May 31, 2011

Audi introduced the A1 clubsport quattro

Audi A1 clubsport quattro is a showcar, which will be unveiled at the 30th annual meeting of fans of brands Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW - Wortherseetour, which will be held from 1 to 4 June.

Now under the hood of the new A1 - the engine from the Audi RS 3 Sportback. 5-cylinder petrol turbo volume of 2.5 liters and output of 503 hp accelerates clubsport quattro to 100 km/h in 3,7 seconds. The engine is combined with 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive quattro, which were borrowed from the Audi TT RS. Maximum speed - standard for Europe 250 km/h.

The engine was specially modernized for the new project. For this it was necessary to modify the turbine, intercooler, intake and exhaust systems. As well as on the Audi A4 DTM exhaust pipe of a special version of the A1 has moved from the usual places - now the outlet is located in front of the rear wheel.

Thanks to its light weight (only 1,390 kg) car has good dynamics and is not too much fuel consumption.

A1 clubsport quattro has received the appropriate aerodynamic body kit - 19-inch wheels with unique design, exclusive matt white color and the black "gloss" carbon fiber roof.

New details about the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes published new details about open version of the supercar SLS AMG. New supercar has absorbed all the company's expertise in the design and manufacture of sports cars. The combination of lightweight aluminum body and a powerful 6.3-liter V8 AMG, which develops 571 hp and 680 Nm, are guaranteed to cause heart palpitations in all sports car enthusiasts. Adds to the impression the 7-speed transmission with double clutch and regulated sport suspension (optional), which has three modes: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport plus". Transmission has four modes - "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S +" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual).

SLS AMG Roadster weighs 40 kg more coupe - only 1660 kg. Still, engineers managed to improve the dynamics. Roadster accelerates to 100 km/h in 3,8 seconds after start. Maximum speed - 315 km/h. At the same time fuel consumption is only 11 liters per 100 kilometers.

Upgraded soft top mechanism makes the SLS AMG convertible in just 11 seconds. Folding-unfolding the roof can be at speeds up to 50 km/h. Will be available three color options folding roof - black, red and beige.

Responsible for the security, in addition to an improved frame, arc safety, three-point seat belts with limiters, eight airbags and a set of electronic systems. ESP stabilization system can be used in three modes: On, Sport, and Off. In all three modes continues to work Traction control system (ASR), which in case of danger locking wheel adds braking force to improve the adhesion to the surface.

According to the head of concern Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster - a thoroughbred sports car, a car to travel and dream car in one body.

"Lightweight construction, incredible dynamic and exciting design, combined with the pleasure of driving an open car - a new SLS AMG Roadster perfectly reflects the philosophy of AMG in the development and manual creation of sports cars." - says the head of court tuning studio of Mercedes–AMG Ola Kellenius.

SLS AMG Roadster will be manufactured at the largest factory of concern in Sindelfingen. The engines will be done in the AMG-division in Affalterbach. Each engine will be built by one craftsman. Car prices in Europe - from 195,160 euros.

May 29, 2011

Chinese Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its presence in the Chinese market, launches a special limited edition of 911 Turbo. It got the name 911 China 10th Anniversary Edition.

China 10th Anniversary Edition is based on 911 Turbo models and painted in an exclusive golden color. Of the innovations - carbon fiber hood, an impressive rear spoiler of the same material and 19-inch bi-color wheels Sport Classic.

Of carbon plastics in large quantities is also decorated the interior of the anniversary coupe. In the cabin novelty are installed Alcantara-covered sport seats, unique steering wheel, floor mats and identification plate with the number of copies in the series.

Technical stuffing remains the same: a 3.8-liter six-cylinder turbo power of 530 horsepower, which develops 700 Nm of torque. With 7-speed PDK it accelerates coupe to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, providing a maximum speed in 315 km/h.

The volume of production Porsche 911 China 10th Anniversary Edition will be limited to only 10 copies. The price is not reported, but most likely, all 10 copies will be sold in the Chinese market.

Infiniti plans to release a competitor to BMW Z4

Infiniti think that the model line of the company needs a small sports car, which will be located one step lower the model G37 Coupe. Developing this coupe has already started and it can be demonstrated in the near Geneva Motor Show.

No technical information yet, but probably the future coupe will be equipped with hybrid power plant.

It is yet unclear, as the expected novelty will be live with coupe Nissan 370Z, available in model line of concern.

New details about the Ford Fiesta ST

Generational change Ford Fiesta ST gets a turbocharged engine, and traditional for this class power. If the previous generation hatchback was equipped with an engine capacity of 150 horsepower, but now this figure is closer to 200. As transmission will be installed 6-speed manual gearbox. The new Fiesta will be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in about 6.5 seconds.

In addition to the powerful engine Fiesta ST will be equipped with a new aerodynamic package, made in the style of the Ford Focus RS. This will include aggressive bumpers with air intakes and diffusers, spoiler and wheel arch extensions.

Premiere Ford Fiesta ST will be held at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

BMW may release a 7-passenger crossover X7

It is assumed that a new big SUV from BMW, which is codenamed F17, will be seven-seater and will be named X7. Platform for novelty will take already proven - by X5 and X6 crossovers. Closest competitors for the X7 Bavarians think Audi Q9 and Mercedes-Benz GL.

The idea of creating X7 appeared in 2008. But then BMW refused to release the large model in favor of placing on the market of compact new products such as X1 and an increasing number of diesel cars in the U.S. market.

Now when the global car market is slowly returning to pre-crisis indicators, increasing interest in big cars. And Chinese buyers, most autoconcerns are betting  on which, are becoming more luxury cars.

May 27, 2011

In the UK built a light weight version of the Jaguar E-Type

Classic sports car Jaguar E-Type, which this year marks 50 years, will get a modern reincarnation. Engineers of the British company Eagle intend to present in late June, a lightweight and more powerful version of the legendary Jaguar.

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Speedster British build on the basis of the classic roadster, though build in the reconstruction process - Eagle studio specializes in restoring of retro cars. Most of authentic body details model 1966 is not replaced by a light modern analogues, but, according to engineers subjected to a serious upgrade, resulting in the mass of the roadster will be close to a ton.

Also, the car gets a new engine. Aluminum "six", the volume of 4.7 liters and output of 310 horsepower, aggregated with 5-speed manual transmission, accelerates the lightweight E-type to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. As the developers say, the maximum speed of neo-classical model is fixed at mark 258 km/h. But this is not important. The main advantage of Eagle E-type creators considers the ratio of power to mass is close to the parameters sports car Porsche 911 Turbo.

The price a unique design is not reported, but the Eagle created a roadster not for sale. With this car the company will speak at the British equivalent Concorso d'Eleganza, which is called Saloon Prive and held in London in late June.

"Charged" Kia Cee'd will appear in 2013

"Hot" hatch Kia Cee'd will be released on the market only after the Koreans will present all three of the body the next generation of model - five-and three-door hatchback and station wagon. The most utilitarian versions the company will demonstrate a year in Geneva, and three-door hatchback should debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013.

It is still unknown how exactly power plant will be equipped "charged" Cee'd. Most likely, it will be 1,6-liter turbo engine, whose power can reach 200 horsepower - like engine Koreans intend to install on European modification of the Hyundai Veloster. However, the possibility of using a longer two-liter unit Kia has not declined, despite the fact that a more compact engine profitable from an ecological point of view.

This same engine can then be installed on the five-door modification Cee'd - for example, five-door Ford Focus ST. As the main competitor KIA is considering Seat Leon Cupra, though the massive sales do not count. "Hot" model should serve as a guide for further development of the brand image.

Mazda RX-9 can get a hybrid engine

Mazda is considering the principal features of the next generation of its big coupe with a rotary engine.

About a year ago it was announced that two Japanese giants Mazda and Toyota have agreed on joint use of hybrid technology. Under the agreement Mazda gained access to the developments of Toyota, which are used in the construction of hybrid Prius. And now there is information that one of the first models on which these technologies are implemented, may become coupe Mazda RX-9. Moreover, it could happen already in 2013.

Successor of the current Mazda RX-8 will be executed on a traditional scheme, without swing rear doors. To create it the Japanese intend to use a stretched platform of the popular roadster MX-5, and using hybrid power plant, according to developers, will help get rid of the main problem the rotary engine - a small torque in the lower part of the operating range.

However, according to experts, the obstacle may be the fact that in the Toyota Synergy Drive as a transmission is used variator, which is not ideal for the role of gear box for an emotional sports coupe. However, the information is not yet officially confirmed.

BMW will limit the release of "charged" 1-series Coupe

The most compact representative of the M-family of today is equipped with six-cylinder inline turbo engine capacity of 340 horsepower. Weighing in at one and a half tons of it makes 1-series M very interesting offer for fans of the dynamic movement in space: up to 100 km/h BMW 1-series M Coupe accelerates less than 5 seconds. However, fans of M Power time to queue: rumored edition M Coupe will be severely limited.

Bavarians will be releasing 1-series M just before the end of 2011. The total production volume not exceeds one thousand copies. This does not mean a complete farewell with BMW 1-series M Coupe after the beginning of 2012, however, return to the production of "charged" compact BMW intend only through 2,5-3 years. It is clear that while it would be a "hot" version of the next generation BMW 1-series.

May 26, 2011

Danes remake Aston Martin in their own supercar

Aston Martin can get the title of most popular supercar in bodywork studios. A few days ago Zagato presented its version of the car - V12 Zagato - while marking the 50th anniversary of the joint activity. Now about own interpretation of supercar said a little-known Danish company HBH.

The company has announced that it plans to build a model based on Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Key difference the Danish Aston is the location of the engine: if in the British original engine is located in the front, under the hood, as it should be classics, the Danes decided to move it into the middle of the car.

HBH, which was so named in honor of its founders (the first letters of names: Jesper Hermann, Christian Brandt and Torben Hartwig) is already present in the world of luxury cars, releasing car such as the Kleeman GTK (based on Mercedes-Benz SLK) and Zenvo ST1 (1104 hp sports car of its own design). Most of the motorists about these cars have never heard, but each is unique.

When creating a new mid-engine supercar the company designers were inspired by the concept of Aston Martin Bulldog 1979, as well as modern racecars of British automaker.

It is known that the car will be created in single copy. On the final cost of the car is not reported, however, as well as on approximately.

Porsche presented electrical version of the Boxster

The German manufacturer of luxury sports cars Porsche more often spoils its fans green "toys". At this time the company has demonstrated one of them - Porsche Boxster E - on the forum Michelin Challenge Bibendum, held in Berlin.

Concept Boxster E - fully electric car, the internal combustion engine had not. Because of the unusual power plant, engineers had to work hard to keep dynamics and drive, so familiar to buyers of cars Porsche.

The car driven by two electric motors with total capacity of 180 kW (approx. 240 hp), which are located on different axes, which makes the car all-wheel drive. Rear plant includes the motor and transmission, as well as electronic control unit and is located approximately at the place where the ordinary Boxster is a gearbox and exhaust system. In front of car where previously was a fuel tank, occupied second electric motor. To preserve the dynamics and stability, in the car was added to the motor control module that controls the distribution of traction on the axes.

This allows the sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. Maximum speed is 200 km/h. Decent performance with zero exhaust and no costs for gasoline. And gear shifting riding on this car does not require.

Concept electric Porsche Boxster was presented in Berlin for wide audience: from politics to the researchers. Porsche brought to the exhibition three prototypes, which in addition to presentations, participate in the race "Model Region Electro-Mobility Stuttgart", organized jointly by the German government. The main task of this event - to find out how electrical sports car an expensive brand suited to commuting, especially in terms of control and "fueling" of the car. The aim of researchers is to identify those requirements that will be presented for electric vehicles in the future and to foresee them in the production version of the Boxster E.

The company has created different prototypes: two engines equipped only one. The remaining two vehicles are equipped with only one motor. The power of just over 100 hp in each of them transferred to the rear wheels. In this configuration Boxster E acceleration to 100 km/h takes a modest 9.8 seconds and top speed is only 150 km/h.

Acoustic support is provided specially developed by company system Active Sound Design - electric car does not produce almost any sound on the road, which strange not only for the owner, but also for other road users. To save more similarity with ordinary Boxster plug of the car is located in the front, like the gasoline versions of the model. A full charge takes 9 hours.

May 24, 2011

Ferrari sends to New York "Superamerica"

Manufacturer from Maranello published details of a supercar, which is already being called "the most exclusive Ferrari in the world". Built in single copy Ferrari Superamerica 45 is intended for an American collector, and was shown at Concorso d'Eleganza. 

Сonvertible Superamerica 45 is based on the model 599 GTB Fiorano and has received a 12-cylinder engine. However, in contrast to the roadster SA Aperta exclusive supercar has a removable hard roof, which consists of a single section made of carbon fiber.

Superamerica 45 painted a unique color Blu Antille. Leather, which is decorated interior, specially selected by the color of the bodywork, carbon inserts also painted in blue. How modernized technical component is still unknown, but the minimum possible power V12, which was installed on Superamerica 45, is 620 horsepower - that this engine is equipped Ferrari 599.

Exclusive convertible is named in honor of the 400 Superamerica, which started the collection of Peter Kalikow from New York - and it is a unique gift. Digit 45 in the name indicates 45-year anniversary of Peter as the owner of Ferrari.

Lamborghini prepares a car "for every day"

The cult brand of Italian supercar Lamborghini again takes a step toward customers for growth of sales.

Exploit a supercar for trips to the shops - it ignoble. Typically, owners of expensive and powerful sports cars go on his "iron horse" on a variety of public events or local scale races. Lamborghini has decided to adapt their cars for the daily needs of their customers.

As told CEO Stephan Winkelmann on the Global Luxury and Fashion Summit, range Lamborghini replenished with new, more affordable model. Thus, the automaker is preparing to restore the level of sales of cars on the European market to pre-crisis indicators. In 2007, sales of supercars worldwide amounted to 35000 copies. In the past year could to realize only 26000 cars. Now sales of expensive cars contribute to strong growth in demand for developing country markets, including China and Russia.

"We want to produce a car that will not stand in the garage of the buyer" - said Winkelmann, adding that Lamborghini has not yet decided in which segment will be released a novelty. After this decision is made, the manufacturer will need four years to release the car.

The automaker will develop a new model of their own, without combining with other companies, Winkelmann said, noting that the company "will use, wherever possible, connection with Volkswagen AG".

Prognosis sales for this year - only 1500 cars. However, data are not conclusive, since in many ways the result will depend on the commercial success of the model Aventador, which will hit the market in the second half of the year. Last year the company sold 1302 cars. Record sales were fixed in 2008 - 2430 supercars.

Lotus postpones release coupe Elan for 2016

Lotus corrected its plans to release to the market new models, which were announced at the Paris Motor Show last year. None of the sports car does not appear in production soon.

Five shown by the British in 2010, the concepts have names beginning with the letter "E". The first of these to world should appear Lotus Esprit, the reincarnation of the legendary supercar. However, its appearance should not wait before 2013, despite the earlier statement about the premiere of series Esprit already at the Geneva Motor Show. Mid-engine coupe should get a turbocharged V8 engine with no less than 550 horsepower, designed by the Lotus itself.

Then, in 2013, according to preliminary data, was to enter the market and a compact coupe Elan, but now the plans have changed. Next novelty Lotus will release no earlier than 2016. This is due to the fact that it was decided to extend the life cycle of the current model Evora, whose successor was to be Elan. Lotus felt that Evora has a right to life, and before delete it from the lineup, going to release a second-generation coupe.

Through the production of the new Esprit, Lotus going to raise sales from the current 3,000 copies a year to 7000 cars, despite the expected generational change a major rise in price of British sports cars.

BMW created the concept in honor of their sporting achievements

Bavarians have shown on a design exhibition in the Italian Villa d'Este a concept BMW 328 Hommage with a distinct touch of retro. Devoted to the concept of the legendary sports car 30-ies, but is implemented in a very contemporary spirit.

This year the legendary BMW 328, the famous sports car second half of the thirties of the XX century, 75 years old. BMW could not pass by the sign date and prepared for a fashionable event Concorso d'Eleganca new concept. BMW 328 Hommage, according to some sources, is based on already well-known concept Vision Connected Drive, but has received a number of design innovations, akin to the famous ancestor. These include the typical radiator grille, no doors and double asymmetric windshield.

Concept has turned out extremely light - only 780 kg, thanks to the widest use of plastic reinforced with carbon. According to the Bavarians, such materials are lighter and harder than aluminum, which is used mainly in interior trim. In addition to aluminum, the interior concept ennobled with leather and carbon fiber. Instead of on-board instrumentation, two iPhone - for them to have special holders. Once installed into the dashboard, gadgets are transformed into display output to its screens a lot more information - for example, the testimony of the navigation system or a stopwatch. This system was called Tripmaster.

About power plant is only known that this inline 3-liter 6-cylinder engine. Also known what fate awaits effective concept car, however, most likely after several shows, BMW 328 Hommage goes to the official museum of BMW.

May 21, 2011

Aston Martin presented a new supercar from Zagato

British supercar manufacturer Aston Martin and Italian studio Zagato decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their joint activity release of the new coupe. Presentation of the newest concept V12 Zagato will be held on the shores of Lake Como in Italy in the contest Villa D'Este Concours, which starts May 21. The new supercar is a result of joint activities of the two manufacturers.

The car is based on a model Aston Martin Vantage. Work on the car began in the last year. Then at a meeting of representatives of the two companies were presented the first sketches and decided to implement the project.

In developing the car companies have used all their experience in building sports cars. The body is made entirely of aluminum. For example, the front wing consists of 7 pieces of metal, which gave the ideal shape by hand. The roof of the car consists of 5 parts, which are also fitted to each other by hand.

Light body is combined with a powerful 6-liter engine (of course, V12), which develops 510 hp and 570 Nm. The engine aggregated with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

"V12 Zagato has an elegant and at the same time, the brutal style that reflects the "golden mean" between race cars and authentic design of Aston Martin. The first DB4 GT Zagato was at the time of this icon of style, powerful and magnificent car. The new design will reflect the style of this car", - talked about the project design director Marek Reichman.

"The special design approach Zagato is ideal for design of our cars, and the technical unit Aston Martin. Last 50 years, our two companies jointly released the sign of a kind model ", - said the head of Aston Martin Ulrich Bez - "Our goal was to create a concept which will be the ideological successor of those cars that were released earlier. Combining modern technology with the traditional approach to release truly exclusive sports car, which has a circulation will be very limited".

Aston Martin will release a brand Lagonda 2-3 models

The British carmaker Aston Martin, which revived in 2009 its old brand Lagonda, gradually reveals its plans for the future of the brand. So, according to Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin plans to release under his "budget" brand, two or three models.

Should be reminded the first model, which marked the return of already forgotten brand Lagonda, became a crossover concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. Few people believed that the new brand and new cars will be a success.

According to head of Aston Martin Ulrich Bez, the company accepted the criticism, but will continue on the path of development of the brand Lagonda. The only problem at the moment is to determine in what direction to move. So far, the company plans to issue a two or three models.

As noticed previously head of Aston Martin, new generation of Lagonda will likely include a sports crossover, wagon-road type of Subaru Outback or Audi Allroad and, of course, a luxury sedan that will be created as the ideological successor of the original Aston Martin Lagonda in 1976 edition.

The first will most likely crossover. Details about the car at the moment no, but it can be assumed that the platform will get from Mercedes-Benz ML 2012 model year. The next will be sedan, which was conceived of authors can compete with next Maybach. Should be reminded that the two companies - Aston Martin and Daimler - before announced partnership.

As you can see, these three models targeted at different buyers. In addition, a new audience will be radically different from that which can be found in showrooms of Aston Martin. As before noted Ulrich Bez, the revival of Lagonda brand would allow company to develop cars that have a completely different character than the classic sports cars. New models will be more practical, while remaining in the premium class.

May 20, 2011

VW Passat can get a coupe and convertible versions

Volkswagen has already announced plans to conquer the world car market by 2018 - concern wants to be "number one" auto sales. In this regard, the company needs to expand not only a model, but the product line.

Multibrand concern of Germany has announced that it plans to launch 30 new and updated models of different brands that are in the company's portfolio. "Currently, we are laying the foundation for future growth across all segments and business areas. Volkswagen  went to the "expressway" in 2010. On it, we plan to stay in the next few years"- said in early May, the head of the concern, Martin Winterkorn.

However, in addition to expanding the model range, Volkswagen  is planning to do "reproduction" of the models themselves. So, according to German media, Volkswagen is preparing two new versions of Passat. It is expected that business sedan will receive a coupe and convertible. It is assumed that the new version will appear in the next generation model.

Details has not, as an official confirmation from the management the company to expand the product line of Passat. If the new Volkswagen  coupe still appears, it will cost slightly lower Audi A5 and compete with the Opel Calibra, which is being prepared for release.

May 19, 2011

Volkswagen Polo R release on a public road

Volkswagen working to create a road version of the hatchback Polo R - that on the basis of which will be built race car to participate in the World Rally Championship.

As previously reported, hatchback Volkswagen Polo R WRC must receive full drive system and 1.6-liter 210-horsepower turbo engine. The "hot hatchback" with comparable characteristics may well appear on the public roads.

About possible specifications of the next German pocket rocket so far nothing concrete has been reported, so it remains space for speculation. According to one of them, the "hot" Polo will receive an enhanced version of the engine, which is installed on the Polo GTI - 1.4-liter twin-turbo. Volkswagen engineers could bring its power up to 200 horsepower.

Is now being discussed and the possibility of installing a road Polo R all wheel drive, similar to that developed for Audi S1.

The road version of Polo R will not start before 2013.

Audi S9 gets 520-horsepower engine

Big coupe Audi A9, which Audi intends to build on a platform of premium sedan A8 present three years later. While we are talking about the release only two-door version, but is rumored to have plans to Audi hence next Sportback. In addition, after appearing recently about the fact that Mercedes-Benz prepare convertible S-class, open version can be obtained Audi A9. Such a model may appear in 2015.

It is still unknown what kind of motor range will prepare for the new flagship of the Audi, but can be assumed that it will be extensive. Most likely, the basic engine for big coupe will be 211-horsepower three-liter V6, and top-end power plant wills an 8-cylinder 4-liter twin-turbo engine that develops 520 hp. Its most likely set to "charged" modification Audi S9.

It should be noted that Lamborghini considering the possibility of release a four-door model Estoque on the same platform.

Affordable sedan Maserati may get Chrysler engine

Studio Pininfarina and the Chrysler Group will help the Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati to develop a relatively compact and affordable sedan that could compete with the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-class. Appears novelty in 2013.

Work on the basic sedan Maserati run parallel with the construction of next-generation Quattroporte, so it's possible that both models will be similar or identical to the platform. According to others, for new sedan Italians to develop a unique chassis with extensive use of aluminum. Engaged in developing the design studio Pininfarina.

It is rumored that as an option for novelty will be offered all-wheel drive and motor range will make two new engines, including the 3.6-liter Pentastar from Chrysler, which Italian experts are going to equip the turbo. Maserati expects to receive from the engine output to 400 horsepower. In addition, sedan will provide and six-cylinder 300-horsepower turbodiesel. Both engines will be aggregated with 8-speed automatic transmission.

The new model will become for Maserati one way to conquer a perspective Chinese market.

Opel presented the third generation Zafira

Opel will bring at the Frankfurt Motor Show next generation the seven-seater minivan. According to manufacturer, third generation of Zafira will premium design, a comfortable lounge and emotional behavior.

Surprisingly, the production series Zafira, official images have been distributed the previous day, almost entirely taken over the appearance of the concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The main sign of a new minivan - head optics in the form of a boomerang.

Salon of minivan received a new ability to transform with the upgraded system Opel Flex 7. Three of the middle row seats can be folded and moved independently of each other, and the range of longitudinal adjustment is 210 mm. In addition, Zafira received also Lounge Seating system, which allows manipulating the center seat to provide more space on the side chairs and third row. Trunk capacity can reach 1860 l.

Opel Zafira is built on elongated platform - the wheelbase is increased by 57 mm. At the beginning of sales Zafira will be completed three versions of the two-liter diesel engine - 110, 130 and 165 horsepower, as well as two versions of turbo 1,4 Ecotec - 120 and 140 hp. All engines will be equipped with start/stop system. In the future, in the motor scale Zafira may appear engines working on natural gas and more fuel-efficient engines family Ecoflex.

Appearance of third-generation of minivan does not mean ending production of the previous version. Opel plans a some time to keep both versions of Zafira on the market. Presumably, the novelty will be in dealer showrooms early next year.

May 17, 2011

Supercar from South Africa put in serial production

The family of supercars piece of production has increased. About the beginning of serial production of its model - Z-One - declared the automaker from South Africa Perana Performance Group. The world premiere of a supercar took place at the Geneva Motor Show 2009.

Produced two-door coupe Perana Z-One with famous bodywork studio Zagato. And this car can truly recognize one of the best works of Zagato. Flowing organic lines of low-coupe, from a distance resemble the best model Ferrari, a small "cockpit" double cabin and long hood, under which is a powerful engine - this car looks more like a product with the label Made in Italy.

Under the hood is a V-8 from General Motors. LS3 V8 engine volume of 6.2 liter develops 443 hp. For those buyers who are a "herd" still seem small the company offers a more powerful LS7 V8 volume of is 7 liters and a power of 505 hp. This same engine is installed on the Corvette Z06. The base engine LS3 provides acceleration to 100 km/h in 4 seconds.

The car is a classic example of creating supercar. Body provides low air resistance and good aerodynamics, engine is combined with 6-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive, lots of modern electronic systems there is no support, but a careful approach to the development of car allowed provide weight distribution along the axes of 50/50.

Official distributor of South African companies in the U.S., the company Superformance, is already taking orders for Perana Z-One. It is expected that annual production will amount to 999 copies. The cost, which was announced during a presentation car in Geneva, can gladden - the company plans to keep the price at the Z-One within the 50000 euros.

All future Porsche 911 will have KERS system

Porsche engineers will have to rebuild 911 coupe next generation in order to integrate into the structure model of KERS. Obviously, this would nullify all the work of designers to save weight.

KERS - a system that allows storing kinetic energy and using converters to realize accumulated at the right time. Thus, all future 911 will be able to briefly increase the capacity of its power plants. However, in order to integrate KERS in the structure of the power plant sports car between the engine and transmission, the engineers will have to substantially increase the length of the wheelbase - according to preliminary data the increase may reach 10 cm.

Porsche will intensify efforts to reduce the weight coupe to compensate for the installation of KERS. Achieve this will be due to more extensive use of ultra-light composite materials. According to preliminary estimates, the mass coupe will be about 1500 kg.

The basic 911 Carrera next generation gets a more compact 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with 350 horsepower. However, with KERS coupe can accelerate to 100 km/h even faster than 4.9 seconds, which shows the current generation Porsche 911 Carrera, engine capacity 345 hp.

Currently KERS used at a sports hybrid 911 GT3 R.

Road test Toyota FT-86

The prototype sports car Toyota FT-86 is seen on road tests. Judging by the fact that the body coupe was covered with dense multiple layers of camouflage, the testing was sent a copy of the final version of design. However, during the premiere of concept Toyota FT-86 II in Geneva, the Japanese claimed that it is 95% shows that at the output from the conveyor. The premiere production series planned for Frankfurt Motor Show.

Today we know that the coupe, which came into the world as the fruit of cooperation between the two Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Subaru, will receive a two-liter boxer engine with direct injection capacity about 200 horsepower. However, rumors of a more powerful version, and one of them, according to some, will produce Subaru. Its modification coupe gets slightly modified design and turbo capacity about 260 horsepower, but will not be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Toyota is making every effort to weight coupe did not exceed 1200 kg. Then the FT-86, equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, can accelerate to 100 km/h in about 7 seconds. To what extent this is true, it will become clear in the autumn, when the series will premiere instance. In the sale of Toyota FT-86 will go next year.

May 16, 2011

McLaren wants to create the fastest supercar in the world

British manufacturer of sports cars and racing cars McLaren plans to surpass himself and produce a new supercar, which will become better, stronger and faster all the cars that exist in the world at the moment.

The company aims to create not just a powerful supercar, a car that is suitable for the everyday use. The project was the working title of "Mega Mac". It is expected that the novelty will be no earlier than 2014. The car will be released a limited edition of 500 copies.

A price for the model is quite adequate, given the plans and statements of the company - it is assumed that each "Mega Mac" will cost 350 to 400 thousand pounds (560-650 thousand dollars).

Exterior of the new model is described as "larger, angrier and more functional" than the latest model MP4-12C. In this case, the novelty will borrow the family traits of the same MP4-12C and the McLaren F1. In MP4-12C new supercar borrow and carbon monocoque as the body.

The new car will get active aerodynamic elements, including front and rear spoilers, which are activated under certain conditions. The car will not differ spartan interior for weight reduction - it is expected that the interior of the new supercar will be worthy of a luxury. But space for baggage will be minimal - a small shelf behind the seats. From the world of racing - a permanent record of data on the condition of the vehicle (including speed and lap times) and a camera that allows the driver to record his results.

The car will be equipped with a 5-liter V8 with 799 hp and 7-speed gearbox from Graziano.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h will take no longer than 2.8 seconds. Although McLaren accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h slower than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, "Mega Mac" expects to defeat an opponent in the acceleration from 0 to 320 km/h - Bugatti accelerates to that speed for 22 seconds.

It is planned to make a switchable ABS system. Moreover, to control this process will be the car itself - disable ABS will be available only on the racetrack, the presence of car on which the electronics of supercar identify on indications of satellite navigation systems. On public roads, the driver can not afford such freedom.

Opel plans to release a premium crossover

German automaker Opel plans to enter the segment of premium cars. The company announced plans to release a new model that will stand on a step above family of Insignia, which currently heads the lineup of the brand.

A new model of premium class will be for four or five years and will debut in a segment of crossover vehicles. In this case, the novelty will not directly compete with models offered by recognized leaders in the segment BMW, Daimler and Audi.

In addition, Opel plans to start production of new electric car in addition to sedan Ampera, which will be comparable in size to the Opel Corsa and Agila.

May 15, 2011

Italian supercar power of 2000 hp released in the U.S.

In Pennsylvania, intend to release a 2000 hp Italian supercar with Italian origin and the same name. Conceptual prototype, born in design program sponsored by Lamborghini, will gain mass incarnation. The right to production a concept Lamborghini Indomable acquired U.S. company 215 Racing.

If the project gets to the serial embodiment, it will be called Mostro Di-Potenza SF22 and will receive, as expected, mid-engine layout. Within the wheelbase of the future supercar has one of the largest in the eight-cylinder engines today - its working capacity will be 9.4 liters. The engine will be built on the base unit of General Motors 572 cubic inch in volume, will provide a twin-turbocharged and get - neither more nor less - two thousand horsepower transmitted to the rear axle via a sequential gearbox.

As a result, Mostro Di-Potenza SF22 will accelerate to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and a distance in a quarter mile to "fly" for 9.5 seconds.

Company of Pennsylvania has already begun taking orders, and when you make need to make a deposit of one thousand dollars. However, the car is ready (the first copies should be available in mid-2012) will cost no less than 950000 dollars.

Electric sports car developed in UK

In the UK, built a competitor to the Tesla. New electric sports car, developed by Delta Motorsport, speeds up to 100 km/h in five seconds, and his debut will be in full-fledged sport events.

Delta E-4, according to the developers, can accelerate to 241 km/h. This happens due to two electric motors 120 hp each - the total value of the torque is close to 600 Nm. Lithium-ion batteries, which is powered by motor, mounted beneath the floor to lower center of gravity. To compensate the weight of the batteries, the designers used in the construction of sports car carbon fiber chassis, in this case, reportedly the developers it weighs only 85 kilograms - 66% less than would have weighed similar steel.

On one charge sports car can travel 322 km. Therefore, it can easily take part in the race RAC Future Car Challenge, which will be held on 5 November in the UK - this will be the first public appearance of Delta E-4. Coupe must be overcome 96 km between Brighton and London. Race knowingly takes its name - to participate in it are allowed only vehicles with the lowest energy consumption.

When it is an electric sports car goes on sale and how much it will cost is not reported.

Renault started accepting orders for city electric car Twizy

The company Renault, fulfilling promises made in the Paris Motor Show last year has announced prices for its compact electric car Twizy. It will be sold in two versions, but additionally have to pay for rent batteries.

The cost of the electric vehicle more like a scooter than a car in the UK market will start with 6690 pounds - a little less than 11000 dollars. The price is high enough, especially given the fact that earlier the French intended to do Twizy not more expensive ordinary scooter. In addition, car buyers would have to separately pay for the rental of the batteries, which are not included and not sold. This will cost an additional of about 480 pounds (780 dollars) a year.

This price is the basic configuration Urban, while top-end version Technic will cost more - 7400 pounds (12000 dollars). In the sale of electric car will come early next year, but interested in buying already now can place a deposit on a special website. It costs 20 pounds, and the manufacturer promises that those who make pre-order will get their electric cars in the first place.

Twizy weight with batteries is of about 450 kg and its length - just over two meters. 20 hp electric motor accelerates the vehicle in which the driver and passenger sit one behind the other, up to 75 km/h and an energy reserve only enough for 100 kilometers.

Aston Martin and Zagato will release a new sports car

British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin and Italian studio Zagato released the first teaser for the concept that they developed together. New sports car will become a way of two famous companies to celebrate the anniversary of joint activities.

Exactly 50 years ago, was released in world the first joint creation of two companies - Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, coupe, established himself as one of the most famous Aston Martin of all time. The British and Italians during these 50 years not once have worked together and released a lot of stunning sports cars - the last, Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, released in 2002. According to the management of two companies, now is the time to unite and develop a joint product, which also could be the next style icon.

Premiere of novelty will be held 21 May at a traditional design competition Concorso d'Eleganza in Villa d'Este. At the moment, no details, apart from being a teaser, no, but the Aston Martin said that the review and the possibility of future production prototype. However, even in this case, the volume of production is unlikely to exceed one hundred copies - sports cars, developed jointly by Aston Martin and Zagato, have never been massive.

Almost immediately after the premiere of the concept will be tested the battle - in the end of May, it will be racing in the Nurburgring.

Porsche presented the new 911 Carrera 4 GTS

German carmaker Porsche is continually extending the model range of the famous 911. This time the company introduces a new sports car 911 Carrera 4 GTS, equipped with a 408-horsepower engine and all wheel drive.

First time 911 gets four-wheel drive in 1989. Since then, the option has become very popular among fans of the German sports car. Today the company has decided to continue the tradition, making rear-drive Carrera GTS, sales of which began in December last year, four-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Sports car will be offered in two bodies: coupe and convertible.

The car is equipped with in-line 6-cylinder engine volume of 3.8 liters, which develops 408 horsepower. The unit is added to the power of 23 hp. Improved performance was achieved by changing the shape of the intake air, which made ​​it easier "breathing" engine. This same engine is installed on the rear-drive version of the GTS. Complements the picture of the sports exhaust system, which gives the car a unique sound of a thoroughbred sports car.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS is equipped with a proprietary system of constant all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM), which provides better stability of the sports car on the road and precise control. The standard equipment includes rear limited-slip differential. In the basic configuration a new sports car is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.

911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe accelerates to 100 km/h in 4,6 seconds, convertible spends so 4.8 seconds. When car equipped with 7-speed transmission with double clutch (Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, PDK), the acceleration time increases by 0.2 seconds. Fuel consumption is the same as 911 Carrera 4S: for the coupe is about 9 liters per 100 kilometers.

The first cars should appear in the salons of European dealers this summer. For the coupe will have to pay 135600 dollars, for convertible - 146800 dollars.

Successor to the Ferrari 599 will be built on the basis of all-wheel drive FF

Stunning success of the first in the history of Ferrari wheel-drive model FF has forced Italians to reconsider its plans to update the model 599. It was decided to abandon the facelift and go directly to the construction of a fundamentally new supercar.

Earlier, the interim restyling was an integral part of the Italian brand, but after the Ferrari saw a fashion trend, it was decided to change strategy. Coupe, which replaces the model 599, will be built with extensive use of developments that were made during the creation of FF.

Power plant for the new model will build on the base 6.3-liter engine block of FF. 12-cylinder atmospheric engine with direct injection will have to develop about 700 horsepower, but it becomes more economical and easier. Weight reduction will be achieved through extensive use of aluminum. Ferrari got more confidence, "winged metal", while Lamborghini and McLaren is already massively used carbon fiber and composite materials.

Among other things, the novelty will receive 7-speed robotized transmission with two clutches and an electronic locking rear differential. But all-wheel drive until remains a privilege FF, although Ferrari are thinking about how to begin to offer all-wheel drive for model California - as an option.

May 12, 2011

The new Chevrolet Corvette will be in 2013

GM acknowledged that the current generation Chevrolet Corvette is behind the popularity of the Ferrari and Porsche. Therefore, the new Corvette, which is present in 2013, will be totally different.

According to some reports, the new generation Corvette could be a mid-engine to coupe could compete with European supercars. In addition, it is possible that engineers will refuse to use large and heavy eight-cylinder engines, preferring a more compact and modern V6, which performance was almost they did not concede. The most powerful engine of those that are set now for Chevrolet Corvette develops 638 horsepower.

During the construction of the new Corvette will make extensive use of ultra-light materials - such as carbon. In addition, the superstructure will be applied aluminum. The design of the supercar will appeal to well-known examples of 60-ies - in any case, it is reported that a new generation of Corvette could get a double rear window with the middle rack for example coupe 1963.

BMW will release a hatchback 4-series in three years

BMW is preparing to release a new car, which will be called 4-series. It will be a direct competitor for the Audi A5 Sportback.

Novelty will be based on next-generation BMW 3-series. Features steering and suspension give BMW drivers expected drive, but with greater comfort than in the 3-series. It is possible that for the 4-series will be available four-wheel drive xDrive.

About which engines will be installed at the new, little is known. It is likely that it will be 4 - and 6-cylinder engines, including a 2-liter diesel engine at 245 hp, available for X1.

More information will appear after the premiere of the BMW 3-series. In the sale of 4-series will go, most likely, only in 2014.

May 10, 2011

New Land Rover Discovery will be closer to Defender

The next generation of the popular SUV Land Rover Discovery will take a course to return to basics. Updated SUV will be more utilitarian, more off-road and more like a modernized Defender.

The fact that Land Rover is going to release a new generation of its iconic model Defender, reported in mid-April. Now it is known that, in developing a new generation of Discovery, engineers are going to possibly bring it to the famous SUV. The fifth generation of Discovery may appear in 2016, a year after the release of the new Defender.

As one of the main targets British call Toyota Land Cruiser - it is quite possible that new Discovery will be as practical and utilitarian.

It is still unknown what kind of platform will be used to develop new models. It is not excluded that it will be T5 - the same platform on which is now produced Range Rover Sport.

By the time new products this platform will be 11 years. However, to develop an entirely new platform would require significant investment by the Indian company Tata, which is now owned Land Rover.

Volkswagen will release the Golf GTI Edition 35

This year marks 35 years of famous abbreviation GTI. To celebrate this event, symbolizing the birth of a class "hot hatchback", Volkswagen will release a special version of Golf GTI - slightly more powerful and stylish.

A special version of Volkswagen Golf GTI will be called Edition 35. Its main difference will be modernized two-liter turbo TSI, has received 25 additional horsepower. About how this increase will affect the dynamics of a hatchback has not been revealed - in a VW simply assert that Golf will deliver more driving pleasure.

Externally Golf GTI Edition 35 will be available on exclusive wheels, tinted back glass and optics, as well as the glossy black grille. In addition, the head optic get LED daytime running lights, and front fenders - thematic nameplates.

Headrests of sports seats will be decorated with embroidery. Other changes in the cabin - improved seat upholstery and the knob of the lever transmission in the form of a golf ball. Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 is can be ordered in Germany from authorized dealers at a price of 30425 euros. The official premiere of novelty will be held at the main meeting fans GTI Worthersee GTI Meet in the first week of June, and cars will appear in showrooms in two weeks after the premiere.