2015 Opel Astra OPC Extreme

Opel has revealed its 2015 Astra OPC Extreme, debuting at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The car is lighter and will have an upgraded engine.

This is definitely a true race car after being described as the fastest road going Astra ever.
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Engine

The Astra OPC Extreme is powered by 4 cylinder 2.0liter turbo-charged engine. Made of all aluminum, it delivers 300 horsepower matched with a 6-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential.

This is the most powerful 4 cylinder that Opel has created.

Performance

Stopping power comes from Brembo’s 6-piston brake system together with the 370 mm front discs located in the rear wheels.

That being said, this vehicle should be faster than the previous model, the Astra OPC, which sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and has top speed of about 155 mph. For those who love fast cars, this is definitely worth a look.

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Exterior

This car is 100 kg lighter than the normal OPC and has made great use of carbon fiber material. The lightweight material has been used on the roof, hood, and wheels which are actually 20 kg lighter than the normal alloys.

The fenders are made from aluminum, making it lighter. OPC Extreme rides on 19 inch alloy wheels wrapped around by 245/35 tires.

Interior

The stripped interior features a safety roll-bar instead of regular rear seats. In the front, Recaro bucket seats have been installed; these seats will have Schroth 6-point safety belts.

The carbon fiber reinforced steering wheel is covered in suede material with yellow stitching.

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April 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm | No comment

2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia is putting the final touches on the 2015 Kia Soul EV, an all-electric model of its popular hatchback. This is the company's first attempt into the electric car U.S market. It was introduced at the recent Chicago Auto Show.

At Kia Motors, the vice president of product planning said that this car retains the fun, funky style, efficiency and utility that has made this car a huge hit with consumers. This car adds usable real-world range and multiple charging options, making it the perfect EV for everyone.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Electric Hatch Base Price: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 161.6 in. (410.5 cm) Wheel Base: 100.4 in. (255.0 cm)
Height: 63.4 in. (161.0 cm) Width: 70.3 in. (178.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3247 lbs (1473 kg) Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Motor: 109 Horsepower Torque: 210 lb-ft
Battery: 27 kWh Power: 81kW
Torque: 210 lb-ft Transmission: Automatic

* Base Soul specs

Performance

The Soul EV is not a fast car; it weighs 3,247 lbs and produces 109 hp and 209 lb-ft of torque. However, the multi-layer magnet design makes the electric motor quieter compared to other electric cars.

Reports have it that they expect the Soul EV, on a full charge, to reach 120 miles before having to recharge, we'll see.

The company has also installed a VESS (Virtual Engine Sound System) that work at speeds below 12 mph; this makes sure pedestrians and cyclists are aware of the car’s presence.

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Battery

A Lithium-ion polymer battery is housed under the car’s floor and is recharged by sliding open the panels on the front of the vehicle, where the grille insert is normally located.

The Soul EV is compatible with 120-volt household-style outlets, 480- volt Chademo DC fast-chargers offered by municipalities, and 240-volt EV chargers. Depending on the source of charging, it can take between 45 minutes and 24 hours to totally recharge Soul EV.

Exterior

The exterior design is no different from a standard gasoline-powered Soul. It comes equipped with aerodynamic 16-inch aluminum wheels that have super Ultra Low Rolling Resistance tires. This simply means the Soul retains a funky style’.

Interior

The interior is similar to the standard Soul, but it’s not as roomy. This car doesn’t have the same rear legroom and cargo room; this is to create space for battery and other components.

It employs bio-friendly material in its construction, making this car the first to earn an automotive environmental validation from the Underwriters Lab. The Soul EV is made of organic ingredients; this includes the interior plastic, the paint on the trim pieces and carpeting, door panels and the headliner.

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April 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm | No comment

2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake comes with a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that produces 542 horsepower and 502 lb ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds with an electronically regulated top speed of 186 mph (300 kilometers per hour).

The XFR-S Sportbrake produces the power quad cams. The supercharged V8 petrol engine is made almost entirely from aluminum.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.4 Imp gals (70L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 195.3 in. (496.1 cm) Wheel Base: 114.5 in. (290.9 cm)
Height: 57.8 in. (146.8 cm) Width: 76.3 in. (193.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 4134 lbs (1875 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 34 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V8 Supercharger Displacement: 5.0 Liter
Horsepower: 542 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 502 lb-ft @2500-5500 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed AutoQuickshift
0-60 mph: 4.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 186 mph (300 km/h)

* XF Sport R specs

Performance

Power is shuffled to the rear wheels by the eight speed automatic transmission. The Sportbrake uses the new quick shift model in order to ensure swift shifts and facilitate manual control with the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

When in sport mode or downshifting manually, the engine management system blips the throttle automatically. Moreover, the transmission uses the corner recognition feature to sense when the car is negotiating a corner in order for it to retain the correct ratio for its exit.

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The lateral stiffness of the car’s suspension has been increased by 30 percent in order to manage the extra weight. The new Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is equipped with the high performance braking system that mainly features 376mm ventilated discs at the rear and 380 ventilated discs at the front.

Exterior

The exterior follows the sedan's lead. Moreover, the red color grille logo and R-S badges set this Sportbrake apart from other popular Jaguar wagons. It is also comes with 20-inch alloy rims, a rear bumper with quad exhaust tips and an integrated diffuser.

Other subtle details like dark roof rails and the tinted window trim add a touch of elegance to its overall look. Moreover, a keen eye will also notice the dark treatment of the grill trim and fender badges.

Interior

The cabin of the XFR-S Sportbrake comes in leather. The door trim and bolsters are covered with special charcoal colored carbon-fiber patterned leather.

The leather seats are finished with contrast piping and stitching in red-blue or ivory and a dark aluminum trim covers the dash.

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April 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm | No comment

2015 Ford Focus

The updated 2015 Ford Focus made its first appearance a few days ago ahead of its Geneva Motor show debut. To sharpen its focus on the world wide dominant C-segment, Ford has restyled the car’s front and rear and also upgraded the interior.

The improvements include quieter shock-valves, modifications to rear suspension and less-intrusive stability control.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gals (47 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions
Length: 171.7 in. (436.1 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (264.9 cm)
Height: 58.4 in. (148.3 cm) Width: 74.1 in. (188.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 3223 lbs (1462 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 23.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance*
Engine: Inline 4 GTDI EcoBoost Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 252 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 270 lb-ft @2500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

* 2014 ST Hatch US Specs

Engine & Performance

The company has announced that 2 engines will be offered; a standard 2.0 liter 4 cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

The 1.0 liter engine will only be available with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-liter engine is expected to produce 160 hp and a torque of 146 lb-ft.
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Exterior

At first glance, you might not realize how much the exterior of this car has changed. However, if you compare pictures of the previous model and the current one, you will realize that the Focus has indeed grown up. The car has revised front & rear fascias.

Apart from this, the car sports a brand new hood, new front fenders and a tailgate. The car's headlamps are more angular and tail-lamps sitting lower. The chrome at the front gives a much more grown-up Focus rather than a sportier one. Similar changes have been applied to the 4-door.

Interior

Ford went from traditional interior controls to flat touch-sensitive panels and voice controls. The interior has buttons on the dashboard for climate control and for ancillary systems and audio.

There is also a big touch-screen that remains at the center console for navigation, entertainment and 4-quadrant Sync system. There are new seat trims, and all improved Ford AppLink program, heated steering wheel, and a redesigned, easy-to-access glove box.

Safety Features

The car has an on-board radar that is used also for its radar-based blind-spot warning system along with a rear-view camera, both as standard equipment.

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April 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm | No comment

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

Since 2007, when the Nissan Versa first came to the U.S, it became a favorite by many. In 2013, Nissan revamped the Versa for its 2nd generation and added the 'Note’ name to designate the Hatchback version from Sedan.

This time around, the 2015 Nissan Versa-Note SR spices up the interior and exterior that adds comfort along with a fun driving experience.

Little has changed on the engine, but the SR brings sportiness to an already impressive economical vehicle.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.8 gals (41 L) Miles Per Gallon: 31 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 163.7 in. (415.8 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Height: 60.5 in. (153.7 cm) Width: 66.7 in. (169.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 2460 lbs (1116 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 18.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder DOHC Twin CVTC Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 109 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 107 lb-ft @4400 rpm Transmission: X-tronic®

* 2014 Versa Note S Plus US specs

Performance

Under the hood, the car is powered by an inline 4, 1.6 liter dual overhead cam VVT engine. This produces 109 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with a torque of 107 lbs ft at 4,400 rpm.

As far as fuel efficiency goes, you can expect 31 mpg city/40 mph highway, and 35 mpg combined.
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Exterior

The car rides on 16-inch bright alloy wheels in dark-finished contrasting pockets. A spoiler over the rear window give the SR a menacing aura; the sleeker upgraded side mirrors together with chrome SR badges help the Versa Note look more grown up.

The steeply angled hood together with the windshield helps create excellent forward visibility just like the tiny small side windows next to the outside mirrors. The car’s tall roof-line allows great visibility trend all around the car.

Interior

The inside of the SR trim has been treated to a make-over. Seats have a nice looking orange strip down the center with matching orange stitching. This orange contrasts very well with dark suede fabric seats.

The car's leather-wrapped steering wheel was inspired by the 350Z and even comes with radio controls, Bluetooth and some trip computer buttons.

Other features include cup-holders and a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat (manual).

Another interesting feature is the false floor located in the cargo area; this provides a 6 inch deep of hidden cargo space that is good for hiding tools, valuables and supplies.

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April 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm | No comment

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