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2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD Review & Test Drive 31
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, Test Drives on 12 31st, 2010

“Tastefully blending luxury, performance, and advanced technology”

Lately Ford’s luxury division is not getting as much front-page exposure as the company’s latest redesigned vehicles. Nevertheless, Lincoln should in no way be overlooked.  Ford ingenuity and survival skills have trickled down into vehicles such as the new Lincoln MKS luxury sports sedan.

The new 2011 Lincoln MKS is not just a redone or rebadged Taurus. It is much more and it is ready to battle with any car in its class. If the American car companies have learned anything over the past decade it is that the old rebadging notion will only result in possible bankruptcy. Fortunately for Ford they were able to keep things moving without the assistance from the government.  The reasons why really show in not only the Ford lineup but also in the Lincoln division, especially when it comes to cars such as the new MKS.

Ever since Ford decided to dissolve Mercury, the Lincoln name now stands out a bit stronger. One of the strong standing cars for 2011 is the Lincoln MKS. The MKS, with its original look, is a stunningly beautiful car in my opinion. From the front elongated grill mimicking other current Lincoln models to the stylish tall tail-lamps that give the MKS a classy look, the MKS is something “different” to look at.

During my time in the new MKS I received several complements about the styling. People would act as if they have not seen a Lincoln that looked this good in a long time. Although that may actually be the case for some, the MKS is undoubtedly one of the better-looking luxury sports sedans on the road if you can get used to the uniquely styled front grill. Everything on the exterior flows well, even the 20-inch polished silver wheels. The MKS has a tall roofline. This is something I noticed while parked next to a BMW X3 because the MKS was just as tall. This can also be said about the current Ford Taurus because the MKS shares the same platform.

Inside the new MKS you will find a plush interior that has a bit of excitement. It is too often that you find interiors that are lost in translation because everything is the same color. Not so with the new MKS. The perforated and climate controlled leather seating areas are a shade different from the floors. The instrumentation is brightly lit and relatively easy to operate. Ford’s new SYNC system is nicely integrated into vehicle controls and functions allowing the driver to seamlessly change the settings of a specific item with the push of a button and a voice command.

It is a common trend to see new luxury cars with all types of high-tech gadgetry but it seems to be a difficult task to make it easy for the driver to operate everything and drive at the same time. This is where the SYNC system, developed in part with Microsoft, really shines. Finding a location and having the GPS navigation system direct you to it is almost as easy as asking for directions from the local Andy Taylor in the town of Mayberry. Ford has developed an industry leading navigation system integrated into a well-thought-out voice activated vehicle control system.

In the area of performance, the 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost has V8 power written all over it, with the fuel economy of a V6. The MKS EcoBoost is equipped with a 355 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque 3.5-liter EcoBoost (twin-turbocharged) direct-injection V6 engine. You would never know the engine is forced induction because it has virtually no turbo lag. Torque comes on early and carries through the lower RPM power band. Fuel economy figures during my drive around town in rush-hour traffic came in around 19mpg. On the highway where I really stretched the EcoBoost’s legs the gas mileage figure averaged 24mpg which was 1mpg short of the EPA figure of 25mpg highway. EPA figures for city driving in the MKS EcoBoost is listed as 16mpg.

All-wheel-drive is a very commonplace feature among new luxury vehicles including luxury sports sedans such as the MKS. My 2011 MKS EcoBoost model was equipped with an all-wheel-drive system that really helped in the area of keeping the MKS planted when accelerating in a turn. However, the MKS did suffer from an extensive amount of torque steer under heavy acceleration. Those of you who like to keep a light touch on the steering wheel or even those who may turn the wheel with a couple of fingers, may want to consider a tighter grip on the MKS’s leather wrapped steering wheel.

The MKS EcoBoost suffered from a lack of lateral stability. During my drive of the MKS I literally pushed it to the limit.  In a few turns, I found ‘that limit’ and very quickly with the stability control kicking in to keep the car from wavering. In other words, the new 2011 MKS lacks the ability of getting down and dirty in the twisties in terms of performance. The new MKS is more of a luxury car than sports sedan. Best of all you can take advantage of the 355 ponies and 350 foot-pounds of torque. I have to admit, it puts a smile on your face.

Technology is a major part of our lives and any new car that you buy for a reasonable price is surly to surprise you with some type of hidden feature. One feature on my MKS EcoBoost test vehicle was the Active Park Assist system that somehow I would always overlook when I encountered a parallel parking spot. I did however get to try the system out and it surprisingly worked with ease. With the push of one button and reading the digital LCD information display for the next step, I found myself slightly misaligned in a parallel parking spot in a matter of 25 seconds. I was in the spot, but slightly crooked. I am sure this was due to me quickly releasing the brake pedal, which is what’s required, to enter the spot. The Active Park Assist did all of the steering action for me.

Another intuitive feature on the MKS that ‘surprised’ me was is the collision warning system. This alerts you with a string of red LEDs on the dash and a series of audible beeps in the event where you are approaching a vehicle or object too fast. Luckily for me I was paying attention to what was in front of me when the system went off and I did not experience the airbag feature. The collision warning system comes as part of the radar cruise control which also works beautifully allowing me to trail a slower vehicle in front of me at speed and then resume my pre-set speed after the slower car has moved from in front. The system will also apply braking when it detects the vehicle in front starting to slow. Unlike some radar cruise control systems, the one found in Ford and Lincoln vehicles will not bring you to a complete stop but will alert the driver to interact when a certain slow speed is reached.

The Lincoln MKS EcoBoost audio system is THX certified with a total of 5.1 channels for true theater-like surround sound. Simply put, it sounds amazing. Lincoln did a great job with sound insulation and the proof is in virtually no distortion or abnormal vibrations at full volume levels. Bluetooth audio streaming also works seamlessly by easily connecting to my iPhone and allowing me to seek through my tracks with the steering wheel mounted controls. Magnificent!

I have to admit that I believe the MKS is targeted for a certain demographic but still aims to please the pickiest buyer looking value in an American luxury sports sedan. A 2011 Lincoln MKS front-wheel-drive model equipped with the base 3.7-liter 270 horsepower V6 starts at $41,270. The price of my 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD test vehicle came in at $57,805 which is still several thousand less than a comparably equipped BMW 550 or even a Mercedes-Benz E350. The MKS’s price point is still on target, maybe slightly more, for its American competitors such as the Cadillac CTS AWD model. My MKS EcoBoost was equipped with over 8 grand in options including the larger 20-inch aluminum wheels, Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual panel moonroof, THX-Certified 5.1 audio system, and voice activated navigation.

If you are in the market for a luxury sports sedan, take a look at the new 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost.  It has its own stylistic character, handled in a slightly economical way.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICAITONS

Price

Base

  • $41,270

As-Tested

  • 57,805

Exterior

Body

  • Chrome grille

Tires and Wheels

  • Painted alloy wheels
  • 19 x 8.0 in. wheels
  • Alloy spare wheel
  • P255/45R V tires
  • All season tires
  • Inside mounted spare tire
  • Temporary spare tire

Roof and Glass

  • Intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger
  • Power rear sunshade

Measurements

  • Width: 75.9 in.
  • Height: 61.6 in.
  • Length: 204.1 in.
  • Front track: 64.9 in.
  • Rear track: 65.1 in.
  • Wheel base: 112.9 in.
  • Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Maximum cargo capacity: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Maximum towing capacity: 1000 lbs.
  • EPA interior volume: 124.5 cu.ft.
  • Gross weight: 5400 lbs.
  • Curb weight: 4305 lbs.

Exterior Options

  • 20″ Polished Cast Aluminum 11-Spoke Wheel
  • Front License Bracket
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat Paint
  • Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Paint

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

  • Engine size: 3.5 L
  • Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Cylinders: V6
  • Valves: 24
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Direct injection
  • Torque: 350 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm
  • Horsepower: 355 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Turning circle: 39.7 ft.
  • Engine type: gas
  • 0-60mph: 5.5 seconds

DriveTrain

  • Drive type: all wheel drive
  • Mechanical center differential
  • Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
  • Center limited slip differential

Suspension

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Fuel

  • Fuel type: gas
  • Fuel type: premium unleaded (recommended)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 19.0 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 323.0/475.0 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 17/25 mpg

Mechanical Options

  • PowerCode Remote Start System

Safety

Safety & Security

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
  • 2 front headrests
  • 2 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Front and rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Front height adjustable headrests
  • Rear fixed headrests
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Self-leveling headlights
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Airbag Deployment Notification*

Safety & Security Options

  • Active Park Assist

Warranty

  • Basic: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
  • Free Maintenance: 3 yr./ 45000 mi.
  • Roadside: 6 yr./ 70000 mi.



2011 Infiniti G37 IPL Review & Test Drive 31
Dec
Posted by Matt Thomas in Automotive, featured, G37, Infiniti, Infiniti G37, Infiniti G37 IPL, LegitLifestyle.com, Test Drives on 12 31st, 2010

New for 2011 is the launch of the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL.  This is the latest manufacturer-sponsored in-house tuning shop meant to take on models from Lexus’s F-Sport division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG house.  The first model in the Infiniti lineup to receive the IPL revamp is the 2+2 G37 Coupe.  This IPL model will sit atop the G37 range above the current 6-Speed G37 S and retail for approximately $50,000.

A subtle and flowing body kit makes up the first noticeable additions to the IPL Coupe.  The aero kit features a redesigned front and back facias, sideskirts, and an IPL spoiler.  19” IPL-specific wheels can be found adorning the normal G37 S derived 4-piston brakes on Potenza RE050A summer radials and measuring P225/45R19 front and P245/40R19 rear.

The new IPL badge sits prominently displayed on the back bumper.  In a world of tuning houses that stamp every inch of the car with their performance designation the Infiniti Performance Line has opted for a more restrained and subtle annotation.  There are only two IPL badges on the car; one on the rear bumper and the second is stamped on the cover of the potent 3.7-liter Nismo derived V-6 engine.

The engine, lifted from the Nismo 370Z, has been uprated 18 HP from 330 to 348 hp and 276 lb-ft. of torque.  The VQ37HR is very responsive and has a strong and robust power delivery that never seems to feel constrained or out of breath as it races to its 7,500 rpm redline.  The IPL may get from 0-60 a bit quicker than a standard G37 S but the engine difference really isn’t all that apparent during typical operation.  Only when you let the engine really open up in the top part of its rev-band do you get the sense that this version of the VQ37 really does breath much better than its less-refined stepbrother.

Infiniti has fitted a revised exhaust system that provides a 30% reduction in backpressure and an enhanced engine note.  The IPL edition has been fitted with massive 120mm exhaust tips which, if we’re honest, are a bit much relative to the otherwise understated design queues.  There is no undesirable engine resonance within the cabin below 2,500 rpm and it’s apparent that the IPL team spent a lot of time making sure the exhaust had been tuned correctly to avoid this noise.

The interior is lavishly appointed with navigation, backup camera, your choice of Monaco Red or Graphite black leather and somewhat useable rear seats.  While the rear seats would be unsuitable for anyone other than small children they do make the car more useable and practical for daily use.  The dash is well laid out and simple.  The IPL edition comes with standard aluminum trim throughout the cockpit and unlike some competitors which use plastic or faux metal the IPL’s trim is real aluminum and adds a great deal to the overall look of the interior.

Suspension tuning has been completely revamped by the IPL team.  A G37 IPL has a 20% stiffer spring in the front and a 10% stiffness boost to the rear in addition to a completely revamped and retuned shock valving and dampening setup.  The suspension is firm without being harsh and never feels anything less than composed and stable on the road.  The Infiniti Performance Line engineers tried over 70 combinations of suspension settings before finally settling on the production version.

The transmission is available in either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters.  While not a double clutch gearbox it does a tidy job of calling up gears on command with little lag.  During our testing we were never able to confuse the transmission or found any undesirable judders or clunks from the drivetrain.  The car comes equipped with a Viscous Limited Slip Differential which will keep all the power doing to the ground in the most efficient way possible.  Driving on wet roads proved to be no problem for the G37 IPL as the LSD kept traction where it needed to be.

It remains to be seen how well the IPL line of performance enhanced cars from Infiniti will be received but we think they have a solid foundation to expand on.  The IPL would serve as an excellent daily driver or commuter vehicle that still has the potency to back itself up when called upon for weekend trips through winding backcountry.

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Specifications:

  • Base Price: $50,000 (Approx.)
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Curb Weight (lbs): 3769
  • City (MPG): 19
  • Hwy (MPG): 27
  • Horsepower: 348@7500
  • Torque (lb-ft): 276@5200
  • Wheelbase: 112.2
  • Length (in.): 183.1
  • Width (in.): 71.8
  • Height (in.): 54.8

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We would like to thank Infiniti of Omaha and Terry Schutz for allowing us to perform a full test drive and review of the new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL.  If you are in the market for a new or used Infiniti be sure to contact Infiniti of Omaha at 402.592.2200 and mention this article.

Matt Thomas is the Senior Editor for Legit LifeStyle, an Automotive, Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle Blog.


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Jeep Pick Up Truck Not Approved; Chrysler Crisis to Blame 30
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Chrysler, Chrysler dealer convention, Gladiator, Jeep, Ram trucks, Wrangler Unlimited on 12 30th, 2010

Jeep was to launch it’s  pick up truck, the model supposed to be inspired by the Gladiator Concept of 2005. It was demonstrated at the Chrysler dealer convention held in Orlando two months ago. But the latest news has it that the truck hasn’t been approved.

Chrysler is on the verge of some struggle from inside. The team lacks financial as well as engineering resources required for the development of any resources. Moreover, the dealer does not want to compete with their sister brand, since it is already the dealer of Ram trucks.

Jeep has not yet made any comments regarding the launch of the vehicle. But the model was already green-lighted. The earlier launch repots indicated that the unnamed pick up is based on the Wrangler Unlimited and feature additional storage behind the front seats. However, the launch appears to be not happening any time now.

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(Via AutoNews)



2012 C63 AMG Coupe – Half the doors = twice the awesome 30
Dec
Posted by DieterMuller in Automotive News, CarBlog News on 12 30th, 2010

This is the upcoming C63 AMG Coupe that will be introduced next year. Speculations about the engine capacity are still all over the place with some people saying the engine will stay the same, others that the capacity will be reduced to 5.5 L with the addition of turbos.

Some even say it might have a naturally aspirated V8 of smaller capacity or even a V6. As you can see we actually have no clue about the engines, but one thing I can say for sure is that it will undoubtably, undeniably, without any question of uncertainty have 2 doors…
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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Likely to Get i8 Moniker 30
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, BMW, hybrid supercar, i1, i100, i8, Project i, Vision EfficientDynamics on 12 30th, 2010

Automaker BMW is considering the i8 moniker for its hybrid supercar Vision EfficientDynamics. The manufacturer has recently trademarked various “i” names and logos. BMW plans to create a sub-brand from its “Project i” set of vehicles.

Earlier, speculations stated that the vehicle might be tagged as i1 or i100. But the company is likely considering the i8 name amongst a group of others. Since the naming process involves a lot of market research and analysis, it is assumed that BMW has not yet fully completed and officially confirmed the name.

The use of the number 8 does make sense in fitting this large supercar above the 6-Series and 7-Series as was done with the never-seen M8.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics will be taken to production in 2013 and is scheduled for a 2013 debut as a 2014 model.

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Donkervoort D8 GTO Teased Through Christmas Cards 30
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in Auto Advertising, Automotive News, Christmas cards, D8 GTO, Donkervoort, Dutch, Geneva Motor Show, Upcoming Events on 12 30th, 2010

Well, certain information, though scarce, regarding the Donkervoort D8 GTO now could be seen on Christmas cards that the company has sent out. This has added to the delight of auto lovers, and in a way has set the holiday cheers. Thus the first look of the open wheeled vehicle is out.

As per the teased images by the Dutch car maker, the new model will have a carbon fiber and steel chassis, claims to be “extensively tested at the 24 Hours of Dubai.”

The car will be powered by the Audi TT-S’ 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine with 200 kW (268 hp / 272 PS) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

The model is likely to be unveiled early next year. The teaser via the cards comes as a hint to the fact that the car is ready for a New Year release. The auto world expects the vehicle to make its public debut most probably through the Geneva motor show to be held in March.



Carblog review: The Jetta 1.9 Tdi 30
Dec
Posted by DieterMuller in Uncategorized on 12 30th, 2010

As I walk towards the Jetta, my first impression is not a good one. It looked like a rep mobile, an appliance. Something that the exact average person would buy. The first impression doesn’t excite, it doesn’t ask the watcher to lust after it’s sexy curves or voluptuous edges – instead it looks like it was designed by someone called Johnathan in a studio without windows or proper ventilation.

The problem is not just that it’s a boring design, but that I’ve seen the shape a billion times. Well let’s rather say the shape of the vehicle has surely passed before my eyes a billion times…whether I’ve actually noticed it at all was another thing.

Be it as it may, I’ve got the now outdated “flick knife” key that was cool before y2k in my hand and I am now walking towards this beast of boredom and whether I look forward to it or not, I’m going to drive it.

Now I’ve heard lots of good things about the Jetta 1.9 Tdi. The best of which is fuel consumption. Often you can overhear old people bragging in the queue at the local Pharmacy about who can drive the furthest for the least amount of money. The winner in this circle of frugal old geezers more often than not will use the Jetta 1.9TDI as his sled. The Michael Schumacher of shady pines retirement village is not someone who drives a bright red Ferrari, but rather the elderly Stirling moss lookalike that drives the Jetta 1.9 Tdi with scuff marks on its bumpers.

This didn’t deter me one bit because I was going to find out exactly how little fuel I could use for my upcoming 200km trip and was strangely excited about the prospect of doing the trip on a cup of fuel. Could it be that all the marketing hoo haa about environment this and low emission that and fuel economy sis and save the trees so actually gotten through my need for speed and changed my mindset about driving cars? Well no. I didn’t have any money on me so I would have to do the trip on the fuel that was left in the car or take my hard earned cash to feed the yawnmonster.

Luckily it turned out that the Jetta was an awesome vehicle to drive. Not the quickest, most nimble, exciting or anything that would make you reminisce for THAT day you drove a Jetta. But something else. It was a remarkable epiphany on what is actually possible from a smallish diesel engine using the fumes from the tank of diesel. It opened my eyes to a fantastic blend of adequate performance and economy and yes, the old geezers were absolutely right to brag about his diesel sipping steed.

Thing is people probably thought the golden oldies were watching too many straight episodes of noot for noot when they told about the performance AND the fuel economy. But alas it’s true.

I ended up easily driving the 200km trip on what little fuel I had in the tank, but amazingly I didn’t try to drive like ‘n ou tannie. I drove it. I mean PROPERLY drove it! I even decided to take the alternative route to test the handling at speed and stability through corners at high speed. Something I wouldn’t recommend.

Make no mistake the Jetta can take a corner but it’s more flabby man boobs than perky Paris Hilton. The car I drove felt at high speeds through a corner as if there was an imaginary axis between the inside front wheel and the outside rear wheel along which the car rocked through corners. I never thought I was going to crash, but I prefer to think about exit angle rather than keeping the car on the road.

But that’s not what this car was built for. It was indeed built for the guy that wants to play it safe, on a budget. The buyer of a Jetta like this probably never thinks of bombing through corners quickly or rapid acceleration. The buyer of this car is more concerned with the fuel economy and drive on long straight roads and overtaking acceleration, all of which the car excels at.

So what do I think of the Jetta? It’s an amazing car to be honest. I actually enjoyed it immensely. The joy of driving enthusiastically and still getting just over 6 l/100km is much more than I thought it was going to be. It’s got enough power for most people, use less fuel than most cars, comfortable and ticks a lot of boxes in the option department.

For me then this car is a bit of an above average average. It’s the washing machine that also irons your clothes. The stove that also washes the dishes. the cellphone with excellent battery life, but also a great camera. It’s a Nokia 3310 with a 8 megapixel camera. Nice.



AT&T Releases ‘Don’t Text While Driving Documentary’ Video 29
Dec
Posted by Darryl in accident, Automotive, crash, featured, texting, texting while driving, video on 12 29th, 2010

“All because of a senseless text message”… those are the unfortunate words shared by the friends and family of ‘texting while driving’ car accident victims. Everyone has a choice in life and as we get older we tend to get wiser, thinking that we are making all of the right choices even when we are behind the wheel of a car.

Some things are completely out of our control and others rest in our ability to drive one to two tons worth of various metals, plastics, rubber and glass at speeds sometimes over 70 miles per hour. New automobiles are laced in new technologically advanced safety features, in hopes to lead us down a virtually worry-free highway. But there lies a problem. Drunk drivers, carless drivers, speeding drivers and texting drivers… There are many categories of drivers that cause accidents but one of the fastest growing issues remain to be texting while driving. In the exclusive AT&T ‘Don’t Text While Driving Documentary’ video below, a series of life-changing events take place all because of someone texting while driving. This message may seem strange to come from AT&T, one of the nation’s largest cellular phone service providers, but it is just one more step to help make our public more aware of the dangers of texting while driving.

Maybe it is time you put that cell phone down while behind the wheel of your car! What is more important, your life or that text message? Stay safe!

[source: AT&T YouTube Channel]



Maybach 57S Coupe Cruiserio to Start Selling in Saudi Arabia 29
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in AmorTech group, Automotive News, Burch Fred Hardt, Car Styling, Cruiserio, Maybach 57S Coupe, Modified car Talk, Saudi Arabia, Xenatec on 12 29th, 2010

The first Maybach 57S Coupe, with the name tag Cruiserio, is about to go for sale in Saudi Arabia. The new conversion model has been designed by Xenatec, and the company has entered into a deal with AutoKingdom, the luxury car dealer in Saudi Arabia.

The Cruiserio features a 6.0-liter V12 engine with 603 hp (450 kW / 612 PS) and 738 lb-ft (1,000) Nm of torque. This enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in five seconds, before hitting a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph).

The car can return an average fuel consumption of 16.4 lt/100km or 14.2 mpg US. The Maybach-endorsed conversion was designed by Burch Fred Hardt. The model is all of 5.7-meters in length. The track has been widened and the roof also sports certain enhancement.

The company’s external dealer other than AutoKingdom is AmorTech group from Russia. The starting price is fixed at €675,000 that is $892,455 or £577,940. The first  unit will go for €715,000.  However, the production is limited to 100 units.

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Kia Pro_Cee’d New Look Leaks 29
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Automotive News, Geneva Palexpo, Kia Motors, Kia Pro_Cee'd, Upcoming Events on 12 29th, 2010

It is a known fact that the small family car Kia Pro_Cee’d is getting a facelift. The revised features are supposed to be revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. But certain images of the new Kia Pro_Cee’d had find their way to the public through the medium of internet.

The aggressive fog-light is regarded as the most remarkable feature that adds to the overall enhanced look. It has been guessed that the rear portion of the vehicle has also undergone certain changes. It is also likely to sport a diesel engine. The new lump is expected to churn out 128 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque from 1.6-liters of displacement.

South Korean based Kia Motors debuted Kia Pro_Cee’d, a 3-door hatchback variant of the Pro_Cee’d, at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The manufacturers began marketing the same in January 2008. However for precise details regarding the updated version of the automobile, one has to wait till the 81st International Motor Show scheduled from March 3 to 13 at Geneva Palexpo.

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(Via Autoblog)



Two New BYD Models Head for NAIAS 29
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, BYD, Detroit, e6 Premier, North American International Auto Show, S6DM, Upcoming Events on 12 29th, 2010

Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD has plans to introduce two new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show. The 23rd international show is supposed to commence on January 10 and will come to an end on 23 at Detroit, State of Michigan, US.

One among the announced vehicles is the updated version of e6, the e6 Premier. This MPV uses an iron-phosphate battery which enables the Premier to hit a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and travel up to 300 km that is 186 miles on a single charge. No details regarding the powertrain are out yet.

The other vehicle is a dual-mode electric SUV, the S6DM. It is claimed to be the world’s first independent 4WD. It features a 10 kW (13 hp / 14 PS) electric motor that powers the front wheels.

It has got a separate 75 kW (101 hp / 102 PS) electric motor for the rear wheels. The crossover can only travel 60 km (38 miles) on electricity alone. At the same time, a 2.0-liter range-extending petrol engine increases that distance to over 499 km (310 miles).



Epic Fail Video: Leaving Your Car While It Is In Drive 29
Dec
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1-Series, epic fail, Snow, video on 12 29th, 2010

I have to admit I do some stupid things in my car from time to time but never as crazy as this person in the video below. The video below is a recent clip of a person attempting to free a BMW 1-Series from a snow filled driveway. It is somewhat obvious that this REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE vehicle is not equipped with snow tires but it does not give the driver any excuse for leaving the car while it is in gear. It is also safe to support our post reiterating that 80% of BMW 1-Series owners think it is a front-wheel-drive car by the way the driver attempts to clear snow from the FRONT wheels. Enjoy the Epic Failure below!

[source: BMWBlog via Youtube]



LegitLifestyle.com Chooses The Best Sports Car for Under $10,000 28
Dec
Posted by Matt Thomas in Automotive, featured, honda, LegitLifestyle.com, News, porsche on 12 28th, 2010

I’ve been a big proponent of buying used cars over the past few years.  In fact, I can’t think of a reason why anyone buys a new car these days – it just doesn’t make financial sense.  In a world where corrupt politicians pass legislation to devalue your dollar, and evil bankers are pushing us to live beyond our means at 22% APR’s why would you?  However, this cynicism has pushed me to start scouring the U.S. for what I think are the Legit choices in the used car markets.  Today we’ll tackle the Best Sports car for under $10,000.

The only cars I’m going to be considering are all-original 2-door sports cars with a man pedal.  No fancy engine swaps – just a sports car with looks, performance, and above all – VALUE.

Contender #1:  2001-2003.5 (AP1) Honda S2000

In a world where cars manufactures are imitating the obesity of their customers, the Honda S2000 is like a chiseled Japanese kick boxer.  It weighs less than a whisper and has a potent 2.0L 4 Cylinder with a ridiculous 9,000 rpm red line.  Want to know how badass a car really is?  Find out if it was ever offered with an Automatic.  The S2000 came with a 6 speed and no slushbox was ever offered.  Yea, it’s a bit ballsy and wild at the edge with a tendency to snap oversteer on unsuspecting occupants but that’s what gives the car its charm and defines its “X” factor.  Everything in life is more exciting when you add in the expectation of possible death around the next bend.

The value of this car is hard to surpass.  Depreciation hit the early AP1’s pretty hard – apparently some people do want Automatics for their morning commutes.  But that means that you can get an agile, lightweight, sports car with around 70k on the clock for around $10,000 these days.  Maintenance is a joke as like most Hondas, it can be disassembled with a 10mm wrench and cursing.

Contender #2:  1997-2000 Porsche Boxster

What say you?  A chick car?  GTFO!!!  Yea I know, but hold on before you pre-judge the German rival.  A lot of people consider the Boxster to be nothing more than a big sign on your forehead that says “Look at me – I’m too poor to buy a 911!”  For others, it’s a car that says you bought the best handling chassis you could for the money.  I have to admit – I was in the former of these two groups until I drove one.  It wasn’t even an “S” model and yet it wowed me.

The noise from the German six-cylinder beats the Honda’s mechanical 4-cylinder clatter any day of the week.  The gearbox is even more crisp and positive and the handling – oh my – the handling.  If you don’t know why people are always banging on about “mid-engined” superiority and why the blokes in Italy are always configuring their cars this way it’s because you haven’t driven one yet.  There simply isn’t comparison.

Where does the Boxster fall flat?  Maintenance will undoubtedly be higher as there is no topside engine access and you have to put the car on a lift for pretty much everything.  But finding a reputable independent could remedy this situation easily.  The fact is this – modern Porsche’s are more reliable than Honda Civic’s.  The other downside is subjective, but important:  the looks.  I cannot STAND the front end of this car.  The 2011 Boxster is downright gorgeous, but the early models were, well, how can I put this nicely – un-proportioned.

Value actually has to beat out the Honda as well because the original MSRP for the base Boxster back in 1997 was over $42,000 big ones.  And you could have a nice example with around 60,000 miles on it and a solid service history in your driveway for under ten grand.  Hail to the kings of 75% depreciation!

The Legit LifeStyle Choice?

I choose the Honda and before you lynch me after selling you on the superiority of the Porsche let me explain.  The Porsche wins on the chassis, engine, and gearbox as far as I’m concerned.  But the interior looks dated in comparison to the Honda’s.  Also, the Honda’s leather holds up much better.  The trunk, while not much larger, would make living with an S2000 much easier in the real world.  However, where the Porsche doesn’t stand a chance is in the styling.

I think I would have to drive around with a paper bag on my head in the Porsche and I’d never be able to put the top down for fear of being recognized by someone I knew.  This embarrassment doesn’t stem from some elitist “I’ll look poor” insecurity – but the fact that the car is hideous.  Give me a new 2011 Boxster today and I’d drive it everywhere and tattoo my forehead with its silhouette with pride – but the original revokes urges typically reserved for those after a night of hard drinking.

Matt Thomas is the Senior Editor for Legit LifeStyle, an Automotive, Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle Blog.


http://www.legitlifestyle.com



Daimler-Aston Martin in Talks to Outsource Maybach Production 28
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in ASTON MARTIN, Automotive News, Daimler, Maybach, mercedes, production, S-Class on 12 28th, 2010

We are sure this is something that will excite you. We hear Daimler has begun parleys with Aston Martin to outsource the production of Maybach. The two auto giants are said to be holding talks as to reach a deal with regard to a situation where Aston Martin would get engine technology in exchange for building the next-generation Maybach.

A possible agreement to that effect could help Maybach wriggle out of S-Class platforms. If the deal comes about, Aston Martin will be able to get hands-on to the Mercedes engines range.

The deal could also mean that Maybach will get a much spruced up with Aston Martin throwing in some amount of sex appeal into the luxury car.

Aston Martin’s truck with Daimler need not be considered as a first, though. Earlier on the two car makers had joined hands to build the Lagonda concept, based on the Mercedes GL. The concept, if you would remember, was lambasted when it was revealed.

With the two companies now coming together again for the Maybach, we hope things would be done on a better level.

(Via Jalopnik)



Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sun Bowl Campaign Broadcast to Kick-off 28
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011 North American Car of the Year, Anachronistic City, Automotive News, Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Sun Bowl Broadcast, Off Topic on 12 28th, 2010

The Hyundai Sonata will be introducing its first-ever hybrid model shortly to its major showrooms and the campaign for this is supposed to kick start on Hyundai Sun Bowl Broadcast on December 31 on CBS.

The first ad is titled ‘Anachronistic City’. The 30 second ad conveys that Sonata is not like the conventional hybrid vehicles. The ad attempts to acknowledge the appealing package of the vehicle which has incorporated much advanced sophisticated technology.

The ad showcases a variety of early generation devices in order to display their innovativeness regardless of time. It makes a point about how all technology evolves. Altogether eight ads make the whole campaign strategy.

The all-new Sonata was the first mid-size car to receive a five-star crash test rating under National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new, more stringent 2011 system.

It also received Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick honor. Above all The 2011 Hyundai Sonata lineup is a finalist for 2011 North American Car of the Year.

The very well-equipped Sonata Hybrid comes at $25,795, and the incredibly well-equipped, tech-feature-packed Premium version will be available for $30,795.







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