December 19th, 2012

Review: 2013 Continental Flying Spur by Bentley

While we see regulars cars get regular updates, the practice at the other end of line is quite different. The top brands really do not have to have regular updates but keep a tradition of craftsmanship. A good example of this is the 2013 Continental Flying Spur by Bentley. It was last redesigned seven years ago and the latest version does not look much different.

Although it does not sport a totally refreshed look, the car is still very desirable to date. This can be attributed to the Bentley brand and timeless elements like the iconic grille, upright fenders, and high roofline. Of course, do not forget the uber luxurious interior. From whatever perspective you look at the car, it embodies success.

2013-Bentley-Continental-Flying-SpurEvery car that rolls out of the Bentley factory must meet certain standards in terms of performance. The Continental Flying Spur is not all about its opulence but it also carries a potent 6.0L twin-turbocharged W-12 powerplant that can give out 552 horsepower and has a monstrous torque of 479 lb-ft. The powerful engine is linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 2013 Continental FlyingSpur can go from 0 to 60 miles an hour in less than 5 seconds and can go as fast as 194 mph.

If in case that is too slow for you, you can go for the Flying Spur Speed variant that comes with 600 horses and a torque of 554 lb-ft. Do the math and that can go 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and go to its top speed of 200 mph.

While awesome is the word to describe the performance of the Continental Flying Spur, remember that it is not its focus. Lavishness of the interior and ride comfort is its top priorities. Those who can afford will be treated to supple leather, wood trims, and a whole dose of wow factors. The ride has no issues when it comes to headrooms and legrooms. The craftsmanship is quite impeccable.

We can list down the standard features but what is more important to know is that no one buys a Bentley without all the customizations. The brand offers a staggering list of options for the paint, interior, and all of the smallest details possible. So imagine that the buying process will be quite time consuming.

There are no crash tests yet done with the 2013 model of the Continental Flying Spur but Bentley has equipped it with airbags, active headrests, and stability control.

A new Continental Flying Spur is set to be unwrapped by 2014. That model will feature updated design and a new range of drivetrains.

October 30th, 2012

Nissan showcases Extrem Sports Concept in Sao Paolo

Nissan recently unwrapped a new concept vehicle that it will officially unveil during the auto show in Sao Paolo. The vehicle called the Extrem blends the qualities of a sports car and that of a crossover. The Extrem Concept was designed by the people at Nissan Design America in California.

The team that worked on the vehicle describes it as an urban rally ride that is perfect for young couples who enjoy their city life but from time to time want to enjoy the outdoors. The Extrem has a higher ground clearance that shows its strength off the road. The sloping roof line suggests its sporty capabilities.

The cabin has an airy and open design achieved with the wraparound glass, C pillars that are detached, and floating rails on the roof. The rest of the car makes use of the current Nissan favorites like raked windshield, daytime driving lights, and angular headlights.

The exterior of the Extrem also gets the new Nissan color called the Solar Cortex. Some new elements include the roof’s matte finish and bright 19-inch rims. The Extrem will also make use of the V-platform that is currently used by Nissan March.

If the Nissan will give the Extrem the thumbs up for production, the vehicle make use of a 1.6L turbocharged engine that is based on what the Nissan Juke and Delta Wing are using. The platform of the vehicle is also capable of being configured as a front- or all-wheel drive.

The Japanese car manufacturer has not announced anything yet about the production of the Xtrem but the compact crossover is certainly getting popular across different markets. There is a rumor though that a FWD hatch will be positioned just below the 370Z and we will not be surprised if it will be something similar to the Xtrem.

July 30th, 2012

A.Kahn Design unwraps refined Vesuvius Range Rover Evoque

Tuning firm A. Kahn Design that is known for customizing vehicles for celebrities and considered as an expert for tweaking Land Rovers has just released their latest package for the Evoque of Range Rover.

The tuning company builds on their previous package called Vesuvius. A. Kahn Design further enhanced the styling of the Evoque to give it a look that will stand out from the rest of the crowd.

The design team improves on the beautiful lines of the stock vehicle. During an interview, Afzal kahn, founder of the tuning firm, pointed out that it was not easy to do it. He shared that his team spent thousands of man hours to work on the car because they wanted to make sure that the tweaked styling will give the car an aggressive presence on the road.

They gave the Range Rover Evoque a new set of bumpers, a new grille, a rear spoiler, LED details, brake calipers matching the body, and exhaust tips mounted centrally.

A. Kahn Design also implemented some performance improvements. They lowered the suspension, installed aerodynamic aids, and gave the vehicle 22-inch rims in matte gray.

For the interior, the design team used perforated and black quilted leather for the seats with inserts made from Alcantara. Other detailing that match the body were also used. Completing the setup inside is a set of foot pedals crafted from aluminum.

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April 26th, 2012

Porsche gives the Cayenne lineup a more potent GTS with 414hp engine

If you do not like the new Cayenne’s Turbo version but still want the sporty qualities with the added oomph than what the Cayenne S can offer, then you might want to wait for the Cayenne GTS that is set to debut during the motor show in Beijing this month.

The Cayenne GTS uses the same formula as its older sibling and the Panamera GTS which was unwrapped during the Los Angeles motor show las year. The new premium crossover offering will have more horses coming out of its engine and a n improved chassis that gives makes the ride lower.

The Cayenne GTS draws power from the uprated V8 of the Cayenne S with an additional 20 horsepower output which gives it a total of 414 horsepower. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic Tip-tronic S transmission that has an integrated start-stop technology.

The Cayenne GTS can go from 0 to 100 kilometes an hour in a matter of 5.7 seconds and gets to 160 km/h in just 13.3 seconds. The top speed of the Porsche SUV is pegged at 261 km/h. The fuel mileage is said to be 10.7 liters for every 100 kilometers.

The Porsche Cayenne GTS makes use of a modified suspension that utilizes PASM or Porsche Active Suspension Management which can lower the ride height by 24 mm compared to its sibling Cayenne S.

The SUV gets the same design treatment as the Turbo model on its front end. You will also notice the twin-wing roof spoiler, big wheel arches, and side skirts which are very prominent. It rolls on 20 inch RS rims that have unique offset. You can also get the Cayenne GTS in new colors like the Carmine Red and the Peridot Metallic.

The new Porsche Cayenne GTS is set to hit showrooms in Europe by July with a sticker price of 90,774 euros in Germany. Consumers in the United States can get it for $82,050 by August this year.

October 31st, 2011

Audi reveals facelifted 2013 A4, A4 Allroad Quattro, and S4

Audi implements its 360-degree design philosophy. It is pretty simple when you look at it this way: the new A4 takes served as inspiration for the design lines of 2011 A8; the A8 in turn influenced the form of the 2012 A6; and the A6 provided the DNA for the looks of the new Audi A4. And so on. That pretty much explains it.

So this chain of design influences within the Audi range gives you a good picture of how the 2013 Audi A4 took shape both as a sedan and as the Avant version. This is also true for the A4 Allroad Quattro and S4 siblings.

Just like the improved A5 and S5 models, the reworked A4 models gets the new 6-point grille and headlamps using sharper lines with a narrow band of LED as daytime lights, tweaked tail lights, and redesigned bumpers for the front and rear.

The modifications on the exterior slightly changed the dimensions of the Audi A4. The sedan and the Avant is now 15.42 feet long, the S4 and Allroad Quattro are 15.49 feet long. All of the A4 variants now has a wheelbase of 9.22 feet, the width comes at 6.04 ft and 6.0 ft, and the height pegged at 4.92 ft and 4.63 ft depending on what version you are looking at.

The interior of the new A4 gets a new selection for the steering wheel, steering arm, ignition key, and new color options.

According to Audi, the fuel consumption of the new A4 is lower by 11% even when the torque and power increased.

For the consumers in the United States, the 2013 A4 will get the 4 cylinder 2.0L turbo engine that can output 211 horsepower and a torque of 258 lb-ft. These numbers translates to an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds with top speed pegged at 155 mph.

The Europe spec A4 has the new TFSI petrol 1.8L powerplant that gives out 170 h and has a tor que of 236.02 lb-ft. The improved 2.0L TDI is also available for all versions and this one produces 136 hp, 163 hp, and 177 hp. The most aggressive engine of the lineup will be the 3.0L TFSI V6 that gives out 272 hp.

August 18th, 2011

2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited a tough competitor for Cruz and Focus

The recently launched 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited from the Korean automaker proved to be a worthy competitor to other models like the Cruz and Focus.

Like its big brother, the Hyundai Sonata, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited is honed from the same “Fluidic Sculpture” design that boasts of a sleek, stylish profile with an impressive coupe-style roofline. Its front headlights, fog lamps, and rounded fascia are pretty attractive as well as its taillights and hatch-style backend. The redesigned Elantra has new 17-inch aluminum wheels and Continental P215/45R17 tires.

Under the hood is a 1.8-liter V4 engine with 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. The GLS model is attached to a 6-speed manual while the Limited trim could have a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited has EPA figures of 40 mpg on highway and 29 mpg in city driving.

The interiors were also revamped with a now stylish dashboard, leather-treated steering wheel, and comfortable leather seats. There’s also USB ports for your gadgets, Bluetooth Connectivity, and an MP3 player. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited also an option for interior upgrade with its Technology Package at $2,100 for a smashing 7-inch LCD touch screen, a 360-watt sound system, rearview camera, and a push button start feature.

The new 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited carries an initial price tag of $22,110, which is close enough to the pricier Ford Focus at $23,680 for its SEL model and the even pricier Honda Civic at $25,754 for the EX-L model.

November 12th, 2010

Audi coming up with diesel options for most car models in the U.S. by 2015

Audi wants to release diesel variants for most of their car models in the United States by 2015. At the moment, Audi in the US only sells two models running on diesel—the Q7 TDI and the A3 TDI. Both of the diesel variants are loved by consumers and the car manufacturer feels the pressure of the high demand.

Fifty percent of the A3 sales in the US comprise of its diesel variant while it is 40% for the Q7. The numbers are similar to how the sales are going in the European market and it seems Audi in the US has taken its cue. Dealers have been giving feedback to the carmaker about the high demand for their diesel variants.

The German car brand needs to boost its diesel line up in North America to keep the market satisfied and also to deal with the stricter CO2 emission standards. Audi recent revealed their plans of adding diesel variants to their line up particularly for the A8 sedan, A6, and the Q5. Come 2015, the next gen A4 will most likely get the 4 cylinder 2.0 TDI

The company is also contemplating on giving the A4 a V6 but is still studying the cost factors which may make the car too expensive for the American market.

Executives of Audi declared that they are aiming to have around 20% of their line up in the US running on diesel by 2015. They are hoping that the spike in diesel variant sales in the United States will also mean an overall improvement in their sales figures in North America. Audi aims to jump up their sales to as much as 200,000 vehicles by 2015.

June 9th, 2010

Bike Insurance Explained

Like any vehicle on the road a motorcycle needs to be covered with insurance. This is primarily for the safety of other people, if you cause an accident you need to be able to pay for the damage. Because bikes cause so much less damage than cars they are cheaper to insure, which is one of the great advantages of owning a motorcycle. If the advantages of a bike make you decide to run out and get one it is important to remember that bike insurance works a little bit differently than car insurance. For the most part bike insurance and car insurance are the same but there are some important differences that need to be kept in mind. We spoke to Carole Nash Insurance Consultants for an overview.

Bike insurance really isn’t all that different than car insurance, the primary purpose is to protect other people in the event that you cause an accident. This is done through liability insurance which you are required by law to have. This is to pay for the medical bills of any people that you injure and to repair any property that you damage. Like car insurance you can also get insurance to cover the cost of repairing any damage that occurs to your bike or if your motorcycle gets stolen. You also have the option of getting insurance to cover you in the event that you are injured in an accident caused by a driver who doesn’t have insurance.

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June 5th, 2010

Panoz releases new teaser of the Abruzzi

You might be one of the million autolovers caught with your mouth wide open in anticipation of the new creation of Panoz. Last October, the initial reports went out that the heir apparent of the Esperante is due after a few months. This was followed by a confirmation of the car manufacturer after a few months.

Finally, Panoz gives us a teaser of the upcoming sportscar a few weeks back. The constructor released another cropped image prior to the unveiling of the new vehicle at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The new sportscar will be known as the Abruzzi. The Spirit of Le Mans, as it is also tagged, will feature new technologies by Panoz like the REAMS or Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System and Trifecta Cooling that was developed to beef up efficiency and performance.

The Abruzzi will be unwrapped on June 8, Tuesday at the La Sarthe. The name of the car is also in reference to and the Italian region which was hit by disaster recently.

Just a few more days until the unveiling. So for now, we’ll make do with the teaser of the Panoz Abruzzi.

April 3rd, 2010

High-Tech Car Technologies: 2

PMN_omega_wideweb__470x372,0Another feature that many cars have on them now is the rearview camera.  This is something that is not only to protect your car but it can also protect a lot of the things that are around your car – for example, children and animals.  The rearview camera is also fantastic for if you are backing out of a really long driveway.

While this feature is something that may cost a little bit more, I can tell you for sure that you will love it as soon as you get it.  Not only does the rearview mirror help you with the things listed above, but it also can assist you with parking.

That way, you never run into someone or something accidentally whenever you are parallel parking.