Jun 21, 2011

Completely declassified long-awaited Mini Coupe

Mini has finally distributed official images and specifications of its novelty, followed by a long time successfully hunted photo spies. There is nothing unexpected in the official pictures Mini Coupe for those who have followed the history of espionage. The first in the modern history of the brand coupe received not only expressive and dynamic silhouette, but only two seats, and a claim to the status of all the fastest Mini ever to went out of the conveyor.

Ground clearance Mini Coupe 52 mm less than the hatchback. In addition, it is equipped with an active rear spoiler that automatically slides out on reaching 80 km/h and at the expense of rear seat trunk extended to 280 liters. But the main intrigue - it's power plants, which the manufacturer offers for novelty.

In principle, the range of petrol power units for the Mini Coupe is one of the 1.6-liter engine, but depending on the availability of boost and its level English there are three versions. Mini Cooper Coupe is equipped with atmospheric 122 horsepower engine, for the Cooper S version of the offers 184 hp turbo-version, and the most powerful version John Cooper Works has a twin turbo and a capacity of 211 hp. This Mini Coupe accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and uses about 7 liters per 100 kilometers.

The manufacturer has provided and the diesel version: Mini Cooper SD Coupe gets 143 hp two-liter turbodiesel. The base gasoline engine aggregated with a 6-speed manual transmission, available for the remaining 6-speed automatic transmission.

The price in UK starts from 16,640 pounds for a base modification (about 27,000 dollars). Official prices for the United States have not yet announced, but according to insider information, the cheapest Mini Coupe will cost about 22,000 dollars. It is worth noting that the price of the basic version of Chevrolet Camaro with a 312 horsepower V6 is only 22 805 dollars.

Mercedes-Benz plans to create a competitor to BMW X6

The market success of cross-coupe BMW X6 forces competitors the Bavarian concern to reconsider its attitude to the market. Following the Audi for the development of cross-coupe took Mercedes-Benz. Four-seater cross-coupe with a three-beam star will appear in 2014.

Concern Daimler is developing a cross-coupe, which, presumably, would be called the Mercedes-Benz GLS. For its construction plan to use the platform on which has already created a new generation of Mercedes-Benz M-class and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Mercedes-Benz claims that finally got some confidence in the potential of this market sector and is willing to experiment, giving up practicality in favor of emotionalism. Future GLS gets four and a sportier interior than the current M-class look in the style of a sedan CLS.

About what is the future power plants will sports SUV Mercedes-Benz, is still unknown, but as the most likely called the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and 4.6-liter V8, and also a three-liter diesel engine. In addition, the expected and diesel-electric hybrid, and AMG-modification with a 5.5 liter V8.

Range Rover Evoque stretched to XL Version

In the Land Rover is already hatching plans to expand the family Evoque. Today, it includes two versions - a three-and five-door, but in the near future to them can join a larger modification, known today on the sidelines of the company, as Evoque XL.

The main purpose of the creators of novelty is the elimination of gaps in the product line of Land Rover between the models Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It is assumed that Evoque XL will develop the same ideology as the junior Range Rover, but on a larger scale. It is very likely larger Evoque will be positioned as a model with distinct family orientations.

Designers expect that the larger model will allow to fully realize all the design advantages inherent in the platform LR-MS, on which built the current Evoque. This primarily concerns the possibility to increase the space for rear passengers and amount of cargo space. Increased platform compared to the current Evoque can reach 300 mm in length and 100 mm in height.

Evoque XL will get front-wheel modification and two engines, a 2.2-liter diesel and a two-liter gasoline turbo engine. In the case of a successful project, the same design base can be used to create a sports crossover under the brand Jaguar, which, according to bosses of the company make the project much more profitable from a financial point of view.

Jun 16, 2011

In Denmark prepared an exclusive supercar for U.S.

Danish manufacturer of supercars Zenvo intends to present to the U.S. market, an exclusive version of model ST1.

Supercar ST1 completely designed and built by young Danish company, except for the power plant. The basis engine is eight-cylinder block from the Chevrolet Corvette, but the Danes have provided it with both a turbo and a mechanical compressor. As a result, engine power any high level of thousand horsepower.

Normal version ST1 has a capacity of 1,104 horsepower, but for American buyers Danish constructors increased the power of a 7-liter engine up to 1250 horsepower. Torque at the same time very close to 1500 Nm. On the acceleration to 100 km/h Zenvo ST1 spends less than 3 seconds.

The exclusive party will be painted in one of three colors - red, blue or white. Each ST1 receive magnesium wheels, the relevant monogram in the interior and exterior nameplates, number plate and watch Aspen as a gift for the owner. These watches are worth about 50,000 dollars.

For the U.S. will be built only three Zenvo ST1, and each will cost 1.8 million dollars.

Declassified appearance of serial BMW M5

There were first official photos of the next generation BMW M5, which premiered to be held at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Judging by the photos the serial version of the M5 is not too different from the prototype presented at the Shanghai Auto Show. The technical details will be unveiled until next week. While it is known that the next generation BMW M5 will get eight-cylinder engine with dual turbo develops 552 hp and 680 Nm.

With the help of 7-speed DCT sedan accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, top speed is 305 km/h. According to some reports, the North American market for the BMW M5 will offer 6-speed manual transmission, but eventually the situation will become clear only next week. At the same time, most likely, will be announced by the cost of a sedan, which, according to some assumptions, will be on the German market for more than 100,000 euros.

The first public showing BMW M5 will be held 23 June on M-festival, which will be held at the Nurburgring.

Jun 14, 2011

Mazda compact crossover will be spring 2012

The first vehicle Mazda, fully embodying the principles of technology SkyActiv, will become a compact crossover CX-5.

Technology SkyActiv, developed by Mazda, include a special approach, not only to set up power units, but also to the creation of the body structure, suspension and transmissions. In total, an estimated Mazda, these efforts can provide fuel economy up to 30%.

Compact crossover Mazda CX-5, which embodies an ecological approach to building cars, built on completely new modular platform that can be used as a base for the development of different classes of cars - from a compact sedan to a full-size crossover. The crossover will get more light and rigid body and a new diesel engine. Power unit volume of 2,2 liter develops 175 hp and thus emits only 120g CO2 per kilometer. It is noted that the engine already complies with environmental standards Euro-6, which will be adopted in Europe only in 2014.

In addition, most likely, CX-5 will be equipped and new automatic transmission, also developed by Mazda under the project SkyActiv. The transmission, according to the Japanese, allows reducing fuel consumption by 7%. However, so far only reported on a new 6-speed manual transmission.

Crossover Mazda CX-5 will become a serial embodiment of the concept car Mazda Minagi, presented at the Geneva Motor Show. In the European market Mazda CX-5 should appear in the spring of 2012.

BMW is preparing a new four-door coupe

BMW is preparing a surprise for fans of big sedans look like coupe. Concern has sent to the Patent Office images of the new car, which resembles a coupe 6-Series, but it has four doors.

Concept was called Gran Coupe and was the length between the 5- and 7-Series. The height of the car at 10 cm below the normal sedans. As conceived by the creators, BMW GC will be able to combine the dynamic and sports character of the Bavarian coupe, adding to them an extraordinary level of comfort of a sedan 7-Series.

Launching BMW Gran Coupe into production could take place in late 2012.

The official show Audi R8 GT Spyder

Official show extreme roadster from Audi took place within a 24-hour racing session at Le Mans.

Audi R8 GT Spyder in the process of creating lost 85 kg, compared with the base model R8 Spyder 5,2 FSI and weighs 1640 kg. Weight space frame, created by Audi ultra lightweight technology of various kinds of steel and aluminum, is only 214 kg. On weight reduction is also influenced by the widespread use of cutting-edge materials - magnesium, which is assembled engine sub-frame and carbon fiber. In addition, some savings could be achieved through the use of modified brakes, wheels and some engine parts, and new sports seats with carbon-fiber frame allowed saving more than 30 kg.

Audi R8 GT Spyder, officially designated the flagship model of the family R8, equipped with a 5.2-liter engine with direct injection, developing 540 Nm and 560 horsepower. This power unit allows the roadster to accelerate to 100 km/h in 3,8 seconds.

Like the coupe Audi R8 GT, production volume of roadster will not exceed 333 copies. The cost of R8 GT Spyder in Germany starts at 207,800 euros.

Jun 10, 2011

BMW plans to release a 2-Series coupe

A positive reaction at 1-Series M Coupe has prompted the automaker to continue the development of compact coupe segment. New cars in this class may be released under the new series - the second, which earlier in the BMW model range was not.

It is assumed that the 2-Series will be created on the platform of the second-generation 1-Series. As the power plant for novelty will be used 3-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with 350 hp, which is currently being developed in engineering center of the company.

Although no official information about the launch of a new series from BMW have been reported, indirect evidence of the intentions of the Bavarian automaker may be the fact that the company has registered trademark M2.

The same fact implies a future release of "charged" versions of the new coupe, which will be developed sports department BMW M GmbH.

Ford will release a hybrid C-Max

Ford Motor Co is preparing its response to hybrid and electric cars, which are manufactured by companies Toyota, GM and Nissan. As stated concern, the next generation of compact minivan C-Max will be a hybrid.

According to the automaker, he was able to reduce the production cost of hybrid cars, which will make such cars more attractive to buyers. In addition to the hybrid C-Max, planned to release another modification of the model with the same hybrid power plant, which will be recharged from household electrical outlets. New product will be called C-Max Energi.

It is expected that the main competitors of the hybrid C-Max will be compatriot Chevrolet Volt, and Japanese Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf.

As the spokesperson said, speaking at a meeting in Michigan, Ford intends to triple their production of hybrid and electric cars to 100,000 cars a year by 2013. To implement this plan, the company will invest additional funds. Additionally it is planned to invest $135 million and hire 220 employees. In Michigan, will be produced five "electrified" models. In addition to the hybrid C-Max and C-Max Energi, Ford intends to transfer to electricity Transit Connect and the release this year Focus "on battery". What will be the fifth model, the company has not yet reported.

According to Ford, annual sales of cars, which are at least partly use electricity as an energy source, are currently 35 thousand cars (in the U.S.). Currently in the U.S. selling fuel-efficient models Fusion Hybrid and Escape Hybrid.

Previously, the company has already announced that it was able to reduce the cost of hybrid technology, which is used in the manufacture of automobiles. For example, as early as next year, Ford plans to reduce the cost of hybrid power plants by about 30% compared with the technologies presented in the Ford Fusion 2010 model year.

Jun 9, 2011

Coupe Hyundai Elantra will be shown in November 2011

Korean autoconcern Hyundai is going to release three-door version of the model Elantra. As an engine for Hyundai Elantra Coupe will be offered a four-cylinder petrol engine of 1.8 liter capacity of 148 horsepower.

Debut Elantra Coupe will be held at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2011. In addition, Koreans have already reported that they plan to release and "charged" version of the model under the name Elantra R-Spec. This car should be on the market in 2012. Car will be equipped with a turbocharged engine power of 208 hp and six-speed gearbox with double-clutch.

A new Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The third generation of premium crossover Mercedes-Benz M-Class declassified ahead of time. Before the official premiere of the car appeared on the Internet pictures and first details of how to change M-Class.

A new generation of crossover does not differ significantly change the exterior, but should become more comfortable the previous. The new M-class at 24 mm longer (up to 4804 mm), 16 m wider (up to 1926 mm) and 19 mm lower (up to 1796 mm) than its predecessor. The wheelbase, however, remained the same - 2915 mm. In addition, the SUV received a modernized platform.

The car will be offered in three versions: ML 250 Bluetec 4Matic, ML 350 Bluetec 4Matic and ML 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency. As the name implies, all models will have permanent four-wheel-drive 4Matic. For the novelty will be available new 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic Plus.

The base engine for the novelty will be the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel, developing 204 hp. Engine fuel consumption - just 6 liters per 100 kilometers. In combination with 7-speed with technology "start-stop" and the system of energy recuperation fuel consumption is reduced to 5 liters per 100 kilometers. ML 350 Bluetec 4Matic equipped with a new version of the 3-liter turbocharged diesel V6 power of 231 hp. The fuel consumption of this model is 7 liters per 100 kilometers. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 7.4 seconds.

The only petrol version of the model - ML 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency, equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 power of 306 hp. In addition, the company will offer and the "charged" version of crossover - ML 63 AMG, equipped with 5.5-liter V8 engine with 550 hp.

The list of safety systems including: stabilization ETC, up to 9 airbags, the system Attention Assist drowsiness detection, which does not allow to fall asleep at the wheel (which uses the testimony of more than 70 different sensors), the system PreSafe pre-collision protection, which continually assesses the situation around the car and case of danger warns the driver of a possible collision, pressure sensors in the tires, the function of adaptive stoplights Adaptive Brake Lights, and the system of emergency braking Electronic Brake Assist.

Jun 8, 2011

Mercedes-Benz introduced a crazy concept

Mercedes-Benz Unimog - not too well known, but in its own unique vehicle. This year, the Unimog is 60 years old, and the concern has decided very original way to celebrate the anniversary by presenting a crazy concept based on the Unimog.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog really can come to the place where, according to the Russian proverb, a very long time to run for the tractor. Concern Daimler began to produce Unimog in 1951 and in 2011 model marks exactly 60 years. By the way, Unimog - the abbreviated name from Universal-Motor-Gerat (universal transport unit).

To mark the anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz introduced the concept on the basis of U 5000, which has, according to the company, unique off-road abilities. Official presentation of the highly original concept was held in one of the company's plants in Germany. The car was developed jointly supported by the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks (MBS), designers of department of commercial vehicles Daimler and a partner in the design of cars.

About exterior of this concept is meaningless to talk, just look at photograph of the vehicle. If speak one sentence, it would be "the world had not seen such a concept car". From serial car in it, perhaps, only wheels. "The car was designed with an eye on the history of the model and certainly contains DNA of Unimog. " - said in a release.

To emphasize the ability of the model, a powerful shock absorbers (one of the strengths of the Unimog) of the concept is painted in bright red. Green color "poison frog" was also not selected randomly. As noted by one of the creators, "it emphasizes the car's ability to move both on land and on water". In addition, it is once again links the past and present: first ever Unimog was too green.

However, the concept is not a prototype of a new generation Mercedes-Benz Unimog. It only demonstrates the potential of the model and the innovative approach of the concern in the design new cars.

Opel presented the official photo of the new Astra GTC

Opel has finally released official photos of new model - Astra GTC. Bright yellow three-door hatchback is the best emphasizes active and dynamic image of the model and focus on the youth audience.

World premiere of sport compact Opel Astra GTC will be held at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, which will be held in September this year. The car combines a dynamic image and the similar nature of quality of driving.

The new Astra GTC was created with an eye to the concept Opel GTC Paris Concept, which was presented at the Paris Motor Show. The compact five-seater hatchback has a sleek coupe shapes and unique design: the novelty does not borrow any of the elements of the exterior of other representatives of family Astra, but the side mirrors. Six of the seven variants of 17-20-inch wheels have also been developed special for the GTC.

Exclusive is the architecture the front suspension, which is similar to the same element Insignia OPC: improves handling and provides accurate car response to steering wheel. Compared with the conventional five-door Astra, GTC below 15 mm, wheelbase of novelty increased by 10 mm, front and rear track widened by 40 mm and 30 mm respectively.

For the Astra GTC will be offered four options engines: one diesel and three petrol engines. Upgraded 2-liter turbocharged diesel engine develops 165 hp and 380 Nm of torque and is mounted with 6-speed manual gearbox. In the same complete set of models includes system "start-stop". Up to 100 km/h car with a diesel engine accelerates in 8.9 seconds. Maximum speed is 210 km/h. Fuel consumption is only 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers.

System "start-stop" as is standard on the other two variants of Astra GTC, equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged engines with 120 and 140 hp and torque of 200 Nm. Both engines are combined with 6-speed manual gearbox. Fuel consumption is 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. Masthead is a 180 hp 1,6-liter turbo engine that develops a maximum speed of 220 km/h. More engines will be offered closer to the fall premiere of the model.

Of the innovation system will be equipped with new technology recognition of road signs TSR (Traffic Sign Recognition), a system of warnings about the departure of the lane LDW (Lane Departure Warning), as well as the function of warning the driver about the approaching vehicle in front FDI (Following Distance Indication).

Orders for cars in Europe are accepted from June 7. Prices start from 21,750 euros (Astra GTC Enjoy with a 1.4-liter 120 hp turbo engine) up to 27,855 euros (Astra GTC Sport with a 2-liter turbodiesel power of 165 hp).

Came the first photo of the new BMW 1-Series with M-Sport Package

No sooner had the Bavarian automaker to provide a new generation of the BMW 1-Series, as in Internet had the first picture of the new 1-Series with a tuning-kit M-Sport Package from sports division BMW M GmbH.

M-Sport Package - this is not an M-version of the model, which is produced by a separate division, and its own factory tuning-kit.

Traditionally, the program revised M-Sport Package is distributed on almost all models of BMW, and therefore the new BMW 1-Series is no exception. As a result of improvements hatchback received a new aerodynamic body kit (front and rear bumper with enlarged air ducts, and special wheels).

Inside will be a new steering wheel with leather trim, a similar lever of gearbox and aluminum pedals. Also expect the inclusion in the M-package sport seats and a more aggressive interior design with the letters "M".

Information about changes in the technical parts of the car there are no. As well as information about the price of novelty. Moreover, the automaker has not announced yet that prices of standard BMW 1-Series second generation.

Jun 7, 2011

Younger brother of Porsche Cayenne will get the engine from the Audi Q5

The compact crossover Audi Q5 becomes for a new crossover, which is planned to be released under the brand Porsche, not just a donor platform. It is expected that "younger" Cayenne, which has already given the name Cajun, will also receive a power plant from Audi. According to the status - the most powerful engine of the range Audi.

Audi will deliver to Porsche platform from crossover Q5 and a new powerful V6 diesel engine with twin turbo. 3-liter engine develops 318 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Probably, the engine will be aggregated or with 8-speed automatic transmission or with standard 6-speed manual transmission.

It should be reminded that Porsche Cajun, which will appear on the market only in 2014, would be one of the cheapest in the line of the brand. According to the company, the hallmarks of younger brother of Porsche Cayenne will be light weight, agility and ease of control.

Mini Cooper Coupe will be available with any engine of brand

Mini is preparing to launch a new model. The company has already issued a camouflage photos two-seater Mini Cooper Coupe.

In developing the new model the company pays much attention to the choice of engines, chassis setup, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the car. Mini Cooper Coupe can be ordered with the most powerful petrol or diesel engine, which are available in line of the brand. Everything will depend from version of the car. Fans of brand can buy:

Mini Cooper Coupe - 122 hp
Mini Cooper Coupe SD - 143 hp
Mini Cooper Coupe S - 184 hp
Mini John Cooper Works Coupe - 211 hp.

Mini Coupe was first shown in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. From a prototype production version has got a sporty look with a low roof. Also added a rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds of 80 km/h.

Dimensions Cooper Coupe is 3,728 mm long, 1683 mm wide and 1387 mm in height. Wheelbase - 2467 mm. On assurances of BMW, the combination of higher quality and special chassis with DSC, powerful brakes, precise electrical work will allow the driver of Mini Cooper Coupe feel like driving of kart.

Aston Martin is finalizing a powerful version of the RapideAston Martin

British supercar maker Aston Martin completes work on a more powerful version of the model Rapide, built at the basis DB9. It is expected that the novelty will borrow 510-horsepower engine in version DBS.

Currently, Aston Martin completes final test novelty at famous Nürburgring. On the track supercar came with a light camouflage, which suggests some cosmetic changes. But overall the car remains the same. Aston Martin - fairly conservative brand, and like many representatives of luxury, no hurry to change an established image.

In the technical changes also not much. The company's engineers decided that the chassis and braking system in its present form is quite cope with the increased power of the engine. In the basic version of the new Rapide will be offered with 6-liter 470-horsepower engine V12 at a price from 238,000 dollars. It is assumed that an additional 40 horsepower, which will add a new car, will increase its cost by about 25,000 dollars, and reduce the acceleration time to 100 km/h from 5,1 to 4,7 seconds. Maximum speed remains at the same level - 300 km/h.

Sales of Aston Martin Rapide increased due to high demand in the Chinese market. The car was presented in China only a year ago, but now up to 60% of sales Rapide falls on Chinese buyers. Aston Martin plans in the near future to increase the sales of automobiles in this country to 500 copies a year, 300 of which will be a model Rapide.

BMW officially presented the new 1-Series

German concern BMW presented the new generation of the most compact representative of the range of models - BMW 1-Series. The new version of the 1 Series is still rear wheel drive, has become more spacious and changed image.

Appearance of the new 1-Series has changed, though only slightly, but noticeably. Headlights done in the style of the controversial BMW 5-Series GT. Rate new design of model to fully allow the official photos published by concern.

New generation of BMW 1-Series has changed in size. The car has at 85 mm longer, wheelbase has increased by 30 mm, front track - by 51 mm, rear track - by 72 mm. Height of the car remains unchanged, but the width has increased by 17 mm. All these changes helped to increase the space inside the cabin that adds comfort for passengers and luggage.

Slightly changed the motor scale. According to the company, now all petrol and diesel engines, which will be offered for the BMW 1-Series, equipped with technology TwinPower Turbo. A new generation 1-Series received new 1.6-liter petrol engines: BMW 116i output of 136 hp and the BMW 118i capacity of 170 hp, and significantly upgraded 2-liter diesel (for the BMW 116d capacity of 116 hp, for BMW 118d power of 143 hp and for BMW 120d power 184 hp). Later in the model range BMW 1-Series will economical version - BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, equipped with a 116-horsepower 1.6-liter diesel engine with additional fuel-efficient technologies.

The range of technologies under the name EfficientDynamics includes an 8-speed automatic transmission (optional), as well as automatic function "start-stop" (for automatic transmission, and for the manual transmission).

The car is equipped with double-hinged front suspension with a damper struts, five-arm rear suspension, and also extremely precise steering mechanism with the electromechanical power, free from the influence of the drive. Optional for a new generation of the BMW 1-Series will be available to systems such as Variable Sports Steering, and the system Dynamic Stability Control in the new BMW 1-Series includes the DTC and the function of electronic differential lock (in base).

In the sale new BMW 1-Series will come in the autumn of 2011. The price at second-generation 1-Series has not called.

Jun 4, 2011

Audi has officially introduced the R8 GT Spyder

More lighter, more powerful and more exciting - this is characterized a new sports car Audi R8 GT Spyder, which was officially presented on June 3. An open version of the flagship sports model range develops 560 hp and 317 km/h maximum speed.

A year ago, the flagship of the family R8 was coupe R8 GT, which was released limited edition of 333 copies. All series sold pretty quickly, despite the high prices. With the launch of an open version Audi raises the bar to a new level.

Weight of Audi R8 GT Spyder is 1640 kg. Frame for the engine is made of super lightweight magnesium alloy. Side panels and rear - reinforced polymer-based carbon fiber (carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, CFRP). This same material is used for the production of front and rear spoiler and new rear bumper. A total weight of these items amounted to only 5,5 kg.

Weight of was reduced also by a modified transmission, special wheels and braking system. Tent top too allowed some to lose weight. In this case, Audi says that the top has good sound insulation. Electric drive lays out the roof in just 19 seconds. Perform this operation can be at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Of the external differences the new convertible - a new front splitter, the slots on the sides of the front bumper, red nameplates GT, round exhaust pipes, a larger diffuser and darkened diode taillights. Optionally, you can order a frame of the windshield, also made of CFRP.

Engine for all three variants - already known R8 Spyder and R8 GT and a new R8 GT Spyder - the same. Cars are equipped with 5.2-liter V10, created by FSI technology with 4 valves per cylinder. Engine develops an impressive 560 hp and 540 Nm of torque.

Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 3.8 seconds. Maximum speed - 317 km/h. In the basic version R8 GT Spyder is equipped with a 6-speed R tronic transmission with two fully automatic modes. About branded wheel-drive system and high quality interiors, we are not talking. Vehicles with four rings to grille and with such price tag do not allow itself to be uncomfortable.

In Germany the price of Audi R8 GT Spyder will start from 207,800 euros.

Volkswagen showed the "supercharged" convertible Golf R

At a large annual tuning show GTI-Treffen was introduced convertible concept based at the "charged" hatchback Volkswagen Golf R.

This year the festival GTI-Treffen, which takes place on the shores of lake Wörthersee Austria is held in the 30th time and for the anniversary event, Volkswagen decided to show their best works of various brands. Audi has introduced a 500 hp hatchback A1, and Skoda - an open version of the Fabia vRS S2000. Both cars were designed specifically for the show and presented in a single copy.

Volkswagen has decided to please fans of the open version of the powerful Golf. At the festival, was presented the concept car Golf R Cabriolet, equipped with a 270-horsepower engine. "This powerful convertible demonstrates endless potential of the model Golf ", - said in a release.

Serial Golf convertible was introduced recently. And now the company presents a more powerful version of it, which was created sports division of VW. Turbocharged 2-liter engine that develops 270 hp and 350 Nm accelerates the convertible to 100 km/h in less than 6 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h - it makes the Golf R Cabriolet Concept fastest Golf with an open top.

Externally, the concept is different aerodynamic body kit, 19-inch wheels with special design Glendale, behind which are visible 17-inch ventilated disc brakes and a saturated blue color Aplomb Blue. The interior was also redesigned, taking into account the nature of the sports model. Leather sport seats are decorated in dark blue, combined with gray leather "Nappa".

There is no information about any plans for mass production of Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet. It is only known that Skoda not exactly go into mass production, as well as Audi city car with modified engine from the RS 3.

Audi will release "cheap" sports car R4

Audi plans to launch "young brother" of sports car R8. New sports roadster will cost around 30,000 euros. Roadster could be born in the 2014-2015 year.

Concern Volkswagen, which owns brand Audi, plans to launch three new roadsters. Among them will be and R4. Besides Audi novelties will appear under the brands of Porsche and Volkswagen. All roadsters will be mid-engine layout. Porsche may release low-cost successor to the 550 Spyder, which was produced in the early 50's. Prices for new cars will comply with the segments in which "live" brands. So, Audi intends to limit 30,000 euros and compete with the BMW Z3. The new Porsche will be cheaper than the most affordable in the current Boxster and cost about 37,000 euros. A Volkswagen, as the most affordable of the brands, plans to set a price no higher than 23,000 euros, competes with the Mazda MX-5.

The exact time of release of novelties on the market is kept secret. However, according to company representatives that the R4 will appear in showrooms after the new TT, it should happen sometime in late 2014. It is assumed that the new roadster will borrow features of the concept Audi E-tron Spyder, but will remain under the firm style of sports car R8.

Jun 2, 2011

The new Celica?

New Toyota FT-86, which Toyota has developed in conjunction with Subaru, will be launched in early 2012.

Official confirmation of this information is not available, but according to some sources, before selling its new car, Toyota chooses the name of model. Perhaps it will be revived name of coupe Celica.

During the premiere of the concept Toyota FT-86 II in Geneva, manufacturers declared that it is 95% shows that at the output from the conveyor. Premiere of production series to be held at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

At present, 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 of 200 horsepower. However, rumors about a more powerful version and one of them will probably be releasing Subaru. Its modification coupe gets slightly modified design and turbo power about 260 horsepower, but will not be equipped with all-wheel drive. The Japanese are making every effort to keep weight of coupe within 1200 kg. Then the FT-86, equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, can accelerate to 100 km/h in about 7 seconds.

Production of the current generation of BMW 3 Series finished in autumn

Production of the BMW 3 Series sedan of the current generation (E90 and E92) will be completed in October this year. The automaker will produce pipeline for launch in the production of next-generation 3 Series, which hit the market next spring. The novelty will be based on a new a modular platform with a new design.

It is expected that new look will be smoother and more dynamic, but at the same time aggressive. Probably partly new BMW 3 Series will borrow design a new generation of 5 Series (F10). The famous "nostrils" of the grille will become wider. Shape of the body in general will not change, will only shorten the overhangs.

The new generation 3 Series is widely used set of technologies Efficient Dynamics, which is already present in 7 and 5 Series, as well as in off-road BMW. The complex includes not only the improved engines, but also special aerodynamic rims, solar panels built into the roof for more energy, which can feed the controls inside the car, system of energy recuperation during braking, "start-stop" system and system of preheat the engine, gearbox and differential.

Motor scale of the new generation of the BMW 3 Series will include a full set of atmospheric and turbocharged engines with 6 and 4 cylinders. Might be the version with 3-cylinder engine.

Of course, the new generation will not be without a special version prepared by the sports division BMW M GmbH. The new BMW M3, will likely receive a 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with 450 hp. However, official information about the new generation of the BMW 3 Series has not been disclosed.

New Audi A2 will present at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi plans to revive the compact city car A2, the first version of which failed in sales in 2005 and was taken out of production. Reincarnation of a compact model should show at the Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn.

The new A2 will be a same compact, but an electric car with a new design. A bad appearance of the original has become one of the reasons why the sales of the first version were low. True main reason was the high cost of production and consequently price of the car.

It is expected that the new concept of the Audi, which in the future should take its place on the line of one of the company's plants will compete with the future electric car from BMW - Model i3.

Audi plans to position the new product as a premium car. In contrast to the immediate family members - compact A1 and A3 - the price at the A2 model will be rather big. To justify the high price, Audi plans to produce a very rich complete set of model. The car will be maximum lightweight through the use of aluminum.

It is expected that a new generation of Audi A2 hit the market in 2015 and become a leader in the electric model number of cars Audi.

Jun 1, 2011

New generation Porsche 911 will not have KERS

According to Panamera Hybrid development chief Michael Steiner, Porsche still intends to develop hybrid technology in the future, but it does not touch on all models. Steiner said that the company plans to tune the production of energy by electric power plants so that the cars did not differ in quality control from the usual Porsche.

To this end, the company intends to combine electric motor and branded transmission PDK with double-clutch. According Steiner, Porsche achieves maximum pleasure from driving for efficient motor, so the extension range of electric vehicles is not appropriate for the company.

Sources inside the company also denied rumors that the new generation 911, which should debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn, having a system KERS, currently used in the races of Formula 1.

"This is nonsense. The system is currently used in race cars. Nothing else is planned. The new 911 will not be offered with a hybrid drive system in the foreseeable future" - said the representative of Porsche.

Meanwhile, the company does not stop its development. Porsche is considering the possibility of using different alloys and new materials.