Sabtu, 07 Februari 2015

New Car: 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari just released the official photos and information about new 458 Italia which gets a new name, 488 GTB. The changes including exterior styling and a new engine. Up front, Ferrari designer redesigned headlights that features the lines of LEDs just like its predecessor. Now, the hood comes with sculpted design, new front fascia, and front spoiler.

From the side, we can see large side air intakes which makes the coupe looked more aggressive. At the rear, the company redesigned the circular LED tailights and added more fine lines. The coupe car also gets rear diffuser and new twin exhausts. Ferrari engineer upgraded car aerodynamic which boasts 50% more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. There’s a sophisticated aerodynamic underbody that incorporates vortex generators.

Under the hood, Ferrari offers a new engine V8 3.9 liter produces 661 hp at 8,000 rpm. and 760 Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to 7-speed dual clutch with Variable Torque Management which deploys engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range. The 488 GTB can reach 100 km/h from zero in 3 seconds and it can run from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.3 seconds. Its top speed is 330 km/h. Ferrari claims that the car can lap Fiorano track in 1 minutes and 23 seconds!

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB will make its debut at 2015 Geneva Motor Show next March.

New Car: 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

Say ‘halo’ to the fastest Porsche Cayman ever, the Cayman GT4. It is developed for those who wants Cayman with more horsepower. The GT4 comes with 911 Carrera S’ engine flat six-cylinder 3.8 liter. But Porsche’s engineers detuned the engine, so it only produce 380 hp. The machine is connected to 6-speed manual transmission. It can run from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and its maximum speed is 295 km/h. Furthermore, the automaker claims that it has Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds. It means that the coupe has the same figure with Porsche 997 GT3 and Mercedes SLS AMG.

According to Porsche, the Cayman GT4 is 30mm lower body position and generously sized brake system consist nearly entirely of components from 911 GT3, including chassis components. GT4’s exterior is almost the same with regular Cayman. The company just adds a fixed large rear wing, a redesigned hood with an air inlet, a bumper with new design which features bigger cooling vents, a lip spoiler, rear diffuser, and two exhausts.

When you buy the car, you will be offered the option lists, including PCCB ceramic brake system, full shell seats made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a custom Sport Chrono Package with the unique Track Precision app and a Club Sport Package.

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4 will make its debut at 2015 Geneva Motor Show next March and will be released in the same Month in Germany.

Minggu, 25 Januari 2015

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Volvo revealed its latest experiment in car (sorry, this time isn’t a new safety tech). Its new car named, S60 Cross Country. S60? No, you don’t read a wrong name and I didn’t type a wrong name. Yeah, seems like Volvo is trying to explore further with its Cross Country after V70 Cross Country made success and has created a new segment. The carmaker said that it was the first premium sedan which had the same level of capability and rugged design cues of its Cross Country wagons.

The engineer increase its height of 65 mm and featured All-Wheel Drive system. But in Europe and selected countries, the S60 Cross Country will also be available in front wheel drive. The mid-size sedan is offered with 18-inch and 19-inch wheels with high profile tyres. Volvo claims that the tyre improves comfort and all-road capabilities and also reducing road noise. For the powertrain, Volvo offers 2.0 liter 5-cylinder petrol engine with turbo and produces 250 hp. There’s a diesel engine choice 4-cylinder D4 produces 187 hp. Later, Volvo is going to add another engine choice, D4 diesel 5-cylinder 2.4 liter.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept

Once again, Volkswagen (VW) previews its mid-size crossover for US market at 2015 NAIAS. This time, the German automaker unveiled Cross Coupe GTE Concept. The concept car that’s built on MQB platform has 4,846 mm long, 2,029 mm wide, and 1,735 mm tall. It has an exterior design which is almost the same with two previous VW’s concept cars, CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupe. But it only can take 5 passengers.

The four-door SUV concept comes with hybrid powertrain. Its conventional engine is VR6 petrol 3.6 liter produces 276 hp and accompanied by 54-hp electric motor in front and 114 hp electric motor in rear. Total horsepower that it can produce is about 355 hp and the top speed is 209 km/h. Driver can activate ‘E-Mode’ that enables shutting down the VR6 engine and let the 114-hp electric motor moves the car up to 32 km.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Mercedes GLE

2016 Mercede GLE comes up at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Like what I’ve said in previous post, for me it’s still an awkward car. It’s like Mercedes stole the BMW X6’s styling. You can see it from the its body line. Up front, Mercedes designer puts sporty design with headlights which reminds me to other latest Mercedes models. From side, it looks too high for GLE and make it even more awkward. At the back side, we can see a la S-Class Coupe tailights which doesn’t seem suitable.

Inside, Mercedes presents luxury design with high quality material. Sporty look is seen from 3-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel, and using carbon fiber in some areas. Under the hood, there’s a V6 3.0 liter engine produces 362 hp and mated with 9-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system, 4Matic.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Audi Q7

Audi officially revealed the new 2016 Q7 at 2015 NAIAS. The second generation gets big changes. The big news is now Q7 is lighter about 325 kg than its predecessor, thanks to aluminum that’s used some parts of its body structure. Audi said that now doors, front fenders, hood, and tailgate were made from aluminum. Its new dimension is slightly shorter and narrower than the old Q7. But the company claims that the cabin is longer and offers more headroom. Moreover, the interior design is nice and looked modern with high-quality material.

Unfortunately, the exterior design is not like what I expected before that will have a spectacular design. It’s a plain design even though it comes with latest Audi design language. The new Q7 is more like bigger Q3. For the engines choice, Audi offers 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine with supercharged produces 328 hp and 440 Nm of torque. For diesel lover, there’s a V6 3.0 liter powertrain which produces 268 hp and 600 Nm of torque. Both of those engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. For Asian market, Audi will offer 4-cylinder engine 2.0 liter TFSI produces 248 hp and 370 Nm of torque.

2015 NAIAS Highlights: 2016 Lincoln MKX

Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln introduced its new crossover, MKX. Following the launched of its sibling, Ford Edge last year, Lincoln is ready for the luxury version. According to the automakers, New MKX is the most powerful, best handling, best riding, and the quietest thanks to the available of EcoBoost 2.7 liter engine, integral rear link suspension, and upgraded body structure and chassis components. Under the hood, Lincoln immerses EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 2.7 liter V6 produces 330 hp and 501 Nm of torque, or standard machine V6 3.7 liter V6 delivers 300 hp and 379 Nm of torque. Both of the engines are mated to 6-speed automatic tramssion with push button shift and SelectShift.

MKX is the first Lincoln that is featured adaptive steering and high-end Revel audio system. Another isnteresting feature is Lincoln Drive Control that optimize performance and offer three driving mode:Normal, Sport, and Comfort. The car’s exterior and interior design is almost the same with its smaller sibling, MKC.

2016 Lincoln MKX will be launched at USA this fall, followed by other markets, such as China, South Korea, Mexico, and Middle East right after that.
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