2014 Alpina BMW B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe

The German tuners from Alpina recently unveiled their version of the BMW 4-series, the 2014 Alpina BMW B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe.

The B4 has been tweaked for added power, stability and a high performance braking system.

Though already adequate in the base trim, the exterior of this Alpina B4 receives a handsome and functional aerodynamic upgrade that makes it more alluring.2014-Alpina-BMW-B4-Bi-Turbo-Coupe-starry-starry-night-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (60 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 182.7 in. (464 cm) Wheel Base: 110.6 in. (281 cm)
Height: 54.1 in. (137.3 cm) Width: 71.9 in. (182.5 cm)
Unladen Weight: 3703 lbs (1680 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 15.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 3.0 Inline 6 Bi-Turbo Compression Ratio: 10.2: 1
Horsepower: 410 HP Max RPM: 5500-6250 RPM
Torque: 444 lb-ft @3000-4000 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Sport Automatic**
0-60 mph: 4.0 seconds Maximum Speed: 190 mph (305 km/h)

* B4 Switch-Tronic AWD specs
** ZF 8HP70

Engine

Underneath the hood hides a is a 3.0 liter six cylinder engine capable of a maximum output of 400 horsepower that goes well with the 444 lbs ft of torque.

Its top speed has been limited to 190 mph, while acceleration from 0 to 60 has been clocked at 4.0 seconds. The 8-speed sport-automatic ZF 8HP70 transmission adds zip to the zing of this latest from Alpina.

Fuel economy is projected to be at a combined 31 mpg. Alpina intends to offer an all-wheel drive as an option.
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Performance

The visual upgrade helps increase the downforce adding more road grip compared to the stock version. Using a new adaptive sport suspension, the Alpina B4 coupe is able to adapt to driving conditions for superior cornering and precision.

The new torque distribution system gives the car a neutral handling feeling despite the fact that it is a four-wheel drive.

Exterior

On the outside, Alpina improved on the aerodynamics of the B4 Biturbo coupe.

The enhancements include a redesigned lower front bumper, new spoilers and new wheels. The new air intakes in the front serve as an upgrade-assist to the cooling system.

Interior

The interior is decked in leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and heated adjustable sports seats. The rest is nearly identical to the stock version.

It features the same central panel and dashboard combining light brown leather with wood textured elements and an instrument panel and steering wheel in black.

The new Alpina BMW B4 Bi-Turbo Coupe successfully complements the stock version with its improved performance. With more horsepower and improved aerodynamics, the enhanced coupe is capable of reaching top speeds while maintaining precise steering and decent road grip.

These tuners from Germany confirmed that their version of the BMW B4 coupe will be available in the second half of 2014.
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January 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm | No comment

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid marks the entry of the Japanese luxury automotive manufacturer into the hybrid market. Their upcoming series will compete with most of their flagship models in the performance and luxury segment.

Acura has been all about comfort and innovation. In the RLX, they will be using a three-motor hybrid system, focused on building a car that is fuel efficient while providing enough horsepower.2014-Acura-RLX-Sport-Hybrid-desert-rose-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: $48,450
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) Miles Per Gallon: 20 city / 31 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 196.1 in. (498.1 cm) Wheel Base: 112.2 in. (285 cm)
Height: 57.7 in. (146.6 cm) Width: 74.4 in. (189 cm)
Curb Weight: 3933 lbs (1784 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 14.9 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V6 SOHC Hybrid Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 310 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 273 lb-ft @4700 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch

* 2014 RLX specs

Engine

Acura uses a 3.5 liter V8 engine that provides a maximum of 310 horsepower. To reduce fuel consumption the engineers have added a "Twin Motor Unit," two electric motors that deliver more than enough torque directly to the rear wheels.

The gearbox houses a 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch) transmission.
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Performance

Using their proprietary all-wheel drive system, the handling of the sedan has significantly improved, especially when the two electric motors are running.

Its curved exterior design helps the car gain more downforce making it stable and gain superior road grip.

Exterior

The exterior of the sedan shows the same design signatures people have come to expect from Acura. These include: a discrete chromed frontal grille, narrow and wide headlights, and curved edges.

The rear features extended lights that reach to the side and extend to one third of the rear. The lower end of the bumper has been pushed out, giving it a more executive look.

Interior

The RLX Sport Hybrid features a full-size interior. The seats are covered in grey leather to complement the whole motif of the inside. The dashboard uses a darker shade of grey.

The steering wheel hosts an array of controls to make driver access simple; while extra-large air vents have been placed on either side of the dash & steering wheel.

Speaking of the dashboard, Acura has added a generous LCD display and additional controls. Wood textured elements have been used to accentuate the RLX's styling along the doors and console area.

The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will be one of the most expensive hybrids on the market. Making the entry into the eco-friendly automotive niche, the model comes packed with all the features of a luxury sedan.
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January 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm | No comment

2015 Mini Cooper S

The new 2015 Mini Cooper S carries forward its predecessor’s legacy as a leader in the premium small car segment.

The MINI has undergone major enhancements to improve quality and flair that make your driving experience fun.

Space, safety, material, fittings, ride comfort and sportiness have been improved.2015-Mini-Cooper-S-shining-the-light-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatch Base Price: €28,800
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.5 gals (40 L) Miles Per Gallon: 41 combined
Dimensions
Length: 151..5 in. (385 cm) Wheel Base: 98.2 in. (249.5 cm)
Height: 55 in. (139.7 cm) Width: 67 in. (170.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 7.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 TwinTurbo Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 189 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 207 lb-ft @1250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 146 mph (235 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The new 2015 Cooper S has a 2.0 liter inline 4 twin turbo petrol engine. The engine provides 189 horsepower and 207 lb ft of torque for the iconic small car.

You have the option between the standard 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The engine is more efficient with optimized weight, extensive MINI-MALISM technology, enhanced aerodynamic properties and a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 27% compared to its previous models. It meets EUR exhaust emission standards.

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Exterior

At a glance you may not notice anything different from the previous series. However, if you look closer you will find that the new Mini-Cooper S is sportier. The have incorporated LED headlamps to provide sufficient luminosity on the road.

The exhaust tips for instance have been fashioned in a sporty accent. The high performance tires add an aggressive look to the car.

You will find that the front of the car is wider. The S clearly projects a sporty look which is a a new way to consider this Mini a fresh classic.

Interior

The roof has also been raised to maximize on interior space. The seats have been adjusted to create room for foot movement as well as optimize entry comfort for the rear passengers.

Improvements by MINI's experts include emergency call, XL Journey Mate, featuring Real time traffic updates and the Head-Up Display by MINI. This enables you a wider selection of innovative driver assistance systems as well as Mini connected infotainment facilities.
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January 14, 2014 at 9:52 pm | No comment

2014 Peugeot 208 GTi

The 2014 Peugeot 208 GTi follows the release of the 208 in 2012.

The new offering from Peugeot is a rejuvenated model that is elegant, sporty and delivers high performance that goes with a pleasant driving experience.

All the features of the new GTi are attractive and efficient looking. This vehicle will no doubt cause a dent in the minds of those who drive it.2014-Peugeot-208-GTi-breaktrhough-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: £18,895
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50 L) Miles Per Gallon: 34 city / 60 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 156 in. (396.2 cm) Wheel Base: 99.9 in. (253.8 cm)
Height: 57.5 in. (146 cm) Width: 68.5 in. (173.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 2557 lbs (1160 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 10.0 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder THP Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 200 HP Max RPM: 5800 RPM
Torque: 204 lb-ft @1700 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 143 mph (230 km/h)

* UK Specs 3 door

Engine & Performance

The 2014 208 GTi is a contemporary sports car that offers precise, controlled steering and rigid suspension for a safe and enhanced driving experience. It comes with 204/45 tires and 17-inch diamond Carbon wheels that enable controlled braking.

The 1.6 liter THP petrol engine gives you 200 horsepower with a maximum torque of 204 lb ft. The car is lightweight and capable of the highest level acceleration and in-gear re-acceleration.

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Exterior

This three-door model has a striking appearance with its widened front and rear track, arch-hugging wheels, body sills, and wing extensions. The front light signature displays new halogen headlamps and the gloss black grille features bright chrome inserts showing off a 3D checkered motif.

Bright chrome touches are added around the fog lamps, upper trim of the grille and door mirrors. The rear comes with a chromed trim strip with a signature accent on the lower edge of the window, bright chrome GTi logo on the quarter panel trim, and a unique trapezoid chrome double tailpipe.

All 208 GTi models carry the red color theme on the lower portion of the grille bead and tailgate, the Peugeot accent lettering prominently displayed. Overall, the new GTi simultaneously exudes a sporty and sophisticated look.

Interior

The passenger compartment is pleasant and refined. The color scheme incorporates black and satin chrome with red highlights throughout, mainly in the form of red GTi overstitching.

The instrument panel on the dashboard features a characteristic light signature, the dials are surrounded with LED-backlit satin chrome studs and the needles operate on a brushed aluminum background.

All of the interior features have been designed compliment every aspect of the inside, from the dashboard to the steering wheel insert to the seat belts and even the floor mat. The interior has a refined, technological aspect to it which is evident even on the aluminum pedal bracket and footrest.

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January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm | No comment

2013 Ford Ka Concept

The 2013 Ford Ka Concept car is a 5 passenger hatchback and the smallest vehicle manufactured by the Detroit automaker. The intended market are countries that include Brazil, where it made its debut, and South Asia.

Ford has labeled the Ka Concept the " all new global compact car". The vehicle is expected to go into production by 2014, with an estimated MSRP of around $10,000.

The earlier Ka models are available in Europe, a 3 door hatchback. Ford is looking to build on the success of the EcoSport subcompact crossover, also manufactured in Brazil.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: £8,795**
Fuel Tank Capacity: 9.2 gals (35 L) Miles Per Gallon: 49 city / 64 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 142.5 in. (362 cm) Wheel Base: NA
Height: 59.3 in. (150.5 cm) Width: 65.3 in.** (165.8 cm)
Curb Weight: 2976 lbs (1350 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 7.9 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder Duratec Displacement: 1.2 Liter
Horsepower: 68 HP Max RPM: 3000 RPM
Torque: 75 lb-ft Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 13.4 seconds Maximum Speed: 99 mph (159 km/h)

** 2014 Ford Ka - Studio range UK specs

Engine & Performance

Little has been said about the Ka Concept's drivetrain, but industry experts expect the same engine will be used as those used in Europe.

That would include the four cylinder 1.2 liter Ford Duratec engine that uses gas and brings you a conservative 67 horsepower that delivers unsurpassed fuel efficiency.

The 1.3 liter Duratorq with 74 horsepower diesel is expected to be available, which should be more popular in South America and Asia.
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Exterior

The front façade has a trapezoidal grille with the fairly ornate headlights. The cars curved profile and sweeping lines are exemplary for a small vehicle.

The roofline provides an illusory effect that makes it seem to rise towards the trunk lid, where a spot on and sporty spoiler along with oversized taillights accentuate the rear.

The back end is nicely contoured incorporating the hatch door with the rear bumper.

Interior

Inside, you will discover quality craftsmanship not normally available in such a car. The interior is roomy, all things considered and will comfortably seat 5 people. The air conditioning is above par for this class of car.

Innovative features include a side stowage area for shoes and a device docking station for mobile devices and "Ford Sync".

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January 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm | No comment

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