Archive: January 2010

30 January
Porsche 911 Trying to Escape Police

Driving a Porsche 911 in the Netherlands and the cops take you on their radar? What do you do? Our advice, don’t run away, coz here’s what happens when you’re not a very good drive, yet you’re trying to escape the police.

30 January
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG hits the production floor

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 4

The spiritual successor to the 300SL Gullwing has officially arrived and the good news is that it has hit the production floor. The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, factually speaking, the successor to the SLR McLaren, is now being produced with sales beginning in March this year. It is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG and the gamers know that the luxury automobile is the cover car for GT5 on PS3. The very tangible version features a 6.3-liter V8 AMG engine capable of churning 563hp with 650Nm of torque. Courtesy of this stunning power, the car pelts from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and it has an electronically limited speed of 317km/h. Power transmission happens through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which is ideal for a heavy-duty powerplant like the AMG V8. On the outside, a lot of aluminium has been used (space, dual wishbone suspensions) but the SLS AMG still weighs 1620kgs, which is a good 60kgs heavier than the Audi R8.

29 January
Ferrari 599 Hybrid confirmed for Geneva Debut

The brains from Modena cannot ignore the fact that the world is turning “green” (protecting the environment, more or less, that is) hence why Ferrari has confirmed the debut of a 599 hybrid, a fuel efficient version of the 599GTB.

Ferrari 599 Hybrid

The Ferrari 599 hybrid will be break cover at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. Ferrari made the decision public at the introduction of the 2010 Ferrari F10 Formula 1 car. Ferrari is keen on bringing the F1 technology to the street vehicles and the 599 hybrid is being considered as the stepping stone where the KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) has been evolved to reduce fuel consumption in tandem with regenerative breaking. It will run on a system based on Li-on batteries and an electronic motor which will be placed on either side of the transaxle. The KERS system will serve as electric power boosting the energy produced. The entire petrol-electric combination will improve the fuel consumption by 35% rendering combined economy ratings of 14mpg.

29 January
How to Beat a Speed Camera

Been getting some of those nasty tickets for speeding and try to find a way to beat the speed camera? The good chaps from myth-busters have it. Of course you may end up in jail, but still, you just beat the speed camera!

29 January
2012 BMW 3-Series F 30 Spied in the Cold

It seems BMW is out there in the cold with all its latest bimmer model from the M3 and M5 to the latest catch, the 2012 BMW 3-Series F30. Spy photographers caught a glimpse of the 2012 model in the northern part of Scandinavia at a BMW facility close to a frozen lake.

2012 BMW 3-Series F30 prototype 1

BMW has been testing the compact commuter in the cold for more than a month and spy shots have poured in relentlessly. The latest set of images reveals the LEDs on the rear and a roofline which meets the backend at a steeper angle than the present generation model. The elongated wheelbase and a bigger body talks though remain a speculation and images do not confirm the changes apparently. The engine speculations for the 2012 BMW 3-Series F30 include a petrol-powered four-cylinder turbo and a hybrid unit. There may also be a smaller twin-turbo six-cylinder power unit I the works for the best selling bimmer. [via WCF]

28 January
2011 BMW M3 Model with an Optional Competition Package


It is no big secret that the 2011 BMW 3-series performance off-shoot M3 will not be available as a GTS variant in the US. This leaves us guessing what the M division of BMW will come up with to please the performance and aggression hungry Americans. Rumor has it that BMW will be offering an optional Competition Package on the 2011 M3 which once integrated will bring the car close to the M3 GTS. The Competition Package codenamed ZCP will please the performance seeking customers with differences like 19-inch wheels, a suspension system lowered by 10mm and an upgraded EDC sport-setting. For the cabin, the package will include Alcantara interior inserts. The package also might offer an exhaust and a transmission upgrade. Just like all those other ‘Competition Packages’ that have been around since 2005, ZCP will also cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

Note: picture of a BMW M3 GTS.

28 January
2011 BMW M5 Spied Testing in the cold

The big brands are all out there in the cold testing their automobiles to adjudge how well they will perform once they hit the factory floor. The latest catch is the 2011 BMW M5 more specifically known as the BMW M5 F10.

BMW M5 F10 Spied 1

The heavily camouflaged traction-control test mule reveals sculpted door panels and side sills along with a kidney grille. Other exterior and interior traits of the mid-segment emperor have been nicely clad but what are already public are the details of its 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 engine. The plant under the hood churns 578hp at 531-lb-ft of torque which helps the upcoming M5 reach 100km/h in 4.4 seconds. Compare this 0 to 100km/h timing with the E60 M5 and you will discover that the next-gen model is 0.3 seconds quicker. The 2011 model will also feature a version of the kinetic energy recovery system which will improve the overall efficiency by 30% help the M5 F10 achieve 24mpg when the sedan hits the road in Spring next year. [via WCF]

28 January
2010 Porsche 911 Turbo priced for US

People waiting for the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo to get a price tag in the US will probably be disappointed to know that the current model will be tad expensive compared to the one that sells as a 2009 variant. The advantage is that you get a better performing engine and an attractive spec sheet all over which makes it’s a supercar for performance and everyday drivability taking forward the 35 year old legacy.

Porsche 997 911 Turbo Facelift 1

The model comes with a beastly 500hp flat-six boxer engine which renders 516-lb-ft of torque. It can pelt from 0 to 60mph in 3.2 seconds and it has an overall top speed of 194mph. The 2010 model delivers better fuel economy numbers where the commuter fetches 17mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. The Coupe version of the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo will cost $132,800 while the drop-top will be available for $143,800 and the sales for the car will begin by the end of this month.

26 January
BMW F1 vs BMW M5 on Video

Been trying to find out who’d win if the BMW M5 and the BMW F1 would race on the track? The folks from Fifth Gear have the answer and it’s in the video below.

26 January
2011 BMW 335is Coupe and Cabriolet Detailed

2011 BMW 335is Coupe 2

There are good news for bimmer fanatics as the details of the 2011 BMW 335is Coupe and Convertible have gone public. Both variants of the car feature a 3.0L twin-turbo N54 inline-6 engine which is capable of churning a steady 320hp at 322lb-ft of torque. There is an added turbo-boost mode which takes the toque count to 370lb-ft for situations that demand more power. BMW decided to ignore the Z4is engine as the manual six-speed transmission could not accommodate so much power.

The 335is Coupe and Cabriolet is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT. With the DCT integrated the Coupe pelts from 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds while the manual version takes a second extra. The drop-top on the other hand take s 5.5 seconds to clock 60mph with either of the transmission systems. The engine being stronger requires better cooling and hence BMW fitted in an extra radiator and allowed larger vents on the front fascia. The Coupe version will be shipped for $50,525 while the convertible with demand $59,075.


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