Thursday, October 9, 2008

LAmborghini Estoque Concept

Lamborghini like no other! That's right, when was the last time you saw a 4 door Lamborghini sedan? Never. Because they never came up with it until now. They've come up with an SUV, and that did not went well.
The interesting thing is, will this super-sedan making a hit? Well, we will have to wait until it comes to production line. It is said that The Estoque is a mid-engine sedan, official power train is yet to be confirmed. Rumour said that it maybe powered by a clean burner turbo diesel. Another break through from Lamborgini (if it comes to production).
As we can see from the picture, it is still have the Lamborghini line from front end up to the end. Strong lines, big air dam, sharp headlight, and low roof line. The back end, however, reminds me of the sweet old Lamborghini Countach. It is clearly said that this car is projected to fight head to head with the Porsche Panamera and the current Maserati Quattroporte.
We just have to wait and see, anxiously.

Source: RSportcar

Monday, September 29, 2008

Maserati GranTurismo MC Corse

Good news for you Maserati fans out there, Maserati has confirm their new GranTurismo line up which will start its debut in Paris Motorshow 2008. It is dubbed GranTurismo MC Corse. This car will come face to face with Porsche GT3 RS and Audi R8 GT3, and as we know, those are track ready cars. Yeap, Maserati is aiming those weekeend track drivers.
The engine are similar with the one used in the road version GranTurismo, but with a little modification the engine can reach 450 bhp and 376 lb-ft torque at 4750 rpm. And, since this is a track oriented car, weight is an important thing to consider. So, Maserati engineer has reduced the total weight from 4145 pound to 3086 pound. Carbon composite and carbon fiber materials used in many parts. As well as Lexan plastic windows. This all for the sake of weight reduction.

Some facts
Engine Type:
V8 naturally aspirated
Displacement: 4691 cc
Max. Output: 450 bhp
Torque: 376 lb-ft@4750 rpm
Price: tba

source: RSportscar

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Peugeot Prologue Concept & 908 HY

Peugeot released this official picture of the up coming Peugeot MPV. The design combines the architectural, style, modularity, and hi-tech equipment. Most likely, there isn't much change when Prologue goes into production.
It is still not known whether they will use petrol or diesel engine, but they claim that this car will have 200bhp with incredibly low emission (109 g/km). Another thing is, this car will be equipped with hybrid technology. What's new? It can operate in 'electric only mode'. Expect the prologue to go into production line in 2010.

For you Le Mans fans, Peugeot has unveiled their 908 HY. A hybrid version of 908HD. Yes, finally, somebody has come up with an idea of using hybrid in a race car.
The key is to recover kinetic energy from the breaking to be reused or stored. The energy will be stored in battery packs located within the cabin and under the floor. Now, those energy can be used as a booster for about 20 second (additional 80hp from the electric motor), or when the 908 HY comes to the pit lane it can runs as full electric (race) car. Peugeot 908 HY uses a V12 Diesel as the main power train. A succesful 2008 season proves the reliability of this engine
However, Le Mans series does not permitted any hybrid technologies yet. So, some Peugeot Sport officials have doubt whether they can use the hybrid in next year season.

Source: Peugeot, Autocar, RSportscar

VW Scirocco

Now this one here is a hot item, after 34 years VW finally introduce the new Volkswagen Scirocco. Basic concept is still the same as the first generation of scirocco, and a very basic of Volkswagen: Sports car that ideals for every day use, and -most importantly- affordable. Just like VW in the old days.
The design is about putting together spacious interior, and sporty look (and it's look georgeous!) add hi-tech gismo's, and cheap price. See where this is going? To be honest, I think this is the most handsome car a VW ever created.
It shares the same platform as the Golf GTi but, it is 40mm longer, 51mm wider, and 97mm lower. So it is lower and broader than the Golf. 4 adult can sit inside without cramping into each other. Power comes from a 2.0 Turbo which produce an impresive 197 bhp paired with 6 speed manual gearbox. 6 speed Dual Clutch DSG transmission comes as an optional. Next year the more economical version with 1.4 TSI engine and VW's new 2.0 diesel will be launch. the 1.4 TSI produce 158 bhp, while the 2.0 Diesel will produce 138 bhp.
Some say that the interior is too conservative for a futuristic look of Scirocco, but i'd say that the interior is enough. I dont really like the Air conditioning dials and the odd looking gear shift, but the rest is adequate. But, look at the triangular door handle and the handle near that ugly gear shift, is that looks cool or what?
Now, does this cheap VW comes with nothing? No. Absolutely not. This car comes with standard large vent sunroof, 17 inch wheels, height adjustable front seats, ESP, breaking assistants, and six airbags

Some Facts:
: VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI GT
Engine Type: In line 4 cylinder Turbo
Displacement: 1996cc
Max. Output: 198 bhp
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
Price: £20,940(UK)

Source: Autocar, RSporstcar

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More Efficient Honda Odyssey

Honda has confirmed that the 2009 Honda Odyssey will receive touch up in its EX-L line up. Some Touring type standard feature will appear in EX-L as standard. Such as Power Tail-gate, Honda Satellite Link Navigation, Bluetooth, and Handsfree.
Odyssey EX-L powered by 3.5L V6 i-VTEC with VCM technology for better fuel efficiency. Comfort features includes tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column, power mirror and door lock, and keyless entry.
The Odysseys achieve 5 star crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for both frontal and side impact. Safety features includes ABS, EBD, BA, VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), Dual SRS Airbag, and Curtain Airbag.

Some Facts

Honda Odyssey EX-L
Displacement: 3.5 L
Engine Type: V6 i-VTEC with VCM Technology
Max. Output: 244hp @5750rpm
Transmission: 5 speed automatic

source: Honda

Honda Goes Advance?

Rumours has been saying that Honda is developing new engine called A-Vtec (advanced VTEC). the new engine might be inspired by the BMW innovative valvetronic system which controls the variable lift continously rather than steped like the present VTEC or i-VTEC. The technology will a simple, compact, and contain minimum moving parts and easily adjust.
Now, when most of the new engine technology uses DOHC system, the A-VTEC will be used in SOHC engine. Even so, it is said that the engine will have a similar characteristic as the DOHC. The variable lift duration will offer the same peak as in DOHC i-VTEC. The engine is still under development, but expect it to be launch in near future.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is set to launch in 2009 in the United States. A Completely new front and back fascia gives a fresh improvement, Mitsubishi style. The design itself has won an award from the GOOD DESIGN Award in 2006. The eclipse will have 3 new colors, Solar -actually a yellow, seen in this page- Quick Silver metallic, and Maizen Blue Metallic. HID headlight, ASC, ABS, EBD comes as standard. Rockford Fosgate will provide the ICE with in-dash CD Changer design specially for the Eclipse
There will be 2 model of Eclipse available. The Spyder GS model comes with 164hp, 2.4L, 4 cylinder and 5 speed manual transmission (4 speed automatic also available), fitted with 17-inch alloy rims. And the more interesting and challenging version; the Eclipse Spyder GT. With 265hp, 3.8L V6 engine teamed up with 6-speed manual gearbox (or 5 speed automatic) fitted with 18-inch alloy rims. The GT goes 0-100kmh in seven second.

Some Facts
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Displacement: 3.8L
Engine Type: V6 Normally Aspirated (NA)
Max. Output: 265hp