2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf looks nearly the same as the standard Golf, but this model has an electric motor.

This vehicle's driving range is somewhere between 81 and 118 miles (130 and 190 km), based on different driving conditions and it is energy efficiency is listed at 12.7 kW/100 km.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Electric Hatch Base Price: NA
EV Mode Range: 81-118 miles MPGe for Electric Mode: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 165.4 in. (420.1 cm) Wheel Base: 101.5 in. (257.8 cm)
Height: 58.2 in. (147.8 cm) Width: 70.3 in. (178.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 3329 lbs (1510 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 15.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Motor: 85 kW Torque: 200 lb-ft
Transmission: 1-Speed Automatic Battery Capacity: 24.2 kWh
0-60 mph: 10.4 seconds Maximum Speed: 87 mph (140 km/h)

* Base 2014 Golf specs

Engine

The e-Golf has a 113 horsepower electric motor (85 kW/ 115 PS) and can produce 199 lbs ft of torque. The motor's 24.2 kWh battery (lithium-ion) consists of 264 separate cells that add up to 323 volts.

The e-Golf's transmission is single-speed. Volkswagen claims the e-Golf can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 10.4 seconds and has a top speed of 94 mph.2015-Volkswagen-e-Golf-saving-energy A

Exterior

This e-Golf is the first model to have all-LED headlights. This four door comes with a redesigned front bumper that has daytime running lights and rear lights, both LED.

There are no exhaust pipes because this car is a zero-emission model. It comes with 16 inch alloy wheels and its 205 tires have been optimized to be low rolling resistant.

Interior

The e-Golf seats are available in Merline e-grey design or a titanium black pattern. Standard equipment includes: parking heater, automatic climate control, high-end radio/navigation system, heated windshield, leather gear knob, and leather steering wheel.

The stylish dark magnesium and iridium matrix trim features a redesigned instrument layout which includes a center console touchscreen.

The interior has new floor-mat edgings. This model also comes with an Ambience "Think Blue" pack and has blue reading LED lights, blue foot well lights, blue ambient illumination throughout its decorative trim to go with the blue illuminated door sill tread plates.

Charging System

There are different methods to charge the e-Golf's battery. The conventional 230-volt electrical socket method takes 13 hours to fully recharge the battery.

Volkswagen also provides an optional garage or carport wall box which charges at 3.6 kW levels and takes 8 hours to recharge the battery. The battery can also be recharged at public charging stations.

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October 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm | No comment

2012 Capristo Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

The 2012 Aventador recently received a performance boost from the German tuning company Capristo. The engineering team took the car apart piece by piece, removed extra weight and boosted the performance, and came up with the 2012 Capristo Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

Some of the parts were replaced with lighter material, making the car more powerful and improved aerodynamics than the production model.2012-Capristo-Lamborghini-Aventador-LP-700-4-by-the-port-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Super Sport Coupe Est. Market Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gals (90 L) MPG: 11 city / 17 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 188.2 in. (478 cm) Wheelbase: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 44.7 in. (113.5 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (202.9 cm)
Weight: 3384 lbs (1535 kgs) Maximum Seating: 2
Performance
Engine: V12 DOHC Displacement: 6.5 Liter
Horsepower: 700 HP Max RPM: 8250 rpm
Torque: 509 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Auto-Manual
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds Top Speed: 220 mph (354 km/h)

* Base 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

Engine

Capristo’s Lamborghini Aventador runs on a 6.5 liter V12 engine with a total output of 700 horsepower. The transmission is a 7-speed ISR semi-automatic gearbox.

You are able to get a maximum speed of 219 mph, an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph at 2.8 seconds, 1/10 of a second faster than the stock version. This performance boost has been achieved just by upgrading the exhaust system of the Aventador.

Performance

This Aventador managed to outrun most supercars on the racing track due to its downforce, aerodynamics and road grip. Its all-wheel drive ensures that the car stays on the road even while going through tight turns at high speeds.2012-Capristo-Lamborghini-Aventador-LP-700-4-ready-to-go-B

Exterior

Amongst the new visual upgrades, Capristo included a new rear wing and carbon fiber mirror casings. The original diffuser, rear and side air vents have also been taken down and replaced.

Last but not least, Capristo uses side skirts, and included a front lip and grille. The add-ons are meant to improve downforce, aerodynamics, visuals and reduced weight.

Interior

The upgrade kit does not include any interior upgrades. Capristo’s presentation model was featured with the standard production interior.

The 2012 Capristo Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 features subtle changes that do not place it too far ahead the standard version of the car. Capristo spent their time taking the car apart reducing its weight which helps its performance as no engine or transmission upgrades were made.

The most notable changes of this version of the Aventador are related to the exhaust system and the exterior visual upgrades.

October 25, 2013 at 6:17 am | No comment

2013 Renault Initiale Paris Concept

There are times that Concept cars appear to be simply someone's dream car, with little chance of ever becoming a reality. However, in the case of the 2013 Renault Initiale Paris Concept, this is not expected to be the case.

This vehicle looks like the future of minivans. The French automaker is advertising the Initiale as a replacement for its resident people carrier, Espace. The model looks like a minivan with characteristics of a crossover.2013-Renault-Initiale-Paris-Concept-purple-grain A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Crossover Base Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 190.9 in. (484.8 cm) Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: V6 dCi Twin Turbo Diesel Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Horsepower: 140 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 295 lb-ft Transmission: Shift by Wire-EDC
0-60 mph: 10 seconds Maximum Speed: 120 mph (193 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The engine offering of the Renault Initiale is a dCi 130 with enhancements to add to its efficiency.

The engine is a 3.0 liter, V6, that produces 140 horsepower and 295 lb ft of torque.
It is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a little under 10 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph.

Exterior

The Renault Initiale Concept features honeycomb air intakes on either side of the lower front bumper, streamlined sides and a low slinging plexi-glass roof. The cars overall length is a little under 191 inches.

The front grille is one of the vehicles most distinguishing characteristics. The LED headlights grab your attention as they wrap around the side, daytime running lights have been included as well.2013-Renault-Initiale-Paris-Concept-purple-gain B

Grooved body panels on the side lead to an understated rear view which simply blends well with the rest the contour of the Initiale.

If you look closely you will notice diamond shaped accents on several areas of the Renault Initiale's exterior including the front grille and wheels.

There is also an actual map of Paris on the roof, although the likelihood of that remaining on a production model is slim.

Interior

As you enter the Initiale Paris Concept, you find yourself going through rear hinged doors that open via a motorized running board.

After that, you will step onto the high tech aluminum, wood matte flooring. There are 3 rows of seating with armchairs accompanying the first two. The third seat folds flat to accommodate storage.

The dashboard is clean and the center console appears to be floating while containing 2 infotainment and performance screens.

The Initiale Paris Concept also is equipped with an audio system that include 32 speakers made by Bose!

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October 25, 2013 at 3:45 am | No comment

2015 GMC Yukon Denali

General Motors has announced the soon to come all new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali which is the flagship SUV of the line that includes the Yukon and the Yukon XL.

The Denali features a revised cabin design that provides more comfort, acoustic improvement, and additional technological integration.

Aesthetically refined, you don't sacrifice comfort, cargo room, or safety, in the new Denali.2015-GMC-Yukon-Denali-at-the-ballet-AA

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $56,820*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gals (98 L) MPG: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 202 in. (513.1 cm) Wheel Base: 116 in. (294.6 cm)
Height: 76.9 in. (195.3 cm) Width: 79 in. (200.7 cm)
Curb Weight: 5491 lbs (2491 kg) Ground Clearance: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 60.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 5.3 Liter V8 OHV Compression Ratio: 9.6: 1
Horsepower: 320 HP Max RPM: 5400 RPM
Torque: 335 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Hydra-Matic 6L80

* 2014 Yukon Denali 2WD
** Behind 2nd row seat

Engines & Performance

Two V8 engines are available on the 2015 Denali. The first is a 5.3 liter V8 engine that generates 350 horsepower, and the other is also a V8, a 6.2 Liter engine that produces a hefty 420 horsepower.

They are both mated with 6 speed automatic transmissions and are rear wheel drive.

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Exterior

Much of the profile outline and styling you are accustomed to in recent Denali model years remain intact.

Nuances such as a larger chrome and mesh rectangular grille, proudly display in red letters, "GMC", is one revision evident in the front. The compact vertically aligned LED headlights are a nice touch compared to its predecessors.

There are aerodynamic improvements with a deep front air dam normally reserved for the Tahoe hybrid and Chevy Volt.

The side doors are now over-lapping, once again improving air flow and making for a much more serene sounding cabin. The windshield and front door glass is now laminated which is another nod towards a quieter ride.

In the rear, there is a standard lift gate rear spoiler and a rear window wiper hidden under it.

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Interior

The interior contains perhaps the latest enhancements beginning with a smooth flowing dash. Centrally located is an 8 inch diagonal driver's display which is customizable. The center console and arm rests are accentuated by a rich, layered wood panels.

Entering the 2015 Denali is easier with an extra 2.5 inches of front headroom and an additional 4" of front legroom. Passengers in the back seat will find 2 more inches to stretch their legs .

The Denali cargo area has a fold flat second row of seats and an available power folding third row.

The new 2015 Yukon Denali will go on sale the first quarter of 2014 with the MSRP expected to remain at the 2014 level.

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October 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm | No comment

2015 GMC Yukon XL

GMC recently announced the new Yukon. However, the new 2015 GMC Yukon XL model promises to deliver greater capability and refinement, with much more power, improved seating and a quieter ride.

With the Yukon XL, you can expect a unique blend of craftsmanship and engineering.

GM has gone out of their way to enhance the Yukon by complementing it with a blend of aluminum inside and out, along with the accents of poplar wood on the inside.2015-GMC-Yukon-XL-studio-profile-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $46,425*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 31 gals (117 L) MPG: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 222.4 in. (564.9 cm) Wheel Base: 130 in. (330.2 cm)
Height: 76.8 in. (195.1 cm) Width: 79.1 in. (200.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 5674 lbs (2574 kg) Ground Clearance: 10.5 in. (26.7 cm) **
Luggage Capacity: 45.8 cu ft*** Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 5.3 Liter V8 OHV Compression Ratio: 9.6: 1
Horsepower: 320 HP Max RPM: 5400 RPM
Torque: 335 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Hydra-Matic 6L80

* 2014 Yukon XL 2WD
** Front
*** Behind 3rd row seats

Engine & Performance

The new 2015 Yukon XL will have a more powerful and efficient engine. Your choise of either a 5.3L V8 EcoTec engine producing 355 horsepower, is standard in all Yukon and Yukon XL models; and a 6.2 liter option for more power.

The engine features technologies such as direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, and an advanced combustion system. All this is designed to make most of the power, better efficiency and torque. The controlled combustion feature enables the engine to run with higher compression ratio to deliver greater power and efficiency.

An electric throttle control, hydraulic engine mounts, improved aerodynamics, adaptive exhaust systems and other technologies help the engine operate in 4-cylinder mode for long time periods while working with the Active Fuel Management system.

The engines are matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Exterior
The exterior of this SUV are sleeker and more aerodynamic. This enhances efficiency on the highway and contributes to the new Yukon XL’s ride.

Body styling cues are highly detailed with the use of chrome-accented grilles matched with the GMC’s signature C-shaped light-emitting diode, lighting motif, rear and front. Other features include new inlaid doors, and lightweight aluminum hood and lift-gate panels.

In addition, laminated windshield and front glass doors help improve cabin noise. The model also features a family of 18, 20, or 22 inch wheels, the standard 20 inch wheels come with the Denali.

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Interior

With those exterior improvements, on the inside, you get a quiet cabin using improved materials. You will find a soft-touch instrument panel, console, and door panels with stitching used that add class and character.

Ambient lighting have been placed in areas they are most likely to be needed. All seats come with dual-firmness foam; it doesn't hurt to have a Bose sound system.

An ambient air vent is designed to enhance comfort for the passengers. Basically the SUV features active noise cancellation technology to keep the interior quiet. More impressively, the Yukon XL has a compartmentalized center console that is big enough to store an iPad or a laptop.

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October 24, 2013 at 3:45 am | No comment

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