Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Audi A5 Sportback Official Pics, Details

German Audi unveiled new details about the forthcoming BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo rival - Audi A5 Sportback.

Designed to be "emotional and elegant", Audi A5 Sportback will be as convenient as a sedan, and as practical as the Avant. According to automaker Audi A5 Sportback features frameless doors and somewhat more practical lift-gate instead of the traditional trunk.

Audi A5 Sportback Official Pics, Details

Audi A5 Sportback Official Pics, Details

Audi A5 Sportback will be a 36 mm lower than the sedan Audi A4. With regard to the practicality of the car, the new A5 Sportback offers a trunk volume of 480 liters and 980 with rear seats folded.

Production version of Audi A5 Sportback will be offered with three diesel and two petrol engines.

Diesel versions include:

  • 2-liter 170 hp TDI with 350 nm torque,
  • 2.7-liter 190 hp TDI with 400 nm torque,
  • 3-liter 240 hp V6 TDI engine with 500 Nm torque.

Among the gasoline engines:

  • 2-liter 211 hp TFSI quattro with 350 nm torque,
  • 3.2-liter 265 hp V6 quattro

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Infiniti G37 Convertible Coupe

Infiniti officially unveiled the specifications for the G37 Convertible in anticipation of market launch. While European sales start in fall, the U.S. model on sale starting June 19.

Infiniti G37 Convertible Coupe

Infiniti G37 Convertible Coupe

In Europe, coupe-cabriolet will be offered in two versions, which, however, will have the same engine - 6-cylinder 3.7 liters power unit, producing 325 hp developing 360 Nm of torque.

Entry-level GT model equipped with 19-inch light alloy rims, leather seats, active bi-xenon lights, as well as two climate-control feature is an automatic adjustment to the speed of the car while driving with an open top. Top version called GT Premium, in addition to the above comes with 30gb hard drive already in the basic version and the Michelin Green Guide - a three-dimensional GPS-map showing the attractions located along route. Both versions come with standard option Scratch Shield paint, which "self heals" small scratches. Four-seat car - folds hard top down in less than 25 seconds.

With regard to transmission, the G37 Convertible will offer two: manual 6-speed and 7-speed automatic with the ability to switch gears in a manual mode.

Car is an attractive addition to the G37 line, which has earned such prestigious titles as one of the best cars of 2009 according to the edition of Car and Driver, - said Ben Pure, vice-president of Infiniti Business Unit. G37 Convertible offers all the advantages of driving in the open air without any compromises in performance and stylistic decisions inherent Sedan and Coupe G37.

Prices of Infiniti G37 Convertible will be announced closer to the start of sales, but according to preliminary information, in Britain, where car will come in September, GT version starts from about 38 thousand pounds sterling.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Roadster

Many financially independent (read: obscenely wealthy) people eagerly awaited roadster from Bugatti. Last roadster left the factory before the Second World War, and EB110 concept from Romano Artiolli was never put into production. After more than a half century waiting, Bugatti officially presented retractable top Veyron.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Roadster

Featuring a removable top and the necessary structural upgrades, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport retains the standard model's 1,001-horsepower 16-cylinder mid-mounted engine that allows the roadster to reach a top speed of 407km/h (253mph), while speeds of up to 360km/h (224mph) are possible with the roof off.

The first (and at that time only) roadster was sold at auction for 2.19 million dollars.

All in all, Bugatti will produce a total of 150 units of the Grand Sport. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport sales start in July with the first 50 going the existing owners of «normal» Bugatti Veyron. The price of car is approximately 2 million dollars.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Roadster

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Aston Martin Rapide Pics and Details

Aston Martin officially introduced four-door coupe Rapide and released first official photos and details. The car virtually no different from the concept presented in Detroit in 2006 - except there are no additional side intakes in front, slightly modified rear bumper.

Aston Martin Rapide Pics and Details

Aston Martin Rapide Pics and Details

Rapide is equipped with a 6.0-liter V12 470 hp engine with maximum torque of 600 Nm, aggregated with six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission with optional manual shift. According to preliminary reports, the car can accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds, reach a maximum speed of 290 km / h.

Aston Martin Rapide production will begin this year in Austria, in the sale of the car appears in 2010. Prices in the UK will be about 140 000 pounds sterling.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Audi TT RS Coupe & Roadster Pics, Details

Audi pulled the covers off the most potent version of the TT, the RS which will be available to customers this summer in 2 variations: coupe and roadster. With TT RS Audi returns to the powerful 5-cylinder engine, which glorified the company in 80-ties of the twentieth century.

Audi TT RS Coupe

Audi TT RS Roadster

New car comes with 2.5 liters 340hp (250 kW) engine with 450 Nm of torque, it is also worth noting it's turbo charged and has direct fuel injection system FSI. Complete with a quattro all wheel drive and new suspension it turns TT RS in true supercar.

Dynamic performance: maximum speed, electronically limited - 250 km / h (optionally available increases to 280 km / h), acceleration up to 100km/h is 4.6 seconds for the coupe and roadster in 4.7 seconds.

By the way, TT RS is pretty fuel efficient - on average TT RS consumes 9.2 liters per 100 kilometers, roadster - 9.5 liters.

Another feature: a special valve, which is located in the left-hand bend in exhaust system. When the Sport button pressed, which is standard equipment, engine becomes more responsive to the gas pedal and the driver hears quite a different engine sound - a powerful, indomitable.

TT RS is equipped with a modified 6-speed manual gearboxes.

Famous quattro drive undergone alterations - it got an equal angular velocity joint and the rear differential. A multidisk hydraulic clutch with electronic control can transfer a significant portion of the torque to the rear wheels, if there is such a need. Thanks to these innovations, Audi TT RS sports strong traction, excellent stability and an enviable dynamics.

Steering wheel is equipped with electromechanical amplifiers which vary the degree support in accordance with the speed of traffic.
Compared with normal TT RS version has sports chassis with 10 mm smaller ground clearance. Adaptive adjustment of shock absorbers Audi magnetic ride system is optionally available, which allows to change stiffness (by pressing the Sport button).

New car comes with 18-inch wheels with 245/45 tires and ventilated brake disc diameter of 370 mm310 mm (rear) with perforated front brakes.

Audi TT RS has very expressive, and dynamic appearance. Length - 4200 mm. Powerful air intakes. High-gloss black single grille with a frame in matte aluminum look and the fixed rear wing. Xenon plus headlights with LED. Big wheels, designed in 5 double spokes style. Standard static rear spoiler or automatically extending - as an option.

Among the 8 color options, 4 exclusive: gray pearl «Daytona», gray metallic «Suzuki», blue pearl «Mugello» and blue pearl «Sepang».

Sales will begin in May this year. It is assumed that the starting price in Europe at 75 000 dollars.

Friday, February 27, 2009

BMW Alpina B7 Pics of Bi-Turbocharged 7-Series

First official photos of 2009 Alpina B7 new model appeared online, prior to the world premiere at International Motor Show in Geneva.

BMW Alpina B7 Pics of Bi-Turbocharged 7-Series

New Alpina B7 will receive 4.4-liter V8 engine with two turbines, generating 507 hp maximum power, and a brand new 8-step transmission. Alpina B7 maximum speed is 278 km/h. Acceleration up to hundred - 4,7 seconds.

Exterior design changes are insignificant - signature front lip spoiler, a boot spoiler and a set of multispoke alloy wheels. Suspension and brakes had a number of changes to improve handling and better braking.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bentley SuperSports Continental: 621HP and 204MPH Flex-Fuel

Bentley presents the most powerful in the 90-year history of the company car - Bentley Continental Supersports. Two-seater equipped with 5-liter W12 engine designed with two turbines producing 621 hp (maximum torque - 800 Nm) and capable of accelerating up to 100 km/h in 3.9 sec, with a maximum speed of 329 km/h.

Bentley SuperSports Continental: 621HP and 204MPH Flex-Fuel

Bentley SuperSports Continental: 621HP and 204MPH Flex-Fuel

Bentley SuperSports Continental: 621HP and 204MPH Flex-Fuel

A notable feature: sports car drives equally well on traditional gasoline or E85 biofuel (or a combination of both). The W12 is matted to a revised ZF 6HP26 automatic transmission with 'Quickshift' system that cuts shift times by 50% and enables double downshifts.

Car comes with 20-inch light alloy rims with 10 spokes and Pirelli Ultra High Performance 275/35ZR20 tires.