New Mitsubishi RVR revealed

December 9th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi RVR 2010 fq1

The first round of images and details of Mitsubishi’s upcoming compact SUV have just been revealed. Named the RVR, Mitsubishi will launch the new model next year.

Based on Mitsubishi’s 2007 cX concept and previewed in recent official sketches and spy photos, the 2010 RVR is built on the same mid-size platform as the Lancer.

Measuring 4.3 metres long, the new RVR is around 365mm shorter than the mid-size Outlander SUV, that’s been recently updated (read news).

The RVR will be powered by an all-new 1.8 litre MIVEC petrol engine. No word yet on a diesel variant.

This new RVR will be the third Mitsubishi to use the nameplate with the previous two models being built between 1991 and 2002.

Specific technical, pricing and launch details are still to come. Until then, check out the official images in the gallery below.

BMW M3 GTS revealed (+video)

November 6th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

BMW M3 GTS 2010 fq

BMW has just unveiled the BMW M3 GTS, based on the Coupe version, that’s set to become the CSL’s successor.

The car is a focused, no-compromises machine in areas that recent M vehicles have been accused of falling short. The GTS definitely puts the track first and creature comforts second and it’s all about performance. Power is delivered by a special 4.4-litre version of the V-8 that powers the current M3 and will pump out 450 horsepower in this form. BMW has also added race-derived technology including a crankcase made of a special aluminum-silicon alloy and constructed in bedplate design, individual throttle butterflies, anti-knock sensors and a wet sump oil supply.

All the power is pushed through to the rear wheels by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The transmission was specially engineered to withstand the power output of the beefed-up V-8, and the DKG Drivelogic gear ratios programmed to precisely extract the maximum from the engine.

In terms of cosmetics there is extensive honeycomb grillework, an adjustable rear wing, adjustable front splitter and reworked front-end aero pieces all reflecting the car’s go-fast intent. Bespoke black alloy 19-inch wheels wrapped in 225/35 front and 285/30 rear tires guarantee a high level of grip.

Major effort has been put into weight reduction with a carbon fibre used for the roof, much like previous M3 CSL versions. The net result of the weight savings strategy sees over 150kg, with the GTS weighing less than 1,500kg.

A fully adjustable race dampers occupy the corners of the car, allowing gentleman racers to tune to the track and conditions with both bump and rebound adjustments. The brakes for the car are also custom-built, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units at the rear.

In the cabin, race seats and five-point harnesses muck in with matte-black surfaces and Alcantara for a suitably sporty look. The rear seat has been removed and replaced with a roll cage and a fire bottle, for greater on-track safety. Despite all of this, the M3 GTS is still completely road-legal.

It looks like an awesome machine and will be mostly hand-built to customer’s personal order. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet but expectation are around €115,000 ($236,000 NZ).

Check out images of the M3 GTS in the gallery and a short video below.

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