Fiat Bugster Concept to Break Cover at Sao Paulo Motorshow

Fiat Bugster ConceptThis greenish two-seater concept that looks like a crossover variant of the KTM X-Bow (check it out by clicking here) is the Fiat Bugster and it will make its world debut at the bi-annual Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil which takes place this year between 30 October and 10 November. The concept vehicle that has been developed by the Italian firm's automotive engineering division in Brazil features a zero-emissions electric engine while its outer body is made completely out of renewable natural fibers thus reducing the environmental impact of the vehicle. Follow the jump for one more picture of Fiat's Bugster concept. -Continued

Fiat Bugster Concept

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Citroen has unveiled the GTbyCITROEN concept car, after all the teaser images and videos that released a few weeks ago. GTbyCITROEN concept is the result of the partnership between Polyphony and the French manufacturer and is a replica of a vehicle from the Gran Turismo 5 game on Playstation 3.

The two-seater GTbyCITROEN is designed to inspire speed and power, with an oversized rear-end, dynamic styling, sculpted lines and sharp graphics.

GTbyCITROEN concept car sits on 21″ aluminum wheels with diamond-effect, and it has 4.960m in length, 2.080 wide and 1.090m in height. GTbyCITROEN concept car is equipped with an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Press Release

With GTbyCITROEN, a show-car presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Citroen becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to cross over to the virtual worlds: An original take on a road car, GTbyCITROEN is a style replica of a vehicle from the digital world. The car is the result of a partnership between Citroen and Polyphony, designer of the driving simulation game Gran Turismo 5 on Playstation 3. Already shipped in more than 50 million units worldwide, Gran Turismo is renowned for its quality, design and realism. In the game, GTbyCITROEN features an electric drive train powered by a fuel cell with no pollutant emissions. It is a car designed to square up to the strongest competition.

“GTbyCITROEN shows how the worlds of virtual and real-life motoring can join together to create a truly innovative partnership. We were delighted that Citroen approached us and gave us the opportunity to combine our creative strengths to build this very special concept car. To see the car take shape in game and then for real has been a truly unique experience as our work normally stays in the digital world. I just hope I can get behind the wheel of GTbyCITROEN and drive it on a real race track!” Kazanori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc and creator of Gran Turismo.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Performance first and foremost

GTbyCITROEN is geared to the world of motor racing, with its dynamic styling, sculpted lines and sharp graphics. The rear end is oversized, made exaggeratedly long in order to create an effect of retinal persistence. The idea is to make the concept car even faster visually. The white-to-grey gradation on the body side further underlines this impression of continuous movement.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

Top-level driving

The cabin of GTbyCITROEN, designed to seat two adults, expresses the grand touring vision behind this show-car. The on-board ambience allies premium, extensively worked materials with a more high-tech effect for the driving position.

The layout of the low driving position was dictated by driving pleasure. The aim is for the driver to be able to concentrate on the road, assisted by a head-up display clearly displaying driving information.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car


- Power and flowing lines

The design of GTbyCITROEN reflects a quest for optimal aerodynamic design. The show-car is a vehicle of flowing, taut lines, stretched to the extreme. The cleanly drawn sides, ribbed at the top, and the pearlescent shade of the bodywork enhance the vehicle’s sleekly muscled looks.

The determined look of the front end is enhanced by wide air intakes and clear-cut horizontal headlamps. The headlamps feature penetrating blue LEDs in order to light the road effectively and keep rivals at a respectful distance! The chrome chevrons on the smooth bonnet express the Marque’s identity.

The carbon rearview mirrors on their finely profiled supports appear to be suspended as if to cleave the air, giving GTbyCITROEN an excellent on-road stance.

The large wraparound windscreen flows seamlessly into the roof and on into the rear mobile airfoil with its exaggeratedly long shape. The fast-flowing lines create the impression of a car in perpetual movement. The whole body expresses performance and continuous movement.

GTbyCITROEN also expresses strength and power through generous volumes, (length: 4.960m, 2.080m and height: 1.090m) underlined by strongly marked wheel arches. The diamond-effect 21-inch aluminum wheels enhance the car’s sporty personality.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

- Exceptional handling

The interior design confirms the vehicle’s dynamic and powerful style. The interior of GTbyCITROEN, designed to seat a driver and co-driver, expresses the racing spirit of this concept. The on-board ambience allies rich, premium, extensively worked materials with a more high-tech effect for the driving position, inspired by the world of motorsports.

Looking beyond the spectacular visual effect, the gullwing opening of the two doors gives GTbyCITROEN a level of accessibility rarely seen on this type of vehicle. The driver and co-driver can therefore slip into their seats and get out on the track as quickly as possible.

The dark interior of this show-car is a surprise, compared with the light bodywork. Upholstered in black leather with subtle touches of rare materials such as copper and steel, the cabin of GTbyCITROEN is distinctly sporty.

Two padded racing seats upholstered in dark leather, each fitted with a four-point harness, enfold the driver and passenger for exceptional driving sensations. Placed low down to highlight the impression of speed, the elegant seats are a perfect fit with the rest of the interior.

The top-stitched leather of the door panels and floor adds to the opulence of the interior.

The driving position expresses the spirit of competition. The design was objectively guided by the motivation to win.

The dashboard, with its clean uncluttered design, flows into the receding lines of an imposing copper sculpture. The thrusting modern lines of the sculpture become the central tunnel of the vehicle, illustrating the power of GTbyCITROEN and appearing to catalyse its strength.

Created in a twist of this same copper sculpture, the leather-and-steel steering wheel also reflects the sporting spirit of the cabin.

To promote maximum concentration, the driver of GTbyCITROEN has a head-up display for driving information. Using red LEDs, this system projects key driving information – such as speed and navigation data – onto the windscreen in the driver’s direct line of vision.

The head-up display makes a significant contribution to safety with its direct read-out. Drivers assimilate data more quickly and do not have to look away from the road.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

- Aerodynamics optimised to combine performance and driving sensations

Special emphasis was placed on the aerodynamics and flowing design of GTbyCITROEN, these being key Citroën values. The objective was to enhance the vehicle’s dynamics and to create exceptional driving sensations.

Looking beyond its taut, dynamic lines, this racing car features innovative equipment such as enlarged air intakes at the front, a flat underside, and a mobile spoiler and air diffuser at the rear. All these features play an active role in reducing lift and – above all – drag, to pin the car to the ground.

With its flowing lines, original architecture and its use – in the game – of what is potentially the best environmental technology, GTbyCITROEN embodies the sporting spirit as seen by Citroën and underlines the Marque’s ambitions to meet new challenges.

GTbyCITROEN Concept Car

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Car

SEAT Altea freetrack 2.0 TDI 140 hp has been launched by SEAT as a new version of the Altea freetrack. Powered by a 2.0 liter engine (as the name suggests), the SEAT Altea freetrack 2.0 TDI may develops 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.

The SEAT Altea freetrack 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 193 km/h and the 100 km/h mark comes in 10.1 seconds. The acceleration from 80 km/h to 120 km/h in fifth and sixth gear takes 10.3 and 13.1 seconds.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI

Press Release

- New 140 hp 2.0 TDI with four-wheel drive and DPF
- Impressive mix of performance, economy and low emissions
- Capable and confident both on- and off-road
- Availability of latest generation SEAT Mediasystem navigator

The SEAT Altea freetrack line has grown with the addition of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine, making SEAT’s allroader engine range more complete and versatile. The Altea freetrack delivers excellent performance with moderate fuel consumption, as well as extreme driving pleasure with effective response over any terrain.

The arrival of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine is SEAT’s response to the growing demand for combining economical efficient diesel engines with allroad vehicles, which makes the Altea freetrack such an attractive option.

Outstanding performance

The 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine delivers incredible performance, and all the SEAT models equipped with this engine can boast of their efficiency.

Mated as standard to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new engine allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 193 km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds and cover the 1,000-metre ‘dash’ in 32.0 seconds.

This elastic, direct injection turbo engine delivers a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2500 rpm, giving in-gear acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth and sixth gear in 10.3 and 13.1 seconds.

Naturally, excellent fuel economy goes hand-in-hand with this performance. The combined average figure is 6.5 litres/100 km, which drops to 5.5 litres on the extra-urban cycle. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions are limited to just 171 g/km.

The use as standard of a state-of-the-art DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) helps the freetrack clean up its act still further. The DPF technology helps remove fuel exhaust soot particles which would otherwise remain suspended in the air, attracting other, potentially harmful elements. Diesel engine emissions comprise about 0.3% gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulphur dioxide and nitric oxide, as well as soot.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Car

Four-wheel drive, with Haldex clutch

Created to be as flexible off-road as it is capable on it, the Altea freetrack features part-time all-wheel drive via a Haldex-type clutch arrangement. Its hydro-mechanical connection and electronic control ensures that drive is distributed in a particularly progressive, precise manner.

The Haldex coupling is basically a multi-plate clutch that governs the difference in rotational speed between an input and an output shaft. The shaft which leads from the gearbox serves as the input shaft, while the output shaft is connected to the rear axle via a propshaft.

Under normal conditions, drive is directed entirely to the front wheels. But, when circumstances dictate, as much as 50% can be sent to the rear axle.

Add the car’s innately agile chassis set-up, plus modest front and rear overhangs, and you get a vehicle with an angle of approach of 17.6 degrees and an angle of departure of nearly 23 degrees.

Better still, the use of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI adds only a modest 64 kg to the car’s kerb weight (1,568 kg) versus the standard two-wheel drive Altea, which barely alters the impressive performance stats. The figures speak for themselves: a top speed of 193 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 10.1 seconds and 0 to 1,000-metre acceleration in 32 seconds. On the front-wheel drive version the figures are 196 km/h, 10.2 seconds and 31.9 seconds respectively.

The efficient Haldex system that controls the four-wheel drive means precious little difference in fuel economy, too, with a combined figure of 6.1 litres/100 km on the 2WD and 6.5 litres on the 4WD version.

Brakes are uprated on the Altea freetrack, with larger 260×12 discs (225×10 on the 2WD version), ensuring assured stopping power in any situation.

The following table compares the 2WD Altea with the new 140 hp 2.0 TDI Altea freetrack in terms of performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Car Photo

Top-notch safety

The Altea freetrack is equipped with the latest safety elements for peace of mind traveling alone or with the whole family.

The freetrack features six airbags as standard across the entire range (driver, passenger, side and head airbags) and two more can be added to cushion the rear sides without hindering the possibility of sliding the rear seat for increased cargo. The rear seats are also fitted with Isofix anchoring points for child seats.

The car also includes all the usual electronic active safety systems: ABS, TCS and ESP + DSR with EBA and tyre pressure warning.

The TCS traction control intervenes in the engine management to prevent the wheels from spinning when accelerating on slippery surfaces while the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) teams up with the Driving Steering Recommendation (DSR) system, which detects the quality of braking at each axle and takes corrective action by transmitting a small impulse to the steering wheel to keep the vehicle on the correct course. EBA (Emergency Brake Assistance) can also come to the driver’s aid by boosting the brake pressure during an emergency stop.

The ESP system fitted to the freetrack also incorporates TSP (Trailer Stability Program), which is specifically designed to enhance vehicle safety when towing. TSP helps stabilise a trailer when towing in bad weather, on a poor road surface or under emergency braking.

The chassis structure itself is yet another safety feature, and the freetrack’s has been developed as a protective cell. In the event of an impact, the areas of programmed deformation have been well-studied to provide maximum energy absorption and the highest level of passenger protection.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Photo

New latest generation SEAT Mediasystem navigator

Technology is clearly at the heart of this vehicle, thus the latest Altea freetrack features the sophisticated new SEAT Mediasystem navigator as an option. Many significant improvements have been made to previous navigation equipment, and the new Mediasystem integrates numerous extra functions.

The system includes DVD mapping information featuring no less than 28 Western European countries, a 6.5″ colour touch screen with VGA (800 x 400) resolution and a 30 Gb internal hard disk, to slash route planning calculation times.

Manufactured by Siemens, and with Navteq mapping, the SEAT Mediasystem includes several other non-navigation facilities that improve communication and deliver stereo sound quality. One of its highlights is sound adjustment - it optimises sound according to the volume and shape of each model’s passenger compartment.

With the new Mediasystem, the SEAT Technical Centre in Martorell has furnished all current and future audio and video needs by developing a system that responds to new uses and available technology.

On-board entertainment can be enhanced still further via an innovative, optional, 7″ TFT screen multimedia system. The screen folds down from the car’s roof lining, and the system includes an RCA connection to plug in DVD players, video games consoles, laptops and MP3 players, with sound played through the car’s own sound system.

Generous standard equipment

The SEAT Altea freetrack features a broad range of standard equipment including fog lamps front and rear, electric heated door mirrors, twin chrome tailpipe, roof rails, dual zone climate control air conditioning, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, leather steering wheel and gearknob, one-touch electric front windows with anti-trap function, rain sensing windscreen wipers, cruise control, trip computer, ‘coming home’ headlight function, CD/MP3 stereo radio with steering wheel controls and AUX-in connection, remote controlled central locking, electromechanical power steering, front and side airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation, Isofix child seat anchoring points, height adjustable front seats with lumbar control, tyre pressure monitoring and 225/50 tyres on 17-inch alloy rims.

The range of optional extras includes tempting choices such as the new generation navigation system with 6.5 inch touch screen, DVD player and 30 Gb hard disk, Bluetooth connection with steering wheel controls, heated front seats, Bi-xenon headlights and AFS, rear privacy glass, rear side airbags and more.

The SEAT Altea freetrack 4WD equipped with the efficient 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine guarantees on and off-road driving satisfaction. Whatever the destination, its gripping traction, performance, low fuel consumption and stability on any type of terrain make driving it a real pleasure.

SEAT Altea freetrack CO2 emissions

2.0 TSI 200 hp 4WD 223
2.0 TDI 140 hp 2WD 163
2.0 TDI 140 hp 4WD 171
2.0 TDI 170 hp 4WD 179

SEAT Altea freetrack optional equipment

Rear side airbags (thorax)
Rear privacy glass
Two zone cargo net with storage compartments
Navigation system with 6.5″ color touch screen, DVD playback and 30 Gb hard disk, Bluetooth connection and steering wheel controls (includes DVD mapping)
Electric glass sunroof (not available on 4WD version)
Ceiling storage compartment with 7″ TFT screen and RCA connectors
Ceiling storage compartment
Heated front seats
Bi-xenon headlights + AFS
Bluetooth telephone installation+ anti-theft aerial (8 speakers). Includes steering wheel controls
Metallic paint
Emoción red paint

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI Picture

Yacouba Galle’s Bestiale kit now available for the MV Brutale range

Stock MV Agusta Brutale not exclusive / expensive enough for you? Get Yacouba Galle's Brutale-based Bestiale, then! Er... yeah, well...

Few would try and ‘improve’ upon the MV Agusta Brutale’s styling. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and launched back in 2001, the standard Brutale isn’t bad looking at all. Not that that stopped Yacouba Galle from trying to make it look better…

A former journalist and a design enthusiast, Galle first showed the Brutale-based Bestiale in October last year. MV thought the bike wasn’t too bad and gave the project their blessings. And now, the Bestiale kit is available for the Brutale series, including the 750, 910, 989 and 1078 bikes.

What the Bestiale kit does, essentially, is replace the Brutale's soft, rounded contours with sharper, angular lines. Whether this really makes the bike look better is, we suppose, a matter of personal taste. Anyway, only a limited number of these kits are being made, and each will include a 15-litre carbonfibre fuel tank, carbonfible tail unit, headlamp, fairing, and front fender. For pricing and other details, visit Galle's website here

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A video of the Brutale-Bestiale, and its creator, Galle, in action...!

2009 Kawasaki ER-6n riding impression

The 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n. Nimble, adequately powerful, fun to ride...

Pics: Motociclismo

With more than 22,000 units sold worldwide, the Kawasaki ER-6n remains a popular, all-around capable motorcycle. It’s no ZX-6R of course, but it looks interesting and manages to pack in enough thrills so it doesn’t bore you to death. So is the 2009 version better than its predecessor? The guys at Motociclismo recently got to ride the bike, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the ER-6n:

In the ER-6n, Kawasaki have a bike that responds to the needs of the urban biker, and it’s one machine that’s actually attracted many new/first-time buyers to the Kawasaki brand. It's utilitarian, modern and inexpensive, and it’s been further improved for 2009.

With the 2009 ER-6n, the aim was to improve the aesthetics, improve the finer details and make the bike even more stable and easier to ride. The overall styling has been retained, but the seat and bodywork have been chiseled, making the bike more compact and muscular.

While the new ER-6n looks more attractive, it actually feels a lot like the older model to ride, and that’s a good thing. Various things have been improved – the asymmetrical placement of the mirrors (for improved visibility), the lower seat and the different handlebars, which now seem closer to you, the additional hooks for securing soft luggage and other knick-knacks. However, the instrument panel, which looks cool, isn’t very readable…

Kawasaki ER-6n, the bike to have if you want to ride, not pose...

Coming to the more important developments, the 2009 ER-6n’s front suspension has been firmed up quite a bit, which feels right. The new bike feels more agile than its predecessor and the fuel injection system seems to have been improved, so engine response below 4,000rpm is quicker and more consistent.

The ER-6n’s 649cc, 8-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin isn’t as smooth as an inline-four. And despite all the rubber-lined handlebar grips, seat and footpegs, some vibration still filters through to the rider, especially above 7,000rpm. But it isn’t nearly enough to make it annoying.

With just 72bhp, the bike is easy to manage, fun to ride and practical for everyday use – both experts and beginners are likely to enjoy the ER-6n. At 200 kilos (204kg for the ABS version), the bike isn’t very light, but given its ergonomics, it feels very manageable and handles well. The brakes are adequately powerful and the ABS is non-intrusive.

So there you are – here’s a Kawasaki that’s just right for most types of riding and is capable enough to be fun for experienced enthusiasts as well as those whose riding capabilities are relatively modest. And at around 6,000 euros (about US$7,680), the price is just right. If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.

2008 MotoGP Wallpaper

As the 2008 MotoGP season approaches the finish line, here are some images from various races. What a year it was! And, of course, 2009 is going to be even better...!!

2008 MotoGP Wallpaper

As the 2008 MotoGP season approaches the finish line, here are some images from various races. What a year it was! And, of course, 2009 is going to be even better...!!