Showing posts with label cars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cars. Show all posts

The Million-Dollar Car in Furious 7

The Lykan HyperSport premiered at the International Dubai Motor Show in 2013. Top speed is 239 mph, with a 0 to 60 sprint time of 2.8 seconds. The car is rumored to have diamond and titanium accents in its headlights. Price: $3.4 million.

Apple will control your Car's Key Features through Touch Screen

Granted Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics" (patent number 8,482,535) describes a tactile-feel touch screen that would let you adjust several of the key features and functions in your car.

The patent discusses such options as controlling the temperature, the

Icona Vulcano is a 900-HP V-12 Hybrid – 2013 Shanghai

Shanghai-based Icona’s new Vulcano supercar has boldly styled curves that demand a second look.
Debuting at the 2013 Shanghai auto show, the Icona Vulcano makes us wonder: How do you think a car with this design might fare parked next to other supercars?

The Icona design studios created the Vulcano after styling the Fuselage sedan. Perhaps in contrast to McLaren’s approach with the P1, Icona was looking for a balance between aerodynamic efficiency and

Audi R8 V10 Plus 2013

For this coupe-only R8 Plus, that means the 5.2-litre V10 is cranked up to 542bhp, the ceramic brakes,
bucket seats and carbonfibre parts (like the front spoiler, rear diffuser and sideblades) trim away 50kg, and Plus-specific suspension means revised spring and damper rates. It’s £12k more than a standard 518bhp R8 V10, on which the seats and brakes alone are options worth £9500. Plus (sorry) it’s only 10bhp down on the outgoing limited-edition 552bhp R8 GT, but £20k cheaper. It’s almost a bargain.

Hyundai Accent CRDi

Here is what we have from the new Accent CRDi
  • It runs on cheaper fuel, it’s compact, fuel-efficient and so much fun to ride.
  •  “The timing of the launch of the Accent Hatch diesel supports our long-term brand innovation and awareness strategy on the strength of our fuel-efficiency value proposition to our customers.”
  • With gasoline a little more than 10 pesos than diesel, HARI’s timing is impeccable.
  •  the 16-inch tires really polishes it off (the MT has 14’s). The lines on it induce an active and

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible focuses on luxury, performance

 If you're looking for a new car, here is an option;
Bentley's Continental GT Speed Convertible is so new that pricing has not yet been announced.

The 6-liter W-12 engine makes use of twin turbochargers to produce 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed ZF automatic transmission runs power to an all-wheel-drive system, while an air suspension softens or tightens the ride, depending on what the driver has in mind. That drivetrain technology has to be worth a hundred grand by itself.

I should also give it credit for the near-seamless construction of its body, with lines that hearken

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

The product: 
The C-Max Energi is a variant of Ford's C-Max Hybrid, a funky European-derived car abounding in sheer practicality. In our testing, the C-Max Hybrid achieved consistent low-40s fuel economy, while offering a large amount of versatile interior space.

The 2013 Lexus LS 460 F-Sport

What you should know: 
The 2013 Lexus LS 460 features a design that is proudly Japanese and notably its own. The L-Finesse design language that has slowly been filtering down from the automaker's concept cars and into production models is in full effect here. The sheet metal seemingly peeling back from the gaping


 The BMW 9-series, isn't more than a concept mocked up by design firm Radion Design. Disappointing, I know, but by all accounts drool worthy.

Clearly the car, and design team, drew inspiration from the Fiskar and BMW’s 6-series. The rear end might be the best looking part of the vehicle, though to be honest, there doesn’t seem to be a bad angle. BMW’s iconic kidney grills have been seriously toned down, making them questionably small, but there really isn’t anything wrong with trying something new, right?

If you’re wondering what would lay under the hood, my best guess, based on the design and when the car could come out, would be a 100% electric motor powered by hydrogen. But alas, it’s purely a concept, so what does it matter.

The VW Beetle Convertible


The front-wheel-drive Beetle Convertible comes equipped with three engine choices, each sporting unique performance qualities: a somewhat perky 2.5-liter inline-five, a robust turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder, and a highly efficient 2-liter TDI turbocharged diesel. At just about 3,200 pounds, the Beetle isn't light enough that the 2.5-liter’s 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque will set any hearts aflutter.

The turbo 2-liter outpaces the base engine's numbers, an engine choice designed to appeal to the male buying group on which VW is banking. Each automatic-equipped Beetle has an 'S' mode that holds rpms higher to give the driver more immediate throttle response, and of all the group, the Turbo makes the most use of this mode. Its 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque are sent to the wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission (also available on the TDI) or VW's DSG automated manual (available in all trims). One of the best on the market, VW's dual-clutch automatic prepares gears with one clutch while another clutch is operating the lower gear, making for near-seamless shift transitions.

For the more fuel-conscious, the TDI -- with 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque--is a solid bet. This ain't your dad’s diesel car; the diesel engine is whisper-quiet as it pushes through an impressive amount of torque, and it rakes in solid fuel economy numbers: 28 mpg city and 41 mpg highway for the manual and 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway for the automatic.

All Beetles come with Bluetooth connectivity, a trip computer, an auxiliary input jack, and an integrated previous-generation iPod cable located in the glove box. VW offers an additional USB port connector, but it's a little disappointing that a separate USB port isn't standard. Still, hooking up a music device is simple and the knob-plus-touch-screen configuration makes it easy to scroll through music selections. 

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE

What you should know: 
The Coupe is powered by the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that powers the sedan. Output is rated at 130 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, thanks to more stringent emissions tuning.
The 2013 Elantra Coupe has two fewer doors than the Elantra Sedan, but don't think that you're getting a smaller, nimbler car out of this chop job.
The Elantra sedan already has a very rakish, coupelike design. While the visual differences between the Coupe and the standard Elantra Sedan are obvious when the vehicles are parked, you'd actually be hard-pressed to tell these cars apart if they passed you on the street.
More road noise coming up from the larger 17-inch wheels and modest 215-width, all-season tires; and slightly more responsive turn-in.

What it offers: 
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE is a good value, but its sporty pretenses work to its detriment. Check out the more laid-back sedan, instead.

The advantage: 
The 2013 Elantra Coupe SE is an attractive, fully loaded economy car at an entry-level price. Bluetooth, USB, and iPod connectivity are all standard. Active Eco mode helps to maximize miles per gallon.
The unfavorable: 
The "sport-tuned" suspension exhibited unnerving behavior over uneven surfaces. Fuel economy comes nowhere near EPA estimates.
The price:


The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

What you should know: 
Using a 141-horsepower, 2-liter gasoline engine and 118 horsepower electric motor, the same combination as the new Ford Fusion Hybrid, the C-Max Hybrid can drive under electric power at speeds up to 62 mph. During a long freeway trip, the engine remained on most of the time, resulting in fuel economy on the trip computer hovering around 42 mpg, even gentle with the throttle. 
The C-Max Hybrid's driver's seat takes a little getting used to. Its position feels higher than it should, and a long field of plastic extends from the top of the dashboard to the lower edge of the windshield. The deep dashboard is not so different from the Prius v's, but the steering on the C-Max Hybrid feels more precise, with the electric power-steering unit tuned for responsive and easy turning with minimal play.

What it offers: 
Offering all the fuel economy and practical interior space of a Toyota Prius, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid adds significant power and a more engaged driving experience.
The advantage: 
The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid's gasoline-electric power train delivers excellent fuel economy and decent power. The suspension leads to a comfortable, engaged driving experience. Voice command works wonders with music selection and phone calls, while automatic parking is the icing on the cake.
The unfavorable: 
The navigation system's maps refresh slowly, and destination entry can be exceedingly frustrating.
The price:


The Tesla Model S

What you should know:
The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year has all the features you'd expect from a vehicle that has earned that honor. Tesla offers three lithium-ion battery packs for the Model S -- 40-kW-hr, 60-kW-hr, and 85-kW-hr -- that are claimed to provide ranges of 140, 200, and 265 miles, respectively. The base 85-kW-hr power train delivers a stout 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while the performance version makes 416 hp and 443 lb-ft.
The Tesla Model S nails the formula established by the German brands that currently dominate the midsize luxury sedan sector. It's fast and great to drive. It's well-equipped and high-tech. It won't look out of place rolling up the drive of a leafy country club or at the curb of a hip hotel. It's a credible alternative to a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi for someone who lives in metroplexes such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.

What it offers: 
It has a light body, advanced design, a roomy cabin, and plenty of load capacity. What the Tesla Model S doesn't have is an internal combustion engine.
The advantage: 
First Car of the Year with no internal combustion engine. Motor Trend heaps praise on the Model S, saying it drives like a sports car and sashays like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.

The unfavorable: 
The gas/electric hybrid is starting to look kind of old school next to the sleek all-electric Model S.

The price:
This all-electric supermodel starts at $58,570 and has a range of 265 miles.

The Black Mist Project Ferrari 458

Got to see this eye catching luxury vehicle..
Outfitted with a Novitec Rosso body kit complete with a new front lip, diffuser, and spoiler, the designers complemented Ferrari’s design aesthetics wonderfully. Dressed for the night, the vehicle is sporting a stealth look thanks to the Modern Gloss Black finish, and is finished off with a beautiful set of matching 21 (front) and 22 (rear) inch wheels.

Project Black Mist Ferrari 458 Italia by SR Auto Group

Project Black Mist Ferrari 458 Italia by SR Auto Group (3)

Project Black Mist Ferrari 458 Italia by SR Auto Group (2)

The Bentley Mulsanne

 This car is not sound familiar but it is exotic and its features won't get it behind..
Like Rolls-Royce, its closest competitor, Bentley employs craftsmen patient enough to spend hours working on one piece of wood trim for the doors. The leather covering the seats comes from bulls, but not just any bulls. Bentley strips the hides from Scandinavian bulls for its seats, because apparently these cattle live free of barbed wire, which would mar their skin.

The navigation system itself is no better than that found in Audi models, and doesn't even offer the Google Earth integration seen in cars such as the Audi S5. It is very functional, and if you don't want to look at the brightly colored maps, the screen can hide away behind a wooden panel.

The real highlight of the cabin tech is the Naim audio system, a $7,415 option. This upgrade replaces the standard 14 speakers with 20, custom-made by Naim for Bentley. The amp rates at 2,200 watts, and each speaker gets its own channel.

Under the hood sits a Bentley standard 6.75-liter V-8, with twin turbochargers strapped on for good measure. This very English engine delivers 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque.

The body of the Mulsanne is pretty striking in itself. It features the big Bentley grille in front with subtly embedded headlights. From rear to front fenders, the sides present a completely smooth surface, the lack of seams being thanks to a welding process that requires many man-hours for initial strengthening and then finishing.

The upfront price of $290,000, before options, may sound utterly ridiculous to the average car buyer. However, with the build quality of the Mulsanne your financial manager can amortize the cost over its lifetime, which will probably be longer than yours.

2012 Bentley Mulsanne

2012 Bentley Mulsanne


The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (2012)

Vehicles are not the same in performance, they provide different speed and comfort. So don't just travel..

Tuned by the American company’s Street and Racing Technology team, they’ve simply taken the standard Grand Cherokee and given it a bigger bite. The previous SRT model came with a fairly large 6.1-litre V8. The manufacturer clearly felt this wasn’t quite giving the car the power it deserved. This time round it gets a 6.4-litre V8 that produces 461bhp and 464lb ft of torque, and makes it the most powerful and fastest Jeep ever. This will power the 2,458kg monster to 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds.
How much? £58,995
On sale in the UK: Now
Engine: 6417cc V8, 461bhp@6250rpm, 464lb ft@4200rpm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Performance: 5.1sec 0-62mph, 160mph, 20mpg, 328g/km CO2
How heavy / made of? 2458kg/steel

The Acura MDX (2012)

If you are planning to have a car, here is an option for you to choose..
Acura has three SUVs: a smaller five-seater called RDX, and the BMW X6-style ZDX, which sits on the MDX platform but ditches seven-seat practicality for a coupe profile. That means the MDX is the largest, most practical Acura you can buy. In America, it costs $43,280, where the comparable BMW X5 35i retails at $47,500. That’s a decent saving, and the Acura comes very well equipped too: rear-view camera, power tailgate, and that third-row of seats are all standard.
The MDX is set up to be a comfortable ride, which actually suits the proposition perfectly – leave the sportier stuff to those ZDX owners – so it’s a cushy if sometimes slightly rolly ride through the corners.
The MDX goes with a 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6 that’s mated to a six-speed auto gearbox. The engine serves up decent levels of performance, but the 2084kg kerbweight and lack of turbocharged torque means you need to work it hard if you’re getting a hurry on, at which point it’s generally refined nature loses a little of its sheen.
The MDX is a good, practical family car, one that marries the versatility of a large people carrier with the added benefit of four-wheel drive and a more premium, upmarket feel. It’s just a shame that there’s nothing comparable in Honda’s UK line-up – the CR-V is a five-seater only – that Honda has no plans to bring it here and that the lack of any diesel powerplants makes it pretty irrelevant to us Brits.


The Range Rover LWB (2013)

This vehicle is not so common but lets take a look at it and get familiar..
Here's a look at the stretched, long-wheelbase version of the new Range Rover. Due in 2013, the Range Rover LWB is aimed at the plutocrats' markets in Asia, Middle East and the US where space is seen as the ultimate luxury.
Expect plenty of personalisation options – a step on from the Autobiography Edition and its lavish accessories and trim choices.
The Range Rover LWB is expected on sale in 2013. We'd wager that a debut at one of the motor shows in a target market would make sense to the marketing bods.

The Nissan Extrem SUV 2012

Here is a new look and design from Nissan, it will certainly catch your curiosity to look at it.
Nissan is looking to bring a splash of colour and outlandish design to Brazil's streets with their latest creation: the Extrem SUV concept. It's an eye-grabbing response to the 'more affordable locally produced vehicles, which tend to be conservative in design, colour and specification', according to company Senior Vice President Shiro Nakamura.
It's certainly another bullish-looking Nissan design in the Juke mould, which is exactly what the team behind it were after. Nissan's designers nicknamed the Extrem 'The Baby Beast', admitting the look they wanted was close to a road-going rally car, with a butch stance and muscular surfacing. Spot the gills behind the front wheels that look like exaggerated GT-R vents and you'll see what they're on about.
Brazil has played a part too: Nissan wants the Extrem to reflect the diversity and flamboyance of the country - appropriate, since the Extrem makes its debut at this week's Sao Paulo motor show. Much of the design was based in Sao Paulo, while the metallic orange paint is said to reference Brazilian nature. The patterns atop the roof are a hat tip to what Nissan calls 'iconic Brazilian graphics'.

The 2013 Dodge Dart

Sharing you some advantage of having this new car that might catch your interest of acquiring it..

Taking the Dart down a road with many sharp curves at speed, the suspension gave it excellent manners, but the turbo lag made it tough to exploit the handling. The dual clutch transmission includes a manual gear selection mode. Using the transmission to keep the engine speed high eliminated some of the lag, but keeping the turbo spooled up all the time proved difficult.
The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine produces 160 horsepower and a healthy 184 pound-feet of torque. The standard 2-liter engine delivers 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and likely more-even acceleration.

The advantage 
The 2013 Dodge Dart's Italian underpinnings mean a multilink rear suspension and disc brakes all around. At 8.4 inches, the touch screen is huge, while the Garmin navigation software gives excellent guidance.
The unfavorable: 
The 1.4-liter engine option comes with a lot of turbo lag. The Garmin software theme clashes with that of the stereo and phone screens in the car.
The offer: 
Dodge gives the 2013 Dart an excellent cabin tech suite, impressive for a compact car, but uneven acceleration makes the 1.4-liter engine upgrade a questionable choice.
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