 5900 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4600 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft.
0-60mph: 4.9 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 304 mi. / 456 mi. / 361 mi.



2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Review & Test Drive 30
Jun
Posted by Malcolm in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Test Drives on 06 30th, 2010

When you are sitting behind the wheel of a cool looking car, do you get that “big-head” feeling?  You know, the car that just attracts all types of attention? That’s just the selfish feeling that I had for a few moments while driving the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. As I reminisce about the time spent in the 2010 Camaro SS I would like to thank Chevrolet for bringing back a true classic sports car.

Not only did General Motors bring back a classic, but they brought it back in “transformed” style. The Camaro, in its Super Sports form, is one quick sports coupe to be reckoned with. The Camaro SS leads the pack along with the new 2011 Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger SRT8 for true American muscle cars.

Chevrolet has incorporated independent suspension for the first time in the Camaro with MacPherson struts up front, giving the Camaro a good ride that is stiff enough for the challenges that you would put any sports car through. Even though the Camaro SS falls just slightly after the 2011 Mustang GT in terms of performance, the Camaro SS is still not a pushover by far. It falls behind the Mustang GT mainly in part due to the Camaro SS being heavier, about 250 pounds more than the Mustang.

The exterior of the Camaro SS is truly remarkable from the eye-lid effect headlights with halos to the beefy side finders all the way to the wide road hugging rear-end. There is no mistaking the new Camaro for anything else. With the Camaro’s success as one of the stars in the Transformers movies, it became an instant hit among car enthusiasts. This sort of takes you away from the few flaws of the Camaro once you sit inside.

The large 20-inch sterling silver painted aluminum wheels also add to the character of the Camaro SS which is a necessary feature to fill the rather large wheel wells. Our yellow test car screamed “transformers”, even though it was not an actual “Transformer” edition. That is all you could really think of after taking a first glance at it rolling down the road. I am sure you can find a better looking car on the road but you would have to search very hard for one in the Camaro’s price category considering the Camaro V6 starts at $22,680.

The relatively high beltline of the Camaro gives you a feeling of substance. Although you do get an abundance of substance under the hood, we are not sure if it is all extracted in the way we would have hoped. The interior is very functional with the exception of the deep-dish designed steering wheel. We are not sure how this design made its way to the Camaro. It looks cool but it is not very functional with human hands. The retro-styled instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. It goes well with the lower podded instrument readouts for transmission temp, oil pressure, oil temp and voltage. This is a very nice touch that gives the Camaro’s interior a distinctive styling. Rear seating is somewhat tight but expected for this segment.

All controls are easy to figure out including the over-sized rubber HVAC knobs. Not sure if the rubber actually makes it easy to turn the already-big controls but it works well. A Boston Acoustics stereo with XM Satalite radio was included as part of the 2SS trim level. The 6-speed shifter was quite interesting as it automatically unlocks the reverse gate when you come to a stop allowing your shift to reverse virtually effortless. I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing considering how some people like to “play” with the shifter at stop lights.

Performance is a given when it comes to a Chevy Camaro even when you go back to the 1960’s. The big bowtie knows a thing or two about laying down some Detroit muscle. The Camaro SS is a performer. Even though its true weight shows at times, it is not shy about throwing it around the track. A 426ph pushrod V8 can easily propel all 3,860 lbs to 60mph in about 5 seconds or less. It does take some extra effort from the driver to navigate through the tall gears of the 6-speed manual but the reward is well worth it. An available 6-speed automatic unfortunately reduces the power output to 400hp. The 6-speed manual in our test car has unpredictable gates that you must somewhat adapt to. Power delivery is very smooth, so smooth that driving the Camaro SS does not seem near as fast as it does riding as a passenger.

Big 14.0 inch front and 14.1 inch Brembo brakes bring the Camaro SS to a stop in about 111ft from 60mph. Stability control and traction control keep the fat rear-end in place. Turn off the electronic nannies and you better watch out, the rear is apt to kick out under wide open throttle as the 275/40ZR 20” Pirelli P-Zero rear tires beg for grip. Steering turn-in is good with a neutral feeling and hardly any understeer or oversteer in part due to the front 245/45ZR 20” tires. The independent suspension, with big stabilizer bars, help keep you in the line that you pick on the track despite the heftiness of the Camaro.

The new Camaro was listed as the best selling sports car from May of 2009 to May of 2010. That’s a major accomplishment for Chevrolet leaving behind the Ford Mustang. With Ford introducing a 305hp V6 Mustang and 412hp Mustang GT, the 304hp V6 Camaro and 426hp V8 Camaro SS now has someone else to compete with. Nevertheless, these two icons have been fighting for many decades now so that’s nothing new. Rumor has it that a new Camaro Z28 will have even more power (think Cadillac CTS-V 556hp proportions), which could out-power the current GT500. We are pretty sure GM would not mind using the powerplant in the Cadillac CTS-V in the upcoming Camaro Z28 especially if it means beating the Ford Shelby GT500 in a horsepower race. Let the games begin.

Meanwhile, if you are in the market for some serious American muscle in the form of an iconic classic wearing a sharp outfit and a bowtie, then the Camaro SS is the key to your personal transformation.




















Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base SS $31,795 As-Tested $36,515
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Compact Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 190.4 in.
Width: 75.5 in.
Height: 54.2 in.
Wheel Base: 112.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3860 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 37.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.9 in.
Rear Head Room: 35.3 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 42.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 11.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 6.2 liters
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 426 hp
Max Horsepower: 5900 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4600 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft.
0-60mph: 4.9 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 304 mi. / 456 mi. / 361 mi.



2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible On The Road – Video 29
Jun
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Bentley, Bentley Continental Supersports, Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, featured, video on 06 29th, 2010

The new Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible may be misunderstood by some but in order to fully understand its demeanor you must drive one for yourself.

The new 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible is powered by the same 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine found in the hard-top version of the Supersports making 621hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque. This makes the Continental Supersports Convertible among one of the fastest drop-tops around with a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds and top speed of 202mph.















Check out the new (silent) video of the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible taking a drive in the Rocky Mountains.

2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible Specs & Details:

  • Price: $280,400
  • Engine: W12 twin-turbo
  • Transmission: ZF 6HP26 Quickshift
  • Horsepower: 621 hp
  • Torque: 590 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 3.9 seconds
  • Top Speed: 202 mph
  • Tires: 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance
  • Wheels: 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Brakes: carbon-ceramic
  • Suspension: Continuous Damping Control (CDC)

[source: Bentley]

THE NEW CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS – AT A GLANCE

The fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley ever

– 6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 630PS (621bhp/463kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque at 2000-4500 rev/min
– 0 – 60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds)
– 0 -100mph in 9.6 seconds (0-160km/h in 9.5 seconds)
– Top speed of 202mph (325km/h)
– Overall weight saving of 90kg (198lb) versus GTC Speed

A highly focussed, extreme Bentley convertible driving experience

– Revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50% and enables double downshifts
– New 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’
– Retuned Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar benefit body control, steering response, turn-in and balance
– Increased 50mm rear track improves grip and stability
– Lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 10kg (22lb) weight saving per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling
– 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tyres
– Advanced ESP system fully exploits potential of the most powerful W12 engine and improved chassis
– Standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes provide fade-free braking and contribute a 20kg (44lb) reduction in rotating and unsprung mass from the front axle.

Muscular yet elegant styling with four-seat practicality

– Form follows function: distinctive centre air intake and vertical grilles feed larger volume of air (+ 10%) to turbocharger intercoolers while bonnet vents extract hot air from engine bay
– Subtly curved rear wheel arches with newly tooled side panels accommodate increased rear track of the uprated chassis and provide muscular stance
– Distinctive ‘smoked steel finish’ to all exterior ‘brightware’, including the first automotive application of ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ to stainless steel
– Larger, twin elliptical exhaust tailpipes and rear valance with discreet vertical divider
– Fixed rear bootlid spoiler for improved aerodynamics
– Unique driver-focused, four-seat cabin
– Lightweight, carbon fibre, front sports seats, saving 45kg (99lb) per car
– Alcantara™, carbon fibre and ‘Soft Grip’ leather provide a new interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship

The standardisation of FlexFuel capability across the 2011 Continental model range reaffirms Bentley’s on-going environmental commitment

– FlexFuel available on all 2011 Continental models, including the new Supersports Convertible, from June 2010 (all markets)
– All Continental models, are now capable of running on petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two
– Power and torque remain constant whatever the ratio of petrol to E85 biofuel
– A Fuel Quality Sensor detects the blending ratio of the fuel in real time sending a signal to the engine control unit (ECU), initiating the correct engine mapping. This ensures all performance parameters remain balanced and consistent
– Offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70% (well-to-wheel), a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions

Enhanced choice for all Continental model range customers

– The full 2011 Continental range gets a host of new exterior and interior specification changes
– Six new colours are added to the Bentley palette (Citric, White Satin, Kingfisher, Magenta, Orange Flame and St James Red Pearl)
– Dark Grey Metallic Hood that is available on all Continental convertible including the new Supersports Convertible
– Automatic opening and closing Powerboot is included as standard on the new Continental Flying Spur and GTC models (not Supersports versions)
– A new cost option Premium Pack for the Flying Spur includes veneered picnic tables with vanity mirrors, a Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap and chrome inlay strips to the door waistrails
– Convenience Packs are available for all Continental models and include features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with ‘Follow to Stop’ feature, an iPod™interface, front seat massage function, telephone handsets, rear-view camera and Valet key

THE CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS CONVERTIBLE – IN DETAIL

The new Continental Supersports Convertible is a car that must be driven to be fully understood. Behind the wheel it is immediately clear that a Supersports Bentley is a ‘fusion of extremes’ – the ultimate in extreme performance, every day practicality and unrivalled hand-crafted luxury. Bentley’s Supersports programme began as an ‘under the radar’ project exploring the possibilities of weight reduction on the Continental GT Coupé but with more power and torque. The largely experimental project soon crystallised into an official new car programme, driven by the passion and enthusiasm of a small group of Bentley engineers and designers. Now the Supersports Convertible has received the same focus and the results are equally dramatic. Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering explains the thinking behind the project: “The ‘extreme’ Bentley stable now has a new occupant in the form of the Supersports Convertible – a car every bit as purposeful and potent as the Coupé but with the panache of roof-down motoring.”

A highly focussed, pure Bentley driving experience

With 630PS (621bhp) and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque from its pioneering FlexFuel engine and new ‘Quickshift’ transmission, the Supersports Convertible is the fastest drop-top Bentley has ever built. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds) and, conditions permitting, can continue onto a top speed of 202mph (325km/h). The increased power and torque are transmitted to the all-wheel drive system via an uprated and rapid six-speed Quickshift transmission, which more than halves shift times (to just 93 milliseconds) and maximises the new Convertible’s enormous potential. The revised gearbox also has the ability to deliver double downshifts (sixth to fourth gear, for example) and improves acceleration across the entire gear range. To cope with the additional power and torque, the planetary gear set of the ZF transmission is also strengthened. Positive torque during downshifts is achieved through engine and gearbox electronic controller interaction for extra throttle and fuel injection during the overrun. During transmission upshifts, fuel and ignition are cut momentarily to give faster mechanical shift times through torque reduction, also improving shift quality and durability. The extreme performance of the Superports Convertible is matched by precise, agile handling, while retaining class-leading levels of ride comfort and refinement. Developed from the GTC Speed, chassis enhancements include retuning of the electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer front suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar. The Supersports Convertible also shares its ride height with the GTC Speed, sitting 10mm (0.4in) lower at the front and 15mm (0.6in) lower at the rear than the standard GTC. The front suspension trailing lever features a new design of hydraulic bush, 33 per cent stiffer than those of GTC Speed, for improved steering response while the uprated rear anti-roll bar provides improved body control and turn-in response. The retuned CDC system provides enhanced control of body movement to strike the optimum balance between agile handling and ride comfort during all driving manoeuvres. Agility is further sharpened by a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system which reduces understeer during hard cornering and allows the experienced driver to modulate the car’s line and balance via precise throttle control. The 9.5Jx20-inch forged alloy wheels, shared with the Supersports Coupé, offer a weight saving of 10kg (22lb) per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass while the open 10-spoke design offers superior brake cooling. The rear wheels have a 25mm (1 inch) greater offset resulting in a 50mm (2 inches) increase in the rear track, further benefiting handling and stability.

The lightweight wheels are fitted with 275/35 ZR 20 Pirelli Ultra-High Performance tyres, providing excellent steering response. The standard-fit tyre monitoring system allows the driver to select tyres type and speed range parameters. As well as monitoring pressures, the system warns drivers if their speed is too high for the tyre pressures or if tyre speed ratings are exceeded on winter tyres.

The Supersports Convertible features an advanced electronic stability programme (ESP) that moderates intervention at low speeds, exploiting the potential of the more powerful engine and enhanced chassis, improving driver interaction and control. The new ESP also provides faster reinstatement of engine torque after intervention, giving the spirited driver greater control. The target slip is increased at greater than 90 per cent throttle to utilise all available longitudinal grip. Corner exit agility is thereby also enhanced for increased driver involvement. Together the chassis, tyre and track changes deliver improved grip, turn-in and agility.

Carbon ceramic brakes are standard fitment and provide a reduction in rotating and unsprung mass of 20kg (44lb) from the front axle, benefiting steering response, grip and ride comfort. The large diameter (420mm front, 356mm rear) lightweight discs and eight-piston calipers offer fade-resistant braking performance with minimal disc distortion under high thermal conditions. Pedal feel is also improved with shorter travel, high effectiveness and a precise pressure point.

Designing the ‘extreme’ Bentley convertible- where form follows function

The evolution of the Supersports Convertible’s design is very much a case of form following function, with new purposeful sculptural forms signalling the engineering changes beneath the skin. Key engineering-led design changes to the Supersports include:

– Revised front air intakes and new bonnet vents to improve airflow and cooling
– Flared rear wings to accommodate wider rear track
– Discreet bootlid spoiler benefitting aerodynamic balance at high speeds

The increased power and torque of the W12 engine necessitated an additional 10 per cent airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and cooling system. With extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques, Bentley’s designers responded with a purposeful and dramatic style, featuring large vertical intake apertures. Twin bonnet vents were added to ensure positive air extraction. Similarly, all-new flared rear wings that accommodate the 50mm (2 inches) wider rear track are designed to emphasise the powerful stance of this ultra-high performance Convertible. The resultant Supersports Convertible style combines the looks of the graceful Continental GTC with a wide, low and muscular appearance that reflects its more extreme character. The Supersports Convertible, in common with its Coupé stablemate, occupies a position within the Bentley portfolio which is all its own, as Raul Pires, Head of Exterior Design, explains. “The Supersports Convertible and Coupé are the ultimate driver’s Bentleys and that is reflected in unique design cues that provide a bold, sporting look, from whatever angle the cars are admired. Even from 50 metres behind on a dark road, you can just tell it’s a Supersports.” From the front, the radiator, lower grille and dual bonnet vents are finished in a striking Smoked Steel finish. Derived from an innovative technology normally used to apply a coating to luxury watches and specialised industrial tools, Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) is a complex and time-consuming process that involves vaporised metal being deposited onto the surface of, in this case, stainless steel. Giving a darker, more solid appearance, it is the first use of a PVD finish on stainless steel in the car industry. In addition to the Smoked Steel finishes, a gloss black finish to the headlamp casings and rear lamp clusters gives the Supersports convertible’s distinctive face and muscular rear additional visual impact. Restyled – and more aerodynamic – door mirrors match the exterior paint choice and the window and door surrounds replace polished stainless steel with a Smoked Steel finish to match the front grille. Eye-catching, black gloss Bentley-branded brake calipers act on the carbon ceramic brakes. Surrounding the brakes are the unique 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with Smoked Steel-finish which are exclusive to Supersports models. Large diameter tailpipe trims round out the car’s purposeful stance when viewed from the rear. Beneath the bonnet Supersports badges grace the cover of the 630PS (621bhp) W12 engine.

The Supersports Convertible has an electrically operated, three-layer fabric hood with advanced acoustic insulation to provide superb levels of refinement and comfort when raised. A choice of eight hood colours are available, including a new Dark Grey Metallic option, which is achieved by weaving a ‘grey’ acrylic fibre with a semi-transparent ‘metallic effect’ fibre in a twill weave construction to create a directional colour effect.

A re-interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship

Inside the Supersports Convertible, the cockpit is a dramatic execution of iconic Bentley design displayed in its full glory every time the roof is lowered. Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design and Styling, describes the approach taken by his interior design team: “The design team has fully embraced the spirit of Supersports to create a dramatic interpretation of Bentley luxury for the new Convertible where traditional craftsmanship and fine detailing are given a very different interpretation. Leather hides combine with new materials for Bentley such as satin-finished carbon fibre and Alcantara™ to create a unique ambience with a distinctly sporting and contemporary style.” Lightweight carbon fibre is featured throughout the cabin, from the unique carbon-weave treadplates with Supersports script in both doorwells to the sculpted lightweight sports front seats, which feature a carbon fibre clamshell back and Diamond-quilted Alcantara™. Each seat weighs just 21kg and, in a typical example of attention to detail, the visible weave in the carbon fibre has a ‘Bentley-specific’ density to ensure the perfect visual finish. The Continental Supersports is the first Bentley to offer a combination of soft-grip leather and performance-enhancing Alcantara™ alongside the leather hide. Alcantara™ is favoured by racing teams for its ability to provide additional grip under extreme conditions, such as cornering. But it is also sensational to look at, as well as being immensely supportive on the road or track. The Alcantara™ applied to the rear compartment, door panels and seat facings is quilted and in the Supersports marks the return of the much smaller ‘diamond’ upholstery pattern from Bentleys of old. To further highlight the car’s sporting nature, the steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed in new ‘Soft Grip’ leather with extra grip for a supercar feel, and drilled alloy sports pedals stand out in the driver’s footwell.  

FlexFuel technology introduced on all 2011 Continental models

FlexFuel technology, pioneered on the Continental Supersports Coupé in 2009, is now extended to the complete 2011 Continental range, including the new Supersports Convertible. The W12 6-litre power unit now has the technology to run on petrol, E85 bioethanol or any mix of these two fuels – all from a single tank. Bioethanol is blended with petrol in a variety of percentages ranging from E10 (10 per cent bioethanol) to the most widely known, E85, a ratio of 85% bioethanol to 15 per cent petrol to ensure cold-start capability. Bioethanol presents other unique engineering challenges compared with petrol, due to its chemical composition and characteristics. E85 biofuel has a very high octane rating of 105 but a lower energy content that requires a 30 per cent increase in the engine fuel flow rate. This necessitated a complete review of the fuel system to identify and, if required, replace components deemed to be insufficiently resistant to the properties of ethanol. Increased fuel flow is achieved through a returnless fuel system, twin variable flow fuel pumps and a new closed loop fuel rail design with pressure sensor. For the fuel system all O-rings, seals, gaskets and pipes are new while new valve coatings and hardened valve seat material provide additional lubrication. New spark plugs with a wider heat range allow for slower combustion. A sensor in the fuel supply system detects the blending ratio in real time and varies the engine mapping to ensure power, torque and emissions remain at the same levels whatever fuel is used. FlexFuel offers the possibility of up to a 70 per cent reduction in CO2 net emissions on a ‘well to wheel’ basis, calculated by adding the CO2 emitted during the extraction and refining process (the ‘well’) with the CO2 released when the fuel is burnt during motoring (the ‘wheel’). Biofuels can be sourced from sugar cane or soyabean, or from “2nd generation” sources such as agricultural waste and forestry residues. As biofuels are not derived from fossil fuels, the CO2 released during combustion is reabsorbed by plants during the photosynthesis process, thus creating an unbroken energy cycle.

Enhanced choice for all Continental customers

In addition to the transition to all-FlexFuel engines, the Continental range receives a host of new exterior and interior specification enhancements for the 2011 models, which emphasise the unparalleled craftsmanship and materials that are used to create the exquisite interiors for which Bentley is renowned. Six new colours are added to the Bentley colour palette (Citric, White Satin, Kingfisher, Magenta, Orange Flame and St James Red Pearl) and the Dark Grey Metallic Hood that is available on the new Supersports Convertible is also available on the Continental GTC models. Traditional Bentley features such as seat piping and stitching options can be applied to the rich leather hides that are used to trim the cabins of every Continental. These include highly intricate fine line, cross and Z-stitching to decorate the seats, door panels and front console. A new Premium Pack for the four-door Flying Spur is available as a cost option and includes beautiful veneered picnic tables with vanity mirrors, a Mulliner ‘jewelled’ alloy fuel filler cap and chrome inlay strips to the door waistrails. Customers can also choose from lambswool rugs or deep pile carpet mats with leather hide binding to the edges. Convenience Packs are available for both the Continental GT, Continental GTC, Flying Spur and Flying Spur Speed models. On the GT and GTC models this includes Adaptive Cruise Control with ‘Follow to Stop’ feature, an iPod™interface linked to the Infotainment system, massage function to the front seats, a front privacy telephone handset, rear-view camera and Valet key. For Flying Spur models, the Convenience Pack also includes an additional rear privacy handset. The massage function for the front seats is already standard on this model. Finally a new automatically opening and closing closing Powerboot is now standard on the new Continental Flying Spur and GTC models (not on Supersports versions).

Continental Supersports Convertible

Technical Specification

ENGINE
Capacity (cc) 5998
Cylinders W12
Aspiration Twin-turbocharged
Installation Front, longitudinal
Construction Alloy heads and block
Bore/Stroke 84.0/90.2 mm
Compression Ratio 9.0 : 1
Fuel E85 & 98 (95) RON
Valve gear Chain-driven DOHC per bank, 4 valves per cylinder, cam phased inlet and outlet
Maximum Power 630PS/621 bhp/463 kW @ 6000 rev/min
Maximum Torque 800 Nm/590 lb ft @ 2000 to 4500 rev/min

TRANSMISSION
Type Continuous all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear bias torque split & Torsen centre differential
Gearbox ZF 6-speed ‘Quickshift’ automatic
Ratios 1st: 4.172
2nd: 2.340
3rd: 1.521
4th: 1.143
5th: 0.867
6th: 0.691
Final Drive: 3.52:1 front / 3.52:1 rear

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed 202mph (325km/h)
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds
0-100 mph 9.6 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
0-160 km/h 9.5 seconds

SUSPENSION
Front Four-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar, air springs
Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar, air springs
Dampers Continuous Damping Control with four adjustable settings

STEERING
Type Rack & pinion, power-assisted, speed-sensitive
Turns lock to lock 2.6
Turning circle 11.4 metres kerb-to-kerb

BRAKES
Front 420 mm diameter carbon/ceramic, vented & cross-drilled
Rear 356 mm diameter carbon/ceramic, vented & cross-drilled
Anti lock Standard with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) 8.1 and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

BODY & CHASSIS
Construction Steel monocoque, 2-door convertible
Length 4804 mm (189.1inches)
Width across mirrors 2194mm (86.4 inches)
Width mirrors folded 1945mm (76.6 inches)
Kerb weight 2395kg (5279lbs)
Height 1388mm (54.6 inches)
Wheelbase 2745mm (108.1 inches)
Front track 1623mm (63.9 inches)
Rear track 1657mm (65.2 inches)
Wheels 20inch x 9.5J 10-spoke Smoked Chrome Alloy
Tyres 275/35×20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance
Fuel tank capacity 90 litres (19.8 gallons/23.8 US gallons)

FUEL CONSUMPTION / EMISSIONS
Urban 11.1 mpg (25.5 litres / 100 km)
Extra Urban 24.3 mpg (11.6 litres / 100 km)
Combined 17.0 mpg (16.7 litres / 100km)
EPA Drive Cycle City Driving TBC
Highway Driving TBC
Carbon dioxide emissions 388g/km
Emission controls EU V and US Lev 11

(Source Bentley Press Release)



2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible On The Road – Video 29
Jun
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Bentley, Bentley Continental Supersports, Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, featured, video on 06 29th, 2010

The new Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible may be misunderstood by some but in order to fully understand its demeanor you must drive one for yourself.

The new 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible is powered by the same 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine found in the hard-top version of the Supersports making 621hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque. This makes the Continental Supersports Convertible among one of the fastest drop-tops around with a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds and top speed of 202mph.















Check out the new (silent) video of the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible taking a drive in the Rocky Mountains.

2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible Specs & Details:

  • Price: $280,400
  • Engine: W12 twin-turbo
  • Transmission: ZF 6HP26 Quickshift
  • Horsepower: 621 hp
  • Torque: 590 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 3.9 seconds
  • Top Speed: 202 mph
  • Tires: 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance
  • Wheels: 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Brakes: carbon-ceramic
  • Suspension: Continuous Damping Control (CDC)

[source: Bentley]

THE NEW CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS – AT A GLANCE

The fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley ever

– 6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 630PS (621bhp/463kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque at 2000-4500 rev/min
– 0 – 60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds)
– 0 -100mph in 9.6 seconds (0-160km/h in 9.5 seconds)
– Top speed of 202mph (325km/h)
– Overall weight saving of 90kg (198lb) versus GTC Speed

A highly focussed, extreme Bentley convertible driving experience

– Revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50% and enables double downshifts
– New 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’
– Retuned Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar benefit body control, steering response, turn-in and balance
– Increased 50mm rear track improves grip and stability
– Lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 10kg (22lb) weight saving per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling
– 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tyres
– Advanced ESP system fully exploits potential of the most powerful W12 engine and improved chassis
– Standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes provide fade-free braking and contribute a 20kg (44lb) reduction in rotating and unsprung mass from the front axle.

Muscular yet elegant styling with four-seat practicality

– Form follows function: distinctive centre air intake and vertical grilles feed larger volume of air (+ 10%) to turbocharger intercoolers while bonnet vents extract hot air from engine bay
– Subtly curved rear wheel arches with newly tooled side panels accommodate increased rear track of the uprated chassis and provide muscular stance
– Distinctive ‘smoked steel finish’ to all exterior ‘brightware’, including the first automotive application of ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ to stainless steel
– Larger, twin elliptical exhaust tailpipes and rear valance with discreet vertical divider
– Fixed rear bootlid spoiler for improved aerodynamics
– Unique driver-focused, four-seat cabin
– Lightweight, carbon fibre, front sports seats, saving 45kg (99lb) per car
– Alcantara™, carbon fibre and ‘Soft Grip’ leather provide a new interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship

The standardisation of FlexFuel capability across the 2011 Continental model range reaffirms Bentley’s on-going environmental commitment

– FlexFuel available on all 2011 Continental models, including the new Supersports Convertible, from June 2010 (all markets)
– All Continental models, are now capable of running on petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two
– Power and torque remain constant whatever the ratio of petrol to E85 biofuel
– A Fuel Quality Sensor detects the blending ratio of the fuel in real time sending a signal to the engine control unit (ECU), initiating the correct engine mapping. This ensures all performance parameters remain balanced and consistent
– Offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70% (well-to-wheel), a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions

Enhanced choice for all Continental model range customers

– The full 2011 Continental range gets a host of new exterior and interior specification changes
– Six new colours are added to the Bentley palette (Citric, White Satin, Kingfisher, Magenta, Orange Flame and St James Red Pearl)
– Dark Grey Metallic Hood that is available on all Continental convertible including the new Supersports Convertible
– Automatic opening and closing Powerboot is included as standard on the new Continental Flying Spur and GTC models (not Supersports versions)
– A new cost option Premium Pack for the Flying Spur includes veneered picnic tables with vanity mirrors, a Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap and chrome inlay strips to the door waistrails
– Convenience Packs are available for all Continental models and include features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with ‘Follow to Stop’ feature, an iPod™interface, front seat massage function, telephone handsets, rear-view camera and Valet key

THE CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS CONVERTIBLE – IN DETAIL

The new Continental Supersports Convertible is a car that must be driven to be fully understood. Behind the wheel it is immediately clear that a Supersports Bentley is a ‘fusion of extremes’ – the ultimate in extreme performance, every day practicality and unrivalled hand-crafted luxury. Bentley’s Supersports programme began as an ‘under the radar’ project exploring the possibilities of weight reduction on the Continental GT Coupé but with more power and torque. The largely experimental project soon crystallised into an official new car programme, driven by the passion and enthusiasm of a small group of Bentley engineers and designers. Now the Supersports Convertible has received the same focus and the results are equally dramatic. Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering explains the thinking behind the project: “The ‘extreme’ Bentley stable now has a new occupant in the form of the Supersports Convertible – a car every bit as purposeful and potent as the Coupé but with the panache of roof-down motoring.”

A highly focussed, pure Bentley driving experience

With 630PS (621bhp) and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque from its pioneering FlexFuel engine and new ‘Quickshift’ transmission, the Supersports Convertible is the fastest drop-top Bentley has ever built. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds) and, conditions permitting, can continue onto a top speed of 202mph (325km/h). The increased power and torque are transmitted to the all-wheel drive system via an uprated and rapid six-speed Quickshift transmission, which more than halves shift times (to just 93 milliseconds) and maximises the new Convertible’s enormous potential. The revised gearbox also has the ability to deliver double downshifts (sixth to fourth gear, for example) and improves acceleration across the entire gear range. To cope with the additional power and torque, the planetary gear set of the ZF transmission is also strengthened. Positive torque during downshifts is achieved through engine and gearbox electronic controller interaction for extra throttle and fuel injection during the overrun. During transmission upshifts, fuel and ignition are cut momentarily to give faster mechanical shift times through torque reduction, also improving shift quality and durability. The extreme performance of the Superports Convertible is matched by precise, agile handling, while retaining class-leading levels of ride comfort and refinement. Developed from the GTC Speed, chassis enhancements include retuning of the electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer front suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar. The Supersports Convertible also shares its ride height with the GTC Speed, sitting 10mm (0.4in) lower at the front and 15mm (0.6in) lower at the rear than the standard GTC. The front suspension trailing lever features a new design of hydraulic bush, 33 per cent stiffer than those of GTC Speed, for improved steering response while the uprated rear anti-roll bar provides improved body control and turn-in response. The retuned CDC system provides enhanced control of body movement to strike the optimum balance between agile handling and ride comfort during all driving manoeuvres. Agility is further sharpened by a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system which reduces understeer during hard cornering and allows the experienced driver to modulate the car’s line and balance via precise throttle control. The 9.5Jx20-inch forged alloy wheels, shared with the Supersports Coupé, offer a weight saving of 10kg (22lb) per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass while the open 10-spoke design offers superior brake cooling. The rear wheels have a 25mm (1 inch) greater offset resulting in a 50mm (2 inches) increase in the rear track, further benefiting handling and stability.

The lightweight wheels are fitted with 275/35 ZR 20 Pirelli Ultra-High Performance tyres, providing excellent steering response. The standard-fit tyre monitoring system allows the driver to select tyres type and speed range parameters. As well as monitoring pressures, the system warns drivers if their speed is too high for the tyre pressures or if tyre speed ratings are exceeded on winter tyres.

The Supersports Convertible features an advanced electronic stability programme (ESP) that moderates intervention at low speeds, exploiting the potential of the more powerful engine and enhanced chassis, improving driver interaction and control. The new ESP also provides faster reinstatement of engine torque after intervention, giving the spirited driver greater control. The target slip is increased at greater than 90 per cent throttle to utilise all available longitudinal grip. Corner exit agility is thereby also enhanced for increased driver involvement. Together the chassis, tyre and track changes deliver improved grip, turn-in and agility.

Carbon ceramic brakes are standard fitment and provide a reduction in rotating and unsprung mass of 20kg (44lb) from the front axle, benefiting steering response, grip and ride comfort. The large diameter (420mm front, 356mm rear) lightweight discs and eight-piston calipers offer fade-resistant braking performance with minimal disc distortion under high thermal conditions. Pedal feel is also improved with shorter travel, high effectiveness and a precise pressure point.

Designing the ‘extreme’ Bentley convertible- where form follows function

The evolution of the Supersports Convertible’s design is very much a case of form following function, with new purposeful sculptural forms signalling the engineering changes beneath the skin. Key engineering-led design changes to the Supersports include:

– Revised front air intakes and new bonnet vents to improve airflow and cooling
– Flared rear wings to accommodate wider rear track
– Discreet bootlid spoiler benefitting aerodynamic balance at high speeds

The increased power and torque of the W12 engine necessitated an additional 10 per cent airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and cooling system. With extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques, Bentley’s designers responded with a purposeful and dramatic style, featuring large vertical intake apertures. Twin bonnet vents were added to ensure positive air extraction. Similarly, all-new flared rear wings that accommodate the 50mm (2 inches) wider rear track are designed to emphasise the powerful stance of this ultra-high performance Convertible. The resultant Supersports Convertible style combines the looks of the graceful Continental GTC with a wide, low and muscular appearance that reflects its more extreme character. The Supersports Convertible, in common with its Coupé stablemate, occupies a position within the Bentley portfolio which is all its own, as Raul Pires, Head of Exterior Design, explains. “The Supersports Convertible and Coupé are the ultimate driver’s Bentleys and that is reflected in unique design cues that provide a bold, sporting look, from whatever angle the cars are admired. Even from 50 metres behind on a dark road, you can just tell it’s a Supersports.” From the front, the radiator, lower grille and dual bonnet vents are finished in a striking Smoked Steel finish. Derived from an innovative technology normally used to apply a coating to luxury watches and specialised industrial tools, Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) is a complex and time-consuming process that involves vaporised metal being deposited onto the surface of, in this case, stainless steel. Giving a darker, more solid appearance, it is the first use of a PVD finish on stainless steel in the car industry. In addition to the Smoked Steel finishes, a gloss black finish to the headlamp casings and rear lamp clusters gives the Supersports convertible’s distinctive face and muscular rear additional visual impact. Restyled – and more aerodynamic – door mirrors match the exterior paint choice and the window and door surrounds replace polished stainless steel with a Smoked Steel finish to match the front grille. Eye-catching, black gloss Bentley-branded brake calipers act on the carbon ceramic brakes. Surrounding the brakes are the unique 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with Smoked Steel-finish which are exclusive to Supersports models. Large diameter tailpipe trims round out the car’s purposeful stance when viewed from the rear. Beneath the bonnet Supersports badges grace the cover of the 630PS (621bhp) W12 engine.

The Supersports Convertible has an electrically operated, three-layer fabric hood with advanced acoustic insulation to provide superb levels of refinement and comfort when raised. A choice of eight hood colours are available, including a new Dark Grey Metallic option, which is achieved by weaving a ‘grey’ acrylic fibre with a semi-transparent ‘metallic effect’ fibre in a twill weave construction to create a directional colour effect.

A re-interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship

Inside the Supersports Convertible, the cockpit is a dramatic execution of iconic Bentley design displayed in its full glory every time the roof is lowered. Dirk van Braeckel, Director of Design and Styling, describes the approach taken by his interior design team: “The design team has fully embraced the spirit of Supersports to create a dramatic interpretation of Bentley luxury for the new Convertible where traditional craftsmanship and fine detailing are given a very different interpretation. Leather hides combine with new materials for Bentley such as satin-finished carbon fibre and Alcantara™ to create a unique ambience with a distinctly sporting and contemporary style.” Lightweight carbon fibre is featured throughout the cabin, from the unique carbon-weave treadplates with Supersports script in both doorwells to the sculpted lightweight sports front seats, which feature a carbon fibre clamshell back and Diamond-quilted Alcantara™. Each seat weighs just 21kg and, in a typical example of attention to detail, the visible weave in the carbon fibre has a ‘Bentley-specific’ density to ensure the perfect visual finish. The Continental Supersports is the first Bentley to offer a combination of soft-grip leather and performance-enhancing Alcantara™ alongside the leather hide. Alcantara™ is favoured by racing teams for its ability to provide additional grip under extreme conditions, such as cornering. But it is also sensational to look at, as well as being immensely supportive on the road or track. The Alcantara™ applied to the rear compartment, door panels and seat facings is quilted and in the Supersports marks the return of the much smaller ‘diamond’ upholstery pattern from Bentleys of old. To further highlight the car’s sporting nature, the steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed in new ‘Soft Grip’ leather with extra grip for a supercar feel, and drilled alloy sports pedals stand out in the driver’s footwell.  

FlexFuel technology introduced on all 2011 Continental models

FlexFuel technology, pioneered on the Continental Supersports Coupé in 2009, is now extended to the complete 2011 Continental range, including the new Supersports Convertible. The W12 6-litre power unit now has the technology to run on petrol, E85 bioethanol or any mix of these two fuels – all from a single tank. Bioethanol is blended with petrol in a variety of percentages ranging from E10 (10 per cent bioethanol) to the most widely known, E85, a ratio of 85% bioethanol to 15 per cent petrol to ensure cold-start capability. Bioethanol presents other unique engineering challenges compared with petrol, due to its chemical composition and characteristics. E85 biofuel has a very high octane rating of 105 but a lower energy content that requires a 30 per cent increase in the engine fuel flow rate. This necessitated a complete review of the fuel system to identify and, if required, replace components deemed to be insufficiently resistant to the properties of ethanol. Increased fuel flow is achieved through a returnless fuel system, twin variable flow fuel pumps and a new closed loop fuel rail design with pressure sensor. For the fuel system all O-rings, seals, gaskets and pipes are new while new valve coatings and hardened valve seat material provide additional lubrication. New spark plugs with a wider heat range allow for slower combustion. A sensor in the fuel supply system detects the blending ratio in real time and varies the engine mapping to ensure power, torque and emissions remain at the same levels whatever fuel is used. FlexFuel offers the possibility of up to a 70 per cent reduction in CO2 net emissions on a ‘well to wheel’ basis, calculated by adding the CO2 emitted during the extraction and refining process (the ‘well’) with the CO2 released when the fuel is burnt during motoring (the ‘wheel’). Biofuels can be sourced from sugar cane or soyabean, or from “2nd generation” sources such as agricultural waste and forestry residues. As biofuels are not derived from fossil fuels, the CO2 released during combustion is reabsorbed by plants during the photosynthesis process, thus creating an unbroken energy cycle.

Enhanced choice for all Continental customers

In addition to the transition to all-FlexFuel engines, the Continental range receives a host of new exterior and interior specification enhancements for the 2011 models, which emphasise the unparalleled craftsmanship and materials that are used to create the exquisite interiors for which Bentley is renowned. Six new colours are added to the Bentley colour palette (Citric, White Satin, Kingfisher, Magenta, Orange Flame and St James Red Pearl) and the Dark Grey Metallic Hood that is available on the new Supersports Convertible is also available on the Continental GTC models. Traditional Bentley features such as seat piping and stitching options can be applied to the rich leather hides that are used to trim the cabins of every Continental. These include highly intricate fine line, cross and Z-stitching to decorate the seats, door panels and front console. A new Premium Pack for the four-door Flying Spur is available as a cost option and includes beautiful veneered picnic tables with vanity mirrors, a Mulliner ‘jewelled’ alloy fuel filler cap and chrome inlay strips to the door waistrails. Customers can also choose from lambswool rugs or deep pile carpet mats with leather hide binding to the edges. Convenience Packs are available for both the Continental GT, Continental GTC, Flying Spur and Flying Spur Speed models. On the GT and GTC models this includes Adaptive Cruise Control with ‘Follow to Stop’ feature, an iPod™interface linked to the Infotainment system, massage function to the front seats, a front privacy telephone handset, rear-view camera and Valet key. For Flying Spur models, the Convenience Pack also includes an additional rear privacy handset. The massage function for the front seats is already standard on this model. Finally a new automatically opening and closing closing Powerboot is now standard on the new Continental Flying Spur and GTC models (not on Supersports versions).

Continental Supersports Convertible

Technical Specification

ENGINE
Capacity (cc) 5998
Cylinders W12
Aspiration Twin-turbocharged
Installation Front, longitudinal
Construction Alloy heads and block
Bore/Stroke 84.0/90.2 mm
Compression Ratio 9.0 : 1
Fuel E85 & 98 (95) RON
Valve gear Chain-driven DOHC per bank, 4 valves per cylinder, cam phased inlet and outlet
Maximum Power 630PS/621 bhp/463 kW @ 6000 rev/min
Maximum Torque 800 Nm/590 lb ft @ 2000 to 4500 rev/min

TRANSMISSION
Type Continuous all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear bias torque split & Torsen centre differential
Gearbox ZF 6-speed ‘Quickshift’ automatic
Ratios 1st: 4.172
2nd: 2.340
3rd: 1.521
4th: 1.143
5th: 0.867
6th: 0.691
Final Drive: 3.52:1 front / 3.52:1 rear

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed 202mph (325km/h)
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds
0-100 mph 9.6 seconds
0-100 km/h 4.2 seconds
0-160 km/h 9.5 seconds

SUSPENSION
Front Four-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar, air springs
Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar, air springs
Dampers Continuous Damping Control with four adjustable settings

STEERING
Type Rack & pinion, power-assisted, speed-sensitive
Turns lock to lock 2.6
Turning circle 11.4 metres kerb-to-kerb

BRAKES
Front 420 mm diameter carbon/ceramic, vented & cross-drilled
Rear 356 mm diameter carbon/ceramic, vented & cross-drilled
Anti lock Standard with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) 8.1 and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

BODY & CHASSIS
Construction Steel monocoque, 2-door convertible
Length 4804 mm (189.1inches)
Width across mirrors 2194mm (86.4 inches)
Width mirrors folded 1945mm (76.6 inches)
Kerb weight 2395kg (5279lbs)
Height 1388mm (54.6 inches)
Wheelbase 2745mm (108.1 inches)
Front track 1623mm (63.9 inches)
Rear track 1657mm (65.2 inches)
Wheels 20inch x 9.5J 10-spoke Smoked Chrome Alloy
Tyres 275/35×20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance
Fuel tank capacity 90 litres (19.8 gallons/23.8 US gallons)

FUEL CONSUMPTION / EMISSIONS
Urban 11.1 mpg (25.5 litres / 100 km)
Extra Urban 24.3 mpg (11.6 litres / 100 km)
Combined 17.0 mpg (16.7 litres / 100km)
EPA Drive Cycle City Driving TBC
Highway Driving TBC
Carbon dioxide emissions 388g/km
Emission controls EU V and US Lev 11

(Source Bentley Press Release)



Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe Get Facelift; US Debut by Mid-August 29
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in Accord, Automotive News, Facelift, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Accord Coupe, Honda Accord Sedan on 06 29th, 2010

Come August and the US car mart will get to see face-lifted versions of the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. The 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe are set to drive in sporting new additions, including enhanced fuel economy capabilities.

2011 Honda Accord Sedan facelift

To be available either as a sedan or a coupe in 4-cylinder and V-6 variants, the 2011 Honda Accord will boast of a spruced up exterior, stylish interior and also a new leather-equipped Special Edition (SE) trim level. Honda is also said be incorporating enhanced capabilities in aerodynamics, engine friction and transmission gear ratios, in its bid to make sure added fuel economy.

The car maker has said in a press release that the EPA fuel-economy ratings for Accord 4-cylinder sedan models equipped with an automatic transmission returns fuel efficiency at 23 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

2011 Honda Accord coupe facelift 1
2011 Honda Accord coupe facelift 3
2011 Honda Accord coupe facelift 2
2011 Honda Accord Sedan facelift 3
2011 Honda Accord Sedan facelift
2011 Honda Accord Sedan facelift 1

A new wheel design will be part of the spruced up package. Further, new stylecomponents would be accorded to the front grille, front bumper and rear deck lid, it said.

Additional features include a rear-view camera, USB input, memory seats, and paddle shifters. The Special Edition trim, in the meantime, would come with heated leather seats, leather-covered steering wheel, and lumbar support for the driver. Wait till mid-August to get a first taste of the upgrade.



BMW X9 concept – WTF? 29
Jun
Posted by DieterMuller in Concept car news on 06 29th, 2010

Let me start this post by saying that I don’t pretend to know anything about creating computer generated concept vehicles. I have no idea what happens from the point where the designer gets an idea into his head to the point where we look at pictures going: “Is this real or is this photoshopped?”

Car designers are amazing and there is no way I would ever be able to create something even remotely resembling the pictures you see here. You see it almost looks like this thing really exists and for that I applaud the designer.

However, there is something very wrong with the car that he has created. Very very wrong.

Ugly doesn’t really do the car justice. I believe the word I am looking for could be hideous or even repulsive.  BMW would not like to see their badge on a car such as this. Atrocious could also do.

Unfortunately I believe that this lad might be onto something. Here I am writing about this vile creation, people will no doubt be looking at this car from all the different continents and by tomorrow Mr Khalfi Oussama could be a household name.

If you want to see other projects by Khalfi go to http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_work.asp?individual_id=290807& , sit back and enjoy.
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BMW X9 concept – WTF? 29
Jun
Posted by DieterMuller in Concept car news on 06 29th, 2010

Let me start this post by saying that I don’t pretend to know anything about creating computer generated concept vehicles. I have no idea what happens from the point where the designer gets an idea into his head to the point where we look at pictures going: “Is this real or is this photoshopped?”

Car designers are amazing and there is no way I would ever be able to create something even remotely resembling the pictures you see here. You see it almost looks like this thing really exists and for that I applaud the designer.

However, there is something very wrong with the car that he has created. Very very wrong.

Ugly doesn’t really do the car justice. I believe the word I am looking for could be hideous or even repulsive.  BMW would not like to see their badge on a car such as this. Atrocious could also do.

Unfortunately I believe that this lad might be onto something. Here I am writing about this vile creation, people will no doubt be looking at this car from all the different continents and by tomorrow Mr Khalfi Oussama could be a household name.

If you want to see other projects by Khalfi go to http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_work.asp?individual_id=290807& , sit back and enjoy.
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Audi S1 on the way 29
Jun
Posted by DieterMuller in Automotive News on 06 29th, 2010

Audi will introduce the S1 to the world at next years Paris motors show with sales to start 6 months later.

The very small very hot hatch segment will certainly be a very exciting segment over the next couple of years with the arrival of the Mito cloverleaf from Alfa and of course the current Mini Cooper S. The S1 is going to be powered with a friskier version of the 1.4 turbo engine similar to the one to be used in the upcoming polo Gti, but undoubtedly a bit more powerful given the S1′s premium positioning.

Sales will start only September next year which means you still have enough time to save the R220 000 – R250 000 the little thing will cost.



Audi S1 on the way 29
Jun
Posted by DieterMuller in Automotive News on 06 29th, 2010

Audi will introduce the S1 to the world at next years Paris motors show with sales to start 6 months later.

The very small very hot hatch segment will certainly be a very exciting segment over the next couple of years with the arrival of the Mito cloverleaf from Alfa and of course the current Mini Cooper S. The S1 is going to be powered with a friskier version of the 1.4 turbo engine similar to the one to be used in the upcoming polo Gti, but undoubtedly a bit more powerful given the S1′s premium positioning.

Sales will start only September next year which means you still have enough time to save the R220 000 – R250 000 the little thing will cost.



Speculated Renderings: The New Audi A6 29
Jun
Posted by DieterMuller in Automotive News, CarBlog News on 06 29th, 2010

The New Audi A6 is turning out to a quite an elusive animal. Normally when a car gets close to the final production version there are countless pictures of ugly, patched up and camouflaged test mules designed to give the pre production versions a run in the real world.

With the next Audi A6 it’s and entirely different story. While trawling the web for news about the next A6 all you’ll find is 3 pictures of an old A6 with flared wheelarches claimed to be a drive train mule, but that unfortunately is it.

So far no further pictures have been spotted of the car in any way shape or form which begs the questions: What are they hiding and what the hell does it look like?!

What I’ve found in search of the answers are a whole lot of photo shopped pictures of the new A6 which doesn’t look too bad. You’ll also find some photos of the alleged drive train mule.  Enjoy.
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Speculated Renderings: The New Audi A6 29
Jun
Posted by DieterMuller in Automotive News on 06 29th, 2010

The New Audi A6 is turning out to a quite an elusive animal. Normally when a car gets close to the final production version there are countless pictures of ugly, patched up and camouflaged test mules designed to give the pre production versions a run in the real world.

With the next Audi A6 it’s and entirely different story. While trawling the web for news about the next A6 all you’ll find is 3 pictures of an old A6 with flared wheelarches claimed to be a drive train mule, but that unfortunately is it.

So far no further pictures have been spotted of the car in any way shape or form which begs the questions: What are they hiding and what the hell does it look like?!

What I’ve found in search of the answers are a whole lot of photo shopped pictures of the new A6 which doesn’t look too bad. You’ll also find some photos of the alleged drive train mule.  Enjoy.
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