Archive: November 2009

30 November
Glad this didn't happen to me: Murcielago smashes into pavement

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Back in the late 80′s Lamborghini built a vicious 4×4 called the LM002. It had the V12 from the Countach upfront and as you can imagine with that sort of power was an incredible vehicle offroad. It would have easily been able to venture off the tarmac and onto curbs, straight over them and not really getting damaged in the process.

The Murcielago not so much. This one smashed into a curb and lost it’s passenger side front wheel.

Glad this didn’t happen to me.

28 November
2011 Suzuki Swift Model Spotted in Germany

The new 2011 Suzuki Swift model has been spotted while tested in rain conditions in Germany. The car is still heavily covered to mask its new design, but we managed to get a snitch and other than those new tail lgihts, it looks like the car has been rounded up since its last appearance, which seems to suit it from what can be seen.

2011 Suzuki Swift 1

Suzuki Swift is sold in various countries around the world, and the engines under the hood vary, with the most appealing model, the 1.6-litre version outputs 125 hp and 148 Nm of torque. The vehicle uses a five-speed transmission system and has a front wheel drive (although an AWD model that’s exclusive for Japan, exists).

On top of these all, after seeing the Swift Plug-in Hybrid Concept, there are some strong rumors going around that the car may be a full production hybrid. Not bad eh? [via WCF]

28 November
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Package by ENCO

ENCO Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 supercar 2

ENCO have been developing a new styling and performance package for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. The new package gives you the ability to completely overhaul your car’s exterior by adding carbon fiber components such as a boot cover (for about €3990), a front bumper (€2990) and a front splitter (just €990). But that’s not all you’re getting as this little monster comes with a matte black foil wrap (€3000), more aggressive side skirts (€3990), mirrors and custom boot lid vents (€4000). The package holds some goodies for the car’s interior as well, such as a carbon fiber trim for the steering wheel, new handbrake and dashboard, and new door handles – all for a mere €5000. But if you’re not into looks, only, there’s also a performance package for the 5.2l V10 engine, boosting power to 620 hp and 575 Nm torque.

28 November
Ferrari Enzo's Replacement, the F70, Going to Receive Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine

Ferrari F70

The Ferrari F70 has been talked about for a long time, and recently, some more details about the car have surfaced. The supercar will be superior to the Enzo in many ways – it will be more compact and lightweight, able to reach better top speeds. Ferrari F70 is rumored to weigh just 1000 kg, which is almost 400kg under the Enzo’s weight. Carbon has been extensively used to save up on weight, and you can find it in the brakes, body panels, as well as in the interior. As for what’s under the hood, the car will feature a twin-turbo V8 engine that outputs 660hp, accelerates to 100 km/h in just 3.0 second, and reaches a top speed of up to 230 mph. Meant as a limited edition of only 399 units, the new F70 will cost dearly: some £600,000 or close to $1 million. [via WCF]

27 November
Glad this didn't happen to me: Nissan GTR hits parked car

Skyline_GTR_wreck

I’ve never driven a Nissan GTR, but I’ve heard that it is so good and that the driver is probably the worst link in the car. Some say it’s so good that you have to try really hard to lose control.

We can only assume that the driver of this unfortunate GTR tried really, really hard to lose control because as you can see it looks like he succeeded. Apparently he drove into the back of another car.

Glad this didn’t happen to me.

27 November
Bentley Continental GT Supersports 2010

Los Angeles Times automotive critic Dan Neil reviews the $274,000 (R1.900.000) 2010 Bentley Continental GT Supersports.

27 November
Audi R8 video review

J.F. Musial drives the 2009 Audi R8 – great insight and commentary.

27 November
Audi hearts Bayern Munich, buys 9% of club for R1,020,480,057.15

Audi-FC-Bayern-Munich

That’s right. Audi has bought 9.09% of Bayern Munich, the soccer club, for a massive amount of R1 020 480 057 and 15 cents if our calculations are correct. Which they are.

So if you like Audi, you’ll now feel like buying a Bayern Munich shirt. And if you like Bayern Munich, you’ll feel like you need an Audi.

27 November
Car Of The Year finalists announced

prius

The finalists for the 2010 South African Snoozefest Car of the year have been announced. The finalists in no particular order of monotony are:

  • Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4i Turbo Petrol
  • Audi Q5 2.0 T STronic
  • Chevy Cruze 1.8 LS
  • Hyundai i20 1.6 GLS
  • Suzuki Alto 1(!) litre GLS
  • Toyota Prius
  • VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI 90 kw Comfortline
  • Volvo XC60 3.0T Geartronic

From here on the finalists go on a couple of tests which include high speed dynamic assessment, parking ability, handling and other tests all while monitoring the fuel consumption.

I suppose they will have a proper car to tow some of these babies around to get them to high speed because on their own steam they won’t get there.

Anyway, which one do you think will win and why – leave a comment.

27 November
Spied: Next Gen Touareg

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I like the VW Touareg. It’s got a bit of attitude and went against all the perceptions that you shouldn’t pay big bucks for a VW.

This is the new one. Updated to fall in with the new VW design language – front looks alot like the new POLO and GOLF6. From the rear though it doesn’t look like much is going to change and it basically looks like the current one.

I’m thinking it looks more like a facelift than a complete new model which looks like it’s a bit of a VW trademark these days like they did with the Golf.

Let’s hope its more than just a nosejob.

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