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BMW 2-series M235i, 220i & 220d official specs leaked BMW’s official South African site has jumped the gun and revealed the full official specs of the upcoming BMW 2-series. The model will be available in the guise of the 220i, 220...
BMW 2-series M235i, 220i & 220d official specs leaked BMW’s official South African site has jumped the gun and revealed the full official specs of the upcoming BMW 2-series. The model will be available in the guise of the 220i, 220d and high performance M235i. While no pictures have been made available, the Bavarian automaker’s official site has indadvertedly launched the 2-series configurator. It gives an summary of all standard and optional equipment as well as interior and exterior color combinations. Full specs are available in the attached photos, but we’ll outline the important information first. BMW M235i Coupe Lets start with the top performing model. The M235i will come with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine that also powers it’s 1-series sibling with output rated at 322hp (240kW,326PS) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque. This will enable the performance model to hit 100kph (62mph) from standstill in 4.8 seconds when fitted the automatic transmission, the manual version will be 0.2 seconds lower. Top speed is electronically limited to 250kph (155mph). Pricing starts at 503,079 South African Rand which equates to roughly $50,000 at current exchange rates. BMW 220i Coupe The standard model of the 2-series coupe will make use of the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter unit that produces 181hp (135kW,183PS) and 270Nm of torque. It results in a 0-100kph time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 235kph. Pricing starts at 366,257 South African Rand (around $37,000). BMW 220d Coupe The final specs belong to the 220d that houses the 2.0-liter diesel unit producing 181hp (135kW,183PS) and 380Nm of torque. It gives the model a 0-100kph time of 7.1 seconds with the automatic transmission and has a top speed of 235kph (146mph). Pricing starts at 393,000 South African Rand (around $39,000).
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Nissan wants to expand GT-R production Nissan GT-R’s new production chief Kinishi Tanuma told Automotive News he wants to boost production rate of the supercar. He replaced Kazutoshi Mizuno (considered to be the “father of th...
Nissan wants to expand GT-R production Nissan GT-R’s new production chief Kinishi Tanuma told Automotive News he wants to boost production rate of the supercar. He replaced Kazutoshi Mizuno (considered to be the “father of the GT-R”) who decided to step down as chief engineer of Godzilla. While rumors indicated the car would be axed, the truth is the exact opposite as Tanuma wants to produce more GT-Rs in the future. However, it will be difficult since the engines are hand-built and it takes a significant amount of time to train an employee to be eligible for producing the V6 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. Right now they have only four “master craftsmen” who know the “takumi” method, with another person being part of the training program. Nissan managed to deliver 1,118 GT-Rs in the United States in 2012, while through September this year they sold 952 units. 2014 will be the year when Nissan will introduce the Nismo-tuned GT-R which will allegedly do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in two seconds.
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Smaller Smart ForTwo spied testing in southern Europe The third generation of the Smart ForTwo has returned in an additional batch of spy shots taken somewhere in southern Europe. These latest photos show the new ForTwo will be slightly ...
Smaller Smart ForTwo spied testing in southern Europe The third generation of the Smart ForTwo has returned in an additional batch of spy shots taken somewhere in southern Europe. These latest photos show the new ForTwo will be slightly shorter and lower compared to the outgoing model and it will also have a shrunken wheelbase. These modifications will be applied in order to make room for a bigger model, the ForFour reboot, which is allegedly due in 2015 or 2016 with four doors and a longer wheelbase to provide a decent amount of legroom for rear passengers. In terms of design, the new ForTwo will draw its inspiration from the ForVision concept shown two years ago at IAA. The car will utilize the same platform as the next-gen Renault Twingo which the French are planning to sell only as a five-door. Engine lineup will encompass three-cylinder gasoline and diesels, along with a possible EV variant with an 87 bhp (65 kW) electric motor.
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Posted on 10.9.2013 12:00 by Kirby Garlitos The Nurburgring is typically used by automakers to test their new vehicles in an attempt to gauge how fast it can go around the track relative to the competition.Now, it appears that Nissa...
Posted on 10.9.2013 12:00 by Kirby Garlitos The Nurburgring is typically used by automakers to test their new vehicles in an attempt to gauge how fast it can go around the track relative to the competition.Now, it appears that Nissan is setting up shop at the ’Ring this week in an attempt to set a new lap record for the Nissan GT-R.The car that’s poised to challenge that mark?The soon-to-be-unveiled 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo.According to Autocar, the Japanese automaker has booked exclusive use of the ’Ring, which it will use to put the GT-R Nismo through the paces. The objective, as far as Nissan is concerned, is to shatter the record lap time of the GT-R around the Nurbugring. Currently, that record sits at 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, which was set by Toshio Suzuki last year. Incidentally, that lap time is the ninth fastest time by a road-legal car at the circuit.Former Formula 1 driver Sébastien Buemi will be behind the wheel of the NIssan GT-R Nismo when it attempts its laps at the Nurburgring. With Nissan promising to get the GT-R Nismo to hit 0-60 mph in just two seconds, it opens up a world of possibilities on how fast the supercar can tackle the Nurburgring.Whether it can beat the record GT-R time remains to be seen, but from the looks of things, it’s certainly in play.Click past the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo after the jumpVideo: Nissan Preparing To Break Nurburgring Record With Nissan GT-R Nismo originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 12:00 EST.read more
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Posted on 10.9.2013 11:00 by Tom Burkart By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engi...
Posted on 10.9.2013 11:00 by Tom Burkart By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers all over America had taken the lightweight-big engine formula to heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes, but now they wanted more performance by every measurement. Much more speed, in particular.Chevrolet had similar ideas when brainstorming ways to replace the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever before. Four-wheel discs were to be standard, and the car was could hold its own on a racetrack right off the showroom floor.Over the C2’s relatively short time — until 1967 — this Corvette became the quickest factory machine ever in the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible.Click past the jump for the full history of the 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2, with highlights from two prize-winning concours examples.Chevrolet Corvette C2 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 11:00 EST.read more
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Posted on 10.9.2013 10:51 by Serafim , SulthoniHonda launched the 2014 Honda TRX a new model year that will be available from November 2013.The 2014 Honda TRX250X weighs 379 pounds and is equipped with an air-cooled, OHV, longitudinall...
Posted on 10.9.2013 10:51 by Serafim , SulthoniHonda launched the 2014 Honda TRX a new model year that will be available from November 2013.The 2014 Honda TRX250X weighs 379 pounds and is equipped with an air-cooled, OHV, longitudinally mounted, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 229cc. The unit is mated to a five-speed transmission with reverse and it can be started using a convenient electric starter.The engine’s power is sent to a set of knobby tires that measure 22 X 7-10 up front and 22 X 10-9 Knobby out back.To be able to tackle even the harshest terrains without baking down the Honda TRX250X is equipped with an independent double wishbone front suspension (5.9 Inches travel) and a rear swingarm with single shock (5.7 inches travel).You also get a 2.5 gallons fuel tank, front discs and rear drum brakes and a 20mm Piston-Valve Carburetor.Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Honda TRX250X.Honda TRX250X originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 10:51 EST.read more
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Posted on 10.9.2013 10:00 by Mark McNabb Modifying Camaros has been a long-standing tradition with gear heads everywhere, and now owners of fifth-generation Camaros have a one-stop shop for their go-fast goodies. Chevrolet Perfor...
Posted on 10.9.2013 10:00 by Mark McNabb Modifying Camaros has been a long-standing tradition with gear heads everywhere, and now owners of fifth-generation Camaros have a one-stop shop for their go-fast goodies. Chevrolet Performance has released a whole slew of factory-engineered performance parts that not only help Camaros perform well, but also retain their factory warranties.Chevrolet says its portfolio of parts is designed to make V-6 and SS Camaro more capable on the street and track. Need more stopping power for your stock Camaro SS? Upgrade your front brakes to those massive 14.6-inch rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers found underneath the ZL1. Didn’t order the “Track Pack” option and now regretting it? No problem. Swap up to the 1LE Performance Package for both V-6 and SS models, which includes beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, retuned front struts, new monotube rear shocks and stiffer toe links.Other upgrades include a low-restriction air filter, high-flow fuel pump, short-throw manual shifter, front strut tower brace, complete ZL1 independent rear axle assembly (much stronger than the SS’s rear axle) and even an upgraded camshaft and cylinder head package for the SS model that’s good for an extra 40 horsepower.For those looking to race their Camaro, Chevrolet Performance is also offering many high-performance parts found in the limited-production COPO Camaro — an all-out, drag strip-oriented build that pays homage to the original 1969 “Central Office Production Order” Camaro built to compete in NHRA drag strip events.Check out what Chevrolet Performance is offering, both for the Camaro and other GM vehicles at chevroletperformance.comClick past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camarogallery: Chevrolet Performance Announces 2013 Camaro (...) Chevy Performance Parts Now Available for Gen-Five Camaros originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 10:00 EST.read more
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Posted on 10.9.2013 06:24 by Serafim , SulthoniMeet the 2014 Honda TRX400X. There aren’t any significant upgrades for the 2014 model year except for a new set of graphics which give it a slightly more aggressive appearance.As far as po...
Posted on 10.9.2013 06:24 by Serafim , SulthoniMeet the 2014 Honda TRX400X. There aren’t any significant upgrades for the 2014 model year except for a new set of graphics which give it a slightly more aggressive appearance.As far as power is concerned, this agile ATV is propelled by a 397cc, RFVC, air-cooled, dry-sump single-cylinder four-stroke engine which is brought to life by an electric starter. The engine is mated to a five speed transmission with reverse and manual clutch.The Honda TRX400X rides on front independent double-wishbone suspensions with Showa shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability and rear Pro-Link fully adjustable single Showa Shock.Apart from the long travel suspensions, the 2014 Honda TRX is also equipped with a set of Knobby radial tires that measure 22 X 7-10 up front and 20 X 10-9 out back.The 2014 Honda TRX400X will be available in showrooms since December 2013.Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Honda TRX400X. Honda TRX400X originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 06:24 EST.read more
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Zenos E10 design sketches published Zenos Cars has published additional renders with their first model, the E10, which is due sometime next year. The vehicle is being developed by ex Caterham managers Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards who have ...
Zenos E10 design sketches published Zenos Cars has published additional renders with their first model, the E10, which is due sometime next year. The vehicle is being developed by ex Caterham managers Ansar Ali and Mark Edwards who have envisioned a lightweight sportscar featuring a monocoque chassis made from carbon fiber and aluminum. It will boast aluminum subframes and an almost entirely removable body, along with steel hoops for added safety in case of an unfortunate rollover. Motivation will be provided by a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter mid-mounted Ford-sourced engine outputting 197 bhp (147 kW) and a maximum torque of 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) transferred to the wheels via a standard five-speed manual or an optional six-speed gearbox with limited-slip differential. While the output numbers are far from being impressive, once matched to a 1,433 lbs (650 kg) body should result in a seriously fast vehicle. How fast? Zenos mentions the E10 will need just 4.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) before hitting a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). It will ride on a double wishbone front/rear suspension with Bilstein dampers and 16-inch front / 17-inch rear OZ Racing wheels. Stopping power will be provided by Alcon with their two-piston calipers and 11.2-inch discs. Optional goodies (aside from the aforementioned six-speed gearbox and limited-slip diff) will be ventilated brake discs, adjustable dampers, larger calipers, bigger alloy wheels and several carbon fiber accessories. The interior cabin will host two lightweight composite racing seats and an LCD providing all the relevant info the driver needs. The Zenos E10 will be launched in 2014 and if everything goes according to plan it will be followed by an open-top E11 in 2016 and an E12 coupe in 2018.
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2015 Cadillac Escalade leaked The 2015 Cadillac Escalade wasn’t supposed to be unveiled until tonight but Autoblog accidently posted a promotional video a little bit early. The clip was quickly pulled but not before we were able to...
2015 Cadillac Escalade leaked The 2015 Cadillac Escalade wasn’t supposed to be unveiled until tonight but Autoblog accidently posted a promotional video a little bit early. The clip was quickly pulled but not before we were able to take a handful of screenshots. As you can see, the model will have an evolutionary design with a prominent grille that is flanked by LED-infused headlights. The SUV also has chrome trim, vertical taillights and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The video didn’t show the interior but Cadillac has already released a photo that shows we can expect a higher quality cabin with premium leather upholstery, wood trim and a CUE infotainment system. There should also be new amenities and a fold-flat third row seat. Power will likely be provided by a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine that develops 420 bhp (313 kW) and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque. It should be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.
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