BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept going on show in NZ

June 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

BMW’s striking Vision EfficientDynamics car, is coming to New Zealand for a special one-off appearance and will be put on display at the Auckland Museum from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17.

The high-tech machine will be part of next week’s Australian Motor Show and will pop in to NZ after, so it’s a great chance to see a groundbreaking concept car for free.

“The BMW VisionED represents the future of BMW mobility and unlike other concept cars, which often never see the light of day, the BMW VisionED is confirmed to go into production in 2013 and will be known as the BMW i8,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand, Mark Gilbert.

“This ground-breaking model is a showcase of BMW technology and provides strong indications of drivetrain technology and the level of connectivity all future BMW models will feature.” Continue reading “BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept going on show in NZ” »

Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced

June 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Pricing and local specification has just been announced for Range Rover’s all new Evoque. The compact SUV is expected to arrive in New Zealand before the end of the year will be available from $79,990

The Evoque will be available with a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a range of customization options and accessories.

It will be available in two body shapes a 5-door and a 2-door Coupe with initial deliveries starting from November.

The Evoque will touch down in three design themes: Pure, Dynamic and Prestige and there will be optional equipment and styling packs. Options available include three contrasting roof treatments, seven alloy wheel designs, 16 contrasting interiors and a full sized, fixed, panoramic glass roof. Standard features will include push button start, electric park brake, rear parking aid, colour TFT information screen, 6/4 way adjustable electric seats.

All Evoques will come with a six speed automatic 4WD transmission. Manual gearbox models will only be available to specific customer order. Continue reading “Range Rover Evoque – NZ pricing and specs annouced” »

Gordon Murray reveals ultra economical T.27 electric car

June 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Gordon Murray became famous for his design of the now iconic McLaren’s F1, and even before that he was well known for his radical ideas in Formula 1 teams such as Brabham. Now, Murray is lending his skills to much greener projects and the latest is a unique city car.

Earlier this week Gordon Murray Design pulled the covers off its very compact city car, named the T.27. The project for this micro machine was seen from concept to prototype in just 17 months. What’s even more impressive is that time frame included the design of a new electric powertain by Zytek Automotive Ltd. The project cost an estimated £9 million, with half of the funding coming from the UK government-backed Technology Strategy Board.

Murray’s aim for the car was ambitious: to create a completely new kind of vehicle, one that would address the problems of CO2 emissions, city congestion, parking and be sold at a low cost.

The T.27 weighs just 680kg including the battery and is 2.5m in length, 1.3 in width and has a height of 1.6m. Top speed is rated at 105kph and it can sprint to 100km/h from standing in under 15 seconds. It’s range is between 160km and 210km on a full charge.

Murray had this to say about the project’s focus, “lightweight is the most powerful tool we have in our armory in the fight against emissions and fuel consumption. This is true of all cars, especially electric vehicles, since a lightweight car means a lightweight battery, increasing the levels of safety and reducing the retail price dramatically”. Continue reading “Gordon Murray reveals ultra economical T.27 electric car” »

Bugatti Veyron nearing absolute retirement

June 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s style never appealed to all but there was no denying its raw power and now the Bugatti Veyron is looking down the barrel of retirement. It tool seven years and a gang of special edition variants but the Veyron 16.4 hardtop has now reached its promised limit of just 300 cars.

The model will continue for a limited time in Veyron Grand Sport convertible form but for now hardtop production is over.

In 2003 the Veyron stormed on to the hyper car scene and was unmatched in terms of aggression and absolute power. Powered by a 8.0 litre W16 engine, which is force fed by four turbochargers the Veyron produces 736kW in regular form and 883kW in Super Sport trim.

The Veyron’s top speed is a confirmed 408.47km/h, and 431.072km/h for the Super Sport. The 0-100km/h sprint is dispatched in a terrifying 2.46 seconds, and after 10 seconds you’d be already pulling 240km/h. Continue reading “Bugatti Veyron nearing absolute retirement” »

Rolls-Royce unveils opulent one-off Phantom Drophead Coupe

June 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Rolls-Royce has built and presented its opulent one-off Phantom Drophead Coupe at the Masterpiece London exhibition this week.

With a design brief of the “perfect weekend get-away” the bespoke Phantom has some suitably lavish features including a one-of-a-kind Asprey jewellery box which is built into the glove compartment. Before the top gets dropped this removable jewellery box acts as a quick stash spot loose jewelery like cufflinks and earrings. Other unique detailing on the Roller include teak decking with mother-of-pearl inlays, embroidered R-R logos in headrests, engraved tread plates, special white instrument dials, rotary controllers and a clock finished in mother-of-pearl.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars talked up the Coupe, “We are delighted to present this outstanding Rolls-Royce at Masterpiece London 2011, the craftsmanship and attention to detail shine through in features developed at Goodwood and in partnership with Asprey. It’s a model that demonstrates the breadth of our bespoke offering, where the only limit to what we can deliver is a client’s imagination.” Continue reading “Rolls-Royce unveils opulent one-off Phantom Drophead Coupe” »

Jeep ute gets postponed… for now

June 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

If you’re a fan of the ute and also a Jeep enthusiast then you would have been pretty excited when Jeep announced it may bring out a pickup truck. The bad news is that the Jeep ute project has ben put on the backburner for now, but hey, it might still come to fruition.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley said in a recent interview, “We’re still in recovery mode and have to be very careful with our investments. We have so much going on. Our resources are fully dedicated to small vehicles and working with Fiat. There are none left to work on the Jeep pickup at this time.”

He went on to add, “There’s clear interest in the U.S. for a pickup” and “It could also give us potential for some of our international markets even though the pickup market is slightly different outside of the U.S.” Continue reading “Jeep ute gets postponed… for now” »

Joss teases JP1 Supercar before Aussie show debut

June 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Aussie car builder Joss Developments Limited has just revealed a new teaser image of its upcoming supercar before its official launch.

Scheduled for an official debut at the upcoming Australian International Motor Show (AIMS), the unique JP1 models feature a typical supercar low and sleek carbon fibre body with huge alloys and distinctive L-shaped headlights.

Official exact performance specifications haven’t been released, but Joss has previously confirmed the JP1 will be powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine producing around 373 kW. The big motor will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission which will get the lightweight 940 kg supercar from standing to 0-100 km/h in less than 3.0 seconds and on to a top speed in the region of 340 km/h. Continue reading “Joss teases JP1 Supercar before Aussie show debut” »

Chevrolet rolls out 2012 Camaro Transformers Edition

June 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is the new installment in the Transformers film franchise and is due on the big screen in NZ very soon. The movie will be a familiar formula with large scale action scenes, some eye candy and shameless product placement of General Motors’ vehicles.

Perhaps the most famous of these superstar movie vehicles is the yellow Chevrolet Camaro that goes by the name stage name Bumblebee. As in the previous movies this banana-and-black Autobot is fashioned in a form that will be repeated as a special edition Camaro available to fans.

The road-going version is called the 2012 Transformers Special Edition Camaro, and keen American fans can order one from next month. The Transformers Camaro has special kit like Autobot badges on the guards, thick black stripes running along the roof and bonnet, a unique rear spoiler and blacked-out 20-inch alloys with Autobot-logo center caps. If that’s not enough to get everyone staring at you, American car dealers can also offer upgrades like a ground-effects lighting package and larger 21-inch alloys. Continue reading “Chevrolet rolls out 2012 Camaro Transformers Edition” »

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