Renault Twingo gets facelift for 2012

July 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Renault has just dropped the first image of its new 2012 Twingo micro car before it officially debuts at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

There is more than a hint of Nissan in the new Twingo with styling cues share with the Juke and it rolls on the same platform as the previous-generation Micra.

The new model features refreshed front a rear ends with an enlarged Renault badge on the front fascia and a rounder, wider grill. This limited refresh will need to carry the baby Renault for a few years but its nothing new for the model line. The first generation Twingo was in production for a staggering fifteen years from 1992 to 2007 when the second-gen model was initially introduced. Continue reading “Renault Twingo gets facelift for 2012” »

Brabus prepare 750HP Mercedes-Benz monster

September 9th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Brabus SV12 R fq

With the Frankfurt Motor Show only days away it’s time for German tuner Brabus to show off something outrageous. What Brabus are unleashing this year is what it claims to be the world’s fastest executive luxury sedan. The mean machine is based on the facelifted 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and is named the SV12 R Biturbo 750.

The Brabus SV12 R is a car for drivers who feel that the 612-horsepower stock S65 AMG just isn’t quick enough. The SV12 R features a 6.3-litre twin-turbo V12 that dishes out 750 horses and a ridiculous 995 lb-ft of torque.

A special crankshaft with longer stroke, forged pistons with a larger diameter and an increased cylinder bore result in a displacement increase from standard 5.5 to now 6.3-liters. The engine is also upgraded with larger turbochargers, an optimised intercooling system and a stainless-steel exhaust system with high-flow catalysts. The ECU also gets retuned to ensure the vehicle meets EURO IV emission regulations.

The end result is a 0-100 kph time of 4.0 seconds flat and a top speed of 340 kph. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a modified five-speed automatic transmission.

Cosmetically a new aero kit is utilised, as are a variety of wheel designs for maximum VIP bling. The car will make its debut later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Mini celebrates 50th Anniversary with Coupe concept

August 28th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini Coupe concept fq

Rumors have been circulating for months about what BMW would do on August 26, 2009 for its Mini brand. That recent date marked the fiftieth anniversary of the public debut of Alec Issigonis’ original Mini. Most of the speculation involved either a coupe or some kind of cropped windshield speedster, it turns out the reality was somewhere in between. Where the original Mini coupe of the Sixties simply had a fastback replacement for the standard square-back roof, the new Mini Coupe Concept is far more extensive in it’s styling changes. The windscreen has been raked back and a low aluminium roof covers the two seats.

The Mini Coupe Concept is based on the regular Cooper Hatchback. Strictly a two-seater, the low roof line, compact dimensions, perfect axle load distribution and lightweight construction are all trademarks of a genuine sports car. Other unique elements include a body coloured grille and matching inserts on the wheels and rear bumper.

In the cabin, well bolstered sports seats feature, as does a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel with multi-function controls. Two Chronoswiss clocks to the right and left of the rev counter provide a stopwatch and a standard clock.

With a Crossover model reaching the final stages of development and Hatch, Clubman and Convertible models currently on the roads in nearly 80 countries worldwide, Mini’s plan is to offer an extended range of compact premium cars in the coming years. Hinting that the latest Coupe Concept may eventually enter production, Mini states that it offers a “vision” into how the company’s line up may continue to grow.

The MINI Coupe Concept will be shown publicly at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month alongside the production version of the new Crossover.