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2011 Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 01:36 PM PST

The Aston Martin is ready for the season 2011. Its flagship model is the Vantage GT4, a sports car worthy of the best English tradition. This model is derived from the standard V8 Vantage, but strengthened for competition. The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 will have to confirm everything that has made good, from 24 hours to Dubai, the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, to the European Cup GT The desire of British engineers, therefore, is to keep a high level of competitiveness, that it validates rivals Bentley or Porsche.

In this period, during which the house Aston Martin seems to get close to the industrial needs of the Mercedes. It seems that the house of the silver star is willing to embrace a prestigious brand such as Aston Martin, in fact. English of the car, in fact, what is to be proud of the quality of the construction of the car body, with an aluminum frame that distinguishes a great job of building.

Then the car excellent engine, with a 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces an output of 430 horsepower. In addition, the revised GT4 provides a streamlined profile, with a redesigned front spoiler and a rear extractor made of carbon fiber.

The body, thanks to the various interventions solvers, even down to weight and save some 300 kg, compared to the production car. Completed the car in race trim the new ABS system, traction control, developed by Bosch, so the answer is always ready sul’asciutto as the wet.

Hellcat C3X132

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 08:39 AM PST

Confederate Motorcycles today unveiled the third incarnation of its flagship model, the Hellcat C3 X132. Appreciated by Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise of the world’s machines have always known Confederate offer style and power at a price that makes the exclusive offer. The new Hellcat is democratized, a little bit, because at $ 45,000 (34,000 euros), it’s still not cheap.

More mechanical and organic, C3 Hellcat loses while sensual curve of his predecessor, the F113, and takes up what seems to be the new path opened by the P120 Fighter.

A machine that remains on paper, with its X-Wedge engine from S & S Cycle, the box home to 5 and reports a capacity of 2163cm3 and a weight of 215kg (only 5 pounds more than the Diavel), is beyond comprehension. Fed to the aluminum and carbon fiber, it brakes with monobloc Brembo 4-piston, Race Tech suspension uses fully adjustable front and rear, and long rolls with a 17 liter tank, configured short (1562mm) or long (1638mm).

Limited to a production of 150, which housed Confederate Alabama returns home to New Orleans to new larger premises with the intention to deliver the 150 Hellcat in 2011.

Skoda Yeti GreenLine 1.6 TDi CR

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 08:29 AM PST

Skoda will present at the Bologna Motor Show (4-12 December 2010) with some interesting new features, including the national premiere of the Skoda Yeti GreenLine 1.6 TDI CR 105 hp. The main themes chosen by the manufacturer for this year’s festival czech Bolognese are ecology and sportsmanship. In addition to the compact SUV Skoda yeti will present in its exhibition area also rally cars Skoda Fabia Super 2000 and two other models sporting the brand: the Skoda Fabia RS 1.4 TSI DSG 180 hp (road version of the Super 2000) and Skoda Octavia RS Wagon 2.0 TSI DSG 200 hp.

GreenLine Skoda Yeti SUV will be the primary exposure Skoda at the Motor Show 2010. This particular version is powered by the engine from 105 hp 1.6 TDI CR ecological particularly with consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions reduced to 119 grams per kilometer. Results obtained thanks to special techniques and aerodynamic solutions.

The stand of the czech manufacturer will also show in the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 Skoda Rally Team of Italy, the protagonist of the 2010 Italian Rally Championship. The racing version of this compact is powered by the powerful four-cylinder naturally aspirated 2.0 engine with a sequential gearbox and permanent four wheel drive. Andreas Mikkelsen will be present, official driver of the Team Skoda Motorsport UK.

Besides the racing version of the Bologna Motor Show visitors will also see road edition Skoda Fabia RS 1.4 TSI DSG 180 hp and the other sports Skoda Octavia RS Wagon 2.0 TSI DSG 200 hp. Finally there is the flagship brand Skoda Superb Wagon.

Nissan Leaf is Car of the Year

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 08:27 AM PST

Nissan Leaf, the compact sedan 100% Japanese electric manufacturer, has been awarded the prestigious Car of the Year 2011 in Europe. It ’s the first time that this important prize is awarded to an electric car. The first zero-emission vehicle intended for mass production has exceeded over 40 competing brands such as Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Dacia, Opel, Ford and Volvo. The jury that awarded the Car of the Year was composed of 57 journalists from 23 European countries.

“This award confirms that Nissan Leaf is a credible competitor compared to conventional cars in terms of safety, performance, roominess and maneuverability – said President and CEO Carlos Ghosn – Nissan also reflects the role that innovative brand with a clear vision the future of the transport system, which we define sustainable mobility. ”

Ghosn also said that there will be three other electric vehicles launched by Nissan, in addition to the four French Renault cars produced by the pupil. “Nissan Leaf – he explained – represents a significant first step towards the future with zero emissions.”

“The jury acknowledged that Nissan Leaf is a novelty in the scenario of electric cars – said Hakan Matson, president of the jury’s Car of the Year – Nissan Leaf is the first electric car that was similar in many respects to conventional vehicles ‘. Equipped with an AC motor 80 kW (108 hp), the Leaf can reach 145 km / h with a range of over 160 km.

KTM 1000 cc scooter

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 05:40 AM PST

KTM, the Austrian manufacturer has become synonymous with off road, now seems to want to even groped its way to the maxi scooter: indiscretion, not officially confirmed by the house Mattighofen, however, does not seem entirely far-fetched. In fact the house has already made some products outside its core business such as the KTM 1190 RC8 R or X-Bow, so it’s not entirely new.

According to sources, the new Austrian maxi scooter may be equipped with the same 1000 cc engine of the Super Duke and install an automatic transmission with sequential COR selector to choose between the three maps available (City, Open Road). To frame this solution is that of a lattice structure of steel with aluminum mounts and 17 “wheels: these are just a few leaked details about the new chassis of the scooter. There’s also the price assumptions, which should not be less than € 10,000, if it enters the scooter actually in production.

Ducati would also planning to enter the scooter segment with high-powered so it is possible that in the coming years we are witnessing a real boom in this market segment would further increase the already strong competition.

A trend that can have multiple reasons: perhaps most manufacturers plan to rebuild the lost sales in the motorcycle sector entering the scooter (where the decline was smaller, at least in part), perhaps even sharply changing what users are looking for in half to two wheels or European manufacturers are simply trying to copy Japan’s and have a range as varied as possible.

Volkswagen Amarok

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 05:37 AM PST

The pick-up Volkswagen Amarok will be part of the exhibition of the German mark at the Bologna Motor Show. The vehicle will be on display at the Volkswagen stand in the 42 / 1 of the motor show. The company with the Amarok has tried to change the common image of the pick-up, making it attractive for audiences other than those traditionally associated with this type of media. Volkswagen Amarok is a mix of SUVs, sedans and pick-up and aims to combine fun, comfort and versatility, as well as presenting a superior design.

“The brand new pick-up of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is revealed exceptional leisure car – says the manufacturer – perfect companion for any adventure, road or off road. Superior design, influenced by the latest trend style that also characterizes the Volkswagen, and characterized by a high level of quality, will be exhibited in the double cab version.

The Amarok is offered with rear-wheel drive or full 4Motion permanent Torsen that can be inserted. 5.25 meters long has a large interior cabin and a very large box. The engines, all diesel, including a powerful 2.0 EDTIB twin turbo 163 hp and 122 hp 2.0 TDI. The towing capacity can reach 2,800 kg.

Visitors to the Motor Show 2010 will also have the opportunity to test drive the VW Amarok. In this way the manufacturer intends to bring more people to his new car, making it first-hand the quality and driving characteristics both on and off the road.

Peugeot Electric and Hybrid

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 05:34 AM PST

In the 200th anniversary of his Peugeot will be present at the Motor Show 2010 with a series of innovations including present and future, tradition and innovation. The Lion will focus on concepts such as emotion and pride that this will be one of the last events they will attend the bicentennial year. Among the various solutions designed and developed by Peugeot to approach on his third century in business there are several pointing in particular on respect for the environment, a policy begun in 2000 with FAP.

The highest rate ecological innovations designed by the manufacturer include the French Peugeot ion electric city car and the car is dedicated to the great voyages HYbrid4 Peugeot 3008, the first diesel / electric market. There are other hybrid drive systems such as e-technology on the new Peugeot 508 HDi initially, national premiere in Bologna, which will then be extended on 308, 3008 and 5008.

The alternator reversible and e-booster at the base of the e-HDi help reduce fuel consumption by 15% in cities and CO2 emissions by about 5 grams per kilometer. The latest generation Stop & Start offers other advantages, allowing the engine to stop and restart automatically in 400 milliseconds, ie 40% faster than other devices with reinforced starter.

Another innovation on display at the Motor Show Peugeot 2010 Peugeot concept car is the EX1, which aims to show that emotions and electric propulsion can be combined in a single car. From this comes the claim “Motion and Emotion”. Stand on the Lion will be present from the racing car: the Peugeot RCZ and the Peugeot 207 Super 2000, also supported by the new Peugeot 207 Special Edition.

2014 Fiat Mirafiori

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 04:28 AM PST

Fiat and Chrysler together at Mirafiori. This is the result from the meeting held at the Union of Industrialists Turin, a few days ago, we announced the summit between the leaders of the Lingotto and representatives of trade unions. Under an investment shared equally, Marchionne announced that the Mirafiori plant will aim to produce Alfa Romeo and Jeep. In the first, he had already realized that would be the next Julia sedan duty to leave the assembly lines.

Model from which, subsequently, it also follows other versions, like a station wagon and probably an SUV with the Alfa Romeo brand. Models that can also use the Compact platform, the same used to produce Juliet. Thanks to the platform created and developed in Italy in the U.S., you can build models of medium and large, and two or four wheel drive.

For the same reason, Alfa would return to rear wheel drive, regarded as the best expression for a sports car purist driving enjoyment. Returning to the production of SUVs, long ago had seen a prototype Alfa, said Kamal, on a BMW X1. The intention is to position itself firmly in this segment, as the Fiat Sedici as the only row crossover.

Since a couple of years out of sight, since we do not resurface in collaboration with the SX4 Suzuki, Fiat Sedici’s sister, passed under the wings of Volkswagen, at home in Turin is expected to make the Mirafiori plant as the site for the production of all these models, designed only for now, but that should see the light within a couple of years. With the result that at least 3 models Alfa debut den 2014.

2012 Audi TT GT4 concept

Posted: 29 Nov 2010 03:43 AM PST

Audi unveiled the TT GT4 Concept at the DTM race in Shanghai. The Le Mans-winning Frank Biela has run a few laps of the circuit Mainland Chinese citizen, the new car, developed by Audi for the official competition of the FIA European GT4.

According to the little information gathered, the TT GT4 has a 340-hp TFSI engine combined with the speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission, mounted wheels 9.5 x 18 “and features a new aerodynamic kit, derived from the TT RS is made of fiber carbon material used for casings and doors. The price for this model is 120,000 Euros and according to the official press release will be available only meager for season 2012.

Romeo Ferraris Smart ForTwo

Posted: 28 Nov 2010 11:08 PM PST

Before the Corvette and now the Smart. Some link? Romeo Ferraris do not admit it, but he hopes that the two products are complementary: the German utility during the week and the American sports car for the weekend. The Milan coach was well prepared for the ForTwo a series of specific actions designed to bodywork, engine, trim and interior, custom-made according to the wishes of the customer. The body of the car for example can be painted in any color (including two-tone) or can be coated with a special film and matt or textured like carbon, gray brushed, wood and leather. In light of so much extravagance using leather and Alcantara for the interior is almost predictable.

Romeo Ferraris has also strengthened the three-cylinder petrol 1.0, which gains 23 hp (for a total of 98 hp) thanks to the air filter made of cotton, the new ECU with more permissive and exhaust system complete with terminal double output. These changes allow the diesel to go up 0.8 to 65 hp (+21). Interventions for shaping. Now equipped with sports springs and dampers adjustable in calibration, in addition to 17-inch alloy wheels with Yokohama Parada tires.

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