Monday, November 30, 2009

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa and Europa GT

In 1953 at the Paris Salon, Ferrari unveiled their first attempt in building a series production Grand Touring car. The new model called 250 Europa was offered in two versions of the model: the first 20 units were simply called 250 Europe, while the other 44 were being called 250 GT Europa. The difference between the two version was firstly made by the wheelbase: 2800mm for Europa and 2600mm for Europa GT; and secondly by the engine: first one was using a 3-liter Lampredi V12 engine and the second one a 3-liter Colombo V12 engine

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


When the German automaker Porsche came up with the four door luxury sports sedan Panamera they created a new class of automobile that grants well to do high performance enthusiasts the opportunity to scare the pants off of their friends, three at a time. And as good as a 500 HP turbocharged V8 powered GT car might sound, the tuning firm SpeedArt feels that they can do the new Panamera Turbo one better with their PS9 kit. The new tuning package enhances all aspects of the Panamera by upgrading the exterior and interior as well as what’s under the hood.

The aero package consists of a SpeedART design chin spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and spoiler to channel air and keep the Panamera’s wide rear end planted when at its newfound speed. Rounding out the exterior are a set of their Black-Matte-Edition type LSC-FORGED wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter. On the inside SpeedArt adds racy touches like a sport steering wheel, aluminum F1 paddle shifters and a carbon fiber trim kit. As good as the PS9 Panamera might look inside and out, SpeedART worked the most magic under the hood.

The engine tuning programs will take the Turbocharged Panamera to various stages of output ranging from a slight 520 HP upgrade to a 550 HP, 600 HP and 650 HP output levels. In order to achieve the higher horsepower numbers SpeedART had to upgrade the Panamera’s turbochargers add a less restrictive exhaust that starts off with a pair of sport catalysts and ends with a pair of sound control twin tailpipes. On the cleaner side of things the Panamera benefits from a free flowing air filter and the all important ECU upgrade. The most powerful version is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds and reach a very impressive and underwear soiling top speed of 200 MPH.

Monday, November 23, 2009

2010 9ff SPEED 9

We are well aware of what the German tuning firm 9ff is capable of when they put their minds to something, like the 253 MPH GT9R or the 850 HP BT2 complete with classic Gulf Racing livery. However 9ff is set to unveil something a little more mundane at the upcoming 2009 Essen Motor Show with the Speed9. While it is based on a 911 Turbo, 9ff is paying homage to the classic 1955 Porsche 356 1500S Speedster for all those high performance Porsche aficionados who want to ride around with the wind in their hair.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Mazda 2: The Mazda2 has convincingly taken out the sub-$20,000 small car category - and with good reason. Its combination of enjoyable and competent driving dynamics with a generous features list, good looks and a practical interior made it a winner in a competitive category. Class leading safety also didn't go unnoticed by the DCOTY judges. The 2 is unchanged for 2009 but remains a solid all round package

Saturday, November 21, 2009


19th November 2009 15:32

BMW’s sales and marketing man Ian Robertson was characteristically upbeat yesterday at the annual BMW press dinner (at Claridge’s in London; good opportunity to catch up with a few people). He talks a good game. BMW reacted early to the downturn, he says, by cutting production and that has left it in good shape for the downturn. And it’s doing well in the places that are growing, especially China and India.

I got the chance to ask him about the Russia market after dinner. He reckons there could be a sharp rebound and that he’s hearing optimism that it could come back pretty quickly when things start to improve next year.

It’s a tough place for all this year though, and the latest market data gave little cause for cheer for anyone. Mind you, BMW brand sales are only down 16% at 13,200 units in the first ten months - in an overall car market down 51%.

Another talking point on the night was BMW’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics. There was much speculation on which other OEMs would have seriously bid for that ‘Tier One Automotive Partner’ position and also who might have been most crestfallen not to have been successful. One or two might have thought that the idea of a fleet of hybrids moving athletes around would have been a winner…

Friday, November 20, 2009



Thursday, November 19, 2009



In 2008 at the SEMA Show Volkswagen revealed the Jetta TDI Cup concept. Today the company announced the Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition will be available in dealer showrooms January 2010.

The special edition Jetta features front bumper, side skirts and rear valance that are found on the TDI Cup race cars, larger brakes with red calipers, sway bars and European sport tuned suspension from the performance oriented GLI.

Under the hood there is a 2.0-liter clean diesel engine that produces 140 hp and an impressive 236 lbs.-ft. of torque.

The price will start from around $25,000.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The Porsche Boxster line-up will see the addition of a new member in December at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Boxster Spyder will only weight 2,811 lb becoming the lightest model throughout the entire range of Porsche cars. Sales will begin in February 2010, with U.S. pricing starting at $61,200.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder is inspired by the legendary 550 Spyder - the first sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen developed specifically for racing but also homologated for the road. The sports car features a light soft, has a lower center of gravity and is equipped with an all-new sports suspension offering the best driving dynamics.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Lamborghini of late has been milking every dollar it can from the aging Murcielago with one special edition after another, counting on the supersports coupe and roadster to continue to sell to its clientele until the eventual introduction of an all-new top bull.

The latest in the line, in a limited run of 50 units that are sure to sell immediately, is the quickest and most dramatic modern-day factory Lambo to date, the 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 650-4 Roadster.

Sunday, November 15, 2009



Jaguar’s new XJ will be a low-slung, sporting luxury car, these new spy photos confirm. Although taken from a long distance with a telephoto lens, we can make out that the latest XF executive car will have plenty of influence on the new 2010 Jaguar XJ.

The disguise is starting to fall off the prototypes and these are the first scoop pictures of the new limo, codenamed X351, without the armadillo body armour of the previous stories.

So how will the real new Jaguar XJ look?

Stripped of the fake roofline, we can now begin to see how swoopy the new XJ will be. We reckon the new four-door will move away from the upright, sensible proportions of conventional luxury cars such as the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, Lexus LS and Mercedes S-class.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Around these parts, "cougars" often come up in conversation, as do "manthers." But Jaguars? Not so much. This must change. Hitherto and henceforth, gentlemen, we shall consider the perfect gentleman's car: the Jag XKR.
Designer Ian Callum's subtly aggressive XK first hit streets in model year 2007—it's arguably one of the prettiest cars on the road, so we're glad to see that in its first major revise, that sexy outward appearance isn't changing much. At all. Instead this aluminum-bodied sleeper is getting majorly muscled-up underneath for 2010: its 4.2-liter V-8 is being replaced with an all new supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that'll put out a whopping 510hp.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


In the very closest of contests, the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia emerged victorious as Car of the Year 2009 with 321 points against the 320 for the Ford Fiesta. The Volkswagen Golf took third place with 223 points.
The Insignia is the first Opel to win in 22 years but General Motors’ European company has been runner-up four times – and in 2007 the Opel Corsa lost by just two points to the Ford S-Max. Ford has won the award five times but this is the second occasion it has lost by one point.
This year’s narrow victory emphasizes the high level of this year’s competition, which has 37 initial candidates and seven finalists. Of the 59 car of the Year jurors representing 23 European countries, 20 gave the Insignia top points, while 19 put the Fiesta in first place.

Opel has defined Insignia design as artistry with German precision: premium values at an affordable price. Many Jury members appreciated the looks and visual quality of this model but the new C/D car from Russelsheim is much more than style. Active and passive safety, comfort and a wide array of efficient engines characterize this model. The richness of equipment can be increased with sophisticated options such as the ‘Opel Eye’, that reads road signals, FlexRide suspension and nine-mode Adaptive Forward Lighting. An efficient, adaptive 4X4 transmission, standard with the 2.8V6 Turbo engine, is an optional in the 2.0 Turbo petrol engine. 6-gear automatic transmission, also standard in the V6, is available in the 2.0 Turbo and 130/160 hp Diesel engines.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009




1. Locus Pl├ęthore, 1,300-hp, $412,000.

Surprisingly the supercar with the highest horsepower rating is built in Canada. Perhaps this spectacular creation will help repair the memories of our last Canadian built sportscar the Bricklin SV1.

Dubbed the "Quebec Bomb", the Pl├ęthore is built by HHT Locus Technologies in Quebec. The chassis and body is made entirely out of carbon fibre weighing approximately 1,134 kg. Fitted with the option high horsepower engine the 1,300-hp version has a power to weight ratio of a formula one racing car. The heavily modified 8.2 litre Chevrolet V-8 engine is mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and capable of 328 km/h.

2. SSC Ultimate Aero, 1,287-hp, $620,000.

The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American-built mid-engine supercar, built by Shelby SuperCars (SSC), of West Richland, in Washington State, no relation to the famous Carroll Shelby.

It is capable of speeds in excess of 400 km/h thanks to the SSC 387-cid, V-8 billet aluminum engine block. The Aero knocked the Bugatti Veyron off its perch as the fastest car in the world when officials from the Guinness Book of World Records recorded an official speed of 411.85 km/h making it the world's fastest supercar.

3. Lotec Sirius, 1,200-hp, Price upon request!

Lotec is a small German company that works closely with Mercedes-Benz. Its uses the same 48-valve, 6.0-litre Mercedes-Benz V-12, with twin-turbochargers, that powers the Italian built Pagani Zonda. The Sirius uses the CIMA gearbox (also used by Koenigsegg) which sits behind the engine. The bodywork is made from the optimum combination of carbon, Kevlar and fibreglass materials.

A Lotec C-1000 at the 2005 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, sold for $225,000 but it was built at a cost of $2.2 million!

It weighs in at 1.2 tonnes, can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 400 km/h.

4. Mosler 900S, 1,150-hp, $329,000.

The Mosler 900S is a culmination of over 20 years of research and development of Warren Mosler's technical team and designer Mark Trenne.

The California based company uses the iconic 5.7-litre Corvette LS6 engine, mated to a German Getrag 6-speed transmission. The body is comprised of three large sections of carbon-aluminum honeycomb over a chrome-molly tube chassis.

Nelson Racing in the USA has tweaked a Mosler accomplishing an output of 1,800-hp. The 900S can hit 100 km/h in 3 seconds and is capable of well over 320 km/h.

5. Zenvo ST1, 1,104-hp, Price has never been published.

The 1,104-hp Zenvo ST1 is a 100 percent Danish product. The cutting-edge, sharp lines and simplicity that is often associated with Danish design makes it a stunning car to look at. Everything about the Zenvo is over the top, from its turbocharged and supercharged (yes both, that is not a typo) 7.0-litre V-8 engine to the yards of carbon fibre covering its chassis. The transmission is a 6-speed manual that drives the rear wheels. This supercar has a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds and boasts a top speed of 373 km/h (233 mph) the top speed is electronically limited. Does it remind you of Darth Vader!

Monday, November 9, 2009



Sedan Under $20,000 - Honda Civic/Mazda 3
Sedan Under $15,000 - Chevrolet Cobalt
Sedan Under $25,000 - Saturn Aura
Sedan Under $30,000 - Acura TSX
Sedan Under $35,000 - Cadillac CTS
Sedan Under $45,000 - Cadillac STS
Sedan Under $60,000 - BMW 5 Series
Sedan Over $60,000 - Lexus LS 460

Wagon Under $15,000 - Kia Rio5
Wagon Under $20,000 - Mazda 3
Wagon Under $30,000 - Audi A3
Wagon Under $40,000 - Audi A4/BMW 3 Series (tie)
Wagon Over $40,000 - BMW 5 Series

Coupe Under $20,000 - Honda Civic
Coupe Under $30,000 - Ford Mustang
Coupe Under $40,000 - Infiniti G35
Coupe Under $60,000 - Chevrolet Corvette
Coupe Over $60,000 - Porsche 911

Convertible Under $25,000 - Saturn Sky
Convertible Under $35,000 - Honda S2000
Convertible Under $45,000 - BMW Z4
Convertible Under $60,000 - Chevrolet Corvette
Convertible Over $60,000 - Cadillac XLR

Compact Truck - Toyota Tacoma
Large Truck - Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra

SUV under $25,000 - Toyota RAV4
SUV Under $35,000 - GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook
SUV Under $45,000 - Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/GMC Yukon XL/Chevrolet Suburban
SUV Over $45,000 - Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV

Minivan - Honda Odyssey

Exotic - Bugatti Veyron 16.4

Sunday, November 8, 2009


To Timbuktu by flying car: it sounds the most unlikely journey on earth; a sci-fi voyage from the pages of Jules Verne. But this is no fantasy. The car really flies. And the journey will become reality early in the new year when two explorers set off from London in a propeller-powered dune buggy heading for the Sahara.

The seed of this improbable adventure was sown four years ago when Gilo Cardozo, a paramotor manufacturer, had a eureka moment. For those not familiar with paramotors, picture a parachutist with a giant industrial fan strapped to his back, which provides forward motion and boosts lift for the parachute - or wing - during takeoff. Cardozo’s brainwave was to attach a car to the fan.

“I started making a paramotor on wheels that you sit on and take off and it suddenly occurred to me, ‘Why not just have a car that does everything?’” recalls Cardozo, whose Wiltshire-based company Parajet built the paramotor that the adventurer Bear Grylls used to fly near Everest last year.

A workable flying car has been the inventors’ holy grail for half a century, but the reality has remained elusive. Just ask Paul Moller, the Canadian engineer whose four-seater Skycar is still at the prototype stage after 40 years and more than £100m of development.

Cardozo, a self-taught engineer with a tiny fraction of that budget, thinks he may finally have cracked it. “I’ve been dreaming about making flying cars since I was a boy,” he says, “thinking about all the ways it could be done and seeing how all the other people in the world have done it wrong.

“No one’s ever made one that really does work that you can go out and buy. But here’s the ultimate solution: it’s cheap, it’s safe, it works, all the technology’s already there. So I pushed ahead and thought, ‘We’ve got to do it’.”

Without recent advances in flexible wing technology, the idea would barely have got off the ground. New aerodynamic profiles and materials make it possible to lift a vehicle weighing 1,500lb and passengers without dangerous instability.

“This thing will launch itself without any pilot input,” says Cardozo. “You just open it up and it goes. The more power you put on, the faster you go until you come off the ground [at 35mph]. The wing will basically lock above you [once airborne] and stay there, without weaving, at speeds of up to 80mph.”

Saturday, November 7, 2009


2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. Ultra Limited pictures, prices, information, and specifications. Below is the information on the 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide® Ultra Limited. If you would like to get a quote on a new 2010 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide® Ultra Limited use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other Touring motorcycles.To view more specifications, visit our Detailed Specifications.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Yamaha’s new YZ450F is set to turn the motocross world upside down. More accurately, the YZ turns it backward!
In a bold move, Yamaha engineers have built a new motor that has its intake at the front and its exhaust exiting out the rear, similar to the unique-but-ill-fated Cannondale from a few years ago that is now sold in upgraded form as an ATK.

The new YZ-F not only has its exhaust port facing the rear of the bike, the engine itself is rearward-slanted so its weight is placed near the center of the bike. Yamaha says this design makes the big YZ feel more agile than other 450s, even approaching that of a 250cc 2-stroke machine. “It’s the most nimble handling 450 ever,” said Tim Olson, media relations manager for Yamaha’s off-road division, at the YZ’s unveiling.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

2010 BMW S 1000RR

2010 BMW S1000RR:Making 193bhp and 83lb/ft of torque, the 2010 BMW S1000RR is the most powerful 1000cc production bike on the market. More importantly, weighing 183kg dry and 204kg fully fueled, it also has the best power-to-weight ratio. Troy Corser just took the wraps off the production BMW S1000RR in Monza, the bike will go on sale in most markets, including the US, in January.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


9II PORSCHE TURBO:Introducing the new 911 Turbo making its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche is once again setting the highest standard in the high-performance sports car segment.
Indeed, the development borne out by the Turbo for greater efficiency on lower emissions as well as extra driving dynamics on less weight points convincingly into the future. To be specific, the new top-of-the-range Porsche production sports car consumes up to 16 per cent less fuel, develops 20 bhp more power, delivers 30 Nm/22 lb-ft more torque, and accelerates up to 8 per cent faster on a reduction in weight of up to 25 kg or 55 lb – not to mention the enhanced driving dynamics offered by the car.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Ferrari has begun the development for the successor of their best seller compact mid-V8 supercar. Following a line of respectable ancestors, like the F355, 360 Modena or the currently in production F430, the new car is expected for not sooner than 2010. With a supposed displacement of 4.5 liters, the new Ferrari is expected to be named F450.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


The 2010 Honda Accord sees no major changes. Four-cylinder and V6-powered coupes and sedans are available with either a 177- or 190-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, or a 271-hp 3.5-liter V6. The V6 includes Honda's Variable Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation. Sedan trim levels include LX, LX-P, EX, and EX-L. Coupe trims are LX-S, EX, and EX-L. A 5-speed automatic transmission is available on all Accords. A 5-speed manual transmission is offered on 4-cylinder versions. The EX-L V6 coupe is available with a 6-speed manual. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Leather upholstery and and a wireless cell-phone link are standard on EX-L models, but are not available otherwise. A navigation system is also available on the EX-L, and versions so equipped are priced as separate models.