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Thursday, 13 November 2008

BRABUSTesla becomes the first tuned electric sportscar of the world

BRABUS is famous for creating some of the meanest cars on Earth, such as Rocket, based on an E Class, and Bullit, made out of a C Class. Besides Mercedes-Benz cars, the company has now shown it is aware that electric cars will probably be the future of personal transportation. And there is no better way to demonstrate this than with a tuned Tesla Roadster.

The sad part about this early tuning project it that performance has not been improved, only looks (if you may say they are any better at all). Curiously, a lot of so-called improvements, such as the addition of Daylight Running Lights, will only account for a larger energy comsumption. Let's hope BRABUS starts thinking about autonomy of performance improvements that are for real, such as the use of supercapacitors or anything alike.

Source: BRABUS

n2a Motor releases another product, Anteros

n2a Motors has become known when it presented its first vehicle, 789, a Corvette-based nostalgic car. With an appearance that resembles a 1957 Chevrolet and 1958 and 1959 Impala vehicles, it also presents modern performance and safety (you can check the car's pictures at the bottom of this post). Anyway, n2a (Not Two Alike) has also come up with a new idea. And the company has named it Anteros.

There will be three versions of the car: XTM Roadster, XTS Targa and XTR Hardtop. All of them built over a C6 Z06 platform. Car can be supercharged to reach 650 bhp. n2a promises a gas mileage of 11.9 km/l.

The company confesses it has searched for inspiration on cars such as Jaguar, Osca, Maserati, Ferrari and Aston Martin, but the Italian looks are the most evident. For the ones that would like to have an Italian car with North American engines, this may be the right choice.

Source: n2a Motors

Bentley presents the T version of Azure

Bentley has just presented the T version of Azure, a powerful variant of its flagship convertible. The biggest news about this model it that its traditional 6 3/4-litre V8, pushed by twin turbochargers, produces 500 bhp and 1,000 Nm. Besides that, the car continues to be as gorgeous as the regular version, but with improved looks, with the help of 20-inch five-spoke "Bright Finish" alloy wheels, "Le Mans" lower front wing air vents and twin exhaust tail pipes.

This automotive piece of art delivers an impressive performance for such a big vehicle (5.41 m long and a kerb weight of 2,695 kg): top speed of 288 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 s. Four adults can enjoy comfortably all the power the convertible offers, with the refinement Bentley has been widely known for presenting, at an price that is accordingly exclusive.

Since the regular version of the car already exists, there is no need for holding its sales. As Bentley has not mentioned when Azure T will be sold, we can expect it to be in dealerships very briefly.

Source: Bentley

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Bugatti Veyron is turned into an object of art at Autostadt

We have said dozens of times Bugatti Veyron is a masterpiece, an engineering work of art, but now Volkswagen has proven it with no margins for discussions. With the help of the artist Olaf Nicolai, the brand has created a room in Autostadt in which all things are mirror-like, including Veyron itself.

The idea is to allow visitors to seem themselves reflected in the car and in the walls, indefinitely, to make them feel part of the scenery. Going even further, to make them realise they are part of what has made Veyron become reality: human skills and ingeniosity. Acting like Narcissus, there is a chance we may fall in love with what we are able to achieve. If the mirror is a Veyron, chances get even higher.

Source: CarPages

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Ferrari officially presents its Scuderia Spider 16M, limited to 499 units

The rumours Ferrari has been preparing a lighweight version of F430 Spider proved to be true today, with the release of the brand-new Scuderia Spider 16M (a reference to the 16th title Ferrari win on the Constructors Championship), a very exclusive version limited to only 499 units.

Revealed in Mugello, the new car is 80 kg lighter than a regular F430 Spider, with a dry weight of 1,340 kg. Ready to run, it weights 1,440 kg. The 4.3-litre V8 engine, able to generate 510 bhp (375,4 kW) at 8,500 rpm and 470 Nm at 5,250 rpm, pushes the Scuderia Spider 16M from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 s and to a top speed of 315 km/h. Bear in mind this car is a convertible, what makes these numbers even more impressive. Fuel consumption is also remarkable: 6.4 km/l.

There will be two colour options for Scuderia Spider 16M, a black one, with grey stripes, as a base option and a tricolour livery offered as part of the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme.

Different from previous versions, in which performance accounted for a very spartan interior, Scuderia Spider 16M gives comfort some concessions, such as the Ferrari customised iPod Touch 16 Gb placed in the central dock. Although some of the future owners, which will be selected by Ferrari, may want to listen to music, most of them will surely be happy to listen to the roars of the engine, while admiring the silver plate above the air vents that states their vehicle is not for the ones that want it. It is for the ones that can have it, a privilege reserved only for 499 people on Earth.

Source: Ferrari