Archive: August 2009

31 August
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon Spied in Germany


Spy photographers managed to capture the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon whilst the commuter was being test driven at night in Germany. The wagon was clicked without much camouflaging which reveals quite a bit about the car before its slated Frankfurt debut. The images reveal that the E 63 AMG sedan hasn’t been much tampered with when talking about the front fascia and therefore the same split lighting, front lip, and LEDs are visible. Towards the rear, there are some changes than can be spotted and that includes light clusters and a hatch. Even the rear bumper is a new entity but that is not the case with the Quad exhaust. The wagon will be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine from AMG which produces 518hp with 630Nm of torque. [via WCF]

31 August
Audi S5 Sportback first photos


Audi is planning to make a huge impact at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show with three big releases confirmed. The S5 Sportback, the A4 3.0TDI clean diesel Quattro and the A3 1.2 TFSI will be the three big names showcased at the event. The Audi S5 Sportback is a five-door coupe which is driven by a 3.0-litre V6 engine equipped with a supercharger. It churns 333hp with 440Nm of torque at 2,900rpm to 5,300rpm and is capable of pelting from 0 – 100km/h in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h. The V6 engine is mated with a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission. Scheduled for a launch next year, the Audi S5 Sportback will come with a base price of €57,900 in Germany.

31 August
2010 BMW 3-Series Convertible Spied


The 2010 BMW 3-Series Convertible is supposed to arrive at the Frankfurt Motor Show and prior to the facelifted model getting showcased, the spy photographers did manage to click it again. Interestingly the convertible was still camouflaged at the front end signifying that BMW is coming up with something phenomenal. The known changes about the car include a new front bumper, fresh headlamps, LED lighting on the rear as well as a new rear bumper. Very little is known about what will be under the hood and the speculations is that a new 2.0 liter EfficientDynamics diesel engine that puts out 163hp and consumes 4.1litres for every 100kilometres will probably be there. [via WCF]

31 August
2011 Ford Focus Mule First Photos


Ford Focus, the small family car which has taken the world captive with its astounding sales numbers is back again adorning an all new look. Spies have managed to capture a test mule of the 2011 Ford Focus Hatchback for the very first time. Prior of this, the spy photographers managed to capture the Sedan and Wagon versions but the Hatchback was a mystery until now. The Focus will be available for purchase in 2010 as a 2011 model and will hopefully be coming with several different versions of turbocharged engines. There might also be an electric version of the Focus getting readied for sales in America. But am I the only one who doesn’t think it’s thaaaaat great? [via WCF]

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31 August
Kimi Raikkonen wins the Belgian Grand Prix


Kimster ended a 25 race drought ending first on the podium thanks to a first lap collision that saw Lewis Hamilton and the Jenson Button crash out of the race. Kimi Raikkonen did manage to win the Belgian Grand Prix but the day eventually belonged to the team that finished second on the Podium-Force India. The minnows first managed a pole finish and then Giancarlo Fisichella finished second on the podium giving Force India its first points on the table. Fisichella was a challenge all the way and he took the race down the wire with a second to choose between the two. Fisichella could have even finished first but Kimi managed to overtake the Force India Driver courtesy of the KERS-assisted technology.

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31 August
Citroen Takes on BMW


Finally a straight challenge for the Mini has been released; it’s called the Citroen DS3, and its Citroen’s version of the legendary Mini. Unfortunately Citroen SA has not yet approved the car for import, so for now we can only hope it will reach our shores soon.

The new DS line will have three versions to choose from, although the other two will only be released at a later stage. For now the DS3 will be available in one of five CO2-efficient Euro V engines, two of them diesel and three will be petrol, with the latter being co-developed by BMW. The two HDi diesel engines will produce 90bhp and 110bhp and will have Citroen’s DPFS, which stands for diesel particulate filter system. The three petrol engines will produce from the VTi 95bhp and 110bhp, and the THP will produce 150bhp. Read the rest of this entry »

28 August
Real-time traffic enabled GPS system can save drivers four days per year and cut emissions by 21%


Traffic congestion is a global problem and the concern has been aggravated with the introduction of smaller and cheaper cars. Once stuck in a traffic jam you can seldom do anything to help your self other than being patient. Instead of getting stuck in jams, it is advisable that you get a real-time traffic enabled GPS on-board for that would save you time and reduce the car’s emissions as well.

It is not just a personal suggestion but a fact backed by a survey which reveals that real-time traffic info can save American drivers four days a year and could cut CO2 emissions by 21% which directly means a lot lesser harm to our beloved surrounding which is diminishing every damn day. Since this survey comes from NAVTEQ, this can be seen as a promotional tactic but we still believe there is an element of truth in it.

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28 August
2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Race Car Detailed Before Frankfurt

 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

If you’re going to be present at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, our suggestion is to check out the Porsche Corner as the Germans will have a race car on show. The factory race car is based on the 911 GT3 RS and is powered by a horizontally-opposed 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine which produces a commendable 450 hp at 8,500 rpm. Even though there are no official numbers, this configuration is good enough to help the car pelt from 0 to 100km/h in less than four seconds and the overall top speed should be somewhere around 314km/h. The only color choice available will be Carrera White and it will be priced around €149,850.

28 August
Porsche Tuning house 9ff plans a GT9-R Convertible


You know when 9ff makes a resolution to manufacture something extraordinary out of the ‘extraordinary’; the auto fanatics are surely in for a treat. In this madness of enthusiasm it will only be some of those Arab sheiks that will benefit, but, we are still ready to celebrate. The word on the street is that 9ff is planning to build just three examples of a GT9-R without a roof — yes a convertible. And if you thought the Bugatti Veyron Targa will not find a topless monster challenging its 1000+ horses that make the car fly at 250mph, you were probably wrong. Since 9ff will only spin off three of these supercars, I am more than certain that Buggati will feel the heat and probably even melt down. [via Autoblog]

28 August
2010 Saab 9-5 goes official

2010 Saab 9-5 Official

Koenigsegg may not be an owner as experienced as GM but it has taken the right decision of hurrying the announcement of the 2010 Saab 9-5. It may not be hurried in the context that an upgrade took a decade but even then, it is good to know that the upgrade has finally arrived. The influences of GM are still evident but that in no manner harms the car. The 2010 Saab 9-5 comes with a number of engine choices which include a 1.6-liter gas turbo variant capable of producing 180hp, a 2.8L V6 turbo that churns 300 horses and a 2.0L 4 Cylinder turbo capable of producing 220hp. For the green freaks, there is an E85 based 2.0L engine and a 2.0L turbo diesel choice. All these engine variants will be mated to a six-speed gear transmission. [via Jalopnik]

28 August
2011 Porsche Boxster Caught Testing in Nurburgring

2011 Porsche Boxster

The German Nurburgring Circuit and the American Death Valley are two places where the Spy photographers always camp in with their top notch cameras to catch glimpses of the scorchers of the future. This time around, it is the 2011 Porsche Boxster which was caught testing in Germany, thus revealing a few facets of the upcoming baby. The rear LED light clusters and the elongated and bulging front end is what is seemingly new there. On the other hand, the spoiler, the third brake light, the side sills and the vents, are all unchanged. Maybe these similarities are only for the test mule and we hope that a production ready model is what the spy photographers capture, the next time around. [via WCF]


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