M-Class Features Bold Restyling and Fuel-Sipping BlueTEC Diesel

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The impressively fuel-efficient 2009-model diesel SUVs – the ML320 BlueTEC, GL320 BlueTEC and R320 BlueTEC – all come with a new AdBlue exhaust treatment system that meets the most stringent 50-state emissions limits.

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What’s more, the company’s family SUV – the M-Class – features bold restyling for the 2009 model year. Redesigned front bumpers incorporate new headlights with a distinctive step along the lower edge that continues around a larger, lower grill that holds three large silver ribs. Angular air intakes, widely set fog lights and chrome trim help give the 2009 M-Class a broader, stronger face.

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A recontoured rear bumper with recessed reflectors and a stainless-steel skid plate that wraps around its dual exhausts also give the new M-Class a broader stance. Larger outside mirrors provide even better visibility.

Inside, door panels now have an upholstered center section, and the seats boast a sportier design and a four-stage power lumber support for the driver’s seat. A new four-spoke steering wheel features built-in multi-function buttons and shift paddles. New advanced-technology features include an in-dash 6-disc DVD changer, hands-free Bluetooth phone system, a high-performance telematics system, and a port for connecting audio devices such as an iPod.

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The standard audio system comes with a color display, a double radio tuner, speed-dependent volume control and a keypad for phone numbers and radio frequencies. Optional equipment includes a voice recognition system, a 610-watt digital harmon kardon Logic7 audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two eight-inch screens, wireless headphones and an integrated DVD player with dual-source capability.

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PRE-SAFE Gives 2009 M-Class Reflexes to Protect Occupants

New standard equipment on the 2009 M-Class, PRE-SAFE® is a revolutionary safety system that can actually sense an impending collision before it happens and take measures to protect occupants during those valuable seconds before impact. The PRE-SAFE system that made its debut on the S-Class automatically tightens the front seat belts before a possible impact, and the front passenger seat moves to a position that can provide better protection. Side windows also close to provide better support for the window curtain air bags. If the system senses an impending rollover, the sunroof also closes.

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BlueTEC Diesel SUVs Boast Up To 600-Mile Cruising Range

Whether it’s the newly restyled ML320 BlueTEC family SUV, the larger GL320 BlueTEC or the versatile R320 BlueTEC, the diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz sport utilities get 20-30 percent better fuel economy, surprisingly good performance and extremely low exhaust emissions. This latest generation of electronically injected CDI engines is changing consumers’ dated perceptions about diesel engines. The BlueTEC diesels have impressive cruising range up to 600 miles traveling at highway speeds, and these well-appointed SUVs can do all that without sacrificing performance. In addition, V8-like pulling power makes the BlueTEC diesels ideal for towing.

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BlueTEC — A Modular Technology

BlueTEC is a modular system that includes an oxidation catalytic converter and a maintenance-free particulate filter as well as new techniques for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions – the last type of exhaust gas that’s higher in diesel vehicles than gasoline engines. The BlueTEC diesels use an NOx storage catalytic converter in combination with an SCR catalytic converter and AdBlue injection to lower NOx emissions.

The AdBlue system injects an aqueous urea solution into the exhaust flow, which releases ammonia (NH3), reducing nitrogen oxides to harmless nitrogen and water in the downstream SCR catalytic converter. Just the right amount of AdBlue for a given engine load and speed is injected to get the greatest reduction of nitrogen oxides. Its tank only needs to be refilled every 10,000 miles during routine maintenance intervals.

Early on, Daimler decided to use SCR-based BlueTEC technology to meet the Euro 4 and Euro 5 limits for commercial vehicles, and also to meet even more stringent European emissions standards in the future. All European manufacturers have since followed suit and are now developing technologies based on SCR to ensure compliance with future standards. Since 2005, BlueTEC technology has been used successfully in more than 25,000 Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles, and 3,000 locations in Europe now offer AdBlue.

Next-Generation Honda Pilot Balances Ideal Combination of SUV Strengths and On-road Refinement

2009 Honda Pilot

01/13/2008 - DETROIT -

A prototype of the next-generation Honda Pilot is being unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The prototype conveys design features of the more boldly-styled 2009 Pilot, set to debut in spring 2008, which emphasizes authentic SUV styling, clever and more accommodating interior packaging and advanced technologies for safety, fuel efficiency and convenience.

“The Pilot’s pioneering formula improves for 2009 by enhancing its combination of refinement and efficiency with even more traditional SUV strengths,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. “A powerful exterior design communicates strength and allows for more space inside.”

Functional eight-passenger seating, a hallmark of the Pilot, becomes even easier to access in the third row as key dimensions for legroom, cargo and occupant space increase in all seating positions. A redesigned platform allows even more refined handling and ride comfort to exist seamlessly with all-weather and medium-duty off-road capabilities.

To further enhance safety, the Pilot will feature the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE®) body structure and the most extensive use of high-strength steel in any Honda product to date.

The ACE body structure enhances frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights. A pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle is designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision.

2009 Honda Pilot

A crossover SUV platform underpins the Pilot to provide the best of the car and truck worlds by integrating the refined traits and packaging advantages of a unit body car design with the utility and capability of an SUV design. A V-6 engine introduces the latest generation of Honda fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology that operates in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4- and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency, an improvement compared to the existing Pilot’s available VCM system that works exclusively in 6- and 3-cylinder modes.

Three rows of seats provide a high degree of adaptability for people and large cargo loads. The first row provides a commanding view of the road from two captains’ chairs. A wide center stack and center console form the styling anchor for the interior with a design that emphasizes spaciousness and power, while allowing for convenient access to navigation, entertainment and climate-control systems.

The 60/40 split second row, now more spacious, slides further forward for increased ease of access to the third row. The 60/40 split third row, now supplies enough knee room for an above-average-sized adult male to fit comfortably, making the Pilot’s third row among the most practical in the industry. Each side of the second and third row independently folds down for cargo. A flat floor is created when the second and third rows are folded down.

2009 Honda Pilot interior

The Pilot originally debuted as a 2003 model in July of 2002. Design and development of the 2003 Pilot and the 2009 Pilot were carried out at Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio, and Torrance, California. The Pilot is assembled* at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln.

Among its numerous accolades, the Honda Pilot has earned Car and Driver Magazine’s prestigious “5Best Truck” award on six consecutive occasions (2002-2007). The current-generation 2008 Pilot is also among an elite group of vehicles to receive both a “Top Safety Pick 2008″ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star crash safety rating for frontal and side collisions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)**.

* Honda products are produced using domestic and globally-sourced parts.
** Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov. Model tested with standard side-impact airbags.)

2003 Triumph Thunderbird

2003 Triumph Thunderbird
2003 Triumph Thunderbird

2003 Triumph Thunderbird
2003 Triumph Thunderbird

2003 Triumph Thunderbird
2003 Triumph Thunderbird

2003 Triumph Thunderbird
2003 Triumph Thunderbird

• 2003 Triumph Thunderbird


The traditionally-styled Thunderbird has always appealed to riders looking for the unmatched Triumph triple experience in a classic package, and there is still nothing to touch this retro heavyweight for sheer presence and relaxed unhurried performance.

The refined 885cc three-cylinder engine delivers a hefty 69bhp, while the fat torque curve ensures the T'bird is never short of drive whatever revs the engine is turning at. Couple the unhurried power characteristics with a low seat height and relaxed riding position and it's easy to see why Hinckley's first classically-styled machine, still the only three-cylinder retro available, has such a strong following.

A substantial chassis adds to the imposing looks and makes the Thunderbird a stable performer on the open road while offering light, responsive steering at slower speeds and exceptional comfort. Disc brakes front and rear keep a dependable check on speed when required.

With the soulful triple sound barking out of 'peashooter' pipes and that classic badge shining from the duo-tone painted tank - available in two new colour options for 2003, it's easy to see why the Thunderbird turns heads wherever it goes. And with Triumph's comprehensive range of dedicated accessories available to create an even more individual machine for each owner, the T'bird legend lives on.

Colour Options

British Racing Green with Cream infill
Cardinal Red with Silver infill

Triumph Accessories

Silencer (for off-road use only)
Alarm/Immobiliser (Thatcham Category MC1 compliant)
Tank Bag
Summer Screen
Roadster Screen
Colour Co-ordinated Fly Screen
Fabric Panniers
Leather Panniers
King & Queen Seat
Tubular Grab Rail
Sissy Bar & Luggage Rack
Chrome Sissy Bar
Chrome Luggage Rack
Chrome Master Cylinder Cover
Chrome Radiator End Caps
Chrome Radiator Guard
Chrome Outrigger Finishers
Chrome Chain Guard
Chrome Water Pump Pipe
Chrome Caliper Covers
Chrome Levers
Adjustable Levers
Chrome Side Stand
Centre Stand
Fork Protectors
Low Handlebars
Various Tank Badges
Front Mudguard Extension
34PS Restrictor Kit


Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 885cc
Bore/Stroke 76 x 65mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Fuel System 3 x 36mm flat slide CV carburettors
Ignition Digital - inductive type

Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed

Frame Micro alloyed high tensile steel spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminium alloy
Wheels Front 36-spoke, 18 x 2.5in
Rear 40-spoke, 16 x 3.5in
Tyres Front 110/80 R 18
Rear 150/80 R 16
Suspension Front 43mm forks with triple rate springs
Rear Monoshock with adjustable preload
Brakes Front Single 320mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Rear Single 285mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Length 2280mm (89.8in)
Width (Handlebars) 810mm (31.8in)
Height 1190mm (46.9in)
Seat Height 776mm (30.5in)
Wheelbase 1580mm (62.2in)
Rake/Trail 27°/106mm
Dry Weight 220kg (485lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres (3.9 gal US)

(Measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 70PS (69bhp) at 8,000rpm
Maximum Torque 70Nm (51.7ft.lbf) at 4,000rpm
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage
Service Intervals 6000 miles or one year, whichever comes first

Vintage Motorcycle Days 2008 Photos

Closeup of Egli Vincent

As mentioned before, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio is one of those events you really should attend if you have any interest in motorcycles beyond the latest and greatest factory offerings. I’ve already pointed out a couple of bikes, the Doublewhiz and the Munch Mammut replica, but there were thousands of motorcycles at the track, some in the various show areas and displays and some rare finds were just ridden in and parked among the most common daily riders. You needed to keep your eyes open because you might see something really interesting almost anywhere.

Here are just a few bikes of interest in no particular order:

Triumph Cafe Racer
A very nice Triumph Cafe Racer

One of many Tritons

Another Triton, this one a 1959 T-120 engine in a 1959 featherbed frame.

Who says you have to stay British? How about a Yamaton, Yamaha power in a Norton frame.

Prince Vincent and Rickman Interceptor
A beautiful black Prince Vincent next to a Rickman Interceptor.

Honda CB350 Four
Easy to walk right by, a Honda CB350 Four, the rare little cousin of the CB750 and CB550. Behind it is a GB500 in chrome.

Plus, there was one fellow from Michigan who I saw ride in but didn’t get my camera around fast enough to photo, he was riding a very well done Harley Sportster transformed into a cafe racer and he was dressed in the perfect ton up riding gear. Couldn’t find him later.

These are only a few, but you get the idea. If these bikes look interesting, mark your calendar for next year.

Toyota’s FTHS Concept to be 2009 Supra

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The Toyota FT-HS Hybrid concept car shown at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show will, in fact, be the next Supra – though the Supra name may not be the one ultimately selected for the car. It will, however, retain the hybrid power of the concept car, though precisely what type of hybrid is still to be finalized. There are several types of hybrids, differing in the extent to which they use electric power to actually turn the wheels at all times. The concept car put 400 hp to the ground through the rear wheels and used a hybrid set-up in conjunction with a V-6 engine.

It is reasonable to expect that this car will not have lithium ion batteries, as Toyota has just admitted it cannot have that technology ready for the next generation Prius.

However, it is reasonable to believe that this car will have a version of the hybrid system already introduced in the Lexus GS 450h. That would mean a DOHC 3.5 liter V-6, which puts out 292 hp at 6,500 rpm in the Lexus, coupled with an electric motor to deliver additional torque. In the Lexus, a 650V motor which has a 197 hp peak output is used, though that additional power is available only momentarily, on demand.

The concept car was about the size of a Lexus SC 430, measuring 170.3 inches long, with a 104.3 inch wheelbase and height of 50.8 inches. That makes it close in size to the Corvette. Depending on where Toyota places the battery packs required for the hybrid operation, the car could approach or achieve a 50-50 weight distributio

Ford Synergy 2010: The 2010 Ford Taurus That Never Was Or Ever Will Be

The spy photo of the 2010 Ford Taurus which were so fleetingly displayed today (and which will live on in RSS readers everywhere) got the old gears turning back to memories of 1996. Ford made huge waves at the Detroit Auto Show that year with the Synergy 2010, a peek at the future of automobiles. It was "equipped" with a 1.0-liter diesel engine, advanced communication systems, super lightweight materials and state-of-the-art aerodynamics. The car was a design concept exploring ways to carry four passengers safely while returning an astonishing 80 MPG in the year 2010.

All of this begs to question — where did the Synergy go? At the time, Ford partnered with GM and Chrysler in a program called "The Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicle." The threesome's aim was to deliver an 80 MPG four-passenger car. The program was funded and coordinated through the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), beginning its quest for the next big thing in 1993. During the course of the project, running cars were created by each automaker; the Ford Prodigy, the GM Precept, and the Chrysler ESX-3, all of which had astonishing fuel economy and the safety features necessary to maintain road worthiness

As early as 2000, the automakers began lobbying for the end of the program, after seeing substantial improvements in the areas of low friction material, powertrain hybridization, and fuel cells. In 2001 the program was canceled and the assets were shifted to the "FreedomCAR" program, which while still in existence, has much more nebulous goals and equally unclear time lines.
Considering the 2010 Ford Taurus we may or may not have seen earlier falls into the targeted range of model years for the PNGV program and it probably rests on some level of taxpayer funded research, we wonder if it will indeed safely seat four passengers and return 80 MPG. We're not holding our breath.

2010 Bugatti Royale, Maybe?

Bugatti has stated that it is not going anywhere, and that there be an entry-level model. (Never mind the fact that an “entry level” Bugatti could still cost $800,000.) What they haven’t stated is what kind of model it will be, except to say that it will remain the best of the best.

We aren’t sure who’s responsible for the rendering above, but if Bugatti were to go the sedan/limo route, this is one person’s idea of a new Bugatti Royale. From this angle, we are definitely in. It’s a car in which we could see going very fast, very comfortably, on our way to Biarritz with three of those damsels we met at the craps table in Monaco.

From the rear, however… well, things go less… winningly. We can understand the concept of a shooting brake — but a Bugatti Royale Wagon? Looking at that elegantly sloping expanse just makes us want to go shopping. Very quickly, still, and for very expensive stuff… but shopping nonetheless.

[Source: Autoweb.cz via Caradisiac]

Tags: bugatti concept, bugatti royale concept, BugattiConcept, BugattiRoyaleConcept, concept cars, ConceptCars

Ok as a big fan of the Veyron, I’m not sure about this amateur design. It kinda laggs in the exotic styling department. It needs to stay in concept and improvement department.

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Beijing Auto Show: HongQi SUV Concept

Red Flag HongQi SUV Concept

HongQi (Chinese for Red Flag) is the premiere division of Chines car maker FAW Groups and at the Beijing Auto Show presented this quite interesting concept, the HongQi SUV Concept. It’s quite surprising for a Chinese producer to come up with such a great looking concept, however, considering that the production version won’t be available until at least 2010, we’ll have to wait and see that before we make any other remarks.

The concept’s front fascia features an evolved version of Red Flag’s signature grille with the addition of large vents and the car will be powered by FAW’s advanced V12 engine, which will also equip the HQE limousine. FAW is very proud of this engine, which features an advanced combustion system, full aluminum light weight design, optimized fuel economic efficiency and lower emissions. This engine will also lay the foundations for a V6 and a V8 engine to follow.

Skoda Yeti SUV to enter production

Skoda Yeti SUV Concept

Autocar reports that the Skoda Yeti SUV will enter production, most likely in 2009, as a part of Skoda’s plan to release six new models by the end of 2010. These cars will be both new generations of current models and new models through which Skoda will enter new markets. Some of these models, besides the Yeti, will be the new Fabia estate, the new Superb and, in 2010, a facelift for the Fabia plus a whole new Octavia replacement, which will be based on VW Golf’s PQ35 platform.

Now, about the Yeti, we have no official clues so far, but what we do have is a lot of rumors. Though everyone would expect for Skoda to use the Tiguan platform on the Yeti, it seems that the Czech producer is planning on borrowing only the four-wheel drive system and mix it with other VAG Group hardware, so practically, the Skoda Yeti will be a new car, smaller than the Tiguan, which will compete cars like the Suzuki Jimny or the Nissan Qashqai.

Martin Hrdlicka, Skoda’s head of chassis development said that “Skoda will develop its own vehicle and its own concept. We need to find niches where we don’t compete with other group products from VW and Seat,” adding that they don’t know for sure if the “Yeti” name tag will be kept.

Volkswagen to release Polo-based SUV

Volkswagen Polo SUV

Volkswagen has really decided to enter the trend of crossover launches, after the succesful launch of the Tiguan, which has enjoyed a very good welcome by buyers, VW has announced that by 2010, they will launch a crossover based on their small sized model, the Polo.

This will give BMW and Opel a run for their money, both having announced the launches of the X1 and Corsa-based crossover, by being outfitted with VW’s 4Motion tehnology, designed for 4×4 models but it will not go into the premium market, VW not wanting to hurt Audi’s sales of their future model, the A1. According to Walter da Silva, chief designer of VW, the future models will not try to bring something really innovative, but every model will enjoy a certain dose of character.

This model will almost certainly be powered by most of the TDI engines available, the 1,4 and 1,6 litre diesels, and for those who prefer regular petrol, the range of engines is consisted by the 1,4 TSI, the old 1,2 litre engine developing 70 bhp, and a brand new 1,2 litre TSI engine capable of delivering 105 bhp.

Mercedes Benz GLK, official pictures and details

Mercedes Benz GLK

The compact crossover market segment will be really disputed in the next period, most manufacturers preparing one player for this class. What is the GLK? If you analyze the acronym GLK with the German-English dictionary, you will find that letter K stands for “kurz” which means “short”. So the model will be a “miniature” of seven seats Mercedes model and inherits many features of bigger brother, including the quadrate profile.

With 4.52 meters, GLK is shorter than the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, but longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan. If we compare strictly the german quartet we’ll have to wait until we see them all on the roads, but in manufacturers class Mercedes is in top, having the most diverse group in the crossover premium group.

The GLK was seen in videos, so mystery surrounding the release of the series has pretty much dissapeared. The commercial version does not differ much from the concept that was presented at the Auto Show in Detroit.

Mercedes says that GLK is one of the best SUVs on the road. All versions are equipped with 4MATIC full traction and the power distribution ratio is 45:55. The secret skills outside the road lie in the specific program activated by the “G” button placed on the central console. With a single click of a button accelerations becomes more soft and enable off-road ESP, which improves the control.

The top of the line is the GLK350 which comes with a 272 hp 3.5 liter V6 and sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (60 mph) in only 6.2 seconds. Europeans will also get the 170 hp 220 CDI diesel, the 320CDI BlueEfficency and the 231 hp 2.8 liter V6.

The GLK comes with chrome-plated elements, 20” alloy wheels, a navigation system that saves the route travelled so the driver can easily find the track back. The model also provides a revolutionary intelligently tri-zonal air-conditioning system. The well-known luxury interior will not be missed, having noble materials such as Sienna Pine wood, leather and chrome, all depending on the level of facilities. It also will not be deprived of panoramic roof, Sirius audio system and the display from central console.

Prices for the German market, without VAT, are:
• GLK 220 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY: € 33,900
• GLK 320 CDI 4MATIC: € 38,700
• GLK 280 4MATIC: € 36,600
• GLK 350 4MATIC: € 38,700

2009 Volvo S40 Will Become a 3-Series Fighter?

German magazine AutoZeitung has published illustrations of what the next 2009 Volvo S40 could look like. There have been rumors that Volvo may kill the S60 model. If that happens the S40 could move slightly upmarket to fill the void left by the S60. This means the car could grow a few inches also. If this happens, the car could switch platforms from the current Ford Focus to the new Ford Mondeo platform.

These illustrations take many design cues from the XC60 SUV Concept that was recently unveiled. If these illustrations are close, the S40 could become a lot sportier than it is now and could become a great alternative to the 3-Series and new Merc C-Class.

Expect the car to come out either at the end of 2008 or early 2009.


2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750
2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750
2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750
2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750
2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

• 2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

The environmentally-friendly custom bike

What could be better than the classic Nevada 750 equipped with electronic fuel injection?
Only Moto Guzzi could surpass itself in this way, injecting a new lease of life into a motorcycle that time alone cannot stop.

The Nevada Classic 750 i.e. is an absolutely modern motorcycle. 87% of the bike, some 383 parts out of 441, have either been redesigned or replaced and the look is totally new, even if the bike maintains all the fascination of a thoroughbred custom. Side panels, shock absorber covers, seat, rear mudguard, tail light and even the rider footrests have been restyled. The resulting look is eye-catching and contemporary but still leaves that unique Nevada spirit shine on through. The brand new, ultra-modern instrumentation now includes an LCD display. The handlebars and grips have been redesigned, as has the clutch lever, which affords smoother, easier action. Riding ergonomics have been improved to give better control and easier handling in rush-hour traffic. The new profile seat has a height of only 760 mm, making for beautifully easy low speed manoeuvring in tight spaces.

The engine is Guzzi's magnificent 744 cc 90° V-Twin of course, but electronic fuel injection has been added to improve performance in all situations and a Lambda probe catalyser minimises emissions too. Likewise, the beautifully balanced frame is still one of the Nevada's strong points, but cornering and steering precision have been improved by a new Marzocchi 40 mm fork.

Rider and passenger comfort is guaranteed by soft suspensions and the two rear shock absorbers are adjustable to suit load. Brakes are those of a sportster, with a mighty 320 mm front disc operated by a four-pot calliper and a 260 mm disc at the rear. The Nevada Classic 750 i.e. is also backed up by an extensive range of dedicated accessories to permit individual customisation. The Nevada Classic 750 i.e. comes in a choice of two colour schemes: Nero Guzzi (black), Rosso del Lario (red).

Features and Benefits:

The new Moto Guzzi range. Every trip is a journey.

The journey is more important than the destination. The knee-down excursion on tortuous roads, the leisurely cruise across the continent in company, even the simplest commuting between home and office all have a common denominator - the pleasure of riding your motorcycle, soothed by the throb of the 90° V-Twin, in the seat of the maximum expression of technology and Italian creativity. The new range reflects this idea and applies it to all the facets of motorcycling today.

The custom segment has always expressed the purest and most direct essence of freedom and is well represented by the Nevada 750 Classic and California Classic, two motorcycles immune to the passage of time.

The naked segment is also fierce, with the Breva 750, agile and robust as a genuine Moto Guzzi, its big sister the Breva 1100, attractive and fun to ride.

Completing the picture is the extraordinary Griso 1100, a flash of originality and passion to be enjoyed down to the last drop.

Every future trip on the back of a Moto Guzzi will not just be a pleasure, but also more "cleaner", with the Euro3 engines fitted on the entire range.

All Moto Guzzi motorcycles include a 2 year factory warranty and 24-hour Roadside Assistance. With our factory warranty and roadside service you can ride with the peace of mind knowing that help and service is just a phone call away. Please see your local dealer for more details.










2007 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750 Specifications:

Type 90° V-twin, four stroke
Cylinders Aluminium alloy with Gilnisil treatment
Pistons Forged with 2 inner liner and 1 oil control ring
Cooling system Air cooled
Displacement 744 cc
Bore and stroke 3.15” x 2.9” (80 mm x 74 mm)
Compression ratio 9,6 : 1
Timing system two overhead valves, moved by light alloy push-rods
Valve timing: Intake open 18° B.T.D.C.;
intake close 50° A.B.D.C.;
exhaust open B.B.D.C.;
exhaust close 15° A.T.D.C. with valve clearance 1 mm
Maximum power 35.5 kW (48.28 HP) at 6.800 rpm
Maximum torque 54.7 Nm at 3.600 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electric injection
Starting system Electric
Ignition Magneti Marelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition with inductive spark
Exhaust system Three-way catalyzer with Lambda sensor

Gearbox 5 speed
Internal ratios 1° 11/26 = 1 : 2,3636
2° 14/23 = 1 : 1,6429
3° 18/23 = 1 : 1,2778
4° 18/19 = 1 : 1,0556
5° 25/22 = 1 : 0,88
Lubrification By lobes with pressure pump
Primary drive By helical gears, ratio: 16/21=1 : 1,3125
Secondary drive Shaft drive, ratio: 8/33=1 : 4,825
Clutch Single disc, dry, with cush drive

Frame Detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strengh steel
Wheelbase 57.75” (1,467 mm)
Trail 5.4” (138 mm)
Rake 27,5°
Front suspension Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 1.57” (40 mm)
Front wheel travel 130 mm
Rear suspension Swinging arm in light cast alloy with two dampers, preload/rebound adjustable
Rear wheel travel 5.1” (130 mm)
Front brake Single stainless steel floating disc, Ø 12.6” (320 mm), four piston calipers
Rear brake Single steel disc, Ø 10.2” (260 mm)
Wheels: spoked steel rims

Front rim 2,50"x18"
Rear rim 3,50"X16"
Tyres Front 100/90 V18"
Rear 130/90 V16"

Electrical equipment
Voltage 12 V
Battery 12 V - 14 Amp/h
Alternator 12 V - 350 Watt

Length 85.3” (2,166 mm)
Width 31.7” (805 mm)
Height 42” (1,068 mm)
Seat height 30.2” (767 mm)
Ground clearance 8.2” (290 mm)
Dry weight 405.6 lbs (184 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 3.7 gallons ( 14 liters)
Reserve 1 gallons (4 liters)
Colours Black, Red

MSRP $8,990
Two-year factory warranty and 24-hour Roadside Assistance come standard.

2005 Buell Lightning XB12S and XB12Scg

• 2005 Buell Lightning XB12S and XB12Scg

The originator of the factory streetfighter, the Lightning combines minimalist styling, premium components and a gut-wrenching powerband from our own V-Twin. Read to tear away from the Pack? Tough choices in Thrust Blue, Racing Red or Midnight Black. Available in Lightnin XB12Scg for a lower center of gravity

The Buell Lightning XB12S and Firebolt XB12R will return to the lineup for 2005 relatively unchanged. A 1203cc fuel-injected air/oil/fan-cooled Thunderstorm V-Twin provides the power once again. New to the XB12S and Firebolt XB12R are a 43mm fully adjustable inverted front fork and the addition of Buell's Thrust Blue color option.


Torque: 84 ft/lbs @ 6,000rpm

Engine: Thunderstorm 1203cc, V-Twin

Wheelbase: 52in, 1320mm

Seat Height: 30.1in / 765mm (XB12S)
28.6in / 726 (XB12Scg)

Max Lean: 50°

2005 Triumph Speed Triple

2005 Triumph Speed Triple

2005 Triumph Speed Triple

• 2005 Triumph Speed Triple

To become a true icon is no easy feat. But from its very first incarnation over a decade ago the Speed Triple assumed just that status, mixing a primal three-cylinder core with sporting ability and an aggressive, stripped-down stance. Some things are just right and meant to be. The Speed Triple has always been one of those things.

And the icon's been reborn. A brand new 1050cc, three-cylinder, fuel-injected engine gives great welts of bottom-end torque, massive mid-range punch and impressive levels of power. Yet this is no mere steriod injection. The motor's been refined with a new slick-shifting gearbox and clutch, yet the gnarly character of the in-line triple, that's proven so addictive to legions of Speed Triple devotees, remains fully intact.

Containing this powerhouse is a completely new chassis. A rigid aluminium frame, fully adjustable upside-down forks and remote reservoir rear shock, radial four-piston brake calipers, five-spoke wheels and an evocative single-sided swingarm give cutting edge precision, while the Speed Triple's brutal style is inspired by the short, cut-down look so popular on the streets of southern Europe.

Stronger. Smoother. Sharper. The Speed Triple legend continues.

Triumph Urban Sports

The word on the street is Triumph. And the sound that beats their arrival is a special and throaty roar. Sexy, head-turning looks are matched by exhilarating performance and precise handling.


Engine Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 1050cc
Bore/Stroke 79 x 71.4mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Ignition Digital - inductive type - via electronic engine management system
Transmission Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed
Cycle Parts Frame Tubular, fabricated aluminium alloy perimeter
Swingarm Single-sided, alumium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster
Front Wheel Alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear Wheel Alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 5.5in
Front Tyre 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Tyre 180/55 ZR 17
Front Suspension 45mm USD forks with dual rate springs and adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
Front Brakes Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston radial calipers
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Dimensions Length 2115mm (83.3in)
Width (Handlebars) 780mm (30.7in)
Height 1250mm (49.2in)
Seat Height 815mm (32.1in)
Wheelbase 1429mm (56.2in)
Rake/Trail 23.5 degree/84mm
Weight (Dry) 189kg (416lbs)
Performance (Measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020) Maximum Power 130PS (128bhp) at 9,100 rpm
Maximum Torque 105Nm (78ft.lbf) at 5,100 rpm
Colours Jet Black, Neon Blue, Scorched Yellow

2005 Triumph Bonneville T100

2005 Triumph Bonneville T100

2005 Triumph Bonneville T100

• 2005 Triumph Bonneville T100

Adding subtle touches to the unclutttered Bonneville form, the T100 roadster wears a little extra to mark its connection with the classic speedster of the sixties.

And a little extra spice, too. The T100's new, full-blooded, 865cc, air-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine gives a throaty performance echoed by the mellow backbeat from its twin pea-shooter exhaust pipes. Deep-chromed engine covers add lustre while the tachometer, flanking the speedometer, marks out the revolutions.

The T100's chassis thrives on the extra power and torque available from the engine, delivering secure road-holding, effortless steering and easy-going manners - as you'd expect of a motorcycle drawn from Bonneville stock.

Always a distinctive machine, crisp hand-applied coach lines adorn the T100's two-tone paint and the tank-mounted rubber knee-pads add nostalgic charm and practicality. It's a pleasure to ride, to own, with a unique character that defies comparison.

The Bonneville T100. An individual motorcycle and a very individual choice.

Triumph Modern Classics

A range of bikes that evokes Triumph's rich and unique heritage. Not just in the legendary styling and timeless design of the classic lines, but in the strength of engineering and excitement of the ride.


Engine Type Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360 degree firing interval
Capacity 865cc
Bore/Stroke 90 x 68mm
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Fuel System Twin carburettors with throttle position sensor and electric carburettor heaters
Ignition Digital - inductive type
Transmission Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive x ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5-speed
Cycle Parts Frame Tubular steel cradle
Swingarm Twin-sided, tubular steel
Front Wheel 36-spoke, 19 x 2.5in
Rear Wheel 40-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Front Tyre 100/90 19
Rear Tyre 130/80 17
Front Suspension 41mm forks
Front Brakes Single 310mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 255mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Dimensions Length 2230mm (87.8in)
Width (Handlebars) 840mm (33.1in)
Height 110mm (43.3in)
Seat Height 775mm (30.5in)
Wheelbase 1500mm (59.1in)
Rake/Trail 28 degree/110mm
Weight (Dry) 205kg (451lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.6 litres (4.4 gal US)
Performance (Measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020) Maximum Power 64PS (63bhp) at 7,250 rpm
Maximum Torque 68Nm (50ft.lbf) at 6,000 rpm
Colours Jet Black/White, White/Tangerine

2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin

2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin
2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin

2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin
2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin

• 2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin

2009 Victory 106 CI Freedom V-Twin

Power and responsiveness has a new calling card. Introducing the all new 106 CI Freedom V-Twin engine from Victory. Available on the Vegas Jackpot, Ness Jackpot, Hammer and Hammer S. Wtih 97 horsepower and 113 ft lbs of torque. It's 106 cubic inches of American muscle.

Features & Benefits

• Freedom 106 Cubic Inch (1731cc) V-Twin Engine

• 97 horsepower @ 5000 rpm

• 113 ft lbs of torque @ 4000 rpm

• 6 Speed overdrive transmission

• 4-Valve overhead cam

• Stage-2 cam shafts

• From Osceola, Wisconsin

The Past Engines

V92/5 Fuel injected four valve OHC
67 HP and 85 Ft Lbs of Torque

Freedom 92/5 Speed
Refined looks and performance
76 HP and 94 Ft Lbs of Torque

Freedom 100/6 Speed
First with 6 Speed Overdrive
83 HP and 103 Ft Lbs of Torque

Freedom 106/6 Speed
92 HP & 109 Ft Lbs of Torque

100/6 Speed
85 HP & 106 Ft Lbs of Torque

New Freedom 106/6
97 Horsepower & 113 ft-lbs. Torque
Stage 2 Cams

Toyota Camry Solara

Toyota Camry Solara Base MSRP: $19,930 - $30,460 The Camry Solara received a mid-cycle freshening for 2007, resulting in an updated exterior, a new instrument cluster and additional safety equipment. The Solara is unchanged for 2008. It's available as both a coupe and a convertible, and its competition includes the Nissan Altima and Accord coupes, neither of which are offered as convertibles. The current Solara coupe debuted as a 2004 model, and featured a fresh look and more power from the available V-6 in its second generation. (Toyota)

Base MSRP: $19,930 - $30,460

The Camry Solara received a mid-cycle freshening for 2007, resulting in an updated exterior, a new instrument cluster and additional safety equipment. The Solara is unchanged for 2008. It's available as both a coupe and a convertible, and its competition includes the Nissan Altima and Accord coupes, neither of which are offered as convertibles.

The current Solara coupe debuted as a 2004 model, and featured a fresh look and more power from the available V-6 in its second generation.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser Base MSRP: $22,545 Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV re-creates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm — a memory lost in today's Land Cruiser. For its second model year Toyota has added standard side-impact and curtain airbags, a new offroad option package and new paint colors. Features including power mirrors, remote keyless entry and cruise control are offered as optional add-ons. That might seem a bit stingy in this price range, but bear in mind that the base FJ Cruiser includes an electronic stability system and Toyota's stout 4.0-liter V-6. (Toyota)

Base MSRP: $22,545

Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV re-creates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm — a memory lost in today's Land Cruiser. For its second model year Toyota has added standard side-impact and curtain airbags, a new offroad option package and new paint colors.

Features including power mirrors, remote keyless entry and cruise control are offered as optional add-ons. That might seem a bit stingy in this price range, but bear in mind that the base FJ Cruiser includes an electronic stability system and Toyota's stout 4.0-liter V-6.

The Full-Size Kia Mesa SUV Will Arrive in 2009


Outsiders are systematically chipping away at what was once true domestic territory. After years of attempting to crack the full-size pickup truck market, Toyota finally drove the message home with the new full-size Tundra. Buyers of Escalades and Navigators also have two Japanese choices when it comes to buying a boat-towing, family-moving jumbo-sized SUV, the Infiniti QX56 and Lexus LX 470 (soon to become the LX 570), not to mention their less lavish siblings, the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. And while these entry-level branded Japanese SUVs fight it out against the Chevrolet Tahoes, Dodge Durangos and Ford Expeditions of the world, there’s a new threat from an entirely different country on the way… the upcoming Kia Mesa.

Back in 2005, when large sport utility vehicles weren’t so taboo, Korean automaker Kia showed off the KCD-II Mesa concept right in the heart of Motor City. It was big, the biggest SUV that the brand had ever made, and it had the underpinnings of a true large SUV utilizing a body on frame design. It also featured a proper 4X4 system, complete with a low-speed transfer case for getting out of extra sticky situations. Kia formulated this setup with its popular Sorento, and will be pulling an encore for the Mesa. Spy photos confirm that the production Mesas undergoing hot-weather testing will be akin to the concept in this way.

The Mesa might not be as long as a Yukon, but it’ll at least be as big as an X5 or a Touareg, and will therefore require a decently sized engine to not only get it moving, but to get it moving with a payload of seven and luggage, or for that matter with a trailer. The 3.5-litre V6 found under the hood of the concept might be alright on an empty load, but it’s much more likely to feature the 3.8-litre V6 engine found in the Sorento. There’s an excellent chance that it could be the first V8-powered, North American market Kia vehicle too, utilizing the Tau-series V8 engine that was introduced in the Hyundai Genesis concept car earlier this year.

KIA Mesa SUV interior

While the Mesa probably won’t have the glamorous styling, oversized wheels and futuristic interior of the concept vehicle that shares its name, it will present buyers looking for a large, all-terrain capable sport utility vehicle a compelling alternative to what is currently being offered, and one with a strong warranty and a high value for money factor.

One of the highlights of the Mesa is that it offers three rows of seats, whereas its Sorento only offers seating for five. Also, it’s good to see that Kia is being given the freedom to develop some its own vehicles, rather than just become the less expensive brand beneath the Hyundai umbrella. Like the Picanto, Rondo and current Sorento, the Mesa will be a unique offering to the brand, while Hyundai offers the car-like Veracruz in the large, 7-occupant SUV class.

It won’t be long before final tweaks on the Mesa are completed, with the official unveiling taking place later this year, most likely at the LA Motor Show. At the latest, the Mesa will be on sale during the early months of 2008.

2009 Lamborghini SUV

There are two things that made everyone know we are watching the Lambo SUV under the skin of that false Cayenne: one - the prototype tested was huge compared to the next generation Cayenne that will be smaller and sportier than the current generation. And second, the widened fenders and lowered front-end are not from a regular SUV. Conclusion: we are watching something big! Future Lamborghini SUV that will be unveiled sometime in 2009.

Where were also rumors telling that this might be a Bentley SUV, but the one who saw the prototype on the race track said that the testing speeds were too high for a luxury SUV.

The question is what are going to be the performance of a SUV made by a supercar market? Under the bonnet where will be the same 5.0 liter V10 engine used in the Gallardo, but the weight of the SUV will make the car slower. Maximum output will be around 500 hp and the Lambo SUV will hit an estimated top speed of 175-180 mph.

The 2009 Lamborghini SUV will also get the 4.5 liter V8 engine used in the Cayenne. Also the European market will get the 5.9 litre V12 diesel engine used in the Audi Q7.

The SUV will be based on a modified Cayenne platform. The company wants to keep the producing cost as low as possible, so they ca obtain good money from it. The V10 engine and a Lamborghini style design will make this thing easier to achieve.

2009 Lamborghini SUV

Talking about the new SUV, company boss Stephan Winkelmann said: "An SUV would fit the brand. We’ve done one in the past."

Conclusion: can’t wait for 2009 to come so we can this this crazy beast on the streets

2009 Kia Borrego / Mohave: Full Image Gallery Leaks Into The Net

There’s no need to wait for the 2008 Detroit Show in January to see the “Full Monty” on Kia’s all-new Borrego SUV (click here) as Korean websites have spilled the beans releasing a whole series of images. The Borrego, which will be called Mohave in the South Korean market is Kia’s first attempt mid-size SUV category and it features a body-on-frame construction. With room for up-to-seven occupants, the Borrego will be available with either a V6 engine or the company’s first V8 offering (in some markets). Sales in Korea will start in early 2008 with overseas sales commencing in late spring or early summer.