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Ferrari 458 Spider GTS With Retractable Glass Roof Rumored 31
Aug
Posted by Lloyd in Automotive, Ferrari, ferrari 458, ferrari 458 gts spider, ferrari 458 italia, News on 08 31st, 2010

Reportedly Ferrari will be launching a new 458 Spider GTS with a retractable glass roof. The 458 Italia was already rumored previously to sport a soft-top but now reports have hinted towards a retracting glass top similar to the one found on the 575 Superamerica. In such a system the glass roof would slide behind the passenger compartment.

There is no doubt that we will soon see some variant of a Ferrari 458 Spider/Convertible.

[sources: Worldcarfans / images: Jon Sibal, TeamSpeed]



BMW CLR 500 RS2, styled by TOPCAR Lumma, revealed 31
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Autostyle, BMW, BMW 5-series F10, CLR 500 RS2, Event Coverage, Moscow Show, styling, TOPCAR Lumma on 08 31st, 2010

Take a look, and be charmed. The BMW 5-Series F10 has just received a new styling. Courtesy of Lumma Design Russian affiliate TOPCAR, the car has been made much more attractive with the sprucing up of the body.

Thanks to the new body styling done on the BMW 5-Series F10m, the new look comprises a redone front bumper with integrated LED side markers, rear bumper with diffuser, vented hood, front and rear wheel arch extensions, side skirts, rear spoiler, fitted quad exhaust system and M-style R20, R19 Lumma Design wheels.  What more do you want in the car?

The new decked up car is called the CLR 500 RS2 and comes with body components made up of vacuum formed Kevlar and carbon fiber.
The stylists have also revamped the interiors throwing in Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim inserts.  The CLR 500 RS2 gets shown at the 2010 Moscow Motor Show. More pictures below:

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(Via WCF)

BMW, CLR 500 RS2, TOPCAR Lumma, Moscow Show, BMW 5-Series F10 , Styling



Mazda Shinari Concept on Show 31
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in aluminum, audi, Automotive News, Autostyle, BMW, car, concept, Concept car news, debut, flow, Kodo, language, Mazda, Nagare, paris, Shinari, Soul, studios on 08 31st, 2010

Mazda has unveiled the Shinari, a new four-door coupe concept, at a private press event held in Milan. The car indicates the future design direction for the Japanese brand. “Kodo”, Japanese for soul of motion, is the nickname that Mazda has given the new design language.

This is the successor of “Nagare” styling theme, which stood for “flow”. The design language was created through a collaboration involving Mazda’s design studios in Germany, the United States and Japan.

The car shows the future face of Mazda’s family of vehicles, an aluminum signature wing, as well as the overall styling trend for future production models.

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Mazda said that they wanted to play in the same group as BMW and Audi, and that they were working to improve the quality level of its interiors for future vehicles.

The Mazda Shinari will make its debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in September.



2012 Nissan GT-R Rumored To Get 530 Horsepower 31
Aug
Posted by Larry in Automotive, News, nissan, nissan gt-r on 08 31st, 2010

Even though the subtle update that the 2012 Nissan GT-R is suppose to receive is hardly noticeable (minor body work and suspension upgrades), rumor has it that it will receive most of its change under the hood in the form of an additional 50 horsepower.

GTRBlog reported that the 2012 GT-R could get as much as 530 horsepower putting it back in the running’s with the Porsche GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1 and Viper ACR. To add to the rumor mill is the thought of a new SpecM edition GT-R will be sold in Japan under the name “Egoist.”

Do you think 530hp is enough to beat the Vette ZR1 in a straight line?

[source: GTRBlog]



Galpin Autosports 2008 Red Mist Mustang from ‘Kick Ass’ Movie Reviewed 30
Aug
Posted by Harvey in Automotive, featured, Ford, Galpin Autosports, Movie, News, Red Mist Mustang on 08 30th, 2010

‘A Real Kick In The Ass’ – Galpin Autosports 2008 Red Mist Mustang

The Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) 2008 Red Mist Mustang was built for super hero Red Mist in the movie ‘Kick Ass’, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who you might know better as McLovin from the movie ‘Super Bad’.

Even though the GAS Red Mist Mustang is a ‘one-off’ built for the movie, it is a real Mustang that packs a solid punch, with a Rich Evans designed bodykit that turns heads wherever it goes.

GAS got involved with the movie when Red Mist director Matthew Vaughn came over to the GAS shops looking for a possible custom Mustang to use in the movie since GAS had already built several cars for movies in the past.

Matthew met Steve Carpenter, Sales Manager at GAS, and the two hit it off as Steve saw an opportunity to build another Mustang for a Hollywood movie.  A few days later Steve met with Matthew and Rich Evans to go over sketches and plans on what the Mustang should look like and have inside for the movie.

As I said before, this isn’t a ‘shell car’ just used for several scenes in the movie, but a real, fully functional, high-performing Mustang that is a real ‘kick in the ass’ when you mash your foot down on the throttle.

With the plans and sketches penned by Rich Evans in hand, Steve went to work with the GAS crew with a 2008 Mustang GT and started to transform it into the Red Mist for the movie.

GAS built the unique bodykit true to the sketches from Rich Evans, and then had it custom painted red with Galpin Boss black paint stripes and graphics.  The factory pull-out doors were changed to Lamborghini styled scissor doors for that unique, custom look.  To finish the unique exterior look, GAS ordered custom red-on-black 20X9in. front, and 20X10.5in. rear wheels wrapped with high-performing Pirelli P-Zero Rosso low-profile ZR rated tires.

The GAS crew then added a custom cold air-intake system and a Vortec Supercharger to bring the power up to 550hp for incredible acceleration.  The Mustang’s 5-speed manual transmission was left untouched since it can handle up to 600hp.

Next, the suspension was lowered using Ford Racing springs and shocks that gives the Red Mist a more menacing stance and extra road hugging capability to match the more powerful engine.

To stop the Red Mist Mustang as fast as it accelerates, GAS fitted custom Wilwood punched and slotted, vented discs and calipers to the front and rear wheels.

Inside, the GAS crew added custom two-tone, red and black bucket seats, a custom steering wheel, red LED mode lighting, took out the rear seat and parcel shelf, added front and rear cameras with a split screen on the navigation system, fitted auxiliary gauges on the dash shelf and ‘A’ pillar to check out the vitals, located two toggle switches on the dash behind red protectors to operate the two nitrous oxide bottles located in the trunk with purge capabilities to provide the smoke-filled red mist emanating from jetting outlets on the giant front hood scoop, then finished it off with HID headlamps up front.

The movie was a hit and the GAS built Red Mist Mustang made a huge impression on the fans that bought tickets to see the move.















COPYRIGHT:2010:HARVEY SCHWARTZ



Orlando Cars & Café Brings Out Heavy-Hitters & Bugatti Veyron ‘Sang Bleu’ 30
Aug
Posted by Larry in auto show, Automotive, Bugatti, cars and cafe, featured on 08 30th, 2010

The heavy hitters in the Orlando Florida area love our good friend Ricky’s Cars and Café venue each month held on the last Saturday of the month by the Orlando Automotive Club. Every month you get a surprise at the Cars and Café event held at Route 46 Entertainment District. This month enthusiasts were able to enjoy the sights of a Veyron ‘Sang Bleu’, Ferrari 458 Italia and a Mosler MT900S among many other sports and exotic cars. Our friends Brandon Connelly and Peter Tromboni were able to capture these amazing works of art from the lens of their Cameras. Enjoy the images below and be sure to visit Peter and Brandon’s flicker page!























[sources: Peter Tromboni, Brandon Connelly]



2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Hardtop Convertible Review & Test Drive 30
Aug
Posted by Harvey in Automotive, featured, Hardtop Convertible, Mazda, Mazda Miata, Mazda MX-5, Test Drives on 08 30th, 2010

For more than 20 years, the MX-5 Miata has offered sports car enthusiasts a pure, simple, fun-focused roadster at an attainable price.  Sticking to that simple formula has made the MX-5 the most popular two-seat convertible sports car in the world with more than 850,000 sold.

Substantially refreshed in 2009, the 2010 MX-5 receives minor updates such as a chrome strip on the door handles, and chrome bezels in the headlight clusters. The easy-to-lower-and-raise soft-top of the original Miata, and the 2010 model continues to set the industry standard.  Unlike competitors’ models, the top can be lowered or raised with one hand, from inside the car, and requires no bulky or complicated snaps or external latches.  The Z-fold design uses a simple, central latch handle that requires only a simple wrist movement to stow.

Introduced in 2007, the Power Retractable Hard Top model remains available in two trim levels-Touring or Grand Touring.  This addition to the MX-5 lineup builds on the soft-top two-seaters’ zest for life by enhancing year-round comfort and security.  Rather than consuming interior or trunk space, the folded roof descends into the same storage well behind the seats where the soft top would have stowed.  Opening and closing cycles last only about 12-seconds, making this the fastest power-operated retractable hard top on the market.  It work silently and helps with the vehicles ability to give you that sun in your face and wind in your hair exciting driving experience.

The heart of the MX-5 remains a highly-responsive MZR-series 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine making 167hp at 7,000rpm and 140lb.ft.of torque at 5,000rpm for driving exhilaration throughout the rev range.  The all-aluminum MZR is light and compact, and mounted front mid-ship for ideal handling balance.  It features chain-driven DOHC, a lightweight flywheel, variable intake valve timing, electronically controlled port fuel injection, a forged steel crankcase, forged steel connection rods with floating pins, revised pistons with strong wrist pins, stiffer valve springs an engine oil cooler, and coil-on-plug ignition.  It quickly and smoothly revs to its 7,200rpm redline and reacts to your commands with lightning-quick reflexes, and offers progressive power delivery.

This potent engine is mated to a standard close-ratio five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed manual, that I tested, with gear ratios close-stacked to enhance the joy of driving.  A Sport A/T automatic transmission dimensions to the MX-5’s personality.  Six ratios are provides to improve acceleration, driving refinement and freeway comfort.  Paddles mounted behind the steering wheel command upshifts while buttons positioned on the spokes are used for downshift.  Coordinating engine torque with the shift sequence results in smooth, seamless, and fast gear changes.  The Sport A/T-equipped car is a joy to drive, with gear ratios perfectly matched to the engine’s horsepower and torque output.  While the automatic is fun and easy, I really enjoyed the close-ratio 6-speed manual with its ability to quickly grab each gear, up or down, for real ‘hands-on’ driving excitement when attacking steep, curving roads.

The ability to successfully tackle steep curving roads is the race-car bred, sport-tuned, fully independent suspension that is so well balanced, quick, and nimble, reacting to your inputs from the sporty, tilting, 3-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The monocoque unibody has a backbone frame construction with front and rear suspension subframes that increase stiffness for less noise, vibration and hardness with hardly any cowl shake when traveling over poorly paved roads.

The unique front suspension features double-wishbones with forged aluminum control arms, coil springs, Bilstein monotube shocks, in the sport package, and a thick stabilizer bar.  The rear multi-link setup features tubular control arms with aluminum knuckles, Bilstein monotube shocks, in the sport package, coil springs and a stabilizer bar. With the addition of a strut tower brace up front, the car’s reaction to your inputs using the standard power-assisted hydraulic rack & pining steering system is lightning fast.  Just like a race car, the car moves left or right at the slightest touch of the wheel, enhancing that sports car feel that all enthusiasts covert.

Quickly slowing the car down from speed are 4-wheel, power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front are 11.4in. vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers while the rear features 11in. solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in aluminum housing. Enhancing your control and braking power are standard ABS and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, EBD).

The standard MX-5 rides on 16.5in. aluminum wheels and 16in. all-season radial tires while the Grand Touring model that I tested rides on 17.6.5in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with high-performance Bridgestone 205/45R17in. Potenza tires for excellent grip and traction.  Also adding to traction is the standard limited slip differential and thicker rear stabilizer bar in the Grand Touring package that I tested.

Whether it’s driven on a sunny day or thrust through the corners on a race track, the MX-5 legendary performance will put a smile on your face.  It power is ample, its nimbleness is astounding and its looks timeless, yet fresh and new.

Form follows function beautifully with the MX-5’s fun and modern exterior design that retains the iconic feel of the earlier generation XM-5 Miatas while simultaneously moving it into the future.  The body is shaped to make the cockpit the widest portion of the car, delivering a roomier, safe design that still expresses the compact look of a lightweight sports car.  Side surfacing is rounded, yet taut-like the skin over a muscled body.  Head and tail lamps are mounted inboard to reinforce the sense of compactness that is so central to the car’s design philosophy.  Joining this modern shape are tail lamps and rearview mirrors that harkens back to the elliptical shape of the first-generation MX-5 Miata and a silhouette that could be mistaken for nothing else.

The front of the MX-5 features an aggressive face with a five-point grille and highly-sculpted triangular front fog lamp bezels.  The design is functional as well.  The bulge below the front fog lamps, the wide air deflectors ahead of the front tires, the lower side sills, the rounded lower corners of the rear bumper and even the taillights all contribute to a low coefficient of drag.  Dual round exhaust tips let drivers behind know that the new MX-5 is powerful yet well mannered.

The interior design theme balances comfortable snugness below shoulder level with openness above, to give the impression of riding in open air.  I am 6ft.3in. and found that to be true with plenty of legroom and 1in. of headroom available with the top up.

The T-shaped instrument panel is consistent with Mazda design-DNA while the center console accentuates the backbone of the car.  Strong horizontal and vertical theme lines connote rigidity and sports car capability.  The black center stack is as simple and functional as possible.  The arched hood over the easy-to-see, aluminum bezel instrument cluster and four circular vents are part of the MX-5’s cabin identity.  All buttons, dials and switches are easy to reach and fully illuminated for safe nighttime driving pleasure.

Wind in the hair is one thing, but nobody enjoys cockpit turbulence and buffeting, especially on long drives.  Small corner windows block drafts between the windshield pillars and door mirrors into the cockpit. An aero board located between the seat back hoops is tall and perforated to slow down reverse-flow air that rushes into the cockpit.

The quick acceleration and nimble handling of the MX-5 is due to its light weight as weight slows acceleration, lengthens braking distances, dulls handling and cripples fuel economy.  Weight saving measures in the MX-5 include the use of an aluminum hood and trunk lid while the unibody makes widespread use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, boosting body strength.  The 2.0 liter engine has an exhaust manifold made of lightweight tubular steel instead of cast iron, and the intake manifold and cam cover are made from lightweight composite plastic.  My top-of-the-line Grand Touring Premium Package MX-5 Miata weighs only 2,511lbs. yet is holds the road like a more heavier sports car.

Standard equipment not mentioned above includes dual power-remote door mirrors, automatic AC, power windows with one-touch down, power door locks, remote keyless entry, heated/leather trimmed sport bucket seats, leather shift knob, leather trimmed hand brake, auto dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, dual cupholders under a sliding door on the center console, silver seat back bar trim, steering wheel mounted cruise control and audio buttons, AM-FM/MP3/6-dics CD with Bose 7-speaker premium audio system, auxiliary audio input jack, trip computer, rear center console storage, glove box, lighted trunk, driver seat height adjustment, dual map lamps, thick pile-cut carpeting and Miata signature floor mats.  My top-of-the-line Grand Touring with Premium Package MX-5 came with these options: sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks, anti-theft alarm, Mazda Advanced keyless entry system, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Xenon headlamps, disc brakes with Traction Control, Limited Slip Differential and SIRIUS satellite radio.

Standard safety features include 24-hour roadside assistance, tire pressure monitoring system, dual front airbags with passenger-side deactivation, side impact airbags and door beams, front/rear crumple zones, vehicle stability control, and 3-point safety belts with pretensioners/load limiters.

You can spend much more money on a more powerful, hardtop convertible roadster but you will not come close to the fun and excitement that the new 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata hardtop convertible brings to the fore-an inexpensive, fun and easy-to-drive 2-seat roadster that is solidly planted on the freeway at high speeds and can tackle any curving roads that you my encounter.
















COPYRIGHT:2010:HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base Sport – $22,960 Base Grand Touring Hardtop Convertible – $28,400 As-Tested – $30,550
Type: Compact Convertible
Where Built: Japan
EPA Class: Two Seaters

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 157.3 in.
Width: 67.7 in.
Height: 49.4 in.
Wheel Base: 91.7 in.
Ground Clearance: 4.6 in.
Curb Weight: 2593 lbs.
Gross Weight: 3122 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 37 in.
Front Hip Room: 50.6 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 53.2 in.
Front Leg Room: 43.1 in.
Luggage Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 5 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 2

Performance Data

Engine Number of Cylinders: 4
Engine Size: 2 liters
Engine Type: Inline 4
Horsepower: 167 hp
Max Horsepower: 7000 rpm
Torque: 140 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 5000 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 30.8 ft.
0-60mph: 6.8 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.7 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 21 mpg / 28 mpg / 24 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 266.7 mi. / 355.6 mi. / 304.8 mi.



Roush Introduces Supercharger Kit for 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Generating 550HP 30
Aug
Posted by Darryl in 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Tuners on 08 30th, 2010

The new 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is already a performance marvel that can be had for a decent price. For about $6,000 more you can take the new Mustang GT 5.0 to a level above the GT500 with Roush’s new Tuner Kit (part # 421140) which is essentially a new bolt-on supercharger kit. The kit boosts power output to about 550hp and 470 lb-ft of torque on pump gas. Currently by adding the kit it will not retain your factory warranty. Those who wish to wait until fall for the Roush kit will be able to keep the current factory warranty intact while Roush will offer a 90-day parts warranty on the supercharger components.

5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit PRESS RELEASE

LIVONIA, Mich. (August 26, 2010) – Since the day Ford announced the new 5.0L engine for the 2011 Mustang, people have been asking, “What is ROUSH® going to do with that engine? When will the ROUSHcharger® be available?”

The answer to those questions is finally available. ROUSH has engineered a 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit that can boost the horsepower on the 2011 Mustang upwards of 550 horsepower on stock pump gasoline with more than 470 lb.-ft. of torque. This 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit (part number 421140) has a suggested retail price of $5,999.00 and is available for shipment now.

Many people got their first look at the 5.0L ROUSHcharger in the ROUSH display at Mustang Alley during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The display car got many double takes as people walked by, looked, and then realized that car was, in fact, a 2011 Mustang with a ROUSHcharger installed.

Based on the popular TVS2300 ROUSHcharger, the 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit comes with a 90mm pulley and generates an estimated seven pounds of boost. Included in the kit are 47 lb. fuel injectors, high-flow fuel rails, a high-flow ROUSH air lid, and a twin 60mm throttle body. The heavy-duty ROUSH tensioner is included for the first FEAD belt.

This Tuner Kit includes a 90-day parts warranty, but does not come with a calibration or maintain the Ford factory engine warranty. Professional tuning and installation is recommended.

“While the new Ford five-liter engine offers amazing performance right from the factory, and the new ROUSHcharger will kick it up a level,” said Jack Roush, motorsports legend and chairman of ROUSH Enterprises. “Our engineering team has worked hard to deliver a product that will satisfy the demands of the ROUSH customer on an extremely tight deadline, and they have come up with another great solution for a powertrain upgrade.”

Orders for the 5.0L ROUSHcharger Tuner Kit are now being accepted by calling 1-800-59-ROUSH. Information can be found online at www.ROUSHperformance.com.

There will be a 5.0L ROUSHcharger Kit available this fall that will come complete with a ROUSH calibration and full warranty. Pricing and details to come.

[source: Roush Performance]



Ferrari 458 Italia Reportedly Recalled for Fire Risk Issue 30
Aug
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, News on 08 30th, 2010

Reportedly Ferrari has issued recall letters to owners of the 458 Italia due to a fire risk. Lately we have seen a few instances of the Ferrari 458 Italia catching fire for an unknown reason virtually destroying the affected vehicles. You too have probably seen these horrid photos posted over the internet lately of 458’s engulfed in flames. Owners of 458 Italia’s have chimed in on the FerrariChat forum allegedly reporting that they have received a letter from Ferrari allegedly issuing a recall.

[sources: Jalopnik, FerrariChat]



BMW 1-Series M Coupe Teaser Video Out Now 30
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in 1-Series M Coupe, Ascari, Automotive News, Autostyle, bhp, BMW, cockpit, gearbox, mph., N54, premiere, PS, teaser, Track, turbo, video, Wheels on 08 30th, 2010

BMW has released another teaser video of the 1-Series M Coupe. Earlier this month BMW had released a cockpit video of the 1-Series M Coupe driving around the Ascari race track in Spain. It was reported that the car will be unveiled in December, before its world premiere at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

Features that we can clearly make out from the latest video are the new wheels with that typical BBS-like design, quad exhaust tailpipes typical of modern BMW M cars, and of course the car also gets its own M styling.

As previous reports suggest, power will likely be provided by a twin-turbo N54 inline-six with at least 350 PS (257 kW / 345 bhp). It will be mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, which should allow the vehicle to accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 4.5 seconds.



BMW M5F10 Spy Pictures Appear Online 30
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, BMW, BMW M5F10, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Spy pictures, Sycam, Twin-turbo, Upcoming Events, v8 on 08 30th, 2010

We have been hearing much about the BMW M5F10 of late, and the latest is that a few spy pictures have been posted online.  The credit goes to WCF, who has caught hold of a series of pictures of the upcoming car from the BMW stables.

One interesting aspect about these pictures is that one of them is a shot of the interiors caught on cam for the first time.

The BMW M5F10 is likely to be offered with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 from the X5 M / X6 M. What we get to learn is that it will be tuned to produce up to 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) instead of 547 hp (408 kW / 555 PS).

Going by the pictures, the car will sport a key fob perched in the space on the center console, between the two cup holders.  BMW is likely to bring the car for show at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, where it will make its debut. More pictures below:

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(Via WCF)



Sail over Cars, Race Past the Maddening Traffic; China’s 3D Express Coach Might Let You Do That 28
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in 3D Express Coach, Autostyle, Bus, car, china, Concept car news, Modified car Talk, Off Topic, Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment Company, traffic on 08 28th, 2010

Ever dreamt of sailing over those long lines of cars on the highway? You may soon get to see something of that sort happening in China! The Communist nation is planning a huge bus that can drive over cars. Take a look at the picture below to see what it would look like.

The idea has taken birth at the Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment Company. The so called 3D Express Coach is expected to be completed by the end of next year. More pictures below:

The awesome bus will travel on rails and straddles two lanes of traffic, allowing cars to drive 15 feet below where its passengers are seated. It will hold 1,200 people and travel up to 50 miles per hour.

Its $7.5 million price tag is roughly one-tenth of what it costs to build a subway of the same length. The gigantic bus is expected to solve Beijing’s traffic problems. But what if the idea is transplanted to some highway in South Africa? It really won’t work in South Africa. We do not want to think twice before agreeing with the friend who sent us these pictures. Check out the photo below to know what we are talking about! :)



Blue Devil vs Blue Angel Drag Race Video: Corvette ZR1 vs. F/A-18 Hornet 27
Aug
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Corvette ZR1, Motor Trend, video on 08 27th, 2010

If you have ever seen the Blue Angels in action at an airshow, then you know just how awesome they are. Better yet, if you have ever been lucky enough to strap in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet, then you really can contest to how much of a bad-assed jet it really is. The new Corvette ZR1 is probably one of the closest things you can experience on land similar to a jet fighter (excluding the Bugatti Veyron of course). MotorTrend takes the ZR1 (Blue Devil) out against a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet for a drag race to 100mph just to see who would really win. Remember, the ZR1 can reach 60mph from a standstill in 3.3 second in part due to its 638 horsepower Supercharged V8. On the other hand, the F/A-18 Hornet packs in over 32,000 lbs of thrust making it capable of mach 1.8 (1,400mph). Check out the video below and enjoy!

MotorTrend Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy’s awesome “Blue Devil” — the Corvette ZR1 — against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.

[source: MotorTrend]



Marry A Mercedes-Benz to Apple and You Get an iCar! 27
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in 3G, Apple, Autostyle, command, costs., Gadgets, horsepower, iCar, iPads, LCD, MacMini, Mercedes Benz, Modified car Talk, speed, sprints, torque. on 08 27th, 2010

Way back in 2007, there were reports that Apple and Mercedes Benz had signed a deal whereby Apple was to design an in-car maintenance, communication and navigation system for inclusion in Mercedes Benz vehicles. It’s all coming true. The iCar is what you get when you combine a Mercedes-Benz S Class car and the latest Apple devices.

The car has 750 horsepower and almost 1000-lb/feet of torque. It has a top speed of 211mph, and sprints from 0-60mph in just under four seconds.

The gadgets include a MacMini which is installed in an electrically operated tray located in the trunk. It feeds to a foldable LCD display in the ceiling.

Dual iPads can be used with Apple keyboards. The feature lets you control the climate; operate the command system and many more. A multi sound system is also available. The entire installation connects to the Internet with a 3G connection.

The car without the Apple power costs over $500.000. That could mean that the actual price for the full version would be much more. But you can enjoy the photos for free here.

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(Via SoftSailor)



2012 Merc B-Class New Spy Photos Emerge 27
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in AMG, auto show, Automotive News, Autostyle, BlueZero, engines, GLK, grille, interior, mercedes, Mercedes B-Class, model., pictures, spoiler, spy, sunroof, wheelbase on 08 27th, 2010

New spy pictures of the 2012 Mercedes B-Class have emerged. The prototype has a strong resemblance to the BlueZero concept which debuted at the North American International Auto Show last year.

The 2012 Mercedes B-Class will be coming with a longer wheelbase, a Mercedes-Benz GLK-like grille, a panoramic glass sunroof and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. We also get a peek of the interior from one of the photos. But, unfortunately, we only get to see the rear seatbacks and the front armrest.

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The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be sportiest yet as a high-performance AMG variant was confirmed by the tuning arm’s outgoing boss Volker Mornhinweg late last month. AMG currently offers V-8 engines, but for the B-Class a new specially tuned four-cylinder engine will be developed.

The current Mercedes-Benz B-Class has enjoyed reasonable success in most of the markets. But the next-generation model due in 2011 is expected to sell in even higher volumes.

(Via WCF)







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