The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3: Oh Yeah!

Wednesday March 11th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Lots of good stuff at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, take the Porsche 911 GT3 for 2010. Nice, yeah? Logically, the GT3 features a naturally-aspirated six-cylinder cranking out 435-horsepower due to a bump in engine capacity to 3.8 liters (up from 3.6 liters for the last version). Porsche claims the new GT3 will do the 0-62 in 4.1 seconds and will max out at 194 mph. Porsche, looking out for its customers, as well as looking for ways to break the laws of physics, has seen fit to include the sport-oriented Porsche Stability Management system that can disable stability control and traction control separately for better performance and flexibility.

There’s a unique aero package with bi-Xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps as well as a trick, active suspension. The GT3 comes with improved anti-rollbars and larger brakes. Later in the model year, the GT3 will be available with Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount engine mounts. Porsche says the slick engine mounts can recognize high-performance driving and stiffen up the normally stretchy “engine suspension.”

The Porsche GT3 goes on sale this October with a starting price of $112,200. European buyers can get their hands on a GT3 in May. Lucky bastards.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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Smart fortwo Edition Limited Three To Bow In Geneva

Wednesday March 4th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

smart fortwo

The smart fortwo (yeah, it’s all one word), the little tyke of a car that’s much beloved by the green set is getting its third special edition, and it will take its bow at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Called the smart fortwo Edition Limited Three is finished in Melon Metallic Green and powered by a 71HP engine is offered both coupe and cabriolet forms.

It also features micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology which is essentially an engine start/stop system that further improves fuel efficiency. The tiny mill shuts down when the driver brakes and when the vehicle’s speed falls below 8 km/h. It will then restart when as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal.

The fuel consumption to only 4.4 liters for every 100 kilometers the little guy travels, which is a 20% improvement from the non- start/stop equipped Smart. It also produces only 106 grams of emission per kilometer.

The Edition Limited Three also features a soil-colored interior; 15 inch alloy wheels in a sporty 6-spoke design, aluminum-effect “limited three” logos in the mirror triangle, automatic temperature control, instrument panel featuring dark brown leather-effect details, 3-spoke sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift, and for the coupe, a panoramic roof with sunblind.

The smart fortwo Edition Limited Three costs 15,470 Euros as a coupe and 18,510 Euros as a cabriolet.

Source: Paul Tan

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Ford Turns Focus on Geneva Motor Show This Week

Tuesday March 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 PM
Posted by: m35man

Ford Focus

The Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland this week will provide opportunities for automakers from around the world to generate buzz over their new vehicles. This includes Ford Motor Co., who needs a positive response as much as anyone.

This is another make or break moment for Ford. They’ve been praised for having some great new vehicles on the drawing board, but now’s the moment to step up and show the entire world just how great they really are.

The Geneva Motor Show, which starts this Thursday and runs through March 15, is always the first European auto show of the year. While other shows all over the planet are cutting back, Geneva is sold out. With a wide range of new vehicle debuts happening at the show, this could be a shot in the arm for Ford, if they play their cards right and can get the kind of publicity they’re starving for right now.

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Euro-spec Ford Ranger To Show At Geneva

Tuesday March 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Ford Ranger Euro-Spec Geneva Motor Show

What’s this, the all-new Ford Ranger makes its debut at the Geneva show? It gets even odder than that, while we have to make do with a moderately updated Ranger for now, the rest of the world will be getting an all-new version of the small pickup for 2009. So what is debuting in Geneva is the Euro-spec version, and probably a pretty good indication of what we’ll soon get.

The new ride will offer seating for up to five, and will come in three body styles — Single Cab, Double Cab and something called the RAP, for Rear Access Panel, Cab. The RAP feature two forward-hinged doors and two rear-hinged access panels. Naturally it comes in 4X2 and 4X4 configurations.

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ABT Tuning Audi S5 AS5-R with 510HP

Monday March 2nd, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi S5

ABT, a Euro tuning house, has been up to all sorts of fun/crazy stuff these days, a heavily modded VW Scirocco Coupe and a worked over Audi Q5 and R8 to mention three. They continue on in that vein with their new massaged Audi S5, which they dub the AS5-R and whose most outstanding feature is 510HP.

The AS5-R makes its debut at next month’s Geneva Show. The ABT version of the A5 coupe includes an updated version of the current S5′s 344HP 4.2-liter V8 engine, modified to crank out 510-horsepower. ABT is staying schtum on any more info on the AS5-R, but aside from the massaged engine, you’ll also notice a new body kit, larger alloy wheels along with a modified suspension and a more powerful braking system. About what you’d expect.

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A New Day for Rolls Royce Starts This Week

Sunday March 1st, 2009 at 11:33 PM
Posted by: m35man

Rolls Royce 200EX concept

Rolls-Royce has made it official—the carmaker will unveil a near-production-ready concept sedan at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show this month. Called the 200EX — the four-door previews some of the renowned luxury of a Rolls- Royce at a lower price. You might call this vehicle “Rolls Royce Light.”

Rolls-Royce used to be the world’s ultimate status car. Back in the day, if you saw a Rolls on the road, your first thought probably was, “Wow. There’s a millionaire.” But, over time, other carmakers have produced cars that seem to be more coveted by the ridiculously rich and possibly famous. Fame and prestige used to be associated with driving a Rolls-Royce. Now marquee names such as Bentley and Maserati have stolen away some of the thunder away from Rolls-Royce.

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Lamborghini To Make Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster?

Tuesday February 24th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Lamborghini Murcielago LP460

What this? Lamborghini is considering a Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster? Oh please-please-please-please-please-please. Any good car is even better as a convertible, and Lamborghini’s Murcielago LP650-4 is a pretty good car to begin with.

Sure, the Murcielago, in LP650-4 or any other form, is about as subtle as anything every produced in Sant’Agata Bolognese, but why quibble at this point in time?

As reported by Left Lane News, “Lamborghini is readying a limited edition Murcielago drop top, believed to be called the Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster.” Well OK then. Supposedly the new, limited run model will use the same 650 horsepower V12 found in the Reventon, and the power will go to all four wheels. Which should translate is a 0 – 62 mph sprint in a brief 3.4 seconds.

To make the special Murcielago distinctive, the LP650-4 Roadster will get a matte gray with orange accents paint job on the outside, and a matching color scheme on the inside. Yeah, that sounds distinctive all right. The Roadster’s interior will also feature the extensive use of Alcantara and leather, and an asymmetric dashboard.

The car might just show up at the Geneva Motor Show, but since Lambo’s other special, the Murcielago LP670-4 SV is already schedule to make an appearance, the roadsters debut might be at another auto show. Oh, and in case you’re interested the price will be at least $380,000.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo – SUV or Sedan?

Tuesday February 24th, 2009 at 6:22 AM
Posted by: goofshow

BMW 5-series GT concept

BMW is the ultimate driving machine. And I know this because it’s firmly stated on their press release. Still, it’s a darn fine ride. At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, (my second favorite thing about Geneva; don’t ask me about my first) once again it was BMW Debutante Season, as the company unveiled to society its latest vehicle cultivated for the upper crust. In this case, their little-baby-daughter-ready-for-womanhood is the Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo.

The plot thickens. Here’s a twist in this sorted BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo tale: is the vehicle a sporty BMW Sedan or a modern SUV? To answer your question,……………IT’S BOTH!!!!! (Note all the exclamation points.)

Photographs and more details after the jump.

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Honda Accord Type-S With 180HP Diesel For Euro, Not U.S.

Thursday February 12th, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda Accord with 2.2 liter i-DTEC diesel motor

Here’s another car that we should have in the U.S., but sadly, it’s Euro only for the moment.

At Honda’s Geneva Motor Show booth this year will see the debut of the Accord Type-S decked out with a new 180-horsepower derivative of the firm’s 2.2-liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine. Yes it’s a wagon, but that from-factor is very popular in Europe, and if you think that wagons can’t be fun, you need to play around with more Audi & BMW wagons.

Anyway, since this is a diesel the torque is impressive: 380Nm at a low-low 2000rpm. Fun. And the wagon also features a discreet aero-package. Oh, and in case this “Accord” looks familiar, yet odd, to some, that’s because it is, in reality, the Euro version of the Acura TSX (there’s no Acura nameplate outside of North America).

According to Graham Avent, Manager – Corporate Operations, Honda (UK), the new car, “…will be a welcome addition to the Accord range, especially for company car drivers that want a high-specification car in an even sportier package. This model will undoubtedly appeal to high-performance diesel enthusiasts, looking for that something extra, but we hope it will also create a halo-effect across the diesel Accord range.”

And we agree with him. Just one thing Graham: BRING IT TO AMERICA!!

Source: CarScoop

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Citroën To Restart DS Range

Wednesday February 11th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Citroen DS

Citroën, the rolling epitome of all things French and weird, recently announced that they will be reviving their DS range of cars.

The original DS was recently voted by auto designers and critics as being the most beautiful car of all time, and who are we to disagree. But it was also weird. No springs in the suspension, there was no brake pedal, just an un-moving mushroom shaped button on the floor that actuated the brakes, there was a single spoke on the steering wheel; weird as only the French can make cars.

But the DS was also fantastic. It rode like something out of a Cadillac chassis designer’s dreams, it seemed small from the outside, but on the inside it was huge, it got great gas mileage, and (as long as you kept it in France) was dead reliable.

So it makes sense that Citroën is going to go with what they know, and will bring back the DS range after three decades of its non-existence. The new DS will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be called the DS3, and will be firmly slotted in the small car segment. The new DS will hit the market in during the first half of 2010.

Chances are that it will be a Euro only model, unless Citroën decides to reenter the U.S. market.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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