Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Audi A7 Review

As the competition is getting tougher day by day in automobile markets around the world, car companies are trying to woo customers by coming up with the latest advanced models. There are many reputed automobile companies which have a major share in the worldwide luxury car consumer base. Some good ones are BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, and similar others. Audi is a company that is less renowned than BMW and Mercedes Benz. However, it has held on to the competition, with their cars attracting most attention in the recent times. The Audi A7 2011 is an example of the company's best and latest work. The following Audi A7 review will help you understand more about this luxury sporty looking car.

Audi A7 Sportback 
Audi A7 Launch and Release
The Audi A7 Sportback is a car which was first announced at the Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich, Germany on 27th July 2010. It was later launched at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in October 2010, which took it into the limelight of rich car enthusiasts. However, its idea was previously given in the Detroit Auto Show held in 2009. Note that this car has already been rolled out in the dealerships of Europe since October 29. Its left hand drive for the United Kingdom will be released soon by mid-November. For the rest of the world, the Audi A7 sportback is planned to be released in spring 2011.

Audi A7 Sportback 
Audi A7 Features and Functions
In the US, these Audi cars will come in four V6 variants; two gasoline and two diesel engines. The two gasoline variants will come with a 2.8 liter engine producing 201 bhp, and a 3.0 liter one producing a good 295 bhp. The diesel variants will have a standard 3.0 liter engine giving out a power of either 201 or 241 bhp. Along with the driver assistance functions from the Audi A8, the A7 Sportback also consists of features like 'Head-up Display' and 'Active Lane Assist'. The A7 has its engines in the front, which controls the wheels in the front wheel drive or the quattro four-wheel drive pattern. Coming to the transmission, it is fitted with a 7-speed dual clutch S tronic multitronic CVT system. The top of the car smoothly and gently extends backward down, which makes it look like a low crossover SUV. The hatch at the back opens to a boot of 535 liters of space, and 1390 liters with the folding of the rear seats. The hatch also has a spoiler built in, which activates while speeding. Most of the Audi A7 reviews point out to the strong points of this car. Let us get to know about the pricing now.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Alfa Romeo 4C

Cars are not only a sign of status, but are proud accomplishments for car owners. And Alfa Romeo are a brand that have always been synonymous with luxury and concept, as well as being grand and loved by British motorists.

But in current years they have taken a back seat to other luxury and super car producers like Ferrari and McLaren, but their new offering could see them catapulted back into the forefront of car design.

The Alfa Romeo 4C
The Alfa Romeo 4C will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, and is hoped that the vehicle, with its carbon fibre and aluminium body will throw the brand back to their glory days of car production. it was well received at the Geneva Motor show earlier on in the year, and therefore the car designers feel it is only a matter of time before it is embraced by the rest of the world. The change in material will mean that the car weighs less than eight hundred and fifty kilogram's which will put it into the same bracket as a Lotus Elise, and it is therefore able to hit speeds of sixty two miles per hour in less than five seconds.

The Alfa Romeo 4C
It mimics the Porsche Cayman in terms of weight distribution as the main engine will be mounted in the centre of the car, and it has an excellent fuel economy thanks to the two clutch automatic transmission that it offers.

It is yet to be confirmed how many of this vehicle will be produced, and it seems that this might be negated on the reception at the festival of speed, but it is thought that the price tag will be around forty five thousand pounds, which is fairly small for a supercar in this range.

The car will be expensive to insure as supercars are generally harder to price and have more risk, but if you are driving on the roads in the UK and are driving a regular street car, then make sure you go online for Car Insurance to save yourself time and money in the long run, that can be put towards a brand new supercar!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Nissan GT R 2011

The Nissan GT-R is one of the fastest cars money can buy and for 2011 has undergone a series of tweaks to make it even quicker still. It might cost £10,000 more than before, but it's still a true performance bargain.

Few cars in recent years have shaken things up quite as comprehensively as Nissan’s formidable GT-R. Brutal to look at, ballistic to drive and punching well above its price tag in pure performance terms, the twin-turbo, all-wheel drive, four-seat GT-R picked-up its premium brand opposition by their lapels and shook them them till their gritted teeth rattled.

Nissan GT R 2011
For 2011 Nissan has given the GT-R its first major revamp, with enhancements to the exterior, interior and drivetrain. Clearly the GT-R’s legendary project leader Kazutoshi Mizuno is unfamiliar with the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, for the outgoing model was hardly lacking in performance.

Undaunted, Mizuno-san and his team have extracted significant increases in power and torque, generated more aerodynamic downforce and stiffened the GT-R’s structure, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and the drag coefficient.

Nissan GT R 2011
The defining experience of the outgoing GT-R was its relentless mid-range acceleration and instantaneous gearshifts thanks to its double-clutch, paddle-shift transmission. The revised car adds fiercer top-end performance to the mix, pulling hard and keen all the way to the 7,100rpm redline. It’s been said before, but an 1800kg car simply shouldn’t be able to move this rapidly.

If the twin-turbo V6’s 520bhp and 475lb ft of torque make easy work of hurling the GT-R up the road, then the 10mm larger diameter front brake discs more than cope with slowing it down. Lighter triple-forged alloy wheels and new Dunlop run-flat tyres have slightly improved the ride comfort, and the steering feel and initial response is sharper and more immediate

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Audi R8

The Audi R8 in my opinion is one the best designed super cars out on the market today. The car looks, sounds, and rides amazingly good. The all new 2012 Audi R8 GT is an improved model over last years with slightly more horsepower and some savings on weight.

Last year's Audi R8 had a 5.2 liter FSI V10 which put out 525hp. The 2012 Audi R8 GT puts out 560hp with the same liter engine through different exhaust and some engine tuning. The new R8 also saves about 220 pounds with lighter components throughout the car. Last year's Audi R8 5.2 could scoot from 0-60 in about 3.7 seconds and had a top speed of 196 mph. The 2012 model's 0-60 is an improved 3.5 seconds and does the quarter mile in a lightning 11.5 seconds.

Audi R8 GT
Needless to say the new R8 is faster than the 2011, but there is one drawback, the price. The price of this car will run you just over $200,000. Sounds like a lot of money, but for this type of car, it really isn't. Consider Ferrari's 458 Italia; the price on this car is about $220000. It will produce 562 HP which is just two more than the R8 GT. 333 Audi R8 GT's will be built and 90 of them will make it to the United States. Audi has really outdone themselves on the design which hasn't changed since the launch of the R8, but still looks very fresh.

On the track the R8 has always been one of the better supercars in this area. The 2011 R8 wasn't as quick as some of the other cars that were tested on a 0-60 test, but beat them on the track because the handling was so superior to the rest. The 2012 has more horsepower which would typically make the handling decrease, however this is not the case. On a track the R8 is more "touchy" than it used to be. You need some skill to drive this car and you must have a good reacting speed.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Ferrari F50

The Ferrari F50 was designed to commemorate Ferrari's 50th anniversary in 1996.
Typically low-slung with huge forward air intakes, sleek lines sweeping gracefully up to the rear airfoil and aerodynamic slopes behind both seats, the F50 is part Batmobile, part ballistic missile.

The 12-cylinder, 4.75-liter, rear-mounted engine slams out 520 horsepower, flashing the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and taking the carbon-fiber body to a top speed of 203 mph.

Ferrari F50
Only 349 F50s were made in Ferrari's factory near Modeno in northern Italy. Ferrari says half already have been reserved before the car was introduced.

"Our studies showed a market for 350 cars like this," says spokesman Antonio Ghini. "But Ferraris are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market."

Fifty F50s each were sold in the United States, Germany and Italy, Ferrari's biggest markets. Most of the others were sold in Asia and elsewhere in Europe.

"We have in 50 years of racing won every kind of victory: Formula One, Le Mans, Dayton, Sebring," President Luca di Montezemolo said in an interview. "In this car we put 50 years of know-how."

But he said the F50 is the first and last car Ferrari will build based on a Formula One engine because of tougher emission standards going into effect in the next few years in the United States and elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lotus Evora

Evora is the first all-new Lotus since the iconic Elise made its debut in 1995. It enters the sports car market as currently the world’s only mid-engined 2+2. Powered by a Lotus-tuned 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 280 PS, and weighing just 1350 kg (prototype specification), the Evora promises breathtaking performance.

During preliminary testing around the famous Nürburgring, the Lotus chassis engineers report that it is extremely agile and great fun to drive - even when clad with the full development disguise that hid the beautiful lines from the prying motor-industry paparazzi.

Lotus Evora
In addition to its excellent performance and exemplary handling, the Evora offers a more refined ownership experience than Lotus’s existing smaller four-cylinder models. Its elegantly styled cabin is elegantly trimmed and its equipment list includes contemporary features such as an advanced touch-screen multi-media system and electric power-fold door mirrors.

Because one of the roles of the Evora is to attract new customers to the Lotus brand, much attention has been paid to its ease of use. Wider, taller door apertures and narrower sills make getting in and out of the cabin a less athletic undertaking than it is in Lotus’s smaller sports cars (the Elise, Exige, Europa and 2-Eleven), while the design of the cabin itself will accommodate two 99th percentile (6ft 5in tall) American males in the front seats.

Lotus Evora
The Evora has been designed with global automotive regulations in mind, and future derivatives are planed, these including amongst others, a convertible.

The Evora will be hand crafted and built on a dedicated new assembly line within Lotus’s advanced manufacturing facility at Hethel in the east of England; capacity limitations will restrict production to approximately 2000 cars a year, ensuring the dynamic new sports car’s rarity and exclusivity.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

lamborghini gallardo spyder

The Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is a fast, sleek, and versatile piece of machinery. Introduced in 2006, the car is still one of Lamborghini’s best selling models. This vehicle will make heads turn everywhere you go. Whether it is down Ocean Drive in South Beach or whizzing down Alligator Alley, the feeling is unprecedented and the growling of the exhaust will put a smile on your face that will be tough to get rid of. Our Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is best described in one word “stunning.” You will not find another rental vehicle with the same color combo or with the custom add-ons that have made this beast better than the rest.

lamborghini gallardo spyder 
Features Include: Custom Painted wheels, Custom Exhaust System, Custom Radio System, SD Card MP3 Player and Backup Camera, GPS Navigation, E-Gear Semi - Automatic Transmission, K40 Calibre Radar Laser Jammer, Bluetooth Handsfree, Ipod Connection, XM Radio, Xenon Headlights, Heated Power Seats

lamborghini gallardo spyder 

Vital Stats
Price $228,000
Engine V10 Rear Engine 520HP SAE 8,000 rpm
Transmission 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
0-60 5.7 seconds
Top Speed 206 mph
Passenger 2 people

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ferrari f430 spider

Ferrari F430 Spider joins the F430 as the latest addition to the new generation of Ferrari V8-engined sports cars. The F430 Spider's innovative aerodynamics, honed to generate dynamic air flows to increase down-force and improve cooling, and the F1 gearbox featuring upgraded software, are just two examples of how Ferrari's technological excellence has been transferred from the track to road.

Ferrari F430 Spider
The F430 Spider's all-aluminium bodywork and chassis have also been carefully strengthened, to guarantee both occupant safety and the structural rigidity demanded by a car of such high performance.

Ferrari F430 Spider
Two very robust steel roll-bars are integrated into the windshield structure to guarantee maximum occupant protection. The electric hood is fully automatic and folds away under its own flush-fitting tonneau cover, allowing Ferrari engineers to hone the aerodynamics of the car with the hood down

Monday, August 1, 2011

Porsche 997 GT2 RS

The power: 620 hp. The weight: 1,370 kilograms or 3,021 lb in road trim with all fluids on board. The car: the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The GT2 RS is making its world debut at the Moscow Auto Show on August 25th.

The future top GT model marking the absolute climax in the 911 range is the fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart. With power up by 90 hp and weight down by 70 kilograms or 154 lb in comparison with the 911 GT2, the new 911 GT2 RS has a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.21 kilos or 4.9 lb per horsepower, by far the best power/weight ratio in its class. Obviously, these are the ideal ingredients for an ultra-high-performance sports car with supreme agility, truly blistering performance on the road, and of course exemplary Porsche Intelligent Performance. For despite this extra power and performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions versus the 911 GT2 are down by approximately 5 per cent to 11.9 ltr/100 km (equal to 23.7 mpg imp) and 284 g/km.

Porsche 997 GT2 RS
The 3.6 litre six-cylinder boxer engine boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry exclusive to Porsche in its combination with a gasoline engine drives the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Developed especially for the 911 GT2 RS, sports tyres measuring 325/30 ZR 19 convert this massive power into equally massive performance and acceleration on the road: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in just 9.8 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h in 28.9 seconds. Top speed is 330 km/h.

Equally supreme stopping power on this ultra-high-performance sports car comes from PCCB composite ceramic brakes. Appropriate longitudinal and crosswise dynamics are ensured by the sporting RS set-up of the springs, PASM Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management, anti-roll bars, as well as the dynamic engine mounts and PSM Porsche Stability Management.