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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance is the Quickest GT500 Around

Posted on 02.24.2013 12:00 by
Simona

The 2013 Shelby GT500 is already the most powerful GT500 ever launched, thanks to its 662-horsepower powerplant. However, the guys over Lethal Performance also worked on making it the fastest GT500 out there.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Lethal Performance take to task on the GT500, as it did so in mid-2012. This is obviously an update, as the comparison between the launch of last year’s model and this model shows a dramatic difference.

The tuner updated the engine with new camshafts and connecting rods, a modified ECU, a new valvetrain, and new oil coolers. The tuner also installed a new exhaust system and a 4-liter Whipple supercharger kit priced at $5,047. The GT500 has also been equipped with a new set of drag-racing-ready wheels with skinnies up front and a fat pair of slick hanging on the back end.

However, the tuner did not reveal any specifications just yet, but the model already scored an astounding result on the quarter mile. The Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance ran the straight-line track in just 9.3 seconds at a top speed of 147 mph.

we can’t wait to see the final specifications…

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance is the Quickest GT500 Around originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:00 EST.

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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Twinspark

Posted on 02.24.2013 15:31 by Sulthoni
, Serafim

Royal Enfield launched the 2013 Bullet 350 Twinspark. The motorcycle features a distinctive vintage design language which is typical for the Royal Enfield.

In terms of design the motorcycle is easily distinguished by its classic lines, the imposing headlight and nut shaped fuel tank. You’ll also like the traditional mudguard with subframe.

At the heart of the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Twinspark you’ll find a Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark 346cc engine which puts out 19.8 hp at 5250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated on a five speed constant mesh gearbox combined with a wet, multi-plate clutch.

Compared to the previous model the 2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Twinspark features a long wheel base and bigger tyres which provide increased stability and road grip, making it ideal for long distance travel.

Hit the jump for more information on the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Twinspark.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Twinspark originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 24 February 2013 15:31 EST.

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2012 Lexus IS 250 C Special Edition

2012 Lexus IS 250 C Special Edition design

I recently attended the launch of the 2013 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h in Newberg, Oregon USA. Rather than fly, as journalists so often do, I drove to the event, which was a 1,200 km round trip. The vehicle that carried me to and fro is the subject of this review.

The Lexus IS is a compact four-door sports sedan. When a ‘C’ is added to the badging, it becomes a two-door convertible coupe that seats four occupants. The ‘C’ could just as easily represent “competent.”

While its cabin is less spacious than the sedan, the hardtop convertible lid is so well executed that it’s difficult to discern from within that the roof fully retracts into the trunk. Even from the outside, the car conceals its roofless alter, preferring to appear simply as a sleek coupe when the roof is in place.

The 2012 Lexus IS 250 C rides upon a rear-wheel-drive platform and relies upon a smaller V6 engine for propulsion than its IS 350 C sibling. That’s okay, because it still has plenty of oomph when needed while returning better fuel economy.

The polished mill displaces 2.5 litres, generating 204 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 185 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm. It’s fastened to a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring shift paddles. Fuel economy with the autobox is pegged at 9.8L/100km and 6.7L/100km, city and highway driving respectively.

The 306-hp IS 350 C is rated at a thirstier 11.5L/100km and 7.9L/100km city/highway. This is a powerful vehicle, and with a base MSRP of $57,000, it’s also significantly more expensive than its calmer brother, the IS 250 C, which is listed at $49,100.

Unless big power is a big need, I’d recommend forgoing the IS 350 C in favour of the more sensible brother. The congenial, soothing performance of its smaller powerplant delivers plenty of pleasure and contentment.

The standout attribute of this engine isn’t its power but its refinement. I was delighted by its quiet, ultra-smooth operation and performance. It really reinforces the notion that the IS 250 C is, at its core, a luxury vehicle. But don’t let that orientation delude into thinking that it’s not directionally capable as well.

My run to Newberg and back provided an extended opportunity to evaluate the ride comfort versus handling equation of my tester, and I’m happy to report that it was ideal in all situations.

The car delivers an absorbent, composed ride that’s not mushy by any means. In fact, it’s more on the sporty side than the revised ES series launched at the Newberg program; that vehicle emphasized comfort over handling, whereas the IS strikes a slightly more aggressive balance.

I purposely sought out secondary roads in the US, avoiding the freeway much of the time. It was on these twisty traffic-free stretches of tarmac that the responsive, direct steering of the IS 250 C was appreciated.

The car settles nicely into a curve, holding its line with precision and predictability as its 18″ rear wheels push it off the apex and through to the next bend. Nice indeed.
The IS Series is a generously equipped luxury car with few available option packages. My tester was the Special Edition version of the IS 250 C, which added $3,400 to its MSRP.

In return, Special Edition packaging includes the 18″ alloy wheels, a backup camera in the navigation display, clearance and backup sensors, voice-activated HDD navigation (most helpful on my trip) and red leather upholstery.

The automatic transmission with paddle-shift added another $1,600 to the bottom line, which saw my tester’s price tag climb to $54,100 before taxes and delivery charges, which is a few thousand less than the Volvo C70 T5, the closest competitor to the IS 250 C.

However, both the Volvo and Lexus are considerably more expensive than the Chrysler 200 hardtop convertible, which starts at just $30,095 and works its way up to the $40K mark.

More Pictures of 2012 Lexus IS 250 C Special Edition

2012 Lexus IS 250 C Special Edition

New Lexus IS 250 C Special Edition

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Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet Debut

Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet images

The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet is set to become the quickest and meanest VW convertible in history, with CarAdvice’s spy photographers snapping a prototype of the hard-core soft-top on public roads in Germany.

We got our first hint that Volkswagen was planning a Golf R Cabriolet 12 months ago when the German manufacturer unveiled the car in concept form at the 2011 Worthersee tuning show in Austria.

Like the Worthersee concept and the production Golf R hot-hatch, the Golf R Cabriolet will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 199kW and 350Nm, or 188kW/330Nm in ‘hot weather’ countries like Australia.

Drive will be sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission like the Golf R hatch.

Although this prototype features body panels and badges from existing Golf Cabriolet models, the larger brakes and alloy wheels confirm the bodywork hides the most powerful and sporty soft-top variant to date.

While not seen on this prototype, the production version of the Golf R Cabriolet will feature centrally positioned twin exhaust outlets like the hatch.

The Golf R Cabriolet is likely to act as a send-off for the Golf VI range, with the next-generation Golf VII due to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show in September. The current-generation Golf R may continue to be produced for some time into the lifecycle of the new Golf until a high-performance replacement is introduced.

The Golf R Cabriolet comes hot on the heels of the Golf GTI Cabriolet, which made its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva motor in March.

More Pictures of Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet

Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet

New Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet

Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet design


Superman Kia Optima Hybrid — Built for Justice

Superman Kia Optima Hybrid — Built for Justice

By AT Videos on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Superman Kia Optima Hybrid — Built for Justice

Kia Motors America & DC Comics have teamed up to build a new Justice League themed Kia vehicle: the Superman inspired Kia Optima Hybrid. Learn more about its unique design and features, with Scott McKee, Director of Public Relations at Kia Motors America. The Superman Kia Optima Hybrid has been built for justice to raise awareness for the "We Can Be Heroes" campaign. Learn more at: http://www.builtforjustice.com Learn more about the Kia Optima Hybrid at: http://www.kia.com http://www.facebook.com twitter.com plus.google.com


Daytona Int’l Speedway Grandstand Renovations In The Works

Daytona Int’l Speedway Grandstand Renovations In The Works

By Mark McNabb on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Danica Patrick isn’t the only thing making news at the Daytona International Speedway this season. NASCAR officials are proposing an expansion plan for the grand stands at the famous speedway.

DIS president Joie Chitwood showed off the conceptual renderings at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte last month, along with two other proposed ideas for other tracks.

The master plan calls for the complete demolition of the current stands along the front stretch and constructing new stands that includes a large front entrance, escalators, themed restaurants, bars, and open concourse areas overlooking the track.

Sprint Cup Driver Brad Keselowski says in the video below that these types of renovations will put the Speedway on par or above other sporting venues. Chitwood says he wants the Speedway to become an even bigger destination for visitors to Central Florida.

GalleryDaytona International Speedway Pictures

Source: WFTV.com

 


The New 2014 Acura RLX First Drive

2014 Acura RLX new

Imagine for a second that you are driving along a slippery snow-covered road. Despite going cautiously, you’ve overestimated the level of grip and enter a right-handed corner too fast. The car begins to plow into the other lane, pushing left in the direction physics wants to take it while you (exacerbating the situation) fight to add steering to make it turn.

In a front drive car, if you were to give a quick tug on the parking brake, the rear wheels would lock simultaneously, whipping the rear end around to properly align its wheels with those on the front of the car. With the rest of the vehicle now pointed in the same direction as the drive wheels, you could then add power and continue to head in your desired course.

An hyperbole of sorts, this is what it feels like to drive the 2014 Acura RLX (the replacement to the abysmal selling RL) thanks to a new technology the brand calls Precision All Wheel Steer, or PAWS for short.

FRONT DRIVE, REAR STEERING

Rather than using the brakes, however, the RLX has actuators attached to the rear wheels, which can change the “toe” or angle of the wheel independently. Essentially, it’s rear-wheel steering, though the adjustments are by just few degrees.

That’s all that’s necessary, however, to produce a dramatic improvement in handling; one that you notice through the general sensation of grip, rather than the perception of rear wheel angle changes.

Skilled drivers may notice the slight pivot motion as the rear aligns with the front. Tested on a auto-cross course it’s almost like faking the steer-it-with-the-throttle sensation of a rear-wheel drive car… except unlike, say, the BMW 5 Series we were provided with to test against, you don’t have to be a pro to drive the Acura.

To anyone else, the car just drives better. Dive into a corner and just when you expect understeer to take over and the car to begin plowing… it doesn’t. Instead you get this immediate sensation that it is actually well within its comfort level.

Amplifying just how good the RLX handles is its size. You’d wouldn’t expect a car this large to corner so well… especially not one that’s front wheel drive.

Yes, gone is the brand’s grip-tastic Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. It is set to make a return, however, in an impressive hybrid form, but not until later this year.

Being a front-driver, if there’s anything the RLX could use, it’s a limited slip differential. Arguably overkill in a machine like this, designed more for luxury cruising than sporty performance, if Acura wants to compete with brands like BMW, it wouldn’t hurt. Even one of the low-tech electronic LSDs would be a good move, and would add little to the cost of the car.

FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE HAS ITS ADVANTAGES

The PAWS system is Acura’s engineering answer to its competitors, which are all almost entirely rear-wheel drive. In many ways it levels the playing field and allows Acura to take advantage of the fuel economy and packaging advantages of a front-wheel platform. As a result Acura can claim best in class interior room and fuel economy – though that final boast is misleading.

With the footprint of a mid-size sedan, Acura says the RLX is more of a full-size inside. Compared to rivals like the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS it has more shoulder and head room, while delivering as much as three-inches more legroom.

Compared to the old pointy-nose RL, it’s surprisingly no longer, though the wheels have been pushed out to each end by two inches. It’s also two inches wider, and the new design gives it a stately look more becoming of its class. That’s definitely a good thing because Acura has a real issue with its overlapping lineup of front-wheel drive sedans.

Unfortunately the RLX still doesn’t look like much, though calling it less than handsome would be unfair. Acura is perhaps timid to try anything wild after the polarizing look of the TL. A notable design highlight includes the unique headlight assembly which Acura calls “jewel eye”. With 18-inch wheels standard, 19s are optional. One Acura employee did comment under his breath that he’d like to see 20s offered to help spice up the look. It wouldn’t hurt.

The added size is obvious inside with several inches of legroom to spare even for the over six-foot crowd. Plus trunk size has grown to a best-in-class 15.3 cu-ft. Now obviously bigger than the TL, the RLX has a reason to exist.

FLAGSHIP TECH FOR A FLAGSHIP SEDAN

As the brand’s new flagship sedan it’s also introducing plenty of other new technology features, many which aren’t new to the industry, but which have been sorely lacking at Acura.

First up is adaptive cruise control with low speed follow. You just set the distance from the car ahead and a max speed and it will keep you rolling, even in stop-and-go traffic. It may sound like technology you’ll never use, but trust us, it’s one of the best convenience features money can buy and once you’ve used it, you’ll never go back.

In addition, there’s a lane keeping assist feature that will monitor the road ahead and then add steering if it detects you’re sliding out of your lane. We tested it at highway speeds, and it will keep the car in its lane as the road curves, even with no hands on the wheel! (Don’t try this at home).

Technology and features aren’t just on high-grade trims either. Starting at $48,450 the RLX gets a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, keyless access and push button start, forward collision warning, lane departure warning plus an 8-inch screen up top to display the back up camera and available navigation, while an additional 7-inch screen directly below it is used for audio and redundant climate controls and features haptic feedback – meaning it pulses when you touch it.

The dual screens do seem redundant, though it does avoid having to switch between an audio screen and navigation screen if the car is so equipped. It also cleans up the cabin considerably, something Acura needs as its cars have historically featured dashes littered with buttons.

Rivals like Lexus solve the same issue by just having one massive 12.3-inch screen stretch across the dash, and it definitely makes more of an impact in the cabin.

Another standard feature is the latest generation AcuraLink telematics system. Through a tethered smartphone it allows a long list of apps to be brought into the car, from Pandora Internet Radio to a suite of Aha functions that can do everything from stream audio books to read your twitter and Facebook updates. Plus, vehicles equipped with navigation can also get realtime traffic updates for both highway and surface streets free for the first three years. Upgraded packages are also available offering everything from a stolen vehicle locater to a personal assistant.

PREMIUM YET SIMPLE CABIN

Certainly premium, in the usual understated Acura way it lacks the opulence of some rivals – again, the Lexus GS comes to mind. The design is clean and minimalist (perhaps too much so), though it does look modern – even the wood.

The gauges are a simple white on black, bookending a small digital multi information display screen. Adding navigation will change that screen to color, while added luxuries come with the volume Tech Package, which at $54,450 includes blind spot warning, a 14-speaker audio system, 19-inch wheels and upgraded leather.

Those in the hunt for more goodies and more luxury can get the lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control features, along with collision mitigating braking (which will apply the brakes for you in case a collision is seen as unavoidable), vented front seats and heated rears for $60,450 in the Advance package.
UPDATED V6, SAME OLD TRANSMISSION

To better advance the big Acura down the road is a new 3.5-liter V6 engine. Smaller than last year’s 3.7-liter it gains direct injection as well as the first use of variable cylinder management (allowing it to run on just 3 cylinders) in an Acura, to deliver more power and better fuel economy.

Output is rated at 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, while fuel economy is 20 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. That is better than any of the RLX’s six-cylinder competitors, though short of the BMW 528i’s turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

The car pulls adequately and perhaps the most surprising attribute of the powertrain is the 6-speed automatic. In an era where all of its rivals have to moved to 7-speeds (or more), having a new car with a six-speed conventional automatic is, from an engineering standpoint, downright embarrassing.

Acura is prepping a 7-speed dual-clutch unit, though it won’t arrive until the new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) RLX goes on sale later this year. Still, the six-speed auto isn’t just smooth shifting, it’s excellently suited to aggressive driving. While RLX drivers aren’t likely to hit the track at Sonoma Raceway like we did, they can enjoy the fact that in Sport mode it stays in low gears for maximum acceleration and even when making mid-corner adjustments, a light lift won’t send it into a higher gear killing the throttle response.

If only Acura spent as much time fretting over the car’s design as engineers did on the mechanical bits.

The rest of the drive is perfectly suited to this segment of machine. With excellent grip, it’s masked by a smooth and quiet drive, thanks in part to a noise canceling function by the speakers. As for the steering, it’s extremely light, though responsive.

THE VERDICT

Easily a better value than German rivals, unfortunately for Acura, value isn’t the number one concern for buyers in this segment. Neither is blending in, which the RLX tends to do.

German traditionalists also won’t be won over by a front-driver, though the RLX proves that for the most part (and for buyers in this segment), which wheels the power goes to is pretty much irrelevant.

Holding true to the Acura brand reputation for going against the grain, the RLX delivers a genuinely surprising drive. Unfortunately, it’s missing the visual impact to match its engineering achievements.

An undeniably smart buy, those looking for more excitement will get it soon with a 370 hp Sport Hybrid SH-AWD model that arrives later this year. Let’s just hope it has the looks to match.


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Official

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class should distill the posh trappings of a proper Benz into a competitive entry-level luxury sedan.

What’s New for 2014

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is an all-new model.

Introduction

Synonymous with elegance, luxury and its corresponding price, Mercedes-Benz isn’t an automaker that you think needs to offer a truly affordable luxury car. The forthcoming introduction of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class suggests otherwise, however. Slotting below the existing C-Class (and above the compact B-Class, likely to debut in the U.S. next year as an electric vehicle), the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA mimics the coupe-style look made popular by the larger CLS sedan.

The front-wheel-drive CLA uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 208 horsepower and a hearty 258 pound-feet of torque, numbers that surpass the output of the current base C-Class sedan’s 1.8-liter engine. Power transfers through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 2.2-liter diesel engine is likely for Europe and an outside possibility for the U.S. market. All-wheel drive is set to be an option for the CLA about six months after the car’s launch.

The production four-door looks not unlike a slightly compressed CLS, with narrow windows, a high beltline and a size similar to the current C-Class. More interesting could be the rumors of a wagon-style variant, with a sloping hatchback-style roof that trades interior volume for style and features four doors rather than two. Seventeen-inch wheels come standard on the CLA, but 18-inch AMG wheels are available with the Sport package.

So far it seems this baby Benz will still have plenty of luxury features. Bluetooth is standard, as is a 5.8-inch display serving as the multimedia interface which includes mbrace2, Mercedes’ suite of smartphone-integrated apps and services. A 7-inch display, along with a navigation system and a premium audio system are optional. A panorama-style sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and safety features including pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and parking assist are also available.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class goes on sale in September, starting with the CLA250. Mercedes executives promise the CLA won’t be a stripped-down econo-Benz, but in fact a “real Mercedes-Benz.” Expect a sticker price of about $30,000, which would put the CLA in the same group as other compact sport-lux models like the Acura ILX, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. Check back for a full review of the 2014 CLA-Class, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.


2013 Citroen C3 facelift announced

 2013 Citroen C3 facelift announced

2013 Citroen C3 facelift

Heading to Geneva

Citroen has prepared a mid-life makeover for the C3 which will be showcased in Geneva next month.

The facelifted model comes with revised head and taillights, front/rear bumpers and can be fitted with a Zenith front windscreen which runs back into the roof for improved visibility. LED daytime running lights are now mounted in the front bumper, while on the inside there’s chrome detailing, thermo-coated soft-touch dashboard and more upholstery choices. Optionally available are parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Under the hood it can be fitted with 3-cylinder gasoline 1.0- and 1.2-liter engines with 68 HP (50 kW) and 82 HP (60 kW), respectively. A VTi 120 engine producing 120 HP (88 kW) is also available and can be linked to a manual or an automatic transmission.

In the UK the revised Citroen C3 is offered with four diesels: HDi 70, e-HDi 70, HDi 90 and e-HDi 115 with CO2 emissions from as low as 87 g/km (for e-HDi 70). 


2013 Porsche 911 GT3 new details emerge

 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 new details emerge

2013 Porsche 911 GT3 spy photo 23.5.2012 / Automedia

With more than 450 hp

New details are now available concerning the upcoming 2013 Porsche 911 GT3.

According to a Rennlist forum member, the new model will be the most extreme and quickest GT3 of all time. The tachometer will go all the way up to 10,000 rpm, while the redline will start from 9,000 rpm. The flat-six 3.8-liter engine is expected to produce more than 450 hp (335 kW).

At the source link below you will find several photos with the new GT3 sporting a production-ready rear wing along with a rear boot lit spoiler. The car will borrow the widebody chassis of the Carrera 4 and will be fitted with 245/20 front and 305/20 rear Dunlop Sport MAXX tires.

Porsche is also preparing a Clubsport variant of the GT3 which will feature a rear roll cage (see source link).


Volvo V70 2014

Volvo V70 2014 Car Wallpaper

Volvo has officially taken the wraps off the facelifted 2014 V70, XC70 and S80. The new features in the Volvo S80, V70 and XC70 are based on human-centric approach, which has been a Volvo hallmark for more than 85 years. They take the elegant sophistication of the largest models to a new level.


Audi RS Q3 2014

Audi RS Q3 2014 Car Walls

Audi has revealed the 2014 Audi RS Q3, which will be making its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class.


Strasse Forged Mercedes Benz CLS550 2013 Pictures

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Bentley Flying Spur 2013 Pictures

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FAB Design MP4 Chimera confirmed for Geneva launch

 FAB Design MP4 Chimera confirmed for Geneva launch

FAB Design MP4 Chimera based on McLaren MP4-12C

With additional 15 HP

FAB Design will be bringing to next month’s Geneva show the MP4 Chimera based on the McLaren MP4-12C.

After presenting the Terso program for both the coupe and spider versions of the MP4-12C, FAB Design is back with another programmed called Chimera which includes design changes and a minor power hike. It comes with a restyled carbon fiber front spoiler and a hood-mounted wind splitter. Carbon fiber was also used for the custom side skirts and air intakes.

The back of the coupe shows a new triple-flow exhaust pipe system increasing output by 15 HP (11 kW), a new apron and carbon diffuser. The entire styling kit will set you back 16,900 EUR (plus shipping costs). Also available are three-part FAB Evoline wheels measuring 20 or 21 inches wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

On the inside it receives several orange carbon components, decorative orange stitching, as well as many upholstery options available upon request. Personalized floor mats are also part of the package.


Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI modified by Brabus

 Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI modified by Brabus

Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI by Brabus

With 165 HP

Brabus has released a minor aftermarket program for the Mercedes-Benz A200 CDI.

The German hatchback is powered by a 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbodiesel engine producing 136 HP (100 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque in its standard configuration. With the help of Brabus and an ECU remap, the A200 CDI can deliver 165 HP (121 kW), representing an increase of 29 HP (21 kW).

Aside from the power boost, Brabus also installed a new set of grey twin ten-spoke alloy wheels while at the back there is a twin dual-exhaust setup for the grey A200 CDI.

As a reminder, last September the German tuner revealed a slightly modified red A-Class sporting only visual changes and different alloys.


Land Rover Freelander 3

Posted on 02.21.2013 08:00 by
Simona

The next-generation Land Rover Freelander has been caught testing for the first time. At a first look, it seems to be an XL version of the Range Rover Evoque, but actually it is a mule for the all new Land Rover Freelander.

Why are we so sure that this is not just another Evoque? Because this mule is a little bit different: the area around the fuel cap is a little bit different, front and the wheel arches are slightly changed.

Up to this point we have no idea what engines will be used in the next Freelander, but we are pretty certain that the new 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will still be offered.

The new Freelander 3 will be unveiled sometime in 2015 and hopefully we will soon see prototypes wearing the correct body. It has been rumored that the new Freelander 3 will come in three different body styles this time.

Land Rover Freelander 3 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 21 February 2013 08:00 EST.

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Audi A3 e-tron

Posted on 02.21.2013 09:00 by
Simona

Audi is preparing to make a big step into the electrification of the drivetrain, with the unveiling of a very cool A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The model can be driven in in three different modes: combustion engine, electric drive or in hybrid mode.

The new A3 e-tron combines a 1.4 TFSI engine with an output of 150 horsepower, with an electric motor that generates a total of 75 kW (100 horsepower). With a total output of 204 horsepower and a peak torque of 258 pound-feet, the A3 e-tron will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds and will be capable to hit a top speed of 137 mph.

In electric mode the A3 e-tron has a driving range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) and can hit a top speed of 80 mph. In plug-in version it delivers a fuel economy of 156.81 US mpg and emits only 35 grams of C)2 per km (56.33 grams per mile). The hybrid drivetrain is combined with a six-speed e-S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels.

More details will likely be revealed at the Geneva Auto show, and we’ll update you as soon as Audi releases these details.

Audi A3 e-tron originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:00 EST.

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Mercedes Benz C Class Coupe DTM 2013 Pictures

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Nissan Note E12 Dynamic 2013 Pictures

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2014 Audi RS Q3 leaked [VIDEO ADDED]

Could have 360 HP (265 kW)

The first pictures of the 2014 Audi RS Q3 production version have leaked to the web, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Looking bold and aggressive, the crossover has a unique front bumper with large air intakes, honeycomb mesh grille inserts and matte aluminum trim. Moving further back, we can see aerodynamic side skirts, a reduced ride height and massive alloy wheels. Lastly, there’s a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a prominent rear diffuser.

The driver-focused cabin comes nicely equipped with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, diamond-quilted leather seats and alloy pedals. There’s aluminum trim and white contrast stitching.

Like the RS Q3 concept, the production model will likely feature a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder petrol engine that develops 360 HP (265 kW). It should be connected to a seven-speed S tronic and a quattro all-wheel drive system. This setup enabled the concept to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph).

Thanks to Jan for the video tip!


2014 Chevrolet Impala features a unique valet mode [video]

Allows owners to hide personal information and belongings

Chevrolet has announced the 2014 Impala will come with a unique feature which will enable owners to hide their personal belongings and information from valets.

The unimaginably named “valet mode” will allow drivers to hide small personal items – such as wallets or cell phones – behind the car’s optional MyLink infotainment system display. When the mode is activated, it will also prevent valets from being able to access personal information such as phone contacts and addresses. Once the owner returns to the car, they simply enter a PIN code to unlock the system and regain access to their information and belongings.

According to Chevrolet, young car buyers were impressed by the privacy feature at consumer clinics. They also liked the fact that they could hide small personal items behind the display screen where they are out of sight from potential thieves.


Mexico Experiments with 70 Nissan LEAF Taxis

Mexico Experiments with 70 Nissan LEAF Taxis

By Mark McNabb on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

About 70 taxi drivers in Mexico have been driving the Nissan LEAF for the past year. It’s part of a pilot program Nissan launched in 2011 to showcase the car’s technology and capabilities.

There are 20 LEAF taxis in central Mexico City and another 50 in other surrounding areas. Those 70 taxis are said to prevent roughly three tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere every day. The program, cleverly called Zero Emissions Taxis, is further explained in the video below.


Unveiling the 2014 Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet

Unveiling the 2014 Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet

By AT Videos on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Unveiling the 2014 Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet SS | Chevrolet

We race what we build and we build what we race. The new Chevrolet SS is a rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan with enough comfort and style to match its unparalleled performance. The newest member of the Chevrolet Performance family was unveiled on February 16, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway and included remarks by Mark Reuss, President of General Motors North America, Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, NASCAR President Mike Helton and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon. Discuss the new Chevrolet SS with other performance fans at http://www.facebook.com and http://www.facebook.com