Monday, May 16, 2011

Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

2011 Porsche Cayman S
Black Edition

Porsche Press Release

2011 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition The next step up from the Cayman S is known as the Cayman S Black Edition: Starting in July 2011, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is bringing the mid-engine coupe to market in a special edition limited to 500 units boasting even better performance and especially lavish equipment specification. The Cayman S Black Edition is powered by a 3.4 litre six-cylinder boxer engine with power output increased by 10 hp (7 kW) to 330 hp (243 kW) at 7400 rpm (an additional 200 rpm). The maximum torque remains unchanged at 370 Nm at 4750 rpm.

The extra power feeds directly through into the performance of the all black two-seater. The acceleration times from nought to 100 km/h (62 mph) are improved by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-gear manual transmission and to 5.0 seconds with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) respectively. A mere 4.8 seconds are required if the Launch Control is activated on the Sport Chrono package, available as an option. The Cayman S Black Edition's top speed is two kilometres per hour (1.24 mph) faster than that of the Cayman S – 279 km/h (173 mph) with the manual transmission and 277 km/h (172 mph) with the PDK respectively.

2011 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition The Cayman S Black Edition is not just more sportily agile in terms of its longitudinal dynamics but laterally as well. Among other factors, this is attributable to the Boxster Spyder wheels in black, which with a diameter of 19 inches are not just one inch bigger than the standard Cayman S wheels but are also half an inch wider than the optional 19 inch wheels on the Cayman S. The tyre sizes fitted are 235/35 ZR 19s on the front axle and 265/35 ZR 19s on the rear axle.

With its comprehensive and particularly high-quality equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition also caters for exceedingly exacting demands. For example, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights are just as much part of the basic specification as are automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor. Driver and front seat passenger sit on black partial leather seats with Porsche crest on the headrests; climate control ensures a comfortable temperature. The driver pilots the Cayman Black Edition by means of a Sport Design steering wheel, the cruise control makes driving at constant speed a more comfortable and economical experience.

The colour scheme of the limited edition sports coupe is consistent to the smallest detail: the dashboard trim is black as are the gear lever/selector trim and the instrument dials in the instrument cluster. The door entry guards emblazoned with the lettering "Black Edition" are made of stainless steel; the glove compartment lid bears the badge proclaiming the limited edition status. Equipped with Sound Package Plus, the Cayman S Black Edition's infotainment systems are controlled via Porsche Communication Management (PCM). This also includes, for example, the navigation module and universal audio interface (AUX, USB, iPod). Mobile phone integration is already enabled. In all, the Cayman S Black Edition features the Porsche Comfort, Infotainment and Design packages, offering a price reduction into the bargain.

With country-specific equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition costs 67,807 euro in Germany including VAT.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 3.4-litre boxer-six
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 330 hp (246 kW) @ 7400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 273 lb-ft (270 Nm) @ 4750 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or optional PDK
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Ford Start Concept

2010 Ford Start Concept
Ford Press Release

2010 Ford Start ConceptFor parts of the world that are growing increasingly urban, the future of the automobile looks small, green, smart and fun in the eyes of Ford designers who created the Ford Start Concept. It's a design vision inspired for the transportation needs of the world's mega cities.

Making its global debut at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, the Ford Start Concept is more than simply a design exploration into the feasibility of a small car. It also demonstrates how Ford will extend the promise of its EcoBoost engine technology story even further – previewing a fuel-efficient petrol Ford EcoBoost engine with just three cylinders and 1.0 litre of displacement, yet the power of a larger, 1.6-litre I4 engine.

Start Concept was inspired in part by a growing global trend toward mass urbanisation. The world's top 20 mega-cities are home to consumers whose needs, attitudes and expectations may have more in common with mega-city dwellers in other nations than with their own countrymen. While these consumers share the challenges of living in an urban society, they also increasingly seek out product solutions that bring the best the world has to offer.

2010 Ford Start ConceptThese insights inspired Ford designers to envision a future sporty, small-car package geared to their needs and urban mindset.

Today, more than 50 percent of the world's population lives in an urban area. By 2050, that number is expected to skyrocket to more than 70 percent. Already, congested highways, space for parking, concerns over fuel efficiency as well as the availability and price of fuel are driving automakers to look at vehicles and personal transportation more differently than ever before.

"Our ambition with the Ford Start Concept was to design a car that transcends the practical realities of commuting in these mega cities and goes beyond just dressing the technology. We wanted to design a car you would also love," explained Freeman Thomas, design director.

Living in the mega city poses unique challenges and inspires unique lifestyles and attitudes. Just as traffic congestion issues are common in these geographic areas, the answers to solve the issues of a new generation of future small cars for these urban markets may also be found in the Ford Start Concept.

"The team has delivered a concept car which reflects a decidedly playful take on Ford kinetic design and builds on our fun-to-drive DNA, yet addresses real issues that everyone will be facing in the future of car design," said Martin Smith, executive director, Ford Europe and Asia Pacific Design.

As Ford has found with its global ONE Ford strategy, what was once a regional or individual market issue, is now global. Across the world, more consumers are confronting issues including "green" technology, more efficient use of available space, recycling and asking if big is necessarily better. It's an attitude that unites urbanites around the world.

Searching for efficient power, using lightweight materials that can be recycled and optimising interior space with a small exterior footprint are some of the challenges designers explored.

Could Ford deliver on these challenges, while also creating a concept that would enhance Ford's fun-to-drive DNA?

At the forefront, Ford has introduced some very real technology in the Start Concept to address fuel efficiency, reduce the use raw of materials and minimize carbon the footprint of a car.

Equipped with a powerful new Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine to maximise fuel efficiency and meet lower emission standards, Ford's latest concept car includes technology that is class leading and will come into production in the near future. With CO2 emissions of less that 100 g/km, the petrol engine has power and drivability comparable to an I4 powerplant.

Ford Start Concept also introduces a MyFord Mobile Concept that pairs with a smart phone to allow occupants to perform a multitude of in-car functions, all wrapped in a Sub-B design concept that uses lightweight material and aerodynamics.

"It may be small with a minimal amount of features but we haven't ignored the basics like delivering more "traditional" driving characteristics including sporty handling, a simple analogue interface and an interior that is pure and authentic like early sport cars from the 1950s," Thomas added.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 1.0-litre inline-three
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: -
Maximum Torque: -
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Ferrari 599 GTO

2010 Ferrari 599 GTO
Ferrari Press Release

2010 Ferrari 599 GTONow available on are the first photos and information on the new 599 GTO, an extreme V12 berlinetta developed to a specific performance-oriented brief. The 599 GTO is, in fact, the company's fastest ever road car. It is an exclusive limited edition special which, in true Ferrari tradition, is a completely new concept, albeit inspired by a production car. In fact the 599 GTO is based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car, and can be considered almost a road-going version.

The 599 GTO is reserved for just 599 clients who seek the maximum expression of high-performance driving. The 599 GTO benefits directly from the technological transfer from racing and set a record lap time at Fiorano in 1'24".

The Fiorano lap time provides just one indication of the potential of this car. Just as significant are the technical specifications - 670 hp in a 1495kg car represents a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp, and ensures a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 3.35" as well as a top speed of over 335 km/h.

Fundamental to the GTO's performance is the innovative approach to chassis development which, for the first time on a production car, saw the integration between a handling set-up tuned for a level of responsiveness that is close to the limit and highly sophisticated electronic controls. The result is the almost complete absence of understeer and a truly communicative chassis.

2010 Ferrari 599 GTOAs is Ferrari's policy, every new Ferrari features new solutions for a road car. Thus the 599 GTO is equipped with the latest, second-generation carbon-ceramic brakes which are lighter and offer better performance, new aerodynamic innovations, such as the wheel doughnuts which increase aerodynamic efficiency as well as improve brake cooling, and the Supersport tyres developed by Michelin include a wider front tyre for greater roadholding. The driver-car interface is also new with the adoption of the Virtual Race Engineer (VRE) which provides the driver with instantaneous information on performance.

The 599 GTO's more aggressive character is also apparent in a number of styling elements that recall the 599XX and from the powerful sound of the V12.

The GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) moniker instantly calls to mind two Ferraris that have entered the collective imagination as symbols of performance. After the 1962 250 GTO, which swept the boards in GT racing categories in the 1960s and is now a highly prized collector's car, came the iconic 1984 GTO, which basically invented the entire modern supercar genre.

The web special includes photos, videos and interviews on the new car, while an exclusive preview for a small number of Ferrari clients will be held on April 14th at the Military Academy in Modena. The public debut of the 599 GTO will instead be at the Beijing International Motor Show at the end of April.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 6.0-litre V12
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 670 hp (500 kW) @ 8250 rpm
Maximum Torque: 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) @ 6500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed F1 sequential manual
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Smart Fortwo Edition Greystyle

2010 Smart Fortwo Edition Greystyle
Daimler Press Release

2010 Smart Fortwo Edition GreystyleThe smart brand is continuing its series of exciting special models with the smart fortwo edition greystyle. Striking and yet stylish accents lend the new spring edition 2010 from smart a modern and dynamic appearance. The interior boasts an expressive look thanks to sporty contrasts and fine materials with a first class fit and finish. The exclusive matt dark grey finish and yellow mirror caps bearing the edition lettering are striking exterior features of the new smart fortwo edition greystyle. 6‑spoke alloy wheels painted in the same colour as the bodypanels add to the sporty look of the new special model. The smart fortwo edition greystyle is available as a coupé or a cabrio with a 52 kW (71 hp) engine with micro hybrid drive technology or a 62 kW (84 hp) engine. This special edition of the smart fortwo with its familiar environmentally friendly smart technology and sporty ambitions also demonstrates that ecological sensitivity, a discerning individual style and joie de vivre are no contradiction.

The lifestyle brand smart stands for unconventional thinking, environ-mentally friendly technology, joie de vivre and a discerning sense of style. This has made the smart fortwo an avant-garde and successful trendsetter for urban mobility. The new special model edition greystyle combines state-of-the-art environmental technology and functionality with an extravagant, fresh and stylish appearance.

2010 Smart Fortwo Edition GreystyleThe new edition model reveals its ambitions at first glance. It features an exclusive matt grey finish combined with a black tridion cell as standard. 15 inch alloy wheels with six spokes are also exclusive to the special model, as are yellow mirror caps that bear the edition lettering and provide a dynamic contrast. Fog lights underline the sporty character and complement the distinctive exterior look.

The interior also boasts sporty esprit and a discerning style. An exclusive combination of fabric and leather with yellow accents and trim parts gleaming in yellow and matt chrome determine the ambience. The yellow accent colour is also found in the double stitching of the top quality nappa leather seats – the same leather used in premium Mercedes-Benz models. The gear knob and the three spoke sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift and yellow stitching are also covered with leather. They are exclusive to the special spring edition of the smart fortwo and subtly emphasise its sportiness. The doors, kneepad and dashboard have a leather effect. The standard equipment moreover includes exclusive floor mats featuring the edition logo and the MP3-compatible CD radio smart radio 9. Electric power steering, heated seats, a lockable glove compartment and the smart sound system with MP3 interface are optionally available.

The new smart fortwo edition greystyle is based on the passion coupé or the passion cabrio with a petrol engine and a choice of a 52 kW (71 hp) engine with micro hybrid drive technology or a 62 kW (84 hp) engine. Among other features the passion equipment line comes with the softouch automatic gear programme, electric windows, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, and a panoramic roof with sunblind.

The new special model also demonstrates the smart fortwo style when it comes to environmental friendliness. Not only does it fulfil the strict exhaust gas standard EU 5, the 52 kW variant is moreover fitted with micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology as standard. This clever and comfortable automatic start/stop system shuts down the engine as soon as the driver brakes and the vehicle's speed falls below 8 km/h – for example when approaching traffic lights. The engine starts again in the fraction of a second when the driver releases the brake pedal. The system is fully automatic – the driver does not need to do anything. In urban traffic with frequent stop and go situations, mhd enables fuel savings of almost 20 percent.

The special model smart fortwo edition greystyle is on sale from a price of €16,135 (German list price including VAT).

Technical Specifications
Engine: -
Aspiration: -
Maximum Power: -
Maximum Torque: -
Transmission: -
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lotus Exige S Type 72

2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72
Lotus Press Release

2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72The Lotus Exige S Type 72 celebrates the most successful F1 car of all time, the Lotus Type 72 Formula One car, which achieved 20 Grand Prix victories between 1970 and 1975.

The Lotus Type 72 was driven by such Lotus greats as Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson and Jacky Ickx and won three Formula One Constructors' Championships (1970, 1972 and 1973) and two Drivers' World Championships (the first being won by Jochen Rindt in 1970 and the second by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972).

The colour scheme of the Exige S Type 72 commemorates the famous and easily recognisable black and gold Lotus Type 72 livery and is finished by the same sign writer who painted racing cars for Team Lotus.

Performance through light weight has long been a Lotus philosophy. The 935kg Exige S Type 72 sprints to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 145 mph, 233 km/h. The Exige S Type 72 also offers class leading fuel economy and emissions, with fuel economy of 6.5 litres/100 km (43.5 mpg) on the Extra Urban Cycle and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km.

2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72The Exige S Type 72 is a powerful supercharged mid-engined sportscar that is equally at home on the racetrack or open road. The intercooled engine has VVTL-i technology ensuring impressive performance all the way to the rev limiter at 8500 rpm.

The Sport Pack comes as standard on the Exige S Type 72 which has a bespoke high quality interior, including black micro fibre ProBax sports seats with gold stitching. Each car comes with a special build plate commemorating one of the F1 car's 20 Grand Prix victories. The exterior of the Exige S Type 72 features unique black and gold light weight wheels and is finished with hand-painted gold Type 72 and Exige S logos, (the Sport Pack also includes a T45 steel main roll hoop, Lotus Traction Control, twin oil coolers and an adjustable front anti-roll bar).

All Lotus cars offer outstanding handling and performance, and the Exige is no exception offering excellent dynamics and great driver involvement. Lotus ride and handling gives an inspiring driving experience and the mid-engined layout of the Lotus Exige S Type 72 offers fantastic balance and agility.

Luke Bennett, Operations Director for Lotus Cars Limited stated, "The Lotus Exige S Type 72 is an evocative sportscar, combining cutting edge handling and performance with the iconic Type 72 colour scheme, one of the most famous racing liveries of all time. The Exige provides an intense driving experience either on road or track and this limited edition is a worthy car to celebrate such a legendary racing car."

Clive Chapman, Director of Classic Team Lotus said, "The Type 72 was a very significant car for Team Lotus and indeed for the world of F1. It was a revolutionary design that pioneered the use of side mounted radiators to achieve its distinctive 'wedge' profile, which delivered a significant aerodynamic advantage. Furthermore, by minimising unsprung weight and using a torsion bar, rising rate suspension, tyre performance was excellent. The Lotus Type 72 design was so advanced that it was competitive for an extraordinary six years."

The Exige S Type 72 options include: Air Conditioning, Limited Slip Differential and the Performance Pack, which includes a power increase to 240 PS, larger AP Racing brakes, enlarged roof scoop (compared to the standard Exige S) and Lotus variable traction control and Lotus launch control.

To commemorate the impressive number of Grand Prix wins the Type 72 achieved, Lotus will be producing 20 of this special edition for the UK, a further 20 cars for mainland Europe and there will be a limited run of cars in Japan and selected markets around the world.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 1.8 litre four-cylinder
Aspiration: Supercharged
Maximum Power: -
Maximum Torque: -
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive

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