Introducing the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet finally revealed. Porsche has just announced a new four-wheel drive version with 408 horsepower of the regular Porsche 911 GTS, available both as a Coupe and a Cabriolet. The two new gap-fillers for the product line-up will join the two-wheel drive GTS that has already been on the market since February.

So, is there anything else you get from Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet besides the extra “4”? Of course, it is Porsche for crying out loud. Besides the additional “4” in the rear badge, most people will find it hard to spot the difference, but the most notable change offers by Porsche is the increase power for the 3.8-liter V6 engine which definitely gain an extra 23 horsepower. Porsche made some changes on the intake duct, taking the peak power output to 408 horsepower at 7,300 rpm.

Do not forget the all-wheel-drive system which able to sprint the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet form 0 to 62 in just 4.6 seconds or 4.8 seconds, both for the coupe and cabriolet models.

An extra 0.2 seconds can also be cut off by opting for extra PDK gearbox. By applying the principles of Porsche Intelligent Performance, the fuel-economy usage of these new all-wheel Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet models is identical to that of the equivalent 385 horsepower of the 911 Carrera 4S models.

If you  look on the exterior design of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet, it offers a Sport-Design front apron, with a black painted spoiler lip, and deeper side skirts. Over the standard 4S, the model also add sport seats as standard and completed with 19-inches black RS Spyder alloys with a central wheel bolt add to the exterior’s appeal.

Another significant addition to the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet is a rear limited slip differential and a switchblade sports exhaust. Last but not least, is the reflective strip at the back which sets all models with AWD apart from the rest of the 911 range.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet will be ready on sale in July 2011 with price tag £83,145 for Coupe and for the Cabriolet costs £90,024 for the UK sale region. While on the German market, the model will be worth €111,956 for the Coupe and the €122,07 for the Cabriolet.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car made its first debut on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is just concept at this stage. But it goes where the Mercedes-Benz S400 dared not fully electric operation.  So, what makes the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car different from the Mercedes-Benz S400?

Well, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a 60 horsepower electric motor and a 10kW lithium-ion battery. Just for your so you know, the other vehicle which uses the battery pack is the Chevrolet Volt with its 16kWh. The battery pack for Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car gives extra 474 pounds, stashes in the trunk, where it no doubt impinges on cargo volume.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid engine

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is the first car on the premium segment of “three-liter car”. It means that the first full-size luxury car earns fuel-economy usage of three liter per 100 km, or 3.2 liter – to be exact.

Those numbers equal of 74 mpg for the US, although the Chevrolet claimed their Volt earns 230 mpg which means the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car’s rating is skewed by the fact that the vehicle runs part of the time on electricity alone – and was rated using the European standards.

The charging time for the battery pack of Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is less than one hour with a rapid-charging station, or about 4.5 hours from a conventional household outlet.

Just like the BMW which is touting the BMW 7-Series and BMW X6 hybrids, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car promises it will be no environmental prude. The concept car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for hybrid car, huh? Of course sprinting like that will seriously erode the 18-mile electric charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car might be just a concept, but the German auto maker hinted to add this kind of system to the next generation of S-Class. We are eager to see the electronics well advanced from what is present here, because the Mercedes-Benz really taking hybrid development very seriously.

Exploring with 2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

The 2011 BMW X3 SUV is actually less expensive, despite being slightly larger and offering a choice of naturally-aspirated or turbocharged inline six-cylinder engines. The latest generation of 2011 BMW X3 SUV adds 3.3-inches in overall length, with an added 0.6-inches to the wheelbase, along with an extra 1.1-inches of width and 1.4-inches of height. The weight is depending on the variant, and manages to shed about 50 lbs.

The larger outer shell of 2011 BMW X3 SUV resulting the addition of 0.8-inches of legroom in the back row, along with another 2.8 cubic feet of storage space in the rear hatch area.

BMW designs the exterior of the 2011 BMW X3 SUV to be easy to recognize as the X3. No radical design, it is pretty much has the same exterior design of new BW 5-Series and BMW 7-Series model.

For the European market, the 2011 BMW X3 SUV offered in two variants: the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive20d and the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i. The xDrive20d carries a version of BMW’s 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel which able to produce 184 horsepower and torque reaches 280 lb-ft. Yes, the four cylinder diesel is not the powerhouse of the 2011 BMW X3 SUV line-up, but it is quite peppy, accelerating the X3 from 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds with top speed 130 mph.

Both the engine variants of the 2011 BMW X3 SUV coupled with eight-speed automatic transmission with the six cylinder version of the X3 featuring the automatic stop-start technology.

Rumor has it that the 2011 BMW X3 SUV will be offered into the M Sport version. This package will come complete with a swap to 19-inches wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, an M Sport leather steering wheel and the full exterior M Sport aggressively-styled body kit.

For the North American-specification the 2011 BMW X3 SUV use two inline V6 engines. The price tag is $37,635. The 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i accepts a 240 horsepower naturally-aspirated unit which is also used in the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive328i.

The 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i costs $41,925 with additional turbocharged unit rated at 306 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. This will transform the xDrive35i into unstoppable SUV by sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds and top speed 152 mph.

The 2011 BMW X3 SUV had its first debut on the 2011 Geneva Motor Show by holding an event of “BMW X3 Games” to attract more fans and customers.

2012 Porsche Cayman S Joins the Black Edition

2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

The 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe is one of the Black Edition limited edition models from Porsche. The previous Black Edition models are the 2012 Porsche Boxster and 2012 Porsche 911. Yes, we agree with you, Porsche seems to be madly in love with color black when it comes to its limited edition models. Porsche claimed that the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe gives more power, more exclusivity, and extra toys to play with. Must be one expensive toys.

The power of 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe comes from none other than the same-old 3.4-liter V6 engine as in the regular Porsche Cayman S. But, what makes the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe difference is that the power on the Black Edition has been boosted up to 10 horsepower to a total of 220 at 7,400 rpm while its maximum torque still at 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) at 4,750 rpm.

With additional horsepower, the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe able to sprint from 0 to 100km.h (62 mph) in just 5.1 seconds if it equips with the six-speed manual, while the sprint reached at 5.0 second when fitted with the optional PDK.

We think that it is enough for the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe, but Porsche stated it can get faster – 4.8 seconds – if the sport coupe is coupled with the optional Sport Chrono package and Launch Control is activated. The average top speed for the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe is 279km/h (173 mph) for the manual version and 277 km/h (172 mph) for the PDK. Not much of difference, right?

Porsche will only produce 500 units of the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe. All will be featured 19-inches black alloys wrapped in tires size 235/35 ZR 19s at the front and 265/35 ZR 19s at the rear, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensors.

The interior for the 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe received partial leather seats, a Sport Design steering wheel, black trim across the dashboard, gear level and instrument dials, and the Black Edition stamped on the entry guards.

The 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition sport coupe price starts at €67,807 for the German market sales, while the UK it is worth £50,420.

The Best of Three Worlds of the 2010 Audi A5 Sportback

2010 Audi A5 Sportback

The 2010 Audi A5 Sportback is a fusion between the sport and hatchback version. It seems like Audi is trying to create a sporty hatchback vehicle. We all aware that hatchback vehicles are not that sporty, but more like family-oriented.

The curvaceous body of the 2010 Audi A5 is coupe and cabrio which the Sportback adds an extra set of doors, along with a tailgate to mix a bit of functionally with its form. So, the A5 Sportback is a mid-size five-door liftback vehicle.

Audi spoils the European market with six engine variants of 2012 Audi A5 Sportback which split fairly between gas and diesel units, and all engines equipped with direct injection. Like the Audi A4, the 2.0-liter TFSI engine comes in 180 and 211 horsepowers, along with a choice of Audi’s 3.2-liter V6.

On the compression ignition side of 2012 Audi A5 Sportback, a 2.0-liter inline-four, 2.7-liter V6 and 3.0-liter V6 units will be available, with the 170 horsepower 2.0-liter TDI rated 45.2mpg (for US market sales) on the UE combined cycle. The four cylinder engines all get automatic start-stop systems and the top gasoline- and diesel-powered V6s get the needed Quattro all wheel drive.

With the arrival of the 2010 Audi A5 Sportback in the sport hatchback segment, the competitions are getting tighter with participants such as the 2010 BMW 5-series Gran Turismo, 2010 Aucra ZDX, 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour and the Audi A7 Sportback.

With so many choices in the sport hatchback segment, be sure to choose your vehicle carefully that suits your need.