- 5 door Range Rover evoque: Video
- BMW M3 widebody kit by Prior Design
- Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
- Formula 3 car review: Video
- Audi A1 E-tron: Video
- What is a shooting brake
- Pagani Zonda Rak
- Range Rover Evoque 5-door
Posted: 26 Nov 2010 05:45 AM PST
If you follow Chrises cars then you would have read yesterday that British 4×4 maker – Range Rover, has unveiled their new 5 door version of the Evoque. Well they have also released this video showing the new luxury SUV in full detail.
The 5 door Range Rover Evoque will be available with a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine developing either 187hp or 148hp or a 2.0 litre petrol engine equipped with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing that helps it produce a higher 237hp.
Watch the Range Rover Evoque video below.
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Posted: 26 Nov 2010 05:31 AM PST
The car tuners – Prior Design have revealed their new BMW M3 Widebody kit. This upgrade package is purely cosmetic and is designed to offer BMW series 3 owners the chance to transform their standard cars into M3 look a likes.
The Prior Design BMW M3 Widebody kit includes a new front bumper with large air intakes and a completely new bonnet with numerous air vents similar to those on the BMW M3 GT2. A set of side skirts are also included which the impression of a lower car and the rear receives a completely new bumper and diffuser. The new body kit also contains a spoiler on the boot lid, as well as on the roof, which are both also available in carbon fibre.
This upgrade is purely cosmetic so if you want a little extra horsepower then you will have to look elsewhere.
The components of the new M3 body kit are manufactured from Duraflex and can bought individually, for more information read the press release below.
Prior Design Press Release:
BMW M3 E92 Widebody by Prior Design
Once again, the designers at Prior Design have raised the bar: With the new BMW M3 lookalike body kit for the current three-series coupe model, the tuners from Kamp-Lintfort have produced an absolute masterpiece. Following the 'tame' version, which appeared in August of this year, comes the widebody version, which suits all E92 models with the exception of the real M3, and thus transforms every coupe into a genuine M3 clone.
Virtually an M3 GT2!
The new body kit also contains a spoiler on the boot lid, as well as on the roof, which are both also available in carbon fibre. It should also be noted that the rear bumper suits the M3 exhaust system as well as all other tailpipe versions, except for the 335i. Prior Design is also offering a specially designed stainless steel exhaust system in the style of the M3 that suits the new widebody body kit, which can be purchased from EUR 1,499.00. In terms of the lowering, the tuners from Kamp-Lintfort have relied on the quality of a KW coil-over kit, which allows the individual adjustment of tension and pressure.
As usual, the components of the new M3 body kit are manufactured from Duraflex, a very flexible and extremely stable material.
Widebody body kit: from EUR 2,999.-
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Posted: 26 Nov 2010 04:46 AM PST
Chevrolet has released information and the specs on the new Camaro Convertible which goes into production in January and on sale in February 2011. This open top muscle car includes an enhanced body structure and well-tailored top mechanism – a combination designed to deliver sports coupe-like driving fun and precise quality.
The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will be available with a choice of either a 3.6L V-6 DI VVT powerplant or a 6.2L V8 engine.
The V6 unit develops 312 hp at 6400 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm. It has an estimated fuel consumption of 18 / 29 mpg for the automatic version and 17 / 29 for the manual transmission model.
The buyer has a choice when it comes to the V8 engine, There is the L99 which produces 400 hp or the more powerful LS3 that churns out a higher 426 hp.
To slow this Camaro down, Chevrolet has fitted four disc brakes but if you opt for the SS version then you’ll get an upgraded set of Brembo brakes.
The Camaro Convertible specs don’t mention any performance figures yet so we will have to wait a bit longer to see how this muscle car performs.
For more information read the detailed Chevrolet press release below along with the vehicles specs.
Chevrolet Press Release:
New Camaro Convertible Blends Top-Down Driving Fun With Precise Engineering
On sale in February 2011
The segment-leading Chevrolet Camaro opens a new chapter as the 2011 Camaro convertible premieres at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new convertible begins production in January and goes on sale in February. It includes an enhanced body structure and well-tailored top mechanism – a combination designed to deliver sports coupe-like driving fun and precise quality.
"The launch of the new convertible opens Camaro design and performance to a new set of potential customers," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing.
"The 21st century revival of Camaro is tremendously popular, so it's a natural to now expand and elevate the product range in new directions."
The convertible will be offered in similar model configurations as the Camaro coupe. The standard model will have a 312-horsepower direct injection V-6 engine delivering 29 mpg highway. The SS model will feature the 6.2L V-8 engine producing 426 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic.
Camaro seized leadership in U.S. sales in its segment with the original coupe model that launched in spring 2009 as a 2010 model.
The Camaro convertible delivers great refinement, along with uncompromising, coupe-like driving dynamics. Its enhanced body structure helps prevent cowl or steering wheel shake, for a strong, confident feel in all driving conditions. The top has a smooth, tailored fit, with acoustical foam in the headliner that helps deliver a quiet ride with the top up.
Camaro convertible is offered in 1LT/2LT (V-6) and 1SS/2SS (V-8) trim packages and priced from $30,000 MSRP (including $850 destination). Nine production exterior colors are available, with tops offered in black or tan. Rear parking assist is standard on all convertible models.
The Camaro's architecture was designed to accommodate a convertible model, which means customers enjoy the fun of top-down cruising with coupe-like driving dynamics. Four strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to eliminate common convertible maladies of cowl and steering wheel shake. They include:
A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
A telling example of the Camaro convertible's strength is evidenced in its suspension tuning – specifically, the lack of changes between the convertible and coupe models.
"To compensate for the reduced structure of an open car, engineers often will make the suspension softer, making the convertible a boulevard cruiser," said Oppenheiser. "Instead, we took the more difficult, but better path of bolstering structure rather than softening the suspension. We didn't change a strut, bushing or spring rate from the Camaro coupe."
The result is a convertible that preserves nearly all the acceleration, road-holding and performance capabilities of the Camaro coupe.
Additional safety structural reinforcements are designed to improve noise and vibration characteristics, while also contributing to the elimination of cowl/steering wheel shake. They include a hydrofromed tube in the A-pillars, an inner reinforcement bracket in the windshield header, a reinforced front hinge pillar and reinforcements inside the rockers.
The structural changes to the Camaro convertible body give it superior bending and torsional stiffness than its closest competitor, and better torsional stiffness than the BMW 3-Series convertible.
Exceptional top refinement
At the outset, designers and engineers sought to eliminate the common appearance of convertible top support ribs and they succeeded, using composite knuckles rather than aluminum ones, as well as extending the top material below the belt line and revising the top's stitch lines. The result is a top that has a smooth, taut and carefully tailored appearance that also retains the sleek roofline of the coupe.
The power-folding top retracts in about 20 seconds. It is built in partnership with the same manufacturer as the Corvette convertible top, and operates in a similar manner. That means it folds in a simple "Z" pattern and latches with a single, convenient handle located at the center of the windshield header. Other convertible models in this segment still offer convertible tops with dual latches, forcing drivers into two-hand operations reaching across the car.
Once the latch is turned to the open position, the push of a single button lowers the windows and activates the top. The car doesn't have to be parked for the top to be activated, allowing for spur-of-the-moment lowering while stopped at a stoplight.
The top is made of thick, durable canvas and it features acoustical headliner material that provides a quiet, coupe-like ride when the top is up. It also incorporates a glass rear window and rear window defogger.
A folding, one-piece tonneau cover is standard on 2LT and 2SS models and optional on 1LT/1SS. It covers the folded top for a finished appearance. An accessory windscreen is available from Chevrolet dealers. It installs behind the front seats to limit wind buffeting when driving with the top down.
A myriad of fine details distinguish Camaro convertible models, including:
The OnStar/XM/AM-FM radio antenna moves to the deck lid on LT models without the RS package.
The radio antenna is embedded in the rear spoiler on RS-equipped LT and SS models
The relocation of the trunk lock cylinder also cleans up the Camaro convertible's appearance, moving from the panel between the taillamps to a discreet area between the rear seat back cushion and driver's side interior panel. The change retains full, lockable access to the trunk, with the keyless remote fob also offering easy trunk access.
Finally, the subwoofer – either an eight-inch unit with the base sound system or a 10-inch subwoofer with the available Boston Acoustics system – is relocated from the trunk to an area between the rear seat cushions.
Camaro LT convertible models are offered with a 3.6L direct injection (DI) V-6 that delivers more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. It is rated at 312 horsepower (232 kW) and 278 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). Peak fuel economy with the direct injection V-6 is 29 miles per gallon on the highway.
Two 6.2L V-8 engines are offered in Camaro SS models, including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models. Both engines are derived from the LS3 that debuted on the 2008 Corvette, with an aluminum block (with cast iron cylinder liners) and aluminum cylinder heads. Horsepower for the L99 is 400 (298 kW) and torque is 410 lb.-ft. (556 Nm). The LS3 develops 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 Nm).
The L99 features the fuel-saving Active Fuel Management System, which saves fuel by shutting down half of the engine's cylinders during certain light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising.
All Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Aisin AY6 six-speed manual is standard with the 3.6L engine, and a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic is optional. A Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is standard on the SS, and the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic is optional.
Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly” solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that is expected to deliver an estimated 42 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer up to 25-50 miles of electric driving and an additional 310 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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Posted: 26 Nov 2010 03:31 AM PST
The guys from Autocar have released another video, this time reviewing a Formula 3 racing car. They tested the car at the UK’s Pembrey race track and in the pouring rain. To try and spice up the review they also took along the Nissan GT-R to see how they both perform on the same track.
Even though the Formula 3 race car has 200hp less than the Nissan GT-R, it is much faster thanks to its light weight and aerodynamic design. watch the review below to see what Autocar have to say about the F3 car.
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Posted: 25 Nov 2010 10:34 AM PST
We announced earlier today the unveiling of the new Audi A1 e-tron, well the company have also released a video of the compact car cruising through the streets of Paris, France.
The electric motor of the Audi A1 e-tron powers the front wheels, it has a continuous power of 61 hp, with a torque of 150 Nm available from a standstill. The peak performance lies at 102 hp with a maximum torque of 240 Nm. This compact electric vehicle has a top speed of 81mph (130km/h) and can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 10.2 seconds.
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Posted: 25 Nov 2010 09:34 AM PST
A Shooting-brake, or Shooting Break, is a three-door car body style with a squared-off rear. They generally have a rear tailgate (liftgate), like a station wagon (estate) or a hatchback although one or a pair of side-hinged doors is also sometimes seen.
Origins of the name “Shooting Brake”
In the early 19th century, a brake was a large carriage-frame with no body, used for breaking in young horses. By the late 19th century the meaning had been extended to a large wagon designed for country use. A “shooting brake” carried a driver and gamekeeper facing forward and up to six sportsmen on longitudinal benches with their dogs, guns and game carried alongside in slat-sided racks.
In the 1960s and 1970s motorized Shooting Breaks were popular in Great Britain, these crossover vehicles combined the luxuriousness of a coupe with extended space and additional variability.
Examples of shooting brakes
Reliant Scimitar GTE
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Posted: 25 Nov 2010 09:01 AM PST
Supercar maker Pagani has once again produced another one-off version of the powerful Zonda, called Zonda RAK. This car is to have an estimated price of around the 1.5 million EUR mark.
The Pagani Zonda RAK is powered by a 7.3-liter V12 AMG engine that produces 692hp. Acceleration times have not been disclosed but it the top speed is 217mph (350km/h).
The fuel consumption of the Pagani Zonda RAK is rated at 19.4 l/100km which is not a lot for such a powerful supercar but it emits some serious CO2, 463 g/km to be precise.
The Pagani Zonda RAK features a two-tone black and yellow exterior paint job, dark alloys, and a custom interior with sport bucket seats.
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Posted: 25 Nov 2010 07:41 AM PST
British luxury SUV maker – Range Rover has finally unveiled the new Range Rover Evoque 5-door version which we announced a while back. They have also released information, images and a detailed press release about this new SUV. The company says the 5 door Range Rover Evoque combines the design of the concept car that preceded it with versatility and family appeal.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-door will be available with a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine developing either 187hp or 148hp. The company says the 148hp version of the Rover Evoque 5-door emits only 135g/km of CO2. The new Range Rover Evoque 5-door will also be available with the 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine equipped with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing that helps it produce a higher 237hp.
The 5-door Range Rover Evoque will be available in both, front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The new 5dr version also offers more luggage space, comparable with a station wagon, increased versatility and a premium cabin.
The equipment list will include Adaptive Dynamics featuring MagneRide and the Land Rover Terrain Response. The interior will offer dual-view display for 8-inch touch-screen and Surround Camera System
The Range Rover Evoque 5-door price starts at 30,000 GBP in the UK and at 35,000 EUR in the rest of Europe.
For more information read the press release below.
Range Rover Press Release:
INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW FIVE-DOOR RANGE ROVER EVOQUE – COUPE STYLE WITH FAMILY VERSATILITY
Addition of exciting 5-Door body style to Range Rover Evoque line-up
Four-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive versions available
Sold in 160 countries worldwide, with deliveries from summer 2011
Indicative pricing starting from £30,000 / 35,000E
The exciting 5-Door version of the all-new Range Rover Evoque makes its global public debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2010.
With its stylish and sporting appearance, enhanced by extra practicality and greater family appeal, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque joins the stunning coupé model to create a highly desirable line-up that will transform the premium compact SUV segment.
Like the coupé, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque remains faithful to the spirit of the groundbreaking Land Rover LRX concept car, offering an innovative new interpretation of the original cross-coupé design.
The 5-Door Evoque also stays true to the core values of the Range Rover brand, providing premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability, but in a more compact package.
"The addition of the 5-Door to the Range Rover Evoque line-up extends the appeal of our brand still further," said Land Rover's Managing Director Phil Popham.
"While retaining everything that's great about the Range Rover Evoque coupé, this new 5-Door bodystyle will offer customers even more choice, greater practicality, versatility and flexibility. The launch of the Evoque in 2011 will expand and revitalise the global appeal of the Range Rover marque.”
Commitment to sustainability
With the same compact footprint and advanced technologies as the coupé model, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque reinforces Land Rover's commitment to environmental sustainability. The Evoque is positioned as the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever.
To deliver optimum efficiency, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque features lightweight construction techniques and offers the choice of a front-wheel drive variant. A new range of state-of-the-art petrol and diesel engines comes with direct injection and stop-start. The Range Rover Evoque also adopts low CO2 systems such as Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) and is built to maximise end of life recyclability.
"Enhanced sustainability has been at the centre of the design and development of the Range Rover Evoque," said Phil Popham. "We are offering customers the choice of high-efficiency coupé or 5-Door bodystyles, and both models are highly relevant, very contemporary and extremely desirable."
Coupé style and 5-Door versatility
The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque offers an exciting new interpretation of the LRX concept car design, combining the dramatic stance and dynamic appeal of the original cross-coupé with the enhanced functionality offered by a 5-Door format.
"The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque has the same strong emotional appeal as the coupé, while offering the superior versatility of a family vehicle," said Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern.
"The key lines remain intact – the dramatic rising beltline, muscular shoulder running the length of the car, and the distinctive taper to the floating roofline – but with a slightly higher rear roof. The finished vehicle offers impressive levels of space and versatility whilst retaining the overall essence, visual robustness and jewel-like detailing of the coupé."
The more capacious interior of the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque has not been achieved by enlarging the compact footprint of the coupé model: the overall length and width remain identical.
Like the coupé, smart design, meticulous engineering and clever packaging has ensured that the 5-Door Evoque delivers the core Range Rover values of luxury, refined performance and all-terrain capability while remaining true to the spirit of the LRX concept design.
Interior quality and versatility
The cabin of the Range Rover Evoque is lavishly appointed with premium quality materials and an elegance befitting of a Range Rover interior.
Customers can specify soft, premium leather and beautifully tailored, twin-needle stitching providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats.
Measuring 30mm taller than the coupé model, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque adds further space and versatility to the luxurious cabin. Rear seat passengers benefit from over 50mm more shoulder room, along with generous headroom which compares very favourably to traditional sporting saloons.
A full-sized glass panoramic roof enhances the sensation of space and comfort by flooding the interior with natural light, and offers even greater headroom for all occupants.
For growing families, the 5-Door Evoque provides the versatility and luggage space of a compact station wagon.
The rear seats, with seat belts and head restraints for three passengers, have 60/40 folding seat squabs and are equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts. When required, luggage capacity can be expanded to a substantial 1445 litres.
On the open road, the 5-Door Range Rover Evoque offers a polished driving experience that combines dynamic and sporty handling with responsive, effortless performance and refinement.
"The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque has the same sporting character as the coupé," said Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes. "We have focused on ensuring that the car is agile and fun to drive, so that customers have a rewarding experience, even in day-to-day urban driving. Advanced technologies such as MagneRide™ mean we can ensure that this dynamic prowess does not come at the cost of top-quality refinement or comfort."
The optional Adaptive Dynamics system with advanced MagneRide™ dampers provides an exceptional balance between a supple, controlled ride and sharper handling responses.
Drivers who take their Range Rover Evoque off-road will be reassured to know that, in addition to extremely generous ground clearance, the car has better breakover and departure angles than other compact SUVs.
The Evoque will be the first Range Rover to offer customers a choice between a full-time four-wheel-drive system, which delivers outstanding performance and traction on all surfaces, and a low carbon, front-wheel-drive option for further enhanced fuel economy.
The Range Rover Evoque's formidable all-terrain potential is enhanced by the latest version of the company's signature Terrain ResponseTM system.
The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque shares its turbocharged powertrain line-up with the Coupé model. The state-of-the-art diesel and petrol engines offer smooth and responsive performance, blending four-cylinder efficiency with six-cylinder refinement and power.
Customers can choose between two comprehensively updated 2.2-litre turbodiesel derivatives, with 190PS or 150PS.
In the 5-Door model, the front-wheel drive Range Rover Evoque with the 150PS 2.2-litre engine achieves sub 135g/km* CO2.
A new 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional driveability and fuel efficiency.
Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes, said: "We have combined state-of-the-art powertrains with a lightweight bodyshell and a range of low-carbon technologies to deliver fuel efficiency which is outstanding for a premium SUV."
Like the coupé model, the 5-Door Evoque benefits from the same high-end innovative technologies as the larger Range Rovers. An intuitive control system and touch-screen display combines a stylish, uncluttered layout, state-of-the-art functionality with class-leading ease of use.
The display is available with dual-view technology, so that driver and passenger can view independent content.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices.
The Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer breathtaking new sound systems developed in partnership with the high-end audio specialist Meridian. The premium Meridian offering is an 825W, 17-speaker system that delivers the ultimate in surround-sound performance.
Other features available to Range Rover Evoque customers include:
Park Assist for automated parallel parking
The 5-Door Range Rover Evoque follows the coupé model by offering customers the choice of three main vehicle design themes, each with its own distinctive character, exterior treatment and carefully co-ordinated interior package.
'Pure'combines the stunning concept-car exterior with a stylish, clean interior in neutral colours. Soft-touch wrapped materials on the major surfaces contrast with the metal brushed aluminium trim.
'Prestige' is theultimate in Range Rover luxury, combining a bespoke exterior that includes unique, 19-inch wheels and sparkling metallic details with an interior that is almost entirely leather-wrapped.
'Dynamic' brings a bolder exterior with 20-inch wheels and unique bumpers, sills, grille and tailpipes for a more assertive, confident stance. Contrasting roof and spoiler colours are available, while the premium sports interior offers sports seats with splashes of bright contrast colour.
Both coupé and 5-Door models of the Range Rover Evoque will be manufactured at Land Rover's multi award-winning Halewood plant in Merseyside, UK. The car will go on sale in more than 160 markets worldwide from summer 2011. Prices will start from £30,000/ 35,000E.
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