Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Pictures of the all-new EVO X.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Pictures of the all-new EVO X.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 Audi A5

2008 Audi A5
Audi adds a sleek new four-seat coupe, positioned between the TT and the R8 supercar.


The all-new Audi A5 coupe debuted at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show alongside the high-performance S5 version, which was shown for the first time at the auto show in New York. The S5 was finished in bright Misano Red paint for the New York show which highlights the beautifully sculpted design. The A5 and S5 join the redesigned Audi TT coupe and the Audi R8 supercar as Audi offers a complete line of performance coupes.

An all-new four-seat coupe, the A5 incorporates many elements from the Nuvolari concept of 2003 for a combination of elegance and sportiness that Walter de’Silva, head of Volkswagen Group Design describes as “the most beautiful car I have ever designed.”

Design elements from the Nuvolari concept include Audi’s trademark trapezoidal grille framed by rectangular headlights, very thick C-pillar, frameless windows, and a waistline that flows upwards around the wheel arches to give the car a dynamic, sporty character.

In Europe, the A5 will be offered with engines that range from a 1.8-liter four cylinder to a 3.2-liter V6, as well as 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter diesels. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with Audi’s multitronic automatic as an option. Audi has not announced engine details for the U.S., but the 3.2-liter V6 currently offered in the A6 would be a good bet.

Audi interiors have been widely praised for their design and elegance. While the interior of the A5 is practical for a coupe, it continues to build on Audi’s reputation as the benchmark in interior design. With a focus on ergonomic design and functionality combined with high-quality materials and excellent build quality, the A5 interior is focused on the driver, the instruments and the center console forms one unit.

Another example is the door panels where the controls, metal trim, leather trim, armrests and storage compartment all form a single unit. The instrument panel includes familiar Audi styling elements for the speedometer and tachometer but the details are a new design. The Audi Multimedia Interface screen is positioned high on the center stack to make it easy to read.

Technology includes partial LED lighting, an electromechanical parking brake, an all-plastic key and three-zone climate control.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Evo performance in a sexy coupe body

Mitsubishi Concept-RA
Evo performance in a sexy coupe body.
By Mike Monticello and Photos by Marc Urbano

This sporty concept is exactly what we've been waiting for from Mitsubishi: that is, Lancer Evolution performance and technology in an angularly (or is it angrily?) styled coupe. The Concept-RA "shows that thrilling performance and environmental responsibility need not be mutually exclusive concepts," according to Mitsubishi.
The Concept-RA blends a "next-generation" version of the Lancer Evolution X's Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics driveline — which includes Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control and Active Stability Control — with Active Steering and Active Damping Control for the suspension. The Concept-RA also has the Lancer Evolution X's terrific new Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission, which allows either manual shifting via paddles or the use of a full automatic mode.

The car's environmental-ness comes from its new low-emissions 2.2-liter 16-valve turbodiesel 4-cylinder. This engine features direct injection and MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve lift and timing Electronic Control) variable valve timing as well as a Variable Diffuser/Variable Geometry turbocharger, which help to achieve 204 bhp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.

The concept uses an aluminum space frame for weight savings (aiding both handling and fuel economy), while the hood, fenders and other body panels are made from impact-resistant (and recyclable) plastic resin. Read More: Top Five Detroit Concepts

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mazda Furai Concept

Mazda Furai Concept
On display for the first time at the Detroit auto show.
By Jonathan Elfalan

“Furai,” simply translated, means "sound of the wind" and is the fifth iteration or evolution of Mazda's new design language exemplified in its initial Nagare concept, which you may recall meant “flow.” Far from just a piece of artwork on wheels, this working concept actually began life as one of Mazda's 2006 season ALMS P2 race cars.

Built on a Courage C65 chassis and powered by a 450-bhp 3-rotor rotary engine, this ethanol (E100)-powered concept car is an exercise in reverse homologation: It represents an ideal within the Mazda philosophy, and that is to bridge the gap between single-purpose race cars (ALMS) and street-legal models (Ferrari Enzo, Lotus Elise), according to Mazda's Director of Design, Franz von Holzhausen.

The complex outer shell of the Furai clearly follows its predecessor's design trends, but through the guidance and expertise of Swift Engineering also functions aerodynamically. Front-fascia channels direct air to the brake ducts as strategically placed louvers on top of the front wheel fenders aid heat evacuation and help suck the front end closer to the ground. Its sculpted flanks create turbulence which draws air to the side ducts that help keep the engine cool in conjunction with the radiators mounted in the car's sidepods. Aft of the gullwing doors, flow-directing details continue to guide air over the car's rear haunches toward a large, functioning, adjustable-element spoiler. The sharp element you see protruding from the roof is called an Air Fang, and was designed by the guys at Swift to optimize ram air induction. The air split by the Air Fang creates vortices which force air down into the intake.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Suzuki SX4

The following are the features that come standard with this style of 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover.

Standard Features: All Standard Features

• 5-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive

• Power Rack and Pinion Steering
• Tilt Steering Column

• Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Springs and Shock

• Live Torsion Beam Rear Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers
• Rear Stabilizer Bar

• XM(R) Satellite Radio Pre-Wiring
• Battery
• Front Power Outlet

Braking & Traction
• Electronic Brake Force Distribution
• Automatic Locking Hubs
• Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (I-AWD) Selectable All-Wheel Drive
• Front Power Vented Disc and Rear Power Solid Disc Brakes
• 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes

• Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
• Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
• Front and Rear Outboard 3-Point Seatbelts
• Front Side Airbags
• Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
• Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
• Automatic Locking Retractors
• Front and Rear Crumple Zones
• Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
• Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
• Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
• Side Guard Door Beams

Anti-Theft & Locks
• Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
• Radio Anti-Theft
• Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote and Internal Switch

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
• Panic Alarm
• Remote Fuel Door Release
• Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
• Multi-Function Remote Operates Door Lock/Unlock and Panic Alarm

• Theater Style Rear Seating
• Cloth Seats
• Front Dual Bucket Seats With Adjustable Headrests
• Rear 60/40 Split Folding Bench Seat With Manually Adjustable Headrests

• Black Exterior Rails
• Cargo Area Cover
• 4 Front and 3 Rear; 7 Cupholders Total
• Front and Rear Door Mounted Storage
• Glovebox

• Warning Lights Include Seatbelt Unfastened
• Exterior Temperature Gauge
• Tire Pressure Monitor
• Trip Computer
• Digital Clock
• Tachometer

Interior Lighting
• Delayed Courtesy Light
• Cargo Area Light
• Front Dual Reading Lights

Exterior Lighting
• Daytime Running Lights
• Halogen Headlights

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
• Radio Antenna
• AM/FM Radio and 4 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
• Manual Air Conditioning

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
• Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Cargo Area
• Rear Floor Mats
• Front Floor Mats

Wheels & Tires
• SBRP205/60R16 Tires
• Alloy Wheels, 16-In. X 6.5-In.
• Compact Spare Tire

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers
• Front Dual Body Color Folding Power Adjustable Exterior Rearview Mirrors
• Power Window Lockout
• Rear Window Defroster
• Front Dual Sunvisors
• Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
• Power Windows
• Rear Window Intermittent Wiper/Washer

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
• Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
• Skid Plates
• Front Air Dam
• Metallic Paint (If Selected)