2011 BMW X3 Review: Video

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 06:17 AM PST

This video test drive of the new 2011 BMW X3 is thanks to the guys at Autocar, in this video the British reporters give a 90 second review of the BMW SUV.

The vehicle being used in this test drive is the xDrive20d SE version which is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that develops 182 hp at 4,000 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 2,750 rpm. Although it’s not very powerful it does offer the best fuel economy in its class – 50.4 mpg.

Watch the video below to see what Autocar’s 90 second verdict of the 2011 BMW X3.

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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Comte Noir

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 04:00 AM PST

German car customizer – Graf Weckerle Imperialwagen has released images and details on their Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano update package titled, Comte Noir. This enhancement offers increased performance and a modified exterior.

This dark supercar has received a bi-compressor engine upgrade which helps the Ferrari 599 GTB produce a much more powerful 835 hp. The car tuners have not released any specifications yet but with more than 200 extra horses kicking away under the hood it will surely pass the 330 km/h (205 mph) top speed of the standard model.

The Graf Weckerle Ferrari 599 GTB upgrade includes a special black exterior paint scheme and a two-tone anthracite Graf Weckerle Coachline. The interior of the car has also undergone various modifications.

This customized supercar sits on a set of 21 inch forged titanium aluminum light alloy wheels which have been coated in a two-tone anthracite and black finish with a special logo of the specialist on the center cap and on the valve cap. The Graf Weckerle Ferrari 599 GTB also features a new coil-over suspensions system with adjustable shock absorbers that offer 40 mm of lifting on the front axle when needed.

Check out the Graf Weckerle Ferrari 599 GTB gallery below.

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Audi RS3 presentation: Video

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 03:06 AM PST

The latest video from Audi TV shows a presentation of the new Audi RS3, this hot hatch is due to hit the Audi dealers in April 2011.

The audi RS3 comes equipped with the quattro all-wheel-drive system and is powered by a 2.5 TFSI engine that produces 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. All this power helps the Audi RS3 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and all the up to an an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Watch the presentation video below of the new Audi RS3

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Ferrari 458 Challenge spotted out in the open: Video

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 02:33 AM PST

The new Ferrari 458 Challenge has been recently caught on video cruising the streets of Italy.

This video clip has recently hit the net and shows the racing version of the 458 Italia on the streets of Maranello, Ferrari’s hometown. This video gives us the chance to hear the roar of the prancing horses heart.

The Ferrari 458 Challenge had its world debut at the Bologna Motor Show last year and will soon go on sale.

Powering this supercar is fitted with a 4.5-liter V8 engine that kicks out 570 hp at 9,000 rpm and the power is controlled via a Formula 1 style transmission.

Watch the video below to see the new Ferrari 458 Challenge.

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GWA Tuning Ciento Once

Posted: 06 Jan 2011 08:58 AM PST

A North American company called GWA Tuning has revealed several images of the Ciento Once, a revival of the famous Mercedes Gullwing prototype from the 70s.

The original vehicle was powered by a Wankel diesel engine and only a few units were ever built.

The GWA Tuning Ciento Once has a tubular space frame chassis and is powered by a mid mounted Mercedes V12 engine that produces 408 hp. Sending the power to the wheels is a 6-speed Cima H type transaxle transmission.

The GWA Tuning Ciento Once is also equipped with a special tuned exhaust system, a coil-over suspension system, and a braking system taken of a Mercedes S55.

This gullwing sports car features a handmade aluminum body, an electric-operated rear adjustable wing, and aerodynamically functional rear diffuser and front spoiler. It weighs only 1,400 kg and when combined with 400 horses, it should offer plenty of performance.

The interior of the GWA Tuning Ciento Once features carbon fiber seats, brushed aluminum pedals and illuminated door sills. The car also rides on the same wheel-tire setup as the Mercedes SLS AMG (19×9 wheels with 265/35/19 tires at the front and 20×11 wheels with 295/30/20 tires at the rear.)

No news on if or when a prototype will be ready but for now you can check out the renderings below.

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