2014 Nissan ZEOD RC

Nissan has been focusing greatly on electric cars with the success of the Leaf.

It is now recognized as the planet's best-selling electric car.

The 2014 ZEOD Nissan RC lays the groundwork for technology that will help in the development of the next era of Nissan Leaf cars.2014-Nissan-ZEOD-RC-on-display A

Nissan launched the innovative, ground breaking ZEOD RC - the fastest electric racing car that will occupy 'Garage 56' at the LeMans 24 Hours in June of next year. It will use identical electric battery, inverter and motor technology as that found in the Leaf. Its total weight is expected to be at just 1543 pounds (700 kg).

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The car uses brand-new electric 'drivetrain' technology and was designed with LEAF RC's energy management and effective energy recovery system. In fact, this technology was developed by the LEAF Nismo RC team.

However where the Nissan Leaf Nismo-RC only delivered 107 horsepower and a top-speed of 93 mph (150 km/h), the new Nissan ZEOD RC is estimated to be perfect for speeds exceeding beyond 186 mph (300 km/h).2014-Nissan-ZEOD-RC-side-view B

The ZEOD RC will also be the very first race car to finish a lap of 13.6 kms Le Mans 24 Hours circuit on just electric power. This will not just make the ZEOD RC the swiftest electric powered racer in the world, but in addition, it will showcase itself against 'petrol-powered' racers because of its light-weight architecture and state-of-the-art aerodynamics.

Hybrid Set-up

It is not just all electric, the team from Nissan has come up with a hybrid electric vehicle in the ZEOD. The lithium ion battery recharges through the technology of regenerative braking (capturing energy electrically and reusing the same during acceleration).

It will employ a plug-in hybrid system, since it is built with a powerful internal combustion engine, a 1.6 liter turbo-charged 4 cylinder, therefore the driver can shift between electric power and the engine. Nissan reports the ZEOD RC will test out several electric drive train options before its race in 2014.
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December 8, 2013 at 8:25 am | No comment

2014 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

In March, the Lamborghini Veneno was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. It received a warm reception. As a result, the roadster version.

The 2014 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster features breathtaking performance with an extreme design making it one of the most exclusive super sports cars of all time. Only nine of these will be made with a price tag of $4.5 million each.

Some of the features the roadster shares with its coupe counterpart include carbon intensive construction, radical styling, a V12 engine and extreme competition-derived aerodynamics. In a nutshell, the Veneno roadster has retained look, sans the roof.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Super Sport Roadster Base Price: $4,500,000
Performance
Engine: V12 DOHC Displacement: 6.5 Liter
Horsepower: 750 HP Horsepower per Liter: 115 HP/ Liter
0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 221 mph (355 km/h)

Engine & Performance

Under the hood, the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster contains the same 6.5 liter, V12 engine found in the Aventador; however, its output has been increased to 750 hp. The Veneno Roadster also has a power to weight ratio of 4.38 pounds/hp that allows it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 secs.

It has a top speed of 221 mph. Finally, the car is fitted with a carbon-ceramic breaking system that reduce break and weight fade.

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Exterior

At the front, the roadster features large aerodynamic wings complemented by Y-shaped angular headlamps, huge channels and large fenders. It also features four exhaust pipes that are divided by a splitter at the rear.

It has large vents to keep its powerful engine cool and an adjustable rear wing that provides sufficient down force. All of the Veneno Roadster’s exterior parts are made from carbon fiber.

Interior

Just like the body, the interior of the Veneno Roadster used a lot of carbon-fiber elements. The driver and passenger will be able to clearly see the carbon-fiber monocoque around the central sills and tunnel.

The car has been equipped with lightweight bucket seats made from Forged Composite material. In order to shave of a little more weight, part of the headliner and seats are made from Carbon.
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December 7, 2013 at 8:25 am | 1 comment

2014 Hyundai ix35

Hyundai recently announced pricing and detailed specs of the new 2014 Hyundai ix35. Hyundai aims to continue their success in Australia and the UK’s compact SUV segment. The ix35 features new equipment and optional add ons.

The trims have been realigned and now feature 5 clearly defined specification levels that includes the mid-range SE, entry-level S, SE Nav, Premium, and premium Panorama.2014-Hyundai-ix35-at-work A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact SUV Base Price: £16,995
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.3 gals (58 L) Miles Per Gallon: 34 city / 47 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 173.6 in. (441 cm) Wheel Base: 103.9 in. (264 cm)
Height: 65.2 in. (165.5 cm) Width: 71.7 in. (182 cm)
Curb Weight: 3146 lbs (1427 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 20.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 1.6 Liter 4 Cylinder DOHC Compression Ratio: 11.0: 1
Horsepower: 133 HP Max RPM: 6300 RPM
Torque: 122 lb-ft @4850 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 11.1 seconds Maximum Speed: 111 mph (179 km/h)

* 1.6 GDi Petrol S 2WD model - UK

Engines & Performance

You have the option of either going with a diesel or gasoline (petrol) powered engines. All the engines are four cylinder, but depending on the market, the engine ratings will differ.

Like the gasoline powered Theta II engine has a 2.0 liter that produces 164 horsepower and 145 lb ft of torque; and the 2.4 liter with 175 HP & 167 lb ft of torque.
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Then there is the Gamma 1.6 liter GDi which delivers 135 HP and 122 lb ft or torque.

The next two are diesel engines, the R2.0 CRDi that gives you 182 horsepower and 282 lb ft of torque on a manual transmission, 289 lb ft on automatic. The second diesel option is a 1.7 liter with 114 horsepower to go with 192 lb ft of torque.

These are available in either FWD or AWD and in either a 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission.

Exterior

The car comes with daytime running lights, the LED type headlights and rear lights provide ample visibility. Also available are 3 different designs for the alloy wheels, 18 inches, 17 inches and 16 inches.

Other changes includes a radio antenna that passes as a fin and lower side moldings.

Interior

For the interior, there are chrome air outlets, a center tunnel and coasters that have easy to see blue light. The ix35 incorporates its multimedia section; a new MP3 CD Radio and 7 inch integrated browser touch screen that comes with a TFT display and rear view camera.

A new front parking assistance plus Flex steer technology allows the driver to use 3 different assistance modes located at the steering wheel. The levels may range from very low to very high firmness; sport, normal and comfort.

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December 7, 2013 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Chevrolet Camaro

During the 2013 Auto Show in New York, unveiled was the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.

This included the return of the Z/28, which is perhaps the most iconic model in the Camaro history.

This new rendition of the Camaro has a refreshed body style and received upgrades especially on the exterior.2014-Chevrolet-Camaro-near-the-building B

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe* Base Price: $ 23,555
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gals (72 L) Miles Per Gallon: 17 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 190.6 in. (484.1 cm) Wheel Base: 112.3 in. (285.2 cm)
Height: 54.2 in. (137.7 cm) Width: 75.5 in. (191.8 cm)
Curb Weight: 3719 lbs (1687 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 11.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance*
Engine: V6 DOHC RWD Displacement: 3.6 Liter
Horsepower: 323 HP Max RPM: 6800 RPM
Torque: 278 lb-ft @4800 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

*1LS Base model

Engine & Performance

The new Chevrolet Camaro is not intended to compete is any particular race series. It’s specifically focused on track capability. In the initial testing, the Camaro Z/28 was 3 seconds faster per lap than the Camaro ZL1. This extra speed comes from increased grip and reduced curb weight.

You can choose between 3 engines; the 3.6 liter V6 that produces 323 horsepower and 278 lb-ft torque or the 6.2 liter V8 that produces 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. If you love power, you may opt for the supercharged 6.2 liter Camaro ZL1 that produces 580 horsepower.

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Exterior

The new Camaro features a revised exterior design that integrates high-performance aerodynamics for much more efficient cooling plus stability at high speeds. The front has a slimmer and more refined grille with a larger lower fascia and new fog lights.

At the rear, the new taillights that have taken styling cues from the original first generation model. The RS appearance package now includes LEDs in both the headlights and the taillights.

Interior

The interior of the new Z/28 features distinctive trims and matte-metallic finish called Octane. The ZL1 has a flat-bottomed steering wheel and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts.

To reduce weight, the front passenger seats incorporate manual adjustments. Air conditioning is available as an option. The rear seats of the Z/28 have also been improved for weight reduction.

About 9 pounds has been saved by eliminating the seat-back pass through and using high-density foam instead of the rigid structure of the seat back.

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December 6, 2013 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S

As the Panamera steps into its 2nd generation, the luxurious sport sedan brings together the best of its heritage right into a modern package blending style, power, comfort, space and advanced electric system.

Porsche has revealed its crown jewel, the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S. It is nothing to yawn at once you see it speeding down your neighborhood, or on Wall Street.2014-Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S-this-way A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Luxury Sedan Base Price: $239,432
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gals (100 L) Miles Per Gallon: 14 city / 30 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 197.4 in. (501.4 cm) Wheel Base: 114.9 in. (292 cm)
Height: 55.4 in. (140.7 cm) Width: 76.0 in. (193 cm)
Curb Weight: 4343 lbs (1970 kg) Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: V8 Twin Turbo Displacement: 4.8 Liter
Horsepower: 570 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 555 lb-ft @2250-5000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch PDK
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 193 mph (311 km/h)

*Panamera Turbo - USA

Engine & Performance

The Turbo-S is worth the wait. This sports 4 door luxury sedan is equipped with a variety of engine advancements. That includes a larger turbo, pistons made of a new aluminum alloy, which boosts its horsepower from 550 to 570.

It comes with 553 lbs ft of torque in standard mode, but can offer up to 590 pound-feet of torque on over boost. As a result of the added power, Porsche claims the 2014 Panamera Turbo S can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

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However, its top-speed of 192 mph is 2 mph faster. The battery can be fully recharged from a 240V power source in 2.5 hours.

Porsches signature drivetrain, the PDK seven speed transmission goes along with the car’s optional launch-control feature. It comes with all types of sporty enhancements including ceramic brakes, active-roll stabilization, adaptive damper control and also variable airbag suspension.

Exterior

The most apparent change on the Turbo S is the nose, broader air intakes along with a sharply radiused power dome on the hood provide better definition to the Panamera's design. The diffuser and bumper have been reworked to produce a wider profile that is helps flatten out the slightly 'humped' hatch area.

Interior

The Panamera's interior design is pure present day Porsche. The buttons are grouped in a functional and easy to reach manner. The Turbo S seating include 2-tone leather and 14 way power-adjustable front car seats.

For those who are less enthusiastic about driving, the 2014 Panamera Turbo S is available in the Executive model. It provides 4.7 inches of extra rear seat legroom, the wheelbase has been stretched by 5.9 inches. The Executive features a few additional niceties, such as electronic roll up sun blinders, and ventilated seats.
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December 5, 2013 at 8:25 am | No comment

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