2011 Porsche Cayenne Desert Testing

April 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Official video from Porsche of its new 2011 Porsche Cayenne ripping around the desert landscape of Dubai.

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport vs. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

April 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport vs. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Ford working on Fiesta ST Turbo

March 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Recent web reports have performance Ford fans buzzing with rumours of the 2011 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo being back on the cards. While Ford have confirmed nothing at this stage, speculation is rife. Those in the know believe that Ford will likely use its 1.6 litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine in the hot Fiesta that develops around 126 kW. Some of the more optimistic sources even believe the 2011 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo could receive a 2.0-litre turbo engine developing around 185kW, which would make it a very hot hatch. It seems most likely that power output will fall somewhere between these two figures.

Apparently spy photographers managed to catch the 2011 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo during testing and in the images the Fiesta ST Turbo will have a special rear diffuser and a two-pipe exhaust system. It will also be fitted with an intercooler and larger 17-inch rims.

Check back as we bring you more info on the Fiesta ST Turbo as it comes to hand.

NEW 2011 BMW M5 F10 Nordschleife

March 1st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

2011 BMW M5 prototype whines its way around the Nordschleife.

2011 Porsche Cayenne photos and details released

February 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Following leaked images onto the internet the all-new 2011 Porsche Cayenne has now been officially revealed ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The second-generation Porsche SUV is set to go on sale in Europe from May and will offer more room, improved technology, and increased performance but most notably significantly less weight and fuel consumption.

Every model in the Cayenne range from the entry-level V-6 to the top-spec Turbo will have improved performance while using less fuel and producing fewer emissions than the previous generation.

The big news is undoubtedly the Cayenne S Hybrid, which features an advanced parallel hybrid drive system that combines a supercharged 333 horsepower 3.0-litre gasoline V-6 engine with a 47 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. The combined result is a V-8 like 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque, which is available from a low-down at 1,000 rpm. With correct driving conditions, either the supercharged V-6 or electric motor can operate independently or together. This means that the Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances running solely on electric power alone, up to speeds of 70kph.

In terms of the gasoline-only Cayennes, Porsche are claiming that on average they are 23% more fuel-efficient than the current Cayenne range, although no official fuel economy figures have been released yet.

When it comes to power the figures are tidy, the base Cayenne with a 3.6-litre V-6 engine will get 300 horsepower, while the Cayenne S gets 400 horsepower from its 4.8-litre V-8 unit. The king-pin Cayenne Turbo stays with a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V-8 engine and 500 horsepower.

All Cayennes will be offered with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission as standard. A low-speed transfer case has been dropped, making the new Cayenne even more of an on-road vehicle than the outgoing model. A stop-start system and thermal management of the engine and transmission are also set to help improve fuel economy.

While there isn’t a massive power increase for the new Cayenne it does weigh on average 180kg less than its predecessor. The weight saving has come from a new construction processes the increased use of aluminum and the removal of the two-speed transfer case.

In terms of size, the Cayenne is grown slightly in length and wheelbase.

Sales of the Cayenne in New Zealand begin on July 24. Initial models to go on sale will be the Cayenne S, S Hybrid and Turbo. These will be joined later by the V6 Diesel and V6 Petrol models.

New Zealand specification and pricing is still yet to be confirmed and will be announced nearer to the arrival date.

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 revealed (+video)

February 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ford has just released details of the 2011 Shelby GT500, ahead of its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to the 2010 model, the 2011 GT500’s changes are mainly under the bonnet. An aluminum 5.4-lire V8 engine takes pride of place. It’s based on the 5.0-litre V8 found in the 2011 Mustang GT, the new engine has an additional 0.4-liters of displacement, an improved block structure, six-bolt billet main bearing caps, and a supercharger.

Weighing 46kg less than the previous cast-iron engine, the new engine produces 550 hp (410kW) and 510 ft-lb (691 Nm) of torque making for a 10 hp increase over the outgoing model. Ford hasn’t released exact performance specifications yet.

Besides the new engine, Ford has reworked the electric power steering system, added slotted brake dust shields, installed a new pedal box, reduced the ride height, and developed a new exhaust system.

There is also an optional SVT Performance Package that features unique styling accents, stiffer springs, a higher rear axle ratio, and lightweight wheels wrapped in specially-developed Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tyres.

Check out a short video of the latest GT500 in action below.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011 at 2009 New York Auto Show

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Presentation of Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011 highlights at 2009 New York auto show

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