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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Renault Duster


Renaults all-new affordable SUV is set to hit the Indian market. After a mixed review at the Auto Expo, the French major, keen to find a firm foothold in the sub-continent, has pulled out this ace from its stable of cars.
The Duster will be one of the first major small SUVs from a foreign manufacturer to slot somewhere between the Scorpio and Safari at the lower end, and the XUV at the higher.


Today’s all-terrain vehicles are often synonymous with bulk, but Renault Duster is an antidote to that idea. With a length of 4.31 metres and a width of 1.82 metres, Renault Duster is very compact. Its Megane-size proportions ensure that it is as at home in built-up areas as it is off the beaten track.

Renault Duster was designed to cope with all types of road and track, all over the world. In order to meet these wide-ranging needs, Renault Duster will be available in both 4x4 and 4x2 form.

The strengthened underside of Renault Duster is suitable for loose-surfaces and all-terrain use thanks to: high ground clearance of 210mm, short overhangs (822mm at the front, 820mm at the rear) and big clearance angles.

Travelling comfort 

Renault Duster's occupants will appreciate the high standard of travelling comfort it provides, whatever the type of road or terrain, thanks to its high ride-height (205mm in 4x2 version and 210mm in 4x4 version) and specific work on its suspension (damper travel, springs and calibration). Comfort is further enhanced by Duster's long wheelbase (2.67m) and big 16-inch wheels.

Renault Duster can be ordered with a 1.6 16V 105 petrol engine or a dCi 85 diesel engines, both of which have already showcased their qualities under the bonnet of numerous other Renault models.

Both boast particularly thrifty fuel consumption:

·        The combined cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Renault Duster dCi 85 is just 5.1 and 5.3 litres/100km respectively.
·         The combines cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Renault Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 7.5 and 7.9 litres/100km respectively.

No compromise on safety 

Renault Duster benefits from Renault’s acclaimed expertise in the area of safety.

On the active safety front, Renault Duster features, depending on versions, Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and EBA emergency brake assist.

On the passive safety front, Renault Duster is fitted, as standard, with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats, to which pyrotechnic pretensioners can be added. Depending on the version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Bentley Continental GT speed


  Fastest Bentley on the Earth:

The Bentley Continental GT revealed , 328kph isn't nearly fast enough. Probably. Because today, we can reveal the fastest production Bentley in history: the 330kph Bentley Continental GT Speed.


That's right, an entire two kilometers-per-hour quicker than the Supersports Coupe.

Bentley has aimed the new GT Speed at enthusiasts who enjoy outright speed, and as such, has uprated the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine from the normal W12 GT's 567bhp to 616bhp and a simply prodigious 800Nm of torque. This equates to a 0-100kph time of four seconds dead, shaving a highly necessary 0.4 seconds off its lesser's time. For reference, the Continental Supersports produces 621bhp and shaves that 0-100kph time down even more to 3.7 seconds.
 
The new GT Speed uses the ZF eight-speed auto gearbox - which contributes to an overall 12 per cent improvement in economy and CO2 - and features uprated steering and suspension, a lowered right height and 21in ‘Speed' wheels available in two finishes. Naturally, it gets permanent all-wheel-drive with a Torsen differential to harness those horses, too.

Inside the hand-crafted cabin, the GT Speed features the ‘Mulliner Driving Specification' as standard, and external pointers include a dark-tinted matrix front grille, lower air intakes and a "rifled" finish to the exhaust pipes.

Says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley chief: "The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental Coupe."
 
It'll make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month, where Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will pilot a pre-production version up the hill. Quite quickly, probably.This news has taken from BBCtopgear.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Auction for earthquake victims by italian Car maker Ferrari


Ferrari, the Italian supercar manufacturer, has set up an online auction to raise money for victims of the recent earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the italian carmaker has opened its V12 heart for the cause. Some heart-achingly desirable and exclusive Ferraris and Ferrari merchandise is being auctioned off right now as you are reading this. Every penny earned out of this will go to victims of the quake. 


The bad boy in this auction will be the 599XX Evo, with a reserve price of €1.35 million. This isn’t a scale model or a mock-up. This is Ferrari’s actual, non-homologated road-going, most extreme version of the 599.
 Then there are other collectibles like Ferrari’s 2009 season formula car’s nose cone and wing. These things are prohibitively expensive. But if you would like to donate something more affordable check out Felipe Massa’s and Fernando Alonso’s personal gloves, helmets, and sweatsuits that start at about €400. You could also get yourself some wristwatches that start at about US$500.

The auction closes on 20 June, 2012. Check them out at http://store.ferrari.com/en/

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Alfa Romeo 4C


 Design award wining : The Alfa Romeo 4C 

It's official: the Alfa Romeo 4C is disturbingly, disarmingly pretty.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept debuted at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show in March 2011. The 4C is a small lightweight rear wheel drive sports car; its size is similar or slightly smaller than Alfa Romeo MiTo supermini.
The mid-engined coupe was entered into this year's Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este to take part in a design content for ‘concept cars and prototypes'. And following an adjudication on the sumptuous, glorious banks of Lake Como in northern Italy, by public referendum, the 4C was declared the winner.

As Danilo Zuchetti, president of Villa d'Este noted: "We witnessed a Concorso that is second to none in terms of sheer class and quality."

Quite. You'll remember the Alfa Romeo 4C. It was launched at the Geneva motor show last year, scrambled together as a last ditch show car that essentially floored all comers and prompted Alfa chiefs to seriously consider putting it into production. Which they will, in 2013.

But, for those schools of thought promoting the theory that the glorification of surface beauty is a vacuous, destructive ideal, there is some manna in the Alfa's underpinnings. Because it ain't just a pretty face. Underneath sits a carbon tub designed by Dallara (the racecar manufacturer), skinned in SMC to keep things nice and light; Alfa's target weight is around 900kg. We're also promised 230bhp from a turbocharged petrol engine, too. You work out the power-to-weight.

Interestingly, the Alfa's win at Villa ends Aston's hopes of clawing three wins from the show. Its entrant - the AM310 - was pitched to continue Aston's previous form with the One-77 and V12 Zagato. The baby 4C also saw off the Stile Bertone Jaguar B99, Ford's EVOS concept and even the Lexus LF-LC. This news has taken from BBCtopgear.