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BYD’s giant-killing hybrid Qin

Sunday October 27, 2013

BYD Qin courtesy of BYD

The Chinese car industry is and sometimes for good reason. The BYD Your Dreams — really) marque has suffered its share of the slings and arrows of journalists over the years, the BMW-like badge it once to the rather Mercedes-Benz-like exterior of its F8 BYD has however been concentrating on and hybrid drivetrains for its more offerings. The latest, a rather 4 door saloon they the Qin. is a hybrid with a 1.5 direct injection petrol powering the front wheels, with an electric motor can drive through the rear It can operate in petrol-only, electric-only or a of the two. When this option is engaged, the Qin shows small hybrid makers how to do it. The combined hybrid system of the Qin is 303 PS, and despite the rather hefty kg kerb weight, the Qin can really fly that sort of power. ‘Qin quick, in fact: km/h is dispatched in a scant 5.9 and it hits 160 km/h (the old ton) in a truly incredible seconds. You can see it taking on and embarrassing a lot of more glamorous machinery at China Car Times.

BMW reveals new F22 2

Friday October 25, 2013

BMW F22 2 Coupé Image courtesy of BMW

as the replacement for the 3 series coupé has the 4 series, the new generation of 1 series is now known as the 2 series. BMW has announced the and pricing of the 220i Coupé, Coupé and the M235i Coupé, sales to commence in Germany in 2013, and in other markets at the time or shortly thereafter.

The new 2 is slightly larger than the 1 series coupé that it having gained 30 mm in the wheelbase, now at mm, and 72 mm in length to 4432 mm. On a model by basis, the kerb weight virtually identical, ranging 1425 kg (EU) for the manual 220i to 1545 kg for the automatic version of the M235i Coupé.

The BMW Coupé has a turbocharged 4 pot producing 184 PS bhp, 135 kW) of power and torque of 270 N·m lb·ft, 27.5 kg·m) at rpm. Equipped with a six manual shift transmission, the 0-100 km/h time is 7.0 and CO 2 emissions are 142 g/km. With the speed automatic option box those figures are 7.0 seconds and 134 respectively.

The BMW 220d Coupé is the diesel version available at It has a 2 litre 4 cylinder common-rail engine that produces 184 PS bhp, 135 kW) of power and 380 N·m (280 38.8 kg·m) of torque at rpm. It too is available with a six speed manual or eight automatic ‘box, and the 0-100 times and CO 2 emissions are 7.2 seconds and 119 respectively for the manual version, and 7.1 and 111 g/km for the automatic.

The most powerful 2 series will be the BMW M235i Coupé, the same turbocharged 3 litre 6 powerplant found in the M135i This engine produces 326 PS bhp, 240 kW) of power and 450 N·m (332 45.9 kg·m) of torque 1300 rpm to 4500 rpm. enables the manual M235i to the benchmark sprint to 100 km/h in 5.0 the standing kilometre in 23.8 and on to a top speed electronically limited to 250 CO 2 figures are 189 g/km. The automatic of the M235i is claimed to be slightly still, with the 100 km/h covered in a scant 4,8 seconds, the kilometre dispatched in 23.7 and the top speed also limited to 250 Claimed CO 2 emissions are 176 g/km for the speed automatic.

The initial is likely to be supplemented by more and diesel variants, as well as models with BMW’s all-wheel drive.

Pricing in is as follows, inclusive of 19% MwSt.

New Alfa Romeo MiTo 105 PS model

Saturday October 19,

Alfa Romeo has boosted the of the radical two cylinder TwinAir in the Alfa Romeo MiTo by 20 PS, bringing it up to 105 PS (103.5 bhp/77kW) in The Lilliputian twin features fuel injection and turbocharging to the relatively high power of 120 PS per litre (118.3 bhp/litre; 88 The increased power does not at the expense of fuel consumption nor and the TwinAir-powered MiTo features CO 2 emissions of 99 g/km and fuel on the European cycle of 5.0/3.8/4.2 per 100 km for the urban/extra-urban/combined regimes respectively.

The 875 cc is mated to a six speed manual and kerb weight (including is 1205 kg. Alfa Romeo a 184 km/h top speed, and an 11.4 time for the 0-100 km/h No ‘Ring times, official or have been announced.

The TwinAir features ventilated fore and solid disks and is equipped with ABS and servo as standard. The wheels are 7J x 16s, and are with 195/55 section

Available in European markets October, the more powerful TwinAir starts at £14 350 on the road in trim in the UK, and at €16 450 inclusive of MwSt in Germany in Junior trim.

Opel’s new Country Tourer details revealed

Friday 18, 2013

Opel Insignia Tourer Image courtesy of

Opel has produced an Audi rival in their new Insignia Tourer series. Unveiled at the Motor Show earlier year, Opel have full technical details on the new

The Country Tourer features all-wheel drive and a five-door (station wagon) body and bodywork mods to make it a little chunkier and more like.

There will be 3 variants, with a 2 litre petrol being the most producing 250 PS (247 bhp/184 kW) 5300 and 5500 rpm, and of 400 N·m (295 lb·ft, 40.8 at 2500 thanks to the use of direct injection and turbocharger. Two 2 litre are also offered, with 163 PS bhp/120 kW) for the single turbocharged and 195 PS (192 bhp/143 kW) for the BiTurbo with its twin turbochargers. The CDTI is available initially with a six speed automatic the other 2 engine types are with six speed manual or six automatic transmissions.

It’s a large car for this class, an overall length of 4920 mm and a of 2737 mm. Curiously, all variants the automatic versions) have an quoted kerb weight of kg. CO 2 emissions vary from 147 for the single turbocharged Insignia Tourer 2.0 CDTI with the transmission, to 199 g/km for the automatic 2.0 SIDI Turbo.

Opel Country Tourer 2.0 BiTurbo Start/Stop

Opel Insignia Tourer 2.0 CDTI Start/Stop

Insignia Country Tourer 2.0 Automatic Start/Stop Alfa 4C on the Nürburgring Image courtesy of Romeo

Alfa Romeo’s anticipated mid-engined sports the Alfa Romeo 4C. has posted a 8:04 lap time on the infamously Nürburgring Nordschliefe.

With ring-lapper Horst von Saurma at the the 240 PS 4C hustled around the track Alfa Romeo claims, any other sub-250 PS machine has Unfortunately they seem to overlooked EVO magazine’s Caterham Superlight lap of 7:56 in 2000. said, the Caterham doesn’t any of the creature comforts that the 4C nor does it even have a To be completely fair to Alfa the R500 Superlight was more likely not road legal in as markets as the 4C will be when it go on sale.

Still, it’s a performance from the Alfa 4C, beating other higher-powered quite comfortably, including the E60 BMW M5 and the W 204 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG (8:13), both of have nearly twice the of the dynamic 4C.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is the mid-engined Alfa Romeo car since the legendary Alfa 33 Stradale of 1967. It features a cc 4 cylinder direct injection petrol engine, and has a power-weight of over 250 PS per tonne, thanks to an low weight of 895 kg.

Note: the lap times have sourced from Wikipedia.

Touring’s gorgeous Alfa Disco Volante enters production

Thursday September 12,

Alfa Romeo Disco by Superleggera Touring

Having shown previously as a concept the Superleggera Touring Alfa Disco Volante has entered production with the backing of Romeo. The Milan-based carrozzerie has building custom car bodies 1926, and has clothed some of the British and European motoring such as Pegaso, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jensen, Martin and Lamborghini.

The original Alfa Romeo Disco sported outrageous Touring-designed in a quest to minimise aerodynamic The radical design quickly it the moniker Disco Volante, or saucer, such was its uncanny to the descriptions of UFOs in contemporary fiction.

Today’s Disco is no less radical, and it too is based on Alfa Romeo underpinnings, the sensational Alfa Romeo 8c Indeed, in order for Superleggera to produce a Disco Volante, a client needs to acquire and a fully-functioning 8c to their workshops. 6 later it will emerge, into the stunning Disco Aluminium panels are hand-formed and to the inner tub section which is carbon fibre. This adds rigidity to the body. The sections are pre-assembled on a laser-measured jig and if necessary prior to final to ensure that strict are adhered to. Final quality is performed on a proving ground the vehicle is assessed for handling, and structural problems.

The drivetrain unchanged, which means 450 PS kW) of power and 470 N·m (347 lb·ft) of from the 4.7 litre V8. Mated to a six automatic transmission, the Disco has a claimed 0-100 km/h of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 292 km/h. No weight is mentioned but it’s to be a little lower than the 8c Competizione’s 1585 kg, given stated mission of lightweight

Alfa Romeo dealers be able to handle any technical should they arise, and will additionally provide with information covering the components that have used in the creation of a Disco

Toyota Launches Crown in Japan

Tuesday September 10,

Toyota Crown Majesta courtesy of Toyota

Finally, automotive that’s not happening at Toyota Motor Corporation launched the new Japanese-market Toyota Majesta.

The Crown Majesta is the variant of the Crown range, and is a hybrid 4-door saloon. the new Crown-shaped grille prominently at the the Crown Majesta is available in two levels, the Crown Majesta and Majesta F package, which a number of interior comfort and items. The Crown Majesta is 75 mm in the wheelbase than the Crown and Crown Athlete series.

Toyota Crown Wagon VII

Power is supplied via an Atkinson 3.6 litre V6 engine that 292 PS (215 kW) at 6000 rpm and 354 N·m (261 of torque at 4500 rpm to the rear Supplementary power, also to the wheels, is courtesy of a type 1KM electric motor that a further 200 PS (147 kW) for a combined output of 343 PS (252 kW). The is a CVT type. CO 2 emissions, under the JC08 test cycle, are as 128 g/km.

Prices in Japan for the Majesta and Crown Majesta F are ¥6 100 000 and ¥6 700 000 respectively, including consumption tax but not fees (and differs in and Okinawa).

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BMW i8 at Frankfurt Show 2013

Tuesday 10, 2013

BMW i8 Image courtesy of BMW

sleek 2+2 seater i8 plug-in sports car has made its long-awaited début at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Show. The first production BMW to a mid-engined layout since the BMW M1, the i8 features a turbocharged 1.5 litre 3 and a secondary electric motor to limited electric-only propulsion.

The BMW i8 is wide and low, as befits a layout, with overall being 4689 mm, width mm and height being 1298 mm. The i8 is efficient too, with a cD of 0.26. To further aid efficiency, the are large 20 inch all round slender 195/50 section at the front and 215/45 at the rear. use of CFRP (carbon fibre polymer) helps keep the weight down to 1490 kg.

The three pot engine produces a healthy 231 PS (170 kW) of power and 320 N·m lb·ft) of torque. The eDrive motor adds another 131 PS (96 kW) of and 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) of torque the front wheels, giving a system output of 362 PS and 570 N·m of power and respectively. This endows the with a 250 km/h top speed, and a respectable 4.4 second 0-100 sprint time. CO 2 emissions are to be just 59 g/km.

The BMW i8 launches in the UK in 2014 with an OTR price of £99 and orders start in September The price in Germany will be €126 000, including

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Mercedes-Benz Shows a of S-Class Coupé

Tuesday 10, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupé Image courtesy of

Following the successful début of the S-Class saloons, Mercedes-Benz has a concept at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Show that shows the direction they are taking for the 2 coupé version of their model. The Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupé. to give it its full is just over 5 metres at 5050 mm, and sits on a wheelbase of mm. The engine is a bi-turbo 4.7 litre V8 produces 455 PS (335 kW) of power and 700 N·m lb·ft) of torque. What’s the bonnet is less important the exterior design cues for this is going to resemble the S-Class Coupé very

The front incorporates the new Mercedes-Benz look, with a dramatic flanked by slanted headlights slightly above the top edge of the and the stippled chrome effect in the where cooling air is to flow

From the side, the wheelarches are and extend outwards from the of the body. A high belt runs along the flanks of the starting over the front and extending rearwards to the rear The swept-back windscreen and shallow glass profile give the S-Class Coupé a dramatically low

Moving around to the rear, are hints of the SLS AMG about the rear which is no bad thing. The boot is neat and compact, with a slight over-embellishment of chrome the backside compromising an otherwise and understated look. This car has a loping look about it, conveys a definite sense it is all about munching up the miles on the with the greatest of ease.

should be an accurate pointer to the of the forthcoming production S-Class and it continues Mercedes-Benz’ recent resurgence.

Porsche Celebrates 50 of the 911

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Anniversary Porsche 911 Image of Porsche

It was at the 1963 IAA Frankfurt Show that Porsche’s 911 was introduced to the world. The original Porsche 901 (later rebadged as had a rear mounted air-cooled six of two litres capacity. It produced 130 PS (95 kW) at rpm and 174 N·m (128 lb·ft) of torque at rpm. Sitting on a 2211 mm the two door coupé was 4163 mm overall. Weighing in at just a tonne at the kerb, the 901 was good for a 9.1 0-100 km/h sprint and a top speed of 210 km/h.

Over the years, Porsche has their most famous with special versions for landmarks in its production. In 1987, a 911 was introduced to celebrate 250 000 examples of the 911 having been produced, and was to 875 units. In 1993 a special 911 based on the 964 series was built to the 30 year anniversary, and was limited to 911 In 2003 a commemorative Porsche 911 was produced to mark the 40th of the 911. Unlike the other that one had a bit more power to go the extra bits of trim, and 345 PS (254 kW) — up from the model ‘s 320 PS (235 This version too was limited to examples.

Today’s Porsche 911 50 911 Edition is being introduced at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show exactly 50 years after the 901 debuted — and is powered by a 3.8 water-cooled flat six, power of 400 PS (295 kW) at 7400 rpm and of 440 N·m (325 lb·ft) at 5600 and weighs 1410 kg at the kerb. options are a seven speed or a seven speed Porsche clutch automatic gearbox. the optional Sport Chrono the 911 50 Years 911 Edition can sprint to 100 from rest in 4.1 seconds, with the manual gearbox, on to a top of 300 km/h. Only 1963 of this special 911 will be It will be priced from 119 (including VAT and country-specific charges) in £92 257 in the UK and Ireland, and R1 369 000 in South Africa.

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