2009 Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT-R photo

2009 Nissan GT-R photo

The 2009 GT-R is a 2-door, 4-passenger , available in two trims, the Coupe and the Premium Coupe.

Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 3.8-, V6, 480-horsepower, turbo . A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard.

The 2009 GT-R is -new for 2009.

Southeast Motor rolls out new cars one by one

Shanghai, May 23 (Gasgoo.com) Although Southeast Motor (SEM) only sold 60,000 vehicles last year and about 80,000 units up to now this year, Ling Yuzhang, director of SEM, has still shown his confidence that SEM could enter China's top 10 passenger carmakers, which are expected to sell at least 300,000 units.

SEM has regained sales growth since last year and has constructed four platforms for SouthEast, Mitsubishi, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. It is enough for every platform to produce 20,000 units. He also said that the latest-generation Mitsubishi Galant would be introduced to China next year. New Mitsubishi Lancer will be introduced for local production next year; V3 and Mitsubishi Zinger will be delivered this year.

New Galant

The all-new Galant is available in two engines, a V6 3.8L MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) engine which generates 258hp and is outfitted with five-speed Sportronic AMT (automated manual transmission) and a 2.4L MIVEC four-cylinder in-line engine which develops 160hp and is mounted with four-speed Sportronic AT (automatic transmission). The latter is mainly used in Mitsubishi Galant ES and Mitsubishi Galant sports cars.

Besides Galant, the new Lancer of the Mitsubishi brand will be launched next year. Powered by a 2.0L MIVEC engine which generates 152hp and a six-speed SportronicR CVT, the all-new Lancer is expected to be more expensive than the current Lancer.

Southeast V3

Southeast V3, a self-developed product by SEM, will go on sale in the second half of this year, to be priced at 60,000 yuan ($8,600).

VS (as code-named by the company) of Mitsubishi Zinger will also be launched in the fourth quarter of this year. Mitsubishi Zinger is a crossover model between SUV and MPV.

2009 Honda DN-01 is in the US Lineup

2009 Honda DN-01

Honda is releasing the DN-01 to the U.S. motorcycle market. The new design features a 4-valve, 680cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine sending power through the HFT transmission, a continuously variable, hydromechanical automatic. It has 2 automatic modes, (D) drive and (S) sport plus a 6 speed push button manual mode. The HFT has a lock up mode for cruising to increase fuel economy. The DN-01 also has combined ABS, a front and rear linked system with ABS. It carries 4 gallons of fuel and weighs 595 pounds. It’s available in Candy Dark Red and Black. MSRP $14,599.

I have a hunch this one will go over pretty well, especially with those riders looking for an automatic but not a scooter, there’s been a lot of interest ever since it was first revealed and quite a few of you have written in wondering if it was coming to the U.S. It looks like the answer is yes. All of the details are below:

Be sure to check out the overlay images at the end of this article created by Brian Case. Very interesting.

Honda press release:
Honda’s reputation for forging new categories in motorcycling takes its latest form in the radical DN-01. This futuristic machine combines true sporting performance with a fully-automatic transmission, a low seat height and exceptional style.

Unique Features
- Powerful 4-valve, 680cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine.
- HFT transmission is a continuously variable, hydromechanical design that automatically and seamlessly changes drive ratios to produce strong, smooth acceleration. Unlike conventional belt-drive designs, HFT is compact, quiet, no scheduled maintenance, and features two automatic modes and a six-speed manual mode with push-button shifting.
- Low 27.2-inch seat height assures flat-footed confidence when stopped.
- Large-diameter 41mm front fork and single-shock Pro Arm® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section) provide a sporting ride on low-profile Z-rated radial tires.
- Combined ABS (LBS-ABS, see Technology Section) triple-disc brake system for sure-footed braking in varying conditions.
—Combined Braking System (CBS) provides excellent braking power for added confidence in a wide range of operating conditions. CBS applies front braking force whenever the rear brake is operated. On the DN-01, equipped with dual front disc brakes with three-piston calipers and a twin-piston rear caliper, rider application of the front-brake lever activates all six brake pistons in the front calipers. Application of the rear-brake pedal activates the dual pistons of the rear caliper and the center piston of the front-left caliper.
—Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS w/CBS) utilizes modulators—one each on the front and rear wheels—driven directly by specially developed electric motors. In operation, an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors wheel and vehicle speed. If one of both of the wheels approach a locking condition, the modulators, via a signal from the ECU, lower hydraulic pressure by acting directly on the brake piston(s). As wheel speed re-approaches motorcycle speed, the hydraulic pressure is increased. This entire process is repeated numerous times in just one second, resulting in optimal braking pressure and enhanced rider control.

- Beautiful aerodynamic design provides protection from the elements.

- Compact 680cc, liquid-cooled SOHC 52-degree V-Twin provides substantial torque and power for everyday commuting and spirited backroad riding.
- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI, see Technology Section) with twin 40mm throttle bodies and high-performance 12-hole injectors provide excellent throttle response and fuel economy while contributing to low emissions.
- Auto enrichment system is integrated into PGM-FI to optimize the air/fuel mixture on cold starts and eliminates the need for a choke.
- ECU-controlled, closed-loop emission control system with oxygen sensor manage the air/fuel mixture and reduce exhaust emissions.
- Front-mounted radiator receives ducted air from fairing shroud to maximize cooling.
- 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system with chrome-plated triangular shaped tailpipe is designed to centralize mass for improved handling.
- HFT offers two fully automatic, infinitely variable transmission modes —‘D’ (Drive) mode for ordinary riding, and ‘S’ (Sport) mode for sharper acceleration. In addition, a push-button-selectable, six-speed manual mode allows the rider to upshift/downshift with the simple operation of left thumb-activated buttons.
- The ECU-controlled HFT automatically ‘downshifts’ when climbing steep grades to maintain optimum power.
- HFT provides ‘lock-up’ in cruising mode for maximum fuel economy.
- HFT features button-activated mechanical neutral, permitting engine revving when stopped. Mechanical neutral is automatically engaged whenever the engine is turned off, allowing easy maneuverability.

- Sturdy double-cradle steel tube frame provides exceptional strength and bolt-on seat rail simplifies servicing.
- Stout 41mm front fork with 4.2 inches of supple travel and progressive damping.
- Relaxed 28.5-degree rake and 4.5 inches of trail contribute to comfortable, stretched-out riding position and provide excellent straight-line handling.
- Single shock, Pro Arm Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
- Combined ABS (LBS-ABS, see Technology Section) with two lightweight 296mm floating front rotors and a single 276mm rear rotor.
- Handsome, lightweight 17-inch 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels with Z-rated 130/70 ZR17 (front) and 190/50 ZR17 (rear) radial tires offer sport-touring traction and comfort in wet and dry riding conditions.

Additional Features
- The DN-01’s sleek, aerodynamic bodywork is functional and beautiful.
- Low, polycarbonate windshield allows some air into the cockpit at lower speeds.
- Low 27.2-inch seat height with wide passenger seat provides all-day riding comfort and allows rider to put both feet down at stops or when parking motorcycle.
- Well-placed mirrors provide an excellent rear view.
- Spacious rider footboards enhance riding comfort without compromising cornering performance.
- Handy one-touch, cable-actuated parking brake.
- White LED-backlit, LCD instrument panel provides multi-segment tachometer and large digital speedometer displays with dual-trip calculator, clock, six-segment fuel gauge, plus large turn signal and ‘neutral’ indicators.
- Mass-centralized 4.0-gallon dual-compartment fuel tank with .8-gallon reserve.
- Dual-element headlights provide right-side low beam operation—just like Honda CBRs—while both beams illuminate in high-beam mode. A brilliant multi-segment LED taillight is integrated into the rear cowl.
- Widely spaced turn indicators are mounted on rearview mirrors for style and function.
- Detachable seat provides storage for a U-lock. (Lock not included.)


Model: DN-01

Engine Type: 680cc liquid-cooled 52° V-Twin

Bore and Stroke: 81 x 66mm

Compression ratio: 10.0:1

Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 40mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors

Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance

Transmission: HFT continuously variable, hydromechanical two-mode automatic with six-speed manual mode.

Final Drive: Shaft

Front: 41mm telescopic fork with 4.2 inches travel
Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with single shock, seven-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel

Front: Combined ABS with dual full-floating 296mm discs and three-piston calipers
Rear: Combined ABS with single 276mm disc and three-piston caliper

Front: 130/70 ZR17 radial
Rear: 190/50 ZR17 radial

Wheelbase: 63.2 inches

Rake (Caster angle): 28.5°

Trail: 114mm (4.5 inches)

Seat Height: 27.2 inches

Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve

Color: Candy Dark Red, Black
Curb Weight*: 595 pounds
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel–ready to ride.

Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.

UPDATE: Brian Case mentions in a comment below, he did a little overlay of these images, a VTX1300 and DN-01. Good eye, Brian. Interesting.

DN-01 comparison

DN-01 comparison

DN-01 comparison

Brudeli 654L Leanster On the Road in Europe

Brudeli 654L Leanster

Remember the Brudeli 625L tilting trike? When we first covered the prototype over 2 years ago, it looked pretty neat, the 45 degree lean angles it’s capable of seemed like huge fun. Geir Brudeli, inventor of the trike, says they’ve been working on getting it approved for European roads and that hurdle is finally cleared so the Brudeli Leanster, as they’re now calling it, will be available for sale in Europe for your daily commute and whatever else you may have in mind. It will be presented at Intermot 2008, October 8-12.

Power for the Leanster is from a KTM 690 LC4 Single mated to a 6 speed transmission with 17 inch wheels all around. It weighs 525 pounds, 85 inches long on a 46 inch wheelbase. Seat height is almost 34 inches and top speed is 105 mph. Lean angle is limited to 45 degrees, which should be plenty for anyone. Price is $30,000.

The Piaggio MP3 introduced a lot of riders to the idea of a leaning trike but I think the Brudeli could raise the fun factor quite a few notches. Workmanship looks first rate and, look at those photos, tell me that doesn’t look like a hoot! Wet roads or gravel? No problem. Yep, pretty cool. Now, let’s see about getting it to the U.S.

Thanks for the tip, Dan!

Brudeli Press Release:

Brudeli Tech proudly presents our new Leanster, the Brudeli 654L, a unique new vehicle providing an extraordinary riding experience. The exclusive production model Brudeli 654L is available in very limited numbers and will be presented at Intermot 2008 (8th-12th October).

Brudeli 654L Leanster

“Making 100 metre controlled powerslides at the local dirt track oval (speedway) is a quite unbeatable feeling. Especially when this is a street-legal vehicle that you actually came cruising with to the track.” says Geir Brudeli, the inventor of the Leanster and manager of Brudeli Tech. “Then just a few minutes later you could be at a go-kart track without any change of setup, leaning 45 degrees into corners with a control superior to that of a normal motorcycle. The Leanster suspension is 100% mechanical and leaves the rider in control. It is built with the goal of boosting the motorcycle experience.” Brudeli Tech believes their customers are going to use the 654L mainly for riding on normal roads, and this is what it is designed for.

The vehicle is best described as something in between a motorcycle and ATV-quad. It leans into corners like a motorcycle but, at the same time, has a lot of the stability of a sport quad. The idea was born on the Norwegian gravel and winter roads, but the Leanster has also proven to work extremely well on tarmac roads and go-kart tracks also. A lot of motorcyclists watch the dirt track races dreaming of being able to control a bike in the same way. The Brudeli 654L is a way of getting closer to that dream. The footboards stay parallel to the ground, while the rest of the vehicle, including the two front wheels, leans at an angle of up to 45 degrees. The two wheels in front also provide a shorter brake length. This is both about fun and safety.

Brudeli 654L Leanster

The design of the new model was executed by Atle Stubberud of the company ‘Soon Design’ (www.soondesign.com). Atle Stubberud was also the key designer for the concept model from 2005. “This really is a dream project for a transportation designer. Nearly like a student project where you could start with a completely open mind. I have been involved since the idea was first formulated in 2001.” says Atle Stubberud.

Brudeli 654L is based on a KTM 690 Supermoto. The leanster will be street legal in Europe (TÜV approved).

Price: The price will be about 21000 Euros (30000 USD) (ex. VAT and ex. Works Hokksund)

About the Company:
The company Brudeli Tech is currently owned by 12 Norwegian investors and partners and is completely independent from any of the large motorcycle manufacturers. The state owned “Innovation Norway” has been the most important partner in the business development, from the original idea until today. Innovation Norway’s mission is: “We give local ideas global opportunities.” Brudeli Tech is located at Eiker Næringspark, an industrial estate which was previously a concrete factory, but is today the home of several growing companies.

Technical facts:
TYPE: KTM 690 LC4, Single cylinder, 4-stroke
VOLUME: 654.7 cc
POWER: 47kW/ 7,500 O/ min
TORQUE: 65 Nm / 6,550 O/ min
TRANSMISSION: 6 gear, dog clutch engagement
FRAME: Steel tubular frame
FRONT SUSPENSION: WP-4014 (rebound adjustment standard, additional high/low
speed compression adjustment is optional)
REAR SUSPENSION: WP-Monoshock with Pro-Lever red.
SUSPENSION TRAVEL: 180/210 mm (front/rear)
FRONT BRAKE: Special designed ISR calliper. Special design inside-out brake
discs, Ø325 mm discs
REAR BRAKE: Wilwood single piston / combined mechanical floating calliper,
brake disc Ø 240 mm
RIMS FRONT/REAR: 3.50 x17”, Billet machined; Cast alu 5.00 x 17”
TYRES FRONT/REAR: 120/70-17”; 160/60-17”
LEANING ANGLE: 45º max, adjustable
WIDTH: 1,250 mm
LENGTH/WHEEL BASE: 2,160 mm /1,510 mm
TOTAL HEIGHT: 1,170 mm (handlebar height) 1,380 (top of mirror)
WEIGHT: 238 kg
TOP SPEED: 170 km/h

Link: Brudeli Tech AS
All photos: Rune Baashus

Geir Brudeli with the Brudeli 654L Leanster

KTM 640 LC4 Single Cylinder Track Bike Project

KTM 640 LC4 track bike

KTM 640 LC4 track bikeWhen asked what they want in a motorcycle, some might say narrow, lightweight, great handling single cylinder with plenty of power. That was Kim Kronslev’s idea. He looked around, didn’t find what he wanted so he designed it and built one, based around the KTM 640 LC4. Although Kim began with the intention of making a road legal bike, his direction changed during the course of the project and what you see is a track only special.

There’s not yet much detail from Kim as far as specs go but he started by making CAD drawings of what he had in mind and finished with a track bike. It looks very minimal and super light.

Kim used the tried and true formula: idea + skill + work = real bike. Some really nice motorcycles get their start this way. Once you have something to work with, you can refine it until it’s exactly what you want. I like it.

Thanks for the tip, Bob!

More photos and link below:

KTM 640 LC4 track bike

KTM 640 LC4 track bike