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


General Info
Vehicle Type: Super Sport Coupe Est. Market Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gals (90 L) MPG: 11 city / 17 hwy
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
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


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.


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


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.


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


General Info
Vehicle Type: Crossover Base Price: NA
Length: 190.9 in. (484.8 cm) Maximum Seating: 7 people
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.


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.


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


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $56,820*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gals (98 L) MPG: NA
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
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.



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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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


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $46,425*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 31 gals (117 L) MPG: NA
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
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.


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.



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.


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

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray

We have not seen the name “Stingray” on a Corvette since the days of the C3.

With the introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, the moniker has returned along with a truly new model of the iconic American sports car.

“New” is the buzz word surrounding the C7, given its body redesign, improved interior and more powerful engine. It is also being marketed as the most fuel efficient sports car available.2014-Chevrolet-Corvette-C7-Stingray-near-my-house A


General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) MPG: 17 city / 29 hwy
Length: 176.9 in. (449.3 cm) Wheel Base: 106.7 in. (271 cm)
Height: 48.8 in. (124 cm) Width: 73.9 in. (187.7 cm)
Curb Weight: 3298 lbs (1496 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 15 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: V8 LT1 DOHC Displacement: 6.2 Liter
Horsepower: 460 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 465 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds Maximum Speed: NA

* Corvette 3LT specs

Engine & Performance

Under the long hood of the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray you will find another new component. A direct injection, 6.2 Liter small block V8, producing 455 horsepower to go with 465 lb ft of torque.

This C7 is paired with a 7 speed manual transmission and with an assist from variable valve timing, this vehicle is expected to deliver 17 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Equipped with the optional Z51 package, acceleration from 0-60 mph will take just 3.8 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph.

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Most people considered the Corvette C6 to be just a facelift version of the C5. With the C7 Stingray, what you get is an extreme makeover.

The front of the C7 sports an almost sly smile when viewed at an angle which seems just right for this menacing machine. The headlights have been changed, featuring standard LED daytime running lights.

The vaunted Corvette insignia spreads its wings on the front center hovering above the black mesh air intakes in the lower front bumper.

The profile is as contoured and sleek as ever. The Corvettes new rear is reminiscent of the Camaro, but for the most part, all the vents and tailpipes to emphasize its performance as it blows past you.

The C7 has quadruple taillights, like its predecessors, to go with sports quad tailpipes below at the center of the rear bumper. Once again the Corvette logo, along with the name, are displayed on the rear at the center.

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In the past some complaints were made regarding the quality of the Corvettes interior. Those critics will go silent when they sit in the 2014 C7 Stingray. Plastic have been replaced with soft quality materials and leather.

All instrumentation and controls have been located ergonomically and angled toward the driver. Just a short reach away are dual 8″ configurable infotainment and driver screens.

There is also keyless entry, push button start and a 9 speaker Bose sound system to go with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB card.

The 2014 Corvette C7 should be available soon, with an official release timeframe in the third quarter of 2013. The MSRP of the base model (1LT) will be $51,995.

However, with a multitude of trim line offerings and optional packages you could spend up to $75,000+.

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October 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm | No comment