The mission to tone down the look of the Porsche Cayenne in favour of a sleeker vehicle is an exemplary example of how a first-class SUV can gain acceptance within the Porsche firmament.
Afzal Kahn insists elements borne out of diametrically opposite functions will appeal to customers far and wide. And the principal British designer insists the Kahn Porsche Cayenne exudes eccentricity, expertise and style.
The Kahn wide track aerodynamic styling package consists of vented front and rear wide wheel arches with integrated front and rear air dams, a lower boot lid spoiler, LED daytime running lights for front wheel arch vents, sports lowering module, vented foot pedals in machined aluminum, door handles finished in matte black, brake calipers finished in liquid gold, exterior Kahn enamel wing shields, privacy tinted glass, welcome ambient illumination package – under car Ice white illumination and Kahn enamel tailgate logo.
The studio was inspired by the elements of a dragon to transform this exotic and powerful vehicle into something customised. The Asian customer could identify with the Chinese year of the dragon and so it was used as the main theme of the project. The concept was was immediately approved and Vilner started working on the interior design.
The design revolved around the form of a dragon, embroidered on the car’s roof and in the trunk, which was covered with Alcantara. Inside, the body of the dragon winds itself around the seats, and passes through the centre console. This effect was reinforced by the relief effects from the combination of the embroidery on leather. Even the detail on the seats, doors and centre console mimics that of the scales of the dragon’s skin.
AutoMobile Magazine contributor Ezra Dyer decided to put two vehicles, one of which is electric, up against each other in an impromtu 0 – 100 mph drag-race.
The models were two luxury sedans – The electric Tesla Model S and the four-door 2013 BMW M5. The place was Gingerman Raceway in western Michigan, in the U.S.
The result? Closer than anyone expected.
Watch the two cars go head-to-head in the video below:
Back in February, Chris Harris also pitted the BMW M5 against the Nissan GT-R. Take a look at the result of that comparison here.
When you first look at the Ford Ranger, it is quite a daunting machine. The sheer size of the thing makes you wonder what it would be like to use in everyday life. But this Ford is not alone – other bakkies in SA are also starting to stretch in size. South Africa is currently being flooded with great new choices in the bakkie market, and the new Ford Ranger might just make the most compelling argument of the bunch. While the VW Amarok was the big new entry in the last few years, the new Ranger is the bakkie that will be trying to persuade the Hilux faithful.
We spent the week with the new high end 3.2 litre TDCi XLT model, and the new Ranger did not disappoint.
Ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the F-TYPE is once again put through high-speed testing by engineers showcased in a series of films.
In ‘Fierce’, filmed at the Nardo Test Facility in Italy, the F-TYPE is put through the most rigorous high-speed testing by Jaguar’s engineers. The unique ring shaped track means that test drivers can not only VMax the car but it’s also possible to stress test at the most extreme high temperatures.
Watch as the F-TYPE is pushed to its limits to ensure outstanding performance:
The film ‘Focused’ was filmed at The Nürburgring motorsports complex in Germany. Nürburgring features a Grand Prix race track and an older “North Loop” track, nicknamed the “Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart, which is widely considered one of the most demanding purpose built racing circuits in the world – there is nowhere else like the Nordschleife (the North Loop).
Here the car is tested through a series of sustained high speed laps with rapid changes of direction, gradient, speed, braking, and surface to help refine the cars set up, damping, braking systems, for the most punishing lap on the Green Hell. Proving the cars sporting credentials and real world liveability:
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View more images of the F-TYPE in the gallery below:
Audi has revealed its latest generation S3 hatchback that will makes its debut at the Paris Auto Show that takes place toward the end of September.
Features of the vehicle include:
McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar, the P1, which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.
Here are some official pictures of the new 2012 Mini Paceman, a coupe version of the Countryman SUV, released by the BMW Group.
According to Car Magazine “It’s the seventh model in the Mini range, and will be available with the familiar range of petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines, as well as a hot turbocharged Cooper S model. Power outputs across the range vary from 111bhp to 181bhp.”
The exterior, that gives the vehicle somewhat of a distinctive look, features a sloped roof that BMW calls a ‘helmet’ roof. It offers the same width as the Countryman with an additional 20mm in length. Potential buyers can spec the wheels 16 to 19 inches in diameter.