Friday, March 23, 2012

Driving the Used Porsche Cayenne

Driving the Used Porsche Cayenne
I've driven a used Porsche Cayenne S for a few years, during which I've enjoyed trouble-free, exciting motoring. My motivation for buying the Cayenne was a growing family and also my job, which takes me around the countryside doling out agricultural advice. I owned a Porsche Boxster for a while so I knew I'd be happy and in familiar hands with the Cayenne. I'll admit I wasn't entirely convinced by the off-road claims but that's the great benefit of buying used - you gain from the experiences of others. Though some die-hard Porsche lovers have spurned the Cayenne, I'm totally on side. This is a triumph for Porsche in every way.
I'm happy to say the Cayenne is more than capable of dealing with challenging terrain. It's certainly not sluggish either, delivering a 0-62mph speed of 6.7 seconds. There's no compromise on that famous Porsche driving experience at all, for it's every bit as impressive and great fun to drive on any surface.
Interior space is generous and the kids have all the room they need in the back of the Cayenne. It's a pretty big car, over seven feet wide, so there's no feeling of confinement in back or front. The split seats are a great bonus for me day to day, allowing me to stow equipment efficiently and easily. The boot can capacity is a massive 540 litres, so unsurprisingly I've yet to find myself struggling for space, and that's even with all the kids' football and cricket kit, too.
The Used Porsche Cayenne's comfort factor is really good, with leather upholstery throughout. The driving position is excellent, too, offering a very good view of the road ahead. I can be driving for most of the day sometimes, so the supportive seats are much needed.
Porsche's Cayenne has taken the off-road market by storm since its launch, and it's good to know I'm not alone in thinking this is a superb addition to the Porsche range, diversion from character though it may be.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mazda Speed 3

The 2010 MazdaSpeed3

The 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Specs

- Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors, Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote and Internal Switch With Automatic Locking, Selective Locking/Unlocking

- Audio and Navigation Pre-Wiring, 2 Front Power Outlets, 1 Integrated With Cigarette Lighter

- Turbocharged 2.3-Liter, 16-Valve, EFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of 263@5500, Torque Of 280@3000

- Wireless Communication Access For Bluetooth(R) Enabled Devices, AM/FM Radio With Speed Sensitive Volume and 6 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player

- Front and Rear Body Color 5-MPH Impact-Absorbing Bumpers, Body Color Rear Spoiler

- Black Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Cargo Area, Front Carpeted Floor Mats, Leather Steering Wheel, Rear Carpeted Floor Mats, Alloy Located On Foot Pedals and Scuff Plates

- Power Speed Sensing Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering

- Rear Stabilizer Bar, Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers and Sport Ride Type, Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers and Sport Ride Type, Front Stabilizer Bar

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eco-Chic Karma vs Chevy Volt

Looking for a sweet ride that can get you infinity miles per gallon? Check out the Eco-Chic Fisker Karma, a luxury sports sedan capable of 50 miles of emissions free-driving on one overnight charge.
This sexy-looking sports car, which I stumbled upon at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this week, uses the same kind of technology as the lusted-after Chevy Volt. Both cars use a purely electric drive train for the first 40-50 miles of driving, then switch to a small gasoline engine that recharges the lithium ion battery pack for longer drives. This means that if you drive less than 50 miles per day, you’ll only need to refill the tank once per year.
So how do these cars differ? Well, GM is saying the Volt will run about $20-30,000, while Fisker is asking an arresting $80-100,000. GM has also voiced their confidence that they’ll be the first plug-in on the market in 2010, but a Fisker representative told me they were taking orders for 4th quarter 2009. It’s going to be a tight race, and more competitors are on the way (mentioned in earlier post).
Micky Bly, GM’s director of Global Hybrids, seemed skeptical about the Karma’s release. He cited the delay of the Tesla Roadster, indicating that time will tell who actually gets a reliable vehicle out on time.
If your curious about getting a Fisker Karma, all you have to do is fill out the pre-order form and send them a $1,000 down payment ($5,000 for the premium numbered edition). I say this tongue-in-cheek because most of us don’t need a luxury sports car, and the Chevy Volt is sexy as hell anyway.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Eco Car – A luxury Car With Green Aesthetics

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Eco Factor: A low emission car to be powered by a hybrid, fuel-efficient engine.
With Koenigsegg firing all guns at the Geneva Motor Show by releasing the most practical electric car, Aston Martin is still finding new ways to get the green tag for their newest concepts. The car manufacturer has showcased the Lagonda concept car, which is a four-door, four-seat sports car to be released globally.
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Maintaining its distinct and sporty image in the car world, this new car from Aston Martin will be a luxury sports car made using cutting-edge technology and innovative new materials. The car will be powered by an alternative power train including flexfuel, which will lower the emissions of the car without sacrificing on its performance and appeal.
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The Dark Side:
Aston Martin expects to launch this car not only in the developed markets but also in emerging South Asian markets. With the kind of technology Aston Martin is hinting at, the car will take another 5 years or more to just reach production.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz long and awaited for E-Class Cabriolet will don a cap and scarf so that it can provide all year-round comfort for all passengers. Their aerodynamic experts have devised an 'Aircap' to keep all occupants warm and free of buffeting. It will also be available with an Airscarf system from the SLK model.
It blasts hot air at the base of the neck from the headrests making this car the future the beginning of an open-top season all year round. The Aircap is something Mercedes has been working on for 20 years, consisting of a spoiler and mesh netting in the top of the windscreen.
At the touch of a button this mesh raises and the rear headrests which also are joined to another mesh net automatically goes up and down when the spoiler rises. The cabriolet has been tested in their wind tunnel racing 90mph gales, with the side windows up experience very little buffeting in the main compartment. It took 2000-3000 hours of wind tunnel experiments and intricate design in the build of the mesh nets to create the perfect wine-free cabin.
With an aim to create a warm air bath in the cabin and keep heat from escaping and the climate system in the car for longer, the benefit from this has resulted in better fuel economy and reduced in-car noise levels because of less aerodynamic drag ad flutter inside the cabin.
The E-class cabriolet will come with a 7-layered electric folding roof and when it crosses the British boarder in March 2010 the cabriolet will be available in a choice of 7 engines and the Aircap will be available on every single model, and as an added bonus it hopes to introduce its prices 5% below those of its predecessor.
When it comes to assessing the benefits of the caps and scarf, Mercedes may have blown every other cabriolet and coupe of the water including the BMW 3 Series. Swindon female motorists are going to find this car hard to ignore what with soothing hot air blowing at the base of their necks.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Luxury Sport Car

We always wanted to have a car like Caterham, but the one and only thing that came to our minds by looking at it was that this car would have been better with roof, 400 horsepower and more luxury. So all the prayers have been answered and the IFR has come up with an all-new Aspid with roof in which two engines will be available and a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter producing 270 hp, or a 400-hp turbocharged version of the same mill. This light weight carbon fiber structure whose power will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential to get that 400 horsepower.
aspid roadster 400 hp
aspid roadster 400 hp

aspid roadster 400 hp
A new sports car boasting luxury fitments and high performance has been announced by engineering consultancy IFR Automotive.
Known as the Aspid, IFR has sought to create a track car with everyday levels of usability and, importantly for cars like this – reliability.
It’s also a technology showcase for demonstrating the company’s design and engineering capabilities.
Aspid prototypes feature a 2-litre engine; either naturally aspirated to deliver 270bhp or supercharged to 400bhp.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a manual 6-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential.
Use of aluminium and carbon fibre has resulted in weight of just 700kg and the resulting 570bhp-per-tonne power-to-weight ratio enables 62mph (100km/h) in 2.8 seconds and 100mph (160km/h) in 5.9 seconds.
“The Aspid has been engineered to deliver a high level of driving pleasure,” says company founder, managing director and automotive engineer Ignacio Fern?ez Rodriquez, whose initials give IFR Automotive its name.
Formerly with Prodrive, Rodriquez subsequently joined the Mitsubishi World Rally Championship team as race engineer for Alister McRae and Fran?s Delecour.
Rodriquez founded IFR Automotive in 2003 and began work immediately on the new sports car project, while handling confidential car and commercial vehicle assignments from industry clients.
With a long list of options, and each one tailored to the precise needs of each individual customer the anticipated base price is £75,000 and upwards per Aspid.
The car will be displayed at the British International Motor Show in London docklands from Wednesday 23 July to Sunday 3 August 2008.
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