Archives for April 2012

Audi RS Q3 Crossover

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Audi RS Q3Beijing Auto Show has become a place of official premiere extreme crossover Audi RS Q3. Tiny crossover, which some consider a model for girls, is now able to challenge many truly masculine machines, such as, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. Under a cowl Audi RS Q3 had a 2,5-liter turbomotor which is giving out 360 h.p. thanks to which the car is capable to gain now 100 km/h for only 5,2 sec, and the maximum speed reaches 265 km/h. On this background indicators a Japanese sport car looks not so impressively, after all it's dispersal to one hundred borrows 5,4 sec, and to squeeze out of it more than 240 km/h is impossible.

Audi RS Q3 while officially called a concept car, but there are no doubts that so mighty car will be mass-produced. After all the company already has soplatformenny Audi RS 3, and to implant the fulfilled decisions into crossover body will be not hard. Appearance of high-speed Q3 appeared far less flashy than the same Lancer Evo, but the differences from the usual Q3 - abound. First and foremost, of course, catch the eye gaping air intakes in the front bumper and the large inscription "quattro", which appeared under the grille.

Engine and bodywork business, of course, not limited. All sports cars of RS family are distinguished unique in it's kind chassis. All this is enough to beat it's main competitor - BMW X1. Let Bavarian also has a very high-speed version, but there is a capacity ceiling power - 245 hp. And BMW has not yet bring younger crossover in division M, so that part of the sporting habits in the category of compact crossovers are now pulled ahead Audi.

Audi RS Q3

Audi RS Q3

Audi RS Q3

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SRT Viper

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012

SRT ViperWithin the auto show in New York has officially presented the new generation of legends of the American auto industry, supercar Viper. Now the car will be called not Dodge Viper, and SRT Viper. The new Viper is radically different from it's predecessor, but the spirit remains the same Viper. Thus, the new body become more rigid for 50%, the car received a new chassis, rear suspension, improved steel frame and lightweight body panels made from carbon fiber and aluminum. Weight of rear-wheel drive supercar has decreased by 50 kg. SRT Viper is equipped with system of instant start of Launch Control, suspension has two settings and is subject to the special keys on the center console, but this gadget is only available in a rich version of the GTS. To stop this rapid viper used Brembo brakes with four pistons and discs 355 mm diameter. The car is equipped with a switchable stabilization system with four modes.

SRT Viper

Inside the novelty received an electronic instrument panel with 7-inch display, a red leather anatomical seat and center console, dashboard and handbrake grip stitched red thread. Unfortunately, other data on a novelty while aren't present. But already now is clear that new Viper will receive also the racing version which presented within an auto show.

And, finally, became known characteristics of the power unit. SRT Viper received a 8.4-liter 10-cylinder gasoline engine, an outstanding 640 hp. The red zone on the tachometer begins with 6200 rpm, the engine is paired with a manual six-speed transmission Tremec TR6060. Alas, the dynamic characteristics and the cost of SRT Viper is not known yet.

SRT Viper

SRT Viper

SRT Viper

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New Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai officially presented new generation of SUV Santa Fe . And, on a showroom in New York showed at once two versions of this car: five-seater under the name Santa Fe Sport and seven-seater with the wheelbase increased by 100 mm. In the USA Santa Fe will be offered with three gasoline engines.

The five-seater model will receive four-cylinder units in volume of 2,4 l (190 h.p.) and 2,0 l with forced aspiration. In the last case will be hidden under the hood 264 horses. And here the extended Santa Fe version will possess V6 in volume of 3,3 l and capacity of 290 h.p. Together with motors the automatic transmission will work only.

And here the drive gear in the base version will be on one shaft. However, once again it is necessary to emphasize – in this case it is a question of cars for the market of the USA. For example in Russia Santa Fe will be on sale only with all-wheel drive transmission.







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Seasonally Maintaining Your Car

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The first falling snowflake sends several vehicle owners to their local big box department store or mechanic to prepare the family car for winter driving. What many of these drivers don’t realize is the importance of maintaining their vehicle throughout the remaining three seasons. Don’t be complacent and suffer the fate of the approximately 9 million motorists that AAA estimates get stranded during the warmer months each year. Keep your car maintained through all four seasons to ensure you and your fellow motorists remain safe on the roads, no matter what the conditions.

Spring
The days are becoming warmer and longer. Spring is the time of year to examine the damage caused by harsh winter driving and correct any visual and mechanical issues before they worsen. Start by checking the battery, which along with the alternator and starter, suffers the greatest damage during the winter months. Head to a local chain automotive supply store or to your own mechanic to have the battery tested. Continue the trend of spring-cleaning your home into the winter-neglected interior of your car by removing the excess clutter and cleaning the rubber mats and upholstery. Spring is commonly the rainiest season of the year. Check and replace the windshield wipers, if necessary, in preparation for spring’s notorious pop-up showers or torrential downpours.

Summer
For many Americans, summer is the time of year to hit the open road and enjoy a long-needed vacation. Before you load up the family and head to the beach, take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to have the air conditioner inspected, repaired or recharged to ensure the trip is cool and comfortable. Have the radiator flushed, the air filter replaced, and instruct the mechanic to check the vehicle’s fluid levels, including the brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, engine oil and windshield washer fluid. Prepare an emergency survival kit in the event you become stranded on a lonesome highway during your summer road trip. The ideal emergency kit should include:

• Tire inflator
• Jumper cables
• First Aid kit
• Necessary performance fluids, including transmission fluid, engine oil and coolant
• Flashlight
• Flares
• Blankets
• At least one to two days’ worth of water and food
• A jack

Autumn
Fall weather is unpredictable, requiring motorists to prepare for almost every eventuality. Begin by giving your spare tire a once-over to ensure its road-ready for the freezing-rain and frost that occur as the temperatures begin to drop. Check your vehicle’s heater and defroster to ensure both components are fully operational. Don’t wait until winter; have your tires’ tread inspected now. This procedure is commonly free at most automotive supply stores and private or chain mechanics. Otherwise, perform the “penny test” to ensure your tires’ tread is street legal. Place a penny, Abraham Lincoln’s head down, into several of the grooves on the tire. If any section of Lincoln’s head is obstructed by the tire, your tread depth is acceptable. If you’re unsure, or the tires are past their prime, don’t hesitate to have them replaced.

Winter
Any motorist living in a cold-weather state already knows the importance of preparing a car for winter’s harsh driving conditions. Begin your vehicle’s winterization checklist by adjusting the engine oil to accommodate for the cooler temperatures. A less viscous, or thinner, oil is recommended if you live in an area that consistently hits below-freezing temperatures. Consult your mechanic or the owner’s manual to locate your vehicle’s recommended engine oil. Maintain your vehicle’s coolant levels with a mixture of 60% coolant and 40% water. Choose an anti-freeze that features the ingredient ethylene glycol to protect your engine. Consider replacing your all-weather tires with models equipped to handle winter’s icy road conditions. Refill your windshield wiper fluid with product that contains anti-freeze. Use this fluid with caution as the corrosive effects of anti-freeze can damage your vehicle’s paint. Lastly, wipe down the sides of the vehicle to remove damaging road salts, and don’t hesitate to rush to a nearby car wash on the first warm day to protect your vehicle’s paint job.

Storing a Vehicle
That extraneous, classic or convertible car probably isn’t seeing too much road action during the cooler winter months. Even if the vehicle is only sitting idle in the garage for two weeks, it requires extra care to ensure it starts once the snow thaws. Top off the vehicle’s fluids, including the gas tank, and clean the exterior and interior to ensure that any potentially dangerous chemicals, including road salts, don’t sit on the vehicle and eat away at the paint during storage. Hook the battery up to a trickle charger, which supplies it with a constant source of power to keep the advanced computer systems functioning correctly. Cover the car with plastic tarp, and pay attention that the windows are closed to protect the interior from unwanted squatters, including rodents and insects. Before you close the garage door, hop inside the vehicle to make sure the parking brake isn’t engaged in order to prevent wear and tear to the brake pads, rotors and drums.

This post was written and contributed by Edson Farnell. Edson writes about various automotive topics for a variety of publications, like this piece on discount auto parts. Edson is also constantly looking for Land Rover parts for his countless restoration projects.

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