Friday, August 8, 2008
Although the concept has been around the US and GM for a while, only recently has GM released pricing for the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.
For the 50% improvement in fuel economy, now rated at 20-21 mpg for city and highway respectively, the luxury SUV and bling on wheels piece of bling is US$3,600 over the stock escalade, which brings the total price to just under $72,000 pre tax, and without extra options.
source: General Motors, Cadillac.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
In the craze of the Iphone 3G since its release on July 11, many applications taking advantage of the glamourous phone/ipod/organiser/internet explorer.
But the one which surely will persuade rev-heads like us is the Dynolicious application, which uses the in built accelerometer of Apples newest must have consumer gadget.
Thhe Dynolicious application can measure
- 0-60 Acceleration
- 1/4 Mile Elapsed Time
- Lateral G's
among other data and presents them graphically and numerically on the IPhones touchscreen.
Now available at the Itunes store for all you who want to pull a quick Dyno run on your way to work in the morning.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The next BMW 5 series is due for release in 2010, and around a year behind will follow the release of the "super saloon" M5.
For the next generation BMW M5, BMW's M [motorsports] division will have bumped peak power to somewhere in the vicinity of 550bhp, while making more horsepower in the mid range. Speculation and some reports point to a displacement increase to 5.5 liters, and possibly a forced induction system in conjunction with direct injection to lower emissions all the while competing with mercedes E63 and the Audi RS6.
The 2010 BMW M5 will most likely come with a 6 speed manual, or 7 speed dual clutch SMG gearbox dubbed "M DCT"
BMW's "Efficient Dynamics" concept will most likely make it to the "super saloon" in which alternators are used in the driveline to capture energy while slowing down, it also features a start-stop system which will cut down energy use while idling.
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Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
This month saw the release of a bespoke British engineered and produced range of supercar - The Keating TKR and SKR models.
Keating claim to produce a car which will beat the Bugattis top speed, and smash the 400km/h barrier.
Both the TKR and SKR are based upon the same chassis, consisting of a steel space-frame structure housing a V8 powertrain from General Motors Chevrolet mated to a Porsche 5 speed transaxle. The body can be optioned to be constructed from Carbon fiber or fiberglass. The 2-choices for motor are a 6.0 LS3 and 7.0liter GM V8, each witht he option of supercharging. Power ranges between 404hp to 656 hp for SKR model.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Mercedes-Benz have been making the SL class of sports cars since 1954 starting with the famous 300SL with its "Gullwing doors" the famous German car maker from Stuttgart has produced over 630,000 SL sports cars since the mid 50's, including the SL roadster, introduced in 1957.
The 2009 incarnation of the Mercedes-Benz Sl class is to be released in march with a reworked exterior and interior, aswell as minor changes to major components. The previous engine gearbox lineup is available with the new model, with the addition of an entry model SL180 producing 231 bhp from the V6. Next in the ladder is the SL350, with 316 bhp with improved fuel economy.
The SL500 with its V8 capable of 388 bhp is also available, and the next option up in the motor category is the SL600 with its twin-turbo producing 517 bhp, and a massive 1000nm of torque, which is distinguished from its lesser Sl's by the matte finished side vents, a trademark of the Mercedes-Benz SL class roadsters since the 1950's.
Other tweaks added for the new generation SL roadster is the re-engineered "Airscarf" neck heaters, which are now housed in the headrests. Also added is Mercedes Benz's "direct-steer" system, seen on the SLK consisting of a variable rack ratio, which will decrease steering wheel turns at speed, and decrease effot. As a luxury roadster, Mercedes have made the "Comand" multimedia system standard, to entertain drivers and passengers and deliver the level of luxury often associated with Mercedes-Benz.