MERCEDES-BENZ – SLS AMG COUPE ELECTRIC DRIVE

28 September, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
MERCEDES-BENZ – SLS AMG COUPE ELECTRIC DRIVE

Introducing the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive. Powered by four electric motors and our legendary racing DNA, this zero-emission supercar yields 740 horsepower and a staggering 738 lb-ft of torque. The result? The most powerful AMG the world has ever known—electric or otherwise. This icy blue beast is Merecedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive, which made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. At 740hp, this all-wheel-drive supercar is the first production-ready electric performance car to come from the German automaker and, coming in with an estimated $540,000, you’ll be paying for every ounce of technology and power infused in it. The SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive has four independent permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors, each weighing in at 45kg and are able to reach a maximum individual speed of 13,000rpm. The battery inside this vehicle is also impressive: a 400-volt liquid-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery with 864 lithium-ion cells in total. All that technical jargon boils down to a maximum torque of 1,000Nm and a zero to 60 time of 3.9 seconds. For that extra bit of intimidation, the driver can even select for the typical AMG sound to be pumped through 11 speakers located around the cabin to mimic the gas-powered model. Varoom, Varoom.

PORSCHE PANAMERA SPORT TURISMO – PLUG-IN HYBRID SHOOTING BRAKE CONCEPT

28 September, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
PORSCHE PANAMERA SPORT TURISMO – PLUG-IN HYBRID SHOOTING BRAKE CONCEPT

While we generally do not focus on a car’s “rear end”, this concept from Porsche will be an exception. After months’ of rumors and spy photos, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo finally surfaced this morning at Paris Motor Show. A direct competitor to Mercedes-Benz’s own “Shooting Brake” effort, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a mere concept at this time, albeit a very functional one since it shares many of the components on the current Porsche Panamera model. One particular exception would be the rear trunk design, extended now to be more of a Shooting Brake silhouette. More information and images to come as Paris Motor Show gets underway this weekend.

BENTLEY – CONTINENTAL GT3 RACE CAR

28 September, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
BENTLEY – CONTINENTAL GT3 RACE CAR

Le Mans Racing fans have been licking their chops for over a year now to see Bentley’s return to the race under the GT3 category. Now, Bentley gives the masses what they want: a sneak peak at their Continential GT3 Race Car ahead of its unvieling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which is pretty much as mean as it can get. With a set of wide, curvy fenders, a redesigned aero front and rear end, and a massive Bentley-stamped rear spoiler, this luxury-ride-turned-track-terror is something to behold. According to Bentley, this is 95% of what we will see if this GT3 makes it to the starting line, but that last 5% is a big deal, due mainly to its oversized 6.0-liter W-12 engine that must be changed out to a V-8. Bentley is being tight-lipped on the specs, but just the fact that they’re considering a return to the endurance race they dominated in the 1930′s is more than enough to keep the hype alive. via:autoblog

MCLAREN P1 CONCEPT – SUCCESSOR TO THE F1 SUPER CAR

20 September, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
MCLAREN P1 CONCEPT – SUCCESSOR TO THE F1 SUPER CAR

Once under the P12 designation, McLaren Automotive lifted the cloak of secrecy on its P1 design study finally. The successor to the McLaren F1, the super car which set 1998 world record as the fastest road going car at 231 mph, the McLaren P1 hinted at design influences from McLaren’s current model, the MP4-12C. In a prepared statement, Antony Sheriff, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive, explained that “…our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit…” He also added “…our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made…” No doubt those are lofty expectations and while no details on the powertrain are given at this time, early speculative reports indicate a 3.8-liter V8 with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for a total output of 963 horsepower. That translates to a 0 to 62 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 239 mph. Possible availability to come in 2013, details to come on September 27th when McLaren Automotive officially unveils the P1 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

JAGUAR – F-TYPE | PREVIEW

20 September, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
JAGUAR – F-TYPE | PREVIEW

Making an official internet launch prior to the Paris Motor Show at the latter half of this month is the much anticipated production version of the F-Type from Jaguar. Aesthetically speaking, this model is essentially a roadster of the C-X16 concept coupe car from last year. In terms of power train, Jaguar has lined up three options, V6 supercharged engine producing 335 horsepower (340 PS) and 375 horsepower (335 PS), and a V8 5-liter engine with supercharger attached to it. Expect more details to be released at the official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show.

Toyota/SCION FR-S

Toyota/SCION FR-S

Scion FR-S

In spring 2012 (very soon!)  Scion plans to release the new FR-S for around $25,000, set to fulfill the demand for a reasonably priced and well balanced RWD sports car.

You might be thinking what I was thinking – the S hints toward “Supra”, in a similar way to “TC” hints towards “Toyota Celica”.  Scion reports the lines are inspired by the classic 2000gt, and the motor similarities between the 2JZ-G(T)E (Mark IV Supra) and new 4U-GSE boxer end at “internal combustion”.  Officially FR-S translates to “Front Engine, Rear Drive, Sports car”.

No, its not a Supra, its way too AE86 “S” to be interpreted as Supra… but this will not deter well intending ricers from sticking a “supra” after the “FR-S” badge.

The 12.5 to 1 compression ratio delivers 200 naturally aspirated HP – but such high compression isn’t big boost friendly.  Regardless, Greddy will be offering a turbo kit and rest assured this Toyota/Subaru designed engine will be throwing out some big numbers by 2013.  This RWD platform will undoubtedly be maxed out!

Visually the FR-S looks very aggressive, very sporty.  It whispers 370z in the rear, and screams mazdaspeed 3 up front.  The stock 17’s will certainly be swapped out by many owners – but they match the car beautifully and in no way speak those historically ugly words, “stock wheels”.

Handling should be superb with the front-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and low center of gravity offered by the low/mid mounted boxer engine.  Vented discs all around ensure strong and consistent stop ping power (look out SCCA!)

It eats premium gas and throws out 6 gears of smiles.  Please buy the manual, seriously.  The first automatic FR-S I see will certainly force out a tear or two, something like what happens when I see an auto Supra.

Yea, I still dream Supra, but I would not be upset if I woke up to an FR-S.

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