Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Honda CR-Z Wheels Car of the Time 2011

It’s a hybrid with strength, and the 2011 Wheels Car of the Year. Proficiently engineered, imposingly resourceful, and with muscular security credentials, the Honda CR-Z is also a genuine joy to drive. The little petrol-electric car may not be blindingly speedy, but it is eye-opening nimble. Endowed with the kind of handling and navigation that invites connection, the Honda puts a smile on the face of any driver who accepts the summons.

It’s hard to quarrel the Honda’s competence, nor the excellent security qualifications. Prepared customary with six airbags, the Honda already had an Australian NCAP five-star security rating in the bag at launch.

Particularly in town, the CR-Z’s hybrid drive train makes excellent sense. That thin electric motor sandwiched between engine and diffusion adds noticeable low-end torque, accurately where the 1.5-litre engine is weakest. Working together this way, the engine-motor combo is amazingly expandable and flexible. The fuel-saving Auto Stop structure works well in stop-start traffic too.

The 1.5-litre four seems to raise the roof in hard work, and sounds, well, happy, to be run to its 6500rpm redline. The CR-Z’s six-speed physical is a beautiful thing to use, so recurrent shifting is a real pleasure.

Either the CR-Z’s skeleton hardware or its line of crash contains any hint of surprise and pleasure. But the Honda is exactly a joy to drive. The company’s skeleton tuners – this time – have made a gem from the most necessary resources. It even rides well, at least in part for the reason that it has wisely sized tires. Cars that drive similar to this never occur by disaster.

Having set out to create a fun-to-drive car with superior competence, Honda bulls eyed its target. And it was this that lifted the CR-Z over the quantity, earning it the votes for COTY victory. Honda may be going throughout tough times right now, with an erratic model range and declining sales. But while it can still create a car akin to the CR-Z it deserves esteem and the special award.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Exposed: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC

The masses presence the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show witnessed the presentation of the new 2012 Bentley Continental GTC. This second-generation model takes the magnificence found in the first GTC and sprinkles in a strong dose of sportiness.

The latest Continental GTC’s power plant is a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine producing 567 bhp at 6000 rpm and 516 lb.-ft. of torque at a humble 1700 rpm. A new 6-speed automatic ZF diffusion prepared with Quick shift helps cut shift times by up to 50 percent and enables orchestrated downshifts. Continental GTC is said to drag from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and from 0-100 mph in 10.9 sec.

Boasting wider front and rear tracks, grippy 275/40ZR-20 Pirelli P Zero tires, sharper navigation, a retuned double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multilink rear suspension and a rear-biased awd system splitting power 40/60 front/rear, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC promises less under steer and an exciting driving experience. EPA fuel economy figures for the new GTC have it burning 11 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the main road, amazingly decent considering its boosted 12-cylinder transportation close to 3 tons.

In the cabin, a neck radiator system makes top-down driving contented during evenings and cooler weather. Slim and sympathetic “Cobra Style” front seats provide additional comfort, while also providing more freedom and easier access for the rear. Premium soft-touch leather adorns the cockpit and comes existing in 17 colors with six split color combinations and a choice of seven veneers. The GTC’s tailored multi-layered cloth roof, auditory glass and insulated underbody panel provide optimal sound insulation, perfect for the new touch screen 30-GB infotainment system prepared with the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers. The infotainment system introduces highly developed satellite navigation with Google Maps compatibility and dynamic direction guidance.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Toyota to bring in Lexus variety in India through 2013

Japanese auto huge Toyota Motors lately announce that it will bring in its premium brand Lexus in the Indian car marketplace by 2013. Launch in Japan in 1989, the brand is already opposing with BMW, Audi and Mercedes in the global arena. The company’s Indian unit, Toyota Kirloskar Motors, will be operating Lexus as an entirely different body and will almost certainly...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

World Fastest Cars: 2011-2012

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport:
Maximum Speed: 267 mph, 0-60 in 2.4 secs
Base Price: $2,400,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 8.0L W16-Cylinder, 64v DOHC Quad Turbocharger
Max RPM: 6400 RPM
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch direct-shift Auto

Hennessey Venom GT:
Maximum Speed: 260 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 seconds
Base Price: $950,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 6.2-liter LS9 V8 Twin Turbo
RPM: 6500 RPM
Transmission: Ricardo 6-Speed Manual

Koenigsegg Agera R:
Maximum Speed: 260 mph, 0-60 in 2.7 secs
Base Price: $1,600,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 5.0 liter Twin Turbo V8 Max
RPM: 6900 RPM
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual clutch

SSC Ultimate Aero:
Maximum Speed: 257.4 mph, 0-60 in 2.7 secs
Base Price: $970,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: SSC Designed V8 Max
RPM: 6075 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo:
Maximum Speed: 248 mph (399 km/h),0-60 in 2.8 secs
Base Price: $555,000.00
Maximum Seating: 3 people
Engine: Twin Turbo V8 Max
RPM: 6300 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Koenigsegg CCX:
Maximum Speed: 245 mph (395 km/h) 0-60 in 3.2 secs
Base Price: $540,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 32-valve DOHC V8 Max
RPM: 7000 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

McLaren F1:
Maximum Speed: 240 mph (386 km/h) 0-60 in 3.2 secs
Base Price: $970,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: V12 Mid Engine RWD Max
RPM: 7400 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Gumpert Apollo:
Maximum Speed: 225 mph (362 km/h) 0-60 in 3.0 secs Est.
Base Price: $238,00.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 4.2-liter bi-turbo V8 Max
RPM: 7900 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic-Manual

Noble M600:
Top Speed: 225 mph (1609 km/h) 0-60 in 3.7 secs
Base Price: $324,680.00(£200,000)
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: Yamaha 4.4-liter Twin Turbo V8 Max
RPM: 6800 RPM
Transmission: Graziano 6-Speed Manual

Lamborghini Aventador:
Best Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h) 0-60 in 2.9 secs Est.
Price: $379,700.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 6.5L V12 Max
RPM: 6200 RPM
Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic-Manual

Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster:
Top Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h) 0-60 in 3.4 secs
Base Price: $1,850,000.00 (Euro 1.3 million)
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: Mercedes Benz AMG Turbo V12 Max
RPM: 6150 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Cima Robotized

Ferrari Enzo:
Top Speed: 217 mph (350 km/h) 0-60 in 3.4 secs
Base Price: $644,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: 6.0L 48-valveV12 Max
RPM: 7800 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual w/ auto shift

Jaguar XJ220:
Maximum Speed: 217 mph (350 km/h) 0-60 in 3.8 secs Est.
Market Price: $650,000.00/345,000 Euros
Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine: Twin Turbo V12 Max
RPM: 7200 RPM
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

Ascari A10:
Maximum Speed: 220 mph (354 km/h) 0-60 in 2.8 secs
Base Price: $650,000.00
Maximum Seating: 4 people
Engine: V8 Max
RPM: 7500 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Pagani Zonda F:
Top Speed: 214 mph (345 km/h) 0-60 in 3.5 secs.
Base Price: $667,000.00
Maximum Seating: 2 people
Engine: Mercedes-Benz AMG 48-valve V12 Max
RPM: 6150 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The three important steps during auto transport

So you are going to transport your car to a new place and you have managed to hire a professional auto transport company. You must have selected the auto transport methods like enclosed or open trailer based on your needs. Now it is important to keep certain thing in mind for ensuring hassle free car shipping.  Prepping your car for transport and analyzing the vehicle during delivery is the two important sections that you need to care for.

Prepping your car

Firstly, wash your car properly even if it is going to be shipped in an open trailer. This would help you to notice any scratches, chips or other damages clearly. Remove all your personal belongings from the car. The auto transport companies do not entertain any types of personal things being kept in the car. They are not legally permitted to transport such items. Moreover, such possessions would not be covered under insurance too. Make sure to disable the car alarm. The car shipping company would not like to waste their time disabling your car alarm. So better shut off the alarm. Do not fill the gas tank completely. Keep it only up to 1/4 so as to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.

Your car may have specialty items or loose parts like ground effects, spoilers, fog lights etc. remember to fold back your wide mirrors and lower the antennae.  During car shipping, it is better to transport convertibles with the top and secured properly. You must make sure that the battery is fully charged and the tires are properly inflated. Inform the driver if there are any leaks so that the car won’t be kept in the top deck of open trailer. Make a list of all operational problems if any and hand over to the driver.

Pick up instructions

Be on time while handing over the car to the car shipping company. The driver should give you an original inspection report before taking the car from you. Report should have information on pickup and delivery details, car’s current mileage and most importantly, the condition of your automobile during the shipping including existing scratches and damages. It is important to keep this report and the person going for car delivery should essentially carry this inspection report.

During car delivery

While waiting for the delivery make sure that you are on time and has given instructions about the place and time. If you are delayed, then you are not only delaying your delivery but other car delivery too. As the car is delivered, remember to do a methodical inspection keeping the inspection report in hand. Look for any damages that are new and has happened during the transport. Look underneath the vehicle as well. If there is any such damage, make sure that the driver signs the document. Never take in the delivery at night unless you have proper lights to view it clearly. If any damages are seen, contact the car shipping company and ask them for the insurance coverage. Most of the companies would deal your complaints effectively and reimburse for your damages.