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Friday, May 30, 2008

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept

Audi brings you a new A3 TDI model, a true high tech sports car, made by TDI who exceeds in the field of engine manufacturers. The Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro, is a two door A3 which makes the new design cleaner and more appealing then ever. The drive power is connected to 20 " rims with a six speed transmission. A Four cylinder engine that produces up to 224 hp and does 0-62 mph in 6.6 seconds. The A3 TDI is pure power with turbo chargers or supercharges to boost it up. Most importantly the A3 TDI is safe to the environment with an engine which is low on emissions and high on efficiency.

Power bhp: 224
Torque lb-ft: 331.90
Type: Four-cylinder TDI with common rail injection

Acceleration 0-62 mph: 6.6 seconds
Top Speed: 149 mph

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2008 Porsche Boxster RS60

When I were a young lad, growing up in Australia, I got sick to death of motoring writers going on and on about how great Porsches were. I wished they'd just shut up about Porsches.
To me, even back in the Seventies, Porsches looked old-fashioned and a bit ordinary - even when the new 928 came out, it looked a bit puffed-up and wrong. The 911 sounded OK, but nothing special, and the constant wild-eyed raving, the eulogies, the awards and the near-lunatic passion for Porsches didn't make sense. Borr-ring.

Then one day, many years later, I drove one. It wasn't a 911, it was a Boxster S. And suddenly, all those years of incessant raving in car magazines made perfect sense. I'd never driven a car anything like as good, and the memories of that first Porsche experience ripped back into my head when I drove this latest Boxster S, the RS60 Spyder special edition. It's got a few extra cosmetic bits on it and a plaque and an extra 8bhp and a sport button, but none of that matters much - it's a Porsche.

Now, as then, the Boxster S is a glorious blend of all the best automotive engineering in the world - the kind that's focussed on driving pleasure above all. Honestly, when you first drive a Porsche, a large, bright light bulb comes on in your head and you realise what you've been missing all these years driving inferior rubbish. Honestly. If you love driving, this is for you.
The clutch, for instance, is perfectly weighted - not too heavy, not too light, moving precisely and smoothly through exactly the right amount of travel, biting cleanly at the right point, just where you want it - and that applies to every other control. Everything that moves - steering wheel, brake pedal, throttle pedal, gear shift lever, indicator wand, even the sweep of the wiper blades, it all has that beautifully-engineered, perfectly-judged, solidly-made, no-messing and urgent Porsche quality.

This extends to the way the car moves over the road, the way it sits on its suspension through corners fast and slow, and the way the flat six delivers its thrust.

Hard-nosed Porscheophiles label the Boxster a hairdressers' push me-pull you, a slow me-too with the engine in the wrong place. Fair enough, but that doesn't make the Boxster S a bad car. It is a wonderful car, one that I can't criticise in any meaningful way, except to say that the centre console should be narrower so it doesn't foul the driver's left leg in right-hand-drive cars. Other than that, it's incessant, borr-ring raving from me too, I'm afraid.
Power bhp: 295
Torque lb-ft: 251
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 5.1 Seconds
-Bill thomas, from Top Gear.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

2009 Acura TSX

As always the Acura TSX was designed to reach out to young business man and young professionals. The design and styling with an athletic performance brings a nice vehicle to young people with luxury and performance. Leather seats, navigation brought to you in this instant package fulfills the needs of professional.An inline-4 engine fulfills the needs of those ready on the pedal to go fast and fuel efficient. The 2009 Acura TSX brings you 201 hp and 172 torque available with a manual transmission and an automatic SportShift 5-speed with a torque converter. The quality of the vehicle is brought to you by Honda, luxury and style is what is expected and it is given. Reliability, is a must, which is their brought to you by a inline-4 engine.

Power bhp: 201
Torque lb-ft: 172
Type: inline-4

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds

Relentless Show Stopping FX35

When the Infiniti FX35 first made it's debut in 2003, it made quite an entrance. It was the fastest SUV in production. Like most Nissan's it inherits many of it's family generics from the 350z and G35. Which made it useless off road, whimpering SUV? Nope not really the FX35 is something else on the black top.

Viet Nguyen our boy from California, decided to make his FX35 a better than before SUV that packed a punch into the hot import nights. First of all he would put on some aftermarket rims, and later on the FX35 was supercharged by JWT. He went down to California to test his project at the local drag races. He landed 13.3 at 103 mph for the quarter mile. Many people would be satisfied with these results but no Viet, he went for more.

The first things to go were the S2 cams from JWT and in went C2 cams instead. The turbos were swapped out next, as a pair of GT28 turbos would be more capable of handling higher boost pressure. The new cams were working the valves with JWT springs and the valves themselves had just received a three-angle job. The rest of the head was ported and polished. The exhaust is routed through JWT 700BB manifolds into 2.5-inch test pipes from APS and exits through a GReddy Evo TT 70mm system. The engine internals were reinforced with forged Pauter rods and Arias pistons and rings. Fuel was brought from the stock tank with a Walbro 255lph pump and sent to Nismo 555cc/min injectors. HKS handled the ignition with their Twin Power DLI-II system. In the meantime, the internals of the auto transmission were upgraded to a Level 10 kit, the torque converter was swapped for one from Edge Racing and ATS Carbonetics handled the differential. Finally, a Rotora brake kit helps bring the vehicle to a stop, thanks in part to massive 15-inch front discs and 14-inch rears.

The car was now putting down over 500 hp to the wheels. It made a significant difference at the strip as well, with his best run now being a 12.7 at 110 mph-seriously fast for a vehicle like this.

With all this power you think he would keep this car in the garage right? Nope Viet uses this car as a daily commuter and drives up to 100 miles a day. This car is definitely a show stopper, head turner, rice eater for sure.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Porsche Wallpaper - Cayenne Turbo

Porsche Cayenne Turbo tuned by Techart Magnum. High Resolution just click on the pictures. Source:

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

2006 Ariel Atom

Okay, if you are to scared to drive a motorcycle what do you get, if you went to have the thrill of a motorcycle what do you get, the Ariel Atom of course. It is one of the fastest most fun cars ever made, and it feels like a motorcycle. It performs like a race car and is legal in the U.S. which is very important, because then it would be no fun if we could not drive it here in America. When you drive the Ariel Atom you can see for your self how the driver train works, you can see .at the side of the car how you push the acceleration pedal and how the arms turn the wheels. The Ariel Atom is one fast vehicle, faster than a Bugatti off the start but not at the top speed. The Atom does 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph, and it has no front shield so be prepared for all the flies and bugs going into your face and teeth.

Power bhp: 300
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive
Type: Supercharged Inline-4

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 2.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

2005 Ferrari by Novitec

Novitec's versions of the new Ferrari F430 Coupe and F430 Spider were displayed for the first time at the 2005 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Power bhp: 636
Torque: 471
Type: Supercharged V8
Accelleration 0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
Top Speed: 216 mph
My Rating:****/*****

Saturday, May 17, 2008

2001 Lamborghini VT

Do you feel that a Ferrari is too soft, too civilized for you? Then go for a Lamborghini Diablo. The historic Italian marque keeps producing a car as cars were meant to be until some years ago. The Diablo is an object of desire, a car that speaks to its owner's heart more than any other car on production today (remember that Ferrari F50 and McLaren F1 are not produced anymore).

You can't really understand the size of a Diablo until you actually see one on the road and you surely can't understand the feel of a Lamborghini Diablo until you actually drive it. It makes more noise than you can imagine, yet, the sound of its V12 can instantly stir you up, it is more impractical than anything else you have seen in your life, yet still it is irresistible.
Many versions have been spawn off the original Diablo with the latest 2001 VT getting a 550bhp engine.

All in all it's simple enough: This is probably the last supercar as supercars ought to be.

Power bhp: 550
Torque lb-ft: 457
Type: V12

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 3.6 seconds
Top Speed: 205 mph

Friday, May 16, 2008

2001 BMW 740il

The 2001 BMW 740il is a perfect example of a pure BMW. The 7 series has always fascinated me, as it never seems to get old. The style the power is up to modern expectations. If you need performance the e38(740il) has it, if you need style the e38 has it. E38 is the chassis name, mainly used by BMW enthusiasts and is the proper name for the 7 series. The e38 comes in many different packages, a sport edition, a luxury edition, both exceed to great expectations. The 740il carries a V8 engine which produces 282 hp, and 324 torque. The car mainly known for it's luxurious style, but BMW puts in all it's might and makes it a mean, fighting machine. The handling of the car is superb, talking from experience, and gets up to top speed in a glance. Overall the 2001 BMW 740il is just a perfect car, one of the most reliable BMW's ever produced.

Power bhp: 282
Torque lb-ft: 324
Type: V8

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Ferrari California revealed: a hugely versatile, innovation-packed GT

Maranello, May 13th 2008 - The first official photographs have been published of the Ferrari California, the latest addition to the new generation of Ferraris launched in 2004 with the 612 Scaglietti and added to more recently with the 430 Scuderia.

Monday, May 12, 2008

2006 Gumpert Apollo

Once the son of the god of war Zeus, responsible for the victory and the template for masculine beauty, he is now the namesake of the breathtakingly uncompromising super sports car that combines aesthetics and function like no other.

The Gumpert Apollo is the perfect synthesis of a road vehicle and track car. It evokes passion and driving pleasure beyond all expectations. With 650 bhp, 224 mph top speed and acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in just 3 seconds, you would have to go a long way to find an alternative to Apollo. The complete package is available in a cost-benefit ratio that cannot be matched in this exclusive vehicle class. As a pure high-performance sports car with racing qualities that is also approved for use on the road, the Gumpert Apollo sets new standards.

Power bhp: 650
Torque lb-ft: 627
Type: Bi-turbo v8
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 3 seconds
Top Speed: 224 mph

Sunday, May 11, 2008

2007 Audi S8

Audi S8 has always been one of my favorite luxury sedan. Although you can't say they copy Mercedes or BMW they have a style of their own. Providing comfort with performance and style. With a ration of 40:60 (front/rear) the new s8 is an idealistic performance car, that carries Audi's first V10, with an all famous quattro all wheel drive system, stabilizing control and handles of the vehicle. The engine provides 450 hp and 400 torque and can do 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The price is not as much as I thought it would, after all it competing with other luxury performance vehicles, the pricing starts at $92,000 compared to a BMW 760li which is $122,000, also a V12 and does 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. The 760li in result is just a little bit slower off the line.
Power bhp: 450
Torque lb-ft: 400
Type: V10

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top Speed: 155 (electronically limited)

Lamborghini Reventon Arrives in Las Vegas

Sometimes people say the best gifts come in small packages. We beg to differ, because if someone were to deliver us the big 'ol box you see above, we'd probably think it was the best gift ever. In that box is Lamborghini Reventon number one of twenty. Apparently, it's the only example which will be sold privately via a traditional dealership -- in this case, Lamborghini of Las Vegas. The other nineteen were all spoken for before ever leaving the factory. If you're a Zsports Cars reader vacationing in Vegas, you know what to do if you jackpot one of those hundred-dollar slots.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

2008 Honda S2000 CR

Finally an S2000 worth the money. Now more track oriented, better suspension, faster, brought all together in new bodywork. Still a four cylinder but produces a good amount of hp(237), and torque(163) and the best thing is it comes with a 6 Speed Manual Transmission. The new S2000 CR is much more stiffer, aggresive than previos models. This is the S2000 the Honda enthusiasts have been waiting for.

Power bhp: 237
Torque: 163
Type: Inline 4 Cylinder

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 5.4 Seconds

My Rating: ****/*****

The Need for Swede - 1988 BMW E30 Turbo

Think Sweden and what pops to mind ... meatballs, IKEA furniture, and the Swedish bikini team? Meatballs: Italians do it better. IKEA: they provide stylishly disposable furniture for the masses and more Allen wrenches than any other entity on earth. The Swedish bikini team: well they might have one up on us there. Those ladies definitely rev our engines.
Although Mikael and Erik Kilander of Falkoping, Sweden, surely appreciate their home-grown bikini team, they're focused on revving engines of the traditional kind: the kind you make with pistons, fuel and boost. They're such huge fans of horsepower that they follow the imaginary Ten Commandments of Tuning, especially the first two: "Thou shall swap in bodacious engines at will;" and, "Thou shall boost the bejesus out of said engine without hesitation." The Brothers Kilander have followed these two axioms with impressive results, making us wonder if their next miracle will be something like walking on water or parting the Baltic Sea.

Their story begins in a typical fashion: two 20-something brothers are looking for a project car. It starts as something innocuous, but is morphed into something obnoxious. The platform in question is a well-worn 1988 325i and the post-morph product has an M3 body and M5 soul.
Cracking open the hood reveals an S38B38 3.8-liter inline six scavenged from a 1991-1993-vintage M5. These are the pristine E34 M5s hand-built in Germany with motors that are rated at 310 hp. That's 70 hp better than an E36 M3, and 28 hp more than an E39 540i with a V8. The S38B38s are rare birds and require diligent maintenance - especially where the valvetrain is concerned - but they're fast and will last. To prepare the M5 bullet for boost Mikael and Erik o-ringed the block and used a custom copper head gasket to enhance the sealing properties of the engine. The reciprocating assembly consists of a stock crank, Mahle 7.8:1 compression forged pistons produced to Kilander specs and stock rods modified by the Kilander's.

The brothers fabbed up a sweet turbo header that positions the turbo in such a way that it looks very much like a 2JZ Supra with a single turbo conversion. The first turbo to see duty on the Bavarian bruiser was a Volvo truck turbo. The home-grown Volvo turbo was soon replaced by a Turbonetics T72 that had a lot more on the ball. The remainder of the turbo system consists of a 50 mm Rosenkrantz wastegate, a custom downpipe, a 3.25-inch exhaust system and one of the largest intercoolers we have ever laid eyes on. The Kilander's took two gargantuan Iveco truck intercoolers, joined them together and then welded up custom end tanks to seal the deal. It looks like an intercooler with the front of a BMW wrapped around it. The unit, which measures 1080x140x250 mm, dominates the front of the car and sends a raucous message to the viewing public.

Fueling has been addressed with a SX Performance high-flow fuel pump, SX adjustable regulator and 960cc Rochester injectors. The system is fed via a 17-liter fuel cell mounted in the trunk.
Along with the M5 engine swap the E30 was fitted with an M5 transmission, a 325/535 driveshaft shortened for this application, 535 axles and a rear end with a 3.07 final drive and LSD that the Kilander's fitted with extra discs to withstand the brute torque of the pressurized powerplant. The clutch is a Kilander special using an OE single-mass flywheel, an organic disc and a harsher racing-spec sinter disc.

While the running gear was fortified with M5 components, the body and suspension received M3 hardware. A full E30 M3 suspension was swapped in and improved with Sachs coilovers. M3 front fenders add aggressiveness and 40 mm in the rear. Rieger GTS series front and rear bumpers further add to the car's visual impact. The front set-up has been opened up to ensure maximum airflow across the intercooler. Modified M3 rocker skirts, newer E36 side mirrors and smoked taillamps round out the body-tuning program.
While on the subject of tuning, the Kilander's rely on an Autronics SM2 stand alone ECU with an Autronics CDI ignition to pump out power and reliability. The SM2 can provide sequential injection for engine from two to eight cylinders. Tuning is programmed at 32 rpm-based sites and 16 load-based sites and the unit has auxiliary outputs that can be used for boost control, nitrous control and staged injection to name a few. Traction control, datalogging and launch control are also within the SM2's realm of possibility.

The brothers got the Turbonetics-boosted set-up for a street-tuned vehicle and had it shipped from Cali to the land of Swedish Fish candy. Next they yanked the motor and called on VM Performance for some engine-stand dyno tuning. The Motorsport powerplant dished out 700 bhp, but monitoring of backpressure indicated there was substantial power still on the table. So the Turbonetics hairdryer was replaced with a Holset/Schwitzer truck-to-car hybrid. DSM fans have used a Holset HX-35 off a 2002-up Dodge Cummins diesel with good results. The Kilander's wanted to keep their exact turbo set-up top secret (however, we speculate it is HX-55 based) and since Schwitzer has been acquired by Borg Warner Turbos it is difficult to get the proper information. But the bottom line is this turbo sings a siren's song indeed; and with additional laptop time, and some Swedish magic, the Autronic SM2 coaxed a jaw-dropping 875 bhp at 5000 rpm from the S38B38. Torque checked in at 932 lb-ft at 3900 rpm. The power pulls were made running 1.65 Bar (just over 24 psi) using VP CSP race fuel.

The interior of the E30 is fully streetcar in appearance with a custom aluminum center dash console housing some much needed gauges and boost control interfaces. A Cobra Monaco sport bucket, Sabelt five-point harness and a roll bar add edginess to the driving experience.
Driving this Bavarian beast is quite an experience. For kicks the Kilanders took the Bimmer out to the strip when it was in Turbonetics trim and clicked off a 10.44 at 141 mph. This impressive effort is really brought into critical focus when you consider the Mickey T drag tires were spinning for more than half the pass. With the 875 bhp set-up and some suspension tuning this could be a nine-second wolf in sheep's clothing.