Volkswagen NILS Concept at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Volkswagen NILS Concept - side view

Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept has decided to join the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and tries it luck whether it could be continued to the production version or not. We never heard about the Volkswagen NILS before because the single-seater concept was developed as part of VW’s Group Research and pretty much has relation with Audi’s Frankfurt-debuting Urban Concept.

As we mentioned before, the Volkswagen NILS is a single-seater concept for individual transportation – no hitchhikers, please. What do you think about the futuristic exterior of the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept? The first time we look at the photos, it feels like we have drawn to the Tron Legacy movie set. Anyway, the Volkswagen NILS concept uses an F1-style layout which is definitely emphasizes the single-seater design. The driver will be sitting in the middle of the 3.040mm long, 1,390mm wide, and 1,200mm high action.

Judging by the photos, the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept is smaller than the most compact VW vehicle – the Volkswagen Up. The Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept carries 17-inch alloy rims and rolls on 115/80 tires at the front and 125/80 ties at the rear.

Volkswagen NILS Concept

The electric motor of the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept is put on the rear part. It has power output around 15 kW (20.4 horsepower) which is more than enough as daily ride. The peak power reaches at 25 kW (34 horsepower) with the torque is at 96 lb-ft. To power the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept, there is a 5.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which Das Auto refers as “relatively inexpensive”. That particular lithium-ion battery pack offers a driving range of 40 miles (64 km).

The Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept is able to hit 62 mph less than 11 seconds and the top speed is 81 mph (130 km/h) and to reach all those figures, it needs two hours to reach a full charge. Das Auto promises that the single-seater concept offers sportscar handling as the Volkswagen NILS concept has no power steering and has a double-wishbone setup for both axles. The complete details of the Volkswagen NILS single-seater concept will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Official Photos of 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

2012 Porsche 911 - rear view

The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is next month but Porsche knows how to make their booth pack with crowds by releasing sets of official photos of 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe. The photos are showing both exterior and interior of the German-made coupe; so let’s undress the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera, shall we?

The exterior of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe is an evolution of the classic shape than a revolution. The designer teams at Porsche have successfully made the headlights look more modern without leaving its svelte sporstcar signature. The front side of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe is now completed with a new set of daytime-running LEDs which housed into the front edges.

2012 Porsche 911

Looking at the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, the first impression is a wider, more squat shape, and the humps flow from the taillight are the obvious evident that the German manufacturer has done his homework. If you are true fans of Porsche, then you might notice that the lower bumper lines of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe have change a little bit, especially the middle trapezoidal opening.

The extender wheelbase on the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe emphasizes the extra interior space, especially in the back. The length of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe has grew 56mm, while the height is cut down by 11mm. We spotted that the back of the coupe, especially the tail which has been squashed down to give more coupe-ish look and offer us much thinner taillights and more sloped rear windscreen.

2012 Porsche 911 - side view

Remember the old engine cover? The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe has a three-tier engine cover instead of the old four-tier layout. We really can’t hide the feeling that the rear shot of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe pretty much reminds us with the Porsche 918. Inside the coupe, the interior much likely got the inspiration from Porsche Panamera such as increased sophistication visible on the new center console.

2012 Porsche 911 -interior

The official photos of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe do not mean we got all the performance details because the German automaker decided to share that later, during the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Our best prediction is that the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe will be powered by a 3.4L which pretty much will be sharing with the Porsche Cayman that also replacing the old 3.6L. As part of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, the Carrera S and 4S will be powered by 3.8L engine. The complete details of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe will be acquired during this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

Spyshots: The Facelifted 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed Facelift

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe has checked out the hospital and the facelifted surgery is a success. Well… it’s not like the luxury car rolling out from the hospital, but we spotted that the facelifted 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe did some test drive. Yes, the clock is ticking because we are less than a month before the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show starts and Bentley seems like speed things up for the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe.

Now, the test drive of the facelifted 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe probably to steal the spotlight away from the new Porsche 911 photo leaked, but whatever the reason is, the coupe from Bentley surely can win over the wealthy millionaires. From the photos we attached between our ratings, you might spot that the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe has little cover – more like no covers – which means that this is pretty much what Bentley will showcase at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed Facelift - side view

We notice that the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe has undergone some massive changes and that might not stop there because if you are willing to pay extra, Bentley will justify the additional bucks you pay with their exclusive feature.

The big change on the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe is the aggressive bumper. Yup, the new bumper does give sportier look, don’t you think? What does the Speed have under the hood? Well, the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe pretty much will be powered by none other than the familiar W12 engine that able to spit out around 600 horsepower. it seems like the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe shares the same transmission with the ZF series, the six-speed transmission with an additional Quickshift function which allows for double downshifts.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed Facelift - rear view

That is all what we can get from the facelifted Speed, and for the official details and photos of the 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed coupe has to wait until next month.

Audi Urban Concept Teaser Video

Audi Urban Concept - real test

Just yesterday Audi spilled their latest project on the Audi Urban Concept, and the German automaker knew that public has gained pretty much high curiosity. So, Audi launched a teaser video and even put the Audi Urban Concept on the street.

The sketches of Audi Urban Concept had caused massive attention on online forum so Audi hopes the video teaser can thirst the quench over the 1+1 small car. Audi emphasizes that the Audi Urban Concept light car is designed for congested urban spaces. The cockpit of the Audi Urban Concept consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer which integrates the undercarriage of both seats.

The shots of the Audi Urban Concept car were taken at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin Germany. The test ride was intended to show how such a vehicle can be integrated into the landscape. We predicted that the sketches of the Audi Urban Concept car much likely came from the initial design phases of the project, as Audi showed a car that is much lower down and more elegant that what’s appeared on the video.

Audi Urban Concept will be powered by a couple of e-tron electric motors to a set of massive 21-inch diameter wheels. We can’t confirm if the sliding roof on the Audi Urban Concept is able to open or not. The sliding canopy on the Audi Urban Concept is intended for the driver and the passenger to enter the car is a production feature or not.

Here is what Audi thinks about their Audi Urban Concept car, “The highly concentrated look of the technical study, with its forward-urging lines, is dynamic and emotional – it lends Audi’s design language a completely new impetus. The Audi Urban Concept is not based on any previous model – its development is solely oriented on the strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion”. The official unveils for the Audi Urban Concept will take place at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next month.

Volkswagen Up Promotional Teaser Video

Volkswagen Up

We can’t figure out why Volkswagen Up is launched because as much as we like the cuteness – it’s yellow and radiant like the “Spongebob” aura – but this small hatchback seems no power inside and probably can’t compete with Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris, or Suzuki Swift. Volkswagen tries to gain millions of attention for the Up! small hatchback by releasing a promotional teaser video. Never thought that something so small like Volkswagen Up needed this much of effort to gain attention.

The promotional teaser video for Volkswagen Up only lasted for 42 seconds which represent the joy because the small hatchback is about to come. The big unveiling for the small Volkswagen Up! hatchback will take place at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The teaser video is showcasing an attractive young people jumping into the air, smiling, and seems can’t wait to see the Volkswagen Up. But, Volkswagen seems to forget one thing – where in the world is the Volkswagen Up? Oh, wait.. That is why Volkswagen refers it as “promotional teaser video”. The more curiosity Volkswagen Up! gains, so does the attention.

Volkswagen Up pretty much the same with the concept Volkswagen proposed. But, with the global economy still storming, will Volkswagen Up small hatchback survive the competition against other vehicles?

Another marketing strategy from Volkswagen Up small hatchback is rumors on the internet and online forums that the unveiling might be done online or at a special public event before September’s Frankfurt show. We still don’t know how we react on the arrival of Volkswagen Up small hatchback, just so you know that we are not as excited as the people on the promotional teaser video.

In case you are curious, here are the predictions on the details on Volkswagen Up small hatchback. The Volkswagen Up small hatchback will have two-door, four-wheels (obviously!), and the seats are enough to load four people. The power will be coming from a three-cylinder and the base price for Volkswagen Up! is €10,000.