BMW drops details on new 6-Series convertible – in NZ next year

November 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Details and images of the all new BMW 6 Series convertible have been released ahead of its launch in New Zealand in mid 2011.

Styling has been upgraded and has a broader appeal than the outgoing model with a sweeping bonnet, set-back passenger compartment, long wheelbase and flat waistline showing refreshed proportions for BMW’s newest machine.

Bigger in all directions except in height the new 6 Series is 75mm longer, 40mm wider and 10mm shorter top-to-bottom than its predecessor while its wheelbase has also stretched to 2855mm.

Powering the BMW 650i is a 4.4-litre direct-injected eight-cylinder engine which develops a maximum 300 kW and peak torque of 600 Nm.  It is partnered with an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox as standard.

The 0-100km/h sprint is now covered in less than 5 seconds, completing the run in 4.9 seconds which shaves a few hundredths off the 5.2 seconds of the outgoing model.

BMW has stuck with and electronic opening fabric roof in the new 6 Series convertible model, it can open in 19 seconds and close in 24 at speeds up to 40km/h.

“The BMW 6 Series Convertible is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, offers leading-edge technology and also boasts unrivalled driving dynamics,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand, Mark Gilbert. “We are confident this vehicle will establish a niche following amongst connoisseurs of fine motor vehicles.”

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2012 Ford Ranger line up could include a SUV variant

October 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ford introduced its all-new 2012 Ranger at the recent Australian Motor Show in Sydney (read news) and while it’s already been well received Ford isn’t stopping there. According to recent reports online, Ford has plans to expand the Ranger Lineup to include an SUV variant. This new SUV isn’t expected till late 2012 at the very earliest.

Being developed in collaboration with Mazda (the Mazda BT50 is a redesigned Ford Ranger), the Japanese manufacturer could be considering a new SUV based on the BT50.

The new SUV is expected to share the same powertrains found on the 2012 Ranger. Ford introduced three new engines on its compact pickup truck: a 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine with peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110 kW, a 3.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I5 diesel engine with a powerful 470 Nm of torque and 147 kW of power; and a 2.5-litre Ford Duratec I4 petrol engine with more power at 122 kW.

The new Ford Ranger has been big news here in NZ, so check back as we bring you more info on a possible SUV variant.

Chrysler shows concept 2012 Dodge Viper at dealer conference

September 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Earlier this week a Chrysler dealer conference went down over in the States where new or updated products from the American brand were unveiled. It was business as usual until Chrysler Group and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne had a concept of the 2012 Dodge Viper roll on to the stage.

While no photos or specs have been released, Chrysler has confirmed that the next-generation Viper is on its way in two years time, but showing a concept off this early is a clear indication that work is well underway.

There’s still much rumour and speculation over what powertrain will be fitted to the all-new Viper, but early reports indicate that the same 8.4-litre V10 may carry on, possibly with the inclusion of Fiat’s MultiAir technology to reduce emissions and boost output over 700 horses. An entry-level V8 option is also a possibility, and expect to see some input from Ferrari’s engineers on anything from handling to steering and stability control systems. Just one of the perks of partnership with the Fiat Group.

Drag Race: 2012 Lexus LFA vs 2010 Nissan GT-R

June 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The $400,000 Lexus LFA vs the Nissan GT-R – which one is the king of the JDMs.

2012 Nissan GT-R to recieve even more power

May 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

With its arch nemisis, the Porsche 911 Turbo, now packing a 530 horsepower punch, the Nissan GT-R’s 485 power output is starting to look like it’s just not enough. So to counter the German threat the R35 is expected to receive some major changes for the 2012 model year. The reworking should see some new aero bodywork, suspension and brake upgrades, and a retuned 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 that’s likely to output over 500 ponies.

Main visual differences should be a new front splitter and rear diffuser design. The six-speed dual clutch transmission should also receive an update to handle the extra performance.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R will go on sale globally from early next year.

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