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Mercedes SLK 2011

Posted: 16 Jan 2011 06:45 AM PST

The Mercedes Benz has officially the third generation of the SLK roadster, using some pictures of the re-cabriolet, which not only confirms what we conjectured at the sight of spy photos and sketches of industrial leaked during the past week: the new SLK loses His rubbery to their greater stiffness and greater energy of the pencil of the new generation of Mercedes CLS and, above all, the supercar of the range of three-pointed star, the fastback AMG Mercedes SLS. The new Mercedes SLK will be presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show (3-13 March) will be launched before the summer, although as of now the official dealers are authorized to sign, from the hands of clients, Pre-orders of the roadster.

Stands, rather arrogant, the central front grille, which encloses and protects the historic symbol of Stuttgart: the other design elements of the new Mercedes SLK generation are sufficiently known, in the front as much as the rear of the roadster (the softness Lost has enabled her to earn sinuosity, especially with regard to the third volume.) The interior of the new SLK is just as worthy of emphasis: the pencils Mercedes have made a much more mature than the current version of the convertible with hard top, sporty but rational, orderly but definitely not cold.

The new generation of Mercedes SLK will be equipped with three petrol engines, in the first period of marketing: the top of the list we find the version of SLK 350 (€ 52,300), equipped with the new 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of developing 306 horses. Just below, the new SLK 250 (€ 44,256), equipped with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which can unleash the power of 204 horses. Close range SLK 200 (€ 38,675): the entry-level version is equipped with the same 1.8 liters, but produces, in this case 184 horses. The program also includes a new naturally aspirated engine (5.5 liter V8, derived from the twin-turbo AMG, recently introduced in the range), for the SLK 55 AMG variant.

For all versions of the Mercedes SLK, a new device Magic Sky Control (optional) and sequential automatic transmission 7G-Tronic seven-speed (standard or optional, depending on engine choice).

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Posted: 16 Jan 2011 06:32 AM PST

He arrives on the market the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport, which is designed for sports cars, acquiring all the information most important Endurance races by large, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, then transferred onto the product. The Pilot Super Sport has the aim to enhance the driving pleasure, offering maximum safety even in extreme and provide longevity. The phases of product development were carried out with the manufacturers Porsche, BMW and Ferrari.

We talked after the presentation. Three new technologies have been used to produce this new tire: the Belt Twaron, a fiber used in high performance sports equipment, aviation and military guards. The Twaron gives greater stability at high speeds. Thanks to variable voltage, the belt contains the tread shoulder, centrifugal force is better managed and the forces are distributed more evenly. The second is the dual-compound tread, a technology developed for racing tires, involves the insertion of two different types of the ends of the tread rubber.

On the outside is an elastomer reinforced with carbon black to ensure durability. On the inside, a high grip elastomer that allows the tire on wet ground, breaking the thin layer of water and to absorb the bumps. Third is the new Variable Contact Patch 2.0: the forces and temperatures were distributed evenly. In turn, form impressions on the ground change, but the surface in contact with the ground remains constant. A tire is intended, therefore, to sports cars and customers who want the absolute maximum driving pleasure in road safety.

Fiat Bravo Detroit 2011

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 11:18 PM PST

Major new still from the Detroit Motor Show 2011, international automotive event, underway in recent days. A talk was once again, after having done well in previous days, managing director of Fiat, Sergio Marchionne, who announced this when the new Fiat Bravo cars coming onto the market by 2013, when ending the cycle of ‘current car, a leading product of the Fiat Mirafiori in segment C. The manager of the Fiat Group has acknowledged that it will be a totally new car, which will be even outside traditional patterns.

Fiat Bravo Detroit 2011

This new car, completely refurbished, should be built by Fiat on a new platform built specifically for the European market, but do not know each other and not even know what kind of car will be produced by the Italian carmaker. Sergio Marchionne has said something at the Detroit Motor Show but did not go over the details, and as often happens in these cases, not to give points of reference to competition, or because some things have not yet been fully defined and may not even know him.

What is certain, according the CEO of Fiat Group, is that it will be radically and a model that would be inappropriate to replace the Bravo with a similar pattern. This is the concept expressed by Marchionne, who also added that they have received some proposals of style, but none of them satisfied. There will therefore still have to wait to find out more, but it is very likely to be new information soon, when the Fiat project will be fully defined.

G-Power BMW M5 Hurricane GS

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 11:12 PM PST

Who says that a car over 650 hp and over 330 mph top speed can not go with LPG? G-Power Hurricane reveals its GS based on the previous-generation M5. The mighty V10 5.0 has been equipped with a system of double charged and a supply device to liquid propane gas. The numbers are very high: 660 hp at 7500 rpm (+153) with a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 5000. The 000-100 is covered in 4.8 seconds while top speed is 333 km / h, almost goes without saying that this is the absolute highest value ever recorded by a car on LPG.

The cost of conversion is approximately € 33,000 and means that both rows of the BMW 5-liter V10 is equipped with a compressor ASA T1-313 with a pressure of 0.6 bar (each with its intercooler) and a sequential LPG system with five cylinders (supplied by the Italian Landirenzo). The level of emissions would be reduced by 15% compared to the M5 standards. The development also includes the Silverstone Clubsport Forged wheels (sizes 9 × 20 “on front and 10.5 × 20 ” for the rear), apt tires Michelin 255/35 ZR 20 and 285/30 ZR 20. Also revisited the brake system and suspension industry now has an arrangement with G-Power RS 9 different settings for compressing and release.

Audi A2 2013

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 11:09 PM PST

The house of Ingolstadt has announced that it will return the Audi A2, trying to do better than the first generation, which was a resounding flop, and went out of production since 2005. the Chairman of the Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, to announce the second generation of the A2 which will be the most prestigious model of the new New Small Family, the range of small cars of the German group. No coincidence that the new A2 will share the platform with the Volkswagen Up, and it will be born by the versions of Seat and Skoda.

To keep the price lower, the new A2 will no longer chassis and aluminum body as the first generation, but steel. With the new platform will also show the weight very low, even lower than the Audio A1, which also means lower consumption.

The rumors claim that the new A2 will be sold initially only in alternate versions, that is to say, the electric version e-tron with Wankel engine and electric motor in hybrid electric diesel engine.

Only later will reach even the classics TFSI and TDI engines (3 cylinders). This new Audi A2 should officially debut in 2013.

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