Chevrolet Fuel Economy Range Pickups and SUVs

Chevrolet has launched their fuel economy range of their full-size pickups and SUVs that includes the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado XFE, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe XFE, the GMC Sierra XFE and the GMC Yukon XFE.

The Chevrolet and GMC XFE - Xtra Fuel Economy - models are powered by a 5.3L V8 engine coupled with a six-speed transmission and offer a 15 city and 21 highway mileage ratings.

This engine is rated at 320 hp (238 kW) and 340 lb.-ft. of torque (461 Nm) in the Tahoe XFE and the Yukon XFE and at 315 hp/235 kW and 338 lb-ft/458 Nm in the Silverado XFE and the Sierra XFE.

2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

General Motors is building on the segment-leading fuel economy of its full-size pickups and SUVs with new XFE models of the 2009 Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon. The vehicles use a combination of mechanical, aerodynamic and mass-reducing enhancements to deliver a 5-percent increase in EPA-estimated highway fuel economy and more than 7-percent improved mileage in city driving.

The aero enhancements make Silverado XFE and Sierra XFE models the most aerodynamic full-size pickups in the industry, with a “Best in Class” 0.412 coefficient of drag (cd). The pickups join the Tahoe Hybrid and Yukon Hybrid as the most aerodynamic full-size SUVs at 0.349 (cd).

2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

The new XFE – Xtra Fuel Economy – models reflect GM’s quick adaptation to an evolving market that remains a very important segment. They are available on 2WD vehicles equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and six-speed transmission. They achieve 15 city and 21 highway mileage ratings versus comparable non-XFE models’ 14/20 ratings.

Most importantly, the increased efficiency does not come at the expense of capability. Towing ratings for the Tahoe and Yukon are unchanged, while the Silverado and Sierra increase from 6,600 pounds (2,994 kg) to 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg) due to the new, six-speed transmission and high-capacity cooling package.

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe XFE

“We are pulling out all the stops to deliver a more efficient package for customers who need the capability of full-size pickups and SUVs and want the very best fuel economy,” said Gary White, GM North America vice president and vehicle line executive for full-size trucks. “Our pickups and SUVs are already the fuel economy leaders of their respective segments, but our engineers knew greater efficiency was achievable. We fast-tracked the XFE models to get them into dealer showrooms as quickly as possible.”

All models carry the XFE name badge and are offered in the LT trim for Silverado and LS and LT trims for Tahoe. Sierra XFE comes with SLE trim and Yukon XFE is offered with SLE and SLT trim. Most regular-production options for all models are available. Silverado XFE and Sierra XFE are offered in 2wd crew cab body styles only. Production begins this fall.

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe XFE

“In addition to the XFE models, GM already offers hybrid versions of the Tahoe and Yukon that achieve up to a 50-percent improvement in city fuel economy and coming in the first half of 2009 are the Silverado and Sierra Hybrids,” said White. “These hybrid pickups offer up to 25 percent overall increased fuel economy and greater than 40-percent improved mileage in city driving.”

2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid

XFE efficiencies

GM’s more efficient full-size pickups and SUVs are powered by a 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LC9) engine that’s built with a mass-reducing aluminum cylinder block and heads. It is rated at 320 horsepower (238 kW)* and 340 lb.-ft. of torque (461 Nm)* in Tahoe and Yukon and 315 hp/235 kW and 338 lb-ft/458 Nm in Silverado and Sierra. The engine is backed by a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission (with high-capacity cooling on Silverado and Sierra).

A rear axle equipped with a fuel-saving 3.08 ratio is also standard on all XFE models. Lightweight aluminum wheels and low rolling resistance tires (with higher tire pressure) also are included on all models.

2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid

Other unique content and features for Silverado XFE and Sierra XFE include:

Soft tonneau cover (improves aerodynamics)
Extended front lower air dam (improves aerodynamics)
Lowered suspension and revised chassis tuning (improve aerodynamics)
Aluminum lower control arms (reduce mass)
Aluminum spare wheel (reduces mass)
Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels (reduce mass)
Automatic locking rear differential
Trailering package
Low rolling resistance tires

2009 GMC Yukon XFE

Other unique content and features for Tahoe XFE and Yukon XFE include:

Lowered suspension and revised chassis tuning (improve aerodynamics)
Aluminum lower control arms (reduce mass)
Aluminum spare wheel (reduces mass)
Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels (reduce mass)
Automatic locking rear differential
Trailering package
Low rolling resistance tires

The new XFE models reinforce GM’s commitment to full-size truck leadership, which continue to the industry’s best and deliver the fuel economy, capability, quality and choice that are important to customers.

2009 GMC Yukon XFE

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept Car

The second premiere (not in a particular order) from Chrysler LLC for the 2008 Detroit Auto Show is the 2008 Jeep Renegade concept. The 2008 Jeep Renegade will do the job, if you want a dune B-segment-sized two-seater all-weather surfer.

Jeep Renegade Concept Car

Featuring a cut-down speedster windshield, a roll bar, openings in the door lowers and a ‘hose-out’ interior, the 2008 Jeep Renegade concept is an eco-friendly off-roader.

With propulsion system is combination between a 40 mile lithium-ion battery pack and a BLUETEC diesel engine, giving the 2008 Jeep Renegade a 110 miles per gallon fuel consumption average.

2008 Jeep Renegade Specifications:
Width at H-point: 62.9 inches (1598 mm)
Height: 56.3 inches (1431 mm)
Length: 153 inches (3885 mm)
Wheelbase: 101.6 inches (2580 mm)

Jeep Renegade Concept Car

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Car

Renault Megane Coupe Concept will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show as a new Renault concept. The Renault Megane Coupe Concept previews a future compact production coupe with sporty styling and fluid design.

The Renault Megane Coupe Concept features dragonfly wing doors, 4 independent seats, mobile-phone operated ignition and door locks and touch-screen multi-media players. Powered by a 2.0 liter engine, the Renault Megane Coupe Concept may develops 200 hp at 5,800 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 2,600 rpm. The 0 to 62 mph acceleration time is estimated at 7.2 seconds.

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Car


Spectacular Megane Coupe Concept wows the crowds at Renault Press conference
Latest concept previews future compact production coupe and Renault’s more fluid, sportier styling, following widespread acclaim for stunning Laguna Coupe Concept at Frankfurt motor show, September 2007
Twin, two-part “dragonfly wing” doors open to reveal futuristic, sleek and stylish interior with four independent seats, Fire Red lacquer seat structures and black leather/nubuck upholstery

Megane Coupe Concept: An expression of character and dynamism

Renault chose the Geneva Motor Show today to take the wraps off of its Megane Coupe Concept showcar, which previews a compact coupe to be released at a later date. Like its larger sister, Laguna Coupe Concept, which wowed the crowds in Frankfurt last September, it points to an evolution of more fluid, sportier styling from Renault.

The sleek and aggressive-looking Megane Coupe Concept targets drivers who are not only drawn by the notion of driving pleasure but who also seek to express their personality through their car. Megane Coupe Concept symbolises Renault’s vision of what a genuine compact sports coupe should deliver, namely character and dynamism, two traits epitomised by the opening and closing movement of its spectacular doors.

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Car

Distinctive looks that exude personality and dynamism

Megane Coupe Concept provides a foretaste of the forthcoming Megane Coupe. “This show car emphatically showcases the evolution at Renault Design. Its squatter proportions and powerful, energetic styling talk directly to the driver’s senses; they say ‘driving pleasure’. The spectacular, unprecedented door-opening kinematics add that little touch of magic which contributes to the dream factor associated with the automobile,” explains Renault’s Patrick Le Quement, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design.

From a total length of 4.51 metres, Megane Coupe Concept features a modern, dynamic silhouette with taut lines that seem to suggest perpetual movement, while its expressive frontal styling points to a truly dynamic personality. The juxtaposition of headlamp modules with aluminium-finish air-intakes also conveys an impression of fluidity and movement. The two rows of main and dipped beam lights sit on a crystal-like striated strip which fills the sidelight and daytime running light functions.

The headlamps use high-performance LEDs (light-emitting diodes) which are both long-lasting and extremely efficient. The foglamps also employ LED technology and blend harmoniously with the dynamic, front-end styling. The shoulder-lines flow along the curvaceous sides before culminating in a squat rear-end conveying power and movement.

The four independent tubes that make up the modern rear lights are housed in the bodywork and serve as a further illustration of the dynamic, technological spirit behind Megane Coupe Concept. Day or night, they form a highly distinctive signature. The boot, which pulls open and then lifts to minimize vertical travel, echoes the opening mechanism of the doors which are divided into two sections. The paneled door itself is topped by a separate glazed area and, as they open, the two parts deploy gracefully and elegantly in an independent movement redolent of dragonfly wings. A carbon arm at the rear of the doors connects them to the body structure and the system ensures particularly easy access for passengers. In addition to its practical aspect, this technological feature reveals a cabin that blends effortlessly with the elegance and energy of the exterior.

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Car Photo

The cabin: a compelling extension of the exterior’s dynamic sensuality

The interior is redolent of the world of contemporary furniture. The independent, asymmetric front seats, which rise up from the sills, seem to float in midair. Their wafer-like forms express an airy lightness, while their enveloping design guarantees comfort and holds the occupants firmly in place. The aperture revealed by the open doors carries over to the front seat shells and the upper part of the two rear seats. This sculptural, one-piece structure, which is finished in fire red lacquer, ensures a seamless link between the exterior and the cabin. The centre console extends through to the rear seats and its layered design recalls the striated bar of the headlamp modules.

The futuristic, ethereal dashboard features expressive, flowing lines and can be divided into two distinct sections: the red lacquered main structure and black nubuck inserts which can hold small items. This embedded zone houses the sophisticated instrumentation which takes its inspiration from aviator-style watches, including a speedometer which displays the speed in analogue form on the periphery and in digital form in the centre, plus an analogue rev-counter. Both feature black metallic backgrounds with white graphics and red backlighting.

The choice of colours and materials is another means by which the exterior and interior have been harmonized to highlight Megane Coupe Concept’s volumes and magic. The iridescent Dragon Grey body-color goes well with the dragonfly-like door-opening mechanism and the paintwork’s rainbow finish gives a fresh vision of the car every time the light changes: even at rest, it appears to be in movement. Meanwhile, the interior’s contrasting color-scheme underpins the dynamic exterior thanks to the blend of fire red lacquer (dashboard, upper part of the centre console, front seatbacks, etc.) and softer black leather or nubuck for the door panels, seat cushions and centre console). The door panels themselves incorporate supple, slide-locking stowage, while the floor is protected by a black, modern, graphic mesh. Carrying over the red of the interior, there are hints of red outside, too, including the roofline, foglamp surrounds, wheel spokes and exhaust tailpipes.

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Car Picture

The cabin equipment is modern and intuitive

The different controls have been inspired by Renault’s ‘Touch Design’ approach and are both simple and practical. The multi-media control on the centre console is coupled with a display divided into three zones. The central part displays all journey-related information (navigation, radio, music, video, Bluetooth® telephone), while the screens on either side show the images relayed by cameras incorporated in the exterior mirrors. Megane Coupe Concept is locked and unlocked using a Samsung F700 mobile phone which serves as a hands-free card and connects to the centre console. Both rear passengers benefit from a portable Samsung P2 audio/video multimedia player with touch screen which they can use to swap files using the mp3/video Bluetooth controls.

The four-zone climate control system allows each passenger to select the temperature they prefer using controls housed either side of the dashboard in the case of the front passengers or on the front seatbacks for rear occupants.

Special care has also gone into ensuring that the cabin is brightly lit. The red backlighting of the instruments contrasts with the surrounding black backgrounds. Meanwhile, the panoramic windscreen extends over the roof to bathe the cabin with light during the day and blue-hued cabin lighting at night.

A show car dedicated to passion and driving pleasure

Megane Coupe Concept’s generous bumper, wide, low grille and alveolar air-intake point to the presence of a high-performance powerplant under the bonnet. Indeed, Megane Coupe Concept is powered by a 200hp, two-litre turbocharged petrol engine which delivers maximum torque of 280Nm at 2,600rpm and peak power of 200hp at 5,800rpm, to ensure response and flexibility at all engine speeds for everyday motoring pleasure. Mated to a manual six-speed gearbox, the 2.0 Turbo unit accelerates Megane Coupe Concept from zero to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds, yet it returns economical fuel consumption of just 6.5 litres/100km (154g of CO2/km). In order to exploit this engine to the full, Megane Coupe Concept features a sport chassis, plus suspension and steering engineered to guarantee precise, responsive handling.

This promise is pronounced by its 21-inch aluminium alloy, seven-spoke, satin-finish Dragon Grey wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (245/35) which provide outstanding grip for even greater driving pleasure. Megane Coupe Concept is a compact, stylish, dynamic coupe which delivers undeniable driving pleasure, while its sporty calling is also expressed by its modern, elegant cabin.

This show car, which builds on the trend established by Laguna Coupe Concept, sees Renault inject even more genuine passion into its cars.

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Photo

Renault Megane Coupe Dimensions

Length (mm) 4,514
Width (mm)1,908
Height (mm)1,371
Height with doors open (mm)2,085
Wheelbase (mm)2,749
Front track (mm)1,658
Rear track (mm)1,648
Front overhang (mm)950
Rear overhang (mm)815
Unladen weight (kg)1,310
Boot volume (litres)290

Renault Megane Coupe Technical data

Engine Two-litre, turbo petrol
Power (hp) 200hp
Maximum torque (Nm) 280Nm at 2,600rpm
Acceleration from standstill to 62 mph (secs) 7.2
Standard cycle CO2 emissions / fuel consumption 154g/km / 6.5 litres/100km
Gearbox Six-speed manual gearbox
with ’stop and start’ system
Transmission Front-wheel drive
Tyres 245/35 ZR21
Wheels 21-inch

Renault Megane Coupe Partners

G Studio Auto design
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tyres
Samsung Telephone for starting Megane Coupe Concept and controlling MP3/MPEG4 playback for rear seats (multimedia and telephony)
Parasite Sunglasses

Renault Megane Coupe Concept Picture

Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo 2008

Edo Competition’s tuning package for the Ferrari Enzo includes both performance and aesthetic modifications.

Power output of the 6 litre V12 has been increased to 700 horsepower, while the torque output stands at 527 lb/ft @ 5800 rpm. It makes the Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo a top speed of 230 mph and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.5 seconds.

Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo 2008

The performance increase comes from new exhaust headers (similar to those found on the Ferrari FXX), a high-flow catalytic converter, performance stainless steel muffler, modified intake with ram-air system, high-flow air filters and ECU recalibration.

Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo 2008 Picture

The exhaust sound level is adjustable at the push of a button. A new transmission control unit offers shift times identical to the Ferrari FXX.

Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo 2008 Image

The mild cosmetic changes include black-tinted headlight and tailight covers, and lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. The wheels can be custom painted painted any color on request.

Edo Competition Ferrari Enzo 2008 Photo

Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT

Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT - a new limited edition of the Ford GT have been created by Avro Motor Cars together with Roush Technologies.

The engine of Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT had been recalibrated and may develops 720 bhp at 6950 rpm and a massive 815 Nm (627lb.ft.) of torque at 4800 rpm.

The Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT’s top speed has been increased to over 220 mph.

Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT Picture

Avro’s 720 Mirage Ford GT… The Ultimate Limited Edition!

Just as the Ford GT becomes a legend in its own time, Avro Motor Cars, the Brooklands-based supercar specialist, has joined forces with Roush Technologies in the UK to create a further strictly limited edition of the car. The Avro 720 Mirage special edition will be limited to just 10 cars – the first of which has just been rolled out of Roush’s Technical Centre in Brentwood, Essex.

Finished in vibrant Arancia Metallica (Italian Metallic Orange) with semi-matt black details and wheels – and exclusive sill plates and side decals, the 720 Mirage incorporates a significant range of engine and mechanical upgrades. Changes in appearance include the deletion of the rear bumper – partly to save weight – and each car will carry an exclusive numbered Avro plaque on the centre tunnel.

Roush Technologies’ close association with the Ford GT programme includes the homologation of the European cars. The company is also the only officially appointed Ford approved service centre for the cars in the UK. Now, its engineers have applied a custom calibration package to the car, to extract a delivered, mean 720bhp at 6950rpm and a massive 815Nm (627lb.ft.) of torque at 4800rpm. The car is also derestricted, which gives a top speed capability in excess of 220mph (354km/h).

Central to the increased power is a larger – and polished – Whipple supercharger. The induction side of the engine also includes an Accufab throttle body and inlet sleeve. An Accufab X pipe exhaust system with ceramic-coated tips is also fitted. Other engine equipment includes a Mafia MAF sensor adaptor and a transmission breather catch tank.

The running gear on the Avro 720 Mirage has been appropriately upgraded to match the boost in power. The front and rear track is 5mm wider than the standard car. The front brakes use AP Racing 6-pot front callipers with Stillen drilled and slotted rotors – and similar rotors are used also at the rear. The suspension has been lowered by 25mm – and uprated to include KW’s Variant 3 fully adjustable coil-over system.

Avro Managing Director, Andy McGrath says, “When we created the highly successful Roush 600RE edition, we recognized the potential in the car to go a step further. The Ford GT is already a rare and sought after motorcar and simply identifying and locating more available untitled vehicles has been a significant challenge for us. The 720 Mirage is available exclusively from Avro – and once these cars are completed, we believe there will be no more. Examples of our 600RE edition are now located in several parts of the world – and we expect the market response to the 720 Mirage to be similarly international.”

Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT Photo

2009 Cadillac XLR V Car

Cadillac has made announcement for the updates of 2009 Cadillac XLR-V. The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V design has been updated for both front and rear, and now shows an obvious family resemblance with the CTS sports sedan.

Featuring new fog lamps, the 2009 Cadillac XLR-V also comes with an updated interior, redesigned air intakes, and a two-piece grille.

The 2009 Cadillac XLR-V will have 330 kW / 450 hp since it’s powered by a 4.4-litre Supercharged Northstar V8 engine.

Unfortunately, there are no pricing information for this 2009 Cadillac XLR-V being announced yet, and this 2009 Cadillac XLR-V will become available in autumn.

2009 Cadillac XLR V Car

Press Release

Ever since its arrival in the exclusive world of luxury roadsters in 2004, the Cadillac XLR has been a valued member of this elite club. This is certainly true of the version available in Europe, propelled by the powerful 4.4-litre Supercharged Northstar V8 engine (330 kW / 450 hp) from the famed Cadillac V-series. For model year 2009, the XLR-V has been technologically refined, and the design has been fine-tuned in a number of important respects.

The most obvious refinements can be seen at the front and rear of the car, where a clear family likeness to the prize-winning CTS sports sedan can now be discerned. At the front, new fog lamps are an eye-catching feature, as is the two-piece grille. The redesigned air intakes along the car’s flanks also bring out the family links. The result is an appearance that is more powerful, that matches the capabilities of this luxury, high-performance roadster perfectly.

The interior has been upgraded with new luxury upholstery materials and new technology. Alcantara® is used for the upholstery, with a choice between Ebony and Cashmere as the color. Another new feature is the hand-cut, hand-sewn leather that is used to clad the instrument panel, in line with the new Cadillac approach in which modern, elegant craftsmanship is central.

2009 Cadillac XLR V Car

New trim rings around the graphic displays in the instrument cluster, new wood types for the finishing (Black Olive Ash Burl) and new metal accents (Bermuda) complete the interior upgrade.

As a technology flagship, the XLR-V again boasts the most advanced safety- and comfort-enhancing technologies in its 2009 model year. These naturally include the renowned Cadillac Magnetic Ride Control system, Keyless Access with push button start, DVD navigation and entertainment system, seats that can be heated or cooled, head-up display and a heated steering wheel.

The new Cadillac XLR-V will be available from dealers from this autumn. The price will be announced in due course.

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro is a show car that will be showcased at the 27th annual Lake Wörther Tour in Austria. Powered by a 2.0-litre and common rail fuel injected TDI engine, the Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro develops 224 PS and 450 Nm of torque.

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro top speed is at 149 mph and the 0 to 62 mph time is 6.6 seconds.

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro engine is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission and features a fast-action multi-plate clutch.

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro comes with six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs, and equipped with 20-inch wheels.

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro

Audi, the inventor of TDI, is about to blaze another trail in the field of engine manufacture with the A3 TDI clubsport quattro, a one-off show car featuring the most extreme incarnation to date of its advanced four-cylinder TDI engine. One of the stars of the forthcoming 27th annual Lake Wörther Tour in Austria, the A3 TDI clubsport quattro extracts an incredible 450Nm of torque and maximum power of 224PS from its 2.0-litre, common rail fuel injected TDI unit, allowing it to race from rest to 62mph in just 6.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 149mph

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro will leave show-goers in no doubt as to its capabilities, emphasizing them both acoustically through its sonorous exhaust and visually with a series of exclusive parts mounted on the body and in the interior. Exterior components such as the large DTM-look rear spoiler and the bolt-on wheel arch extensions give the car a dynamic air, while the racing bucket seats and open gear lever gate in aluminum form the highlights of the interior.

The show car is a true high-tech sports car. Power is directed to the 20-inch wheels via a six-speed transmission and the quattro all-wheel-drive system. At the front wheels, stopping power is provided by six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs. The Audi drive select driving dynamics system allows the driver to vary the throttle response characteristics, the exhaust sound, the level of power assistance for the steering, the cut-in thresholds for the ESP stabilization system and the operating mode of the dampers. The dampers deploy Audi magnetic ride technology, enabling them to react to changes in the driving situation with lightning speed.

Audi – the trailblazer of engine manufacture

Audi is the trailblazer of engine manufacture. Since their debut back in 1989, the TDI engines have long since established themselves helped by their powerful, refined and efficient character. The success that the diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI racing car has been enjoying for two years now in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the American Le Mans Series is clear testimony to this technology’s tremendous potential.

The engine in the R8 TDI Le Mans study is closely related to the diesel race engine technically speaking – the high-performance sports car is equipped with a six-litre V12 power unit whose output of 500PS and torque of 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) are good for a top speed comfortably in excess of 186mph. The R8 TDI can also be seen at the Lake Wörther Tour, as the major annual gathering of Audi and VW enthusiasts is known. Audi has already transferred the superior power of the TDI engines into its road-going cars: the TT and TT Roadster both feature a 2.0-litre common rail TDI unit delivering 170PS and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of peak torque, coupled to the quattro all-wheel-drive system. As is plain to see, Audi continues to build on its lead in the technology stakes.

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Picture

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro

- Four-cylinder TDI with common-rail injection system
- Displacement of 1968 cc, output of 165 kW (224 hp) and torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft)
- Optimized exhaust system
- 0 – 62mph in 6.6 seconds, top speed 149mph

Power transmission
- High-efficiency six-speed manual transmission with a lightweight casing, open gear lever gate made of aluminium
- quattro all-wheel drive with extremely fast-action multi-plate clutch

- Four-link rear suspension for dynamic handling and good comfort
- Power steering with highly efficient electric drive
- Wheels measuring 9 J x 20, tyre size 265/30
- Six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs at the front wheels
- Audi drive select driving dynamics system with Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control

Body and interior
- Length 4,254 millimeters (167.48 inches), width 1,825 millimetres (71.85 inches), height 1,385 millimetres (54.53 inches)
- Motorsport-look design, large rear spoiler
- Racing bucket seats and extra aluminium components in interior

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Photo

2008 Lotus Elise SC (Supercharged)

Lotus announced the details of the 2008 Lotus Elise Supercharged (Lotus ELise SC). The 2008 The 2008 Lotus Elise Supercharged is powered by the 1.8-litre 2-ZZ VVTL-i engine equipped with a Lotus-designed, Magnuson-produced supercharger that uses a smaller Eaton rotor pack (an M45 unit) than that of the Exige S, and also coupled with a bespoke intake manifold plenum as part of a single-piece casting.

Developing 162 kW and 212 Nm at 5000 rpm, the 2008 Lotus Elise SC has weight 870 kg and reach the top speed at 241 km/h. However, the 2008 Lotus Elise SC also has the following acceleration times: 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0-160 km/h in 10.7 seconds.

2008 Lotus Elise SC


Supercharged Elise feels the power of the force(charger)
162kW Supercharged Elise SC
New alarm/immobiliser with single integrated function key
New instruments with increased functionality
Simplified option packs


Introducing the Supercharged Elise SC, the newest addition to the 2008 Lotus line-up.

Easily defined by its new rear spoiler and unique alloy wheels, this is the first time the multi-award winning roadster has been fitted with an all-new supercharger installation producing 162kW and an electrifying 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

This is no mere engine swap from the supercharged Exige. Applied to the current Elise’s 1.8-litre 2-ZZ VVTL-i engine, the Lotus-designed, Magnuson-produced supercharger uses a smaller Eaton rotor pack (an M45 unit) than that of the Exige S, and is married to the bespoke intake manifold plenum as part of a single-piece casting.

Combined with the absence of an intercooler and its associated pipe-work, this integrated supercharger/intake assembly contributes to an 8kg reduction in engine weight compared with the Exige S.

A further benefit of dispensing with the intercooler for the Elise SC application is the supercharger packaging viability for Elise and improved rear visibility.

The Elise SC has been designed to possess different driving characteristics to the Exige S. In keeping with its role as a supremely fast road car rather than extreme track machine, throttle response is very progressive resulting in a measured, more refined driving experience.

The variable camshaft shifting, for example, does not operate at a single point; the switchover can vary between 4000rpm-6200rpm depending on how it’s being driven.

As expected in a car with 162kW and weighing just 870kg, the performance of the Elise SC is stunning: 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, 0-160km/h in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 241km/h. Like the 141kW Elise R, the Elise SC runs a six-speed gearbox.

A new bespoke alloy wheel design is introduced to the Elise SC with the rears increasing in width half an inch to 8-inches which offers increased grip from the standard Lotus specific Yokohama AD07 LTS 225/45 R17 tires.

In addition to this extreme performance, the fuel economy of the Elise SC is equally impressive with an estimated combined figure of 8.5litres/100km.

The Elise SC also sees several other enhancements evident across the Elise and Exige range that make it more sophisticated and better value than ever.

2008 Lotus Elise SC Picture

An advanced new MY08 instrument cluster provides extra information about vehicle systems. This includes servicing reminders in a ‘secret until lit’ technology, so drivers won’t be alerted to such details until deemed necessary.

A new MY08 alarm/immobiliser system has allowed the introduction of a new Lotus designed key with integrated fob, the famous Lotus roundel operating as one of its three functional buttons.

The number of option packs for the Elise has been simplified from four to two, but with increased specification for each. And should customers wish to further personalise their Lotus, there is a myriad of accessories available.

The Lotus Elise SC is built around the revolutionary and award-winning extruded and bonded aluminum chassis, with a lightweight steel rear subframe. The chassis itself weighs just 68kg with a stiffness of 9500Nm per degree.

Paint ranges have been revised for 2008 including the addition of vibrant pearlescent colors. The new Premium Color Range has been designed to offer further customising and due to the more sophisticated manufacturing process, have been individually priced.

Driving any Lotus is an experience like no other – and the Elise SC is no different. Few cars can match the delicacy and accuracy of the steering, throttle and brakes. Only a Lotus has the relatively soft springs and firm damping to give superb body control and a truly exhilarating ride. And only a Lotus can turn in such performance with such minimal environmental impact in terms of emissions and fuel consumption.

2008 Lotus Elise SC Photo


It’s all down to lightweight :

Weighing a lithe 870kg, the Elise SC is just 10kg more than the Elise S – or a 1 percent weight increase; more than compensated with a 62 percent more power. With 212Nm at 5000rpm, the Elise SC also has 15 percent more power and 17 percent more torque than the Elise R.

Light weight has benefits for acceleration, handling, ride comfort, braking and the environment. Braking comes from AP Racing callipers at the front and Brembo calipers at the rear linked to 282mm vented and cross-drilled cast iron discs – you’d never call an Elise ‘under braked’.

An advanced ABS system incorporates an anti-lock system which is so unobtrusive, most drivers will not realise it’s working – unless it’s needed, and even then the system keeps a subtly low profile. The ABS system is linked to a lightweight pedal box with steel pedal arms and extruded aluminum pads. This unit also has an electronic (drive-by-wire) throttle for quick, smooth and more linear engine response.

Finally, the Elise SC enjoys a bespoke spoiler mounted onto the rear wing to which provides an aerodynamic and aesthetic difference to other Elise variants. Add to this unique Lotus 6-spoke Y-type lightweight cast alloy wheels and the Elise SC becomes instantly recognisable as the premier model in the Lotus Elise range.

New dials and more

The new instrument panel in Elise features new stylish black back-lit dials and a new high-definition LCD message panel that can display a scrolling message with vehicle system information.

The new instruments constantly display fuel, engine temperature and odometer; however it can also display the time, trip distance or a digital speed readout in mph.

Warning symbols are ‘secret until lit’, keeping the instrumentation free from visual clutter and distraction until necessary.

New gear-change ‘shift’ lights also remain hidden until required. Three cumulative up-shift lights simultaneously flash just before the rev-limiter at a speed dependent on which gear is selected.

2008 Lotus Elise SC Car

The key issue

Elise and Exige both have a new one-piece alarm/immobiliser and key. This has enabled a new design that incorporates three buttons. The first button is the famous Lotus roundel which locks the doors and sets the immobilizer. The second button unlocks and deactivates it, while the third is a panic function.

Easier options

Partly due to customer demand and partly due to airbags now being standard, across the Elise range, the number of trim option packages has been reduced from four to two, a Touring and a Sport pack.

The revised Elise Touring pack now includes:

Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect interior
ProBax Seats
Leather trimmed centre console and handbrake gaiter
Sound system iPod connection
Full carpets (Black), with embroidered ‘Elise’ logo
Auxiliary driving lights
Sound insulation paneling
Retractable aluminum cup holder

The Elise Sport pack includes:

Bilstein sports dampers
Lotus switchable traction control
Twin oil coolers
ProBax Sport seats with harness eyelets
7 twin spoke ultra lightweight forged wheels (Hi-power Silver) with standard AD07 tires

Touring and Sport packs can also be combined.

Elise Touring Pack RRP: $8000
Elise Sport Pack RRP: $7000

The Lotus Elise SC is priced at $104,990, excluding dealer delivery and government charges.

Stand-alone options include Lotus traction control, limited-slip differential and removable hardtop. Further accessories such as adjustable dampers and forged wheels are still available to order through Lotus Aftersales.

Jonathan Stretton, Sales & Marketing Manager for Lotus Cars Australia explains: “The introduction of the Elise SC opens a new sector for Lotus while maintaining its core values of light weight and extreme performance. The Elise SC combines the practicality of the Elise with its removable roof, great vision and superb response, with the exceptional performance of a supercharger installation. The new Elise SC is a formidable package, the very essence of what a real sports car is all about.”

2008 Lotus Elise SC Image Gallery

Pontiac Solstice Coupe

Pontiac Solstice Coupe is a natural development of the Solstice Roadster. However, for drivers still wanting an open-air experience, the Pontiac Solstice Coupe also features a removable roof panel, fully opening the cockpit to the sky.

Powered by a standard 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine, the Pontiac Solstice coupe may generates 173 horsepower (129 kW), while the GXP version is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine with 260 horsepower (194 kW).

Pontiac Solstice Coupe

The Pontiac Solstice Coupe model was inspired by the Solstice coupe concept shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2002. True to the concept, it is a modern sports car with classic lines. The roofline has a “fastback” shape with stylized “rails” that run from the front of the roof to the rear, culminating in a stylish and functional ducktail-style rear spoiler.

The Solstice coupe’s roof is fixed aft of the B-pillars, with side windows and a rear liftglass for access to the cargo area. The roof panel is easily removed from the passenger compartment, and an optional soft roof cover stores in the cargo area. A home storage case for the roof panel will be offered through GM Accessories.

Pontiac Solstice Coupe Car

Despite its dramatic new look, engineers made only minor structural changes to create the Solstice coupe. The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible. New taillight assemblies flow more smoothly into the tapered roofline.

Pontiac Solstice Coupe Photo

The Pontiac Solstice Coupe’s roof structure was strengthened with additional support elements, including an aluminum roof bow attached with aluminum brackets. The bow and brackets are stiff, yet low in mass, a design feature that pervades the coupe’s overall construction. The roof includes a lightweight sheet molding compound cover affixed to a rigid aluminum frame for additional lightweight support. A lightweight magnesium roof panel frame weighs just 31 pounds (14.2 kg) and can be removed by one person. The cover is also made of sheet molding compound.

Pontiac Solstice Coupe Interior

Much of the Solstice coupe’s interior remains the same as that of the convertible. However, the area behind the seats was redesigned for easy access to the cargo area, and a storage tray was mounted directly behind the headrests.

“Today’s Solstice is the top-selling roadster in the U.S., and we believe this new model has even broader appeal,” said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager. “The coupe has all the design cues and pleasing performance of the original roadster, and is an all-season alternative for people who enjoy open-air driving.”

Pontiac Solstice Coupe Picture

Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML

The Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML is based on the Mercedes ML 320 CDI that has received a power upgrade that takes it up to 269 hp. The Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML uses the Carlsson C-Tronic Diesel POWER performance Kit to develop 269 bhp/198 kW and 612 Nm of torque at 1800 rpm.

The Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML also features stainless steel silencers with twin oval tailpipes, an electronic suspension that can lower the ride by up to 40 mm and Evo Brilliant Edition 22″ wheels.

Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML Photo

Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML - a mass of class
For all off-road enthusiasts the famous Mercedes-Benz tuner Carlsson is offering a complete tuning package, which clearly, if tastefully, underlines the modern features of the M-Class. Big, voluminous yet still sporty, with its performance tweaked to 269 bhp and a potent torque, and combining this with a touch of luxury, the CD 32 based on the ML 320 CDI always cuts a fine figure both in the countryside and in the metropolitan jungle.

Carlsson performance Kit C-Tronic� Diesel POWER
It is easy to be seen that this SUV needs plenty of power. In other words, there is a lot of weight that has to be moved. Hence, drivers of the ML 320 CDI will certainly appreciate the power of 269 bhp/198 kW. According to Carlsson, a maximum torque of 612 Nm is generated at 1800 rpm. Carlsson attaches great importance to safety and reliability: correction maps ensure that reserves of the engine are only used when the temperature is in the safe operating zone. The straight-forward installation of the supplementary control unit, which is possible through Carlsson�s adapter system, is also interesting for the customer to avoid long waiting times. Thanks to the plug-and-play capability, it can be installed quite quickly and, if required, can also be rebuilt.

Stainless steel silencers with twin oval tailpipes each
The rear view of the Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML is dominated by the four tailpipes of the Carlsson sports rear silencers, which not only give out an impressive, sonorous, sporty sound, but are also optimized, in comparison with the standard version, in terms of exhaust back pressure and gas conduction, and thus contribute to the achievement of greater torque and improved performance. The design of the tailpipes offers a significant practical advantage: they are double-walled, i.e. thermally insulated and, in addition, optimized in terms of air flow, thus guaranteeing less external dirt.

Electronic suspension lowering C-Tronic� SUSPENSION Greater ride comfort in all situations
By means of the electronic lowering system C-Tronic� SUSPENSION, the center of gravity of the vehicle is lowered by up to 40 mm. This results in a sporty look and better handling of the vehicle because of the limitation of roll. A further advantage of the improved aerodynamics, which are achieved by the lowering of the suspension, is the reduction in the front profile of the vehicle. This results in a higher top speed and better fuel consumption, particularly in the case of off-road vehicles. Whilst usual lowering systems for vehicles with electronic suspension confine themselves to lowering the center of gravity of the vehicle, the innovative technology of the C-Tronic� SUSPENSION allows for automatic intelligent interaction with road conditions. On poor road surfaces and in response to the persistent spring deflection, which they cause, the lowering effect is automatically attenuated in order to ensure the appropriate spring travel required for the most comfortable ride.

Elegance for the adventurous
Even in its unmodified form, the ML 320 CDI is visually impressive with its interplay of strongly contoured panels and taut lines. The Carlsson design of the aerodynamic components lends support to the sovereign character of the new M-Class but at the same time gives it a sportier feel. The front spoiler and the lip on the rear skirt appear with the characteristic Carlsson ‘diffuser look’.

Wheel 1/11 Evo Brilliant Edition
The design of the Carlsson 1/11 Evo BE is a further development of the tried, tested and popular 1/11 BE wheel. With the new wheel, Carlsson has once again confirmed that the company’s claim that a wheel should not only have a visual impact but also offer technical benefits, e.g., that it is as light as possible. For the ML-Class, Carlsson offers its 11-spoke wheel 1/11 Evo BE in the dimensions 11×22� with Dunlop SP Sport 9000 285/30 R22 tires.

Luxurious interior ambience
The interior design also fulfills the expectations aroused by the Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML when approaching the car. Only the very best materials have been used for the interior appointments of the Carlsson CD32 Mercedes ML. A combination of Alcantara and leather make the passenger compartment an inviting and pleasant place to be, even on very long journeys. With the ergonomic Carlsson sports steering wheel in leather / Alcantara or leather / wood, the driver can be sure of always having the car under control in a particularly pleasant way. Pedals made from aluminium add a sporty touch. Illuminated door exit lights show the way into a world of luxury and genuine atmosphere.

Naturally, there are no limits on customer wishes when it comes to individual fittings and appointments for the car.

Mastretta MXT Price for UK Market

The Mastretta MXT is the first car ever to be designed and built in Mexico. The Mastretta MXT launched at this year’s London Show. One of the two brothers behind the Mastretta MXT is Daniel Mastretta. He believes that this Mastretta MXT sporty two-seater will be a rival for Exige and Lotus Elise.

Powered by a Cosworth-built 2-litre turbocharged Duratec engine, the Mastretta MXT may develops 240 bhp and weighs 900 kg. With the power of power-to-weight ratio of the Mastretta MXT, gives this sporty car the possibility to get from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

Mastretta MXT

In the first year, only RHD models for the UK will be produced. Lifestyle has the rights for distribution elsewhere in Europe, by which time production will be increased to 200 units a year. The initial sales for this sporty car will be between 50 and 80 units per year. The Mastretta MXT price will start at £32,999 for the UK market.

Mastretta MXT

BMW Alpina D3 Coupe

BMW Alpina D3 Coupe has been launched today in the UK. Based on the 123d model, the BMW Alpina D3 Coupe has been tuned to develop 214hp and 450 Nm of torque.

With these figures, the BMW Alpina D3 Coupe gets an overall power-to-weight ratio of 146hp per tonne, which matches the BMW 330d Coupe’s performance.

The BMW Alpina D3 Coupe has a top speed of 152 mph, and will gets from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. The CO2 emissions level from the BMW Alpina D3 Coupe is 143g/km for the manual gearbox model with the fuel consumption at 52.3mpg.

The BMW Alpina D3 Coupe price will start at £32,950 for the manual gearbox model and the price will goes up at £34,540 for the automatic version.

BMW Alpina D3 Coupe

The factor with which the new BMW Alpina D3 Coupe is best compared to its rivals is its Power-To-Weight ratio; an equation commonly applied in motor sport. But, with heavily increased personal taxation designed to encourage energy saving and lowered emissions, the calculation is assuming wider relevance to drivers - especially those in the select niche at which this latest ALPINA is aimed.

As epitomised by the BMW Alpina D3 Coupe, gaining extra performance simply by substituting a larger engine is alien to the ALPINA philosophy. Instead, the manufacturer, working closely with BMW, maximises the sporting potential of existing units.

ALPINA engineers have taken BMW’s state-of-the-art twin turbo diesel engine from the 123d and increased power to 214hp; producing more horsepower per liter than any other engine in a current BMW or BMW ALPINA road car.

‘Added lightness’ makes a significant further contribution to the remarkable figures achieved by the new model.

The extra power, lightness of the engine, plus additional weight saving technology means an overall power-to-weight ratio of 146hp per tonne – virtually matching BMW’s own 330d Coupe.

The car is capable of 152mph and 0-62mph in 6.9 secs and yet the official fuel consumption and emission figures tell a very different story: 52.3mpg (overall EU) and 143g/km! (manual gearbox version).

This year, around one hundred lucky UK drivers will get all the performance and exclusivity they would expect from an ALPINA but with running costs (and, for company car drivers, benefit in kind charges) they could only dream of, until now.

ALPINA GB, part of the Sytner Group, has been the sole UK importer for ALPINA since 1983. ALPINA has worked closely with BMW since 1961, with shared warranty coverage since 1964. ALPINA was registered as an automobile manufacturer to ISO standards in 1983.