Archives for April 2011

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Porsche has officially presented one of the fastest cars in the history – model under the name 911 GT3 RS 4.0. In total it will be made only 600 supercars. The base price is 185 000 $. Yes, 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is not the most powerful Porsche. Moreover, it's not even the most powerful version of 911, because the movement causes the car 4.0-liter unit, an outstanding 500 hp (and in fact in Porsche stock is not only the 911 Turbo S with 530 h.p., but also GT2 RS - 620 hp). But it's not necessary to forget that 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is created specially for conquest of racing lines. Feature of model 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is the motor volume – 4,0 l. It's the biggest cursor among ever used in serial 911. Moreover, he is also the atmospheric engine with the highest specific power - 125 hp / l: maximum power of 368 kW (500 hp) engine develops at 8,250 rpm. Maximum torque of 460 Nm the power plant produces at 5750 rpm.



911 GT3 RS 4.0 shows really impressing dynamic characteristics. The most convincing indicator: it passes Northern hinge strain of a Nurnburgring for 7 minutes 27 seconds. Offered only with a six-step sports gear box 911 GT3 RS 4.0 dispersed from a place to 100 km/h only for 3,9 seconds and thanks to calculated for use on ring lines intervals of reduction ratios of a gear box reaches a point of 200 km/h less than for twelve seconds.



Along with the typical racing running gear components most important thing is to reduce weight. Equipped in a basic set such facilitated components as bucket seats, the front end cover and front fenders from carbon, plastic rear windows and the rugs optimized on weight, the two-seater in the equipped condition and with full refueling weighs only 1360 kg. Thus, the specific weight of 911 GT3 RS 4.0, component of 2.72 kg / hp., is below the magic mark of three kilograms per 1 hp.



Characteristic feature of 911 GT3 RS 4.0 are the broad gage, low position of a body, the big rear spoiler with adapted sides, a typical central double exhaust branch and the body optimized on aerodynamics. To a delicate work over aerodynamics testify for the first time used on serial Porsche air-direction plates on each side of a front part. They increase downforce on the front axle and with a steep angle of attack aerodynamic rear spoiler provide a balance of the car. Thus, when the maximum speed due to aerodynamics 911 GT3 RS 4.0 nestles on the road with an additional force of more than 190 kg.



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Opel Astra GTC presented

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

opel astra gtcOpel issued the first official photos of three-door version Astra which will appear on sale in second half of this year. As before, this model will be called Astra GTC. However till now technical features of a three-door car aren't known. Though here it's not necessary to wait for any revelations. Most likely, Astra GTC will receive hardly more rigid suspension in comparison with five-door Astra, and under a cowl the most modest motor in volume of 1,4 l (100 h.p.) will disappear.

And yet there is no doubt that Astra GTC will be the basis of the fastest Astra OPC, which, according to preliminary data, will receive the engine power of 290 hp.

At least, such unit stood under a cowl last year concept GTC Paris which is like two peas in a pod similar to the production version.

opel astra gtc

opel astra gtc

opel astra gtc

opel astra gtc

opel astra gtc

opel astra gtc

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Mazda 3 updated

Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011

On a showroom in New York Mazda has presented the updated version of Mazda 3. Predictably, restyling Mazda3 has received hardly other front bumper, the changed radiator enclosure and headlights. And on the car will be possible to put not only 15 or 16-inch disks, but also 17-inch (truth, is one nuance – we now speak about Mazda3 for the market of the North America, but the European cars for certain will receive similar changes). But changes under a cowl have much bigger value. After all on updated Mazda3 debuted engines and gear boxes of new family SKYACTIV. Speech while goes about the motor in volume of 2,0 l which has received designation SKYACTIV-G. He will work together with a new six-step automatic transmission under name SKYACTIV-Drive or with six-step mechanics SKYACTIV-МТ.

Mazda assure that the new 2,0-liter motor surpasses the predecessor absolutely in all parameters. So, the motor became easier on 4,4 kg, it has a compression ratio 12.0:1, its capacity makes 155 h.p. at 6000 rpm (at the present motor of the same volume 151 h.p.), and the twisting moment has reached a point 200 Nm (was 191 Nm).

At first sight, growth of capacity and moment size absolutely insignificant. But it's not necessary to forget one very much important point – simultaneously with it the engine became more economic. And at once on 21 %!







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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011

The top version of new Jeep Grand Cherokee – SRT8 will appear in the summer of this year on roads of the North America. Outwardly the child of sport compartment Chrysler – Street and Racing Technology – will differ from the civil colleague a cowl with ventilating gills, more aggressive front bumper with light-emitting diodes of a natural light and the chromeplated inserts, 120 mm nozzles on branch pipes of an exhaust system and shod 20-inch disks with rubber Pirelli P Zero dimension 295/45. But the main difference, certainly, under a cowl. Now 6,4-liter eight Hemi capacity of 465 h.p. (631 Nm) from which the five-step automatic machine is aggregated there takes place. To first hundred Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is dispersed for 4,9 sec, and the maximum speed is limited on a mark of 250 km/h.

For example, 555-strong BMW X5 M makes the same exercise for 4,7 sec so it's possible to estimate work of engineers Street and Racing Technology on transformation of "the Big Indian" in a sport car as rather successful. Also the car has received the modifed steering booster, the recustomized suspender, more rigid springs, active absorbers and brakes Brembo. On assurances of Americans, thanks to new brakes the braking distance since speed of 100 km/h doesn't exceed 35 meters.

Has undergone to completion and interior. Now it's finished by a skin, alcantara and inserts from aluminum and carbon. Plus to everything, the car can brag of seven airbags, the xenon headlights, navigating system with vocal activation, a key with remote control, adaptive cruise-control, a rear-view camera, system Selec-Track with five modes of behavior, the multimedia center with DVD, socket USB and audiosystem Harman-Kardon with 19 dynamics.

Unfortunately, while Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 price is unknown. But it's possible not to doubt that "the Big Indian", at similar level of equipment and dynamic characteristics, will cost less than the German competitors.





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Jaguar XF updated

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011

jaguar xf updatedOn a showroom in New York Jaguar has presented the updated version of sedan XF which is currently the most popular car of the company. English designers have tried to approach external shape XF to flagman XJ. For this reason the car has received a new bumper, more strict head lights with light-emitting diodes of the day running fires, the changed radiator enclosure. Undergone modernization and rear of the car, where there are new lights with LEDs. Became better XF and inside where appears other steering wheel, the board of devices has changed, and in the list of options have added musical system Bowers&Wilkins 1200 watt.

Besides, in Europe Jaguar XF will be on sale with the new diesel engine in volume of 2,2 l and capacity of 190 h.p. (the twisting moment is equal 450 Nm). To work the given unit will begin with an eight-step automatic transmission.

According to representatives of Jaguar, restyling XF with a 2,2-liter diesel engine will be dispersed from 0-100 km/h for 8 sec, and the maximum speed of model will make 225 km/h. Quite decent indicators, especially if to consider that average fuel consumption at the car will be only 5,4 l on 100 km of a way. That is such XF becomes the most economic Jaguars for all history of existence of the company!

jaguar xf updated

jaguar xf updated

jaguar xf updated

jaguar xf updated

jaguar xf updated

jaguar xf updated

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New Kia Rio and redesigned Soul

On a showroom in New York Kia has presented a sedan on the basis of model Rio. Couple of days ago I already wrote about Rio in a body of a sedan – but this car was shown in China and it was a question about car under the name Kia K2 which will be on sale exclusively in China. And here presented Rio sedan should get and to Europe. Outwardly two sedans of Kia presented by me during the last days not too strongly differs from each other. Though a front part at cars nevertheless the different. Besides, the model under name Rio sedan is hardly shorter Chinese К2 (the difference in dimensions makes, truth, only a few millimeters).

Well and under a cowl of Rio sedan intended for sale in territory of the USA, will put the petrol motor in volume of 1,6 l which gives a very respectable amount for his 135 hp.



The same motor, by the way, will receive and updated Kia Soul – it's premiere too has passed on a showroom in New York. And still Soul will receive the motor in volume of 2,0 l, giving out already 160 h.p. (but this unit will be in Europe or not, is not known yet).

Outwardly to distinguish restyling Soul is the most easier on other headlights which have received light-emitting diodes of running fires. Besides, at the car other radiator enclosure and a new front bumper. There are changes and in interior although they are not so conspicuous.













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New Nissan Tiida

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

new nissan tiidaOn a showroom in Shanghai Nissan has presented new generation of model Tiida – this car already soon should replace on the market present Tiida which is due to excellent value for money in great demand. On the assurances of representatives Nissan, new Tiida becomes more spacious the old car – the wheelbase will increase immediately to 100 mm, allowing Tiida will be perhaps the most spacious car in the class "C" on the European classification and one of the most comfortable. Outwardly the car not too strongly differs from the car exhausted now, though all body elements here absolutely new. But the interior becomes much better, and the car already in a basic set will receive weight of updates.

new nissan tiida

The base engine for new Tiida will be already good familiar to owners of Nissan engine in volume of 1,6 l which begins to give out 120 h.p. This engine will start to work both with mechanics, and with stepless variator. But the most interesting thing that Tiida will receive and turbocharged engine of the same volume which gives out 190 h.p.

new nissan tiida

One more novelty of Nissan at an exhibition in Shanghai was the small sports hatchback which has received name Compact Sport Concept (it is constructed on the basis of Micra). This car is a concept, but concept has a chance to go into production - the model will be positioned as hot hatchback, a youth-oriented. That's why this car is supposed to equip the 1,6-liter engine with turbo-supercharging (190 hp).

nissan compact sport concept

nissan compact sport concept

nissan compact sport concept

nissan compact sport concept

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Subaru Impreza XV new generation

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Subaru has published the first photos of new crossover Impreza XV- this is the second generation of car with the same name. As before, at the heart of Impreza XV will be a platform from passenger Impreza, but thus the design of a crossover will seriously differ from a hatchback or a sedan. Besides, Impreza XV will appear much more largely usual Impreza (+ 20 cm) thereby not only increase the volume of luggage, but space on the second row of seats. Becomes more and wheelbase. The main difference of version XV will consist in the increased road gleam (and the all wheel drive is at all Impreza). Besides, the car will receive more aggressive design, a protective weather-cloth in the body heel, and the interior too promises to be hardly another.

Let's remind that this week should take place the presentation a new generation of a sedan and hatchback Impreza . The information on technical features new Subaru Impreza of following generation while is kept a secret. Representatives of the company have informed only that Impreza becomes «the most economic all-wheel drive car in the USA» – the expense will make an order of 6,5 l on 100 km of a way.





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Volvo Universe Concept

After Chinese became owners of the company Volvo, some experts were afraid that development of this firm can stop. However created by Swedes Volvo Concept Universe tells us that Volvo is grows. According to representatives of Volvo, Concept Universe is the forerunner of a new smart sedan which should appear in the market the next year or two. And plainly it is not known, about the size of the model in question. After all it is rumored that Volvo prepares to intrude in a segment F on the European classification where Audi A8, BMW 7th series and S-class Mercedes-Benz now reign. Though, most likely, Concept Universe becomes a prototype for new generation S80 – present S80 soon must go on pension.

Technical characteristics of concept car aren't informed yet. Yes they are, in this case not very important. The main thing that must now evaluate the potential buyers - a new design.













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