June 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
The all-new 2010 BMW Z4 is still on its way to most showrooms around the globe but the team at tuners G-Power have already got busy on one. The Z4 has been in their workshop for some time now and has managed to develop several new upgrades for the car. When it comes to extreme performance mods for Beemers, G-Power is one of the best and already has a number of top-speed records under its belt.
Since the Z4 tuning program is just kicking off, G-Power’s new upgrades may be considered quite mild when compared to its previous creations. Nevertheless, there are still some interesting enhancements available for the stylish Z4 Roadster.
For starters is a new ‘Bi-Tronik’ ECU upgrade for the range-topping sDrive35i model. This pushes power of the car’s 3.0L twin-turbocharged six from 306hp (228kW) to 345hp (257kW) and torque from 295lb-ft (400Nm) to 354lb-ft (480Nm). To improve the sound emanating from the car G-Power also offers its ‘Deeptone’ stainless steel muffler.
This is backed up by a set of 20-inch alloy wheels and a fully-adjustable coil-over suspension kit with nine different settings. Naturally the Z4′s performance figures benefit from the improved output figures. Accelerating from stand still to 100km/h now takes just 4.7 seconds.
May 6th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
It took the Tesla Roadster to prove to the automotive world that electricity and sport can mix, but so far there’s been little capacity for hybrids among performance spec vehicles. Lexus and Mercedes Benz are beginning to use hybrid systems for additional power on their larger sedans, but sports cars have been overlooked for hybrid assistance. That could all change according to the latest rumors surrounding the Nissan 370Z.
Talk is emerging from Japan that the newly updated Z-car could sport a high-performance plug-in hybrid system at mid-cycle in 2011. If the hybrid Z does hit the market by 2011, it would be the first hybrid sports car ever.
The same 3.7L VQ-series engine that powers the car now would still provide the main source of grunt, but would reportedly be supplemented by a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor using a two-clutch system, the transmission would be automatic-only. With the high-capacity lithium battery pack and plug-in capability, the car could almost half it’s current fuel usage and offer the clean-green feel good factor while still having performance on tap.
March 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Lamborghini has just released the first set of official images showing its latest limited run special, the Murcielago LP 650-4 Roadster, which follows the LP 670-4 SuperVeloce that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The LP 650-4 Roadster is definitely not for those who are worried about hair loss. With a top speed of 330 kph, anything not firmly connected to the scalp will be blown loose.
The Lamborghini crew have put some extra rage into this bull — the 6.5-litre V12 now produces 650 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque through all four wheels. That’s enough to leave 100 kph behind after just 3.4 seconds. Lamborghini is only planning to put out 50 of these exclusive roadsters at an as yet undisclosed price. But expect it to be ridiculous.
November 14th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham
As the motoring world shifts toward the electrification of cars, tuning companies are left wondering about the future, and what changes they will have to make for financial survival. Brabus is doing something about it. Known as the third-party alternative to AMG when it comes to enhancing Mercedes vehicles, Brabus recently announced its first foray into electricity. The German tuner is now offering a package of changes for the Tesla Roadster. For the moment at least, there are no changes to the electric powertrain. That means Brabus has focused purely on cosmetic enhancements, which includes a very interesting “space sound generator” that emulates the roar of a V8, race car engine or two futuristic sounds called “Beam” and “Warp” to the car’s occupants.
A set of LED running lamps are added to the front air intake and look like they may have been ripped off an Audi. Underbody neon lighting offers some 1989 Miami-bling and the rear wing is another addition. The Tesla gets a new paint job in the form of a matte white finish. The only other change is the new 18-inch front/ 19-inch rear wheel/tyre set-up with Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. The Brabus package will debut later this month at the Essen Motor Show in Germany.
November 4th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham
Tesla Motors, the all-electric automaker has just secured $40 million ($67.4m NZ) in financing to move forward with boosting up production of its battery-powered sports car, the Tesla Roadster.
Last month, Tesla was unable to secure a $100 million ($168m NZ) investment and was forced to cut nearly 25% of its work force. The failure to get funding also slowed work on its second model, an all-electric sedan known as the “Model S.” The San Carlos.
The California-based automaker has more than 1,200 orders for the $109,000 ($183,000 NZ) roadster, but has delivered just over 50 to date. With early transmission problems solved and plenty of cash on hand, the high-profile automaker seems to have finally found itself in a position to push forward.