Confirmation Over Four-Cylinder Boxer Engine by Porsche

Porsche engine design

We just can’t enough with everything about Porsche, don’t you think? The German automaker has been very busy as they introduce an entry-level roadster. There is no limit for Porsche as they have confirmed that their R&D department is currently working on a four-cylinder boxer engine that might be powered the mysterious roadster. Well, it will be new thing for Porsche to powered roadster with “smaller” engine as the German automaker prefers to power their cars with V6 or V8.

An inside source from Porsche company has confirmed that they are developing a four-cylinder boxer. Still leaked from an inside source which hinted that the particular four-cylinder boxer is intended to power the roadster or the 3rd generation of Boxster and the 2nd generation of Cayman as both cars are already at the end of their life cycles. It seems like Porsche has no choice as they have to develop the four-pot engine because the demand for Boxster and Cayman are pretty high.

Although it is a four-cylinder boxer engine, Porsche might be using the same 4.65-inch bore as the traditional V6 engine. The four-cylinder boxer engine will be fitted to latest technologies in order to provide a high level of efficiency. To complete the performance of the four-cylinder boxer engine, Porsche will be added direct injection alongside with small turbine.

Porsche hinted that the four-cylinder boxer engine will offer multiple variants. The ordinary type might be able to give between 200-300 horsepower while the special one might be able to unleash as much as 308 horsepower. The upcoming four-cylinder boxer engine by Porsche is not an easy task ask hatchback vehicles with powerful engine will be spotted and Porsche will have difficulties if they stick to the plan that the engine will be powering Porsche entry-level roadster.

Mercedes-Benz SLA Ready in 2013

Mercedes SLA

Heads up as the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible is about to challenge other cars. The Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible is to be team –up with the SLK because the three-pointed carmaker knows that the share market for both cars is still wide open. The photos we attached to you were the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible concept car that was introduced to public few years back. We predict that if the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible are about to hit the showrooms, it will undergo some developments which mean there will be some improvements here and there.

According to our internet source, the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible designation is expected ready for marketing in 2013. Still, we are curious about the existence of the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible. What we are trying to say is, if the Mercedes-Benz SLA is intended to make the competition on the roadster convertible market to be stiffer, it also means that the SLA could be an inside threat for Mercedes-Benz SLK. Just to remind you that the SLK has created its own market and people with seven figure digits are in-line to own one. One question left that might make you curious: can the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible compete with its own sibling – which in this case the mighty SLK?

Mercedes SLA - top view

We need more time and more details to be able to answer that question, but in the mean time, the German carmaker is kind enough to leaked few details about the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible. As we mentioned before that the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible is intended to be placed under the SLK, and as Mercedes stated, the SLA will be using the MFA platform. Yes… MFA platform for the Mercedes-Benz SLA means the roadster convertible will get front-wheel-drive. Bummer… this doesn’t sound good at all, don’t you think?

The engine choice for the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible will be the same thing that powered the future A- and B-Klasse. Yup, the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible will be powered with a turbocharged 1.6L petrol unit and a 1.8L diesel. The transmission selection for the Mercedes-Benz SLA roadster convertible is none other than the 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch.

Pricing and Details on 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

The diesel variant for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is here. The order for the roadster convertible is starting at September 13th 2011. The price tag for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is €41,828.50 including VAT.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is the same with the petrol models which is keeping the twin exhaust system. The four-cylinder diesel engine with a displacement of 2,143cc is able to give output around 204 horsepower with 500 Nm of torque. Yes… the performance figures are the same with the petrol engine models with twice the displacement would normally generate.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

The diesel engine of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is coupled to a standard 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The German automaker stated that a six-speed manual transmission for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is scheduled to arrive in the second quarter in 2012.

The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission goes hand-in-hand with the diesel engine under the hood of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe which resulting the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds or around 80 to 120 km/h in just 4.3 second with top speed reaches around 243 km/h. The fuel consumption of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is 4.9L/100 km and the CO2 emission is 128g/km.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

One of the highlighted features on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe that caught our attention is the choice of three versions of the vario-roof which one of the, is the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL. Okay, what can the “MAGIC SKY CONTROL” do? Mercedes-Benz brags that the particular feature can be changed from dark to transparent at the touch of a button. Now that is what we call: AWESOME!

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe equips with three versions of suspension such as a conventional steel suspension, a sports suspension with a stiffer spring and damper setup or a suspension with an electronically controlled, fully automatic damping system. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is also loaded with Dynamic Handling package which also includes the Direct-Steer system and the Torque Vectoring Brake. Well, if you are looking for a car that shares the luxury ride together with state-of-the art technologies, then the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI roadster coupe is the answer.

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Parked in 150km/h

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster managed to find empty park slot in underground parking lot with pedal gas hits 150km/h. It has to be done, here is the reason. There are times when you have to take your hat off for the bravery of some drivers out there, pulling of really dangerous stunts which could potentially cost lives, but are as entertaining as heck. And this is one such moment.

An underground parking lot is not the ideal place to check what a 650 horsepower vehicle such as the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster is capable of, but it was a good place to show off for a coupe of your speed freaks, who abuse the 5.5-liter V8 in between all those parked cars.

“Here is the most amazing thing I have ever done. I got a ride in this BRABUS Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster, 1 of the only 4 in the world, and what a ride it was. First of all, I’m really sorry about the laughing, I was having the time of my life. The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster goes 0-100kmh in 3.7 seconds, we went about 150kmh in the underground parking lot, then he revved it for me and took my friend for a ride. The license plate and the guy’s head had to be blurred out for obvious reasons,” the passenger, who posted the video on Youtube writes.

It would have been easier, though less exciting, to park the super Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster outside the mall and take something like a Brabus smart fortwo. Of course, the little city car wouldn’t have made so many views on Youtube, but it would have been far less complicated to park and fixing it would have been cheaper.

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster  gets striking look from Brabus and it’s nice to see what Brabus’ own upholstery shop created inside the SLR – a striking combination of lipstick-red leather and black Alcantara. We adore the look of the special flat-bottom steering wheel on the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible roadster that provides optimal grip with its combination of perforated leather and Alcantara.

 

All-Wheel Drive for BMW Z2 Drive Roadster

2011 BMW Z4

BMW Z2 roadster has not been revealed the concept yet, but we just can’t help not to bring this issue to you. You would think the hardcore rear-wheel drive carmakers like BMW would have no trouble making a RWD sports car really attractive, but it seems that this isn’t really the case. It looks like the Bavarians have a compact model on the way and it will reportedly put its power down using all four corners.

According to our buddies at CAR Magazine, the entry-level roadster will take on the likes of the Miata and its main selling point will be the price tag for BMW which they are planning on the BMW Z2 roadster. We don’t really agree with the idea, as all-wheel drive cars always handle differently from RWD ones and the Mazda is already one of the best handling cars on the market today. However, we do agree that BMW has a problem when it comes to making affordable roadsters and it always has.

BMW’s Chairman is reportedly on board with the idea of using the architecture of the next-generation MINI for the BMW Z2 roadster and the project seems like a good idea, given the fact that the Group will save money if they use the same architecture.

The main problem we foresee is that cars like this – BMW Z2 roadster – should be designed with the heart, not on a budget. While dreaming up a new body for an existing SUV platform, or adding a boot to a four-door might work, sports cars need to be light and purposeful and can’t really be budget-minded.

BMW Z2 roadster will likely use BMW’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged engines or the 1.6-liter from the new 1-Series. Diesel powertrains are also part of the plan, but its all speculation until we can figure out where the chassis will be sourced from. What is a certainty is that the BMW Z2 roadster will end up hitting the market as a roadster first and a coupe later.