2014 Renault Kwid Concept

At first glance, the 2014 Renault Kwid Concept appears to be a refugee from a Disney "Cars" production. The French automaker has always had a flair for the unusual and this vehicle certainly continues that tradition.

It is no accident that the Kwid Concept was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Show given it is intended for younger buyers and especially those in emerging markets like India.

You will have to possess high tech skills to utilize its computerized components including the in-dash computer tablet and remote mini helicopter.

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Engine & Performance

The Kwid Concept is powered by a 1.2 liter, turbocharged gas engine capable of generating 120 horsepower. It is paired with a dual clutch automatic transmission.

Though it takes 12 seconds to move from 0-60 miles per hour, it will reach a top speed of 100 mph.

Renault left open the possibility to convert this vehicle to hybrid status by leaving enough room for an electric motor and batteries.
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Exterior

The exterior comes in steel gray with bright yellow accents.

Its profile give it a longer appearance than its actual length due to the blackened "A" pillars giving it a floating sensation.

At the rear, that sunshine yellow look is used on the rear fenders, applying a technique make the fenders appear larger than their actual size and in essence creating the illusion of a wider stance.

Above sits a mini remote "chopper", aka "The Flying Companion". It is activated using the tablet in the dashboard. It has a camera which explains its existence to be used as a traffic monitoring device.
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Interior

The interior of the Kwid is bit of a quandary. It is best explained as a bird nest design, but it is more web-like with 3 seats in front and 2 in the back. The driver occupies the center seat in front.

The gold steering wheel is sharp with the instrumentation panel being simple and efficiently controlled by high technology.
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May 7, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Mini Clubman Concept

After a lot of talking, Mini has revealed the 2014 Mini Clubman concept prior to the Geneva motor show.

The new concept has all the features of a fancy clubman. Complete with all the trims and styling that has been the hallmark of the brand’s identity.

Precise, compact, and adventurous, these are descriptions that apply to this new concept from Mini.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions
Length: 166.3 in. (422.3 cm) Wheel Base: 100.3 in. (254.7 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 72.6 in. (184.4 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance*
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC FWD Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 121 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 114 lb-ft @4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

* 2014 Clubman One UK Specs
* 2014 Clubman US engine specs

Engine & Performance

The Clubman concept will have two engines to from; the first is a 1.5 liter inline 3 that gives 136 horsepower at 4,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm to go with 162 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.

The other is the bigger 2.0 liter, inline-4 engine which produces 192 horsepower at 4,700 to 6,000 rpm and 206 lbs ft of torque.

The hatch concept is expected to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of about 130 mph.

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Exterior

The new 4-door is the first Mini to offer 2 sets of the cabin doors. The car actually sits 18 mm higher compared to the previous model.

The Clubman rides on a 19 inch alloy wheels. It uses a similar platform to new BMW 2 –Series Active Tourer; this gives this new Mini a longer wheelbase, much less weight and stiffer chassis.

Another Clubman concept feature is the AirBreather. A double roof spoiler has been added; a 3rd brake light has been integrated between the 2 wings of roof spoilers.

Interior

The cabin is different from a regular Mini. It’s anchored by large circular display with its own touch-screen interface. The driver is positioned to use the interface for terrain sensing sat-nav and the 2-stage adaptive dampers.

You will also find there are fewer buttons than the production Mini. The dash designs are flatter and smother. Round air-vents have been replaced by a horizontal version that gives its cabin a different look.

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May 6, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February. It is a affirmation by the South Korean automakers commitment to eco-vehicles.

The Hybrid Optima has a revised exterior similar to its gas counterpart. The changes puts emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency to aid its overall performance.

Added safety features and a multitude of high tech equipment have been included.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gals (65 L) Miles Per Gallon: 36 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 190.7 in. (484.4 cm) Wheel Base: 110 (279.4 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 72 in. (182.9 cm)
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder MPI Displacement: 2.4 Liter
Horsepower: 199 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 235 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* 2013 Spec Dimension

Engine & Performance

Under the hood is a combination of 2.4 liter, inline 4 engine along with that produces a 47 horsepower electric traction motor. What you get is a total of 199 horsepower with 235 pound-feet of torque. It has been mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.

The Optima Hybrid goes from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph.

This cars electric and gas powertrain is expected to give you an average of combined fuel efficiency of 38 mpg.

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Exterior

The exterior shows off all the upgrades first seen a few months ago on the refreshed version of the standard Optima sedan.

For the Hybrid however, there is a unique front bumper fitted with extra vents supplying additional air flow and a reduction in drag. The new wheels also reduce drag and are lighter than those on the non-hybrid edition.

LED lighting is exclusive to the hybrid and there is also a difference in the bespoke finish front grille. The wheelbase is 110 inches with an overall length of 15.9 feet.

Interior

Inside, what you will find are high tech appointments such as the LCD instrument cluster and push button start.

Also available is an 8 inch navigational screen which provides not only GPS but Sirius XM satellite radio and Sirius traffic monitoring. UVO eServices and HD radio compatibility is also present.

The headroom is 40 inches in the front and just over 37.5 inches in the back. Legroom is 45 and a half inches front, 34.7" rear.

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May 4, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th, 2014, the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 is a luxury sedan combining the latest on-board technology, exceptional craftsmanship and a sleek silhouette.

Gracefully complementing the existing Flying Spur W12 with a V8 rumble, this four-door sedan aims was designed to appeal to a wider audience and will be on sale starting this spring.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 24 gals (90L) MPG: 18 city / 35 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 208.6 in. (529.9.6 cm) Wheel Base: 120.7 in. (306.6 cm)
Height: 58.6 in. (148.8 cm) Width: 77.8 in. (197.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 5445 lbs (2425 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 16.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2+2
Performance
Engine: V8 Twin Turbo DOHC Displacement: 4.0 Liter
Horsepower: 500 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 486 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed ZF Automatic AWD
0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 183 mph (294 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The new Flying Spur V8 comes with Bentley s famous 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine (first seen in the Continental GT V8). It delivers a whopping 502 horsepower with 488 lb ft of torque.

This luxury sedan reaches 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 183 mph.

Thanks to the highly efficient V8 engine which includes advanced thermal management, innovative electrical recuperation as well as cylinder deactivation, thereby providing improved fuel economy, this outstanding performance comes with a 520- mile cruising range.
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For increased stability and traction irrespective of the weather conditions and roads, power is optimally channeled to all four wheels through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, thus riding on a computer-controlled air suspension.

Exterior

The subtle yet remarkable exterior details help the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur differentiate from the big-engine Flying Spur W12.

The differences include front bumper grilles with a posh black finish and a stylish black wing insert figure eight chromed exhaust tips.

Adding to its looks is winged Bentley badge on the hood of this luxury sedan.

Interior

For the ultimate driving experience, the sturdy 20 inch 5 spoke painted alloy wheel as well as the 4+1 rear seat system with fully adjustable seats, seat heating and lumbar support are fitted as standard.
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Advanced on board technology includes the revolutionary Touch Screen Remote, stored in the wood veneered center console and which allows the rear-seat passengers to control the infotainment and climate systems of this top class sedan.

The optional Multimedia Specification package includes headrest-mounted screens. Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus wood veneer is the standard interior color split, but it can be extended to include glamorous Piano Black and Dark Stained Burr Walnut finishes. Four additional color splits and seventeen hide colors are also available.

Flying Spur V8 Mulliner

Beginning in the spring of 2014, discerning Bentley customers looking to upgrade this all-new model can opt for the Flying Spur V8 Mulliner.
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The Mulliner Driving Specification package includes futuristic drilled alloy pedals, luxurious diamond quilting, finely embroidered signature wings to all headrests as well as "Jewel" fuel filler caps.

May 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm | No comment

2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet

This year’s Geneva Motor show will feature the release of the new 2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet.

This new Audi is unique with no close market competition.

The wheels on the S3 Cabriolet are similar to the A3 Cabriolet. Because of some of these similarities, Audi goal to put a dent in this segment and hit its ambitious sales target in the U.S.2015-Audi-S3-Cabriolet-whadya-think-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Cabriolet Base Price: €48,500
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gals (55 L) Miles Per Gallon: 32 city / 48 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 174.4 in. (443 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Height: 54.7 in. (139 cm) Width: 70.5 in. (179 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 10.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0 Liter Inline 4 Turbo Horsepower: 300 HP
Torque: 280 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed S Tronic

Engine & Performance

This new car is powered by a top-of-the-line four cylinder 2.0 liter TFS. It delivers 300 horsepower at 5,500-6,200 rpm along with 281 lbs ft of torque at 1,800-5,500 rpm.

The car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
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Exterior

The S3 Cabriolet has a sporty figure. The stylish slim, 2 door convertible comes with a complete purist-preferred soft-top rather than the popular folding hardtop.

Magnesium, high-strength steel and aluminum keep the weight of the car low. An insulating foam layer in the roof of the car reduces the noise level in the interior.

This car is available in 3 different colors and opens or closes in 18 seconds. The car is fitted with xenon headlights and in full LED headlights.

Interior

The interior comes in black with a clean, elegant appearance. Just like any other Audi, this car comes in a very high quality. There is enough room for 2 adults in the back and a very easy entry feature makes getting in easier.

The luggage compartment has 10 cu ft and can be expanded by folding down the rear seats. The seats are covered and can actually be removed while the backrests are embossed S3 logos.
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The upholstery is a mix of fabric & Pearl Nappa leather. Other standard features include auto air conditioning, anti-theft alarm, and Xenon plus headlights.

May 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm | No comment

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