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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) Revealed at Paris Motor Show 30
Posted by Chris in auto show, Automotive, featured, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept, Paris Motor Show on 09 30th, 2010

The simple formula to making a car fast by making it incredibly light weight has been used by the best of them including Lamborghini. Recently Lamborghini took that concept to new heights in their new Sesto Elemento Concept (Sesto Elemento means Sixth Element). Weighing in at a featherweight 2,202 pounds and incorporating the same V10 engine and all-wheel-drive system from the Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera, the Sixth Element Concept is able to run 0 to 62mph in 2.5 seconds and top out at over 217mph.

You may be wondering why they call it Sesto Elemento or ‘Sixth Element’? That’s easy, the sixth element on the periodic table is Carbon. An advanced carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) structure is used throughout the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept which makes it very strong yet lightweight. The use of a CFRP structure dates back to the Lamborghini Countach and even in the outgoing Lamborghini Murcielago.

The Sixth Element Concept uses CFRP for the monocoque cell, entire front frame, exterior panels and even uses carbon fiber for parts of its suspension and wheels. Lamborghini has pulled out all of the lightweight tricks to make the Sixth Element near the weight of a small Lotus. The big difference from such a small lightweight car versus the Sixth Element is the heavy V10 engine that packs a serious 562 horsepower punch. That’s like strapping a big block V8 to a go-cart.

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept Press Release

Lamborghini is redefining the future of the super sports car with a unique technology demonstrator. Boasting an extremely lightweight construction thanks to advanced carbon-fiber technology, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento has an overall curb weight of just 999 kilograms (2,202 lb) – including V10 power unit and permanent all-wheel drive. This makes the Sesto Elemento a unique demonstration of the technological expertise of Automobili Lamborghini. Innovative carbon-fiber technologies are being used here for the first time in an automotive application. As a 100 percent subsidiary of AUDI AG, the Italian carmaker also benefits from the undisputed expertise of the German manufacturer when it comes to lightweight construction.

With its amazing output of 570 hp, sensational power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per hp and 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of only 2.5 seconds, the Sesto Elemento guarantees unparalleled driving fun. At the same time, fuel consumption also drops because of the extreme lightweight engineering applied throughout.

The name of this technology demonstrator is derived from the periodic table, where carbon is classified as the sixth element. Thus, the Sesto Elemento demonstrates the worldwide leading expertise of Lamborghini in carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology. The super sports car brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese is the only vehicle manufacturer in the world to have mastered the complete CFRP process across a range of technologies, from 3D design through simulation, validation, production and testing – all in a state-of-the-art industrial process that stands for the very highest quality standards.

Lamborghini drives the technology development in its two research centers the ACRC (Advanced Composite Research Center) and the ACSL (Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory) through collaborations with organizations such as Boeing, with the resulting technology secured under a host of patents.

“The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look – extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun. We put all of our technological competence into one stunning form to create the Sesto Elemento,” comments Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “It is our abilities in carbon-fiber technology that have facilitated such a forward-thinking concept, and we of course also benefit from the undisputed lightweight expertise of AUDI AG. Systematic lightweight engineering is crucial for future super sports cars: for the most dynamic performance, as well as for low emissions. We will apply this technological advantage right across our model range. Every future Lamborghini will be touched by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento.”

Groundbreaking technology package

With the Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini’s R&D engineers have put together a groundbreaking package. As a pure and radical concept, the Sesto Elemento is the unique synthesis of an extremely low curb weight of less than 1000 kilograms, enormous 570 hp output, the sensitive and prompt responsiveness of the high-revving, naturally-aspirated V10 engine and the superior traction and stability of permanent all-wheel drive – there has never been a super sports car as thoroughbred as this. Sesto Elemento delivers an unbelievable degree of driving fun, concentrated on absolutely sensational dynamics.

Systematic use of carbon fiber

The basis is an extremely solid, stiff, safe and lightweight carbon-fiber structur: the monocoque cell of the Sesto Elemento. The entire front frame, the exterior panels and crash boxes are also made from CFRP. The Sesto Elemento’s major suspension components and the rims are made from carbon fiber. The tailpipes are made from Pyrosic, which is an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite, able to reach and stand very high temperatures up to 900° celsius. Even the propeller shaft is made of CFRP.

Amazing power-to-weight ratio

The Sesto Elemento demonstrates the outstanding expertise of Automobili Lamborghini in all areas of carbon-fiber technology. Carbon composite materials are a key technology for the automotive engineering of tomorrow, especially for high-performance sports cars. These materials made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastics combine the lowest weight with excellent characteristics – they are extremely stiff and highly precise. Lighter cars improve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: above all, however, it improves the power-to-weight ratio – the crucial factor for a sports car – and thus the performance. A super sports car built using CFRP accelerates faster, has outstanding handling and better braking.

Extreme lightweight engineering delivers extreme performance
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento offers the ultimate proof; thanks to its sensational power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per hp, the concept car delivers unparalleled performance. From a standing start, the Sesto Elemento catapults itself to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a sensational 2.5 seconds. In the interests of completeness, it should also be mentioned that the top speed is well over 300 km/h. What the figures cannot convey, however, are the Sesto Elemento’s razor-sharp handling, its voracious turn-in and its huge braking power. Extreme lightweight engineering and extreme performance come together in the Sesto Elemento to create an all-n

Technology in a progressive form

Uncompromising dynamics from the very first glance: the design of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento displays the sensuality of high performance and possesses the elegance of pure, unadulterated power. The Sesto Elemento lifts the design DNA of the Lamborghini brand to a new level and integrates the functional consistency of carbon-fiber technology into its design language. A clear strength of the CFRP technology is the reduction and integration of components – something that has been used to its full extent in this innovative technology concept.

The hi-tech material is visible everywhere. The Sesto Elemento is finished in a new, matt-shimmer clear coat, meaning that the CFRP structure can be seen throughout. Yet the Sesto Elemento is not just black; during the final stage of production the carbon fiber parts receive a newly developed and patented coat. Nano-Technology makes it possible to add fine crystals with a red shimmer. Surfaces covered with this type of finish glow red and deliver an outstanding effect. Further, the surface is particularly robust.

Consistent in form and function

On a Lamborghini, every single line has a clear function; the two vertical ribs at the front, for example, improve the stiffness of the component and guide the cooling air directly to the radiator behind them and to the brakes. This guarantees the thermal wellbeing of the components even under the toughest race track conditions.

The cooling air flows through two red triangular openings in the hood beneath the front windscreen and through large outlets in the side panels behind the front wheels. Sharply cut headlamp units complete the front end. Reduction is the name of the game here, too – alongside the bi-xenon lamps, there are four LEDs in each unit. The low front end looks incredibly dominant, with the partially double-lipped front spoiler pushed way out front and distinctively formed air intakes.

Precise lines, sharp edges

The entire side profile is cut like a sharp wedge, with the power center of the car unmistakably just in front of the rear axle. A distinctive sideline starts at the front wheel arch, rises along the door towards the rear and ends at the broad shoulders above the rear wheel. The triangle – like the one around the door handle – is a recurring design theme, defined by the precise contour edges in the Sesto Elemento’s CFRP body. The points of the air outlet triangles in the hood are carried through into lines along the roof.

The extremely wide sills form a connection between the air outlets behind the front wheels and the large air inlets in front of the rear wheels. These compartments house components such as the radiators for cooling the engine and transmission oil. The rims have a five-spoke design and are made entirely from carbon fiber. They offer a clear view of the high-performance brakes with carbon-ceramic discs.

Perfect aerodynamics

The Sesto Elemento’s rear overhang is extremely short and, again, defined by optimum aerodynamics. The generously dimensioned spoiler is perfectly matched to the diffuser and a further air deflector in the center, thus guaranteeing maximum downforce for extreme cornering speeds and excellent high-speed directional stability. The Pyrosic tailpipes are directed upwards through the engine cover panel, which also incorporates ten hexagonal openings and two air scoops behind the roof for delivering fresh air to the V10 power plant.

Complex structures in one component
A major strength of carbon-fiber technology is that complex structures can be integrated into one single component. This improves quality and reduces weight. On the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, the front and rear of the body-shell are each manufactured in a single piece. Engineers call this “cofango”, created by combining the Italian word “cofano” (hood) with “parafango” (fender). The large components are attached by using easily removable fasteners, in order to have fast component disassembly. The “cofango” is also reminiscent of an icon from the brand’s history: in 1966, the legendary Lamborghini Miura was unique as a mid-engine super sports car – and its rear cover, too, could be opened in one piece.

Interior – pared to the bone
The minimalist approach has also been applied to the interior, starting with the seats. Lamborghini has dispensed completely with the conventional seat frame. In fact, the whole internal structure is obtained and defined directly from the Forged Composite tub, that on one side plays a functional role and on the other side is the base for the optimally formed seat cushions, upholstered in hi-tech fabric, which are affixed directly to the carbon-fiber monocoque. The correct ergonomics are provided by the steering wheel, which can be adjusted for height and reach, and by the pedals, which can be electrically adjusted longitudinally. Of course, the designers of Lamborghini Centro Stile also dispensed with interior trim in the classic sense. The dominant visual feature throughout is the functional CFRP material – on the floor and roof of the monocoque, on the doors and also on the cockpit and center console. Even the electronic control unit for the engine is mounted in plain sight – a very special kind of hi-tech aesthetic. The triangular cut-out is also evident as a design feature – wherever material can be removed in the interest of weight reduction.

The controls are presented in a highly concentrated format. The instruments provide information primarily on engine and road speed, as well as all parameters relating to engine condition. Only three piezoelectric buttons grace the center console – one to start the engine, one to shift into reverse gear and another one for the lights.

Ambitious target reached with ease

The Sant’Agata Bolognese engineers had set themselves a target that was more than ambitious – despite the ten cylinders and 570 hp, despite the exceptionally fast-shifting e.gear transmission and even despite the permanent all-wheel drive, the Sesto Elemento still had to stay below the 1,000 kilogram mark. And that target was achieved; at a curb weight of 999 kilograms, each hp produced by the V10 power unit has to accelerate only 1.75 kilograms – a sensational figure.

This was made possible by the systematic and intelligent use of state-of-the-art carbon-fiber technologies. Lamborghini possesses extensive experience in the field of lightweight engineering, gathered over many years: something clearly demonstrated by the brand’s series production vehicles. The current Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera has a dry weight of only 1,340 kilograms, marking a competitive best in this category of super sports cars. Compared with the already extremely lean Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé, this represents a further reduction of 70 kilograms, resulting largely from the use of carbon fiber in the body-shell, interior and technical components.

Lamborghini engineers stuck firmly to this approach for the Sesto Elemento. Its structure consists almost entirely of carbon fiber and is built using the monocoque principle. Monocoque means that the vehicle’s load-bearing structure is manufactured as a single shell, with the physical properties of one component, and thus makes optimum use of the extreme stiffness offered by CFRP materials. Formula 1 racing cars have been built using CFRP monocoques for decades – and regularly provide clear evidence of their collision safety. The monocoque in the Sesto Elemento, however, is made using innovative Forged Composite technology – the first time this has been done in an automobile. The advantage of the Forged Composite is that the monocoque is obtained through a one-shot process.

Carbon-fiber crash boxes

In the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, the monocoque forms the complete passenger cell. Connected to it are the front subframe – incorporating the suspension points – and the crash boxes, both also made using specialized carbon-fiber technologies. The extreme stiffness of this assembly guarantees not only a very high level of safety, but also unparalleled handling precision. The rear subframe with the engine mount and rear axle suspension points is made from aluminum – another lightweight material with which Lamborghini has a great deal of experience.

An important element in optimum construction using CFRP technology is the maximum integration of functions. Thus, the body-shell exterior is made up only of the roof section, which is part of the monocoque, the two “cofango” covers front and rear with integrated aerodynamic components and the doors. Each door consists of only two elements, the exterior skin and the interior cladding, both of which are also permanently bonded to create one component.

Carbon fiber even in the suspension
The suspension and the area around the engine have also been optimized with lightweight engineering. Alongside aluminum components, there are also carbon-fiber control arms: innovative Forged Composite technology is also well-suited to this kind of high-load part. These components are around 30 percent lighter than comparable aluminum parts. The propeller shaft is also made of CFRP by using Wrapping technology. This solution allowed the Lamborghini engineers to get rid of the central joint, bringing an important weight saving. The rims are also made from CFRP, while the brake discs are from carbon-ceramic composite material. A similar composite material is used for the tailpipes on the exhaust system – the compound of ceramic powder and synthetic resin makes this carbon material extremely heat resistant. A large number of screw fastenings feature a special titanium alloy and joining technology from the aviation sector.

Based on the form, function and operational demands of the individual Sesto Elemento components, engineers from Lamborghini’s R&D selected largely from three CFRP manufacturing techniques within their technology tool kit:

Forged Composite: Here, materials with short carbon fibers are hot pressed in a mould. The process facilitates complex structures and is used for parts such as the underside of the monocoque and the suspension arms.

Prepreg: The carbon-fiber mats are soaked in a thermoset liquid resin. They are pressed in moulds and cured in an oven under heat and pressure. Prepreg components have a very good surface finish and are therefore the preferred choice for use in visible areas.

Braiding: This is a method to manufacture composite filament derived from the textile industry. Each thread is diagonally intertwined on different levels.

Concentrated power and amazing sound

The fascinating heart of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is familiar from the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera. In the Sesto Elemento too, the V10 unit is mounted “longitudinale posteriore” – longitudinally behind the driver. The 570 hp output equals 419 kW, all of which is available at 8,000 r/min. The pulling power is just as impressive – with the torque curve peaking at 540 Nm and 6,500 r/min.

The V10 offers 5,204 cm3 of displacement, delivering a specific output of 80.5 kW (109.6 hp) per liter of displacement. The highlights of this long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase include dry sump lubrication and a cylinder angle of 90 degrees. Both solutions are an integral part of the lightweight engineering approach, as well as serving to lower the center of gravity and thus tighten the handling characteristics. Ideal combustion chamber fill comes courtesy of a switch-over induction system and continually variable, chain-driven camshafts.

Best traction with all-wheel drive

The Sesto Elemento is equipped with the e.gear transmission, controlled in race car fashion via shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The automated system with electronic management shifts smoothly through its six gears much faster than a human being would be able to.

Every single kilometer in the Sesto Elemento is sheer fascination – due in part to the relentless traction delivered under practically all conditions. This is largely attributable to the permanent all-wheel drive system. It incorporates a central viscous coupling and a self-locking differential for the rear wheels with 45 percent lock. Thanks to this superior traction, Lamborghini drivers can accelerate earlier out of a curve than those in rear-wheel drive cars.

New development center for carbon-fiber technology

Lamborghini possesses many years of experience with carbon-fiber reinforced materials. As far back as 1983, it produced the first prototype CFRP chassis for the Countach, with the first series production parts appearing in 1985. The current Lamborghini Murciélago is made largely from CFRP – its body-in-white contains 93 kilograms of carbon-fiber materials. The engine cover panel of the Gallardo Spyder is one of the largest CFRP components with class A surface quality in the automotive world.

The company is now working steadily to expand its worldwide leading position. The new Advanced Composites Research Center (ACRC) at the company headquarter in Sant’Agata Bolognese is working on innovative construction and production methods for carbon-fiber elements in automobile design.

The Advanced Composite Research Center in Sant’Agata Bolognese secures leading-edge research on innovative materials and production methods for carbon fiber elements for small production volumes. Here, over 30 experts develop vehicle components of all shapes and sizes. They build prototypes and the associated production tools while developing optimized production technologies. Sophisticated systems largely developed in-house allow extremely high precision levels as engineers simulate manufacturing processes as well as carry out crash tests on complex carbon-fiber structures. Thanks to the extensively patented “RTM Lambo” process, Lamborghini can use minimal pressure and relatively low temperatures to manufacture carbon-fiber components to the highest levels of quality, precision and surface finish, from small parts to complex vehicle structures. Further benefits include higher process speeds, lower costs, and extremely light tooling.

The Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) at the University of Washington uses experimental tests to define the mechanical behavior of the different materials and technologies using methodology from the aviation industry. The team of research engineers in Seattle works with very specific instruments and methods in close cooperation with the R&D headquarters and the ACRC in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

[source: Lamborghini]

Video: Jay Leno Purchases New Jaguar XJ 30
Posted by Larry in Automotive, featured, Jaguar, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, video on 09 30th, 2010

I never knew Jay Leno to 4-door cars but I guess in Hollywood anything can happen such as him setting out to purchase the new Jaguar XJ sports sedan. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay purchases a new Jaguar XJ. The episode shows the long journey of his new car from the Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwhich Birmingham, Solihull, UK all the way to California.

Jaguar is supposedly ‘the car’ that got Jay Leno into cars. Check out his journey from creation to delivery (Birmingham to Hollywood) of his new Jaguar XJ in the video below.

[source: Jay Leno’s Garage]

Audi Quattro Concept Revealed Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Original 30
Posted by Larry in audi, Audi Quattro, Audi RS5, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, News, Paris Auto Show on 09 30th, 2010

Recent rumors of Audi conjuring up a reintroduction of the infamous Quattro have been confirmed with the debut of the Audi Quattro Concept at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The inspiration of the new Quattro Concept has its roots set deep in the 1980 Audi Ur-Quattro, one of the first passenger cars to incorporate all-wheel-drive.

The Concept uses the underpinnings of the current Audi RS5 which we think is a good thing. Power output for the Quattro Concept is 408hp and 354 ft-lbs of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Power is directed to the ground through the concepts Quattro torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear based power split.

Power to weight ratio of the Audi Quattro Concept is about equal to the Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI. No word if Audi plans to bring the new Quattro Concept into production but if they do, they have a winner in my book.

[source: MotorTrend]

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept Wraps Off at Paris Motor Show 30
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Concept car news, Concept Paris Motor Show, Countach, Diablo, Event Coverage, Hypercar, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Muira, Murciélago, Super car news on 09 30th, 2010

OMG! This is awesome. The Paris Motor Show that has got underway is witnessing some fascinating models. One among them that interests us much is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept, which is being dubbed a hypercar.

We have earlier seen the Lamborghini roll out illustrious models of the likes of the Muira, Countach, Diablo and the Murcielago. The latest model stands somewhat like a spectacular piece of design. The concept has been one of the most hyped and awaited models from the Lamborghini stables.

Going by the looks of it, it seems the Sesto Elemento hypercar concept will live up to the hype. Take a look at the images from the show, they are sure to leave you fascinated!


(Via Autoblog)

Audi A7 Sportback Luxury Hatchback Debuts in Paris 30
Posted by Alex Ion in A7 Sportback, audi, Automotive News, Bang and Olufsen, climate control, Event Coverage, GPS navigation, hatchback model, V6 engines on 09 30th, 2010

Audi launched their luxury hatchback model, A7 Sportback, in Paris. The model which comes with a sporty styling, LED lights and 18-inch alloys (19-inch and 20-inch are optional) gives an outstanding impression from outside.

The cabin is featured with a 6.5 inch MMI display, aluminum trim, and up to 1390 liters (49.1 cubic feet) of cargo capacity. Additional features and options include wood trim, GPS navigation system, four-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel. A 1300watt Bang and Olufsen audio system can also be in the list of add on features.

The model comes in petrol and diesel variants and four V6 engines (two each for one variant) will be offered by the company. Petrol variants offer a 2.8 liter FSI with a power of 150kW (204hp / 201PS) and a supercharged 3.0 liter TFSI with a power output of 220kW (295hp / 299PS).

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Customers can opt from two 3.0 liter diesel engines that vary in power. One will be having a power output of 150kW (204hp / 201PS) and the other will be coming with a power of 180kW (241hp / 245Ps) . The model has a base price of Euros 51650 and will be on sale later this autumn.

(Via Autoblog)

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Shown off at Paris Show 30
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, battery, concept, Concept car news, Event Coverage, Gas Turbine, Jaguar, Jaguar C-X75, Lithium-ion, Paris Motor Show, power on 09 30th, 2010

Jaguar has lifted the wraps off its C-X75 concept which comes driven with a combination of battery and gas turbine power. The concept vehicle is now being showcased at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and is luring eyeballs for its unique eco-friendly power system.

Designed as a two-seater, the car comes with capabilities of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205mph. These attributes promise the Jaguar C-X75 to be the fastest-ever electric road car when it finally arrives on the tarmac.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery that runs four electric motors, the C-X75 boasts of motors providing 195bhp each, making it a total of 780bhp. Torque specs read 1180 lb ft. The battery power is capable of life on a six-hour charge from the mains and can run 68 miles on a single go. Besides, it also deploys two super efficient gas turbines derived from aircraft jet engines, which in turn gives it extra power so as to run an extra range of 560 miles.

When it arrives at dealerships, the Jaguar C-X75 is expected to cost around £200,000. Seen as a follow up model to the XJ220, the car maker hasn’t, however, announced its production plans as yet.

(Via SkyNews)

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track Edition Review & Test Drive 29
Posted by Harvey in Automotive, featured, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Test Drives on 09 29th, 2010


Hyundai has been on a roll in the automotive marketplace.  While most manufacturers have seen a drop or slight increase in sales, Hyundai has seen double-digit sales increases on its market share.

With the introduction of the Genesis luxury sport sedan two years ago it showed Hyundai meant business going head-to-head with Lexus, Infiniti and Acura in the luxury segment. Now Hyundai has introduced an all-new sports coupe that shows great potential for design, engineering and build quality.  It is going squarely up against the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro V6 equipped models.

I tested the top-of-the-line ‘Track Edition’ and was very impressed with the car overall. With a total price of just $30,750.00 the all-new Genesis Coupe Track Edition came equipped with even more goodies than a comparatively priced V6 Mustang or Camaro.

The design is fresh and unique, long, low and sleek with a wide stance.  The steeply raked A-pillars give way to the car’s arching roofline and tapering greenhouse that highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car’s broad shoulders and wide stance.

The powerful curves, undulating beltline, surface detail and ‘Z’ bodyside lines are truly unique and make the Genesis Coupe really stand out in the Pony car corral.

The power-remote/heated side mirrors are aerodynamically designed and the car’s lower rocker panels are drawn close to the ground making the bodysides extra thick and the daylight opening thin, allowing the 19X8in. alloy wheels to be stuffed into the bulging fenders.  To complete the aggressive sports car look, the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse has been maximized.

The front fascia features large openings for better engine breathing; uniquely formed headlamp clusters feature HID lights and below are uniquely designed foglamps.  The rear fascia is highlighted with wraparound lamp clusters, trapezoidal dual exhaust tips that are integrated into the rear lower fascia with surrounding blackout that repeats the design theme of the front fascia graphic.  An integrated spoiler mounted on the rear trunk keeps the rear wheels glued to the ground during high-speed travel.

The interior is designed to enhance your driving experience.  The heated sport bucket seats are deeply cut to keep you firmly in place during spirited driving with the driver’s side powered 6-ways with lumbar support racket.  The sporty, 3-spoke, tilting, leather wrapped steering wheel feels perfect in your hands and features buttons for the audio system, cruise-control and Bluetooth telephone communication.  The analog gauges are straight-ahead and easy to read with a big 160mph speedometer, 8,000rpm tachometer and smaller gauges inside to let you know your fuel level and engine coolant temperature.

The cluster features Hyundai’s signature blue gauge illumination.  LED readouts in the middle warn you of system or safety failures. The short stick shifter is right where you want it to be for fun, easy and firm usage.  The center stack features large buttons arranged in groups, and just above the center stack is Hyundai’s innovative graphic that shows you instantly how much torque is being generated and your current mpg usage.

The interior also features start/stop push button ignition, proximity key so you don’t have to take your key out of your pocket or purse, dual power up/down express windows, power door locks, self-dimming rearview mirrors, power tilt/sliding one-touch sunroof, heated side mirrors with illuminated turn signals, touchscreen navigation system with XM NavTraffic, 8-gig hard drive, lighted dual vanity mirrors, dual map lamps, dual cupholders, a center storage bin with padded armrest, automatic climate control and aluminum/rubber padded foot pedals, thick cut-pile carpeting and optional signature floor mats.  Beautiful sounds come through the standard Infinity 380-watt, Premium Audio System that features AM-FM-XM/MP3/CD player, 10-speakers, iPod/USB and an auxiliary port to let you choose what you want to play and hear.  It’s all standard except the floor mats and iPod cable. That’s enough interior pleasures to keep any driving enthusiast and music lover happy!

Driving enthusiasts are treated to even more excitement and innovation with what lies under the skin of the all-new 2010 Genesis Coupe Track Edition. The fun starts when you push the start button on the dashboard.  The 3.8 liter DOHC V6 engine comes alive with a precision sound to it.  It delivers 306hp at 6,300rpm and 266lb.ft. of torque at 4,700rpm on regular unleaded gasoline.  This engine will launch the Genesis Coupe from 0-60mph in just 5.4sec.  To maximize the powerband, the 3.8 liter engine utilizes Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and a new Variable Intake System that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at both low and high rpm.  the better-breathing results in outstanding off-the-line acceleration and passing performance plus remarkable fuel efficiency of 17mpg/city, 26mpg/highway.  The V6 engine uses an alloy block and cylinder heads for lighter weight and thermal efficiency and features timing chains with no scheduled maintainance.

When you mash your foot down on the throttle you’ll hear a loud growling sound coming from the free-flowing, dual, cat-back exhaust system.  The Genesis Coupe Track Edition comes standard with a Torsen limited-slip differential to put the power down to the ground more effectively.

Genesis Coupe’s body shell is rich in ultra-high-tensile steel and is lighter than the new Camaro V6 and Mustang V6, and it’s chassis is also 24% stiffer in bending rigidity that the BMW M3.  Rear-wheel-drive provides a neutral feel with its 55/45 front/rear weight distribution.

The Track-Tuned fully-independent suspension features a MacPherson dual-link front setup and a five-link rear suspension setup.  The front suspension is mounted to the body via a solid subframe which is lighter and stronger than a multi-piece component.  The Track-Tuned suspension features stiffer front spring rates, stiffer rear spring rates and unique front/rear shock valving.  To help reduce body roll, the Track-Tuned model features a 25mm stabilizer in front and a 19mm stabilizer bar in the rear.

You’ll definitely feel the nimble handling characteristics when you are cornering the car and I found it to be ultimately toss-able when attaching steeper curves as the rear loosens up and slides out a bit even with the stability control and traction control on.  I just let off the throttle when exiting the curve and the rear quickly got in line with no problems. It could be the lighter weight, only 3,389lbs., but I had a grand old time in the Santa Monica Mountains challenging all of the steep and hairpin curves.

Piloting the Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe admirably through its paces is the excellent hydraulic rack & pinion steering system with its quick ratio gearing that delivers both linearity and agility besides it short throws.  It features a great feel for the road surface and reacts super-fast to my inputs.  Standard on the Track Edition and making your steering input even more responsive it the strut tower brace.  It just ads to the thrill and excitement when driving the car up to its potential.

Adding to the fun of driving the Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe is the standard short-throw, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.  You can option for the 6-speed SHIFTRONIC that features sequential shifting by moving the gear selector into a separate gate.  Pushing the selector forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to your control or you can use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.  A clear LCD readout on the instrument cluster shows the gear that’s in use.

Top speed for the Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe is 149mph, that’s fast if you can find a safe place to ring it all out. Quickly slowing the car down from speed are very large brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers at each corner.  Up front are 13.4in. vented discs and 13in. vented discs in the rear.  Standard ABS, EBD and BA insure quick, controlled stopping power on slick road surfaces.  These brakes are amazing in their linear feel at your foot and how well they grab the big vented rotors in an emergency stop or when attaching a very steep curve at high speeds.  Another fact is that they are not available on the new V6 powered Camaro or Mustang, another plus for the Genesis Coupe Track Edition.

The Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe rides on 19X8in. light alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza 225/40YR19in. front and 245/45YR19in. super-high-performance tires in the rear.

Keeping you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision is a long list of standard safety features starting driver/front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seat-mounted side airbags, side air curtains and active front head restraints.  The Genesis Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones, bodyside reinforcements, 5-mph energy-absorbing bumpers, buckling creases on the hood with safety stops, 3-point safety belts for all four-seats with front pretensioners and load limiters.  The rear also features LATCH for child seats.

The all-new 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track Edition hits on all cylinders with authority of great looks, great power and performance, great interior sportiness and creature comfort with excellent safety systems.

My fully loaded Track Edition was priced at just $30,750.00 with everything that I would want included.



Price: Base Genesis Coupe $22,000  As-Tested Track Edition $30,750
Where Built: South Korea
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars


Length: 182.3 in.
Width: 73.4 in.
Height: 54.5 in.
Wheel Base: 111 in.
Curb Weight: 3389 lbs.

Front Head Room: 39.2 in.
Front Hip Room: 56 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.7 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 52.8 in.
Rear Hip Room: 49.2 in.
Front Leg Room: 44.1 in.
Rear Leg Room: 30.3 in.
Luggage Capacity: 10 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 3.8 liters
Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 306 hp
Max Horsepower: 6300 rpm
Torque: 266 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4700 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.4 ft.
0-60mph: 5.4 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 17 mpg / 26 mpg / 20 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 292.4 mi. / 447.2 mi. / 344 mi.

GM Opel Meriva Electric Test Fleet Being Readied 29
Posted by Alex Ion in AC, Automotive News, battery, Concept car news, Electric, MeRegioMobil, meriva, Ministry, opel, phase, speed, technology, V2G on 09 29th, 2010

Opel is developing three battery-electric versions of its Meriva as part of the MeRegioMobil research project which is funded by the Ministry of Economics and Technology in Germany.

GM’s Opel electric Meriva will feature electronic controls which will allow high power electrical recharging using both a 230-volt single-phase current (charging time is approximately 3.5 hours) as well as a 400-volt three-phase AC (takes less than an hour to charge).

The vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability of the car via the bi-directional charging system (when the car is not in use and the driver permits it) will be the real test. This demonstration of two-way charging technology will test the practicality of distributed energy storage in car batteries for home usage.

The car will be coming equipped with a 16 kWh battery pack which will provide a range of 64 km (40 miles) and the vehicle will be able to hit a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

(Via AutoblogGreen)

Saab 9-4X Crossover Spied; Car Heads for LA Show 29
Posted by Alex Ion in automatic, Automotive News, car, Concept car news, crossover, engine, platform, Saab, Saab 9-4X, Theta, Transmission, Upcoming Events, wheel. on 09 29th, 2010

Pictures of the Saab 9-4X crossover have appeared online, in the form of spy images. The car, scheduled to make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, will be based on the same underpinnings as the Chevrolet Equinox GMC Terrain and the Cadillac SRX, which are built on GM’s Theta platform with all-wheel-drive.

It is expected that the car will be coming with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine. But there are some who suggest the possibility of the 2.0-liter turbo four which is seen in the new 9-5 (already out on the road). Both engines will most likely be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

There are also rumors that the tail lamps might look different when the production model comes out. Just wait until the car is unveiled at the auto show and you will know a lot more about it.

(Via Autoblog)

Toyota Prius Minivan Version Caught on Spy Camera 29
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Camry, Highlander, minivan, Prius, Prius Alpha hybrid, TOYOTA, Upcoming Events on 09 29th, 2010

Spy photos of what appears to be the long-anticipated minivan version of the Toyota Prius have surfaced. The hybrid minivan, rumored to be the Prius Alpha, was spotted in California following a new Lexus CT200h with its logos covered. From the picture, it can be clearly seen that the minivan appears to be having a Prius-like front fascia. It is also evident that the windshield, front window line and tail lamps of the minivan are similar in design to that of the Prius.

Earlier reports had suggested that the Prius MPV will be having three rows of seats with space for up to seven passengers and will be powered by lithium-ion batteries (to improve mileage and may even allow for more electric-only propulsion opportunities).

Toyota, which currently sells three hybrids in the U.S. with the Prius, Camry, and Highlander, hopes to launch six new hybrids worldwide by 2012. Look for the Toyota Prius Alpha hybrid to hit the market around 2012.


(Via Carscoop)

Ford Edge 28
Posted by admin in Automotive News, Ford, Passenger Cars, World Cars on 09 28th, 2010

Auto Show, Safety, Ford Edge

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When is aВ power 2,700 pound projectile? When little Muffy is riding shotgun, big old fuzzy head stuck out the window, tongue lolling in the breeze and all of a sudden master crashes the darn thing into some unforseen obstacle. In the interest of keeping pets safe, Bark Buckle UP, a pet travel safety organization, has some recommendations. Among endorsement of the Doggie Seat Belt and exhortations to take steps toward pet safety in the car, are some vehicular mentions. While pet safety is a laudable goal, this announcement leaves us feeling a little dirty, like it’s mostly a thinly-veiled ploy to sell stuff.

In any case, Bark Buckle UP gave its Top Dog awards away at the New York Auto Show, and the Ford Edge has trotted away with the Pet Safe Vehicle of Choice Top Dog award. “The Ford Edge is perfect for those traveling with pets,” says Ford Edge marketing manager Brett Burin upon the Edge’s crowning. Bark Buckle UP agrees, citing the vehicle’s combination of space, ease of ingress and egress for Fifi and Fido, rear ventilation and adaptability to pet gear as reasons for the win. Ford vehicles took four of the award’s ‘choice’ slots for 2010, with the Transit Connect, Flex, and Lincoln MKT also making the list. The other alternative is to avoid either having a dog altogether (they’re smelly, and they lick their butts) or don’t chauffeur your pooch around if you have opened your home to canis domesticus. If you’re a dog lover, though, you might want to check out the official press release after the jump.

Klutch22 iPhone App Aims to Connect Your Ride to the World 28
Posted by Chris in Automotive, iPhone app, Klutch22, Technical on 09 28th, 2010

So it’s Saturday night and you want to know where your friends are cruising. You also want them to know where you are headed. Do you text them all? Do you call them? No, you use the iPhone app Klutch22 and connect your ride to the world.

The guys at Klutch22 shared their app with the staff here at AutomotiveAddicts.com and we instantly fell in love. We found something else that was actually beneficial to our car culture in the form of an iPhone app. The Klutch22 app, now available on the App store, is a very user-friendly and interactive app. The best way to describe the inner workings of the app is through the newly released Klutch22 promotional video below. It gives you the concept and usefulness of a well put together app for the iPhone.

Klutch22 Promotional Video from expoze.tv on Vimeo.

Download a free copy of Klutch22 on the iTunes App Store Here!

All of the staff at AutomotiveAddicts.com endorse and use the Klutch22 app. Remember to obey all driving and safety laws.

2011/2012 Camaro Z28 Supercharged V8 LSA Engine Photographed Under The Hood 28
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, News on 09 28th, 2010

Automotive spy photographers were able to capture images of the engine found in the upcoming Camaro Z28 out on its testing grounds. As the previous rumors speculated, the new Camaro Z28 will have the same engine found in the current Cadillac CTS-V, the 6.2-liter 556hp & 551 lb-ft of torque LSA Supercharged V8.

View all photos here on Camaro5!

The images posted on Camaro5 also reveal a new hood with a two-row air scoop design somewhat similar to what we saw on a Jay Leno edition Camaro.

This adds to our excitement as the Z28 should give the Mustang GT500 a run for its money.  View all photos here on Camaro5!

[source: Camaro5]

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD Review & Test Drive 28
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Acura, Acura TL, Automotive, featured, Test Drives on 09 28th, 2010

Driving the latest Acura TL had me reminiscing of when one of the very first Japanese luxury cars came to the United States in the form of the Acura Legend. Those days are long gone, which could be a good thing or bad thing depending on how you look at it. We look at it as a good thing because Acura has still managed to keep that ‘Legend’ going.  Now it can be seen shared in the vast lineup of vehicles all having similar characteristics making them unmistakable, including the 2010 Acura TL.

The new Acura TL SH-AWD with technology package, in which we had the opportunity to review is a worthy contender in such a competitive automotive segment. Polished with some of the latest automotive technology and a sleek newly designed skin aims to set the Acura TL off from its competitors.

For 2010 the Acura TL remains visually unchanged from its redesigned 2009 model year. A new refined V6 engine for the SH-AWD variant adds more excitement due to an extra 25 horsepower totaling 305hp and 273 ft-lbs of torque in the 3.7-liter V6. Base model TL’s get the 3.5-liter V6 power mill generating 280hp and 256 ft-lbs of torque. Pumping all 305hp through 4 wheels makes the 305hp usable and turns the TL into a good performer with the only limitations being the grip of the 18-inch Michelin Pilot all-season rubber.

The Acura TL’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD) is truly remarkable. The all-wheel drive system will individually power a wheel when traction in the other is lacking. The system also directs additional power to the outboard wheel under heavy turns. It basically acts as an ‘electronic limited slip differential’ only for all 4 wheels. The system is actually remarkable giving you an extra sense of security when you come out of a corner laying into the throttle. Because the TL is somewhat light on its feet having 305hp, you can only imagine how much of a handful it would be if it where only front-wheel drive.

Lately Acura has been somewhat performance and enthusiast oriented. I say this because for 2010 you can opt for a manual 6-speed transmission in the TL SH-AWD. Our test vehicle was fitted with a 5-speed auto that on occasion seems behind the times after stepping out of one of our other test vehicles with a 7-speed auto. Don’t let the 5 automatic gears fool you, the TL is not shy about letting its 3.7-liter run to the redline and hammering in the next gear. The performance numbers will show you that the TL is a good performer with a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.

Acura’s interior has always been tech savvy while incorporating quality materials. Most times the automotive enthusiast and long-term car shopper can tell a slight difference in Honda and Acura interiors due to the use of ‘different’ surfaces. Some of the surfaces do not try to emulate other materials but instead have their own characteristics such as the textured trim lining the dash. Most of the controls are where they should be and easy to reach. Getting into a new Acura TL and figuring out the controls is only easy if you have not been spoiled by one of its competitors. Otherwise it takes some getting used to but after that everything is a breeze.

Seating appointments in the TL SH-AWD are very decent with the perforated leather seats and soft bolsters. Seating positions can vary greatly giving the driver several options depending on height and size.

If there is still such a thing as a plug-and-play vehicle, the Acura TL leads the pack due to its explosive sales over the past few years of the previous generation TL. This is mostly due to its great reliability and value factor. The base Acura TL starts at $35,105 and can creep up to over $43 grand for our test vehicle’s configuration. The configuration of our test vehicle includes several tech toys such as GPS satellite navigation backed by a wonderful voice recognition system that can be utilized for several common car functions. I found myself adjusting the HVAC controls through voice commands. It was literally a breeze in our Acura TL while under the hot Florida sun.

If we could change something about the 2010 Acura TL it would be the numb steering feeling. Although the steering was somewhat effortless when parking, it has very little feel when on the road at certain speeds. Electric steering remains to be a complaint among several other automotive makes as well. So this is nothing new here. The city gas mileage figures (17mpg) could also be improved but we never complained with our 305hp test vehicle put us back in the seat from the smooth and powerful acceleration. On the highway the Acura TL  gets a decent 25mpg.

Overall, the 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD is an amazing transportation appliance. It does what it is supposed to very well with very little complaints. The styling of the TL remains to be controversial with some, but still manages to gain the love of those looking for a solid value in a mid-sized luxury vehicle.

Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com


Price: Base Acura TL 3.5 $35,105 As-Tested Acura TL SH-AWD Technology Package $43,195
Type: Midsize Sedan
Where Built: United States
EPA Class: Midsize Cars


Length: 195.5 in.
Width: 74 in.
Height: 57.2 in.
Wheel Base: 109.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.7 in.
Curb Weight: 3975 lbs.

Front Head Room: 38.4 in.
Front Hip Room: 55.7 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 58.2 in.
Rear Head Room: 36.7 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 56.2 in.
Rear Hip Room: 54.8 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.5 in.
Rear Leg Room: 36.2 in.
Luggage Capacity: 12.5 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 5

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 3.7 liters
Base Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 305 hp
Max Horsepower: 6300 rpm
Torque: 273 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 5000 rpm
Drive Type: AWD
Turning Circle: 38.4 ft.

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 17 mpg / 25 mpg / 20 mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 314.5 mi. / 462.5 mi. / 370 mi.

Infiniti G Convertible Concept Unveiled; Debut in Paris 28
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Bose audio system, Concept car news, G Convertible Concept, Infiniti, Infiniti Performance Line, KACCHU, Upcoming Events on 09 28th, 2010

The Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G Convertible Concept has been unveiled by Infiniti. The concept is set to have its proper debut at the Paris Motor Show, and has now been seen to have a truly aggressive body kit, sports suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels. Truly a lean mean machine, this one is.

The interior is resplendent with ‘KACCHU’ trim, black lacquer accents, and leather upholstery. Also packed into the vehicle are a 13-speaker Bose audio system, GPS navigation, and front seats that can be heated or cooled, according to preference.

Powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 338 PS (249 kW / 333 hp) and 374 Nm (276 lb-ft) of torque, the car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in “under 6 seconds” and reach a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

No details or confirmation have emerged yet about production, but rumors are that this is one concept that is sure to hit the market.

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