Inspired by 7th generation GTI model- Volkswagen’s engineers and designers has developed a special race car concept – the “Design Vision GTI”, for the Wörthersee festival which starts from 8th to 11th May in Reifnitz city of Austria. The C-pillars and sills outward like a independent body elements, providing space for essentially broder front and rear tracks, with distinctively built 20-inch wheels[235 tires in the front and 275s at the rear]. The concept race car – “Design Vision GTI” can sprint to a top speed of 186 miles/hour.
Engine Specs : Although the new GTI has plenty of power in standard form, with up to 230 hp available on the Performance model, the “Design Vision GTI” ups the ante with 503 hp, developed at 6500 rpm. Just like the engine in the regular GTI, the concept car has a turbocharged and direct – injection TSI® engine — in this case, a 3.0-liter V6 instead of a 2.0-liter four cylinder, using twin turbochargers. Two three-way catalytic converters are arranged close to the engine to optimize emissions behavior. The V6 TSI develops 369 pound-feet of torque from as low as 2000 rpm, with a maximum figure of 413 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.
All this power and torque is distributed to the wheels via a DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. With this powertrain and a specially tuned chassis, the “Design Vision GTI” eats any type of racetrack. On a dragstrip, it will reach 62 mph from a standstill in an [...]read more...
Arriving with advanced high-tech features, innovative styling tweaks and luxurious design, 2014 Buick Lacrosse reflects an evolution of the landmark luxury sedan.
Combining the Performance and Fuel Efficiency : New Buick Lacrosse is powered with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine along with an electric motor and a 304-hp 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood with SIDI, both mated to a six speed automatic transmission. Equipped with eAssist technology, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine contributes to 25% fuel economy, while 3.6L VVT V6 engine with SIDI offers 304 horsepower. Thus, Lacrosse intelligently combines performance and fuel efficiency.
Stylish Exterior : Flaunting the exterior enhanced with bigger, bolder grille and new LED running lights, the crucial exterior style tweaks in new lacrosse include new headlamps with LED signature lighting, wraparound LED taillamps integrated with the Galvano chrome accent that extends from lamp to lamp, the sculpted curves and jewel-like chrome accents to create long lasting impression. The car will ride on 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels.
Spacious, Refined and Comfortable Ambiance : New Buick Lacrosse flaunts stylish interior enhanced with new seats, superior materials, restyled central instrument panel and console, and an ultra luxury interior package along with superior wood grain appearance running throughout the interior. It also features the latest version of, IntelliLink, which is equipped with an 8-inch touch screen and connects easily to any smartphone with intuitive controls and natural voice recognition.
Next Generation Infotainment : New Buick Lacrosse is adorned with next generation Buick IntelliLink2 that features Pandora,® and SiriusXM®3 Satellite Radio with Travel [...]read more...
Kevin Harvick shifted gears, hit the pedal and rocketed his way to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-chequered finish at Richmond International Raceway on April, 27th 2013 .
Harvick beats Clint Bowyer (No.15 Toyota) to the finish line by .343 seconds to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, his third at Richmond and the 20th of his career. By securing ninth rank in points, Harvick has made his way to make a fourth consecutive Chase appearance and his sixth in the last 8 years. Joey Logano (No.22 Ford) who had frustrating start with crashes was able to finish third, while Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Chevrolet) was fourth after leading Jeff Burton (No.31 Chevrolet) who finished fifth.
Harvick came to pit road for tires on Lap 396, after Brian Vickers slapped the wall in Turn 3 to cause the 11th caution of the race. Harvick’s No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet made short work of the three drivers who had stayed out after the race restarted on Lap 405. Though Montoya lost the chance to break a 94-race drought since his Cup victory at Watkins Glen in August 2010, Montoya was elated just to get a top-five finishes after struggling mightily for more than a year.
Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart repeatedly swapped shots with their Chevrolets on the not-so-aptly named cool-down lap. During final two laps, there were much argy nargy among Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Stewart. Stewart was fifth on [...]read more...
April 26, 2013No CommentsAll-Wheel Drive, Audi, Audi Concept Car, Audi Enthusiasts, Audi Germany, Audi TT ultra quattro concept, Concept Cars, Coupe Concept, TT 2.0 TFSI Coupe, TT ultra quattro, Worthersee Show
Audi engineers have made smart blend of materials and technology to bring considerable weight saving in its latest TT ultra quattro concept to prepare it for its debut at the upcoming Worthersee show.
The new TT 2.0 TFSI Coupe Concept has dropped an incredible 300 kg and gained around 310 PS power upgrade. The show car combines its potent petrol engine with its four-wheel-drive system to hit 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of over 173 mph while weighing just 1,111 kg. There’s also a 2.0-litre turbo that produces 305 bhp, with modifications to the crankcase, the crankshaft, the balancer shafts, the flywheel, the sump, the bolts and certain ancillary units that further helps to reduce the unit’s weight by 25 kilograms.
TT Ultra’s body structure had dropped off another 43 kg with the help of optimised detachable body parts. Besides it, the use of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the rear end, centre tunnel, B-pillars and roof has helped to attain an overall 100 kg saving. The front brakes are ceramic with fixed aluminium callipers. There is also a titanium exhaust system with a single tailpipe, and CFRP wheels with aluminium spokes to shave off further 20 kg.
The conventional steel in the coil springs in the suspension has been replaced with fiberglass reinforced polymer to further get rid of up sprung masses. The core of the all-new springs consists of long glass fibers twisted together and infused with epoxy resin with additional fibers wrapped around the core at [...]read more...
The new Buick Riviera concept vehicle made its global debut on last Friday evening in Shanghai. It is the fourth global Riviera concept developed jointly by GM’s Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures in Shanghai.
Combining the avant-garde aesthetics and advanced technology, the new Riviera’s elegant design is inspired by dynamic nature of water. Its athletic shape, distinct ambiance and deeply sculpted lines reflect the essence of the vibrant nature of a moving river. The exterior flaunts many of the original exterior lines of the 2007 Buick Riviera concept. The new grille design is said to be inspired by the feathers of a swan. Besides it, an updated waterfall grille, wing-shaped daytime running lights and gull-wing doors further complements its exterior aesthetics. One of the most notable features of Riviera is its dual-mode wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system (PHEV). PHEV enables car to be charged wirelessly by driving atop a special charging mat on the ground. Apart from wireless charging capabilities, it can be charged by traditional cable as well.
The new version, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is equipped with intelligent four-wheel steering, an electromagnetic-controlled suspension and an air spring package for effective handling and control in vulnerable circumstances.Other advanced features include holographic projections on the windshield to provide traffic information to the driver through 10 high-resolution cameras (for image monitoring) and 18 micro high-precision sensors. Its intelligent driver assist system is equipped with many other high tech bits such as eagle view [...]read more...
After Geneva, LaFerrari, the Maranello’s hybrid supercar from Ferrari again steals the show and makes everyone stuck at auto Shanghai 2013.
LaFerrari’s Architecture : LaFerrari, the first hybrid from the Prancing Horse has been successful in attaining ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite of extra weight of hybrid system. Consequently, all the mass is shifted between its two axles and as close as possible to the floor to lower its centre of gravity by 35 millimetres to ensure dynamic handling.
HYKERS System : This is the first time Ferrari is powered by HY-KERS system developed by the F1 guys at Gestione Sportiva, which reduces fuel emissions by 40 per cent and operates with an impressive 94 per cent energy efficiency. V12 produces 800 CV and revs to a maximum of 9,250 rpm, a record for an engine of this displacement. It also features an extremely high 13.5:1 compression ratio and a high specific output equal to 128 CV per litre. The engine is coupled with other electric motor to power car’s ancillary systems with a 120 Kw (163 CV) electric motor, giving it a combined power output of 963 CV.
Active Aerodynamics : Active aerodynamics plays a crucial role and enables complete adjustability of the car’s configuration to attain exceptional performance. In order to deliver the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car – a coefficient of nearly 3. LaFerrari sports active aerodynamic devices front (diffusers and [...]read more...
April 24, 2013No CommentsAuto Expo, CrossBlue Coupé Concept, Hybrid SUV Concept, Shanghai Motor Show, Volkswagen, Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept, Volkswagen Gran Lavida, Volkswagen Hybrid Concept, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen XL1
Volkswagen bold hybrid concept of SUV, the CrossBlue Coupé Concept, is premiered in the most prestigious auto exhibit in China – the Shanghai Motor Show 2013. In the showcase, Volkswagen also present its all-new Jetta, Volkswagen Gran Lavida and all-electric with the ground breaking fuel economy of 0.9 l/100 km[approx. 313 mpg], the Volkswagen XL1. The new SUV concept in the shape of the CrossBlue Coupé is built on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, the CrossBlue Coupé highlights the future drive train possibilities and is a short-wheelbase version of the previous CrossBlue concept.
CrossBlue has a plug-in hybrid system consists of a transverse 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 making 295 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, a front electric motor making 54 hp, and a rear motor making 114 hp. It also generates an impressive combined output of 415 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mated with six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and centre tunnel-mounted 9.8 kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack, this 4,889 mm-long SUV accelerates like a dynamic sports car, zero to 62 mph takes a mere 5.9 seconds, and the top speed is 146 mph. With great performance, CrossBlue Coupe has impressive fuel economy with a combined cycle figure of 3.0 l/100 km, or 94.1 mpg and returns 6.9 l/100 km or 40.9 mpg in hybrid mode with a depleted battery powered by the TSI engine. Such fuel efficiency provides it a theoretical range of 1,190 km (740 miles) with [...]read more...
April 24, 2013No CommentsActiveHybrid 3, ActiveHybrid 7, Auto Expo, BMW, BMW 118i, BMW 125i, BMW 530i, BMW 535i GT, BMW 535Li, BMW 740Li, BMW i3, BMW i8, Concept Active Tourer, M6 Gran Coupe, Shanghai Motor Show, X5 xDrive 35i, X6 M, X6 xDrive 40i
BMW has premiered its new Concept X4 at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, along with the attractive lineup display of BMW X5 xDrive 35i, BMW X6 xDrive 40i, BMW X6 M, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW i8 Concept, BMW i3 Concept, BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW ActiveHybrid 7, BMW ActiveHybrid 3, BMW 740Li , BMW 530i Accessories, BMW 535i Gran Turismo, BMW Individual 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, BMW 535Li, BMW 118i and BMW 125i.
BMW Concept X4 : Joining the BMW’s line up of X series following X1, X3, X5 and X6, BMW Concept X4 is being touted as the future of the BMW’s X generation. The BMW Concept X4 wonderfully blends the luxury and ruggedness of its X series of SUVs and crossovers with the swoopy looks of a coupe. The car will have just four seats and is slightly shorter in length and height than the X6 adorned with large 21-inch light-alloy wheels to give it sportier appearance. It features diesel engines in 2.0-Litre and a top spec 3.0-Litre.
BMW Concept Active Tourer : The BMW Concept Active Tourer grants an initial glimpse of further innovations in store for the premium compact segment. With this study BMW showcases a raft of pioneering solutions for the interior as well as in its drive concept. Comfort and functionality are resourcefully combined with dynamics and style, while a plug-in hybrid drive guarantees highest levels of efficiency. The drive system comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor producing a [...]read more...
Following its successful global debut at 83rd Geneva International Motor Show in 2013, Qoros will make its debut in China with its first production car – the Qoros 3 Sedan and two concept studies at the 15th Shanghai International Auto Show on 20 April 2013.
Generally, it takes few decades or more for a new car to find its footing in the market, but Qoros team has put its best foot forward to run before it walks. It is evident from the wide spread applaud received by the Qoros at Geneva motor show from European counterparts, the public and major international media.
Space and Storage Capacity :Qoros 3 Sedan is endowed with remarkably generous space for modern families. Be it steering wheel featuring a flat lower edge lying in front of a ‘floating’ instrument panel and centre console, a luggage compartment of 450 litres, the 60:40 split rear seatbacks to optimize cargo carrying flexibility or a ski-hatch to accommodate long items, every interior characteristic maximize the sense of interior spaciousness inside the car.
Modern Equipment : The car has sort of equipment similar to a 17-grand saloon – cruise control. Key interior elements are its leather seats, air conditioning, a 2.8 litre glove box and an extremely advanced infotainment system. There is a high-resolution TFT display at the centre of the instrument cluster to provide significant information to the driver such as vehicle range and next-turn directions from the navigation system.
Power Engine : An entry-level 3 Sedan comes with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes [...]read more...
April 22, 2013No CommentsAuto Expo, China Motor Show, Ghibli, Ghibli Premiere, Maserati Auto Premiere, Maserati Ghibli 2014, Maserati New Launch, Motor Show 2013, new cars, Saloon 2013, Shanghai Motor Show
With the launch of 2014 Ghibli at Shanghai Motor Show, following the premiere of the new Quattroporte at the Detroit Auto Show held this year, the Italian auto car maker “Maserati” will have two 4-door saloons together for sale for the first time in history, which are built to deliver best performance and luxury.
The all new Ghibli is a driver focused model maintaining visible similarities with Quattroporte and will be taking on the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Both the Quattroporte and the Ghibli saloons produce two different power outputs from their turbo-charged V6 petrol.
At launch Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission.The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with power of 243 kW (330 hp) and 500 Nm of torque and can accelerate to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. It also delivers fuel economy figure of just 9.6 litres/100km (28.8 mpg). The most powerful of the V6s comes with the twin-turbo unit in the Ghibli S, which produces 301 kW (410 hp) of power at 5500 rpm and 550 Nm of torque from just 1750 rpm. The rear-wheel drive Ghibli S will reach 100km/h in 5 seconds flat and reduces that 0-62 time to just five seconds with a quoted top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph). Both of these powerful engines are developed by Maserati powertrain in partnership with Ferrari powertrain and will [...]read more...
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