Archive: July 2009

31 July
2010 Subaru Impreza Pricing Announced Pricing

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With the recession choking our throats to the chore and the hunger for new ride insatiable, automobiles with a basic price can be a good alternative. The 2010 Subaru Impreza pricing has been announced and I ma sure that it fits into that credibility bracket. Ask me why and the reason is that all the new-models are price at par with the 2009 option; indeed, the premium model comes with a price reduction of $1,000. But all this, in no way means the technology has been bargained with, as you will find all Imprezas’ now featuring Symmetrical AWD badges. You can fetch the base price at an unchanged $17,495, while the premium Impreza 2.5i gets its price slashed by $1,000 to $18,495. The pricing of the 265-hp WRX remains unchanged at $24,995 for the sedan and $25,495 for the five-door.

31 July
Ferrari Enzo XX Performance Package by Edo Competition

Edo Competition is in the mood to touch upon its favorite cars as it just finished revving up the Mercedes Benz C63 and here it is again with a performance package for the Ferrari Enzo. The package dubbed the XX features a complete engine makeover including new steel cylinders, pistons, camshafts, valve springs, and Titan connecting rods. Other additions include new oil cooling piston pipes, exhaust manifolds, a sport air filter, an air-ram system, a high performance clutch, and a new oil pump.

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This package provides carbon-ceramic braking system alongwith a carbon-fiber air intake, a new fuel cooling system, and black racing wheels with Michelin high performance tires for the Enzo. What the tuning aficionados will most adore is a stainless steel sport catalytic converter with two different exhaust notes. The controls of these notes lie with the driver through a dash-mounted switch. Courtesy of all these changes, the Ferrari Enzo XX can produce a starting 800 hp at 780Nm of torque. Consequently it does 0 to 60mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 236mph.

31 July
Edo Competition Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Edo Competition sure loves the Mercedes Benz C63 exterior for even though it came out with its trimming scissors, there was hardly any change made on the outside. Just the wheels were changed into black 19-inch lightweight alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup high-performance tyres that measure 235/35 19 at the front and 265/30 19 at the rear. Even the interior has been spared however better leather upholstery and unique trims can be rendered on order.

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So basically the trim concentrated on the engine. The ECU was recalibrated and upgraded for higher performance numbers. Also, a new high-performance exhaust system, exhaust headers, high-flow catalytic converters and new air filters were added to assist the engine cool-off faster. Though the 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V8 wasn’t touched, the small changes have helped it churn more power. As a consequence it now produces 555hp at 680Nm of Torque, whereas the original does 457hp at 600Nm of torque. The 0 to 100Km/h dash now clocks 4.3 seconds while the needle on the meter can touch 320km/h.

30 July
Lamborghini Reventon Roadster unveiled for Select Clients

It is still a speculation, but nonetheless exciting — Lamborghini will unveil an ultra-exclusive Reventon Roadster but sadly this lacks a confirmation from the Italian automaker. With Ferrari unveiling the Italia 458, this could be a real fun competition to follow. It’s difficult to get concrete here as even the roadster version booked for a whopping €1.1 million by some also hangs in the balance.

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Today’s unveiling though is only meant for select clients which will be surely some special ones as only 20 of these are slated to be produced. The engine and gear transmission configuration is also not known and what is being associated is that the initial intentions were to produce a LP670-4SV Roadster but the engine issues have reformed it into a Reventon Roadster.

30 July
Skoda Superb Combi Spied

The automakers really hate the prying cameras for they reveal a lot about the car even before an official release, but, they cannot deny the free publicity which is generated. The latest victim is the Skoda Superb Combi and it sure carves attention for not many people are buying cars with a Skoda moniker.

2010 Skoda Superb Kombi

Skoda Superb Combi will come with a number of engine options that include a series of 1.4 liter power plant variants from 125 hp to 170hp. Also there will powerful 3.6 liter V6 variant rendering 260 hp. Talk about diesel, and it will have TDI variants delivering 105 to 170 horses of power with ample torque as well. The gear transmission is still a decision to be made between a 5 and 6-speed option, with DSG also in consideration. The car will have an AWD option for four-wheel dive enthusiasts. A car for people who aren’t badge conscious! [via WCF]

30 July
Michael Schumacher to replace the injured Massa

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At 40 and after hanging his helmet, who would have though that Michael Schumacher will be the replacement for Ferrari’s injured driving Felipe Massa. The loyalty of the man is worth appreciating and that is what brings him back to replace his former teammate. When he left the scene, Schumi was a legend with a record seven titles and 91 overall victories and that ended in 2006. Now three years down the lane, his competitors might say that they do not care, but in the hearts of their hearts, they would know that this man is till capable of a podium finish. It’s purely for loyalty as he is quipped that he has never repented his retirement decision. He also said that he was looking forward to the challenge as a competitor. Come August 23, all on eyes will be on Ferrari’s Car #3 and for sure Massa will know that his wheel is in the right hands.

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa’s car untill the brazilian driver will be able to race again. Michael Schumacher said he is ready and, over the next few days, will undertake a specifc training programme at the end of which confermation will be given of his participation in the Championship with effect from the European Grand Prix on the 23rd of August.”

30 July
Kia VG Sedan Renderings Surface

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This time there are no spy shots for the Kia VG Sedan, instead, a set of renderings revealing many facets of this saloon have surfaced. Slated to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Passat, this sedan will replace the current product model Avanti. The renderings reveal Kia’s signature H-shape front grille with LED lights. Ironically, this is what the images reveal for it is more of a teaser. Other things known about the car is the engine option- a 3.5-litre V6 Lambda and the car will be based on the next-gen Hyundai Azera platform. It will pip the Amanti in the luxury quotient with a roomier interior and better material usage. FWD will be s definite option and it is being speculated that a Haldex AWD system will also be offered.

29 July
Ferrari’s Latest Super Car: The 458 Italia unveiled

The much anticipated F430 replacement of Ferrari, the 458Italia has officially been unveiled as the next super car which has been described as massive leap forward and a genuine departure from the current range. The latest super car comes with an aerodynamic shape that takes car of the drag and improves down-force (140kg at 200Km/h). The front end is the most interesting part with bold grilles and aero-elastic winglets. These winglets generate down-force and, as speed rises, deform to reduce the section of the radiator inlets and cut drag.

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The engine cooling for a super car is a priority and the car features small openings between the hood ad headlights for added cooling. At the rear of the car is a massive diffuser with California-style lights and there centre-mounted exhaust tips. Powering this scorcher is a 4499 cc V8 engine that produces 570 hp at 540Nm of torque and this combination is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. As a consequence it pelts from 0 to 100Km/h in less than 3.4 seconds and succeeds in topping it out at 325Km/h.

29 July
Carlsson Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Carlsson has come up with an engine trim for both the petrol and the diesel GL-Cass models couple with an RS-Kit and Suspension Lowering options. The Mercedes-Benz GL isn’t a very satisfactory model and an engine upgrade can do it a world of good. The trim brings an RS kit that is capable of giving an aerodynamic flow to the GL-Class. There is a new radiator grille and bonnet attachments alongwith electro-polished stainless steel grill inserts on the front lip and front and side skirts which make the car pretty distinguishable. The suspension can be lowered using the Carlsson engineered C-Tronic SUSPENSION which brings down the car 30mm with continuous ride adjustments by interpreting road conditions.

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The engine is boosted using a sport air filter and electronic changes. As a consequence the top-line GL500 goes from 388hp to 435hp while raising the torque from 530 to 600Nm. The aerodynamic kit costs 8,499 euros, the suspension is available for available for 1,099 euros and the engine upgrade bears a tagging of 4,189 euros. The diesel upgrade comes cheaper at 1,299 euros as the GL 420CDi can now hit 354hp and the 320CDi can produce 269hp-this one though is costlier at 1,499 Euros.

29 July
BMW 760i and 760Li: The most powerful 7Series from BMW

Not only is the BMW 760i/Li the most powerful 7series variant, the luxury sedan is also the second most powerful production BMW in the range. Other than being an extreme powerful machine, it gives the driver a self-indulging addiction given the opulent styling. The 760i/Li houses a 6.0L V12 engine which comes with TwinPower Turbo Technology. This technology helps the car achieve 544hp at 5,250rpm and 750Nm of Torque available from a low 1,500 rpm. The torque is then upped all the way to 5,000rpm.

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Consequently, the sedan does the 100K dash in 4.56 seconds irrespective of the wheelbase you choose and tops it out at 250km/h. The 760i/Li engine complies with EU5 emission standards the car is a major success because of the mated 8-speed automatic gearbox that is said to run smoothly and precisely. Talk about luxury and you get unlimited internet usage (in hotspots of course), automatic AC and electric heater in the rear foot wells. There is Park Distance Control, an 80GB Sat Nav system and a professional Hi-Fi system with 16 loudspeakers and a DVD Player with a 12GB music file storage compartment.

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