Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2012 Porsche Panamera

price $74,400

Porsche has continued to make changes to the most interesting car in the world for the 2012 model year. There are two new 2012 Porsche Panamera models that represent two schools of thought. Representing the green team is the 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, which Porsche says is the most fuel-efficient car it has ever produced. For those who prefer their green-cred to be that they recycle dinosaurs for fuel, there's the Panamera Turbo S, which produces 550 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque (590 lb-ft with over boost and the Sport Chrono Package) from a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8. The Porsche Panamera includes offers features like rear- or all-wheel drive, and comes standard with Porsche's fabulous "PDK" seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with the exception of the Panamera S Hybrid which has an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Porsche offers four different engines for the Panamera.

Panamera buyers have the choice of a 3.6-liter 300-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque V-6, a 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 400 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and electric motor combo that's good for 380 hp and 427 lb-ft of torque, and the aforementioned 4.8-liter twin-turbo 500-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque V-8., that's capable of 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in "Turbo S" guise. Inside, the Panamera immerses its four occupants in luxury befitting of an executive sedan. The interior features a cockpit-like design with an exceptionally high level of refinement, which includes standard leather seating, and well thought out control placement.
Body Style: Sedan Engines: 3.6L V-6, 3.0L supercharged V-6 + electric motor, 4.8L V-8, 4.8L twin-turbo V-8 Transmissions: 8-speed automatic, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic Models: Porsche Panamera, Porsche Panamera 4, Porsche Panamera S, Porsche Panamera 4S, Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Porsche Panamera Turbo S

As expected with any vehicle wearing the Porsche badge, performance is a priority in the Panamera. The 2012 Panamera comes standard with rear- or all-wheel drive, and all save the all-new Panamera S Hybrid come standard with Porsche's seven-speed "PDK" dual-clutch automatic; an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-drive are compulsory on the Panamera S Hybrid. A "4" denotes all-wheel drive; all Turbo models are all-wheel drive. The Panamera gets a 3.6-liter 300-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque V-6. The Panamera S gets a 4.8-liter V-8 producing 400-hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Panamera S Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and electric motor that's good for 380 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The Panamera Turbo is powered by a 4.8-liter twin-turbo 500-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque V-8. The Panamera Turbo S gets the same engine but with 550-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque with over boost.

The 2012 Porsche Panamera includes standard safety features you'd expect in a high-power executive sports sedan designed to handle the high-speed grand touring of Germany's autobahns. The Panamera is constructed from lightweight steel, and features side- and cross-members designed to channel energy from an accident away from the cabin. The Panamera's interior is also protected by super high-strength steel and side-intrusion beams. Inside, the Panamera also gets front driver and passenger airbags, side airbags in each seat, and side-curtain airbags. The Panamera also includes ABS, TPMS, ESC, and TC. More safety features like blind spot monitoring are available.

2013 Acura RDX Concept

The little sport-ute may have been too much too early. It has not been a tremendous success, but nowhere near the flop that is the ZDX. To re-invigorate sales of the 2013 RDX there are serious amount of mechanical changes, with only minor exterior refinements. Those subtle exterior changes can be seen in this Concept just revealed. Not much of a concept as we’ve been told that it’s a running prototype, and production models will be at dealerships before this summer.

Gone is the 240-bhp turbocharged 2.4-liter inline four and overly complex and heavy SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive). In its place will be a more powerful and fuel efficient V-6. The all-wheel drive will remain, but in a much simpler concept without the super-handling portion. The result will be a lighter, faster, less expensive and more efficient 2013 RDX. Whether it drives as nimbly as its more intelligent turbocharged predecessor will have to be seen. As will buyer interest.

2012 Porsche 911

Price $172,100

The 2012 Porsche 911 is all-new this year. Yes, it may look just like the old 911 but, make no mistake, the 911 is back and better than ever in its seventh generation. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S ride on a wheelbase that's 4.1 inches longer than the previous 911, for an overall length gain of just 2.2 inches. While bigger usually equals bad, the new 911 is more stable and a better drive then the old one, making the 2012 Porsche 911 the best 911 yet. While there will certainly be a plethora of 911 variants soon, so far Porsche has only announced the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S for this year. The 2012 911 Carrera is powered by a 350-hp 3.4-liter F-6 mounted right over the rear axle, while the Carrera S gets a 400-hp 3.8-liter F-6. For 2012 Porsche will be offering two transmissions on the 911. The fantastic Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK for short) seven-speed dual-clutch automatic returns, while Porsche also introduces an all-new seven-speed manual transmission. Porsche says its new seven-speed manual is the first of its kind in a passenger car.

 Body styles: coupe, convertible Engines: 3.6-liter flat-6, 3.8-liter flat-6, 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-6 Transmissions: six-speed manual, seven-speed automatic Models: Porsche 911, Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 4, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche 911 RS 4.0 The 2012 Porsche 911 contains a lot of new technology, like the first ever seven-speed manual transmission in a passenger car, a seven-speed "PDK" dual-clutch automatic, and fuel-saving auto start/stop included on all models. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S both have different engines. The 2012 911 Carrera gets an all-new 3.4-liter F-6 that produces 350 hp and 287 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear-wheels though all-wheel drive is certainly coming in the future. The 911 Carrera S is powered by a refreshed 3.8-liter F-6 that produces 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. In our testing, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission-equipped Carrera S accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and stopped from that speed in just 94 feet.

As can be expected in any car designed to handle the high speeds of the German Autobahn, safety was a concern for Porsche with the 2012 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S. The 2012 911 Carrera and Carrera S both include six airbags including a front driver and front passenger airbag, and standard safety amenities like anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control. Porsche also used a large amount of high-strength steel in the body of the 2012 911 to enhance occupant protection.

Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Q7 began in autumn of 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia.[2] It is the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2007. Later, Audi's second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model. Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Q3, going on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

The 2012 Audi Q7 is the largest SUV that the brand offers, with seating for up to seven passengers. The Q7 is just one of many players in the large and luxurious SUV field, which includes the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL, Infiniti QX56, Cadillac Escalade, and Lexus GX 460. Customers have their choice among three engines. First up is the 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6-engine that puts out 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The second is a more powerful version of the base engine--333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, which powers the Q7 3.0 S line model. Finally, a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 diesel engine provides a whopping 406 lb-ft of torque that translates into plenty of low-end grunt and higher miles per gallon. Audi offers the Q7 in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and the range-topping Prestige, which includes a number of exclusive items like Audi's adaptive air suspension and Audi's adaptive xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps. All trim levels come standard with leather, LED taillights, a power tailgate, and privacy glass..

The product range 
Body style: SUV Engines: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 3.0L diesel V-6 Transmission: 8-speed automatic Models: Q7 Premium, Q7 Premium Plus, Q7 S line Prestige, Q7 TDI Prestig

With an overall length of 200.3 inches, the Audi Q7 is currently the second longest vehicle the brand offers (the long wheelbase A8 takes the crown at 207.4 inches). Despite its massive size, Audi designers have managed to inject some style into the Q7 by way of the familiar corporate nose, brushed metallic trim, LED taillights, and large wheels that range from 18 to 21 inches. A new S line Plus package adds piano black accents on the front grille and window surrounds.

All three rows of passengers are treated to standard leather seats, automatic climate control, and Sirius satellite radio. A panorama sunroof opens up the interior quite a bit and is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models and optional on the Premium model. Additionally, all models come standard with ambient LED lighting, power adjustable front seats, and Bluetooth. Prestige models feature exclusive items such as four-zone climate control and ventilated front seats.

While most competitors in the Q7's segment are powered by big-displacement V-8-engines, Audi has decided to stuff its luxo barge with forced-induction V-6 powerplants. First up is the 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 that puts out 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A high performance version of the same engine is used in the Q7 S line, which puts out 333 hp and 325 lb-ft. Finally, a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel is rated at 225 hp and 406 lb-ft. All Q7 variants are fitted with Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system for added grip during inclement weather or for light off-road duty. Safety Standard on all Q7 trim levels are anti-lock brakes, quattro all-wheel drive system, LATCH, traction control, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, and an electronic parking brake. Six airbags are standard and rear side airbags for the second row of passengers are optional. The range-topping Prestige model features exclusive safety features like Audi side assist (which detects and warns if a vehicle is in your blind spot) and adaptive cruise control with braking guard. EPA Fuel Economy Q7 3.0T S-line: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway Q7 TDI: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Ferrari California (2012)

The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was launched by Ferrari at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is a two door "2+2" hard top convertible. The California is powered by front-mid mounted gasoline direct injection 4.3 L (260 cu in) V8 with 460 PS (338 kW; 454 hp). The car revives the "California" name used for the late-1950s Ferrari 250 GT. According to industry rumors, the California originally started as a concept for a new Maserati, but the resulting expense to produce the car led the Fiat Group to badge it as a Ferrari in order to justify the high cost of purchase; the company denies this, however. The California represents a new, fourth model range for the company

Class                          Grand tourer
Body style                  2-door, 2+2 coupé cabriolet
Layout                        Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine                         4,297 cc (262.2 cu in) 90° V8
Transmission              7-speed dual-clutch automated
                                    manual 6-speed manual
Wheelbase                 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length                        4,563 mm (179.6 in)
Width                         1,902 mm (74.9 in)
Height                        1,308 mm (51.5 in)
Curb weight               1,630 kg (3,594 lb) (dry)
Price                          $192,000

The California has a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) and it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds.[2] Although 180 kilograms (397 lb) heavier and 30 PS (22 kW; 30 hp) less powerful than the mid-engined F430, the California reaches 97 km/h (60 mph) in the same time as the F430 due to the dual-clutch transmission.

The Ferrari FF (2012)

The Ferrari FF (FF meaning "Ferrari Four", for four seats and four-wheel drive) is a grand tourer presented by Ferrari on March 1, 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is Ferrari's first production four-wheel drive model. The body style has been described as a shooting-brake, a type of sporting station wagon/estate car with two doors. It replaced the 612 Scaglietti grand tourer. The FF has a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph) and it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds. Ferrari states that the FF is the world's fastest four-seat automobile. The FF sells for $300,000 USD, with 800 being produced during the first year.

Class                     Grand tourer
Body style             3-door shooting-brake
Layout                   FM4 layout
Engine                   6.3 L V12
Transmission          7-speed dual-clutch
                              automated semi-automatic
Wheelbase             2,949 mm (116.1 in)
Length                   4,907 mm (193.2 in)
Width                    1,953 mm (76.9 in)
Height                    1,379 mm (54.3 in)
Curb weight           1,880 kg (4,145 lb)
Price                       $295,000

The new four-wheel drive system, engineered and patented by Ferrari, is called 4RM: it is around 50% lighter than a conventional system, and provides power intelligently to each of the four wheels as needed.[3] It only functions when the manettino dial on the steering wheel is in the "comfort" or "snow" positions, leaving the car most often in the traditional rear wheel drive layout.[10] This system is based around a second, simple, gearbox (gears and other components built by Carraro, taking power from the front of the engine. This gearbox (designated "power take off unit", or PTU) has only two forward gears (2nd and 4th) plus reverse (with gear ratios 6% taller than the corresponding ratios in the main gearbox), so the system is only active in 1st to 4th gears. The connection between this gearbox and each front wheel is via independent haldex-type clutches, without a differential.[11] Due to the difference in ratios "the clutches continually slip"[12] and only transmit, at most, 20% of the engine's torque. A detailed description of the system (based on a conversation with Roberto Fedeli, Ferrari's technical director) has been published.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano(2012)

The 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F141) is an Italian gran turismo produced by Ferrari. It is the brand's two-seat flagship, replacing the 575 M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model. Styled by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari's Frank Stephenson, the 599 GTB debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006. It is named for its total engine displacement (5999 cc), Gran Turismo Berlinetta nature, and the Fiorano Circuit test track used by Ferrari.

Class                     Grand tourer
Body style             2-seat berlinetta
Layout                   FMR layout
Engine                   6.0 L Tipo F140C V12
Transmission        6-speed manual 6-speed "F1" sequential
Wheelbase            2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length                  4,665 mm (183.7 in)
Width                    1,962 mm (77.2 in)
Height                   1,336 mm (52.6 in)
Curb weight          1,688 kg (3,721 lb)
Price                      $320,580

The Tipo F140C 6.0 L (5999 cc) V12 engine produces a maximum 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp), making it the most powerful series production Ferrari road car of the time. This is one of the few engines whose output exceeds 100 hp per liter of displacement without any sort of forced-induction mechanism such as supercharging or turbocharging. Its 608 N·m (448 ft·lbf) of torque will also be a new record for Ferrari's GT cars. Most of the modifications to the engine were done to allow it to fit in the Fiorano's engine bay (the original Enzo version could be taller as it would not block forward vision due to its mid-mounted position).A traditional 6-speed manual transmission as well as Ferrari's 6-speed called "F1 SuperFast" is offered. Reviewers of the car have mentioned that the MagneRide suspension gives the 599 a very comfortable ride but allows it to handle well at the same time.. The Fiorano also sees the debut of Ferrari's new traction control system, F1-Trac.